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Stories from Thursday, April 10, 2003

A writer's wild ride (04/10/03)
A Southeast Missourian reporter endures and enjoys maneuvers in an aerobatic biplane. You'd be surprised at how quickly looking up at the ground becomes normal when you're soaring hundreds of feet above the earth, even when all that separates you from the dirt is a thin pane of glass and the thin air...
Snow-day law gives relief to schools in region (04/10/03)
Students in local school districts will get at least a partial break from making up the numerous days missed this year due to winter weather and sickness. House Bill 554, signed Tuesday by Gov. Bob Holden, requires schools to make up the first seven days of canceled classes, but allows for the next five missed days to be forgiven...
Cape P&Z recommends special-use permit for shop (04/10/03)
The city should grant a special-use permit for a motorcycle shop in a Cape Girardeau neighborhood of duplexes, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended Wednesday. Commissioners suggested the permit allow the shop owner, Agan Alkan, to have a small, unlit business sign...
Region/state briefs 04/10/03 (04/10/03)
Guard rail repairs scheduled for I-55 A Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crew will be making guard rail repairs today on Interstate 55 just south of the Route AB interchange near Scott City. There will be one lane of traffic southbound from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. while the work is being done. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area...
Company Grade Officer of the Quarter awarded to local graduate (04/10/03)
1st Lt. Nathan M. Murray, son of Belita and Jens Brammer of Jackson and Mike and Elaine Murray of St. Louis, Mo., and grandson of Eunice and Gene Myers of Jackson, was recently awarded Company Grade Officer of the Quarter for the 99th Security Support Squadron (SSS) in Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nev...
Community cuisine 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
PAWS to hold fish fry April 18 inAnna, Ill. From 5 to 8 p.m. on April 18, PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving, Inc.) will hold a fish fry at Lou's Room, 109 Vienna St. in Anna, Ill. Fish, hush puppies, slaw, potato salad and homemade desserts will be available...
Community digest 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
Jackson American Legion to hold mixer A veteran mixer is planned for the anniversary of the Desert Storm cease-fire beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the clubroom of the Jackson Althenal-Joerns American Legion Post 158. All veterans, particularly Desert Storm veterans, are invited. All members and local veterans are encouraged to attend...
Area Wide United Way kicks off Community Volunteer Month (04/10/03)
submitted photo Kicking off Community Volunteer Month at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center were from left, Mayors Jay Knudtson of Cape Girardeau, Mayor Paul Sander of Jackson and Mayor Pro Tem Joe McDaniels of Scott City. On April 1 these gentlemen donned their aprons in the spirit of volunteerism and served lunch to over 100 seniors at the center. Plans to do the same are being made for the Jackson and Scott City senior centers. By Chris Pagano ~ Southeast Missourian...
Senate drops benefits ban for workers accused of drug use (04/10/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate backed away from a legal change long sought by business groups that would deny unemployment benefits to workers who are fired for off-the-clock use of illegal drugs. The bill's handler, state Sen. John Louden, R-Ballwin, agreed to drop the provision to smooth the way for the overall bill, which would allow the state to sell up to $100 million in bonds to help Missouri's unemployment system solvent. The Senate eventually gave the measure first-round approval...
Stuffed marlin makes waves in Cape's Red Lobster (04/10/03)
On Tuesday, there was talk of The Big Fish's arrival among the employees at Red Lobster in Cape Girardeau. Some thought service manager Janet Sneathen and others were talking about a company big-wig, but alas, it was just a marlin. A 14-foot, 8-inch marlin...
Surprising snow flutters around Cape (04/10/03)
A "mixed bag" of precipitation, including drizzle, rain, snow and sleet fell on Cape Girardeau County Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The last time snow fell in Cape Girardeau County so late in the year was April 2, 1993, when trace amounts fell with rain, according to Southeast Missourian records...
Mayor - Impact of Cape vote still to come (04/10/03)
Tuesday's defeat at the polls of four tax and fee issues means Cape Girardeau city employees won't get pay raises this year. But residents won't see a noticeable drop in services right now although the city won't be able to replace outdated, broken-down equipment, Mayor Jay Knudtson said...
House backs changes to state foster care (04/10/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Spurred by the recent death of a 2-year-old foster child, the state House backed a bill Wednesday that would revamp the way Missouri handles child abuse and neglect cases -- from the first calls to a hot line to the final court decisions...
Blagojevich mixing cuts, higher fees and tax increases (04/10/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged lawmakers Wednesday to balance Illinois' next budget largely with administrative belt-tightening and new revenue sources, keeping a pledge to spread the pain of solving a massive deficit. In delivering his much-anticipated first budget address to lawmakers, the Chicago Democrat tried to walk a fine political line...
Job-training program helping to create 87,000 jobs in state (04/10/03)
The AssociatedPress JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A job training program that has cost the state $72 million is expected to yield 87,000 new jobs and about $4 billion in increased revenue by 2012, according to a state audit released Wednesday. The New Jobs Training Program, begun in 1992, allows community colleges to provide training services to businesses that create new jobs. ...
Backers of failed marijuana measure back medical legislation (04/10/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Boosters of a failed city proposition to allow pot by prescription in Columbia said they will turn their efforts to boosting medical marijuana legislation pending in Jefferson City. The pending legislation is sponsored by Rep. Vicki Walker, D-Kansas City, and would allow marijuana to be prescribed for the seriously ill. Nine states and several local governments have legalized the practice, although there have been legal challenges backed by the federal government...
Diet doctor Atkins injured in fall (04/10/03)
NEW YORK -- Low-carbohydrate diet promoter Dr. Robert Atkins was hospitalized Wednesday with severe head injuries after falling on an icy sidewalk, his spokesman said. Atkins, 72, slipped and fell Tuesday outside the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, spokesman Richard Rothstein said...
Investigation begins after company loses two planes in a day (04/10/03)
SWANTON, Ohio -- The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation Wednesday after an Ohio charter airline lost two small planes in separate accidents in a single day, killing three people. The accidents, which happened Tuesday 400 miles apart, both involved Dassault Aviation Falcon 20s operated by Grand Aire Inc. The airline voluntarily suspended flights Wednesday...
Former agent charged with allowing spy access to documents (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- A former FBI agent assigned to hunt Chinese spies carried on a lengthy affair with an alleged Chinese double agent and allowed her access to classified documents, federal prosecutors charged Wednesday. According to an FBI affidavit, the former agent, James J. Smith, 59, recruited Katrina Leung, a Republican political activist in California, in the early 1980s to become an FBI "asset" and became her "handler" seeking information about the People's Republic of China...
House OKs legislation to block gun lawsuits (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday passed legislation to protect the firearm industry from lawsuits that allege links between gun marketing and street violence. House Republicans said the industry is being attacked through frivolous suits blaming gun manufacturers and dealers for violence by criminals. The suits could end the American gun industry by making companies spend millions in court, said the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis....
IMF forecasts weak global recovery due to Iraq War (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- The global economy will experience slower-than-expected growth this year because of the Iraq war, and if the conflict does not end quickly the consequences could be much more serious, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday. In its latest economic forecast, the IMF slashed its projection for global growth this year by one-half percentage point. ...
Cost of fixing Social Security rises longers Congress waits (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- The impact of moves to eliminate the Social Security's $10.5 billion shortfall, through benefit cuts or higher taxes, will become greater the longer Congress waits to act, the agency's chief actuary said Wednesday. Stephen Goss told the Senate Finance Committee that the shortfall could be wiped out over the next 75 years through an immediate 13 percent cut in benefits or a nearly 16 percent increase payroll taxes. ...
Three U.S. health care workers may have disease (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- Three U.S. medical workers who cared for patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome likely have contracted the new contagious disease that has spread from Asia to the United States and elsewhere, officials said. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are particularly confident than worker, identified over the weekend, has the disease...
Report - Credit counseling agencies often give bad advice (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- Credit counseling agencies often give indebted consumers bad advice, charge excessive fees and engage in deceptive practices, consumer groups claimed in a report Wednesday. The criticism follows upon House passage last month of legislation making it harder for consumers to erase their debts in bankruptcy court. The bill also would require consumers to receive credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy protection...
Millions of returns will flood IRS in final week (04/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service expects to get 52 million returns during the last days of the tax filing season, almost 40 percent of all the returns filed this year. IRS officials expect taxpayers with complicated returns, and those who owe the government money, will wait until the last minute before the April 15 deadline to file...
Virginia executes man convicted for family's slaying (04/10/03)
JARRATT, Va. -- A man who murdered a family of four was put to death by electrocution Wednesday night, still maintaining his innocence. Earl C. Bramblett, 61, was executed after the Supreme Court rejected his appeals and Gov. Mark R. Warner denied his request for clemency...
Army screens drugs for SARS treatment (04/10/03)
Scientists hoping a cure is already on the shelf will test at least 2,000 drugs against the frightening SARS virus, although some doubt anything they find will stop the flu-like disease once it gets a foothold. This search is intended to find an immediate therapy for severe acute respiratory syndrome, or one that could be developed quickly. There is now no proven cure, only treatment that relieves symptoms...
People talk 04/10/03 (04/10/03)
Jacko feeling insecure about Austrian concert VIENNA, Austria -- Michael Jackson has canceled plans to appear in Austria next weekend because of concerns about security, an organizer of the event said Wednesday. The 44-year-old pop singer has been scheduled to give a concert and introduce a charity project for children on Sunday in the western Austrian ski resort of Ischgl...
Gunmen lead police on chase across runways (04/10/03)
BOISE, Idaho -- Two suspected armed robbers led police on a high-speed, running gun battle across runways at Boise Airport in the middle of the night. No passenger flights were affected, but the suspects were killed early Wednesday, police said. Officers tried to stop Milton Sanchez, 40, of Boise, and his wife, Melody, 32, at a gas station several miles north of the airport after receiving a report that they were suspected in two recent armed robberies and were planning a third, police spokesman Rich Wright said.. ...
L.A. council to erase 'South Central' name (04/10/03)
LOS ANGELES -- The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to take South Central Los Angeles off the map, renaming the historically black area in an effort to divorce it from an international image of riots, poverty and gang crime. With one member absent, the council approved the motion 14-0 to use the name South Los Angeles when referring to the region in all future city documents...
Adulterous commissioner voted out of office (04/10/03)
MOTT, N.D. -- A county commission chairman has been voted out of office after admitting he had an affair with a married woman. Hettinger County commissioner Lester Brackel publicly apologized for the affair and said it ended last year. But he agreed the affair led to Tuesday's recall election in which he lost 457-340 to Ron Friedt...
Inn allows guests to check in and get their taxes checked out (04/10/03)
GRANBY, Conn. -- Checking their bags and settling in for a mini-vacation at the Dutch Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast was going to be a taxing experience for Patrick and Diane Sullivan. But that's what drew them to this quaint inn's doorstep. The Simsbury couple was taking advantage of a rather unusual travel offer: Host Kevin Marshall, a certified public accountant, promised to give them a night's rest, breakfast for two and a completed federal Form 1040 at checkout...
Ex-CEO of HealthSouth takes Fifth Amendment (04/10/03)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Fired HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy refused to answer questions in federal court Wednesday about claims the company overstated earnings by $2.5 billion to meet Wall Street expectations. Scrushy faced more than 50 questions from Bill Hicks of the Securities and Exchange Commission but repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination...
Jury convicts Miami police officers of corruption (04/10/03)
MIAMI -- In the biggest Miami police scandal in a generation, a federal jury convicted four officers of corruption Wednesday for planting a gun on an unarmed homeless man or lying to cover it up. The convicted officers each face up to 10 years in prison at sentencing Aug. 22...
FDA halts study into dietary supplements (04/10/03)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Food and Drug Administration is seeking an investigation of whether its own study of Naval Academy midshipmen broke federal research rules on privacy and record-keeping. The FDA said researchers couldn't account for the medical records of at least 92 of the 260 midshipmen, and FDA Commissioner Mark B. McClellan asked for an investigation by Janet Rehnquist, the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general...
JonBenet Ramsey case takes major twist (04/10/03)
DENVER -- For more than six years, John and Patsy Ramsey have insisted an intruder crept into their home and killed their 6-year-old daughter JonBenet while police and even Colorado's governor kept them under an "umbrella of suspicion." Now a civil judge in Atlanta and the Boulder district attorney say the parents may have been right all along, agreeing that the weight of the evidence is more consistent with the intruder theory...
Suit filed on gay student's behalf against district (04/10/03)
LITTLE ROCK -- A junior high school student and his parents have sued the school district and four teachers, alleging they violated the boy's rights by refusing to let him talk to classmates about being gay. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 14-year-old Thomas McLaughlin, names the Pulaski County Special School District and teachers and administrators at Jacksonville Junior High...
Ex-POW Lynch continues improving (04/10/03)
LANDSTUHL, Germany -- Rescued U.S. POW Jessica Lynch was moved out of intensive care at a military hospital in Germany on Wednesday and is spending more time talking with her family as she recovers. Lynch, a 19-year-old Army private first class from Palestine, W.Va., was captured March 23 after her 507th Maintenance Company convoy was ambushed in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. She was rescued from a hospital in the city April 1 by U.S. commandos and airlifted to Germany...
Iraqi opposition pushes for quick setup of new administration (04/10/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- Facing the swift collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, the U.S.-led interim administration for Iraq needs to check out of its Kuwait City hotel and speed on to Baghdad, an Iraqi opposition leader said Wednesday. Already, events are developing so quickly that retired U.S. ...
Last stand for loyalists may come in Tikrit (04/10/03)
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- U.S.-led forces on Wednesday pounded President Saddam Hussein's desert hometown, where they said desperate loyalists were making a last stand as resistance in Baghdad crumbled. U.S. Central Command said coalition aircraft were conducting strikes against military targets in Tikrit, "shaping the battlefield" before American ground forces move into the city, 100 miles north of Baghdad...
Puppy swallows knife the length of its body (04/10/03)
LONDON -- A puppy that swallowed a kitchen knife nearly the length of his body is back to his playful self after an operation to remove it. The baffled owners of 12-week-old Jake took him to the vet when they noticed him vomiting and trying to keep his body in a straight line...
Report - 28 children die in fire at Russian school (04/10/03)
MOSCOW -- A fire raged through a boarding school for the deaf in southern Russia early Thursday, killing 28 children and injuring about 100 others, Russian media reported. Rescue efforts at the school in Makhachkala were slowed since each of the children had to be awakened individually because they could not hear alarms, NTV television reported...
Naming of Palestinian government delayed (04/10/03)
JERUSALEM -- The newly appointed Palestinian prime minister delayed naming his government Wednesday because of a dispute with Yasser Arafat over who should be in charge of the region's security forces. Prime minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas' delay came as five Palestinians, including a 16-year-old boy, were killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip. The two events were not related...
Eleven Afghan civilians killed in accidental U.S. bombing (04/10/03)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- A U.S. warplane called in to support allied Afghans under fire mistakenly bombed a house Wednesday, killing 11 civilians. It was the worst friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan in nine months. Afghan authorities condemned the bombing, and the U.S. military said it was not clear why the bomb missed its target: a group of assailants attacking a checkpoint...
More arrests in assassination investigation (04/10/03)
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- A former army intelligence chief and a leading security official were arrested for allegedly helping organize last month's assassination of Serbia's prime minister, the government said Wednesday. Both suspects are allies of former Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica...
Security Council refuses to condemn North Korea (04/10/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council refused Wednesday to act on a U.S. request to condemn North Korea for pulling out of a treaty to curb nuclear weapons because of strong opposition from China and Russia. But U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte called the council's expression of concern "an acceptable outcome." He expressed hope that North Korea "will not reject diplomatic efforts to address its nuclear program" and warned Pyongyang against any "further escalatory steps."...
Dolly the sheep goes on display at museum (04/10/03)
LONDON -- The preserved body of Dolly the sheep, who gained worldwide fame as the world's first mammal cloned from an adult, went on display Wednesday at a Scottish museum. Dolly, whose birth in 1996 was heralded as a scientific landmark but triggered heated debate about the ethics of cloning, was put to death Feb. 14 after a veterinarian confirmed she had a fatal lung disease. She was 6...
EU lawmakers vote to add 10 new member states (04/10/03)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union's parliament endorsed the bloc's historic expansion eastward Wednesday, but not without cautioning current and future members to fulfill their commitments so the larger union can "speak with a common voice."...
Marines explore Iraqi torture chamber (04/10/03)
NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- The Marine patrol thought they found a small police station -- a one-story building in this city in southern Iraq. But deep inside, they found a wooden stockade, what looked like a primitive electric chair, photos of burned bodies amid reams of surveillance documents. Five tiny cells weren't just to imprison people, it seemed, but to torture them...
Iraqi opposition group storms office in London (04/10/03)
LONDON -- Opponents of Saddam Hussein celebrated the fall of Baghdad by storming an Iraqi diplomatic office Wednesday, shattering the glass front door and tearing up portraits of the Iraqi leader before police arrested 24 people. About 60 people took over the Iraqi interest section at the Jordanian Embassy and "evicted a couple of staff," said Zuhair al-Maher, a member of the group Iraqi Opposition in Exile...
Events in Baghdad disillusion some Arabs, relieve others (04/10/03)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The fall of Baghdad provoked shock and disbelief Wednesday among Arabs, who expressed hope that other oppressive regimes would crumble but also disappointment that Saddam Hussein did not put up a better fight against America...
Saddam's regime collapses (04/10/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Their hour of freedom at hand, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime on Wednesday, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators...
Europe space agency sends satellites into orbit (04/10/03)
EVRY, France -- A European Space Agency rocket roared into space from its South American base Wednesday and positioned two satellites in orbit, officials said. The launch of the Ariane-5 rocket gave a boost to the European launcher still smarting from a December failure...
Britain, Ireland to offer blueprint for peace (04/10/03)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Britain and Ireland put the finishing touches on a long-awaited blueprint for advancing the Northern Ireland peace accord, with Britain saying it wants its police and army to stop using plastic bullets -- a long-sought Catholic demand...
Central netters use forfeits to top Dexter (04/10/03)
Central's boys tennis team used a forfeit in both singles and doubles when a Dexter player didn't show up to defeat the host Bearcats 5-4 Wednesday and even its dual-match record at 3-3. After losing the first three singles matches, the Tigers rallied. P.D. Stuart and Adam Baron both won in singles, then the Tigers swept the doubles as the teams of Baron-Tyler Roeger, Heath Orr-Will Ramsey and Stuart- Kevin Rohatgi...
'Hawks take second shot at piece of OVC crown (04/10/03)
Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith preferred to accentuate the positive following Thursday's 57-53 home loss to Samford that cost the Redhawks a shot at the undisputed Ohio Valley Conference title. If the Redhawks (18-8, 15-4) beat visiting Jacksonville State (11-15, 9-10) in today's 5 p.m. regular-season finale, they'll gain a share of the program's first OVC championship...
Redhawks to say farewell to seniors, season today (04/10/03)
Jacksonville State's major turnaround hasn't surprised coach Mike LaPlante. And LaPlante said what the Gamecocks went through last year is not unlike what Southeast Missouri State has endured this season. "We were in not too dissimilar a situation that what coach [Gary] Garner is in, whether we had injuries or players leaving the team," LaPlante said...
Streak hits 13 - Red-hot Indians defeat SIU 4-3 (04/10/03)
Having to go deep into its pitching staff, the odds of tying the school record for consecutive wins appeared to be stacked against Southeast Missouri State University. But the Indians bucked those odds by rallying for a thrilling 4-3 victory over Southern Illinois Wednesday afternoon in front of nearly 400 chilly fans at Capaha Field...
Kansas fires AD Bohl, denies Williams link (04/10/03)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas fired athletic director Al Bohl on Wednesday, and he said basketball coach Roy Williams was behind it. "I believe the Kansas basketball coach had the power to hold his athletics director in his hand like a dove," Bohl said. "And he had a choice to either crush me with his power of influence or let me fly with my vision for a better, total program. He chose to crush me."...
VanHoevelaak leads list of SE honorees (04/10/03)
Laura VanHoevelaak took front and center stage Wednesday as Southeast Missouri State University held its annual Scholar-Athlete Luncheon at the University Center. VanHoevelaak earned special recognition for her numerous academic and athletic achievements. She is the recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for 2002-2003, which is the highest honor that can be achieved by an OVC athlete...
Scheeter runs into a mid-life crisis (04/10/03)
John Scheeter calls it a mid-life crisis. His friends call it insane. It's a sudden urge to run marathons. "We joke about it," he said. "Some people go out and buy an expensive car; I run marathons. I wanted something I would remember." So the road to memory lane started only ten months ago for Scheeter, the 33-year old from Oran. In that short time, he has conquered the St. Louis Marathon and has plans to run Chicago in the fall and ultimately qualify for Boston...
Having a Blast - Central grad Scheer playing for MISL title (04/10/03)
Craig Scheer hasn't had a 'real' job since he graduated from college in 1998, but he's been able to make a nice living just the same. The Cape Girardeau native has his considerable soccer skills to thank for that. Scheer, a 1994 Central High School graduate, has been playing professional soccer the past six years, including the last two seasons with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League...
Wild Masters tees it up (04/10/03)
Woods begins hits quest for a third straight title today amid assortment of protests. By Doug Ferguson ~ The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods didn't have to hit a single shot for the show to begin at this year's Masters...
Rockies bury Cards with early avalanche (04/10/03)
Colorado builds nine-run lead early, wins 9-4. By John Mossman ~ The Associated Press DENVER -- Larry Walker and Preston Wilson each drove in three runs, and the Colorado Rockies built a big early lead Wednesday night in a 9-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals...
FanFare 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
FanFare 4/10/03 Briefly Baseball
  • Atlanta pitcher Paul Byrd will have surgery this week to remove a bone spur from the back of his right elbow, and it was not known when he would return to the Braves' rotation. The 32-year-old Byrd has been on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow since March 21...
  • Finding the right weight lifting routine (04/10/03)
    "You can only go so far, and gradually the strength gain begins to drop," said researcher Matthew Rhea, a graduate student at Arizona State University. The review sums up the findings of 140 separate studies of varying weight training programs involving everyone from beginners to regular exercisers who had been working out at least a year. The analysis was an attempt to find what the studies had in common and calculate the size of strength increases...
    Health calendar 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
    Today Preparation for childbirth class 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Healing Arts Center. This is part of a four-session course. For information, call 331-5107. La Leche League (Breast Feeding) Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the learning lab north at St. Francis Medical Center. Call Carol Stoverink at 334-2705 for information...
    Not your generic octogenarian (04/10/03)
    April 10, 2003 Dear Pat, Stopping by the church Saturday during a tour he was giving family members visiting from out of town, my father-in-law saw all the cars in the parking lot and said, "There must be a funeral." Only when he saw his wife -- "There's ol' Polly," he said -- standing near the church door alongside the balloons did he realize that his impending 80th birthday wasn't going to pass without a celebration, and this was it...
    CHS puts on moving production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' (04/10/03)
    Years from now, the 10 human cast members of "The Diary of Anne Frank" will look back and realize, if they don't now, that they took part in something remarkable, a skilled theatrical production with the kind of emotional impact that changes people...
    'West Side Story' still worth telling (04/10/03)
    In 1961 Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins collaborated on a magical musical and film about the realities of street life in New York City. A loose retelling of the "Romeo and Juliet," balcony scene and all, "West Side Story" asked racial, social and economic questions about America in the guise of a finger-snapping, pompadoured story about love not meant to be...
    Louella Edwards (04/10/03)
    Louella May Edwards, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at her home. She was born July 30, 1925, in Missouri, daughter of Thomas and Lee Bishop. She married Arthur Edwards Sr. Edwards worked in housekeeping in Portland, Ore., prior to moving to Cape Girardeau this year...
    Edwin Weber (04/10/03)
    FROHNA, Mo. -- Edwin H. Weber, 82, of Frohna died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
    Dr. Donnell Etzwiler (04/10/03)
    Dr. Donnell D. Etzwiler, 76, of Bloomington, Minn., passed away Sunday, April 6, 2003, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Don is the son-in-law of Lela Brown of Advance, Mo., and grandson-in-law of Dora Morgan of Zalma, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, the Rev. Jack Brown...
    Leonard Long (04/10/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Leonard Ray Long, 64, of Benton died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Columbus, Ky., son of Byoma and Addie May Wilson Long. Long had worked at Yellow Freight Co. of Detroit, Mich. He moved here 15 years ago from Detroit...
    Linda Hines (04/10/03)
    Linda L. Hines, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born April 10, 1942, at Ardeola, Mo., daughter of Elmer Clifton and Marie Grahm Watkins. She and John W. Hines were married Feb. 11, 1969, in Cairo, Ill. He died May 6, 1995...
    Roy Johnston (04/10/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Roy Woodrow Johnston, 85, of Chaffee died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Chaffee Nursing Center. He was born Jan. 31, 1918, at Bell City, Mo., son of Lurena Johnston. He married the former Jessie Kurd. Johnston worked in construction in the area, including several years for Potashnick. He had also worked in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas...
    Anna Phillips (04/10/03)
    THEBES, Ill. -- Anna Bell Phillips, 92, of Thebes died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 18, 1910, in Alto Pass, Ill., daughter of Willis and Bertha King Wilson. She married Jesse Phillips, who died in 1972...
    Lillian Brown (04/10/03)
    SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Lillian Nadine Brown, 76, of Sedgewickville passed away Monday, April 7, 2003, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 17, 1926, in Success, Ark., daughter of John Robert and Elsie Osborn Lowery. She and Omer William Brown were married April 14, 1947. He preceded her in death March 8, 1995...
    Births 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
    Campbell Adopted daughter to Richard D. and Deborah L. Campbell of Jackson, Monday, April 7, 2003. Linda Rose was born Oct. 23, 1998, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Second daughter. Mrs. Campbell is the former Deborah Fortney, daughter of Donna L. Fortney of Aurora, Colo., and the late Richard A. Fortney. Campbell is the son of George E. Campbell and Julia L. Campbell of Duluth, Ga. He is plant controller at ARI Industries...
    Cape, Jackson police reports 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, April 10 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Matthew R. Hittmeier, 22, of 1424 William, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and traffic violations.Arrests...
    Cape fire report 4/10/03 (04/10/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, April 10 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 7:26 p.m., emergency medical service at 709 North. At 8:39 p.m., emergency medical service at 1416 William. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items:...
    Tobacco funds being misspent (04/10/03)
    By Michael Jensen SIKESTON, Mo. -- Five years ago, a landmark agreement between the tobacco companies and 46 state governments settled a long-standing lawsuit over the harm to our health from tobacco products. That agreement would send $206 billion to the states over 25 years to settle dozens of lawsuits...
    United Way celebrates another good year (04/10/03)
    The Area Wide United Way is an important component of our community, and it's gratifying to see it succeed. At its annual meeting, the United Way announced it had surpassed its fund-raising goal for 2002, with total contributions totaling $928,045. That's more than $30,000 above the goal...
    Sexual-offender list needs improvements (04/10/03)
    Cape Girardeau's list of registered sex offenders is not easy to read. The 90 names and addresses accompany a list of offenses that would make anyone shudder, especially when such crimes involve children. The list includes words like rape, abuse and molestation...
    Report cards, SAT scores are better indicators (04/10/03)
    To the editor: I have three children, all of whom have taken the MAP tests. Two of my children make straight A's and score very low on the MAP tests. One of my children went to Missouri Boys State from Jackson and was fifth in the United States on his SAT scores. The other is still in elementary school. I have another child in elementary school who has a combination of grades of A and B and does fairly well on the MAP tests...
    Bush's action warrants charge of impeachment (04/10/03)
    To the editor: Since George Bush made it known over a year ago that he was going to invade Iraq, we can only assume that this is at least one reason why he did not allow the United States to join the International Court. Had we joined, Bush could now be indicted by that court as an international war criminal for invading a sovereign nation without provocation, causing the unnecessary murders of American and Iraqi soldiers and civilians...
    Speak Out A 04/10/03 (04/10/03)
    Politically correct THE STUDENT who complained about getting off school on Martin Luther King Day but not Good Friday needs to be sent to a re-education camp that stresses indoctrination in political correctness. A cool idea BEEN THERE, done that. As a teacher, I once suggested to my students something similar to a suggestion recently made by a Speak out caller. ...
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