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Shawnee Boulevard intersection likely to reopen Friday (06/26/03)
Jackson's busy intersection of Shawnee Boulevard that has been shut down for construction since last Monday will likely open up again Friday, about a week ahead of schedule. The stretch of Shawnee between East Jackson Boulevard and Old Cape Road has been widened to accommodate an additional turn lane...
Organizations seek teams for airplane pull competition (06/26/03)
The Area Wide United Way and Southeast Missouri Area Special Olympics are seeking teams to compete in an airplane pull competition to support the Area Wide United Way and Special Olympics. The event, planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport in conjunction with the "Heroes and Legends: Celebrating 100 Years of Flight" Air Festival, will award trophies based on several accomplishments. ...
Region/state briefs 06/26/03 (06/26/03)
Pharmacist convicted in drugs-for-sex case ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis-area pharmacist was convicted Wednesday of giving prescription drugs to a woman in exchange for sex. A federal court jury found Aaron Roberts, 31, of St. Louis County guilty of illegally distributing a controlled substance, the anti-anxiety medicine Xanax...
Crop-dusting pilot dies in crash (06/26/03)
CIRCLE CITY, Mo. -- A small helicopter crashed in a Stoddard County cotton field Wednesday morning, killing the pilot after his craft came too close to a power line. Joe Criddle, 41, of Houston, Miss., was spraying an insecticide on fields just north of Circle City to rid them of boll weevils at about 10 a.m. when one of his rotors hit an electrical service line, said Stoddard County Emergency Management director Bill Pippins Jr...
Degrees of success for seasonal sales (06/26/03)
The infamous heat and humidity of the Southeast Missouri summer is a torment to most, but certain businesses need those hot temperatures to keep afloat. For those businesses, sales have been slower than usual this year. But with the temperature increase of the past few days, things have begun to look up, and many of them are adopting an optimistic outlook on the coming months...
Free workshop offered for Old Town Cape property owners (06/26/03)
A free public workshop for Old Town Cape property owners will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Kelsen Gallery at the Kellerman-Alliance Building, 13 S. Spanish St., Cape Girardeau. The workshop will focus on the recently adopted voluntary design guidelines for the Old Town Cape district and will be geared toward property owners considering improvements to their properties. ...
Hospital volunteers photograph new arrivals (06/26/03)
CHRIS PAGANO * cpagano@semissourian.com Auxiliary Receives Further Training in Baby Photography This group of serious-minded Auxiliary volunteers at Southeast Missouri Hospital work as a team to make parents happy. They record history digitally--baby's first portraits. ...
Area Red Cross makes appeal for blood donors (06/26/03)
The American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region held a press conference to encourage donations, issuing a regional appeal for blood and platelets. David Palmer, American Red Cross territory manager of donor services for the Missouri/ Ilinois Blood Services Region, informed the public of the region's already critical need for blood...
Community digest 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
Southeast's cheer and dance camps scheduled Upcoming Cheer Camp dates at Southeast MissouriState University are July 20 to 23, 24 to 27 and 28 to 30. The July 20 to 23 and 24 to 27 dates will have a special elite section allowing more advanced squads to work with instructors at their level. The July 28 to 30 session includes a special section for junior high squads. All sections are open to junior and senior high school squads...
Community Q&A 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
Q&A 6-23 Name: Christina Meyer Lives in: Cape Girardeau during the school year; goes home to St. Louis on breaks. Family: My family consists of Rosina, Gerry, John and Dave. Job: I work at Just Kids Learning Development Center in Jackson. What do you like most about the area? It has a lot of college kids...
Foul play not suspected in death of retired Bluff businessman (06/26/03)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --Authorities are investigating the death of a retired Poplar Bluff businessman who was found lying in the roadway near his home early Wednesday morning. The man was identified as Charles Lee "Charlie" Osborn, 62, of the 2000 block of Holloway Drive, said Butler County Coroner Larry Cotrell...
White to make diversity a priority in system (06/26/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The man who opposed the nomination of John Ashcroft as the U.S. attorney general is now poised to become the first black chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. Ronnie L. White, 50, who takes over as head of the seven-member court next Tuesday, told reporters Wednesday that his top priority would be to encourage diversity within Missouri's court system...
Illinois officials - Crow did not die from West Nile (06/26/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois health officials now say a Cook County crow did not die from the West Nile virus after all. Officials said last week that an initial test showed the crow had the mosquito-borne disease that can be fatal to humans. But the Department of Public Health said Tuesday that a second test found the bird was negative for West Nile...
Two hospitalized after chemistry experiment explodes (06/26/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two students conducting a science experiment were injured Wednesday when they emptied chemicals into a waste jar and set off a minor explosion in a Southwest Missouri State laboratory. The students, who were not identified, were taken to a Springfield hospital with arm and facial cuts. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening...
Practice of trading corn for cars comes under scrutiny (06/26/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- All charges have been dropped against a former Sikeston mayor relating to a "Corn for Cars" bartering arrangement. A state tax exemption -- commonly referred to as "Corn for Cars" -- legitimately allows farmers in Missouri to barter their own agricultural products to car dealerships in exchange for vehicles...
New top judge calls for judicial reforms (06/26/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court's incoming chief justice pledged on Wednesday to push for an expansion of the system under which some judges are appointed rather than elected. Judge Ronnie L. White, who takes over as the court's leader on Tuesday, said running for the bench in some of Missouri's more populous counties is becoming increasingly expensive, which can create the appearance of impropriety...
Republican-led House pushes education budget through again (06/26/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democratic lawmakers complained and supporters of Gov. Bob Holden protested in the Capitol halls as the Republican-led House flexed its majority muscle Wednesday to once again pass a pair of education budgets that Holden dislikes...
Tyson Foods pleads guilty to violating Clean Water Act (06/26/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After years of continuing violations, Tyson Foods Inc. pleaded guilty Wednesday to 20 federal violations of the Clean Water Act at its Sedalia chicken poultry complex. The company, the nation's largest meat producer, agreed to pay a $5.5 million fine to the federal government, $1 million to the Missouri Natural Resources Protection Fund and another $1 million to the state to settle a separate civil enforcement action...
Three cases of rare disease linked to rabbits (06/26/03)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two men who mowed over a nest of rabbits, killing some of them, and another who cleaned the mower developed a rare disease known as rabbit fever, authorities said. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating. The disease, also called pneumonic tularemia, is generally treatable with antibiotics but can lead to pneumonia...
Artists turn out for folklife festival on Mall (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- Toe-tapping bluegrass, the plaintive sound of bagpipes and the rhythm of a masked African dance troupe transformed the National Mall into a cross-cultural playground Wednesday. The performers turned out for the start of the Smithsonian's 37th-annual Folklife Festival. This year, the 10-day festival features the cultures of Appalachia, Scotland and Mali...
Nation's birth rate falls to record low (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- America's birth rate fell to a record low last year as both teenagers and women in their prime childbearing years had fewer babies, the government said Wednesday. But the percentages of premature and low birth weight babies climbed, continuing the rise of recent years...
Investigator - Boy's death blamed on lamppost (06/26/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 9-year-old boy was electrocuted on a downtown bridge because a lamppost was not grounded and its wires were not properly insulated, investigators said Wednesday. Willie Wagner had been walking home from a museum with a friend May 22 when he squeezed between the light pole and a chain-link fence...
Thousands help dedicate Indian memorial on battle's anniversary (06/26/03)
LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT, Mont. -- After demanding for decades that their ancestors be given their due, hundreds of American Indians dedicated the first permanent memorial Wednesday to the warriors who wiped out Lt. Col. George Custer and his cavalry in 1876...
Toughman bout video shows woman being punched as she walks away (06/26/03)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A woman who died after a Toughman amateur boxing match was hit repeatedly in the head even after she walked on wobbly legs to her corner, a videotape of the match reportedly shows. The tape shows Stacy Young, a mother of two, taking several blows to the head and being unable to defend herself before she collapsed June 14, the St. ...
Airport screeners may get X-ray vision (06/26/03)
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Susan Hallowell steps into a metal booth that bounces X-rays off her skin, producing a black-and-white image that reveals enough to produce a world-class blush. To the eye, she is dressed in a skirt and blazer in dark, business-like colors...
Company to begin human testing of anthrax drug (06/26/03)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A biotechnology company said Wednesday it will soon start human tests of an anthrax drug that blocks the toxins released by the deadly bacteria. The drug, made by Human Genome Sciences Inc., is envisioned as both protection against exposure to the bacteria and a last-ditch treatment for those who have been infected and are not responding to antibiotics...
Remains may be reburied from Colonial-era cemetery (06/26/03)
NEW YORK -- Remains of some slaves and free blacks that were dug up 12 years ago after the discovery of a Colonial-era graveyard may be finally reburied at the site this fall. The reburial is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4, and it will follow several days of ceremonies to mark the event, said Cassandra Henderson, a spokeswoman for the regional office of the federal agency overseeing the project...
Music companies vow to sue Internet users sharing songs (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- The embattled music industry disclosed plans Wednesday for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against Internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online. The Recording Industry Association of America, citing significant sales declines, said it will begin Thursday to search Internet file-sharing networks to identify music fans who offer "substantial" collections of MP3 song files for downloading...
Abizaid perplexed about Iraqi intelligence reports (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's nominee to oversee U.S. forces in Iraq told a Senate panel Wednesday that he is perplexed that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction have not been found, but is confident they will be. Lt. Gen. John Abizaid, nominated to replace Gen. Tommy Franks as head of U.S. Central Command, also said the number of U.S. soldiers will likely be reduced from the current 145,000, but that "for the foreseeable future, we will require a large number of troops for Iraq."...
Fed cuts rate on interest to 45-year low to get growth (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, still striving to coax the struggling economy to stronger growth, cut a key interest rate Wednesday to its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president. While Fed chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues repeated their concerns that economic weakness could trigger a destabilizing fall in prices, they also noted hopeful signs that recovery from the 2001 recession may finally be picking up steam...
Muppets to help children deal with war, terrorism (06/26/03)
NEW YORK -- The Muppets have more to offer than lessons on numbers, letters and shapes -- now they're teaching children about fear, violence and war. The nonprofit group behind "Sesame Street" announced plans Wednesday to distribute 75,000 copies of a video called "You Can Ask!" that encourages children to ask their parents when they are confused about feelings...
People talk 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
Lee must post bond in lawsuit against Viacom NEW YORK -- Spike Lee, who's suing to stop Viacom International from renaming its TNN cable channel as "Spike TV," must post a $2.5 million bond to cover the media giant's costs if it wins the case, a Manhattan judge said...
Study says physicians miss care guidelines (06/26/03)
Doctors fail to take nearly half the recommended steps for treating common illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes, suggesting that health care in the United States isn't nearly as good as many people thought, researchers say. Treatment guidelines, many written by medical specialty organizations, outline recommended approaches to many common ailments, ranging from painkillers and exercise for arthritis to surgery for breast cancer...
Mansoon rains, construction may pose threat to Taj Mahal (06/26/03)
AGRA, India -- The Taj Mahal has met the mall, and may come out the loser. India's greatest architectural marvel is threatened with possible monsoon flood damage because of work on a nearby riverbank where a $40 million restaurant and shopping complex was planned...
U.S. complex in Liberia hit by shells (06/26/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Shells and rockets pounded refugee-crowded neighborhoods of Liberia's capital Wednesday as rebels pressed home their three-year war to oust President Charles Taylor, wounding hundreds and leaving thousands of others cowering in the coastal city without escape...
Use of thesis on Internet for war called mistake (06/26/03)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's communications chief acknowledged Wednesday that the government made a mistake when it used material from a graduate thesis posted on the Internet to help build a case for military action in Iraq. The admission could elicit new calls for Blair to get troops out of the region, especially after six British military policemen were killed Tuesday in the southern Iraqi city of Basra...
Explosives sent to Greece by ship owner, man says (06/26/03)
MESSOLONGI, Greece -- For weeks, the creaky Balkan Sky languished off the Turkish coast waiting for orders to set sail for Sudan with tons of explosives. Then came a telex from the ship's Irish owner: Forget Africa and divert the cargo to a remote Greek port...
Aussie army gets approval for killing kangaroos (06/26/03)
CANBERRA, Australia -- The Australian army will kill up to 15,000 kangaroos to keep a southeastern army base from being overgrazed, an army spokesman said Wednesday. The Defense Department said the plant-eating marsupials threatened the environment in the 104,000-acre Puckapunyal training ground near Melbourne, said Brigadier Mike Hannan...
Russian leader tours Scotland, talks diplomacy (06/26/03)
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, enjoying royal hospitality on a fence-mending visit to Britain, saw the sights in Scotland's capital with Prince Andrew on Wednesday. The warmth of Britain's welcome in the face of disagreements over the Iraq war was evident Tuesday night at a Buckingham Palace banquet...
Islamic militants OK three-month truce with Israel (06/26/03)
JERUSALEM -- Islamic militant groups signed an agreement to halt attacks on Israelis for three months, a senior official of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction said Wednesday -- a possible breakthrough for the U.S.-backed peace plan. However, an official of the largest militant group, Hamas, said the deal was not final...
S. Korean prosecutor ends summit probe (06/26/03)
By Barbara Demick ~ Los Angeles Times SEOUL, South Korea -- It has all the elements of an intriguing political scandal: offshore bank accounts, a mysterious burglary and presidential aides on covert missions. And like the true classics of the genre, this scandal is likely to leave an indelible mark on how a nation views its history...
Britons give scant attention to anniversary of Orwell (06/26/03)
LONDON -- The centenary of George Orwell's birth passed with little fanfare Wednesday, but the author of some of the most chilling vocabulary of the 20th century has become as much a part of Britain's culture as its closed-circuit cameras and favorite reality TV program...
British forces hunt killers of troops in southern Iraq (06/26/03)
MAJAR AL-KABIR, Iraq -- British forces hunted on Wednesday for Iraqis who killed six of their colleagues during a shooting rampage in which gunmen overwhelmed a group of badly outnumbered military police -- including four cornered inside a police station...
Cuba takes role in custody fight (06/26/03)
HAVANA -- Two American children brought to Cuba by their father were taken into protective custody Wednesday after their mother sought Fidel Castro's help. In a case that recalled the battle over young castaway Elian Gonzalez, state-run television reported that authorities took action after confirming that the mother, Cornelia Streeter, had sole custody of Henry, 10, and Victoria, 8...
China takes step backward in media openness (06/26/03)
By Evelyn Iritani ~ Los Angeles Times BEIJING -- You won't find the June 20 edition of China's hard-hitting Caijing economic journal at newsstands here. That issue, featuring articles on the SARS outbreak and a high-profile Shanghai real estate scandal, appears to be the latest victim of a government retreat from a brief period of post-SARS openness...
Al-Jazeera gets Iraq attack claim (06/26/03)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera on Thursday reported it had received a statement and videotape from an Iraqi resistance group that claimed responsibility for attacks on American forces and threatened more. It was believed to be the first such claim, and the first time a group said it had organized the offensive...
Musharraf backs using foreign troops to stabilize Afghanistan (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday that he favors deployment of tens of thousands of foreign troops to provincial capitals in Afghanistan where warlord rule threatens the country's stability. Musharraf said he's been working closely with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and described the proposal to more than double the international security force as a shared effort to fill a power vacuum that developed after U.S. ...
Europe, U.S. seek review of Iran's nuclear program (06/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- European leaders Wednesday joined President Bush in demanding stronger international inspections of Iran's nuclear program, and said they would act to intercept "illegal shipments" of materials that can be used to develop weapons of mass destruction...
Norman gains experience despite a loss in D-Day event (06/26/03)
Brian Norman of Cape Girardeau went to the largest paintball event in the world to fight for his country in a mock D-Day. He came back a victim, but a more experienced and much more thrilled paintballer. "We thought maybe it would be the biggest in America," Norman said after the trip to Oklahoma this month. "But to break the world record for biggest scenario games was unexpected."...
Fun on the run (06/26/03)
To celebrate his 50th birthday Richard Hengst decided he'd try something new. So a week after his birthday, Hengst entered his first marathon. Now almost three years later, Hengst, a member of the Cape Girardeau Road Runners, has competed in nearly 15 marathons and looks to double that number this year alone...
6-year-old karate kid leads team of state champs (06/26/03)
Spurred on by some of his favorite shows and movies like the "Power Rangers" and "The Matrix," Dante Vandeven is taking a step up in the world of karate. The 6-year-old karate kid from Cape Girardeau captured the ages 11-and-under grand championship weapons trophy at the Shorin-Ryu Pro Am in St. Louis in late April. He has had other successes this year against fighters as old as 17 and stands in first place statewide in sparring, second in weapons and third in forms...
After years of circling the tracks, Wallace will design one (06/26/03)
Rusty Wallace has been racing on tracks all over America for more than three decades. Now he gets to design one. Wallace, of Fenton, Mo., has been called upon to lay out a .875-mile racetrack in Newton, Iowa. "I've got myself involved in a pretty exciting project that started about six months ago," the former Winston Cup champion said. ...
Ford & Sons finds revenge with a 20-run surge at home (06/26/03)
When Sikeston grabbed an early 5-0 lead Wednesday night, the revenge plans of Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team appeared to be in serious jeopardy. But 20 unanswered runs later, Ford & Sons had avenged last week's narrow loss to Sikeston with a resounding 20-5 romp at Capaha Field. The District 14 contest was stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule...
Despite Winston Cup parity, money still drives success (06/26/03)
SONOMA, Calif. -- Winning in any form of racing requires the right combination of people, equipment and luck -- and plenty of money. Just ask Robby Gordon and car owner Richard Childress, who parlayed all of the above into a victory Sunday at Infineon Raceway...
Morris adds big finish to offense's fast start (06/26/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Bo Hart was a lightly regarded minor leaguer in his own organization a week ago. Now he's playing like an All-Star. Hart hit a leadoff homer and went 3-for-5, raising his average to .500 in six games, helping starter Matt Morris and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 Wednesday night...
Roddick lets Rusedski lose his temper, match (06/26/03)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick knows how it feels to get so riled by a call that a tornado of anger swirls and swirls until it renders the racket useless. It was nice to be on the other side of the net this time: Greg Rusedski's profanity-filled tirade at the chair umpire over a disputed point was the beginning of the end of their big-serving showdown at Wimbledon on Wednesday...
Trade talk heats up entering draft (06/26/03)
NEW YORK -- At least one person closely associated with the NBA draft believes there will be several trades made Thursday night, and Marquette junior Dwyane Wade expects he may be a factor in those dealings. "I think there are going to be a lot of trades," Wade said Wednesday, "From four to 13, they don't know what they want to do yet."...
Area digest (06/26/03)
Christian makes another All-American team Southeast Missouri State University baseball product Justin Christian was selected to his second All-American team Wednesday when the American Baseball Coaches Association tabbed the second baseman for third-team honors...
What will the McMenu of the future look like? (06/26/03)
America's love affair with fast food has hit a rocky patch. There is litigation in the air. Nutritionists warn us about trans-fats and super-sizing our way to obesity. Something is not right in the drive-thru, our transport to a half-century of low-cost, high-calorie, turned-on-a-dime comfort food...
Fitness Q&A 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
Jared Tanz, 22
  • What is your favorite exercise? Which exercise is the most effective?"I run every day and lift weights two to three times a week. We do a mixture of road running and sprints and I also ride my bike often." Where do you go to work out and how often?...
  • Health calendar 6/26 (06/26/03)
    Today Blood drive from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. All donors will receive a free T-shirt. Donors should be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Dr. Michael Critchlow will speak about anti-IGE on "Ask your doctor," a call-in medical show that airs from 8 to 9 p.m. ...
    Terror at Conception Abbey (06/26/03)
    June 26, 2003 Dear Ken, Beginning to read your stories about the one-year anniversary of the killings at Conception Abbey near St. Joseph, I confess, the idea of another account about another loner who went on a murderous shooting spree didn't compel me. Haven't we read and seen enough? Would we understand senselessness any better for revisiting the details of how the two monks were shot to death and the other two were maimed?...
    Paul Glueck (06/26/03)
    Paul David Glueck, 34, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Oct. 21, 1968, in Cape Girardeau, son of Larry J. and Sandra Woodward Glueck. Glueck was a 1990 graduate of Parkview School. He worked at VIP Industries until 1997, when ill health prevented him from working. ...
    Mary Ricker (06/26/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Marie Ricker, 92, of Perryville died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Sept. 30, 1910, in Perry County, daughter of Peter and Mary Grace Duvall Geile. She and Burt Ricker were married May 2, 1946. He died June 30, 1981...
    Edna Fulk (06/26/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Edna Fulk, 95, of Anna died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Jonesboro Health Care in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born Dec. 16, 1907, in the Big Creek Church area, daughter of George and Carrie Sinks Garrott. She and Gail Fulk were married April 23, 1949, in Detroit, Mich. He died March 10, 1952...
    Inez Brown (06/26/03)
    CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Allie Inez Brown, 75, of Charleston died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 17, 1928, at Steele, Mo., daughter of Albert Daniel and Mamie Inez Green Dillie. She and Roy T. Brown were married July 24, 1954. He died May 6, 1991...
    Edward Golden (06/26/03)
    Edward Jacob Golden, 69, of Florissant, Mo., died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at his home, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 11, 1933, son of John and Clara Ozenkoski Golden. He and Kathleen Theisman were married June 23, 1956. He later married Lorene Musy Hayes July 1, 1976...
    Laura Cato (06/26/03)
    Laura J. Cato, 68, of Willow Springs, Mo., died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo. She is formerly of Cape Girardeau. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Births 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
    DeNuzzo Son to David Frank DeNuzzo and Deidre Bates Sessoms of Sacramento, Calif., Sutter Memorial Hospital, 1:13 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2003. Name, Alexander Sessoms. Weight, 7 pounds 10 ounces. First child. Deidre is the daughter of Shirley Sessoms and Henry and Tammy Sessoms, all of Cape Girardeau. ...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, June 26 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Ashley S. Bowling, 19, of 201 Holly Drive, Franklin, Ohio, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of soliciting door to door...
    Out of the past 6/26/03 (06/26/03)
    10 years ago: June 26, 1993 Ste. Genevieve, Mo. -- Ste. Genevieve, town that has been called one of nation's best example of French colonial settlement, is in danger of being washed away; now that town has been named by National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of most endangered places in United States, city officials hope they will get levee to protect town from yearly floods...
    Why I hate spam (06/26/03)
    By Bill Gates ~ From The Wall Street Journal SEATTLE -- Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so irritating...
    Cape bridge is critical factor in I-66 route (06/26/03)
    The Cape Girardeau area's interest and hopes for Interstate 66, a proposed east-west highway that could link Cape Girardeau and Paducah, have been revived, thanks to a change in Illinois governors. Under the previous administration of Gov. George Ryan, there was little interest in the coast-to-coast highway that was designated by federal law to go through Illinois. ...
    Scott City needs retention basin for runoff (06/26/03)
    Some Scott City residents have a problem. With heavy rains, drainage ditches overflow and send unwanted water into their homes. When the water recedes, their yards are left with trash and broken tree limbs. The problem lies in concrete culverts that get clogged with debris. Ditches that run along Maple, Clark and First streets consistently have such overflows...
    Dream house winners show God is at work (06/26/03)
    To the editor: In response to the article "Cape couple wins home in drawing to benefit Memphis hospital": I was a very willing participant in the dream-house drawing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I sat at home Sunday afternoon waiting anxiously to hear my name called as the winner. ...
    Let consumers keep more so they spend more (06/26/03)
    To the editor: Raise the amount of money people can earn before it is taxed. This would let people spend more of what they make. The rich won't buy more. Investing in stocks doesn't help if not enough people buy the product. There are fewer of us buying with so many laid off, low interest on savings and high doctor and drug bills. We only need to look at Mexico to see what happens when only a few are rich and the rest are poor. The middle class made this country strong and rich...
    Speak Out 06/26/03 (06/26/03)
    Method to madness SOME PEOPLE keep portraying Gov. Bob Holden's call for the voters to decide whether or not to raise sin taxes and close cavernous corporate tax loopholes stupid, insane and so forth. There is a method to the governor's apparent madness. Trust me...
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