- - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ALABAMA

Trial date set in civil rights death

MARION | A judge has set a Nov. 29 trial date for a former Alabama state trooper charged with murder in a 1960s shooting that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

Alabama Circuit Judge Tommy Jones also refused to step down from the case against James Bonard Fowler, 76, a decision the district attorney said he would appeal.

That could cause an additional delay in the case against Mr. Fowler, who was indicted more than three years ago in the 1965 death of Jimmie Lee Jackson during a civil rights march in Marion.

Mr. Fowler, who is white, contends he fired in self-defense when Mr. Jackson, who was black, attacked him.

Mr. Jackson’s death prompted the civil rights march in Selma that became known as “Bloody Sunday” when it was turned back by club-swinging troopers.

ALASKA

Tourist drowns at ‘Into the Wild’ site

FAIRBANKS | A Swiss woman who was trying to wade across a swollen Alaska river to see an abandoned bus made famous in the movie “Into the Wild” has drowned, state troopers said.

Troopers said Claire Jane Ackermann, 29, attempted to cross the Teklanika River with a 27-year-old man from France on Saturday when they lost their footing and were pulled under by the current. The man survived.

The old Fairbanks city bus was where Chris McCandless, 24, camped out and starved to death in 1992. It has become a destination for adventurers.

The 2007 movie was an adaptation of the Jon Krakauer book about McCandless, who began wandering across the country after college.

CALIFORNIA

Celebrity surgeon killed in car crash

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