- - Monday, July 9, 2012

BISMARCK — A North Dakota man is charged with manslaughter after two young brothers from Texas died when authorities say he lost control of his speeding pickup truck and drove over their tent at a campground.

Bottineau County prosecutor Swain Benson says Juan Acosta, 30, also is charged with reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and drunken driving.

The Newburg man was arrested after the Sunday crash and is expected to appear in court Tuesday. Mr. Benson didn’t immediately know if Mr. Acosta has an attorney. There was no answer Monday evening at a phone listing for Mr. Acosta.

The crash killed 5-year-old Alaries Ruiz and his 9-year-old brother, Cyris. Their 28-year-old father suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. A 9-year-old friend of the boys also sustained minor injuries.


NAACP head: Voter-ID fight akin to ‘60s battles

HOUSTON — The head of the NAACP on Monday likened the group’s fight against conservative-backed voter ID laws that have been passed in several states to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said these are “Selma and Montgomery times,” referring to historic Alabama civil rights confrontations. He challenged those attending the NAACP’s annual convention to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.

“We must overwhelm the rising tide of voting suppression with the high tide of registration and mobilization and motivation and protection,” he said.

“Simply put, the NAACP will never stand by as any state tries to encode discrimination into law.”

The power to vote will be a key theme of the weeklong 103rd convention, which was expected to host about 8,000 attendees. An appearance by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was postponed from Monday until Tuesday, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Vice President Joseph R. Biden were also expected to speak at some point.

Since 2010, at least 10 states, including Texas, have passed laws requiring people to show a government-issued photo identification card when they go to the polls.


Elizabeth Edwards‘ grave marked with footstone

RALEIGH — Nineteen months after her death, a permanent marker has been placed on the grave of Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

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