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Annual Cape library sale ready to begin on Friday (09/04/03)
At a YMCA book sale a few weeks ago in St. Louis, police led away two book dealers in handcuffs after the two men got into a fight over a book. One of them was bleeding. Witnesses said the prized book was used as a weapon. People had been waiting under a burning sun for hours to get into the huge sale. Apparently nobody saw the argument escalating in time to stop it. "We were too busy shopping for books," said Sharon Anderson, the youth librarian at the Cape Girardeau Public Library...
Community briefs 9/4/03 (09/04/03)
Community Caring Council to meet Sept. 19 The next Community Caring Council meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. Janis Traughber from MPACT will be the guest speaker. Beggs Pumpkin Patch will open Sept. 27...
Agencies encourage volunteerism through 2003 Days of Caring (09/04/03)
The Area Wide United Way, Southeast Missouri State University and the Volunteer Intergenerational Center (VIC) are collaborating on the 2003 Days of Caring. This annual event is an opportunity for volunteers to assist community agencies with volunteer projects. This year's event will be held Sept. 22 to 27...
Clark shakes hands with Vice President Cheney (09/04/03)
Cadet John Clifton Clark III received a congratulatory handshake from Vice President Dick Cheney, as a diploma was awarded to Clark. Clark recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the son of Janet Clark of Perryville, Mo., and the late John C. Clark; grandson of Marie Voelker and the late Lawrence Voelker. His great-grandfather, the late Glenton Welker, managed Rozier's hardware department in Perryville for more than 50 years...
Ex-banker pleads guilty to embezzling $800,000 (09/04/03)
A former Dunklin County banker who made himself bank loans may be headed to prison for the theft of nearly $800,000. Martin "Marty" Herrington, 44, of Kennett, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to embezzling money from the First National Bank of Malden, Mo...
Clarification 09/04/03 (09/04/03)
Tiffany Deimund, who directs the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, said in a story in Tuesday's edition that pit bulls are "status symbols." Deimund did not specify the neighborhoods in which those dogs are status symbols. Cape Girardeau city officials have said that the dogs are popular in the southern and northeastern parts of the city...
Impact of Southeast topic of First Friday Coffee (09/04/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's economic impact on the region will be the topic of this month's First Friday Coffee, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Show Me Center. The presentation will be on a survey and study recently released by the university. They detail how students spend their money, how much they spend and how dollars make their way through the local economy in the form of payroll and university purchases...
Grouting, surface work determine timing of bridge's completion (09/04/03)
Workers on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge are watching the sky and the thermometer in hopes of ideal weather for the final construction stages. With recent heavy rainfall moving out Wednesday, their focus can turn to grouting the cables and applying a 3-inch driving surface to the center 2,086 feet of the new bridge over the Mississippi River...
Pieces of progress (09/04/03)
Darting back and forth across town, a small, white bus carried several Cape Girardeau civic leaders around with the intent of giving them some insight into four major projects that developers hope will make life in the area better. The three-hour tour stopped at the floodwater detention basin near Cape La Croix Road, the water treatment plant expansion, the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge and the Marquette Hotel building on Broadway...
Region briefs (09/04/03)
Sikeston to purchase excess consumer power SIKESTON -- Put up a windmill or install solar panels that gather enough power and the Board of Municipal Utilities might have to write you a check. The Sikeston City Council approved a bill during their regular meeting Tuesday to provide for the purchase of excess power generated by customers through renewable power sources...
Burfordville man pleads guilty to gun charge (09/04/03)
A Burfordville, Mo., man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Timothy J. McCall, 37, had been previously convicted of two driving while intoxicated charges in 1991 and 2000. ...
Roll up your sleeves (09/04/03)
The American Red Cross is challenging the nation to increase blood donations with its Save a Life Tour 2003, which will arrive in Cape Girardeau Saturday. The tour began in Los Angeles on May 20 with a mission to raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood donation...
Court looks at last-minute legislative changes (09/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Rushed legislators often make changes to bills in the waning moments of a legislative session. But a lawsuit heard Wednesday by the Missouri Supreme Court contends lawmakers last year may have violated the state constitution by making too many changes...
Supreme Court again considers death penalty (09/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Just two months after reversing a death sentence in a similar case, the Missouri Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to consider whether there are some circumstance in which a judge -- and not a jury -- can impose a death sentence on a convicted murder...
Audit probes school travel spending (09/04/03)
With Missouri facing a budget crisis, school districts must do a better job of accounting for staff and administrative travel expenses, State Auditor Claire McCaskill said Wednesday. In releasing findings of an audit of travel by school board members, school district administrators and employees, McCaskill said districts spent about $30 million on administrative and staff development-related travel during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2002...
Researchers seek museum to keep cave discoveries in Missouri (09/04/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new cave discovered in southwest Missouri has reminded some how badly the state needs a natural history museum. A research team has been mapping the inside of Riverbluff Cave and photographing its pristine features since a road construction crew blasted through its roof in September 2001. But members can't help but worry that the valuable treasurers hidden in the cave -- located in an undisclosed area of Greene County -- could end up in another state...
Trains stuck when tracks sink (09/04/03)
GLOVER, Mo. -- Three locomotives became derailed Wednesday, blocking Highway 49 near this Southeast Missouri town, a Union Pacific official said. Heavy rain in the area may have saturated the ground and highway pavement, and the weight of the train may have forced the tracks to sink into the pavement, said Mark Davis, spokesman for the Omaha, Neb.-based railroad company...
Holden calls legislature into session (09/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican lawmakers accused Gov. Bob Holden of wasting their time and taxpayers' money as the Democratic governor announced that he would call lawmakers into a special session to again consider raising more money for education...
Special education protest heads to Supreme Court (09/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An advocate for disabled students on Wednesday urged the Missouri Supreme Court to invalidate legislation that, due to a last minute change allegedly unknown to many lawmakers, repealed a rarely followed state law requiring school districts to provide a higher level of special education services than mandated by federal law...
Energy Department launches inquiry into soaring gas prices (09/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department is investigating whether price gouging was involved in the unusually large gasoline price jumps that followed the Northeast power blackout and continued through the Labor Day weekend. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told lawmakers complaining about the skyrocketing prices at gas pumps that the department began an inquiry this week to determine whether factors other than normal market conditions played a role in the price increases. ...
Wrong numbers (09/04/03)
IRS centers established to help people prepare their tax returns gave incorrect answers -- or no answer at all -- to 43 percent of the questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as taxpayers. The investigators concluded that half a million taxpayers may have been given wrong information between July and December 2002...
Federal hearings show confusion before blackout (09/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- During the hour before the nation's worst blackout, engineers in the control center of an Ohio utility struggled to figure out why transmission lines were failing and complained that a computer breakdown was making it difficult, transcripts of telephone communications released Wednesday show...
News anchor Jennings honored for 20-year run (09/04/03)
NEW YORK -- Peter Jennings says he liked being in London, thousands of miles from his bosses, and never really wanted the job of sole anchor at ABC's "World News Tonight." He's since grown quite accustomed to it, and hundreds of broadcast industry stars and executives turned out for a party at Manhattan's Lincoln Center Tuesday night to mark 20 years since Jennings began his current run as ABC's top anchor...
Bush administration acts to share control over Iraq (09/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- Shifting tactics and reaching out for help, the Bush administration offered on Wednesday to share with the United Nations the long-dominant U.S. role in Iraq's postwar reconstruction. Secretary of State Colin Powell described the effort as "essentially putting the Security Council in the game," and European governments reacted favorably to the revised U.S. approach...
Survey data shows slight rise in teen drug use (09/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- Illegal drug use and cigarette smoking among sixth- through 12th-graders increased slightly during the last school year compared with the year before, says a survey released Wednesday. Alcohol use remained at the same level during both academic years...
Power grid needs more controls by feds, governors say (09/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- Federal energy officials and governors from states darkened by last month's blackout said Wednesday that self-monitoring of the nation's power grid by the electricity industry fails to protect the public, and they urged Congress to increase government oversight...
Candidates in Calif. recall election attack front-runners (09/04/03)
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In the first debate of California's recall election, candidates vying to oust Gov. Gray Davis attacked front-runner Cruz Bustamante for accepting Indian casino money and connected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to an adviser's unpopular remarks on property taxes...
Ex-minister executed for killing doctor (09/04/03)
STARKE, Fla. -- Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed Wednesday by injection. He was the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence...
Feds warn nuclear plants about online threats (09/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- Government regulators are warning nuclear plant operators about computer outages caused by Internet infections, confirming disruptions of two important internal systems in January at a nuclear power plant already shut down. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said safety was not compromised at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant along Lake Erie in Ohio, partly because the plant was shut down in February 2002 after workers found a hole in the 6-inch-thick steel cap covering the plant's reactor vessel.. ...
Head-on collision kills 7 in Texas (09/04/03)
HOUSTON -- A driver going the wrong way down a freeway crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle, killing seven, including three children. Five of the SUV's 10 passengers in the crash were children, and none was restrained, officials said.
Palestinian official halts Abbas confidence vote (09/04/03)
JERUSALEM -- Postponing a showdown, the Palestinian parliament speaker temporarily blocked a confidence vote Wednesday that was sought by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with Yasser Arafat. If a vote is held in the coming days, the U.S.-backed Abbas could be toppled, dealing a heavy blow to efforts to end three years of violence and move toward Palestinian statehood. ...
China offers no promises on full floating of yuan (09/04/03)
BEIJING -- Brushing off American pressure for a freer currency, China's premier offered U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow no promises Wednesday and reiterated his assertion that a stable yuan benefited both nations. The outcome Wednesday of Snow's two-day trip to Beijing offered little concrete hope for manufacturers in the United States and elsewhere, who believe the yuan is being deliberately undervalued to keep China's exports competitive. ...
U.S. Marines hand over control to Poles (09/04/03)
BABYLON, Iraq -- The United States, eager to share security duties in Iraq, handed military control over a large swath of the country to a Polish commander Wednesday during a ceremony in the ruins of an amphitheater built by Alexander the Great. In Najaf, the brother of slain Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim said Shiite Muslims would not take up arms against the U.S.-led occupation force, but suggested his Badr Brigade had been rearmed -- in defiance of American orders -- to "defend ourselves.". ...
Annan, diplomats urge holdout nations to ratify nuclear treaty (09/04/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other diplomats appealed to the United States and other holdout nations Wednesday to ratify an international treaty banning nuclear weapons tests, saying the agreement would help the world achieve peace...
Afghan officials claim victory after Taliban retreat (09/04/03)
QALAT, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials claimed victory Wednesday after a nine-day siege by U.S and Afghan troops against suspected Taliban fighters holed up in a region of mountains and caves of southern Afghanistan. Scores of Taliban guerrillas were killed and others retreated in Zabul province, local officials said...
N. Korean lawmakers rubber-stamp Kim Jong Il's re-election (09/04/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament re-elected Kim Jong Il the communist country's leader Wednesday and endorsed Pyongyang's decision to "increase its nuclear deterrent," spurring orchestrated celebrations by dancing housewives and loyal soldiers...
Suspected Taliban burn Afghan school (09/04/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Suspected Taliban set fire to an elementary school south of Kabul, scattering leaflets saying girls should not be allowed in the classroom, an official said Wednesday. The blaze late Tuesday destroyed two rooms and two tents at the coed Moghul Khil school, said Amir Jhan, military spokesman for the region...
Paris buries its forgotten victims of deadly heat wave (09/04/03)
THIAIS, France -- There were no eulogies. No spoken prayers. No weeping relatives. An official recited the victims' names, and 57 caskets were lowered into side-by-side plots as President Jacques Chirac stood by silently. Chirac paid tribute at the simple ceremony Wednesday for Parisians whose bodies were never claimed after they died in a brutal heat wave that killed an estimated 11,435 people in August. ...
New sports car becomes a boat, zooms across Thames River (09/04/03)
LONDON -- Britain's newest sports car took a test drive Wednesday, zooming back and forth across the waters of the Thames River in pure James Bond style. The Aquada can hit speeds of 100 miles an hour on land -- and once it hits water, the wheels retract into the wheel arch, jets kick in, and the car is suddenly a boat...
Risking bombed bus routes, Israeli students return to school (09/04/03)
JERUSALEM -- Filing past armed guards, high fences and surveillance cameras, Israeli students went back to school this week, wary of again riding the city buses that have been repeatedly struck by suicide bombers. One Jerusalem high school is so buttressed with security that the students, prohibited from straying beyond its front entrance until the final bell, call it "the jail."...
Prosecutors demand 20 years for bombing suspect (09/04/03)
BALI, Indonesia -- Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday demanded 20 years in prison for an Islamic militant implicated in last year's bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people. Ali Imron has admitted playing a key role in the attacks, which devastated two packed nightclubs on Oct. 12...
U.N. force ferrets out weapons in Congo (09/04/03)
BUNIA, Congo -- United Nations troops have begun ferreting out hidden weapons in this volatile town in northeastern Congo, the commander said Wednesday. Three days after they took over from a French-led force, U.N. troops have seized automatic rifles and "a lot of ammunition" in searches on both houses and men in the street, said Brig. Gen. Jan Isberg, acting commander...
Bombs strike commuter train in southern Russia (09/04/03)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Two bomb blasts rocked a rush-hour commuter train carrying college students in southern Russia on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding dozens. The bombs were planted on the tracks linking Kislovodsk to Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus region. There were about 50 people in the third car of the six-car train, which was directly hit by one blast, Railway Ministry spokesman Konstantin Pashkov said...
Second suspect arrested in Internet worm case (09/04/03)
IASI, Romania -- Police in Romania on Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with a computer-crippling Internet worm, according to a computer security company that aided police. The company, Bucharest-based BitDefender, identified the man as Dan Dumitru Ciobanu, a 24-year-old graduate of the Technical University of Iasi, in northeastern Romania...
Central tennis debuts with win over Jackson (09/04/03)
Central's girls tennis team kept Jackson winless with a 7-2 victory in the Tigers' season opener Wednesday at Central. Liz Lafoe, Erica Foley, Dani Gross, Merritt Gerlach and Michaelyn Burns all scored singles wins for the Tigers. The doubles teams of Lafoe-Gross and Burns-Paige Foley won for Central...
Reigning Class 1 champs to debut (09/04/03)
The hair color is the same, only the faces have changed. Notre Dame Regional High School brought home its first boys high school soccer state championship last season, but with nine starters lost due to graduation one of the few things area soccer fans may recognize about the Bulldogs this season is their trademark golden locks, a trend that started last year when the players all bleached their hair blond...
K of C event goes on, only not as planned (09/04/03)
The Knights of Columbus National Softball Tournament hasn't been called off because of weather in its 24 years, but local organizers of the 25th annual event had to scramble to make sure it wouldn't happen this year. Games were played Saturday and Sunday in spite of heavy rain Friday and early Saturday that left original sites at Shawnee Park Sports Complex and Southeast Missouri State University too wet to use. ...
Warner's ability will undergo a Giant test (09/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Preseason numbers are one thing. Now, Kurt Warner has to prove again that's he's as good as new. The Rams' opener on Sunday against the New York Giants is the first chance for the two-time MVP to erase the bad taste from a shaky, injury-plagued 2002 season in which he was 0-6 as the starter with only three touchdown passes and 11 interceptions...
Moises leads Cubs past Cardinals (09/04/03)
CHICAGO -- Moises Alou was angry when he arrived at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and took it out on the Cardinals. Alou had a career-high five hits, including a go-ahead single in the eighth inning that capped a comeback from a six-run deficit and led the Chicago Cubs over the Cardinals 8-7...
The week ahead (09/04/03)
AREA EVENTS FRIDAY
  • Late models, modifieds, pure stocks, mini stocks at Fredericktown Raceway, 7:30 p.m.
  • Late models, modifieds, hobby stocks, pure stocks, cruisers at Malden Speedway, 7:30 p.m.Saturday
  • ATVs, motorcycles at SEMO Raceway, Blodgett, 6 p.m...
  • NFL opens with Britney, Jets, 'Skins (09/04/03)
    LANDOVER, Md. -- Britney. JetSkins. Prime time in the nation's capital. The Olympics might be the biggest spectacle in sports, but no one puts on a show like the NFL. In another example of supreme marketing know-how, the country's most popular sports league is launching its season again on a Thursday, featuring stars singing in front of national monuments on the Washington Mall, two marquee-city teams that tussled over players in the offseason and a lightning rod owner the country loves to hate.. ...
    A new teen scene takes its place in Busch Series (09/04/03)
    First, there were the "Young Guns," drivers in their 20s with talent and confidence. Now, there are the "Teenage Terrors," Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch, raising eyebrows and expectations with feats seemingly too mature for their tender years. The 19-year-old Vickers and 18-year-old Busch finished 1-2 last Saturday in the Busch series race at tough old Darlington Raceway -- considered by many grizzled veterans the most difficult track in NASCAR...
    Rain continues to douse tournament (09/04/03)
    NEW YORK -- When Andy Roddick and Xavier Malisse walked out Wednesday night for their rain-delayed U.S. Open match, they wiped the soles of their shoes on a white towel placed near the entrance to the court. It was like a welcome mat, greeting two players who actually were able to play tennis on a third straight day of showers and schedule shuffling at Flushing Meadows...
    Sideline chatter 9/4/03 (09/04/03)
    Duck and cover Contrary to popular opinion, Washington's 7-yard rushing effort in Saturday's season-opening 28-9 loss at Ohio State actually could have been worse. The Huskies could have been doing it while wearing Oregon's new "lightning yellow" uniforms...
    Thursday FanFare 9/4/03 (09/04/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • Anaheim catcher Bengie Molina broke two bones above his left wrist in the game-ending play of Wednesday's 6-5 loss to Minnesota and will miss the rest of the season. Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel is likely to miss the rest of the season due to an injured right knee. Vizquel had surgery on the knee in June and may need another operation...
  • Health calendar 9/4 (09/04/03)
    Today Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cape Senior Center, sponsored by Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Refresher childbirth class from 6 to 8 p.m. in Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information, phone 651-5825...
    The therapy works with light touch to restore the body's energy (09/04/03)
    Want to know more? What: Healing Touch level 1 workshop When: Oct. 18 and 19 Details: call Paula Bridges at (573) 238-4612 By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian Whether it's an herbal remedy or a whole foods diet, American consumers are looking to alternative means for their health care...
    Dancing at Radioactive Family Theatre (09/04/03)
    Sept. 4, 2003 Dear Julie, The burn pit at the cabin on the Castor River is the butt of jokes among the younger members of DC's family. No one knows what substances might have been incinerated there over the decades of the cabin's existence. So when DC decided the time had come to turn the pit into a theater, nobody said, "That's crazy."...
    Carl Gross (09/04/03)
    Carl O. Gross, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 17, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of Otto and Bertha Baker Gross. He and Marilyn Marie Brinkopf were married Aug. 18, 1950. She died Dec. 7, 1983. He later married Janet Verseman. She survives...
    Leta Shumaker (09/04/03)
    Leta Shumaker, 82, of Jackson, formerly of Olive Branch, Ill., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 12, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of John and Myrtle Whitby Stafford. She and Henry A. Shumaker were married Nov. 19, 1939. He died April 11, 1987...
    Robert Naeter (09/04/03)
    A memorial service for Robert E. "Bob" Naeter of Franklin, Tenn., was held Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Robert Towner officiated. A second service was held Tuesday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin, with Gary Fewell officiating...
    Irma Beussink (09/04/03)
    Irma Catherine Beussink, 66, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar-deau. She was born Dec. 8, 1936, at Benton, Mo., daughter of John and Coletta Scherer Ziegler. She and Robert H. "Bob" Beussink were married May 30, 1958. They celebrated 45 years together this past May...
    Richard Fowler (09/04/03)
    Richard G. Fowler, 72, of Sardis, Miss., died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of William Harrison and Nellie Mae Eaker Fowler. He married Martha Appleton. Fowler was raised in Cape Girardeau. He worked 20 years for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Sardis...
    William Douglas (09/04/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- William A. "Wonka" Douglas, 23, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, in Perry County as a result of an automobile accident. He was born July 25, 1980, in Perryville, son of Sterling and Gloria Horsch-man Douglas. Douglas was a 1999 graduate of Perryville High School. He had worked at several area factories...
    Viola Jones (09/04/03)
    MORLEY, Mo. -- Viola Jones, 80, of Morley died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Leachville, Ark., daughter of Charlie Allen and May F. House Woods. She and Charles J. Jones were married May 10, 1948. He died March 25, 1970...
    Elmer Fisher (09/04/03)
    Elmer J. Fisher of Gordonville died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
    Harry Davidson (09/04/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Harry Daniel Davidson, 84, of Anna died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1919, in Dongola, Ill., son of Charles and Myrtle Dillow Davidson. He and Afton Kelley were married Oct. 3, 1947. Davidson was a farmer, and retired psychiatric aide at the former Anna State Hospital. He was a member of Mount Moriah Lutheran Church...
    Beauton Diamond (09/04/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Beauton V. Diamond, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Perry County Hospital. She was born Sept. 10, 1916, in Lilbourn, Mo., the daughter of Blain and Susie Nolan Boatright. She married Walter Diamond in 1937. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1988...
    Lila Porter (09/04/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lila Mae Porter, 73, of Sikeston died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at her home. She was born in the Tanner community near Sikeston on Sept. 1, 1929, the daughter of Ernest and Bielor Atnip Gray. She married Floyd Porter II. He preceded her in death...
    Adam Eschmann (09/04/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Adam W. Eschmann, 85, of St. Louis died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at Des Peres Hospital. He was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Waterloo, Ill., son of John and Anna Welsch Eschmann. He and Virginia M. Sipp were married Nov. 23, 1921. Eschmann had been a brewer. He was a member of Brewers and Maltsters Local 6...
    Fire 9/4/03 (09/04/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Sept. 4 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following item: At 5:45 p.m., alarm at 2075 Corporate Circle.Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 5 a.m., medical assist at 19 S. Kingshighway. At 9:04 a.m., smoke scare at 40 S. Sprigg...
    Police 9/4/03 (09/04/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Sept. 4 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Nicholas B. Davis, 20, of 4407 Cartee Road, Farmington, Mo., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of failing to stop at a flashing red light...
    Out of the past 9/4/03 (09/04/03)
    10 years ago: Sept. 4, 1993 Gov. Mel Carnahan said Friday he will call special session of Missouri Legislature, in conjunction with annual veto session, to deal with legislation related to flood recovery; area legislators, who were anticipating the special session call for weeks, were somewhat surprised and quite pleased that governor's plan doesn't include hike in taxes...
    Crime stats lowest in 30 years (09/04/03)
    For a variety of reasons -- poorer economic conditions chief among them -- experts thought that the U.S. crime rate would be higher in 2002 than it was the year before. They were wrong. Violent and property crimes tumbled to their lowest levels since records were first kept 30 years ago, according to a recent Justice Department report...
    No state religion, and Christians must obey law (09/04/03)
    To the editor: David Limbaugh has been lambasted by both his political friend and foe. As a lawyer, he should know more about constitutionality than your average citizen. While I do not always agree with him, I think he is an intelligent man with great conviction and passion for what he believes. ...
    Urge legislators to override veto of abortion bill (09/04/03)
    To the editor: On Sept. 10, the Woman's Right to Act will be voted on again. This bill was passed with a bipartisan vote during the Missouri Legislature's regular session. Gov. Bob Holden vetoed the bill. In several committee hearings on this bill, post-abortive women from all parts of Missouri testified that they were not seen by a physician prior to their abortion. This bill calls for a 24-hour wait for a woman to get an abortion after she has talked with her doctor...
    Boonville center played big role in DYS changes (09/04/03)
    To the editor: I read with interest Mike Wells' report on the Division of Youth Services. As someone who worked in DYS from 1976 to 1983, I have more than a passing knowledge of what the programs were like. The problem with articles that condense the history of problems is they tend to oversimplify the actual process. ...
    Air Force needs woman as head of its academy (09/04/03)
    To the editor: For 30 years, the U.S. Air Force has developed its leaders at its collegiate training facility, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. Officers trained there, the men and the women, man the spear, deploying our ultimate instruments of power, the defense arsenal of intelligence satellites with smart and nuclear weaponry...
    Humans are responsible for dogs' actions (09/04/03)
    To the editor: People put a bad-rap label on pit bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers and wolf-breed dogs. Take it from someone who has been bitten by two dogs, a black lab and a lab mix: It isn't just those dogs. I blame myself because I should've known about an animal's territory. I since have been educated and am a responsible dog owner...
    Pit bulls, if they are treated right, make loving pets (09/04/03)
    To the editor: When my family chose to get a family dog, we first chose a small mixed-breed. He was cute, but at night we had to keep our doors shut to keep him from getting in our rooms and tearing things apart. A few years later, we got a Red-nosed Wallace pit bull. ...
    Evidence doesn't support Iraq's role in 9-11 (09/04/03)
    To the editor: Again the myth that Iraq is connected with 9-11 appears on the Opinion pages as justification for invading Iraq. Were there such a connection, I would support any actions against Iraq needed to defend our nation. But there isn't. None of the alleged 9-11 hijackers were Iraqis. ...
    Speak Out 09/04/03 (09/04/03)
    Try speed bumps HERE'S A solution for all the speeders along city streets where there's a 30-mph speed limit. How about some small speed bumps that can be felt at higher speeds than the limit? Thanks for the meals THANK YOU, senior citizens centers, for providing affordable lunches for our retired folks. I think it's wonderful for them to have a place to get a nutritional meal at a great price and to socialize with others...
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