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Stories from Thursday, November 1, 2001

Filing forces mayoral primary (11/01/01)
When former Cape Girardeau city councilman Melvin Gateley filed for mayor Wednesday, he set up a three-way race that will force the city's first mayoral primary since 1986. Gateley will face banker Jay Knudtson and Walter White, who works at Superior Essex Co. in Sikeston, Mo., meaning there will be a Feb. 2 primary to whittle the number to two before the April 2 general election...
Fugitive militant cops plea in 1975 bombing (11/01/01)
LOS ANGELES -- Former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara Jane Olson pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing bombs with intent to murder policemen during the violent era of the revolutionary group in 1975. The surprise plea came in an agreement that does not guarantee Olson a specific sentence. Her lawyers said they expected her to get about five years in prison, but the judge warned she could be sentenced to life behind bars...
Autoharp virtuoso in concert tonight (11/01/01)
Autoharp virtuoso Brian Bowers will perform at 7 tonight at the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University. Admission is $10 and includes gourmet coffee and cookies. The concert will benefit radio station KRCU 90.9 FM. A recording of Bowers recorded live at the Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville, Mo., will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Saturday on the KRCU program "Your Folk Connection." The program also will be broadcast at 7 Sunday night on WSIU/WUSI/WVSI...
Detention basin progresses (11/01/01)
The federal government is close to handing over the final $1.7 million needed to finish Cape Girardeau's 157-acre dry detention basin, which will wrap up 10 years and $48 million worth of construction on the Cape LaCroix-Walker Branch flood-control project...
GOP women to meet (11/01/01)
The state highway system will be up for discussion when state Rep. Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, speaks at the next meeting of the Cape County Republican Women. The meeting will be held at 11:45 Friday at the Cape Girardeau Holiday Inn.
Jay Nixon to talk at chamber coffee (11/01/01)
Attorney General Jay Nixon, first elected to the post in 1992, will be speaker at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee at the Show Me Center Friday. Nixon, a native of De Soto, Mo., is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, received a political science degree in 1978 and law degree in 1981...
Dinner to be tribute to Sikeston businessman (11/01/01)
A longtime Sikeston area businessman who died last year will be honored at a tribute dinner at the Sikeston Ramada Inn Nov. 8. Art Hobbs was a partner at Spitzmiller Hobbs & Bridges for 35 years and volunteered in many Sikeston organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, the Jaycees, the Lions Club and the South East chapter of CPAs...
Sign club to meet at Westfield mall (11/01/01)
A new sign club will begin holding meetings from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Westfield Shoppingtown West Park in Cape Girardeau. The club is for anyone who is interested in sign language, or wants to learn more about sign language and deaf culture. Everyone is welcome, whether deaf, hearing, interpreters or those who want to learn more. ...
Bass Pro to anchor KC mall (11/01/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A foundering Kansas City shopping mall is counting on sporting goods giant Bass Pro Shops to reel in new customers. The 21-year-old Bannister Mall, hurt in recent years by stiff competition and a poor public image, is being transformed into a bright, history-themed mall and renamed Three Trails Center...
Judge throws out sexual harassment suit against House (11/01/01)
ST. LOUIS -- A judge has thrown out a $2 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the Missouri House brought by a former House worker. St. Louis County Circuit Judge James Hartenbach did not indicate why he granted a summary judgment Monday and threw out Carrie Fisher's case. Lawyers for the House had argued that the 27-year-old House publications worker lacked grounds to sue...
Guard to provide security at Missouri nuclear facilities (11/01/01)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Holden on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to provide security at the Callaway Nuclear Plant and the University of Missouri at Columbia's research reactor. About 30 members of the 2175th Military Police unit based in St. Clair were already being deployed to the two locations, said military officials, who declined to say how the forces would be divided...
Baptists consider taking legal action (11/01/01)
Missouri Baptists ended their annual meeting Wednesday by setting the stage for legal action that could pit a number of Baptist boards and agencies against the state convention. Messengers, or voting delegates, also approved a slate of candidates endorsed by a conservative faction in the Missouri Baptist Convention. This year marks the fourth consecutive year candidates endorsed by Project 1000 of the Missouri Baptist Laymen's Association have taken key leadership roles in the convention...
GOP fears order allows for strike (11/01/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate Republicans continued their probe of Gov. Bob Holden's executive order on collective bargaining on Wednesday, raising questions about state policies relating to illegal strikes by state workers. For the third time, Mike Hartmann, Holden's commissioner of administration, appeared before the all-GOP Senate Interim Committee on Public Employee Collective Bargaining...
PSC OKs gas-rate cuts for winter (11/01/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved another round of winter natural gas rate reductions. One day after approving reduced rates for more than 500,000 natural gas customers across the state, the PSC announced reduced rates for about 88,000 customers of AmerenUE in 20 counties...
Preliminary testing finds anthrax at KC postal facility (11/01/01)
Associated Press Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- More than 170 people were taking antibiotics as a precaution Thursday after preliminary tests indicated traces of anthrax at a specialized Kansas City postal facility. No employees have become ill and there was no apparent risk to the public, health and postal officials said...
Terrorism takes toll on economy (11/01/01)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, weak from a yearlong slowdown and battered by the terrorist attacks, declined in the July-September quarter in the strongest signal yet the country has slipped into a recession. The Bush administration insisted that quick congressional passage of a stimulus package could avoid a full-blown downturn...
Agreement reached in Microsoft case (11/01/01)
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department reached a tentative agreement Wednesday to settle the historic antitrust case against the software giant, and state attorneys general were reviewing terms of the deal, according to people familiar with the talks...
Ashcroft announces immigration crackdown (11/01/01)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The government tightened its immigration policies Wednesday, promising to use more extensive background checks and better intelligence-sharing to keep out suspected terrorists and their supporters. Attorney General John Ashcroft asked the State Department to designate 46 terrorist organizations whose members or supporters will not be permitted to enter the country...
Anti-smoking commercial spoofs Philip Morris ads (11/01/01)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health is injecting a dark sense of humor into its anti-smoking campaign, releasing a TV ad that spoofs Philip Morris' commercials. The new ad features a singing corpse, dancing tobacco executives and lyrics that include, "Every eight seconds a smoker dies -- it's becoming routine! But let's stay focused on the positive: Those seven seconds in between."...
Consumer spending plunges 1.8 percent in September (11/01/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers jolted by the terror attacks and rising layoffs cut back on spending in September by the largest amount in more than 14 years. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that spending plunged by 1.8 percent in September, following a modest 0.3 percent gain in August...
Jetliner escorted by fighter jets to Detroit Metro Airport (11/01/01)
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -- Fighter jets escorted a Northwest Airlines jetliner with 78 people aboard to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Thursday because a note was found mentioning a bomb. Flight 191 from Reagan Washington National Airport to Minneapolis was diverted to Detroit Metro and landed at 10:12 a.m., Northwest said in a statement...
Hospital worker dies of anthrax (11/01/01)
NEW YORK -- A hospital worker with a mysterious case of inhalation anthrax died early Wednesday, the nation's fourth fatality in a month of bioterrorism. Kathy T. Nguyen, 61, died three days after checking herself into Lenox Hill Hospital and being diagnosed as New York City's first case of the inhaled form of the disease...
WTC death certificates not sought by relatives (11/01/01)
NEW YORK -- More than a month after the city made it easier for families of World Trade Center victims to obtain death certificates, city attorneys say they are surprised at how few have applied for them. "They're not coming in," said Lorna Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Corporation Counsel, the city's legal arm. "It's an absolute mystery."...
Stocks sharply higher, rising on Microsoft news (11/01/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- A possible settlement in the Microsoft antitrust case and a positive outlook for the semiconductor industry gave the stock market a big lift Thursday, outweighing drops in manufacturing activity and consumer spending and rising layoffs...
Powell meets with Russian minister to prepare for Putin visit (11/01/01)
AP Diplomatic WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and Russia would cut the number of nuclear warheads by about two-thirds, a U.S. official said Thursday, under an agreement being discussed before President Bush and President Vladimir Putin meet in two weeks...
Anthrax in NYC victim 'indistiguishable' from germ on letter (11/01/01)
Associated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- The anthrax that killed a Manhattan hospital worker is virtually identical to the bacteria found in contaminated letters sent to the Senate majority leader and media outlets in New York, a federal medical official said Thursday...
People talk 11/1/01 (11/01/01)
Snoop Dogg's attorney says status to blame OBERLIN, Ohio -- A lawyer for rap star Snoop Dogg appeared in court to plead innocent on behalf of his client, who was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop. The 30-year-old rapper-actor, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of $250 and 30 days in jail...
Man accused of hijacking claims he fled brutal Taliban (11/01/01)
LONDON -- A man accused of hijacking a passenger plane from Afghanistan to London says he fled the country after experiencing the brutality of the Taliban regime. Ali Safi, 38, told jurors at the Old Bailey Wednesday that he witnessed massacres, public executions and amputations after the Taliban took control of the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif in 1998...
Israeli strikes with helicopter missile (11/01/01)
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli helicopter missile killed a senior member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Wednesday, and Israeli troops gunned down five other militants, including two plotting to ambush settlers. Despite the violence, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel was ready to negotiate with the Palestinians...
Taliban claim U.S. bombing damages hospital (11/01/01)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Heavy bombers went into action over northern Afghanistan Wednesday, pounding frontline Taliban positions in an increase in U.S. support for opposition forces in the field. In this southern stronghold, Taliban authorities took the first foreign journalists allowed into the city to the ruins of a hospital they claimed was damaged in U.S. military strikes Wednesday. There was no independent confirmation of the claim, which said 15 people died and 25 were wounded...
Turkey to send 90-member special force to Afghanistan (11/01/01)
Associated Press WriterANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey said Thursday that it would contribute a 90-strong special forces unit to the U.S.-led operation in Afghanistan, heeding a U.S. request for help from NATO's only Muslim member. Turkey said its special forces, which have fought Kurdish rebels for 15 years in southeast Turkey, in mountainous conditions that resemble parts of Afghanistan, could strengthen the loosely organized forces of the northern alliance that opposes the ruling Taliban.. ...
Pakistani police arrest suspect in masssacre of Christians (11/01/01)
Associated Press WriterMULTAN, Pakistan (AP)-- A member of a militant Islamic group was arrested Thursday in connection with the weekend massacre of 16 people at a Protestant church service, police said. Shafiq ur-Rehman, a member of the extremist Sipah-e-Sahaba, was believed to have provided unspecified support to the six masked gunmen who massacred 15 worshippers and one Muslim police guard Sunday at St. ...
Princess Margaret leaves hospital after tests (11/01/01)
LONDON (AP) -- Princess Margaret, the 71-year-old sister of Queen Elizabeth II, left a hospital Thursday after undergoing tests. Buckingham Palace has declined to give any details on why Margaret was admitted Monday to the King Edward VII Hospital. British press reports said the princess was being tested for possible stomach problems...
Central aims to turn out the Knights (11/01/01)
Knowing full well that Cape Central's run defense held the Knights to 105 yards last year and knowing that his team did have some success throwing the ball, Farmington coach Mike Thebeau said he'll stick with the run tonight. And to that, the Tigers say: Bring it on...
Prep football - tonight's games (11/01/01)
PERRYVILLE (2-7, 0-2 CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 1) AT SIKESTON (5-4, 0-2) Last week: Cape Central 48, Perryville 14; Farmington 37, Sikeston 31 Last year: Sikeston 24, Perryville 7 Perryville coach Lance Bell: "We might have a shot. ...
MU's running game shows improvement (11/01/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In Missouri's season-opening loss to Bowling Green, Tiger running backs Zack Abron and Zain Gilmore combined for 28 yards on 17 carries. Afterward, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel pledged to make his running game a priority. It seems to have come to life...
Blues block off Avalanche 1-0 (11/01/01)
DENVER -- Al MacInnis scored on the first shot of the game, and Brent Johnson posted his fifth career shutout as the St. Louis Blues beat Colorado 1-0 on Wednesday night. Johnson stopped all 26 shots he faced, including back-to-back attempts by Joe Sakic with six minutes left...
World Series draws more viewers than Jordan (11/01/01)
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan had no chance against the World Series. About 13 million more U.S. TV homes tuned in to see the New York Yankees play the Arizona Diamondbacks than watched Jordan's first game with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night...
Yankees refuse to die, tie series (11/01/01)
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter became baseball's first Mr. November, hitting a home run with two outs in the bottom of 10th inning to lift the New York Yankees over Arizona 4-3 Wednesday night and tie the World Series at two games each. Tino Martinez saved the Yankees with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Byung-Hyun Kim, then Jeter connected off the Diamondbacks' closer...
3 days rest - What's the big deal? (11/01/01)
NEW YORK -- Like everything else in baseball, pitching isn't an exact science. There are as many opinions about throwing a ball 60 feet, 6 inches as there are men who have made their living at it. The modern theory is that pitchers need adequate rest between starts. The prescribed recovery time is usually four days. That's why Curt Schilling's start on just three days' rest in Wednesday night's Game 4 of the World Series created such a fuss...
Yankees use stellar defense, win Game 3 (11/01/01)
NEW YORK -- Facing an 0-2 deficit for the second time this postseason, the New York Yankees once again turned to their defense to get them back into a series. No, not from Derek Jeter, whose remarkable relay provided the key in the first round against Oakland. This time, the Yankees got diving plays by Alfonso Soriano and Shane Spencer that preserved a sixth-inning tie and helped the Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night...
EKU is model football program (11/01/01)
This Saturday night we face the challenge of playing a nationally ranked football team at Houck Stadium. Eastern Kentucky is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels are ranked 23rd in one national poll and 25th in another. There is no doubt that the Colonels are as good as any team in the OVC and probably should be ranked higher. ...
Sports digest 11/1/01 (11/01/01)
McGriff to remain a Cub for 2002 CHICAGO -- First baseman Fred McGriff will be back in a Chicago Cubs uniform for the 2002 season, the team announced Wednesday. McGriff, 38, exercised his player option and will return to the team for a second season. He came to Chicago on July 27, when the Cubs acquired him from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to add power to the lineup and discourage pitchers from walking Sammy Sosa...
Beware bioterrorism - Authorities learn to handle threats (11/01/01)
NEW YORK If the doctors who examined Joseph Curseen had known where he worked, they might have recognized the Maryland postal worker had anthrax instead of the flu. Gov. George Pataki's office in Manhattan might not have become a "hot zone" if, as state health officials believe, his police escort hadn't tracked anthrax spores back there from NBC...
Health digest 11/1/01 (11/01/01)
Licensed Practical Nurses seminar planned Nov. 15 The Missouri League for Nursing Inc. will sponsor a workshop Nov. 15 on assessment skills for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) at Southeast Missouri Hospital's Generations Center. Instructors will be either Patricia Jentsch of Lincoln University or Pati Cox, a coordinator of practical nursing at Rolla Technical Center...
Dropping specialist referral does not boost use (11/01/01)
When a Boston HMO gave patients direct access to specialists, it braced for a flurry of calls for appointments. The calls never came. Until 1998, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, like other managed care plans required patients to get authorization from their primary care doctor before they could be seen by most specialists. Such "gatekeeping" policies are used to keep costs down and coordinate care...
Being prepared for serious business (11/01/01)
Nov. 1, 2001 Dear Leslie, Last night in dreamland a woman said the time had come to get serious. Someone with a British accent had told her the next 72 hours are going to be crucial. She asked if I had any ideas about what we'd need. Assuring her that she knew what was needed better than I did, I dozed off in a different direction...
Leona Whitehead (11/01/01)
Leona Janice Whitehead, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter, Mo. She was born July 29, 1919, at Morley, Mo., the daughter of William Elic Bailey and Lula Johnson Bailey. She married Leroy Wendell Whitehead at Bernie, Mo., on Sept. 14, 1940. He died Feb. 3, 1995...
Vernie Holland (11/01/01)
William Vernie Holland, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1928, at Lilbourn, Mo., son of William Vernie and Carrie Mae Brooks Holland. He and Shirley Wingfield were married Nov. 1, 1953, in Pontotoc, Miss...
Josephine Ogborn (11/01/01)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Graveside service for Josephine M. Ogborn of Cobden will be held at 10 a.m. today at Cobden Cemetery, with the Rev. Scott Harner officiating. Friends may call at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Cobden after 9 a.m. Ogborn, 81, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill...
Charles McIntosh (11/01/01)
ANNA, Ill. -- Charles E. McIntosh, 91, of Anna died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. He was born Sept. 3, 1910, in Union County, Ill., son of Willie and Eva Hinkle McIntosh. He and Irene Casper were married Jan. 9, 1932. She died May 17, 1991...
Luella Biler (11/01/01)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Funeral for Luella Regina Biler of Chaffee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph Duffner will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Catholic Cemetery at New Madrid, Mo. Friends may call at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee after 4 p.m. Friday. The rosary will be recited at 7...
Doyle Graham (11/01/01)
ANNA, Ill. -- Funeral for Doyle Graham of Anna will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Hileman and Parr Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill. The Rev. Scott Harner will officiate. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today...
James Richardson (11/01/01)
ORAN, Mo. -- James Walter Richardson, 70, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, in Chesterfield. He was born June 19, 1931, at Dexter, Mo., son of C.B. and Eliza Luster Richardson. Richardson had been a maintenance worker with Spann Building and Maintenance Co. in St. Louis. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Oran, Mo...
Floyd Holt (11/01/01)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Floyd Holt, 79, of Kevil, Ky., died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Miner Nursing Center. He was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Bicknell, Ind., son of Albert and Nell Johnson Holt. He and Mary Heath were married Aug. 31, 1946. She died in February 1981...
Michael Mathis (11/01/01)
Michael Lynn Mathis, 44, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, in Bangkok, Thailand. He was born Jan. 31, 1957, in Wurszburg, Germany, son of Billie Gene and Oralea Prater Mathis. Mathis grew up in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was a graduate of Richland High School. He received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, master's degree from Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark...
Births 11/1/01 (11/01/01)
Dorris Son to Kevin Wade and Jessica Dorris of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 9:28 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. Name, Ethan Thomas. Weight, 5 pounds 14 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Dorris is the former Jessica Hubbard, daughter of Jim and Cathy Hubbard of Kirkwood, Mo. She is employed at Workforce Employment Solutions. Dorris is the son of William and Rhonda Dorris of Shawneetown, Mo. He is employed at Nordenia USA Inc...
Cape police report 11/01/01 (11/01/01)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 01 ArrestsJeffrey Allen Dunavent, 27, 2540 Hilltop, was arrested Tuesday for failure to appear.. TheftA compact disc player was reported stolen Tuesday at 3834 Eagle Ridge. A compact disc player and a cellular telephone were reported stolen Tuesday at 232 Shirley Drive...
Cape fire report 11/1 (11/01/01)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 1 Firefighters responded to these calls Wednesday:At 10:06 a.m., a kitchen fire at 1112 N. Frederick. At 1:23 p.m., a medical assist in the rear of 205 S. Middle. At 1:42 p.m., a fire alarm at 325 N. Sprigg. Jackson Thursday, Nov. 1...
Out of the past 11/1/01 (11/01/01)
10 years ago: Nov. 1, 1991 Estimated 4,000 youngsters and young at heart turned out last night for West Park Mall's annual Safe Halloween Party; although weather outside was damp, mall was transformed into weather-perfect pumpkin patch for holiday...
The perspective from Belarus (11/01/01)
Last week at this time I was in Minsk, Belarus, the capital city of a former Soviet republic bordering Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and the Ukraine. At the heart of one of the city's centers is a stunning memorial to the Belarusian soldiers who fell in the Soviet war on Afghanistan. It stands alone on the Island of Tears in the middle of the river that snakes through Minsk...
Realistic security measures are needed (11/01/01)
Americans are slowly returning to familiar routines seven weeks after the terrorist attacks, but they have become discernibly cautious, aware of the fact that the horrible events of Sept. 11 could be repeated at any time. The terrorist attacks and the nation's subsequent war against terrorism demand that Americans maintain constant vigilance, that they be alert to suspicious and unusual activities, and that they report such activities to law enforcement...
War bonds would help keep Americans focused (11/01/01)
Not since World War II have Americans been able to buy U.S. war bonds, but it appears they soon will be able to do so again in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. Proceeds from Treasury savings bonds, including war bonds, go into a general pot of money that can be used for any government expenditure...
Speak Out A 11/01/01 (11/01/01)
This time next year IS THERE any chance that the bridge in Arena Park will be finished before next year's fair? Give them support IT'S HARD to believe how ungrateful some people are toward our law-enforcement officers. The people in New York, I'm sure, are very grateful for their law-enforcement and firefighting personnel. ...