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September 1, 1990 | PHIL WEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was Frank Beacham's conscience that led him to write and direct his latest radio drama. As a cub reporter in 1968 at WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., one of his first assignments was to cover an incident on the South Carolina State College campus in Orangeburg--three black students shot to death by highway patrolmen. At first believed to be a shoot-out between black protesters and law-enforcement officers, it was later revealed that the blacks did not have guns and were fired at while retreating.
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September 1, 1990 | PHIL WEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was Frank Beacham's conscience that led him to write and direct his latest radio drama. As a cub reporter in 1968 at WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., one of his first assignments was to cover an incident on the South Carolina State College campus in Orangeburg--three black students shot to death by highway patrolmen. At first believed to be a shoot-out between black protesters and law-enforcement officers, it was later revealed that the blacks did not have guns and were fired at while retreating.
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