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Stories from Sunday, December 30, 2001

Changes in cable cause confusion, overbilling (12/30/01)
The digital receiver box that Charter Communications now requires for cable customers to get premium channels like HBO and Showtime is leaving some feeling turned off. That's because the boxes, which cost $5.95 on top of cable rates, are factors in the overbilling of hundreds of customers who were charged for channels they no longer receive. The black boxes have left other customers dizzy as they try to record their favorite shows...
Palestinian police arrest Islamic Jihad militants (12/30/01)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian police arrested two suspected Islamic Jihad militants Saturday, sources said, a move that came a day after a member of the radical group was killed during an attack against Israeli troops. The two Islamic Jihad men were detained and their weapons confiscated in Gaza City, the Palestinian security sources said...
Scientist admits sending nuclear triggers to Israel (12/30/01)
Willie NelsonLOS ANGELES -- A physicist accused of exporting potential nuclear triggers to Israel pleaded guilty to two federal counts as part of a deal with prosecutors. Richard Kelly Smyth, a fugitive for 16 years until his July arrest in Spain, entered the plea Friday after prosecutors said they would drop the 28 other counts against him...
Man jumps from burning building (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A man was injured early Saturday after he leaped from a second-story window to escape a burning building. Chris Locklear, 38, of Jackson awoke to smoke and flames about 1:40 a.m. after a fire started in his kitchen. He lived in one of two apartments on the second floor of a renovated house at 604 W. Main St. Downstairs is The Designing Team beauty shop, said Steve Baugh, public information officer for Jackson Fire Department...
An NYU student reflects on the Sept. 11 attacks (12/30/01)
The image of thousands of pieces of paper fluttering against a gorgeous blue sky is the first thing Susan Tansil remembers about Tuesday morning, Sept. 11. She and her roommates had just emerged on the street after leaving their 21st-floor apartment four blocks from the World Trade Center. ...
Economy, Sept. 11 keep many at home for holiday (12/30/01)
It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a little revelry. But a more subdued tone set, in part, by the events of Sept. 11 and a squeamish economy is prompting some Americans to stay home or celebrate at small gatherings with friends this year. Among them is Lucky Johnson of Cape Girardeau, who plans to spend a quiet evening with her daughter, Ceylon. Since both Johnson and her boyfriend have to work Tuesday, they'll forgo the holiday revelry...
Public administrators issue resolved, commissioner says (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Former Cape Girardeau County public administrator John Ferguson has turned nearly 100 cases over to the new administrator over the past 11 months, putting to rest accusations of wrongdoing and a threat by the county commission to sue him...
A new Truman Museum makes itself relevant to younger generation (12/30/01)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Banner headlines announce the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the dropping of the first atomic bomb over Japan and the end of World War II. The reproduced front pages from the nation's newspapers, documenting the hectic first four months of Harry S. Truman's presidency, are displayed at the start of a recently completed 11,000-square-foot exhibit at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library...
2002 brings new laws on contraception, drugs, child abuse (12/30/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Rape victims being told about emergency contraception. Dealers of "club" drugs facing stiffer sentences. Teachers sharing information about abused children. Scores of new state laws take effect Jan. 1, promising new protections and benefits for Illinoisans. They range from odd (pet cremation) to arcane (cigarette tax stamps) to emotional (high school diplomas for veterans)...
Road crew unearths remains of pioneers (12/30/01)
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Archaeologists are exhuming skeletal remains and antique coffin fragments unearthed when construction crews started widening a road in Oak Brook. At first it appeared there were a handful of coffins overlooked when the cemetery for farmers was moved in the 1960s. But now the remains of 18 pioneers have been discovered and the archaeological dig may add $300,000 to the $4.4 million road project, officials said...
Springfield heart center idles transplant program (12/30/01)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Prairie Heart Institute's transplant program, expected to perform 15-20 heart transplants a year when it opened five years ago, now sits idle because of improvements in less-invasive treatments. The heart transplant business is so slow that the institute at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, which performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in Illinois, is shutting down -- at least temporarily...
Questions but few answers after deaths at skydiving club (12/30/01)
OTTAWA, Ill. -- Six members of a skydiving team were gliding toward a normal landing on a typical practice jump when they heard the yell. Above them, two members of the team had become entangled. Their canopies collapsed and the pair plunged to the ground with no time to trip their backup parachutes...
Congressional housemates serve as sitcom fodder (12/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- Here's the plot: Four middle-aged men in Congress share a passion for policy and a house away from their families. They laugh. They eat takeout. They discuss water rights and dairy price supports. Al Franken, comedy writer and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus, is trying to massage this material into a television sitcom. ...
Holden sees mixed results in first year as governor (12/30/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There's nothing too unusual about starting the work day between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., as does Gov. Bob Holden. Yet come 11 p.m., when many have since headed to bed, Holden says he is still hard at work, reviewing policy positions and sometimes surprising people with late-night business calls...
Southwest hospitals adding services (12/30/01)
BRANSON, Mo. -- In a time when many rural hospitals are struggling to survive, hospitals in southwest Missouri are adding staff and equipment in an effort to keep up with growing populations and to compete with bigger cities' hospitals. Among Missouri's 143 hospitals and more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide, many rural locations have struggled after cuts in federal reimbursements beginning in 1997, said Dr. ...
Chicago police officer wounds wife, kills himself (12/30/01)
CHICAGO -- A Chicago police officer shot his wife up to seven times on Saturday, then killed himself when police arrived at the scene, authorities said. Officer Delvin Williams, 29, was reported dead at the scene in Riverdale, a suburb just south of Chicago, but his wife survived and was in stable condition at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Chicago police said. They did not identify the woman...
School board harassment complaint lands in court (12/30/01)
ST. LOUIS -- A lawyer for St. Louis Public Schools is seeking a hearing over whether a school board member can be held in contempt of court for the alleged harassment of an employee. School board administrative assistant Wanda Penrose filed a harassment complaint against board member Rochell Moore last month. According to the motion filed by school district attorney Steve Wright, Penrose said Moore called her after the complaint was filed...
Fall kills worker (12/30/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A construction worker died Friday after falling more than 30 feet at a job site in Columbia. Jeff Wilcoxson, 35, of Columbia, suffered massive injuries to the head and extremities when he fell while working on an expansion project at Textron Automotive Interiors...
Teen charged in death of 13-year-old (12/30/01)
ST. LOUIS -- The family of an 18-year-old charged in the death of a fellow teen-ager, shot once in the back while playing a video game, insists it was the result of a prank gone bad. Authorities charged Antonio Brown with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the death of Christian McCoy, 13, on Friday. McCoy died Thursday after suffering a single gunshot wound to the back...
VA employee charged with using credit card to steal $177,000 (12/30/01)
CHICAGO -- A man who worked 28 years for the Hines VA Hospital has been charged with using his corporate credit card to cheat the hospital out of $177,000. Federal prosecutors say Paul Romito, 49, of Westmont, used the card to buy computer equipment, which he then sold for cash. He was business manager in the hospital's surgical services department before resigning in May when he was accused of the crime...
Researchers predict robust year for right whale births (12/30/01)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- An abundant food supply and a new program to keep ships away should help right whales as they make their winter trek south to give birth. Georgia's coast is the only known North Atlantic calving grounds for one of the world's most endangered large whales...
Cultures mingle as Amish settle in northern Missouri (12/30/01)
STANBERRY, Mo. -- A yellow bus rolls down Missouri Route B, just moments after a clattering wagon carrying four Amish children crossed the road on the edge of Stanberry. The after-school scene is symbolic of how two distinct cultures constantly cross paths in the small town of Stanberry. In just over a year, the Amish have made a peaceful transition into the area...
University ceramics class makes bowls to help feed hungry (12/30/01)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ron Kovatch has found a project for his advanced ceramics class that allows them to practice their art and help people in need. The University of Illinois professor committed his class to making 50 chili bowls for an event next month to raise money to feed the hungry...
Couple adopts five sisters (12/30/01)
FIVE POINTS, Ala. -- Vera Dardy had reached middle age. Her four sons were grown, and she was looking forward to going back to school to get a better job. Then her life changed dramatically. First she started taking care of two little girls. Then three. Then four. Then five...
Jumping carp now a bother to fisherman (12/30/01)
NEW ATHENS, Ill. -- When silver carp first started showing up back in 1994, they were a novelty. People laughingly referred to them as the "Kaskaskia River Dolphin." Silver carp jump as high as 5 feet in the air and the Asian fish seem to jump a lot when the weather is warm, the river is low and especially when aluminum boats pass by...
Three Sikeston men arrested for robbery (12/30/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three Sikeston residents are in custody, charged with robbing a pizza delivery person. In a news release Friday, Sikeston Public Safety Director Drew Juden reported the arrest of two suspects, Chris Turner and Xavier Ray, charged with the Dec. 20 robbery of a Pizza Hut delivery person...
Report- IRS needs phone help (12/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- Customers calling the IRS for help with their tax returns wait an average of four minutes to speak to a representative and often get inaccurate information, a new government report says. Customers are waiting 15 percent longer than they did in 2000, the General Accounting Office said...
Anthrax removal at Senate office building continues (12/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- The latest effort to remove residual anthrax spores from the heating and ventilation system of a Senate office building entered its second day Saturday. Capitol Police Lt. Dan Nichols said the fumigation of the Hart Senate Office Building should be completed late Saturday evening...
Mars Odyssey aerobraking nearly complete (12/30/01)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft has greatly tightened its orbit around the Red Planet by skimming the upper atmosphere and the spacecraft should begin 2 1/2 years of scientific observations in February, NASA said last week. The process, called aerobraking, has reduced the time it takes Odyssey to complete each orbit from the initial 18 1/2 hours when it reached Mars in October to three hours and 15 minutes now...
From macaroni to lip balm, gifts flood into New York (12/30/01)
NEW YORK -- Love came to New York City in boxes of grapefruit, heaps of homemade quilts and 17 tons of macaroni and cheese. Supporters have donated hundreds of millions of dollars since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But when a check didn't quite express the right sentiment, they sent, well, just about everything else...
Surgery-rigged pulley repairs severe facial birth defects (12/30/01)
WASHINGTON -- To cure a severe birth defect that left Alyssa Parente with a sunken nose and hugely bulging eyes, Dr. John Polley sliced apart all the bones of her face -- but didn't re-join them before sewing her up. Instead, 10-year-old Alyssa got a promising alternative to grueling bone grafts: Polley attached a pulley-like contraption to her facial bones that her parents tightened each day with a screwdriver, slowly pulling out the sunken bones so they could grow into the right position...
$5,000 goody bags go to stars at music awards (12/30/01)
LOS ANGELES -- There's a nifty post-holiday gift basket awaiting Garth, Reba, Britney, Cher and other participants in next month's American Music Awards. The $5,000 worth of goodies include an electric scooter that goes up to 14 mph, a digital camera/camcorder, a CD player, a video game system containing 76,000 games, Reebok athletic shoes, Fossil watches, an environmental waterfall and an American flag blanket...
Bush leans on Pakistan's president to get 'extremists' (12/30/01)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush urged Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday to take new steps to rein in "extremists" who led a deadly attack on India's Parliament this month, edging those two nations toward war. Bush said he feared the conflict could unravel the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism...
Japan's lab, rocket latest push in Asia's space race (12/30/01)
TSUKUBA, Japan -- Caged by yellow catwalks in a hangar outside Tokyo, Japan's most hyped and technically advanced space project looks more like a bus-sized dog food can than a space station module. But when launched into orbit three years from now, the research capsule will be the only part of the international space station designed, built and run by an Asian country...
Shoe bomber moved a lot, had no address (12/30/01)
BOSTON -- For an unemployed ex-con, Richard C. Reid got around. In recent months, he flew to Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Paris. Then, on a flight to Miami last weekend, authorities say he tried to ignite a homemade bomb hidden in his sneakers that could have blown a hole in the jumbo jet...
Security tools tested at Orlando (12/30/01)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- High-tech bomb detectors, full-body X-ray scanners and other next-generation security devices are getting a trial run as possible tools for improving airport security. The National Safe Skies Alliance said it will install five new security devices next month at a checkpoint at the Orlando International Airport. ...
Man with gun boards twice (12/30/01)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Authorities said a Florida man who was arrested with a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol in his carry-on luggage had already boarded two flights before the gun was found. Barry L. Brunstein of Tampa, Fla., was charged Friday with attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed weapon...
Microchips reunite lost pets with their grateful owners (12/30/01)
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...
Outgoing Detroit mayor gets credit for improvements (12/30/01)
DETROIT -- Mayor Dennis Archer won't talk about his legacy as he leaves office after eight years, but his fingerprints are on three casinos, two ballparks, two major corporate headquarters relocating downtown and a contract to host the 2006 Super Bowl...
U.S. moves prisoners across Afghanistan (12/30/01)
SHIBERGAN, Afghanistan -- American forces transferred a batch of war prisoners Saturday from northern Afghanistan to a detention facility at a Marine base where suspected al-Qaida and Taliban fighters face interrogation -- and possible imprisonment in Cuba afterward...
Bank's preparations long, expensive for Europe's new money (12/30/01)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Commerzbank's Robert Janda is the kind of guy who gets a twinkle in his eye just talking about a new cash machine, who chuckles over new computer software and, on his days off, ponders employee life insurance. Janda, the bank's euro transition manager, has relished the last several months of getting Germany's fourth-largest bank ready for the introduction Tuesday of the European Union's new single currency...
Warriors in India's desert ready to fight Pakistan (12/30/01)
JAISALMER, India -- The fiercely independent people of this ancient desert outpost, near the parched Pakistan border where Indian soldiers still patrol by camel, are aching for war. A medieval sandstone fort that turns golden as the sun sinks into the Thar Desert and weary camels come to their knees is a constant reminder of the people of Jaisalmer's heritage as great warriors...
Atta in the middle (12/30/01)
An al-Qaida plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Rome. Another to set terrorist commandos loose in Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament. A third to spirit a suicide bomber into the American embassy in Paris. Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have described the plots as the work of a highly compartmentalized organization whose members often weren't aware of each others' activities...
New leader tastes Argentines' anger over fiscal crisis (12/30/01)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- President Adolfo Rodriguez Saa got a taste Saturday of the unrest that brought down his predecessor when a protest against his government's handling of Argentina's economic crisis turned violent. At least 12 police officers were injured...
Bush fires in Australia subside (12/30/01)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Stars were seen twinkling over Sydney on Saturday for the first time in a week after a cool sea breeze cleared smoke from 100 bush fires charring Australia's most populous state. But even as the haze cleared, officials warned that the fire threat could return today when dry Outback winds are forecast to push southern hemisphere summer temperatures toward 104...
Romanians given behavior lessons (12/30/01)
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Big Mother is wagging her finger at Romanians, telling them to say please, not to litter and to say no to drugs when they visit Western Europe. With the lifting of a visa requirement Jan. 1, it will be considerably easier for Romanians to travel to Western Europe...
Bus crash in Rome kills driver, passenger; 6 injured (12/30/01)
ROME -- A public bus plunged some 50 feet from an overpass not far from Rome's main airport Saturday, killing the driver and a passenger and injuring at least six others, reports said. The bus was traveling from the town of Fiumicino when it broke through a guardrail and dropped off the road...
Afghan Cabinet spends first week listening to woes (12/30/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The women's affairs minister spent her first three days on the job in tears, overwhelmed by a litany of tales about the suffering that Afghan women endured during five years of repressive Taliban rule. "They were really traumatized so much that we just started crying," Sima Samar said. "We didn't know what else to do."...
Russian TV station wins court battle (12/30/01)
MOSCOW -- Russia's TV6 television station, widely considered the last bastion of independence on Russian airwaves, won a major court battle Saturday to stay on the air. A Moscow arbitration court canceled earlier rulings to liquidate the company and ordered further hearings...
Notre Dame rebounds to capture third place (12/30/01)
Notre Dame, the second seed, showed no signs of a letdown in a 69-57 win over scrappy Oran to capture third place in the University High School Tournament Saturday night. Coming off a disappointing semifinal loss to third-seed Jackson Friday night, in which the Indians literally snatched victory from the Bulldogs in overtime, it might have been easy for Notre Dame to lay down...
'Jays reclaim U-High throne (12/30/01)
Charleston's "drought" is over. After a two-year hiatus, the Bluejays once again are kings of the University High Christmas Tournament, beating third-seeded Jackson 54-44 Saturday night at the Show Me Center. The Bluejays have now won 14 U-High titles in the 57 years of the tournament, the most by any team...
Scott City wins consolation title (12/30/01)
Games don't get much more competitive or exciting than Saturday's consolation championship contest of the 57th annual University High School Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. Scott City, the No. 12 seed, and No. 14 Delta waged quite an overtime battle, with neither squad leading by more than five points from the middle of the second quarter on...
Bell City rings up fifth-place win as Cape Central clangs (12/30/01)
The odds appeared to be against Bell City in Saturday night's fifth-place game of the 57th annual University High School Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. Without leading scorer Eric Henry, who was in street clothes with a deep thigh bruise, the Class 1A Cubs appeared to definitely have their work cut out against the 4A Tigers, who had been one of the more impressive tourney teams through the first three rounds...
St. Vincent places third in tourney (12/30/01)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- The St. Vincent boys basketball team saw almost all of a 20-point second-half lead disappear, but the Indians held on to finish third in the six-team Ste. Genevieve Tournament. St. Vincent (5-2) knocked off St. Pius 70-68 Saturday night in the consolation game of the round-robin event...
Frigid Tigers drop third straight game, fall 63-62 to DePaul (12/30/01)
CHICAGO -- Kareem Rush can't figure out why Missouri is struggling so much with its shooting. Rush was just 5-of-18, and 10th-ranked Missouri shot 33 percent Saturday in losing its third straight game, 63-62 to DePaul. "I'm looking at myself and what I can do to get us back in the game. I tried to get fouled and I can't get fouled. I try to make shots and I can't get a bucket," said Rush, who scored 15 points...
UK tops Louisville (12/30/01)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky gave Rick Pitino and his new team a rude welcome Saturday. Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, and Keith Bogans added 17 as No. 6 Kentucky beat archrival Louisville and Pitino 82-62 in his return to Rupp Arena. Gerald Fitch and Marquis Estill added 10 points each as the Wildcats (8-2) beat the Cardinals for the third straight year...
A Nebraska victory might mean split national champions (12/30/01)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The promos are out there, pumping the Rose Bowl as the game that will "crown the king of the hill" in college football. Don't believe everything you hear, though, because the Fiesta Bowl could deliver a national champion, too...
K-State settles for .500 season (12/30/01)
PHOENIX -- James Mungro's running and Kansas State's mistakes gave Syracuse its first 10-win season since 1992 as the No. 18 Orangemen beat the Wildcats 26-3 Saturday in the Insight.com Bowl. Mungro, playing his final collegiate game, gained 112 yards and scored three touchdowns, one of them a disputed 65-yarder. Mungro moved past Larry Csonka for second place on Syracuse's career rushing list with 2,981 yards. Only Joe Morris (1978-81) had more...
Southeast collects its second win (12/30/01)
When wins are as hard to come by as they have been for Southeast Missouri State University this season, the Indians will take them any way they can get them. So the Indians were elated to squeeze out a 77-68 victory over Division II Lincoln Saturday afternoon at the Show Me Center...
Ozzie tops ballot for Hall of Fame (12/30/01)
On the final weekend of balloting for the baseball Hall of Fame, voters could very well elect a .262 hitter to the shrine in Cooperstown. The question is which one. With just 28 home runs and 793 runs batted in over a 19-year career, Ozzie Smith averaged about 1 1/2 home runs and a shade under 41 RBIs a season. But, oh, what he could do with his glove...
Earnhardt tragedy tops national stories in 2001 (12/30/01)
All year long at NASCAR races, thousands of fans stood during the third lap and raised three fingers to salute their lost hero. Winning drivers ran slow victory laps while holding out three fingers, or waving a black No. 3 flag in tribute. The death of Dale Earnhardt in the season-opening Daytona 500 shook the 53-year-old sport to its very foundations. It also served as a catalyst for a safety initiative that could affect its drivers for decades to come...
Rams freshen up for Colts (12/30/01)
ST. LOUIS -- No more traveling or short work weeks for the St. Louis Rams. Coach Mike Martz is hoping a stable work environment will energize his team, which didn't look like one of the NFL's best on short rest and on the road in a shaky six-point victory over the 1-13 Carolina Panthers last week...
Pujol's mega-rookie year voted state's No. 1 story (12/30/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The remarkable season of Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the greatest rookie campaigns in major league history, was chosen as Missouri's No. 1 sports story of 2001. The 21-year-old Pujols, who played amateur baseball in the Kansas City area, set a National League rookie record with 130 RBIs while leading the Cardinals with a .329 average, 37 home runs and 112 runs...
Flag is ready to drop on OVC race (12/30/01)
The 'new' season of Ohio Valley Conference play is just about ready to start for Southeast Missouri State University and it can't come at a better time for the Indians, who have struggled to a 2-8 record so far. SEMO will have one more non-conference game -- Wednesday at Western Illinois -- but then it's nothing but OVC action for the Indians, beginning Saturday at Eastern Illinois. Their first league home contest will be Jan. 7 against Tennessee State...
Now a cliche, closure is everywhere, but not a heart is mended (12/30/01)
NEW YORK -- Lee Ielpi has heard the word so many times, he wishes people would just shut up. In these times, there is much Ielpi doubts, but one thing he knows is true. There is no such thing as closure. Not now. Not for a long time. The word is everywhere, just the same. ...
Rebuilding from the rubble (12/30/01)
NEW YORK - A man gasps, a woman cries, and a small boy from Illinois stares in silent shock. Under a brooding winter sky, these three visitors and a crowd of hundreds are pressed against a barricade to see the smoldering war zone that lies before our eyes. ...
Ski resort is in virtual isolation (12/30/01)
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. -- The towering, pyramid-shaped rock peak of Crested Butte Mountain, cradling skiable avalanche chutes, is more than a stunning backdrop for the historic facades of Elk Avenue. It's a reminder that Crested Butte, for all its charm and refined amenities, is just as much about thrill-seekers on skis, snowboards, snowmobiles -- and during summer -- mountain bikes and kayaks...
Police Hall of Fame moving sites (12/30/01)
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum is moving from downtown Miami to this city on Florida's Space Coast in hopes of drawing more visitors. The police museum has outgrown its Miami location, says Donna Shepherd, executive director of the National Association of Chiefs of Police...
Travel tips for crested butte (12/30/01)
GETTING THERE: The best way to reach Crested Butte is by flying into Gunnison Airport. From there, Alpine Express shuttle buses are available for less than $20 each way and will take you to the door of the house, condo or hotel where you're staying. ...
Resolve to carry over your unkept resolutions (12/30/01)
New Year's Day will dawn just like any other winter day. The sun will rise at the appointed time the almanac indicates. The clock will tick off the measured seconds. The seasons will stay in order. But there will be a difference. Everyone knows it is a day for new beginnings. Not that we can't have new beginnings any old day. This day, however, you will join much of the world's population in making resolutions to make or do something better. One almost feels a tangible energy in the air...
William Evans Jr. (12/30/01)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- William Lawrence Evans Jr., 74, of Bloomfield died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. He was born Jan. 7, 1927, at Fairview, Mo., son of William L. and Velma Mae Jackson Evans. He and Geraldine Simmers were married April 17, 1948...
Marcellia Shelby (12/30/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Vreda Marcellia Shelby, 74, of Sikeston died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Portageville, Mo., daughter of John and Versie Rogers Ling. She worked for the International Shoe Company in Sikeston...
Jane Gentry (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Jane A. Gentry, 60, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born July 26, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, she was the daughter of Luther and Lillian Jacob Seabaugh. She was married to Ralph "Bones" Gentry, who died in May 1996...
Edna Smith (12/30/01)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Edna Blanch Smith, 90, of Advance died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 14, 1911, at Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of Walter Scott and Mary Mildred Dalton Smith. She and Jacob H. Dunn were married in 1931 at Jackson, Mo. He died Nov. 6, 1962. She later married Harlan Smith in October 1964 at Advance. He died in November 1978...
Oma Kirkpatrick (12/30/01)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Oma Florence Kirkpatrick, 83, of Advance died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Advance Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 14, 1918, at Grassy, Mo., daughter of Silas Zeno and Eva Myers Green. She and Claude Allen Kirkpatrick were married Nov. 10, 1936, at Senath, Mo. He died in March 1979...
Irene Davis (12/30/01)
PAINTON, Mo. -- Irene Davis, 91, of Painton died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Tracy Calvert (12/30/01)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Tracy "TC" Calvert, 38, of Sikeston, Mo., formerly of Olive Branch, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, in an auto accident near Kewanee, Mo. He was born Oct. 24, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, son of Kenneth and Sharon Burns Calvert. Survivors include his wife, Trish Calvert of Sikeston; a son, Jeremy Calvert of Jerseyville, Ill., a daughter, Cassidy Calvert of Woodriver, Ill., his father, Ken Calvert of Metropolis; his mother, Sharon Calvert of Olive Branch; a stepson, Bradley Miller of Gideon, Mo., a stepdaughter, Brandy Miller of Sikeston; and a stepgranddaughter.. ...
Robert Dixon (12/30/01)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Robert L. Dixon, 65, of Grassy, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born June 18, 1936, in Grassy, Mo., son of Robert and Ethel Bollinger Dixon. He and Jo Ann Davis were married May 26, 1984, in Coldwater, Mo. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State College in 1958...
Robert Wright (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Robert "Bob" Wright, 82, of Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are pending at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Shelby Fulmer (12/30/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Shelby Lynn Fulmer was stillborn Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was the daughter of Paul and Jennifer Lohmann Fulmer of Perryville. Survivors include a brother and sister, Joshua P. and Kersten R. Fulmer, both of Perryville; paternal grandparents Kenneth and Mary Ann Fulmer of Flora, Ill.; maternal grandparents Roy Lee and Virginia Lohmann of Perryville; paternal great-grandmother Bonnie Stephenson of Flora; paternal great-grandfather Herman Helgenburg of Burlington, N.J.; maternal great-grandmother Ethel Baer of Perryville.. ...
Mary DeWeese (12/30/01)
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- Mary Ann DeWeese, 73, of Wickliffe and formerly of Grand Chain, Ill., and Pasadena, Calif., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at her home. She was born June 22, 1928 at Grand Chain, daughter of John and Myrtle Glenn Clark. She married Jesse Eugene DeWeese...
Mary Blackburn (12/30/01)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Mary Margaret Blackburn, 71, of Bertrand died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Bertrand Nursing Facility. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo.
Charles Tucker (12/30/01)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Charles W. Tucker, 83, of Sikeston, Mo., and formerly of East Prairie, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Clearview Nursing Center. He was born July 20, 1918 in Farrenburg, Mo., son of Charles C. and Betty Lou Hazel Tucker. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Tucker served in World War II. He was a retired security guard and a self-employed mechanic...
Hughey Mullins (12/30/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hughey H. Mullins, 77, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Miller Family Funeral Home.
Sylvia McCall (12/30/01)
Sylvia L. McCall, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001 at her home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are pending at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo.
Charles Lamer (12/30/01)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Charles Wallace Lamer, 71, of Cobden died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at his home near Cobden. He was born April 12, 1930, in Cobden, son of Charles Van and Pauline Elizabeth Wallace Lamer. He was a retired teacher at Cobden High School and had served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden...
Hendrix-Rhea (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Ginger Marie Hendrix and Jason Michael Rhea were married Dec. 22, 2000, at Cape Girardeau County Courthouse. Judge Pete Statler performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hendrix of Sedgewickville, Mo. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Rhea of Jackson...
Pierce-Swanner (12/30/01)
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church was the setting May 26, 2001, for the wedding of Danielle Nicole Pierce and Brandon Swanner. The Rev. J. Friedel performed the double ring ceremony. Guitarist was Daniel Braun and soloist was Justin Braun, both of Scott City, Mo. Reader was Regina Hagen of Scott City...
Koller-Noer (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- First Baptist Church was the setting Aug. 18, 2001, for the wedding of Tara Marie Koller and Jesper Noer. Brad Andrews performed the double ring ceremony. Music was provided by Cheryl Fortner. Vocalists were Andria Koller, Corrine Roach, Bryan and Brandon Andrews...
Allison-Price (12/30/01)
Gary Lee and Anne Marie Allison of Kansas City, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laurie Lee Allison, to Timothy Parker Price. He is the son of Michael Andrew and Donna Price of Cape Girardeau. Allison received a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is employed by the Salvation Army and at the University of Missouri Bookstore...
Jennings-Laszewski (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Allen and Deborah Jennings of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Jennings, to Brandon Laszewski. He is the son of Allan and Janice Laszewski of Malden, Mo. Jennings expects to graduate in June from Stage One the Hair School in Cape Girardeau...
Hendricks- Reed (12/30/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Brent and Sandi Hendricks of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Nicole Hendricks, to Jay Reed. He is the son of Prudy Garber and John Reed of Jefferson City, Mo. Hendricks is a 1997 graduate of Central High School, and a 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia...
Seib-Browning (12/30/01)
L. Joseph Seib and Fay Ishikawa of Jackson, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. David Shaffer of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Lynn Seib, to Jason Michael Browning. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Browning of Chicago. Seib is a 1998 graduate of Central High School. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University in May...
Irvin-Schaefer (12/30/01)
Everett Wayne Irvin and Alice Irvin of Columbia, Ky., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Lynn Irvin, to Bryan Walter Schaefer. He is the son of Don and Diane Schaefer of Cape Girardeau. Irvin is a 1998 graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky. She is a human resources representative at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Champaign, Ill...
Fire report 12/30/01 (12/30/01)
Cape Girardeau Sunday, Dec. 30 Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:At 6:11 p.m., an emergency medical service at Spanish and Independence. At 6:52 p.m., a carbon monoxide alarm sounding at 423 N. Sunset. At 8:54 p.m., an electric pole down at Cherokee Park...
Scott City fire 12/30/01 (12/30/01)
Scott City Sunday, Dec. 30 Firefighters responded to the following calls Dec. 22:At 11:34 a.m., a motor vehicle accident. At 7:05 p.m., a medical assist. At 7:35 p.m., a medical assist. At 9:07 p.m., a motor vehicle accident. Firefighters responded to the following call Dec. 23:At 12:53 p.m., a medical assist...
Police report 12/30/01 (12/30/01)
Cape Girardeau Sunday, Dec. 30 DWIMary J. Meyer, 36, of 1022 S. Benton was issued a summons Friday for driving while intoxicated. ArrestsBobbie J. Madism, 48, of 801 Good Hope was arrested Friday for contempt of court. Steven Roy Sadler, 30, of Jackson, Mo., was arrested Friday for contempt of court...
Out of the past 12/30/01 (12/30/01)
10 years ago: Dec. 30, 1991 Old Haarig landmark, Orpheum Theater building at 615 Good Hope, has fallen victim to ravages of time and soon will be demolished; Cape Girardeau authorities decided to take down 74-year-old building after they discovered roof of old theater had partially collapsed, which caused upper west wall of building to bulge...
Come, let us resolve together (12/30/01)
Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, not is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment. -- Dr. Samuel Johnson KENNETT, Mo. -- As the calendar turns and thoughts focus on the future, this is the traditional season for resolutions, presenting challenges that at least for this humble writer have usually turned to disappointments rather than realities, as Dr. ...
GOP finds clout in its support of expanding trade (12/30/01)
More than a century ago, an old sage remarked that "Free trade, one of the greatest blessings that any nation's leaders can bestow on its people, is in nearly every country unpopular." This fascinating paradox plays itself out each and every year in our politics, as the angry, populist voices of protectionism work their will inside both our political parties...