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Stories from Sunday, September 8, 2002

Remembering Sept. 11 (09/08/02)
Sept. 11 events: All flags at state facilities shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in memory of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks. A prayer service at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel at Centenary United Church...
Wife, newborn son of Marine killed in Pakistan doing well (09/08/02)
With his daddy big on nicknames, Jennifer McCollum wonders what her late husband would have thought up for their newborn son, Daniel Gardner McCollum Jr. "He came up with so many nicknames for me, I began to wonder if he remembered my real name," she said with a smile. The San Diego, Calif., resident was in Cape Girar-deau for the weekend visiting her parents, Bill and Jenny Harkey...
STRAY CAT STRUTS IN COUNTY PARK (09/08/02)
Buddy Lee Parker's bandanas, e-mail and personal locker break the feline mold By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Buddy Lee Parker won't chase his tale. He's too busy catching mice. But his co-workers are more than happy to do so, touting the story of a stray cat that has found a permanent home in Cape Girardeau County Park North...
Four hurt in accident near McClure (09/08/02)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Two people from Cape Girardeau sustained major injuries Friday in a two-car collision on the Grapevine Trail. One of the drivers, Misty Conway, 20, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center with major injuries after the 2:30 p.m. accident...
Antique tractors roll on opening day of SEMO District Fair (09/08/02)
RUST IN THE DUST By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian The first tractor Curt Palmer drove on the land his family leased near Egypt Mills, Mo., in the 1930s and 1940s had iron wheels instead of rubber tires...
Flash of faith (09/08/02)
Most of the nation has not become church-going as a result of Sept. 11 By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian Fewer people are seeking solace in the sanctuaries and prayer chapels of area churches today than did in the days and weeks immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
Tired of tragedy (09/08/02)
RALEIGH, N.C. are she say it? Donna Nobles is fed up with being made to relive Sept. 11. The elementary school teacher's aide shared the fear Americans felt that day. She understands the need of families to memorialize loved ones who died. But she thinks the continuing hand-wringing is radiating an air of weakness to our enemies. And she says it's time to stop...
Barge traffic was halted over eggs (09/08/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri River was so low over the summer that barge traffic came to a halt on July 20, and did not resume until after Aug. 14, the Jefferson City News Tribune reported Saturday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to release more water upstream, but were stymied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which worried that the water would flood the eggs of two species of birds along the riverbank, Corps spokesman Paul Johnston said...
Two women killed in crash (09/08/02)
MACON, Mo. -- Two women died when their vehicle pulled into the path of a semi tractor-trailer in Macon in northeast Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Rhonda K. Southerland, 33, of Kirksville, Mo., and Cynthia L. Overstreet, 38, of Macon were killed on U.S. 63 just after noon on Friday...
Eight groups ask feds to stop new cement plant (09/08/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Opponents of the proposed Holcim cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County have asked two federal agencies to halt the $600 million project, saying it would destroy wetlands and pollute air and water. Eight national and regional environmental groups registered their opposition Friday in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...
KC police efforts to recruit minorities off to slow start (09/08/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police recruiters here said they're trying to recruit more minority candidates, but their efforts are meeting with indifference -- or outright suspicion. "I heard some people may not show up because they'll think our event is a sting," Capt. Darrel Chism said Friday, when no prospective officers showed up for a recruiting event. "That's the level of distrust out there."...
Man dies in truck accident (09/08/02)
HATTON, Mo. -- A Palmyra, Mo., man was killed early Saturday in a one-vehicle accident in Callaway County, east of Columbia, Mo., the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Tate Shade, 19, was driving a Ford pickup truck about 12:20 a.m. Saturday on Route E, when the truck went off the road and hit a mailbox, the patrol said. The vehicle then crossed back to the other side of the road, struck a fence and overturned...
New fast-food restaurant caters to health conscious (09/08/02)
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- You won't have any grease seeping through your paper bag when you pull away from this drive-thru. The fries aren't fried, the chicken is farm-raised and the burgers are made of lean buffalo meat. For the more adventurous diners, there's tofu sandwiches, veggie pockets with soy cheese and one-ounce cups of wheat grass juice...
Springfield's zoo hopes new elephant will sire calf (09/08/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sabu the Asian elephant has come to the Ozarks, on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo. He may have brought a little something with him. Officials at Dickerson Park Zoo -- and other zoos around the country -- say Sabu, a 14-year-old bull caught wild in Malaysia, could provide diversity to the gene pool by fathering calves in U.S. zoos...
Experts say drought should not affect New England foliage (09/08/02)
The Associated Press DOVER, N.H. -- Experts say drought conditions in New England should not dull the fall foliage season. Bob Edmonds, head of the forestry and wildlife programs at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, said a more important factor will be daily weather conditions. A sunny day is the key, he said...
Few living near NYC sought help for stress after Sept. 11 attac (09/08/02)
ATLANTA -- Most people living near New York City suffered extreme stress after Sept. 11, but few sought help, according to a government report examining the psychological effects of the attacks. The study of 3,512 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut found that 75 percent reported having emotional problems after Sept. 11, but only 12 percent asked for help, even from friends and family...
Microsoft forgives $15 million loan by ex-exec (09/08/02)
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. forgave a $15 million loan to outgoing company President Rick Belluzzo when he resigned last spring, according to the company's annual report. In exchange, Belluzzo forfeited options to buy 3.5 million shares of stock -- options that might someday have been worth far more than the amount forgiven, according to Saturday's editions of The Seattle Times...
Twin satellites begin mapping Earth's gravitational field (09/08/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Data gathered over two weeks by a pair of identical satellites have yielded one of the best maps of the Earth's lumpy, bumpy gravitational field, scientists said last week. The low-resolution look represents a tenfold improvement over previous maps, said scientists on the joint U.S.-German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, called Grace for short...
Seniors learn healthy habits at park (09/08/02)
HONOLULU -- Twice a week, about 100 people gather under a giant banyan tree at the foot of Diamond Head to closely follow the body motions and breathing of a martial arts master who believes "health is wealth" but it should be free. It's clear they leave the one-hour classes refreshed and renewed. ...
Marathon swimmer nears gulf (09/08/02)
From wire reports NEW ORLEANS -- Marathon swimmer Martin Strel has dodged whirlpools, tankers and a lightning bolt. On Saturday, he was 45 miles from completing his journey down the length of the Mississippi River. Strel, 47, started his trip July 4, at the source of the river at Lake Itasca, Minn. On Aug. 13, he stopped at Cape Girardeau. On Saturday, he was about 2,300 miles downriver, 45 miles from the Gulf of Mexico...
Funeral for jazz great Lionel Hampton held (09/08/02)
NEW YORK -- The remains of jazz great Lionel Hampton were carried in a white horse-drawn hearse through the streets of Harlem on Saturday, with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis blowing a dirge to lead the funeral procession. The 94-year-old showman and bandleader died Aug. 31 of heart failure. Hampton suffered two strokes in 1995 and had been in failing health in recent years...
LA prosecutors check film agency (09/08/02)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors are investigating whether officials with the agency that issues local film permits misused public funds for expenses such as trips to the Caribbean and tickets for professional sporting events. No charges have been filed, but prosecutors have searched the offices of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. and the home of its president, seizing financial records...
Delayed Guard unit comes home (09/08/02)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Military police from the North Carolina National Guard returned Saturday, seven months after they began guarding al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. About 250 loved ones gathered at the Army post awaiting the return of members of the 211th Military Police Company...
Odds and ends (09/08/02)
GOBLES, Mich. -- Photographer Townsend Artman finds great beauty in wildlife, and animals are often his subjects. But unlike most wildlife photographers, the creatures he captures with his camera are usually seen lying dead on the side of a road. Although he considers himself an artist and not an environmentalist, Artman said he feels for the subjects of his unusual photographs...
Hundreds come for radiation pills (09/08/02)
CLINTON, Ill. -- A year ago, Charles and Deborah Bateson may have disregarded a chance to stock up on pills that help block radiation in case of an accident at the nuclear plant near their home. They were among the first to get the pills Saturday. Hundreds of residents within 10 miles of the Clinton nuclear power plant took advantage of a weekend giveaway of potassium iodide pills. ...
Scientists look for way to defend against asteroids (09/08/02)
WASHINGTON -- It wouldn't take a big rock falling from space to cause widespread damage and death on the Earth. The chances of that happening are remote -- perhaps once in thousands of years -- but the destruction would be so extreme that experts say humanity needs to find ways to defend itself...
Case of two small boys at WTC remains mystery a year later (09/08/02)
NEW YORK -- Among the most mysterious stories of people listed as missing in the World Trade Center attack are a baby and his 4-year-old brother, who would be the only children killed in the towers if their deaths could be confirmed. Eleven-month-old Edward Vanvelzer, his brother, Barrett, and their father, Paul Herman Vanvelzer, were reported missing by the grandmother, who lives in California, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner...
Eleven states prepare for busy primary election day on Tuesday (09/08/02)
A fierce gubernatorial battle between former attorney general Janet Reno and Democratic newcomer Bill McBride in Florida and a nasty feud between Republicans Sen. Robert Smith and Rep. John E. Sununu in New Hampshire top the list of races that will be decided Tuesday on the busiest primary election day of 2002...
Poll- Most Americans say Sept. 11 changed views of others (09/08/02)
The Washington Post "Everything's changed" became the American mantra immediately after Sept. 11. "Nothing's changed," came the echo back a few months later. But although the imprint of Sept. 11 on the public is largely fading, a year later it remains clearly visible in many of the ways Americans think about their country, their leaders and themselves, according to a Washington Post survey...
New warship honors New York's Sept. 11 victims (09/08/02)
NEW YORK -- A new $800 million warship to be used in the fight against terrorism was named the USS New York on Saturday in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. "On Sept. 11, 2001 our nation's enemies brought their fight to New York ... The USS New York will now bring the fight to our nation's enemies well into the future," Gov. George Pataki said at a naming ceremony aboard the flight deck of the USS Intrepid, a floating museum on the Hudson River...
Adult's murder acquittal dumbfounds jury in Florida (09/08/02)
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Jurors who tried two baby-faced boys on charges of killing their father with a baseball bat were aghast to learn that another panel had acquitted an adult accused in the case. But their conclusion that the boys only helped and didn't swing the bat stunned the prosecutor who presented both cases...
World briefs (09/08/02)
Terror fugitive hid from police on nudist beach ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's most wanted terrorist suspect spent more than a month hiding on a nudist beach near Athens before surrendering to police, officials said Saturday. Dimitris Koufodinas, alleged chief assassin of the November 17 terrorist group who has been charged with 17 murders, gave himself up Thursday after taking a taxi to police headquarters in central Athens...
Senate candidates elsewhere have already started debates (09/08/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- While Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates haggle about whether to share a stage before October, voters in other states with hot Senate races have already seen candidates side by side. Incumbent Democrats in Minnesota and South Dakota have debated their November opponents twice, with more forums expected. In Arkansas, the incumbent Republican senator, running behind in polls, squared off in late August on statewide TV with his Democratic challenger...
Missouri race is key to control of Senate (09/08/02)
WASHINGTON -- Last year, Congress passed President Bush's 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut. This year, Bush tried but failed to make his tax cuts permanent. The difference is control of the U.S. Senate. Missouri voters will help decide which party governs the Senate when they vote Nov. 5 for Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan or Republican Jim Talent...
Environmentalists see risks in nanotechnology (09/08/02)
NEW YORK -- It's supposed to make computers small enough to implant into a wrist and supply materials that strengthen and lighten bridges and airplanes. It might even cure cancer. But some environmentalists fear that nanotechnology, the fast-advancing science of manipulating materials at the molecular scale, may create contaminants whose tiny size makes them ultra-hazardous...
Bush, Blair push for action on Iraq (09/08/02)
U.S.-BRITISH SUMMIT By Jennifer Loven ~ The Associated Press CAMP DAVID, Md. -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday the world must act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader has defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons of mass destruction...
People talk (09/08/02)
Writer Michael Crichton and wife splitting up LOS ANGELES -- Citing irreconcilable differences, the wife of "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton is seeking a divorce to end their 13-year marriage. Anne Marie Martin Crichton and her husband have lived apart since August 2001, when they moved from Bedford, N.Y., to Santa Monica, according to documents filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court...
Afghan president vows to continue terror fight (09/08/02)
BAZARAK, Afghanistan -- After praying at the grave of a legendary anti-Taliban commander slain by a suicide bomber last year, President Hamid Karzai vowed Saturday to fight terrorism despite an attempt on his own life two days ago. Karzai flew by helicopter through northern Afghanistan's rocky Panjshir Valley to pay his respects at the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massood, mortally wounded in a Sept. 9 suicide bombing blamed on Osama bin Laden...
Israel clears soldiers in killing of 12 Palestinians (09/08/02)
JERUSALEM -- In a rare note of optimism, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said preparations for a new Palestinian security apparatus -- a key demand of the United States and Israel -- should begin this month. Even so, Sharon said the Palestinians have failed to keep their part of a tentative truce agreement. ...
War unlikely to raise oil prices over long term (09/08/02)
LONDON -- A U.S.-led war against Iraq would likely drive oil prices higher, as markets adjusted to a halt in Iraqi crude shipments, analysts say. However, alternative sources of oil abound, and any spike in prices would probably be brief, they add. Hostilities wouldn't be a surprise, unlike Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the Persian Gulf War that ensued in 1991. ...
Readying for attack Iraqi hospital prepares shelter as country (09/08/02)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Dr. Luay Qasha is preparing for a U.S. attack on Iraq by turning the basement of his Baghdad children's cancer hospital into a bomb shelter -- stocking enough food, medicine and water for 500 people. But in Italy, the potential for an attack was downplayed by the head of the Arab League, who said Saturday there is a "strong possibility" Iraq will allow U.N. weapons inspectors to return unconditionally in an effort to avoid U.S. action...
Couple arrested in Germany apparently not linked to al-Qaida (09/08/02)
WALLDORF, Germany -- A Turkish man and his American fiancee arrested for plotting to bomb U.S. military bases in Germany on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks appear to have no link to the al-Qaida terror organization, authorities said Saturday...
Robinson-Human rights slipping after Sept. 11 attacks (09/08/02)
GENEVA -- Departing U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson, in a bleak assessment of the state of human rights, accused governments of hiding behind the ongoing war on terrorism to trample civil liberties and crush troublesome opponents. "Suddenly the T-word is used all the time," Robinson said, referring to terrorism. "And that's the problem."...
Service to his country (09/08/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Azimullah Khaksar's goal in life was to serve his country. With his death, he got what he wanted. He had saved the president's life. The 19-year-old died Thursday trying to disarm a gunman during an assassination attempt on Hamid Karzai. The president was uninjured, although a bodyguard and the attacker also were killed...
Radical Muslim clerics will meet to celebrate anniversary (09/08/02)
LONDON -- Extremist Muslim clerics will meet in London on Sept. 11 to celebrate the anniversary of the attacks on the United States and to launch an organization for Islamic militants, an organizer of the conference said Saturday. Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed of Al-Muhajiroun, a radical group that supports making Britain an Islamic state, said the conference will argue that the terror attacks were justified because Muslims must defend themselves against armed aggression...
U.S. welcomes Japan-North Korean summit (09/08/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States joined Japan and South Korea on Saturday in backing new efforts to improve ties with North Korea, saying the communist regime in Pyongyang was showing signs of change. The joint overture comes at a critical time for diplomacy on the divided Korean peninsula. North Korea revived stalled moves toward reconciliation with Korea last month, and agreed to a landmark summit with Japan later in September...
Injury will keep Jackson's McIntosh out for 3-6 weeks (09/08/02)
There wasn't a lot for Jackson coach Carl Gross to be happy about after a 21-14 season-opening loss at home Friday night to Sikeston, but on Saturday he was happy that his ground game didn't totally run aground. Gross originally feared senior running back Stuart McIntosh was lost for the season with a broken clavicle, but he learned Saturday that McIntosh instead suffered a Grade 1 separation of the AC joint in his shoulder...
Friday's prep football scores (09/08/02)
Regional scores Cape Girardeau Central 33, St. Charles West 25 Sikeston 21, Jackson 14 Poplar Bluff 24, Dexter 21 Malden 28, Scott City 0 Grandview 34, Chaffee 14 Hayti 52, East Prairie 0 Kennett 21, Charleston 0 Jonesboro, Ark., 37, New Madrid Co. Central 0...
Notre Dame turns back Dexter to win volleyball title (09/08/02)
Cape Girardeau Notre Dame defeated Dexter 15-5, 7-15, 15-11 on Saturday to place third in its own Volleyballfest. Earlier in the day, St. Louis Notre Dame handed Cape Notre Dame its first loss of the season, a 9-15, 12-15 setback in the semifinals. Duchesne, the Pool B champion, defeated St. Louis Notre Dame in the championship game in straight sets to win the eight-team tournament...
Southeast volleyball team sweeps South Alabama (09/08/02)
PEORIA, Ill. -- After struggling against host Bradley in their tournament opener, the Otahkians bounced back in a big way in a 30-25, 30-24, 30-17 win over South Alabama at the Bradley Tournament on Saturday. Southeast had a team hitting percentage of .413 in their three games to none win, which was the best single game hitting percentage in the tournament...
Two games, two victories- Indians score late, top SIU (09/08/02)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southeast Missouri State University's offense, shut down virtually the entire second half, picked just the right time to come alive Saturday night. An 80-yard drive was capped by Jack Tomco's 38-yard touchdown pass to Willie Ponder with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter, lifting the Indians to a thrilling 21-14 victory over Southern Illinois...
Fredericktown team tows away world title (09/08/02)
Traveling from town to town, tournament to tournament, is a big part of the summer for the members of the D and D Towing slow-pitch softball team from Fredericktown, Mo. The team plays in six or seven tournaments a summer, including three separate events in Rolla, Mo., this year. This weekend found the men from Fredericktown at the Shawnee Sports Complex in Cape Girardeau, playing for the World Amateur Sports Association (WASA) softball world series...
Smith leads MU's walk past Ball St. (09/08/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Quarterback Brad Smith ran for 105 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown scramble, and threw for another score to lead Missouri past Ball State 41-6 Saturday night. Zack Abron had two of his three short touchdown runs in Missouri's 27-point third quarter. The Tigers, who led just 7-6 at halftime, are 2-0 for just the fourth time since 1983...
Rams eager to erase image of surprise Super Bowl loss (09/08/02)
DENVER -- Kurt Warner couldn't shake it all offseason. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines and even fans -- no one would let Warner forget that New England won the Super Bowl and not St. Louis. "You go to different award shows in the offseason and kind of put it behind you at that point, but then it pops up where they show the kick or talk about the last season," Warner said. "But it's behind us now and we've got to move forward."...
It could be the right time to be a Missouri Tigers fan (09/08/02)
One game does not a season make, but if you're a long-suffering University of Missouri football fan, you've got to be encouraged -- and no doubt pleasantly surprised -- by the Tigers' season opener last Saturday. Not that Illinois is supposed to be one of the nation's top teams this year -- although the Illini were still expected to be strong despite losing star quarterback Kurt Kittner from last season's stellar squad -- but I don't think anybody expected the Tigers to dominate the contest.. ...
FanFare 9/8/02 (09/08/02)
Baseball
  • Yankees pitcher David Wells lost two teeth and was punched in the head when he was attacked by a man waving a butter knife at a diner early Saturday, police said. Wells refused medical attention after the altercation at 5:50 a.m. at the restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East side...
  • Letters (09/08/02)
    Oops, we left our dictionary at home To the editor: Indians safety ... in return to SIU: Story suggests he has never played there. He cannot, then, be returning. Standard English requires Indians'. Johnston ... figures to play ... : If not scheduled to start, J hopes to play...
    FanSpeak 9/8/02 (09/08/02)
    Why the delay? WHY SO long to put scores of local high school football games on the Internet? We live 400 miles away and want to get scores of our grandson's football games. In Iowa we go to the paper site and it is on instantly. I expected your paper to be the same...
    Study finds adult blood stem cells of limited use (09/08/02)
    WASHINGTON -- Adult blood stem cells were unable to transform into other types of tissue cells in a Stanford University study, raising new doubts about the eventual value of the cells in the treatment of disease. The finding supports the view that embryonic stem cells, not adult stem cells, offer the most promise for treating conditions such as heart disease, spinal injury, diabetes and Parkinson's disease, some researchers say...
    Introducing the youngest generation to Sept. 11 (09/08/02)
    NEW YORK Children need to talk about Sept. 11 and express their feelings about the tragic events of the day just as adults do, says a child development specialist. The conversation might happen now, on the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks; it might happen in a few weeks or months; and for some children, especially those who were either too close physically or emotionally, or too young to remember the actual events, the conversation might be years down the road...
    Bee-balm is welcome in wild and the garden (09/08/02)
    The plant that many people call bee-balm is more frequently admired in the wild than in the garden. Its flowers, perched high atop four-foot stems, brighten the dappled shade of woodland borders with their pale lavender heads. In good soil, bee-balm spreads rapidly, and fear of the plant taking over the garden is one reason some gardeners avoid planting it. Some gardeners also avoid planting bee-balm because it is so susceptible to powdery mildew...
    Travel briefs (09/08/02)
    Asian Art Museum acquires 999 new works SAN FRANCISCO -- The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is the proud owner of 999 new works of art for its growing collection. The new works include more than 800 objects from the LLoyd Cotsen Bamboo Basket Collection. Costen also provided the museum with a research endowment...
    Behind the scenes of single-use cameras (09/08/02)
    There's no doubt about it: Single-use cameras by leading film manufacturers are better than ever. Thanks mainly to advancements in 800-speed film technology, single-use cameras from brand names such as Agfa, Fuji, Kodak, Konica and other major players in the photo industry take much better pictures than the single-use cameras of even a few years ago. Lenses are sharper and flashes are more reliable in newer, brand-name, single-use cameras than in older models...
    Find fun in the sun on the sand along Texas-size Gulf Coast (09/08/02)
    Need a break at the beach? Think about spending just about any time of year on the miles and miles of sandy shores along the huge Texas Gulf Coast. Just point your Web browser south and see what the Lone Star State has to offer for fishermen, beachcombers and just plain tourists...
    Perfect to a tee (09/08/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. Great design and an ideal location describe this home off the eighth hole of Bent Creek Golf Course. Even someone who's not a golf fanatic can enjoy the fine features of this house. The entryway itself is grand, with twin, modern chandeliers hanging from a peaked ceiling that reaches 20 feet and has as its backdrop magnificent windows that show off the heights...
    Scouting secrets in Scotland (09/08/02)
    STROMNESS, Scotland -- My traveling buddy, Priscilla, and I had gone to Scotland intent on summiting the highest peak in the United Kingdom: Ben Nevis. At a mere 4,406 feet, some hikers and climbers might sneer at the cautions that natives impart. But the meaning of its name -- widely believed to be "shrouded in fog" -- and the quickly changing weather than can swoop in with little notice should be heeded seriously...
    Butterfly bush is childhood delight (09/08/02)
    Butterfly bush offers a wonderful, late summer fragrance. It's a fragrance that might transport you back to your childhood. Butterfly bush is not just for smelling though. The plant is also well worth looking at, with its lanky branches terminating in spikes of small blue flowers. And each flower has an orange eye. Sometimes it is called summer lilac because of the way the flowers resemble those of lilac. Tiger swallowtails frequently dance around the bush from flower to flower...
    Garden dig renews ground, soul (09/08/02)
    Editor's note: This column originally appeared on Sept. 10, 1995. Now I divide and transplant the iris, working slowly in the September sunshine to hug the dreamy day to my heart. Long strands of floating spider webs catch in my hair and across my face -- Lilliputians trying to tie me down...
    Americans look to 'lame games' and TV as way to relax (09/08/02)
    Extreme sports fanatics may flip over this, but so-called "lame games" like Wiffle ball, kickball, dodgeball and even jump rope are getting a renewed workout from adults looking for simple, recreational fun. Growing up, I thought such games were the exclusive domain of elementary school. We played kickball and dodgeball...
    'Celebrity Survivor' (09/08/02)
    LONDON -- A boxer, a socialite, a lesbian comedian and psychic Uri Geller sit in a jungle clearing. It sounds like a joke. But it's a moment from Britain's latest reality TV hit. "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" strands eight publicity-hungry personalities in the Australian jungle, where they must survive on rice and water, contend with spiders and snakes -- and wait to be voted off, one by one, by the viewing public...
    Typical dad not found in 'Everwood' (09/08/02)
    PASADENA, Calif. -- Treat Williams refers to himself as "a pilot who acts to make a living." But he doesn't have much time these days to perform aerobatics in his World War II-era T-6. The 50-year-old actor is logging many commuter miles as the star of "Everwood," the WB's new series about a New York neurosurgeon who moves with his two kids to a more modest life in fictional Everwood, Colo., after his wife's death...
    Charles Schlichting (09/08/02)
    FROHNA, Mo. -- Charles H. Schlichting, 55, of Frohna died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at his home. He was born April 1, 1947, at Cape Girardeau, son of John and Ruth Barber Schlichting. Schlichting was an equipment operator for Martin Marietta. He was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church, National Guard and American Legion Post 133 in Perryville, Mo...
    C.W. Stevens (09/08/02)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- C.W. "Slick" Stevens, 80, of Cairo died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. He was born June 29, 1922, in Miller City, Ill. He attended Cairo Baptist Church and was owner of Cache Repair Company. He served in the U.S. ...
    Jack Baynham (09/08/02)
    Jack Howe Baynham, 76, of Gladstone, Mo., died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born June 4, 1926, in Cape Girardeau. He and Bettye Dale Harden were married May 9, 1953, in Rolla, Mo. He worked for the United States Geological Survey and in 1957 was a co-founder/ owner of M.J. ...
    Anna Bigham (09/08/02)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Anna Faye Bigham, 65, of Olive Branch died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at her home. She was born July 21, 1937, at Thebes, Ill., daughter of Willis "Chick" and Leona Bedwell Wilson. She married Billy Dean Jackson, who preceded her in death. She later married William "Bill" R. Bigham on July 15, 1963...
    June Conrey (09/08/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- June Eddleman Conrey, 88, of Libertyville, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Condell Memorial Hospital in Libertyville. She was born June 19, 1914, in Union County, daughter of Charlie and Maude Dillow Eddleman. She married Fred Hannaford, who preceded her in death. She later married George Conrey...
    Mildred Bodenschatz (09/08/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. --Mildred F. Bodenschatz, 85, of Jackson died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at the Jackson Manor retirement home. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Ira Franklin (09/08/02)
    ST. MARYS, Mo. -- Ira J. Franklin, 88, of St. Marys, Mo., died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at his home. Friends may call at Basler Funeral Home in St. Marys today from 3 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. Marys, with burial following in the church cemetery...
    Charles Scordato (09/08/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Charles Joseph Scordato, age 80, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at his home. Friends may call Monday, Sept. 9, at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home, followed by interment in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Pastor Terry Culberson will officiate...
    Charles Tlapek (09/08/02)
    STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Charles J. "Bud" Tlapek, 90, of Ste. Genevieve died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 23, 1911, in St. Marys, Mo., son of John J. and Annie Jokerst Tlapek. He and Elois M. Armbruster were married Nov. 28, 1935, in St. Mary...
    James Shaw (09/08/02)
    BERTRAND, Mo. -- James Aubrey Shaw, 94, of Bertrand, Mo., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at the Bertrand Nursing Center. He was born Sept. 18, 1907, in Columbus, Miss., son of James Benjamin and Jimmie Shelton Shaw. On Sept. 16, 1928, he married Wilma Lee Andrews, who died Dec. 5, 1961. On Aug. 20, 1963, he married Halleen Choate Cook, who died Jan. 26, 1993...
    Elsie Selph (09/08/02)
    Elsie H. Selph, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at the Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 21, 1910, in Sheffield, England, daughter of Henry and Mary Jane Ball Hardy. She married Johnny Maxiff Selph, who died in 1996...
    Welter-Scott (09/08/02)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Jaclyn Dawn Welter and Paul Jackson Scott Jr. exchanged vows June 22, 2002, at St. Denis Catholic Church. The Rev. Normand Varone performed the ceremony. Mass servers were Nicholas and Aaron Welter of Benton. Lector was Cindy Jansen, cousin of the bride. Organist was Joe Wayne Spalding of Scott City, Mo. Vocalists were Jimmy Simmons and Joanie Kerby of Benton...
    Johnson-Johnson (09/08/02)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Emily Ann Johnson and Patrick Wayne Johnson were united in marriage Aug. 10, 2002, at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Fred Ritter performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of John and Beverly Johnson of Marble Hill. The groom is the son of Wayne and Linda Johnson of Sedgewickville, Mo...
    Trum-Horton (09/08/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Frances Suzanne Trum and William Curtis Horton were married April 27, 2002, at Perdido Beach Resort in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Rev. Alan Weatherly performed the ceremony. Saxophonist was Art Edmaiston. Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Trum Jr. of Sikeston are parents of the bride. The groom is the son of Thomas C. Horton and Yvonne Wiggett of Madison, Ala...
    Brink-Fischer (09/08/02)
    Tiffany Michelle Brink and Timothy Fischer were married May 18, 2002, at Marco Island, Fla. The bride is the daughter of David and Pamela Brink of Marco Island. The groom is the son of J. Ronald and Karen Fischer of The Colony, Texas, and formerly of Cape Girardeau...
    Sooudi-Statler (09/08/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Roxanna Susan Sooudi and Matthew Campbell Statler were married Sept. 1, 2001, at Bottega in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Walter Rosin performed the ceremony. Violinist was Dr. Theodore Haddin of Birmingham. Parents of the bride are Dr. Iradj and Parvin Sooudi of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Judge Peter and Judy Statler of Jackson...
    Hinton- McBride (09/08/02)
    Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hinton of Dexter, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Melinda Jean Hinton, to Robert Bryan McBride, both formerly of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray McBride of Park Hills, Mo. Hinton is a 1992 graduate of Dexter High School and a 1997 graduate of Linn State Technical College. She is employed at Complete Vision Care in Leadington, Mo...
    Gable-Lewis (09/08/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Barbara Gable of Fenton, Mo., and Thomas Gable of Kirkwood, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Elaine Gable, to Dennis D. Lewis IV. He is the son of Judy Harris of Chaffee, and the late Dennis D. Lewis III. Gable is a 1998 graduate of Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton. She expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology from Central Methodist College at Fayette, Mo., in December...
    Bollinger-Loesch (09/08/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Tom and Terry Bollinger of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Kiley Jo Bollinger, to Jaime Joe Loesch, both of Nashville, Tenn. He is the son of Kathy Hyatt of Evergreen, Colo., and Joe Loesch of Nashville. Bollinger is a 1996 graduate of Jackson High School. ...
    Johns celebrate 66th anniversary (09/08/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. James H. Johns of Jackson recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 11, 1936, in Charleston, Mo.
    Heurings observe 60 years (09/08/02)
    SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. William Heuring of Scott City celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family Sept. 1, 2002, in Paducah, Ky. Heuring and Annis Seabaugh were married Aug. 29, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fornfelt, Mo...
    Police report 09/08/02 (09/08/02)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, Sept. 8 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests James Niswonger was arrested Saturday at 244 N. Henderson on a warrant for probation violation. Damian Bean of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., was arrested Saturday on a Perry County warrant for failure to appear in court...
    Fire report 09/08/02 (09/08/02)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, Sept. 8 Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: At 2:49 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3020 Boutin. At 3:35 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2849 Vista Lane. At 6:52 p.m., a citizen assist at 1705 David...
    Out of the past 9/8/02 (09/08/02)
    10 years ago: Sept. 8, 1992 Jackson - Democrats in 32nd judicial circuit nominate Pete Statler, Jackson lawyer, to run for unexpired term for circuit judge in Nov. 3 general election; Statler will be running for remaining four years of Division I term of Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., who resigned last month to take seat on Missouri Supreme Court...
    Sept. 11 plus 12 months (09/08/02)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- Much has happened in America and elsewhere since Sept. 11 plus 12 months, and some of it, thank heavens, has been for the better, which, of course, signals that matters were worse in the preceding era. Perhaps the best observation made from last September to this September is that the United States will never be the same, although the details of this transformation are a wee bit difficult to nail down, if only because the changes are still occurring with little sign of their ending soon.. ...
    Colin Powell's finest hour (09/08/02)
    The Wall Street Journal "In one country in this region, Zimbabwe, the lack of respect for human rights and rule of law has [helped] push millions of people toward the brink of starvation." Boooooo! "In the face of famine, several governments in Southern Africa have prevented critical U.S. food assistance from being distributed to the hungry by rejecting biotech corn." Hisssssss!...
    After 75 years of TV, our lives have changed (09/08/02)
    So many changes have occurred over the years, and our lives have been irreversibly affected: medical advances, scientific discoveries, expeditions of exploration. Few changes, however, have had so much effect on our lives as television. Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the first TV broadcast -- from one room to another. Later, when the first live broadcast featuring President Hoover ended, The New York Times announced to the world that TV didn't seem to have much of a practical future...
    University looks for ways to cut funding gap (09/08/02)
    For weeks, Southeast Missouri State University has been struggling to find a way to close the gap between a $77 million budget and only $72 million in available funding. Like all state-funded colleges and universities in Missouri, Southeast saw a large chunk of its anticipated state appropriation evaporate in the last days of the legislative session with further withholdings by Gov. Bob Holden...
    Culture today isn't appropriate for public display (09/08/02)
    To the editor: Regarding the debate over funding for a cultural center: Why are we so quick to turn religious buildings into museums and cultural centers? If you were to visit a European country today, you would encounter a dramatic decline in faith. A century ago, 98 percent of the people attended church regularly. Today it's under 10 percent. Almost half the church buildings have been destroyed or converted into restaurants, art galleries or cultural centers...
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