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City wins in River Campus ruling (02/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court sided with the city of Cape Girardeau in a lawsuit filed by Cape Girardeau motel entrepreneur Jim Drury over the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. The suit questioned the title of the city ordinance to put a River Campus tax issue on the ballot. The project will be funded with a hike and extension in the city's hotel, motel and restaurant tax and with state and private funds...
Southeast's enrollment up 3 percent for semester (02/13/02)
Southeast Missouri State University has a record 8,971 students enrolled this spring semester, up 3 percent from a year ago. The record is for the spring semester. Southeast's overall record enrollment occurred last fall when 9,352 students were enrolled...
Southeast's enrollment up 3 percent for semester (02/13/02)
Southeast Missouri State University has a record 8,971 students enrolled this spring semester, up 3 percent from a year ago. The record is for the spring semester. Southeast's overall record enrollment occurred last fall when 9,352 students were enrolled...
10-year-old dog gone following police retirement (02/13/02)
Jupp, Cape GirardeauBy Andrea L. Buchanan ~ Southeast Missourian While Cpl. Dennis Horn adjusts to working the night patrol alone, his partner will learn how to live a life of leisure. Driving the city streets without an enormous shaggy head hanging over his shoulder will take some getting used to for Horn, because Jupp, the city's K-9 officer, has retired from active duty...
Nursing to perfection (02/13/02)
Nursing students at Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center claim an unusual designation: They attend the only school in the state to have 100 percent of each graduating class pass the national license exam, otherwise known as boards, four out of the past five years. That tops 39 other licensed practical nursing programs in Missouri...
Vets home workers lobby for funding (02/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Saying that low pay and uncompensated overtime has resulted in understaffing at the state's Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, two of the home's employees on Tuesday urged lawmakers to increase funding for veterans services. "Vets homes should not be seeking the minimum but should set a high standard of care," said Velma Williams, a certified nursing assistant. "This is impossible to do if workers are treated like caregiving isn't important."...
Missouri Supreme Court's River Campus decision (02/13/02)
Case Style: James L. Drury and Midamerica Hotels Corporation, Respondents/Cross-Appellants v. City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Appellant/Cross-Respondent. Case Number: SC83901 Handdown Date: 02/13/2002 Appeal From: Circuit Court of Cape Girardeau County, Hon. Robert C. Stillwell...
Lincoln's birthday remains a labor day for most (02/13/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The telltale response by answering machines at some government offices was the first clue many got that Tuesday marked any observance but Mardi Gras. It was also Abraham Lincoln's birthday, an official holiday in about 30 states including Missouri and Illinois. Still, for most Americans it was just another Tuesday...
March of Dimes kicks off campaign (02/13/02)
The Greater Missouri Chapter, Southeast Division of the March of Dimes held its kick-off for the local WalkAmerica campaign Tuesday. March of Dimes team captains picked up materials and supplies for the Cape Girar-deau WalkAmerica event at the Conference Room of the Healing Arts Center, next to St. Francis Medical Center...
State Young Republicans chairman to visit (02/13/02)
Gus Wagner, state chairman of Missouri Young Republicans, will speak to the Cape Girardeau County Republican Party Central Committee tonight. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University. Young Republican membership is open to people 19 to 40 years old with an interest in conservative politics. Young Republicans serve as party volunteers, campaign leaders and even run for public office, Wagner said...
Man charged in two killings is Sparta police chief's son (02/13/02)
SPARTA, Ill. -- Police Chief Alan Young was the first officer to arrive at the video store here where clerk Randa Clarkson was found shot to death in December. Now, the chief's own stepson, Ryan Parker, has been charged in that crime and another, similar execution-style shooting weeks later...
12 men, four women apply for high court's open seat (02/13/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court says 12 men and four women have applied to fill the single vacancy on the state's highest court, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. Applications to replace Supreme Court Judge John C. Holstein, 57, who is retiring this month, were due last Friday. Chief Justice Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. said he was surprised that only 16 people are seeking the post, since an opening on the court last year drew 28 applications...
Proposal offers penalty-free period for overdue taxes (02/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For a limited time only, the state would waive penalties and interest on overdue taxes under a proposal given initial House approval Tuesday. Gov. Bob Holden has touted similar measures as a way for the state to bring in revenue for public elementary and secondary education -- a theme repeated in debate by House Democrats...
Region digest 02/13/02 (02/13/02)
Admissions and revenue up overall at casinos ST. LOUIS -- Gamblers left behind more money at Missouri casinos in January, figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission showed. The monthly revenue report for the state agency that oversees gambling showed that admissions in January increased 7 percent from January 2001 to 4,035,100. But gamblers lost about $97.6 million, 13 percent more than the $86 million lost a year earlier. The average gambler lost $53.30...
Senate committee endorses $475 million transportation plan (02/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In an important first step, a Senate committee endorsed a $475 million transportation tax increase that would go before voters in an August election. The action Tuesday sends the legislation to the Senate floor, where a slightly larger transportation funding plan stalled in the final week of last year's session...
Teen shoots brother over video game (02/13/02)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police believe a 17-year-old boy shot his brother in the chest in an argument over a video game at their Independence home. The younger boy's injuries were not considered life-threatening. His brother, Ernest Stotts, was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action Tuesday, according to Jackson County assistant prosecuting attorney Jill Iiams. Stotts was being held in the county jail on $50,000 bond...
High enrollments cause two colleges to split graduations (02/13/02)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Two northwest Missouri colleges will address burgeoning enrollment and increased complaints from relatives by holding two graduation ceremonies at each college this spring. Missouri Western State College and Northwest Missouri State University were getting increasing complaints from students and their families because of problems getting into graduation ceremonies...
Ag secretary meets with farmers, ranchers (02/13/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Proposed restrictions on processors' ability to control cattle and livestock supplies could have "disastrous" effects on the industry, packing plant operators told Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman Tuesday. Veneman visited Kansas City's Agriculture Department office to announce $6.1 million in USDA grants and discuss proposed farm bill legislation...
Virginia passes 'In God We Trust' bill (02/13/02)
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Senate passed legislation Tuesday requiring public schools to post signs saying "In God We Trust" over the objections of a legislator who said it trivializes religion and will do nothing to promote good citizenship. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Nick Rerras, R-Norfolk, said the national motto offers a much-needed expression of hope in an era of terrorism and weakening moral values...
Bioterrorism bill gets first OK (02/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Concerns about terrorism in Missouri prompted the Senate to give initial approval Tuesday to a bill strengthening the state's ability to respond to a biological attack. The bill, which requires a final Senate vote before moving to the House, stemmed from the Sept. 11 attacks and the discovery of anthrax-tainted mail at scattered locations nationwide, including a Kansas City postal facility...
Conviction upheld in slaying (02/13/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the murder conviction of a former Arkansas man for the 1999 murder of his wife in Dunklin County. Jimmy Cook, formerly of Paragould, Ark., was convicted in a bench trial in Pemiscot County of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of his third wife, Linda Cook of Cardwell, Mo. Circuit Judge Fred W. Copeland sentenced Cook to life in prison without possibility of parole...
New director to visit vet cemetery (02/13/02)
Dexter Daily Statesman BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The new director of the state veterans cemetery in Stoddard County will be in the area next week. Ken Swearengin will visit the future site of the cemetery south of Bloomfield Feb. 20. According to Stoddard County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Elder, a public reception will be held from to 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library for people who want to meet Swearengin...
Grisham signs 'The Summons' at Blytheville store (02/13/02)
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- "A Painted House" author John Grisham says his strong points as a writer are plotting and pacing As for his weaknesses, Grisham said, "I'll let you be the judge." Grisham signed copies of his new legal thriller, "The Summons," at That Bookstore in Blytheville Monday. He is the best-selling author of 14 books including "A Time to Kill," "The Brethren" and "The Partner."...
Authorities swoop down on Carthage in drug and weapons bust (02/13/02)
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) -- A swarm of federal, state, county and city law enforcers descended on Carthage Wednesday in a large-scale drug and weapons bust, but authorities were not specific about the operation. Helicopters flew overhead as agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms -- along with officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Carthage police -- probed areas throughout the city...
Proposed amendment would alter term limits (02/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Though too late to prevent this year's forced mass exodus from the Missouri General Assembly, one impending term-limits victim is taking a swing at weakening the existing law. State Sen. John Schneider, D-Florissant, is sponsoring a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would extend term limits to 12 consecutive years in each legislative chamber...
Enron retirement plan officials removed (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Control of Enron Corp.'s retirement plans is being transferred from company executives to an independent expert who will be appointed by the Labor Department in an arrangement announced Tuesday. Enron must pay the cost of the independent, legal representative for three years up to a maximum $1.5 million a year plus expenses such as accounting services. The agreement may require bankruptcy court approval...
Former Enron chairman says he's sorry (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Vilified by lawmakers as a con man who betrayed Americans' trust, former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay expressed "profound sadness" Tuesday about the impact of Enron's financial collapse on investors and employees but rejected pleas to testify about it...
Women having more children (02/13/02)
ATLANTA -- American women, encouraged by a decade-long economic boom, are having more children than at any other time in the past three decades -- 2.1 on average in a lifetime, the government said Tuesday. For the first time since 1971, women are producing enough children to offset deaths in the United States, the National Center for Health Statistics said...
Judge - Administration must be serious about records (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ordered the White House on Tuesday to save records from energy task force meetings and warned the Bush administration it must take seriously a private group's lawsuit seeking the records. President Bush has refused to turn over records of meetings with Enron executives and others who advised the administration on energy policy last year...
Enron board to shrink with six resignations (02/13/02)
HOUSTON -- Six Enron Corp. board of directors who were among those in charge when the company spiraled into bankruptcy are resigning. The company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday that three of its longest-serving members and the three international members would resign effective 30 days from Tuesday. Notice of the resignations was filed after directors met in New York...
EPA grant dollars bypass bidding, study says (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency has given more than $2 billion to nonprofit groups since 1993, often without competitive bidding, an Associated Press computer analysis found. The agency's internal watchdog says some groups may have received favored treatment...
Al-Qaida links to terror threat suspected (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft urged Americans to adopt "the highest state of alert" in the search for 16 men possibly linked to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and believed to have planned an attack against the United States or its people in Yemen...
Lay sits stoically through scolding from Congress (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- There were no yes-men here. Ken Lay ran into a phalanx of naysayers at a congressional hearing where he sat stoically through an hourlong scolding by lawmakers, then refused to answer their questions. Lay briefly grinned at a joke likening Enron to the Titanic. But mostly the one-time captain of the nation's seventh largest corporation was glum, eyelids drooping, the sides of his mouth sloping into a frown...
Bush wants to reduce drug use (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush set a goal Tuesday of cutting drug abuse by 25 percent in five years through greater efforts toward prevention, treatment of addicts and improved law enforcement. Bush announced his administration's drug-fighting strategy, which also seeks a 10 percent drop in illegal drug use in two years...
Inspecting child safety seats urged (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- DaimlerChrysler Corp. is beginning a campaign to encourage parents to have their child safety seats inspected. A survey conducted by DaimlerChrysler shows that four of 10 caregivers do not know where to get an inspection even though more than 1,500 car seat inspection locations are available...
Bush aides offer options for toppling Saddam (02/13/02)
AP Diplomatic WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- With President Bush determined to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, key advisers are considering various options, some of which stop short of a military attack. CIA Director George Tenet is said to favor a plan that relies heavily on covert action, rather than an open military campaign...
People talk 2/13/02 (02/13/02)
Spacey opts to take 'healthy break' Kevin Spacey says he's taking a break from acting "for a while" to give full attention to his movie company, Trigger St. Productions. "It can be more difficult to raise $2 million than $20 million," which an established filmmaker can command, Spacey said Monday at the Berlin International Film Festival. "It's my honor and responsibility to send the elevator back down."...
Study - Viagra OK for many heart patients (02/13/02)
CHICAGO -- A study that had patients bicycling on their backs to simulate the rigors of sex suggests that many men with heart disease can safely take Viagra. Fears about the effects of the impotence drug on heart patients have been stirred by reports of more than 100 heart attacks and deaths among users...
Retail results give Wall Street a reason to rally (02/13/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Relatively solid retail sales figures inspired another rally on Wall Street Wednesday as investors grew more confident about an impending economic recovery. The Dow Jones industrials scored their best close in more than a month and their third triple-digit gain in four sessions...
Glitches plague voting machines (02/13/02)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The voting machines that Broward County ordered to replace its problematic punch-card system have their own glitches -- more than two-thirds of the first batch were defective, officials said. About 70 of the first 101 ATM-style touchscreen machines had dim monitors, making it difficult to read the screens. On other machines, buttons didn't light up or legs didn't attach correctly...
Pakistan chief says outside help is key to end Kashmir rift (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Tuesday that India and Pakistan need outside mediation to help them break their dangerous deadlock over the disputed region of Kashmir. A day before he meets President Bush at the White House, Musharraf outlined an ambitious agenda to turn his country -- which has provided key help in the U.S.-led fight against terrorism -- into a modern, progressive Islamic state rejecting religious extremism...
Senate rebuffs U.S. meatpackers (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate refused on Tuesday to back off a ban on meatpackers owning their own supplies of livestock, turning aside warnings by the companies that the prohibition would cause upheaval in the beef and pork industries. The Senate narrowly approved the ban in December as an amendment to legislation extending federal farm programs. ...
Democrats cry foul over campaign ads (02/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats called on President Bush Tuesday to ask the Republican Party to pull ads that attack five incumbent Democratic senators while quoting Bush's call for unity in his State of the Union address. The ads criticize the Democratic senators for opposing the GOP's version of economic stimulus legislation, even though several of the Democrats have supported Bush on issues like the tax cut and the war on terror...
Revelers add red, white and blue to celebration (02/13/02)
NEW ORLEANS -- Mardi Gras revelers who filled the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter added a patriotic twist to the debauchery Tuesday, mixing red, white and blue with the traditional purple, green and gold of Carnival. On Bourbon Street, strings of beads -- including new red, white and blue necklaces -- rained down on young women who bared their breasts...
Nation digest 2/13 (02/13/02)
Former student takes hostages at university FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A former student claiming to have a bomb took nearly two dozen students and an associate professor hostage Tuesday but released them hours later, authorities said. At one point, there were 23 people inside the Fairfield University classroom. The suspect, identified only as a recent graduate, remained in the classroom late Tuesday, police said. They said they planned to negotiate a peaceful end to the standoff...
Retail sales dip by 0.2 percent in January (02/13/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- A drop in car sales, reflecting the waning of free-financing offers, pushed down sales at the nation's retailers by 0.2 percent in January. But consumers didn't close their wallets and pocketbooks last month. They spent on a wide range of items from clothing to building and garden supplies, the Commerce Department said Wednesday...
Pakistani president reasonably shure that WSJ reporter is alive (02/13/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, meeting with President Bush, said Wednesday he's "reasonably sure" that kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is alive. Musharraf suggested the kidnapping may have been in response to his own crackdown on Islamic militants...
Arkansas first lady receives $6,000 to talk about trailers (02/13/02)
The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The governor's wife was paid about $6,000 by two housing trade groups to speak about the first family's decision to move into a triplewide trailer while their mansion was being renovated. The Arlington, Va.-based Manufactured Housing Institute and Illinois Manufactured Housing Association said they each gave Janet Huckabee an honoraria of about $3,000 to address their members last year...
Main suspect in Journal reporter's kidnapping arrested (02/13/02)
Associated Press/B.K. Bangash With heavy security, three men covering their faces were escorted to the High Court Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan. The three men were among several arrested by police in major Pakistani cities on Tuesday in connection with the abduction of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.By Kathy Gannon ~ The Associated Press...
Iranian airliner crashes in fog (02/13/02)
KHORRAMABAD, Iran -- An Iranian airliner crashed in dense fog in western Iran Tuesday, turning the cloudy sky red with flame and sending burning debris tumbling down a mountain slope. All 118 on board were believed dead. The Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154 crashed at 7:55 a.m. outside the city of Khorramabad, 230 miles southwest of Tehran, the government said...
China, other nations greet a new year (02/13/02)
BEIJING -- Millions clapped their hands in prayer and burned incense sticks at Buddhist and Taoist temples across the Chinese-speaking world Tuesday to celebrate the lunar Year of the Horse. The visits followed a night of popping firecrackers, clanging gongs and colorful dragon dances in cities and Chinatowns throughout Asia. Images of horses -- a symbol of strength and success -- appeared on skyscrapers, billboards and parade floats around the region...
French eateries get Michelin star (02/13/02)
The Associated Press PARIS -- Two elegant Paris favorites and a family-run village restaurant earned the ultimate accolade in French gastronomy Tuesday: a three-star rating in the authoritative Red Guide, formerly known as the Michelin Guide. Michelin announced that Guy Savoy, Ledoyen and L'Arnsbourg won top honors in its 2002 edition. ...
Robbery prompts study of security at London airport (02/13/02)
LONDON -- The government has ordered an investigation of Heathrow Airport security, a day after two men robbed a van of $6.5 million that had been unloaded from an airplane. Home Secretary David Blunkett and Transport Secretary Stephen Byers both called the robbery a "serious breach" of security...
Pentagon - Troops didn't beat captives after January raid (02/13/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military insisted Tuesday that Afghans mistakenly captured in a special forces raid last month were not abused and, in fact, were in better shape when freed than when captured. Nevertheless, the Pentagon will investigate allegations that U.S. soldiers beat and mistreated captives from the Jan. 23 raid, one of the most controversial incidents in the four-month U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan...
Treaty to ban child soldiers takes effect (02/13/02)
GENEVA -- A treaty banning the use of child soldiers took effect Tuesday, and activists said they hoped it would turn the tide on a practice that sends more than 300,000 children to war worldwide. The accord, which bans the recruitment of children under 18 by armies and rebel militias, was approved by the U.N. General Assembly in May 2000. It has been signed by 96 countries and ratified by 14...
Ambassador - U.S. to triple anti-drug aid to Peru (02/13/02)
LIMA, Peru -- The United States will triple anti-drug funding to Peru and hopes to announce the resumption of drug surveillance flights when President Bush visits next month, the U.S. ambassador said Tuesday. Ambassador John Hamilton told reporters that U.S. aid meant to curb drug production and trafficking will increase to more than $150 million in 2002, from about $50 million annually in previous years...
Cambodia voting called tainted (02/13/02)
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A widespread campaign of vote-buying on the eve of local elections boosted the performance of the Cambodian prime minister's party, monitors said Tuesday. The independent Cambodian monitors said vote-buying by the People's Party took place in at least 128 districts. The party won control of 1,600 of 1,621 districts...
U.S. military - Not all prisoners are Muslims (02/13/02)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Some of the detainees at this American base are not Muslim but Christian, U.S. military officials say, describing inmates as members of a "global community" who in some cases may be sympathetic to groups other than the Taliban or al-Qaida...
Israeli foreign minister offers plan for Palestinian state (02/13/02)
JERUSALEM -- Foreign Minister Shimon Peres outlined a peace plan Tuesday negotiated with a senior Palestinian lawmaker that calls for a cease-fire followed quickly by the establishment of a Palestinian state. Long on optimism but short on supporters, the plan was reached between Peres and Palestinian parliament speaker Ahmed Qureia, known as Abu Ala, over several months of unannounced meetings in which they strove to move beyond the daily violence and heated rhetoric...
European ministers, Islamic leaders meet (02/13/02)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- European foreign ministers meeting with their counterparts from the Islamic world outlined a Mideast peace plan Tuesday that would call for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state -- a position at odds with U.S. policy. The United States maintains that a Palestinian crackdown on militants and a cease-fire must come before peace proposals can be seriously considered...
Milosevic 'savagery' on trial as thousands alleged killed (02/13/02)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Slobodan Milosevic orchestrated the murders of thousands of people in a campaign of "savagery" with the sole goal of satisfying his all-consuming thirst for power, a prosecutor said Tuesday, opening the former Yugoslav president's trial for war crimes...
Yemini al-Qaida suspect blows himself up (02/13/02)
SAN'A, Yemen (AP) -- A suspected al-Qaida member carrying explosives blew himself up Wednesday after being cornered by Yemeni security forces, according to a police statement. The statement said that Sameer al-Hada, aged 25, was being chased by Yemeni security forces and had been stopped for questioning when he threatened police with a hand grenade...
Ex-Saudi spy chief says bin Laden still a threat (02/13/02)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Bolstered by a network of followers around the world, Osama bin Laden remains a terrorist threat and the danger will grow if he finds a new sanctuary to replace his uprooted bases in Afghanistan, the former Saudi intelligence chief said Tuesday...
Seyer, Friga fuel Oran rally (02/13/02)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- In a game with major implications for the upcoming Class 1A, District 2 boys basketball tournament, Oran rallied past host Advance 59-56 Tuesday night. Oran trailed by two points when Matt Seyer nailed a 3-point basket with 25 seconds left to put the Eagles up by one...
Poplar Bluff surges late, turns back ND (02/13/02)
Bulldog tenacity can overcome a lot, but does have its limits. That fact came to light Tuesday night at Notre Dame Regional School. The Bulldogs exited the game with all their teeth, which they flashed throughout the game to Poplar Bluff, the No. 5 team in Class 4A, but somewhere along the line Notre Dame lost its shooting touch and the game, 57-43...
Jackson defender among 6 seniors signed by Otahks (02/13/02)
Jackson High School senior Erin Hartmann has been a big fan of Southeast Missouri State University women's soccer since the program was started three years ago. Hartmann particularly got caught up in the excitement of last season when the Otahkians went 16-2 and won their first Ohio Valley Conference championship...
Street 16th, says Olympic career is over (02/13/02)
SNOWBASIN, Utah -- Picabo Street, her star-spangled ponytail flapping as she sped down the Wildflower course, finished 16th in her Olympic finale Tuesday -- even trailing two U.S. teammates. "This is the last race of my career," she said. "I'm not going to have to live without skiing. I'm just going to have to live without trying to be perfect on my skis everyday, which is wonderful."...
With nine medals, U.S. on record pace (02/13/02)
AP Sports WriterSALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- At first, the idea that Americans could win 20 medals at the Winter Olympics seemed farfetched. Now it appears conservative. Heck, the way things are going, the hosts might wind up with 30. Nine medals have been draped around the necks of U.S. ...
Ammann wins 120-meter ski jump for second gold (02/13/02)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Simon Ammann of Switzerland became the second ski jumper in history to win gold medals on both hills in the same Olympics on Wednesday by surprising the field again at 120 meters. Ammann, who earlier won the 90-meter event, joined Finland's Matti Nykanen as the only jumpers to win both events. Nykanen was a double winner in 1988 at Calgary...
Blues stop Thrashers in shutout (02/13/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Brent Johnson easily earned his fourth shutout, making only 11 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-0 Tuesday night. Cory Stillman, Doug Weight and Tyson Nash got goals for the Blues, who lost 5-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. This time around they had stifling defense, holding the Thrashers to two shots in the first period and seven through two...
Expos' takeover, Marlins' sale OK'd by owners (02/13/02)
NEW YORK -- In an unprecedented move, baseball owners unanimously approved the takeover of the Expos by the commissioner's office and the sale of the Florida Marlins to Montreal's current owner. Tuesday's votes, taken just three days before those teams start spring training, caused immediate management shifts. Montreal manager Jeff Torborg quit and became Florida's manager, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was hired as the Expos' manager...
Latest figure skating flap brings calls for reform (02/13/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Figure skating judges have drawn criticism for years, their whims and shenanigans raising questions about whether the sport even belongs in the Olympics. The latest flap sure isn't going to help. A day after the Russians narrowly beat the Canadians for the gold medal in pairs despite an obvious technical error, Canada's Olympic delegation demanded an investigation...
Win provides Indians a boost (02/13/02)
It was great to walk into our dressing room after Saturday's win at Eastern Kentucky. The players were happy, slapping each other on the back and feeling good. We've had a rough season, with not many wins, and too often I've gone into the dressing room with the players' heads down and hurting. To finally break a losing streak and see the reaction was really good for me...
Gelatin versatile, valuable (02/13/02)
HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- In the United States, gelatin was first made in Massachusetts in 1808. Today, it's still a key ingredient, versatile and valuable to cooks. Use gelatin to make panna cotta, a delicious traditional Italian dessert. It is light, with a delicate buttermilk flavor, and it's much easier to prepare than the finished product suggests...
Ready to garden? Plant seeds of commitment (02/13/02)
Mike Gettler knows a thing or two about tomatoes. And peppers. And lettuce. After all, he sold 10 million vegetable plants last year, a number he expects to grow this year. As head garden guy for Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse, Gettler sees a nation of green thumbs as gardeners galore prepare for the spring planting season...
Rigatoni with sausage, veggies ready in 30 minutes (02/13/02)
Italian ingredients lend their dash to this colorful and filling entree, which can be ready to eat in about 30 minutes. Not surprisingly, the recipe is among 230 in the cookbook "Pillsbury 30-Minute Meals" (Potter, 2001, $25.95). They are described as recipes for everyday cooking, but that doesn't mean they are routine fare...
Soups make best of winter, shortage of fresh ingredients (02/13/02)
CONCORD, N.H. -- It's easy to be a vegetarian in summer, when markets overflow with fresh produce begging to be grilled or tossed in salads. Autumn is no effort, either, with savory squash and sweet apples. But then comes winter, with those long months after the holidays when grocers' shelves are barren save for plastic-tasting produce...
Some cooking ideas from 'A Painted House' (02/13/02)
$$$Start smcclanahan Are you reading "A Painted House"? John Grisham's book is part of the city's current literacy project and hundreds of people in the area are reading the book to be a part of the 31 discussion groups to be held in Cape Girardeau this month. It's not too late to start. Get your copy today and start reading so you too may be a part of one of the groups...
Woe to the thief who would take my identity (02/13/02)
Back in the old days, theft was simple. You had something some jerk wanted. He took it. You didn't have it anymore. Take my sisters and their bikes. My favorite way to torture them was by claiming that the garage door opener could work from the Wal-Mart parking lot, allowing the neighbor kids to steal their bikes while Mom shopped and we sat in the car. It was a fate every bike-loving child dreaded...
Proper house is necessary to attract purple martins (02/13/02)
Even though it is just the middle of February, the harbinger of spring, the purple martin, is probably on his way from South America and Mexico today. Last year, martins arrived March 3 at Sunny Hill. If you want martins in your yard this year, it is time to get prepared...
'Lord of Rings' leads Oscar field (02/13/02)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" may have earned a leading 13 Academy Award nominations Tuesday, but the fantasy epic faces a hurdle in a best-picture race against a more traditional drama, "A Beautiful Mind."...
Dessa Fowler (02/13/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Dessa Rhea Fowler, 84, of Sikeston died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at her home. She was born Aug. 26, 1917, at Carbon Hill, Ala., daughter of James and Minnie Stovall Kitchen. She and Buford Fowler were married Sept. 1, 1937, in Cherry Valley, Ark...
James Harwell Sr. (02/13/02)
PATTON, Mo. -- James Harold Harwell Sr., 85, of Patton died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 7, 1916, at Hendrickson, Mo., son of Sylvester G. and Rhoda E. Osborn Harwell. He and Letha M. Enders were married Nov. 16, 1938. She died July 1, 1991...
Joseph Hileman (02/13/02)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Joseph Franklin Hileman, 75, of Jonesboro died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 29, 1926, in Jonesboro, son of William Harrison and Nellie Ann Brown Hileman. He and Dorothy Harris were married Sept. 21, 1946, in Piggott, Ark...
Elsie Reynolds (02/13/02)
Mrs. Elsie Ellen Charlotte McLain Reynolds passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at the age of 86, at Green Park Residence Center in St. Louis. She was born in Cape Girardeau to Charles Augustus McLain and Avia Ellen Slinkard McLain May 16, 1915. She married Henry John Reynolds Jr., son of Henry J. Reynolds Sr. and Mary C. Donnelly Reynolds Nov. 23, 1939, at St. Vincent's Church. He preceded her in death in 1968...
Velma Simpson (02/13/02)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Velma E. Simpson, 91, of Olmsted died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born Sept. 25, 1910, in Olmsted, daughter of James Lincoln and Lillian Troette Barnes. She married Charles Simpson, who preceded her in death...
Births 2/13/02 (02/13/02)
Martin Son to John D. and Beth Ann Martin of Jackson, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:53 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2002. Name, Isaiah James. Weight, 9 pounds 1 ounce. Second son. Mrs. Martin is the former Beth Knight, daughter of Esther Knight of Portageville, Mo., and the late James Knight. Martin is the son of Ron Palmer of Bernie, Mo., and the late Mary Martin. He is employed at SEMO Mud Jacking...
Cape police report 02/13/02 (02/13/02)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Feb. 13 ArrestsVincent Lee Twiggs, 20, of 1200 Cousin was arrested Monday for failure to appear. Martez I. Cleaves, 24, of Charleston, Mo., was arrested Monday for contempt of court. Jonathan Johnson, 41, of 548 S. Hanover was arrested Monday for driving an unlicensed vehicle...
Cape fire report 2/13/02 (02/13/02)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Feb. 13 Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:At 5:10 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2801 Bloomfield. At 6:40 p.m., an emergency medical service at 611 S.W. End Blvd. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:At 9:35 a.m., alarm sounding at 211 St. Francis Drive...
Out of the past 2/13/02 (02/13/02)
10 years ago: Feb. 13, 1992 Jackson - Cape Girardeau County Commission agrees to become lead county in setting up Solid Waste Management District that is required under state law passed two years ago. Advance - Fly-over of lone Air National Guard C-130 transport plane highlights military graveside ceremony for one of airmen killed in Feb. ...
New effort prepares successful homeowners (02/13/02)
Give a person a home, and he or she has shelter -- until he or she blows his budget, the house falls into disrepair and is condemned or something else happens. But teach a person to be a good homeowner, and he or she will have shelter for life. That's the idea behind the Consolidated Community Services Group Inc., spearheaded by former city councilman J.J. Williamson...
Proposed teacher testing is a place to start (02/13/02)
Gov. Bob Holden's plan to improve Missouri's struggling schools is raising the ire of teachers, particularly leaders of teachers unions that publicly oppose it. An attitude has developed in this nation that the teaching profession is sacred. To that end, it often is considered to be politically incorrect to question a teacher's aptitude...
Regional offices promote economy of rural areas (02/13/02)
To the editor: Gov. Bob Holden recently released his version of what needs to be cut from the Missouri budget. For some reason, he has decided to run frightened with the herd. He speaks of investing in education, which is a very good investment. But he then pulls all support for making that investment work by eliminating Department of Economic Development field representatives...
Cuts will hurt substance-abuse programs most (02/13/02)
To the editor: After careful review of two articles in the Feb. 6 issue -- the front-page article on mental-health funds and the Page 4A story announcing Anheuser-Busch's $60 million marketing campaign with Bacardi USA for a new flavored malt beverage -- I am compelled to write...
Girl Scouts were dressed as young Japanese girls (02/13/02)
To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of the Girl Scouts International Festival. We have received many compliments from the girls and their leaders about the program. With the help of our wonderful international students, we hope this program will continue for many years...
Speak Out A 02/13/02 (02/13/02)
Our new state tree AS I drive, or rather bounce, across our great state of Missouri, it occurs to me that I would like to propose to Gov. Bob Holden that Missouri change its state tree. Yes, the flowering dogwood is very nice, but it no longer seems quite appropriate. ...
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