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Chess tournament slated for Saturday (06/27/03)
The June Quick Chess Tournament, sponsored by the Piedmont Chess Club, will be held Saturday at Ralph's Steakhouse in Piedmont,Mo. For more information contact Vernon Greer at (573) 223-3048.
Southeast gets ready to increase tuition (06/27/03)
Students would pay 13.5 to 15.4 percent more in tuition and general fees for the fall semester, most of it to help fund salary increases for faculty and staff at Southeast Missouri State University as part of a $104.3 million budget for the new fiscal year...
School, Cape officials plan connection to Kingshighway (06/27/03)
On Cape Girardeau School District's first day of classes last September, cars lined up for miles along Mt. Auburn Road as parents and students waited up to a half hour to enter Central High School. With only one entrance and exit to the new facility at 1000 S. Silver Springs Road, city and school officials anticipated, and prepared for, some traffic problems. But no one predicted just how bad the situation would be...
Soul of a school takes on new shape (06/27/03)
At this time last year, all of Central High School's belongings were packed away in 18 rented trailers, and Cape Girardeau school officials were anxiously awaiting the completion of a new $22 million building. The school, and its students and staff, have come a long way in the past 12 months. The orange-and-tan building at 1000 S. Silver Springs Road has become home, but only now that the school year has ended has there been time to reflect back on what the relocation meant...
Arraignment date set for man accused of murder (06/27/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man will face first degree murder and other related charges for the May 2 stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend following his preliminary hearing Wednesday before Associate Circuit Court Judge David Mann. Percy Edgar Johnson, 34, is charged with first degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, first degree assault and felonious restraint for the death of Mary Rudd, also of Sikeston...
Jackson firefighter's house burns while family is out of town (06/27/03)
A Jackson house fire brought more than a dozen emergency vehicles Thursday night to a cul-de-sac where firefighters battled to save the home of one of their own. The home of part-time Jackson firefighter John Trowbridge and his wife, Sheila, at 2215 Shannon Court caught fire sometime after 9 p.m., said fire chief Brad Golden...
Exact cause of helicopter crash still unknown (06/27/03)
It may be a more than a month before investigators can say what caused Wednesday's helicopter crash in a Stoddard County cotton field, said emergency management director Bill Pippins Jr. The craft went down near the rural community of Circle City, about four miles north of U.S. 60 on Highway N. The pilot, Joe D. Criddle, 41, of Houston, Miss., was found dead at the scene...
Work of summer art class adorns wall (06/27/03)
Using blue, red, yellow, black and white to their hearts delight, seven youngsters are in the process of leaving a big, vibrantly colored "whimsical work of art" on the wall of a very public location -- and it's all okay with the adults. The group of 11- to 15-year-olds is painting a mural at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park Mall as part of a five-day summer class that ends Saturday...
McCaskill - Audit says state has no way to track tax exemptions (06/27/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri has about 115 ways to avoid paying sales tax, and for almost all of them, the state doesn't know how much tax revenue it's missing, according to an audit released Thursday by State Auditor Claire McCaskill. Missouri's sales tax is 4.25 percent, a figure that does not include sales taxes levied by local governments. But a wide array of purchases are exempt from some taxes, ranging from food and insulin to animals used for breeding or feeding purposes...
Kansas increases university tuition (06/27/03)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Students will pay between 9.8 and 21.1 percent more per semester to attend a state university, the Kansas Board of Regents decided Thursday. It's the second significant increase in tuition in as many years. Regents approved the tuition rates, a day after discussing a report showing Kansas lagging behind some schools in the region in state support of higher education...
Inspection scheduled on car that caught fire (06/27/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The National Highway Safety Administration will inspect the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria that burst into flames last month, killing a highway patrol trooper. Inspectors will conduct the car autopsy of the vehicle driven by Trooper Micheal Newton on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Missouri State Highway Patrol's garage located behind Troop F headquarters in Jefferson City...
Missouri's attorney general bracing for possible budget suits (06/27/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's office is preparing to defend against a variety of possible lawsuits that could be brought as early as next week over the state budget. Chief deputy attorney general Karen Mitchell told a Senate committee Thursday that there is a great deal of uncertainty concerning a litany of relevant constitutional and legal questions...
Ruling prompts dismissal of Missouri charges (06/27/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Supreme Court ruling knocking down Texas' anti-sodomy law appeared to invalidate a similar Missouri statute, prompting a county prosecutor Thursday to drop charges against six men arrested in an adult theater. Gay and lesbian activists celebrated the 6-3 ruling with rallies and parties in Missouri, where years of legislative lobbying to repeal the law had failed...
Former bank employee receives prison sentence (06/27/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A former Southeast Missouri bank employee was sentenced to one year and a day in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $100,000 from her bank, U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender said. Sharon C. Miles, 49, of Viburnum, pleaded guilty in April...
Nation briefs 06/27/03 (06/27/03)
Labor Department suing Enron over pension losses WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department sued Enron and former executives and directors Thursday, including President Bush's friend and contributor Kenneth Lay, for allegedly violating pension laws and hurting Enron employees by mismanaging retirement plans full of overpriced company stock...
People talk 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
Wedding in the future for actor KevinCostner LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Costner is dancing down the aisle again, this time with his girlfriend of four years, Christine Baumgartner. The 48-year-old director and star of "Dances With Wolves" and Baumgartner, 29, announced their engagement Thursday...
Stret racing deaths being blamed on '2 Fast 2 Furious' (06/27/03)
MIAMI -- William Lacasse Jr. had just pulled out of a gas station in his mother's Corvette when two cars zipped by and flashed their hazard lights at the 17-year-old in a challenge to race. Lacasse floored it. Moments later, he crashed into a concrete light pole and was killed -- another victim in a string of deaths around the country that some are blaming on "2 Fast 2 Furious," a movie about street racers that hit theaters three weeks ago...
Longest-serving senator in U.S. history, Strom Thurmond, dies (06/27/03)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a one-time Democratic segregationist who helped fuel the rise of the modern conservative Republican Party in the South, died Thursday. He was 100 and the longest-serving senator in history. Thurmond died at 9:45 p.m., his son Strom Thurmond Jr. said. He had been living in a newly renovated wing of a hospital in his hometown of Edgefield since he returned to the state from Washington earlier this year...
Hundreds pay respects to first black mayor of Atlanta (06/27/03)
ATLANTA -- Hundreds of mourners waited in lines stretching two blocks Thursday to pay their respects to Maynard Jackson, first black mayor of Atlanta. Former President Jimmy Carter was among those who visited Jackson's open casket in Atlanta City Hall, giving a brief speech to 200 relatives and friends of the three-term mayor...
Revamped Medicare bills headed for late-night vote (06/27/03)
WASHINGTON -- Legislation to remake Medicare cleared critical hurdles at both ends of the Capitol Thursday night as the Republican-controlled House and Senate marched toward approval of bills to provide prescription drugs for seniors while giving private insurance companies a broad new role in the program...
Texas woman found guilty in windshield death (06/27/03)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict a former nurse's aide of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body jammed in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage. Chante Jawan Mallard, 27, looked down and cried silently as the judge read the verdict, which could bring a life sentence...
Internet companies, investors agree to $1 billion settlement (06/27/03)
NEW YORK -- Some of the hottest Internet companies of the 1990s boom tentatively agreed Thursday to pay investors at least $1 billion to settle allegations that the dot-coms' initial public offerings of stock were rigged to benefit favored customers...
Court overturns Microsoft injunction in antitrust case (06/27/03)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Microsoft does not have to include a rival's software in its Windows operating system, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in overturning a judge's order. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals represents an overall victory for Microsoft in its drawn-out legal battle with Sun Microsystems over the Java software...
High court strikes down gay sex ban (06/27/03)
WASHINGTON -- What gay men and women do in the privacy of their bedrooms is their business and not the government's, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a historic civil rights ruling striking down bans on what some states have called deviate sex acts...
FBI sting catches nearly 100 insurance scam artists (06/27/03)
CHICAGO -- An FBI agent posing as a personal injury lawyer set up a bogus law office and caught scores of scam artists who staged auto accidents to cheat insurance companies out of more than $1 million, prosecutors said Thursday. So far, 82 people have been charged with mail fraud and other crimes in a sting described by authorities as a significant advance in the fight against insurance fraud. ...
Court strikes down law reviving prosecutions for old sex crimes (06/27/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, ruling in the case of a man accused of raping his young daughters decades ago, said Thursday that the government cannot retroactively erase statutes of limitations to allow prosecutions of old crimes. The decision may overturn as many as 800 child molestation convictions in California, some of them involving Roman Catholic priests, and bar the prosecution of dozens of other pending cases. ...
Sign-up for nationwide no-call list starts today (06/27/03)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Promising the gift of silence for people bedeviled by telemarketers, the government will launch a national do-not-call list today intended to block phone sales pitches from nearly all sources. The national registry, a project of the Federal Trade Commission more than a year in the making, will be inaugurated at a White House ceremony led by President Bush, the FTC said Thursday. ...
Combination pill could cut heart attacks, stoke by 80 percent (06/27/03)
LONDON -- A single pill combining six medications could prevent more than 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes if heart patients, most diabetics and everyone over 55 took it, British scientists said Thursday. However, the American Heart Association cautioned such a pill might be dangerous for healthy people and not strong enough for those with heart trouble. It could also lull some people into persisting with life-threatening habits...
No evidence found linking Iraq, al-Qaida (06/27/03)
TheAssociatedPress UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. terrorism committee has found no evidence linking Iraq to al-Qaida and did not investigate Bush administration claims of such ties, officials said Thursday. The terrorism committee has just completed a draft report charting efforts by countries to track and shut down Osama bin Laden's operations. The report notes success in the war on terrorism stemming from the arrests of some top al-Qaida figures...
Two U.S. soldiers abducted in Iraq; two others killed (06/27/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American troops and helicopters scoured the desert Thursday for two U.S. soldiers who were apparently abducted from an observation post north of Baghdad. Ambushes and hostile fire elsewhere in Iraq killed two U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi civilians and wounded eight other Americans...
Liberia reports up to 300 civilians killed in fighting (06/27/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Angry crowds laid the bloody, maimed bodies of children in front of Liberia's heavily guarded U.S. Embassy on Thursday, shouting blame at U.S. Marines and America for failing to protect Monrovia's people from fighting overrunning the capital...
Volkswagen to end production of Beetles in Mexico (06/27/03)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexicans remained faithful to the old Volkswagen bug long after other countries abandoned it, and the "vocho" repaid that loyalty by being remarkably durable, adaptable and fixable. But a flood of other small, inexpensive cars has lured away drivers and revealed an awful truth: The bug's time has passed. So the world's last new bug -- not to be confused with the new Beetle -- will roll off an assembly line in the city of Puebla this summer, and some are already in mourning...
Palestinian militants step up attacks as cease-fire grows near (06/27/03)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian militants stepped up violence against Israelis on Thursday, dispatching bombers and a teenage gunman even as Palestinian officials and militia leaders discussed the time and place to announce a three-month halt in attacks. The announcement was expected ahead of the arrival this weekend of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Palestinian officials said...
World briefs 06/27/03 (06/27/03)
Saudi authorities arrest key al-Qaida operative RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Authorities arrested one of the alleged al-Qaida masterminds in last month's terrorist bombings in Riyadh in a major blow to Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization. Saudi and U.S. officials said Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi, 29, was in custody. State-run Radio Riyadh, quoted the Interior Ministry as saying the terror suspect surrendered to Saudi police...
Southeast gets first bid for preseason NIT event (06/27/03)
After posting its first appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship game last season, Southeast Missouri State University was rewarded Thursday with an invitation to compete in the Preseason Women's NIT in November. The tournament begins November 14 with 16 teams competing. The field includes seven teams from last year's NCAA Tournament, including the Otahkians' first-round opponent, Utah. Southeast will make the trip to Salt Lake City Nov. 14 for its first game...
Indians just can't pass on Mississippi prep standout (06/27/03)
Southeast adds late recruit who obtained a scholarship release from Murray St. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian When the spring signing period for college basketball ended last month, Southeast Missouri State University men's coach Gary Garner figured his recruiting for the year was over -- unless there was still an available player who was too good to pass up...
Capahas pull an ace with Chavez (06/27/03)
Former Central pitcher moves to front of pitching staff. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian On a pitching staff that has been the strength of the Craftsman Union Capahas baseball team this season, Jason Chavez has emerged as the ace...
Allen advances in Missouri amateur play (06/27/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Mark Allen of Jackson advanced to the second round of the 96th Missouri Amateur Golf Championship with a 1-up victory over Stephen Hopkins of Jefferson City on the first playoff hole Thursday at Hickory Stick Golf Club. Allen advances to today's round of 32 where he will face Jay Helper of Overland Park, Kan. Hepler posted a 3 and 2 victory over Janszen Ringo of Cape Girardeau in another first-round match...
Henman keeps a Hollywood finish possible with sweep (06/27/03)
WIMBLEDON, England -- The fans rose right on cue, clapping, yelling and waving Union Jack flags as the Centre Court scoreboard flashed a five-set victory for the Briton. Now the question is: Will life imitate art in 1 1/2 weeks? The producers of "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Notting Hill" are making a movie called "Wimbledon," about the first English male finalist since the 1930s. Two scenes were shot Thursday, delaying the start of Tim Henman's match...
Prep star joins NBA ranks as top overall pick (06/27/03)
NEW YORK -- LeBron James strode onstage wearing an all-white suit, appropriate garb for a player expected to be the savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, the 18-year-old prep phenom from Akron, Ohio, was the No. 1 choice in the NBA draft Thursday night. He hugged his agent, Aaron Goodwin, then turned and did the same to his mother, Gloria, before pulling on a Cavaliers cap and shaking the hand of commissioner David Stern...
Cards share first (06/27/03)
St. Louis moves into a tie with Cubs after 11-7 victory over Reds. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Tino Martinez went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and rookie Bo Hart had three more hits in the Cardinals' 11-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night...
Watson retains Open touch (06/27/03)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Another first round of an Open, another terrific day for Tom Watson. With memories from his surprising performance at Olympia Fields still vivid, Watson shot a 5-under-par 66 to take a three-stroke lead after the rain-shortened opening round of the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club on Thursday...
Dress for comfort when hunting or fishing (06/27/03)
When the weather becomes cold, we often talk about how to stay warm. However, during the summer months, most outdoorsmen don't concern themselves with clothing, but instead wear a simple pair of shorts, a T-shirt and some tennis shoes. But during the past few years, new technology has meant that you can have better clothing to wear fishing and stay comfortable. ...
Outdoors digest (06/27/03)
Mike Woods of Jackson won the Bass Busters of SEMO Bass Club fishing tournament that ended Sunday on the Ohio River. Woods caught a limit of bass both days using a shallow running Bandit crankbait and Southern Pro tube fished against rip rap rock in 1 to 4 feet of water...
Area digest (06/27/03)
Capahas pull out win in ninth inning WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- The Craftsman Union Capahas scored a run in the top of the ninth inning and defeated the host Southern Illinois Merchants 3-2 late Wednesday night. Gary Gilbert scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the Capahas improved their record to 17-1 heading into today's 6 p.m. home doubleheader against Saline County, Ill...
FanFare 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Blue Jays third baseman Eric Hinske returned to the lineup Thursday after being sidelined since May 24 with a broken right hand. The Blue Jays activated last year's AL Rookie of the Year from the 15-day disabled list before their game against Baltimore...
  • Today only! Joe's folly sale (06/27/03)
    Look. A photograph. Is this column getting classy, or what? What you see there, folks, is a whole bunch of bird feeders and hanging devices. Pretty snazzy, right? Here's the best news: They're yours. Yep. All you have to do is drop by the Southeast Missourian's front lobby and pick them up. They'll be available first thing this morning. They will be available until they're all gone...
    Optimum package in Optima (06/27/03)
    srobertson Kia's Optima offers a pleasant surprise in driving and price Whoever coined the adage "Big surprises come in small packages" could have been sitting in a new Kia Optima. When I checked out this week's test car, a low-priced midsize provided by Auffenberg Kia in Cape Girardeau, I was blown away! Without a doubt, it's the most surprising car I've ever driven. ...
    If you want to save, fix CV boots quickly (06/27/03)
    Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1996 Mazda Protege, and I have at least one cracked CV boot. Right now, I hear a clicking sound when I turn the wheel in one direction. My question is: If I don't replace the boot, what are the consequences?Emil Ray: Well, you'll start to hear a clicking sound when you turn the wheel in one direction, Emil...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Alex and Emma' (06/27/03)
    Three stars (out of four) Alex is a writer and a hypochondriac. Emma is a stenographer and peels her tomatoes. For 30 days in an apartment with chairs too short to hold back the Cuban Mafia, the two work to complete a novel that will save Alex from what scares him most...
    Surviving members of the Grateful Dead regroup (06/27/03)
    The work ethic is inherent. That the four surviving members of the Grateful Dead played a staggering 2,000-plus concerts in their 30-year career, completed a thorough trek together in the fall, and can still perform by telepathy, hasn't stopped them from putting in a solid three weeks of rehearsal for their summer tour. The tour stops at the UMB Pavilion in St. Louis on Wednesday in a 5 p.m. show...
    Artifacts 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
    Libertyfest plans include music, fireworks The Fourth of July celebration called Libertyfest will be held once again in downtown Cape Girardeau. It will include a parade, Shrine clowns, music and a fireworks display. The event will begin with the Patriotic Parade on Wheels at 6:30 p.m. Participants will decorate their bicycles in a patriotic them and ride through the downtown. Registration is at 6 p.m. at the parking lot next to the brick Street Gallery on Spanish Street. There is no fee...
    Eccentricity rules at the Root Beer Saloon (06/27/03)
    ALTO PASS, Ill. When his fellow bikers belly up to the bar at Michael Blank's saloon, there are four beers on tap to choose from -- root beers, that is. Blank and his partner, Cynthia Lucas, claim The Root Beer Saloon is the world's first root beer saloon. True or not, customers are likely to think they've never seen its likes before...
    New on CD 6/27 (06/27/03)
    'Aladdin Sane: 30th Anniversary' "Aladdin Sane," David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust-era long-player, has turned 30. The album finds Bowie slowly abandoning the metallic guitars of the Spiders from Mars to indulge in different styles. Ever the pop chameleon, Bowie slips through decades deftly, mixing eras with a brash wink: '20s cabaret ("Time"), '50s doo-wop ("Drive in Saturday"), '60s garage ("The Jean Genie") and even forward to the '80s ("Aladdin Sane")...
    Dorothy Wilkening (06/27/03)
    Word has been received that Dorothy Cockrell Wilkening, 75, of Medford, Ore., formerly of Cape Girardeau County, passed away Monday, June 23, 2003. She and William "Bill" Wilkening were married July 7, 1953. Survivors include her husband; a son, William Kurt Wilkening of Medford; a sister, Barbara Spurlock of Bismarck, Mo.; and two granddaughters, Brienz and Cedar Ann Wilkening of Medford...
    Laura Cato (06/27/03)
    Laura Jean Cato, 68, of Willow Springs, Mo., died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo. She was born March 25, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Lloyd F. and Annie May Temple Williams. She and David Cato were married April 12, 1958...
    Robert Armour (06/27/03)
    Robert (Bob) Armour, 70, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Naylor, Mo., died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Armour was born Sept. 26, 1932. He was retired as a chief for the Federal Aviation Administration in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of the Naylor Christian Church and Mt. Auburn Christian Church, where he was a deacon. On Jan. 28, 1956, he married Joyce Fowler in St. Louis. She preceded him in death Aug. 17, 1986...
    Marion Nothdurft (06/27/03)
    Marion Lee "Slim" Nothdurft, 86, of Jackson died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Jackson, son of Simon and Jessie Limbaugh Nothdurft. He and Ina Ramsey Lewis were married April 16, 1971...
    Stephen King Sr. (06/27/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Stephen J. King Sr., 46, of Perryville died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 19, 1956, at Ironton, Mo., son of Walter M. and Deslie M. Genthon King. He and Kathy Edmond were married June 24, 1989, at Fredericktown, Mo...
    Births 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
    Sansone Daughter to Timothy and Susan Sansone of St. Louis, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, Thursday, June 19, 2003. Name, Julia Lynn. Weight, 6 pounds 15 ounces. Fourth child, first daughter. Mrs. Sansone is the former Susan Hamm, daughter of Larry and Paulette Hamm of New Hamburg, Mo. Sansone is the son of Anthony and Mary Ann Sansone of St. Louis. He is employed with the Sansone Group...
    Cape fire report 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, June 27 Firefighters responded to the following item Wednesday: At 9:40 p.m., an alarm sounding on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: At 2:29 a.m., a garage fire at 1106 S. Sprigg...
    Patton man seriously injured (06/27/03)
    PATTON, Mo. -- A Patton man was seriously injured Wednesday night in an accident east of Patton. Phillip Mize, 24, was taken by helicopter to St. Francis Medical Center after the 8:46 p.m. accident. It occurred on Highway 72, two miles east of Patton...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, June 27 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Racheal S. Kitchen, 24, of 601 Ruth, Scott City, was arrested Wednesday for failure to appear. Brian L. Carter, 27, of 4912 Charmridge, Apt. 11, Jefferson City, Mo., was arrested Wednesday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear...
    Out of the past 6/27/03 (06/27/03)
    10 years ago: June 27, 1993 The Southeast Missourian will become seven-day morning newspaper this fall when it begins to publish regular Saturday edition on Oct. 2, announces Wally Lage, publisher; last fall the Missourian published several special Saturday issues; it switched to morning publication from afternoon delivery three years ago...
    Corrections 6/27 (06/27/03)
  • Harry Lafoe and Carol Kraemer are Southeast Missouri Hospital volunteers who take pictures of newborns. Their names were misspelled in Thursday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. Due to incorrect information provided to the Southeast Missourian, a story in the June 9 edition reported that Scott City pays $11,200 per year to have grass mown at its three cemeteries. ...
  • Correction 6/27 (06/27/03)
    In the Ford Centennial advertising section that published June 25 and 29 in the Southeast Missourian, a story stated that Dennis Underwood left high school when he was 16. Underwood graduated high school when he was only 16.
    The American media in wartime (06/27/03)
    By Brit Hume I remember joking on "Fox News Sunday" during the Afghanistan conflict that pretty soon someone in the media would report that our bombing of the enemy was actually helping the enemy. And sure enough, about a week later, there was a story in the Washington Post -- based on interviews conducted in a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border -- the thrust of which was that U.S. bombing was making the Taliban more popular...
    Jocelyn Elders raises valid health concerns (06/27/03)
    Dr. Jocelyn Elders was a headline-grabbing U.S. surgeon general during the Clinton administration -- so controversial, in fact, that she was asked to resign in 1994, mainly because of her outspoken views on sex among America's youngsters. But Elders is still able to draw attention to many of the health problems she is passionately concerned about. ...
    Old St. Vincent's is a downtown treasure (06/27/03)
    Cape Girardeau has a significant religious and cultural asset in the downtown area facing the Mississippi River: Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church. This month the church began a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of the building, which still stands today thanks to the dedication and hard work of a loyal band of parishioners who have devoted countless hours and raised thousands of dollars to restore the church and make it available for a variety of community events as well as regular religious services.. ...
    Puppy mills need stricter regulations (06/27/03)
    To the editor: I am writing in response to Barry Horton's letter about the high cost of adopting pets. The reason our shelters are so full is due in large part to the puppy mills which churn out thousands of dogs in conditions which are not fit for a junkyard. ...
    Response to need at Iona Cemetery is very gratifying (06/27/03)
    To the editor: The Iona Cemetery Association wants to thank you for the story about our dilemma after a tornado hit our old rural cemetery. Thanks to Bob Miller's excellent article, the response has been gratifying. Many people have helped us with the placement of scattered tombstones. We hope that in time we will have all the stones in their original positions...
    Insurance agents don't use tactics of political polls (06/27/03)
    To the editor: In your June 25 editorial, "Faulty strategy: How not to sell political ideology," you wrongly equate the sale of life insurance to political push polls. I sold life insurance for 37 years and managed a team of professionals in the field for eight of those years. By all objective measures, I became quite good at it. This activity generated many millions of dollars of tax-advantaged and tax-free wealth for thousands of area residents and their families...
    Speak Out A 06/27/03 (06/27/03)
    Setting speed traps I HAVE decided that the reason people complain about the speed traps in Cape Girardeau is because the speed limits are too low. I spent the weekend in two towns, one slightly larger than Cape, the other slightly smaller. Both towns had wonderful speed limits. ...
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