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Program this week to help cancer patients (02/03/03)
St. Francis Medical Center is holding a "Look Good ... Feel Better" program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Healing Arts Conference Room at the Healing Arts Center. During this program, Look Good ... Feel Better volunteer cosmetologists will teach female cancer patients how to cope with skin changes and hair loss with the help of cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Free cosmetic kits will be provided to women in active cancer treatment...
Jackson Board of Alderman agenda (02/03/03)
Monday, 7:30 p.m. Action items Power and Light Committee Consider motion accepting the resignations of Allen Hill and Gerald Stoverink as regular members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Consider motion approving the mayor's appointment of Bill Engel as a regular member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, to fill an unexpired term running through April 30, 2005...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (02/03/03)
401 Independence St. Monday, 7 p.m. Study session at 5 p.m. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings)n An ordinance authorizing the acquisition of property for the improvement of Bloomfield Road and replacement of the bridge over Ramsey Branch...
Theme parks take to farming to lower property tax bills (02/03/03)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando's theme parks have roller coaster rides, live action characters and -- if you see their property tax bills -- farms. To save millions of dollars in property taxes, Walt Disney World has placed grazing cattle on its property, and SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando have gotten into the pine tree-growing business...
Awards presented to high school artists (02/03/03)
Memorial Hall University Museum was filled with around 350 people admiring artwork by area students Sunday during the opening of the 25th annual High School Art Symposium at Southeast Missouri State University. Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade from 30 participating schools in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and St. Louis, their families and teachers gathered at the museum for a reception and awards ceremony recognizing the top three entries in seven categories...
Community briefs 02/03/03 (02/03/03)
Notre Dame to hold Trivia Night Saturday Notre Dame Regional High School will hold Trivia Night on Saturday. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with tables of eight available for the game at 7 p.m. Participants can take part in the '50s theme by decorating their table or dressing in costume. Soda, pretzels and great door prizes will be provided, with the top three teams receiving cash...
Local volunteer program offers free tax preparation, e-filing (02/03/03)
East Missouri Action Agency Inc. is currently sponsoring a program that helps low-income citizens with filing federal and state tax returns. It is called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Through this program, volunteers at EMAA outreach offices file income tax returns free of charge. ...
Team preparing presentation on four Cape tax proposals (02/03/03)
The Invest 4 Cape team, a mix of Cape Girardeau city employees and department heads aimed at educating the public on the city's current tax issues, will make a rough-draft presentation tonight on the four tax and fee-increase proposals that voters will decide on April 8...
This year's influenza strain hitting kids harder than adults (02/03/03)
Matthew Dubbs was a textbook case: It started one day last week with a headache. That night, it graduated to a grinding cough. Then came the nasal drainage, the aching and a 102-degree fever. The flu had taken hold. But what makes Dubbs an even better example of those suffering from the flu this season is this -- he's 6 years old...
Cape, Jackson students learn to be entrepreneurs (02/03/03)
During the weeks of Feb. 10 through March 10, Cape Girardeau and Jackson elementary schools will jointly launch their kindergarten through fifth-grade students into their economic futures through a program called Junior Achievements. Volunteers are still needed in several of the 130 participating classrooms...
Jo Ann Emerson to serve on Homeland Security subcommittee (02/03/03)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., was recently chosen to serve on the new Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Two of the largest components of Homeland Security -- the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard -- are in the current Transportation Subcommittee, which Emerson has served on since 2001. This subcommittee will become the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and will be chaired by Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky...
Elk raiser finds niche with N. America's original food source (02/03/03)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- In exchange for a handful of feed, Sedalia resident Robert Poort received a kiss, of sorts, from Debby. The elk, which Poort raised from birth, is one of 40 in his growing herd on his farm just south of Sedalia. Four years ago, at 64, Poort and his wife Dorothy, then 62, decided to make a dream come true and buy their first elk...
Full-time reporter to provide more coverage of Jackson (02/03/03)
Beginning today, the Southeast Missourian will have a full-time reporter working in Jackson, covering news events, government proceedings and community happenings in an overall effort to improve coverage and customer service in the city. As part of the transition, the Southeast Missourian is investing in a new electronic network for the Jackson office, which will provide faster customer service to readers and advertisers. ...
St. Louis police crack down on cold-weather car thefts (02/03/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Police in St. Louis County hope their apprehension last week of several young suspected car thieves will cut down on the number of autos swiped when the temperature drops. In recent weeks, thieves in the county have targeted cars left idling -- and unattended -- by owners waiting for them to warm up. The cold weather helped thieves identify cars with keys left in the ignition because the frosty temperatures makes exhaust fumes visible...
SIU faculty union leaders decide to poll members about offer (02/03/03)
CARBONDALE, Ill. --Leaders of Southern Illinois University's faculty union opted Sunday to poll members about the school's latest contract offer before deciding whether to call a strike. The union's 45-member policy-making board wants to hear more from the Carbondale faculty before deciding whether to make good on a threat to strike after a yearlong dispute over salary and working conditions on the 22,000-student campus...
Diabetes to blame for man running over woman, backers say (02/03/03)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- A man may have been having a diabetic episode when he allegedly ran over a stranger because she was black and Jesus told him to do it, his backers told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a copyright story Sunday. Steven Johnson's blood sugar level was three times the normal rate when he allegedly made a U-turn on Jan. 27 to run down a woman at a suburban St. Louis bus stop, according to documents provided by his family...
Man charged with stealing from priest (02/03/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man has been charged with stealing from an elderly, retired Catholic priest. Frank Gruber, 59, was charged last week with eight counts of elder exploitation. The investigation began after the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese notified police of concerns about Gruber's treatment of the priest, police spokesman Rick Bookout said...
Missouri funding for ports to dry up (02/03/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Citing a U.S. Corps of Engineers study, Pemiscot County Port Authority chairman Duane Michie says every $1 invested in river ports yields a $6 economic return. With Missouri's continuing financial problems, however, taxpayer contributions to the state port system, which have already slowed to a trickle, are slated to dry up for the upcoming fiscal year...
Kids' use of stimulants varies widely nationwide (02/03/03)
CHICAGO -- Prescription rates for Ritalin and similar attention deficit disorder drugs vary dramatically nationwide, research suggests, underscoring ambivalence about medication that has been widely praised -- and widely maligned. While the disorder's prevalence is not thought to vary substantially among geographic groups, the study found rates ranging from 1.6 percent of children's prescriptions examined in Washington, D.C., to 6.5 percent in Louisiana. ...
Bush budget proposes new tax cuts, high deficits (02/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will send Congress a $2.23 trillion spending plan today featuring new tax cuts to boost the economy, a conservative tilt to major social programs and record deficits for the next two years -- shortfalls that Democrats blame on Bush's tax cuts...
Patients urged to get their records before they're destroyed (02/03/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians are in danger of having their medical records destroyed because a company says it is no longer being paid to store them. Iron Mountain has been housing the records of KPC Medical Management, which closed its clinics in 2000 and left behind 8 million medical documents...
NASA - Some remains of crew found (02/03/03)
Forensics experts expressed confidence that fragmentary remains of Columbia's crew members could be genetically identified despite the craft's disintegration 39 miles overhead, but said details about exactly how the seven astronauts died and how quickly could be elusive...
NASA detected heat spike in shuttle (02/03/03)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Just before it disintegrated, space shuttle Columbia experienced an abnormal rise in temperature and wind resistance that forced the craft's automatic pilot to make rapid changes to its flight path -- possible evidence that some heat-protection tiles were missing or damaged, NASA said Sunday...
Accident raises questions about future of NASA shuttle program (02/03/03)
NASA put shuttle launches on hold following the Columbia disaster, clouding the future of missions including assembly of the international space station, which has three astronauts aboard. Even with its shuttles grounded, NASA can easily retrieve the astronauts using Russian vehicles. But if the space agency's remaining shuttles are out of service for an extended period in the wake of Saturday's catastrophe, as seems likely, it could prove difficult to maintain the station's operations...
People talk 2/3/03 (02/03/03)
Cole is a woman who knows about music ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Natalie Cole knows a little something about musical influences. First, there was her father, Nat King Cole. Then, there were all of his friends. "When I was growing up, I had so many musical influences I still feel a little schizophrenic," Cole told the audience at a benefit for California State University, Fullerton's arts program...
Doves call for military draft, Pentagon disagrees (02/03/03)
NEW YORK -- During the Vietnam War, presidents and the Pentagon defended the draft, while the peace movement assailed it. As America edges toward a possible new war, roles have reversed. Backed by other opponents of a war with Iraq, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has proposed that the draft -- shelved since 1973 -- be reinstated in the name of "shared sacrifice."...
Pediatricians want nondoctors limited on health care actions (02/03/03)
CHICAGO -- The nation's largest group of pediatricians wants lawmakers to maintain limits on the kind of health care nondoctors, such as nurse practitioners, can give to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging its doctors to work to block legislation that would allow non-doctors to practice and write prescriptions independently and permit parity in insurance reimbursement...
Ryan's clemency reached beyond Illinois' death row (02/03/03)
CHICAGO -- Former Gov. George Ryan was quietly issuing hundreds of pardons long before he decided to empty Illinois' death row last month, an Associated Press review of state records found. Including the 167 death sentences he commuted days before he left office, the Republican granted 643 clemency requests during his four-year term -- nearly twice as many as his predecessor granted in eight years...
Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, predicts more winter (02/03/03)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- Don't put those sweaters away yet. As an anxious crowd shivered in 33-degree temperatures early Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow on Gobbler's Knob, suggesting another six weeks of wintry weather...
NASA says it dealt with safety issues as best it could (02/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- Shortages of key experts, tight budgets and mounting safety concerns all plagued the nation's space program in recent years, according to a trail of reports by congressional auditors, outside panels and NASA retirees. How much of a forewarning they were to Saturday's space shuttle Columbia tragedy may be determined in the next several weeks...
Anti-infection drug may also help prevent stroke damage (02/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- Scientists working with mice have found that a compound used to fight severe blood infections may be useful in preventing stroke damage. Activated protein C was found to reduce the likelihood that brain cells would self-destruct after a stroke, the researchers report in today's online issue of the journal Nature Medicine...
Law enforcement, recovery teams hunt for shuttle debris (02/03/03)
DOUGLASS, Texas -- On horseback and in four-wheel-drives, hundreds of law officers and volunteers tromped through piney woods, over pastures and through swamps Sunday, looking for pieces of Columbia that could explain what brought the shuttle down. Pieces as small as a quarter and as big as a pickup were being secured and will eventually be analyzed at Barksdale Air Force Base next door in Louisiana...
Kuwait steps up security in case of possible war (02/03/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait plans to step up street patrols and security at key facilities in the face of possible war with its neighbor Iraq. Meanwhile, Westerners were considering advice from their governments to leave Kuwait. Special police forces traversed the city Saturday in armored vehicles in a test of the new security plan...
U.S. military in Afghanistan launches long-term projects (02/03/03)
GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military has embarked on a major new plan to help rebuild Afghanistan, throwing its resources into reconstruction projects typically left to private aid organizations. More than ever before, U.S. soldiers will be helping to dig wells for irrigating parched land and rebuild roads and schools destroyed during decades of war...
Israeli army demolishes houses in West Bank city (02/03/03)
HEBRON, West Bank -- The Israeli army, citing a lack of building permits, demolished nine houses belonging to Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday, leaving dozens homeless. In another development, dozens of Palestinian inmates rioted at an Israeli army prison in the southern desert, and soldiers used tear gas and stun grenades to subdue them, the army said. There was no immediate word on casualties...
Explosion destroys bank in crowded Nigerian capital (02/03/03)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- A powerful explosion tore apart a bank and dozens of apartments above it Sunday in Nigeria's crowded commercial capital, killing at least 40 people and trapping many others, relief workers said. Police were investigating a range of motives -- including that the blast was part of a bank robbery plot. Looting and bloody fights broke out as hundreds of young men grabbed fistfuls of cash from the leveled bank and battled over them...
World briefs 02/03/03 (02/03/03)
Venezuela's opposition begins petition drive CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared victory Sunday after his opponents eased a 2-month-old national strike, but hundreds of thousands of voters still signed petitions seeking his ouster...
Some of Pakistanis arrested in Italian raid deny terror links (02/03/03)
ROME -- The 28 Pakistanis arrested in a raid that turned up explosives and maps of a NATO base either have denied any links to terrorism or refused to answer questions during interrogations, attorneys said Sunday. After an all-day hearing, a judge ruled Sunday that the suspects should remain jailed while the investigation continues, attorney Gennaro Razzino said in a telephone conversation from Naples, where the Pakistanis were jailed...
Iraqi official says Baghdad is 'keen to resolve' U.N. issues (02/03/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Just days before a crucial round of talks with chief inspectors, a senior Iraqi official said Sunday that Baghdad is "keen to resolve any pending issues" in the U.N. search for banned weapons, but didn't immediately offer new concessions...
Iraq's ambassador will request to speak to council after Powell (02/03/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq's U.N. ambassador said Sunday he will ask to speak to the Security Council after Secretary of State Colin Powell presents what the United States says will be new evidence of Iraq's weapons programs and links to al-Qaida. Ambassador Mohammed Al-Douri said the Iraqi government has decided against sending a high-ranking official to respond to Powell. ...
Guard soldier from Missouri killed in Qatar (02/03/03)
DOHA, Qatar -- A Missouri Army National Guard soldier was killed and three were injured in a road accident in Qatar, the U.S. military said Sunday. The Guard identified the soldier as Sgt. Michael C. Barry, 29, of Kansas City. He was one of about 50 members of the 205th Area Support Medical Battalion deployed to the Middle East in December in support of Operation Enduring Freedom...
Latvia pushes to update language, save it from English (02/03/03)
RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's translator-in-chief sits at his desk leafing through dog-eared French and English dictionaries trying to think of a Latvian word for "ombudsman." As chief terminologist at Latvia's Translation and Terminology Center, Peteris Udris is working to pull the country's language out of its Soviet-era hibernation into the age of free markets, open borders and modern technology...
Indians look for recruiting success (02/03/03)
Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings said he and his staff hope to land about 15 players during the signing period that begins Wednesday. That total will be quite a bit below what Billings signed during his first three seasons at Southeast, largely because the Indians lost only a handful of seniors from their 2002 team that went 8-4 for the program's best record since 1969...
Otahkians ready for lowly TSU (02/03/03)
The Ohio Valley Conference's worst women's basketball team -- at least the record says so -- pays a visit to the Show Me Center tonight. Tennessee State (2-15, 0-7 OVC) will shoot for its first conference win of the season when it takes on Southeast Missouri State University (12-6, 6-2) in a 7 p.m. tipoff...
Fanfare 2/3/03 (02/03/03)
Basketball
  • Chicago Bulls forward Marcus Fizer will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in is right knee. Fizer, in his third season, suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly while catching a pass and then making a layup in Friday night's loss in Portland...
  • Williams leads AFC to Pro Bowl romp (02/03/03)
    HONOLULU -- Ricky Williams' first trip to the Pro Bowl was worth the wait. The Miami Dolphins' star running back rushed for 56 yards, scored two touchdowns and forced a fumble on special teams to earn the MVP award in the AFC's 45-20 victory over the NFC on Sunday...
    All-Star game ends in first shootout (02/03/03)
    SUNRISE, Fla. -- In a trying, troubling season, the NHL almost got the All-Star game wrong, too. Even if Dany Heatley didn't. Heatley, a not-so-well known star from a last-place team playing in his first All-Star game, joined hockey greats such as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux by scoring a record-tying four goals Sunday, though he couldn't prevent the Western Conference from beating the East in the first All-Star shootout in NHL history...
    MU, KU set for heated rivalry game (02/03/03)
    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The fact that longtime Missouri coach Norm Stewart was honored in a ceremony at Kansas last week has not softened the Tigers' hearts at all. No matter how many nice compliments their former coach might exchange with their archrival, this rivalry is still as heated as any...
    Jordan turns back the clock (02/03/03)
    WASHINGTON -- For Michael Jordan, these were the old days in Chicago. The very old days. Not the championship years, when he was winning rings with Scottie Pippen. But the early years, when the Bulls were a so-so team and every game felt like 1-on-5...
    Steady Weir claims Hope Classic (02/03/03)
    LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Mike Weir, who stayed steady down the stretch while Jay Haas and Tim Herron shot themselves into trouble, won the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday. Weir shot a closing 5-under par 67 to finish at 30-under 330 and two strokes in front of Haas, who was tied for the lead until he hit into the water in front of the 18th green...
    Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (02/03/03)
    Sunday; At PGA West, Arnold Palmer Private Course; La Quinta, Calif. Purse: $4.5 million; Yardage: 6,931; Par: 72; Final Round. Mike Weir, $810,000 67-64-65-67-67 -- 330 -30 Jay Haas, $486,000 67-61-67-68-69 -- 332 -28 Chris DiMarco, $261,000 64-68-66-66-70 -- 334 -26...
    I'm now a believer - Defense wins championships (02/03/03)
    I failed to learn it in 2000 when Mike Jones made the game-winning tackle against Tennessee. I didn't learn it in 2001 when the Ravens pounded the Giants. I didn't believe it last year when the Patriots stopped the greatest offense I've ever seen...
    Sander's True Value store in Cape to close (02/03/03)
    Ask John Sander why he's closing the Cape Girardeau True Value hardware store his father started 27 years ago and he'll sigh and say: "It's a sign of the times." Of course, it's more complicated than that. It always is. There are personal factors that Sander doesn't want aired in public --nothing scandalous, just private -- and I'll respect that...
    'Trading Spaces' success spurs cottage industry of home shows (02/03/03)
    NEW YORK -- A poll conducted last year for HGTV revealed that television viewers considered "Trading Spaces" one of their favorite shows on the cable channel. One problem: It's on TLC, not HGTV. "Trading Spaces," the remodeling show where neighbors impose their decorating tastes on neighbors, was the most popular show on basic cable last week, eclipsing professional wrestling and "SpongeBob SquarePants."...
    Environmentalists to start campaigns against SUVs (02/03/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Josefa Salinas believes motoring through the urban wilderness of America's second-largest city requires more than your average sport utility vehicle. She encases herself inside a Hummer H2, a hulking but luxurious version of the military Humvee...
    Doctors take to streets to win malpractice reforms (02/03/03)
    Doctors overwhelmed by ballooning malpractice insurance premiums are taking to the streets like never before -- rallying, demanding government reform and in a few states, walking off the job. The American Medical Association, which opposes withholding patient services, says such vocal action by the nation's doctors is unprecedented. The AMA considers 12 states to be in crisis and lists 31 others, including Missouri, as having serious problems with malpractice insurance...
    Applebee's Inc. buys franchise in Cape (02/03/03)
    Applebee's International Inc. announced last week that it has reached an agreement with its biggest franchisee, Thomas and King Inc., to buy the assets of 11 Applebee's restaurants -- including the one in Cape Girardeau -- for $23.2 million in cash...
    Business memo 02/03/03 (02/03/03)
    Business group holding counseling sessions The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will be conducting counseling sessions for area small-business people. The counselor, Gil Degenhardt, will be available at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 19. The chamber is at 1267 N. Mount Auburn Road. The counseling sessions are free of charge and last about an hour. For an appointment, call 335-3312...
    People on the move 02/03/03 (02/03/03)
    Groesbeck retiring from AmerenUE Michael K. Holman will succeed Doug Groesbeck as manager of AmerenUE's manager of the southeast district in Cape Girardeau. Groesbeck is retiring after a 26-year career with Ameren and predecessor companies...
    Rudell Childers (02/03/03)
    Rudell Mulkey Childers, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill.
    Jim Baker (02/03/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jim D. Baker, 71, of Sikeston died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2003 at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
    Mary Meinz (02/03/03)
    LAMAR, Mo. -- Mary Bennett Meinz, 72, of Liberal, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kan. She was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of William Marvin and Mary Gearhardt Bennett. She worked as a shoemaker for Florsheim International in Cape Girardeau and had lived in Liberal for the past 12 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lamar...
    Claude Willis (02/03/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Claude Eugene Willis, 85, of Miller City, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2003, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept 19, 1917, in Cache, Ill., son of Frank and Lydia Kerstein Willis. He was a retired farmer. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion and Pulaski-Alexander County Farm Bureau...
    Charles Anderson (02/03/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charles H. Anderson, 88, of Perryville died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at the Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 4, 1914, in Perry County, son of Elliott and Rose Yeager Anderson. He was retired from Perryville Cheese Co. He and Merida F. Elder were married July 6, 1934. She died July 30, 1996...
    Lucille Enderle (02/03/03)
    Lucille Clementine Enderle, 87, of Scott City died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of the late Celestine and Emelia Bollinger Hahn. On Nov. 5, 1935, at New Hamburg, she married Edwin Paul "Beans" Enderle. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso and St. Ann's Ladies Sodality...
    Keith Bachmann (02/03/03)
    FULTON, Mo. -- Keith R. Bachmann, 43, of Fulton died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, near Mexico, Mo., as a result of a traffic accident. He was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Columbia, Mo., son of Robert G. and Darlene T. Petzoldt Bachmann. He was a truck driver for American Freightways, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia and a member of the Harley Bike Club in Columbia...
    Cape police report 02/03/03 (02/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Feb. 3 Burglary A burglary was reported Sunday at 625 N. Lorimier. Theft Theft of electronic equipment was reported Saturday at 422 N. Mount Auburn.
    Cape fire report 02/03/03 (02/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Feb. 3 Firefighters reponded to the following calls Sunday: At 1:32 a.m., a request for emergency medical service at 122 S. West End. At 10:09 a.m., a vehicle fire at 2115 William. At 12:55 p.m., a grass fire at 2303 Jane. At 2:16 p.m., a request for emergency medical service for a car accident at Ellis and William...
    Out of the past 2/3/03 (02/03/03)
    10 years ago: Feb. 3, 1993 Steven Wayne Wright has filed for seat on Cape Girardeau Board of Education; he becomes fourth candidate to seek one of three seats on board; Wright, vice president of Mercantile bank, joins hopefuls John Campbell and Kathy Swan, both incumbents, and Jack Sterrett...
    Do you know where your taxes are? (02/03/03)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- In this day of a faltering national economy, declining manpower needs and slumping business profits contending with increasing inflationary factors, Missourians have grown increasingly nervous as they opened their morning newspaper or caught the radio's brief message of budgetary woes in Jefferson City...
    Gambling away the child-support money (02/03/03)
    Sadly, some parents would rather spend their child-support money on lottery tickets and slot machines than on putting food into their children's mouths. These moms and dads have tried to become ex-parents when they became ex-husbands and ex-wives, but Missouri wants to put a stop to that practice. And the Bush administration has come up with an idea to help...
    Jackson schools look to the future (02/03/03)
    Jackson's sense of pride in its community, and particularly its schools, is almost palpable. There are Jackson Indians bumper stickers, signs, T-shirts and whatnot everywhere in town. There's even a giant carved Indian at one of the busiest intersections: Hope and Main streets...
    You can choose compassion instead of war (02/03/03)
    To the editor: I watch the news in disbelief. Seemingly sane men report how many missiles and bombs would be dropped on Baghdad. Many hundreds. Daily. Day after day. This is a city of five million people, people like you and me. Then they go on to explain what Saddam Hussein will likely do in retaliation: purposely explode all the oil wells (which will burn uncontrollably for months) and use his arsenal of chemical weapons...
    Speak Out 02/02/03 (02/03/03)
    Thank God you're alive THIS IS a request to the victims of the bonfire explosion. Your friends, parents and news media are discussing what happened and why. All you can think about is that loud boom and the burning of your clothes, hair and skin while you see an orange glow on your best friends running and then falling to the ground. ...
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