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Stories from Friday, May 9, 2003

Alumni center at Southeast on hold (05/09/03)
Southeast Missouri State University still can't afford to build a new alumni center more than 14 months after breaking ground, school officials say. For more on this story, read Saturday's Southeast Missourian.
Artifacts 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
'Music Through the Years' at The Ice in Cape "Music Through the Years," an ice show featuring local skaters and national competitors, will be presented Saturday at The Ice at Plaza Galleria, 2001 Independence in Cape Girardeau. Five-time national competitor Sara Booth, former Disney on Ice performer Philip Patterson and junior national ice dance skater Casey Bauer also will perform...
Power back in Jackson; cleanup aid still needed (05/09/03)
Jackson life inched toward normalcy Thursday, with all but 30 houses regaining power, cleared streets reopening to traffic and most children returning to school. They're awaiting word on whether Cape Girardeau County will be declared part of a federal disaster area, opening the way for temporary housing and debris cleanup grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. ...
Tuesday's tornado was near repeat of 1923 cyclone at Jackson (05/09/03)
Though few people today could possibly recall it, Tuesday's tornado was not the first time the heart of Jackson was ripped apart by a fury of wind. Eighty years have passed but the story was much the same then as it was this week. A tornado devastated the town March 11, 1923, destroying homes, businesses and churches. The descriptions reported by the Southeast Missourian of that cyclone's path and its aftermath are eerily similar to Tuesday's storm...
Historic Reynolds House gets on endangered list (05/09/03)
Cape Girardeau's run-down Reynolds House has landed on a Missouri preservation group's Ten Most Endangered Properties List for 2003. Missouri Preservation, a statewide, nonprofit group, annually identifies structures in deteriorating condition that need to be preserved...
Tornado-struck family adjusting to altered lives (05/09/03)
Residents of Jackson have seen what a tornado can do to a house, a doughnut shop, a school gymnasium and a dog training business. News photographs and video clips show a tornado can do to a building what a lawnmower does to a paper cup. But a tornado can do similar damage to people's plans and routines...
Lawmakers near completion of state budget (05/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The process of sending a nearly $19 billion state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year entered the home stretch Thursday with the spending plan for now at least $200 million out of balance. The House of Representatives and Senate began the final debate on the various appropriations bills after a negotiating team worked out differences between the budget proposals both chambers previously had passed...
Holden praises Truman in rare speech to House (05/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden marked Harry S. Truman's 119th birthday Thursday with a rare speech before the Missouri House in which he drew parallels between himself and the nation's 33rd president. During his last appearance before the House -- for his State of the State address in January -- the Democratic governor evoked the Democratic president's "Fair Deal" policies by dubbing his own budget plan the "Fair Share Budget."...
Massachusetts may sell naming rights to parks, forests (05/09/03)
BOSTON -- With the state facing a $3 billion deficit, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering selling corporate sponsors the naming rights to parks and forests, including the Walden Woods immortalized by Henry David Thoreau. Some big-city mayors around the country have considered similar proposals, but Massachusetts would be the first state to pass such a law...
Security becoming a factor in college selection (05/09/03)
Academics, cost, lifestyle. And this spring, as parents and high school seniors have considered which college to choose, another factor has been gaining more attention -- crime on campus. "We certainly feel morally responsible, when we advise students, to point out that safety is part of the picture," Connecticut education consultant Marcia Rubinstien said, "just as much as finding a curriculum that's good for you and an ambiance that suits you."...
Bush meets backers of new U.N. initiative (05/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush welcomed a raft of international supporters of the U.S.-led war in Iraq to the White House Thursday as his administration prepared to engage in another U.N. showdown over its postwar goals for the country. Bush had breakfast with one of his Iraq backers, lunch with another and spent the afternoon with half a dozen more...
Alleged Chinese double agent indicted (05/09/03)
LOS ANGELES -- A federal grand jury Thursday indicted alleged Chinese double agent Katrina Leung on charges that she illegally took, copied and kept secret documents obtained from an FBI agent who was her chief contact and alleged lover. The five-count indictment, however, did not charge Leung, 49, with espionage. She has been jailed without bond since her April 9 arrest...
Stem cell research lines limited (05/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- Only 11 human stem cell lines are available for research, far fewer than originally estimated, the director of the National Institutes of Health reports. The finding led to a call for lifting the restriction that President Bush placed on stem cell research...
Audio experts fail to solve mystery gap on Nixon tape (05/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- What was recorded during the 18 1/2-minute gap on one of President Nixon's tapes will remain a mystery -- at least for now. The National Archives says audio experts were unable to recapture intelligible sounds from test tapes that simulated the recording...
Lawmakers work to speed dollars to Missouri, Kansas (05/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- When officials say they will help tornado-wrecked communities recover with federal aid, that can mean money for a place to live, home repairs, medical expenses or even the cost of a funeral service and burial. When President Bush issued federal disaster declarations earlier this week for Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee, he granted access to a range of programs handled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency...
Old enough to know better by 26 (05/09/03)
The law may imply that you're a grown-up when you're old enough to vote, serve in the military or drink legally. But most Americans really think adulthood begins at age 26, according to a new study from the University of Chicago. The study said most people don't consider a person grown up until they finish school, get a full-time job and start raising a family...
People talk 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
Former '007' doing well after collapse NEW YORK -- Roger Moore, the suave star of seven James Bond movies, was recovering in a hospital Thursday after collapsing during a Broadway performance. Moore, 75, was diagnosed as suffering from exhaustion and dehydration after fainting during a Wednesday matinee performance of the comedy "The Play What I Wrote," said Jerry Pam, the English actor's agent in the United States...
Flooding hits residents around Southern region (05/09/03)
Some of the heaviest rainfall in more than a century swamped parts of the South with flooding Thursday, forcing hundreds of people to flee homes and businesses in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Some 300 people left West Point, Ga., 75 miles southwest of Atlanta, as the Chattahoochee River rose toward its highest level since at least 1961...
Climber who amputated own arm describes ordeal (05/09/03)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Aron Ralston described how he did the unthinkable -- cutting off his own arm to save his life -- on Thursday in his first meeting with reporters since he walked, bloody and dehydrated, out of a remote Utah canyon. "I'm not sure how I handled it," the mechanical engineer-turned-adventurer said, the stump of his right arm in a sling. "I felt pain and I coped with it. I moved on."...
Senate votes to add seven European nations to NATO (05/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to support adding seven eastern European nations to NATO, hailing the shift of former communist states into free-market democracies allied with the United States and Western Europe. "This is historic for these seven countries, vital in continuing to strengthen the North Atlantic alliance and central to U.S. security and relationships in the world," said Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind...
Oklahoma City storm destroys 300 homes (05/09/03)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A tornado swept through Oklahoma City on Thursday, flattening hundreds of homes and scattering cars and mobile homes across the landscape. Strong winds also tore off roofs in eastern Kansas, and may have been the cause of a train derailment there...
Train collides with bus carrying tourists in Hungary, killing 3 (05/09/03)
SIOFOK, Hungary -- A passenger train sliced into a double-decker bus in Hungary on Thursday, killing at least 33 people, all German tourists on the bus. Five other people were injured in what Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy called one of the worst traffic accidents in Hungary...
WHO - SARS death rate about double previous estimates (05/09/03)
LONDON -- The overall death rate from SARS worldwide is about 15 percent -- double previous estimates -- according to the first in-depth global analysis by the World Health Organization. Officials at the U.N. health agency said Thursday the calculation indicates the disease is more dangerous, particularly in the elderly, than experts had thought. More than half of SARS patients over 65 are dying...
Iraqis battle long lines, frustration in daily search for gas (05/09/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- When Salah Alwiha got to the gas station, the line snaked around the block. Seven hours later, when he finally pushed his car to the front, the news was enough to make him scream: The pumps were empty. Although Iraq has the world's second-largest proven oil reserves after Saudi Arabia, residents of this chaotic capital are spending long, sweaty hours in the hammering sun every day in a frustrating -- and often futile -- search for fuel...
Resolution has U.S., Britain running Iraq -- for now (05/09/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States and Britain launched a campaign Thursday for U.N. approval to run Iraq for at least a year, acknowledging for the first time that they are the "occupying powers" in the country. The long-awaited U.S. draft resolution, to be introduced at the U.N. Security Council on Friday, outlines a U.S. vision for postwar Iraq sharply at odds with that of several Security Council members, particularly Russia...
U.S. - Iran has nuclear weapons program in place (05/09/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- Concerned that Iran may be running a nuclear weapons program, the United States is pushing for U.N. action against Tehran, diplomats said Thursday. Washington is specifically seeking a declaration from the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has violated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which it has signed, according to diplomats familiar with the agency...
Spy photo shows North Korea may be reprocessing fuel rods (05/09/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States has given South Korea a satellite photograph showing smoke coming from a North Korean nuclear facility, a possible sign the communist nation has started reprocessing spent fuel rods, a South Korean official said Thursday...
Czech brewery claims win over Anheuser-Busch (05/09/03)
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar claimed victory over its rival, St. Louis-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch, in two European countries in the latest rounds of their worldwide trademark battle. The national patent office in Portugal accepted Budejovicky Budvar's objections to Anheuser-Busch patent applications for the "Budweiser" and "Budweiser King of Beers" trademarks, the Czech company said in a statement released Wednesday...
French leaders mark WWII anniversary (05/09/03)
PARIS -- French President Jacques Chirac marked the 58th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Thursday to honor those who died fighting. Chirac was joined at the monument, which is at the foot of the Arc de Triomph, by Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe...
Israeli missile strike kills Hamas militant (05/09/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel killed a senior Hamas fugitive in a missile attack in northern Gaza Thursday, in a clear signal that it would not wait for a promised Palestinian crackdown on militants. The missile strike killed Iyad al-Baeck, 30, and was similar to dozens of others in 31 months of Palestinian-Israeli violence. It was carried out despite the coming arrival of Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is trying to persuade both sides to take up an international peace plan...
Court clears engineers of criminal charges (05/09/03)
HANOVER, Germany -- A court on Thursday dismissed charges against three engineers accused of negligence in Germany's worst train crash, which killed 101 people and injured 105. The dismissal followed an April 28 finding by the court that there was not enough evidence to convict the men of negligent homicide and bodily harm. Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday agreed with the court's proposal and the men were cleared of criminal wrongdoing but ordered to pay fines of $11,360 each...
Woman guilty of running migrant smuggling ring (05/09/03)
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- A Nicaraguan woman was found guilty Thursday on charges of running a vast smuggling ring that helped thousands of illegal South American migrants pass through Nicaragua and on to the United States. Enma Urania Laguna Maldonado and two other Nicaraguans, Denis Eladio Diaz Arauz and Rene Montenegro Blandon, were convicted in Chinandega, 60 miles west of Managua, the capital...
Oran nips Chaffee on 7th-inning hit (05/09/03)
Tyler Cookson drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Oran beat Chaffee 4-3 at home. After a one out double from Ryne Wood, Cookson got his only hit of the game when he lined a ball off of the right-center field fence to end the game...
Class 3 district golf meet postponed (05/09/03)
The Class 3, District 1 golf tournament scheduled for Thursday was postponed until Monday due to damage sustained at Bent Creek Golf Course in a tornado earlier this week. The 11-team district will tee off at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Bent Creek opened its back nine for play on Thursday after sustaining damage to seven holes on the front nine in Tuesday night's storm. Bent Creek co-owner Mike Litzelfelner said all 18 holes may be open by today and everything should be back to normal by the weekend...
Otahkians stay alive in OVC tourney (05/09/03)
Southeast defeats Austin Peay before losing to top-seeded Tennessee Tech. Southeast Missourian COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- After sliding by No. 5 Austin Peay in its opening game of the Ohio Valley Conference softball tournament Thursday, Southeast Missouri State University was shut out 4-0 by top-seeded host Tennessee Tech in the nightcap...
Davis eager to team up with his father (05/09/03)
Southeast assistant will be part of father-son coaching tandem at Drake University. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian As much as he wanted to help Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball get back to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference, a rare opportunity to coach under his father was something Keno Davis simply could not pass up...
Old names at top of new tournament (05/09/03)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The tournament is new, not the guys leading it. Fred Couples and Nick Price helped get the Wachovia Championship off to a smashing start Thursday, each posting a 6-under 66 on a Quail Hollow course that left most players wondering if the U.S. Open had moved to May...
Is the champion on the ropes? (05/09/03)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant loves a challenge -- always has, always will. Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers have overcome every obstacle in their way since Phil Jackson was hired to coach them in 1999. The three-time defending NBA champions have never had a challenge like this...
Reds lower the Boone on Redbirds (05/09/03)
Aaron Boone blasts three home runs to help Reds complete sweep with 8-6 victory. By Joe Kay ~ The Associated Press CINCINNATI -- Aaron Boone won't waste any time analyzing his home-run binge. He'd rather savor the results than look for the reasons...
Attracting native bees - The pollination payoff (05/09/03)
Even though I explained why I was drilling holes into logs, my wife was sure I had lost it. It didn't help matters that the logs were in a brush pile and that I was taking time from other house hold chores. To make things worse, I wanted solitary bees to use the holes and expected zero honey payment in return. There are definite benefits to native bees; unfortunately my wife was stumbling on the insanity of attracting stinging insects...
Hunters bag 28,991 turkeys in first week (05/09/03)
Department of Conservation JEFFERSON CITY -- Hunters bagged 28,991 turkeys during the first week of Missouri's 21-day spring turkey season. That is fewer than the first-week harvest record set in 2000, but more than last year. Texas County led state harvest totals with 690 birds killed, followed by Laclede County with 620 and Howell County with 604. Central Missouri had the largest regional harvest, with 4,360 birds. In Southeast Missouri 2,974 turkeys were taken...
Jordan may be office material this time (05/09/03)
The last time someone in charge of a basketball team sent him packing, Michael Jordan was a high school sophomore. He set out that afternoon to make sure the man who cut him would one day be remembered mostly as the answer to a trivia question -- and succeeded. (Clifton "Pop" Herring, Laney High.)...
FanFare 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • The District of Columbia proposed a $338 million package Thursday in an effort to persuade baseball owners to move the Expos to the nation's capital. The plan includes $275 million for a new ballpark and $15 million to renovate RFK Stadium, where the team would play until a new stadium is ready...
  • Rugged new SUV by Honda comes with all the bells and whistles (05/09/03)
    Anyone who's taken a chemistry class knows an element is a substance that cannot be reduced into a simpler substance by chemical means. An element is about as simple as it gets. So when I picked up Honda's funky new SUV from Wieser Honda in Cape Girardeau for this review, I had a few preconceptions...
    Mazda 6 packs punch (05/09/03)
    srobertson This vehicle could well be one of the best-handling cars ever. Those of you old enough to remember the 1960s recall that horsepower ruled in those days. We didn't know what a "sound system" was. Back then, great sound came from a set of dual exhausts with glass packs -- not a bunch of electronic gear. ...
    Maximum power vs. maximum life (05/09/03)
    Dear Tom and Ray: I hope you can help settle an issue between me and my psychoanalyst husband. It's about how to drive my 1993 Saturn SL2. My hubby went out and bought a BMW motorcycle this past spring. Since then, he's announced that we've been driving the Saturn wrong for the past 10 years. ...
    Mea culpa - How could I be so wrong? (05/09/03)
    What's this? The mailbag is overflowing again? I know some of you letter writers -- both of you -- wonder why I take so long to respond to your queries and concerns. Let me explain: I have my priorities. That, and my folder labeled "Column fodder" is mysteriously empty. How did that happen?...
    Pair of Goyas found by accident fetch $4 million at auction (05/09/03)
    MADRID, Spain -- Two small paintings by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya that caught an art expert's eye by chance have been auctioned for $2 million apiece. The Spanish government quickly snapped them up following the Thursday auction by matching the bids, exercising its right to acquire historic artworks under laws governing Spain's cultural heritage...
    Howling with 'Sylvia' (05/09/03)
    Lots of owners tell their dogs to speak, but the Sylvia in "Sylvia" really is quite fluent in English. In reality of this play nobody thinks there's anything unusual about that, certainly not Sylvia. Those who do and those who don't love dogs will recognize themselves on stage in the River City Players' new production. Everybody who can laugh at themselves and suspend their disbelief for an hour and a half is almost guaranteed a wonderful time...
    Let's eat out 5/9 (05/09/03)
    When friends asked what restaurant I was reviewing this week, I replied "The N'Orleans." "Oooo, Rhon, that's a fancy-schmancy, high-faluntin' place," they said. Now, mind you, these people are of good character, fun, warm and of high intelligence, but when they hear the words "fine dining" (where eating with utensils is a requirement, not an option), they become possessed by a tribal agrarian ancestor, "Farmer Fred." You know the one. ...
    Everybody's a critic - ' X2 - X-Men United' (05/09/03)
    Four stars (out of 4) "X Men 2" lives up to the hype and anticipation of the release of this sequel. Most of the characters return from the first film based on the Marvel comic book series. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon and the theater was full. ...
    Fleetwood Mac regroups for new episode (05/09/03)
    NEW YORK -- Seven years ago when guitarist Lindsey Buckingham began working on a solo album, he was confronted by a cold reality: His record company had no interest in a Lindsey Buckingham solo album. A Fleetwood Mac album, however, was a different story...
    Pauline Gunn (05/09/03)
    Pauline Gladys Gunn, 77, of Pekin, Ill., died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Pekin Hospital. She was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charles Paul and Gladys Whitticre Blank. She and Joe White Gunn were married Dec. 20, 1944, in Cape Girardeau...
    Stephen Kohn (05/09/03)
    GRAND CHAIN, Ill. -- Stephen Mark Kohn, 53, of Grand Chain died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, from storm-related injuries. He was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Chicago, son of Joseph and Deana Bloom Kohn. He married Julie Clark. Kohn was a teacher 15 years at Cairo Public Schools in Cairo, Ill. He was a member of Illinois Education Association and Cairo Teachers Association...
    Mildred Heisserer (05/09/03)
    Mildred Heisserer, 85, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was from Oran, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran.
    Gilbert LeGrand (05/09/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Gilbert Henry LeGrand, 79, of Benton died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 27, 1923, at New Hamburg, Mo., son of William A. and Lucy Grojean LeGrand. He and Mildred LeGrand were married Oct. 24, 1944, at Benton...
    Virgie Banks (05/09/03)
    HAYWOOD CITY, Mo. -- Virgie Lee "Sister" Banks, 83, of Haywood City died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Forrest City, Ark., daughter of Tommie and Julie Caruthers Sims. She and Rogers Banks were married in December 1941. He died in August 1960...
    Elwood Mouser (05/09/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Elwood Mouser, 77, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at his home, following an illness. He was born March 21, 1926, near Hahn, Mo., son of Hobert and Rosetta Davis Mouser. He and Virginia Lee Steward were married April 17, 1954, at Zalma, Mo...
    Helen Reiker (05/09/03)
    Helen Catherine Reiker, 91, of Fresno, Calif., died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Nazareth House in Fresno. She was born Sept. 24, 1911, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charles Augustus and Nadine Nazaria Wahl Reiker. Helen grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated with the first graduating class at the former St. Mary's High School. She was a 1938 cum laude graduate of St. Louis University, and received an MSW from Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work...
    Diane Rowland (05/09/03)
    Diane L. Rowland, 40, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2003, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends may call Monday after 4:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. Funeral Mass will follow at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, a Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. at Cotrell Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo., followed by visitation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A graveside committal service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Poplar Bluff...
    Births 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
    Smith Son to Joe and Lisa Kay Smith of McClure, Ill., St. Francis Medical Center, 5:38 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003. Name, Dustin Bryce. Weight, 3 pounds 1 ounce. Second son. Mrs. Smith is the former Lisa Held, daughter of Roger and Dianna Held of McClure. Smith is the son of Joe Smith of Jonesboro, Ill., and Barbara Timi of Fort Scott, Kan. He is a mechanic at Delta Express Inc...
    Cape fire report 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
    FIRE Cape Girardeau Friday, May 9 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following item:
  • At 8:32 p.m., smoke detector sounding at 912 S. Benton. Firefighters responded Thursday to the following item:
  • At 7:33 a.m., emergency medical service at 27 N. Park...
  • Cape/Jackson police reports 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, May 9 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI A person was placed in custody Wednesday pending the filing of formal charges for driving while intoxicated, driving without headlights and without a valid license...
    Out of the past 5/9/03 (05/09/03)
    10 years ago: May 9, 1993 New painting by Bill Needle is unveiled and dedicated during morning worship service at First Presbyterian Church; title of canvas painting is "Christ Lives" and incorporates scenes from Gospel of John; also during service, new liturgical banner is displayed for first time...
    Most of Baghdad's treasures are safe (05/09/03)
    The case of the missing artifacts at the Baghdad National Museum is an example of how information can become a weapon in the war of ideology when the fighting with real bullets and bombs achieves a level of success unthinkable to naysayers. Opponents of the U.S. ...
    Bush's ride in jet fighter was symbolic (05/09/03)
    Even the landing of a Navy jet carrying President Bush to a homeward-bound aircraft carrier couldn't escape the barbs of his critics. The president used the occasion of his visit to the carrier to announce the end of major combat operations in Iraq, saying, "The United States and our allies have prevailed."...
    Grandson, 13, keeps family calm during tornado (05/09/03)
    To the editor: My daughter and grandchildren live in Jackson. I received word Tuesday night that their apartment building had been in the direct path of the tornado. I immediately called and discovered they were all OK, with the exception of the family vehicle...
    Police helped make event the best ever (05/09/03)
    To the editor: I want to thank the Cape Girardeau Police Department for its generous cooperation during our Good Friday Way of the Cross gathering. The department provided several officers who exhibited courtesy and diligent help as we journeyed through our historic downtown area. Their professionalism helped make our event the best one yet...
    'Spam' evolved from sketch by Monty Python (05/09/03)
    To the editor: Regarding the etymology of "spam": Anyone who has been in the business for a long time knows that "spam" as applied to unwanted bulk e-mail comes from the Monty Python "Spam" sketch, where everything in a restaurant has Spam in it and Vikings are singing "Spam" continuously. Early Internet users (mostly geeks like me) watched Monty Python a lot...
    Cape, Jackson need to explore warning system (05/09/03)
    To the editor: Spring is here, and so is the tornado season. Cape Girardeau once again escaped the tragedy that others experienced May 4. Why do Cape Girardeau and Jackson not have storm-warning systems? I remember Cape Girardeau considered a system many years ago, but it was decided that it wasn't feasible for whatever reason. This is a system that could save countless injuries and possibly many lives...
    Speak Out A 05/09/03 (05/09/03)
    Small is good WHEN WE moved to Jackson, we found out our daughter would be attending school at the Gordonville Attendance Center. On our first visit, I was not impressed with it being a small school. I only took a few days to realize this school was going to provide my daughter an opportunity to have a smaller class and more attention from her teacher. ...
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