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Stories from Friday, August 30, 2002

'Heroes' honored for saving man after crash (08/30/02)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff resident is alive because of the actions of two area men who pulled him away from his burning vehicle. Troy L. Hughey of Williamsville, Mo., and Russell A. Phillips of Poplar Bluff were honored Wednesday with a letter of appreciation from the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Local briefs 8/30/02 (08/30/02)
Wall That Heals open to visitors in Thebes THEBES, Ill. -- The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial, is open 24 hours at day at Thebes Landing through Sunday night. The wall opened to visitors Thursday at the ballfield near the Mississippi River. The National Guard is providing security...
Marquette cleanup coming as ownership changes (08/30/02)
HISTORIC OFFICE SPACE By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau company is devising a plan for removing asbestos, lead-based paint and contaminated oil from the Marquette Hotel, the first step in a $6 million renovation of the building that is expected to take 15 months...
Sen. Bond discusses agricultural issues during visit to port (08/30/02)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- The 2002 farm bill, environmental barriers and public relations were a few of the topics Thursday when U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-Mo.) and a U.S. Department of Agriculture official visited the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority...
Letters about Medicaid dental to be sent soon (08/30/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The state plans to send letters, perhaps as soon as Friday, letting about 358,000 people know they are again eligible to receive dental care under the state's Medicaid program. A St. Louis County circuit judge ruled last week that a state budget cut eliminating adult dental services for Medicaid violated other state laws...
Highway crash kills Missouri-Rolla students (08/30/02)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Two students at the University of Missouri-Rolla were fatally injured in a collision on U.S. 63 in Phelps County late Wednesday night. Three other students and a university employee were injured. The university and the Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victims as Patrick N. Roberts, 18, of Fenton, and John G. Locke, also 18, of St. Anne, Ill. Locke was a freshman defensive lineman for the University of Missouri-Rolla's football team...
Audit raises concerns about use of state credit cards (08/30/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Workers at some government agencies are making questionable purchases with state credit cards that have excessive spending limits and aren't properly monitored, an audit released Thursday said. The audit concluded that a lack of supervision has resulted in the credit purchases of "some unallowable and inappropriate items."...
Illinois officials find 19 new West Nile cases, one death (08/30/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois health officials announced 19 new cases of the West Nile virus on Thursday and one more fatality, bringing the death toll from the disease in the state to five. An 83-year-old woman from northern Cook County who was hospitalized about two weeks ago with West Nile encephalitis died Aug. 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health said. The woman was first reported positive for West Nile virus on Aug. 23...
War talk prompts professors to organize 'teach-in' (08/30/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A couple of generations ago, when anti-war sentiment gripped many college campuses, the "teach-in" was as much a part of life at some schools as football and final exams. Now, with the possibility of a U.S. attack on Iraq, two professors at Drury University think the time for a teach-in has come again...
Lipke wins vote recount as margin grows by one (08/30/02)
The outcome didn't surprise Lichtenegger By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian JACKSON, Mo. -- The votes changed but the results didn't in Thursday's nearly daylong recount of over 6,000 Republican punch-card ballots in the 157th District state representative race in Cape Girardeau and Perry counties...
Woman dies in St. Louis house fire (08/30/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A house fire Thursday killed a St. Louis woman after trapping her in an upstairs room unreachable by her mother, who tried scrambling up a ladder to rescue her, witnesses said. Authorities identified the victim as Stella Harris, 28. Six other people escaped from unharmed from the house fire reported about 7:30 a.m...
FBI threat-warning system ready to operate in St. Louis (08/30/02)
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. -- FBI information about potential security threats will be swiftly passed along to local and state law enforcers under a new warning system now up and running, investigative officials and a federal lawmaker said Thursday. The system works like this: The FBI in Washington, D.C., distributes urgent alerts via satellite to St. ...
West Nile virus victim says symptoms were overlooked (08/30/02)
HEALTHY SUSPICIONS By David A. Lieb ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- First he noticed the pain -- a cramping in his joints and a pressure that felt like his eyes were about to pop out of his head. Then there was the fever -- more than 102 degrees...
Portion of Interstate named for trooper (08/30/02)
FROEMSDORF'S ROADWAY By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- His widow wiped away tears. Dozens of his fellow troopers prayed and sang in his honor. A gathering of his closest friends used words like "hero," "understanding" and "unassuming" to describe him...
United States, Italy move to block funds of suspected al-Qaida (08/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- The United States and Italy moved jointly on Thursday to block the financial assets of 25 individuals and organizations believed to be linked to the al-Qaida terror network. The Treasury Department's announcement marked the United States' latest move to financially paralyze entities suspected to financing terrorists' activities, a key component in President Bush's war on terror...
Government backs off of Sept. 11 foreign flight restrictions (08/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration backed off a proposal Thursday to restrict foreign air carriers from flying over the three Sept. 11 crash sites during the anniversary of the attacks, a senior administration official said. The Pentagon had proposed restricting foreign-owned commercial and cargo aircraft from flying into and from New York and Washington, and over Somerset County, Pa., on the anniversary...
Airline passengers will no longer be asked security questions (08/30/02)
WASHINGTON -- Airline passengers will no longer be asked the routine security questions about whether they have kept a close eye on their baggage. Ticket agents have been required for the past 16 years to ask passengers two questions: "Has anyone unknown to you asked you to carry an item on this flight?" and "Have any of the items you are traveling with been out of your immediate control since the time you packed them?"...
Bush follows fund-raising trail blazed by Clinton (08/30/02)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- President Bush blazed new records in raising campaign cash Thursday as events in two states -- his 49th and 50th fund-raisers of the year -- pushed his total to nearly $110 million and provided fresh evidence that money is the oxygen of American political life...
Video awards audience celebrates New York, castigates Eminem (08/30/02)
NEW YORK -- With the American Museum of Natural History as the backdrop, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday with a rousing yet poignant performance that celebrated the spirit of the city. Springsteen sang the title cut to his new disc, "The Rising," which touches on the emotions and the aftermath of Sept. 11...
Researchers find 1941 Japanese mini-submarine at Pearl Harbor (08/30/02)
HONOLULU -- A Japanese midget submarine sunk before the attack on Pearl Harbor was found Wednesday by researchers who stumbled across the vessel while doing training dives. Discovery of the 78-foot submarine could provide the first physical evidence to back U.S. military assertions that it fired first against Japan in World War II and inflicted the first casualties...
Bone fragments found on rooftops near WTC site (08/30/02)
NEW YORK -- More human remains from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers have been found by construction workers repairing nearby buildings almost a year after the terrorist attack. Workers found three human bone fragments the size of small twigs on the roof of a heavily damaged 40-story building just south of ground zero, according to Port Authority Police Lt. John Ryan, who oversaw remains recovery during the nine-month excavation of the site...
Doctors earn their stripes giving pet tiger a root canal (08/30/02)
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- For this root canal, it was the doctor who had the jitters. The patient was Bengo, a 400-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger mix, and it had two broken teeth. Even with its front paws declawed, the animal could break someone's neck in the six minutes before a sedative could take effect...
Police fire beanbags at 81-year-old man (08/30/02)
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Police said they shot an 81-year-old nursing home resident three times with bean bags and hit him with pepper spray when he became suicidal and brandished a small glass vase. Willie D. Foster, who was in wheelchair and has a pacemaker, was holding the vase over his head and threatening the nursing home staff and police officers, a report of the incident said...
Prosecutor - Not enough evidence in Hoffa case (08/30/02)
PONTIAC, Mich. -- New DNA evidence in the disappearance of ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa 27 years ago is insufficient to bring state criminal charges, a prosecutor said Thursday. "Unfortunately, this has the markings of a great 'whodunit' novel without the final chapter," Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said...
Native shareholders in remote Alaskan village get windfall (08/30/02)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a tiny storm-battered fishing village on Kodiak Island, the native residents are about to get rich. On Friday, their village corporation is sending $100,000 to every shareholder -- 147 people in all -- as it cashes out of the bulk of a $36 million trust built from the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act...
Skakel sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for 1975 killing (08/30/02)
NORWALK, Conn. -- A judge sentenced Michael Skakel to 20 years to life in prison Thursday for bludgeoning his teenage neighbor with a golf club in 1975 after hearing the Kennedy cousin tearfully proclaim his innocence and link his suffering to that of Jesus Christ...
People talk 8/30/02 (08/30/02)
Retiring senator joins 'Law and Order' cast NEW YORK -- Retiring U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson is going from Capitol Hill to the New York district attorney's office as the newest cast member of "Law & Order." The Tennessee Republican, who's also been an actor and a prosecutor, will join the NBC legal drama this fall for its 13th season...
Catholic priests sue accusers in civil court (08/30/02)
Some Roman Catholic priests who say they have been falsely accused of molesting children have turned to civil courts for relief, filing defamation lawsuits against the people claiming to be their victims. Advocates for abuse survivors say these clergymen are trying to intimidate victims. But the priests argue a lawsuit is one of the few ways they can clear their names in a climate of public anger over offenders who remained in parish work...
France joins chorus urging restraint on Iraq invasion (08/30/02)
PARIS -- French President Jacques Chirac insisted Thursday that any military action against Iraq be decided by the U.N. Security Council, joining the chorus of leaders urging Washington to exercise restraint in its plans against Baghdad. Chirac, in a speech to French ambassadors in Paris, called the possibility of unilateral U.S. action "worrying", and said it would be contrary to "the cooperation of states, the respect of law and the authority of the Security Council."...
Israel regrets deaths of four Palestinians (08/30/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israel expressed regret Thursday for the deaths of four Palestinian civilians in army shelling -- a bloody incident that jeopardized shaky steps toward reducing tensions in Gaza. The need for a peace breakthrough got reinforcement from a U.N. report that said Palestinians are suffering from ever-worsening economic deprivation and the threat of malnutrition as a result of two years of Palestinian-Israeli fighting...
Nigerian couple to get stoned to death for affair (08/30/02)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- An Islamic court has sentenced a couple to death by stoning for having an affair, marking the first time in Nigeria that a man has been sentenced to death for adultery, media reported Thursday. The sentence came a week after an Islamic court rejected single mother Amina Lawal's appeal of a stoning sentence for having sex outside of marriage...
Israeli businesses aim lawsuits at Palestinian Authority (08/30/02)
Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM - If roadblocks, home demolitions and family deportations don't deter suicide bombers, maybe attorneys will. At least three pending lawsuits against the Palestinian Authority seek millions of dollars in compensation for injury, lost business and even the chilling effect that violence has had on tourism...
Military heightens mental health precautions (08/30/02)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- U.S. soldiers will be screened for psychological problems before they leave Afghanistan and commanders will watch out for symptoms of depression and anxiety among their troops, the military announced Thursday in a new focus on mental health...
Prosecutor - al-Qaida cell planned attack year earlier (08/30/02)
KARLSRUHE, Germany -- One of the suspected Sept. 11 suicide pilots boasted more than a year before the attack that he would kill "thousands" in the World Trade Center, a German prosecutor said Thursday. Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm described the hijacker's words as he announced charges against another alleged al-Qaida member, Mounir El Motassadeq, the only person in German custody in connection with the attacks...
Notre Dame goes to 3-0 with shutout of Poplar Bluff (08/30/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Lindsay Reinagel delivered another strong pitching performance as Notre Dame's softball team squeaked by Poplar Bluff 1-0. Reinagel threw a no-hitter and was just one error away from a perfect game. The Bulldogs (3-0) scored in the first inning. After Stacey Seyer stole second, she scored on Sara Berkbigler's double...
Southeast women's soccer at a glance (08/30/02)
  • Coaches: Heather Nelson, 30 -16 - 2 in three years at Southeast; assistants are Paul Nelson (fourth season) and Beth Guccione (first season). n 2001 record: 16-2, 5-0 OVC (first place)
  • 2001 honors: Jenny Hamilton,sr., OVC Defender of the Year; Erin Slattery, so., all-OVC; Marla Gianino, so., all-OVC; Heather Nelson, OVC Coach of the Year...
  • Indians' pair step up, break UAM defense for 227 yards (08/30/02)
    Needing a running game after the graduation of 1,000-yard rusher Curtis Cooper, the Indians saw their new calvary arrive in its thrilling 42-41 double overtime win over Arkansas-Monticello. Corey Kinsey arrived first, with the sophomore running back from Miami, Fla., rushing for 180 yards on 21 carries. Keiki Misipeka, a senior transfer from the University of Hawaii, finished off the Boll Weevils with a 25-yard game-ending touchdown run in his Indian debut...
    Otahkians return entire lineup from 15-14 team (08/30/02)
    Emily Scannell has played two seasons for Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team. There is no question which has been more memorable. "Two years ago was quite an experience," she said. "I knew all about Southeast's volleyball tradition and I got to be a big part of it right away."...
    New goalies face pressure of replacing a standout (08/30/02)
    Thirteen shutouts, a 0.44 goals-against average and Ohio Valley Conference player of the year -- just a few of the accomplishments Lauren Fabbro and Amanda Wrzos will have to compete with as they look to replace goalie Beth Guccione. "I have some big shoes to fill with Guch," Fabbro said. "It's just an honor to be able to play as a freshman on a team like this."...
    Division II Boll Weevils give Indians a double-OT scare (08/30/02)
    It was hard to tell the NCAA Division I-AA football team from the Division II squad Thursday night at Houck Stadium. In fact, it looked more like Southeast Missouri State University was the lower division outfit after being outplayed by Arkansas-Monticello for much of the season-opening game...
    Haynes leads Reds' shutout of Cardinals (08/30/02)
    CINCINNATI -- The final memory from Cinergy Field might be Jimmy Haynes hitting. The right-hander singled twice, driving in three runs, and pitched eight innings Thursday afternoon as the Reds beat the Cardinals 7-0 in their final game before the players' strike deadline...
    Rams, Chiefs take final preseason tests (08/30/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even his St. Louis buddy Kurt Warner, in a round-about way, admits that this could be a make-or-break year for Kansas City's Trent Green. Echoing Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, Warner says most of the league-high and team-record 24 interceptions Green threw last season in his first year with the Chiefs were not the fault of the quarterback. ...
    Talks go late as players prepare to strike (08/30/02)
    NEW YORK -- Baseball negotiators worked relentlessly Thursday to avert a strike just hours before the deadline, leaving players, owners and fans across the country wondering whether the season would continue. Lawyers for both sides, carrying proposals and umbrellas, shuttled between the commissioner's office and union headquarters on a gray, rainy day, trying to reach agreement on a labor contract before today's games...
    Rare fish in Perry Co. may be indicator of water quality (08/30/02)
    Lewis and Clark described 122 animals new to science during their journey across North America. Two hundred years later it would seem that all animals have been described. But defying the odds, deep underneath the rolling hills of Perry County resides a fish that has escaped description until recently. The fish's name is "grotto sculpin" and it is found nowhere else...
    Hypocrisy has become the real tennis fashion (08/30/02)
    Sleeves, please. Talk about your double standards. The U.S. Open clothing police have decided that women are appropriately clothed for tennis if they are wearing a v-neck, short-legged, one-piece, tight-fitting body suit. Men who come to play wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt are summarily told to change that shirt, pronto...
    Labor maketh the harvest ... (08/30/02)
    Here it is: Labor Day weekend. This is the weekend when we take three days to pay homage to 90-plus-degree weather and 90-plus-percent humidity. This is the weekend we act like mosquitoes are our friends and sunburn is a grooming preference. This is the weekend when municipal swimming pools, which were opened on Memorial Day weekend when it was too cold to swim, are shut down even though there's at least another month left of warm-enough-to-swim weather...
    At the theaters (08/30/02)
    Guy Strauss'... Pluto Nash' Starring Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, and Rosario Dawson. Pluto Nash (Murphy), the owner of a nightclub on the Moon in 2087, finds himself in hot water when he refuses to sell his club to the local mob. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual humor and language, running time 95 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
    Former autoharp champion back playing in Cape Girardeau (08/30/02)
    Downbeat magazine once called Bryan Bowers, Ron Wall and Dan Wiethop the Father, Son and Holy Ghost of the autoharp. Bowers, who lives in the Seattle, Wash., area, has played in and around Cape Girardeau a few times. Wall, of Tennessee, was the 1994 international autoharp champion. Wiethop, who grew up in Cape Girardeau, returned to live here a month ago and now is playing a regular gig at Port Cape...
    Over my dead body 8/30 (08/30/02)
    These are the 10 songs Mike Kohlfeld of Cape Girardeau wouldn't want to live without: 1. "Sea of Joy" -- Blind FaithClapton, Grech, Baker, Winwood: Rock's first supergroup were only together for one album, but what a great album and timeless song...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Undisputed' (08/30/02)
    Two stars "Undisputed" is so totally predictable that there are absolutely no surprises in it. Within the first 10 minutes I was able to tell what was going to happen, how it was going to happen and who was going to win. Ving Rhames plays the heavyweight boxing champ, James "Iceman" Chambers, who was found guilty of rape and is sent to a prison for hardened criminals that (surprisingly?) has boxing matches one or two times a year. ...
    Attack of the fall films (08/30/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- Harry Potter at Hogwarts, Frodo Baggins bound for Mordor, Hannibal Lecter in his nuthouse cell, Jean-Luc Picard on the bridge of the Enterprise, and James Bond in bed with Halle Berry. Who says there are no sure bets in Hollywood? Most fall films are uncertain commodities, but a handful have such built-in appeal, they can pretty much count their tickets before they're sold:...
    Artifacts (08/30/02)
    Week of August 30 Labor Day festival at Olive Branch OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Monday at the Horseshoe Lake Community Center. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m.. A barbecue will begin at 10 a.m., homemade cakes and pies will be sold throughout the day, and attendance prizes will be awarded every hour...
    Workforce getting boost at Thorngate (08/30/02)
    DRESSED FOR SUCCESS By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian A renewed interest in more professional business attire has prompted Thorngate Ltd. to announce plans to increase its production of suits and sports coats by 60 percent -- a boost that will require the Cape Girardeau manufacturer to increase its workforce by about 50 new jobs...
    Lesa Blankenship (08/30/02)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lesa J. Blankenship, 42, of Advance died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 12, 1959, at Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Charles "Sonny" and Mary McMillion Thompson. She and Harold Blankenship were married Sept. 27, 1980, in Advance...
    Amy Surlet (08/30/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Amy Nell Surlet, 80, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 6, 1922, at Whitewater, Mo., daughter of Louis and Mary Jane Hedge Rhodes. She and Herb Surlet were married in July 1976. He preceded her in death...
    Bettie Baker (08/30/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bettie Mae Redd Baker, 76, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Dec. 24, 1925, at Canalou, Mo., daughter of Frank and Lady Gale Johnson Moody. Baker was founder and operator of Redd's Family Daycare. She was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church and its choir. She also served as church secretary, as a missionary and on the board of trustees...
    Mary Wise (08/30/02)
    Graveside service for Mary Gladys Wise of Cape Girardeau will be held at 11 a.m. today at Oak Grove Cemetery in Charleston, Mo. The Rev. Gerald Collier will officiate. McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston is in charge of arrangements. Wise, 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Carlton Rollins (08/30/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Carlton B. Rollins, 70, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at his home. He was born March 26, 1932, in New Bedford, Mass., son of Arthur and Frances Rollins. He and Evelyn McBroom were married Dec. 27, 1986. Rollins was employed 32 years by General Motors, retiring in 1990 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Jackson and United Auto Workers Local 1999 in Oklahoma City...
    Mary Masters (08/30/02)
    Mary Masters, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Births 8/30/02 (08/30/02)
    Braswell Son to Rickey Dane Braswell and Jill Suzanne Fisher of Millersville, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 11:56 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002. Name, Tristan Nicholas. Weight, 7 pounds 2 ounces. Ms. Fisher is the daughter of Bob Fisher of Benton, Mo., and Pat Fisher of Silva, Mo. She is employed at Kmart. Braswell is the son of Nick Perry and Bettye Perry of Millersville. He is employed at Cotner Electric Co...
    Cape fire report 8/30/02 (08/30/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 30 Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: At 4:28 p.m., emergency medical service at William and Spanish. At 4:52 p.m., emergency medical service at Independence and Pacific. At 5:26 p.m., emergency medical service at 3439 William...
    Cape police report 8/30/02 (08/30/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 30The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests A subject was released Wednesday pending the filing of formal charges for tampering with a motor vehicle. Courtney D. ...
    Out of the past 8/30/02 (08/30/02)
    10 years ago: Aug. 30, 1992 Kimberly Ann Eschenbrenner of Cape Girardeau is among 31 college graduates commissioned as US-2's, mission workers of United Methodist Board of Global Ministries; US-2 program is two-year term of Christian service and leadership development in United States, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands; Eschenbrenner will serve at United Methodist Community House Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich...
    Florida case raises issues of our freedoms (08/30/02)
    At the University of South Florida in Tampa, the president wants to fire a computer science associate professor in the College of Engineering who happens to be a Palestinian and who has been -- and continues to be -- under investigation for his alleged ties to terrorism...
    Grim college rankings have silver lining (08/30/02)
    Some students at the University of Missouri-Rolla are peeved over a national ranking of colleges and universities that obviously was intended to make the schools look bad. But a lot of other students and administrators are getting a good laugh. Keep in mind that there are all kinds of so-called authorities out there that rank institutions of every sort. ...
    Tougher laws needed to stop sexual offenses (08/30/02)
    To the editor: In response to the article "Child molestation charges filed": I'm wondering when the madness is going to stop. Molestation isn't something that you just get over. It stays with you for a lifetime. There is a law saying that sexual offenders have to register and that neighbors have a right to know. ...
    Those who deal in wild animals need full penalty (08/30/02)
    To the editor: In response to the article "Florida man pleads guilty to sale of protected leopards": Thank you for reporting on this horror story. I was not aware of it until I saw the article in the paper. If there is a petition or something that the public can do to see these people get what they deserve, please let me know. A one-year maximum sentence is not enough for any of them, and we all know they will probably only get one year of probation...
    Recount request sounds like sour grapes (08/30/02)
    To the editor: In response to the article "Candidate asks for hand recount": The request for a hand recount really sounds like sour grapes to me. As Republicans, we need to stand together and not be divisive in our political moves. DENNIS G. PARHAM...
    Proud parents pleased by photo on front page (08/30/02)
    To the editor: The front page of the Aug. 21 Southeast Missourian contained a picture in the lower right-hand corner of students attending Southeast Missouri State University this fall. The young woman in the striped shirt in the middle of the picture is our daughter, Erin Jackson...
    Speak Out 08/30/02 (08/30/02)
    Remembering roads I THINK Missouri's commemorative quarter should display some of Missouri's roadways. The roadways will soon be extinct. Future generations of Missourians who travel on dirt roads can look back and marvel at what we once had and realize that history does not necessarily move in a straight line from less to more progressive...
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