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10 Things to Know for Today (10/23/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CANADA VOWS NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED BY TERROR Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the Parliament Hill shooting was a terrorist act. 2. GLIMPSES OF NORTH KOREAN LIFE CAUGHT ON RARE TRIP...
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...
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. CANADA VOWS NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED BY TERROR

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the Parliament Hill shooting was a terrorist act.

2. GLIMPSES OF NORTH KOREAN LIFE CAUGHT ON RARE TRIP

Two AP reporters embark on an unprecedented tour for 1,300 miles in the isolationist nation that's one of the least-known inhabited places on the planet.

3. US TO TRACK EVERYONE COMING FROM EBOLA NATIONS

It's the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

4. MANY DOUBT HOSPITALS CAN HANDLE EBOLA PATIENTS

An AP-GfK poll shows most Americans have some confidence that the health care system can prevent the spread of the deadly disease--they just don't think local facilities are prepared for new cases.

5. MAN CAUGHT AFTER JUMPING OVER WHITE HOUSE FENCE

The incident comes shortly after another fence jumper sprinted across the White House lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion.

6. WHO'S FUNDING MANY STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES

Much of the ad money spent on election measures this season comes from corporations--although not in a direct way.

7. KENNY G'S SMOOTH TUNES CAUGHT IN HONG KONG CONFLICT

The jazz star had to distance himself from the democracy protests in the territory in order not to lose face with China, where he is very popular.

8. WHICH STATES ARE DENYING GAY UNIONS DESPITE COURT RULINGS

Kansas, Montana and South Carolina are refusing to allow same-sex marriage to go ahead without a specific court order directing them to do so.

9. WHAT'S BECOMING ROUTINE FOR RENTERS

Monthly surcharges for pets _ anywhere from $10 to $50 _ are quickly becoming the norm in apartments in the U.S.

10. CIGARETTE MAKER SNUFFING OUT SMOKING IN ITS WORKPLACES

The ban will take effect once Reynolds American builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, a spokesman says.

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