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Stories from Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Burn victims tell of bonfire as suspect eludes probe (01/22/03)
and Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian As victims and witnesses recover and recall their horrifying stories of what happened at Friday night's bonfire explosion in rural Cape Girardeau County, investigators still don't know who is to blame...
Meeting tonight (01/22/03)
With a four tax and fee package hanging in the balance until the April 8 election, the Cape Girardeau City Council will review a draft of the city's proposed fiscal budget at 7 p.m. tonight. The council will also review the city's Capital Improvement Program, a prioritized list of transportation, environment, community development and parks and recreation projects...
Fund-raising foundation short of board members (01/22/03)
Eight years after its initial formation, the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation is struggling to meet its goals due to a lack of volunteers. The foundation, which originally formed in 1995, was created to enhance and support Cape Girardeau students by providing funds for instructional and co-curricular programs...
Area man arrested on drug charges (01/22/03)
While serving a search warrant Monday, Jackson law enforcement authorities arrested a 39-year-old man after finding a package with more than 5 grams of marijuana in his home, said Sgt. Christopher Mouser. Jimmy Holt of 957 W. Independence, Jackson, was charged Tuesday with felony possession a controlled substance with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia...
Southeast Missouri Hospital unveils new orthopedic unit (01/22/03)
Lucille Tidwell didn't seem too impressed with the 27-inch television or the accompanying DVD player -- she liked her hospital room's new color. "The color makes it striking. They're pastels, I like that," said the 87-year old Sikeston, Mo., resident, who also happened to be the first patient to be treated in Southeast Missouri Hospital's new orthopedic unit, in her case for a fractured hip...
Teens find guns while walking along riverbank (01/22/03)
Two rusted-out guns were found Tuesday afternoon by a two teenagers walking along the banks of the Mississippi River near the Cape Rock. The guns, both long-barreled, appeared to have deteriorated from being underwater for a long time. One gun was broken into three pieces and had black tape wrapped around the stock end...
Old Town Cape lobbies city council for support (01/22/03)
Marsha Toll, the promotions committee chairwoman for Old Town Cape, addressed the city council Monday night, asking for continued financial support from the city. The city has funded Old Town Cape, an organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown, with $20,000 per year for the last three years. The council will decide whether to continue that funding as part of its budget process, which officially begins tonight...
University Extension Council election scheduled for this month (01/22/03)
Cape Girardeau County residents have the opportunity to vote for members of the University Extension Council this month. Ballots for this election will be in local newspapers this week and also made available at the Extension Center in Jackson. Voting instructions and candidate information will also be included...
Southeast Missourians go to march against abortion (01/22/03)
To 15-year-old Codie Isom, her anti-abortion stance is a simple matter of her own existence: Her mother was adopted. So if her natural grandmother had chosen to abort her pregnancy, then Isom's mother -- and by logical extension, Isom herself -- would never have been born...
Cape lawyer Heisserer picked as circuit judge replacement (01/22/03)
Gov. Bob Holden intends to appoint John P. Heisserer of Cape Girardeau to the 32nd Judicial Circuit court bench when a vacancy opens March 1. Heisserer will replace Judge John Grimm, who is resigning to go into private practice. The circuit has jurisdiction over cases in Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties...
Cape teenager sought for role in shooting (01/22/03)
Gunshot victim Erica Hempstead is listed in stable condition at Southeast Missouri Hospital, but her alleged shooter is still at large. Police are asking for the public's help in finding the man they believe shot the 20-year-old Cape Girardeau woman in her back Monday night...
Committee to discuss engineers' draft traffic study (01/22/03)
A committee appointed to advise the city of Jackson on the $100,000 traffic study it commissioned a year ago will get a chance to review the engineers' draft report and make recommendations at a meeting Thursday. The Jackson Board of Aldermen already has received copies of the draft report. The advisory board will give the engineers feedback and be able to ask questions before the final draft is presented to the Board of Aldermen. Reviews of the 100-page report already are favorable...
Holden pits tobacco bonds against education cuts (01/22/03)
The Missouri Legislature must authorize the use of tobacco settlement money before the end of February if the state is to avoid slashing education spending this spring, Gov. Bob Holden said Tuesday. State colleges could face combined spending cuts of $90 million to $175 million, he said in his visit to Southeast Missouri State University. The governor also said that Missouri's public school districts could face cuts of $175 million to $260 million...
Cape Girardeau City Council actions (01/22/03)
Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings) Approved an ordinance approving the record plat of Ashland Court Minor Subdivision No. 1. Approved an ordinance granting a special-use permit to Bobby D. and Lula M. McDonald for purposes of constructing and maintaining an advertising sign at 820 N. Sprigg St...
Club news 1/22 (01/22/03)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you....
Lawmakers seek term limits for executive branch (01/22/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group of new lawmakers who are in office, at least in part, because of legislative term limits propose imposing service caps on all six statewide elected officials. Identical measures filed in both the Senate and House of Representatives would ask Missouri voters to decide a constitutional amendment that would limit those executive branch officeholders to two four-year terms. At present, only the governor and state treasurer are so restricted...
Missouri Amtrak service could be cut by March 1 (01/22/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Unless Missouri comes up with more money by the end of next month, Amtrak plans to eliminate one of its two daily passenger trains between St. Louis and Kansas City. State transportation officials told lawmakers Tuesday they need $1.2 million -- on top of the $5 million already appropriated -- to continue running both trains through the June 30 end of the fiscal year...
House majority may have cooled on MoDOT change (01/22/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While the minority party in the House of Representatives, Republicans called for weakening the constitutional independence of the Missouri Department of Transportation by giving the governor the power to hire and fire its director...
Nation digest 01/22/03 (01/22/03)
Home construction has best year since 1986 WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes and apartments posted an unexpectedly strong gain of 5 percent in December as the housing industry wrapped up its best performance in 16 years, a building boom fueled by the lowest mortgage rates in four decades...
Frigid air blasts Northeast (01/22/03)
JAY, Vt. -- The Northeast has been seized by extreme cold for more than a week now, with wind-chill readings so low that even hardy Vermonters are thinking twice about going outside. "It will take a special attitude to be out there today," said Bill Stenger, general manager of the Jay Peak ski area, where the afternoon temperature was 14 below zero...
Man shoots toddler at restaurant, is killed by police (01/22/03)
POMONA, Calif. -- The parents of a 2-year-old boy killed by a stranger while eating at a Burger King wept Tuesday as they tried to understand why the man walked up to their son and shot him in the head. The gunman fled after Monday's shooting, but was killed by police after pulling the weapon and telling them, "shoot me, shoot me." The toddler, Osvaldo Martinez, died at a hospital...
NASA looks to hire more teachers as astronauts (01/22/03)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With the widows of three of the Challenger astronauts looking on, NASA launched a program Tuesday to recruit more teachers as astronauts and get more youngsters interested in science and math. "One of the things I'm going to say when I'm in space is what I'm going to say right now to all of you students and teachers," said educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who was the backup for Christa McAuliffe on the morning of Jan. ...
Self-starters - Young volunteers creating their own charities (01/22/03)
Already part of a generation known for its commitment to volunteerism, a growing number of young people are not only helping good causes but starting their own charities, say adults who track philanthropy. For Dan and Betsy Nally, it's about turkey. The siblings from suburban Boston, now ages 15 and 12, collected 36 birds from neighbors back in 1996, after hearing that the local food bank was running short at Thanksgiving...
People talk 1/22/03 (01/22/03)
Rapper DMC praises police on shooting case NEW YORK -- Police investigating the killing of Jam Master Jay are doing "an excellent job," said DMC of the rap group Run-DMC. No arrests have been made in the shooting death of the group's disc jockey, whose real name was Jason Mizell. The 37-year-old was shot execution-style on Oct. 30 in his Queens recording studio...
Lawyer and Roe now work on different ends of abortion issue (01/22/03)
DALLAS -- They were on the same side 30 years ago, fighting for the right of women to get an abortion. But attorney Sarah Weddington and one-time abortion rights poster girl Norma McCorvey have sharply contrasting views today. Weddington, the lawyer who tried the Roe v. Wade case and became an icon of the women's rights movement, is worried that, with the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today, anti-abortion forces are gaining political strength...
Hispanics now largest minority in country (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- Hispanics have surpassed blacks as the nation's largest minority group, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. The Latino population grew to 37 million in July 2001, up 4.7 percent from April 2000. The black population increased 2 percent during the same period, to 36.1 million...
Thousands to march on Roe v. Wade anniversary (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of activists on both sides of the abortion debate are rallying to mark today's 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. On the eve of the anniversary, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception received about 7,000 people -- including five cardinals, 36 bishops and 250 priests -- for its annual "Mass for Life" and prayer service. ...
Calico copy shares DNA, but not personality (01/22/03)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Rainbow the cat is a typical calico with splotches of brown, tan and gold on white. Cc, her clone, has a striped gray coat over white. Rainbow is reserved. Cc is curious and playful. Rainbow is chunky. Cc is sleek. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society might be inclined to say: I told you so. But then, so would cc's creators at Texas A&M University...
White House staff has several family member pairs (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, White House aide Jeanie Figg made a pledge to see her grown daughter in person -- every day. Turns out that wasn't too tough. Just a quick dash from East Wing to West Wing. Figg, the White House deputy social secretary, and daughter Kara, deputy director of scheduling, are among a smattering of family duos who can put the world's most prestigious office address on their business cards...
Net providers told to help trace illegal music downloads (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- Internet providers must abide by music industry requests to track down computer users who illegally download music, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case that could dramatically increase online pirates' risk of being caught. The decision by U.S. ...
FBI help in Pentagon data project raises new privacy questions (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- Possible FBI involvement in a high-tech Pentagon project that sifts through Americans' personal information raises new concerns about privacy and civil liberties, Sen. Charles Grassley said Tuesday. The Defense Department's inspector general, Joseph Schmitz, told Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter that the FBI was working on a memorandum of understanding with the Pentagon "for possible experimentation" with the data-mining project...
Federal officials say private labs faked environmental tests (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- Private laboratories are increasingly being caught falsifying test results for water supplies, petroleum products, underground tanks and soil, hampering the government's ability to ensure Americans are protected by environmental laws, investigators say...
Bush - High court must decide on racial preferences in colleges (01/22/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush declined Tuesday to say whether racial preference could be used as a factor in college admissions, leaving it to the Supreme Court to settle a question that could overturn a 25-year-old affirmative action ruling. In sidestepping the issue, Bush said it is up to the high court to "define the outer limits of the Constitution" without his input...
Lego blocks latest battleground for China's fight against fakes (01/22/03)
BEIJING -- As it opens to the world, China has vowed repeatedly to eliminate counterfeit and pirated products. The latest test of its commitment appears to build on that promise -- brick by colorful plastic brick. Lego, the Danish toy manufacturer that makes one of the Western world's most recognizable toys, has won a case in the Beijing High People's Court, which agreed that a Chinese company copied characteristics of its snap-together plastic building blocks...
Wall of snow buried backcountry skiers, suffocating seven (01/22/03)
CALGARY, Alberta-- A wall of snow 100 feet wide buried several skiers on a remote British Columbia mountain, killing seven of them, including snowboard pioneer Craig Kelly and three Americans. Three skiers who escaped the avalanche that thundered 300 feet down the mountainside Monday rescued one person, but the others suffocated under several feet of snow, according to police and rescue officials...
Schroeder in legal fight with media over rumored marital strife (01/22/03)
BERLIN -- Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder failed to win a clean victory Tuesday in his legal fight to quash German media rumors that his marriage is on the rocks. Schroeder's lawyer vowed to take the case to a trial after a mixed ruling by a Berlin court...
Iraq pledges cooperation amid fears of attack (01/22/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Baghdad government will work more closely with arms monitors under a new U.N. accord, but the U.S. military will probably attack Iraq anyway, a senior Iraqi official said Tuesday. "It is possible any minute, any second that while the inspectors are still here, the aggression takes place, because the U.S. administration doesn't care," Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said...
Shooting attack in Kuwait leaves one American dead, one injured (01/22/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- A gunman ambushed two Americans driving near a U.S. military base Tuesday in Kuwait, killing one and wounding another in what U.S. officials branded a terror attack. The shooting was the first assault on U.S. civilians in Kuwait and the third on Americans since October in the oil-rich emirate, where pro-American sentiment is usually strong and where thousands of U.S. troops are assembling for a possible war on Iraq...
Acquittal decision appealed in DVD copyright case (01/22/03)
OSLO, Norway -- Norway's economic crime police on Tuesday appealed the acquittal of a teenager charged with digital burglary for creating and circulating online a program that cracks the security codes on DVDs. Jon Lech Johansen, 19, was found innocent of violating Norway's data break-in laws Jan. ...
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian shops (01/22/03)
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli forces staged the biggest demolition in the West Bank in years on Tuesday, destroying 62 shops in a Palestinian village. Also Tuesday, Israel's Supreme Court relaxed a ban on soldiers using Palestinians as "human shields" or ordering Palestinians to knock on doors of Islamic militants' houses. Human rights advocates denounced the decision...
World briefs 01/22/02 (01/22/03)
France hints it may veto resolution against Iraq UNITED NATIONS -- France told the Security Council there is no reason yet for military action against Iraq, hinting it may veto any U.N. resolution authorizing an attack, in a preview of what will likely be a clash with the United States in the coming weeks...
Powerful earthquake shakes Mexico (01/22/03)
MEXICO CITY -- A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and the country's Pacific coast late Tuesday, sending panicked residents spilling into capital streets and knocking out power to large swaths of the city. The national seismological service said the 7.6-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 p.m. on the coast of Colima, a small state which includes the port city of Manzanillo, about 300 miles west of Mexico City...
Journalists believed kidnapped in Panama (01/22/03)
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Three foreign journalists, including the reporter who interviewed U.S. Taliban suspect John Walker Lindh, were believed kidnapped Tuesday by Colombian attackers, police said. The three, said to be part of a camera crew, disappeared Sunday near Paya, a remote Indian village of 500 people just north of the Colombian border...
Fire consumes Tasmanian homes (01/22/03)
CANBERRA, Australia -- The strong winds that fanned deadly bush fires in Australia's capital relented Tuesday, allowing firefighters to control flames crackling a few miles away. However, blazes in the southern island of Tasmania consumed five homes...
N. Korean delegation arrives in Seoul for talks (01/22/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The chief North Korean delegate to talks with South Korea hinted Tuesday he was unwilling to discuss an issue of vital concern to his hosts and their allies: North Korea's suspected nuclear weapons program. The comments by Kim Ryong Song, the North Korean delegate, raised doubts about whether South Korea would make any headway during the four-day talks in urging the North to drop its nuclear programs...
Police question suspects arrested in raid on mosque (01/22/03)
LONDON -- British police investigating armed Algerian groups suspected of planning an attack using the deadly poison ricin studied seized documents Tuesday and interrogated seven men, most of them North African, arrested in a raid on a radical London mosque...
Jimmy Carter proposes plan for elections in Venezuela (01/22/03)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter proposed a plan Tuesday to lead Venezuela to elections and end a 51-day-old strike against President Hugo Chavez, which has dramatically cut production in the No. 5 oil-exporting country...
Bulldogs watch late lead vanish in loss (01/22/03)
Notre Dame's boys basketball team lost an 11-point lead in a dramatic fourth-quarter collapse as it fell 50-42 to New Madrid County Central on the road Tuesday night. Notre Dame (11-6) led 39-28 after three quarters but was outscored 22-3 in the final quarter...
Shootout combines games with honor of former state champions (01/22/03)
Saturday will be a day of showcasing for Notre Dame High School. It will hold its third annual Notre Dame High School Girls' Basketball Shootout, which features four of Southeast Missouri's top teams facing St. Louis competition. But Notre Dame will also take the opportunity to honor its past...
McCormick hospitalized after brain hemorrhage (01/22/03)
QUINCY, Ill.-- Former Notre Dame High School basketball standout Deana McCormick is being held in the Intensive Care Unit at Blessing Hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage Monday. McCormick, a freshman forward at Quincy University, suffered the hemorrhage following practice. According to a release from the school, McCormick has undergone a series of tests, including a CAT scan and MRI, and doctors are optimistic about her progress...
Clemons leads late surge past Iowa State (01/22/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri stood behind Ricky Clemons, and in the end he delivered. Clemons, coming off a one-game suspension, found his scoring touch just in time to lead a late spurt as the No. 21 Tigers beat Iowa State 64-59 Tuesday night. "I believe in Ricky or he wouldn't be playing," coach Quin Snyder said. "These are times when I think he needs support."...
Hot shooting can't prevent Indians' loss (01/22/03)
MACOMB, Ill. -- Looking over the final statistics Tuesday night, it was hard to believe Southeast Missouri State University actually lost to Western Illinois. The Indians shot 52 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range, outrebounded the Leathernecks 31 to 25 and had 15 turnovers, not an unusually high total...
NASCAR looks at track changes for 2004 season (01/22/03)
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR put tracks on notice Tuesday that the 2004 Winston Cup schedule could look a lot different under a realignment plan that might move races to different parts of the country. That could be bad news for historic tracks such as North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham and Darlington Raceway in South Carolina -- facilities that are clinging to two Winston Cup races a year...
Serena, Clijsters win, set up a semifinal showdown (01/22/03)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams moved two wins away from the "Serena Slam." Standing in her way is Kim Clijsters, the last player to beat Williams or her sister Venus. Serena Williams reached the Australian Open semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory Wednesday over Meghann Shaughnessy, whose drop shot led to the twisted ankle that kept Williams out of last year's tournament...
Record night is good news for Thrashers (01/22/03)
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley gave himself a wonderful birthday present, with a little help from his teammates. Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice each as the Atlanta Thrashers tied a team record for goals in an 8-4 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues...
Mystique vs. misery - the images of the Super Bowl (01/22/03)
SAN DIEGO -- So what if this is the NFL's big show. The Oakland Raiders clearly have their own schedule. And if it's their desire to add to their mystique this week, they are off to a pretty good start. The Raiders missed their appointed interview time with hordes of reporters and broadcasters by 50 minutes at the league's media day extravaganza Tuesday. That's practically unheard of considering everything this week is micromanaged to the second...
Pujols chosen St. Louis baseball man of the year (01/22/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Even after putting together the best two-season debut in major league history and finishing second to Barry Bonds in the MVP balloting, Albert Pujols knows he can do better. The Cardinals' cleanup hitter was honored Tuesday as the Baseball Man of the Year by the city's chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...
With these mouths, oxygen will be at a premium (01/22/03)
Oxygen will be at a premium in the trenches come Sunday. That's when Bucs defender Warren Sapp and Raiders lineman Frank Middleton, two of the NFL's biggest mouths, square off across the line of scrimmage. Considering how much trash will be flying back and forth between the former teammates and practice partners, the worry is whether there will be enough uncluttered airspace left for the rest of the players to breathe...
Add a little fanfare to your football party (01/22/03)
Here's some fan fare that's easy to make and tastes hearty without being a diet disaster All-pro appetizers combine mashed potatoes with pepper Jack cheese and spinach. Halftime skins are lightly seasoned and baked crisp. Serve with an assortment of toppings for a nutritious treat...
Fondue returns as favorite party dish (01/22/03)
KATONAH, N.Y. -- My daughter recently described an amusing dinner party she'd gone to, where the main attraction was a novelty to her -- fondue. As the guests, mostly unknown to one another, dipped and swirled cubes of bread and vegetables in communal pots of warm wine-laced Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses, their inhibitions melted away. By dessert, a decadent milk chocolate-peanut butter fondue, the mood was positively jovial, she said...
Feeling fit but ignored and rejected (01/22/03)
After nearly eight years of marriage, things can get a little ... you know ... stale. It's the same old routine, day after day, month after month. So little wonder a woman's eyes might stray. She might entertain the idea of a little dalliance. She might even arrange a meeting...
The power of (pasteurized and prepared) cheese (01/22/03)
Velvetta does something few other cheeses can do -- it melts consistently and never needs refrigeration. "This song's about a girl who's soft and warm and cheap. When I held her close to me, she melted right away. Velveeta was her name." So go the lyrics to a tune by a punk band fromCalifornia. ...
Serve up some Super Bowl favorites (01/22/03)
I was all geared up to write about Super Bowl food this week, until I got a wonderful new cookbook. So, I would like to tell you a little bit about that, then we will get to the Super Bowl. Last week Helen Stover brought me a copy of the new St. Francis Medical Center Auxiliary cookbook. ...
Linda Winchester (01/22/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Linda "Marie" Winchester, 64, of Advance died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at her home. She was born May 4, 1938, in Cumberland City, Tenn., daughter of Robert W. and Bertie Lee Pulley Smith. She and Jerry Edward Winchester were married in December 1962 in St. Louis...
Jeffrey Pobst (01/22/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The funeral for Jeffrey Frank Pobst of Chaffee will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Mo. The Rev. James Seyer will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran after 4 p.m. today. Parish prayers will be at 6:30...
Births 1/22/03 (01/22/03)
White Son to Dr. Brad Jackson and Dr. Chris Marie White of Perryville, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:14 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003. Name, Jack Mathew. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. First child. Mrs. White is the former Chris Mathews, daughter of Joanne Vaughn of Lees Summit, Mo., and Curt Mathews of Jefferson City, Mo. ...
Cape police report 1/22/03 (01/22/03)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Jan. 22 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Linda Joyce Scott, 33, of 408 S. Hanover, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on a Sikeston, Mo., warrant for driving while revoked...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 1/22/03 (01/22/03)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Jan. 22 Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 6:30 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 S. Silver Springs Road. At 6:51 p.m., an illegal burn at 2034 Concord Place. At 9:25 p.m., a medical assist at 400 S. Ellis...
Out of the past 1/22/03 (01/22/03)
10 years ago: Jan. 22, 1993 The 400 and 500 blocks of Good Hope Street should look brighter within next two weeks; Union Electric plans to replace existing lights in two-block area with brighter, high-pressure sodium lights; new lights, requested by Haarig Area Development Association and installed at no charge, will raise lighting to the level of the 600 block of Good Hope...
It was never about a smoking gun (01/22/03)
By David Kay ~ From The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- When it comes to the U.N. weapons inspection in Iraq, looking for a smoking gun is a fool's mission. That was true 11 years ago when I led the inspections there. It is no less true today -- even after the seemingly important discovery on Thursday of a dozen empty short-range missile warheads left over from the 1980s...
Balance needed on recruiting access (01/22/03)
A provision of the No Child Left Behind Act that requires schools to provide student information to military recruiters has created some confusion and a great deal of concern, particularly among parents who want to protect the privacy of their children...
Military draft is no simple bargaining chip (01/22/03)
It's hard to make a popular case for sending young men and women off to war. But the men and women who voluntarily serve in the U.S. military understand that the possibility of combat is always with us. Our nation's military preparedness is as much a deterrent to conflict and invasion as diplomacy...
Teachers have needs beyond high salaries (01/22/03)
To the editor: A Jan. 14 article reported that local districts are having difficulty attracting and retaining teachers who are the cream of the crop and that low salaries are the reason. Although pay is a factor, most people enter education knowing it will not be a gold mine. ...
Certain events are meant to be held outdoors (01/22/03)
To the editor: Once again the Show Me Center is to be used (on Jan. 24 and 25) as an arena for a show of monster trucks. The Show Me Center is a lovely building and wasn't intended for this kind of punishment. If such bang-and-crash shows are continued in the building, it won't be lovely for long. ...
Kids at party didn't use common sense (01/22/03)
To the editor: Regarding the party where a can of gasoline was thrown on a bonfire: These kids should have the common sense to know that gas is flammable. They should know that if you play with fire you are going to get burned. As for throwing shotgun shells into the fire, why would they do that? It's just stupid. ...
Positive story may encourage more good deeds (01/22/03)
To the editor: In response to the article "Jackson students get unexpected response from soldiers": What a nice surprise to see our granddaughter, Chelsea Olson, on the front page of the newspaper. She is in the seventh grade at Jackson Middle School and involved in the pamphlets sent to the servicemen in Saudi Arabia. This was a very good write-up for the students, and I'm sure this will encourage them to do more in this line. Thanks also goes to their thoughtful teacher, Tammy Brotherton...
Speak Out 1/22/03 (01/22/03)
Use turn signals REGARDING TURN signals: I can understand if you're talking on your cell phones, have a dog on your lap or are eating and drinking something, but the rest of you drivers could use your turn signals. If you are in a left-turn lane and don't have signals on, this is improper lane change and is against the law...
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