Production remained at a standstill Thursday at the East Moline plant of International Harvester Co. following a work stoppage in the sheet metal department Wednesday, which spread throughout the entire plant. The walkout came as a result of dissatisfaction among the workers with an efficiency rating they had been given on piece work. Nearly 2,500 workers are idle because of the dispute.

Thursday, May 16, 1957 -- Illinois Senate Vote Close | Bans Scandal Magazines

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to ban the sale or distribution of scandal magazines devoted to stories about personal behavior of celebrities. The bill which passed without a vote to spare, would apply to publications printing information about alleged improper, indecent or scandalous marital, sexual or social conduct or well-known personalities. The House has not acted on the legislation.

Wednesday, May 17, 1967 -- Lost Nation GI Is Killed In Action

LOST NATION, Iowa -- John Straudovskis, 20, of Lost Nation, a Marine who went to Vietnam in April, was killed in action May 12, his family was notified Tuesday afternoon. Two Marine Corps officers came to Lost Nation to tell the family Pvt. Straudovskis had been killed. No details were given.

Wednesday, May 18, 1977 -- Alleman Girls Sail To Regional Final

You see a little bit of everything at a high school girls softball game. Some things that happen are pretty good. Some, well, some aren't so good. Rock Island Alleman and United Township hooked up in an Illinois High School Assn. regional tournament semifinal Tuesday at Douglas Park and the Pioneers made enough good things happen to them to post a 10-7 victory.

Tuesday, May 19, 1987 -- Brewery OKs O'Donnell ad -- and you can be a star

Stroh's Brewery is definitely going to film a commercial at Davenport's John O'Donnell Stadium. And you can be in it -- if you're willing to get up a little early. The brewery's advertising agency wants about 500 people to fill the stadium's stands on May 28 for taping that will begin at 7 a.m. The ad agency will provide lunch because the taping is expected to take about six hours.

Tuesday, May 20, 1997 -- A mother's surrogate ... a child's friend | Debra Fry has overcome her own obstacles to help kids with theirs

Five-year-old Bethany Roth runs crying into Debra Fry's arms. "They said that no girls can play with them," she blurts out while sniffling and pointing out two boys in the corner of the playground. Debra squats down to Bethany's height and holds her tightly. "How can you work this out, Bethany?" Do you want me to help you with your words?"

Monday, May 21, 2007 -- Cremations on the rise | Midwest 'slow to change

Cremation services have steadily been replacing the traditional burial on the coasts for several years, and the trend is finally gaining popularity in the Midwest. Local mortuary directors and owners say they've seen a steady rise in the number of cremation services they offer each year and expect it to continue.