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August 24, 1975

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GAZETTE-MAIL CITY EDITION WEATHER OUTLOOK - Partly cloudy, with chance of rain today. Highs near 90 and lows in the 60s. Details on Page 8A. Charleston, West Virginia Sunday Morning, August 24, 1975 35 Cents W E S T V I R f i l N I A ' f M O f T C O M F L E T f N E W S P A P E R W I T H TWO C H E A T M A G A Z I N E * A N D W O R L D ' S B E S T C O M I C S Miners Decide Monday On Status of Strike The Attociated Prett The coalfields were quiet Saturday with coal miners preparing to decide if they will end a wildcat strike and return to work Monday. Most mines do not normally work on weekends. Miners scheduled meetings today to decide if they return to work on Monday's first shift, or if the picketing will continue, in defiance of federal court orders and pleas from the United Mine Workers union. Miners in UMW District 17, where the strike first erupted, planned a rally at Boone County's Drawdy Falls Roadside Park, a scenic picnic area that has become the region's traditional meeting place during wildcat walkouts. this thing is settled and they quit putting people in jail." See Related Story on Page I ID One president of a union local in Logan County was jailed this past week, but was freed to attend the funeral of a brother. However. U.S. District Judge K. K. Hall told him that if the mines were not working Monday, he would have to return to court to either go back to jail or promise to discontinue strike activity. Logan County miners were planning another rally in Charleston Monday to protest that miner's threatened return to jail. SHUTTLE Settlement Prospects Rise; Protests Go On Parading LIFE OR These young ladies, known as the Penny Prancers, appear to be enjoying (well, sort of) their role in the Gorby's Grand Trophy Parade in Charleston Saturday that kicked off Sternwheel Regatta week. Other parade pictures appear on Page IB. (Staff Photo by Lewis Raines) Former Leaders in Greece May Escape Death Sentences ATHENS, Greece (API-Former dictator George Papadopoulos and two officers who helped him engineer the 1967 coup were sentenced Saturday to death by firing squad for insurrection and high treason. But within hours of the verdict, the Today There's Football. F is for fall and fall is for.football. Section F of today's paper -- actually, it is two sections -- is devoted to college and high school footballin West Virginia. . Complete with pictures and profiles, the special section provides 32 pages of information and previews-of many of the teams that will be going into action in the next couple of weeks. · , ; That's section F . . . for full coverage. .And Our Future Pomp and pageantry seem out of tune with the temper of the times. Instead of celebrating their past,. Americans are pondering it -- and their future.. ' . -.. . . . . . . . · ' . . - . : . . . This reflective national state of mind lends itself to a special Bicentennial commemoration that is being published in the State Magazine section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail starting today. The American Issues Forum, a national debate on issues important to our country's past, present, and future, is the third annual Courses by Newspaper. To find out more about it, turn to Page 2M of the State Magazine today and read Daniel Aaron's introductory article: "From Centennial to Bicentennial." · ' . · " ' Bolts of Lightning Injure 100 Campers LESLIE, Mich. (API-Several bolts of lightning smashed through a campground near here Saturday, injuring nearly 100 persons. Police said about 30 victims were treated and released at hospitals in nearby Jackson and Lansing. One man was admitted for observation to Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson. * * * THE LIGHTNING STRUCK the "Wheel Inn" campground, where some 500 campers were attending a meeting at the mid- Postal Workers To Begin Picketing Members of the Mountaineer Area Local of the American Postal Workers voted Saturday night to begin "informative picketing" of the Charleston Post Office, the union's business manager. Cecil F. Romine. said. "The mail will still be moved and our people will be working," Romine said. "People from Charleston and surrounding offices who are off-duty will be doing the picketing." · Protesting |fostal employes will carry signs at the Charleston mail facility to protest such grievances as rest breaks, harassment of employes and insufficient parking, according lo Romine. The union representative slated thai in addition, Uie Posl Office management "is not trying to live up to our local contract." and has failed to "sit down and settle the problems." Michigan convention of the National Campers and Hikers Assn. Many of those injured were at an outdoor meeting when the lightning struck. "I was sitting in a chaise lounge, chair- · ing the meeting, when the lightning hit," said Mickey Wahr, 36, Lansing, who was one of the injured. "The next thing I knew I was lying on the ground. My left leg was numbed from the knee down and the right side of my face was numb." William Rentner, 42, Southf ield, said his experience was similar. "I was sitting in a lawn chair . . . when the next thing I knew I was lying on the ground and the chair was on its side. "I've been an electrician for 15 years, but I've never experienced any shock like that before." government indicated it might commute HIP sentences, toughing off a political furor. A government statement said "a sense of political responsibility must prevail" and that a cabinet meeting Monday .would discuss the verdict.' "In the fair state, the work of justice is completed by the final procedure, also constitutionally safeguarded, which permits the reduction of sentences;" it said. But George Mavros, head of the leading opposition party, the Center Union, said: "The government act comprises outright intervention in the cause of justice and holds heavy responsibility . , . We ask for an extraordinary meeting of parliament to decjde without hesitation on the enormous constitutional and political issue which has arisen." . Andreas Papandreou, leader of the Pan- hellenic .Socialist Movement, called on President Constantine Tsatsos to dissolve parliament and announce elections. He said a "serious political crisis . . . which can only be settled through popular will . . . has arisen, because the government had rushed to assure those sentenced that the penalties decided upon would not be executed." In addition to Papadoupoulos, those sentenced 1o death were Stylianos Patakos and Nicholas Makarezos. None showed emotion when the verdict was read. Papadopoulos and Makarezos held the rank of brigadier and Patakos the rank of major general when they retired. The court stripped all three of their ranks and deprived them of retirement pay. Two of the 20 former ranking army officers on trial were acquitted for "lack of jncriminating evidence" against them. Eight defendants including four generals were given life imprisonment and seven others received prison terms ranging from five to 20 years. The defendants have the right to petition the supreme court for a retrial within five days. They can only cite trial irregularities, and are not permitted to appeal against their sentences. Patakos, who served as deputy premier · in Papadopoulos' authoritarian regime, said after the verdict: "If my execution or life imprisonment serves the interests of the motherland, I feel content in the knowledge that there is no value higher than that." "The court's decision leaves me totally indifferent," former junta strong man Brig. Gen Dimitrios loannides commented after being sentenced to life imprisonment for high treason. loannides toppled Papadopoulos in November, 1973, and the following July has own regime collapsed in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS near Beckley, in UMW District 29, another group of miners planned to meet in the town of Sophia. That district was shut down by pickets from District 17, but so-called "right- to strike'' groups in District 29 could give their own impetus to the strike. The two-week-old walkout and picketing had idled an estimated 37,000 men in southern and central West Virginia by Friday as pickets pressed their protest of management's slowness to act on grievances and federal court orders against their strike. The West Virginia Coal Assn. estimated that the strike had prevented the mining of about 1.3 million tons of coal. The strike also spread into eastern Kentucky this past week, and sympathy walkouts sprang up in parts of Ohio and Virginia. A small group of miners staged a rally in Charleston Friday, demanding that federal judges stop interfering with what they consider .to be a local dispute. Some union dissidents denounced UMW President Arnold Miller and demanded his ouster. TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Prospects of a Sinai settlement rose Saturday with assurances to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger that Syria is unlikely to try to torpedo an interim accord between Israel and Egypt. But Israeli opponents continued to demonstrate against the expected agreement. About 250 Israelis gathered outside Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's residence in Jerusalem chanting slogans against the Kissinger shuttle and another 100 conducted a "pray-in" outside Rabin's Tel Aviv apartment. Protesters also tried to block the main highway from Tel Aviv to Haifa with their cars, but police and border troops dispersed them with nightsticks. No injuries were reported. Other demonstrations disrupted traffic in Haifa and Ramat Can, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Kissinger told Syrian President Hafez Assad before returning here from Damascus that Israel seems ready to negotiate a second stage withdrawal on Syria's Golan Heights -- and that he is a willing mediator. (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 1) 200 Gather to Protest Abort ion. Busing, Books By Kay Michael "THERE WILL BE .NO work," said one miner at the rally, "no work at all until ONE LIGHTNING BOLT hit Donald Vander Venter. 47. Jackson, on the head. He said he was knocked out and his watch burned off his wrist. "When I woke up I was lying on the ground and everyone was around me." he said."The doctors said if I hadn't been wearing tennis shoes. I would have been killed." Three hours after being struck, Vander Venter complained about being "woozy and weak in my legs-I don't exactly feel like gelling up and dancing." Dr. Zane Brasharef, who treated most of the victims at Foole Hospilal. said undoubtedly some lives were saved because of the rubber-soled shoes they were wearing. He said the injuries ranged from shock la minor burns and abrasions. | - The coup leaders had refused to testify- on their own behalf. Papadopoulos. who rejected the charges or the court's competence to try him, said at the start of the trial on July 28: "Let history judge my action." Charleston Tidewater Cecil Underwood Resigns Underwood Quits Post At Bethany BETHANY, W.Va. (AP) - Former governor Cecil H. Underwood resigned Saturday as president of Bethany College, following a month of faculty agitation against him. "I take this action for personal reasons to pursue personal plans which will be announced" around the resignation's effective date of Nov. 1, he said. He announced his decision at a special meeting of the college's trustees at a Pittsburgh hotel. The board then authorized board Chairman Dr. Perry E. Gresham to appoint a committee to find a new president for the private Northern Panharfdle liberal arts college, which has an enrollment of about 1,200. Underwood said he called Saturday's trustee meeting last week "to resolve long-standing fundamental issues involving the role of the trustees, the administration and the faculty in the operation of the college." (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 1) Spotlight Always on Sunday IB Building News 9D Business News 4E Classified Ads 6E-11E Columnists IB. 1E-3E Current Affairs IE Editorials 2E Home. Family 1C-14C Magazine ". 1M-28M Obituaries 10D Page Opposite 3E Sports 1D-7D ifour Bridgework 9A Their numbers dwindling, textbook protesters joined abortion and oul-of-state busing critics Saturday in an e f f o r t to breathe new life into the protest movement. Rallies at the peak of the protest have attracted more than 1,000 persons. Of the nearly 200 people who gathered Saturday at Charleston's Municipal Auditorium, about 20 had driven from Kentucky to hear antibusing speakers. On stage was Carol Connors, a spokesman for Kentucky's Concerned Parents Inc. Mrs. Connors said her colleagues traveled with her to make certain no harm came to her. She pledged her support to the antitext- book movement. "Anytime that West Virginia needs us," she said, "we're your neighbors." * * *. BOSTON'S antibusing leader, Louise Day Hicks, wasn't able to accept her speaking "invitation. Standing in for Mrs. Hicks was Andy Donovan, a.representa- tive of Boston's ROAR (Restore Our Alienated Rights). Donovan said people of South Boston are neither racists nor bigots. He said they're just "good people'.' who don't want their children put on buses and sent "to crime infested areas." Although he admitted he has only recently become familiar with Kanawha County's textbook controversy, he promised to "go north to spread the word about these filthy, filthy books." Saturday's event, billed by the Rev. Avis Hill as a national rally, cost protesters an estimated $1,000. Mr. Hill, asking for contributions, said ' the $1,000 figure didn't include air fare and accommodations for speakers. Harry Zain of Charleston asked protesters to join him in what has been a one- man f i g h t against liberalized abortion laws. Zain said Mr. Hill helped him demonstrate at the West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown and asked others to join him in antiabortion activities. He said he plans to continue his trips to Morgantown and demonstrations at the hospital. * * * ' . PRIOR TO the rally. Mr. Hill and his family entertained the audience with songs from their new textbook protest album. In the auditorium lobby, protesters sold refreshments, protest literature, and copies of Mr. Hill's record and tape. A spokesman for the auditorium r.anag- er said vendors would have to reimburse the city a 15 per cent fee of their gross or $15, whichever was more. ' George Dietz of Reedy, a member of the John Birch Society and owner of the American Opinion Bookstore, also sold literature in the lobby. Mr. Hill called for a boycott of all public schools Sept. 4. The Rev. Avis Hill Waits to Go on Stage Coonskin Cap Has Become Symbolic of the Protest *

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