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Community briefs - Scouting tailgate party to be held Saturday (11/14/02)
All Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to a tailgate party prior to Saturday's Southeast Missouri State University football game, as well as any boys and their parents grades 1-8 interested in joining the scouts. All scouts and their leaders will get into the game against Samford for free if they show up in uniform or a scouting T-shirt...
St. Vincent High School recognizes local veteran (11/14/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- St. Vincent High School recognized Veterans Day by presenting World War II veteran Delbert Bohnert of Perryville with an honorary high school diploma. "This means everything to me, and I really appreciate it," Bohnert said when school superintendent Kevin Fausz handed him his diploma...
Veterans Home completes fund raiser for meat smoker (11/14/02)
More than just another cooking appliance, it is everything that goes with a smoker -- the aroma, the flavor, the indulgence -- that makes this new kitchen accessory at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau such a wonderful addition. The Veterans Home acquired the smoker through a fund raiser that ended Monday. The fund raiser used a raffle for a 1987 Ford Mustang to raise $12,000 for various veterans' interests throughout Southeast Missouri...
Proposed tax increases, cuts do poorly around country (11/14/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Statewide referenda on tax increases didn't fare too well around the country in last week's election, but neither did ballot proposals to cut taxes. Voters in five states, including Missouri, considered measures to raise taxes. All but one of those efforts failed. Tax-reduction proposals appeared on ballots in three states. Again, only one such measure was adopted...
RSVP recognizes service by hundreds of volunteers in region (11/14/02)
It's one of those mutually beneficial relationships. Volunteers fill gaps in the lives of others and in their own lives. "I feel that we are doing something to help others," said volunteer Sarah Borchelt of Cape Girardeau, speaking about herself and her husband, Ben. "But we're retired and looking for something to do too. We enjoy it. We meet people. It helps us get out and makes a person feel good."...
International week brings out foreign flavor at Southeast (11/14/02)
Area residents may sample bubble tea or attend a mock wedding full of the costumes and culture of India during Southeast Missouri State University's celebration of International Education Week, which kicks off Friday and concludes Nov. 22. Umesh Malhotra can't wait for the wedding, which will wrap up festivities. Malhotra, a Southeast student from New Delhi, India, is helping to coordinate the traditional Indian ceremony...
Family, friends celebrate Illinois woman's 103rd birthday (11/14/02)
Bertha Mayberry isn't sure what the secret to her 103 years of life is, but she said it probably has to do with "the good Lord." More than 50 of her relatives turned out Wednesday night to help Bertha celebrate her birthday during her stay at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The last time the family threw her a large party was three years ago to honor her 100th birthday...
Tale of recovery continues divinely (11/14/02)
After multiple interviews and a feature in a major national magazine, Merrily and David Rinehart could easily have said no when another request came. But this was "The 700 Club," so the couple readily agreed to talk about how their lives have changed since Merrily gave birth to triplets and was then diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago...
New three-star general in U.S. Marine Corps graduated from SEMO (11/14/02)
If the United States invades Iraq, a Southeast Missouri State University graduate could play a major role, says a proud relative. The graduate, Jim Conway, 54, currently holds the rank of major general in the Marine Corps. On Friday, he will be promoted to three-star general in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton in California...
Panel to review city's septic tank, sewer ordinances (11/14/02)
Charles Haubold, John Eaton and Skip Smallwood were each appointed to the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission's septic tank subcommittee -- officially called the sewer lateral system investigation and plan-establishment committee -- Wednesday night...
KRCU tops goal in fall campaign drive (11/14/02)
KRCU, the Public Radio affiliate station at Southeast Missouri State University, raised slighlty more than $30,000 in its fall fund drive, the most ever raised in its semiannual fund drives. Dan Woods, the station's general manager, said he was happy with the amount of money raised, which slightly exceeded the station's $30,000 goal. The fund drive raised money from 251 donors including 91 new donors...
Iraqi parliament rejects latest U.N. resolution (11/14/02)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's parliament recommended Tuesday that President Saddam Hussein reject the new U.N. weapons inspection resolution, but the Iraqi leader's son offered a way out -- make Arabs part of the U.N. team. Odai Saddam Hussein's proposal, which echoes one from the Arab League, didn't impress Washington. ...
Conference offers 'voyage of discovery' (11/14/02)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Eyes full of hope, Leonard Rowe looks at Brett Hyberger, expecting to get his reward for years of hard work on a young nation's most audacious adventure. Rowe thought he would get his freedom. "Don't trouble your head with thoughts, boy," Hyberger responds...
New MU president announced (11/14/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Elson S. Floyd had little time to celebrate after accepting the University of Missouri presidency, plunging Wednesday into meetings with state leaders and grappling with shrunken higher education funding. Between statehouse meetings, the first black president in the university's 163-year history told The Associated Press: "We have our challenges ahead, but I am convinced that with a shared vision that we'll be able to achieve them."...
Inmates escape after car crashes through fence (11/14/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of two inmates who escaped from the Municipal Correctional Institution in Kansas City was recaptured Wednesday. Bryon W. Allinder, 22, and Oscar Rodriguez, 30, escaped Tuesday when someone intentionally drove a stolen sports utility vehicle through a fence at the institution...
Corps clamps down on whistle blower (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- An Army Corps of Engineers whistle-blower honored Wednesday for his role in stalling a $1 billion river construction project was warned by the corps not to talk about any past, present or future projects. Corps economist Don Sweeney charged two years ago that top agency officials doctored a $54 million study of the upper Mississippi River navigation system to justify a $1 billion project to lengthen barge locks on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers...
Teacher under fire for allegedly hitting student with chair (11/14/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis teacher who allegedly hit a student with a chair has been suspended without pay for two weeks and must attend anger management counseling. The teacher at Simmons Elementary School, whose name was not released, had been suspended with pay since the incident Nov. 1, school officials said...
Oil shipments to North Korea should be halted, Bush says (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush wants to halt U.S. oil shipments to North Korea in response to that country's secret nuclear weapons program, administration officials said Wednesday night. The policy, which U.S. diplomats hope to press on its Asian allies later in the week, would allow delivery of a shipment currently on its way to North Korea. ...
U.S. Catholic bishops approve abuse policy in line with Vatican (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a compromise sex abuse policy Wednesday after the Vatican demanded they make changes to balance fairness to priests with compassion for victims. Weary of scandal, bishops hoped the new plan would restore their credibility after 10 months of revelations that church leaders have sheltered molesters in the clergy. Victims and some rank-and-file Catholics were dissatisfied, and pledged to fight on for more accountability from bishops...
Court considers challenges to state sex offender laws (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether some states unconstitutionally punish convicted sex offenders twice, first with jail time or probation, then with putting their pictures on the Internet. Many justices seemed to support the online registries as the court reviewed its first challenges of what are known as Megan's laws, although some questioned whether the statutes stigmatize non-dangerous convicts as predators...
Greenspan says economy has hit a 'soft patch' (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday the economy has hit a "soft patch" as corporate accounting scandals and a possible war with Iraq have shaken consumer and business confidence. Greenspan made clear in testimony to Congress that the Fed would not hesitate to cut interest rates further if necessary to bolster the wobbly economy. But he also indicated that the central bank believes the most likely economic outcome is a return to stronger growth next year...
U.S. officials scour bin Laden tape, looking for clues (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- Counterterrorism officials pored over the audio recording believed to be from Osama bin Laden on Wednesday, seeking clues about the terror head's whereabouts and possible intentions to strike the U.S. and its allies. Officials said they were treating the tape as a real message from al-Qaida's missing leader, even as the CIA and National Security Agency conducted a technical analysis of the tape aimed at authenticating it...
'8 Mile' goes distance with popular soundtrack (11/14/02)
NEW YORK -- The bad boy rapper beat the boy band member in the battle for the top spot on the album chart. The soundtrack to Eminem's movie "8 Mile" remained at No. 1 for a second week, despite competition from 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake. "8 Mile" sold about 508,000 copies for the week ending Sunday, bringing its total to 1.2 million, according to industry figures released Wednesday. ...
House OKs homeland security bill in victory for President Bush (11/14/02)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted emphatically Wednesday to create a Homeland Security Department, propelling President Bush nearer his goal of answering last year's terrorist attacks with the biggest restructuring of government in half a century. The 299-121 roll call -- and a pair of favorable procedural votes in the Democratic-run Senate -- signaled that lawmakers were ready to award a legislative triumph to a president whose hand was strengthened by Republican victories in last week's congressional elections. ...
Judge orders Boston Archdiocese to produce more internal files (11/14/02)
BOSTON -- A judge ordered the Archdiocese of Boston on Wednesday to turn over thousands more internal files detailing how it responded to allegations of sexual abuse by dozens of priests. Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney threatened unspecified sanctions unless lawyers produce the documents on 62 priests by Nov. 22...
Nation briefs 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
FCC approves merger between Comcast, AT&T WASHINGTON -- The $29.2- billion merger of Comcast and AT&T Broadband was approved by federal regulators Wednesday, clearing the way for creation of the nation's largest cable television company. The Federal Communications Commission decision is contingent on AT&T and Comcast selling their combined 25 percent ownership of Time Warner Entertainment...
Sniper suspect's attorney calls police 'cowards' after leaks (11/14/02)
MANASSAS, Va. -- The attorney for sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad denounced the "cowards in law enforcement" Wednesday for leaking details of the investigation to a newspaper. The comments by Peter Greenspun came after Muhammad made his second appearance in a Prince William County courthouse to face capital murder charges in an Oct. 9 shooting at a Manassas-area gas station...
Study - Steroid can help some meningitis cases (11/14/02)
Taking steroids along with antibiotics can prevent brain damage and even death in some meningitis patients, a study found. Meningitis, an infection of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord, can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Bacterial forms can be treated with antibiotics, but the antibiotics themselves can cause dangerous inflammation as the body rids itself of the germs...
Family of condemned Pakistani prepares to bury him (11/14/02)
QUETTA, Pakistan -- Just outside this dusty town, a grave plot has been chosen for the body of convicted killer Aimal Kasi, scheduled to be put to death in Virginia for gunning down two CIA employees. Kasi's family said Wednesday they have little hope he will be pardoned and are calling on their countrymen not to retaliate with violence if he is executed...
Iraq OKs inspections in harsh tone (11/14/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Saddam Hussein's government agreed to a tough U.N. resolution on weapons inspections Wednesday, declaring it wants to save the Iraqi people from war. But the harsh tone of Iraq's acceptance letter raised questions about how it would treat the arms inspectors...
World briefs 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
Chechen refugees ask to return to Kazakhstan MOSCOW -- In a gesture of desperation and anger, hundreds of Chechen war refugees are asking to move to Kazakhstan, where they lived for more than a decade after Soviet dictator Josef Stalin deported them from their homeland...
Bali suspect says he was 'delighted' when bomb exploded (11/14/02)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The alleged operations chief of Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah fled to Pakistan and may have been replaced by the brother of the prime suspect in the Bali bombings, Indonesia's national police chief said Wednesday...
Israeli army arrests four Palestinians during deep incursion (11/14/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli forces backed by 30 tanks and three helicopters stormed into central Gaza City early Thursday -- the deepest incursion into the city in more than two years, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said. In the second major incursion by Israeli troops in as many days, the army raided the two-story home of Yosef Meqdiad, an officer in the Palestinian preventive security service, to arrest him and three of his brothers, according to a 21-year-old relative, Majida Meqdiad.. ...
Afghans believe bin Laden is in Pakistan (11/14/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials and Taliban in hiding expressed no surprise Wednesday when they heard that an audiotape has surfaced purporting to be the voice of Osama bin Laden. Many said they believed all along that the al-Qaida leader was alive -- perhaps in the semi-autonomous region across the border in Pakistan or in one of Pakistan's cities...
Philippine coast guard workers retrieve part of crashed plane (11/14/02)
MANILA, Philippines -- Coast guard salvage workers on Wednesday retrieved the main part of a twin-engine commuter plane that crashed into Manila Bay, allowing inspection of the wreckage to begin, officials said. Rescuers recovered the last five bodies from the crash site on Tuesday, bringing the final death toll to 19. Fifteen people survived Monday's crash of the Fokker 27 plane...
Government considers exchanging jailed rebels for hostages (11/14/02)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- President Alvaro Uribe said Wednesday he was willing to exchange captured rebels for guerrilla hostages, marking an about-face in policy after the kidnapping of one of Latin America's leading Roman Catholic bishops. Uribe said the government is "completely willing" to consider an exchange if the deal is negotiated by the United Nations. Previously, Uribe -- a hard-liner who took office in August -- refused to consider the possibility of a trade with the insurgents...
Jintao only Chinese leader re-elected (11/14/02)
BEIJING -- The man expected to become China's next leader is the only top politician re-elected to the Communist Party's Central Committee, the government announced Thursday -- the most concrete sign yet of his ascent. The official Xinhua News Agency said current President Jiang Zemin was not on the list, indicating his expected retirement from a formal party role...
Central rolls into quarterfinals (11/14/02)
IMPERIAL, Mo. -- Too much Monroe Hicks and too much Tiger defense took the wind out of the Windsor Owls Wednesday night. Cape Girardeau Central also took the surprising Owls out of the Class 4 playoffs with a 36-0 sectional victory. Hicks rushed for 168 yards -- more than Windsor's entire team offense for the game -- scored three touchdowns and had 63 yards receiving to help Central to the quarterfinals for the third straight year...
Prep guard is first of Indians' early signees (11/14/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball program landed one Caruthersville High School standout Wednesday -- and hopes to nab another ex-Tigers star today. Chris Springer, a 5-foot-10 senior guard at Caruthersville, signed a national letter of intent with the Indians on the first day of the early signing period...
Too soon to announce 'checkmate' (11/14/02)
Martha Burk knows even less about chess than she does about golf. Comforting thought. Especially if you play chess. So even though Hootie Johnson believes their game is just about over, and even though he's got a meaningless survey to back him up, you won't hear Augusta National's chairman cackling, "checkmate!" anytime soon...
Don't rule Faulk out just yet (11/14/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams aren't counting Marshall Faulk out, yet. The running back left Sunday's victory over the Chargers with a sprained left ankle and strained tendon in his right foot, and was on crutches the next day. But he was feeling much better on Wednesday...
OU coach anxious to see his new players as season begins (11/14/02)
NEW YORK -- While most head coaches arrive on the court after their teams have begun their warmups, Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson wants to be there from the start. The third-ranked Sooners return four starters from a team that reached the Final Four last season, but it's the new guys Sampson wants to see even before they start their career tonight against No. 8 Alabama in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden...
Alou returns home as new manager of Giants (11/14/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Felipe Alou never envisioned it would happen this way, finishing up his baseball career right back where it all started nearly a half-century ago. Alou was hired Wednesday to manage the National League champion San Francisco Giants, returning to the team he played for in the 1950s and '60s. He calls himself a "soldier of this game."...
What kind of champion will Stewart make? (11/14/02)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart rolls his eyes at stupid questions, not hesitating to point out the absurdity of the request. He's often sarcastic, sometimes downright rude. Other times, he's endearing, quick with a one-liner, a candid opinion or a compliment...
Briefly 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
Baseball
  • Dusty Baker's old job was filled Wednesday. He could move into a new one soon. The Chicago Cubs and agent Jeff Moorad are batting around compensation figures on a four-year deal for Baker, who could become the team's new manager by week's end...
  • Seniors are to be commended going into Indians' final game (11/14/02)
    As we prepare for Saturday night's final regular-season game, at home against Samford, I am reminded of the tremendous contributions of this year's seniors. We are currently 7-4 and finished 4-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference with an opportunity to finish as high as second and no lower than third...
    Past-due pregnancy (11/14/02)
    CHICAGO THERE'S NO MEDICAL REASON TO PREVENT HEALTHY WOMEN IN THEIR 50S FROM TURNING BACK THEIR BIOLOGICAL CLOCKS AND HAVING BABIES WITH DONATED EGGS, RESEARCHERS SAY IN THE BIGGEST STUDY OF MOTHERHOOD AFTER MENOPAUSE...
    Health calendar 11/14 (11/14/02)
    Thursday Nov. 14 La Leche League (breast feeding) Support Group meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in conference room A at St. Francis Education Center. Contact Carol at 334-2705 for more information. "Ask your doctor" airs at 8 p.m. on Channel 5, with Ron Inman speaking about occupational medicine. The show is sponsored by the Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society, St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Researchers seek tick of women's biological clock (11/14/02)
    SEATTLE Theresa Naluai-Cecchini's lab coat fluttered as she strode down the hallway of the University of Washington Medical Center. Her left hand clutched a plastic container that looked very much like a toolbox, except for the orange "Biohazard" sticker affixed to it...
    The sound of one dog speaking up (11/14/02)
    Nov. 14, 2002 Dear Pat, Our little beagle Alvie has a well-earned reputation for having a big mouth. As the dogs are about to begin their constitutional each morning around 7 and each evening about 10, Alvie announces the event with profuse baying heard 'round the neighborhood. The fraternity brothers living next door love guitars and loud parties, but I'm surprised they don't complain...
    Shows like 'Law and Order' take TV to new level of realism (11/14/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- A physician explains the intricacies of embryonic stem cells, describing them as "the Holy Grail" of medical research for their potential in treating disease. The mother of a comatose patient, impregnated so the doctor can gain fetal cells despite federal restrictions, accuses him of using her daughter as a "human petri dish."...
    Suedell Brown (11/14/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Suedell Brown, 63, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Lafe, Ark., daughter of William Edgar and Flora Grambling Puckett. She and James Robert Brown were married Feb. 14, 1963. He died Oct. 6, 1993...
    Ruth Schabbing (11/14/02)
    Ruth E. Schabbing, 33, of Jackson died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002. She was born Dec. 26, 1968, in St. Louis, daughter of Ysidor J. and Jane Ann Pratt Rivera Jr. She and Matt Schabbing were married June 8, 2002, in Cape Girardeau. Schabbing was a graduate of Southern Illinois University. She was a cashier at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Cape Girardeau, and attended St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau...
    Jeffery Hickam (11/14/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Jeffery Scott Hickam, 34, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born March 25, 1968, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jack and Donna Hickam. He and Sheri Salyers were married July 1, 1988...
    Christina Murray (11/14/02)
    Christina Murray, 87, of Wachpreague, Va., died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Ford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Opal Cook (11/14/02)
    ORAN, Mo. -- Opal Irene Cook, 90, of Oran died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 6, 1912, at Blodgett, Mo., daughter of Oda and Zora Dell Wagoner Felty. She and Albert James Cook were married Jan. 16, 1938. He died July 6, 1993...
    Margaret Allen (11/14/02)
    BENTON, Mo. -- The funeral for Margaret Allen of South Fulton, Tenn., was held Wednesday at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel in Fulton, Ky. Dr. Charles Parker officiated, with burial in Greenlea Cemetery at Fulton. Allen, 88, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, at Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton...
    Ruby Burton (11/14/02)
    VANDUSER, Mo. -- Ruby May Burton, 76, of Vanduser died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at her home. She was born May 26, 1926, at Crowder, Mo., daughter of Isaac Waymon and Oma Selby Nichols. She and Ira L. "Red" Burton were married April 18, 1946, at New Madrid, Mo. He died Dec. 7, 1992...
    Births 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
    Buck Son to Michael Eric and Leslie Hegan Buck of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:44 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2002. Name, Austin Michael. Weight, 7 pounds 11 ounces. Mrs. Buck is the former Leslie Church, daughter of Michael and Phoebe Church of Charleston, Ill. She is a speech pathologist at Central High School. Buck is the son of the Rev. Charles and Pam Buck of Springfield, Mo. He is assistant director of recreational sports at Southeast Missouri State University...
    Cape police report 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 14 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Brent H. Anderson, 22, of 1216 Broadway, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Howard H. Smith, 29, of 20 N. Pindwood, Apt. 5, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of forgery, speeding, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and insurance...
    Cape fire report 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 14 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following item: At 4:51 p.m., illegal burn at 2053 Steven. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 1:04 a.m., emergency medical service at 808 S. Ellis. At 4 a.m., alarm sounding at 5422 Nash Road...
    Jackson fire report 11/14 (11/14/02)
    Jackson Thursday, Nov. 14 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following item: A lockout on Morgan.
    Out of the past 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
    10 years ago: Nov. 14, 1992 Eliminating job discrimination is key to improving lives of African-American families; say two NAACP officials; William Douthit, attorney for NAACP in St. Louis, and Ina Boon, regional director of NAACP in St. Louis, discuss issue at "Family Summit" at Southeast Missouri State University; about 75 people attend event...
    Correction 11/14 (11/14/02)
    In Wednesday's edition, Katie Walton's name was misspelled in a listing of school honor rolls. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
    NPR, PBS offer quality programming (11/14/02)
    By John H. Rice PBS and NPR made the Southeast Missourian's Opinion page last week. On Nov. 6 there was an editorial headlined "PBS looking for pledge-drive alternatives." The next day the page featured Mona Charen's column under the headline "NPR serves up biased reporting." Please let me comment on both...
    Litz Park becoming a wildflower oasis (11/14/02)
    Almost any development of a walking or biking trail these days results in speedy use by a health-conscious public looking for ways to exercise in pleasant surroundings. Now those walkers, joggers and cyclists have a new trail at Litz Park off Shawnee Boulevard in Jackson...
    Stock markets need trustworthy regulation (11/14/02)
    Investing in the stock market has always been a gamble. But, unlike playing slot machines at casinos, investing relies on an individual's ability to make an informed decision about where his money goes and what is likely to happen to it. That wasn't always the case...
    Peace is best, but U.S. must be always vigilant (11/14/02)
    To the editor: I have some thoughts about those who don't believe Saddam Hussein poses a threat to the United States. They say the president can't prove a threat, yet they can't disprove it. Many world leaders and the United Nations say he poses a threat. I suppose the dissenters know more...
    Speak Out A 11/14/02 (11/14/02)
    Build a water park I AM formerly from Cape Girardeau but now work in Poplar Bluff, Mo., where there is a new water park being built as we speak. The water park will be similar to the one in Farmington, Mo., with a wave pool and other rides. This project is being solely funded by two local men with deep pockets. Where are all the fortunate people of Cape Girardeau? With everything that Cape Girardeau has given them, why don't they reach into their pockets and build a water park?...
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