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Stories from Monday, December 10, 2001

SEMO looks to build parking garages (12/10/01)
Faced with a campus crowded by cars with too few parking spaces, Southeast Missouri State University wants to build two, two-story parking garages at opposite ends of campus and hike parking permit fees to pay for it. The Board of Regents will consider the $6.5 million project when it meets on Friday...
One needs simple gifts; another needs robe (12/10/01)
Miss O. rents an apartment but lives on a tight budget. There is little extra money available. She is diabetic and must pay for medication. She also takes dialysis treatment and is rather frail. She would like simple things for Christmas: gifts of food and gift certificates to discount stores...
Two boys need educational toys (12/10/01)
Michael and Malik, both 3, are at an age when the toys they play with also can teach them things. Michael likes learning numbers and the alphabet. He would like a musical guitar and remote-control car from Santa Claus. Malik also likes remote-control cars and trucks and dinosaurs. He likes to put things together and stack blocks. Educational toys and games that would help with his motor skills would make ideal gifts...
Scholarship garden will be elevated next year (12/10/01)
A "penthouse" garden will bloom in downtown Cape Girardeau next summer. An expanded Downtown Merchants Association Scholarship Garden will include a garden built upon wooden barrels. It will be along an alley that runs between Independence and Merriwether streets...
Two men face drug charges (12/10/01)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Two Chaffee men were arrested recently and charged with drug-related crimes. Officers from the Chaffee Police Department and Scott County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at 309 Cook St. in Chaffee Dec. 1. They seized a small amount of drug paraphernalia and one item of stolen property and arrested David Baker, 21, on a Scott County felony warrant...
Community digest 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
Dirnberger attains rank of Eagle Scout Ryan Dirnberger, 16, of Chaffee, Mo., a member of Boy Scout Troop 29 sponsored by the Scott City Knights of Columbus, has completed the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. He received his medal and badge at a recent Eagle Court of Honor...
Kids trying to get U.S. Constitution on money (12/10/01)
By Heather Kronmueller ~ Southeast Missourian Most 13-year-olds spend their time trying to catch the attention of members of the opposite sex. But for a group of middle school kids in Ashland, Va., being typical is tedious. They're too busy trying to catch the attention of congressmen, legislators and news media from all across the country...
Southeast offers help for students preparing for finals (12/10/01)
Instead of studying for the five final exams he faces this week, freshman Will Montgomery sat on the steps at Academic Hall Friday afternoon playing his guitar. His plan is to cram for the tests. The historic preservation major wryly says he responds best to pressure...
I-66 project still being discussed in region (12/10/01)
In a seemingly losing battle to build an Interstate 66, chief lobbyist Walt Wildman says he will take what he can get -- even if it means the highway wouldn't go through Cape Girardeau. A feasibility study long ago deemed the cross-country highway impractical and too costly as a federal project, but the U.S. Department of Transportation encouraged 13 states to examine how the department could participate...
Burning leaves force evacuation of Myers Hall (12/10/01)
Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Ben Fillo didn't have any finals to study for Sunday afternoon, so while his roommates played videogames he decided to wander downstairs and get a newspaper. But as he walked through the third-floor lounge in Myers Hall he smelled something burning...
Church vs. soup kitchen question is a gray one for Springfield (12/10/01)
Smoke in Myers Hall could not stop Meridith Ross, left, and Brandy Beedle from studying for their physiology final Sunday afternoon. The two picked up their books and moved to the parking lot to wait out the firemen who put out the fire in some leaves in a ventilation pit.By Robert Keyes ~ The Springfield News-Leader...
Order to auction off rare collection (12/10/01)
From wire and staff reports As the head of the book department for Christie's auction house, Francis Wahlgren travels the globe, studying ancient texts, first editions and historical manuscripts. Often he finds jewels, sometimes junk. Rarely does he discover treasures -- rare Bibles, literary masterpieces, historic letters -- like those kept in an old Vincentian seminary in Perryville, Mo...
Stroke, cancer can't keep skater off rink (12/10/01)
AURORA, Ill. -- Harold Cadie is learning to roller skate -- again. "I'm not an easy giver-upper," Cadie, 73, said recently, and he's out to prove that statement true. The Belvidere resident's last night out roller skating was eight years ago, the evening before his cancer surgery. It was a regular night of skating, just like every week. He didn't think it would be his last, and he hopes it won't...
Man arrested 22 years after his ex-wife's killing (12/10/01)
CHICAGO -- Donald R. Calloway, alias Bob Ducks, hid out and avoided first-degree murder charges for 22 years, police said. Until now. Acting on a tip from federal officials, police arrested him Thursday at the West Side real estate agency where he worked. Police allege Calloway, now 64, shot his ex-wife Margie R. Murray in the right temple and dumped her in nearby Harvey...
Federal, state governments spar over Medicaid money (12/10/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For about a decade now, hospitals and the state government have engaged in a clever endeavor to maximize the amount of Medicaid money Missouri receives from the federal government. Hospitals pay the state a special tax based on their net revenues from patients, insurers and the government-funded Medicaid and Medicare programs...
Study finds white-coat hypertension not harmless (12/10/01)
CHICAGO -- White-coat hypertension -- blood pressure that's high only in the doctor's office -- is not just a harmless case of the nerves but may signal early heart damage that should not be ignored, new research suggests. The condition may require treatment either with diet and exercise or medication, Italian researchers say, entering a sharply divided field of medical opinion on just what white-coat hypertension signifies...
Cheney - No doubt of bin Laden's role (12/10/01)
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden says in a videotape he was pleasantly surprised by the extent of damage from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. officials disclosed Sunday. The tape also suggests some hijackers did not know they were going to die. Vice President Dick Cheney confirmed the tape's existence, and officials described the contents. It was obtained by Americans in Afghanistan, though the officials declined to say how...
U.S. campaign may add forces to hunt al-Qaida (12/10/01)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military campaign could involve more American forces and continue for a long time even though the Taliban are out of power and al-Qaida fighters are surrounded near one of their mountain hide-outs, U.S. officials said Sunday...
Florida authorities frustrated in request for records (12/10/01)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida investigators are frustrated by their inability to obtain federal immigration records of foreigners who remain in the country with expired visas, information officials believe could help stop terrorists. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has asked the Immigration and Naturalization Service for a list of people whose nonimmigrant visa has expired as well as people who obtained a visa and listed Florida as their destination...
Astronauts pay tribute (12/10/01)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the linked space shuttle Endeavour and international space station paid tribute Sunday to those who died Sept. 11 and those who are fighting to stop terrorism. "All of us were affected by that day -- greatly," said outgoing space station commander Frank Culbertson, a retired Navy captain who was in orbit when the attacks occurred...
Terrorist tactic - Time acts for extra impact (12/10/01)
WASHINGTON -- The warning from the White House to be on high alert this holiday season recognizes a tactic used by terrorists in the mountains of Peru, the back alleys of Belfast, the Middle East and Oklahoma City: Time attacks for maximum emotional impact...
Stocks tumble on more profit-taking and ahead of Fed meeting (12/10/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street faltered Monday, sending stocks sharply lower as investors locked in their gains from the recent rally and waited to see if the Federal Reserve would lower interest rates again. The Dow Jones industrials fell back below 10,000 after closing above the milestone last week for the first time since before the terror attacks. Analysts weren't too concerned, though, saying some pullback was inevitable after the market's recent advance...
People talk 12/10 (12/10/01)
Agassi gets hugs at school he helps fund LAS VEGAS -- Andre Agassi received hugs from grade school students and autographed their hands at an open house for the charter school bearing his name. "It's been a long time in the making to be here today," the tennis star told a crowd of teachers, parents and administrators on Thursday. "It's a bit overwhelming."...
Poet, mathematician, soldier, kids among Rhodes Scholars (12/10/01)
Zac Miller already knows what he'll do with his experience as a Rhodes Scholar -- whatever the Army tells him. The 21-year-old graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point said if he hadn't received the scholarship to Oxford University in England, he would have gone to Italy with a quick-reaction force...
Gas prices at two-year low (12/10/01)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Gasoline prices have plunged more than 40 cents a gallon since Sept. 11, reaching a two-year low. The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline, including all grades and taxes, was about $1.15 on Friday, down more than 8 cents per gallon in the past three weeks, according to the Lundberg Survey of about 8,000 stations nationwide released Sunday...
Utah camp looks like Afghanistan area (12/10/01)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A military training camp built to resemble Afghanistan sprawls across 1 million acres in Utah's West Desert. The camp includes caves, tents, villages and abandoned mines on the brush-covered hills of the Utah Test and Training Range west of Great Salt Lake...
Red, white and blue in for holidays (12/10/01)
SANTA CLAUS, Ind. -- As he does each year, Gerald Wilhite used his ocean-fishing rod to cast strands of lights over the limbs of his front yard's towering oak and maple trees. He untangled coils of green wire and dangling bulbs, then nimbly wrapped them around evergreens and stretched them out to line each side of the driveway...
Amtrak train slams into, kills three teens on tracks (12/10/01)
FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. -- An Amtrak Acela train traveling 100 mph rounded a curve and killed three teen-agers who were walking on the railroad tracks with their backs to the train, authorities said Sunday. None of the roughly 300 passengers was hurt. The three victims were among a group of five teen-agers trespassing in the industrial area in suburban Phil/-adelphia, police said. Access to the rail tracks had been blocked by a fence...
Where is Osama? Nobody is saying (12/10/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Where is Osama bin Laden? That's the $25 million question today in Afghanistan. That question has the new prime minister recruiting southern villagers to search for foreigners. It has U.S. Marines setting up roadblocks around Kandahar. It has U.S. jets pummeling the cave complexes in the east, and tribal fighters waiting to move in...
Hunt for bin Laden continues with Tora Bora assault (12/10/01)
Associated Press WriterTORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- With the hunt for Osama bin Laden now the main focus of the Afghan conflict, U.S. Marines moved closer to Kandahar on Monday to search for al-Qaida fighters. In the east, tribal fighters launched a three-pronged assault on pro-bin Laden warriors defending a mountain hide-out...
Annan and United Nations accept 2001 Nobel Peace Prize (12/10/01)
Associated Press WriterOSLO, Norway (AP) -- Saying "humanity is indivisible," U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for global cooperation in fighting poverty, ignorance and disease as he and the United Nations accepted the centennial Nobel Peace Prize on Monday...
Israeli helicopters fire missiles at Hebron (12/10/01)
Associated Press WriterHEBRON, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a Palestinian car in this West Bank town Monday, killing two boys, ages 3 and 13, hospital officials said. Seven passengers and bystanders were wounded, including the apparent target of the strike, a suspected Islamic militant...
Powell - Suicide bombings diminish Arafat's power (12/10/01)
JERUSALEM -- A suicide bomber set off an explosion at a busy intersection in northern Israel on Sunday, failing to kill anyone other than himself but intensifying American and Israeli pressure on Yasser Arafat. Secretary of State Colin Powell said a string of recent bombings are destroying Arafat's "authority and credibilit."...
McDonald's Brazil restaurants hit by hard times (12/10/01)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It's Monday, 8 p.m., dinner time in Brazil. Only three cars are in line at the drive-through as John Rowell pulls in to check the day's receipts at his McDonald's restaurant in eastern Sao Paulo. Inside, just four tables have customers...
Girls basketball 12/8/01 (12/10/01)
Woodland 20, Puxico 17 MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- After going winless last season, the Lady Cardinals (3-0) are still undefeated after prevailing in a low-scoring game against Puxico in Woodland's four-team, round-robin tournament. Kandice Abner scored nine points for the Lady Cardinals, who led 8-6 at halftime but trailed 14-12 after three quarters before rallying behind two late layups from Emily Davis...
Sports digest 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
SEMO baseball inks Kennett standoutSoutheast Missouri State University baseball coach Mark Hogan has announced his first signing for the 2003 season as he recently landed Kennett High School senior Nathan Baker, who will be the recipient of the Joe Bertling Baseball Scholarship...
Crouch hits jackpot with Heisman and title shot (12/10/01)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eric Crouch expected the worst. Instead, the Nebraska quarterback is coming home with the Heisman Trophy and a chance to lead the Cornhuskers to a national title. "It's something that I never thought could happen," Crouch said Sunday from New York. "It's been a real fun ride."...
It's official - Illini vs. LSU in Sugar (12/10/01)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois football players found out officially Sunday what they had known 18 hours earlier -- LSU would be their Sugar Bowl opponent. "We didn't make it much of a big deal," Illini coach Ron Turner said of the Bowl Championship Selection announcements...
Packers claim showdown (12/10/01)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ahman Green ran for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Brett Favre got career victory No. 100 as the Green Bay Packers took over the top spot in the NFC Central by beating the Chicago Bears 17-7 Sunday. Both teams are 9-3, but the Packers swept Chicago, which lost on the road for the first time since the season opener against Baltimore...
Rams in charge of NFC West (12/10/01)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams didn't take long to assert themselves. On the third play of the game, Aeneas Williams intercepted Jeff Garcia's pass intended for Terrell Owens, setting up a touchdown and setting the tone for the Rams' 27-14 victory over San Francisco on Sunday...
Ga. Southern coach takes Navy post (12/10/01)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Paul Johnson, who has led Georgia Southern to two straight Division I-AA championships and has the Eagles in the running for a third, was hired as Navy's football coach Sunday. Johnson, a former assistant coach at Navy, will attempt to turn around a team that went 0-10 this season...
Williams all over Owens (12/10/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Terrell Owens, the focal point of the San Francisco 49ers' attack, couldn't shake Aeneas Williams. Owens has four career 100-yard receiving games against the St. Louis Rams, but he was held to three catches for 54 yards in a 27-14 loss Sunday...
Computer gives Nebraska major reprieve (12/10/01)
With no playoff in place, college football almost always comes up with a wacky way to end the season. It came up with a doozy on Sunday. Nebraska will play undefeated Miami in the Rose Bowl for the national championship on Jan. 3, thanks to an amazing series of upsets during the last two weeks that lifted the Huskers (11-1) in the final Bowl Championship Series standings...
Notre Dame names O'Leary new coach (12/10/01)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- George O'Leary was introduced Sunday as the new coach at Notre Dame, promising to make the storied football program one of the nation's best again. The former Georgia Tech coach replaces Bob Davie, who was fired a week ago. The Irish lost six or more games three times under Davie, whose 35-25 record gave him the third-worst winning percentage in Irish history...
Free agents spice winter meetings (12/10/01)
BOSTON -- After pleading poverty in front of Congress last week, baseball teams gathered Sunday to spend some more money on free agents at the winter meetings. Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Chan Ho Park and Juan Gonzalez headed the list of available players. ...
Third career a charm for Clooney (12/10/01)
LOS ANGELES -- George Clooney adored the Cincinnati Reds growing up, yet choked at the plate when he tried out for the team. He idolized his father, a TV anchorman, then discovered he lacked the news skills for a journalism career himself. And when Clooney tried warbling the signature song of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", he realized he was a few notes shy of his aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney...
Drama series '24' keeps Kiefer Sutherland on run (12/10/01)
NEW YORK -- The first few episodes of "24" occur at night. "But we started shooting the series in the summer, when the nights were shortest," says Kiefer Sutherland with a rueful laugh. "Now, with things taking place in the daytime, we're shooting in the winter, when the days are shortest."...
Year's construction at $48.5 million (12/10/01)
The Division of Inspection Services in Cape Girardeau issued two million-dollar commercial building permits the first week of December, which could help push the year's construction totals into a new record. The two permits added to a $454,000, 6,500-square-foot residential permit, and the 2001 construction totals are suddenly in contention to become the second highest city totals on record...
Construction starts (12/10/01)
City of Cape Girardeau YEAR AMOUNT PERMITS 2001 $48,574,000 NA* 2000 $42,644,272 442 1999 $64,481,172 446** 1998 $49,785,496 550 1997 $33,332,059 513 1996 $47,639,192 505 1995 $44,367,286 593 1994 $38,989446 637 1993 $33,169,258 538 1992 $47,996,699 522...
Business memo 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
Fru-Con Construction earns safety mark Fru-Con Construction Corp.'s team at the Procter & Gamble Paper Products Co. at Cape Girardeau has reached 10 million safe labor hours, accumulated over the past 11 years, marking the first time a Fru-Con job site has achieved 10 million safe effort hours...
Cabbie with a heart receives national award (12/10/01)
Jack Kitchen was dubbed "Cabbie with a Heart" when he emerged a winner in the Southeast Missourian's Random Acts of Kindness Week promotion five years ago. At that time, Kitchen had been driving and caring for elderly and handicapped passengers seven years for Kelley Transportation Company Inc. of Cape Girardeau...
New business 12/10 (12/10/01)
New gymnastics school to open in January Heartland Gymnastics, a new school offering preschool gymnastics for preschool youngsters and aerobics classes for older students and adults, will open at 819 N. Kingshighway in early January...
This holiday shopping season is turning out to be more dismal (12/10/01)
NEW YORK The Christmas shopping season, already expected to be disappointing, is turning out to be even more gloomy for the nation's retailers. With November sales results the weakest since 1990, merchants have few hopes for the final weeks of the season as they contend with unseasonably warm weather and consumers' frugality. Even heavy discounts, which are deeper and earlier than a year ago, haven't made consumers forget their worries about job security...
Business personnel 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
St. Louis CPA joins local accounting firm Bradley Tuschhoff has joined Schott & Van de Ven, Certified Public Accountants. Tuschhoff, a CPA, has more than nine years experience in public accounting. He served as property tax accountant for a Fortune 500 Company in St. ...
Roy Poe (12/10/01)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Roy Ashley Poe, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at Central Gardens in Dexter, Mo. He was born Aug. 22, 1911, son of the late Terry and Cora Stacey Poe. He and the late Agnes Hankins were married Dec. 24, 1932. She died April 30, 1992. He and the late Hollie Yeakey were married in January 1993. She died in March 2000...
LaVerne Phillips (12/10/01)
LaVerne E. Phillips, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Tuesday after noon at the Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. Funeral Service will follow at 1 p.m. at the church, with interment in Hanover Lutheran Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Sippy will officiate...
Lillian King (12/10/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lillian M. King, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 2, 1922, at Decatur, Tenn., daughter of the late Robert and Huley Harder. She and L.E. King were married Sept. 21, 1940, in Blytheville, Ark...
Cape fire report 12/10 (12/10/01)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Dec. 10 On Saturday, firefighters responded to the following call:At 10:20 p.m., an illegal burn at 55 N. Pindwood. On Sunday, firefighters responded to the following call:At 3:30 p.m., an emergency medical service to Towers East...
Cape police report 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Dec. 10 ArrestsJennifer Johnson, 28, 2755 Lynnwood Hills, was arrested Saturday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for bad checks. Curtis A. Blyzes, 21, 1441 Kingsway, was arrested Saturday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
10 years ago: Dec. 10, 1991 Chaffee - Chaffee Police Chief Ivan McLain has resigned and is eyeing possible campaign next year for Cape Girardeau County Sheriff, job he once held for more than 10 years; McLain, 61, submitted letter of resignation Thursday night at Chaffee Police Commission meeting; he plans to move to Cape Girardeau area...
Community reading project is a great idea (12/10/01)
Central High School librarian Julia Jorgensen and some fellow teachers hope the whole town will be talking about John Grisham's book, "A Painted House," come February. That's when their community reading event called United We Read kicks off. The idea is to get everyone in town to read the book and talk about it at group discussions to be held somewhere in the city every day in February...
Bypass would ease Jackson traffic woes (12/10/01)
Jackson shouldn't be surprised by results of a recent survey that showed traffic congestion is a top concern among residents. More than 75 percent of those who responded to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce community survey of 400 chamber members and 500 randomly selected residents listed traffic congestion as their top concern, followed closely by city growth...
Broadway needs most work of all downtown areas (12/10/01)
To the editor: As a former resident who misses Cape Girardeau, I was encouraged to hear that the Old Town Cape organization was formed to revitalize downtown Cape Girardeau. The study's recommendations were on target, but I could have made the same suggestions for a lot less than $80,000...
Old Town Cape's success depends on its volunteers (12/10/01)
To the editor: Old Town Cape is part of the Main Street organization administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1980 it has spread to over 1,600 communities throughout the nation. The Main Street program has generated over $15.2 billion of new investment in distressed downtowns and created 206,000 new jobs. The simple fact is that Main Street programs have an excellent track record of working if implemented properly...
Speak Out 12/10/01 (12/10/01)
Mature decision WHEN I was a Democrat, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away the childish actions of the Democratic Party and became a Republican. A speck in time EVEN 350,000 years is too long for man's history. ...