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United We Read (02/25/02)
United We Read is a community-wide reading project through February. Residents are encouraged to read John Grisham's "A Painted House." Today's discussions: LOCATION: Central Junior High School TIME: 3-4 p.m. LEADER: Ashley Hale...
Community digest 2/25 (02/25/02)
American Legion post to observe 83rd birthday Athenthal-Jones Post 158 of American Legion will join the legion's worldwide observance of the organization's 83rd birthday in March, said post commander Richard Aguilar. A special committee headed by Bill Poe is planning festivities for the March 14 event. A birthday banquet will be held at the Jackson American Legion Hall beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m...
Area Wide United Way announces allocations (02/25/02)
The Area Wide United Way has announced $575,500 in allocations from funds raised during the 2001 campaign in the Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City areas. The campaign raised more than $890,000. Thirty-one organizations will receive funding to support 47 specific programs. These programs provide a variety of services to meet critical community needs, said Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the Area Wide United Way...
Nominations open for volunteer awards (02/25/02)
The Area Wide United Way is taking nominations for the 15th annual Volunteer Recognition Awards. "We encourage local agencies to recognize outstanding volunteers," said Kathy Denton, assistant director of the Area Wide United Way in Cape Girardeau...
Downtown auction raises over $13,000 (02/25/02)
Southeast Missourian Residents reveled in bargains Saturday night at the 15th annual Downtown Merchants Association Benefit Auction. More than 150 people attended the Mardi Gras-themed auction at the Knights of Columbus Hall, which brought in $13,100 for downtown improvement projects...
Many incumbents in county races (02/25/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- There will be no shortage of incumbents in Cape Girardeau County election races this year. The terms of nine incumbents -- five Republicans and four Democrats -- will end this year. Eight are seeking re-election to four-year terms. The exception is H. Weldon Macke, who is retiring after 34 years as county auditor...
Search on for five inmates who escaped St. Louis jail (02/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Police continued searching Sunday for five inmates who escaped from a medium-security St. Louis jail by sneaking through the wall of a shower stall and using a sheet to scramble over a barbed-wire fence. The escape Saturday night was the second from the city's workhouse in eight days. ...
Public not told about threat from insulation (02/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The federal government, long aware of possible health risks from an asbestos-containing insulation used in millions of businesses and homes nationwide, has failed to warn the public despite urgings from even those in their own agencies, said a newspaper report...
Stadium projects would push state debt over $3 billion (02/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The proposed Cardinals stadium and three other stadium projects, estimated to cost at least $906 million, would boost the current amount of Missouri state government's bonded indebtedness above the $3 billion mark. An oversight audit by the Committee on Legislative Research reveals that the current state bond issue debt totaled $2.5 billion by the end of Fiscal Year 2002, excluding indebtedness of $72.4 million for the state's capital and lease/purchase projects, and $97.9 million for other bonded obligations by state government.. ...
Banned items collecting at Lambert (02/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Shrinking volumes of nail clippers, scissors, corkscrews and other junk-drawer stuff collected at Lambert Airport shows the flying public is getting the message that such items are no longer acceptable at airports, officials say. "The word has gotten out," said Craig Koboldt, the Lambert police officer in charge of the site's property room where boxes of otherwise benign household items -- banned as potential weapons since the Sept. ...
State lawmaker wants felony status for airbag fraud (02/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Concerned about reports from other states of crooked mechanics using beer cans and foam peanuts to replace airbag units, state Sen. John Loudon wants to make the practice a felony in Missouri. Loudon, R-Ballwin, whose legislation awaits a committee hearing, cited a report from a California group that inspected 1,200 vehicles and found fake airbags in 66 of them -- one out of every 25 cars...
Record number of open state seats up for grabs (02/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The battle for control of the General Assembly and who will complete the U.S. Senate term Gov. Mel Carnahan won from the grave look to be the top stories of the 2002 election cycle in Missouri. With term limits finally taking full effect this year, there will be a record number of open state legislative seats up for grabs. ...
Fingerprint reliability as evidence will go on trial (02/25/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- Ninety-one years after fingerprint evidence was first presented in an American courtroom, its reputation as an infallible forensic tool is under attack in a court challenge that could change how prosecutors try criminal cases. Today, federal prosecutors will try to persuade U.S. ...
San Diego girl apparently dead, prosecutor says (02/25/02)
Associated Press WriterSAN DIEGO (AP) -- A 7-year-old girl who vanished from her home earlier this month is apparently dead, and murder charges will be filed against a neighbor, a prosecutor said Monday. Prosecutor Paul Pfingst also said he will file a so-called special circumstance -- murder during kidnapping -- that will carry the possibility of the death penalty if David Westerfield is convicted...
FBI still without prime suspect in anthrax investigation (02/25/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Months after anthrax-tainted letters killed five people and sickened more than a dozen, the FBI said Monday that its investigators do not have a prime suspect despite conducting hundreds of interviews in the case...
People talk 2/25 (02/25/02)
Rock star Bono wants to help world's poor NEW YORK -- Rock star Bono says he's tired of just dreaming about helping the world's poor and sick. "I'm into doing at the moment," the U2 singer tells Time magazine in its Feb. 24 issue, on newsstands today...
Senate anticipates fights over energy bill in debate this week (02/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate is ready to take up broad energy legislation that has caused splits over automobile gas mileage, drilling in an Arctic refuge and electricity competition in the shadow of Enron Corp.'s collapse. Debate expected this week comes nine months after President Bush outlined his plan to increase the nation's energy supply by expanding oil and gas drilling on public land and rejuvenating nuclear power...
Nation digest 2/25 (02/25/02)
Suspects in profs' deaths said to play evil game HANOVER, N.H. -- The bond between the teen-agers accused of killing two Dartmouth College professors may have sparked an "evil game" of dare that led them to commit increasingly serious crimes, a criminologist says...
'One Book, One City' creator fears idea has gotten out of hand (02/25/02)
NEW YORK -- Nancy Pearl, creator of the "one book, one city" program, should feel satisfied. Four years after she organized a Seattle-based reading of Russell Banks' "The Sweet Hereafter," her idea of having a city's population read the same book to get the community talking has spread across the nation...
Stocks rise on improved outlook from General Motors (02/25/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- An upbeat outlook from General Motors and a ratings upgrade of Sun Microsystems gave Wall Street a burst of enthusiasm Monday, propelling stock prices sharply higher. A strong housing report also contributed to investors' buoyant mood and helped the Dow industrials surge more than 170 points to their strongest close in six weeks...
U.S. indicted suspected kidnapper last year (02/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The suspected mastermind in the abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was secretly indicted last year by a federal grand jury for a foiled 1994 kidnapping, Newsweek magazine reported Sunday. The charges brought in Washington in a grand jury indictment against Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh involved four Western tourists in India, the magazine said. One of the four was an American...
Enron solicited government loans to reach global market (02/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- As Enron Corp. reached for markets overseas, power plants it helped build from Guatemala to India received $1.2 billion in government-backed loans from two U.S. agencies. The Overseas Private Investment Corp. is owed $453 million from the Enron-related projects while the Export-Import Bank is due $512 million. "They're definitely among our top 10 borrowers," OPIC spokesman Larry Spinelli said...
Campaign reform on agenda (02/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Sunday that Senate supporters of campaign finance reform seem to have the votes to block a possible filibuster. "I'm hopeful that I can get the Republican support necessary to get the bill up and to have a good debate about it," Daschle said on ABC's "This Week." "But obviously if we don't we'll have to move toward" overcoming stalling tactics. "Then we'll need 60 votes, and ... it looks like we may have 60 votes."...
Police seek Arab suspects in case of slain reporter (02/25/02)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The hunt for the killers of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is targeting three Arab nationals -- an indication, investigators say, that the perpetrators may be linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network...
Colombian leftist guerrillas abduct presidential hopeful (02/25/02)
SAN VICENTE DEL CAGUAN, Colombia -- Leftist guerrillas held a presidential candidate hostage Sunday after abducting her at a roadblock as she was driving into a volatile area of southern Colombia where government troops are trying to oust the rebels...
Woman wounded in shooting gives birth (02/25/02)
NABLUS, West Bank -- When his wife started going into labor, Issam Shehade says they got into the car and drove slowly to the hospital, stopping once at an Israeli checkpoint. But at a second checkpoint, shots rang out, hitting his wife in the chest. The bullet went straight through her, doctors said, but she survived -- and six hours later gave birth to a baby girl...
U.S. may send advisers as referees (02/25/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Worried that renegade warlords could plunge Afghanistan into civil war once again, the United States may send military advisers to act as referees between rival factions, the U.S. special envoy said Sunday. The idea appeared aimed at finding a way to stem factional fighting without expanding the U.S. military presence or diverting troops from hunting Taliban and al-Qaida fugitives...
Kenseth charges late to nab Subway 400 (02/25/02)
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- A charge from fourth to first late in the race gave Matt Kenseth the victory Sunday in the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway. Kenseth's Roush Racing Ford was among the fastest cars throughout the 393-lap event and his crew, which won the annual pit crew contest here last October in record time, kept him in front of the pack most of the day...
Dixon shows character on, off court (02/25/02)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Juan Dixon entered Maryland with skinny arms and scrawny legs, a 155-pound waif who seemingly couldn't withstand a stiff breeze. After years of weightlifting, the 6-foot-3 senior has added a mere 10 pounds to his wiry frame. His reputation, however, has ballooned immeasurably...
Canada's agony is over (02/25/02)
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Oh, yes, Canada. Canada finally ended its agonizing 50-year wait to win the Olympic gold medal in its national sport, beating the United States as Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic each scored twice in a historic 5-2 victory Sunday...
Olympics end on a high note (02/25/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The world came together for fun and games, only to get a big dose of scandal along with it. American athletes soared and the home crowd cheered anyway, refusing to let anything spoil their party. The Olympics came to a close Sunday after more than two weeks of memorable performances, Cold War flashbacks and one big tizzy over two figure skating gold medals...
La Russa still thinks about Mac's blasts (02/25/02)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Even though Mark McGwire has retired, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa still thinks about Big Mac and home runs. "I told him more than once that if he rehabilitated during the offseason, he could hit 35 to 50 homers" this year, La Russa said Sunday during St. Louis' practice session. "But he said, 'You don't know what I'm feeling and what I've been through. I'm done."'...
Gilbert's bombs help MU stay in NCAA hunt (02/25/02)
BOULDER, Colo. -- Nobody can get mad at Clarence Gilbert for putting up a lot of long-range shots this time. All the senior guard did was set a Big 12 record with 12 3-pointers in Missouri's much-needed 96-83 victory at Colorado on Saturday. As a team, the Tigers set a school record with 20 3's, keeping them alive for an NCAA bid with a 19-9 overall record and a conference mark of 8-6...
Sutherland surprise winner in Match Play (02/25/02)
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Kevin Sutherland never had much reason to believe he would win the first World Golf Championship of the year. He barely qualified as the No. 62 seed. Five long days ago, he was 2-down with two holes to play against David Duval when he somehow managed to get past the first round...
Two multi-medalists stripped of gold (02/25/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Olympic officials, vowing to stay a step ahead of drugged athletes, threw two multi-medalist skiers out of the games Sunday and stripped them of a gold medal apiece for using a substance not yet on the banned list. Cross-country skiers Larissa Lazutina of Russia and Johann Muehlegg of Spain forfeited their most recent medals after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug intended to help kidney patients avoid anemia...
Tournament time gets started this week (02/25/02)
Contrary to clever slogans, it will still be February when the college basketball postseason gets under way. The first of the 30 conference tournaments that determine the automatic bids to the NCAA's field of 65 starts Tuesday. The first round of the Ohio Valley Conference gets the postseason going with the Atlantic Sun's opening round on Thursday...
United States medalists (02/25/02)
  • GOLD (10)Ross Powers, South Londonberry, Vt., snowboarding, men's halfpipe Kelly Clark, W. Dover, Vt., snowboarding, women's halfpipe Casey FitzRandolph, Verona, Wis., speedskating, men's 500 Chris Witty, West Allis, Wis., speedskating, women's 1000...
  • Ex-NBA star Jayson Williams charged with manslaughter (02/25/02)
    Associated Press WriterKINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams surrendered Monday and was charged with manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his mansion. The 34-year-old NBC sports commentator used a back entrance into the state police barracks, and had no comment as he entered or left the building. He was freed on $250,000 bail...
    Sports digest 2/25 (02/25/02)
    AREA SOUTHEAST BASEBALL SQUAD LOSES 8-7 WICHITA, Kan. -- Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team fell to 0-5 Sunday as national powerhouse Wichita State rallied for an 8-7 victory and a sweep of the two-game series...
    Booming labor market on horizon for region (02/25/02)
    smoyers If you're looking for work in Southeast Missouri, you shouldn't have trouble for long. A stellar employment scene -- one of the best in the nation -- is in view for Southeast Missouri this spring, based on the latest poll of businesses' workforce plans...
    Rhythm, no blues (02/25/02)
    One wall of the new recording studio behind Lou Hobbs' house near Trail of Tears State Park is lined with memorabilia collected since his first single, "Mama Mama Mama," was released. To commemorate Hobbs' 40 years in the business, "Mama Mama Mama" is being re-released in Europe and on the Internet as a digitally remastered two-song CD that also includes "All That Heaven Sent."...
    Clearing up some myths that surround television (02/25/02)
    NEW YORK -- Your 401(k) plan ... skaters' gold medals ... the housecat you loved for being unique -- the world isn't always the way you imagined. The same goes for television. So let's clear up a few of its illusions: Myth: You are changed in the aftermath of Sept. 11...
    Posthumous roles a film tradition (02/25/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- When R&B singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash last summer, she had been working on roles in three movies. Only one role survived her -- that of a 4,000-year-old vampire in "Queen of the Damned." The film is the latest case in which filmmakers had to decide whether to complete and market a movie after a star dies...
    People on the move 2/25 (02/25/02)
    Local orthodontist attends MERIT meeting Dr. Shanon Kirchhoff attended the 2002 MERIT meeting at the State Emergency Management Agency facility in Jefferson City, Mo. MERIT is the acronym for Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team. MERIT serves as Missouri's dental forensics team when identification of victims is necessary. ...
    Business memo 2/25 (02/25/02)
    Child care business topic at Thursday program Developing your child care business is the topic at a program Thursday that is sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation...
    U.S. Treasury encourages e-filing (02/25/02)
    Taxpayers are dramatically increasing their use of computers, credit cards and direct bank deposits during income tax filing season, and the Internal Revenue Service predicts that more than 46 million Americans will try it this year. It's called e-filing and Jim Hillin, who started his Cape Girardeau CPA practice more than 30 years ago, is just one tax preparer who has seen it coming for quite some time...
    People you should know 2/25 (02/25/02)
  • Age: 31
  • Key responsibilities: My main responsibility is to advise the largest yearbook in the area, the Girardot. I also currently teach junior and senior English classes.
  • How long have you lived in Cape Girardeau? I was born and raised in Cape. I love it here because my family is here...
  • Virtual e-mail shredders give senders unprecedented control (02/25/02)
    NEW YORK -- In the offline world, it can be quite a challenge to retrieve and destroy confidential documents from a business deal gone sour or a top-secret project that involved outside help. The options boil down to either trusting your former business partner -- or resorting to illegal breaking and entering...
    Value funds finally get attention, have more upside potential (02/25/02)
    NEW YORK -- Value funds, overlooked and even disdained during the great high-tech boom, are finally having their day. So far this year, value funds, which concentrate on lower-priced companies with stable returns, are outpacing growth funds, those typically heavy in tech stocks or newer industries. Analysts say that represents a big opportunity for investors...
    Donna Fusilier (02/25/02)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Donna Venable Fusilier, 45, of Scott City died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
    Lillian Beardslee (02/25/02)
    WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- Lillian Copeland Beardslee, 45, of Wolf Lake died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, on arrival at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born June 8, 1956, at Louisville, Ky., daughter of Arley and Norma Lipe. Beardslee was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Cape Girardeau, a member of PAWS and was a secretary in the agriculture department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale...
    Wendell Barks (02/25/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Wendell P. Barks, 90, of Jackson died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 28, 1911, at Marble Hill, Mo., son of Edward Newton and Sarah Belle Stevens Barks. He and Clodine Reutzel were married Nov. 13, 1935. She died March 28, 1968...
    Kenneth Galloway (02/25/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Kenneth Edwin Galloway, 54, of Jackson died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at his home. He was born Jan. 20, 1948, at Bardwell, Ky., son of James Cleveland and Claudia Hicks Galloway. He and Patricia Kidd were married Oct. 8, 1982, in Cape Girardeau...
    Lester Myers (02/25/02)
    Lester Myers, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at the Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are pending at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
    Dorothy Kelley (02/25/02)
    Dorothy Kelley, 76, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
    Cape police report 2/25/02 (02/25/02)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Feb. 25 ArrestsThomas D. Frederick, 28, of 1111 Cape Hills #4 was arrested Friday on a Cape Girardeau city warrant for failure to appear for probation revocation. Amanda K. McHughs, 17, of McClure, Ill., and a 15-year-old female were arrested Friday for stealing two tubes of lip mascara and two tubes of lip gloss from Famous-Barr...
    Cape fire report 02/25/02 (02/25/02)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Feb. 25 On Friday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 3:44 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1105 Linden. At 4:20 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at South Frederick and William. At 7:51 p.m., an emergency medical service at 807 Ranney...
    Out of the past 2/25/02 (02/25/02)
    10 years ago: Feb. 25, 1992 Southeast Missouri State University would be facing deficit of more than $2 million next fiscal year were it to enact all budget proposals, including salary hikes, that have been presented to budget subcommittee; most of budget proposals have been passed on to full budget committee for its consideration...
    For many, the mourning will begin anew (02/25/02)
    It is difficult to imagine an uglier story than the reports from Georgia about the crematory where hundreds of bodies have been discovered. The tragedy of this story is the impact on the living. For most of those who died and were to be cremated at Tri-State Crematory, there are dozens of relatives and friends who have gone through a cycle of grieving. ...
    Vouchers and religion - Two separate issues (02/25/02)
    It will probably be summer -- nearly time for a new school year -- before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on one high-profile case: school vouchers. In the meantime, thousands of parents and schoolchildren from Cleveland, where this test case originated, and other cities where school vouchers are being used, will be holding their collective breath...
    Pro-lifers abhor all acts that take lives of humans (02/25/02)
    To the editor: The Third Commandment, "Thou shalt not use the name of the Lord your God in vain," means we should not use God's name as a curse word. It also means we must not invoke God to justify acts of evil such as abortion. To do so is a perversion of religion...
    Speak Out A 02/25/02 (02/25/02)
    Remembering the dog IT'S UNCANNY how four or five members of the same family, although we are all different ages, could have different memories of the same situation. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen in my life. I'm only 72 years old, and I'm the baby of the family. ...
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