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Stories from Friday, December 14, 2001

Woman, 78, would appreciate basics (12/14/01)
Mrs. R. lives alone in subsidized housing. Her only supplemental health coverage comes through Medicaid and Medicare programs. At 78, her circulation is poor, and she has hypertension and breathing problems. She would like some gifts for Christmas, but will rely on Christmas for the Elderly to provide them...
New county budget totals $13.5 million (12/14/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau County commissioners on Thursday approved a $13.5 million budget for 2002 that's slightly smaller than this year's budget and includes no money to build a juvenile detention center. H. Weldon Macke, the county's auditor and chief budget officer, said the county is putting $300,000 in escrow should it be forced by circuit judges to build the detention center. The matter currently is before Missouri's Judicial Finance Commission...
Fruitland Livestock 12/14 (12/14/01)
  • Fruitland livestockFRUITLAND, MO. -- FRUITLAND LIVESTOCK AUCTION TUESDAY. RECEIPTS, 838; LAST WEEK, 656; LAST YEAR, 417. COMPARED TO LAST WEEK FEEDER STEERS STEADY TO 1.00 LOWER AND HEIFERS SOLD 1.00-3.00 LOWER. SLAUGHTER COWS AND BULLS SOLD STEADY TO 1.00 LOWER; DEMAND AND SUPPLY LIGHT. ...
  • Toybox still in need of donations (12/14/01)
    Brightly colored packages of Candyland board games and a jungle of stuffed animals are spread out under the Christmas tree at Notre Dame Regional High School, where students held a toy drive for Toybox. The collection helped boost the coffers, and more toys are beginning to trickle into Toybox donation sites. However, the donations received so far still aren't going to be enough to fill all 513 application requests...
    Better water on tap (12/14/01)
    A $17.5 million expansion to Cape Girardeau's water plant on Cape Rock Drive is six months behind schedule, but city officials say it should be done by this summer in plenty of time to meet increased warm-weather water demands. An added bonus, they say, is that when the work is finished the city's 15,000 water subscribers should notice a difference. Not only will the expansion increase water capacity, but a water-softening process will be instituted, they said...
    Jackson fire report 12/14 (12/14/01)
    Jackson Friday, Dec. 14 Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:An alarm sounding at 517 E. Jackson. An emergency medical service at 631 August. Carbon monoxide alert on Ridge Road. A motor vehicle accident on South Hope....
    Jackson November permit status 12/14 (12/14/01)
    The following is the November permit status of new buildings, expansions and remodeling projects and the status of those projects in Jackson. Rodney Bollinger, Jackson Planning and Zoning superintendent, provided information for this report monthly...
    Jackson man arrested on charge of molesting girl, 5 (12/14/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- A Jackson man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexually molesting a 5-year-old girl. Joe Cecil Motley, 28, of 137 Lindsey is charged with a class B felony of child molestation for having sexual contact with a child under the age of 12...
    Two request public defenders in death of tigers (12/14/01)
    A Cape Girardeau couple charged with conspiracy in the deaths of four endangered tigers requested public defenders Thursday in a hearing in U.S. District Court. "My clients and I have agreed to disagree," said attorney Al Lowes, who had been representing Todd and Vicki Lantz...
    Holden to visit Jackson Wednesday (12/14/01)
    Gov. Bob Holden will be making a brief stop in Jackson, Mo., Wednesday at the high school to talk about his education plans and goals for the upcoming legislative session. Holden is scheduled to arrive at the school at 2 p.m. The stop is one of several the governor will make to schools around the state throughout the week...
    Publisher weighs leaving state as anthrax cleared (12/14/01)
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The tabloid empire American Media Inc. says it plans to stay in Florida, at least for the next year or two while its headquarters is cleaned of anthrax. Chief executive David Pecker said last week that he might relocate his $400 million publishing operation outside Florida because of lack of support from county and business leaders...
    Dunklin County officers see few leads in murder probe (12/14/01)
    Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers have a lot of questions and few answers as they investigate the death of a young man whose body was found in a roadside ditch near Kennett on Wednesday. While the victim remains unidentified, his death has been ruled a homicide...
    Nixon - Changes fail to end loopholes (12/14/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Attorney General Jay Nixon on Thursday blasted state lawmakers supporting a plan he says would fail to close loopholes in Missouri's popular "no-call" law, which is aimed at warding off bothersome telemarketers. More than nine in 10 no-call complaints to Nixon's office blamed telephone, insurance or finance companies, he said. Because they are regulated by federal agencies, all of those industries are exempt from the current law, which took effect in July 2000...
    State considers overhauling methods to fund Medicaid (12/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While insisting Missouri's Medicaid program is legal, Gov. Bob Holden has nonetheless offered to satisfy federal concerns by considering a change in the program's funding formula. Federal Medicaid administrator Thomas Scully has threatened to withhold more than $1.6 billion from Missouri if it does not change its Medicaid program, which he says violates a 1991 law...
    Couple who found body to use reward for scholarships (12/14/01)
    DIAMOND, Mo. -- The couple who helped find the body of a southwest Missouri school superintendent will use part of the $15,000 reward to fund scholarships in his name. Brian and Kim Shaner of Diamond accepted the reward money earlier this week. The reward, totaling $15,125, was funded by friends of the late Diamond school superintendent, Greg Smith...
    Nursing home, government settle Medicare claims suit (12/14/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The federal government has announced an out-of-court settlement in its civil lawsuit against the operators of a Joplin nursing home over allegations of making false claims to Medicare and Medicaid. The settlement, announced Wednesday, requires NHC Healthcare Corp. to pay $250,000 to the government. The lawsuit had also alleged that NHC failed to comply with a number of federal health care program regulations...
    State plans new U.S. 65-I-44 ramp (12/14/01)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A proposed ramp change for the interchange at U.S. 65 and Interstate 44 in Springfield would reduce congestion and improve safety, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. Some 71,400 vehicles a day pass through the interchange. It has been the site of more than 200 wrecks -- including five fatalities -- in four years...
    Jennifer's Branson theater for sale; show's run ends (12/14/01)
    BRANSON, Mo. -- Branson's favorite dancing blonde is calling it quits -- at least for now. Jennifer Wilson, who is credited with making morning shows a marketable time slot in the Ozarks music mecca, is looking for someone to buy or lease her 950-seat theater along Highway 76. She made the announcement Wednesday, a day after completing her show schedule for the year...
    Holden to spare employees in cuts (12/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden plans to cut more than $200 million from the state budget without laying off any state employees, officials in Holden's office said Thursday. The governor, who already has vetoed or cut $359 million from the $19 billion state budget, is to announce the latest round of cuts today...
    Security measures delaying renovations at KC airport (12/14/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Renovation work at Kansas City International Airport is running almost two months behind schedule because of increased security measures following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, officials said. The extra security measures affecting construction workers have included a ban on parking trucks and other vehicles next to the terminals and checkpoints in a restricted work area...
    Anti-radiation drug won't be stockpiled in Missouri, Illinois (12/14/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Missouri and Illinois are making no plans to stockpile an anti-radiation drug that would be used in the event of a nuclear plant accident. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that both states keep the drug potassium iodide for workers who would respond to a nuclear accident. But health officials in the two states do not intend to distribute it to the general public, citing logistical problems and the false sense of security it would instill...
    Cape County carved four ways by judges (12/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau County will be divided among four state House districts instead of two for the next decade. New legislative redistricting maps for both the House of Representatives and Senate were drawn by a panel of six state appeals court judges and submitted to the Missouri secretary of state's office Thursday, two weeks ahead of the Dec. 27 deadline. The new districts will be in use beginning with the 2002 legislative elections...
    Holden seeks federal help with vaccine for smallpox (12/14/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden says the potential for a smallpox outbreak is a major threat and wants the federal government to supply vaccinations to key public health and emergency personnel. In a letter to national homeland security director Tom Ridge, Holden raises several concerns, including smallpox precautions and the need for better state and federal communication...
    No layoffs planned under latest budget balance moves (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state will cover a $212 budget gap without laying off employees by cutting spending and diverting money from intended uses, Gov. Bob Holden's office announced Friday. Holden had already vetoed or cut $323 million from the $19 billion state budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1. The latest moves are needed to keep the budget balanced in a dire financial situation, he said...
    FDA - Red Cross creates blood risk (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- The government asked a federal judge Thursday to hold the American Red Cross in contempt of court for repeated violations of blood safety regulations, including shipment of contaminated blood. The Food and Drug Administration's unprecedented action charges the Red Cross with "a cavalier disregard" for blood quality standards. ...
    Retail sales slip 3.7 percent last month (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Retail sales plunged by a record 3.7 percent last month as the holiday shopping season was getting under way. But more recent information looks brighter for the economy, suggesting the huge wave of job layoffs is abating. Noting the new government reports Thursday, analysts said they still believe the current recession, the country's first in a decade, will be a mild one that will be over by late spring...
    Bin Laden tape seen as damning by those convinced of his guilt (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush called the Osama bin Laden videotape a declaration of guilt by a terrorist and said anyone questioning the tape's authenticity is reaching for a feeble excuse to support him. "I mean, this is bin Laden unedited," Bush said Friday. "It's preposterous for anybody to think that this tape is doctored...
    Recession pushes industrial production down in November (12/14/01)
    AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- In more signs of the far-reaching impact of the country's recession, the government reported today that output at the nation's factories fell again in November but the spreading economic weakness helped keep consumer inflation in check...
    Trace amounts of anthrax found in fumigated Senate building (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Trace amounts of anthrax were found in a fumigated Senate office building, and officials said Friday that they would try again to kill the lingering spores with chlorine dioxide gas. Environmental Protection Agency technicians planned to begin the new fumigation operation at the Hart Senate Office Building later in the day...
    Third AbioCor heart patient dies (12/14/01)
    LOS ANGELES -- A 74-year-old man who received a self-contained artificial heart has died, eight weeks after the device was implanted, doctors said Thursday. He was the third recipient of the pioneering device to die. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center, who implanted the AbioCor heart into the patient Oct. 17, said the man died Wednesday...
    NASA struggles with shuttle navigation unit (12/14/01)
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA struggled Thursday to understand a fleeting but perplexing problem with one of space shuttle Endeavour's key navigation devices. One of three inertial measurement units aboard Endeavour malfunctioned early Thursday, setting off an alarm in the cockpit after the astronauts had gone to bed...
    Army's anthrax strain matches type in recent deaths (12/14/01)
    For years, U.S. Army scientists in Utah have been developing a powdered form of anthrax that matches the strain used in the deadly letters that have killed five people since September, according to a published report. Officials at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah confirmed that they have produced dry anthrax powder in recent years, say reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Baltimore Sun...
    Obesity deaths may eclipse tobacco fatalities (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Some 300,000 Americans a year die from illnesses caused or worsened by obesity, a toll that may soon overtake tobacco as the chief cause of preventable deaths, the surgeon general said Thursday. Surgeon General David Satcher called for major steps by schools, communities and industry to fight fat...
    U.S. seeks answers from Israeli leader, action from Arafat (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that getting rid of Hamas and other terrorist organizations is the key to peace and security for Israel and statehood for the Palestinians. At a news conference, Powell said Yasser Arafat must "go after these organizations," and that the administration was enlisting European governments to help make the same pitch to the Palestinian leader...
    Bin Laden tape a chilling account of terrorists' plan (12/14/01)
    In a chilling glimpse of terrorist planning, Osama bin Laden said in a videotape released Thursday by the Pentagon that the deaths and destruction achieved by the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations. Bin Laden appeared calm and at times amused as he talked about the attacks on the hour-long tape the Bush administration said was found in Afghanistan. U.S. warplanes pressed the hunt for him and his supporters there Thursday...
    Five shot to death in two Indiana homes (12/14/01)
    LOWELL, Ind. (AP) -- Five relatives, including a baby girl, were found shot to death in two houses Friday in what authorities were investigating as a murder-suicide. A husband and wife and their 30-year-old son were discovered dead at one home, Sheriff John Buncich said. At the second home, the son's wife and baby daughter were found slain. The victims' identities were not released...
    Defense bill passes pay hikes (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Overcoming objections to base closings, Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $343 billion defense authorization bill. It includes the largest military pay raise in two decades, an increase in anti-terrorism money and full funding of President Bush's missile defense efforts...
    Black diners aim $100 million suit at Cracker Barrel (12/14/01)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Twenty-one people filed a $100 million federal lawsuit against Cracker Barrel restaurants Thursday, accusing the Tennessee-based chain of widespread racism by segregating black customers in the smoking section and denying them service...
    Bush invokes executive privilege (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush invoked executive privilege Thursday to block Congress from seeing prosecutors' memos in controversial criminal cases in a move that angered lawmakers already concerned about access to sensitive information. The president said he invoked the legal privilege, which gained notoriety during Nixon and Clinton scandals, because he was concerned that sharing such documents with Congress could chill prosecutors' private deliberations in criminal cases...
    Missouri's Blunt sees House post as a lock (12/14/01)
    WASHINGTON -- More than a year in advance, Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt has enough support from his colleagues to become the third-ranking Republican in the GOP-controlled U.S. House, he said Thursday. Blunt said that more than half the 220 other House Republicans have promised their support since word broke Tuesday that the No. 2 Republican, Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, would retire when his term ends next year...
    Repairing airport is Marines' aim (12/14/01)
    SOUTH AFGHANISTAN -- U.S. marines took control today of the heavily damaged airport outside the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, saying they hoped to rebuild it with the help of local contractors. Marines from Camp Rhino, southwest of Kandahar, rolled through the city overnight on their way to the airport, about 10 miles to the southeast. ...
    British may make babies to donate blood (12/14/01)
    LONDON -- British couples will be able to create a child to donate umbilical cord blood to a sick sibling, under a ruling announced Thursday that allows them to select test-tube embryos whose tissue type matches that of the ailing child. But the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority drew the line at allowing the creation of donors for bone marrow transplants because of the pain and risk to the baby...
    Arabs ask for U.N. intervention in conflict (12/14/01)
    UNITED NATIONS -- Arab nations called Thursday for an immediate open meeting of the U.N. Security Council, and adoption of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli violence against Palestinians and establishment of a "monitoring mechanism" to help cool the conflict...
    Afghan tribesmen, U.S. special forces advance in snow (12/14/01)
    TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- As U.S. planes strafed and bombed al-Qaida positions, Afghan tribesmen and American special forces advanced against Osama bin Laden's fighters in a snowy mountain canyon Thursday, vowing to wipe them out after surrender negotiations fell through...
    Wounded al-Qaida Arabs wire themselves to explode (12/14/01)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Thirteen wounded al-Qaida loyalists -- grenades and other explosives strapped to their waists -- kept authorities and most hospital workers away Thursday at Kandahar's main hospital. The standoff illustrates the difficulty of restoring order in Kandahar a week after the Taliban handed over the city to a tribal council -- and then promptly fled with their weapons...
    Russian leader - U.S. exit from ABM treaty 'mistake' (12/14/01)
    MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty a "mistake." In a nationwide television address, Putin repeated Russia's often-stated position that the 1972 treaty is a cornerstone of world security...
    Marines secure airport, search for booby traps, evaluate runway (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Hundreds of U.S. Marines occupied the Kandahar airport Friday, carefully picking through unexploded weaponry and debris left by the Taliban in their hurried retreat. It was the biggest Marine deployment since the U.S. military established a firebase in southern Afghanistan in late November. Some landed at the airport in helicopters in the early morning darkness...
    Seven Palestinians are killed in Israeli sweep in West Bank (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterJERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops raided four Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank early Friday, killing seven Palestinians in gunbattles and arresting dozens of suspected militants in the most extensive sweep in 15 months of fighting...
    New Afghan leader begins work (12/14/01)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan leaders have a long tradition of dramatic entrances and exits, but Hamid Karzai is playing against type. The 43-year-old hereditary tribal leader, set to take office next week as Afghanistan's interim prime minister, spent a workmanlike first day in his capital on Thursday, shunning the spotlight in favor of meetings meant to defuse tensions in advance of the power handover...
    Two Americans wounded in fighting (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterTORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- Intense fighting between U.S. special forces and al-Qaida machine-gunners left two Americans slightly wounded Friday, a witness said, as a top Afghan commander claimed to have located and surrounded a cave in which he believed Osama bin Laden could be hiding...
    U.S. forces join Afghan guerrillas in battle for Tora Bora (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterTORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- Enemy gunners hit two Americans on Friday as their band of special forces joined Afghan guerrillas attacking an al-Qaida machine-gun nest in the Tora Bora mountains. A tribal leader claimed Osama bin Laden may be cornered in a nearby cave...
    Afghan commander claims to have found bin Laden's cave (12/14/01)
    Associated Press WriterTORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- Intense fighting between U.S. special forces and al-Qaida machine-gunners left two Americans slightly wounded Friday, a witness said, as a top Afghan commander claimed to have located and surrounded a cave in which he believed Osama bin Laden could be hiding...
    U.S. special forces in combat at Tora Bora (12/14/01)
    TORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. special forces battled to take an al-Qaida machine-gun position Friday, and two of the Americans were slightly wounded in an exchange of fire, a witness said. Twelve members of the U.S. special forces and dozens of tribal eastern alliance fighters were trying to take out an al-Qaida defensive position near the terrorist organization's Tora Bora cave and tunnel complex when they came under machine-gun fire, said one of the Afghan fighters...
    Top talent assembles for Tiger Classic (12/14/01)
    More than 200 athletes representing 16 schools all have one goal. To become the best of the best. And the Tiger Classic wrestling tournament definitely gives them the opportunity. As is always the case, some of the state's best wrestling programs will participate in the 27th annual Tiger Classic at Cape Central High School's Field House...
    Charleston girls score at buzzer, nip Delta 46-45 (12/14/01)
    DELTA, Mo. -- Charleston's Missy Whitney negated a dramatic comeback by Delta, tipping in a missed free throw at the buzzer for a 46-45 victory in high school girls basketball action Thursday night. Whitney and teammate Tyshanta Williams each finished with 19 points...
    Tigers stumble in stretch (12/14/01)
    The look of frustration on coach Derek McCord's face told the whole story. Cape Central's inexperience showed down the stretch in a 65-57 loss to Farmington at the Tiger Fieldhouse Thursday night. The Tigers (1-5), who started four sophomores, failed to score in the last three minutes of the contest after a tie at 57-57...
    Friedgen wins coach of the year (12/14/01)
    After Maryland won its first six football games, athletic director Deborah Yow was so happy with her rookie coach that she boldly predicted the Terrapins would win a national championship before Ralph Friedgen retired. The Fridge came pretty close in his first try...
    Rape allegations arise from CU recruit party (12/14/01)
    BOULDER, Colo. -- Police are investigating a University of Colorado student's allegation that she was gang-raped at a party for football recruits. CU Police Lt. Michael Irving said Thursday that campus police are working with Boulder police on the investigation, but declined further comment...
    Sports digest 12/14/01 (12/14/01)
    Hospital releases Buck following cancer surgery ST. LOUIS -- Longtime St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck is home after spending a week in the hospital following surgery for lung cancer. Buck, 77, was released Wednesday night from Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a hospital spokesman said...
    NASCAR addresses age of drivers (12/14/01)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR set an age requirement of 18 for participants in its major series, another move in its push for stronger safety measures. "It was in the best interests of safety, competition and professional development that we institute these new age requirements," NASCAR President Mike Helton said Thursday. "Younger competitors need as much experience as they can accumulate before competing at NASCAR's professional levels."...
    Giambi cleans up his act, signs big pact with Yanks (12/14/01)
    NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi became baseball's first big free agent to change teams this year, agreeing to a $120 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday. After days of anticipation, the Yankees announced the deal that brought one of baseball's most feared hitters to a team that has won four of the last six World Series championships...
    Contraction negotiations collapse (12/14/01)
    NEW YORK -- Talks collapsed Thursday on the proposed deal between players and owners that would delay any elimination of major league teams until after the 2002 season. The sides were close to agreement on a deal Monday that would ensure two teams -- most likely Minnesota and Montreal -- would not be folded before next season...
    Teams look tentative, talk trades at meetings (12/14/01)
    BOSTON -- The big names went to the big markets at the winter meetings. New York's Yankees and Mets and the Boston Red Sox took care of business at baseball's five-day swap session, while most other teams preferred to wait as trade talks became more fashionable than flashing cash...
    The old Pro-ehl - Veteran receiver makes big contributions (12/14/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Eventually, the St. Louis Rams had to get Ricky Proehl back into the offense. The glue-fingered possession receiver is no longer the forgotten option after playing a major role in last week's victory over the San Francisco 49ers. After totaling two catches in two weeks and playing sparingly in each game, he responded with a season-best six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown...
    Blues tumble in OT (12/14/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- Mats Sundin scored 43 seconds into overtime Thursday night, giving the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Sundin scored a power-play goal on a 2-on-1 break with Alexander Mogilny seconds after Al MacInnis shot high on the other end. The Maple Leafs had a 4-on-3 advantage after Scott Young was penalized for holding the stick at the end of the third period...
    Couples, O'Meara share lead at Tiger's tourney (12/14/01)
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Their world rankings suggest Mark O'Meara and Fred Couples don't belong in the elite field at the Williams World Challenge. The 6-under 66s they posted Thursday proved otherwise. The two guys Tiger Woods invited to his $4.1 million tournament turned in a stellar performance to share a two-stroke lead after the first round at Sherwood Country Club...
    O'Leary resigns as Notre Dame coach (12/14/01)
    AP Sports WriterSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- George O'Leary resigned as Notre Dame football coach less than a week after being hired, admitting he lied about playing the game in college in his personal biography. "Due to a selfish and thoughtless act many years ago, I have personally embarrassed Notre Dame, its alumni and fans," O'Leary said in a statement released Friday by the university...
    Art of communication can be scribbling on blank slate (12/14/01)
    The best TV viewing these days are the commercials. While I am amused, entertained and uplifted by some commercials, I unfortunately rarely remember what product is being promoted. My wife, who only pays close attention to "Jeopardy" and a couple of hour-long dramas, generally watches TV by looking up from whatever book or magazine she happens to be reading. She never sees commercials...
    Low-key Bruce Robison having a high-profile year (12/14/01)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's a good time to be Bruce Robison. His "Angry All the Time," as sung by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, has been the No. 1 country music song in the nation. Singers Brad Paisley, Allison Moorer, David Ball, keith urban and Lee Ann Womack had been in the audience at Robison's Nov. 8 show, scouting his songs...
    Know your Sheryl Crow (12/14/01)
    Born Sheryl Suzanne Crow on Feb. 11, 1962, in Kennett, Mo. Graduated from the University of Missouri. CDs 1. "Tuesday Night Music Club" 2. "Sheryl Crow" 3. "The Globe Sessions" 4. "Live in Central Park" Hits 1. "All I Wanna Do" 2. "Leaving Las Vegas"...
    'Late Night Catechism' extended to March 24 (12/14/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- The run of "Late Night Catechism," the interactive comedy playing at the Grandel Theatre's Grand Hall, has been extended through March 24. The one-woman show takes audience members back to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister, played by Colleen O'Neill, teaches an adult catechism class to the audience and progresses from benevolent instructor to drill sergeant...
    A tribute and an experiment in technology (12/14/01)
    When renowned artist Robert Rauchenberg played Scrabble with his mother, they would allow a word to be used if they agreed it deserved to be in the dictionary. Likewise, images melded to other images can make a new kind of sense. That is the impression left by "Sarah Riley: Prints and Watercolors," an exhibition now at the Kelsen Gallery. The gallery at 13 S. Spanish St. is open from noon-5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition continues through Jan. 2...
    Harmon Robertson (12/14/01)
    Retired Lt. Col. Harmon E. Robertson, 80, of O'Fallon, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, in O'Fallon. He was born April 27, 1921, in East Lansing, Mich., son of James Earl and Adeline Hoose Robertson. He married Virginia Lee Tarver, who died in 1990...
    Isma Greer (12/14/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Isma Greer, 94, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 4, 1907, at Egypt Mills, Mo., daughter of Hardy and Anna Gallaher Brooks. She and Ernie L. Greer were married Dec. 14, 1935, in Jonesboro, Ill. He died Aug. 3, 1987...
    Robert Hafford (12/14/01)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Robert E. Hafford, 66, of Cairo died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 12, 1935, in Cairo, son of Lloyd C. and Minnie Fair Hafford. He married Judy Watkins. Hafford was retired from the Southern Clay-Lowe Plant in Olmsted, Ill...
    Shirley Jobe (12/14/01)
    COBDEN, Ill. -- Shirley Jobe, 63, of Cobden died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at her home. She was born April 11, 1938, near Cobden, daughter of Adolphus and Catherine Tripp Dillow. She and Gene E. Jobe were married July 21, 1960, in Herrin, Ill. Jobe was an elementary teacher at schools in Elgin, Springfield and Dongola, Ill., retiring in 1994. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church near Cobden, and Illinois Teachers Association...
    Mollie Lacy (12/14/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Mollie L. Lacy, 81, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 7, 1920, near Marble Hill, Mo., daughter of Kergious and Ella Mae Seabaugh Crites. She and Albert Walter Lacy were married Feb. 18, 1939, at Benton, Mo. He died Nov. 5, 1995...
    Henry Moyers Jr. (12/14/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Henry Moyers Jr., 73, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 14, 1928, at Elvins, Mo., son of James H. and Ruth Gamblin Moyers. He and Mary Flanagin McCullough were married Feb. 9, 1979...
    Michael Backfisch (12/14/01)
    NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Michael Joseph Backfisch, 53, of New Hamburg died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Home at Benton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
    Thomas Marshall (12/14/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Thomas F. Marshall, 70, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Chicago, son of Travis and Ruby Friese Marshall. He and Mary Smith were married July 16, 1955...
    John Martin (12/14/01)
    MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- John Martin, 58, of Murphysboro died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at his home. Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
    Georgia Likens (12/14/01)
    Funeral for Georgia Katherine Likens of Cape Girardeau will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church. The Revs. Anselm Williams and Jerry Statler will officiate. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. today...
    Births 12/14/01 (12/14/01)
    Swick Daughter to Trent and Robin Swick of St. Louis, St. Mary's Hospital, 12:34 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2001. Name, Madelyn Elizabeth. Weight, 6 pounds 14 ounces. First child. Mrs. Swick is the former Robin Holden, daughter of Bob and Mitzi Holden of Cleveland, Ohio. She is employed at Millenium Hotel in St. Louis. Swick is the son of Martha McDowell Swick of Imperial, Mo., formerly of Jackson, Mo. He is employed at Travelers Insurance in St. Louis...
    Cape police report 12/14/01 (12/14/01)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Dec. 14 DWICharles David Reiner, 44, of 311 Estate Drive was arrested Wednesday for driving while intoxicated. ArrestsJoe L. Hatchett Jr., 45, of 812 S. Benton, was arrested Wednesday for contempt of court. Wendy Lou Farrow, 45, of 510 N. Middle, was arrested Wednesday for contempt of court...
    Cape fire report 12/14 (12/14/01)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Dec. 14 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:At 4:20 p.m., a motor vehicle accident and fuel spill at Dennis Scivally Park. At 5:35 p.m., a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 55. At 7:39 p.m., an emergency medical service at 624 Boxwood...
    Out of the past 12/14/01 (12/14/01)
    10 years ago: Dec. 14, 1991 Robert W. Foster, executive vice president of Southeast Missouri State University, issues challenge to students earning degrees from Southeast to make difference in whatever path they choose; Foster, who is retiring this month, delivers commencement address in afternoon at Show Me Center; there are 451 undergraduates and 28 graduate students in winter commencement ceremony...
    Students seek hosts for visitors in March (12/14/01)
    For the third time since 1982, Central High School will be the host next March of the Missouri Association of Students Councils. This means 1,200 middle school and high school representatives will be in Cape Girardeau for three days of programs and fun...
    States could provide anti-terrorism help (12/14/01)
    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one of the frequently asked questions was why U.S. intelligence agencies didn't have better information that might have been used to prevent such deadly mayhem. While finger pointing does little to assuage the aftermath of those attacks, it does cast a spotlight on what might be considered some weaknesses in the way information is shared among the intelligence gatherers and law-enforcement agencies...
    Charges serve no real purpose to the community (12/14/01)
    To the editor: When I read the Dec. 8 headlines in the Southeast Missourian I was truly sickened to live in a county where one of our officials would somehow think the charges he has decided to file against April McDonald could possibly be the wishes of the people who elected him...
    Civil liberties have allowed nation to endure (12/14/01)
    To the editor: Well now, let me see. Who were our first civil libertarians? Could they have been people like our Founding Fathers? I am tired of you Democrats and you Republicans eating away the basic liberties of our great country. One of the main reasons this country has endured for over 225 years is because of things like civil liberties. ...
    Speak Out A 12/14/01 (12/14/01)
    More enforcement SLOW DRIVERS are not as dangerous as fast drivers. At least you can see where they're going. I wish Cape and Jackson ran more speed radar than they do, or at least put out the radar screen machine so everyone knows when they are speeding. I also wish they'd ticket tailgaters. At night, your lights blind the person you're tailgating...