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Model airplane enthusiasts converge on Cape airport (08/18/03)
Members of the Southeast Missouri Modelers Association brought their aircraft to the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on Sunday. Read all about it in Monday's Southeast Missourian.
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (08/18/03)
7 p.m. today City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings A public hearing regarding the property tax rates proposed to be set by the city of Cape Girardeau for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, and the real property tax rate proposed to be set for the Special Business District No. 2 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003...
Community briefs 08/18/03 (08/18/03)
Third annual Root Hog Rally scheduled The third annual Root Hog Rally will be held Friday and Saturday at Arrowhead Campground on the Castor River in Grassy, Mo. All bikes welcome. There will be live entertainment both nights, refreshments and food, overnight camping and vendors...
Red Cross joins AOL to connect troops, families (08/18/03)
One networking opportunity led to another when Cindy Mingus of Cape Girardeau ran into Mary Burton in a waiting room. Burton, executive director of the Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross, told Mingus about a communication tool available to families and U.S. troops at the chapter office at 2430 Myra Drive in Cape Girardeau. The Red Cross serves military families worldwide with communication and other services...
Sikeston bank robbery suspect nabbed (08/18/03)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- An early morning bank robbery led to a wild chain of events in Sikeston, including U.S. 61 being shut down for a short time. According to initial reports, at just before 9:30 a.m., a man robbed First Security State Bank at 1150 S. ...
Area Wide United Way campaign cabinet announced (08/18/03)
Planning for the Area Wide United Way 2003 campaign began in March with the announcement of Don Fisher, business development director at Southeast Hospital, as the 2003 campaign chairman. Joining Fisher in his efforts on behalf of the Area Wide United Way is vice chair Mike Smythe of KFVS/UPN the Beat. ...
Workshop offers to help build families (08/18/03)
Success By 6, University Outreach and Extension and Family Resource Center will offer the Building Strong Families Series to area families giving them a chance to discover their own strengths and learn new skills to build on. A series of Building Strong Families sessions will be offered at the Cape Area Family Resource Center...
New parking lot near residence halls ready for students (08/18/03)
When Southeast Missouri State University students move into the Towers high-rise residence halls on Thursday, they'll find a new, landscaped asphalt parking lot where in past years there was an irregularly shaped lot with parking that was more helter-skelter...
Military digest 08/18/03 (08/18/03)
Marine corporal returns from Southeast Asia Ryan P. Mattingly of St. Mary, Mo., and 400 of his fellow Marines of the Combat Assault Battalion assigned with the U.S. Marine Air and Ground Task Force recently returned home from participating in the ninth annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise in Southeast Asia...
Model aircraft enthusiasts hold show at Cape airport (08/18/03)
Something about the way the F-16 jet rose vertically, then swooped into a series of twists, turns and rolls drew awe-struck gasps from spectators. The humming of other aircraft soon filled the air, and the sky came alive with the dips and dives of colorful planes, gliders and helicopters...
Southeast scrambles to fill theater vacancies (08/18/03)
It was just 2 1/2 months ago that the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University announced the 2003-2004 season of plays to be presented at the Rose Theatre. One is Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," an artfully chaotic romantic comedy...
Former inmate against executions (08/18/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Once convinced the death penalty might be appropriate in some cases, Joseph Amrine now is strongly against it -- in all circumstances. His 26 years behind bars, including 17 years on Missouri's death row before being freed last month, went a long way in changing his mind. He plans to sue the state for damages over the years he spent under a death sentence...
Key float ingredient often hard to find (08/18/03)
Visitors to Scott's Iconium Store in Iconium, Mo., call Peach Nehi soda pop an elixir of joy -- not too sweet, not too fizzy, a perfect pairing with soft vanilla ice cream to create the original peach float. But Peach Nehi is hard to find, especially outside of the South and Midwest, where the Nehi brand is approaching its 80th birthday...
For Missouri Boy Scouts, nothing beats a Nehi float (08/18/03)
ICONIUM, Mo. -- In biblical times, Iconium was a lush oasis. In steamy Missouri summertime, it still is. Missouri's Iconium is a crossroads in the dense timber country near Truman Lake, midway between Springfield and Sedalia. Just a short, sweaty hike from the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation...
State program aims to make markets for native plants (08/18/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- More than a century ago, westward-bound pioneers emerged from the forests and savannahs of the East and came upon the Midwestern prairies. Halting their creaking wagons, the travelers might have wondered for a moment at the brilliant, Technicolor life humming around the towering bluestems, multicolor coneflowers and myriad other plants...
KC district moves forward with deseg case behind it (08/18/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the early 1970s, temperatures in Judy Morgan's classroom at Central High School sometimes reached 110 degrees -- in the winter. Plaster fell from the walls. Water dripped from the ceiling when it rained. The former social studies teacher, who's now president of the Kansas City School District's largest union, had as many as 40 students in some classes. ...
Bug chef whips up feast at Science City (08/18/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David George Gordon started eating bugs eight years ago after writing a book about cockroaches. On Saturday, he was encouraging crowds at Science City in Union Station to expand their culinary horizons and chomp into an insect or two. His requests brought mixed reactions...
Report - One in 37 adults jailed (08/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- About one in every 37 U.S. adults was either imprisoned at the end of 2001 or had been incarcerated at one time, the government reported Sunday. The 5.6 million people with "prison experience" represented about 2.7 percent of the adult population of 210 million as of Dec. 31, 2001, the report found. The study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics looks at people who served a sentence for a crime in state or federal prison, not those temporarily held in jail...
St. Louis archive faces '09 deadline to upgrade (08/18/03)
A disastrous 1973 fire claimed more than a quarter of the military's records of U.S. veterans, but the building in St. Louis that burned remains in place and continues to house those records that survived. "We were a six-story building. Now we're a five-story building," said Ron Hindman, director of the St. Louis Military Personnel Records Center...
Man accused of murdering immigrant pleads insanity (08/18/03)
MESA, Ariz. -- Americans were still reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when shots rang out on a street corner in this Phoenix suburb a few days later, leaving an Indian immigrant dead. Balbir Singh Sodhi was neither Muslim nor from the Middle East, as the terrorist hijackers had been. Yet authorities say the gas station owner was targeted days after the attacks because he wore a turban and beard as part of his Sikh faith...
Top fugitive shot, killed in federal raid (08/18/03)
REDFORD, Mich. -- A man listed on the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 most wanted list was shot to death in a confrontation with authorities, the agency said. Edward Mathis was shot Saturday in a Redford hotel room after refusing orders from law enforcement officials to come out, according to a news release issued by the Marshals Service...
People talk 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
Coleman signs up for game-show debate LOS ANGELES -- The Game Show Network has snagged actor Gary Coleman and adult film star Mary Carey to take part in a gubernatorial candidate debate it plans to broadcast Oct. 1. They will be among a panel of five who will appear on the show titled "Who Wants to Be Governor of California? The Debating Game," the network announced Friday. It will feature a political debate in the style of a game show...
Nation briefs 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
Father charged in sons' deaths in hot SUV EAST ORANGE, N.J. -- Two young brothers died after being left inside a sport-utility vehicle in midday heat, and their father was charged with aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment. Postal worker Derrick Strothers, 38, was released on $100,000 bail, and Essex County authorities continue to investigate the deaths of his only children, Derrick Jr., 2, and Dylan, 1...
Vaccine study suggests lengthy immunity from smallpox (08/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- Millions of Americans already vaccinated against smallpox may retain at least some protection many years later, a study indicates. Medical experts have assumed that protection from the vaccine lasted three years to five years and declined after that...
Bush favors delay in FERC proposal on power grid management (08/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration supports a three-year delay in a controversial proposal that its supporters claim would make it easier to run the nation's electrical system, the president's top energy adviser said Sunday. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said the proposal would "force down the throats" a federal policy of deregulation that states with cheap power oppose...
Life slowly returning to normal for those affected by blackout (08/18/03)
The probe into what triggered an eight-state, two-nation blackout that left 50 million people in the dark zeroed in on an area just south of Cleveland, where a leading investigator said three transmission lines failed just before the massive outage...
FirstEnergy has record of financial, pollution troubles (08/18/03)
and John Seewer ~ The Associated Press It's been a bad month for FirstEnergy. The Ohio-based owner of power lines that may have triggered the largest blackout in U.S. history was found guilty of pollution in early August, warned about its staggering $12.5 billion debt, and forced to slash earnings estimates...
No quick upgrades in sight for power grid (08/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's worst blackout is prompting demands to upgrade the country's power grid, but regional conflicts and fear about electricity deregulation could prevent quick action on improving an antiquated and fragile transmission system...
Ecosystems try to rebuild after widlfires die down in Arizona (08/18/03)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some of Mount Lemmon's black bears might go foraging for garbage in Tucson. The Mexican spotted owls and peregrine falcons are flying to other forests. And the Gila chub fish was packed up and moved from its creek home. The fire that roared through the vacation community of Summerhaven, 6,000 feet above Tucson on Mount Lemmon, displaced the mountain's wildlife and for a time its residents...
Video game conference drawing more girls, families (08/18/03)
DALLAS -- The Bouldin family drove 14 hours nonstop from their home in Phoenix to see old friends they'd never met before. Cary and Jeremiah Johnson, newlyweds from Austin, came to revel in the shared passion that brought them together in the first place...
Two more houses burn in 3,600-acre Montana blaze (08/18/03)
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Firefighters found at least two burned houses Sunday in the ashes of a wildfire that surged across more than 3,600 rural acres in two hours and forced hundreds of people to evacuate. Winds up to 55 mph pushed the fire to 5,200 acres Saturday night...
Motorcycle club leader faces federal racketeering charges (08/18/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- For the fourth time since 1995, federal prosecutors here are taking on the Outlaws, an international motorcycle club officials say more resembles a multinational corporation, albeit one in the business of drug dealing and loan sharking...
S.D. representative involved in deadly crash (08/18/03)
TRENT, S.D. -- Rep. Bill Janklow was driving a car that hit a motorcycle and killed its rider at a rural intersection, state officials said Sunday. Janklow, 63, a former four-term governor who is in his first congressional term, suffered minor injuries in Saturday's accident but didn't require medical attention, said Col. Dan Mosteller, the head of the state Highway Patrol...
Residents alert troops to Tikrit bomb-making facility (08/18/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- U.S. troops shut down a major bomb factory near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Sunday and arrested two people in connection with bombing activities here, a U.S. Army commander said. In a raid on a village north of Tikrit, troops from the 4th Infantry Division seized C-4 plastic explosives, plastic caps, detonation switches and fragmentation shrapnel used in bombs, said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, commander of the 4th Infantry's 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment...
World briefs 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
Eight people killed in Iran redistricting clash TEHRAN, Iran -- Rioters clashed with police in a central Iranian city in violence Sunday that killed eight people and wounded 150, sparked by a plan to redraw the municipal border, Iranian state media reported...
Indonesian police arrest nine in hotel blast case (08/18/03)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Investigators have arrested nine people in the Aug. 5 attack on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people and wounded nearly 150, the national police chief said Sunday. Gen. Da'i Bachtiar said the nine suspects were picked up in separate raids over the past week. He gave no details on the arrests or the suspects...
Senior Saudi clerics condemn terrorists (08/18/03)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's highest religious body has condemned violence by Islamic militants and deemed helping terrorists "one of the greatest sins." The statement from the Council of Senior Clerics came a day after Saudi authorities arrested at least 11 suspected militants and seized a large weapons cache in the southern Jazan province...
Amid protests, Iceland resumes whale hunts for fishing research (08/18/03)
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Two ships commissioned by Iceland's government left port Sunday to begin the hunt for 38 minke whales over the next six weeks, despite the protests of conservationists and several governments. The Sigurbjorg and the Njordur are taking part in the hunt, which Iceland says is intended for scientific research, but which Britain and the United States have labeled unnecessary...
Mobs attack restaurant, gas stations after deaths of Shiites (08/18/03)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- A mob of youths threw bricks at a KFC restaurant and smashed windows at a U.S.-owned gas station Sunday during protests following a funeral for a Shiite Muslim doctor gunned down in this southern Pakistani city, apparently by Sunni militants...
Liberians give thanks for peace, pray it holds (08/18/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Monrovians enjoying a rare respite from violence in Liberia sang their thanks Sunday for deliverance by West African and U.S. troops and prayed for the peace to last. But even as rebels negotiating with the government in Accra, Ghana, made a key concession, scattered attacks on civilians were reported on the outskirts of the capital, again forcing people to flee...
Officials say it's too early to say what cause pipeline fire (08/18/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- A ferocious blaze raged for a third day at a giant oil pipeline in northern Iraq Sunday, and U.S. military officials said it was too soon to say what triggered the fire. Earlier, Iraqi police officials blamed saboteurs. Also Sunday, the Danish army reported that one of its soldiers died after being shot during a gunbattle the day before with Iraqis whose truck had been stopped during a routine patrol near Basra...
Shift in Ontario's power needs added stress to system (08/18/03)
TORONTO -- Ontario used to send surplus power south across the border during the cooler Canadian summers, but warmer weather and stagnant local production now has it importing U.S. electricity when temperatures are hottest. The new summer thirst from Canada's most populous and industrialized province is one more stress on the power system that crashed in North America's biggest blackout...
Otahkians fall in exhibition (08/18/03)
With only three days of practice under its belt, Southeast Missouri State University's soccer team showed its rust Sunday night at Houck Stadium in a 3-1 exhibition loss to the Busch-Hopfinger under-18 select soccer club of St. Louis. The Otahkians, who bring back 10 starters from last year's team that won their second straight Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title, looked strong early before Busch took control of the game late in the first half...
Chiefs pleased with running backs (08/18/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The battles-within-the-battle are most intriguing in NFL practice games. From that perspective, Kansas City's 26-16 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night proved a good night for Doug Chapman and Derrick Blaylock...
Phillies complete sweep (08/18/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Amaury Telemaco won for the first time in over two years, retiring the final 14 batters he faced as the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-4 victory Sunday. Jim Thome and Pat Burrell each hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Phillies, who have won five straight and lead Florida by a half-game in the NL wild-card race...
Johnson will step in for Vick (08/18/03)
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons already have a model for surviving without star quarterback Michael Vick, who'll be out at least six weeks with a broken leg. Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles won five of their final six regular-season games after quarterback Donovan McNabb went down with a similar injury. McNabb returned for the playoffs and led Philadelphia to the NFC Championship game...
Final surprise - Micheel the champ (08/18/03)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Shaun Micheel's name on the trophy looks out of place alongside Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen. None of those guys ever won a PGA Championship with a shot like this one. His heart pounding, his lead down to a single stroke, Micheel stood in the first cut of rough on the 18th hole at Oak Hill with everything riding on his 7-iron from 175 yards...
Rams not too excited about taking on Bucs (08/18/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A regular-season matchup of the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would represent the NFL's best against a team trying to get back to the summit. But the Rams (0-1) aren't getting too excited about tonight's preseason game against the Super Bowl champions (2-0). They just want to exit healthy...
Hitches and all, Games went on fine (08/18/03)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic's big show wasn't as disastrous as it was billed to be. The Pan American Games that ended Saturday shined through disorganization, last-minute scrambling to complete athletic venues, concession stands and walkways, and even downpours and power outages...
Thorpe rallies for victory (08/18/03)
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Jim Thorpe rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to overtake Bob Gilder and win the Long Island Classic on Sunday. The victory, worth $225,000, ended a 42-tournament drought for Thorpe, who now has six wins in his fifth year on the Champions Tour. He shot a 3-under 67 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 15-under 195 at the Eisenhower Park Red Course...
Hornish wins fastest IRL race ever (08/18/03)
SPARTA, Ky. -- Maybe it was the new engine in his Chevrolet, or maybe Sam Hornish Jr. just didn't want to surrender his status as the Indy Racing League's top driver. Whatever the reason, Hornish, the two-time defending IRL IndyCar Series champion, set series records for average speed and career wins Sunday in the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway...
Pak captures fourth Jamie Farr crown (08/18/03)
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Se Ri Pak was just waiting for the weekend. Pak became only the eighth player to win the same LPGA tournament four or more times, struggling at times during an even-par 71 Sunday to hold off Hee-Won Han and Marisa Baena by two shots in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic...
Newman's strategy pays off (08/18/03)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- With the laps winding down and gas a big question mark, Ryan Newman asked permission to go after leader Kurt Busch in Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400. "Seeing that there were five laps to go and we had a shot at catching Kurt, I didn't want to ... ...
Madden curse lives on in Mike Vick (08/18/03)
dwilson For nearly two decades now the folks at Electronic Arts have been putting out John Madden football video games. It was just recently, though, that they began putting the top NFL players on the covers of those games. Consequentially, the game's popularity and the anticipation of the game have soared...
FanFare 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Runelvys Hernandez, who opened the season 4-0 and keyed Kansas City's surprising surge into first place, was sent down to Double-A Wichita on Sunday. Hernandez (7-5) was roughed up for nine runs on nine hits in just 3 1-3 innings of a 14-5 loss to Minnesota on Saturday...
  • Downtown cafe to close; Holiday Inn's last hurrah (08/18/03)
    There's a ton of things going on, so I'm going to give you everything in snippets this week. (They are easily digestible and won't sit on your stomach.) We'll start with some bad news and end with some good news: Corner Cafe at 117 Themis will close its doors this Saturday for good. The owner, Roger Shoulders, tells me that the business was doing fine, but he had so much going on that something had to give...
    Slashers Freddy and Jason cut up for No. 1 debut (08/18/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- The horror tag-team "Freddy vs. Jason" had a killer weekend as the showdown between the bad guys of the "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises debuted with $36.4 million. That was more than the combined total for the entire theatrical runs of the last installments in each franchise. ...
    Giamatti advances from sidekick to lead (08/18/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- He seems so easygoing as Martin Lawrence's goofy cop buddy in "Big Momma's House," Jim Carrey's prank partner in "Man on the Moon" or the aim-to-please orangutan in "Planet of the Apes." Yet Paul Giamatti's steamed. He gripes and glowers as if even the hint of a smile might ravage his flesh in "American Splendor," a film biography of the underground comic-book world's biggest grouch, Harvey Pekar...
    UPN's 'Enterprise' soars into new action-packed season (08/18/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- When the director calls "Action!" on the set of UPN's "Enterprise," stuff really flies. A vase being used as a club smashes and scatters as a beautiful alien spy whacks chief engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III across the back of his skull...
    People on the move 08/18/03 (08/18/03)
    Cape native receives two teacher awards Ginger Schwab, a Cape Girardeau native, received two awards this year while teaching at Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School in Sanford, Fla., including Teacher of the Year for her school and Teacher of the Year from the local Sanford Sam's Club...
    Number portability fee helping carriers turn profit (08/18/03)
    NEW YORK -- Some cell phone companies appear poised to profit off a new fee that covers the cost of enabling customers to switch wireless services without giving up their phone numbers. The fee, permitted by the federal government, is already being levied by four national carriers and is generally less than $1 per month. That adds up quickly when multiplied across the millions of subscribers each carrier serves...
    New program helps small firms get more contracts (08/18/03)
    WASHINGTON -- For many small company owners, the Small Business Administration is a provider of economic assistance after a natural disaster. Some also get SBA-backed loans to help their businesses expand. The agency, however, provides other services, including a new program called Business Matchmaking that helps small businesses get contracts with the government and big corporations...
    Business memo 08/18/03 (08/18/03)
    Business center to hold counseling sessions The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will conduct counseling sessions for area small-business owners and individuals planning business ventures. The counselor, Gil Degenhardt, will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, 1267 N. Mount Auburn Road. Call 335-3312 for an appointment. The counseling sessions last about one hour and are free of charge...
    Diner with motorcycle motif offers food, centennial tribute (08/18/03)
    CLEVELAND -- Wind your way through the showroom of Cleveland's South East Harley-Davidson dealership, past the sparkling Super Glides and the V-Rods and the Road Kings. Pass by the parts department with its racks and racks of foot pegs and fog lamps and fat boy fender trim...
    Avis Lane (08/18/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Avis L. Lane, 91, of Charleston, Mo., died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, a the Charleston Manor. She was born May 20, 1912, in Harrisburg, Ill., to the late E.G. and Maude Church Ford. She was raised near Sikeston, had attended New Bethel Baptist Church and the Bridges Community Methodist Church near Sikeston...
    Houston Anderson (08/18/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- L. Houston "Buddy" Anderson, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Anna died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, near Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Arrangements are pending with Lutz & Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
    Gary Smith (08/18/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Gary "Joe" Smith, 52, of Dongola, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 9, 1951, son of Claude Eugene and Ellen Tellor Smith. He was married to Sherilynn Burns and was a carpenter. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Billy of Dongola, Brad of Anna, Ill., and Bobby Smith; two daughters, Shirley Smith of Ware, Ill., and Joanne Smith of Dongola...
    Donald Tucker (08/18/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Donald Lee Tucker, 72, of Cedar Park, Texas, formerly of Wolf Lake, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, in Cedar Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to funeral time Saturday at Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Funeral will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home...
    Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Aug. 19 Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: At 5:21 p.m. a motor vehicle accident at Themis and N. Sprigg. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 1:38 a.m., a medical assist at 444 Marie...
    Cape police report 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Aug. 18 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Loyd Sandlin, 39, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests...
    Out of the past 8/18/03 (08/18/03)
    10 years ago: Aug. 18, 1993 Benton, Mo. -- Construction of new gymnasium at Thomas Kelly Schools in Benton is on schedule, says superintendent Michael Johnson; gym is set to be completed by Dec. 1; bids on school's heating and air conditioning improvements are scheduled to be opened tonight; contractor should be able to start work on that project immediately...
    Driving deserves full attention (08/18/03)
    Hang up and drive! So commands a popular bumper sticker that uses humor to warn against talking on a cell phone and motoring down a street at the same time. But nobody is listening, a recent study by the AAA and University of North Carolina indicated. Researchers mounted cameras in cars and randomly selected times to view drivers' habits. The drivers knew they would be watched and still did some remarkable things behind the wheel...
    1993 flood left deep memories (08/18/03)
    This week 10 years ago, a lot of people in Southeast Missouri were hot, damp, devastated and utterly miserable. What a contrast to recent days, when an unseasonably cool August has invigorated many of us to get involved in extra outdoor activity. On Aug. ...
    Don't let mascot divert attention from real issues (08/18/03)
    To the editor: I am a graduate of SEMO. My family settled in the area in 1803 and counted the Indians already here as friends and neighbors. Indian heritage has never been offensively depicted in SEMO's logo or mascot. As to opposing teams "calling names," go to any home game and hear the drunks shout racial slurs and obscenities at the visiting teams and their fans. I sat through it and asked the campus security guard to intervene, but he blew it off...
    Journet trying to discredit popular president (08/18/03)
    To the editor: In response to Alan Journet's letter "Americans need full accounting of administration": I cannot recall any congressional investigations in the past ever revealing any useful information. All of the reasons for going to Iraq have been thoroughly reported by all of the media. ...
    Teacher was also cheerful and great lady (08/18/03)
    To the editor: I read Mary Estes-Gieselmann's obituary and felt it needed so much more. I worked with Mary for several years at Hazelwood West High School. She was an incredible human being. She was an excellent teacher who took a group of students every year to Washington, D.C., as part of the Close-Up Program so they could see government in action and their nation's Capitol. ...
    Speak out 8/13 (08/18/03)
    Charter schools PETER KINDER is such a supporter of charter schools. I hope he will read the article "Charter schools are failing to measure up" in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that cites a new Rand Corp. study of charter schools in California. The story cites especially the St. ...
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