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Stories from Friday, November 30, 2001

Doll, Hot Wheels will make kids happy (11/30/01)
Sara, 8, wants a new doll for Christmas. She isn't really particular about what kind. Her 3-year-old brother would like any Hot Wheels toys or dinosaurs. The children live with their grandmother, and the small family doesn't always have money for extras...
Treasurer touts MO$T benefits (11/30/01)
More than 19,000 Missourians have invested $69 million in a higher education savings program offered by the state since 1999, and state treasurer Nancy Farmer is optimistic more will soon start investing. Farmer was at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau Thursday to talk about the Missouri Saving for Tuition, MO$T, program -- a state-sponsored investment program that offers tax benefits as encouragement for families to save for advanced education after high school...
Kids make unique decorations (11/30/01)
Maiya Mosley, a 5-year-old kindergarten student at Clippard Elementary School, carefully coated the bottom of a sugary green gumdrop with thick, white icing and placed it next to a corner of her small graham cracker house. Then she looked back at her mother, Tanya Mosley, pointed to her creation and said with a big smile: "Look, it's a bush. It's a little green bush, Mom."...
KC charter school report on results called inconclusive (11/30/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A report on the performance of charter schools in Kansas City has yielded inconclusive results. However, a researcher said future studies should provide more meaningful data. The Missouri State Board of Education heard testimony on the report Thursday...
92-year-old woman has simple request (11/30/01)
At age 92, Mrs. E is becoming more frail and now faces greater health problems. Living with her daughter and son-in-law helps assure that she's taken care of, but there are some things she'd like for the holidays. Mrs. E would love to receive a nice white blouse in a size 14 petite. She could also use gift certificates to discount stores and some food basket items...
Reserve qualifications (11/30/01)
To join the Cape Girardeau Police Department reserve unit you must: Be a state-certified police officer. Ride patrol at least eight hours a month with city officers. Attend a monthly training meeting. For more information, contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 335-6621...
Area livestock auctions 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
  • FRUITLAND LIVESTOCK FRUITLAND, Mo. -- Fruitland Livestock Auction Wednesday. Receipts, 753; last week, 360, last year, 762. Compared to last week feeder steers and heifers sold 2.00-5.00 higher. Slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to 2.00 higher and bulls sold steady. ...
  • Cape reserve officers perform valuable service to city (11/30/01)
    A state law that requires volunteer police officers to have the same qualifications as full-time, paid policemen is making it tough to recruit new reserves. But local reserve members say they make up for quantity with quality. While the ranks of Cape Girardeau's reserve police force have shrunk over the years from a high of about 50 to a dozen or so, the force has become more specialized...
    Missouri economy said in recession (11/30/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Like the nation, Missouri's economy is experiencing its first recession in a decade, state officials verified Thursday. The recession traces back to last spring but was heightened by the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Joe Driskill, director of the state Economic Development Department...
    Armed robber sought by police (11/30/01)
    Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston police are looking for a man thought to have stolen a car and then attempted a robbery Tuesday night. Police reported a car was stolen from the Eagles parking lot before 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. The car, described as gray in color, had a dent in the passenger door and a flag in the back...
    Third of new teachers quit in 5 years (11/30/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- One-third of Missouri's new public school teachers are quitting within five years, often citing poor pay, heavy workloads and a lack of respect. Of the 3,424 first-year teachers in 1996, nearly 34 percent are no longer in the classroom this year, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
    Prisoner recounts questioning (11/30/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Akram Alfusayal was operating a small computer business in Kansas City, trying to make a living before returning to his native Yemen in four or five years. He caused no trouble, but he was in the country illegally because his visa had expired after he graduated from Columbia College in May 2000...
    Scott County map headed to capitol for evaluation (11/30/01)
    BENTON, Mo. -- A 100-year-old map of Scott County accidentally discovered last summer will be taken to Jefferson City, Mo. Joan Feezor of the secretary of state's office told Scott County commissioners this week she will e-mail the conservators first and "see what they think" and is willing to take the map to the state Capitol "to have the conservators look at it."...
    Joliet, Ill., prison closing part of proposed cuts (11/30/01)
    JOLIET, Ill. -- For 143 years, this northern Illinois city has been largely defined by the fortress-like maximum-security prison that housed some of the state's toughest criminals. So when Gov. George Ryan announced this week that the Joliet Correctional Center would close as part of the state's budget-balancing efforts, some city officials welcomed the opportunity to create a new image...
    Cancer Society to hold Yule tea (11/30/01)
    Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- For the American Cancer Society, Christmas is a time to give to others. Not only will the organization's upcoming Christmas tea give the community a chance to visit with friends, but the proceeds will go toward funding various local programs the society offers cancer patients and their families...
    Man arrested after pot found (11/30/01)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man was arrested Wednesday after police found about a quarter-pound of marijuana in his home, said the department of public safety. Lee Horton, 28, of 208 Moore St., faces charges of possession with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school...
    Synod chief faces charges in prayer dispute (11/30/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- The leader of the nation's second-largest Lutheran denomination is under criticism for supporting a member who prayed at an interfaith ceremony for rescue workers and families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod president Gerald Kieschnick also faces charges from pastors for praying publicly with a leader from another Lutheran denomination near ground zero of the attacks that toppled the World Trade Center's twin towers...
    Illinois visitation statute declared unconstitutional (11/30/01)
    DECATUR, Ill. -- A Macon County court ruling that rejected a woman's request to visit her grandchildren could open up the state's grandparent visitation law to further legal challenges. Associate Circuit Court Judge Lisa White found the grandparent visitation statute to be unconstitutional on its face when she refused to grant a Belvidere woman the right to visit her two granddaughters...
    MU to honor two blacks posthumously (11/30/01)
    ROLLA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri has agreed to honor two former Missourians, largely because they never attended the school. The university system's board of curators, meeting in Rolla on Thursday, voted 9-0 to change the name of the Black Culture Center on the Columbia campus. The new name: the Lloyd L. Gaines-Marian O'Fallon Oldham Black Culture Center...
    Student at Missouri joins rockers U2 show (11/30/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Andy Kimmel wasn't the only fan with a paperboard sign asking for a shot to play guitar for a song or two with U2 during the Irish rockers' stop at the Savvis Center. But he is the one frontman Bono picked. "You're wearing the right colors, man," Bono said, pointing to Kimmel and his green-and-orange jersey -- the national colors of Ireland...
    Jim Ryan taps senator to be running mate (11/30/01)
    CHICAGO -- Attorney General Jim Ryan named state Sen. Carl Hawkinson as his running mate in the GOP race for governor on Thursday, a pairing one of Ryan's opponents called too conservative and the other not conservative enough. Ryan said he and his campaign director interviewed more than a dozen people but chose Hawkinson, 54, of Galesburg because of his long record of public service and his strong principles...
    Ryan cuts $109 million from budget (11/30/01)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. George Ryan cut $109 million more from the state budget Thursday as he accused timid legislators of making the cuts more painful for Illinois residents. "They all want to stand around when we're presenting checks and handing out money for programs, but when it comes time to do the responsible thing they take a walk for fear of their re-election chances," Ryan said...
    Education formula increase posed (11/30/01)
    CHICAGO -- As Gov. George Ryan worked to slash more than $100 million from the state budget Thursday, an advisory panel recommended a change in the school aid formula that would increase spending by $72 million next year. The Education Funding Advisory Board wants to boost the state's minimum per-pupil spending to $4,680 -- an increase of $120...
    Senate OKs anti-terrorism legislation (11/30/01)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois officers would be able to use wiretaps and gain other new powers to investigate suspected terrorists under a bill passed Wednesday by the state Senate. Under the bill, committing acts of terrorism would become a state felony punishable, in some cases, by the death penalty. Giving support to terrorists and making terrorist threats also would become state felonies...
    Missouri also in recession, says Driskill (11/30/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State economic development officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Thursday that Missouri, like the rest of the country, is mired in an economic recession. Joe Driskill, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said during a news conference that, according to newly compiled data, the state economy went into recession in March, ending a record 10-year expansion. When the economy will show signs of rebounding is questionable, Driskill said...
    Court halts DVD copying via Web (11/30/01)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- In a victory for Hollywood's major studios, a New York federal appeals court upheld a ruling against a man who posted on his Web site a program that let users copy DVDs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled Wednesday in favor of nine major Hollywood studios that sought to force Eric Corley, operator of the 2600 Magazine Web site, to remove links to the program that unscrambles DVD encryption...
    Satellite tracks dog droppings (11/30/01)
    BOULDER, Colo. -- A Colorado man has found a more down-to-earth use for satellite-tracking devices than stopping drug smugglers or pinpointing military targets: locating dog droppings. With a global positioning device in hand, botanist Patrick Murphy charts piles of feces along a trail in an attempt to persuade city leaders to ban dogs from the area...
    Oh deer, an elk (11/30/01)
    JACKSON, Ky. -- Randolph Scott Stidham was so proud of shooting an enormous deer he drove it around town in the back of his pickup to show it off to friends. They broke the bad news: He had actually bagged one of 1,300 protected elk that wildlife officials have been trying to restore to the state's Appalachian mountains...
    U.S. prepares to launch terrorist hunt on ground (11/30/01)
    WASHINGTON -- The American commander of the war in Afghanistan is assembling a mix of ground forces and air power to fit the most difficult and dangerous phase of the military campaign: rooting out Taliban and al-Qaida terrorist leaders from caves, tunnels and other fortified hide-outs...
    Study - Mars was wetter than Earth (11/30/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Mars is now dry and cold, but a new study confirms that it once was covered by vast oceans and had more water per square mile than Earth. In fact, it once had enough water to cover the planet to a depth of almost a mile, researchers say, citing an analysis of data measuring the amount of molecular hydrogen in the atmosphere...
    Anthrax hoax letter suspect targeted (11/30/01)
    WASHINGTON -- A prison escapee who is one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives is the primary suspect in a wave of anthrax hoax letters sent to abortion clinics on the East Coast, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday. Clayton Lee Waagner, who has been on the lam since February, is believed to be behind more than 280 letters delivered to clinics last month, Ashcroft said. ...
    Embassy bombing victims' families seek access to fund (11/30/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Families of 12 Americans killed in U.S. embassy bombings could use the compensation fund created after Sept. 11, under legislation pushed by a broad, bipartisan group of lawmakers. Members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network were convicted in 1998 attacks on embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The bombings killed 224 people, 12 of them U.S. citizens...
    Some lawmakers consider new anti-terror surveillance proposals (11/30/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Just weeks after approving powerful new anti-terrorism laws, some lawmakers already are considering giving the government new police powers to make it easier to obtain special wiretaps and search warrants usually reserved for finding foreign spies...
    Insurance industry gets claims help (11/30/01)
    WASHINGTON -- The House passed legislation Thursday to help the insurance industry cover the cost of claims from any future terrorist attacks. Passage came amid a partisan dispute over restrictions on personal lawsuits seeking damages. The vote was 227-193, mostly along party lines, as Democrats withdrew their earlier support after restrictions on terrorism-related litigation were added to the bill. The changes clouded prospects for agreement with the Senate on compromise legislation...
    Photographer arrested for taking pictures of nuke plant (11/30/01)
    MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A newspaper photographer was taken into custody by police under a 1917 Vermont treason law for taking pictures of a nuclear power plant. But a prosecutor said he will not press charges. Jason Henske of the Brattleboro Reformer was held by Vernon police for two hours Wednesday before being released along with his camera and the images...
    NASA delays launch of Endeavour (11/30/01)
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA called off Thursday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour to the international space station because of danger from a Russian supply ship hanging from the orbiting outpost. Astronaut Linda Godwin, a Cape Girardeau County native, will be aboard the flight...
    Report - FBI underestimates number of hate crimes (11/30/01)
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The FBI severely underestimates the number of crimes of bigotry and racism, from petty vandalism to murder, a report released Thursday says. The Southern Poverty Law Center said the FBI counts about 8,000 bias-motivated crimes in America annually, but the actual number may total 50,000...
    Economy shrinks at 1.1 percent rate in 3rd quarter (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy, which slipped into recession in March, was shrinking at an annual rate of 1.1 percent from July through September, the weakest showing in a decade. The revised reading on Gross Domestic Product -- the total output of goods and services produced within the United States -- marked a much bigger drop than the 0.4 percent rate of decline estimated a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Friday...
    Gilmore resigning as GOP national chairman, sources say (11/30/01)
    AP Special CorrespondentWASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican National Chairman Jim Gilmore has decided to resign after less than a year in his post, GOP sources said Friday. These sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Gilmore was expected to inform his staff later in the day...
    Former Beatle George Harrison dies at age 58 (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) -- George Harrison, the Beatles' quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer who added both rock 'n' roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band's timeless magic, has died. He was 58. Harrison died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a friend's Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, longtime friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late Thursday. Harrison's wife, Olivia Harrison, and son Dhani, 24, were with him...
    Anthrax found on letter sent to Connecticut town (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Investigators searching for the source of the anthrax that killed a 94-year-old woman last week have found the germ on a letter sent to a home in a nearby town, Gov. John Rowland said Friday. The governor said a direct connection had not been made between the letter sent to Seymour and the anthrax victim, 94-year-old Ottilie Lundgren. She died Nov. 21 at her home in Oxford, three miles from Seymour...
    Endeavour launch off until next week (11/30/01)
    AP Aerospace WriterCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour's flight to the international space station is off until next week because of a Russian cargo ship that is hanging from the orbiting complex without a firm grip. Shuttle managers canceled Thursday's liftoff of Endeavour because of danger from the unmanned supply ship and later ruled out Friday, too...
    Humanitarian aid to Iraq extended (11/30/01)
    UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday extending the U.N. humanitarian program in Iraq and setting the stage for an overhaul of U.N. sanctions against Baghdad next year. The resolution was drafted by the United States and Russia, which have been feuding over policy toward Iraq for several years, and marked another sign of growing cooperation between Washington and Moscow, especially since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States...
    Taliban - Decisive battle begins (11/30/01)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Anti-Taliban fighters battled the hard-line militia Thursday on the outskirts of Kandahar, the ousted regime's last bastion, a key commander said. The Taliban's supreme leader declared the decisive battle "has now begun." Witnesses described heavy bombing around the southern city over the past two days, and the Taliban reportedly hanged an Afghan man there Thursday after accusing him of helping Americans call in airstrikes...
    Tribal fighters said to capture 80 Taliban (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tribal fighters said they captured 80 Taliban soldiers Friday near the airport at Kandahar as anti-Taliban forces closed in on the Islamic militia stronghold. U.S. warplanes bombed Taliban defenses near the airport...
    International security force gets interim Afghan backing (11/30/01)
    KOENIGSWINTER, Germany -- Talks on Afghanistan's political future gained momentum Thursday, with the northern alliance dropping its rejection of international security forces and moving closer to a power-sharing agreement to end Afghan suffering. Both the northern alliance and the United Nations, which is sponsoring the talks among four Afghan factions, struck a positive note on the third day of bargaining. ...
    Pashtun warlord leaves talks on Afghanistan's future (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterKOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) -- The head of the northern alliance rejected key points of a political blueprint for Afghanistan on Friday, a sign of growing fissures within the alliance over plans being drawn up at U.N.-sponsored talks here...
    Woman's assisted suicide stopped by Britain's appeals court (11/30/01)
    LONDON -- A terminally ill woman paralyzed by a degenerative disease lost her case Thursday before Britain's highest appeals court, where she was fighting for the right to die with her husband's help. Diane Pretty then said she would challenge the decision in the European Court of Human Rights...
    U.S. troops raise NYC flag over Afghanistan base (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterSOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN (AP) -- American troops raised a flag of New York City given to them by city firefighters over the new U.S. base in the Afghan desert Friday to honor victims of the World Trade Center attack. The flag was brought to the base by reservists from the Navy Seabee 133rd Construction Battalion, who joined Marines already deployed here, arriving from Guam aboard a C-17 transport aircraft early Friday...
    Study says club drug XTC more dangerous for women (11/30/01)
    LONDON -- Ecstasy, the increasingly popular party drug, may cause more brain damage in women than in men, new research suggests. A study published this week in The Lancet medical journal compared brain scans of people who had taken 50 or more Ecstasy tablets in their lifetimes with those of a group who had never taken the drug. The findings indicated women -- but not men -- lost a significant number of brain cells, even though the men had taken more Ecstasy over the years...
    Jobless rate hits record high 5.4 percent in Japan (11/30/01)
    TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate climbed to a record high 5.4 percent in October, causing concern that an economic downturn will worsen before the situation improves. The October jobless rate, announced Thursday, was the highest since the government began keeping track in the 1950s. In September, the jobless rate hit 5.3 percent. Two months earlier, it reached 5 percent, then the record...
    Tribal fighters battle Taliban around airport (11/30/01)
    Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tribal fighters battled Taliban forces near the airport at Kandahar on Friday, as they closed in on the Taliban's last stronghold in Afghanistan. U.S. warplanes bombed Taliban defenses near the airport...
    Food arrives, but bandits make delivery dangerous (11/30/01)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Food supplies are rising as aid groups gear up for winter, but banditry on the roads is making it too dangerous to deliver help to many remote areas where millions of hungry Afghans are effectively cut off. Sixty-nine trucks loaded with wheat rumbled into Kabul on Thursday, part of almost daily deliveries for the World Food Program. At one school, the U.N. refugee agency handed out blankets, sweaters and charcoal to some 2,500 impoverished people...
    Lady Tigers win Oakville tourney (11/30/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Cape Central's girls captured the season-opening Oakville Tournament Thursday with a 58-30 victory over Francis Howell. The Lady Tigers completed the round-robin format with a perfect 3-0 record, much to the delight of first-year coach Sheila Midgett...
    Whitney wavers on word to MU (11/30/01)
    On the field, Jackson running back Mario Whitney was, if nothing else, unpredictable. It appears he's that way off the field, too. After giving a non-binding verbal commitment to the University of Missouri over the summer, Whitney told the Southeast Missourian Thursday that he is now only "70 to 75 percent" sure he'll become a Tiger...
    Mizzou bounces Jackson St. 106-68 (11/30/01)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A so-so opponent couldn't give No. 3 Missouri the blahs. Kareem Rush had his second straight 24-point game and hit six 3-pointers in a 106-68 victory over depleted Jackson State 106-68 Thursday night. Missouri's three previous games had been victories over Alabama and Iowa, both ranked, and Xavier in the John Wooden Tradition, but there was no letdown...
    Blues end road skid with 3-1 victory (11/30/01)
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus seemed to be the least likely place for the Blues to finally put together a good road game. Pavol Demitra scored two goals as St. Louis came from behind to snap a five-game road losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night...
    Sports digest 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
    Mora 'closes book' on postgame tirade INDIANAPOLIS -- A day after Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning griped publicly about coach Jim Mora's Sunday tirade, Mora called the matter "a closed book." With the Colts (4-6) facing their second three-game losing streak of the season amid fading playoff hopes, Mora asked his players not to talk to reporters about the rift when they gathered around him after practice Thursday...
    Eagles stay perfect on road, defeat KC (11/30/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Philadelphia Eagles are at home on road. The Kansas City Chiefs are lost no matter where they play. Rebounding from a dreadful effort, Donovan McNabb passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 41 yards, leading Philadelphia past Kansas City 23-10 Thursday night...
    Battered Rams enroll McCleon for safety duty (11/30/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- It's 911 time in the St. Louis Rams' secondary. Both safeties could be out for Sunday's game at Atlanta, making necessary an emergency position switch for cornerback Dexter McCleon. He's the free safety in practice this week while Kim Herring recuperates from a hip pointer, and he seems to enjoy the variety...
    Minn. court refuses to immediately hear contraction case (11/30/01)
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court refused Friday to immediately hear an appeal by the Twins and major league baseball in a lease dispute tied to the sport's plans to eliminate two teams. The court did order the Court of Appeals to speed its hearing of the case...
    For one night, Jordan's vision appears on court (11/30/01)
    $$$Start jlitke Michael Jordan will be 39 in a few months and already every night is a struggle. The losses come in waves. His team stinks -- he said so himself -- and Jordan can't find time to teach, not when every game wears down his knees and his nerves. He's shooting 10 percentage points below his career numbers and all those young dogs who want a piece of him are still out there and then .....
    If you want real memories, think beyond roundabouts (11/30/01)
    I guess you saw the map on the front page of Thursday's newspaper. Those blue dots are future roundabouts. There are three of them in the four blocks between William Street and the new stretch of Highway 74 that goes to the new bridge. Since you're probably reading this early in the morning before all the fuzz is out of your eyes -- maybe even before your first full cup of coffee, you can't see how excited I am...
    Laser holiday show at planetarium (11/30/01)
    MEMPHIS -- A Holiday Laser Spectacular is not open at the Sharpe Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum. She show presents fanciful laser images on a star-filled dome to traditional holiday music. It continues through Dec. 31. Phone (901) 320-6362 for information...
    A 1940s Christmas at Memphis museum (11/30/01)
    MEMPHIS -- Holiday decorations, fashions, toys and favorite gifts of the 1940s will be on display at "They'll Be Home for Christmas: The 1940s." The exhibition opened Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Mallory-Neely House in Memphis and continues through Dec. 30...
    Repertory Theatre of St. Louis schedule of presentations (11/30/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis season presentations include: "The Royal Family" Nov. 28-Dec. 28, portraying the antics of a reigning theatrical family at home. "Avenue X," Jan. 2-Feb. 1, a gritty drama incorporating doo-wop, rock 'n' roll, gospel music and blues amid the racial tension in 1963 Brooklyn...
    'T-REX' movie to open at IMAX Theater (11/30/01)
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- "T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous" opened Nov. 3 at the Union Planters IMAX Theater at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. The movie is a story about the 16-year-old daughter of a world-famous paleontologist who discovers a fossilized T-rex egg. She wanders the corridors of the natural history museum beginning a dreamlike adventure through prehistory...
    'Wonders of a Winter Night' in Memphis (11/30/01)
    MEMPHIS -- "Wonders of a Winter Night," a show introducing visitors to the brighter stars and prominent constellations in the night skies of winter, opens Dec. 15 at the Sharpe Planetarium. Phone (901) 320-6362 for show times.
    Quilt workshop schedule announced (11/30/01)
    PADUCAH, Ky. -- Next year's workshops have been announced by the Museum of the American Quilter's Society. They are: -- Libby Lehman, Threadplay, March 14-16. -- Joe Diggs, Layered Applique: Landscapes & More, March 21-23. -- Nancy Pearson, Floral Applique, May 9-11...
    University faculty to exhibit art (11/30/01)
    The Department of Art Faculty Exhibition opens Nov. 30 at the University Museum. The show will include photography by Dr. Sam Bishop, graphics by Louise Bodenheimer, paintings by Ronald Clayton, paintings and mixed media by Lane Fabrick, ceramics by Amy Kephart, sculpture by Colleen McCall, fabrics by Pat Reagan, digital prints by Sarah Riley, sculpture by Dr. Edwin Smith, paintings by Katherine Smith and painting and mixed media by Paul Schock...
    'Art in Music in Art' marries sights, sounds (11/30/01)
    Thursday's presentation of "Art in Music in Art" promises to be a unique experience combining music and visual art. The Southeast Missouri State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will play a concert based on music that has been inspired by famous works of art. The art will be shown on large screens during the performance at Academic Auditorium Thursday, Dec. 6...
    TV offering sleighful of Christmas shows (11/30/01)
    LOS ANGELES -- The cartoon Grinch is back, and so is Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Claus. How much more do we need for a warm and fuzzy holiday TV season? Lots more, based on the sleighful of shows on the way. There's a prime-time "Rugrats" Hanukkah special, one with Charlie Brown and the gang, and old and new musical greetings from Bing Crosby, Macy Gray and others. The highlights (all times CST):...
    Ada Armstrong (11/30/01)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ada Jean Laird Armstrong, 69, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at her home. She was born Jan. 4, 1932, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Clifford and Berdie Lee Clayton Laird. She and James Armstrong were married March 31, 1979. Mrs. Armstrong retired as a customer service representative with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. She had also been a volunteer with the Billy Graham Crusade. She was a member of First Baptist Church...
    Clifford Rooker (11/30/01)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Clifford A. "Jack" Rooker, 70, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 16, 1931, at Portageville, Mo., son of Clifford Elwood and Eva Belle Ferry Rooker. He and Jeanette M. Ferguson were married Aug. 22, 1950, in Haywood, Mo...
    Lucille Smithey (11/30/01)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Lucille Smithey, 82, of Anna died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at City Care Center. She was born June 21, 1919, at Mill Creek, Ill., daughter of Clyde D. and Eulalah Dillow Mowery. She and Winfred Smithey were married Jan. 5, 1937, in Pulaski County. He died Dec. 18, 1959...
    Michael Balos Jr. (11/30/01)
    GRAND CHAIN, Ill. -- Funeral for Michael Balos Jr. of Jackson, Tenn., will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill. The Rev. David Keyes will officiate. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery at Belknap, Ill. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. today...
    Mary Ozment (11/30/01)
    Mary Fern Ozment, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 8, 1915, at Egypt Mills, Mo., daughter of Kern and Ofa Louise Windeknecht Cook. She married Homer Ozment, who died in 1976. Ozment had worked at International Shoe Co. and at Marquette Hotel...
    P.J. Kent (11/30/01)
    CASEYVILLE, Ill. -- P.J. Kent, 76, of Caseyville, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Pearl C. and Manna Windeknecht Kent. He and Marie Barks were married Jan. 27, 1947...
    Zipporah Tabb (11/30/01)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Zipporah Latrese Tabb, infant daughter of Damarcus Tabb and Erica Wells of Cairo, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Green Lawn Memorial Garden in Villa Ridge, Ill. The Rev. Antonio Oliver will officiate...
    Births 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
    Perez Son to Ray and Carrie Perez of O'Fallon, Mo., St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., 7:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. Name, Avery Raymond. Weight, 8 pounds 1 ounce. First child. Mrs. Perez is the former Carrie Clippard, daughter of Mike and Kathleen Clippard of Jackson, Mo. She is a second grade teacher at Ft. Zumwalt School District. Perez is the son of Jose and June Perez of Jackson. He is an engineer with General Motors...
    Cape police report 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Nov. 30 DWIJason Dewayne Rohlfing, 23, 316 Independence, was issued a summons Wednesday for driving while intoxicated. ArrestsJason Michael Johnson, 26, 536 Cape Meadows, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of burglary. Christopher Shaun Scott, 20, 416 S. Benton, was arrested Wednesday for contempt of court...
    Out of the past 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
    10 years ago: Nov. 30, 1991 Jackson - High winds, gusting up to 60 miles per hour, ripped through Jackson last night causing damage to many businesses and homes; no injuries were reported; same weather front spawned tornado near Springfield that tore through neighborhoods and across a highway, killing two people and injuring at least 24 others...
    Correction 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
    A story about the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Tuesday's edition of the Southeast Missourian incorrectly quoted Maj. Ed Bliefnick, head of the patrol's field operations bureau, as saying a person is killed on Missouri roads every 31 minutes. Bleifnick said a person is killed or injured every 31 minutes...
    State spending - Set some realistic targets (11/30/01)
    You can tell it's budget time in Jefferson City. Just look at all the jockeying for funding. For example, the Missouri Department of Transportation has been thumping a consistent drumbeat that it needs an extra $1 billion a year (see editorial below). The chances that this will happen anytime soon are slim and none. But constant use of the $1 billion figure dulls the senses of taxpayers to the point that another -- but smaller -- increase in highway funding sounds like a bargain...
    MoDOT continues all-or-nothing approach (11/30/01)
    In its ongoing campaign to convince Missouri legislators and taxpayers that it really needs another $1 billion a year, the Missouri Department of Transportation likes to compare its highway spending with other states. Based on per-mile spending for state-maintained highways, Missouri ranks 47th...
    Abortion should be banned in United States (11/30/01)
    To the editor: I think abortion should be banned in the United States. I think it is horrible what they do to these unborn children. Do you feel the same way? AMANDA CURNEAL Delta, Mo.
    Rainbow Alliance seeks to provide more perspective (11/30/01)
    To the editor: Many commentaries have recently been posted in Speak Out regarding the activities provided at Southeast Missouri State University as part of National Coming Out Week. The Rainbow Alliance, the sponsoring organization, would like to address some of the issues and, more importantly, to clarify our purpose and choices of events...
    Big farms violate rights of animals raised for food (11/30/01)
    To the editor: I am writing in response to Laura Puchbauer's letter regarding meat and how it is produced. There are no nutritional needs for humans to eat any animal products. All of our dietary needs, even as infants and children, are best supplied by an animal-free diet. ...
    Speak Out A 11/30/01 (11/30/01)
    Getting the job done WE TALK about high school sports, traffic lights and local police giving too many tickets in this forum because they are not that important and we can have lighthearted discussions about those issues. To the caller saying we have more important things to worry about: You are right. ...