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Stories from Monday, December 16, 2002

Cape City Council puts four taxes on next ballot (12/16/02)
The Cape Girardeau City Council decided Monday to ask residents to approve new taxes to help fund operating expenses, equipment needs, stormwater projects, a new fire station, a police station addition and a family water park. Voters will decide whether to approve the taxes on the April 8 ballot...
Military digest 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
Middleton commissioned as second lieutenant Brandon C. Middleton of Advance, Mo., has received a commission of second lieutenant in the Army Reserve through the ROTC Early Commissioning Program. Middleton graduated with an associate degree from Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala...
Study of state's entrepreneurs continues (12/16/02)
Local entrepreneurs may participate in a statewide study by contacting the University of Missouri Outreach and Extension office in Jackson. "This is powerful information," said Gwen Richtermeyer as she looked over preliminary results of an ongoing survey of small business owners. "They are telling us exactly what we need to do to help them. We just need to know more."...
Students collect donations for Toybox program (12/16/02)
Area schoolchildren collected gifts for their peers that were donated to Toybox so needy children could have Christmas gifts. Sacks of toys, from blocks and games to Barbies and Blue's Clues dolls were stacked under the Christmas tree Friday at the Southeast Missourian office in Cape Girardeau...
Socks, sheets, household supplies still needed (12/16/02)
Many of the people who will receive gifts from the Christmas for the Elderly program haven't requested much at all -- and usually get by with so little. Several clients don't expect to receive any holiday gifts so anything they do receive will be appreciated...
Community digest 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
Woelk named college homecoming queen Christian Woelk, daughter of Mike and Trish Woelk of Cape Girardeau, was recently named homecoming queen at the College of the Ozarks Homecoming pageant. Woelk is a 1997 graduate of Eagle Ridge Christian School...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (12/16/02)
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 City Hall, 401 Independence Street Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings
  • A public hearing to consider adoption of proposed building codes, including the 2000 International Codes and the 2002 National Electrical Code. Consent Ordinances...
  • Project Charlie needs more school volunteers (12/16/02)
    If you are looking for a place to volunteer your time, Project Charlie is looking for you. Through Project Charlie, an alcohol, drug and tobacco awareness program, volunteers visit local elementary classrooms as teachers and mentors. But the project needs a few more volunteers to sign up for next semester or there won't be enough to go around...
    Local animal shelter joins others for adoption campaign (12/16/02)
    Southeast Missourian Animal shelters often urge people to wait until after the holidays to get a pet, but if a family has already picked out food bowls and a rug, the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri would like them to consider adoption...
    Jackson, Cape want lights at junction (12/16/02)
    Center Junction, the common name for the intersection of U.S. 61 and Interstate 55 at the city limits of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, is too dark at night, officials from both cities say. In an attempt to brighten the area to the same standard as other exits like the Oak Ridge interchange, the councils from both towns signed a joint resolution in hopes of persuading the Missouri Department of Transportation to erect street lights in the area...
    Weather warms up after Friday snow (12/16/02)
    Sunday's mid-50s temperatures and clear skies were a stark contrast to the snow and sleet that covered roads and forced local schools to let out early on Friday. "It's great to be able to get out of the house during this time of the year," said Leanne Hopper of Cape Girardeau...
    Hospital teams to get smallpox vaccine (12/16/02)
    Cape Girardeau's two hospitals are choosing the first medical workers in the area to receive the smallpox vaccine, the local start of a nationwide inoculation process that's prompting concerned residents to call their doctors. St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital have until Jan. 7 to select response teams and submit members' names to the state Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism, that agency's director said...
    Southeast acts quietly to keep its women's gymnastics program (12/16/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University quietly decided to keep its women's gymnastics program last week after a consultant advised that the team was critical to meeting federal Title IX civil rights requirements on gender equity in athletics. The recommendation of consultant Lamar Daniel of Atlanta -- who met with coaches and school officials on Dec. 9 -- helped save the program, gymnastics coach Patty Stotzheim said Monday...
    Bus drivers deal with roads, students, parental criticism (12/16/02)
    It's a cold December morning with temperatures in the mid-30s, and Zelda Parker's day as a bus driver for the Jackson School District has begun before the sun is up. Parker and 51 other Jackson drivers gather in the bus garage on Orchard Drive to enjoy a quick cup of coffee and some good-natured banter before going out to start their buses and run through their checklists...
    Age no obstacle to new lieutenant (12/16/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Starting a career as a 30-something might not be a problem in many lines of work, but the Army is different. So when Kelly Kerns walked into the ROTC office at the University of Missouri-Kansas City two years ago, it wasn't his physical appearance that was a problem, it was his age. Kerns, of Lee's Summit, would be on track to graduate at 34, the maximum age for a waiver to become a commissioned officer...
    Officials struggle to prepare for Lewis, Clark bicentennial (12/16/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Missouri and federal officials are struggling with logistics and emergency planning to accommodate the hundreds of boats expected on the Missouri River for the coming bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. By the spring of 2004, planners say, as many as 500 boats at a time could be jockeying for cruising and mooring space on the Missouri while following an officially sanctioned re-enactment of the historic journey by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark...
    60-year-old police cadet strives to reach goals (12/16/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- At 60, Michael Beach does everything his fellow cadets at the police academy do, from the grueling physical training to the role-playing exercises that test his street smarts. He has earned praise from his teachers and respect from the other students. Now all he needs is a job...
    MoDOT changed policy on billboards (12/16/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri law effective in August required a greater distance between new and existing billboards and imposed several other requirements intended to stunt the bumper crop of billboards popping up along Missouri roads. Of course, some companies rushed to finish construction on new billboards before the law took effect...
    Two brothers die in weekend car accident (12/16/02)
    CLEVER, Mo. -- Two brothers from Crane, Mo., were killed in an accident in Christian County in southwest Missouri, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Travis Keithley, 16, and his brother, Dustin, 12, were killed Saturday night when the car they were in ran off a county road four miles north of Clever, the patrol said...
    People talk 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Bon Jovi: Swimming fan won't drown in fines SYDNEY, Australia -- Jon Bon Jovi won't let a fan who plunged into Sydney Harbor and swam to a floating stage drown in fines. The 32-year-old fan swam with two women toward the stage where Bon Jovi was playing a free concert Friday in Darling Harbor. The two women got out of the water when asked by security staff, but the man continued on to the stage -- where the New Jersey rocker helped haul him out, to a huge ovation from the crowd of 20,000...
    Gore out of 2004 presidential contest (12/16/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Al Gore, who came agonizingly close to winning the presidency two years ago, said Sunday he will not run in 2004, and probably will not have another opportunity to seek the White House. "I don't think it's the right thing for me to do," Gore said. He said a rematch with President Bush "would inevitably involve a focus on the past that would in some measure distract from the focus on the future that I think all campaigns have to be about."...
    Feds speed approval of key Internet change (12/16/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration sped approval for moving one of the Internet's 13 traffic-management computers after a prominent technology company urged the government to "declare some kind of national security threat and blow past the process," according to federal officials' e-mails...
    GOP senator calls for election to determine if Lott stays (12/16/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Breaking ranks, a veteran Senate Republican called Sunday for new leadership elections, saying Sen. Trent Lott has been so weakened by a race-based controversy that "his ability to enact our agenda" is in doubt. "There are several outstanding senators who are more than capable of effective leadership. And I hope we have an opportunity to choose," said Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma, the outgoing GOP whip who nearly challenged Lott for leader in this fall...
    Bishop says he's haunted by his part in abuse scandal (12/16/02)
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Bishop John McCormack told parishioners Sunday he is haunted by his part in the church sex scandal, and for the first time apparently questioned whether it could affect his future as leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester...
    Talks continue as NYC transit strike threat looms (12/16/02)
    NEW YORK -- Subway and bus workers were poised to shut down the nation's largest mass transit system as early as today if they didn't receive a new contract giving them raises and changing work rules they call demeaning. Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned New Yorkers Sunday afternoon to plan for a strike and declared, "We are all in this together." Gov. George Pataki rejected demands that he intervene in negotiations...
    NASA launching satellite to measure globe's ice sheets (12/16/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- NASA scientists hope to get new insight into the future of global ocean levels with the launch this week of a laser-equipped satellite designed to measure the waxing and waning of the planet's largest ice sheets. The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, or Icesat, is intended to spend a minimum of three years making nonstop measurements of the elevation of the ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica...
    Complaints plague disability insurer (12/16/02)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Provident, the nation's largest disability insurer, set out in 1994 to cut its losses from expensive long-term claims, it created a "Hungry Vulture" award to honor its most relentless employees. The award bore a ruthless motto: "Patience, my foot ... I'm gonna kill something."...
    Haiku on the Web/continued ubiquity/plenty of chuckles (12/16/02)
    Remember haiku from school? Three unrhymed lines. Set syllable counts. Subjects that included bright moons and chilly autumns. Read any haiku on the Web? Three unrhymed lines. Set syllable counts. Subjects that include powdered doughnuts, lousy neighbors, halitosis, telemarketers, Frida Kahlo, missing socks and that most venerable of Internet haiku subjects, Spam luncheon meat...
    Elephant at Miami zoo critically injures zookeeper (12/16/02)
    MIAMI -- An elephant knocked a zookeeper down and repeatedly kicked him into a pile of rocks, critically injuring him, officials said Sunday. A crowd of visitors, including children, witnessed the attack, zoo spokesman Ron Magill told WFOR-TV. The 31-year-old victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to his head and a back injury. He was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital...
    Mourners stream to river's edge where boys fell through ice (12/16/02)
    LAWRENCE, Mass. -- With a sudden impulse to slide on the river's ice, 11-year-old William Rodriguez scurried 25 feet from shore and, with his six playmates looking on, plunged through. Moments later, he and three of the other boys who raced out to save him were trapped beneath the ice of the Merrimack River...
    More than 200 fall ill on another cruise ship (12/16/02)
    NEW ORLEANS -- More than 200 guests on the cruise ship Carnival Conquest reported symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness on a voyage that ended Sunday, Carnival Cruise Lines said. The company said it was treating the illness as a Norwalk-like virus, the same type of illness that has sickened hundreds of passengers on other cruise ships in recent months...
    Law's temporary replacement calls for healing (12/16/02)
    BOSTON -- The man put in charge of the scandal-wracked Boston Archdiocese after Cardinal Bernard Law's resignation called for healing and reconciliation Sunday, drawing applause as he celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. "How many are brokenhearted, how many are captives of the crimes and the sins of sexual abuse against minors? How many have had their freedom curtailed because of injustice?" Bishop Richard Lennon asked...
    Death row population declining in U.S. (12/16/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The number of death row prisoners dropped last year for the first time since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, the Justice Department reported Sunday. The decline was part of a trend that has seen fewer people sentenced to die in recent years...
    Health and Human Services secretary won't be inoculated (12/16/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said Sunday he does not plan to be inoculated with the smallpox vaccine and recommends that other Cabinet members not request the inoculation either. "I do not believe it is necessary or should be taking place," he said...
    Auction features property from Nevada's first legal brothel (12/16/02)
    RENO, Nev. -- The state's first legal brothel was packed again with customers laying out the cash, but this time the money was going for the ornaments: nude paintings, a bed from the Jungle Room and other gaudy remnants of the now shuttered Mustang Ranch...
    Lewinsky in middle of new political flap (12/16/02)
    ROME -- Monica Lewinsky has again found herself caught in a political storm, this time after Italy's state TV decided that a Sunday afternoon chat with her would be too spicy for families watching a popular variety show. "What is it about me?" the former White House intern asked, with a wry laugh...
    Striking oil tanker seized by Chavez's troops (12/16/02)
    CARACAS, Venezuela-- Soldiers carrying rifles boarded a striking oil tanker and brought in a new crew Sunday in President Hugo Chavez's latest effort to quash a two-week-old national strike aimed at ousting him. Chavez opponents on yachts, motorboats and even kayaks surrounded the Pilin Leon to protest the action...
    Pakistani police foil bomb plot aimed at U.S. diplomats (12/16/02)
    KARACHI, Pakistan -- In a foiled suicide bomb plot, Islamic militants planned to ram an explosives-laden Volkswagen into a car carrying U.S. diplomats in Karachi, Pakistan police said Sunday. Police said they arrested three men Friday and Saturday and seized about 250 sacks of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer used in explosives. They said the suspects had been trained at a camp in Afghanistan run by Islamic militants fighting Indian rule in the disputed province of Kashmir...
    Clinton says he had a plan to attack N. Korean reactor in 1994 (12/16/02)
    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday he had warned North Korea in 1994 the United States would destroy its nuclear reactor unless it agreed to freeze its operations. Now that Pyongyang has said it was reactivating its facilities, Clinton said the North Koreans must be persuaded or forced to stop the weapons program...
    Actor Sean Penn hopes for peaceful end to Iraqi crisis (12/16/02)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.N. inspectors hunted for weapons of mass destruction at missile plants and nuclear complexes Sunday, while an unusual visitor -- Hollywood star Sean Penn -- spoke out in Baghdad against a U.S. attack and in support of the Iraqi people caught up in an international crisis...
    World briefs 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Former Bosnian Serb president seeks leniency THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Once called "the iron lady of the Balkans," Biljana Plavsic is now the highest-ranking Bosnian Serb to be tried for war crimes. Having pleaded guilty, she faces a sentencing hearing beginning today, and the big question is whether her publicly expressed remorse will get her leniency from the U.N. tribunal in The Hague...
    Jordan acknowledges al-Qaida cells (12/16/02)
    AMMAN, Jordan -- Al-Qaida has set up terrorist cells in Jordan, but security forces have succeeded in uprooting them, Jordanian officials said Sunday, a day after announcing the arrest of two suspected members of Osama bin Laden's terror network accused of killing a U.S. diplomat...
    Arafat rejects offer of aid from al-Qaida (12/16/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat demanded Osama bin Laden stop using the Palestinian struggle for statehood as a reason for the al-Qaida terror network's attacks, in an interview published Sunday, while Israel said it will bar Arafat from traveling to Bethlehem for Christmas for a second straight year...
    Otahkians eye fourth straight victory (12/16/02)
    When B.J. Smith took over Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball program this season, he promised an up-tempo, pressure-packed style on both ends of the court. While the Otahkians' offense is still not clicking quite to Smith's wishes, the defense has clearly picked up the pace in recent games...
    Otahkian coach relieved by news (12/16/02)
    Months of frustration and uncertainty have finally given way to relief for coach Patty Stotzheim and her Southeast Missouri State University women's gymnastics team. Southeast officials announced over the weekend that the school will continue to sponsor a gymnastics program. Before the announcement, there was a very real possibility that the program would be discontinued following the 2003 season...
    First road win a real treat for Indians (12/16/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team won just one road game all of last season -- and the Indians had to wait until Feb. 9 to do it. So it was understandable that virtually all of Southeast's players and coaches sported big smiles Saturday night following the Indians' first road victory of this season, 66-58 over the University of Missouri-Kansas City...
    Rams blow big lead, rally for victory (12/16/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger stayed unbeaten, even if he didn't exactly stake his claim to the St. Louis Rams' quarterback job. The former third-stringer returned from a sprained index finger that sidelined him for three games and threw two touchdown passes in a 30-28 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night...
    Eagles win another NFC East crown (12/16/02)
    PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East for the second year in a row as A.J. Feeley passed for two touchdowns, leading a 34-21 win over the Washington Redkins Sunday. The Eagles (11-3) can clinch home-field advantage in the NFC by beating Dallas and the New York Giants on the road. Washington (5-9) was sloppy as ever in Steve Spurrier's dismal first season as coach...
    Fanfare 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Baseball
  • The Cardinals and Padres traded right-handed pitchers Sunday as the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., sprung to life, with Brett Tomko going to St. Louis for Luther Hackman and a player to be named...
  • Every Rose has its thorn (12/16/02)
    Banishment from baseball is a punishment perhaps worse than death. It's a rule that prohibits a player from a sport that has surrounded him since he drew first breath. But don't empathize for Pete Rose because, after all, he broke the rules and like all criminals he must carry out his sentence. That's the only way he will be considered for readmittance...
    Clas Computers dialing into telephone business (12/16/02)
    Gene Magnus knew what he wanted all along -- a business that provided computer sales and service and later an Internet connection. But he also wanted to eventually create a phone company that could merge into the existing company and create a one-stop shop for telecommunication...
    Nicholson tones it down in 'Schmidt' (12/16/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- Jack Nicholson's accustomed to playing expansive sorts, prodigious people, colossal characters. Asylum emancipator McMurphy in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Gumshoe Jake Gittes in "Chinatown" and "The Two Jakes." The family man turned demented ax wielder in "The Shining." Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa in "Hoffa." Randy astronaut Garrett Breedlove in "Terms of Endearment" and "The Evening Star." "Batman" nemesis "The Joker." Satan in "The Witches of Eastwick.". ...
    VH1 looks back at '80s pop culture in miniseries (12/16/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- Remember the 1980s? AIDS, Iran-Contra, the end of the Cold War. No, the other '80s -- Atari, Rubik's Cube, the Brat Pack, break-dancing. It's pop culture that's celebrated in VH1's "I Love the '80s," a 10-hour, five-night miniseries beginning Monday that examines the good, the bad and the bawdy that defined the decade...
    Display based on organic molecules may jump from phones to TVs (12/16/02)
    NEW YORK -- A new technology that makes cell phone screens glow like a firefly's tail may well be destined to brighten displays on everything from televisions to digital cameras. Built on organic molecules or polymers that glow when they're electrified, the technology could even spur the currently unattainable: roll-up computer screens that can fit in a breast pocket or sheets of radiant lighting that shimmer like the aurora borealis...
    New Cape antique store offers wares collected by world traveler (12/16/02)
    You can prove that Unexpected Treasures is inappropriately named, but only if you walk into Cape Girardeau's newest antique store and are unimpressed to see a six-foot sarcophagus, a face cast of Alfred Hitchcock or a deactivated airplane bomb. "We live up to the name," said Mustafa Kemal Stokely, the 40-year-old owner who opened the shop last week at 622 Broadway...
    People on the move 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Penrod named Realtor of the Year for county The Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors has named Terri Penrod, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Hamilton Realty, as Realtor of the Year for 2002. Penrod has been with Coldwell since she was licensed in 1995. Penrod was also named Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was a top producer in every year since 1997...
    Corporate scandals exposed vulnerabilities of market (12/16/02)
    Executives were led away in handcuffs and business leaders took the Fifth Amendment, images of a tumultuous year in which the fabric of corporate America was tearing apart. In time, though, they might better serve as reminders of the system's weaknesses and the need to patch them, lest the whole thing come unraveled again...
    Business memo 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Spartech Corp. reports decline in sales figures Spartech Corp. has reported a 4 percent decline from last year. For 2002, sales totaled $898 million, down from last year's $937.1 million. The plastics company, which has a plant in Cape Girardeau, blamed the decline on a one-week reduction in the reporting period and mixed signals in the economy which hurt consumer confidence...
    Garry Mansfield (12/16/02)
    Garry R. Mansfield, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born March 17, 1947, in Coldwater, Mo., son of Earl Frank and Betty Faye Mitchell Mansfield. He and Amelia Peters were married Oct. 15, 1993, in Paducah, Ky...
    Robie Bledsoe (12/16/02)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- Robie Bledsoe, 74, of Dexter died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1928, son of Hugh and Addie Clayton Bledsoe. He and Janie Moore were married Dec. 28, 1982, in New Madrid, Mo. She died Nov. 3, 1996. He was a member of Freedom Worship Center in Dexter and was a painter for many years...
    Donald Belk (12/16/02)
    Donald G. Belk, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1957, in St. Louis, to E. and Susan Dalton Belk. He and Donna S. Fillingham were married March 24, 2000, in Cape Girardeau. He was employed as a construction worker with a company in New Hamburg, Mo...
    Lloyd McDaniel (12/16/02)
    Lloyd "Curt" McDaniel, 51, of Delta died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1951, in Bell City, Mo., son of Harold Lloyd and Thelma "Cricket" Simmons McDaniel. He was employed with Spartech Corp. in Cape Girardeau and was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, St. Ambrose Men's Club and Leopold Knights of Columbus Council No. 5898...
    Thomas Johnson (12/16/02)
    Thomas C. Johnson, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his residence. He was born Dec. 24, 1938, in Oriole, Mo., to the late Glenn S. and Mable H. Kassel Johnson. On Oct. 24, 1958, he married Ruth Ann Clark in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Christ Church of the Heartland and was employed as a meat cutter with Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau. ...
    Mary Brewer (12/16/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary A. "Pat" Brewer, 68, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at the Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville. She was born Jan. 7, 1934, in St. Louis, daughter of Joseph Glennon and Loene T. Ernst Brewer. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
    James Curran (12/16/02)
    James W. Curran, 69, of Scott City died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Jackson Manor. Arrangements are pending with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
    Cape police report 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Dec. 16 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Rochelle Elaine Mitchell of 1556 Lexington was issued a summons Saturday at the intersection of Sprigg and Lexington for driving while intoxicated...
    Sikeston teen injured in crash (12/16/02)
    A Sikeston, Mo., teenager received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash Saturday in Scott County. William Witzel, 18, was transported by ambulance to Missouri Delta Medical Center after he was ejected from a 1995 Pontiac driven by 16-year-old Tevis Melton of Sikeston...
    Cape fire report 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Dec. 16 Firefighters responded Saturday to the following calls: At 4:05 p.m., an alarm sounding at 3120 Vail. At 11:19 p.m., an emergency medical service at 505 N. Kingshighway. At 11:41, an odor at the intersection of Perryville Road and W. Cape Rock Drive...
    Out of the past 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    10 years ago: Dec. 16, 1992 Newly elected state senators will make one of final stops of their three-week orientation tour at luncheon and tour of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau tomorrow; new legislators have stopped at many state-supported colleges during tour...
    Missouri needs law on firing drug users (12/16/02)
    File it under the "only in Missouri" heading. A worker may report for duty under the influence of drugs -- totally incapable of performing his job accurately and safely, test positive for narcotics and be fired. But in Missouri, if that discharged worker found his way to the unemployment office and filed for jobless benefits, the state and his former employer could be forced to cover them...
    Floodway permit will be appealed (12/16/02)
    The Army Corps of Engineers isn't going down without a fight over the St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway project. Nor should it. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, fresh from stalling Cape Girardeau County out of a power plant that would have brought new jobs and an influx of money, now has determined that a project that would project thousands of acres of farmland and thousands of Bootheel residents from damaging Mississippi River floods isn't good for the wetlands or the trees in Big Oak Tree State Park.. ...
    Yoder's lawyer had an agenda in his defense (12/16/02)
    To the editor: Scott Moyers' column on the Rodney Yoder trial was an excellent piece and brought out some interesting points. Moyers commented that Yoder's attorney, Randy Kretchmar, was a Scientologist, and he wondered if Kretchmar was there to help Yoder or to further the Church of Scientology's anti-psychiatry agenda...
    Speak Out A 12/16/02 (12/16/02)
    Only if you pay NOT EVERYONE in Cape complains about taxes -- only those most able to pay them. Jobs and subsidies I DISAGREE with Glenn Graham's point that we should all think of our jobs in the way farmers think about theirs, because that would mean we would all be seeking subsidies...
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