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Stories from Thursday, September 20, 2001

Pier to take shape in next few weeks, engineer says (09/20/01)
[ Browse a gallery of photos showing bridge construction at various stages ] Southeast Missourian A pier will start taking shape above the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau within the next few weeks as work continues on the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
City plans forum on drainage plan (09/20/01)
The city of Cape Girardeau will conduct a public forum on its master drainage plan at 7 p.m. today at the Osage Community Centre. Copies of the plan will be available for review, and the Horner and Shifrin engineering firm will provide an overview of the draft document...
Worm hits school computers (09/20/01)
The Cape Girardeau School District is in the process of cleaning up after a worm got loose in the district's computer server sometime Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. Superintendent Dan Steska said the virus, known as "W32.Nimda," infected the computers, causing problems for all of the schools, but especially the high school...
Red Cross gets donation of $1 million from Rosie (09/20/01)
NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of last week's terrorist attacks. The talk show host made the donation from her personal account -- not from her charity, The For All Kids Foundation -- the day after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington...
Legislators back giving police tools for battle (09/20/01)
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is pushing a broad anti-terrorist legislative package he thinks will help bring the perpetrators in last week's attack to justice, but the less-stringent laws have caused alarm for some who feel the proposal is a flagrant violation of civil liberties...
See You at the Pole prayers include pleas for strength (09/20/01)
Under an ominous early morning sky, Jackson High School sophomore Aaron Oberle and senior Jared Rouggly unloaded sound equipment from the back of a pickup in preparation for a prayer service near the school entrance. Rouggly looked to the heavens. "I pray it doesn't rain," he said...
briefs.10a (09/20/01)
Security tough for pope's travels in Central Asia VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is playing down the risks, but Kazakstan is mobilizing more than 2,000 soldiers and police to protect Pope John Paul II when he begins a visit to the volatile Central Asian region on Saturday...
Southeast enrollment hits a record 9,352 (09/20/01)
Southeast Missouri State University officials and staff celebrated the school's record enrollment of 9,352 students on Wednesday, taping three signs with the number on the office door of Dr. Ken Dobbins, university president. The headcount is up by 4.5 percent from a year ago when 8,951 students were enrolled...
Cards jump (09/20/01)
"But I need to give credit to the leadoff guy and the middle of the lineup. They're always on base and giving me a chance to drive runs in." He had a run-scoring groundout in the first and a two-run double in the third off Jeff D'Amico (1-3), and was 6-for-11 with nine RBIs in the three-game series. Pujols, who leads the NL with 180 hits, has at least one RBI in 11 of his last 15 games...
Health briefs 092001 (09/20/01)
Bush asks Red Cross to continue donations ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- In response to a direct request from President George Bush, the American Red Cross will continue accepting blood donations from healthy people who wish to contribute. American Red Cross president and chief executive officer Dr. Bernadine Healy also announced the launch of the National Strategic Blood Reserve...
Grand jury indicts Bluff contractor (09/20/01)
A Poplar Bluff contractor has been indicted for obtaining millions of dollars in federal contracts by falsely representing his company as a Native-American-owned business, federal court records state. Michael F. Persons, 45, is free on bond after a federal grand jury indicted him on numerous violations...
Lawmakers party despite attacks (09/20/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Between 25 and 50 state lawmakers were at a Sept. 11 party that was apparently so loud neighbors called the sheriff's office to complain, a Columbia television station reported Wednesday. The party was held at Native Stone Winery in Cole County, the night of the terrorist attacks on Washington and New York City. KOMU-TV reported that between 25 and 50 House members showed up for the event...
Hundreds gather in KC to mourn victims (09/20/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of mourners gathered at city hall in Kansas City on Wednesday to honor the victims of last week's terrorist attacks. Mourners sang the national anthem and held a moment of silence in memory of those killed when terrorists flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington...
Boeing's military division unaffected by layoff plans (09/20/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Boeing Co.'s plans to lay off as many as 30,000 commercial airplane workers will not affect staffing in the St. Louis-based military arm of the nation's largest aerospace company, that division's chief said Wednesday. Jerry Daniels said the Military Aircraft and Missile Systems unit has about 15,000 St. ...
Break Time stations cut gasoline prices (09/20/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- MFA Oil Co.'s Break Time convenience stores, among the first to boost gasoline prices during the initial panicky hours after last week's terrorist attacks, were rewarded with customer outrage. Now the Columbia-based company is leading in lowering prices at the pump. By Wednesday evening, Break Time's charge for unleaded regular gasoline undercut pre-attack prices by more than a nickel...
Indians say apartments threaten archaeological site (09/20/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A proposed apartment complex in northwest Kansas City is too close to a park where early Americans lived 4,000 years ago, members of an American Indian group said. "Indian people have been pushed aside too long. We've got this property we're trying to fight for," Bob Blue, representing the National Center for Indigenous American Cultures at Line Creek, said Tuesday at a meeting of the Kansas City Plan Commission...
Trial begins today in child abuse case (09/20/01)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- A jury trial for Eric Schwepker begins today on four felony charges of child abuse. Schwepker, 30, of Cape Girardeau County is accused of severely beating his 12-year-old son. He has pleaded innocent to all charges. He faces a maximum sentence of 28 years in prison if convicted of all four charges...
Region digest 9/20/01 (09/20/01)
Open house planned for Charleston prison CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Corrections' Southeast Correctional Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours of the maximum-security prison will be provided...
Rabid fox attacks game agent (09/20/01)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- People in the area north of Poplar Bluff need to be on the lookout for wild animals that don't show fear of human beings. Missouri conservation agent Frank Campa was attacked by a rabid fox last Friday and is undergoing a series of five rabies shots...
Three Rivers given $3.5 million gift (09/20/01)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A pledge of $3.5 million to the Three Rivers Community College Foundation was announced Wednesday. The anonymous donation is earmarked for the construction of a new building, said James Wolpers, the foundation's executive director ...
Cotton Festival of Arts planned Saturday (09/20/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Cotton Festival of the Arts will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Park in downtown Sikeston. The annual event is sponsored by the Sikeston Missouri Arts Inc., the Missouri Arts Council along with area businesses, organizations and individuals...
Attorney general pursues gasoline price gouging (09/20/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon is giving owners of gas stations that allegedly gouged customers following last week's terrorist attacks the choice of paying a minimum penalty of $1,000 or face a lawsuit and risk much larger fines...
Stocks fall again, but Dow stages late comeback (09/20/01)
From wire reports NEW YORK -- Economic fallout from last week's terrorist attacks sent stocks spiraling for the second time in three days Wednesday. Only a late burst of buying saved the Dow Jones industrials from their worst three-day point loss ever...
Battle-hardened Afghans difficult foe (09/20/01)
WASHINGTON -- Any U.S. forces entering Afghanistan would face a hostile land and fighters with a history of vanquishing some of the world's finest armies. The fighters of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden are not heavily armed but they are battle-hardened and dispersed in a mountainous country filled with places to hide...
FBI keeps nation alert to possible danger (09/20/01)
WASHINGTON -- Fire engines. Ambulances. Cropdusters. As raw intelligence comes in about possible terrorist targets, the FBI is sending out alerts across the nation. It's a tricky balancing act for the government to keep Americans alert without causing panic. And more often than not, the alerts are pulled back hours or days later when investigators conclude the original leads are not credible...
Bush orders advanced aircraft to Persian Gulf (09/20/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon ordered dozens of advanced aircraft to the Persian Gulf region on Wednesday as the hour of military retaliation for deadly terrorist attacks drew closer. President Bush announced he would address Congress and the nation tonight...
Letter- Dog keepers mocked mauling victim (09/20/01)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The woman who was mauled to death by two dogs had been mocked earlier by one of the animals' caretakers as "a timorous little mousy blonde" who "almost has a coronary" at the sight of the animals, a grand jury transcript showed...
Mother not ready for trial for five children's deaths, lawyer s (09/20/01)
HOUSTON -- Andrea Yates' mental state is improving but she is not yet well enough to immediately go on trial in the drownings of her children, a defense psychologist testified Wednesday. "She is rapidly getting better," Dr. Gerald Harris, a clinical psychologist, testified at a competency hearing. He has visited Yates four times since June 20, when she summoned police to her southeast Houston home and officers found the bodies of her five children...
American, United airlines announce 40,000 layoffs (09/20/01)
SEATTLE -- American and United airlines announced 40,000 layoffs Wednesday as the U.S. aviation industry sank deeper into a crisis touched off by the terrorist attacks. The parent company of American, the world's largest airline, said it will lay off at least 20,000, or 14 percent, of its 138,350 workers. The cuts by AMR Corp. will affect American, TWA and American Eagle...
Bush to address Congress, prepare nation for long battle (09/20/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- With the military on the move, President Bush addresses Congress and the nation Thursday night to unite Americans for a long battle against terrorists and pledge emergency action to repair the fraying economy...
Security tight in Washington as President prepares for speech (09/20/01)
"An enormous effort will be required on the part of many to cope with the human and physical destruction," Greenspan said in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee. In his speech to Congress, set for 9 p.m. EDT, Bush will make the case against No. 1 suspect Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network, officials said...
Search continues after bridge collapse (09/20/01)
PORT ISABEL, Texas -- Divers resumed searching Wednesday for vehicles and bodies believed to be lost when a South Padre Island causeway collapsed over the weekend after a barge wreck. Department of Public Safety divers, aided by sonar, probed the bottom of the Laguna Madre, the channel separating mainland Texas from the resort island...
Military, Americans prepare for a campaign against terrorism (09/20/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House rejected a proposal by Islamic clerics on Thursday that Osama bin Laden leave Afghanistan voluntarily. As President Bush prepared to address Congress, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted a sustained campaign against terrorism...
Nations seek cooperation against terrorist activities (09/20/01)
MOSCOW -- Russian and U.S. officials agreed Wednesday on increasing joint and individual efforts against the threat of terrorism from Afghanistan, home base of the main suspect in last week's terror attacks, Osama bin Laden. But statements by both sides, issued after daylong meetings, didn't address whether Russia would participate in a potential U.S. attack on Afghanistan to retaliate for last week's hijackings in America...
Israelis, Palestinians seek calm during uncertain truce (09/20/01)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian police enforced an informal truce with Israel on Wednesday, patrolling hot spots, and both sides agreed to renew U.S.-hosted talks on resuming security coordination. The calm was disrupted by an explosion at a Jewish settlement that injured two Israelis and a two-hour gun battle in the West Bank town of Hebron in which five Palestinians were injured. ...
NATO to start final stage of Albanian weapons collection (09/20/01)
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- NATO will start collecting the last weapons being surrendered by ethnic Albanian insurgents on Thursday, reflecting rebel readiness to fulfill their part of a peace deal, an alliance spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. Maj. Barry Johnson suggested the last stage of NATO's Essential Harvest mission would begin even if parliament delays its part of the bargain -- agreeing on the text of draft amendments to the constitution giving the country's ethnic Albanians more rights...
Mexican lawmakers revoke law limiting 'provoked' rape penalties (09/20/01)
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Women in this tough border city came together after dozens of their daughters, sisters and friends were raped and killed, their bodies thrown in the desert. Years later, most of the 60 murders remain unsolved. Three dozen women's groups formed in the wake of the killings in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. ...
sports digest thursday (09/20/01)
Oswalt will miss at least one start with groin strain SAN FRANCISCO -- Houston Astros rookie sensation Roy Oswalt will miss at least one start because of a strained right groin, the NL Central leaders said Wednesday. Oswalt left Tuesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants after the second inning. Manager Larry Dierker said the right-hander first felt the injury during pregame warmups...
St. Vincent stuns ND in 3 sets (09/20/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- St. Vincent High pulled off perhaps the area's biggest volleyball upset this season Wednesday night, knocking off Notre Dame 15-7, 9-15, 15-11. The Squaws improved to 3-7-1, while the Lady Bulldogs -- who took second place in the 35-team SEMO Specialty & Sports Tournament earlier this month -- dropped to 12-3-1...
SE soccer strives to continue streaks (09/20/01)
After a 10-day layoff, Southeast Missouri State University's undefeated, unscored upon soccer team is ready to try and keep its streaks going. The Otahkians, who had three games wiped out by last Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the East Coast, will play Arkansas State at 7 p.m. today at Houck Stadium. Southeast will also have a home match Sunday, against Creighton at 2 p.m...
Wood lifts reeling Cubs (09/20/01)
CINCINNATI -- Kerry Wood (11-6) allowed two hits in seven innings and struck out nine, and Rondell White and Michael Tucker each drove in four runs as Chicago won for only the second time in eight games, beating the Reds 10-0 Wednesday night. Joey Hamilton (0-1), released by Toronto after going 5-8 with a 5.89 ERA, gave up five runs and four hits in three innings...
Morris, Pujols boost Cards to 8-2 victory (09/20/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Chasing his 20th victory, Matt Morris came up with a little something extra. Morris had a career-high 13 strikeouts to reach the milestone for the first time and Albert Pujols set an National League rookie RBI record as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday...
Officials ratify contract, will return Sunday (09/20/01)
NEW YORK -- The locked-out NFL officials will be back on the field Sunday when the league resumes play after postponing last weekend's games following the terrorist attacks. NFL spokesman Joe Browne said the league was told by Bill Carollo, the union's executive director, that a majority of the 119 officials ratified a contract that had been agreed to Sunday night and voted on Tuesday and Wednesday...
Clemens first to go 20-1 (09/20/01)
CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens became the first pitcher in major league history to go 20-1, pitching the New York Yankees past the Chicago White Sox 6-3 Wednesday night. The 39-year-old right-hander reached 20 wins for the sixth time in his career and became the oldest 20-game winner in the AL since Early Wynn did it in 1959, just shy of his 40th birthday...
Wistrom set to return to Rams defense Sunday (09/20/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Just one game into the NFL season, much as already been made of the St. Louis Rams' new defense -- and the league hasn't even seen the completed package. That changes Sunday, when defensive end Grant Wistrom returns to the lineup as the Rams travel to San Francisco to play their chief rival, the 49ers. Wistrom has watched from the sidelines since suffering a partial tear of the capsule in his left knee in the Rams' preseason opener...
health digest 9/20 (09/20/01)
Today
  • Presentation on sleep disorders and insomnia at 10 a.m. in the Friends Lounge at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Mark Kinder will give the presentation about what causes the disorders and how they can be treated. Diabetes Support Group of St. Francis Medical Center will meet at 11 a.m. at Cape Girardeau County Park Shelter 22 for a picnic. For information, call Ken Green at 331-5136...
  • High-tech hospitals (09/20/01)
    At Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J., patients don't have to worry about a misread doctor's chicken scratch giving them the wrong drug or dose. Prescriptions are typed into a computer. At the nation's veterans hospitals, bar code scanners identify the patient's medicine and also ensure that it won't cause any harm...
    Moonflowers and loss of innocents in the Garden of Eden (09/20/01)
    Sept. 20, 2001 Dear Leslie, The white blossoms of the moonflower vine are heart-shaped and begin opening each day as the sun disappears. Moonflowers are tropical, so DC has been excited about this appearance, unbidden, on our fence. Smell them, she has urged me...
    Self-service checkouts (09/20/01)
    A new, do-it-yourself checkout system has drawn the attention of Kmart shoppers. Customers at the Cape Girardeau Big Kmart can now scan, bag and buy their purchases without help from a cashier. Store manager Bill Marra said the new system is planned for all stores. Cape's Big Kmart installed the four self-scan counters last week...
    Grace Heise (09/20/01)
    Grace Heise JACKSON, Mo. -- V. Grace Heise, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 6, 1918, at Commerce, Mo., daughter of Jesse Richmond and Alice Loftin Sanders. She first married Frank Keesee July 9, 1938. She and Ross Heise were married Nov. 7, 1966. He died Dec. 1, 1992...
    Edith Wells (09/20/01)
    GRASSY, Mo. -- Edith E. Wells, 79, of Festus, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at Festus Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1922, at Grassy, daughter of Levi and Dora Phillips Acup. She and Dale Mouser were married in 1938. He died in 1939. Survivors include a son, Donald Mouser of St. Mary's, Mo.; a brother, Harvey Acup of Pevely, Mo.; a sister, Virgie Estes of Marble Hill, Mo.; and a granddaughter...
    Cecil Vandergraph (09/20/01)
    Cecil C. Vandergraph, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at her home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Norse Brown (09/20/01)
    ULLIN, Ill. -- Funeral for Norse "Dutch" Brown of Ullin will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. The Rev. Richard Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Butter Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today...
    William Bilderbeck (09/20/01)
    ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Funeral for William T. "Bill" Bilderbeck of Alto Pass will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alto Pass. The Rev. Danny Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call at the church after 1 p.m. today...
    Raymond C. Stephens (09/20/01)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Raymond C. Stephens, 95, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at the Ratcliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 8, 1906, at LaPorte City, Iowa, son of Alfred M. and Rose Broad Stephens. On May 27, 1938, in Miltonvale, Kan., he married Vera Frances Cox...
    Glenn Jones (09/20/01)
    CRUMP, Mo. -- Longtime Southeast Missouri educator Robert Glenn Jones, 93, of Crump passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 9, 1907, in Hickory Grove, Mo., son of Paul and Effie Ervin Jones. He and Mildred Hawn were married June 23, 1945, at Herculaneum, Mo...
    birthsthur.sr 9/20 (09/20/01)
    Daughter to Kevin Joseph and Michelle Kay Dobsch of Washington, Mo., St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, 4:33 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001. Name, Hannah Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 12 ounces. First child. Mrs. Dobsch is the former Michelle Snider, daughter of Fred and Darla Snider of Cape Girardeau. ...
    Jackson fire report for 9/20 (09/20/01)
    Jackson Thursday, Sept. 20 On Wednesday, firefighters responded to the following call: An emergency medical service on West Main Street.
    Cape fire report for 09/20/01 (09/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Sept. 20 On Tuesday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 6:52 p.m., an emergency medical service at 419 S. Kingshighway. At 7:58 p.m., assist police department at 301 S. Spring St. At 9:07 p.m., an emergency medical service at 528 N. Fountain St...
    Cape police 5b 9/20 (09/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Sept. 20 ArrestsJeffery John Mowry, 45, Ullin, Ill., was arrested Tuesday for traffic violations. William Joseph Mueller, 28, 735 William, was arrested Tuesday for failure to register as a sex offender. Joshua Kyle Matlock, 17, McClure, Ill., was arrested Tuesday for stealing from Wal-Mart...
    Out of the past 9/20/01 (09/20/01)
    10 years ago: Sept. 20, 1991 Cape Girardeau is one step closer to embarking on construction of $42 million flood-control project that's expected to reduce by 70 percent damages from 100-year flood; Army Corps of Engineers Sept. 13 awarded construction contract for first phase of Cape LaCroix-Walker Branch flood-control project to Dumey Excavating of Oran and Brenda Kay Construction of Cape Girardeau...
    Suit against two Cole circuit judges ill-advised (09/20/01)
    A judge ruled Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon can't force two Cole County judges to turn over to the state $2.75 million that remains unclaimed from state cases involving utility bill overpayments and an insolvent insurance company. The ruling by Osage County Circuit Judge Gael D. Wood in favor of circuit judges Byron Kinder and Thomas Brown III apparently puts an end to Nixon's ill-advised quest...
    prayer 9/20.4b (09/20/01)
    O Lord, grant wisdom to our government leaders as they make decisions.
    State's drug benefits plan smacked of politics (09/20/01)
    After failing to agree on a prescription drug plan for seniors during this year's regular session of the Missouri Legislature, lawmakers wasted little time when they returned during the special session to resoundingly adopt a measure that creates an insurance-like drug benefit program for lower-income senior citizens...
    Don't let attacks alter our freedom (09/20/01)
    To the editor: A terrible tragedy has occurred within the borders of the United States of America. An almost unbelievable horror that we are forced to believe and to deal with. Something that none of us could ever have imagined. The World Trade Center, an icon of world trade, prosperity, and capitalism, and the Pentagon, the headquarters for the United States' armed forces, the protectors of our country from foreign invasion, were turned into rubble right before our eyes...
    speakout 9/20.4b (09/20/01)
    Touching remarks THANK YOU for reprinting the president's remarks during the national prayer service. The national prayer service in the national cathedral was a wonderful event. People came together with great music and message. Billy Graham talked about how strange and terrible things sometimes happen to good people. ...