- - Wednesday, January 14, 2009


King papers available online

ATLANTA — Scholars and casual researchers can get their hands on important civil rights history — virtually, at least — for the first time as a major portion of Martin Luther King’s papers goes public.

Computer access to the documents, which have been digitized and cataloged, is available at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center.

The papers represent more than 75 percent of a 10,000-item collection bought by a group of civic and business leaders in 2006 from King’s family. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and former Mayor Andrew Young spearheaded the effort to raise $32 million for the purchase.

Morehouse College, King’s alma mater, is custodian of the collection.

The documents include many of King’s speeches and personal writings from 1946 to 1968.

About 7,000 pieces are handwritten by King, including an early draft of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and nearly 100 sermons, some of which never have been published.


Salmonella linked to three deaths

MINNEAPOLIS — Health officials have confirmed that three deaths associated with a national salmonella outbreak occurred in Virginia and Minnesota.

Virginia Department of Health spokeswoman Michelle Peregoy said two adults in Virginia had salmonella when they died. Minnesota health officials said an elderly woman in that state had the illness at the time of her death.

However, it’s not clear that salmonella is what killed them.

Health officials are urging nursing homes, hospitals, schools, universities and restaurants to toss out specific containers of peanut butter linked to the 43-state salmonella outbreak. Seventeen salmonella cases have been reported in Virginia.

The recalled peanut butter was distributed by King Nut Cos. of Solon, Ohio, and manufactured by Peanut Corp. of America in Lynchburg, Va.

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