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Stories from Friday, February 21, 2003

Former Cape mayors come for rare meeting at city hall (02/21/03)
Cape Girardeau's mayors have survived everything from floods to funding fights to constituent complaints, all within the fish bowl of city government where every bang of the gavel can bring debate. Mayor Jay Knudtson said it's time to recognize the accomplishments of his seven predecessors who led the city over the past 37 years in both financially good times and bad. ...
'Charming Billy' lives up to its name (02/21/03)
Ruth Bloom (Teri Jett) is living in a whirlwind. She's campaigning for a seat on the city council. She also volunteers at an orphanage and at the humane society. Her husband, Ned (Mike Craig), is the absent-minded inventor of such items as the self-cleaning eyeglasses he calls Peeper Sweepers and the Expando Cracker, a biscuit that makes you feel perpetually full. ...
Career crescendo coming for singer from Cape (02/21/03)
As a voice student 10 years ago at Southeast Missouri State University, Donna Smith was chosen to go to Italy to perform in the Operafestival di Roma along with fellow student Laura Pierce of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and their professor, Louisa Panou-Takahashi. Smith sang the role of Pamina in Mozart's "The Magic Flute."...
Region/state briefs 02/21/03 (02/21/03)
Busch to brew up new fruity beverage ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch Cos., the world's largest brewer, is launching a new malt beverage with a citrus twist, as the company looks to increase its share of the "malternative" market. The company early next month expects to roll out Bacardi Silver O3, named for its makeup of its flavoring of three oranges -- mandarin, Valencia and tangerine...
Legislator, war aviator calls war '95 percent sure' (02/21/03)
State Rep. Jack Jackson, R-Wildwood, was a Harrier instructor pilot 12 years ago in the Persian Gulf War. He recalls that the Americans attacked on the darkest day in January. When the attack on Iraq he is "95 percent sure" will come is to begin he did not predict in a speech Thursday night to the Pachyderm Club in Cape Girardeau. He did point out that Saturday will be the darkest day in February...
Master plan for Old Town Cape raises expectations (02/21/03)
The next five years could be a riverfront renaissance for downtown Cape Girardeau if plans announced Thursday by Old Town Cape come to fruition. President Bush is expected to sign within days a federal spending bill that would funnel $1 million to the city's downtown revitalization efforts...
A hole new problem for road warriors (02/21/03)
As if road crews weren't busy enough clearing off snow and ice from one storm after another this winter, now they have problems that go below the surface. The winter weather and chemicals used to remove ice and snow have taken a toll on the area's highways and streets. Potholes are forming more quickly than crews can repair them...
Legislature authorizes sale of revenue bonds (02/21/03)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state House gave final approval Thursday to a plan that would pump $150 million into the state budget this year by selling bonds backed by general tax revenue. But the move still leaves the state $82 million shy of covering a projected $410 million shortfall. ...
House passes bill to divide gambling money among schools (02/21/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Republicans delivered on their top campaign promise from last fall by passing the Classroom Trust Fund bill on Thursday. However, enthusiasm in the Senate, which next takes up the measure, is muted. The bill would take proceeds from legalized gambling -- currently about $205 million -- out of the complex formula for distributing state aid to local school districts and instead divide the money evenly on a per-pupil basis...
Sheriff's department pairs Franks and Beans (02/21/03)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- There have been a lot of great crime-fighting duos. Joe Friday and Bill Gannon. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Starsky and Hutch. Shelby County's got one, too: Franks and Beans. With Deputy Mike Franks already on his staff, sheriff's Lt. Mike Jewell couldn't resist when Deputy Gary Beans walked through his door...
State Senate gives initial approval to university change (02/21/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Southern State College would become Missouri Southern State University-Joplin under legislation receiving final Senate approval Thursday. The legislation was approved 28-3, sending it to the House. The Senate gave initial approval to the bill late Wednesday...
House committee cuts, then funds budget director (02/21/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In its zeal to save money, a Republican-led House committee inadvertently cut Missouri's budget director out of next year's budget, then restored funding for her position Thursday. Earlier this week, the General Administration Appropriations Committee cut more than 40 positions in the Office of Administration -- a move that saved more than $4 million...
Wallet provides no clue to Hunley crewman's identity (02/21/03)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A leather wallet found aboard the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley contained sediment that might be the remains of paper but no clue about the crewman who owned it, officials said Thursday. "We found inside sediment that could be organically rich as though it came from decomposing paper," said Bob Neyland, the Hunley project manager. "Some of it seemed to have some thin gray lines to it."...
Husband of slain KMOX radio personality attempts to plea (02/21/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The husband of a slain radio personality tried to tell a judge Thursday he did not need a lawyer and wanted to admit what he had done. Thomas Erbland Jr., 43, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal assault in the death of his wife, Nan Wyatt, on Tuesday...
Pharmacist appeals sentence for drug dilution (02/21/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Robert Courtney has asked a federal appeals court to reduce his 30-year prison sentence for diluting chemotherapy drugs. Courtney's attorney, J.R. Hobbs, argued in an appellate brief filed Wednesday with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis that U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith erred in giving Courtney a longer sentence than called for under federal sentencing guidelines...
Drought-parched Colorado town bans new planting starting May 3 (02/21/03)
AURORA, Colo. -- As the state grapples with the worst drought on record, officials in this Denver suburb announced a sweeping water ban to prohibit planting trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables or lawns after May 3. A lack of snow has strained the city's 12 reservoirs, which are 27 percent full; they should average 65 percent this time of year. City leaders worry whether enough water will be available this summer for Aurora's 300,000 water customers...
As gas prices soar, some drive less, grumble of gouging (02/21/03)
The middle of winter looks more like the heart of summer at gas stations nationwide, as fuel prices surge past $2 a gallon in some places and motorists grumble about being gouged. Political instability in Venezuela and the prospect of war in Iraq are triggering price hikes that normally don't kick in until the peak driving season. And experts warn prices could shoot up even more as the political situations and the weather heat up...
FCC to let states decide competition rules for phone, Net (02/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday overhauled rules governing competition for telephone and Internet services, creating uncertainty for consumers as companies, observers and regulators disagreed over how the changes will affect prices and choices...
Explosion, fire at factory in Kentucky injures 26 (02/21/03)
CORBIN, Ky. -- An explosion and fire ripped through an insulation plant Thursday, sending black smoke spiraling across the southern Kentucky countryside and injuring 26 workers, 11 critically. The cause of the explosion at CTA Acoustics was not immediately known. State inspectors were sent to the site...
Poll suggests U.S. lacks international support military action (02/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- A solid majority of Americans supports military action against Iraq, but the concern that the United States doesn't have enough international support for such military action is growing, says a new poll. Nearly six in 10 Americans, 57 percent, say the United States should get a second U.N. ...
Government hits national debt ceiling; Treasury taking action (02/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- Replaying a drama from last year, the government is once again bumping against the debt limit of $6.4 trillion and the Treasury Department has begun taking evasive actions to prevent an unprecedented default on the national debt. Treasury Secretary John Snow informed leaders of Congress on Wednesday that the government would reach the borrowing limit on Thursday and he would begin pulling investments out of a $48 billion government pension fund to make room for normal public borrowing auctions.. ...
U.S. forces to take combat role in Philippines mission (02/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of U.S. special operations troops will soon join Philippine forces in combat operations against Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines, defense officials said Thursday. The American and Philippine governments agreed to an arrangement that will place U.S. troops in direct combat roles against the Abu Sayyaf for the first time since the U.S. military began advising the Philippine armed forces in counterterrorism tactics last year, the officials said...
Bush administration to present new resolution next week (02/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and its closest ally, Britain, are planning to present a new resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday in a bid for support to use force to disarm Iraq. Finishing touches were being put on the resolution on Thursday...
People talk 02/21/03 (02/21/03)
Rap star Nelly cancels planned performancesLONDON -- Rapper Nelly has postponed his planned tour of Britain until the fall because of "an unforeseeable personal matter." The artist behind 2002's second best-selling album, "Nellyville," and its singles"Hot in Herre"and"Dilemma,"had planned to play next month in London; Cardiff, Wales; Sheffield and Manchester in northern England; Birmingham in central England; Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dublin, Ireland...
Application of foam on fuel tanks gets attention in probe (02/21/03)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Just how the foam insulation was applied to the fuel tanks of NASA's space shuttles is getting special attention by the board investigating the Columbia accident, officials said Thursday. One leading theory is that the insulation or the heavier material beneath may have damaged Columbia during liftoff, enough to trigger a deadly breach as the spaceship hurtled toward a Florida landing 2 1/2 weeks ago...
Ex-Air Force officer convicted of spying for Iraq and China (02/21/03)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Patrick Regan was convicted Thursday of offering to sell U.S. intelligence information to Iraq and China but acquitted of attempted spying for Libya. The jury now must decide whether he can be executed...
U.S. trade deficit sets record in 2002 (02/21/03)
WASHINGTON -- The United States recorded a $435.2 billion trade deficit for 2002, the largest imbalance in history, as the weak global economy set back American exports while imports of autos and other consumer goods were hitting all-time highs. In other economic news, the Labor Department reported Thursday that inflation at the wholesale level shot up by 1.6 percent in January, the biggest increase in 13 years, led by a sharp 4.8 percent rise in energy costs...
Stocks fall on four disappointing economic reports (02/21/03)
NEW YORK -- Investors already edgy about the economy got new reasons to sell stocks Thursday with the release of four disappointing economic reports. Ongoing worries about a potential war with Iraq and what it might do to the economy depressed the market further...
Bookseller purges files to avoid potential 'Patriot Act' search (02/21/03)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Some booksellers are troubled by a post-Sept. 11 federal law that gives the government broad powers to seize the records of bookstores and libraries to find out what people have been reading. Bear Pond Books in Montpelier will purge purchase records for customers if they ask, and it has already dumped the names of books bought by its readers' club...
Dying girl gets hope following botched operation (02/21/03)
DURHAM, N.C. -- With perhaps only hours left to live, the 17-year-old girl mistakenly given a heart and lungs with the wrong blood type was handed an extraordinary second chance Thursday after doctors -- against all odds -- located another set of organs...
Government seeks to dismiss anti-war lawsuit (02/21/03)
BOSTON -- The federal government Thursday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to bar the president from launching a war against Iraq without an explicit declaration of war from Congress. The federal court should not get involved in this "delicate international political scenario," the government's attorneys argued in court papers...
Anheuser-Busch to brew up new fruity beverage (02/21/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch Cos., the world's largest brewer, is launching a new malt beverage with a citrus twist, as the company looks to increase its share of the "malternative" market. The company early next month expects to roll out Bacardi Silver O3, named for its makeup of its flavoring of three oranges -- mandarin, Valencia and tangerine...
Americans say no thanks to French cheese and whine (02/21/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Mon dieu, how some Americans are bashing the French these days! Americans galled by France's reluctance to endorse an invasion of Iraq are boycotting French wine and french fries and trading jokes and insults about all things Gallic...
Militants hand over pipe bombs (02/21/03)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- A Protestant paramilitary commander Thursday said he surrendered a stockpile of bombs to reassure his community that a feud with supporters of his rival, Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, had ended -- but made clear that he is not disarming...
Old Jagger-Lennon recording auctioned (02/21/03)
LONDON -- A 1974 recording of a song by Mick Jagger and John Lennon that was never released sold at auction for $2,230 Thursday. The unlabeled acetate -- a record made directly from a master tape -- had been found buried at the bottom of a box of records when Tom Fisher, 34, bought it four years ago for just $32. Fisher runs the Rat Records store in south London...
Convictions in killing of U.S. journalist overturned (02/21/03)
MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican court has overturned the convictions of two men in the 1998 killing of a U.S. journalist, sending the case back to a state appeals court, the defendants' lawyers said Thursday. Philip True, 50, a reporter for Texas' San Antonio Express-News, was killed while hiking through the Huichol mountains of western Mexico...
North Korean fighter jet crosses border with South Korea (02/21/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Rattling nerves along the border, a North Korean fighter jet violated South Korean airspace over the Yellow Sea on Thursday before turning back as warplanes in the South scrambled. The flight -- the first such incursion in 20 years -- was the latest in a series of North Korean provocations...
Human error likely boosted death toll in subway fire (02/21/03)
DAEGU, South Korea -- South Korean subway operators allowed a second train to pull into a blazing underground station, then hesitated to evacuate passengers as it was consumed by flames -- errors that may have doubled the death toll from this week's arson attack, investigators said Thursday...
Search for remains of Iranian soldiers halted due to weather (02/21/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Strong wind, fog and rain forced authorities to call off efforts late Thursday to recover the remains of 302 elite troops killed in the Iran's deadliest plane crash. The soldiers were on their way from Zahedan, on the Pakistani border, to Kerman, about 500 miles southeast of Tehran, when their military transport plane crashed Wednesday in the Sirach Mountains...
Monarchs rebound despite deadly freeze last year (02/21/03)
MEXICO CITY -- Scientists are marveling at the impressive comeback of Monarch butterflies, which once again are carpeting the fir trees of central Mexico in a sea of orange and black wings -- despite a deadly freeze last year that killed hundreds of millions...
U.S. lawmakers warn rebels believed holding three Americans (02/21/03)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Leftist rebels accused by the United States of seizing three Americans have made a "very grave error" and face strong retaliation, a U.S. Congressman said Thursday. The Americans apparently were captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, after their U.S. government plane crashed in rebel territory Feb. 13, U.S. officials have said. They were on an intelligence-gathering mission...
Cuba confirms Castro's departure for Asia (02/21/03)
HAVANA -- President Fidel Castro has left Cuba for a trip to Asia that will include stops in Vietnam, China and Malaysia, where he will attend next week's Non-Aligned Movement summit. The Cuban government announcement of the trip came Thursday, hours after the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry said Castro would arrive there Friday. Castro has visited communist Vietnam twice before, in 1973 and 1995...
Briton killed in Riyadh; Saudi suspect in custody (02/21/03)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A British man was shot and killed Thursday and a Saudi citizen arrested in the attack, the Interior Ministry said. The British man, an employee of a British aviation and aerospace company, was in his car and waiting at a stop light in Riyadh, the capital, when he was shot, the ministry statement said. He died immediately...
Three Palestinians killed in West Bank (02/21/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops killed three Palestinians during a West Bank dragnet Thursday and locked down the Gaza Strip in an operation against the militant Islamic group Hamas. The tough military measures were in tandem with tentative steps toward a possible truce to end 29 months of Mideast violence...
Gunmen kill 14 in suspected rebel raid on Philippine village (02/21/03)
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- Suspected separatist rebels attacked a town in the southern Philippines, rounding up some villagers and gunning them down, officials said Thursday. Fourteen people were killed in all, some as they tried to put out homes set ablaze by the rebels...
Chirac calls for stronger democracy in Africa (02/21/03)
PARIS -- French President Jacques Chirac called on Africa to embrace democracy and end violence -- particularly in warring Ivory Coast -- warning participants at a summit of African leaders Thursday that "the days of impunity are over." Opening a two-day meeting marked by protests over France's controversial invitation to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Chirac told leaders and representatives of 52 African countries that the world no longer tolerates violators of justice...
Millham sets ND career points record (02/21/03)
Senior Ashley Millham became the top scorer in the history of Notre Dame girls basketball Thursday night in the Bulldogs' 73-45 road victory over Kelly. Notre Dame also closed its regular-season schedule with its 12th consecutive victory, improving to 17-7...
Three Jackson wrestlers advance (02/21/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jackson kept alive Class 3 state title hopes for three of its five wrestlers after juniors Brock Howard and Kremer Rampley and senior Matt Kahle picked up first-round wins Thursday at the Missouri Wrestling Championships at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo...
Indians kick off weekend series with Alabama today (02/21/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team will look to duplicate one of its biggest wins ever when the Indians open the season today with a 6:30 p.m. contest against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Indians and Crimson Tide also will play Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m...
Tyson, Etienne pile on more pre-fight theatrics (02/21/03)
TUNICA, Miss. -- Mike Tyson playfully nibbled on the arm of his baby boy, who didn't seem all that interested in the new tattoo on his father's face. For those who were, a university instructor was on hand to explain its significance. The atmosphere surrounding Tyson's fight with Clifford Etienne was already circuslike. The carnival officially opened for business Thursday at a news conference goofy even by Tyson's standards...
Ephedra Council defends drug in light of scrutiny (02/21/03)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos called on major league baseball to ban ephedrine, a stimulant that may have contributed to the death of pitcher Steve Bechler. Bechler, an Orioles pitching prospect, died Monday, a day after he was unable to complete a workout. Xenadrine, which contains ephedrine, was found in his locker...
Trade joins Payton with Karl, Allen with SuperSonics (02/21/03)
In a blockbuster five-player deal Thursday at the NBA trading deadline, Ray Allen was sent from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason. The Sonics also received guards Kevin Ollie and Ronald Murray and a conditional first-round draft pick...
Rolen prepared to fill a stabilizer role (02/21/03)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Scott Rolen says he hopes to accomplish last season's mid-summer mission: Help stabilize and improve the Cardinals' infield. Rolen was acquired in a trade July 29 after spending seven seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. "It was tough to be traded in the middle of the season," the 27-year-old third baseman said Thursday. "But in retrospect, it was great, too. When I came in here this week I knew everybody. It's not like I had to introduce myself to everyone."...
Canucks keep rolling, this time past Blues (02/21/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Another shaky night in the nets by the Blues helped the Vancouver Canucks keep rolling. Nolan Baumgartner had a goal and an assist just hours after being recalled from the minors, and the Canucks extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 4-2 victory Thursday night...
Trout season begins March 1 at three state parks (02/21/03)
Trout season begins March 1 at state parks JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Grab your luckiest fishing hat and favorite rod and reel: At 6:30 a.m. March 1, trout season begins at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, and Montauk State Park near Salem...
Got an itch? It might not be what you think (02/21/03)
Step aside, ticks. Move over, poison ivy. You may have thought those were the chief causes of summer itching, but nothing generates more irritation than the chigger. Skin rashes caused by poison ivy can be severe, but most people get a bad case of poison ivy only once or twice a summer, if at all. Ticks also can be itch causers as well as disease carriers, but most are plucked or washed off before they cause problems...
In youth sports, remember kids are kids (02/21/03)
Here's advice for parents of kids involved in sports from Harry Sheehy, longtime basketball coach and now athletic director at Williams College. "Before you go to a game, go to a PTA meeting," he said. "Don't go to every game. If you skip a game and your skin is crawling, that tells you who the game is more important to."...
FanFare 2/21/03 (02/21/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Kevin Millar agreed to a $5.3 million, two-year contract with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, ending complicated offseason negotiations that nearly took him to Japan. Former baseball great Bob Gibson has been sued by an Omaha man claiming the Hall of Fame pitcher punched and kicked him last year in an act of road rage. ...
  • It's all over town; have you read it? (02/21/03)
    If all goes well, I'll be talking to Rick Bragg soon. Bragg is the author of "All Over but the Shoutin'," this year's United We Read book. United We Read is the communitywide reading project that encourages everyone to read the same book and then get together to talk about it...
    A funny thing about 'Forum' (02/21/03)
    For a college production, middle age is well represented in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Five of the actors and actresses playing main characters haven't seen a dorm room in decades. In many shows the University Theatre produces, age isn't a consideration in casting. In the musical comedy "Forum" it was...
    Artifacts 2/21/03 (02/21/03)
    'George M!' presented tonight in Carbondale CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The song and dance spectacular "George M!," a musical biography of the composer of such songs as "Over There," "Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag," will be presented at 7:30 tonight at Shryock Auditorium...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Daredevil' (02/21/03)
    HHH "Daredevil" is definitely action packed and keeps its comic-bookesque reality while leaving room for the viewer's imagination to fill in the voids. But I found it lacking in plot. The predictable scenario of boy meets girl, boy loses girl is followed with the subplot of trying to make rights out of other people's wrongs. ...
    'Waiting for Gabriel' tells of birth, death of cherished child (02/21/03)
    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- He had 10 tiny fingers, 10 tiny toes and a hint of downy dark hair. He was a perfect newborn -- except for his heart. Less than three hours after taking his first breath, Gabriel Kuebelbeck Neuzil took his last, loosening his grip on his father's finger and saying goodbye to a life he could not survive with only half a heart...
    Glenita Daniels (02/21/03)
    The funeral for Glenita Mae Daniels of Apache Junction, Ariz., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Doyle Randol will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Fruitland. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home...
    Jack Ashton (02/21/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Jack G. Ashton, 84, of Carterville, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. He was born May 2, 1918, in Galesburg, Ill., son of George and Florence Webber Ashton. He and Karyle Holland were married Feb. 3, 1962, in Marion, Ill...
    Juanita Murrie (02/21/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Juanita Murrie, 84, of Anna died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Union County Hospital. She was born Sept. 24, 1918, in Cobden, Ill., daughter of Roscoe and Cora Peterman Ollis. She first married Vernice Davis, who preceded her in death. She later married Erthel Murrie, who also preceded her in death...
    Louise Boston (02/21/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- The funeral for Louise Boston of Little Rock, Ark., will be held at 2 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. The Rev. Rufus McLean will officiate. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel from noon until service time...
    Oleida Rauscher (02/21/03)
    Oleida "Lee" Rauscher, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born June 15, 1917, at Altenburg, Mo., daughter of Ludwig and Anna Lichtenegger Gerler. She first married Gerald Phelps in 1939. He died in 1964. She later married Gustav Rauscher in 1972 in St. Louis. He died in 1980...
    Harrison Manley (02/21/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- The funeral for Harrison L. Manley will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo. The Rev. John Sheley will officiate. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service...
    Irma Keller (02/21/03)
    Irma A. Keller, 83, of Gordonville died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
    Lorene Noffel (02/21/03)
    Lorene Noffel, 90, of Portageville, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Oct. 2, 1912, daughter of John and Lamia Hamra. She and Shawie Noffel were married Aug. 16, 1931, in Caruthersville, Mo...
    Births 2/21/03 (02/21/03)
    Parrett Daughter to Bryan and Stacy Parrett of Karnak, Ill., Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky., 5:54 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003. Name, Rowan Elisabeth. Weight, 7 pounds 8 ounces. Mrs. Parrett is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Winding Jr. of Grand Chain, Ill. Parrett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Parrett of Cape Girardeau and Mr. and Mrs. Monty Pitts of Cook Station, Mo...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 2/21/03 (02/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Feb. 21 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Kathy L. Pruitt, 47, no current address, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trespassing. Michael T. Reeves, 22, of 316 S. Lorimier, Apt. 12, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Thursday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court...
    Cape fire reports 2/21/03 (02/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Feb. 21 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 6:32 p.m., alarm at 310 Airport Road. At 7:20 p.m., alarm at 141 N. SilverSprings Road. At 9:42 p.m., emergency medical service at 105 Rivercrest.Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items:...
    Out of the past 2/21/03 (02/21/03)
    10 years ago: Feb. 21, 1993 Annual Mission Fair is held at First Presbyterian Church at Jackson; speaker for morning worship service is Gwen Myers, associate executive of Synod of Mid America; fair begins at 3 p.m., followed by dinner; mission organizations send representatives to fair to share information and literature regarding their work...
    The Internet tax trap (02/21/03)
    No discussion of Internet taxation gets very far without someone using the phrase, "a level playing field." Sure enough, the recent decision by retail behemoths Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us to start collecting sales taxes for online purchases is being touted by tax proponents as a move toward parity. It's anything but...
    A Korean's view of Korea (02/21/03)
    By Hu Hyuk Lee Many Korean residents in America and some Americans were astounded to hear a Korean college man say "Bush is more dangerous than North Korean leader Kim Jong Il" during an interview on the CBS show "60 Minutes." It is hard to say that he represents all of the political opinions in Korea. But there is no doubt that people like him have started to join the mainstream of political circles in Korea, at least after the 2002 presidential election...
    Grenade, ferret, gas can found in airports (02/21/03)
    For all of the alerts and warnings about the possibility of terrorist activity in recent days, there are signs that basic airport security still has huge holes. Some examples: A man flies from Venezuela to London where a terminal at Gatwick Airport is shut down after the man is found carrying a live grenade. ...
    Take a look at signals for Fountain-Hwy. 74 (02/21/03)
    As construction of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River gets closer to completion, there are other signs of development in the south end of Cape Girardeau's downtown. Planning is continuing for turning the former St. Vincent's Seminary property into Southeast Missouri State University's new River Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts...
    Speak Out A 02/21/03 (02/21/03)
    Good family shows I wish TV networks would put on some good family shows. All you see on TV anymore is sex and violence. Something sure needs to be done. There is nothing fit for a person to watch anymore. Even the cartoons like "The Simpsons" are so bad that children shouldn't be watching them. What is this world coming to?...
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