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Stories from Monday, December 31, 2001

From terrorist attacks to Harleys, a look back (12/31/01)
The year 2001 will forever be remembered for the events of Sept. 11. On one clear morning a nation changed, and the events of the first eight months of the year, which had at one time seemed so important, faded into what felt like distant memories. Southeast Missourian journalists in 2001 wrote stories about many local, regional and statewide events, and newsroom employees voted on what they considered the top 10 stories among them. Here are their choices:...
Superintendents retiring at rapid pace (12/31/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- School superintendents in Missouri and Kansas are retiring at a rapid pace that promises to quicken in coming years as district leaders age and mounting job stress outpaces salaries. In the Kansas City area, four superintendents have retired since 1998 -- in Blue Springs, Raytown, Independence and Oak Grove -- and three more will leave this year...
Accidents injure 10 over weekend (12/31/01)
Ten people were injured in three accidents this weekend in Southeast Missouri, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Five were injured in an accident Saturday afternoon west of Scott City, Mo., when a vehicle driven by Brandon L. Licare, 18, was hit by a vehicle driven by Jared Jackson ,23, of Chaffee, Mo...
Military digest 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
Three complete Army basic training Joshua T. Butler, a private in the U.S. Army, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history and traditions...
Community digest 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
Masonic lodge meeting scheduled Thursday Millersville Masonic Lodge Westview 103 will meet for a dinner at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. A meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. For information, contact Billy Joe Keele at (573) 866-3282. A potluck dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Millersville lodge, followed by installation of the 2002 officers...
State audit finds gaps in DWI reporting (12/31/01)
More than 10 percent of Missouri's alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions are not being reported to state agencies, according to a recent state audit. This means some drivers found guilty of endangering the lives of others are escaping tougher laws that mandate license suspension, counseling or jail terms...
City to help in holiday trash, tree disposal (12/31/01)
For those with an abundance of post-holiday boxes, wrapping paper and other trash, the city of Cape Girardeau again will come to the rescue. In keeping with a tradition established some years ago, the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department will accept reasonable amounts of extra trash and holiday debris through Friday...
Seneca teacher leaves corporate world without looking back (12/31/01)
SENECA, Mo. -- Tim Clark, at age 37 and with years of corporate experience behind him, is a first-year vocational agriculture teacher at Seneca High School. It's a job he wanted so badly that he willingly took a sizable pay cut. He spent the past 15 years working for ConAgra Foods Inc.'s turkey operation. He said he made the change to get away from the pressures of corporate America...
Group plans to teach Afghan women politics (12/31/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Russian democracy was in its infancy seven years ago, Lynn Hinkle led a group to Russia to show women the fine art of politics. Now she wants to do the same thing in Afghanistan. "For Afghanistan to actually be rebuilt and have a strong society, you must include women in the rebuilding," said Hinkle, who founded a nonprofit called Women of the World and runs her own public relations business in Kansas City...
Meth lab fumes hospitalize Mount Vernon boy (12/31/01)
CRAB ORCHARD, Ill. -- Authorities say a 10-year-old Mount Vernon boy had to be hospitalized because of exposure to fumes from methamphetamine-producing chemicals inside a car. The boy, whose name was not released, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Williamson County sheriff's deputies east of Crab Orchard on Saturday morning. He was taken to Marion Memorial Hospital for treatment and no further information was available about his condition...
Ex-police chief waits to be U.S. marshal (12/31/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Former Police Chief Ron Henderson will work his last day for the St. Louis Police Department on Monday, the department said. Meanwhile, he waits for an expected nomination from President Bush to serve as U.S. marshal. Henderson, 54, resigned as chief in May but stayed on the payroll and kept his full salary of $90,000 a year when the Police Board appointed him secretary to the board. ...
Kabul computer revealed files by top al-Qaida officials (12/31/01)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A computer taken from a building used by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida in Afghanistan contains letters and memos about the organization's internal operations, justifications for attacks, and efforts to obtain chemical weapons, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday...
Platform gives public view of destroyed WTC (12/31/01)
NEW YORK -- After three months of peering through gaps in fences and past police barricades, visitors on Sunday got an unobstructed view of the remains of the World Trade Center from a newly built observation platform. Starting at dawn, hundreds of people stood in a line that snaked for blocks, waiting in freezing temperatures for the 13-foot-high stage to open...
New laws cover elections, fish gambling (12/31/01)
New Year's Day brings more than resolutions, hangovers and football games -- Florida gets revamped elections and Washington state sees new limits on tax increases, while attempts to improve health care begin in Colorado, Rhode Island and elsewhere...
Decontamination of Hart Senate Building enters third day (12/31/01)
WASHINGTON -- Poisonous gas was pumped for a third day into the Hart Senate Office Building to kill trace amounts of anthrax spores in the heating and ventilation system. "Everything is just moving along, and it's simply a matter of doing engineering and mechanical things to keep it working right," Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Browne said ...
Saddam's rivals reveal plan aimed at his ouster (12/31/01)
WASHINGTON -- To hear officials from Iraq's main resistance group describe it, opposition to Saddam Hussein inside the country is such that not much will be needed to dislodge him. They believe it could be done with 3,000 U.S.-trained Iraqi rebels, an Afghanistan-style bombing campaign, the insertion of several thousand U.S. special forces and a big assist from Iran. A show of American resolve would cause mass defections, they say, crumbling Saddam's regime...
Marines leave Kandahar base on undisclosed mission (12/31/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Helicopters filled with U.S. Marines in full combat gear took off from a base in southern Afghanistan Monday on an undisclosed mission, a Defense Department official said. The helicopters left just before sunset from the Marines' base at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. They appeared to head toward the northwest, according to an Associated Press photographer who witnessed the departure...
Stocks wrap up difficult year with a loss (12/31/01)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street ended one of its most dreadful years on a down note as investors sent stocks sharply lower Monday to minimize their tax bills. The selloff seemed an appropriate finish to 2001 for the market, which saw its major indexes lose ground for a second straight year -- their worst performance in nearly three decades...
DOT seeks the best among its pool of airport screeners (12/31/01)
WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department hopes to retain as many experienced airport screeners as possible as it scrambles to meet Congress' deadline for creating a new airline security work force. Under a law passed Nov. 19, the federal government will take over security screening at airports. ...
Death toll climbs in fireworks blaze (12/31/01)
LIMA, Peru -- Firefighters on Sunday dug through the rubble of a massive blaze sparked by a fireworks explosion in historic downtown Lima, retrieving more than 250 bodies by nightfall. Officials were trying to learn what caused the disaster. Propelled by exploding fireworks at dozens of sidewalk stands, a wall of fire raced across four blocks Saturday night, trapping holiday shoppers and street vendors who had jammed the narrow streets lined with shops and aging apartment buildings...
Musharraf - India's buildup tying his hands (12/31/01)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Sunday that neighboring India's military buildup and bluster are tying his hands in dealing with the Islamic extremism that New Delhi blames for a deadly attack on its Parliament. Musharraf, who has portrayed himself as a liberal, is finding himself under increasing pressure to crack down on fundamentalists operating in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. ...
Afghans give nod to peacekeepers, differ on airstrikes (12/31/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The new Afghan government has reached an agreement with international peacekeepers on how they will function in the coming months, the country's interim foreign minister said Sunday. Dr. Abdullah, who uses only one name, said that multinational troops would be allowed to operate in various Afghan cities, working with Afghan authorities to provide security. ...
Australian town evacuated from fire path (12/31/01)
Associated Press WriterSYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Firefighters battled 100-foot flames and evacuated about 1,000 people from a mountain town Monday as isolated storms failed to contain wildfires threatening Australia's largest city and its capital...
Palestinians bury their dead after 6 killed in Gaza shootings (12/31/01)
Associated Press WriterJERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinians chanted, "Revenge. Revenge," and fired guns into the air Monday at a funeral to bury those killed a day earlier by Israeli troops. Six Palestinians -- including two armed with explosives -- were killed in two separate confrontations Sunday evening along the northern edge of the Gaza Strip. Israel initially said all six were preparing to carry out attacks, but later said they still were investigating the second set of shootings...
New Year's celebrations begin amid economic, military worries (12/31/01)
Associated Press WriterTOKYO (AP) -- Buddhist priests in black robes rang temple bells and clasped their hands in prayer at midnight Monday, the start of New Year's celebrations tempered by global economic troubles and military tension. In the final hours of 2001, world leaders pledged to keep up the fight against terror as peacekeepers arrived in Afghanistan to help the interim government rebuild the country...
Argentine interim president resigns as support dissipates (12/31/01)
Associated Press WriterBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- For the third time in 10 days, an Argentine president has abruptly resigned, falling victim to rising social tensions and plunging the country further into political and economic turmoil...
Pakistan announces arrest of extremist leader (12/31/01)
Associated Press WriterISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pushed by India and the United States, Pakistan said Monday it had arrested a longtime leader of an Islamic militant group accused of attacking the Indian Parliament and nudging the rivals toward war. India called the arrest "a step forward."...
Defendant in millennium terror plot taunts judge (12/31/01)
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A man charged with a millennium terror plot against Americans and Israelis taunted the judge Monday and asked him to condemn him to death, shouting that he should deliver the sentence without considering a verdict. Raed Hijazi, 32, is charged with conspiring to detonate bombs at sites frequented by U.S. and Israeli tourists during the New Year's 2000 celebrations in Jordan. He has pleaded innocent...
Focused 'Jays had little trouble (12/31/01)
Basically, Charleston laid an egg in the last two University High School Christmas Tournaments. Each of the last two years, the Bluejays (7-4) were the top seed but didn't appear hungry enough and failed to make the finals. The top-seeded Bluejays, 54-44 winners over No. 3 Jackson in Saturday night's championship game at the Show Me Center, were definitely more motivated this year and their defense was the difference...
Jordan makes statement with 51 (12/31/01)
WASHINGTON -- After a few weeks of describing his comeback as part of a plan to turn the Washington Wizards into a winning franchise, Michael Jordan reminded everyone that it's also about Michael Jordan. A six-point game tarnish his legacy? No way. He came back to throw down 51 Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets...
Rams' rout clinches NFC West (12/31/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk's teammates knew that playing the Indianapolis Colts was important to him, even if he didn't admit it. He played like it was a huge deal, scoring four touchdowns and totaling 165 yards rushing and receiving in the St. Louis Rams' 42-17 rout on Sunday...
Blues nab 7-2 victory (12/31/01)
ST. LOUIS -- Pavol Demitra and Scott Young each scored two goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 7-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night. Demitra has a team-leading 20 goals and 38 points. Twelve of his goals have come at home. Young, who scored 40 goals last season, now has 12 goals...
Coker, Solich have plenty in common (12/31/01)
PASADENA, Calif. -- One grew up the son of an Oklahoma oil field pump man and his working wife, the other the only son of a Pennsylvania coal miner and his wife. Their hardworking parents raised them well. After patiently waiting decades for a chance to fulfill lifelong dreams, Miami's Larry Coker and Nebraska's Frank Solich have quickly risen to the top of their game -- as head coaches for two of college football's biggest powers...
Bengals stun Steelers in OT (12/31/01)
CINCINNATI -- Neil Rackers' 31-yard field goal in overtime at least temporarily blocked the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) from getting home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as the Cincinnati Bengals rallied for a 26-23 victory. Jon Kitna threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:46 of the fourth quarter, part of one of the busiest passing days in league history. He threw 68 passes, tied for third-most in league history, and completed 35 for a career-high 411 yards...
'Rings' lifts Hollywood to big finish for 2001 (12/31/01)
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences are making a habit of hobbits. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" held up well in its second weekend, taking in $37.4 million to remain the No. 1 film. Part one of the fantasy trilogy has grossed $154.5 million in just 12 days, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Business memo 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
First Friday speakers from airport industry Bruce Loy, manager of the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, and Chuck Howell, president of Corporate Airlines, a Smyrna, Tenn.-based commuter airline which provides air services from Cape Girardeau to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, will be guest speakers at the Cape Girardeau First Friday Coffee, to be held Jan. 4 at the Show Me Center...
Business personnel 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
Associated Press/Christopher Berkey The Rev. Jerry Sutton welcomed a family to Two Rivers Baptist Church during the Sunday service Dec. 9 in Nashville, Tenn. Sutton, whose church swelled in attendance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, says church attendance has now dropped back to near normal, mirroring a national trend.Two new members named to bank board...
Economic optimism and the bookkeepers' warning (12/31/01)
There appears to be some better days ahead for the economy. New home sales are surging, the Dow has posted gains over the past few days, fewer than expected claims for unemployment insurance have been filed and borrowing costs are at their lowest level since 1965...
Recession shakes workers, reshapes outlooks during 2001 (12/31/01)
NEW YORK Anthony Samawova slumped out of the state unemployment office, stared down at the pavement and reminisced about the good old days when the economy was sweet. "I wish I'd graduated last year," groaned Samawova, who has netted more than 100 rejection letters from potential employers, but not a single job offer since earning a degree from Syracuse University in May...
Pros offer resolutions to fund investors (12/31/01)
NEW YORK -- Another new year is approaching, offering one more chance for self-improvement: to eat better, exercise, spend more time with family -- and invest more intelligently. Fortunately, financial planners say there are several easy resolutions for the nation's 93 million mutual fund investors to consider. Here are some...
Bertha Scherer (12/31/01)
Bertha Clara Scherer, 92, of Kelso, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the home of her son near Advance, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City, Mo.
Lexie Kincade (12/31/01)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lexie Kincade, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born May 7, 1939, in Morley, Mo., son of Connie and Beulah Mize Kincade. He and Bonnie Travis were married March 9, 1976. He retired from the U.S. Army as a master sergeant...
Mildred Meyer (12/31/01)
Mildred D. Meyer, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born July 23, 1919, near Egypt Mills, Mo., daughter of William and Rosie Windeknecht Meyer. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills...
Hughey Mullins (12/31/01)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hughey H. "Moon" Mullins, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 22, 1924, at Yount, Mo., son of Joseph H. and Ethel Thompson Mullins. He and Glenda M. Thompson were married Sept. 5, 1942, at Perryville...
Mary Blackburn (12/31/01)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Mary Margaret Blackburn, 71, of Bertrand died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Bertrand Nursing Facility. She was born June 30, 1930 at Collinwood, Tenn., daughter of James Alonzo and Exie Marie Owens Martin. She and Richard Raymond Blackburn were married Oct. 19, 1957, at Bertrand...
Robert Wright (12/31/01)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Robert "Bob" Wright, age 82, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson. Friends may call Tuesday, Jan. 1, between 4-8 p.m., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. An American Legion service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Henrichs will officiate...
Willie Hulshof (12/31/01)
GORDONVILLE, Mo. -- Bernard William Hulshof, 93, of Gordonville died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 16, 1908, at Oran, Mo., son of John Henry and Elizabeth Mary Roddin Hulshof. He and Louise Elisabeth Brands were married Oct. 15, 1935...
Marcella Green (12/31/01)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Marcella Green, 76, of Cairo died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time at 19th Street First Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Darryl Cox officiating...
Ray Edmonds (12/31/01)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Ray Cleman Edmonds, 83, formerly of Charleston, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 14, 1918, at Commerce, Mo., son of Ulyes and Addie Sanders Edmonds. He and Florence Pobst were married Dec. 19, 1942...
Cleta Rayburn (12/31/01)
Cleta May Rayburn, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Chapel.
Melba Poole (12/31/01)
ANNA, Ill. -- Melba Poole, 83, of Anna died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at her home. She was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Mill Creek, daughter of George Washington and Minnie Idell Knupp Lingle. She and Harold Poole were married Jan. 10, 1946, in Jonesboro, Ill. He died March 9, 2001...
Irene Davis (12/31/01)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Irene Davis, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born May 10, 1910, at Allenville, Mo., daughter of John and Ella Suttles Jones. She and Clifton Hess were married Feb. 26, 1925. He preceded her in death. She and John L. Davis were married Jan. 27, 1930. He died Oct. 1, 1963...
John Doll (12/31/01)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- John C. Doll, 89, of Scott City died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 30, 1912, at Kaskaskia, Ill., son of Carl and Mary Lusk Doll. He was married to the former Lottie McDaniel, and she preceded him in death...
Cape fire report 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
Cape Girardeau, Monday, Dec. 31 Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:At 3:21 p.m., smoke scare at Cape Girardeau County Park South. At 5:44 p.m., motor vehicle clean-up at 91 mile marker on Interstate 55. At 6:18 p.m., medical assist at Bloomfield and Kingshighway...
Cape police report 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
Cape Girardeau, Monday, Dec. 31 DWIKorey W. King, 24, of 1725 Huntington Drive was arrested Sunday on a complaint of driving while intoxicated. David Walden, 39, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant complaint for failure to appear on an original charge of trespassing...
Out of the past 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
10 years ago: Dec. 31, 1991 Marble Hill - Group of Bollinger County residents is upset about what it calls inadequate bookkeeping procedures in county government; about 40 residents met Monday as result of county's refusal to pay Sheriff Dan Mesey his December salary; county commissioners told Mesey that due to accounting error, he won't be paid for December...
County benefits from its federal prisoners (12/31/01)
Cape Girardeau County's new $8 million jail promises to be a money-maker for the county for at least the next 15 years because of the many federal prisoners it will hold. The jail, formally called the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office and Justice Center, opened at Jackson in March. It held an average 33 federal prisoners per day through November...
Term-limit, appointment changes not needed (12/31/01)
Among prefiled bills for next year's session of the Missouri General Assembly are measures aimed at extending term limits of lawmakers and giving them more input into selection of Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission members. State Sen. John Schneider of Florissant and state Rep. ...
Speak Out A 12/31/01 (12/31/01)
Make it mandatory I HAVE a slightly different perspective than the would-be censor who demanded an end to Speak Out calling. I think Speak Out should be mandatory. Teaching evolution EVOLUTION IS taught in schools because there is incontrovertible and solid scientific evidence illustrating its truth, because there is no conflict with Scripture and because there is a societal consensus that it should be taught...