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War of ideas waged in schools (03/07/03)
When Jackson High School history teacher Dan Hecht posed a question to students in his current events class about the United Nations' support of a war with Iraq, a dozen eager hands shot up and waved for his attention. "Whose war is this? It's not the world's war, it's our war," responded senior Michael Bricknell. "We shouldn't expect help from the U.N."...
Crash kills founder of Cape McDonald's (03/07/03)
Ronald McDonald has lost a good friend. As 13 of the fast-food restaurants around Southeast Missouri continue to fly their flags at half-staff, authorities are pointing to bad weather as a contributing factor in the Wednesday night airplane crash that took the life of Jerry Davis, the man who brought McDonald's to Cape Girardeau 35 years ago...
Region/state briefs 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
Southeast's plan for welcome center approved The Missouri Tourism Commission has approved Southeast Missouri State University's plan to operate a Missouri Welcome Center at its future River Campus arts school. Southeast is working in cooperation with the city of Cape Girardeau, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop the visitors' center...
Ever-increasing city needs shadow tax cutting in Cape (03/07/03)
If Cape Girardeau voters approve new taxes in April, they shouldn't expect them to go away soon, if ever, city officials said Thursday. The city's ever-increasing revenue needs make it unlikely that the Cape Girardeau City Council would reduce or eliminate the four proposed taxes...
Commission pays for assessment of county juvenile system (03/07/03)
By Bob Miller Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau County Commission may not have gotten the results it wanted from a final assessment of the 32nd Judicial Circuit's juvenile justice system, but the study has been paid for. The study cost $61,000, half of which was paid for out of the juvenile center budget and the other half from federal grants. The county recently paid the final installment of a little more than $5,000 to Huskey & Associates, Inc...
D-Day memorial creditors near agreement (03/07/03)
BEDFORD, Va. -- The National D-Day Memorial Foundation and its top creditors said Thursday they will find a payment agreement that should pull the beleaguered monument out of bankruptcy protection. "It hasn't been easy, taking care of this debt," said Clif Coleman, president and chief executive officer of Coleman-Adams Construction, the memorial's largest creditor with $1,961,701 still unpaid. "But we'll get our money in time."...
Holden - Life science work key to state economic future (03/07/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Surrounded by research displays, Gov. Bob Holden told a University of Missouri-Columbia audience Thursday that life science leadership is the key to the state's economic future. The university is observing "Life Sciences Week," showcasing student and faculty research under a broad academic banner. ...
Abortion lawsuit bill makes way through legislature (03/07/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation that would let Missouri parents sue anyone who enables a minor daughter to have an abortion without their consent is making its way through the Missouri Legislature. After several hours of debate over three days that produced an important compromise, the Senate gave the bill initial approval on a voice vote Thursday. Final approval would send the measure to the House, which is considering a similar bill...
Firefighters bring Park Hills greenhouse fire under control (03/07/03)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- A commercial greenhouse fire that forced the evacuation of a three-block area and required the response of 34 fire departments was still burning but under control late Thursday, authorities said. "We're in mop-up mode, but we're keeping our eyes on the fire that's still burning," Park Hills fire chief Robert St. Jemme said...
Senate approves bill to spend money on revenue bonds (03/07/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The effort to cover Missouri's budget shortfall received a boost Thursday as the Senate gave final approval to a bill appropriating money for the costs of selling revenue bonds. The revenue bonds would net the state $335 million, of which $150 million would help cover the shortfall in the current budget. ...
Review unproductive armories, audit says (03/07/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard should consider closing some of its older armories in need of extensive repairs and those that are under-utilized, a new state audit suggests. State Auditor Claire McCaskill's report, issued Thursday, says 17 of the 63 armories around the state -- 27 percent -- are rated as condition "red," meaning they are in the worst possible condition as determined by the Guard...
Rumsfeld wants U.S. troops moved farther from DMZ or sent home (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld indicated Thursday that he wants U.S. troops stationed near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea to be moved farther from the heavily defended zone, shifted to other countries in the region or brought home...
Girls going wild warned jail time might result (03/07/03)
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- If girls go wild, they'll go to jail -- and so will those who videotape them baring it all, says the mayor of America's top spring break destination. The creators of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos are planning a live pay-per-view broadcast next Thursday from an undisclosed spring break destination. In the videos, college-age women bare their breasts while partying...
Prosecutors go after art lovers who cheat the tax collector (03/07/03)
NEW YORK -- It is one of the worst-kept secrets of New York's fine art galleries: Ultra-rich art collectors who drop millions of dollars on paintings are illegally arranging with dealers to duck the sales tax. But now, state and federal prosecutors are going after buyers and dealers with zeal...
No charges will be filed against absent mother (03/07/03)
GREELEY, Colo. -- Criminal charges will not be filed against a mother accused of leaving her six children home alone while she took a 17-day vacation to Italy with her boyfriend, prosecutors said Thursday. District Attorney Al Dominguez said he did not have enough evidence to charge Jennifer Ferrell, 33, with child abuse, although he did not condone her behavior...
Ex-NASA official blames problems he warned about years ago (03/07/03)
HOUSTON -- A former NASA official who led a study three years ago that faulted the way the agency dealt with safety risks told the Columbia investigation board Thursday that the same problem appears to have played a role in the shuttle disaster. Henry McDonald, an engineering professor, appeared as a witness as the board held its first public hearing on what caused the shuttle to break up over Texas on Feb. 1, killing all seven astronauts...
Missourians help Bush roll out health insurance plan (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration completed its rollout of a proposal to let small businesses buy into group health insurance plans anywhere in the country on Thursday, and Missouri's two senators were front and center. President Bush said his plan would help extend coverage to the 41 million Americans who lack health insurance. Of that number, six in 10 work for small businesses or are self-employed, according to Labor Department figures...
Two people wearing duct tape arrested in Capitol (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- A man and a woman, both wearing duct tape, were arrested in the Capitol on Thursday. A police officer saw two people wearing devices that he thought resembled suicide bombs. The woman had a belt with duct tape around her waist, while the man had jars filled with an undetermined liquid wrapped around him with duct tape, Capitol police chief Terrance Gainer said...
Democrats show muscle in blocking Bush nominee (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats won a showdown vote Thursday blocking Miguel Estrada's nomination for a federal appeals court, dealing President Bush a major loss in the battle over the nation's courts. Bush called the Senate filibuster of Estrada a disgrace, and Senate Republicans pledged not to give up...
Air Force boss reports 54 alleged cases of rape, assault (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- Air Force Secretary James Roche said Thursday that the service needs to move quickly to fix a climate that has led to at least 54 alleged cases of rape and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy. "We have cadets who have misused power, that have done things we cannot tolerate," Roche said. "We have to deal with a climate that has allowed this to happen."...
Examiner says banks knew of Enron schemes (03/07/03)
HOUSTON -- Two major banks knew Enron Corp. was misrepresenting its financial condition by disguising billions of dollars in loans as income in the years leading to its collapse, a court-appointed examiner said. Citibank and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. helped devise accounting techniques known as "prepay transactions" that Enron used to inappropriately count $5 billion in loans to itself as income, attorney Neil Batson said in an interim report...
People talk 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
China to get introduction to the Rolling Stones BEIJING -- The Rolling Stones are coming to China to celebrate their 40th anniversary, but most Chinese don't know Mick, concert organizers said Thursday. Until this year, not a single disc by the Stones and their lead singer, Mick Jagger, had ever been officially released in the world's most populous nation, said Dai Renzhi, a spokeswoman for EMI Records China. ...
Senate ratifies U.S.-Russia treaty to cut nuclear warheads (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate unanimously ratified a treaty Thursday that would cut active U.S. and Russian long-range nuclear warheads by two-thirds, acting as a separate nuclear crisis was building in Asia. The Moscow Treaty, hailed by the Bush administration as symbolizing a new era of friendship and cooperation with Russia, would take missile levels to the lowest point in 50 years...
Dad, upset over son being bullied, fatally shoots innocent teen (03/07/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- A man upset that his son was being bullied fired several shots into a crowd of teenagers, killing a 14-year-old bystander who had hoped to play with the other boy, police said. Jabbar Anthony died Wednesday night after being shot in the chest. Witnesses said he collapsed across the street from his home and was held by his grieving mother as he gasped for air. He died at a hospital...
Bush says U.S. is ready to fight Iraq on its own (03/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- Edging toward war, President Bush called on skeptical allies Thursday night to stand ready to use force against Iraq but said the United States was prepared to act on its own. "We really don't need anybody's permission," Bush said...
Clinton, Dole to debate in series on TV (03/07/03)
NEW YORK -- Former President Bill Clinton and his 1996 election opponent Bob Dole will debate the wisdom of a tax cut in wartime as "60 Minutes" revives its old "Point-Counterpoint" feature for them on Sunday. The two retired politicians have agreed to 10 mini-debates over the next few months. CBS News would not say what they will be paid...
Britain offers compromise on Iraq resolution (03/07/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- As opposition hardened against a war with Iraq, Britain offered Thursday to compromise on a U.S.-backed resolution by giving Saddam Hussein a short deadline to prove he has eliminated all banned weapons or face an attack. With some 300,000 U.S. ...
Al-Qaida prisoner offers leads on boss's possible whereabouts (03/07/03)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani and American forces intensified the search for Osama bin Laden along a southwestern stretch of the border with Afghanistan and carried out raids this week based on information from a newly captured al-Qaida deputy, Pakistani intelligence and military officials said Thursday...
Pope explores life, death in his new book of poetry (03/07/03)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II's new book of poetry, a three-part meditation on nature, life and death -- including his own -- makes clear he has no plans to step down. "Roman Triptych" is the first book of poetry John Paul has written since becoming pope in 1978. Vatican officials said the poems came out of a trip to his beloved Poland last summer...
Air Algerie plane crashes after takeoff, killing 102 (03/07/03)
ALGIERS, Algeria -- An Air Algerie passenger jet, one of its engines ablaze, crashed shortly after takeoff deep in the Sahara Desert on Thursday, and 102 people were killed, officials said. A young soldier survived. The Boeing 737, flight 6289, crashed after taking off from Tamanrasset bound for the Algerian capital, Algiers, 1,000 miles to the north...
Saying goodbye from a distance (03/07/03)
ARROYO HONDO, Mexico -- Everything was set for Jesica's funeral: schoolchildren were preparing a parade, a teacher wrote a poem in her honor, volunteers spruced up her burial plot. Then word reached the people of Arroyo Hondo that the 17-year-old wasn't coming home after all. Her parents had chosen to bury her in Louisburg, N.C., fearing that if they brought her body across the border into Mexico they would be barred from going back...
11 Palestinians killed in raid on refugee camp (03/07/03)
JABALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip -- In the most intense battle in Gaza in months, an Israeli army raid left 11 Palestinians dead Thursday, including eight who witnesses said were hit by an Israeli tank shell fired at a crowd. Israel insisted it targeted only armed men...
Baghdad gears up for street-to-street battle (03/07/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Baghdad residents are snapping up pistols and hunting rifles; trenches and sandbagged gun positions are multiplying. Militiamen loyal to Saddam Hussein say they're ready for a fight to the death. Baghdad is gearing up for what could be a street-to-street fight against American troops, if President Bush gives the order to invade. Saddam appears nightly on television to reassure Iraqis the Americans would be no match in a ground battle...
Johnson ices Cubs' OT win for district title (03/07/03)
DELTA, Mo. -- With fans packed into Delta High School on Thursday for the Class 1, District 2 championship, the school's gym became a sauna. All the while, Bell City junior Domintirix Johnson looked like he had ice in his veins. As both teams traded leads, Johnson hit 9 of 10 free throws in overtime to help the state's fifth-ranked team squeak out a 76-71 win to advance to meet No. 2-ranked Clarkton in the sectional round Tuesday in Sikeston...
Charleston boys, Kelly girls take Class 3 district titles (03/07/03)
Top-seeded Charleston handled Kelly 60-34 to wrap up the Class 3, District 2 boys basketball title at Bloomfield High School. Charleston, ranked No. 2 in Class 2, was led by point guard Marcus Biles with 19 points. Trentez Lane had 18, and Ashton Farmer added 13. Kewain Gant was held to four points...
Bohnsack balances highs and lows of indoor track season (03/07/03)
Truman State freshman Lainie Bohnsack saved her best for last. Despite a season that started with an individual championship in the high jump at the Augustana Indoor Open in Rockford, Ill., Bohnsack's indoor season was a struggle for consistency. Bohnsack, a Central High graduate, won the Augustana Open with a jump of 5 feet, 3 1/4 inches. Bohnsack's next first-place finish came at the Knox College Invitational Feb. 22 with a jump of 5 feet, 4 inches...
Tournament opens Otahks' home schedule (03/07/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's softball team opens its home schedule today when the Otahkians host the three-day Southeast Softball Classic featuring six squads. The Otahkians (1-3) will compete against Drake (11-4), Lipscomb (9-3), Middle Tennessee (6-5), Southwest Missouri (5-6) and Siena (0-0). All games will be at the Southeast Softball Complex...
White emerges from Southeast transfers for OVC newcomer award (03/07/03)
On a team filled with talented junior-college transfers, it was almost a forgone conclusion that somebody from Southeast Missouri State University would win the women's Ohio Valley Conference's Newcomer of the Year award. The only question was who would be honored -- and it turned out to be Kenja White, the Otahkians' leading scorer heading into today's 2 p.m. OVC Tournament semifinal game against Tennessee Tech in Nashville, Tenn...
Otahkians close in on OVC title shot (03/07/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team has never advanced to the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. A win today and the Otahkians will be there, which would in turn put them just one victory away from their first NCAA Division I Tournament berth...
Mellanby scores four times to lift Blues (03/07/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Mellanby, who didn't have a hat trick in his first 1,208 NHL games, scored four goals Thursday night as the Blues wrapped up a perfect four-game homestand with a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Cory Stillman had a goal and three assists for the Blues, who outscored opponents 13-5 during the homestand. St. Louis won without Keith Tkachuk, serving the final game of a four-game suspension for cross-checking Minnesota's Wes Walz...
Pujols' slam, RBIs push Cardinals past Montreal (03/07/03)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Albert Pujols hit a grand slam and drove in five runs Thursday, leading the Cardinals over a Montreal Expos' split squad 6-3. Pujols connected against Javier Vazquez for his second homer this spring and added an RBI groundout. "This is the third spring I have been here and I still have trouble seeing the ball in this park," Pujols said of Roger Dean Stadium. "I don't know what kind of a pitch it was."...
Jones, Tyson add a punch, but is Jones a true champ? (03/07/03)
LAS VEGAS -- In just a week, Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson did their part to add a spark to a heavyweight division paralyzed by Lennox Lewis' inactivity. It's easy to dismiss Tyson's 49-second knockout of Clifford Etienne as little more than a freak show, but people are fascinated by Tyson and will pay to watch every time he steps into the ring...
MDC looks for answers through crappie surveys (03/07/03)
DeLaney Lake -- formerly Upper Big Lake -- and Lake Wapappello are popular fishing spots in Southeast Missouri, and because of the high angler use, Missouri Department of Conservation personnel conduct annual fish population surveys in both lakes. According to survey results, it appears anglers are harvesting a high percentage of the white crappie population...
Annual convention is the first sign of spring seasons (03/07/03)
With hundreds of wild turkey custom call companies and manufactures on hand, the 27th annual National Wild Turkey Convention in Nashville, Tenn., last month was the place to find the prefect sound you've always wanted. It was also a place to take in great seminars from championship callers and hunters, along with wildlife biologist and game enforcement officers. It was the place you can ask the question you have always wanted to ask...
Streaking Huskies show more of the same (03/07/03)
The problem with a perfect season is that one loss at the wrong time would make it seem like a flop. It could happen to the Connecticut Huskies some night when their stars are unaligned and the moon is in the wrong house and someone steals all of Diana Taurasi's sneakers...
FanFare 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • The Brewers banned supplements from their clubhouse and discouraged players from using them, but it was unclear if the team can enforce its new rule. Brewers' players received a document this week in Phoenix outlining the dangers of supplements, both legal and illegal, containing stimulants and steroids...
  • All about duct tape, warts and all (03/07/03)
    If you live long enough, something's bound to happen. After all these years of being the No. 1 spokesman for the duct-tape industry, I am finally getting to see the gray, sticky stuff get the recognition it has always deserved. Duct tape, as you all know by now, is the Official U.S. Tape of the war on terrorism...
    'European Odyssey' (03/07/03)
    For the first time in the history of the Concerto and Aria Competition at Southeast Missouri State University, musicians who play guitars are among the winners. A guitar quartet will join another winner of the annual student performance competition, pianist Tyson Wunderlich of Altenburg, Mo., as the featured musicians in this year's concert...
    Grammy sweep boosts sales of Norah Jones CD by 500,000 (03/07/03)
    NEW YORK -- Talk about a Grammy sales bump -- Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," sold 621,000 copies after her Grammy sweep, almost 500,000 more than the week before -- the biggest post-Grammy sales spike ever, according to her record company...
    Movie chains hope patrons will sit still for new ads (03/07/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Bob Morales and his wife sat through advertisements for the Cartoon Network, the NBC show "Boomtown" and AOL Broadband. There was a pitch for the U.S. Army, another for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Morales would have accepted the promotional barrage at home in front of the television, but it annoyed him to go through it at the movie theater...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Old School' (03/07/03)
    One and a half stars Though I would not sit through a repeat performance of "Old School," I would seriously consider buying the soundtrack. There were a couple of scenes that the whole audience thought were funny, but for the most part the humor was overdone. ...
    Death ended hopes of a Clash reunion (03/07/03)
    NEW YORK -- One Sunday morning last December Joe Strummer faxed a message to Paul Simonon, his old friend from the Clash. Simonon was the holdout. Strummer, Mick Jones and "Topper" Headon wanted to perform at the Clash's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and the singer urged Simonon to stop being churlish and dig out his bass guitar...
    Artifacts 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
    Egbert to conduct Southeast singers at Carnegie Hall Forty members of the Southeast Missouri State University Choir and Choral Union will perform at Carnegie Hall April 20 under the direction of Dr. John Egbert, professor of choral music at Southeast...
    Country hopefuls compete on reality television show (03/07/03)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No one would accuse Travis Howard, a 33-year-old country music singer and contestant on the new reality TV show "Nashville Star," of being camera shy. Howard earns his living performing in Los Angeles nightclubs and bars. But the reality aspect of "Nashville Star," a USA Network series that combines "Big Brother" with "American Idol," gives him butterflies...
    Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts come calling (03/07/03)
    Toby Keith ... Born: July 8, 1961, Moore, Okla. Married: Lives with wife, Tricia, and daughters, Shelley and Krystal, and son, Stelen, outside Norman, Okla. Current CD: "Unleashed" Current single: "Rock You Baby" Other hits: "How Do You Like Me Now?," "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," "Country Comes to Town," "Should've Been a Cowboy," "Dream Walkin'," "We Were in Love," "I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying" (duet with Sting)," "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," "I Wanna Talk About Me," "My List," "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," "Who's Your Daddy?". ...
    Carol Wilburn (03/07/03)
    Carol Jean Wilburn, 50, of Scott City died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
    Grace Blessing (03/07/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Grace Blessing, 94, of Anna died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Union County Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 6, 1908, in Makanda, Ill., daughter of John and Surilda Batson Fulcher. She and Sidney T. Blessing were married Oct. 26, 1934, in Marion, Ill. He died June 22, 1976...
    Anna Trout (03/07/03)
    Anna Trout, 102, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at her home. She was born June 11, 1900, in Indian territory in Oklahoma. She and John William Trout were married Aug. 29, 1921, in Durant, Okla. He died Nov. 10, 1959. Trout had lived in Cape Girardeau 35 years. She had been a child care provider. She was a member of First Christian Church and worked in the nursery more than 20 years...
    Dorothy King (03/07/03)
    Dorothy M. King, 82, of Jackson died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Jackson Manor. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
    Dr. David Duck (03/07/03)
    Dr. David Duck, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Barbara Kosharek (03/07/03)
    Barbara Marian Kosharek, 57, of Scott City died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Jersey City, N.J., daughter of Antonio George and Marian R. Schilkie Cecere. She and John K. "Jack" Kosharek were married Dec. 18, 1965, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys, Calif...
    Jerry Davis (03/07/03)
    Jerry Douglas Davis, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, in an airplane crash near Sparta, Ill. He was born Nov. 9, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Waddy E. and Elsie Mae Carter Davis. He and Judith K. Barnhouse were married in 1964...
    Albert Wulfers (03/07/03)
    Albert N. Wulfers, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, son of Edward C. and Clotilda Seib Wulfers. Mr. Wulfers served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as an Army specialty aviation cadet (pilot) and achieved the rank of first lieutenant. After the war he returned to Cape Girardeau and worked at Firestone until he was recalled in 1951 to serve in the Korean War as a U.S. Air Force captain...
    Births 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
    Green Daughter to Timothy Charles and Terri Ann Green of Perryville, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:56 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2003. Name, Madelyn Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 5 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Green is the former Terri Chappius, daughter of Don Chappius of Perryville and the late Becky Chappius, and Mary and Kirk Schremp of Perryville. She is an accountant at TG Missouri Corp. Green is the son of Bill and Nancy Green of Perryville. He is self-employed...
    Cape fire report 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, March 7 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 5:47 p.m., emergency medical service at 415 Emerald. At 6:35 p.m., emergency medical service at 381 N. Park. At 11:13 p.m., emergency medical service at 1105 Emily Court.Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items:...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, March 7 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Ashley R. Parker, 20, of 1313 W. Murray Lane, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing...
    Out of the past 3/7/03 (03/07/03)
    10 years ago: March 7, 1993Congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church at Pocahontas is having year-long observance of 125th anniversary of church; opening celebration was held Feb. 14 with emphasis on sacrament of baptism; St. John's, member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, was founded in 1868 by group of Austrian Lutherans; records don't give month and day of first service; services were held in homes of founding members, until church building was dedicated in 1870...
    Blair makes case for moral war - Part II (03/07/03)
    Here is the second of two excerpts from Great Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair's speech to a Labour Party gathering about Iraq. The first part (published on Thursday's Opinion page) reviewed the background of the situation. Part II of his remarks makes the MORAL ARGUMENT for military action in IRAQ, using unilateral force if need be...
    Monsignor Rolwing - Model of faith (03/07/03)
    Almost anyone who devotes half a century to a job, hobby or community service deserves special attention. But when folks speak of Monsignor Richard Rolwing, they put less emphasis on the length of his service to the Roman Catholic Church than to the quality of his pastoral care and devotion...
    Corporate taxes on the minds of legislators (03/07/03)
    In a year when political nerves in Jefferson City are prickly and when elected officials at every level of state government are overwhelmed with budget matters, one topic that seems to be attracting a bit of positive feedback from all sides would cut taxes on corporations...
    Hilty's letter inspires plans for coffee gang (03/07/03)
    To the editor: It was a pleasant gift to read Peter Hilty's letter about the coffee gang. It brought back memories of when I worked in the Southeast Missourian printing press shop. I would walk home at times and go to the fast-food establishment at Broadway and the West End Boulevard. ...
    Yoder story raises questions about definitions (03/07/03)
    To the editor: In response to the article "Wife of mental patient files for divorce": Can Millie Strom explain exactly what an "intellectual terrorist" is any better than Rodney Yoder's jailers can explain "mental illness"? If not, it's a nothing but another cynical strategy...
    River Campus would ensure cultural diversity (03/07/03)
    To the editor: My husband and I left Cape Girardeau last June for Philadelphia, but we like to keep up with the goings-on in Cape by reading the Southeast Missourian online. Imagine my surprise this morning when, cup of morning coffee in hand, I went to the semissourian.com Web site and was greeted with the headline, "Drury files third River Campus suit."...
    Hayti receives highest praise for giving aid (03/07/03)
    To the editor: Thank you to Hayti, Mo., which should be very proud. My parents where traveling on Feb. 13 when my dad had a heart attack. They had checked in at the Comfort Inn and had to call an ambulance. I would like to thank the girl working that night. She doesn't know how much her assistance helped my mother...
    Speak Out 03/07/03 (03/07/03)
    No prison frills A STORY on the front page says that Missouri is looking for solutions to the growth of prisons. One of the ways I think we accomplish this, other than turning all criminals loose, is to take all the frills out of prisons: no television, no library, no free use of telephones...
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