Nation: Inquest on Chappaquiddick

AFTER the many months of argument among expensive attorneys, confused public officials and embattled judges in two states, the long-awaited inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne proved unexpectedly low-key and uneventful. Intruding upon the wintertime serenity of Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, the inquest gave Senator Edward Kennedy new hope that he may yet recover from the public disgrace of the night his car hurtled off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.

Nearly 200 newsmen milled about the small town (pop. 1,500), searching, mostly in vain, for a breaking story. Those facing hourly...

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