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Stories from Friday, April 11, 2003

Rural house consumed by flames (04/11/03)
DELTA, Mo. -- A rural Cape Girardeau County home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters responded to the scene early Wednesday morning at 14664 Highway 25. The call for service was dispatched at 2:57 a.m. The house was unoccupied and sits about midway between Delta and Blowmeyer. Highway 25 was shut down temporarily as smoke crossed the lanes of traffic...
World trade, food policies debated at panel discussion (04/11/03)
Despite the ability of agribusinesses to produce massive amounts of food, one of every six people in the world is going to sleep hungry in 2003. During Thursday's Great Decisions program at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, 21 attendees debated the world trade and food policies that make that possible...
House OKs Sudafed restrictions with no debate (04/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sudafed and numerous other common cold and flu products would literally become over-the-counter medications under legislation that cleared the House of Representatives Thursday. The bill would require stores to keep nonprescription products that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine as the sole active ingredient behind the counter or within at least 6 feet of it and in clear view of a clerk...
Marine's injury takes toll on mom (04/11/03)
When Edna Smith's phone rang Sunday night, a voice on the line asked her if she was the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Fredrick Evans. She paused the movie in her VCR and put a hand on a table to steady herself. Smith answered quickly, "Yes. How is he? Is he all right?"...
War days coming to their end, say locals (04/11/03)
When Howard Clary's television set showed a jubilant Iraqi people working to topple a statue of Saddam Hussein earlier this week, he said it perfectly symbolized the downfall of a regime. "When they took down that statue, it looked like he was waving goodbye," said the Cape Girardeau resident. "It was a very proud moment, very proud."...
Shots by photographer of sniper from Oran gladden area family (04/11/03)
ORAN, Mo. -- An Oran man is taking aim against the Iraqi regime as a sniper in the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division. The family of Spc. Chad A. Prindle, 20, got a glimpse of him in action Wednesday through an Associated Press photo posted on the Internet...
Elementary school to get new heating, cooling units (04/11/03)
Extensive problems at West Lane Elementary caused by 30-year-old heating and air conditioning units will soon be solved. During their meeting Thursday night, the Jackson School Board accepted a $178,278 bid for roof-top HVAC units from R&B Mechanical in Perryville, Mo...
Scott City coach suspended after alcohol incident with teenager (04/11/03)
A Scott City high school softball coach has been suspended by the school board for her involvement in a post-prom drinking party last week. The district handed down a two-week suspension from extracurricular activities to 25 athletes Tuesday after they confessed to drinking at a party hosted Saturday by parent of a senior student and coach Sally O'Brien...
Conservation campus to have solitary public entrance (04/11/03)
The Cape Girardeau County Park North will have just one public entrance once the construction of the access road to the conservation campus is completed. But there will also be a private drive where the current public entrance is now. The county commission Thursday signed an agreement submitted by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission that lays out the conditions for the entrance...
Dexter teenager killed in auto accident (04/11/03)
DEXTER, Mo. -- The Dexter High School lost a member of its sophomore class Wednesday night in a single-vehicle accident Douglas A. Ashby, 16, of Dexter was killed in the crash that occurred on Route Z in Stoddard County, two miles west of Bernie. According to the report, at 6:40 p.m. ...
School to consider merger offer Sunday (04/11/03)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The board of regents at Northwest Missouri State University will consider Sunday whether to merge the school into the University of Missouri system. It would be the first formal step in the process of a merger, which must be approved by the governing bodies of both schools and the state legislature...
Man killed when house collapses near Branson (04/11/03)
BRANSON, Mo. -- A man was killed and five workers were buried in debris Thursday afternoon when a house that was under construction collapsed, authorities said. The home was one of several moved from downtown Branson to outside the city. Construction workers were working on the foundation when the second story collapsed on them, said Jim Single, an fire assistant chief...
Bad hair lawsuit leads to $6,000 jury verdict (04/11/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A woman who said a bad hair treatment left her depressed and led her to seek early retirement was awarded $6,000 by a jury Wednesday. Geremie Hoff, 56, of suburban Creve Coeur, sued Elizabeth Arden's Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue in Plaza Frontenac for emotional distress, depression, counseling and lost income...
Candidate goes from last to first place (04/11/03)
CHARLACK, Mo. -- Dale Mabra couldn't figure out how he received zero votes in the race for alderman in the St. Louis suburb Charlack. After all, Mabra knew he had at least two votes -- his and his wife's. Turns out he had a lot more. Due to an election-night mix-up, the ballots were counted wrong, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday...
Holden asks Corps to release water (04/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Bob Holden has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release more water from upstream dams on the Missouri River in order to help farmers downstream. Holden says low water levels have delayed barge shipments of fertilizer needed to treat about 255,000 acres of cropland in Missouri...
Nursing home reform clears Senate (04/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Considering Senate resistance to nursing home reform in recent years, the notion that the chamber would pass such a bill without a dissenting vote seemed fantastic to those who led the latest effort. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, said he never anticipated the 33-0 vote Thursday that sent the measure to the House of Representatives...
Missouri bond sales reach $387 million (04/11/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri sold $387 million in revenue bonds on Thursday, obligating the state to 25 years of debt payments to help cover projected budget shortfalls over the next 15 months. Gov. Bob Holden said it was the best alternative available to avoid deep cuts in state services and operations. Attorney General Jay Nixon disagreed...
House approves legislation creating national Amber Alert (04/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Targeting child kidnappers, molesters and pornographers, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved protections including a national Amber Alert network and legislation to strengthen federal anti-pornography laws. Approved by a 400-25 vote, the legislation was called "the most important and far-reaching child protection legislation in the past 20 years" by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee...
Lawmakers, White House reach deal on smallpox compensation (04/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and the White House reached agreement Thursday on payments for people injured by the smallpox vaccine, said Sen. Edward Kennedy, removing one barrier to the stalled inoculation program. "The compromise that we have reached tonight provides the nation's health care workers with an effective compensation program that will give them confidence they need to participate in the smallpox vaccination program," said a statement from Kennedy, D-Mass. ...
Studies suggest cloning humans may be impossible (04/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Cloning humans, or any other primates, may be impossible with today's techniques because of a fundamental molecular obstacle, say scientists trying to understand why attempts to clone monkeys have failed. From the very first step, cloned primate cells don't divide properly, causing a helter-skelter mix of chromosomes too abnormal for pregnancy to even begin, University of Pittsburgh researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science...
IMF, World Bank pledge to assist in rebuilding Iraq (04/11/03)
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank pledged on Thursday to help provide billions of dollars to rebuild Iraq. But first, they plan to send fact-finding missions to uncover the mysteries of an economy that has been shrouded in secrecy for more than two decades...
Anti-war demonstrators sue (04/11/03)
CHICAGO -- Anti-war demonstrators arrested during a downtown Chicago protest sued the city Thursday, saying their protest had been peaceful and police violated a promise to let them march. More than 200 people were arrested in the March 20 protest, during which some 10,000 demonstrators flooded a plaza near the city's federal courthouse before marching to the main artery running up the lakefront...
Nation briefs 04/11/03 (04/11/03)
House endorses drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday night endorsed oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge, setting up a likely confrontation with the Senate as Congress struggles to produce a comprehensive energy policy...
Storm snarls Southeast (04/11/03)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rain, hail and springtime snow pelted parts of the Southeast on Thursday, keeping schoolchildren home and swamping already-sodden roads. Up to a foot of snow was possible in the mountains. "We have at least 4 inches and it's coming down like you wouldn't believe," said Deb Mock of Maggie Valley, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. "My daughter just came up the mountain and got stuck across the street. She couldn't make it all the way home."...
Investigators find no immediate link in same-day plane crashes (04/11/03)
SWANTON, Ohio -- Federal investigators said their first look at a charter plane company that suffered two crashes on the same day found no immediate evidence it was anything but a coincidence. "At the moment they are being handled as separate events," said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz...
Researchers find link between hardened arteries, vein clots (04/11/03)
A study has found a link between hardening of the arteries and blood clots in veins, a discovery that could spur new research on ways to prevent the life-threatening blockages. Researchers concluded that either hardening of the arteries can induce blood clots in veins or the two conditions share common risk factors...
People talk 04/11/03 (04/11/03)
'Creek' star to undergo alcohol education RALEIGH, N.C. -- "Dawson's Creek" co-star Joshua Jackson was accepted into an alcohol education program after his arrest at a hockey game. Jackson was placed in the progam Wednesday after admitting he was drunk and disruptive at a Nov. ...
Budget woes are paramount at universities nationwide (04/11/03)
CHICAGO -- Facing their third straight year of lower state funding, public colleges and universities are finding it nearly impossible to shield students from the pinch this time around. Even as they increase tuition, the schools are cutting courses and programs, laying off instructors, eliminating sports and firing student workers...
U.S. looks for last stand (04/11/03)
Opposition forces crumbled in northern Iraq on Thursday as U.S. and Kurdish troops seized oil-rich Kirkuk without a fight and held a second city within their grasp. U.S. commanders said signs pointed to a last stand by Iraqis in Saddam Hussein's birthplace of Tikrit...
Baghdad's Shiites taste freedom, tension (04/11/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With no one else to do it, mosque preacher Amar al-Saadi took charge Thursday in Saddam City, a Baghdad slum dominated by Shiite Muslims and named for the Sunni Muslim leader they despised. It was Baghdad's first full day after President Saddam Hussein's hold on the capital fell apart, and Saddam City was filled with tensions veering toward violence and a joy bordering on anarchy...
Iraqi diplomats burn, shred, await new leader (04/11/03)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Confusion, denial and paranoia reigned in Iraqi consulates worldwide Thursday as diplomats awaited word of their uncertain future. At the ordinarily busy Iraqi office in Amman, it was a case of shuttered diplomacy. "The consulate is closed until further notice," read a note on the door at the embassy in Jordan -- a message reinforced when Iraqi Ambassador Sabah Yassin ignored a reporter while leaving in his chauffeur-driven Mercedes...
Mobile labs sniffing for chem-bio weapons (04/11/03)
Enlisted in the search for chemical weapons in Iraq beyond the 15,000 U.S. troops certified as bio-chem specialists are disarmament teams from Bulgaria and the Czech Republic and some former U.N. weapons inspectors. Many of the soldiers are armed with five-pound chemical agent sensors, and the inspectors have ground-penetrating radar...
France, Britain announce plans to jettison Concorde (04/11/03)
LONDON -- The supersonic jet set has been bumped. The Concorde, the needle-nosed aircraft for the rich, is retiring after a quarter-century of ostentatiously expensive service. Thursday's decision by British Airways and Air France means the end of an era in aviation. The Concorde is the world's only supersonic passenger jet. Only 20 were built, with 12 remaining in service, all operated by the two companies...
China saves face with family statement on SARS victim (04/11/03)
HONG KONG -- Mainland China saved face Thursday when the family of an American dying from a mysterious respiratory virus confirmed that they had requested he be moved from a mainland hospital to one in Hong Kong. Officials from the mainland -- already under attack for their secretive handling of the fast-spreading SARS virus -- had been accused of moving the American to avoid another foreign death...
World briefs 04/11/03 (04/11/03)
Cuba sentences last of dissidents in crackdown HAVANA -- Cuba on Wednesday sentenced the last of 75 dissidents convicted after one-day trials of collaborating with U.S. diplomats to undermine the communist government. Governments and human rights groups around the world have condemned the speedy crackdown, which began with a massive roundup of opponents on March 18. The subsequent trials resulted in sentences ranging from 6 to 28 years...
Britain, Ireland delay peace plan (04/11/03)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Dashing expectations of a breakthrough, Britain and Ireland withheld their new Northern Ireland peace plans Thursday after failing to get long-sought commitments from the Irish Republican Army, government aides said. Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams, a reputed IRA chief, insisted the outlawed group was not responsible for the deadlock...
Jackson back to defend its title (04/11/03)
Jackson's girls will be looking to defend their own title Saturday in the Jackson Invitational, one of several big events that high school teams will compete in this weekend. Jackson's girls will be one of 12 teams competing in the meet, which begins at 10 a.m. at Jackson Junior High School. Also in the field will be Murphysboro, Ill., Fox, Lafayette, Central, Pattonville, Poplar Bluff, Windsor, Sikeston, Notre Dame, Perryville and Fredericktown...
Notre Dame's 10-run fifth inning clinches win against Dexter (04/11/03)
Notre Dame's baseball team broke a deadlock and enacted the 10-run rule all in the same inning as the Bulldogs defeated visiting Dexter 15-5 in five innings on Thursday. After Dexter scored four runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game 5-5, Notre Dame pushed across 10 runs in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Tony Longman, the 13th batter in the inning, ended the game with a one-out RBI single...
Crosnoe gets OK'd for Jackson opening (04/11/03)
Jackson assistant coach Rex Crosnoe was chosen to succeed head baseball coach Sam Sides at the Jackson school board meeting Thursday night. Crosnoe's promotion is part of a shuffling of the Jackson High School athletic staff after the retirement of girls basketball coach Ron Cook...
KU, players on edge as their coach ponders job (04/11/03)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- For the next few days, it appears that even the Jayhawks who play basketball at Allen Fieldhouse will have to wait right alongside those who watch it from the stands. "I'm trying not to watch too much TV right now," reserve guard Michael Lee said Thursday afternoon. "I want to get it from the source. When the time is right, he'll tell us."...
Cold season opener offers plusses for area racetrack (04/11/03)
Opening night Saturday at Auto Tire and Parts NAPA Racepark gave Jerry Wolsey plenty of insight into what to expect this season. The first thing: It can get mighty cold in early April. "The people who were there Saturday night were the true fans, because a lot of people wouldn't sit in the grandstands in weather like that," said Wolsey of temperatures that dipped into the upper 30s for his first night of operating the quarter-mile dirt oval track near Benton, Mo...
After lesson learned, Harvick makes return to Martinsville (04/11/03)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kevin Harvick will have a better outcome at Martinsville Speedway than a year ago -- even if he finishes last Sunday. He was banned last April from the Winston Cup race by NASCAR for rough driving a day earlier in the truck series. It was an unprecedented move by the sanctioning body, one that contributed to Harvick's 21st-place finish in the standings and enhanced his reputation as a hot head...
Burk says CEOs must resign from Augusta (04/11/03)
ATLANTA -- Martha Burk called on Augusta National members to take a stand against Hootie Johnson and turn in their green jackets if they don't agree with him on the issue of women members. Trying to regain the momentum in her fight to get a woman admitted to Augusta National, Burk said Thursday that club members who disagree with the club chairman should resign...
Key home runs power Rockies past Cardinals (04/11/03)
DENVER -- A strong outing by Shawn Chacon and the first triple play in their history couldn't get the Colorado Rockies over the hump. But clutch homers by Todd Helton and Jose Hernandez did. Helton hit a solo homer and Hernandez added a two-run shot in the eighth inning, rallying the Rockies to a 7-6 win over the Cardinals on Thursday...
Storm leaves Masters faithful soaked, waiting (04/11/03)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Wet, tired and muddy, Steve Jennings and Paul Jaycox tromped toward the exit and back to the car. They drove 14 hours from upstate New York to make it to the Masters by Thursday morning. They saw no golf. After four days of drenching rain in Augusta, the place the two club pros came to see looked a lot like the place they left...
Spring ushers in a new batch of curious bugs (04/11/03)
They appear silently and suddenly around your home or office. They cluster in corners, doorways and windows, hundreds of them in one spot. They swarm around your head, falling on your head or in your food. Yuck! You've heard the stories about ladybugs: that they're good bugs that eat bad bugs, or that it's bad luck to kill them. You know they're harmless, but let's face it: The thought of anything swarming in your house is, well, kind of creepy...
Youth turkey hunt this weekend (04/11/03)
Missouri youngsters will get the chance to go first in their state's annual spring turkey hunt. On Saturday and Sunday, youths ages 15 and under will be able to hunt turkeys without competition from their adult counterparts. Here's how it works:
  • Only Missouri residents will be eligible...
  • Hall of Fame pitches a foul ball to movie cast (04/11/03)
    Not every screwball in the Hall of Fame is a baseball. One of them just happens to be its president. That would be Dale Petroskey, and after this latest mess, there's reason to wonder how much longer he will hold on to that exalted position. Petroskey, a former assistant press secretary in the Reagan administration, wrote a letter Monday to actor Tim Robbins informing him the hall was canceling a 15th anniversary celebration of the movie "Bull Durham" scheduled for April 26 and 27 at Cooperstown.. ...
    FanFare 4/11/03 (04/11/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • The Hall of Fame president, a former official in the Reagan administration, canceled a 15th anniversary celebration of "Bull Durham" because of anti-war criticism by co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Dale Petroskey sent a letter to Robbins and Sarandon this week, telling them the festivities April 26-27 at Cooperstown, N.Y., had been called off...
  • No cash means no golf course (04/11/03)
    Someone called this week about the pear trees that used to be along the downtown floodwall in my favorite river city. The trees are gone. They were cut down, I am told, as part of a beautification effort. I'm not sure how exposing a concrete wall can be considered an improvement. Perhaps the beautification wizards want us to form mental pictures from the stains on the wall -- you know, like seeing shapes in clouds...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Phone Booth' (04/11/03)
    One and a half stars I understand that the title of the movie is "Phone Booth," but come on. Staying in one spot for the entire movie became old quickly. The only change on the screen were the small boxes the director used to show the person on the other end of the line. Granted, this was a bit creative and possibly the only other way to portray someone else on the line other than a split screen, but it was annoying...
    Space Walker Cafe - A place to eat, play (04/11/03)
    One of the best things about my job is the new people I get to eat no, meet (Note to self: Must keep cannibalistic tendencies in check). I like going to new places, trying out the local cuisine, risking eternal heartburn. Hey, being a restaurant profiler isn't all fajitas and margaritas. I do it for my public...
    New on CD 4/11/03 (04/11/03)
    'To Whom it May Concern' On her first album, Lisa Marie Presley clearly wants to be respected more than liked. Elvis' only offspring describes herself as an "S.O.B." on the very first cut, sings "I'm your disease" on another and promises to "squash you relentlessly" on another...
    Artifacts 4/11/03 (04/11/03)
    Guitar ensemble to play April 21 at Southeast The Southeast Missouri State University Guitar Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. April 21 in the Lutheran Chapel on the Southeast campus. The chapel is located at 903 College Hill in Cape Girardeau. Solos will include Fernando Sor's "Variations on a Theme by Mozart" and "Preludes" by Hietor Villa-Lobos. A guitar duo will perform "Spanish Dance" by Granados and a suite by Leo Brouwer...
    St. Louis, Bernie residents featured in shows at Arts Council (04/11/03)
    Though they occurred decades apart, Tim Hahn and Teresa Mosley Dirks both had their first serious art experiences at Southeast Missouri State University. The art they create is very dissimilar, and they feel differently about teaching art, but one thing has been true for both: They have been drawn to lives in art...
    Celebrity readers prefer the 'tried and true' (04/11/03)
    GARDINER, Maine -- Works by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway are among the most popular books with celebrities queried by a retired Maine librarian for her annual "Who Reads What?" list. But there are also a few surprise entries. Take Charles Schwab's pick, for example. The investment counselor calls "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay "a must-read not only for all investors -- but for all thinking people."...
    Lydia Crecelius (04/11/03)
    OLMSTED, Ill. -- Lydia Jewell Crecelius, 78, of Metropolis, Ill., formerly of Olmsted, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Metropolis. She was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Harrisburg, Ill., daughter of Oliver Clinton and Mahalia Emaline Baker Osborn. She and Raymond G. Crecelius were married Aug. 10, 1942. He died April 27, 1995...
    Susan Benz (04/11/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Susan Elizabeth Benz, 91, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at her home. She was born March 13, 1912, in Maplewood, Mo., daughter of James and Susana Phelan Halbrook. She and Leonard P. Benz were married Jan. 12, 1946, in Paragould, Ark. He died in 1969...
    Charles Houart (04/11/03)
    BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Charles D. Houart, 30, of Bloomfield died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Dexter, Mo. He was born Feb. 7, 1973, at Dexter, son of Charles E. and Mary Crabb Houart. Houart lived in the Bloomfield community all his life. He was employed by Walker Construction Co. at Dexter the past nine years. He was a member of Ridge Runners Motorcycle Club in Idalia...
    Allan Hanks (04/11/03)
    Allan Wayne Hanks, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Commerce, Texas, son of Columbus Franklin and Bertha O. Hale Hanks. Hanks was a 1939 graduate of Fornfelt High School. He worked for Cotton Belt Railroad at Fornfelt and then at Pine Bluff, Ark. He later worked for Rockwell International in California...
    Ellis Hecht (04/11/03)
    SHAWNEETOWN, Mo. -- Ellis R. Hecht, 73, of Shawneetown died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Aline Graham (04/11/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Aline E. Graham, 93, of Sikeston died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born Jan. 17, 1910, at Fredericktown, Mo., daughter of Jacob Charles and Myrtle Bell Wheeler Rouse. She and Ivan V. Graham were married in 1928. He died in 1964...
    Joseph McLain (04/11/03)
    SILVER LAKE, Mo. -- Joseph "Joe" McLain, 72, of St. Charles, Mo., died Thursday, April 10, 2003, in St. Charles. He was born May 17, 1930, at Silver Lake, son of Paul Joseph and Mary Corine Jannin McLain. He and Virda N. House were married March 24, 1956...
    Kenneth Ford (04/11/03)
    Kenneth Lloyd Ford, 43, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
    Bruce Parsons Sr. (04/11/03)
    Bruce Leonard Parsons Sr., 94, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., while visiting a son and his family. He was born Sept. 8, 1908, in Kirkwood, Mo., son of Charles Reynolds and Anna Dodge Parsons. He and Marie Elizabeth "Betty" Hamel were married May 11, 1934. She preceded him in death April 18, 1999...
    Greg Hahs (04/11/03)
    Greg Hahs, 61, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born March 26, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ernest L. and Anna Mae Amos Hahs. He and Sharon Wilson were married April 10, 1965. Greg was a 1960 graduate of Jackson High School, and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard Reserve from 1962 to 1966...
    Edwin Weber (04/11/03)
    FROHNA, Mo. -- Edwin H. Weber, 82, of Frohna died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 8, 1920, at Altenburg, Mo., son of Rudolf F. and Christine C. Mueller Weber. He and Amanda H. Wachter were married Oct. 11, 1942. She died Oct. 23, 2000...
    Cape fire report 4/11/03 (04/11/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, April 11 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 5:10 p.m., emergency medical service at 1612 Whitener. At 5:19 p.m., emergency medical service at 1112 Linden. At 6:46 p.m., vegetation fire at 211 S. Francis Drive...
    Out of the past 4/11/03 (04/11/03)
    10 years ago: April 11, 1993 Easter Sunday. Several churches in area begin day with sunrise services; worship at St. Andrew Lutheran Church begins at 6:30 a.m., and includes outside baptism service, before activities are moved inside; other congregations holding sunrise services are Lynwood Baptist, First Christian, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Westminster Presbyterian, Hobbs Chapel United Methodist and Evangelical United Church of Christ...
    Corrections 4/11/03 (04/11/03)
    In Thursday's edition, the Jackson School District's last day of school should have been given as May 29, and Cape Girardeau School District's last day should have been given as June 9. The Southeast Missourian regrets the errors. In a photo caption in Thursday's edition, Catherine Moreton's name was spelled incorrectly. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
    Questions about schools (04/11/03)
    If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" This week I include answers to two questions about the Cape Girardeau School District. Since the beginning of my writing this column, the school system has been the most popular area for questions. ...
    Ian Sutherland- A full life well-lived (04/11/03)
    Ian Sutherland worked hard and played hard all his life. His death last week in a skydiving accident stunned colleagues with whom he worked and friends with whom he played. His death also left a legacy that is indeed a tribute to a full life well-lived...
    Wages of sin - More government spending (04/11/03)
    In these days of state spending demands that far exceed anticipated revenue, new ways to generate more money are being explored. In many cases, states in recent years have turned to new or increased taxes on items whose excessive use can cause health and public-safety problems. In particular, tobacco and alcoholic products are being targeted...
    Fall of Baghdad brings to mind Shelley's poem (04/11/03)
    To the editor: All Wednesday morning I watched the April snow filter through the blossoms of the redbud tree and watched the story of the fall of Baghdad. I have also been remembering a poem by Shelley, who made his dislike of tyranny a lifelong cause. As American Marines pulled down the statue of Saddam, the poem seemed chillingly prophetic. Democracy does work. The poem was written in l817, 186 years ago...
    We could be on the threshold of real peace (04/11/03)
    To the editor: The leadership, conduct, overall circumstances, short duration and imminent peace should be a strong indication that Operation Iraqi Freedom was indeed a just and holy war. The unsung heroes are the traditional Republican and Democratic majority in Congress and the praying, positive, volunteering majority of people through our country and the world...
    Oran fire chief thanks voters for their support (04/11/03)
    To the editor: On behalf of the Oran Fire Protection District, I would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for our community's support on April 8 of the 10-cent property tax. The margin of victory demonstrates our community's strong dedication to providing needed resources for our fire department. ...
    Speak Out B 04/10/03 (04/11/03)
    Matter of agreement FOR AREA politicians to harangue and holler about what they consider to be the outlandishness of Tony Heckemeyer's talk show on the public-access channel speaks volumes since their silence is deafening when it comes to the talk shows of the likes of the maniacal Michael Savage. It seems like these guys are all for allowing people to decide for themselves what they want to watch and listen to until it comes to the expression of views with which they disagree...
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