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Stories from Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Sikeston winds down charter work (11/28/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The plan for a new city government is nearly complete. All the hard issues have been hashed out and voted on, and an informal "straw poll" indicates the proposed Home Rule Charter draft will be approved by the commission by the time it concludes its meetings in December...
SEMO group travels to watch space launch (11/28/01)
A group of 13 faculty members and students from Southeast Missouri State University couldn't afford to hit the snooze button this morning - they had to be on campus to board a van by 5:30 a.m. The group will drive 700 miles today on the first leg of a two-day journey to Cape Canaveral, Fla. to watch Jackson native, and 1974 graduate of Southeast, Linda Godwin be launched into space Thursday evening on NASA's STS-108 mission...
Fort C plaque gets rededicated (11/28/01)
In 1863, during the Battle of Cape Girardeau, Union soldiers at Fort C -- one of four forts charged with protecting the city -- attempted to shell the Confederate right flank, which had invaded the area looking for supplies and arms. Unfortunately for northern troops at Fort C, which was located where the old St. Francis Hospital used to be near the corner of Pacific and Good Hope, most of the enemy were protected by hilly terrain...
Judge halts PSC rule change (11/28/01)
Rhonda Schafer of Jackson, Mo., fears if she can't get her natural gas turned on soon, she will be forced to close off part of her house and live in a few rooms warmed by electric heaters. She and her husband were among hundreds of people in the state whose gas service was cut off in the spring because they were unable to pay high bills from a frigid winter...
Senators question state's ranking in road spending (11/28/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Senate panel meeting Tuesday searched for solutions to Missouri's transportation funding problems and questioned the accuracy of a statistic state transportation officials often cite to bolster their contention the state's highways are poorly funded compared to other states...
Region isn't prepared for bioterrorism, officials say (11/28/01)
Suspicious mail brought to local law enforcement agencies ends up in little more than a dead-letter file, and police say they have no clue how to deal with the threat of anthrax-laced letters or other bioterrorist acts. Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell said his office in Benton, Mo., received three suspicious letters that were turned in by concerned citizens...
Art, foreign language departments change buildings (11/28/01)
Art professor Ron Clayton weaves his way through the easel-crowded classroom that serves as a painting studio in Southeast Missouri State University's Art Building. As many as 15 students are crowded into the classroom at times, leaving little room to paint...
Fifteen indicted on drug charges (11/28/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal grand jury indicted 15 people for allegedly distributing large amounts of crack cocaine and laundering money, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. The 15 defendants, including 10 from Boone County, were indicted on 27 counts, though not all are charged in every count, said Todd Graves, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri...
Three more charged in Cape area tiger killings (11/28/01)
DETROIT -- Three indictments were unsealed Tuesday charging three Michigan men with trafficking endangered animals, including tigers killed in Cape Girardeau. George F. Riley, 69, of Farmington Hills, Mich., is accused of buying two tiger hides and one black leopard hide in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Leonard A. Kruszewski, 40, of Milford, Mich., is accused of purchasing one tiger hide...
Two Benton men jailed on charges of making meth (11/28/01)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two Benton men were in the Scott County jail Tuesday, allegedly caught with the ingredients to make methamphetamine. John K. Ikerman, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine with the intent to manufacture, possession of chemicals and endangering the welfare of a child. Bond is set at $200,000...
Jail time for visa crimes called unfair (11/28/01)
P Attorneys say young Arabs are being locked up unjustly in the wake of terror investigations. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The people being held across the country as part of the terrorism investigation include many who have been jailed for weeks because of relatively minor visa violations, attorneys who represent some of them say...
Woman arrested for anthrax hoax (11/28/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Federal prosecutors have charged an eastern Missouri woman with two felony counts of making false statements to the FBI about receiving a letter containing anthrax. Tracy Ballew-Flood, 32, of Montgomery City, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000...
Ford executives sought for court (11/28/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether to force the testimony of top Ford Motor Co. officials in a lawsuit stemming from the rollover of a Ford Bronco. Judges had pointed questions Tuesday for a Ford attorney, who is seeking to block the depositions, and a victims' attorney who claims Ford has not taken the same response it did after accidents involving Firestone tires and the Ford Explorer...
Troubled KC pharmacy reopens (11/28/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The pharmacy where a Kansas City druggist is accused of diluting chemotherapy drugs has reopened for business -- under new ownership. Robert R. Courtney ran Research Medical Tower Pharmacy when he was indicted on federal charges that he diluted mixtures of chemotherapy drugs so he could save money. A federal judge ordered last August that Courtney's two pharmacies be closed or sold...
Economists think recession will be mild (11/28/01)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is officially in its first recession in a decade, but many economists believe the downturn will turn out to be short and mild. Of course, they hasten to add that this favorable forecast hinges on a big unknown -- whether there will be more terrorist attacks...
High court hears student grading case (11/28/01)
WASHINGTON -- Allowing one student to correct another's work and call out the results to the teacher is just as much a violation of privacy as a doctor forcing patients to reveal medical test results in public, a lawyer argued to the Supreme Court Tuesday...
People talk 11/28/01 (11/28/01)
Warehouse theater director stepping down Sam Mendes will step down next November as artistic director of London's Donmar Warehouse theater after 10 years, during which he turned a 251-seat playhouse into an international powerhouse. "I just want to be able to have some time off," Mendes, 36, told The Associated Press. ...
Harvard expert on viruses disappears on road trip (11/28/01)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Harvard molecular biologist Don Wiley was last seen leaving a banquet in Memphis just before midnight on Nov. 15. His rental car was found a few hours later, abandoned on a Mississippi River bridge with the keys in the ignition and the tank full of gas...
Senate unlikely to act soon on call to ban human cloning (11/28/01)
WASHINGTON -- Despite a White House call for Congress to outlaw human cloning, Senate leaders don't plan to bring up the issue again until next year. While some anti-abortion Republicans want at least a temporary ban put into law, members in both parties said they don't expect action by the Senate before Congress adjourns this year...
Nation digest 11/28/01 (11/28/01)
Airline sues Georgia man over security breach ATLANTA -- AirTran Airways has sued the man accused of breaching security at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, leading to a temporary shutdown of the nation's busiest airport. AirTran, which operates an Atlanta hub, filed the federal complaint Monday against Michael Shane Lasseter of Gainesville, Ga. ...
Justice says detention of hundreds prevents new terror strikes (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department lawyer overseeing the terrorism investigation told lawmakers Wednesday the government's detention of hundreds of people is necessary to combat "sleeper cells" of terrorists quietly waiting to strike...
First American killed in action in Afghanistan is identified (11/28/01)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed in a prison riot at Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, the first American known to be killed in action inside the country since U.S. bombing began, the CIA said Wednesday. U.S. officials recovered his body Wednesday, several hours after northern alliance rebels backed by U.S. airstrikes and special forces quelled rioting by Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners...
House blocks adding billions to security bill (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The House blocked a Democratic effort Wednesday to add billions to what President Bush wants for national security and aid to New York and moved toward approving a bipartisan $20 billion anti-terrorism package...
Stocks fall, investors take profits again Wednesday (11/28/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Investors' nagging uncertainty about the economy prompted them to collect more profits Wednesday, sending stocks down sharply and the Dow Jones industrials tumbling by triple digits for the second straight day...
Bush supports 'generous but affordable' farm legislation (11/28/01)
AP Farm WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- While a Democratic-backed overhaul of farm subsidies waits in the Senate, President Bush called for "generous but affordable" farm legislation Wednesday that adheres to budget limits and gives farmers a safety net without sparking the overproduction of crops...
Bush, Spain's prime minister pledge cooperation on terror fight (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush and Spain's prime minister on Wednesday pledged to keep cooperating in the war on terrorism but left unresolved the future of 14 al-Qaida suspects being held by Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said his government would consider whether to extradite them to the United States only "if and when the United States requests that extradition."...
Survey finds economy weakened further in October and November (11/28/01)
AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy, jolted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, weakened further in October and November, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. Production declined at American factories and airlines and hotels struggled with a sharp drop-off in travel...
Flu remains global threat, scientists say (11/28/01)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- At a time of bioterrorism fears, influenza should not be overlooked as a force of nature or a potential weapon of terrorists, disease specialists said Tuesday. Flu has the potential to become a pandemic, scientists said at a conference sponsored by the European Union. They called for efforts worldwide to counter the possibility...
Four killed in Mideast shootout (11/28/01)
AFULA, Israel -- Two Palestinians sprayed a bus station and open-air market with gunfire Tuesday, killing two Israelis and wounding 14 others before being shot to death. Two U.S. envoys witnessed the immediate aftermath of the attack from the air, flying over Afula in a helicopter tour narrated by Israel's prime minister...
U.S. Marines patrol deserts around base in Afghanistan (11/28/01)
SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN -- An American flag flew over an Afghan airstrip Tuesday as more and more U.S. Marines landed in their desert foothold near the Taliban's last bastion. With the size of the force building, the Marines spent much of Tuesday securing their base. Humvees loaded with anti-tank weapons and heavy machine guns rolled out on patrol. In the sands and dunes around the compound, Marines could be seen in the distance at their outposts...
Markets reopen to claim of peace (11/28/01)
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- Shopkeepers heeded instructions and reopened their stores Tuesday, trying to return stability to this northern city a day after alliance forces drove out the last Taliban fighters. "This is peace," city officials announced repeatedly in the central market square as they encouraged merchants to do their part to return calm after the northern alliance's two-week siege of Kunduz...
Northern alliance claims prisoner uprising halted (11/28/01)
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- Dozens of shattered bodies lay in the dusty courtyard of a mud-walled Afghan fortress prison Tuesday as the northern alliance claimed to have ended a three-day uprising by Taliban prisoners with the help of American airstrikes and U.S. special forces...
Nuclear scientists question on aid they gave bin Laden (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani investigators are interrogating two nuclear scientists about whether they helped Osama bin Laden make chemical weapons with anthrax, security and intelligence officials said Wednesday...
Apparent executions at northern fortress (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban said Wednesday that their supreme leader was safe after U.S. airstrikes on a Taliban "leadership area." At a northern fortress where pro-Taliban foreigners were killed in a prison mutiny, bodies of dozens of foreign fighters were seen with their arms tied behind their backs...
Alliance rejects security force for post-Taliban Afghanistan (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterKOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) -- The northern alliance on Wednesday rejected the United Nation's proposal for a security force for Afghanistan after the Taliban, saying "there is security in place." The issue of security is one of two items to be decided at U.N.-sponsored talks among four Afghan factions meeting since Tuesday outside Bonn that will decide the war-torn country's political future. The other issue is an interim administration...
Germans arrest man with alleged connections to hijackers (11/28/01)
Associated Press WriterBERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have arrested a man in Hamburg who they say held a bank account used by hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States, officials said Wednesday. The man, identified only as 27-year-old Mounir El M., is accused of supporting a terrorist group. The suspect, a Moroccan national, is accused of holding a bank account used by hijacker Marwan Al-Shehhi, the Federal Prosecutors Office said in a statement...
Tigers falter in McCord's CHS debut (11/28/01)
The brand new orange tie looked sharp. But the turnovers, the missed shots and the loss aren't exactly Derek McCord's style. McCord, a highly successful coach at Scott City, suffered a loss in his Cape Central debut Tuesday night as visiting Perryville prevailed 45-36 in a sloppy, albeit competitive, game at the Tiger Field House...
Lady Tigers will play for tourney title at Oakville (11/28/01)
OAKVILLE, Mo. -- Cape Central's girls advanced into the finals of the Oakville Tournament with a decisive 42-24 win over the host team Tuesday night. Shooting a blistering game-total of 65 percent from the field and shutting down its opponent with full-court pressure from the opening tip, the Lady Tigers improved to 2-0...
Southeast falls to 0-3 (11/28/01)
Derek Winans did everything he could to almost single-handedly keep Southeast Missouri State University in the game Tuesday night. But in the end, a deeper, stronger and more athletic Arkansas-Little Rock team simply was a bit too much for the outmanned Indians...
Bowl-less Tigers strive for a final victory (11/28/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Just like last year, there will be no bowl game for Gary Pinkel. Last year, Pinkel's Toledo Rockets went 10-1 and still didn't manage to score a postseason invitation. This year, in his first season at Missouri, the Tigers are 4-6 after last weekend's 24-3 loss at Kansas State, mathematically out of the bowl game matchmaking heading into the season finale at Michigan State on Saturday...
Otahkians knock off Lipscomb (11/28/01)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University ruined a momentous evening for Lipscomb University as the Otahkians won the first game ever played at Allen Arena, defeating the Lady Bisons 72-58 Tuesday night. Veronica Benson and Lori Chase both had big games for Southeast, which improved to 4-1 on the season. Benson scored a game-high 22 points with Chase right behind with 20...
Demitra powers Blues to 4-2 win (11/28/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra had two goals and two assists, and Keith Tkachuk added a goal and two assists, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa has lost two straight following an 11-game unbeaten streak that was snapped Saturday...
Owners extend Selig's reign to '06 (11/28/01)
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Commissioner Bud Selig's term was extended Tuesday through December 2006, a unanimous vote of confidence by baseball owners at a time when the game faces economic and labor problems. The owners took no action on contraction -- the proposed elimination of two teams before the start of next season...
Martz seeks cure for Rams' recurring turnover problem (11/28/01)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' latest rash of turnovers has coach Mike Martz looking for solutions -- even the chance that one of the key players in the NFL's highest-powered attack could lose his job. Punt returner Az-Zahir Hakim accounted for the first of the team's five turnovers in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Martz hinted Tuesday that he might make a change...
Injuries continue to mount for Rams (11/28/01)
ST. LOUIS -- The injury list keeps growing for the St. Louis Rams, especially on defense. Free safety Kim Herring has a hip pointer from Monday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and backup linebacker Brian Allen has a hamstring injury, and both could be out for Sunday's game at Atlanta. End Grant Wistrom bruised his surgically repaired shoulder, although he's expected to play...
Yanks' Brosius retires (11/28/01)
NEW YORK -- After playing in four straight World Series, New York Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius decided he had done everything he wanted to in baseball and announced his retirement on Tuesday to be with his family. "It's all about who I want to be as a husband, as a father and as a person," Brosius said in a conference call. ...
Butterscotch, lemon are flavor stars (11/28/01)
If you can't make up your mind whether you prefer butterscotch or lemon as you contemplate a baking project, take advantage of two new books and organize multiple samplings for yourself and a tasting panel. "The Butterscotch Lover's Cookbook" by Diana Dalsass (Buttercup Press, $17.95 paperback) features about 60 recipes, glowing color photos and a mail-order source guide...
Hot pasta 'cooks' quick tuna, lemon and caper sauce (11/28/01)
A pasta sauce that doesn't need any cooking may suit you especially well at this time of year, when there's every inducement to get out of the kitchen fast. Joie Warner's book "No Cook Pasta Sauces" (Chronicle, 1998, $17.95 paperback) is full of ideas to help you come up with exactly that solution to beat the heat. The pasta is the only thing you have to cook. "Tossing the components with the hot pasta is what 'cooks' the sauce," Warner explains...
Focus on the fireplace (11/28/01)
f you have a fireplace mantel, you have the ideal spot to showcase trimmings for the year-end holidays. You also have a firebox below to add holiday glow and sparkle with a crackling fire or with the gentle twinkle of candles. The fireplace can be a focus spot for natural greenery to enhance other decorations that are special each year. If you use fresh flowers in your mix, use slim plastic tubes from a florist to hold the stems in water...
Don't give cold weather the cold shoulder this year (11/28/01)
Don't look now, but a mild fall is about to give way to winter's grip. With all the attention given to energy conservation in recent years, homeowners might have lulled themselves into a sense of complacency when it comes to saving money on energy, according to the Home Service Store...
Area cooks invited to share holiday recipes (11/28/01)
$$$Start smcclanahan I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. We had a wonderful day watching the parades and just being together. Earlier last week both of our children enjoyed a feast at their schools. Lexie's class made corn muffins as their class contribution to the feast. I'm sure that was exciting trying to get 13 4-year-olds to actually get the muffin batter in the cups instead of on the counter. But Miss Sue is wonderful to let them do it...
Vitamins can help some pets (11/28/01)
$$$Start jkoch By Dr. John Koch Question: Should I give my dog or cat a vitamin supplement? Answer: I like the idea of giving pets vitamins. Your dog or cat, regardless of breed, age, sex or shape, needs a daily supply of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. ...
Mary Niswonger (11/28/01)
Mary Belle Niswonger, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Dec. 30, 1921, at Oak Ridge, Mo., daughter of Lloyd and Arta Crites Ford. She and Woodrow Niswonger were married April 5, 1942, in Jackson, Mo...
Amy Becking (11/28/01)
BERNIE, Mo. -- Amy Bell Becking, 76, of Bernie died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born July 2, 1925, in Bernie, daughter of James Robert and Ora Mae Vineyard Kifer. She and Glendale Lee Becking were married June 19, 1948, in Piggott, Ark...
Harlan Nimmo (11/28/01)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Harlan Nimmo, 83, of Dongola died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar-deau. He was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Union County, Ill., son of Fred and Murrel Hinkle Nimmo. He and Wanda Davis were married Aug. 5, 1939. He died Jan. 4, 2000...
Wamble obit 11/28 (11/28/01)
Thelma Mae Wamble DEXTER, Mo. -- Thelma Mae Wamble, 86, a native of Stoddard County, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Rivergate Healthcare Center in River-view, Mich. She was born May 6, 1915, daughter of Almond and Nancy Robinson Martin. She married Max V. Wamble, who died Dec. 4, 1986...
Dorothy Caldwell (11/28/01)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Dorothy LaVerne Caldwell, 70, of Dexter died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 29, 1931, at Dexter, daughter of Lee and Maude Joseph Rowe. She and Richard Caldwell were married May 22, 1949, at Dexter...
Jimmie Baldwin (11/28/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jimmie Baldwin, 66, of Sikeston died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born April 2, 1935, in Charleston, W.Va., son of William and Wina Jones Baldwin. He and Barbara Dietz were married March 12, 1963, in St. Louis...
Earl Tripp (11/28/01)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Earl James Tripp, 90, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1911, in Jonesboro, son of George and Nora Alger Tripp. He and Sarah Hamel were married May 14, 1937, in Jonesboro. Tripp was employed at Frank Cavaness Sheet Metal Shop, and was part owner of Southern Barbeque in Anna, Ill. He was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Anna...
James Blanchard (11/28/01)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- James A. "Sonny" Blanchard, 66, of Villa Ridge died suddenly Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at his home, of an apparent heart attack. He was born Nov. 27, 1934, at Senath, Mo., son of Troy and Evelyn Fern Bridges Blanchard. He married Rosemarie Endicott...
Jackson police report 11/28 (11/28/01)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Nov. 28 ArrestsTerrence Tyrone Beal, 21, of 416 Washington was arrested Monday for trafficking cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. Roshonda Rakiyah Smith, 20, of 416 Washington was arrested Monday for trafficking cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute...
Fire report 11/28/01 (11/28/01)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Nov. 28 Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:At 4:18 p.m., an emergency medical service at 25 South Sprigg At 5:32 p.m., an emergency medical service at 604 South Ellis. At 7:50 p.m., a fire alarm at 1025 North Sprigg...
Out of the past 11/28/01 (11/28/01)
10 years ago: Nov. 28, 1991 Residents pause to observe Thanksgiving Day with family and friends; less fortunate aren't forgotten; Salvation Army serves its annual free Thanksgiving dinner in afternoon at Army headquarters, 701 Good Hope. What has become Christmas tradition in Cape Girardeau is back again; Hutson's Furniture in downtown Cape Girardeau unveils its 31st annual Christmas window display...
ITV classrooms show educational foresight (11/28/01)
It's tough for some to remember life before the conveniences of modern technology: e-mail, the Internet, digital cameras and the like. But technology has created a major convenience for Southeast Missouri State University students in Malden, Kennett, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, Mo...
University should put students' interests first (11/28/01)
In an effort to racially balance its faculty, Southeast Missouri State University hired two women, both minorities, as instructors in its formerly all-white, 16-member communication department. And to hire them, the university bent the standards, if not the rules. Typically, beginning instructors must have completed all but their dissertations for their doctorates to be hired...
What recession? Local sales going strong (11/28/01)
The U.S. economy, we are now officially told, is in recession -- and has been since March. But don't tell that to folks in Southeast Missouri who have continued to bolster the local economy even though there were signs and rumors of sluggishness elsewhere...
Take a swing at this pitch while it's good (11/28/01)
To the editor: As a lifelong Cardinals fan, I would have loved to see them instead of the Diamondbacks up against the Yankees in the World Series. But the Cards have already creamed the Yankees when it comes to their sense of responsibility over a new stadium...
Please read the books before making judgment (11/28/01)
To the editor: I have a question for all of you who say Harry Potter is evil: Have you read the books? Some people who go to my school say their parents won't allow them to read them. I think this is ridiculous. Some parents who are so religious are so close-minded. If you are one of those people, please read the books before you judge them...
Toy exhibit's last showing will be Dec. 15 (11/28/01)
To the editor: The Cape River Heritage Museum's 2002 membership drive is in progress. On behalf of other board members, thank you for the generous response. Since 2002 will be the museum's 20th anniversary, we will have special events during the year. The Oktoberfest fund raiser at Longview was well-received...
Speak Out A 11/28/01 (11/28/01)
Wise decision DEMOCRATS WOULDN'T be happy no matter what stance Attorney General John Ashcroft took on the doctor-assisted suicides. If he came out in favor of it they would accused him of doing so to kill the elderly or minorities. He comes out against it, and they accuse him of lying. I think he made a wise decision...