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Saturday, July 3, 1976


Page Three

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Recallingthe ast death row
EDITOR'S NOTE:'When the last prisoner in Ohio was graphs of the 314 men who previously had taken The Roman Catholic chaplain.
executed in 1903, Associated Press reporter Alvin Orton t
Jr. was a witness. on Friday telnowing the U. S. Su- Last Walk. quetly.
preine Court's decision on the death penalty, Orton Only a few muted whi
BeeaVIedNTthatJnightIN THE REAR of the building was a solitary cell Reinbolt as he strode to th
Associated Press Writer where the 29-year-old Reirnbolt, who had spent a strapped in. A robber ho
UB Sso -AnxosW e peere quarter of his life in prison, had spent his final head. His right hand tight]
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Anxious faces peered days. fix.
through barred cellblock windows as our small Before we went to the execution chamber, the Again, the warden nod
group walked briskly across the prison yard. The warden, E. L. Maxwell, briefed those of us required couple of slits in the wall
inmates knew the arrival of the warden and his en- to ascertain that the sentence was carried out. was a hum and Reinbolt's
tourage meant that the life of Donald Reinbolt He explained that the condemned man had been high current poured throt
neared ais end, carefully conditioned emotionally and spiritually. Although Reinbolt, forn
It was March 15, 1963, a cold night. Reinbolt, a The guards working on the execution were well-re- had been shaved where
petty thief convicted of murdering a Columbus hearsed. No distractions would be allowed, placed on his body, a ste
grocer during a $60 robbery, was to become the last the small room.
man to die in Ohio's electric chair. If a witness fainted no one could go to his aid, THEN, SILENCE, sav
In a little red brick building at one end of the No talkig. No picture-taking. clock.
ancient Penitentiary complex stood the electric Now, we were lined up single file in front of and Dr. R. H. Brooks, thep
chair, its mahogany finish gleaming, thick cables about ten feet away from the electric chair, viser, placed a stethoscope
snaking into an adjacent room. tened, stepped back and w
Lining the opposite wall, welcoming the newest THE WARDEN NODDED and the bespectacled More ticking, as the do
member to an undesired fraternity, were photo- Reinbolt entered the room on the arm of the prison's dore twice before finally de

Both recited prayers
mpers were heard from
he chair and quickly was
od was placed over his
ly gripped a small cruci-
ded, this time toward a
behind the chair. There
body lurched forward as
h it,
ser car thief and forger,
electrodes were to be
nch of singed hair filled
e the ticking of a wall
prison's chief medical ad-
to the man's chest, is-
ctor repeated the proce-
eclaring Reinbolt dead.

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U.S. may clean up Teamsters

WASHINGTON 0't - The government
appears ready to take whatever action is
necessary to clean up a Teamsters Un-
ion pension fund, ranking members of
the Senate Labor Committee said yester-
Chairman Harrison Williams, (D N.J.)
and Sen. Jacob Javits, (R-N.Y.) also
said the federal probe does not appear
to have been compromised by Labor Sec-
retary W. J. Usery's recent public praise
of Teamsters officers.
HOWEVER THEY both called Usery's
comment unwise.
Another member of the panel, Sen
John Durkin, (D-N.T.) said Usery's com-
ments already had tainted the investiga-
tion. He called for Usery to "give seri-
ous consideration to stepping aside as
secretary of labor."
Durkin also urged formation of a se-
lect Senate panel similar to the former
Senate Watergate committee to probe
the scandal-plagued union.
THE SENATORS commented after a
closed-door briefing on the progress of
a joint Justice - Labor Department in-
vestigation into the Union's $1.4-billion
Central States Pension Fund. That probe
is focusing on allegations that organiz-
ed crime figures have benefitted from
loans made by the fund.
"I was left with the solid feeling that
the investigation is proceeding efficient-
ly, effectively, with force and vigor,"
Williams said.
Both he and Javits said they are con-
vinced the government will prosecute
any wrongdoers in the case and act
firmly to protect the stake of rank and
file Teamsters members in the fund -
even if it means the government itself
has to step and rt the program.
in June

"THE REMEDY will be tailored to the
situation," Williams said.
They also said the Internal Revenue
Service, which recently revoked the tax-
exemipt status of the fund, apparently
without checking first with Labor De-
partment officials, has now agreed to
cooperate more fully with the two other
agencies in the probe.
See U.S., Page It
What! No Daily?
When you wake up Tuesday morning
your vacation will be over. With an ex-
tended weekend of fireworks, tennis, and
picnics behind, you realize that its time
to get back to the old grind, and you
aren't happy about it. Grumbling about
work, and still half asleep you go to the
front disor to pick up your copy of The
Daily and it's not there! This is the last
straw. "I have to work today, and so
should they," you think to ysiurself while
cursing us out loud. But stop a minute to
think, and you'll realize that for you to
get a Daily on Tuesday morning we
would have to have worked all day Mon-
day. Surely we deserve at least two
days off to celebrate our nation's 200th
birthday; it doesn't happen very often
you know. We at The Daily thank you
for being so understanding, and we pro-
mise not to let it happen again. At least
not for another 100 years or so.
.today at 2:00, there willbe a dedi-
cation of Cobblestone Farm on Packard
Rd., followed by an old fashioned ice-
cream social . . . also today, the Outing
Club offer hiking and swimming. Meet
at 0:30 at. the North entry to the Rack-
ham Bldg. . . . at 3:30 tomorrow, the of-
ficial Ann Arbor Bicentennial celebra-
tion will begin. It will be at Buhr Park,
and will feature music, dancing, magic,
and fireworks . . . Tuesday, the Stu-
dents' International Meditation Society
will present an introductory lecture on
Transdentental Meditation at 2:00-and
7:30 in the Mult-purpoise Rm. of the
Weather or not
It will be a suitable weekend for our
nation's 200th birthday with sunny skies
and warm temperatures. The high today
will be 80 while the low will be near

What's lett
Sue Alpert, who runs a mail order firm called the Left Handed Complement,
sits behind various items in Anaheim sold by her company for use by left
handed people.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford was confronted ic affair
with a new election-year problem yesterday - an increase had bees
to 7.5 per cent in the June unemployment rate. in empl
The jobless rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point least for
in June from the May level, the first increase since Sep-
tember, the government said. It was the largest monthly THI
rise since May of 1975, the worst month of the recession. told a
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT said the number of job- dent's a
less Americans increased 280,000 in June to 7.1 million, go below
while the number of employed dropped 200,000 to 87.5 mil- "We
lion. without
The White House sought to explain the increase as a
statistical quirk, but other administration economists said UNE
that could be only a partial explanation. Labor Department every c
analysts declined to concede any problems in their num- agers. E
bers, a rise
Sidney ,. Jones, assistant treasury secretary for econom-


-s, said that while an increase in the jobless rate
n expected, it indicates that the recent rapid increase
oyment and the sharp drops in unemployment "at
- one month have leveled off."
S "OBVIOUSLY IS A disappointing figure," he
e House Press Secretary Ron Nessen said the Presi-
dvisers still believe that the unemployment rate will
w 7 per cent by the end of the year.
did not expect the unemployment to go straight down
a monthly uptick or two," Nessen said.
.MPLOYMENT INCREASED in June for nearly
ategory of the nation's labor force, except teen-
Even worse, in the opinion of some analysts, was
of nearly two weeks in the average duration of
See JOBLESS, Page it

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