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Stories from Thursday, December 20, 2001

Jackson teacher charged with exposing self (12/20/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- An elementary schoolteacher was issued a summons Wednesday in which he is accused of exposing himself in a public park. According to court documents, Ralph J. Beck Jr. exposed himself while standing under a pavilion at South County Park last week...
Christmas for Elderly gifts must be in today (12/20/01)
Gifts to Christmas for the Elderly must be received today to be delivered to recipients. Christmas for the Elderly is a program of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian that provides holiday gifts to senior citizens in the community...
Woman accused of having sexual contact with boy, 14 (12/20/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau woman is scheduled to appear in court today on a felony charge alleging she had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy. Pamela L. Recker, 43, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant issued by Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp...
New Madrid Central teacher to receive state art award (12/20/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Linda Melkersman is always escorting her students at New Madrid Central High School on one arts trip or another, this year to see the Van Gogh exhibition in St. Louis. More recently in Memphis, Tenn., instead of going to Graceland they visited the Memphis Art College Brooks Art Museum...
Permanent war crimes court lacks U.S. support (12/20/01)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- International legal experts began laying the groundwork for the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal Wednesday, without U.S. backing. A permanent court to try those responsible for war crimes -- and possibly terrorist attacks -- is expected to open in the Netherlands next year with the support of the majority of the international community...
One-stop centers offer many services to the unemployed (12/20/01)
Twenty-five years ago, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development office, then called the Job Service, had one primary duty: accept applications for unemployment benefits. Under today's new setup, one-stop career centers offer job and labor market information, education, training and transportation for eligible individuals. The programs are aimed at getting out-of-work people back on the job more quickly...
Red Cross training set at Chaffee (12/20/01)
CHAFFEE, MO. -- To assure opening of emergency shelters in the Chaffee, the American Red Cross will conduct a series of four, three-hour classes at the Chaffee Nutrition Center from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Those who complete the classes will be certified to man emergency shelters...
River Campus gets $1.75 million (12/20/01)
State and city funding for the River Campus arts school remains in limbo, but that hasn't stopped federal money from flowing to the project. Congress approved $1.75 million in additional funding for Southeast Missouri State University's planned arts campus. The money is expected to be available early next year, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Wednesday...
Fruitland livestock 5b 12/20 (12/20/01)
  • Fruitland Livestock FRUITLAND, MO. -- FRUITLAND LIVESTOCK AUCTION TUESDAY. RECEIPTS, 504; LAST WEEK, 838; LAST YEAR, 253. COMPARED TO LAST WEEK FEEDER STEERS AND HEIFERS SOLD 2.00-4.00 LOWER. SLAUGHTER COWS AND BULLS SOLD 1.00-2.00 LOWER; DEMAND AND SUPPLY LIGHT...
  • Holden praises performance of Jackson School District (12/20/01)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden shared his new education plan for failing school districts with students and faculty at Jackson High School Wednesday, selecting the school for a visit because it is part of one of the top-performing districts in the state...
    Wishes to come true for Toybox children (12/20/01)
    Twenty-one Santas are practicing their "Ho-Ho-Ho" belly laughs and explanations for why Rudolph and the reindeer were left behind so they'll be prepared for the annual Toybox delivery tonight. Children ask amazing questions of Santa when he arrives at their homes bearing gifts, as he'll do for the 513 families who asked for assistance this holiday...
    UM president says on-air ban of patriotic symbols was 'wrong' (12/20/01)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-owned television station made a "wrong decision" in banning news people from wearing patriotic symbols on the air, the university president said. But President Manuel Pacheco told state legislators he still supported the right of KOMU-TV's news director to set station policy...
    Domestic violence report issued (12/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Parents and children who have been the targets of domestic violence should receive greater protections from the state, a task force report says. The Missouri Domestic Violence Task Force assessed the state's response to domestic violence cases and made several preliminary recommendations Wednesday to Gov. Bob Holden...
    Suspect composite given (12/20/01)
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Army officials have released a composite drawing of a man wanted in a fatal shooting at Fort Leonard Wood.
    Officials do better job of reporting alcohol offenses (12/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Circuit court clerks are doing a better job of reporting felony convictions of drivers found to be using drugs or alcohol, but that's not good enough, a new state audit says. State Auditor Claire McCaskill, in an audit of 20 circuit court clerks released Wednesday, found that 90 percent of class D felony offenses that occurred between December 2000 and May 2001 were reported to the state -- up from 64 percent in 1998...
    Tennessee woman dies in accident (12/20/01)
    VIBURNUM, Mo. -- A Tennessee woman was killed when her car overturned in eastern Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Tresa L. Reed, 32, of Gallatin, Tenn., died in a one-car accident in Crawford County about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her car ran off Missouri 49 about five miles north of Viburnum and overturned several times, the patrol said...
    Bills target property tax breaks for seniors (12/20/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State lawmakers have prefiled at least seven bills for the next legislative session that would shield senior citizens from higher taxes caused by increases in the assessed values of their homes. The concept is an old one that has made little headway in the General Assembly. However, with many Missourians angry over the latest round of property reassessments, which in some cases substantially increased tax bills, the issue is garnering new interest...
    Great West to build new unit at Kennett (12/20/01)
    Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- Great West, formerly General American Life Insurance Co., will build a new facility in Kennett. The building, to be more than 20,000 square feet, will be built on the South Bypass, on what is to be called Great West Drive...
    Doheny Collection brings about $7.1 million (12/20/01)
    Perryville's Estelle Doheny Collection, auctioned by Christie's in New York last week and this week, raised nearly $7.1 million for charity when added to the private sale of a portion of the collection. Antique glass paperweights and other pieces of decorative art from the former St. Mary's of the Barrens seminary fetched $755,208 at auction Monday...
    Ex-renter owns fixed-up home (12/20/01)
    George Doris has a new home even though he's never left his old one. For the past four weeks, workmen have been giving the house at 525 S. Frederick a complete makeover, replacing everything from the roof to windows, doors to flooring. The house also has new siding, bathroom fixtures, carpeting, wiring and even a new gas stove...
    Sprint, Cisco ink agreement (12/20/01)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp. has announced a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. that will allow the two companies to drive demand for each other's products and work together on new ones. Len Lauer, president of Sprint's Global Markets Group, said Wednesday that Cisco has agreed to sell a certain level of Sprint's services with the San Jose, Calif.-based company's products, while Sprint will buy a "sizable" amount of Cisco's equipment...
    School janitor earns $70K (12/20/01)
    NEW ORLEANS -- A school janitor earned more than $70,000 last year -- more than any other principal in the system. And his son happens to be the schools chief. The Orleans Parish School Board said it will ask an independent investigator to examine the pay of Alphonse Davis, 70, who made $38,754 in overtime last year. His base salary was $27,738...
    County planners scratch cat litter mine (12/20/01)
    RENO, Nev. -- County planners Wednesday scratched plans by the world's largest maker of cat litter to build a mine and processing plant north of the city. The Washoe County Planning Commission denied the special-use permit officials say Chicago-based Oil-Dri Corp. needs to begin work in Hungry Valley, about 10 miles north of downtown Reno...
    Survey- American teens smoke less (12/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- Smoking is declining sharply among American teens, a finding that health experts are hailing as good news for the public's future health. Decreases in cigarette smoking were observed for 8th, 10th and 12th graders surveyed. For 8th graders: Some 12.2 percent of 8th graders reported smoking in the 30 days before they were surveyed, down from 14.6 percent the year before. The peak in the 1990s was 21.0 percent in 1996...
    Booming 1990s still left pockets of poverty in South, Midwest (12/20/01)
    P The decade of prosperity passed by many rural communities. WASHINGTON -- While the nation overall benefited from the prosperous 1990s, the booming economy still left large pockets of poverty. A third or more of the residents in dozens of mostly rural counties in the South and Midwest still lived below the poverty level in 1998...
    Liberty and Ellis Islands reopen to tourists (12/20/01)
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Boatloads of tourists returned to Liberty Island on Thursday morning as the icon of American freedom reopened for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. John Delano, 9, of Richmond, Va., was the first to set foot on the island home of the Statue of Liberty on Thursday, followed quickly by his 12-year-old brother, Philip...
    New jobless claims fall to lowest level since late July (12/20/01)
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance, the third weekly decline in a row, raising the hope that the flurry of layoffs hitting workers after the terror attacks is abating. The Labor Department reported Thursday that for the work week ending Dec. 15, new claims for jobless benefits dipped by a seasonally adjusted 11,000 to 384,000, the lowest level since July 28...
    contraceptive risk (12/20/01)
    BOSTON -- The latest generation of birth control pills appears to carry a smaller risk of heart attack than its predecessor, a Dutch study found. The study of 1,173 women found that those who took second-generation pills had 2 1/2 times the heart attack risk of other women. But women who took the current, third-generation pills had essentially the same risk as other women, according to findings published today in The New England Journal of Medicine...
    Stimulus package hangs on health care (12/20/01)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush journeyed to the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby for recession relief legislation, and House Republicans sweetened their bill with fresh billions for health care in a push for bipartisan backing on a late-night vote. Democrats denounced the measure as a political gesture with no chance of becoming law...
    Online course offers bioterrorism training (12/20/01)
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Responding to the sudden impact of the bioterrorist threat, experts have turned to the immediacy of the Internet to reach emergency room doctors on the front lines of American health care. The University of Tennessee and Detroit Medical Center recently began the first hour-long sessions of "Bio-Terrorism 101," an online course that allows doctors to get their questions answered in real time by national experts on anthrax, botulism, smallpox and a host of other threats...
    3 months later, WTC fires go out (12/20/01)
    NEW YORK -- The stubborn fires that have burned beneath the ruins of the World Trade Center for the past three months are finally out, officials said Wednesday. Fire Department spokesman Robert Calise said it is possible that some small pockets might still be burning, "but we consider the fire to be out."...
    Terror suspect moved to Washington for trial (12/20/01)
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Zacarias Moussaoui, the first man indicted in the Sept. 11 attacks, briefly appeared Wednesday in the suburban Washington courthouse where he will be face trial. Sporting a full beard and wearing a brown shirt and khaki pants, Moussaoui sat between his attorneys as the six charges accusing him of conspiring to murder thousands were read by U.S. Magistrate Thomas Jones. Moussaoui did not say a word during the appearance...
    Anthrax cases still yielding few clues (12/20/01)
    2001 is the year America faced its first bioterrorism attack. Frightening as it was, it was not a full-scale catastrophe with a large death toll. But it killed five people and forced the nation to confront a microscopic and unfamiliar foe: anthrax. Instead of being spread through the air with sophisticated equipment as bioterrorism dooms-dayers might predict, the lethal white powder was delivered in the mail -- postmarked Sept. ...
    Tyson Foods executives charged with smuggling (12/20/01)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Six executives and managers of Tyson Foods Inc. were accused Wednesday of smuggling illegal Mexican immigrants into the country to work at the processing plants of the world's largest poultry company. The federal indictment said one of the managers told an undercover agent the company would pay $200 for each illegal alien delivered...
    Afghan defense ministry sees U.N. peacekeepers as symbolic (12/20/01)
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Barely 24 hours before the first British peacekeepers deploy in the Afghan capital, the incoming defense minister said Thursday the international troops may not use force, indicating deep differences with the United Nations over their mission and size...
    Britain to lead multinational peacekeepers in Afghanistan (12/20/01)
    LONDON -- Britain announced Wednesday that it would lead a multinational military force designed to help ease Afghanistan's path to peace. But defense analysts warned the mission was born of political compromise that could leave troops endangered, bogged down and overstretched...
    Arrested al-Qaida fight Pakistanis (12/20/01)
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Dozens of fighters from Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida group, arrested as they crossed the border from Afghanistan, rose up against their Pakistani guards Wednesday, seized weapons and escaped. Seven al-Qaida fighters and six police were killed, officials said...
    German official claims Somalia next U.S. target in terrorism wa (12/20/01)
    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A senior German official said Wednesday that the United States had marked war-ravaged Somalia as the next target in its global fight against Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, but Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the report was "flat wrong."...
    Riots, looting erupt in Argentina (12/20/01)
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Jobless Argentines stormed supermarkets, shops and kiosks Wednesday in an outburst of looting that spread from the capital to several big cities, prompting the beleaguered president to convene an emergency session of his Cabinet...
    Sign of thaw as Israelis, Palestinians resume talks (12/20/01)
    JERUSALEM -- Israel and the Palestinian Authority resumed security contacts Wednesday, the first sign of a thaw after Israel's decision last week to cut ties with Yasser Arafat's administration. In another first, the Palestinian Authority announced that it detained 15 of its own security officers on suspicion of taking part in attacks against Israelis...
    Interim regime marks new era in Afghanistan's history (12/20/01)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- With a history marred by war, factional feuding and harsh theocratic rule, Afghanistan takes a tentative step this weekend towards national reconciliation and the first peaceful assumption of power in decades. But even as an advance guard of multinational peacekeepers prepares to deploy, experts warn they face a nation-building mission born of political compromises that may leave them endangered and bogged down...
    healthsouth schedule box (12/20/01)
    HEALTHSOUTH HOLIDAY CLASSIC SCHEDULE (All games played at the Show Me Center)Thursday's games 4 p.m. -- No. 4 Cape Central vs. No. 5 Farmington 5:30 p.m. -- No. 1 Poplar Bluff vs. No. 8 Jackson JV 7 p.m. -- No. 3 Jackson vs. No. 6 Massac County...
    Holiday Classic rich in talented players, teams (12/20/01)
    The sixth annual HealthSouth Holiday Classic tips off today and some of the state's best players and teams will hit the hardwood at the Show Me Center. The three-day girls basketball tournament features a strong eight-team field that includes two state-ranked teams...
    PHS falls to Parkway North (12/20/01)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Lady Pirates got 17 points from April Lorenz, but it wasn't enough as Perryville fell 65-44 Wednesday night to Parkway North High School in girls basketball action. Lorenz was the only player in double figures for Perryville (3-3), which is the seventh seed in the HealthSouth Holiday Classic which begins today...
    Southeast finding it difficult to stop all the leaks (12/20/01)
    It's probably fitting for the struggles Southeast Missouri State University is having this season that the Indians have shored up one of their problem areas but continue to spring leaks in some others. For much of the year, the trifecta of poor shooting, shaky rebounding and too many turnovers were dooming the Indians...
    sports digest for thurs. (12/20/01)
    Culpepper to have surgery today EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper will have arthroscopic surgery today to repair his sprained left knee. Culpepper hurt his knee Nov. 25 against Chicago and started the following week against Pittsburgh but couldn't finish. His condition worsened the next week in practice, and Todd Bouman played in his place the last two games...
    America's Center adds seats for big basketball games (12/20/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- A $3.2 million facelift of the basketball venue at the Dome at America's Center, featuring better sight lines and a more intimate feel, had a public unveiling on Wednesday. After a news conference, the new configuration got a practical run-through with a game between Meramec and Lewis & Clark junior colleges. It's basically a rehearsal for the first and second rounds of the NCAA South Regional on March 14-16...
    Bonds stays with Giants (12/20/01)
    NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds will stay with the San Francisco Giants, deciding Wednesday to accept the team's offer of salary arbitration. Bonds, who became a free agent after hitting a record 73 home runs, could wind up with a one-year contract worth at least $20 million. He would prefer to sign a multiyear deal, said his agent, Scott Boras...
    Four fans plead innocent; more arrests expected (12/20/01)
    CLEVELAND -- Four of the 15 fans arrested Sunday at the Cleveland Browns' game have pleaded innocent, and the team says more arrests are to come. Browns spokesman Todd Stewart said four more fans were charged Wednesday and that the team has "leads on probably eight to 10 people that we are pursuing."...
    Stadiums raise cup to civil fans (12/20/01)
    Some NFL stadiums are raising a cup to good behavior. Plastic bottles will be taken out of the hands of fans at Giants Stadium and the Georgia Dome for NFL games this Sunday. In St. Louis, beer also will be poured for fans, although bottled water will still be sold...
    Police- Stepfather pulls gun on Dolphins' Taylor (12/20/01)
    MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins star Jason Taylor's stepfather was released from jail Wednesday two days after he allegedly pulled a handgun on the defensive end during an argument. Taylor, 27, wrestled his 42-year-old stepfather, Anthony Taylor, to the floor after he pulled a .22-caliber handgun from an ankle holster during a heated exchange Monday, Davie police said...
    Billick backs Grbac for long haul (12/20/01)
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Elvis Grbac will remain the Baltimore Ravens' starting quarterback now and well into the future, coach Brian Billick said with emphasis Wednesday. The Ravens have an escape clause in Grbac's five-year, $30 million contract that would allow the team to terminate the deal after this season. But Billick said Grbac, the 12th-rated quarterback in the AFC, would be around for the long haul...
    Cubs sign Alou (12/20/01)
    CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa might want a little payback after everything he did to lure Moises Alou to the Chicago Cubs. Call it a recruitment bonus. "Tell Moises he's got to pay me some interest, a percentage," Sosa said, laughing. Alou certainly has the money now. The free agent outfielder finalized a $27 million, three-year deal with the Cubs on Wednesday, ending negotiations that included numerous phone calls from Sosa...
    Replays are still bad idea (12/20/01)
    Just so there's no confusion, let's get something out of the way. The people in Cleveland and New Orleans who threw bottles, batteries, coins, cans and at least one portable radio down from the stands are fools. There is no excuse. None. And with a little luck and a lot of cameras, the authorities will see they get what's coming to them...
    Martz gives Hakim vote of confidence (12/20/01)
    ST. LOUIS -- It's hold-your-breath time whenever the ball is in Az-Zahir Hakim's hands, but he's in no danger of losing his job. Despite losing a fumble for the third straight game and the 14th time over two seasons, Hakim has received a strong vote of confidence from coach Mike Martz...
    Digital doctors (12/20/01)
    The exchange isn't unusual, except that the patient is in the Appalachian hamlet of Rainelle and his doctor is more than 160 miles away in Morgantown. It is made possible through Mountaineer Doctor Television, which brings doctors and patients together through high-speed digital phone lines and simple video equipment rather than by traveling treacherous mountain roads...
    health digest 12/20 (12/20/01)
    Today
  • Diabetes Support Group meets at 2:30 p.m. in Conference Room C and D of the St. Francis Education Center for a Christmas party. For information, call 331-5897. n Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. in Conference Room A at the St. Francis Education Center. For more information, contact Stephanie Clark at 331-5880...
  • Christmas letter 2001- The familiar and the miraculous (12/20/01)
    Dear family and friends, A queer Christmas, this one is. No matter how we try to dress it up in Christmas carols and decorate it with lights, the image of the two towers crumbling and Manhattan smoking will not become visions of sugarplums. Any Christmas when bombs are falling can't be merry....
    Herbert Scott (12/20/01)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Herbert Carl Scott, 80, of Marble Hill, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. He was born Aug. 23, 1921, in St. Louis County, son of James Elmer and Alma Wilferth Scott. He and Anna Mae Holschen were married in 1952. She died Nov. 5, 1988...
    Stanley Kesler (12/20/01)
    ULLIN, Ill. -- Stanley Kesler, 52, of Ullin died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, en route to a hospital. He was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Cairo, Ill., son of Kenneth and Virginia Sydenstricker Kesler. Kesler was an ironworker and a mail carrier. He was a member of First Baptist Church and served on Ullin Village Board...
    William Smith (12/20/01)
    ANNA, Ill. -- William E. Smith, 81, of Anna died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at his home. He was born March 1, 1920, in Raleigh, Ill., son of Calvin Lee and Nancy Etta Brown Smith. He and Opal Virginia Brown were married in 1965 in Alton, Ill. Smith had worked at Florsheim and International Shoe Cos., and as a dietary worker for the state of Illinois, retiring from Alton State Hospital in 1985...
    Helen Bierk (12/20/01)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen E. Bierk, 99, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 15, 1902, in Gorham, Kan., daughter of Anton and Jennie Psenicka Nowak. She and John L. Mills were married in August 1922. He died Aug. 25, 1923. She later married Jake Bierk, who died Jan. 20, 1966...
    Gladys Noble (12/20/01)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Gladys Mae Noble, 68, of Chaffee, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at the Sells Rest Home in Matthews, Mo. Born Oct. 15, 1933, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Edward and Agnes Sadler Wilhite. A homemaker, Noble belonged to the First Assembly of God Church in Chaffee...
    Roger Wadley (12/20/01)
    MOUNDS, Ill. -- Roger Wadley, 53, of Mounds died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Anna, Ill., son of Vernon and Mildred Lee Henderson Wadley. He married Judy Dunker. Formerly of Cairo, Ill., Wadley was a process supervisor at Bunge Corp. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cairo...
    I.B. Allbritten (12/20/01)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- I.B. Allbritten, 82, of Oshkosh, Wis., formerly of Cairo, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Park View Health Center in Oshkosh. He was born Sept. 14, 1919, in New Concord, Ky., son of Bluford and Nola Marr Allbritten. He married Mary Helen Allbritten, who died in 1987...
    Robert Harris (12/20/01)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Robert "Bob" Lewis Harris, 56, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Robert Lewis Harris, known to all of his family and friends as Bob, was born on Dec. 24, 1944, to Robert "Smoky" Harris and Marie Harris. He was the third of six children, the first of three sons...
    birthsthur.sr 12/20 (12/20/01)
    Weber Son to Kevin Charles and Tracy Lynn Weber of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:29 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. Name, Trenton Hunter. Weight, 9 pounds 1 ounce. Second child, first son. Mrs. Weber is the former Tracy Griffaw, daughter of Tom and Susan Griffaw of Cape Girardeau. She is employed in obstetrics at Southeast Hospital. Weber is the son of Charles and Marilyn Weber of Cape Girardeau. He is employed by city of Cape Girardeau...
    Cape fire report for 12/20/01 (12/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Dec. 20 Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:At 1:16 p.m., an emergency medical service at 301 N. Lorimier. At 5:44 p.m., an emergency medical service at 914 S. Ellis. At 8:45 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1535 Rand...
    police report for 12/20/01 (12/20/01)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Dec. 20 ArrestsKateeka Latwan Hill, 22, 1036 Village Lane, was arrested Tuesday for disturbing the peace and telephone harassment. Ian Maxwell Huffman, 20, 630 Bellevue, was arrested Tuesday for urinating in public. TheftStealing was reported Tuesday at 1142 N. Kingshighway...
    Out of the past 12/20/01 (12/20/01)
    10 years ago: Dec. 20, 1991 More than two years after Lenco Inc. was sold in bankruptcy court, onetime chief executive officer of Jackson company has filed lawsuit against firm's former creditors; Jerry Ford purchase manufacturing firm's stock in 1984 for about $2 million and invested total of about $10 million in leveraged buyout...
    Give renovated juvenile center a chance (12/20/01)
    The Missouri Judicial Finance Commission has been asked to decide whether Cape Girardeau County should build a juvenile detention center to replace the existing 30-year-old facility. The Cape Girardeau County Commission asked the state commission to make a decision. The commission would like to wait. Two judges and the chief juvenile officer of the 32nd Judicial Circuit favor a new center...
    Vincentians turn rare items into funding (12/20/01)
    The rare books and manuscripts of the Estelle Doheny Collection that were auctioned by Christie's in New York last week and this week brought more than $7.1 million -- considerably more than the $5 million anticipated value. The collection from the former St. ...
    Those who give to United Way send a message (12/20/01)
    To the editor: On behalf of the Area Wide United Way Board of Directors, staff and the agencies we serve, I would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who touched this year's successful campaign. Once again, our communities have demonstrated why our nation is so strong and why we are fortunate to live in a region that unites to send a message of hope and caring...
    Diners who tip are making sure they get service (12/20/01)
    To the editor: In response to the "Stop tipping" comment in Speak Out: Does the caller know the meaning of the word "tip"? It means "to insure prompt service." What kind of service would you get if the person waiting on you were getting $5 or $6 an hour? Probably not what you would expect. If you eat at a full-service restaurant, you should bring enough for an adequate tip...
    Speak Out A 12/20/01 (12/20/01)
    Response on tipping TO THE server who presumes to lecture the customers of his or her establishment in the matter of tipping. The tip is not an obligation on the part of the customer. It is a gratuity. It is the customer who determines whether or not to tip, and how much. ...