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Stories from Sunday, December 16, 2001

Center gets new building, loses director (12/16/01)
The Cape Area Family Resource Center is in transition. The center, which opened in 1999 with the goal of centralizing social services in south Cape Girardeau, moved in November to the more spacious former Assembly of God Church at 1202 S. Sprigg St. Then director Charles Rush announced he is leaving in January to rejoin his family in Mississippi...
Two women need purses for Christmas (12/16/01)
Two women in the Christmas for the Elderly program have identical gift requests: a new purse. Mrs. T., 77, needs a medium-sized purse with straps that can hang from her shoulders. Mrs. U., 94, wants a medium- to large-sized bag in black that can carry a lot of her belongings...
Man runs to jail (12/16/01)
MUNCIE, Ind. -- A burglary suspect made it easy for police to arrest him this week. While being chased by deputies, he ran to the local jail. Christopher S. Newsome, 26, of Portland, was suspected of breaking into the Randolph County Courthouse early Tuesday and taking $25 from a receptionist's desk, police said...
Sports items on boys' Christmas lists (12/16/01)
Twelve-year-old Anthony loves to play sports and would like to have a new basketball, football or rollerblades for Christmas. But his mother can't afford expensive gifts -- or any -- for her four children. Twin 5-year-olds want rollerblades also but Della's list includes Barbies and dolls while her brother's is filled with remote-controlled cars and wrestling action figures...
Home-decorating contest planned (12/16/01)
The Scott City Historical Preservation Society, along with Sunny Village Garden Club and the Scott City Area Wide Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor a Christmas home-decorating contest. Judges from the clubs will tour the community Tuesday. To make sure a house is judged, call Carolyn Pendergrass at 264-3187...
Mobile office to visit Perryville (12/16/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's mobile office will stop in Perryville Wednesday. The mobile office will be at the Perry County Administration Building from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Scott Dismuke, mobile office director, will answer the public's questions and record any constituents' concerns...
Gas bills closer to normal (12/16/01)
Last year at this time, Cape Girardeau was under a 4-inch blanket of ice and snow during a near record-breaking cold spell. Gas bills went sky-high and left those who had to pay them in an even chillier mood. Twelve months later, the fourth-warmest November on record is sending those bills back to more normal levels, according to AmerenUE, which provides gas and electricity to roughly 22,000 customers in Southeast Missouri...
Ex-Southeast presidents looking at UT (12/16/01)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Two former presidents of Southeast Missouri State University are semifinalists in the search for a new leader at the University of Tennessee. According to a story from Friday's Knoxville News-Sentinel, Bill Stacy and Dale Nitzschke are on a list of 15 semifinalists for the UT presidency...
Graduates urged to follow dreams (12/16/01)
Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter and former teacher, became Dr. Crow during fall commencement exercises held at the Show Me Center on Southeast Missouri State University campus Saturday afternoon, then urged graduating students to go out and find their dreams...
Shop houses look-alike antiques without expensive price (12/16/01)
DE SOTO, Ill. -- The cluttered aisles of Ken's Antiques and Reproductions in De Soto are reminiscent of grandma's attic. They're dimly lit, drafty and filled with bric-a-brac that recalls a bygone era. But shoppers must be careful not to get too caught up in nostalgia when prowling Ken's. That's because many items that look as if they were hand-crafted a century ago probably were stamped out last month somewhere in the Far East...
Historic work completed on Senate chamber (12/16/01)
Associated Press/Kelley McCall A worker re-installed flags Tuesday in the newly remodeled Senate Chamber in Jefferson City, Mo. The $1.8 million restoration took more than six months to complete. Funding for the project was approved in 1999, before the state budget crunch.By Paul Sloca ~ The Associated Press...
Gourds are golden for Charleston artists (12/16/01)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Karenlee Spencer anoints another gourd angel with its copper wire halo, while her mind takes flight to consider the eternal question: Why do people find Spencer creations so heavenly? "Well, I think it is because they emit soul," she says finally. "Their eyes kind of speak to you, and they make people smile, they really do."...
Mural shows Lincoln's feelings for stepmother (12/16/01)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- One of the first murals Glen Davies ever painted, when he was 12 or 13, was of Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair. That painting has since been lost, left behind at a Chicago apartment Davies shared with other students when he was enrolled at the School of the Art Institute. But now, nearly 40 years later, Davies has painted another Lincoln mural, one both historical and intimate, for the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce...
In its last days Joliet prison closing after more than 140 year (12/16/01)
JOLIET, Ill. -- Behind its massive limestone walls -- five feet thick and as much as 40 feet high -- have walked such infamous criminals as Baby Face Nelson. And movie fans may know Joliet Jake (John Belushi) got sprung from there at the beginning of "The Blues Brothers," or that a riot scene from "Natural Born Killers" was filmed in the one-time women's prison across the street...
Chicago's hidden treasure holds scholarly records (12/16/01)
CHICAGO -- Looking for a volume of Britain's House of Lords' daily records from 1509? How about a copy of India's 1961 census? Or maybe Albert Einstein's doctoral dissertation? They're all more or less at your fingertips on Chicago's South Side, squirreled away in a 125,000-square-foot, four-story building known as the Center for Research Libraries. The center houses one of the most remarkable collections of what it calls "scholarly resources" in the world...
Democrat withdraws bid to succeed mother (12/16/01)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis city alderman has abandoned his quest to fill the state Senate seat held by his mother before her death last month, calling upon his backers to support state Rep. Louis Ford, a fellow local Democrat. Greg Carter's exodus from the 5th District race came after his talks in recent days with Ford over the seat vacated by Sen. Paula Carter, the local Democrat who died Nov. 5 after a long battle with cancer, Carter and Ford said in a joint statement Saturday...
Liquor official removed after DUI arrest (12/16/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The head of Kansas City's liquor control department has been removed from his position after he was arrested for allegedly driving on alcohol and drugs, the city manager said Saturday. Eldon Audsley received a ticket Oct. 25 that alleges he was driving "while under the influence of alcohol and drugs to a degree which renders him incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle," records obtained by The Kansas City Star said...
Mount Vernon to get new veterans' home (12/16/01)
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- The city of Mount Vernon is giving the state over 22 acres of land, hoping to benefit from the state's plans to build a a new $22 million, 200-bed veterans home there. The land, as well as the needed infrastructure the city is installing is estimated to be worth almost $500,000...
Hogs snarl traffic in East St. Louis (12/16/01)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Two men hauling about 700 pigs didn't make it to market Friday afternoon. Almost 100 of the pigs got loose when the tractor-trailer hauling the hogs for Iowa-based Miller Livestock flipped over on its side. Driver Scott A. Ohm and passenger John R. Schulz slid along with their livestock into a guardrail on Interstate 64, near the Interstate 55-70 interchange...
Guardsman spending Christmas in Kosovo (12/16/01)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. It's been more than 14 days since Don Cobb has seen the sun and much longer since he's seen his family. Cobb, Chaffee's police chief, has been on active duty with the National Guard since late August, assigned to peacekeeping during a cold, dark winter in Kosovo...
Second round of anthrax cleaning starts near Senate (12/16/01)
WASHINGTON -- Preparation problems delayed the pumping of a second round of poison gas into the anthrax-tainted Hart Senate Office Building for a second day Saturday. Two weeks ago, workers used the gas in the offices of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Test results released last week found some spores still lingering in the South Dakota Democrat's suite...
One-woman show in ghost town still goes on (12/16/01)
DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. -- When the theater lights dim and the audience is gone, Marta Becket slips off her ballet shoes and reviews her work. She eases her 77-year-old body into a creaky, old donated theater seat, alone with her thoughts inside the cold, aging building...
Endeavour undocks from space station (12/16/01)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the international space station on Saturday, bringing home three men who had lived on the orbiting outpost since summer. Before leaving, astronaut Frank Culbertson gave the new space station residents candy canes and a small fabric Christmas tree decorated with gifts for every day until Dec. 25, intended as a holiday countdown...
TiVo success rattles TV industry (12/16/01)
LOS ANGELES -- When Lexus adapted a TV ad campaign for users of TiVo, the digital video recorder, the automotive company and its advertising agency knew they were entering new territory. After all, TiVo is designed to let viewers skip commercials. Here was an attempt to turn expectations on their head...
Study- garlic can block AIDS drug (12/16/01)
WASHINGTON -- Garlic supplements, often taken in hopes of lowering cholesterol, can seriously interfere with drugs used to treat the AIDS virus, a new federal study concludes. The study makes garlic the second popular herbal remedy found to interact dangerously with prescription drugs...
End for bin Laden remains uncertainty (12/16/01)
WASHINGTON -- Theories about how the end might come for Osama bin Laden will soon get their test if fighters in the Afghan mountains are right in their belief he is still there. Various scenarios are in play, any one of which might result in his death. There is, most obviously, the increasingly focused torrent of U.S. bombs, combined with slowly progressing ground forces...
Woman's triple transplant halted (12/16/01)
The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 19-year-old woman returned home to wait for a new donor Saturday after her plans to undergo a rare triple transplant were canceled because a donated lung contained traces of pneumonia. Brandy Stroeder, who has been fighting the Oregon Health Plan for the right to a lung and liver transplant, was flown to the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., for the surgery after learning Friday that the organs and a new heart were available...
Scientists find Alaskan, Russian salmon getting smaller (12/16/01)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Salmon from two rivers in Alaska and Russia have shrunk in size in what scientists say could be a decades-old fight for food in the Gulf of Alaska. Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks used high-resolution digital imaging equipment to look at about 2,000 fish scales taken from chum salmon caught on Alaska's Yukon River and Russia's Anadyr River over more than 30 years...
E-tailers lure customers with discounts (12/16/01)
Online holiday traffic might be surging, but e-tailers, like their brick and mortar counterparts, are working hard to turn cautious browsers into shoppers. The big challenge for e-commerce sites -- many of which are aiming at profitability this holiday -- is to offer price discounts or free shipping deals without hurting earnings. That will be a particularly difficult feat because even when consumers are buying, they tend to spend less than they did a year ago...
Analysts say e-mail volume may increase 45 percent next year (12/16/01)
SAN FRANCISCO -- If your e-mail box is already besieged by unwanted salutations and solicitations, brace yourself -- the onslaught is about to get worse. Driven in part by anthrax scares, analysts say, e-mail volume will likely grow 45 percent next year, up from recent annual growth rates of 40 percent...
Terrorist attacks heap costs on nation's theme parks (12/16/01)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Security guards stationed at two rows of tables at the Magic Kingdom entrance stop guests and search their bags before the visitors can pass through the turnstiles and head down Main Street, U.S.A. The guards, added following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, do more than provide extra security at the Walt Disney World theme park. They're also increasing Disney's costs...
Scientists hope DNA will reveal mummy's identity (12/16/01)
ATLANTA -- The body is remarkably well-preserved, filled full of resin and stuffed with rolled linen some 3,000 years ago. It has a mouthful of teeth, an intact facial profile and long arms still crossed over the chest. A scientist at Emory University hopes DNA from a single loose molar will tell whether the ancient corpse is that of the lost pharaoh Ramsses I, founder of the famed Egyptian dynasty that produced Seti I and Ramsses II...
Human ancestors took time in adopting modern growth (12/16/01)
Compared to chimps and gorillas, people take a long time to grow to maturity. A new study suggests humanity's ancestors didn't adopt that slower schedule until relatively late in evolutionary history. Researchers found evidence that the human ancestor Homo erectus was still following an apelike fast schedule some 1.5 million years ago...
Yacht owners helping track oceans' health (12/16/01)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The hulls of 55 luxury yachts owned by some of the nation's wealthiest men and women have holes where seawater pours in. But the water poses no threat to publisher Steve Forbes, Microsoft's Paul Allen, Amway's Rich De Vos or the others. The water is being pumped in by environmental monitoring devices installed in their yachts by the International Seakeepers Society, a South Florida-based group they joined...
Thieves in Appalachia covet road markers (12/16/01)
WHITESBURG, Ky. -- Driving around in eastern Kentucky, good luck finding Fat Baby Hollow, Frog Town, Rattlesnake Ridge or Death Valley. Authorities say vandals have been taking markers from more colorfully named places, making it difficult for police and paramedics to find some out-of-the-way spots...
Georgia literary magazine features 1940 letter by William Faulk (12/16/01)
ATLANTA -- William Faulkner learned to tell the truth and care for the weak from Caroline Barr, the black woman who raised him and his brothers in Oxford, Miss. An emotional, six-page typed letter in which Faulkner recounted the relationship has been published for the first time in the latest edition of the literary quarterly, The Georgia Review...
Mill's shutdown ends lifestyles of steel workers (12/16/01)
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- Not long ago, the only thing Stan Machaj feared was being outfished. But now, huddled around the familiar corner of a bar, sipping beer well before noon, it's clear to everyone -- his buddies, the bartender who puts up with their barbs and anyone who looks in Machaj's eyes -- that his worries are many...
Two convicted in stripper's murder (12/16/01)
MIAMI -- A federal jury Friday convicted two members of the Gambino crime family in the slaying of a stripper they wrongly thought was an FBI informant. Both face mandatory life sentences.
New investigation sought in Chicago police-torture case (12/16/01)
CHICAGO -- Aaron Patterson is a death row inmate who claims police punched him and suffocated him with a plastic typewriter cover 15 years ago to extract a false confession in the killings of an elderly couple. A few years ago, Patterson's claims might have been dismissed...
Florida dog-voting charge dropped (12/16/01)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A woman who registered her pet poodle to vote is no longer facing felony voter fraud charges. Prosecutors agreed not to charge Wendy Albert on the condition that she stays out of trouble for the next year. The third-degree felony carries a maximum five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine. Paul Zacks, chief assistant state attorney, called the punishment "a little extreme."...
High-speed Internet company cutting another 7,000 jobs (12/16/01)
DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. said last week it will cut 7,000 more jobs by mid-2002, citing a drop in business stemming from the deteriorating economy. The move will bring its work force to 55,000. Qwest supplies high-speed Internet access, and also provides local telephone service, through last year's merger with U S West...
Rumsfeld offers closer military ties to former Soviet republics (12/16/01)
TBILISI, Georgia -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a hopscotch tour Saturday of three former Soviet republics, offered closer U.S. military ties in return for help fighting terrorism in Afg-hanistan and elsewhere. Rumsfeld told the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia that he endorsed action by the U.S. Congress to lift sanctions that bar some U.S. military relations with the two countries...
North Korean war rhetoric increasing (12/16/01)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Escalating renewed verbal attacks on the United States, North Korea accused President Bush on Saturday of trying to stifle the communist country and said it was ready to fight a war with the Americans. "If any enemy comes in attack on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, its army will not allow him to go back alive," said a Workers' Party newspaper...
Leaning Tower's tilt is fixed (12/16/01)
PISA, Italy -- Its long-stilled bronze bells ringing again, Pisa's Leaning Tower reopened its doors and dizzying stairway to the public Saturday after a decade-long renovation to reduce the famed tower's tilt. Alfredo Bianchi of Milan was one of the first visitors to climb to the bell tower's eighth and highest story and catch the breathtaking view of Pisa's cathedral...
Holidays in the Holy Land (12/16/01)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Here's how you know the holiday season in the Holy Land is in full swing: Santa Claus has just finished his television broadcast with an Arabic rendition of "Jingle Bells" in the studios of Nativity TV, a Christian station broadcasting from a hilltop villa in Bethlehem...
25 inmates killed in riot (12/16/01)
ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Rioting inmates started a fire that swept through a prison in the border city of Ciudad del Este on Saturday, killing at least 25 people and injuring about 200 others, authorities said. The fire started after a prisoner, in an apparent escape bid, attacked a guard with a homemade knife, and the jailer shot and killed him, Paraguayan television stations reported...
Israeli forces pursue militants in Gaza (12/16/01)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops searching for militants flattened houses and security buildings in the Gaza Strip on Saturday and briefly took over part of a Palestinian town, setting up tents outside a girls' high school. Five Palestinians were killed, more than 50 hurt and 15 arrested, witnesses and officials said...
European Union prepares for expansion (12/16/01)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The leaders of the 15 European Union nations set the EU on the path to expansion Saturday, pledging to make it a more open, efficient organization as it pushes eastward in the coming years. To prevent the EU from becoming unwieldy when it nearly doubles its membership beginning in 2004, the leaders set guidelines for a convention that will gather next year to reform the union's administrative rules and define it -- either as a tight-knit organization with strong central power or a limited, looser grouping.. ...
Arabic-subtitled tape of bin Laden airs on Al-Jazeera network (12/16/01)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Excerpts of an Arabic-subtitled version of terror suspect Osama bin Laden's latest videotape released by the Pentagon aired Saturday on the popular Qatari-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera. The Arabic transcript of the tape also appeared in several Arab newspapers...
Al-Qaida talks of surrender as bin Laden heard on radio (12/16/01)
TORA BORA, Afghanistan -- Besieged al-Qaida fighters offered again Saturday to surrender as a new report surfaced that Osama bin Laden could be in the region. Opposition commanders feared the offer was just another ploy, and U.S. bombers kept up a relentless attack from the air...
Pakistanis arrest French Taliban (12/16/01)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A Frenchman who fought with the al-Qaida was being treated in a Pakistani hospital under heavy guard Saturday, medical and intelligence officials said. Pakistani intelligence officials said Abdur Rehman, 21, received military training at an al-Qaida camp six months ago, and that he said 80 to 100 other French citizens were also trapped in Afghanistan...
Vietnam gets new U.S. ambassador (12/16/01)
HANOI, Vietnam -- The new U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Raymond F. Burghardt, arrived in Hanoi on Saturday to begin a term that will focus on putting a new trade agreement into action. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport with his wife, Burghardt said he would work to ensure both nations benefit from the landmark trade pact, which was put into effect on Dec. 10...
Jackson boys drop road game to Colts (12/16/01)
ST LOUIS -- Jackson dropped its second road game in less than 24 hours as it fell 67-53 to Parkway Central Saturday afternoon in boys high school basketball action. Jackson (2-4) dropped a close one at Kennett Friday night 48-44, before leaving Saturday morning for a 2:30 p.m. game against a strong Parkway Central (6-1) team...
Dragons repeat as Classic champs (12/16/01)
Sure he was the No. 1 seed, but the odds were not in James Love's favor. The Jackson senior suffered a knee injury during football season and got a very late start on the wrestling campaign. Friday night, in a second-round match, Love, still not in wrestling shape, barely survived an upset 3-2. Things were not looking good at that point...
Loss has bright spots for Indians (12/16/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Even though Southeast Missouri State University was blown out by St. Louis Saturday afternoon, the 88-62 setback was not without a few bright spots for the Indians. Redshirt freshman guard Derek Winans, who had struggled some offensively in the last few games after beginning his college career so impressively with 47 points in his first two outings, got back on track against the Billikens...
St. Louis builds early lead, wins 88-62 (12/16/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Despite having won just once all season, Southeast Missouri State University's Indians had for the most part been competitive in virtually every game. But that streak came to an end Saturday afternoon. The St. Louis University Billikens had their way just about the entire contest as they handed the Indians by far their most lopsided setback of the year, 88-62, in front of 10,474 fans at Savvis Center...
Going over the edge Dangerous sport of Alpine skiing encounters (12/16/01)
Daron Rahlves had just been sitting with a young Swiss racer in the ski lodge, sharing a few moments of calm before the two downhillers began another daredevilish plunge at 75 mph down an icy slope. That Swiss racer, Silvano Beltrametti, never made it to the bottom. He crashed through the safety netting at midcourse, slamming into a mattress-covered pillar with such force that his helmet split open...
Raiders become first team to reserve spot in playoffs, win 13-6 (12/16/01)
SAN DIEGO -- Jerry Rice and the Oakland Raiders can thank their defense for a return trip to the playoffs. Tackle Darrell Russell and William Thomas intercepted Doug Flutie's passes to kill San Diego drives and the Raiders beat the Chargers 13-6 in a wild finish Saturday to clinch their second straight AFC West title...
A tough year in the Lions' den (12/16/01)
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Athletes often talk about wanting to leave a mark, a lasting legacy. The Detroit Lions know they could do that this season. They desperately don't want to. They would rather just blend in among the handful of the worst teams in NFL history...
Singh assumes four-shot lead over Woods (12/16/01)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Bernhard Langer climbed a tree. Jesper Parnevik poured water on his glove to keep it dry. David Toms' tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole went 450 yards -- 230 yards toward the green, 220 yards down a winding cart path. No wonder they call this the silly season...
Struggling Warriors fire Cowens (12/16/01)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors fired coach Dave Cowens on Saturday after just 105 games with one of the NBA's most downtrodden franchises. Cowens will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Brian Winters, a team spokesman said. Winters coached the Vancouver Grizzlies in their first two seasons...
Rockies trade Cirillo to Mariners for pitching (12/16/01)
The Seattle Mariners completed their trade for third baseman Jeff Cirillo early Saturday, getting him from the Colorado Rockies for reliever Jose Paniagua and two pitching prospects. The AL West champion Mariners also sent Dennis Stark and Brian Fuentes to Colorado for the two-time All-Star...
Cards trade Hermanson to Red Sox for prospects (12/16/01)
BOSTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded right-hander Dustin Hermanson to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday in exchange for three minor leaguers. The 28-year-old right-hander gives Boston a replacement for Hideo Nomo as a potential No. 2 starter, and he's a younger, cheaper alternative to 37-year-old free agent John Burkett, who is seeking $15 million over three years...
Proper evaluation of tree damage vital to decisions (12/16/01)
A storm can leave trees looking like there's no tomorrow. Major limbs may be broken or damaged, foliage can be shredded or stripped or the bark may be torn or gouged. But what at first glance may look like mortal wounds are not necessarily fatal to a tree. Trees have an amazing ability to recover from storm damage...
The sky's not falling, it's just a down year (12/16/01)
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Southeast Missouri State University's basketball Indians are a bit short on strong Division I talent this year, especially in some key areas. After coach Gary Garner was hailed as something of a savior for leading the Indians to a 62-28 record over the last three years -- including the program's first NCAA Tournament berth on the Division I level -- the major question I get from fans these days is why has SEMO's recruiting slipped so much?...
Finding a place to grow (12/16/01)
From the moment you step into the sunny foyer, you realize you are in a home for a family. The neighborhood, alive with children playing together outside, offers friendship and stability for a growing family. This home, a warm brick and vinyl siding structure, houses a living room and dining room area, all neatly decorated with light carpeting and walls that transition easily from one room to another...
Toy monkey sold for firefighter fund (12/16/01)
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike the Monkey might not be fighting any fires, but he will be helping firefighters. The stuffed toy dressed in a New York City fireman's shirt, red suspenders and hat is being sold to raise money for the Firemen's Widows and Children's Fund...
Theme park marks 100th birthday of Walt Disney (12/16/01)
"Somehow I can't believe there are many heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true." -- Walt Disney By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian ORLANDO, Fla. Look, there's Aladdin and Jasmine, holding hands. Strolling close behind is Snow White. Here comes a smiling Mary Poppins with her trademark umbrella...
Peace pipe goes to Indian Museum (12/16/01)
The Associated Press CRAZY HORSE, S.D. -- A peace prayer pipe that belonged to a survivor of both the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn and the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre has been presented to the Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial...
Lantern lights tell story of Christmas in coastal village (12/16/01)
MYSTIC, Conn. -- Evergreen trees top the masts of the tall ships along the Mystic River, announcing the vessels will be in port for the holidays. Inside the town church, residents rehearse the Christmas pageant, while the less-religious celebrate down the street at the tavern. At Mystic Seaport, it's Christmas Eve, 1876. Visitors to the maritime museum are invited to step back 125 years into a 19th-century coastal Christmas...
More Americans plan road trips during holiday season (12/16/01)
According to a new countrywide survey conducted on progressive.com, the Web site of Progressive Insurance, an overwhelming majority (87 percent) of people plan to travel by car during this holiday season and most are going to see family and friends...
Visit beaches, historic sites and mansions in Rhode Island (12/16/01)
Rhode Island may be the nation's smallest state, but it's got more than enough history, oceanfront and other attractions to fill your next vacation. According to one tourist organization, it has more than 20 percent of the nation's registered historic landmarks...
Ride a train through cranberry plantation (12/16/01)
CARVER, Mass. -- Aboard this train, there are no stressed looks from travel-weary, new-millennium commuters. Instead, there are squeals of delight from children and smiles from parents as they ride a 19th-century train 5.5 miles through 1,500 acres of cranberry bogs, woods, ponds and wildlife...
A chest full of stuffed toys and memories (12/16/01)
If you have an old dresser or chest of drawers you are about to discard, here's something you can do with it for Christmas, if you have the time: Paint it, if you wish, in Christmasy colors. Pull the drawers slightly out, beginning at the bottom and stairstepping them up to the top. Into these partially opened drawers put anything you like -- dolls, stuffed toys, Christmas ornaments, peppermint canes, sprigs of holly and evergreens, or all of the above...
Poll reveals Santa-believers' views (12/16/01)
Jolly old St. Nick gets plenty of publicity this time of year. He's on the minds of children and those parents who spend every December running around like overworked elves trying to secure the last toy and get it wrapped in time for Christmas. It's not surprising that Americans have plenty to say about the bearded man in the red suit...
Ray Romano turns comedy into benefit drive (12/16/01)
NEW YORK -- More than a mood shift, it was an emotional somersault. During a visit to his hometown, Ray Romano's schedule called for him to tour the ruins of the World Trade Center with his brother, a retired New York City policeman, then be whisked uptown to tape a "Sesame Street" appearance...
NBC agrees to show hard-liquor ads for the first time (12/16/01)
NEW YORK -- NBC is breaking a longtime television taboo by becoming the first broadcast network to run hard liquor commercials. The first hint of the policy change wil come this weekend, when a public service message promoting designated driving sponsored by Smirnoff's vodka brand will appear during "Saturday Night Live."...
Punk bands named to Rock Hall of Fame (12/16/01)
NEW YORK -- The Ramones and the Talking Heads, two bands that helped define the punk sound, are among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2002. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee and Gene Pitney were also inducted...
Elijah Wood rides his first commercial juggernaut (12/16/01)
NEW YORK -- When it came to auditioning for the biggest and riskiest role of his young career, Elijah Wood just mailed it in. That's not to say the 20-year-old actor took it lightly. To win the lead part of Frodo Baggins in "The Lord of the Rings" -- the $300 million, three-movie production that would take 16 months to film -- Wood refused to just saunter into the casting agent's office...
Little steps lead to success (12/16/01)
LOS ANGELES -- After spending a decade toiling in music's underground scene, Incubus found themselves thrust into the rock 'n' roll limelight due to a couple of catchy radio hits last summer. But even with a new album on the charts and a sold-out tour, the band is careful about defining success...
Biographer goes back to first love (12/16/01)
NEW YORK -- Biographer Edmund Morris feels quite comfortable at the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, a reconstructed brownstone off Fifth Avenue. He is looking about the large, oak-paneled library, where years ago he wrote much of his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt."...
Carl Hoffmann (12/16/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Carl F. Hoffmann, 97, formerly of Altenburg,Mo., died Dec. 14, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 4, 1904, in Germany, son of Michael and Margaret Schafer Hoffmann. He and Clara Emma Weber were married Aug. 6, 1932. She died Feb. 26, 1994. He was a retired baker from A&P Bakery in St. Louis and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg...
Leon Frick (12/16/01)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Leon Frick, 73, of Jonesboro died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at the Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Born June 7, 1928, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Coney and Flora Reynolds Frick. On June 24, 1965, in Carbondale, he was married to Betty Fifield. She died March 10, 1978...
Ruth Meadows (12/16/01)
Ruth Meadows, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Kenneth Hayden (12/16/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kenneth Cole Hayden was stillborn Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was the son of Craig and Debbie Hoehn Hayden of Perryville. Survivors include his parents, a sister, Brooke E. Hayden; maternal grandmother, Doris Hoehn; paternal grandmother, Ruth Hayden; and maternal great-grandparents Floyd and Irene Hoehn all of Perryville...
Branon Garrett (12/16/01)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Branon Garrett, 78, of Dexter died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001. He was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Stoddard County, son of T. M. and Clyde Palmer Garrett. Garrett was a retired truck driver. He lived in Michigan before moving to Dexter 35 years ago. He was a member of the Second General Baptist Church in Dexter. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Laura Ellebracht (12/16/01)
Laura Ellebracht, 76, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at the Chateau Girardeau. Born Nov. 12, 1925, in Kinder, Mo., she was the daughter of Virgil C. and Emma Gillespie Daniels. On April 20, 1946, in Piggot, Ark., she was married to Milton Ellebracht. She worked 22 years at Commerce Bank in St. Louis and served as a Girl Scout Leader for many years. She and her husband moved to Cape Girardeau in 1988...
Dooley Gilmore (12/16/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mildred "Dooley" Gilmore, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at her home. Born Feb. 19, 1922 at Charleston, Mo., the daughter of the late Ward and Etna Hay DeField, she was a member of the First Christian Church in Sikeston. On Aug. 9, 1931, she was married to Weber Gilmore who survives of the home...
Robert Roth (12/16/01)
Robert W. Roth, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at his home. Born Jan. 21, 1930, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., he was the son of F.X. and Mary Edwards Roth. On April 21, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, he was married to Betty May Birk. Roth was a member of St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau. He was a former member of the Exchange Club and the Jaycees. He was a fourth-degree member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 1111...
Rosalie Proffer (12/16/01)
MILLERSVILLE, Mo. -- Rosalie Proffer, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson, Mo. Born Aug. 19, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, she was the daughter of Robert H. and Cora "Mae" Mayfield Bollinger. On Jan. 17, 1947, she was married to Troy Proffer. He died Jan. 5, 2000...
Sindle-Woods (12/16/01)
ORAN, Mo. -- Rebecca Suzanne Sindle and Darin Earl Woods were married Oct. 13, 2001, at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. The Rev. John Harth performed the double ring ceremony. Organist and pianist was Carolyn Shoemaker of Allenville, Mo. Music was also provided by Trio Girardeaux of Cape Girardeau...
Dannenmueller-Horrell (12/16/01)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- St. Joseph Catholic Church was the setting for the wedding Sept. 1, 2001, of Brandi Rae Dannenmueller and Kaed Lee Horrell. The Rev. David Coon performed the double ring ceremony. Pianist was Joe Spalding of Scott City. Vocalists were Barbara Blattel and Marlene Glenn of Cape Girardeau...
Ertel-Wright (12/16/01)
Kimberly Joy Ertel and Corey Steven Wright were married June 15, 2001, in an outdoor setting at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Fla. The Rev. John Garner performed the double ring ceremony. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. David Ertel of Apopka, Fla. The groom is the son of Kathy Wright of Cape Girardeau and the late Steven W. Wright...
Kasten-Clardy (12/16/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Gretchen Anne Kasten and Mark Anthony Clardy were married June 23, 2001, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Rev. David Johnson performed the double ring ceremony. Organist was Orville Perr Jr. and harpist was Emily Bertrand, both of Jackson. Vocalist was Sara Johnson of Nashville, Tenn...
Wiles-Wrigley (12/16/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Cynthia Charlene Wiles and Gary Alan Wrigley were married July 21, 2001, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Paul Short performed the double ring ceremony. Reader was Angie Calamia. A string quartet provided music. Vocalists Brandon Hahs of Cape Girardeau, Julia Pitts of St. Louis, and Lisa Barrett of Jackson, were accompanied by pianist Diane Daume...
Vickery- Lape (12/16/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee Vickery of Sikeston announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Elaine Vickery, to Daniel DeKalb Lape. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Lape of Sikeston. Vickery is a 1996 graduate of Sikeston High School. She received a degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000. She is a teacher at Sikeston Public Schools...
Johnson- Perkins (12/16/01)
TAMMS, Ill. -- The Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson of Tamms announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Gayle Johnson, to James Francis Perkins Jr. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Perkins of Olive Branch, Ill. Johnson is a 2000 graduate of Egyptian High School. She is enrolled in the massage therapy program at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill...
Kimbrels celebrate 50th (12/16/01)
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kimbrel of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Saturday at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Hosts were their daughters, Debbie Birk of Willow Springs, Mo., and Karen Hann of Cape Girardeau. Kimbrel and Patsy Ravenstein were married Dec. 15, 1951, at Grace United Methodist Church. Their attendants were Genieve Hawkins and Carl Ryan...
Fire 12/16/01 (12/16/01)
Cape Girardeau Sunday, Dec. 16 Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:At 9:54 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1105 Linden. Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:At 1:48 a.m., an alarm sounding at Towers East, Southeast Missouri State University campus...
Out of the past 12/16/01 (12/16/01)
10 years ago: Dec. 16, 1991 Altenburg -- In times of economic trouble for schools across state, tiny Altenburg Public School is paying cash for new building addition; Supt. Richard Hoffman says 77-student district has been saving money for past six years to build new structure, expected to cost about $120,000; at recent school board meeting, board selected architect Anthony Sebek of Cape Girardeau to design building...