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Nun makes major nuclear breach

She has a long history of arrests for her activism

NEW YORK — She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison. In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into custody.

She gained so much attention that the Energy Department, which maintains the nation’s nuclear arsenal, helped pay for a lengthy oral history in which she described her upbringing and the development of her antinuclear views.

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