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Stories from Monday, September 10, 2001

Harley riders leave Cape pleased with HOG rally (09/10/01)
The parking lot at Osage Community Centre was lined with Harley-Davidsons one last time Sunday morning as more than 2,400 Harley Owners Group members gathered to bless their bikes and bid farewell to Cape Girardeau. For many of the HOG members, leaving Cape Girardeau meant heading back home, and, as cyclist Bob Stuart put it, back to their "real jobs."...
Indian tribes will gather in Shawnee National Forest (09/10/01)
MARION, Ill. -- The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to issue a permit for the gathering of thousands of American Indians in the Lake of Egypt area of Shawnee National Forest next month. The Tecumseh's Dream session, which will be combined with an annual gathering to honor ancestors, will be held Oct. 11-14 at the Lake of Egypt Recreation Area at the south end of Lake Egypt in Johnson County...
Campbell man killed in collision (09/10/01)
CAMPBELL, Mo. -- A 23-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning when the car he was riding in was struck by another vehicle. Heath Dade, 23, was riding in a car with Billy Bledsoe, 19, and Curtis Littrell, 22, all of Campell, when the car Joel Whitten, of Pollard, Ark., was driving crossed the center line on Highway 62 three miles west of Campbell in Dunklin County and stuck Bledsoe's car, killing Dade...
Chicago trying to get everyone to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (09/10/01)
CHICAGO -- Chances are in the next several weeks somebody in Chicago is going to sit down in a coffee shop, on a bus or a park bench and notice someone nearby reading the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird." At least that's what city officials, from the mayor on down, hope will happen. What they hope happens next is the person without the book asks the one with it what's going on...
Union reaches agreement on closing Decatur plant (09/10/01)
DECATUR, Ill. -- Union officials say the United Steel Workers have come to a plant closure agreement with Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. for the company's facility here. Details of the agreement were to be discussed with the plant's union workers during a series of meetings Sunday and today conducted by USW Local 713...
St. Joseph prison tree farm benefits inmates and community (09/10/01)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A tree farm run by the state prison here gives inmates a chance to be outdoors and conservation officials a learning tool. It also gives the community more trees. The eight-acre farm at the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph has been around for four years. The farm supplies trees to communities throughout northwest Missouri...
High school trophies found after 38 years (09/10/01)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- They didn't look like much sitting on the cloth-covered table, this assortment of trophies -- tarnished, obviously old -- symbols of a brighter glory long gone. Accompanied by two faded black-and-white photos of sports teams and a blue band uniform, they looked like an odd group of items, certainly not like the lost treasure that they really were...
Rice farm one of top recipients of federal aid (09/10/01)
ESSEX, Mo. -- At Missouri Delta Farms, airplanes sow rice seed from the sky and a private attorney helps grow the farm's revenues by reaping as much federal aid as possible. In both respects, the farm is a success. Nice rice combined with $6.8 million in federal subsidies last year allowed the farm to do just fine, attorney and farm spokesman Robert Serio said without elaborating on the farm's finances...
Sen. Carnahan begins cleanup at Rolla home following fire (09/10/01)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Sen. Jean Carnahan and her children spent Sunday salvaging belongings from amid the damp, sooty debris of a fire that destroyed the attic and second floor of their rural Rolla home. Authorities believe lightning sparked the fire that broke out about 9 p.m. Saturday and eventually caused the roof to cave in. Mrs. Carnahan, who was home alone, was uninjured, but officials estimated the damage at around $100,000...
Endangered bat may endanger Ste. Genevieve County plant (09/10/01)
ST. LOUIS -- A plan to build one of the world's largest cement plants in Ste. Genevieve County has come up against a tiny adversary that environmentalists hope will sink the $600 million project. Federal and company officials have revealed that biologists have found roosting sites of the minuscule Indiana bat -- a federally endangered species weighing just a fifth of an ounce -- on the property along the Mississippi River, about 60 miles south of St. Louis...
Most farm aid goes to a few top farmers (09/10/01)
Almost two-thirds of the $27 billion in federal farm subsidies doled out last year went to just 10 percent of America's farm owners, including multimillion-dollar corporations and government agencies, a review of Agriculture Department records by The Associated Press shows...
Lt. Gov. Wood enters Illinois gubernatorial race (09/10/01)
CHICAGO -- Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood announced her candidacy for governor Sunday, distancing herself from the current Republican administration, supporting improvements at O'Hare International Airport, and promising to change the way politics is practiced...
Group links wandering Alzheimer's victims with help (09/10/01)
TOLONO, Ill. -- Bruce Hertig first heard about Safe Returns at an Alzheimer's Disease support group meeting about two years ago. Hertig was there with his wife, Laurel, who was diagnosed about three years ago as a victim of the disease that causes confusion and other devastating symptoms. ...
Despite shark attacks, divers continue to probe the sea (09/10/01)
JACKSON, Miss. -- At a time when the news is filled with stories of shark attacks on swimmers, it might seem like suicide to travel to places where sharks gather by the hundreds and then dive in among them. But some scuba divers call it the ultimate diving experience...
Money for AIDS prevention used for sexually explicit workshops (09/10/01)
WASHINGTON -- The advertisements addressed to gay men were provocative: Learn to write racy stories about your sexual encounters, choose toys "for solo and partner sex" or share tales of erotic experiences. All of it was done at government expense, in the name of preventing AIDS...
More artificial-heart transplants expected (09/10/01)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The company that developed a self-contained artificial heart hopes to have 15 implanted by the middle of next year, according to a spokesman. "Quite frankly, if things continue to go as well as they've gone for the first patient, those time frames are going to be very easy to achieve," Ed Berger, a spokesman for Abiomed Inc., told The Courier-Journal of Louisville for Sunday's editions...
Menswear industry in major funk (09/10/01)
After being on a spending frenzy for the past several years, buying up casual clothes for the relaxed business dress code, male shoppers like Robert Volmer and Steve Rosa are pulling way back. Volmer, a 30-year-old Washington, D.C., lobbyist, used to spend $6,000 a year on clothing, but this year it will be no more than $1,000. Rosa, a 37-year-old advertising executive from Rumford, R.I., estimates he'll spend only $15,000 this year on clothing, half what he had been spending...
Once shown, seniors love Internet, study finds (09/10/01)
NEW YORK -- Senior citizens are among the most enthusiastic Internet users -- once their children and grandchildren encourage them to log on for the first time, according to a study released Sunday. The Pew Internet & American Life Project said 69 percent of wired seniors use the Internet on a typical day, compared with 56 percent for all users. Popular uses include using e-mail, getting news and weather reports, checking out hobbies and researching health information...
Earthquake jolts Los Angeles area (09/10/01)
LOS ANGELES -- An earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles area Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 and was centered about one mile southeast of West Hollywood, said Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey...
Ex-guard suspected of killing four in Sacramento (09/10/01)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second time in a month, this city's police force has launched a manhunt for a suspect in a mass murder, warning those with links to the suspect that they, too, could be targets. Police believe former security guard Joseph Ferguson, 20, of Sacramento, shot and killed three unarmed ex-coworkers and a fourth man Saturday night, then handcuffed another guard and fled in her car...
Hoffa friend says he too is 'hurting' (09/10/01)
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Nearly three decades after Jimmy Hoffa vanished, a close friend of the former Teamsters boss said he understands the Hoffa family's grief, but not their belief that he is somehow responsible. "This disappearance has me hurting, too," Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien told the Palm Beach Post for Sunday's editions. "I loved this man more than anything. "...
Some evacuated residents begin to return to Sierra Nevada (09/10/01)
YANKEE HILL, Calif. -- Some of the people forced to evacuate by a fast-moving forest fire in the Sierra Nevada were allowed to return Sunday, hoping the blaze didn't threaten their homes again. The 7,700-acre fire was only about 50 percent contained Sunday and full containment wasn't expected before Wednesday or Thursday...
Military construction in Alaska faces missile treaty problems (09/10/01)
WASHINGTON -- It hardly seems the stuff of geopolitical significance: In forested flatlands about 100 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska, contractors are taking down 135 acres of fire-scorched spruce and birch trees on a closed military post. When they are done, they also will improve a few roads near Fort Greely and dig wells...
Pessimism may do stock market some good (09/10/01)
NEW YORK -- Some describe the selling frenzy on Wall Street these past two weeks as capitulation by investors. Investors aren't just noncommittal when it comes to the stock market, they're disgusted, fed up, analysts say, which is why they sent the Dow industrials down nearly 8 percent and the Nasdaq composite off nearly 12 percent over the past two weeks...
Boeing appealing latest Stealth contract ruling (09/10/01)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Boeing Co. shares fell 4 percent to a 14-month low Monday after the company said it could take a $1.4 billion charge if it loses a legal appeal over the government's termination of a contract for the A-12 stealth fighter. The company also said it decided to appeal the latest ruling in the decade-old legal battle, an Aug. 31 federal court decision that upheld the government's 1991 action...
First suicide bombing by Israeli Arab (09/10/01)
Associated Press WriterJERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Monday it would hold high-level talks with the Palestinians, despite a spate of deadly attacks by Arab militants, including the first suicide bombing carried out by an Israeli Arab. Five Israeli Jews and three Arab militants were killed and dozens wounded in those attacks...
Iraq says 8 civilians killed, 3 wounded in weekend airstrike (09/10/01)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq said Monday that eight civilians were killed in a weekend airstrike by U.S. and British warplanes on southern Iraq. The Pentagon gave no word of casualties. The official Iraqi News Agency said three others were wounded in the strike Sunday night in the al-Salhiya area of Wasit province, 100 miles south of Baghdad...
Asia's first suspected case of mad cow disease found in Japan (09/10/01)
Associated Press WriterTOKYO (AP) -- Japan's government announced Monday it has found the country's -- and Asia's -- first suspected case of mad cow disease and blamed imported feed as the likely cause. Japanese health experts had previously asserted the high standards of cleanliness in Japanese cattle ranches would keep the country free of the brain-wasting disease, which has ravaged herds in Britain and elsewhere in Europe and is believed linked to a fatal human disease...
Eight killed in day of attacks by Arab militants in Israel (09/10/01)
JERUSALEM -- Arab militants unleashed a wave of attacks Sunday against Israel, including a suicide bomber who honed in on soldiers and civilians getting off a crowded train, blowing himself up and killing three Israelis. The surge of violence, which also included four retaliatory missile strikes by Israeli helicopters, threatened to scuttle possible truce talks aimed at ending more than 11 months of Mideast violence...
SE nabs another easy win (09/10/01)
The Southeast Missouri State University women's soccer team is off to the best start in the brief three-year history of the program. Southeast blanked Central Arkansas 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Houck Stadium to remain undefeated and unscored upon. The Otahkians, now 4-0 on the season, extended their home winning streak to seven...
Indians reap rewards of big 24-5 victory over SIU (09/10/01)
Southeast Missouri State University's 24-5 victory over rival Southern Illinois Saturday night resulted in two Indians receiving honors from the Ohio Valley Conference. Sunday, quarterback Jeromy McDowell was named OVC Newcomer of the Week while punter Kyle East was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week...
Sampras no match for Hewitt in Open (09/10/01)
NEW YORK -- With one shot, Pete Sampras' remarkable resurgence at the U.S. Open began to unravel. The four-time champion sent an easy volley long to lose the opening set, then trudged to his chair, sat down and slammed his racket into his bag, as if done for the day...
Cardinals romp past LA (09/10/01)
ST. LOUIS -- T.J. Mathews, who's with the St. Louis Cardinals only because of expanded rosters this month, gave his team a huge lift. Mathews threw 4 1-3 perfect innings after a lengthy rain delay in an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a matchup of wild card contenders Sunday...
Bonds has 63 home runs after belting three more (09/10/01)
DENVER -- Barry Bonds hit three home runs Sunday to give him 63 for the season, passing Roger Maris' once-magical mark and moving him closer to Mark McGwire's record. Bonds' third homer was a three-run shot in the 11th inning that lifted the San Francisco Giants over the Colorado Rockies 9-4...
Hot Yanks defeat reeling Red Sox again (09/10/01)
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte won for the first time in nearly a month, and Tino Martinez and Nick Johnson homered as the streaking New York Yankees beat the reeling Boston Red Sox for the seventh straight time, 7-2 Sunday. Pettitte (15-9) was perfect through four innings and wound up allowing one run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts. He had not won since Aug. 14 against Tampa Bay and had given up 24 runs and 43 hits over 24 innings in his previous four starts...
Raiders spoil Vermeil's KC debut with late kick (09/10/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sebastian Janikowski's 31-yard field goal with 15 seconds left lifted the Oakland Raiders to a 27-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday on the opening day of the NFL season. Overcoming two fumbles and an interception that was returned for a touchdown, Oakland's Rich Gannon set up Janikowski's winning kick...
Verplank hangs on for Canadian Open victory (09/10/01)
MONTREAL -- Two big birdie putts allowed Scott Verplank to survive a few scary moments down the stretch Sunday, but he hung on to win the Canadian Open and douse any concerns about his selection to the Ryder Cup team. Despite a double bogey on No. 16 and having to scramble for par on the final hole, Verplank closed with a 3-under 67 and won for the first time this year, beating Bob Estes and Joey Sindelar by three strokes...
Rams work overtime to capture opener (09/10/01)
PHILADELPHIA -- The St. Louis Rams' maligned defense kept them in the game. Their prolific offense won it. Isaac Bruce caught passes of 20 and 27 yards on the final drive, and Jeff Wilkins kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7:08 left in overtime, lifting St. Louis to a 20-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday...
SEMO women win Murray Invitational (09/10/01)
MURRAY, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University's women's cross country team won its second straight meet to begin the season as the Otahkians captured Saturday's Murray State Invitational. The Otahkians had 32 points to easily beat runner-up Memphis, which had 77 points...
Some faces in bolstered theater department are familiar (09/10/01)
Rhonda Weller-Stilson and her husband, Dr. Kenn Stilson, met when they were theater students at Southeast Missouri State University in the early 1980s. As she remembers it, they met at an open house where he asked her friend for a date. After straightening that out, they married and left to pursue careers in theater that took them to Alabama and to Shakespeare festivals across the South...
Lions Gate filling Miramax's shoes (09/10/01)
LOS ANGELES -- Lions Gate Films doesn't go looking for movies that will peeve and perturb. But the independent distributor has had its share of hot-potato films in its short history. Among them, the satirical serial-killer flick "American Psycho," the angels-run-amok comedy "Dogma," and now "O," a grim examination of teen violence that is based on Shakespeare's "Othello."...
Roman emperors - Web site is ongoing labor of love (09/10/01)
CRANSTON, R.I. -- Throw down your sword and lower your shield, for such armor is not needed to command this Roman Empire. Instead, the imperial realm can be yours with the mere click of a computer mouse, thanks to the painstaking research of scholars...
What's next in toys? How about a 'kangru springshu'? (09/10/01)
Over the past three years, toy fads have gone from Beanie Babies to scooters. And this year, Razor USA is turning a high-tech version of the pogo stick to put more bounce into its sales. The "Airgo" pogo was launched recently during a New York toy fair...
Multiple projects in city reach near $40 million mark for year (09/10/01)
Logan's Roadhouse is still on, Longhorn Steak House is out. Even with one project off the drawing boards, August was a big month for permits for the Division of Inspection Services at Cape Girardeau, with more than 40 permits issued valued at more than $4.7 million...
Business memo 9/10/01 (09/10/01)
Dow Automotive plant to close at Poplar Bluff Dow Automotive is closing its facility at Poplar Bluff, Mo., at year's end, leaving 21 workers without jobs. The Poplar Bluff facility produced material for glass bonding for automotive windshields. Production at the plant has been halted since February after a fire and explosion shut down operations...
Business personnel 9/10/01 (09/10/01)
Scholarship winner announced Gail Heuschober has received a $1,000 Thomas G. Otto Scholarship. Orthopaedic Associates of Southeast Missouri, P.C. presented the scholarship, which is awarded annually to an outstanding senior. Selection is based on grades, extra-curricular activities, and volunteer efforts...
Mariam Aslin (09/10/01)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Mariam Eleanor Aslin, 70, of Bloomfield died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter, Mo. She was born March 15, 1931, at Bloomfield, daughter of Venton and Pearl Parks Martin. She and Elvin Aslin were married March 19, 1949. He preceded her in death...
Robert Schuchart (09/10/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Robert L. "Bob" Schuchart, 80, of Sikeston died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 22, 1921 at Leslie, Mo., son of R. P. and Minnie Catherine Henneken Schuchart Sr. He and Grace Kathryn Streeter were married July 23, 1944, at Sikeston. She preceded him in death...
James Mason (09/10/01)
BERNIE, Mo. -- James Eugene "Gene" Mason, 60, of Bernie died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at John J. Pershing Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born Aug. 13, 1941, at Bernie, son of Lawrence Eugene and Edith Opal Fields Mason. Mason was the owner and operator of Mason's TV Service in Bernie and was a veteran of the Marine Corps during Vietnam...
Cape fire report 9/10/01 (09/10/01)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Sept. 10 Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday :At 5:27 p.m., a still alarm at 1025 N. Sprigg. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday:At 6:48 a.m., emergency medical service on Nash Road. At 10:16 a.m., citizen assist at 611 S. West End Blvd...
Cape police report 9/10/01 (09/10/01)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Sept. 10 ArrestsJessica E. McHenry, 22, 552 N. West End Blvd., was arrested Saturday on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. A 25-year-old male was arrested Sunday for driving while suspended...
Out of the past 9/10/01 (09/10/01)
10 years ago: Sept. 10, 1991 SEMO District Fair is going full tilt at Arena Park, with 6,688 people in attendance; today's attractions at exposition include baby contest, Moonlight Madness discounts on midway rides, and tractor pull in front of grandstand in evening...
Church fund raiser teaches wonderful lesson (09/10/01)
P St. Andrew Lutheran Church gave every member $10 and asked them to make the money grow in order to provided financial aid to Mission India. The congregation at St. Andrew Lutheran Church demonstrated ingenuity and creativity by turning $4,500 into $20,500 to help Mission India...
City's ward representation difficult to read (09/10/01)
P The number of candidates and voter turnout have both declined since the ward sytem began, but there doesn't seem to be an overwhelming interest in making any changes. It has been seven years since Cape Girardeau began electing councilmen from individual wards, and there doesn't seem to be any clear majority agreement on whether the change has been for the good or bad...
Speak Out A 09/10/01 (09/10/01)
Emergency response RECENTLY I had to call an ambulance for one of my family members. Shortly after I called 911, two men arrived and identified themselves as firefighters and first responders. They provided care for my family member to the best of their ability. They were nice and knew exactly what they were doing, which is more than I can say for our ambulance service. They were not nice or professional...