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Community digest 2/7 (02/07/02)
Nursing director receives teaching award Donna Shirrell, nursing program director at Southeast Missouri Hospital's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Missouri Gov. Bob Holden honored 66 outstanding faculty from postsecondary schools, colleges and universities in Missouri during the 2001 Governor's Conference on Higher Education held recently in Kansas City...
Fruitland livestock (02/07/02)
Fruitland Livestock FRUITLAND, Mo. -- Fruitland Livestock Auction Tuesday. Receipts, 376; last week, 653; last year, 555; compared to last week steers and heifers sold steady to 1.00 lower. Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to 1.00 higher; Demand and supply light. Cows made up approximately 17 percent of the run, feeders 83 percent...
Pannier brothers get education job promotions (02/07/02)
Darren Pannier, a native of Cape Girardeau, has taken on a new role as athletic director for State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo. Pannier, a 1986 graduate of Central High School, already teaches health and physical education at State Fair and serves as women's head volleyball coach and women's assistant basketball coach...
United we read 2/7 (02/07/02)
UNITED WE READ Today's discussion of John Grisham's "A Painted House": Location: BLANCHARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Leaders: CARLA TILLEY ...
  • House Democrats outline agenda (02/07/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A month into the session, House Democrats on Wednesday outlined their legislative priorities beyond their previously announced support for full funding of public schools. The House Democratic Caucus package includes proposals on school accountability, seniors' issues, law enforcement and transportation...
    Wreck kills infant in Scott County (02/07/02)
    ORAN, Mo. -- The icy roads apparently were a factor in a three-car accident that resulted in the death of an infant and injuries to two adults, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Wednesday. Five-month-old Sydnea Rhodes of Oran was pronounced dead at Southeast Missouri Hospital Wednesday morning. The patrol said that the baby was in a car seat...
    Naylor athletes fight house fire, then go to game (02/07/02)
    Sometimes, being a winner has very little to do with the score at the end of the game. Take the Naylor High School basketball team. On Monday, despite a 105-17 defeat that put their record at 1-18, the team went home winners, their coach said. "They put the needs of others before their own," said Naylor coach Andy Roberts. "You do something like that, you're a winner."...
    Four and 20 blackbirds baked in Cape City Hall pie (02/07/02)
    Cape Girardeau artist and retired Southeast Missouri State University Museum director James Parker saw the king ready to feast on his blackbird pie almost daily when he attended Lorimier School, now City Hall. The tile art was Monday's "Faces and Places" puzzler...
    Central's Tiger Field house sees its last varsity games (02/07/02)
    At the buzzer Cape's Tiger Field House sees its last varsity games this week as students and others bid farewell "Am I going to miss this gym? You're doggone right. I love it." -- Central athletics director Terry Kitchen By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian...
    Southeast, prosecutor differ in definitions of hazing (02/07/02)
    ~ FRATERNITY BAN By Andrea L. Buchanan ~ Southeast Missourian An event that caused a Southeast Missouri State University fraternity to lose campus privileges shows the difference between a drunken frat party and a violent hazing incident depends on who is examining the evidence...
    Senate debates unified ticket for top state posts (02/07/02)
    POLITICAL TEAM By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The lieutenant governor would cease to be independently elected by voters under a measure the Senate debated on Wednesday...
    Education online expanding as Southeast widens its Web (02/07/02)
    COMPUTER STUDIES SEMO classes on the Web Fall 1999: 10 classes, 150 students Spring 2000: 11 classes, 179 students Summer 2000: 5 classes, 53 students Fall 2000: 19 classes, 349 students Spring 2001: 23 classes, 461 students...
    Two arrested after hiding inside closet (02/07/02)
    Officers were forced to use a battering ram in an attempt to arrest a Jackson, Mo., woman police described as a fugitive from justice. Lisa Umfleet, formerly of Jackson, was arrested early Wednesday after less than a month on parole. She and her boyfriend, also wanted by police, were found hiding in a closet in a Cape Girardeau apartment...
    Nixon calls for opening of suit involving tobacco case (02/07/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon supports opening to the public a lawsuit involving the disbursement of $111.2 million for legal fees in the state's case against the tobacco industry. Nixon has sent attorneys in the lawsuit a letter saying he was "shocked to learn" the file had been sealed. Nixon said he could find no compelling justification for closing the case...
    U.S. officials seek bald eagle's killer (02/07/02)
    CHOUTEAU ISLAND, Ill. -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have offered a $1,000 reward for anyone who helps them find the person who killed a bald eagle near this Mississippi River island. The young eagle was found Jan. 13 floating near the Chain of Rocks Bridge by a birdwatcher, who took it to a wildlife center to be examined...
    Enron ties prompt bankruptcy filing (02/07/02)
    TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. -- A steel processor based in suburban St. Louis, saying it was hurt by the bankruptcy of Enron Corp., is itself filing for bankruptcy. Huntco Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday as it seeks to liquidate assets and pay off debts, though officials don't expect to fully pay off the $90 million that the company and its subsidiaries owe creditors...
    Britt pushes for crime funds (02/07/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Rep. Phillip Britt is hoping the third time is indeed the charm for his bill to re-establish special funds for county sheriff's departments. Britt, D-Kennett, has twice shepherded the measure through the General Assembly and on to the governor's desk. Both times it failed to become law...
    Ryan not running, but remains focus of race (02/07/02)
    CHICAGO -- Gov. George Ryan is taking a beating this election year, with campaign ads labeling him as corrupt, an insider and willing to say whatever it takes to win votes. The strange part: Ryan isn't running for re-election, and the attack ads come from three fellow Republicans seeking to replace him...
    Convicted killer decries death penalty before his execution (02/07/02)
    POTOSI, Mo. -- Asking only for spiritual salvation, Michael Owsley went to his death in a Missouri execution chamber early Wednesday with no apologies and little regard for a judicial system he accused of being stacked against blacks like him. "I hope for salvation. I hope that the mercy and forgiveness that I have asked for will suffice. Praise Allah," read the final words of the man executed in the 1993 shotgun killing of a Kansas City teen-ager...
    Window-tint bills go to governor for OK (02/07/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Bills correcting a Missouri law that made thousands of vehicles with tinted windows illegal are on their way to Gov. Bob Holden for consideration. The House voted 130-1 for the Senate bill, making it the first to reach the governor's desk. The Senate followed with a 31-0 vote in favor of an identical House bill. If signed by the governor, the legislation would go into effect immediately...
    Cairo man charged in murder (02/07/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Police in this poor southern Illinois city charged a man Wednesday with committing the first homicide here in six years. Jesse Woods, 41, was charged with murder in the stabbing death of Ruben Stacy, 58, an unemployed disabled man who was found dead in his small house on Monday, Alexander County State's Attorney Jeff Farris said Wednesday...
    FBI arrests Kansas City man with pipe bomb (02/07/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The FBI called a man found with a pipe bomb in his home a "potential terrorist" on Wednesday, as he was charged in federal court with possessing an unregistered destructive device. The FBI identified the suspect as Akfa H. Fard, 52, of Kansas City, Mo. FBI agent Debby Stafford said Fard was born in Philadelphia and was known as Edward Burnett before he changed his name about 30 years ago...
    Judge cuts part of new tobacco law (02/07/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new state law banning the sale of certain less-expensive tobacco products was enacted improperly, a judge ruled in striking it down Wednesday. The prohibition on so-called gray market cigarettes -- which are manufactured for sale abroad -- was passed by the Legislature last year as part of a bill dealing mainly with sales of tobacco products to minors...
    Senate group votes against Holden's pick (02/07/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In a rare move, a Senate committee on Wednesday rejected Gov. Bob Holden's appointee to lead the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. Renee Slusher of Columbia is the first gubernatorial appointee rejected by the Senate in about 15 years, when the governor was John Ashcroft, according Senate officials...
    Nation briefs 2/7/02 (02/07/02)
    Cheney going to Middle East next week WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Israel and eight other countries in the Middle East next week as the Bush administration tries to look past a cycle of violence to potential peacemaking. The trip will coincide with one by CIA Director George Tenet, but administration officials called Tenet's effort part of his routine business and not designed to broker a new cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians...
    Judge orders Lindh held pending trial (02/07/02)
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh held in custody pending trial on Wednesday as prosecutors revealed e-mails they said showed the U.S.-born Taliban felt clear "hostility toward his country." Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell denied bail after concluding that the 20-year-old Lindh "has every incentive to flee" and posed a danger to society...
    CIA - al-Qaida terrorists still threaten U.S. targets (02/07/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The director of the CIA said Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist group remains a serious threat, interested in striking "high-profile" American targets including the Olympics that open Friday in Salt Lake City. George Tenet, facing tough questions about Sept. 11, also acknowledged that the CIA never will be able to foresee all attacks...
    Legislators suggest changes to bankruptcy law (02/07/02)
    WASHINGTON -- In the shadow of election-year politics, Republican and Democratic members of Congress are squabbling over what changes should be made to bankruptcy and other laws to prevent new Enron-style corporate collapses. "You can't legislate against greed, but you can stop greed from succeeding," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., opening a hearing Wednesday...
    Stocks fall for fifth straight session (02/07/02)
    AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Doubts about corporate bookkeeping and earnings thwarted Wall Street for a fifth consecutive session Thursday, giving the Nasdaq composite index its longest losing streak since the terrorist attacks. Stocks drifted progressively lower throughout the day, unable to hold on to early gains. Analysts said the losses reflected investors' unwillingness to get involved in a market with so much uncertainty...
    Disagreement erupts over farm spending (02/07/02)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush's budget has sparked a debate between the administration and Senate Democrats over how much money to spend on farmers over the next five years. The budget fulfills Bush's promise to support $73.5 billion in new spending over the next decade, but administration officials disagree with Democrats on how quickly the money should be spent...
    Lawmakers trade blame over failed bill (02/07/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans sought to blame Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle for the collapse Wednesday of the economic stimulus bill. Democrats said the true culprit was an insatiable GOP appetite for tax cuts that favor business and the wealthy...
    Physical activity also important for babies (02/07/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Get the baby out of the bouncy seat and let him roll around on the floor. Play patty-cake. Toss soft balls with toddlers. Challenge 3-year-olds to walk on a safe curb while keeping their balance. Exercise for babies, toddlers and preschoolers is not rocket science. But they do need simple activities every day that are crucial building blocks in learning to walk, run and eventually swing a tennis racket, say the first physical education guidelines for children so young...
    U.S. admits deadly mistakes (02/07/02)
    WASHINGTON -- American forces have determined they captured the wrong people in a deadly Jan. 23 commando raid in Afghanistan and have released them. An investigation continues to determine if some 15 killed in the raid on a suspected al-Qaida hide-out also were the wrong people -- that is, not Taliban and al-Qaida figures that troops were after, Maj. Ralph Mills, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Wednesday...
    Former Enron CEO Skilling says he knew of nothing wrong (02/07/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Enron chief executive officer Jeff Skilling told Congress on Thursday that he knew of nothing improper about the complex web of partnerships that brought the energy trading giant down. When he resigned his post in August, "I did not believe the company was in any financial peril," Skilling said in his first public testimony about the collapse...
    Bush - Geneva Convention doesn't apply to al-Qaida fighters (02/07/02)
    AP White House CorrespondentWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has determined that the Geneva Convention applies to the conflict in Afghanistan and Taliban soldiers, but not al-Qaida fighters and other terrorists, the White House announced Thursday...
    Rebels reject U.S. plan for military aid (02/07/02)
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- The Bush administration's plan to help Colombia protect an oil pipeline from guerrilla attacks proves that Washington wants to intervene militarily in this country's civil war, a rebel leader said Wednesday. "The mask has been taken off," rebel commander Simon Trinidad said in a telephone interview from a southern stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC...
    No mercy for al-Qaida in Saudi kingdom (02/07/02)
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- There is no evidence Osama bin Laden's terror network is operating in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's top security official said Wednesday, but he promised no mercy for any al-Qaida radicals who might be discovered in the country...
    Sharon to seek Bush help in thwarting future attacks (02/07/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Setting out for his fourth White House visit in a year, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hopes to get U.S. help in isolating Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and thwarting what Israel sees as Iran's attempts to destabilize the Middle East. Sharon's three-day visit centers on talks in Washington on Thursday with President Bush, who has sharply rebuked Arafat for not doing enough to rein in Palestinian militants...
    Palestinians detail push against terror (02/07/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Trying to deflect intense pressure, the Palestinian Authority has handed the United States a detailed written response to allegations that it has not acted against terrorism. The 17-page document, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, says the Palestinians have arrested 195 militants, blocked 56 suspect bank accounts, closed 15 illegal munitions factories and 79 unregistered charities and clamped down on militant mosque preachers...
    U.S. trader accused of theft (02/07/02)
    BALTIMORE -- Ireland's biggest bank on Wednesday accused a currency trader at its Baltimore subsidiary of stealing $750 million in what could be the largest such scam since a rogue employee brought down England's Barings Bank in the mid-1990s. John Rusnak, 37, is suspected of defrauding Allfirst, the U.S. ...
    Turkey could see job cuts, higher taxes (02/07/02)
    ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey's government said Wednesday it would cut public sector jobs and keep taxes high, as it implements an austerity plan that has won backing from the International Monetary Fund. The plan, based on spending cuts, tax hikes and privatization, aims to end a yearlong crisis that has cost 1.5 million jobs. Its implementation will mean another tough year for most Turks in 2002, ministers have warned...
    Hostages in Philippines fear dying in rescue raid (02/07/02)
    MANILA, Philippines -- An American missionary couple held hostage by Muslim extremists in the Philippine jungle said in a letter that paying a ransom may be their only route to freedom and that they feared dying in a military rescue, a television station reported Wednesday...
    Queen Elizabeth marks 50th year on British throne (02/07/02)
    KING'S LYNN, England -- Personal sorrow mingled with royal history as Queen Elizabeth II reached a bittersweet milestone Wednesday, somberly marking 50 years as monarch on the anniversary of her father's death. Golden Jubilee celebrations are planned later this year, but for the queen, Feb. ...
    Avalanche buries 20 vehicles on Afghan road (02/07/02)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- An avalanche roared down the towering Hindu Kush mountains Wednesday, burying about 20 vehicles in snow near the world's highest tunnel, a United Nations spokesman said. There was no immediate word on casualties or how many people might be buried near the Salang Tunnel, a key aid conduit some 80 miles north of Kabul, said U.N. spokesman Yusuf Hassan...
    New detainees arrive at Guantanamo Bay base (02/07/02)
    Associated Press WriterGUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A plane carrying 28 detainees from the war in Afghanistan landed Thursday at this remote naval base, where the U.S. government now plans to apply legal protections under the Gevena Convention to captured Taliban soldiers...
    Free-floating peso debut delayed in Argentina (02/07/02)
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Argentine government postponed Wednesday's scheduled debut of a free-floating peso until next week, buying more time as it tries to reform an economy nearly four years into a nosedive. Economy Minister Jorge Remes Lenicov said Argentina will fully float its peso Monday, a move sure to be closely watched as the government does away with the country's dual exchange rate...
    Big 12 rivals enlist Indians (02/07/02)
    The Jackson Indian running game officially received the Big 12 seal of approval on Wednesday. Star running back Mario Whitney and offensive tackle Travis Dambach became the first two Jackson football teammates to sign Division I scholarships in the same year...
    Wednesday signings (02/07/02)
    Mario Whitney, RB, Jackson, (Missouri); Travis Dambach, OL, Jackson, (Kansas); Desmond Sims, TE/RB/DE, New Madrid County Central, (Arkansas); Brian Murph, QB, New Madrid County Central (Butler County C.C.); Charles Gaines, DT, Hayti, (Hutchison C.C.); Justin Lowes, DL, Sikeston, (Southern Illinois); Kevin Keller, OL, Sikeston (Rolla)...
    On the road again - Indians log hours, miles, two losses (02/07/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University's basketball team was struggling. Entering a two-game road trip to play Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech last week, the Indians had posted just one Ohio Valley Conference victory, were last in the standings and in danger of missing the league's postseason tournament for the first time since Gary Garner became coach five years ago...
    Otahks try to end three-game skid (02/07/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University's women face a rugged challenge this week as they try to stop a three-game losing streak. The Otahkians (12-9 overall, 4-6 Ohio Valley Conference) will be on the road to face two of the OVC's top teams, playing Morehead State (15-5, 5-4) today and Eastern Kentucky (16-5, 8-2) Saturday in a pair of 4:30 p.m. tipoffs...
    SE pursues 1st road win at Morehead (02/07/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University is winless on the road this season, which would not appear to bode well as the Indians prepare for two more games away from the Show Me Center this week. But coach Gary Garner, whose Indians are in last place in the nine-team Ohio Valley Conference, is hoping past success against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky will give Southeast a dose of confidence...
    SEMO bolsters roster with Florida recruits (02/07/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University's football team tapped Florida for six players Wednesday as coached Tim Billings announced the signing of 11 recruits. Among the signees were Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-foot-5 quarterback Jack Tomco, who threw for over 2,100 yards and 16 touchdowns last season as a sophomore at Scottsdale Community College. ...
    Indian newcomers (02/07/02)
    Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School StateCorey Andrade DB 6-1 220 Lake Brantley, H.S. Altamonte, Fla. Matt Boyack TE 6-4 215 South Lake H.S. Clermont, Fla. Ramon Feliciano FB 6-2 230 Coral Springs H.S. Coral Springs,Fla. Graham Goodfield TE 6-5 238 Palomar J.C. San Viarcos, Calif...
    Police blow up suspicious package in Salt Lake City (02/07/02)
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Police blew up a suspicious package found next to a downtown parking garage Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. At about noon construction workers spotted a plastic grocery bag with what appeared to be wrapped-up highway flares inside, said Lt. Terry Begay of the Salt Lake City Police Department...
    Missouri avenges loss to slumping Iowa St. (02/07/02)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kareem Rush rallied from a cold first half by scoring 23 of his 27 points the rest of the way, leading No. 22 Missouri to a 76-73 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night. Rush was 1-for-8 from the field in the first half as Iowa State, which beat Missouri last month in Ames, Iowa, for its lone conference victory, took a 40-35 lead. He was 9-for-16 the rest of the way, including four points over the final 1:31, as Missouri came back from a seven-point deficit...
    Sports digest 2/7/02 (02/07/02)
    AREA Notre Dame girls roll past St. Vincent n Deana McCormick became Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer in girls basketball during Wednesday night's 55-19 victory over St. Vincent in Perryville, Mo...
    Health calendar 2/7 (02/07/02)
    Today Heart smart screenings from 8 to 10 a.m. in Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. To make an appointment, call 651-5825. Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cape Senior Center. Coumadin therapy seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. in Conference Room C of St. Francis Education Center...
    Engaging Cape Girardeau's right brain (02/07/02)
    Feb. 7, 2002 Dear Leslie, A new snow has fallen, a lighter one than a few weeks ago, when kids were tobogganing down the steep courthouse terrace that flows toward the Mississippi River. As a kid I often rode my sled down those hills with my brother and cousins on snow days. The trick was to overturn your sled before reaching the bottom and screaming out onto Spanish Street...
    Billy Angle (02/07/02)
    Graveside service for John Billy Angle of Cape Girardeau will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Pulliam Cemetery in Scopus, Mo. Major Robert Gauthier will officiate. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Angle, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center...
    Lilly Yount (02/07/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Lilly Heyde Yount, 86, of Sikeston, Mo., formerly of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church...
    Betty Wright (02/07/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Betty Jane Wright, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born June 7, 1930, in Anna, daughter of Howard and Florence Karraker Henderson. She and Carl R. Wright were married June 16, 1949, in Osceola, Ark. He died Aug. 27, 1991...
    Minnie Vinson (02/07/02)
    CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Minnie M. Vinson, 91, of Charleston died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Bertrand Nursing Facility. She was born Nov. 9, 1910, at Marquand, Mo., daughter of Alfred Stokes and Dica Ellen Francis Green. She and Donald Wesley Vinson were married in 1938. He died in 1961...
    Helen Raines (02/07/02)
    Helen M. Raines, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Heritage Manor in Litchfield, Ill. She was born May 13, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charles and Myrtle Smith Moore. She and Carl Raines were married Nov. 13, 1983, in Las Vegas, Nev. He died March 11, 1999...
    James Tucker (02/07/02)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James William Tucker, 90, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Elder Care in Marble Hill. He was born Aug. 6, 1911, at Kennett, Mo., son of Elmer and Luvina Collins Tucker. He and Dorothy M. Baker were married Feb. 25, 1961...
    Births 2/7/02 (02/07/02)
    Potts Son to Michael David and Janelle Leigh Potts of Winston-Salem, N.C., Forsyth Medical Center, 5:55 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. Name, Ethan Michael. Weight, 6 pounds 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Potts is the former Janelle Johns, daughter of Beverly Johns of Marble Hill, Mo., and Harold Johns of Cape Girardeau. ...
    Cape police report 2/7/02 (02/07/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Feb. 7 ArrestsArlena Foote, 47, 101 Green Acres, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding Scott County warrant. Valezia Knecht, 908 Penny, was arrested Wednesday for stealing. Matthew Hunter Besand, 18, 920 Penny, was arrested Wednesday for failure to appear and park curfew violation...
    Cape fire report 2/7/02 (02/07/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Feb. 7 Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:At 5:26 p.m., an illegal burn at 1401 Bessie. At 6:35 p.m. an emergency medical service at 409 McKenna. At 6:50 p.m., an alarm at 1050 Greek Drive. At 10:34 p.m., an emergency medical service at 200 S. Spanish...
    Out of the past 2/7/02 (02/07/02)
    10 years ago: Feb. 7, 1992 Navigational project under way in Mississippi River near Cape Rock will reduce need for frequent dredging in that area and will allow for safer passage of barge tows around Cape Rock, says spokesman for Corps of Engineers...
    Correction 2/7 (02/07/02)
    Melvin Gateley had the most votes in the 12th Precinct in Cape Girardeau's mayoral primary. A story in Wednesday's edition stated otherwise. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
    Assessment project is aid to teachers (02/07/02)
    $$$Start By Kathy Jensen KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- I invite the author of your Jan. 12 editorial, "Teaching the test: Some schools gear to MAP," to talk with the educators who developed the Kansas City Area Assessment Project. The editorial is misleading and inaccurate. At a minimum, it contains three major fallacies...
    Major victory - Afghans saved from famine (02/07/02)
    The war on terrorism is being fought on several fronts, but the most important victory to date may be the humanitarian relief efforts that have sent tons of food to the people of Afghanistan. The World Food Program estimates 6 million Afghanis have been saved from starvation...
    Paying for highways - Looking for a plan (02/07/02)
    Ten years ago, there were high hopes for highways across Missouri. The Missouri Department of Transportation proposed its 15-year plan, the one that was supposed to result in massive highway improvements. To pay for the 15-year plan, the Missouri Legislature approved a 6-cent-a-gallon increase in the state fuel tax, raising the total state tax on fuel to 17 cents a gallon. ...
    Speak Out 02/07/02 (02/07/02)
    Long holiday EVERY YEAR we dread watching our neighbors put up their Christmas lights. Here it is February, and they still have their Christmas decorations up and the lights turned on. It's disgusting. Money returned I DON'T know the boy's name, but on New Year's Eve I lost $80 out of my pocket at Wal-Mart. A very nice young man returned it to me...
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