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Stories from Friday, September 7, 2001

Annual Cape library sale offers rare tomes (09/07/01)
Each year on a Friday afternoon in September, a line forms at the entrance to the Cape Girardeau Public Library. At 5 p.m., the treasure hunt begins. Those in line want the first look at thousands of books in the Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library Book Sale. Those who aren't already members of the Friends are willing to pay $15 to join and get a chance to search for books during the first hour of the sale...
Business Outreach Friday coffee topic (09/07/01)
Jim Thompson of Missouri's Small Business Outreach Project will speak at this week's First Friday Coffee. The project, a service of the Missouri secretary of state's office, helps businesses communicate with state government. First Friday Coffee is a monthly event sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. today in the Show Me Center...
Walkers take themes for strolling by river (09/07/01)
The RiverWalkers, an Old Town Cape walking club, has kicked off its nine-week "themed" walking program. Walkers have joined walking club coordinator Steve Gerard the past two weeks for walks, and next on the themed walk list will be the "Urban Gardens Tour" next week...
Cape transit board draws closer to merger (09/07/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau County Commission agreed Thursday to make changes in the county's Transit Authority board, a move that could pave the way for the authority to take over operation of a local transportation service. The authority would take over operation of the not-for-profit Cape County Transit Inc. of Jackson, which operates a fleet of vans that provides low-cost public transportation ...
United Way gives thanks to CEOs, starts fund raising (09/07/01)
The Area Wide United Way unofficially kicked off its 2001 "Make Someone Happy" fundraising campaign Thursday afternoon with the annual CEO luncheon at Drury Lodge. The luncheon served as a way for the Area Wide United Way to show its appreciation to the local CEOs and business owners who support it and its cause...
Democrats skip collective bargaining hearing (09/07/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Three Democrats appointed to serve on a special Senate committee investigating Gov. Bob Holden's executive order on collective bargaining for state workers boycotted the panel's first meeting Thursday. While several Democratic senators branded the committee a "witch hunt," state Sen. Danny Staples, D-Eminence, refused to characterize it as such. However, Staples still refused to participate...
Traffic tribulations on tap for weekend in Cape (09/07/01)
Today marks the start of Cape Girardeau's busiest tourist weekend of the year, with four major events that will attract people as diverse as Harley riders, teen-age volleyball players, antique-tractor collectors and football fans. And while the prospect has business owners almost salivating, most Cape Girardeau residents should brace themselves for real traffic jams, something virtually unheard of here...
Cape public schools set record in closing (09/07/01)
Dan Steska knew it was going to be hot Thursday, which is why the Cape Girardeau superintendent of schools ordered 1,600 Popsicles for his students in classrooms without air conditioning. But when the heat index in one Central High School classroom reached 122 degrees by 9 a.m., Steska decided that Popsicles wouldn't be enough. He called off afternoon classes, setting a district record for the latest date school was called for heat. The old record was Sept. 4, 1998...
Federal, state authorities mass near Salem, Mo., in standoff (09/07/01)
SALEM, Mo. (AP) -- Federal authorities closed down a highway north of Salem and were involved in an "enforcement operation" at a home outside the city on Friday, officials said. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and U.S. Customs were called in to serve a federal search warrant at a home about eight miles north of Salem on Missouri 68, said ATF spokesman Larry Scott...
Kansas City officers not charged in fatal shooting (09/07/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two police officers won't be charged in the death of a man who came toward them wielding a measuring tool, Clay County Prosecutor Don Norris says. Norris made the announcement Wednesday after a Clay County grand jury decided not to indict the police officers in the Aug. 13 death of Phillip E. Pankey, 46...
Puppy stabbed in barbecue battle at Belleville (09/07/01)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- The wife of a Belleville man who is charged with stabbing to death a puppy said her husband killed the dog because she wouldn't go outside and barbecue with him. Kathy Lybarger said she told her husband she wasn't feeling well Monday and was going to stay inside. But he stormed outside and when she looked out the window minutes later, she saw him stabbing the puppy, a female German shepherd mix named Baby...
Illinois schools get low marks (09/07/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- In the second measure of Illinois student achievement released in three days, fewer than three in five high school juniors met the state's expectations for reading, writing and other essential skills. But the "historic" new test provides information that will help students prepare for their lives after high school, officials said Thursday...
Researcher presses black churches to fight suicide (09/07/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Black churches should become the first line of defense against the dramatic rise in black teens committing suicide, the third-leading cause of death among that demographic, a researcher said. "The pulpit is the first place that ministers need to talk about suicide," Sherry Davis Molock, a George Washington University psychology professor, said Wednesday during a statewide gathering of more than 175 clergy, representatives from social agencies and government abuse-prevention workers.. ...
Illinois teachers failed competency tests (09/07/01)
CHICAGO -- More than 5,200 Illinois public school teachers have failed at least one teacher competency test since the state began giving its own certification exams in 1988, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday in a copyright story. One Chicago teacher flunked 24 of 25 such tests, the newspaper reported...
Maine seal population explodes (09/07/01)
PORTLAND, Maine -- The seal population is exploding off the Maine coast, with the greatest surge coming in the last decade. "At least to the back of the turn of the last century, we probably have more now than ever before," says James Gilbert, a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Maine who is heading the 2001 survey...
Monkey experiments raise hopes for AIDS vaccine (09/07/01)
PHILADELPHIA -- For 600 days and counting, monkeys given an experimental new AIDS vaccine have survived with no signs of illness despite exposure to lethal doses of virus, raising hopes that scientists may be headed at last toward an effective vaccine for people...
People talk (09/07/01)
Anne Heche pregnancy revealed during interview LOS ANGELES -- Add expectant mother to the roles taken on by Anne Heche. Heche, who married cameraman Coleman Laffoon on Saturday in a ceremony in Los Angeles, is three months pregnant, publicist Brad Cafarelli said Thursday...
Report favors trust fund for housing (09/07/01)
WASHINGTON -- A national trust fund for affordable housing would create over a million jobs with up to $50 billion in wages, public housing advocates said Thursday. A new study released by the Washington-based Center for Community Change justifies the economic benefits of such a fund. Already, housing trust funds exist in more than three dozen states, nearly four dozen cities and six dozen counties...
Shad make comeback in eastern rivers (09/07/01)
COLUMBIA, Pa. -- Once, American shad swam up Atlantic coastal rivers in huge masses each spring, when instinct -- or some inner compass -- lured them by the millions from the ocean to their ancestral spawning beds. Schools of the fork-tailed fish ruled the Chesapeake Bay and ran rivers like the Potomac, Susquehanna, Hudson and Connecticut in huge migrations. Shad from the Delaware River played a part in the American Revolution, feeding George Washington's troops during their historic crossing...
Bush taps John Danforth as special envoy to Sudan (09/07/01)
WASHINGTON -- John C. Danforth, a minister and former senator, was appointed by President Bush to look for a way to end the long-running civil war in Sudan, which has grabbed the attention of Christian groups and oil companies in the West. "It's important to America, important to the world to bring some sanity to the Sudan," Bush said Thursday during a Rose Garden ceremony. "For nearly two decades, the government of Sudan has waged a brutal and shameful war against its own people."...
Mexico, U.S. must develop trust on immigration issue (09/07/01)
WASHINGTON -- Immigration reform may be too complex to complete by year's end, President Bush said Thursday in response to the plea of visiting Mexican President Vicente Fox. Undaunted, Fox told Americans "we need your trust" to swiftly legalize millions of undocumented immigrants...
California police surround murder suspect after 110 mph chase (09/07/01)
NEWMAN, Calif. -- A suspect in a double murder led police on a 110 mph chase Thursday, then holed up in his crippled automobile as officers surrounded him. The standoff forced the closure of Interstate 5. Two hostage negotiators were with police at the highway outside Newman, trying to persuade Joaquin Gutierrez, 40, to surrender as a SWAT team sharpshooter lay in a strip of grass nearby. ...
Commission works to ban shark feedings (09/07/01)
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- A state commission Thursday moved to ban shark-feeding scuba dives in Florida following two deadly shark attacks along the East Coast over the Labor Day weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 7-1 for a total ban on feeding marine animals by people in the water. The proposed rule could become effective after a hearing and a subsequent final vote in November...
'Doonesbury' creator apologizes for citing Bush IQ hoax (09/07/01)
PHILADELPHIA -- "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau has apologized -- sort of -- for a Sunday strip that cited an Internet hoax that said George W. Bush had the lowest IQ of any president in the last 50 years. The strip depicted a purported conversation between an unseen Bush and an adviser in the White House. It cited a purported ranking of presidential IQs based on public statements and writings...
Workers' health insurance costs rise (09/07/01)
NEW YORK -- Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance plans rose 11 percent this year -- the biggest jump since 1992 -- pushing companies to consider making workers pay more out of their own pockets. From spring 2000 to spring 2001, annual premiums for employer-sponsored plans grew to $2,650 for single coverage and to $7,053 for family coverage, according to a study of 2,734 companies released Thursday by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust...
World digest 9/7/01 (09/07/01)
Peres to meet with Arafat next week CERNOBBIO, Italy -- Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Thursday night that he will meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat next week in the Middle East. In the Mideast, Palestinian International Cooperation Minister Nabil Shaath said efforts were under way to arrange the talks. "Until this moment, no time and no date and no place for such a meeting has been set."...
House moves ahead with bill despite cost fears (09/07/01)
WASHINGTON -- The House will start overhauling federal farm and food programs despite concerns that the shrinking budget surplus means little money for the legislation, GOP leaders decided Thursday. Debate on the measure could start as early as next week...
Hometown honors Roger Wilson (09/07/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Boone County honored its "favorite son" Roger Wilson on Thursday, renaming its government center for the man who rose to the Missouri governor's office amid tragedy. Wilson, 52, was visibly moved as speaker after speaker told of his family's generational involvement in county government and politics, and of his steady but sympathetic handling of the sudden transition when Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash last fall...
Federal regulators approve Chevron acquisition of Texaco (09/07/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Oil giant Chevron Corp. received the go-ahead from federal regulators to proceed with its acquisition of fellow industry titan Texaco Inc. to make the nation's second-largest oil company, the government announced Friday...
Unemployment rate jumps to 4.9 percent (09/07/01)
AP Labor WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate soared to 4.9 percent in August, the highest level in nearly four years, and businesses slashed 113,000 jobs as the slumping economy continued to hammer the labor market. The Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate jumped 0.4 percent in August, up from 4.5 percent, the level it had held since April...
Administration drops breakup of Microsoft (09/07/01)
WASHINGTON -- In a dramatic shift, the Bush administration on Thursday abandoned the Clinton-era effort to break up Microsoft. It suggested a lesser antitrust penalty that could still force changes to the company's new Windows operating system. The Justice Department also dropped charges that the software giant illegally hurt competitors by tying or bundling separate features, like a Web browser, to its flagship computer operating system...
Bush says his plan will revive economy (09/07/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush summoned Republican leaders to an emergency Oval Office meeting Friday and sought to reassure the nation about the rising unemployment rate. "We've got a plan to get our economy moving so Americans can find work," the president said. Privately he considered calling for across-the-board budget cuts next year if the economy worsens and spending starts eating into Social Security reserves...
Neighborhood fears, furies sustain conflict (09/07/01)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Angie Boyle tightly clasped the hand of her 10-year-old daughter Helen on the walk to school. A few streets away, Alyson Ross made a similar trip alongside 6-year-old Rachel. The girls live in the same Belfast neighborhood, Ardoyne, and attend schools virtually side by side. They are unlikely ever to become friends...
Racism conference agrees to compromise on slavery (09/07/01)
Associated Press WriterDURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- The European Union agreed to a compromise calling on those responsible for slavery to find ways to restore the dignity of victims, resolving a key issue deadlocking the U.N. conference against racism, an EU spokesman said Friday...
Jackson looks to reduce mistakes (09/07/01)
Mentally, the Jackson Indians were a few yards short of a first down Friday night. They just weren't all there as they made a ton of mental miscues. Still, Jackson had enough talent and luck to beat Sikeston 34-7. When Jackson plays host to Sumner at 7:30 p.m. tonight, coach Carl Gross anticipates his Indians will be more focused -- and comfortable...
Tonight's football games (09/07/01)
Game times are 7:30 p.m. unless noted PORTAGEVILLE at SCOTT CITY Scott City last week: Malden 19, Scott City 13. Brad Glenn had 16 carries for 131 yards. Portageville last week: 39-20 loss to Gosnell, Ark. Last year: 27-14, Scott City...
Bell City rings up big win (09/07/01)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Bell City picked up a big, back-and-forth victory as it edged out Stoddard County rival Bernie 16-14, 18-16 Thursday in high school volleyball action. Katie Kiemczyk led the Lady Cubs with six kills and 13 digs. Katie Spears had seven kills, three blocks and eight digs. Whitney Abner posted 14 assists and Amanda Bailey chipped in with seven digs and nine points...
Train encounters wall at Houck (09/07/01)
Cape Central can be a brick wall. New Madrid County Central can be a speeding locomotive. The immovable object meets the irresistible force tonight when two of the area's best teams hook up at 7:30 p.m. at Houck Stadium. New Madrid, the eighth-ranked team in Class 3A, has to be considered the favorite going in, considering it has beaten Cape Central the last two years (20-7 last year) and because it returns most of its skill-position players from a year ago...
Sampras uses tie-breakers to break chief rival Agassi (09/07/01)
NEW YORK -- If the late Jimmy Van Alen hadn't invented the tiebreaker in the 1960s, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi might still be playing. Without the revolutionary scoring system, the longtime rivals would have been tied 24-all in the opening set 3 1/2 hours into their U.S. Open showdown early Thursday morning...
Brewers cool off Astros with 4-3, 10-inning victory (09/07/01)
HOUSTON -- Mark Loretta singled home the go-ahead run off Billy Wagner in the 10th inning, rallying the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. The loss dropped Houston's NL Central lead to 4 1/2 games over idle Chicago. The Astros have won eight of their last 11 games and have a 24-10 record since Aug. 1...
In the Rams' corner - Williams eager to battle for St. Louis (09/07/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Aenaes Williams, about to enter his 11th season, feels like a kid again. Getting traded from the Arizona Cardinals to the St. Louis Rams can have that effect on you, even if you are a six-time Pro Bowler. He's so excited about his new surroundings, being with a Super Bowl favorite instead of a team perennially struggling for .500, that he can't stay off the field even when he's not playing...
Sports digest 9/7/01 (09/07/01)
Expos release Irabu after suspension MONTREAL -- The Montreal Expos released pitcher Hideki Irabu on Thursday, the day after he finished a one-week suspension imposed while he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Ottawa. "It's a risk that we can't take," Expos general manager Jim Beattie said Thursday after making the announcement about the injury-plagued Japanese right-hander...
Russians invade men's semifinals (09/07/01)
NEW YORK -- In Russia they call it "Super Subbota." Yevgeny Kafelnikov advanced to Super Saturday at the U.S. Open, joining countryman Marat Safin to give Russia two Grand Slam semifinalists for the first time. "Would be even better if we both are in the final," Kafelnikov said Thursday after eliminating top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten 6-4, 6-0, 6-3...
Bonds joins 60 Club (09/07/01)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season, connecting in the second inning of San Francisco's game against Arizona on Thursday. "That one was nice. My heart was just racing as I rounded the bases," he said after the Giants' 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks...
Canadiens' team captain diagnosed with cancer (09/07/01)
MONTREAL -- After getting over the shock of learning he had abdominal cancer, Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu sought out some inspiration. "He asked us to bring him a copy of Lance Armstrong's book when we go back to visit him later today," Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet said Thursday after he and teammate Brian Savage visited Koivu in the hospital earlier in the day...
Tiger tied for lead at Canadian Open (09/07/01)
MONTREAL -- Tiger Woods wasn't interested in revenge at Royal Montreal Golf Club, only a chance to win another Canadian Open. He took care of both matters Thursday with a 5-under-par 65 that gave him a share of the lead. Returning to the course where four years ago he missed his only cut as a professional, Woods was rarely in trouble and capped off a nearly flawless round by hitting a 5-iron into 6 feet on the final hole...
Red Sox continue tailspin (09/07/01)
BOSTON -- Chuck Finley (6-6) gave up four hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Juan Gonzalez drove in three runs Thursday night in the Cleveland Indians' 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Indians moved seven games ahead of second-place Minnesota in the AL Central...
Sikeston driver picks up first win out west (09/07/01)
$$$Start A Sikeston racer competing in the NASCAR Winston West Series led a list of local competitors with big holiday weekends. Sammy Potashnick, 27, led the final 43 laps of the Bank One 250 at Rocky Mountain Raceways near Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, wrapping up his first win on the tour...
No race - but just think of the great campaign slogans (09/07/01)
Didn't we just have an election? You know, the one where we didn't know who would be president for weeks after we voted? But here we are talking about another election. Not for president of the United States. The talk now is about city councilmembers and term limits and wards and who will be mayor...
Fatboy Slim wins five awards at VMA ceremony (09/07/01)
NEW YORK -- Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" video emerged as the leading winner at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, winning five of the nine awards for which it was nominated. The "Weapon of Choice" clip by Fatboy Slim, a DJ, doesn't even feature the artist; its star is actor Christopher Walken, dancing around an empty hotel lobby. Among the early awards it nabbed was for best direction, for Spike Jonze, and best choreography...
Broadway bound - Strindberg, Ibsen, Webber and $100 tickets (09/07/01)
NEW YORK -- Ibsen and Strindberg are the hot playwrights. Andrew Lloyd Webber returns -- with a modest little musical. And the $100 ticket is not just for "The Producers" anymore. Welcome to fall 2001 on Broadway. Looking ahead to what audiences want to see, though, starts with "Mamma Mia!" The London musical behemoth, featuring nearly two dozen old songs by the Swedish pop group ABBA, already has a $25 million advance. ...
Marie Huey (09/07/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Marie W. Huey, 69, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 13, 1932, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Charles and Wilma Exler Reimann Jr. She and Don G. Huey were married Dec. 18, 1951, at Egypt Mills, Mo...
Alice Kendall (09/07/01)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Alice Kendall, 92, of Ullin, formerly of Karnak, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001 at the Cache River Apartments in Ullin. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak.
Barbara Mixen (09/07/01)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Barbara Jane Mixen, 75, of Pomona, Ill., formerly of Cobden, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 24, 1926, in Murphysboro, Ill., daughter of Frank and Ossie Keeley Parker. She and James O. "Chub" Mixen were married March 22, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. He died Feb. 25, 1991...
Richard Beard Sr. (09/07/01)
Richard R. "Whiz" Beard Sr., 68, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Nov. 5, 1932, at Belleview, Mo., son of Cecil Carl and Stella May Pender Beard. He and Barbara Wulfers were married Jan. 25, 1980, in Cape Girardeau...
John Powell (09/07/01)
PUXICO, Mo. -- John Powell, 94, of Puxico died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at his home. He was born April 8, 1907, near Puxico, son of Enoch and Ella Helms Powell. He and Mildred Kitchen were married Sept. 3, 1931, at Poplar Bluff, Mo. She died Oct. 28, 1994...
Pauletta Hooper (09/07/01)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Pauletta Hooper, 71, of Bertrand died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1929, at Bertrand, daughter of Ernest and Gladys Spicer Hurley. She and Harold Eugene "Gene" Hooper were married in 1949. He died Oct. 28, 1992...
Betty Chivalie (09/07/01)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Betty Barkett Chivalie, 68, of Key Largo, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Fla. She was born Oct. 13, 1932, in Cairo, daughter of David and Ruth Lassiter Groves. Chivalie was a retired licensed practical nurse. She was a member of Key Largo Elks Ladies Auxiliary, and the Episcopal Church...
Births 9/7/01 (09/07/01)
Felter Daughter to Steven M. and Leslie D. Felter of Jackson, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001. Name, Kendall Mae. Weight, 8 pounds 4 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Felter is the former Leslie Treadwell, daughter of J.D. and Joyce Treadwell of Cape Girardeau. She is employed by Drs. Jan Seabaugh and Tom Critchlow. Felter is the son of Charles and Verena Felter of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at The Clean Uniform Co...
Cape fire report 09/07/01 (09/07/01)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Sept. 7 On Wednesday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 6:39 p.m., emergency medical service at 40 S. Sprigg. At 6:44 p.m., citizen assist at 1805 Margaret. At 8:14 p.m., apartment fire at 2824 Themis. At 9:42 p.m., emergency medical service at 226 Barberry...
Cape police report 09/07/01 (09/07/01)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Sept. 7 DWIJon Lawrence Holman, 110 N. Park, was arrested Friday for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. SummonsNickie Jerome Cain, 28, 836 N. Sprigg, was issued a summons Thursday for stealing. TheftsA compact disc changer was reported stolen at 1545 Grandview...
Out of the past 9/7/01 (09/07/01)
10 years ago: Sept. 7, 1991 New round of state budget cuts, totaling nearly $71.4 million, will force Southeast Missouri State University to chop another $942,325 from already scaled-back budget; including this last round, Southeast has experienced $2.83 million in budget cuts for 1992 fiscal year, largest budget reductions in school's history...
Correction 9/7/01 (09/07/01)
A helicopter operated by ARCH Air Medical Service Inc. was at Wednesday's Cornerstone Church street fair. The names of the helicopter company and the church were incorrect in a photo caption in Thursday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the errors...
Welcome to Cape Girardeau, Harley owners (09/07/01)
There are family reunions in Cape Girardeau year-around. But the reunion starting today at Osage Community Centre will be one of the largest. And, if all the participants decide to rev their V-twin engines at the same time, it could be one of the loudest...
Missouri appears ripe for ethanol plants (09/07/01)
Anyone who follows market prices for farm commodities knows how bleak the agricultural picture can be. One hope for farmers is to find new markets. Foreign buyers, in particular, are aggressively sought. One emerging market for corn growers is the increasing demand for ethanol, a fuel additive that is blended with unleaded gasoline to produce a cleaner burning fuel. ...
Abortion doctor offers momentoes of dead fetuses (09/07/01)
To the editor: Dr. George Tiller, who specializes in abortions up to 38 weeks gestation in his Wichita death clinic, has come up with a gimmick. His clinic is famous for its grief-management services. This includes viewing the dead baby after its delivery, holding the dead baby after delivery, photographs of the little body, baptism of the baby, footprints and handprints of the baby and -- the best lie of all -- a certificate of premature miscarriage. ...
Jack T. Burnett had big voice, heart to match (09/07/01)
To the editor: Chaffee lost a great man and friend, Jack T. Burnett. Jack never knew a stranger and always knew your name and always asked how you were doing. If you were in town on any given day, you could hear Jack's voice before you saw him. He had a big voice and a huge heart to match. Jack did things for people of this town, but you never heard about it. Jack was the kind of person who never said anything about what he did, but the person would find out later, but not from Jack...
Big Business led GOP like labor controlled Dems (09/07/01)
To the editor: I am not going to lose any sleep over the dismay felt by The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 31 editorial) at learning that there might be a symbiosis between the Democratic Party and labor unions and that -- horrors! -- labor unions might have input into Democratic Party policies...
Speak Out A 09/07/01 (09/07/01)
Fighting wars THANKS TO the vet who recently called in and explained that the United States has not fought for freedom since World War II. In fact, besides the Revolutionary War and World War II, the whole "fighting for our freedom" cry for veterans is a misnomer. The caller was very correct in saying the rest of American wars were not about our freedom, but about politics and economics...