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yuate's wake-
Professor Mosqueda Carranza looks at the destruction in a Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California classroom resulting
from an earthquake which hit the area Sunday. Approximately 77 students attending evening classes were injured
during the quake.
For dBsIBaker among

-Warlnesdav. June 11, 1980-Page 9
Judge lets,
Potts drop
last-minute
appeal of
execution
ATLANTA (AP) - Convicted mur-
derer Jack Howard Potts, changing his
mind about living or dying, convinced a
federal judge yesterday to let him drop
a last-minute appeal that blocked his
execution in Georgia's electric chair
last week.
U.S. District Judge William O'Kelley
agreed to cancel the stay of execution
he had signed last Wednesday just 13
hours before Potts' scheduled
execution.
POTTS, DRESSED in prison garb
and with his head completely shaved,
was taken into O'Kelley's courtroom
guarded by two corrections officers and
twostate troopers.
The 35-year-old condemned man's
sister-in-law, Marty Potts, blinked back
tears. A former ,girlfriend, Diane
Nicholson, sat on the edge of a cour-
troom bench, finally hiding her face in
her hands and sobbing-when the judge
announced his decision.
For much of the 90-minute hearing
O'Kelley posed questions to Potta,
seated in the witness stand, while an
Emory University psychiatrist obser-
ved from the jury box.
O'KELLEY ASKED Potts if he un-
derstood the consequences of dropping
the appeals.
"Yes, sir, I do," he replied.
"Do you still persist?" the judge
asked.
"YES, I DO," Potts replied.
"Why?" O'Kelley asked.
"I was tried by a jury of 12 men and
was found guilty of a murder I commit-
ted," Potts answered. "I can argue
constitutional laws that may have been
overlooked ... but I see no sense going
on further and further and probably end
up dying in the electric chair again."
"I think Mr. Potts understands what
it is he is requesting, the nature of the
request and the consequences," said
Emory University psychiatrist Dr.

Reagan
WASHINGTON (UPI)-One of
Ronald Reagan's chief congressional
advisers said yesterday that five
men-all with Washington experien-
ce-currently are being actively con-
side'ed as possible vice presidential
candidates.
They are Gerald Ford, former U.N.
Ambassador George Bush, Senate
Republican leader Howard Baker of
Tennessee, Sen. Richard Lugar of In-
diana and Rep. Jack Kemp of upstate
New York.
Senate
rej eets
fe-mal e
r
registration
(Continued from Page 1)
renew registration of young men this
summer.
The proposal would require an
estimated four million 19- and 20-year-
old men to fill out registration forms at
post offices throughout the country,
probably in mid-July. Failure to register
is a felony that carries a maximum
penalty of five years in prison and a
$10,000 fine.
Registration was ended in 1975
through an executive order by then-
President Gerald Ford. Carter, prom-
pted by the Soviet invasionof
Afghanistan, announced renewal of the
program earlier this year.
Hatfield succeeded in keeping alive
an amendment that could delay
registration by forcing the Selective
Service System to throw away
registration forms already in stock and
prit new ones.

V.p. candidates

TWO WEEKS AGO, the Reagan
campaign said there was a list of 18
people, including two women, on a vice
presidential list.
Rep. Thomas Evans (R-Del.), chair-
man of Reagan's congressional
steering committee, said he has been
"pointing out the pros and cons" of
possibilities to Reagan as their names
come up.
He named the five as being "under
active consideration," in a chat with
reporters after he released a list of two
dozen House backers of Bush who now
promise to campaign actively for
Reagan.
BUT EVANS SAID he has not made a
recommendation and the list of five
could change by the time of the
Republican National Convention star-
ting July 14.
Evans also mentioned Reagan cam-
paign chairman Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-
Nev.) as a sixth possibility.
The list contained no surprises but
was noteworthy because of its source

and timing.
"HE HAS NOT made up his mind and
won't for a number of weeks," Evans
said.
"I would think that Governor Reagan
would want someone with Washington
experience-past or present," he said,
pointedly including Bush and Ford by
the remark.
Ford has ruled himself out, saying it
would violate the spirit, if not the letter,
of the Constitution for two people from
the same state to be on the ticket.
Bush and Baker have said they are
not interested, although their
disclaimers are not considered binding.
Kemp has said he would be interested,
but has disavowed an independent
committee formed to work for his
nomination.
The independent Kemp committee
announced yesterday it will spend
$75,000 and set up headquarters in
Detroit to put pressure on Reagan to
name the former Buffalo Bills quarter-
back.

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