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Stories from Sunday, October 21, 2001

Homecoming events create busy weekend (10/21/01)
Thousands of people lined both sides of Broadway from Capaha Park to Main Street to watch the Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming 2001 parade pass by on a Saturday morning almost warm enough for short sleeves. Alex and Aaron Mehner, twin 6-year-old sons of Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce president John Mehner, along with brother Austin, 11, staked out their spot early in front of the judges' stand in the 300 block of Broadway...
Reports of fraternity event disturb SIUE officials (10/21/01)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Authorities at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are investigating a school-funded fraternity event that involved a videotaped bubble bath and male dancers in silk underwear. Belated accounts of what occurred at Alpha Pi Alpha's "Dedication to Women" last fall could keep SIUE from paying for such an event again, spokesmen said Friday...
Man placed thousands of kids in college (10/21/01)
CHICAGO -- He was known simply as "that man who gets people into college." So thousands came knocking at his office door, a converted storage room in the basement of a South Side public housing high-rise. What they found was an energetic man who would do almost anything to help them get an advanced education -- pick up the phone and cajole a college administrator into accepting a bright but untested teen and wheedle some scholarship money or financial aid out of them, too; dig into his own wallet to help someone pay for books, bus fare to school or a pair of glasses; load up his station wagon with teens whose world view didn't extend beyond their gritty Chicago neighborhoods and drive them to distant campuses.. ...
'Generations in Valor' to honor veterans (10/21/01)
A special program involving veterans, students, civic organizations and the Stars and Stripes Museum will occur at the Show Me Center Wednesday. "Generations in Valor" is a tribute to veterans and the significant role they have played in shaping our nation's history. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with free admission for the daytime program...
Military digest 10/21/01 (10/21/01)
Perryville graduate joins Army as infantryman Brian Moll of St. Mary, Mo., has joined the U.S. Army. His job specialty is infantryman. Moll, a 1998 graduate of Perryville Senior High School, will take basic and advanced training at Fort Benning, Ga., reporting for duty Oct. 30...
Consultant to speak (10/21/01)
Matthew Banks, a former member of British Parliament and now a consultant to the United Arab Emirates, will speak on the British-American Middle East alliance Wednesday at Southeast Missouri State University. Banks will speak at noon in Dempster Hall's Glenn Auditorium...
Prominent lawyer killed in Mexico after threats (10/21/01)
MEXICO CITY -- A prominent human rights lawyer who has defended Zapatista sympathizers was killed after receiving several death threats, and a note left with her body warned that the same could happen to others, Mexico City's attorney general said Saturday...
Tabloid employee with anthrax 'doing great' (10/21/01)
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A supermarket tabloid mailroom worker infected with inhaled anthrax is "doing great" and his stepdaughter said Saturday she's anxious for his release from the hospital. Ernesto Blanco, 73, was responding to antibiotics at Cedars Medical Center in Miami and doctors say the anthrax toxins in his body were slowly being diminished, Maria Orth said. He has been hospitalized 19 days. The hospital has declined comment on Blanco's case, citing patient confidentiality...
Fire 10/21/01 (10/21/01)
Fire Cape Girardeau Sunday, Oct. 21 On Friday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 8:12 p.m., emergency medical service at 3049 William. At 9:22 p.m., vehicle accident at County Road 244. On Saturday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 12:04 a.m., vehicle accident with injuries at 2524 S. Sprigg...
Sharing science Monsanto trying to expand biotech's reach (10/21/01)
ST. LOUIS -- In the debate about the use of biotechnology in agriculture, the name "Monsanto Co." usually isn't far from mention. Pioneers in the burgeoning industry, scientists at the St. Louis-based company spent decades developing techniques allowing the genetic modification of plants, including American cash crop stables like corn and soybeans...
Miller named to national health committee (10/21/01)
Cape Girardeau County Clerk Rodney Miller has been named to the National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee. Each of the association's 11 committees includes 60 to 100 county officials from around the nation. The committees meet several times a year to examine issues critical to county governments...
School groups to collect for senior citizens dinner (10/21/01)
CHAFFEE - Recently members of the Career and Community Leaders of America and Chaffee High School Student Council collected money for the annual senior citizens' Thanksgiving dinner. Over the last 10 years, the dinner has become a favorite of both Chaffee's senior residents and the high school students. ...
Area gospel singers hold first festival (10/21/01)
Lots of joyful noise echoed through Capaha Park Saturday at House of Prayer's first annual October Gospel Festival. Traditional melodies made room for funky inspirational grooves and the thump of gospel rap as individuals, groups and choirs from Southeast Missouri churches took the stage to praise the Lord...
3 local moms share pride, fears as daughters serve in wartime (10/21/01)
Fear is first. Then there's a mixture of worry, angst and apprehension. Add to that a generous amount of pride and patriotism, and it's just a sampling of the mixed bag of feelings Melodie Enos, Deborah Griffin and Karen Wilkinson -- three friends who each have a daughter in the military -- are experiencing these days...
Be more aware of surroundings (10/21/01)
As all of us who have listened to the reports of terrorists being in the United States, living and planning right in our midst, I've wondered how they could and not cause some kind of suspicion. Right here in Scott City, most of us know those who live in our neighborhood. ...
SOS (10/21/01)
The S.O.S. Club met Monday at the Chaffee Nutrition Center with eight members present and no weigh-ins. Alma was crowned queen for the week and received a monetary gift. The attendance prize was won by D'Orsey. Two are still on the Ball, and the Buddy Contest was won by Faye and Alma...
Veterans (10/21/01)
by Jack Dragoni On Oct. 3, 2001, VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi formally accepted the final report from the Task Force on Claims processing, which was charged, in April, with identifying the problems causing a severe backlog in veterans' disability claims. In his remarks, the secretary stated that the problem in the Veterans Benefit Administration, the portion of the VA responsible for processing claims, is with the processes and not the people...
The Scott City City Council deals with zoning request (10/21/01)
  • A public hearing was held on a request for rezoning from Marshall Ward on some property between South Bridge Street and the railroad tracks from C-1 to M-1. The council voted to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny the request...
  • Alumni banquet (10/21/01)
    The Chaffee High School alumni banquet held Oct. 13 was a huge success, with about 200 people in attendance. Held at the Chaffee VFW hall, it was a night of greeting long-lost friends and classmates, reminiscing, dining and music by Howard Spicer at his keyboard...
    Red ribbon (10/21/01)
    Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign to educate communities regarding the dangers of drugs and alcohol, will begin Monday and run through Oct. 31. The objective of Red Ribbon Week is to increase awareness of drugs and the harmful effects they have on the human body; thus assisting children in making well-informed decisions regarding drug use...
    Chaffee Chamber of Commerce meets (10/21/01)
    The Chaffee Chamber of Commerce met Oct. 12 at 1st Commercial Bank, hosted by Food Giant. The treasurer's report was given by H.B. Rice and approved. The patriotic banners have been put in place at Circle Park by city employees and all agreed that they are a nice addition to the city. It was approved that four banners with a Christmas theme be purchased at this time...
    Southwest Missouri food bank near empty (10/21/01)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The food bank that normally helps southwest Missouri groups feed the needy is almost empty after changes in grocery distributing practices cut off the main source of food. "Really, the only food product is on the top shelf here," Ozarks Food Harvest development director Bart Brown said, gesturing to cellophane-wrapped boxes marked "canned peas."...
    Locksmith charged with vandalizing locks found dead (10/21/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City locksmith accused of damaging the locks of area businesses so he could service them for a fee has been found dead, police said. Jerry O'Neal, 37, was found in his Kansas City home Wednesday afternoon. Police were still investigating the cause of death but said it was an apparent suicide...
    Northwest State bans smoking in dorms (10/21/01)
    MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University sophomore Meagan Phillips and her friends often spend all night outside her residence hall. She's not just enjoying a pleasant evening or getting away from an obnoxious roommate. She and her friends are smoking, in the only place they are allowed. This fall, the university banned smoking in all of its residence halls...
    Deaf teen rides in horse show (10/21/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cara Phelps couldn't hear the announcer's commands when she was riding in the ring, but she still placed in several events at the American Royal Classic Quarter Horse Circuit Show this weekend. Phelps, 18, watched her mother, Darlene Phelps, and horse trainer Donna Bales, who used hand signals to help guide her...
    Woman sets husband on fire (10/21/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man has second-degree burns on his face, neck, chest and hands after his wife doused him with gasoline and set him on fire, police said. Jackson County prosecutors have charged Dorothy Robinson, 41, with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action for the incident early Friday...
    Three killed in accident near Palmyra (10/21/01)
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Three Quincy, Ill., residents were killed in an accident Friday when a tractor-trailer hit their van, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The patrol identified the victims as Christopher Price, 29, Aaron Graham, 26, and Jayme Graham, 21. A fourth Quincy resident was seriously injured...
    Emerson announces new section on Web site (10/21/01)
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson has a new section on her Web site that's designed to aid children in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The new section unveiled Monday is called "Helping Our Children." It can be found by logging on to Emerson's Web site at www.house. gov/emerson and clicking on the "Helping Our Children" link...
    Deer hunter falls, hangs from tree for six hours (10/21/01)
    HIRAM, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff native is thankful to be alive after a mistake while deer hunting left him hanging upside down for more than six hours. Hugh Davidson, 53, of St. Louis is in good condition at Three Rivers Healthcare-North Campus following a freak accident at about 3 p.m. Tuesday...
    Pit bulls attack Poplar Bluff man (10/21/01)
    Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man is recovering after he was attacked by two pit bulls Friday afternoon. According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, a 65-year-old man was attacked at about 2 p.m. when he tried to stop the dogs from attacking his miniature pinschers...
    Covert missions continue in wake of Ranger airborne raid (10/21/01)
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. secret warriors launched dark-of-night covert missions into Afghanistan in addition to assaults by airborne Army Rangers on a Taliban-controlled airfield and a residence of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, U.S. officials said Saturday...
    Appearance of anthrax in U.S. House (10/21/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Anthrax was discovered in a House postal facility, officials said Saturday, as 150 FBI agents and postal inspectors swarmed a New Jersey postal route, searching for the mailbox where someone may have dropped anthrax-laced letters. It capped a week that threw Congress into the middle of the anthrax-by-letter scare and more than doubled the number of Americans infected with the potentially deadly bacteria...
    Teachers may be more at risk for autoimmune diseases (10/21/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Could something about teaching -- perhaps the years of contact with kids and their germs -- increase the risk of serious immune system diseases such as multiple sclerosis and lupus? A new study suggests it might, backing the theory that if someone is genetically susceptible to a certain disease, environment could trigger the onset...
    Court hits State Farm with $145 million judgment (10/21/01)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court reinstated a $145 million jury award against State Farm for underpaying insurance claims, cheating customers and destroying crucial documents. A lower court found State Farm had even investigated the sex life of a company whistleblower...
    NASA confident Mars Odyssey will succeed (10/21/01)
    PASADENA, Calif. -- The 2001 Mars Odyssey appears to be on target for a rendezvous with the Red Planet in a mission that officials hope will help erase the stigma of NASA's disastrous Mars failures of 1999. The 7-foot-long spacecraft has 2 million more miles to go before it fires its main engine to orbit Mars on Tuesday, but so far its navigation has been "flawless," said Bob Mase, Odyssey's lead navigator...
    Scientists look for microbes that can live in toxic mud (10/21/01)
    MOONACHIE, N.J. -- Michael Jackson sinks his feet into blackened, mercury-tainted mud on the edge of a swamp littered with old, broken bottles and smelling a little like gasoline. He takes a metal spatula, sniffs the dirt and scoops a hunk of it into a 50-milligram test tube...
    Five months after opening, D-Day Memorial floundering (10/21/01)
    BEDFORD, Va. -- With a towering bronze sculpture of soldiers behind him and a line of veterans in front of him, President Bush dedicated the National D-Day Memorial to honor those who died on the beaches of Normandy to preserve freedom. Now, just five months later, the foundation that runs the memorial is close to financial disaster. ...
    Water driller gets Jay Leno's celebrity hog (10/21/01)
    PORTALES, N.M. -- A New Mexico water well driller has ponied up to take home Jay Leno's celebrity hog. Frank Davis, of Portales, placed the high bid of $360,200 on the online auction site eBay this week for the talk show host's autographed Harley-Davidson motorcycle...
    Biggest antiques fair shows off games people played (10/21/01)
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Oh, the games people play. "Monopoly?" "Mouse Trap?" They're johnny-come-latelys compared with some of the 19th century puzzles and games on display this weekend at the Atlantique City antique show. How about "Characteristics," an 1843 parlor game that featured small playing cards and advertised itself as "a game by a lady." Or "The Mansion of Happiness," another 1840s board game that, like many of its time, rewarded the player whose moves reflected the best morals.. ...
    Mississippi boats sprayed by plane (10/21/01)
    The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. -- Emergency management officials took samples from a Mississippi River tugboat and pleasure craft after a low-flying crop duster sprayed the boats with an unknown substance. Environmental Protection Agency officials Saturday were trying to determine what was sprayed...
    Mental training helps kids overcome learning disabilities (10/21/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Do genes determine your brain's abilities, or can you retrain the brain to overcome inherited problems, such as helping a learning-impaired child to read? Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich has proved that special training, targeting specific brain regions, can help some children with dyslexia and other language-related disabilities to learn. Sophisticated neural imaging shows the retraining, using computerized educational games, leads to physical changes in the brain...
    A secret tragedy (10/21/01)
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- On an April morning in 1979, Lazar Karsayev awoke early as usual, drank a cup of tea and walked to work at a ceramics factory. A few hours later, the fit 64-year-old was sent home with what doctors said was a bad cold. When medics wearing biohazard suits showed up to take him to the hospital the next day, his family suspected something much worse. ...
    Bush- Terrorists attacked world economic system (10/21/01)
    SHANGHAI, China -- President Bush told business executives Saturday the attack on the World Trade Center was an assault on a free enterprise system that has fueled prosperity throughout the Pacific rim. "The terrorists tried to shatter confidence in the world economic system, but they failed," Bush said. "The terrorists hoped world markets would collapse. But the markets have proved their resilience and fundamental strength."...
    Israel seizes territory in two more Palestinian towns; 8 killed (10/21/01)
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops entered two more West Bank towns Saturday in what was emerging as the broadest Israeli military operation in more than a year of fighting. Eight Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. The incursions -- six in three days -- were triggered by the assassination of an Israeli Cabinet minister by Palestinian militants earlier this week. ...
    Pakistan, Afghan rebels hold talks (10/21/01)
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan confirmed Saturday that it was holding talks with a senior Taliban commander on the makeup of a future Afghan government -- a move that drew a sharp retort from the opposition alliance that is fighting the Islamic militia in the north...
    Biggest one-day flood of Afghan refugees stream into Pakistan (10/21/01)
    QUETTA, Pakistan -- In the biggest single-day refugee influx of the two-week U.S.-led air assault on Afghanistan, an estimated 5,000 people -- most of them ragged, frightened and bringing with them only what they could carry -- streamed through a desolate border crossing into Pakistan on Saturday...
    Cape Central boys soccer downs Fox with 4-2 victory (10/21/01)
    Cape Central's soccer team picked up its 19th victory of the season with a 4-2 victory Saturday afternoon over Fox. The Tigers led 4-0 at halftime and improved their record to 19-3-1. Bryan Ross scored a goal and added an assist. Aaron Bornstein, Chris Limbaugh and Eric Daume all added goals, while Cody Hill provided an assist...
    Cape Central wins in photo finish (10/21/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Cape Central freshman Jennifer Pancoast ran the most impressive race of her young varsity cross country career Saturday. And the Lady Tigers needed every single step to win the Class 4A, District 1 title at Jackson City Park. Pancoast passed Jackson's Nicole Fadler just before the finish line to take fourth place in 20:54, one second ahead of Jackson's front-runner...
    Racers hit gas, pass Indians (10/21/01)
    For the first time all season, Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings felt like his team laid an egg. And for a change, Murray State coach Joe Pannunzio felt like his squad lived up to its potential. Based on those takes, it's probably not surprising which team won Saturday afternoon's homecoming game at Houck Stadium...
    Missouri takes series lead over Kansas with 38-34 win (10/21/01)
    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Five of Kirk Farmer's passes went for touchdowns and luckily for Missouri, only two counted for Kansas. It was that third one that made the difference in the Tigers' see-saw 38-34 victory Saturday in the oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi...
    SE's Winston picks on Murray St. QB (10/21/01)
    Entering his junior season, Demar Winston had not intercepted a pass during his Southeast Missouri State University football career -- let alone score a touchdown. But Winston, after picking off a pass earlier this year, had a career game Saturday as the Indians took on Murray State for homecoming...
    Penn St. finally wins; Paterno ties Bryant (10/21/01)
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Joe Paterno's season-long wait for a share of the major-college coaching record ended Saturday with a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Zack Mills threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Eric McCoo with 22 seconds remaining as Penn State rallied for a 38-35 victory over No. 22 Northwestern, enabling Paterno to tie Bear Bryant for most Division I victories with 323...
    SE volleyball wins thriller from Murray (10/21/01)
    Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team bounced back from Friday night's home loss to Tennessee-Martin by claiming a thrilling five-game victory over visiting Murray State Saturday night. The Otahkians prevailed 25-30, 30-24, 27-30, 30-27, 15-12 as they improved to 11-9 overall and 7-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Racers fell to 4-17 and 3-8...
    Mariners trounce Yanks in Game 3 (10/21/01)
    NEW YORK -- For an instant, Bret Boone's bases-loaded blooper nestled into Chuck Knoblauch's glove -- Seattle had blown yet another chance. Then the ball popped loose, and the Mariners suddenly looked like a record-setting team again. "Boy, once that ball fell in, the guys perked up and started swinging," Seattle manager Lou Piniella said after the Mariners' 14-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the AL championship series Saturday...
    D-Backs grab 3-1 lead over Braves (10/21/01)
    ATLANTA -- These aren't the Atlanta Braves, the guys making their 10th straight trip to the playoffs. No, these are the Bad News Braves. With a display of glovework more suited to a Little League field, Greg Maddux and the Braves took themselves to the edge of elimination in the NL championship series with a dismal 11-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night...
    Jets think physical approach is best against Rams' finesse (10/21/01)
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This week, the New York Jets will share more than a stadium with the Giants. They will share a philosophy. It's time to get physical with the St. Louis Rams. "I thought the Giants really bumped them around pretty good, and that's what kept them in the game and gave them a chance to win," Jets cornerback Marcus Coleman said of the Rams, who edged the other Giants Stadium tenant 15-14 last weekend in St. ...
    Blues work overtime again for 2-1 victory (10/21/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra's overtime goal lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. It was the second consecutive overtime victory for the Blues (3-1-3), who knocked off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Friday...
    Jordan's return helps LA blend into background (10/21/01)
    In case anybody forgot amid all the Michael Jordan hoopla, the Los Angeles Lakers rolled through the postseason unlike any NBA team ever before. Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and their supporting cast snatched away their opponents' confidence and left teams shaking their heads. The Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs before beating Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the NBA Finals...
    Coceres shoots for second win (10/21/01)
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jose Coceres must feel like he's in Fantasyland, and not just because the National Car Rental Classic is across the street from the Magic Kingdom. He grew up in a two-room house in Argentina, sharing three beds with 10 brothers and sisters. He learned to play golf with branches and rocks, and worked as a caddie until he could find support for his professional career...
    Jordan breaks loose for 41 points (10/21/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Yes, Michael Jordan can still dunk. And he can still take over a game. And he can still score 40-plus. Jordan, who finished with 41 points, dunked for the first time in his latest comeback Saturday night, just two of 16 points in an incredible third-quarter run in the Washington Wizards 102-95 loss to the New Jersey Nets...
    Murray St. continues to be thorn for SEMO (10/21/01)
    Southeast Missouri State University and Murray State have a spirited rivalry. In virtually every sport, the schools simply don't seem to like each other. It's all clean, healthy competition. That's what college athletics are all about. And when it comes to football, SEMO has even more reason for disdain...
    Dallas on the Web shows big Texas sites (10/21/01)
    Go for a bowl game, or a rodeo, or a Texas-size honky-tonk. Or, go to Dallas just for the sake of seeing Dallas. And these days, even cowboys have Web sites to lure tourists. Iif you're interested in real mavericks and cowboys, take a look at the Texas Stampede -- www.texasstampede.org -- for this year's professional rodeo competition and concerts, set for Thursday through Sunday...
    Suffering air-travel industry offers discounts (10/21/01)
    While many Americans are choosing not to travel, Susan Wieske will be taking her two young sons to visit their grandparents. Her plans are being spurred by the cheap air fare that she found from Portland, Ore., to Indianapolis. "Because of the recent events, I really wanted and needed to see my mom and dad and I needed for them to see their grandkids," she said. "But, admittedly, if it wasn't a good air fare I wouldn't be able to go."...
    Family ships crafts around world (10/21/01)
    MOUND BAYOU, Miss. -- A small Mississippi town founded by former slaves is home to the only shop in the world where Bayou Blue colored pottery is made, and people have traveled thousands of miles to get there. Inside Peter's Pottery, the Woods brothers -- Peter, Joseph, Arthur and Sandy -- sculpt clay designs of animals, pitchers, and trays and then sell them from studio shelves...
    Travelers should think about natural hazards when in unfamiliar (10/21/01)
    Terry Casperson travels all over the country as a university gymnastics coach, but she never gave any thought to earthquakes until she found herself knocked off her feet atop the swaying Space Needle during a Seattle tremor. Now, she thinks about natural hazards when she travels and shares with her traveling companions the safety precautions that those who live in the area may take for granted...
    Volunteers finish 150-mile trail around Lake Tahoe (10/21/01)
    STATELINE, Nev. -- After 20 years of tough pick-and-shovel work, volunteers finally have completed a 150-mile path around Lake Tahoe high in the Sierra Nevada. The Tahoe Rim Trail, ranging from 6,300 feet to 10,300 feet above sea level, leads hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders from one breathtaking vista to another, along old game trails in some areas and Indian paths or pioneer routes in others...
    Great beginnings (10/21/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. Take advantage of a fast-growing neighborhood with this Bramblewood Drive home in Jackson. There's already lots of living space, but even more can be added by finishing the walk-out basement of this brick home. Easy-care ceramic tile is in place in entry. The kitchen and eating area also utilize this same neutral tile. Light oak cabinets line the walls of the horseshoe kitchen...
    Halloween brings growth of witches' brooms (10/21/01)
    Look up at trees silhouetted against the night sky on Halloween and you might see something spooky -- a witches' broom. A real witches' broom. No witch, though. Witches' broom is the name given to the broomlike growth that sometimes occurs on part of a plant. ...
    Boulder crushes man's Utah home (10/21/01)
    ROCKVILLE, Utah -- A man who lives near a cliff got a rude awakening when a five-ton boulder made a beeline for his house. Jack Burns, 44, was asleep in his bedroom when the boulder broke loose from the cliff Thursday morning. It crushed his bathroom and living room and leveled a bedroom wall, leaving Burns only a narrow path to escape...
    Councilman wants to take sag out of baggy pants (10/21/01)
    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A city councilman wants to take the sag out of baggy pants by fining offenders who don't hike up their trousers. Councilman Nathaniel Martin has been trying to get his proposal before the council for the past month, but he said it's in limbo "because the city law director doesn't think it can be enforced."...
    A live building for all time (10/21/01)
    For those of us who remember the days when the Pentagon was built (ground broken Sept. 11, 1941, dedicated Jan. 15, 1943) it has become an almost living structure. We hear that the Pentagon says this, reports that, as if really speaking. In my mind's eye, I see how the editorial cartoonists would draw their bubbles above to enclose whatever the Pentagon was saying on a particular day...
    With new technology, it's best to slam the fridge (10/21/01)
    Looking in America's refrigerators can be an adventure even when you're out of college. For years, Joni and I have tried to avoid brewing science experiments. But leftovers sometimes have a mind of their own, hidden in the corner behind the jar of olives and the tub of butter...
    Hollywood executives meet over role in war (10/21/01)
    LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood executives have begun meeting with White House officials about what role the entertainment industry can play in the war against terrorism. About 40 TV executives, producers and other Hollywood leaders met for two hours Wednesday with White House officials. They discussed possible documentaries on the anthrax threat, how to address terrorism scenarios in TV shows and fostering better understanding of the United States overseas...
    Setting for Grisham book has changed a lot (10/21/01)
    BLACK OAK, Ark. -- Author John Grisham still sees Black Oak as it was 50 years ago -- cotton-rich fields surrounding a small, thriving community in the flat, hot Arkansas Delta. The Black Oak he once called home supported five grocery stores, four banks, four churches and a main drag that attracted so many people on Saturday nights it was difficult to walk down the street...
    From Police, Phish, Primus, a supergroup of sorts is born (10/21/01)
    NEW YORK -- The story of rock's newest power trio begins with former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Primus bass player Les Claypool on the phone, chatting about their mutual affection for the word "oyster." It's easy on the ear, they agreed, and it belonged somewhere in their new band's name. But alas, there's already a group called The Oyster Band, they discovered -- so much for plan A. So they toyed with variations on the theme...
    Prison finds new life in movies (10/21/01)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gothic architecture. A five-tiered lockup. An authentic Death Row with an unplugged electric-chair chamber. When Hollywood seeks gritty realism for prison movies, the century-old Tennessee State Penitentiary awaits on the banks of the Cumberland River...
    One Victoria plays another on A&E drama (10/21/01)
    LONDON -- Victoria Hamilton jokes that she seems to have been in a corset for the last seven years, playing in period pieces. But she isn't giving up the garment just yet. This Victoria is playing another in "Victoria and Albert," airing 8 p.m. today and Tuesday on A&E...
    No tights, flights in new twist on Superman (10/21/01)
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Gone are the tights and the flights. The cape, glasses and dual identity are gone, too. There's just a teen-age Clark Kent coping with adolescence, his burgeoning superpowers and the occasional villain. The WB's "Smallville," which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m., is a fun, creative addition to the Superman mythology. ...
    Lucille Esicar (10/21/01)
    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. -- Lucille V. Esicar, 87, formerly of Collinsville, Ill., and Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at Beth-Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal. Born March 24, 1914 in Strudivant, Mo., she was the daughter of Clarence and Maude Rigger...
    Glenda Frissell (10/21/01)
    Glenda P. Frissell of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete Ford & Sons Funeral Home.
    Hugh Gatewood (10/21/01)
    Hugh R. Gatewood, 92, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at the Lutheran Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ford & Sons Funeral Home.
    Lois LaBruyere (10/21/01)
    Associated Press/Alexei Vladykin Soldiers walked by the concrete fence that surrounds Compound 19, a closed military facility in Yekaterinburg, Wednesday.JACKSON, Mo. -- Lois Evelyn LaBruyere, 71, of Jackson, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas...
    Alfa Hedge (10/21/01)
    CRUMP, Mo. -- Alfa Hedge, 101, died at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Stella Brown (10/21/01)
    DELTA, Mo. -- Stella Louise Brown, 66, of Marble Hill, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born at Delta, Feb. 15, 1935, daughter of John Fred Curtis and Suddy Biri Jaco. She was a retired laundry supervisor at the Cape LaCroix Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau...
    Arralee Reep (10/21/01)
    DEXTER -- Arralee Morrison Reep, 85, of Dexter, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. She was born Oct. 4, 1916, at Pansy, Ark., daughter of Carter Morrison and Eula Mae Crosby Morrison. She was married to Glynn Wesley Reep on Nov. 24, 1933, at Rowe, Ark. He preceded her in death Oct. 1, 19992...
    George Bond (10/21/01)
    SHELL KNOB, Mo. -- George William Bond, 82, of Shell Knob, Mo., passed away Friday, Oct., 19 2001, in South Barry County Hospital in Cassville. He was born May 15, 1919 in Chicago, the son of Louis L. and Laura Lucas Bond. On Nov. 16, 1942, in Washington D.C., he was married to Gladys I. Slinkard, who survives...
    Phyllis Finney (10/21/01)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Phyllis Lea Finney, 69, of Scott City, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001 at her home. Born Oct., 12, 1932 in Illmo, Mo., she was the daughter of John and Lilly Blankenship Nation. On Aug. 28, 1955, she was married to Marrion Lee Finney, who died Oct. 19, 1974...
    June Narrow (10/21/01)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cora M. Layton, 98, of Perryville, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at the Perry County Nursing Home. Born Jan. 17, 1903 in Highland, Mo., she was the daughter of Jasper and Pauline C. Lohmann Smith. On Oct. 19, 1920, she was married to Alonzo I. Layton. He died Jan. 13, 1973...
    Alta Eaker (10/21/01)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Alta E. Eaker, 73, of North Fort Myers, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at her home. She was born May 6, 1928, at Glen Allen, Mo., daughter of William M. and Alma Liley Miller. She was a retired cook. She married Jack D. Eaker April 4, 1987...
    June Moser Narrow (10/21/01)
    June C. Moser Narrow, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in St. Louis. Narrow was married to Robert C. Narrow. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Steve Narrow and Jeffrey Narrow ; a brother, Art Moser; sisters, Lois Moser, Betty Grieshaber; and five grandchildren...
    Robert Hood (10/21/01)
    Robert H. Hood, 80, of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at St. Louis Veterans Hospital. Hood was born April 11, 1921, at Gipsy, son of Henry and Daisy Skaggs Hood. He was a retired head sawyer, and had worked at several mills in the area. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army...
    Woodrow King (10/21/01)
    SHELL KNOB, Mo. -- George William Bond, 82, of Shell Knob, Mo., passed away Friday, Oct., 19 2001, in South Barry County Hospital in Cassville. He was born May 15, 1919 in Chicago, the son of Louis L. and Laura Lucas Bond. On Nov. 16, 1942, in Washington D.C., he was married to Gladys I. Slinkard, who survives...
    Woodrow King (10/21/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Woodrow W. King, 88, of Jackson, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 25, 1913 at Leemon, Mo., son of Noah and Mary Pinkston King. He marred Irene M. Brown Nov. 7, 1934. She survives...
    Taylor-Wenger (10/21/01)
    Leah Michelle Taylor and Andrew Joseph Wenger were married Aug. 4, 2001, at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in St. Louis. Msgr. Robert Jovanovic performed the double ring ceremony. Soloist was Terri Rothwell, aunt of the bride, and flutist was Jessi Poepping. Christine Wenger, sister of the groom, read scriptures...
    Seyer-Griffin (10/21/01)
    Myra Lynn Seyer and Robert Joseph Griffin were married Sept. 1, 2001, at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. Charlie Pardee and Msgr. Richard Rolwing performed the double ring ceremony. Christian Cosas of St. Louis provided music. Vocalists were Kristen Foht and Co-bin Stuhlman of St. Louis, and Therese Griffin of Manassas, Va...
    Willenbring-Hughes (10/21/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Julie Jo Willenbring and Sgt. Charles Aaron Hughes were united in marriage June 30, 2001, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Msgr. Edward Eftink performed the double ring ceremony. Organist was Jeff Overbey and vocalist and guitarist was Michael Hughes, father of the groom...
    Welker-Brown (10/21/01)
    Briana Kathleen Welker and Jamie Lee Brown exchanged vows Aug. 4, 2001, at St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rev. J. Friedel performed the double ring ceremony. Readers were Mary Ann Martin, aunt of the bride, and Angie Hulshof, cousin of the bride. Carol Williams of Jackson, Mo., was organist. Vocalists were Lisa Simmons, Vicki and Tim Raines, Ed and Kathy Welker and Mary Jo Shaw, all of Cape Girardeau; Shaugn and Monica Reynolds of Washington, D.C.; and Tom Reynolds of Chicago...
    DeBrock-Towe (10/21/01)
    LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Lisa Michelle DeBrock and Brian Lee Towe were married July 28, 2001, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, Mo. Msgr. Edward Eftink performed the double ring ceremony. Pianist was Heather Weber of Jackson and vocalist was Mandy Dennis of Shreveport, La...
    Gehl-Grant (10/21/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Sheila Gehl of Jackson and Steve Gehl of Jonesboro, Ark., announce the engagement of their daughter, Alisha Gehl, to Chuck Grant. He is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Ellis Grant of Jackson. Gehl is a graduate of Jackson High School. She is employed at Target in Cape Girardeau...
    Gaydos-Brandtner (10/21/01)
    Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gaydos of Reading, Pa., and Roswell, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Lynn Gaydos, to Brian Matthew Brandtner. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brandtner of Cape Girardeau. Gaydos is a 1995 graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau, and received a degree in dental hygiene from Georgia Perimeter College in May 2001...