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Learning briefs 2/25 (02/25/03)
Regents' scholarships awarded at SoutheastSoutheast Missouri State University has awarded regents' scholarships to Paula McElreath, Kevin Groves, Keith Fischer, Elizabeth Unterreiner and Doris Dorlac, all of Cape Girardeau, Clayton Stockard and Julianne Penny, both of Jackson, Maria Lett of Scott City, and Sarah Jo Cook of Whitewater, Mo...
Jackson school board agenda 2/25 (02/25/03)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 7 p.m. today 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda: Presentation on the school's at-risk program. Consider approval of vocational-technical grant application. Consider approval of local records grant application...
Program matches rural schools, professionals (02/25/03)
MELSTONE, Mont. -- When rumors start swirling that one or two teachers may leave this small town, school administrators become nervous. They know it won't be an easy task to attract young teachers to Melstone: The town of 150 people doesn't have much of a social life, and the closest mall or McDonald's is located some 80 miles away in Billings...
Sales tax revenue increases in county (02/25/03)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners received good news Monday when the county auditor presented them a monthly Missouri Department of Revenue report saying sales tax revenue was up 7.25 percent for the county. County Auditor David Ludwig presented the figures at Monday's county commission meeting...
School, developers discuss TIF proposal (02/25/03)
The discussion of a tax-increment financing proposal made by developers of a new subdivision continued Monday night as members of the Cape Girardeau School Board got the first opportunity to talk directly with the developers. Prestwick Plantation is a new, 600-acre subdivision near Dalhousie Golf Club on Bloomfield Road...
Former mayors lend voices of experience (02/25/03)
It's a tough time for a tax increase, Cape Girardeau's former mayors say. But most said it's clear the city has serious funding needs as it seeks passage of four tax issues on the April 8 ballot. Mayor Jay Knudtson tried to sell Cape Girardeau's former mayors on the merits of the city's ballot issues during an hourlong private meeting with them at City Hall prior to a ceremony honoring them in the council chambers...
Snow days piling up, sapping vacations for area schools (02/25/03)
Scott City schools superintendent Diann Bradshaw built only one snow day into her 2002-2003 schedule, a plan the first-year superintendent inherited. So far this school year, classes already have been canceled 11 times due to snow. The schools originally were going to get an Easter break and a day off for a teachers meeting March 21. Now, with the exception of Good Friday, Scott City students will be in classes until the extended school year ends May 22...
Jackon board wants more info on school venture (02/25/03)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen has had an opportunity to mull over the school district's basic, and preliminary, sketches of a major high school addition that could include a community center or community library. The high school plans were one of several topics the board discussed Monday night during a study session meeting...
Snow means brisk business for grocers, body shops (02/25/03)
There's been no business like snow business this winter, as Southeast Missouri has been blanketed with the wintry precipitation on an almost weekly basis. The mushy snow may give fits to drivers (fender-benders and spinning tires), parents (countless school snow days) and basically everyone else (back-breaking shoveling), but the white stuff means more of the green stuff for businesses that sell items that help people cope...
Burning candle cited as cause of house fire (02/25/03)
A burning candle left unwatched in an upstairs bathroom is being blamed for a fire morning Monday at 1980 Briarwood Drive, said Capt. Scott Altenthal of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The candle was left burning on the sink by the tenant, and wax ran down to the floor, igniting carpet and papers...
Bone of contention (02/25/03)
Jessi Lehman may not know it, but she's the sort of girl who's stirring a battle between the beef industry and pro-vegetarian groups -- with each attempting to sway young people to its side of the table. The teen from State College, Pa., grew up surrounded by farm country and in a family of meat-eaters. Yet at age 16, she's been a vegetarian for more than six years, and says a growing number of her friends are following suit...
Kinder leads drive for reforming nursing homes (02/25/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers and state officials on Monday unveiled nursing home reform legislation aimed at cracking down on elderly abuse and neglect while improving standards for quality care. Similar efforts have failed several times in recent years as competing interests sought provisions that were unacceptable to some lawmakers...
Crimefighter uses high-tech tools (02/25/03)
Retrieving evidence of a crime is not easy. In the realm of computer crime, it can be impossible, unless investigators know exactly where to look and what tools to use to examine the data. That's why Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department spent last week digging into the basic elements of data recovery and digital evidence retrieval using the latest forensic tools at a week-long workshop in Oak Park, Kan., sponsored by the High Tech Crime Institute...
Emerson hosts IDEA forum for educators (02/25/03)
Funding, vouchers and discipline issues were the major points of discussion during a Monday morning meeting between U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and special education teachers and school administrators from Southeast Missouri. Those are the issues that also appear destined to be the major sticking points when Congress overhauls the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Act this spring...
'Forum' utilizes the familiar and peculiar (02/25/03)
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" proves that comedy is comedy, even if it's 2,000 years old. Based on the plays of the Roman playwright Plautus and updated by "M*A*S*H" creator Larry Gelbart, the musical comedy combines both wit and pratfalls with songs by Sondheim and a bit of dance in an evening that fulfills the promise of the rousing opening and closing number, "Comedy Tonight":...
Student designs device that offers help in the kitchen (02/25/03)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Being on the cutting edge inspired a University of Kansas student to design a kitchen aid that won second place in a national competition. Nathan Clark, a junior majoring in industrial design, was tired of slicing his fingers when preparing fruits or vegetables. After cutting his fingers several times, Clark designed a device -- Talos -- to protect his hands...
Bill would require reports on inaugural party finances (02/25/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's governor and legislators would have to report the costs of their inaugural parties, under a bill given initial House approval on Monday. The legislation appears to be a response to Gov. Bob Holden, who spent seven months trying to pay off the record-setting $1 million inaugural celebration he held in January 2001...
Police - Man kills former girlfriend, then himself (02/25/03)
AURORA, Mo. -- A man and his former girlfriend were shot to death and another person was injured Monday in what police said was an apparent murder-suicide. Robert M. Caldwell, 41, of Aurora, and Carlotta Rickson, 33, of Verona, Mo., were shot at the home where Rickson was staying...
Old census statistics may mean less food for hungry in Missouri (02/25/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri's hungry have been getting even less to eat, and some outdated statistics could be to blame. Although the number of food stamp recipients have increased and the state's work force has decreased, food banks are reporting fewer donations. Now, officials of the Division of Family Services are considering adjustments to a formula that has been using data from 2001 to determine need...
Woman dies in house fire aided by oxygen tank (02/25/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence woman died Monday morning in an accidental house fire fueled by an oxygen machine. Betty M. Price, 69, apparently made it out of the house before becoming overcome by smoke and flames, investigators said. Investigators said the fire was likely started in the front living room by a cigarette, then spread through surrounding rooms and into the attic with the help of the concentrated oxygen...
Boston judge throws out anti-war lawsuit (02/25/03)
BOSTON -- A federal judge Monday threw out a lawsuit that sought to bar President Bush from launching an attack against Iraq without a congressional declaration of war. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month by six Democratic congressmen and three unidentified members of the military and their parents, said that under the Constitution, only Congress can declare war...
NASA slow to build private research, funding prospects (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- Commercial research aboard NASA's manned space vehicles has produced better car parts, a new perfume and disease-free seed potatoes, but the effort to recruit fresh business and attract more private money has stagnated. NASA got roughly $48.1 million from industry members and "research partner centers" in its Space Product Development Program in 2001, the most recent figures available. It drew about $48.6 million from those sources in 1997...
Pork money surprises even congressman who asked for it (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- Call it pork for peanuts. More than $200,000 to pay for an arena at Alabama's National Peanut Festival was tucked into the huge spending package Congress approved this month. The money surprised even the congressman who asked for it. Rep. ...
33,000 Nike shoes drifting toward Alaska (02/25/03)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Enough soggy Nike basketball shoes to outfit every high school team in Alaska are drifting through the Pacific Ocean toward the state after spilling from a container ship off Northern California. There's just one hitch. "Nike forgot to tie the laces, so you have to find mates," said Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer in Washington state who tracks flotsam. "The effort's worth it because these Nikes have only been adrift a few months. All 33,000 are wearable."...
People talk 2/25/03 (02/25/03)
Controversial director has unlikely supporter LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker Roman Polanski's work should be judged on its merits, not on his crime, the victim of a 1977 sexual assault wrote in an op-ed article. Polanski, 69, is nominated for a best-director Oscar for "The Pianist." The film, up for seven Academy Awards on March 23 including best picture, depicts the Holocaust through the eyes of a Polish pianist who hid from the Nazis...
Wife to testify about plot to blow up Muslim gathering place (02/25/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The wife of a podiatrist charged in a plot to blow up a Muslim gathering place has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a plea bargain, officials said Monday. Robert Goldstein and his wife, Kristi Goldstein, are accused of planning to blow up an Islamic education center in St. Petersburg. Goldstein, who is Jewish, is described in court documents as seeking to retaliate for the Sept. 11 attacks and the Arab-Israeli conflict...
Convicted spy won't face death penalty, jury decides (02/25/03)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Convicted spy Brian Patrick Regan was spared the death penalty Monday by a U.S. District Court jury. Regan was convicted last week of offering to sell intelligence to Iraq and China. The jury resumed deliberations and determined on Monday that he did not offer Iraq documents concerning nuclear weaponry, military satellites, war plans or other major U.S. weapons systems -- allegations that could have brought the death penalty...
Investigators analyzing soundproof materials in nightclub fire (02/25/03)
WEST WARWICK, R.I. -- Investigators of the Rhode Island nightclub disaster tried to determine Monday whether the soundproofing material that burst into flames was an illegal, highly flammable brand. As they worked, hundreds of people turned out to mourn the 97 people who died in the inferno...
Southern Louisiana's silt base is settling (02/25/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- The high wooden porch slants toward the street. The twin steps are cracked. So is the plastered support between them. "My wife and I, we'll lie in bed and notice a new crack every couple weeks," said Stalios C. Leres, who rents one side of the aging two-family house...
Court agrees to consider limits of police searches (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday that it would consider a government appeal that asks if a SWAT team went too far by breaking down the door of a suspected drug dealer while he took a shower. An appeals court ruled that authorities acted unreasonably by using a battering ram to knock down Lashawn Lowell Banks' door just 15 to 20 seconds after demanding entrance. The masked officers found Banks naked and soapy, emerging from the bathroom...
Experimental AIDS vaccine fails major test (02/25/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The failure of an experimental AIDS vaccine in its first major test has shattered hopes of developing a shield against infection in the near future and demonstrated just how far scientists are from bringing the disease under control...
High court clears way for abortion restrictions in Indiana (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an Indiana state law that places some of the nation's most severe restrictions on abortions, including requirements that a woman be counseled face-to-face about the risks and offered pictures of what her fetus might look like...
Researchers find most cancer cells cannot spread (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- Researchers studying breast cancer have found that only a small percentage of the tumor cells are capable of moving on and creating new cancer elsewhere in the body, a discovery they hope will lead to ways to target the most dangerous cells...
Remedial reading helps improve dyslexic brain function (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- When dyslexic children took part in a program to teach them better reading skills their brains began functioning more like the brains of normal children, a new study reports. Dyslexia, a reading and language disorder, affects between 5 percent and 10 percent of the population. Sometimes called "word blindness," it is associated with reduced brain activity in a portion of the left half of the brain...
Britain submits U.S.-backed resolution on Iraq to U.N. (02/25/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- Seeking U.N. approval for war against Iraq, the United States, Britain and Spain submitted a resolution to the Security Council on Monday declaring that Saddam Hussein has missed "the final opportunity" to disarm peacefully and indicating he must now face the consequences...
German, French leaders launch new anti-war initiative over Iraq (02/25/03)
BERLIN -- France, Germany and Russia submitted a proposal Monday in the United Nations for step-by-step disarmament of Iraq, French President Jacques Chirac announced, part of a European drive to counter U.S. pressure for military action. "The aim is to establish a timetable for Iraq's disarmament, program by program, relating to weapons of mass destruction," Chirac told reporters before talks with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder...
China rejects Powell's proposals on N. Korea (02/25/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Chinese officials rebuffed a U.S. proposal Monday for a regional coalition to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program and told Secretary of State Colin Powell that direct talks between the United States and North Korea hold the best hope for resolving the dispute...
Four U.S. soldiers killed in helicopter crash during training (02/25/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- A U.S. Army UH-60 "Black Hawk" helicopter crashed early Tuesday during a night training mission, killing all four crew members, the U.S. Army said. The crash occurred about 1 a.m. (5 p.m. EST Monday) near the military's Camp New Jersey about 30 miles northwest of Kuwait City, an Army statement said...
During Rather interview, Saddam challenges Bush to live debate (02/25/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein indicated on Monday that he does not intend to follow U.N. orders to destroy his Al-Samoud 2 missiles, and challenged President Bush to an internationally televised debate via satellite linkup. In a three-hour interview with CBS anchor Dan Rather, the Iraqi leader said he envisioned a live debate with Bush along the lines of those in a U.S. presidential campaign, according to the network...
Jackson wants injunction against company behind documentary (02/25/03)
LONDON -- Michael Jackson's lawyers requested a court injunction Monday to block a television company from releasing unused footage filmed during the making of a documentary about his life. The singer has complained he felt "more betrayed than perhaps ever before" by the program "Living with Michael Jackson," by British journalist Martin Bashir for Granada...
Turkey's Cabinet agrees to U.S. combat troops (02/25/03)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's Cabinet agreed Monday to host tens of thousands of U.S. combat troops for a possible Iraq war, a crucial step in realizing an American strategy that calls for a two-front attack that would surround and divide the forces of Saddam Hussein...
World briefs 02/25/03 (02/25/03)
North Korea launches anti-ship missile SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea test-fired an anti-ship missile that landed in the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said today. U.S. and Korean officials said the missile was likely a small, conventional one, not the ballistic rocket that U.S. officials fear can possibly hit parts of the western United States...
Sharon's peace plans remain a mystery (02/25/03)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon formed a right-leaning coalition Monday that could dramatically curb the role of religion in Israel, but offers only the murkiest prospects of peace overtures toward the Palestinians. In building the coalition, Sharon shunned two ultra-Orthodox parties, traditional allies of his Likud faction. ...
Colombian rebels declare captured Americans 'prisoners of war' (02/25/03)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian rebels declared Monday that three captured Americans were "prisoners of war" and will be freed only as part of a broad prisoner exchange with Colombian government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, demanded a demilitarized zone from the Colombian government in order to exchange the three Americans and dozens of Colombian soldiers and police -- who are also held by the rebels -- for insurgents who are in Colombian prisons. ...
Philippine official denies combat role for U.S. troops (02/25/03)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Philippine foreign minister on Monday accused "junior officials" in Washington of falsely stating U.S. troops would engage in combat alongside Philippine soldiers to fight militants in the southeast Asian nation. Unidentified Pentagon officials were quoted last week as saying more than 1,000 U.S. ...
Serb surrenders to U.N. war crimes tribunal (02/25/03)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A Serbian ultranationalist leader who once visited Saddam Hussein surrendered to the U.N. war crimes tribunal Monday and pledged a vigorous defense against allegations that his troops committed atrocities during the Balkan wars...
Central advances; Jackson ousted in district hoop tourney (02/25/03)
Tigers defeat Farmington, will face Poplar Bluff in championship game. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian After entering district playoffs on a season-high three-game losing streak, Central High School's boys basketball team needed to turns things around in a hurry if they were going to reach their first district final since 1999...
Perryville girls reach district semifinals (02/25/03)
Perryville's girls basketball team used a strong opening quarter to defeat Ste. Genevieve in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament 69-41 Monday at Notre Dame. Perryville outscored Ste. Genevieve 27-8 in the first quarter. Amber Hacker had 11 of her 17 points and April Lorenz had seven in the opening period...
Broken hand to sideline MU's Clemons indefinitely (02/25/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri starting point guard Ricky Clemons will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his hand in Saturday's loss to Colorado, Tigers coach Quin Snyder said Monday night. Clemons, a junior averaging 16 points and a team-high 4.5 assists per game, fractured the second metacarpal in his left, non-shooting hand Saturday when he collided with Colorado guard Michel Morandais in the second half of Missouri's 89-68 loss at Colorado...
Defense rests in SE loss to Tide (02/25/03)
Alabama defeats Southeast 9-4 in error-plagued game. Southeast Missourian TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One day after Alabama scored a season high 16 runs it was defense that ruled the day Monday, or lack thereof. Alabama (5-2) and Southeast Missouri State (1-2) combined for 11 errors and five unearned runs as the Crimson Tide took the rubber match of a three-game set 9-4...
Big 12 coaches like idea of compensating athletes (02/25/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Giving college athletes a small percentage of the millions of dollars they generate is a "pipe dream," says Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson. Baylor coach Dave Bliss calls the whole idea "a Pandora's Box." But judging from an informal survey, most Big 12 basketball coaches would love to see players in revenue-producing sports get a stipend, if not a monthly salary...
Commission members to file a minority report (02/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- Worried about setbacks for women's sports, at least two members of a commission on Title IX plan to protest the group's work by giving a minority report to Education Secretary Rod Paige. Title IX, the anti-discrimination law credited with opening sports to millions of girls and women, is under fire from those who say its enforcement has led to cuts in men's sports...
Indian golfers win tourney (02/25/03)
Southeast Missouri State's golf team finished first out of 15 teams in the Pizza Hut Classic in Jackson, Miss., Monday. The top three teams finished just one stroke apart. The Indians combined for a 610, while second place Tennessee Tech finished at 611 and Centenary Louisiana ended with a 612...
Despite woes, Indians threaten school marks (02/25/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team is going to fall far below the .500 level for the second straight year, but several Indians are assured of either breaking school single-season records or coming close. As the Indians (10-17, 4-10 Ohio Valley Conference) prepare for their final two games of the regular season this week, at Tennessee Tech (16-11, 9-5) Thursday night and at Tennessee State (2-23, 0-14) Saturday night, junior center Brandon Griffin is closing in on Bud Eley's rebounding record.. ...
Moving on - Ex-Cardinal Polanco likes the view in Philadelphia (02/25/03)
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Leaving St. Louis last July was tough on Placido Polanco, now a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals not only were a very close team after losing one of their own, but also atop the NL Central standings. But as difficult as it to break away from a ballclub that together grieved the death of teammate Darryl Kile and was headed for postseason play, Polanco realized that being traded to the non-contending Phillies wasn't so bad...
Even world's best is fair game at Match Play Championship (02/25/03)
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods was changing shoes after his final round at Riviera when he noticed a broom putter leaning against the locker of Carl Pettersson, his opponent in the first round of the Match Play Championship. "Should I break this?" Woods said with a smile...
Rose falls short on ballot for Canadian hall of fame (02/25/03)
P Former Toronto star Joe Carter among those elected. The Associated Press TORONTO -- Even when he was put on a Hall of Fame ballot, Pete Rose failed to get elected. Rose missed out on making the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, falling short of the necessary 75 percent vote from the selection committee...
Matsui hitless in intrasquad game (02/25/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Hideki Matsui went 0-for-2 in his first intrasquad game with the New York Yankees. The three-time MVP of Japan's Central League started in left field and hit fifth for the "Gators," which included the regular starters. "It's been a while since my last actual game," Matsui said through an interpreter. "I felt pretty good playing the game."...
B-Movie monsters clash in new video game (02/25/03)
Those 1950s monster B-movies that scared kids out of their socks in darkened theaters across the land are back in a wild new game featuring a gaggle of gorillas and Godzillas. Incog Inc.'s "War of the Monsters" for Sony and the PlayStation 2 is packed with huge, vicious beasts like Congar, a gigantic gorilla who makes King Kong look like an organ grinder's monkey, and Togera, who could be Godzilla's older, bigger and meaner brother...
Cecil May (02/25/03)
THEBES, Ill. -- Cecil May, 52, of Thebes died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1950, in Anna, Ill., son of Alguquine "Jack" and Ruby Ilene Bridges May. May was a community volunteer and frequent blood donor. He served in the U.S. Army...
Solomon Ferguson (02/25/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Solomon Ferguson, 65, of Sikeston died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 15, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Solomon and Arliler Yarber Ferguson. Ferguson was a self-employed painter...
Earl Dooley (02/25/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Earl "Kayo" Dooley, 79, of Chaffee died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Micola, Mo., the son of Roy C. and Lucy Madge Holdman Dooley. He married Marie Hitt on Feb. 10, 1949, in Piggott, Ark. She survives...
Dale Proffer (02/25/03)
Dale W. Proffer, 83, of Panama City Beach, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Feb. 12, 2003, in Panama City Beach. He was born Feb. 20, 1919, at Aid, Mo., son of Letus Melford and Neenie Winton Proffer. He and Louise Bess of Bloomfield, Mo., were married in 1941...
Grace Hill (02/25/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The funeral for Grace Mae Hill of Sikeston will be held at 3 p.m. today at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo. the Rev. Gerald Collier will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery at Charleston. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until time of service...
Zella Story (02/25/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Zella Lois Story, 84, of Warner Robins, Ga., died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at her home. She was formerly of Chaffee. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Audrey Bunn (02/25/03)
Audrey Floris Bunn, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Nov. 12, 1910, in Ponca City, Okla., daughter of James Elmer and Sophia White Young. She and Earl N. Bunn were married Jan. 29, 1930, in Ponca City. He died June 17, 1991...
Terry Huckstep (02/25/03)
On Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, my loving husband, our beloved dad, and our devoted paw-paw, Terry A. Huckstep, was called home. He passed away with loved ones at his side. He fought a long and courageous 12-year battle with cancer. Terry was born May 2, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, son of Willman A. and Zola Stoops Huckstep...
Gwendolyn Slinkard (02/25/03)
Gwendolyn Floy Slinkard, 95, of St. Louis and a native of Gipsy, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003. at the Town & Country Health Care in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 8, 1907, at Gipsy, the daughter of Dennis and Josephine Young Nichols. She married Kerle Slinkard on June 5, 1928, at St. Louis. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 1998...
Births 2/25/03 (02/25/03)
Sparks Daughter to Adam David and Giboney Terren Sparks of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:16 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003. Name, Madelyn Lou. Weight, 7 pounds 8 ounces. Mrs. Sparks is the former Giboney Juden, daughter of Terry and LaDonna Juden of Cape Girardeau. Sparks is the son of David Sparks of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Betty Sparks of Sikeston, Mo. He is a student at Southeast Missouri State University, and is a security guard with Total Security...
Three people seriously injured in auto accident (02/25/03)
AQUILLA, Mo. -- Two members of the same family from Marble Hill, Mo., were among three people seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a Stoddard County collision. Driver Kenneth Hicks, 16, and passenger Cynthia Hicks, 44, both were taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the 5:50 p.m. crash on Highway 25, one-quarter mile north of Aquilla. Joseph Moore, 73, of Bloomfield, Mo., was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries...
Jackson fire report 2/25 (02/25/03)
Jackson Tuesday, Feb. 25 Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: -- A motor vehicle accident on East Jackson Boulevard.
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/25/03 (02/25/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Feb. 25 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Michele Robtoy, 25, of Route 1, Box 178, Olive Branch, Ill., received a summons Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Cape fire report 2/25/03 (02/25/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Feb. 25 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 3:43 p.m., emergency medical service at 1918 N. Kingshighway. At 5:39 p.m., emergency medical service at 1105 Linden. At 10:28 p.m., line down at 520 Broadway. At 11 p.m., emergency medical service at Interstate 55, at the 93 mile marker...
Out of the past 2/25/03 (02/25/03)
10 years ago: Feb. 25, 1993 After getting "burned" by surprise 12-inch snowstorm last week, Cape Girardeau area residents were taking no chances yesterday after National Weather Service issued winter storm warning throughout Southeast Missouri; Wednesday, local food stores reported "panic" food-buying began as early as 7 a.m., after area radio stations broadcast reports that snow depths of 15 to 20 inches might occur in some areas...
For some, wet weather would be welcome (02/25/03)
Sick to death of our wet, nasty weather? We are too. But, believe it or not, there's an important group of people out there who would be thrilled to have it: farmers to the west and north of Southeast Missouri. Last summer, farmers in the West and upper Midwest watched as crops shriveled under cloudless skies. ...
Move over buggy whips - Pay phones next? (02/25/03)
Pay phones are disappearing from America's landscape, dropping from a high of 2.7 million in the mid-1990s to about 1.9 million now. Is that unfortunate? Think of it like this: We don't have buggy whips or churn our own butter anymore either. It's called progress. Buggies were replaced by motorized four-wheeled creations, and the people that make dairy products are now kind enough to produce all of our dairy products for us...
Eliminating taxes on income is way to cut government (02/25/03)
To the editor: Tax forms, rules and regulations are purposefully made complicated. This frustrates most Americans. We rely on news and talk shows to tell us what has changed and what it can mean for us, and we rely on our tax consultants to prepare our tax forms correctly. We tend to accept what we don't understand without question. Anyone who does question is often portrayed as selfish and unpatriotic...
It's time to play national anthem as we prepare (02/25/03)
To the editor: As I was driving home one night, a radio talk-show host said, "Put your hand on your heart" as he began playing "The Star-Spangled Banner." My mind flashed back to a high school basketball game. The starters from each team were gathered at center court, and our high school band was playing the national anthem. ...
Area's litter is worse than in Third World (02/25/03)
To the editor: These days it is such a heartbreak to see garbage strewn on either side of highways all over the beautiful land of Southeast Missouri. Just drive on Route K west of Wal-Mart or on Highway 34 to Marble Hill, Mo. The beauty of the landscape is marred by scattered garbage: plastic bags, plastic foam cups, cardboard. Stop at any traffic light or stop sign and you will see cigarette butts and chewing gum heaped by the curb...
Speak Out 2/25/03 (02/25/03)
Cuts for those who pay I'M CONSTANTLY amazed that someone said that this tax cut President Bush is recommending should not be going to the wealthy or the middle class but should go to the lower end of the middle class and the poor. You don't get the message. ...
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