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Stories from Saturday, August 24, 2002

River Campus lawsuit gets dismissed by circuit judge (08/24/02)
But any city financial support may bring new legal action By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian A circuit judge on Friday dismissed Cape Girardeau businessman Jim Drury's second legal challenge to the River Campus arts school project...
Illness kills suspect in Davis killing (08/24/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A week after being charged in connection with a Wappapello, Mo., woman's death, her alleged killer will be buried next week. Clifford Joseph Mitts, 71, of Poplar Bluff, died Wednesday at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at McRome Cemetery in Carter County...
KFVS aquires two television stations (08/24/02)
KFVS-12 and parent company Raycom Media have announced an agreement to buy WQWQ and WQTV, the local UPN affiliates serving the Cape Girardeau, Paducah, Harrisburg television markets. KFVS is the area's CBS affiliate. The agreement is pending FCC approval, said Mike Smythe, vice president and general manager of KFVS...
Grassroots support sought for Interstate 66 project (08/24/02)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce hopes for power in numbers. At Thursday's meeting, Executive Director Missy Marshall called on the membership to show their support for the proposal to direct Interstate 66 through Charleston, Sikeston and along the U.S. 60 route to Springfield route by putting it in writing...
Region briefs 08/24/02 (08/24/02)
Three more Missourians ill with West Nile virus ST. LOUIS -- Preliminary lab tests show that three more Missourians -- two in the St. Louis area and one in Morgan County in central Missouri -- have become ill with the West Nile virus, the state health department officials said Friday...
The making or breaking of the River Campus (08/24/02)
1989 The grounds for St. Vincent's Seminary are put up for sale, 10 years after the school closed its doors. 1995 A civic group called Colonial Cape Girardeau Foundation announces plans to buy the seminary property for $700,000 to house a cultural center or museum. The plans fell through the following year due to lack of funding...
HOMECOMERS STRUT THEIR STUFF (08/24/02)
Annual talent event shows off youth singing, dancing By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian JACKSON, Mo. -- Six Jackson High School senior boys who have been singing together in choirs since they were freshmen won the top prize in the Homecomers talent contest Friday night...
Lape family reward offer brings calls, nothing new (08/24/02)
The family of murder victim Ralph Lape Jr. has received an overwhelming response to their offer of a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any additional persons involved in the July death of the Jackson man. The family has received several calls from people wishing to share opinions, but no one has offered anything tangible, said Lape's sister, Diane Miller...
Prestwick developers search for buyers for city revenue bonds (08/24/02)
IN A TIF By Bob Miller ~ Southeast Missourian The Prestwick Plantation developers, a group wanting to use tax increment financing to help build infrastructure for a 900-acre residential development in Cape Girardeau, is in a mode of persuasion...
WRECK - Two teens seriously injured (08/24/02)
Two 17-year-old boys were seriously injured in a one-car crash on Cape Girardeau County Road 205, one mile south of town. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, driver Adam Cloninger, of Advance, was driving his 1986 Chevrolet northbound on the roadway when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve, slid off the left side of the road and then struck a tree...
Grand juries in 9 states investigate Catholic misconduct cases (08/24/02)
AT A GLANCE A list of the grand juries that this year have investigated sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Roman Catholic officials: Arizona: Maricopa County (Phoenix) Attorney Rick Romley is investigating whether church officials failed to report claims of criminal sexual conduct by priests, including a grand jury examination of the Rev. Patrick Colleary of Scottsdale, who is on leave...
New minister at Church of Christ in Cape (08/24/02)
Robert and Marla Housby have joined the ministerial staff at Church of Christ in Cape Girardeau. The Housbys moved to Cape Girardeau from Burlington, Iowa. Robert Housby has been serving Church of Christ congregations since 1980. He studied at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Marla Housby has worked in public education...
Grand inquiry (08/24/02)
s prosecutors turn to grand juries to investigate sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, church observers are wondering whether the ultimate target of criminal charges will be a cardinal or bishop who mishandled molester priests. Several legal experts say that successfully prosecuting a church leader for protecting abusers would be a formidable task, since attorneys would need to prove that a bishop meant to help offenders commit crimes. ...
Some Mom and pop motels still hanging in there (08/24/02)
FRANKFORT, Ill. -- From a small motel on bustling U.S. 30 in Frankfort, Judy Kordik has watched the surrounding landscape change over the years. Once one of a few businesses amid the cornfields that lined both sides of a rural stretch of highway, the Abe Lincoln Motel today seems out of place -- surrounded by large homes and modern-looking commercial buildings...
Father says caseworker ignored concerns (08/24/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The biological father of a boy who apparently suffered a fatal injury while living in a foster home at Willard says a state caseworker ignored his concerns about the boy's care. Dominic James, who turned 2 in June, died Wednesday morning shortly after he was taken off life support...
Seven found guilty in Cicero trial (08/24/02)
CHICAGO -- Cicero town President Betty Loren-Maltese and six co-defendants were found guilty Friday in a scheme to steal $12 million from the town through a bogus insurance company. An eighth defendant was found innocent. Convicted along with Loren-Maltese was Michael Spano Sr., the man prosecutors say is the boss of organized crime in Cicero. Each of the defendants was convicted of racketeering conspiracy except Bonnie LaGiglio, who was convicted of tax fraud...
religion calendar 8/24 (08/24/02)
Today Barbecue meal hosted by New McKendree United Methodist Church on the lawn. The meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. during the Homecomer's festival. Sunday N'Harmony of Nashville will perform at 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. at First General Baptist Church in Jackson. For information, call 243-8467...
Shooter arrested after chase in Perry County (08/24/02)
After a vehicle pursuit that led through three counties, Perry County deputies arrested a Perryville man wanted on stalking charges when he crashed his car in the yard of a Baptist church. Thomas L. Doss, 44, crashed on Holmes Road, near Perry County Road 854, after leading deputies on a chase through Perry, St. Francios, and Ste. Genevieve Counties...
Highway name trend traveling in fast lane (08/24/02)
DRIVING HONORS From staff and wire reports A drive from Missouri's Bootheel to its northwest corner easily can fill an eight-hour day, even if you are quite familiar with the way. You head north over the Sgt. Rob Guilliams Memorial Bridge toward the Trooper James Froemsdorf Memorial Highway, follow the Rosa Parks Highway to the American Veterans Memorial Highway, also known as the Circumferential Expressway...
St. Louis Catholics donate record amount (08/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Archbishop Justin Rigali said he always had faith in the Catholics of St. Louis. But not even he could have forseen their record $12.1 million donation to this year's Archdiocesan development appeal. "People questioned how it was possible to meet our goal," he said. "I'm absolutely elated."...
Three dead, one seriously injured after lightning strikes at fu (08/24/02)
The AssociatedPress WILLARD, Mo. -- Three Springfield residents were killed and a fourth was critically injured by lightning during a funeral at a rural cemetery Friday morning. Leroy Hendrix, 82, and Billy J. Burgess, 66, were declared dead Friday morning, said Tom Martin, chief deputy sheriff at the Greene County Sheriff's office...
Nixon completes death penalty review (08/24/02)
EXAMINING JUDGES' SENTENCING From staff and wire reports JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After a review of Missouri's 67 death row cases, Attorney General Jay Nixon said Friday that the state complies with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that juries, not judges, are to decide whether to impose the death penalty...
Unhappy ranking has Rolla laughing (08/24/02)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Engineering student R.J. Agee is a happy guy -- an odd thing, given that since he's attending the University of Missouri-Rolla, he ought to be crying right about now. After all, The Princeton Review, a New York publisher of college information and test guides, released rankings this week saying Agee and his 4,100 classmates at the south-central Missouri school are the least happy in the nation...
Building a new church (08/24/02)
WANT TO GO? Preview service at 7 p.m. for Cape Community Church at Osage Community Centre. Another preview will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. The congregation will begin meeting regularly Sept. 29. Worship is at 10 a.m...
Officials ponder impact of ruling (08/24/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A court decision requiring the state to pay adult dental benefits for more than 320,000 low-income Missourians may result in additional state budget cuts, Gov. Bob Holden's office said Friday. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Timothy Wilson ruled Wednesday the state budget cut -- effective July 1 -- that eliminated all adult dental services for Medicaid recipients violated state law. ...
Jackson man to get top post from state Baptists (08/24/02)
A Jackson, Mo., native has been selected as the unanimous choice to lead the Missouri Baptist Convention. David Clippard, 53, has been named for the executive director's post in the state's Baptist convention. He is currently associate executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma...
Bush stumps for candidate facing an image problem (08/24/02)
STOCKTON, Calif. -- President Bush began a two-day California crisscross in search of cash for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon's ailing campaign by complimenting the candidate's business experience, unswayed by questions about how a fraud verdict against Simon's investment firm squares with Bush's tough talk on corporate crooks...
Nation digest 08/24/02 (08/24/02)
Moussaoui denied access to classified information ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A federal judge Friday denied a request by suspected Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to see classified material, saying she won't let someone who prays for destruction of the United States jeopardize national security...
World digest 08/24/02 (08/24/02)
Prosecutors dismiss Abu Nidal-Lockerbie link LONDON -- The Scottish prosecutors' office dismissed a published report Friday that Abu Nidal, the Palestinian terrorist whose death was announced in Iraq this week, was behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing...
Court documents say podiatrist planned bomb attack (08/24/02)
TAMPA, Fla. -- A podiatrist arrested after authorities found guns and explosives in his home planned to destroy an Islamic education center and dozens of mosques, court documents alleged Friday. Deputies searching Dr. Robert J. Goldstein's home near St. Petersburg found up to 40 weapons, 30 explosive devices, a list of about 50 Islamic worship centers in Florida and detailed plans to bomb an Islamic education center, according to a complaint filed Friday...
Ag department gives thumbs up for food from cloned animals (08/24/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Juicier chops, thicker steaks and other food produced by cloned animals could be in grocery stores by next year. Atlantic salmon fattened with genes spliced from other fish, though, remain years away from the American dinner table. A long-awaited report to the U.S. ...
Experts to look for links to military spouse killings (08/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- Alarmed by a series of domestic killings and suicides at Fort Bragg, N.C., the Army is sending in a team of health specialists to study a range of possible explanations, officials said Friday. The Army disputed reports that it is focusing mainly on the possibility of a link to use of the anti-malarial drug, Lariam, although officials said this was among the issues to be examined...
U.S. officials say uranium retrieval a high priority (08/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-Russian effort that whisked a cache of weapons-grade uranium out of Yugoslavia this week is part of a larger nuclear materials security program given new urgency after the Sept. 11 attacks. Experts worry that terrorists or hostile nations may get their hands on enough uranium or plutonium to build a nuclear bomb from one of hundreds of research reactors around the world...
Court may limit feds' power to spy (08/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's latest courtroom setback in the post-Sept. 11 hunt for terrorists came from an unlikely source: a secretive panel of federal judges that until now had always given the government what it wanted. The rebuff by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court may test the limits of the government's power to spy on terror suspects in the United States, and prompted a strongly worded appeal from the government...
Fess is up Former Davy Crockett now king of the wine frontier (08/24/02)
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. -- Heavy hangs the coonskin cap. It's been almost 50 years since Fess Parker donned the fuzzy headgear that launched the first blockbuster cultural phenomenon of the baby boom generation. At its peak, the frenzy started by Parker's Davy Crockett character helped sell 5,000 coonskin caps a day, causing the price of raccoon fur to jump from 25 cents a pound to $8. ...
Russia, Georgia exchange charges over bombing raid (08/24/02)
MOSCOW -- The president of Georgia accused Russian warplanes of bombing his nation Friday and killing one person, in an escalation of long-running tensions between the two neighbors. Russian military officials shrugged off the protest by President Eduard A. Shevardnadze, denying the incident and claiming that the Georgians probably dropped the bombs themselves -- although Russian helicopters and planes have bombarded his country in the past...
Colombian leader warns of attacks (08/24/02)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian rebels are planning devastating attacks with sophisticated weapons, President Alvaro Uribe's administration told the nation's highest court in justifying his assumption of special powers. The rebels showed they have advanced beyond rudimentary homemade explosives when they fired mortars from a distance of 1.2 miles at Uribe's Aug. 7 inauguration, damaging the presidential palace and killing 21 people...
Drug industry carves complex path to cooperation over folk reme (08/24/02)
WITDRAAI, South Africa -- The slight, wizened man kneels in the sand and speaks of the long desert hunting treks of his youth, where his grandfather gave him the fleshy pulp of the hoodia cactus plant to stave off hunger and thirst. "The bushmen are always in the bush, so we know a lot," said David Kruipeir, 67, a traditional healer for the nomadic African people known as the San...
Father of dead militant tried to save him from extremists (08/24/02)
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Four times in the last four years, Bashir Butt tracked down his son at training camps for Islamic extremists in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir and begged him to come home. On Aug. 9, police arrived at the Butts' modest home here and told them their son Kamran, 21, was dead. He died while attacking Christians leaving a church in Taxila about 30 miles west of Islamabad. Three Christian nurses were killed and a fourth was mortally wounded...
Wildfires destroy thousands of acres of savanna and pastures (08/24/02)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Pedro Paulo Borre is frightened by what he sees from his office window: the huge, white clouds of smoke billowing from steadily approaching wildfires. Driven by strong winds and unusually dry weather, fires are claiming thousands of acres of savanna and pasture land along the southern Amazon and midwestern flatlands...
Uncertain line is now Indians' strength (08/24/02)
A year's work has made plenty of difference in Southeast Missouri State University's offensive line. The unit has gone from a major question mark to "probably the strength of our team," coach Tim Billings said -- all in roughly 12 months. Billings was nervous about his interior line entering last season. That's usually the case when several true freshmen and other young players are asked to start at a position where experience and physical maturity are usually necessities...
National ATV event lures series' fastest (08/24/02)
BENTON, Mo. -- Maybe it's not the type of four-wheel racing area fans are used to seeing on Saturday nights, but there's no shortage of speed this weekend in the Maxxis Grand National ATV Series event at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. The big names of the tour were on hand Friday for the start of the three-day event, including Jeremiah Jones, Tim Farr and Shane Hitt, who are the top three in Maxxis Series points this season...
Champs look for a quicker start (08/24/02)
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The champions stroll around training camp wearing T-shirts with the motivational message, "Targeting September." A year ago, the same Patriots franchise that was coming off a 5-11 season sported T-shirts bearing a cry for help, "Wanted: Winners." That proved prophetic when New England won the Super Bowl for the first time in its 42-year history...
Debate over steroid tests keeps sides deadlocked (08/24/02)
Baseball players will be randomly tested for steroids, but the union and management still differ on several issues that must be resolved before a comprehensive plan is implemented. Negotiators met twice Friday and the Players Association proposed changes to its steroid-testing plan seven days before baseball hits a strike deadline...
Ex-commissioner Vincent not optimistic strike can be avoided (08/24/02)
Watching baseball's latest labor conflagration from the safe haven of his Connecticut home, former commissioner Fay Vincent said Thursday he suspects that Commissioner Bud Selig is so committed to "total victory" that he will miss the opportunity that the players union has provided to avoid another work stoppage...
Rams' Little hospitalized after fainting (08/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams defensive end Leonard Little suffered a concussion after fainting in a restaurant, St. Louis coach Mike Martz said Friday. Little was expected to released from a hospital today, Martz said. Little won't play in the preseason finale at Kansas City next week and might not be ready for the season opener Sept. 8 in Denver...
Reds lose fifth straight, fall to Astros (08/24/02)
HOUSTON -- Brad Ausmus and Adam Everett hit consecutive RBI doubles in the fifth inning as the Houston Astros sent the Cincinnati Reds to their fifth straight loss, 6-4 on Friday night. Brian Hunter added two RBIs as the Astros won their third straight and moved a season-high eight games above .500...
When did this stop being a kid's game? (08/24/02)
Kids used to say the darnedest things. Now they strut and pose, point and taunt and then scream things like, "THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!" This much hasn't changed, though. They still have no clue what they're talking about. Some chest-puffing and high-stepping by a handful of kids in the Little League World Series has more than a few grown-ups in a snit. Imagine that...
FanFare 8/24/02 (08/24/02)
Colleges
  • Texas A&M athletic director Wally Groff resigned to allow new university president Robert Gates to install his own choice. Groff, a 1964 A&M graduate who joined the athletic department two years later, told Gates of his decision in a letter...
  • It's the end of the road for some Olds dealers (08/24/02)
    SHELBYVILLE, Ky. -- The manicured green pastures and white fence posts stretch over the gentle hills of Kentucky's horse country all the way to Donny Ethington's tidy car dealership with its fleet of new Aleros, Auroras and Intrigues. It's not exactly bustling these days on the showroom floor. Ethington manages to sell only one new car about every two weeks...
    Andrew Hill (08/24/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Andrew Woodrow "Andy" Hill, 86, of Sikeston died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at Christian Health Care Center in Springfield, Mo. He was born May 20, 1916, at Charleston, Mo., son of Andrew Benjamin and Julia Links Hill. He and Ida Louise Cravens were married Dec. 24, 1938. She died Jan. 18, 1996...
    Coena Amschler (08/24/02)
    ORAN, Mo. -- The funeral for Coena Anna Amschler of Oran will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. The Revs. John Harth and Normand Varone will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Sunday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran. Parish prayers will be at 7...
    FIRE - Cape Saturday, Aug. 24 (08/24/02)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 24 Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: At 7:59 p.m., stove fire at 208 S. Middle. At 8:25 p.m., emergency medical service at 31 N. Henderson. At 8:34 p.m.,, emergency medical service at 31 N. Henderson...
    POLICE - Cape Saturday, Aug. 24 (08/24/02)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 24The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Broshawn D. Egson, 26, of 212 S. Lorimier, Apt. 8, was arrested Friday on suspicion of indecent exposure. Susan R. Fulton, 54, of 1320 W. Cape Rock Drive, Apt. 1, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of trespassing...
    SHERIFF - Cape Co Saturday, Aug. 24 (08/24/02)
    Cape Girardeau County Saturday, Aug. 24 DWIs JoEllen F. Lewis, 45, of St. Louis, Mo., was arrested Aug. 17 at Interstate 55 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. David H. Kennedy, 58, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday at the Route W Trailer Court on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Build a park downtown -- they'll come (08/24/02)
    By Eli Fishman As in many small towns, residential and commercial development in Cape Girardeau has been concentrated in the section of town near the interstate highway. National chain restaurants and multinational retailers, in their unquenchable thirst for new markets, are pursuing the people of Cape Girardeau. ...
    Homecomers has something for everyone (08/24/02)
    The pictures of Jackson Homecomers posted at www.semissourian.com/photogallery capture the color, excitement and spirit of that annual event, which brings parents, children, relatives, friends and neighbors together to have fun. Homecomers began in 1908. ...
    District's goodwill worth more than tax hike (08/24/02)
    In such a difficult year for investors and the economy in general, governments at all levels have learned how voters feel about asking for higher taxes. That's why the Cape Girardeau Board of Education is wisely reconsidering a plan to raise school taxes by 6 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation. The board will make a final decision on the tax rate at its meeting Monday...
    Listing offense wasn't necessary in arrest story (08/24/02)
    To the editor: I do not see the motive in printing the last two paragraphs of your article, "Police arrest one in death of Cape man." What does it matter what the victim was accused of? Why would you try to make the victim look like a disgrace after he is already dead? You should have written comments from close friends who knew Billy Jones Jr. and knew how kind and caring he was. Billy may have had those charges against him, but he was not a horrible person...
    Simple arithmetic produces some faulty reasoning (08/24/02)
    To the editor: Several of your readers probably have noted the rather serious reasoning error in the Aug. 17 letter in which the writer incorrectly estimates the number of potential terrorists in this country holding student visas as follows: One out of 19 of the Sept. 11 terrorists was on a student visa, and there were 547,000 international students in the country at the time. So he estimates there are 28,789 (547,000 divided by 19) potential terrorists masquerading as students...
    Speak Out A 08/24/02 (08/24/02)
    School suggestions DO YOU ever notice that when the school district says it will not have enough money, it threatens with cutbacks of new textbooks or athletic equipment? As an employee of this school district, I have a suggestion: Try cutbacks in the board office. ...
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