The Press: Deadline at Dawn

The deadline for the strike was set for 5:30 a.m. one day last week. Yet, after three months of negotiating, neither the New York World-Telegram and Sun, biggest (circ. 600,000) newspaper in the Scripps-Howard chain, nor the C.I.O. American Newspaper Guild had entirely given up hope of averting it. For much of the night before the deadline, they had both wrangled over their "final offers." Then they wearily stopped negotiating.

Precisely at 5:30 a.m., slight, blond Ed Easton, 44, W-T & S rewrite man, finished pounding out a picture caption, shut his desk in the third-floor city room and turned in his...

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