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Stories from Thursday, December 27, 2001

City's flood monitoring system passes first test (12/27/01)
Cape Girardeau's flood warning system worked well during its first real test two weeks ago when 4 inches of rain filled area creeks, city officials said. "This was the first time we actually got to use the system as it is supposed to work," said Steve Cook, the city's environmental services coordinator...
Best goose hunting is yet to come (12/27/01)
WARE, Ill. David Sandidge and Bud Dietsch beat the odds and succeeded in their wild goose chase Wednesday. The two goose hunters from central Illinois were among only five who came away with a Canada goose at Grassy Lake Hunting Club along Route 146 near Union County Wildlife Refuge in Illinois...
Shoppers flock to bargains (12/27/01)
Cold temperatures and snow Wednesday morning couldn't keep hundreds of seasoned bargain hunters in Southeast Missouri from getting out early for the after-Christmas sales. Merchants nationwide are hoping the post-Christmas deals attract enough business to compensate for otherwise dismal results. In Cape Girardeau, where pre-Christmas shopping was brisk, hundreds of area consumers crowded stores, from tiny specialty shops to Westfield Shoppingtown West Park...
Corrections 12/27/01 (12/27/01)
Billy Hennecke Jr. is a member at St. Mary's Cathedral parish in Cape Girardeau and is studying for the priesthood. Incorrect information was included in a story in the Southeast Missourian Sunday. Evangelical United Church of Christ also has a bell that rings each Sunday for services. The church was omitted from a list published in Saturday's edition...
Mother, police seek return of toddler via media effort (12/27/01)
CHICAGO -- Both police and the mother of a 16-month-old girl who was allegedly abducted from a bus station on Christmas Eve by a woman with a tattoo are trying to garner as much media attention as they can to help locate the little girl. "All I can think about is her and her little face and not knowing where she's at or who she's with," the toddler's mother, Marcella Anderson, said of her daughter, Jasmine, during a Wednesday news conference...
Court blocks judge's disputed money (12/27/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An appeals court issued an emergency order Wednesday blocking a judge's attempt to release some disputed funds under his control to help pay for legal services for poor people. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District in St. Louis issued the order preventing Cole County Circuit Judge Thomas Brown III from potentially turning over as much as $750,000 to four organizations, including the St. Louis-based Legal Services of Eastern Missouri...
Graduation prayer provokes calls (12/27/01)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The new Southern Illinois University chancellor's decision to add a brief prayer during fall graduation ceremonies prompted about two dozen calls of protest, and he plans to form a committee to study the issue. It was the first time in more than a decade that an invocation was part of graduation ceremonies at the Carbondale campus...
Wood, Vallas top ballots in Illinois primary (12/27/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The first hot contest in the battle to be the next Illinois governor was won by Corinne Wood and Paul Vallas. The Republican lieutenant governor and the former Chicago schools chief won a lottery Wednesday to determine the first names listed on the GOP and Democratic ballots...
State's construction contracts set record (12/27/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A record $908 million in construction contracts and revenues of more than $1 billion highlight the state Department of Transportation's annual report released Wednesday. The report, covering the department's operations from July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001, includes goals and major projects completed by the department for the last fiscal year...
Judge's 'hush' rule frees convict (12/27/01)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered a new trial for a man serving 15 years behind bars on a 1994 burglary conviction, saying the trial judge overstepped by not letting him even whisper to his defense attorney in court at trial. In affirming a lower federal court's ruling, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also cited the trial judge's demand that Gary Moore only pass notes in court to his attorney...
FBI to investigate death of journalist from Doniphan (12/27/01)
GUATEMALA CITY -- The FBI will send three representatives from its Miami field office to investigate the death of Missouri journalist Larry Lee and seven other U.S. citizens, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said Wednesday. Kay Mayfield said the agents were expected to arrive at the end of January and stay for two weeks. The agents won't investigate or interfere with the work of local officials, but they will "review the archives and documents ... and make suggestions" to investigators, she said...
Illinois farmer puts horses to work (12/27/01)
GREENVIEW, Ill. -- Farmer Tom Eldridge has at least six tractors and concedes he couldn't work his 325 acres without them. But for fun, Eldridge trades his tractors' horsepower for horse power -- he uses the animals to sow oats, haul manure or plow between the end of the harvest and spring...
Giuliani says farewell at historic chapel near ground zero (12/27/01)
Associated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said goodbye Thursday to the city where he battled crime, his critics and the Sept. 11 crisis across eight years in City Hall. "Although I have to leave you as mayor soon, I resume the much more honorable title of citizen of New York, and citizen of the United States," Giuliani said, standing on an altar one block east of ground zero...
People talk 12/27/01 (12/27/01)
Mary Tyler Moore statue must wait until spring MINNEAPOLIS -- Mary Richards won't be tossing her hat in downtown Minneapolis until spring. The cable channel TV Land commissioned a $55,000 bronze sculpture by Milwaukee artist Gwendolyn Gillen showing Mary Tyler Moore -- as her TV news producer character, Mary Richards -- tossing her hat in the air in downtown Minneapolis, as depicted in the opening credits of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."...
Rumsfeld - US to hold Taliban, al-Qaida detaines at Cuban base (12/27/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday that the U.S. military will hold Taliban and al-Qaida detainees at a Navy base in Cuba, but has no plans to use it as a site for military tribunals...
Stocks move slightly higher, buying centers on technology (12/27/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Buying in technology lifted the stock market Thursday as investors bet that the beleaguered sector's prospects for recovery are improving. "Technology has done poorly so far this year, but it is still a place that people want to be in, that they believe in," said Rafael Tamargo, director of equity research at Wilmington Trust. "People are expecting that is where the growth is going to come from when the market recovers."...
Police follow more than 100 leads in search for Chicago girl (12/27/01)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Detectives followed up on tips as far away as Arizona and Oregon in their search for a toddler reported to have been taken from a bus station on Christmas Eve. Authorities also distributed 1,500 pictures of 16-month-old Jasmine Anderson on Wednesday to law enforcement agencies nationwide, said Chicago police department spokesman Pat Camden said...
Bush nominations come quickly (12/27/01)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush made more presidential nominations his first year in office than his two predecessors but finds more than a third of his administration's positions still unfilled. Frustrated with a slow confirmation process that Republicans blame on Senate Democrats, Bush is considering using recess appointments to install some nominees while Congress is away, aides say...
Afghan official - Bin Laden believed hiding out in Pakistan (12/27/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Osama bin Laden is believed to be in a border area of Pakistan with "friends" of a Pakistani religious party leader, an official in Afghanistan's new interim government said Thursday. Mohammad Abeel, spokesman for Afghan defense ministry, said they were associates of Maulana Fazal-ur Rehman, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party. He did not elaborate or divulge the source of his information...
India bans Pakistan airline from overflights (12/27/01)
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India banned Pakistan's national airline from entering Indian airspace and ordered half of Pakistan's embassy staff out of the country on Thursday, accusing its neighbor of sponsoring terrorists. India will also cut its own embassy staff by half in Islamabad, said Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, announcing a swath of new diplomatic sanctions decided Thursday amid heightening tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals...
India, Pakistan ready for war, but diplomatic answer may lie ah (12/27/01)
NEW DELHI, India -- India and Pakistan put missiles on alert and ratcheted up war preparations Wednesday, but firing subsided along their tense border as both nuclear-armed nations turned to diplomatic efforts to avert a wider conflict. The frontier was relatively calm Wednesday after daily exchanges of gunfire since a Dec. 13 gun and grenade attack on India's Parliament that New Delhi blames on its neighbor and long-time rival, Pakistan...
Karzai- Troops should remain (12/27/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The new prime minister said Wednesday that ordinary Afghans are happy to have peacekeepers here despite a long tradition of resisting foreign fighters. He also said U.S. troops were still needed to pursue remaining terrorists in Afghanistan...
Israelis kill Palestinian gunman (12/27/01)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops fired from tanks and helicopter gunships at Palestinian gunmen holed up in a West Bank house Wednesday, killing one man and wounding two in an incursion into a Palestinian-controlled town. In a separate raid, Israeli troops arrested 17 suspected militants in a West Bank village...
Refugees by the hundreds rush tunnel for Britain (12/27/01)
SANGATTE, France -- Hundreds of refugees living in a cramped Red Cross center trampled barriers and raced past security officers at the Channel Tunnel in a desperate attempt to get to Britain by foot. The uprising ended early Wednesday with arrests and tear gas...
Al-Jazeera TV airs bin Laden tape (12/27/01)
CAIRO, Egypt -- A Qatar-based television station aired excerpts of a videotape Wednesday of Osama bin Laden, adding a new twist to rumors about the terrorist leader's whereabouts and whether he even is still alive. His words indicated he could have been speaking in the first half of December...
Shoe-bomb suspect possibly knew suspected terrorist (12/27/01)
LONDON -- The man who allegedly tried to blow up a jetliner with a shoe bomb joined a London mosque about the same time as Zacarias Moussaoui, who is charged in the United States as a conspirator in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the mosque's leader said Wednesday...
Bell City rings up win, faces Oran today (12/27/01)
Fifth-seeded Bell City topped No. 12 Scott City 78-49 to set up a much-anticipated rematch against district foe Oran in the second round of the University High School Christmas Tournament. Oran (7-1), the No. 4 seed, romped over No. 13 Leopold 75-38 in Wednesday's first-round action. The Eagles already own a two-point victory over Bell City (7-2) in an early-season game...
Cape Central, ND to clash in 2nd round (12/27/01)
Cape Central's Jay Ruark scored 16 points in a junior varsity game once. Wednesday night he came off the bench and scored 18 in a varsity tournament he has been looking forward to all his life. But it wasn't the amount of points that was important...
Mayor proposes stadiums for Mets, Yanks (12/27/01)
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees and Mets could make their biggest off-season acquisitions with the help of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani: a pair of new $800 million stadiums. The cost of the proposed new ballparks, each with a retractable roof, would be divided evenly between the city and the two teams, Giuliani said Wednesday. But it won't be the baseball-crazy mayor or the two franchises that have final word on the plan; that will belong to incoming mayor Michael Bloomberg...
Perryville girls win in tourney (12/27/01)
BYU's Staley will enter NFL draft PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young running back Luke Staley will skip his senior year and enter the 2002 NFL draft. "I feel it is time for me to take my skills to the next level and achieve some additional goals I have established for myself," Staley said Wednesday...
Hornets end Wizards' 9-game winning streak (12/27/01)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan moved through the lane with ease, went up for what should have been a routine jumper and watched the ball rattle off the rim. It happened over and over -- six times in the decisive fourth quarter -- as Jordan faltered down the stretch and failed to lead the Washington Wizards to the longest winning streak in franchise history...
Bonds adds another honor after huge year (12/27/01)
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a year he began 0-for-21 at the plate, Barry Bonds couldn't have done much better for himself. The 73 homers. An unprecedented fourth MVP award. A record .863 slugging percentage. And now voted The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year...
Faulk says Colts provoke no ill feelings (12/27/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk concedes that he couldn't have predicted the St. Louis Rams' stunning success since he arrived from the Indianapolis Colts in 1999. The Rams won the Super Bowl in Faulk's first season, he was league MVP last year and at 12-2 St. ...
Issel resigns as coach, president of Nuggets (12/27/01)
DENVER -- Dan Issel accepted a buyout and resigned as head coach and president of the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, two weeks after he was suspended for making an insensitive ethnic remark to a spectator. The announcement came after Issel and general manager Kiki Vandeweghe finalized the details of Issel's departure in private meetings...
Blackhawks power past Blues for 3-1 road win (12/27/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Thomas' broken ankle left a void in the Chicago Blackhawks' attack, and little-used Mike Peluso helped fill it. Peluso, playing in only his 15th game, got the Blackhawks rolling with an early goal in a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. He was a healthy scratch on Sunday, when the Blackhawks lost 5-0 to Detroit and Thomas was hurt...
Studies find creatine does not increase injury risks (12/27/01)
WASHINGTON -- Athletes who use the energy-building supplement creatine can train without raising their risk of injury, researchers say. "Now we are seeing trends; everybody is finding similar results," said researcher Mike Greenwood of Arkansas State University...
Improved angioplasty treatment tops year's medical news (12/27/01)
Measured by headline size, the top medical stories of the year were the anthrax scare, the stem cell controversy and the artificial heart. But some doctors say a less heralded breakthrough may be the biggest news of all, for it will soon improve treatment for hundreds of thousands of Americans with heart disease...
Health calendar 12/27/01 (12/27/01)
Today Newborn massage course from 10-11 a.m. in the Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Parents will learn techniques and benefits of massage. For information, call 651-5825. The Grief Support Group from 7-9 p.m. in the St. Francis Education Center. For information, call Denise Essner at 651-4617...
2002 - If only hope could lead the way (12/27/01)
Dec. 27, 2001 Dear Julie, Here at the tail of 2001, mourning and smarting at the unimagined outrages against humanity recently inflicted upon the world, what of hope? What of the thing that at least once and probably more often has lifted anyone who has done a little living out of the black hole that existence can sometimes seem?...
Anna Voss (12/27/01)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Anna Marie Voss, 79, of Dexter died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter. She was born Nov. 19, 1922, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Pete and Mary Picaloe Farfalla. She was a former Red Cross worker in Paragould, Ark., a former resident of Paragould and former resident of Dexter. She was a Catholic...
Kathleen Grandstaff (12/27/01)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Kathleen Frances Grandstaff, 87, of Mounds died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born Sept. 24, 1914, daughter of Harvey and Vivian Roberts Corzine. She married Lester Grandstaff, who died in 1999...
Robert Gladish (12/27/01)
Robert D. Gladish of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at Southeast Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Joseph Hoch (12/27/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joseph "Albert" Hoch, 80, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Perry County, son of Charles Julies and Mary Leona Sims Hoch. He and Alvara Ada Bishop were married Aug. 21, 1948...
Wilson King (12/27/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Wilson H. King, 66, of Jackson passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 21, 1935, at Neelys Landing, Mo., son of Woodrow W. and Irene M. Brown King. Mr. King served in the U.S. ...
Ernest Poole Jr. (12/27/01)
WHITEWATER, Mo. -- Ernest Homer Poole Jr., 66, of Whitewater died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 26, 1935, at Ancell, Mo., son of Ernest Homer and Lillian Mae Gowins Poole. He and Sharon Sue Heuring were married July 22, 1974, at Marble Hill, Mo...
Elliott Erzfeld (12/27/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elliott H. Erzfeld, 80, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 31, 1921, at Uniontown, Mo., son of Henry Ignatius and Rose Theresa Unterreiner Erzfeld. He and Mary A. Baudendistel were married Oct. 15, 1945. She died May 20, 1999...
Patricia Hagan (12/27/01)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Funeral for Patricia Ruth Hagan of Scott City will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Eisleben Lutheran Church. The Revs. Matthew Cantu and Robert Azinger will officiate. Burial will be in Lightner Cemetery. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau from 4-8 p.m. today...
Sharon Snyder (12/27/01)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Funeral for Sharon Elaine Snyder of Olive Branch will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo. The Rev. Bryan Braden will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Egypt Mills, Mo. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday after 9 a.m...
James Luttrell (12/27/01)
THEBES, Ill. -- James L. Luttrell, 65, of Thebes, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Anna Laseter (12/27/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Anna Helen Laseter, 78, of Sikeston died Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Charleston, Mo., daughter of Alton and Lydia Bobo Golightly. She and Frank Laseter were married Oct. 7, 1942, in Sikeston. He died Aug. 30, 1983...
Adlean Bristow (12/27/01)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Adlean Beatrice Bristow, 76, of Malden died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 18, 1925, in Blytheville, Ark., daughter of Artie Berry and Rosie Ellen White Gray. She and John W. "Bill" Bristow were married July 9, 1945, in Holly Springs, Miss. He died Dec. 8, 1986...
John Webb Sr. (12/27/01)
John Floyd Webb Sr., 47, of Pensacola, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, in Orlando, Fla. He was in Orlando with his high school choir, performing at Disney World's Christmas Cantata. Mr. Webb was born May 17, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late William F. Webb and Viola Webb Cook...
Hannah Bright (12/27/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Hannah D. Bright, 9, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at her home. She was born Oct. 19, 1992, daughter of Scott and Kelly S. Gray Bright. Hannah attended Orchard Elementary School and played softball and soccer. She was a member of First General Baptist Church...
James Kirkwood (12/27/01)
James Kirkwood, 95, of Lynchburg, Va., died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born July 7, 1906, in Haleyville, Ala., son of Joseph and Virginia Radford Kirkwood. He and Maurine Krueger were married in 1935. Kirkwood was a retired civil engineer. He co-owned Steinhoff and Kirkwood, a general contracting business, 25 years. He was a charter member of Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau...
Dale Smith (12/27/01)
Dale E. "Doc" Smith, 80, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1921, at Patton, Mo., son of Charles and Ella Mae Denman Smith. He and Hyacinth Hoffmeister were married Aug. 29, 1941. She passed away May 20, 1988. He and Bernadine "Bunny" Vogt Harris were married June 9, 1990...
Katherine Crites (12/27/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Katherine N. "Kay" Crites, 82, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Garden Villa West in Chesterfield. She was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Metropolis, Ill., daughter of Vanis and Mary Frances Ryan Travis. She and L.L. Lum Crites were married Feb. 14, 1947. He died April 1, 1983...
Out of the past 12/27/01 (12/27/01)
10 years ago: Dec. 27, 1991 Cape Girardeau School District has developed process to cut $1.4 million from district's budget, and Board of Education likely will consider reduction package in March; like many districts in state, Cape Girardeau is cutting its budget because of defeat of Proposition B...
Federal plan relies on spending more money (12/27/01)
President George W. Bush's plan for improving America's schools is just the opposite of Missouri Gov. Bob Holden's: heavy on the spending but light on the accountability. The No Child Left Behind legislation authorizes $28.5 billion in federal spending in fiscal year 2002, $8 billion more than this year. The biggest boost -- 20 percent -- goes to Title I, a decades-old program that has been proven to provide only marginal benefits to the students it serves...
Holden's education plan has good points (12/27/01)
Gov. Bob Holden took a bold step last week. He traveled from one outstanding Missouri school to another, including Jackson High School, repeating the details of a plan he hopes will bring every school in the state up to the same high standard. He intends to make it the cornerstone of his legislative agenda...
Shop with a Hero program helps 101 children (12/27/01)
To the editor: I would like to thank all of the people who made our ninth annual Shop With a Hero program a success. We were able to purchase presents for 101 children so they could have a merry Christmas. Forty-one law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33 service area participated in this year's program...
Job seeker finds barriers without any experience (12/27/01)
To the editor: Recently I found myself unemployed. I worked for a company that played a nasty trick on me. It offered me full-time work, but before my 90-day probation ended, it let me go. Before I started work for this company, I was looking for a secretarial-receptionist job. ...
Holden's plan is positive, encouraging (12/27/01)
To the editor: After Gov. Bob Holden's press conference at Jackson High School, I was asked by a Southeast Missourian reporter what my concerns were. I answered about education in general: "I don't want to seem critical, but anything that takes teachers out of the classroom can't be a good thing for students. ...
Speak Out 12/27/01 (12/27/01)
Thanks for street work HAS ANYONE congratulated the city of Cape Girardeau for the completion of the East Rodney Street project? It's certainly a remarkable asset to the west side of town, providing both safety and beauty. Inconvenience while under construction was more than offset by the design and functionality it provides for pedestrians and vehicles alike. Well done, Cape Girardeau. Thank you...