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Stories from Thursday, July 25, 2002

Charleston begins search for new public safety chief (07/25/02)
CHARLESTON - Charleston is seeking a new chief for its department of public safety. "We're advertising for resumes," said City Manager David Brewer. He said the city will receive applications for the position until July 31. Brewer declined to comment on the circumstances of former DPS Chief Richard Couch's departure but confirmed that Paul Johnson has served as interim director for the department since June 13...
United Way looks for volunteers for Days of Caring (07/25/02)
A year ago, some Southeast Missouri State University students helped educate elderly residents about disaster preparedness, Procter & Gamble employees painted the inside of the Cape Girardeau Boys and Girls Club, and a several Target employees volunteered with the American Red Cross to paint offices...
Several injured in area wrecks (07/25/02)
Four people from Cape Girardeau, Kelso, Mo., and Grassy, Mo., were seriously injured Wednesday in three separate accidents in Scott, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau counties. Joshua Crowden, 17, of Cape Girardeau and Daniel Harmon, 20, of Kelso were taken to St. Francis Medical Center after a single-vehicle accident on Route N, two miles south of Scott City. It occurred at 11:12 a.m...
Jackson's Goodwins - They were chicken (07/25/02)
submitted This drawing shows the Goodwin Co., a poultry-processing facility that operated in Jackson for over 40 years before closing in 1950.One day in 1920, Jackson, Mo., resident Leander Allen Goodwin was aboard a 23-car freight train, rolling toward New York. The freight carried 13 cars of chickens...
Missing Mississippi woman apologizes for worrying family (07/25/02)
A Mississippi woman who turned up 11 days after last being seen in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has apologized for worrying her family and wasting police resources in a disappearance that she admits was on her own accord. Jeanna R. Martin, 29, of Kokomo, Miss., issued the statement to media in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, all of which had written stories at the request of the woman's family which said they had "feared the worst."...
Cape woman faces misdemeanor assault charge (07/25/02)
A 43-year-old Cape Girardeau woman faces a misdemeanor assault charge after she threatened a Hamburger Express employee at the restaurant's drive-through window on Tuesday. Cape Girardeau County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Gena Lynn Davis of 709 Albert St. with third-degree assault. If convicted, she could be sentenced to one to 15 days in the county jail or a fine of up to $300 or both...
State grants accreditation to area districts (07/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The State Board of Education on Wednesday renewed full accreditation for the Jackson and Nell Holcomb school districts without the districts having to first undergo the usual comprehensive review process by state officials. Jackson and Nell Holcomb were among 16 high-performing school systems to receive accreditation after earning a waiver from an on-site evaluation by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education -- the first to be so accredited under a department regulation that took effect in January.. ...
Girl follows Golden Rule and donates hair (07/25/02)
Morgan Jessup is only 12 years old, but she's taken to heart the lessons her parents have taught her. One of those lessons is the Golden Rule: "Always treat others the way you want to be treated." Morgan says that is what motivated her to donate 10 inches of her blonde hair to the Locks of Love program...
Car chase suspect charged in burglary (07/25/02)
Family members say Richard Ryan Gilmore felt like he had "nothing to lose" when he led police on a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon through Cape Girardeau and Southern Illinois because he knew he was already the prime suspect in a recent burglary...
Ballot includes revenue bond issue to fund new water system (07/25/02)
Voters in the Nell Holcomb area backed the creation of a new water district last November. Now they are being asked to pay for it through revenue bonds that will be retired with money from water system hookup and usage charges. A $550,000 revenue bond issue is on the Aug. 6 election ballot -- the only local tax issue on the ballot in Cape Girardeau County. A simple majority is needed for passage...
Waging a battle for blood (07/25/02)
Traps and sprays are weapons in the mosquito fight By Bob Miller ~ Southeast Missourian The city sprays them and Dr. Christine Frazier studies them. Together, the city and Frazier -- a Southeast Missouri State University entomologist who specializes in mosquitoes -- provide quite the double-team in the war against the blood-sucking insects...
Trooper graduates from highway patrol academy (07/25/02)
Trooper Jason McBride recently graduated from he 79th recruit class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy. The class of 20 graduated April 20 in Jefferson City following six months of training. McBride previously served four years in the U.S. Marines military police. Afterward he attended a law enforcement academy at Southeast Missouri State University and worked for two years as a deputy with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department...
Auditor - Day-care facilities lack state oversight (07/25/02)
A report released Wednesday by State Auditor Claire McCaskill found Missouri is steps behind neighboring states in regulating child-care providers, allowing far too many unlicensed facilities. According to McCaskill, officials in the state health department's child-care bureau, charged with licensing day-care providers, do not always effectively deal with unlicensed child-care facilities, and current state penalties do not deter some providers from operating illegally...
PSC staff recommends acceptance of settlement agreement (07/25/02)
The Associated PressJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Regulatory staff have recommended the Missouri Public Service Commission accept a $400 million settlement with AmerenUE in which utility customers could eventually save several dollars a month on their electricity bills...
Health officials - Stop bringing birds (07/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- In a sign that Missourians seem to be well aware of the arrival of West Nile Virus, St. Louis health officials are asking residents to stop bringing in dead birds. The St. Louis Health Department said Wednesday that it has more than enough dead birds for virus testing. Chicago officials made a similar announcement last week...
House votes to expel Ohio Rep. Traficant (07/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday expelled Ohio Rep. James Traficant for taking bribes and kickbacks, only the second time since the Civil War that it has removed a sitting member for unethical conduct. Representatives voted 420-1 to immediately banish the nine-term Democrat after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted him and a House ethic panel recommended his removal. Nine lawmakers voted present...
Consumer group says cable deregulation hasn't lowered rates (07/25/02)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON -- Cable rates have shot up far more than inflation despite the government's effort to deregulate the telecommunications industry and foster competition, consumer and industry groups say. Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, says rates have risen 45 percent since 1996, when the Telecommunications Act passed, ordering the deregulation of the cable industry...
Staying together by the numbers (07/25/02)
Hoping to avoid divorce? It helps if you're wealthy, religious, college-educated and at least 20 years old when you tie the knot. Couples who don't live together before marriage have a better shot at staying together, as do those whose parents stayed married...
Ohio colleague for delay in vote to oust Traficant (07/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Congressman James Traficant, flamboyant and defiant to the end, faced a historic expulsion vote Wednesday in the House for using his office to extort bribes and kickbacks. Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, asked for the expulsion vote to be delayed until Sept. 4, saying the vote should be taken "in a climate that is not as political as the one we find ourselves in today."...
Congress sends $28.9 billion anti-terror bill to president (07/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Congress overwhelmingly approved a compromise $28.9 billion anti-terrorism bill on Wednesday after a four-month struggle with President Bush over how much the latest response to the Sept. 11 attacks should cost. The Senate debated less than a half-hour before voting 92-7 to endorse the package, which provides money for the Pentagon, rebuilding New York, better FBI computers and improved food inspections. The House signed off on the measure by 397-32 on Tuesday...
Partial-birth abortion bill passes (07/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Anti-abortion forces in the House once again pushed through a ban on a specific abortion procedure despite past legislative failures, court challenges and an uncertain future in the Senate. The bill to ban what opponents call partial-birth abortion, taken up on an almost annual basis since Republicans gained control of the House in 1995, passed 274-151...
People talk 7/25/02 (07/25/02)
Art imitates life as TV mom is expecting MILWAUKEE -- No more hiding behind giant frying pans, chairs and refrigerator doors. Jane Kaczmarek's third real-life pregnancy will be written into her Emmy-nominated role as Lois on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle."...
7-year-old chews through tape, escapes kidnappers (07/25/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- The rumor going around 7-year-old Erica Pratt's blighted neighborhood was that her family had come into money. A lot of money. Neighbors thought maybe that's why two men had snatched the little girl from the sidewalk in front of her home Monday night and someone had called the family demanding $150,000 in exchange for Erica's life...
Dow soars more than 480 points (07/25/02)
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials stormed up almost 490 points, the second-biggest one-day gain ever, and climbed back over 8,000 Wednesday as Wall Street cheered legal and legislative action on the corporate ethics scandals that fueled nine weeks of sharp losses...
Biologists test snakehead poison (07/25/02)
The Washington Post OXFORD, Md. - The end of the notorious, omnivorous, amphibious northern snakeheads began Tuesday in a state laboratory chamber marked QUARANTINE, a room where subjects arrive living but always leave dead. Measured out carefully and diluted with well water, the poison came in a tray full of plastic bottles, each marked with the concentrations of toxin they contained: 1.5 parts per billion...
Cable TV company faces fraud charges (07/25/02)
NEW YORK -- The founder of bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp. and two of his sons were charged Wednesday with conspiracy for allegedly looting the cable TV provider and using it as their "personal piggy bank." Authorities said the defendants hid $2.3 billion in liabilities from investors...
SEC officials investigate AOL Time Warner transactions (07/25/02)
NEW YORK -- AOL Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, said Wednesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into a series of transactions that may have improperly boosted revenue. Chief executive Richard Parsons said in a conference call with investors that the SEC was conducting a "fact-finding" inquiry into several transactions that were reported last week in The Washington Post...
Camper arrested for sequoia fire (07/25/02)
KERNVILLE, Calif. -- Hundreds of firefighters struggled in erratic wind and rugged terrain Wednesday to save giant sequoias from an out-of-control forest fire. Investigators, meanwhile, arrested a woman whose campfire may have started the blaze. The wildfire blackened more than 50,000 acres, half of that inside Giant Sequoia National Monument, in a region that has had little rain...
U.S. loses fight on U.N. torture protocol (07/25/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States failed to block a U.N. vote Wednesday on a plan to strengthen a treaty on torture, and was widely criticized by allies for trying to do so. The United States argued that the measure, known as a protocol, could pave the way for international and independent visits to U.S. prisons and to terror suspects being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba...
Terrorist arrested for bombing of U.S. Consulate (07/25/02)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- A member of an extremist group linked to al-Qaida was arrested Wednesday for allegedly financing and planning the June car-bombing at the U.S. Consulate that killed 12 people, officials said. Police and Interior Ministry officials, speaking anonymously, identified the suspect as Mohammed Ashraf, treasurer of the Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen al-Almi, whose two top leaders were arrested this month and who police say have confessed to roles in the June 14 car-bombing in Karachi...
Blair vows 'rigorous' tests for Northern Ireland outlaws (07/25/02)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed Wednesday to toughen Britain's enforcement of paramilitary cease-fires in Northern Ireland and to punish violators -- a commitment that failed to soothe either side in the province's fraying Catholic-Protestant government...
Canadian lumberjacks suffer under tariffs (07/25/02)
TORONTO -- Canadian sawmills have been forced to cut thousands of jobs since the United States imposed heavy tariffs on imported softwood lumber over accusations Canada was dumping wood in the U.S. market. The long-standing dispute reaches far into the North woods where the Canadian timber industry has flourished for centuries...
Colombian plot to crash plane foiled, say police (07/25/02)
The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's secret police announced Wednesday they had foiled a plot by leftist rebels to crash a plane into either the Congress building or the presidential palace. The plan was aborted with the arrest of Jorge Enrique Carvajalino, who secret police director Col. Gustavo Jaramillo called "the brains of the attack."...
Israel offers Palestinians financial, security gestures (07/25/02)
JERUSALEM -- Facing a storm of criticism for its raid on Gaza, Israel offered Palestinians a series of goodwill gestures Wednesday and blamed faulty military intelligence for the deaths of nine children and four other civilians in the fatal attack on a Hamas military chief...
Bonilla joins Reds' system as free agent (07/25/02)
It took a little longer than he had hoped, but Clemente Bonilla is finally going to get a shot at playing professional baseball. Bonilla, who completed a record-setting career at Southeast Missouri State University this year, has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds organization. He will be assigned to the Stockton Ports of the Class A California League and is scheduled to join the squad Friday...
Dispute sends former champ to rival track (07/25/02)
One of Auto Tire and Parts Racepark's biggest sprint car fields of the season competed at the rural Scott County track Saturday, including heavy-hitters from a pair of national touring circuits. But among the names not on the entry list: Former track champion Shawn King, who says he plans to race at a Farmington, Mo., track -- one of ATPR's Saturday night rivals -- for the rest of the season...
Cherokees stand 5-1 in youth USSA World Series tournament (07/25/02)
The Cape County Cherokees, an 11-year-old Cape Girardeau baseball team, entered the USSA World Series tournament with high hopes and they haven't disappointed. "We feel we have played really well," coach Lindy Duncan said. The double elimination tournament in Kansas City, Mo., started with 108 teams from 23 states and Canada. The Cherokees reached the 54-team championship bracket and were still alive after Wednesday when the field was reduced to approximately 30 teams...
Caps receive bid to NBC World Series (07/25/02)
The Cape Girardeau Craftsman Union Capahas will extend their lengthy string of National Baseball Congress World Series appearances after all. Capahas manager Jess Bolen was notified Wednesday that his squad had received an at-large bid to the prestigious amateur baseball tournament that begins Sunday in Wichita, Kan...
Moehler victorious in his Reds debut (07/25/02)
CINCINNATI -- Todd Walker hit a grand slam and Brandon Larson had a three-run homer Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds rallied behind their newest pitcher for an 10-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brian Moehler (1-0), who drove down Interstate 75 after the Reds obtained him Tuesday in a five-player trade with Detroit, sent a murmur through the crowd of 24,910 by getting rocked in his first inning. Moehler left with an 8-4 lead after giving up nine hits and four runs in five innings...
Ailing Giants trim Cardinals 6-4 (07/25/02)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With most of their power sidelined, the San Francisco Giants turned to Kirk Rueter. Rueter carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Rich Aurilia homered Wednesday, leading the Giants to a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals...
Whitey and the Wizard (07/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Ivan DeJesus, Rick Burleson, Alan Trammel. These were some of baseball's best shortstops in 1981, along with the Cardinals' Garry Templeton. But after Templeton made an obscene gesture to fans at Busch Stadium late in the 1981 season, manager Whitey Herzog knew he had to replace him...
Breakfast with Ozzie (07/25/02)
Who needs the Hall of Fame? Ozzie Smith said he reached a career milestone Wednesday when a new Wheaties box featuring his image was unveiled. "It's obviously a wonderful tribute to be elected to the Hall of Fame," the retired St. Louis Cardinals shortstop said. "Celebrating my career with this new Wheaties box makes it even more gratifying. This has to be every young ballplayer's dream come true." -- AP...
The week ahead in motorsports 7/25/02 (07/25/02)
AREA EVENTS
  • Sprint, modified, hobby stock, pure stock and cruiser classes at Malden (Mo.) Speedway, 7 p.m. Friday. Motorcycle and ATV divisions at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark, Benton, Mo., 8 p.m. Friday. Trophy, super pro, pro and ET divisions at Sikeston (Mo.) Drag Strip, 5 p.m. Saturday...
  • Fanfare 7/25/02 (07/25/02)
    Briefly Baseball
  • A 21-year-old third baseman for the LSU baseball team was found dead in his home Wednesday, the university said. Wally Pontiff was found by family members at his home in Metairie, a New Orleans suburb. The cause of death was not immediately known...
  • Health briefs (07/25/02)
    Camp offers fun for children with diabetes Area youngsters who cope with diabetes are invited to a two-day camp sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital and the area chapter of the American Diabetes Association. The camp will be Aug. 1 and 2 and will be held at Main Street Fitness Center and Jackson City Park in Jackson, Mo...
    Health calendar (07/25/02)
    Today Newborn massage class from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Generations Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The class is for infants up to six weeks old. Participants receive massage oil and a booklet and are encouraged to brin a pillow and receiving blankets. Call Generations Center at 651-5825 for information or to register...
    Seniors learn benefits of regular exercise (07/25/02)
    t's never too late in life to begin an exercise program, and many area seniors are reaping the benefits of better health and longevity. Studies show that increased physical activity can help lengthen life expectancy and prevent disease. But most people don't stay with an exercise program long enough to see any health benefits...
    Fit to Print team updates (07/25/02)
    SHAPE UP CAPE The Fit to Print team earned 899 points for the week. Our competitors St. Andrew's Fit for Eternity earned 1,089 points and the public library's Bookin' Team earned 372 points...
    Reassurance about the here and now (07/25/02)
    July 25, 2002 Dear Julie, In a production of the play "I Remember Mama" I just saw, the family's Mama sits at the kitchen table paying the bills and tells her children the rest of the money is going into the bank account. Anybody can tell they are just getting by. When a substantial sum does come to the family at the end of the play, Mama is forced to admit to her children that there never was any bank account...
    'Mama' knows best (07/25/02)
    "I Remember Mama" opens with writer Katrin Hansen (Katie Jenkins) recalling the days a decade into the 20th century when her family sat around the kitchen table while her mother counted out enough money to pay the week's bills and buy a daughter a notebook. For this family of Norwegian immigrants in San Francisco, life is rich if the bank account is not...
    Cora Simpson (07/25/02)
    Cora Nell Simpson, 94, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Eunice C. Smith Home in Alton, Ill. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Mildred Kelley (07/25/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. - Mildred Marie Kelley, 91, of Jonesboro and formerly of Anna, Ill., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Jonesboro Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 13, 1910, in Cobden, Ill., daughter of Frank and Nora Belle Harris Treece. She married Louie R. Kelley June 8, 1929, in Jonesboro. He died April 3, 1987...
    Opal Smith (07/25/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Opal Virginia Smith, 83, of Anna died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
    Faye Agin (07/25/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Lorna Faye Agin, 79, of Jackson died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 20, 1923, at Blue Springs, Mo., daughter of Rufus H. and Stella Phillips Johnson. She and Theodore "Ted" Agin were married April 7, 1944, at Independence, Mo. He died Jan. 21, 2002...
    Helen Pierce (07/25/02)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Helen Pierce, 94, of Plano, Texas, died Jan. 7, 2002, in Plano. She was born Jan. 19, 1907, at Marble Hill, daughter of Lyman and Emma Miles Kinder. She married Franklin C. Pierce, who died Nov. 25, 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Schoeck of Rowlett, Texas; a sister, Mildred Patton of Palm Springs, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
    Jay Green (07/25/02)
    Jay "James" Green, 26, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Oct. 24, 1975, in Cape Girardeau, son of Barney Ray and Debbie Bollinger Green. Jay graduated from Central High School in 1994. He was a security guard and cashier at Wink's. He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church...
    Lucille Smith (07/25/02)
    Lucille L. Smith, 75, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Capitol Regency Hospital in Jefferson City. She was born July 25, 1926, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Walter and Ella Phillips Propst. She and Gene W. Smith were married June 14, 1949. He died Feb. 13, 1985...
    Helen Ferguson (07/25/02)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Helen Kathryn King Ferguson, 79, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born March 17, 1923, in Heath, Ky., daughter of Frank and Mattie Lee. She married Mose King, who died in 1966...
    Norma Phillips (07/25/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Norma Gene St. Sauver Phillips, 63, of Sikeston died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the home of a daughter, following an extended illness. She was born March 11, 1939, in Curry County, N.M., daughter of Harvey B. and Geneva P. Lilly Seaton...
    Ellen Kelley (07/25/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ellen F. Kelley, 43, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Sikeston, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Three Rivers Health Care in Poplar Bluff. She was born Feb. 1, 1959, in Poplar Bluff, daughter of Willie and Helen Shoumake Jones. Kelley was a registered dietitian, and member of Highland Drive Church of Christ in Poplar Bluff...
    George Dorris (07/25/02)
    George Dorris, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Elva Powell (07/25/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Elva Ann Powell, 90, of Wickliffe, Ky., died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky. She was born Jan. 21, 1912, at Morley, Mo., daughter of Henry Frederick and Josephine Julius Barr Trost. She and Thomas L. Powell were married May 27, 1933. He died Feb. 6, 1978...
    Cape fire report 7/25 (07/25/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, July 25 Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:At 8:59 p.m., an emergency medical service at 823 Clark. Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:At 6:42 a.m., an alarm sounding at 3256 William St...
    Cape police report 7/25 (07/25/02)
    A 16-year-old male was cited into Juvenile Court Tuesday for property damage. A 31-year-old female was reported missing Tuesday. A red and black 12-speed bicycle was reported found Tuesday at 915 Jefferson. A 16-year-old female was cited into Juvenile Court Tuesday for assault...
    Jackson fire report 7/25 (07/25/02)
    Jackson Thursday, July 25 Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: -- A citizen assist on West Washington.
    Out of the past 7/25/02 (07/25/02)
    10 years ago: July 25, 1992 Friends call Cape Girardeau businessman Jim Dodd "an amazing American success story" who started motorcycle parts business in his garage and built it to multi-million dollar national operation; Dodd, 50, and Louis Rex Pettit, 43, both of Cape Girardeau, were killed Thursday when their twin-engine plane crashed in south-central Pennsylvania...
    Highway memorials honor fallen troopers (07/25/02)
    Fallen State Highway Patrol troopers who gave their lives in the line of duty defending all Missourians from dangerous criminals have been given proper memorials due to legislation recently passed by the General Assembly. In this part of the state, this includes one of the most tragic and memorable losses: the March 1985 slaying of Trooper James Froemsdorf at mile marker 134 along Interstate 55 in Perry County. ...
    Colleges will seek full funding -- and more (07/25/02)
    Given the amounts of recent budget cuts for state-funded colleges and universities in Missouri, it was probably inevitable: Public colleges and universities are asking for restoration of funding slashed over the last two budget years. These schools will include Southeast Missouri State University as well as the University of Missouri system...
    Public schools contribute much to our greatness (07/25/02)
    To the editor: University professors are advocating school vouchers as an elixir for our nation's public schools, such as Washington University economics professor Russell Roberts on your July 14 Opinion page. According to Roberts, vouchers will unleash the forces of capitalism and cure America's public schoolitis...
    Speak Out (07/25/02)
    Successful workers I WAS reading the letter from a woman complaining that her husband was laid off and the only reason they can figure out is because the company wanted to keep them in poverty. I know a lot of people who do their jobs, have a nice home and a new car. They are not living in poverty. They do their work and keep their mouths shut...
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