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Matthew Wood, on a year abroad at the University of Alabama, discusses what life is like today in one of the major battlegrounds of the 60s

Former Black Panther arrested

Ireland, can we have your votes please?

She became Ireland's sweetheart when she won the Eurovision Song Contest. But thirty years on, can Dana adjust to a new life in politics?

Music: Good ol' boys in the hood

Penn and Oldham were a two-man soul hit factory. The events of 1968 changed all that.

American Times: San Francisco - Library has no room for books

SAN FRANCISCO'S main public library is, by common consent, an architectural wonder: an airy, spacious structure generously fitted with chrome and glass, its five open-plan reading floors linked by bridges and staircases clustered around a central atrium that reaches to the stars.

Republican upset in deep south poll

THE RESULT of the Alabama straw poll was such a surprise that it left state dignitaries smiling at their Southern "difference" and sent reporters scurrying to rewrite their headlines. While George W Bush confirmed his standing as front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in Iowa two weeks ago, he did less well when Alabama Republicans delivered their verdict this weekend in the first poll of its kind to be held in the South.

Sacked office worker kills three in Alabama

THREE PEOPLE were shot dead in a small Alabama town yesterday, marking the second time in two weeks that a disgruntled American has taken out his grievances on his former colleagues.

Atlanta killer's wife went in fear of her life feared for her safety

MASS KILLER Mark Barton's first victim last week - his estranged wife, Leigh Ann, 27 - had been worried for her safety but loved Barton's children and wanted to remain involved in their lives, her sister said at the weekend.

Money at the root of killing spree

Disastrous stock market losses and a sense of personal failure sparked Mark Barton's rampage in Atlanta, writes David Usborne

Atlanta massacre: `I hope this won't ruin your day ...'

Atlanta massacre: Lone trader first killed family, then drove downtown with three guns to shoot staff at two offices

Obituary: Frank M. Johnson Jnr

FEDERAL JUDGES do not often find their picture on the cover of Time, that ultimate accolade of transient celebrity. But, in 1967, Frank M. Johnson Jnr did so. He was, the magazine proclaimed, "one of the most important men in America". Normally, such plaudits are little more than publisher's puff. In his case however the description happened to be true. Few men, white or black, played a greater role in the civil rights movement, and in changing the face of the American South.

Dragging Alabama to the altar

Old habits - and laws, such as on interracial marriage - die hard in this Deep South state, writes Andrew Marshall

Obituary: Eddie Stanky

NICKNAMES, AFFECTIONATE and otherwise, have been common in baseball since before the turn of the century.

$2,400 dispute leads to $582m damages

BARBARA CARLISLE and her parents didn't like the way they were messed around over the financing of their two new satellite dishes, so they did the all-American thing and sued. And hit the jackpot.

The Books Interview: Jeremy Seal, Fangs for the memory

Jeremy Seal travelled to confront his worst fear - but snakes still terrify him.

Obituary: Jimmy Day

JIMMY DAY was among the most prolific and influential pedal steel guitarists in country music history. Buddy Emmons, himself a master of the instrument, called him "the only steel guitar player I've heard, or heard of, that no one has been able to copy. He captures his feelings on the fly, and if you don't catch it the first time it could well be history."
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