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Stories from Monday, February 11, 2002

Extension seminar covers shrimp farming (02/11/02)
Two years ago the last place you might expect to find freshwater shrimp was in a farm pond in Southern Illinois or Southeast Missouri. Not any more. "The shrimp business is looking good for this area," said Bob Boyd, Shawnee Community College aquaculture instructor, who raises shrimp on his farm near Anna, Ill...
Brown's brings food, other items to McClure (02/11/02)
Linda Brown, left, and Maxine Croy help operate Brown's Grocery in McClure, Ill. The small business provides grocery items and food for its patrons. By B. Ray Owen ~ Southeast Missourian McCLURE, Ill. -- Charlotte Simmons Griffith of Jackson, Mo., had a mission Wednesday morning: to visit relatives in Alexander County in Southern Illinois and stop off at Brown's Grocery in McClure for chicken and dumplings and pick up a few orders to go...
Automobile enthusiasts gear up for swap meet (02/11/02)
When Dave Jackson went looking for parts for a classic car he was rebuilding, he hung a sign on his back and headed for a classic and antique automotive swap meet. It didn't take long for him to find the parts. Mark Watson of Cape Gir-ardeau, an old-car buff, has attended swap meets to look for some hard-to-find parts for his vehicles...
Community digest 2/11 (02/11/02)
Historical society plans Benton meeting The Scott County Historical and Genealogy Society will meet Feb. 19 at the courthouse in Benton, Mo. Guest speaker Terrell Weaver will discuss the care and preservation of cemeteries and tombstones. The society is a group of about 100 people and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m...
Columbia woman brings advocate of women's rights back to life (02/11/02)
Submitted photo Betty Cook Rottmann will portray Amelia Bloomer, the 19th-century fighter for women's rights, during an appearance in Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missourian Betty Cook Rottmann will portray Amelia Bloomer in an appearance at the Cape Girardeau Holiday Inn on March 5. She will be hosted by the River City Business & Professional Women's Organization...
Speaker asks students to try new perspective (02/11/02)
White people are not the worldwide majority and by the year 2053 they will no longer be the majority in the United States. That, said nationally recognized editor-in-chief George E. Curry, is why blacks and whites need to start learning to live and work together...
Joint council meetings setting cooperative tone (02/11/02)
Just as the Cape Girardeau mayor, the city manager and three councilmen were about to leave their short meeting Friday to certify the recent mayoral primary election, city clerk Gayle Conrad reminded them that there was a special joint city council meeting at Jackson Monday night...
Stepping into the ring (02/11/02)
For 18 years, Jerry Howe worked for Southwestern Bell, holding a number of titles and responsibilities for the communications giant, ultimately heading the start-ups of three telecommunication companies in the United States and abroad. Now the St. Louis native and his business partners have bought LDD Inc., the small Cape Girardeau-based telephone company, and renamed it Big River Telephone...
From otters to snake, clinic welcomes exotic pets (02/11/02)
URBANA, Ill. -- George has a sex problem. His aggressive drive makes him chase after every female and challenge every male. Even by rabbit standards, he is a sexaholic. So where do you go when you need your rabbit neutered? Since October, the University of Illinois has offered treatment for exotic animals at its Small Animal Clinic...
Report - Data on toxic dust never made it to ground zero (02/11/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The massive amount of dust created by the fallen World Trade Center towers was as caustic as liquid drain cleaner, according to research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in the days following the Sept. 11 attacks. And although that information was provided to the U.S. ...
Changes to Medicaid considered (02/11/02)
Missouri officials apparently are considering changing the state's health insurance program for the poor, perhaps in exchange for the U.S. government's dropping its claim for $1.6 billion it says the state improperly collected from federal coffers...
Woman, 90, dies after purse stolen (02/11/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Grand jurors will decide whether a man accused of robbery and assault in an alleged purse snatching should face more serious charges now that the 90-year-old victim has died of injuries related to the theft, a police spokesman said. Police spokesman Richard Wilkes did not immediately say how soon grand jurors could consider whether Derrell Dunlap, 20, should be held responsible in the death of Catherine Rogers of the St. ...
Enron's Lay still namesake of Mizzou professorship (02/11/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Wanted: a noted scholar to earn six figures serving in an endowed chair in international economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. One catch: the professorship is named for embattled ex-Enron Chairman Kenneth L. Lay, a Missouri alum who established it three years ago with a $1.1 million donation of Enron stock (which the school cashed in for up to $82 a share)...
Psychiatrist pays no mind to skeptics, says Elvis lives (02/11/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Elvis is alive! But hold that "thank ya, thank ya very much." There are a few things you need to know. First, remember, it's been nearly 25 years since Elvis Presley supposedly died in his bathroom at Graceland from drugs and heart trouble...
Security at state dams hinders tourism, business (02/11/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Security measures begun at the nation's major dams after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are hampering tourism, fishing and scuba diving in Southwest Missouri. Like airports and military bases, the U.S. Army enacted security procedures at dams under its control. Powerhouses have been off-limits to tours, security patrols have been increased and roads across some dams or near dams have been closed...
Coast Guard gets anti-terror training at Fort Leonard Wood (02/11/02)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The Coast Guard is adept at handling accidental chemical spills, but now its specialists are getting Army training on what to do when chemicals become weapons of mass destruction. A group of 30 National Strike Force members recently spent four days at Fort Leonard Wood in southwest Missouri also learning about radiological and biological weapons -- other hazards they rarely expected to encounter before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
Region digest 02/11/02 (02/11/02)
Lewis and Clark meeting today A general meeting of the Cape Girardeau Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission will be at 7 p.m. today at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 Broadway. Construction of the Red House replica, the archeological dig and re-enactment plans will be discussed. Groups will be set up to help with fund raising and construction. Construction is to begin in May and continue through September...
Students push for lower lawmaker age limit (02/11/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- He's old enough to vote for a president, drink a beer and fight a war, but not to serve in the Legislature. So John Franklin, 22, is working with other student lobbyists to lower the minimum age for election to the Missouri House and Senate...
Nation & World digest 2/11 (02/11/02)
Suspect's aunt pleads for reporter's release KARACHI, Pakistan -- An aunt of the main suspect in Daniel Pearl's kidnapping spoke with her nephew by telephone and pleaded with him to free the Wall Street Journal reporter, Pakistan's interior minister said Sunday...
Legal experts expect suits against law firm (02/11/02)
HOUSTON -- An internal Enron Corp. report and a request for more information by the bankrupt company's creditors have heightened the possibility that Enron's outside lawyers could be sued, legal experts say. The Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins is vulnerable to lawsuits by Enron's creditors, shareholders, former employees and even the company itself, the observers say...
Lawmakers talk tough, want action against Iraq (02/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Emboldened by success in Afghanistan, some lawmakers are beating the drum for quick action to get rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein. They take a different view of other nations singled out by President Bush as trouble. Saddam should be removed, and soon, Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said Sunday...
Afghan authorities looking to query ex-Taliban leader (02/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Afghan authorities want to interrogate the former Taliban foreign minister being held by the U.S. military and ensure he faces trial, an Afghan foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday. Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil turned himself in to local officials in the southern city of Kandahar on Friday and was taken to the U.S. military base at the city's airport. U.S. defense officials said Muttawakil was being detained and questioned by U.S. officials at the base...
People talk 2/11 (02/11/02)
French diva Deneuve kisses woman in role BERLIN -- Catherine Deneuve is hardly a screen novice, but breaking a bottle over the head of a fellow actress and kissing a woman were departures for the French diva in her newest film, "8 Femmes." "It had to be violent and brutal, but it was difficult," Deneuve said of the bottle-breaking while at the Berlin Film Festival to promote the movie Saturday. "But you don't need many takes to do a scene like that -- fortunately."...
Former Enron chairman Lay to invoke Fifth (02/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay will assert his right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions when he appears before Congress under subpoena this week, his spokeswoman said Sunday night. "Under the instruction of counsel, Mr. Lay will exercise his Fifth Amendment rights at the Tuesday hearing," Kelly Kimberly said in Houston...
Stock market claims two-day rally (02/11/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street's cheaper prices lured buyers Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrials up by triple digits for the second straight session. But the gains came on light volume, indicating that many investors sat out the rally, still nervous about the economy and corporate bookkeeping...
Warlord vows fight, won't quit as governor (02/11/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan warlord who led the worst factional fighting since the fall of the Taliban vowed Sunday to fight rather than step down as governor of an eastern province. In the north, warlords agreed to create a "security belt" to keep unauthorized weapons out of a major city...
Israelis enter West Bank city, surround holy site (02/11/02)
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli tanks entered the West Bank city of Nablus early today, witnesses said, surrounding a hotly-contested Jewish shrine that Israel had abandoned one month after the current uprising began. Palestinians said the Israeli invaders encountered heavy resistance and gunfire. At least 20 tanks entered the city, and soldiers declared a curfew in the area, ordering Palestinians to stay in their houses, witnesses said...
Afghan children cry for bread (02/11/02)
DASHTEH ARZANA CAMP, Afghanistan -- Hunger drove him to leave his village. Bad luck led him to a camp mostly bypassed by aid groups. And his children's cries for the bread he couldn't provide pushed Mohammad Sadeq to douse himself with diesel fuel and strike a match...
Ex-Taliban hiding in plain sight (02/11/02)
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan -- On the rutted dirt road leading out of town, ragged little boys at play and turbaned men with grenade launchers point the way. Everyone knows how to get to the home of the man they call "the commander." Only a few months ago, Gulam Mohammed Hotak was on the front lines with his Taliban troops. ...
Olazabal closes strong to capture Buick title (02/11/02)
SAN DIEGO -- Jose Maria Olazabal sank a birdie putt on No. 18, caught a few rays on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, then started hitting balls in case of a playoff. It never came. Olazabal's 7-under-par 65 held up for victory in the Buick Invitational when J.L. Lewis three-putted the 18th on the Torrey Pines South Course to blow his shot forcing extra holes...
Sports digest 2/11/02 (02/11/02)
AREA Jackson sending six wrestlers to state Jackson had six wrestlers place in the top four during Saturday's Class 4A sectional at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis to qualify for this week's state tournament in Columbia, Mo...
America captures first gold (02/11/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Old school, meet the new school. Snowboarder Kelly Clark, in an Olympic event that's all of 4 years old, soared above the halfpipe course to win America's first Winter Games gold on a day when other countries snapped decades-old winless streaks in more traditional sports...
Philly harsh to MVP Bryant (02/11/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- The booing began when Kobe Bryant was introduced, continued after he made a series of game-turning plays and reached a crescendo when he was handed the All-Star MVP trophy. Back in his hometown where the fans show him no love, Bryant received none Sunday. Instead, he was practically treated like a traitor by the notoriously harsh Philadelphia fans...
Fords get relief after Bud Shootout (02/11/02)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rules nearly overshadowed racing Sunday in the Budweiser Shootout. Two hours after Tony Stewart's Pontiac held off a last-lap charge by the Chevrolets of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR made a move to give the beleaguered Fords some relief...
Break out the bats, balls! (02/11/02)
Now that Vladimir Guerrero found out where he's playing this season, he can take aim at another target: those plaster walls high above the left-field fence at Roger Dean Stadium. Roberto Alomar, Gary Sheffield and Chan Ho Park should start limbering up, too. Because it's time to put away all talk about contraction and get down to the business that fans really care about -- break out the bats and balls!...
Germany's Henkel wins women's 15K, opening biathlon event (02/11/02)
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Andrea Henkel of Germany won the gold medal in the women's 15-kilometer event Monday, the opening biathlon competition at the Olympics. Henkel covered the distance in 47 minutes, 29.1 seconds, after one penalty minute for one missed target...
High winds force postponement of women's downhill (02/11/02)
AP Sports WriterSNOWBASIN, Utah (AP) -- Picabo Street's quest to become the first American woman to win three Olympic skiing medals will have to wait at least one more day. Winds up to 20 mph near the top of the Wildflower course forced postponement of the women's downhill Monday. The race likely was to be rescheduled for Tuesday, originally an off day in the Alpine schedule...
U.S. curlers upset world champion Sweden in opening match (02/11/02)
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- American curlers opened the Olympic tournament with a 10-5 upset of world champion Sweden on Monday thanks to a difficult shot by skip Tim Somerville. With the Americans leading 4-3 in the seventh end, or inning, Sweden looked in position to tie when Somerville used an angle shot to knock one stone into the Swedish stone and push them out of scoring position...
Americans make history on halfpipe (02/11/02)
AP Sports WriterPARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Americans Ross Powers, Danny Kass and J.J. Thomas made history on the halfpipe Monday, giving the United States its first medals sweep in the Winter Olympics in 46 years. Soaring 10 and 15 feet above the hollowed-out snow chute on a gorgeous sun-kissed day, the three youngsters put together the first U.S. winter sweep since the 1956 men's figure skating team in Cortina, Italy...
Zoeggeler stuns Hackl in luge (02/11/02)
AP Sports WriterSALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Break out the vino, there's a new luge king. Italy's Armin Zoeggeler went into Monday's final round with the lead, then added to it with a track record on the morning's first run. A solid final ride, the last of the event, secured the gold, dethroning three-time Olympic champion Georg Hackl of Germany...
Super Kids Race Day a treat for all (02/11/02)
Every race was a photo finish at Southeast Missouri State University's Student Recreation Center Sunday. Proud parents snapped pictures and videotaped their young ones as they competed in the 13th annual Super Kids Race Day. Some parents and relatives seemed to get as much, if not more, exercise than the kids. They, too, ran every race. Some physically, some vicariously; but always encouraging, cajoling, comforting...
Corner Pub to open under new management, new name (02/11/02)
$$$Start He considered Margie's. Then he thought about Mack's. At one point, he even thought about calling it Dirty Drummers. Those were some of the names Alfred McCain had been chewing over since he took over the bar on Frederick Street that had been known as the Corner Pub...
Arnold on politics - 'I'll be back' (02/11/02)
LOS ANGELES -- The big guy from Austria likes the sound of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pumping political iron will have to wait awhile, though, while the actor revisits roles as the world's favorite cyborg from the future and a family man-superspy...
People you should know 2/11 (02/11/02)
  • Age: 37 Key responsibilities: Overall management of agency and new business sales. How long have you lived in Cape Girardeau?: All my life except for seven years in the United States Air Force. Education: Bachelor of science, Southeast Missouri State University; U.S. Air Force Officers Training School, F-16 Flight School, weapons training, low level night attack flight school...
  • Longtime chamber worker Linda Minner to retire (02/11/02)
    In 1968, Linda Minner took a job at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce while still in high school. She answered phones, typed letters and kept the books of the Downtown Merchants Association. Thirty-three years later, Minner has seen her role grow at the chamber to include working with volunteers, getting involved with committees, helping with special projects and coordinating events...
    Sept. 11 terrorist attacks changed travel landscape (02/11/02)
    In the days following Sept. 11, television repeatedly bombarded Americans with the horrific images of the commercial airplanes full of doomed travelers crashing into the World Trade Center towers. So it's no wonder that the travel industry suffered...
    H&R Block wants to be more than tax preparer (02/11/02)
    NEW YORK -- H&R Block, the behemoth of tax preparation firms, is branching out. The company aims to expand its relationship with its customers beyond the annual tax-filing season by offering financial planning, home mortgages, brokerage services and even private wealth management. With more services, it hopes to keep customers coming back...
    Retailers report disappointing sales in January (02/11/02)
    NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other discounters outperformed the rest of the retail industry during January as economic uncertainty again sent consumers in search of low-priced merchandise. Retailers that reported their monthly sales Thursday also said business was hurt by winter storms in the Midwest...
    Business memo 2/11 (02/11/02)
    Day at the Capitol scheduled for Feb. 20 More than 300 business leaders and legislators from across the state are expected to attend the 11th annual Missouri Chamber Day at the Capitol Feb. 20 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the event features appearances by legislators and statewide elected officials, who will discuss business issues being considered by the Missouri General Assembly...
    People on the move 2/11 (02/11/02)
    Warner attends guttering convention Mark Werner of Dutch Guttering in Jackson, Mo., has attended a National Gutter Helmet Dealers Convention in Clearwater, Fla. The three-day meeting consisted of meetings, seminars and sales presentations that also featured new product lines to be introduced in the spring...
    Virginia McKee (02/11/02)
    Virginia McKee, 73, of Cairo, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Jones Funeral Home of Villa Ridge, Ill.
    Mary Statler (02/11/02)
    MILLERSVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Hallie Keller Statler, 94, of Millersville died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at her home. She was born June 10, 1907, daughter of Otto and Ida Tresia Dean Keller. She and the late Thomas E. Statler were married Sept. 16, 1924, in Chester, Ill. He died Aug. 5, 1999. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, Mo...
    Sharon Dodson (02/11/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Sharon Womick Dodson, 68, of Anna died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at her home. She was the daughter of Herb and Lena Womick Sr. She was married to the late John Dodson. He died April 9, 1987. Survivors include three sons, Kenny Long of Wabasha, Minn., Dennis Long of Tamms, Ill., and Patrick Reinier of Anna; a brother, Herb Womick of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Margie Eddleman of Anna; and seven grandchildren...
    Thomas Lukefahr (02/11/02)
    MILLERSVILLE, Mo. -- Thomas William "Tom Bill" Lukefahr, 72, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Monday, Feb. 11, between 4-8 p.m. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo. Funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Whitewater Cemetery. The Revs. Grant Gillard and Don Blaylock will officiate...
    J.T. Hill (02/11/02)
    McCLURE, Ill. -- Jesse Thomas "J.T." Hill, 64, of McClure died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at his home. He was born in Cape Girardeau Jan. 21, 1938, at Southeast Missouri Hospital, to Thomas and Gladys Burris Hill. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1956 before attending Southeast Missouri State University...
    Ella Mann (02/11/02)
    KARNAK, Ill. -- Ella Schnaare Mann, 87, of Karnak died at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis, Ill. She was the daughter of Charles and Margaret Wiesenborn Schnaare. She was married to the late Leo Mann. He died in 1959...
    Robert Taylor (02/11/02)
    Robert Lee Taylor, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 23, 1919, at McClure, Ill., son of Clifton L. and Cora Welcher Taylor. He and Pauline E. Gibson were married Sept. 3, 1942, at Cape Girardeau...
    Cape fire report 2/11/02 (02/11/02)
    Jackson Monday, Feb. 11 Firefighters responded to these calls Sunday:A motor vehicle accident on North High Street. A medical assist on North Hope Street. Cape Girardeau Monday, Feb. 11 Firefighters responded to these calls Saturday:At 5:52 p.m., a citizen assist at 107 N. West End Blvd...
    Out of the past 2/11/02 (02/11/02)
    10 years ago: Feb. 11, 1992 Crews are putting finishing touches on three-story, 198-space parking facility at Southeast Missouri Hospital structure opened for parking this week; completion of parking garage was first step in Southeast's five-year building plan; hospital plans $30 million expansion that will increase size of facility by more than 40 percent...
    Bill would let schools say when classes start (02/11/02)
    Twenty years ago, Missouri's tourism industry successfully lobbied for a state law requiring public schools to open after Sept. 1. This was to allow more time for family travel and longer employment opportunities for school-age workers. But the law had a loophole: Schools could start earlier if they claimed an exemption for students who work on farms. ...
    Critical report reveals tip of funding iceberg (02/11/02)
    A recent report concludes millions of dollars of state funding was mishandled because there is so little accountability for how the money is spent. This report, which focuses on one program in Southeast Missouri, is just the tip of an iceberg of sloppy reporting and follow-through...
    Speak Out A 02/11/02 (02/11/02)
    Truly hilarious HEIDI HALL had me laughing with glee with her "Mothman comes, wife goeth" column. This young woman is truly hilarious, and that's a good thing. Pulling out the stops THE WONDERFUL Democrats who never throw stones or judge anyone are trying to tie the slumping economy on President Bush. ...
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