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June 22, 2005

Passed over by national theater chains, Greenville’s Nelken builds his own

For three or four years, Greenville’s Benjy Nelken was on a committee that tried to interest one of the national movie chains in building a modern, up-to-date theater in Greenville. Nelken said he has always been a movie buff, and wanted to see movies “the […]
June 21, 2005

Killen found guilty

Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty today, on the 41st anniversary of the murders of Ben Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, of manslaughter on all three counts of his indictment. He was taken to the Neshoba County jail and will await sentencing on Thursday. […]
June 19, 2005

Defense continues in Killen trial

Court resumed Saturday in the murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen. The State called the mother of murder victim James Chaney, Fannie Lee Chaney, to the stand. The prosecution rested their case, and the defense called three people to testify before court wrapped up late […]
June 17, 2005

More testimony in Killen trial

Following is further DSJV coverage of the Edgar Ray Killen trial for the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney. This is ***in no way*** an official transcript; however, we wanted to make these statements (excerpts) from the trial today available to our […]
June 16, 2005

Schwerner’s widow testifies in Killen trial

The DSJV was in Philadelphia, MS today covering the Edgar Ray Killen trial. Here is an update: Michael Schwerner’s widow, Rita Schwerner Bender, testified today. She spoke about the work that she and her husband had done to organize voter registration and freedom schools in […]
June 15, 2005

Jury seated in Killen trial

A jury has been seated today for the trial of Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney. The jury panel consists of thirteen whites and four blacks (five of the jurors are alternates). Killen is accused of […]
June 2, 2005

September Alabama trade mission to Israel planned

There are upcoming meetings across Alabama to recruit company leaders for an economic mission to Israel. The Birmingham Jewish Federation, Tech Birmingham and the Atlanta-based American Israel Chamber of Commerce for the Southeast are coordinating the September 2005 mission, which will last one week. The […]
May 20, 2005

From the Space Shuttle to designing Judaica

By Larisa Thomason Deep South Jewish Voice Huntsville artist Shoshanna (who prefers to only use her first name professionally) has learned a lot about Judaism and Jewish practices since she began creating custom Judaica almost 10 years ago. “Specifically,” she laughed, “I’ve found that if […]
May 13, 2005

A year after commission approved, first Mississippi Holocaust education seminar held

Warren Marcus gets a sense from area teachers of what questions students are asking about the Holocaust Warren Marcus looked around the room and said to the 30 teachers, “raise your hand if a kid asked (in class) ‘why didn’t the Jews fight back’,” during […]