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Black editor Curry to give annual Davis lecture (01/30/02)
George Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and BlackPressUSA. com, will deliver the annual Michael Davis lecture at Southeast Missouri State University on Feb. 10. The lecture, which recognizes the contributions of blacks in the media, will be held at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom as part of the university's celebration of Black History Month...
Tradition of waiting for college acceptance letters erodes (01/30/02)
Jillian Alexander felt the joy of being admitted to Johnson & Wales University even before completing her application. The teen-ager simply gave her transcript to a recruiter from the private school in Providence, R.I., and soon heard those golden words: "You've been accepted."...
Super Bowl trip makes Rams wear a hit again (01/30/02)
Owners of area sports stores report that Southeast Missouri football fans are as eager to purchase Rams' memorabilia as they were two years ago when their favorite team won the Super Bowl. Now that the Rams are back after winning the NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, blue-and-gold clothes are among the hottest on racks...
White House invites Cape couple to attend State of the Union (01/30/02)
Rhoda Reeves' friends and relatives were glued to Tuesday's State of the Union address, hoping for a glimpse of the Cape Girardeau entrepreneur who was one of the president's special guests. Suddenly, she appeared on C-SPAN for a brief moment, smiling in approval and applauding with gusto...
Parents asked to help in move (01/30/02)
Central High School principal Michael Cowan asked parents of eighth- and ninth-grade students Tuesday to serve on a transition advisory committee to ensure a smooth transition to the new high school for their children. There were sign-up sheets available at the meeting...
Police arrest five after search for drugs at Dexter residence (01/30/02)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A tip to police landed five area residents in the Stoddard County Jail this week and resulted in their being charged with multiple drug-related felonies. Diane Conner, 30, Carol June McClain, 29, Chasity K. Burnett, 23, and Charles Edgar Stephens, 39, all of Dexter, and Michael Walker, 23, of Pacific, Mo., are charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of a precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Stoddard County deputy Dennis Fowler.. ...
Committee considers continuation of fuel tax (01/30/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As lawmakers gear up for this year's battle over new funding for the Missouri Department of Transportation, a Senate panel on Tuesday considered a bill that would allow the department to continue receiving some tax revenue it currently gets...
Ex-warden to go to federal prison for safety reasons (01/30/02)
A former Shawnee Correctional Center warden convicted of reckless homicide and drunken driving will serve his sentence in federal prison because of concerns for his safety, an Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman said Tuesday. William Barham, 48, will leave Massac County Jail in far southern Illinois for federal prison this week, said department spokesman Sergio Molina...
Senator wants to raise execution age from 16 to 18 (01/30/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state should not execute people who commit murder when they are under 18, a senator said Tuesday in arguing for raising the eligible age from 16. State law provides that anyone at least 16 who commits first-degree murder can be sentenced to death or to life in prison without the possibility of parole...
Holden seeks grass-roots effort to lobby for school funding (01/30/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden urged school board members from across the state Tuesday to lobby lawmakers repeatedly and aggressively to back his proposed funding increase for public schools. Holden wants to supply the full $220 million increase requested for the basic formula that distributes money to elementary and secondary schools. To do so, he is depending largely on new tax revenues from casinos...
Senator seeks boost in fee for billboards (01/30/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Billboard owners would see large fee increases under a state senator's plan to raise money for the Missouri Department of Transportation. The price of billboard construction permits would increase sevenfold and biennial inspection fees would more than triple, according to legislation heard Tuesday by a Senate committee...
House OKs rape law change (01/30/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House passed legislation Tuesday giving prosecutors unlimited time to press charges in rape and sodomy cases. Now the issue moves to the Senate, where a similar bill is scheduled for debate this week. Many lawmakers have made the rape legislation a top priority since the legislative session began three weeks ago...
Man shot by trooper (01/30/02)
MARSHALL, Mo. -- A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer shot a man who was trying to run over the officer with his car on Monday. The man later died at a Columbia hospital. Patrol Cpl. Doug Alexander said Tuesday authorities are trying to learn the man's name...
State delegation to meet Ford execs about plant (01/30/02)
ST. LOUIS -- House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt and U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan will be part of the Missouri delegation heading to Michigan to hear Ford Motor Co.'s rationale for wanting to close an assembly plant in St. Louis, Gov. Bob Holden's office said Tuesday...
St. Louis area to get aquarium (01/30/02)
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- Plans for a new $55 million aquarium in suburban St. Louis were announced Tuesday, an aquarium that officials say will serve as a "world class showcase." The World Aquarium is expected to open in 2004 at Hanley Road and Highway 40 in Richmond Heights, just west of St. Louis. Plans call for an 80,000-square-foot facility on more than two acres...
EMT class teaches teamwork (01/30/02)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Teamwork is a key component in treating emergencies, and it is emphasized in the EMT course at the Kennett Area Vocational Technical School. Instructor Raymond Tanner and course coordinator Deb Cook use teamwork to better prepare their students for the emergency medical field...
Carnahan leads campaign finance race (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- Since declaring his challenge of Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan five months ago, Republican Jim Talent has built a campaign war chest of $1.32 million, while Carnahan has banked more than twice that amount, $2.76 million. According to aides from both campaigns, Talent raised $1.79 million in contributions for the six-month filing period ending Dec. 31. Carnahan raised about $4.3 million for the full year, pulling in just under $2 million in the last half of 2001...
Drop in power prices after Enron fall raises questions (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- A sharp drop in long-term electricity prices after Enron declared bankruptcy raises questions about whether the company may have been using largely secret trades to manipulate energy markets, a Senate hearing was told Tuesday. An energy consultant testified that in the week after Enron announced its bankruptcy, the "forward price" of electricity in the West fell sharply. ...
Goods orders up 2 percent (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for costly goods rose a bigger-than-expected 2 percent in December while a key gauge of consumer confidence improved in January for a second straight month. The reports suggested better days may be ahead for the battered economy...
Stocks rally after Fed says economy could be improving (01/30/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Reserve gave Wall Street Wednesday the positive economic outlook investors have been seeking, and stocks rallied even though the central bank declined to lower interest rates again. Investors have been anxiously awaiting word that the recession has ended, and a Fed statement that "economic activity is beginning to firm" brought buyers back into the market. ...
Fed holds interest rates steady (01/30/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid signs the worst of the recession may be over, the Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday, ending a yearlong stretch of uninterrupted credit easing. After 11 consecutive rate reductions last year, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues opted to keep the federal funds rate -- the interest that banks charge each other on overnight loans -- at 1.75 percent, the lowest level in 40 years. ...
Pentagon investigating claims of mistaken identity in raid (01/30/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department is investigating claims that U.S. special forces killed or arrested the wrong people during a raid in Afghanistan last week, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday...
Wounded soldier applauds pay boost (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- Army Sgt. Michael McElhiney, awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart after losing part of an arm in Afghanistan, was to see President Bush address the nation Tuesday as a White House guest. The Kansas City, Mo., native hoped Bush would encourage Americans to keep supporting U.S. troops fighting the war on terrorism. McElhiney was among members of the 5th Special Forces Group injured Dec. 5 in a mistaken U.S. bombing that also killed three Green Berets...
Stamp dealer charged with rigging bids (01/30/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- A stamp dealership is accused of rigging bids at auctions in the United States and Europe over almost two decades, the Justice Department said. Earl P.L. Apfelbaum Inc. and executive vice president John Apfelbaum were charged Monday with conspiring with unnamed others to submit "collusive, noncompetitive and rigged bids," prosecutors said...
Jeb Bush's daughter charged with prescription fraud (01/30/02)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush's 24-year-old daughter was arrested at a pharmacy drive-through window Tuesday on charges of trying to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax with a fraudulent prescription. Authorities said Noelle Bush apparently posed as a doctor and called in the phony prescription after suffering a panic attack Monday evening...
Nation digest 01/30/02 (01/30/02)
Gunman accused in triple slaying captured CALL, Texas -- A fugitive suspected of killing three people and wounding two others was captured by police Tuesday, more than 24 hours after the shooting rampage across parts of two counties. The 42-year-old man was arrested near Call, about 30 miles north of where the slayings occurred. No other details were immediately released about his capture...
Justice Dept. hangs drapes in front of partially naked figures (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- No longer will the attorney general be photographed in front of two partially nude statues in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice. The department spent $8,000 on blue drapes that hide the two giant, aluminum art deco statues, said spokesman Shane Hix. For aesthetic reasons, he said, the drapes were occasionally hung in front of the statues before formal events. The department used to rent the drapes, but has now purchased them and left them hanging...
Missourians in Congress join in economic debate (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- A month after partisan bickering blocked measures aimed at stimulating the economy, Missourians in Congress greeted the president's State of the Union address Tuesday with renewed resolve to beat back the recession. Several Missourians highlighted Bush's support for small business tax cuts...
Lesions removed from Ashcroft's ear (01/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft had benign skin lesions removed from his left ear last week, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Capt. David Ferguson, a physician at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., said Ashcroft did not suffer from any melanomas, "and the attorney general's overall health was found to be excellent."...
Japan's foreign minister fired over squabble (01/30/02)
TOKYO -- Makiko Tanaka, Japan's popular but unpredictable foreign minister, was fired by the prime minister Tuesday for feuding with her deputy and stalling legislation to lift the economy. The deputy also was fired. With her fiery promises to fight bureaucratic incompetence and corruption, Tanaka, 58, has been a key reason Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has enjoyed high public approval ratings since he swept to power last April...
Greeks prepare to restore ancient arch (01/30/02)
ATHENS, Greece -- Standing near the foot of the Acropolis, it once separated the old from the new city of Athens. Now, restorers hope to help Hadrian's Arch regain some of its former glory. Scaffolding is wrapped around half of the Roman monument, with workers busily huddled over plans. Archaeologists are examining the Pentelic marble arch to determine the best method of restoring, cleaning and protecting it...
Relatives of '72 dead hope for justice (01/30/02)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Thirty years ago, the British army killed 13 Catholic protesters in Londonderry, a massacre that radicalized Catholics and set the stage for Northern Ireland's bloodiest year. In this week's commemorations of "Bloody Sunday," however, memories of that injustice are mixing with new hopes that a mammoth investigation -- the longest and most expensive in British history -- will uncover what happened on Jan. 30, 1972...
Wreckage of Ecuadorean jet found near border volcano (01/30/02)
CUMBAL, Colombia -- Troops and farmers trekking on foot discovered the wreckage of an Ecuadorean airliner on a glacier-capped volcano Tuesday, but found no survivors among the 92 passengers and crew. "The plane is destroyed. There are no survivors," said Alvaro Bucheli, the mayor of Cumbal, a Colombian town in the shadow of Nevado de Cumbal, a 15,721-foot-high volcano...
New threat to kill kidnapped Wal Street Journal reporter (01/30/02)
Associated Press WriterISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- An e-mail purportedly sent Wednesday by kidnappers holding Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl threatened to kill him within 24 hours. It also warned American journalists to leave the country within three days...
Afghanistan back from brink of widespread starvation (01/30/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- International relief efforts have helped pull Afghanistan back from the brink of widespread famine, but many people are still subsisting on insufficient diets, the head of the World Food Program said Tuesday. The twin scourges of war and drought had raised fears that Afghanistan could be facing mass starvation; the WFP said some 6 million people were in imminent risk. ...
16 U.S. troops hurt in helicopter accident (01/30/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A helicopter on a combat mission crashed while landing at night in eastern Afghanistan after the pilot failed to see holes on the ground, Army officials said Tuesday. Sixteen U.S. soldiers on board were injured. The soldiers suffered bruises and fractures in the accident -- the latest in a series of aviation mishaps that have claimed 11 American lives. Only two Americans have died in combat...
Yemen - Two suspects may be taken by force (01/30/02)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Yemen's foreign minister said Tuesday his country had tracked down two key al-Qaida suspects wanted by the United States and was prepared to capture them by force if the pair fails to surrender. Abubaker Al-Qirbi's comments in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press depart from recent statements by Yemeni authorities that the country -- site of the deadly USS Cole bombing -- is free of al-Qaida operatives...
Storms in Europe kill at least 18 (01/30/02)
LONDON -- Northern Europe struggled Tuesday to repair the damage from hurricane-force winds that swept over the continent, as the death toll from the vicious storm rose to 18. The storm ripped roofs off building, disrupted traffic and shipping and left thousands of homes without power. It tore through Britain and Ireland before lashing Scandinavia, Germany, Poland and Russia...
Israeli plan could keep Palestinians out of west Jerusalem (01/30/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials presented a plan Tuesday to tighten security in Jerusalem, possibly including erecting barriers and checkpoints to keep Palestinians out of the Jewish side of the city, scene of two deadly attacks in the past week. No decision was reached on the proposals, which came as police reinforcements flooded the eerily quiet downtown section, inspecting some of the few pedestrians on oft-targeted Jaffa Street, the city's landmark shopping strip...
Death toll from military dump explosions rises to 600 (01/30/02)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Nigeria's president declared a national disaster on Tuesday after a series of explosions at an army weapons depot in Lagos left at least 600 dead, most of them women and children who drowned in a canal while trying to run away. In a radio broadcast, President Olusegun Obasanjo said "over 600 bodies had been recovered," including many from the Oke Afa canal in the Isolo neighborhood of this city of 12 million. He said the dead were mostly women, young people and children...
Late Charleston run ends Jackson challenge (01/30/02)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Charleston boys basketball team outscored visiting Jackson 13-4 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 49-42 SEMO Conference victory Tuesday night. Jackson trailed 19-12 after one quarter and by 10 points a short time later before rallying for a 27-25 halftime lead. The Indians were ahead 38-36 entering the final period before the Bluejays took control...
Cape Central swimming (01/30/02)
Parkway Central 119, Cape Central 67 Medley relay -- 3. (Andrew Moreton, Alex Hedlde, Sam Maguire, Chris Daniel), 2:04.11 200 freestyle -- 2. Chad Proffer, 2:28.03 50 freestyle -- 1. Andrew Moreton, 24.50, 2. Alex Heddle, 24.83 Diving -- 2. Cecil Quinn, 204.90...
Bigger ND pushes Central series mark to 3-0 (01/30/02)
There may be nothing more consistent in basketball than size. Notre Dame took advantage of that again Tuesday at Tiger Fieldhouse when it defeated Cape Central for the third time this season, 58-46. Using quick cuts for close-range baskets and utilizing size for cleaning up misses, Notre Dame improved to 14-6...
Schottenheimer hired as Chargers' coach (01/30/02)
SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers hired former division rival Marty Schottenheimer as coach on Tuesday, hoping he can end their six-year playoff drought, second-longest in the NFL. Schottenheimer becomes the fourth head coach in six seasons for the Chargers, who've been awful in the NFL's age of parity. They won just six games the last two seasons and are 23-57 since Bobby Ross, the only coach to get them to the Super Bowl, was forced out after the 1996 season...
Rams find out today which Patriots QB will start in Super Bowl (01/30/02)
NEW ORLEANS-- Tom Brady is younger, nimbler and throws short, quick passes. Drew Bledsoe is experienced, stands taller in the pocket and throws deep. "There are differences, but one similarity in our favor is they're both winners," New England Patriots wide receiver Charles Johnson said...
Pats' Cox wonders if he'll get the chance to be a coach or exec (01/30/02)
NEW ORLEANS -- Bryan Cox would like to coach in the NFL or even run a team. He's not sure he'll get the chance. The 33-year-old linebacker with the New England Patriots knows the end of his career is near. He doesn't have a contact for next season, and forsees a scenario where Sunday's Super Bowl against St. Louis will be his final NFL game...
Nevada says no to Tyson's license request (01/30/02)
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson was trying his heavyweight best to be contrite and humble. He said he was sorry, and that next time he would learn to control his anger. When it came time for Nevada boxing regulators to speak their piece, though, Tyson was already out the door...
Warner's new goal - 5 Super Bowl rings (01/30/02)
NEW ORLEANS -- Kurt Warner has learned to talk a lot without saying much at all. Blah, blah, blah. On Tuesday, he served up a headline by revealing that he wants to be remembered as the only quarterback to win five Super Bowls. That would be one more than Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, and four more than he has now...
Effort was there in weekend losses, but results weren't (01/30/02)
I was proud of our basketball team's effort and enthusiasm in Saturday's game against Austin Peay. Nick Stapleton, Austin Peay's outstanding point guard, made a great 3-point shot at the end of the game to give the Governors the one-point win, but I couldn't have been prouder of the effort of our entire team...
Chili is signature dish for Super Bowl (01/30/02)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Chili is to Super Bowl Sunday what king cake is to Mardi Gras. It's the signature dish at game-day gatherings and will be served in thousands of homes across the country Feb. 3 when the nation's two top pro football teams face off in the New Orleans Superdome...
Vivid colors can add life to any room (01/30/02)
NEW YORK -- Color creates a mood and a rhythm for a room. Yellow is cheerful; green is calming; and red is bold. But just like everything else in life, color can be adapted to meet most every taste and lifestyle, says Anna Kasabian, author of "The New Home Color Book" (Rockport)...
Fitting the rainbow under the roof (01/30/02)
NEW YORK hite is light; color is bright. In home decorating, white is the standard. It's easy, it looks clean and neat, it goes with everything. But, says interior design writer Anna Kasabian, before long, you have too much of a good thing. White should be warm and used almost like cloud puffs to lighten a room but overuse can come off as cold or harsh...
Dishes you can make for Super Bowl Sunday (01/30/02)
$$$Start smcclanahan The Super Bowl game will be played this Sunday and for me that means new commercials, great food and lots of fellowship. We usually get together with everyone from our Sunday school class and enjoy each other's company while analyzing all of the high-priced new commercials. Most of the time I don't even know who is playing or anything about the game. But having Jay and Kathy Wolz in our class has made me become more aware of how the Rams are doing...
Food allergies in pets possible (01/30/02)
$$$Start jkoch By John Koch, DVMQuestion: My dog has been plagued with scratching and itching for several years. We have used a variety of different treatments with moderate success. I read an article some days ago about food allergies in humans. This caused me to wonder. Could my dog have food allergies?...
Josie Eckles (01/30/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Josie Boyd Eckles, 70, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Sept. 15, 1931, at Hayti, Mo., daughter of Moses and Rosie Townsend Wright. She first married Josh Boyd Sept. 13, 1948. She later married Henry Eckles Aug. 27, 1979...
William Clark (01/30/02)
GRAND CHAIN, Ill. -- Funeral for William Russell Clark of Tulsa, Okla., will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grand Chain Congregational Church. The Rev. Gil Coultas will officiate. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill., from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7...
Arthur Rhodes (01/30/02)
DELTA, Mo. -- Longtime Delta businessman Arthur Ray Rhodes, 62, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born Feb. 15, 1939, at Millersville, Mo., son of Charles J. and Esther Estes Rhodes. Rhodes owned and operated Rhodes Grocery, SEMO Produce and SEMO Brokerage more than 30 years...
Gilbert Richter (01/30/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Mr. Gilbert Martin Richter, 91, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. The Rev. David Johnson will officiate...
David Ray (01/30/02)
DORENA, Mo. -- David Pickett Ray, 61, of Brunswick, Ga., died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at his home. He was born June 9, 1940, at Dorena, son of Edward and Imogene Spence Ray Jr. Ray moved to Brunswick 33 years ago from Dorena. He retired as foreman at Concrete Products in Brunswick...
Jean Davis (01/30/02)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Jean Davis, 73, of East Prairie died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at her home. She was born April 22, 1928, in East Prairie, daughter of Alfred and Amanda Dycus Boyd. She and Charles William Davis were married Sept. 21, 1982, at Caruthersville, Mo...
Carrie Busche (01/30/02)
Carrie W. Marie Busche, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 13, 1909, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Karl Henry Charles and Clara Louise Neimeir Foeste. She and Clifford A. Busche were married Dec. 19, 1929, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 18, 1982...
Births 1/30/02 (01/30/02)
wSeabaugh Daughter to William E. and Tracy Y. Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:47 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002. Name, Savanna Dawn. Weight, 5 pounds 9 1/2 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Seabaugh is the former Tracy Toombs, daughter of Lynda Young and Wayne Toombs. Seabaugh is the son of Mike and Glinda Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau...
Cape fire report 1/30 (01/30/02)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Jan. 30 Firefighters responded to these calls Monday:At 7:17 p.m., a carbon monoxide detector at 448 N. Frederick. At 7:46 p.m., a report gasoline was put down the kitchen sink at 418 Themis, Apt. 3. At 8:34 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1732 Northwoods Court...
Police report report 01/30/02 (01/30/02)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Jan. 30 ArrestsArthur John Matthews II, 32, 3030 Mimosa, was arrested Monday for assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Willie Lashawn Patterson, 29, 430 S. Pacific, was arrested Monday for failure to appear. Nancy Elizabeth Holmes, 25, 522 Boxwood, was arrested Monday for contempt of court...
Out of the past 1/30/02 (01/30/02)
10 years ago: Jan. 30, 1992 Southeast Missouri State University students will be paying more to live on campus next fiscal year; Board of Regents Wednesday hiked room and board rates for 1993 fiscal year; new rates will amount to 8 percent increase in fees for average student and put room and board charges in range of $3,000 a year...
Juvenile center - First, determine the need (01/30/02)
The battle over whether the 32nd Judicial Circuit -- Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties -- will see a new juvenile center in Cape Girardeau continues between the Cape Girardeau County Commission and juvenile authorities. The commissioners have made a serious, although slightly backhanded, accusation that more juveniles were being picked up and stuffed into the existing 10-bed center to make it seem inadequate. ...
Action needed on limits on rape charges (01/30/02)
Missouri lawmakers are on target to spell out the provisions for charging someone with rape under Missouri law. A 2000 ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District indicates that someone must be charged within three years after the crime is committed...
Cairo schools aren't as old as editorial stated (01/30/02)
To the editor: I must take exception to the editorial, "Cairo needs unified effort for new school." I disagree with your conclusion, which is based on incorrect information. You state the Cairo School Board and city council are locked in a tug-of-war over the tax increase. The city has not taken an official position. As mayor and as a taxpayer, I consider the tax request absurd. It will not affect the city's share of taxes in any way...
Time to oppose research that kills infants for cells (01/30/02)
To the editor: Biotech companies have embarked on radically new cloning and embryonic stem-cell research. At stake are fame and vast fortunes which will be made by patenting and marketing products derived from the destruction of human life. Greed will reduce humanity to a commodity...
Wide loads during rush hour affect Scott City (01/30/02)
To the editor: I have a question about the problem with the large mobile homes crossing the Diversion Channel on I-55 during peak rush hours. Going north they have to get off I-55 and go up the ramp to cross over the viaduct, then back out on the old part of the bridge. ...
Speak Out A 01/30/02 (01/30/02)
Armpit solution TO THE caller who said that art at SEMO and other areas is increasingly offensive: Maybe it is just your standard talking. If you do not like the art, don't look at it. I would wager that Bottecelli's "Birth of Venus" caused a few words back in its day, but now it is shown with great appreciation. ...
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