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Car accident in Union County injures three (07/21/03)
Three people were injured Sunday in an automobile accident on U.S. 51 in Union County, Ill. The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. just north of Bellhill Road. Robert Lee Young, 18, of Wheatly, Ark., was driving northbound on U.S. 51 when he crossed the yellow line and struck a vehicle driven by Robert M. Cowan, 65, of Carterville, Ill., according to the Illinois State Police...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 7/21/03 (07/21/03)
Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings
  • A public hearing regarding an application to the Community Development Block Grant Program on behalf of the Community Caring Council to support the development of affordable housing units.Consent Ordinances...
  • Boys, Girls Club holding summer camp (07/21/03)
    CHRIS PAGANO*cpagano@semissourian.com The computer technology class at the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau summer camp is enjoyed by Jordan Branhan, front and Brayshon Mercier. The two share common favorites: computers and gym.Southeast Missourian...
    Drama workshop for teenagers offered at Cape Public Library (07/21/03)
    CHRIS PAGANO * cpagano@semissouria.com Teenagers attended Cape Girardeau Public Library's "Tuesdays for Teens," part of the summer reading program. The drama workshop, led by Brooke Clubbs, was entitled Improv@the Library.Southeast Missourian About 17 teenagers attended "Improv @ the Library," a drama workshop offered at Cape Girardeau Public Library recently. Part of the summer reading program, "Tuesdays for Teens" began June 17 and concludes Aug. 5 with a teen movie premier and party...
    Military digest 07/21/03 (07/21/03)
    Advance student gets taste of Navy education Joseph L. Moroni, son of Sharon A. and Michael A. Moroni of Oran, Mo., recently participated in the U.S. Naval Academy's weeklong summer seminar program in Annapolis, Md. During the program, Moroni was introduced to academy life through a regimen of academics, physical training, intramural sports, sailing and seamanship, as well as leadership training and social activities...
    Community briefs 07/21/03 (07/21/03)
    Jackson arts council to meet Thursday Jackson Area Arts Council will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jackson City Hall. Old business will include the scenic drive weekend, newsletter, July 4 Art in the Park and the calendar with chairs for charity. New business will include the Homecomer Art Show...
    Gardening now among offenders' community projects (07/21/03)
    In addition to cleaning up graffiti and picking up cigarette butts and trash in parks, Cape Girardeau juvenile offenders are adding gardening to their list of community service projects. The Community Gardening Project, in the back yard of the Cape Girardeau County Juvenile Center, teaches the youths more than just gardening skills...
    Fire damages shop, bar (07/21/03)
    An early morning fire Sunday caused moderate damage to a gift shop and bar at the corner of Independence and Henderson. At 3:45 a.m., the Cape Girardeau Fire Department received a call saying there was a fire in a storage shed attached to the back of Holiday Happenings and Independence Place. Firefighters from Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City spent two hours getting the fire under control...
    Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 7/21/03 (07/21/03)
    7:30 p.m. Public Hearings Hearing to consider the request for voluntary annexation of 4.36 acres of property owned by Gerald and Catherine Stoverink. Hearing to consider the rezoning of 4.36 acres of property in Rosewood Estates 6th Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential) District to R-2 (Single Family Residential) District, as submitted by Gerald and Catherine Stoverink...
    Jackson seeks new home for bucket trucks (07/21/03)
    The city of Jackson has already seen what can happen when an important building is damaged during a storm. Firefighters and police officers had to scramble on May 6 when the police and fire department building was ripped to shreds by a tornado. City officials are in the process now of making sure it will take a tornado -- not just a thunderstorm -- to take out their electric trucks...
    Driven by demand (07/21/03)
    Long waits for taxi service have some Cape Girardeau city residents wanting bus service, which hasn't been offered here in 34 years. Constant complaints from taxi-dependent residents have steered the city council to seek the advice of the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority, whose director, Jeff Brune, believes could help set up a bus system in the city...
    Holden signs sex offender bill despite pending suit (07/21/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of a law that expands public access to Missouri's list of sexual offenders say they aren't concerned about a legal challenge to the list's existence. A group of registered sex offenders in Missouri recently filed a state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that requires sex offenders to register with authorities in their home counties...
    Kansas dairyman finds way to get better milk prices (07/21/03)
    DURHAM, Kan. -- Two years ago, Kansas dairyman Jason Wiebe took a couple of gallons of milk from his Holstein herd and -- with a cheese making book as his only guide -- made his first batch of cheddar cheese in his farmhouse kitchen. As the third generation on his dairy farm, Wiebe was frustrated with the lack of control over milk prices and was desperately looking for a way to get a better price for his milk products...
    KC merchants trying cover charges to reduce teens in district (07/21/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Westport business owners are hoping to appeal to older patrons and reduce the crowds of teenagers who like to hang out in the busy entertainment district. A $1 cover charge will be required to enter the neighborhood after 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and only those 21 or older will be allowed in because vendors sell beer on the sidewalks...
    Criminal justice group includes churches in prisoner rehab (07/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- An organization for blacks working in criminal justice will enlist the help of churches more frequently to help prisoners released back into society. A conference for the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, a corrections-oriented group, started Sunday and lasts five days in St. ...
    Democratic fight has parallels to '80 (07/21/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The situation involved an incumbent Democratic governor who after a troubled first term was considered vulnerable for re-election and another statewide officeholder of the same party who was vocally critical of the chief executive...
    A little effort yields big rewards in visiting the Amish (07/21/03)
    BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- The turn from the paved road onto gravel and the handmade signs signal this destination isn't intended as a big tourist attraction. But with a lot of time -- and a little patience -- exploring Missouri's Amish communities makes for a far-from-standard experience...
    Bankrupt farmers cooperative settles deal for pork unit (07/21/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than a year after choosing bankruptcy over a buyout offer from Smithfield Foods Inc., Farmland Industries Inc. announced it had agreed to sell its pork unit to Smithfield, the largest pork processor in the country. Some farmers and politicians are worried about what the sale will mean for the pork industry, now that Smithfield will hold 27 percent of the market. ...
    FTC renews tariff against Asian crawfish (07/21/03)
    Louisiana's crawfish industry is celebrating another five years of an anti-dumping tariff on Chinese crawfish tail meat. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously last week to keep the tariff, a move that officials say spares the industry...
    Feds seek changes to order in advance of contempt hearing (07/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The government on Sunday asked a Nebraska federal court to modify an order requiring higher Missouri River water levels that conflicts with a July 12 court ruling in favor of lower flows. The Justice Department asked the Nebraska court to alter its ruling to comply with the new order for low flows, and the U.S. Army Corps of Eningeers ordered barge shippers and other river users to secure vessels for lower flows...
    Orchids move into No. 2 sales spot behind poinsettias (07/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- When Isabella Vilbat-Woodcox describes orchids, it's as if she were under a spell, entranced by their color, shape, scent. To her, each orchid is a breathtaking work of art. "If you look at them, they're just mesmerizing," said Vilbat-Woodcox, owner of Beautiful Orchids, a shop in San Francisco. "It's almost like looking at a bird flying."...
    Electronic stability feature for cars not popular in U.S. (07/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- A vehicle control system that has been proven in Germany to cut down dramatically on accidents is available on just 6 percent of vehicles in the United States. Electronic stability control, a feature on one of every three vehicles in Europe, has yet to catch on among American drivers. Many have never heard of it, and that has prompted suppliers to kick off an eight-city tour Wednesday in Washington...
    Pension bill would protect workers' benefits (07/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Americans could put more tax-deferred income into personal retirement accounts and corporations would have to set aside less to cover their defined benefit pension obligations to retirees under legislation that the House may take up this week...
    White House tries variety of responses to uranium claims (07/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The White House defense of President Bush's now-disavowed claim that Iraq was seeking uranium in Africa has evolved over the last two weeks: blame others, stonewall, bury questions in irrelevant information and, above all, hope it will go away...
    CBS chair - Possibility remains of 'Hillbillies' reality series (07/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said Sunday a reality version of "The Beverly Hillbillies" remains a possibility, despite sharp criticism of the idea as a mockery of rural Americans. "Obviously, there's a lot more controversy involved with the show than I ever imagined there would be, including from many labor unions," Moonves told a meeting of the Television Critics Association...
    Lightning strike kills two in Utah (07/21/03)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Two adults were killed and their three children injured by lightning that struck a mountain campground where the family sought shelter under trees. The adults were identified as Richard Goff and his wife, Lisa, both 34. Their children, whose ages were not released, were expected to recover from unspecified injuries, authorities said. The family's hometown was not released...
    NASA debates merits of publicly displaying Columbia debris (07/21/03)
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA officials are delicately seeking advice about what to do with the 84,000 shattered pieces from Columbia, cautiously broaching the idea of putting some shuttle parts on display. There is no precedent for publicly displaying disasters from the U.S. space program. And in the case of Columbia, there are mixed feelings among the survivors of the astronauts...
    Wirt County prepares to welcome home former POW Lynch in style (07/21/03)
    Jessica Lynch's neighbors spruce up their West Virginia county for her homecoming Tuesday By GAVIN McCORMICK Associated Press Writer ELIZABETH, W.Va. -- Jessica Lynch has never seen her home county look quite like this: bedecked, bow-strewn and virtually weedless...
    Black families' strides offset by incarceration, jobless gap (07/21/03)
    Black families' gains in income and education are being undermined -- at least to some degree -- by rising incarceration rates and a persistent unemployment gap compared with whites, the Urban League says in its latest report on the state of black America...
    No criminal charges will be filed in Boston church scandal (07/21/03)
    BOSTON -- No criminal charges will be filed against any church officials in the Archdiocese of Boston for allowing sexually abusive priests to remain in parish work, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office said Sunday. Attorney General Thomas Reilly's report, based in part on an investigation by the state grand jury he convened, documents what happened in the archdiocese and suggests changes to prevent future abuse, according to WBZ-TV of Boston, which cited an unidentified source who has reviewed the document.. ...
    Three held on human smuggling charges after 29 immigrants found (07/21/03)
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Three men faced charges of transporting and harboring illegal immigrants after authorities found 29 immigrants crammed into a house. The immigrants, most from Honduras and Mexico, told police the men were "enforcers" who were holding them until relatives or friends paid the cost of bringing them across the border, the U.S. attorney's office said Saturday...
    Italian premier hopes for warm reception at Bush's Texas ranch (07/21/03)
    CRAWFORD, Texas -- They'll be driving around President Bush's hot, dusty ranch in a pickup truck with Texas plates, but the president and his guest, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, will be playing a game of European politics. The visit Sunday and Monday by Bush's Italian buddy and ally in the war in Iraq gives the president a chance to show the world that not all of Europe is cool to his policies -- that trans-Atlantic relations remain strong even though France and Germany didn't back the war.. ...
    Neighbors discover bullet-riddled bodies in suburban Houston (07/21/03)
    HOUSTON -- When Angel Amador saw neighbors running and heard screams in his normally quiet, tree-lined street, he figured someone needed help. But what he found two houses down was a gruesome scene beyond help: In the living room were the bullet-riddled bodies of Tiffany Rowell, 18, and three of her friends...
    Protesters already making plans for next summer's G-8 summit (07/21/03)
    SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The protesters' ideas range from the fantastic -- pooling money to buy one of this island's multimillion-dollar homes -- to the pragmatic, such as settling for demonstrations 60 miles away in Savannah. As soon as President Bush picked this secluded resort island for next summer's G-8 summit of world leaders, anti-globalization activists were buzzing on the Internet about ways to thwart security that will be thicker than the surrounding marsh grasses...
    Farmers just along for ride in tractors guided by GPS (07/21/03)
    MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Darrell Williams spent part of his childhood behind a mule, plowing the fields on his family's tobacco farm. "It was hot," he said. "I had to follow that plow and that mule. There was no air conditioning on that plow and no shade."...
    Road accident in China kills 23 (07/21/03)
    BEIJING -- A bus plunged more than 300 feet off a cliff in southern China, killing 23 people, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon in Zhijin county in Guizhou province, when the bus was traveling from the capital city of Guiyang to Zhijin, Xinhua said...
    Shiites stage widespread protests; two U.S. soldiers killed (07/21/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's daily barrage of attacks killed two more American soldiers and an Iraqi employee of a U.N.-affiliated relief agency Sunday, while thousands of followers of a hardline Shiite Muslim cleric staged an anti-American protest in the holy city of Najaf...
    Top U.S. general in Iraq predicts growing violence (07/21/03)
    P The Central Command commander said he is establishing an Iraqi "civil defense force" to help U.S. troops. By Robert Burns ~ The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Resistance to U.S. forces in Iraq will grow in coming months as progress is made in creating a new government to replace the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, the top commander of American and international troops in Iraq predicted Sunday...
    Officials - Second nuclear facility possible in N. Korea (07/21/03)
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea would find it hard to secretly build another plutonium production plant, a key step toward making nuclear weapons, South Korean experts said Sunday. Yet they did not rule it out amid suspicions the North may be operating a second facility, possibly buried deep in the mountains...
    U.S. soldiers kill about 24 suspected Taliban militants (07/21/03)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. soldiers killed about two dozen suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan after their convoy came under attack, the military said Sunday. The suspected militants ambushed the convoy Saturday near the town of Spinboldak, said U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Douglas Lefforge...
    Plane crash in Kenya kills 12 American tourists, 2 pilots (07/21/03)
    NAIROBI, Kenya -- A chartered aircraft carrying three families to a game reserve plowed into Mount Kenya, killing all 12 American tourists and the two South African pilots on board, officials said Sunday. The twin-engine Fairchild turboprop hit Point Lenana, the third-highest peak on Africa's second-highest mountain, as a cloudy sky was beginning to clear just before sunset Saturday, said Bongo Woodley, senior Kenya Wildlife Service warden in charge of Mount Kenya National Park...
    Iran inquiry finds Canadian photographer died after beating (07/21/03)
    The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian-Canadian journalist died from a fractured skull caused by a beating, an inquiry conducted by five Cabinet ministers has concluded, Iran's official news agency said Sunday. Zahra Kazemi, 54, died in hospital on July 11, nearly three weeks after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison. She was never formally charged with any crime...
    Former Ugandan dictator in critical condition, coma (07/21/03)
    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- An ailing Idi Amin Dada, whose eight-year presidency of Uganda is remembered for the torture and killing of more than 200,000 people, was in a coma in a Saudi hospital Sunday, medical staff at the hospital said. Amin, believed to be 80, was in critical condition and on a respirator at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Red Sea port city of Jiddah, staff members said on condition of anonymity. He was admitted to the hospital Friday...
    China backs Hong Kong leader as protesters grow quiet (07/21/03)
    HONG KONG -- Government opponents warned Sunday that the political crisis shaking Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa isn't over, despite China's renewed support for him and a lull in the protests that forced him to back down on an anti-subversion bill...
    BBC confirms dead scientist was source for disputed Iraq story (07/21/03)
    LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said he would take full responsibility if an inquiry finds the government contributed to the suicide of scientist David Kelly -- identified Sunday by the British Broadcasting Corp. as its main source in accusing the government of hyping weapons evidence to justify war in Iraq...
    Palestinians ban violent organizations (07/21/03)
    JERUSALEM -- The Palestinian Authority on Sunday outlawed groups that espouse violence, moving to meet a key Israeli demand for action against militants and boosting a U.S.-backed peace plan. The decree -- which came as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem -- is identical to one issued in 1998 but effectively rendered invalid during 33 months of violence that followed the collapse of American peace efforts...
    Liberian militias hold off rebels from capital (07/21/03)
    MONROVIA, Liberia -- Militias loyal to Liberian President Charles Taylor held off a rebel assault on Monrovia Sunday, pushing the invaders back from the two main bridges into the capital during a day of sporadic but fierce fighting. Government forces, who had retreated steadily before a rebel advance Saturday, made the most of the cover provided by the concrete landscape of Monrovia's mildewed downtown, which overlooks the strategic bridges. ...
    Reeves takes title after playoff (07/21/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jake Reeves came from two strokes back in the final round to tie Todd Pinneo at the end of regulation Sunday, then birdied the first extra hole to win the NGA/Hooters Tour Health Facilities Classic at Boothill Golf Club. The victory by Reeves of Knoxville, Tenn., marked the first time this season a player has won two events. He won for the first time in a playoff at Rock Hill, S.C., in April, and lost last month in a playoff in Richmond, Va., to Dave Schreyer...
    Cape team sits atop a tough district pack (07/21/03)
    For the first time in nearly a decade, Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons Senior American Legion baseball team enters the District 14 Tournament as a solid favorite. But manager Tom Reinagel knows not to overlook the other five squads in the double-elimination event that begins today at Harmon Field in Chaffee...
    Race enters its final stretch with Armstrong hanging on (07/21/03)
    LOUDENVIELLE-LE LOURON, France -- Lance Armstrong is starting to consider what once seemed almost unthinkable: losing. He still leads the Tour de France, but Jan Ullrich is a mere 15 seconds behind -- and a new threat emerged Sunday. Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan pulled away from Armstrong in the day's last climb in the Pyrenees and trails by only 18 seconds in the overall standings...
    Johnson captures win, but Kenseth pads points lead (07/21/03)
    LOUDON, N.H. -- Jimmie Johnson proved to be an expert fuel strategist Sunday, conserving his gas to win at New Hampshire International Speedway in a race that widened Matt Kenseth's hold on the Winston Cup points standings. Johnson took the lead with 37 laps to go in the New England 300 and kept a close eye on his fuel gauge to make sure he had enough to hold off Kevin Harvick at the finish in a battle of Chevrolets...
    Cardinals escape LA's home-run exhibition (07/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Woody Williams hit a tiebreaking home run and allowed four of a record nine homers hit in the Cardinals' 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. Rickey Henderson extended his record for leadoff homers to 81 and Jeromy Burnitz homered twice for the Dodgers. Albert Pujols became the fourth player to hit 100 home runs in his first three major league seasons as the teams set a record for home runs by two teams at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962...
    A strange week, a surprise winner (07/21/03)
    SANDWICH, England -- Hardly anyone knew Ben Curtis before the British Open. He was a PGA Tour rookie who had never cracked the top 10. He was No. 396 in the world ranking and a 500-1 longshot with the British bookies. The first reaction from the local caddie hired on the spot to guide Curtis around Royal St. George's was, "Ben who?"...
    Curtis was a 5-year-old who played past dark (07/21/03)
    He grew up on the golf course his grandfather built. So no one should have been surprised that Ben Curtis -- as stunning a British Open champion as there has ever been -- loved golf. Except even his parents had no idea how much until that frantic night back in Ostrander, Ohio, when Bob and Janice Curtis went to look in on their 5-year-old son at 11 o'clock and saw an empty bed...
    Kobe's will and honesty get a grown-up test (07/21/03)
    dwilson I've always been a fan of Kobe Bryant. His strong will and determination on the basketball court, and his mild demeanor off the court, have made him a likeable person. But I'm not sure anyone else will be a Kobe fan after this situation is over...
    Area digest (07/21/03)
    Capahas split two to Evansville, Louisville MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. -- The Craftsman Union Capahas split a pair of games Sunday to out-of-state teams. The Capahas (29-5) defeated Louisville (Ky.) 5-3 in the opener and lost 8-3 to Evansville (Ind.) in the late game...
    Another First - New bank opening in Cape (07/21/03)
    A local banker told me last week that he'd counted up all the banks in the Cape Girardeau and Jackson area and the total comes to 15 different banks and 30 different branches. "It's getting so that even we can't keep them straight," he said. "Now we say, that's Steve Taylor's bank or Roger Tolliver's bank. There's First Missouri, First National, First Commercial, it's First, First, First, First, First."...
    'Bad Boys II' takes in $46.7 million (07/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Bad boys old and new ruled the box office. The buddy-cop flick "Bad Boys II" debuted at No. 1 with $46.7 million, trailed by last weekend's top film, the buccaneer adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," with $33.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday...
    Atkinson spoofs spy game with 'English' (07/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Like so many British funny men, Rowan Atkinson is still waiting for Americans to get him the way the rest of the world does. Atkinson has been a star at home in England and abroad for 20 years with his history-skewering BBC series "Black Adder," the sketch-comedy show "Mr. Bean" and its 1997 movie version "Bean."...
    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer becomes a rare type of star (07/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Regardless of what movie critics say about his explosion-packed movies like "Armageddon" and "Con Air," producer Jerry Bruckheimer is neither big nor loud nor dumb. The slim moviemaker with the low voice, brown hair and gray beard is one of few Hollywood producers whose box-office successes have made him a celebrity. His name is proclaimed in movie ads often as a shorthand for gunfire and wisecracks...
    People on the move 07/21/03 (07/21/03)
    Dobbins to serve on leadership group, council The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention has announced that Southeast Missouri State University president Ken Dobbins has been selected to serve on the President's Leadership Group, a body of higher education presidents and chancellors who have made student substance abuse prevention a priority on their campuses...
    Airline merger deemed right move; terror changed situation (07/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Optimism soared as high as 747s above Lambert Airport two years ago when American Airlines completed its buyout of bankrupt Trans World Airlines, saving thousands of jobs and retaining the St. Louis airport as a vital hub. Two-and-a-half years later, half of those TWA workers have lost their jobs. ...
    Tech firms upbeat, ready for pickup in sales (07/21/03)
    NEW YORK -- A big factor in this year's stock market recovery is the expectation that U.S. companies, particularly small businesses, will increase spending on computers, software and other high-tech equipment. Technology companies, also upbeat, are prepared for a pickup in sales to small businesses. And that means the second half of 2003 should be a good time for small business owners to be buying...
    Workwear becomes popular with young buyers (07/21/03)
  • one of fashion's weirder pairings, punk rockers and skateboarders have for years stocked their closets with Dickies apparel, a brand of work clothes with deep blue-collar roots. Now, with rock groups such as Limp Bizkit and Alien Ant Farm wearing Dickies, the brand's appeal has broadened to ensnare a growing number of male consumers for whom "anti-fashion" is a fashion statement...
  • Business memo 07/21/03 (07/21/03)
    National speaker to talk on customer service Rick Segel, a nationally known speaker, will address the topic of customer service and provide area businesses the tools they need when he presents "Customer Service -- Who Needs It?" from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Glenn Auditorium at Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University...
    Clyde Henderson (07/21/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Clyde Henderson, 83, of Anna died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery...
    Alvin Heffington (07/21/03)
    Alvin Heffington, 61, of Oak Ridge, formerly or Morely, Mo., died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton, Mo.
    Ellis Crowell (07/21/03)
    HERCULANEUM, Mo. -- Ellis Loy "Sloy" Crowell, 64, of Herculaneum, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Friday, July 18, 2003, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Festus, Mo. He was born March 9, 1939, in Sikeston, son of Oscar and Naydeen Crowell...
    Marilyn Manning (07/21/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marilyn S. Manning, 62, of Perryville died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville. She was born Aug. 30, 1940, in St. Louis, daughter of Anthony E. and Georgia Sue Walker Manning. Manning worked for TWA for over 30 years in Chicago and St. Louis, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville...
    Marion Brown (07/21/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Marion L. Brown, 74, of Anna died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at her home in Anna. She was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis., daughter of Herbert and Dorothy Wendelburg Juede. She first married Edwin Ladwing. He died in 1985. She and James H. Brown were married Oct. 10, 1987, in Anna...
    Mary Tripp (07/21/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Mary E. Tripp, 80, of Anna died Sunday, July 20, 2003, in Pueblo, Colo. Funeral arrangements are pending at Lutz & Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
    Cape/Jackson fire reports 7/21/03 (07/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, July 20 Firefighters responded Saturday to the following items:n At 7:20 p.m., a medical assist at 1 N. County Park.
  • At 10:03 p.m., an illegal burn at 220 Independence. Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items:n At 12:39 a.m., a gas order at 1101 William...
  • Cape police report 7/20/03 (07/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, July 20, 2003 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do no imply guilt. Arrests
  • Will Olden, 49, of 404 Kimball, Malden, Mo., was arrested Sunday on a city of Malden warrant for failure to appear...
  • Out of the past 7/21/03 (07/21/03)
    10 years ago: July 21, 1993 Cape Girardeau police closed Big Bend Road early yesterday, giving up battle to keep water off roadway between Olive and First streets; barricades were set up at intersection of Roberts street and Big Bend, allowing only residents to enter; river is expected to crest tomorrow at 47.7 feet and remain at that level three days...
    Surprising poll and more on George Washington (07/21/03)
    Poll: A majority of women are pro-life: The pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women probably wasn't prepared for the results of a poll it commissioned. Of the top 10 priorities cited by the 3,329 women polled, keeping abortion legal ranked dead last. ...
    Bleak assessment of students' writing skills (07/21/03)
    Connecticut, you get a C. The rest of you states, stay after class. That's what national writing test scores seem to indicate, and the problem is getting worse instead of better at some levels. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a program that administers tests to students in all 50 states. It is administered through the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the Education Department...
    Volunteers, planning make events work well (07/21/03)
    Anyone who says Cape Girardeau isn't a happening place didn't avail himself of two recent entertainment opportunities. First there was Libertyfest in downtown Cape Girardeau on the Fourth of July. There were several components, but those that drew the biggest crowds were the municipal band's performance of patriotic music and then the fireworks, shot from a barge in the Mississippi River...
    Administration's aim - Domination of the world (07/21/03)
    To the editor: The real intentions of the Bush administration have always been available to anyone willing to look deeper than the mainstream news. Online documents related to the "Project for the New American Century" are readily available with a simple Internet search. These documents, some of which were written by Perle, Wolfowitz and other familiar names, constitute the general thinking of the neoconservatives holding prominent positions in the Bush administration...
    Save the bridge and make parks along the river (07/21/03)
    To the editor: Cape Girardeau's motto seems to be "Blow It Up! Tear It Down!" Let's take the money our leaders want to spend on some firm to tell us what to do with our City of Pride and City of Roses and save our bridge. Make the old bridge a toll bridge to pay for upkeep. It may look sad, but it could be a diamond in the rough...
    Kinder's 'crises' are attempts to raise money (07/21/03)
    To the editor: Imagine you are the term-limited majority leader of the Missouri Senate, who wants to stay in politics. How do you create buzz so contributors will open their wallets? If you are state Sen. Peter Kinder: You cry about the failure of tort reform and the influence of those nasty trial lawyers, even though the proposed bill is really an insurance-subsidy bill which will not do anything to help the problem...
    Speak out 7/15 (07/21/03)
    Local contest first I'VE READ Scott Moyers' column in which he defends the Convention & Visitors Bureau's decision to hire a consultant to spend $42,000. Moyers insulted everyone with his smart-alecky comments about how we couldn't come up with anything but stupid slogans. ...
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