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Stories from Thursday, December 16, 2004

Toybox donations down to the wire (12/16/04)
The money trickled in late Tuesday and Wednesday but not nearly as much as in years past. Toybox is a program of the Southeast Missourian and Cape Girardeau Jaycees that provides gifts to needy children up to age 12. The program usually receives at least $25,000 in cash donations and a like amount in contributed toys...
Successful transition (12/16/04)
Down a quiet corridor at Southeast Missouri Hospital, Heather Tinnin pauses to reflect on the lessons she's learned during the past four months. There have been a lot of them -- learning how to sterilize surgical tools, working with patients in the psychiatric ward -- but the most important one is difficult for the 18-year-old Jackson student to put into words...
Stoverink leaves SEMO for Arkansas State job (12/16/04)
Al Stoverink, who spent the past 11 years overseeing major building projects at Southeast Missouri State University, will leave the school at the end of the year to take a similar administrative job at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro as assistant vice chancellor for facilities...
Prison faced in charge of hitting officer (12/16/04)
A Cape Girardeau man charged Wednesday with assaulting a police officer with the officer's own baton will spend at least 10 years in prison if found guilty. David Allen Amos, 34, allegedly spit on and struck Patrolman Daryl Ferris with his own baton at the Cape Girardeau police headquarters Wednesday...
Jackson readies road project wish list (12/16/04)
The city of Jackson recently started planning how to spend road and bridge tax revenue that is still tied up in court. City officials brought some ideas to the Jackson Board of Aldermen, and the council discussed the issue at Monday night's study session...
VanDeven appointed new fire district chief (12/16/04)
SCOPUS, Mo. -- In a meeting one board member described as tense at times, the new North Bollinger County Fire Protection District has appointed Bill VanDeven as its fire chief, opting for the former Patton chief over former Scopus chief Kris Wilfong...
Drug commissioner improperly used in divorce case (12/16/04)
A divided state appeals court has ruled a drug court commissioner lacks the authority to preside over other types of cases. In a 2-1 decision dated Monday, a panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District in Springfield said Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp incorrectly assigned drug court commissioner Phil Britt to preside over an evidentiary hearing in a Stoddard County divorce case...
Toys, clothing sought by needy residents (12/16/04)
Toybox Simple requests like Legos and wooden blocks, coloring books and new dolls have been hard to fill this year for Toybox volunteers. Donations to the program that helps needy children and families have been low -- to the point that on Tuesday only $1 remained and 200 children were without gifts. ...
Flu shot clinic set for Friday (12/16/04)
The Cape Girardeau Public Health Center will offer a flu shot clinic between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at the Osage Community Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway. LaDeva Enderle, public information officer for the health department, said that the agency has received 600 doses of vaccine. Inoculations will be given until the supply runs out and no shots will be administered prior to 8:30 a.m...
'Furkids' and friendship: Marble Hill woman rescues raccoons (12/16/04)
Nighttime bandits don't have to steal a meal from Nancy Elliott's trash. She takes care of all the wild animal friends that visit her back yard -- including 15 raccoon families, three red foxes, several opossums, a number of squirrels, deer, turkey and rabbits -- but it's her "furkids" that get the most lavish treatment...
World briefs 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Egypt charts course to quick Mideast peace; Australia: Terrorists plan to attack Indonesia; Ex-soldiers take over Aristide's home in Haiti; Israel's foreign minister embraces 'road map'; U.S. defends treatment of Afghan detainees
Toybox donations down to the wire (12/16/04)
The money trickled in late Tuesday and Wednesday but not nearly as much as in years past. Toybox is a program of the Southeast Missourian and Cape Girardeau Jaycees that provides gifts to needy children up to age 12. The program usually receives at least $25,000 in cash donations and a like amount in contributed toys...
Remember, parents: Christmas bikes should come with helmets (12/16/04)
Millions of children dream of getting a new bicycle for Christmas. Sometimes a helmet is an afterthought. But the National Safe Kids Campaign and HealthSouth want to remind parents and children that wearing a helmet when riding that new bike is the best way to have a safe Christmas and a happy new year...
Community digest 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Chaffee children need sponsors for Christmas; Band, restaurant donate to food pantries; Church youths wrapping for missions at Cape mall
Community Q&A 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
* Name: Marilyn Wiggs * Lives in: Cape Girardeau * Family: Two children, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. * Job: Retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone. * What do you like most about the area? I feel this town has a lot to offer. You only have to be willing to look around to see the beauty, both in the people and the area. We are very fortunate to have good hospitals, good schools, great teachers and the opportunities of having the cultural events this town enjoys...
Military digest 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Wethington completes Navy fireman training Navy Fireman Apprentice Daryl R. Wethington, son of Linda F. and Dennis R. Wethington of Sikeston, Mo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Wethington is a 2004 graduate of Sikeston High School...
Southeast can't shake injuries heading into SIU showdown (12/16/04)
Gary Garner is in his 22nd season as a head college basketball coach -- and he said he's never before experienced anything quite like the rash of injuries that has hit Southeast Missouri State University this year. "I've never been through anything like this," Garner said...
Sprint's $35 billion bid to acquire Nextel challenges opponents (12/16/04)
NEW YORK -- Sprint Corp.'s $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications Inc. could challenge Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless for supremacy in a ruthlessly competitive business where prices are constantly dropping. The combination, if approved, would create a company called Sprint Nextel with 35 million wireless subscribers and a combined $40 billion in annual revenue, cementing Sprint's spot as the country's third largest wireless business after Cingular and Verizon...
Blunt publishes union rule but plans to revoke it once sworn in (12/16/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Complying with a court order, Secretary of State Matt Blunt published a new rule Wednesday allowing union fees to be deducted from the paychecks of non-union state employees beginning Jan. 30. But when Blunt becomes governor Jan. 10, he plans to revoke the executive order serving as the basis for the rule -- making the effect of the rule unclear and potentially a matter for a court to decide...
Couple's visit to Bass Pro Shops interrupted by baby's delivery (12/16/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Canadian couple came to the Ozarks to shop at Bass Pro Shops, but they got a 6-pound, 3-ounce baby girl instead of hunting and fishing equipment. When Roger and Theresa Giesbrecht arrived in Springfield more than six weeks ago, they believed they had plenty of time to see the popular sporting goods retailer's headquarters, visit with relatives and get back home to Manitoba before her Jan. 9 due date...
Principal placed on leave during handcuff investigation (12/16/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The board of a St. Louis charter school placed a principal on leave Wednesday, after he had police handcuff a 5-year-old and drive the kindergartner around the block in a squad car last month to curb his unruly behavior. Board attorney Wayne Harvey said principal Sam Morgan, who spent eight years working in the Department of Corrections, would be on leave from Thurgood Marshall Academy pending an investigation into the matter...
Nurses strike at St. Louis area's second-largest hospital (12/16/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Union nurses at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in suburban St. Louis walked off the job at 5 a.m. Wednesday after failing to reach a contract agreement with the not-for-profit Catholic hospital. Hospital officials said operations were normal, with the typical 700 to 800 patients. Care of the patients was unaffected, said Chris Crain, chief nurse executive at the hospital...
Bond of health: Married people healthier than singles, divorcees (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- Married people are healthier than other adults, other than a tendency for husbands to pack on some extra pounds, says the National Center for Health Statistics. The center's report on Wednesday, based on a survey of more than 125,000 people, didn't specify reasons. But health statistician Charlotte Schoenborn said in an interview that there are two major theories...
Regulators approve rules to spur local phone competition (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators narrowly approved rules Wednesday that phase out many of the government-mandated discounts the four major regional telephone companies must give rivals to encourage them to compete for local service customers. It's the fourth time the Federal Communications Commission has approved rules aimed at spurring competition. The three previous attempts were thrown out by federal courts...
President prepares for possible shutdown of GPS network in crisis (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday. Any shutdown of the network inside the United States would come under only the most remarkable circumstances, said a Bush administration official who spoke to a small group of reporters at the White House on condition of anonymity...
Google wins suit over trademarks (12/16/04)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Google Inc. won a major legal victory Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that the search engine's advertising policy does not violate federal trademark laws. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema rejected a claim by auto insurance giant Geico Corp., which argued that Google should not be allowed to sell ads to rival insurance companies that appear whenever Geico's name is typed into the Google search box...
Internet could reach air as FCC expands technology on airlines (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- Passengers taking to the skies for U.S. flights could be checking e-mail and surfing the Web through high-speed Internet connections in a couple of years. And the day when travelers can chat away on cell phones while in flight might not be far behind...
Liver failure kills Memphis woman during U.S. AIDS drug study (12/16/04)
Joyce Ann Hafford died without ever holding the son she had tried to save from contracting AIDS by taking an experimental drug regimen administered by government-funded researchers during her pregnancy. But even before her stunned family could grieve, the 33-year-old's death was reverberating among the government's top scientists in Washington. They quickly realized the drugs the HIV-positive woman from Memphis, Tenn., was taking likely caused the liver failure that killed her...
Fannie Mae violated accounting rules (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- A review by the Securities and Exchange Commission found that Fannie Mae had violated accounting rules, and the mortgage giant has been told to restate its earnings. SEC chief accountant Donald Nicolaisen, in a statement Wednesday, said the government-sponsored company's accounting for 2001 through mid-2004 "did not comply in material respects" with accounting rules for derivatives, financial instruments used to hedge against interest-rate swings, and for some transactions related to loans.. ...
Bush pledges strong-dollar policy by cutting federal deficits (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush pledged Wednesday to work with Congress to reduce the government's huge budget deficit as a key step in assuring the world that his administration supports a strong dollar. "We'll do everything we can in the upcoming legislative session to send a signal to the markets that we'll deal with our deficit, which, hopefully, will cause people to want to buy dollars," Bush told reporters...
White House: Accounts won't fix Social Security (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- An overhaul of Social Security to allow personal investment accounts won't fix the looming financial shortfall by itself, the White House said Wednesday. "It will take more to solve the problem than just personal accounts," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said...
Nativity ruckus leads to bond issue defeat (12/16/04)
MUSTANG, Okla. -- Voters incensed over a superintendent's decision to remove a Nativity scene from an elementary school Christmas program took out their anger at the ballot box, helping to defeat bond measures worth nearly $11 million. Tuesday's rejection of the two measures -- one of which would have paid for construction of an elementary school -- marked the first time in more than a decade that voters in this bedroom community west of Oklahoma City denied additional funds for their school district.. ...
Nation briefs 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Charter schools get mixed review; Missile defense test stuck on ground; Congressman turns pharmacy lobbyist; Fake bomb lost in Newark airport screener training; Wrong address leads to death, injuries in N.Y. fire; Hardware chain hacker gets nine-year sentence
Buffalo finding new home on the range in South Dakota (12/16/04)
SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. -- After a life spent on a balmy Pacific island, 98 buffalo are being sent back to an authentic -- and frigid -- home on the range. The buffalo began their journey Wednesday from Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California, to South Dakota, where they'll live on traditional rangelands of the Rosebud Lakota reservation...
Days of protest bring home for hawks back to Manhattan (12/16/04)
NEW YORK -- Two celebrated red-tailed hawks whose eviction from their nest high atop a chic Manhattan building sparked protests from bird watchers will be allowed to rebuild their home in the same spot. E.J. McAdams, executive director of the New York City Audubon Society, said architects hired by the building's co-op board have developed new nesting area designs that could get the birds back by the end of the week...
Time Warner proposes deal with SEC (12/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- Time Warner Inc. moved Wednesday to resolve two federal investigations into its America Online unit, agreeing to pay $210 million to settle criminal securities fraud charges and disclosing it would pay $300 million to end an accounting probe...
Climbing heat wave (12/16/04)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The year 2004, punctuated by four powerful hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly typhoons lashing Asia, was the fourth-hottest on record, extending a trend that has seen the 10 warmest years ever beginning in the 1990s, a U.N. weather agency said Wednesday...
Bomb mars start of campaigning for Jan. 30 assembly elections (12/16/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A bomb targeting a prominent Shiite cleric killed seven people outside one of southern Iraq's holiest shrines Wednesday as campaigning began for Iraq's first post-Saddam elections -- a vote that is going ahead despite suicide attacks and assassinations by Sunni insurgents...
U.S., Cuba in flap over decorations (12/16/04)
HAVANA -- U.S. diplomats on Wednesday refused to take down their offices' trimmings of Santa Claus, candy canes and white lights wrapped around palm trees, ignoring a demand by Cuba to remove Christmas decorations that include a reference to dissidents jailed by Fidel Castro's government...
Long-delayed Holocaust memorial done (12/16/04)
BERLIN -- A crane hoisted the last of thousands of charcoal-colored slabs into place at Germany's national Holocaust memorial Wednesday to commemorate the 6 million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis. The event signaled a symbolic end to a 15-year battle over the building of the project -- which has been tangled in debates about financing, artistic vision and Nazi-era guilt...
Report: Canadian border security net full of holes (12/16/04)
TORONTO -- Canada's security net is full of holes, with most border crossings guarded by a lone staffer and airport security so lax that missing security badges and uniforms recently turned up for sale on eBay. A new Senate security report calls for reform, a boost in defense spending and improved cooperation with the United States. Canadians have relied too long on luck to avoid a terrorist attack, it says, scolding: "Unfortunately, luck is notoriously untrustworthy."...
Yushchenko's dioxin level 6,000 times higher than normal (12/16/04)
LONDON -- New tests reveal Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko's blood contains the second-highest level of dioxin poisoning ever recorded in a human -- more than 6,000 times the normal concentration, according to the expert analyzing the samples...
Ukraine seeks revenue amid chaos (12/16/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Strapped for cash because of weeks of political chaos, Ukraine's government on Wednesday sought to increase transit fees for Russian oil, a move designed to generate revenue without risking a public backlash ahead of a Dec. 26 presidential revote...
Correction 12/16 (12/16/04)
In Wednesday's edition of the Southeast Missourian, a published report incorrectly stated Bell City never trailed in its boys basketball game against Leopold. Leopold led early in the game before falling 76-37 at home. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Seven-game event on tap for Saturday (12/16/04)
The inaugural Bank of Missouri 2004 Heartland Hoopfest, set for Saturday at the Perry Park Center in Perryville, will feature seven games with six involving teams with local ties. Charleston, a Class 3 final four team from last year, will play defending Class 4 state champion Vashon in the feature game at 8 p.m...
Indians reload for the repeat (12/16/04)
If the Jackson girls basketball team is going to bring home its second straight HealthSouth Holiday Classic on Monday, it will have to do so with an almost entirely different lineup. Jackson lost four starters from a group which won the program's first HealthSouth tournament since the inaugural event in 1996...
Renteria headed to Red Sox (12/16/04)
BOSTON -- All-Star shortstop Edgar Renteria told The Boston Globe he has agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, the newspaper reported on its Web site Wednesday. Renteria, who played for St. Louis for the past six years, made the final out in Boston's World Series sweep of the Cardinals. He has a .289 career average and is a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner...
Expos' move to D.C. now in jeopardy (12/16/04)
NEW YORK -- Washington's new baseball team shut down business and promotional operations indefinitely Wednesday as its move to the nation's capital teetered on the brink of collapse. The decision by major league baseball followed the District of Columbia Council's decision Tuesday night to require private financing for at least half the cost of building a new stadium. The September agreement to move the Montreal Expos to Washington called for a ballpark fully financed by government money...
Two from Southeast earn AP honors (12/16/04)
Lang Campbell played like an All-American even against major college competition. The William & Mary quarterback started the season with two touchdown passes and two TD runs against North Carolina, nearly leading his I-AA team to an upset of the Tar Heels from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Campbell went on to throw for 3,998 yards and 30 touchdowns, and earned a spot The Associated Press I-AA All-America team announced Wednesday...
Bulger may be starter Sunday against Arizona (12/16/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger tested his shoulder for the second time this week on Wednesday, giving the St. Louis Rams some hope he might be able to return to the lineup. Bulger missed Sunday's loss to the Panthers and his backup, Chris Chandler, had a nightmare game with a career-worst six interceptions. There's urgency for his return with the Rams (6-7) one game back in the NFC West entering this week's game at Arizona...
Neck injury may end Williams' year (12/16/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams free safety Aeneas Williams probably will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a neck injury. Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowl player, met with team doctors Wednesday about an arthritic condition. Coach Mike Martz expects Williams to decide his future soon regarding an injury that could be career-threatening...
St. Louis signs Diaz, Reyes (12/16/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday signed free agent catcher Einar Diaz to a $600,000 one-year contract to be the backup to Yadier Molina. Molina, a rookie last year, becomes the starter after Mike Matheny signed a free-agent deal with the Giants earlier this week...
Shop off the pounds (12/16/04)
Hankering for another slice of fruitcake? Hoping it doesn't go to your hips? Better start twiddling your thumbs, tapping your feet and talking with your hands. That's because fidgeting burns calories -- as many as several hundred a day. And since you probably won't eat fewer treats during the holidays, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to move more...
Wrangling my vanity, wrangling my glasses (12/16/04)
When I first heard the word presbyopia, I intuitively loathed the sound of it. I tried to distance myself from it by deciding it was some awful condition that only diseased Presbyterians got. Presbyopia turns out to be much more secular. By age 51, everyone is impacted by it. ...
Letting some light in (12/16/04)
Dec. 16, 2004 Dear Leslie, Eddie Cochran and the Who complained vocally about the lack of a cure for the summertime blues. If you ask me, the wintertime blues are much more of a problem and harder on the noggin. Doctors say most people get the wintertime blues to some degree...
'All' grown up ABC's 'All My Children' marks 35th year (12/16/04)
NEW YORK -- It's difficult to tell what's real and what's not in Pine Valley, the sleepy fictional town that on Jan. 5 will have been the backdrop for ABC's "All My Children" for 35 years. On a seemingly typical day, there's a banner announcing "Happy 35th Anniversary" hanging in Pine Valley Hospital. ...
Robert Washington (12/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Robert Lee Washington, 69, of Sikeston died Dec. 12, 2004, at his home. He was born July 5, 1935, in Clarksdale, Ark., son of Suzannah Buxton. He married Lonnie Cole. Washington had farmed and worked at Williams Auto Sales in Sikeston...
Dorothy Grogan (12/16/04)
LILBOURN, Mo. -- Dorothy Mae Grogan, 56, of Lilbourn died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 7, 1948, daughter of John J. and Annie Arietta Hayden Grogan. She was formerly of East Prairie, Mo...
Isaac Tate (12/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Isaac "Ike" Tate, 70, of Sikeston died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Memphis, Tenn., son of Allen and Lillie Morris Tate. Tate had farmed and was an umpire for area baseball games...
Jeffrey Thomas (12/16/04)
Jeffrey Alan Thomas, 40, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Sept. 4, 1964, in Detroit, Mich., son of Marion and Laura Faye Timmons Thomas. He and Teri Chenoweth were married June 22, 1991, in Cape Girardeau...
Joe Noble (12/16/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Joe E. Noble, 67, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at his home. He was born June 17, 1937, at Kennett, Mo., son of John Hampton and Minnie Opal Fox Noble. Noble was a retired electrician. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58 in Detroit, Mich...
Riley Wheat (12/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Riley Joseph Wheat, infant son of Duke and Sarah Sherrod Wheat of Holts Summit, Mo., died at birth Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo. Survivors include his parents; maternal grandparents, Charles and Connie Sherrod of Sikeston, Sheila Kirk of Columbia, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Dennis Wheat Sr. ...
Births 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Shelburne Daughter to William Edward Shelburne and Jill Cheriee Bastyr of Sikeston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 8:17 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004. Name, Mia Faith. Weight, 3 pounds 10 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Ms. Bastyr is the former Jill Stephenson, daughter of Freda Stephenson of North Judson, Ind., and Larry Morgan of Milan, Tenn. Shelburne is the son of Kathy Rankouic of Australia and William Shelburne of Virginia Beach, Va. He is a metal fabricator at ARI...
Police reports 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Violeta Aguirre Hidalgo, 57, 1115 S. Sprigg St., was arrested on Stoddard County warrants for passing bad checks and failure to appear in court...
Fire reports 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Tuesday: * At 6:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of West Cape Rock Drive. * At 6:27 p.m., alarm sounding at 630 Independence St. * At 7:40 p.m., citizen's assist at 611 S. West End Blvd...
Out of the past 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 16, 1979 Michael "Dan" Todd has accepted the call as minister of the Church of Christ in Jackson; he is a graduate of Harding College in Searcy, Ark., and attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville. Christmas sermons, cantatas and Sunday school programs usher in the Christmas season at churches throughout Cape Girardeau; "The Christmas Story," directed by Daronda Toole, is presented in the morning at First Church of the Nazarene...
Sales-tax holiday (12/16/04)
Whether or not last August's sales-tax holiday benefited the cities and counties that participated awaits a Department of Revenue analysis not yet completed. Certainly the holiday was a boon to consumers, who crowded stores for three days last summer to buy tax-free school supplies, including clothing and computers...
Keep up good work on autism (12/16/04)
To the editor: In response to "Gene flaw may link autism, vaccine additive": How refreshing the truth is. We parents (and some researchers and doctors) have been saying this for years. Good job on this report. Shame on those people (Centers for Disease Control, pharmaceutical industry, FDA) who deliberately mislead people with falsehoods. Keep up the good work...
Protect pregnant women too (12/16/04)
To the editor: I read the article titled "State bill would limit thimerosal" and was wondering why the proposed bill doesn't extend the banning of thimerosal in any medications or vaccines administered to pregnant women. The toxic mercury in thimerosal will overwhelm the partially developed autoimmune system of the fetus. Most states with bills that will be taken up in 2005 include women with child in the ban...
Apparition is amazing experience (12/16/04)
To the editor: In response to "Sharing Mary's messages": I went to Medjugorje in 1998. It was the most incredible experience in my life. After reading Wayne Weible's book "Medjugorje the Message" in one day in 1995, things have not been the same. ...
Excellent job of reporting (12/16/04)
To the editor: The story on gene flaws and vaccine additives was a comprehensively well-written story. Bob Miller deserves kudos. I just want to know how a paper of your size, circulation and staff finds the time to make the effort for producing journalism at its best? I don't understand why larger newspapers can't or won't do the excellent job your reporter did in writing that piece. Does Bob Miller have a clone in Oregon? If not, send some of his DNA this way...
Nurse was great comfort after loss (12/16/04)
To the editor: In response to "Blankets to bring the dead to life": I too had a miscarriage and was on the OB floor at Southeast Missouri Hospital six years ago. I was cared for by a wonderful nurse named Cindy Rigdon. I will never forget the comfort we received from her. ...
Article dispels misinformation (12/16/04)
To the editor: In response to "Gene flaw may link autism, vaccine additive": Thank you for this enlightening article. Our son was diagnosed with an autism disorder earlier this year. After extensive genetic and other testing, we confirmed that he has a genetic flaw that impedes his ability to produce glutathione and detoxify heavy metals. ...
Speak Out 12/16/04 (12/16/04)
Because it's the law; Scooter dude; Too much classical; Try being nice; Where's the mayor?; Second printing; MBA for school chief; More than security; We elected them; Hiring a boss
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