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Conservation director to address chamber (01/03/03)
John Hoskins, director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, will talk to area business leaders about the proposed Nature Center in Cape County Park North at 7:30 a.m. today at the Show Me Center. Originally, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce announced that Convention and Visitors Bureau officials would give an update at the First Friday Coffee event. The event is sponsored by the CVB, but the program will be about the proposed Nature Center...
Region briefs 01/03/03 (01/03/03)
Fire destroys Oak Ridge office building Thursday Fire destroyed an office building at Ed's Auto Sales in Oak Ridge Thursday afternoon. No one was injured, but the structure, once a small house that had been converted into office space, was considered a total loss, said fire chief Richard Oehl of the North Cape Girardeau County Fire Protection District...
Murder charges filed against Charleston man (01/03/03)
Standard Democrat CHARLESTON, Mo. -- First-degree murder charges were filed in connection with a New Year's Eve shooting death Thursday. Mississippi County Prosecutor Jennifer Raffety has filed charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action against Jermaine Anderson, 19, of Charleston in connection with the death of Fernando Curtis...
Fire destroyed an office building in Oak Ridge (01/03/03)
No one was injured, but the structure, once a small house that had been converted into office space, was considered a total loss, said fire chief Richard Oehl of the North Cape Girardeau County Fire Protection District. "It didn't fall in or anything, but it was gutted out," he said...
Old St. Vincent's Church named tourist destination (01/03/03)
Huge columns ascend from the floor to a ceiling, more than 20 feet high. Carved faces atop the columns accentuate the gothic design, and 14 Stations of the Cross -- individual scenes of the crucifixion -- line the walls. Brilliant chandeliers dangle from the ceiling and add luminance to some natural light tinted by stained-glass windows...
Latest budget cuts by state won't affect Southeast (01/03/03)
Southeast Missouri State University students won't be hit with a midyear tuition increase -- at least for now -- because the school and other public colleges in the state have been spared from the latest spending cuts announced Thursday by Gov. Bob Holden's administration...
Public has chance to address Marquette renovation (01/03/03)
The $8 million renovation of the Marquette Hotel will start later this month if developers clear their final obstacle next week, when the Cape Girardeau City Council considers redevelopment plans that call for converting the historic -- but dilapidated -- building into a mix of office and retail space...
Botanical Garden seeks to catalog world's plant species (01/03/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Humans have studied and named plants for thousands of years, but now, a team in St. Louis is leading the effort to create a catalog of all the world's plants. It's a massive undertaking, creating a sort of encyclopedia of every green living thing, from the papyrus that ancient Egyptians made into paper, to the Pacific yew tree that yielded a cancer-fighting drug...
St. Louis, Kansas City see homicide rates drop sharply (01/03/03)
The AssociatedPress KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Homicides in Missouri's two largest cities were down sharply last year, dropping about 24 percent in both Kansas City and St. Louis. On the Kansas side of the state line in the Kansas City metro area, there was an even bigger decline, 31.25 percent, in Kansas City, Kan...
Bank-robber-turned-millionaire brings visitors to dying town (01/03/03)
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- Everyone else at the table eats; Del Dunmire spits out stories. The bank robber-turned-millionaire bounces from his Air Force days to jack rabbits to campaign contributions to paintball to Iraq and finally to the giant Santa Claus he later would bring to Harrisonville...
Florida couple leap to their death from condominium window (01/03/03)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- On the last day of 2002, 85-year-old Morris Spivack had a maintenance worker open the windows and remove the screens in his 17th-floor condominium. Spivack, who had lung disease, explained that he needed more fresh air. Then, three hours before the new year, Spivack leaped to his death, followed seconds later by his 80-year-old wife, Estelle...
Show-Me Challenge doomed to close if no help arrives (01/03/03)
NEVADA, Mo. -- Parents and boosters are imposing a challenge of their own in hopes of saving Missouri National Guard's boot camp for troubled youths, scheduled to close Jan. 15 due to sluggish tax revenue. Carol Branham, a board member of the not-for-profit Friends of the Show-Me Challenge Inc., said they hope to raise $500,000 by Monday to save the program that has helped some 830 young people in Missouri...
Another winter storm blankets much of Missouri with snow (01/03/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The sleds, snow shovels and salt trucks were out again Thursday after another winter storm hit Missouri -- the third in about a month. At least the timing was better. The snow came fast and furious late Wednesday and early Thursday, then stopped, giving crews ample opportunity to clear roadways and runways before the morning rush, and giving schools and employers plenty of time to tell students and workers to add an extra day to their New Year's vacations...
Missouri Dems enthused by Gephardt's possible bid (01/03/03)
ST. LOUIS -- It didn't take long for Dick Gephardt's Democratic colleagues in Missouri to rally to his side, with one even making predictions after word leaked Thursday the longtime congressman will announce his second bid for the White House later this month...
Democratic field for 2004 likely to grow to a half-dozen (01/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic field for the White House swelled to four Thursday as Sen. John Edwards announced his candidacy for president in 2004 and supporters of Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt announced formation of a presidential exploratory committee in the coming days...
Bush says new economic plan fair to all (01/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Thursday the economic-stimulus plan he will detail next week will focus on jobs and the unemployed, aimed at benefiting the overall economy and not just wealthy Americans. Two of the major elements of the plan are expected to be a reduction in taxes on stock dividends and an acceleration in the cuts in personal income tax rates included in the 2001 tax act -- items that would benefit higher income taxpayers the most. ...
Researchers worry that fear of terrorism could muzzle science (01/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology walked away from a $404,000 study because the government wanted to restrict participation by foreign students. Other universities are balking at demands that the government check research in the name of national security before scientists can publish or even talk about it...
Judge rules against Homeland Security Office in privacy suit (01/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Office of Homeland Security lost the first round in a legal fight to keep its activities secret as a federal judge ruled it will have to answer questions about its power over other federal agencies. U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the office to prove it has no authority other than helping and advising President Bush if it wants to dismiss a lawsuit seeking access to its records...
Town braces for loss of its soldiers (01/03/03)
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- About 10,000 soldiers -- a third of this town's population -- are moving out of their apartments, putting furniture in storage, stocking up on desert gear and trying to steal a few extra moments with loved ones. The Army's 3rd Infantry Division is preparing for another stint in the Persian Gulf...
Holidays are time for muskrat lovers (01/03/03)
PEA PATCH ISLAND, Del. -- Shin-deep in the icy muck, Tim Evans reaches a gloved hand into a watery hole and fishes out his treasure: a sodden mass of dark hair and claws, with four tiny, yellow incisors, a long rubbery tail, and beady gray eyes, cloudy in death...
Priest pleads guilty to sex abuse charges (01/03/03)
LAS VEGAS -- A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty Thursday to lewdness and abuse charges involving five teenage boys at his parish. The Rev. Mark Roberts, 51, will be stripped of his priesthood and probably get three years' probation when he is sentenced March 10...
Islamic charity director pleads innocent (01/03/03)
CHICAGO -- Standing under heavy guard, the director of an Islamic charity in suburban Chicago pleaded innocent Thursday to charges he funneled money to Osama bin Laden's terror network and other violent groups. Enaam Arnaout, 40, is set for trial Feb. 3 on racketeering charges that say he used his Benevolence International Foundation to bankroll violence overseas...
Teen shot dead by NYC detective (01/03/03)
NEW YORK -- A 17-year-old boy was shot to death by a police officer Thursday as he held a fake gun to the head of the officer's undercover partner during a sting, authorities said. The detectives were investigating recent robberies of delivery men at an apartment building in the Hamilton Heights section of Manhattan. A few hours later, officers in Brooklyn killed a suspected car thief in the fourth fatal shooting by police this year...
Woman who wouldn't wear pants gets $30,000 (01/03/03)
CHICAGO -- A woman who was fired for refusing to wear pants as part of her work uniform will be paid $30,000 by her employer, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday. Carol Grotts, a Pentecostal, was hired by Brink's in Peoria as a uniformed messenger. She told the company that her religious beliefs precluded her from wearing pants, and she offered to buy culottes...
People talk 01/03/03 (01/03/03)
Stiles tries to be 'just another student' NEW YORK -- When Julia Stiles started classes at Columbia University more than two years ago, she tried to pretend she was just like everyone else, and not an actress with a decade of experience. "I approached the start of college in utter denial of the fact that I'd been in any movies whatsoever," the 21-year-old writes in an essay for the February issue of YM magazine. ...
U.S. mine deaths fall to 67; the lowest on record (01/03/03)
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- The number of miners killed on the job in the United States fell in 2002 to the lowest level on record: 67. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration reported that 27 of the deaths happened in coal mines, down from 42 in 2001, and 40 were in copper, gold, stone and other types of mines, up from 30 in 2001...
Nine people killed in crash (01/03/03)
MENLO, Iowa -- A pickup crammed with suspected illegal immigrants slammed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 early Thursday, killing all nine people in the smaller truck. The pickup crossed the median and hit the tractor-trailer around 2:30 a.m., about 30 miles west of Des Moines, the Iowa State Patrol said...
Director of Los Alamos quits amid investigation (01/03/03)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory was replaced Thursday amid a growing number of government investigations into charges of widespread theft and fraud at the birthplace of the atomic bomb. John Browne, a physicist and lab veteran who became director in 1997, will step down Monday. He had no immediate comment, but defended his colleagues in his letter of resignation...
Hard-liners want U.S. troops out of region (01/03/03)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Hard-line Islamic groups called on the United States to pull its troops out of the region, saying Thursday that a recent clash between U.S. and Pakistani troops along the Afghan-Pakistan border exposed the dangers of the American presence...
Oil from sunken tanker reaches French beaches (01/03/03)
CAP FERRET, France -- French authorities closed some beaches Thursday after gooey black patches of oil began washing up on France's sandy southwestern coast this week from a sunken and leaking tanker off Spain. So far, there has been no major damage to the French coast, but French officials were bracing for the possibility that larger oil slicks would reach shore soon...
Jeweler - FBI's photo has his face but not his name (01/03/03)
LAHORE, Pakistan -- A Pakistani jeweler who claims his photo was identified as one of five foreign-born men being sought by the FBI in the United States said Thursday he wants to clear his name. An Associated Press photograph of Mohammed Asghar taken at his shop in Lahore was a near-perfect match for one included on an FBI list released Sunday under the name Mustafa Khan Owasi, down to the prominent mole on Asghar's left cheek under his eye...
South Korea tells communist North to stop saber-rattling (01/03/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea rejected a proposal from the communist North to work together against the United States and told Pyongyang to stop saber-rattling. Later Thursday, President Bush sharply rebuked North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, telling reporters in Texas that he has "no heart for somebody who starves his folks." But Bush said he remains confident in a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff...
China unveils plans for sending up its 'taikonaut' (01/03/03)
BEIJING -- First came the Soviet cosmonaut. Then the American astronaut made it to outer space. Now, says China, it's time for a new pioneer to make history far above the Earth -- the taikonaut. After a decade of secretive preparation, China disclosed plans Thursday to launch a manned spacecraft this year, an achievement the communist government hopes will win it public support at home and respect abroad...
United States asks Israel to freeze defense exports to China (01/03/03)
JERUSALEM -- The United States has asked Israel to suspend sales of military equipment to China over concerns that the technology could be used to threaten Taiwan, officials and the media said Thursday. Israeli government officials were surprised by the U.S. request but had to comply in order not to jeopardize Washington's massive defense assistance program to Israel, the Haaretz daily said...
Chavez vows full oil production will resume (01/03/03)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela's oil industry, paralyzed by a five-week strike, is recovering and will reach full capacity in 45 days. Oil executives scoffed at the claim and said exports were still a trickle of pre-strike levels...
American church official urges White House to negotiate crisis (01/03/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A visiting U.S. church official urged the United States on Thursday to negotiate with Iraq to avert a war that he said would make the United States less secure and increase the risk of terrorism in the Middle East. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches and a former congressman from Pennsylvania, told a news conference that his 13-member delegation expected -- on its return to the United States -- to meet with Bush administration officials and members of Congress to press for a peaceful solution.. ...
Iraq criticizes U.N. resolution limiting imports of goods (01/03/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq said Thursday it has cooperated with U.N. inspectors and that they have found no weapons of mass destruction in five weeks of searching, so their crucial report to the U.N. Security Council this month should favor Baghdad. The inspectors, however, said it's too soon to draw conclusions about whether Iraq has complied with U.N. demands -- as it must to avoid war with the United States...
Islamic militants planning more attacks, warn Yemeni officials (01/03/03)
SAN'A, Yemen -- A pair of Islamic militants -- in custody for allegedly killing three American Christian missionaries and a senior leftist Yemeni politician -- had plans to attack other foreigners, journalists and Yemeni political leaders, security officials said Thursday...
Palestinian leader falls to floor in Israeli courtroom (01/03/03)
JERUSALEM -- The top-ranking Palestinian in Israeli custody fell to the floor during a court appearance Thursday, apparently tripping while guards hustled him away after he shouted out in defiance. Also Thursday, four Palestinians, including three teenagers, were killed in infiltration attempts. In another incident, a 70-year-old Israeli was killed in the Jordan River Valley, and a militia aligned with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement claimed responsibility...
China stands by North Korea despite noticeable aggravations (01/03/03)
BEIJING -- They've been as close as "lips and teeth," the saying goes, staunch comrades in battle and communist allies during decades of Cold War standoff. With ties sealed in blood, China remains North Korea's most important ally and a crucial aid provider. That gives Beijing an important role and unique leverage as Pyongyang faces worldwide condemnation for restarting its nuclear program...
Kelly reaches Lady Royals Classic finale (01/03/03)
BROSELEY, Mo. -- Kelly outscored Doniphan 9-5 in overtime Thursday to win 61-57 and advance to the championship of the Lady Royals Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament. Cara Scherer scored 22 points to lift Kelly, which led by nine points going into the fourth quarter, then was outscored 25-16 to force overtime. Christy Kluesner added 14 points...
EIU's Domercant credits hard work for big numbers (01/03/03)
CHARLESTON, Ill. --Henry Domercant isn't about to lie about it. While confident in his abilities, the senior guard from Eastern Illinois never envisioned becoming one of the nation's premier college basketball players. "Some of the records they say I'm going for, I never knew even existed," a laughing Domercant said Thursday. "I'm a very positive guy. I knew I was going to have a good career. I thought I would have some success, but not to this extent."...
Blackhawks push unbeaten streak to seven, beat Blues (01/03/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The only thing missing from an otherwise perfect night for the Chicago Blackhawks was another Jocelyn Thibault shutout. Thibault made 28 saves and blanked the Blues before Cory Stillman scored at 6:35 of the third period of a 4-1 victory Thursday night. Thibault made his 14th straight start in goal, following a 33-save effort in a 2-0 victory over the Kings on Monday, and is 9-2-3 in that stretch...
UV president apologizes for band's mocking halftime show (01/03/03)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The president of the University of Virginia apologized Thursday for a halftime performance by the school's pep band at the Tire Bowl that mocked West Virginia's rural image. West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise had demanded an apology Monday in a letter to John T. Casteen III...
Levine signs, adds depth to Cards' rotation (01/03/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Relief pitcher Al Levine reached a preliminary agreement Thursday on a $950,000, one-year contract with the Cardinals, who are in the process of rebuilding their bullpen. The 34-year-old right-hander could fill some of the innings taken last year by Dave Veres and Rick White, who left St. Louis as free agents. Team spokesman Brian Bartow said the signing was contingent upon Levine passing a physical, probably next week...
McNabb practices, says he expects to play next week (01/03/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb plans to play in the Philadelphia Eagles' first playoff game. Andy Reid isn't ready to make it official. McNabb practiced Thursday for the first time since breaking his right ankle 1 1/2 months ago. Reid said his star quarterback took all the reps with the first-team offense in a short practice closed to reporters...
Steelers' Maddox honored for season's best comeback (01/03/03)
Some good came out of the XFL, after all. Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers, who found their quarterback and The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Tommy Maddox. Maddox easily beat Miami running back Robert Edwards in voting conducted by the AP and announced Thursday...
Cowboys, Parcells agree to four-year contract (01/03/03)
IRVING, Texas -- Already sporting Cowboys silver and blue on his tie, Bill Parcells is back in the NFL as coach of a down-and-out Dallas team desperate to return to glory. Parcells was introduced Thursday after more than a week of speculation and conflicting reports about a coach with a history of walking away from deals...
Conference opener a test for Southeast (01/03/03)
I hope you had a safe and happy New Year's celebration. Hopefully our basketball team will get off to a great start in 2003 beginning with Saturday night's home game at the Show Me Center against Eastern Illinois. I've told our team that this game is the most important game of the season because it is our Ohio Valley Conference opener. I'm excited about starting the conference season, and I know our players will be ready Saturday night...
Here today, gone ... where was I? (01/03/03)
I'm just about as happy to see the calendar flip over to a new year as I am to reset my clocks for daylight-saving time. It was only about six months ago that I finally caught up with the 21st century. Every time I wrote "1901" or "1902" instead of "2001" or 2002," I knew something was amiss, but I wasn't sure what...
Artifacts 1/3/03 (01/03/03)
'Sinatra Songbook' to start Monday "A Sinatra Songbook," a series celebrating Frank Sinatra's seven decades of recordings, will begin airing Monday evening on KRCU 90.9 FM. The show is hosted by Mark Sudock, a three-time Emmy winner who has produced several television features on the singer...
Everybody's a critic - 'Catch Me If You Can' (01/03/03)
HHHH Previews for "Catch Me If You Can" left me wondering if it was an action flick or a comedy. After seeing it, I can only say it is both ... or neither. Inspired by a true story, this clever, well-paced movie centers around the adventures of check-forging Frank Abagnale and Carl Hanratty, the beleaguered FBI Agent trying to catch him. ...
Getting ready to break new ground (01/03/03)
A funny thing happened on the way to 2003. The Missouri Supreme Court threw out businessman Jim Drury's lawsuit over funding for the River Campus. The arts and entertainment in Cape Girardeau and the region may be readying for release from the oppression of low expectations...
Nicole Kidman no longer afraid of Virginia Wolf (01/03/03)
Movie also co-stars Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore By David German The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Nicole Kidman used to be afraid of Virginia Woolf, preferring the romantic worlds of the Bronte sisters or Jane Austen to Woolf's demanding prose...
Louise Blackburn (01/03/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Cynthia Louise Blackburn, 85, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Peach Orchard, Ark., daughter of Charles and Grace Kennemur Scott. She and Bertis DeRandolph Blackburn were married Aug. 28, 1935, at Kennett, Mo. He died July 23, 1975...
Robin Gross (01/03/03)
Robin Lynn Gross, 41, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 3, 1961, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Bob C. and Verna Kelpe Gross. Robin was a 1979 graduate of Central High School. She was coach many years of church league basketball, umpired girls Optimist softball leagues, and was a booster and fan of Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University. She was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church...
Patricia Walker (01/03/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Patricia Blankenship Walker, 62, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. She was born May 4, 1940, in Highland, Ill., daughter of William Otho and Lela Smith Clark. Walker had been a cook at Woodland Steakhouse...
Virginia Creech (01/03/03)
Virginia Laura Creech, 93, of Scott City died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 13, 1909, at Canton, Mo., daughter of Charles and Margaret Sloan. She and Omer Everett Creech Sr. were married March 9, 1926, at Canton. He died Feb. 17, 1998...
Patricia Crossno (01/03/03)
Patricia Jane Crossno, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Gardiner, Maine, daughter of Dwight Templeton and Sarah Etta Chase Whitaker. She first married Harold Shaw, then married Virgil Crank. She and Paul A. Crossno were married March 18, 1985, in Cape Girardeau. He died Nov. 24, 1986...
Crittie Thorpe (01/03/03)
Crittie M. Thorpe, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Aurelia Wood (01/03/03)
Aurelia P. "Ritzy" Wood, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Perryville, Mo., daughter of Edward and Hilda Unverferth Prost. She and Fred J. Wood were married April 15, 1950, in Perryville. He died April 22, 1974...
Alma Pierce (01/03/03)
Graveside service for Alma Jean Pierce of Jackson will be held at 2 p.m. today at Lightner Cemetery in Scott City. Paul Bell will officiate. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau from noon to 1:30 p.m. today. Pierce, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
Mickey James (01/03/03)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Mickey Louise Bess James, 77, of Dexter died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Dexter Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Marble Hill, Mo., the daughter of Andy Marion and Ida Frances Causey Cook. She married Chester Bess on May 13, 1944. She later married Paul D. James on June 25, 1988. He preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1990...
Brenda Marshall (01/03/03)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Brenda Joyce Marshall, 60, of East Prairie died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Beverly Health Care in New Madrid, Mo. She was born June 29, 1942, in East Prairie, the daughter of John Edward and Gladys Amanda Monroe Bonta. She married Herbert Lee Marshall on April 22, 1968. He survives...
Veva Slayden (01/03/03)
Veva Slayden, 84, of Little Rock, Ark., died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003. She was born in Cape Girardeau, daughter of John and Myrtle Grayum. She and John W. Slayden were married in 1937. Slayden moved to Poplar Bluff, Mo., in 1938, lived in Jonesboro, Ark., from 1948 to 1986, and had lived in Little Rock since 1986...
Births 1/3/03 (01/03/03)
Elfrink Son to Brad William and Tara Marie Elfrink of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:56 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002. Name, Justin Parker. Weight, 7 pounds 2 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Elfrink is the former Tara Roth, daughter of Vernon and Janet Roth of Cape Girardeau. Elfrink is the son of Justin and Karen Elfrink of Jackson. He is a loan officer at Bank of Missouri...
Cape police report 1/3/03 (01/03/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 3 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Jason A. Hudak, 23, of 208 Gristmill Drive, Beckley, W. Va., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of unlawful discharge of fireworks...
Cape fire report 1/3/03 (01/03/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 3 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 7:19 p.m., emergency medical service at 124 N. Henderson. At 8:32 p.m., carbon monoxide alarm at 1021 Emily Court. At 11:40 p.m., structure fire at the 200 block of Hazel...
Out of the past 1/3/03 (01/03/03)
10 years ago: Jan. 3, 1993 Cape Girardeau City Council is expected to decide Monday whether to hold special election on issue of riverboat gambling in Cape Girardeau; although Missouri voters in November approved riverboat gambling in state, municipalities and counties must approve measure locally if they intend to have a "floating casino."...
Human cloning - At the brink of a deep pit (01/03/03)
The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the slowest of the year for news-gathering organizations. Anyone seeking a great deal of publicity for an event that is dubious at best and an outright hoax at worst would see the advantage of getting the world's attention by breaking a news story during the last week of the calendar year...
Tournament provides another year of thrills (01/03/03)
The seMissourian Christmas Tournament, a Southeast Missouri fixture for 58 years, concluded another successful four days of high school basketball frenzy at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Once again, players, coaches, parents and supporters of all ages flocked to see the 16 teams compete. Attendance records were set. A family atmosphere provided four days of solid sports entertainment unmatched anywhere in this part of the country. Enthusiasm ran high throughout the tournament...
Paying car loan early not always a good decision (01/03/03)
To the editor: On Monday, I noticed that for the second time recently your syndicated financial columnist, Bruce Williams, advised a writer to pay off his car loan early. As I am sure you know, car-loan interest is generally figured using the rule of 78. Under this method of computation, the bulk of the interest is paid early in the life of the loan. This will typically make it unwise to pay off a car loan early...
60 families get food baskets in Scott City (01/03/03)
To the editor: The Food Basket program was another success this year. The Scott City Fire Department would like to thank all who donated time and money so we could deliver 60 baskets again this year. We wish everyone a happy and safe new year. JAY CASSOUT...
Polls shows GOP doesn't relish more tax cuts (01/03/03)
To the editor: A recent Associated Press poll found that two-thirds of Americans are wary of additional tax cuts. Traditionally, it is the Democrats who oppose tax cuts, but this time they have help. The AP poll also found that "more than half of Republicans said it would be better to hold off on tax cuts to avoid deeper deficits."...
Family grateful for help with funeral expenses (01/03/03)
To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who gave donations for Rachel Skaggs' and Brett Moore's funeral expenses. We pray that God blesses each and every one, even if all you did was send up a prayer. It all was very much appreciated and needed. It meant so much to know that so many people cared...
Churches better than government for helping others (01/03/03)
To the editor: In response to a Speak Out comment: I am perplexed. What does a national health-care system have to do with being Christian? We live in a country where you have the right to succeed, much more so than in any other country. Included in that is the opportunity to fail. ...
Airport screening gives false hope of real security (01/03/03)
To the editor: The airline security our government put into effect on New Year's Eve is one more example of how our lawmakers and law enforcers have a way of making people feel safe. The federal screeners are required to screen all luggage for explosives. The men who hijacked the planes on Sept. 11, 2001, did it with box cutters, not bombs. They had to have the planes in working condition...
Speak Out A 01/03/03 (01/03/03)
A teacher's lament I sympathize WITH THE PUBLIC-SCHOOL EDUCATOR ASKING ALL THE QUESTIONS ABOUT GETTING PARENTS POSITIVELY INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. IT IS JUST GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF WORK FROM THE COURTS, ADMINISTRATORS, STATE OFFICIALS ON DOWN TO THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES. ...
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