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Community cuisine 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
Concordia Lutheran to serve spring dinner A chicken and dumplins dinner with all the trimmings will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Concordia Lutheran Church, 836 Park in Sikeston, Mo. (corner of Park and Wakefield). Proceeds will benefit Concordia's new family life center. For more information call (573) 471-5842...
Compassionate student collects pull tabs for McDonald House (05/01/03)
What makes Grant Gunning's can tab collection so unique is the way it has blossomed into other benevolent collections affected by many individuals. Gunning, a junior at Cape Central High School, is a student of Brandon Jones, special education teacher. ...
Cape Girardeau man enters guilty plea (05/01/03)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty at a bench trial Wednesday for failing to register as a convicted sex offender. Timothy T. Glas, 35, will be sentenced on June 2. Glas was named as the suspect in a reported March 12 abduction attempt of a Cape Girardeau middle school girl in court documents filed by Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Volunteers honored by Girl Scouts (05/01/03)
The Girl Scouts of Otahki Council held their annual meeting and volunteer appreciation program on April 26. Board of director and nominating committee members were elected and installed. Jean Bollinger of Cape Girardeau was re-elected as president of the board of directors. ...
Community digest 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
PWP announces weekend events An orientation and general meeting for Parents Without Partners will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. A garage sale to finance Parents Without Partners children's activities will be held at 6 a.m. Saturday at 2812 Hilltop in Cape Girardeau...
Optimist oratorical contest winners announced (05/01/03)
The final preliminary competition for the Optimist oratorical contest for the region was held recently in Jackson. The topic for this year's speech contest was "United We Stand in Optimism." Winning the girls' regional competition was Jessica Chinnadurai from Sikeston, Mo. Norman Popp, sponsored by the Jackson Optimist Club, won the boys' contest...
Six Southeast alumni chosen for honors (05/01/03)
Six Southeast Missouri State University alumni will be honored at the school's commencement ceremonies on May 17. The six will receive the 2003 Young Alumni Merit awards, presented by the school's alumni association. The winners are Trent Ball of Cape Girardeau, Scott Carlton of Northville, Mich., Scott Spindler of Belleville, Ill., Kimberly Bowie of Tucson, Ariz., Dr. Yvette Patmore Fobian of Wildwood, Mo., and David Welker of Festus, Mo...
Survey on vote gets replaced by forum (05/01/03)
Plans for a survey of residents have been set aside in favor of a roundtable discussion as Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson looks for answers as to why voters rejected four tax and fee issues on the April ballot. Knudtson said Wednesday that he decided on a roundtable discussion rather than a mailed survey because he and other council members worried that a questionnaire would anger some voters and be an unnecessary expense...
Jackson officials study East Main extension options (05/01/03)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen is considering whether to break down the last leg of the East Main Street extension project to Interstate 55 into phases and, if so, whether the road should be two lanes or three in the first phase. Smith & Co. Inc. of Poplar Bluff was hired to do the engineering of the project. Representatives from that firm presented the aldermen with some options at Monday night's study session...
Down and out on Morgan Oak (05/01/03)
Travis Gibson already lost his health. Now he's about to lose his auto repair business on Morgan Oak Street, one of two side-by-side car repair shops that the Southeast Missouri University Foundation wants closed by June 1 so they can be razed for parking for the River Campus arts school in Cape Girardeau...
Holocaust survivors tell tales of life, death at Cape gathering (05/01/03)
Many of the students in the audience Wednesday are the same age Mendel Rosenberg was when he lived in a German concentration camp. He was 16 and had lived in "hell" for three years when liberated at the end of World War II. His youth was one of two things that helped him survive...
St. Louis casino faces fine for mailings to problem gambler (05/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri gaming officials have recommended a $100,000 fine against a suburban St. Louis casino for mailing promotional materials to a problem gambler. If imposed against Harrah's Maryland Heights, the fine would be the largest handed down by the Missouri Gaming Commission for this type of offense, spokesman Harold Bailey said...
AmerenUE offers to help customers pay bills (05/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Customers having trouble paying their AmerenUE utility bills will have a chance for some relief, through a new, one-time program to settle their past due bills. AmerenUE and the Missouri Public Service Commission planned to announce the $3 million program Wednesday at a news conference in St. Louis...
Former lawyer pleads guilty to conspiracy (05/01/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The former in-house counsel for Stevens Financial Group of Springfield has pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct a national bank examination. James Scott Pope, 41, entered the guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri...
Senators reject proposed increase in sales tax (05/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators narrowly defeated a proposal Wednesday that would have asked voters to raise the state sales tax temporarily as a way to soften cuts to state government. Instead, the Senate passed legislation that raises revenue through a variety of more unconventional ways, including elimination of some business tax breaks that Democratic Gov. Bob Holden has labeled "loopholes."...
Woman faces four counts of murder after accident (05/01/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A St. Louis woman faces murder charges stemming from a car wreck that killed four people last September. Dorothy McKeller, 33, was charged with four counts of second-degree murder, St. Louis County prosecutors said Wednesday. She was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault and leaving the scene of an accident, and was being held on $200,000 bond...
Grade school lobbies for state status for bats (05/01/03)
WASHINGTON, Mo. -- Apparently batty about bats, students at a grade school in this eastern Missouri town want the state's lawmakers to swoop into action -- and make the creepy creatures with wings the state's official flying mammal. That quest by the St. ...
UM-C fraternities issue alcohol ban at homes (05/01/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Fraternities at the University of Missouri-Columbia will ban alcohol on all fraternity property beginning Aug. 1. The only exception to the ban will be approved weekend gatherings for alumni. Fraternity houses will still be allowed to sponsor offsite parties where alcohol is served...
Renovations at high court scaled back (05/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Renovations planned for the Missouri Supreme Court building have been scaled back because of the state's budget problems, officials said Wednesday. The plans had called for the 95-year-old building to undergo major renovation, including new plumbing, heating and cooling, at an expected cost of $4.9 million...
Nursing home reform sent to governor (05/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While stories of elder abuse at the hands of negligent nursing home operators generates massive public outcry, the care provided by good facilities never generates headlines. The result is a tarnished public image of the industry as a whole that is frustrating to those dedicated to running quality operations...
Tests could take weeks to find boy's identity (05/01/03)
CHICAGO -- It will take four to six weeks for DNA tests to determine whether a boy who showed up at a suburban hospital is a child who disappeared from North Carolina more than two years ago, authorities said. Relatives of Tristen "Buddy" Myers are optimistic that authorities have found the boy, who was 4 when they last saw him in October 2000. The dirty, bedraggled boy arrived at the hospital nearly three months ago...
Bush signs child-safety bill enacting Amber Alert system (05/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- News of missing children will speed to the public over radio, TV and electronic highway signs in more states under the Amber Alert legislation, signed Wednesday by President Bush. Already operating in 41 states, such networks quickly distribute information about kidnapped children and their abductors...
Florida ponders what to do with ballots from 2000 (05/01/03)
MIAMI -- Another dispute is brewing over Florida's chaotic 2000 presidential election: Should the 6 million ballots, hanging chads and all, be destroyed or saved because of their historical significance? Many election supervisors in Florida's 67 counties want to get rid of the ballots because they take up so much space. ...
Pneumonia-related illnesses fall after introduction of vaccine (05/01/03)
A new pneumonia vaccine for infants dramatically reduces serious illness in young children and may prevent the spread of the bacteria to adults, researchers report. The first pneumonia vaccine for babies was approved in 2000 and is now recommended for all children under age 2. It fights infections caused by pneumococcus bacteria, including pneumonia, blood poisoning, meningitis and ear infections...
Alleged Sept. 11 and USS Cole plotter arrested (05/01/03)
WASHINGTON --Pakistani authorities have captured a man accused of playing a leading role in the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of an American warship in Yemen, a catch President Bush called a "major, significant find" in the war against the ailing al-Qaida network...
People talk 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
Berry: 'Most Beautiful' list not easy to make NEW YORK -- For the seventh time, Halle Berry is on People magazine's annual list of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" -- but making it there repeatedly isn't easy. The 34-year-old actress, who's on the cover of the issue that comes out Friday, says she works out daily with a treadmill and weights, and maintains a strict diet of chicken, fish, vegetables, brown rice and tabbouleh...
Nation briefs 05/01/03 (05/01/03)
Visa reaches tentative $2 billion settlement NEW YORK -- Visa USA has reached a tentative $2 billion settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and thousands of other retailers just before their multibillion-dollar lawsuit over the company's popular debit cards was set to go to trial, a source close to the talks said late Wednesday...
Agencies begin crackdown on Internet auction scams (05/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Federal and state fraud fighters are cracking down on Internet auction scams that fleeced thousands of consumers out of money and merchandise. The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday it is joining 33 state and local law enforcement agencies to target auction con artists with 57 actions ranging from prosecutions to warning letters...
International terrorist attacks fell during 2002 (05/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- International terrorist attacks fell significantly in 2002 and so did anti-U.S. attacks, the State Department reported Wednesday. Seven countries remained on a list of countries the department says sponsor terrorism -- Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. An official said Iraq is likely to be removed now that President Saddam Hussein has been deposed...
Bush OKs Missouri's 'No Child Left Behind' plan (05/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri education commissioner Kent King was at the White House Wednesday as President Bush approved the state's accountability plan under the No Child Left Behind law. The plan directs Missouri officials to develop and begin testing, in grades that haven't already begun testing, as a way to identify schools where students fall short of yearly targets for progress...
Beijing builds a 1,000-bed SARS hospital in eight days (05/01/03)
BEIJING -- Beijing didn't have enough beds for SARS patients in its hospitals, so it built a new one -- in eight days. As city leaders struggled to bring in enough doctors and add more hospital beds to cope with its SARS epidemic, construction workers put the finishing touches Wednesday on the new 1,000-bed facility...
Mediators hand Israelis, Palestinians plan to peace (05/01/03)
JERUSALEM -- International mediators presented Israeli and Palestinian leaders Wednesday with a new Middle East "road map," an ambitious blueprint for ending 31 months of violence and establishing a Palestinian state. The U.S.-backed plan is supported by a unique consensus of world leaders and comes at a time when U.S. clout is at a high point in the wake of Saddam Hussein's ouster in Iraq...
India's middle-class takes over Himalayan resort (05/01/03)
MUSSOORIE, India -- In the bar at the Savoy hotel, where Britain's colonial elite once toasted their empire in Victorian splendor, the clock is frozen at 1:10 and the paint peels in ragged strips. And Lal Singh, the bartender, will smile apologetically if you ask for a whiskey on ice...
Alleged Saddam letter calls Iraqis to rise up (05/01/03)
CAIRO, Egypt -- A purported letter from Saddam Hussein published Wednesday in an Arabic-language newspaper in London urges Iraqis to "rise up" against occupation. Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which has taken a pro-Saddam editorial line and blamed the Iraqi people for the toppling of the Iraqi leader, did not say how it obtained the letter attributed to Saddam, a copy of which was published on page 3...
Dormitory collapses in Turkey after quake (05/01/03)
ANKARA, Turkey -- At least 135 children were buried in a collapsed school dormitory after a strong earthquake struck southeastern Turkey, a provincial governor said earlier today. Gov. Huseyin Avni Cos told private NTV television he did not know if any of the children were killed...
Rumsfeld arrives in Baghdad (05/01/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In the heart of Iraq's capital, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld walked through the massive doorway of one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces to tape a reassuring message to the Iraqi people. "Iraq belongs to you," he said, his words broadcast on radio and television. "The coalition has no intention of owning or running Iraq."...
Nigerian navy sails to oil rigs as hostage talks stall (05/01/03)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Nigerian navy ships sailed Wednesday toward offshore drilling rigs where 97 foreigners -- including 17 Americans -- were being held after talks to resolve the 11-day hostage standoff broke off in deadlock. About 100 disgruntled Nigerian oil workers have been holding the foreigners aboard four drilling rigs owned by Houston-based Transocean, about 20 miles off Nigeria's coast. ...
Iran says U.S. using terrorism double standard (05/01/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's top leader said Wednesday that by striking a cease-fire with an Iranian opposition group, the United States was demonstrating it believed the only bad terrorists were those who were not its "servants." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told state-run Tehran Radio that the United States and the world had recognized the Mujahedeen Khalq as terrorists. "Now, America supports them. It shows terrorism is bad if terrorists are not America's servants," he said...
U.S. troops' shots kill protesters again (05/01/03)
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- American troops again fired on anti-U.S. protesters in Fallujah's streets Wednesday and said they won't give up their foothold in the one-time Baath Party bastion. At least two were killed and 18 wounded, hospital officials reported...
Groves sets two records; Valle sweeps at Kelly (05/01/03)
Scott City senior Loren Groves beat her own school records in the shot put and discus as the Rams finished second in both boys and girls divisions during a track and field meet Wednesday at Kelly. Valle Catholic won both the boys and the girls divisions...
Murray St. pitcher gears up for a key late-season stretch (05/01/03)
At 6-foot-7, Central graduate and Murray State senior Craig Ringwald has quite a presence on the mound. And while that presence helped Central to a district title in 1996 and Three Rivers Community College to a 50-10 record and a No. 8 national ranking in 1999, Ringwald's first year with the Racers was not a smashing success...
AP repeats as OVC golf champ; Southeast eighth (05/01/03)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University finished a disappointing Ohio Valley Conference men's golf tournament Wednesday by placing eighth among nine teams. The Indians ended the three-day, 54-hole event at the Country Club of Paducah with a 929 total after Wednesday's 309...
Indians' ninth-inning lead slips away; No. 24 MU wins (05/01/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State University's Indians were within one strike of beating 24th-ranked Missouri Wednesday night. But Ryan Rallo's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs capped a five-run rally by the Tigers, who stunned the Indians 11-10...
SIU coach heads north to IU (05/01/03)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bruce Weber became the 16th men's basketball coach at the University of Illinois Wednesday, returning to the Big Ten after five seasons at Southern Illinois. "I am honored and humbled to be named the coach here," Weber said. "It's a tremendous honor."...
Leoni gets intense with a 'sheer sport' (05/01/03)
Abbie Leoni says her husband, Ed, is a 50-year-old in a 30-year-old's body. "That's an accurate assessment," Ed says. What makes it true? Take a triathlon and change the swim to a 6-mile canoe ride, flip the road run to an 8-mile run upstream, take your bike and equip it with maps and clues to help you find your way through a city, then head for a 20-mile ride on a path as narrow as the bike itself. ...
Progress on new track nears finish line (05/01/03)
He's in jail. He's bankrupt. His property was repossessed. Keith Adamson said he's heard all the rumors about why his new Poplar Bluff Speedway -- a 3/8-mile dirt oval track originally planned to be open late last fall, then by the end of April -- still isn't ready...
MacCubbin, Kuba finish event strong (05/01/03)
Ron MacCubbin and Kyle Kuba of the Southeast Missouri State University bodybuilding team had a big showing in the Mid-Illinois Fitness and Figure Championships on April 12. MacCubbin won the lightweight novice class, and Kuba finished third in the teenage division...
Cards find relief in weary Mets (05/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Once again, New York Mets pitchers got battered. Albert Pujols homered twice and Eli Marrero and Fernando Vina also connected, leading Woody Williams and the Cardinals to a 13-4 victory Wednesday night. Edgar Renteria drove in three runs, giving him seven RBIs in two games, as the Cardinals followed up Tuesday night's 13-3 romp over the Mets by routing them again...
Busch, finally 18, ready for debut (05/01/03)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. yle Busch is finally turning 18, and all he wants is a new stock car and to establish his own identity. He'll get both wishes -- a year and a half behind schedule. NASCAR put the brakes on his career in December 2001 by implementing an age minimum of 18 for competitors in its top three series. Busch, the younger brother of NASCAR sensation Kurt Busch, will get the green flag to go racing again on Friday, when he celebrates his birthday...
Cards' bullpen struggles costly in sluggish start (05/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Boy, the Cardinals could really use Jason Isringhausen right about now. The rebuilt bullpen is largely to blame for the team's slow start as April wound down. After Wednesday night's defeat of the New York Mets, the Cardinals remained 1-7 in one-run games, blew three ninth-inning leads and have lost five times in the opposition's final at-bat...
Steering clear of drafting 'too smart' (05/01/03)
Now there's further proof that it's possible to think too long and hard about the draft. The psychological test the New York Giants give prospective draft choices totals 380 questions. That's four or five times more than the tests most other teams use and nearly eight times as many questions asked during the standard Wonderlic intelligence test given to every potential draftee...
Area digest 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
May, Brown win weekly Chip-A-Ways golf event Glendella May won the Class A competition in the weekly Chip-A-Ways golf event Tuesday. Carol Brown won the Class B competition. Mary Van Cleve won the low putts award. Shirley Glastetter had the play of the day...
FanFare 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Colorado Rockies pitcher Todd Jones apologized to the organization and his teammates Wednesday for his recent anti-gay remarks, but he didn't back off what he said. In an entertainment story in The Denver Post on Sunday, Jones said he would not want to have a gay teammate and that gays should not go around flaunting their sexuality...
  • Some medical Web sites are more reliable than others (05/01/03)
    DANVILLE, Ill. -- Lucy Webb knows people are out there searching the Web for health information. She just wants them to be getting good information. Her wish led her recently to present "Surf Your Way to Good Health," a seminar sponsored by Provena United Good Samaritans Medical Center...
    Parents struggle to expand testing for newborn babies (05/01/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Debra Gara held 9-month-old Cristal in her arms, singing her to sleep, and then dozed off herself. An hour later, she awoke with a start to find her baby ice-cold and not breathing. An autopsy diagnosed a rare metabolic disease, one treatable if Cristal's parents had known -- and one of more than 40 genetic and metabolic disorders that can be diagnosed easily at birth...
    Health calendar 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
    Today Infant Massage from 8 to 10 a.m. in the conference room at the Healing Arts Center. The course costs $25. For information, call the St. Francis Education Center at 331-5107. Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cape Senior Center, sponsored by Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Morning on the Mississippi (05/01/03)
    May 1, 2003 Dear Pat, I was awakened Saturday morning by a phone call from DC. She was at her parents' house. In half an hour, she and her mother were supposed to begin leading tours at a restored 1883 Victorian called the Glenn House. The American Queen, a riverboat that had just docked, was unloading people looking for history...
    Robert Bradley (05/01/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Robert Lee Bradley, 72, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Lincoln, Ill., son of George and Gertrude Martin Bradley. He married Marie Cleveland. Bradley was a painter. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert and Cody Bradley of Jonesboro; two daughters, Sandra Smith of Marion, Ill., Rochelle Hickam of Jonesboro; a sister, Charlene Dowell of Lincoln; two brothers, William and Herb Bradley of Lincoln; and 10 grandchildren...
    Dora Staats (05/01/03)
    ARBOR, Mo. -- Dora Lee Staats, 81, of Farmington, Mo., died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. She was born Nov. 11, 1921, at Arbor, daughter of Eugene and Mary Fife Cook. She and Homer F. Staats were married Aug. 31, 1937, at Marble Hill, Mo...
    Rev. John Zimmerman (05/01/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Rev. John F. Zimmerman, 94, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at St. Mary's of the Barrens Seminary. He was born Sept. 18, 1908, in Chicago, son of John Frederick and Kathryne Veronica Murray Zimmerman. Zimmerman received his doctorate and license from Pont University St. Thomas/Angelicum in Rome, Italy...
    Margaret Holder (05/01/03)
    Margaret Bridgett Holder, 88, of Scott City died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 8, 1914, in East St. Louis, Ill., daughter of Sidney Fost and Rose Phillips Johnston. She and Ardell Anthony Holder were married Dec. 13, 1933, at Fornfelt. He died June 30, 1963...
    Calvin DeWeese (05/01/03)
    Calvin M. "Mote" DeWeese, 74, of Moberly, Mo., died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo. He was born July 19, 1928, in Clarence, Mo., son of Ambrose and Rita Mote DeWeese. He and Kathleen Stoner were married July 16, 1948, at Moberly...
    Lisa Mitchell (05/01/03)
    Lisa Gaye Fraser Mitchell came into this world Jan. 13, 1959. Cancer took her from us April 22, 2003, while home in Millersville with husband, Daniel J. Mitchell, and her youngest son, Daniel J. Mitchell II. Her parents, Orville and Clara Fraser, preceded her in death...
    Silas Dohogne (05/01/03)
    Silas Joseph Dohogne, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 21, 1924, at Kelso, Mo., son of Leo and Louisa Diebold Dohogne. He and Mary Belle Roth were married Feb. 23, 1946, in Cape Girardeau...
    Births 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
    Kooyer Daughter to Brendon John and Jessica Lynne Kooyer of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:17 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003. Name, Alyssa Grace. Weight, 7 pounds 10 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Kooyer is the daughter of Lolita Hayes and John and Debby Stroup of Jackson. She is employed at Union Planters Bank. Kooyer is the son of Maureen Kooyer of Scott City, and the late Don Kooyer. He is employed by Drury Industries...
    Cape fire report 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, May 1 Firefighters responded to the following items Tuesday: At 5:54 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1527 Water. At 6:38 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1701 Lacey. At 6:57 p.m., power lines down at 199 E. Cape Rock Drive.Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday:...
    Cape/Jackson police report 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, May 1 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Martha Ellen Glastetter, 47, of 37 Crestview, Benton, Mo., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing. Stephen Lamar Hempstead, 22, of 906 Ranney, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while revoked, careless and imprudent driving, failure to stop and failure to use signal...
    Out of the past 5/1/03 (05/01/03)
    10 years ago: May 1, 1993 Southeast Missouri State University plans to take over operation of gymnastics program for youths under plan approved by board of regents; Regent Ann Dombrowski of Cape Girardeau cast lone dissenting vote, arguing that university was, in effect, acquiring private business operated by university gymnastics coach Bill Hopkins and competing with private gymnastics ventures in Perryville and Sikeston...
    Rebuilding of Iraq is U.S. thrust now (05/01/03)
    From the deck of an aircraft carrier, President Bush is expected to address the nation tonight to say that major combat in Iraq has ended. That's good news for the U.S. soldiers who have been involved in fierce fighting and family members back home who have been worried about them...
    Storm season is time to get serious (05/01/03)
    The folks of Marble Hill can tell you how destructive tornadoes can be. April 28 marked the one-year anniversary of the tornado that ravaged a wide swath near that community, killing a 12-year-old boy, injuring 16 people and destroying six homes. Residents of the area are still picking up the pieces, literally and psychologically...
    U.S. deficits endanger state, federal programs (05/01/03)
    To the editor: Two and a half years ago, the national debate was on how to spend the national surplus. Now, with record deficits, the debate is centered on which programs should be sacrificed in order to fund the next round of tax cuts to benefit the billionaires of America who can then invest their savings in offshore tax shelters...
    Speak Out A 05/01/03 (05/01/03)
    Churches too big TWENTY-TWO years ago, my husband joined the church I belonged to here in Cape. In those years the only thing they have asked of us is how much money we can give. There was no one from this church when my husband's father passed away, no one from this church when my parents passed away. ...
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