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Stories from Sunday, March 10, 2002

typical welfare (03/10/02)
WHO'S ON WELFARE?
  • Average age: 28.3 YEARS
  • FEMALE: 95.7 percent Male: 4.3 PERCENT
  • AVERAGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN: two Average age at birth of first child: 23.3 YEARS...
  • A few words (03/10/02)
    The Southeast Missourian spoke briefly Saturday with Republican political strategist Jack Oliver, U.S. Rep. JoAnn Emerson and former U.S. Rep. Jim Talent and asked each the following questions: What would you say prompted the turn around in the country's financial recession?...
    history list (03/10/02)
  • OUTSTANDING REGIONAL AWARD: Daniel Boren, Leigh Ann Rhodes and Steve Williams, Bell City School, Bell City, Mo. ELEMENTARY GROUP: Kelsey Murphy and Ashley Beard of Risco R-II, Risco, Mo., first; Sierra Randolph, Brittany Muse and DeWayne Gribble, Gideon School Dist. 37, Gideon, Mo., second; Andrew Ridenour and Chris Hunt of Puxico Elementary, Puxico Mo., third...
  • welfare.1a (03/10/02)
    Welfare recipients decline as deadline approaches By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian He was a bull rider and she was a barrel racer when they met at a Jackson rodeo. The attraction wasn't instant, but when it took off, as they say, it really took off, and a year later Jennifer Leimer was pregnant...
    5,000 lose power in windstorm (03/10/02)
    Friday night's windstorm knocked out power in about 130 homes in the Cape Girardeau area, but the problems were more serious around Charleston. AmerenUE had about 5,000 customers who went without power Friday night thanks to the windstorm that knocked trees into power lines, said Doug Groesbeck of Ameren-UE...
    Marine helicopter goes down in ocean; two die (03/10/02)
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A Marine Corps helicopter went down in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday while trying to rescue passengers from another helicopter crash. Two people died, and one Marine crew member was missing. The civilian helicopter, carrying two workers on a Marine Corps project, crashed Friday after 8 p.m. The Coast Guard rescued one man Friday night, but he died later at a hospital...
    Area students make history with detailed presentations (03/10/02)
    DAY OF REFLECTION By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian Hundreds of area students were role-reversed historians Saturday, giving detailed lectures to teachers on sophisticated topics like the long-term ramifications of Pearl Harbor, the impact of fascism in Italy or the lessons learned from Japanese internment camps...
    Republicans crowd to hear Bush strategist on Lincoln Day (03/10/02)
    OLIVER HOMECOMING By Andrea L. Buchanan ~ Southeast Missourian They were scrambling for seats at the 32nd annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday as more than 300 people filled tables and looked for additional seating in the stands at the Arena Building...
    bush breakout (03/10/02)
    ADJUSTING COURSE President George W. Bush's proposal comes four months before the welfare reform law expires in July, when the law must be rewritten and approved by Congress. His approval calls for several changes including:...
    Union blocks mandatory day off sought by governor (03/10/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State union workers have won a reprieve against a mandatory day off without pay. St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Alexis Otis-Lewis ruled Friday that Gov. George Ryan cannot yet force employees into the furlough, which is expected to save the state $8 million...
    Hannibal seminary mending after revelations of misconduct (03/10/02)
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary had gone fairly unnoticed in this Mississippi River town until a Florida bishop admitted he sexually abused a student at the seminary a quarter of a century ago. Shaken by the news, the 27-student St. Thomas seminary now looks for healing...
    Falling scaffolding kills three (03/10/02)
    CHICAGO -- Scaffolding from the landmark John Hancock Building fell on a busy downtown street and crushed cars Saturday, killing three people and critically injuring two, a fire department spokesman said. Fire officials said high winds may have caused a 25-foot section of scaffolding to fall from the 43rd floor. Gusts of up to 58 mph were recorded at a downtown airport around the time of the collapse, just before 2 p.m., the National Weather Service said...
    Missouri program helps children get health care (03/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For two years, nightly prayers were the only health care Margaret and Richard Ahart could afford their children. "We just prayed that nothing major happened to them," said Margaret Ahart of Tuscumbia. That was before lawmakers passed MC+ for Kids, which for the past five years has provided health insurance to some of the state's neediest children...
    A heart of coal Galatia miner works hard for his money but face (03/10/02)
    GALATIA, Ill. -- The miner has just taken a fresh cut of Illinois coal. More than 450 feet below ground, he stands beside a 40-ton machine, using remote control to tunnel it slowly into the earth. His only light comes from a bulb on his hard hat and the red glow of a methane monitor that tracks the explosive gas seeping from the coal...
    Chicken crosses busy Chicago street (03/10/02)
    CHICAGO -- As to why the rooster crossed the road, it may be simply because he wasn't chicken. At least that was apparently the case for one particular rooster who crossed a really busy road in downtown Chicago on Thursday morning. Luckily for the rooster, his path crossed that of a Chicago traffic cop named James Svec...
    Student art project turns into patriotic Web site (03/10/02)
    PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. -- If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these students have written a full book about how Sept. 11 affected them. "A Tribute to America" by Prophetstown High School art students started as a simple sketchbook assignment last semester, but since has evolved into a multimedia Web presentation...
    Church plans Jesus art exhibit (03/10/02)
    Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- An event during Lent will provide artists another way to share their talents. From March 24 to 31 the First United Methodist Church will host a "Faces of Jesus" art exhibit. Artists throughout the community are invited to be a part of the project by creating their own depictions of Jesus...
    Budget agreement faces dim prospect for quick passage (03/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Passing the state budget is the only action the General Assembly is constitutionally required to take each year. Funding fights are common, but lawmakers usually pull the budget together on time. But with the state in an unpleasant budget situation, some lawmakers are already questioning whether they will be able to deliver a constitutionally balanced budget to the governor by the May 10 deadline...
    Ex-murder suspect charged with soliciting prostitutes (03/10/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man once suspected in the deaths of several women linked to prostitution was charged with soliciting prostitutes while on parole recently. Gregory Breeden, 55, was charged in Kansas City Municipal Court with soliciting prostitution Dec. 2. A warrant was issued Jan. 3, said Sgt. Tony Sanders, a Kansas City police spokesman. Sanders would not release any other details about the case Friday...
    Last of jail escapees caught in New York (03/10/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- The last of five inmates who escaped from the City Workhouse has been captured in Binghamton, N.Y., police said. Ira Neal, 50, was arrested by Binghamton police Friday night, Sgt. Geno DeAngelo said Saturday. Neal will likely be extradited back to St. Louis later in the week, DeAngelo said...
    Cardinals cringe over concessions for building ballpark (03/10/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- If plans to build a new downtown ballpark are approved, the St. Louis Cardinals would get much less money than they had wanted for the project, with several more strings attached. That's the result of a hard bargain driven on behalf of the public, say state and local officials who last June signed a "memorandum of understanding" with the Cardinals...
    Sedalia golfers play around graves (03/10/02)
    SEDALIA, Mo. -- The tees aren't far from the tombstones at Sedalia Country Club, where the 18-hole golf course surrounds a small graveyard dating to before the Civil War. "We don't know if any old golfers are there," said one frequent player, Bob Rinehart, 60. "But a few of us figure our golf games belong there."...
    UMR alumnus donates school's largest private gift (03/10/02)
    ROLLA, Mo. -- A University of Missouri-Rolla alum has pledged $5 million to the school, the largest private donation in its history. Gary Havener, a Mexico, Mo., native and Texas businessman, is donating the money so the school can expand and renovate University Center, the campus' student union...
    Some workers upset over plans for cosmetic counter (03/10/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some employees of Southwest Missouri State University are upset with plans to spend more than $100,000 to build and manage a cosmetics counter at the school's bookstore. One employee, Concha N. Marbut, executive secretary in the College of Continuing Education, said she will urge other employees not to buy the Clinique makeup and facial products that will be sold at when the counter opens for business next month...
    Three crushed to death when scaffolding collapses (03/10/02)
    CHICAGO -- Three people were crushed to death and two critically injured when scaffolding from the landmark John Hancock Building fell onto their cars on a busy downtown street Saturday, a fire department spokesman said. Unusually high winds -- gusts of up to 58 mph were recorded at a downtown airport around the time of the collapse, just before 2 p.m., the National Weather Service said -- may have caused a 25-foot section of scaffolding to fall from the 43rd floor, fire officials said...
    Rhyme and rhythm Poet writes to share his thoughts and to help (03/10/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- What started as an escape from the horrors of the war has turned out to be a hobby that has earned a Sikeston man much recognition. Ted Armes' early writings were a mixture of feelings, from fear to loneliness but he found putting it in words was therapeutic...
    Cheney's agenda on Mideast tour modified by violence (03/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney is retracing steps he took as defense secretary in 1990 when he toured the Arab world to rally support for a campaign against Iraq. This time, on another mission for another President Bush, he is likely to find the political landscape more complicated...
    Pentagon plans nuclear defense against threats (03/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has informed Congress it is planning for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the United States -- a policy shift some arms control experts say could make America more likely to use such weapons...
    Bush signs economic stimulus bill (03/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed a long-sought economic stimulus package on Saturday, saying he hopes it will spur business investment and create jobs six months after the Sept. 11 attacks. "We're seeing some encouraging signs in the economy, but we can't stand by and simply hope for continued recovery," the president said during a Rose Garden ceremony that included a live broadcast of his weekly radio address. ...
    Flower paintings by unfamiliar artists go on display at gallery (03/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Old masters didn't limit themselves to painting grave biblical scenes and laughing cavaliers. Some loved doing just fruit and flowers, birds and bees. As the earliest cherry blossoms bloom in Washington, the National Gallery of Art has put together a show emphasizing the work of unfamiliar but distinguished flower painters. ...
    Most Malaysians are unaware of country's new digital ID card (03/10/02)
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Malaysian government touts its new smart ID card with a litany of boastful slogans, like "Highly secure," "Single card, multiple solutions" and "Incredible transformation." But the vast majority of Malaysia's 23 million people are unaware of the new card -- dubbed MyKad -- or don't know how it functions...
    Consumers could lose out with proposed law on electronic copyin (03/10/02)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Compiling your favorite tunes or a photo slide show on a compact disc could no longer be possible if the backers of a proposed federal copy-control bill prevail. The draft legislation would require nearly all digital electronic devices from PCs to digital camcorders to contain a lock of sorts that restricts the copying of music or movies...
    Letting the chips fall Coming 'smart' ID card worries some in H (03/10/02)
    HONG KONG -- In 1949, Mao Tse-tung's communists conquered mainland China and set off a massive flow of emigration to this city, then a comparatively prosperous British colony. To sort out newcomers from residents, Hong Kong introduced compulsory cardboard identity cards...
    Barrier uses acoustics to warn of intruders (03/10/02)
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Call it the Spiderman alert system. Using acoustics technology, researchers at Penn State University have found a way to turn a simple chain-link fence into a breach detector. "The idea was to make kind of like a spider web, where you have a wire that can very easily pick up vibrations," said David Swanson, a senior researcher at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory...
    Actress Dench stops work to reflect on death (03/10/02)
    LONDON -- Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench, who has been busy for months with a string of film projects, said she plans to take a short break to confront her husband's death last year from lung cancer. She told the British Broadcasting Corp. in an interview released Friday that she hadn't meant to throw herself into work after her husband, the noted Shakespearean actor Michael Williams, died in January 2001...
    Batteries forgotten by technology (03/10/02)
    NEW YORK -- Batteries, the technology that time forgot, should have disappeared alongside the wood-paneled station wagon. The sealed chemical cocktails we use to power computers, boom boxes and mobile phones are little changed since the 1950s. For decades, electronics designers have struggled to tailor the latest concoction in silicon chips and integrated circuits to the power limitations of the lowly battery...
    Alaskan, Russian students test snow samples (03/10/02)
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Native students from Barrow and two Siberian villages are learning to collect snow samples to help scientists better understand mercury contamination in the Arctic. The effort launches a 5-year research and education project whose goal is to get a better handle on the scope of mercury contamination while promoting hands-on science education...
    odds and ends 3/10 (03/10/02)
    Judge OKs tattoos as ads in boxing rings LAS VEGAS -- Well-placed logos at boxing matches have moved a step closer to the action -- right onto the boxers' backs. A judge ruled that Nevada boxing authorities would be violating the right to free speech if they outlawed the use of temporary tattoos as advertisements...
    Former black power activist convicted in shooting death (03/10/02)
    ATLANTA -- A jury on Saturday convicted former 1960s radical H. Rap Brown of killing one sheriff's deputy and wounding another in a shootout in March 2000. Jurors deliberated 10 hours over two days before finding the Muslim cleric now called Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin guilty of shooting to death Deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding Deputy Aldranon English on a southwest Atlanta street...
    Cryogenically frozen man honored in quirky festival (03/10/02)
    NEDERLAND, Colo. -- The Grim Reaper led a parade float, obstacle-course contestants carried coffins and a frozen corpse was the main attraction. By all accounts, the first Frozen Dead Guy Days festival was a lively affair. The presence of Bredo Morstoel's cryogenically preserved body seemed a good enough reason for a two-day festival in this quirky little mining town trying to drum up winter tourism...
    Pregnant women should exercise, even after birth (03/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Pregnancy and birth make big changes in a woman's life, and doctors want women to consider adding one more. They are encouraging women to exercise, figuring soon-to-be or new mothers may be more responsive to the message. "The desire to return to prepregnancy size and shape, the need for increased energy, and the need for stress reduction can be effective motivators to start or resume exercise," said Dr. Erika N. Ringdahl...
    Suicide bomber attacks near Sharon residence (03/10/02)
    JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian suicide bomber transformed a crowded cafe into a mass of maimed bodies and upturned, blood-covered furniture Saturday night, killing at least 12 people in an attack across the street from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's walled compound. By this morning, Israel had destroyed Yasser Arafat's seaside office in Gaza and some ministers were calling for all-out war...
    Mexican drug leaders dead, arrested, says U.S. official (03/10/02)
    MEXICO CITY -- In a blow to Mexico's bloodiest drug gang, soldiers raiding a house early Saturday captured its alleged leader, Benjamin Arellano Felix. They also found evidence that his brother, the gang's alleged co-leader, was dead. An altar to Arellano Felix's brother Ramon was found in the house, suggesting he was killed a Feb. ...
    Latin economists fear U.S. tariffs (03/10/02)
    FORTALEZA, Brazil -- The U.S. decision to protect its steel industry by barring imports could encourage Latin American nations to turn their back on free trade, economists said Saturday. Economists addressing the 43rd annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank roundly criticized President Bush's decision to impose punitive tariffs on steel imports...
    Weather slows offensive in eastern Afghanistan (03/10/02)
    GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- U.S. troops and their Afghan allies scoured the icy mountains of eastern Afghanistan on Saturday for a "high-value target," and other al-Qaida remnants hunkered down in cliffside caves to wait out driving winds and snow. Coalition ground forces pushed ahead with efforts to eliminate the holdouts, pursuing a surrender-or-die policy against enemy forces targeted in the biggest U.S.-led military offensive of the Afghan war. ...
    Yugoslav power struggle deepens (03/10/02)
    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- A power struggle in Yugoslavia deepened Saturday after President Vojislav Kostunica's party announced it would boycott key ruling coalition meetings. Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia, a key member of the ruling alliance, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia, announced the boycott late Friday after refusing to endorse a draft law on cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands...
    U.S. troops ride bulls in South Korea (03/10/02)
    CHONGDO, South Korea -- For the few seconds he hung on the bucking Korean bull, Spc. Eric Kick was back home in Oklahoma. Kick, 24, was one of eight U.S. servicemen who traded fatigues for blue jeans, boots and cowboy hats Saturday to give South Korea a taste of American rodeo...
    Notre Dame cruises into 2A semifinal (03/10/02)
    PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Lisa and Ashley Millham turned out to be better and more accurate bombers than the Bombers themselves. The sisters from Notre Dame were accurate and unstoppable against the John Burroughs Bombers in Saturday's Class 2A girls quarterfinal. The pair combined for 43 points, including 9 of 10 shooting from 3-point range, and led Notre Dame to the final four for the second straight year with a 80-51 victory...
    After a 20-year wait, Bell City in final four (03/10/02)
    WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Thanks in part to a 10-0 run at the end of the third quarter, Bell City's Cubs have advanced to the Class 1A final four for just the second time. The Cubs (27-5) wiped out a six-point halftime deficit and defeated Crocker (25-6) 83-76 in a quarterfinal game at the West Plains Civic Center on Saturday...
    Women's draw wasn't always the TV event that it is now (03/10/02)
    Women's basketball teams around the country will gather in front of TV sets on Sunday in a scene that has become as much a part of March as the arrival of spring. They'll eat pizza, sip soft drinks and watch the NCAA tournament selection show. They'll cheer if their school name appears on the bracket. They'll suddenly lose their appetite in disappointment if it doesn't...
    Southeast narrows its search for a coach to three (03/10/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University assistant women's basketball coach Alan Eads is among three finalists for the school's head coaching position vacated by Ed Arnzen, who retired after 19 seasons. Eads, along with Missouri Western State College coach David Slifer and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M coach B.J. Smith, will be in Cape Girardeau over the next several days for on-campus interviews, part of which will be open to the public...
    h0459 BC-HKN-NHLGlance 03-09 0486 (03/10/02)
    NHL standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L T OL Pts GF GA Philadelphia 37 17 6 3 83 197 145 N.Y. Islanders 30 23 7 3 70 182 178 N.Y. Rangers 29 29 4 4 66 182 205 New Jersey 27 25 9 3 66 153 151 Pittsburgh 26 29 6 4 62 158 188 Northeast Division...
    h0457 BC-BKN-NBAGlance 03-09 0432 (03/10/02)
    NBA standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New Jersey 39 22 .639 -- Boston 34 27 .557 5 Philadelphia 33 29 .532 6 1/2 Orlando 32 30 .516 7 1/2 Washington 29 32 .475 10 Miami 28 33 .459 11 New York 23 37 .383 15 1/2 Central Division...
    Life (03/10/02)
    JUPITER, Fla. -- Earlier this week, the St. Louis Cardinals were riding the bus to Ft. Lauderdale to play the Orioles when Jim Edmonds' cell phone woke him from a cat nap. On the other end: Mark McGwire, calling from his southern California home and reveling in his new life of leisure. Edmonds reports that the former home run king isn't missing baseball, or the spring training life, or especially the prying media, one bit...
    NBDL grooming players in first-year venture (03/10/02)
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Omar Cook knew he had messed up. Cook had left St. John's as a freshman and entered the NBA draft, becoming a second-round pick of the Denver Nuggets. He was cut in October, and signed with the Dallas Mavericks a month later. But he arrived out of shape and didn't work hard enough once he got there -- a combination that forced the Mavs to cut him five weeks later...
    Bucs add Rob Johnson to quarterback mix (03/10/02)
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Gruden is making good on his promise to make the competition for Tampa Bay's starting quarterback job interesting next season. The Buccaneers agreed to contract terms Saturday with free agent Rob Johnson, who was released by the Buffalo Bills in a salary cap move last month...
    Hasek pads unbeaten streak; Blues lose (03/10/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Dominik Hasek stopped 28 shots in stretching his unbeaten streak to 15 games Saturday in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Luc Robitaille scored twice to back Hasek, who is 13-0-2 since his last loss Jan. 16 at Phoenix. The Red Wings, who lead the NHL with 100 points, set a franchise record with their eighth consecutive road win...
    Did you hear the one about Vince's new shoes? (03/10/02)
    By Chris Sheridan ~ The Associated Press The joke making the rounds in the NBA last week kept changing as Toronto kept losing. Vince Carter is out with a new basketball shoe, and the folks at Nike have spent a considerable amount of money promoting the footwear in commercials and promotional materials. Their timing couldn't have been worse...
    Frets?Regrets? Worries? It must be bracket time (03/10/02)
    For several college basketball teams across the country, this is a really nervous time since the NCAA Tournament bracket is just hours from being revealed. Most of the nation's squads -- especially the elite ones and those that earned automatic bids -- know where they stand. They have nothing to worry about...
    Fredericktown strong in football's offseason (03/10/02)
    Power and strength are important ingredients in athletics and a few high schools in the area have been literally raising the bar in that area. While almost every area school has a weightlifting program for football, some schools attend competitions where their strength is put to the test...
    TCU has a shot at an exciting basketball coach (03/10/02)
    TCU has a chance to gain an exciting coach Unsolicited advice for Texas Christian University honchos: Phone the Richardson Ranch up in the Arkansas hills. Ask for Nolan. Talk awhile. You need a basketball coach to replace the departing Billy Tubbs ... why not pick up a rock and throw it through the biggest window in college basketball?...
    FanSpeak (03/10/02)
    Where's our coverage? I'D LIKE to make a comment about the Missourian. I just want to know why they won't cover the New Madrid County Central Eagles. You know, here's one of the best basketball teams in Class 3A for three years in a row. I don't know why you want to exclude them. I'm from Cape, but I keep track of all these good teams and I don't know why the Missourian will not record what goes on...
    Sunday's letters (03/10/02)
    Coach grateful to fans, supporters, family To the editor: I am ending my basketball coaching career soon, and am looking forward to doing some other things. I owe a great deal of gratitude to many people who influenced my life, but after 36 years of coaching, it's difficult to reach each one personally...
    sunday's sports digest (03/10/02)
    AREA Southeast baseball bounces back, wins at Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Brad Purcell pitched seven strong innings as Southeast Missouri State University defeated Memphis 7-4 in college baseball Saturday...
    Sioux City to welcome its first passenger riverboat in decades (03/10/02)
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- The first passenger boat in more than three quarters of a century is scheduled to visit Sioux City this summer. The River Explorer, a 198-passenger hotel barge, is scheduled to arrive about midday on Aug. 15, said Donald M. "Skip" Meisner, coordinator of the Siouxland Lewis & Clark Committee...
    Converted train station offers a window to history (03/10/02)
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- The scores of steam engines, diesel and electric locomotives on display in St. Petersburg's converted Warsaw Railway Station provide an unusual window into Russia's history. Here are the S-68 steam engine, the type of locomotive that transported the first Soviet government from St. ...
    Family friendly (03/10/02)
    The bedrooms in this home are tastefully decorated, showing off interesting lines and a dormer window in the master bedroom. By Tammy Raddle ~ Southeast Missourian The tulips will be blooming soon at 416 S. West End Blvd., reminding you that there is always time for new beginnings. If you are in search of a new beginning, this home could be the one for you...
    galena tips.5c (03/10/02)
  • GETTING THERE: From Chicago, drive west on Interstate 90 to Rockford, Ill. Just east of Rockford, take U.S. Highway 20 West toward Freeport and Galena. Do not take Business 20. From Iowa, go east toward Dubuque, Iowa follow U.S. Highway 20...
  • Nestled among hills, town offers retreat (03/10/02)
    GALENA, Ill. -- When my husband's parents bought our Christmas gift last winter, they gave us a chance to explore our family and nation's history and to shop for the antiques and collectibles we so enjoy. They gave us a travel guide to the northwestern Illinois town of Galena and a gift certificate to the 147-year-old DeSoto House Hotel, a red-brick building named after Hernando DeSoto, who discovered the nearby Mississippi River...
    Taking a whack at entrepreneurship (03/10/02)
    To get us out of our many-leveled, muddled, mental woes, the battle cry of those who make suggestions to out-of-work workers is "entrepreneurship!" I've been out of nine-to-five, wage-earning work for 59 years. Fortunately, after that last paycheck with all its multiple deductions, I stumbled, surprisingly, into the field of writing...
    Daughter learns there's no merit badge for crutches (03/10/02)
    Our home resembles a hospital these days. Becca is hobbling around on crutches. It wasn't even a sports injury. No ESPN coverage here. She tripped over a doorstop at school as she was coming back from computer lab and injured her left knee. An education clearly can be dangerous...
    Documentary shows fun side of Bush campaign (03/10/02)
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Alexandra Pelosi came to the Texas capital as an NBC News producer to cover Gov. George W. Bush's bid for the White House in 1999. This week, she returned as a documentary filmmaker with "Journeys with George." The 77-minute movie, which debuted Friday at the South by Southwest film festival, shows a silly side of the man who would become president. Some Bush aides were apprehensive it might make him look unpresidential...
    Author blocks radio readings of 'Potter' books (03/10/02)
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- J.K. Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter series, has prohibited Swedish radio from reading excerpts from the books on the air, a lawyer said. Rowling apparently was upset that a radio announcer had read passages from Harry Potter books during a children's program without asking her permission...
    Hawaiians want to honor island music with hall of fame (03/10/02)
    HONOLULU -- Rock 'n' roll, country, jazz and gospel music all have halls of fame to honor and remember their greats. Now a group in Honolulu wants to build a Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum to showcase and preserve the islands' music. Established in 1994 but with no permanent home, the project exists as a "virtual" Hall of Fame on a Web site and in traveling exhibits. So far it has honored more than two dozen musicians and groups...
    Golda White (03/10/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Golda Janette White, 77, of Chaffee died Friday, March 8, 2002, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 29, 1924, at Nash, Mo., daughter of Frank and Clara Walton Stidham. She and Eugene White were married April 27, 1957. He died April 17, 1996...
    Lucille Petitt (03/10/02)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Lucille Petitt, 61, of Olive Branch died Friday, March 8, 2002, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Chapel.
    Shirley Ripperdan (03/10/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Shirley "Gene" Ripperdan, 65, of Sikeston, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., and Clinton, Ky., died Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at Sikeston Health Care. He was born April 14, 1936, in East Prairie, son of the late Muriel Ripperdan Cole and stepson of the late Sam Cole...
    Eva Hanebrink (03/10/02)
    Eva Hanebrink, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn chapel.
    Wanda Griffith (03/10/02)
    Wanda G. "Sis" Griffith, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 21, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of John and Clemie Ann Brown Beckett. She and Kenneth Griffith were married Feb. 7, 1948...
    Charles Glueck (03/10/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Charles C. Glueck, 87, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2002, at his home in Jackson. Friends may call between 4-7 p.m. today at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by burial in Russell Heights Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Henrichs will officiate...
    Meredith Lee (03/10/02)
    Luther Meredith Lee, 92, of Sikeston, Mo., died Friday, March 8, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 19, 1909, son of Luther and Tessie Fisher Lee. He and Joanna Herndon were married Sept. 3, 1955. Lee was a longtime banker in Sikeston, where he worked at Bank of Sikeston and Tri-County Bank, for a total of 55 years...
    Iris Zelle (03/10/02)
    Iris Wyneva Zelle, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 7, 2002. She was born Feb. 28, 1912, in Coatsville, Mo., daughter of Logan and Ada Biles Rose. She was a retired waitress, having worked at both Sunny Hill and Pfisters Restaurants. Zelle was a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and also taught Sunday school for many years at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a member...
    James Boomer (03/10/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- James B. Boomer, 86, of Anna died Friday, March 8, 2002, at Union County Hospital. He was born Oct. 17, 1915, in Johnson County, son of Fred and Annie Miles Boomer. He and Evelyn Pitts were married Aug. 31, 1933, in Jonesboro. He worked as a truck driver and was a member of the Teamster local. He was a member of the Gospel Kingdom Church of Jonesboro...
    Auer-Hrach (03/10/02)
    Christine Michelle Auer and Drew Patrick Hrach exchanged vows Nov. 3, 2001, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Revs. Charlie Prost and Daniel Hrach performed the double ring ceremony. Pianist was Lenny Kuper and vocalists were Kelli Hobbs and Alan Bruns, all of Cape Girardeau...
    Lappe-Putz (03/10/02)
    FRIEDHEIM, Mo. -- Jacklene Ann Lappe and Gabriel Brian Putz were married Nov. 10, 2001, at St. Maurus Catholic Church in Biehle, Mo. The Rev. Mark Bozada performed the double ring ceremony. Organist and soloist was Robert Kiefer. Parents of the couple are Dennis and Marsha Lappe of Friedheim, Mo., and Ron and Linda Putz of Millersville, Mo...
    Elfrink-Ourth (03/10/02)
    ORAN, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Loren Elfrink of Oran announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Jo Elfrink, to David Michael Ourth. He is the son of Joyce Ourth of Cape Girardeau, and the late Richard Ourth. Elfrink is a 1999 graduate of Oran High School, and received an associate's degree in child care and guidance from Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed at St. Mary's Early Education Center in Cape Girardeau...
    Rushin-Pry (03/10/02)
    BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Steve and Regina Rushin of Bloomfield announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Levon Rushin, to Brent Rabern Pry, both of Benton, Mo. He is the son of Dr. Harry Pry and Paulette Moss of Cape Girardeau. Rushin is a student at Southeast Missouri State University...
    Pemberton-Murphy (03/10/02)
    CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Alen Leo and Susan Jane Pemberton of Charleston announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Michelle Pemberton, to Brian Patrick Murphy, both of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He is the son of Thomas Raymond and Brigid F. Murphy of Old Orchard Beach...
    Newlon-Baugh (03/10/02)
    Dennis Newlon and Susan Newlon of Hannibal, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ann Newlon of Cape Girardeau, to Joshua Richard Baugh. He is the son of Stephen Baugh and Theresa Baugh of Jackson, Mo. Newlon expects to receive a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Southeast Missouri State University in May. She is employed with Division of Youth Services at New Madrid Bend Youth Center...
    Troxel-Burley (03/10/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Angela Troxel and Dominick Burley announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Jerry and Cheryl Troxel of Mansfield, Texas. He is the son of Paul and Joyce Burley of Jackson. Troxel is a graduate of Texas Christian University. She is a strategic analyst with Neiman Marcus...
    Letgrate-Bollinger (03/10/02)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Letgrate of Scott City and Cindy Letgrate of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Valerie Kay Letgrate, to John Eric Bollinger. He is the son of Ralph and Ilanda Bollinger of Jackson, Mo. Letgrate is a 1996 graduate of Scott City High School, and received a bachelor of science degree in child development from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. She is employed at the Cape Girardeau License Bureau...
    Langes married 50 years (03/10/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Robert and Dolores Lange recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a mass, dinner and dance hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Nov. 17, 1951, in Padua, Ohio. Before moving to Chaffee they lived in Knippa, Texas; Matthews, Mo.; and Australia...
    Fire report 03/10/02 (03/10/02)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, March 10 Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:At 9:12 p.m., an emergency medical service at 801 Good Hope. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:At 5:59 a.m., an emergency medical service at 2517 Masters...
    Police report 03/10/02 (03/10/02)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, March 10 ArrestsA 15-year-old female was cited into juvenile court Thursday for assault. Candy Sue Hill, 32, of 492 Green Acres was arrested Thursday for stealing cigarettes. A 16-year-old male was cited into juvenile court Thursday for making a false report...
    Out of the past 3/10/02 (03/10/02)
    10 years ago: March 10, 1992 Cape Girardeau residents likely will see increased fees for city services and programs over next few months; city administrative staff told city council last night that fee increases are needed to make such programs more self-sufficient and less reliant on subsidies from city's general tax funds...
    clarification 3/9 (03/10/02)
    Due to an editing error, contact numbers for reporting school violence were omitted from a story in Friday's edition. Missouri students who hear violent threats may call (866) 748-7047, and in Cape Girardeau, students may call Crimestoppers at 332-0050. Callers may remain anonymous...
    Readers get to choose the ending ... (03/10/02)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- Much of the world's population probably never heard of Americaland, a relatively small area about 3,200 miles wide and 2,100 miles in depth, and we're told its relative anonymity among much of the world can be traced to the fact it has an almost revolutionary view of the worth of the individual...
    Let sunshine into courts (03/10/02)
    By Sarah Steelman JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate Bill 686 is waiting for action by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill is about letting sunshine into the courtroom. In the wake of the Firestone tire scandal, many other states are considering legislation that would ban confidential settlements in cases that compromise public health or safety...
    Power-plant talks need to be open, accessible (03/10/02)
    There are two important issues that relate to the proposed Kinder Morgan Power Co. plant in Cape Girardeau County that are of obvious interest to taxpayers and residents of the area around Crump, Mo., where the plant would be located. One is payments Kinder Morgan would make in lieu of taxes over a 15-year period, and the other is concern folks have about noise, pollution and well water...
    List of advantages for new ballpark is long, persuasive (03/10/02)
    Longtime friends tell me I'm committing political suicide. Folks I've never met are saying that green grass will never grow on my grave, such are my offenses against good government and good sense. The time has therefore arrived to lay out the reasons why I believe we must pass my economic development measure that includes the St. Louis Cardinals ballpark proposal. Herewith, the St. Louis-specific features of Senate Bill 1279...
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