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Stories from Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Hotel renovation behind schedule (01/07/04)
Behind plastic-covered windows and behind schedule, construction workers -- in coats and gloves to ward off the cold -- continue to transform a dilapidated hotel on Broadway into a state office building. Next week, the work should be even more visible as construction begins on enclosing the rooftop seventh floor as a penthouse addition. The space could be used for commercial office or a restaurant, project planners said...
Region digest 01/07/04 (01/07/04)
Hillary Clinton apologizes for joke about Gandhi ST. LOUIS -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for a joke about Mahatma Gandhi, saying it was "a lame attempt at humor." The New York Democrat made the remark at a fund raiser for Senate candidate Nancy Farmer, Missouri's state treasurer, on Saturday. Clinton introduced a quote from the Indian independence leader by saying, "He ran a gas station down in St. Louis."...
Voting reform pushing out county's punch-card ballots (01/07/04)
A federal law using an incentive program intended to make voting less confusing and more precise will most likely come at a cost of about $87,000 to Cape Girardeau County. County Clerk Rodney Miller estimates that's how much it will cost the county to eliminate its punch-card ballot system. The Help America Vote Act, or HAVA, does not require that counties eliminate the punch cards, but it does provide incentives, about $3,200 per precinct, to do away with them by 2006...
Scott County drug bust nets three (01/07/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Three Scott County men now face felony drug charges after officers searched a home north of Sikeston on Tuesday and turned up a "large quantity" of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and guns, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Department. ...
Sikeston businessman named SEMO regent (01/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden appointed Sikeston businessman Edward "Ned" Matthews to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Tuesday. Matthews said he is excited about becoming one of the six voting members of the school's governing board...
Eastbound traffic (01/07/04)
In the months leading up to December's opening of the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, much was made of what the new $100 million span would mean to Southeast Missouri's economic future with the thousands of new people that would come to Cape Girardeau on the safer, wider and more attractive structure...
Cape schools ask community to rate performance level (01/07/04)
On the brink of making more than $1 million in budget cuts, Cape Girardeau School District officials are turning to the community for direction on the future of public education. Thursday evening, the district will hold the first of what school board president Sharon Mueller hopes will become a semiannual event known as a stakeholders meeting...
Club news 1/7/04 (01/07/04)
Eastside Homemakers The Eastside Homemakers met Dec. 17, at Delmonico's Restaurant in Jackson. After lunch a meeting was held. Maxine Southard gave the devotion, "Christmas is the Season of our Heart." Betty Butler read "Sense of Humor," Janet Piepenbrok read the article "Where did all the decades go?" and Loretta Atkins read "Christmas in the Netherlands." Southard led the group in a Christmas game...
Sen. Hillary Clinton apologizes for Gandhi joke at fund raiser (01/07/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for joking that Mahatma Gandhi used to run a gas station in St. Louis, saying it was "a lame attempt at humor." The New York Democrat made the remark at a fund raiser Saturday. During an event here for Senate candidate Nancy Farmer, Missouri's state treasurer, Clinton introduced a quote from Gandhi by saying, "He ran a gas station down in St. Louis."...
State Republicans offer cooperation, but not on tax increases (01/07/04)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- As Missouri lawmakers prepared for an election-year session beginning Wednesday, Republican legislative leaders offered to cooperate with Democratic Gov. Bob Holden, but not if he once again proposes tax increases to help balance the state's budget...
Schools file lawsuit over funding for education (01/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Claiming the Missouri Legislature has failed to fulfill its constitutional obligation to adequately fund public education and fairly distribute the money, 243 Missouri school systems are turning to the courts for relief. The Committee for Educational Equality, which includes 48 Southeast Missouri school districts, filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court on Tuesday that seeks to have the state's current funding system declared unconstitutional...
Registration deadline today for Missouri primary (01/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Feb. 3 Missouri presidential primary elections. Prospective voters can register in person at their local county clerk's office, public library or license bureau office. Registration by mail is also possible, but forms must be obtained from the above locations. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by today to be valid for next month's elections...
Missouri revenue up almost 5 percent (01/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Halfway through the state's fiscal year, Missouri's tax revenue is up nearly 5 percent, but the state's budget director said Tuesday that's not good enough to warrant the release of additional funding for public schools. That's because Missouri's revenue bubble is expected to deflate in the upcoming months as people claim larger tax refunds authorized by a federal tax cutting package enacted last year, said Linda Luebbering, the budget director for Democratic Gov. ...
Reflecting pool design chosen for WTC memorial (01/07/04)
NEW YORK -- A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field has been chosen for the World Trade Center memorial after an eight-month international competition that drew more than 5,000 entries, The Associated Press has learned. The "Reflecting Absence" memorial, created by city designer Michael Arad, was chosen by a 13-member jury of artists, architects and civic and cultural leaders after months of intense deliberation...
Audit - Most Catholic bishops carrying out abuse reforms (01/07/04)
Nearly all of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops, including those in Missouri, are carrying out a new policy they adopted to prevent sex abuse by priests, according to a church audit released Tuesday. Critics said the study was fundamentally flawed...
Factory orders suffer setback in November (01/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories, after posting two months of solid increases, fell by 1.4 percent in November, the biggest decline in seven months. But analysts viewed the drop as a temporary blip in what has been an improving picture for American manufacturers. ...
Jackson returns passport to authorities (01/07/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson has again surrendered the passport authorities briefly returned to him so he could travel to Great Britain on business, although there was no indication he ever used it. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Thomas Sneddon took Jackson's passport after the singer was booked in November on child molestation charges...
Mega Millions winner emerges...or does she? (01/07/04)
CLEVELAND -- Two women -- one with a ticket, one tearfully without -- laid claim to a $162 million lottery jackpot Tuesday, triggering a legal dispute that could come down to "finder's keepers" or fraud. Elecia Battle went to police Monday with the teary story of a lottery ticket lost outside a convenience store, and a small crowd with flashlights soon gathered in the snowy parking lot in search of the precious paper scrap...
Planetary panorama in color (01/07/04)
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover yielded the sharpest picture ever taken of the surface of Mars, revealing in breathtaking detail Tuesday a completely rust-colored landscape strewn with rocks. NASA scientists said the "postcard," sent across 105 million miles of space to Earth, had three to four times the resolution of any other pictures ever taken of the Red Planet. Spirit used a camera with the robotic equivalent of 20/20 vision...
Testing confirms Holstein with mad cow disease came from Canada (01/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- Genetic testing confirms that the cow diagnosed with the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was born in Canada, agriculture officials said Tuesday. The finding puts new emphasis above the border in the investigation of the North American outbreak of the brain-wasting disease. The Holstein, slaughtered in Washington state on Dec. 9, is the second cow born in western Canada diagnosed with mad cow disease since May...
Bush has yet to use veto thanks to GOP-led Congress (01/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- Aided by a Republican-controlled Congress, President Bush is on track to become the first chief executive since John Quincy Adams in the 1820s to complete a full term without vetoing one bill. He has, however, made frequent use of the veto threat, and so far that's been enough to get what he wants...
CDC - Flu season still hasn't reached peak (01/07/04)
ATLANTA -- The flu season has yet to reach its peak, despite a drop-off in cases in some states, health officials warned on Tuesday. At least five states -- Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Washington and West Virginia -- no longer have widespread outbreaks of flu, but 42 others still do, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said...
Interrogation of Saddam may become public (01/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- CIA interrogators taking on Saddam Hussein must contend with the likelihood that some of their questioning could become public during his eventual trial. That means decisions now on how to conduct the questioning and record the conversations, U.S. officials say...
Bomb attack attributed to Taliban militants (01/07/04)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A bomb strapped to a bicycle killed 13 people Tuesday in this southern Afghan city, most of them children who halted a soccer game and rushed to the site after an initial explosion. The treacherous double blast, blamed on Taliban militants, may have been intended to lure U.S. troops or hit the provincial governor. But it was innocents who died -- another bloody reminder of the violence sweeping Afghanistan two years after the Taliban's fall...
India and Pakistan agree to begin peace dialogue (01/07/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Two years after nuclear-armed India and Pakistan nearly went to war, their leaders agreed Tuesday to hold peace talks next month on all topics, including the hot-button issue of Kashmir that lies at the heart of their half-century of mutual hatred and mistrust. Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee agreed to the talks in meetings in the Pakistani capital under the cover of a regional summit...
Israeli outposts to be removed under peace plan (01/07/04)
JERUSALEM -- Israel has slated 28 unauthorized West Bank outposts to be torn down under the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan, security sources said Tuesday. But critics argue the plan requires Israel to dismantle more than twice that number. The list was disclosed a day after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a convention of his hawkish party that even some of the larger veteran settlements would have to be removed -- either under the road map or under his own proposed unilateral plan to disengage from the Palestinians.. ...
Coroner opens inquest in Princess Diana's death (01/07/04)
LONDON -- Britain's royal coroner asked police to look into theories a conspiracy led to the car crash in Paris that killed Princess Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed, saying Tuesday he was obliged "to separate fact from fiction and speculation." Coroner Michael Burgess' request -- part of the opening of official inquests into their 1997 deaths -- came as a tabloid newspaper reported Diana believed Prince Charles was plotting to kill her by staging a car accident...
U.S.-led administration to release Iraqi prisoners (01/07/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's U.S.-led administration will release 506 prisoners from detention camps, while simultaneously offering bounties for 30 more Iraqis wanted in the anti-American insurgency, officials said Tuesday. Coalition officials said the releases -- out of some 12,800 detainees -- are aimed at fostering more goodwill and intelligence tips, which they said have surged in the three weeks since the capture of Saddam Hussein...
Tigers make Pirates walk plank 62-39 (01/07/04)
With three games in five days, including back-to-back nights, Central's boys basketball team cleared the bench and finished with 12 players in the scoring column Tuesday night in a 62-39 win over Perryville at home. Playing in his third game of the season, Mitch Craft came out and scored Central's first five points. In all, the Tigers had seven different scorers in the first quarter and grabbed a 17-10 lead...
Charleston picks up 66-40 win at ND (01/07/04)
Facing Notre Dame for the second time in 10 days, the Charleston Blue Jays again proved to be too quick for the Bulldogs, cruising to a 66-40 SEMO Conference victory Tuesday night at Notre Dame Regional High School. The Bulldogs (2-9) hung tough early on, using several backdoor passes to get open shots in taking an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes...
Bell City stops Jackson streak (01/07/04)
Derek Pobst scored his only point of the game on a free with 7.2 seconds remaining to lift Bell City to a thrilling 57-56 victory over visiting Jackson in boys basketball action Tuesday night. Bell City, ranked third in the state in Class 1, improved to 10-2 and avenged a loss to the Indians in the quarterfinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament...
Tigers visit Iowa St. for tonight's Big 12 opener (01/07/04)
AMES, Iowa -- Quin Snyder's memories of Hilton Coliseum are the kind best forgotten. "My memories of Hilton are nightmares because we got it handed to us up there," the Missouri basketball coach said. Snyder is 0-4 at Iowa State's arena, where Missouri and ISU open Big 12 play to night...
Shooting for 1,000 (01/07/04)
For Derek Winans, becoming just the 18th player in Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball history to join the 1,000-point club will carry a more special meaning than it might have for many of those who came before him. That's because Winans, a junior guard, grew up just minutes from the Show Me Center, in East Cape Girardeau, Ill...
Eckersley, Molitor gain baseball immortality (01/07/04)
NEW YORK -- Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Tuesday in their first year of eligibility. Molitor was picked on 431 of 506 ballots (85.2 percent) cast by reporters who have been members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for 10 or more years. Eckersley was selected on 421 ballots (83.2 percent)...
Bulger confident for playoff debut (01/07/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger isn't wasting time worrying about his first playoff start for the St. Louis Rams. "It's definitely a new experience and I know the level of play is going to go up," Bulger said Tuesday. "But it's still football." And Bulger, despite his lack of playoff experience, has an 18-4 record as the starter the last season and a half...
Hurricanes end losing skid with 2-0 victory over Blues (01/07/04)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Weekes made 19 saves, and Danny Markov and Kevyn Adams provided the offense in the Carolina Hurricanes' 2-0 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues. Weekes' fifth shutout of the season helped the Hurricanes snap a three-game losing streak...
Sports briefs 1/7/04 (01/07/04)
Baseball Two-time American League MVP Juan Gonzalez agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals that guarantees him $4.5 million. The free-agent outfielder gets $4 million next season, and the deal includes a mutual option for 2005 at $7 million. ...
Experts say to organize your home one step at a time (01/07/04)
North Americans apparently yearn to be free. Free of crowded closets, grungy garages and assorted other household clutter. That nearly 75 percent of recently polled homeowners deem an organized home as very important...
Jalapeno brownies make for a painfully sweet treat (01/07/04)
CONCORD, N.H. -- Perhaps it's because I'm from the Northeast, but I'm just not accustomed to food causing pain, at least not intentionally so. Nor to it carrying dire warning labels. That's probably why I recently was mystified by a spice catalog that included a "USE WITH CAUTION" alert in the description of a particular dried chili pepper...
Arriving in the middle of a heat wave (01/07/04)
It seems wrong to be running the air conditioner in January. I come from a long line of women who refuse to turn on the air conditioning unless the children are spontaneously combusting, and then 80 degrees is the lowest thermostat setting allowable. If an outside door stays open for longer than 1.5 seconds, the women in my family yell, "Are you trying to air-condition the entire neighborhood?"...
Progressive meal tastes best when cooked by friends (01/07/04)
smcclanahan Good food and good friends; is there any better way to spend an evening during the holiday season to help bring in a new year? Last weekend was our annual progressive dinner that Scott and I participate in during the holidays. The locations were divided into courses at three different couple's homes...
Kizzle yo televizzle (01/07/04)
by Jason Parker We made it! And to mark our journey into this 2004th year of the new age, we survived numerous television marathons and bowel games to begin the year. Yes I said bowel games, originally a typo but upon second thought, I feel it fits for some of you, especially those who may have consumed a bit too much while ringing out 2003...
Chris Blair (01/07/04)
Hey OFF! readers, wanna hear what a cross between Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts would sound like? Neither do we. Or at least we didn't until we met local artist Chris Blair. He's had three number one hits on the independent country charts and won the New Horizon Award at Nashville's 1999 Golden Music Awards. Not half bad, for a country boy...
The Bridge That Launched a Thousand Postcards (01/07/04)
by Chris Morrill I attended the dedication of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Saturday, December 13th, 2003. That I would attend surprised even me, as I'm not usually one who usually attends civic "rah-rah" type events. But this event was important enough that even I was drawn into it...
Screen Time (01/07/04)
by Leroy Grey Grey here, scribbling into the future... As of presstime, there's still no sign of "Big Fish" coming to Cape, which is a tragedy. It's a Tim Burton movie! That's fun for the whole creepy family!! It's a contender! But I'll save the Oscar talk for next month...
The Zone Insider (01/07/04)
by Leroy Grey Insider here, folding all my Christmas wrapping paper into nice, neat squares; waste not, want not. This Christmas got so bad, I had to resort to the Sunday comics. And I usually save that stuff for birthday presents. Let's start with some concert news. The next band to bus in and yell, "Are you ready to rock, Cape Girardeau?" is going to be Three Doors Down. They're taking over the Show-Me Center January 29th, along with Shine Down and Tantric...
Movie vs. Book Review (01/07/04)
Jim Obert 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' It was two years ago that I reviewed "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary trilogy "The Lord of the Rings." At the beginning of that review, I stated my credentials: I am a hard core Middle-earther who read the books seven or nine times while in college at SIU in the early 1970s. ...
Dear Auntie Rohn (01/07/04)
Dear Auntie Rhon, I'm a college student on the shy side. I like going out with my girlfriends to the clubs but I don't feel comfortable talking to guys in the clubs. If I see a guy that I'm interested in I don't talk to him, I freeze because I don't know if he'll be interested in me or if he's being polite because I'm with my friends. What can I do?...
Movie vs. Book Review (01/07/04)
Jim Obert 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' It was two years ago that I reviewed "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary trilogy "The Lord of the Rings." At the beginning of that review, I stated my credentials: I am a hard core Middle-earther who read the books seven or nine times while in college at SIU in the early 1970s. ...
Screen Time (01/07/04)
Leroy Grey Grey here, scribbling into the future... As of presstime, there's still no sign of "Big Fish" coming to Cape, which is a tragedy. It's a Tim Burton movie! That's fun for the whole creepy family!! It's a contender! But I'll save the Oscar talk for next month...
The Bridge That Launched a Thousand Postcards (01/07/04)
Chris Morrill I attended the dedication of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Saturday, December 13th, 2003. That I would attend surprised even me, as I'm not usually one who usually attends civic "rah-rah" type events. But this event was important enough that even I was drawn into it...
Kizzle yo televizzle (01/07/04)
Jason Parker We made it! And to mark our journey into this 2004th year of the new age, we survived numerous television marathons and bowel games to begin the year. Yes I said bowel games, originally a typo but upon second thought, I feel it fits for some of you, especially those who may have consumed a bit too much while ringing out 2003...
The Zone Insider (01/07/04)
Leroy Grey Insider here, folding all my Christmas wrapping paper into nice, neat squares; waste not, want not. This Christmas got so bad, I had to resort to the Sunday comics. And I usually save that stuff for birthday presents. Let's start with some concert news. The next band to bus in and yell, "Are you ready to rock, Cape Girardeau?" is going to be Three Doors Down. They're taking over the Show-Me Center January 29th, along with Shine Down and Tantric...
Raymond Wright (01/07/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Raymond Wright, 78, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Clarkton, Mo., son of Rudy A. and Beulah L. Freeman Wright. He and Betty Gray were married Aug. 8, 1944...
Raymond Chandley (01/07/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Raymond Chandley of Cairo died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Friends may call at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and after 9 a.m. Friday at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in National Cemetery...
Msgr. Tom Miller (01/07/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Msgr. Tom Miller, 52, of Anna died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Shuck (01/07/04)
Robert F. Shuck, 93, of Seminole, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Wright Nursing Center in Seminole. He was born June 3, 1910, in Elsberry, Mo., son of Robert F. and Margaret Mitchell Shuck. He and Gertrude Lehr were married March 23, 1935, in St. Louis. She died Feb. 10, 2000...
Anton Miller (01/07/04)
Anton Shamon Miller, 25, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 5, 1978, in Chicago, son of Gentry and Ardella Renia Kindle Miller. He attended Egyptian High School in Tamms, Ill., and was later schooled in the Chicago area. He moved to Cape Girardeau from Chicago...
Mattie Busch (01/07/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mattie C. Busch, 65, of Perryville died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 14, 1938, at Yount, Mo., daughter of Walter K. and Mabel Hahn Heaps. She and Harold L. Helms were married Oct. 18, 1958. He died Aug. 12, 1987. She and Theodore R. Busch Sr. were married Nov. 3, 1994. He died March 31, 1998...
Dorothy Blackburn (01/07/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dorothy Blackburn, 77, of St. Louis died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Cairo, daughter of Frank and Clara Edison Webb. She married Robert Blackburn, who preceded her in death...
Paul Smither (01/07/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Paul G. Smither, 73, of Cairo died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at his home. He was born Sept. 11, 1930, in Grahamville, Ky., son of Grover and Kattie Ratcliffe Smither. Smither had worked at Burkart Manufacturing and E.L. Bruce in Cairo. Survivors include a sister, Katherine Javoroski of Crystal Falls, Mich.; two brothers, Jesse Smith of Cape Girardeau and James Smither of Jeffersonville, Ind...
Births 1/7/04 (01/07/04)
McKee Daughter to Joshua Lee McKee and Jessica Lynn Dailey of Olive Branch, Ill., St. Francis Medical Center, 1:24 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003. Name, Brandy Darline. Weight, 7 pounds 5 ounces. First child. Ms. Dailey is the daughter of Jeanette Brooks of Olive Branch and John Dailey of Elco, Ill. She is a student. McKee is the son of Beverly and Jerry Held of Olive Branch and Kevin McKee Sr. of Perks, Ill. He is employed at ACBL Docks...
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/7/04 (01/07/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Rachel Hempstead, 17, of 915 S. Pacific, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on a Cape Girar-deau warrant for failure to appear...
Cape fire report 1/7/04 (01/07/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 8:44 p.m., emergency medical service at 200 S. Benton. Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 1:04 a.m., alarm sounding at 1236 Linden, Apt. 2. At 6:29 a.m., emergency medical service at 1927 N. Kingshighway...
Out of the past 1/7/04 (01/07/04)
10 years ago: Jan. 7, 1994 Local FISH food program has moved operations to larger pantry at 106 S. Sprigg; program provides food, assistance with utility payments, transportation and medication to people in need. St. Paul Lutheran School is observing its 100th anniversary; school was opened Jan. 1, 1894, a year after church was founded; it now has 203 students and teaching staff of 10...
Correction 01/07/04 (01/07/04)
A graphic on Cape Girardeau's proposed fire sales tax in Saturday's edition of the Southeast Missourian carried incorrect information regarding replacement of police cars. The proposal includes $2 million over 10 years for replacement of police cars based on replacing 10 cars annually. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
A natural response (01/07/04)
The magnitude of some natural disasters can only leave us poor humans stunned and gasping. How do we comprehend the demise of more than 30,000 people when the ground quaked in Iran the day after Christmas? We can't. But we can respond to the survivors, just as the United States and more than 30 other countries did...
Not every child (01/07/04)
The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune Bush administration officials have given in slightly on one of the most obvious problems with the No Child Left Behind Act: the fact it makes no exception for special-education students in its strict testing requirements for school districts. .....
Shut the Taste to prevent woes in neighborhood (01/07/04)
To the editor: How long must we wait for the next murder at the Taste? Having relatives living east of the Taste, I worry constantly about them. Their vehicles have been broken into, and their yard is littered by Taste patrons. It doesn't seem to matter who owns the place, it's a blight...
Old river bridge deserves a party celebrating life (01/07/04)
To the editor: It was a beautiful day when I left my house in Nashville on Christmas Eve, and I was excited about going to Cape Girardeau. I would soon see the wonder in my children's eyes as they opened gifts from Santa. I also was anticipating my first drive across the new bridge. As I round the bend in Illinois where Highway 3 pulls alongside the Mississippi River, I searched the skyline. The awesome towers of the bridge compounded the beautiful view of the river. It was mesmerizing...
Rush Limbaugh should be held accountable (01/07/04)
To the editor: Recently, Rush Limbaugh's attorney stated, "Rush Limbaugh has been singled out for prosecution because of who he is." I disagree. Since his confession, Limbaugh has been afforded many passes and has not had to face the consequences of his behavior...
Speak Out 01/07/04 (01/07/04)
Time for fairness I UNDERSTAND the frustration of the Taste's neighbors, and I feel sorry they are having to put up with this. But, as it's been explained in the paper, the city's hands are tied since the Taste doesn't have a liquor license. The owner of this business stated that if there was one incident he would close, because he was concerned for the neighbors. ...
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