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Cape Girardeau city council actions 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
CAPE GIRARDEAU CITY COUNCIL ACTION Public hearings Held a public hearing regarding the request of Cape Retirement Community Inc. for a special-use permit for an on-site banking facility for First Missouri State Bank at 3120 Independence St. in an R-4, multiple family residential district...
Jackson city council actions 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
Action items Set a special council meeting for noon May 2 to complete any old business and administer the oath of office to newly elected officials, and to approve appointments to various offices, boards and committees. Changed regular council meeting date from May 5 to 7 p.m. May 12...
PBS's 'ZOOM' enhances its ethnic flair (04/08/03)
BOSTON -- What is a Finnish pancake? In the children's show "ZOOM," viewers find out the answer to that question -- and more -- as they travel the globe. Although "ZOOM" has always had a multicultural twist -- featuring young cast members from different ethnic backgrounds -- this time around the show will be infused with an even greater ethnic flair...
Explore Oblivion in spooky new 'Primal' (04/08/03)
"Primal" is a spectacularly beautiful game which almost lives up to the unblushing praise heaped on it by its developers in the months before it was released. "Primal," whipped up by Cambridge Studios for Sony's PlayStation 2, tells the story of two unlikely cohorts, the part-demon rock star-loving Jennifer Tate and an ugly little boulder called Scree...
Learning briefs 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
Student wins flag at Notre Dame career day Lauren Mehner recently won an American flag during a drawing at Career Day at Notre Dame Regional High School. The flag was donated by Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel. Masonic Lodges offer college scholarship...
Schools with most MAP progress named (04/08/03)
Hours of staff development and student preparation paid off for a select group of schools in Southeast Missouri that were recently named to the state's top 10 list of schools for showing the most progress on the 2002 Missouri Assessment Program scores...
Public health center keeps eye out for SARS, West Nile (04/08/03)
From bubonic plague and tuberculosis to AIDS, the world has always been a place lousy with deadly diseases and viruses. But relatively recent developments -- SARS, bioterrorism and the West Nile virus -- has brought public health shrieking back into the headlines...
Making stories come alive (04/08/03)
"The kids call me Mr. Artist," Aaron Horrell said as he dipped his brush into blue paint, carefully studied an illustration from a Berenstein Bears book and began painting the characters onto a cafeteria wall at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau Jaycees donate 120-acre golf course to city (04/08/03)
Cape Girardeau has operated a municipal golf course since 1977. Now, it owns the land too. The Cape Girardeau Jaycees, who created the golf course in the 1960s, have donated the 120-acre site on Perryville Road to the city. The city had been operating the golf course under a lease arrangement...
Complaints received about cable access show (04/08/03)
The Cape Girardeau City Council should look at pulling the plug on a Democratic commentator's cable access show after he allegedly used profanity to refer to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Mayor Jay Knudtson said Monday. The mayor said he has received several citizen complaints about the program. "This is a joke if this is on TV," Knudtson said at the council study session. He said the city shouldn't allow obscenities on public access channel 5...
Yellow ribbons to go up in Jackson (04/08/03)
With the prodding of a Jackson seventh-grader, the Jackson Board of Aldermen Monday night unanimously voted to show support for U.S. troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Columbia Sternickle was looking for support for her Operation Yellow Ribbon undertaking, a class project that would include tying yellow ribbons around utility poles from Highway 25 all the way to Auffenberg Autopark in Cape Girardeau, at 611 S. Kingshighway...
Police chief candidate looking for career upgrade (04/08/03)
Douglas Lebert, one of three finalists for Jackson for the chief of police job, has 12 years of municipal law enforcement experience. He spent five of those years in command positions, including the last two as Lebanon, Ill., police chief. He said he is looking to advance in his law enforcement career and is looking for an area that is conducive to raising his two children...
Church leaders not prepared to handle abuse cases (04/08/03)
Sometimes people who come to pastors and ministers for counseling don't seem like they would be victims of sexual abuse, but often that abuse shows itself in other ways like addictions or depression. "It's the secondary symptoms that send people for help," said Sallie Culbreth, who founded a ministry for sexual abuse victims...
Contract awarded for roundabout, U.S. 61 project (04/08/03)
U.S. 61 will be widened and a roundabout constructed in Perryville as part of a $4.5 million project approved Friday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission awarded the contract to Penzel Construction Co. of Jackson. Construction is expected to begin in June and be completed by summer 2004, state highway officials said...
Bench trial date set for local man (04/08/03)
A Cape Girardeau man charged with failing to register as a convicted sex offender appeared Monday in associate circuit court in Jackson via a Web cam broadcast from the county jail. Timothy T. Glas, 35, was charged March 25 with failing to register...
Veterans funding boost wins initial House approval (04/08/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Advocates for preschool programs and veterans services clashed Monday over legislation that detractors said unfairly pit the two groups against each other for state funding. The bill, which won first-round House approval, concerns how the revenue the state collects from riverboat casino boarding fees is distributed...
University of Missouri system considers fifth campus plans (04/08/03)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Discussions are under way to merge Northwest Missouri State University into the University of Missouri system as a fifth campus, and officials hope legislators will approve such a merger during this year's session. Such a move would make the Missouri system much stronger and improve efforts to offer the best education possible throughout the state, said Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri system, at a news conference Monday in Maryville...
Man accused of killing three headed to court (04/08/03)
SALEM, Mo. -- A man charged with killing a deputy sheriff and two other people will be back in court later this month. At a preliminary hearing Monday, a judge found sufficient cause for Earl Forrest II, 53, to appear in Circuit Court in Salem on April 22 for a formal arraignment...
Oakland police fire nonlethal projectiles at anti-war protest (04/08/03)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police opened fire with nonlethal projectiles at an anti-war protest at the Port of Oakland on Monday, injuring at least a dozen demonstrators and six longshoremen standing nearby. Most of the 500 demonstrators were dispersed peacefully, but police shot the projectiles at two gates when protesters refused to move and some of them allegedly threw rocks and bolts. The longshoremen, pinned against a fence, were caught in the line of fire...
Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for church abuse stories (04/08/03)
NEW YORK -- The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for "courageous, comprehensive coverage" of the priest sex abuse scandal that led to sweeping changes in the U.S. Roman Catholic church. The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post each won three of journalism's most prestigious awards...
U.S. testing samples from possible chemical weapons site (04/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- Army soldiers searching a compound in central Iraq found metal drums that may contain chemical weapons, although testing of samples has not been completed, U.S. military officials said Monday. Laboratory tests in the United States are needed to confirm whether the drums found south of Baghdad contained chemical weapons, pesticides or something else, Pentagon officials said...
Classroom gunman kills one student at Louisiana trade school (04/08/03)
NATCHITOCHES, La. -- A gunman opened fire in a classroom at a Louisiana trade school on Monday, killing one student and wounding another, police said. Calvin Joseph Coleman, 22, was arrested about an hour after the shootings, said Assistant Police Chief Chris Stanfield. Police said he had registered at Louisiana Technical College, but had not attended classes for several weeks...
Nation briefs 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
Families to build memorial for Columbine victims LITTLETON, Colo. -- Families of the 13 people gunned down in the Columbine High School massacre unveiled plans for a memorial Monday that will be built not far from the school itself. The $3 million memorial will be located in Clement Park, next to the school, and each parent is helping to design an individual memorial to their child, the families said during a news conference...
April snow showers in Plains, Northeast (04/08/03)
Spring suffered a chilly setback Monday as an April snowstorm barreling along a 1,000-mile path from the Plains to the East Coast buried emerging tulips and daffodils, knocked out power and canceled baseball home openers from Chicago to New York. More than a foot of wet, heavy snow fell on parts of Nebraska and southern Minnesota, and a foot was possible in the highlands of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and northern New Jersey. ...
Judge asked to lower tobacco bond in Illinois lawsuit (04/08/03)
CHICAGO -- Attorneys general from 37 states and U.S. territories on Monday asked an Illinois judge to reduce the $12 billion bond Philip Morris must pay before appealing a lawsuit, saying it could jeopardize their payments under a national settlement with tobacco companies...
After hopeless diagnosis, California teen emerges from more tha (04/08/03)
TUSTIN, Calif. -- A teenager defied a hopeless prognosis and awoke from a coma she slipped into more than a year ago after giving birth. Doctors had told Jessica Diaz's mother, Eva Diaz, she would never awake from the coma. But now with help, she can cuddle her son Julio Jr. and touch his face. She even gave a television interview on Sunday...
Rocker Jagger, Stones roll through world tour (04/08/03)
BOMBAY, India -- Thousands of fans waved posters and shouted, "We love you Mick Jagger!" as the Rolling Stones opened their Bombay concert Monday with their hit "Brown Sugar." The city's Brabourne Stadium, which holds 25,000 people, was sold out for the Bombay show, the band's second appearance in India after Friday's concert in the southern city of Bangalore...
Emergency economy plan being developed by Federal Reserve (04/08/03)
P The plan would include further interest rate cuts and be aimed at pulling the United States out of a nosedive. By Martin Crutsinger ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Confronting new fears of recession, the Federal Reserve is refining an emergency economic rescue plan that includes further interest rate cuts and billions of dollars in extra cash for the banking system...
U.S. Supreme Court upholds state's right to ban cross burning (04/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can punish Ku Klux Klansmen and others who set crosses afire, finding that a burning cross is an instrument of racial terror so threatening that it overshadows free speech concerns. The court voted 6-3 to uphold a 50-year-old Virginia law making it a crime to burn a cross as an act of intimidation. A lower court had ruled the law muzzled free speech...
Some allied claims fall short in Iraq war (04/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- The allies have claimed the surrender of an Iraqi division that didn't, the firing of an Iraqi Scud missile that never flew and military advances sometimes less dramatic than described. Whether because of the chaos of the battlefield or an overeagerness to take a propaganda advantage, U.S. officials and their British allies have made assertions that haven't held up...
Study finds widely different bioterrorism preparations (04/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- Cities and states vary widely in their preparations to deal with bioterror attacks and want clear guidelines from the federal government on what they should do, according to a government study released Monday. While most of the seven states studied by the General Accounting Office had emergency response strategies for natural disasters or other large-scale problems, their plans were not tailored to responding to a bioterror attack...
Bush arrives in N. Ireland for Iraq summit (04/08/03)
HILLSBOROUGH, Northern Ireland -- With Baghdad under siege, President Bush and ally Tony Blair discussed plans Monday for finishing off Saddam Hussein's government and resolving differences over postwar Iraq. "The hostilities phase is coming to a conclusion," said Secretary of State Colin Powell, accompanying Bush aboard Air Force One to this British territory with its own decades-old history of violence...
Vandals blow up major Nigerian oil pipeline (04/08/03)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- A major oil pipeline in Nigeria's petroleum-rich Niger Delta burned Monday after being blown up by vandals, days after ethnic militants threatened to destroy property belonging to multinational oil companies in the volatile region...
OPEC calls emergency meeting to ward off possible price crash (04/08/03)
LONDON -- OPEC members plan an emergency meeting this month aimed at curbing runaway crude production to avert a possible price crash, a source at the producers' cartel said Monday. Oil ministers at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries have agreed to meet April 24 in Vienna, Austria. The meeting will take place whether or not the war in Iraq has ended, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity from OPEC headquarters in the Austrian capital...
Reviving Taliban (04/08/03)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Before executing the International Red Cross worker, the Taliban gunmen made a satellite telephone call to their superior for instructions: Kill him? Kill him, the order came back, and Ricardo Munguia, whose body was found with 20 bullet wounds last month, became the first foreign aid worker to die in Afghanistan since the Taliban's ouster from power 18 months ago...
Iraqis looting in Basra as British move deeper into city (04/08/03)
BASRA, Iraq -- British forces took control of the heart of Basra on Monday, met by few pockets of resistance and greeted by hundreds of people who shook their hands and welcomed them to Iraq's second-largest city. Royal Marine commandos seized a vacant, pink marble palace belonging to President Saddam Hussein. ...
Troops storm Baghdad; leadership target bombed (04/08/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American forces bore down on Baghdad with unstoppable force Monday, seizing two of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces and bombing a building where the Iraqi leader and other regime officials were believed to be staying. A lone B-1B bomber carried out the strike on what U.S. officials described as a "leadership target" -- senior Iraqi officials possibly including Saddam and his two sons. It was not immediately clear whether any of them were killed or wounded...
Car explodes in Chechnya, killing five officers (04/08/03)
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- A car exploded after driving over a land mine in the Chechen capital of Grozny on Monday, killing five law enforcement officers and three civilians, officials said. The blast came as a group of European officials headed to the war-shattered region on a fact-finding trip...
Red Cross says Baghdad hospitals low on supplies (04/08/03)
GENEVA -- Overwhelmed hospitals in Baghdad are running out of drugs and anesthetics and are short of water and electricity, the Red Cross said Monday. "There is no doubt really that the resources and staff of these places are really stretched to the limit," said Florian Westphal, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the main aid agency left in Iraq. ...
Sticky regional politics keep Iraq's northern front cautious (04/08/03)
DIBAGAH RIDGE, Iraq -- On a scrap of paper, a Kurdish commander drew a line representing the northern front. Isolated slash marks showed the main points of attack against Iraqi forces. Then Majid Harki wrote a single word that he repeats often to his front line fighters: "suber" -- patience...
Marines battle for bridge, enter Baghdad on foot (04/08/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Under cover of rattling machine-gun fire, Marines grabbed planks, poles and twisted rails Monday and surged across a shattered bridge over a Tigris River tributary into Baghdad. "Go! Go! Build that bridge!" an officer screamed, slapping troops as they ran under thundering fire, grabbing more scrap to patch a 6-foot hole the Iraqis had blown in the span...
Saddam's palace - Homey, it's not (04/08/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. Army took the war to Saddam Hussein on Monday -- to the heart of his capital city, to the dusty remains of his opulent palace, to his hot tubs and barbecue pit. With little organized resistance, the Army's 3rd Infantry Division rolled through Baghdad, taking over major roads and settling into the New Presidential Palace. There, they found gold-painted faux French furniture, fabulous views of the Tigris River and a television in every room...
Global death toll from SARS hits 100 (04/08/03)
GUANGZHOU, China -- The worldwide death toll from the new mystery illness that began in this southern Chinese province hit 100 on Monday as medical investigators explored whether the virus may have come from animals. Chinese government officials reported the disease had actually spread farther than they initially reported -- the latest new disclosure from a government that for months kept news of the disease secret...
World briefs 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
U.S. plane crashes in Colombia; American killed BOGOTA, Colombia -- A U.S. State Department plane used to fumigate drug crops crashed Monday and its American pilot was killed, the U.S. Embassy said. It was not immediately clear if the crash was caused by an accident or if it had been shot down, the embassy said...
First group of Cuban dissidents tried in crackdown sentenced (04/08/03)
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro's government dealt a crippling blow to Cuba's opposition movement Monday, sentencing peaceful activists, journalists and an economist to up to 27 years in prison for allegedly collaborating with U.S. diplomats to undermine the socialist state...
Witnesses deny murder charges in trial of Palestinian leader (04/08/03)
JERUSALEM -- Witnesses in the murder trial of Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti denied he was involved in violence against Israelis and joined him Monday in refusing to cooperate with Israeli court. In the second day of Barghouti's trial in Tel Aviv, the West Bank leader's Palestinian assistants covered their ears as Israeli prosecutors asked questions about their activities...
Cabinet-level talks between Koreas canceled (04/08/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Cabinet-level talks between North and South Korea were abruptly canceled Monday in a setback to efforts to get the North give up its nuclear program. The talks aimed at reconciliation between the two Koreas were canceled after Pyongyang failed to confirm that the meetings would take place, South Korea's Unification Ministry said...
Success part of the Millham basketball family (04/08/03)
It was fitting that a slice of Millham family history came to a close on the biggest high school basketball stage in Missouri -- the Hearnes Center in Columbia. It was there Ashley, the youngest of four basketball-playing daughters, scored a game-high 26 points in the championship game, a 56-52 loss to Duchesne that left Notre Dame a win short of back-to-back state titles...
Notre Dame avenges early-season setback, hands Jackson a loss (04/08/03)
In a battle of top area girls soccer teams Monday night, Notre Dame defeated host Jackson 1-0 to hand the Indians their first defeat of the year and avenge an early-season loss. The game was scheduled to be played at Notre Dame, but standing water on the Bulldogs' field caused the contest to be moved...
Syracuse holds off Kansas for first title (04/08/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- The Syracuse Orangemen were playground players early, a bundle of nerves late. They juked, jammed and barely held on for a victory that gave coach Jim Boeheim his long-awaited championship. Freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara did the scoring and Hakim Warrick came up with a huge block at the end Monday night to lift the Orange to a thrilling 81-78 victory over Kansas...
Alvarez wins OVC award; Indians go to Lipscomb for twin bill (04/08/03)
The continued dominance of Southeast Missouri State University senior left-hander Tim Alvarez has once again been recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference. Alvarez was chosen OVC co-pitcher of the week for the second straight time, the league announced Monday. He pitched a nine-inning shutout against Tennessee Tech Saturday as the Indians swept a doubleheader to begin the conference season...
Charismatic coaches meet with title at stake (04/08/03)
ATLANTA -- Tennessee's Pat Summitt is the stern disciplinarian with an icy glare, yet her players consider her a surrogate mother. Connecticut's Geno Auriemma is the ultimate agitator, a wisecracking needler who enjoys zinging friend and foe alike. Who else would call Summitt's program the "Evil Empire?"...
Scoring, home runs soar during opening week of MLB season (04/08/03)
NEW YORK -- Look out, pitchers. The lowly Chicago Cubs had the biggest opening-day win by any team in 52 years, with Corey Patterson driving in seven runs. Boston's Shea Hillenbrand already has 15 RBIs, and Pittsburgh's Reggie Sanders and Oakland's Erubiel Durazo have 11 each. Tampa Bay's Rey Ordonez, who had 42 RBIs all of last season, has eight...
Area digest 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
Scott Co. racers win big on ATPR opening night BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County racers tuned up for the season with opening-night wins at Auto Tire and Parts NAPA Racepark on Saturday. Joey Mack of Benton, Mo., won the United Midwestern Promoters late model feature in that division's return to weekly competition at the oval track. Dave Eaves of Anna, Ill., was second with Brian Maynard of Benton, Ky., third...
FanFare 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Pedro Martinez's $17.5 million option for 2004 was exercised by the Red Sox on Monday, seven months before the team needed to make a decision. Martinez has made two stellar starts that were squandered by the bullpen, showing no sign of past arm problems...
  • Ian Sutherland (04/08/03)
    Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ian D.W. Sutherland of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 5, 2003, from injuries related to a skydiving accident. Col. Sutherland was born Feb. 7, 1933, son of Adam W. and Mary Moser Sutherland, and raised in Jefferson City, Tenn...
    Malcolm Corse (04/08/03)
    CROSSTOWN, Mo. -- Malcolm H. Corse, 85, of St. Louis died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo. He was born March 5, 1918, at Crosstown, son of Henry and Lydia Wadsworth Corse. He married Irene Miget, who died Jan. 1, 1979. Corse had been a heavy equipment operator with Massman Construction. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church...
    Roy Casper (04/08/03)
    DONGOLA, Ill. -- Roy Casper, 66, of Dongola died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at his home. He was born April 13, 1936, in Perks, Ill., son of Homer and Ivah Eddleman Casper. He and Carol Churchill were married Aug. 30, 1958. Casper was owner/operator of Casper Trucking. He previously was foreman at Johnson County Asphalt in Red Bud, Ill. He was a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church in Perks...
    Lena Farrow (04/08/03)
    LEEMON, Mo. -- Lena Viola Farrow, 87, of Fieldon, Ill., died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville, Ill. She was born Aug. 8, 1915, at Leemon, daughter of Albert and Ora Unger McClard. She and Oliver Clarence Farrow were married Dec. 24, 1935, in Perryville, Mo...
    Harold Greenley (04/08/03)
    MILLER CITY, Ill. -- Harold L. Greenley, 74, of Red Bud, Ill., died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born March 11, 1929, in Miller City, son of Lloyd and Beatrice Switzer Greenley. He and Virginia Rushing were married Jan. 6, 1963, at Fredericktown, Mo...
    Gladys Ritter (04/08/03)
    Gladys L. Ritter, 87, of Potosi, Mo., died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Potosi Manor. She was born Dec. 9, 1915, at Desloge, Mo., daughter of Luther Matthew and Bessie Inez Pinkley Wilson. She and Harold Lee Ritter were married Sept. 12, 1938, at Caledonia, Mo. He died Oct. 7, 1984...
    Norma Keller (04/08/03)
    Norma Dean Keller, 78, of Scott City died Monday, April 7, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Frank and Yevetta Hunt Reed. She and Roger A. Keller were married Jan. 31, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. He died Sept. 13, 1993...
    Births 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
    Jansen Son to Gregory Louis and Katherine Marie Jansen of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2003. Name, Hayden James. Weight, 7 pounds 14 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Jansen is the former Katherine Lohr, daughter of Barbara Lohr of Jackson, and the late Bob Lohr. Jansen is the son of Mary Jane Jansen of Kelso, Mo., and the late Martin Jansen. He is employed by Columbia Construction...
    Cape fire report 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, April 8 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 10:34 p.m., emergency medical service at 430 N. Frederick. At 10:59 p.m., emergency medical service at 1467 Water. Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 12:50 a.m., smoke smell at 3020 Boutin...
    Cape, Jackson police report 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, April 8 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Dereck J. Darlington, 31, of 2803 S. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Out of the past 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
    10 years ago: April 8, 1993 Daniel L. Overbey, who has had varied career in promoting economic development, marketing, and finance, has been named executive director of Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority; for last four years, Overbey has been real-estate representative with Drury Development Corp...
    Suggestions to better health care for Missourians (04/08/03)
    Legislators attempting to balance Missouri's budget are confronting a daunting task when it comes to the state's Medicaid program. Medicaid is a state-federal program designed to meet the health care needs of some of Missouri's most vulnerable populations. The primary populations served by Medicaid include:...
    Hard work made road problem disappear (04/08/03)
    P Potholes created dangerous driving obstacles, but MoDOT and municipalities have done their best to address them. The harshest winter in years caused freezing temperatures and mounds of snow in Southeast Missouri -- not to mention a bumper crop of potholes...
    NYC clears the air; healthy results expected (04/08/03)
    The anti-smoking measure may have ended a romanticized era, but the benefits to smokers and nonsmokers alike are well worth it. With what one news story described as "fear, loathing and lament," New York City is finally clearing the air, meaning that the Big Apple is a bit closer to living up to its health-conscious nickname...
    Sutherland never lost his marvels (04/08/03)
    To the editor: Ian Sutherland was both a dear friend and a beloved colleague. I saw a bumper sticker that said, "You're never old as long as you haven't lost your marvels." Ian never lost his and still enjoyed life and all its marvels to the fullest. This included jumping...
    Sutherland helped others succeed (04/08/03)
    To the editor: Thank you very much for including the little-known details of Ian Sutherland's life in your article. For those of us who have been lucky to have our lives touched by this man, it is those accomplishments and the quiet support he always provided his friends that made Ian a remarkable person. ...
    Speak Out 4/8/03 (04/08/03)
    I THINK it was unprofessional that the city of Jackson released the names of the three finalists for the police chief's job before they contacted the remaining four other persons that they conducted background checks and turned their lives upside down while doing the checks. Thanks for being so considerate...
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