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Steve Stewart

Somebody took home bonus melon

Did anyone unexpectedly find a watermelon in the back of his car after visiting the Decatur-Morgan County Farmers Market?

Just consider it a bonus from your visit to pick up peaches, tomatoes, beans or okra.

A considerate vendor always offers to carry his big melons to customers' cars. Patrice Stewart was there when a woman in a white car circled back around to ask if he'd put her melon in the trunk or where, because she didn't see it.

No wonder. Apparently her melon was placed in the wrong white car.

Sheepishly, the vendor quickly took his biggest melon over to his customer's car.

A story with teeth

A lost dental partial at a Decatur buffet caused a stir.

Decatur police told Chris Paschenko that a man reported his partial lost or stolen, and that he watched as restaurant employees dug through their trash bins.

No one found the dental work, estimated to cost $800 — leaving many to wonder, "Where are the teeth?"

Family courtesies

Sheryl Marsh observed that two families, on opposite sides in a capital murder trial in Morgan County Circuit Court, were kind and cordial to each other.

Sheryl, who covers a lot of trials as a reporter, said victim Tamika Evans' family and the family of the defendant, Charles Lynch, had excellent courtroom behavior and that's not usually the case.

The mothers of the victim and the defendant exchanged hugs at one point and said kind words to each other.

Fueled by football

The Alabama-Auburn barbs start to fly at Kiwanis Club of Decatur meetings about this time each year.

"I can't believe, at this solemn time in our nation, that anybody would waste gasoline going down to watch Auburn play," Al Jones said last week, referring to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

The Bama fan eventually admitted he planned to drive to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide's football game.

Patrice Stewart heard some members trying to balance gasoline concerns against the desire to see the first games of the season.

"I'm going, but I've switched from the Tahoe to the Nissan," one said.

Whales are like people

A young killer whale figured out how to use fish as bait to catch seagulls — and passed the secret along to other whales.

The Associated Press says Michael Noonan, a professor of animal behavior at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., discovered it at the Marineland aquarium in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The whale spit regurgitated fish onto the water's surface; then it sank below and waited. If a hungry gull landed on the water, the whale would try to grab a meal of its own.

Now four other whales have caught on.

"We had the opportunity to see a tradition form and spread in exactly the way that cultures do in humans," the professor said.

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