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Stories from Thursday, December 4, 2003

Jackson holds annual Christmas parade without dampened spirits (12/04/03)
The skies were cloudy all day, but spectators and parade participants still got into Jackson's cowboy-themed parade on Saturday. Ordinarily the early December parade draws about 2,500 people, but the continuous drizzle did not dampen attendance. The floats displayed slogans like "Round Em' Up for Christmas," or "What Will Santa Leave Under Your Cactus?" and "Jesus the Original Buckaroo." Props included cacti as Christmas trees, some topped with sheriff badges and others with cowboy hats. ...
Foster families enjoy Christmas party (12/04/03)
More than 100 foster and adopted children, parents, and their biological children spent time reuniting with friends, eating pizza and bowling at a Christmas party held Saturday at Jackson Bowling Lanes. Having a Christmas party is a tradition for the 32nd Judicial Circuit of the Missouri Children's Division which serves Bollinger, Perry and Cape Girardeau counties...
Central, Egyptian high schools to hold madrigal feasts (12/04/03)
Music departments at Cape Girardeau's Central High and Egyptian (Ill.) High School want to take diners back in time. Both schools are holding an evening of 16th-century entertainment and food. However, a touch of 20th-century accommodations -- silverware -- will be provided so diners won't have to eat with their hands as did those in the 1500s...
Jackson going ahead with YMCA plans (12/04/03)
A YMCA consultant addressed Jackson city, school and business leaders Wednesday about the process of starting a YMCA and said that $300,000 would be needed before the nationally known, family-oriented fitness outfit could root itself in the community...
Two small arson incidents reported in Cape (12/04/03)
Cape Girardeau police responded Tuesday to reports of arson and attempted arson, according to spokesman Sgt. Rick Schmidt. The first report occurred at 7:34 p.m. at 3814 Eagle Ridge Drive. Passersby saw flames coming from a shrub next to the house. Police think gasoline was used to start the fire, which melted siding on the structure. ...
'Right before Christmas' (12/04/03)
Their names, Luttrell and Luttrull, are as similar as their stories. Two families are now homeless for the holidays after their houses were destroyed in separate fires Tuesday night in neighboring towns. At one home, Thanksgiving decorations were still on the mantle and relatives were in town visiting. At the other residence, everyone was looking forward to a new start after a move to Jackson this year...
Talent listens to nurses' complaints on shortage (12/04/03)
The federal government needs to help fund nurse recruitment efforts and reduce regulatory paperwork to combat a growing shortage of nurses nationwide, local hospital officials and nurses said Wednesday. At a meeting with U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., in Southeast Missouri State University's nursing department in Crisp Hall, officials at Cape Girardeau's two hospitals said they are having trouble filling nursing positions...
Scott City councilman Holloway dies (12/04/03)
Scott City Councilman Rodney Gale Holloway, who worked hard to improve Scott City's park system, suffered a heart attack and died early Wednesday morning. He was 47. Friends and colleagues said he had not been in ill health. He attended Monday night's council meeting. Councilman Norman Brant had dropped by Holloway's house for a short visit Tuesday evening...
Local briefs 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
Two small arson reports filed with Cape police Cape Girardeau police responded Tuesday to reports of arson and attempted arson, according to spokesman Sgt. Rick Schmidt. The first report occurred at 7:34 p.m. at 3814 Eagle Ridge Drive. Passersby saw flames coming from a shrub next to the house. ...
P&G suffers small fire in expansion project (12/04/03)
Paper products manufacturer Procter & Gamble had a small fire Tuesday night at about 10:30 p.m., according to human relations manager Mike Jennewein: The plant is currently expanding to build a new paper machine that would boost the facility's towel and towel-making capacity by 80,000 tons a year. ...
Sikeston man pleads to gun charge (12/04/03)
A Sikeston, Mo., man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau to one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Jamaal E. Hamilton, 22, appeared before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey, who set sentencing for Feb. ...
Programs seeking holiday donations (12/04/03)
The Cape Girardeau Jaycees are collecting Christmas toys and gifts to be delivered to the city's needy children and elderly. Donations are accepted at the Southeast Missourian offices and other locations around town. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 4; Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004...
Engineers bridge gaps in students' understanding (12/04/03)
It would take 85 large pizzas to stretch across the width of the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Not the most technical fact about the $165 million project, but it's one that appealed to 675 seventh- and eighth-graders at Central Junior High in Cape Girardeau...
Bridge dedication schedule (12/04/03)
The dedication ceremony for the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge will be Dec. 13 in the middle of the bridge. Shuttle service will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. from the Show Me Center, Shawnee Park Sports Complex and RM COCO in Missouri and the Purple Crackle in Illinois. In case of rain, the ceremony will be at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus...
Home tour for the holidays (12/04/03)
CHRIS PAGANO * cpagano@semissourian.com The Daniel Home, one of the stops on the Christmas Home Tour held Dec. 6, invitingly beckons tourgoers to proceed upstairs where each bedroom proclaims the beauty of the season with its own tree.Southeast Missourian...
Missouri official on paid leave during tax credit investigation (12/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An official in the state Economic Development Department has been placed on paid administrative leave while the state investigates his role in overseeing a tax credit program. Sean Burge, the agency's business incentives coordinator, has been on leave since Nov. 25, the day after a legislative committee heard testimony on alleged misuse of the program Burge ran for two years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday...
St. Louis among four U.S. cities to stage Olympic Torch relay (12/04/03)
Associated Press Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Nearly a century ago, during a typically sweltering late summer in 1904, St. Louis was the first American city to host the modern-era Olympic Games, which had been revived eight years earlier. Next summer, St. Louis will be among just four U.S. cities -- and 34 cities around the world -- participating in the International Olympic Torch Relay leading to the games' return to Athens, Greece. The other American cities are Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York...
Carnahan says dad's legacy prompted family's public service (12/04/03)
Associated Press Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Robin Carnahan said the example set by her father, former Gov. Mel Carnahan, prompted her to stay involved in politics even after he and his son, Randy Carnahan, died in a plane crash during a campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2000...
Utilities drop joint electricity project for Ozarks (12/04/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Two utilities have abandoned a partnership to build a coal-fired power plant that would have provided electricity to southwest Missouri. Empire District Electric said Wednesday it was dropping discussions with Springfield City Utilities to build a 600-megawatt plant that could have cost $1 billion or more...
Fifteen indicted on drug charges (12/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Fifteen men from Missouri and Illinois have been indicted on drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender's office said Wednesday. If convicted, they could have to forfeit a total of $3.6 million in money, vehicles and jewelry...
Steelman drops secretary of state bid to enter treasurer's race (12/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Abandoning a bid for secretary of state, Sen. Sarah Steelman said Wednesday she instead will join a crowded Republican primary for state treasurer next year. Steelman's announcement clears the way for Republican House Speaker Catherine Hanaway to run for secretary of state without any significant primary opposition. State GOP leaders had spent months encouraging either Steelman or Hanaway to drop out of the secretary of state's race to avoid a tough primary campaign...
Supreme Court hears education funds case (12/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys presented the Missouri Supreme Court with dueling constitutional provisions Wednesday in a case that challenges the governor's power to withhold money earmarked for public education. Fourteen school systems are asking the court to declare state appropriations for elementary and secondary education off limits when the governor needs to find midyear savings to keep the overall budget in balance...
Man confesses to '97 murder (12/04/03)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A man recently convicted for federal drug-related crimes has confessed to a 1997 murder for which he had previously been acquitted, interim U.S. Attorney Ronald Tenpas said Wednesday. Gary Starks, 41, admitted to police here that he was the one who killed Pamela Travis in 1997, Tenpas said...
Ohio highway shootings unnerve parents, drivers (12/04/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Parents nervously took their children by the hand and walked them to school. Teachers were given maps to help them get to work without using the highway nearby. Outdoor recess was canceled for the rest of the week. A deadly series of 12 shootings around here since May -- including one in which a bullet broke a window at Hamilton Central Elementary School last month in the middle of the night -- have unnerved parents, motorists and others...
Productivity rate soars for U.S. workers (12/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of America's workers soared by the largest amount in 20 years last quarter, raising hopes that the economic recovery is taking hold and businesses will soon be stepping up hiring. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that productivity -- the amount an employee produces per hour of work -- rocketed at an annual rate of 9.4 percent in the July-to-September quarter, the best showing since the second quarter of 1983...
White House looks to soften blow as steel tariffs removed (12/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- The administration is searching for ways to soften the impact on the domestic steel industry if President Bush withdraws steep tariffs on imports as expected. The proposals under consideration, industry officials say, include early reporting requirements to detect possible surges of steel into the United States...
Customs, FDA to inspect food imports (12/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of customs agents along U.S. borders are taking on the job of food inspectors to more closely monitor food imports for signs of bioterrorism, federal officials said Wednesday. Deputy Customs Commissioner Douglas Browning said U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, already has trained 1,600 to 1,800 officers to detect contaminated food products...
Suspect agrees to face charges (12/04/03)
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- The man accused of kidnapping a college student from a mall parking lot agreed to be sent to North Dakota to face charges Wednesday, saying barely a word even after an outburst from a woman in the courtroom who pleaded, "Tell us what you did with the girl!"...
Scott Peterson pleads innocent to charges he murdered wife (12/04/03)
MODESTO, Calif. -- Scott Peterson pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of murdering his wife Laci and their unborn son, again denying the allegations that could land him on death row. Judge Al Girolami scheduled trial to begin Jan. 26 after Peterson entered his plea for the second time since his arrest in April...
After-hours funds trading shut down by SEC vote (12/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators voted Wednesday to shut down illegal but oft-practiced after-hours trading in mutual funds, bidding to restore investor confidence staggered by a spreading industry scandal. The Securities and Exchange Commission agreed by a 5-0 margin on tentative approval of a rule that would set 4 p.m. Eastern as the cutoff for pricing of fund shares. It is the first step in regulators' planned overhaul of the $7 trillion fund industry...
Nation briefs 12/14/03 (12/04/03)
First of Lackawanna Six sentenced to 10 years BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mukhtar al-Bakri, 23, a Yemeni-American man who attended an al-Qaida training camp and met with Osama bin Laden shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was the first defendant to be sentenced in the Lackawanna Six case. The youngest of the group, al-Bakri was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $2,000 on Wednesday. Prosecutors said they had no evidence the men were involved in planning any imminent terrorist attacks...
Coroner - Struggle with police primary cause of man's death (12/04/03)
CINCINNATI -- The death of a 350-pound black man who was clubbed by police in a videotaped beating was caused primarily by the struggle that ensued after the suspect lunged and swung at the officers, the coroner said Wednesday in a case that has heightened racial tensions...
People talk 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
Stone Jagger gathers criticism from Richards LONDON -- Keith Richards has criticized his old friend and fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for accepting a knighthood. In a magazine interview, the Stones' guitarist said, "I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs (awards) from the establishment when they did their very best to throw us in jail," in a reference to his and Jagger's 1967 conviction on drug offenses, later overturned on appeal. ...
Military - Payday lenders harmful (12/04/03)
ATLANTA -- Military officials warned Wednesday that the payday loan industry in Georgia is preying on young sailors and soldiers. The testimony came before the state House Banks and Banking Committee, which is reviewing a Senate-passed bill that would stiffen penalties for making the short-term, high-interest cash advances...
Fast track to capitalism scares Baghdad businessmen (12/04/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Pity the Iraqi businessman. After more than 40 years languishing in a state-run command economy, Iraqi entrepreneurs who've finally won the freedom to start businesses now face a new threat: competition, especially from well-heeled foreigners given virtually unrestricted access to the Iraqi market...
World briefs 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
N. Korea try at capitalism increases hunger, poverty SEOUL, South Korea -- By dabbling with capitalism, North Korea is creating a new class of urban poor that is worsening its hunger problem, a top U.N. official said Wednesday. About 1 million urban workers have fallen victim as once centrally controlled industries have to cut costs and jobs amid free-market pressures, said Masood Hyder, the U.N. ...
Israel warns Powell not to meet 'Geneva Accord' proponents (12/04/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's vice premier says Colin Powell should not meet organizers of an unofficial Mideast peace treaty, arguing the Secretary of State would not help the actual peace process. Launched Monday in Geneva, the informal agreement was the result of three years of talks between former Israeli and Palestinian negotiators working in private without representing their governments...
Notre Dame girls drop opener in Farmington Tournament (12/04/03)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Notre Dame's girls basketball team held Fort Zumwalt South to just two first-quarter points but could not keep up the defensive pressure and fell 43-38 Wednesday at the Farmington Tournament. The third-seeded Bulldogs (0-1) forced Fort Zumwalt into some early turnovers and had a 12-2 lead after the first quarter. Notre Dame led by only a point, 19-18, by halftime...
Salukis top Indians (12/04/03)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A game-turning stretch of less than three minutes was basically the difference Wednesday night as Southern Illinois held off Southeast Missouri State University and pulled the Salukis into a tie for the nation's longest current home winning streak...
No. 1 Sooners sweep top honors in Big 12 (12/04/03)
NORMAN, Okla. -- It's easy to forget that quarterback Jason White was one of the few question marks for the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners coming into this season. His two previous seasons ended with knee injuries, robbing him of the speed that was considered his best asset. Forced to be more of a pocket passer, White became the nation's most efficient thrower and the undisputed leader of a team headed for the national championship game...
Excess energy put Cwick on road to scholarship (12/04/03)
It wasn't out of interest in the sport that Tanya Cwick began participating in gymnastics. It was simply because she couldn't sit still at home. The restless 2-year-old drove her mother crazy, and it was because of this that Cwick discovered the talent that has led her to a successful career topped off recently by an athletic scholarship to Auburn University...
Faulk uses mind, legs to help Rams (12/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The wide receiver option pass dreamed up by Marshall Faulk last week was no novelty. Most every week, coach Mike Martz said he gets a couple of play suggestions from his star running back. "It's hard for me because I'm trying to watch practice and focus, but he always has ideas and I use probably half of them because they're always well thought-out," Martz said. "He's done his homework; he looks at it real hard, and he knows."...
Cards unveil revised ballpark (12/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals move closer to the anticipated groundbreaking for their new $400 million stadium project, team officials on Wednesday presented updated images of what the ballpark will look like. The team posted computer renderings of the 46,000-seat stadium on its Web site, and William DeWitt III, the team's vice president of business operations, showed the images of the red brick, steel and glass structure to reporters...
Sports briefs 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
Baseball The Chicago Cubs signed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a three-year deal worth $11 million. Hawkins was 9-3 with a 1.86 ERA last season with Minnesota. The Phillies acquired left-hander Eric Milton from the Twins for reliever Carlos Silva and utility infielder Nick Punto. Milton, who won 41 games from 2000-02, started just three games last season after having surgery on his left knee during spring training...
Aquatic exercise takes practice, but offers low-impact workout (12/04/03)
After stuffing myself with too much turkey and pumpkin pie over the Thanksgiving weekend, I knew that exercise was a must this week. So as part of a six-week plan to test out the area's most intriguing group fitness classes, I spent an hour in the pool...
Health calendar 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
Today Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Senior Center in Cape Girardeau, sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital's Generations Center. Blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. at University Center at Southeast Missouri State University, sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega. Donors should be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds...
Study shows virtual colonoscopy more accurate and less invasive (12/04/03)
CHICAGO -- A procedure that lets doctors find abnormal growths in the colon through computer-generated images is slightly more accurate and less invasive than conventional colonoscopy, new research suggests. Some patients found the so-called "virtual colonoscopy," in which doctors use a CT scanner to produce three-dimensional pictures for evaluation, less comfortable than standard colonoscopy. ...
The love affair with marriage (12/04/03)
Dec. 4, 2003 Dear Leslie, We treated DC's parents to a night in a fancy Kansas City hotel to celebrate their 55th anniversary a bit prematurely. Her parents don't drink, but we took them to a revolving bar called Skies to see the Kansas City skyline. ...
Mildred Corzine (12/04/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mildred Lockard Corzine, 95, of Anna died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at City Care Center. She was born Dec. 3, 1907, in Venice, Ill., daughter of Arthur and Katherine Geller Mallender. She and Louie Allen Lockard were married May 29, 1924, in Anaconda, Mont. He died Jan. 30, 1952. She later married Bill Corzine Sept. 10, 1963, in Florence, Ala...
J.D. Barber (12/04/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- J.D. Barber, 86, of Cairo died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at his home. He was born March 22, 1917, in Laurel, Miss., son of Will and Leatha Epton Barber. He and Luella Edwards were married April 5, 1950. Barber had worked at Swift Oil Co., Sears, E.L. ...
Lucille Lutz (12/04/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lucille Lutz, 91, of Anna died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Ill. She was born Jan. 23, 1912, in Fulton, Tenn., daughter of Clarence W. and Era Netherland Shelton. She and Norman Wahl were married in 1937. He died in 1956. She and Jerome A. Lutz were married in 1962. He died in 1994...
Addie Adams (12/04/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Addie Jo Adams, 77, of Charleston, Mo., formerly of Advance, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 24, 1926, at Brownwood, Mo., daughter of Quincy "Kelso" and Sarah "Pearl" Davis Ashcraft. She and Clay Adams were married Dec. 29, 1944, at Jackson. He died Dec. 9, 1983...
Clarence Pecaut Jr. (12/04/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Clarence T. Pecaut Jr., 77, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at St. Luke's West in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Perryville, son of Clarence Thomas and Olivia Marie Charvaux Pecaut Sr. He and Valeria Leible were married April 12, 1947...
James Hunt Jr. (12/04/03)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- James L. "Jim" Hunt Jr., 57, of Olmsted, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Lessie Marshall (12/04/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lessie Louise Marshall, 84, of Joplin, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Meadows Care Center in Joplin. She was born July 15, 1919, in Sikeston, daughter of George Edward and Winnie Nora Ward Tubbs. She and Samuel Price Marshall were married May 22, 1937, at Benton, Mo. He died June 13, 1999...
Clifton Dunn (12/04/03)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Clifton E. Dunn, 71, of Carbondale died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Herrin Hospital. He was born April 13, 1932, in Cypress, Ill., son of Otis and Lillie Johnson Dunn. He and Betty Wilkins were married March 27, 1958, in Mississippi. She died Feb. 26, 2002...
Rodney Holloway (12/04/03)
Rodney Gale Holloway, 47, of Scott City died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 11, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, son of Harold and Juanita Vistia Crader Holloway. He and Karen Faye Austin were married May 27, 1984, in Scott City...
Clinton Wages (12/04/03)
Clinton "Earl" Wages, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at his home. He was born July 1, 1937, in Marks, Miss., son of Clinton and Hallie Perkins Wages. He and Deanna Matthews-Amelunke were married Nov. 8, 1992. Wages was a police officer 20 years in Greenville, Miss. He worked in sales at various places, retiring after 14 years with Nu-Way Products in West Memphis, Ark. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church at Tilsit, Mo...
Curt Hoehne (12/04/03)
Curt Oscar "Pat" Hoehne, 84, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church at Shawneetown, Mo...
Ladona Dunlap (12/04/03)
Ladona M. "Betty" Dunlap, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 24, 1928, in St. Louis, daughter of Howard and Bertha Kopitsky Harris. She and Floyd Monroe Dunlap were married Sept. 17, 1965. He died June 2, 1979...
William Watson Sr. (12/04/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- William Watson Sr., 87, of Sikeston died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. He was born April 24, 1916, in Friars Point, Miss., son of David and Matilda Watson. He and Millie Holmes were married Aug. 8, 1936, in Proctor, Ark. She died in May 2000...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 5:46 p.m., mutual aid to Jackson structure fire. At 7:36 p.m., tree fire at 3814 Eagle Ridge. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 8:34 a.m., medical assist at 719 N. West End Blvd...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Cassy L. Coleman, 19, of 3005 Themis, Apt. A, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 12/4/03 (12/04/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 4, 1993 Jess Hopple of 2700 Bloomfield Road files a nominating petition for Cape Girardeau's Ward 6 city council seat; it's Hopple's second try at the council; in 1991, he filed as a candidate, but was declared ineligible because he hadn't been a resident of the city for the requisite four years prior to the 1992 election...
Clarification 12/04/03 (12/04/03)
A photo caption in Monday's Southeast Missourian on Cape Girardeau's Christmas parade should have said a snowman float was sponsored by Mueller Brothers Irrigation. A sign for Earthworks Inc. appeared on another side of the float. The Southeast Missourian strives for accuracy, and we will correct all significant errors that are brought to the attention of our editors. If you believe we have made such an error, contact the appropriate editor in the directory below...
Deadly speed (12/04/03)
The (Independence) Examiner Since the mid-1990s, Missouri and other states have raised their speed limits. As predicted, people are now dead because of higher speed limits. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that just in Missouri and the 11 other states that raised speed limits to 70 mph on many highways, more than 1,000 people have died above and beyond the number who would have died in traffic accidents under the speed limits. .....
Easy credit (12/04/03)
Enid (Okla.) News & Eagle Bankruptcies in the U.S. have nearly doubled in the past decade, including more than 1.6 million people who filed for personal bankruptcy this year alone. Personal bankruptcies rose 7.8 percent in the 12 months ending Sept. 30. The upward trend has continued despite signs of recovering from nearly three years of a weak economy...
Coaches are CEOs (12/04/03)
Columbia Daily Tribune At a mere half-million dollars, University of Missouri football Coach Gary Pinkel is the lowest-paid in the Big 12. Pleased with the team's progress, Athletic Director Mike Alden and his unnoticed superiors who no doubt had to approve the deal are giving the coach a new contract worth more than a million dollars a year...
Let a judge decide (12/04/03)
Jackson Mayor Paul Sander recently told the Cape Girardeau County Commission that he is prepared to take the county to court if no compromise can be reached in the dispute involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in road and bridge tax revenue. After much discussion, it seems obvious no compromise will be reached. ...
In Netherlands, holiday traditions are different (12/04/03)
To the editor: The holiday season is much different in the Netherlands, where I grew up. Christmas is a religious holiday. We receive gifts on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6. During the year, St. Nicholas lives in an undisclosed location in Spain with his assistants called Black Petes. They traditionally have had a bad reputation for being mean to bad kids, and as a child you were afraid of them. You were told that if you had been bad, Black Pete would put you in his bag and take you to Spain...
Geoscience profs urge regents to reconsider (12/04/03)
To the editor: On Nov. 13, the regents of Southeast Missouri State University voted to discontinue the geoscience undergraduate and graduate programs. We believe this decision should be reconsidered. The education of geoscientists has been determined to be a critical need in Missouri. ...
Speak Out 12/04/03 (12/04/03)
Violates federal law DON DICKERSON, president of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, and university president Ken Dobbins may be able to ignore faculty, staff, the electorate and local business leaders on issues like the River Campus, but their early retirement proposal is clearly a violation of federal pension law. ...
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