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GOP claiming 'dirty politics' in area representative races (09/19/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Republican Party is alleging that "push polls" aimed at raising negative views of GOP candidates are being conducted in two Southeast Missouri House districts. Party spokesman Scott Baker said a Buffalo, N.Y., polling company is blanketing the 153rd and 163rd districts with calls posing slanted questions to voters...
Three rapes reported to Cape police (09/19/02)
Three rapes were reported in as many days to the Cape Girardeau Police Department this week, but the incidents do not appear to be related, police say. No one has been charged in connection with the reports given by three women, but police have a suspect in one of the incidents, according to patrolman Jason Selzer...
Region briefs 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
Miner mayor, alderman symbolically suspended MINER, Mo. -- Miner Mayor Frank Tatum and Alderman Tom Brock were symbolically suspended for 30 days without pay after being formally censured in a special board of aldermen meeting Tuesday. Reading from an open letter to the citizens of Miner, Mitch Thompson, mayor pro tem and president of the board of alderman for Miner, apologized for Tatum and Brock's "inappropriate behavior" and for allowing it to go on for so long...
Two arrested after alleged electronics theft at Cape Wal-Mart (09/19/02)
Two men were arrested and charged Wednesday with felony stealing and one with possession of crack cocaine after allegedly stealing a computer and television from the Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart. William R. Austin, 30, of 216 E. Francis, Howardville, Mo., was charged with possession of a controlled substance and felony stealing. Edwin W. Minner, 35, of 315 Riley, New Madrid, Mo., was charged with felony stealing. Both men remain in custody on $5,000 bond each...
Community digest 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
Millersville Masonic Lodge to meet tonight MILLERSVILLE, Mo. -- The Millersville Masonic Lodge Westview No. 103 will meet at 6:45 p.m. today for a dinner meeting. All Masons are invited. For more information, contact Billy Keele at 866-3282. Commerce Reunion to be held Saturday...
Military digest 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
Allen decorated with commendation medal PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Army Sgt. Jimmy D. Allen has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. This medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service...
Would-be wrestler has a blast (09/19/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- He didn't win the Tough Enough competition last weekend at the World Wrestling Entertainment event at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, but Jackson resident Bill Moore was glad for the chance to see how it feels to step inside the ring...
Shape Up Cape update 9/19 (09/19/02)
The Southeast Missourian's Fit to Print team earned 754 points last week, bringing our average to 75.4 points per person. To the right are updates from four team members. Next Thursday, you'll hear from the other other members of our team. Sam Blackwell 93...
Fleeing suspects caught in Bollinger County (09/19/02)
Two men who led Cape Girardeau police on a high-speed chase Saturday were apprehended Monday night at a Bollinger County residence by deputies. Terry L. Mayabb, 45, of East Prairie, Mo., and his nephew, Cory A. Mayabb, 22, of Charleston, Mo., now sit in the Bollinger County Jail on drug-related charges, said dispatcher Kevin Otte...
SEMO regents to discuss possible budget moves (09/19/02)
Possible budget-cutting moves to restructure departments and colleges at Southeast Missouri State University will be discussed by the Board of Regents behind closed doors today, school officials said. The moves are expected to eliminate some jobs, an issue that Don Dickerson, board president, said will be discussed in secret because it is a personnel matter...
Mural gets splash of color (09/19/02)
"Welcome to Cape Girardeau, Mo." proclaims the 320-foot-long mural on the river side of the floodwall. For the past few years, that welcome has looked a bit unenthusiastic. After 11 years on the wall, sun and high water have worn the paint away completely in a few spots and muted images that were already monochromatic. Now the mural depicting Cape Girardeau's history is being given a facelift, and two artists are adding colors that give the mural much more depth and life...
Parking, trash troubles fade from view (09/19/02)
After years of dealing with litter-strewn lawns, loud music and illegal parking, Dan Rau couldn't have been happier to see Central High School pack up and move to its new location at 1000 Silver Springs Road. "God bless Matt Kiefner and Kiefner Bros. Construction for getting the new high school finished on time so all those kids and their problems could go somewhere else," said Rau, who lives in the 1700 block of Luce Street near the former high school campus...
Officials hope to boost seat belt usage in Missouri (09/19/02)
It was two years ago today that Scott City, Mo., honor roll student Jessica Arnzen failed to buckle her seat belt for a short trip to school. Minutes after leaving home, she was thrown from the vehicle when her car overturned and died of a broken neck...
Another Illinoisan dies of West Nile (09/19/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- One more person in Illinois has died of West Nile virus, bringing to 22 the number of people in the state who have died this year after contracting the mosquito-borne virus, health officials announced Wednesday. The state Department of Public Health also announced 25 new cases of the virus, bringing the state's total to 424. Illinois apparently leads the nation in both the number of cases and deaths, although some states do not update their numbers regularly...
American Airlines to spend $14.6 million for St. Louis upgrades (09/19/02)
ST. LOUIS -- American Airlines' plans to spend $14.6 million to upgrade its Lambert Airport terminals should put to rest analyst speculation about the world's largest carrier's long-term devotion to its St. Louis operations, the company said Wednesday...
MoDOT kills 13 projects in Southeast Missouri area (09/19/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Improvements to Highway 34 and 12 other Southeast Missouri road and bridge projects have been shelved indefinitely as the state Department of Transportation scales back on long-range planning in favor of addressing more immediate needs...
Godfather of Soul's girls seek damages in court (09/19/02)
ATLANTA -- James Brown's daughters have filed a federal lawsuit against the Godfather of Soul, seeking more than $1 million in back royalties and damages for 25 songs they say they co-wrote. Deanna Brown Thomas, who works at a South Carolina radio station, and Dr. Yamma Brown Lumar, a Texas physician, say Brown has withheld royalties because of a family grudge...
Rosie O'Donnell pulls plug on magazine (09/19/02)
NEW YORK -- Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell abruptly quit her namesake magazine Wednesday, citing a deteriorating relationship with the magazine's publisher, Gruner + Jahr USA. O'Donnell said Gruner + Jahr had been gradually taking control away from her in violation of their contract, and it was no longer possible for the magazine to continue. The last issue will be in December, G+J said...
Sept 11 statue covered up following complaints (09/19/02)
NEW YORK -- A statue of a falling woman -- designed as a memorial to those who jumped or fell to their death from the World Trade Center -- was abruptly draped in cloth and curtained off Wednesday because of complaints that it was too disturbing. "We apologize if anyone was upset or offended by the display of this sculpture. It was certainly not our intent. The piece will be removed this evening," said Suzanne Halpin, spokeswoman for Rockefeller Center...
Attorney claims tentative $10 million settlement (09/19/02)
BOSTON -- Alleged sexual abuse victims of defrocked priest John Geoghan have tentatively agreed to a $10 million settlement from the Boston Archdiocese to drop their lawsuits, their attorney said Wednesday. "It's time to move on and try to heal as best they can, if at all," said the plaintiffs' attorney, Mitchell Garabedian...
Texas man executed for 1994 slaying (09/19/02)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A former Texas A&M University student was executed by injection Wednesday for killing a fellow student during a burglary at her home eight years ago. Ron Shamburger, 30, apologized and asked for forgiveness from Lori Baker's family before the lethal drugs were administered...
Clintons, Lewinsky seek help with legal fees (09/19/02)
WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and others ensnared in various White House independent counsel investigations have joined former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in seeking taxpayer reimbursement for their legal bills. The bills could total up to $7.8 million, according to a report in Wednesday's editions of the New York Post. The figures were revealed in court papers unsealed by a special federal appeals court in Washington...
Work remains in preparing nation for bioterrorism risk (09/19/02)
WASHINGTON -- A year after the first anthrax-tainted letters were dropped into a New Jersey mailbox, the nation is vastly better prepared to face bioterrorism. Yet experts agree that major holes remain in communications, emergency planning and staffing, and many fear the country's resolve could fade along with memories of the attacks...
New system for tracking students won't make deadline (09/19/02)
WASHINGTON -- A new government system for tracking foreign students won't be completed on time, the Justice Department inspector general said Wednesday. Inspector General Glenn Fine told a House Judiciary subcommittee that the Immigration and Naturalization Service will miss the congressionally mandated Jan. 30 deadline for the new Sevis system...
Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton denies woman's claim they had affair (09/19/02)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A woman sued Gov. Paul Patton for sexual harassment Wednesday and claimed he directed state regulators toward her nursing home in retaliation for her ending their alleged two-year affair. Earlier in the day, the Democratic governor held a news conference to deny Tina Conner's claims. The state Cabinet for Human Services also said its actions against the nursing home were not influenced by Patton or his office...
Attorney general asked to explain actions in anthrax case (09/19/02)
WASHINGTON -- A Republican senator Wednesday questioned the Justice Department's actions against Dr. Steven Hatfill, who is categorized by the government as "a person of interest" in the investigation into the anthrax attacks. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to explain the government policy that prompted the Louisiana State University Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education to sever its ties to Hatfill...
Medication of children increases at faster rate than for other (09/19/02)
When Christy Olson's daughter developed asthma as a toddler 12 years ago, she was reluctant to put her on prescription drugs. "I was so worried about side effects. I didn't want to give it to her unless I had to," said Olson, who lives in Rochester, Minn., and is a nurse herself. She decided it was a necessary move, and her daughter, now 15, still takes medicine for her condition...
War with Iraq may eclipse $50 billion (09/19/02)
How much would a war with Iraq cost? Most estimates fall in the $50 billion range, though a top White House economic adviser suggested this week it could rise as high as $200 billion. With so many uncertainties in war, the reality is that nobody knows. Still, under most scenarios, the federal budget could absorb the financial cost of waging a war without much trouble, economists say...
Intel official wars of possible new Hamburg terror cells (09/19/02)
HAMBURG, Germany -- A top German intelligence official warned Wednesday that nearly 100 Arabs with suspected links to militant Muslim groups, including al-Qaida, could slip through tight surveillance if Hamburg doesn't quickly pass laws giving state authorities the same investigative powers already granted federal agents...
Japan seeks quick return of kidnap victims (09/19/02)
TOKYO -- Japanese officials responded to enraged family members Wednesday with a promise to press North Korea to return several people abducted by its spies decades ago. Japan's Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's Office were flooded by phone calls accusing the government of neglect Wednesday, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il made the stunning admission that his nation's spies abducted a dozen or so Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s...
Pakistani officials arrest alleged mastermind of car bombing (09/19/02)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Pakistan's government announced the arrest Wednesday of a Pakistani suspected of masterminding the May 8 car bombing that killed 11 French engineers and three other people -- the deadliest terrorist attack on foreigners in Pakistan this year...
Wartime collaborator leaves prison after less 3 years (09/19/02)
PARIS -- Frail but now a free man, wartime collaborator Maurice Papon walked out of prison Wednesday and into a storm of public outrage after judges ruled him too old and sick to finish his 10-year sentence for helping send Jews to Nazi death camps...
U.S. Embassy not a target, says Cambodian police chief (09/19/02)
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodia's police chief urged American officials Wednesday to reopen the U.S. Embassy here, saying there were no al-Qaida fighters in his country. But the top U.S. diplomat in Cambodia said the embassy was closed because of a credible threat and would not open until the Cambodian government upgrades security. It has been shut since Sept. 11...
Ozone layer repairing itself, Australian scientists say (09/19/02)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Chlorine-based chemical levels in the atmosphere are falling, and the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica should close within 50 years, according to an Australian government-funded study. Although the ozone layer had not yet begun to repair itself, the hole would probably start closing within five years, and should fully recover by 2050, said Paul Fraser, of the Australian government-funded Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO...
Suicide bomber kills Israeli policeman (09/19/02)
UMM EL-FAHM, Israel -- Palestinians ended a six-week lull in attacks on Israelis Wednesday when a policeman died after challenging a suicide bomber and Palestinian militants killed a motorist and a settler in the West Bank. Two Palestinians also died Wednesday -- one killed by Israeli troops and the other apparently by Palestinians who suspected him of being a collaborator...
Bush, Churchill and Princess Diana are distant relatives (09/19/02)
By Ed Johnson ~ The Associated Press LONDON -- President Bush, Princess Diana and Winston Churchill are distant relatives whose ancestry can be traced back to a 15th century English squire, genealogists say. Researchers for the U.S.-based company MyFamily.com, which has a license to publish British census records from 1841 to 1901 on the Internet, found that the trio's roots can be traced to Henry Spencer of Badby, Northamptonshire, who lived between 1420-1478 and was married to Isabella Lincoln.. ...
U.S. and Britain drafting new resolution on Iraq (09/19/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Bucking an anti-war mood among their U.N. Security Council partners, the United States and Britain began crafting a toughly worded resolution Wednesday that would narrow the timetable for Iraqi compliance with weapons inspections and authorize force if Iraq fails to cooperate, diplomats said...
OPEC not likely to boost output (09/19/02)
OSAKA, Japan -- Pushing aside worries in the West about high oil prices, several petroleum ministers said Wednesday that OPEC was lined up to keep its production of crude steady for now, and blamed the recent price pinch on talk of war in Iraq rather than imbalanced supply...
New-look Chickisaws offer test for Tigers (09/19/02)
It might look like it, but the Blytheville Chicks haven't been on the set of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"for one of those mid-afternoon makeovers. But the before and after pictures of the Chicks are a real eye-opener. Last year, when the Central Tigers last saw Blytheville, they encountered classic Chick football where a wishbone running attack was occasionally interrupted by a token pass. ...
Central softball team wins 10th game, defeats Kelly (09/19/02)
Megan McDonald allowed just three hits and struck out nine as Central defeated Kelly 4-2 in high school softball Wednesday at Arena Park. McDonald issued two walks and both Hawk runs were unearned. Erica Schabbing drove in three of the Tigers' runs, including two on a first-inning double. Laura Beard provided an RBI double in a two-run third when Central (10-4) upped its lead to 4-0...
Swindell having fun again in touring USCS series (09/19/02)
If it is, in fact, the new era of dirt-track sprint car racing, then Jeff Swindell appears eager to help usher it in. Swindell is among the 30 to 40 sprint racers expected to compete in USCS-sanctioned sprint programs Friday at Malden (Mo.) Speedway and Saturday at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark near Benton. ...
Swindell having fun again in touring USCS series (09/19/02)
If it is, in fact, the new era of dirt-track sprint car racing, then Jeff Swindell appears eager to help usher it in. Swindell is among the 30 to 40 sprint racers expected to compete in USCS-sanctioned sprint programs Friday at Malden (Mo.) Speedway and Saturday at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark near Benton. ...
The week ahead in motorsports 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
AREA EVENTS
  • USCS sprint, modified, hobby stock, pure stock and cruiser divisions, Malden Speedway, 7 p.m. Friday. 600cc multi, mini stock, kart and dwarf car divisions, Doe Run (Mo.) Raceway, 8 p.m. Friday. Super pro, pro and ET divisions, Sikeston Drag Strip, 5 p.m. Saturday...
  • First woman to qualify for PGA Tour faces tough call (09/19/02)
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Suzy Whaley knows what's at stake as she decides whether to break a barrier in the tradition-filled game of golf. The history. The responsibility. The possible backlash. The first woman to qualify for a tournament on the all-male PGA Tour isn't so sure she's up to the task...
    Rams say they're looking to the future, not to past two losses (09/19/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- At 0-2, Kurt Warner and the Rams can do nothing but look ahead. "He's won an awful lot of games here," coach Mike Martz said Wednesday of his quarterback, who has taken most of the heat for the two defeats. "When you go back and count them it's pretty substantial and he's not used to losing, and I think he takes that personally, as great competitors do."...
    Official - Cards are close to deal with Illinois for ballpark (09/19/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Cardinals officials say they're close to making a stadium deal in Illinois. Cardinals president Mark Lamping said a deal to build the team's new stadium across the Mississippi River from its historic home in downtown St. Louis is moving forward quickly, and the team could make its choice within two weeks...
    Notre Dame's football program is back in the spotlight (09/19/02)
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Irish eyes have reasons to smile again. Eight months after hiring coach Ty Willingham to "wake up the echoes," Notre Dame has begun to restore the golden luster to college football's most storied program and bury parts of an ugly offseason...
    Indians showed new dimensions in EMU game (09/19/02)
    For the first time this season, we are preparing for a football game after losing a tough decision to a Division I-A team at Eastern Michigan Saturday night. I told our team that even coming down to the wire Saturday I felt we were going to win the game and we did have a chance to win. If you hang on the edge of the cliff enough times, the law of averages says you will fall once in a while. I think our team has the confidence to win, but we need to stay off the edge of the cliff...
    Area sports digest 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
    Southeast golfers tie for seventh in tourney Southeast Missouri State University's golf team tied for seventh in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate hosted by Illinois State Monday and Tuesday. The Indians were 23 shots off the lead. Southwest Missouri won the tournament with a 7-over 859...
    FanFare 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
    Baseball
  • Actress Tawny Kitaen agreed Wednesday to a plea bargain on spousal abuse and battery charges alleging she attacked her husband, Cardinals pitcher Chuck Finley. Under the deal, Kitaen did not admit guilt but agreed to enter a spousal battery counseling program. If she completes the program and other conditions of the deal, the case could eventually be dropped...
  • Some patients prefer direct testing without seeing their doctor (09/19/02)
    Getting a "simple" blood test can seem about as simple as getting a mortgage approved. There's the 20-minute schlep (minimum) to the doctor's office and back; the long purgatory of the waiting room; then the hour or so shuttling among doctors, nurses and medical technicians, only to learn -- after half the day is blown-that the results won't be ready for a week or more, sometimes requiring another appointment...
    Health calendar 9/19 (09/19/02)
    Today Fibromyalgia Support Group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehab conference room at St. Francis Center for Health and Rehab. For information, call 331-5107. Stroke Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in conference room A at St. Francis Education Center. For information, contact Mary at 335-4181...
    Review results to catch conditions your doctor may miss (09/19/02)
    Not everyone feels the need to seek out independent laboratory testing, but it does pay to stay on top of your blood work. The first thing to know is that results of tests ordered by doctors are part of your medical record and you're entitled to a copy...
    Troubles with that 'vision thing' (09/19/02)
    Thursday, Sept. 19 Dear Pat, Two weeks after Edwin took the three Great Pyrenees back to the farm to be with their mom and dad, we are in puppy withdrawal. DC was not ready for them to leave. Maybe she won't ever be. The baby bottles we fed them goat's milk in remain on the kitchen counter...
    Genevieve Lincoln (09/19/02)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Genevieve Eileen Lincoln, 71, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 4, 1931, at Burfordville, Mo., daughter of Chester Floyd and Jettie Lucille Jones Phelps. She and Linus Jake "Jay" Lincoln were married Oct. 1, 1949. He died Nov. 4, 1992...
    Connie Haws (09/19/02)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Connie Haws, 53, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at her home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
    Mary Bell Brown (09/19/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary Bell Brown, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born March 3, 1916, in Cleveland, Miss., daughter of Willie and Francis Harris Brown. She moved to Cairo in 1939. She married Jimmie L. Brown on July 13, 1945...
    Jordan Mann (09/19/02)
    TAMMS, Ill. -- The funeral for Jordan Keith Mann will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. The Rev. Clark Short will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery at Dongola, Ill. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and Friday until time of service...
    James Roach (09/19/02)
    CHARLESTON, Mo. -- James Lee Roach, 77, of Bloomington, Ind., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Richland Beanblossom Nursing Center in Ellettsville, Ind. He was born June 25, 1925, at Charleston, son of James O. and Fannie Holder Roach. He and Leola McMikle were married Aug. 20, 1949...
    Barbara Wibbenmeyer (09/19/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Barbara A. Wibbenmeyer, 47, of Lees Summit, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Montclair Residential Care in Perryville. She was born Dec. 5, 1954, in El Paso, Texas, daughter of Henry "Sonny" and Yvonne Manche Romann Jr. She married Norman Wibbenmeyer...
    Ray Vaughn (09/19/02)
    COBDEN, Ill. -- A memorial service for Ray R. Vaughn of Cobden will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna, Ill. The Revs. Eugene Stormer and Tom Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery, with military honors by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 in Anna...
    Frances Thomas Johnson (09/19/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Frances Thomas Johnson, 97, of Chicago, formerly of Cairo, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. She was born Aug. 11, 1905, in Wolf Lake, Mo., to David and Rena Thomas. She attended school in Charleston, Mo...
    Births 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
    Hulshof Daughter to Tom Anthony and Cindy Ann Hulshof of Benton, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:37 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. Name, Abigail Virginia "Abby". Weight, 8 pounds 6 1/2 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Hulshof is the former Cindy Ross, daughter of Tom and Virginia Ross of Benton. She is employed at Kelly Middle School. Hulshof is the son of Vince Hulshof of Benton. He is employed at Kelly High School...
    Cape police report 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Sept. 18 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Rapes A rape was reported at 10:41 p.m. Tuesday. A rape was reported at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday. DWI Booker T. Lumas, 56, of 406 N. Spanish, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Cape fire report 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Sept. 19 Firefighters responded to the following items Tuesday: At 4:49 p.m., medical assist at 23 Camellia Drive. At 4:57 p.m., medical assist at 505 N. Kingshighway. at 8:09 p.m., medical assist at 2310 Big Bend Road. At 11:26 p.m., citizen assist at 1007 S. Pacific...
    Out of the past 9/19/02 (09/19/02)
    10 years ago: Sept. 19, 1992 The 137th edition of SEMO District Fair wraps up with parade of champion livestock in morning and crowd of more than 2,400 fans in evening to hear Billy Dean perform; while other fairs across country saw attendance fall because of economic hard times, local fair grew this year to 81,200, up 2,100 from last year...
    University students have economic impact (09/19/02)
    Now that students have once again settled into the routine of the fall semester at Southeast Missouri State University, we are reminded yet again of the large economic impact they make on this region. An economic study of students' habits shows that the average student who lives on campus spends at least $120 a month, mostly in Cape Girardeau. Students who live off campus spend as much as $300 a month...
    Armed pilots will make flights safer (09/19/02)
    So now it's official: At least some airline pilots will be armed. That news is the result of an overwhelming 87-6 vote in the U.S. Senate to allow commercial pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit. The vote came after the Bush administration dropped its official opposition to the idea. Even anti-gun senators such as California's Barbara Boxer voted for it...
    Improvements benefit everyone at Hawkins JHS (09/19/02)
    To the editor: The adminisration, faculty and staff of R.O. Hawkins Junior High School in Jackson, Mo., would like to express our appreciation to the residents of the Jackson School District for their support in providing the new addition and renovations to the junior high school. It has become apparent to us already that the additional room and enhanced atmosphere have positively impacted our students as well as ourselves...
    University plan - Drop biology, add Limbaugh (09/19/02)
    To the editor: I have been reading with some dismay the articles about the funding crisis facing Southeast Missouri State University. However, after reading about the infighting between the athletic department and certain professors over limited funding, I have come up with what I think is the perfect solution. The university should eliminate the biology department and replace it with the Rush Limbaugh Center for Advanced Conservative Studies...
    Speak Out A 09/19/02 (09/19/02)
    Thanks for the keys I WOULD like to thank the person who found my car keys at Wal-Mart and turned them in. They were at the service desk in a short amount of time. It's good to know there are caring, honest people. Thanks again. Bush needs scapegoat...
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