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Stories from Friday, August 23, 2002

Reserve fund use likely for schools (08/23/02)
TAXING QUESTION By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Board of Education may dip into the district's $2.7 million in reserve funds for the coming school year instead of increasing the tax levy by 6 cents to make up for a projected revenue shortfall...
Regional planning commission gets interim director (08/23/02)
MALDEN, Mo. -- A Bloomfield, Mo., educator has stepped out of retirement to oversee the daily operations of the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission. Michael Dumey, who retired last year as the Bloomfield superintendent of schools, was named last week by the commission's executive committee to serve as its interim executive director...
Sheriff's deputies trail bondsman to suspect (08/23/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Trailing a local bail bondsman Wednesday afternoon led deputies to the second suspect in the shotgun death of the owner of Bud's Country Store at Wappapello, Mo. This came nearly a month after Donald Ray Phillips had been charged for a second time in connection with Gary Lee "Bud" Ayers' death...
Libertarian candidate withdraws from race (08/23/02)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The race for presiding commissioner in Mississippi County may narrow down to a two-way contest. The Libertarian candidate for presiding commissioner, Steve Ledbetter, withdrew his candidacy Monday, according to Junior DeLay, county clerk for Mississippi County...
Judge dismisses River Campus suit (08/23/02)
A circuit judge on Friday dismissed a second lawsuit filed by Cape Girardeau businessman Jim Drury against the River Campus arts school project. Drury filed the lawsuit to block city funding for the project after the city council extended a deadline for the university to show it had sufficient university and state funding in place to proceed with the project...
Budget cuts halt plans for festival (08/23/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Budget cuts are making it rough on a lot of groups and organizations and Sikeston Missouri Arts Inc., is one of the latest victims. While board members assure residents that SMARTS intends to continue providing the community with the arts, the group will not host the Cotton Festival of the Arts -- disappointing news for those who've enjoyed attending for the past five years...
Woman's appeal rejected in husband's slaying (08/23/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An appeals court has upheld a former Caruthersville, Mo., woman's plea of guilty for the murder of her husband. Mary L. Pickard was charged with first-degree murder for the killing husband Michael W. Pickard in Caruthersville on June 11, 1999...
State audit shows teachers quitting after only a few years (08/23/02)
EDUCATION DEFICIT From staff and wire reports JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Just 18 percent of new teachers remained on the job in Missouri after seven years, according to a state audit confirming that public schools are having trouble keeping teachers...
Ancient Hawaiian secrets (08/23/02)
Want to know more? Contact Huna Research Inc. at 1760 Anna St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4504, or call 334-3478. The 10,000-year-old secrets of island shamans are used by the Cape-based group to make their lives better, they say By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian...
$20,000 reward offered in murder (08/23/02)
'UNANSWERED QUESTIONS' By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian Two men sit in jail charged in the kidnapping and murder of Ralph Lape Jr., but Lape's family isn't convinced everyone who was involved is behind bars...
Circuit court judge reinstates Medicaid for adult dental care (08/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis circuit judge has ruled that the state of Missouri erred when it denied adult dental benefits to more than 320,000 low-income Missourians. Judge Timothy Wilson ruled Wednesday the state budget cut -- effective July 1 -- that eliminated all adult dental services for Medicaid recipients violated state law. Wilson's ruling said the law requires the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide dental care...
Former cemetery manager charged with stealing thousands (08/23/02)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A former cemetery manager has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from a cemetery and its customers and using the money to pay a cruise ship tab and other personal expenses. Gregory Charles Spalding, 45, was supposed to turn himself in at the Buchanan County Law Enforcement Center at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said St. Joseph Police Detective Richard Shelton. But before he could be arrested Tuesday evening, Spalding had to be hospitalized...
Missouri's budget director seeks insurance receivership post (08/23/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State budget director Brian Long says he will likely accept a job as chief operating officer of the multimillion-dollar Transit Casualty Insurance Co. receivership effective Sept. 1. "Nothing is finalized, but it's very likely in the near term," Long said Thursday. "My likely departure is not related to any events from the last session."...
Former police chief sentenced to 18 years (08/23/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A former small town police chief who survived a 1991 sniper rampage that killed four people has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sex offenses involving a 9-year-old girl. Former Jamestown Police Chief Russell Borts, 40, was sentenced Monday to 18 years for statutory sodomy and seven years for attempted child molestation. Boone County Circuit Court Judge Frank Conley ordered the sentences to run concurrently...
Preliminary positive West Nile case reported in St. Joseph (08/23/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A 24-year-old western Missouri woman with a suspected case of West Nile virus was released Thursday from a St. Joseph, Mo. hospital. When sent home from Heartland Regional Medical Center, the Clay County woman was feeling better and "seems to be in good condition," said Dr. Scott Folk, medical director of infectious diseases at Heartland, in Buchanan County...
Nursing homes will suffer unless Congress restores Medicare (08/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Marcella Gersman worries who will help her dress each day. Hazel Emery, 84, wonders if she will get her medicine on time. Phyllis Young is concerned that her mother, who suffers from the mind-disorienting disease of Alzheimer's, will be unable to find a nursing home bed...
Toddler drives car after dad stops to get diaper bag (08/23/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 2-year-old boy who was left alone in a running car with his younger sister took the opportunity to go for a drive. Both children were unharmed Wednesday after the older child scrambled out of his car safety seat, got behind the steering wheel and went for a short drive before crashing into a neighbor's house...
Overcrowding reported at Springfield universities (08/23/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Student housing is filled to the brim and overflowing at Southwest Missouri State, Drury and Evangel universities. The schools have been forced to do everything from converting study lounges to sleeping rooms to asking resident supervisors to take in roommates...
Authorities investigating death of Missouri toddler (08/23/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a toddler who had no pulse when he was pulled from a bathtub inside an apartment. Ambulance dispatchers provided instructions on how to give the boy cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a person who called 911 from the apartment Wednesday night. But the 1-year-old still had no pulse when the ambulance reached the apartment...
St. Charles puts showboat up for sale (08/23/02)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The St. Charles City Council has decided to sell the 93-year-old Goldenrod showboat, citing higher-than-expected costs to repair the vessel. Last month, the council voted to resume renovating the floating dinner theater, which has been closed for 18 months because of structural problems. But on Tuesday night, the council unanimously directed city administrator Jim O'Connor to pursue other options...
Nine accept Sept. 11 victims' fund awards (08/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- Nine Sept. 11 victims' families have accepted checks from the federal government's compensation fund ranging from $300,000 to $3 million, the fund's administrator said Thursday. The families that accepted the cash payout came from a pool of 25 applicants who received notice of their award in July from the Justice Department, which oversees the fund. Four are appealing their award and twelve have yet to respond, the administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, said...
More than 1,600 will compete to design Pentagon memorial (08/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- The sight gnaws at Jim Lachak: A flawless limestone facade on the west wall of the Pentagon that bears no sign it was struck by a hijacked airliner almost a year ago, killing his brother Dave and so many others. Something, Lachak believes, should mark that spot...
Special espionage court rejected some wiretap guidelines (08/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- A special court that oversees sensitive law enforcement surveillance forced Attorney General John Ashcroft to change his guidelines for FBI terrorism searches and wiretaps, according to documents released Thursday. The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has not publicly disclosed any of its rulings in nearly two decades, rejected some of the Ashcroft guidelines in May as "not reasonably designed" to safeguard Americans privacy...
DaimlerChrysler, Kia, Rolls-Royce announce recalls of autos (08/23/02)
The AssociatedPress WASHINGTON -- DaimlerChrysler Corp. is recalling 88,000 Sebrings because the accelerator can stick. The recall involves 1996 and 1997 models equipped with 2.5-liter V6 engines. The throttle control cable can fray, causing the throttle to bind or stick and increasing crash risk. DaimlerChrysler officials said if the gas pedal gets stuck, pushing the brake will override the problem and stop the car...
Bush proposes less restrictions on logging in fire-prone forest (08/23/02)
RUCH, Ore. -- President Bush, on a mountain peak blighted by wildfire, crumbled the dead black bark of a Douglas fir in his palm and challenged environmentalist critics of his new forest initiatives: "Come and stand where I stand." The president proposed Thursday to end the government's "hands-off" policy in national forests and make it easier for timber companies to remove wood from 190 million acres of the most highly fire-prone forests...
Knocking on statehouse doors (08/23/02)
Voters have the chance to elect a record number of female governors this year, the result of big strides women have made in state-level politics combined with a remarkably large number of open gubernatorial seats. Advocates hope to see the number of women governors rise from five now to as many as 10. At least 18 women from the major parties are now running, including a half-dozen who will face primary voters on Sept. 10 alone...
Oregon police use pepper spray on protesters at Bush events (08/23/02)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Riot police fired pepper spray at hundreds of protesters and struck some with batons Thursday after ordering them to move from an area near a hotel where President Bush attended a fund-raiser. Protesters hammered on the hoods of police cars as pepper spray wafted through the air. Earlier in the day, several hundred demonstrators marched toward the Hilton Hotel after Bush's arrival there...
Martha Stewart sued on charges she unloaded own stock (08/23/02)
NEW YORK -- An investor in Martha Stewart's company has filed a lawsuit alleging she dumped shares of her own stock because she knew their value would drop if she was investigated on suspicion of insider trading in the ImClone case. The lawsuit against Stewart was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on behalf of Howard Rosen, a shareholder in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc...
Enron insider's guilt plea points to greed (08/23/02)
LIVING HIGH By Kristen Hays ~ The Associated Press HOUSTON -- The primary motive for creating Enron's complex web of partnerships was thought to be to hide the company's debt, keep salaries high and make its stock ever more valuable...
Black farmers rally, demand justice (08/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- Faced with a demonstration by 60 black farmers -- plus goats, a mule and two tractors -- the Agriculture Department said Thursday it is willing to pay blacks who were wrongly denied loans because of their race. The department said, however, that it won't set a deadline for issuing those checks...
People talk 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
Celebrities to headline tennis court tribute WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Singer Tony Bennett, rapper-actress Queen Latifah and actor Judd Hirsch will lead an on-court tribute to New York City's uniformed and civilian heroes from the past year at Monday's opening night of the U.S. Open...
Parents keep kids from class in protest over election system (08/23/02)
MARIANNA, Ark. -- Schools were open and teachers held classes. Most kids, though, didn't attend. Their parents wouldn't let them. For a fourth day Thursday, most parents in the Lee County School District kept their children at home to protest what they see as an unfair school board election system...
West Nile virus extends reach to Montana, New Mexico (08/23/02)
ATLANTA-- The number of Americans who have contracted West Nile virus this year approached 300 Thursday as the mosquito-borne virus extended its reach to Montana and New Mexico. The disease has now killed at least 14 people and infected animals or humans in all but seven of the lower 48 states. The death toll will rise if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm two fatal cases of West Nile reported Thursday in Georgia...
N.Y. Times business editor dies in fall from office building (08/23/02)
NEW YORK -- A business editor at The New York Times fell to his death from the 15th floor of the newspaper's Times Square office building Thursday in what police said was a possible suicide. Allen Myerson, 47, fell from the West 43rd Street building and landed on the roof of a garage...
Nation briefs 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
Revised list of WTC victims will be released NEW YORK -- Less than three weeks before names of the World Trade Center victims are to be read aloud at the city's anniversary ceremony, officials aren't sure everyone on the list actually belongs among the dead and missing...
Getting insurance in New York tougher, costlier since Sept. 11 (08/23/02)
NEW YORK -- Property insurance in New York has become more costly and harder to obtain after the Sept. 11 attack, raising concerns that major buildings will be underinsured. "Terrorism was covered by insurance prior to Sept. 11 but never priced into insurance," said P.J. Crowley, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute, a nonprofit organization supported by the property and casualty insurance industry...
Merrill Lynch fires analyst for allegedly tipping clients (08/23/02)
NEW YORK -- Three months after agreeing to pay a $100 million fine and revamp its stock analyst research practices, Merrill Lynch & Co. fired a top analyst for allegedly tipping off clients that he planned to reduce an earnings estimate. The nation's biggest brokerage fired Peter Caruso "because he violated the firm's policy regarding disclosure of an earnings estimate change and due to a loss of management confidence," Merrill Lynch said in a statement Thursday...
Southwest fare cut pressures competitors (08/23/02)
In a bid for more business travelers, Southwest Airlines Co. announced Thursday that it was cutting its highest fares by 25 percent, forcing major airline competitors to match the price cuts. It comes as Southwest also is preparing to expand its service to include longer-distance flights. ...
Dogs, owners party down at 'Doggy Happy Hour' (08/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- He acted like he had all the right moves and the looks to boot: a shiny brown-and-white fur coat, cool shades and a crisp white T-shirt that showed off his lean pecs. But Dick, a 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier, was all dressed up with no one to play with. There he sat at "Doggie Happy Hour" at a suburban Alexandria hotel this week, looking for another terrier to get to know...
Moussaoui making use of his despised court-appointed lawyers (08/23/02)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Zacarias Moussaoui, who has derided his court-appointed lawyers as "bloodsuckers," is working through an intermediary to get legal help from the attorneys he despises as he prepares for his Jan. 6 trial as an accused Sept. 11 conspirator...
Chinese troops join civilians in attempt to slow down flooding (08/23/02)
BEIJING - Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and residents stacked sandbags, piled gravel and plugged breaches Thursday along dikes surrounding an enormous lake in central China that is threatening to overflow and inundate lowlands where millions of people live...
Colombia to recruit 15,000 armed peasants for support (08/23/02)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- President Alvaro Uribe's government plans to arm 15,000 peasants to support the armed forces in the fight against outlawed rebel and paramilitary groups, Colombia's defense minister said Thursday. The recruits will receive military training, and a small salary paid for by a new 1.2 percent war tax being imposed on higher-income businesses and individuals in Colombia, Defense Minister Martha Lucia Ramirez said in a radio interview. ...
U.S. troops exchange fire with Afghan allies (08/23/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- American troops on patrol in southeastern Afghanistan exchanged fire with allied Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint, a senior Afghan commander said Thursday. No casualties were reported on either side. Gary Tallman, a U.S. Army spokesman at the Bagram air base he was not aware of the incident...
Brazil creates world's largest tropical park (08/23/02)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- A northern swath of Amazon rainforest bigger than Maryland and likely containing a treasure trove of undiscovered animal, insect and plant species became the world's largest tropical national park Thursday. President Fernando Henrique Cardoso signed a decree creating the Tumucumaque (too-moo-koo-MAH-kee) Mountains National Park covering a virtually uninhabited region of virgin rainforest in Amapa state, along Brazil's northern borders with Surinam and Guyana...
Russia mourns military deaths in copter crash (08/23/02)
MOSCOW -- Flags flew at half-staff across Russia Thursday as the country mourned 116 people killed when a packed helicopter crashed in Chechnya. President Vladimir Putin blamed the military for ignoring an order not to use the craft to transport troops...
Palestinian leader tries anew to halt Islamic assaults (08/23/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The Palestinian Authority's security chief met with 12 rival Palestinian factions Thursday in a new effort to forge a united front and get militant groups to stop bombing and shooting attacks in Israel. But the meeting ended with no apparent progress, and the radical group Hamas reiterated its opposition to a cease-fire...
More opposition heard than support for U.S. talk of war (08/23/02)
LONDON -- President Bush's latest jab at Saddam Hussein didn't get much public support from allies Thursday, and Russia challenged his view that the world would benefit if the Iraqi regime is toppled. A day earlier, Bush said the United States is in no rush to go to war with Iraq, but he repeated his view that Saddam is a threat to world peace and should be removed from power...
U.S. requests paring down of U.N. sanctions list (08/23/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States asked Thursday that six individuals and organizations be removed from a U.N. sanctions list, after they were cleared of suspected links to the al-Qaida terror network, U.S. officials said. The Security Council in January issued a directive to all nations to freeze the funds of people with alleged ties to the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. It also imposed a travel ban and an arms embargo...
Philippine military backtracks in statement on kidnapping blame (08/23/02)
MANILA, Philippines -- At the height of the last Abu Sayyaf kidnapping spree, it seemed that just about every crime in the southern Philippines was being blamed on the al-Qaida-linked group. So no one was surprised when police and the military said the guerrillas were responsible for snatching six Jehovah's Witnesses who ventured into one of their stronghold areas...
Canada's outgoing leader defends 'long goodbye' (08/23/02)
TORONTO -- Prime Minister Jean Chretien dismissed concern Thursday that his decision to step down in 18 months will bring more of the party infighting that has Canadians believing their government is nearly paralyzed. Chretien's announcement Wednesday that he would not seek a fourth straight term triggered fears that the wait until he steps down -- dubbed the "long goodbye" by the media -- was too long and the fight to succeed him would leave his Liberal Party incapable of governing effectively.. ...
Saxony Lutheran High School plunges into the prep sports mix (08/23/02)
It may be just a blip, but another area high school has found its way onto the area's athletic radar screen. Saxony Lutheran High School of Cape Girardeau has become a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association and will field a boys basketball team for the upcoming season...
Busch bumps his way back to Bristol (08/23/02)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch is a little cranky, even as he returns to the site of his only Winston Cup victory. "This is the part of the season where players make it to the front," Busch said. "Instead, we're backpedaling, and it's the wrong part of the season to be doing that."...
Chargers rough up Bulger, Rams in a one-sided exhibition (08/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The San Diego Chargers intercepted Marc Bulger twice, ending a successful preseason run by the Rams' reserve quarterback, in a 31-10 victory Thursday night. The Chargers (2-1) put the game away with a 21-point third quarter, getting the first of three touchdowns one play after Bulger's second interception. They also shut down the Rams' starting offense in the first quarter, holding them without a point...
Strike can be averted, players and owners say (08/23/02)
NEW YORK -- With a week to go, negotiators for players and owners expressed optimism that they have enough time to reach a deal and avoid another baseball strike. The sides had three bargaining sessions Thursday, completing an agreement on debt regulation that eased the union's concerns the rules would restrict spending on players. ...
Huskers try to avenge lackluster finish (08/23/02)
Nebraska hopes to start the new season season on a better note than it ended 2001. The Cornhuskers lost to Miami 37-14 in the national championship game at the Rose Bowl, giving up 472 total yards. That came after a humiliating 62-36 loss to Colorado...
Giants push Mets' streak to 11 losses (08/23/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Jensen pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in eight starts and the San Francisco Giants extended the New York Mets' longest losing streak since 1991 to 11 games with a 3-1 victory Thursday. San Francisco won all six meetings with the Mets this season, just the second time in franchise history the Giants have swept a season series. They beat Florida nine times in 1998...
Cards win on a late rally (08/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Fernando Vina doubled in two runs with one out in the ninth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. With the Cardinals down 4-2, Tino Martinez led off the ninth with a double off closer Mike Williams (1-5), and scored on Edgar Renteria's single. One out later, Renteria advanced to third on pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo's single...
Judging scandals make fans look like the fools (08/23/02)
We've been made fools of. Those of us who are proud to be fans of gymnastics and figure skating and diving, the sports of judges and politics as much as back flips and triple lutzes, must come to grips with this truth. We are enablers. We accept that cheating happens, that the better tumbler, twirler, jumper doesn't always win. ...
FanFare 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
Baseball
  • Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon dislocated his finger sliding back into first base in the first inning Thursday and was listed as day to day. The Cubs traded Tom Gordon to the Astros for a minor league pitcher and two players to be named...
  • Silver lining in tangled sweaters (08/23/02)
    This is about my first day of school, but first you have to wade through a bunch of stuff about active wearing apparel. Read on. The neatly folded clothes on the top shelf of my closet have a way of rearranging themselves. I don't know how it happens, but somehow the clothes on that shelf work themselves into a wad of tangled wool, since most of the items there are sweaters...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Blue Crush' (08/23/02)
    Two-and-a-half stars Let me say right off the bat that I am NOT a fan of teen movies. However, I found myself pleasantly surprised by "Blue Crush." It is hard to find a quality movie showing that young women can be athletic AND pretty without being complete idiots. And the surfing scenes are almost breathtaking! The soundtrack has a chance at becoming a best-seller, too...
    New on CD (08/23/02)
    'In Blue' The underrated jazz singer Karrin Allyson enjoyed a breakthrough last year with her Grammy-nominated "Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane." She's followed that up with another impressive and imaginative session -- an eclectic collection of 13 tunes that deal with having the blues...
    Over my dead body 8/23 (08/23/02)
    Here are the 10 songs Carlton Wagner of Cape Girardeau wouldn't want to live without: 1. "I'm Looking Through You" --The Beatles. Much to the ire of my friends, I was a latecomer when it came to appreciating the Beatles. Now I love almost everything they ever did...
    University Museum collection adds 25 new works (08/23/02)
    University Museum collection adds 25 new works By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian The unpoetic title of the new exhibit at Southeast Missouri State University Museum does not describe the 25 new works but rather pays tribute to the organizations and individuals responsible for adding them to the museum's permanent collection...
    Artifacts (08/23/02)
    Week of August 23, 2002 Children sought for 'Nutcracker' JACKSON, Mo. -- As many as 60 local children will have an opportunity to dance in the Moscow Ballet's production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker," to be presented at the Show Me Center Nov. 18...
    High art meets trash TV in 'Jerry Springer -The Opera' (08/23/02)
    EDINBURGH, Scotland One of the hottest tickets at this year's Edinburgh Fringe festival features expletive-spitting louts, a man clad only in a diaper, a talk-show host and Satan. Naturally, It's an opera. "Jerry Springer: The Opera" is selling out its daily performances -- and generating talk of a transfer to London's West End -- with its collision of high art and trash TV...
    Doug Parker (08/23/02)
    WHITEWATER, Mo. -- Doug Parker, 30, of Columbia, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Columbia. He was born Feb. 26, 1972, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ronald and Joyce Poston Parker. Parker was a 1990 graduate of Jackson High School, and moved to Columbia six years ago from Whitewater. He was a salesman with Busenbark Carpet and Trailers in Columbia. He was a member of Bethlehem General Baptist Church at Crump and the Boone County Volunteer Fire Department...
    Jack Sharp (08/23/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Jack R. Sharp, 71, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. He was born July 14, 1931, in Elco, Ill., son of Rando and Della Brimm Sharp. He and Betty Baggott were married March 26, 1955, in Tamms, Ill...
    Coena Amschler (08/23/02)
    ORAN, Mo. -- Coena A. Amschler, 83, of Oran died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Oran is in charge of arrangements.
    Leslie Gardner (08/23/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Leslie Frances Gardner, 36, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Dec. 23, 1965, in Corpus Christi, Texas, daughter of Thurman R. and Mary Frances Owen Willis Sr. She and Timothy Edwin Gardner were married Dec. 23, 1983, in Sikeston...
    Births 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
    Pickel Son to Jason Lee and Cindy Nicole Pickel of Jonesboro, Ill., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:56 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2002. Name, Janson Lee. Weight, 6 pounds 13 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Pickel is the former Cindy Bridgeman, daughter of Doug and Patsy Bridgeman of Anna, Ill. Pickel is the son of Jimmy and Sandy Pickel of McClure, Ill. He is employed at BioKyowa Inc...
    Cape police report 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 23The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests David W. Alcorn, 35, of 709 North St., was arrested Thursday on a Perry County warrant for drugs. Danny F. Slaten, 46, of 203 Missouri, Scott City, Mo., was arrested on a Scott County warrant for failure to appear...
    Cape fire report 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 23 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: At 12:21 a.m., emergency medical service at 1000 N. Sprigg. At 8:36 p.m., alarm at 1432 William. At 10:12 p.m., detector at 1410 David. at 11:46 p.m., emergency medical service at 2109 William...
    Jackson police report 8/23 (08/23/02)
    Jackson Friday, Aug. 23 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: A motor vehicle accident at Oklahoma and West Adams. An emergency medical service at Missouri and Main streets.
    Out of the past 8/23/02 (08/23/02)
    10 years ago: Aug. 23, 1992 James M. Hunt is inducted as vicar of Lutheran Chapel of Hope at Southeast Missouri State University for 1992-93 academic year; induction service is held in evening at chapel, corner of College Hill Place and North Pacific; Hunt will also serve at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel, under supervision of the Rev. William A. Matzat...
    Correction 8/23 (08/23/02)
    Prestwick developer Bob Suelman said the subdivision's developers, not the city of Cape Girardeau, would be responsible if the project backfired financially. A typographical error in a story about the Prestwick group's request for tax increment financing made that unclear. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
    Alaska visit, Dutch wedding -- and life goes on (08/23/02)
    A little over one year ago a planned ALASKAN CRUISE for my wife, Wendy, and I was canceled when the ship ran aground two days before our planned departure. Celebrity Cruise lines refunded our money AND offered us a free cruise to any of its cruise destinations within one year...
    Enron deal is good news for investors (08/23/02)
    For anyone facing criminal charges in a case with the magnitude of the Enron Corp. financial fiasco, a deal consisting of guilty pleas and the forfeiture of millions of ill-gained dollars plus cooperation in the government's ongoing investigation may look pretty good. Plea bargains tend to give criminals an opportunity to negotiate their penalties rather than face the ire of judges and juries...
    Pentagon begins to reopen damaged areas (08/23/02)
    Healing -- physical, psychological, spiritual -- has taken many forms since Sept. 11. For workers at the Pentagon, a sense of closure accompanies the opening, starting last week, of the more than 400,000 square feet of office space destroyed by last year's terrorist attack...
    Ellen Shuck's columns provide a weekly lift (08/23/02)
    To the editor: I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy the columns in the Religion section by Ellen Shuck. She really has a way with words. Her columns tell an interesting experience and end with an inspirational moral. I hope you continue to print the columns. I and many of my friends from Lynwood Baptist Church look forward to them...
    MFT supports reforms over school vouchers (08/23/02)
    To the editor: I wish to comment on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning vouchers. The Missouri Federation of Teachers supports parents' rights to send their children to private or religious schools but strongly opposes the use of public funds to do so. ...
    Speak Out (08/23/02)
    Time for compromise ANGELA ZIMMER'S letter concerning prescription-drug benefits for seniors was not outrageous, as a Speak Out caller claimed. It merely endorsed the Republican plan for seniors while the caller's response was an endorsement of the Democratic proposal for a senior citizen prescription-drug benefit. The outrage is the inability of both parties to come to a compromise on this most crucial issue...
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