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Stories from Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Cape man pleads guilty to misdemeanor stalking (12/30/03)
Danny F. Lynn, 45, of Cape Girardeau, pleaded guilty Monday in Cape Girardeau County Associate Circuit Court to a class A misdemeanor of stalking. Judge Gary Kamp placed Lynn on two years supervised probation and ordered him to undergo counseling and to perform 60 hours of community service...
County giving public defenders some space (12/30/03)
The state public defenders made a convincing case and have been sentenced to a bigger building. The Missouri Public Defender's office staff has outgrown its building in uptown Jackson, and the Cape Girardeau County Commission decided Monday to put the building up for sale. ...
Cattle farmers eye the bottom line (12/30/03)
Stan Murray was intending to take 40 to 50 head of cattle to market in the next two or three weeks. But that was before the mad cow scare descended upon the United States. Now, the lifelong Sedgewickville, Mo., cattleman plans to hold onto those head of Black Angus cattle for a little while longer -- not because he's afraid they might be infected, but because he's afraid what he sees as a potential public overreaction may cut into his profit margin...
These days, there's more to cheerleading than pumping up fans (12/30/03)
They start out with simple cheers like "B-A-S-K-E-T basket, boys basket" and move on to cartwheels, building pyramids and doing stunts and shows at half-time. The job of a high school cheerleader has changed from being just a team supporter to being an athlete as well. Today's cheerleaders compete for college scholarships and at competitions both regionally and nationally. Joining a cheerleading squad today isn't just about popularity and pep. It's as much about athletic prowess...
Managers hustle to take care of basketball players (12/30/03)
There's little glory in wiping up high school boys' sweat off a basketball court floor. Or delivering cup after paper cup of lukewarm water. Or gathering up perspiration-soaked towels. There's no trophy to commend a job well done for team managers at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, but a lot would be missing without their presence...
Trial delayed in Cape County speeding case (12/30/03)
The bench trial for the Cape Girardeau County man challenging the county's 30-year-old speed limit ordinance has been moved to Jan. 6. The trial was set for Monday, but the defendant and his attorney failed to show due to a scheduling error. A state trooper gave Ricky A. ...
Anyone having a TV party? (12/30/03)
Ah yes. New Year's Day is fast approaching and that means you better go along with the tradition of making one of those useless resolutions. I'm still trying to think of mine. Should it be to start having a little more fun? Should it be to drive safer than I usually do? Or should it be to never look at Michael Jackson's face again? Ohh ... ...
Gin - If you can't drink it, play it (12/30/03)
I'm a big fan of gin. Don't worry; I love the game, not the drink. I have a philosophy about gin, in fact. It's 'If you can't drink it, play it.' Because I'm both underage and the fact that alcohol of any kind would mess with my medications, I can't drink gin. That isn't a loss for me though ... I sure can play it!...
Book helps define where cheerleading fits in society (12/30/03)
On the Net: www.americancheerleader.com By Nicholas K. Geranios ~ The Associated Press PULLMAN, Wash. -- Behold the cheerleader: definition of popularity, goddess of the school and object of desire. But it wasn't always so...
Learning briefs 12/30 (12/30/03)
Southwest students earn spot on dean's list SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Local students were among 3,458 to earn a spot on the 2003 fall semester dean's list at Southwest Missouri State University. Students from Cape Girardeau were: Mark Barylski, Jennifer Daume, Amanda Dumey, Sarah Hickle, Megan Ladd, Jennifer Schlosser, Stephen Smith. ...
Red Cross - Existing blood supply nearly depleted (12/30/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The American Red Cross office in St. Louis is issuing an emergency appeal for blood, saying that unless donors come forward, the existing supply will be gone by New Year's Day. The blood supply has been severely affected by the flu and the holiday season, said Christine Bales, chief executive officer of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. ...
Gadgets help officers catch drunken drivers (12/30/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Just in time for the night notorious for drunken driving, more police officers in the St. Louis area will be equipped with new technology aimed at catching motorists who have overindulged. Several departments in Missouri and Illinois have purchased portable breath testers during the past year, gear that should get a workout on New Year's Eve. St. Louis County police now have the breath testers for each precinct station...
Antique chandelier crashes to Missouri Senate floor (12/30/03)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 600-pound antique chandelier crashed to the Senate floor Tuesday at the Missouri Capitol, smashing a bench typically used by pages but injuring no one. The accident happened while maintenance workers were electronically lowering and raising the chandelier to check its light bulbs in advance of the Jan. 7 start of the legislative session...
Skelton urges Army secretary to consider allowing extra armor (12/30/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Monday urged the Army's top civilian official to give special consideration to an Army Reserve unit that wants to outfit its vehicles with homemade armor while serving in Iraq...
Lawmakers back $190 million bond idea (12/30/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's top legislative leaders lent their support Monday to a $190 million bond plan that would help build six engineering and health sciences facilities at the University of Missouri. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder described the plan as an economic development tool that could create "knowledge-based jobs" and result in both immediate and long-term economic growth...
Joplin man charged with murdering wife, raping co-worker (12/30/03)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- After an Oklahoma woman died of injuries suffered in an attack last week, her estranged husband was charged Monday with first-degree murder as well as with a sexual assault on another woman. Willie Hendrix, 26, of Joplin, had initially been charged with first-degree domestic assault with intent to cause serious physical injury in the attack that took place at his apartment on Dec. 22...
Scientists study prospects of St. Louis-area earthquake (12/30/03)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Geologists have begun working with Missouri and Illinois agencies to study St. Louis-area soil and bedrock, looking to better map the danger zones and safer places in case of a serious earthquake. The study announced Monday comes as many scientists and engineers suspect that the New Madrid Fault beneath the Bootheel area in southeast Missouri could produce a significant temblor within the next half-century or so...
Approaching storm renews mudslide threat in California (12/30/03)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A new Pacific storm churned toward Southern California on Monday, bringing the threat of more flash floods and mudslides in the mountains where torrents of mud on Christmas Day killed 14 people and left two missing. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning through this evening for the San Bernardino Mountains, scene of the tragedies. One to 3 inches of rain were expected to begin falling Monday night...
Californians filing molestation suits before year-end deadline (12/30/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Californians are rushing to file hundreds of lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church before the year-end deadline established under a state law that opened a window for old molestation claims. Attorneys handling the cases predict that up to 750 people will sue statewide and that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation's largest, will pay a colossal sum to settle as many as 500 cases...
People talk 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Who guitarist thought of suicide after arrest LONDON -- Rock guitarist Pete Townshend considered suicide after his arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography, a newspaper quoted him as saying. The Who co-founder told The Observer Sunday newspaper he would have shot himself if he'd had a gun. ...
U.S. requiring armed officer on some flights entering states (12/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- The United States will ensure that other governments enforce a new American requirement placing an armed law enforcement officer on some flights to prevent hijackings, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday as the nation headed into the New Year's holiday with terror threats high...
Hot flashes too bad for some women to quit hormones (12/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- About a quarter of women who stop taking hormone replacement therapy because of its risks wind up resuming the pills because of menopause misery, says the first research to explore how easy it is to quit. Desperate for alternatives to alleviate hot flashes, more women are turning to certain antidepressants, such as Prozac and Effexor, that can offer some relief even if the users aren't depressed...
Inmate at center of ruling on retarded could still be executed (12/30/03)
ROANOKE, Va. -- The Virginia inmate whose case persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to bar the execution of mentally retarded killers remains on death row more than a year later, and prosecutors are determined to see him die. Daryl Renard Atkins, who has been reported to have an IQ of 59, might not even benefit from the landmark ruling that bears his name...
Oregon, California police work to free hundreds of drivers (12/30/03)
ASHLAND, Ore. -- Hundreds of drivers stranded by a fast-moving snowstorm California and Oregon were escorted to safety Monday after spending a long, frigid night in their cars with little food or water. Crews spent the day clearing roads, pulling cars out of snowbanks and shuttling supplies to the stuck drivers before leading them down the mountain pass in the afternoon...
Nation digest 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Seven killed during North Carolina police chase TROUTMAN, N.C. -- A car trying to outrun a police officer ran off a road and crashed early Monday, killing all seven teenagers inside, the highway patrol said. The driver was identified as a 15-year-old, and the father of one of the victims said none of the teens had licenses and the group had been borrowing cars for joyrides. ...
Infected Holstein born before restrictions placed on feed (12/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- Authorities said Monday they are looking for links between the Holstein infected with mad cow disease and a Canadian cow that was diagnosed with the deadly illness in May. Repeating their insistence that the U.S. food supply is safe, agriculture officials also said they are searching for 81 Canadian-born cows from the same herd as the sick Holstein that records indicate entered the United States in late 2001...
Israeli settlers warn they will not leave alive (12/30/03)
GINNOT ARIEH, West Bank -- Insisting they are bound to the land, Jewish settlers living in this tiny cluster of trailers said Monday the government would have to forcibly remove them from their homes if it carries out a decision to tear down their outpost...
World briefs 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
European scientists think Mars probe is in crater LONDON -- Scientists trying to find Europe's Beagle 2 Mars probe ruled out weather problems and a faulty onboard clock for its five-day silence, but considered a new possibility Monday -- a crater that may be blocking its signal. ...
Japan a tough sell for officials eager to lift beef ban (12/30/03)
TOKYO -- Stunned by its first case of mad cow disease two years ago, Japan spent tens of millions of dollars winning back consumer confidence with a system to test every cow for the brain-wasting illness before slaughter. Now, Japanese people may hold U.S. beef producers to a similar standard...
Soldiers kill three suspected members of al-Qaida-linked group (12/30/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American soldiers killed three suspected members of an al-Qaida-linked Islamic militant group during a firefight in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said Monday. Two U.S. soldiers were wounded. The interrogation of Saddam Hussein yielded more information with the deposed leader acknowledging sending $40 billion abroad, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council said in published remarks. ...
Four found alive days after quake (12/30/03)
BAM, Iran -- As search crews despaired of finding more survivors from Iran's devastating earthquake, Monday brought moments of hope: Rescuers pulled a girl out alive from the rubble of her caved-in house, and three men believed dead stirred in their white burial shrouds...
Bell City nips Notre Dame at the wire (12/30/03)
Dominitrix Johnson hit a tie-breaking basket with two seconds to lift Bell City to a 61-59 victory over Notre Dame on Monday in a fifth-place semifinal game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. Johnson, who scored a combined 90 points in the first two tournament games, finished with 18 points. Sophomore Blaine Stewart added 17 points and Randy Conn had 13...
Jackson unseats defending champ Charleston 46-44 (12/30/03)
Jack Puisis was simply trying to draw a foul. He never really thought his improbable shot in the late going would find the range. But Puisis, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, was able to connect with about seven seconds left to lift fourth-seeded Jackson past top-seeded Charleston 46-44 in Monday night's semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center...
Central finds way past Scott City (12/30/03)
In a game in which early foul trouble plagued Central, it was a fifth foul to Scott City point guard Jeremy Schlosser with less than five minutes remaining which proved to be a difference-maker in a 70-65 Central win in the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Monday night at the Show Me Center...
MU not in holiday spirit when it comes to turnovers (12/30/03)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- It's no accident that Missouri has the fewest turnovers in the nation. Mistake-avoidance is a daily topic with the Tigers, who are preparing for the Independence Bowl Wednesday night against Arkansas. They have only 10 all year, less than one per game...
Otahks face challenge in No. 11 Kansas State (12/30/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's brutal early-season women's basketball schedule continues today as the Otahkians face their third nationally ranked team. No. 11 Kansas State (7-2) will provide the opposition with a 5 p.m. tipoff in the University of Texas-San Antonio New Year's Classic...
Blues prevail 3-2 to end four-game winless streak (12/30/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ryan Johnson scored the game-winner with 3:44 left and Doug Weight added a goal and an assist to lead the Blues past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Monday night. Johnson benefited from a giveaway by Columbus' Rick Nash, the NHL's leading goal scorer with 23. Nash passed from the half boards in his own end to the middle of the ice and Johnson intercepted, scoring his second of the season. His shot was a rocket from the left dot that beat Marc Denis high on the glove side...
Sorenstam caps high-profile year with award from AP (12/30/03)
Annika Sorenstam started the year just like any other, focusing on the major championships. That turned out to be only one part of a grandiose year. "If someone had told me I would win two, I would have been very happy," Sorenstam said. "Little did I know about everything else."...
Sports briefs 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Baseball George Steinbrenner was back at home Monday recovering from a fainting spell, feeling well enough to crack jokes about it. "I really didn't faint. I was practicing my slide into second base," the New York Yankees' owner said in a statement. Steinbrenner, 73, collapsed Saturday at a church service in Sarasota for football great Otto Graham...
Family hooked on singing fish (12/30/03)
Some gifts keep on giving long after the holidays. Take Travis the Trout, for example. Joni and I received the plastic, singing trout at our Sunday school class Christmas party. Our annual gift exchange involves both silly and nice gifts. We pick numbers to determine the order in which we get to choose the wrapped presents. It's the luck of the draw...
Business briefs 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Missouri group drops efforts for tax proposal JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of a tough-times tax proposal have abandoned efforts to get it on the August 2004 ballot, citing a lack of both public support and campaign cash. The proposal for a temporary state sales tax had been approved for petition circulation, but supporters said Monday they would not even try to gather the signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot. ...
Energy department pays $300 million in legal bills (12/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department spent $330 million in taxpayer money to reimburse its private contractors for legal bills over a 5 1/2-year span, including for lawsuits they lost and settlements of sexual harassment and whistleblower allegations, congressional investigators reported Monday...
Ray Krahn (12/30/03)
Ray H. Krahn, 64, of Fruitland died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girar-deau. He was born June 11, 1939, in Hammond, Ind., son of the Rev. Walter F. and Matilda Obenauer Krahn. Krahn was a lineman with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers...
Dewey Barks (12/30/03)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- Dewey Edison Barks, 86, of Marquand passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Claru Deville Nursing Center in Fredericktown, Mo. He was born July 5, 1917, in Perry County, son of Melborne and Sara Fadler Barks. He and Helen Dolle were married in 1935 at Fredericktown. She preceded him in death May 28, 1999...
Frances Schaaf (12/30/03)
Frances M. Schaaf, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1908, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Charles and Ellen Davenport Beal. She and Anton F. Schaaf were married in 1927, at Benton, Mo. He died Aug. 7, 1967...
Mabel Dinkens (12/30/03)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Mabel M. Dinkens, 87, of Grassy died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar-deau. She was born Feb. 4, 1916, at Hahn, Mo., daughter of the late Earl and Dora Shell Hendershott. She married Theo-dore Gaines, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 15, 1950, she and L.B. "Dick" Dinkens were married and he preceded her in death July 14, 1993...
Nick Stoyanoff (12/30/03)
TROY, Ill. -- Nick Stoyanoff, 52, of Troy died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born July 31, 1951, in East St. Louis, Ill., son of Star and Catherine Wuess Stoyanoff. Mr. Stoyanoff was a manager with Schnucks Markets Inc. in the Edwardsville, Ill., Division...
Charles Owens (12/30/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Charles Mitchel Owens, 37, of Chaffee died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1966, in Cape Girardeau, son of Floyd Mitchel and Barbara Ann Nanney Owens. Owens was a former self-employed truck driver. He was a member of New Life Gospel Center in Scott City...
Winfred Harvick (12/30/03)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Winfred Thurman "Slim" Harvick, 87, of Mounds died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Union County, son of Thurman Lee and Iva Karraker Harvick. He and Oma Ann Youngblood were married April 8, 1935, in Lebanon, Tenn. She died Sept. 4, 1998. He and Marie Karraker Henshaw were married March 18, 2000...
Joseph Francoeur (12/30/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Joseph Ernest Francoeur, 85, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. He was born Dec. 12, 1918, at Moose Creek, Canada, son of Adolph J. and Agnes J. Britton Francoeur. He and Dolline E. Gunter were married March 6, 1944, in Crittenden County, Ark. She died June 18, 2003...
Loretta Fox (12/30/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Loretta Marie Fox, 62, of Marble Hill died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 10, 1941, in Chicago, daughter of Harold and Clarine Johnson Byers. She and Jack Fox were married July 23, 1965, in Des Plaines, Ill...
John Parnell (12/30/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- John Wheeler Parnell, 55, of Cairo died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003. He was born July 25, 1948, in Charleston, Mo., son of Jimmie and Mildred Smith Parnell. He married Mareva Flowers in 1968. He worked as an assembly line worker for Burkart Manufacturing...
Raymond Hendrix (12/30/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Raymond F. Hendrix, 70, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his home. He was born April 14, 1933, in Perryville, son of Andrew T. and Hester D. Edmond Hendrix. He and Viola Mae Richardet were married April 19, 1952. She died Feb. 1, 1989...
Vera Hawkins (12/30/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Vera F. Hawkins, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born March 27, 1915, in Golconda, Ill., daughter of Charles E. and Mayme Barger Robbs. She and Lowell Hawkins were married Dec. 8, 1934. Hawkins was a member of Tanner Street Church of God...
Melvin Kolb (12/30/03)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Melvin Kolb, 76, of Vienna, Ill., formerly of Dongola, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born June 5, 1927, in Chicago, son of Lewis and Edna Otto Kolb. He and Ruth Ann Wohl-wend were married Jan. 28, 1984...
Van Strickland Jr. (12/30/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Van Strickland Jr., 82, of Sikeston died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his home. He was born July 14, 1921, in Grassy, Mo., son of Van and Willie Carmen Anderson Strickland Sr. He married Bonnie Hazel, who died Oct. 11, 1989. Strickland was formerly a Texaco Oil distributor. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge 310, Order of Eastern Star and a past worthy patron...
Uler Spurgeon (12/30/03)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Uler Lorean Spurgeon, 78, of Matthews died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Durant, Okla., daughter of James P. and Nova Rolland Dufur. She first married Adrain Warf, who died in 1984. She later married Ben Spurgeon, who died in 1994...
Hazel Thompson (12/30/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hazel Thompson, 93, of Perry County died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Jackie Lowes Residential Care in St. Mary, Mo. She was born Aug. 10, 1910, in Lithium, Mo., daughter of Grover C. and Sadie J. Thieret Feltz. She and Henry H. Thompson were married July 9, 1930. He died July 11, 1995...
Ethel Koelzer (12/30/03)
Ethel R. Koelzer, 87, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Seyer (12/30/03)
Dorothy Schrock Seyer, 89, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Monticello House in Jackson. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Nichols Son to Stacy Allen Nichols and Michelle LuAnn Meador of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003. Name, Taumas Allyn. Weight, 6 pounds 6 1/2 ounces. Second son. Ms. Meador is the former Michelle Schardan, daughter of Pam McMillin of Patterson, Mo. She is employed at Fisher Auto Parts. Nichols is the son of Edna Nichols of Mounds, Ill. He is employed at Stave Company of Missouri...
Cape fire report 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 5:47 p.m., kitchen fire at 30 N. Hanover, Apt. 3. At 7:57 p.m., medical assist at 1010 Bloomfield. At 10:27 p.m., medical assist at 1253 Kingsway. Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 1:26 a.m., medical assist at 1929 Delwin...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Ryan C. Johnson, 19, of 11014 Highway 77, Chaffee, Mo., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing. Timothy A. Lanning, 27, of 1384 County Road 389, Whitewater, Mo., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing...
Out of the past 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 30, 1993 Members of Cape Girardeau school board say they want to get moving on building plan, even if it means putting plans for middle school on back burner; board last night discussed possibility of asking voters to approve construction of new elementary school and addition to Jefferson School...
Looking ahead to 2004 (12/30/03)
2004 should prove to be one of the more interesting years in the history of this country. Fighting terrorism is necessary, dangerous, unpredictable and expensive. The federal and state elections this coming fall will test the voters' capability of cutting through the chaff -- so-called campaign laws or not. ...
Bridge dedication was cooperative effort (12/30/03)
By Scott Meyer I find myself speechless after the wonderful opening of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Those who know me may indicate that, although I won't make a long attempt at trying to express what I feel, being speechless is rather rare...
Funding battle (12/30/03)
St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press Gov. Bob Holden released $83 million earlier this month withheld from public schools, colleges and universities. He made the move after the federal government released money to help the state Department of Social Services pay Medicaid costs...
Extra state holidays (12/30/03)
State employees received the following paid holidays in 2003: New Year's Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lincoln's Birthday Washington's Birthday Truman's Birthday Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day (plus Friday after Thanksgiving)...
Government cost is leech sucking nation's blood (12/30/03)
To the editor: The cost of running the federal government has grown enormously in just the last 36 years. Government economists claim government spending ranges between 17 and 23 percent of gross domestic product, but is that the true cost? Martin Weiss of the Safe Money Report figures that the $500 billion budget deficit, the borrowings from the Social Security Trust Fund, the war in Iraq, planned tax cuts, prescription drug coverage and the money needed to bail out the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation add up to a total deficit for 2004 of over $1 trillion. ...
Speak Out 12/30/03 (12/30/03)
A great present I JUST wanted to say thank you for the new bridge. It's a wonderful Christmas present. Racist remarks THIS IS to the person who called in the comment "Ritual lynching" and said white people who are complaining about Mizzou's president are bitter and calling it discrimination. ...
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