UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes May date
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UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes May date

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                                Ann Coulter’s planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley on April 27 has been canceled because of security concerns. UC Berkeley officials say they were unable to find “a safe and suitable” venue for the right-wing provocateur, whom campus Republicans had invited to speak.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Ann Coulter’s planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley on April 27 has been canceled because of security concerns. UC Berkeley officials say they were unable to find “a safe and suitable” venue for the right-wing provocateur, whom campus Republicans had invited to speak.

BERKELEY, Calif. >> University of California, Berkeley officials say they have a “grave concern” of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her threat to speak next week on campus.

Officials instead are proposing an alternate date next month.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said Thursday that police have “very specific intelligence regarding threats” and urged the conservative author to come May 2 instead.

UC Berkeley announced a day earlier that it was calling off Coulter’s planned April 27 speaking event because of security concerns, prompting Coulter to say she plans to come anyway.

Dirks said Coulter’s reaction led him to launch an expanded search for an “appropriate, protectable venue.”

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