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Hedda Nussbaum's days of controversy and hurt are not over.

The woman who more than a decade ago was at the center of a widely publicized trial over the murder of her boyfriend's adopted daughter canceled a speech this month at Suffolk County Community College, because she felt the campus would be "too hostile."

Ms. Nussbaum is no stranger to hostility. In the late 1980's, Ms. Nussbaum and her longtime companion, Joel Steinberg, were