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Route B in Bollinger County reduced to one lane starting Wednesday (05/06/08)
Route B in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane Wednesday while crews remove brush along the roadway.Work will take place from Route UU to Highway 34 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. For more information call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT. ...
Newspaper's Sunshine Law requests denied due to litigation (05/06/08)
Cape Girardeau County will not provide any material requested in two Sunshine Law requests from the Southeast Missourian because much of the material relates to possible lawsuits, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Monday. As part of the denial, Swingle declined also to release the names, rates of pay or reasons for hiring outside counsel for any litigation or providing legal advice. ...
Biologists study snake movement, mortality at Mingo (05/06/08)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Most people don't like snakes, regardless of their role in nature. For eons, tales have been spun that have given people a general disdain for and a bad impression of snakes. Fear and misunderstanding are prevalent, leading some people to kill any snake they see, by any and every means...
Benton-area farm diversifies with canola (05/06/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Nestled between Route H and Interstate 55 in Scott County sits the state's only commercial acres of canola -- a plant used to make cooking oil and biodiesel. Seventy acres and four varieties of the crop were planted in late September but were only recently noticed -- mostly by motorists commuting across I-55 -- after the plant's bright yellow flowers bloomed...
McBryde easement invalid; County Road 436 taken off the 2008 paving list (05/06/08)
A controversial county road easement notarized seven years after it was signed is not valid, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Monday after consulting a real estate lawyer. Landowner Lawrence McBryde had objected when he learned that an easement for right-of-way on County Road 436 near his 400-acre farm had been notarized and recorded after languishing for seven years in the County Highway Department office. ...
Cape County commission strips Purcell of some oversight duties (05/06/08)
In back-to-back votes Monday, the Cape Girardeau County Commission imposed new restrictions on the way commissioners do business. The board stripped Associate Commissioner Jay Purcell of most departments he'd been supervising. A second vote required commissioners to submit written requests for information from other elected officials or county department heads. ...
Chaos, jitterbugs mark rehearsals of Central Junior High's 'Wizard of Oz' (05/06/08)
Mike Dumey is trying to organize 40-plus jitterbugs on stage. With sequins flashing and capes flying, the bugs assemble. "Hurry, hurry," Dumey coaxes. The music, now rewound, begins again. "Keep away from the jitterbug. Look out!" Dorothy, the tin man, and the lion murmur. The bugs gather, jumping, fingers snapping and legs kicking...
Kennett man charged in April 27 murder (05/06/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Charges have been filed against Cleveland Pulliam, 68, of Kennett, for the murder of Jacqueline Kaye Farmer, 47, of Kennett, Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff announced Friday. Pulliam is being charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action...
Changing duties: Cape County commissioners restrict, reorganize how they work (05/06/08)
In back-to-back votes Monday, the Cape Girardeau County Commission imposed new restrictions on the way commissioners do business. The board stripped Associate Commissioner Jay Purcell of most departments he'd been supervising. A second vote required commissioners to submit written requests for information from other elected officials or county department heads. ...
Indian bishop visits SEMO, proposes exchange program (05/06/08)
The bishop of a Catholic Diocese in India visited Southeast Missouri State University on Monday to promote a student and professor exchange. Bishop Mathew Arackal discussed the possibility of collaboration between Southeast and Marian College Kuttikkanam, a liberal arts school in Kerala, India, near the southern tip of the country. ...
Central orchestra gets check; Notre Dame wins contest (05/06/08)
Central orchestra to perform today at 7 p.m. The orchestra at Central High School in Cape Girardeau will perform at 7 p.m. today at the school. The orchestra will receive a $10,000 check from Goody's Family Clothing Store through the store's Good Deeds for Schools grant program. Money will be used to buy musical instruments...
Commission votes to allow Swingle to promote books on Web site (05/06/08)
The case of the Web site book promotion is now closed. The Cape Girardeau County Commission on Monday voted 2-1 to restore to public view the World Wide Web page at Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's Web site where he displays the covers of his three commercial books. The page also includes lists of and links to many of Swingle's scholarly and legal articles...
Highway 34, U.S. 60 reduced to one lane in places (05/06/08)
Highway 34 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today from Route OO to the Bollinger County line while MoDOT crews remove brush along the westbound lane. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. U.S. 60 in Scott and New Madrid counties will remain reduced to one lane westbound between Interstate 55 and U.S. 61, reopening to full capacity at 5 p.m. May 13. For more information, call 888-275 6636...
Scott County special election set for Tuesday (05/06/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- A special election for mayoral races in Miner and Oran and for the third school board member position for the Scott County Central School District will be held today. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The three races resulted in ties during last month's municipal election...
Drug investigation leads to 20 arrests in Perry County (05/06/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry County deputies concluded a months-long drug investigation with the arrest of 20 people on charges ranging from selling small amounts of marijuana to the sale of cocaine and methamphetamines, the Perry County Sheriff's Department announced Monday...
Missouri man pleads guilty to threatening FBI agent (05/06/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri man faces up to 10 years in federal prison for leaving a string of threatening messages at FBI offices in Springfield and Kansas City. Records show that Melvin Henre of Marshfield pleaded guilty last week to felony threat charges stemming from calls made between Jan. 16 and March 19. A federal indictment accuses Henre of threatening to assault and kill supervising agent Dean Bryant at the FBI's Springfield office...
Mo. lawmakers balk at driver's license records fee increase (05/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A House Republican will try to reverse a Department of Revenue decision to increase the fees charged to access driver's license records. Starting this month, the department started charging $7 per driver's license and motor vehicle record. It had charged $1.25, and even less for bulk requests...
Prosecutors to seek death penalty in slaying of Mo. girl (05/06/08)
CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men charged in the rape and murder of a 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl. Barry County prosecutor Johnnie Cox filed notice with the court Monday that he plans to seek the death penalty for David Spears and Chris Collings. Spears was Rowan Ford's stepfather, and Collings was his friend...
Baby satisfactory after being found in St. Louis trash bin (05/06/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A newborn baby is in satisfactory condition, a day after being found in a St. Louis trash bin. The baby boy was discovered about 9 p.m. Monday by a man preparing to dispose of yard waste after cutting his grass. The child was taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital...
Steelman proposes state tax breaks (05/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman proposed a $171 million tax break Tuesday that she said would affect most Missouri taxpayers. Steelman would cut taxes by increasing the personal and dependent child tax deductions...
Man missing after boat capsizes near Chesterfield (05/06/08)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Rescue crews search the Missouri River after a boat capsizes near Chesterfield. A person ran into a service station around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday to say he saw a capsized boat near Howell Island, not far from the Daniel Boone Bridge that carries traffic between St. Charles and St. Louis counties...
Mo. lawmakers vote to relax phone regulations (05/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Consumers in parts of rural Missouri could see their telephone rates go up as a result of legislation that essentially would end state price regulation of local phone service. Supporters of the bill passed Monday hope it will entice phone companies to spend the money necessary to expand high-speed Internet access in rural areas...
Archaeological dig in works at Mo. farm with Mark Twain ties (05/06/08)
A site that Mark Twain once called "a heavenly place for a boy" in northeast Missouri will be the focus of a privately run archaeological dig this summer. Karen A. Hunt, 67, owns property outside of Florida, Mo., which used to be the farm of Samuel Clemens' uncle, John A. Quarles. Long before Clemens became the famed writer Mark Twain, he spent part of his boyhood summers on the farm, and drew from those experiences in his writing...
Lack of money won't halt Missouri e-mail archive system (05/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt's administration is forging ahead with a plan to archive state e-mails -- even though lawmakers have not approved money to run it. Blunt relied on existing money in January while ordering the installation of a permanent e-mail retention system. But the budget being considered Tuesday by lawmakers does not include the $500,000 Blunt requested to operate the e-mail archive starting in July...
FBI: 'Boonie Hat Bandit' strikes again in Missouri (05/06/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The FBI believes the so-called "Boonie Hat Bandit" is at it again. The man believed to be in his mid-40s is suspected in nine St. Louis area bank robberies since November, including two that happened on Monday. The latest robberies occurred at a Commerce Bank in Chesterfield and, just over two hours later, at a Bank of America in St. Peters...
Small earthquake was centered in St. Louis County (05/06/08)
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in recent weeks, some St. Louis-area residents awoke on Monday to a disconcerting rumbling. But this time, the earthquake was right beneath their feet. The quake at 6:25 a.m. had its epicenter in southwest St. Louis County -- just the sixth documented earthquake over the last two centuries centered in St. Louis city or St. Louis County. The U.S. Geological Survey pegged it as a magnitude 2.7. Seismologists at St. Louis University believe it was a 2.8 or a 2.9...
Survey: 3.4 million new voters registered (05/06/08)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Voter excitement, always up before a presidential election, is pushing registration through the roof so far this year -- with more than 3.4 million people rushing to join in the historic balloting, according to an Associated Press survey that offers the first national snapshot...
Iraqi sues over alleged Abu Ghraib torture (05/06/08)
LOS ANGELES -- An Iraqi man sued two U.S. military contractors Monday, claiming he was repeatedly tortured while being held at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison for more than 10 months. Emad al-Janabi's federal lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, claims that employees of CACI International Inc. and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. punched him, slammed him into walls, hung him from a bed frame and kept him naked and handcuffed in his cell beginning in September 2003...
Struggling to stand up (05/06/08)
The trip home was, in every way, bittersweet. The children were thrilled, back with friends and the house they had missed. They could swim in the privacy of their home in the woods of North Carolina instead of an apartment pool in California. John and Marci Pou had hoped, of course, to be returning under different circumstances. But as they had approached their one-year anniversary at Project Walk, they knew something had to give...
Florida court hears arguments in suit over death of photo editor by anthrax (05/06/08)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The federal government and a private laboratory have no duty under state law to protect the public from lethal materials, their lawyers told the Florida Supreme Court on Monday in a lawsuit over the anthrax death of a supermarket tabloid photo editor...
Study: Restaurant tobacco bans reduce teen smoking rate (05/06/08)
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts study suggests that restaurant smoking bans may play a big role in persuading teens not to become smokers. Youths who lived in towns with strict bans were 40 percent less likely to become regular smokers than those in communities with no bans or weak ones, the researchers reported in the May issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine...
Senators: EPA should review plan to expand ethanol output (05/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans have asked environmental regulators to use their power to halt the country's plans to expand ethanol production amid rising food prices. Twenty-four Republican senators, including presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain of Arizona, sent a letter Friday to the Environmental Protection Agency suggesting it waive, or restructure, rules that require a fivefold increase in ethanol production over the next 15 years...
Contractor admits obstruction, will pay $9.5 million (05/06/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- A defense contractor accused of overcharging the U.S. government for radar components pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction and will pay $9.5 million in fines, federal authorities said. Herley Industries Inc. admitted to two counts of obstructing audits of bids to supply components for Navy and Air Force radar systems. ...
Oil surpasses $120 before falling back (05/06/08)
NEW YORK -- Oil futures surged to a record of more than $120 a barrel Monday, raising concerns about higher prices for gasoline and goods and services throughout the economy. Supply threats that emerged overseas and a weaker dollar sent light, sweet crude for June delivery to a new trading record of $120.36 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before futures retreated slightly to settle up $3.65 at a record $119.97...
Yahoo stock falls as buyout talks end, but not as far as expected (05/06/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo Inc.'s stock took a beating Monday after Microsoft Corp. withdrew its $47.5 billion takeover bid, but the punishment wasn't as severe as many analysts anticipated because investors suspect the rivals eventually will renew their mating dance...
Jenna Bush to say 'I do' at Texas ranch Saturday (05/06/08)
WASHINGTON — Talk about hush-hush wedding planning. First daughter Jenna Bush was the last in the family to know she was getting married. Months ago, her fiance, Henry Hager, told Jenna's twin sister that he wanted to propose. Then at the Camp David presidential retreat, Hager asked President Bush and first lady Laura Bush for their daughter's hand in marriage...
Pork, chicken prices may increase in next wave of food price inflation (05/06/08)
Americans may be getting another helping of food inflation, and it seems likely to come from higher prices for chicken and pork. Overall food inflation could double this year, lifted by the rising costs of fuel, corn and soybeans, some analysts predict...
U.N., groups rush to aid storm victims (05/06/08)
GENEVA -- U.N. agencies and independent humanitarian groups rushed Monday to prepare assistance for victims of a devastating cyclone in Myanmar, while awaiting a formal go-ahead from the military regime in the Southeast Asian nation. As the death toll climbed, Myanmar's isolationist government indicated a willingness to accept outside help. But details on how aid would be delivered were still to be worked out, said Elisabeth Byrs of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...
Official media: 10,000 dead in one Myanmar town (05/06/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's official media said early today that 10,000 people were killed by a powerful cyclone in just one town, confirming fears of a spiraling death toll from the storm's 12-foot tidal surges and high winds that swept away bamboo homes in low-lying coastal regions...
Interpol launches hunt for pedophilia suspect (05/06/08)
LYON, France -- Interpol launched a worldwide appeal to the public today to help identify a man suspected of sexually abusing young boys from Southeast Asia -- hoping the rare move will lead to a quick arrest. It was only the second time that the international police agency has appealed directly to the public for help in identifying a suspected pedophile. An arrest was made shortly after the first time last October...
Indians keep Pirates at bay, collect 7-4 win (05/06/08)
JACKSON -- Caleb Hosey found himself in an 0-2 hole after seeing a pair of nasty curveballs from Perryville's Jon Hecht. Jackson had the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth, the score tied and Hosey, a junior, at the plate. Hosey battled back to a full count then fouled off a pair of pitches...
Verticchio will guide Delta girls (05/06/08)
Mark Verticchio recently stepped down as the Oak Ridge boys basketball coach to become the girls coach at Delta. Although Verticchio has submitted a letter of resignation, it has not been accepted yet by the Oak Ridge board, which next meets Monday...
Charleston baseball upends Central 5-4 (05/06/08)
Michael Minner had a triumphant return to his alma mater as the Charleston baseball coach picked up a huge win for his program. Charleston stunned host Cape Girardeau Central 5-4 on Monday, rallying with two runs in the seventh inning. The Bluejays improved to 14-8 under Minner, a 1998 Central graduate who is in his second season as Charleston's head coach...
Hileman helps Jackson girls claim SEMO North crown (05/06/08)
POPLAR BLUFF — The Jackson girls 1,600-meter relay team wasn't able to run down Central in the final event of the day at the SEMO North Conference meet But that would've been icing on the cake, as the Indians rolled to a second straight girls team championship Monday, scoring 98 points to runner-up Central's 79...
Notre Dame defeats Central in shootout (05/06/08)
Notre Dame goalie Shelley Frank hasn't been involved in too many shootouts during her soccer career. The senior estimated that before partaking in one Monday against crosstown rival Central, she hadn't been in the situation since the sixth grade. It was hard to tell Monday as Frank made a strong save to her right during the shootout session. She also recorded 10 saves overall against the Tigers to help the Bulldogs to a 2-1 road victory...
Cardinals climb over Rockies in ninth (05/06/08)
By PAT GRAHAM The Associated Press DENVER -- A hustling Albert Pujols scored from second base on a groundout in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. After a one-out double to right, Pujols took off on contact as Rick Ankiel grounded out to second baseman Jonathan Herrera, who never glanced at Pujols before lofting a throw to Todd Helton at first...
'Sex and the City' director addresses death rumor (05/06/08)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Will "Sex and the City" have a "Death in the City?" It's been a persistent rumor in cyberspace as the buzz kicks into overdrive for the film opening later this month. If you want the rumor to remain in play, stop reading now. But director Michael Patrick King is ready to free us from some of our worst fears. Namely, that Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw's longtime, on-and-off love played by Chris Noth, will somehow kick the bucket...
Following box office success, Marvel plans 'Iron Man 2' (05/06/08)
LOS ANGELES -- This weekend was just the beginning of Hollywood's Iron Age. Marvel Studios announced Monday it will release "Iron Man 2" on April 30, 2010, following the success of the first movie in the comic-book franchise, which pulled in $104.2 million domestically since opening Thursday and $201 million worldwide...
FDA study: Insulin pumps linked to injuries, deaths in teens (05/06/08)
CHICAGO — Insulin pumps are used by tens of thousands of teenagers worldwide with Type 1 diabetes, but they can be risky and have been linked to injuries and even deaths, a review by federal regulators finds. Parents should be vigilant in watching their children's use of the pumps, researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote. ...
Health calendar 5/6/08 (05/06/08)
Calendar Today n Preparation for childbirth class: 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Saint Francis Medical Center. Guide to expected bodily changes, labor signs and stages, pain control techniques and basic infant care. Tips on relaxing, positioning and breathing will also be discussed. Refreshments will be provided. Remember to bring the "Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting Kit" provided by your physician's office. Call 877-231-2229 to register...
Caution urged in choosing gene tests (05/06/08)
WASHINGTON — Everyone's genes spell out a risk for some disease, and a coming anti-discrimination law is about to give genetic testing a boost. But discrimination is just one hurdle. The bigger quandary: Doctors don't yet know how many of the genetic tests being pushed for dozens of conditions are truly useful — and how many are misleading at best...
Ida Lindsey (05/06/08)
Ida M. Lindsey, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Heartland Care and Rehab. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fairmont Cemetery. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Elmara King (05/06/08)
Elmara King, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 5, 2008, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jody Fugate (05/06/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. — Joanne E. "Jody" Fugate, 70, of Advance died Monday, May 5, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 1, 1937, in Harrisburg, Pa., daughter of James E. and Ruth E. Seiwell. She worked as a clerk at Wal-Mart in Jackson...
William Skaggs (05/06/08)
William Carl Skaggs, 85, of Jackson died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Capetown Assisted Living in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 26, 1923, at Patton, Mo., son of Harry Everett and Ella Mae Cook Skaggs. He and Sadie Grace Melton were married Nov. 10, 1947...
Janice Meyer (05/06/08)
Janice M. "Janie" Meyer, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 17, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Thomas L. and Helen M. Giroir Meyer. Meyer was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University. She was owner and director of Cape Montessori School since 1972. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and its Parish Council and Council of Catholic Women...
Edmund Wroblewski (05/06/08)
Edmund Raymond Wroblewski, 85, of Scott City died Monday, May 5, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 20, 1922, in Milwaukee, son of Edward and Helen Kuick Wroblewski. He and Ruth Estella Lambert were married May 29, 1969, in St. Louis...
Leon Morton (05/06/08)
Leon Morton, 76, of Jackson passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born in Leemon, Mo., son of Ed and Hester Medlock Morton. He and Mary Margaret Ward were married Nov. 20, 1949. She survives. Leon attended school in Jackson. ...
Births 5/6/08 (05/06/08)
Cook Daughter to Casey Lee and Sarah Marie Cook of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:07 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2008. Name, Adeline Marie. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. First child. Mrs. Cook is the former Sarah Meyers, daughter of Sheila and Richard Aufdenberg of Jackson, and Scott Meyers of Grandview, Mo. She is a teacher with Sikeston School District. Cook is the son of Mark and Lana Cook of Cape Girardeau. He is a process engineer at Spartech Plastics...
Fire reports 5/6/08 (05/06/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 6:31 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 8:41 p.m., a smoke scare at Minnesota Avenue and Independence Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police report 5/6/08 (05/06/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Dustin A. Heck, 23, of Perryville, Mo., was arrested on Cape Girardeau warrants for four counts of contempt of court for failure to pay fine and costs for failure to appear for no insurance and improper registration...
Out of the past 5/6/08 (05/06/08)
25 years ago: May 6, 1983 With the Mississippi River expected to crest at Cape Girardeau later today at 45.3 feet, the situation has stabilized in the flood ravaged areas of the county; but rain, possibly heavy, is forecast for tomorrow and could make things worse...
Bill would protect Missouri businesses from silly lawsuits (05/06/08)
As the Missouri Legislature quickly approaches adjournment for another session, one critical piece of legislation dedicated to improving both the business climate and judicial climate continues to be held hostage. House Bill 2241, introduced by state Rep. Bryan Stevenson in the House Judicial Committee, would seek to curb frivolous lawsuits that threaten to run small businesses out of Missouri and cost taxpayers millions while knotting up the court system...
Thorny issue (05/06/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission has been trying to deal with a thorny issue: the alleged abuse of a county computer-use policy involving an elected county official. According to various sources, including Auditor David Ludwig's attorney, the commission asked Ludwig to resign last month after the official downloaded what has been described as "inappropriate" photographs from an Internet site and left them in a printer in the auditor's office. ...
Bill would add insurance coverage (05/06/08)
To the editor: Forty-seven million Americans -- including more than 700,000 Missourians -- have no health insurance. While the problem of the uninsured is large in scale, progress toward reducing Missouri's uninsured is possible. Last week the Missouri Senate approved Senate Bill 1283 to expand access to health insurance to as many as 200,000 of the state's uninsured. ...
SEMO Port ammonia nitrate mishap (05/06/08)
To the editor: I would like to bring attention to the mishap at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port that took place Friday. It was 8 o'clock, and the police department was evacuating us from our home. The officer said the port authority has an issue with ammonia nitrate and we needed to leave our home, that all residents within a mile-and-a-half radius were to evacuate. It was horrifying to learn from the noonday news that if this had exploded it would have leveled a mile-and-a-half radius...
Officials need to be accountable (05/06/08)
To the editor: I have never been afraid to ruffle a few feathers or rub the fur the wrong way when I saw inequities that needed to be addressed by our elected county officials and for years referred to the Southeast Missourian as Rust's Republican Rag for refusing to expose any of the goings-on that fellow Republican cronies were pulling in the county...
Speak Out 5/6/08 (05/06/08)
Condescending column CAL THOMAS says if you're reading this newspaper, chances are you are not poor. Do you know any poor people? I'm poor, but guess what? I can read, and so can most poor people. Please don't condescend to us. Paying off debts I CAN'T find it within myself to feel sorry for people having problems paying the bills or paying their credit-card balances. ...
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