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Stories from Friday, May 10, 2002

Breaking up animals is hard to do (05/10/02)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Living with Marshall the wallaby, Skeeter the lemur, Billy the macaw and Chris the mischievous 10-year-old son was just too exciting for Heidi and Dale Stickel. They didn't mind Marshall's indifference or Billy's talkativeness or even Skeeter's odor...
Students' marketing plans offer images for Scott Co. (05/10/02)
Scott County may be at the crossroads of America, but it's barely on the Internet map. Scott County Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said county officials want to change that situation and market the county and its tourist, industry and residential opportunities on the Web. "Every county needs to market itself," he said...
Chaffee police chief returns from Kosovo (05/10/02)
ST. CLAIR, Mo. -- While serving in the National Guard in Kosovo, Don Cobb said he saw children who were adept at navigating mine fields. So accustomed to war and violence in the cold, eastern European country of Yugoslavia, children learn survival lessons and hatred at the same time they learn to talk...
Former police officer accused of hitting man (05/10/02)
A former Hayti police officer was arraigned Thursday in federal court, accused of hitting another man with his police-issue baton. On April 25, a federal grand jury indicted George Nettleton, 28, on a civil rights violation charge. According to the indictment, on Aug. 28, Nettelton intentionally struck John Skinner "several times in his back and arm with a dangerous weapon ... resulting in bodily injury."...
New claims for jobless benefits decline again (05/10/02)
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment insurance fell for the third straight week, suggesting the economic recovery is motivating companies to lay off fewer workers. But that doesn't mean they will be in a rush to hire. For the week ending May 4, new claims dropped by a seasonally adjusted 11,000 to 411,000, the lowest level since March 16, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Claims fell by 5,000 and by 25,000 in the prior two weeks...
Authorities investigate Clarkton man after pipe bomb discovery (05/10/02)
Standard Democrat CLARKTON, Mo. -- An ongoing investigation in Stoddard and Dunklin counties resulted in the arrest of a Clarkton man for having what is believed to be an explosive device in his home. According to the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the SEMO Drug Task Force suspected a pipe bomb was located at the residence of Curtis Ray McNece, 36...
Correction 5/10/02 (05/10/02)
  • A story in Thursday's Southeast Missourian should have reported that AmerenUE had restored power to all but 300 Cape Girardeau residents by noon Wednesday after storms earlier in the day. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
  • Aiming high (05/10/02)
    Bob Crichton and Derek Mays are two guys who share a house that borders a small field on Old Sprigg Road. To the rear of the house is an old barn and some cows that glance quizzically at the airplane tied to a tree nearby. The cows probably aren't the only ones wondering what the heck the plane is doing there...
    Ryan campaign's attorneys not sure who makes decisions (05/10/02)
    CHICAGO -- A federal judge asked attorneys for Gov. George Ryan's campaign Thursday who makes decisions for the organization and was told that they were unable to pinpoint any one person in charge. The exchange came at a hearing in a racketeering case prosecutors have brought against Citizens for Ryan and former campaign manager Scott Fawell. They are accused of secretly using public money and employees to work on various political campaigns, including the 1998 governor's race...
    Senator won't OK budget unless prison stays open (05/10/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Vienna Correctional Center, which was supposed to close next week, will stay open until June 30 and won't be shuttered at all if Senate Republicans have their way. After touring the 37-year-old minimum security prison Thursday, Senate President James "Pate" Philip, R-Wood Dale, said he won't support a budget plan that closes it...
    Flooding across state leaves two people dead, two missing (05/10/02)
    Two people were dead and two others were missing and feared dead as flooding continued to cause problems around Missouri on Thursday. Heavy rains have pounded the state over the last several days. Problems were minimal along the big rivers -- the Mississippi and Missouri had only minor flooding -- but smaller waterways were troublesome in many cases. ...
    Senator suggests pay cut to help with budget (05/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the fortunes of a bill to tap into a state emergency fund faltering, one senator became more serious about a measure temporarily freezing lawmaker salaries and benefits. Sen. James Mathewson, D-Sedalia, on Thursday offered a resolution in which lawmakers would give up two months pay along with their daily living allowances and office expenses upon failure of the Rainy Day bill...
    Two die as storm blows through Southern Illinois trailer park (05/10/02)
    CENTRALIA, Ill. -- A fast-moving storm swept through this city in the middle of the night Thursday, killing two people and taking everyone by surprise, including weather officials and the people who lay sleeping in its path. Two people were killed and nine others hurt badly enough to be treated at a hospital when the storm hit around 2:30 a.m. It was the third fatal weather system to strike southern Illinois in less than three weeks...
    Aldrin makes long-distance acceptance of Truman Award (05/10/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- America's 33rd president had "brilliant visions of the future," the latest recipient of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award said Thursday. "He integrated our armed forces, established the Department of Defense, took great risks for the benefit of mankind and dared to go where few have trod," retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin said. ...
    DNA results expected today (05/10/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Results of DNA tests to determine if a girl found beheaded here last year is a missing 5-year-old from Miami should be released today, police said. A press conference to discuss the results has been scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Kansas City police headquarters...
    Holden reports state tax refund checks should be sent by August (05/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- About 500,000 Missouri taxpayers should get their tax refunds by August, perhaps sooner if the House agrees to tap the state's so-called Rainy Day Fund generally used for fiscal emergencies, Gov. Bob Holden said. On Wednesday, Holden and state Revenue Director Carol Fischer told reporters the fund would allow the state to accelerate payments of about $230 million in tax refunds delayed because of state budget troubles caused by lower-than-expected income tax collections...
    Attorney General Ryan offers ethics reforms (05/10/02)
    CHICAGO -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan proposed a series of ethical reforms Thursday that he said would help clean up the political process and restore the public's confidence in government. The reforms take direct aim at a practice the licenses-for-bribes scandal has brought to light: the use of state workers to raise money for politicians...
    Unbalanced budget moving forward (05/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a roughly $19 billion budget for next year that they concede could likely fall short of balancing. While cutting expenditures for numerous programs, the budget agreement reached early Thursday morning still manages to guarantee a $110 million increase for public schools with the potential for them to receive even more...
    GOP kills budget fix in House vote; Holden to consider funding (05/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Republicans on Thursday blocked a plan to use state savings to balance the current Missouri budget, a move Gov. Bob Holden said could result in temporary layoffs for some state workers and the withholding of state payments for education and social services for May and June...
    Stadium funding bill hastily sent to House floor (05/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After a hasty hearing, supporters of a stadium funding bill sent the $644 million package to the House floor Thursday in hopes it reach a vote in the final week of the legislative session. The action by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee came just two days after the stadium bill passed the Senate. The session ends May 17...
    Negotiators use water funds despite EPA warning (05/10/02)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Ignoring warnings of potential financial penalties from the federal government, Missouri budget negotiators have gone ahead with a plan using a water loan fund to help balance the budget. The Environmental Protection Agency has said Missouri could lose as much as $74 million in water funds because of the move...
    Man claiming to be Satan attacks victim with sword (05/10/02)
    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was injured by a sword wielding assailant early Thursday morning after allegedly a man knocked on his door and said he was Satan. According to Butler County Sheriff reports, deputies Bobby Wicker and Mark Dobbs responded at 4:40 a.m. to a fight in progress at the Jerry Johnson residence on Highway 53...
    U.S. sanctions firms dealing with Iran (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The State Department is imposing sanctions against companies in Armenia, China and Moldova for allegedly selling equipment and technology to Iran that could benefit development of weapons of mass destruction. Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the goods supplied by the companies to Iran violated international agreements designed to inhibit development of weapons of mass destruction...
    U.S. Chamber says business laws flawed in Mississippi (05/10/02)
    JACKSON, Miss. -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest nonprofit business federation, is dedicated to encouraging pro-business policies and promoting trade ties. Except, that is, when it comes to Mississippi. For the first time in its 90-year history, the chamber is warning members about doing business in a particular state, saying Mississippi is a legal magnet for negligence lawsuits and eye-popping verdicts...
    Senate Intelligence chief gripes about cooperation (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Congressional investigators examining how preparations for the Sept. 11 attacks went undetected by the nation's law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been receiving less than full cooperation from those agencies, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says...
    House prepares to pass $383 billion defense bill (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- House Republicans pushed on Thursday for approval of the biggest increase in military spending in a generation to help fight the war on terrorism, including money for a new mobile artillery cannon the Pentagon doesn't want. Lawmakers moved toward a vote even as Democrats fumed about provisions in the $383 billion measure outlining 2003 defense spending that would exempt the military from major environmental laws...
    FTC upgrades gas price monitoring (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its monitoring of gasoline markets around the country to gather information on daily price changes in an attempt to focus quickly on any unusual price spikes, the agency said. FTC Chairman Timothy Muris said the agency has begun using a statistical model that is expected to track price spikes as they happen to identify factors contributing to the price fluctuations...
    U.S. education quality questioned following mixed marks on test (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- High school seniors have a poor grasp of U.S. history, with less than half able to identify or explain the Monroe Doctrine, Nat Turner's rebellion or the Bay of Pigs invasion. The poor showing on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, prompted educators on Thursday to question whether schools are adequately teaching U.S. history -- and whether teachers are adequately trained...
    CIA misses in effort to kill ex-Afghan prime minister (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- A former Afghan prime minister is believed to have escaped a CIA missile strike in the first known attempt to kill a factional leader suspected of plotting against the U.S.-backed government. Though not known to be part of the Taliban or al-Qaida, Islamic leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was considered a fair target because he was threatening American troops and had offered rewards for their deaths, officials said Thursday...
    Bush - Arafat must arrest and jail Hamas terrorists (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush, scaling back the praise he had just heaped on Yasser Arafat, said Thursday the Palestinian leader must arrest and jail Hamas militants who carry out attacks on Israeli civilians. Bush said he was pleased Arafat had spoken out against terrorism...
    Sons may shorten life span of mothers, researchers say (05/10/02)
    WASHINGTON --"My son will be the death of me yet." The familiar lament by mothers everywhere may have a kernel of scientific truth, researchers say. A study analyzing church records in earlier centuries found that having sons shortened the life span of Finnish mothers by about 34 weeks per son. Daughters nurtured to adulthood helped prolong mothers' lives...
    Ex-waitress settles Yoda lawsuit against Hooters (05/10/02)
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A former waitress has settled her lawsuit against Hooters, the restaurant that gave her a toy Yoda doll instead of the Toyota she thought she'd won. Jodee Berry, 27, won a beer sales contest last May at the Panama City Beach Hooters. She believed she had won a new Toyota and happily was escorted to the restaurant's parking lot in a blindfold...
    Construction replacing search for remains at WTC (05/10/02)
    NEW YORK -- The discovery of body parts has slowed to a trickle, the rubble is almost gone and soon all that will remain is a pit seven stories deep. Within a month, the painstaking, around-the-clock effort to remove debris and search for remains at the World Trade Center site will be finished and the focus will turn to building a new cultural, business and transit center...
    People talk 5/10 (05/10/02)
    First American wins Spanish prizeAmerican playwright Arthur Miller became the first American writer to win the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. The honor has traditionally gone to major Spanish and Latin American literary figures such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo Jose Cela and Carlos Fuentes...
    'Smiley face' pattern goal in bombing, sheriff says (05/10/02)
    RENO, Nev. -- The 21-year-old college art student accused of putting pipe bombs in mailboxes in five states told authorities he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on the map, a sheriff said Thursday. The first 16 bombs were arranged in two circles, one in Illinois and Iowa and the other in Nebraska. On a map, the circles could resemble the eyes of the popular 1970s happiness symbol. The final two bombs, found in Colorado and Texas, form an arc that could be the beginning of a smile...
    Maryland puts ban on executions (05/10/02)
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Following the example set by Illinois two years ago, Gov. Parris Glendening on Thursday suspended all executions in Maryland while a study is done on whether the death penalty is meted out in a racially discriminatory way. Glendening, a Democrat who is barred from seeking a third term this fall, blocked next week's lethal injection of 44-year-old Wesley Baker and said he would stay any other executions that come before him in his eight months left in office...
    Abuse cases cause discord for Jehovah's Witnesses (05/10/02)
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As a pillar of his church, William Bowen sat in judgment of fellow Jehovah's Witnesses who went astray. On a few occasions, Bowen supported the ultimate punishment -- expulsion from the tightknit religious group. But now the lifelong Jehovah's Witness awaits judgment himself from fellow members of the denomination...
    Coast Guard halts search for jets (05/10/02)
    PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for the seven people who were aboard two Navy jets that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico during a training mission. The twin-engine T-39 Sabreliners went down about 40 miles south of Pensacola on Wednesday...
    Leaping tall equations (05/10/02)
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Is Spiderman's web really strong enough to support him as he swings from building to building? Why did Superman's home planet of Krypton explode? How much would the Flash need to eat in order to run around the globe in 80 seconds? The man to ask is University of Minnesota physics professor Jim Kakalios...
    Pakistan arrests militants after bombing (05/10/02)
    KARACHI, Pakistan -- In a sweep against Islamic militants Thursday, Pakistani authorities rounded up nearly 300 suspects while U.S. and French officers searched for links between al-Qaida terrorists and a suicide bombing that killed 14 people, including 11 French engineers...
    Indian film 'Devdas' slated to show at Cannes Festival (05/10/02)
    BOMBAY, India -- "Devdas," an Indian movie about doomed love told through 10 song-and-dance numbers, will premiere at this month's Cannes Film Festival. It's the first mainstream Bollywood movie invited to the elite French film festival, which runs May 15 through 26. "Devdas" is scheduled to screen in the noncompetitive section on Wednesday, two weeks before its release in India...
    Study says vitamin C as good as antibiotic for bronchitis (05/10/02)
    LONDON -- An antibiotic commonly given for acute bronchitis is no better than low-dose vitamin C at treating the coughing attacks, a new study has found. Millions of people visit doctors every year for acute bronchitis and most receive antibiotics -- even though there's not much evidence antibiotics help, and it seems the condition is most often caused by a virus, not bacteria...
    Dutch file past murdered maverick politician's casket (05/10/02)
    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Thousands of mourners on Thursday filed past the open casket of Pim Fortuyn in a solemn, often tearful tribute to the politician whose brash taboo-breaking policies and violent death ensured him a place in Dutch history. Fortuyn was gunned down on Monday after giving an election campaign interview in the town of Hilversum. ...
    Train derails north of London, killing six (05/10/02)
    Associated Press WriterPOTTERS BAR, England (AP) -- A high-speed express train derailed Friday on its way through a station north of London and one carriage crashed onto the platform, scattering waiting passengers and killing six on board, officials said...
    Palestinians leave besieged Bethlehem church (05/10/02)
    Associated Press WriterBETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli jeeps and armored vehicles began pulling out of Bethlehem's Manger Square Friday, after a tense standoff at the Church of the Nativity ended with 13 suspected Palestinians militants flying into exile...
    Israel completes withdrawal from Bethlehem (05/10/02)
    Associated Press WriterBETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops and armor completed their pullout from Bethlehem Friday, after a tense standoff at the Church of the Nativity ended with 13 suspected Palestinians militants flying into exile...
    Church of Nativity deal would end 38-day standoff (05/10/02)
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- The 5 1/2-week standoff at the Church of the Nativity neared an end early today with a complex deal to scatter 13 Palestinian militants among up to eight countries. Bethlehem's police chief said the Palestinians were to begin leaving the church around daybreak...
    African children raise blunt questions with their leaders (05/10/02)
    UNITED NATIONS -- No adult has ever spoken to King Letsie III of Lesotho quite so bluntly, nor to the leaders of Mozambique and Mauritania -- let alone a child. But at a rare dialogue between African leaders and African children on the second day of the U.N. children's summit Thursday, the words from the youngsters were sharp and implacable...
    Women get vote, seek office in Bahrain election (05/10/02)
    MANAMA, Bahrain -- Voters cast ballots Thursday in Bahrain's first election for representative bodies in nearly 30 years -- another step in the Gulf nation's transformation from absolute monarchy to democracy, and the first time Bahraini women were allowed to vote and run for office...
    Israeli positions tanks outside Gaza (05/10/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Tanks were poised outside Gaza and Israel called up military reservists Thursday ahead of an expected retaliatory attack for Palestinian suicide bombings, even as a deal was reached to end the standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity...
    Japanese leaders binge at blubber bash (05/10/02)
    TOKYO -- Leading Japanese lawmakers savored whale-meat delicacies at a government-backed blubber bash Thursday and hundreds of supporters rallied in downtown Tokyo for the resumption of commercial whaling. Fishery officials and restaurateurs joined the nearly four dozen politicians for the evening VIP tasting party, meant to bolster Japan's pro-whaling push as it now plays host to the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission...
    Bus crash in Brazil kills 20 (05/10/02)
    SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A bus taking college students home from their night courses at a university in southeastern Brazil plummeted from a 160-foot cliff, killing at least 20 people and injuring 21 others, police said Thursday. The accident occurred late Wednesday on a highway near the city of Rifaina, 280 miles north of Sao Paulo...
    Colombian leader condemns massacre (05/10/02)
    BOJAYA, Colombia -- Colombian President Andres Pastrana walked Thursday in a church where 117 civilians died in a rebel bombardment, a building stained by blood and littered with human remains and torn baby clothes. The world, he said, must condemn the killings...
    Panicked, hurt civilians fleeing Liberian fighting (05/10/02)
    MONROVIA, Liberia -- Panicked, wounded civilians struggled Thursday to flee one of the bloodiest outbreaks of fighting of a 3-year-old insurrection in Liberia, as government forces battled what they said was a rebel attack on Gbarnga, President Charles Taylor's central stronghold...
    Alliance started to fight world's malnutrition (05/10/02)
    UNITED NATIONS -- Bill Gates' charitable foundation is leading a new alliance to fight malnutrition in the developing world, underwriting the bulk of the program and enlisting food and vitamin producers. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition aims to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies by fortifying foods such as rice, sugar, maize and oil. The initiative was revealed Thursday at the U.N. Children's Summit...
    Coalition troops eavesdrop across Afghanistan areas (05/10/02)
    BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- To shepherds and playing children, they're usually invisible. Wearing ripped pieces of camouflage canvas, they could be mistaken for a mountain crag or a leafy bush. Often dropped in covertly by helicopter at night, nobody is supposed to know they're there...
    Blast kills 36 people during Russian Victory Day parade (05/10/02)
    KASPIISK, Russia -- A remote-controlled bomb shattered a holiday parade Thursday in a Russian town near Chechnya, killing at least 36 people, including children and members of a marching band that had just struck up the tune "Victory Day." Streams of blood trickled down the tree-lined road after the blast, which injured about 150. A mangled drum heaped with flowers lay next to a pile of abandoned horns and an empty boot...
    Central, Jackson soccer teams wrap up with shutouts (05/10/02)
    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau Central's girls' soccer team ended its regular season with a 3-0 victory over Poplar Bluff Thursday. Central (8-6-1), which led 1-0 at halftime, got goals from Meagan Freeze, Megan McDonald and Julie Underwood. Underwood and Allie McGinty had assists while goalkeeper Megan Kistner recorded the shutout...
    Notre Dame jumps to 4A in an unwelcome change (05/10/02)
    Notre Dame Regional High School moved to its new location in 1998 with dreams of rapid enrollment growth. It's "enrollment" grew by 156 students on Thursday, but not in the way envisioned. Thanks to the 1.35 multiplier approved by members of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, the school's real enrollment of 444 ballooned to 600...
    Private schools grow with passage of new measure (05/10/02)
    Private high schools in the state of Missouri just got 35 percent bigger. The Missouri State High School Activities Association announced Thursday its members had passed Proposal 9 on its spring ballot, a 1.35 multiplier which will be used to increase the enrollment of all private schools for classification purposes, effective July 1...
    Central settles for lackluster home win (05/10/02)
    With the clock ticking toward the district playoffs next week, at least two coaches weren't particularly thrilled with their teams Thursday. Central came away with a lackluster 4-2 SEMO Conference win over Scott City at Tiger Field in the regular-season finale for both...
    Australian rule - Purcell, McDonald a tough duo for Indians (05/10/02)
    Brad Purcell and Tristen McDonald left Australia for the United States four years ago to chase their baseball dreams. Along the way, the boys from down under have helped put Southeast Missouri State University on the brink of its first Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship...
    Hornets win big, cut into Nets' series lead (05/10/02)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- David Wesley shook off a head-to-head collision with Jason Kidd, then lifted the Charlotte Hornets back into the Eastern Conference semifinals. Wesley, injured when he and Kidd smacked heads late in the first half, scored 22 points and gave the Hornets an emotional spark while leading them to a 115-97 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night...
    Blues lose Pronger and game; Red Wings take 3-1 series lead (05/10/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Dominik Hasek rebounded from a lopsided loss as the Detroit Red Wings took command of their second-round Western Conference playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. The Red Wings, who have a 3-1 series lead, can wrap the series up Saturday in Detroit...
    Dan Devine, former college and NFL coach, dead at 77 (05/10/02)
    PHOENIX -- Dan Devine, who coached Notre Dame to the 1977 national championship, died Thursday at his Tempe home after a long illness. He was 77. Devine went 172-57-9 (a .742 winning percentage) over 22 seasons at Notre Dame, Missouri and Arizona State. He also coached the Green Bay Packers for four seasons, going 25-27-4...
    Red Sox roll to 9th straight win, sweep A's (05/10/02)
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Offerman and Shea Hillenbrand homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to their ninth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-1 victory Thursday. Derek Lowe (5-1), two games removed from pitching a no-hitter, won his fourth straight decision after allowing one run and six hits in eight innings...
    Stewart remembers Devine for giving him his big coaching break (05/10/02)
    On his way to logging 93 football wins in 13 seasons at Missouri, Dan Devine took on additional chores as the Columbia school's athletic director and tapped a young coach out of Northern Iowa to rebuild the Tigers' basketball program. Norm Stewart has never forgotten Devine giving him a big break that day in 1968...
    Look out! Periodical cicadas are coming back (05/10/02)
    Maybe you're familiar with the dog-day cicada that sings in late summer. It happens every year. Or perhaps you remember traveling into the Ozarks or to St. Louis in May or June of 1998 and having your ears accosted by the loud buzzing drone of thousands of singing insects. Well, this year those in Cape Girardeau and the Missouri Delta have the opportunity to hear this loud buzzing drone of without traveling as far. You may hear it as close as your own back door...
    Sometimes, it's all in the bread (05/10/02)
    The last two times my wife and I have taken vacations, I've managed to lose a couple of pounds. Why? I attribute the weight loss to two factors: 1. We go places where lots of walking is required. 2. The bread diet. Since 1972, my wife and I have been going to the same little town on the Oregon coast for vacations. It is like a second home to us. And because it's like home, we tend to do many of the same things there that we do here: eat, sit, sleep...
    Ever eat here? The Indigo (05/10/02)
    Ever since The Indigo came to downtown, I've wanted to see what the atmosphere was. I didn't know if it would be fancy, serious or casual. I was hoping it would be a little bit of all those. So I grabbed a friend and headed down to try the $6.00 lunch specials I've heard about...
    Movie review - Clockstoppers (05/10/02)
    Reviewed by Justin Colburn and Keayn Dunya Zak Gibbs' (Jesse Bradford, Hackers) greatest challenge has been finding a way to get his dad to allow him to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on, something very strange happens. ...
    MTV Campus Invasion Tour (05/10/02)
    Amanda Mouser if you like heart-pounding, pulse-raising music you should have been at the SIU Arena in Carbondale on April 19th. Nickelback and Default put on one hell of a show for the MTV Campus Invasion Tour. I haven't seen so many college kids packed into an arena since freshman orientation. ...
    Mystikaleidoscopes (05/10/02)
    ARIES You have a reputation for speaking your mind, and with Pluto, planet of passion, aspecting Mercury, planet of communication, you'll go out of your way to live up to it. However, if you stray too far from the facts today, you'll be the one who is the topic of conversation - and what others say may not be pleasant...
    The Dharma Bum (05/10/02)
    By Jaysen Buterin "Be my spiderwoman, I'll be your spiderman." - The Charlatans UK To geek or not to geek? Often times my dear denizens of the OFF! realm, that is the real question. For it is a less-than well-known fact that according to the Chinese calendar (you know that crazy thing with dogs, monkeys, dragons, and bitten wax tadpoles) the year 2002 is not the year of the rat, the boar, or the snake (despite all the political figures they bear an uncanny resemblance to) but instead kids, it is the year of the geek. ...
    Kill the CBS programming and Slap Your Mama (05/10/02)
    By Mix 96.5 Resident Pimp Master Parker Okay so I'm in the theatre watching this flick last Friday night with my wife. High Crimes, High Crime or something like that. It featured a very sassy Ashley Judd and typical master thespian Morgan Freeman. Anyway the flick was so good that I managed to down a large pop and sit through almost two hours of this plot-twisting movie. However within the last fifteen minutes of this cinematic masterpiece, my bladder starts leaking...
    Willy Jak's One Year Anniversary Weekend (05/10/02)
    Willy Jak's One Year Anniversary Weekend started on Friday night, April 26. Carbondale born band, Clean Ray, kicked off the festivities with some pulse-pounding rhythms and funky lyrics. They are quite a unique band who puts on an entertaining show with 2 vocalists, one of which plays percussion along with the drummer, and the keyboardist who, while he's not banging on the keys, picks up his sax to add a jazzy vibe...
    Album review - Sheryl Crow, C'mon, C'mon (05/10/02)
    By Cory Allen, MIX 96.5 Sheryl Crow has never been one to lack confidence in her craft. Why should she? She stumbled upon the scene as rock and roll's new darling in 1993, for her award-winning debut, Saturday Night Music Club. Everything she has touched since has turned to Grammy, with two platinum selling and critically-acclaimed follow ups, a live album, and guest appearances with everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Kid Rock...
    The Soundtrack to a Killer Road Trip (05/10/02)
    By Cory Allen, MIX 96.5 I was just attacked by the season's first mosquito, my "official" sign that winter is over. Being a Christian, I believe in the Bible and all, except the whole Noah part. If all creatures were truly brought on the ark, male and female, surely he would have swatted those two little bloodsuckers. I hate bugs with no purpose...
    Movie review - M*A*S*H (05/10/02)
    Reviewed by Justin Colburn and Keayn Dunya When director Robert Altman set out to make M*A*S*H, it was his goal to make an anti-war film set in Korea that would draw parallels to Vietnam. At the same time Fox studios was working on two other highly anticipated war films, Tora! Tora! Tora! and Patton. ...
    Everybody's a critic- 'Spider-Man' (05/10/02)
    HH 1/2 stars "Spider-Man" is an interesting summer escape film with elements that would appeal to any age group. Stunts, both human and digital, were fascinating and well constructed. The movie dragged in spots and I noticed some patrons (pre-teen males) getting restless in the romantic and plot development parts...
    At the theaters 5/10 (05/10/02)
    Guy Strauss'Changing Lanes' This is the story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive that their mutual road rage escalates into a feud. Rated R for language, running time 95 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
    Over my dead body 5/10 (05/10/02)
    These are the 10 songs Dr. Alan Journet of Cape Girardeau wouldn't want to live without. 1. Piano Quintet in A (D 667 ? "The Trout") -- Franz Schubert I came to classical music firstly through the big romantics (Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Wagner and the like), then smaller classical symphonic pieces and then the ornamental baroque. It was Franz Schubert who finally brought me to chamber music. There is one section in this piece that reminds of a Keystone Cops routine...
    Avant-garde to classic Broadway musical (05/10/02)
    Men and women vocalizing in togas, a yodeling urban saint, a bedroom farce in the French countryside, and an Indiana idiot savant with a special talent will take the Rose Theatre stage in the 2002-2003 theater season planned by the Southeast Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition, two dance performances still being created were inspired by the belief that art doesn't necessarily belong behind a proscenium arch...
    Everybody's a critic- 'Spider-Man' (05/10/02)
    HHHH I grew up on Stan Lee and Marvel comics. I won't tell you how long ago it was that all the Marvel heroes -- Thor, Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Daredevil, Captain America, Hulk, and of course Spider Man -- could be had for just 15 cents. I loved them all, and to say I had extremely high standards for this movie is an understatement...
    Remembering 'Beowulf' (05/10/02)
    BERKELEY, Calif. It's an event that may have "the cool of scratched LPs, plaid polyester pants or schnauzer-shaped salt and pepper shakers," frets organizer Pat Schwieterman. Still, the read-aloud "Beowulf" marathon is an epic gathering, especially this year as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, more or less (hey, things got a little fuzzy in the '60s) at the University of California, Berkeley...
    2002-03 productions (05/10/02)
  • "Ste.-Carmen of the Main," a contemporary play by Michel Tremblay, first performed in Montreal, Quebec, in 1976. Directed by Dr. Robert Dillon Jr. "Don't Dress for Dinner," a sex comedy by Marc Camoletti. Directed by Dennis C. Seyer...
  • Everybody's a critic- 'Spider-Man' (05/10/02)
    HHH 1/2 stars Despite a few creative liberties taken by this film, it was a well done feature of a superhero that we grew up with. Spider-Man is a superhero that we can all cheer for. Not only did this film have good special effects, there was also the romantic story of Parker and Mary Jane...
    Eulalah Miller (05/10/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Funeral for Eulalah Miller of Anna will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna. The Rev. Ken Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Anna Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today, and Saturday until service time...
    Mary Magill (05/10/02)
    Mary Elizabeth Magill, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born June 30, 1916, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of William T. and Kitty Baird Doherty. She and John C. Magill were married Aug. 27, 1938, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1951...
    Eva Magill (05/10/02)
    Eva Sherfield Magill, 89, of Atlanta, Ga., died Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. She was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Lepanto, Ark., daughter of Van and Mollie Sherfield. She and Roy Miller Magill were married June 22, 1940, in Farmington, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1984...
    Earl Volkerding (05/10/02)
    Earl L. Volkerding, 87, of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Spectrum Health Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Gordonville, Mo., son of Robert and Helen Gruenberg Volkerding. He married Dorothy Little in 1944 in Washington, D.C...
    Costella Patterson (05/10/02)
    Costella Evern Ferguson Patterson, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at her home. She was born Oct. 29, 1929, in McNeil, Ark., daughter of Walter and Edna Ferguson. She was married to Charles Patterson Jr. the 23rd of July 1959. To this union two children were born, Reginald and Laura...
    Births 5/10/02 (05/10/02)
    Burroughs Daughter to Timothy Paul and Jennifer Ann Burroughs of Jackson, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:42 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002. Name, Makayla Ann. Weight, 8 pounds 1/2 ounce. First child. Mrs. Burroughs is the former Jennifer Edwards, daughter of Barbara Phegley of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Courtesy Cleaners. Burroughs is the son of Martha Sides of Jackson. He is employed by city of Jackson...
    Perry County Middle School (05/10/02)
    Perry County Middle School A Honor Roll
  • 8th Grade - JESSICA ABERNATHY, BOBBY BEELER, KYLE BERT, MEGAN BLECHLE, NICOLE COOK, CHRISTOPHER ERNST, EDWARD GRAHAM III, AMBER HACKER, JACOB HAYDEN, JOSHUA HAYDEN, JARRED JOHNSON, JESSE KUEKER, ALICIA LAPPE, ADAM LAWS, DANIELLE MATTINGLY, KELLY OWENS, JENNIFER PONDER, RYAN REGELSPERGER, JESSICA ROTH, KELLI RUDERT, RACHEL SCHIMPF, AARICA STEPHENSON, JENNA THIERET, SUZANNE VOELKER...
  • Cape fire report 05/10/02 (05/10/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, May 10 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:At 10:08 a.m., an alarm sounding at 2400 Veterans Lane. At 1:12 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Sprigg and North Street. At 5:47 p.m., a false alarm on Interstate 55...
    Cape police report 05/10/02 (05/10/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, May 10 DWIDavid Wayne Prince II, 20, 1710 N. Sprigg, was arrested Wednesday for driving while intoxicated. ArrestsJonathan Damien Pierce, 24, was arrested Wednesday for larceny. SummonsesAmber Louise Swader, 18, of 535 S. Benton, was issued a summons Monday for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia...
    Out of the past 5/10/02 (05/10/02)
    10 years ago: May 10, 1992 Craig Felzien is guest speaker at both worship services at Grace United Methodist Church; he is certified United Methodist lay speaker; he and his wife, Lauren, have been members of Grace Church for five years. Jackson - Matthew Rehrauer, who served as transitional deacon at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson and at Springfield, was ordained a priest of Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Springfield...
    Another bomb, more retaliation - So it goes (05/10/02)
    It is impossible, after years of attacks and counter-attacks, to say with any accuracy who struck the first blow: the Israelis or the Palestinians. Moreover, it is much too easy to lump all anti-Israeli groups under one heading: the Palestinian Authority led by Yasser Arafat. ...
    Access, sharing of data vital to anti-terrorism (05/10/02)
    How information about potential terrorism in the United States might have been used in ways to avert the Sept. 11 attacks will be the subject of debate for a long time. Recently, the FBI disclosed that its own agents raised questions last July -- two months before the September attacks -- about Arabs who were training at a U.S. aviation school. That memo urged that other agents look into other flight schools where Middle Easterners might be taking flight training...
    Liberals seem to follow lead of communists (05/10/02)
    To the editor: The Speak Out item in which the caller seems to have hurt feelings about people so often coupling liberals with communists was, to me , somewhat amusing. The fact is that liberals so very often parrot the words and take the actions that communists would want them to do. Most all the time an observant person can predict what actions and words will be used by liberals just by observing what communists have done in the past...
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