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Simone Mary Zieler
TOMAH ? Simone Mary Zieler, 80, of Tomah passed away peacefully with family at her side on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Dallys Olson
Dallys Olson, 74, of Tomah passed away July 20, 2014, at Tomah Healthcare Center.

Gilbert 'Gib' Seflow
WARRENS ? Gilbert ?Gib? Seflow, 90, of Warrens passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at home.

Mary K. Kiser
CAMP DOUGLAS ? Mary K. Kiser, 67, of Camp Douglas passed away July 22, 2014, at Serenity House in Tomah.

Viroqua defeats Tomah to claim regional crown
The Tomah American Legion Post 201 Juniors baseball squad reached the championship round Sunday.

Letter: Broad experience recommends Revels for sheriff
I encourage Monroe County residents to vote for Wes Revels in the upcoming election for Monroe County Sheriff.

Letter: Revels most experienced candidate for sheriff
Vote for the most experienced and the most qualified candidate for Monroe County sheriff on Aug. 12!

Column: Covering up against the insect horde
I would think the field of entomology would be a solid profession to pursue.

Column: Outdated photo bogus defense against voter fraud
I renewed my Wisconsin driver?s license Monday.

Lawmakers sound alarm on school finance
A veteran state Senator urged voters to hold candidates for state Legislature accountable for their views on public school funding.

 

National News
Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence loomed between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel and Hamas-led Islamist fighters setting seemingly irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin by a Muslim festival next week, Kerry worked the phones from Egypt, while aides made clear his patience was waning. The urgency was spurred on Thursday by the killing of 15 people as they sheltered at a U.N.-run school in the northern Gaza Strip, which local officials blamed on Israeli shelling. Israel said its forces had come under attack from Palestinian guerrillas in the area of the school and that they had shot back.

EU reaches preliminary deal on Russia economic sanctions

Ukraine's President Poroshenko smiles as he speaks during news conference at EU Council in BrusselsBy Adrian Croft and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details remained to be worked out, diplomats said. The 28-nation EU has toughened its stance towards Moscow since last week's downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. After a discussion that lasted all day Thursday and part of Friday, ambassadors asked the EU's executive Commission to draw up a legal text setting out economic sanctions that the EU would impose for possible agreement next week.




Bad weather likely cause of fatal Air Algerie crash: French officials

An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in AlgiersBy Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack. "French soldiers who are on the ground have started the first investigations. Sadly there are no survivors," French President Francois Hollande told reporters.




China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores Palace in CaracasChina investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first six months of 2014, state media said on Friday, amid a nationwide crackdown on graft. Nearly 85 percent of the cases investigators pursued involved bribes of more than 50,000 yuan ($8,000) or embezzlement of 100,000 yuan, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the country's top prosecutor, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP). China's leadership under President Xi Jinping has presided over an anti-graft campaign to shore up a ruling mandate shaken by suspicion that officials waste taxpayer money or use their positions for personal advantage. Xi has said graft threatens the survival of the ruling Communist Party.




Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki - step aside
By Raheem, Salman and Isra' al-Rubai'i BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's senior cleric on Friday urged political leaders to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders should show flexibility so that political deadlocks could be broken and Iraq could confront militants. Last month, Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant swept through northern and western Iraq, posing the biggest challenge to Maliki's Shi'ite-led government since the departure of U.S. forces in 2011. Critics say Maliki is a divisive figure whose alienation of Sunnis has fueled sectarian hatred and played into the hands of the insurgents, who have threatened to march on Baghdad.

Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria

Armed police officers patrol outside a terminal building at Oslo AirportA group of militant Islamists planning to carry out attacks in the West is on its way from Syria, possibly heading towards Norway, police said on Friday. Norwegian armed police were deployed for a second day at high-risk locations including airports and train stations, after the police's intelligence unit said on Thursday it received credible information that an attack might take place in the country in coming days. "We have received information that a group of fighters have left Syria with the aim of carrying out terror attack in the West and Norway was specifically mentioned among their targets," Jon Fitje Hoffmann, the chief analyst for the Police Security Service told TV2 in an interview on Friday. Hoffmann would not say if the fighters had a specific connection to Norway or if they were part of the country's Muslim community.




EU reaches preliminary deal on Russia sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) ? European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup
ZURICH (AP) ? FIFA has rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."

Vehicle bomb kills 2, hurts 31 in Thailand's south
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) ? A bomb hidden in a pickup truck exploded in a commercial district in Thailand's violence-plagued south on Friday, killing two people and wounding 31 other civilians, police said. Another bomb targeting soldiers injured four.

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog

Commuters wearing masks make their way amid thick haze in the morning in BeijingChina's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction materials, paper making, chemicals and oil refining. It said in an accompanying statement that the list had been drawn up to serve the capital's plans to restructure its economy and promote integrated development with the neighboring regions of Hebei and Tianjin. Beijing has been under heavy pressure to end its obsession with industrial growth, which has not only left the city choking with smog, but also deprived poverty-stricken surrounding regions of the opportunity to improve their economies.




 
 
 
 
 
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