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Stories from Thursday, August 22, 2002

Local dancers win national competition (08/22/02)
Sixteen dancers from the Academy of Dance Arts in Cape Girardeau took home top awards at the Footloose National Competition in Kansas City recently. The girls, ranging in age from 13 to 18, performed a tap production number from the Will Rogers Follies entitled "Our Favorite Son." This was one of 250 dances performed during the weekend. The dance number received the high score for Senior Large Groups in the "Last Dance" event, as well as the top overall high score for the entire competition...
A tale of two plays at university tryouts (08/22/02)
On the Rose Theatre stage, Dr. Robert Dillon Jr. exhorted actors and actresses to express more and louder as they recited monologues from Greek tragedies. At the end of September, he will bring a modern tragedy, "Sainte-Carmen of the Main," to that very stage...
Madison County official will continue to seek back pay (08/22/02)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- Despite an appeals court's ruling against him, Madison County Public Administrator Kenneth L. Pate will continue to seek the $13,600 in back pay he says he is owed by the county. In the meantime, Pate, of Fredericktown, is running for the top spot of presiding commissioner on the Madison County Commission -- the body with which he has been involved in four years' worth of litigation on the salary issue...
Cape woman hurt in car wreck (08/22/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau woman sustained moderate injuries Wednesday when her vehicle overturned on Interstate 55 north of Jackson. Rhonda Ruark, 33, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the 5:55 p.m. accident. It occurred on southbound I-55, three miles north of Jackson...
Jackson man waives preliminary hearing on burglary charges (08/22/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A man accused of stealing a van from his relatives and then racing through two states to avoid police waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday. Richard Ryan Gilmore, 29, of rural Jackson is charged with first-degree burglary in a July 12 home invasion on West End Boulevard in Cape Girardeau. ...
Students already appreciate their new Central High School (08/22/02)
There's a cappuccino machine in the library, a seven-station food court in the cafeteria and a "smart classroom" filled with the latest technological innovations. With all the amenities at the new Central High School, students may actually want to go there...
Correction 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
The date for the "Archaeology and Artifacts: A Look at Collecting Practices of the Late 1800s" presentation to be held at the Southeast Missouri State University Museum should be Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The date was listed incorrectly in Monday's edition...
Military news 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
Stearns completes Small Arms Repair Course JACKSON, Mo. -- Marine Corps Pfc. William T. Stearns, son of Judy and Rodney Smith, and Bill and Sara Stearns, all of Jackson, recently completed the Small Arms Repair Course at the U.S. Army's Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md...
Community news 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
Worley family reunion scheduled for Sunday LAKE WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- The descendants of William Worley (1790-1850) and Rosannah Likins (1796-1855) are planning a family reunion Sunday at Lake Wappapello, about 20 miles northeast of Poplar Bluff. The reunion will begin with a potluck lunch at noon at Miller's Motor Lodge on Highway T about a mile south of the lake...
TIF request ready to go before city commission (08/22/02)
A tax increment financing (TIF) proposal is in the hands of the city, but many deals will have to be made and much more communication is necessary before the plan goes anywhere. The TIF Commission will meet Tuesday to begin discussions of a development group's request for $24 million to $28 million in tax increment financing, funding that would help pay for the infrastructure for a 900-acre residential project near an already constructed golf course...
Residents awake to find 'fairy ring' in their yard (08/22/02)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Since Alvie Baker of 415 Grand Ave. in Scott City mowed last Friday, he and his wife, Gladys, have had an unusual phenomenon pop up in their yard -- a fairy ring. A fairy ring is a circle of mushrooms caused by an underground fungus called mycelium. Mycelium is the term for the underground mass of interwoven threadlike filaments that are a part of mushrooms and other fungi, according to the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska-Fairbanks...
Removal begins of factory where girl's body was found (08/22/02)
VALLEY PARK, Mo. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the process Wednesday of removing an abandoned glass factory where a 6-year-old kidnapping victim was found dead. Cassandra "Casey" Williamson's body was found July 26, several hours after she was reported missing from her home in this western St. Louis suburb. Johnny Johnson, 24, a houseguest of Cassandra's father, was charged with kidnapping, first-degree murder and attempted rape...
Chicago woman gives birth in Starbucks (08/22/02)
WILMETTE, Ill. -- A Chicago woman and her son recuperated at a hospital Wednesday, one day after she gave birth in a Starbucks bathroom in Wilmette. Lisabeth Rohlck and her son were in good condition at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, officials said. She was driving Tuesday when she went into labor and pulled into a shopping center...
Seven new cases of West Nile virus found in Illinois (08/22/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Seven more people in Illinois have contracted the West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 16, the state's public health director said. Among the newest victims was a 70-year-old southern Cook County man who is in critical condition battling West Nile encephalitis, public health director John Lumpkin said Tuesday...
Firefighters file lawsuit against secretary of state's office (08/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For the second time in three days, a group is challenging Secretary of State Matt Blunt's decision to keep a proposal off the Nov. 5 general election ballot. Supporters of a measure seeking collective bargaining powers for fire and ambulance personnel filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. The suit questions Blunt's Aug. 13 finding that not enough valid signatures had been gathered by the group...
Appeals court asked to reinstate suit against Holden (08/22/02)
PAYING A FAIR SHARE By Steve Brisendine ~ The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers have the power to negate a governor's executive order without resorting to court action, an assistant attorney general said Wednesday in asking a state appeals panel not to reinstate a lawsuit against Gov. Bob Holden...
Sikeston plans wall to memorialize victims of Sept. 11 (08/22/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Residents in Sikeston and the surrounding area have a chance to honor the victims of Sept. 11 through a memorial program and tribute in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel has joined other funeral homes to provide a 10-foot tall, 24-foot wide Memorial Wall that will bear the names of all 3,044 known victims who died at the Pentagon, World Trade Center and on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania...
Hearnes - Special transport session needed (08/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former Missouri governor says the state's current chief executive should call a lame-duck session of the General Assembly after the November elections to develop an acceptable transportation tax plan to submit to voters. Warren E. ...
Illinois State Fair attendance sets record (08/22/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The 150th anniversary Illinois State Fair drew a record crowd this year, topping 1.2 million visitors, officials said Wednesday. But revenue grew only slightly, to $3.5 million, and was $100,000 less than in 2000, when the fair drew 100,000 fewer people...
FDA approves first drug tests for treatment of West Nile virus (08/22/02)
NEW YORK -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first national trial of a drug to treat the West Nile virus, which has spread across half the country and killed at least 31 people since it was first detected in the United States three years ago...
In a word, the Scrabble games in San Diego are cutthroat (08/22/02)
By Ben Fox ~ The Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- Nigel Richardson used obscure words such as genros, awee, and butut to beat his opponent in a tense game of Scrabble. Just don't ask him for the definitions. A 35-year-old champion of the board game in his native New Zealand, Richardson doesn't really care what the words mean. "Meaning is a luxury," he said...
Neighbor guilty in murder, kidnapping of Calif. girl (08/22/02)
SAN DIEGO -- A neighbor was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping 7-year-old Danielle van Dam from her home and killing her in the first of a string of brazen child abductions that have drawn national attention this year. Danielle's mother burst into tears and a crowd outside the courthouse cheered as the jury convicted self-employed engineer David Westerfield of murder, kidnapping and possessing child pornography...
Florida university hedges in faculty firing (08/22/02)
MIAMI - In a rare legal move, the University of South Florida Wednesday asked a state judge if firing a professor who it says may have ties to terrorists would infringe on his free-speech rights. The university's president, Judy Genshaft, had been expected to fire the tenured associate professor, Sami Al-Arian, this week and was bracing for a long and expensive legal battle...
After guilty plea, feds ready to aim higher in Enron probe (08/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- Winning the guilty plea of an important former Enron Corp. insider, the Justice Department on Wednesday set sights on its biggest target yet in the massive fraud investigation: Enron's former chief financial officer. As part of its plea agreement with Michael J. ...
People talk 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
Injured Shriver to fully recover from recent fall POTOMAC, Md. -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver is expected to recover fully from a left hip fracture suffered at her suburban Washington home, a spokeswoman for her son said Wednesday. "She's alert, happy, talking about some news articles in the paper today," said Kim Elliott, a spokeswoman for Democratic Delegate Mark Shriver...
Police focus on several people in search for missing girl (08/22/02)
COLLINSVILLE, Va. -- Authorities investigating the disappearance of a 9-year-old girl missing for nearly a week say they are looking strongly at several people but have no concrete evidence tying anyone to the case. Meanwhile, relatives of the girl's father, killed along with his wife at their Bassett home last week, said they were gathering up a reward for the girl's return and pleaded with her captors to let her go...
Bush promises to consult allies (08/22/02)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush, confronting skittish allies overseas and naysayers at home, asserted Wednesday that ousting Iraq's Saddam Hussein "is in the interests of the world" but indicated the United States is in no hurry. "I'm a patient man," Bush said at his Texas ranch...
Shredded visa requests get new attention (08/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- Despite a post-Sept. 11 emphasis on sharing information, the government each year deliberately shreds millions of unsuccessful immigration applications containing personal details and photographs that some officials say could help in the war against terrorism...
Pepper spray prompts evacuation (08/22/02)
MIAMI -- A Miami International Airport concourse was evacuated for three hours Wednesday after a pepper spray can discharged, causing 43 people to suffer respiratory distress. The can disguised as a cigarette lighter was found near the second-floor security checkpoint in Concourse B, which serves international flights, a fire department spokesman said...
Group linked to al-Qaida plans chemical attacks, official says (08/22/02)
ANKARA, Turkey -- A top Iraqi Kurdish official said Wednesday that Arab radicals linked to al-Qaida were experimenting with chemical weapons for terror attacks in a laboratory in a remote part of Iraqi Kurdish territory. Barham Salih, a top leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan or PUK, spoke a few days after meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in Washington to talk about possible U.S. plans for military action against Iraq...
Suspected rebels kidnap more than 20 tourists (08/22/02)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Suspected rebels kidnapped more than two dozen tourists in a national park on the Pacific coast, officials said Wednesday. As many as 26 people, all of them Colombians, were taken from a beach inside Ensenada Utria park near the town of Bahia Solano, 250 miles northeast of Bogota, according to police in Choco state. ...
Rebels grab six Filipino Jehovah's Witnesses (08/22/02)
PATIKUL, Philippines -- The kidnapping of six Jehovah's Witnesses selling Avon cosmetics in a remote village demonstrates that the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf remains dangerous despite a U.S.-backed military offensive aimed at wiping out the group. The incident was a blow to the Philippine government, which had said just weeks ago it was shifting some resources away from the war on Abu Sayyaf because the group had been decimated and was on the run...
Italian authorities alerted of possible terror attacks (08/22/02)
ROME -- Security forces have been warned about the possibility of attacks on religious ceremonies in Italy after anti-terror investigators came across postcards with pictures of Italian churches, an Interior Ministry official said Wednesday. The official refused to identify the churches or say where the postcards were found, but said authorities distributed a warning to domestic security forces in July. The Interior Ministry is responsible for domestic security...
Bosnians remember massacre of relative (08/22/02)
KORICANSKE STIJENE, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Hundreds of Bosnians whose relatives were shot and pushed into a steep ravine during the country's war returned to the scene Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the massacre. The 1992-1995 war was just a few months old when Bosnian Serb police forces and paramilitary troops executed 253 non-Serb men by shooting them and pushing them -- some still alive -- off a cliff near Travnik, a town 40 miles northwest of Sarajevo...
Millions of poor die each year of preventable disease (08/22/02)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- AIDS killed 3 million people last year. The year before, tuberculosis killed 1.7 million and malaria more than a million others. Millions more died from diarrhea and other easily preventable diseases. A decade ago, world leaders at the Earth Summit in Rio promised to tackle diseases of the poor. But with so many of the world's most vulnerable still dying in droves, many health activists are furious that more has not been done to save them...
Cabinet OKs smallpox vaccination for 15,000 rescue workers (08/22/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israel decided Wednesday to give smallpox vaccines to more than 15,000 security and rescue officials, expanding an inoculation program to protect its people in case of an Iraqi attack with chemical or biological weapons. The Cabinet decision is part of Israel's overall preparation for a possible U.S. attack on Iraq which, in turn, could trigger an Iraqi strike against Israel. Iraq has biological and chemical weapons, in addition to missiles with conventional warheads...
Iraq claims embassy gunmen were either U.S. or Israeli agents (08/22/02)
BERLIN -- Recounting the five hours he was held hostage by gunmen, Iraq's acting ambassador said Wednesday that he is convinced his captors were either Israeli or American agents whose goal was to raise German support for a U.S. attack on Baghdad. Given the way the five men handily disabled embassy security systems and rewired a gate to enter the grounds, Shamil Mohammed said they could not have been ordinary Iraqi dissidents as they claimed...
University handyman arrested in blast that killed nine people (08/22/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli security forces have arrested a Palestinian who worked at Hebrew University, accusing him of planting a bomb that killed nine people in the university cafeteria -- including five Americans -- and belonging to a Hamas cell involved in suicide bombings, officials said Wednesday...
China calls flood emergency as thousands try to stem lake (08/22/02)
CHANGSHA, China -- Officials were given emergency powers Wednesday to combat floodwaters in central China's Hunan province, where tens of thousands of workers were trying to hold back the rising waters of a lake that threaten to swamp a city and farming villages...
Bystanders jeer girlfriend of man suspected in girls' deaths (08/22/02)
LONDON -- The girlfriend of a man accused of killing two 10-year-old schoolgirls appeared in court Wednesday for allegedly giving false information to police searching for the girls. Maxine Carr, 25, passed a gantlet of jeering bystanders as she arrived in a police van for the hearing at Peterborough Crown Court...
Scientists miffed Shroud of Turin tested in secrecy (08/22/02)
ROME -- Experts on the Shroud of Turin said Wednesday they felt frustrated and betrayed to learn a Swiss textile expert had obtained Vatican approval to test the sacred cloth without involvement from the international scientific community. The shroud is a strip of linen believers say was used to wrap the body of Jesus. Kept in the Cathedral of Turin, it is rarely displayed to the public...
Canadian prime minister to step down (08/22/02)
TORONTO -- Prime Minister Jean Chretien, the longest-serving leader of a Western democracy, announced Wednesday amid an internal party challenge that he will leave office in 2004 instead of seeking a fourth consecutive term. A gruff politician known for his legislative savvy, Chretien took office in 1993 and oversaw Canada's economic recovery while barely fending off a sovereignty referendum by Quebec...
Southeast QB status uncertain for opener (08/22/02)
With the start of Southeast Missouri State University's football season just one week away, it's looking more and more like quarterback Jeromy McDowell won't play very much -- if at all -- during the Aug. 29 opener against Division II Arkansas-Monticello...
Patience pays off in modified racer's first win at home track (08/22/02)
For the first time all year, everything clicked for Terry Baker. A new engine hummed without fail. The car setup was just right. And the starting position -- well, for once, Baker was on the lucky end of a break. "Getting to start up front makes so much difference," said Baker, who won his first event this year in the modified class Saturday at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark near Benton, Mo. ...
This week in motorsports (08/22/02)
AREA EVENTS
  • AMA ATV National Series, Auto Tire and Parts Racepark, Benton, Mo., 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sprint, modified, hobby stock, pure stock and cruiser divisions, Malden Speedway, 7 p.m. Friday. Late model, pro stock and pure stock classes, Fredericktown Raceway, 7 p.m. Friday...
  • Owners make a sharing proposal (08/22/02)
    NEW YORK -- Baseball owners presented a new revenue-sharing deal to the union to try to spark talks, calling the offer a significant step toward what players want. The proposal, made Tuesday night and disclosed Wednesday, was much better received than management's luxury-tax plan last week, which was so far from what players would accept that they set an Aug. 30 strike date...
    Finley shows his strength, pushes Cards up by five (08/22/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Chuck Finley may be 39 years old, but he still has plenty of life left in his arm. Finley struck out 10 in eight innings and Scott Rolen hit a two-run triple as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 4-1 Wednesday night for their 10th win in 12 games. He has 2,575 career strikeouts and needs six to tie Bob Feller for 20th place on the career strikeout list...
    Spotlight is on Rams' tackle in preseason game against Chargers (08/22/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- The preseason, a necessary evil for established players, is a proving ground for struggling Rams offensive tackle John St. Clair. St. Clair didn't play a down his first two seasons after being picked in the third round of the 2000 draft, and didn't even dress. The Rams handed him the right tackle slot vacated when Ryan Tucker was released in a salary-cap move but he's showed little so far in a position vital to keeping Kurt Warner healthy...
    FanFare 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
    Baseball
  • The Cardinals on Wednesday signed shortstop Calvin Hayes, their top pick in the June draft, to a contract for next season. Top officials from the American Swimming Coaches Association have a big beef with Major League Baseball union head Donald Fehr. ...
  • Area sports digest 8/21/02 (08/22/02)
    Otahks hire Guccione as assistant soccer coach Former Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Beth Guccione has been hired to replace Kelley Poole as an assistant coach for the Southeast Missouri State University women's soccer program. Guccione graduated from Southeast Missouri with a degree in computer science in May. ...
    Nurses to hold seminar in September (08/22/02)
    Area nurse practitioners, nurses and students interested in learning more about the latest their field can attend the Primary Care Conference for Advanced Nurses. The program will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. Speaker is Margaret A. Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates and a family nurse practitioner...
    Shape Up Cape (08/22/02)
    The Southeast Missourian's Fit to Print team earned 799 points last week, bringing our average to 79.9 per person. To the right are updates from four of our team members. Next Thursday, you'll hear from other members of our team. Team totals: Andrea Buchanan: 77...
    Health calendar 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
    Today Newborn massage class from 10 to 11 a.m. at Generations Family Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For registration information, call 651-5825. "Ask your doctor" airs at 8 p.m. on Channel 5. Dr. Zenon Duda will speak about bunions and hammer toes. Viewers can call 334-3095 to pose questions. The show is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society, Southeast Missouri Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center...
    Battling depression (08/22/02)
    When drugs don't work, people seek other means By Linda Marsa ~ Los Angeles Times Anti-depressants are now taken by tens of millions of Americans, and many people credit them with changing, or even saving, their lives...
    At play in fields, basements (08/22/02)
    Aug. 22. 2002 Dear Pat, Our friend Edwin returned from Santa Fe Sunday, so our summer at his farm is over. He was amazed at the many flowers DC had planted. She's sure he hasn't found all of them yet. Some days we worked hard at Amity Hills Farm, but the work always had an aura of playfulness about it. Maybe it would have felt different if the farm was our livelihood...
    A tale of two plays at university tryouts (08/22/02)
    On the Rose Theatre stage, Dr. Robert Dillon Jr. exhorted actors and actresses to express more and louder as they recited monologues from Greek tragedies. At the end of September, he will bring a modern tragedy, "Sainte-Carmen of the Main," to that very stage...
    Carl Roach (08/22/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Carl Roach, 49, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at his home. He was born March 18, 1953, in Benton, Ky., son of Shirel Roach and Nell Alexander McDonald. He and Diane Martin Rister were married Aug. 25, 1984, in Las Vegas, Nev...
    Rosalie Unterreiner (08/22/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rosalie C. Unterreiner, 75, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 24, 1927, in Perryville, daughter of Rosatie and Mary Magelin Moore. She and Paul A. Unterreiner were married April 27, 1946...
    Leslie McKenzie (08/22/02)
    Leslie Rae McKenzie, 42, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center, following an automobile accident on Mount Auburn Road. She was born Jan. 12, 1960, in Canandaigua, N.Y., daughter of Donald A. and Frances T. Taylor Miles. She and Michael McIntosh were married June 12, 1976, at Chaffee, Mo. She later married Bruce McKenzie June 10, 1996, in Cape Girardeau...
    Helen Sinn (08/22/02)
    Helen Irene Steeg Sinn, 87, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 22, 1915, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of August Robert and Irene Mary Lindsay Steeg. Her grandparents, John and Cora Hobbs Lindsay, raised Helen after the deaths of her parents...
    Arthur Slagle (08/22/02)
    Arthur L. Slagle, 88, of Austin, Texas, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002. He was born in Gainesville, Texas. Slagle lived in Cape Girardeau from 1920 to 1954, and had been a member of Maple United Methodist Church. He had also lived in Rogersville, Mo., and Alamo, Texas...
    Births 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
    Steffens Daughter to Nathan Dale and Amy Marie Steffens of Benton, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:24 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002. Name, Andrea Renee. Weight, 6 pounds 4 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Steffens is the former Amy LaRue, daughter of Billy and Lois Davis of Benton and Gary LaRue of Wilson, Ark. Steffens is the son of Dale and Helen Steffens of Jackson, Mo., and Sally Steffens of Champaign, Ill. He is employed at Tower Rock Stone Co...
    Cape police report 8/22 (08/22/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 22 DWI Tyrone Edward Taylor, 44, of 1122 S. Ellis was arrested Tuesday for driving while intoxicated. Janet Lee Warren, 39, of Chaffee, Mo., was arrested Tuesday for driving while intoxicated. Arrests Brandon Lee Rice, 17, of Gordonville, Mo., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear in court...
    Out of the past 8/22/02 (08/22/02)
    10 years ago: Aug. 22, 1992 UPR Missouri, Inc., has dissolved, but one job remains before closing out books on what was supposed to be waste tire recycling industry in Cape Girardeau; Bruce D. Stansil, who was involved with corporation when it was founded little more than year ago, has agreed to remove tires that had been obtained for new business from warehouse located in Nash Road area...
    Highway commission must listen, lead (08/22/02)
    By John Lichtenegger JACKSON, Mo. --Last week state Rep. Rod Jetton proposed reforms for the Missouri Department of Transportation. While his opinion is to be respected, I take serious issue with some of his preconceived thoughts and misgivings about the method of highway commissioner selection in Missouri. I further disagree with four of the five remedies he proposed...
    Florida program asks first, spends later (08/22/02)
    From Florida comes news of a promising government program that seems to be working for poor people in poor neighborhoods. Pushed by Gov. Jeb Bush as a fulfillment of a 1998 campaign promise, the program is called Front Porch Florida. It is urban revitalization with a twist: It challenges residents of poor communities to decide on their own what they want to do to make things better rather than telling them what must be done...
    Missouri State Fair completes first century (08/22/02)
    The Missouri State Fair closed another 10-day run on Sunday in Sedalia, Mo., celebrating a century of showcasing agriculture for the approximately 350,000 visitors who made the trek to the state fairgrounds. This makes the fair one of the longest-running agricultural expositions in the nation (even thought the SEMO District Fair in Cape Girardeau next month has been around a lot longer). The state fair has been held every year since 1901 except for two years during World War II...
    Speak Out (08/22/02)
    Comparing mosquitoes TO ALL those people who do not appreciate the city spraying for mosquitoes: If you have ever been to northern Minnesota during the summer, you could not compare between here and there. In northern Minnesota, they do not spray for mosquitoes because they cannot afford it. There are so many more mosquitoes there than in Cape...
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