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Stories from Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Republicans seek repeat of banner election year of '20 (08/26/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the first general election of the Roaring '20s, Republicans took simultaneous control of the legislative and executive branches in Missouri for the first time since Reconstruction. But the brief era of unified government under GOP leadership ended in 1923 after just two years and hasn't since been repeated...
Cape board leaves district tax levy rate unchanged (08/26/03)
Despite significant budget cuts, the Cape Girardeau School District's tax levy will not increase this year. All but one of the six school board members voted Monday in favor of superintendent Mark Bowles' recommendation to maintain the levy at $3.99 per $100 assessed valuation...
Crash kills two (08/26/03)
Standard Democrat BERNIE, Mo. -- Two Bernie teenagers were killed over the weekend after the vehicle they were traveling in struck a tree. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, an accident occurred on Bowman Street in Bernie as motorist Darius C. Wooldridge, 16, lost control of his 2001 Jeep and ran off the roadway, striking a tree...
Jackson School Board of Education 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams On the agenda: Tax rate hearing 2003 Missouri Scholars Academy students FCCLA National delegates Approval of vo-tech bus route
Shifting gears (08/26/03)
In the hierarchy of high school, it is not a grade that draws much attention. But as turning points go for students, the junior year is hardly second tier. During the next nine months, local 11th-graders will balance college entrance exams, state assessments, course tests, after-school jobs, college brochures, a 1,500-word research paper and extra-curricular activities...
Region briefs 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
Area man sentenced on drug conviction A Burfordville, Mo., man was sentenced Monday in federal court on charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana. Scott A. Talley, 36, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. Upon release, he will be placed on six years of supervised release...
Scotland Yard detectives enlist local judge's help in case (08/26/03)
It is perhaps the most famous police agency in the world with a legendary reputation for skilled agents willing to go to any length to solve a case -- even across the ocean. When Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler vacationed in London in June, he left his judicial robes behind but still became embroiled in a criminal case that Scotland Yard needed his help in solving...
'Grandma' Green lobbies support for prescription benefit (08/26/03)
The word spry doesn't begin to do Grandma Green justice. The 81-year-old spokeswoman for the Seniors Coalition and grandmother of 24 is downright feisty. "It's not her keeping up with us," said her 20-something assistant Clint Gordon-Carroll. "It's us keeping up with her. She's so energetic. Nothing fazes her. She doesn't quit."...
Former Cape narcotics detective seeks to import jury (08/26/03)
A former Cape Girardeau police narcotics detective facing six felonies wants to have his pool of potential jurors brought in from another county. Paul E. Tipler, 35, appeared Monday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court for a case review and to set a trial date. ...
Cape man receives 18 years for burglary, shooting (08/26/03)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge John Heisserer sentenced a Cape Girardeau man to 18 years in prison Monday for breaking into a Spanish Street home and shooting the resident. On July 28, Cornelius Johnson, 21, told the court he entered 143 S. Spanish St. on Aug. 5, 2002, and shot John Murphy with a handgun during a home invasion-style burglary. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action...
Jackson officials delay contribution toward fireworks (08/26/03)
Before the Jackson Board of Aldermen decides how much money to supplement the Jaycees for its annual fireworks display, it wants to understand more about the club's Fourth of July expenses. The board discussed the issue Monday night at its study session...
Approach of Mars drawing eyes to sky (08/26/03)
Astronomers have never seen Mars as up close as they will this week. The elliptical orbits of both Earth and Mars bring the planets relatively close every 18 months or so, but the Red Planet hasn't been this close in 57,000 years. At 4:51 a.m. Wednesday, Mars will only be 34.6 million miles away. It won't be that close again until Aug. 28, 2287...
College football game is a masterpiece (08/26/03)
It's a crisp fall afternoon and college football fan is glued to the television, where his favorite team is hammering its traditional rivals into the gridiron. If that mythical fan isn't watching a real game, it's probably because he can't stop playing the latest in EA Sports' excellent series, "NCAA Football 2004."...
Kennett, Bluff hospitals sold to Florida group (08/26/03)
Daily American Republic Tenet Healthcare Corp. has sold its hospitals in Kennett and Poplar Bluff as part of a $550 million deal that also includes two hospitals in Tennessee and one in Florida. Tenet announced the sale Monday, along with buyer Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla. The Southeast Missouri hospitals are Three Rivers Healthcare System, a 423-bed, two-campus hospital in Poplar Bluff, and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed hospital in Kennett...
Couple accused of keeping twin sons, 5, in makeshift cages (08/26/03)
PHOENIX -- A couple were arrested on child abuse charges for allegedly keeping their 5-year-old twin sons locked in filthy makeshift cages for nearly 20 hours a day. Police found the boys Saturday after an adult older brother told an off-duty officer at a grocery store about the squalid living conditions...
An interview with a foreign exchange student (08/26/03)
Recently, we had a change to the small, conservative town of Oran. No, I'm not talking about the road I live on that they finally being paved after months of having to swerve to avoid potholes the size of swimming pools. I'm speaking of the foreign exchange student who arrived last week. His name is Simon Lang, and he's basically like every other teenager in America -- besides, of course, the fact that he's German...
Blagojevich swings through Southern Illinois (08/26/03)
TAMMS, Ill. -- While Gov. Rod Blagojevich told a small crowd Monday how his administration will help Alexander County out of poverty, Jack Slusher was sitting across the road in the town's only bar. He's heard it all before, he said. "I left this area in 1965 because there was no work, and there still ain't," said Slusher, 56, of nearby Ullin. "I got no time for politicians."...
Mississippi River reopens after dredging (08/26/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Another stretch of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis was closed to barge traffic most of the day Monday to allow dredging to deepen the waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said. A four-mile stretch near the mouth of the Meramec River -- from mile marker 162 to mile marker 158 -- was closed from 3 a.m. ...
Inmate released after DNA evidence finds he didn't commit crime (08/26/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Lonnie Erby stood at the top of the courthouse steps Monday, stretched out his arms and broke into a wide smile. "Yeah! Yeah!," he said enjoying the moment, then pointed downtown to the landmark in the distance. "There's the Arch. I've been waiting to see it."...
Harvard researchers to study Missouri's problem gamblers (08/26/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Harvard University research-ers are hoping to learn more about the characteristics of problem gamblers by studying people who have voluntarily signed up to be barred from Missouri casinos. The study will focus on a 750-person sample taken from the more than 5,000 people who have voluntarily placed themselves on a state list of patrons permanently barred from Missouri casinos. ...
Holden requests federal disaster assistance for 39 counties (08/26/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden on Monday asked the federal government to declare 39 drought-stricken counties in western Missouri disaster areas. A disaster declaration by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman would allow farmers in the affected areas to gain access to federal drought assistance, such as low-interest loans...
Polls show Bustamante leading recall race (08/26/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Trailing the Democratic front-runner in the latest poll for governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger strode into the territory of his leading Republican opponent Monday in search of support from the conservative wing of his party. As GOP leaders continued to warn that Republicans must unite behind one candidate or risk losing the race to replace Gov. Gray Davis, Schwarzenegger scheduled two appearances Monday afternoon on conservative talk radio programs...
Prosecutor - Inmate planned ex-priest's slaying for some weeks (08/26/03)
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The inmate accused of strangling John Geoghan in his prison cell hated homosexuals and began plotting the attack on the child-molesting former priest weeks ago, a prosecutor said Monday. "He looked upon Father Geoghan as a prize," District Attorney John J. Conte said. "No question he had been planning it for well over a month."...
NASA expecting deeply critical report (08/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- Bracing for a highly critical Columbia accident report, NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe is telling space workers the investigation board's rebuke of key management decisions should be viewed as a roadmap for safe return to orbit -- not as a "personal affront."...
Short-term radiation new option for breast cancer (08/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of breast cancer patients are opting for a week of radiation instead of the usual six weeks, thanks to new methods that target cancer-killing beams at the tumor site instead of the whole breast. Although early research is promising, nobody has proved the faster treatment keeps women cancer-free as long as the old-fashioned kind -- or identified who are the best candidates to try it...
Rumsfeld promises sufficient troops after Kerry faults security (08/26/03)
SAN ANTONIO -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld assured veterans Monday that U.S. commanders will have enough troops to combat guerrilla attacks in Iraq after one of President Bush's rivals said the administration had put American troops in "increased harm's way."...
Evidence of interest (08/26/03)
'CSI' boosting enrollment in forensic science courses on campus By Dan Lewerenz The Associated Press MANSFIELD, Pa. -- Two of Matthew Lebeda's strongest subjects are physics and chemistry. And he always wanted to be a policeman. But he never knew those things could dovetail until he watched "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."...
Feds raised red flags about Midwest plants joining power pool (08/26/03)
Long before swaths of Canada and the Northeast were darkened by power failures, federal regulators and industry officials raised red flags about the reliability of service in the Midwest, where the blackout originated and oversight of the grid is fractured...
Trade secrets can't be posted online, court rules in DVD case (08/26/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a closely watched case that pitted free speech against the protection of trade secrets, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that courts may be able to block computer users from posting on the Internet a code for illegally copying DVD movies...
Two Ohio companies told state regulators of possible blackouts (08/26/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Ohio companies at the center of the investigation into the nation's worst blackout warned state regulators five months ago that their power systems could overload if the grid linking U.S. and Canadian utilities had problems. FirstEnergy Corp. and American Electric Power said in long-term forecasts that they didn't expect any of their own transmission lines or substations to fail this summer...
Child death toll from sweltering cars at 36 (08/26/03)
DALLAS -- It happens with alarming frequency: A parent or day-care worker, often busy or distracted, leaves a helpless child in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, and the youngster dies in the heat. So far this year, at least 36 children in the United States have died under similar circumstances...
People talk 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
Comedian-actor Lopez to host Latin Grammys MIAMI -- Comedian-actor George Lopez will be the host for the fourth-annual Latin Grammy awards show Sept. 3. Lopez, a longtime stand-up comedian, is co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC sitcom "George Lopez." He'll introduce presenters and performers at the show to be held at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami and broadcast at 8 p.m. on CBS...
Death of autistic boy, 8, at service ruled homicide (08/26/03)
MILWAUKEE -- An autistic 8-year-old boy who died after he was wrapped in sheets during a prayer service suffocated, the medical examiner's office said Monday. The death was ruled a homicide. Terrance Cottrell Jr. died because his chest was somehow restricted and could not expand, according to a statement issued by the office of the Milwaukee County coroner...
Supporters file lawsuit to block removal of Alabama monument (08/26/03)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Supporters asked a federal court Monday to block the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building while the judge who put the marker there said he's up against those who "are offended at looking at God's words."...
Verizon, unions near agreement (08/26/03)
WASHINGTON -- Verizon Communications and its unions were nearing an agreement Monday as 78,000 East Coast telephone operators and technicians began a fourth week on the job without contracts. "The parties are close to an agreement," said Jim Spellane, spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents Verizon workers with the Communications Workers of America...
U.S. jets hit Taliban targets in Afghanistan, killing 14 (08/26/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. jets pounded a Taliban mountain hideout Monday, killing at least 14 insurgents in the deadliest air assault since rebels launched a series of strikes against Afghan government targets, U.S. and Afghan officials said. Sweeping through the rugged mountains of southeastern Afghanistan, scores of Afghan militia and U.S.-led coalition special forces hunted down suspected Taliban fighters, who in recent weeks have been waging attacks on police officials and government convoys.. ...
China gets involved in North Korea nuclear talks (08/26/03)
BEIJING -- They said it over and over again to North Korea and the United States: This problem is yours to solve. But now, after a generation of diplomacy based on non-intervention, China is finally, openly getting involved. Bound to North Korea by shared communist heritage and shed blood, but pushed by 25 years of evolution toward capitalism and internationalism, the Chinese government finds itself in an unfamiliar position this week: mediator...
Israel pushes ahead with plans for disputed security fence (08/26/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel pushed ahead Monday with work on a new stretch of its security fence east of Jerusalem that has been heavily criticized by both the Palestinians and Washington, which says it will complicate the "road map" peace plan. Israel began confiscating Palestinian lands for the sections in Abu Dis and other areas east of Jerusalem more than a week ago, and workers broke ground there Friday...
Rwandans cast votes for first time since genocide (08/26/03)
KIGALI, Rwanda -- Millions of Rwandans cast ballots Monday in the country's first real presidential election, a vote intended as the next step in the healing of wounds of a 1994 genocide in which more than 500,000 people were killed. The election, the first in Rwanda in which there were opposing parties, was billed as a showcase of how far the country has come since extremists from the Hutu majority slaughtered mostly minority Tutsis in 1994...
Unclaimed bodies pile up as Paris looks for families (08/26/03)
THIAIS, France -- The neat rows of freshly dug graves at a cemetery outside Paris illustrate the latest grim twist in the fallout over this summer's deadly heat wave. The city has a backlog of 400 identified but unclaimed bodies it must bury from a blistering heat wave that has killed thousands of people. So a section of the Square of Indigents at the Thiais Cemetery will serve as a resting place -- if only temporarily...
Disarming Liberian forces remains a challenge (08/26/03)
TUBMANBURG, Liberia -- On a rickety porch, in the middle of the day in one of the world's most devastated war zones, a fight over the ownership of a red bicycle exploded between two boys. The childhood argument was as familiar as any on Earth. Except that one child -- a hard-looking boy who said his fighting name is Dog Eats Man and wouldn't give his age -- had a gun and was waving it...
World briefs 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
Iranian agents charged in journalist's deathTEHRAN, Iran -- A judge has charged two Iranian intelligence agents with involvement in the death of a photojournalist from Canada, who died while in custody last month, Tehran's prosecutor's office said Monday...
Hurricane hovers over southern Baja California (08/26/03)
LA PAZ, Mexico -- Hurricane Ignacio drenched fishermen and tourists Monday along the Baja California Peninsula, where it stalled after forcing more than 3,000 people from their homes. Mexican sailors aboard motorboats struggled against strong winds to pull sailboats off the rocks in the harbor of La Paz, the state capital and a popular tourist destination. The Red Cross said there were no reports of injury or death...
World is watching Calif. race, finding humor in process (08/26/03)
LONDON -- Bitterly divided over the United States' role in the world, the world's commentators agree on one topic: a spectacle like the California recall race could only happen in America. Most consider that a good thing. "A circus fit for the fruit and nut state," said a headline in British newspaper The Guardian about the 135-candidate race to replace Gray Davis as governor of America's most populous state. The Independent called it a "farcical race for California's hot seat."...
Blasts in India's financial center kill 46 (08/26/03)
BOMBAY, India -- A pair of car bombs ripped through lunchtime crowds in India's financial capital, Bombay, on Monday, killing 46 people and wreaking havoc at a crowded jewelry market and a popular historic landmark. More than 150 people were wounded...
Peaceful protest moves through Baghdad (08/26/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Thousands of Shiite Muslims protested peacefully Monday night outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad, charging the occupation force was lax on security and did too little to stop a weekend of ethnic bloodshed in the north and the bombing at the house of an important Muslim Shiite cleric in the south...
Central softball blanks Perryville in opener (08/26/03)
Central senior pitcher Megan McDonald started off the softball season in style with a 12-strikeout performance against Perryville in a 7-0 home win Monday. Playing on its new home field for the first time, Central jumped out in front with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Central's early lead was plenty for McDonald, who went all seven innings, walking one and giving up four hits...
Billings yet to announce starting QB for opener (08/26/03)
Despite having the best statistical season -- by far -- of any quarterback in the history of Southeast Missouri State University football, Jack Tomco is not certain to start Thursday's opener at Division I-A Ohio. At least that's what coach Tim Billings insisted Monday morning during his first weekly media conference of the season...
Chicago porch collapse claimed Northern Illinois lineman (08/26/03)
DEKALB, Ill. -- Brad Cieslak takes a moment for himself each day, just before practice, to pause at the glass-encased locker before he jogs out to the Northern Illinois football field. Enclosed are the jersey and helmet of Shea Fitzgerald, a towering figure on the Huskies' offensive line. He was the largest player on the team, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound former high school wrestler who was Northern Illinois' starting tackle as a 19-year-old sophomore...
Stevens departs Southeast tennis program after 1 year (08/26/03)
A chance for Mike Stevens to get much closer to home is the primary reason Southeast Missouri State University is once again in the market for a head women's tennis coach. Stevens, who spent just one season at Southeast, announced Monday he is resigning effective Friday. Stevens is leaving to become the head coach at Binghamton University in New York...
Big 12 will really get rolling Saturday with full schedule (08/26/03)
DALLAS -- Kansas State's Bill Snyder is the only Big 12 coach who has gotten to see his team play in a game. Snyder had a mixed reaction about the No. 7 Wildcats' 42-28 opening win over California, saying Monday that his team "left a lot to be desired and did some fine things."...
MU sets up own panel to examine allegations (08/26/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The entire Missouri men's basketball program will be investigated by a panel led by an electrical engineering professor because of allegations of academic cheating, university president Elson Floyd said Monday. Missouri's athletic department already was conducting its own investigation and is cooperating with an NCAA investigation. ...
Gagne turns into the perfect closer (08/26/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Eric Gagne, already imposing when he takes to the mound with his goggles and goatee, is even more unnerving when he's blowing -- or floating -- pitches past batters. Working on a closer's perfect season, the Dodgers' reliever is 43-0 in save situations this year, giving up only two runs in 42 2-3 innings, with a 0.42 ERA and 76 strikeouts in that span...
Tennis great Sampras makes retirement official (08/26/03)
By Howard Fendrich ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The opening day of a Grand Slam tournament is a carnival of tennis, with more than 100 top men and women playing all across the grounds. Storylines abound on such occasions, and Monday at the U.S. Open was no different:...
Robinson helps Cardinals despite 2 minor setbacks (08/26/03)
By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Twice-demoted Kerry Robinson is giving the St. Louis Cardinals an unexpected lift. Robinson has been a roster afterthought much of the season when he wasn't riding the Triple-A shuttle to Memphis. Another injury to outfielder J.D. Drew, Eli Marrero's slow comeback from ankle surgery and the second-half slump of rookie Bo Hart gave him an opening, and he's capitalized...
A quiet star leaves the racquet to others (08/26/03)
Pete Sampras always threatened to do it this way, his way, with a minimum of fuss, to let a career that began with a bang lapse after little more than a whisper. Monday night in New York, in almost the same spot where he became the youngest U.S. Open champion ever, the game's greatest player ever called it quits at age 32...
Area digest 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
Charleston team wins Slamfest title Bird & Associates, a team featuring players from Charleston, regained its Slamfest title over the weekend. With tournament MVP Vinnie Biles leading the way, Bird & Associates defeated defending champion Ron Jones State Farm 50-45 in Sunday's title contest...
Evelyn Stevenson (08/26/03)
Evelyn Gilmore Stevenson, 82, of Fruitland died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ella Deason (08/26/03)
BLODGETT, Mo. -- Ella Virginia Deason, 72, of Blodgett died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born March 13, 1931, in Fayette, Ala., daughter of James William and Odessa Mae White Gardner. She and Walter David "Dub" Deason were married Dec. 9, 1960...
Anne Hunt (08/26/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Anne B. Hunt, 90, of Greenville, S.C., died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Roger Huntington Nursing Center in Greer, S.C. She was born Nov. 29, 1912, in Shellsburg, Iowa, daughter of Joseph Arthur and Ruth Greaser Budd. She and Adrian J. Hunt were married May 19, 1951. He died July 24, 1993...
Melvin Kirn Sr. (08/26/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Melvin L. Kirn Sr., 73, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born July 19, 1930, in Perry County, son of George S. and Josephine Gebhardt Kirn. Kirn was a farmer, and member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and American Legion Boosters...
Douglas Schenimann (08/26/03)
Douglas G. Schenimann, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at his home. He was born April 30, 1953, at Hayti, Mo., son of Leslie and Lauretta Daley Schenimann. He and Nancy Stricker were married in Cape Girardeau. Schenimann was district sales manager with Lewis Bakery 30 years. He was a member of Iona Baptist Church. He was a 1971 graduate of Hayti High School...
Henry Myers (08/26/03)
Henry F. Myers, 81, of Friedheim died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1922, at Old Appleton, son of Marion and Addie Dickman Myers. He and Wilma C. Balsmann were married Oct. 29, 1946, at Apple Creek, Mo. Myers was self-employed in excavation. He was a member of American Legion in Perryville, Mo., and St. Maurus Catholic Church at Biehle, Mo...
Virginia Vaughn (08/26/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Virginia R. Vaughn, 83, of Anna died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at her home. She was born March 29, 1920, at Parma, Mo., daughter of William and Ilean B. Mitchell Hurst. She and Floyd E. Vaughn were married July 25, 1939, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 13, 1995...
Helen Schlegel (08/26/03)
Helen Marie Schlegel, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born June 20, 1916, in Tell City, Ind., daughter of Curt and Mattie Thompson McDaniel. She and Elmer L. Schlegel were married Dec. 9, 1937. He died Feb. 21, 1957...
Floyd Lutes (08/26/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Floyd Edward Lutes, 91, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at Elder Care Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 11, 1912, in Marble Hill, son of Edward G. and Susan Nancy Baker Lutes. He and Sybil Gertrude Gilliland were married June 5, 1943...
Births 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
Cochran Daughter to Kenny Everett Cochran and Joy Lea Ruff of Sikeston, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:44 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003. Name, Kenlea River. Weight, 7 pounds. Third child, first daughter. Ms. Ruff is the former Joy Kirkpatrick, daughter of Richard and Faye Kirkpatrick of Charleston, Mo. She is a realtor with First Realty GMAC Real Estate. Cochran is the son of Richard and Charlotte Cochran of Morehouse, Mo. He is a contractor with Cochran Construction...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Aug. 26 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Philyss R. Jacquez, 47, of 1415 E. Louisiana, Evansville, Ind., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway...
Out of the past 8/26/03 (08/26/03)
10 years ago: Aug. 26, 1993 Because of temperatures that soar past 90-degree mark, first day of classes at Cape Girardeau Public Schools are cut short; elementary students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and secondary students at noon; with mercury rising to 95 degrees, feel-like temperatures in city classrooms are around 103 degrees...
County archives hold historical treasures (08/26/03)
The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center is a treasure trove full of historical tidbits just waiting to be uncovered. Case in point: A few folks at the center recently stumbled across several Revolutionary War documents while helping search for information on a veteran of that war who is buried near Fruitland...
Low standards raise MAP-test questions (08/26/03)
While state education officials are pleased the latest statewide test scores exceed federal requirements, the results from the achievement tests for Missouri students shouldn't make anyone jump for joy. As a matter of fact, the latest results will leave many Missourians scratching their heads...
There are better ways to punish than execution (08/26/03)
To the editor: Brandon Ruth's letter, "Catholic Church has always upheld the death penalty," is correct in its assertion that the traditional teaching of the church allows legitimate civil authorities the right to protect themselves, including recourse to the death penalty "if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor."...
Boat passenger gets good help during illness (08/26/03)
To the editor: I was on the paddle wheeler American Queen when I became very ill. I had boarded with 11 friends from the Widowed Persons Association of California in St. Louis on Aug. 9. When I became ill the next day, I didn't know what to do, but personnel from the boat took me to Southeast Missouri Hospital. What a fortunate choice. Everyone there from emergency room doctors to nurses were so professional and caring...
Successful ideas honor those who followed through (08/26/03)
To the editor: How often does someone send a letter describing how he has been wrong? The paper described the barbecue contest, now in the 11th successful year. It is largely the project of the agricultural committee of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, of which I was a member. When the contest was first proposed, I expressed timidity at the idea...
Speak Out A 08/26/03 (08/26/03)
Take pride CAPE GIRARDEAU is truly a beautiful town. However, I'm astonished at how little some people care for their property. I've noticed businesses, churches and homeowners who mow their grass and blow the clippings into the street and onto driveways. Keep Cape Girardeau clean and beautiful. Take care of your property...
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