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Stories from Thursday, November 8, 2001

Reports of suspected anthrax diminishing (11/08/01)
Fear of opening a letter or package and finding deadly white powder apparently has died down locally. Lt. Tracy Lemonds, anti-terrorism coordinator for the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said calls reporting suspected anthrax contamination have decreased significantly in the past week...
Bridgestone/Firestone pays to avert lawsuits (11/08/01)
WASHINGTON -- Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will pay $41.5 million in a settlement to head off lawsuits by states over defective tires the company recalled more than a year ago. Each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will get $500,000, according to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Associated Press...
Flags at half-staff to honor legislator (11/08/01)
Gov. Bob Holden ordered Wednesday that flags on all state facilities be flown at half-staff from dawn today until Saturday in memory of state Sen. Paula Carter, D-St. Louis. Carter, 61, died Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer. Carter was first elected to the House in 1986 and served as president of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus. At her death, she was the head of the caucus foundation...
Cape fire report 11/8 (11/08/01)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 8 Firefighters responded to these calls Tuesday:At 5:04 p.m., an illegal burn at West End Boulevard and Ripley. At 5:21 p.m., a medical assist at a vehicle accident at Central High School. At 11:01 p.m., a medical assist at 100 Country Club...
Some providers still awaiting flu vaccine (11/08/01)
With the peak of the flu season around the corner, most health-care providers recommend getting a flu shot at least by November. But people seeking the vaccine locally may find that difficult advice to follow. Some local flu-shot providers say they either haven't received the vaccine yet or they've already used it up and are awaiting more...
Five veterans to get honorary diplomas (11/08/01)
Five veterans from the area who never finished high school because they left to join the service during times of war will finally receive their high school diplomas. Robert Sides Jr. and Glenn Thomas Wilkerson will receive honorary diplomas from Central High School, and William Doyle Sadler, Donald C. Sadler and Edward N. Sadler will receive their honorary diplomas from Chaffee High School...
Lawmakers ask schools to organize budget needs (11/08/01)
Missouri legislators encouraged a group of about 80 school officials from Southeast Missouri Wednesday to organize the educational needs of the region since money for schools' needs will be harder to come by with a tight state budget. The school superintendents and their assistants gathered at Southeast Missouri State's University Center to talk with state Sen. ...
Despite scare, county tax bills are in the mail (11/08/01)
The anthrax scare won't keep tax bills away or prevent the Cape Girardeau County collector's office from opening the mail. Local taxpayers might wish it had now that school levy hikes and reassessment have raised taxes for many of them. In all, county taxpayers owe $37 million, most of which goes to school districts. But the real estate and personal property taxes also support cities, fire districts, senior citizen centers and other entities...
Author describes movies' role during nation's wars (11/08/01)
Hollywood played a significant role during World War II, helping America form strong opinions about the enemy, encouraging unity within her own shores and building a solid support for the military. Dr. Randy Roberts, a professor at Purdue University, said Hollywood's role continues, and he used clips from films to illustrate that point Wednesday evening in "Re-viewing World War II: Stories and Images from The Great War."...
Cardinal executive seeks backing for stadium (11/08/01)
The St. Louis Cardinals have agreements with St. Louis, St. Louis County and the governor on building a new stadium and Ballpark Village to replace Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. Cardinals' president Mark Lamping was in Cape Girardeau Wednesday to garner support for the new stadium...
Missouri isn't alone experiencing budget problems (11/08/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri isn't alone in experiencing a troubled financial situation, says a report that examined the budgets of all 50 states. The National Conference of State Legislatures, in a report issued Oct. 31, analyzed budget information provided by state budget officials in mid-to-late October for fiscal year 2002. In 46 states, including Missouri, fiscal 2002 began July 1 and runs through June 30...
Community digest 11/8 (11/08/01)
Executive Club meeting to hear actor, singer Dick Conway, an actor and baritone, will be the guest speaker during the 7 p.m. Executive Club meeting Friday at the Drury Inn. Conway has performed in many videos and on the theater stage. He has a degree from Maryville College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst...
Judge blocks enforcement ban on project labor agreements (11/08/01)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of President Bush's executive order barring project labor agreements on federally funded contracts. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the president "lacked the requisite authority" when he issued the order in February banning the labor agreements...
Opening more Social Security files to police draws questions (11/08/01)
WASHINGTON -- A request to make highly personal Social Security files more easily available to law enforcement is testing how much privacy may be sacrificed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The debate has divided officials within the agency that oversees the nation's retirement income program...
Bush, Blair express confidence of victory (11/08/01)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and British Prime Minster Tony Blair, allies in the war on terrorism, confidently offered back-to-back pledges of victory on Wednesday, no matter how long it takes. "We're patient and our close friends are patient, which is bad news for the Taliban and the people they harbor," Bush said at a White House news conference, following more than an hour of talks between the two men...
Post office turns to Congress for financial help (11/08/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Postal Service, battered by anthrax attacks that have left two workers dead, others sick and the public nervous about its mail, is turning to Congress for financial help. Postmaster General John Potter has said the attacks will cost the post office billions of dollars, and estimates of damage and loss of revenues have ranged from $3 billion to $7 billion or more...
Court negates $5 billion damages in Exxon oil spill (11/08/01)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Wednesday threw out as excessive the $5 billion punitive-damages verdict against Exxon for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The court ordered a judge to determine a lesser amount. A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, had ordered the oil giant in 1994 to pay the sum to thousands of commercial fishermen, Alaska natives, property owners and others harmed by the nation's worst oil spill...
Driver's license scam investigated (11/08/01)
PITTSBURGH -- State prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against 56 people in an alleged scam in which bogus driver's licenses were issued for bribes. The investigation has centered on former examiner Robert Ferrari, who authorities say accepted cash and gifts to obtain licenses for 19 drivers whose original licenses had been suspended for violations that included drunken driving...
Stocks end mixed (11/08/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Investors' enthusiasm for stocks dwindled late Thursday on word that the Federal Reserve believes the economy is poised for a short recession. The stock market ended mixed after having soared for most of the day...
Court to decide constitutionality of school drug testing (11/08/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide if leaders of untroubled schools should have the same authority to test students for drugs as do schools with serious narcotics problems. The high court will reconsider the subject of student drug screening in response to conflicting rulings over how far educators can go in keeping classrooms drug-free...
Bush won't meet Arafat at U.N. (11/08/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush will not see Yasser Arafat at the United Nations this weekend, believing the Palestinian leader does not take seriously the U.S. war on terrorism and the al-Qaida terror network, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday...
Top war commander says progress satisfactory in Afghanistan (11/08/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan defended the military's effort on Thursday, saying, "We like the progress we have had up to this point. "It is only those who believe this should be done in two weeks' time ... who are disappointed in this," said Gen. Tommy Franks, who heads the U.S. Central Command...
U.S. seizes terrorist assets (11/08/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration cracked down on Osama bin Laden's multimillion-dollar financial networks at home and abroad Wednesday, closing businesses in four states, detaining U.S. suspects and urging allies to help choke off money supplies in 40 nations...
Belgian planes fly home as airline goes bankrupt (11/08/01)
The Associated Press BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A commercial court declared Sabena bankrupt on Wednesday, as the airline's last scheduled flight flew home to mark the end of the Belgian carrier's 78-year history. Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said a deal had been reached between Belgium's three regional governments and 12 private investors to invest $180 million in a new regional airline that would be formed from Sabena's subsidiary Delta Air Transport...
Cubans check hurricane destruction (11/08/01)
HAVANA -- Cuban officials who traveled to regions hit hard by Hurricane Michelle have found vast destruction: sugar mills wrecked, crops ruined, hundreds of homes destroyed. But with whole communities unreachable by car or telephone, Cuba's communist leaders said they had no clear picture of the overall damage wrought when the storm's 135 mph winds whipped across the island Sunday...
Bolshevik revolution marked by marchers (11/08/01)
MOSCOW -- Criticizing stronger ties with the United States, demonstrators rallied across Russia on Wednesday to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and speak out against an alliance unthinkable during the Cold War. Beneath blankets of red flags, thousands of demonstrators marched in cities from Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast to Moscow, also lamenting the economic hardships that have marred the decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union...
Opposition claims gains in fighting for key northern city (11/08/01)
JABAL SARAJ, Afghanistan -- The Afghan opposition claimed its fighters edged closer to the strategic northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday, and U.S. special forces reported northern alliance fighters on horseback charged Taliban tanks and armored personnel carriers...
European Central Bank cuts its key interest rate (11/08/01)
AP Business WriterFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank cut its main interest rate by a half percentage point Thursday, making only its fourth cut this year amid mounting signs of a deepening economic slowdown. The cut took the ECB's main refinancing rate to 3.25 percent. The decision by the bank's 18-member policy council to cut was widely expected, although most economists had predicted only a quarter-point cut...
Central survives sectional in 2OT (11/08/01)
It's not often that a football team is able to win a game when the opposing quarterback compiles the outrageous figure of 544 total yards worth of offense. But Wednesday night's Class 4A sectional game at Houck Stadium between Cape Girardeau Central and visiting North County was not your typical contest...
Indians improve to 11-0 with 5A Sectional victory (11/08/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- They say speed kills. Well, so do five motivated linemen, a tough fullback and a talented backup tailback just waiting to get his chance. After the state's fastest running back, Mario Whitney, exited the game late in the first half with a concussion, there was no panic on the sideline...
Charleston wins in 2A (11/08/01)
Southeast Missourian PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Charleston quarterback Dontay Clark rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Bluejays ended Portageville's surprising season with a 27-6 victory in the Class 2A Sectional round Wednesday. Clark had touchdown runs of 1, 61 and 71 yards for Charleston (9-2)...
Seniors Guccione, Thiele help Otahks to OVC soccer title (11/08/01)
Southeast Missouri State University's record-setting soccer season has been fueled in large part by an exceptional freshmen class that lifted the Otahkians' talent level considerably. But coach Heather Nelson is quick to point out that the Otahkians likely wouldn't have accomplished nearly as much as they have this year without the play -- and leadership -- of the squad's only two senior starters, forward Nichole Thiele and goalkeeper Beth Guccione...
Murray St.'s Avant charged with sending bomb threats (11/08/01)
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State basketball player Jamar Avant was suspended from the team after being charged with sending two e-mailed bomb threats. Avant, 20, of Murphysboro, Ill., was charged with terroristic threatening, a felony. He was jailed in Calloway County in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond...
Indians will be put on exhibit (11/08/01)
Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball coach Gary Garner has been pleased with his young, inexperienced squad's progress in practice but he has no idea what to expect from the Indians once they go up against another team. Garner will get a chance to start finding out tonight when the Indians take on Division II Missouri-St. Louis in an exhibition contest at the Show Me Center...
Legal threats rumble in wake of owners' contraction plan (11/08/01)
NEW YORK -- Negotiations over eliminating teams could start as soon as today, when representatives of baseball owners meet with the union and players. A day after owners voted to get rid of two clubs -- with Montreal and Minnesota the top candidates -- former commissioner Fay Vincent criticized owners for making their decision without consulting the union...
Cape Central 8th-grade girls split with Jackson (11/08/01)
Cape Central's eighth-grade girls 'B' team (4-1) defeated Jackson 27-25 Tuesday behind eight points by Lauren Loftis. Jackson won the 'A' team game 28-14. Kate Coughlin led Cape Central (1-6) with seven points.
Rookie with an 'A' game (11/08/01)
ST. LOUIS -- There's no question which one of the St. Louis Rams' three first-round draft picks is the favorite of coach Mike Martz. It's not defensive tackle Damione Lewis, the 12th overall choice, who's been splitting time with Bryan Young, a fifth-rounder last year. It's not Ryan Pickett, another defensive tackle and the 29th player taken, who's playing sparingly after leaving Ohio State a year early...
Stringer family to sue Vikings (11/08/01)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The family of Korey Stringer will seek more than $100 million in a suit against the Minnesota Vikings for alleged negligence in the Pro Bowl tackle's death from heatstroke during training camp. Stringer's agent, James Gould, said the suit will name several members of the organization, emphasizing the family was disappointed by what it felt was a cold response from the Vikings in the aftermath of the offensive lineman's death...
Conyers vows to fight elimination of two MLB teams (11/08/01)
AP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee vowed Thursday to fight the decision by baseball owners to eliminate two major league teams by next season. "This is like a game of musical chairs -- two teams will be left standing and their fans will be left out in the cold," Michigan Democrat John Conyers said. ...
If your nose is running, you probably don't have anthrax (11/08/01)
On the Net: CDC site: www.bt.cdc.gov/ By Daniel Q. Haney ~ The Associated Press Doctors have a new clue to help sort out whether people with aches and coughs have the ominous first signs of inhaled anthrax or ordinary colds and flu: Anthrax victims don't have runny noses...
Child's play - with pain (11/08/01)
Jessica Sinn wanted days without pain more than she wanted to play basketball. The Cape Girardeau high school senior recently gave up sports because of past knee injuries that left her in constant pain. While playing sports can be great exercise for many teen-agers and children, it can also set the stage up for serious health risks if athletes aren't prepared to play...
McGraw gets entertainer of year at CMA (11/08/01)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tim McGraw was named best entertainer at the Country Music Association awards Wednesday night during a ceremony that pushed patriotism front-and-center. McGraw added an addendum to his acceptance speech thanking record company executives and his wife, singer Faith Hill. He shouted out his gratitude to U.S. soldiers fighting in the war on terrorism...
Winners at the 2001 Country Music Award Association Awards (11/08/01)
Entertainer: Tim McGraw Female vocalist: Lee Ann Womack Male vocalist: Toby Keith Single: "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" by The Soggy Bottom Boys featuring Dan Tyminski, producer T. Bone Burnett...
Jueldeen Livingston (11/08/01)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Jueldeen Kathleen Livingston, 81, of Scott City died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Rudolph and Gracie Mae Hensley Palmer. She and Harold Lee Livingston were married Oct. 26, 1940, at Bloomfield, Mo. He died April 16, 1997...
Mamie Rexer (11/08/01)
ANNA, Ill. -- Funeral for Mamie Rexer of Anna will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. The Rev. Sidney Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Waltersburg Methodist Cemetery in Pope County. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. Monday...
Anita Sievers (11/08/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Anita E. Sievers, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call today from 4-8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Charles Crawford (11/08/01)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Funeral for Charles A. Crawford of Wappapello will be held at 7 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, Mo. Glenn Marshall will officiate. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Puxico Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today...
William Killian (11/08/01)
William Leo Killian, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Charleston General Hospital in Charleston, W.Va. He was born June 26, 1946, in Harrisburg, Pa., son of Jack and Pauline Burns Killian. He and Elizabeth Brannock were married April 30, 1965, in Bethesda, Md. She died April 8, 2000...
Karen Kennedy (11/08/01)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- A memorial service for Karen J. Kennedy of Olive Branch will be held at 10 a.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. Kennedy, 61, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at her home. She was born July 3, 1940, in Tamms, daughter of Clyde and Anna May Dillman Tatum Sr. She married Lee Kennedy, who preceded her in death...
La Verne Dilallo (11/08/01)
LaVerne Kieffer Dilallo, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1919, in Evansville, Ill., daughter of George Edward and Barbara Reinhardt Kieffer. She and Ferdinand Dilallo were married May 13, 1938, in St. Louis...
Juanita Dowdy (11/08/01)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Juanita Dowdy, 73, of Ullin, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at her home. Born Feb. 5, 1928, in Thebes, Ill., she was the daughter of Richard and Zelva Dunning Bennett. A member of the Ullin Pentecostal Church, Dowdy was a bus driver for the Egyptian Community School District for 15 years. She belonged to the Wetaug Homemakers Extension Service and served as secretary and treasurer for the group...
Sandra Romberg (11/08/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sandra Lee Romberg, 58, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Jan. 17, 1943, at Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of Orbia Lee and Mildred Virginia Brown Smith. Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Mantle of Savannah, Tenn., Shannon Long of Sikeston; her mother, Mildred Christian of Gravel Ridge, Ark.; four brothers, Johnny Smith of Calico Rock, Ark., William Smith of Gravel Ridge, Johnny Anditon and George Anditon of Little Rock, Ark.; four sisters, Evelyn Ayers of Beckley, W.Va., Patsy Wells of Knoxville, Tenn., Thelma Gulley of Farmington, Mo., Debbie Maine of Calico Rock; and five grandchildren.. ...
Johnny Alexander (11/08/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Johnny Hester Alexander, 85, formerly of Sikeston, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at his home in Jackson. Born May 21, 1916, in Puryear, Tenn., son of the late Charlie Hester and Ollie Miller Alexander, he was a member of the Shady Acres Church of Christ in Sikeston, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, an early member of the Elks' Lodge, a lifetime member of the PGA and various civic organizations...
Births 11/8/01 (11/08/01)
Daughter to Mark and Connie Klein of Jackson, Tenn., Jackson General Hospital, 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001. Name, Cassidy Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 4 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Mrs. Klein is the former Connie Jansen, daughter of Leonard and Joyce Jansen of Cape Girardeau. Klein is the son of Rose Klein of Cairo, Ill., and the late John Klein. He is director of supply chain at Porter Cable...
Jackson fire report 11/8 (11/08/01)
Jackson Thursday, Nov. 8 Firefighters responded to this call Monday: An alarm sounding on East Jackson Boulevard. Firefighters responded to this call Tuesday: A gas leak on East Jackson Boulevard. A medical assist on South Hope. Firefighters responded to this call Wednesday:...
Cape police report 11/08/01 (11/08/01)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 8 Arrests Cory Richard Bates, 18, St. Charles, Mo., was arrested Tuesday for probation violation. Floyd Lewis Jones, 44, 303 S. Pacific, was arrested Tuesday for fraud. Mary Christina Mays, 20, Chaffee, Mo., was arrested Tuesday for contempt of court...
Out of the past 11/8/01 (11/08/01)
10 years ago: Nov. 8, 1991 One year after Cape Girardeau voters killed tax hike to fund sports complex at Shawnee Park, project could be resurrected through private donations and use of city's tourism fund; sports complex, which would include construction of five soccer fields, including lighted stadium, and five-field softball complex, is expected to cost about $2 million...
Together, we make schools great (11/08/01)
$$$Start By Ron L. Anderson JACKSON, Mo. -- Nov. 11-17 will mark the 80th annual observance of American Education Week, a time for remembering our public schools and the relationships among teachers, support staff, students, parents and community...
School Adopt-A-Hero program is refreshing (11/08/01)
Three Cape Girardeau elementary schools recently bestowed Adopt-A-Hero honors on three Cape Girardeans. Franklin Elementary School surprised Cape Girardeau policeman Al Spencer, the school's Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, with the award. Alma Schrader Elementary School named Cape Girardeau firefighter Michael Morgan its hero. And Jefferson Elementary School presented the honor to Corona Harper, a 91-year-old substitute teacher...
Cape Girardeau tourism remains healthy (11/08/01)
The nation's tourism industry is feeling the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and conditions could worsen if people don't start traveling again. The hijacking by terrorists of four commercial jetliners helped throw the airline industry into financial chaos when flights were grounded and airports were closed...
Daily Tribune's sports editor paid ultimate price (11/08/01)
To the editor: If you saw or heard about the death of Kent Heitholt last week, it probably wouldn't register very high. It should, because it makes one examine priorities. Heitholt was sports editor of the Daily Tribune in Columbia, Mo. In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, he was beaten to death in the paper's parking lot. Police have no suspects or motive. I had the honor of knowing Heitholt both personally and professionally. My prayers go to his wife and two children...
News media should inform, not add panic (11/08/01)
To the editor: Technological advancements have given the news media the ability to cover current events in greater depth and detail than we could have ever imagined. In times of crisis, this type of news coverage can be an asset to the public, but it can be a hindrance as well...
Speak Out A 11/08/01 (11/08/01)
Be careful SOMEONE CALLED Speak Out and said the reason Saddam Hussein is still living is because President Bush was in the office at the time. That is not true. Bush had limits on what he could do, and when he reached the limit he had to stop. I think people should be careful what they say whether they think something they know is true or not...