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Stories from Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Speak out 9/26/01 (09/26/01)
I WAS crushed to read the story in Friday's newspaper about residents of Sikeston throwing bottles and rocks at policemen. Someone slings a ball bearing at a car, shattering the window and injuring a baby in the back seat, and the people there defend the prime suspect by fighting police. I suggest the people of Sikeston come together. No time is right for such hooliganism, but to do so now is more damning...
Conference gives grandparents tips on raising their grandkids (09/26/01)
Paula Katt thought when she turned 64 she would be living the tail end of the American dream -- taking life easy, working in the garden or maybe doing a little traveling. But rather than take it easy, she gets a 10-year-old boy ready for school. Instead of digging in the yard, she cooks his meals. And there's little traveling for Katt, except maybe to Wal-Mart to buy his tennis shoes or school clothes...
Justices to decide Cape tax dispute (09/26/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide the validity of a 1998 tax approved by Cape Girardeau voters to help fund construction of Southeast Missouri State University's proposed River Campus. Oral arguments are expected to be held in December or January, but no firm date is set. Decisions are typically handed down within 60 days following oral arguments, though sometimes the wait is longer...
Board lauds test results, looks to improve (09/26/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Superintendent Ron Anderson told the school board Tuesday that state test results give the district two kinds of news: good and better. Although seventh grade science scores were lower than state averages, overall results for the Missouri Assessment Program were exceedingly positive...
Audit based on bad answers, Southeast's Dobbins says (09/26/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Contrary to findings issued by the state auditor, Southeast Missouri State University does have written policies regarding the management and use of state-owned vehicles, the school's president said. State Auditor Claire McCaskill issued a report on Tuesday criticizing many of the 85 state agencies surveyed for a lack of sufficient safeguards to ensure that state vehicles are properly and efficiently used...
More than 100 attend Chamber's annual picnic (09/26/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The national tragedies of Sept. 11 forced the Jackson Chamber of Commerce to postpone its annual picnic planned the same afternoon. In welcoming guests to the rescheduled picnic Tuesday, chamber Executive Director Ken Parrett said "It's time to get on with our lives."...
Expert sewer advice offered at meeting (09/26/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Sewer problems large enough for a city or small enough for a household will be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cape Girardeau County Extension Office. Any individual or group involved in a housing development has to deal with sewage problems, say officials with the state extension office...
Boil-water order issued at Marble Hill (09/26/01)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Residents in a section of Marble Hill were urged to boil their water Tuesday after a main water line broke. The break in the main line on Third Street shut down water service to between 50 to 60 homes and businesses in the old Lutesville section of the city south of Lutes Street and Highway 51. City officials said the line was scheduled to be repaired Tuesday, but that the boil-water order would remain in effect until state-required tests show the water is safe to drink...
Area water officials increase security at treatment plants (09/26/01)
City officials in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City say they have stepped up security measures at their individual water treatment facilities in response to terrorist attacks Sept. 11. But they all said that if somebody was determined enough to poison the water supply, they could...
Prices falling at local gas pumps (09/26/01)
Crude oil prices took a tumble Monday, and service stations in the Cape Girardeau promptly followed with lower prices at the pumps. Crude oil futures slid $3.96, or 15 percent, to $22.01 a barrel. Oil prices have dropped more than 26 percent over the past week...
Bonds timing considered for Mizzou arena (09/26/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State-backed bonds could be on sale before the end of this year to help finance a new $75 million basketball arena for the Tigers at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Although the state does not intend to begin repaying the bonds until the 2005 fiscal year, the university has asked the state to issue bonds now as a condition for a private donor to follow through on a $25 million pledge toward the arena...
Audit - State could save millions on travel costs (09/26/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri government could save millions of dollars by changing the way it books airline flights and by selling some of its vehicles, the state auditor's office said. In a pair of reports Tuesday, State Auditor Claire McCaskill criticized the state for lacking a uniform travel policy...
Court considers $300 million Islamic suit (09/26/01)
CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court was urged Tuesday to uphold a $300 million civil damages suit against U.S.-based Islamic fund-raising groups brought by a couple whose son was gunned down by Hamas militants. "If you know they are shooting people, you are responsible to the victims," attorney Nathan Lewin of Washington told the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
Complaints rain down on St. Louis roofers (09/26/01)
ST. LOUIS -- An April hailstorm is still haunting many St. Louis area residents. The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis said Tuesday it has received more than 150 complaints against roofing contractors. The complaints allege shoddy workmanship, failure to complete jobs in a timely manner and, in some cases, failure to even start the job...
Illinois plans terror-related budget cuts (09/26/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State tax revenues could fall by hundreds of millions of dollars amid uncertainty created by the terrorist attacks, Gov. George Ryan's administration warned Tuesday as it adopted several cost-cutting measures. "The assumptions on which we had built this year's budget are now out the window," said the governor's budget director, Stephen Schnorf...
Illinois troopers must pack supplies for an emergency (09/26/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois State Police are carrying extra food, clothing and cash in their squad cars in case they have to respond in an emergency that could keep them busy for days. And trying to ease safety concerns after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, the agency is ordering all sworn officers to wear uniforms...
SIU students seek death sentence reduction (09/26/01)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University law students will pay attention Thursday when the case of Pontiac death-row inmate Evan Griffith goes before a Livingston County judge. Griffith's lawyer will urge Judge Harold Frobish to grant the Belize native a new trial because, among other things, jurors who heard his case received paperwork to complete during deliberations that was appropriate only for guilty verdicts...
Holden names advisor on homeland security (09/26/01)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Holden has hired a retired Army colonel to review Missouri's emergency response plans in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Timothy Daniel was named Wednesday as Holden's special adviser for homeland security -- a Cabinet-level position mirroring that created recently by President Bush...
Sheriff, commission at odds over Scott County purchase (09/26/01)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott County commissioner is accusing Sheriff Bill Ferrell of dodging state-mandated bidding practices to install a new heating and air-conditioning unit at the county jail. At a meeting Tuesday, the commission refused to pay a bill for $9,730 from Sikeston, Mo., contractor Kenny Bridger for what the county says was an unauthorized and perhaps unnecessary service. They flatly refused an offer from Bridger's lawyer to settle the bill for less money...
Justice Department gives Missouri $2.5 million to fight meth (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Justice Department is giving Missouri $2.5 million to fight methamphetamine. The federal money will support the Missouri Sheriff's Methamphetamine Relief Team Project, which helps sheriffs and rural drug task forces combat clandestine meth labs...
Coal miners caught in blast trying to save others (09/26/01)
BROOKWOOD, Ala. -- Ten coal miners are being hailed as heroes for rushing into a mine to rescue co-workers injured by an explosion, only to be killed themselves by a second blast. The death toll was confirmed at 13 on Tuesday, making Sunday's disaster the nation's worst mining accident since Dec. 19, 1984, when fire killed 27 coal miners near Orange-ville, Utah...
Some of Mideastern descent ordered off planes (09/26/01)
Vahid "Tony" Zohrehvandi was seated on an American Airlines flight last Friday when he suddenly was ordered off the plane. He says the reason he was given: The pilot was uncomfortable with him as a passenger. Zohrehvandi says he explained he was a part-time American employee and showed his photo ID card, but it didn't matter. He was questioned by authorities in Seattle, released and returned home to Dallas on a later flight...
Dow, Nasdaq and S&P post modest gains (09/26/01)
Dow, Nasdaq and S&P post modest gains NEW YORK -- Stock prices fluctuated but showed signs of stability Tuesday as investors looked for bargains after last week's precipitous drop. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 56.11 to 8,659.97, bringing its two-day advance to more than 424 points. Last week, the blue-chip index lost a record 1,369 points...
War against terror could cost $100 billion (09/26/01)
NEW YORK -- Rarely in the history of conflict have such high costs added up so quickly. Just two weeks after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, airlines plan more than 80,000 layoffs, the world appears poised for recession and some congressional estimates say the United States could need an additional $100 billion for the war against terror and related costs. ...
First U.S. satellite radio service being launched (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- Satellite radio went on the air Tuesday, promising listeners greater variety on the dial -- for a price. Hugh Panero, president of XM Satellite Radio, flipped a switch in the company's Washington headquarters shortly after 11:30 a.m. and began offering service in San Diego and Dallas. The company plans to expand nationwide in the coming months, and a competitor, New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio plans to come on line later this year...
New York mayor urges return to life without fear (09/26/01)
NEW YORK -- As New Yorkers voted in primaries for his replacement Tuesday, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani encouraged residents to move beyond the World Trade Center terrorist attack and get on with life. "Life is risky," he said. "You can decide to live your life afraid of that happening, or you can decide to live your life the way Americans live their lives, which is unafraid. There's no reason to have this increased fear."...
Guardsman says he knew making bomb threats was 'stupid' (09/26/01)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A national guardsman accused of making five bomb threats to Tennessee National Guard posts said in a signed statement that he knew it was stupid "but I kept doing it anyway." "Each time I made a call, I would think that this was stupid and I was going to be caught ...," Robert Wayne Black said in the statement made Sept. 18 to state and federal authorities...
2,000 more reservists called (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon ordered 2,000 more reservists to duty Tuesday as President Bush weighed putting more armed guards on airliners and strengthening cockpit doors against potential hijackers. In a diplomatic victory for the United States, Saudi Arabia cut ties to the terrorist-harboring Taliban regime in Afghanistan...
High court to take up school vouchers (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, tackling a stark church-state issue dear to President Bush, agreed Tuesday to decide whether the Constitution permits using taxpayer dollars to pay religious school tuition. The court will hear challenges sometime early next year to a 6-year-old school voucher program involving about 3,700 children in Cleveland. A ruling is expected by summer...
Nuclear plants hurry to tighten security (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- For decades, security at the nation's nuclear power reactors has focused on commando raids, internal sabotage or possibly a truck bomb. Since the World Trade Center attack, the plants have been put on unprecedented alert. Operators have hurried to tighten security at the 64 reactor sites. More guards have been posted, security patrols have been added and access to the most sensitive areas has been scaled back...
Realtors say home sales slow after attack (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes jumped to a record level in August, but have slowed in the wake of the terrorist attacks two weeks ago. The National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that existing-home sales rose by 5.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.50 million in August, an all-time monthly high. The previous record of 5.45 million was set in June 1999 when the economy was booming...
Police chemist fired for shoddy work, lying (09/26/01)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An embattled police chemist was fired Tuesday for allegedly performing shoddy work and giving false or misleading testimony in criminal cases, including some in which she helped send men to death row. Joyce Gilchrist was dismissed by Chief of Police M.T. Berry, who said the decision was based on the recommendations of an administrative panel who heard testimony about Gilchrist's alleged misconduct...
Attacks force Carter to cancel overseas trip (09/26/01)
ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter has canceled a trip to Bangladesh to monitor elections because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Atlanta-based Carter Center had planned to send an international observer delegation to the country's Oct. 1 parliamentary elections...
Artificial heart patient making trips, say doctors (09/26/01)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart has been doing well enough to make trips outside the hospital in a van, his doctors said Tuesday. "We are trying to make fairly routine trips into the city," University of Louisville surgeon Dr. Laman Gray said. "He absolutely loves doing that."...
U.S. poverty rate declines to lowest level since 1974 (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. poverty rate dipped last year to its lowest level in over a quarter-century, driven down by a healthy economy that helped a broad range of workers. Incomes leveled off after years of increase. Overall, many analysts said the Census Bureau report released Tuesday offered a positive picture of the American economy -- at least before the financial unrest from the terrorist attacks...
Virginia man with link to hijacker ordered held without bond (09/26/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- A Virginia man whose name and phone number were found in a car registered to one of the 19 suspected hijackers was ordered held without bond Wednesday. A prosecutor described him as an essential witness and "he may be more."...
Stocks fall back amid nervous profit-taking (09/26/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks fell back Wednesday as investors, wary about the economy and awaiting the U.S. response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, collected profits after Wall Street's two-day advance. Analysts said the retreat was to be expected, given the week's earlier gains and the economy's ongoing troubles...
High-level Israeli-Palestinian truce meeting set for today (09/26/01)
JERUSALEM -- High-level Israeli-Palestinian truce talks were finally set for today, following several delays and intense U.S. pressure, officials said. The announcement raised hopes the talks could pave the way for a gradual end to the year of violence that has shattered peace hopes and killed more than 800 people, four-fifths of them Palestinians...
Heavy fighting in Afghanistan (09/26/01)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- All but sealing Afghanistan's isolation, Saudi Arabia formally severed relations with the hard-line Taliban government on Tuesday. Stung, the Taliban denounced the Saudi move as intolerable to all Muslims and accused it of siding with "the infidel forces."...
Arafat abruptly cancels trip to Damascus (09/26/01)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- On the Syrian side, everything was in place Tuesday for Yasser Arafat's first official visit to Damascus since 1993. Editorials in the state-run media warmly welcomed the trip, Prime Minister Mustafa Miro headed to the airport to officially receive Arafat and a delegation from the Palestinian territories had been in town for a couple of days to prepare for the talks...
European authorities continue crackdown on terrorist suspects (09/26/01)
Associated Press Writer MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Europe continued to crack down on suspected terrorists, making arrests in Spain, Britain and the Netherlands in an effort to link Osama bin Laden to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States...
Central spikers collect first victory of season (09/26/01)
After losing the first set, the Cape Central High School volleyball team rebounded and rolled past visiting Chaffee Tuesday night to pick up its initial victory under first-year coach Sheila Midget. The scores were 12-15, 15-1, 15-0. "We had a problem receiving early," said Midget, whose squad is now 1-12-1 on the season. "But we got over that and strong serving is basically what turned it around."...
Bonds puts McGwire's record of 70 HRs in serious jeopardy (09/26/01)
LOS ANGELES -- Babe Ruth's record of 60 homers stood for 34 years, and Roger Maris' 61 held up another 37 before Mark McGwire set a much higher standard in 1998. The way San Francisco's Barry Bonds has been going, it appears 70 will soon be erased as baseball's newest magical number...
Cardinals' Williams throws another gem (09/26/01)
HOUSTON -- Woody Williams pitched a three-hitter for his fourth straight victory and Craig Paquette hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros 3-2 Tuesday night. The Cardinals closed within 4 1/2 games of first-place Houston in the NL Central. The loss kept the Astros' magic number at seven for clinching their fourth division title in five seasons...
The comeback Wizard (09/26/01)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan made his comeback official Tuesday, announcing he will return to play in the NBA and sign a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards. "I am returning as a player to the game I love," Jordan said in a news release issued through his management agency...
Woods will continue to play overseas (09/26/01)
Woods will continue to play overseas Despite pulling out of the Lancome Trophy in Paris, Tiger Woods still has plans for an international schedule at the end of the PGA Tour season. Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG, said Woods is scheduled to play a two-day exhibition Nov. 10-11 in Hong Kong before going to the World Cup in Japan, where he and David Duval are the defending champions...
Cubs' playoff hopes suffer another blow (09/26/01)
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh opened a 12-run lead in the third inning over the reeling Chicago Cubs as Aramis Ramirez homered and Craig Wilson drove in three runs, and the Pirates went on to a 13-1 romp Tuesday night. The Cubs followed up consecutive 7-6 losses to the Astros and Pirates with their fourth straight loss, one that further damaged their fast-fading playoff hopes...
Yankees lose, but clinch AL East (09/26/01)
NEW YORK -- Baseball returned to the Bronx on Tuesday night with a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks and another division championship for the New York Yankees. The Yankees, playing at home for the first time since the tragedies on Sept. 11, clinched their fourth straight AL East title when Boston lost to Baltimore...
Indians grow up in hostile territory (09/26/01)
Hopefully we have grown up as a football team. Despite two turnovers that led to Illinois State touchdowns, we were still tied 16-16 at the half last Saturday. During the halftime I told our squad that this was the time we need to become a football team. We need to find a way to win this game and start a tradition of Southeast football that we have all been working and looking forward to the last year and a half...
Butterscotch, apples combine well in cookies (09/26/01)
Several elements combine as pleasantly as the ingredients in this recipe for apple chip cookies. It's fall. A baking session in the kitchen has a cozy sound to it. Farmers' markets or your own trees, offer generous supplies of ripening fruit. Brown sugar and butterscotch have sweet, golden associations...
Back to the basics - Key to decorating is finding your style (09/26/01)
What's your decorating style? You say you favor simple but classic furniture pieces but love colorful, graphic poster art? Plus, you always scour flea markets for Fiestaware pitchers? Look around at what you live with and what you love. If those pieces and colors make you happy, that's a starting spot for finding your style...
Warning signs of feline kidney failure (09/26/01)
$$$Start jkoch By Dr. John Koch Question: My 15-year-old tabby cat still seems to be pretty healthy, but I know age is creeping up on her. Could you give me a little information about kidney failure in cats? I know it is relatively common. What are some of the things I should look for?...
Chicken recipes liven up family meals (09/26/01)
$$$Start smcclanahan Following the SEMO District Fair I have had many requests for the recipes from the Midwest Food and Poultry Recipe Contest. I am pleased to tell you that I have gotten all of the recipe entries from Midwest Food and Poultry and, with their permission, will be running all of the recipes in Recipe Swap. We'll start with the top three winners and then the remainder will follow at random over the next few weeks. Now you can be the judge of your favorite dishes...
String of incidents conjures up the Bosses of Jobs Past (09/26/01)
"Dilbert" is my favorite comic strip. I find the "pointy-haired boss" references slightly less entertaining now that I've clawed my way up to middle management, but it's still the best. An advance peek at today's strip, an offer to address an administrative assistants' group and a mass e-mailing of management tips combined to dredge up memories of the Bosses of Jobs Past...
A time to mourn (09/26/01)
$$$Start The nation continues to mourn the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults on our fellow citizens, their families and friends. We continue to mourn because this is the nature of our caring and a sign that we must remove the shock to receive the reality...
Edison Miller (09/26/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Edison E. Miller, 77, of Jackson died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 10, 1924, at Egypt Mills, Mo., son of Oliver J. and Clare J. Bray Miller. Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-46, and received the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal...
Ida Perry (09/26/01)
WYATT, Mo. -- Ida M. Perry, 95, of Wyatt died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Aug. 4, 1906, in Banard, Miss., daughter of Dan and Alma McDory Cross. Perry was a member of Sanders Chapel AME Church, where she served as trustee, usher and a member of the Mother Board...
Nettie Rodgers (09/26/01)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Nettie M. Rodgers, 79, of Ullin, formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, at her home. Barkett Funeral Home in Mounds is in charge of arrangements.
Mackenzie Hicks (09/26/01)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Graveside service for Mackenzie Hicks will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at New Morley Cemetery in Morley, Mo. The Rev. Don Russell will officiate. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo., is in charge of arrangements. The infant, 1 day, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis...
George Huffman (09/26/01)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- George Henry Huffman, 88, of Marquand died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at Parkland Hospital in Farmington, Mo. He was born Feb. 26, 1913, near Buckhorn, Mo., son of William Pinkney and Cora Elizabeth Stroup Huffman. He and Ruby Alma Gipson were married May 19,1934...
Cape police report 09/26/01 (09/26/01)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Sept. 26 ArrestsBrandon Ray Hamilton, 17, of 2450 Fairview was arrested Monday for burglary, stealing and property damage. James Allen Welsh, 17, of 1927 N. Kingshighway was arrested Monday for burglary, stealing and property damage...
Cape fire report 09/26/01 (09/26/01)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Sept. 26 Firefighters responded to the following calls on Monday:At 4:01 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 900 block of South Sprigg. At 9:28 p.m., an emergency medical service at 211 Mason. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Tuesday:At 10:07 a.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 Towers...
Out of the past 9/26/01 (09/26/01)
10 years ago: Sept. 26, 1991 Few people attended Vision 2000 town hall meeting last night, but several called televised program with questions and comments about six goals for city to attain by year 2000; meeting was first such gathering to combine panelist discussion of Vision 2000 goals with video presentations and live call-in cable television format...
Cape schools see new leadership (09/26/01)
Patrons of the Cape Girardeau School District received some disappointing news last week when superintendent Dan Steska announced he is leaving at the end of the school year. It's difficult to believe that he's been here only three years, because he's become a significant member of this community. It's tough to find anyone who doesn't like him. Most agree he has been a remarkable school leader...
Honoring veterans particularly timely (09/26/01)
What an appropriate time for a daylong celebration of veterans. Dr. Joel Ray, a local brain surgeon, already had scheduled the Generations in Valor event for Oct. 24 at the Show Me Center when the Sept. 11 acts of terrorism shook our nation. As we face the possibility of a conflict that will create modern-day war veterans, it is appropriate that we look back to honor the men and women who made sacrifices for our freedom today. ...
Americans are allowed to object (09/26/01)
To the editor: On Sept. 15, you printed a column by David Limbaugh. In particular, the paper highlighted these words: "Pacifism in the face of war is not only irresponsible, it is immoral." Excuse me, but when did David Limbaugh come down from Mount Sinai? I always learned that it was only in totalitarian, godless countries that dissenting opinions were viciously attacked and not tolerated...