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Stories from Saturday, December 22, 2001

County, judges make progress on disputed juvenile center (12/22/01)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission has agreed to build a juvenile center if the price is right. Commissioners Gerald Jones and Joe Gambill and County Auditor H. Weldon Macke, along with the presiding commissioners of Bollinger and Perry counties, agreed to move forward with the project during a meeting with three of the 32nd Judicial Circuit's judges in St. Louis on Friday...
Police 12/22/01 (12/22/01)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Dec. 22 ArrestsRobin Regina Sides, 22, of 541 S. Ellis, was arrested Friday for failure to appear in court for assault. Earl Lavell Harris Jr., 24, of 534 N. Fountain, was arrested Friday on a warrant. David Keith Reeves, 53, of 1029 S. Ellis, was arrested Thursday on a Scott County warrant for passing bad checks...
Chamber committee names Holiday of Lights winners (12/22/01)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Beautification and Enhancement Committee recently selected winners in the Holiday of Lights contest. Committee members chose two residential displays from each of seven areas of the city. Residential winners are: Steve and Rita Crain, 3035 Keystone; Rob and Elizabeth Janet, 3120 Vail; Tim Martin, 1818 Ricardo; Paul Hendrix, 1873 Marietta; John and Kari Foley, 2132 Woodhollow; Bart and Lorili Ozbun, 2520 Horseshoe Ridge; Ron and Barb Propst, 2806 Gordonville; Jerry and Terri Callis, 916 W. ...
Autopsy confirms death a homicide (12/22/01)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An autopsy confirmed that a man discovered on a Butler County roadside was a victim of homicide. Randy E. Waltman, 38, of the 800 block of Cole Avenue, was killed by two gunshots to the head and one in the abdomen, said Butler County Coroner Larry Cotrell...
Child abuse trial delayed a month (12/22/01)
Linda Gibbs looked over a flyer describing her missing husband, Walter Gibbs, who disappeared Southeast Missourian NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A jury trial for Jennifer Schwepker was postponed until Jan. 22. Schwepker, 24, is charged with two counts of domestic assault and one count each of child abuse and child endangerment...
Retention, expansion top Chamber survey (12/22/01)
Business retention and expansion, and economic development and recruiting new industry are top priorities of Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce members, according to a recent survey. The priorities were established during the chamber's annual Three-Minute Survey...
Holiday decorating contest offers gift certificate prizes (12/22/01)
Boughs of holly are nice, but the Southeast Missourian Web site is offering a chance to deck the halls with gift certificates this holiday season. The first-through-fourth-prize winners in the site's new Deck the Halls home decorating contest will receive gift certificates from area merchants ranging in value from $500 to $150. Those who vote for the best Christmas decorations in the contest will be eligible to win prizes that include a one-year subscription to the Southeast Missourian...
Missing Alto Pass man's family keeps hoping (12/22/01)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Family and friends of a missing Alto Pass man are frantic with worry about his health and bewildered that no one seems to have seen him since he disappeared Dec. 11. Walter Gibbs Sr., 73, was last seen about 5 p.m. that evening while driving to Thebes to visit friends...
David Limbaugh to be guest host on 'Hannity Show' (12/22/01)
Syndicated columnist David Limbaugh will be the guest host Wednesday of the ABC Radio Networks' "The Sean Hannity Show." This will be the first time the Cape Girardeau lawyer and conservative commentator will be host of the show since it became nationally syndicated last fall. The show will be broadcast from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Zimmer Radio Group's studios at 324 Broadway. It can be heard on Newsradio 960 KZIM...
The new Cape County jail is helping fund itself (12/22/01)
JACKSON, Mo. The holding of federal prisoners in the new Cape Girardeau County jail has proved so profitable that the county wants more. The county may get its wish now that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is considering placing illegal immigrants and other foreign detainees in the jail for deportation proceedings...
Marquette leasing decision delayed (12/22/01)
The fate of a proposal to turn the vacant Marquette Hotel into state offices won't be decided for two to three months, a state official said Friday. Missouri's facilities management division had been nearing a decision on leasing 22,834 square feet of space in Cape Girardeau for the Department of Social Services and other agencies. ...
Ringing the bells (12/22/01)
When the bell peals at Grace United Methodist Church, calling worshippers to the sanctuary, you can be sure that Dortha Strack is at work. Strack has been ringing the bell at the church for nearly 20 years. Each Sunday morning she climbs the stairs to the third floor of the church to call the congregation and nearby community to worship...
Early Christians added to biblical stories of Mary (12/22/01)
TESTAMENTSOn the Net: Bible Review: www.bib-arch.org/br2.html By Richard N. Ostling The Associated Press "No woman has had more influence on Christian faith and practice" than Jesus' mother Mary, says Ronald F. Hock of the University of Southern California. Yet "it would be extremely difficult to explain her tremendous role throughout history" solely from the New Testament...
Red House gets award for bicentennial event (12/22/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau's Red House Interpretive Center received a $10,000 grant Friday from the Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission. The announcement marked the second round of grants, which were established to help fund bicentennial celebrations of the 2004 exploration of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark...
More may skip trips home over holidays (12/22/01)
CHICAGO -- Travelers were piling onto trains, planes and automobiles as the annual holiday trek got under way Friday, although more people than normal were expected to opt to stay home this year. Overall holiday travel -- between Friday and the weekend after New Years -- was expected to drop 6 percent nationwide from last year, with airlines, trains and buses taking a hit of up to 20 percent, AAA Chicago Motor Club spokeswoman Norma Cooper said...
Unemployment rate grows slightly (12/22/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployment rate in November increased to a seasonally adjusted 4.7 percent in what a top state official called "recession-like" employment conditions. Last month's unemployment rate jumped two-tenths of a point over October, the Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Thursday. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 5.3 percent...
Historian aims to preserve old battlefield (12/22/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An amateur military historian from Butler on Friday kicked off a campaign to preserve what he says is a little known gem of United States history. For years, Chris Tabor has recognized the significance of Island Mound, 480 acres of land in Bates County, about 60 miles south of Kansas City. Now, he says, it's time for others to know about the place where the first black soldiers, assembled from Kansas, fought and died during the Civil War...
Prisoners make Christmas gifts for communities (12/22/01)
PACIFIC, Mo. -- A prison is an unusual spot to find a Santa's workshop, a room where the walls are lined with hand-stitched quilts, the tables loaded with colorful stuffed animals and inmate-recorded books on tape for children. Prisoners at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, all men, have spent months making holiday gifts by hand. On Friday, they donated those items to charitable organizations under a program called Restorative Justice...
Chicago likely to surpass New York in 2001 killings (12/22/01)
CHICAGO -- Chicago is on the verge of becoming the city with the most homicides in the nation, surpassing New York in reported murders for the second time in the last four years. With less than two weeks left in 2001, 652 people had been murdered in Chicago, compared to 617 in New York, a city with more than twice Chicago's population...
17-year-old finds many uses for duct tape (12/22/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Luke Storer is proud that he has graduated from being known as Duct Tape Boy to being called Duct Tape Man. "I'm a senior now," the Hillcrest High School student says. The 17-year-old wears his nickname like a badge of honor, a reputation he has earned by making useful items out of the popular, sticky gray tape...
Nixon- Missourians to get up to $170,000 in lawsuit (12/22/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians could receive up to $170,000 in restitution as part of a settlement with a Florida-based buying club company, the attorney general's office said Friday. The money would be divided among an estimated 5,200 Missourians who were deceived into signing up for trial memberships with Triad Discount Buying Services, Attorney General Jay Nixon said...
California sells millions in lottery after prize won (12/22/01)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California lottery sold millions of dollars worth of scratch-off tickets even after the game's top prizes had already been claimed, according to court papers. A trial next month aims to end the practice, which a lawyer calls false advertising...
IRS to give 4-month penalty waiver if taxpayers disclose deals (12/22/01)
WASHINGTON -- People and corporations concerned that their tax shelter arrangements might be questionable will have four months to disclose the deal to the IRS without fear of paying stiff penalties. The ultimate target is promoters of sham transactions that cost the government billions of dollars a year in unpaid taxes...
Microsoft asks for more time in antitrust case (12/22/01)
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft said Friday it needs more time to gather and produce evidence demanded by the nine states that have not yet settled with the software giant in its antitrust case. The company also asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to define the scope of penalties the company might face for breaking antitrust law, a request that the judge denied earlier this year...
Men charged with killing 33 mustangs to plead guilty (12/22/01)
RENO, Nev. -- Two men accused of shooting 33 wild horses to death three years ago in Nevada will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge involving one horse, a district attorney said Friday. A lawyer for a third suspect plans to meet with prosecutors Monday...
Consumer spending shrank in November (12/22/01)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, faced with shrinking incomes, were tightfisted in November after their spending rose by a record amount the month before. Another report released Friday showed the country sinking into recession during the third quarter at an even faster rate than previously believed...
The how-to of prisoner interrogation (12/22/01)
WASHINGTON -- A modern interrogation is psychology and head games, an effort to make an enemy prisoner volunteer what he knows. Sometimes a simple offer of cigarettes to a deprived chain smoker will do the trick, say Army experts. Or play on prisoners' patriotism, or fears, or despair -- whatever it takes to establish rapport and get them talking...
Feds issue new warning that hoaxes are no joke (12/22/01)
WASHINGTON -- Postal worker Clarence Lindsey allegedly scrawled "ANTHRAX INCLOSED" on a package at his job as a joke, but authorities found no humor in the misspelling or the deed. The Illinois man was indicted and, if convicted, could face up to 5 years in jail...
Families in Oklahoma City blast say they're ignored (12/22/01)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some of those who lost loved ones in the Oklahoma City bombing are feeling slighted by the federal government over its decision to dispense an average of $1.65 million apiece to the families of the Sept. 11 dead. No such federal fund was ever set up for the Oklahoma City victims...
Bush- Bin Laden may have 'slithered out' of Afghanistan (12/22/01)
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden may "slither out" of Afghanistan, but he won't escape the global reach of U.S. forces, President Bush said Friday. He said the United States would send troops to nations seeking help to hunt down terrorists. In a bluntly worded call for help, the president said to world leaders: "Thank you for your condolences. I appreciate your flowers. Now arrest somebody if they're in your country."...
California jury acquits Ringling Bros. trainer (12/22/01)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A star Ringling Bros. circus trainer was acquitted Friday of a charge he abused an elephant outside a performance last summer, ending a trial watched closely by animal rights groups. The jury deliberated for about two hours before clearing Mark Oliver Gebel, 31, whose defense attorney did not call a single witness. Gebel could have faced six months in jail and a $1,000 fine...
Implanted microchips reunite lost pets with owners (12/22/01)
PHILADELPHIA -- Each day, Patrick McCallion takes his 13-month-old dog Stewart to the corner park, where the exuberant yellow Lab mix can run loose with his pooch pals. But the park isn't enclosed. So McCallion took out a bit of disappearance insurance, getting a microchip the size of a grain of rice implanted under the dog's skin, between the shoulder blades...
Hamas announces halt to suicide attacks (12/22/01)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- For the first time in 15 months of fighting, the Islamic militant group Hamas announced Friday that it is suspending suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel, improving chances for a U.S.-led truce to take hold. Despite that promise, tensions between militants and Palestinian police trying to enforce a cease-fire continued to run high. Six Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded Friday in a gun battle in a Gaza refugee camp...
Change of habit Some disturbed by Franciscans' new robes (12/22/01)
ASSISI, Italy -- St. Francis founded his order of "poor friars" in this hillside town nearly 800 years ago, dedicating himself to a life of poverty that was defined by the plain brown robe he chose to wear. Today, Franciscan monks are recognizable around the world for similar outfits. But one branch has decided to buy some fancy new frocks, and not everyone is pleased...
Rancher takes over Argentine government (12/22/01)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentines traded the deeply unpopular for the largely unknown Friday as a wealty rancher took over as caretaker leader from Fernando De la Rua, driven out of power half way through his presidency when the people took to the streets and looted stores to protest failed economic plans...
Leaders stream into capital for government inauguration (12/22/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Tribal leaders streamed into the Afghan capital on Friday for the inauguration of an interim government that they hope will bring "lasting peace" to a nation torn apart by decades of war. The 30-member government, taking office today, faces the staggering challenge of rebuilding a nation whose citizens are largely unprepared for a long, hungry winter and whose coffers were left empty by the ousted Taliban regime...
Notre Dame explodes past Jackson 57-44 (12/22/01)
When it came down to crunch time, Notre Dame did all the crunching. Fourteen seconds into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs led their rival Jackson by five points. Less than four minutes later, Notre Dame, the second seed, led by 20. And with that spurt, Notre Dame advanced to the HealthSouth Holiday Classic with an impressive 57-44 victory Friday night...
ND, Bluff breeze to final (12/22/01)
With surgeon-like precision, Poplar Bluff picked apart Cape Central for a 58-45 win to advance to the HealthSouth Holiday Classic finals. Cape Central executed its game plan well, but in the end it was Poplar Bluff's cool, confident style that spelled the difference...
Farmington, Massac Co. win consolation games (12/22/01)
Farmington and Massac County both picked up consolation victories in the HealthSouth Holiday Classic Friday, advancing to today's 4 p.m. consolation final. Farmington squeaked past Jackson's JV 42-40, while No. 6 Massac County jumped on No. 7 Perryville for a 68-44 victory...
Jackson boys rally to defeat Doniphan (12/22/01)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- Jackson rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to defeat Doniphan 69-59 in boys high school basketball action Friday night. Doniphan led most of the first half, including by double figures in the second quarter, but Jackson (3-4) closed the gap to 38-35 by halftime. The Indians then outscored Doniphan (1-6) 17-9 in the third quarter for a 52-47 advantage...
Struggling SE catches Salukis on upswing (12/22/01)
The Southern Illinois University Salukis figured to be strong this season anyway as they returned quite a bit of talent from last year's 16-14 team. But the addition of Rolan Roberts has obviously pushed the Salukis to a whole different level. Roberts, a powerhouse of an inside presence at 6-feet-6 and 250 pounds, will be just one of many SIU players Southeast Missouri State University will have to be wary of when the squads square off this afternoon at the SIU Arena...
Missouri, Illinois wage Top 10 clash (12/22/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Fans circle the date of the annual Illinois-Missouri game on their calendars a year in advance, and two Top 10 rankings only add spice to the sold-out, neutral-site matchup set for tonight. Missouri coach Quin Snyder, formerly an assistant at Duke, said this game is better than Duke-North Carolina...
Montana captures its second Div. I-AA title (12/22/01)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Montana coach Joe Glenn's corny saying eventually came true. The Grizzlies won their second NCAA Division I-AA national title Friday night with a 13-6 victory over Furman behind a touchdown by Yohance Humphery and two field goals by Chris Snyder...
Schaap dies following surgery (12/22/01)
NEW YORK -- Dick Schaap never limited himself to just sports. He was much more versatile than that. Schaap, who died Friday from complications following hip surgery, won three sports Emmy Awards for his work on ESPN and three more Emmys for features on ABC's "20/20" and ABC's "World News Tonight," where he worked for 20 years. He was 67...
Lightning strike for OT victory over Blues 4-3 (12/22/01)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:29 into overtime, to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Fredrik Modin added two goals, including a game-tying score late in the third period, for the Lightning...
Marshall programs placed on probation (12/22/01)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marshall was placed on four years' probation Friday and will lose scholarships in its football and basketball programs for violating NCAA rules on academics and arranging work for athletes. The NCAA inquiry stemmed from athletes receiving extra work benefits between 1996 and 2000 and others who received exam answers from a professor in 1999...
Rams' defense returns to full force (12/22/01)
ST. LOUIS -- The gang's all back for the St. Louis Rams' defense, which didn't exactly suffer during a rash of injuries. The Rams are ranked second in the NFL despite losing end Leonard Little, their best pass rusher, for three weeks with a torn knee ligament. The secondary has been beat up for a while, with cornerback Dexter McCleon making an emergency move to strong safety for two games, and linebacker Don Davis missed a month with a dislocated wrist...
Doctors say Rush Limbaugh's hearing surgery is a success (12/22/01)
LOS ANGELES -- Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's surgery to implant an electronic hearing device was a success, doctors said Thursday. Limbaugh, 50, is a Cape Girardeau native and brother to David Limbuagh. He lost his hearing in the spring because of an autoimmune inner-ear disease, should be able to hear sound again within the next few weeks, doctors said...
Elvis Gibbar (12/22/01)
THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Elvis Joseph Gibbar, 78, of Thomasville, N.C. and formerly of Scott City, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, in Thomasville. Born May 23, 1923, in Lithium, Mo., he was the son of Lemie and Lorene Henderson Gibbar. Gibbar was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He then worked as a forklift operator for Motorola...
Eloise Treece (12/22/01)
ANNA, Ill. -- Eloise Treece, 92, of Anna died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Union County Hospital. She was born June 12, 1909, in Union County, daughter of Walter and Ara Rendleman Lamer. She and Donell L. Treece were married Nov. 23, 1930, in Anna. He died June 28, 1985...
Ed Mungle (12/22/01)
PATTON, Mo. -- Walter Edwin "Ed" Mungle, 70, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at the Mineral Area Hospital in Farmington, Mo. He was born Feb. 8, 1931, at Fredericktown, Mo., son of Walter K. and Jettie P. Seabaugh Mungle. He was a member of Reagans Chapel United Methodist Church and had worked many years at area livestock auction companies...
Karyn Ridenhour (12/22/01)
ANNA, Ill. -- Karyn Ridenhour, 29, of Marion, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at Marion Memorial Hospital. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Bob Gramling (12/22/01)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Bob Gramling, 68, of Wappapello, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at his home. Born Oct. 21, 1933, in Walcott, Ark., he was the son of Estes and Cordie Mays Gramling. A former resident of St. Louis, he was employed by General Motors for 30 years. He owned and operated Direct Advertising Publications in Wappapello...
Births 12/22/01 (12/22/01)
Reisenbichler Daughter to Les L. and Debbie K. Reisenbichler of Jackson, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001. Name, Kylie Suzanne. Weight, 6 pounds 6 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Mrs. Reisenbichler is the former Debbie Kranawetter, daughter of Mr. ...
Out of the past 12/22/01 (12/22/01)
10 years ago: Dec. 22, 1991 Winter's debut is on warm and wet side; that's better than bitter cold temperatures that heralded arrival of winter solstices in 1989 and 1990; National Weather Service says chances of white Christmas this year are even less than normal...
Expansion means better water, more water (12/22/01)
The prospect of improved well water and plenty of it is an attractive one indeed to Cape Girardeau residents. As it stands, the city's water comes from the Mississippi River and is very hard -- meaning it's loaded with minerals that make it look, tastes and feel funny. The result is spotty dishes, a need for more detergent and drier skin after baths -- unless families invest in a good water softener...
Donors respond to United Way's needs (12/22/01)
So many things about this year had charities holding their collective breath. The economy took a major downturn after years of prosperity, a development that could have caused many charity donors to clutch their pocketbooks tightly and only loosen their grips for necessities...
Speak Out 12/19/01 (12/22/01)
Learned from GOP JUST WHY can't we blame George W. Bush for everything that is bad? We learned that from the Republicans, who blamed President Clinton for everything. I say turnabout is fair play. No, I won't do that because I'm not that small. Top 10 comments...