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Stories from Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Cape school board election uncontested (04/02/03)
Cape Girardeau voters will have at least one easy decision in Tuesday's elections with just two candidates running for two available positions on the Cape Girardeau School Board. Newcomer Robert Scott Brown and seven-year incumbent the Rev. William Bird were the only candidates to file for the two three-year terms on the board, making this is the second consecutive year the election has been uncontested...
Pothole problem improves with weather (04/02/03)
Southeast Missouri drivers, no doubt, have had their fill of potholes, a perennial problem made even worse this year by the harsh, wet winter. But these dangers and annoyances should be fading as the Missouri Department of Transportation and local municipalities wait on warmer, drier weather to remedy the patchy situation...
Correction 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
In an article in Monday's edition, James R. McGhee, 20, of Cape Girardeau was incorrectly listed as not being charged with possession of beer by a minor. A criminal summons was issued on March 14. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Yoder being transferred to medium-security facility (04/02/03)
CHESTER, Ill. -- After almost 12 years of fighting to be released from the maximum-security facility for the criminally insane, Rodney Yoder is finally getting his wish. It's just not in the way he'd hoped. Yoder's lawyer was notified Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Mental Health that Yoder will soon be transferred from Chester Mental Health Center to a medium-security facility in Elgin, Ill., which is 30 miles northwest of Chicago in Kane County...
Pocahontas residents to vote on sewer system (04/02/03)
Pocahontas town officials have been doing background work on a sewer project for more than a year. They've held public information meetings, gotten engineer plans completed, they've applied for grants, and have received lagoon-location approval from the Department of Natural Resources...
Suspect in killings expects vindication with DNA tests (04/02/03)
Roger L. McIntyre walked out of the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson Tuesday morning confident DNA samples taken by police will eliminate him as a suspect in the 1982 murders of Margie Call and Mildred Wallace. "I don't have to wait for the results," he said. "These guys are good and they'll catch the guy who did it."...
War ties up demand for yellow ribbon (04/02/03)
esidents in some Southeast Missouri towns are tying yellow ribbons around the old oak tree -- and any other tree they can find -- to show support for U.S. troops in the war in Iraq. Flower, fabric and hobby shops are scrambling to meet the demand for yellow ribbon, both for outside decorations and as lapel decorations...
Region briefs 04/02/03 (04/02/03)
Rust Communications purchases Indiana paper Rust Communications has purchased the daily newspaper in Bloomfield, Ind., from William Miles. The sale of the Evening World was effective Tuesday. Randy List, publisher of three other Rust newspapers in Greencastle, Brazil and Linton, Ind., will also be the publisher of the Bloomfield newspaper. Chris Pruett, general manager of the Linton Daily Citizen, will also be the general manager of The Evening World...
Club news 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you...
Court upholds conviction for murder (04/02/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A state appeals court on Tuesday rejected a former Dunklin County teen's claims that his murder confession was not voluntary due to his age, low mental ability and the fact he was medicated. Kenneth Gray had challenged his convictions for second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 27, 1999, shooting death of R.W. "Dub" Cooley. Gray was 16 years old at the time and certified to stand trial as an adult...
Revenue bond sale to start April 10 (04/02/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state board on Tuesday authorized an April 10 sale of a projected $387 million in revenue bonds to help cover the state's budget shortfall. The bonds technically would help finance previously planned construction and repairs at state and university buildings. That would free up other money to go toward the state's budget shortfall...
Stones and stars on the Missouri homefront (04/02/03)
Missourians with an emotional investment in the war with Iraq aren't only in uniform. In Neosho, they are parents who rub special gemstones in their pockets to think of a daughter serving in the Army. In Mexico, they are neighbors reviving blue star banners, staples of the homefront in past wars, to designate families with sons or daughters in military service...
FBI wary that al-Qaida may use women in attacks (04/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- Recent intelligence has the FBI worried that al-Qaida may be recruiting and training women to carry out terror attacks, trying to regain an element of surprise for a network thinned by arrests, officials say. For the first time in the war on terror, the FBI has issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for a woman, a Pakistani neurological expert, wanted for questioning in the terrorism investigation. ...
Smallpox vaccination program covered by questions (04/02/03)
The Bush administration says the threat of an attack with the smallpox virus has never been higher. Yet far fewer health-care workers have been vaccinated than officials envisioned, and at least a dozen states have suspended their programs because of concerns the shots are linked to cardiac disease...
Divided Supreme Court confronts race in affirmative action case (04/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices vigorously debated the role of race in higher education Tuesday in a pair of cases that could rewrite the rules for affirmative action on campus and beyond. The justices aggressively questioned lawyers, focusing on likely consequences of discrimination and educational opportunity...
Mourners erupt in grief at funeral for slain 3-year-old (04/02/03)
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- A funeral to say goodbye to a murdered 3-year-old collapsed into pushing and shouting when someone in the pews said the boy's sister was partly at fault in his death. Amir Beeks died a day after he was beaten Wednesday with a baseball bat, sexually assaulted and dumped face-down in a drainage ditch. Police said his killer was a 10-year-old who lured him from a library...
WTO to form panel in wheat dispute (04/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- A World Trade Organization panel will mediate a dispute between the United States and Canada over Canadian wheat exports. U.S. trade officials requested the three-person panel in March after earlier talks did not resolve the matter. The panel will review U.S. allegations that the Canadian government provides unfair help to its wheat farmers by granting the Canadian Wheat Board special monopoly rights and by subsidizing the cost of shipping wheat by railroad...
Police - Man who hijacked Cuban plane to Key West surrenders (04/02/03)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- In the second hijacking of a Cuban plane in as many weeks, a hijacker claiming to have two grenades surrendered an hour after forcing the aircraft to land in Florida with 32 people aboard. The hijacker was carrying a little boy when he came off the Cuban Airlines plane at the Key West airport and was wearing a red windbreaker with the word "America" stitched in white on the back. He was taken into FBI custody...
U.S. rescues POW captured in ambush (04/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- American troops on Tuesday rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who had been held as a prisoner of war in Iraq since she and other members of her unit were ambushed March 23, the Defense Department announced. Lynch, 19, of Palestine, W.Va., had been missing since nine days ago with 11 other U.S. ...
Three children die in early-morning house fire (04/02/03)
POLAND, N.Y. -- Three children were killed in a house fire early Tuesday and three other people were injured. The cause of the fire was not known. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said it started just before 1 a.m. in this town 60 miles south of Buffalo...
Israel - 'Road map' peace plan needs to be adapted (04/02/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's foreign minister said Tuesday the United States is determined to publish a Mideast peace plan soon but Israel would seek changes before accepting it. The Israeli opposition leader, Amram Mitzna, and Palestinian officials said Israel effectively is rejecting the plan, a three-stage "road map" to Palestinian statehood by 2005...
Another suicide attempt made at Guantanamo (04/02/03)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A terror suspect attempted suicide at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and was being treated at detention camp's new psychiatric ward, officials said Tuesday. The man was saved by guards within seconds of the attempt in his cell late Monday, Army Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said...
4th Infantry starts arriving in Kuwait (04/02/03)
SHUAIBA PORT, Kuwait -- The U.S. Army's most lethal and modern heavy division is weeks away from joining the fight in Iraq, a top division officer said Tuesday. The first three ships carrying the 4th Infantry Division's equipment -- a force that will encompass more than 30,000 troops, 500 armored vehicles and 18 attack helicopters -- arrived Tuesday in this Kuwaiti port for unloading...
Hong Kong's SARS victims sent to quarantine camps (04/02/03)
HONG KONG -- Hong Kong invoked a colonial-era law Tuesday to quarantine more than 240 people in countryside vacation camps, part of redoubled efforts to halt the spread of a mysterious flu-like illness that has killed at least 64 people around the world...
Government, rebels OK power-sharing deal (04/02/03)
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Congo's government agreed to a power-sharing deal with rebel groups Tuesday in a move mediators hoped could bring the sides a step closer to resolving one of Africa's most intractable conflicts. Representatives of the Congolese government, rebels, political parties and civic groups adopted a transitional constitution and an agreement to set up a transitional government for Congo, a country one-fourth the size of the United States that has been experiencing 4 1/2 years of civil war.. ...
Eleven al-Qaida suspects arrested (04/02/03)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Eleven people with suspected links to the al-Qaida terror network -- including two of the government's most-wanted terror suspects -- have been arrested in various parts of Yemen, a security official said Tuesday. The 11 suspects were arrested throughout Yemen on Friday and now are detained in the intelligence prison in the capital, San'a, the official said on condition of anonymity...
Officials - Bosnian Serb army spied on NATO (04/02/03)
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Evidence found during a raid of Bosnian Serb military offices indicates the army spied on NATO troops and other international officials in Bosnia, a NATO spokesman said Tuesday. An analysis of evidence found March 7 in military intelligence offices in Banja Luka indicated the military spied at least all of last year, Capt. Dale MacEachern said...
Mudslides kill 27 in Indonesia (04/02/03)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Mudslides triggered by flash floods in eastern Indonesia killed 27 people with at least five others reported missing, local officials and police said Tuesday. The floods swept away 17 houses on Flores island, 1,030 miles east of the capital of Jakarta, said Paulinus Domi, head of the local district of Ende. Police said they were searching for survivors late Tuesday in three villages hit by the flooding...
Ground war hits Guards (04/02/03)
Army ground forces attacked Republican Guard units Tuesday near Karbala, scarcely 50 miles from Baghdad, part of around-the-clock combat pointing toward an assault on the capital. An American POW was rescued in Iraq. Defense officials said Army units attacked elements of the Medina Division of the Republican Guard in the clash near Karbala, hitting an elite Iraqi force weakened by heavy air bombardment over several days...
Heat tests military training and technology (04/02/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- For battle-weary troops already two weeks into a full-fledged war, one more challenge still looms -- the desert heat. With April and its 80-degree temperatures marking the start of summer, troops already loaded down with packs weighing up to 100 pounds will become another element of the war...
Kurds, U.S. Special Forces batter Iraq's northern front (04/02/03)
IRBIL, Iraq -- The Iraqi soldier leaned against his truck, kicking the mud from his boots and enjoying a cigarette. It would be his last. Across the valley in northern Iraq, a U.S. Special Forces team watched him through binoculars and summoned a laser-guided airstrike. The soldier disappeared in a cloud of black smoke; when it cleared, only the burned-out hulk of his truck remained...
Brits restore power at key Iraqi port (04/02/03)
UMM QASR, Iraq -- British military engineers restored power to Iraq's major seaport for the first time in weeks, a major step in reopening the harbor and funneling desperately needed humanitarian aid deeper into the country. "A lot of things must have been left on when the power was cut, because suddenly you heard all these radios come on and the people started cheering," said Maj. John Taylor of the Royal Engineers...
Darkness puts Jackson, Central game on hold until Friday (04/02/03)
There was plenty of clutch hitting, clutch defense, good pitching and drama. The only thing in short supply was sunlight. Suspense gave way to suspension in play Tuesday just as Central's and Jackson's baseball teams were locked in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. Play was halted due to darkness...
MSHSAA overhaul faces hurdles as opposition builds (04/02/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation intended to force the governing authority for high school sports and other extracurricular activities to rescind rules some students and parents find objectionable will not move forward in its present form, a key lawmaker said Tuesday...
Notre Dame pulls away late for victory against Perryville (04/02/03)
Notre Dame put away Perryville in the seventh inning, scoring four insurance runs to pick up a 12-6 road victory Tuesday in high school baseball. "It was just huge. They got a little rally going and cut it to 8-6, and we come in and put up a four spot and it took the wind out of their sails," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said...
Competition gets thorny for Central's initial 'Roses' meet (04/02/03)
Swimming has existed at Central High School for well over a decade, but school will encounter a first on Saturday when it serves as host to its first invitational. Central has hosted its share of duals, triangulars and quad meets over the years, but will attract six other schools for its first City of Roses Invitational at the Central Municipal Pool...
Georgetown, St. John's advance to final of NIT (04/02/03)
NEW YORK -- Mike Sweetney took charge once again and led Georgetown to the NIT championship game, scoring 32 points as the Hoyas beat Minnesota 88-74 Tuesday night. The Hoyas turned down a bid to the NIT last season because they would have had to play on the road and miss classes. Now they'll play for the title after winning four straight games in the tournament -- all away from home. The Hoyas (19-14) won at Tennessee, Providence and North Carolina before coming to Madison Square Garden...
Southeast golf team finishes second in home tournament (04/02/03)
Southeast Missouri State University took its third second-place finish as Western Illinois University defeated Southeast in the finals of the Morton B. Harris Southeast Missouri State Four Ball golf tournament Tuesday at Kimberland Country Club. Tony Olson of Missouri-Kansas City won the individual competition, shooting a even-par 71 in the final round to give him a 3-under 210 for the three rounds...
This Final Four offers an intriguing mix (04/02/03)
Kentucky and Arizona were supposed to be playing Saturday night, a semifinal matchup that had all the makings of a championship game. Instead, the NCAA tournament favorites will be watching just like the rest of the country. In this season of parity, the Final Four has turned into a stage for coaches looking for a first national title and for stars showing off for a national audience...
Indians chase eighth straight win today, face SIU (04/02/03)
All that stands in the way of an eight-game Southeast Missouri State University baseball winning streak heading into Ohio Valley Conference play is a victory over regional rival Southern Illinois. Southeast coach Mark Hogan knows that won't be easy...
Love focused on own game, not on Tiger's (04/02/03)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- "Chase your own potential." Davis Love III underlined those four words, even put stars around them, as a reminder that the best way to catch Tiger Woods is to wear blinders. The strategy came from an offseason session with sports psychologist Bob Rotella. Love jotted down the notes on a yellow legal pad, and he reviewed them the night before the final round of The Players Championship...
Relief staff adds early uncertainty (04/02/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Two words say it all about the Cardinals' rebuilt bullpen: Kiko Calero. The one-time Royals castoff, who is awaiting his major league debut at age 28, is just one of the many new faces that the NL Central champions will be counting on to hold the line. St. Louis also has three pitchers who missed all of last season with injuries -- Cal Eldred, Russ Springer and Lance Painter...
Kent makes impact early in Astros' opening win (04/02/03)
HOUSTON -- Jeff Kent hit a home run in his first at-bat for Houston and Jeff Bagwell homered twice as the Astros won their season opener Tuesday night, 10-4 over the Colorado Rockies. Roy Oswalt pitched seven strong innings for the win and the Astros roughed up NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings in their first home opener since their stadium was renamed Minute Maid Park...
Jeter to miss a month or more (04/02/03)
TORONTO -- Even the highest payroll in baseball couldn't prepare the New York Yankees for what they face now -- playing without leader Derek Jeter for at least a month. Jeter was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after dislocating his left shoulder on opening night. The Yankees expect to be without their All-Star shortstop for much longer, and it could be up to four months if he needs surgery...
FanFare 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
Briefly Boxing
  • Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis may fight in the same ring June 21 -- just not against each other. Talks are under way for the two heavyweights to appear in separate fights of a heavyweight doubleheader, perhaps in Buffalo, N.Y. ...
  • Officers elected for Women's Golf Association (04/02/03)
    The Women's Golf Association of Cape Girardeau elected officers during its spring banquet recently in preparation for the season that will begin with an event today. Officers for the year are Judi Brey, president; Mary Jane Eftink, vice president; Dana Underwood, treasurer; and Robyn Young, secretary. Marion Miles-Edwards and Dorris Young were presented honorary life membership in the association...
    Petunias are a dependable choice for garden color (04/02/03)
    Gardeners seeking dependable, bright summer color have long turned to the familiar petunia, and the plant in turn has returned its trust with lots of flowers. Recent work by plant breeders gives gardeners even more reason to trust the petunia to perform like a summer champ it can be. ...
    Indoor air quality shouldn't leave you gasping (04/02/03)
    Removing moisture is easiest step to rid home of mold. By David Bradley ~ The Associated Press So, you think the air inside your home is clean and free of the contaminates you inhale once you step out the front door? Well, guess again. According to indoor air experts and the Environmental Protection Agency, air inside most homes is three to seven times worse than outdoor air, and the result might be a host of illnesses caused by particulates, molds and other toxins...
    Off! the Top of My Head (04/02/03)
    by Chad Armbruster Stop the world, I've got news that will shock some, mortify others and the majority of you will care less than that one time you did that one thing with your girlfriend's older sister. After eight years of Cape-dom I've left town. ...
    Move over, moss (04/02/03)
    Moss is either one of those plants that you love or hate. There seems to be no in between. There are individuals who grow and sell moss to garden centers and florists. Since their moss turns to dollars, I'm sure that they really like moss. My front lawn is now a moss garden. Since I live in the woods, most of the area around my house is shaded. It does have its advantages. Very seldom do I have to mow the "front lawn." It sure is nice and soft to walk on...
    Favorite recipes for birthday celebrations (04/02/03)
    smcclanahan I love it when we have a birthday to celebrate in our family. This time, though, it is not one of my little kids, it is the big kid in our house, Scott. Scott turns 40 today. I was telling someone at church Sunday that now 40 seems so young. ...
    Flirting with the pork skins (04/02/03)
    Several times in the past two weeks, I've watched co-workers fighting with the vending machine in the company lounge. "It got me again!" one exclaimed Monday, giving it a frustrated smack. He headed off to find the unfortunate person who many years ago was handed the keys to our snack, soda and juice machines and hasn't been able to shed the responsibility for them...
    Mystikaleidoscopes (04/02/03)
    Colorful horoscopes WARNING: It is not recommended that you plan your life around these horoscopes, but we do hope you find them amusing. ARIES (Mar.23-Apr.19) Break through the logjam. Under normal circumstances, this current should be strong and sweet. Soon you'll be where you belong, and then you can relax...
    Poet's Pub (04/02/03)
    Jessica Simmons Why? I want to ask people short and tall Old and young It's for one and all For all the people out there- We need to realize life isn't fair! It has been this way forever past in every Country and state Why be full of anger and hate?...
    21st Century Trawling (04/02/03)
    by Greg Levrault More Than Toast is love. They express it in their Anime Music Videos(AMVs), choice clips of Japanese cartoons remixed to a catchy tune. And their love is spreading. Before they were More Than Toast, they were working at a Target store in West Palm Beach. ...
    Game review - Xenosaga (04/02/03)
    by Keayn Dunya Many RPG games will be throwing around the title epic. More often than not that means giving up 50 plus hours of your life in the pursuit of that all-too elusive final cinema. Xenosaga: Episode I (of 6) is one of those games. Kiss the significant other goodbye, get a catheter and set the speed dial to the fast food place of your choice. Love it or hate it, once you start you're in for the long haul...
    The Dharma Bum (04/02/03)
    by Jaysen Buterin Whether you got desire in my passion, or I spilled some passion on your desire, if you don't have that one special thing that you're not getting up for in the morning, then stop all the clocks and cut off the telephone because faith, fidelity, and the follies of being human have showed us that Maria Brooks was epiphanically right when she said, "Where passion is not found, no virtue ever dwelt." If you don't have the heart and soul to do something then you're only cheating yourself by going thru the perfunctory motions with a half-hearted interest that could easily be bested by exhaling. ...
    Greenscene (04/02/03)
    by Regina Yoast Don't ask the guys of Green Scene how they got their name. They'll only confuse you. One says it might have an environmental tinge, since green is the color of life. Another implies it may have something to do with mary jane. And yet another explanation is that green is the color of money, and they like money. But it might just be that green has another connotation- it's the color of the band's competition...
    Off! the Wall 8-Ball (04/02/03)
    April Questions Are Khakis coming back? Answer: Ask Again Later Can you hear me now? Answer: Yes, Definitely Aw, snap! Do I have to file taxes? Answer: Most Likely Am I getting a refund? Answer: Without a Doubt Does my bail bond count as moving expenses?...
    Kill Your T.V. (04/02/03)
    by Jason Parker Take a few of Gollum's most quoted lines from The Lord of the Rings movies and mix them with lines from the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies. Riddle me that and you've got your why. You've made your point on the war. ...
    April concert schedule (04/02/03)
    04/02/03 - "Spiderman Live", Fox Theatre 04/02/03 - Failing English, Hi-Pointe 04/02/03 - Supervillain Zero, Hi-Pointe 04/02/03 - Tree Of Woe, Hi-Pointe 04/02/03 - theSTART, Hi-Pointe 04/02/03 - The Datsuns, The Galaxy 04/02/03 - The Sights, The Galaxy...
    Alex Goes Off! (04/02/03)
    Alexandra R. Yaremko "Golf. What is it Good For?" Golf is fascinating. Not the way golf fans would say it's fascinating. "Did you see that shot? Which club did he use?" Golf is fascinating because of the responses it elicits. These responses generally fall into two categories: complete devotion or utter boredom. Here, the population is pretty much divided evenly: men = complete devotion, women = utter boredom...
    Reel News - Spirited Away (04/02/03)
    Reviewed by Justin Colburn The highest grossing film in Japanese box-office history (more than $234 million), Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (Sen To Chihiro Kamikakushi) is a dazzling film that reasserts the power of drawn animation to create fantasy worlds. ...
    Dirty & Dark - The Way Rock n' Roll Should Be (04/02/03)
    by Tom Edwards As in real estate, the quality of a rock concert can be boiled down to 'Location. Location, Location' and one component still holds true: The filthier, darker, and more unseemly the location-the better. There should be an element of dirtiness in the venue of a rock n' roll show. ...
    Vernon Zimmerman (04/02/03)
    Vernon Edward Zimmerman, 67, of Scott City died Monday, March 31, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 8, 1935, at Fornfelt, Mo., son of Theodore Roosevelt and Anna Lee Cambron Zimmerman. Zimmerman was a riverboat pilot. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Scott City, Harold O. Grauel Masonic Lodge 672 and Cape Shrine Club in Cape Girardeau, and Moolah Temple in St. Louis...
    Evelyn Cruse (04/02/03)
    OLMSTED, Ill. -- Evelyn Ruth Cruse, 88, of Greenville, Ill., died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Farrow Nursing Home in Greenville. She was born Feb. 5, 1915, at Olmsted, daughter of James Arthur and Nellie Gillespie Palmer. She married Ralph Cruse, who died in 1981...
    Mabel Alston (04/02/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mabel M. Alston, 88, of Chaffee died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 28, 1914, in Neosho County, Kan., daughter of Elzie Sigle and Florence Elizabeth Sours Edwards. She and William Riley Alston were married July 1, 1932. He died Dec. 17, 1992...
    Woodrow Crites (04/02/03)
    PUXICO, Mo. -- Woodrow Paul Crites, 81, of Puxico died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 30, 1921, at Greenbrier, Mo., son of Horace and Dovie Cato Crites. He and Pauline Woodfin were married June 9, 1942, at Bloomfield, Mo...
    Joshua Gross (04/02/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Joshua Daniel Gross died at birth Friday, March 28, 2003, at the University of Louisville Medical Center in Louisville, Ky. Survivors include his parents, Clinton and Tammy Poe Gross of Paducah, Ky.; a brother, Levi Gross, a sister, Lexy Gross, both of Paducah; grandparents, Jack and Jane Hargraves of Chaffee, and Charles and Dessie Gross of Anniston, Mo...
    Ester Hartwick (04/02/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ester May Hartwick, 62, of Sikeston died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Dell, Ark., daughter of Russell R. and Estell O. Manes McMinn. Hartwick was formerly of Bertrand, Mo., and had been a waitress...
    Raynett Moll (04/02/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Raynett Moll, 82, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born March 3, 1921, in Sikeston, daughter of Raymond A. and Myrtle Sheppard Moll. Moll was a member of First United Methodist Church...
    Verna Stout (04/02/03)
    MOUNDS, Ill. -- Verna D. Stout, 97, of Mounds died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Ga. She was born May 5, 1905, in Pulaski County, Ill., daughter of Joshua and Daisy Hostler Childers. She married Edward Robert Stout, who preceded her in death in 1954...
    Bruce Parsons (04/02/03)
    Bruce Parsons, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 28, 2003, while visiting a son in Montgomery, Ala. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Clay Taylor (04/02/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Rueben Clay Taylor, 85, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 7, 1917, in McMullin, Mo., son of Charles Paschall and Ada Adeliene Prichett Taylor. He and Evelyn Taylor were married May 4, 1938, in Sikeston. She died Dec. 20, 2002...
    Births 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
    Stone Daughter to Scott Wayne and Julie Ann Stone of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:36 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2003. Name, Myah Cassady. Weight, 8 pounds 4 ounces. Mrs. Stone is the former Julie Cassady, daughter of Everett Cassady and Carmen Cassady of Jackson. She is employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri. Stone is the son of Roy Stone of Cape Girardeau, and the late Judy Stone. He is employed by Drury Co...
    Cape fire report 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, April 2 Firefighters responded to the following items Monday: At 6:38 p.m., a still alarm at 600 William. At 7:43 p.m., a fallen person at 254 S. Silver Springs. Firefighters responded to the following items Tuesday: At 7:55 a.m., a request for emergency medical service at 4753 Nash...
    Cape police report 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, April 2 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI James A. Snell Jr., 28, of 255 E. Cape Rock Drive, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Out of the past 4/2/03 (04/02/03)
    10 years ago: April 2, 1993 Fire that broke out in warehouse at 2153 Independence yesterday extensively damaged building and its contests; warehouse, leased by several businesses, is located in Town Plaza near Plaza Galleria; fire was reported at 3:38 p.m. ...
    State budget - Time to consider increase in revenue (04/02/03)
    By Robert Fulton PATTON, Mo. -- We have all heard the suggestion that Missouri should respond to its budget crisis the same way a family would: by learning to live within its needs. That is what responsible families do. They trim the extras. They postpone vacations and cut back on sporting events, restaurant meals and movies. Family members place the new coat or dress that are really not needed back on the rack...
    A prayer for those in the armed forces (04/02/03)
    In times of peril -- and particularly in times of war -- prayer provides solace to those who are in danger and to those who have a special interest in the welfare of family members, loved ones and friends. Prayers for peace, for those who serve in the military and for the leaders of all nations have become an increasingly important fixture of religious gatherings since the war in Iraq began...
    Impressions of the war in Iraq - Week II (04/02/03)
    For those who may have thought this would be a one-week war, it's now clear that removing Saddam Hussein and his top commanders from control will take time, perhaps a considerable amount of time. As the war enters its third week, here are some thoughts about war:...
    Those memories about Snake Hill last a lifetime (04/02/03)
    To the editor: In response to the letter "Snake Hill is one of Cape's few landmarks": Leaving Cape Girardeau in 1960 to join the Air Force and only returning for visits over the years, I have only fond memories of Snake Hill. After class at the old Juden Elementary School, I loved to ride my bike with a favorite pal up Snake Hill and back for the thrill of coasting to the bottom or riding over for a Wimpy Burger and racing home to do my chores before dark. ...
    Protests aimed at bad policies, not individuals (04/02/03)
    To the editor: In response to Terry Webb's letter "Protesters' real agenda: opposing President Bush": We've taken our cherished after-work time to get out on the streets here and away, write letters and talk to others about our firm belief that responding to violence with violence is not the way to proceed. ...
    Cape tax issues are investment in city's growth (04/02/03)
    To the editor: As a member of the Cape Jaycees who promoted the swimming pool in Capaha Park in 1956, I want to comment on the upcoming election. I look at this election like the one in 1956. We are not just voting on a tax issue. We are voting to make an investment in Cape Girardeau. The things the city wants to do with the money are necessary for the growth of the city...
    Speak Out A 04/02/03 (04/02/03)
    Back our troops I THINK the American people should get behind our troops who are scattered throughout the world to keep our freedom in this country. If you know a veteran, young or old, thank them for what they have done in the past and will do in the future. These people are fighting these wars to keep our country free, and we need to back them 110 percent...
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