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Two remain hospitalized from Tuesday's fatal crash (01/04/02)
A Sikeston, Mo., man and his daughter remained hospitalized Thursday after a car accident Tuesday that killed two other members of their family. James Gates, 51, and Ashley Gates, 11, were passengers in a vehicle that was struck by a Scott County sheriff's vehicle...
Hackers setting sights on home computers (01/04/02)
WASHINGTON Computer hackers, once satisfied to test their skills on large companies, are turning their sights on home computers that are faster, more powerful and less secure than ever before. The hackers can steal your identity, destroy your data or use your computer to launch attacks on Web sites or your friends' PCs...
Missouri health director resigns (01/04/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Maureen Dempsey, Missouri's state health director who oversees an agency at the center of bioterrorism preparations and abortion-related disputes, announced her resignation Thursday. Dempsey, 44, is stepping down effective Jan. 25 "in order to pursue other professional opportunities," the Department of Health and Senior Services said Thursday...
Former state Sen. Scott joins St. Louis' lobbyists (01/04/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A former state senator from St. Louis has a new job in a familiar venue -- Missouri's Statehouse, where he has been tapped to help lobby for his hometown's interests, including a proposed state subsidy for a new Cardinals baseball stadium...
Holstein to resign state high court post (01/04/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Supreme Court Judge John Holstein said Thursday that he is resigning after a dozen years on the state's highest court. Holstein, who planned an official announcement today, said he plans to practice law in his hometown of Springfield, Mo...
State Senate adopts conduct code for staff (01/04/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate leaders adopted an official code of conduct for staff members on Thursday, which they touted as a first in Missouri history. The staff conduct code comes after some senators expressed concerns about whether Senate researchers should be sharing information with lawmakers about bills they are drafting for others...
Ozark pair in court on drug charges (01/04/02)
OZARK, Mo. -- A Christian County couple, jailed after officers found a meth lab in their home during a homicide investigation of a family member, are free on bond. Greg and Debbie Norman were arraigned on drug trafficking charges. They were ordered to appear Jan. 15...
Scott sheriff buys crime trailer (01/04/02)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department has bought a 16-foot trailer for crime scenes. The money was raised from donations and a golf tournament. The trailer will be used to transport investigative equipment to crime scenes. Sheriff Bill Ferrell felt the need for the trailer after his office investigated six homicides over 10 months...
Southeast Missourians to fill top Senate staff posts (01/04/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two Southeast Missouri men were hired by the state Senate on Tuesday for high-ranking staff positions. Michael N. Keathley of Dexter, Mo., and a former corporate executive, will serve as Senate administrator, the top staff management post in the chamber. Trenton Blair of Potosi, Mo., will take over as director of operations. Blair recently left the Air Force where he held the rank of captain. Both begin their duties Monday...
Scott sheriff receives grant for meth officer (01/04/02)
BENTON, Mo. --The Scott County Sheriff's Department will use nearly $100,000 in grant money to hire an investigator specifically to fight methamphetamine. Sheriff Bill Ferrell said the sheriff's office has been approved to receive funding through the Missouri Sheriffs' Methamphetamine Relief Team Project...
Rookie cop killed by 3-year-old son who picked up his gun (01/04/02)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A rookie Nashville police officer died Friday after he was shot by his 3-year-old son, who had picked up his father's service gun from a kitchen table in their home. Joshua Haffner, 22, was pronounced dead Friday morning after several hours of surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He had been flown by helicopter from an airport near his home in Smyrna, about 20 miles to the southeast...
Caution raised on pig organs for transplants (01/04/02)
WASHINGTON -- As science moves closer to using pig organs for human transplants, some experts caution that the technique could transfer deadly swine viruses. Ethicists question the whole idea of using animals to make spare parts for people. Two research teams announced this week that they have cloned piglets that lack one of two genes that prompt the human immune system to reject swine tissue. The next step is breeding or cloning that would eliminate the gene entirely from a strain of pigs...
First American service member killed in Afghanistan (01/04/02)
AP Military WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier was killed by small-arms fire in eastern Afghanistan Friday, the first member of the American military to die in the three-month-old campaign. Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. Central Command, announced the death at a news conference in Tampa, Fla. He said the soldier's name was being withheld until family members were notified...
Unemployment rate climbs to 5.8 percent in December (01/04/02)
AP Labor WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in December, highest in more than six years, as businesses cut 124,000 jobs and the year ended with the job market in the depths of recession. The unemployment rate was up 0.2 percentage points from a revised 5.6 percent in November, the Labor Department reported Friday. ...
Security agencies arrest more than 130 Islamic militants (01/04/02)
Associated Press WriterISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan has arrested more than 130 Islamic militants, including leaders of two groups India blames for an attack last month on its Parliament, an Interior Ministry official said Friday. Key leaders of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mohammad militant groups were detained, said Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema said. No names were immediately available...
U.S. envoy returns to Israel (01/04/02)
JERUSALEM -- With Mideast violence at its lowest levels in 15 months, U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni returned Thursday hoping to prod Israelis and Palestinians into moving forward with a truce plan both sides accepted in principle last year. Israel pulled back tanks and troops Thursday from a half-dozen Palestinian towns in the West Bank, a move long sought by Palestinians who have had their movements sharply curtailed...
Afghan officials negotiate with tribal leaders (01/04/02)
Associated Press WriterKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah said Friday that deposed spiritual leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, is surrounded near the city of Baghran in Afghanistan's central mountains...
Argentine president says devaluation of peso inevitable (01/04/02)
Associated Press WriterBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Eduardo Duhalde signaled on Friday that his government would devalue the peso, saying it was "a given" that the currency will be cut free from its one-to-one peg to the U.S. dollar...
Afghan officials say Omar surrender deal near (01/04/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials said negotiations neared a breakthrough Thursday on final terms of surrender for deposed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and 1,500 of his fighters. U.S. officials were adamant that no deal had been offered to the second most wanted man after Osama bin Laden...
Australians' anger flares from arsons (01/04/02)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Australians struggled to contain their outrage Thursday after learning that nearly half the fires that have laid waste to much of the country's most populous state were deliberately lit -- many by bored children looking for a quick thrill...
Central suffers 2nd loss to Bluff (01/04/02)
Unfortunately, for the Cape Central girls basketball team, a game consists of four quarters. The Lady Tigers matched up well against Poplar Bluff, the state's No. 2-ranked Class 4A team, for three of the four, but a subpar third period proved to be the difference...
Perryville girls defeat St. Pius in Jefferson Co. opener 48-28 (01/04/02)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Perryville's girls basketball team evened its overall record by opening its Jefferson County Conference season with a 48-28 victory over St. Pius Thursday night. Perryville improved to 7-7 and 1-0 in conference play. April Lorenz led Perryville with 17 points, including two 3-pointers, despite breaking a finger on her non-shooting hand in Wednesday's loss to Notre Dame. The sophomore was the only Lady Pirate to finish in double figures...
Oh Henry - Bell City's junior rings up big point totals (01/04/02)
With a long, slow stride and an easy-going smile, Eric Henry is known in Bell City as a nice guy. According to Bell City coach David Heeb, sometimes he's too nice. Heeb likes it when the 6-foot-1 junior trades in the grin for a scowl, because it's then when Henry plays his best...
Otahkian gymnasts open season tonight at powerful Florida (01/04/02)
Several key injuries might have Southeast Missouri State University's gymnastics team down a bit right now, but the Otahkians are definitely not out. In fact, once the Otahkians regain full strength, coach Patty Stotzheim is looking for her third Southeast squad to be her most successful...
Johnson earns OVC Scholar-Athlete Award (01/04/02)
Southeast Missouri State University golfer Bryan Johnson has been selected by the Ohio Valley Conference as one of its six Scholar-Athlete Award winners for 2001-02. The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women senior athletes for their accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, and because of their leadership qualities...
K-State reaches crossroads after a mediocre season (01/04/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Is Kansas State's golden age over? If so, what a splendid run it was. Nine-win seasons four years straight. A Heisman Trophy runner-up. Big 12 contenders. Bowl games, national prestige, annual predictions flying in from all directions that the Wildcats would be the team to beat...
Canidate becomes forgotten man in Rams' potent offense (01/04/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Trung Canidate, the St. Louis Rams' first-round pick in 2000, doesn't have much to do these days. He's Marshall Faulk's backup, but Faulk never seems to leave the field. And coach Mike Martz isn't big on getting the second-teamers game action, especially now. He left Faulk and Kurt Warner in to the finish when the Rams clinched the NFC West last week...
Blues post 4-2 victory at home (01/04/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Mellanby and Scott Young each scored, and Al MacInnis had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory Thursday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets managed only 11 shots and are winless in six road games. Columbus fell to 4-14-2 on the road this season...
Jordan appears ready to take Bulls by horns (01/04/02)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan was asked if he was looking forward to Friday. "What's Friday?" he shot back. He then unwrinkled his brow, let out a sly chuckle, said a few words about how nice it is that the Washington Wizards won't be on the road anytime soon and finally added the punch line that was coming all along...
Morris to remain a Cardinal (01/04/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract with 22-game winner Matt Morris. While the team didn't announce the deal, the agreement was confirmed Thursday by a baseball official familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition he not be identified...
Weir jumps into lead at Mercedes tourney (01/04/02)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The last time Mike Weir played on the PGA Tour, he was hitting his irons close to the flag on his way to victory in the Tour Championship. Two months later, only the scenery has changed. In the best ball-striking round of his career, Weir tied the Plantation Course record with a 10-under-par 63 on Thursday and built a three-stroke lead in the first round of the season-opening Mercedes Championships...
Twins ignore possible elimination, will name new manager today (01/04/02)
MINNEAPOLIS -- In another sign baseball is unlikely to eliminate any teams this year, the Minnesota Twins called a news conference for today to announce their new manager, with Ron Gardenhire expected to get the job. "Right now I'm kind of waiting until tomorrow. I'll be able to talk a little after that," Gardenhire, the only remaining candidate, said Thursday...
Sports digest 1/4/02 (01/04/02)
Colorado investigators to travel to California BOULDER, Colo. -- Authorities investigating an alleged gang rape at a party attended by University of Colorado football players and potential recruits plan to travel to California to conduct interviews...
Indians eager to dive into OVC play (01/04/02)
As we start a new year we also start a new basketball season -- the Ohio Valley Conference season. Our preseason is over with a disappointing 2-9 record, but when you start the conference season everyone is 0-0 and everyone has new enthusiasm and optimism...
Day without 'Jeopardy' is nightmare for VCR-challenged (01/04/02)
Dear top management of the "Jeopardy" TV station: As far as I know, you are fine, upstanding people. But you may not know the chaos you caused on New Year's Day, so I thought I'd drop you a line and fill you in. If you knew me at all, you'd also know I'm a nice guy. But even nice guys have their limits...
'Images of the Infinite' at Sharpe Planetarium (01/04/02)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- "Images of the Infinite," opening Jan. 4 at the Sharpe Planetarium in the Pink Palace Museum, documents the scientific advances achieved since the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope. Deployed in 1990, the Hubble circles the earth every 96 minutes providing photographic images of the most distant objects known. ...
'Images and Visions of the Bootheel' (01/04/02)
Katherine Ellinger Smith lives in Jackson, Mo., but is a native Minnesotan. The assistant professor of art at Southeast Missouri State University still looks at Southeast Missouri and the Bootheel with the eyes of an outsider. Over the past eight years, she has compiled a visual portrait of the history, stories and personalities she has encountered in her adopted home...
Original Nancy Drew author 96, writing (01/04/02)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Millie Benson's desk doesn't stand out from any others in the newsroom. Tucked away in a corner, it is cluttered with papers and books. The original author of the Nancy Drew mystery books, now at age 96, is still writing -- now a weekly column about everyday life and older folks for The Blade newspaper...
Anastasia and John release new CD (01/04/02)
Anastasia and John, a California-based folk-rock duo with a local roots, have released their second CD, titled "Little Man." Anastasia grew up Stacy Amschler in Perryville, Mo., Biehle, Mo., and Cape Girardeau. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1989. She met John Gonzales at a Burbank, Calif., music store. Now married, they have been performing on the coffeehouse and folk festival circuit for seven years...
Robert Gladish (01/04/02)
.Robert D. Gladish departed this world peacefully Dec. 26, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, two children, five grandchildren and a sister of Kennett, Mo. Bob was a dedicated Boy Scout volunteer for over 25 years, having served in many capacities including scoutmaster, junior leader training staff member, and Shawnee District member at large. ...
Blanche Cooper (01/04/02)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Blanche Gertie Cooper, 86, of Bloomfield died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at her home. She was born June 26, 1915, at Ardeola, Mo., daughter of Sam and Gertie Summers Mason. She and Raymond Cooper were married Feb. 26, 1936. He preceded her in death...
Ola Hastings (01/04/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Ola Bernice Hastings, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Monticello House. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Redcloud (01/04/02)
ELCO, Ill. -- Patricia Redcloud, 57, of Elco died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Kay Orman (01/04/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Evelyn Kay Orman, 41, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, in an automobile accident on U.S. 61 north of Sikeston. She was born Aug. 9, 1960, in St. Augustine, Fla., daughter of Shirley Lester and Evis Christine Ergle Tidwell. She and John W. Orman were married April 14, 1979, at Matthews, Mo...
Vada Gonders (01/04/02)
Vada Margaret "Bonnie" Murray Gonders, 84, of Midwest City, Okla., died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 30, 1917, in Gentry County, Mo., daughter of Levi and Erla Dell Long Murray. She and Roy Gonders were married in 1946. He died in 1993...
Sylvester Poynor (01/04/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Sylvester Leonard Poynor, 45, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 7, 1956, in St. Louis, son of Sylvester L. and Betty Joe Sandors Poynor. He and Jo Ann Lindsey were married April 15, 1987, in Cape Girardeau County...
Emma Sanders (01/04/02)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Funeral service for Emma Augusta Sanders, formerly of Cairo, Ill., will be held at noon today at the Massie Funeral Home in Cairo with Carl Whitaker officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds. Sanders, 90, of Chicago, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001...
Vernell Kesler (01/04/02)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Vernell Kesler, 89, of Paducah, Ky., formerly of Dongola, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Superior Care Home in Paducah. Crain Funeral Home at Dongola is in charge of arrangements.
Tameka Purdiman (01/04/02)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Tameka L. Purdiman, 23, of Mound City, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church in Mound City, Ill. Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds...
Brittany Gates (01/04/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Brittany Michelle Gates, 12, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, in an automobile accident on U.S. 61 north of Sikeston. She was born Dec. 28, 1989, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of James Walter and Jessica Eileen Tidwell Gates...
Harlan Ruppel (01/04/02)
OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- Harlan A. Ruppel, 81, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1920, at Oak Ridge, son of Walter and Annie Sauer Ruppel. He and Wilma Bangert were married April 25, 1943, at Friedheim, Mo. Ruppel lived and worked on the family farm all his life. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church at Friedheim, where he had served as elder, trustee, and school board member...
Births 1/4/02 (01/04/02)
Budnick Daughter to Keith Edward and Jane Louise Budnick of Ellisville, Mo., Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 3:44 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001. Name, Lauren Aurelle. Weight, 9 pounds 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Budnick is the former Jane Propst, daughter of Rick and Donna Shell of Marble Hill, Mo., and Edward J. Propst of St. Louis. Budnick is the son of Michael and Donna Budnick of Austin, Texas, and the late Shirley Budnick. Mr. and Mrs. Budnick are self-employed...
Cape fire report 1/4/02 (01/04/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 4 DWIClifford Lane Adams, 36, Jackson, Mo., was arrested Wednesday for driving while intoxicated. ArrestsLarry Gene McClellon, 57, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Wednesday for failure to appear in court. Willie James Pollard, 42, 418 Themis, was arrested Wednesday for failure to appear in court...
Cape fire report 1/4/02 (01/04/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 4 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:At 6 p.m., a gas odor at 200 West Park Mall. At 8:48 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3967 Granite. At 10:20 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1066 Patricia...
Out of the past 1/4/02 (01/04/02)
10 years ago: Jan. 4, 1992 Time capsule, buried behind Common Pleas Courthouse during Cape Girardeau Sesquicentennial celebration in 1956, is opened as part of city's bicentennial celebration; items contained in stainless steel drum suffered extensive damage from moisture; Bicentennial Commission hopes to eventually display capsule's contents...
First Night celebrations spread across U.S. (01/04/02)
Cape Girardeau's restaurants and bars that cater to New Year's Eve revelers were busy places again this year. For a few hours, party-goers -- many of them from out of town -- made merry, ate well, celebrated with friends and ushered in 2002 (which, by the way, is a palindromic year that won't occur again until 2112)...
Casinos pay most of gambling-addict study (01/04/02)
Since the gambling industry arrived in Missouri, more than 3,600 gambling addicts have voluntarily placed themselves on a list that effectively bans them for life from entering any of the Show Me State's casinos. Now a three-year study will try to assess the self-banning program and its follow-up counseling. In particular, the study will attempt to learn how many of the gambling addicts manage to get back into casinos...
Speak Out A 01/04/02 (01/04/02)
Trade counterattack COMING ON the heels of the wretched and reprehensible granting of permanent normal trade relations with an ever more repressive China, state Sen. Peter Kinder's paean to the alleged palliative of free trade will serve as a rallying cry to economic nationalists everywhere and precipitate a verbal counterattack exposing knee-jerk support for no-strings-attached free trade as cynical, chamber of commerce-style propaganda and a further barrier to promoting worldwide political freedom.. ...
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