Youth: Pigs 24, Freaks 5

The hippies began to gather in a Houston schoolyard last week after an early morning rain. They spread their blankets and ponchos on the wet grass and talked quietly among themselves. Then a police paddy wagon and a pickup truck pulled up and the cops leaped out. There were yells—"Let's get the freaks!"—and the police proceeded to beat the young people mercilessly. But the confrontation's results were recorded on a score card instead of a police blotter or hospital admission form. They were playing softball.

The game, touted at precinct headquarters and in the pizza parlors and coffeehouses of Houston's...

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