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Stories from Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Cape Girardeau City Council action 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
Public hearings Consent ordinances
  • Held a public hearing regarding the necessity to make certain sewer improvements in Lateral Sewer District No. 14-M-2, including the construction of a sanitary sewer eight inches in diameter along with manholes, wyes, pavement restoration and other necessary appurtenances to serve Lateral Sewer District No. 14-M-2...
  • Accident disrupts utilities service to 2,000 (11/20/01)
    Once the crane started freewheeling, Larry Boxdorfer knew it was going over. Boxdorfer was backing the crane with a 100-foot boom when it started pitching backward. "It got overbalanced on the incline," said Boxdorfer. "I knew then it was going to flip. I'm just thankful that no traffic was passing at the time and it didn't hit anybody."...
    Holden mum on highways commission spot (11/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden said Monday that Pemiscot County Port Authority chairman Duane Michie is a prime candidate for a gubernatorial appointment but declined to say if he would name him to the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission...
    City to add parking at Fire Station No. 1 (11/20/01)
    It has stood facing Independence near Sprigg street for decades, but the small, cinder-block building known most recently as B&B Flea Market will be coming down any day. The city of Cape Girardeau purchased the 60-by-120-foot lot at 717 Independence because it is just west of Fire Station No. 1, and the fire department needs more parking space and maneuvering room for its trucks...
    Panel appointed to help name schools (11/20/01)
    Eleven people were appointed Monday night to explore ideas for the names of the fifth-and-sixth-grade center and junior high buildings set to open next fall in the existing junior and senior high schools. It is the second time in as many years the Cape Gir-ardeau Board of Education has formed a facilities naming committee. The first was when the new elementary school opened on Sprigg Street...
    Jackson stiffens trash fine for nonresidents (11/20/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- People who deposit in a solid waste container trash belonging to a nonresident are subject to a fine of not less than $500 and-or 90 days in jail in the city of Jackson. An amendment to the City Code passed Monday night by the Jackson Board of Aldermen increased the fine from a minimum of $5 to a minimum of $500 in an attempt to prevent the city's free garbage collection system from being abused...
    Hearing key to county taking over van service (11/20/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Some public hearings reflect little more than bureaucratic red tape, essential only as a routine step to landing federal funding. That's the case with a scheduled public hearing involving the Cape Gir-ardeau County Transit Authority...
    People and things 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
    O'Connell awarded Smith scholarship Lenell O'Connell of Cape Girardeau recently received the Shirley F. Smith Memorial Scholarship from American HomeCare Management. O'Connell is the daughter of Diane O'Connell of Kennett, Mo. American HomeCare Management is a local in-home agency that assists individuals in their homes...
    Sixth grade a time to test and explore (11/20/01)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Sixth-grade students at Woodland Middle School start their day in a homeroom class watching a 15-minute segment on Channel One, an educational news program for schools. On Wednesday, the news focused on the Taliban's flight from Afghanistan's capital and U.S. efforts to send aid to the nation in the midst of war...
    Cape Girardeau City Council actions (11/20/01)
    7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 City Hall Action Items Power and Light Committee Authorized a contractual agreement with the Cape Girardeau Area Industrial Recruitment Association for providing services relating to the recruitment of business and commerce to the Jackson area...
    Council gives SEMO time to raise funds (11/20/01)
    The Cape Girardeau City Council has given Southeast Missouri State University a two-year extension to raise its portion of River Campus Project funds after university president Ken Dobbins said the university would have raised its money already if not for a lawsuit that has held things up for two years...
    Macke appointed to steering committee (11/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau County Auditor H. Weldon Macke has been named a member of the National Association of Counties Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committe by NACo President Javier Gonzales. NACo's 11 steering committees from the policy-making arm of the association. Each committee is comprised of approximately 60 to 100 county officials who meet several times during the year to examine issues critical to local government...
    Gas rates lowered for customers of Laclede Gas (11/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More than 632,000 natural gas customers of Laclede Gas Co. will see lower rates this winter under a decision by state regulators. The decreases, which took effect Monday, will reduce customers' bills an average of $235 this winter, the Missouri Public Service Commission said Monday. The new rates are effective through the end of the winter period in March...
    Panel to begin meetings on security (11/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two months after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, more than 30 state officials will gather today to discuss security in Missouri. Appointed earlier this month by Gov. Bob Holden, the 32-member panel will hold the first of four meetings statewide at Missouri National Guard Ike Skelton Training Center near Jefferson City, which is home to the State Emergency Management Agency...
    Holden calls special election (11/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden on Monday set a special election date to fill a vacant state Senate seat. Holden announced an election will be held Feb. 5 to fill the seat vacated following the Nov. 5 death of Sen. Paula Carter, D-St. Louis. Carter died after a long battle with cancer...
    Opening arguments presented at penalty trial for murderer (11/20/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors say the murder of a 10-year-old Kansas City, Kan., girl was so heinous that the man who admitted killing her should be sentenced to death. Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their opening arguments Monday in the penalty trial for Keith D. Nelson. A jury of eight women and four men must decide whether he dies or spends the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and killing Pamela Butler in October 1999...
    Ryan seeks $160 million for security (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Illinois could use about $160 million in federal aid to boost its homeland security, according to a wish list Gov. George Ryan's office has presented to the state's congressional delegation. Requested items include everything from $21.6 million for a mock "ground zero" terrorism disaster training site to $14.7 million for a new state emergency operations center in Springfield...
    Court OKs effort to change judge in abuse cases (11/20/01)
    MONTICELLO, Mo. -- A Ralls County judge on Monday approved a request by five defendants in the Heartland child-abuse cases to ask the state Supreme Court to assign the matter to another judge. The five have pleaded innocent to forcing misbehaving youngsters at Heartland Christian Academy -- the site where students were removed in October over abuse allegations -- to stand in manure pits as punishment. The school with a program for troubled children is in northeast Missouri near Newark...
    Nixon continues fight against holes in no-call law (11/20/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- More than 2 million Missouri residents live in homes on the state's no-call list, but their phones still ring with calls from certain telemarketers due to legislative loopholes, the attorney general said Monday. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon wants to see that change. He testified before the House Interim Committee on Merchandising Practices in St. Louis about modifications he supports to reduce no-call exemptions...
    Kansas City man who pointed gun at officers shot (11/20/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man was shot to death Sunday after allegedly pointing a pistol at two officers, police said. The Kansas City man was identified Monday as Clifton Isaac, 41. The officers' names were not released. The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. after police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance...
    Census - State's poverty lower than U.S. (11/20/01)
    Valerie Watson reports increased demand for goods from Kansas City's Harvester food bank. In Southeast Missouri's Bootheel, Dorene Johnson is juggling requests to her community agency for rural utility assistance. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 11.5 percent of Missourians were living below the poverty level last year, one percentage point beneath the national figure...
    Index of economic indicators up 0.3 percent (11/20/01)
    AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- An important gauge of future U.S. economic activity rose 0.3 percent in October, though analysts cautioned it was premature to suggest the slumping economy is poised to rebound. The Conference Board said Tuesday its Index of Leading Economic Indicators edged up to 109.4 in October, following a 0.5 percent decline in September and a 0.1 percent drop in August...
    Researchers say case for Mars bacteria unproved (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- A group of researchers say NASA scientists have failed to prove their contention that a Mars meteorite contains evidence of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet. A group led by Peter R. Buseck of Arizona State University said that the NASA researchers have inadequate evidence showing that tiny crystalline structures in Mars meteorite ALH84001 were formed by bacteria billions of years ago as the rock was sitting on the Martian surface...
    Powell demands Israel end occupation (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell accused Israel of crippling chances for peace with the Palestinians by building homes for Jews on the West Bank and in Gaza. Reflecting a long-held Arab view, Powell said Monday that Israel was occupying land on which Palestinians were entitled to build their own state. He also called the Arab-Israeli conflict the central problem in the region...
    Terrorist attacks help sharply narrow U.S. trade deficit (11/20/01)
    AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed by a record amount in September to $18.7 billion, as huge payments by foreign insurance companies for the terrorist attacks offset a rising in the deficit in manufactured goods...
    Housing construction down by 1.3 percent (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Builders broke ground on fewer housing projects in October, showing caution in the face of sinking consumer confidence and rising unemployment. Housing construction declined by 1.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.55 million housing units, the lowest level in 10 months, the Commerce Department said Monday...
    23,000 anthrax spores found in sample of bag with Leahy letter (11/20/01)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- A sample taken from a plastic evidence bag containing a still-unopened letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy contains at 23,000 anthrax spores, enough for more than two lethal doses, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday...
    Microsoft settles private antitrust suits (11/20/01)
    AP Business WriterSEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. confirmed Tuesday it has reached a settlement in most of the private antitrust lawsuits filed against the software giant. Under the proposed settlement, the company will provide more than $1 billion to over 12,500 of the nation's poorest schools over five years...
    Nation digest 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
    Gore now vice chairman of financial services firm LOS ANGELES -- Al Gore has accepted a job as vice chairman of Metropolitan West Financial, a Los Angeles-based financial services holding company, the company said Monday. The former vice president and last year's Democratic presidential candidate will "help us identify and evaluate new business opportunities and play an active role in shaping the future of our company," the firm's chairman, Richard S. Hollander, said in a statement...
    U.S. offers millions in hunt for bin Laden (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon hopes Afghans motivated by the Taliban's collapse and millions in U.S. reward money will find Osama bin Laden's hide-out so U.S. troops won't have to hunt cave-to-cave for him, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday...
    Many Mississippi doctors giving up obstetrics (11/20/01)
    JACKSON, Miss. -- When Kim Smith went into labor in Holly Ridge on Sept. 9, 1993, she had every intention of driving the two hours south to her doctor in Jackson. But Smith and her family ended up instead in a hospital in nearby Indianola, where family practice physician Dr. Edgar Donahoe Jr. delivered her son...
    Report gives glimpse of standards of living before attacks (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Nearly everyone who lives in Las Vegas used to call someplace else home. Northeasterners are more settled, although more suburbanites live in bigger houses farther from the job. The Census Bureau's latest statistical snapshot looks at American standards of living at the turn of the century. Still, the information is a year old, and a lot has changed with the economic downturn and the Sept. 11 attacks...
    New air security begins (11/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- The government began taking charge of airport security Monday at the start of the holiday travel season. President Bush signed legislation that will have more screeners peering in passengers' bags and more sky marshals flying on planes...
    Some students avoiding air travel over Thanksgiving (11/20/01)
    A post-Sept. 11 fear of flying has some college students planning a rare Thanksgiving dinner away from home this year. That includes Jensen Rice, a 23-year-old University of Colorado senior from California. Unnerved by the terrorist attacks, his parents asked Rice and younger sister Cailin, a student at Cornell University in upstate New York, to stay put for the holiday...
    Alcoa plans to cut 6,500 jobs (11/20/01)
    PITTSBURGH -- Alcoa Inc., the world's largest aluminum company, will slash 6,500 jobs at facilities in the Americas and Europe and is closing a plant in Pennsylvania. The cuts, part of a restructuring to make the company more efficient, represent 4.6 percent of Alcoa's worldwide work force of 140,000...
    Opposition forces close in on Taliban-held stronghold (11/20/01)
    BANGI, Afghanistan -- The battle for Taliban's last northern stronghold of Kunduz intensified Monday, and international negotiators reportedly agreed to meet this weekend in Germany to discuss forming a new broad-based Afghan government. In the south, more U.S. ...
    Militia kidnaps mayors to protest peace efforts (11/20/01)
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- A right-wing militia announced Monday it was holding six mayors hostage to protest their attempts to reach grassroots peace agreements with leftist guerrillas in Colombia. Police confirmed that several mayors from war-riven northwest Antioquia state have been reported missing since Sunday. Top officials in Bogota, including Attorney General Luis Osorio, condemned the abductions and demanded the mayors be freed...
    Russian fortress damaged by fire (11/20/01)
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A fire caused heavy damage to a section of the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the city's most important landmarks, officials said Monday. The Sunday evening fire damaged about 500 square feet of the fortress' Naryshkin bastion and destroyed the structure's wooden dome, officials said...
    Journalists feared dead in ambush (11/20/01)
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- Four international journalists were missing and feared dead Monday after gunmen ambushed a convoy of reporters in a narrow mountain pass on the road to the capital, Kabul. The six gunmen stopped the cars and led the journalists away, then opened fire, witnesses said...
    After ban, TV, movies return to Afghanistan (11/20/01)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- After the Taliban's five-year ban on movies and TV, Kabul residents enjoyed an entertainment bonanza Monday: a war film packed a cinema and a petite young woman introduced the evening's television programs. In a land where women have not been permitted to show their faces in public since 1996, Mariam Shekeba was live on the air, reading from handwritten scripts before and after taped programs on state-run television...
    Northern alliance formally accepts U.N. talks (11/20/01)
    Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Leaders of the northern alliance, which controls the Afghan capital and more than half the country, accepted a U.N. invitation to attend power-sharing talks in Germany with other factions, likely to be held on Monday...
    Former Argentine president ordered freed from house arrest (11/20/01)
    Associated Press WriterBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine high court on Tuesday ordered former president Carlos Menem freed from house arrest nearly six months after he was detained on charges of heading up an illicit arms smuggling ring...
    Bodies of journalists slain in Afghanistan recovered (11/20/01)
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- The bodies of four international journalists have been recovered and were identified by colleagues Tuesday, a day after their convoy was ambushed in a narrow mountain pass on the road to the Afghan capital, Kabul. The four journalists had been reported missing and feared dead in the wake of the ambush as they drove from the eastern city of Jalalabad...
    Sharing power in Afghanistan - A formal pledge to go and talk (11/20/01)
    Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The alliance that controls Afghanistan's capital and much of its countryside agreed Tuesday to attend power-sharing talks in Germany next week. A battlefront commander claimed thousands of Taliban fighters had defected from Kunduz, the last bastion of the Islamic militia in the north...
    Kelly girls win opener (11/20/01)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Bridgett Riley scored 18 points as Kelly High School's girls basketball team knocked off visiting Delta 58-46 Monday night in the season opener for both squads. Dana Essner added 12 points for the Lady Hawks while Christy Kluesner contributed 10...
    News finally smiles on SE (11/20/01)
    There hasn't been much good news for Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball program in recent weeks, but coach Gary Garner finally received some Monday. Junior forward/center Drew DeMond, the Indians' lone full-time returning starter from last year who missed Friday's season opener against Birmingham Southern, was cleared to return to practice and he will be in the starting lineup Saturday night when Southeast (0-1) plays at Southwest Missouri State (0-1)...
    Otahkians to make home debut tonight (11/20/01)
    After playing their opening two games a long way from Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians are looking forward to being in front of their own fans for the first time this season. The Otahkians will tip off their home schedule tonight when Division II Oakland City from Indiana comes to the Show Me Center...
    Guardians Classic to hold semifinals (11/20/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The semifinalists in the NABC Guardians Classic have something in common: numbers in front of their names. Four ranked teams, led by No. 5 Missouri, make up the field for tonight's semifinal games at Kemper Arena. The Tigers meet No. 22 Alabama in the late game, after No. 9 Iowa and No. 12 Memphis play for the other spot in Wednesday's championship game. The losers of today's semifinals will play for third place on Wednesday...
    Owners ask Court of Appeals to lift injunction on Twins (11/20/01)
    NEW YORK -- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said Monday he wouldn't fund a new ballpark for the beleaguered Twins unless owners and players agree to a salary cap and increased revenue sharing. Meanwhile, the Twins and major league baseball asked the state Court of Appeals to lift the injunction preventing owners from folding the team next season...
    Olympic flame begins journey to games in Salt Lake City (11/20/01)
    ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The flame that will burn at the 2002 Winter Games began its long journey to Salt Lake City on Monday after a ceremony held among the ruins where the Olympics were born. Cloudy skies and sporadic showers prevented the flame from being lighted during the ceremony. ...
    Sports digest 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
    Miami closes gap on Nebraska in BCS Miami spoke, and even the BCS computer listened. The Hurricanes surged closer to first-place Nebraska and pulled further away from third-place Oklahoma in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Monday. Two days after its 59-0 rout of Syracuse, Miami was second again, but this week the Canes should feel much more secure about playing for a national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3...
    Rams' health takes turn for the worse (11/20/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' depth, especially on defense, is about to get sorely tested. A rash of injuries couldn't keep the Rams from going to an NFL-best 8-1 with a 24-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night. But they could have a lot more stand-ins going the distance for a while...
    Bonds wins 4th MVP (11/20/01)
    NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds is looking for affection, not money or trophies. He's likely to wind up with all three. "I just want to be wanted," he said Monday after becoming the first player to win four Most Valuable Player Awards. Bonds won the National League MVP in a landslide to cap a record-breaking season in which his 73 home runs broke baseball's biggest season record. He received 30 of 32 first-place ballots and 438 points in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America...
    Rice gets his second wind at 39 (11/20/01)
    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- For the last two years, with two different teams, Jerry Rice was told to scale back on his practice time. Rice wouldn't listen, and now the work is paying off for the Oakland Raiders. "I've been a workaholic over the years and I've always pushed my body to the limit," Rice said Monday, a day after his best game as a Raider. "My approach has been to go out and be aggressive. It's all about preparation."...
    Turning the tables - Gordon returns to No. 1 spot (11/20/01)
    HAMPTON, Ga. -- It was only a year ago that Jeff Gordon finished ninth in the Winston Cup standings -- the worst showing since he was a rookie. While attending NASCAR's season-ending banquet with crew chief Robbie Loomis, the quest began for another championship...
    Meteors provide a great show if there are no clouds (11/20/01)
    Every year I look forward to the middle of November when the Leonid meteor shower sends hundreds of shooting stars blasting through night sky. For the past four years, the weekend of the Leonids fell on the same weekend as my sorority's initiation. Saturday night was our Sisterhood night when we would all hang around our house and watch movies, play games and T-P our neighbors...
    Lydia Woodard (11/20/01)
    Lydia Margarete Woodard, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 18, 1914, at Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Robert Christian and Rosina Heuer Heise. She and the late Dick Wayne Woodard married Nov. 22, 1945, at Cape Girardeau. He died Nov. 7, 1975...
    Lucille Carson (11/20/01)
    Lucille Carson, 82, of Darien, Ill., and formerly of Anna, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
    Lorene Crites (11/20/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Lorene O. Crites, age 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson. Friends may call today between 4-8 p.m. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and Wednesday after 8:30 a.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Dr. Brian Anderson will officiate...
    Loretta Mehner (11/20/01)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Loretta A. Mehner, 82, of Perryville died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at her home. She was born Jan. 17, 1919, at Biehle, Mo., daughter of Hugo A. and Josephine C. Meyer Trapp. She and the late Elmer E. Mehner were married Aug. 31, 1946, at Apple Creek, Mo. He died Feb. 1, 1976...
    Phyllis Vinyard (11/20/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Phyllis Ann Vinyard, 69, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at Monticello House in Jackson. Friends may call Tuesday, Nov. 20, between 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson...
    Alma Doggett (11/20/01)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alma V. Doggett, 80, of Sikeston died Sunday. She was born Jan. 4, 1921, in Daisy, Mo., daughter of Arnold and Bertie Alice Brown Drum. She and David Robert Doggett were married Sept. 26, 1941, in Farmington, Mo. He died Feb. 13, 1983...
    Esther Hampton (11/20/01)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Esther Hampton, 98, of Paris, Texas, formerly of Sikeston, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at Christus-St. Joseph's Hospital in Paris. She was born June 20, 1903, in Arkansas. She and George Hampton were married. He died in 1961. She worked at Little Man Lamberts Cafe at Sikeston as a cook 21 years. She moved to DeKalb, Ill., in 1966, and then to Paris...
    Births 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
    Vandeven Son to Bart Anthony and Jennifer Anne Vandeven of Leopold, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 2:27 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001. Name, Stone Ambrose. Weight, 8 pounds 3 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Vandeven is the former Jennifer Farmer, daughter of Scott Farmer of Ottawa, Ill., and Sandy and Doug Schmidt of Morris, Ill. Vandeven is the son of Norbert and Millie Vandeven of Leopold and Kathy and Kevin Solts of Boise, Idaho. He is employed at Procter & Gamble...
    Cape fire report 11/20 (11/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Nov. 20 Firefighters responded to the following reports on Monday:At 8:22 a.m., a still alarm at North End and Chestnut. At 8:43 a.m., a motor vehicle accident at Kingshighway and Mount Auburn. At 9:54 a.m., a still alarm in Scott County...
    Cape police report 11/20 (11/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Nov. 20 ArrestsDonald Keith Mitchell, 40, of 530 Rear S. Frederick, was arrested Sunday for operating a vehicle with a revoked license. Jerry Wayne Hoffman, 46, of 10 N. Ellis was arrested Sunday for possession of methamphetamine...
    Out of the past 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
    10 years ago: Nov. 20, 1991 Thunderstorms that rumbled across Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois yesterday dropped heavy rain and caused flash flooding in some low-lying areas; 5.54 inches of rain fell at Municipal Airport; many street intersections in Cape Girardeau and most of Main Street in Scott City flooded quickly in afternoon storm; water receded when rain stopped, but left behind numerous flooded vehicles whose drivers thought they could make it through high water...
    Correction 11/20 (11/20/01)
    Drew Howard, who recently graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, is the son of Roy and Gail Howard of Jackson, Mo. An item in Monday's military digest left out the name of the airman's father...
    Philadelphia schools seek for-profit help (11/20/01)
    Next month, Philadelphia is expected to launch the most audacious education reform plan ever in the United States, one that would hand administration of the nation's seventh-largest school system, along with dozens of its worst-performing schools, to a for-profit company, Edison Schools Inc...
    Transportation planning is goal of MPO (11/20/01)
    Ten years ago, officials of local governments hoped the Cape Girardeau area would be among the 33 new urbanized areas designated then by the U.S. Census Bureau. We didn't make it. But now, following another decennial census, officials of Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Cape County and Scott County have formed a committee to lay the groundwork for a Metropolitan Planning Organization in hopes the area will be designated an urbanized area. ...
    Postal union fights to ensure level of service (11/20/01)
    To the editor: I've heard much bashing along with good support of organized labor in the past weeks. I'm a very proud employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Cape Girardeau and a very proud member of the American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO. You hear the postmaster general state that the Postal Service employees are doing a great job and he appreciates the steadfast performance of our work through these troubled times. ...
    Sikeston stories spur residents to get involved (11/20/01)
    To the editor: I just wanted to touch base to let you know that your articles on Sikeston were outstanding. The articles seem to have opened the eyes of the community in many ways. From the comments and remarks that I have received, people are wanting to get involved and do something positive. ...
    An ode to Osama - Terrorist leader may use disguise (11/20/01)
    To the editor: After reading some of the poems in Sam Blackwell's column, I find myself turning quite poetic and thought you might enjoy the following: Yo, hey. Yo, Osama. By the way, How are you doing day by day ? Are you planning attacks, you villainous knave....
    Speak Out A 11/20/01 (11/20/01)
    Push for growth I READ with great interest about the city's push for metropolitan status. I understand the frustration with a census count that is clearly too low. The problem with this region is an unusually great number of residents who live in the rural-urban fringe areas who cannot be included in city figures. ...