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Stories from Wednesday, July 3, 2002

History gets a facelift (07/03/02)
The late Jake Wells enjoyed designing the Cape Girardeau Bicentennial Mural because it combined two of his loves -- art and history. "I think he was glad to see there were members of the community getting involved in art and history," said Wells' daughter, Jeanie Troy of Marble Hill, Mo. "To be asked to design something like that, it made him feel good. He loved Cape County."...
Closing of 'digital divide' creates conflicting views (07/03/02)
Researchers mining the data from their survey of 2,000 U.S. households recently came across an interesting fact about the "digital divide": There isn't one. Or, at least, the divide that once was clear seems to be disappearing. A team from the University of California at Los Angeles found the gap between those who have Internet access and those who do not is closing when measured by the degree of education computer users have attained...
Moving needs (07/03/02)
A top-10 list of traffic improvement needs according to the stakeholder survey: New interchange on I-55 at Main Improve East Jackson and Shawnee intersection Improve Hope and Main intersection Widen Highway 34/72 Improve High Street and Washington intersection...
Area murals (07/03/02)
  • Bicentennial Mural: This 40-by-22 foot mural at the corner of Fountain and Broadway depicts the founding of Cape Girardeau. It was dedicated on the city's 200th birthday in 1993. Jake Wells Mural: Located in Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University, this 38-foot-by-20-foot mural is one of the largest indoor murals in the state. Figures on the mural include railroad workers, farmers, early settlers and American Indians...
  • Fireworks sales aren't exploding in Cape, Jackson (07/03/02)
    Local fireworks dealers won't say patriotism has fizzled, but it hasn't sent people flocking to tent-covered stands in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Mo., to get a bang out of the Fourth of July. But patriotism has exploded sales of fireworks and patriotic merchandise at the Boomland store in Benton, Mo., says that store's manager...
    Survey on traffic lists civic leaders' priorities (07/03/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Intersections and a proposed interchange topped a list of needed traffic improvements in a survey of influential Jackson residents. The survey results were released Tuesday. Civic leaders who completed the survey believe the results mirror the feelings of the majority in Jackson...
    Sikeston City Council establishes ward system (07/03/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Following the second of two public hearings, city council members selected Council Option 4 in a 4-1 vote to establish Sikeston's wards. Two members of the public offered their opinions on the designation of wards during what city manager Doug Friend described as "the last opportunity based on our schedule for public comment" at Monday's regular city council meeting...
    Father accused of beating infants (07/03/02)
    ALTON, Ill. -- A 17-year-old father has been accused of beating his infant daughters who suffered skull fractures and broken bones, authorities said. Madison County prosecutors charged Torrence D. Lloyd on Monday with two counts of aggravated domestic battery. Bond was set at $200,000...
    Holden signs handful of bills into law (07/03/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Parents could legally abandon their newborn babies and clergy would be required to report suspected child abuse under separate bills signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Bob Holden. The abandoned baby law applies to cases in which babies younger than 30 days old are left with hospital or health care workers, law officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians. The prosecution-free pass would not apply if the baby had been abused...
    Priest, archdiocese sued over alleged sexual abuse (07/03/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- A priest already charged criminally with sexually abusing a teen-age boy in 1995 was sued Tuesday by that alleged victim and his parents, who also accuse the St. Louis archdiocese of intentionally failing to supervise the clergyman. The lawsuit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court, did not identify the family or specify damages sought from the Rev. Bryan Kuchar or the archdiocese. The suit includes claims of child sexual abuse and infliction of emotional distress...
    Psychiatric evaluation ordered for impersonator (07/03/02)
    MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- A federal judge on Monday granted a request that a Missouri man accused of impersonating a military officer at a deadly bridge collapse undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if he is mentally competent to stand trial. The attorney for William James Clark, 36, and federal prosecutors both want to determine Clark's mental state the day he allegedly pretended to be a military officer when the Interstate 40 bridge collapsed into the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls...
    Two elderly women fall victim to rising heat in St. Louis area (07/03/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- The apparent heat-related deaths of two elderly St. Louis area women have prompted renewed warnings from health officials to be especially vigilant when the mercury rises. A neighbor found Betty J. Broccard, 73, and her pet dog dead on Saturday in the woman's Hazelwood house, where Broccard lived alone. Authorities said it was 90 degrees inside the home, which had no air conditioning or a fan. The windows were closed...
    Dexter honors hometown hero, recipient of Medal of Honor (07/03/02)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- With a large measure of pomp and hometown pride, a statue in memory of the only person from Stoddard County to ever receive the Medal of Honor was unveiled Saturday morning. The special dedication ceremonies for a statue in honor of 1st Lt. Ken Sisler were held on the grounds of the Keller Public Library in Dexter...
    Execution set for St. Charles man convicted in murder case (07/03/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Supreme Court has set an Aug. 14 execution for a man convicted of the 1992 murder-for-hire of a St. Charles woman. Daniel Anthony Basile, 35, of Fenton was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the slaying of Elizabeth DeCaro. The Supreme Court set his execution date Tuesday, the attorney general's office said...
    People talk 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Airman charged with car theft ARNOLD, Mo. -- An airman stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois has been convicted of stealing a 1989 Porsche 911 belonging to actor Nicolas Cage. In January, Missouri Water Patrol divers found the $100,000 car at Lake of the Ozarks, submerged in 12 feet of water. It had been stolen a month earlier from a parking lot in Arnold, a St. Louis suburb, while in a transport trailer on its way from California to Pennsylvania...
    Marines, sailors get convictions in drug ring (07/03/02)
    Authorities in North Carolina have seized $1.4 million worth of narcotics and have convicted more than 80 Marines and sailors of using or distributing designer drugs, officials said Tuesday. It was one of the biggest drug investigations involving the military in recent years. Although narcotics cases in the military are not rare, they usually involve smaller numbers of people. A recent drug scandal at the Air Force Academy, for example, implicated 38 cadets...
    Terrorism won't alter most plans for holiday (07/03/02)
    Everyone loves a good party and there's none in America like the Fourth of July -- summer sightseeing, concerts and parades, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the fireworks. And Thursday, the nation's first celebration of its founding since the Sept. 11 attacks, promises much of the same. More than nine in 10 people surveyed say they intend to stick with their Independence Day plans, despite any terror threat still hanging overhead...
    Panel - EPA behind times in assessing risks of sewage sludge (07/03/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The government is using outdated science in assessing the health risks of more than 3 million tons of sewage sludge used as fertilizer each year, a panel of scientists said Tuesday. When the Environmental Protection Agency set standards in 1993 on the use of "biosolids" for treating soil, it used an unreliable 1988 survey to identify hazardous chemicals in sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants, said the National Research Council panel...
    Study critical of treating prostate cancer (07/03/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Many men older than 60 are receiving unnecessary surgery and other treatments for prostate cancer even though the disease is unlikely to progress far enough to cause health problems, according to one analysis. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined the use of a blood test to find prostate cancer in a group of patients 60-84 over a 10-year period. It concluded that 29 percent to 44 percent of the men were "over-diagnosed."...
    WorldCom CEO blames former executives for troubles (07/03/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The chief executive of embattled WorldCom Inc. on Tuesday blamed former company officials for its multibillion-dollar accounting dodges and cast doubt on auditor Arthur Andersen. While striking a mostly upbeat tone about the company's future, John Sidgmore said he could not rule out the possibility of bankruptcy for the nation's second-largest long-distance carrier...
    Pilot thought he was taking ground fire, general says (07/03/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. warplane that may have been responsible for dozens of civilian casualties in southern Afghanistan opened fire because its crew believed they were taking fire from anti-aircraft weapons, a senior American general said Tuesday. Marine Corps Gen. ...
    Infection expert named new CDC chief (07/03/02)
    WASHINGTON -- A scientist who helped pioneer AIDS protection for hospital workers and went on to battle anthrax has been chosen to head the nation's top public health agency, administration officials said Tuesday. Dr. Julie Gerberding will become the first female director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
    Tennessee lawmakers stay late to end budget crisis (07/03/02)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lawmakers agreed Tuesday to work through the night in an effort to break the state budget stalemate that has forced a partial government shutdown. With Gov. Don Sundquist imploring the House to get something done quickly, members were still bitterly divided between supporters of Tennessee's first income tax and those who will support just about anything else...
    Accusations against tribal member leads to fear (07/03/02)
    CIBECUE, Ariz. -- Travis Duryea has noticed an undercurrent of fear among the White Mountain Apaches since a member of the tribe was accused of starting a huge forest fire. Accustomed to heading north to the predominantly white Show Low area to shop and work, some tribal members have become reluctant to do so since Leonard Gregg was arrested on federal charges...
    One man dies in Texas rain (07/03/02)
    SAN ANTONIO -- Torrential rain drenched central Texas for a fourth straight day Tuesday, flooding homes and blocking highways. One man died and another was missing after they were swept away in floodwaters. Gov. Rick Perry activated the Texas National Guard to help with relief efforts. Rescue teams used rafts, personal watercraft and helicopters to rescue people from stranded vehicles and flooded homes...
    Students meet obstacles when transferring credits (07/03/02)
    Gregory Spon was a drafting student at Pittsburgh Technical Institute when he decided to move to a four-year college and earn a bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture. He got a nasty surprise. Spon hoped to transfer some credits, but one university after another rejected the college-level courses taken with his vocational training. After two years and $18,000 in federal student loans, attending college meant beginning again as a freshman...
    World digest 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Pakistan: Al-Qaida behind attack on U.S. Consulate RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Pakistan has evidence that al-Qaida financed last month's deadly car-bombing at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi that killed at least 12 people, the country's internal security chief said Tuesday...
    National briefs 7a 7/3 (07/03/02)
    INS launches Web site to track foreign students WASHINGTON -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has launched the Internet Web site that the nation's universities will use to register foreign students -- the first step in the government's plan to track the movements of all those with temporary visas, said INS officials...
    Russian jet had little time to avoid fatal midair collision (07/03/02)
    UEBERLINGEN, Germany -- A chartered Russian airliner had less than a minute's warning before slamming into a cargo plane over southern Germany, killing 71 people, including 52 children headed for a beach vacation in Spain, authorities said Tuesday...
    Fossett completes first solo balloon trip around the world (07/03/02)
    KALGOORLIE, Australia -- In dark skies high above the ocean south of Australia, American adventurer Steve Fossett reached the milestone he has chased for more than six years -- becoming the first person to fly a balloon solo around the world. "Steve has crossed the finishing line," said mission controller Joe Ritchie as Fossett's silvery Spirit of Freedom balloon crossed east of 117 degrees longitude at 27,000 feet to complete the circumnavigation...
    Suspected high-tech pedophiles arrested in European raids (07/03/02)
    LONDON -- Police in seven European countries struck Tuesday at a sophisticated child abuse and pornography ring dubbed "Shadowz Brotherhood," arresting 50 people and seizing computer equipment, CD-ROMs and videos, authorities said. Police described the images created and distributed by the group as some of the most shocking they had ever seen. ...
    U.S. proposes compromise on international tribunal (07/03/02)
    UNITED NATIONS -- The United States proposed a compromise Tuesday to keep American peacekeepers from being prosecuted by the new international war crimes tribunal and avoid a threatened halt to U.N. peacekeeping in Bosnia. There was no immediate reaction from the 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council, who overwhelmingly support the International Criminal Court which officially came into existence on Monday...
    U.N. report says 68 million people may die of AIDS by 2020 (07/03/02)
    Associated Press AIDS sufferer Tatenda Gukura, left, had his file checked by an unidentified nurse at the Shirikadzi Nursing Home in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday. According to statistics released by United Nations, Zimbabwe has the second-highest HIV rate in the world, with 33 percent of adults infected with the virus.The Associated Press...
    Zimbabwe facing serious AIDS crisis (07/03/02)
    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe -- Thabani Ndlovu, 24, lies emaciated and barely moving on a ratty mattress in a patch of winter sunlight in his father's back yard, dying of a disease that is ravaging his country. According to statistics released Tuesday by the United Nations, Zimbabwe has the second-highest HIV rate in the world, with 33 percent of adults infected with the virus...
    Israel's fence viewed warily (07/03/02)
    SALEM, Israel -- Giant dump trucks lumber along a freshly hewn dirt road behind the house where Bilan Arifi and his family live in this Israeli Arab village. Israel is building a barrier separating Israel from the West Bank, a move of potent symbolism and uncertain prospects in the aftermath of the Palestinian suicide bombing campaign...
    Syria defends its role in terrorism war (07/03/02)
    UNITED NATIONS -- Amid growing U.S. criticism of Syria's support for Palestinian militant groups, Syrian leaders are fighting back, saying they have cooperated with the U.S.-led "war on terrorism" without receiving credit from the Bush administration...
    Arafat fires two top security chiefs (07/03/02)
    RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday fired his West Bank security chief and the Gaza police chief, officials said. West Bank preventive security chief Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press that he had been informed of Arafat's decision. Gaza police chief Ghazi Jibali insisted the reports were "rumors."...
    Pakistani tribal council orders girl gang-raped (07/03/02)
    MULTAN, Pakistan -- A Pakistani tribal council ordered an 18-year-old girl to be gang-raped in order to punish her family after her brother was seen walking with a girl from a higher-class tribe, police said Tuesday. The private Human Rights Commission of Pakistan demanded that all those involved in the rape, which took place June 22 in the village of Meerwala, be punished...
    Afghans denounce attack, demand U.S. review raids (07/03/02)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- In an unprecedented statement, the Afghan government demanded Tuesday that the United States take "all necessary measures" to avoid civilian casualties following an air attack in which scores of villagers died. U.S. troops who inspected the hospital in Kandahar where some of the wounded had been taken came under fire late Tuesday as they were returning to the American base outside the city, U.S. ...
    City plunged into mourning as it loses its star children (07/03/02)
    UFA, Russia -- They were the chosen children, standout athletes or students with the best grades, selected to travel and represent their Muslim region on a trip to the Spanish coast away from their homes in this industrial and oil-refining city in the heart of Russia...
    Tatis grand slam pushes Expos past Braves (07/03/02)
    ATLANTA-- Bartolo Colon won in his first start since coming over from Cleveland, and Fernando Tatis hit a go-ahead grand slam as the Montreal Expos beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Tuesday night. Michael Barrett also homered for second-place Montreal, which pulled within 8 1/2 games of the Braves in the NL East. Atlanta lost for just the second time in 13 games...
    Golf at a glance 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    AREA EVENTS
  • Two-man scramble, Arcadia Valley Country Club, Ironton, Mo., Saturday and Sunday.
  • Three-person scramble, Crowley Ridge Golf Club, Bloomfield, Mo., Saturday and Sunday.
  • Kochitzky Mixed Scramble, Malden (Mo.) Country Club, Saturday and Sunday...
  • Joseph joins Red Wings, Leafs get Balfour (07/03/02)
    Goalie fever hit the NHL on Tuesday, with Curtis Joseph leaving Toronto for Detroit, Ed Belfour departing Dallas to replace Joseph, and Steve Passmore staying put in Chicago. Joseph said he's signing with the Stanley Cup-champion Red Wings, where he will replace the retired Dominik Hasek...
    Venus too quick to call; Henin beats Seles (07/03/02)
    WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams raced in behind a stinging approach shot, all 6-foot-1 of her poised at the net. Her opponent barely got to the ball and spun a stroke wide, giving Williams a break point during their Wimbledon quarterfinal on a rainy, windy Tuesday...
    Smith shaky, but Cards aren't (07/03/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Placido Polanco had three hits, including his fourth home run in 10 games, and three RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame another topsy-turvy outing from Bud Smith to beat the San Diego Padres 11-5 Tuesday night. The Cardinals, who have a seven-game winning streak against the Padres and are 23-3 against them the last three seasons, took a one-game lead in the NL Central over second-place Cincinnati. ...
    Golfers battle heat for Dalhousie's public opening (07/03/02)
    Dalhousie Golf Club is living up to the title of hottest new golf course in Southeast Missouri. On Tuesday, the Gary Nicklaus-designed course was both, opening its fairways to the public for the first time on a day when the temperature reached 94 and the heat index topped 100...
    FanFare 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Briefly Basketball
  • Two days after his team won the United States Basketball League title, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar resigned. Team spokesman Eric Newendorp said that the NBA Hall of Famer and team owner James Sears Bryant reached a "mutual decision" that Abdul-Jabbar would end his involvement with the team. He declined further comment...
  • Area sports digest 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Jackson Jr. Legion sweeps Dunklin Co. JACKSON, Mo. -- The Jackson Junior Legion posted a pair of run-rule victories Tuesday night over Dunklin County. Jackson (15-13) won the opener 16-0 in five innings and claimed the second game 15-5 on a sixth-inning walk-off grand slam by Kyle McMinn...
    Cape golfer earns a spot in Junior PGA Championship (07/03/02)
    Todd Obergoenner thought his golf game was shaping up. It was officially pronounced fit last week at Normandie Golf Course in St. Louis. Obergoenner, 16, shot a 1-under 70 to win the Westfield Junior PGA Championship by three strokes and qualify for the Junior PGA Championship July 17-20 at the Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio...
    Color holiday desserts red, white and blue (07/03/02)
    Desserts, just as much as other treats and confections, can take on a patriotic air for special occasions. All-American Strawberry Clouds, assembled candy-cup form, can dress up party tables for the Fourth of July and beyond, whenever summer celebrations suggest...
    Confetti Pasta Salad makes streamlined summer meal (07/03/02)
    A one-dish preparation is ideal as the center of a summer meal, and pasta is a great base on which to create delightful -- and delightfully streamlined -- combinations. The following seafood pasta can be assembled in little more than the time it takes to cook the pasta, about 20 minutes in all, and is served warm. The confetti pasta salad uses cooked and cooled pasta. Serve either for a light lunch with crusty bread and fruit, as part of a party buffet, or to go with cookout fare...
    Health calendar 7/3 (07/03/02)
    Tuesday Diabetes Self-management support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. in Generations Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information, call 651-5844. Reclaiming life after loss support group meets at 7 p.m. in meeting in room 101 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The group is for parents and spouses dealing with grief...
    Serve low-fat shredded pork wraps and coleslaw (07/03/02)
    This recipe for pork wraps promises full flavor with only a modest fat content. One way of slimming the ingredients down is to replace rolls with a Middle Eastern soft flatbread such as lavash, and to use low-fat sour cream and mayonnaise for the tangy, refreshing coleslaw that accompanies the wraps...
    Frozen treats on the Fourth (07/03/02)
    Food played a critical role in the American Revolution. Tomorrow, the Fourth of July, food is as important as fireworks. And why not? After all, the American Revolution had deep culinary connections. Moreover, the chief author of the document we commemorate tomorrow would think Independence Day victuals no trivial matter....
    Some ugly puppies you have to like (07/03/02)
    jkoch By John Koch, DVM Question: The other evening I was sitting around with a few friends. We had all been having a few drinks and started getting a little silly. It turns out one of the guys had spent several years working as an artificial insemination technician at a large California dairy. ...
    Only hope for team is exorcism (07/03/02)
    The Southeast Missourian softball team is ranked dead last in the co-ed city league. Three of our games were called in the fourth inning under the league's 12-run rule. This week, we were beaten 14-1 by a team playing a person short and with two girly girls who struck out every time at bat...
    Celebrate summer with ice cream recipes (07/03/02)
    smclanahan Like many other families in the area we are gearing up for our family reunion. We have about 100 people attending the festivities fromThursday to Sunday. It is such a wonderful experience and the time goes by so quickly. Family will be arriving from all over the United States at different times of the day, which spreads out the excitement...
    Surviving members of The Who launch tour after death of bassist (07/03/02)
    By Anthony Breznican ~ The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Who turned their mourning into defiant energy in their first concert after the death of their longtime bassist. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the surviving members of the seminal, 1960's British rock band performed Monday night at the Hollywood Bowl in the group's first concert since John Entwistle's death last week...
    Gladys Mayberry (07/03/02)
    OLMSTED, Ill. -- Gladys Smith Mayberry, 88, of Olmsted died Monday, July 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill. She was born March 3, 1914, in Olmsted, the daughter of William and Josie Jones Smith. She married Allie Mayberry. He preceded her in death...
    Lorine Miget (07/03/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lorine Agnes Miget, 74, died Monday, July 1, 2002, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Perry County, daughter of Thomas and Inez Jannin Turlin Sr. She and Hubert Miget were married April 26, 1952, in Arkansas...
    Mary Ford (07/03/02)
    MOUNDS, Ill. -- Mary Lou Ford, 59, of Mounds died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Massie Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
    Lawanda Norris (07/03/02)
    Lawanda O. Norris, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at her home. She was born June 21, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Homer Logan and Helen May Moore Ozment. She and Fred A. Norris were married Dec. 22, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. Norris had worked at Florsheim Shoe Co. and later at Cape Osteopathic Hospital. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church and was a Sunday School teacher many years...
    Births 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Boxdorfer Daughter to Matthew Alan and Shari Lynn Boxdorfer of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:34 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2002. Name, Abigail Rae. Weight, 6 pounds 6 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Boxdorfer is the former Shari Polk, daughter of Sharon Butler and John Polk of Festus, Mo. Boxdorfer is the son of Alan and Linda Boxdorfer of Perryville, Mo. He is employed at Aramark Uniform Services...
    Three injured in separate accidents (07/03/02)
    Three people sustained moderate injuries in two separate accidents in Cape Girardeau County Monday and Tuesday. Wayne Turner, 54, and Lori Turner, 39, both of Chaffee, Mo., were both taken to Southeast Missouri Hospital with moderate injuries after an accident Monday evening on Nash Road, 1.2 miles west of Interstate 55...
    Cape police report 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, July 3 ArrestsKitrell Sebastian Fields, 35, was arrested Monday for trespassing. Barrett Chancelor Lenington Swan, 18, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested Monday on a city of Cape warrant for failure to appear. SummonsEmily Dean Thomas, 36, 1132 N. Middle, was issued a summons Tuesday for animal neglect...
    Cape fire report 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, July 3 On Monday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 5:36 p.m. to an emergency medical situation at 1215 William. At 6:06 p.m. to an emergency medical situation at 2116 William. At 6:28 p.m. to an emergency medical situation at 318 N. Middle...
    Out of the past 7/3/02 (07/03/02)
    10 years ago: July 3, 1992 Spokesman for Missouri Highway Department says department won't attempt to plant trees at Wedekind Roadside Park until next year; while official admits park can't be restored to way it was, department will try to put back as much as possible; about 40 full-grown trees were cut down two weeks ago to allow for construction of highway median through park; move prompted many complaints to highway department and news media...
    River Campus - a review of pros, cons (07/03/02)
    I've been debating with myself for about three weeks on writing about Southeast Missouri State University's RIVER CAMPUS. Last Saturday I decided not to. But this Sunday while in Paducah, Ky., I picked up Paducah's daily newspaper which featured at the top of the front page their optimistic story on their $34 million Four Rivers Center for the performing arts. A photo showed the steel frame going up on the structure which is 20 percent completed and targeted to open in October 2003...
    This Fourth of July, pause to give thanks (07/03/02)
    On Thursday, we celebrate for the 226th time the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of the free and prosperous nation we have become. This year's celebrations need something extra. On Sept. 11, evil struck at the very heart of America. Now we are war with the most insidious of enemies. There are no rules with terrorists, who are driven by hatred of our freedom and prosperity...
    Time to make decision on juvenile center (07/03/02)
    Cape Girardeau County is creeping up on a year since a new juvenile detention center became an issue. Since then, there have been countless meetings and communications between these groups. Figures have been presented and mulled over. The case was taken to the Missouri Judicial Finance Commission. ...
    Don't wait until last minute to get parking permit (07/03/02)
    To the editor: I can't begin to explain how much I disagree with the university's decision to have a parking lottery for students wishing to obtain preferred parking permits. I live two hours away from Cape Girardeau (approximately 115 miles). I mailed my payment and my application for parking last year as soon as I got the application. ...
    Declaration also mentions Creator as giving rights (07/03/02)
    To the editor: I read Doug Phelps' letter on the Pledge of Allegiance decision with some astonishment. He correctly quoted the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. However, he neglected to finish the quote by adding the phrase "endowed by their Creator," which comes before the enumeration of rights. God is the Judeo-Christian name for the Creator...
    Kitten column was masterpiece, poignant story (07/03/02)
    To the editor: Sam Blackwell's column Thursday about the kitten was a masterpiece. Thank you, Sam, for sharing such a poignant story. BEN MILLERING Cape Girardeau
    Speak Out A 07/03/02 (07/03/02)
    Leaning on God DON'T THEY still start sessions of the U.S. House and Senate with prayer? Who are they praying to? Our own president called for a National Day of Prayer after Sept. 11, 2001. Who did we pray to? There is such an overwhelming sense in this country of leaning on God when things go wrong or when things are a problem. ...
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