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Stories from Sunday, November 16, 2003

Lewis and Clark re-enactors go into unknown (11/16/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The journey 200 years ago by Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery has been compared to a space shot. In exploring the West, the adventurers were leaping into the unknown as surely as the first astronauts did. It could be said that Cairo, at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, was the jumping-off point...
Child hit by car (11/16/03)
MORLEY, Mo. -- A 21-month-old boy was struck and seriously injured Saturday when he ran into the path of a vehicle. Rayne Nauert was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau after the 6 p.m. accident on County Road 91 in Morley. The driver of the vehicle, Clint Roderick, 39, of Scott City, was cited for having no insurance...
Where's the flood? (11/16/03)
ou look outside the window of your home. You see the thick, gray clouds approaching from the west. You hear the light thunder and then the hiss of raindrops splashing against the rooftop. Minutes later, you notice Mother Nature's crescendo as the hiss builds to a roar. Already, water is violently rushing through the nearby storm ditch...
Scouts leave bags to collect donations of canned food (11/16/03)
About 50 Tigers, Cub Scouts, Webelos and leaders gathered in Cape Girardeau Saturday morning for the first phase of the Scouting for Food program -- leaving bags on doorknobs so residents can donate canned food to area food pantries. "It feels good that I'm doing something for the poor and needy," said Richard Comeau, a second-year Webelo of Den 4, Pack 16, who was dressed in his uniform and a poncho to keep the rain off. It was his fourth year participating in Scouting for Food...
Group seeking overhaul of state tax system (11/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A coalition of 20 groups meeting in St. Louis this weekend is working to make changes to the Missouri tax system that it claims would make the system more equitable. Tax Justice for a Healthy Missouri includes social service, education and religious groups. Participants gathered here Saturday for a workshop and dinner at the Ethical Society of St. Louis...
State revenue rises, but funds still frozen (11/16/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While state revenue collections for the first four months of the fiscal year have been encouraging, budget officials disagree on whether the situation has improved enough to cover all the spending appropriated by the Missouri Legislature...
Evangelist, parent reach accord on Marion school assemblies (11/16/03)
MARION, Ill. -- In a flap over the constitutional separation of church and state in Southern Illinois, a tentative agreement was reached Saturday in the dispute over a Texas preacher's plans to give secular school assemblies in Marion. Robert Marsh, a parent who challenged the assemblies in court, declined to specify the agreement's details...
6-year-old suspected of shooting grandfather won't face crimina (11/16/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A 6-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting his grandfather with a rifle will be made a ward of the court but will not face criminal charges, a court official said Friday. Winston Rutledge, juvenile court administrator for Cole County, said he decided against certifying the boy to stand trial for several reasons, including the child's age...
Fearful and angry, soldiers' families at Fort Riley struggle to (11/16/03)
FORT RILEY, Kan. -- The deaths of 13 soldiers deployed from Fort Riley to Iraq has left the base reeling and prompted anger among some of those left behind. On Friday, the fort had a private memorial service for the latest Fort Riley soldiers killed in Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Mark D. Vasquez, of Port Huron, Mich., and Staff Sgt. Gary L. Collins, of Hardin, Texas. Both were killed Nov. 8 when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle they were riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device...
Science, art, compassion Lab recreates faces for trauma and can (11/16/03)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- When Jean Cohen had surgery to remove cancer from a sinus area, she lost her eye and surrounding part of her face to the disease. But the former nurse told friends and family who flocked to the hospital: "This is not a farewell party."...
Gateway Arch to clear out concrete security barriers (11/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The Gateway Arch's superintendent admits the concrete barriers safeguarding the landmark's grounds do the job in keeping any terrorist-minded motorists away. But Ken Schaefer says those barriers -- always cast as short-term but, to many, forever ugly -- soon will give way to nicer-looking metal posts better mirroring the stainless-steel look of the shimmering, 630-foot-tall monument along the Mississippi River's banks...
World digest 11/16/03 (11/16/03)
Two arrested trying to sell radioactive material PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Undercover Czech officers arrested two Slovaks who tried to sell them nearly seven pounds of radioactive material in a sting operation, police said Saturday. The potential uses of the substance remained unclear pending an investigation, with experts differing on whether it could be used in a dirty bomb...
Buyer returns home to its former owner (11/16/03)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A man who bought a home from Dauphin County for $15,000 agreed to give it back to the elderly woman who has lived there for more than five decades there after learning she was being evicted for failing to pay $572 in property taxes...
Ashcroft defends Patriot Act against those critical of secrecy (11/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- With the government's anti-terrorism legal strategy under increasing scrutiny, Attorney General John Ashcroft tried to assure lawyers Saturday that the Bush administration welcomes oversight and is using new powers to make "quiet steady progress" in the terrorism fight...
Lawmakers reach agreement on Medicare prescription drug bill (11/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional leaders said they sealed a tentative agreement Saturday on a new prescription drug benefit for the nation's seniors, which would be the largest expansion in Medicare's history. "We have come to an agreement on principles," Senate Majority Bill Frist said...
New stay issued blocking challenge in right-to-die case (11/16/03)
LAKELAND, Fla. -- An appeals court has stepped in to at least temporarily block a man's challenge to a law that restored his brain-damaged wife's feeding tube in a contentious right-to-die case. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had faced a Monday deadline to justify the constitutionality of the law, which was passed specifically to allow the governor to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo. ...
Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco wins Louisiana governor's race (11/16/03)
Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco became the first woman ever elected governor of Louisiana on Saturday, defeating a conservative Indian-American and scoring a rare gain for Democrats in an election season that has seen a string of Republican victories...
College knits off-the-shelf Macs into third-fastest computer (11/16/03)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- It comes from the bargain basement of supercomputers, but the performance is nothing short of astounding. At Virginia Tech, 1,100 Macintosh PCs are stacked like library books on metal racks that students helped arrange in return for football tickets and pizza...
Mailed alligator thinks outside the box Alligator gets special (11/16/03)
MILWAUKEE -- A four-foot alligator chewed its way out of a shipping carton before a postal worker tossed it into a hamper and called animal control officers. Employees were sorting mail Friday when they noticed the alligator chewing its way out of an Express Mail box, said JoAnne Blackburn, a Postal Service spokeswoman...
Mill fire whipped by wind; 13 homes damaged in Rhode Island (11/16/03)
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Hundreds of residents fled their homes as a wind-propelled fire tore through an old mill complex and burning embers spread the blaze to 13 homes. The wind, gusting up to 45 mph at times, hampered firefighters' efforts against the blaze, which broke out at the former Greenhalgh Mills complex Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, firefighters were still putting out hot spots...
'Matrix' makes timely, unusual China debut (11/16/03)
SHANGHAI, China -- "The Matrix Revolutions" has made almost $2.5 million in China since a simultaneous worldwide opening that Chinese promoters say helped keep revenue from being undermined by the country's notorious counterfeiters. China plans to release more films in coordination with other markets to help curb rampant piracy, said Weng Li, an official in the state-run China Film Group...
Democratic rivals take sharp aim at high-flying Dean campaign (11/16/03)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rivals for the Democratic presidential rivals were highlighting their differences and raising money Saturday, with the high-flying Howard Dean getting much of the fire and complaining of "gang tackling." Six of the nine candidates headed to the Iowa Democratic Party's biggest annual fund-raising dinner, moderated by New York Sen. ...
Miami braces itself for protests, disputes at globalization ta (11/16/03)
MIAMI -- At most free trade meetings, protesters on the streets are the most vocal opponents to global economic expansion. But recently, Brazil and other developing nations have been equally resistant to proposed U.S. policies to ease trade restrictions...
Pennsylvania hepatitis A cases climb past 500 (11/16/03)
PITTSBURGH -- The number of people infected in a hepatitis A outbreak linked to a western Pennsylvania restaurant has exceeded 500 and is likely to continue rising for another week, state Health Department officials said Saturday. Three people infected with the virus have died, and thousands have lined up for inoculations since the outbreak was reported in early November among people who ate at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant...
Solar fireworks could reach new peak by Thanksgiving (11/16/03)
DENVER -- The sun is something even astronomers can take for granted, but it certainly is demanding everyone's attention now, three weeks into perhaps the most dramatic and unexpected chain of eruptions ever observed from its surface. There have been as many as 11 salvos since Oct. 19. And the fireworks could reach a new crescendo by Thanksgiving, the nation's busiest holiday for air travel, just one of the things that can be disrupted...
Saudi satire angers extremists (11/16/03)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi actor Nasser al-Qasabi scanned Web site comments castigating him for appearing in a TV satire about an Islamic religious edict that bans Saudi women from going almost anywhere without a male guardian. One branded him an "ignorant clown."...
Car bombs hit two synagogues in Istanbul (11/16/03)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Car bombs exploded nearly simultaneously outside two Istanbul synagogues filled with worshippers Saturday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 303. The government said the attack had international links, raising suspicions that the al-Qaida terror network was involved...
Occupation of Iraq will end in June (11/16/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American administrators will hand over sovereignty to a new transitional government by June, the Iraqi Governing Council said Saturday, announcing an accelerated U.S. plan for ending the occupation of Iraq. The plan would mean the end of the U.S.-led coalition administration in Iraq, but not the end of the American troop presence. The new Iraqi government would negotiate an accord on the status of U.S. forces in the country...
Rumsfeld assures Japan on North Korea threat (11/16/03)
TOKYO -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Saturday assured Japan that North Korea would not be allowed to undermine its security, but also pressed for more legal protections for U.S. troops based in this country. At a joint news conference with Japan's top defense official, Shigeru Ishiba, Rumsfeld also thanked the government for the billions of dollars in humanitarian aid it has pledged for Iraq's reconstruction, and he gave no hint of disappointment at Japan's delay in sending security troops there.. ...
Next Canadian leader plans greater role in continent's security (11/16/03)
TORONTO -- Canada's next prime minister on Saturday promised a greater role in North American security and pledged to work closely with President Bush on the mutual interests of Canada and the United States. Paul Martin, in his first news conference after becoming leader of the governing Liberal Party the night before, blamed policy differences and a lack of communication for strained relations between outgoing Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Bush...
Two Black Hawks collide and crash in Iraq (11/16/03)
MOSUL, Iraq -- Two Black Hawk helicopters collided and crashed Saturday night, killing 17 American soldiers in the U.S. military's worst single loss of life since the Iraq war began. Five soldiers were injured and one was missing, the military said, bringing the U.S. death toll in Iraq past the 400 mark. One helicopter smashed into the roof of a house, witnesses said, and there were reports one of the aircraft was shot down...
Palestinian official says factions willing to halt attacks (11/16/03)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian militant groups are willing to halt suicide bombings and other attacks if Israel promises to stop carrying out military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a top Palestinian official said Saturday, holding out hope for a truce agreement...
U.N.- Al-Qaida still determined to use chemical, biological we (11/16/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The al-Qaida terror network is determined to use chemical and biological weapons and is restrained only by the technical difficulties of doing so, a U.N. expert panel said in a confidential report. Also, sanctions on supporters of al-Qaida and Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers appear to be too limited to prevent them from obtaining weapons and explosives, said the report, obtained Friday by The Associated Press...
Accident on Queen Mary 2 kills at least 13 (11/16/03)
ST. NAZAIRE, France -- A gangway on the world's largest cruise ship, the Queen Mary 2, collapsed Saturday, killing 13 people and injuring 32. Most were workers and their families on a special tour of the nearly completed ship. Dozens of people were on the ramp at the time of the accident, which sent them plunging 50 feet to the ground and transformed the luxury liner into a horrifying scene of bodies entangled in wreckage...
Chinese worried that winter will bring back outbreaks of SARS (11/16/03)
BEIJING -- Six months ago, the newly opened Chengdu Snacks was one of thousands of businesses forced to shut down as the streets of Beijing emptied and people stayed home in fear of SARS. The eatery reopened after a month, but business hasn't been the same...
Tigers reach state semis (11/16/03)
FENTON, Mo. -- Central's boys soccer team continued its historic run through the Missouri Class 3 state playoffs with a thrilling triple overtime 4-3 win over Marquette on Saturday night at the Anheuser-Busch Center. The Tigers (26-0) overcame foul problems and yellow cards -- Central finished with five yellow cards compared to Marquette's one -- to make their first ever state semifinal...
Mizzou rolls past faltering Texas A&M (11/16/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In one week, Brad Smith and Missouri went from mistake-filled to mistake-free. Smith bounced back from a four-turnover game with 136 yards rushing, three touchdowns and no giveaways and the Tigers had no giveaways in a 45-22 victory over sagging Texas A&M on Saturday...
Indians tackle the mental game, avoid loss prior to Jacksonvill (11/16/03)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University football players said their business-like approach to Saturday's game at Tennessee Tech helped them avoid taking the struggling Eagles lightly -- and also avoid an upset that would have been costly...
Indians' road win arranges showdown (11/16/03)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- It was a game Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings said he was scared to death about. And a late Tennessee Tech rally did indeed make Billings sweat quite a bit on a cloudy, blustery day. But the Indians ultimately made their mentor's fears a moot point Saturday afternoon by holding off host Tennessee Tech 24-20...
Osgood is very good against Kings (11/16/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Osgood achieved a milestone just a few NHL goaltenders have reached. Now he wants to join another select group of men who have won the Stanley Cup with two different teams. Osgood recorded his 40th career shutout and Pavol Demitra scored in the first period in the St. Louis Blues' fifth straight victory, a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday...
Sanders- Retirement due to Lions' lack of commitment to winning (11/16/03)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Former All-Pro running back Barry Sanders says he quit the NFL because he was exhausted and frustrated because the Detroit Lions' front office did not seem willing to build a winning team. In a new book scheduled to be released next week, Sanders recalls openly sobbing on the sidelines on a rainy afternoon in Baltimore in 1998 because he knew it would be his last game...
Rams' defense prepares to 'Bear' down (11/16/03)
CHICAGO -- Mike Martz has led the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls, so when he calls his current defense the best he's had as head coach, he's saying it's something special. "They've been playing together. We've got some young guys who've kind of grown up in this defense, and I think the speed is a factor," Martz said...
Southeast's OVC title showdown calls for a packed house (11/16/03)
All right, Southeast Missouri State University football fans, there won't be a reason not to pack Houck Stadium Saturday. The Indians will host a game that people in Southeast Missouri have been long been clamoring for. By taking care of business Saturday at Tennessee Tech, the Indians set up a winner-take-all showdown with Jacksonville State for at least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title and an NCAA Division I-AA playoff berth...
Briefly 11/15/03 (11/16/03)
Basketball
  • Magic forward Pat Garrity will need a third surgery on his injured right knee and might not return this season. Garrity has not been placed on the injured list because the team's list is full. Garrity said he will seek another opinion from a doctor in North Carolina on Monday, but conceded he'll need another surgery...
  • FanSpeak (11/16/03)
    I WOULD like to congratulate the Central soccer team. They've worked very hard and deserve the attention. Go Tigers. THANKS FOR all the soccer coverage. It's been awesome. It was especially nice to see an article about the defense. You have helped make our season a memorable one with all the great articles...
    Average Joes (11/16/03)
    You hear the name on reality-television shows like "Average Joe" on NBC, "Joe Schmoe" on Spike TV and "Joe Millionaire" on Fox. But do you actually see anyone named Joe on those programs? Not too often. So we thought it might be more interesting to meet some "average Joes" from around Southeast Missouri...
    Cameras get blamed for blurry pictures (11/16/03)
    There's a photo adage -- "Cameras don't take pictures, people do." Here's a current thought from me: "Don't blame your digital SLR camera for soft or blurry pictures." The idea for this week's column came from a conversation I had with Hitoshi Doi of Canon. ...
    Hadley Hartman (11/16/03)
    Hadley Hartman, 89, of Jackson died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Jim Cox (11/16/03)
    James E. Cox Sr., 61, of Sikeston died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was born Feb. 22, 1942, at Sikeston, son of J.F. and Alberta Masters Cox Jr. He and Martha Lou Boyer were married Dec. 1, 1962, at Sikeston...
    Helen Strong (11/16/03)
    Helen M. Strong, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
    John Moore (11/16/03)
    BREWER, Mo. -- John K. Moore, 52, of Brewer died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at his home. He was born March 8, 1951, at Brewer, son of Edward and Anna Marie Layton Moore. He and Sharon A. Schmidt were married May 26, 1973, at Brewer. Moore worked in sales at Semco Distributing Inc. He was an Army veteran. Moore was a member of the American Legion Post 133 and a member of Christ The Savior Catholic Church in Brewer...
    Homer Johnston (11/16/03)
    CHRIS PAGANO * cpagan@semissourian.com Kris Cook, a Webelo of Pack 16 in Cape Girardeau, participated in Bag Out Day yesterday morning. Having completed the task of placing a plastic bag on this home's door, Cook prepares to bag the next house.Homer Everett Johnston, 80, of Jackson died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Jauch-Raines (11/16/03)
    Cara M. Jauch and Brandon A. Raines were married June 12, 2003, on Okaloosa Beach in Destin, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Doug and Carol Rees of Jackson and Radley and JoDean Jauch of Oak Ridge. The groom is the son of Alan and Cathy Raines of Scott City...
    Barlow-Amelunke (11/16/03)
    Lisa Ann Barlow and Dale Kevin Amelunke were married April 26, 2003, at Enchanted Cottages in Eureka Springs, Ark. Barbara Harmony performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Bobby and Peggy Barlow of Delta. The groom is the son of Anne Amelunke of Cape Girardeau, and the late Robert Amelunke...
    Mirly-Demarest (11/16/03)
    Diane Laura Mirly and Travis Lee Demarest were united in marriage Oct. 4, 2003, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Mo. The Rev. Rick Patzwitz performed the ceremony. Soloist was Joleta Ludwig. Parents of the bride are Kenny and Joann Mirly of New Wells. The groom is the son of Lanny Demarest of Brookfield, Mo., and Vickie Lane of Scott City...
    Essner-Dannenmueller (11/16/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- St. Denis Catholic Church in Benton was the setting May 3, 2003, for the wedding of Pamela Suzanne Essner and Ryan Robert Dannenmueller. The Rev. Normand Varone performed the ceremony. Organist was Angela Klueppel, trumpeter was Diane Klueppel, and vocalists were Kari Lape and James Simmons...
    Long-Burger (11/16/03)
    Judith Christa Leigh Long and Dale Robert Burger exchanged vows Aug. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City. The Rev. James Seyer performed the ceremony. Music was by the Essners of Cape Girardeau, cousins of the groom. The bride is the daughter of the late Leo and Suzanne Long of Patton, Mo. Michael and Judith Burger of Scott City are parents of the groom...
    Murphy-Smith (11/16/03)
    Pearla M. Murphy and Terry L. Smith were married Sept. 27, 2003, in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Parents of the bride are Charlie and Carrie Skelton of Gordonville. The groom is the son of Jerry and Liz Smith of Jackson. Matron of honor was Paula Coram of Knoxville, Tenn...
    Meyers-Cook (11/16/03)
    Sheila and Richard Aufdenberg of Jackson and Scott Meyers of Kansas City, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Marie Meyers, to Casey Lee Cook, both of College Station, Texas. He is the son of Mark and Lana Cook of Cape Girardeau. Meyers is a 2001 graduate of Central High School. She is employed at Commerce National Bank in College Station...
    Golden- Skelton (11/16/03)
    Brian and Teresa Golden of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Golden, to Matthew Skelton. He is the son of Kent and Donna Skelton of Jackson. Golden is a 2002 graduate of Central High School. She is employed in food service at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Mier-Laubach (11/16/03)
    Chris and Malissa Mier of Scott City and Andy and Debra Brown of Millersville announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole Edonna Mier, to Jeffrey Alan Laubach. He is the son of Terrie Laubach of Cape Girardeau and Dennis Laubach of Benton, Mo...
    Parham-Marchi (11/16/03)
    Dennis and Cherlyn Parham of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Danielle Parham, to Todd Anthony Marchi. He is the son of Dennis and Kathy Marchi of Jackson. Parham is a 1998 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. She is a disability examiner with state of Missouri Disability Determination...
    Kern-Enos (11/16/03)
    Danny and Debbie Kern of New Hamburg, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Marie Kern, to Michael Wayne Enos. He is the son of Tom and Kathy Kelley of Cape Girardeau and Frank Enos of Riverdale, Calif. Kern is a 2003 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She is a counselor at Delta Center...
    Roberts mark golden event (11/16/03)
    Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Robert of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner and reception Oct. 3, 2003, at Holiday Inn. Hosts were their daughters and sons-in-law, Jacalyn and Bob McComb of Lubbock, Texas, and Candice and Jim Kraushaar of New Port Beach, Calif...
    Cape fire 11/16 (11/16/03)
    Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: At 4:50 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at North Kingshighway and Mount Auburn Road. At 6:43 p.m., a medical assist at 1828 Delwin. At 8:45 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Capaha Park...
    Cape police 11/16 (11/16/03)
    Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests James Lampton Lafentres, 36, of Chaffee, Mo., was arrested Friday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for driving while suspended. Jerry Bussell, 35, of 720 Jefferson St., Cape Girardeau, was arrested Friday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for driving while suspended...
    Out of the past 11/16/03 (11/16/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 16, 1993 What was first described as "small" tornado which struck the Delta, Chaffee and Blomeyer areas Sunday morning may have been two small tornadoes or one "large" one which skipped and jumped. PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Word that the Mississippi River flood crest at Chester Ill., had been revised brings a sigh of relief in the Bois Brule Levee District; instead of cresting tomorrow at 32 feet, the river is expected to crest at 29.6 feet, 2.6 feet above flood stage...
    Rep. Emerson's Mideast journal- Part 2 (11/16/03)
    U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau recently visited the Middle East. She kept a daily journal. Here is the second installment. By Jo Ann Emerson Sunday, Nov. 9: From the Marka Airport in Amman, Jordan, we left for Baghdad this morning. Some Iraqi soccer players were on the plane with us. They were returning to Baghdad after playing the North Korean national team...
    With a year to go, a look at the elections (11/16/03)
    With slightly less than a year before the quadrennial presidential election, how lies the landscape? For years now, Republicans have been making historic gains, in Missouri and nationally, but will these be sustained, or rolled back, by a resurgent Democratic Party following after presidential nominee Howard Dean or Richard Gephardt?...
    Good news about jobs (11/16/03)
    Good news about the economy was bolstered last week as the government announced a drop in the unemployment rate to 6 percent, a trend that indicates America's employers are regaining confidence as this year's business expansion continues. Not only were fewer jobs eliminated, but many new jobs were added, resulting in an overall expansion of 300,000 jobs over the past three months...
    A fete for Lewis and Clark (11/16/03)
    Next weekend, Cape Girardeau will be a beehive of activity as the Lewis and Clark bicentennial commemoration gets under way. Already the excitement is growing. Paducah got a taste of the celebration last week. There will be other events as re-enactors, historical displays and special events move up the Mississippi River. Starting Friday, there will more than 20 events and activities over three days as the visit 200 years ago by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in Cape Girardeau is celebrated...
    Lawyers need to bone up on our freedoms (11/16/03)
    To the editor: Freedom of the press was guaranteed the American people years ago, and I hope the Cape Girardeau School District's attorney, Joe Russell, is aware of this. Lawyers make mistakes just like everyone, but after the one Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney Morley Swingle made and then this thing with Russell, I'm beginning to lose faith in these fine lawyers...
    Speak Out 11/16/03 (11/16/03)
    Inadequate respect YOUR EDITORIAL said Tuesday was the day set aside to recognize veterans. Who has it be set aside by? We're in school. Offices are open. Businesses are running like normal. I don't see that we've set aside at all. All I see is it's a day on my calendar. We show it no more respect or no more honor than we do anything else. I'm appalled that we expect people to risk their lives to save our liberties, and we can't even recognize them properly...
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