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Stories from Wednesday, June 18, 2003

I-66 hearing attracts large crowd to Ullin (06/18/03)
ULLIN, Ill. -- A Cape Girardeau industrial recruitment group will spend $30,000 to lobby Congress to bring a proposed Interstate 66 across Southern Illinois to Cape Girardeau even as the region's residents debate the merits of such a route. About 400 supporters and opponents of an Illinois route showed up to voice their views at an Illinois Department of Transportation meeting on Tuesday at Shawnee Community College at Ullin, Ill...
Witnesses testify against Cape officer (06/18/03)
A Cape Girardeau narcotics officer paid for sexual acts with city dollars, hid drugs in his locker and falsified receipts to steal at least $746 in money meant for undercover drug buys, witnesses testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Paul Tipler, 35, was fired from the Cape Girardeau Police Department in December after internal and Missouri State Highway Patrol investigations...
Liquor Control cuts threaten enforcement (06/18/03)
The closing of Southeast Missouri's Division of Liquor Control office Monday, along with slashing the agency's staff positions by nearly half, may have grave effects on the division's ability to enforce, educate and administrate, the former district supervisor said Tuesday...
Commercial fireworks purchases now require permit from ATF (06/18/03)
A new law aimed at preventing terrorism wants to stop the rockets' red glare from being ignited by the wrong hands. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives now requires that anyone wanting to purchase commercial-size fireworks to have a permit from the ATF...
Bluff man gets third trial for 1996 murders (06/18/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former death row inmate will get a third chance to convince a jury that he is innocent of the 1996 murders of two New Madrid County women. For the second time, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed Cecil Barriner's first-degree murder convictions and accompanying capital sentences, citing errors at trial...
Bond set in Parma murder case (06/18/03)
Standard Democrat NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Bond was set at $1 million each for a man and woman charged in the death of a Parma, Mo., man. Rebecca S. Pride, 41, of Catron, Mo., and Cory J. Pride, 19, of Sikeston, Mo., were arraignedMonday on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action...
Country songwriter to be guest player at Jackson band concert (06/18/03)
Country singer/songwriter Mark Rees will be the special guest when the Jackson Municipal Band presents its weekly concert Thursday. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the band shell in Jackson City Park. A 1977 graduate of Jackson High School, Rees played in the Rees Family Band while growing up and later on in the Santa Cruz Band...
Appeals court takes detour from routine in Perryville (06/18/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- For one day only, the Perry County Courthouse became one of the highest courts in the state. On Tuesday, six visiting judges from the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District heard 12 Southeast Missouri cases. This was the first time the court has appeared in Perryville. It started making trips from St. Louis to Southeast Missouri in 1981, mainly to Cape Girardeau, and has come back every year since...
Jackson Jaycees prepare for safer Fourth of July (06/18/03)
Last July Fourth, Jaycees member Donnie Glueck saw what was going to happen before it actually did. The wooden loading racks were tipped toward a crowd of people across the lake, and he knew the fireworks were headed their way. But there was nothing he could do...
State panel OKs bonds for River Campus (06/18/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state panel on Tuesday authorized the sale of $31.6 million in bonds to finance construction of Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The Missouri Development Finance Board, which met in St. Louis, also renewed $1 million in tax credits intended to spur private donations to the university for the project...
Club news 6/18/03 (06/18/03)
Cape County FCE The Cape Girardeau County FCE Council meeting was held June 5 at the new Cape Girardeau County Education Center in Jackson. President Ruth Pohlman presided. Mary Gosche, human development specialist, reported that the leader training program was a success. Forty FCE members attended the session. A program on "Dining with Diabetics" will be held soon...
Court rejects 'alienation of affection' law (06/18/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians can no longer sue a person for stealing their spouse's love, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The case stemmed from a relationship between David Helsel, of St. Joseph, and his chiropractor, Sivi Noellsch. Helsel's wife, Katherine, claimed the relationship started before he filed for divorce...
State lawmakers reach deal, pass revised budget package (06/18/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers passed a revised budget Tuesday that could provide a little more money for education and nursing homes, and spare from cuts some medical programs for the poor, elderly and disabled. The budget relies on an influx of federal money -- not the tax increases and other new revenue proposed by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden when he called lawmakers into a special session...
Region digest 06/18/03 (06/18/03)
Union Pacific donates historic railroad depot POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Union Pacific Railroad has donated the old Missouri-Pacific Depot building and the historic steps leading from the building to Main Street to a Poplar Bluff organization that plans to renovate it and put it to use...
Store manager charged with arson in fatal blaze (06/18/03)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Family Dollar manager was charged Tuesday with setting the fire at his discount store that killed two Memphis firefighters. Anthony Paul Shaw, 21, of Memphis is accused of starting the fire in an attempt to cover up a theft of several thousand dollars. If convicted as charged, he would faces life in prison or death...
Vehicles without side air bags perform poorly in new tests (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- Small sport utility vehicles performed poorly overall in the first side-impact crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Only two received the highest rating, and most were rated "poor." Some automakers indicated the results, released Tuesday, will lead to changes in vehicle design. General Motors Corp. said it already has added the Insurance Institute's crash test to the tests it regularly performs...
Officials charged with stealing Dali sketch from jail (06/18/03)
NEW YORK -- Four Rikers Island jail workers were charged Tuesday with stealing a Salvador Dali sketch worth an estimated $250,000 from a locked display case in the jail's lobby. Two assistant deputy wardens and two corrections officers were charged with grand larceny and could get up to 15 years in prison. ...
Woman pronounced dead after amateur fight (06/18/03)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A woman died Tuesday after being pummeled in an amateur boxing bout, and police opened an investigation into the fight. "We are trying to determine the criminality of it," police spokesman Jay Frank said. Stacy Young, 30, suffered swelling and bleeding in the brain during Saturday night's Toughman bout...
Southern Baptists try to convince gays to reject 'lifestyle' (06/18/03)
PHOENIX -- The Southern Baptist Convention announced a new initiative Tuesday to convince gays that they can become heterosexual if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their "sinful, destructive lifestyle." At the denomination's annual meeting, leaders urged their more than 42,000 churches nationwide to reach out compassionately to gays with a message about how Christianity can save them...
No cigarettes inside bars means crowds of smokers outside (06/18/03)
NEW YORK -- Eleven weeks after the city snuffed out smoking in bars and restaurants, few people are lighting up inside. Instead, many smokers have taken the party to the street, annoying neighbors with noise, litter and clouds of smoke. On Manhattan's Lower East Side, the sidewalks that years ago were lined with sleeping drunks are now clogged with packs of smokers who flock to the trendy neighborhood bars that popped up after the area got a facelift...
Soldier worried about attacks on Muslims (06/18/03)
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- A U.S. soldier accused in a deadly grenade attack on his comrades in Kuwait said he did it because he believed American troops were going to rape and kill Muslims, an investigator testified Tuesday. Staff Sgt. David Maier, an agent with the Criminal Investigation Division, testified at a hearing convened to determine if Sgt. ...
Clothing chain accused of racial discrimination (06/18/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Abercrombie & Fitch, the clothing chain that promotes a "casual classic American" look, has been hit with a discrimination lawsuit accusing it of cultivating an overwhelmingly white sales force. When it does hire minorities, it channels them to stock room and overnight jobs, says the lawsuit, which seeks certification as a class action...
Bishop charged in fatal hit-and-run free on bail (06/18/03)
PHOENIX -- The Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident Tuesday by the same prosecutor who struck a deal with the church leader that allowed him to avoid indictment for sheltering molesters in the clergy...
People talk 6/18 (06/18/03)
Hopkins wins festival's Silversword award WAILEA, Hawaii -- Adrien Brody accepted the Maui Film Festival's Silversword Award on behalf of winner Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins sent a letter saying he was "extremely sorry" that he couldn't attend Friday night. "Please know that I am there with you in my mind and spirit," Hopkins wrote...
Contrast between House, Senate seen in debates over Medicare (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- Debate over improving Medicare began with a tone of bipartisanship in the Senate, but the mood was decidedly less cooperative in the House. Not all Senate Democrats were satisfied with the legislation moving toward near certain passage, but many were supporting it nonetheless...
Procedures tightened for airline pilots who try to fly drunk (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- After a doubling of airline pilots failing Breathalyzer tests, the government has tightened procedures to keep those caught drunk out of the cockpit. Last year, 22 commercial airline pilots tested positive for alcohol use, up from nine in 2001, and nine pilots have tested positive this year. That's only a fraction of the approximately 75,000 U.S. airline pilots but enough to cause the Federal Aviation Administration to establish new procedures for dealing with drunk pilots...
FDA clears first nasal mist flu vaccine (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- A flu vaccine that is the first to be delivered by a squirt up the nose instead of a needle in the arm has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for healthy people from 5 to 49. The vaccine, called FluMist, was approved by the FDA even though it was given only a tentative endorsement by an advisory panel last the December. ...
Court - Government correct not to publicly identify detainees (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- The government properly withheld names and other details about hundreds of foreigners who were detained in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, deferring to administration warnings about continued threats from terrorists...
Good news on prices tamps down deflation fears (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices held steady and big industry boosted production for the first time since February, a double dose of good news for the wobbly economy. The flat reading in the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index for May, which came after a 0.3 percent decline in April, eased worries that the country could be headed for deflation, an economically dangerous long-term slide in prices, economists said...
Senator endorses destroying computers of illegal downloaders (06/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet. The surprise remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during a hearing on copyright abuses represent a dramatic escalation in the frustrating battle by industry executives and lawmakers in Washington against illegal music downloads...
Truth commission revises numbers (06/18/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- In a dramatic upward revision of the number of victims, a Peruvian truth commission found between 40,000 and 60,000 people died or disappeared in the two decades when government forces battled a brutal insurgency by Shining Path guerrillas, the commission's president said Tuesday...
Ancient Egyptian bust on bronze nude touches off tussle (06/18/03)
CAIRO, Egypt -- They were together only a few hours. But that brief union of a celebrated, 3,000-year-old bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti with a modern bronze nude body touched off a furor. Some Egyptians are calling the art project at Berlin's Egyptian Museum an insult to their culture and demanding the return of the ancient bust...
Palestinian prime minister fails in negotiating with militants (06/18/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas failed on Tuesday to persuade militant groups to end attacks on Israelis. Just after their meeting, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a car and killed an Israeli child. A 7-year-old girl was killed and a 5-year-old girl was seriously wounded in the shooting on a highway just inside Israel, close to the West Bank town of Qalqiliya. Army Radio said the gunfire came from the West Bank. There was no immediate claim of responsibility...
Iraqi man hid behind wall 22 years (06/18/03)
SHAMMAR, Iraq -- Jawad Amer Sayed was a dead man. He was on the run from Saddam Hussein's police in 1981, and instead of fleeing into exile, he decided to stay at home and hide. Inside a false wall he built between two rooms. For as long as it would take...
Britain exaggerated Iraq threat, former ministers say (06/18/03)
LONDON -- The British government made selective use of intelligence to justify going to war with Iraq, two former senior Cabinet ministers told lawmakers Tuesday, the first day of a parliamentary inquiry studying the issue. Former House of Commons leader Robin Cook, who quit in March to protest the government's pro-war stance, told lawmakers he feared Prime Minister Tony Blair's government had used intelligence about Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear arms programs to support a policy it had settled on earlier.. ...
Liberian leader cedes power for cease-fire (06/18/03)
ACCRA, Ghana -- Liberia's President Charles Taylor, a war crimes suspect who fueled many of West Africa's bloody conflicts, pledged Tuesday to yield power as part of a cease-fire with rebels. But his government quickly hedged on the resignation. News of the truce set off dancing in the streets of Liberia's war-devastated capital, and the United Nations announced it would lend support and troops to a cease-fire observation mission...
Afghan town swings from U.S. to Iran (06/18/03)
HERAT, Afghanistan -- A renowned leader of Islamic resistance forces during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Herat's Gov. Ismail Khan has had complex and shifting relations with Iran and the United States. When the Taliban seized Herat in the northwest corner of Afghanistan in 1995, Khan was imprisoned, but escaped three years later and fled to Iran. When the U.S. military led the campaign to topple the Taliban in late 2001, it helped return Khan to power in Herat...
Rare protest staged against officials in Shanghai (06/18/03)
SHANGHAI -- More than 100 people staged a rare and short-lived protest in the center of China's largest city Tuesday morning, decrying a wave of forced evictions by local officials and developers working in concert to clear prime urban land for lucrative real estate ventures...
Thousands of Harry Potter books stolen in truck heist (06/18/03)
LONDON -- Thousands of copies of the new Harry Potter book were stolen from outside a warehouse just days before the latest installment in the popular series was to go on sale around the world, police said Tuesday. The twists and turns in the plot of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" -- the fifth book in J.K. Rowling's series about a boy wizard -- have been guarded with great secrecy by publisher Bloomsbury...
WHO - SARS 'stopped dead' but experts remain wary (06/18/03)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The chief of the World Health Organization declared Tuesday that SARS has been "stopped dead in its tracks" -- contained less than 100 days since the sounding of a global alert. But experts said China, whose capital, Beijing, is the only place still under a WHO travel warning, holds the key to whether severe acute respiratory syndrome will resurface...
Russia's expert on U.S. to try hand in Canada (06/18/03)
MOSCOW -- High-stakes international diplomacy doesn't always take place in gilded halls or back rooms. As practiced by Georgi Mamedov, at least, it sometimes can happen in places as unlikely as the Washington, D.C., Uptown Theater. It was a few years back, during one of those periodic moments of tension in the post-Cold War era as Russia and the United States tried to figure out how to be, if not friends, at least not enemies. ...
Oran puts three on all-state first team, another on second (06/18/03)
Oran had its Class 1 state runner-up season rewarded with four senior players honored in the release of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportcasters all-state baseball teams. Pitcher Trey Graviett, catcher Nathan Seyer and infielder Ryne Wood were given first-team honors, while infielder Tyler Cookson was selected for the second team...
All eyes on ethics (06/18/03)
Alabama football coach Mike Price: fired for conduct involving going to a strip club and having a stripper at his hotel room. Iowa State basketball coach Larry Eustachy: fired after pictures were published of him drinking alcohol with college students at a late-night/early-morning party on the campus of an opposing school...
Jasper gains top seed for junior match play (06/18/03)
Shawn Jasper of Marthasville, Mo., shot a 3-under par 69 to post the low score in the medal play portion of the Missouri Junior Match Play Championship Tuesday at Bent Creek Golf Club. Jasper was the lone player in the field of 65 to shoot under par on the par-72 layout. Matthew Bortis of Springfield, Mo., and Zach Pranger of St. Louis both finished three shots back at even par...
Hagin settles in to new surroundings (06/18/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Long before he uttered his first words in the Cardinals' broadcast booth, Wayne Hagin knew the challenge. It's not just a job. I'm replacing Jack Buck. In January, when he was part of the Cardinal Caravan visiting area cities, that point was driven home time and time again...
Wimbledon sets up a Serena-Venus final (06/18/03)
WIMBLEDON, England -- After an all-Belgian French Open final broke the streak, Wimbledon could be another all-in-the family affair. Serena and Venus Williams were placed on opposite sides of the Wimbledon women's draw Tuesday, meaning the sisters might face each other in yet another Grand Slam final...
NASCAR dials up its top series' new sponsor (06/18/03)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is trading cigarettes for cell phones. Wireless communications giant Nextel has reached a deal to replace R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. as the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier series, the Winston Cup. Two NASCAR sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Nextel will be introduced Thursday at a news conference in New York's Times Square. ...
Masters increases ticket prices for practice rounds (06/18/03)
Tickets for practice rounds at the Masters are going up by $10 next year, although the price is still as much a bargain as the $1.25 for pimiento cheese sandwiches. Tickets for Monday and Tuesday rounds will increase to $31, while tickets for Wednesday, which includes the Par 3 Tournament, will increase to $36...
Parting shots - Media quick to judge Tiger, Olympia Fields (06/18/03)
By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- By the end of the week, Olympia Fields wasn't the pushover everyone thought it was. By the end of the year, Tiger Woods might not be in the slump everyone thinks he is. One thing to take out of this U.S. Open is a healthy dose of perspective, the need to look at the big picture and not just a snapshot...
Stephenson gets Cards on track (06/18/03)
MILWAUKEE -- Garrett Stephenson won his first road game in three seasons and Albert Pujols, Miguel Cairo and Jim Edmonds homered to lead the Cardinals to a 12-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. The Cardinals had gone 10 straight games since getting a win from one of their starters...
The week ahead in golf (06/18/03)
PGA TOURBUICK CLASSIC
  • Site: Harrison, N.Y. Schedule: Thursday-Sunday. Course: Westchester Country Club, West Course (6,722 yards, par 71). Television: USA (Thursday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m.)...
  • Area digest 6/18/03 (06/18/03)
    Cape Senior Legion falls in district-opening game SIKESTON, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons Senior American Legion baseball team committed six errors and lost to Sikeston 6-5 in its District 14 opener Tuesday. Wasted was a strong pitching performance by Cape's John Thies, who allowed six hits and three earned runs in 8 2/3 innings and took the loss. Thies struck out 13...
    Plan your menus and fire up the grill (06/18/03)
    NEW YORK -- On those sad days when rain falls, compensate for grill deprival by boning up on the latest cookout books. Then when the weather's right, you'll be newly primed to go. Your choices are legion among the helpful tomes jostling each other on the shelves. You probably already have the classics of earlier years. So check out the new books -- if it's too hard to choose which to start with, toss a coin or look at author photos. Trust the ones who look really well fed...
    Each region of U.S. has its own distinct flavor of barbecue (06/18/03)
    Isaac Weld, the author of "Travels Through North America During the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797" described a barbecue as follows: "It consists in a large party meeting together, either under some trees, or in a house, to partake of a sturgeon or pig roasted in the open air, on a sort of hurdle, over a slow fire; ... it generally ends in intoxication."...
    Classic recipes abound in cookbooks (06/18/03)
    smcclanahan It is hard to judge the value of a week, whether it's good or bad. Some may judge by the weather or how much they accomplished or by how many new friends they made. Sometimes I think just surviving the week is of great value. However, I sometimes have been known to say, "You know it is a great week when you get a new cookbook every day." And that is exactly what happened this past week. ...
    Use Sunday to rest, not hike (06/18/03)
    When I hear "nature trail," I think of gravel or bark paths through the woods, mostly flat and clearly marked for visitors with interpretative plaques to identify flora or fauna. On the ideal nature trail for this plus-sized girl, one could wear and business suit and pumps and complete the route ready to go to the office...
    Thurman Lee (06/18/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Thurman Lee, 80, of Anna died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Union County Hospital. He was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Murphysboro, Ill., son of Allie and Della Jones Lee. He had lived at Holly Hill in Anna. Survivors include two cousins, Shirley Stearns of Murphysboro and Viola Goodknight of Carbondale, Ill...
    Norma Hurley (06/18/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Norma Emma Hurley, 86, of Sikeston died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at her home. She was born on Aug. 26, 1916, in Bertrand, Mo., daughter of Walter and Nettie Holland Maxwell. She and William Clyde Hurley were married Dec. 14, 1935, in Charleston, Mo. He died Sept. 1, 1969...
    Harding Teets (06/18/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- D. Harding Teets, 82, of Advance died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Beverly Healthcare in Bloomfield, Mo. He was born on March 25, 1921, in Bloomfield, son of Lester and Pearl Arnett Teets. He and Veda DeJournett were married Oct. 28, 1941, at Ardeola, Mo...
    Harold Upshaw (06/18/03)
    ULLIN, Ill. -- Harold E. Upshaw, 85, of Ullin and formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Metropolis, Ill. He was born May 21, 1918, at Griffin, Ind., son of Charles Upshaw and Martha Calvin Upshaw. He and Velma Lucas were married Aug. 7, 1940, at Charleston, Mo...
    David Weibrecht (06/18/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- David W. Weibrecht, 61, of Perryville died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born April 12, 1942, in Perry County, son of Alvin and Elva Zahner Weibrecht. He was formerly married to Stella Renner of Perryville...
    Paul Pearl (06/18/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Paul K. Pearl, 70, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Union County Hospital. He was born on Nov. 6, 1932, in Dupo, Ill., son of Fred and Jessie Winn Pearl. He and Rita Scitman were married Aug. 4, 1958, in Anna, Ill. He had worked for the Highway Department for the state of Illinois and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 06/18/03 (06/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, June 18 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Zadrin D. Nunley, 24, of 1014 Bloomfield, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and violating the noise ordinance...
    Cape fire report 06/18/03 (06/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, June 18 Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 8:22 p.m., a medical assist on at South Kingshighway and Highway 74. At 9:49 p.m., a medical assist at 621 Themis St., Apt. C. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
    Out of the past 6/18/03 (06/18/03)
    10 years ago: June 18, 1993 Wet spring that left lot of standing water, backwater from Mississippi River, and now, hot, humid weather have combined to provide all right ingredients for bumper crop of pesky mosquitoes this year, say health officials and entomologists...
    Jackson intersection gets needed upgrade (06/18/03)
    Jackson motorists are being inconvenienced for a few days to allow to the construction of changes at a major intersection that should prove to be a big improvement when it's completed. Another left-turn lane is being added for southbound traffic on Shawnee Parkway at Jackson Boulevard. And the four-way stop at Old Cape Road just a short block away is being changed to a two-way stop, which means traffic on Old Cape Road will still have to stop, but traffic on Shawnee Parkway won't...
    Pentagon move troops on world chessboard (06/18/03)
    South Koreans have what might be described as a love-hate relationship with U.S. troops that have been stationed in the country since the end of hostilities between South Korean and North Korea half a century ago. For the most part, older South Koreans remember the effort of U.S. ...
    Hillary Clinton's behavior was inappropriate (06/18/03)
    To the editor: Every time I see Hillary Clinton on TV hawking her book, I'm reminded of the camera shot of her in the audience while President Bush was speaking to the nation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. While the rest of us were watching and listening, there was Clinton, the elected representative of the people of New York, laughing and yukking it up with the fellow seated next to her. ...
    Letter writers will fault Bush no matter what (06/18/03)
    To the editor: Recent letters from Robert Polack, Paul Zmolek and Alan Journet make it apparent that the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Bush Bashing is alive and well. Judging by their letters before and after the Iraq war and during the Bush presidency, it's clear their agenda is purely political. Their latest complaint is that no weapons of mass destruction have been discovered...
    Speak Out A 06/18/03 (06/18/03)
    ID at hospital I WENT to one of the hospitals to see my wife who was in labor. I was unable to see her because I didn't have a photo ID. I think this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Truckers aren't rude TRUCKERS ARE not mostly rude. ...
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