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Murder, suicide claims couple as three children wait in home (07/12/02)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- A domestic squabble that ended with a murder and suicide at a mobile home park made orphans of three children who were inside their sparsely furnished mobile home when it happened. Scott Rodgers, 33, shot Penny Rodgers, 33, in the head with a shotgun on the front porch of her mobile home in the 2800 block of Woodland Drive in the Woodland trailer court, police said. ...
City, university teaming up for Normal and Sprigg traffic light (07/12/02)
After years of discussion the intersection of Normal Avenue and Sprigg Street will finally have a traffic signal. City engineer Mark Lester said that the timing for the project was just right. "We finally got enough money and support," he said. Initial work on the signal has already begun, with the main work to start at the beginning of next week, Lester said...
Heat wave bakes West for third straight day (07/12/02)
REDDING, Calif. -- Triple-digit temperatures turned much of the West into a furnace for a third straight day Thursday, sending miserable residents to pools and air-conditioned shops to stay cool. Officials in California and Utah urged residents to conserve electricity to avoid shortages. Federal regulators also raised the price cap for wholesale electricity in the West to ensure adequate supply...
Marquette awarded state bid (07/12/02)
The Missouri facilities management division has awarded a bid to Prost Builders Inc. of Jefferson City to lease 22,834 square feet of space in the historic Marquette Hotel for the Department of Social Services and other agencies for the next 10 years. Prost Builders is purchasing the hotel from Ruby Bullock of Maryland...
Yellowstone provides living lab showing benefits of fire (07/12/02)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - For more than 250 years, the three-toed woodpecker barely eked out an existence in the high forests here in the Rockies. The 8-inch insect eater never had much more than a tenuous foothold and by the 1980s was on the verge of losing even that, pushed out by hardier birds...
Belfast neighborhood braces for violence (07/12/02)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The upper floor of Angela Clarke's neat brick townhouse looks out over two towering structures, both testament to noble ambition that went wrong. Just to the north looms the huge yellow crane of Harland and Wolff, the historic Belfast shipyard best known for a mighty steamship it launched in 1911, the Titanic. ...
Federal appeals court issues stay on beef checkoff injunction (07/12/02)
A federal appeals court has issued a stay of a lower court's order that would have halted collections of the national beef checkoff program next week. Depending upon whom you ask, that's either good news or bad news for Southeast Missouri farmers, who pay the $1 a head charge that generates $86 million each year for research and promotional campaigns...
Report - U.S. underestimates Chinese (07/12/02)
The United States is underestimating the threat to its security, jobs and technological competitiveness caused by the exploding trade with China, according to a fact-finding report to be sent to Congress on Monday. The 209-page document, prepared by the U.S.-China Security Review Commission, is skeptical of China's attempts to open to the West and of the dangers that could pose to the United States. ...
Cape Girardeau Finance Task Force (07/12/02)
  • Melvin Gateley, retired Nancy Jernigan, Area United Way Brita Church, Mid-America Transplant Services David Diveley, not available Don Fisher, Southeast Missouri Hospital Betty Freeman, Caring Communities Phil Ivers, First Financial Planners, Inc...
  • Cape financial task force has first meeting (07/12/02)
    With Cape Girardeau bordering on financial crisis, a task force consisting of residents has been established to look into the city's financial situation and operations. The group will have its first meeting Thursday, and ultimately, will make a recommendation to the city council on a possible tax increase. For more on this story, read Friday's Southeast Missourian...
    Task force to solve question of tax increase (07/12/02)
    CAPE'S FINANCIAL WOES By Bob Miller ~ Southeast Missourian A substitute teacher, a financial adviser, an organ donor program specialist and two former mayoral candidates were among the 10 Cape Girardeau residents Thursday who began a quest of deciding whether or not the city needs to increase taxes...
    Stepson charged in man's brutal stabbing (07/12/02)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- A man is dead and his stepson charged with murder as a typically calm Scott City neighborhood recovers from a stabbing residents say shattered their sense of security. John David Mayabb, 48, of 602 Olive was stabbed repeatedly in the abdomen and chest with a knife by his stepson, Christopher Lance Jones, 18, of Scott City shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday in a rear hallway of the Mayabb home...
    Fees for traffic tickets, court cases rise under new laws (07/12/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- From speeding motorists to convicted killers, Missourians that break any state or county law will be charged an extra $5 in fees under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob Holden. The new court fees -- applicable even if a person pleads guilty without ever entering court -- will benefit head injury victims, spinal cord research and motorcycle safety programs...
    Two brothers face charges in St. Louis bank robberies (07/12/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Two brothers arrested at the scene of a police standoff this week each have been accused of robbing a St. Louis bank, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The government alleges that Joseph Shields, 25, drove the getaway vehicle while 29-year-old Leslie Shields robbed a FirstBank site on June 10. Nine days later, authorities said, Leslie Shields robbed a local Royal Bank location. The brothers are from Lebanon in south-central Missouri...
    Lewis and Clark monument approved (07/12/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Top state officials have given the go-ahead for a Lewis and Clark monument to be built on the Missouri Capitol grounds in time for the 2004 bicentennial celebration of their exploration. An artist's rendition displayed Thursday for the state Board of Public Buildings depicted a rock bluff and a pool of water representing the Missouri River...
    City to pay some dog owners for spay, neutering (07/12/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Too many dogs and too many dog bites have prompted St. Louis officials to come up with a novel response: Pay owners of two particularly aggressive breeds to have the animals spayed and neutered. Officials with the city Health Department and Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) announced Thursday a program offering $20 to owners of pit bulls and rottweilers if they'll agree to free spaying or neutering surgery...
    State hears arguments on potential rate reduction for AmerenUE (07/12/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With settlement negotiations continuing, a hearing began Thursday in a case that could result in rate reductions for the roughly 1.2 million electric customers of AmerenUE. The state's largest utility and the staff of the state's regulatory agency are at odds over AmerenUE's rate policy for upcoming years, although both have proposed some sort of rate reduction...
    Report - Abbey shooter had no medicine in his system (07/12/02)
    CONCEPTION, Mo. -- The 71-year-old man who opened fire last month at Conception Abbey, killing two monks and wounding two others, was not on any medication at the time of the shooting, authorities said. Toxicology results showed that Lloyd Jeffress had no sign of Prozac or any other medicine in his system, said Sgt. Sheldon Lyon of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Jeffress had a prescription for Prozac, an anti-depressant...
    Bomb-resembling clock becomes rude awakening for traveler (07/12/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- A $10 alarm clock packed away in a man's luggage looked enough like a bomb to startle an airline worker and prompt a rude awakening for the traveler at Lambert Airport. The orange-and-black plastic clock -- built to vaguely resemble six sticks of dynamite wired to a timing device -- was discovered Monday in the passenger's checked luggage by an American Airlines worker doing a random hand search of luggage...
    Judges free to more aggressively campaign (07/12/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --By the end of a political campaign season, well-informed voters have heard all about candidates for legislative and executive branch office -- often more than they care to know --and the hopefuls' views on issues relevant to the posts they seek. The same isn't true concerning candidates for judge...
    I-55 sections named for fallen troopers (07/12/02)
    FROEMSDORF MEMORIALIZED By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Surrounded by the families of four state troopers killed in the line of duty, Gov. Bob Holden on Thursday signed a bill into law designating sections of southern Missouri roadways in their memory...
    FTC wants clearer search engines (07/12/02)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Virtually all the major search engines separate their results into paid and unpaid categories, though the dividing lines are frequently fuzzy. The Federal Trade Commission wants the search engines to make the distinctions much clearer. Although regulators didn't mention it by name, Google could serve as a role model for complying with the guidelines...
    Qwest becomes latest company investigated by federal government (07/12/02)
    DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc., the local phone company in 14 states, is the latest multibillion-dollar company to become the target of a criminal investigation by the federal government. Both the company and U.S. Attorney's office confirmed Wednesday that an investigation is under way, but they did not provide specifics. The Denver-based company is already the focus of a regulatory probe into its accounting practices...
    Wooing a hip-hop generation (07/12/02)
    HOUSTON -- At the NAACP convention's youth banquet, college students snapped photos of a special guest, rapper Reverend Run of Run-DMC. Later, a young woman delivered a fiery spoken-word performance about a racial epithet. The next day, the convention returned to its regular session and the mood moved from hip-hop to gospel. People at the meeting clapped and nodded their heads to songs by a Baptist choir...
    Lost woman tells of starting fire (07/12/02)
    PHOENIX -- The woman who set one of Arizona's devastating wildfires said Thursday that she had been lost in the wilderness for two nights and was desperate to get the attention of a passing TV helicopter. "You can't blame me for saving my life," she said...
    Humphrey garage sale draws crowd (07/12/02)
    ORONO, Minn. -- From die-hard Democrats to scavengers, hundreds of people snapped up a slice of Minnesota history on Thursday at a garage sale held by Hubert H. Humphrey's youngest son. Up for grabs were the former vice president and U.S. senator's camouflage hunting vest, campaign memorabilia and a desk he used in the Senate. The desk was priced at $10,000. Among the more modestly priced mementos were initialed neckties, photos, campaign buttons and keys to cities, most selling for under $25...
    Analysts - Market could derail recovery (07/12/02)
    The stock market is rapidly turning into the biggest wild card in the economy, raising fears that the recent stomach-churning drops in stock prices could derail the fledgling recovery. The Bush administration is insisting the problems on Wall Street won't disrupt the upturn on Main Street, but private economists are nervous...
    Bioethics advisers for Bush reject permanent cloning ban (07/12/02)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush's bioethics advisers rejected a permanent ban on cloning for biomedical research Thursday, taking a middle ground in the debate over the promise of science versus the perils of research using human embryos. The President's Council on Bioethics was itself divided on what course Congress should take, but neither of two recommendations put forward supports the permanent ban favored by Bush and approved by the House last year...
    Report - Fewer babies die, fewer teens having babies (07/12/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Fewer babies are dying. Fewer teenage girls are having babies. Smoking is dropping among 8th and 10th graders. There's encouraging news in a report, being released today, that brings together recent figures on the health, economics and education of some 70 million children in the United States. The report was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics...
    Mother - Girl in Pledge of Allegiance fight is no atheist (07/12/02)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The 8-year-old girl whose father successfully sued to have the Pledge of Allegiance declared unconstitutional has no problem with reciting the pledge at school, her mother said Thursday. "I was concerned that the American public would be led to believe that my daughter is an atheist or that she has been harmed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, including the words 'one nation under God,"' Sandra Banning said in a statement. ...
    Attorney - Punching teen justified (07/12/02)
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- A police officer who was videotaped slamming a handcuffed teen-ager's head onto a patrol car and punching him in the face was justified and "restrained" in his use of force, his attorney said Thursday. The attorney, John Barnett, said during an interview with CNN that the videotape of the arrest needs to be put into context...
    Anniversary of first satellite TV transmission observed (07/12/02)
    ANDOVER, Maine -- Researchers whooped for joy when the era of live TV via satellite was born 40 years ago as Telstar orbited overhead, a scientist who was there said Thursday. Four decades ago, the first trans-Atlantic TV signal was relayed from a huge antenna in the woods of western Maine, beamed to Telstar I and relayed to Europe. The black-and-white image showed an American flag waving in front of the Andover Earth Station...
    Consumers like Apple, Dell -- not AOL, Compaq or MSN (07/12/02)
    NEW YORK -- There's nothing worse than a malfunctioning computer -- except perhaps a bad machine coupled with lousy technical support. Measured by such criteria, this year's least-frustrated consumer owned a laptop made by Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba or IBM; a Sony or Handspring handheld computer; or a desktop made by Dell or a local "white box" assembler, according to a reliability survey released Thursday by PC Magazine...
    Congress ignores Cabinet pleas in reforming Homeland Security (07/12/02)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush's proposed Homeland Security Department underwent basic changes Thursday in House committees, despite pleas from a quartet of senior Cabinet officials for Congress to stick to the administration's blueprint. Although the actions were preliminary and could change again, the decisions indicated that Congress is intent on recasting Bush's plan for a new Cabinet-level agency with some 170,000 employees and an annual budget of at least $37 billion...
    United States to withdraw 1,000 troops from Kosovo (07/12/02)
    DONJA SLATINA, Yugoslavia -- The U.S. military will reduce its presence in Kosovo by about 1,000 troops, or 20 percent, by year's end, an American military official said Thursday. The reduction is part of a NATO plan to draw down peacekeeping forces in the Balkans, said Maj. Mark Ballesteros, a spokesman for U.S. troops in Kosovo. In May, NATO agreed to cut its the Kosovo peacekeeping force by 4,800 to 33,200 troops...
    Russian writer prompts porn inquiry (07/12/02)
    MOSCOW -- A criminal complaint from a youth group that backs President Vladimir Putin has prompted an inquiry into an iconoclastic author over a novel that depicts sexual contact between Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev. Police opened the investigation after prosecutors found that parts of Vladimir Sorokin's 1999 book "Goluboye Salo" -- which can be translated as "Blue Lard" or "Gay Lard" -- are pornographic, Svetlana Petrenko, an aide to the chief Moscow prosecutor, said Thursday...
    Masses march in Venezuela for Chavez's ouster (07/12/02)
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Dissonance from whistles, drums, horns and fireworks accompanied more than a half million Venezuelans who clogged downtown Caracas Thursday demanding President Hugo Chavez's ouster. Laborers and business executives, leftists and conservatives chanted "Out! Out!" in an 8-mile-long march underscoring the political divisions gripping this South American nation, a top supplier of oil to the United States. Caracas police chief Emigdio Delgado estimated the crowd at 600,000...
    Former president offers AIDS advice (07/12/02)
    BARCELONA, Spain -- An important step in the fight against AIDS in the developing world is for poor nations to immediately make a deal with drug companies or other countries to provide affordable HIV drugs, former President Clinton said Thursday. Clinton joined a panel of former heads of state at the 14th International AIDS Conference to discuss the role of political leadership in the global fight against AIDS...
    Israel to put Palestinian leader on trial (07/12/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Israel announced Thursday it will prosecute Marwan Barghouti -- whose popularity trails only Yasser Arafat's among his people -- in connection with deadly attacks against Israeli civilians. The trial would be the first involving a senior Palestinian figure in years...
    Kashmir fighting kills three soldiers (07/12/02)
    SRINAGAR, India -- Three Indian soldiers and three suspected Islamic militants were killed in two separate gunbattles in troubled Kashmir, officials said Thursday. Suspected guerrillas am-bushed a group of Indian soldiers planning to raid their hide-out Thursday in Sugam, a village 75 miles north of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state...
    Tonga king finds jester no longer amusing (07/12/02)
    Some might say that as official court jester to the island kingdom of Tonga, Jesse Bogdonoff isn't very funny. Instead of cracking them up in the South Pacific nation, the Sonoma County, Calif., resident has performed just one notable trick so far: He made $24 million belonging to the Tongans disappear, according to a lawsuit filed by the kingdom last month in San Francisco...
    Daughter makes plea to Glenn, President Bush (07/12/02)
    INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' oldest daughter is urging former Sen. John Glenn and President Bush to help stop her half-brother from keeping the body of the baseball great in deep freeze. In an open letter released late Wednesday night, Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell said her father wanted to be cremated, not frozen at a cryonics lab in Arizona...
    Braves open the second half with a splash (07/12/02)
    MONTREAL -- Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield hit three-run homers Thursday, and the Atlanta Braves began the second half of the season with an 8-5 victory over the Montreal Expos. Mets 9, Phillies 1 NEW YORK -- Roberto Alomar doubled to key an eight-run burst in the eighth inning and capped it with an RBI single for theMets...
    Records push Irwin to Senior Players lead (07/12/02)
    DEARBORN, Mich. -- Hale Irwin set nine-hole and first-round records Thursday in taking a two-shot lead in the Senior Players Championship. Irwin, who birdied six of the first seven holes, shot a 7-under 29 on the front nine and finished with an 8-under 64...
    Iverson will face police charges in gun case (07/12/02)
    PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson will be charged with assault and other offenses for forcing his way into an apartment with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife, authorities said Thursday. The NBA All-Star, no stranger to trouble on and off the court, will be allowed to surrender to police Tuesday morning after his lawyer returns from vacation, police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said. Iverson must remain inside his suburban Philadelphia mansion until then...
    Wildlife can benefit from your tree choices (07/12/02)
    As homeowners look for ways to reduce heating costs, more have begun to cut firewood from private woodlands. If carried out properly, this cutting can improve the quality of the remaining trees as well as improve the wildlife habitat of the entire woodlot. If carried out improperly, however, it can do more harm than good...
    Area sports digest (07/12/02)
    Cape Legion blanked at Dunklin County SENATH, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team suffered an 8-0 District 14 loss to Dunklin County Thursday night. Dunklin County improved to 27-4 overall and remained undefeated in district play. Cape fell to 15-14 overall and 6-3 in the district...
    Capahas on a roll, but field is unpredictable (07/12/02)
    Don't expect anything resembling last year's cakewalk when the National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional begins today at Capaha Field. The host Capahas rolled through the six-team field in 2001, going 3-0 and outscoring their opponents 33-3. It was their third regional title in four years...
    FanFare 7/12/02 (07/12/02)
    Briefly Baseball
  • The Royals have agreed to terms with right-hander Zack Greinke, their first-round draft pick. Greinke, 18, who was 9-2 with an 0.55 ERA in 12 games at Apopka (Fla.) High School, this year, will report to the Royals' Gulf Coast League team Monday...
  • 10 minutes with Blake Popp (07/12/02)
    QUESTION:If somebody tried to pronounce your last name for the first time, what are the chances they'll pronounce it wrong?BLAKE:100 percent. They always say "pop." Every year when I go into a class, I expect it to be pronounced wrong. I got a couple of nicknames out of it -- Blake Poppa, Pop, different things...
    This could be the best advice ever (07/12/02)
    It's a terrible thing to put off celebrating your mother's birthday. Not that my mother complained when her birthday arrived near the end of June. For those of you arching your eyebrows, let me hastily add that I know the exact date of my mother's birth. I am not among those -- mostly of the male persuasion -- who entrust exact dates to their spouses -- mostly of the female persuasion...
    Perryville teacher wins educational theater award (07/12/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Last year's winner of the President's Award given by the Educational Theatre Association was Joe Norton of Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, for his work to raise awareness among secondary theater arts students and audiences. Tim Thompson, a Southeast graduate who is the drama teacher at St. Vincent High School in Perryville, is one of two winners of the award this year. He was cited for his dedication to the International Thespian Festival held each summer in Nebraska...
    New on CD (07/12/02)
    'Stardust' "Stardust" is bassist Ron Carter's tribute to jazz bass player-composer Oscar Pettiford, whose gems include the classic "The Man I Love" and the title track. Pettiford's involvement in the small groups working in the burgeoning New York jazz scene of the mid-1940s earned him the title "first bebop bassist." Playing with seminal bebop figures such as Dizzy Gillespie, Pettiford forged a new style that combined a technical dexterity, original note selection and a renewed emphasis on rhythm; all qualities that Carter has embraced.. ...
    Enough 'Do-Re-Mi' and parts for everyone (07/12/02)
    HURON, Ohio -- Our first true week of shows went like a charm. We opened with "The Sound of Music" last Tuesday. Despite the first night being rough, it began running smoother and smoother until it was a well-oiled machine on Saturday. Of course, as soon as we had it to that point we shut it down, struck the set, and changed over for "The Nerd." I can safely say that I will be content never to do that show again, as classic as it is. ...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Like Mike' (07/12/02)
    Four stars What a fun movie this is! Calvin is a child growing up in an orphanage and gets a pair of donated shoes that supposedly belonged to Michael Jordan. The shoes get zapped by lightning -- as does Calvin -- and they become magical (supposedly)...
    Over my dead body (07/12/02)
    These are the 10 songs Carolyn R. Thomas of Thebes, Ill., wouldn't want to live without: 1. "Color My World" -- Chicago I can get lost in the music of this beautiful song. 2. "We Can Work It Out" -- The Beatles Brings back memories of my first serious love...
    Computer art appreciation (07/12/02)
    in the debate over whether images created with a computer deserve the same respect as paintings and other more traditional media, Louise Bodenheimer is not neutral. "It's the same basic fundamental art-making that goes into creating no matter what medium you have," she says...
    Bill Porter's 'Door to Door' determiniation (07/12/02)
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bill Porter, a door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy, sold home products by walking Portland's neighborhoods seven miles a day. He typed orders with one finger on a manual typewriter, never letting his back pain, crippled fingers and arm, and slurred speech impede his becoming a top-flight salesman...
    Takisha Lambert (07/12/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Takisha Lynette Lambert, 26, of Memphis, Tenn., died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. She was born July 6, 1976, in Sikeston, daughter of Albert Holmes Jr. and Marilyn K. Lambert. Lambert was a 1994 graduate of Lee High School in Marianna, Ark., attended the University of Memphis, Baptist College of Health Science, and was currently pursuing a master's degree in education...
    Dorothy Sigmund (07/12/02)
    Dorothy Sigmund, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at her home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Luther Friese (07/12/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Luther "Bud" Friese, 67, of Jackson died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
    Hazel Thornton (07/12/02)
    Hazel Lorene Winton Thornton, 91, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Oct. 20, 1910, in Piggott, Ark., to Minnie Bell Hardin Winton and Orlum Russell Winton. She was raised in Piggott with her four brothers and one sister: Ray, Garland, Orlum, Paul Sims, and Neva...
    Toby Bass (07/12/02)
    FRUITLAND, Mo. -- Toby Bass, 32, of Fruitland died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Kenneth Johnson (07/12/02)
    Kenneth Carl Johnson, 83, of Taylor, Texas, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, in Taylor. He was born Oct. 20, 1918, in Alcester, S.D., son of Carl and Anna Johnson. He married Virginia "Jen" Heuschober April 5, 1953. Mr. Johnson retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 20 years...
    Catherine Draper (07/12/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Catherine Murdoch Draper, 90, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Unger Funeral Home in Rochelle, Ill. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of local arrangements...
    Anna Lohman (07/12/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Anna Dean Lohman, 80, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She had lived at Monticello House in Jackson the past two months. Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson...
    Alice Miller (07/12/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Alice Marie Miller of Cairo died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She and Charles H. "C.H." Miller Jr. were married June 6, 1936. He died Feb. 2, 1991. Miller was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cairo and Alexander County Republican Women...
    Myrtle Moore (07/12/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Myrtle M. Moore, 90, of Perryville died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 12, 1911, at Perryville, daughter of William O. and Odeal Prevallet Fassold. She and Lester A. Moore were married Nov. 24, 1945. He died April 18, 1984...
    Scotty Rodgers (07/12/02)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Scotty Eugene Rodgers, 33, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Scott City, Mo. He was born March 25, 1969, in Granite City, Ill., son of Gary and Joyce Sissom Rodgers. He and Penny Adams were married in 1986. She also died July 10, 2002...
    Mary Kirn (07/12/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary LaVerne Kirn, 89, of Perryville died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. She was born May 13, 1913, at Brewer, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Lydia Riney Grass Sr. She and Edwin B. Kirn were married May 13, 1935, at Brewer. He died July 15, 1996...
    Mildred N. Jones (07/12/02)
    CRUMP, Mo. -- Mildred Nellie Jones, 92, a longtime Southeast Missouri educator, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home. She was born July 20, 1909, in Oran, Mo., the daughter of Epps and Nellie Lutes Hawn. She and R. Glenn Jones were married June 23, 1945, in Herculaneum, Mo. He preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2001...
    Don Donner (07/12/02)
    Puxico, MO.--DON WAYNE DONNER, 58, OF PUXICO DIED WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2002, AT ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN ST. LOUIS. HE WAS BORN JAN. 17, 1944, AT MANILA, ARK., SON OF JOSEPH A. AND DOROTHY HATCHER DONNER. HE AND TAMARA PAYNE WERE MARRIED DEC. 10, 1987 AT POPLAR BLUFF, MO...
    Cape fire report 7/12/02 (07/12/02)
    Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau Friday, July 12 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:At 5:29 p.m. to a medical assist at Amethyst and Middle. At 6:29 p.m. to a medical assist at 1411 N. Main. At 7:40 p.m. to a medical assist at 823 Clark...
    Jackson fire report 7/12 (07/12/02)
    Jackson Friday, July 12 Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:-- A motor vehicle accident at U.S. 61 and Highway 72. -- An emergency medical service on Clark Street. Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:-- An alarm sounding on Lee Avenue...
    Out of the past 7/12/02 (07/12/02)
    10 years ago: July 12, 1992 Congregation of Church of God recently moved into new facilities at 209 E. Cape Rock Drive; dedication is held this morning, featuring special singing and guest speakers; former pastors and guests are in attendance Church of God was established in 1932 at 1000 Big Bend Road...
    Make corporate crooks give up their profit (07/12/02)
    If there were a surefire way to prevent crime, we could all get up every morning with the secure and happy knowledge that we wouldn't be murdered or raped or have our life savings destroyed by corrupt corporate schemers. But this is the real world. Nearly every politician is demanding stiffer penalties for corporate fraud in the wake of so many revelations of misdeeds and false reporting in recent months by some industry giants...
    Alert screener keeps drunk pilots grounded (07/12/02)
    As if airline travelers didn't have enough to worry about already, what with continued threats of terrorism and the extra time needed to get through airport security that often is too lax, now we have the case of the drunk pilots. Two America West pilots have been fired and have had their licenses revoked as the result of attempting to fly a plane carrying 124 passengers from Miami to Phoenix. A security screener smelled alcohol and notified authorities...
    Wildlife gets poor treatment at Capaha Park (07/12/02)
    To the editor: I recently revisited Capaha Park after being away from Cape Girardeau for 12 years. I was quite disappointed with the condition of the pond and surrounding park area. Plastic bottles and cups littered the pond's edge. There was a thick film of debris hovering there as well. Little boys were throwing rocks at the ducks. One bird sat helplessly on land with an injured leg. I saw no signs discouraging littering or throwing rocks. Nor did I see anyone patrolling the area...
    Fireworks usersleft unpatriotic litter everywhere (07/12/02)
    To the editor: I was very disheartened to see the amount of litter left by residents shooting off fireworks on the Fourth of July. The remnants of used fireworks could be seen everywhere on sidewalks and streets in Cape Girardeau. I believe it is disrespectful and careless to litter, particularly after a patriotic celebration. ...
    Risk extends to drug users, heterosexuals (07/12/02)
    To the editor: I read the July 9 article about the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's advice regarding HIV/AIDS. I just wanted to make a few comments. Men who have sex with men have always been the No. 1 risk group for contracting the virus. ...
    Speak Out A 07/12/02 (07/12/02)
    Spectacular display I JUST left the downtown area where I viewed one of the most spectacular fireworks displays ever here in Cape Girardeau. I'd like to compliment the Downtown Merchants Association, all the sponsors and everyone who had anything to do with that. I really appreciate it from my family's standpoint. I just hope that they continue doing it. We really do appreciate it...
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