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Public works department to conduct sewer tests (06/20/03)
Cape Girardeau's Public Works Department will be conducting sewer tests through June 27, running smoke through the city's sewer lines. The smoke doesn't stain and isn't toxic. However, if it appears inside a home, it could mean potentially dangerous sewer gas can get into the home...
Buying a better environment (06/20/03)
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 Thursday morning to visit conservation projects at Devil's Island and the Middle Mississippi River Wetland Field Station in Thebes, Ill...
SEMO District Fair adds wine contest (06/20/03)
Each year at the SEMO District Fair, judges decide who has raised the beefiest heifers, who has grown the sweetest corn, who has a talent for pickling, whose baby is cutest and who has baked an apple pie for the ages. This year, for the first time, some judges will be required to have a taste for wine...
Remaining baseball game tickets sold Thursday (06/20/03)
The last of the 300 Cardinal baseball tickets Southeast Missouri State University acquired for the Cardinals vs. Royals game on June 21 were sold Thursday morning. "I just sold the last two tickets," said Jane Stacy, director of Alumni Services and Development...
Unregulated hallucinogenic drug available at local outlet (06/20/03)
A new fad drug gaining in popularity among young adults, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, is now being sold in Cape Girardeau legally. The herb salvia divinorum is a distant relative to the sage mint plant and is a powerful natural hallucinogen. ...
Probe into fairgrounds explosion continues (06/20/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A natural gas leak was found near the fairgrounds site where an explosion leveled a building and killed a worker, but investigators said it was too early to say whether it caused the blast. The explosion Wednesday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds was consistent with a vapor explosion, Springfield assistant fire chief Barry Rowell said Thursday...
Catholic bishops profess harmony (06/20/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Roman Catholic bishops and members of a lay oversight board emerged from a closed-door session Thursday afternoon saying the church's reform plan remains on track. Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Bennett, a National Review Board member, told a news conference that three board members and the bishops had a "very honest and very cordial discussion" and that "the overwhelming number fully support the board's work."...
Man charged in slaying of wife, two children (06/20/03)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man was charged Thursday with killing his wife and two children by bludgeoning them with a frying pan and suffocating them in the family's home. St. Louis County prosecutors charged Steven Horne, 48, of Breckenridge Hills, with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of Sharon Horne, 46, and their two children, Matthew, 11, and Anne, 9...
Largest U.S. anti-abortion group to meet in St. Louis (06/20/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The nation's largest anti-abortion group, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will stage its national convention here over the July Fourth holiday. In response, a Missouri group of abortion-rights advocates is weighing whether to protest the gathering...
DNR director named to federal commission (06/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Stephen Mahfood, the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has been appointed to a commission on environmental agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mahfood was appointed to the U.S. Governmental Advisory Committee to the North American Free Trade Agreement by Christine Whitman, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
D-Day Memorial released from bankruptcy protection (06/20/03)
ROANOKE, Va. -- The National D-Day Memorial Foundation was officially released from Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, seven months after it sought protection from creditors that were seeking millions in overdue bills. It is hoped that the decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge William E. Anderson in Lynchburg will encourage donors to reinvest in the beleaguered memorial, foundation President William McIntosh said...
Monkeypox confirmed in Platte County man (06/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The first Missouri case of monkeypox was confirmed Thursday by the state Department of Health and Senior Services. Tests by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta confirmed that a 38-year-old Platte County man contracted the disease...
Defrocked Catholic priest convicted of sex crime (06/20/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A defrocked Roman Catholic priest was convicted Thursday of exposing himself to three boys while serving as an elementary school counselor. A St. Louis jury deliberated about three hours before finding James Beine, 61, guilty of all four felony counts of sexual misconduct involving a child...
Limbaugh nears end as chief justice (06/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In addition to tackling the pressing legal issues of the day, the Missouri Supreme Court sits as a seven-member board of directors over the state's judicial branch. As chief justice for the last two years, Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. of Cape Girardeau has been the chairman of the board...
Education officials ponder possible state shutdown (06/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State education officials have begun to ponder the impact of a potential government shutdown if the budget impasse between the governor and lawmakers continues through July 1. With less than two weeks before the beginning of the new fiscal year, the Republican-controlled legislature appears poised to reject Gov. ...
Retailers hope to cash in on 'Potter' book's release (06/20/03)
NEW YORK -- Harry Potter candy, cakes, capes and toys: As the latest adventure tale of the young wizard hits the stores, retailers hope to sell more than just books. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will offer Harry Potter cakes and is increasing its selection of toys and DVDs. Toys "R" Us has created Harry Potter boutiques within its stores...
Wildfire hits homes in Arizona (06/20/03)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A wildfire driven by winds up to 60 mph roared through a southern Arizona mountain community Thursday, burning 200 to 250 homes, a fire official said. It took less than an hour for the fire to tear through an area of Summerhaven with about 500 homes, burning some and sparing others, said Larry Humphrey, commander of the team directing the fight against the fire...
Ohio truck driver gives plea of guilty to al-Qaida plotting (06/20/03)
WASHINGTON -- An Ohio truck driver who met Osama bin Laden and admitted plots against trains and the Brooklyn Bridge has pleaded guilty to felony charges and is cooperating in the investigation of al-Qaida, federal authorities said Thursday. Iyman Faris, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, acknowledged in court documents that he met bin Laden in 2000 at an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and provided operatives there with sleeping bags, cell phones and other assistance...
Senate votes for speedier generic drug access (06/20/03)
WASHINGTON -- Determined to attack the high price of drugs, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to give consumers speedier access to low-cost generic alternatives to treat illnesses ranging from allergies to arthritis. The 94-1 vote added the provisions to far-reaching Medicare prescription drug legislation moving toward passage next week...
Boy, 12, killed by alligator (06/20/03)
TAVARES, Fla. -- A 12-year-old boy swimming in the Dead River was dragged under and killed by an alligator minutes after two friends spotted the reptile in the water and screamed at him to get out. The alligator -- estimated at 8 to 11 feet -- surfaced at least once with the boy, Bryan Jeffrey Griffin, in its jaws, but quickly disappeared Wednesday under the dark water, witnesses said...
Charges dropped in friendly-fire deaths (06/20/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- The Air Force dropped homicide and assault charges Thursday against two fighter pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, killing four. The pilots, Majs. Harry Schmidt and William Umbach, had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and dereliction of duty and faced up to 64 years in prison if convicted in a court-martial...
Leading indicators rise in May, jobless claims dip (06/20/03)
NEW YORK -- A key predictor of economic activity rose sharply in May, fueling hopes for an economic rebound, though economists cautioned that it will take a few more months of positive readings to inspire the business confidence needed for full recovery...
Short trip for teen (06/20/03)
NORMANDY PARK, Wash. -- It was a very short trip to paradise for one 13-year-old boy: He flew from Washington to Hawaii and back in less than a day. The unidentified teen managed to charge the airline ticket online to his mother's credit card -- and got himself to the airport and aboard the flight to Maui...
Federal judge sets January trial date for Stewart (06/20/03)
NEW YORK -- A judge Thursday set a trial date of Jan. 12 for Martha Stewart in the stock scandal that threatens her home-decorating empire. The defense had asked for months to sift through the mountains of documents and computer evidence amassed by the government...
Beaten by beavers in New Jersey (06/20/03)
KNOWLTON, N.J. -- After 15 years of persecution, beavers have won exalted status in this little town with a big sense of humor. Children sing beaver songs and write essays on ways Knowlton's beavers and humans can live in harmony. At town hall, a beaver that had the ill fortune to be stuffed and mounted before this golden age watches over the proceedings. And a beaver figure is pinned to the shirt of the mayor, the man at the center of this benevolent madness...
People talk 6/20/03 (06/20/03)
Prince William samples ale at agricultural fair LONDON -- Prince William got a taste of local spirits during a tour of a Welsh agricultural fair. William, who turns 21 on Saturday, sipped locally produced liqueurs and real ale as he attended the Welsh Food Fair Thursday with his father, Prince Charles...
Shyness may be all in the family, study says (06/20/03)
Shyness may be inherited, a study suggests. A shy child can learn to be more outgoing with age, but a physical reaction in the brain linked to a person's temperament does not change, the study indicates. The study, appearing this week in the journal Science, conducted brain scans on 22-year-olds and found that those who had been classified 20 years before as inhibited or shy children had a distinctive reaction in their brains when confronted with novel images...
Tax deadline may expand for e-filers (06/20/03)
WASHINGTON -- Millions of taxpayers who file and pay their taxes electronically would get a two-week extension of the traditional April 15 deadline under a bill the House passed Thursday. The new April 30 deadline for electronic filers is part of legislation designed to make the Internal Revenue Service a little friendlier to the average taxpayer. Many recommendations come from the taxpayer's advocate service, an office that helps people navigate the IRS and solve their tax disputes...
Angry Jewish settlers confront troops over dismantling of camp (06/20/03)
JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of angry, screaming Jewish settlers scuffled with Israeli troops on a West Bank hilltop Thursday when the military tore down a tent camp, the first populated outpost targeted under a U.S.-backed peace plan. Settlers set fire to underbrush and threw purple paint on the windows of armored bulldozers as the troops approached. When the soldiers began tearing down the four filthy tents, the settlers hollered battle cries and charged, trading blows with them on the dusty hilltop...
France detains Iranian activists (06/20/03)
PARIS -- Paris police rounded up nearly 100 members of an Iranian exile group Thursday to stop them from setting fire to themselves in protest of a French crackdown on their organization. One woman who burned herself a day before died of her injuries, officials said...
Britain - Suu Kyi is being held at Myanmar's Insein Jail (06/20/03)
LONDON -- Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being held under her country's "most draconian" law at Insein Jail near the capital Yangon, where she is confined to a "two-room hut," Britain's Foreign Office said Thursday. Despite international protests, Myanmar's military government has refused to release Suu Kyi in the nearly three weeks since she was taken into "protective custody" on May 30 after an attack on members of her opposition National League for Democracy party...
Rapid series of attacks plague U.S. occupation forces in Iraq (06/20/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an ambulance carrying a wounded U.S. soldier south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing one American and injuring two others -- the latest in a rapid-fire series of assaults on U.S. occupation forces...
Powell to meet today with Israeli, Palestinian leaders (06/20/03)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will seek to rejuvenate Middle East peace efforts through meetings Friday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He said Thursday in advance that both sides had made a good start toward fulfilling a U.S.-backed peace plan despite continuing violence...
World briefs 06/20/03 (06/20/03)
Hollywood comes to Baghdad for U.S. troops BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Some 7,000 U.S. soldiers sweated and swayed through a USO show in an aircraft hangar in Baghdad on Thursday, as several American celebrities competed for their attentions. "It's still hot, it's still miserable but it gives us a chance to get away from the whole war in Baghdad," said U.S. Army Lt. Justin Morseth of Newark, Ohio...
Elder statesman Peres again takes helm of Labor Party (06/20/03)
KFAR SABA, Israel -- Israel's battered opposition Labor Party chose an old hand as its new leader Thursday, electing elder statesman Shimon Peres, the symbol of peacemaking with the Palestinians, as its chairman for one year. Many expect Peres to try to lead his party back into Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, restoring an unusual partnership that fell apart last November after 18 rocky months. Sharon handed Labor its worst defeat in Israel's history in a subsequent election...
Mexico deports Max Factor heir to United States (06/20/03)
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Cosmetics heir and convicted rapist Andrew Luster was deported to the United States on Thursday, an immigration official said. Authorities placed Luster, an heir to the Max Factor fortune, on a commercial flight from the Pacific coast beach resort of Puerta Vallarta bound for the United States, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity...
EU leaders focus on Mideast peace, trans-Atlantic ties (06/20/03)
PORTO CARRAS, Greece -- Guarded by attack helicopters, warships and thousands of troops, European leaders gathered Thursday at a secluded seaside resort for a three-day summit to discuss Middle East peace, illegal immigration, and the contentious draft of a first-ever European Union constitution...
U.N. watchdog challenges Iran on nuclear weapons program (06/20/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- The U.N. atomic watchdog challenged Iran on Thursday to prove it does not have a nuclear weapons program, but rejected Washington's effort to bring the matter before the U.N. Security Council. Both Washington and Tehran declared victory...
U.S. wants U.N. to condemn N. Korea nuclear weapons program (06/20/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States wants the U.N. Security Council to condemn North Korea's nuclear weapons program and demand its immediate and permanent destruction, according to a draft American document obtained Thursday by The Associated Press...
Charleston duo makes most of first state finals appearance (06/20/03)
After team roping for seven years, Adam and Evin Burke of Charleston, Mo., got their first chance Thursday to compete against the state's best in the first round of the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals at Flickerwood Arena. They showed on opening night that they plan to make the most of their time remaining on the circuit...
Home-course mastery runs out for Litzelfelner (06/20/03)
Shawn Jasper got breaking news in his pairing with Matt Litzelfelner during the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Junior Match Play Championships Thursday at Bent Creek Golf Course. Jasper, the top seed in the 32-player field, found out 25th-seeded Litzelfelner was more than vaguely acquainted with the course. Not only did he learn it was Litzelfelner's home course, but found it was part of the family, owned by his father, uncle and grandfather...
NASCAR, Nextel OK deal worth $40 million per season (06/20/03)
NEW YORK -- From Tobacco Road to Times Square, NASCAR has become so popular that a telecommunications giant is plunking down $700 million to sponsor stock car racing's premier series. Nextel will replace Winston in January as the name on the series that regularly draws six-figure crowds and high television ratings...
Transplanted Hart boosts Cards in win over Brewers (06/20/03)
MILWAUKEE -- Bo Hart was buzzing from excitement, caffeine, jet lag and a splendid major league debut. "I'm floating," the 26-year-old second baseman said after starring in the Cardinals' 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Hart doubled his first time up and added a two-run triple...
Tips for getting the jump on frogging season (06/20/03)
Where would you go to experience flashing lights and a variety of sounds that include buzzing, beeping, banging, slurping, and splashing? You could go to a video arcade, or you could go "frogging." Missouri frog season opens at sunset June 30 and runs through midnight Oct. 31...
Deer hunting regulations are online (06/20/03)
Hunters who want to plan a vacation or make early plans about where or when to hunt can now get full details of Missouri's dates online. The Missouri Department of Conservation has put information on dates, bag limits and permit availability on its Web site at www.conservation.state.mo.us/hunt/deer/deertuk...
10-point buck with a cracked skull causes intrigue (06/20/03)
St. Joseph News Press STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. -- The buck had a massive headache, and Shane Lawson provided the ibuprofen. Lucky to still be alive on the opening day of the 2002 rifle season, the 10-pointer harvested by Lawson had spent the last couple of months roaming the countryside with a broken skull...
Everyone should have a slump like Tiger's (06/20/03)
Tiger Woods smiled at the suggestion he's in a slump. He smiled after he ducked and darted away from an errant shot that flew over the trees and nearly bopped him on the noggin on the 8th tee. He smiled as he waited out the morning rain for four hours Wednesday, then sloshed through nine holes of a pro-am at the Buick Classic, mist and sprinkles soaking his short-sleeved white shirt but leaving his spirit undampened...
Area digest 6/20/03 (06/20/03)
Wins send Cliff's junior Legion team to 16-6 The Cliff's Rent to Own junior American Legion team is 16-6 after sweeping a pair of games Thursday against Dunklin County. Cliff's won the opener 11-6 behind two hits apiece by Zach Hudson, Brandon Cooper and Blake Essner. Cliff's had only four hits in the second game but took advantage of 12 runs...
Chevy's new model mixes the best of pickup and SUV (06/20/03)
srobertson The engineers at Chevy must have had a ball designing this week's test vehicle. I'll bet they grew up playing with those cool little metal toys that morph from a skateboard into an airplane into a military tank. The Avalanche is just like that -- one minute it's a pickup truck; the next minute it's an SUV. I have no idea why they named it "Avalanche" perhaps all the engineering drawings kept sliding off the table? I like the name "Morf" better it's much easier to spell...
Some cars don't fit their drivers (06/20/03)
Dear Tom and Ray: My husband and I recently purchased a used Honda Civic HX. Unfortunately, I'm having to reconsider our purchase because the comfort level is not what I expected. This is causing another conflict as well. My husband doesn't want to believe that this is a real problem! He claims that I've just lost my tolerance for sitting in a small car and need to "bite the bullet!" Here's the story: When I drive the Honda for an hour or so, the back of my leg just below the knee starts to get uncomfortable, like my leg is going to fall asleep. ...
The oak's last hurrah (06/20/03)
After everything that's happened in our backyard in the past week, I think it's only fair to give you a final update -- the last chapter, so to speak -- on the removal of the enormous oak tree. For starters, let's just say that the tree and Mother Nature appeared to be conspiring to prevent anyone from cutting down the tree. Rain, it turns out, is a good guardian...
'Sex and the City' begins its final fling (06/20/03)
NEW YORK -- All true fans of "Sex and the City" are overjoyed that its season premiere is just days away. But at the same time, the end is in sight. This sixth season of HBO's dishy gal-pal comedy will be the last, a long goodbye no one feels more acutely than Kristin Davis...
Artifacts 6/20/03 (06/20/03)
BYOC Sunday Showcase to offer songs, dances The monthly BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) Sunday Showcase will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jackson City Park Band Shell. The show will include performances by Christian rock singer Teri Jett and students from dance Extensions in Jackson...
Illustrations of Barry Moser on display at University Museum (06/20/03)
  • one of the 231 wood engravings in his "The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible," Barry Moser placed the crucified Christ in the background while two soldiers in the foreground smile obscenely. In one of his illustrations for the book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," Barry Moser envisions the King of the Winged Monkeys not winged himself but piloting a fanciful flying machine...
  • 'The Sopranos' will return for sixth season (06/20/03)
    NEW YORK -- Tony Soprano and his mob family on the HBO series -- some of them at least -- have a longer lease on life. HBO and producers of the award-winning drama have announced an agreement for a sixth season. The cast is currently wrapping up production on the fifth season...
    New on CD 6/20 (06/20/03)
    'After the Storm' Proving a good CD is as much about the production team as the performer, "After the Storm," is an uneven effort. When paired with the right collaborator, Monica makes the most of her first album in five years. Unfortunately, she also indulges in far too many rank-and-file wannabe-Beyonce duds...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Dumb and Dumberer' (06/20/03)
    0 stars (out of four) I've got an idea for a movie! Why don't we do a sequel, but instead of continuing into the future let's go back to the past and show how it started? Lucas did it with "Star Wars," why not with "Dumb and Dumber." We can call it "Dumb and Dumberer."...
    Steven Jones (06/20/03)
    Steven Wray Jones, 50, of Jackson died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at his home. He was born March 12, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Stanley W. and Verna Petzoldt Jones. He formerly lived in Dexter, Mo., moving to Jackson in 1999. He is survived by his mother, Verna Jones of Jackson; a brother, Darrell G. Jones of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Lisa Jones of Jackson; and other relatives...
    Kenneth McGraw Sr. (06/20/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kenneth J. McGraw Sr., 53, of Perryville died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was 53. He was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Cape Girardeau County, the son of Virgil and Elsie M. Hanners McGraw. He married Beverly D. Mitchell on Dec. 6, 1968, at Peoria, Ill...
    Gertrude Winschel (06/20/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Gertrude R. Winschel, 93, of Perry County died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at her home. She was born in Perry County on Dec. 19, 1909, the daughter of Hugo J. and Caroline Wibbenmeyer Winschel. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Apple Creek, Mo...
    Melbourne Schumer (06/20/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Melbourne F. Schumer, 66, of Perryville died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. He was born Oct. 22, 1936, at Sereno, Mo., the son of Walter and Margaret DeClerk Schumer. He married Johanna Krempel on March 10, 1965, in Darmstadt, Germany...
    Dolline Francoeur (06/20/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dolline E. "Tootie" Francoeur, 93, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born Feb. 20, 1910, in Eldridge, Tenn., daughter of Alonza A. and Pansy Terry Gunter. She and Joseph Ernest Francoeur were married March 6, 1944, in Crittendon County, Ark...
    Anita Schulte (06/20/03)
    Anita Schulte, 75, of Jackson died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
    Ella Diana (06/20/03)
    ORAN, Mo. -- Ella Marie Diana, 79, of Tucson, Ariz., died Saturday, May 17, 2003. She was born July 9, 1923, at Oran, Mo., daughter of George and Coletta Schlitt Hamm. She and Carmen Diana were married Oct. 25, 1944, in Oran. The Dianas farmed in the Oran community 13 years. They moved to Tucson in 1957 and operated a trailer court 15 years. She then worked at Tucson Medical Center five years, retiring in 1995...
    Loyie West (06/20/03)
    TAMMS, Ill. -- Loyie Dean West, 74, of East Peoria, Ill., died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, Ill. He was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Elco, Ill., son of Loyie Elvis and Flossie Mae Lessar West. He and Margaret Geraldine Russell were married Sept. 6, 1952, in Peoria, Ill...
    Virginia Hepburn (06/20/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Virginia C. Hepburn, 85, of Hollywood, Fla., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla. She was born April 22, 1918, in Herrin, Ill., daughter of Clarence and Pearl Crain Penninger. She and Robert J. Hepburn were married Oct. 7, 1939, in Chicago...
    Jo Reeves (06/20/03)
    Jo A. Reeves, 64, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Robert and Addie Hager Williams. She and Roy L. Reeves were married July 23, 1955. Jo Ann had been business manager at Roy L. Reeves Painting Co. in Jackson. She was a lifelong member of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod...
    Louise White (06/20/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Opal Louise White, 80, of Sikeston died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born May 5, 1923, at Parma, Mo., daughter of Clement Edward and Velva McCane Summerlott. She and Charles Floral White were married Aug. 8, 1942, in New Madrid, Mo. He died July 22, 1974...
    Births 6/20/03 (06/20/03)
    Birk Son to Tyler John and Jessica Leigh Birk of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2003. Name, Tristan John. Weight, 7 pounds 3 1/2 ounces. Mrs. Birk is the former Jessica Landgraf, daughter of Jeff and Debbie Landgraf of Gordonville. Mr. and Mrs. Birk are employed at L.T. Masonry Inc. He is the son of Bill and Bert Birk of Jackson...
    Cape fire report 6/20/03 (06/20/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, June 20 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 1:54 p.m, fire alarm sounding at 2530 Maria Louise. At 4:19 p.m., medical assist at 606 S. Silver Springs. At 6:10 p.m., medical assist at 3439 William. At 6:37 p.m., odor scare at 319 S. Silver Springs...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 6/20/03 (06/20/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, June 20 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Robert M. Laberreare, 48, of 1930 Delwin, Apt. 2, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, no proof of insurance, operating a vehicle without approved taillights and license plates not properly displayed...
    Out of the past 6/20/02 (06/20/03)
    10 years ago: June 20, 1993 The Rev. David Martin is ordained into ministry and installed as pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church at Egypt Mills; rite of ordination and installation is performed by the Rev. James W. Kalthoff, president of Missouri District of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; preacher for occasion is the Rev. James Kirk, pastor of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in St. Louis County...
    Holden's Hallmark sums it up (06/20/03)
    By Dan Wehmer A day after Missouri Gov. Bob Holden told the Missouri General Assembly that he wasn't willing to "trade teachers and doctors for cigarettes and gambling chips," he and his wife, First Lady Lori Hauser Holden, sent wife Shay and I a card...
    CCC projects still visible after 70 years (06/20/03)
    As time erodes personal memories of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the legacy of this Depression-era work program continues to be deeply etched into the landscape of America. Briefly, the CCC was created during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first administration to put hundreds of thousands of jobless men to work. ...
    Latest economic news is much brighter (06/20/03)
    The news about the U.S. economy is good one day, not so good another. This up-and-down trend has been amply demonstrated in recent days. Here are some sample headlines: June 12: Fed detects signs of recovery. June 14: Drop in producer prices revives prospects of deflation...
    Queen contest chair responds to critical letter (06/20/03)
    To the editor: I have been the coordinator of the Scott City Summerfest queen contest for the last five years and take offense at Roberta Kerley's letter. The judges were all professional people who had little to no knowledge of the candidates. The accusation that the winner was dating a judge's son is ridiculous. Two of the judges have no children, and the other judge has an infant daughter...
    Emcee praised for her efforts at Summerfest (06/20/03)
    To the editor: The emcee of the Scott City Summerfest queen contest is far from biased. Hats off to our emcee of the Miss Summer Teen pageant and new Scott City Woman of the Year. Keep up the good work. You do wonders for our community, and our club appreciates your continued support...
    Pageant winner gives a response to critical letter (06/20/03)
    To the editor: Anyone who attended the Scott City Summerfest pageant would have noticed that none of the three judges was my boyfriend's parent. I was well-prepared to answer the question about my feelings on Iraq, but I had no control over which question I received, nor did any of the other contestants. ...
    Speak Out A 06/20/03 (06/20/03)
    RETIRED SENIOR citizens have to pay extremely high premiums for health insurance and Medicare. Why is it that working people can't pay for their health insurance? Changing directions WE NEED to move to public funding of elections so the candidates are no longer dependent on the wealthy and large corporations for their contributions. ...
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