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First Friday Coffee to feature local projects (07/31/03)
First Friday Coffee will feature presentations from the 2003 class of Leadership Cape Girardeau, where four groups of business leaders will outline community betterment projects. The mission of the Leadership Cape Girardeau Program is to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to the opportunities, realities and challenges of the community...
Military news 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
Spc. Nathan D. Hill recently returned to Hunter Air Base near Savannah, Ga. after serving six months in the Iraqi War. His wife, Shannon, and his mother, Mary, met him upon his arrival from Iraq. He is the son of Mary Hill of LeHigh Acres, Fla. and Kim Hill (deceased) and the grandson of Sherman and Vicky Hill of East Cape Girardeau, Ill...
Nation briefs 07/31/03 (07/31/03)
Bush cites 'progress' in Mideast peace talks WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Wednesday that his goal of establishing a Palestinian state by 2005 is realistic and the United States must help Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his chief of security root out terrorism...
Two area twirlers receive awards at summer camp (07/31/03)
All-American Majorettes Southeast Area Twirlers Nina Moore, left and Victoria Adams were recently named as All-American Majorettes during the MA Private Summer Camp held July 13 to 15. The twirlers were awarded this special nomination after being named as All-Star twirlers during the camp. ...
Groundbreaking ceremony marks site of American Legion building (07/31/03)
Submitted photo Virginia Lowery, left, of 1900 Princeton in Scott City, received the Sunny Village Garden Club Yard of the Month award for July from club member Bobbi Meinz.Southeast Missourian Meeting at the Elks Lodge will be a thing of the past for American Legion members of Louis K. Juden Post 63...
Community digest 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
Parents Without Partners events set From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday a general meeting/orientation will be held at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. The meeting is open to the public. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, members can take their children for free to Go Carts/Miniature Golf at Big River Grand Prix in Cape Girardeau...
Southeast president OKs contract (07/31/03)
Dr. Ken Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, accepted a five-year contract Tuesday to continue in his current position. Don Dickerson, president of the board of regents, said the group offered Dobbins the contract because of his "outstanding leadership over the past four years."...
On borrowed wings (07/31/03)
A fledgling bald eagle made his first long-distance flight Wednesday -- although he didn't get to use his wings. The injured bird was loaded aboard a small Cessna 172 airplane at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport bound for the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia...
Jackson works on site to attract more industry (07/31/03)
From the tomatoes in the neighbor's garden to the city's population, economy and retail stores, everything seems to be growing in Jackson these days. But there is one portion of Jackson's nature that has not kept up with the flourishing trend: industry...
Perryville's state representative may seek Senate seat (07/31/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Freshman state Rep. Kevin Engler will explore the possibility of running for the Missouri Senate next year, a move that could open up his seat in the House of Representatives. "I'm going to test the waters," said Engler, a Republican...
Port authority hopes to raise interest in property (07/31/03)
In a ceremony Wednesday attended by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and several local administrators, the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority unveiled a $500,000 project intended to attract industry to its Scott County port. The port currently faces a lack of land above flood level. The project will address that need by elevating a 12-acre plot of land adjacent to its slackwater harbor above flood level...
Bridge work halts traffic, frustrates drivers over river (07/31/03)
Some were cussing, others were sweating and at least one person took the opportunity to become an armchair highway planner as a long line of drivers sat stock-still in their automobiles Wednesday morning. For as much as 30 long minutes, the drivers sat in the muggy heat as captives to an inspection and minor work on what already has become known as the "old Mississippi River bridge."...
Scott County deputy injured by inmate (07/31/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott County sheriff's deputy was injured Saturday during an altercation with an inmate in the jail, said Sheriff Bill Ferrell. Staff members were conducting visitation when an inmate refused to go back into his cell. The inmate, Orlando Carter, pinned deputy Justin Swiney against a wall. Several other jailers rushed to assist Swiney in subduing Carter. Deputy Jeff Schmitt suffered a fractured hand during the incident...
Springfield man dies after fight breaks out (07/31/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri man died of a head injury after a fight broke out near downtown Springfield. Police were questioning three men Wednesday, but no state charges were filed. Police arrived about 2 a.m. Wednesday to find two men down. Both were taken to a city hospital...
State gains jobs; jobless rate rises (07/31/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.6 percent in June, although the number of Missourians employed also grew, the Department of Economic Development said Wednesday. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up three-tenths of a percent from May, meaning about 168,600 Missourians were out of work, the department said...
Mayor signs bill banning smoking in city buildings (07/31/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Mayor Francis Slay has signed into law a bill banning smoking in all city buildings. Slay signed the bill Tuesday. The law is effective immediately. The bill, sponsored by Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr., was approved by the board of aldermen on July 18...
Fed survey shows additional signs of improving economy (07/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- America's economy, which has been poking along, displayed fresh signs of gaining momentum in June and the first half of July, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its latest snapshot of U.S. business activity. Most of the Fed's 12 districts that were surveyed suggested stronger growth in their regions. ...
Pentagon - China is building missile stocks, aiming at Taiwan (07/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- China is boosting its missile stocks and military budget to prepare for what could be a quick and brutal showdown with Taiwan -- and to prevent U.S. forces from getting in the way, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Defense officials said China was emphasizing a "surprise, deception and shock" doctrine in its campaign against Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province...
Bush says he supports law defining marriage as man-woman union (07/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Wednesday he respects homosexuals but draws the line at gay weddings, and he disclosed that government lawyers are exploring measures to legally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. "I think it is very important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those with good hearts, to be a welcoming country," Bush said...
Despite economy, most observers see Calif. recall as rare (07/31/03)
Take a weak economy. Watch jobs disappear. Raise taxes, cut programs. Let the resentment build. The perfect scenario for a governor to face a recall, political strategists say. But while those elements are already in place for most states, California is the only place holding a recall election...
Schwarzenegger said to be leaning against run for governor (07/31/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Schwarzenegger has played the role of Hamlet more than Terminator in recent weeks, deliberating whether to be or not to be a candidate for governor of California. Now the actor, who turned 56 on Wednesday, appears on the verge of opting out of the role of a lifetime. His advisers say an announcement that he is not running in the Oct. 7 recall election against Gov. Gray Davis could come within days...
People talk 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
Oprah saying aloha to beachfront property Oprah Winfrey, already the owner of 100 shorefront acres in Hana, reportedly is shopping for more Maui real estate. Winfrey and Bob Greene, her friend and former personal trainer, have made offers on several properties in Kula, the Maui News reported Wednesday...
NY Times announces plans to hire three new editors (07/31/03)
NEW YORK -- After an 11-week internal investigation of the Jayson Blair scandal, The New York Times said Wednesday it will create the first ombudsman's position in its 152-year history and re-examine the newspaper's policies on datelines, bylines and anonymous sources...
Cochlear implants in children linked to bacterial meningitis (07/31/03)
BOSTON -- Children with cochlear implants to restore hearing have a small but increased risk of dangerous bacterial meningitis, and parents should watch for symptoms and make sure their youngsters are vaccinated, a government study concludes. About half of the increased risk appears to be due to one model of implant that was taken off the market a year ago. Nevertheless, those with other brands are still about 16 times more likely than usual to have bacterial meningitis...
Bush - New al-Qaida threat 'real' (07/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush took personal responsibility for the first time Wednesday for using discredited intelligence in his State of the Union address, but predicted he would be vindicated for going to war against Iraq. He also warned of possible new al-Qaida attacks, possibly involving airlines...
AMA offers online doctor guide for gauging driver safety (07/31/03)
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association is offering a new Internet guide to help doctors decide whether their elderly patients are still fit to drive. "It's a lot easier to prevent tragedy than to deal with tragedy once it has occurred," said AMA trustee Dr. John H. Armstrong, a trauma surgeon in San Antonio. "This guide is all about preventing the tragedy."...
Bob Hope buried after private funeral (07/31/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Hope, who performed for millions of people in his career, was buried Wednesday following a private funeral Mass attended by about 100. "There was a short Scripture reading at the cemetery, then all of us gave one final standing ovation and we left," said Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, who accompanied Hope on countless United Service Organizations tours to entertain U.S. troops overseas...
Rock 'n' roll pioneer dead (07/31/03)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley and helped usher in the rock 'n' roll revolution, died Wednesday. He was 80. Phillips died at St. Francis Hospital, spokeswoman Gwendolyn McClain said. No details were available about the cause of death or how long he had been hospitalized...
Police say woman's claim to be missing girl was 'cruel hoax' (07/31/03)
THORNTOWN, Ind. -- A woman who called the parents of a missing girl and claimed she may be their long-lost daughter was charged Wednesday with committing a cruel hoax. Donna L. Walker, 35, of Topeka, Kan., was charged with identity deception and false reporting. Her whereabouts were not known on Wednesday, authorities said...
Mideast officials meet to iron out next steps (07/31/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel is proposing a troop pullout from two more Palestinian towns in the wake of meetings between the two sides' leaders and President Bush, officials said Wednesday. The pullout, along with release of Palestinian prisoners, an Israeli security barrier going up along the West Bank and Israel's demand to dismantle violent Palestinian groups were on the agenda at a meeting late Wednesday between Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Mohammed Dahlan, the Palestinian minister in charge of security.. ...
Heavy fighting flares despite rebel cease fire (07/31/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- An advance inspection team of a long-promised multinational peacekeeping force headed to Liberia's besieged capital Wednesday, as explosions and gunfire rocked Monrovia despite a new rebel pledge to cease fire. Nigerian military commanders and other team members boarded a military plane in Ghana for Monrovia, where authorities said the team would assess conditions for a peace force pledged since rebels opened attack on the refugee-crowded capital in June...
World briefs 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
Stones play Toronto to combat SARS image TORONTO -- Tens of thousands of sun-drenched revelers gathered Wednesday for a star-studded outdoor bash -- headlined by the Rolling Stones -- aimed at showing Toronto is free of SARS and ready to rock. Organizers hope the concert will revive tourism in Canada, particularly in Toronto, where two springtime outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome devastated the crucial industry...
Last Volkswagen rolls off Mexican factory line (07/31/03)
PUEBLA, Mexico -- Volkswagen is saying goodbye to its icon, the Beetle, ending production and sparking an international battle among collectors who want a final reminder of the car that was popular with everyone from post-World War II suburbanites to hippies...
BBC - Sonar ends argument over Loch Ness monster myth (07/31/03)
LONDON -- The Loch Ness monster is a Loch Ness myth. That's the conclusion of the British Broadcasting Corp., which says a research team that trawled the lake came up with no signs of the famous Nessie. The team used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to sweep the entire loch, but found no trace of a monster or any other large creature, the BBC reported this week...
OPEC - Increased oil output unlikely (07/31/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC's president joined oil ministers from several of the cartel's member countries Wednesday in reinforcing expectations that they won't change crude output when meeting to reassess a market that seems to be going all their way...
'Digital division' plots course so infantry can find Saddam (07/31/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- The Americans are hunting Saddam Hussein using tattered documents, dusty tanks -- and satellites and flying robots. The U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, dubbed the "digital division" because of the technology it uses, is combining the low-tech skills of traditional soldiering with high-tech gadgets in its hunt for the fugitive Iraqi dictator...
Iraqi interim council names first president (07/31/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- After weeks of struggling to choose a leader, Iraq's U.S.-picked interim government named its first president Wednesday -- a Shiite Muslim from a party banned by Saddam Hussein. U.S. troops, meanwhile, pressed the hunt for the ousted dictator and officers said it was "just a matter of time" before he is caught...
Newspaper argues for release of records in Clemons case (07/31/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Records gathered for the prosecution of former University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons should be publicly disclosed because no law closes them, an attorney for a newspaper argued Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked to see cell phone records, grand jury depositions and other records collected by law enforcement officials in building their case against Clemons...
Big quarterback questions abound in Big 12 (07/31/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quarterbacks: How to protect them? How to replace them? Who starts? The position raised some of the biggest question marks Wednesday during the first of the Big 12 Conference's two preseason media days. Texas A&M, for one, has an unsettled depth chart at quarterback -- not that first-year coach Dennis Franchione is complaining...
Dotson gives jailhouse interview (07/31/03)
WACO, Texas (AP) -- The man charged with killing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy suggested he acted in self-defense in a jailhouse interview and said he has been hearing voices, a newspaper reported Wednesday. "I thought he was my friend but he betrayed me," Carlton Dotson told The Dallas Morning News in a story in Thursday editions. ...
Rodders take their show on the road for Kentucky event (07/31/03)
A local group of hot-rod fans will spend their weekend in Louisville, Ky., for the annual Street Rod Nationals, a get-together that attracts street rods, fans and product vendors. Larry Kaempfer said he and about a half-dozen other members of the 40-member River City Rodders made the trip for the annual convention that began Wednesday and ends Saturday. ...
A friend in War time (07/31/03)
To go to the Annual American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championships Show you need a good horse and you have to be a good companion. Marty Barry, a 16-year-old junior at Advance High School, has a good horse and a good relationship with it. That combination has led her to the annual competition every year since 1997...
Cape Legion team enters zone event with a title win in mind (07/31/03)
Tom Reinagel figures there is no reason Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons can't win the Zone 4 Tournament and reach the American Legion State Tournament for the first time since 1995. His players agree. Cape (25-14) opens the five-team, double-elimination zone event at Heine Meine Field in St. Louis today with a 5:30 p.m. game against Ballwin (30-12)...
Rookie powers a Cards blowout (07/31/03)
MONTREAL -- Dan Haren helped stake himself to a big lead before he'd even thrown his first pitch. Then he made sure not to waste it. The St. Louis rookie pitched seven shutout innings, and Mike Matheny hit a three-run double in a seven-run first to lead the Cardinals over the Montreal Expos 11-1 Wednesday night...
Stewart back at Indy with last season behind him (07/31/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Stewart left Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year trying desperately to hold his career together. He had punched a photographer after the Brickyard 400, the latest blow to the image of NASCAR's bad boy. As he had done so many times before, Stewart picked himself up and moved on -- all the way to winning his first Winston Cup championship...
The weed ahead in motorsports (07/31/03)
area events FRIDAY
  • Late models, modifieds, pure stocks, mini stocks at Fredericktown Raceway, 7:30 p.m. Late models, modifieds, hobby stocks, pure stocks, cruisers at Malden Speedway, 7:30 p.m.Saturday
  • Karts, ATVs at SEMO Raceway, Blodgett, 6 p.m...
  • Offensive tackle wild on field, thoughtful off it (07/31/03)
    MACOMB, Ill. -- Surrounded at a table by born-again Christian teammates, Kyle Turley, the tattoo-covered, wild and crazy, helmet-tossing offensive tackle for the Rams, felt right at home. "The religious right?" said Turley, who observes no organized religion. "Certain people have certain viewpoints on life and certain people have others...
    Sideline chatter 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
    Sideline Chatter Fancy meating a bull here Next time you order beef at the outdoor café across the street from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, make sure you stipulate that it's cooked. Patrons there last Wednesday were startled to see a bull -- an escapee from the Days of '47 Rodeo at the arena -- come rampaging their way. The bull leaped down a 6-foot ledge and destroyed a dining table before he was lassoed and returned to the show...
    Area digest (07/31/03)
    Kelso Klassic games set for this weekend KELSO, Mo. -- The 19th annual Kelso Klassic, which was postponed in June because of rain, is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Kelso City Park. Teams from Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee make up the 14-team field that will compete in a double-elimination format. ...
    Health calendar 7/31 (07/31/03)
    Today Preparation for childbirth class 2 meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in conference room at Healing Arts Center. For information, call 331-5107. Grief Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in conference room A at St. Francis Education Center. For information, call Denise Essner at 651-4617...
    Will cancer ever be cured? (07/31/03)
    Not long ago, the defeat of cancer seemed inevitable. Decades of research would soon pay off with a completely fresh approach, an arsenal of clever new drugs to attack the very forces that make tumors grow and spread and kill. No more chemotherapy, the thinking went. No more horrid side effects. Just brilliantly designed drugs that stop cancer while leaving everything else untouched...
    Fitness Q&A 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
    Scott Crosier, 25
  • What is your favorite exercise/which exercise is the most effective?"It's important to do leg workouts, legs are the biggest muscles in the body, which helps burn more calories." How do you stay physically fit? "I like to do individual body part workouts."...
  • One day to float on the ceiling (07/31/03)
    "People travel to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering." -- St. Augustine...
    'Heaven Can Wait' - Whose body is this? (07/31/03)
    Prize fighter/commercial pilot/saxophonist Joe Pendleton (Justin Moore) is prematurely whisked from the mortal coil by over-eager celestial messenger (Claire Edwards). She and her boss, Mr. Jordan (Justin Spaeth), spend the rest of "Heaven Can Wait" trying to find a body the picky Pendleton is willing to inhabit...
    Arnold's Austrian popularity jumps as he contemplates race (07/31/03)
    VIENNA, Austria -- It's a question that's got Austria abuzz: Will the Terminator become the Governator? He's been all but forgotten at home for years, but there's total recall in Austria now that native son Arnold Schwarzenegger has his eye on the California governor's mansion...
    Katheryn Baker (07/31/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Katheryn Baker, 81, of Greenwood, Ind., died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at her home. She was born July 2, 1918, in Vienna, Ill., daughter of James W. and Katherine Holcomb Wallace. Baker was raised in Cairo and was a 1936 graduate of Cairo High School. She was a member of the Church of Christ...
    Jeffrey Edmundson (07/31/03)
    With sad hearts we announce the death of Navy Airman E-4 Jeffrey Wayne Edmundson. He was born Dec. 7, 1983, in Cape Girardeau. He graduated from boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., last year and was sent from his naval base, Point Mugu, Calif., to the Gulf to help fight the war on terrorism aboard the USS Constellation...
    Doris Profilet (07/31/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Doris Anne Profilet, 72, of Temple Hills, Md., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at Bradford Oaks Nursing Home in Clinton, Md. She was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Cairo, daughter of James W. and Katherine Holcomb Wallace. She married Stephen Profilet...
    Jimmy Yarbro (07/31/03)
    Jimmy L. Yarbro, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born July 9, 1934, in Halls, Tenn., son of Louis C. and Vera L. May Yarbro. He and Mary Hopson were married Feb. 14, 1955, in West Palm Beach, Fla...
    Villa Armour (07/31/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Villa Bernice Armour, 91, of Alton, Ill., formerly of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Alton. She was born Nov. 6. 1911, in Alto Pass, Ill., daughter of James C. and Rose Etta Stone Smith. She and Fred L. Armour were married in 1928 at Cobden, Ill...
    Corene Morrison (07/31/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Corene L. Morrison, 88, of Perryville died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 7, 1914, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of Solomon and Sophia Blattel Heisserer. She and LeRoy Francis Morrison were married April 28, 1938. He died Jan. 6, 1997...
    Lillie Welter (07/31/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Lillie M. Welter, 88, of Benton died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 4, 1915, at Commerce, Mo., daughter of Nick and Nellie Arnold LeDure. She and Victor Louis Welter were married Jan. 24, 1933, at New Hamburg, Mo. He died Oct. 24, 1975...
    Ruth Voyles (07/31/03)
    Ruth Voyles, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 30, 1919, in St. Louis, daughter of John and Lena Sencibaugh Hodges. She and Vernon Maull were married Oct. 18, 1941, in St. Louis. He died Oct. 18, 1961. She and Tommy Voyles were married in 1974 at Lesterville, Mo. He died Feb. 7, 1998...
    Jack Bewley (07/31/03)
    Jack Bewley, 59, of Brookland, Ark., died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at St. Bernard Medical Center. He was born June 17, 1944, in Russellville, Ark. Bewley lived in the Jonesboro, Ark., area most of his life. He served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include two sons, Michael Bewley of Sikeston, Mo., Jason Bewley of South Bend, Ind.; two daughters, Gayla Clayton of Sikeston, Teresa Bewley of South Bend; six brothers, Sonny, John and Buster Bewley of Jonesboro, Hubert Bewley of Matthews, Mo., Sherman Bewley of South Bend, Tom Bewley of Cape Girardeau; three sisters, Janice Carter of Fort Smith, Ark., Cricket Baker and Joetta Bandy of Jonesboro; and six grandchildren.. ...
    Jimmy Hester (07/31/03)
    Jimmy Lee Hester, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born March 5, 1955, in Mt. Vernon, Ill., son of Earl David and Imogene Edson Hester. He and Sherry Kay Hughey were married Sept. 5, 1992, in Perryville, Mo...
    Births 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
    Roark Daughter to Rennard R.N. and Laura Michelle Roark of Glenallen, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:22 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2003. Name, Allyson Ray. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Roark is the daughter of Pam Strong of Marble Hill, Mo., and Mike Strong of Scopus, Mo. Roark is the son of Rennard and Tammy Roark of Scopus. He is employed at Roark Wood Products in Marble Hill...
    Cape fire report 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, July 31 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 8:01 p.m., electrical short at 1110 William. At 8:36 p.m., medical assist at 2048 Big Bend Road. At 10:16 p.m., medical assist at 2427 Melrose. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 12:01 a.m., medical assist at 1233 N. Spanish...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, July 31 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Theresa L. Johnson, 30, of 114 McBride, Cairo, Ill., was arrested Monday on suspicion of making a false declaration...
    Out of the past 7/31/03 (07/31/03)
    10 years ago: July 31, 1993 Weary flood workers and sandbaggers who have battled flooding Mississippi River and Diversion Channel most of July are bracing for what they hope will be final battle: Fighting all-time-record crest of 49 feet; yesterday, National Weather Service revised Cape Girardeau Mississippi River flood crest up one-half foot; it's still expected to crest on Thursday, barring any significant and prolonged rain to north...
    Clarification 7/31 (07/31/03)
    Chris Seyer is an associate registrar at Southeast Missouri State University. His formal position was not clearly stated in Wednesday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
    Regulating fireworks (07/31/03)
    Almost as though they'd planned it together, the Cape Girardeau City Council and Jackson Board of Aldermen met last week and discussed banning some or all fireworks inside their city limits. In Jackson, the discussion was a reaction to a plea from firefighter John Trowbridge, whose home was damaged severely June 26 when a firework shot off by children landed in some landscaping near the house...
    Illinois institutes tuition guarantees (07/31/03)
    State colleges and universities in almost every part of the country are getting ready to impose their stiffest tuition and fee increases in a decade. Illinois is no different in that regard. Tuition in the Land of Lincoln will increase 5 percent at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and an average of 14 percent for all the public universities, news agencies in that state report...
    Plea bargain leaves plenty of questions (07/31/03)
    To the editor: This letter is in response to the July 26 article about the woman who pleaded guilty to theft from schools. The article sets out the facts of how the case was handled by the court system, but it leaves me with a number of unanswered questions and some anger over the lack of regard for money stolen from taxpayers...
    Thank you, AmerenUE, for repair work (07/31/03)
    To the editor: My power was out until 1:45 a.m. Tuesday after the thunderstorm. I am really grateful to those who worked so hard at getting the power restored. Our house was so hot we couldn't rest, but I know those men were working as quickly as they could. Thank you, AmerenUE, for a job well done...
    Jackson FD, many others are appreciated (07/31/03)
    To the editor: Recently, our family was dealt a dose of bad luck, having experienced a fire at our shop and warehouse in the Jackson Industrial Park on Lenco Avenue. The good news is not one was seriously hurt. We hope the two firemen who had minor injuries have fully recovered. While there is substantial material damage, it can be repaired in time...
    Scott City history - Railroads, boats and highways (07/31/03)
    To the editor: In response to the people who have desired to get rid of the trains in Scott City: If it weren't for the railroad, you probably wouldn't have a town called Scott City. I know that you wouldn't have a an overpass. If it weren't for the majority of people living in Scott City being railroaders and truck drivers and working on the river, Scott City would never have grown to the town that it is now. ...
    Writing tests skewed by lack of incentives (07/31/03)
    To the editor: I too was disappointed when I read the latest results of the national writing test, and I agree with your editorial's conclusion that writing skills are "an absolute necessity to be a successful student." However, I am dubious about the data compiled by the National Assessment of Education Programs that administers the test for the U.S. Department of Education...
    Speak Out A 07/31/03 (07/31/03)
    A LOT of our troops in Iraq are great men and women. I think they're the best. A lot of them are coming to their senses. They think staying in Iraq is meaningless. This war is unnecessary, a lot of them are saying, and they think Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld should resign. They're on the right track. We weren't attacked. It wasn't Iraq that attacked us...
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