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Stories from Thursday, June 27, 2002

Voters face July 10 registration deadline to cast primary votes (06/27/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau County residents have until 5 p.m. July 10 to register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary election. The county already has 50,000 registered voters, a record number, said County Clerk Rodney Miller. Miller said he doesn't expect a rush of registrations between now and the July 10 deadline...
$500,000 grant goes to airport to expand activities (06/27/02)
By Bob Miller ~ Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport will receive a one-time $500,000 boost from the federal government to help increase the use of the airport and keep ticket prices down, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday...
Children study careers in special summer classes (06/27/02)
Shayla Armour and Marissa Williamson are looking at women's clothing and jewelry as a possibility for a career. "We see 'Lil Momma's Inc.' headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif.," said the two enterprising sixth-graders. Frederick Sparks and Cantrell Andrews are not looking as far away...
Jackson school district not taking any chances with uncertainty (06/27/02)
Editor's Note: This story corrects a story which appeared on Page 4 in the Wednesday edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. By Heather Kronmueller ~ Southeast Missourian JACKSON, Mo. -- The Jackson School District hoped it would be able to hire a dozen additional teachers and reduce class sizes for the 2002-03 school year, but because of budget constraints with uncertain state funding it won't be possible...
Military digest 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
Perryville man served as cook on USS Ford Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John R. McDaniel was among the more than 200 sailors aboard the guided missile frigate USS Ford that provided escort for various U.S. military and cargo vessels through the Malacca Straits of Indonesia during Operation Enduring Freedom. McDaniel of Perryville, Mo., was a cook on the USS Ford...
FBI questions man who lived with hijackers (06/27/02)
WASHINGTON -- A Jordanian citizen who said he was a roommate of two Sept. 11 hijackers is being held on charges he overstayed his visa and is under questioning about his ties to the men, officials said Wednesday. Ramsi Al-Shannaq is being held by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said Susan Dryden, a Justice Department spokeswoman...
Truck bearing WTC steel tours nation (06/27/02)
By Ylan Q. Mui ~ The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- As a truck carrying 16 tons of twisted steel from the World Trade Center stopped outside the Pentagon, Frances Waller got out of her patrol car and ran up to it with open arms...
Missouri's 11-year-old ethics law not functioning properly (06/27/02)
JEFFERSON CITY - A reform law sponsors claimed more than 11 years ago would create new ethical standards for statewide political candidates, lobbyists and elected officials has repeatedly faced major hurdles ranging from non-functioning computer systems to delayed decisions by those chosen to serve on a six-member, bipartisan citizens' commission...
East Cape Girardeau had its birth in 1975 (06/27/02)
Steve and Becki Manley of Cape Girardeau have some good memories of East Cape Girardeau, Ill. "We lived there the first three years of our marriage," said Manley. The Manleys were reminded of their first house when an aerial photo of the East Cape community appeared on the Faces & Places page of the Southeast Missourian newspaper recently...
Telephone companies may get $130 million from court ruling (06/27/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and local governments could end up paying telephone companies operating in Missouri as much $130 million in tax refunds and interest as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling, government officials said Wednesday. The ruling stems from a case brought by Southwestern Bell, Missouri's largest local telephone service provider, which claimed that taxes were wrongly imposed on the purchase of equipment used to transmit telephone calls...
Information packet warns residents of meth danger (06/27/02)
Local organizations and concerned citizens who want to learn more about methamphetamines and meth production will soon get their chance. John Sachen, hazardous materials officer for the Delta Fire Protection District, will provide a condensed version of his nationally-recognized meth awareness program to local communities...
Holden signs $18.9 billion budget with few cutbacks (06/27/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden signed a precariously balanced $18.9 billion budget Wednesday that boosts funding for public schools but cuts money for state colleges and social services. The budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday is $373 million smaller than the current budget, marking the first decline in planned state spending since 1982...
Kile's death sounds heart disease alarm (06/27/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Just 30, Scott Givens doesn't drink, smoke or have diabetes -- the traditional kinds of things that raise the risk of developing heart disease. But with many other Missourians, the Cape Girardeau fitness trainer has been assessing his own mortality since St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile, just 33 and seemingly healthy as an ox, last weekend went to bed, apparently had a heart attack and never woke up...
Proposition B advocates raise $1 million so far (06/27/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The campaign group promoting voter approval of Proposition B has raised more than $1 million for the effort in the last two weeks, its director says. Time for Missouri, as the group is called, formed to help sell the $483 million transportation tax package that will appear on the Aug. 6 statewide ballot...
History wears a ring (06/27/02)
Historic preservation students bore into logs for clues By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Years ago, Rich Guyette was an artist who was writing a book about a tree. His curiosity about how old the tree was led him to become a graduate student in forestry...
Stoddard County sheriff's deputies bust three meth suspects (06/27/02)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Shots were fired and a lengthy pursuit ensued after Stoddard County deputies interrupted three men allegedly attempting to steal anhydrous ammonia early Wednesday morning. The incident began at the Southeast Co-op Service Co. at Mesler, north of Bell City. It ended nearly a half-hour later in Delta...
CIA, FBI chiefs back Bush's Homeland Security agency (06/27/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA chief George Tenet told Congress on Thursday that President Bush's proposed Homeland Security Department will bring a crucial "single focus" that does not now exist to protect Americans at home...
College Board adds written essay, makes other changes to SAT (06/27/02)
AP National WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- College Board trustees voted Thursday to add a handwritten essay to the SAT, drop its analogy section and include higher-level math questions in an overhaul following complaints from the exam's biggest customer that it fails to test what students know...
Study says Pentagon should tackle military credit card abuse (06/27/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pentagon task force says there should be tighter management and tougher prosecution to cut military credit card abuse -- but hasn't settled on exact ways to do that. "The recommendations being announced today will greatly reduce the likelihood of any misuse," Dov S. Zakheim, the Pentagon's comptroller and chief financial officer, said Thursday. "But the department's work is not over."...
Pledge of Allegiance ruled unconstitutional (06/27/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Stunning politicians on both the left and right, a federal appeals court declared for the first time Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional because of the words "under God" inserted by Congress in 1954...
Pregnant workers lose in state court (06/27/02)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that small companies can fire pregnant employees without violating the state's ban on gender discrimination. The court ruled in a 3-2 vote that a 1967 law exempts businesses that have fewer than three workers...
Money to fight forest fires runs low (06/27/02)
WASHINGTON -- Government funds to fight fires is nearly tapped out, forcing agencies to borrow money from other programs to pay to fight the wildfires in the West. Because of the severity of the fires, budgets for the Forest Service and Interior Department -- the two federal agencies with firefighting responsibility -- are expected to come up $566 million short...
Agreement reached on Amtrak (06/27/02)
WASHINGTON -- Amtrak and the Bush administration reached tentative agreement Wednesday night on a plan to resolve a budget crisis that could have shut down the national passenger railroad next week. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Amtrak Chairman John Robert Smith released a joint statement reporting "excellent progress" in their discussions on how to help the railroad close a $200 million budget shortfall. ...
Fed won't change short-term rates (06/27/02)
WASHINGTON --Federal Reserve policy-makers decided to hold short-term interest rates at 40-year lows Wednesday amid a spotty recovery, a slide in the stock market and a drop in Americans' confidence in the economy. For the fourth time this year, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his Federal Open Market Committee colleagues left the federal funds rate -- the interest that banks charge each other on overnight loans -- at 1.75 percent, the lowest level in four decades...
Regulators - Minors have easy access to online gambling (06/27/02)
WASHINGTON -- Many gambling Web sites lack adequate safeguards and warnings to prevent children and teen-agers from placing illegal bets, federal regulators said Tuesday. In a survey of 100 popular Internet gambling sites, the Federal Trade Commission found that one in five had no warnings for minors and most had disclaimers that were hard to find. The sites also lacked screening mechanisms to keep children out or had blocks that children could easily get around...
Senate and House both pass defense bills (06/27/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Thursday passed a $355 billion defense spending bill that includes a pay raise for military personnel and some of the biggest funding increases for the military in decades. Minutes later across the Capitol, the Senate approved a $393 billion bill that maps out defense spending policy for the fiscal year 2003 beginning Oct. 1 and seeks to lay out a delicate compromise on the budget for a missile defense system...
National digest 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
Martha Stewart shares tumble on news of probe NEW YORK -- Shares of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. tumbled nearly 24 percent Wednesday, after reports the style maven may face a wider probe into alleged insider trading. The widening investigation was reported Wednesday and said charges could include obstruction of justice and making false statements. ...
Stocks rally due to economic news as well as technical factors (06/27/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street turned more positive Thursday, with stocks rising sharply after an upbeat assessment of the economy. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 140 points, but analysts cautioned that technical factors played a large part in the advance...
World leaders agree to aid Russia in dismantling weapons (06/27/02)
AP Economics WriterKANANASKIS, Alberta (AP) -- The United States and its wealthy Group of Eight partners agreed Thursday to spend $20 billion over 10 years to help Russia dismantle its nuclear, biological and chemical weapons stockpiles, The Associated Press has learned...
New archbishop from St. Louis explains strategy (06/27/02)
MILWAUKEE -- The newly appointed head of the Milwaukee Archdiocese said one of his first jobs will be to carry out recommendations of a special commission investigating claims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, named by the pope Tuesday to succeed retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland, said he already supports the zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests adopted by the U.S. Conference of Bishops in Dallas earlier this month...
Accounting blowup puts WorldCom in jeopardy (06/27/02)
From wire service reports JACKSON, Miss. -- WorldCom Inc., the nation's No. 2 long-distance company, slid toward bankruptcy Wednesday after disclosing what could be the biggest case of crooked accounting in U.S. history. President Bush vowed to "hold people accountable" and federal regulators filed fraud charges against the struggling company...
People talk 6/27 (06/27/02)
Kubrick family plans book on Napoleon LOS ANGELES -- Details on late director Stanley Kubrick's unfulfilled plans to make a movie about Napoleon will be published in a book, his family said. His wife, Christiane, and her brother, Jan Harlan -- the director's executive producer -- are assembling the book "Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon -- His Greatest Film Never Made," The Hollywood Reporter reported this week. ...
People blamed for most forest fires (06/27/02)
PAYSON, Ariz. -- The two wildfires that became one monstrous blaze raging through Arizona this week were alike in at least one basic way: They were started by people. That has been a recurring theme in this young yet destructive fire season across the West...
Texas executes inmate (06/27/02)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A man convicted of raping and killing a woman in her home in 1994 was put to death Wednesday in Texas' 18th execution this year. Jeffrey Lynn Williams, 30, recited the 23rd Psalm before he died. He was convicted of killing Barbara Pullins, 31, after breaking into her Houston home...
Study - No link between breast cancer, pill (06/27/02)
The pill does not raise the risk of breast cancer, not even among women who started taking it early or have close relatives with the disease, a new study found. Previous research had reached conflicting conclusions, though two of the most recent studies had found a higher risk for some women. And since nearly 80 percent of U.S. women born since 1945 have used oral contraceptives, even a small increase was reason for concern...
Bush policy meets reluctance (06/27/02)
KANANASKIS, Alberta -- In the isolation of a heavily guarded mountain retreat, global leaders challenged President Bush's call for Yasser Arafat's ouster at a summit shaken by the WorldCom accounting scandal that sent markets nosediving Wednesday...
Jay Berwanger, first Heisman Trophy winner, dies at 88 (06/27/02)
Associated Press WriterCHICAGO (AP) -- Jay Berwanger, who won the first Heisman Trophy and became the first player ever drafted by the NFL, died of lung cancer after a long illness. He was 88. Berwanger died Wednesday night at his home in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, University of Chicago spokesman Seth Sanders said Thursday...
Snow powers Giants over Padres in 12 (06/27/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shawon Dunston's run-scoring infield single capped a three-run ninth inning against San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Padres 6-5 Wednesday on J.T. Snow's RBI single in the 12th. Pirates 7, Expos 4...
One stunner after another - Sampras, Agassi, Safin lose (06/27/02)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Pete Sampras sat, elbows on knees and head bowed, digesting the disappointment while his opponent walked off to an extended standing ovation. Two hours later, Andre Agassi stood impatiently, racket bag in hand, watching his opponent acknowledge the cheering crowd by bowing to all corners of the stadium -- the very same gesture Agassi has used for years...
Brazil's win sets up a rare 'dream matchup' for title (06/27/02)
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- It's the missing matchup, the game soccer has waited 50 years to see. Brazil and Germany, the sport's most dominant nations, have never met in the World Cup -- until now. And what a place for their first meeting -- in the final, for the trophy, with all the world watching...
The week ahead in motorsports (06/27/02)
LOCAL EVENTS
  • Late model, pro street and pure street classes at Fredericktown (Mo.) Raceway, 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Sprint, modified, hobby stock, pure stock, cruiser classes at Malden (Mo.) Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
  • StadiaCross Series for quad, bike, vet and youth classes at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark, Benton, Mo., 8 p.m. Friday...
  • Former MU star Rush drafted 20th (06/27/02)
    It took a little longer than he might have wanted or expected, but former Missouri star Kareem Rush still ended his night as a professional and a first-round NBA draft pick. Rush, an honorable mention All-American player in each of the past two college seasons, was drafted 20th by the Toronto Raptors. Some pre-draft projections slated the junior as a higher pick...
    Cardinals pay tribute to Kile with ceremony, win (06/27/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Darryl Kile's 5-year-old son, wearing a tiny St. Louis Cardinals uniform with his dad's No. 57 on the back, helped the team memorialize their star pitcher. Kannon Kile threw out the first pitch, then exchanged leaping high-fives with players in the dugout, lifting the mood before the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night...
    Rockets make center Yao Ming No. 1 pick (06/27/02)
    NEW YORK -- Yao Ming went from China to Houston on a night when the NBA draft had a bigger foreign influence than ever before, and Antonio McDyess was dealt to the New York Knicks in the major trade of the day. The 7-foot-5 Yao, who gained clearance from the Chinese national federation to play in the NBA only hours earlier, was selected first overall by the Rockets on Wednesday night. ...
    Two men clamber on court after Seles match at Wimbledon (06/27/02)
    Associated PressWIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Two spectators jumped from the stands onto Centre Court to play a mock game of tennis Thursday moments after Monica Seles had finished her match. It was the first major security breach at Wimbledon this year and the most notorious since a streaker ran across the same court before the 1996 men's final...
    Coming to a town near you - More tracks (06/27/02)
    More tracks that could appeal to local fans and competitors are in the works. Besides Keith and Jennifer Adamson's quarter-mile dirt track scheduled to open later this year near Poplar Bluff, Mo., dirt ovals are under construction near Camden, Tenn., and near casino-heavy Tunica, Miss. ...
    Sports digest 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
    AREA CHAVEZ HELPS CAPAHAS KNOCK OFF ST. LOUIS PRINTERS ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau Craftsman Union Capahas received strong pitching from Jason Chavez and Mark Frazier in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Printers Wednesday night...
    Fit to Print team updates 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
    The Fit to Print team earned 833 points for a per person average of 83.3 points. Our competitors seemed to be edging a little higher each week. St. Andrew's Fit for Eternity, which leads the not-for-profit division, earned 968 points last week. Cape Public Library's Bookin' Team finished the week with 337 points...
    Health calendar 6/27 (06/27/02)
    Today Carbohydrate counting class meets from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Diabetes Center at St. Francis Medical Center. To register, call 331-5897. Grief Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in conference room B at St. Francis Education Center. For information, call 331-5107...
    Government studies hospital errors in Arizona (06/27/02)
    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Medical Center is under investigation by state and federal regulators because of mistakes that led to the deaths of five patients during the past two years. Four of the five patients were seriously ill, the Arizona Daily Star reported Wednesday. But in one case, an otherwise healthy 73-year-old man died after surgery because a nurse accidentally swapped his oxygen and suction tubes, the newspaper said...
    Pumping up pulse rates (06/27/02)
    Pregnant women who count their heartbeats as a way to measure how hard they are exercising can wind up exercising harder than they expect, researchers say. The finding should help pregnant women more accurately target how hard they are working out. The heartbeat count is a standard gauge of exercise intensity, from pulse checks during aerobics classes to pulse monitors on treadmills and exercise bikes. ...
    A brief life no less thankful for (06/27/02)
    June 27, 2002 Dear Laura, DC told me you were at her office Monday and spent an hour feeding the newborn kitten we found. She said you were feeling bad about your own kitten dying. All of us occasionally are reminded how precious each second and how sacred each speck of life is. Sometimes the reminders sting...
    Vada Young (06/27/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Vada L. Young, 90, of Cairo died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at Carle Arbours Nursing Home in Champaign, Ill. She was born Oct. 19, 1911, in Cairo, daughter of Peter J. and Mary Sutherland Kessler. She married Clifford Young, who died in 1995...
    Lloyd Ellison (06/27/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Lloyd T. Ellison, 90, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 12, 1911, in Attica, Ind., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ellison. He and Vera Chapell were married in 1938. She died in 1965...
    Robert Wilson (06/27/02)
    Robert Smith Wilson, 88, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Home for the Aged. He was born May 22, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, son of Robert Smith and Bessie Lea Harper Wilson. He and Virginia Jean Brennecke were married March 13, 1938, in Cape Girardeau...
    Elnora Brown (06/27/02)
    ST. MARY, Mo. -- Elnora R. Brown, 69, of St. Mary died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at St. Louis University Medical Center. She was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Kaskaskia, Ill., the daughter of Clarence and Violet Jackson Denniger. She married Jules Brown on July 5, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. He survives...
    Rev. Earl Reinhart (06/27/02)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- The Rev. Earl Reinhart of Advance died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at the home of a daughter in Greenville, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
    Wilma Kessler (06/27/02)
    MOUNDS, Ill. -- Wilma K. Kessler, 93, formerly of Mounds, died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at NHC Healthcare Nursing Home in St. Charles, Mo. She was born July 31, 1908, in Villa Ridge, Ill., daughter of William B. and Carrie Mae Wilkinson Kennedy. She married Joseph Kessler, who died in 1959...
    Donald Munz (06/27/02)
    WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- Donald Ray "Donnie" Munz, 63, of Wolf Lake died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, in Wolf Lake. He was born Sept. 18, 1938, at Grand Tower, Ill., son of Fred and Lucille Rogers Munz. Munz worked on the family farm several years, was employed by Illinois Central Railroad, retired from Ensign Bickford in February 2001, and was currently employed by Randy Myers Farm Service...
    Dennis Bess (06/27/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Dennis "Oscar" Bess, 75, of Chaffee died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 12, 1926, at Chaffee, son of Charles and Mary Ella Emrick Bess. He and Ruth Ann Dudley were married May 8, 1948. She died Feb. 20, 1998...
    Polly Kinder (06/27/02)
    Polly Du Val Kinder, 64, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at her home. She was born June 27, 1937, in Longview, Texas, daughter of Philo Hooper and Pauline Matthews Du Val. She and Dr. Jerry Kinder were married Dec. 31, 1959, in Shreveport, La...
    Cape police report 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, June 27 ArrestsJustin Lee Blanchard, 19, 2380 Hopper Road, was arrested Wednesday on a city of Cape warrant for contempt of court. Vivian Van Smith, 28, 2389 Whitener Apt. 4B, was arrested Tuesday for assault. Nikki Jo Haynes, 25, Jackson, Mo., was arrested Tuesday on a Poplar Bluff warrant for shoplifting...
    Cape fire report 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, June 27 Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:At 5:59 p.m. to an emergency medical situation at Southern Express. At 4:28 p.m. to an alarm sounding at 2530 Maria Louise. At 7:39 p.m. to an illegal burn at 2859 Hewlock...
    Out of the past 6/27/02 (06/27/02)
    10 years ago: June 27, 1992 For second consecutive year, Gov. John Ashcroft has vetoed $100,000 appropriation of planning money for new College of Business Building at Southeast Missouri State University; new business building is regarded as top priority for university, and school officials were hoping for state financing to move planning process further...
    Kinder gets Business Journal award (06/27/02)
    Of the 197 legislators in the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives, 18 were honored with the St. Louis Business Journal's inaugural legislative awards. State Sen. Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau, who represents the 27th District, was one of those honored...
    Cell-phone tax for 911 service back on ballot (06/27/02)
    The use of cell phones is spreading everywhere. As more and more people sign up for cell-phone service, some are opting to drop traditional home-based phone service that depends on a wire. One thing that keeps many telephone users from dropping their wire-based home service is access to emergency help that's available by dialing 911. ...
    Transcript documents DNR's shenanigans (06/27/02)
    An application for a permit for a $250 million, gas-fired power plant to be built in Cape Girardeau County has been pending with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources since late 2000. Kinder Morgan Power Co. is seeking a permit to operate a 530-megawatt facility south of Crump along Route U...
    Speak Out A 06/27/02 (06/27/02)
    Bridge timetable IT HAS appeared on TV and in the papers that the new bridge will be completed in the fall of 2003. If anyone would like to make a bet with me, I don't think the bridge will be completed in 2004, let alone 2003. At the rate it's going, I don't see it being finished anytime in the next year. If I'm wrong, then I'll be a monkey's uncle...
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