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Stories from Sunday, August 18, 2002

Talent speaks to area Republicans (08/18/02)
While a few hundred Southeast Missouri Republicans chewed chicken and slaw, Jim Talent said his campaign for the state's U.S. Senate seat will focus on his 16 years of experience, strengthening American's national security and creating jobs. "I want to represent Missouri's mainstream common values," said Talent, the keynote speaker at U.S. ...
Big melon to be sold at Neighbor Days (08/18/02)
BENTON, Mo. -- Giant watermelon growers Bob and Tina Dwyer of Sikeston, Mo., say the first question is always what does it weigh, and second, can you eat it? The answer to the first varies, but the second is always, "Yes, it's delicious." Along with selling potato ribbons and deep-fried corn, the Kelly High School Freshman Class of Benton will be raffling off a 160-plus pound watermelon donated by the Dwyers at Benton Neighbor Days Aug. ...
Frequent flier miles look secure despite airline woes (08/18/02)
Los Angeles Times Despite the recent turmoil in the airline industry, experts say frequent-flier program members should consider their hard-earned miles to be safe - or at least as secure as they are at any given time. With US Airways already seeking protection under bankruptcy laws and United Airlines threatening to follow suit, many frequent fliers are wondering about the credits they've accrued, even though both carriers have assured members they will continue operating as usual. ...
Community digest 08/19/02 (08/18/02)
Gymnasts flip out for Guinness world records On Saturday, National Gymnastics Day, gymnasts from Elite Express Gymnastics in Cape Girardeau will join in with thousands of gymnasts from across the United States participating in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for the most people performing cartwheels simultaneously nationwide...
Several area sites to participate in archaeology program (08/18/02)
Several locations throughout Southeast Missouri will be participating in Missouri Archaeology Month in September. The Southeast Missouri State University Museum will be joining in for the first time. "We are still in the process of planning our activities," said Andrea Morrill, Southeast curator of education, "but we do have some special guests scheduled for Sept. 7, including a flintknapper and a storyteller."...
Blaze of glory (08/18/02)
The public has long celebrated firefighters as heroes, but the bravery shown and lives lost in New York City on Sept. 11 ignited the strongest interest ever in the profession. Web sites devoted to firefighting multiplied and became sources for T-shirts -- "American Heroes," one shirt proclaims. More men and women are inquiring about the dangerous job. Local firefighters say the residents they serve pay for meals, bring baked goods to firehouses and even write prayers for them...
Auditors take up new duties (08/18/02)
The post-Enron world of corporate governance was apparent at a recent meeting of the six directors on toolmaker Cooper Industries' audit committee. The meeting took four hours, twice as long as usual, the committee chairman said. Panel members delved into the details of arcane accounting questions, such as the handling of inventory. They initiated studies on hot-button issues such as taxes. And they made it clear that they plan to have more say in the selection of the next internal auditor...
Marquette clears out some remaining items (08/18/02)
Carol A. Bullock, left, the present owner of the Marquette Hotel in Cape Girardeau watched over Margaret Wiggins also from Cape, as she searched for lost treasure during the Marquette Building garage sale SaturdayBy Janis M. Gosche ~ Southeast Missourian...
New monster rocket engine to blast off next week in battle for (08/18/02)
A powerful new rocket that can produce more energy than nearly a dozen Hoover dams is slated to blast off from Cape Canaveral next week, launching in earnest the biggest battle yet for supremacy of space. In a competition worth as much as $40 billion over the next 20 years, archrivals Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. have developed rockets intended to dominate the launch business for satellites and other payloads...
Tourism industry hurt by drop in foreign visitors (08/18/02)
The doldrum in foreign visitors to the United States this summer has significantly slowed the tourism industry's recovery, and some regions have been feeling the effect more than others, especially at national parks in the West. Consequently, opportunity has been created for more Americans to book trips to the Grand Canyon or Yosemite national parks on short notice. Some have been able to snag discounted rooms at park lodgings...
Bikers ride for babies in Cape (08/18/02)
The fourth annual March of Dimes Bikers for Babies Ride in Cape Girardeau raised more than $27,000 Saturday, surpassing its goal of $25,000. More than 300 motorcycles were registered for the ride. Susan Davis, March of Dimes division director and coordinator of the ride, said she was overwhelmed with the support and said that the event grows larger each year. ...
Astronomer Hubble to join Hall of Famous Missourians (08/18/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Edwin Hubble, who revolutionized the way people look at the heavens, will be the next inductee into the Hall of Famous Missourians. The bronze bust of Hubble will be the 24th to go on display in the Capitol's third-floor rotunda, House Speaker Jim Kreider, D-Nixa, said Friday...
Mentally ill woman gets 25 years in prison for baseball bat at (08/18/02)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A mentally ill Missouri woman who severely beat her ex-girlfriend's new lover with an aluminum baseball bat has been ordered to spend 25 years behind bars. Before being sentenced Friday, RaYace Martin, 33, of the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann, Mo., apologized to victim Bridget Brown, 29, and ex-girlfriend Christina Schutze, saying she never planned to pummel Brown outside the victim's Edwardsville home...
Trucker acquitted of manslaughter in 2001 crash that killed fi (08/18/02)
MARSHALL, Mo. -- A truck driver accused of causing a crash that killed five people is innocent of criminal man-slaughter, a judge ruled. Saline County Circuit Judge Dennis Rolf choked back tears Friday as he ruled the circumstances of the crash last August failed to meet the state's guidelines for criminal manslaughter...
The King conspiracy Roadside museum caters to those suspicious (08/18/02)
WRIGHT CITY, Mo. -- Quicker than you could choke down a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, Bill Beeny's roadside "Elvis is Alive" museum serves up plenty for folks with suspicious minds over whether Elvis really ever left the building. Barely bigger than a living room, the place about 40 miles west of St. ...
Fighting in the streets Fort Campbell training ground reflects (08/18/02)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The kids are strangely missing from the elementary school. The mayor forgot to show up for work at the municipal building. And no one can find the patients from the Red Cross hospital. This 28-building ghost town of a city built recently in an isolated section of Fort Campbell is the newest training ground for soldiers as they confront a new world of urban warfare where the line between enemy fighters and innocent civilians is often blurred...
Body found in van identified by authorities (08/18/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating the death of a Johnson County, Kan., woman found in a van at Salvation Army lot as a homicide. The woman was identified Friday as Terry M. Ocasio, 36. Police said she lived outside Gardner, Kan. Authorities did not release a cause of death...
New year begins at state's only unaccredited school district (08/18/02)
NIANGUA, Mo. -- Classes are back in session at Missouri's only unaccredited school district -- and despite the obstacles facing Niangua's schools, officials said they are confident that they can avoid a state takeover. In the meantime, the Southwest Missouri district must deal with a depleted bank account, lower enrollment and high staff turnover -- while finding a way to bring up students' scores on the standardized Missouri Assessment Program tests...
Cairo teachers OK contract (08/18/02)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo teachers have accepted a new four-year contract, according to the Cairo Association of Teachers. The vote came as school opened last week, ending more than a year of talks and disputes that included a 17-day strike in April and May. Union president Ron Newell said the teachers voted for the deal by a large majority...
Police, community trying to keep youth out of bar district (08/18/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Working the streets of Kansas City's bustling Westport entertainment district one summer night in 2001, Maj. Jan Zimmerman watched in amazement as a 7-year-old and two 12-year-olds walked by -- at 2 a.m. Something had to be done, she said...
Seen London, seen France (08/18/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Wonderbras and thongs are more than underwear to Shauna Smith. Those unmentionables -- as well as other items used to pad, mold and occasionally even torture -- speak volumes about women's role in society throughout history, says Smith, curator of The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County...
Incumbents in U.S. Congress help party members in state (08/18/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some members of Missouri's congressional delegation are spending more time, energy and resources on state campaigns in a coordinated effort to win statehouse seats in a historic political year. While members of Congress have commonly lent their support to local candidates in the past, Republicans and Democrats are facing a year when legislative term limits and redistricting are putting a new face on Missouri politics...
GOP hopes 2002 vote allows for takeover in House (08/18/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After steadily building their numbers in the House of Representatives over the last two decades, Republicans believe this will be the year they finally take control. The main battlegrounds this fall will be fought in swing districts in southwest Missouri and the Kansas City and St. Louis suburbs -- areas where demographic shifts, legislative redistricting and term limits have radically changed the political landscape...
Five resign from diocese panel over priest's reinstatement (08/18/02)
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Diocese of Richmond lost all five lay members of its sexual abuse panel when they resigned to protest the reinstatement of a priest accused of abusing teenage boys in the 1970s. The panelists had recommended in June that the Rev. John E. Leonard be removed from duty and hospitalized for counseling. But Bishop Walter F. Sullivan cleared the priest of the allegations and returned him to his suburban parish...
Poor water quality could kill millions (08/18/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- As many as 76 million people -- mostly children -- could die from water-related diseases by 2020 if changes aren't made worldwide, according to a California think tank. The United Nations has set a goal of 2015 for cutting in half the number of people who can't reach or afford safe drinking water. ...
Florida tribe seeks federal status (08/18/02)
BRUCE, Fla. -- Allen Thomas gave up a good-paying job and comfortable South Florida lifestyle for virtual poverty when he came to the rural Panhandle five years ago in search of his Native American roots. Thomas now serves on the tribal council of the Muscogee Nation of Florida, which is continuing a 22-year battle for federal recognition while reviving and preserving the religion, language and culture it had nearly lost...
Jones-West (08/18/02)
Tornado rips across Whirlwind Street ROCKFORD, Mich. -- If this happens again, maybe the street should be renamed Sunshine Drive. A small tornado that touched down Tuesday evening near Whirlwind Street uprooted trees, damaged several buildings and tipped over a delivery truck...
Teens learn nursing through summer camp (08/18/02)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- By the end of the week, Heidy Rodriguez will know how to check a patient's blood pressure, temperature and pulse. She'll know her way around the operating room, intensive care unit and maternity ward. She'll learn how to calm infants and comfort the elderly...
Search continues for Virginia girl (08/18/02)
BASSETT, Va. -- Volunteers combing the area's rolling hills for signs of a missing 9-year-old girl whose parents were found shot to death found no evidence and ended their search Saturday, officials said. Two days of scouring the area near the family's home on foot, all-terrain vehicles and in cars found no traces of Jennifer Short, said Richard Cox, head of the Old Dominion Search and Rescue team...
Study- Fitness most vital in women's health (08/18/02)
Exercise may be better than diet to keep women alive, a study indicates. Women who were physically fit had a lower risk of death than did sedentary women even if their weight was above currently recommended levels, the study found. "Fitness is a much stronger predictor of mortality than fatness," said researcher Stephen W. Farrell of the Cooper Institute, a Dallas-based research organization that focuses on exercise...
Elder abuse can go unnoticed (08/18/02)
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- John Nelsen was a prisoner in his home, his wardens a young couple who lived with him. They told the 71-year-old man that if he left the house, alarms would sound. When Neslen became more suspicious of them and wanted to call his bank to check on his money, they threatened to send him to a nursing home...
Lost NASA spacecraft may have broken apart (08/18/02)
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's missing $159 million spacecraft may have broken apart while firing its rocket to leave Earth's orbit, new photographic evidence shows. Images taken Friday by a telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona show two parallel trails near one of the predicted positions for the Contour spacecraft, which was to leave for a multiyear mission to explore comets...
Researchers excavate site believed used by ancestors of several (08/18/02)
CIMARRON, N.M. -- Delayed by a threatening forest fire and a daily climb up a sheer cliff, archaeologists excavated and catalogued a seasonal rock dwelling they say may have been used 1,500 years ago by an ancient Indian family. Warren Lail, a 51-year-old attorney-turned-archaeologist, has headed University of Oklahoma excavations at the Philmont Scout Ranch for two successive summers. ...
Scientists creating sensors that can fit inside blood cells (08/18/02)
DETROIT -- Researchers are creating "Star Trek"-like radiation sensors that are so small, they could be absorbed into the white blood cells of astronauts and could someday be used to treat and diagnose illnesses. Astronauts constantly are exposed to radiation, and radiation-induced illness is a serious concern in space travel...
Human bone found near site of twin towers (08/18/02)
NEW YORK -- A construction worker found a human bone on a rooftop two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, police said. The bone found Friday may have been thrown onto the building by the force of the explosions and collapse of the trade center towers on Sept. 11...
Survey- Signs of a gay subculture among Catholic clergy (08/18/02)
A survey of U.S. clergy has shed new light on the extent of homosexuality in the priesthood, increasingly a subject of debate amid the sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. Many Catholic priests say there's a gay subculture in their dioceses, religious orders or seminaries, according to the mail survey, released Friday...
People talk 8B (08/18/02)
Smith's battle with late husband's son flares up LOS ANGELES -- The war of words between former Playboy centerfold Anna Nicole Smith and the son of her late oil tycoon husband is heating up. The flare-up came after Smith gave an urn containing half of J. Howard Marshall's ashes a tour of her home on a recent episode of E! Entertainment Television's "The Anna Nicole Show."...
Bush calls for balancing budget (08/18/02)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush, weighing new tax cuts he said would stimulate the economy, pledged Saturday to bring the federal budget back into balance. "We cannot go down the path of soaring budget deficits," Bush said. The president used his weekly radio address to promote the no-deficits theme that emerged from the economic summit held last week near his ranch. ...
Feds sue California over electrical board (08/18/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Federal regulators are suing California for defying an order to dissolve the board that oversees much of the state's electricity grid. The lawsuit was filed Friday, nine days after Gov. Gray Davis' appointees to the board of California's Independent System Operator voted to ignore the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order...
Getting wired Telecommunications industry is drawing investors (08/18/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- There are only 12,000 functioning telephones for nearly 2 million people in Kabul. And most calls never go through. The situation is worse in the provinces. Wiring Afghans is a colossal challenge that has only just begun. For starters, the government is scrambling to lure investors to build private cellular networks. The bigger challenge will be repairing and extending the rudimentary, bomb-damaged wireline phone network...
President of counterterrorism firm arrested for possessing miss (08/18/02)
ROSWELL, N.M. -- The president of a counterterrorism consulting firm has been charged with possessing 2,352 unregistered small military missiles worth $54 million, according to court documents. David Hudak, a Canadian national and president of High Energy Access Tools, an anti-terrorism and police training services company, was arrested Thursday, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday...
Pennsylvania town lacking historical battle makes up one for re (08/18/02)
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. -- To mark the 225th anniversary of the Revolutionary War, one Pennsylvania town decided to celebrate its heritage with a re-enactment of their hard-fought skirmish against the invading British. Trouble is, it didn't happen. Nor was there any record of a British loyalist being captured, tried or sentenced to death. But that, too, is to be shown for Saturday's celebration, dubbed "Milltown -- Washington's First Line of Defense."...
Scientists seek cause of colic in babies (08/18/02)
Kristen and Doug Nelson wore out hair dryers, stairs, and patience trying to calm their crying baby, who wailed for much of her first four months of life. They even found themselves frantically vacuuming at 3 a.m. because their newborn seemed soothed by the sound...
USS Kennedy battle group returns home (08/18/02)
The USS John F. Kennedy returned home Saturday to thousands of joyous family members welcoming home sailors who spent six months fighting the war on terrorism. More than 7,000 sailors on the carrier and other ships in its battle group returned to bases near Jacksonville and in Norfolk, Va. this week. The Kennedy left Feb. 7 and began air missions over Afghanistan on March 11...
Down on the Delta (08/18/02)
SPANISH FORT, Ala. -- With ecotourism on the rise, veteran kayaker Jeff Evans and fishing guide Craig Key have found the Mobile Delta's watery wilderness to be a profitable showplace. Evans' Tensaw Eco Tours and Key's Delta Outdoor Guide Service had overlapping interests, so the two men became business partners after meeting at a chamber of commerce session...
Wind eases around fires in Washington (08/18/02)
CHELAN, Wash. -- Wind calmed Saturday as crews battled wildfires that had burned two houses and more than 2,000 acres across northern Washington, and some evacuees were allowed to return home. The biggest blaze, some three miles northeast of Chelan, had burned about 1,500 acres and forced evacuation of about two dozen homes and cabins in the Cagle Gulch and Naumes areas, said Annie Larsen, a spokeswoman for the Wenatchee National Forest...
Price on freedom Blacks rally for slavery reparations (08/18/02)
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of blacks rallied in front of the Capitol on Saturday to demand slavery reparations, saying that compensation is long overdue for the ills of that institution. "It seems that America owes black people a lot for what we have endured," Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told the crowd. "We cannot settle for some little jive token. We need millions of acres of land that black people can build."...
Unhappy day (08/18/02)
NEW YORK -- Sept. 11 used to be Andrew Williams' birthday. But that date is now so saturated in sadness, "it doesn't seem like a good day for celebration any more," says the 33-year-old musician from Owego, N.Y. Starting this year, he's switching to Sept. 10...
Who's buried in Napoleon's tomb? (08/18/02)
An historian is asking for a DNA test By Kim Housego ~ The Associated Press PARIS -- For decades, the fate of Napoleon Bonaparte has been debated and studied. Now a French historian is locked in an uphill battle against the government over a DNA test he says could end the doubts...
Police arrest two linked to killing of British girls (08/18/02)
LONDON -- A drama that has gripped Britain took a chilling turn Saturday, as police arrested two people, reportedly school employees, on suspicion of murdering a pair of 10-year-old girls who vanished from a rural village. Detectives had said only the night before that they remained optimistic Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were still alive, but their use of the word "murder" in the arrests shattered the hopes of those in the children's close-knit hometown of Soham, near Cambridge...
Mexican executed in Texas is buried (08/18/02)
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico -- Family members prepared Saturday to bury Javier Suarez Medina, the 33-year-old confessed cop-killer executed in Texas three days earlier. Some mourners carried signs protesting the U.S. application of the death penalty at a wake held Friday for Suarez Medina at a funeral home in Piedras Negras, across the border from Texas. Hundreds of people filed past the coffin containing Suarez Medina's body...
Floods swamp new area in Bangladesh; 7 drown (08/18/02)
PATNA, India -- Seven people drowned when a boat capsized in swirling floodwaters in eastern India, officials said Saturday, and a swollen river burst its banks and swamped dozens of villages in Bangladesh. Forecasters warned of more rain to come in a monsoon season that has caused 911 deaths in Nepal, India and Bangladesh while displacing or isolating 25 million people since June...
Pope takes time for nostalgic day in visit to Poland (08/18/02)
KRAKOW, Poland -- Pope John Paul II spent a deeply nostalgic day in his homeland Saturday, sleeping in his old bed, visiting his old street and driving by the disused quarry where he labored during the Nazi occupation. John Paul's second day in Poland showed that a return home is unlike any other pilgrimage for the ailing 82-year-old pope...
Farmer attacked as Zimbabwe enforces eviction order (08/18/02)
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- A white farmer who obeyed the government's order to abandon his land was tracked down by police and ruling party militants Saturday, handcuffed and beaten, a farmers' group said. Andrew Smith suffered head injuries and a broken leg in the attack at his Harare home, said Jenni Williams, a spokeswoman for the group Justice for Agriculture. After the attack, Smith was taken into police custody and detained near what was his farm, 20 miles northwest of Harare...
Sept. 11 alters Europe's approach on terrorism (08/18/02)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Despite a long history of homegrown threats from the Irish Republican Army to Italy's Red Brigades, Europeans never had a common approach to fighting terrorism. Then came Sept. 11. As hundreds of thousands of Berliners, Parisians and Londoners poured into the streets to show solidarity with an America under attack, European leaders worked together, and in coordination with the United States, to swiftly craft a military, judicial and financial crackdown on terrorism...
Dresden floodwaters peak, raising hope (08/18/02)
DRESDEN, Germany -- The muddy waters of the Elbe River reached their peak then eased back Saturday, raising hope that the city's restored historic buildings might be spared more damage from the disastrous flooding that has swept much of Europe. Downstream from Dresden, though, the rain-swollen river spilled over its banks into several more towns of eastern Germany, wrecking roads and railways and chasing thousands of people to higher ground...
Contingency plan to expel Arafat angers Palestinians (08/18/02)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinians in the divided West Bank city of Hebron chafed against the Israeli curfew reimposed Saturday while a report of an army contingency plan to expel Yasser Arafat further inflamed Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Palestinian residents of Hebron said the curfew was not enforced for a week. But Saturday morning, as residents shopped, visited or strolled the streets, the curfew suddenly intruded again...
Russian, Iraqi $40 billion deal may hurt U.S. foreign relations (08/18/02)
MOSCOW -- Iraq and Russia are close to signing a $40 billion economic cooperation plan, Iraq's ambassador said Saturday, a deal that could put Moscow at odds with the United States as it considers a military attack against Baghdad. The statement by Ambassador Abbas Khalaf came amid indications that Russia, despite its strong support for the post-Sept. ...
Football moms suit up for annual Central clinic (08/18/02)
When Central High School's football season starts Sept. 6, there will be a group of fans that knows everything about their plays and formations. No, the Tigers didn't lose a playbook, and no one has been spying on their practices. It's the players' moms...
Defense stands firm in second scrimmage (08/18/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's defense has been much maligned during Tim Billings' first two years as the Indians' head coach. But if Southeast's first two scrimmages are any indication, the Indians' defenders might not have to take a back seat any longer to the team's potent offense...
Area minor-leaguers talk about a big-league problems, solutions (08/18/02)
The players have spoken. Aug. 30, 2002, could go down as one of the darkest days in baseball history. With labor talks going nowhere, the possibility of a ninth work stoppage since 1972 seems imminent. Even with early progress that included tentative agreements on raising the minimum salary and random steroids testing, the two sides are still far apart. Issues such as contraction, revenue sharing and a luxury tax are possible sticking points for the two sides...
Players and owners meet, but only on non-strike side issues (08/18/02)
NEW YORK -- A day after baseball players set an Aug. 30 strike date, negotiators met twice on Saturday to discuss issues not related to the central economic differences. The lawyers gathered twice at the commissioner's office for a total of about three hours, then recessed until Monday. The key issues of a luxury tax and revenue sharing were not discussed Saturday, and lawyers for both sides declined comment...
Rams left dealing with injuries after defeat to Bears (08/18/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams coach Mike Martz only wanted his team to emerge healthy from their exhibition game against the Chicago Bears. He didn't get his wish. St. Louis lost 19-17 to the Bears on Friday night, and that was just the start of the bad news. Receiver Terrence Wilkins hurt his ribs; rookie strong safety Steve Bellisari sustained a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee; safety Nick Sorenson left with a thigh bruise; and receiver Torry Holt bruised his ribs...
A big charge puts Leonard on top in PGA Championship (08/18/02)
CHASKA, Minn. -- The vicious wind was reminiscent of a British Open, so it was no surprise that a guy who owns a claret jug seized control in the PGA Championship. Only it wasn't Tiger Woods. Justin Leonard, the wind-tested Texan who practically begged for difficult conditions at Hazeltine National Golf Club, left everyone in the dust Saturday over the back nine with a 3-under 69 to build a three-stroke lead going into the final round...
Simontacchi leaves Phillies at a loss (08/18/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Simontacchi scrapped the slider and found better results. The rookie right-hander allowed two hits over seven strong innings and Scott Rolen hit a two-run double as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped Philadelphia's five-game win streak, beating the Phillies 5-1 Saturday...
Rule change leaves some fuming going into today's Pepsi 400 (08/18/02)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- When NASCAR decided to give aerodynamic aid to Chevrolets and Pontiacs, the sanctioning body promised to re-evaluate the decision after today's Pepsi 400. But some already are complaining about the sanctioning body's decision last weekend to allow the GM teams to move their front air dams forward for this race at Michigan International Speedway. ...
Consistent Matthew battles win, leads Canadian Open (08/18/02)
VAUDREUIL-DORION, Quebec -- Scotland's Catriona Matthew shot her third straight 2-under 70 in windy conditions to take the third-round lead in the Canadian Women's Open. Matthew holed birdie putts of 25 feet and 12 feet on her final two holes to take a one-stroke ahead over Meg Mallon (69) on the Summerlea Golf and Country Club course...
From leader to chaser, Beem was uncertain (08/18/02)
CHASKA, Minn. -- There was no reason to expect Rich Beem to be leading the PGA Championship with five holes to play in the third round Saturday. Apparently, Beem didn't expect it, either. "It's a major, and guys like me aren't supposed to contend in a major," Beem said...
Durazo sends Arizona to 8th straight win (08/18/02)
CHICAGO -- Erubiel Durazo hit his first career grand slam, breaking a ninth-inning tie and sending the Diamondbacks over the Cubs 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight victory. Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 43rd homer of the season. It was his 493rd career home run, matching Lou Gehrig for 18th place on the lifetime list...
If players strike, they could risk millions of future fans (08/18/02)
It's August 30. Do you know where your kids are? We know where they won't be a week from Friday, if grown men can't decide how to split $3.5 billion. And if there indeed is a strike, it makes you wonder if today's kids will ever again connect to big-league baseball the way their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents did...
How 'bout those Indians? Good question (08/18/02)
By Marty Mishow I've been to both of Southeast Missouri State University's football scrimmages so far, along with many of the Indians' practices. But don't ask me how the team looks. I'm far from an expert when it comes to gauging scrimmages and practices. Heck, even Southeast coach Tim Billings told me he never knows what to think, because if one unis does well, then that means the other didn't...
Sports FanFare 8/18/02 (08/18/02)
Basketball
  • Guard Ricky Davis signed an offer sheet with the Timberwolves, and the Cavaliers have 15 days to match the deal. Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson would not confirm details of the offer, adding that he will take all of the allotted time to decide whether to keep the 6-foot-7 Davis...
  • FanSpeak 8/18/02 (08/18/02)
    If the shoe fits ... I APPRECIATE your recent coverage of the horseshoe league. Jeremy Joffray did an excellent job. Thank you, Jeremy. Stop doing that THE SPORTS page used to be so much easier to read. It just takes hustle I WAS reading in the paper about a Central High School coach complaining that they would start football practice an hour later than in years past because they have to travel back to the old practice field. ...
    Area sports digest 8/18/02 (08/18/02)
    Benton falls in title game of World Series GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Jenna Kubesch was too much for Benton, Mo., for the second time this week. Kubesch, who threw a no-hitter at Benton earlier this week, threw a two-hitter on Saturday as LaGrange, Texas, won the Babe Ruth World Series for 16-and-under softball teams Saturday with a 7-0 victory...
    A winning look (08/18/02)
    If your goal is to find a winning home, this could be your opportunity. This regal-looking vinyl-and-brick, two-car-garage home sits elegantly on a large lot overlooking a small lake and rolling fields. Its location on a cul-de-sac will give it added privacy...
    Corps of Discovery (08/18/02)
    On a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa, a sandstone obelisk stands as a tribute to the lone explorer who died on the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Ocean nearly 200 years ago. Local history buff Bev Hinds says the monument marks the success of the 1803-06 journey even as it serves as a memorial to Sgt. Charles Floyd, who is believed to have died of appendicitis...
    Market for my special real estate? (08/18/02)
    My intangible, non-fungible real estate gives me pleasure. I began investing in it long ago. No down payments. No abstracts of titles. No taxes. They are literally little dream houses built in pleasant non-places. I should give the subdivision a name. Escape Manorettes. The little houses give me the comfort, rest and inspiration I need for a particularly sour, wordly moment...
    Family has gone to the dogs with new best friend (08/18/02)
    There's a fuzz ball in our house. No, it's not bad housekeeping. This one is the four-legged, puppy kind named Cassie. This one licks your face and nips at your toes. She even yelps a little. At six weeks and two-and-a-half pounds, she's too young to really bark...
    P. Diddy opens polling company (08/18/02)
    NEW YORK -- It turns out the "P" in P. Diddy stands for "public opinion." The hip-hop entrepreneur has expanded into the polling business with his own market research company. Each week, the Sean "Puffy" Combs-owned company will release a national survey on a different topic. The poll debuted last week with a survey on the national economy. This week's was Sept. 11-related (and Combs was one of those surveyed)...
    'Peanuts' museum opens in California (08/18/02)
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- It's missing the shag carpet and classical columns, but to "Peanuts" fans the new Charles M. Schulz museum has all the lure of Elvis' Graceland. "I have been a Snoopy fan for life," said Bridget Feeley, a Chicago native who sports a Snoopy tattoo and cherishes her growing collection of "Peanuts" Christmas ornaments and art. "I plan to visit by the end of the year."...
    Paltrow nears 30, reflects on career so far (08/18/02)
    NEW YORK -- With the approach of her 30th birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow knows at least two things are different from her younger days: She's more discriminating about what movies to make, and she now can play an emotionally cautious person based on personal experience...
    Elizabeth George mystery finally comes to PBS (08/18/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- Harry Potter fans eagerly awaiting a second film have nothing on Inspector Lynley addicts: It's been 14 years since the first mystery was published and they haven't seen one scrap of celluloid. Until now. "A Great Deliverance," which introduced author Elizabeth George and her intricate, psychologically intense detective novels, is finally coming to American television...
    Siskel tribute becomes must-see event (08/18/02)
    CHICAGO -- What started in 2000 as a tribute to film critic Gene Siskel has blossomed into a must-see event. Since its debut -- with the showing of "The Wizard of Oz" -- attendance at the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival has jumped from a one-time low of 8,000 to more than 30,000 people for this season's opener, "Some Like It Hot."...
    Five questions with Sheryl Crow (08/18/02)
    Sheryl Crow thought that by the time she reached 40 she'd be married and have children. She isn't and she doesn't. But the Kennett, Mo., native and eight-time Grammy winner has accomplished many of her professional goals -- and she's still looking for the right balance between her career and personal life...
    Job losses hit Missouri hard, but not in Cape (08/18/02)
    June 14 was a difficult day for Kim Groves. That was the day the 41-year-old mother of three lost her job. "It was a difficult position to find myself in," said Groves, a Cape Girardeau resident. "I didn't do anything wrong. I was doing a good job and it was still taken away from me. Of course that's tough."...
    Mabel Hack (08/18/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Mabel C. Hack, 90, of Cairo died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. She was born July 9, 1912, in Eden, Ky., daughter of Lawrence and Essie Beck Taylor. She was married to Clifton C. Simpson, who preceded her death, and then to Ezra Hack, who also preceded her in death...
    Anita Sirface (08/18/02)
    Anita Marie Sirface, 33, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Survivors include her husband, Mark Sirface of Cape Girardeau, and two daughters, Natalie and Emily of the home. Funeral will be Thursday at Carlton-Ullrich Funeral Home in Tonawanda, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Cape Girardeau...
    James Honey (08/18/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- James Edward Honey, 65, of Anna died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. He was born June 20, 1937, in Anna, son of Edward and Beulah Eastman Honey. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anna, the American Radio Relay League and president of the Shawnee Amateur Radio Association. ...
    Louise French (08/18/02)
    GIDEON, Mo. -- Louise Krueger French, 94, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at Gideon. She was born June 12, 1908, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Louis and Helen Jaeger Krueger. She married Donald Inman French on Dec. 6, 1930, in Marion, Ark. He preceded her in death Nov. 5, 1989...
    Arlie Seawright (08/18/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Graveside service for Arlie C. Seawright of Escanaba, Mich., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge, Ill. The Rev. Kelly Cox will officiate. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements...
    Sturm-Welter (08/18/02)
    Jill Anne Sturm and Gregory Evan Welter were married May 26, 2002, by the lake at the Elks Lodge. The Rev. William Markham of Hoxie, Ark., performed the ceremony. Reader was Patrick Abbott of Cape Girardeau. Music was by Trio Girardeaux. The bride is the daughter of Jack and Anne McDonough of Cape Girardeau, and the late Michael Sturm. The groom is the son of Herbert and Janet Welter of Cape Girardeau...
    Letgrate-Bollinger (08/18/02)
    Lynwood Baptist Church was the setting April 20, 2002, for the wedding of Valerie Kay Letgrate and John Eric Bollinger. The Revs. Donny Ford and Mike Parry performed the double ring ceremony. Soloist was Cari Noel of Cape Girardeau, cousin of the bride...
    Popp-Kiefer (08/18/02)
    Jamie Lynn Popp and Bryan Thomas Kiefer were married April 20, 2002, at Circle of Light Wedding Chapel in Eureka Springs, Ark. The Rev. Yael Hana Powell performed the double ring ceremony. Sheila and Randy Rhymer of Jackson, Mo., are parents of the bride. The groom is the son of June McCrory of Cape Girardeau, the late Jim Kiefer of Perryville, Mo., and Morris McCrory of Benton, Mo...
    Aden-Pepon (08/18/02)
    Laura Leanette Aden and David William Pepon were married June 22, 2002, at Von Jakob Vineyard in Pomona, Ill. Daniel Hargrave of Malden, Mo., performed the double ring ceremony. Abby Hargrave of Malden played keyboard. Parents of the couple are Tim and Carolyn Aden of Malden and George and Barbara Pepon of Warren, Ohio...
    Jones-West (08/18/02)
    Hillary Jones and Brandon West were united in marriage June 15, 2002, in Sedalia, Mo. The Rev. Curtis Keith performed the ceremony. Guitarist was Randy Melick of Sedalia, and soloist was Nikki Scott of St. Louis, cousin of the bride. Parents of the couple are Sam and Jyl Jones of Sedalia and Stan and Terri West of Cape Girardeau...
    Hilton-Williams-Lovelady (08/18/02)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jedidiah Naramore of Cape Girardeau announces the engagement of his mother, Ramona Hilton-Williams, to Jimmy O. Lovelady, both of Marble Hill. She is the daughter of Pauline Hilton of Oxford, Miss., formerly of East Prairie, Mo., and the late Maurice Hilton. Lovelady is the son of the late J.A. and Lois Lovelady of Greenbrier, Ark...
    Foulk- Bollinger (08/18/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Diana McCormick and Tom Foulk of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Tasha Renae Foulk, to David "Dustin" Bollinger. He is the son of David and Pat Bollinger of Kelso, Mo. Foulk is a 2001 graduate of Chaffee High School. She is an ophthalmic technician at Marion Eye Centers in Cape Girardeau...
    Downs-Miller (08/18/02)
    Harold M. Downs of Sherman, Ill., announces the engagement of his daughter, Jennifer Ann Downs, to Mitchel Lane Miller II. He is the son of Mitch Miller and Diane Miller of Cape Girardeau. Downs is also the daughter of the late Marie C. Downs. Downs is a graduate of Williamsville High School in Williamsville, Ill. ...
    Damron-Hopper (08/18/02)
    Gary and Lois Damron of Hannibal, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Damron of St. Louis, to Scott Hopper of Austin, Texas. He is the son of Don and Carolyn Hopper of Cape Girardeau. Damron is a 1994 graduate of Palmyra High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1998. She is employed by Accenture...
    Scherer-Schott (08/18/02)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Vernon and Judy Scherer of Benton, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Elizabeth Scherer, to Robert Allen Schott, both of Scott City. He is the son of Leo and Dorothy Schott of Charleston, Mo. Scherer is a graduate of Kelly High School, and received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a registered nurse at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
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