The Press: Renewed Crusade

The roomful of reporters and photographers burst into applause at a Manhattan hospital last week as syndicated Labor Columnist Victor Riesel entered. It was 41-year-old Riesel's first press conference since he was blinded six weeks earlier by an unknown acid thrower (TIME, April 16 et seq.). The little (5 ft. 4 in.) New York Daily Mirror columnist had lost 30 Ibs. Two neat white surgical pads shielded his eyes. But Riesel was cheerfully game and bristling with determination to renew his long fight against labor racketeers, whom he charges with the acid attack.

He thanked his doctors for repairing his facial burns....

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