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Dedication coincides with fall festival (09/23/02)
Volunteers are scrambling to get the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History ready for its dedication, which is being held in conjunction with this weekend's Bollinger County Fall Festival. The festival begins at 11 a.m. Friday and ends Sunday evening. ...
Bollinger County's fossils in spotlight (09/23/02)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Chronister Dinosaur Site near Glenallen, Mo., was discovered in 1942 when the Chronister family found bones while digging a well. Some of the bones discovered are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Some now are in the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History...
Community digest 09/23/02 (09/23/02)
Lawmakers honored at Missouri Bar meeting KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several members of the Missouri General Assembly were recently honored during ceremonies of the 2002 Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. Local legislators recognized included Sen. Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau; Rep. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau; and Rep. Mark Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff...
New award to be given at quilt show (09/23/02)
Several of River Heritage Quilters' Guild's 120 members have been affected by breast cancer, and that's why they are fighting back through sewing and fund raising. The guild, based in Cape Girardeau, will host its fourth River Heritage Quilt Show this weekend at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 N. Ellis, in the Family Life Center, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday...
Helping out (09/23/02)
Salvation Army serving 'Meals with Friends' The Salvation Army at 701 Good Hope Street in Cape Girardeau will be serving "Meals with Friends" every day this week. Serving time is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone may enjoy a hot, nutritious meal in a cool, friendly atmosphere at no cost...
State's ag industry braces for slowdown (09/23/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even before most Missouri farmers have completed harvesting this year's crops, many realize their most important "commodity" is a check from the U.S. Treasury at the end of the year. That's good for the farmers, because signs currently point to a lower per-farm income this year than in 2001, according to Federal Reserve economist Kendall McDaniel. His predictions are based on slumping commodity prices, drought conditions and higher land rental rates...
Students, staff cope with crowded cafeteria (09/23/02)
The lack of space in the cafeteria at Central Junior High has kitchen staff scrambling to prepare food and students rushing to eat before the next lunch shift arrives. "Sometimes we don't get to finish lunch because the next shift comes and we have to go to the gym," said seventh-grader Courtney Markhart. "We have to eat really fast."...
Foreign students facing delays in getting visas (09/23/02)
America's war on terrorism is hitting home with international students who are finding it harder to get visas to study in the United States. "It's really tough," said Shobnom Ferdous, a Southeast Missouri State University graduate student in biology from the Asian nation of Bangladesh...
Dentist on wheels treats low-income children (09/23/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's no trip to the candy store, but this dentist's office is sweet on kids. The 40-foot-long, pearly-white "Tooth Truck" glides on wheels right to your school. Cavities are "black dots," nitrous oxide is "strawberry air," fillings are "silver stars" and numbing injections are "sleepy tooth bubbles" that don't hurt...
Four killed in crash near I-270 (09/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Two women and two children were killed Saturday in a fiery one-car accident in north St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The driver and a young passenger survived the wreck, which happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Missouri Bottom Road at Interstate 270...
Kansas City police update procedures after evidence lost (09/23/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After destroyed evidence led to two murder cases being lost, Kansas City police have begun the second phase of an audit to inventory evidence from assault and homicide cases. A police sergeant who mistakenly authorized the destruction of irreplaceable evidence in the two murder cases earlier this year did not follow proper procedures. He was transferred out of the homicide unit...
Author claims KC native shot down in Gulf War is alive (09/23/02)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A dozen years after Scott Speicher's FA-18 Hornet was shot down during the first night of the Gulf War, an author claims in a new book that the Navy pilot could be alive and held captive by Saddam Hussein. Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former reserve Navy intelligence officer, has spent the last eight years investigating Speicher, who she claims was left for dead after his plane was shot down on Jan. 17, 1991...
Sprint to sell its yellow pages publishing business (09/23/02)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Sprint Corp. is selling its yellow pages publishing business as part of an effort to relieve heavy debt, the telecommunications company said Sunday. The $2.23 billion cash sale to R.H. Donnelly, expected to close early next year, is the latest in a string of phone-directory sales by debt-laden telecoms seeking some financial breathing room...
Imaging company sees future through its own lenses (09/23/02)
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Mark Spitzer has a vision. It appears to be dangling just a few feet before his eyes, but no one else can see it. He's watching "Harry Potter" through a pair of eyeglasses under development by his small company, MicroOptical. The glasses project an image from a DVD player or computer screen into optics-embedded lenses. The image covers only a portion of his field of vision, so Spitzer can still see the room around him...
Nation briefs 09/23/02 (09/23/02)
Fla. commissioner wants to govern from abroad ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bob Sindler wants to participate in democracy by serving as an Orange County commissioner while defending it as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. But he is drawing criticism for his plan to represent his district via phone and computer while he serves at an undisclosed location -- likely overseas, possibly central Asia -- for up to a year...
Fed expected to leave interest rates unchanged (09/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- The slumping stock market, lackluster job growth and increasing worries about possible war with Iraq are battering the economy. Yet Federal Reserve policy-makers are not expected to come through with further interest rate cuts when they meet Tuesday...
Entertainment options encourage high-speed Internet connections (09/23/02)
WASHINGTON -- Almost all U.S. families live in areas where a high-speed Internet connection is available, but many see no compelling reason to pay extra for it, the government reports. A Commerce Department study, compiled from a variety of analyst surveys, cites a need for more music, movies and games on the Internet in order to make broadband connections more popular...
New York University cancels course on Ground Zero (09/23/02)
NEW YORK -- New York University has canceled a course about rebuilding Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists, because of concern about publicity the class might generate. The course, called Ground Zero Lab, was canceled after its organizers were asked by David Finney, the dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, to guarantee it would not attract media attention, The New York Times reported Sunday...
Catholics begin new, more peaceful phase of protest against Law (09/23/02)
BOSTON -- In place of protesters' angry shouts, parishioners at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross were confronted Sunday with dozens of pictures of young children allegedly abused by priests. About 65 picketers lined up in silence, backs to the cathedral, to launch a new, more peaceful phase of their campaign meant to drive Cardinal Bernard Law from his post. It was the largest protest at the cathedral, the seat of the Archdiocese of Boston, in months...
MIT helps students turn dorm walls into galleries (09/23/02)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Miro prints were gone, stripped from the gallery walls. Someone had walked off with the Marc Chagall lithograph, and the Robert Rauschenberg silkscreen was nowhere in sight. But Hugo Solis didn't call police. He just walked away, disappointed there wasn't much left for him...
World briefs 9/23/02 (09/23/02)
Japan may demand compensation for victims TOKYO -- Reacting to a national outrage over North Korea's admitted abduction of several Japanese nationals, Tokyo says it may seek compensation from Pyongyang on behalf of the victims' families. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il stunned Japan when he admitted this week that "elements in the military" abducted at least 12 Japanese citizens during the 1970s and 1980s to train North Korean spies...
Urban warfare in Baghdad streets may be only way to oust Saddam (09/23/02)
QUANTICO, Va. -- Despite the vast technological superiority of U.S. forces in potential combat against Iraqi troops, the prospect of a street fight in Baghdad makes American war planners shudder. But that kind of warfare may be necessary to remove President Saddam Hussein from power. ...
Fla. couple accused of locking up, starving 7-year-old (09/23/02)
TAMPA, Fla. -- A mother and her boyfriend were arrested for allegedly locking the woman's 7-year-old daughter in a room for four months and giving her so little food she looked like "a walking skeleton," police said. The girl weighed just 25 pounds -- less than half the normal weight for a child her age -- when police found her this month, according to a police report...
People talk 09/23/02 (09/23/02)
'Star Trek' actor publishes photo book LOS ANGELES -- Former "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy is exploring a new universe. A shutterbug since his teens, Nimoy has produced his first book of photographs, titled: "Shekhina: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy."...
Experts - Affair may doom Ky. governor's political future (09/23/02)
Knight Ridder Newspapers LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Caught in a lie that could doom his political future, Gov. Paul Patton vows to spend the rest of his term "to make Kentucky a better place for our people." But political observers say the Democratic governor, once considered a tough challenger for Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning in 2004, may have seriously hurt his chances of winning another election...
Davis signs bill to allow stem-cell research in California (09/23/02)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation Sunday to allow embryonic stem-cell research in the state, a direct contradiction of federal limits on the research. Davis has said the legislation is essential to keep California at the forefront of medical research. He was joined at the ceremony by actor Christopher Reeve, who has become a medical-research activist since he was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident seven years ago...
Russia avalanche death toll climbing (09/23/02)
GIZEL, Russia -- As rescuers picked through deep debris choking a gorge in southern Russia after a huge chunk of glacier raged down the mountainside, authorities said Sunday there was little hope of finding anyone alive in the avalanche they feared killed as many as 150 people...
France sends reinforcements to Ivory Coast after failed coup (09/23/02)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- France sent reinforcements and helicopters to the Ivory Coast on Sunday to protect Westerners in the former French colony after a coup attempt threatened to split apart West Africa's one-time economic power house. While the government readied a counterattack against rebels behind the country's bloodiest military uprising, thousands of people in Bouake, a central city controlled by coup forces, marched to declare their allegiance to the insurgents...
Schroeder's Social Democrats Party wins second term (09/23/02)
BERLIN -- Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats won Germany's closest postwar election Sunday, after a campaign that focused on fears of a war with Iraq and unleashed anti-American rhetoric. A jubilant Schroeder appeared arm-in-arm with Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of the Greens party, the partner in his governing coalition, before cheering supporters at Social Democratic Party headquarters...
Palestinian girl gets kidney from Jewish seminary student (09/23/02)
JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian girl received a kidney from a young Scottish student killed in Thursday's suicide bombing -- saving her life, officials said Sunday. Yasmin Abu Ramila, 7, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem, had been on a transplant waiting list and undergoing dialysis treatment for almost two years...
Thousands leave Yucatan coast ahead of hurricane (09/23/02)
Powerful Hurricane Isidore drove tens of thousands of their homes as it raked the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, then veered inland toward the state capital. The storm shredded trees, knocked out power, set roofs dancing in the air and prompted the state oil company to evacuate 8,000 oil workers from drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico...
Afghanistan faces growing threat from bombings (09/23/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Police in white helmets search thousands of cars every day. Diplomats and Westerners check beneath their vehicles. Shopkeepers and passersby keep wary eyes out for suspicious parked vehicles. The war against terror went into a defensive mode this month in Afghanistan when two explosions rocked a crowded market on Sept. 5, leaving 30 dead and injuring dozens...
Iraqi people would not be targeted, says defense chief (09/23/02)
WARSAW, Poland -- If the U.S. military attacked Iraq it would target Saddam Hussein's thin power base while avoiding widespread harm to the civilian population, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him from Washington to Poland, Rumsfeld refused to discuss any details of U.S. ...
Five Palestinians killed in day of protests (09/23/02)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Thousands of Palestinians marched Sunday to protest Israel's siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters, and Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinians who defied curfews. Four Palestinians were killed in the protests and a fifth died later in the day...
Otahkians roll past ORU (09/23/02)
Southeast shows off its depth during 3-0 victory. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team showed off its depth Sunday afternoon at Houck Stadium, getting all three goals from substitutes and using 22 different players in a 3-0 victory over Oral Roberts...
Patriots survive Chiefs in OT (09/23/02)
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Super Bowl hero Adam Vinatieri's 35-yard field goal 4:40 into overtime Sunday gave unbeaten New England a 41-38 victory over Kansas City, which had tied the game on two touchdowns by Priest Holmes in the last five minutes of regulation...
Johnson pulls off Dover sweep (09/23/02)
By Dick Brinster The Associated Press DOVER, Del. -- When Jimmie Johnson looked in the mirror, Mark Martin was almost too close to see. So, the rookie figured he was going to have trouble keeping the lead in the waning laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway...
Finley rebounds from shaky start (09/23/02)
Pitcher works seven strong innings in 7-3 win over Astros.By R.B. Fallstrom The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Chuck Finley, a big part of the St. Louis Cardinals' postseason plans, put together another solid outing. Finley pitched seven strong innings, rebounding from a shaky start, and Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in a 7-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday...
Cards keep D-Backs from clinching (09/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Arizona star Luis Gonzalez separated his left shoulder in an outfield collision and the Diamondbacks again failed to clinch a playoff spot, losing 13-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. There was no word on how long Gonzalez would be sidelined. But clearly, it was a potentially major blow to the World Series champions...
Bucs defense eyes another showdown with potent Rams (09/23/02)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say there's no formula for slowing down the St. Louis Rams. But as the New England Patriots showed in last season's Super Bowl, the Cover 2 defense the Bucs perfected under former coach Tony Dungy is as effective a scheme as any against the so-called "Greatest Show on Turf."...
LaRussa - Catching Arizona not vital (09/23/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa would rather have a rested pitching staff than home-field advantage. Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks are conceivably in striking distance, the St. Louis manager appears content to open the playoffs on the road, choosing to give starts to Jamey Wright and Garrett Stephenson this week...
U.S. falls in Davis Cup semis (09/23/02)
PARIS -- Andy Roddick and James Blake couldn't change the luck of the United States on the clay at Roland Garros. Sebastien Grosjean overcame an ankle injury and beat Andy Roddick 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday, giving France its third win in the best-of-five competition and clinching a spot in the final of the Davis Cup. James Blake beat Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3 in 49 minutes in the final singles match. France won 3-2 overall...
Woods holds on to win American Express event (09/23/02)
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods got a bigger fight than he expected Sunday, then a real surprise at the end -- his first and only bogey of an otherwise flawless victory in the American Express Championship. "That last hole did get me," Woods said...
FanFare 9/23/02 (09/23/02)
Baseball Cubs first baseman Fred McGriff became the first major leaguer to hit 30 homers in a season with five teams when he homered Sunday in Pittsburgh. McGriff hit a 3-0 pitch from Kris Benson into the right-field seats for his 30th homer and his first in PNC Park, the record 42nd park in which he has homered. The two-run drive came in the first inning...
WGC American Express Championship (09/23/02)
Sunday; At Mount Juliet Country Club Kilkenny, Ireland; Purse: $5.5 million; Yardage: 7,246; Par: 72 (36-36); Final Round. Tiger Woods, $1,000,000 65-65-67-66 -- 263 -25 Retief Goosen, $540,000 67-67-68-62 -- 264 -24 Vijay Singh, $367,500 67-69-66-65 -- 267 -21...
Rams should be under Marshall's law (09/23/02)
Worry means to have, show or allow no ease of body or mind, or to be uncomfortable, disturbed, perturbed, etc. Or in layman's terms: "We keep tying our shoelaces in knots and stumbling over ourselves," Marshall Faulk said. Well, something like that...
Area sports digest 9/23/02 (09/23/02)
Southeast basketball player has surgery Reggie Golson, 6-foot-7 forward on Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team, had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday. Golson, a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, where he averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game last season, is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks...
The brave new world of information security (09/23/02)
If you work with information you want to keep private, you might want to take Billa Bhandari's call. Bhandari, a former systems integration consultant, has founded Akoura Biometrics, a new software and consulting company that has unveiled a hybrid biometrics encryption technology that allows people to send documents with "near 100 percent security."...
FX wants show to select a candidate for president (09/23/02)
NEW YORK -- There's a real president, a fictional president on "The West Wing," so why not a presidential candidate chosen by television viewers? That's what the FX network hopes to produce. The cable channel announced last week the start of a series, "American Candidate," designed to pick a TV-endorsed potential president...
New TV winner an easy pick; losers a tough call (09/23/02)
NEW YORK -- "CSI: Miami," which premieres tonight on CBS, is the new fall show with the best chance to become a hit. That's the unanimous opinion of five experts asked about which of the 34 new programs on broadcast networks have the greatest and least chance at success, as well as which existing show will have a breakout season...
Friends, West Wing take top Emmy honors (09/23/02)
LOS ANGELES -- The White House drama "The West Wing" won its third consecutive Emmy as best drama series Sunday and "Friends" was honored as best comedy for the first time in its eight years on the air. "I'm just as surprised as you are," Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing," said in accepting the Emmy. The show also produced acting Emmy winners in Allison Janney, John Spencer and Stockard Channing...
Distressed Levi finding pockets of success (09/23/02)
SAN FRANCISCO Not that long ago, Levi Strauss & Co. had the jeans world sewn up. Its riveted, five-pocket denim bottoms were a must-have for the teenage set, as well as a wardrobe icon for middle-aged baby boomers who grew up with the brand. Then Levi unraveled. It missed the wide-legged urban jeans trend in the 1990s and pushed "hard" uncomfortable jeans to casually dressed folks who weren't about to give up their soft, stone-washed uniform...
Telecom yard sale yields bargains for shrewd buyers (09/23/02)
NEW YORK -- Want to build your own telecommunications company? There's never been a better time. As bankruptcies, excessive debt, failed business models and conflicting visions for the future compound the industry's malaise, healthier players and eager upstarts are picking through the post-apocalyptic landscape for assets at ridiculous bargains...
Exchange-traded funds growing more diverse (09/23/02)
NEW YORK -- Exchange-traded funds are still a novel idea to many investors, but the assortment of ETFs on the market is growing, with new offerings that include bonds and another in the works that tracks the Nasdaq composite index. Currently there are 106 ETFs, compared with 80 in 2000, according to the Investment Company Institute, the mutual fund industry group that began tracking ETFs two years ago...
People on the move 09/23/02 (09/23/02)
Oran native appointed VP of California company Oran, Mo., native Marty Seyer has been appointed as vice president of server business at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD. Seyer will be responsible for marketing, strategy, business and product planning and associated operations for the $4 billion global supplier of integrated circuits for personal and networked computers...
Business memo 09/23/02 (09/23/02)
Employers optimistic about employment Southeast Missouri employers remain optimistic about their personnel plans this fall, based on a survey by Manpower Inc. According to the survey, 37 percent of business respondents said they will expand their workforces this fall, said Peggy Gates of Manpower. None report cutbacks and 63 percent no change in their staffing levels...
Loren Thomas (09/23/02)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Loren Wayne Thomas, 78, of Cairo, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Thomas was born July 24, 1924, in Crane, Mo., son of the late Christopher and Alta Robbins Thomas. He married Ida Ronnebeck April 25, 1942. Thomas was a retired electrical worker after 32 years with Cairo Public Utility Commission. ...
Helen Ayers (09/23/02)
Helen Lavern Ayers, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 10, 1947, in Cape Girardeau to the late Vernal L. and Bessie McGee Smith. On Dec. 21, 1965, she married Marshall E. Ayers Sr. in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death March 31, 1998...
Penny Francis (09/23/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Penny L. Francis, 29, of Perryville died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at Farrar, Mo. She was born Sept. 26, 1972, in Perryville, to Cheryl and Carol Lorenz of Farrar. On June 6, 1992, she married. Timothy R. Francis. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville...
Cape fire report 9/23/02 (09/23/02)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Sept. 23 Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: At 8:25 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2719 Flora Hills Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 12:21 a.m., a emergency medical service at 350 Etherson...
Cape police report 9/23/02 (09/23/02)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Sept. 23 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Megan Moses, 17, of Robinhood Circle, was issued a summons Saturday at the intersection of Sprigg and Normal for allegedly driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 9/23/02 (09/23/02)
10 years ago: Sept. 23, 1992 Jefferson City -- Former Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. is formally sworn in as justice on Missouri Supreme Court in special ceremonies; Limbaugh's father, U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr., administers oath to his son...
University nearer to goal of 10,000 students (09/23/02)
Southeast Missouri State University officials are no doubt looking at their record enrollment total with pride. Certainly, they have reason to view it as a reward for a lot of hard work. As late as 1994, they were seeing steady declines from year to year. That year's enrollment sank to 7,925 students...
SEMO staff, students wait for cutback plan (09/23/02)
Cut middle management. Cut faculty. Cut athletics. Cut the swimming pool. Collect faculty parking fees. Stop covering so much health insurance. Raise tuition -- again. The ideas have been flying fast and furious at Southeast Missouri State University. They came out at a series of four meetings aimed at getting input from staff and students about how the university can cut $500,000 from the current budget after the state had to withhold a sizable chunk of funding...
State should look to beer, alcohol for more revenue (09/23/02)
To the editor: Citizens for a Healthy Missouri has gathered enough signatures for a vote Nov. 5 on a 55-cent tax increase on cigarettes. Supporters are looking to quadruple the state tax on cigarettes. If voters pass this proposal, many smokers will quit, which is a smart, healthy decision. At our current tax rate, a pack-a-day habit generates $62.05 in state revenue each year. If 10,000 smokers quit, Missouri would lose an estimated $620,500...
Speak Out A 09/23/02 (09/23/02)
No Route K stoplights YOU DON'T need stoplights at either school out on Route K. What you need is for the police to start issuing tickets to all these kids who are doing 70 mph and pulling out in front of people. The people creating the problem are the ones who go to the school. ...
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