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Arrests of two Poplar Bluff men clear up 19 burglaries (08/01/03)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The recovery of thousands of dollars worth of property and the arrest of two Poplar Bluff men has ended investigation into at least 19 area burglaries. Jackson Sharp Jett, 47, and Steven Eugene Dover, 43, were charged Thursday with the Class C felony of second-degree burglary, according to the Butler County prosecuting attorney's office...
Missouri Southern Healthcare acquires Rehm Clinic (08/01/03)
DEXTER -- The medical community in Dexter just became larger and more unified. In a matter of one week, Missouri Southern Healthcare (MSH) has dramatically increased the number of clinics and physicians available to serve the citizens of Dexter and the surrounding areas...
Today marks 140th anniversary of Round Pond massacre (08/01/03)
Back in the early 1920s, W.W. Davault was a country doctor living in Allenville. Sometimes he would take his little boy, Hughes, in the buggy when making a call to Rum Branch or another tiny community. One day his father turned in at Round Pond and pointed into the water...
Living by letters (08/01/03)
The grocery store and the dance hall are gone. The number of cars that drive by in a day far outnumber the people living within the city limits. It's a familiar scene across the nation. And yet, something remains. It has lasted through decades of closed stores and job layoffs. As long as it was there, a town still existed...
Some rural theaters won't show R-rated filmps (08/01/03)
ROCKY FORD, Colo. -- If 17-year-old Michelle Rodriguez wants to see Hollywood's latest buddy-cop action movie, "Bad Boys II," she'll have to drive 60 miles through prairie fields on a two-lane highway. It's not that her hometown lacks a movie house. In fact, the Grand Theater shows films every weekend in this once-bustling farming town, population 4,000...
Region briefs 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
Deputy injured in altercation with prisoner BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott County sheriff's deputy is recovering from an injury sustained during an altercation in the county jail. Department staff were conducting visitation Saturday when an inmate, Orlando Carter, refused to go back to his cell, according to Sheriff Bill Ferrell. When deputies attempted to return him to his cell, Carter reportedly rushed deputy Justin Swiney and pinned him against the wall...
Suspects arrested in 1998 murders of Arkansas family (08/01/03)
DALTON, Ark. -- Citizens in Dalton, a small northeastern community in Arkansas, may sleep a little better tonight knowing suspects have finally been arrested in connection with the quadruple murder case that claimed the lives of the Elliott family in 1998...
Sharpton lends support effort for more minority contracts (08/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A small but loud group of protesters on Thursday crashed the party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the MetroLink light rail system, voicing unhappiness over the lack of minority-owned firms involved in expanding the system. Activist and Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton was among 20 or so protesters who walked through the event outside Union Station, where a few hundred people gathered for cake and to hear speeches from civic leaders. ...
Economic report shows bleak outlook for state (08/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's budget will resemble a "train wreck" because of structural budget problems that won't be solved even if the state economy improves, a former state budget director says in a new report. Jim Moody, a lobbyist who headed the budget office under former Republican Gov. John Ashcroft, said appropriations for the 2005 budget year that begins July 1, 2004, are likely to again far exceed available state revenues...
First days outside prison tough for former death row inmate (08/01/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the days since he's been out of prison, Joseph Amrine says he's struggled with strange contraptions like television remote controls and cordless phones. "I couldn't turn the TV on," Amrine, who spent 26 years in prison -- 17 of them on death row for a murder he didn't commit -- told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday. "I couldn't answer the phone."...
People who sued Bakker net $6.54 (08/01/03)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A 16-year-old, class-action lawsuit against disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker has netted $6.54 payments for the 165,000 plaintiffs. Meanwhile, their lawyers will get $2.5 million of a $3.7 million settlement fund, the Citizen-Times of Asheville reported Thursday...
Tax amnesty available again for overdue Missourians (08/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Overdue Missouri taxpayers are getting another chance to come clean without paying penalties or interest under a program that last year raked in more than $70 million in overdue taxes for the cash-strapped state. The so-called tax amnesty period begins today and runs through Oct. 31...
Illinois school district rolls out bicycle ban (08/01/03)
WAUCONDA, Ill. -- Biking on campus will no longer be allowed at Wauconda Grade School after officials banned bicycles for safety reasons. The ban, which starts Aug. 27, has prompted protests from parents and children, some of whom plan a protest ride at the school board's Thursday meeting...
Vandals cause $100,000 in damages to Cairo school (08/01/03)
CAIRO, Mo. -- Vandals who destroyed computers, televisions and VCRs at Northeast R-IV School in north-central Missouri caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, Superintendent Marge Gibson said. The vandalism occurred sometime over the weekend and was discovered Sunday evening. Det. Cpl. John Johnson of the Randolph County Sheriff's Department said two juveniles had been arrested by Thursday and turned over to juvenile authorities...
MU arena tax burden may outstrip revenue (08/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- University of Missouri officials anticipate mandatory donations for the privilege of purchasing season tickets to Tigers' basketball games at the school's new arena will annually generate between $300,000 to $1.8 million more for athletic scholarships than the university currently receives...
Delayed tax holiday surprises buyers (08/01/03)
As the school year approaches, some Missouri consumers have been getting excited about a sales-tax holiday measure signed into law this year that would exempt most school supplies from state and local taxes. Problem is, the tax break won't be available until next year...
Workers discover Indian remains doing road work (08/01/03)
JANE, Mo. -- A security company was hired to protect a highway construction site in southwest Missouri after construction crews uncovered American Indian remains along U.S. 71, said Kent Boyd, a state highway department spokesman. The step was taken as a precaution because the burial site is about 25 feet from the highway, Boyd said...
Police investigate $1 million theft from Independence church (08/01/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A Baptist church that lost members in recent months over concerns about debt and its financial controls has asked police to look into a $1 million theft. In a statement given to members of Tri-City Ministries earlier this summer, church officials said an employee who resigned last year was responsible for the loss. ...
Key Senate Republicans push tobacco regulation bill (08/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate committee that oversees the Food and Drug Administration are circulating a bill that would give the agency the power to regulate tobacco products. "I think we've drafted a pretty good bill, and I think the chances of passage are excellent," the committee chairman, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, said Thursday...
30-year mortgage rates climb to highest level since December (08/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages this week broke through the 6 percent mark for the first time this year, rising to the highest level since early December. Climbing mortgage rates are slowing refinancing activity and could turn off some prospective home buyers, economists say...
Senate approves sweeping energy bill (08/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate, ending a week of gridlock, passed an outline for a sweeping national energy policy Thursday that calls for greater use of corn-based ethanol and billions of dollars in tax measures to spur energy development and conservation...
Governor urges senators to return to Capitol (08/01/03)
AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday called on Senate Democrats to end their quorum-busting walkout and return to the Capitol, his strongest plea to the absent lawmakers since they fled Texas amid a heated redistricting dispute. "Texans elected you to cast your vote in Austin, so come on back and go to work," Perry said...
Dog went with Lewis and Clark into the unknown (08/01/03)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- On May 14, 1804, William Clark wrote in his journal that "under a jentle brease," the boats of the Corps of Discovery headed up the Missouri with "46 men, 4 horses and 1 dog." With the Lewis and Clark expedition's bicentennial, narratives and edited journals are flying off the presses. Much of what there is to tell has been told. At least two new books tell the tale of the voyage supposedly from the dog's point of view...
Economy grows at 2.4 percent rate in second quarter (08/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Stirring from months of stubborn listlessness, the economy pushed ahead in the second quarter at the fastest pace since last summer. That, coupled with another drop in new claims for unemployment benefits, raised hopes that America's economic health is on the mend...
People talk 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
Woody Allen to premiere latest film in Venice ROME -- Woody Allen, inspired by his love for the city of Venice, will open the 60th Venice Film Festival Aug. 27 with the world premiere of his new film "Anything Else," festival organizers said Thursday...
Feds expand scrutiny of air travelers (08/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- The government announced Thursday it will begin testing a revised nationwide system for checking personal information on every airline passenger, a post-Sept. 11 security initiative that has raised concerns about snooping and possible false identification of people as terrorists...
Singing worker gives a full-throated effort (08/01/03)
NEW YORK -- As he heaved two heavy bags of garbage into the back of a sanitation truck, Andrew Macchio greeted residents emerging from their Upper East Side apartments with a chorus of his favorite tunes -- his operatic voice resounding up and down East 65th Street...
Web of lies surround woman accused in missing child hoax (08/01/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ever since Donna Lynette Walker was a child, friends say, she has delighted in disrupting the lives of those around her: She made crank calls in disguised voices, concocted hard-luck stories and conned people out of money. But even investigators familiar with Walker's record are baffled by what they say was her latest hoax...
Librarians chafe under Patriot Act restrictions (08/01/03)
BOULDER, Colo. -- To Priscilla Hudson, public libraries are society's great equalizer, a place where anyone can go to learn regardless of their economic, social or political background. So she doesn't much like Big Brother peering over their shoulder...
Genetically engineered trees quietly sprouting (08/01/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Roll over John Muir and tell Johnny Appleseed the news: biotechnology is coming to the forest and orchard. Scientists are planting genetically engineered trees in dozens of research projects across the country, ignoring the pleas of environmentalists who fear dangerous, unintended consequences...
Nationwide survey finds increasing support for First Amendment (08/01/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Support for the First Amendment is on the rise and many Americans want more information about how the government is fighting the war on terrorism, a survey released Friday shows. The nationwide telephone poll of 1,000 adults found that 19 percent of respondents strongly agreed that the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees. ...
Prosecutor to seek retrial in videotaped arrest case (08/01/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors promised to press for a retrial of a former police officer who was videotaped battering a handcuffed teenager, saying a verdict was "important for the community." Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said Wednesday he would ask for a new assault trial within 60 days for Jeremy Morse. The announcement came one day after a judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked 7-5 in favor of convicting the former Inglewood officer...
Young animal rights activist changes name to GoVeg.com (08/01/03)
She knew her new name might finally stick when she got a phone message recently: "Hi, GoVeg.com. This is your mother. Please call me." It might sound more than a little odd -- but it's true. A young animal rights activist from Indiana once known as Karin Robertson has legally changed her name to that of a Web site run by her employer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...
Investigators probe deadly paint truck fire (08/01/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A dozen painting company workers who survived a deadly truck fire were so badly burned that only two could talk to investigators, hampering a probe into the accident. Investigators believe that chemicals spilled in the enclosed cargo area where the workers were riding as the truck traveled down a busy highway Tuesday, but they were unsure what ignited the blaze. An emergency worker initially blamed a cigarette...
Four charged with smuggling illegal immigrants found dead (08/01/03)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Four men were charged Thursday with smuggling 11 immigrants whose badly decomposed bodies were found in a railcar at a grain elevator in Iowa last fall. Federal prosecutors announced the 27-count indictment at a news conference in front of a grain car Thursday -- the first charges to result from the smuggling deaths...
Phone companies can't connect with plan for Iraq (08/01/03)
AMMAN, Jordan -- With much of Iraq still without basic phone service, U.S. occupation authorities said Thursday they intend to have a cellular system up and running by November. But potential bidders for the wireless licenses are complaining that the terms for the contracts are too restrictive...
U.S. approves $30 million reward for Odai-Qusai tipster (08/01/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two of Saddam Hussein's daughters took refuge in Jordan on Thursday as the Bush administration approved a $30 million payment to the informant who led U.S. troops to the ousted dictator's two sons. The U.S. military commander for Iraq said he had nothing significant to report about the hunt for Iraq's most wanted man. ...
Mindful of Iraqi exports, OPEC agrees to keep output unchanged (08/01/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC members have agreed to hold oil output steady and to wait until September before making changes to production quotas, the cartel said Thursday. In a widely expected decision, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries chose not to lower the daily production cap of 25.4 million barrels, despite earlier fears that a revival of Iraqi crude exports might upset the market and erode prices...
Israel's new law separates married Israel-Palestinian couples (08/01/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's parliament passed a measure Thursday that would force Palestinians who marry Israelis to live separate lives or move out of Israel. The government said the law was necessary to prevent terror attacks, but critics called it racist...
Russia says N. Korea supports multilateral talks (08/01/03)
MOSCOW -- North Korea's ambassador to Russia said Thursday his country supported multilateral talks to ease tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear program, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. North Korea has previously said it would be willing to participate in multilateral talks only if it first has one-on-one talks with the United States -- a condition the Bush administration has rejected, saying other countries, including South Korea and Japan, should also be involved...
Palestinian prisoners riot as Israel announces expansion (08/01/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel said Thursday it would build new housing in a Gaza Strip settlement, angering Palestinians and raising questions about implementation of the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan. Separate summits in Washington over the past week between President Bush and the Israeli and Palestinian premiers brought out the differences over the peace plan, and the disagreements have spawned new troubles for the blueprint...
Dutch diving school piques interest of terror investigators (08/01/03)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The guys around the scuba school laughingly called them the "al-Qaida Diving Team." But for law enforcement officials, it was no joke. Late last year, Dutch counterterrorism agents investigating a possible al-Qaida recruitment cell grew interested in the school because a man suspected of recruiting terrorists had become a certified diver and studied to be an instructor there. ...
Fires in French Riviera nearly out (08/01/03)
SAINTE-MAXIME, France -- Firefighters worked Thursday to extinguish the last of three fires that swept through the French Riviera while investigators tracked suspected arsonists. The national weather service predicted strong winds that risked fanning the flames later in the day, adding urgency to firefighting efforts...
Vatican urges campaign against gay marriage (08/01/03)
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican urged Catholics and non-Catholics Thursday to unite in campaigning against gay marriages and gay adoptions, seeking to stem the widening legal recognition of same-sex unions. Catholic politicians have a "moral duty" to oppose laws granting legal rights to gay couples, and non-Catholics should follow their lead since the issue concerns "natural moral law," said the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...
Key developments concerning Iraq (08/01/03)
  • Two of Saddam Hussein's daughters took refuge in Jordan. Raghad and Rana Saddam Hussein, whose father had their husbands killed in 1996, arrived in Amman with their nine children. The daughters had been estranged from Saddam for some time, but were believed to have reconciled with their father in recent years...
  • Deaths of two U.S. soldiers reported in Baghdad (08/01/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An American soldier was killed Thursday when his armored personnel carrier hit a land mine on the dangerous road from central Baghdad to the city's airport. It was the second death reported Thursday by the U.S. military, after a soldier was killed in a small-arms fire attack northeast of Baghdad late Wednesday...
    Peru's ousted president plots political comeback (08/01/03)
    TOKYO -- Defiant in the face of an extradition request, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori dismissed murder charges against him back home as baseless Thursday and declared his intention to re-enter Peruvian politics. Just hours after Peruvian authorities formally petitioned Japan to deport him, a relaxed and smiling Fujimori told The Associated Press he is "completely innocent."...
    West African leaders pledge peace force, Taylor's departure (08/01/03)
    MONROVIA, Liberia -- Pushed by the United States, West Africa's leaders broke a deadlock Thursday and announced the first troops of a long-promised peace force would be deployed to Liberia's bloodied capital within days. Tens of thousands of Liberians spilled into Monrovia's streets, celebrating the arrival of an advance military team...
    War crimes tribunal gives Bosnian Serb life sentence (08/01/03)
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The U.N. war crimes tribunal handed down its first life sentence Thursday, convicting a prominent Bosnian Serb political leader of the extermination and persecution of Bosnian Muslims but acquitting him of genocide. Milomir Stakic, a 41-year-old doctor, was accused of establishing a network of brutal prison camps where hundreds of Muslims were killed and thousands were tortured, raped or treated with extreme brutality in 1992 during the Bosnian war...
    Security Council extends U.N. mission in Lebanon (08/01/03)
    UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon for six months on Thursday and expressed concern about the violations of the U.N.-drawn division between Israel and Lebanon. The resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-member council did not single out either country, condemning instead all violence. It urged them both to respect the so called "Blue Line."...
    New Tech coach - Replacing the QB doesn't have to be traumatic (08/01/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Leach acknowledges that replacing a quarterback, as half of the teams in the Big 12 Conference must do this year, can be a challenge. However, Texas Tech's coach -- one of four who will start a new or unproven quarterback in the six-team South Division -- said the effect of such a change is often overstated...
    Ford & Sons avenges two early losses with win in zone opener (08/01/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- The Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team lost twice to Ballwin during the regular season, so the squad knew it faced a formidable challenge Thursday in the opening round of the Zone 4 Tournament. But Ballwin proved to be little more than a speed bump for Cape in a 13-1 victory at Heine Meine Field. The game was stopped after eight innings by the 10-run rule...
    Camp is return home for Rams fullback (08/01/03)
    MACOMB, Ill. -- It's not just a nod to local fashion when new Rams fullback J.R. Niklos wears Western Illinois University apparel after practice. The shirts and hats are left over from the college career of a player who's become the local success story after a vagabond beginning in the NFL...
    Woods four strokes behind Sposa at Buick Open (08/01/03)
    GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Tiger Woods is still searching for the swing he'll need to win a major this year. Woods did close strong Thursday for a 3-under 69, but he was four strokes behind Mike Sposa after the opening round of the Buick Open. Woods, the defending champion, bogeyed his first and 10th holes before finishing with three birdies over his last six. He is tuning up for the PGA Championship in two weeks, his last chance this season to win a major...
    Expos surge, clip Cards (08/01/03)
    MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero and Zach Day showed the Montreal Expos what they'd been missing. Guerrero homered and drove in all three runs, moving into second place on Montreal's career home run list as the Expos beat the Cardinals 3-2 Thursday. Guerrero homered twice Monday to tie new Hall of Famer Gary Carter on the Expos' list, then hit his 221st in the second inning Thursday, a two-run drive off Woody Williams (14-4). ...
    Yankees pick up Boone, White in Reds payroll cuts (08/01/03)
    The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox escalated their arms race with a flurry of trades Thursday while the San Francisco Giants made the biggest deal of the day, getting Baltimore ace Sidney Ponson. The AL East-leading Yankees became the latest team to raid the payroll-slashing Cincinnati Reds, acquiring All-Star third baseman Aaron Boone and reliever Gabe White...
    Night fishing provides an alternative to summer heat (08/01/03)
    St. Joseph News-Press Midwestern summers sometimes seem unbearable. Average temperatures well into the 90s make for less-than-optimistic fishermen. The vicious, unrelenting heat of the day pushes many of us indoors searching for the relief of the air conditioning -- and that's fine, because rising water temperatures force the fish into the same mode...
    Outdoors digest (08/01/03)
    Duck blind registration begins Aug. 16 WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Registrations for duck blinds at Lake Wappapello will be taken starting at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center at the lake. One event for hunters to keep in mind before registering for duck blinds: The U.S. ...
    Ham, eggs and an order of NCAA on the side (08/01/03)
    Anybody who's seen Rick Majerus knows the Utah basketball coach loves to eat. Make that really eat. Without prompting, Majerus will sing the praises of Crown Burger or The Cinegrill, and he gets close to tears reminiscing about the eggs at Bill and Nada's, the 24-hour greasy-spoon in downtown Salt Lake City that shut its doors four years ago...
    The right way to buy a used car (08/01/03)
    Dear Tom and Ray: I haven't bought a used car since 1980, when my mechanic dad helped me buy a 1973 Nova. Here's my question: I want to have my choice vetted by my own mechanic before the sale is final. What are the logistics of this process? In order to take the car to my mechanic, do I leave a hefty down payment with a handshake and tell the seller I'll let him or her know? Pay the whole amount, with an understanding that I'll get it back if the car doesn't pass the inspection? How can this be done in a way that will protect the buyer and seller from each other?Teri. ...
    Lincoln's Aviator might be in need of a better name (08/01/03)
    srobertson I'm in a quandary. I always thought an aviator was a person who flew aircraft. But thanks to Lincoln, it's also a new vehicle. I think a car's name should describe what a vehicle is all about. Explorer, Expedition, and Ranger seem like descriptive vehicle names. ...
    Musician Buddy Jewell finally gets a break (08/01/03)
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- After winning the Nashville Star television contest and a high-profile record deal, Buddy Jewell suddenly found himself in a position to dish out some payback to the Music Row establishment that snubbed him for 10 years. It came while sifting through dozens of songs music publishing companies were pitching him for his debut CD on Sony Music -- and Jewell admits it felt darned good...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Seabiscuit' (08/01/03)
    Three stars (out of four) I think "Seabiscuit" is terrific. I am not a very emotional person, but I got so wrapped up in the movie that I even shed a few tears. Gone is the Tobey Maguire of "Spider-Man," and back is the Tobey Maguire in "Cider House Rules."...
    Artifacts 8/1 (08/01/03)
    Student art at Lorimier Gallery Art created by students in the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's summer arts classes will be on display through August at the organization's Lorimier Gallery. The work includes watercolors, drawings, murals and jewelry. Students ranged in age from 2 through adults...
    At the theaters 8/1 (08/01/03)
    'American Wedding' Starring Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Eugene Levy, Tim Allen, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Eddie Kaye Thomas. The third installment of this teen comedy series finds the group of guys reuniting for the quickie wedding of Jim and Michelle. They have to get married fast, because Jim's grandmother is ill and wants to see him walk down the aisle. Rated R for sexual content, language and crude humor, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
    New on CD 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
    'Phantom Power' "Phantom Power," from Britain's Super Furry Animals, is like a long and winding road leading from Wales to a family reunion in America. The album was produced by Mario Caldato Jr. of Beastie Boys' "Check Your Head" fame, and thematically is a musical cousin to that album...
    Artist reclaims her love for farm life through her paintings (08/01/03)
    PATTON, Mo. -- When she lived in San Francisco in the 1970s, painter Vel Marshall dressed windows at a big department store and worked for the American Conservatory Theatre. She loved going to the opera and sampling the city's fine dining establishments. She was a sophisticated lady...
    William Campbell (08/01/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- William George "Bill" Campbell, 38, of St. Louis died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at his home. He was born Dec. 1, 1964, in St. Louis, son of George Thadeus and Carolyn Kay Newman Campbell Jr. Campbell was a waiter at JF Sanfilippo's. He was a member of Lindsey Lane Baptist Church in St. Louis...
    Geraldine Gladish (08/01/03)
    Geraldine "Gerry" Gladish, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Jan. 13, 1917, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of August and Ella Dilport Gockel. She and Jack Gladish were married Aug. 21, 1943, in Dallas, Texas. He died May 16, 1981...
    Lillie Matthews (08/01/03)
    Lillie M. Matthews, 91, formerly of Whitewater, died Thursday at Delmar Gardens in Florissant, Mo. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
    Mary Holmes (08/01/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Mary C. Holmes, 98, of Anna died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
    Mary Manning (08/01/03)
    Mary Estelle Manning, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jonesboro, Ark., died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Emerson's Chapel on the Hill in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.
    Owen Lindsey (08/01/03)
    CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Owen Edward "Ed" Lindsey, 80, of Charleston died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born May 1, 1923, in Arlington, Ky., son of William Elbert and Alma Mae Woodward Lindsey. He and Mary Magdalene Wilkerson were married April 16, 1946...
    Albert Klein (08/01/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Albert E. "Bud" Klein, 75, of Perryville died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born July 27, 1927, at Kaskaskia Island, Ill., son of Edward Henry and Carrie Monks Klein. He and Mae M. DeRousse were married June 24, 1950, at Kaskaskia Island...
    Billy Whitaker (08/01/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. --Billy J. Whitaker, 73, of Perryville died Thursday, July 30, 2003, at his home. He was born June 14, 1930, at Leachville, Ark., son of Ernest and Flora K. Bogart Whitaker. He and Mary Boone were married Nov. 22, 1947. Whitaker was the owner and operator of a truck repair shop in St. Louis for 27 years...
    Births 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
    Wells Daughter to Jennifer Jean Wells of Marble Hill, Mo., and Paul Joshua Chatman of Morehouse, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 6:19 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2003. Name, Jade Elizabeth. Weight, 6 pounds 12 ounces. Ms. Wells is the daughter of Linda J. Wells of Marble Hill, Eddie Wells of Chaffee, Mo., and David Buchmiller of Marble Hill. Chatman is the son of Brenda Abernathy of Sikeston, Mo., and Phillip Chatman of Poplar Bluff, Mo. He is self-employed...
    Cape police report 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 1 DWI A suspect was placed in custody Tuesday pending filing of formal charges for driving while intoxicated. Arrests Charlene Hokulani Smith, 19, of 921 Hackberry, Apt. 207, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on a Pemiscot County warrant for a traffic offense...
    Cape fire report 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 1 Firefighters responded to the following item Tuesday:
  • At 7:48 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3120 Independence. Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday:
  • At 4:19 a.m., a house struck by lightning at 801 Perry Ave...
  • Out of the past 8/1/03 (08/01/03)
    10 years ago: Aug. 1, 1993 Ste. Genevieve, Mo. -- Hours after residents in southern section of town clear out under emergency evacuation order, flood relief workers scramble to contain first serious levee breach in this town's long-running battle against Mississippi River; breach occurs about 1:30 p.m. in Valle Spring levee, interior levee that protects historic town from sudden rises in Valle Spring Branch...
    Holden raises concerns about Head Start (08/01/03)
    When the Head Start program began in 1965 as one of the fronts in President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty, it was touted as a way to provide child care, immunizations and special learning preparation to preschoolers whose parents couldn't afford such services. Over the years, more than 21 million children have participated, including 18,000 in Missouri last year...
    California recall - Is it a solution? (08/01/03)
    The recall election in California has complex roots, even if they tend to be summed up as an energy crisis and a budget calamity. (For a look at some of the deeper issues, see Washington Post columnist David Broder's column below.) But from a vantage point in the middle of the nation, the hoopla on the West Coast seems more like a political circus than a voter/taxpayer revolt against corruption or malfeasance...
    Mayor's comment about TIF was like fresh air (08/01/03)
    To the editor: Thank you, Mayor Jay Knudtson. Your opinion of the intent of the tax increment financing program is right on. In an age when we appear to be counting the number of words our public officials use to mislead us, your 27 words as quoted in the Southeast Missourian were the most honest I've heard from a public official in a long time...
    Leave old bridge as a beacon to grandchildren (08/01/03)
    To the editor: I to agree with the person from Alabama who wrote about turning the old bridge into a walking bridge. I too am from Cape Girardeau and have always remembered the old bridge. It always has been a beacon to me from the time I had to move from Cape to the time that I was in service coming back home from overseas. The bridge was the first thing I could see was the bridge, and then I knew I was at home...
    Speak Out A 08/01/03 (08/01/03)
    Wonderful Leopold I MOVED out to Leopold, and this is the best place I have ever lived and ever dreamed of living. People are so nice. They wave to when you go by. They're friendly in the stores. Leopold is the best place I've ever lived in my life...
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