Los Angeles: Reprise of a Nightmare

Red riot flares sputtered in the dusk.

Shards of glass littered the sidewalks.

Platoons of police with shotguns at the ready prowled nearly deserted streets.

And in the midst of the anger and desolation that is Watts, a Negro wom an cowered inside a store and sobbed:

"It's like a nightmare happening all over again."

For a few tense hours, it seemed so.

It was the second time in seven months that the Los Angeles slum had erupted in anarchy. Though last week's rioting in Watts appeared almost mild compared with the six-day wave of savagery that left 35 dead, 1,032 injured and more than...

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