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Stories from Thursday, January 17, 2002

Parking plans slowed at SEMO (01/17/02)
Old deed restrictions could kill Southeast Missouri State University's plan to build a 364-space parking garage. School officials say deed restrictions that date back to the late 1800s, early 1900s prohibit building any structure closer than approximately 25 feet from its back property line, defined as the western border of the Henderson Avenue parking lot...
My favorite car 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
When Dave Jackson went to the Hershey, Pa., antique car swap meet, he wore a sign on his back: "Wanted: 1954 Buick Skylark parts" A fellow walked up and said he had an almost-complete Skylark convertible, said Jackson. "We worked out a deal, and I bought it."...
Community digest 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
Civil War Round Table meeting Sunday "Missouri's Military in the Civil War" will be the topic of the Cape Girardeau County Chapter of the Civil War Round Table meeting Sunday. The 2 p.m. session will be held in the Fellowship Room of Hanover Lutheran Church, 2949 Perryville Road in Cape Girardeau...
Going to school under one roof (01/17/02)
CAIRO, Ill. Seventh-grader Joella William can't forget the day a group of cheerleaders came running out of the gym at Cairo Junior High School, screaming because a mouse had fallen from a hole in the ceiling. Fourth-grader Harley Gooden looks forward to a time when he can play basketball in gym classes because his school, Bennett Elementary, doesn't have a gym big enough for basketball hoops...
Military digest 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
Cape man joins U.S. Army Andrew R. Vanek of Cape Girardeau has joined the U.S. Army under the Army's Delayed Entry Program and will report for duty Jan. 29. Vanek will report for basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga...
DMA auction offers variety of items (01/17/02)
Go to Mardi Gras, and you may come home with a stash of cheap souvenir beads. Come to the Downtown Merchants Association auction, and come home with an assortment of goodies from participating businesses, if you're the winning bidder. The 15th annual auction, built around a festive Mardi Gras theme, will be held Feb. 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 318 S. Spanish in downtown Cape Girardeau...
Journalist follows story into cold Jackson lake (01/17/02)
You just can't say no to a bunch of firefighters. I mean, these guys would lay their life on the line for me if I were trapped in a burning building. The least I could do was try out their ice rescue suits. At first I declined, but after the second or third invitation, I couldn't resist. Besides, the other guys looked like they were having a good time floating on Rotary Lake at the Jackson City Park, even if it were just a few degrees above freezing...
Riverboats resume scheduled stops (01/17/02)
The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau got some good news recently from the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and the River Explorer hotel barge. Terri Clark-Bauer, director of the CVB, reports that more steamboat and river barge dockings are scheduled this year for Cape Girardeau than ever before...
Jackson firefighters try out new Ice Commander suits (01/17/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Grown men in oversized, puffy yellow suits floated and flapped around in near-freezing water in the Rotary Lake at Jackson's City Park. As a result, Jackson's firefighters shared a few laughs as they tested out their two new Ice Commander Rescue Suits on Wednesday...
Trio of bills aim to alter collective bargaining (01/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate Republicans are pushing a trio of bills aimed at scaling back the impact of Gov. Bob Holden's executive order on public employee collective bargaining. State Sen. John T. Russell, R-Lebanon, admitted that the chances of the measures he is sponsoring becoming law are slim. While he believes the bills stand a good shot in Republican-controlled Senate, he doesn't expect they would make much headway in the House, where Democrats hold the majority...
Security Council adopts sanctions on bin Laden (01/17/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions Wednesday against Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaida terror network and remnants of the Taliban. The resolution, adopted unanimously, requires all countries to impose an arms embargo and a travel ban on individuals and groups associated with them, while freezing their financial assets...
Man sentenced in beating death of cousin's lover (01/17/02)
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A Scott City, Mo., man has been sentenced to life plus 50 years in prison for his role in the beating death of his cousin's lover. Gary Wayne Biggs was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge Douglas Long of Pulaski County, according to the circuit clerk's office in Waynesville...
RiverWalkers plan next downtown jaunt (01/17/02)
The Pink Panther may turn up in Cape Girardeau this weekend. And if it does, Old Town Cape RiverWalkers will be tickled pink. Maps for this week's jaunt, a moderately paced walk in search of the Pink Panther, will be passed out at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace's Cafe, located at the corner of Spanish and Themis. The event will take place, rain or shine...
Ex-Supreme Court justice Bilandic dies (01/17/02)
CHICAGO -- Michael Bilandic, a former Chicago mayor and a former justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, was remembered as a hardworking man who proved nice people can be successful. Bilandic, who succeeded the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley after his death in 1976 but was booted out of office because workers were slow in clearing city streets of nearly two feet of snow, died late Tuesday. He was 78...
Several indicted in restaurant deal fraud (01/17/02)
CHICAGO -- A political contributor whose lucrative state lease came under fire two years ago has been indicted along with three other men in a restaurant sale tied to fraud, officials said Wednesday. Attorney Peter A. Palivos, 43, was charged Tuesday by a federal grand jury with conspiring to obstruct justice in the 1996 sale of the Waterfalls restaurant in Antioch, a community in Lake County...
Muslim woman claims discrimination in strip search at O'Hare (01/17/02)
CHICAGO -- A Muslim woman and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the Illinois National Guard and O'Hare International Airport security officers in hopes of ending what they say is racial profiling in airport searches. It is the ACLU's first lawsuit in what it claims have been about 100 cases of airport discrimination against Muslims since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
Senators touting funds to fight meth (01/17/02)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Authorities battling methamphetamine production in Missouri more than doubled their arrests and seizures last year, said Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. Bond and Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., will use separate events today and Friday to tout efforts to boost federal meth-fighting funds for the state. Bond said federal figures show authorities seized at least 1,989 labs, chemical and glassware locations and dump sites last year, compared to 908 in 2000...
Lawmaker seeks ban on embryo discrimination (01/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker wants to prevent parents from playing God by choosing whether their test-tube baby is a boy or a girl. The legislation by Rep. Michael Reid is one of the first proposals in the nation that would ban gender discrimination with in vitro fertilization...
Suspect in law school shooting tells judge he is sick (01/17/02)
Associated Press WriterGRUNDY, Va. (AP) -- A former law student who is accused of killing his dean, a law professor and another student and wounding three others told a judge Thursday that he is sick and needs help. Peter Odighizuwa, 43, shuffled into Buchanan County General District Court in leg chains, surrounded by police officers...
Jurors watch videotape of man's confession (01/17/02)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A man on trial in the slayings of a pregnant woman and her three children dozed off in court Wednesday as jurors watched his police-videotaped, waffling account of how he helped strangle the mother but never touched the children. Harold "Bobby" Lingle's attorneys did not explain whether their client's medication made him sleep through the several-hour afternoon showing of his interrogation by an investigator of the 1999 deaths of Erin Vanderhoef, her full-term fetus and her children, ages 9 to 11.. ...
Audit - Sports tickets missing from ledger (01/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of tickets to professional and college sporting events provided to the State Lottery Commission were unaccounted for, according to a new state audit. The Lottery Commission receives tickets in exchange for purchasing advertising at sporting events. But it was unclear where 30 percent of those tickets went during the three years ending June 30, said the report released Wednesday by State Auditor Claire McCaskill...
Senator proposes vote on tax increase to fund education (01/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters would decide whether to approve temporary sales and corporate tax increases to fund education under a bill introduced Wednesday by a key budget writer in the Senate. Sen. Wayne Goode said his legislation, if approved by voters this August, would raise about $225 million in each of the next two years to fund the education foundation formula, the mechanism that sends basic aid to public school districts...
EPA has no plans for buyout at Herculaneum (01/17/02)
Some residents of Herculaneum say temporary relocation isn't good enough and want the federal government to buy homes and property contaminated by their proximity to the nation's largest lead smelter. But buyouts are not being considered, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday...
Fumes overcome 5 at Emerson plant in Kennett (01/17/02)
Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- Police said five employees at the Emerson plant in Kennett had been overcome by chemical fumes Wednesday. He said the hazardous materials team from the Kennett Fire Department had been called to the scene. "Apparently workers were using an industrial solvent, Xylene, to clean machines or the floor and some of them were exposed too much," said fire chief David Horton...
Senate staff is focus of political battle (01/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The staff that helps the Missouri Senate do its job has become the focus of a partisan battle between majority Republicans and minority Democrats. The latest chapter came Wednesday when Democratic Sen. Ken Jacob proposed the creation of a new committee that would have a greater say in the hiring and firing of staff...
Teen ruled fit to be tried in mom's death (01/17/02)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A St. Clair County Circuit judge has ruled a New Athens teen-ager mentally fit to stand trial in the bludgeoning death of his mother last year. Christopher Bono, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lucia Bono, 40, whose body was found in a bathtub in her New Athens home in April. Prosecutors have given no possible motive in the case...
Abortion moves to forefront of GOP race for governor (01/17/02)
CHICAGO -- Abortion has become a focal point of the Republican campaign for governor, with candidates gambling on their view as the one most likely to win primary votes. Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood, who supports abortion rights, brought the issue to the forefront this week with a TV commercial that calls her opponents "too extreme" on the issue...
Federal Bank survey shows weak economy in 10th District (01/17/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The economy in the region covered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City remained relatively weak in December and early this month, according to a report released Wednesday. A bright spot for the fed's 10th District was that holiday retail sales held up better than many in the industry expected, with most stores reporting slight increases from a year ago...
Science digest 1/17 (01/17/02)
New state of matter created in cold gas Scientists say they've created a new state of matter in a super-cold gas, a step that might someday help researchers create ultra-powerful "quantum" computers. The work should also aid investigations into exotic behavior of atoms in solids, the kinds of phenomena used in computer disc drives and in superconductivity, the ability of some materials to conduct electricity without resistance...
MRI brain scans help neurologists predict severity of MS (01/17/02)
MRI brain scans can help doctors predict whether people with possible early signs of multiple sclerosis will develop the central nervous system disorder and how severe it will be, a British study concluded. Until a few years ago, doctors did not officially diagnose MS or start treatment until patients had two episodes of nerve problems in different parts of the body -- flare-ups that could come many years apart while damage silently accumulated...
Renegade microbiologists worry federal agents (01/17/02)
LANCASTER, Ohio -- Larry Wayne Harris stands in his second bedroom holding a rack of test tubes. "These are the active cultures that I use," he says proudly, ticking off the contents of each glass vial. "Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus, E. coli, Bacillus cereus."...
Human trials begin in diabetes drug (01/17/02)
NORFOLK, Va. -- A substance that has cured diabetes in some laboratory animals is now being tested on people. The INGAP -- Islets Neogenesis Associated Protein -- Peptide encourages the growth of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The body needs insulin to process sugar, and diabetes results from the inability to make or use insulin...
AIDS overwhelms vaccine in Harvard study using monkeys (01/17/02)
Harvard AIDS researchers working with monkeys say the virus overcame an experimental vaccine by changing a single gene, killing one of the animals. Scientists said the disappointment does not mean that AIDS vaccines are doomed to fail. But it illustrates how the virus remains a relentless opponent that will not be easily defeated or even contained...
Hospital says surgeon opened wrong side of patient's head (01/17/02)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital operated on the wrong side of a man's head after a CT scan was placed backward on an X-ray viewing box, the hospital told the state Department of Health. The patient had bleeding on the right side of his brain, but the reversed scan made it look as if the bleeding was on the left, according to the hospital's report filed Tuesday. ...
Liver transplants stopped temporarily at NYC hospital (01/17/02)
NEW YORK -- A Manhattan hospital has temporarily stopped liver transplant surgeries involving live donors and adult recipients because a man died after donating part of his liver to his brother. Mount Sinai Hospital is investigating the death of Mike Hurewitz, who died three days after donating part of his liver to his 54-year-old brother, The New York Times reported Wednesday...
Plaque honors King's murderer by mistake (01/17/02)
GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A plaque prepared to honor actor James Earl Jones at a Saturday celebration of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Lauderhill, Fla., instead has this inscription: "Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive."...
Bankruptcy speculation hits Kmart (01/17/02)
The Associated Press DETROIT -- Shares of Kmart Corp. stock dropped below $2 Wednesday as credit agencies cut its debt ratings amid speculation the discount retailer is considering filing for bankruptcy. Kmart has been struggling to compete against the lower prices of rivals Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp., battling the nationwide recession while mounting its aggressive restructuring effort...
Auditing firm uses ads to reduce Enron damage (01/17/02)
CHICAGO -- Arthur Andersen LLP escalated efforts Wednesday to contain the damage from its role in the Enron debacle, taking out a full-page ad in national newspapers to try to limit blame to its Houston office and promising an overhaul of its practices...
Past hurts Monsanto's biotech status (01/17/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The headlines and court papers make a stunning charge: For decades, Monsanto Co. knowingly dumped waste chemicals into the waterways of an Alabama town, pollution that had a devastating effect on wildlife and, possibly, the town's residents...
Seven women join discrimination suits targeting Boeing (01/17/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Seven current or former female workers at Boeing's St. Louis plant filed suit against the company in federal court Wednesday, claiming the aerospace giant denied them promotions, equal pay and other opportunities because they were women...
Workshops to serve as national model (01/17/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bertha Medina was determined to make her fan work. First she checked the motor. Then she spotted the problem. After a quick snip of a flower pasted too close to the blades, she smiled as fresh air blew on her face. Her science project was up and running...
Hart Senate Office Building declared free from anthrax (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Officials pronounced the Hart Senate Office Building free of anthrax on Wednesday, and maintenance crews began preparing it for a Friday reopening, three months after a letter laden with the deadly bacteria was opened there. In a pair of memos e-mailed to senators, health and environmental officials said repeated efforts to cleanse the building had "achieved the goal of eliminating viable anthrax spores."...
Stocks rally on bargain hunting, Yahoo! results (01/17/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Bargain hunting propelled stocks sharply higher Thursday after better-than-expected results from Yahoo! renewed hopes that business might be improving after all. Analysts said investors were lured by lower stock prices, particularly in the tech sector, following Wednesday's selloff. Wall Street was also betting on bullish forecasts from Microsoft and IBM, which were releasing earnings after the market closed...
IRS plans to check 50,000 returns randomly (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Aiming to target its audits better, the IRS intends a special random check this year of about 50,000 individual tax returns but will subject fewer people to the intense, face-to-face questioning that drew heavy criticism in the past. IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti said Wednesday the goal is to collect an up-to-date snapshot of the taxpaying public so that audits get better results. ...
White House to review impact of Enron scandal (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- White House economic adviser Larry Lindsey studied the economic impact of the potential collapse of Enron Corp. as the Texas-based energy firm struggled for its financial life, the Bush administration disclosed Wednesday. Lindsey served on an Enron board, receiving $50,000 in 2000...
Grand jury - Alleged shoe bomber trained by al-Qaida (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- A federal grand jury on Wednesday charged alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid with being an al-Qaida trained terrorist in an indictment Attorney General John Ashcroft hailed as fresh proof of the government's ability to prosecute terrorists...
Auditors dispute claims that new inspections make meat safer (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- The government plans to go forward with an experimental meat inspection system despite test results that showed some plants had more problems with contaminated products than before. Under the new system, federal inspectors no longer do hand checks of carcasses, leaving that job to company employees. Inspectors are supposed to spend more time monitoring plant sanitation equipment, overseeing plant workers and sampling products for contamination...
Consumer prices turn in best year since 1998 (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Consumer inflation slowed to 1.6 percent in 2001, just half the increase of the previous year, in one of the few benefits from the recession. It provided shoppers with bargains on everything from gasoline to computers. The modest advance in the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index, a closely watched inflation gauge, came after consumer prices jumped 3.4 percent in 2000, the largest increase in a decade, the government reported Wednesday...
Airlines expected to meet deadline for inspecting bags (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- The airlines and the government will meet Friday's deadline for stepped-up screening of baggage for explosives, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said Wednesday. Bags will be checked by hand, explosive-detection machines or bomb-sniffing dogs, or matched to boarding passengers, Mineta told the Transportation Research Board, an industry group...
Al-Qaida video found in Afghanistan shows five suspects (01/17/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The government, seeking public help in finding suspected terrorists, on Thursday released photos and video excerpts recovered from the rubble of a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan that depict five suspected al-Qaida members...
Troubled Kmart shakes up top management (01/17/02)
DETROIT (AP) -- Amid speculation Kmart Corp. could seek bankruptcy protection, the troubled retailer Thursday announced sweeping management changes and said it was continuing to review its finances. Kmart announced that its president and chief operating officer, Mark S. Schwartz, has left the company...
Plans to reopen Hart Senate Office Building put on hold (01/17/02)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Plans to reopen the Hart Senate Office Building, which has been closed for three months due to anthrax were put on hold Thursday after gear associated with the cleanup was found inside the building. In addition, basement rooms in the adjoining Dirksen Senate Office Building that share the same ventilation system have been closed, the Senate's Sergeant at Arms office said in a statement on its Web site...
Al-Qaida inmates make death vow (01/17/02)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Several al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners have vowed to kill an American during their time at this remote U.S. military base, officials said Wednesday. Fifty detainees are being held at the facility and 30 more were to arrive on a plane from Afghanistan later Wednesday, said Brig. Gen. Michael Lehnert, commander of U.S. Joint Task Force 160 overseeing the operation in Guantanamo Bay...
American victims reach out to Afghans (01/17/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Coming together in common grief, a group of Americans who lost relatives in the Sept. 11 terror attacks on Wednesday visited three Afghans whose mother was killed in an errant U.S. airstrike. The four Americans said they hoped to draw attention to those who suffered from the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan...
Pakistan anti-extremist sweep casts wide net (01/17/02)
LAHORE, Pakistan -- He seemed certain, and he told his followers not to worry: This was lip service, another attempt at appeasing India and the international community. "Nothing will happen," Abu Bakar assured supporters about President Pervez Musharraf's crackdown on Islamic militants. "They're criticizing us just for international consumption."...
Taliban money man interrogated by investigators in Afghanistan (01/17/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. investigators on Wednesday questioned a man who described himself as a financial supporter of the Taliban and showed up voluntarily at the biggest U.S. base in Afghanistan offering information. Pentagon officials said the man had given money to the Taliban but had not been a member of the Islamic regime that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. ...
5 dead, 30 wounded in attack on wedding hall in northern Israel (01/17/02)
Associated Press WriterJERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian tossed hand grenades into a wedding hall in northern Israel on Friday, and five people were killed and more than 30 wounded, Israeli police said. Army radio said the Palestinian tried to detonate explosives attached to his body at the entrance to the hall, but they did not go off...
Britain charges 2 Algerians with membership in al-Qaida (01/17/02)
Associated Press WriterLONDON (AP) -- Two Algerian men were charged with membership in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network and police said Thursday that eight others were arrested under Britain's Terrorism Act in raids north of London. The two Algerians, ages 30 and 37, face a variety of terrorism-related charges. Police, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not release their names or say when they had been arrested...
Powell arrives in India, says standoff with Pakistan has eased (01/17/02)
Associated Press WriterNEW DELHI, India (AP) -- Tensions between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan have eased considerably, Secretary of State Colin Powell said before arriving in New Delhi on Thursday. Just before Powell's arrival, India announced that it was open to dialogue with Pakistan and praised Pakistani President Perven Musharraf for speaking out against Islamic extremists -- a notable change from new Delhi's earlier lukewarm response...
Otahkians look for luck on the road (01/17/02)
After an unproductive homestand, it's time to go on the road. Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team (9-6 overall, 2-3 Ohio Valley Conference) will play six of its next seven conference games away from home, beginning with today's 5:30 p.m. contest against the University of Tennessee-Martin (3-11, 1-2)...
Surprise! UT-Martin a contender in OVC race (01/17/02)
The University of Tennessee-Martin could be headed toward its best men's basketball season since moving to Division I in 1992. That's no surprise to third-year UTM coach Bret Campbell, who with six seniors expected this to be the best Skyhawks squad since he took over the program...
Pennington chosen St. Louis' top college pitcher (01/17/02)
Former Southeast Missouri State University pitcher Todd Pennington has been chosen the Greater St. Louis Area Baseball Scouts' College Picher of the Year for 2001. He will receive the award in a ceremony Saturday in St. Louis. Pennington led the nation last season with a 1.33 earned run average and had 12 wins. ...
Stokes, early run push MU past A&M (01/17/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Wesley Stokes, out of the starting lineup for the second straight game, scored 13 points to lead No. 21 Missouri to a 74-50 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night. Stokes was one of four Missouri players to score in double figures as Kareem Rush had 15 points and Arthur Johnson and Clarence Gilbert each had 12. It was Tigers' sixth consecutive win over the Aggies...
Sports digest 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
College football
  • Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville received a one-year contract extension Wednesday. After the 2000 season, Tuberville signed a five-year deal worth $1.25 million per season. This extension leaves him with five years...
  • Stomach flu keeps Warner sidelined (01/17/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner had another setback in a fractured practice week Wednesday, missing the Rams' workout with stomach flu. The NFL's MVP reported for meetings Wednesday morning, but became ill. Team trainer Jim Anderson drove Warner to a hospital, where he received fluids on an outpatient basis, and then home...
    Red Sox sale gets quick OK by owners (01/17/02)
    PHOENIX -- The record $660 million sale of the Boston Red Sox to a group led by Florida Marlins owner John Henry was approved Wednesday by baseball owners. Acting with a speed seldom seen in the sport, owners voted 29-0, with the New York Yankees abstaining, to OK a controversial deal that was agreed to on Dec. 20...
    Stewart eager to put turbulent year behind (01/17/02)
    Tony Stewart started last season by flipping his Pontiac down the backstretch in a wreck at the Daytona 500. It set the tone of a turbulent year of penalties, probation, politics -- and, oh yeah, a career-best second-place finish in the standings. With a new season set to begin, the slate is supposedly wiped clean. But with Stewart, one never can tell if it has been...
    Hornets near new deal with New Orleans (01/17/02)
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- State officials and the owners of the Charlotte Hornets were on the verge of completing a deal to bring the NBA team to New Orleans. "We are a perfect fit. We love New Orleans. We're bringing a very good team here," Ray Wooldridge, co-owner of the team with George Shinn, said after a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Gov. Mike Foster...
    Astacio to Mets; Dye gets $32 million deal (01/17/02)
    Pedro Astacio landed with the New York Mets on Wednesday and Eric Young signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as the slow-moving free-agent market pushed forward. Meanwhile, Jermaine Dye agreed to a $32 million, three-year contract with Oakland and Bret Boone, who became a free agent and then accepted an arbitration offer to return to Seattle, agreed to a $25 million, three-year contract...
    Safin, Haas advance; Clements takes a surprise exit (01/17/02)
    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Arnaud Clement, last year's runner-up, joined the list of players making early exits from the Australian Open, spraying shots wide and long in a loss Thursday to Argentina's Gaston Gaudio. Gaudio, who had lost in the first round in his last six Grand Slam events, advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory...
    Solid gold - Burden no burden for Faulk (01/17/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Heading into December, the St. Louis Rams put a saddle on Marshall Faulk's back and climbed aboard. Coach Mike Martz called it the "run to the gold." "I mentioned to him that he was probably going to have 30 touches a game coming down the stretch," Martz said Wednesday. "We just talked about being able to handle that load, which is a big load. You get knocked around pretty good."...
    Health calendar 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
    Today Heart smart screenings from 8-10 a.m. at Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. There is a charge for some tests; make an appointment by calling 651-5825. Woman to Woman luncheon at noon St. Francis Medical Center. Program is on retirement planning. Program begins at 12:10 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. For information or registration, call 331-5107...
    Dreaming the past, present and future (01/17/02)
    Jan. 17, 2002 Dear Leslie, To the Australian aborigines, whose cultural history dates back an estimated 65,000 years, the period when the Earth was shaped, is the Dreamtime, the time before time was known. Robert Lawlor writes: In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds ... ...
    Lucreta Burrow (01/17/02)
    OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- Lucreta Paulette "Polly" Burrow, 57, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at her home. She was born on Sept. 24, 1944, at Cash, Ark., the daughter of James Richard and Louise Vernor Tanksley. She married Clark Burrow on Jan. 30, 1964, at Conway, Ark...
    Pauline Strom (01/17/02)
    Pauline Strom, 97, of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford & Sons Funeral Home.
    Venita Strickland (01/17/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Venita Strickland, 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Ralph Mosby Sr. (01/17/02)
    COTTAGE HILLS, Ill. -- Ralph Eugene Mosby Sr., 74, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at St. Anthonys Hospital in Alton, Ill. He was born Jan. 29, 1927, in McClure, Ill., son of Roy Woodrow and Indiana Marie Lindsey Mosby. He married Viola Ruth Candler Dec. 10, 1948, in Loaf, Ark...
    Pearl Britt (01/17/02)
    OLMSTED, Ill. -- Pearl Britt, 79, of Olmsted, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at the West Wing Health Care Center in Dewitt, Iowa. Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill.
    Kim Tapley (01/17/02)
    McCLURE, Ill. -- Kim Allen Tapley, 41, of McClure, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Aug. 11, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, son of Bob and Mildred Wilkinson Tapley. He was a first mate for A.E.P. Barge Lines. He graduated from McClure Elementary School and attended Shawnee High School. He was a member of the Baptist faith...
    Ruth Hamilton (01/17/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Ruth R. Hamilton, 78, of Barry, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at the Union County Nursing Home in Anna. She was born May 18, 1923, in St. Louis, daughter of Dudley Lee Purkaple and Ruth Elmore. She married William Thomas Robinson II. He preceded her in death. She then married Philip Hamilton. He preceded her in death...
    Irene Hartle (01/17/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Irene Hartle, 83, of Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at her home in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Robert Anglin (01/17/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Robert "Beemer Bob" Anglin, 87, of Anna, formerly of Cobden, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at his home. He was born Jan. 18, 1914, in Matthews, Ill., the son of Luther and Alta Sticklin Anglin. He married Lenore Margaret Fuestel Dec. 27, 1943, in Glendale, Calif...
    Births 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
    Holmes Daughter to David Anthony Lee and DeAnna Marie Holmes of Glen Allen, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:37 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002. Name, Courtney Elizabeth Marie. Weight, 5 pounds 9 ounces. Eighth child, fourth daughter. Mrs. Holmes is the former DeAnna Daub, daughter of James and Nettie Daub of Fruitland, Mo. ...
    Jackson fire report 1/17 (01/17/02)
    Jackson Thursday, Jan. 17 Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:A carbon monoxide alarm on Bainbridge. An emergency medical service on South Hope Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:An emergency medical service on Eastview Court...
    Cape police report 1/17 (01/17/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Jan. 17 DWI:Shawna Darlene Brennecke of 2718 Hopper Road was issued a summons Wednesday for driving while intoxicated, striking a stopped vehicle, failure to display a driver's license upon request, no insurance and a violation of passing requirements...
    Out of the past 1/17/02 (01/17/02)
    10 years ago: Jan. 17, 1992 January's unusual warm weather ended abruptly late Wednesday afternoon, when brisk, northerly winds ahead of cold wave sent wind chill plunging to minus 40 by dusk; yesterday, area residents woke up to coldest day so far this season...
    Americans share pride, responsibility (01/17/02)
    $$$Start I think this is worth publishing. I do not know who wrote it. -- Vernice Baumstark, Cape Girardeau. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or his culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the politically correct crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others....
    Study took an unfair shot at higher education (01/17/02)
    A national study that found low-income students can't afford to attend most of the nation's colleges and universities shocked officials at schools identified as unaffordable and prompted sharp responses from irritated administrators trying to defend costs at their schools as well as criticism from education groups...
    Nation's blood supply is seriously dwindling (01/17/02)
    Thousands of people who pledged to donate blood after Sept. 11 aren't doing so, and the nation's supply is dwindling to pre-attack levels. In some places there are shortages. Supplies always drop in the winter, but blood banks had hoped this winter would be different after the huge turnouts of blood donors following the terrorist attacks and pledges of later donations...
    Speak Out A 01/17/02 (01/17/02)
    Another con job THE GOOD old boys in Jefferson City have been in session just a few days, but they already want to raise our taxes to support the Missouri Department of Transportation. What will these new taxes actually pay for? We are not told the details, but one use would be "to offset the diversion of existing fuel-tax revenue away from the other state agencies to the Department of Transportation." Let's see if I got this straight: We need new taxes for MoDOT because the increased fuel taxes we voted in a few years ago are not going to MoDOT. ...
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