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Stories from Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Last of 18 street projects begins on Independence (05/05/04)
Cape Girardeau city officials officially broke ground on the Independence Street widening project Tuesday afternoon on the lawn of the city's main fire station even as the real construction work was beginning a block away. The ceremony marked the start of work on the last of 18 street projects funded with a half-cent transportation sales tax approved by voters in August 1995. Voters five years later extended the tax to Dec. 31, 2005, to fund additional road projects...
Chamber votes for Cape fire sales tax (05/05/04)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce board of directors gave unanimous support to the city's fire sales tax measure on Tuesday and authorized spending $1,000 to help campaign for its passage in a June 8 special election. The money will be given to the Committee to Vote Yes for the Fire Sales Tax, a private group headed by retired Cape Girardeau businessman Harry Rediger...
Award-winning pianist giving last Cape recital (05/05/04)
Tuesday night, Bonan Wang attended the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club's 45th annual John Blue Academic Excellence Dinner, where she and other high school students were acknowledged for being in the top 10 percent of their classes. Awards, however, are nothing new for 17-year-old Wang, who has received several for her prowess in academics and in music...
First Cape mural finds new home downtown (05/05/04)
After several months of searching, a committee from the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has found a new home for Cape Girardeau's first mural. Instead of its location at 116 N. Main, where it has been for 18 years, the James Parker mural will be repainted on the side of Mollie's Cafe & Bar at 11 S. Spanish St...
Five fake $10 bills passed at The Mix (05/05/04)
The manager of The Mix, a local hangout for young people, learned when she made her deposit at the Bank of America Monday morning that someone had spent $50 at The Mix using counterfeit $10 bills. Diane Wagner, director of media relations for Bank of America in Chicago, said the teller at the bank's northwest branch on Kingshighway noticed the counterfeit money when she was counting out The Mix's deposit...
A breed apart (05/05/04)
Most everyone has seen the reports showing the horrible conditions of breeding facilities known as "puppy mills." Charles Stucker, director of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, says puppy mills aren't the only source of unwanted dogs that eventually are given away to shelters or euthanized...
Club news 5/5 (05/05/04)
Sons of the American Revolution The Sons of the American Revolution met April 19 at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center in Jackson. Members can trace their ancestors back to a patriot in the American Revolutionary War. Members in attendance were Wendel Miller, Steven Pledger, Dr. Jerry Driver, Dr. Walter Schroeder, Ron Beasley, Leon Lefler, Thad Lake and Randy McLain....
Lobbying leads to rift between GOP Catholic lawmakers, church (05/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Catholic Republican lawmakers are upset with their church for lobbying against GOP proposals to cut the Medicaid health-care program and support life sciences research. The rift began with a March 15 letter to lawmakers from the Missouri Catholic Conference, signed by the state's five bishops. ...
Miner man pleads guilty to running 'chop shop' (05/05/04)
A Missouri Bootheel man has pleaded guilty to operating a chop shop that resold auto parts from stolen vehicles, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Thomas Wade Brock, 63, of Miner, Mo., also pleaded guilty Monday to five additional federal charges of trafficking in motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, and one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Sentencing was set for June 28...
House advances overtime pay bill (05/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State workers would be allowed to choose between time off or extra pay as compensation for working overtime, under legislation given first-round approval Tuesday by the House. Rep. Bill Deeken, R-Jefferson City, said his legislation would raise morale by letting state employees know they can be paid extra for working extra hours. ...
St. Louis sees gas jump to $2 a gallon (05/05/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Seesawing gasoline prices jumped 17 cents overnight at many stations around the region, leaving regular unleaded selling typically for $1.88 per gallon, said Mike Right, a gasoline analyst for AAA. The news was even worse for users of premium fuel, some of which was topping $2 per gallon for the first time in Missouri...
Record school funding by state called lacking (05/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While Missouri's public school systems will receive a record-high level of state financial aid during the upcoming fiscal year, some lawmakers say it isn't enough. The final version of the education budget drafted by negotiators from the Senate and House of Representatives will disperse $2.76 billion among Missouri's 524 school districts for the fiscal year beginning July 1 -- $142.9 million more than budgeted for the current fiscal year...
Five donor babies created in lab to save lives of siblings (05/05/04)
CHICAGO -- In a growing practice that troubles some ethicists, a Chicago laboratory helped create five healthy babies so that they could serve as stem-cell donors for their ailing brothers and sisters. The made-to-order infants, from different families, were screened and selected when they were still embryos to make sure they would be compatible donors. Their siblings suffered from leukemia or a rare and potentially lethal anemia...
Fed holds key short-term rate steady to keep economy moving (05/05/04)
From staff and wire reports The Federal Reserve held a main short-term interest rate at a 46-year low Tuesday in an attempt to keep the economy humming. Fed chairman Alan Greenspan and his Federal Open Market Committee colleagues -- the group that sets interest rate policy in the United States -- left the federal funds rate unchanged at 1 percent, where it has been since last June. ...
Pentagon plans to keep 135,000 troops in Iraq until end of 2005 (05/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. commanders plan to keep American troops at the current level in Iraq -- about 135,000 -- until the end of 2005, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. The decision acknowledges Iraq is much more unstable and dangerous than generals had hoped earlier this year, when they planned to cut the number of troops occupying Iraq to about 115,000...
Nearly 20 million workers have no health insurance, study says (05/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than one in five working adults in Texas and five other Southern and Southwestern states don't have health insurance, a new study says. In another 37 states and the District of Columbia, at least one in every 10 working adults is uninsured, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is leading a campaign to build support for expanding health coverage...
Republicans seek deal on highway spending bill (05/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- Unable to settle on a compromise spending level, Republican leaders and the White House switched gears Tuesday and decided to initiate formal House-Senate talks on a huge highway and transit spending bill. Lawmakers emerging from a GOP leadership meeting with White House chief of staff Andrew Card said they would turn to House and Senate negotiators to thrash out a deal on the six-year highway bill that has eluded them for months. ...
Report - 350 die annually in 'noncrash' accidents (05/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- About 350 people die each year in "non-crash" motor vehicle accidents, with most succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning, federal safety officials said Tuesday. There are roughly 200 such deaths annually, most occurring in cold weather when people leave their vehicles running in a garage or other enclosed space, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ...
World digest 05/05/04 (05/05/04)
Iranian prof won't appeal new death sentence TEHRAN, Iran -- A university professor has decided not to appeal a reinstated death sentence, effectively challenging Iran's hard-line judges to execute him for criticizing clerical rule, his attorney said Tuesday. ...
Ex-forestry worker to pay $14.7 million for wildfire (05/05/04)
DENVER -- A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered an imprisoned former Forest Service employee responsible for the largest wildfire in Colorado history to pay $14.7 million in restitution. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with federal prosecutors who argued Terry Lynn Barton should pay the cost of emergency restoration of national forest southwest of Denver. The 2002 Hayman fire charred 138,000 acres and destroyed more than 100 homes...
Tanzanian man charged with making phony threat (05/05/04)
LOS ANGELES -- A Tanzanian man who entered the United States illegally was charged Tuesday with making a phony terror threat on a West Los Angeles shopping mall, the FBI said. Zameer Mohamed, 23, was charged in federal court with a single felony count of using a telephone to maliciously make a false threat. ...
Coke, Pepsi to battle for dieters' dollars (05/05/04)
CHICAGO -- Coke and Pepsi, trying to put more fizz into their soda sales, are about to launch new brands that taste like their flagship drinks but contain half the sugar, carbs and calories. Coke's C2 and Pepsi's Edge are to hit the market nationally this summer. In advance, the companies offered tastes to supermarket executives, restaurant owners and other potential retail distributors at the Food Marketing Institute's annual trade show in Chicago...
Gore, partners acquire cable TV network (05/05/04)
NEW ORLEANS -- An investor group headed by former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday it is buying a cable channel and launching a news network that will offer "irreverent and bold" programming for young adults. The group is buying the Newsworld International channel from Vivendi Universal Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. ...
More probes of abuse in Iraq revealed (05/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- The deaths of 10 prisoners and abuse of 10 more in Iraq and Afghanistan are under criminal investigation, the Army disclosed Tuesday as U.S. commanders in Baghdad announced interrogation changes and the White House reached out to the Arab world to try to blunt a widening and increasingly damaging controversy...
Wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuation (05/05/04)
CORONA, Calif. -- Southern California's first wildfires of the season burned homes and brushlands and forced thousands of people to evacuate on Tuesday, portending what could be an especially dangerous and costly summer. A man was charged with negligently setting the largest blaze...
Marijuana abuse up among U.S. adults (05/05/04)
CHICAGO -- Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show. The prevalence of marijuana abuse or dependence climbed from 1.2 percent of adults in 1991-1992 to 1.5 percent in 2001-2002, or an estimated 3 million adults 18 and over...
Man with weapons stockpile, cyanide sentenced to 11 years (05/05/04)
TYLER, Texas -- A man who stockpiled machine guns, bombs and enough cyanide to kill everyone inside a building the size of a small-town civic center was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison. William Krar, 63, pleaded guilty in November to possessing a dangerous chemical weapon and could have gotten life in prison. His common-law wife, Judith Bruey, 55, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess illegal weapons and was sentenced to nearly five years...
Afghans echo U.S. criticism of Pakistan amnesty policy (05/05/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan joined the U.S. military in criticizing Pakistan's offer of amnesty for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters holed up along the border, saying going "soft" on terrorism will undermine the battle against insurgents threatening landmark Afghan elections...
Vietnam remembers battle that ended French control (05/05/04)
DIEN BIEN PHU, Vietnam -- Atop a tranquil hill, the memories of battle amid red-earth trenches and barbed wire are still vivid for the elderly men who make the pilgrimage here. Hundreds of veterans of Dien Bien Phu have filed into this small border town in recent weeks -- to celebrate a long-ago victory, to mourn the fallen, but mostly just to remember...
U.S. digs in for long haul at Uzbek base (05/05/04)
KARSHI-KHANABAD AIR BASE, Uzbekistan -- The din of bulldozers and steamrollers competes with the roar of aircraft engines at this U.S. outpost for the anti-terror campaign in Afghanistan. The Americans are digging in for the long haul -- but walking on eggshells...
Ex-hostage had surgery during ordeal (05/05/04)
LANDSTUHL, Germany -- Thomas Hamill's kidnappers had surgery performed on his wounded arm during his three weeks of captivity in Iraq, an Army doctor said Tuesday. Hamill, speaking publicly for the first time since he escaped Sunday in a risky run to freedom, said he feels well and was looking forward to seeing his wife and going home to Mississippi...
Saudis say Yanbu attacker had links to London group (05/05/04)
YANBU, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia blamed a wanted man with links to a London-based opposition group for an attack on an oil contractor's office, saying Tuesday he had slipped back into the kingdom to lead his brother and two cousins on a bloody rampage...
Oran, Oak Ridge rally for wins (05/05/04)
Oran scored three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to defeat Kelly 6-5 in a high school baseball game Tuesday. Matt Seyer scored the winning run in the sixth on an infield error after he had reached base with a double, one of his three hits on the day...
Sikeston romps in championship game (05/05/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Playing its fourth game in two days, Notre Dame Regional High School simply ran out of fumes Tuesday night in a 13-2 five-inning loss to top seed Sikeston in the SEMO Conference championship game at VFW Stadium. Little-used Tony Longman got the start for the Bulldogs with main starters Blake Urhahn and Lee Essner unavailable. ...
Indians' game with Evansville canceled (05/05/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's scheduled baseball game Thursday night against visiting Evansville has been canceled due to overscheduling by Evansville. It will not be made up. The Indians (18-23, 8-9 Ohio Valley Conference) are back in action this weekend with a three-game series at Morehead State (12-29, 5-13). There will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a noon game Sunday...
Southeast recognizes winners in classroom (05/05/04)
Kay Ehlke and Chuck McElroy were not the most decorated or recognized Southeast Missouri State University athletes over the past four years. But Ehlke and McElroy more than distinguished themselves in the classroom. Tuesday night, that pair earned the top individual honors during Southeast's annual All Sports Year End Celebration at the Show Me Center. The event was sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Cards win with bizarre finish (05/05/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- The entire sequence was a blur to Mike Matheny. So was his throw to first base that saved the St. Louis Cardinals. Matheny made a play behind the plate to record the final out and help the Cardinals hold off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Tuesday night...
Bulger agrees to deal with St. Louis (05/05/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger on Tuesday agreed to a four-year contract with the St. Louis Rams -- a deal that could affect whether two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner will be released next month. The Rams did not disclose terms of the deal with Bulger, who coach Mike Martz has said would enter the preseason as the team's starting quarterback...
Danton pleads innocent to charges (05/05/04)
St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges that he conspired to kill an acquaintance in a murder-for-hire plot. Danton, wearing an orange jail-issued jumpsuit, spoke in calm and measured tones in brief responses to questions from U.S. Magistrate Gerald Cohn at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis, Ill. He is charged with conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to attempt a murder...
Athens has 100 days to complete facilities, infrastructure (05/05/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- The sprint to the Olympics is being run through an obstacle course. Frantic work -- including on the main stadium -- slogs on in mud, through rainstorms and at night. Roads and squares are ripped up for repaving or new rail lines. Cement mixers and cranes snarl city traffic. Whirlwinds of dust spin through neighborhoods...
Area sports digest 5/5/04 (05/05/04)
Mack places second in MARS series stop Joey Mack posted his best career finish on the Mid-America Racing Series with a second-place showing this past weekend in Bolivar, Mo. Mack, based in Benton, Mo., won his heat prior to the runner-up finish in the feature. He stands eighth in the circuit's season points race...
Egg foo young is a throwback Asian treat (05/05/04)
CONCORD, N.H. -- Not so long ago, Asian food wasn't Asian as such. Until recently, most people knew it as Chinese food. And it wasn't California sushi, fresh spring rolls or pad thai. It was fried rice (will that be shrimp, pork or beef?), teriyaki on a skewer, red spare ribs and sweet and sour chicken...
Getting kids into the garden (05/05/04)
A few weeks ago I was asked by a second-grade teacher if she could bring her class to Sunny Hill Garden Center on a field trip. I usually decline to conduct these visits during our spring rush for safety reasons. We are usually short-handed, we have lots of customers on the premises and sometimes we have tractors and forklifts moving around. Dortha Strack or I gladly lead these visits in the summer and fall when there is less activity going on at the garden center...
Disorder results from organization (05/05/04)
Has anyone else noticed that, as men get older, the little quirks that became apparent in their youth become full-blown eccentricities? Take my grandfather, for instance, a child of the Depression. He's always been a thrifty guy, running around turning off lights behind his kids and grandkids, making sure we don't refrigerate the whole neighborhood, only turning on the air conditioning after one of the dogs spontaneously combusts. ...
Early May holidays are reason to party (05/05/04)
When asked what May 5 is, nearly anyone will usually know it is Cinco de Mayo, a May holiday commemorating Mexico's independence from France. However, the date does have a little different meaning for me: It is my grandmother's birthday. Although she has been gone for many years, memories of her flood my mind. ...
Screen Time (05/05/04)
by Leroy Grey Well, May means the end of school, and the beginning of the summer movie season. Each week's got one event movie, instead of a couple of contenders. So, there's about half as movies to talk about this month. Whuzupidat? Consider:...
Local Music Schedule (05/05/04)
WHAT'S GOING ON! Forget April showers bringing May flowers, May ushers in some serious music entertainment to the Cape Girardeau region. There is huge variety of music for every listener, some new artists, some groups that have come back into town for a visit, and some dynamic local artist who have kept live music going for many years...
The Zone Insider (05/05/04)
by Leroy Grey Each month, we'll bring you an inside look at the music you hear on The Zone @ 107.1 and the artists that make it. Insider here: I have to be careful about what I write for the column. This magazine's spell-checker has been acting funny. One of these days, I'm expecting umlauts over all the band names... which would actually be cool, come to think of it...
The Road Less Traveled (05/05/04)
Outside the mind of Laurence Frost Ah religion, the last bastion of the hypocritical. Don't get me wrong, anyone can believe anything they want if it helps them to be a better person. But that freedom should only extend so far as their personal space. When people start to use that freedom to inflict pain or their will on others, that's when all the problems begin...
Kill Your T.V. (05/05/04)
by Jason Parker Here's an idea. Let's go out and get drunk then drive home and get caught then get charged with a felony and let's say that you're a superstar defensive player on a certain St. Louis football team. In the words of the two guys on the Guinness commercials...."Drive home drrrrrrunk and git caught..... BRRRRRRILLLIANT!"...
The Poets Corner (05/05/04)
Thank you Thank you for all the weight that was to gain, Thank you for taking the pain. I'm so glad you chose to give birth to me. Thank you for all the time and caring. Thank you for loving me through all my child, adolescent and teenage years. Even though you had some sleepless nights, red eyes and tears...
Off! the Wall 8-Ball (05/05/04)
1. Does John Kerry take Botox injections? Answer: Yes, Definitely! 2. Is Michael Jackson's nose fake? Answer: Reply hazy, try again. Answer #2: It is certain! 3. Should SEMO change the name of their mascot? Answer: Better not tell you now. 4. Is today really yesterday?...
Miss Chatty Chatterson (05/05/04)
by Tom Edwards It has been discovered that women typically talk 6 times more than men. In many ways the more a person talks, the less they actually say. Let's call it economy of grammar. Men have it, women don't. Two men can sit in a room for hours and hours, not say a word to each other, maybe a few gutturals here and there for clarification, and enjoy a highly efficient and mutually rewarding level of communication...
Sample the grape at picturesque Alto Vineyards (05/05/04)
by Jim Obert Spring festival is May 8-9 Crawfish & BBQ Festival is June 5 Spring is in the air, so take a short drive across the fancy new bridge in Cape Girardeau and head for Alto Vineyards & Winery in the quaint town of Alto Pass in Southern Illinois. It is on hilly Highway 127 south of Murphysboro and north of Anna-Jonesboro...
Merlin Rousseau (05/05/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Merlin P. Rousseau, 84, of Perryville died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Perry County, son of Frank and Henrietta M. Klump Rousseau. He and Therese Janin were married Aug. 25, 1962, at Perryville...
Charles Thornton (05/05/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Charles A. Thornton, 79, of Anna died Monday, May 3, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 13, 1924, at Lick Creek, Ill., son of William "Bill" and Addie Manus Thornton. He and Betty Jane McDonald were married Dec. 30, 1945, in Piggott, Ark...
Curtis Speer (05/05/04)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Curtis L. Speer, 82, of Paris, Tenn., died Monday, May 3, 2004, in Paris. He was born Jan. 8, 1922, at Zalma, son of Willie and Mandy Eaker Speer. He and Bobbie L. Dulaney were married March 22, 1946. Speer had been a general supervisor at Emerson Electric Co...
Loren Letner (05/05/04)
Loren Maire-Angelique Letner, 28, of Miami Beach, Fla., died Thursday, April 29, 2004, in a fall at her home. She was born Dec. 22, 1975, in Memphis, Tenn., daughter of Levin Grey Letner and Kathleen Murphy Payton. Letner attended schools in Jonesboro, Ark. She received a degree in political science from Arkansas State University, and was a graduate of Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, La...
Lester Simmons (05/05/04)
Lester R. Simmons, 78, of Scott City died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Ashcraft (05/05/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ruby F. Ashcraft, 91, of Advance died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Advance Nursing Center. Morgan Funeral Home in Advance is in charge of arrangements.
Colleen Lowry (05/05/04)
Colleen Lowry, 78, of Fruitland died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Pauline Archer (05/05/04)
Pauline E. Archer, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Willie Smith (05/05/04)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Willie Ray Smith, 77, of East Prairie died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 2, 1927, at Portageville, Mo., son of John Samuel and Minnie Mae Caldwell Smith. He and Shirley Ann Skelton were married July 18, 1960, at Charleston, Mo...
Clara Mahy (05/05/04)
Clara E. Mahy, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 3, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 6, 1916, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Monroe and Myrtle Comer McLain. She and Richard T. Mahy Sr. were married July 19, 1944, in St. Louis. He died March 7, 2000...
Glenda Long (05/05/04)
Glenda Long, 65, of Union City, Tenn., died Monday, May 3, 2004, at Obion County Nursing Home. She was born July 22, 1938, in St. Louis, daughter of Thomas and Mary Greer Lovelace. Long was a retired licensed practical nurse, and worked 30 years at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City. She was a member of Mount Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church...
Maxey Grimes (05/05/04)
Maxey Leroy Grimes, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Mount Vernon, Ill., son of Francis L. and Gertrude Agnes Maxey Grimes. He and Opal Pierce were married Oct. 28, 1945, in St. Louis...
Births 5/5/04 (05/05/04)
King Son to Rick A. and Yvonne G. King of Oran, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:46 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2004. Name, Nicholas Albert. Weight, 8 pounds 10 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. King is the former Yvonne Sheetz, daughter of Don and Barbara Sheetz of Westfield, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. King are owners of Kings Mobile Pressure Cleaning Co. He is the son of Bill and Marilynn King of Morley, Mo...
Cape fire report 5/5 (05/05/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 5:59 p.m., an emergency medical service at 975 Normal Ave. At 6:03 p.m., an emergency medical service at 10 S. West End Blvd.Firefighers responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 8:24 a.m., an emergency medical service at 3714 Stonebridge Drive...
Cape police report 5/5 (05/05/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Thomas Joseph Matthew Jr., 41, 1919 Old Sprigg Road, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, traffic violations and failure to register a motor vehicle...
Out of the past 5/5/04 (05/05/04)
10 years ago: May 5, 1994 Fast-food establishments like McDonald's and Burger King won't be setting up shop on Southeast Missouri State University campus; board of regents has awarded new food service contract to Morrison's Hospitality Group. A thousand additional copies of the Southeast Missourian's history book, "Images of the Past in the City of Roses," have been printed and are available for sale...
Tax relief for seniors (05/05/04)
The Washington Missourian The Missouri General Assembly has passed what lawmakers call a "landmark" tax relief bill that will provide senior citizens and the disabled some relief from rapidly rising property taxes caused chiefly by reassessment every two years...
Jackson school plan (05/05/04)
Jackson School District officials believe they've found a solution to space needs at the high school. For a decade now, the students -- there are 1,200 now -- and their teachers have lived with aging buildings and crowded classrooms in the heart of the city...
Stories generate calls for information about autism (05/05/04)
To the editor: Ethan and Friends for Autism has already received several calls for information. Many thanks go to Callie Clark, Bob Miller and Don Frazier for their outstanding coverage of autism. MIKE SCIORTINO Cape Girardeau...
Tie Indian name to park's history (05/05/04)
To the editor: I find it a little bewildering that political correctness at Southeast Missouri State University has gone astray. I graduated from SEMO in 1960 and had a football scholarship during the Kenneth Knox era. The school is not thinking creatively, even though it appears to be under political pressure to change the name. ...
Muckler attacks pro-life supporter (05/05/04)
To the editor: Missouri Right to Life is disappointed to see that state Rep. Matt Muckler of Ferguson, Mo., made a special attack on a pro-life colleague, state Rep. Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau, in a letter to your newspaper. The floor debate in perfecting House Bill 1339 lasted most of the day in which pro-abortion legislators threw sharp and bitter abuse at the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Jane Cunningham...
Mercury needs to be limited (05/05/04)
To the editor: Emerging medical data suggest there may be a correlation between immunizations containing mercury given to the children in the last 1980s and early 1990s with the recent rise in autism. Mercury, a dangerous toxin, has been used as a preservative in immunizations for 50 years. States required more immunizations in the 1980s. A 2-year-old would have received 10 to 12 shots containing mercury, far exceeding allowable amounts for adults...
Speak Out 05/05/04 (05/05/04)
Pride and respect I STARTED to say it has been interesting to watch and read reaction to the name change for SEMO. But it isn't anymore. Many who want change have stooped to twisting into slandering the pride and respect the university had for representing a proud people. Hate has raised it's ugly head. There are those who either don't understand or refuse to believe we were proud to remember our nation's American Indian...
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