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8-year-old injured in crash (02/20/02)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured Tuesday when she was thrown from a wrecked vehicle, then pinned underneath it. Missouri Highway Patrol reports indicate Rachael Vance wasn't wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred...
Crop-dusters ready to return to skies, preparing equipment (02/20/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Residents can expect to once again see yellow planes swooping low over fields as another season of crop-dusting kicks off. "I realize the general public is afraid of us," said Dennis McGarity of McGarity Flying Service. But McGarity, a 27-year crop-dusting veteran, said he and his fellow crop-dusters have been doing their best to keep the public informed about what they do after Sept. 11...
Survey checks ninth-grade attitudes to alcohol, drugs (02/20/02)
STEPS TOWARD PREVENTION By Heather Kronmueller ~ Southeast Missourian Every two years during the month of February, ninth graders around the state are asked about their involvement with drugs, alcohol and violence through a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education survey...
Senate OKs bill to expand boll weevil program (02/20/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The battle against the pesky boll weevil -- an insect that damages cotton crops -- may have gotten a legislative boost Tuesday. Without debate, the Senate voted 32-0 for legislation allowing a vote once every 10 years on whether to continue assessing a tax on cotton farmers to help pay for the eradication of the bug. The current law requires a vote once every five years...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (02/20/02)
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Public Hearings No one spoke at a public hearing regarding a petition for annexation from Prestwick Holdings, LLC, Elmwood Farms Limited Family Partnership, LP, and Patrick F. Evans for a 958.55 acre tract located adjacent to the southern city limits along the west side of Bloomfield Road (County Road 205) South of Benton Hill Road (County Road 206).Consent Ordinances...
Jackson seniors want to build community center (02/20/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Seniors armed with photographs, statistics and personal stories convinced the Jackson Board of Aldermen to apply for a grant that will help them build a new $500,000 community center. At a public hearing Tuesday night, seniors said they have outgrown their current building at 402 E. Washington St. Lunch is served in shifts because the 3,500-square-foot building cannot accommodate all the people who want to eat at the same time...
Cape man pleads guilty to distribution charge (02/20/02)
A former Cape Girardeau resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute. James Ward Scaggs, 22, of St. Louis insisted he wasn't a drug dealer. He told Judge John W. Grimm he was pleading guilty to the charges because he would have shared drugs with his friends, not sold them...
Jackson Board of Aldermen actions (02/20/02)
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 City Hall Action Items Power and Light Committee Accepted the dedication of sanitary sewer easement deeds from Just Kids Learning Development Center, L.L.C., Thompson Family Enterprises Inc., Lillie B. Jaco, Gary W. Jaco and James E. Jaco, Mike and Laura Green, Stanley M. Smith, Harlan D. Perr and Lavanda H. Perr and Jeffrey L. Poole...
Ordinance would make permit process simpler (02/20/02)
A proposed ordinance covering parades and other special events aims to simplify the permit process by spelling out who is responsible for what, according to Cape Girardeau police chief Steve Strong. At a work session Tuesday, city council members discussed the ordinance...
Cape woman slaps officer, bites another (02/20/02)
What started as a minor traffic stop turned into a minor brawl Monday when a woman, objecting to her husband's arrest, slapped one police officer and bit another, police said. According to police reports, Cape Girardeau patrolmen Dan Seger and Robert Watson stopped a car driven by Jason Pearson at about 11 p.m. after it failed to stop for a red light...
Policeman arrested for hitting ex-wife (02/20/02)
TOUGHER LAW Andrea L. Buchanan ~ Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau police officer is on administrative leave and his career hangs in limbo after being charged Tuesday with domestic assault...
Working smarter (02/20/02)
Companies pay to broaden workers' abilities Southeast Missouri Industrial Training Group members Allen Wire, Sikeston, Mo. Biokyowa Inc., Cape Girardeau Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Cape Girardeau Ceramo, Jackson, Mo. Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, including Cape Girardeau...
River Campus suit costs Southeast, city $124,000 and counting (02/20/02)
Oral Payne, left, from Kelso, Mo., and Ron Simmons of Cape Girardeau programmed a computer to simulate starting and stopping motors in a plant during a class with program class Feb. 19, 2002. The Lonestar employees have spent their evenings over the last three years learning programming. (Southeast Missourian/Charles DiStefano)LEGAL FEES ...
Property tax reforms get hearing with House panel (02/20/02)
STATE LEGISLATURE By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislative interest in property tax reform remains high with a House committee on Tuesday considering 20 pieces of legislation on the subject...
Investigators to drain crematory lake; body count at 206 (02/20/02)
Associated Press WriterNOBLE, Ga. (AP) -- After discovering a skull and torso in the water, investigators said Wednesday they plan to drain a lake near a crematory where scores of corpses have been found. They raised the body count to 206...
Holden gets high-court nominees (02/20/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two sitting judges and a partner in a controversial law firm are the finalists to fill an impending vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court. The Appellate Judicial Commission trimmed the pool of applicants for the opening to Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Michael W. Manners of Independence, Judge Richard B. Teitelman of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District in St. Louis and Clifton M. Smart, who is in private practice in Springfield...
Keno game draws opposition (02/20/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Some lawmakers are beginning to question whether the Missouri Lottery Commission went too far when it approved a new quick-draw lottery game last month. Opponents say Quick-Draw Lotto -- which is like the keno game in casinos -- is vastly different from weekly or even daily raffle-type games that voters envisioned when they authorized the lottery in 1984...
Israeli - Exile of PLO chief could spur end to violence (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- Israel's finance minister proposed on Tuesday that Yasser Arafat be exiled, saying the Palestinian leader had taken "a strategic decision to hurt us as much as he can." Silvan Shalom, who also is deputy prime minister, was in Washington for talks with Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board...
High Court to hear case to put works into the public domain (02/20/02)
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a case that could determine when hundreds of thousands of books, songs and movies will become freely available over the Internet or in digital libraries. A nonprofit Internet publisher and other plaintiffs argue that Congress sided too heavily with writers and other creators when it passed a law in 1998 that retroactively extended copyright protection by 20 years...
People talk 2/20 (02/20/02)
Rap mogul must sell studio to settle debts BATON ROUGE, La. -- Master P has been forced to sell an unfinished recording studio to settle unpaid construction bills and other debts. The rap mogul, whose real name is Percy Miller, announced plans for the $10 million Baton Rouge studio in 1997. Contracting disputes slowed construction and the studio is now a shell, with unfinished walls and a chain-link fence warning of guard dogs...
Pentagon - Southeast Asia al-Qaida bigger than thought (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- The size and sophistication of an al-Qaida affiliate group in southeast Asia was far greater than the Pentagon expected, a defense official said Tuesday. The group, Jemaah Islamiyah, is an Islamic extremist network allied by common cause with al-Qaida to oppose U.S. interests, the official said. It has ties in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, and had sent some of its fighters to be trained in Afghanistan...
Nation digest 7a 2/20 (02/20/02)
Head of Catholic bishops apologizes The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed regret Tuesday for priests who sexually abuse children and pledged to keep working to prevent such crimes. "We continue to apologize to the victims and to their parents and their loved ones for this failure in our pastoral responsibilities," Bishop Wilton Gregory said in a written statement...
Investigators find more corpses at Georgia crematory (02/20/02)
NOBLE, Ga. -- As the ground around Tri-State Crematory yielded more corpses, residents in three states faced the horror of planning funerals for loved ones they had long believed were resting in peace. Forensics teams on Tuesday had recovered 149 bodies left to rot outside the northwest Georgia crematory, finding skeletons sealed in vaults and bodies that had been dragged into a shed...
Palindrome minute puts earth in perfect symmetry (02/20/02)
Wow! For one minute, the world will be in perfect symmetry. In a year that reads the same backward as forward, tonight will bring 60 seconds of palindromic perfection -- at least for those who follow the Gregorian calendar. Come today, the time, day, month and year will align: 8:02 p.m., Feb. 20, 2002...
Pentagon official says pre-emptive hits possible (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- Pre-emptive strikes by the United States could be on the horizon as the United States fights terrorism, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Tuesday. "We've already lost enough Americans. We're not going to lose any more by hesitating," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told a group of defense contractors...
Pentagon plans to sway public opinion (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is working on a plan to influence public opinion in both hostile and friendly nations to help the war against terrorism -- a still-developing effort that critics say could spread false information at home and abroad. The Office of Strategic Influence, set up after the Sept. 11 attacks, has come up with proposals including the placing of news items -- false if need be -- with foreign news organizations, a defense official said Tuesday...
Court OKs kids grading kids in classrooms (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that students may grade each other's work in class without violating federal privacy law, deciding the case of a learning disabled boy whose classmates ridiculed his scores and called him a "dummy."...
Dangerous food bacteria here to stay, scientists say (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- Dangerous bacteria are going to be a problem in America's food for a long time as disease agents arrive in imported products and microbes here develop in new forms, scientists say. In a report for the Institute of Food Technologists, the scientists also say the increasing use of manure as fertilizer poses the risk of spreading harmful bacteria to food, either by contaminating irrigation water or contacting the crops...
SEC chief - New rules won't cure all the problems (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- New regulations won't cure all the problems uncovered by the Enron collapse, leaving lawyers and accountants to tackle serious ethical issues, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday. Harvey Pitt, in a speech to attorneys and judges, said the Enron case has had an impact far beyond the large number of people who were "callously injured."...
Bargain hunting pulls stocks higher (02/20/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Bargain hunting gave the stock market a generous boost Wednesday, as investors took advantage of lower prices after a two-day selloff and sent the Dow Jones industrials up nearly 200 points. Investors traded more cautiously in the tech sector, however, troubled by reports of improper accounting at Computer Associates...
Judge allows Yates jurors to see 29 crime scene photos (02/20/02)
Associated Press WriterHOUSTON (AP) -- Jurors in the Andrea Yates child-killing case will be allowed to see more than two dozen photos taken at the crime scene, a judge ruled Wednesday. State District Judge Belinda Hill admitted 29 of the photos after the state agreed to withdraw 10 others. Hill said the photos' relevance outweighed any prejudice they might cause the jury...
Captured al-Qaida suspects planning attack in Israel (02/20/02)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Two Palestinians and a Jordanian with suspected ties to the al-Qaida terror network were detained in eastern Turkey, allegedly on their way to stage a bomb attack in Israel, police said Tuesday. The suspects were stopped Friday in the eastern province of Van, bordering Iran, after they ignored a police warning to stop at a checkpoint, police spokesman Feyzullah Arslan told a news conference in Ankara...
Spiritual leader urges Muslims to 'jihad' (02/20/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The spiritual leader of the Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas called on Muslims around the world to launch a holy war, or jihad, to liberate their countries from U.S. influence. Sheik Ahmed Yassin made the comments in a letter published ahead of this month's Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, which commemorates God's provision of a ram to substitute for Abraham's sacrifice of his son...
Bush urges N. Korea to open talks and embrace freedom (02/20/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- President Bush said today a united Korea would bring freedom, prosperity and peace to a communist-dominated people mired in "stagnation and starvation," emphasizing a tone of unity rather than confrontation. The president's branding of North Korea as part of "an axis of evil" has reverberated throughout the region, and with his visit Bush sought to assure South Korea and other allies he is not rushing toward military action...
Passenger train catches fire in Egypt, killing 373 (02/20/02)
Associated Press WriterREQA AL-GHARBIYA, Egypt (AP) -- A train crowded with Egyptians leaving the capital for a religious holiday caught fire and sped on in flames for miles Wednesday, killing 373 people, including some who died as they jumped from the burning cars, police said...
Muslims gathering at holy site (02/20/02)
MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims massed in their holiest city Tuesday to reaffirm their faith after a tumultuous year that has raised fears Islam is being demonized after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Calls to prayer echoed over the city at sunset, followed by an eerie silence as hundreds of thousands or worshippers from around the world bent to offer whispered prayers around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, in Mecca's Grand Mosque...
Jackson, Central fall in district openers (02/20/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Farmington's Andy Mell scored on a reverse layup to force overtime and the third-seeded Knights held on from there to surprise second-seeded Jackson 57-54 in the first round of the Class 4A, District 1 boys' basketball tournament Tuesday...
Indians lock up OVC spot (02/20/02)
It might be a down year for Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball, but the Indians are finishing the season on an upswing. Putting together another in a recent string of impressive performances, the Indians closed out their home schedule Tuesday night with a 102-87 victory over Eastern Illinois in front of 4,082 fans at the Show Me Center...
Pacers, Bulls beat NBA deal deadline, trade seven (02/20/02)
Jalen Rose and Brad Miller were among seven players involved in a trade Tuesday between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. The Bulls acquired Rose, Travis Best and rookie Norman Richardson, along with a conditional second-round draft pick, in exchange for Miller, Ron Mercer, Ron Artest and Kevin Ollie...
Surviving frozen night in wilderness was his biggest match ever (02/20/02)
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Exhausted from trying to find a trail and his clothes frozen, Rulon Gardner just wanted to sleep. Not too long, though, for with deep sleep would come certain death. Dozing off in the snow, he dreamed of a warm bath and sitting beside a heater at his family's farm...
Belarus upsets Sweden in ice hockey (02/20/02)
AP Sports WriterWEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- In a stunning game reminiscent of the United States' "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union in 1980, Belarus pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history with a 4-3 victory over Sweden on Wednesday...
Shea's victory source of pride to family, country (02/20/02)
AP Sports WriterSALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Jim Shea can celebrate more than being part of a historic Olympic family. Now he's an Olympic champion, just like his grandfather. Shea became the first third-generation Olympian simply by sliding face-first down the bobsled chute on his skeleton Wednesday, then capped it by winning the gold medal in his sport's return to the Winter Games after a 54-year absence...
A game with quirk appeal (02/20/02)
OGDEN, Utah -- They'll never make the X-Games. They're twice the age of most Olympians. And they're more likely to get an endorsement deal from Fuller Brush than Mountain Dew. Never mind the screaming teens in the back row with the "Extreme Shuffleboard" poster. Curlers are about as far from radical as it gets...
Gold for Parra, silver for Park (02/20/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- It took a gold from speedskater Derek Parra to meet U.S. Olympic medal expectations. It took another from its unheralded women's bobsled team to exceed them. With Tuesday night's surprise medal from bobsledders Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers, the United States had collected 21 medals in the Winter Games -- one more than the bold prediction made months ago by U.S. Olympic officials...
La Russa sees busy year ahead for Kline (02/20/02)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Expect left-handed reliever Steve Kline to pitch just about anytime, anywhere, against anybody, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday. Kline is entering his second season with the Cardinals after coming over prior to the 2001 season along with starter Dustin Hermanson from Montreal for third baseman Fernando Tatis. La Russa said Kline was better than advertised...
Struggling Tigers face challenges down final stretch (02/20/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It's been a long slide for Missouri, one game above .500 since a 9-0 start, and there's no shortage of challenges the rest of the way. The Tigers' 72-70 loss to Texas on Sunday was the latest setback, and it had all the familiar elements. The team, ranked No. 2 in December, is too soft in the middle, too weak at the point and too scattershot with its attack...
Sharing love & basketball (02/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- The husband coaches the men's team at Catholic University, the defending NCAA Division III champions. The wife is in her first year as coach of the women's team, which has its first winning record in 13 years. The 2-year-old son and the 1-year-old daughter play on the sidelines in the gym during the back-to-back practices, which can run as late as 11 p.m. The son has become the Michael Jordan of the portable plastic basketball hoop...
Canseco gets job; Strawberry gets offer (02/20/02)
Jose Canseco better begin breaking in his outfielder's glove. Canseco, who's spent his entire career in the AL and primarily been a DH in recent years, signed a minor league contract with the Montreal Expos on Tuesday and was invited to camp. Darryl Strawberry also got a job offer -- to become a player development coach with the New York Yankees after completing court-mandated drug treatment...
Sports digest 2/20/02 (02/20/02)
AREA Baseball Hall of Fame banquet Saturday Seven people will be inducted into the 21st annual Southeast Missouri Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame banquet Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Sikeston, Mo...
Raiders tackle the unknown without Gruden (02/20/02)
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Without their charismatic coach, the Oakland Raiders and their fans are looking for a new way to achieve owner Al Davis' vision of greatness. Jon Gruden, who came to symbolize the Raiders as much as any of his players, left Oakland on Monday to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
Tips for adding a decorative wall niche (02/20/02)
The project we are about to detail is so simple you might decide to go into business for yourself. We're talking about the installation of a prefabricated wall niche. They not only are attractive but they also allow you to utilize dead space in a wall for a display platform for flowers, art, sculptures, statuary, religious items and more...
Consider how rooms relate when selecting window treatments (02/20/02)
If less is more where window treatments are concerned in your home, your time has come. And if you have basic sewing skills -- or even none at all -- then this is your era, too. Designer trends are paring down and lightening up, and that's good for many who would like to create simple, softly constructed treatments. Opulent treatments with swags, jabots and elegant tassels are giving way to simple Roman shades, scarves, vintage table linens and easy sheers in many homes...
Someone could make a fortune off disgusting habits (02/20/02)
We're all raised with the same parental admonitions on gross behavior: "Stop picking your nose!" "Don't chew your nails! They'll bleed!" "Get your finger out of your ear and get a Q-Tip." But for some reason, we revert to gross behavior to some extent in adulthood, once we're away from our mothers' critical stare for long periods of time. Admit it...
Family recipes shared in new cookbook (02/20/02)
smcclanahan Joyce Penny of Jackson, Mo., shares a delicious cheese ball recipe with us today. She recently had a new grandson born 13 weeks early, and little baby Carson had to spend 14 weeks in Children's Hospital in St. Louis. After 14 weeks together, the nursing staff and her family became like family. ...
Out of the past 2/20/02 (02/20/02)
10 years ago: Feb. 20, 1992 Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board last night gave CVB staff nod to "go ahead with business as usual"; resolution, which was unanimously approved by board, was in response to questions by CVB Director Lyn Muzzy concerning level of budgeting for bureau for 1992-93...
Workers' comp system held hostage (02/20/02)
By Sheelah R. Yawitz CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- At a time of economic uncertainty, most states are doing everything they possibly can to retain businesses in their states. Unfortunately, reports of plant closings throughout Missouri are being listed in newspapers. ...
Top-quality LPN program offers night classes (02/20/02)
An already successful program at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center for training licensed practical nurses is about to expand by offering a two-year training program consisting of evening classes. This means individuals seeking to become LPNs won't have to give up their day jobs to attend these classes. The center will continue to provide its daytime training as well...
Office closings won't stop DED's efforts (02/20/02)
In the early 1990s when Joe Driskill was representing the Poplar Bluff area in the Missouri House of Representatives, he sponsored a bill to set up regional offices for the state's Department of Economic Development. In 1993, Driskill was appointed director of the DED, and he immediately set about securing funding for the regional offices...
Detainess are better off than GIs in Vietnam (02/20/02)
To the editor: Why are some of my fellow countrymen and women so concerned about prisoners in Cuba who recently attempted to blow us to bits? Are a warm bed, three warm meals a day, warm showers and TV and radio not good things? Allow me to reflect on 1966. I did nothing wrong except turn 18 when Lyndon Johnson was president. I was working full-time and attending college until the commander in chief chose to send me on an all-expense-paid trip to the tropics of Southeast Asia: Vietnam...
Speak out A 02/20/02 (02/20/02)
Vouchers are dead THOUGH THE U.S. Supreme Court may uphold the constitutionality of school vouchers (I have my doubts) as voucher advocates like state Sen. Peter Kinder hope, the victory will be an empty one. Though a favorable court ruling will lead the senator to proceed with zeal in attempting to make school vouchers a reality in the Show Me State, Missourians will remain unconvinced. ...
Speak Out A 02/21/02 (02/20/02)
Sounds familiar WILL THE real President Bush please stand up. Within a span of a couple of weeks, the president has gone from speaking of the evil axis to saber rattling to brinkmanship to toning down the rhetoric to virtual appeasement. I hate to say it, but this sounds Clintonian...
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