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Akron, Ohio
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Sunday, July 4, 1976
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Akron Beacon Journal Slice of life W page A-ll Sunny warm Full weather report, A-l Sunday, July 1, M7h O.V.v complete newspaper a 35 rent There's no celebration on death row f A1 JWi AVI Floyd Edwards r .1 : v ' J v-t Spirit of of Akron By BOB VON STERNBERG Beacon Journal Staff Writer The old man standing in front of Cascade Plaza silently removed his straw hat and gently placed it over his heart. Squatting at his feet was a little girl, no older than five, her eyes wide as she marveled at the noise and color around her. As they watched, the U. S. Marine color guard marched by in dress uniforms with boots clicking on the pavement of S. Main Street. One Marine carried an American flag that snapped in the wind. The old man's sober respect and the little girl's happy amazement were shared with an estimated Full pages of pictures on A-8 and F-5. Another picture and story on F-l. 100,000 others who came downtown Saturday morning for Akron's parade, the beginning of the city's three-day Bicentennial birthday party. IT WAS LIKE any other Independence Day parade, with the flags, the marching bands and the old soldiers. But a few things made it different from parades of other years. For instance, when the Marines marched by, spectators stopped dead in their shuffling and talking. Those who were seated rose to their feet almost in unison. A few Today's chuckle The big thing about this year's bargains Is that they cost a little more than the same things we couldn't afford last year. J8 xt -j ' S "M lis' ,1 klf-H L..; . ,, 4k rM.'' f.'.'J V Irak j new rmmmi mm SI&5S WHt3""fefH ITT- I .11 J By WILLIAM KEZZU1I and WILLI 1M HEKSMKY Beacon oumM Slat Wntti LUCASVILLE The only sums of the nation's Bicentennial celebration at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility here are the red, white and blue uniforms worn by Akronites Carl tamtml Bayless and Floyd Edwards and 46 other men on death row. The white shirts and blue pants with red slriiies on the legs are designed not to mark the United States' first 20(1 years but to distinguish the condemned men from other inmates clad In prison denims. The big news this weekend for Bayless, Edwards and the others has nothing to do with the holiday hoopla. Their worst fears were realized Friday when the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is not a constitutionally forbidden cruel and unusual punishment. BAYLESS, 20, and Edwards, 23, are among eight Akron area residents sentenced to die in the electric chair who have been awaiting the high court's decision. Seven are at Lucasville. The eighth, Sandra K. Lockett, is at the Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville. Neither Bayless nor Edwards, who were interviewed by Bea V YV . , y i "Wit ' W tomm- 1 .K va i Barbertonian Geza Geier is an Uncle Sam on '76 swells hearts parade goers seconds of silence filtered down the street, following that flag near the head of the procession. Later, in the reviewing stand area near Cascade, spectators responded with some full-lunged On the Special bonus for you: Bicentennial Edition THE adventure which started 200 years ago has been chronicled by many historians and discussed in many lands. xne Akron ttm," & area nas naa a big role in that history. Details in the special Bicentennial Edition of today's Beacon Journal. RITFPA1.0 Bob Smith BuffaI Bob and Howdy Doody return to television this fall but Buffalo Bob is miffed because he won't be allowed to do the lucrative commercials. In TV Preview. Action Line A-5 Ann Landers .... B-2 Ask Beth B-7 Astrology F-21 At a glance A-2 Betty Jaycox ... B-2, Biography C-5 Business . .C-6 to 11" Children's corner F-4 Classified F-10 to 24 Deaths F-9, 10 . Editorials C-2 Fran Murphey . . F-2 Great America'n . C-4 Jabe Tarter .... B-2 James Reston . . . A-7 Jumble F-14 Life-style . . B-l to 12 Sports E-l to 10 Sunday forum ... C-2 .All s x I I S , iter J Beacon Journal photo by Ott Gangl 16-foot stilts shouts when announcer Jerry Heal-ey prodded them to call out "Happy Birthday, America!" They gave their bellow in unison See SPIRIT, page A-8 inside GEORGE MURRAY goes looking for the perfect coffee bean. Like Juan Valdez, he finds it in Colombia. In Beacon Magazine. THE Pennsylvania Ballet will be coming to Blossom Music Center this week and Beacon Journal dance critic John Von Rhein gives us a look at what we can expect. Page D-l. WOULD you have been a patriot who backed the American Revolution or a Tory who favored keeping the colonies British. That's the question Beacon Journal staff writer Don Win-bush asked some Akron area residents. Page B-l. Viewpoint C-3 Entertainment Books D-2 John Von Rhein . D-l Theaters, restaurants D-4 to 8 Travel . . . D-10 to 12 TV Preview Snippy mailbag . . 22 Sports on TV .... 11 con Journal reporters, was surprised at the Supreme Court's decision. Despite the ruling, Bayless said he doesn't expect to die. Edwards said he is not afraid to die as long as he knows that all appeals to keep him alive have been exhausted. This is what the two men said in interviews: Carl Lamont Bayless Appropriately enough, Carl Lamont Bayless was preparing to read the Bible Friday afternoon when he learned from another inmate of the court's decision. Since Bayless came to Lucasville more than two years ago, his life has eentei-ed on Bible study and "witnessing" to other inmates that a belief in God and Jesus Christ is the only answer to the world's problems. Bayless says a belief in life after death has made him unafraid to die, although he doesn't think it is Cod's will that he die now. If he is sent to the electric chair, however, he will accept his See THERE'S NO, page A-S Fight at Uganda airport Israeli raiders free all hosta TEL AVW (JP) Airborne Israeli commandos raided Uganda's Entebbe airport early today and freed all 106 hostages being held by pro-Palestine hijackers of an Air France Jetliner, an Israeli Army spokesman said. It was not immediately clear how many casualties there were among the hostages and commandos. An Air France spokesman in Nairobi, Kenya, where the three Is-, raeli planes stopped on their way home, said the commando unit "apparently has eliminated" the hijackers. He said surgical operations were performed on some wounded persons on the runway at Nairobi. THE RAH) took place about 12 hours before the deadline for Israe- URW talks ignore start of holiday By STU FELDSTEIN Beacon Journal Labor Writer If the Bicentennial celebration has been less than joyous this weekend for 60,000 striking rubber workers and their employers, they can at least take solace in the fact that their negotiators aren't having fun either. United Rubber Workers officials and bargainers for Firestone and Goodyear spent another full day Saturday chiseling away at their differences. "We're down to the gut issues," said URW President Peter Bom-marito during a brief recess in one five-hour bargaining session at the Sheraton Cleveland Hotel. Those issues, he said, include wages, a cost-of-living escalator clause, pensions, dental insurance, supplemental unemployment benefits and others. The pattern of bargaining became intense enough Saturday to be called "marathon," with the entire day spent either negotiating together or privately with federal mediators and U. S. Secretary of Labor William J. Usery Jr. Usery said a "complex structure" for the talks has been established in which Firestone and Goodyear sit at the URW bargaining table while Uniroyal and Goodrich, which also being struck, have their negotiators on standby at other downtown Cleveland hotels. Goodrich and Uniroyal negotiators are being briefed on the project of the talks, Usery said. None of those in the talks has been willing to comment about specific proposals ever since Usery arrived to direct things last Monday. Bommarito seemed cheerful during a couple short breaks in bargaining Saturday. He said he was anzxious to keep the talks going See URW, page A-2 BJ offices closed for 4th The Beacon Journal Business Office and Classified Department will be closed today and Monday for the Fourth of July holiday. The Circulation Department 375-8140 will be open until 11:30 a.m. today and 6 to 10 a. m. Monday. li and four other nations to meet the hijackers' demands of freedom for 53 militants jailed in those nations. According to the Air France spokesman, there was fighting 'We didn't know about his past9 By JOHN M. DUNPHY Beacon Journal Staff Writer RICHMOND, Vt. Frank Sprenz had succeeded in rebuilding his life in this pastoral New England village nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. It was a measure of his success that not even Richmond Police Chief John Jacobs knew Frank Sprenz that Sprenz had soared onto the FBI's 10 most wanted list nearly 20 years ago as the infamous "Flying robber." Jacobs learned late Friday, as did most of the 2,500 in Richmond, that Sprenz, the friendly unassuming television repairman, had been arrested for the June 23 robbery of the Harter Bank & Trust branch office near Belden Village. "I didn't know anything about Is John Glenn ready for vice presidency? Ohio's Sen. John Glenn is near the top of Jimmy Carter's list of potential vice presidential candidates. Beacon Journal staff writers Ronald D. Clark, Brian Usher, David Hess and Abe Zaidan have been examining Glenn's life and his stands on issues. The following is one of a package of stories in today's Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Columbui Bureau COLUMBUS - John Glenn's friends, past and present colleagues and even some old foes think he would be a fine running mate for Jimmy Carter and a good vice president. But many, including Glenn himself, have trouble answering the question: Does Glenn have the experience to be President? That consensus emerged from a survey of Glenn's longtime friends, political and business associates. "He's my first three choices for V.P.," said State Democratic V " I Carl Lamont Bayless around the old terminal building at Entebbe where the hostages were being held. He reported Israeli planes flew directly to Uganda from Lsrael See ISRAELI, page A-2 his record," Jacobs said, was probably just as well." "It THREE miles out of town, in a simple frame home Sprenz had constructed against a hillside, his wife Sandy appeared cautiously at the door. Dressed simply in an orange blouse and dark slacks, her green eyes were dry, but puffy rims after hours of crying. "I can't comment at all," she said curtly, disappearing quickly into the darkened house. "It's very upsetting, very shocking. I hope it's one big mistake," said a neighbor who lives up the dirt road that winds into the hillside. "Frank and Sandy are very well liked by everyone up here," she said, requesting not to be identified. Daniel Lawrence, an IBM worker in the nearby town of Essex, echoed the woman's views. "I was quite surprised. I liked him I still do. I've known him about a year. He did some TV repair work for us. He seemed like such a quiet man, his past just never came up. "He's done nothing but good things for people up here," Lawrence said. IN THE VALLEY where the townsfolk have been busily preparing their July 4 Bicentennial See WE, page A-6 Chairman Paul Tipps of Dayton, whom Glenn opposed publicly in the 1975 state party chairman election. "He is from a pivotal state and brings a unique blend of personal qualities. Of all the criteria being considered, John has more identifiable characteristics than anyone else." BUT DESPITE such cheerlead-See GLENN, page A-7 On page F-6: Glenn's done almost everything. On page F-7: Bonanza. Glenn's earnings took dramatic jump in 1975. On page F-8: Workhorse, label fits the senator. ges

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