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Stories from Monday, January 27, 2003

MoDOT buying rights of way (01/27/03)
Along part of Highway 34/72 in Jackson, Missouri Department of Transportation surveyors are placing flags to mark easements and rights of way and spots where soil samples must be taken so that bridge foundations and retaining walls can be designed. It's part of the huge amount of preparation that must take place before the first construction phase of the $16 million worth of scheduled improvements can begin...
Special district keeping roads cleared (01/27/03)
When it comes to snow removal, the residents on Kage and Hopper roads think they have it made, tucked inside the Cape Special Road District. "They do a super job," said Allen Taylor, who lives on Kage. "This road is clear before most of the city roads are."...
Community cuisine 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
Knights of Columbus to have pork dinner ORAN, Mo. -- A pork steak dinner will be held at the Oran Knights of Columbus Hall from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The meal, prepared by Zeigler's Catering, will include a baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and drink...
Community briefs 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
Cape genealogy society will meet tomorrow The Cape Girardeau County Genealogy Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. The program will be presented by Morley Swingle on researching historical novels...
Free income tax counseling offered (01/27/03)
East Missouri Action Agency Inc. is currently sponsoring a program that provides free tax counseling and assistance to people age 60 and over. It is called the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Volunteers are specially trained by the IRS to help older Americans with tax credits for the elderly, their personal exemptions and the proper method of reporting pension income and paying taxes on it when necessary. ...
Military news 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
Hotop sent to Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek N. Hotop, son of Glenda L. Hotop of Perryville, recently departed on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, which is based in Norfolk, Va...
Area use of popular baby names follows U.S. trends (01/27/03)
Hannah and Jacob were the most popular names for babies born at Southeast Missouri Hospital in 2002. Emily and Caleb or Kaleb were the most popular names at St. Francis Medical Center. Rounding out the top five most popular girl names at Southeast were: Emily, Ann, Abigail and Madison. Other top boy names included Hunter, Tyler, Ethan and Zachary...
Talent pleased with his Senate assignments (01/27/03)
Following his first month as a U.S. senator, Republican Jim Talent said he is well-positioned to push through Senate bills that will benefit Missouri residents. In a news conference Sunday afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Talent talked about his first weeks as a member of the Senate and his new committee assignments...
Newcomers Club helps ease transition of moving (01/27/03)
The Newcomers Club of Cape Girardeau, Jackson and the surrounding area is solely designed to welcome new people into the area and help ease the transition of moving into a new environment. There are no working committees or duties. People just get together to make friends, have fun and become acquainted with their community, according to member Helen Hunt of Cape Girardeau...
Agencies, man recognized for contributions to Special Olympics (01/27/03)
Wal-Mart and the Cape Girardeau Police Department were recently recognized as the Outstanding Business/ Organization and Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency of the Year for Southeast Area Special Olympics Missouri. Bill Mack of Cape Girardeau was named Coach of the Year...
Cape library schedules several events (01/27/03)
This month's Poetry Coffee House will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Hirsch Community Room of the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Participants are encouraged to bring selections of published verses they would like to share. Original poetry is also welcome...
House GOP ends late-night meetings (01/27/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gone from the House this session are late-night public hearings and the ability for lawmakers to act as though they were present for votes when they weren't. It's part of what is touted as a new, more open House, which is controlled by the GOP for the first time in 48 years...
Couple sues for restoration of Medicaid coverage for eyeglasses (01/27/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis couple and another Missourian have sued the state for restoration of Medicaid coverage of prescription eyeglasses, challenging last year's cuts meant to help balance Missouri's budget. The lawsuit, filed Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court, follows a local judge's August ruling in a similar lawsuit that the state essentially had to restore dental coverage to Missouri's Medicaid-eligible adults...
Younger generation passes off to older in House (01/27/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In politics as in life, it is typically the older generation that passes on wisdom and experience to the younger generation. But in the case of state Rep. Al Liese, the situation is a little different. The 62-year-old freshman Democrat from Maryland Heights was elected in November to represent the same House district previously served by his 39-year-old son, Chris, who was forced from office by term limits...
Woman with two fingers realizes dream to play organ (01/27/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alinda Murphy would often stop outside a music store and peer in at the organs that she wanted to learn how to play. But then she would remember her hands and turn away. Murphy, a bank examiner, has a hereditary condition, ectrodactyly, that gave her only one finger on each hand and no thumbs...
Community rallies around woman accused of killing son (01/27/03)
IRONTON, Mo. -- More than two weeks since Dixie Shunk killed her son with two shotgun blasts, many around this community still rally around the accused woman they consider a law-abiding, God-fearing grandmother. To a lot of folks around here, victim Joe Shunk Jr. had it coming. Friends said Shunk Jr. had a history of abusing his family...
Tobacco bonds back on agenda for lawmakers (01/27/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A plan to prop up Missouri's budget by selling the rights to the state's tobacco settlement has fared a bit like a smoldering cigarette. It was lighted to meet a need, was set aside briefly and now, with stresses mounting, is about to be picked up again...
Feds probe possible lung disease at popcorn plant (01/27/03)
MARION, Ohio -- A federal agency is investigating whether employees of a popcorn plant have been stricken with a lung disease that may be linked to breathing chemicals used in butter flavorings. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began looking this month at the ConAgra Snack Foods Group plant...
Reduced-nicotine cigarettes hit market (01/27/03)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The first tobacco CEO to acknowledge smoking is addictive is offering a new cigarette made with genetically modified tobacco that lets smokers choose their level of nicotine. Vector Tobacco Inc. stops short of marketing its Quest cigarettes as a smoking cessation product -- a claim that could draw the regulatory attention of the Food and Drug Administration...
Muslim leader not allowed to return to America (01/27/03)
CHICAGO -- The president of a Chicago-area Muslim group said Sunday he still had not learned why immigration officials denied him permission to return to the United States after he visited his parents in Jordan. Sabri Samirah, president of the United Muslim Americans Association in suburban Palos Hills, says he was returning to Chicago last weekend after a three-week visit to Jordan when officials at Ireland's Shannon Airport told he could not return to the United States...
Philip Morris accused of marketing 'light' brands as healthier (01/27/03)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Sharon Price switched from smoking regular cigarettes to brands labeled "light" when she was pregnant in the 1970s. "I knew the better choice was to quit, but I thought I was reducing my risk," the pack-a-day smoker said. Now 52, Price is among the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit accusing Philip Morris Cos., maker of Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights cigarettes, of wrongly leading customers to believe the "light" brands are less harmful than regular cigarettes.. ...
People talk 1/27/03 (01/27/03)
After 7 nominations, O'Toole to get Oscar LOS ANGELES -- Peter O'Toole, nominated seven times for an Oscar for films as diverse as the epic "Lawrence of Arabia" and the nostalgic comedy "My Favorite Year," will receive an honorary Academy Award this year...
Six music retailers join to offer digital downloads (01/27/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Six retail record store chains -- hurting from competition from CD burning, online music and large discount stores -- are teaming to offer consumers digital music downloads in their stores and over the Internet. The stores have formed a joint venture called Echo that will provide technology and allow them to offer individual tracks for downloading to portable devices and computers...
President confronting doubts on economy, Iraq this week (01/27/03)
WASHINGTON -- As war talk intensified, President Bush on Sunday rehearsed a State of the Union speech that is meant to confront Americans' doubts about an attack on Iraq and to sell his plans for new tax cuts and a Medicare overhaul. Bush attended church and jogged Sunday morning, then spent time practicing the address with confidante Karen Hughes. He had no public appearances scheduled, giving himself plenty of time to prepare for the Tuesday night speech...
Chess champion Kasparov defeats computer challenger (01/27/03)
NEW YORK -- World chess champion Garry Kasparov defeated computerized challenger Deep Junior on Sunday in the first of six games pitting human wit against computer logic. Kasparov forced the Israeli-programmed Deep Junior into a position from which it could not win, compelling the human moving its pieces to resign four hours into the game...
Studies question efforts to compile firearms 'fingerprints' (01/27/03)
The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two related California studies to be released this week conclude it is currently impractical to catalog the ballistic "fingerprints" of every firearm in the state. Recording every firearm made and sold in the nation's most populous state could be overwhelming, according to an internal California Department of Justice report obtained last fall by The Associated Press...
Nation briefs 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
Stewart claims she lost $400 million from probe NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart estimates the federal investigation into her ImClone stock trade has cost her about $400 million, according to an interview with The New Yorker magazine, which reaches newsstands today...
SEALs, former missile sub form anti-terrorist experiment (01/27/03)
ABOARD THE USS FLORIDA -- Cruise ships are sharing the ocean off the Bahamas with something menacing and stealthy: an enormous black submarine carrying Navy commandos hunting for terrorists. The sub and its contingent of SEALs (for Sea, Air and Land) are part of a Navy experiment exploring ways to clandestinely confirm and eliminate threats from terrorist cells...
Victim of deadly plane crash had survived Columbine massacre (01/27/03)
DENVER -- One of the victims in the deadly crash of two small planes over Denver was a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Jonathan Ross Ladd had been a junior when two students at the school opened fire, killing 12 classmates, a teacher and themselves. Ladd, who had spoken publicly about the attack, had since taken flight lessons and developed a love of airplanes, his grandmother said...
What's that sound? It could be anything at Library of Congress (01/27/03)
WASHINGTON -- Close your eyes and just listen. There's President Theodore Roosevelt denouncing corporate swindles. Robert Frost reading his poetry. Buffalo Bill Cody urging war with Spain over Cuba. They are joined by 2.5 million other voices -- some famous, some not -- and sounds -- the huffing and puffing of a steam locomotive is one -- preserved at the Library of Congress...
Powell says he has lost faith in inspectors (01/27/03)
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, citing Iraq's lack of cooperation with U.N. inspectors, said Sunday he has lost faith in the inspectors' ability to conduct a definitive search for banned weapons programs. A U.S.-led war to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, however, is not imminent, Powell told business and political leaders, and he did not explicitly call for the inspections to end...
Inspectors still can't say whether Iraq is rearming (01/27/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq's arms declaration is incomplete, its scientists aren't cooperating with inspections and Baghdad is obstructing the use of a U-2 plane which could be helpful in the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. After two months on the job, the chief weapons inspectors, who will issue their current assessments to the Security Council today at 9:30 a.m., can't confirm claims by the Bush administration that Iraq is rearming. ...
North Korea calls for 'national cooperation' with South Korea (01/27/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea called for "national cooperation" with South Korea on Sunday as Seoul prepared to send special envoys to Pyongyang to help defuse tensions over the communist North's nuclear development. The North's acceptance of the envoys could signal an easing in its refusal to have outside help in ending the crisis, which Pyongyang has insisted is a matter between it and Washington...
Chinese academics wary of theory China beat Columbus to America (01/27/03)
BEIJING -- Forgive Gavin Menzies for feeling a little defensive. His book, "1421: The Year China Discovered America," may be selling briskly in the United States, but his extraordinary theory that Chinese explorers reached the New World decades before Christopher Columbus is proving a tougher sell to academics -- even here in China...
Israel locks down West Bank, Gaza Strip ahead of election (01/27/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel locked down the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday ahead of its national election to keep out Palestinian attackers, after a large-scale military incursion into Gaza and warnings that Palestinians may try to disrupt the voting with violence...
World briefs 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
Police charge man following mosque raid LONDON -- A 29-year-old man arrested during a raid on a north London mosque was charged Sunday under terrorism legislation, police said. Samir Asli, 29, was charged with possessing articles for terrorist purposes under the Terrorism Act 2000, London's Metropolitan Police said. He is scheduled to appear in court today...
Historian who authenticated Hitler diaries dies (01/27/03)
LONDON -- Historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, who investigated "The Last Days of Hitler" in his most famous book but sullied his own reputation by incorrectly authenticating diaries said to have been the tyrant's, died Sunday at the age of 89. Trevor-Roper, who received the title Lord Dacre of Glanton in 1979, had been ill with cancer and died at Sobell House, a hospice in Oxford, his family announced...
Houses destroyed in Australia as fire crisis escalates (01/27/03)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Fires burning for weeks in southeast Australia's rugged mountains hit villages Sunday, destroying at least 16 homes and threatening hundreds more. Flames ravaged six houses in one of Australia's best-known ski resorts, Mount Hotham, and 10 more in nearby villages, authorities said...
Ivory Coast city erupts in anger over peace deal (01/27/03)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Loyalist mobs, enraged by a French-brokered peace deal they say gives too much power to Ivory Coast rebels, attacked the French embassy and army base Sunday and beat foreigners. President Laurent Gbagbo urged his people to accept the agreement for ending the four-month insurgency...
Venezuelans await currency controls (01/27/03)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelans awaited details of new currency controls, while protesters continued to press for the ouster of President Hugo Chavez in a nearly two-month-long strike that has severely hampered the economy, although oil production was slowly increasing...
Tampa Bay rolls to first NFL title (01/27/03)
SAN DIEGO -- Just defense, baby! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't need much more -- for most of the Super Bowl, anyway. Coach Jon Gruden and his Bucs won their first NFL championship on Sunday, routing the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in the first matchup of best offense vs. best defense...
Singh wins Phoenix Open for second time (01/27/03)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Vijay Singh thought a good final round would win the Phoenix Open. As it turned out, it took a great one. Singh birdied five of the first six holes and shot an 8-under-par 63 Sunday to win the event for the second time. He finished at 23-under 261, three strokes ahead of John Huston...
Big Ten appears to be going soft (01/27/03)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Forget the body shots. Leave the shoulder pads in the locker room. The rough-and-tumble tactics that once ruled the Big Ten appear to be changing. Some coaches say more whistles are being blown, and less pushing and shoving is permitted, altering the rugged image that has been the conference's trademark...
Red-hot Agassi faces new challenge (01/27/03)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi was ranked 141st in the world in 1997 before he began his remarkable career resurgence. Agassi has won five of his last 15 major tournaments, the latest triumph coming in the Australian Open. Agassi needed only 76 minutes to beat Germany's Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 early Sunday...
Tampa Bay offense steals the show (01/27/03)
The Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense showed Oakland how it's done. Upstaging the Raiders' heralded No. 1 offense in the Super Bowl, Brad Johnson and Co. proved Sunday night that the Bucs' O is plenty potent, too. "It's been a great year for us. There's been a lot of hard work. It's unbelievable," Johnson said...
Gannon's big season ends in total misery (01/27/03)
By John Nadel The Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- Rich Gannon's MVP season ended with a most dreadful performance in the Super Bowl. After one of the finest passing campaigns in NFL history, Gannon was under constant pressure from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an ugly first three quarters Sunday...
Jackson defensive in winning MVP honors (01/27/03)
By Hal Bock The Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- Dexter Jackson played down his Super Bowl MVP award. He didn't mince words, however, about the Tampa Bay defense. "We're one of the best of all-time. We're a great defense," Jackson said after the Buccaneers' 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. "You never can say you're the best. We're one of the best. They know now, they know tonight, we're for real."...
Gruden a bargain at twice the price (01/27/03)
SAN DIEGO -- He was racing up the sideline Sunday, features frozen by the most intense kind of concentration, matching the ball carrier stride for stride. All the while, his right fist was punching the air. The last time Jon Gruden played in a game that counted was 18 years ago, at the University of Dayton, and "played" might be stretching the truth. Gruden, a quarterback, was the holder on place-kicks. He attempted three passes in three years...
Briefly 1/27/03 (01/27/03)
Football North Dakota State head football coach Bob Babich says he is a candidate for an assistant coaching job with the St. Louis Rams. Babich, 41, is scheduled to interview with Rams head coach Mike Martz today for the job as defensive assistant in charge of linebackers...
NFL's greatest player aided image (01/27/03)
On any given Sunday, anything can happen. So on Super Sunday, for a coach to be facing his former team a year after he jumped ship is nothing. But it would have taken the insight of Miss Cleo, Yoda and me to predict this year's Super Bowl. Sure, everyone wanted to talk about Jon Gruden against Al Davis. In fact, some called it Chuckie Bowl I, and among it all one story went regrettably overlooked...
Pizza and furniture coming to Broadview (01/27/03)
A pizza buffet and a furniture store are set to make their home in South Broadview Plaza, adding two more ingredients to an area of town that has already seen its share of growth. CiCi's Pizza, a national buffet chain, is preparing to open sometime around the first of April at 221 S. Broadview in the 4,200-square-foot spot that used to house Color Tile...
Goldblum seeks truth in 'War Stories' (01/27/03)
LOS ANGELES -- After years of playing nerdy or neurotic characters in such films as "The Big Chill," "Jurassic Park" and "The Fly," Jeff Goldblum was ready for a leading action role. He was also ready for a return to the more regular schedule of series television...
Caine lobbied to keep movie from going directly to video (01/27/03)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "The Quiet American" appeared doomed to go direct to video. Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein had scheduled a release date for fall 2001. Then came Sept. 11. Concerned about the film's anti-American slant, Weinstein put it on indefinite hold, which usually results in little, if any, theatrical release, let alone Oscar consideration...
Lawmakers question whether fees too high for mutual funds (01/27/03)
NEW YORK -- As investors endure painful losses on their mutual funds, two lawmakers are asking whether fund companies might be charging unnecessary fees to maintain their profit margins. Rep. Michael G. Oxley, R-Ohio, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Richard H. Baker, R-La., head of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, have requested a review into fund fees by the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm...
Association health plans get new push in Washington (01/27/03)
When President Bush gives his State of the Union address on Tuesday, his agenda is expected to include help for small businesses hurt by rising health care costs. Bush wants to create national association health plans. Known as AHPs, they would allow small businesses to buy into group health insurance plans anywhere in the country, enabling them to pay much less than they pay now when buying small policies directly from insurers...
Man's boyhood dream finds fertile ground in conversion buses (01/27/03)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Imagine an 8-year-old riding a bus halfway across the country for the first time, with never-before-seen sights flashing past his window, leaving him in awe. Tom Parsons may not remember everything he observed on that trip from California to Missouri nearly 40 years ago, but he easily recalls the excitement he felt...
People on the move 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
St. Francis CEO named secretary of MHA board Steven Bjelich, president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center, has been appointed as secretary on the Missouri Hospital Association Management Services Corp. board of directors. The corporation is a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of MHA. ...
Business memo 01/27/03 (01/27/03)
Eastman Kodak to cut 3 percent of work force ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Photography icon Eastman Kodak Co. said last week it will cut another 1,800 to 2,200 jobs, or about 3 percent of its global work force. The cuts were announced as the world's largest photography company reported a profit for the fourth quarter that fell short of Wall Street's expectations and its chairman cautioned that economic conditions looked tough for the year ahead...
Mary Thomson (01/27/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Helen Thomson, 89, of Chaffee died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Arrangements are pending with Amick Burnett Funeral Home in Chaffee.
Alpha Freeman (01/27/03)
MORELY, Mo. -- Alpha Faye Freeman, 93, of Morley died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston, Mo. Arrangements are pending with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Gary Glenzy (01/27/03)
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- Gary Glenzy, 63, of Pinckneyville, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Pinckneyville Community Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville.
Marie Brown (01/27/03)
Marie Brown, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at her residence. Arrangements are pending with Ford & Sons Funeral Home.
James Sneed (01/27/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- James J. "Jack" Sneed, 89, of Benton died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Tulu, Ky., son of Thomas Jefferson and Sarah Elizabeth Rogers Sneed. He and Lucille Mary Enderle were married Oct. 15, 1941, in Kelso, Mo...
Rosa James (01/27/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Rosa Lee James, 80, of Cairo died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. She was born Aug. 28, 1922, in Cairo, daughter of Richard and Essie Howard James. Survivors include a sister, Marian James of Chicago; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild...
Cape police report 1/27/03 (01/27/03)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Jan. 27 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI James Noland, 42, of 510 N. Fountain, Apt. 2, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 1/27 (01/27/03)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Jan. 27 Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 4:19 p.m., a box alarm at 7 Village Drive. At 6:32 p.m., a box alarm at 1113 Big Bend Rd. At 7:34 p.m., a fire alarm at 1353 N. Mt. Auburn. At 8:21 p.m., a medical assist at 645 S. Spring, Apt. A...
Out of the past 1/27/03 (01/27/03)
10 years ago: Jan. 27, 1993 Workers are dismantling 180-foot storage building near Kingshighway and Independence Street, which city of Cape Girardeau purchased from Wolohan Lumber; J.W. Strack Construction will reassemble 168 feet of building near city's public works building on North Kingshighway, where it will be used as open garage for waste disposal trucks...
It always helps to know all the facts (01/27/03)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The title of this piece may remind you of the old Joe Friday line in "Dragnet" (Just the facts, ma'am), but facts have been found to be 98.7 percent effective in removing doubt, fear and panic from the public's mind whenever critical public questions are being discussed...
Riverside libraries offer help with tests (01/27/03)
Riverside Regional Library is offering a truly innovative service that should be a boon to its patrons. Any Riverside Regional Library cardholder can log onto a computer to prepare for the ACT, SAT, GED, firefighters exam and EMT exam or many other tests that are required for students and professionals...
Columbia to vote on legalizing marijuana (01/27/03)
The Columbia City Council last week decided to put a controversial issue before voters on April ballot: Should the city legalize marijuana for medical use and reduce the penalties for others found with small amounts of the substance? The penalty reduction is significant -- from up to a $1,000 fine and one year in jail to no jail time and $25 for the first offense. The maximum penalty would be $500 under the proposed change...
Disagreement is not disrespect for armed forces (01/27/03)
To the editor: It is important that people question the government. Disagreeing with the way the U.S. government is using the men and women in the armed forces is not an attempt to disrespect them. If the editors of this paper would read their own articles, they would see that the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Peace and Justice supports our troops but disagrees with government policy. This was seen in quotes by members, and it is in our mission statement...
School board members deserve special honors (01/27/03)
To the editor: The week of Jan. 27-Feb. 1 is School Board Recognition Week. It's a time for educators and citizens to salute these unpaid volunteers who serve public education on behalf of their communities. Jackson Board of Education members are dedicated citizens who carry out the truest form of representatives government: volunteer public service. ...
MLK service was good start; when is next meeting? (01/27/03)
To the editor: Hats off to those who organized the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community service. I had no idea of the injustices suffered by our black community when Cape Girardeau schools were integrated in 1954, nor of the lingering feelings holding us back from becoming a truly inclusive community. There is a need to face the truth of our history and to apologize and seek forgiveness. I too apologize for my lack of sensitivity to the experiences of my black brothers and sisters...
Speak Out 1/27/03 (01/27/03)
Parking included I'D LIKE to make a comment about the ticket pricing for the monster truck rally at Show Me Center. General admission tickets are advertised at $10.99. When you go to the Show Me Center box office, you pay $16.99. When you ask why that you have to pay that much, you are told you're having to pay for parking. I can see one person in a car paying for parking, but not all of them. I think this needs to be explained better...
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