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Probe continues in weekend bonfire explosion (01/21/03)
Even after interviewing 40 of nearly 100 witnesses, investigators haven't tracked down the person who tossed or kicked a gasoline can into a bonfire Friday night, Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department said Monday. About a dozen people in a crowd of mostly teenagers from Jackson and Oak Ridge were seriously burned after the bonfire exploded at 3901 County Road 621. When the gasoline rained down, those who caught fire began rolling in the snow...
More charges in Dexter grain case; trial delayed (01/21/03)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter,Mo., grain company manager will not stand trial later this week for allegedly forging grain elevator documents. Stanley Gaylord, 52, was supposed to stand trial Thursday and Friday before Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp in Dunklin County...
Playing by ear - Teacher mixes music and culture for lessons (01/21/03)
Students in Pam Dumey's music classes at Central Middle School quickly learn how to keep the beat. The students play bongos, xylophones, recorders and bass drums during their 40-minute class as they practice for an upcoming concert. The songs they sing and play during the class period are primarily folk songs, but not always American...
Filing for school board candidacy ends today (01/21/03)
Today is the last day for would-be school board candidates to file for election. Most Missouri school boards will fill two terms of three years during the elections, which will be held April 8. Candidates may file at their local board of education offices...
'Ghost Recon' excellent military tactics game (01/21/03)
"Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" is one of the new breed of military games, where stealth and patience are worth more than napalm and machine guns. Ported over from a wildly successful PC game by Red Storm and UBI Soft for the Xbox, "Ghost Recon" puts you in the year 2008 at the head of an elite band of soldiers known as Ghosts for their ability to work their mischief undetected...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (01/21/03)
7:30 p.m. Tuesday City Hall Action Items Power and Light Committee Consider motion to approve the semiannual financial statement ending Dec. 31, 2002. Consider motion to change the regular council meeting date from Monday, Feb. 17 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, due to the observance of Presidents Day.Street Committee...
Learning briefs 1/21/03 (01/21/03)
McCallister receives business education award Sara L. McCallister, a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, recently received the Outstanding Post-Secondary Business Education Student Award while attending the Association for Career and Technical Education Conference in Las Vegas...
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight (01/21/03)
C. John Ritter was white, but the late Cape Girardeau doctor's medical missions were colorblind. On Monday, about 500 people, both blacks and whites, turned out at a luncheon at the Osage Community Centre in Cape Girardeau -- decorated with red, white and blue balloons -- to recognize Ritter's humanitarian efforts as part of the national holiday celebration of the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...
Actress needed for upcoming production (01/21/03)
The River City Players are looking for an actress to play a role in the upcoming production of "The Chicago Caper." Three women who auditioned had to decline the part because of work or school conflicts. The role calls for an adult female, but a teenager could play the part...
Jackson electric system repairs complete (01/21/03)
A scheduled power outage necessary to make repairs to Jackson's transmission line early Sunday went according to plan, says Don Schuette, the city's electric utility supervisor. The outage, which mostly affected businesses and residents on the south and west part of the city, started at 1 p.m. Sunday and ended at 1:36 a.m. During the outage, a 10-person city crew replaced switches and rotted poles near the intersection of Highway 34/72 and Highway 25...
Select group of students chosen for Bengal Beat (01/21/03)
Percussion discussion drum beat rhythm pounding By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian Recognizing musical talent when she sees it, Pam Dumey chose a select group of students to form a new percussion ensemble at Central Middle School...
Cape woman, 20, shot in back (01/21/03)
A 20-year-old Cape Girar-deau woman was rushed to the emergency room late Monday after being shot once in her lower back as she walked past 433 S. Ellis St. Police were still searching for a 17-year-old man suspected of shooting Erica Hempstead and for any evidence he may have left at the scene...
Cape residents recall days before integration (01/21/03)
Blacks and whites in Cape Girardeau admitted that race relations in the city aren't what they should be, but by working together the problem can be resolved. About 150 people -- nearly half black and half white -- gathered at Livingway Foursquare Church Monday evening to mark the Martin Luther King Community Service...
Governor to meet with area officials in afternoon (01/21/03)
Gov. Bob Holden will be in Cape Girardeau today to talk about issues facing the state, including a $1 billion shortfall in the next budget, local officials on his schedule say. No one answered telephones at Holden's office Monday, a holiday celebrating the life of Dr. ...
Pro-war demonstrators join anti-war counterparts (01/21/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The anti-war demonstrators had their pro-attack counterparts vastly outnumbered on a downtown street corner Sunday, but the mood was anything but hostile. "We've talked to each other, and we've all agreed to have a difference of opinion," said veteran Rick Miles, who supports a U.S. attack on Iraq. "We're glad they're here exercising their free speech rights, but they wouldn't have those rights if we don't fight for them."...
Father, son killed in fire (01/21/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A father and his young son died of smoke inhalation early Monday while trying to escape a fire that apparently was sparked by an unattended candle, authorities said. Fire officials said Thomas Martin, 29, and his wife went to retrieve their children upon awaking. The woman escaped with a baby girl through a bedroom window. She went to a neighbor who called 911 around 12:43 a.m., officials said...
Powerball winner to set up Web site (01/21/03)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A charitable foundation created by Powerball's richest winner plans to establish a Web site to handle an avalanche of requests for aid. The Jack Whittaker Foundation, announced last week, has reserved an Internet domain name but has not yet created the Web site, said John Auge, a spokesman for Whittaker...
Columbia to vote on legalizing marijuana for medical use (01/21/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A group of students at the University of Missouri-Columbia have gathered enough signatures to force a vote in the city on legalizing marijuana for medical use and reducing penalties for those caught with small amounts of the drug. The Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education collected enough signatures to put the issue on the April 8 ballot. The city council will vote Tuesday on whether to simply pass the proposed ordinance or put the matter before voters...
Court - State lacks method of paying foster care providers (01/21/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has given Missouri two months to come up with a method for paying its foster care providers after ruling that the state's current system violates federal law. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey said Missouri has simply been taking the money allotted by the state budget and dividing it among foster care providers...
Missouri continues to see high number of officers killed (01/21/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Working in law enforcement in Missouri continues to be more dangerous than holding such a job in most other states. New figures for last year put Missouri in fifth place with its six deaths in the line of duty, tying it with New York -- a state with six times as many officers as Missouri...
Warrensburg residents reclaim Blind Boone Park (01/21/03)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- For more than a decade, Blind Boone Park was the only park that black residents of this central Missouri town were allowed to use. The park, which was established in 1954, was the center of black residents' social lives until integration arrived in the 1960s, allowing blacks to visit other parks...
Accident closes roadway (01/21/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Interstate 70 was closed for several hours Monday after a tractor-trailer slammed into bridge supports, killing the driver, authorities said. Charles N. Tony, 57, of Kansas City, died at University Hospital from injuries he suffered after his International tractor-trailer, which was traveling eastbound on I-70, hit the westernmost center bridge support under the Stadium Boulevard interchange shortly before 2 a.m...
Expert sooths aches, pains for equine clients (01/21/03)
ASHLAND, Mo. -- For Pattie Smetana, the sign of a job well done could be anything from a relaxed look, a client that's stopped eating and just standing still, or perhaps a little horse drool. Such a sloppy reaction is likely to be frowned upon at a pretentious day spa catering to preening humans seeking a luxurious massage. But since her clients live in a barn, it's an acceptable reaction to a well-done equine massage...
Northwest Missouri's online program would be nation's first (01/21/03)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University plans to offer the nation's first online master's degree in geographic information systems if the program receives state approval. The program, which must be approved by Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education, also would become the university's first online graduate degree and the geology/geography department's first master's of science courses...
People talk 01/21/03 (01/21/03)
Giuliani doesn't feel animosity for Hamburg HAMBURG, Germany -- Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Monday he has no hard feelings toward Hamburg, the city in Germany where several of the Sept. 11 suicide pilots lived and studied. "Any city, including New York, can unfortunately serve as a background in which people can do evil and horrible things," Giuliani told reporters...
Pilots were warned to watch for 'friendlies' (01/21/03)
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Two U.S. pilots charged with manslaughter in the deadly mistaken bombing of Canadian forces in Afghanistan last year had been warned before the mission that friendly forces might be on the ground, an Air Force intelligence officer testified Monday...
Space shuttle experiment has results that electrify scientists (01/21/03)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Israeli scientists in charge of space shuttle Columbia's desert dust-monitoring experiment said Monday they have yet to find any dust storms but are zooming in on thunderstorms with electrifying results. A pair of cameras aboard Columbia have captured video images of an elf -- a luminous red, bagel-shaped, electrical phenomenon that occurs above a thunderstorm in less than a millisecond, said Yoav Yair, an atmospheric scientist at the Open University of Israel in Tel Aviv.. ...
Bush says 'still work to do' to fulfill King Jr.'s dreams (01/21/03)
LANDOVER, Md. -- President Bush, criticized for decisions on affirmative action and conservative federal judgeships, said Monday "there's still prejudice holding people back" from Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams of equality. The predominantly black congregation of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in suburban Washington welcomed Bush with a standing ovation as it celebrated in song and scripture the memory of King, who would have turned 74 last Wednesday...
Nation digest 01/21/03 (01/21/03)
Record $100 million raised in Florida election TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Political parties raised more than $100 million during Florida's 2001-02 campaign cycle, a state record, and most of it came in the form of soft money, according to election records...
Scientists look at how to reduce injuries when elderly slip (01/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- The elderly man stepped onto an elevated track and began walking, sensors measuring his gait, muscle use and the force of each step. Suddenly he slipped -- and cameras filmed his limbs flailing as he fought to stay upright. In the name of science, soapy water was spilled on the track to make it slippery. But don't worry, Virginia Tech researchers had strapped the man into a safety harness so he never hit the floor...
Seven injured when car plows through celebration (01/21/03)
DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- An elderly woman plowed her car Monday through a group celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, critically injuring one woman and hurting six others. Yolanda Harris was airlifted to The Regional Medical Center in Memphis with internal injuries and a possible broken pelvis after she was hit by a 1993 Ford Taurus driven by 89-year-old Annie Gracie Battles. Harris was in critical condition Monday afternoon...
Wireless lobbyists pay for party for Bush official (01/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's point person for telecommunications policy allowed wireless phone company lobbyists to help pay for a private reception at her home, and then 10 days later urged a policy change that benefited their industry, according to documents and interviews...
Congressional investigators create school (01/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Y'Hica Institute for the Visual Arts in London appeared to have all the credentials for certification in a student loan program administered by the U.S. Department of Education -- a Web site, a school president, a consulting firm and students who needed financial help...
New software aims to snare computer intruders in real time (01/21/03)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A suspected crooked insider at a New York software company sells consumer-credit reports to identity thieves, at roughly $30 a pop, in a high-tech scam that prosecutors say victimizes thousands. An unemployed British computer administrator fights extradition to face federal charges in Virginia and New Jersey that he hacked into 92 separate U.S. military and government networks, often getting past easy-to-guess passwords to download sensitive data...
Report - Russian envoy holds talks with N. Korean leader (01/21/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean President Kim Jong Il heard a Russian plan for ending his nation's nuclear standoff during talks Monday with a Moscow envoy, his first known meeting with a foreigner since the crisis started. The three-part plan, presented by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, envisions nuclear-free status for the Korean peninsula, and written security guarantees and a humanitarian and economic aid package for the impoverished North...
Police storm London mosque suspected of terrorism links (01/21/03)
LONDON -- Police using ladders and battering rams raided a London mosque -- a known center of radical Islam led by a suspected terrorist -- and arrested seven men early Monday in connection with the recent discovery of the deadly poison ricin. Dozens of officers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the red-brick Finsbury Park mosque and two neighboring houses just after 2 a.m., as circling helicopters shined spotlights on the buildings below...
One killed in Venezuelan violence (01/21/03)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former President Jimmy Carter renewed efforts to mediate Venezuela's political crisis Monday even as violence surged again between supporters and opponents of President Hugo Chavez. Gunfire during a protest march left one dead and 15 wounded, officials said...
World briefs 01/21/03 (01/21/03)
Seven U.S. skiers killed by avalanche in Canada REVELSTOKE, British Columbia -- Eight back-country skiers from the United States were killed and two were injured when an avalanche crashed down a mountainside Monday in eastern British Columbia, officials said...
Powell - U.N. must not shirk responsibility to disarm Iraq (01/21/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, faced with stiff resistance and calls to go slow, bluntly told other nations on Monday that the United Nations "must not shrink" from its responsibility to disarm Saddam Hussein's Iraq. "We cannot be shocked into impotence because we're afraid of the difficult choices ahead of us," Powell told members of the U.N. Security Council...
Father of Elian Gonzalez elected to Cuba's parliament (01/21/03)
HAVANA -- More than 97 percent of Cuba's voters elected all 609 candidates who ran uncontested for parliament, including the father of Elian Gonzalez, Cuba's elections officials said Monday. The Communist Party said the massive voter turnout showed "overwhelming proof of popular support for the nation, the revolution and socialism."...
U.N. rights body elects Libyan to chair despite U.S. protest (01/21/03)
GENEVA -- The United Nations' human rights watchdog elected a Libyan diplomat Monday as this year's president, overriding objections from the United States that the country's "horrible" record disqualifies it for such a post. Riding on a wave of African solidarity, Libyan ambassador Najat Al-Hajjaji received votes from 33 countries in her bid to chair the 53-member U.N. Human Rights Commission for its annual session starting in March...
Inspectors, Iraq settle on new practical steps (01/21/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Chief weapons inspectors and Iraqi officials ended two days of critical talks Monday with a 10-point agreement to make U.N. inspections more effective and possibly help answer questions about what happened to thousands of chemical and biological weapons...
Bulldogs' payback is 1-point win over Mules (01/21/03)
More than a month after receiving a heart-breaking one-point loss to Poplar Bluff in the HealthSouth Holiday Classic, Notre Dame's girls basketball team decided to make it a gift exchange. Trailing from virtually the opening tip Monday night, Notre Dame scored the final 10 points of the game for a stirring 45-44 victory over SEMO Conference rival Poplar Bluff...
Second-half comeback lifts Jackson (01/21/03)
ST. LOUIS -- After trailing at halftime, Jackson's girls basketball team came back to defeat Visitation 57-51 Monday in the Martin Luther King Shootout. Jenna Leet scored a game-high 30 points for Jackson (10-3), including three 3-pointers. Leet was the only Indian to score more than six points...
Clemons cleared to play today while case continues (01/21/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri has reinstated junior guard Ricky Clemons, who served a one-game suspension after he was arrested and charged with second-degree domestic assault. Coach Quin Snyder said Monday that Clemons is expected to play today in Missouri's home game against Iowa State...
Otahkians overcome a familiar slow start (01/21/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team is no stranger to slow starts. After falling behind 8-0 to Murray State at home Saturday night, the start to Monday's Ohio Valley Conference battle against Tennessee-Martin at the Show Me Center looked strangely familiar...
Indians ride momentum into Western Illinois game (01/21/03)
It's not a conference game, but Southeast Missouri State University's Indians see tonight's contest at Western Illinois as still very important. For starters, the Leathernecks (5-9, 2-1 Mid-Continent Conference) defeated the Indians (7-9, 2-3 Ohio Valley Conference) twice last season. Southeast would like to return the favor as the squads also play Feb. 18 in Cape Girardeau...
Blues drop Carolina to a record loss (01/21/03)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The second-highest scoring team in the NHL needed every bit of its offense to hold off the desperate Carolina Hurricanes. Scott Mellanby and Al MacInnis scored in the opening 9 1/2 minutes as the Blues beat Carolina 5-3 -- handing the Hurricanes a franchise-record seventh straight home loss Monday night...
Venus reaches semis; Hewitt eliminated early (01/21/03)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams wasn't fazed a bit when spectators loudly called some of her shots out. Williams responded with a burst of winners midway through the first set that helped carry her to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on Tuesday and into the Australian Open semifinals...
Bucs, Raiders display early contrast (01/21/03)
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Gruden was a no-show, and several of his players came in disguise. The man who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into their first Super Bowl stayed behind Monday to game-plan for Sunday's title game against Oakland. His players arrived in all kinds of casual attire, including Warren Sapp in a No. 7 Eagles jersey with Jaworski, as in Ron, printed on the back...
Improving Isringhausen says he'll be ready to close (01/21/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen says there's no need for a backup plan while he recuperates from shoulder surgery. Isringhausen, who had a torn labrum in his shoulder repaired in late October, played catch for the first time on Monday and felt fine, with another session planned for Wednesday...
USOC to form panel to review charges against group's CEO (01/21/03)
DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee plans an independent investigation of Lloyd Ward following the resignation of five members angered by his exoneration on ethics charges. The investigation comes amid a report in the Los Angeles Times on Monday that the U.S. Justice Department plans to send officials to the Dominican Republic to investigate a deal between the 2003 Pan American Games and a company with ties to Ward's brother...
Foreman is no longer grilled about his boxing career (01/21/03)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lunch with George Foreman is more about crab salad than grilled burgers. He's made millions with one liners about fat and food, but for the most part of two hours, Foreman just picks at the salad on his plate. "I still have a lot of fun, but you've got to watch what you're eating," Foreman said. "It can be a death sentence if you don't control yourself."...
Golden Globe honors actor Hackman for lifetime of work (01/21/03)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Two-time Academy Award winner Gene Hackman, whose roles during a four-decade career range from "Bonnie and Clyde" to "The Royal Tenenbaums," received the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 60th annual Golden Globes. "I never wanted to be anything but an actor," Hackman said after receiving the honor Sunday. "George Scott had a line in 'Patton' that I think is appropriate: 'God help me, I love this. I truly do.'"...
Future influence of Golden Globes questionable (01/21/03)
LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to predicting Oscar winners, the closest thing Hollywood has to a crystal ball is the Golden Globes. The future is full of question marks for the Globes itself, however, as the Academy Awards move from March to February next year...
Jeffrey Pobst (01/21/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jeffrey Pobst, 43, of Chaffee died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at his home. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran, Mo.
Rudolph Engelmann (01/21/03)
Rudolph M. Engelmann, 85, of Egypt Mills died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born July 25, 1917, at Oak Ridge, son of John R. and Esther Cobble Engelmann. He and Verna Mills were married Aug. 3, 1940, in St. Clair, Mo. She died June 4, 1991...
Ila Marshall (01/21/03)
The funeral for Ila Marshall of St. Louis was held Saturday at Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis. Burial was in the Hitt family cemetery at Delta. Marshall, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Albert and Louise Hitt...
Johnsy Holt (01/21/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Johnsy Minyon Holt, 86, of Sikeston died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Oct. 24, 1916, in Blodgett, Mo., daughter of Charles M. and Nettie Fisher Turner. She and Floyd Ellis Holt were married Dec. 11, 1943, in Sikeston. He died Oct. 26, 1986...
Marybelle Grossheider (01/21/03)
Marybelle A. Grossheider passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at the age of 83. A lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau County, she resided in her home on Route W before moving to the Lutheran Home three years ago. She was born Oct. 15, 1919, to John and Alma Job Schulte. She married Robert Grossheider April 28, 1945. He preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1995...
Chester Wallis (01/21/03)
Chester Louis Wallis, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. He was born June 20, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, son of Chester H. and Clara Brunke Wallis. He and Alma Mae Bock were married Dec. 5, 1946, in Cape Girardeau...
Alice Decker (01/21/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alice Marie Figley Decker, 75, of Sikeston, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Shade Switch, Mo., daughter of Finch and Zelma Pelham Frankum. She and James E. Figley were married Sept. 1, 1944, in Blytheville, Ark. He died Nov. 4, 1972. She then married Homer Decker April 3, 1976, in Sikeston. He died Nov. 29, 1992...
Births 1/21/03 (01/21/03)
Kern Daughter to Chris and Beth Kern of New Hamburg, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 9:54 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2002. Name, Baylee Grace. Weight, 5 pounds 14 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Kern is the former Beth Bailey, daughter of Pam and Tony Young of Blodgett, Mo. She is a registered nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care at St. Francis. Kern is the son of Bill and Luella Kern of New Hamburg. He is an electrician at K&K Electric Co...
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/21/03 (01/21/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Jan. 21 Firefighters responded to the following item Sunday: At 11:26 p.m., an alarm sounding at 2906 Beaver Creek.Firefighters responded to the following items Monday: At 5:07 a.m., an emergency medical service at 329 Koch. At 10:14 a.m., an emergency medical service at 911 Ranney...
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/21/03 (01/21/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Jan. 21 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Linda Scott of 408 S. Hanover, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on a Sikeston, Mo., warrant for contempt of court...
Out of the past 1/21/03 (01/21/03)
10 years ago: Jan. 21, 1993 Robert Ridgeway, 30-year veteran firefighter and fire chief of Mashpee Fire Department in Mashpee, Mass., was hired yesterday as Cape Girardeau's new fire chief; Ridgeway, 49, will move from Cape Cod area of New England and will begin work in Cape Girardeau March 1...
Progress is nonpartisan activity (01/21/03)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Response to a recent observation in this space concerning the delivery of state services was anything but calm from some Missouri Democrats serving in official positions in Jefferson City, and I won't say their criticism was unexpected...
Ryan's death-penalty action went too far (01/21/03)
Hundreds of Illinois families are reeling after learning that those who brutally killed their loved ones won't face the ultimate punishment that had been awaiting them on death row. The blow came from former governor George Ryan, delivered backhandedly this month as he prepared to leave office. Calling his state's death-penalty process "arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral," he commuted 167 death-row inmates' sentences...
Proposed bill would delay abortion one day (01/21/03)
The Missouri Legislature, with its Republican majority in both houses, is poised to take action on abortion laws this session. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is leading the effort to require a one-day wait between a doctor's visit and an abortion...
Protesters lose moral authority by including PLO (01/21/03)
To the editor: In regard to the recent trip to Washington, D.C., by some of our local citizens: I agree with them on the Iraq problem. I am against attacking Iraq at this time. I have not seen enough proof to cause me to support an invasion. It does not pass the test. Would I send my son? I would not...
University needs to let students decide on views (01/21/03)
To the editor: Dr. Robert Ward's recent letter to the editor that condemned Sheryl Crow's verbal opposition to the impending war with Iraq was astounding in that it came from a well-educated person. Ward threatens to withhold donations to Southeast Missouri State University if it again brings to its campus one of our nation's best entertainers, who also has the courage to speak her mind on an international issue. ...
Scientology's beliefs weren't issue on trial (01/21/03)
To the editor: I am responding to James Beebe's Dec. 16 letter. Beebe wrote in support of assertions by Scott Moyers making an issue of the attorney representing Rodney Yoder being a Scientologist. He also expressed misconceptions about the Church of Scientology. In their attempts to exaggerate the intent of the attorney, Randy Kretchmar, both Moyers and Beebe got it wrong...
Speak Out A 01/21/03 (01/21/03)
Changing history I'M ALL for what Martin Luther King stands for and what he accomplished. If you look around, you will still see violence and racial problems. I'm in my 30s, and my generation still has trouble with things that happened before my time. ...
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