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Transportation plan progresses in state Senate (04/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The transportation train is rolling along nicely in the Missouri Senate, the same chamber where a funding package for roads and bridges derailed a year ago. In the previous effort, the Republican-controlled Senate, during contentious and bitterly personal debate, kept a massive tax plan proposed by Gov. Bob Holden and endorsed by the Democratic-majority House of Representatives from even coming to a vote...
Preservation society honors men for work on Cape house (04/22/02)
Eldon Nattier and James Coley have turned condemned into classic. Their efforts in restoring a stately old home on Sprigg Street have earned them recognition by Sigma Pi Kappa, the historic honor society at Southeast Missouri State University. The recognition notes Nattier and Coley's commitment to excellence in historic preservation...
Library gets new computers from Gates foundation grant (04/22/02)
A group of second-graders from St. Vincent de Paul Grade School in Cape Girar-deau experimented with new computers and programs at the Cape Girardeau Public Library Friday. The library was demonstrating its new equipment, obtained through a $10,153 grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to purchase public access computers and software...
Rare cars to make stop on tour (04/22/02)
Mike and Joan Huffman of Hudsonville, Mich., will be behind the wheel of a 1931 Cord, while Jerry and Alice Deck of Okemos, Mich., will be driving a 1928 Hupmobile. Also in the lineup of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America's Great River Delta Tour next month will be a 1934 Pierce Arrow, a 1928 LaSalle and a 1912 Winton...
Habitat finishes first houses in subdivision (04/22/02)
When LaTanya Thomas walked up to her house Sunday afternoon wearing a colorful spring dress and a pair of sandals, some of the people standing in her driveway almost didn't recognize her. For the past six months Thomas and the 20 Habitat for Humanity volunteers in her driveway met a couple of days a week and on Saturdays wearing jeans, T-shirts and tennis shoes to work in the dirt and mud to build a house...
Past, present and future (04/22/02)
Eight years ago, a new mayor and city council faced some serious issues. Cape Girardeau streets were in horrible shape, and there was no money available to maintain them. The city's infrastructure needed help. The city had outdated sewer and waterworks systems...
Local firefighter heads for active Guard duty (04/22/02)
Randy Morris Jr. always dreamed of being a firefighter just like his dad. Today, he is a National Guard firefighter leaving for active duty. Staff writer Andrea Buchanan brings you his story in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian.
MoDOT schedules planning meeting (04/22/02)
Missouri and Kentucky highway officials are forging ahead with a plan for Interstate 66, a coast-to-coast corridor. They've scheduled a public meeting in Sikeston, Mo., to discuss various proposals with the public. Staff writer Sam Blackwell explains the project in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian...
Corn study spurs debate over corporate meddling in academia (04/22/02)
BERKELEY, Calif. -- When a prestigious scientific journal backed away from a study that found genetic contamination in Mexican corn, it was a big public relations victory for the biotechnology industry. But the public debunking of the work of an outspoken opponent of genetic engineering also renewed questions about the increasing role that industry plays in funding academic research...
Cape airport buying snowplow (04/22/02)
It may not be a piece of high-tech airplane navigational equipment, but Cape Girardeau Regional Airport manager Bruce Loy says a new $160,000 snowplow could have the same effect for regional travelers: reducing take-off delays. Business editor Scott Moyers brings you the details in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian...
Community digest 04/22/02 (04/22/02)
Outstanding volunteers to be honored Thursday Outstanding volunteers in the area will be honored at noon Thursday at the Area Wide United Way Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Drury Lodge. This is the 15th year the Area Wide United Way has recognized outstanding volunteers in the community. More than 30 volunteers were nominated...
New civil lawsuits expected in diluted drugs investigation (04/22/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri health officials will meet this week with federal authorities to plan their response to the widening scope of the Robert R. Courtney drug-dilution investigation. And lawyers for people who are suing the Kansas City pharmacist say estimates that Courtney's actions could affect up to 400 doctors and 4,200 patients will likely lead to a new round of civil litigation...
Orders of nuns getting into housing business (04/22/02)
BARTLETT, Ill. -- When Sister Jean Conzemius looks a little more than a dozen years into the future, she sees her order's retirement fund dried up and about 30 nuns who haven't yet retired trying to support the 230 or so who have. If that seems like an impossible situation, Sister Conzemius has faith. That and a chunk of land...
Amish boy still on farm 10 years after accident (04/22/02)
SULLIVAN, Ill. -- Samuel Herschberger, at 20, is no longer the little Amish boy the public took to its heart more than 10 years ago. He has grown into a blond, blue-eyed young man tending cattle on the family farm during the day and reading in the glow of gaslight mantles in the family house when the work is done...
Tornado rips through Southern Illinois county leaving two dead (04/22/02)
A tornado that ripped through Southern Illinois on Sunday afternoon killed two people and injured dozens of others, authorities said. Several of the victims were flown to St. Louis hospitals. The tornado was part of a violent storm that hit Wayne and Jefferson counties about 4 p.m., said Chief Deputy J. B. Fletcher of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department...
From top Chicago detective to master jewel thief (04/22/02)
CHICAGO -- The jewelry salesman was ready for the thieves this time. He set out on a trip with $58,000 in luxury watches in the trunk of his Lincoln. He wanted to be followed. From his suburban Chicago home, he headed into Indiana as two cars -- a Buick Century and an Olds Cutlass -- trailed him 50 miles, all the way to the parking lot of a place called the Spa restaurant...
Rivers are graveyards of steamboat skeletons (04/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- His boots caked in the shoreline muck befitting the Missouri River's pseudonym as the "Big Muddy," Steve Dasovich gingerly climbs about the carcass of a 19th-century steamboat and thinks death becomes her. Partly hidden under murky water and silt, the remains are a muddle of rusted steel spiking through rotting wood, veined with cracks and bleached by decades of sun and water. ...
Family fish tale - Dream turns into successful trout business (04/22/02)
AVA, Mo. -- Half a century has passed since a young couple knowing little more than how to hook and cook rainbow trout purchased 30 acres with a crystal spring gurgling from the foot of an Ozarks hillside. Mary Alice Emerson, 82, recalls how friends teased her and husband Dwight -- Kansas City natives and teachers by training -- about paying too much for land that grew nothing but rocks...
Texas County government may soon go bust (04/22/02)
HOUSTON, Mo. -- Joan Brannam doesn't have much faith in or use for Texas County government. She's lived all her 59 years in Missouri's largest county, and she remembers as a young girl that the sheriff alone patrolled 1,180 square miles of forests, farms and prairie...
State trooper is known as 'The Bone Detective' (04/22/02)
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A highway worker picking up trash or a contractor installing a swimming pool comes across a skeleton. Police question: Who is it? What happened? Is it really a person? That's when they call in "The Bone Detective." He is Illinois State Police trooper Matt Davis, forensic anthropologist...
Lewis, Clark researcher tracks steps of explorers (04/22/02)
ATCHISON, Kan. -- Jim Harlan says he can pinpoint everything explorers Lewis and Clark did on their 1804 trek. And he says he can prove every detail -- such as what day the expedition camped near Atchison. But some skeptics are questioning the research done by Harlan, assistant program director and geographer of the University of Missouri's Geographic Resources Center. His efforts are backed by a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the state of Missouri...
Bataan survivor shares experiences with ROTC (04/22/02)
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- It's not the story they expected to hear. There were no details of heroic battles well fought and won. There were only tales of struggle against oppressive odds that seemed impossible to overcome. The tears that emerged as Albert N. Brown struggled to tell the three young men from Southern Illinois University Carbondale's ROTC program about his years as a captive of the Japanese Imperial Army, too, are a surprise...
State conservationists tracking development of walleye (04/22/02)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- On a gray Monday morning, Springfield resident Floyd Redburn slipped up the Turnback Creek arm of Stockton Lake during the walleye run. He said he favors soft plastic lures, jigs and plugs, but when Tim Banek and Gene Gardner jetted by in their boat, loaded with hefty walleye, Redburn shouted, "I need one of those machines."...
Man on breathing machine dies after generator fails (04/22/02)
BRIDGETON, Mo. -- A 56-year-old stroke patient at a nursing home in this St. Louis suburb died when a backup generator running his breathing machine failed after several storm-related power outages. "We can't believe what has happened," said the Rev. B.T. Rice, of the New Horizon Seventh Day Christian Church in Cool Valley, where retiree Rass "Ralph" Rodgers was a member. "We thought he was getting better."...
Death penalty panel says changes should apply to lesser cases (04/22/02)
CHICAGO -- As the governor's commission on the death penalty contemplated reforms to the system, a troubling question lingered in the background: Why shouldn't defendants facing life in prison, or lesser sentences for that matter, benefit from the fixes being proposed for capital cases?...
Service dog helps 7-year-old with cerebral palsy (04/22/02)
SHELBYVILLE, Mo. -- Seven-year-old Brice Christoffer's new "best friend" -- his new golden retriever Tatum -- may appear to be just another family pet as she sits on Brice's lap. But Tatum is really much more -- she is a service dog that obeys 90 commands and will help both the boy and his family cope with Brice's cerebral palsy...
High court to appoint judge for Dexter police officers (04/22/02)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The decision on which judge hears the cases involving two Dexter police officers charged with hindering prosecution is now up to the Missouri Supreme Court. This came Friday after Associate Circuit Judge John Beaton of Dunklin County granted a motion for change of judge filed on behalf of police chief Ken Rinehart and Sgt. Sammy Stone, according to Stoddard County Circuit Court, Division I, personnel...
Budget concerns bring out emotions in lawmakers (04/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- On paper, Missouri's budget is a series of hard, cold numbers. Sen. Harry Wiggins is trying to look beyond the numbers, as are some of his colleagues. In an emotional speech on the chamber floor last week, the veteran budget writer from Kansas City pleaded with colleagues to consider the most needy Missourians in their deliberations...
Charity founder accused of terror links (04/22/02)
CHICAGO -- The detained founder of an Islamic charity based in suburban Chicago met with al-Qaida-linked terror groups outside the United States, federal prosecutors allege. Immigration court transcripts released Friday show that prosecutors accuse Lebanese-born Rabih Haddad, 41, of meeting with the groups more than a decade ago...
The Rock reigns at box office with debut of 'Scorpion King' (04/22/02)
LOS ANGELES -- The Rock knocked down box-office records for April and established himself as a viable action hero with "The Scorpion King," which took in $36.2 million for a No. 1 weekend debut. The WWF wrestling champ makes his starring debut in the offshoot of "The Mummy" franchise, which set a record for best opening weekend in April by surpassing the $27.8 million debut of "The Matrix" in 1999. ...
Wildfire burns 2,000 acres in Arizona (04/22/02)
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- Firefighters fought a 2,000-acre wildfire in Coronado National Forest from the air and ground on Sunday, officials said. One home was destroyed Friday when the fire started, but there were no injuries and no new buildings were threatened...
Actor Robert Blake charged with wife's murder (04/22/02)
AP Special CorrespondentLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prosecutors filed murder charges Monday against actor Robert Blake in the shooting death of his wife that could bring the death penalty. In addition to murder, Blake was charged with solicitation of murder, conspiracy and the special circumstance of lying in wait. Under California law, a special circumstance can make it a capital case...
Catholic Cardinals arrive in Rome (04/22/02)
Associated Press WriterVATICAN CITY (AP) -- American church leaders who arrived in Rome on Monday for meetings with the pope and Vatican officials said they will take whatever steps are needed to assure American Catholics that a sex abuse scandal is under control...
Iraq moving more air defense missiles into 'no fly' zones (04/22/02)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq has moved more surface-to-air missile batteries into the U.S.- and British-enforced "no fly" zones and is threatening allied pilots, a senior Pentagon official said Monday. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference that while Iraq has a history of moving air defense forces in and out of the "no fly" zones, the most recent movements are the largest in a couple of years. He said it has happened over the last several days...
Telecom concerns latest catalyst for Wall Street selloff (04/22/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- A bleak earnings forecast from Ericsson brought out more skeptics on Wall Street Monday, triggering a sharp stock selloff amid concerns that business isn't strong enough to justify higher stock prices. The Dow Jones industrials fell 1.2 percent, while the Nasdaq composite index lost more than 2.1 percent of its value. ...
People talk 4/22/02 (04/22/02)
Rapper may find empty seats at concert SHREVEPORT, La. -- Fifteen-year-old rapper Bow Wow will headline a celebration for honor students Monday at Southern University-Shreveport, but many of the invited students will not be allowed to hear his rap about staying in school and off drugs...
U.S. Army develops program to protect base, woodpeckers (04/22/02)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Environmentalists bent on protecting endangered species have a new -- and formidable -- ally: the U.S. Army. As a federal agency, the Army has long been required to protect flora and fauna that are declared endangered. At Fort Bragg, a 167,000-acre post adjoining Fayetteville, work to protect and restore the red-cockaded woodpecker began at least a decade ago...
Washington police brace for latest round of protests (04/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- About 1,000 demonstrators gathered on a chilly, drizzly Sunday to protest outside a meeting of international finance ministers and march through downtown for a rally against U.S. policies in Latin America. The crowds for a third day of capital protests were much smaller than on Saturday, when tens of thousands marched in support of Palestinians and against the Bush administration's war on terrorism...
Democratic hopefuls work to fill coffers (04/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- Potential Democratic presidential contenders are competing to succeed former President Clinton as the party's "fund-raiser-in-chief," hoping their efforts on behalf of other candidates will pay off in 2004. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri has raised at least $15 million to help House Democrats in the fall election. Already this year he has appeared at fund-raisers in at least 21 cities...
Bush marks Earth Day with clean-air message in New York (04/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is looking to polish his environmental image by marking Earth Day with a pitch for his air pollution-reduction strategy in New York state's Adirondack Mountains, which are threatened by acid rain. In Tennessee, Al Gore is delivering a sharp critique of the Bush administration's environmental policies...
Moussaoui, Lindh kept in their cells for 22 hours of each day (04/22/02)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Living under tight prison restrictions, former Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh still can use a StairMaster exerciser. Accused Sept. 11 accomplice Zacarias Moussaoui soon may get the computer he wants to read legal documents. Both have copies of the Quran, but may not participate in group prayers...
Dog left on crippled Indonesian tanker rescued after 19 days (04/22/02)
HONOLULU -- A fishing crew rescued a dog Sunday from an abandoned tanker where it had been adrift for 19 days, Humane Society officials said. Martha Armstrong, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, said the crew was onboard the Insiko 1907 and planned to bring Forgea back to Honolulu with them when they return next week from fishing...
Trial to begin for man accused of killing daughters (04/22/02)
DALLAS -- After 12 weeks of jury selection, testimony was set to begin today in the capital murder trial of a man accused of fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened on the telephone. John Battaglia hasn't publicly admitted or denied shooting 9-year-old Faith Battaglia and 6-year-old Liberty Battaglia on May 2. A plea was to be entered Monday before the start of testimony...
With parched fields in California, wild poppies are few (04/22/02)
LOS ANGELES -- A rain season on track to be the driest on record in Southern California has claimed billions of colorful, delicate victims, including the state's most famous flower. At a time when the California poppy is normally in full bloom, the rolling hills of the Antelope Valley look dead. Some are saying the period since July is the worst season for the state flower in more than a century...
Financial leaders announce plan to increase school enrollments (04/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- World financial leaders, under pressure to battle poverty far more effectively after Sept. 11, announced a major effort to educate more poor children on Sunday as they concluded weekend discussions on the global economy. They failed, however, to settle a contentious dispute between the United States and Europe over a World Bank loan program for the world's poorest countries...
Bombings kill at least 14 in southern Philippines (04/22/02)
MANILA, Philippines -- Three explosions ripped through a major city in the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 45 others after a radio-station caller warned of a wave of bombings. The caller claimed to be from the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, which has been holding an American missionary couple for nearly 11 months and is the target of a U.S.-backed military campaign as part of Washington's war on terrorism...
Israel - Current stage of 'war' over (04/22/02)
JENIN, West Bank -- With Israeli forces gone from most Palestinian cities in the West Bank, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared Sunday that Israel has completed the latest stage of its "war on terrorism" and will turn to new tactics as it presses the campaign...
Opposition conservatives claim victory in Germany (04/22/02)
BERLIN -- The conservative opposition soundly defeated German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats Sunday in an economically depressed eastern state, just five months before a national election focusing on the country's struggling economy...
Far-right candidate pulls huge upset in bid for top spot (04/22/02)
PARIS -- In a huge upset, extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen qualified on Sunday to face incumbent Jacques Chirac in the runoff for French president, a political earthquake that appeared to reflect both a sense of deep voter apathy and insecurity over rising crime...
Pope decries recent violence in Bethlehem (04/22/02)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II, lamenting that the Church of the Nativity has been the site of "clashes, blackmail and insupportable exchanges of accusations," on Sunday urged Israel and the Palestinians to have the courage to make peace. The daily scenes of violence in Bethlehem, the pope said, compels the international community at all levels do everything possible to stop the Holy Land from being caught up in "a spiral of hatred and violence."...
Israelis say war was serious blow to 'terrorist infrastructure' (04/22/02)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- It remains to be seen whether Israel dealt a serious blow to what it termed the "terrorist infrastructure" in the West Bank. But the Palestinian governmental infrastructure built over the years by Yasser Arafat clearly has been battered -- ministries are ransacked, files and computer disks missing, office equipment wrecked...
Hong Kong officials fear gangs of monkeys (04/22/02)
HONG KONG -- If Longlegged 7's gang should happen upon Bighead's crew, a rumble is sure to follow. We're not talking about Hong Kong's notorious Chinese triad mobsters. These colorful villains are monkeys, and they and several other bands of macaques are blamed for frequent bouts of mayhem that officials worry could spin out of control if the animals' numbers keep growing...
By the label, all films star Karl Malden, George C. Scott (04/22/02)
BEIJING -- Didn't you know? George C. Scott and Karl Malden were great in "American Pie 2." The grizzled duo also shone in "Tomb Raider," "Life is Beautiful," "The Truman Show." and the Civil War drama "Glory." And just glimpsing the two lovely ladies on the DVD cover is enough to attract viewers to the erotic story of "Henry and June" -- starring, rather alarmingly, Karl Malden and George C. Scott...
Planned Paris airport may disturb some graves of WWI soldiers (04/22/02)
CHAULNES, France -- Pvt. Andrew Creasy was killed near the end of World War I during a final, desperate offensive by German forces through the Somme. The British soldier lies in a small cemetery amid potato and chicory fields. For now. France's plan to build a futuristic airport in a region full of old battlefields could force the removal of more than 1,000 British, Australian, Canadian and South African war graves -- including Creasy's...
Gypsies' futures have never been bleaker (04/22/02)
PLOVDIV, Bulgaria -- A small boy shimmies up a utility pole, gingerly grabs an insulated cable pulsing with high voltage and connects it to his home: a cube of corrugated iron sheets in Bulgaria's largest Gypsy slum. For the 40,000 people living in squalor in the ramshackle Stolipinovo ghetto on the outskirts of Plovdiv, it has come to this: Their electricity was shut off because they couldn't pay their bills, so some have resorted to stealing it...
Detainees face off against guards (04/22/02)
PERTH, Australia -- More than 300 detainees armed with knives and sharpened broomsticks were in a standoff against security guards Sunday night at an illegal-immigrant detention center in Australia's remote northwest, officials said. Federal justice minister Chris Ellison said authorities were trying to negotiate with the illegal immigrants carrying curtain rods, sharpened broomsticks, knives and cleavers at the Curtin Detention Center in Western Australia state...
Abducted baby rescued in New Zealand (04/22/02)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- An 8-month-old girl abducted more than a week ago was rescued Sunday and returned unharmed to her parents, a wealthy Maori couple whose prominence sparked suspicion the kidnapping was racially motivated. Kahu Durie, whose abduction shocked a nation where such crime is rare, was found during a police raid on a house in the central part of New Zealand's North Island, police Detective Inspector Stuart Wildon said. She was examined by a doctor and appeared fine...
Officials claim bin Laden videotapes are old (04/22/02)
Images of the al-Qaida leader swirl on televisions across the Middle East, his steady voice preaching war as he kneels before a scenic mountain range. U.S. officials believe the latest pictures of Osama bin Laden were probably filmed last year and are an attempt by his followers to keep the message alive while his fate remains unknown...
Americans, Filipinos to take part in joint military exercise (04/22/02)
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines -- The former U.S. naval base at Subic Bay became a beehive of American activity again Sunday as U.S. forces poured ashore for a three-week joint exercise with the Philippine military. A high-speed transport craft hauled 544 U.S. Marines and 80 Navy Seabees to Luzon island in the northern Philippines -- hundreds of miles from the southern islands where U.S. troops are training Philippine forces in a separate exercise aimed at wiping out Muslim guerrillas...
Japanese prime minister pays visit to controversial war shrine (04/22/02)
TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid a surprise visit Sunday to a controversial shrine devoted to Japan's war dead, a move that immediately triggered anger in neighboring South Korea. Koizumi wore a black tie and tails as he followed a Shinto priest through the cypress pillars of Yasukuni shrine, a monument of Japan's indigenous religion and a magnet for nationalists who glorify the emperor...
Fakery persists in China despite crackdown (04/22/02)
CHENGDE, China -- With four floors of merchandise and 200 vendors, the cavernous Chengde Shopping City has it all. There's Snoopy bedding straight from Peanuts -- "the Woreld-Famous Comic Strip." There are Swoosh-festooned duffels straight from the "Nikey" factory...
Palestinians start to sweep up, rebuild after Israel withdraws (04/22/02)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinians in West Bank cities began to clean up and rebuild Sunday, the first day in three weeks without an armed Israeli presence on the streets. Within hours of Israel's pullout from Nablus, people poured into the streets. Trucks restocked the produce markets, shopkeepers washed down the sidewalks outside their doors, and cars returned to the streets, weaving around the rubble. In some neighborhoods, bulldozers shoveled away debris to allow cars to pass...
Leonard survives scares, wins (04/22/02)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Justin Leonard survived some anxious moments Sunday to win the WorldCom Classic, a feat even he considered unlikely just days ago. Leonard closed with a 2-over 73 for a 14-under 270 total, a stroke ahead of Heath Slocum and two in front of Phil Mickelson. Slocum had a 70 and Mickelson a 71...
Earnhardt holds off Waltrip, wins crash-filled Talladega race (04/22/02)
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was relaxed and confident as he raced toward a dominating victory Sunday in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. It was when NASCAR waved the red flag, pausing the action six laps from the end, that the fretting began...
Brewers complete four-game sweep of Cardinals (04/22/02)
MILWAUKEE -- A change in managers has done wonders for the Milwaukee Brewers. Jose Hernandez homered and drove in two runs as Milwaukee won its fourth straight since Jerry Royster replaced Davey Lopes as Brewers manager with a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday...
Expos slide alone into East lead (04/22/02)
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Expos took over sole possession of first place in the NL East, beating the New York Mets 6-3 Sunday as Lee Stevens homered and drove in three runs. Reds 5, Cubs 3 CHICAGO -- Making his first start in almost seven years, Jose Rijo showed flashes of his old, dominating self, allowing only an unearned run as Cincinnati beat Chicago...
Abdul-Jabbar loses in debut (04/22/02)
DODGE CITY, Kan. -- Far removed from the glamor of the NBA, Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made his professional head coaching debut Sunday night in the southwest Kansas town made famous by the television series "Gunsmoke." "No jitters, no jitters at all," Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's career scoring leader and an 18-time All-Star, said before his Oklahoma Storm played the Dodge City Legend in a United States Basketball League game...
Clemens, Soriano slam Jays (04/22/02)
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens was dominating Sunday, and so was Alfonso Soriano. Clemens (2-2) took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning and Soriano hit his second leadoff homer in five days, powering the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2...
Super Bowl champ Patriots trade prized QB to Buffalo (04/22/02)
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots traded Drew Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after a nine-year career in which he rewrote the record books but watched from the sideline while his former backup led the franchise to its first Super Bowl championship...
Blues rattle Blackhawks, lead series 2-1 (04/22/02)
CHICAGO -- On defense, the St. Louis Blues were relentless. They clogged the middle with a physical style of play that left the Chicago Blackhawks struggling not only for goals, but for shots. "That's as good defensively as we've played," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said after the Blues took a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series by blanking the Blackhawks 4-0 Sunday night...
Rams take chances with surprise picks (04/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The surprises kept coming from the St. Louis Rams on the second day of the NFL draft. The Rams, who used their second-round pick on a player who wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine, plucked unknown offensive lineman Travis Scott in the fourth round Sunday...
Sports digest 4/22/02 (04/22/02)
AREA MOREHEAD ENDS SOFTBALL STREAK AGAINST OTAHKIANS MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State snapped Southeast's seven-game winning streak in the Ohio Valley Conference softball series Sunday with a 3-0 win. Morehead (10-28-1, 6-10-1 OVC) went up 1-0 on an unearned run in the bottom of the first and scored twice more in the fourth...
Knight leads record field to Steamboat race finish (04/22/02)
Barry Knight of Paducah, Ky., led a record field of 225 competitors to the finish Sunday in the 18th annual Steamboat Classic Triathlon. Knight won in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 2 seconds. It was two seconds off his own Steamboat Triathlon record. He led runner-up John Baker of Paducah by more than a minute over the course that included a 500-yard swim at Cape Munipal Pool, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a 5-mile run through downtown Cape...
Ritalin use higher in wealthier suburbs (04/22/02)
CHICAGO -- Children in Chicago's wealthy outer suburbs are far more likely to be prescribed Ritalin and other drugs to control behavior problems than are children in the city and near suburbs, a newspaper analysis found. The Chicago Sun-Times found the disparity while examining 641,735 narcotic prescriptions collected by the Illinois Human Services Department over 18 months in 2000 and 2001. The figures from two suburbs, Lincolnshire and Broadview, provide an example of the difference...
Longtime consignment shop owner calling it quits (04/22/02)
smoyers There's nothing secondhand about Ella Dowd. For 23 years, the owner of Cast-A-Ways, one of Cape Girardeau's oldest and largest consignment shops, has chatted with browsers, asked about grandkids and shown a general and sincere interest in her customers...
Redgrave plays Churchill's wife in HBO show (04/22/02)
LONDON -- Vanessa Redgrave manages to get the words "human rights" into her first response even though the question is just a conversation opener: What was it like playing Winston Churchill's wife, Clementine? "I don't see it as talking about Clemmie," Redgrave says of "The Gathering Storm" (7 p.m. Saturday on HBO). "I see it as talking about this particular period, certainly the defining period for all human rights legislation."...
'Dateline NBC' celebrates 10th anniversary Tuesday (04/22/02)
NEW YORK -- Taking over at "Dateline NBC" shortly after the fallout from a fake truck crash swept out his predecessor, executive producer Neal Shapiro called a staff meeting to find out what stories were ready for upcoming shows. Well, came the reply, there's a report on the Internal Revenue Service...
Coca-Cola reportedly developing vanilla version (04/22/02)
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola is reportedly developing a vanilla-flavored version of its flagship cola, extending the company's palette of flavorings from Cherry Coke and Diet Coke with lemon. The nation's largest soft drink company has prepared sample packaging for the new drink, to be sold initially only in North America, according to Beverage Digest, which reported the pending introduction in its current issue. Coke officials declined to comment on the report...
There are many ways to profit from those income tax refunds (04/22/02)
NEW YORK -- The Internal Revenue Service says some 93 million Americans -- roughly seven out of every 10 tax filers -- are getting a refund on their federal income taxes this year, and that refund will average $1,954. Many will be tempted to spend it all, and quickly. But financial advisers say there are a lot of alternative uses that will provide longer-term financial rewards...
Business memo 4/22/02 (04/22/02)
Lutesville Motor gets highest company honor Lutesville Motor Co. Inc., of Marble Hill, Mo., has achieved the President's Award, Ford Motor Co.'s highest dealer honor. Every year, Ford Motors honors dealerships that have gone above and beyond their customers' expectations...
People on the move 4/22/02 (04/22/02)
Williamson named bank employee of the year Sherri Williamson has been named the 2001 employee of the year for Commerce Bank in Cape Girardeau. Williamson began her banking career in 1985 at First Exchange Bank in Cape Girardeau. She worked as a teller for five years before transferring to the financial services department of the bank. ...
People you should know/Wally Allstun (04/22/02)
  • Age: 57. Key responsibilities: I am the co-owner and am involved in marketing, promotion, education, intervention, prevention and counseling employees. How long have you lived in Cape Girardeau: From 1977, I lived in Jackson until 1996, when I moved to Cape Girardeau...
  • Device blocks objectionable words on TV (04/22/02)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Rebekah Renfrow is mad as, uh, heck, and she's not going to take it anymore. Her breaking point came when she watched an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" with her four young children and heard a certain derogatory reference to women that made her cringe...
    Boeing tries a new concept - the moving production line (04/22/02)
    EVERETT, Wash. -- It isn't hard to find a worker in the cavernous Boeing 747 plant who's been making airplanes pretty much the same way for as long as 30 years. But a few months ago, executives in charge of the 747 program decided to try something radical: moving the airplane...
    Sole U.S. Life Savers plant closing, moving to Canada (04/22/02)
    HOLLAND, Mich. Around the time that the Life Savers Co. candy plant opened here in 1967, television commercials touted Life Savers as "a part of living." All the Life Savers sold in this country are made at the 429,000-square-foot factory. Invented by candymaker Clarence Crane in 1912 and featuring such well-known flavors as Butter Rum and Wint-O-Green, Life Savers are closely tied to Holland, a popular western Michigan tourist destination settled by Dutch immigrants in the mid-19th century...
    LeRoy Warren (04/22/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- LeRoy E. Warren, 53, of Perryville died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 29, 1948, at Tulsa, Okla., son of Roy and Effie Cornelson Warren. Warren was employed by Gilster Mary Lee. He was a member of River Hills Eagles Lodge 4034...
    Wayne Johnson (04/22/02)
    Wayne P. Johnson, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 24, 1913, at Urich, Mo., son of Arthur D. and Nancy E. Pofst Johnson. He and Eloise Ball were married Oct. 25, 1952. She died July 22, 1995...
    William Robinson (04/22/02)
    PULASKI, Ill. -- William Austin Robinson, 85, of Pulaski died Monday, April 15, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. He was born Nov. 19, 1916, at Villa Ridge, Ill., son of William and Alice Robinson. He and Priscilla Louise Morgan were married May 9, 1936, at Mound City, Ill...
    Mabel Robnett (04/22/02)
    O'FALLON, Mo. -- Mabel Robnett, 85, of O'Fallon and previously of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Garden View Care Center in O'Fallon. She was born Feb. 25, 1917, at Brownsville, Mo., daughter of Adolph and Zetta James. Robnett was a teacher in the Hazelwood School District for 50 years. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota, a retired teachers sorority...
    Cape fire report 4/22 (04/22/02)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, April 22 On Saturday, firefighters responded to the following calls:At 7:39 p.m., an emergency medical service at the 93 mile marker of Interstate 55. At 8:01 p.m., an emergency medical service at the 93 mile marker of Interstate 55...
    Cape police report 4/22/02 (04/22/02)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, April 22 ArrestsGasca Martin Rodngues, 117 N. Clark, was arrested Sunday on a warrant for failure to appear and revoked licenses. Lamont Lee Brinson, 36, of 1406 Maryann was arrested Saturday on a Mississippi County warrant for possession of a controlled substance...
    Out of the past 4/22/02 (04/22/02)
    10 years ago: April 22, 1992 Cape Girardeau policeman notified last week that his position was being eliminated three years before he reached full retirement will stay on as full-time patrolman at less pay; meanwhile, second officer, whose position is being eliminated, has been asked to stay on with city police department at smaller full-time salary, but finalization of matter is pending;...
    Police residency rules are local matters (04/22/02)
    St. Louis police officers who don't like a requirement that they live in the city they serve have gone to great lengths to undo the residency rule. They are seeking relief from the Missouri legislature. In the process, a bill that would ban such residency requirements in any first-class county has been approved by the House and is on its way to the Senate...
    St. Louis vote would likely kill stadium funds (04/22/02)
    Officials in St. Louis oppose a citywide vote on plans to use $126 million of city funds over the next 30 years to help fund a new stadium for the Cardinals baseball team. They are opposed for the same reason backers of $210 million in state funding for the stadium don't want a statewide vote: They're certain voters would reject the funding plans...
    Speak Out A 04/22/02 (04/22/02)
    Too much spending IF THERE is more tax money this year than last year and more last year than the year before, then obviously the state doesn't need more money. What's happened is the state has spent more money. The state needs to slow down on spending. Gov. Bob Holden was state treasurer before he became governor. Surely he had enough sense to see what was going on and knew the state was overspending. Why didn't he tell us that during the election time?...
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