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Details, 10A i Sunday, February 12, 2006 A Gannett Newspaper $1.50 A far I A MM 'I just can't afford to do it not if you have a Mima Robin Strom, nursing student vidimus toss total rooms 1 1- VV I 1 i 1 11 1,271 state families must find new housing Monday Marion Labtot, a nursing student, left, replaces the bandage on a patient simulator as nurse practitioner and Pearl River Joyce Martin watches. Mississippi and other states are experiencing a shortage of nursing school faculty. MATTHEW BUSH I Hattiesburg American Community College instructor By Rachel Leifer American Staff Writer rleifer More than 1,200 families left homeless in Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina will lose their federally subsidized hotel rooms beginning Monday. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Saturday that hotel authorization codes will expire this week for a total of 12,000 families nationwide. Libby Turner, head of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita transitional housing unit for FEMA, said 10,500 of the 12,000 families have received cash assistance to help them transition into long-term housing.

"This is not equivalent to eviction. This is about billing," Turner said in a conference call with other reporters across the country. I "As we come to the end of the program, folks who choose to stay in their hotel rooms can (pay with) FEMA rental assistance. How they choose to use those funds is certainly up to them." Of the 1,271 Mississippi families affected, FEMA officials could not say how SCHMMtl C1TDSDS onus Paw nnn rancoc toonhor shortage at nursing schools P. tun- s- 1 1 Hurricane Katrina closed Carey's New Orleans campus.

Strom's sentiments are all too common andteaerts say an aging faculty fencer economics hve CtjPrM an imminent crisis in filling nursing educator positions around the country. The problem is the same in the Pine Belt, where various nursing programs are offered at William Carey, the University of Southern Mississippi, Jones County Inside Nursing school information for area colleges, 12A Nursing student commentary, 12A her bacheWVdefclee in an emergency room. "I just can't afford to do it not if you have a family," said Strom, 40, of Slidell, a surgical technician and mother of two who has commuted to school since By Rachel Leifer American Staff Writer rteiferhattiesburgamerican.cofn Robin Strom said she would love to teach nursing one day if it paid as well as working in a hospital. She plans to graduate in August with a nursing degree Black celebrities once walked grounds of Palmer's Crossing Community group looks to attract commercial development to area many, if any, are staying in hotel rooms throughout the Pine Belt. Representatives at some Hattiesburg hotels, including the Fairfield Inn and Baymont Inn Suites, said they had no Katrina evacuees.

The Hampton Inn said it has 11 Katrina families; the hotel would not identify the families by name. FEMA's hotel-motel housing program is ending nearly six months after Katrina made landfall Aug. 29. Monday's deadline will bring to 16,500 the number of families weaned off their sponsored hotel stays in the past two weeks. The FEMA move, however, comes at a time when many South Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana storm victims are still struggling to recover.

People whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged and have not yet been repaired have been bunking for months all over the country with friends, with family or in hotel rooms. Some storm victims are living on their property in See HOTEL, 13A passing day, the chances are lower." Since the stroke, Sharon has been hooked up to feeding and breathing tubes. President Bush was being kept informed of Sharon's condition by his staff, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Saturday. "Prime Minister Sharon remains in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," McClellan said. Dr.

R. Sean Morrison, a professor of geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said "long-term comatose ptients typically die of complications like this," referring to necrosis. fhcn no everts aresthtduk'd '0 5P Hardy Street4 I I i Barktey Road i ii i i -rmm i -71 -i FJ. i I I I JL- Junior College and Pearl River Community College. All 21 schools of nursing statewide participated March 2005 conducted by the S-ffil? Kegionai toucation Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.

The schools reported that the current 3 percent vacancy rate among nursing faculty will balloon to 23.6 percent by 2008 because of expected See NURSING, 12A terms with his departure from politics. Sharon's political heir, Ehud Olmert, quickly took the reins as acting prime Sharon minister after Sharon's Jan. 4 stroke and appears poised to lead Sharon's centrist Kadima Party to victory in March 28 elections. Sharon was rushed to surgery Saturday morning after doctors, who had noticed abdominal swelling, conducted a CT scan and a laparoscopy, or insertion of a small camera through the aMominal walL 7 I ii 1 -y -r from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, opening the door fjor her to take a job that pays an average of $47,220 a year in Mississippi. Teaching at a university would require Strom to have at least a master's degree.

And then she'd earn less money than she would with dressed up in your finest clothes," said Allean Barnes, 81, whose husband, Milton Barnes owned the business that opened in 1939. And when the Embassy Club burned in 1958, Milton Barnes Sr. built a new business and named it the Hi Hat Club. The Hi Hat built on the Embassy's 19-year tradition and became a popular attraction until it closed in 1993. Today, the old club building is occupied by Personal Dimensions, a laundry service and gift shop one of the few businesses that remain open in See PALMER'S, 13A Inside today Islamic outrage Iran's hard-line president on Saturday accused the United States and Europe of being "hostages of Zionism." Story, 10A if Old Airport Road far" Photo by MATTHEW BUSH Hattiesburg American Lillie Easton stands in front of St.

John United Methodist Church in Palmer's Crossing. The church hosted the first Freedom Summer classes in 1964. Related story, 13A liiZI BLACK HISTORY II Neighborhood focus: Palmer's Crossing Black communities, then and now To commemorate Black History Month, the HatHesburgAmerican is telling the story of historic black reightorhoods in the Pine Belt Feb. 5: Sheeplo Feb. 6: Kelly Settlement Today: Palmer's Crossing Feb.

19: East Jerusalem Feb. 26: Mobile Bouie INSIDE Freedom Summer blossomed in Palmer's Crossing church, 13A Bush on Medicare President Bush said the new prescription drug benefit is helping a large majority of Medicare beneficiaries, while acknowledging that some patients have experienced problems. Story, 5A Deaths Nancy H.Anderson Loyd Coker Catherine Jobin Leonard Maxwell Velma McDonald Esma W.Miller John Clyde Nelson Sr. Full obituaries, 2C Sharon undergoes emergency surgery By Nikki Davis Maute American Staff Writer Crowds packed into brown vinyl booths or around small cafe-sized tables on the floor of the Embassy Club just to see J3. King, James Brown or Fats Domino perform.

It was the 1950s. The Embassy Club was in its heyday a main attraction in Palmer's Crossing, drawing visitors to tie predominantly black community just south of Hattiesburg between U.S. 49 and James Street. "It was a big event when these entertainers came and you Opinion Should the Mississippi Legislature pass a bill that uinulH rraata an QUI5T10N office to oversee CKJy(J, the use of state zn'P vehicles? Cast your vote at www.hattiesburg Index Amies Mata-2D Local tosiness3C Bridge 20 Pine Belt 1C Calendar 2C Mcvielstings 5C Crime 9cene 2C Opinion- 11C Crossword -2D Sports 1-8B '40901 "099O2' The Associated Press JERUSALEM Doctors removed nearly 2 feet of Ariel Sharon's large intestines Saturday during emergency surgery, his seventh operation since suffering a debilitating stroke last month. Surgeons managed to stabilize the comatose Israeli prime minister after initially fearing for his life, but the latest complication makes it even more unlikely he will recover.

Israelis closely followed their 77-year-old leader's latest ordeal, with TV stations repeatedly breaking into regular programming for updates, but the country already has come to Surgeons detected naiotic -or dead tissue in the bowels and removed 20 inches of his large intestine, Hadassah Hospital Director Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef said. The necrosis was caused either by infection or a drop in the blood supply to the btestines, something common in comatose patients, the hospital director said. Mor-Yosef said doctors did not find blocked blood vessels. Mor-Yosef said Saturday's surgery was relatively simple, and that Sharon's main medical problem continues to be the coma.

Asked whether Sharon could come out of the coma, Mor-Yosef said: "All possibilities remain open, but with each Aft tS) GmmiM Wm Each Thursday Night, from 5-9 p.m. af? orrest Co. Multi PurmstPcenter For more information about the Forrest County Riding Club, call 601-583-7500 1.

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