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Stories from Tuesday, February 26, 2002

United We Read (02/26/02)
United We Read is a community-wide reading project through February. Residents are encouraged to read John Grisham's "A Painted House." Today's discussion:
  • Location: CLIPPARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m...
  • Southeast plans to save energy (02/26/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University plans to embark on an energy savings plan that could save the university $11.2 million over the next 10 years. The Board of Regents on Monday approved a $13.4 million contract with Johnson Controls Inc. of St. Louis...
    Doctors take Lawyers to court, win on end-of-game free throw (02/26/02)
    A last-second free throw by Todd Lumsden, his 12th straight one-pointer of the night, propelled the Doctors to a one-point, 65-64 victory over the Lawyers in the ninth annual Doctor/ Lawyer Basketball Showdown held at the Notre Dame Regional High School Field House Friday...
    Cape couple pleads guilty in tiger case (02/26/02)
    The two local exotic animal dealers Monday admitted to a bloody side business that involved selling and killing endangered animals. Todd and Vicki Lantz are among nine defendants in several states indicted for trafficking in federally protected leopards, tigers, cougars and other big cats...
    Cape students to raise money for police dog (02/26/02)
    Cape Girardeau schoolchildren and Tracker, the Southeast Missourian Jr. mascot, are teaming up to raise $9,000 for a new police dog. The Cape Girardeau Police Department had to retire its 10-year-old police dog, Jupp, earlier this month when a physical evaluation came back showing he was in danger of injuring himself...
    Marching home (02/26/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- For one, it was a father. For another, it was a husband. It was a mother, a son, a boyfriend. For the 50 or more people who waited in blustery winter weather outside the Missouri National Guard armory Monday, a loved one was coming home...
    Play that funky music (02/26/02)
    Whether it's rap, country or pop music they're listening to, teen-age fans know what they like and usually can tell you why. Some bands are hot today and not tomorrow, but that might have more to do with fickle fans than with musical ability. The Southeast Missourian asked area students to make some predictions about who might walk away with a Grammy award Wednesday. The ceremony will air locally at 7 p.m. on KFVS...
    People & things 2/26/02 (02/26/02)
    Area student named to Arizona dean's list Sarah Elizabeth Muench was named to the dean's list for the fall 2001 semester at Arizona State University. She is the daughter of John Muench of Cape Girardeau. She is studying journalism...
    Board settles on school names (02/26/02)
    After nearly two months of deliberation, the Cape Girardeau school board took only 10 minutes finally to settle on names for the new fifth- and sixth-grade and seventh- and eighth-grade schools opening this fall. They chose Central Middle School and Central Junior High School. Board members decided against giving the entire campus a separate name because they thought it would only create confusion...
    Platform game gets great reviews (02/26/02)
    Platform games were the foundation of video gaming, until other genres came along to usurp its position. However, that could all change this year, if gaming fans put down their overheated controllers long enough to take a look at "Maximo," a fantastic title just hitting store shelves from Capcom for the PlayStation 2...
    Regents set cable TV fee (02/26/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University students will be paying a separate cable TV fee in the new school year that begins in August even though one regent says she's tired of the school "nickel and diming" students with various fees. The Board of Regents on Monday approved the fee hike, along with increases in room and board charges...
    Senate panel backs closing hospital records (02/26/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some public hospitals could close their business records to the public if they gave up their right to some tax money, under legislation endorsed by a Senate committee Monday. The proposal would allow a hospital to close its business records if the amount of money it receives from the local government is less than 5 percent of its gross revenue...
    Trooper cleared of rape, faces job hearing (02/26/02)
    MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant recently acquitted of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1989 now faces a hearing to determine whether he should return to work. Sgt. David Callaway, a 16-year veteran with the patrol, said the hearing is more about his independence than his job...
    Mother and her boyfriend charged with murder in girl's death (02/26/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The mother of a slain 23-month-old girl, who police say was beaten and shaken to death over a two-month period, and the mother's live-in boyfriend were charged Monday with second-degree murder. Tammy Yates, mother of Alexis Smothers, was also charged with three counts of child endangerment. Yates' boyfriend, Bobby L. Matthews, faces three counts of felony child abuse...
    Juggling skills add up to a class act (02/26/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Educators nationwide are praising juggling for helping to improve children's reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Some educators, psychologists and kinesiologists say they think juggling improves concentration, coordination, self-confidence, patience, persistence, handwriting, and sequencing ability and tracking skills in mathematics...
    Judge seeks legal advice in case (02/26/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Calling it a legal quandary such as he has never seen, a judge on Monday appointed a law professor to provide guidance on the attorney general's role in a lawsuit over state funding of family planning services. James R. Devine, who teaches legal ethics and civil procedure at the University of Missouri Law School in Columbia, was named by Cole County Circuit Judge Byron Kinder as a special master to provide legal analysis and recommendations...
    Pharmacist cops plea in agreement on diluting drugs (02/26/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pharmacist Robert R. Courtney has reached a plea agreement with the government on charges that he diluted chemotherapy drugs given to cancer patients, his attorney says. Courtney attorney Jean Paul Bradshaw would not say what type of plea Courtney would enter, but said that in "a case like this, it would be unusual for the government to agree to anything less than to a straight-out guilty plea."...
    Airport in state park at center of dispute (02/26/02)
    OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- In the latest in a long series of disagreements, a dispute over a recent renovation project at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park has environmentalists and park advocates pushing to have the airport closed. The Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport has been debated since it was first proposed in 1967. But Osage Beach officials say the airport in Missouri's largest state park is key to the region's continued economic growth...
    Corrections - More cuts could close prisons (02/26/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers looking to balance the state budget have been told by the Corrections Department that more cuts could force it to close prisons and release inmates. That possibility isn't going over well with some House members, who are seeking to cut money -- beyond what Gov. Bob Holden had recommended -- from all state agency budgets...
    Fort Campbell holds memorial service for fallen soldiers (02/26/02)
    Associated Press WriterFORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- Eight members of an elite Army special operations regiment who died in a helicopter crash were remembered Tuesday as American heroes who followed their unit's motto: "Night Stalkers don't quit."...
    Pharmacist pleads guilty to diluting cancer drugs (02/26/02)
    Associated Press WriterKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Millionaire pharmacist Robert R. Courtney pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of diluting chemotherapy drugs given to cancer patients. Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, Courtney admitted to committing 158 separate dilutions for 34 patients...
    No suspects in death of Wappapello store owner (02/26/02)
    WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Butler County investigators are working around the clock to find the people responsible for the shotgun death of the owner of Bud's Country Store. Gary Lee "Bud" Ayers, 52, of Wappapello was found dead inside his store on Highway T Friday night by a Butler County sheriff's deputy who responded to an alarm at the store...
    Ex-SEMO regent indicted in fraud scheme (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON, Mo. -- A prominent eastern Missouri attorney has been indicted for his alleged involvement in a $23 million investment fraud scheme. William D. Kimme of Washington, Mo., was accused of acting as the escrow agent for three other suspects. The 32-count indictment was announced Thursday by a federal grand jury in Phoenix. Charged along with Kimme were Peter L. Macari of Phoenix, Gerald C. Trussell of Laveen, Ariz., and Larry Cates of Yakima, Wash...
    Cape career courses to get tuition hike next school year (02/26/02)
    The Cape Girardeau school board has approved tuition increases for seven programs at the Career and Technology Center for the next school year. The increases are as follows: Secondary tuition, $1,881, up $32 from this year; license practical nursing full-time, $4,730, up $138; respiratory therapy, $4,730, up $138; adult business and office technology, $1,983 up $58; air conditioning and refrigeration, $1,416, up $41; emergency medical technician-paramedic, $2,621, up $76; and adult and traditional day classes $1,881 up $32.. ...
    Auctioneers seek regulation (02/26/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Veteran auctioneer Bob Barks says it's easy in Missouri to enter his profession. Too easy. "All you have to do is go to the county courthouse, give them $50 and get a license," Barks said. "Anyone can do it." Barks, who owns Barks Auction Service in Jackson, Mo., and other professional auctioneers are hoping lawmakers will establish state licensing and substantive regulation of the trade, which would include mandating professional standards and requiring continuing education to work in the field.. ...
    More women, few men on campus (02/26/02)
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The male students at Missouri Western State College say they don't mind at all that female students outnumber them 2-to-1. But some female students say they wish more men attended the school not only for the social scene, but also to give them a male perspective in the classrooms...
    From Cheney to Laura Bush, the administration is all over TV (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Once it was rare for Washington bigwigs to risk their dignity for laughs on TV talk shows. Now the Hollywood route is routine, safe even for talk about somber issues like terrorism. Vice President Dick Cheney jokes with Jay Leno about hiding in his undisclosed location. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld chuckles as David Letterman's mom urges him to "put the hammer" on Osama bin Laden...
    Existing-home sales set record in January (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Americans snapped up a record number of previously owned homes in January, a fresh sign that the country may be pulling out of a recession. Sales of existing homes rocketed to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.04 million last month, representing a 16.2 percent jump from December's level, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday...
    Bush wants to send computers to Afghanistan (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- About 1,000 Internal Revenue Service computers woulsd be shipped to Afghanistan to help that nation's government rebuild its finance ministry under a proposal by the Bush administration. The 2-year-old desktop and laptop computers, which are being taken out of service at the IRS, would enable the Kabul government to better keep track of its finances, including billions of dollars in foreign aid, and monitor the banking system for evidence of money-laundering and other terrorist activity.. ...
    Governors meet with Bush on Medicaid (02/26/02)
    The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Soaring Medicaid costs were on Missouri Gov. Bob Holden's mind when the nation's governors met Monday with President Bush. Because of the economic downturn and the unemployment it brings, demand is growing for social programs such as welfare and Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor...
    Ex-Enron CEO Skilling to face more questions (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, whose testimony has been challenged by lawmakers, faces questioning before a skeptical Congress again Tuesday -- this time along with other Enron officials whose versions of events conflict with his...
    Court won't rule on commandments (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Courts across America have reached different conclusions in emotional Ten Commandments cases, some allowing government displays of the biblical list, others barring it. Only the Supreme Court can resolve the question, and it chose Monday to steer clear...
    Still no prime suspect in anthrax probe (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Mosnths 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. "There is no prime suspect in this case at this time," spokesman Bill Carter said...
    Soldier killed in mixup between real life, exercise (02/26/02)
    CARTHAGE, N.C. -- When he spotted the pickup truck with someone crouching in the back, exposed to the blustery, 40-degree cold, Deputy Sheriff Randall Butler got suspicious. His fears were heightened after he pulled the truck over and noticed a duffel bag with a disassembled rifle inside. Then one of the three men in the truck came at him. Butler used pepper spray, then opened fire, killing one, wounding another...
    People talk 2/26 (02/26/02)
    Singer offers video testimony for inquest SYDNEY, Australia -- Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst has offered to testify through a video link at the inquest into a young fan's death at a concert, but said he's too busy to attend in person, a coroner was told Monday...
    Teens join cell phone text message craze (02/26/02)
    You could call Jackie Snyders a bit of a cell phone junkie, though you won't see her constantly holding one to her ear. She's one of a growing number of American teens helping to usher in a form of high-tech communication already popular in Europe and Asia -- text messaging...
    Married-with-children families outnumbered by singles, widows (02/26/02)
    LEESBURG, Va. -- Forget "Ozzie and Harriet." The married-with-children crowd no longer dominates the suburbs. Nonfamily households -- homes headed by a young, single professional or an elderly widow, for instance -- now outnumber married couples with kids in the suburbs of the nation's largest metropolitan areas...
    Juror's vacation to Mexico results in jail sentence (02/26/02)
    CINCINNATI -- A juror in a murder case was sent to jail for seven days Monday for going on vacation to Mexico in the middle of deliberations. Christine Fiorini, 33, failed to show up after the long Presidents Day weekend, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Deliberations were put on hold for a week while court officials tried to track her down...
    Better treatment ups HIV-infected Americans to 1 million (02/26/02)
    SEATTLE -- Doctors have been so successful in saving the lives of people with AIDS that the number of Americans with HIV is actually increasing again after holding steady for years and is now approaching 1 million, according to government estimates...
    Witness - Mother weighed methods of killing children (02/26/02)
    HOUSTON -- Andrea Yates considered stabbing her five children but decided it was too bloody and that drowning was a better way to end their lives, a psychiatrist testified Monday. Dr. Melissa Ferguson also said that Yates ruled out drugs to kill her children, but believed drugs were possible for suicide. Ferguson interviewed the Houston mother in jail the day after her children were drowned in their bathtub June 20...
    Hubble to get makeover, caffeine jolt (02/26/02)
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After 12 years on the job, the Hubble Space Telescope is about to get a scientific makeover and the cosmic equivalent of a caffeine jolt. It all begins Thursday morning with the launch of space shuttle Columbia. The countdown began Monday...
    Families give blood samples, hope to identify more bodies (02/26/02)
    NOBLE, Ga. -- Distraught families lined up to give blood samples Monday in the hope their DNA might help investigators identify more of the scores of corpses scattered around a Georgia crematory. Some people brought what they once believed were the ashes of relatives whose bodies had been sent to Tri-State Crematory. Elaine Bray angrily rattled a mugful of pebbles that she said were passed off as the remains of her brother...
    Stocks slip, ending two-day rally (02/26/02)
    AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Investors tried to shake off doubts about a decline in consumer confidence Tuesday, but lingering misgivings put an end to a two-day rally as stocks lost ground in largely indecisive trading. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 30.45, or 0.3 percent, at 10,115.26, according to preliminary calculations, after climbing 311.03 in the previous two sessions...
    Stocks plummet on rumor of U.S. ground troops in Iraq (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon denied Tuesday that any U.S. ground troops are inside Iraq, after a rumor of military action helped send stocks down in early trading. Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said the mistaken report that caused the stir originated with Fox News, which later told him it had mistakenly rerun a report from last week that was subsequently denied by the Pentagon...
    Tax assessors arrested in alleged plot to take bribes (02/26/02)
    NEW YORK -- Sixteen tax assessors were arrested Monday for allegedly taking part in a 35-year plot to accept bribes and cheat the city out of hundreds of millions of dollars in property tax revenues, officials said. An indictment accused the assessors of accepting bribes for at least 35 years to alter the assessed values of more than 500 properties worth a total of $8 billion...
    Of 500 Afghanistan prisoners, none yet chosen for trial (02/26/02)
    Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- American interrogators are in the early stages of trying to figure out which of the prisoners from the war in Afghanistan might be tried by military tribunals, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday...
    Opposition leader charged with treason before vote (02/26/02)
    HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Just days before the presidential vote, the main challenger to President Robert Mugabe was charged Monday with the capital offense of treason for allegedly plotting to assassinate the Zimbabwe leader. Morgan Tsvangirai denied the allegations and pledged to continue campaigning for the March 9-10 elections, the most contentious since the country gained independence in 1980...
    Embassy hole big enough to crawl through, officials say (02/26/02)
    ROME -- A hole discovered in a tunnel adjacent to the U.S. Embassy in Rome was large enough to crawl through, and embassy officials said Monday that water pipes leading to the building were circled on a map that was seized along with a cyanide compound in a raid that led to nine arrests...
    Saudi peace offer tantalizes Israel (02/26/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Israel said Monday it is exploring with interest a tentative Saudi proposal that calls for an Israeli pullout from virtually all the territories it occupied in the 1967 Middle East war in return for comprehensive peace. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has fiercely opposed a total pullout. ...
    Suspects ordered jailed for two more weeks in slaying (02/26/02)
    KARACHI, Pakistan -- A Pakistani judge on Monday gave prosecutors two more weeks to build their case against three Islamic militants accused in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The judge in the southern city of Karachi ordered top suspect Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and two alleged accomplices jailed until their next court hearing. Over the next two weeks, police will also continue to search for Pearl's body...
    Israel vows to retaliate after four days of attacks (02/26/02)
    JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus stop in north Jerusalem late Monday, capping a day of violence in which four people were killed and two pregnant women -- one Israeli and one Palestinian -- were shot at roadblocks and then gave birth to healthy babies...
    Soldiers kill 76 communist rebels in Nepal (02/26/02)
    KATMANDU, Nepal -- Soldiers killed 76 rebels in a massive weekend strike in Nepal's mountainous midwest where the communist guerrillas staged their deadliest attack ever a week ago, the military said Monday. The deaths brought the toll on both sides over the past nine days of fighting to 342, the military said...
    Peru's ex-president writes about rebels (02/26/02)
    TOKYO -- Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, wanted in Lima on suspicion of homicide and corruption, has written a book that chronicles his administration's success in crushing leftist rebels and compares the decade-long struggle to the U.S.-led war on terror...
    In special forces' fight, even who's in it is a secret (02/26/02)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Special forces from a range of nations fill the air at the U.S.-led coalition's largest base in Afghanistan with Cockney pub songs, flags of every hue, accents from broad to nasal. They fight al-Qaida and Taliban, sometimes hand-to-hand. Sometimes, they fill coffins for a long, sad flight home...
    Unholy ground - Genocide museum crumbling for lack of money (02/26/02)
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Tuol Sleng prison was Cambodia's most unholy ground, a place where thousands were tortured while awaiting execution at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime. As Cambodians await justice for the few surviving Khmer Rouge leaders, those responsible for maintaining Tuol Sleng as a genocide museum are desperate for funds to keep the memorial from crumbling. It's not even on the government's list of historic sites needing conservation funds...
    Albanian describes mass killing of relatives (02/26/02)
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A Kosovo doctor recounted how Serb policemen gunned down six of his relatives and burned their house like it was their "daily business" as he testified Monday in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic. Argon Berisha, an ethnic Albanian, described a rampage by Serb forces in the southwestern town of Suva Reka after NATO began bombing Yugoslavia in March 1999...
    Minister sorry for imposing Russian language in schools (02/26/02)
    CHISINAU, Moldova -- Moldova's education minister apologized Monday for an abortive attempt to make schoolchildren in the former Soviet republic learn Russian, a measure that has prompted huge protests for the past six weeks. Addressing some 4,000 protesters outside government headquarters, Ilie Vancea suggested his decision last month to make Russian mandatory from second grade was made under pressure from hard-liners within his Communist Party, which dominates the government and favors ties with Russia.. ...
    Notre Dame cruises in district opener (02/26/02)
    BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- No. 1 seed Notre Dame cruised to an opening round 76-29 victory over ninth-seed Bloomfield in the boys' Class 2A, District 2 basketball tournament. Travis Siebert led Notre Dame (19-7) with 16 points and Scott Wittenborn scored 14. Nathan LeGrand added 11 for the Bulldogs...
    Missouri overcomes obstacles, No. 12 Okla. St. (02/26/02)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Arthur Johnson had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri overcame a 10-point first-half deficit and poor shooting from its biggest stars to beat No. 12 Oklahoma State 72-69 Monday. Kareem Rush was held to 10 points, two above his season worst and 10 below his average, and Clarence Gilbert had four coming off a 40-point game for the Tigers (20-9, 9-6 Big 12)...
    Southeast tackles Tech for OVC semifinal shot (02/26/02)
    So much for momentum. Southeast Missouri State University will find out tonight whether any effects linger from Saturday's 33-point loss at Austin Peay. The result will mean the difference between playing an Ohio Valley Conference semifinal game or ending the season...
    Otahks look for repeat success vs. Governors (02/26/02)
    If Southeast Missouri State University's women can duplicate their Saturday performance, they'll be on their way to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The key: Win at Austin Peay, where Southeast won 80-68 on Saturday. The teams play at 5:30 p.m. today...
    Ex-NBA star off after NBC after being charged with manslaughter (02/26/02)
    Associated Press WriterFLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) -- Jayson Williams won't be appearing on NBC's NBA coverage while manslaughter charges are pending against him in the shooting death of a limousine driver at his mansion. Williams surrendered to state police Monday, nearly two weeks after the death of Costas Christofi. The former NBA star was charged with second-degree manslaughter and freed on $250,000 cash bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to five to 15 years in prison...
    Illinois in Big Ten title hunt but needs help (02/26/02)
    By Jason Straight ~ The Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois hit bottom in a 31-point loss to Indiana that would take time and a few more losses to get over. It was a low point Bill Self doesn't need to remind his players of when the Illini face the Hoosiers a second time on Tuesday night...
    Bonilla retires, calls an end to 16-year run (02/26/02)
    Bobby Bonilla, who set the NL record for career home runs by a switch-hitter and helped the Florida Marlins win the 1997 World Series, officially retired Monday. A six-time All-Star during his 16 seasons, Bonilla turned 39 Saturday. Slowed by bad knees and other injuries, the outfielder-infielder saw limited playing time in recent years...
    Planners breathe secure sigh of relief (02/26/02)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Olympic security planners can finally relax. Their plan worked. At $310 million, it was the most expensive effort ever to defend a sporting event. For Olympic athletes, 1.6 million spectators and Utah's residents, it was worth every penny...
    Jordan's knee is serious blow to Wizards' prospects (02/26/02)
    WASHINGTON -- For 17 years, the only thing that kept Michael Jordan off the court for an extended period of time was his two retirements. Now a chronic knee injury has him thinking about a spell on the injured list, and it couldn't come at a worse time for his slumping Washington Wizards...
    Long airport waits signal end of party (02/26/02)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Tens of thousands of travelers flying home from the Winter Olympics on Monday were greeted with lines longer than two football fields and waits of up to four hours at the city's airport. The airport braced for about 74,000 passengers, said Barbara Gann, spokeswoman for the city Department of Airports. It's almost certainly the busiest day in the airport's history...
    Bigger, buffer Sosa arrives at Cubs' training camp (02/26/02)
    MESA, Ariz. -- Playful and powerful, Sammy Sosa arrived at spring training Monday and immediately created a stir in both the clubhouse and on the practice fields. In his first batting practice session of the spring, a muscular Sosa looked in midseason form, sending 11 homers over the fence to the delight of souvenir-chasing fans in a parking lot across the street...
    Matt Williams breaks left leg, expected to miss opening day (02/26/02)
    For Matt Williams, spring training is becoming a series of bad breaks. The Arizona third baseman broke his left leg and dislocated his left ankle during a routine fielding drill Monday and is expected to miss opening day. "I worked hard to prepare myself, so needless to say I'm disappointed," Williams said. "I can't do anything about it except heal up and do the proper rehab on the field as quickly as possible."...
    Appreciating match play for what it is (02/26/02)
    CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The seeds look like lotto numbers -- 24, 19, 55, 62. They belong to the first four winners of the Match Play Championship, a fascinating tournament that starts with high expectations and usually ends with a lot of questions. Who are these guys? How did they win a World Golf Championship event against the top 64 players on the planet?...
    Games were a joy, local resident says (02/26/02)
    Hassles? Headaches? Frustrations? Not in these Winter Olympics. Former Cape Girardeau resident Russ Reed, now a sales manager for a construction firm in Salt Lake City, said the area didn't have so much as a traffic jam during the Olympic Games, which ended Sunday...
    Ex-NBA star charged in limo driver's shooting death (02/26/02)
    FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams surrendered to police Monday and was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a limousine driver -- a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The NBC Sports commentator, accompanied by two men, walked through a back entrance into the state police barracks in Kingwood. He didn't comment as he entered or left...
    A glimpse at the entertainment offered in Cape (02/26/02)
    By Taylor McMillan Junior mints. Kit Kats. Snow caps and cookie dough bites. Blue raspberry frozen slushes. Sodas, jumbo size. Popcorn, buttered or plain? After a stop at the concession counter, it's time to take a seat before the lights dim, the previews begin and then ... the movie starts to roll...
    Predictions for 2002 Grammys (02/26/02)
    Heading into this year's Grammy Awards, most of the focus has been on the new generation of female singer-songwriters -- the streetwise yet elegant R&B of Alicia Keys, the alternative soul of India.Arie, and the eclectic pop of Nelly Furtado. They have 17 nominations between them. ...
    Jesse DeWeese (02/26/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Jesse E. "Gene" DeWeese, 82, of Cairo died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Blandville, Ky., son of Elbert and Willie Clark DeWeese. He married Mary Ann Clark, who died Dec. 28, 2001...
    Hilda Tucker (02/26/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hilda K. Tucker, 96, of Woodruff, Wis., formerly of Perryville, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Dr. Kate Newcomb Convalescent Center in Woodruff. She was born March 23, 1905, in Racine, Wis., daughter of George and Marie Ehleiter Klein. She and Edward V. Tucker were married April 28, 1925, in Bangor, Wis. He preceded her in death...
    Carl Krempasky (02/26/02)
    BELKNAP, Ill. -- Carl M. Krempasky, 49, of Belknap died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ill. Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
    Cora Masters (02/26/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Cora Bell Masters, 95, of Sikeston died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Feb. 10, 1907, in Princeton, Ky., daughter of William and Sarah Couch Harbison. She and Everett Masters were married Sept. 6, 1926, in Sikeston. He died Nov. 21, 1977...
    Raymond Stewart (02/26/02)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- Raymond F. Stewart, 89, of Dexter died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Nov. 6, 1912, in Garnett, Kan., son of Fletcher and Cora Garrison Stewart. He and Naomi Wiggs were married May 10, 1952, at Dexter...
    J.W. Coke (02/26/02)
    ANNISTON, Mo. -- Funeral for J.W. Coke of Anniston will be held at 10 a.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie, Mo. Burl Britt will officiate. Burial will be in Anniston Cemetery. Coke, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at East Prairie Nursing Center...
    Glenda Brown (02/26/02)
    ANNISTON, Mo. -- Glenda Dianne Brown, 49, of Anniston died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born April 17, 1952, in East Prairie, Mo., daughter of Robert and Ruth Johnson. She and Dale Brown were married July 25, 1996...
    James Meyer (02/26/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James A. Meyer, 68, formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Manor Care Nursing Home in St. Louis County. He was born April 20, 1933, in Perryville, son of Herman P. and Justina Lauck Meyer. He and Norma Zoellner were married May 30, 1953. She preceded him in death. He later married Judy E. Ritz, who also preceded him in death...
    William Holleman (02/26/02)
    EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- William Holleman, 95, of East Prairie, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center. Born Oct. 12, 1906, in McCory, Ark., he was the son of Jim and Alice Goodwin Holleman. He had lived in East Prairie since 1955. Holleman was retired from the U.S. Navy and a veteran of World War II...
    Donna Fusilier (02/26/02)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Donna Lee Fusilier, 45, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at her home in Scott City. She was born Nov. 8, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Donald Lee and Barbara Dean Bernard Venable of Scott City. Donna worked as a heavy equipment operator for Teamsters Local 574. She was a member of Illmo Baptist Church in Scott City...
    Ruth French (02/26/02)
    Ruth Marie French, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born May 24, 1914, in Hickory Ridge, Ark., daughter of William and Martha Wyatt Pendergrast. She and Henry Norris were married July 16, 1932, in Thebes, Ill. He died in 1966. She and Howard French were married in Cape Girardeau. He died in 1970...
    Shirley Knitter (02/26/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Shirley L. Knitter, 74, of Cairo died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at Daystar Care Center. She was born March 23, 1927, in Cairo, daughter of Foster H. and Jennie Blackburn Barnes. She married Kenneth L. Knitter, who died in 1993. Knitter was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Cairo VFW Post 2649 Auxiliary...
    Dorthy Kelley (02/26/02)
    McCLURE, Ill. -- Dorthy J. Kelley, 76, of McClure died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 27, 1925, in Herrin, Ill., daughter of Elvis and Mayme L. Thompson Skaggs. She and Robert A. Kelley were married Nov. 25, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. He died Dec. 16, 1964...
    Lester Myers (02/26/02)
    Lester Lee Myers, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Sept. 23, 1920, at Old Appleton, Mo., son of Ray John and Josie Esther Schreiner Myers. He and Roberta Elnora Kinder were married Dec. 20, 1947, in Cape Girardeau. She died Aug. 31, 1992...
    Rev. Dale Niswonger (02/26/02)
    The Rev. Dale Niswonger, 48, of Hindman, Ky., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Sylvane Hamlyn (02/26/02)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Sylvane Earl Hamlyn, 70, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born Nov. 6, 1931, in St. Louis County, son of Earl R.S. and Lydia Margaret Abernathy Hamlyn. Hamlyn was a welder and boilermaker with Continental Boiler and Alpha Tank Cos. before retiring about 1993...
    Cape Police report 02/26/02 (02/26/02)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Feb. 26 ArrestsMichael Eugene Green, 25, 2833 Themis, was arrested Sunday for numerous traffic violations. August Godtry Jones, 26, 1927 N. Kingshighway, was arrested Sunday for probation violation. AssaultTwo cases of domestic assault were reported Sunday...
    Cape fire report 02/26/02 (02/26/02)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Feb. 26 Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:At 7:36 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3115 Bloomfield Road. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:At 7:59 a.m., an alarm sounding at 1710 N. Sprigg...
    Out of the past 2/26/02 (02/26/02)
    10 years ago: Feb. 26, 1992 Cape Girardeau lawyer John Oliver has been elected vice chairman of Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission; term of previous chairman, Don Walsworth of Marceline, expired, and he has left commission. Cocaine and other drugs have increased in Cape Girardeau over past decade despite seven-fold increase in federal spending to fight nation's drug war, police say; according to Lt. ...
    Corrections 2/26 (02/26/02)
    The Kaufman Entrepreneur Internship Award is a private foundation grant given to universities for internship programs. The source of funding was incorrect in a Feb. 21 article. A Progress edition story on Sunday incorrectly said that Southeast Missouri Hospital paid $4.3 million to purchase property along Interstate 55 between Silver Springs Road and Southern Expressway. ...
    Less campaign reform is better than more (02/26/02)
    Much of the fuel for the campaign-finance reform measure that barreled through the U.S. House recently appears to be coming from the waves of reaction to the Enron fiasco. The company's hefty donations to politicians of every stripe have been well-documented. It's curious, though: The failure of Enron affected thousands of employees and investors in ways far more devastating than any officeholder, yet it is the political-contribution aspect that is getting so much attention from Congress...
    Honor rolls show best side of education (02/26/02)
    It's too easy to focus on those things that are negative or bother us in some way. We talk about crime in our community but rarely make mention most of our neighbors never commit a single infraction, not even a speeding ticket. That's the way it is with schools. When urban districts -- and a few outstate ones as well -- struggle to deliver a meaningful education, there is a tendency to cast all of America's education as a failure...
    Public has right to doubt effects of voluntary effort (02/26/02)
    To the editor: Both the Southeast Missourian and the Bush administration seem grudgingly though unconvincingly to acknowledge that greenhouse gas emissions are a problem, but neither seems to understand the issue. Though you sneeringly argue as though it is just environmentalists who are concerned about the problem, actually the concern was initially raised by researchers studying climate. ...
    Speak Out A 02/26/02 (02/26/02)
    Take down barricades IHAVE to agree with the Southeast Missourian. I've been downtown several times, and I didn't realize why those barriers were in front of the federal building. I just thought it was road repair. But I was concerned about a parking space like the Southeast Missourian probably is right next door. Then I would probably be pretty perturbed about it too. It's not like we have the Liberty Bell here. I would have to say it's time to take down the barricades...
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