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Stories from Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Food frenzy (09/24/02)
The new Central High School is home to more than 1,000 hungry students. Now that there is a closed campus, lunchtime involves a little trickery in avoiding the masses when trying to get some food in your stomach. The menu this year is composed of everything from deli subs and pizza to nachos and gyros. With so many choices, so many people, and so little time, there are bound to be some major traffic jams in each of Central's four lunch periods...
Teen arrested in shooting that paralyzed victim (09/24/02)
POPLARBLUFF, Mo. -- With his alleged victim hospitalized in St. Louis, a Cape Girardeau man is in the Butler County jail charged with shooting him. Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Wade Pierce charged Robert Quinten Woods, 17, with the felonies of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon...
Wheelchair user takes message to the street (09/24/02)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A man who claims Poplar Bluff city sidewalks are not wheelchair accessible decided to take his argument to the streets. When police arrived in response to a Saturday-morning call, Charles L. DeFrates, 48, of Branson, Mo., was wheeling down the westbound lane of Business U.S. 60 near Sixth Street while traffic carefully picked its way around him...
Jackson School Board agenda (09/24/02)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING 7 p.m. today Board Office, 614 East Adams Action Items Consider amended 2002-2003 budget Consider changes to the following policies: BCB- Board Officers; BCC-Appointed Board Officials; BCCA: MSBA Delegate and Alternate; BCG- school attorney/legal services; DCB- political campaigns; DH- bonded employees and officers; DJF- purchasing; DN- surplus school property; EBC- emergency plans/safety drills; EBCA- Crisis Intervention Plan; EEAB- school bus scheduling and routing; EFB- free and reduced cost of food services; EIA- property and liability insurance.. ...
Early-morning fire causes destruction of restaurant (09/24/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Western Sizzlin' was destroyed early Sunday morning by what authorities believe was an accidental fire that started in the attic and burned unnoticed for an extended period. "The preliminary conclusions suggest that the fire started in the attic above the kitchen," said Poplar Bluff Police Detective Gary Pride...
Southeast Missouri State University summer dean's list (09/24/02)
Southeast Missouri State University named 477 students to its dean's list for academic achievement during the 2002 summer session. Students named to the dean's list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and completed classes totaling at least six credit hours...
People & Things 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
Two local students earn spots on dean's lists Joseph Shane Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Walter of Jackson, was recently named to the dean's list for the spring 2002 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, in the John M. Olin School of Business...
The lunch crunch (09/24/02)
Central High School students may have lost their long-standing open campus lunch policy with the completion of the new $18 million facility, but they gained a seemingly endless amount of choices in the school cafeteria. As with almost everything in the new high school, the cafeteria is state-of-the-art and leaves little for students to complain about, said assistant principal Al McFerren...
SEMO plans Homecoming festivities (09/24/02)
Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 17 to 19 with the theme, "Southeast: Bridge to Success." "This year's Homecoming theme is a signal to alumni to return to campus and remember the days they spent here," said Jane Stacy, director of alumni services and development...
Abstract sculpture welcomes all to the library (09/24/02)
Just inside the doors to the library at the new Central High School, classical music plays softly and three figures wait to usher students from the noise and excitement of the hallway into the realm of books and academics. The figures don't have names, but students often touch the human forms chiseled from catalpa wood by Central High School art teacher Robert Friedrich. The intent is for the students to enter this world in a different mental state...
Former Notre Dame principal dies from lung cancer (09/24/02)
When teachers and administrators at Notre Dame Regional High School reflect on former principal Sister Mary Ann Fischer, they recall a woman devoted to education and progress. "She was a good friend and a very dedicated leader, one who was tireless in her efforts on behalf of Catholic school education," said Brad Wittenborn, assistant principal at Notre Dame...
Stealth, firepower decide wars (09/24/02)
By William Schiffmann ~ The Associated Press In war, you're either smart or you're dead. That's one of the things that makes "SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals" such a great gaming experience. Developed by Zipper Interactive and published by Sony for the PlayStation 2, it's the best combat game I've seen since "Halo" or "Medal of Honor: Frontline." All three share the need for stealth. ...
State cigarette tax would be among highest with Prop A (09/24/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- At 17 cents per pack, Missouri's state excise tax on cigarettes is lower than those in all but seven states. If voters approve a 55-cent increase, Missouri will have the 18th highest cigarette tax in the nation. Among neighboring states, only Kentucky's 3-cent tax is lower than Missouri's. ...
Changes to Medicaid leave some people with questions (09/24/02)
If they had to pay for all of it, Leemon and Elaine Priest would have to spend about $600 a month for the parade of pills for Leemon's encephalitis and Elaine's Parkinson's disease. "We'd never be able to come up with that," said Leemon, who works 20 hours a week as an administrative assistant despite the nearly constant pain in his legs. "All we get is a small disability check and the little bit I make. We've already cut back all we can cut."...
Summer's out (09/24/02)
Monday, Mother Nature couldn't quite make up her mind. In the morning, she wanted it to be crisp and cool, just the right temperature for a light jacket or sweater. By afternoon, she wanted Southeast Missouri residents back in their shorts and sleeveless shirts...
Cape Girardeau council holds special meeting (09/24/02)
The Cape Girardeau City Council approved three ordinances Monday night in a special meeting. The meeting was scheduled due to a technical error regarding the date of a public hearing that was published incorrectly. To compensate for the time that would be lost for the affected residences to begin work on their sewers, the council called for a special meeting...
Dunklin County woman tests positive for virus (09/24/02)
JEFFERSONCITY, Mo. -- An 83-year-old Dunklin County woman has preliminarily tested positive for West Nile virus, according to information released Thursday by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The woman, from Gibson, was admitted to Three Rivers Healthcare in Poplar Bluff Aug. 21 with severe malaise, headache and fever, said Chris Reddick, a DHSS epidemiology specialist for the Southeast District...
Districts test authority beyond school property (09/24/02)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- How far can school districts and their employees go in disciplining students? That's at issue in Wentzville, where the district and a teacher-sponsor are being sued by two former cheerleaders who were confronted over allegations they were drinking...
State targets corporate tax provisions (09/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- From bricks to toys, some companies have found a way to sell merchandise in Missouri and yet pay little or nothing in state corporate income taxes. The companies have one thing in common -- they ship part of their profits to Delaware or other tax friendly states...
Authorities have no leads in disappearance (09/24/02)
IRONTON, Mo. -- Authorities plan to conduct an autopsy Monday on human remains found inside a burned-out car belonging to a 63-year-old woman from Iron County, whose house was found burning early Sunday. Authorities have no other trace of Peggy Miller, whose disappearance has led Iron County Sheriff Allen Mathes to begin what he called "the early stages of an investigation of a homicide."...
Opponents see nothing to celebrate in new mall (09/24/02)
DES PERES, Mo. -- When West County Center opened in Des Peres in 1969, it adopted as a symbol a sign of peace: a dove. But suburban growth in the 21st century -- and the recent $237 million expansion of the shopping plaza -- has been fractious. At the center of the battle is a development tool called tax increment financing -- TIF for short. West County's expansion got a $29.8 million subsidy through TIF and it sparked a legal battle that went to the Missouri Supreme Court...
Commission delays some fee increases (09/24/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Most deer hunters will pay more for the privilege next year but permit prices won't be going up for fishers or hunters of most small game. The Missouri Conservation Commission voted Monday to wait until March 1, 2004, to raise fees for fishing permits, turkey hunting permits, small game hunting permits and deer hunting permits for youth...
Police admit handcuffed prisoner shot himself (09/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Internal investigators for St. Louis police are trying to determine why a prisoner wasn't frisked and how, despite being handcuffed, he managed to shoot himself in the mouth. It happened at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in an alley in the Soulard neighborhood while the suspect, Willie Coffman Jr., 18, was in a police van. Coffman used a pistol he had been carrying, police said...
Nation digest 09/24/02 (09/24/02)
Adelphia founder indicted on new fraud charges NEW YORK -- Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John J. Rigas, his sons and two other former executives were indicted Monday on charges that included conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud. The indictment also seeks $2.5 billion in forfeiture for the alleged large-scale accounting fraud and corporate looting...
Nazi-hunting unit chases a dwindling corps of suspects (09/24/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- Johann Breyer, 77, landed work the day after arriving in America in 1952 and quietly supported his family for the next 40 years as a tool-and-die maker. Andrew Kuras, 80, grew blueberries and raised his sons in New Jersey. Ildefonsas Bucmys, 81, worked in an Ohio foundry for 27 years before retiring in 1985 to enjoy bingo, church and Lithuanian social gatherings...
Four lions killed in Arkansas woods (09/24/02)
QUITMAN, Ark. -- Lisa Vaughan says her log cabin in the woods was so peaceful that sometimes the only sound that could be heard was the trees swaying in the wind. Now she's listening for lions. In the past week, four 600- to 800-pound African lions believed to have some connection to a nearby exotic animal farm have been killed near this central Arkansas town. And residents don't know for sure whether more lions are on the loose...
People talk 09/24/02 (09/24/02)
Trial date set for 'Stone Cold' SAN ANTONIO -- A trial date has been set for the pro wrestling star known as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, charged with hitting his wife earlier this year. The 37-year-old from San Antonio, whose given name is Steve Williams, is facing a misdemeanor charge, assault causing bodily injury, stemming from a June 15 domestic disturbance at the couple's home...
Presidential hopefuls avoiding Missouri despite early primary (09/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopefuls have been making frequent visits to three of the four states that will hold the earliest contests in 2004 -- but not to Missouri. Missouri, which moved its primary up to Feb. 3, 2004, is the home state of House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, one of the half dozen or so Democrats believed to be considering a run for president...
Mother in videotaped beating likely to ask for mercy (09/24/02)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The woman caught on video beating her 4-year-old daughter in a department store parking lot will probably plead guilty and seek mercy from the court, her lawyer said Monday. Madelyne Gorman Toogood, 25, was arraigned on a felony charge of battery to a child, and a magistrate entered an innocent plea on her behalf. Her attorney, Steven Rosen, called the plea a formality and later said there was no point in trying to challenge the surveillance videotape in court...
Experts urge public to help avert abuse (09/24/02)
While the videotape of a mother beating her 4-year-old daughter plays over and over on TV newscasts, experts on child abuse are urging the American public to be bolder and wiser in helping prevent such incidents before they occur. Bystanders observing a parent on the verge of physical abuse should be ready to intervene -- with a sympathetic comment rather than a rebuke, experts say. They advise friends and neighbors to report any serious suspicions of abuse, even without firm proof...
Administration considers lowering terrorism alert (09/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is seriously considering lowering the nationwide terror alert back to code yellow because of disruptions in the al-Qaida terrorist network, including the arrest of a suspected Sept. 11 plotter, government officials said Monday...
War scenarios start with strikes to kill or isolate Hussein (09/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- No matter what war plan President Bush chooses, if he decides to attack Iraq, the assault is almost certain to start from above. Strikes from U.S. warplanes and Tomahawk cruise missiles would aim first to destroy Iraq's relatively sophisticated air defenses, war strategists believe. The strikes would focus not on the surface-to-air missile batteries and anti-aircraft guns themselves but on the radar and communication networks that tie them together...
Plan helps guide states should mass vaccinations be needed (09/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials sent states detailed guidelines Monday for rapidly vaccinating their entire populations against smallpox should the deadly disease return through an act of terrorism. It's been decades since smallpox was seen in this country and the disease has been eradicated from Earth, so officials would assume that a single case of smallpox means the nation is under attack. ...
Gore - Iraq war push makes the world more dangerous (09/24/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Al Gore harshly criticized President Bush's push for war against Iraq, saying it has hurt the United States' standing and could dangerously undermine the rule of law around the world. "After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore said Monday. "We've squandered that, and in one year we've replaced that with fear, anxiety and uncertainty, not at what the terrorists are going to do but at what we are going to do."...
Double-amputee killed by falling rock while training (09/24/02)
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. -- A double-amputee training to climb Mount Everest was struck and killed by a falling rock on Mount Rainier early Monday, a park spokeswoman said. Ed Hommer, a 46-year-old pilot from Duluth, Minn., was killed instantly when he was struck by a basketball-sized rock, spokeswoman Maria Gillett said...
Sudanese man says his son wouldn't plot against U.S. (09/24/02)
By Mohamed Osman ~ The Associated Press KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The father of a Sudanese pilot-turned-cabbie being investigated in the United States for terrorist ties said his son would never have plotted against America, a Sudanese newspaper reported Monday...
U.S. offers its own draft resolution on U.N.-Mideast crisis (09/24/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Calling a Palestinian draft resolution "one-sided," the United States countered Monday with its own proposal to condemn Palestinian suicide bombings and call on Israel to cease military actions around Yasser Arafat's compound. U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said he wouldn't support a resolution that "fails to recognize that this conflict has two sides, that fails to condemn acts of terror and the groups that perpetrate them."...
Arafat, trapped in devastated compound, defies Israeli demands (09/24/02)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A defiant Yasser Arafat dug in at his besieged compound Monday, rejecting Israel's demand to hand over the names of all those inside. As Israeli troops settled in, criticism of the blockade -- the third in 10 months -- intensified in Israel. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is boosting Arafat's popularity, instead of sidelining him, the government's detractors said...
World briefs 09/24/02 (09/24/02)
Bomb explodes in Spain, killing at least one MADRID, Spain -- A bomb exploded Monday night in the Basque coastal city of Bilbao, killing at least one person in what appeared to be a bungled ETA attack, authorities said. The bomb went off in or underneath a parked car in the Basurto neighborhood on the outskirts of the port city just before midnight, according to the regional Basque Interior Ministry...
Vatican may accept U.S. abuse strategy on experimental basis (09/24/02)
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is leaning toward giving the go-ahead to the U.S. bishops' plan to combat sex abuse among clergy, accepting the proposals on an experimental basis, a senior Vatican official said Monday. Such a move by the Holy See would give Roman Catholic leaders in the United States time to enact their controversial reform policy without making permanent changes in church law...
Rebels, soldiers clash outside Ivory Coast (09/24/02)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Government troops battled insurgents outside a rebel-held city Monday as French troops moved in and stood ready to evacuate foreigners if needed -- including some 100 American children caught up in a bloody military uprising...
Blair to his Cabinet - Saddam and his weapons must be stopped (09/24/02)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair told his Cabinet on Monday that policies aimed at containing Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction have failed and the Iraqi leader must be stopped, Blair's spokesman said. Briefing senior ministers one day before the release of a dossier on Iraq's weapons programs, Blair said it was clear from intelligence reports that Saddam was continuing to build his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, the spokesman said...
Hurricane Isidore batters Mexico, could head toward Gulf Coast (09/24/02)
MERIDA, Mexico -- Hurricane Isidore peeled rooftops off homes and snapped trees in an area scattered with colonial cities, Mayan ruins and nature reserves before weakening to a tropical storm and stalling Monday over the Yucatan Peninsula. With communications down across the peninsula, Yucatan Gov. Patricio Patron reported at least two dead...
Yugoslav army sending soldiers home for weekend to save on food (09/24/02)
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Yugoslavia's cash-strapped army, struggling to adapt to the postwar era and a crippled economy, said Monday it will let some of its troops spend weekends at home to help preserve dwindling food rations for winter. Maj. Gen. Milan Jevtic, of the general staff's logistics department, said the army "lacks food for winter and has to borrow new uniforms from the federal reserves."...
Central spikers' problems continue in loss to Marion (09/24/02)
Cape Girardeau Central's volleyball team continued its tough season Monday night as visiting Marion, Ill., defeated the Tigers 15-4, 15-11. Marion improved to 7-6 while Central fell to 1-18. Marion started the first game red hot with a 5-0 run on its way to an easy victory. But the Tigers improved in game two and put up a much stronger effort...
Statistics fail to console Billings (09/24/02)
It's of little consolation to Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings that his team won the statistical battle in its last two games. The bottom line is that the Indians lost both contests on the scoreboard, putting them at 2-2 heading into Saturday's 6 p.m. game at Division I-A Middle Tennessee State (0-3)...
Rams tumble to 0-3 (09/24/02)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Maybe now it's time for the St. Louis Rams to get concerned. The defending NFC champions dropped to 0-3 Monday night, hardly resembling a team that's been to the Super Bowl two of the past three seasons in a 26-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
San Diego gets off to 3-0 start with Schottenheimer at helm (09/24/02)
A year ago, Marty Schottenheimer's Washington Redskins lost their first five games, then won eight of 11 to finish even for the season. Schottenheimer would cringe at a .500 season now. After being fired by Dan Snyder in Washington, Schottenheimer is unbeaten in three games with San Diego, including Sunday's victory at Arizona in which he actually went into the defensive huddle to fire up his team for a late goal-line stand...
Bonds assembles another Ruthian season for Giants (09/24/02)
Look out, Babe, Barry has you on his radar again. A year ago, Barry Bonds zoomed into the record book in the final week of the season, finishing with 73 home runs and breaking a couple of Babe Ruth's records with 177 walks and an .863 slugging percentage...
U.S. prepares for hectic week of Ryder Cup golf (09/24/02)
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Tiger Woods barely had time to celebrate his World Golf Championship victory when he was reminded to join nine other Ryder Cup players and U.S. captain Curtis Strange for a team dinner. "I should wear my tuxedo," Woods said...
American women demonstrate class in winning Solheim Cup (09/24/02)
EDINA, Minn. -- Winning the Solheim Cup was great for the Americans. Winning with class might have meant even more. Over three exciting days at Interlachen Country Club, the Americans and Europeans proved it was possible to put on a great international competition without the rancor that had tainted some of the more recent events...
Dream voyage turns nightmare for former NBA player Dele (09/24/02)
PAPEETE, Tahiti -- It was supposed to be a dream voyage: cruising in a luxury sailboat between the green-crested islands of the South Pacific, playing catch on the sand, sipping drinks garnished with freshly cut tropical blossoms. Then the passengers vanished...
Devil Rays edge playoff-bound Yanks (09/24/02)
NEW YORK -- Aubrey Huff had the eighth and final hit off Orlando Hernandez, an RBI single that broke a fifth-inning tie and led the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. New York (98-58) missed an opportunity to move into a tie with Oakland (99-57) for the AL's best record...
Area sports digest 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
Memphis racer takes top prize in USCS event BENTON, Mo. -- Eddie Gallagher, the United Sprint Car Series champion three years ago, won the 30-lap USCS event Saturday at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. Gallagher, the track's all-time winner with 26 victories, earned $2,000 for the 30-lap win. Paul Sides of Memphis led seven laps early before giving way to Gallagher, who led Sides, Jeff Swindell, Mike Ward and Ernie Ainsworth to the finish in a top-five sweep by Memphis racers...
FanFare 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
Briefly Baseball The teenager who attacked Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa on the field was ordered Monday to stand trial in juvenile court. A date will be set Tuesday for a trial on a felony charge of aggravated battery. The 15-year-old boy, who was not identified, ran onto the field at Comiskey Park with his father at the Royals-White Sox game Thursday and attacked Gamboa...
Firm introduces exam for business graduates (09/24/02)
Like the medical boards for doctors or the bar for lawyers, a testing company plans to offer an exam it hopes will someday serve as a measuring stick for business school students, giving people from second-tier schools a chance to compete with MBA candidates in elite programs...
Amos Scott (09/24/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Amos Lamar Scott, 75, of Sikeston died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Russellville, Ark., son of Bleve and Ruth Morphis Scott. He and Mary Grace Leigh were married Oct. 25, 1947...
Sister Mary Ann Fischer (09/24/02)
Sister Mary Ann Fischer, 63, principal at Notre Dame High School 11 years, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born in Washington, Mo., daughter of Edward R. and Agnes Fischer. Fischer entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1956, and professed final vows in 1964. ...
Millie Head (09/24/02)
PAINTON, Mo. -- Millie E. Head, 83, of Prudenville, Mich., died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Genesy Health Park. She was born Sept. 18, 1918, at Painton, daughter of William and Winnie Barker Lagrand. She and John W. Head were married in 1942. He died in 1877...
Kathryn Johnson (09/24/02)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Kathryn Opal Johnson, 83, of Tamms died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at her home. She was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Chaffee, Mo., daughter of William Harrison and Martha Elizabeth Shaffer Connelly. She was married to Orville Johnson. Johnson was retired from Florsheim Shoe Co. in Anna, Ill. She was a member of the Dongola Baptist Church...
Donald Thomasson (09/24/02)
Donald Parkin Thomasson, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at his home. He was born May 17, 1925, in Columbia, Mo., son of Robert R. and Lelia Parkin Thomasson. He and Carolyn McEwan were married Aug. 17, 1980, in Lexington, Ky. Donald grew up in Columbia and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. He was a student in the V 12 program...
Births 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
Greer Son to Mark W. and Lucy M. Greer of Perryville, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:38 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2002. Name, Samuel Paul. Weight, 10 pounds 8 ounces. Fifth child, fourth son. Mrs. Greer is the former Lucy Rose, daughter of Don and Norma Giesler of Perryville. Greer is the son of Wayne and Nancy Greer of Pinckneyville, Ill. He is employed at Rubbermaid...
Cape police report 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Sept. 24The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Latoya Samara Miles, 22, of 130 Mary Alice Meadows, Thebes, Ill., was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Cape fire report 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Sept. 24 Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: At 10:01 p.m., a motor vehicle accident on Nash Road. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 1:06 a.m., a motor vehicle accident at Elm and Beaudean...
Sikeston man guilty of crack charge (09/24/02)
A Sikeston, Mo., man pleaded guilty Monday to possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute. James E. Cooper, 25, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau to one felony county of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, also known as crack...
Out of the past 9/24/02 (09/24/02)
10 years ago: Sept. 24, 1992 Local doctor wants city to adopt more stringent regulations to curb illegal tobacco sales to minors; Dr. Richard Martin, ear, nose and throat specialist, has asked city council to require merchants to obtain license to sell cigarettes; if merchant violates tobacco laws preventing sale of cigarettes to minors, he would lose his license...
Saddam's offer is transparently phony (09/24/02)
Next to no one this side of the United Nations -- or a few German politicians in the heat of their election campaign -- was fooled by the latest ploy of Saddam Hussein in announcing an open-door policy with regard to weapons inspectors. The ploy was transparent and classic Saddam: Somewhere beyond the 11th hour, with President Bush preparing the world for an attack with regime change as its goal and a weapons and manpower buildup under way in the Persian Gulf, Saddam suddenly agreed to allow in U.N. ...
Americans make untimely visits to Iraq (09/24/02)
Grating on the minds and sticking in the craws of many Americans -- us included -- are the visits of American officeholders and citizens to Iraq at this crucial moment in history. For months, President Bush has been preparing to strike the outlaw regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. ...
Conservative studies would benefit SEMO (09/24/02)
To the editor: I am 100 percent in agreement with John Helderman. I am an alumna of Southeast Missouri State University. I think some conservative studies would make SEMO more "even-handed," using the language of today MARY FRANCIS...
Many questions about TIF issue need answers (09/24/02)
To the editor: Your editorial, "Thorny TIF issues could be speedily resolved," was interesting. TIF is just another way to use taxpayers' funds to bankroll a developer. Prestwick will not address the letter sent by the school district in writing. A reply not written is worthless. Yes, the taxpayers in the development will pay their share of taxes, but it will be used to pay for the infrastructure of the development. This should be paid by the development...
Speak Out A 09/24/02 (09/24/02)
Emergency plan THE JACKSON School District promised an emergency action plan so parents would know how to react, where to go and what to do if an emergency occurs at school. I've not heard anything more about the plan. I'm wondering if the school can make this information available to the public. We are very concerned, and we'd like to receive the information...
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