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Saturday August 5, 1972
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News stories from Saturday August 5, 1972


Summaries of the stories the major media outlets considered to be of particular importance on this date:

  • Senator George McGovern chose Sargent Shriver as his Vice-Presidential running mate after Senator Edmund Muskie rejected his invitation to join the Democratic ticket. Mr. Shriver was the first director of the Peace Corps under his brother-in-law, President Kennedy, and headed the anti-poverty program under President Johnson. He will be nominated at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Washington Tuesday night. [New York Times]
  • Chief Justice Warren Burger announced that the Supreme Court had declined to upset Justice William O' Douglas's stay of the Pentagon Papers case trial. Justice Burger said that "after consultation with all members of the Court except Justice Douglas, who granted the stay, the motion to call a special session of the Court is declined." The trial is not expected to begin until October and possibly not for many months. [New York Times]
  • The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs announced that 42 persons connected with Timothy Leary's sex and drug sect, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, were arrested with large quantities of LSD, hashish, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs were seized in dawn raids in California, Oregon and Hawaii. Federal, state and local narcotics officers participated in the raids, which were said to be one of the largest coordinated crackdowns on narcotics trafficking. [New York Times]
  • Residents of Jackson Hole, Wyo., are engaged in a bitter battle over the future of Grand Teton National Park. Environmentalists and townspeople are fighting the expansion of the local airport in the nearby park to accommodate jet planes. the expansion is backed by local businessmen and political leaders. Congress has appropriated $2.1 million for the project. [New York Times]
  • President Nguyen Van Thieu issued a stringent decree today that seems certain to close many and perhaps most daily newspapers in South Vietnam. The decree requires every daily paper to deposit about $47,000 in the government treasury within 30 days. The money is to serve to guarantee the payment of any possible future fines and court charges for violations of the government's strict press code on matters of "national security." Many of the newspapers are expected to shut because they cannot raise that amount of money. [New York Times]


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