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Stories from Sunday, March 3, 2002

Spokesman says officer who fired was protecting family (03/03/02)
Southeast Missourian A spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department refuses to second-guess an officer who fired a shot when responding to a domestic disturbance Wednesday. The family in question said police intervention only made things worse...
Cub Scouts blow boats to finish at gutter regatta (03/03/02)
"On your mark. Set. Blow!" Each heat of Saturday morning's Rain Gutter Regatta began with those words from starter Donnie Phillips of Scott City, Mo., as 28 Cub Scouts from around the region competed to see who could blow homemade sailboats down the length of a 25-foot trough fastest...
Driving downhill (03/03/02)
Motorists in a four-state area doubled their displeasure when it comes to their opinions of highway conditions, according to a poll conducted by the American Automobile Association. AAA members from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana responded to the poll, which showed that 24 percent of motorists rated highway conditions in the region as poor. That's up 13 percent from an identical poll that was conducted two years ago, said Mike Wright, vice president of public affairs for AAA...
Local businesses take advantage of broadband (03/03/02)
Doctors can send dozens of X-rays to nearby hospitals. Producers can transport videos the day they're due rather than ship them overnight. Large real estate companies can make hundreds -- or thousands -- of pictures available for would-be home buyers to peruse at their leisure...
Amber waves Farm show stands out on rural radios amid chatter (03/03/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Competing against round-the-clock chatter on the nation's airwaves, the AgriTalk radio show reaches listeners in unusual places -- such as the cab of Jason Shellabarger's tractor in an Audrain County field. "When I'm out working, I tune in AgriTalk over KRES radio in Moberly because I want to stay on top of what's happening in agriculture and get an honest presentation, pro and con," says Shellabarger, a sophomore in agricultural journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia.. ...
Online cheating growing, but not at Southeast (03/03/02)
The temptation for cyber cheating is just a click away at college campuses nationwide for students with Internet access who would rather download term papers and essays for a fee than write their own. But Southeast Missouri State University educators and students say it isn't a big problem at the Cape Girardeau school. Few students cheat online, they say...
After long hiatus, artist returns to his passion, hometown (03/03/02)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- After a seven-year hiatus, artist Lowell Davis is painting once again. He's also dotting the Southwest Missouri area near Carthage with signs that carry his trademark flair. They hawk everything from restaurants to dentists' offices, but to call them signs hardly does them justice...
Mother accused of knifing sons unfit to stand trial (03/03/02)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- As far as neighbors were concerned, Dr. Ellen Feinberg was an exemplary mother, the wife of a surgeon who gave up her own medical practice to spend time with her two sons. So when police invaded their upscale neighborhood and Feinberg was accused of stabbing her eldest to death and wounding her youngest, they had no explanation...
Paper- Many exposed to toxic dust at military bases (03/03/02)
CHICAGO -- U.S. military personnel have been exposed to the toxic metal beryllium at dozens of military bases and the government has failed to follow its own guidelines in testing for the substance, according to a published report. The Chicago Tribune reports in its Sunday editions that the Department of Defense has failed to follow federal health guidelines by not providing blood tests to determine if workers have been harmed...
Three dead in head-on collision (03/03/02)
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- Three Missourians died in a traffic accident in Barry County when one vehicle hit another head-on, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The accident happened about 1 p.m. Friday on Missouri 37 about four miles north of Cassville, the patrol said. The vehicle driven by 16-year-old Erik Boman of Pierce City crossed the center line and struck the car driven by Edith Pollick of Cassville, the patrol said...
Second priest removed over abuse allegations (03/03/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis has removed a second priest over an allegation of past child sexual abuse, citing a tougher local standard imposed after revelations the Boston diocese failed to remove 80 priests accused of sexually molesting children...
Used Amish buggies for sale in small town (03/03/02)
CHESTERVILLE, Ill. -- A pre-owned Amish buggy lot offers free test drives, but the only stumbling block is that interested buyers have to provide their own horsepower. Currently, six buggies are lined up near Illinois Route 133, which meanders through this quiet town of about 68 people, many of them Amish. The row of buggies resembles a car dealership where people can wander around viewing the models...
Branching out Yard art creator tries indoor painting, teaching (03/03/02)
ENERGY, Ill. -- Denise Cripps said she knew she wanted to be an artist ever since she was a little girl. "My father, who died of cancer when I was in the second grade, was an artist," Cripps said. "I grew up having access to art supplies and believe I have kept a part of him with me every day through my work."...
Cypress boats mix function and art (03/03/02)
TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. -- Dale Calhoun shapes and bends the long cypress planks the same way his family has done for four generations. Sanded and planed to blueprints that exist only in his head, the planks will form the hull of a genuine "stumpjumper," a small sporting boat as unique to northwest Tennessee as a pirogue is to south Louisiana...
Carnahan tells party it must 'reconnect' with working people (03/03/02)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Sen. Jean Carnahan revisited an old theme for the Democratic Party on Saturday night, telling a gathering of party faithful that they must be the friend of the common man. "Our challenge as public servants and as a party is to reconnect with those working Americans, those middle Americans who feel like no one is standing up for them," Carnahan said at the annual Democrat Days gathering for the state party in Hannibal...
Ex-officer may lose license over hot-tub parties (03/03/02)
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. -- A state administrative panel has found that a former police officer from this St. Louis suburb committed gross misconduct for participating in nude hot-tub parties involving three fellow officers and two teen-age girls. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission in Jefferson City ruled Friday against Paul Ponder. Ponder, 43, now faces a hearing meant to determine whether he permanently surrenders his police officer's certification, KSDK-TV of St. Louis has reported...
Restitution fund not likely to satisfy victims of diluted chemo (03/03/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Delia Chelston believes diluted chemotherapy drugs from Robert R. Courtney's pharmacy hurt her chances of recovering from ovarian cancer. Courtney has agreed that much of his wealth should compensate victims like Chelston. But she doesn't expect much, not after his more than $8 million is divided between hundreds of potential victims...
Jasper County lead cleanup may hold insight for others (03/03/02)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- When it comes to struggling with lead pollution in Missouri, good news is rare. The state's ranking as the nation's top lead producer has left scars in places like Herculaneum and the "Old Lead Belt." So it was a welcome sight when state health officials smiled at a recent announcement in Southwest Missouri's Jasper County, which along with the corners of northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas once formed the lead-mining capital of the world...
Truman's cook served many roles over 36 years (03/03/02)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- At the Independence home of Harry and Bess Truman, Vietta Garr prepared dinner and served it. Over decades of such service at the Truman home and the White House, however, she would do much more. She would help raise Margaret, the Trumans' daughter. She also would be a companion to Madge Gates Wallace, the president's mother-in-law. That was important because Wallace in the 1940s agreed to move to the White House if Garr went, too...
State refigures AmerenUE's earnings (03/03/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Staff for state utility regulators said calculations show that AmerenUE earned up to $285 million more than it should have, tens of millions of dollars more than first suggested. Using a base year ending last June 30 at the St. Louis-based utility's request, the Missouri Public Service Commission staff said Friday the company serving much of eastern Missouri had earned between $246 million and $285 million more than it should have...
New book chronicles 'bloodiest gang' in U.S. (03/03/02)
PEORIA, Ill. -- The Parkway Tavern on Farmington Road is not a point of interest for most out-of-town visitors, but it is for author Taylor Pensoneau of New Berlin. "Right there is where an assassin hiding in the underbrush shot Bernie Shelton as he was about to get into his car in July of 1948," said Pensoneau, standing in the bar's parking lot and pointing to a spot on the asphalt...
Former St. Louis paramedic ordered imprisoned on fondling charg (03/03/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis Fire Department paramedic convicted of fondling two women, including an ambulance patient, has been sentenced to six years behind bars. In sentencing Joseph Greco, 29, on Friday, St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker Jr. said he would review the case after 90 days to see whether Greco could be eligible for parole...
Kinder seeks oversight of lawyer contracts (03/03/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After losing a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's hiring of outside counsel to represent the state in suing tobacco companies, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder is pushing legislation to put controls on the retention of private lawyers by state agencies...
Meat substitute made from fungus arrives (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- A fake meat that is made from fungus, but looks and tastes like chicken has arrived in U.S. supermarkets. In Europe, the meat substitute rivals soyburgers and similar products in popularity. Known as mycoprotein, it is marketed under the trade name Quorn (pronounced kworn) and made into a variety of products, including chicken-like nuggets, lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo -- even an alternative to ground beef, called "grounds."...
Black former CIA officer claims racial discrimination (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- A former CIA case officer who is black contends in a lawsuit against the agency that his supervisors discriminated against him for much of his career. Jeffrey Sterling, the first black case officer to file such a suit, claims his managers threw up hurdles that prevented him from succeeding...
Billy Graham apologizes for 1972 comments (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- In President Nixon's Oval Office, Rev. Billy Graham didn't mince words in describing his feelings about Jewish people and the media: "This stranglehold has got to be broken or this country's going down the drain." On Friday, the 83-year-old evangelist apologized for his words spoken 30 years ago and captured on an audio tape. The conversation was among 500 hours of Nixon tapes released this week by the National Archives. Most were recorded between January and June 1972...
U.S. fighter jet crash kills one in Mediterranean (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- A Tomcat fighter jet crashed Saturday during a training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, killing one of the two crew members, the Navy said. The F-14 went into the water immediately after launch from the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, which is on its way to deployment in the war in Afghanistan, said the statement from the U.S. Sixth Fleet, based in Gaeta, Italy...
Embassies called vulnerable despite safety precautions (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- Despite miles of new concrete barriers, towering walls, bomb-residue tests, metal detectors, gas masks and tight restrictions on diplomats' travel, a recent tunnel found near the U.S. Embassy in Rome makes clear that America's overseas missions remain strikingly vulnerable...
Bush judicial nominees face defeat (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- Less than a year ago, federal judges Charles Pickering of Mississippi and D. Brooks Smith of Pennsylvania looked like shoo-ins for elevation to the U.S. Court of Appeals. No longer. Today, Smith's nomination to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia is in trouble and Pickering's nomination for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could be all but dead in the Democratic-controlled Senate...
U.S. ponders DNA samples from terrorists (03/03/02)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. authorities have been taking samples from suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan that could produce DNA profiles, but it remains unclear what use they will be able to make of the material. Including an analysis of the samples in a federal DNA database apparently would require congressional approval because of existing limits on what can be placed in the database...
Execution of mentally retarded divides states (03/03/02)
At least 82 death row inmates are seeking reprieves in states that recently banned executing the mentally retarded, an inkling of the hundreds that would likely challenge their sentences if the U.S. Supreme Court finds such executions are unconstitutional...
Big storm spreads snow, ice (03/03/02)
A huge storm spread snow and ice across the middle of the nation on Saturday, canceling or delaying some flights at Dallas and Chicago and sending cars sliding into ditches and each other. Up to 2 feet of snow was possible by this morning on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the National Weather Service said. Amounts by midday Saturday ranged from 1 to 2 inches in Texas to 4 to 8 inches in Oklahoma and 8 1/2 at Grand Rapids, Mich...
Shuttle goes on with plumbing woes (03/03/02)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA gave the shuttle Columbia astronauts permission Saturday to proceed with their full mission to renovate the Hubble Space Telescope despite clogged plumbing in their ship. Optimism had been growing throughout the day, aboard Columbia and inside Mission Control, that the 11-day Hubble servicing mission would remain on track despite a problem with a radiator line used to shed heat from shuttle electronics. The trouble had threatened to cut short the flight...
Drying out (03/03/02)
Drought has engulfed nearly a third of the United States, threatening to confront some places this summer with what experts say could be their worst water shortages in years. "This is a sleeping giant," says climatologist Mark Svoboda, at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. "The impact is still to come."...
Man convicted in pipeline shooting (03/03/02)
The Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- An Alaska man accused of blasting a gunshot hole in the trans-Alaska pipeline, causing a leak that gushed 285,000 gallons of crude oil, was convicted of a federal weapons charge. Daniel Carson Lewis, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conviction Friday of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing was set for May 6...
'Partridge Family' mom divorces from comedian (03/03/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Shirley Jones, the Oscar-winning actress and former matriarch of "The Partridge Family" television show, has filed for divorce from her husband of 25 years, comedian Marty Ingels. Jones cited irreconcilable differences in her petition, according to court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court...
odds & ends.6c (03/03/02)
PITTSBURGH -- Call it the "Little Bo Peep" ploy. A dairy farmer has admitted he tried to hide his assets, including 200 head of cattle, from creditors and federal agents by claiming he couldn't find them. Vern E. Over has pleaded guilty to concealment of assets and bankruptcy fraud for selling livestock and equipment from his Clarion County dairy farm and then telling a bankruptcy trustee and FBI agents he didn't know where they went, according to court documents...
NAACP protests at Carolina border over Confederate flag (03/03/02)
FORT MILL, S.C. -- Travelers driving into South Carolina Saturday were met by protesters waving bright yellow signs telling them to take their money elsewhere as the battle over the Confederate battle flag hit the state's borders. The NAACP launched a boycott of South Carolina two years ago over a Confederate flag that had flown atop the Statehouse for 38 years...
Children's theater (03/03/02)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- "ZIP!" The Bulgarian actress, her manicured nails painted a deep red, points to the fourth-grader with the long pony tail. "Woodrow Wilson," the girl responds, looking at a picture held by her neighbor. "ZAP!" The actress moves to the next student. "William Henry Harrison."...
$150 million gift goes to university (03/03/02)
AUSTIN, Texas -- A retired Texas oilman has pledged his estate -- worth an estimated $150 million -- to the University of Texas, which school officials said was the largest gift ever made to a single public university. The donation by John "Jack" Jackson, who graduated from UT in 1940, is a testament to the role the school played in his life, university president Larry Faulkner said in announcing the gift on Saturday...
Mother admits to falsifying high IQ claims (03/03/02)
DENVER -- A mother whose son scored 298 on an IQ test at age 6 now admits she rigged the results and falsified other records that helped him gain renown as a boy genius. Elizabeth Chapman, 29, hospitalized her son Justin in November after what she feared was a suicide attempt. She said she decided to tell the truth because her lies were hurting the boy, who is now 8, and that she wants to be reunited with him...
Marchers decry Italian leadership (03/03/02)
ROME -- Tens of thousands of opposition supporters -- some sporting Pinocchio noses to mock conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi -- marched through central Rome on Saturday to denounce the government and assert the unity of the center-left. More than 100,000 demonstrators came from around the nation...
India's religious violence spreads through villages (03/03/02)
AHMADABAD, India -- Mob burnings, shootings and other violence between Hindus and Muslims spread through villages in India's Gujarat state Saturday even as soldiers enforced a fearful peace in larger cities. The death toll in India's worst religious strife in a decade stood at 415 after police said Hindus stormed the village of Sardarpura and set houses and shops ablaze by lighting fires near cooking gas containers. Twenty-seven Muslims died, police officials said...
British find more mail with caustic chemicals (03/03/02)
LONDON -- Two prominent Britons received packages believed similar to parcels containing dangerous chemicals disguised as aromatherapy samples that were mailed to Prime Minister Tony Blair's home and a Scottish lawmaker's assistant, police said Saturday...
Castro attends annual cigar festival (03/03/02)
HAVANA -- A playful Fidel Castro entertained hundreds of foreign cigar aficionados at a black-tie dinner and auction, joking with his guests and modeling a popular Cuban musician's little white sombrero before it was sold to the highest bidder. "I'm not going to give a speech -- which is lucky for you!" Castro told the 600 guests, including some 60 Americans, who traveled to Cuba for the annual Habanos Festival celebrating the communist island's tobacco. ...
A mixed marriage (03/03/02)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- When Starbucks opened coffee shops in this conservative, Muslim kingdom where women go out covered from head to toe, it removed the trademark siren from its logo, keeping only her crown. The customization of the logo -- which in the original depicts a crowned, stylized woman with long hair covering her breasts -- could stand as a symbol for the complex relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States...
Palestinian suicide bomber kills nine (03/03/02)
JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated a powerful explosive Saturday in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 30. The attack targeted worshippers pouring into streets following sundown prayers at the end of the Jewish Sabbath...
Spanish priest discovers South American love online (03/03/02)
MADRID, Spain -- The priest in a tiny farming village near the Portuguese border surfed the Web and found love in South America. Now his flock is passing around the collection plate so he can bring the woman to Spain. Revelations of the Rev. Alfonso Vegas Ramajo's yearlong Internet love affair come during a troubling time for the Roman Catholic church in deeply religious Spain...
Prince quits businesses for queen (03/03/02)
LONDON -- Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, who both were criticized for their behavior as private sector executives, announced Saturday they will quit their jobs to spend more time fulfilling their royal responsibilities, including Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations...
Georgia wallows in security crisis (03/03/02)
TBILISI, Georgia -- A vacation paradise in communist times, Georgia has spent much of its post-Soviet life in hell. Separatists in two regions defeated the army, leaving the areas essentially independent. A coup laid waste to the capital. And police failure to stem banditry in the Pankisi Gorge has purportedly made that area a terrorist haven, raising alarm from Washington to Moscow...
U.S. troops launch large ground attack in mountains (03/03/02)
GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- In the biggest U.S.-led ground operation this year, U.S. and Afghan troops backed by U.S. jets Saturday attacked Taliban and al-Qaida forces regrouping in eastern Afghanistan. One American was killed and a number were injured, the Pentagon said...
Guantanamo prisoners continue hunger strike (03/03/02)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- About 75 captives of the war on terrorism held to a hunger strike for a fourth day Saturday in a protest rooted in uncertainty over their indefinite detention and their fate, a U.S. military commander said. Six detainees have been given liquids with an intravenous drip, one against his wishes, officials said...
U.S. joins with Vietnam for Agent Orange talks (03/03/02)
HANOI, Vietnam -- Researchers at the first U.S.-Vietnamese conference on Agent Orange, a defoliant used by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, said they will report "extraordinarily" high levels of cancer-causing dioxin in people living in heavily sprayed areas...
Macedonians kill seven terrorist suspects (03/03/02)
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Police said they killed seven men who opened fire at a patrol near the capital Saturday and described them as foreigners -- probably Pakistanis -- suspected of planning terrorist attacks on Western embassies and Macedonian officials...
Spring teams take their games inside (03/03/02)
The Notre Dame Regional High School gymnasium isn't just for basketball anymore. When spring practices began Monday and spring weather didn't, the facility became a true multi-purpose building. A cold snap has left many teams turning inward, but the Notre Dame gymnasium has been more congested than most...
Bad weather keeps prep playoff teams idle (03/03/02)
Bad weather across the state Saturday led to the postponement of several basketball games involving Southeast Missouri high school teams. Among the games called off was the Class 3A boys' game at Farmington, where two-time defending state champion New Madrid County Central was to play St. Francis Borgia for the third straight year in the quarterfinal round. That game will be at 8:15 p.m. Monday. Fredericktown and DeSoto will play in the girls' game at 6:30 Monday...
Third-year team looks to future with big goals (03/03/02)
One look at the trophy in the lobby at St. Charles Community College and James Riggle was sold. "They told me it was for their roller hockey team," said Riggle, a senior at Southeast Missouri State University. "Then they mentioned they'd played Southeast, and I was looking for a school to go to anyway. That helped me make up my mind."...
Indians bring back experience for spring workouts (03/03/02)
Members of the Southeast roller hockey team are, from left, Joe Gissy, Ben Stienburger, Matt Stravalli, Derek Donjon, James Riggle, Mike Assinger, Mike Studt, Jake Senart and Ryan Wargel. The team finished its season third in the Great Plains Region of the Collegiate Roller Hockey League.By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian...
That's the(wrist) breaks-Garciaparra back, Kent out (03/03/02)
Nomar Garciaparra made an emphatic return from his injured wrist. Jeff Kent broke a bone in his. Kent injured himself while washing his truck and will miss 4-6 weeks. Kent, the 2000 NL MVP, revealed the injury to Giants trainer Stan Conte on Saturday after swelling and soreness set in overnight...
Healthy Beltre says he's happy, grateful (03/03/02)
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Adrian Beltre is a happy man these days, as evidenced by his ever-present smile. Considering the condition the Los Angeles Dodgers' third baseman found himself in at this time a year ago, it's understandable. "I wake up every day happy," said Beltre, who missed the first 36 games last season because of complications following an emergency appendectomy. "It was a nightmare, all I went through last year...
Bryant may face brief suspension after bout (03/03/02)
LOS ANGELES -- There's rarely a dull moment with Shaq, Kobe & Crew, who have a knack for creating excitement when the regular season grind grows tedious. Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, now best buddies, feuded last season. Then there was Shaq miffed at coach Phil Jackson for a time, Jackson taking some subtle potshots at O'Neal, then O'Neal taking a roundhouse shot at then-Chicago Bulls center Brad Miller about 1 1/2 months ago...
Stewart hopes bad luck is behind him (03/03/02)
P After his first two races, Stewart is losing ground to the Winston Cup points leaders. LAS VEGAS -- As unlikely as it is to consider the third race of a very long season as crucial, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 might be just that for Tony Stewart if he hopes to be a title contender...
Carr ready to be No. 1 draft pick (03/03/02)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Unlike some high-profile players in recent years, former Fresno State quarterback David Carr -- expected to be the Houston Texans' first pick in the NFL draft -- plans to participate in drills during the NFL scouting combine. "I've had some people tell me that maybe it wouldn't be a good idea to go through all the workouts here. But I can't do that. I can't be around a football field without wanting to get out there and play," Carr said Saturday...
Murray St. takes ticket to dance (03/03/02)
From staff, wire reports It's beginning to look like March Madness. Murray State, Florida Atlantic and Winthrop were among the men's basketball teams that secured bids to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, eight days before the tournament's selection committee announces first-round pairings...
Gift to Robinson- A second win (03/03/02)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Howard Battle hit a two-run double in the eighth inning Saturday to give Frank Robinson his second win as the Montreal Expos' manager, a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Battle's drive off Les Walrond bounced over the center-field fence to make it 4-2...
Memories of an NBA milestone (03/03/02)
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Wilt Chamberlain had some time to waste before the Philadelphia Warriors played the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, so he went to the arcade in the Hershey Sports Arena. Ken Berman, the Warriors' shot-clock operator was already there, playing one of the rifle games, when Chamberlain tapped on his shoulder...
Looking for civility in the world of sports (03/03/02)
Five years ago, the major professional, amateur and scholastic sports organizations in America formed the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, a concentrated effort to promote civility and sportsmanship. Ray Warren, CEO and president of Raycom Sports and newly elected chairman of the Alliance's corporate advisory board, would like to report progress. Unfortunately, he can't...
With the ugliness behind, it's time to look ahead (03/03/02)
The reasons have been well-documented, but any way you slice it, Southeast Missouri State University had a disastrous men's basketball season this year. Now the daunting challenge for coach Gary Garner and his staff is to climb out of the hole left by a 6-22 record. It certainly won't be easy, but it definitely can be done...
Baseball fans, bidders turn out to support team (03/03/02)
Items ranging from an autographed picture of Bozo the Clown to Southeast Missouri State University football and basketball season tickets were up for grabs at the 25th annual Craftsman Union Capahas benefit auction. More than 50 friends, fans and bargain hunters turned out at the Osage Community Centre to show their support for the amateur baseball team's fundraiser Saturday...
The Press Box (03/03/02)
Richardson helped make race irrelevant In one of his farewell addresses, Nolan Richardson told a gathering of assembled media, "I see no one [who] looks like me." He was speaking of race, as Richardson often does when he's angry. But what was it another man famously said? That he looked forward to the day when he was judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character? What Richardson failed to grasp was that he'd lived to see that day...
Sunday's FanSpeak (03/03/02)
Who will it benefit? AFTER READING about the contract with the Cardinals, it is clear that the owners have a sweetheart deal. They only pay 4 percent while the taxpayers pay 96 percent. But if passed by the legislators, Holden and Kinder will get their luxury seats and campaign money from the rich owners. I wonder how many low income workers they will share their seats with?...
people & accomplishments (03/03/02)
The Cape Challengers won a gold medal in the Show-Me State Games youth basketball tournament Feb. 22-24 in Columbia, Mo. More than 120 teams competed in the tournament that features teams in grades 4-6. Teams in the tournament could compete in one of two divisions. The recreational division required no pressing and no zone defense. The competitive division played by state high school rules...
Sunday's Letters to the editor (03/03/02)
FanSpeak comments should be attributed To the editor: I agree with coach Burk (Letters, Feb. 24) that some of the recent comments in the FanSpeak column have been offensive. Personal attacks from an anonymous source should not be published. Yet, a fair and lively debate about the local sports scene could be informative as well as entertaining...
Artistic adventure (03/03/02)
Book leads man on quest to retrace route of Lewis and Clark By Melissa Merli ~ The Champaign News-Gazette HEYWORTH, Ill. Six years ago, artist Ken Holder's wife gave him a copy of Stephen Ambrose's book, "Undaunted Courage," about the historic Lewis and Clark expedition of 200 years ago. As he read it, Holder became captivated...
Archaeologist fears time running out to find historic sites (03/03/02)
THE DALLES, Ore. Much as Lewis and Clark were obsessed with reaching the Pacific two centuries ago, Ken Karsmizki has an obsession of his own: To find and preserve as many of their campsites as possible. He has identified one major campsite, the Lower Portage, near Great Falls, Mont., and is on the trail of others...
Neat and nostalgic (03/03/02)
If you long for the past, or want to build a future, the house at 1909 Marietta in Cape Girardeau could be the house for you. This house has the interesting ability to take you back to the past. It has been owned by an apparently neat and meticulous couple who carefully kept the house's 1970s roots intact...
Ogling wintering eagles soaring over Tennessee habitat (03/03/02)
TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. -- For 10-year-old Lucas Fulbright and his pals, the trivia about making the turkey a national symbol was a real knee-slapper. Along with two busloads of other fourth graders, the boys had just taken part in the annual "eagle tours" at Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee near the Missouri and Kentucky borders...
Formations show off crown jewel of Arizona state parks (03/03/02)
BENSON, Ariz. -- For those amazed by the beauty of what they've seen already at Kartchner Caverns, said by some to rival that of New Mexico's much larger Carlsbad Caverns, the best is yet to come. Crystalline formations etched by dripping water for 200,000 years have awed almost a half-million visitors going through the caverns' upper complex, the Throne and Rotunda rooms, for more than two years...
Upon first looking into Grisham's 'A Painted House' (03/03/02)
Perhaps it took me a little longer than most people to read John Grisham's "A Painted House." I carry some slow-down baggage with me as I read. Not only do I follow the narrative, I study the techniques of the author. When I ventured into short story and novel writing I meticulously studied how the author put the story together. ...
Equinoxes good for finding due east, west, little else (03/03/02)
The Big Dipper is climbing higher in the northeast sky while the mighty winter constellation Orion and his familiar cohorts begin their western plunge. Once again we enter a phase where we are looking out of the plane of our galaxy and so have lesser stars and constellations to look at for a while. But since sunset occurs later and later, it seems the next cycle of stars spring up from the eastern horizon faster and faster. Leo the lion, in particular, appears to lunge westward...
Daughter's wrapped up with bedtime zoo (03/03/02)
It's clearly crisis time in our house. Our 6-year-old's bed is becoming too small. It's really not the-incredible-shrinking bed, it just seems that way. That's because Bailey insists on sleeping with every conceivable stuffed animal known to man including a giant fluffy blue-and-black snake...
One more chance for endangered 'Once and Again' (03/03/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Saddle up the donkey, Sancho, and sharpen the pencils. We're going tilting at TV windmills. ABC's "Once and Again," one of television's best and most distinctive series, is in mortal danger and we are compelled to try to rescue it...
TV highlights for the week ahead (03/03/02)
At least since the film "Mad Max," the post-apocalyptic world has had a strange appeal. Now comes Showtime's new series "Jeremiah: The Long Road," with its version of the world after the Big Death, a mysterious pandemic that claimed the lives of everyone above the age of puberty. The show is a visual treat with an intriguing tale. Co-starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner, it premieres Sunday at 7 p.m...
Broadband makes digital difference for local market (03/03/02)
It's been little more than a week since the firm where Larry Young works switched from its dial-up Internet service to a broadband provider, but the Cape Girardeau certified public accountant is already a convert. "It's a phenomenal difference," said Young, whose office recently got broadband Internet access known as DSL, or digital subscriber line...
Louise Propst (03/03/02)
Florence "Louise" Propst, age 72, passed away Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call today between 4 and 8 p.m. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape. Funeral service will be Monday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment in Snyder Cemetery near Millersville. Dr. Derek Staples will officiate...
Walter Gibbs (03/03/02)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Walter I. Gibbs, 74, of Alto Pass, missing since Dec. 11, 2001, was pronounced dead Friday, March 1, 2002, in Mississippi County near Charleston, Mo. He was born Jan. 31, 1928, in Jonesboro, son of Arthur E. and Fannie Day Gibbs. He and Linda Bradley were married Nov. 29, 1968, in Granite City, Ill. She survives...
Norman McElreath (03/03/02)
Norman Wesley McElreath, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. He was born July 3, 1917, at Whitewater, Mo., son of Gerald Clyde and Catherine Elizabeth Andrews McElreath. He and Marie E. Exler were married Nov. 20, 1945, in Cape Girardeau...
Carl Westbrook (03/03/02)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Carl F. "Jim" Westbrook, 87, of Jonesboro died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Jonesboro Health Care Center. He was born April 7, 1914, in Union County, son of Francis and Cora Ann Lowery Westbrook. He and Ruby Mae Benson were married Jan. 18, 1935. She died April 2, 1999...
Fred Fritzinger (03/03/02)
Fred Fritzinger, 74, of Kirksville, Mo., and formerly of Anna, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. He was born Oct. 6, 1927, at Anna, son of Fred and Vernetta Medlin Fritzinger. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Anna and the Methodist Men's Club. ...
Dorothy Scott (03/03/02)
FORISTELL, Mo. -- Dorothy C. Scott, 90, of Foristell, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Cross Roads Regional Hospital in Wentzville, Mo. She was born April 26, 1911, in Springfield, Mo., daughter of William Edward and Grace Williams Crone...
Andrew Enderle (03/03/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Andrew John Enderle, 88, of Chaffee died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 9, 1913, in Chaffee, son of Peter and Katie Gosche Enderle. He and Christine Backfisch were married Aug. 13, 1938. She died Aug. 21, 1999...
James Black (03/03/02)
James Randy Black, 76, of Granite City, Ill., died Friday, March 1, 2002, at a daughter's residence in Charleston, Mo. He was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Bear Springs, Tenn., son of Homer and Edna Watts Black. He and Mildred Geraldine Jones were married Oct. 29, 1949. She died March 27, 1993...
Sarah Wachter (03/03/02)
Sarah Kathleen "Dickie" Wachter, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Heartland Care and Rehabilitation. She was born Oct. 3, 1914, in Gravel Mill, Mo., the daughter of Grover Daniel and Cornellia Elizabeth Lessley Slinkard. On Jan. 19, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, she was married to R.M. "Mutt" Wachter. He died Jan. 31, 2001...
Irene Bailey (03/03/02)
ANNA, Ill. -- Irene Bailey, 87, of Anna died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Sarah Busch Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Ill. She was born Dec. 14, 1914, in Pope County, Illinois, daughter of John Ross and Elizabeth King Conley. She and Harry Bailey were married Dec. 28, 1932, in Eddyville, Ill. He died April 4, 1992...
birthssun.sr 3/3 (03/03/02)
Ashworth Daughter to the Rev. Tony and Marla Ashworth of St. Robert, Mo., Phelps County Medical Center at Rolla, Mo., 8:11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. Name, Gabrielle Elizabeth. Weight, 8 pounds 14 1/2 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Ashworth is the daughter of Charles and Loretta Ditto of Chaffee, Mo. Ashworth is the son of Ann Willis of Miller City, Ill. He is pastor of First Assembly of God Church in St. Robert...
Canoy-Page (03/03/02)
Robin Canoy and Jack Page were married Feb. 14, 2002. The Rev. Ray Greenlee of Advance, Mo., brother of the groom, performed the ceremony. Musician and soloist was Elizabeth Greenley. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Canoy of Sturdivant, Mo. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Coy Vickery of Pensacola, Fla...
Krauss-Brown (03/03/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Stephanie Beth Krauss and Craig Michael Brown were married July 7, 2001, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matthew T. Marks performed the double ring ceremony. Organist was Allyn Steffens. Soloist was Spencer Prevallet, cousin of the bride...
Stroup-Esterline (03/03/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Julie Ann Stroup and Adam Ray Esterline were married Oct. 6, 2001, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph Duffner performed the double ring ceremony. Organist was Emily Siebert of Chaffee, cousin of the bride. Parents of the bride are Jerry and Carol Stroup of Chaffee. The groom is the son of Rhonda Lowery of Dexter, Mo., and Ray Esterline of Dixon, Mo...
Whistler-Alexander (03/03/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Sara Elizabeth Whistler and Corey Lee Alexander were married Sept. 1, 2001, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph Duffner performed the double ring ceremony. Scripture readers were Michelle Whistler and Angela Schaefer. Music was provided by Trio Girardeaux. Soloist was Neal Boyd of Sikeston, Mo...
Craig-Hornback (03/03/02)
Andrea Lorraine Craig and Mark Josef Hornback were married Oct. 13, 2001, at First General Baptist Church in Jackson, Mo. Mike Huffman performed the double ring ceremony. Pianist was Betty Fadler of Patton, Mo., and soloist was Lori Siebert of Cape Girardeau...
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