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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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Stamp out breast cancer (10/22/14)
The Sikeston Post Office is pretty in pink through Oct. 31 as it joins the effort to help fund breast cancer research. Currently postal employees are selling shirts to "Help Stamp Out Breast Cancer" and books of special first class "Fund the Fight Find A Cure" breast cancer stamps. ...
Planning started for military medical mission this summer (10/22/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A point of contact has been established and facilities are being scouted for a military medical operation planned for Sikeston next year. Missy Marshall was designated during an organizational meeting held Tuesday at City Hall to serve as Sikeston's contact person for a Military Innovative Readiness Training Program to be held here in July 2015...
Night informs students parents about high school years and beyond (10/22/14)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston High School students and their parents will have the opportunity to learn more about what they will face throughout high school and beyond during the second annual Plan 4 Success Night. Set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school cafeteria, parents and students in grades 9-12 will choose from various informational sessions to attend...
Tenn. man killed in crash (10/22/14)
HAYTI -- A Tennessee man died in an accident in Pemiscot County. At 12:35 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 412, two miles west of Hayti, an eastbound van driven by David L. Warden, 37, of Ripley, Tenn., ran into the rear of an eastbound tractor-trailer rig driven by Anthony J. Bissel, 26, of Wardell, according to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol...
Education expert speaks to crowd Tuesday (10/22/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com MINER -- A national education expert who served on an initial Common Core committee shared her thoughts and experience with the national learning standards while speaking to a crowd Tuesday at the Miner Convention Center...
  • Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days....
  • AP source: Goodell told to testify in Rice appeal
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night....
  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
  • Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday....
  • US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations
    ATLANTA (AP) -- All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country....
The Latest from our Columnists
Administration fails to show leadership
If I didn't know better, I'd think the President was intentionally trying to torpedo Democrats' hope of holding Senate control in next month's midterm elections. For an administration prone to missteps, the past few weeks have raised the bar on the apparent rudderless ship of state...
Aging can have its privileges
I have heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," many, many times. I'm not sure that's true because the more I age, the more I find I learn. I, of course, am learning the basics of aging. Number one, the more gray hairs you pull the more that grow back. I also have learned the phrase, "back when I was a kid."...
Duke the Wonder Horse
Duke was a five-gated pinto. A pinto is a horse that has a coat color of white and any other color. For those of us who are not horse experts, many different breeds of horses have pinto colors. Anyway, when I was a young boy, Duke lived just up the street on Kingshighway in an attractive red barn trimmed out in white. It was surrounded by a dirt yard and a high, wire fence...
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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. US TIGHTENS EBOLA SCREENING AT AIRPORTS

The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a travel ban on the three countries at the heart of the outbreak.

2. WHERE LIBERIANS ARE STRANDED

The Ebola outbreak in the West African nation has forced many of its citizens to live as refugees in neighboring Ghana until the threat from the disease abates.

3. HOW OHIOAN WAS FREED BY NORTH KOREA

No immediate explanation was offered for the release of 56-year-old Jeffrey Fowle who had been detained in Pyongyang for nearly six months.

4. WHO IS LAUNCHING A CHARM OFFENSIVE

Threatened with a referral to the International Criminal Court for human rights violations, North Korea is courting the diplomatic corps at the UN with private briefings and cappuccino meetings.

5. THE CLINTONS ARE DEMOCRATS' MOST BANKABLE ASSET THIS ELECTION SEASON

Bill and Hillary have been crisscrossing the country to help Democratic candidates, some of whom are distancing themselves from an unpopular President Obama.

6. COLORADO TEENS POSSIBLY TRIED TO JOIN ISLAMIC STATE GROUP

FBI agents helped bring the three girls back to Denver after stopping them in Germany.

7. BEN BRADLEE DIES AT 93

The hard-charging editor guided The Washington Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal.

8. JIHADI BEDOUIN'S DEATH IN SYRIA STUNS ISRAEL

Israeli society is struggling to understand how a young doctor from Israel's nomadic Arab community became a member of the Islamic State terrorist group.

9. MCDONALD'S PROMISES CHANGES AT US RESTAURANTS

The pledge comes after a fourth straight quarter of sales declines and a 30 percent drop in profits.

10. ROYALS' OCTOBER SIGNATURE IS DECIDEDLY GENTEEL

It's become iconic during Kansas City's run to the World Series. When Royals' fielders make great plays, teammates salute them by tipping their caps.

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