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Stories from Friday, August 15, 2003

Lieutenant governor bid starts for Kinder (08/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder is on the verge of launching a campaign for the No. 2 executive branch office in the state. "I am laying plans to officially announce my candidacy for lieutenant governor," said Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, on Thursday...
Fruitland teen charged with Internet crime (08/15/03)
A Fruitland teen is in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on 13 counts related to possession and sharing child pornography. Sheriff's deputies arrested William B. "Ben" Nolen, 18, on Wednesday after an eight-month investigation prompted by the U.S. Customs Service, which has an Internet crime division. Investigators seized several computers and disks and found hundreds of image files and digital video files containing child pornography...
TIF officials say guidelines sorely needed (08/15/03)
Cape Girardeau needs to establish guidelines for tax-increment financing projects now that developers of the proposed Prestwick Plantation residential development have withdrawn their hotly debated funding request, TIF commissioners said Thursday night...
Learning to let go on the first day of school (08/15/03)
It wasn't easy coaxing 5-year-old Olivia Grayson onto the school bus Thursday morning. Her little brother, 2-year-old Ethan, wanted to go. But Olivia wasn't sure she was ready for her first day of kindergarten at the Primary Annex in Jackson. "We sort of had to force her on the bus," said LeeAnn Grayson, Olivia's mother. "I think I'm just as nervous as she is."...
City of Roses gets Grammy winner for music festival (08/15/03)
Christopher Cross, a pop singer who broke out with a 1979 album containing the hits "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind," and "Arthur's Theme," will headline the 2003 City of Roses Music Festival. The festival also will present regional bands playing jazz, rock, alternative rock and country music in addition to acoustic folk musicians. For the first time, this year's festival will offer a heavy metal venue...
Leopold teenager hurt in accident on Highway 51 (08/15/03)
PATTON, Mo. -- A Leopold, Mo., teenager was injured Wednesday night when her car slid off the road, went through a bridge railing and came to rest in a creek. Jessica Eftink, 16, was taken to Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau with moderate injuries after the 9:15 p.m. accident. It occurred on Highway 51 in Patton...
Politicians 'fooled' by special ed bill, claims lawsuit (08/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers were "fooled" into supporting the repeal of a 30-year-old state law that required Missouri school districts to provide special educational services sufficient to maximize the abilities of disabled students, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutory change contends...
Politicians endorse new Missouri-made beer (08/15/03)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- A bevy of the state's top politicians lined up behind a lectern packed with beer bottles Thursday to endorse a new brand of beer made by a farmer-owned microbrewery. The politicians, some expressing an eagerness to try the brew, praised it as an example of "value-added agriculture" -- where farmers use their grain to make a higher-cost product instead of just selling it to others...
Illinois manufacturer of iron castings closing its doors (08/15/03)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- Excelsior Foundry Co., a manufacturer of iron castings that has been in business for 111 years, is closing its doors, according to a company official. About 50 workers will lose their jobs, company president Frank Rogers said. Wednesday was the last day at work for 25 of them...
St. Louis police outline new anti-crime programs (08/15/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The city's police department said Thursday it has started two new programs to combat such street crimes as robbery, carjackings and vehicle break-ins. One initiative is a so-called bait car program, in which vehicles equipped with global satellite tracking and surveillance systems will be placed in areas with high rates of car theft or vehicle tampering...
Retiree sues Citigroup after losing $2 million on MCI stock (08/15/03)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A retiree who lost his $2 million life savings when MCI and WorldCom stock plummeted sued Citigroup on Thursday for pain and suffering, possibly creating a new avenue of recourse for thousands of Americans who lost their fortunes...
Virus attacks highway patrol computer system (08/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A computer virus caused a blip in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's administrative operations but did not affect law enforcement activities, patrol officials said Thursday. The problem began Wednesday afternoon after a virus was inadvertently introduced into the computer network used by the patrol, said Capt. Chris Ricks, a patrol spokesman...
U.S. captures key al-Qaida operative in Southeast Asia (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Authorities have captured a senior al-Qaida operative in Southeast Asia who had been assigned to recruit new pilots to conduct Sept. 11-style suicide hijackings in the United States, the White House said Thursday. Hambali, an Indonesian whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, was detained this week during a joint operation run by the Central Intelligence Agency and a foreign government in Southeast Asia. ...
Brokerage firms to pay $7.5 million in penalties to settle case (08/15/03)
CLEVELAND -- Two brokerage firms that employed a stockbroker who bilked clients out of millions of dollars agreed to pay $7.5 million in penalties, securities regulators announced Thursday. SG Cowen Securities Corp. agreed to pay $5 million and Lehman Brothers Inc. will pay $2.5 million as part of a settlement announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange. The money will be split equally between the SEC and NYSE...
Women, Jewish, gay groups unite in gun rights case (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association has plenty of company in a major gun rights case that the Supreme Court is considering hearing. Among the organizations that have joined the case are the Pink Pistols, a group of gay and lesbian gun owners; the Second Amendment Sisters; and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. They are asking the court to consider if the Constitution's Second Amendment guarantees the right to own a gun...
Navy signs contract for nuclear submarines (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Navy announced contracts Thursday for construction of as many as seven nuclear-powered submarines that would cost almost $11 billion if all are built. The basic contract calls for divisions of defense contractors Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics to begin building six Virginia-class submarines between this year and 2007. Congress could decide to cut that number to five, leave it at six or increase it to seven...
Judge - No extra money to defend serial killer (08/15/03)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A judge Thursday refused to force the state to find more money to pay for the defense of a suspect in the south Louisiana serial killings. Defense attorney Michael Mitchell had asked Judge Richard Anderson to help him get more money, saying he did not have enough money or people to adequately defend Derrick Todd Lee...
Most Americans still don't get enough exercise (08/15/03)
ATLANTA -- Even when sweeping, waiting tables and tossing a Frisbee count as exercise, most Americans still aren't getting enough of it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, believing earlier studies failed to accurately measure Americans' fitness because they focused on intense exercise, has lumped everyday activities such as housework and gardening with jogging and lifting weights...
Nation briefs 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
Initial Peterson hearing will be open to public MODESTO, Calif. -- A judge said Thursday he would not exclude the public from a preliminary hearing in the double murder trial of Scott Peterson, turning aside a defense request for a closed proceeding...
FDA issues warning on asthma medication (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Some patients using a popular asthma medication called salmeterol may actually face a small increased risk of severe, and occasionally fatal, asthma attacks, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The side effects are rare, and FDA said the drug's benefits still appear to outweigh the potential risks when patients follow medication instructions. It is dangerous to abruptly stop taking the drug, so concerned patients should talk with a doctor, FDA cautioned...
Jobless claims, wholesale prices increase slightly (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- New claims for jobless benefits inched up last week but were still at a level suggesting the pace of layoffs is stabilizing. Wholesale prices nudged up for July, too. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications filed for unemployment insurance edged up by a seasonally adjusted 2,000 to 398,000 for the work week ending Aug. ...
People talk 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
Photographer charged with extortion of Diaz LOS ANGELES -- A photographer has been charged with using 10-year-old photos of Cameron Diaz to try to extort $3.3 million from the actress. John Rutter, 41, was arrested Tuesday at his apartment in Los Angeles' Venice section. He was charged Wednesday with one count each of attempted extortion, grand theft and perjury, as well as two counts of forgery. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted, the district attorney's office said...
Nation briefs 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
Anti-stress measure has Denver on edge DENVER -- Wherever there is disharmony, there is Jeff Peckman. Sensing his hometown was on the verge of a collective breakdown, the lanky activist quietly gathered enough signatures to put a stress reduction measure on Denver's November ballot...
Groups work to preserve buildings near World Trade Center site (08/15/03)
NEW YORK -- A 200-year-old mansion, a skyscraper sheathed in terracotta and a telephone factory from 1888 are drawing international attention from preservationists concerned the structures could be leveled when the World Trade Center is rebuilt. The buildings make up the architecturally eclectic neighborhood south of the trade center site, which preservation groups say is rich with historic structures that should be saved from the wrecking ball...
Recall candidates to be invited to debate (08/15/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The top-polling candidates among the 135 vying to replace Gov. Gray Davis will be invited to join a September debate characterized as a "conversational give and take," broadcast officials announced Thursday. The moderated, round-table debate will be held Sept. 17 at California State University, Sacramento, which is sponsoring it with the California Broadcasters Association. The 90-minute debate will be broadcast on television and radio...
Wireless networks, Internet keep working during major blackout (08/15/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even though lights went out Thursday throughout much of the Northeast, wireless networks and Internet connections allowed companies with backup strategies and people with battery-charged cell phones and laptops to keep communicating...
Canada blames outage on fire, lightning (08/15/03)
TORONTO -- Canadian officials gave conflicting explanations for the massive blackout across the Northeast and parts of Canada on Thursday, blaming the outage on a fire, possibly at a Pennsylvania power plant, after initially saying a lightning strike was responsible...
America's trade deficit narrows during June (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit narrowed in June as exports climbed to the highest level in two years, helped by better economic growth overseas. Imports were flat. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the trade gap was trimmed by 4.7 percent in June from May -- to $39.5 billion...
Firefighters work to protect Glacier National Park (08/15/03)
WEST GLACIER, Mont. -- Firefighters battling a massive blaze in Glacier National Park set another fire Thursday as they worked to create a barrier to protect a historic lodge and houses near the western shore of Lake McDonald. Crews hoped to complete the northern portion of the "burnout" Thursday, creating a barrier that will rob the 38,750-acre fire of fuel, said fire information officer Marybell Lansford. On Wednesday, they completed the southern section of the burnout...
Historic blackouts darken U.S., Canada (08/15/03)
The largest power blackout in U.S. history rolled across a vast swath of the northern United States as well as southern Canada on Thursday, driving millions of people outdoors into stifling rush hour streets -- then darkness. New Yorkers escaped silenced subways. Nuclear power plants in four states shut down...
Pentagon criticized for opposing troop combat pay raise (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Presidential contenders and congressional Democrats criticized the Pentagon on Thursday for opposing legislation that would extend an increase in combat pay for troops in Iraq and other war zones. "If it's part of a cruel game of Washington budgeting, it's an abuse of our soldiers," one White House hopeful, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, said while campaigning in Iowa...
Woman sentenced to life in prison for slaying couple (08/15/03)
FREDERICK, Md. -- A woman described by prosecutors as a depraved killer who kept souvenirs of her crimes was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 20 years for murdering a Virginia couple she and her husband met while bar-hopping in Ocean City. Erika E. Sifrit, 25, of suburban Altoona, Pa., was convicted in June of killing Joshua E. Ford, 32, and his girlfriend, Martha M. "Genie" Crutchley, 51...
Ex-con gets unfriendly welcome in Vermont (08/15/03)
GROTON, Vt. -- Virginia Onorato says she instantly fell in love with the community whose welcome sign describes it as a place "where a small town is like a large family." But she and her husband are finding the feeling isn't entirely mutual. Robert Onorato will be released from prison today after serving nearly 20 years on a murder and sexual assault conviction. The relocation has created a stir in this town of 900, where Virginia Onorato bought a home a year ago...
Probe faults FBI for failing to catch spy Robert Hanssen (08/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- One of the most damaging espionage cases in U.S. history was more the result of poor oversight by the FBI than master spying by Robert Hanssen, said a Justice Department report released Thursday. The FBI's deficiencies, including an almost blind trust in its own agents, enabled Hanssen to spy for the Soviet Union and Russia for more than two decades, according to the investigation by inspector general Glenn A. Fine...
West Nile entering peak season as cases double (08/15/03)
ATLANTA -- West Nile virus, now entering its peak season, appeared in Arizona for the first time as the number of human infections more than doubled to nearly 400 over the past week, federal officials said Thursday. A new experimental screening process for the virus also flagged 163 infected blood donations, showing the virus can be effectively screened, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported...
Scientists warn of possible fraud in California recall election (08/15/03)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As if elections officials in California don't have enough to worry about as they prepare for a bewildering Oct. 7 recall vote, computer scientists say shoddy balloting software could bungle the results and expose the election to fraud...
U.S. apologizes to Iraqis for Islamic banner case (08/15/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military apologized to the people of a Baghdad neighborhood Thursday for an incident in which a man was killed after a Black Hawk helicopter blew down an Islamic banner. In the southern city of Basra, a bomb killed one British soldier and wounded three others, British military spokesman Capt. Hisham Halawi said. It was the first British combat death in nearly two months...
Lockerbie settlement may end sanctions by U.S. against Libya (08/15/03)
CAIRO, Egypt -- For years, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been trying to get into America's good graces. He condemned the Sept. 11 attacks, arrested Islamic militants and handed over two Libyans for trial in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland...
Saddam's wizard (08/15/03)
HEET, Iraq -- The wrinkled old man sprays perfume around the sparse, dingy room, then holds out his hands and feet and instructs one of his visitors to tie him up, knot the cloth three times and blow on it. The lights die and small red flashes go off beneath the black cloak that covers a bowl of magic powders and water. The visitors feel pokes and jabs and things fluttering over their heads in the darkness -- "birds," the wizard says. Water splashes from the bowl...
Up to 3,000 killed by heat, French health ministry says (08/15/03)
PARIS -- A blistering heat wave across Europe has caused as many as 3,000 deaths in France alone, the government said Thursday, as overburdened funeral homes and morgues struggled to manage an overflow of incoming bodies. Critics raised new questions about the government's handling of the crisis and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin rushed back to Paris from his Alpine holiday to deal with what the Health Ministry called an epidemic of heat-related deaths...
Canada sues tobacco firms for tax evasion in smuggling scheme (08/15/03)
TORONTO -- Canada has filed a $1 billion lawsuit claiming that tobacco companies smuggled exported cigarettes back into Canada to avoid paying taxes -- and then pointed to the smuggling as evidence that cigarette taxes fueled the black market. Police have called the conspiracy the biggest case of corporate fraud in Canadian history. ...
Tourists flee following 6.4-magnitude quake on island in Greece (08/15/03)
ATHENS, Greece -- A powerful earthquake Thursday turned a peak summer holiday into a frightened exodus as tourists streamed from the Ionian Sea island of Lefkada, where more than 50 people were injured and some villages were cut off by landslides. The only bridge linking the resort island with the western mainland was jammed with cars carrying Greek and foreign tourists panicked by the 6.4-magnitude quake, which struck deep in the seabed 175 miles northwest of Athens. ...
Study links TB deaths, smoking (08/15/03)
The Associated Press LONDON -- About half the tuberculosis deaths among men in India, which has the world's highest TB toll, are due to smoking, new research indicates. In the first major study to identify smoking as an important cause of death from tuberculosis, researchers calculated that men in India who smoke are about four times as likely to become ill with TB and die as their nonsmoking countrymen...
Security Council welcomes Iraqi Governing Council (08/15/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council approved a resolution Thursday welcoming the Iraqi Governing Council and created a mission to oversee U.N. efforts to help rebuild the country and establish a democratic government. The vote was 14-0 with Syria abstaining because of its opposition to any endorsement of the 25-member Iraqi council, which was appointed by the United States...
Rebels kill 18 settlers in India (08/15/03)
GAUHATI, India -- Suspected tribal rebels killed 18 Bengali settlers in two attacks Thursday in a remote part of northeastern India plagued by tensions between local tribes and recent migrants. Several other settlers were wounded in the attacks in Tripura state, where several tribal groups have been fighting to evict tens of thousands of migrants from Bangladesh and the neighboring state of West Bengal...
Jordan indicts 13 in terror plots (08/15/03)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Military prosecutors charged 13 alleged militants Thursday with conspiring to attack American targets in Jordan, including the U.S. Embassy and Jordanian bases where the alleged plotters believed U.S. troops were stationed. Government officials said four of the suspects -- three Saudis and a Jordanian -- were at large and would be tried in absentia when the case begins in the military State Security Court next month...
Coaches pick Otahkians to win league (08/15/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball program dominated the Ohio Valley Conference for a decade but has not won an OVC championship since 2000. If the league's coaches are accurate, this might be the season the Otahkians get back on top...
Commissioner says addition of 12th team would aid conference (08/15/03)
Ohio Valley Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said Thursday the league remains on the lookout for a new addition that would divide the league into two divisions. In Cape Girardeau as part of a tour of the league's 11 institutions, Steinbrecher, who has been on the job barely three months, spent Thursday meeting with Southeast Missouri State University officials and media members...
Otahks soccer team tops preseason poll (08/15/03)
An NCAA bid alluded Southeast Missouri State University's soccer team again last season, but that didn't stop conference coaches Thursday from picking the Otahkians as the team to beat in the Ohio Valley Conference for the third straight season. The Otahkians, who have not lost a conference game in two years, received six first-place votes and led the nine-team league with 62 points. ...
Outage puts Northeast game plan in the dark (08/15/03)
NEW YORK -- Thursday's sweeping blackout through the Northeast forced the evacuation of workers and players from Shea Stadium hours before Thursday night's game between the Mets and the San Francisco Giants. The game was postponed about an hour before the scheduled 6:10 p.m. start, and before the stadium gates opened...
Mickelson in line to shed label (08/15/03)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- No one had to remind Phil Mickelson. Three majors have passed this year, all of them going to other guys who had never won golf's biggest championships. One of them was a lefty. "This is your week, Phil!" the galleries at the PGA Championship cried out at almost every turn as he fashioned a 4-under 66 at Oak Hill for a share of the lead with Rod Pampling of Australia...
Victory sends Cards into tie atop division (08/15/03)
PITTSBURGH -- Just when Matt Morris' injury threaten to unravel the Cardinals' suspect starting pitching staff, Garrett Stephenson came out of the bullpen to serve as a fill-in ace. Stephenson made his second straight strong start by limiting Pittsburgh to five hits over eight innings and Tino Martinez homered, leading the Cardinals past the Pirates 4-3 Thursday...
Survival leads to unexpected ties in nature (08/15/03)
Voles are a type of short-tailed mouse that, when it's snowy out, inhabit the subnivian zone, which is the network of small caverns that is generated within a snowpack. In this subnivian zone, temperatures remain within a degree or two of freezing, warm enough for the voles to wander around and chew on the bark of young trees right up to the snow line. ...
Outdoors digest (08/15/03)
Jackson angler wins bash fishing event Rodney Enderly of Jackson won the Bass Busters of SEMO tournament Aug. 8 at Lake Wappappello. Enderly caught bass weighing 10.6 lbs. to win the event. He caught his fish using a Lunker Lure Buzzbait in the morning and a Foutz's Spinner bait in the afternoon. His fish were located in large pockets holding concentrations of shad...
Safety rules apply to convertibles (08/15/03)
Dear Tom and Ray: I have been lusting after a convertible for a number of years and recently found the car of my dreams: a 1994 Saab 900 turbo convertible. It has a driver's-side air bag and anti-lock brakes. However, my know-it-all friend claims that all convertibles are inherently unsafe, even going so far as to say that no convertible would pass today's safety standards. ...
Fresh ideas and tight steering make for fun ride in new Jeep (08/15/03)
The Jeep Liberty Renegade's tasteful interior is roomy and comfortable. srobertson It was love at first sight. I was in high school, and the beautiful college girl that moved in next door drove an MG Midget sports car. She was beautiful. And so was Colleen!...
Why Friday is better (08/15/03)
Hello. Remember me? I'm the guy who used to have a column in this spot every Friday but tried to be a Sunday columnist. It didn't work. It's hard to explain why I didn't like being a Sunday columnist. If I'm honest, I'll admit I'm a two-bit writer who has no business being in a Sunday newspaper that costs a dollar and a half...
HOWL! Festival aims to revive East Village's artistic spirit (08/15/03)
NEW YORK -- The peeling, crumbling tenements that once housed beatniks, hippies, musicians and artists are being taken over by young professionals eager to renovate not only the buildings but the neighborhood itself. Once a center of counterculture, where artists like Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith helped define the angst of their generations, the East Village appears to be turning slowly into yet another enclave of high-priced condos and co-ops...
ZOEgirl brings different kind of pop to Show Me Center (08/15/03)
When you attend a ZOEgirl concert, you're going to hear lively, upbeat pop music, but you won't see the typical pop icon in revealing clothes dancing on stage. ZOEgirl members Kristin Swinford, Alissa Girard and Chrissy Conway put on a different kind of show because they're a different kind of trio...
Artifacts 8/15 (08/15/03)
River City Players Follies begins tonight The River City Players second annual dinner theater follies will be presented tonight and Saturday night at Port Cape's River City Yacht Club, 19 N. Water St. The show will feature comedians, musicians and other local talent...
New on CD 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
'The Chain Gang Vol. II' Nelly's St. Lunatics are forgettable. Even Notorious B.I.G. underlings Junior M.A.F.I.A. fell apart after one lightweight album. So why are six young Beanie Sigel proteges releasing a second album under the rather bland name State Property? In short: talent...
Music Top 20 concert tours (08/15/03)
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers...
Everybody's a critic - 'Freaky Friday' (08/15/03)
Three and a half stars (out of four) This film surprisingly exceeds what one would expect from it. The casting was well done. The film covers the "been-done-before" body switch in a fresh and exciting way. Jamie Lee Curtis (Tess) perfectly captures the teenage mannerisms. Lindsay Lohan (Anna) also does well with the use of adult dialects. Of course, the body switch between the uptight mother and dramatic daughter makes for plenty of amusing situations...
Lucy Seabaugh (08/15/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lucy G. Seabaugh, 82, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 16, 1920, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Frederick J. and Mary May Cobble Kester. She and George W. Hobbs were married Feb. 3, 1944. He died June 26, 1968. She and P. Edward Seabaugh were married Oct. 5, 1974...
Lawrence Newell (08/15/03)
Lawrence "Larry" Newell, 79, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born in Fairmont, W.Va., son of James T. and Ida Micheals Newell. He and Susie Donelson were married April 8, 1944. Newell worked 44 years at Marquette and Lonestar Cement...
Cape fire report 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 15 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: At 7:18 p.m., a kitchen fire at 1230 W. Cape Rock Drive. At 9:234 p.m., a medical assist at 710 Morgan Oak. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: At 2:48 p.m., a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 918 William St...
Cape police report 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 15 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Timothy W. Gregory, 41, of 243 Country Home Lane, Benton, Mo., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of ephedrine with intent to distribute, failure to transfer plates, expired registration and no insurance...
Out of the past 8/15/03 (08/15/03)
10 years ago: Aug. 15, 1993 Bishop John J. Leibrecht of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese has announced new pastoral assignments; the Rev. Mr. Glenn Eftink, who will be ordained a priest Oct. 1, has been assigned to serve at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau, effective Oct. ...
Preventive health care makes budget sense (08/15/03)
Also feeling the effects of Missouri's budget restraints are the county health departments around the state, particularly in the area of preventive care for low-income women who don't qualify for Medicaid but lack adequate private health insurance...
New model aims to create more jobs (08/15/03)
After three years of budget cuts amounting to millions of dollars, the Missouri Department of Economic Development is going through a process familiar to private businesses and industries: It is sharpening its focus on its core mission and streamlining operations to make the most of available resources...
Education must keep up with today's world (08/15/03)
To the editor: Regarding the Speak Out item "Education changes": Issues of religious fervor notwithstanding, the advancement of educational technique as well as the increased length of a standard education have resulted in a more educated populace than ever seen in history. Unfortunately these leaps forward have been chained by poor funding, population explosion and, in some cases, parental apathy...
Accept and enjoy changing world of opportunities (08/15/03)
To the editor: If you can scream, jump around and dress in a freakish manner, you have it made in the music world today. You are considered great -- but not by me or many others. Perhaps the behavior often seen on television today is due in part to unrest in the world. Emotions can be aroused by various situations. Children are often tempted to run wildly and dance at open-air concerts...
Project raising funds to make abortion illegal (08/15/03)
To the editor: The American Life League's Battin' 1,000 project involves big-name baseball greats and is trying to raise $1 million to collect and sell baseball memorabilia, to establish and support and educational institution and to promote a national Catholic organization that "faithfully adheres to the magisterial teachings of the church and is dedicated to making abortion illegal without exception."...
Only offense was being out late at night (08/15/03)
To the editor: It's a sad state we live in when Missouri's finest can pull someone over on a trumped-up charge and give you a ticket because he doesn't think you are as polite as you should be. I was stopped shortly after midnight on Highway 74. My only crime was being a law-abiding citizen out after midnight. ...
Garage-sale items raise $1,000 for Jackson units (08/15/03)
To the editor: For the past month I've had a yard sale to raise money for the Jackson fire and police departments to show appreciation for all they do and to help them pay for items lost in the May 6 tornado that insurance didn't cover. This wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of the community. ...
Speak Out A 05/15/03 (08/15/03)
Read the Bible I KNOW this is controversial, but how can pastors or bishops who are openly gay stand before a congregation and claim to be preaching the Word of God? The members better start reading the Bible for themselves. Eyesore car I THOUGHT landlords were supposed to keep cars with no license plates off their parking lots. ...
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