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Stories from Thursday, November 29, 2001

Disabled veteran isn't particular about gifts (11/29/01)
Mr. D. lives alone and hasn't seen his closest relatives in New York for 12 years. He has no children and will be alone for the holidays. He is in failing health and suffers back pains. He served in the armed services and is now disabled. Mr. D isn't too particular about the gifts he'd like for Christmas. He needs sheets and pillowcases for a twin-size bed, toiletries and disposable razors...
Farm Bureau policy shift could affect roads debate (11/29/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A possible major policy shift by a key special-interest group could strongly influence next year's debate in the General Assembly on increasing taxes for transportation. A committee of the Missouri Farm Bureau recommended in October that the group support efforts to boost funding for the state Department of Transportation if certain conditions are met. Farm Bureau members will vote Monday on whether to adopt that policy...
Passerby alerts woman to fire (11/29/01)
Angie Rinck wasn't the only Southeast Missouri State University student groveling for an extension on a final paper this week. But when she turned her paper in Wednesday, a day late, she probably had the best excuse: She spent a night saving someone from a burning building...
Passing ambulance spots house on fire (11/29/01)
GORDONVILLE, Mo. -- A house fire that possibly started in a chimney was discovered by a passing ambulance Wednesday night. The house on County Road 216 near the intersection of Highway 74 was noticed by personnel from Cape County Ambulance Service shortly after 9:30 p.m., firefighters said. Flames were reported shooting out of the chimney...
Missourian makes changes in paper's advertising leadership (11/29/01)
Changes in the Southeast Missourian's advertising leadership will mean more community focus and progressive ad campaigns, Wally Lage, publisher, said Wednesday in announcing the changes. Kris Dowell was named the newspaper's advertising director Wednesday, coming to Cape Girardeau from The Peru Tribune, owned by Paxton Media Group in Peru, Ind...
Council to consider Fountain corridor (11/29/01)
Imagine exiting the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge and being greeted by a scenic roadway lined with trees, benches and a fitness trail with signs that point directly to a revitalized downtown Cape Girardeau. That's what those affiliated with Old Town Cape envision when they think about the Fountain Street corridor: a street that would provide a connection between the new bridge and downtown shopping district...
City to perform fueling at airport (11/29/01)
The city will take over fueling operations at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Saturday to keep it from becoming just a landing strip. The city is stepping in with loaned tanker trucks because Air Evac EMS Inc., the company that currently runs the fueling service, plans to cease operations at the airport at 10 p.m. Friday...
IBM says chip slowdown to force 1,000 job cuts (11/29/01)
NEW YORK -- IBM Corp. said Wednesday it is eliminating about 1,000 jobs from its seven U.S. chip manufacturing and development plants because of a slowdown in the microprocessor industry. The company plans to reduce its Microelectronics Division from 21,500 employees to about 20,500. IBM employs about 320,000 people worldwide. The layoffs take effect in one to two months...
Child would like stolen toy replaced (11/29/01)
Patrick, 12, wants a skateboard or scooter for Christmas to replace one that was stolen. He'd also like a watch or a basketball, but "anything would be nice," his mother said. Patrick's mother, like many others in Cape Girardeau, are desperately trying to make ends meet this holiday season. Without help from Toybox, a joint program of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and Southeast Missourian, many families wouldn't have holiday gifts...
Stage Co. play opens Friday (11/29/01)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Stage Co. will present its second play of the season, "Look Who's Laughing," written by John Randall starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rodgers Theater. The play stars veteran Stage Co. actor Darrell Taylor as Henry Crocker, a man who has a temper that his wife Mame, played by Jean Redding, describes as "worse than any man living or dead." Crocker's moods set up a lot of comical situations as his friends and relatives try to play around his anger.. ...
Aid sought to fight terrorism (11/29/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri could end up asking the federal government for more than $280 million to help combat terrorist attacks, top state officials said Wednesday. After a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about two weeks ago, Missouri hastily came up with the $280 million estimate for federal assistance, officials said...
Judges allowed to keep money (11/29/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two judges do not have to turn over to the state millions of dollars in a fund they are supervising that has been used to pay for county courthouse improvements, a judge ruled. More than $5.4 million in disputed funds controlled by Cole County circuit judges Byron Kinder and Thomas J. Brown III do not have to be turned over to the state as unclaimed property, Special Judge Ward Stuckey said in a ruling released Wednesday...
Hunter-Dawson house gets new coat of paint (11/29/01)
Standard Democrat NEW MADRID, Mo. -- It is a white Christmas for the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. The house is sporting a brand-new coat of white paint over most of its exterior just in time for the annual holiday open house at New Madrid's three historic spots on Dec. 7 and 8...
Mother, son hear charges in plot to kill son's wife (11/29/01)
Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- A mother and son charged in a murder-for-hire plot made their first court appearance Tuesday in Dunklin County Circuit Court. Shirley Kay Goodman, 48, and her son, David Goodman, 20, of rural Malden, Mo., are charged with conspiracy to commit murder...
Meeting planned at historic site (11/29/01)
Standard Democrat NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 to discuss issues related to the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. The public is invited to the meeting at the Mill Street Community Building...
Prisoner recaptured after escape (11/29/01)
Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- A Dunklin County prisoner who fled from the Dunklin County Courthouse in Kennett following a court appearance Tuesday was back behind bars several hours later. He was arrested in Campbell, Mo. Kenneth Crowder, 27, of Gibson, Mo., had appeared before Judge Dan J. ...
135 state phones stolen (11/29/01)
Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- Things are nearly back to normal at the office of the Division of Family Services, Division of Aging and Division of Workforce Development. The agencies had tried to do business with only a limited number of telephones after someone had stolen 135 telephones from the three agencies over the weekend...
Snow and ice give jumpstart to winter (11/29/01)
An early dose of wintry weather plastered parts of Texas and Oklahoma with snow and ice on Wednesday, while the upper Midwest started digging out from a storm that surprised forecasters with up to 29 inches of snow. "If you don't know how to cuss, this will teach you," said Ralph Bradley, police chief in Clara City, Minn...
High Court ponders federal limitations for online porn (11/29/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, struggling Wednesday to find a balance between protecting children from online smut and preserving free speech, questioned whether a sweeping national standard could rule the unruly Internet. There can be no objective nationwide standard to judge what is damaging for youngsters but might have artistic, educational or other value for adults, said American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Ann Beeson...
Administration to buy 155 million doses of smallpox vaccine (11/29/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration signed a contract Wednesday to buy 155 million doses of smallpox vaccine from a British firm, preparing for the possibility terrorists would try to spread the deadly virus. The contract with Acambis Inc. will bring the nation's stockpile to 286 million doses of the vaccine by the end of next year, promising protection for every American should bioterrorists attack with the all-but-extinct virus...
Ski run named in honor of actor Schwarzenegger (11/29/01)
SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- The Running Man is getting his own run. Sun Valley Resort is renaming a ski run "Arnold's Run" after muscleman and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who owns a home nearby. Previously, the short mogul field carried the less-than-manly moniker, Flying Maid...
CIA operative killed in Afghan prison uprising (11/29/01)
WASHINGTON -- Rioting prisoners killed CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann at Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, the agency said Wednesday. He was the first American killed in action inside the country since U.S. bombing began seven weeks ago. Officials recovered his body from a prison compound only after northern alliance rebels backed by U.S. airstrikes and special forces quelled an uprising by Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners...
Democratic move to add billions to anti-terror package derailed (11/29/01)
WASHINGTON -- The House handed a victory to President Bush on Wednesday by derailing a Democratic drive to pour billions of extra dollars into anti-terrorism efforts, defense and aid to New York. The largely party-line 216-211 vote moved the House to the verge of approving a $20 billion package to finance the war in Afghanistan and the battle against domestic terrorism. ...
Many senior al-Qaida leaders believed dead (11/29/01)
WASHINGTON -- More than half a dozen senior leaders of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network and several hundred of his most loyal fighters have been killed in the war in Afghanistan so far, U.S. officials say. Al-Qaida is the top American target in the war, and the military's focus on its leaders has severely hurt bin Laden's ability to communicate both in Afghanistan and with terrorists overseas, U.S. intelligence officials say...
Artificial heart operation fails (11/29/01)
HOUSTON -- A man suffering from chronic heart failure died from severe bleeding during surgery to become the sixth person with a self-contained mechanical heart, doctors said Wednesday. The surgical team performing the procedure at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital on Tuesday spent 20 hours trying to control the bleeding...
Exercise, weight control reduce blood pressure stress (11/29/01)
WASHINGTON -- Life's frustrations can raise a person's blood pressure, but exercise and weight control can rein in the health risks, a study finds. The boss can be just as demanding, and the kids just as ornery. However, a healthier lifestyle can reduce the chance that stress-related high blood pressure, over time, will lead to a heart attack or stroke, researchers said...
Explosion rips bus in Israel's north (11/29/01)
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An explosion ripped through a bus on a main highway in Israel's north on Thursday, and police said at least three people were killed. An eyewitness, Emanuel Biton, told Army Radio he was driving behind the bus and that he saw the blast "rip the bus into pieces, and things were flying everywhere." The bus was not full when the explosion happened, he said...
Security Council extends oil-for-food program for Iraq (11/29/01)
Associated Press WriterUNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday extending the U.N. humanitarian program in Iraq and setting the stage for an overhaul of U.N. sanctions against Baghdad next year...
AIDS growth fast in former USSR (11/29/01)
MOSCOW -- Eastern Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union are fast becoming the new battleground against AIDS, with teen-agers the hardest hit, according to a U.N. report on the epidemic published Wednesday. Russia has seen the number of people infected with HIV double almost annually, U.N. officials said at a news conference in Moscow. Ukraine became the first nation in Europe to report that 1 percent of its adult population is HIV-positive...
Alliance insists it become security force (11/29/01)
KOENIGSWINTER, Germany -- The northern alliance rejected the United Nations' proposal for an international security force for Afghanistan, insisting Wednesday that a security force -- theirs -- is already in place. They also dampened expectations that the former king would head an interim administration...
Valle tops St. Vincent (11/29/01)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- St. Vincent's girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the year, a 38-29 defensive struggle, in the second round of Valle's round-robin tournament Wednesday night. The Squaws managed only 10 points through the first three quarters, but managed to make the game respectable, outscoring Valle 19-10 in the fourth quarter...
SE makes strides despite 0-3 start (11/29/01)
It is tough to be 0-3, but I know we are improving. We just have to take it a practice at a time and a game at a time until we get our full compliment of players back and as we mature as a basketball team. Our team is working very hard in practice because they want to get better. ...
digest.3b (11/29/01)
Whitney claims Carr Trophy POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Poplar Bluff Letterman's Club awarded the Carr Trophy to Jackson running back Mario Whitney Wednesday night. The Carr Trophy is awarded to the top football player in Southeast Missouri...
Crouch Big 12 player of the year (11/29/01)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- There was very little dispute in the voting for the Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year award. Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch ran away with it. "I think it's very appropriate. I think it's right," Nebraska coach Frank Solich said. "If you watch him play, game after game I think you've got to come away with that feeling -- that he's as good as it gets."...
Different cast, same character (11/29/01)
CHICAGO -- The names on the backs of the jerseys are mostly the same, and the athletic, overpowering game looks pretty familiar, too. Even the No. 1 ranking is back. But don't mistake Duke for some updated video game. These Blue Devils aren't simply the 2001-02 version of the team that won the NCAA title last year -- and not just because Shane Battier is gone...
Warner criticizes his play vs. Bucs (11/29/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Being off-target is new for Kurt Warner. The St. Louis Rams' quarterback is coming off the first sub 50-percent passing game in 37 career starts in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Warner, a 69-percent passer this season, completed only 19 of 39 for 291 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions...
St. Louis climbs Hornets' list (11/29/01)
ST. LOUIS -- There might no longer be a front-runner in the competition of cities for the Charlotte Hornets. Given the chance to pick between St. Louis, Louisville, Ky., or any other city, Hornets co-owner Ray Wooldridge declined Wednesday after meeting with St. Louis Blues owner Bill Laurie and Mayor Francis Slay...
Torre thinks Giambi will wear pinstripes (11/29/01)
NEW YORK -- Joe Torre thinks Jason Giambi could be getting fitted for his Yankees pinstripes real soon. The New York Yankees manager spoke with the free-agent first baseman earlier this week, recruiting him to join the four-time defending American League champions...
Security tight after sponges found in horses' noses (11/29/01)
LOS ANGELES -- Jenine Sahadi swaps halters on her horses to hide their identities. Bob Baffert also plays the name game, removing brass plates that would let a stranger know which horse is which. These are some of the moves thoroughbred trainers at Southern California racetracks have taken since someone stuffed small sponges up the nostrils of several horses in October...
Path of proteins (11/29/01)
BETHESDA, Md. -- In a crowded Food and Drug Administration laboratory, a scientist fires a miniature laser at cells from a cancer patient, a purple blast that captures normal, precancerous and tumor cells. This microscopic freeze-frame is key to a new experiment: tracking the chain reactions of proteins that fuel cancer before, during and after each patient is treated...
health briefs 11/29 (11/29/01)
Southeast Missouri Hospital earns honors Southeast Missouri Hospital recently received statewide recognition for seven projects produced by the marketing and communications department. The Show Me Excellence awards were presented by the Missouri Association for Health Care Public Relations and Marketing in conjunction with the Missouri Hospital Association...
A good time for I love yous (11/29/01)
Nov. 29, 2001 Dear Leslie, I knew you weren't going to die last week. You have too much spunk to go out on an operating table surrounded by sterile men and women in masks. I knew a brain aneurysm was dangerous. I knew your eyesight was imperiled. I prayed for you and asked friends to pray, too. When we talked before your surgery I even told you I loved you -- just to be sure. But I knew you weren't going to die yet...
'The Royal Family' opening at The Rep (11/29/01)
ST. LOUIS -- "The Royal Family," a comic peek into the offstage lives of a legendary theater dynasty, opened Wednesday, Nov. 28 at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The show continues through Dec. 28. The Rep is located at the Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road...
Theodore Gaines (11/29/01)
DELTA, Mo. -- Theodore "Ted" Gaines, 86, of Delta, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at the Advance Nursing Center. Born Nov. 10, 1915, near Zalma, Mo., he was the son of King and Ella Deck Gaines. On Aug. 23, 1990, he married Dessie Foster. A retired plumber, Gaines was a member of the Chicago Journeynan Plumbers Union 130 U.A...
Carl Bangert (11/29/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Carl Henry Bangert, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Perry Oaks Manor. He was born May 9, 1915, in Bollinger County, Mo., son of Christian "Fritz" and Martha Bangert. Formerly of Friedheim, Mo., he was a retired livestock and agriculture farmer. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church at Uniontown, Mo...
Lynn Loos (11/29/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Lynn E. Loos, 63, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Jackson, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1937, in Jackson, son of Emil and Sybil Brown Loos. He and Linda Lou Guyer were married June 1, 1957, in Kansas City. She died Dec. 15, 1999...
Delbert Parker (11/29/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Delbert Parker, 70, of Jackson died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Michael Balos (11/29/01)
GRAND CHAIN, Ill. -- Michael Balos, 75, of Jackson, Tenn., formerly of Grand Chain, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Jackson Madison County Hospital in Jackson. Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
birthsthur.sr 11/29 (11/29/01)
Muench Son to Christopher and Rebecca Muench of Washington, Mo., St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001. Name, Dylan Christopher. Weight, 8 pounds 9 ounces. First child. Mrs. Muench is the former Rebecca Koerber, daughter of Paul and Bernice Koerber of Gordonville, Mo. Muench is the son of Kevin and Phyllis Mayfield of Jackson, Mo. He is employed by Coca-Cola...
Cape fire report for 11/29 (11/29/01)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 29 Firefighters responded to this call Tuesday: At 7:39 p.m., a vehicle accident at William and Edgewood. Firefighters responded to this call Wednesday:At 6:14 p.m., a medical assist at 3011 Themis. Jackson...
Cape police report for 11/29 (11/29/01)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Nov. 29 ArrestAntwan Marcovicci Barnhill, 28, of 518 S. Ellis was arrested Tuesday on a New Madrid County warrant for failure to appear in court. He also was issued a summons Wednesday for stealing. Stephen Douglas Sheldrake, 19, of 2920 Perryville Road was arrested Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau County sheriff's office on three warrants for contempt of court...
Out of the past 11/29/01 (11/29/01)
10 years ago: Nov. 29, 1991 From tree farms to tree lots, area residents have lot to choose from in picking out family Christmas tree; some Cape Girardeau area tree lots opened Wednesday, while others officially open this morning; getting rid of tree after season will be little more difficult...
Gallery will be tribute to Jake Wells (11/29/01)
As an artist, Jake Wells touched innumerable lives. As a teacher, he is remembered by hundreds of former students as a gentle mentor. Wells, who retired from the art department at Southeast Missouri State University in 1980 and died in 1999, was an, artist, teacher and friend who managed to inspire so many people, and a good-sized group of those people are establishing a lasting memorial to Wells: a teaching gallery at the university...
Volunteers make a major difference (11/29/01)
There are two major components of volunteering. One is the amount of service provided to agencies, organizations, churches and individuals who need help. The other is the immense satisfaction that comes from contributing your time and effort to a worthy cause...
Let's resolve to practice what nation stands for (11/29/01)
To the editor: If I hated all my friends' enemies, I'd have no friends. This is a saying a friend used frequently. Not because she needed to, more because she believed it. It may seem hard at times to accept people who are different, but if you chose your friends solely on one idea, you may find yourself friendless...
Peformances showed true gift of holiday season (11/29/01)
To the editor: I had the great pleasure of portraying Rick Evans in the production of "The Christmas Box" on Nov. 23 and 24 with the Starcatchers Community Theatre group in Jackson. Each night for those two hours there was no Sept. 11, no Osama bin Laden, no Saddam Hussein, no anthrax. ...
Speak Out A 11/29/01 (11/29/01)
Note to cat thief TO THE lady who was shopping Saturday after Thanksgiving: Would you please return the orange-and-white cat you stole, or at least explain to my 3-year-old daughter why you stole her cat? She cries every night for her cat. Football discipline...