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   Color Country Spectrum (Newspaper) - July 6, 1976, Saint George, Utah                               Local forecast Cedar City: Mostly sunny and continued hot through Wednesday; slight chance of afternoon or evening thun- dershowers; overnight low 60 high Wednesday 94. St. George: Fair and con- tinued hot through Wednes- day; overnight low 68. high Wednesday 1M. Color Country Spectrum Volume 13 Number 97 The printed voice of Utah's booming Southwest! Tuesday, July U.S. starts second 200 The last flickers of fireworks glimmered in the night skies and burned out. weary travelers headed home and cleanup crews replaced brass band-, along parade routes. The nation's biggest Fourth of July celebration was over. For three days. Americans celebrated the 200th anniversary of their freedom. They sang it. paraded it anil wrote it in fire in the night skies. Today, they settled down to begin the next 200 years. Parades and fireworks displays in scattered cities and towns Monday night capped a weekend of unparalleled patriotic ex- travaganzas. But about 1.500 unhappy Bicentennial wagoneers had enough of Valley Forge and many left Monday, complaining that facilities were inadequate. Organizers at Valley Forge, where Washington's troops suffered privation. Queen Elizabeth arrives today PHILADELPHIA (UPI) Queen Elizabeth II of England and her husband. Prince Philip, were sailing into Philadelphia from Bermuda today to begin a seven-day visit to the eastern United States. Philadelphia hardly seemed prepared for the arrival of the royal visitors after the weekend celebration of America's 200 birthday. Mam streets were littered with thousands of tons of trash beer bottles and cans, and unending vistas of paper dumped by revelers. By no means all Philadelphians were aware just who today's visitors were. Taxi driver Jim Porter said he thought the city could have done better cleaning up to welcome such visitors as "King Philip and the Queen of England." The visitors were to berth at the ocean gateway to the city. Penn's Landing, aboard the royal yacht Britannia, to visit historic spots and to dine and wine its prominent citizens and to be dined and wined in return. Among the queen's stops was the Liberty Bell Pavilion and the Penn Mutual observation deck, which has a panoramic view of Philadelphia. The highlight of the visit was to be the afternoon presentation of a specially cast Bicentennial bell which she was to present to the city in her only speech of the day. In the afternoon, she was to entertain the governors attending the National Governor's Conference at nearby Hershev. Pa., with their wives. disease and bitter cold 200 years ago, say 3.000 wagoneers more than expected showed up. They said the ran out of food once on Saturday thai they had complaints about toilet facilities and food for the horses that drew the wagons from all 50 states. President Ford told 105 new citizens from 23 countries at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Virginia Monday "there is still something wonderful about being an American." But he warned against "a growing danger to this country' in conformity of thought and taste and behavior." In Jackson. Mich.. Republicans gathered to re-enact their party's first national conven- tion. The GOP was officially founded "under the oaks" of Jackson in 1854. Warnings of radical that haunted Fourth of July party preparations in Philadelphia proved unwarranted. The only mess the city was cleaning up was the usual one, left in the wake of happy celebrants. Joe Diapoletino, 17. a Drexel Hill. Pa., high school student, spent the Fourth selling beer to Bicentennial throngs in Philadelphia illegally. "I must have made he said. "I was charging SI a can and it only cost me S2 for a six-pack. I know its illegal but the cops don't care." There were a few brawls. Bottle-throwing incidents Monday in a crowd of gathered for a Bicentennial parade at Bristol. R.I.. injured several persons injured and resulted in several arrests. In Cocoa Beach. Fla.. one girl was raped, another person suffered a broken leg and 30 persons were arrested in a Fourth of July melee. New York City's lower Manhattan resembled a land-fill dump in the wake of the multimillion human horde that jammed its shoreline Sunday night to watch fireworks exploding over the Statue of Liberty. Monday found the area glowing with goodwill as throngs turned out in sunshine to tour sailing ships from several nations that lingered in the harbor after participating in a Bicentennial regatta. But perhaps one of the best expressions of the American spirit came in messages of Bicentennial congratulations from 14 political prisoners who said they were being held in labor camps in the Soviet Union. "Neither barbed wire, nor machine guns, nor watchtowers. nor guard dogs nothing can prevent us. political prisoners of the USSR, from being together with you at this great hour of world history." they said in a statement distributed to Western correspon- dents. "We wish the American people fulfilment of their goals, established by the founding fathers the creation of a brotherhood of free nations, a family of free people." Final 200th birthday burst Americas begin the second 200 years after participating in the weekend celebration. The final iUckets of fire- works lit the skies in Southern Utah Monday night, such as those in St. George pictured above. Toll ends short I'nited Press International Perhaps American motorists were being extra careful- Perhaps they just didn't do as much driving as expected. But the Bicenten- nial holiday appears to have missed one mark no one wanted 530 traffu deaths. The weekend was not without the highway tragedies. Eight of 11 persons jammed into an automobile drowned in a Montana lake in the worst traffic accident reported during the Fourth of July weekend. The car. filled with members of a Browning. Mont., family returning from an Indian powwow, plunged from a highway on an Indian reservation Sunday night. Survivors said a faulty steering wheel was to blame. The National Safety Council had estimated between 530 and 630 persons could die in traffic mishaps during the holiday weekend, which began at 6 p.m. local time Friday and ended at midnight Monday. But by Sunday night, the council said the death toll probably would be below the lowest end of its projection. A UPI count showed 495 persons died in traffic mishaps during the long holiday weekend. A breakdown of accidental deaths: Traffic 495 Drowning 122 Planes 13 Total 630 Texas reported 47 traffic deaths. California 36. Ohio 24. New York 22. Florida 21. Illinois 20. Georgia 18. Arkansas 17. and North Carolina. Montana and Pennsylvania 16 each. No traffic fatalities were reported in Alaska. North Dakota. South Dakota and Vermont. A safety council spokesman said Americans may have been too busy with celebrations of their own to jam the roads in the numbers anticipated for the more spectacular observances around the country. The council had estimated Americans would drive 17.3 billion miles during the period. "Our reports are that crowds were smaller than anticipated." he said. "Or maybe people v.cre driving more carefully with all the children in the car. We're hoping people drove more safely." One of the worst plane crashes of the weekend occurred Monday at the new Seymour Airport near Columbus. Ind.. nine minutes after the airport was officially opened. Two single-engine planes took off. flew "in formation" for a short distance and collided. All five occupants died. Convicted guerrila hijackers Israel ponders executions Crowds jammed the park in Cedar City Monday to celebrate the nation's 200th birthday. Activities in Cedar City included a parade, games, food, contests and Americanism speeches. TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) The Israeli government is expected to look into the possibility of death sentences for convicted guerrillas ir. the wake of its stunning blow against hijackers in Uganda. Political sources said today Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin wants his cabinet to review the government's policy of never executing a Palestinian guerrilla. They said Rabin told a closed meeting of the Monday night that a life sentence for a guerrilla convicted of murder was "an opening for blackmail." Lebanon fighting (lightens BEIRUT. Lebanon (UPI) Fighting along several fronts gave Lebanon its bloodiest day in 15 months war Monday and forced postponement of secret Arab Leaguearranged peace talks among the nation's warring factions. League Secretary General Mahmoud Riad was quoted bv a local radio station as saying the talks- scheduled Monday night at the mountain reson of Sofar near Beirut, had been canceled because of an inability to guarantee security. A meeting between a threeman Arab mediation team led by Riad and Christian leaders was also called off because of "sudden tension" caused by a Moslem assault on the Christian village of Chekka. south of Tripoli, the radio said. The Arab League team reportedly returned to Damascus. Fighting around Chekka. President Suleiman Franjieh's hometown of Zghorta. a besieged Palestinian refugee camp and along Beirut's Somile confrontation line Monday produced the worst recorded slaughter in the 15-month war 259 dead and more than 237 wounded. A left-wing radio station said Christian forces, who have captured most of the Tal Zaatar refugee camp during a two-week offensive. Monday renewed attacks against the last holdouts in the camp on Beirut's southeast fnnge. Heavy mortar and machine gun clashes forced a convoy of Red Cross ambulances to turn back without evacuating the wounded many of whom had gone untreated for days because of a lack of water and medical supplies. Political sources said the cabinet would likely meet within a few weeks to discuss the issue. Israel has two laws that permit the death penalty the still valid former British colonial government's 1945 antiterrorism statute and a 1961 measure on Nazi crimes against humanity. In Israel's only execution. Nazi Gen. Adolf Eichmann was hanged in 1962. Israeli military" courts have sentenced three Palestinians to death for murder, the latest last month, but the military command commuted all the sentences to life in prison. In an effort to explain the raid against Uganda's Entebbe airport, the Israeli government individually has briefed all foreign ambassadors. Israeli officials said the government had been willing to negotiate an exchange of prisoners, but resorted to a commando raid to free 104 hostages when the hijackers demanded unacceptable terms. They said Israel would have been willing to go along with an exchange if it had taken place in a neutral country, but the hijackers insisted on the exchange occurring in Uganda. Israeli leaders have accused Ugandan President Idi Amm of siding actively with the hijackers, letting them bring in reinforcements with arms and explosives after landing in Entebbe. Israeli aid teams helped build much of the Ugandan airport before Amin broke relations with the Jewish state in 1972. Military observers said Israel's knowledge of Entebbe helped in the dramatic rescue. Despite criticism of the raid. Israeli leaders said the Jewish state will continue to act as it sees fit to protect its citizens anywhere in the world. Israel bolstered its border patrols Monday in the face of Arab anger over the raid but authoritative sources denied reports there was a full military alert. The government has threatened to adopt sanctions against countries with airlines that fly- to Israel if they fail to step up security measures against hijacking. Minister of Transport Gad Yaacobi said he also asked airlines that fly from Israel to curtail stopovers at airports lacking proper security facilities. He did not cite any specific airports. The hijacked Air France jetliner was on a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris June 27 when it was seized shortly after an Athens stopover. After refueling in Libya, the hijackers ordered it to Entebbe. Uganda. Hijacker surrenders in Mallorca after flight PALMA DE MALLORCA. Spain (UPI) A Tunisian passenger hijacked a Libyan airliner today and forced it fly ?o Algiers, but later surrendered Jo Spanish auShorities when the plane landed in Palma de Maliorca. police said. The plane, carrying sfi was hijacked on a flight from Tripoli to Benghazi I? wa> refused-permission to land at civilian airports in Algiers and Tunis, but made a brief stop at an Algerian military airfield before flying on to Mallorca. Police there was only one hijacker, a Tunisian. They did not give his name nor indicate his motive Officials sources in Tum.sia originally reported the plane hijacked by a group of dissident Libyans belonging to the opposition movement "Ech Chaab Oaui" (Vigilant Youth.) The agency Europa Press said the hijacker was armed with two guns and two knives. It said he may have been mentally deranged. Police said 86 persons aboard the plane variously identified as a Boeing 727 or 707 were safe. The plane radioed Palma de Mallorca airport busy with many special flights during the holiday- season that it had been hijacked and would make a refueling stop, the national news agency Cifra said. Thousands celebrate with few accidents Thousands of residents of Color Country will remember a weekend of jubilant celebration as communities throughout southwestern Utah participated in the Bicentennial celebration over the past weekend. Parades, parachutists, rodeos, races, firewordks- all were enjoyed as good weather prevailed and the crowds gathered. And to make the celebration even more memorable, there were few incidents to mark it Other than the power outage which engulfed the entire state on Sunday, about the only incident was a small brush fire on the hill north of St George last night caused as a result of fireworks. The fire briefly exploded out of control but was quickly contained by the St George Fire Department before any damage resulted. 'SPAPERI 'SPAPERI   

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