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Sikeston family members arrested in drug raid (09/13/02)
An early morning raid Wednesday resulted in the arrest of several members of Sikeston's Sumlin family on suspicion of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. Three family members, Elliott M. Sumlin, 31, Eldridge A. Sumlin, 31, and Ella Sumlin, 68, were arrested on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance near a public school. Their bonds were set at $500,000...
Public Works department installs new bulbs in traffic lights (09/13/02)
The Cape Girardeau public works department is working to save money and energy by installing new light bulbs on several traffic lights in the city. The department will continue to change traffic bulbs for about a month, public works assistant director Tim Gramling said...
A costly bill of fair? (09/13/02)
How much does it cost to take a family to the SEMO District Fair? Parents say plenty, but they add that the delight of their children makes the cost worth it. By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian A five-minute pony ride will cost you $4. A hamburger -- no cheese -- will cost you $2.50. "Poppin' Johnny's Home Made Ice Cream" will dish up three scoops for $3...
Former executives indicted for looting millions from company (09/13/02)
NEW YORK -- Former Tyco International chief executive Dennis Kozlowski and former chief financial officer Mark Swartz were indicted Thursday for allegedly using $170 million in company money to throw lavish parties and buy expensive homes, jewelry and art for themselves, and for making $430 million more by selling stock at artificially inflated prices...
Region digest 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
Second Missourian dies of West Nile virus ST. LOUIS -- A 61-year-old man from St. Louis who tested positive for the West Nile virus has died, state health officials said Thursday, making him the second Missouri resident believed to succumb to the disease...
Shumate no longer faces criminal charges in case (09/13/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A Dutchtown, Mo., man formerly accused of having sex with an underage female relative and bribing her not to testify no longer faces criminal charges because prosecutors don't think a jury will believe the witness. Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle confirmed Thursday he dropped a witness tampering charge against Ronald E. Shumate, 41, who was acquitted by a jury earlier this summer of three counts of statutory rape and incest...
Swift resigns as workforce board CEO, president (09/13/02)
The Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri is without a president and CEO due to the exit of Ron Swift. Swift said Thursday he resigned the head seat to "seek other opportunities." WIB attorney Diane Howard said Swift's resignation took effect at the end of August. He was placed on two weeks' paid leave in July after a former employee claimed discrimination...
Opening second entrance should ease traffic woes at school (09/13/02)
Traffic moved steadily along the long asphalt drive at the new Cape Girardeau Central High School, as well as a second exit, as students headed home Thursday at the end of another school day. While traffic congestion remains a problem in the mornings with only a single entrance to the school grounds in use, it's been addressed in the afternoons through the use of two exits...
Montgomery Gentry - hard work, hard liquor, wailing guitars (09/13/02)
A lot of country music lovers complain about the hybrid sounds that have been coming out of Nashville for the past decade -- music that sounds like the kind of pop rock bands like Foreigner and their ilk used to make. Then along came Montgomery Gentry, a duo who crossed real country music sentiments with the deep-fried rock 'n' roll of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd...
Cell phone salesman grapples for attention of pro wrestling (09/13/02)
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Young authors from Kennett see NYC sites inspiring book (09/13/02)
'EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT' Katie Duncan Daily Dunklin Democrat NEW YORK -- As the nation and New York City listened to the 2,801 names of the World Trade Center victims, a group of second-grade students from Kennett, Mo., their teacher and their principal took part in a ceremony celebrating the hope of tomorrow...
Competitive GOP primary leaves Lipke at financial disadvantage (09/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A highly competitive Republican primary left Scott Lipke at a financial disadvantage heading into his general election campaign against Democrat Chuck Miller for a seat in the House of Representatives. As of Aug. 31, Lipke, of Jackson, had $2,018.24 in campaign cash on hand. Miller, of Oriole, had better than eight times that amount with $17,343.41...
Illinois officials report 33 new West Nile virus cases (09/13/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois health officials announced 33 new cases of the West Nile virus on Thursday and one more fatality, bringing the death toll from the disease in the state to 14. The total number of human cases in Illinois was 346 with Thursday's announcement, officials said...
Security door at Capitol removed (09/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A $16,000 security door installed in the Missouri Capitol in response to the Sept. 11 attacks is being removed after numerous complaints by state lawmakers and employees. The state Office of Administration said Thursday that the South African-made door simply hadn't worked as expected. It was to be removed Friday...
Audit critical of policies in education department (09/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Department of Higher Education failed to verify the eligibility of students receiving grants and scholarships, according to a state audit released Thursday. The audit also found that students sometimes get scholarship checks before the department knows whether it has the money to pay for them...
Holden 'summit' warns of hard-nosed budgeting (09/13/02)
TIGHTENING LOOPHOLES By David A. Lieb ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden called for an end to some corporate tax breaks Thursday and warned state agencies to brace for another round of cuts in next year's budget...
Jobless claims highest since April (09/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- The trade deficit jumped to a record $130 billion while the number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose to the highest level since April, the government said Thursday, providing fresh evidence of the headwinds battering the economy...
Child welfare agency finds 83 of about 500 missing children (09/13/02)
MIAMI -- About 80 of an estimated 500 children missing from the care of Florida's child welfare agency have been located over the past several days, department officials said Thursday. Jerry Regier, the new secretary of the embattled Department of Children & Families, would not give specifics on how the agency located the 83 children...
Three former British bankers indicted for fraud (09/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Three former British bankers were indicted Thursday on wire fraud charges connected to an alleged $7.3 million scheme involving Enron Corp. A criminal complaint against three former employees of National Westminster Bank -- Gary Mulgrew, Giles Darby and David John Bermingham -- was filed by the Justice Department's Enron task force in June...
People talk 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
'Sopranos' star says yes to marriage offer NEW YORK -- Jamie-Lynn Sigler's boyfriend made her an offer she couldn't refuse: He asked "The Sopranos" star to marry him. A.J. Discala, 31, proposed to Sigler, 21, during a Mexican cruise over Labor Day weekend, People magazine reported in its Sept. 23 issue...
McBride claims win; Reno casts doubt on vote tallies (09/13/02)
MIAMI -- Political newcomer Bill McBride claimed victory in the Democratic race for governor Thursday after unofficial returns showed him finishing 8,196 votes ahead of Janet Reno in Florida's bungled primary. Reno refused to concede and would not rule out a court challenge to determine who will take on Republican Gov. Jeb Bush this fall...
Group burial honors victims of attack on Pentagon (09/13/02)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- In a single casket, remains that symbolically represent all 184 victims of the attack on the Pentagon were buried with full military honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of the nation's unknown soldiers...
Pageant chooses its Miss North Carolina (09/13/02)
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- And the winner is ... Misty Clymer, who was chosen Thursday to represent North Carolina at the Miss America Pageant over a woman who had given up the state crown over topless photos taken by a boyfriend. The decision by the Miss America Organization came shortly after a federal judge refused to force it to recognize Rebekah Revels as Miss North Carolina...
Fourteen killed after van falls into Maine river (09/13/02)
ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY, Maine -- A van full of migrant workers veered off a one-lane bridge and plunged into a river in the northern Maine wilderness Thursday, killing 14 men in the deadliest traffic accident in state history, officials said. The lone survivor escaped through the back window as the van sank in 15 feet of water 90 miles from the nearest paved state road, said Stephen McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department. ...
Three rivals hope to topple Arafat in presidential vote (09/13/02)
JERUSALEM -- A dissident professor, a psychologist living in France and a small-town Catholic lawyer -- all political unknowns -- have shrugged aside the long-shot odds and announced plans to challenge Yasser Arafat in Palestinian elections next year...
Miss World organizers ask for stop to stoning (09/13/02)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Organizers of Miss World asked Nigeria's government Thursday for assurances a single mother's sentence of death by stoning for having sex outside of marriage will not be carried out. The pageant is to be held Nov. 30 in Nigeria's capital Abuja, and organizers have come under fire from beauty queens, who are threatening to boycott to protest the stoning sentence, and from Nigeria's Muslims, who are opposed to an event they see as immoral...
Several U.S. embassies remain closed in Asia (09/13/02)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Several U.S. embassies in Southeast Asia remained closed Thursday because of terror threats linked to the Sept. 11 anniversary. Meanwhile, U.S. officials were awaiting the results of tests to identify powder found in mail delivered Wednesday to the U.S. embassy in Italy. Powder sent to five U.S. consulates in Germany turned out to be sugar, tests found Thursday, and powder delivered to Copenhagen, Denmark, was also harmless...
Bush tells U.N. - Confront Iraq with us or move aside (09/13/02)
'GATHERING DANGER' By Ron Fournier ~ The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS -- Raising the specter of war, President Bush told skeptical world leaders Thursday to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq -- or stand aside as the United States acts. Hesitant allies asked him not to go it alone...
U.S. pilots hone skills over Iraq (09/13/02)
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Every other day, U.S. warplanes loaded with bombs and missiles cruise the skies over northern Iraq, routine patrols that are giving pilots experience that could prove invaluable if President Bush decides to go to war against Saddam Hussein...
Top Russian oil executive kidnapped (09/13/02)
MOSCOW -- A top executive in Russia's biggest oil company was seized by masked gunmen on his way to work Thursday morning, the company's press service said. Lukoil Chief Financial Officer Sergei Kukura, 48, was being driven to work by his driver and bodyguard when his car was stopped at a railroad crossing by the abductors who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, the press service said...
Pajamas are street wear for Chinese (09/13/02)
SHANGHAI, China -- Zhan Chunyong likes nothing better after work than to slip into her pajamas and head out to do grocery shopping. On a recent afternoon, the 42-year-old security guard strolled through a crowded street market in central Shanghai wearing neatly pressed white pajamas with blue pinstripes...
Taliban head allegedly on radio station (09/13/02)
CAIRO, Egypt -- An Arab satellite station carried a statement Thursday allegedly from the vanished Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in which he vows to drive U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Qatar-based al-Jazeera as well as a prominent Islamic Internet site -- both known for obtaining material linked to Islamic militants -- carried the statement, which was dated to coincide with the Sept. 11 terror attacks anniversary but first appeared Thursday...
Overcoming fatigue, errors key to first win, Jackson coach says (09/13/02)
Going into the season, Jackson coach Carl Gross said his Indians had to rely on physical play for success. His Indians proceeded to be outplayed on the line of scrimmage in their opener against Sikeston. "Early in the game, when we were fresh, we outplayed them totally," Gross said. ...
Today's area prep football games (09/13/02)
Jackson (0-1) at Rockwood Summit (0-1) Last week: Sikeston 21, Jackson 14; Parkway South 42, Rockwood Summit 0 Last year: Jackson 31, Summit 6 Notes: Jackson defeated Summit 31-6 in Class 5 sectionals last year, but both teams were hit hard by graduation. ...
Forty teams will kick off annual tournament today (09/13/02)
The 15th annual B.A. Sports High School Volleyball Tournament begins today at four different sites in Cape Girardeau. The 40-team tournament consists of eight five-team pools, who will contest round-robin play today and Saturday. The top two teams in each pool advance to the 16-team gold playoff bracket and the third- and fourth-place teams will compete in the silver playoff bracket. Bracket play begins Saturday afternoon and concludes with 6:30 p.m. championship games at the Show Me Center...
Tigers eager to reverse a pattern vs. NMCC (09/13/02)
After opening its season for the third straight year with a victory over St. Charles West, the Central Tigers have the opportunity to avert their annual swoon. Week 2 has represented the beginning of a five-week freefall for the Tigers, who have recovered to win district titles each time...
Small car, big season - Ruch puts wraps on series title chase (09/13/02)
The tracks are unfamiliar. The challenges are greater. And yet Rick Ruch's season keeps getting better. A second-year racer on the RAMS mini stock circuit, Ruch sits third in the series standings going into today's series finale at Fredericktown Raceway. But Ruch's 10-win season already is a step -- make that 10 steps -- above last year when he went winless...
Astros' four-run rally ends Cards' winning streak at 8 (09/13/02)
HOUSTON -- Jose Vizcaino hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Cardinals 6-3 Thursday night to stop St. Louis' eight-game winning streak. Houston, which closed within 5 1/2 games of the NL Central leader, trailed 3-2 in the eighth when Craig Biggio homered off Dave Veres (5-8) leading off...
Frustration leads to end for Heisman winner Crouch (09/13/02)
ST. LOUIS-- Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch walked away from an NFL career, worn down by injuries and the challenge of learning a new position. Crouch announced his retirement late Wednesday night after failing to make the transition from quarterback to wide receiver with the St. Louis Rams, who chose him in the third round of April's draft. His agent said he might return at some point and Rams coach Mike Martz said he'd be willing to listen if Crouch wanted to try again...
Omboga becoming strong second option for Tigers (09/13/02)
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Justin Gage isn't Missouri's only receiving option this year. Sophomore Thomson Omboga, seldom used in 2001, already has 10 catches for a team-high 158 receiving yards. He is second only to All-Big 12 teammate Gage in receptions (Gage has 12) and is fifth in the Big 12 in receiving yards and receptions as the Tigers (2-0) prepare for a rematch at Bowling Green (1-0) Saturday. ...
MDC schedules workshop for pond owners (09/13/02)
The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a pond management workshop Sept. 26 for pond owners. Speakers will discuss pond construction and design, leaking ponds, fish stocking, harvest, aquatic vegetation control and other common pond problems...
Look out for deer on the highways (09/13/02)
Fall ushers in brightly colored leaves, cooler temperatures and an increase in car collisions with deer. Chances for collision more than triple during late September, October, and November. The increase is largely due to the mating season known as the rut, but motorists can follow tips to reduce their chances for deer and vehicle encounters...
FanFare 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
Baseball
  • Dodgers left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii will not pitch again this year. Ishii, hit in the head with a line drive last weekend, is to be released today from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angelos. The Giants won their coin flip against the Dodgers for the home-field advantage if they need a playoff to break a tie in the NL wild-card race. ...
  • Area sports digest 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
    Southeast soccer team plays at Arkansas State Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team will tune up for Sunday's home match with Indiana by playing a 4 p.m. game today at Arkansas State. The Otahkians (3-1) are coming off a 3-0 victory at Southwest Missouri State on Sunday. Arkansas State (2-2) has lost two straight games but is undefeated at home...
    For now, the flag is still flying (09/13/02)
    There was no U.S. flag flying at our home on Sept. 11, 2001. We had a flag, one of those kit flags with an aluminum pole, a bracket and a gold plastic eagle. This flag had served us well for more than 20 years, making occasional appearances as appropriate holidays rolled around...
    Over my dead body 9/13 (09/13/02)
    These are the 10 songs Virginia and Dr. Fred Goodwin of Cape Girardeau wouldn't want to live without. 1. "Magnificat" -- John Rutter Joyous choral music featuring gorgeous melodies. 2. "Death and Transfiguration -- Ricard Strauss...
    Artifacts 9/13 (09/13/02)
    Folkie to play at Courthouse Park Indiana-based folk singer Robert Hoyt will perform tonight in the Tunes at Twilight series at Common Pleas Courthouse Park. Hoyt's music has been characterized as "folk/Americana with an edge." He has recorded three CDs, and his music has been included in various compilations with Hank Williams Jr., REM, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Dan Fogelberg...
    'The Sopranos' returns with customary brilliance (09/13/02)
    NEW YORK-- "The Sopranos" returns for its fourth season with customary brilliance. Also, vivid foresight. Filmed almost a year ago, back when corporate executives, not mobsters, were still thought to occupy the higher moral ground, the season opener (on HBO Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT) perfectly captures the new public mood: No one is above suspicion. And everyone, other than corrupt CEOs, is feeling a money crunch...
    Recording for the 'Rhettnecks' (09/13/02)
    In 1995, Rhett Akins arrived on the country music scene with the Top 10 hit "That Ain't My Truck," a song about the feeling of seeing someone else's truck in your girl's driveway. A few years and not enough hits later, he was a country music star without a record deal. The feeling was familiar...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Swimfan' (09/13/02)
    Three stars "Swimfan" is just "Fatal Attraction" for teens. The plot is not new. The scary parts are predictable. Still, I like this movie. It would have been easy for Erika Christensen to overplay the psychotic teen, but she makes her character, Madison Bell, believably twisted. ...
    Lillie Wallace (09/13/02)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lillie Wallace, 77, of Advance died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 19, 1924, at Gipsy, Mo., daughter of Jess and Minnie Jackson Hardesty. She and Grover Wallace were married in 1943. He died Oct. 2, 1987...
    Rev. Troy Boshears (09/13/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Rev. Troy Wayne Boshears, 46, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Oct. 9. 1955, in Blytheville, Ark., son of Fred and Irene Brewer Boshears. He and Georgina Thompson were married Sept. 12, 1981, at Morehouse, Mo...
    Hilda Davis (09/13/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hilda M. Davis, 101, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at PerryOaks Manor. She was born April 7, 1901, at Longtown, Mo., daughter of Andrew and Anna Muench Bohnert. She and William Davis were married June 28, 1920. He died June 15, 1982...
    Lester Davis (09/13/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Lester Davis, 76, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, Hileman and Parr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Harold Portlock (09/13/02)
    BROWNWOOD, Mo. -- Harold D. Portlock, 72, of Brownwood died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at his home. He was born Jan. 29, 1930, at Sikeston, son of Walter and Gladys Mietg Portlock. He married Glonda Ladd, who died April 1, 1996. Portlock was a retired farmer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War...
    Robert Krieger (09/13/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Cape Girardeau resident, Robert C. Krieger, 75, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at Carondelet Manor in Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Krieger was born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1927, in Cape Girardeau. Robert was the son of Louis C. Krieger and Helen Schmittzehe. He and Betty Steger were married April 24, 1949. She preceded him in death Dec. 13, 1990...
    Births 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
    Davenport Son to Mike and Roxanne Davenport of St. Charles, Mo., DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, 5:42 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2002. Name, Connor Jack. Weight, 8 pounds 1 ounce. First child. Mrs. Davenport is the former Roxanne DeReign, daughter of Linda Crader of Oran, Mo., and Tom DeReign of Sikeston, Mo. She is employed with Child Support Enforcement in St. Charles. Davenport is the son of Kathy Ritchie of Cedar Hill, Mo. He is a St. Charles County corrections officer...
    Cape fire report 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Sept. 13 Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: At 3:06 p.m., alarm at 510 N. Fountain. At 6:15 p.m., medical assist at 2109 William. At 6:23 p.m., medical assist at 2049 Steven. At 6:49 p.m., medical assist at 2121 Broadway...
    Cape police report 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Sept. 13 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs A subject was placed in Thursday Wednesday pending the filing of formal charges for driving while intoxicated and traffic violations...
    Out of the past 9/13/02 (09/13/02)
    10 years ago: Sept. 13, 1992 The Rev. Debela Birri from Ethiopia is Mission Sunday speaker at St. Mark Lutheran Church; he delivers sermons at both morning services, as well as gives special presentation for adults; he speaks about situation of church in Ethiopia and its mission, and gives information about drought in Africa and how to respond to needs of the hungry...
    Florida redux - Election process goes sour (09/13/02)
    The confusion and frustration over voting in Florida raised its ugly head again this week. After holding the presidential election hostage two years ago, voters in some Florida counties were stymied once again by malfunctioning equipment and inept election officials...
    If you know about the plaque, call the police (09/13/02)
    It's highly unlikely that anyone who goes to the trouble of stealing a bronze marker from a city park has a profit motive. After all, what is a piece of metal with a brief description of Jean Baptiste Girardot's 1733 trading post worth? More than likely, the plaque is the trophy of some misguided person who, for reasons unknown, combines stealing and vandalism into a few minutes of destructive fun...
    Major projects benefit someone; question is who (09/13/02)
    To the editor: The controversy surrounding the Prestwick Plantation project and the obtaining of tax increment financing by its developers is, in my mind, a matter of seeking to gain advantage for purposes not originally intended. The development of Prestwick and the Dalhousie Golf Club will better the lives of some but not the general public as a whole...
    Keep quotes in context, keep facts straight (09/13/02)
    To the editor: I think the Sept. 10 article about how teachers try to explain current events to high school students on was poorly put together. Referring to Steve Mosley, who teaches at Notre Dame Regional High School, the article said, "He uses clips from broadcast news and excerpts from Channel One reports shown each day in homeroom." Mr. Mosley said Channel One was shown in homeroom, not that he uses clips of it in class. He tapes ABC news and shows us excerpts from that...
    Swingle's book memorializes our community (09/13/02)
    To the editor: Thank you for your editorial, "Prosecutor's novel fulfills longtime dream," about Morley Swingle's book. He just phoned me to make sure I'd seen it. He was obviously moved by its coverage. Besides being informative, it also shared with the community the story of Morley's dream and persistence, an inspiration to all of us. ...
    Mispronounced names evidence of poor planning (09/13/02)
    To the editor: I am a very patriotic person. I served in the U.S. military for eight years, not for college or any reason except that I love this country. Watching the 9-11 memorial on CBS Wednesday morning, I was appalled at the coordination of this event. Out of every 10 names, one was missed. Of the remaining nine, half were butchered. It touches me deeply that this is being done...
    Speak Out A 09/13/02 (09/13/02)
    Impact of the arts AS MARC Strauss wrote in his guest column, the performance arts can be a valuable part of a country's cultural experience. But, I do not agree with his implication that the arts somehow make us better people. After all, the country that gave us Mozart's operas also gave rise to malevolent fascism...
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