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Stories from Thursday, June 19, 2003

Conservation efforts along river see success (06/19/03)
A long-standing dream to turn the Mississippi River area around Cape Girardeau into a more enticing tourist attraction is on its way to fruition through the partnership of several environmental organizations. In celebration of that partnership, the American Land Conservancy was host for a three-hour cruise that embarked from Cape Girardeau today to visit conservation projects at Devil's Island and the Middle Mississippi River Wetland Field Station at Thebes, Ill. ...
Region briefs 06/19/03 (06/19/03)
Sikeston officials will determine Section 8's fate BENTON, Mo. -- Federal and local officials will gather Monday to determine how much they will trim back the Sikeston Housing Authority's Section 8 program. Scott County commissioners discussed the coming meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Sikeston Housing Authority's office, during their regular meeting Tuesday...
Community Q&A 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
  • Name: Karen Wienke Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: My family lives in St. Louis:They are my mom, Terri; two sisters, Ann and Allison and a brother, John. Job: I attend Southeast Missouri State University and am employed at Just Kids Learning Development Center, Jackson...
  • Community digest 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
    Karen Wienke, a student at SEMO University is employed at Just Kids Learning Development Center, Jackson.Salvation Army begins fan distribution Monday The Salvation Army will begin distributing fans from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at 701 Good Hope in Cape Girardeau. ...
    Jackson police announce changes in Fourth of July celebration (06/19/03)
    The Jackson Police Department announced changes in the annual Fourth of July Celebration at Jackson City Park: No alcohol will be allowed in Jackson City Park. No dogs will be allowed in Jackson City Park. These changes are the result of problems that have occurred at past events, which they hope to curtail at this and future events...
    Community cuisine 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
    Family-style dinner planned at Eisleben From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Eisleben Lutheran Church in Scott City, a family style dinner will be served. Included are chicken and dumplings, kettle beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, cobbler, pie or cake, tea, coffee and lemonade. Children five and under eat free...
    Musical fun featured at Riverside library (06/19/03)
    Freddie the Waltzing Worm, fashioned from various lengths of yarn, was a welcome visitor at the Riverside Regional Library's Summer Reading Club recently. Musical Fun, presented by Robyn Hosp, employed Freddie to introduce children from infancy to age 9 to waltz music. Boomwhackers -- colorful plastic tubes -- helped youngsters identify high and low notes which led to voice exercises, instrument introductions and accompaniment on two vocal numbers Hosp dedicated to the audience...
    Funds for rural firefighters announced (06/19/03)
    Missouri's congressional delegation recently announced that five Southeast Missouri fire departments will receive funding from a Department of Homeland Security grant program. The funds, which were awarded to departments in Cape Girardeau, New Madrid, Oregon and Stoddard counties will be used to fund the purchase of firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, and conduct fire prevention and safety programs...
    Cape Area Habitat for Humanity plans dedication ceremony (06/19/03)
    The Cape Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate will join with volunteers and community supporters to celebrate the completion of its fourth home in the Carter Estates subdivision in Cape Girardeau from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday. A dedication ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at Carter Estates, located at the corner of College Street and West End Boulevard in Cape Girardeau. The event is open to the public...
    Jackson man falls off roof of Oliver House (06/19/03)
    A hard-luck Jackson man sustained severe injuries late Wednesday morning when he fell off the roof of Jackson's historical Oliver House while making repairs to the chimney. Darren Launius of Pocahantas was rinsing off the rooftop of the Oliver House when he fell about 20 feet to the ground below...
    St. Johns Bayou project finally gets OK (06/19/03)
    Initial construction on the long-delayed and controversial St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway project could begin around the end of the year, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Tuesday. Last week, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Attorney General's office and the U.S. ...
    Doing the teacher shuffle (06/19/03)
    It's reluctantly catching on in school districts across the state: The teacher shuffle. As district officials attempt to dance around state budget cuts, teachers who have taught one subject or grade for years are being forced to start over, some in completely new schools teaching an entirely different subject...
    Mistake on street name divides Cape residents (06/19/03)
    Residents on one Cape Girardeau street disagree over the name of their road, resulting in confusing addresses that make it hard to pinpoint locations for everyone from emergency personnel to pizza delivery drivers. City street signs label the road Country Club Drive between Big Bend Road and Main Street. But 10 of 23 property owners who live on that stretch of road list East Cape Rock Drive addresses...
    Russ Carnahan officially launches campaign for Gephardt's seat (06/19/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Dick Gephardt became a household name during his 26 years in Congress, and now state Rep. Russ Carnahan hopes to use his own name to help pick up where the Democratic Gephardt leaves off. Carnahan, son of former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan and the late Gov. Mel Carnahan, on Wednesday formally launched his campaign to represent the St. Louis-area 3rd Congressional District. Gephardt is not seeking re-election next year because he's running for president...
    Monkeypox confirmed in Illinois teen treated in St. Louis (06/19/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Government tests confirm an Illinois teenager treated last week at a local hospital for symptoms of monkeypox was infected with the disease, the hospital said Wednesday. The unidentified 14-year-old boy has been ordered to remain isolated at home after being treated June 10 at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for monkeypox symptoms, including a rash, fever and aches...
    Missouri receives money for election system (06/19/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri has received $17.3 million in federal funding linked to the state's efforts to improve its election process, Secretary of State Matt Blunt said Wednesday. Blunt, the state's chief elections official, said the funding is the first installment of an expected $76 million Missouri could receive under the federal Help America Vote Act, which was signed into law by President Bush last year...
    Explosion in Springfield kills fairgrounds maintenance worker (06/19/03)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A maintenance man was killed Wednesday when an explosion ripped apart a building at a fairgrounds in southwest Missouri. The explosion, reported at 12:08 p.m., damaged at least a half-dozen other building at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in north Springfield. Residents living nearby said it shook homes, knocked screens off windows and spewed debris into the air. No other injuries were reported...
    Governor to veto education again (06/19/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Insisting the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature still hasn't adequately funded education, Gov. Bob Holden said Wednesday he again would veto the bills that provide state funding to local schools and public colleges and universities...
    Security concerns force lawmakers to change e-mail passwords (06/19/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Members of the Missouri House have been warned their state e-mail accounts may be vulnerable to unauthorized access, according to a memo addressed to legislators. "Unless you have recently changed your office computer password, we have reason to believe that your office e-mail is at risk to outside intrusion," House Chief Clerk Steve Davis said in a letter dated Monday and sent to all 163 members...
    DJs claim to have fooled Castro (06/19/03)
    MIAMI -- Two radio show hosts who duped Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez into believing he was speaking by phone with Cuban President Fidel Castro now claim to have similarly tricked Castro. A recording provided by the Cuban-American radio announcers has a man they say is Castro responding for about four minutes Tuesday to snippets of a tape recording of Chavez, a Castro friend...
    Terrorism commission makes sweeping request for documents (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks has made sweeping requests for documents from the Bush administration and White House that go beyond the information provided during Congress' review, officials disclosed Wednesday...
    Kerry opens 10-point lead in New Hampshire (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidate John Kerry has opened a 10-point lead over rival Howard Dean in a poll of likely voters in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, according to a survey released Wednesday. Once statistically tied for the lead, Kerry has moved ahead with 28 percent while Dean has lost ground and stands at 18 percent, the American Research Group poll found. ...
    House OKs permanent estate tax repeal (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to eliminate estate taxes by the end of the decade, keeping the Republicans' tax cut efforts at the top of the congressional agenda. Republicans, criticizing the levy as a "death tax," said it forces families to liquidate small businesses and sell family farms to pay tax bills...
    People talk 6/19 (06/19/03)
    Mariah Carey planning her first theater tour NEW YORK -- Mariah Carey will begin her first-ever theater tour in Las Vegas on July 26. "I am passionate about doing something more intimate for my fans," Carey said in a statement Monday. "I'm used to doing arena tours and for me this is a whole new experience. This is about my music and my fans."...
    Man who led sniper probe quits police in Maryland (06/19/03)
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Montgomery County police chief Charles Moose, who led the three-week hunt for the Washington-area sniper, resigned Wednesday after a clash with county politicians over his upcoming book on the investigation. Moose said in a statement that he had worked to make the county a "safe and secure place to live" but that it was time "to move on and explore other paths in life."...
    Coffee plants modified to produce 70 percent less caffeine (06/19/03)
    For those who love the full flavor of real coffee but can't handle the kick, the genetics revolution may have a solution. Researchers say they have genetically engineered coffee plants that have 70 percent less caffeine than usual in their leaves. The crucial question for brewing coffee -- whether beans from those plants will have less caffeine -- won't be known for three to four years when the plants mature, said study author Shinjiro Ogita...
    Soldiers testify by video on Kuwait grenade attack (06/19/03)
    FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Soldiers began testifying by a video link Wednesday from Iraq in a military hearing to determine whether a soldier will be court-martialed over a fatal grenade attack in Kuwait. Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, a 32-year-old Muslim, is accused of killing two officers and wounding 14 in the March 23 attack on a group of tents. Akbar's attorneys have not spoken publicly about the case...
    Space Adventures announces new mission solely for tourists (06/19/03)
    NEW YORK -- The company that brokered missions into space for two millionaire businessmen announced plans Wednesday for the first mission intended solely for tourists. Space Adventures, the Russian Aviation & Space Agency, and RSC Energia, Russia's leading aerospace company, announced an agreement to fly two tourists simultaneously to the international space station on a Soyuz spacecraft...
    Michigan city orders curfew after two nights of rioting (06/19/03)
    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- State police sent 150 troopers into the city Wednesday after two nights of rioting touched off by a deadly police chase in this community, plagued for years by poverty, high unemployment and racial tensions. City officials also said they would aggressively enforce an overnight curfew already on the books for those 16 and younger, saying those are the ones causing the trouble...
    Bush - Iranian nukes won't be allowed (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Wednesday that he and other world leaders would not tolerate nuclear weapons in Iran, and administration officials expressed concern to the U.N. nuclear agency about the country's atomic program. Bush also Iranian leaders to treat protesters with "the utmost of respect" as they seek the ouster of the Islamic government...
    Phoenix bishop resigns after fatal hit-and-run (06/19/03)
    PHOENIX -- A year ago, Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien vowed to "do anything" to restore trust in the Roman Catholic Church. His actions since then have done the opposite. On Wednesday, just over two weeks after he admitted sheltering alleged molester priests, the bishop resigned in disgrace following his arrest in a fatal hit-and-run accident...
    Senate votes down idea on Medicare by Democrats (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Wednesday to block the government from offering prescription drug coverage for older people in competition with private insurance companies, rejecting the first in a string of attempts by Democrats to leave their stamp on the most far-reaching Medicare legislation in decades...
    U.S. captures senior Iraqi leader (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces have captured Saddam Hussein's top aide and presidential secretary, a man who American officials believe knows the fate of the deposed Iraqi leader and has information about banned weapons. Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti was No. 4 on the U.S. most-wanted list of Iraqi leaders, behind only Saddam and sons Qusai and Odai...
    Ex-FBI drug agents shift into investigating terrorism (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of the FBI agents who once handled drug cases are now concentrating on the fight against terrorism, a shift that has caused concern in Congress about a possible lack of attention to other crime problems. The General Accounting Office, in testimony Wednesday to a House committee, found that the number of FBI field agent positions dedicated to drug crimes had dropped from about 1,400 in fall 2001 to just over 800 today...
    Hispanic growth expands population (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Hispanics accounted for nearly half the growth in the U.S population the past two years as a high birth rate and influx of immigrants helped secure Latinos' position as the largest minority group. Hispanics numbered 38.8 million as of July 2002. That was an increase of almost 10 percent, or 3.5 million, since April 2000, the Census Bureau estimated Wednesday. During the same period, the national population rose 2.5 percent, or 6.9 million people, to more than 288 million...
    Sick children pay price for Texas' budget crunch (06/19/03)
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- This state, which already has the nation's highest proportion of residents without health insurance, is about to acquire a new distinction. With its legislature on the verge of approving a budget that closes a $9.9 billion deficit without raising taxes, Texas soon will lead the United States in the number of low-income children dropped from publicly financed health insurance...
    Daschle urges Bush to consult on Supreme Court selections (06/19/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., whose fellow Democrats have been embroiled in a bitter fight with President Bush over federal appeals court nominees, urged Bush on Tuesday to consult with Democratic senators before making nominations to the Supreme Court...
    Israeli experts say inscription on burial box is a fake (06/19/03)
    JERUSALEM -- An inscription that purportedly links an ancient burial chest to Jesus' brother is a forgery, Israel said Wednesday, dashing excitement about an artifact that had been touted as one of the greatest archaeological finds of modern times...
    Max Factor heir, fugitive rapist Andrew Luster captured (06/19/03)
    The Associated PressPUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A convicted rapist who is heir to the Max Factor fortune was arrested Wednesday after five months on the run, picked up by Mexican police as he scuffled with bounty hunters who trailed him from California to this seaside resort...
    Palestinian premier presses Islamic militants for truce (06/19/03)
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas pressed the main Islamic militant groups Wednesday to halt all attacks against Israelis to save a U.S-backed peace plan. Abbas also proposed a joint political leadership including the militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad, said Hamas official Abu Shanab said...
    Spy chief says Iranian opposition group planned attacks (06/19/03)
    PARIS -- An Iranian opposition group was planning to attack Iranian diplomatic missions in Europe and elsewhere, the French chief of intelligence said Wednesday, after three more Iranians set themselves on fire to protest a crackdown on the group. Pierre de Bousquet de Florian, the head of France's counterintelligence agency, said none of the targeted missions was in France, where the Mujahedeen Khalq is headquartered...
    WH0 chief warns SARS eradication unlikely (06/19/03)
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The chief of the World Health Organization warned Wednesday against complacency now that the SARS crisis has eased, saying it is only a matter of time before a new disease emerges. "There will be new threats of this kind, there will be new diseases coming," Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO's director general, said in closing an international conference of some 1,000 scientists and health officials...
    U.S. pushes Security Council to act on North Korean issue (06/19/03)
    UNITED NATIONS -- The United States said Wednesday it launched a new effort to persuade the U.N. Security Council to declare that North Korea isn't complying with its obligations to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. On April 9, the council refused to act on a U.S. request to condemn North Korea for pulling out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty because of strong opposition from China and Russia, which have close ties to Pyongyang...
    U.S. lawyers can't defend war crimes suspects (06/19/03)
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The United States has barred American lawyers from representing war crimes suspects at the U.N. tribunal for Yugoslavia, a court document said Wednesday. An executive order is aimed at cutting off support to about 200 people and organizations in the former Yugoslavia blacklisted by the U.S. government...
    Southeast Asian nations called upon to pressure North Korea (06/19/03)
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Secretary of State Colin Powell called on Southeast Asian nations Wednesday to close ranks behind a U.S. effort to form a broad coalition of countries to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions. "This is not a bilateral matter between the United States and North Korea," Powell said, according to a State Department official who attended a closed meeting where Powell spoke...
    U.S. military hands over Marine suspected of rape (06/19/03)
    TOKYO -- A U.S. Marine suspected of raping a woman in Okinawa was arrested Wednesday after U.S. military authorities agreed to turn him in before his indictment. The 21-year-old suspect was only the second U.S. serviceman on the southern Japanese island to be handed over to police before charges were brought by a prosecutor. The U.S. military normally retains custody of personnel suspected of crimes until they are indicted but can relinquish them sooner if the crime is deemed serious enough...
    Pakistan arrests two suspected al-Qaida men (06/19/03)
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Two suspected al-Qaida members -- including one believed to be a longtime aide to Osama bin Laden -- were arrested Wednesday in northwestern Pakistan, the information minister said. Pakistani authorities arrested Adil Al-Jazeeri of Algeria at a public swimming pool in the affluent Hayatabad neighborhood of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province...
    Red Cross says it's allowed to meet Myanmar detainees (06/19/03)
    YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar authorities refused a Red Cross request to see detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but the group said Wednesday it will be allowed to see other people held in connection to political violence in northern Myanmar last month...
    U.S. wants Iran to answer questions about nuclear program (06/19/03)
    VIENNA, Austria -- The United States demanded that Iran come clean about its nuclear program, insisting on Wednesday that it submit to more intrusive inspections after what it called a "deeply troubling" report from the U.N. nuclear agency. In Tehran, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said that his country was not trying to build nuclear weapons. ...
    Iraqi police say groups in regions fight troops (06/19/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Persistent attacks on Americans in Iraq are being carried out by regional bands that include Saddam Hussein loyalists and disgruntled ex-soldiers but have not formed into a national network, an Iraqi police official said Wednesday. The U.S. military insisted the resistance is the "last dying breath" of enemy forces...
    Swedish spy plane missing for five decades is found (06/19/03)
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A Swedish spy plane that vanished five decades ago over the Baltic in a Cold War mission has been found, researchers said Wednesday. The DC-3 and its eight-man crew were last heard from on June 13, 1952. For some 40 years, Sweden maintained it was on a training mission, and the Soviet Union said it didn't know what happened to it...
    Four miners rescued after being trapped for 40 hours (06/19/03)
    MOSCOW -- Their faces blackened by coal dust, four miners emerged Wednesday from a Siberian coal mine where they had been trapped for 40 hours after the ceiling collapsed, killing 12. Rescue crews reached the miners, confined to a 120 square-yard chamber, early Wednesday after taking a roundabout route to avoid causing another rock slide...
    Cease-fire takes hold in Liberia (06/19/03)
    MONROVIA, Liberia -- A cease-fire took hold in war-ruined Liberia on Wednesday as political parties met to discuss an interim government that would replace President Charles Taylor. But Taylor kept quiet about a pledge to yield power to new leaders...
    Jordanian king's allies triumph in elections (06/19/03)
    AMMAN, Jordan -- Allies of King Abdullah II have won more than half of the seats in Jordan's parliamentary elections, final results confirmed Wednesday. Muslim fundamentalists returned to the legislature as the largest opposition bloc. The victory by allies of King Abdullah II had been expected, since Jordan's political culture heavily favors the tribal leaders who owe allegiance to the ruling Hashemite dynasty...
    A Menz favorite - Delta student goes for a rodeo title (06/19/03)
    DELTA -- A ruptured spleen kept Brent Menz from competing in the national high school rodeo championships last year. A year later, Menz is back and ready for another shot at Missouri's best. The Missouri High School Rodeo Championship will begin today and last through Saturday at Flickerwood Arena near Jackson. The top four finishers in each event will qualify for the national finals in Farmington, N.M, July 21 to 27...
    Area track on a search for its ideal race night (06/19/03)
    Jerry Wolsey says he's open to the idea of switching Auto Tire and Parts Racepark's weekly night of oval-track racing, but don't expect a change this season. A fan poll on the track's Web site at www.autotireand- partsracepark.com has attracted about 200 responses since it went up early this week. By late Wednesday, almost 50 percent were in favor of keeping the track's weekly events on Saturdays. About 40 percent favored Fridays...
    Burton learns to love a rugged sport (06/19/03)
    It was an unexpected surprise for Cole Burton, who, while out on the town one night, was invited to practice a sport he had never dreamed of playing before. It didn't take long for Burton, 24, of Cape Girardeau to make the switch from his high school days of football and golf to rugby...
    Jackson golfer advances in junior match play (06/19/03)
    Matt Litzelfelner of Jackson reached the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Junior Match Play Championship with a pair of victories Wednesday at Bent Creek Golf Club. Litzelfelner, seeded 25th out of the 32 golfers who qualified in Tuesday's medal play, upended two top-10 seeds to advance. He eliminated eighth-seeded Ryan Graham of Lee's Summit, Mo., 2 and 1 in the morning round, then rallied to win a tight 1-up match against ninth-seeded Curtis Kirchner of Eldon, Mo., in the afternoon...
    Area 8-ball team heads to Las Vegas on title chase (06/19/03)
    The Billiard Center of Cape Girardeau will send an eight-ball team to Las Vegas to play for a national title Aug. 18 to 24. Two teams from the center actually qualified, but one was dismissed this week because the team's overall skill level did not meet qualifying standards...
    Ice racer Menard takes his speed to a different league (06/19/03)
    SONOMA, Calif. -- Former ice racer Paul Menard will try to make his NASCAR Winston Cup debut on Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The 22-year-old son of Indy Racing League team owner John Menard will try to qualify on the road course in a Chevrolet owned by Andy Petree Racing...
    Sosa faces boos, cracked bat in return (06/19/03)
    CINCINNATI -- Sammy Sosa cracked his bat the first time he made contact Wednesday night, and nobody made a fuss. The Cubs star returned from a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat and singled in the first inning against Cincinnati, driving a ball to right field...
    Smith eager to expand his success (06/19/03)
    Someday, Jim Smith would like to be viewed by his fellow Winston Cup team owners the way he is by those in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: as a winner. Smith is the only owner in the truck series who has had at least one entry in every race since the series began in 1995 and has won at least one race in each of the nine seasons, including 2003...
    Cardinals pile on runs but pay price with Cairo injury (06/19/03)
    MILWAUKEE -- Left-hander Glendon Rusch's nightmarish season got even worse Wednesday night when he surrendered eight runs in one-plus inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 9-1 loss to the Cardinals. In the shortest outing of his seven-year career, Rusch gave up six hits and five walks and managed to get just three outs in 61 pitches...
    The stakes have been turned inside out for today's coaches (06/19/03)
    The God-talkingest football coach ever to cross my wayward soul's path excused himself from an interview one day by saying, "Time for the pool." To which my expression must have suggested ignorance because he added, "This week's games." So off he went, God's own name on a gold lapel pin in his coach's shirt, to sit at lunch debating, for a few bucks, which of the NFL teams would cover that weekend...
    Area digest 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
    Cape Ford and Sons drops fifth straight Cape Girardeau Ford and Sons senior American Legion team's losing streak stretch to five games with a pair of losses to visiting Ballwin on Wednesday. Ballwin's Rem Ravens had two triples, a double and six RBIs to lead Ballwin in the sweep. ...
    Health calendar (06/19/03)
    Today Blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Missouri Association of Disability Examiners office in Cape Girardeau. Donors should be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds. Diabetes Support Group meets from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in conference room at Healing Arts Center. For information, call 331-5107...
    Experts are plotting America's new diet (06/19/03)
    If you're an American, the statistics say you're out of shape -- and you don't need another study to tell you why. Your life is high in stress and calories and low in free time and physical activity. With two-thirds of adults overweight and 25 percent barely moving, the shape of America is not good. ...
    Fitness Q&A (06/19/03)
    Today we begin a Q&A series with some of the region's residents who are staying fit and living healthy lives. If you fit that category, send us your answers to our questions. Contact features editor Laura Johnston at 335-6611, ext. 126 or at ljohnston@semissourian.com...
    Going off to see the Wizard (06/19/03)
    June 19, 2003 There was a time in America when families counted the days until the next broadcast of the movie "The Wizard of Oz." When the day came they sat around the TV as if it were a tribal fire and absorbed the delight of Munchkinland and the Emerald City and faced their fears in evil witches, flying monkeys and dark forests...
    Ruth McLain (06/19/03)
    STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Ruth McLain, 78, of Pass Christian, Miss., died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. She was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Sturdivant, daughter of John and Maggie Bess Shrout. She first married Raymond Welch in 1940 at Sturdivant. She later married Verman McLain May 29, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. He died Oct. 4, 1978...
    Bobbie Berrong (06/19/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Bobbie LeRoy Berrong, 71, of Advance passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 10, 1931, at Arab, Mo., son of Odis and Stella Walker Berrong. Bobbie worked on his family's farm until he moved to Advance. He then worked on Jerry and Linda Eggimann's farm until he retired at age 62. He attended Advance United Methodist Church, where he took care of the shrubbery nine years...
    Jo Reeves (06/19/03)
    Jo A. Reeves, 64, of Jackson died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
    Howard Propst (06/19/03)
    William Howard Propst, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, son of S.C. "Pete" and Maim Howard Propst. He and Neoma Cawthon were married Aug. 30, 1958. Mr. Propst was a drafting supervisor with Missouri Utilities 32 years, and was a draftsman eight years for Cape Girardeau city engineer...
    Genivea Jackson (06/19/03)
    BERNIE, Mo. -- Genivea Jackson, 76, of Bernie died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, at Parma, Mo., daughter of Jacob L. and Edna Grubbs Williamson. She and Dennis Jackson were married Feb. 14, 1957, in Hernando, Miss. He died June 3, 2002...
    Births 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
    McNew Son to Corey and Shannon McNew of Kelso, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:37 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2003. Name, Connor Reese. Weight, 8 pounds 5 ounces. First child. Mrs. McNew is the former Shannon Hesse, daughter of Don and Carol Hesse of Cape Girardeau. McNew is the son of I.B. and Liz McNew of Morehouse, Mo. He is employed by Sabona of London...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, June 19 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Charles Allen Johnson, 28, of 605 N. Spanish St., Apt. B, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear...
    Separate Wednesday accidents injure four (06/19/03)
    Three people sustained moderate injuries in an accident west of Jackson and a Vanduser, Mo., man was moderately injured in a separate accident north of Oran, Mo., on Wednesday. Injured in the 10:18 a.m. accident on Highways 72/34 three miles west of Jackson were Ryan Fulton, 24, of Patton, Mo., Nicole Phillips, 21, of Marquand, Mo., and Reese Reagan, 2, of Marquand. All three were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
    Out of the past 6/19/03 (06/19/03)
    10 years ago: June 19, 1993 Roy Donaldson, 30, of Cape Girardeau is walking along 400 block of South Sprigg in morning, when he is struck in back by loose boom from logging truck; truck and trailer loaded with logs had just made left turn off Morgan Oak and was traveling south on Sprigg to reach I-55...
    Correction 6/19 (06/19/03)
    In Tuesday's edition, a story about the St. Jude's Dream Home should have stated that Tuesday was the last day to buy a ticket at Union Planters Bank locations. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
    Better terror alert system is needed (06/19/03)
    Here's a quick terror alert color quiz: Is green higher than blue? Is orange lower than yellow? Is red the color for the most serious terrorist threat? Is aquamarine really a color of one of the warnings? Are you sure? If you've found yourself frustrated and confused by the various terrorist warnings that are being issued by the Department of Homeland Security -- which are being constantly upgraded and downgraded -- you are not alone...
    University, First Baptist make a good deal (06/19/03)
    Southeast Missouri State University's recent $3.5 million purchase of the First Baptist Church property on Broadway is a good move for both parties. The church has been spending money on more space than it needed, which has been a financial drain. Smaller facilities are expected free up money to finance mission projects...
    How long will Americans accept the propaganda? (06/19/03)
    To the editor: How long can the virtual propaganda of the Bush administration and the corporate media prevail over reality in the minds of average citizens? We now have the largest predicted budget deficit in history. Over two million jobs have been lost since January 2001. There has been an ongoing dismantling of progressive reforms occurring while the gap between the very rich and the rest of us has continued to grow...
    Dean and Clark are front-runners for the Democrats (06/19/03)
    To the editor: By this time, many of us form early conclusions about who presidential candidates will be in 2004. Much posturing has already taken place even though definite declaration is still in process. Barring the unexpected, George Bush will be the Republican candidate. With further ado, prime Democratic choices seem to be Howard Dean and Gen. Wesley Clark, with Richard Gephardt an outstanding vice presidential selection...
    Speak Out A 06/19/03 (06/19/03)
    Goodbye, mullet AN APPARENTLY prestigious group has released a list of the top-100 country songs of all time. "Stand by Your Man" was No. 1, a song that has become Hillary Clinton's theme song. One of my favorites, Patsy Cline, has several classics on the list. However, my biggest gripe with the whole thing is that "Achy Breaky Heart" does not appear. In protest, I'm cutting off my mullet...
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