Page Ten HOPE (ARK.) STAR Block Oak to star of State Fair MANAGEMENT OF THE Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show has announced the signing of the Black Oak Arkansas group for a concert at 6 p.m. October 6, closing day of the 1974 Fair. The Fair will open Friday, Sept. 27. Arkansas native and country western superstar Charlie Rich has been booked for a concert date on October 1. Also starring will be Jim Ed Brown and Tanya Tucker. Boat races at Spa lake Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 2, will offer plenty of thrills and action for boat racing fans at Diamondhead on Lake Catherine near Hot Springs, where the American Outboard Federation's National Championship hydroplane races will be staged. This event will feature the top outboard jockeys in the business who will compete for cash prizes and national championship awards. A one- mile certified oval course is being set up, and records set during the races will be recognized by the American Outboard Federation. Eight of the ten National Champions of 1973, crowned at last year's event in St. Louis, are expected to defend their titles at Diamondhead, These pilots are Ross Sumner, Steve Schomburg, Ken Bayer, Ron Strobel, Don Kelly, Kay Harrison, David "the kid" Smith, and Dale Hull. Koss tJumner, present in both A Runabout and A HydropJane classes, hails from Huntsville, Alabama, a popular racing city. Sumner, who is 40 years old, is a veteran of several years on the racing circuit. He has been the Alabama state champion for the past two years and is considered one of the finest drivers in the country. The only other winner of national championships in two classes last year was Steve Schomburg who captured both the B-l Hydroplane and a B-l Runabout titles. Schomburg, a boat manufacturer from St. Joseph, Missouri, drives racing hulls built in his own plant. In winning last year's titles, Schomburg set records in both of the events he won. Oklahoman Key Bayer of Tulsa is the present C Runabout champion. Bayer has twice held the Oklahoma high point driving championships and is considered one of the top young drivers in the country. Bayer is a second generation racing driver. His father, Clyde Bayer, campaigned the racing circuit for 30 years before retiring in 1970. The Bayers manufacture many of the racing parts used on the Super Stock engines today and are famous for the competitive engines which they build in their marine plant in Tulsa. Ron Strobel of Dallas, Texas, a professional engineer when he isn't racing boats, is the current Ohio, the 1973 B Hydroplane champion, will be driving in five events at Diamondhead. Harrison, a former manufacturer of professional outboard racing engines, is one of America's best known outboard drivers, having captured several national championships and held numerous world's records over the past few years. David "the kid" Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is the current D Runabout champion. He is the only driver who will compete in every class at Diamondhead. In 1973 Smith was "Mr. Everything," winning more prize money than any other AOF driver. In addition to the D Runabout championship, he was the overall high point driver in the B Runabout champion. Strobel, a 37-year-old veteran, has been racing for more than 15 years and is considered one of the best. ERA report draws praise from Arkansas supporters By DEBRA HALE Associated Press Writer A report which suggests that about 50 Arkansas laws would be affected by ratification of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was praised Sunday night by two ERA supporters. Most of the 50 laws protect women. The provisions include advantages in the divorce, inheritance, property and criminal laws and extra protection in working conditions. Shirley McFarlin of Little Rock, chairwoman of the ERA Coalition in Arkansas, said the coalition considers the report prepared by the staff of the Legislative Council to be "an honest and objective appraisal of Arkansas statutes." Ms. McFarlin said the coalition would ask the 1975 Arkansas General Assembly to ratify the proposed ERA. The measure would guarantee equality to both sexes under the law. Myra Rogers of Fort Smith, chairwoman of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, said she also believes the report is objective and that she foresees no difficulty in getting the 1975 legislature to ratify the proposed ERA "as far as the report goes." She pointed out, though, that many of the laws mentioned in the report were the bases .for some women's objections to ERA ratification in 1973, when the measure failed in the state legislature. "I'm sure they will keep objecting to it on those same reasons, if they still haven't decided that women stand to gain nuch more than they stand to ose" if the proposed ERA is ratified, Mrs. Rogers said- Ms. McFarlin, who prefers the "Ms." title, said she also believed that the advantages of ERA ratification "far outweigh any loss of so-called privileges." She said Arkansas is fortunate in that it has relatively few laws which discriminate on the basis of sex. "Those laws which do discriminate have a tendency to discriminate against men rather than women," she said. "One important, exception, however, is the area of employment. Laws which require 'protection' of women workers result in either noncompliance or the hiring of men instead of women." Ms. McFarlin said a law "which confers a true benefit on one sex could simply be extended to another" by changing the law's language from "wife" or "husband" to "spouse." in a prepared statement, she added, "Laws designed to 'protect' women generally exist more on the statute books than in practice. "Laws, for instance, which require husbands to support wives are, in fact, rarely enforced by the courts unless the marriage is ruptured by separation or divorce. Nationally, alimony is awarded to wives in only about one per cent of divorces. "Child support awarded to mothers is usually less than half of what it costs to support and educate a child. Further, according to a survey done by the American Bar Association, only 39 per cent of husbands who are required by the court to pay child support actually do so after a period of one year " Ms. McFarlin said she thought opponents of the ERA proposal would try to use the Legislative Council report to prevent ratification, but that their efforts would be ineffective. "I think they have been able to use scare tactics in the past, and they have been effective," she said. "If the people will examine the facts, I think they'll reach the conclusion that the ERA is the proper way for this country to proceed." Meanwhile, state Sen. Bob Douglas of Texarkana said Sunday night that opponents of the proposed ERA now have "some good information to point out what the ERA amendment would do to the women in the state of Arkansas. " Douglas, who said he opposed ratification of the proposed ERA in 1973, was referring to the study which he had proposed. He said he was not prepared at this time to make a decision on how he would vote should the matter be presented to the legislature next year. But, he said, "From viewing the study, I would have to say that the women of Arkansas would suffer the loss of many of the privileges and many of the statutes that now protect them that have been on the books for years. Now, whether the proponents of ERA are willing to give up these existing protections and rights...I haven't discussed it with either side." Most of the laws identified by the legislative staff presumably would have to be repealed or changed to give men the same rights if the proposed ERA were ratified. Motive sought in murder of two teenagers PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (AP) — Police say they have found no apparent motive for the killings of two teen-agers who were gagged with tape and strangled with belts. The bodies of Laszlo Sandor, 19, and LuAnn Donhauser, 17, were found Sunday in an apartment in this town west of Fort I^auderdale. Sandor's wrists had been slashed, apparently with a butcher knife found near the body, officers said. Police said there were only minor signs of a struggle in the $180-a-month, three-room apartment where Sandor, who worked with his brother repairing automobiles and stereos, had lived the past month. . Sandor's body was found in the living room and Miss Donhauser's body was discovered in the bedroom, police said. Both were fully clothed, their heads wrapped in surgical tape and mouths taped shut, officers said. Their hands and feet were bound. A coroner's spokesman said the two died by strangulation and Sandor's wrists had been slashed after he was killed. Police said the bodies were found by a Sandor relative who stopped to visit Sunday after* noon. Pembroke Park police said they were trying to determine Monday, August 26, 1974 if the two deaths were related to a strangulation killing in nearbv Dania. 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