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Stories from Friday, May 31, 2002

Bridge vs. barge (05/31/02)
Missouri Department of Transportation officials say crossing the Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau shouldn't be considered a death-defying act. They insist the 74-year-old, two-lane bridge is sturdy and won't be buckled by runaway barges...
Military digest 5/31/02 (05/31/02)
Marine completes basic training Marine Corps Pfc William T. Stearns recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego, Calif. Stearns, the son of Judy K. Smith of Jackson, Mo., and William R. Stearns of Jackson, is a 2000 graduate of Jackson High School...
Mississippi River mishaps (05/31/02)
BARGE RELATED ACCIDENTS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES: AUG. 17, 2001
  • Towboats rounded up 25 barges that broke loose from a southbound tow near Cape Girardeau. The barges threatened the Mississippi River bridge but never struck it.DEC. 27, 2000...
  • Area youths make anti-tobacco radio spots to spread awareness (05/31/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Twelve Jackson High School students spent the past year trying to give smoking a bad name. Members of the Jackson Youth Coalition, who call themselves STATIC, recorded four minute-long anti-tobacco radio spots for airing on MIX 104.7. The Scott City Youth Coalition, a similar group, also was involved in producing the radio broadcasts...
    Skate park proposal discussed at meeting (05/31/02)
    Local skateboarders and their supporters once again voiced the need for a skateboard park in Cape Girardeau at a Parks and Recreation public informational meeting held Thursday at the Osage Community Centre. "I've been hearing about a skate park for a few years now," Truevon Alford, a local skateboarder said. "I'm just glad they're finally doing something about it."...
    Car fires in Delta called arson; two vehicles destroyed (05/31/02)
    DELTA, Mo. -- A family whose vehicles were targeted by arsonists has nothing but suspicions to point them in the direction of who might responsible for the crime. Investigators are hoping to come up with something more substantial. The Elliott family, who live on Jackson Street in Delta, woke up in the wee hours Wednesday morning to discover two of their cars engulfed in flames...
    Federal agency sues trucking firms for racial harassment (05/31/02)
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued two national trucking companies for allegedly harassing black employees. Consolidated Freightways and Miller Transporters Inc. disputed the claims made in lawsuits filed Thursday in federal courts in Kansas City and St. Louis...
    House leaders trying to build support for new budget plan (05/31/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Leaders in the Illinois House floated a new plan for balancing the state budget Thursday after encountering opposition to the earlier idea of letting the governor decide where to cut spending. The new plan, if approved, would erase the state's $1.35 billion deficit and put a balanced budget on the governor's desk, said House Minority Leader Lee Daniels, R-Elmhurst...
    Gov. Ryan's friend pleads innocent to scheme (05/31/02)
    CHICAGO -- A close friend of Gov. George Ryan's pleaded innocent Thursday to fixing $2.8 million in state contracts as part of a shakedown scheme. Lobbyist Larry Warner, 60, smiled and shook his head when reporters asked about federal charges that he had taken payoffs from vendors and funneled some of the money to a so-far unnamed "Public Official A."...
    Therapeutic cloning research backed by Danforth, Eagleton (05/31/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Adina Talve said she has never dreamed of being an athlete or an actress. Born with a congenital heart defect, she's already had four heart surgeries and may eventually need a transplant. So the 15-year-old Clayton High School student knows her limitations...
    State university system considers cuts in costs (05/31/02)
    University of Missouri system officials today will consider early retirements and tuition increases as part of cost-cutting measures caused by state budget cuts announced earlier this month by Gov. Bob Holden. Southeast Missouri State University officials also are considering layoffs and raising tuition. ...
    Jobless claims drop for second straight week (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- For a second straight week, fewer people filed new claims for unemployment insurance, but the level of claims was still high in an indication the job market remains sluggish. Claims dropped by a seasonally adjusted 12,000 to 410,000 -- the lowest level since the middle of March -- for the week ending May 25, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Claims had fallen by 3,000 in the prior week...
    FBI given broad domestic authority (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration bestowed broad new domestic spying powers on the beleaguered FBI Thursday, saying it needed a new weapon in the battle against terrorism and promising not to let the bureau lapse into the file-building abuses of a bygone era...
    U.S. starts training Georgian military (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. training of military officers in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia will make it harder for terrorists to find safe haven in the region, the commander of the American trainers said Thursday. Lt. Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer said some 70 Green Berets and other trainers have begun their 21-month program of helping upgrade the Georgian military...
    Bush to send defense chief to Pakistan (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush took a tough line Thursday toward a major ally in the war on terror and demanded that President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan "live up to his word" and crack down on extremists' cross-border attacks that could lead to war with India...
    Some people uneasy about FBI powers (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Who's keeping tabs on your Internet chat? Who's in the next pew or on the next prayer rug? Who's got their eye on you at the library? Could be the FBI, under rules announced Thursday that give agents more leeway in domestic spying just about anywhere that people congregate publicly -- including cyberspace...
    Pentagon looks at more troops for Philippines (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Muslim extremists holding an American couple hostage in the Philippines stand to come under increased pressure from the U.S. government. The Pentagon is debating a recommendation by its Pacific commander to move U.S. military advisers already in the Philippines closer to the search for the couple, defense officials said Wednesday on condition of anonymity...
    Ancient footprints give impression of dinosaur life (05/31/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Plant-eating dinosaurs of different species may have herded together, to escape meat-eaters nearby, according to an analysis of 163 million-year-old dino footprints on a muddy coastal plain in England. In a study appearing Friday in the journal Science, British researchers say that 40 tracks of dinosaur footprints hint at a life and death struggle between prey and hunter in the days when dinosaurs ruled the world...
    NASA delays launch of Endeavour shuttle (05/31/02)
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Thunderstorm clouds forced NASA to call off Thursday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a mission to deliver a new crew to the international space station and fix the orbiting outpost's robot arm. Launch managers said they will try again this evening, even though the weather was expected to worsen...
    Illinois House approves spending plan (05/31/02)
    Associated Press WriterSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House approved a state spending plan Friday that would add about $275 million to the Spartan budget proposed by Gov. George Ryan. But legislative leaders still appeared to be far apart on how to come up with the money...
    People talk 5/31/02 (05/31/02)
    British tabloids publish photographs of Clinton LONDON -- Two British tabloids carried photographs Thursday showing Chelsea Clinton being helped from a London nightclub by her boyfriend. The Sun and the Daily Mail both published several photos suggesting the 22-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had too much to drink at the Embassy Club...
    Cleanup comes to end at WTC's ground zero (05/31/02)
    NEW YORK -- An empty, flag-draped stretcher symbolizing all the victims of the World Trade Center attack who could not be found was carried from the rubble Thursday in a solemn, wordless ceremony marking the end of the agonizing, 8 1/2-month cleanup...
    Climbers fall into crevasse; 3 die (05/31/02)
    TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. -- Nine climbers fell into a crevasse Thursday near the summit of Mount Hood in an accident that killed three and critically injured two others. Rescue efforts took a dramatic turn when a helicopter trying to reach the survivors crashed nearby, tumbling down the snowy mountainside...
    Barge pilot slept little in days before deadly bridge crash (05/31/02)
    WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. -- The towboat pilot whose barge struck an interstate highway bridge, killing 14 people, had slept a total of less than 10 hours in the two days before the accident, a federal investigator said Thursday. But investigator Ken Suydam said the National Transportation Safety Board has not concluded that lack of sleep contributed to the crash Sunday morning...
    Nation briefs 5/31 (05/31/02)
    Two dead as gunman opens fire inside grocery LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A gunman opened fire inside a grocery store Thursday, killing two people and wounding four others before he was shot by police, authorities said. Officers responding to a call of shots fired at a Top Valu Market near the downtown marina found the gunman inside, said police spokeswoman Nancy Tabing. The officers opened fire, striking the gunman...
    Russian minister praises closer military ties with China (05/31/02)
    BEIJING (AP) -- Russia's defense minister met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin on Friday for talks on building military ties between the two former rivals and allaying suspicions about Moscow's closer links with NATO. Both Jiang and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov gave an upbeat assessment of the talks, saying the two sides agreed on the need for a strategic partnership, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency...
    Most villagers held in U.S. raid released (05/31/02)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Two Chinook helicopters on Thursday dropped off most of the detainees snatched in a U.S. raid on an Afghan village last week. While friends and relatives were happy to see them, they expressed anger at what they said was a misdirected operation...
    Couple arrested for transporting suicide bomber (05/31/02)
    JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian and his Israeli wife drove a Palestinian suicide bomber to an Israeli city last week, where he blew himself up, killing two Israelis and injuring 51, the Israeli Prime Minister's Office said Thursday. It was the first reported instance of an Israeli Jew knowingly helping Palestinians carry out a suicide attack...
    Pakistan begins withdrawing troops from Afghan border (05/31/02)
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In a demonstration of his government's shifting priorities, Pakistan's president on Thursday began withdrawing troops helping fight al-Qaida terrorists on the Afghan border, and said he was considering moving them to Kashmir to face off against India...
    Arafat signs basis for constitution (05/31/02)
    RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has signed a package of laws granting basic rights to his people and regulating his government, officials said Thursday, just before world diplomats began arriving to press him for reforms. In the latest of almost nightly incursions into Palestinian towns, Israeli troops entered Nablus in about 40 tanks and armored personnel carriers early today, Palestinians said. ...
    Civil law student wins title of Miss Universe (05/31/02)
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- The cadets and officers at St. Petersburg's Police Academy on Thursday celebrated the crowning of one of their own as the new Miss Universe. Oxana Fedorova's victory -- the first Miss Universe from Russia -- led nationwide newscasts Thursday. She is pursuing a graduate degree in civil law at the academy...
    Palestinian woman relates calling off suicide attack (05/31/02)
    JERUSALEM -- Tawriya Hamamra, a young Palestinian woman, had barely an hour's training in preparation for a suicide bombing. All she really needed to remember was how to work the detonator button that rested on her hip. But Hamamra had second thoughts about the attack, and instead of going to Jerusalem as planned, she went to her aunt's home in the West Bank. She was arrested shortly afterward by Israeli security forces...
    Oran finishes third, gears up for return trip (05/31/02)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Even after he led the Oran baseball team to a 7-3 third-place win Thursday in the Class 1A state tournament, the thrill of victory was an emotion far removed from Ryne Wood's psyche. "It's disappointing," Wood said. "It's nice, I guess, but third place sucks."...
    Defense sharp, offense on in Notre Dame win (05/31/02)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Forget 1-2-3. For the Notre Dame baseball team, a third-place finish during the Class 2A state baseball tournament at Taylor Stadium was as easy as 6-4-3. Three groundball double plays in each of the first three innings by Notre Dame -- all involving shortstop Lee Essner, second baseman Shane Kistner and first baseman Timmy Wencewicz -- contributed to the demise of Springfield Catholic in a 12-3 Bulldogs victory Thursday...
    Freshman shifts focus to new goal (05/31/02)
    Southeast Missouri State University's Heather Jenkins has more confidence in her athletic skills than a lot of college freshman. It's the reason she thought qualifying for the NCAA Track & Field Championships would be a realistic -- albeit difficult -- goal to achieve...
    Indians shift focus to region, high Tide (05/31/02)
    Playing the nation's sixth-ranked college baseball team on its home field -- where it's 33-2 this season -- would seem like an insurmountable challenge. But Southeast Missouri State University doesn't appear to be buying into it heading into today's NCAA regional tournament game against Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Ala...
    Area fishing conditions (05/31/02)
    (Conditions as of Wednesday) LAKES Clearwater Lake: 62 degrees, high, murky; catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. Council Bluff: 66 degrees, normal, murky; channel catfish fair; all other species slow. Duck Creek: 73 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill & largemouth bass fair...
    Red Wings, Avs stretch rivalry to Game 7 (05/31/02)
    DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche admitted feeling both anxious and excited about their Game 7 showdown in the Western Conference finals. The fierce rivals who have combined for four of the past six Stanley Cup titles will meet for the final time this season tonight at Joe Louis Arena, with the winner advancing to face Carolina in the Stanley Cup finals...
    Bryant, Lakers have their game faces on for Kings (05/31/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- A day after being animated and outgoing, Kobe Bryant was a man of few words Thursday. "Maybe I got up on the wrong side of the bed today," he said without cracking a smile. The Los Angeles Lakers' star and his teammates were in a serious mood on the eve of perhaps their final game of the season...
    Outdoors digest 5/31/02 (05/31/02)
    Mingo Wildlife Refuge sets free fishing day To celebrate National Fishing Week, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge near Puxico, Mo., will sponsor a free fishing day Saturday, June 8, at Gritman Lake. The area will open at 7:45 a.m. and children age 12 and under will be allowed to fish from 8 to 9 a.m. Adults will be allowed to fish after 9 a.m. until the refuge closes an hour after sunset...
    Snag, den trees are helpful resources (05/31/02)
    Both snag trees and den trees provide essential food and cover for many species of wildlife. Snags are standing dead trees, and den trees are alive with a cavity in the trunk or limbs. In Missouri, snags, den trees and fallen trees provide essential habitat for about a third of our wildlife populations. Eighty-nine wildlife species require snags and den trees for nesting, food and shelter. An additional 66 species depend on fallen woody material such as rotting logs, limbs, and brushpiles...
    No plans? Then this weekend is just for you (05/31/02)
    A potpourri of summer sports activities on the agenda beginning today could make this weekend one of the busiest of the year in Cape Girardeau. Golf, running, softball, baseball, fishing and youth events add to the packed Saturday schedule. The National Softball Association Worth tournament at the Shawnee Park Sports Complex in Cape Girardeau hosts men's class C, D and E slow-pitch teams. ...
    The weekend at a glance (05/31/02)
    A sampling of area weekend events: Today
  • The Jackson American Legion will open its season at 6 p.m. at home against Charleston.
  • The Cape Girardeau Junior American Legion will host DeSoto at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Southeast at Busch Day will feature as many as 1,000 local fans going to see the Cardinals play the Pirates at Busch Stadium. Info: 651-5159...
  • Chaffee faces obstacles in its attempt to repeat (05/31/02)
    Things have changed with the Chaffee American Legion baseball team, but the squad still has high hopes for the summer. Likewise, Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons and Jackson also have expectations as the senior American Legion season approaches. The three squads compete in District 14, won by Chaffee last year after Dunklin County captured the previous five titles. ...
    Hospital plans $16 million project (05/31/02)
    A $16 million expansion project at Southeast Missouri Hospital is intended to provide patients something they have long been asking for -- a little privacy. The project, announced Thursday, calls for the construction of two new floors as well as the renovation of five existing units that will push the number of private rooms from 39 to 107...
    Warning - Power tools, duct tape (05/31/02)
    This past weekend was ideal for projects around the house. It seemed like a good time -- Memorial Day weekend -- to put up a new American flag to replace the one that has been waving in the wind by our front door since Sept. 11. And there was the new hanging fern that had to be installed. And some of the shrubs needed a trim. And those terra cotta thingies on the brick patio wall next to the fountain needed to be lowered...
    Art by the book (05/31/02)
    ORAN, Mo. -- If you want to be an artist, there are two things you can't say to Cleda Curtis: I can't draw. I don't need to know any fundamentals to paint. Curtis has never met a person she can't show how to draw, and she is chagrined that people call themselves artists and don't understand the basics of painting...
    Seuss' creations brought to life in sculpture garden memorial (05/31/02)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Not in a boat. Not in a tree. A child's city he drew. It was different you see. The New England city where a zoo superintendent's son, named Theodor Geisel, grew into children's book author Dr. Seuss, is preparing to unveil a national memorial to the creator of the Cat in the Hat...
    Over my dead body 5/31 (05/31/02)
    These are the 10 songs Fred J. Williams of rural Cape Girardeau county wouldn't want to live without: 1. "Appalachian Spring" (complete ballet) -- Aaron Copland The land, the dream, the struggle. So American. 2. "Take Five" -- Paul Desmond...
    Gerald Harvell (05/31/02)
    TAMMS, Ill. -- Gerald Harvell, 81, of Tamms died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Sept. 25, 1920 in Thebes, the son of John and Daisy Wilson Harvell. He was married to Geneva Wilson on Jan. 10, 1942. A member of the First Baptist Church East in Carondelet, Ill., he was an operating engineer and worked for Columbia Quarry No. 9. He was a life member of the Sugarloaf Memorial Post 6368, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Dupo, Ill...
    Mabel Northcutt (05/31/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mabel Northcutt, 78, of Sikeston died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at her home. She was born Oct. 4, 1923, in Mississippi County, Ark., daughter of John Luther and Jennie Frazier Nimmo. She and Marshall H. Northcutt were married March 10, 1941...
    Wayne Meadows (05/31/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- A. Wayne "Red" Meadows, 74, of Cairo died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Wingo, Ky., son of George and Gladys Meadows. He married Mary Alice Meadows, who died in 1989...
    Bernard Martin (05/31/02)
    Bernard John (Barney) Martin was born on October 14, 1911, in Paola, Kan., the son of Bernard Jacob Martin and Agnes Margaret McGrath Martin, and died on May 29, 2002, after a short illness. Mr. Martin attended elementary school in Paola and graduated form Paola High School. ...
    Ronald Moore (05/31/02)
    GREENBRIER, Mo. -- Ronald "Moose" Moore, 57, of North Little Rock, Ark., died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Redsamen Hospital in Jacksonville, Ark. He was born May 29, 1945, at Greenbrier, son of Gay and Georgia McCulliugh Moore. He and Susan Merideth were married June 10, 1977, in East Carondelet, Ill...
    Anna Fadler (05/31/02)
    PATTON, Mo. -- Anna Lona Fadler, 98, of Patton died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Elder Care in Marble Hill, Mo. She was born April 25, 1904, in Alliance, Mo., daughter of Henry and Emily Steakley Hahn. She and Luther J. Fadler were married July 20, 1932. He died Nov. 13, 1985...
    Kathryn Stoltz (05/31/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Kathryn "Katy" Stoltz, 54, of Marion, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at her home. She was born Aug. 3, 1947, in Carbondale, Ill., daughter of Thomas R. and Joanne Goforth Thompson. She and Bobby R. Stoltz were married May 19, 1967...
    Bill Graham (05/31/02)
    HIRAM, Mo. -- William W. "Bill" Graham, 73, of Hiram died suddenly Monday, May 27, 2002, at his home. He was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Granite City, Ill. He and Helen Kovach were married Nov. 6, 1953, in Reno, Nev. Graham worked in the timber industry, operating sawmills and pallet mills at Glen Allen, Mo. He retired and moved to Hiram in 1997. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, and of the Baptist belief...
    Doris Sauerbrunn (05/31/02)
    OAK RIDGE, Mo. -- Doris G. Sauerbrunn, 75, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Jackson, Mo., daughter of John L. and Minnie A. Godwin Brown. She and Cecil G. Sauerbrunn were married Sept. 21, 1946. He died July 18, 2000...
    Jackson fire report 5/31/02 (05/31/02)
    Jackson Friday, May 31 Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:-- An emergency medical service on West Adams.
    Cape fire report 05/31/02 (05/31/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, May 31 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:At 4:16 p.m., a box alarm at Linden and South Benton. At 5:25 p.m., an illegal burn at Howell and Jane. At 10:33 p.m., an alarm sounding at 266 Siemers Drive. At 11:24 p.m., an emergency medical service at 40 S. Sprigg...
    Cape police report 05/31/02 (05/31/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, May 31 DWIDavid Scott Barnett, 24, Jonesboro, Ill., was arrested Thursday for driving while intoxicated, suspended license and no license plate. ArrestsJustin Wesley Kennedy, 20, Sedgewickville, Mo., was arrested Wednesday for possession of ephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine...
    Out of the past 5/31/02 (05/31/02)
    10 years ago: May 31, 1992 The Rt. Rev. William A. Jones of St. Louis, bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, makes his annual visit to Christ Episcopal Church; he is celebrant and preacher for Holy Eucharist in morning; he also confirms and receives persons who are prepared to make commitment to Episcopal Church...
    Mark Scully, legislature, TV trends (05/31/02)
    Former Southeast Missouri University president MARK SCULLY died Saturday at the age of 92. During many of the years that Scully was president, I was attending University High School affiliated with the Cape teachers college. During Scully's presidency the enrollment grew from 1,500 to 8,000 students and campus buildings grew from 11 to 20...
    Health foundation makes first grants (05/31/02)
    When the Missouri Foundation for Health, a not-for-profit agency, was created to take over most of the assets of RightChoice Managed Care Inc., the foundation knew it had a solid financial base. Since then, the foundation's assets have grown to $950 million. Under its charter, the foundation must give away at least 5 percent of its asset value every year, or more than $47 million...
    Jackson tackles an overall street plan (05/31/02)
    As a growing community, Jackson is taking a systematic approach to traffic through town. A group of townspeople has been asked for ideas and suggestions, and a consultant is gathering information and will make recommendations in about two months. Jackson has a lot of street and highway ideas to consider right now. ...
    Memorial Day program offered a stirring salute (05/31/02)
    To the editor: The Cape Girardeau Joint Veterans Council brought another outstanding Memorial Day program to the community last Monday. Approximately 200 men, women and children turned out to honor veterans who have served our nation's five military branches, paying special tribute to those who have paid the supreme sacrifice and honoring the nearly 1.5 million young Americans currently serving in the armed forces...
    Speaker system wasn't adequate at JHS graduation (05/31/02)
    To the editor: Jackson's graduation was last week -- or I think it was, since we could not hear anything, not one blessed word. I think it's nice having the graduation on the football field, but only if you can do something about the speaker system. ...
    Speak Out A 05/31/02 (05/31/02)
    Moving fallout AS MUCH as I would like the Cardinals to stay in St. Louis, I would like to congratulate the representatives in Jefferson City for holding their ground. When the state cuts funds for universities and when prisons are nicer than our schools, it is nice to see some good judgment used for a change. The football Cardinals moved to Arizona, and look what we got...
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