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Stories from Sunday, July 21, 2002

Floodway project creates concerns (07/21/02)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- For 15 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been planning to close a gap in the levee system at New Madrid that allows the Mississippi River to flood thousands of acres of farmland. The corps claims the $80 million St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway project is necessary to protect the livelihoods of largely agricultural New Madrid, Mississippi and Scott counties. ...
Batters up for Special Olympics softball (07/21/02)
Richard Emry of Farmington, Mo., stepped up to the plate, kicked the dirt with his left toe, tapped the end of his bat to the plate and stood poised, waiting for the pitch. "Come on, Richard! You can do it, buddy!" Emry's teammates shouted from the dugout. "Keep your eyes on the ball and hit it hard."...
Art historian donates collection to Texas museum (07/21/02)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Art historian Leo Steinberg has given his personal collection of more than 3,200 prints worth $3.5 million to the University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art. Steinberg collected the prints over four decades beginning in the early 1960s. The artwork spans a period from the 15th to the 20th centuries, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday...
History of Missouri's levee system (07/21/02)
The federal levee system up and down the Mississippi was built in reaction to the devastating flood of 1927, when the local levees that already were built were all that saved many people from drowning. Many lived on the levees for months. Commerce secretary Herbert Hoover's championing of the levee project positioned him to win the presidency...
Area congregations use military theme to unite children (07/21/02)
RACIAL HARMONY By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian A commander in camouflage and shiny black boots shrilly blows a whistle. Nearby, a red-faced man called "sergeant," who sports a buzz cut, barks "I can't hear you!" to troops lined up in front of him...
State grant to be used to help curb underage drinking (07/21/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thanks to a government grant, Greene County authorities will be watching field parties, college campuses and bars in an effort to curb underage drinking. Law enforcement officers will use the $150,000 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Missouri Division of Alcohol/Drug Abuse to look for underage drinkers in Springfield, Republic and Willard...
Mistrial develops in murder case (07/21/02)
ST. LOUIS -- After the jury deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of a St. Louis man accused of killing a woman by shooting into a crowded station wagon. Ladarold Ford, 23, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Lashari Buchanan, 20, in July 2001. Police said they believe she was not the intended victim...
Insurance tycoon heads governor's trust fund (07/21/02)
CHICAGO -- The insurance executive who heads a new trust fund that might end up paying Gov. George Ryan's legal bills in a federal corruption investigation is a big campaign donor who has stayed out of the limelight during a long friendship with Ryan...
Proposition B and new law both change funding statute (07/21/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If voters approve Proposition B, there would be two different -- though not necessarily conflicting -- versions of the same statute on the books relating to the diversion of fuel tax revenue for purposes other than transportation...
Missouri, other states are facing big campaign oversight probl (07/21/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When Missourians go to the polls this fall, the last gasp of a seldom understood campaign financing system will probably not even be noticed. Missouri's general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, will mark the last day of a period of time that permitted huge amounts of contributions to escape public scrutiny. ...
In one town, troubled retirement accounts don't mean residents (07/21/02)
MACON, Mo. -- Bill Truitt has seen plenty of dark days before, and not just in the coal mines where he labored for nearly 50 years. Truitt is 75, old enough to remember hard times during economic downturns over the decades. So when he structured his finances for retirement, he made sure he wouldn't have to depend on the nest egg he invested in various mutual funds...
One dead in double shooting (07/21/02)
FENTON, Mo. -- One person was killed and another wounded in a double shooting early Saturday in rural eastern Missouri, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said. Deputies responded to a disturbance about 3 a.m. at a home near Fenton, southwest of St. Louis. A suspect in the shootings was arrested...
Silver Dollar City replaces walkway with treated wood (07/21/02)
BRANSON, Mo. -- Structural engineers are replacing a walkway that collapsed at the Silver Dollar City theme park, but specially treated wood is being used instead of concrete. Crews hoped to complete the 40-foot walkway that leads to the Lost River of the Ozarks water ride next week, Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Lisa Rau said...
Ex-priest indicted for child porn (07/21/02)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A former Roman Catholic priest and St. Louis elementary school counselor has been indicted on child pornography charges. James Beine, 60, was charged Thursday after a federal grand jury in East St. Louis found he downloaded from the Internet a picture of a boy engaged in a sexual activity...
College will take pork for tuition (07/21/02)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- With hogs bringing 40 cents a pound on a good day, Gina Kientzy fretted that her family's farm income would slump so much that she couldn't afford to continue college. But because of an innovative bartering idea at Lindenwood University, Kientzy graduated with a degree in business administration...
Rewriting history American Indians may have arrived earlier tha (07/21/02)
STOCKTON, Mo. -- Archeologists are racing the Sac River to recover artifacts that could rewrite human history in the Ozarks. If their hypothesis is correct, American Indians may have inhabited parts of Southwest Missouri more than 12,000 years ago -- 2,000 years earlier than current theory suggests...
Thousands of NYC residents weigh in on WTC site's future (07/21/02)
NEW YORK -- Thousands of New York-area residents gathered Saturday for the biggest discussion yet about what should be built at the World Trade Center site and how it should remember those killed on Sept. 11. "The events of 9-11 call us all to action, to strengthen the voice of free people here and free people all around the globe," said Carolyn Lukensmeyer, who was serving as emcee for the daylong session at the Javits Convention Center...
Non-clergy reform group calls for drastic changes (07/21/02)
BOSTON -- At its first national meeting Saturday, a non-clergy reform group born out of the Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal called for drastic changes in the way the church is governed. An estimated 4,000 Voice of the Faithful members from 35 states and seven foreign countries signed a petition urging Pope John Paul II to endorse reform policies that U.S. bishops approved in June...
Internet extends legal reach of national governments (07/21/02)
NEW YORK -- Police in Italy didn't care that five Web sites they deemed blasphemous and thus illegal were located in the United States, where First Amendment protections apply. The police shut them down anyway in early July, simply by sitting down at the alleged offender's Rome computer...
European investors angry at execs' rising pay (07/21/02)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- European investors, who felt the pain along with U.S. shareholders as markets plummeted, now get to share another emotion: outrage over executive salaries that soar while a company's stock sinks. It's an old story in the United States, where the superstar theory of compensation -- big bucks as incentives for elite managers -- has been an article of capitalist faith for decades. ...
'Taking the offensive' (07/21/02)
STANTON, Calif. - The manhunt that would soon snare him was well under way earlier this week when Alejandro Avila talked with his mother, Adelina, about the murder of Samantha Runnion. Whoever sexually assaulted and killed the little girl should hang, the mother said...
Reagan papers give look at troubled court choices (07/21/02)
PRESIDENTIAL STRATEGIES By Laura Wides ~ The Associated Press SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- The Reagan administration, struggling to save the doomed Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork, considered calling in movie star Charlton Heston to give him a boost, newly released presidential papers show...
Most firefighting tankers allowed to return to duty (07/21/02)
DENVER -- An order grounding much of the nation's firefighting fleet of aging, heavy-duty air tankers was lifted Saturday, two days after the second deadly crash since June in the middle of a busy wildfire season. Still grounded pending results of federal investigations, however, were nine planes of the same types as those that crashed in June near Walker, Calif., and Thursday near Lyons, Colo., killing a total of five crew members...
Bush's financial team takes criticism (07/21/02)
WASHINGTON -- At a time of economic uncertainty and stock market distress, President Bush's economic team seems to get little respect -- on Wall Street, Main Street or Capitol Hill. His administration is drawing increasing midterm election fire from Democrats for its perceived chumminess with big business. The first U.S. president with an MBA degree, ex-Texas oilman Bush has appointed more former chief executive officers to top jobs than any president since Dwight Eisenhower...
Halliburton probe continues to nag Bush, Republicans (07/21/02)
WASHINGTON - Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., power-walked to the back of a Hartford hotel atrium last week to tell television cameras how thrilled she was that Vice President Dick Cheney would be arriving any minute to raise $120,000 for her re-election race...
World briefs (07/21/02)
Lightning strike causes fire at Nigerian oil station ESCRAVOS, Nigeria -- A huge fire broke out Saturday at ChevronTexaco's main oil terminal, days after unarmed village women ended a 10-day siege that crippled the oil giant's Nigeria operations. The blaze at the multimillion-dollar Escravos terminal in southeastern Nigeria was ignited by a bolt of lightning during an early morning storm, the company said in a statement...
Report- Hospital infections increasing (07/21/02)
CHICAGO - About 103,000 deaths were linked to hospital infections in 2000 -- a figure 14 percent higher than government estimates -- and nearly 75 percent of the deaths were preventable, the Chicago Tribune reported. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year calculated 90,000 deaths in 2000 were linked to hospital infections, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease, cancer and strokes...
State Department closes shortcut for Saudi visas (07/21/02)
WASHINGTON - People who want to visit the United States from Saudi Arabia no longer can apply for visas at travel agencies, the State Department said Saturday. Saudi Arabia was the home country of 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers. Three of them got their U.S...
States face hard budget choices (07/21/02)
For state governments, worries on Wall Street are adding uncertainty to a brand-new budget year that is already signaling a worsening of cuts and layoffs that made last year so painful. Shortfalls for the fiscal year beginning in July are emerging in states scattered from Maine to Utah, even as planners hope a stronger economic recovery will let them avoid tough choices...
Navy divers try rescue ironclad (07/21/02)
OFF CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. -- Cradled in a hammock 200 feet below the water's surface, Navy diver Rusty Deen has little to do for the next five hours but read and stare into the cobalt-blue hole below his feet. Some of the men bring books down to the diving bell with them to help pass the time. For his dive, Deen has chosen "Monitor: The Story of the Legendary Civil War Ironclad and the Man Whose Invention Changed the Course of History." It is an apt choice...
New York state lawyers focus on four-legged friends (07/21/02)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- If it seems like the legal profession has gone to the dogs, you're not that far off. In what animal rights groups have called "an important precedent," New York's lawyers have decided to focus on the "care and ethical treatment of our furry, feathered and reptilian friends."...
Impresario Simmons has wide reach (07/21/02)
NEW YORK -- Russell Simmons is a man in constant motion. And right now he's moving fast. He's late again. In his white, six-seat SUV, the godfather of hip-hop culture is racing up Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem, whizzing past crowds on corners, buzzing around double-parked cars...
Farmer hopes currants catch on in America (07/21/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- It's small and tart, with a taste and appearance something like a cranberry. But while it's wildly popular in Europe, the currant is mostly unappreciated in the United States. Cherry Hill Farm, with its 6,000 currant bushes, is one of the only significant sources of the fruit in the region...
Craving wireless Developing countries demand mobile phones (07/21/02)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- An excited Edwin Ireri smiled broadly as he handled his first mobile phone. For the first time in his life, the Kenya Railways inspector could now communicate with his bosses, employees and family at will. Ireri knows the cell phone will change his life but doesn't quite grasp how people like him are changing the nature of the telecommunications industry...
Martin-Beard (07/21/02)
When healing costs too much (07/21/02)
The shock from Jim Lawson's July 4 death in a Nevada auto accident was felt well beyond his family and friends. The two-car crash on a busy street leading to the Las Vegas airport came just one day after the nearest trauma clinic, at the University Medical Center, closed down. The 58 orthopedic surgeons who rotate through the hospital had insisted on relief from the soaring cost of medical malpractice insurance...
Jewish tradition may be facing its final days (07/21/02)
NEW YORK -- For years, Jews living on Manhattan's Lower East Side made a regular pilgrimage to Ratner's for its home-style pirogen, blintzes, gefilte fish, matzoh brei, baskets of freshly baked onion rolls and notoriously surly wait service. But the flickering neon sign in front of Ratner's -- a New York institution offering some of the finest kosher dairy dining anywhere -- is losing its luster. ...
Memoir tells of forgotten black miners in West Virginia (07/21/02)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Bob Armstead was a gentle man in a rough profession. A black miner in decidedly white West Virginia, he toiled in a place where coal companies had recruited tens of thousands of blacks for jobs everyone else thought were too dangerous...
Firefighters help charred forest heal, prevent erosion (07/21/02)
WEST CREEK, Colo. -- "Rakers, go!" squad boss Shawn Walker shouted. Behind a single-file line of a half-dozen firefighters with rakes, Jered Hogansen, 20, slowly cranked out 25 pounds of grass seed from a red bucket strapped above his belly. Walker's squad was among about 60 firefighters working Thursday in a $24.8 million effort to prevent erosion, protect water quality and protect soil on public forest land scarred by a massive wildfire...
Puerto Rico pushes ahead with debated plans for new port (07/21/02)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- If Puerto Rico's government has its way, giant cranes will rise along the island's south coast to load and unload cargo at a port that would be among the largest in the Americas. Backers say the Port of the Americas could generate thousands of jobs. But it faces competition from ports in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, and some experts warn that the $1 billion project is chancy...
Utility plant fire cuts NYC power (07/21/02)
NEW YORK -- A fire at a utility plant Saturday blacked out power for tens of thousands of people in a swath of lower Manhattan and snarled transportation around the city. Crews had restored electricity by early evening, largely ending an emergency that brought back disconcerting memories of the days after Sept. 11...
Scans show more evidence for brain glitch in dyslexia (07/21/02)
Scientists have found new evidence linking the reading problem called dyslexia to glitches in a particular region of the brain. The evidence comes from brain scans of 70 dyslexic and 74 non-impaired children, ages 7 to 18. It follows a 1998 brain scan study that reported the link in adults...
Greek inventor takes earthquake threat lying down (07/21/02)
PREVEZA, Greece -- A Greek inventor believes he's come up with the ultimate home accessory for places under the constant threat of earthquakes: a bed built to withstand them. Architect Giorgos Kondodimas' creation is a heavy-framed bed that -- by releasing a latch and pulling the headboard -- turns into a protective cage...
Track records often broken by chance (07/21/02)
When top athletes spring off their starting blocks, their success at breaking records depends more on chance than on systematic improvements in their sport, a new study suggests. Random elements like wind, climate, altitude or just an athlete who was better prepared than others on competition day dictate when records will fall in most track and field events, researchers conclude...
Researchers find gene link to anxiety (07/21/02)
Prone to anxiety? It may be in the genes. Federal scientists have discovered that inheriting a certain form of a gene called the serotonin transporter leads to an exaggerated response in the area of the brain that regulates fear and other negative emotions...
Bacteria forecasting could help swimmers (07/21/02)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Scientists have developed a rapid method to predict when bacteria levels in Lake Michigan are too high, a finding that could prevent the unnecessary closing of beaches that park managers fear are tainted. The new approach using a computerized forecasting model takes into account recent rainfall, wind, lake levels, air and water temperatures and sunshine to accurately forecast E. coli bacteria levels within just three hours...
Return to status quo U.S. brokers resolution to Spain's standof (07/21/02)
MADRID, Spain -- Spanish troops began to withdraw from a tiny Mediterranean island on Saturday after their country and Morocco agreed to a U.S.-mediated deal ending their 10-day confrontation over the usually unoccupied rock. Neither side gave up its claims to the islet, about the size of several football fields, but they agreed to return the island to its former situation -- with no forces from either side on it, Spain and the United States said...
Manufacturing practices of Eprex were unsafe, says fired worker (07/21/02)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A lawyer for a fired Johnson & Johnson employee says manufacturing practices were unsafe at one of the company's Puerto Rican plants and may be causing health risks. The plant in Manati manufactures Eprex, used in Europe and Canada to raise levels of red blood cells in people undergoing kidney dialysis or suffering from anemia caused by chemotherapy...
Culture of martyrdom starts early in Palestine (07/21/02)
JERUSALEM - A winsome 11-year-old girl smiles shyly at a talk-show moderator and answers questions about her ambitions. "Martyrdom is a beautiful thing. Everyone longs for martyrdom," the girl says. "What could be better than going to paradise?"...
Blaze destroys Lima night club, kills 25 (07/21/02)
LIMA, Peru -- At least 25 people died and 100 were injured Saturday in a blaze started by bartenders who were doing tricks with fire at an upscale night club in Lima that was not licensed to operate. Customers fueled the fire by trying to put out the flames with their drinks...
Israel, Palestine plan talks to aid economy (07/21/02)
Israel said Saturday it was willing to take new measures to improve life for Palestinians -- provided the attacks against Israelis end -- in a resumption of high-level talks that had been called off after bombings last week, Israeli officials and news reports said...
Friends and allies Germany honors Nazi resistance (07/21/02)
BERLIN-- Marking the 58th anniversary of the best known attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Germany's new defense minister told hundreds of recruits Saturday they should harness the spirit of those who tried to stop the Nazis to make today's military an instrument for peace...
Britain wants end to infiltration into Indian-controlled Kashmi (07/21/02)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw pressed Pakistan on Saturday to bring a permanent end to infiltration by Islamic militants based on its soil into Indian-controlled Kashmir. But Straw did not meet Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Pakistani newspapers said Musharraf decided against such a meeting because his advisers consider Straw biased in favor of India...
Caps' collapse in region may end streak of World Series invitat (07/21/02)
The National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional offensive funk for the Craftsman Union Capahas continued Saturday. As a result, the Capahas failed to defend their tournament championship and risk seeing their string of consecutive NBC World Series appearances end at 16...
Mueller keeps busy winning, inspiring others (07/21/02)
What do you get when you combine an iron-clad will, competitive drive and a passion for fitness? A non-stop blur named Barb Mueller. Over the past 15 years she's more than circled the globe in running shoes. She's logged more than 35,000 miles, competed in 30 marathons, about 40 triathlons, 40 duathlons and three grueling half-Ironmans...
Giants trainer- Bonds a little better (07/21/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds will probably be sidelined at least a few days, although his strained right hamstring was slightly improved Saturday. "He's a little better this morning," San Francisco trainer Stan Conte said two hours before the Giants lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2...
Hyzdu's home runs help Pirates pile it on Cards (07/21/02)
PITTSBURGH -- Adam Hyzdu hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in seven runs -- giving him 11 RBIs in two games -- and the Pittsburgh Pirates overpowered the St. Louis Cardinals 15-6 Saturday night. Hyzdu, a 30-year-old outfielder who had more than 4,000 minor league at-bats in the minors before finally reaching the majors briefly in 2000, had a three-run shot in a five-run first inning against Travis Smith (3-1)...
Tiger makes a not-so-grand exit from British Open contention (07/21/02)
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods clenched his teeth on the short walk to the fifth tee, feeling the sharp sting of a cold rain that blew sideways into his face. The real pain came later. While Ernie Els survived a brutal day at the British Open to build a two-stroke lead, Woods posted his worst score as a professional -- an 81! -- that brought a shocking end to his quest to win the Grand Slam...
Armstrong 30th, but keeps lead in hand (07/21/02)
BEZIERS, France -- Only the hot weather made Lance Armstrong sweat during the 13th stage of the Tour de France. Saving energy for the race's grueling final week, the Texan was the 30th rider across the finish line in Saturday's leg, nearly 10 minutes behind winner David Millar of Britain...
Tiger's freefall gives his critics a rare opportunity (07/21/02)
GULLANE, Scotland -- Bareheaded against a driving rain, barely able to see the line of his putt, Tiger Woods blinked. He was not the only one having trouble figuring out what he was looking at. But what made this day different from all the others is that for once, Woods never found the answer...
Other views (07/21/02)
Iverson's popularity is sadly persistent Let us pray. Allen Iverson stuff is the biggest seller at stores and nearly every other place with sports paraphernalia. Jerseys. Sneakers. Anything that has a No. 3 and the 76ers' colors. "The next closest in sales are items involving Shaq and Kobe, but Iverson items outsell those two guys by a bunch," said Anthony Ziliamon, 31, a manager of the Kids Foot Locker store in Greenbriar Mall...
Springfield team turned into a regional surprise (07/21/02)
Looks can sometimes definitely be deceiving. The Springfield (Mo.) Slashers were less then impressive when they played a doubleheader against the Craftsman Union Capahas in Cape Girardeau on June 23, losing 5-2 and 9-1. And last weekend, when the National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional got under way at Capaha Field, I didn't think the Slashers looked all that hot even though they won both their games...
Sunday's FanFare (07/21/02)
Briefly Baseball * The oldest daughter of Ted Williams is demanding proof that the baseball legend wanted to be frozen after his death. A lawyer for Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, who is feuding with her siblings over their father's remains, filed a motion compelling the other parties to submit any documents that show Williams changed his mind about being cremated, which he requested in his will...
Sunday's area digest (07/21/02)
Delta High freshman wins state's top rookie award Brent Menz, a freshman the past season at Delta High School, won the top rookie award for the Missouri High School Rodeo Association. He finished the season by placing 10th in calf roping, 10th in team roping and fourth in bullriding at the state finals at Flickerwood Arena near Jackson...
Sunday's FanSpeak (07/21/02)
A minor-league welcome I WAS happy to see that Sikeston is exploring the possibility of landing a minor league baseball team. I am sure that many of the fans in the area would enjoy the team. Since I live in the St. Louis area, I have had the opportunity to go the Gateway Grizzlies games. I found it an enjoyable experience. The fans are much more friendly than at Busch Stadium. The atmosphere is more relaxed. Prices are much less so a family can attend without blowing a paycheck...
if you go.6c (07/21/02)
IF YOU GO ...
  • Getting there: To get to Epernay, take the train from the Gare de l'Est station in Paris. There are numerous trains that stop in Epernay and the ride takes about 75 minutes. Once there, head into town toward the Avenue de Champagne...
  • Toast of the town Epernay gives look at how champagnes are made (07/21/02)
    EPERNAY, France -- Take a stroll down the Avenue de Champagne. See the fabled cellars where the favorite drink of kings, millionaires and movie stars is being carefully created. Have a glass of your favorite brand after the guided tour underground. You can do it all here in Epernay, the capital of the Champagne region, and just about 75 minutes east of Paris by train...
    Bee attitudes (07/21/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. When Grant Gillard enrolled in entomology 222 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, he thought the class would be the equivalent of basketweaving: an easy distraction from his hard-core studies. It was far more practical than that. Twenty years later, Gillard is still learning about beekeeping, and the distraction that course provided then has turned into a hobby...
    Jackson minister finds scriptural lessons in beekeeping (07/21/02)
    Southeast Missourian JACKSON, Mo. -- When Grant Gillard enrolled in entomology 222 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, he thought the class would be the equivalent of basketweaving: an easy distraction from his hard-core studies. It was far more practical than that. Twenty years later, Gillard is still learning about beekeeping, and the distraction that course provided then has turned into a hobby...
    Classic country charm Gordonville home is reminiscent of trip t (07/21/02)
    GORDONVILLE, Mo. Almost everyone has memories of a country home from their childhood. Perhaps it was Grandma's house, where long hours were spent on the front porch either watching the world go by, or watching it stand completely still. The Gordonville, Mo., home at 322 Ridgetop in Shady Brook Estates is like a modern version of Grandma's house. It has country charm, but it also has modern maintenance and convenience...
    Remembering the rocks in the river (07/21/02)
    In Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, "The Lamplighter," he says, "For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door, and Lerry stops to light it as he lights so many more." I venture to make a parody: For we were very lucky to have a river flowing by, with rocks and gravel and reflections of the sky...
    Lewis and Clark charted a course we've learned to avoid (07/21/02)
    Nearly 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark helped chart a nation. Their exploits propelled them forever into American folklore. But, as all Americans know, it's easier to celebrate history than to live it. We view the great outdoors differently today in our air conditioned minivans...
    Eminem left pleading for more (07/21/02)
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The surprise wasn't that Eminem has found someone new to take on -- namely, Lynne Cheney and the many others who have derided the shock-rapper's work. The surprise, instead, came near the end of his 70-minute show, which kicked off the Eminem-headlined Anger Management Tour on Thursday. That's when a visibly discouraged Eminem was left pleading for more from the audience packing Buffalo's HSBC Arena...
    Thieves snatch Mercer memorial (07/21/02)
    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Friends of Johnny Mercer society wanted to honor the memory of the Savannah native, who wrote the words to "Moon River," by posting two small green signs on a bridge over the Moon River. But the signs, which feature Mercer's silhouette, a copy of his signature and the words "Moon River," were gone before the group knew they'd been put up by the state Department of Transportation...
    The buzz about B's Summer film fare features creature campiness (07/21/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- Watch out, moviegoers! It's the attack of the Clones! Attack of the Scorpion King! Attack of the Crocodile Hunter! And now ... attack of the Eight-Legged Freaks!!! Summer has seen a swarm of big-budget movies trying to mimic the campy excess of old-fashioned B movies, known for bare-knuckle brawlers, outer-space melodrama and gigantic mutant bugs...
    With some help from Hollywood, graphic novels gain popularity (07/21/02)
    MUSCATINE, Iowa -- For a time, the business of comic books seemed limited to tales of costumed superheros, gumshoe detectives or thwarted alien invasions, the clientele an assortment of adolescents, collectors and geeks. But the industry stereotype is undergoing a transformation of sorts thanks to a longer, more literary comic offshoot called the graphic novel...
    Gospel music groups go to court over hall of fame (07/21/02)
    DETROIT -- Although they share a goal of celebrating and promoting gospel music, two groups are facing off in court over which has the right to the genre's hall of fame. The Nashville, Tenn.-based Gospel Music Association, founded in 1964, each year names inductees to its Gospel Music Hall of Fame. It has sued to force the Detroit-based Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum, founded in 1995, to stop using the name...
    Plenty of cat calls for all-feline television show in fall (07/21/02)
    NEW YORK -- Esther Friesner fluffed the pink boa draped across her neck, adjusted her Cat Woman ears, thanked her cats for their support and summoned forth her best inner feline. "Meow, meow, meow, meow," she sang, her voice pitched high in imitation of a commercial for cat food. "I want turkey, salmon and chicken, oceanfish flavors keep me lickin'."...
    'K-19' inaccurate, Russians say (07/21/02)
    MOSCOW -- The new Harrison Ford submarine thriller "K-19: The Widowmaker" hasn't yet hit Russian cinemas, but it's already getting panned by experts here who advised the film that opens nationwide Friday in the United States. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and co-starring Liam Neeson, the movie is based on a 1961 accident on board a Russian nuclear submarine that came close to a Chernobyl-style meltdown in the North Atlantic...
    Thelma Wallace (07/21/02)
    Thelma Joyce Wallace, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 19, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 21, 1931, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charlie Bass and Lucy Mae Ward Harmon, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her father, Bill Harmon...
    Joan Wall (07/21/02)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Joan K. Wall, 61, of Brownwood, Mo., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the Advance Nursing Center. Arranagements are incomplete at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance.
    James Shirrell (07/21/02)
    WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- James "Jim" H. Shirrell, 93, of Wappapello died Friday, July 19, 2002, at the Puxico Nursing Center. He was born April 21, 1909, at Zalma, Mo., son of Andrew and Francis Talley Shirrell. He and Lillie Davis were married March 11, 1995, at Wappapello...
    Elmer Lee (07/21/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Elmer E. Lee, 87, of Sikeston died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Feb. 6, 1915, in Kewanee, Mo., son of Ernest and Ella Boyette Lee. He and Lena I. Beaman were married Nov. 20, 1937, in New Madrid, Mo...
    John Whittington (07/21/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- John E. Whittington, 77, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at his home. Friends may call Sunday between 5 and 9 p.m. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. An Elks service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by internment in Russell Heights Cemetery with a graveside military honor service. Dr. Grand Gillard will officiate...
    birthssun (07/21/02)
    Stinnett-Robinson Daughter to Felicia Dawn Stinnett and Lawrence Gene Robinson of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:33 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2002. Name, Kamryn Janae. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. Second daughter. Ms. Stinnett is the daughter of Frank and Becky Stinnett of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Save-A-Lot. Robinson is the son of Ricky and Linda Nunley of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Frontier Produce...
    Morrow-Burford (07/21/02)
    KELSO, Mo. -- St. Augustine Catholic Church was the setting June 1, 2002, for the wedding of Andrea Denise Morrow and Jeremy Shane Burford. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the double ring ceremony. Organist was Betty Ressel and soloist was Bobby Ressel...
    Vogt-Brewer (07/21/02)
    Erin Lee Vogt and Robert Thurman Brewer were married May 25, 2002, in a garden setting at the Vogt home. Judge Randy P. Schuller performed the double ring ceremony. Music was provided by Trio Girardeaux. Vocalists John Broom and Jenny Vogt were accompanied by Steve Schaffner...
    Lukefahr-Koeberl (07/21/02)
    ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Elizabeth A. Lukefahr and Jamie R. Koeberl were married April 6, 2002, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Rev. Charles Weber performed the double ring ceremony. Pianist was Nelda Koeberl and guitarist was Kevin Engert, both of Frohna, Mo. Vocalists were Tammy Palisch of Altenburg, Rachel Weber of Frohna, and Nelda Koeberl...
    Eversole-Lukefahr (07/21/02)
    Tonya Leigh Eversole and Jason Robert Lukefahr exchanged vows May 11, 2002, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Charlie Prost performed the ceremony. Lector was Julie Waller, cousin of the groom. Music was by Trio Girardeaux. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Stephen Eversole of St. Charles, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lukefahr of Jackson, Mo...
    Mayes-York (07/21/02)
    Crystal Lynn Mayes and Dusty Wayne York were married July 6, 2002, on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The bride is the daughter of James Mayes of Granite City, Ill., and Michelle Slemer of Edwardsville, Ill. The groom is the son of Bub and Diane York of Cape Girardeau...
    Brotherton-Craig (07/21/02)
    Hanover Lutheran Church was the setting May 4, 2002, for the wedding of Erin Jo Brotherton and Shaun Garrett Craig. The Rev. Mark Martin performed the double ring ceremony. Organist was Judy Foeste of Cape Girardeau. Soloist was Jeff Dillow of Scott City, Mo., uncle of the bride...
    Cockrell- Johnston (07/21/02)
    BELL CITY, Mo. -- Richard and Clara Cockrell of Bell City announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Renee Cockrell, to Christopher Neil Johnston. He is the son of Jeff and Beverly Johnston of Jackson, Mo. Cockrell is a 1998 graduate of Bell City High School...
    Seiler- Fenwick (07/21/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Benard and Rhonda Seiler of Burfordville, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Renee Seiler, to Duane Norman Fenwick, both of Perryville. He is the son of Norman and Dianne Fenwick of Perryville. A late summer wedding is planned...
    Martin-Beard (07/21/02)
    Joe and Melinda Branstetter of Ironton, Mo., and Tom Martin of Baltimore, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna-Marie Nicole Martin, to Brian Daniel Beard. He is the son of Dan and Debbie Beard of Cape Girardeau. Martin is a 1999 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in secondary education/Engish from Southeast Missouri State University in December. She will be teaching at South Iron R-1 in Annapolis, Mo., this fall...
    Santschi-Brune (07/21/02)
    Chris Santschi and Belinda Santschi of Festus, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shea Lea Santschi, to Jeffrey Scott Brune. He is the son of Brad and Kathie Brune of Cape Girardeau. Santschi is a 1994 graduate of Festus High School, and received an associate's degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a registered nurse at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Trentham-McMullin (07/21/02)
    GLEN ALLEN, Mo. -- Jerry and Jennifer Trentham of Glen Allen announce the engagement of their daughter, Jada Nichole Trentham, to Jared Andrew McMullin. He is the son of Andrew and Alma McMullin of Benton, Mo. Trentham received an associate's degree in architectural design from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. She is office manager and dispatcher at Trentham Trucking Inc...
    Soots- Dreyer (07/21/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- J.T. Price of Altenburg, Mo., and Shirley Richardson of Perryville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Lynn Soots, to Larry Wayne Dreyer. He is the son of Lowell and Irma Dreyer of Perryville. Soots is a registered nurse at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
    Kuehle-Sisk (07/21/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Shae and Phyllis Kuehle of Wappapello, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Carmen Kuehle, to Stephen Sisk, both of Sikeston. He is the son of Chris and Pat Elkins of Lake Sherwood, Mo. Kuehle is a 1999 graduate of Puxico High School, and received a degree in English from Three Rivers Community College in 2001...
    Clements- Torbet (07/21/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Angelica Berina Clements and David Brian Torbet announce their engagement. She is the daughter of the late Sandra L. Fanning of Bettendorf, Iowa. Torbet is the son of Steve and Brenda Torbet of Sikeston. Clements is a 1993 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. She is employed at Circuit City...
    Hooker- Dumey (07/21/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. David Hooker of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Lynn Hooker, to Jamey Micheal Dumey. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Dumey of Chaffee. Hooker is a 1998 graduate of Chaffee High School. She is employed at MedAssets HSCA Inc...
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