Looking Back

Fifty years ago today, September 8, 1966

GI Toll Hits 5,000

The number of Americans killed in action in Viet Nam was officially placed today at 4,993. U.S. military spokesmen said it was a “safe assumption” that the toll had passed 5,000.

Jenkins Promoted

Ray Jenkins, a reporter who helped win the Pulitzer Prize for The Ledger in 1955, has been named editorial page editor of The Alabama Journal in Montgomery. William H. McDonald, replaces Grover C. Hall Jr., who has been editor of The Advertiser editorial page for many years.

‘Accuser’ Law

Gubernatorial candidate Jimmy Carter today called for repeal of Georgia’s unique “face your accuser” law. The law allows public officials charged with malfeasance in office to testify before a grand jury considering their case and to cross-examine accusers and other witnesses. Other defendants are denied this in grand jury appearances.