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Stories from Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Protecting the neighborhood (10/30/01)
Those who live in the Sunset Boulevard area of central Cape Girardeau describe their neighborhood in glowing terms: It's peaceful and contains beautiful, Victorian homes and pre-World War II bungalows that are well kept with nicely trimmed lawns. But resident Curtis Prichard says that isn't the case at every house...
The political fox (10/30/01)
Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Jean Bell Mosley's book "Wide Meadows" that was first published in 1960. "There'll be plenty to answer for now," Grandma glumly predicted, poking the dead fox with her toe. "And you running for sheriff of the county!" Grandpa added, looking accusingly at Dad....
Following instruction (10/30/01)
Nearly all 24 students cringed when the chalk Charlotte Welker swiped across the board squeaked, but that temporary annoyance wasn't enough to distract them from their task. The students in the third-grade class at St. Vincent de Paul parish school in Cape Girardeau quickly went back to practicing their handwriting...
Highway official nixes second park entrance (10/30/01)
Citing safety concerns, a state highway official has refused to allow two entrances to Cape Girardeau County Park North. The county can't retain its existing entrance at the top of a hill on U.S. 61 and build a new one farther west, across from Memorial Park Cemetery, as part of the state's nature center project, said Scott Meyer, Missouri Department of Transportation district engineer in Sikeston, Mo...
Learning briefs 10/30/01 (10/30/01)
Two selected to contend in Heisman program Scott City High School selected Makenzie Cartwright and Andrew Estes as outstanding seniors to contend in the eighth annual Wendy's High School Heisman Program. The program was created through a partnership between Wendy's International, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Downtown Athletic Club, home of the Heisman Memorial Trophy...
Cautious Halloween ahead for children (10/30/01)
Zach Seery isn't concerned about people putting foreign objects in his candy bag this Halloween. The only thing the 8-year-old Cape Girardeau boy is worried about are people who hide behind bushes and jump out at him when he walks up to a house to trick-or-treat Wednesday evening...
Jury selection postponed after killer hospitalized (10/30/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jury selection was postponed Monday in the penalty trial of Keith Nelson, who admitted to kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl, after he was hospitalized for undisclosed reasons. Nelson was at a Leavenworth hospital Monday, stalling jury selection for a trial to determine his sentence. Nelson's attorneys were granted a one-week continuance, though court officials were not allowed to discuss why. The case is set to resume Monday...
Audit says road contests waste money (10/30/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Annual "Roadeo" contests in which state road workers test their skills on big machinery are time- and money-wasters and should be stopped, a state audit said. The state contest was canceled this year, but not because of the audit and not because the competition lacks merit as a training tool, the Missouri Department of Transportation said Monday...
Holden seeks to boost energy efficiency (10/30/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden said Monday his office is looking at ways to change Missouri law so that homes and businesses are more "energy-friendly." The governor's office is preparing proposals for next year's legislative session that may provide more energy aid to low-income families or encourage more energy conservation...
Region digest 6a 10/30 (10/30/01)
Council to close meeting today on legal issues The Cape Girardeau City Council will hold a special meeting behind closed doors at noon today to discuss a legal matter. The meeting, announced in a press release Thursday, did not say what the meeting was about, but Councilman Butch Eggimann said it has to do with litigation and "possibly the finality of litigation," with the city...
After decades, law catches up with 'model citizen' (10/30/01)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- If he hadn't applied for Medicare, there's no telling how long William Burl Broomhead might have kept his secret. Many more years might have passed before the 67-year-old man known to the Newton County sheriff as a model citizen named "Albert Alexander" was revealed as a fugitive from Michigan, where he was convicted of larceny, forgery and breaking and entering...
School uses lie detector in discipline cases (10/30/01)
DUNLAP, Ill. -- As is the case in many small towns, the highway leading into Dunlap is decorated with a few wooden signs supporting the high school and its athletic teams. But even with the Dunlap Eagles in the football playoffs for the first time since 1994, the excitement is being overshadowed by a discipline problem involving players suspended for attending a party at which alcohol was served. In an unusual twist, the school district used lie detector tests to prove some of them were there...
Road commissioners set for test (10/30/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Considering the heat the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission has taken in recent years, serving on the panel that sets state transportation policy is in many ways a thankless job. Though few disagree that Missouri's transportation system is woefully inadequate, there is no legislative or public consensus on how to fix the problems. And the fact that there are problems is -- rightly or wrongly -- laid at the feet of the commission...
Baptists urged to live 'lessons' (10/30/01)
The Rev. Bob Collins urged the 1,936 messengers and visitors gathered at the Show Me Center Monday night for the Missouri Baptist Convention to stand up for what is right and speak against what is wrong, but always to do so in a Christlike manner. Collins, president of the convention, admonished the crowd to have a deliberate devotion to the word of God and to begin living their lives as the Bible teaches instead of just saying they believe its lessons...
Area labor market remains stable (10/30/01)
Labor market conditions remained stable throughout most of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois in September. That could change soon. Many areas have reported layoffs in a variety of jobs, ranging from a few to a lot. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 damaged a U.S. economy already showing some signs of weakness, and the average number of newly laid-off workers over the past month hit a 10-year high nationally...
Exhibit at Sikeston depot to detail 1950s (10/30/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The birth of rock 'n' roll and space exploration, fallout shelters and coonskin hats, transistors and the polio vaccine. The 1950s exhibit put together by Joan Cowell and Marilyn Grant, now on display at the Sikeston Depot, is a part of the "Our Town" series of exhibits by the Depot that not only show what Sikeston was like during a particular decade, but also serve as microcosms of what was happening around the nation and the world at that time...
NYC hospital worker preliminarily tests positive for anthrax (10/30/01)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A 61-year-old hospital worker is "struggling for her survival" after preliminarily testing positive for the dangerous inhalation anthrax, the city health commissioner said Tuesday. The source of the infection is not known. Some environmental samples from the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital have come back negative, while others are pending, and no one else is showing signs of the disease, said Mayor Rudolph Giuliani...
High court, more buildings contaminated with anthrax (10/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- A New Jersey woman became the nation's 15th confirmed anthrax victim Monday, and spores turned up in at least three additional government buildings in a slow, steady spread of bioterrorism. "We believe that the country must stay on the alert, that our enemies still hate us," said President Bush...
Pentagon considers setting up a base in Afghanistan (10/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is considering setting up a base inside Afghanistan from which commandos, and possibly conventional ground troops, would launch missions against Taliban and terrorist targets, defense officials said Monday. This option, which Defense Secretary Donald H. ...
Nasser ousted as CEO of Ford Motor; Chairman takes over (10/30/01)
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Jacques Nasser has been ousted as CEO of the slumping Ford Motor Co., replaced by the great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, the company told employees Tuesday. The move puts a Ford family member in charge of the automaker's day-to-day management for the first time since 1979, when Henry Ford II resigned...
Nation digest 10/30/01 (10/30/01)
Minute of silence withstands challenge WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away a challenge to Virginia's mandatory minute of silence in schools on Monday, declining to take a closer look at the silent prayer issue it last examined 16 years ago...
FBI - Attack threat credible (10/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- For the second time this month, the FBI warned Americans on Monday that terrorists could strike here or abroad, possibly this week. The new alert was based on intelligence reports that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network may strike, officials said...
World digest 10/30/01 (10/30/01)
Israel scales back demands on withdrawal JERUSALEM -- After pulling troops and tanks out of Bethlehem, Israeli officials said Monday the army will leave the other Palestinian areas occupied almost two weeks ago if a cease-fire is maintained -- scaling back earlier demands...
Bulldogs capture district (10/30/01)
Exercising relentless pressure, it was just a matter of time before top-seeded Notre Dame cracked its district-final opponent. And the Bulldogs finally pierced the St. Pius X defense with three second-half goals to gain a 3-0 win and fourth-straight Class 1A-3A, District 1 title at Harry Crisp Field Monday evening...
Sooners still leads Miami in BCS poll (10/30/01)
Even with a loss, Oklahoma is still the choice over Miami in the Bowl Championship Series computer -- but just barely. Nebraska (9-0) replaced Oklahoma in first place in the new Bowl Championship Series standings Monday after its 20-10 win over the Sooners. Despite Saturday's loss, Oklahoma (7-1) was second, .12 ahead of Miami (6-0)...
Difficult losses take toll on SE (10/30/01)
Confidence plays a major role in any sport -- and right now Southeast Missouri State University's football Indians simply aren't a very confident bunch. So said Southeast coach Tim Billings at his weekly media conference Monday, two days after his Indians suffered their third straight loss, a 41-21 setback to Tennessee Tech...
Champion skier critically injured in training accident (10/30/01)
INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Super-G World Cup champion Regine Cavagnoud was hospitalized in life-threatening condition Monday after colliding with a German coach while training on a glacier. "The patient suffered serious head injuries, a serious injury of the brain and several fractures in the face," Dr. Michael Blauth, head of the accident surgery ward of Innsbruck University Clinic, told the Austria Press Agency...
Yanks launch 'The Rocket' at high-flying Diamondbacks (10/30/01)
NEW YORK -- Mark Grace waited his whole baseball life for this moment. So when he finished batting practice Monday night, he headed straight for Monument Park. He'd always wanted to see Yankee Stadium. And now, while the rest of his teammates kept hitting, the Arizona first baseman studied the plaques of Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle...
NBA season opens tonight -- with Jordan (10/30/01)
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan returns to the NBA at the arena where he's had some of his greatest moments. When he came back to Madison Square Garden in 1995 after his first retirement, he scored 55 points against the New York Knicks. Then there was the 42-point game in 1998 when he wore a pair of vintage Air Jordans. On opening night in 1986, he scored 50 points...
Steelers win 34-7, drop Titans to 2-4 (10/30/01)
PITTSBURGH -- A whole lot of Jerome Bettis and Plaxico Burress and a new-found bag of tricks kept the surprising Pittsburgh Steelers in first place -- and put the Tennessee Titans in big, big trouble. Bettis ran for two short-range touchdowns and the Steelers, helped by two grievous errors by Tennessee reserve defensive back Perry Phenix, ended a nearly four-year losing streak against the Titans with an unexpectedly one-sided 34-7 victory Monday night...
Haslett lauds his grinding Saints (10/30/01)
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans coach Jim Haslett likes to describe the Saints as hardworking brawlers, a blue-collar bunch that makes up in toughness what it lacks in style. "We're a great football team, give us credit," was how quarterback Aaron Brooks put it. "We're down and dirty. We grind it out. No style points coming from here."...
Selig won't rule out contraction (10/30/01)
PHOENIX -- Bud Selig says it's possible two major league teams could be eliminated by the start of next season. "Can it be worked out for 2002? Time will tell. But I wouldn't rule it out," the baseball commissioner said Sunday before Arizona beat the New York Yankees 4-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series...
Martz keeps his word, gives players week off despite loss (10/30/01)
ST. LOUIS -- A day after the St. Louis Rams' stunning eight-turnover loss to the New Orleans Saints, coach Mike Martz didn't even think about reneging on his decision to give players the bye week off. He knows they're burning to play again after the Rams became the NFL's last unbeaten team to fall, blowing an 18-point halftime lead in a 34-31 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday...
'Audrey Ushenko - Allegories and Myths' (10/30/01)
Audrey Ushenko has a 4-year-old's memory of Albert Einstein, whose Theory of Relativity her father and Einstein's Princeton colleague, the philosopher Andrew Paul Ushenko, attempted to interpret metaphysically. In his 1953 book "Dynamics of Art," he wrote about his belief in a "meaning field" which transcends any individual consciousness...
Charles Brame as Lincoln in "Zoolander" (10/30/01)
Former Cape Girardeau resident Charles Brame, who has performed as Abraham Lincoln on numerous TV shows and in personal appearances, plays Honest Abe again in the new movie "Zoolander."
Riverlore Mansion open for tours (10/30/01)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Riverlore Mansion, 2723 Washington Ave., is open for tours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. The attraction is owned by the City of Cairo and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For information, phone (618) 734-1840...
Raymond Rampley (10/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Raymond L. Rampley, 69, of Jackson died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond Wilson (10/30/01)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Raymond D. Wilson, 77, of Bloomfield, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield. He was born Aug. 1, 1924, in Chaffee, Mo., the son of Ezra and Rosa Griffin Wilson. Survivors include a brother, Leslie Wilson of Dexter, Mo...
Margaret Parks (10/30/01)
DUDLEY, Mo. -- Margaret Ann Parks, 63, of Dudley died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. She was born June 28, 1938, in Bernie, Mo., to Lawrence and Mildred Spicer Mekan. On Feb. 25, 1956, in Bloomfield, Mo., she married Charles "Bo" Parks. He died Jan. 4, 1983...
Virginia Karraker (10/30/01)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Virginia V. Karraker, 82, of Cairo died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She was born April 26, 1919, in Dongola, Ill., daughter of Arthur Orely and Sadie Susan Sowers Karraker. Karraker was a registered nurse with the Southern Seven Health Department. She was a member of the Church of Christ, the Cairo Business and Professional Women's Club and the Illinois State Nurse's Association...
Elvira Burroughs (10/30/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elvira Gertrude Burroughs, 83, of Perryville died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 2, 1918, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Amalia Oberndorfer Kramer. She and Harold Burroughs were married Aug. 11, 1940. He died Jan. 1, 1990...
Clarence Johnson (10/30/01)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Graveside service for Clarence John Eugene Johnson of Mounds will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at National Cemetery in Mound City, Ill., with full military honors by VFW Post 8891 of Mounds. The Rev. Carl Goodman will officiate. Jones Funeral Home at Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements...
Michael Mathis (10/30/01)
Michael L. Mathis, 44, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, in Bangkok, Thailand. He was a professor at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, and was on an extended sabbatical. Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Zelma Finley (10/30/01)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Funeral for Zelma Finley of Charleston will be held at 11 a.m. today at McMikle Funeral Home. The Rev. David Dowdy will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery. Finley, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston...
Mary Pfeiffer (10/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Mary Mildred Pfeiffer, 91, of St. Louis died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001. She was born Oct. 7, 1910, at Jackson. She married Earl J. Pfeiffer, who died April 7, 1987. Pfeiffer retired from Good Will Industries. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Charles Proffer of St. ...
Margaret Parks (10/30/01)
DUDLEY, Mo. -- Margaret Parks, 63, of Dudley died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Rudy Taylor (10/30/01)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Funeral for Rudy Vallee Taylor of Dexter will be held at 1 p.m. today at Rainey Funeral Home. The Rev. Frank Bain will officiate. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service...
Jeffrey Knight (10/30/01)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Jeffrey Hobert Knight, 47, of Northfield, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, in Chicago, Ill. He was born May 5, 1954, in Cairo, son of J. Hobert and Margaret Sullivan Knight. Knight was a graduate of Meridian High School in Mounds, Ill. He was a self-employed painter...
Verna Cruse (10/30/01)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Verna May Cruse, 89, of Bloomfield died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 19, 1912, in Rockview, Mo., daughter of Tom and Florence Wills Miller. She and Charles A. Cruse were married July 7, 1927, at Benton, Mo. He died Nov. 20, 1973...
Emanuel Woods (10/30/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Funeral for Emanuel B. Woods of Memphis, Tenn., will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Lee Fansler will officiate. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Woods, 82, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at his home...
Delsie Clark (10/30/01)
MILLERSVILLE, Mo. -- Mrs. Mary "Delsie" Clark, 84, of Millersville passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Delsie was born July 2, 1917, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Charley and Minnie Brotherton Wilson. She and Henley Clark were married March 7, 1935...
birthstue.sr 10/30 (10/30/01)
Stoddard Daughter to Andrew James Stoddard and Debbie Sue Laymon of Sikeston, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:49 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001. Name, Savannia Miceala. Weight, 7 pounds 6 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Ms. Laymon is the former Debbie Brewer, daughter of Betty Brewer of Morehouse, Mo. Stoddard is the son of Robyn Brashear of St. Louis. He is employed at Heartland Wood Products...
Cape fire report for 10/30 (10/30/01)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Oct. 30 Firefighters responded to these calls Sunday:At 7:05 p.m., a still alarm at 723 N. West End Blvd. At 11:14 p.m., a vehicle accident with injuries at Silver Springs Road and Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to these calls Monday:At 12:03 a.m., a vehicle accident with injuries at William and Lorimier...
cape police report for 10/30 (10/30/01)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Oct. 30 ArrestsJason Allen Nix, 25, of 148 S. Lorimier, Apt. 10, was arrested Friday for stealing and property damage. Robert Dean Garrity, 25, of 203 S. Pacific, was arrested Friday for stealing and property damage. Derick Ray Bissel, 19, 415 Bellevue, Apt. 206, was arrested Saturday on a warrant...
Jackson fire report for 10/30 (10/30/01)
Jackson Tuesday, Oct. 30 Firefighters responded to this call Sunday: A medical assist on Kimbel Lane. Firefighters responded to these calls Monday: An alarm on East Jackson Boulevard. An alarm on South Colorado.
Out of the past 10/30/01 (10/30/01)
10 years ago: Oct. 30, 1991 Representatives of New Life World Outreach Center's ACT-45 television station have petitioned Citizens Cable TV Committee to add Christian station to Cape Girardeau's cable programming; Jack Cathcart, pastor of church, and several other citizens last week presented committee with petitions that included signatures of 3,000 Cape Girardeau and Jackson residents who want ACT-45 on cable; but Roger Harms, manager of TCI-Cablevision of Missouri, says there are no broadcast slots available for station.. ...
Rural highways need funding assurances (10/30/01)
Among other special-interest groups with something to say on the subject, leaders of the Missouri Farm Bureau are mulling over the possibility of backing an initiative-petition effort to address Missouri's transportation needs. Any such effort would likely go before voters at next year's ballot, in either August or November...
No need for phony religious excuses (10/30/01)
The arrival of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, we are told by some pundits and Islamic worthies, must give us pause in the war against the ruling dictatorship of Afghanistan. This, we are instructed, is a necessity for us to demonstrate that we are sufficiently attuned to certain Muslim sensitivities. At the very least, these voices inform us, we must be prepared to accept some delay in pressing hostilities for this period...
Sergeant keeps track of nephew on Bulldog team (10/30/01)
To the editor: I am a soldier in the U.S. Army currently serving in Germany. I am originally from Portageville, Mo.. My nephew plays for the Portageville Bulldogs and is having an outstanding season. I would like to be able to get online here in Germany and read about his games and stats. ...
Sports Day was good event, but got little notice (10/30/01)
To the editor: It is amazing that when something like an anthrax hoax will get the attention of every news agency from coast to coast, but when something good happens it seems to go unnoticed. On Sunday, my wife and I took our daughter to Houck Stadium for the Southeast Sports Day. It was a little depressing that none of the local press were in attendance. More so the turnout was not very good. There were only a handful of kids...
Speak Out A 10/30/01 (10/30/01)
Informed Democrat WRONG. HERE is one Democrat who was reared by Republicans. I know very well why I am a Democrat, thank you. Getting certified THIS IS in response to the comment "Teaching teachers." I am a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in child development. ...