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SEMO money study shows student impact (08/23/03)
University students just love to eat off campus. Sure, they like getting pierced, tanning and talking on cell phones, too, but not nearly as much as eating. And every time a Southeast Missouri State University student pays the check or hauls some groceries to the car, a business owner makes a buck, which means he gives someone a job, which means that person will have a paycheck to spend...
Judge- River Campus suit is dismissed (08/23/03)
A judge dismissed Cape Girardeau businessman Jim Drury's latest River Campus lawsuit on Friday, but he left the door open for Drury to mount another legal challenge to the city's plan to partner with Southeast Missouri State University in building a new arts school...
Tastefully done (08/23/03)
Amid the heat and haze of a sweltering August day, Rick Goodman of Jackson is playing it cool. At the 11th annual Cape BBQ Fest at Arena Park, Goodman's group is among 37 teams competing for prizes and recognition. He's competed here before and has spent seven years salivating for a win...
Cape man charged in shooting (08/23/03)
A Cape Girardeau man was charged Thursday in connection with a shooting that left another resident with an injured ankle and wrist. Police arrested Corey Martin, 24, of 110 S. Hanover, at 2 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Rick Schmidt. He was charged with second-degree assault and armed criminal action and remains in custody on $50,000 bond...
Jackson mayor to address criminal probe Wednesday (08/23/03)
Jackson Mayor Paul Sander will publicly address the criminal investigation launched against him by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department at noon Wednesday at city hall. Sander's attorney, Al Spradling III, said Sander will answer questions regarding allegations he benefited illegally from a 1998 home sale at Seabaugh Acres, which is outside the city limits, where city workers and equipment were used to locate a sewer line...
Emerson facilitates donation of rare book blessed by pope (08/23/03)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's office paved the way for the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, to be housed at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, to receive a rare religious book. "The Rules of the Order," printed in 1658 and published in French, outlines the rules governing the Congregation of the Mission -- the Vincentian order...
Lunch time prayer service starts in September (08/23/03)
The First Tuesday Noon Worship will meet Sept. 2 at Freedom Rock and focus on prayers for schools and education. The informal meeting runs from noon to 1 p.m. Faith in action award goes to Bonney Darlene Bonney received the "Faith-in-Action" award recently at an annual awards dinner held by Lutheran Family and Children's Services in Cape Girardeau...
God in government (08/23/03)
The dramatic showdown over a Ten Commandments display in the Alabama Judicial Building highlights a split among evangelical Protestants over whether -- and exactly when -- to practice civil disobedience. While they are sympathetic to the cause of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, some influential conservative thinkers have also taken him to task for failing to respect the legal system...
Pound pup makes break for freedom, ends up on roof (08/23/03)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A dog's unusual escape attempt from the pound has earned him the name Monkey Dog. "We've had them crawl out, but we've never had one on the roof before," said animal control officer Mark Hastings. Monkey Dog made his escape from the Poplar Bluff Animal Control Shelter on Thursday morning by climbing up about 6 feet of cattle panel, which is made up of thick welded wire in a 5-by-6-inch mesh. ...
Cairo mayor hit by lawsuits over firings, retirement (08/23/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The newly elected mayor of this Southern Illinois city has been hit by two lawsuits from six former employees he abruptly fired after taking office, and a third lawsuit over a retirement deal. The lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Benton, Ill., accuse Paul Farris of denying the former workers due process and demand jury trials, unspecified damages and, in most cases, reinstatement...
Talks to end strike by Benton, Ill., teachers break off (08/23/03)
BENTON, Ill. -- The Benton teachers union blamed the school board Friday for walking out of contract negotiations and extending a strike that has halted high school classes in this Southern Illinois town and threatened sports seasons. Talks between the two sides broke off Friday afternoon, union president Mike Salmo said...
'Bad things' rabbi looks at Psalm 23 in new devotional (08/23/03)
America's most famous rabbi is Harold S. Kushner, thanks to the huge readership for his 1981 book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," which is still in print. Kushner's book handled the perennial problem in the title by trimming traditional belief in God's total power ("omnipotence," as theologians call it) to lessen God's responsibility for causing -- or not preventing -- those "bad things."...
Casino puts $5 million into ballot campaign (08/23/03)
ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. -- With entertainment and a free catfish dinner, proponents of allowing casino gambling in this southwest Missouri town are launching a campaign this weekend to get the matter on the statewide ballot next November. Officials in Rockaway Beach have already picked a preferred developer -- Minneapolis-based Southwest Casino and Hotel Corp. ...
religion calendar 8/23 (08/23/03)
Sunday Blood drive from 7:45 a.m. to noon at St. Denis parish center in Benton. Zion United Methodist Church Rally Day at 3 p.m. at Jackson City Park, Shelter 4. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. and a vespers service begins at 6 p.m...
Butt of jokes (08/23/03)
JACKSON, Ga. -- People who grew up in Butts County laugh at all the jokes. Like how they're not backward, just a little behind. But when a local disc jockey started a campaign to have the name of Butts County changed to something tamer, this rural county 40 miles south of Atlanta erupted in a feud...
State claims Missouri River level reaching record lows (08/23/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri River has dipped to its lowest recorded summer levels since the 1950s, when the once free-flowing waterway was restrained with a series of reservoirs constructed in upstream states, Missouri officials said. The National Weather Service is projecting the river will continue to fall to levels not seen since the drought of the 1930s -- long before reservoirs were built, the state said...
Missouri clears way for new power lines despite protests (08/23/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State regulators have approved construction of a new high-voltage power line through mid-Missouri that could add capacity to the existing power grid and lessen the likelihood of a failure similar to last week's blackout that affected parts of the Midwest and Northeast...
St. Louis native among victims of Baghdad attack (08/23/03)
Arthur Helton, who actively defended the rights of Haitians fleeing by boat to the United States, died Tuesday in the terrorist attack on U.N. headquarters in Baghdad. He was 54. Helton, who was born in St. Louis and raised in Ellisville, Mo., was believed to have been meeting with U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello when the bomb exploded Tuesday, killing more than 20 people including de Mello, officials said Wednesday...
West Nile suspected in St. Louis man's death (08/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- An elderly St. Louis man who died earlier this month had the West Nile virus, marking the first probable death from the virus in Missouri this year, city health officials said Friday. While the city is awaiting final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health officials said their tests showed the man, in his late 80s or early 90s, was infected with West Nile. ...
With traffic deaths at 12-year high, states trying to pu (08/23/03)
MIAMI -- On an isolated stretch of Florida highway, police surprised 200 drag racers and spectators in an early morning bust. Washington state sent out a task force of troopers in unmarked cars to target aggressive drivers. New Jersey put its motorists to work with a toll-free hotline for reporting reckless drivers...
Mother sentenced for placing infant in hot oven (08/23/03)
WETUMPKA, Ala. -- A woman who put her infant daughter in a hot oven set on broil pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The child survived after her father heard her screams and rushed into the kitchen, but she suffered third-degree burns over 70 percent of her body and still faces years of reconstructive surgery, said District Attorney Randall Houston...
Flooding kills one in Kentucky (08/23/03)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Flooding in central Kentucky swept a home into a creek Friday, killing at least one person, as a heavy storm felled trees and downed power lines. Helicopters and search dogs were helping search for other possible victims, authorities said...
Two new Viagra rivals heading to U.S. market (08/23/03)
LONDON -- Viagra, the little blue pill that has revolutionized the sex lives of millions of men, has two potential rivals knocking at the door of the big U.S. market. One, called Cialis, is known as "Le Weekend" pill in France for its reputed long-lasting effect. The other, Levitra, prides itself as the choice for those who want more spontaneity because it works in as little as 15 minutes, less time than the hour Viagra requires...
More coalition troops in Iraq will help U.S. 'hunter' teams (08/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- The arrival of more coalition troops in Iraq will free American military teams to look for Saddam Hussein's loyalists and Islamic extremists, President Bush said Friday. Bush predicted more countries would join the nearly 30 who have provided more than 22,000 troops in Iraq. Those foreign troops, Bush said, would help "guard the infrastructure."...
White House influenced EPA post-9/11 air quality reports (08/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- At the White House's direction, the Environmental Protection Agency gave New Yorkers misleading assurances that there was no health risk from the debris-laden air after the World Trade Center collapse, according to an internal inquiry...
Activist's words chiseled into historic stone (08/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- Four decades after Martin Luther King Jr.'s demand for equality stirred a nation, civil rights activists commemorated his "I Have a Dream" speech Friday by celebrating the inscription of those words on the monument where his call rang out...
Wildfires spread in Wyoming; emergency declared in Oregon (08/23/03)
SISTERS, Ore. -- Twin wildfires raging through a national forest in central Oregon overran fire containment lines Friday and encroached on the mountain community of Camp Sherman. Wyoming firefighters battled a wildfire in the Shoshone National Forest that exploded to 14,500 acres Friday from only 20 acres a few days earlier...
Stones gather no fans; Mick is sick with flu (08/23/03)
LONDON -- The Rolling Stones have postponed a concert for the third time in a month because Mick Jagger has the flu, the band said Friday. The rockers deferred a show planned for Saturday at Twickenham stadium in west London, rescheduling it for Sept. 20. A concert set for Sunday is expected to go ahead as planned...
Bush freezes assets of six top Hamas officials (08/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, responding to this week's deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem, froze the financial assets of six top officials of Hamas on Friday as well as five European charities said by the administration to be sending cash to the militants...
Internet experts say much-feared attack fizzles (08/23/03)
NEW YORK -- A feared Internet attack resulting from a fast-spreading computer virus fizzled Friday. Security experts said they contained the virus by identifying and blocking computers key to coordinating it. Instructions written into the latest version of the "Sobig" virus, which has caused enormous headaches since it began appearing Tuesday, called for infected Windows machines to try to download a program that, until the attack began at 2 p.m. Friday, had an unknown function...
Fires break out at car dealership; vehicles vandalized at three (08/23/03)
WEST COVINA, Calif. -- Fires destroyed dozens of SUVs and a warehouse at an auto dealership Friday, and vehicles there and at three other dealerships were spray-painted with slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans." "With all the evidence ... it's highly likely it's an arson fire," said Rick Genovese, fire marshal for West Covina, a Los Angeles suburb...
Governor pardons 35 convicted in drug busts (08/23/03)
TULIA, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry on Friday pardoned 35 people who were arrested in the 1999 Tulia drug busts and convicted based on the testimony of a lone undercover agent later charged with perjury. "I believe my decision to grant pardons in these cases is both appropriate and just," Perry said in a statement...
Computer virus fighters warn of new threat from Internet (08/23/03)
NEW YORK -- A fast-spreading computer virus already blamed for slowing or shutting down e-mail systems worldwide was programmed to coordinate a new type of attack, antivirus experts said Friday. Instructions written into the "Sobig" virus, which began appearing Tuesday, call for infected machines running Microsoft Windows to try to download a program of unknown function as early as 3 p.m. Friday...
Top recall candidates moving to turn crowded ballot into two-ma (08/23/03)
SAN DIEGO -- Top Democrats and Republicans began shifting their support to the front-runners in California's recall race Friday, trying to turn the chaos of a 135-candidate ballot into a race shaped by traditional party politics. While Democrats continued to oppose the effort to unseat Gov. Gray Davis, they began to rally behind Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, the only high-profile Democrat among the replacement candidates...
Four children killed in suspicious fire at house (08/23/03)
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A suspicious row house fire killed four children Friday, and as the building burned, police arrived to find the mother and two men outside arguing. State police and fire marshals were investigating the predawn blaze, which gutted the two-story brick home, but no charges were immediately filed...
State charges dropped in alleged assault of girl (08/23/03)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Prosecutors dropped state charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a discount store, clearing the way for a federal trial in October, officials said. At the Oct. 14 trial, Allen Dwayne Coates faces a federal charge of crossing a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person younger than 12. Coates, 37, of Irvington, Ky., faces up to life in prison if convicted...
Liberian women fight for respect and revenge (08/23/03)
TUBMANBURG, Liberia -- Her uniform is a red beret, spaghetti-strap halter top and black jeans. Her weapons are Kalashnikovs and mortars. Black Diamond, 22, is a Liberian rebel commander -- known by her nom de guerre and feared by friends and foes alike in a war-shattered nation where women and girls are more likely to be victims than avengers...
Israel threatens militant leaders (08/23/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two others in a shootout Friday at a West Bank hospital as Israel vowed to hunt down and kill militant leaders unless Palestinian authorities rein in the armed groups. In the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Hamas supporters buried a militant leader killed in an Israeli missile strike Thursday and vowed revenge. The group's defiant leaders said they did not fear death and a new generation was ready to take their places...
Europe struggles to count heat wave dead (08/23/03)
PARIS -- Europe's deadly heat wave claimed more than 2,000 lives in countries outside of France, where an estimated 10,000 have died, according to official reports. Italy, which had refused to release figures, bowed to public outcry over increased deaths and agreed Friday to investigate the toll...
Survey- Oslo is world's most expensive city (08/23/03)
OSLO, Norway -- Nothing here is free -- even a trip to a public toilet costs $1.32. No surprise, then, that a new survey gives Oslo the dubious distinction of being the world's most expensive city. The list of high-priced places by Swiss banking giant UBS says Oslo has overtaken Tokyo as the costliest place to live. Tokyo is now third on the list -- dropping from first place in 2000, when the survey was last done. Hong Kong was second on the list and New York fourth...
Sen. McCain calls for Pakistan to do more to stop terror attack (08/23/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Sen. John McCain demanded Friday that Pakistan do more to keep allies of Afgha-nistan's former ruling Taliban regime from launching cross-border attacks that have plagued regular Afghans, U.S. troops and foreign aid workers. Insurgents in Afghanistan's south and east border regions have stepped up assaults recently, fueling concern that the hard-line Islamic militia ousted in late 2001 is regrouping...
Teacher guilty of theft skips out of sentencing (08/23/03)
LONDON -- A high-spending British headmistress who used school money on trips, gifts and luxury goods failed to appear in court Friday for sentencing but was later found at home. Paramedics were called to the home of Colleen McCabe hours after she failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court and an arrest warrant was issued. She was taken to the hospital in an ambulance...
Rocket explodes on launching pad, killing 21 (08/23/03)
BRASILIA, Brazil -- A rocket exploded on its launch pad Friday during tests just days before liftoff, killing 21 people and injuring 20 others, the defense ministry said. The blast in northeastern Brazil killed mostly civilian technicians, destroyed two research satellites and delivered a serious blow to Brazil's nascent space program. Brazil is trying to be the first Latin American nation to put a satellite in orbit...
Brazilians barred from entering Britain after failing quiz (08/23/03)
LONDON -- A lack of knowledge about the Beatles proved costly for six Brazilians -- immigration officials at Heathrow Airport sent them packing when they failed a quiz about the Fab Four. The Brazilians were given the quick test on Thursday after they claimed to be traveling to Britain for Liverpool's Mathew Street Festival, which celebrates the lives of the northern English city's most famous sons...
U.N. bombing may be an inside job (08/23/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. investigators suspect the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad was an inside job and are questioning Iraqi employees and guards, many of whom were linked to Saddam Hussein's security service, a top American official said Friday...
Fugitive couple agree to deportation to U.S. (08/23/03)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A U.S. couple wanted by the FBI for a series of armed bank robberies across the American West agreed to be deported from South Africa Friday. Craig Michael Pritchert, 41, and Nova Ester Guthrie, 28 -- dubbed the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde by newspapers for their alleged crime spree -- looked calm but serious as they told the Cape Town Magistrates Court they had no objection to being deported...
Gunmen kidnap five people at doctor's office (08/23/03)
ORDZHONIKIDZEVSKAYA, Russia -- Masked gunmen kidnapped five Chechnya residents from a medical clinic, officials said Friday. Actress Angelina Jolie, on a U.N. goodwill trip, toured a refugee camp, where crowds met her with protests about plans to return them to war-battered Chechnya...
Dennehy's father files lawsuit (08/23/03)
Efforts by Baylor athlete Patrick Dennehy to expose wrongdoing in the university's basketball program resulted in "violent threats" against him and a cover-up that led to his murder, the player's father said in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Friday...
Drew ready to clean up mess at Baylor as new head coach (08/23/03)
WACO, Texas -- Scott Drew knows he's taking over a messy situation at Baylor. To him, that just makes the challenge even better. "I can't wait for the new image for Baylor to come," said the 32-year-old Drew, who leaves behind the head coaching job at Valparaiso, where he was 20-11 in his only season leading the Crusaders and won the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title...
Clarett to receive multi-game suspension (08/23/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett was cleared to resume practicing with national champion Ohio State, but faces a multi-game suspension, the university said Friday. The NCAA supplied Ohio State with a list of allegations against Clarett on Thursday. Members of the university discussed the allegations with the sophomore on Friday, athletic director Andy Geiger said in a statement...
Interim coach strives for a permanent title (08/23/03)
Tom Farden hopes to ultimately have the "interim" tag removed from his new job as Southeast Missouri State University's head women's gymnastics coach. "Absolutely," a smiling Farden said Thursday afternoon from behind the desk in his office at Parker Gym. "I want the job."...
Jackson still has an alum in Big 12 (08/23/03)
Jackson High School's presence in the Big 12 still may be felt this year after all. While running back Mario Whitney's stay at Missouri was short-lived, Jackson High School teammate Travis Dambach has climbed to No. 2 on the depth chart after red-shirting last season at the University of Kansas. Dambach, at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, is behind senior Danny Lewis at the right tackle position...
Organizer goes the extra miles for event (08/23/03)
Scott Porter's dedication to Slamfest has never been more evident than this year. Porter, who started Cape Girardeau's popular outdoor basketball tournament more than a decade ago, moved to Dallas late last year. But Porter plans to again be on hand this weekend for the 12th annual Slamfest at Indian Park. Games begin at 8 a.m. today and Sunday, with the championship scheduled for about 5 p.m. Sunday...
In the pros (08/23/03)
Players from area schools now in professional baseball; included is each player's local connection, last year as an amateur and major league affiliation (if applicable). Statistics are through Thursday.TIM ALVAREZ, LHP Southeast Missouri State 2003...
Cardinals acquire pair of left-handers (08/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their bullpen Friday night, getting Mike DeJean from the Milwaukee Brewers for two minor league pitchers to be named. Less than an hour later, St. Louis acquired pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the New York Yankees for minor league pitchers Justin Pope and Ben Julianel...
Rams try to build on first preseason victory (08/23/03)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Kurt Warner showed a glimpse that he's back on his game. Now it's Drew Bledsoe's turn. The Buffalo Bills' Bledsoe-led offense, supposed to be the team's strength, is suddenly a cause for concern as Buffalo prepares for its third preseason game, against the visiting St. Louis Rams today...
Exhibiting some defense (08/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Offense got the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls in a three-year span. Defense might be the team's strong suit now, however. A line that features four first-round draft picks finally started to assert itself in the preseason, setting the tone. Linebacking has been solid after a shaky 2002 and the secondary hasn't missed departed corner Dre' Bly or Aeneas Williams, still recovering from a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments last season...
Thome, Phils continue to haunt Cards (08/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Thome punished the Cardinals pitching again with two home runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies ended Albert Pujols' 30-game hitting streak in a 9-4 win on Friday night. Pat Burrell also homered twice for the Phillies, giving him 101 for his career. The Phillies ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Cardinals for the seventh consecutive time...
Riley, Toms share midpoint lead at elite NEC Invitational (08/23/03)
AKRON, Ohio -- The only thing Chris Riley knew about Firestone was that it usually took a score of about 12 under par to win, and the trophy always went to Tiger Woods. It might not be that simple this year. As the wind and rough sent Woods to a sloppy finish and his worst score in 22 rounds at Firestone, Riley and David Toms pulled away with pars to share the lead going into the weekend at the NEC Invitational...
Iowa student charged with threatening to kill Kobe's accuser (08/23/03)
The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa student was charged with threatening to kill the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of sexual assault. John William Roche, 22, was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly leaving a profanity-laced message on the accuser's answering machine July 27, according to a federal grand jury indictment...
Sideline chatter 8/23/03 (08/23/03)
Shucks, Tom, aim higher! Congressman Tom Osborne lit up his electorate when he told the Lincoln Journal-Star that he is considering a run at Nebraska's highest office in 2006. Residents' euphoria quickly evaporated, however, when they learned that Osborne was referring merely to the position of governor -- not Cornhuskers football coach...
Saturday FanFare 8/23/03 (08/23/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder has a stress fracture in his right hip, putting the rest of his season in jeopardy. Mulder had an MRI exam Thursday, and the team was surprised to see it showed a fracture. The Athletics weren't sure how he hurt himself. Mulder is 15-9 with a 3.13 ERA in 26 starts this season...
  • Area digest (08/23/03)
    Southeast loses to SLU in exhibition meeting ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis University freshman Courtney Hulcer scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Billikens past Southeast Missouri State University 3-2 in a women's soccer exhibition match...
    James Ice (08/23/03)
    MILLER CITY, Ill. -- James F. Ice, 92, of Miller City died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 5, 1911, in Miller City, son of James Madison and Stella Beatrice Simpson Ice. He married Pearl Davison. Ice was a member of Caledonia Lodge 47 AF&AM in Olive Branch, Ill., Ainad Shrine Temple of East St. ...
    Alveda Nation (08/23/03)
    Margaret Alveda Nation, 68, of Scott City died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at her home. She was born Nov. 13, 1934, at Fornfelt, Mo., daughter of Hugh Alvida and Helen Margaret Stone Spriggs. She and Paul L. Nation were married April 3, 1953, at Ancell, Mo...
    August Wingerter (08/23/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- August W. "Gus" Wingerter, 87, of Perryville died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 17, 1915, at Biehle, Mo., son of Theodore and Theresa Pingel Wingerter. He and Ileen M. Hoffman were married July 31, 1937...
    Births 8/23/03 (08/23/03)
    Irwin Son to Dan and Debbie Irwin of Shawnee, Kan., Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan., 8:44 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2003. Name, Hayden August. Weight, 7 pounds 15 ounces. First child. Mrs. Irwin is the former Debbie Luckman, daughter of George and Linda Luckman of Wichita, Kan. She is a registered nurse. Irwin is the son of Jim and Thelma Irwin of Cape Girardeau. He is business manager at Midway Ford...
    Sheriff report 8/23/03 (08/23/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Saturday, Aug. 23 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Saumil C. Patel, 19, of Cape Girardeau was arrested Aug. 17 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Police report 08/23/03 (08/23/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 23 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Miscellaneous mail items were reported stolen Thursday at 827 Gant. A 1990 Ford box truck with an Arizona license plate bearing AA80762 was reported stolen Friday by U-Haul at 740 S. Kingshighway...
    Fire report 08/23/03 (08/23/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 23 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 6:13 p.m., medical assist at 150 S. Lorimier. At 7:47 p.m., alarm sounding at 211 St. Francis Drive. At 11:44 p.m., alarm sounding at 1025 N. Sprigg. Firefighters responded Friday to the following items:...
    Out of the past 8/23/03 (08/23/03)
    10 years ago: Aug. 23, 1993 With filing period in less than two months, at least two members of Cape Girardeau City Council are weighing prospects of running for mayor next spring; Gene Rhodes, Cape Girardeau's mayor since 1986, has indicated he may not seek reelection; but two councilmen - Melvin Gateley and Dr. Melvin Kasten - are considering mayoral campaigns...
    Cape's TIF commission to plan ahead (08/23/03)
    Cape Girardeau is turning an aborted government-developer partnership agreement into a great learning opportunity that is going to help in the future. Instead of parting ways and simply agreeing to meet the next time someone wants to try tax increment financing in Cape Girardeau, the city's TIF commission is staying together to work with the city planner to set some guidelines for any future proposals...
    SEMO crime lab moves to new quarters (08/23/03)
    Last week, the Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Lab moved from its cramped quarters in a house on the Southeast Missouri State University campus to a newly renovated 8,000-square-foot lab in the building owned by the university at Ellis and Merriwether streets, where there's another 6,000 feet available for growth...
    America needs more education about our roots (08/23/03)
    To the editor: In North America from 1600 to the 1800s, escaping African slaves obtained refuge among American Indians, relying on the affinity of oppressed people. But white colonists feared an alliance of red and black peoples and promoted hatred between Indians and Africans by offering bounties to Indians who captured escaping Africans and by trying to convince Indians that Africans were a detestable people...
    Understanding the Bible isn't always so simple (08/23/03)
    To the editor: There is no basis for linking homosexuality with Sodom and Gomorrah. Biblical scholars have discounted this reading for quite some time, arguing that the sin of inhospitality was the one being condemned. I suppose if the word "know" is taken sexually, then the Bible condemns homosexual rape but seems totally unconcerned about heterosexual rape since Lot offered his daughters to the men of Sodom and Gomorrah...
    Federal deficit is a huge bill we'll have to pay (08/23/03)
    To the editor: I was surprised that citizens weren't alarmed that President Bush took out a loan (by adding to the federal deficit) to pay for the recent tax rebate. I thought tax cuts were given out when the government had more operating money that it spent the year before...
    Speak Out A 08/23/03 (08/23/03)
    A Bush fan I AM a Bush fan, and it has nothing to do with being ignorant about his policies or because I have received a tax cut. I support him because I feel he is right. He inherited this unfinished business in Iraq and received a blow when terrorists attacked our great nation. ...
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