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Fire chief resigns citing conflict in management styles (08/17/02)
Cape Girardeau fire chief Michael W. Lackman resigned Friday after being appointed to the job a year ago. Cape Girardeau city manager Michael Miller said Lackman is leaving because their management styles conflict. "I am a team-manager type person, and Mike is more of a standard chain-of-command type," Miller said...
Perryville residents take look at new water treatment plant (08/17/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Directing water flow with efficiency and high technology, the staff of Perryville's new water treatment plant showed guests Friday just what the facility is capable of doing. Residents toured the inner workings of the $8.8 million project their tax dollars paid for, which also includes a new water tank, two new wells and additional distribution lines. ...
Model air show to be held Sunday (08/17/02)
The Southeast Missouri Modelers Association will hold a model aircraft show at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Special shows will be presented at noon and 3 p.m. by the Show-Me Air Kings. A preview exhibit will be set up today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the JCPenney courtyard at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park, where a small helium-filled, motor-controlled blimp will be roaming the airspace...
Police hunt for suspect in Capaha Bank robbery (08/17/02)
Cape Girardeau Police Department investigators were searching late Friday for a man who robbed Capaha Bank on William Street and fled on foot north through a wooded area near St. Francis Medical Center. Police say the suspect is in his mid-20s to early 30s with short dark hair. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing sunglasses, a bluish-gray shirt, a two-toned cap and blue jeans. The police department received a call reporting the robbery at 10:32 a.m...
School district considering 6-cent increase in property tax (08/17/02)
and Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian When Cape Girardeau's former superintendent of schools, Dan Steska, was promoting a 58-cent tax increase last summer, he never promised that the schools wouldn't need another tax increase for five years...
Interstate 66 meeting set for Monday (08/17/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The proposed Interstate 66 project will be discussed at a public meeting Monday at the Missouri Department of Transportation office in Sikeston. Missouri and Kentucky highway officials will be on hand to discuss the possible project...
Task force may redo tax plan if council gives OK (08/17/02)
At least one member of the Citizens Finance Task Force, a group assembled by the Cape Girardeau City Council to inspect and recommend solutions for the city's financial situation, says he is dissatisfied with the lack of specifics in the task force's recent recommendation...
No place like dome Family finds alternative to cookie-cutter ho (08/17/02)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Dome homes aren't for squares. It takes a special kind of family to build a home that looks like it's going to launch off into space, but geodesic dome owners seem to be the ones that are getting the last laugh. Sharon and Chris Evans recently traded in their turn-of-the-century farmhouse, complete with walnut banisters and oak floors for a geodesic dome that took two days to erect...
Out of ordinary Orthodoxy (08/17/02)
In the heart of the Bible Belt, Russian Orthodox stands alone By Jay Reeves The Associated Press BROOKSIDE, Ala. -- The Rev. Benedict Tallant seems like a typical Alabama preacher with his GMC pickup truck and slow drawl, yet the three-armed cross and onion-shaped copper dome on his little brick church stand out in the Bible Belt...
Pastor's wife records life journey in new book (08/17/02)
It's taken some time to realize it, but Opal Proffer Eaker knows that God has been guiding her life through the ups and downs. The wife of a former pastor, Eaker recently completed a book about her family's faith journey. She chronicles the emotions and confusion she experienced while trying to find God's will in her life...
Three charged in Wappapello woman's death (08/17/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- As officers continue their investigation into the events surrounding a Wappapello, Mo., woman's death, charges were filed Friday against three local residents in connection to it. Clifford Mitts, 71, of Poplar Bluff was charged with second-degree murder by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour. ...
Religion briefs (08/17/02)
Healing class offered at Christ Espiscopal Christ Episcopal Church will begin a new service of communion and healing each Wednesday. The service will be at 5:30 p.m. The church will hold a course, "The Healing Ministry of Christ" that is open to the public. Topics include embracing vulnerability and confessing our sins, good news, embracing healing and intercession, and extending healings through the faith community...
Quarter protesters giving new look to current coins (08/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's official state quarter is not due out for a year. But thousands of Missouri quarters are showing up now -- with stick-on designs of the Gateway Arch and explorers Lewis and Clark on the opposite side of George Washington's head...
State digest 08/17/02 (08/17/02)
Two men charged in ex-alderman's murder ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Two St. Charles men were accused Friday in the robbery slaying of a former Wentzville alderman, four days after police found his tape-bound body in his home. St. Charles County prosecutors charged Jon D. Conderman, 18, and Jonathan M. Riggs, 21, with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery in the death of Joseph Edward Walsh...
Lutheran churches to train seminary students as vicars (08/17/02)
Southeast Missourian Two area Lutheran churches will serve as training ground for soon-to-be pastors. Hanover Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Cape Girardeau, now have vicars for the coming year. The vicars are both third-year students at Concordia Seminary...
Sen. Clinton preparing for potential run in 2008 (08/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun building a national political organization, softening her liberal image and taking a lead role in Democratic criticism of President Bush -- steps toward a potential campaign to become the first woman president...
Officials struggle with eventual fate of hijacker remains (08/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Among the human remains painstakingly sorted from the Pentagon and Pennsylvania crash sites of Sept. 11 are those of nine of the hijackers. The FBI has held them for months, and no one seems to know what should be done with them. It's a politically and emotionally charged question for the government, which eventually must decide how to dispose of some of the most despised men in American history...
U.S. leaders boost work with Iraq's enemies (08/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- As talk of war against Saddam Hussein escalates, the U.S. partnership with enemies of the Iraqi leader has reached its highest point in a decade. American diplomats, CIA officers and Pentagon officials more frequently slip into northern Iraq to consult groups there. A coalition of opposition groups is getting long-delayed money to run anti-Saddam newspaper and television campaigns inside Iraq...
Firefighters will challenge Bush decision (08/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- The International Association of Fire Fighters plans to challenge President Bush's decision to withhold money that would help fire departments, but will not boycott the memorial service for fallen firefighters, the union's president said Friday...
Grand jury probing accounting methods of cable company (08/17/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal grand jury is examining the accounting practices of Charter Communications, the nation's fourth-largest cable television company, Charter officials said Friday. "We are taking this very seriously and cooperating fully," Charter spokesman David Andersen said. The company denies any wrongdoing...
Heat risk in jail causes inmate move (08/17/02)
BALTIMORE -- Medical screenings ordered by a federal judge resulted Friday in 112 women being declared at risk for health problems at a sweltering Baltimore jail. Some women were immediately moved into the facility's air-conditioned units. To comply with a court order, others were to be relocated later as the jail scrambled to install extra air conditioners...
Man who says he is suspect in case of two missing girls arreste (08/17/02)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man who said he is suspected in the disappearance of two 13-year-old girls from his neighborhood was in jail Friday in an unrelated rape investigation. Ward Weaver was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping his son's girlfriend, and authorities in Clackamas County searched his home and car, said Gordon Huiras, the Oregon City police chief...
West Nile virus kills 67-year-old in Illinois (08/17/02)
The nationwide death toll from the rapidly spreading West Nile virus climbed to 11 on Friday as two new victims were reported, one in Louisiana and another in Illinois. In Illinois, state health director John Lumpkin said a 67-year-old man died of encephalitis Aug. 10 after being admitted to the hospital with the virus. It was the first West Nile death in Illinois history...
Retention ponds reduce pollutants but make mosquito habitats (08/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Public officials nationwide are inadvertently creating vast breeding grounds for mosquitoes -- including those that carry the West Nile virus -- by installing stormwater retention ponds near businesses and homes in an effort to reduce contaminants that collect in water...
Moussaoui trial moved to give defense more prep time (08/17/02)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Turning aside government objections, a federal judge Friday postponed the trial of accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui until Jan. 6 after concluding the defense couldn't be ready this fall. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said the evidence was voluminous and complex, and she granted Moussaoui's motion to postpone the trial...
Race loser runs again against Zippy Chippy (08/17/02)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A minor league baseball player will get the chance to redeem himself in a rematch race against Zippy Chippy, the losingest thoroughbred in horse racing history. Rochester Red Wings outfielder Darnell McDonald lost a 50-yard race against Zippy at Frontier Field on Aug. 8, 2001, suffering the humiliation of becoming the only being, human or equine, to lose a race to the 11-year-old gelding...
Bush will base Iraq decisions on intelligence reports (08/17/02)
The Associated PressCRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Friday that although he is listening to the Iraq debate, his decision on how to oust Saddam Hussein will be based on fresh intelligence reports and on how to protect America and its allies...
National search launched for vanished Virginia girl (08/17/02)
BASSETT, Va. -- Authorities launched a nationwide search Friday for 9-year-old Jennifer Short, who vanished from the western Virginia home where her parents were shot to death. "With every hour that goes by, I'm afraid the situation will get ever more drastic," said Kimmy Nester, a Henry County sheriff's captain. He pleaded: "If you are a captor, please release her."...
Memorial services held for military personnel killed in Puerto (08/17/02)
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Some 1,700 mourners gathered Friday to remember military personnel killed last week when an Air Force plane crashed on a training mission in Puerto Rico. Ten white doves were released into the bright sky from a hangar at the base where seven of the 10 dead were stationed. A memorial service also was held in Louisville, Ky., for two victims who were Kentucky Air National Guard members...
Cuban man held in Miami for 1980 hijacking to Havana (08/17/02)
MIAMI -- One of two brothers accused of hijacking an airliner in New Orleans in 1980 and forcing the pilots to land in Havana was denied bail Friday, a day after his arrest. The FBI arrested Miguel Angel Aguiar Rodriguez, 55, at an immigration office in Miami after receiving a tip that the Cuba native had made an appointment to apply for permanent residency...
Iraq continues arms inspection dialogue with UN (08/17/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq's Foreign Minister Naji Sabri extended another invitation to the United Nations to send a team to Baghdad to discuss the terms for renewed arms inspections, U.N. and Iraqi diplomats said Friday. But Sabri insisted that U.N. inspectors would have to outline what they are searching for before inspections can resume...
Asia's best Elvis impersonators converge on Tokyo (08/17/02)
TOKYO -- Decked out in rhinestones and pompadour hairdos, 13 Elvis impersonators from across Asia converged on Tokyo on Friday for an extravaganza concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the King's death. "They call me 'The man with the King's voice,'" said H. T. Long of Malaysia, known for his trademark white baggy blazer and blue suede shoes. "You might think that's impossible because I look Asian. But listen, and you will be shocked."...
New desert camp of last resort opens to Pashtun, Kuchi refugees (08/17/02)
ZHARE DASHT, Afghanistan -- Cloaked in billowing clouds of blinding sand, the United Nation's newest refugee camp has opened in the midst of a vast, forbidding desert. But for Ghulam Haider and tens of thousands of others forced from their homes by ethnic tensions in northern and western Afghanistan, this is their only option -- their new home of last resort...
Residents evacuate to escape Elbe River flooding (08/17/02)
DRESDEN, Germany -- Dresden residents grabbed what they could and fled for higher ground Friday as the Elbe River rose to record levels, pushing into many neighborhoods and forcing workers to give up some of their efforts to save the city's world-famous cultural landmarks...
World briefs 081702 (08/17/02)
'N Sync star to continue space-mission training MOSCOW -- Pop singer Lance Bass will be allowed to continue to train for his planned mission into space, which had been threatened by delayed payments for the venture, a Russian space agency official said Friday...
Cuban rappers open festival with irreverent lyrics (08/17/02)
HAVANA -- Voicing the frustrations of Cuba's urban youth, local musicians followed the lead of American rap pioneers as they opened a festival slamming the police with an irreverence rarely expressed here publicly. "Police, police you are not my friend," 18-year-old Humberto Cabrera, a soloist known as Papa Humbertico, sang as the 8th annual rap festival got under way Thursday night. "For Cuban youth, you are the worst nightmare ... you are the criminal ... I detest you."...
Russia won't give visa to Dalai Lama (08/17/02)
Los Angeles Times MOSCOW -- The Russian government reversed course Friday and denied a visa to the Dalai Lama, complaining that the exiled Tibetan leader mixes politics with religion to a degree unacceptable to China -- and, by extension, to Russia...
Fans say the game would suffer from strike (08/17/02)
Area baseball fans were hit hard with the news Friday that the players union set the strike date for Aug. 30. "America's pastime will become America's lost time," Todd Mayberry of Cape Girardeau said. "It will be like the dinosaurs: They went extinct and so will baseball."...
Top throwers compete in state meet today (08/17/02)
Almost 1,200 horseshoe throwers from across the state are expected in Oran today and Sunday for the Missouri State Horseshoe Tournament sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Games begin at 9 a.m. today and are expected to last through early evening. Games resume at 9 a.m. Sunday with championships expected to start at about 2 p.m...
Event showcases game, community (08/17/02)
When Scott Porter came up with the idea of Slamfest more than a decade ago, all he expected was a nice little neighborhood gathering. Never did he expect an event that attracted well over 1,000 spectators from the word go. "The first year we did it, about 1,500 people showed up. It shocked me," Porter said. "Ever since then, it's taken on a life of its own."...
Earnhardt powers to first pole of season (08/17/02)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. beat Kevin Harvick, his teammates and darkness to win his first pole of the season in qualifying Friday for the Pepsi 400. Rain delayed the start of the session by nearly four hours at Michigan Speedway, and visibility was waning as the last of the 44 cars took a time at about 7:30 p.m....
Bears score late to keep Rams winless in preseason (08/17/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Fourth-string quarterback Ken Mastrole threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Christian with 55 seconds left in the Chicago Bears' 19-17 exhibition victory over the St. Louis Rams on Friday night. Mastrole, who came in for just one series, led the Bears (1-1) on an eight-play, 81-yard drive for the game-winning score...
No warm welcome for Rolen in Cards' shutout loss to Phillies (08/17/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- The cheers for Randy Wolf were almost as loud as the boos for Scott Rolen. Wolf pitched a four-hitter and Travis Lee hit a three-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies snapped St. Louis' six-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night...
Baseball players set Aug. 30 as strike date (08/17/02)
Major league baseball players said Friday that they would strike beginning Aug. 30 because of a lack of progress in labor talks, moving a step closer to a shutdown for a sport that is still regaining its legs after a destructive work stoppage in 1994...
Field can't match Funk in season's final major (08/17/02)
CHASKA, Minn. -- After doffing his cap to appreciative crowds all around and looking as if he'd been in this exalted position before, Fred Funk will go to sleep on the lead for the second straight night, even if he has to return today to finish the last five holes of the storm-delayed second round of the 84th PGA Championship...
Schilling wins race to 20, lifts Arizona past Cubs (08/17/02)
CHICAGO -- Curt Schilling became the season's first 20-game winner Friday afternoon, coming a Sammy Sosa homer from a shutout as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1. The victory extended Arizona's winning streak to seven games. Schilling (20-4) scattered six hits over 8 2-3 innings...
Sports FanFare 8/17/02 (08/17/02)
Baseball
  • Jack Dalton Creel, who overcame a deformity to his hands to pitch for the Cardinals in 1945, has died. He was 86. Creel, who died Tuesday in a Houston hospital, was born with slightly deformed hands but was able to pitch professionally for 20 years. While Creel pitched in the majors just one season, when he went 5-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 1945, he spent 19 years playing in the minors...
  • Area sports digest (08/17/02)
    Benton reaches final in Babe Ruth World Series GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Benton, Mo., reached today's championship game of the Babe Ruth 16 and under Softball World Series with a 1-0 victory over Pitt County, N.C., in the loser's bracket final on Friday...
    Community invited to try out for plays, dance concert (08/17/02)
    The last time the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University invited members of the community to audition for a university theater production, they were seeking to fill out the large cast for "The Music Man." Now the university is welcoming members of the community to audition for two plays to be performed this fall...
    Claude Collier (08/17/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Claude Carroll Collier, 69, of Jackson, formerly of Mississippi County, died at 11:33 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 6, 1932, in Mt. Vernon, Ill., son of Esco and Corona Glaus Collier. He and Linda Kellett were married May 27, 1955...
    Frances Schlichting (08/17/02)
    Frances Schlichting COBDEN, Ill. -- Frances Schlichting, 77, of rural Cobden died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at the Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Lutz & Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
    Clemens Hester (08/17/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Clemens Fritz Hester, 84, of Chaffee died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 19, 1918, at Delta, Mo., son of Rossell and Sarah Ellen Barker Hester. Hester retired as a night watchman at Florsheim Shoe Co. in Chaffee. He was a member of VFW Post 3127 and American Legion Post 389...
    Lura Stevens (08/17/02)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- The funeral for Lura Dell Stevens of Advance will be held at 1 p.m. today at Morgan Funeral Home. The Rev. Wayne Page will officiate. Burial will be in Morgan Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until time of service...
    Evelyn Layton (08/17/02)
    Evelyn Layton, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 14, 1925, at Crowder, Mo., daughter of Albert G. and Effie Paige Norman. She and Alfred Raymond Layton were married Sept. 22, 1945, in Sikeston, Mo. He died Aug. 31, 1969...
    William Lemons (08/17/02)
    GIPSY, Mo. -- William H. "Willie" Lemons, 90, of Gipsy died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 11, 1911, at Gipsy, son of Harvey and Carrie Skinner Lemons. He and Ethel Porter were married Jan. 14, 1936, at Gipsy...
    birthssat.sr 8/17 (08/17/02)
    Lemons Twin daughter and son to Eric Glen and Rachel "Rosie" Lemons of Zalma, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002. Logan Rose was born at 1:03 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces. Ethan Hunter was born at 1:04 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce. ...
    FIRE - Cape Saturday, Aug. 17 (08/17/02)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 17 Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: At 3:36 p.m., medical assist at 2801 Bloomfield, Lot 28. At 5:44 p.m., car and garage fire at 1987 Eden Way. At 6:05 p.m., medical assist at 823 Clark. At 7:46 p.m., illegal burn at 600 Albert...
    POLICE - Saturday, Aug. 17 (08/17/02)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 17The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Amy S. Jackson, 18, of 1327 N. West End Boulevard, Apt. 4, was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.Arrests...
    Out of the past 8/17/02 (08/17/02)
    10 years ago: Aug. 17, 1992 Broadcasting pioneer Oscar C. Hirsch of Cape Girardeau, who founded first radio and television stations in region, dies at local hospital at age of 96; he is survived by his wife, former Geraldine Fitzgerald; two sons, one daughter, and one sister...
    Back to school means time for safety (08/17/02)
    Cape Girardeau, Jackson and the surrounding area seem to spring to life this time of year. The stores are packed with parents and kids picking up the last of the school supplies and new blue jeans and sneakers. Teachers are returning to their classrooms, sprucing things up for the coming year...
    Swimmer focuses attention on Mississippi (08/17/02)
    Cape Girardeau is inextricably linked with the Mississippi River. The river is the reason for the city's existence and the source of so much commerce and tourism. But the idea of dipping so much as a toe into her polluted waters is inconceivable for some, never mind swimming all 2,340 miles of the river from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans...
    Scott City case raises questions about police work (08/17/02)
    To the editor: I am very disappointed with the way the local law enforcement does work in Scott City, Mo. Why did it take so long for officials to file first-degree murder charges? Haven't they ever investigated a stabbing? Could they not see that a stabbing of this severity is premeditated 99 percent of the time, especially to the extent of the amount of times the victim was stabbed? Did they even look for the murder weapon, or didn't they care to find it? Without a murder weapon, how could they possibly think they could even come close to justice prevailing in a situation of this magnitude? Sounds to me like sloppy police work. ...
    High potential for students who are terrorists (08/17/02)
    To the editor: Let's see, George Dordoni at Southeast Missouri State University is quoted as saying it is unfair to connect the ideas of foreign students with terrorism because only one of 19 of the Sept. 11 terrorists was here on a student visa. He is also quoted as saying there were 547,000 international students in the country at the time of the attacks. ...
    Speak Out (08/17/02)
    Indoor track not closing AS FAR as I know, the indoor track at the Rec Center at Southeast has never been in danger of closing. It's the outdoor track at SEMO that is in danger of being closed to the public, not the indoor one. Lotteries for roads A LOTTERY for roads sounds like a pretty good idea Maybe any new lottery games could be used for the roads. ...
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