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Stories from Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Smallpox would be handled with five-day plan (09/25/02)
BIOTERRORISM By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian Five days. That's how long state and local health officials would have to vaccinate the more than 60,000 Cape Girardeau County residents if smallpox were discovered here as part of an act of terrorism...
Area marching bands converge on Jackson for annual festival (09/25/02)
A longtime musical tradition will mark its 58th year Tuesday, Oct. 1, during the annual Jackson Marching Band Festival. "It's a great opportunity for all bands to strut their stuff," said Scott Vangilder, director of the Jackson marching band. According to Vangilder, the festival began in 1945 when Jackson band director LeRoy Mason wanted to establish a noncompetitive marching event for Southeast Missouri area bands...
Region briefs 09/25/02 (09/25/02)
Two injured Monday after car hits house PERKINS, Mo. -- Two women were seriously injured Monday night after the driver lost control of her car and drove into a house in Perkins. Michelle D. Cornelius, 36, of Oran, Mo., was southbound on Route P when her 1992 Chevrolet went off the right side of the roadway and struck a home...
Jackson Board of Education action (09/25/02)
The Jackson Board of Education took the following action at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24: Approved amendments to the 2002-2003 budget based on new projections from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Approved minor changes to 13 policies under the Missouri School Board Association's policy service...
Slamming the brakes on high-speed chases (09/25/02)
~ By Mike Wells ~ Southeast Missourian As Cape Girardeau patrolman Daryl Ferris watched two suspected meth cooks leave the Wal-Mart parking lot Sept. 14, he expected to stop their car and make a routine arrest...
Mississippi drifters have barrels of fun (09/25/02)
Looks notwithstanding, the pair has been well received By Bob Miller ~ Southeast Missourian Jack Mahaffy and John Holden look as rough as the raft they tied up to the Mississippi River bank at Cape Girardeau. They sport nine-week beards and wear dirty clothes, while their poor-man's yacht is an upgrade from a Mark Twain raft only because it has a small outboard motor...
County officials wait on absent materials for absentee ballots (09/25/02)
It's tough to vote absentee when the information needed to punch such ballots is absent. Cape Girardeau County election officials received the blank punchcard ballots for the Nov. 5 election from the printer Tuesday morning. But the accompanying list of candidates and issues needed for voting didn't arrive...
Club news 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you....
Senate rivals no closer to agreeing on debates (09/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The campaigns for Missouri's two major party candidates for the U.S. Senate continue to haggle over a debate schedule, but so far only one debate has been set. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan and Republican Jim Talent have agreed to face off in Columbia, Mo., on Oct. ...
Republican looks to buck history in Bootheel race (09/25/02)
Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Few counties can boast of a longer unbroken streak of sending Democrats to the House of Representatives than Dunklin County. For at least 120 years -- perhaps longer -- only Democrats have served the lower Bootheel county in the House. Many contests for the seat have been decided in the Democratic primary...
State picks firm to oversee tobacco bonds (09/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri has selected a New York firm to coordinate the sale of up to $600 million in tobacco settlement bonds that could supply cash for future state spending. The state Tobacco Settlement Financing Authority cited the experience of Bear Stearns in selecting it Monday over eight other firms. The bonds could be offered for sale as early as November...
Missouri board hears union's election allegations (09/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A union ousted as the representative for state prison guards is contending that administrators unfairly influenced an election to get rid of the union. In a hearing Tuesday before the State Board of Mediation, union members testified that mid- and upper-level administrators openly supported a rival correction officers' association that led the effort to decertify the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...
TSA officials hoping for end to random security checks (09/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Random security screening of people about to board planes could be phased out next year as Transportation Security Administration chief James Loy tries to make air travel less burdensome. As better-paid, better-trained federal workers take over at airport security checkpoints, there is less need for an additional layer of security at the gate, TSA officials say. The deadline for all commercial airports to have federal screeners is Nov. 19...
Wildfire sends smoke across Los Angeles (09/25/02)
LA VERNE, Calif. -- A wildfire in the foothills above Los Angeles jumped from 8,000 acres to 12,000 acres in just a few hours Tuesday, sending smoke pouring over the sprawling metropolitan area and triggering public health warnings. The fire, spread across 11 miles of the San Gabriel Mountains, has destroyed 44 cabins and homes and threatens hundreds of others...
World digest 09/25/02 (09/25/02)
Israel defies demand, maintains siege of Arafat RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israel defied a U.N. Security Council demand Tuesday to end its six-day siege of Yasser Arafat's West Bank headquarters. With the United States abstaining, the Security Council demanded that Israel end its operations, "including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure." The resolution also called on the Palestinian Authority to ensure "those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice.". ...
Florida man in fair condition following alligator attack (09/25/02)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- An alligator bit off a man's right forearm, which was retrieved from the animal's stomach but was too damaged to reattach, wildlife officials said Tuesday. Don Goodman, the director of the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, was weeding a water lily garden Monday when the 11-foot alligator bit his arm off from just below his elbow, said Justin Lagotic, spokesman for Alachua County Fire Rescue...
Prosecutors investigating accounting at Xerox Corp. (09/25/02)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Federal prosecutors are investigating accounting practices at Xerox Corp. that were previously reviewed by securities regulators in a probe that led to a record $10 million civil penalty against the copy machine maker. The Stamford-based company issued a statement Monday night announcing the new investigation and saying it would cooperate with prosecutors...
Employee arrested after giving customer pot (09/25/02)
MILL VALLEY, Calif. -- An employee at a fast food place was arrested after a customer at the drive-in window received the wrong side order with his chicken dinner -- some pot. The customer who visited a Kentucky Fried Chicken in this San Francisco suburb Friday got two bags of marijuana, instead of the extra biscuits he had ordered. He gave the pot back to the worker, got his biscuits and called police...
Winners of judgments against Iraq want funds (09/25/02)
NEW YORK -- Eleven Americans held hostage by Iraq before the Gulf War filed a lawsuit seeking to release Iraqi funds from U.S. bank accounts to pay millions of dollars a court decided is owed to the "human shields." The lawsuit was filed Monday against Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co...
Texas executes man who killed two girls in 1992 (09/25/02)
HOUSTON -- A man was executed by injection Tuesday for fatally stabbing two Houston-area girls in 1992 after they refused to turn down some loud music. Rex Mays, 42, was convicted of killing Kynara Carreiro, 7, and her 10-year-old friend, Kristin Wiley, at the Wiley home next door to his house...
Surgeon sues patient who called him 'butcher' (09/25/02)
BOSTON -- A cosmetic surgeon filed a defamation lawsuit against a patient who posted Internet photos of what she said was botched surgery and called him a "butcher." Dr. Joel Feldman, a former board member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, told The Boston Globe his lawsuit against Lucille Iacovelli, 52, was necessary to defend "my reputation and the caring that I've given to my patients."...
People talk 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
Mr. Rogers, Cosby to lead parade PASADENA, Calif. -- Fred Rogers, Bill Cosby and Art Linkletter will lead the 114th Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's Day. "These three personalities have spent a lifetime entertaining children of all ages, offering insight into their imaginations, and in turn, serving as advocates for child welfare and development," tournament President Gary Thomas said Monday...
Warm weather puts autumn sugar maples under attack (09/25/02)
FERRISBURGH, Vt. -- Sam Cutting Sr. eases from his pickup, lumbers stiffly in blue jeans and suspenders up a hillside, and cranes his neck toward the maple grove that nearly broke his heart. The crowns are finally spreading again. But some 3-foot-thick trunks are sheered 30 feet from the ground. Dead branches lie scattered in piles like drying bones...
Dry, hot summer threatens Indiana's pumpkin crop (09/25/02)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Steve Nesbitt is a lot like Linus these days -- he's on the lookout for the Great Pumpkin. With the Halloween pumpkin-buying season about a month away, the vines in Nesbitt's 10-acre pumpkin patch in southwestern Indiana should have dropped under the weight of the fruit. Instead, a drought and heat that has lasted for months have slowed the ripening...
Administration lowers alert status from code orange to yellow (09/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush lowered the nationwide "high risk" terror alert back to code yellow -- "significant risk" -- on Tuesday. Administration officials credited the arrests of suspected terrorists from Buffalo to Pakistan to Bahrain, while warning that the danger of another attack remains...
Fed votes to hold interest rates steady (09/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Over the dissent of two of its members, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday held interest rates steady despite a wobbly economic recovery and worries about a possible war with Iraq. The dissenting pair favored a rate cut -- the first of the year...
Gulf Coast residents clear out as storm approaches (09/25/02)
NEW ORLEANS -- Cajun fishing towns cleared out, Navy ships steamed out for the open sea and inland hotels began filling up as Tropical Storm Isidore strengthened Tuesday and headed toward the Gulf Coast. The storm, which left two people dead and 300,000 homeless in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, moved back over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to hit Louisiana or Mississippi with hurricane force as early as tonight...
Poverty figures up, income down in 2000, Census Bureau says (09/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Income declined while poverty levels rose last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, a double dose of bad economic news that coincided with the first recession in a decade. After nearly a decade of decline, the U.S. poverty rate stood at 11.7 percent last year, up from 11.3 percent the previous year, which was the lowest level since 1974. More than 32.9 million people lived in poverty last year, 1.3 million more than in 2000...
Airlines looking for financial aid (09/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of some of the nation's largest airlines asked Congress for additional financial help Tuesday, saying fewer passengers and higher security costs since Sept. 11 are devastating the industry. Little more than a year after the airlines received a $15 billion aid package from Congress, they asked the House aviation subcommittee to consider tax relief, reimbursement for security costs and an extension of the terrorism insurance policies issued by the government after the Sept. ...
Civil war in Africa traps girl as family left to wait (09/25/02)
IN IVORY COAST From Staff and wire reports As U.S. troops headed to West Africa to evacuate 100 American school children from a boarding school in a rebel-held city in the Ivory Coast, a Charleston, Mo., family awaited news Wednesday of their grandaughter's rescue...
Dozens dead in temple attack (09/25/02)
GANDHINAGAR, India -- Commandos stormed a Hindu temple Wednesday and killed the two attackers who had fatally shot 30 people and took dozens hostage in a raid that raised fears of new Hindu-Muslim rioting, officials said. The end of the 14-hour siege at the sprawling 23-acre Swaminarayan Temple complex came after gunmen eluded the National Security Guard commandos for nearly 14 hours, returning fire and lobbing grenades, said K.N. Nityanand, the top security official of western Gujarat state...
Blair - Iraqi weapon stockpile is growing (09/25/02)
WAR OF WORDS From wire reports LONDON -- Iraq has a growing arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, and plans to use them, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday, unveiling an intelligence dossier to a special session of Parliament...
All over but the shouting - Madrid tries to keep racket down (09/25/02)
MADRID, Spain -- Visitors to Madrid have much to marvel over: splendid architecture, sizzling nightlife, great food and people who scream at each other. The Spanish penchant for loudness -- mouths, TV sets and myriad other outlets -- kicks in early and stays. Listen to 4-year-olds at play, or men talking soccer over a pre-luncheon vermouth. And until now, exploding decibels were OK...
Schroeder tries to revive ties with Bush (09/25/02)
BERLIN -- Rebuffed with an icy response from Washington to his narrow re-election victory, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder looked for help from his European partners Tuesday to get back into President Bush's good graces. In a two-pronged diplomatic effort, Schroeder traveled to London to meet Prime Minister Tony Blair, the United States' most reliable ally on Iraq, as his defense minister, meeting NATO counterparts in Poland, offered that Germany take command of international security forces in Afghanistan.. ...
Hundreds of Americans go to Cuba for trade show (09/25/02)
HAVANA -- Hundreds of Americans are streaming into Cuba for the first trade show of its kind in more than four decades. The event is stirring passion and controversy on both sides of the Florida Straits as everyone from Texas rice producers to Washington politicians debate whether to do business with the socialist nation...
Carbondale takes another one from Bulldogs (09/25/02)
Carbondale (Ill.) recorded its second victory on Notre Dame's home field this season, escaping with a 2-1, double-overtime victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Carbondale, which defeated Notre Dame 1-0 in the championship game of its Soccerfest, scored the game-winner with three minutes left in the second 10-minute overtime...
Central closes in on league championship (09/25/02)
It's 12 wins in a row for the Central Tigers and counting. After a 1-0 squeaker against league rival Sikeston on Tuesday, the Tigers' softball team is on its way to winning its conference for the first time. "I don't care about the streak, as long as we win the big one," Central coach Amy Blattel said...
Course's touring pro joins select company (09/25/02)
One of the hottest golfers on the LPGA Tour is in Cape Girardeau. English-born Karen Stupples, the touring professional for Dalhousie Golf Club, is taking a three-week break after her best finish in her four years on the LPGA Tour. Just 10 days ago Stupples was playing with Annika Sorenstam, the world's No. ...
The week ahead in golf 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
AREA EVENTS
  • Two-person men's scramble, Saturday and Sunday, Bootheel Golf Club, Sikeston.PGA/PGA EUROPE Ryder Cup
  • Site: Sutton Coldfield, England. n Schedule: Friday-Sunday. Friday, four morning best-ball matches and four afternoon alternate-shot matches; Saturday, four morning alternate-shot matches and four afternoon best-ball matches; Sunday, 12 singles matches...
  • Flummoxed Rams defy the odds with unlikely downward spiral (09/25/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- The outlook appears more and more bleak every week for the defending NFC champions. In the preseason, the Rams were the oddsmakers' pick to play in their third Super Bowl in four seasons. Now they're 0-3 -- one more loss than all last season...
    Atypical quarterback a big part of Wildcats' atypical start (09/25/02)
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When a quarterback's a big meal shy of 300 pounds and fills out a jersey like a lineman, people take notice. "I still see heads turn whenever I walk out on an opposing field," Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen said. The junior has the 4-0 Wildcats off to their best start since 1984 heading into a nationally televised matchup with No. 7 Florida on Saturday...
    Cards have D-backs' number again (09/25/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- A day after the Arizona Diamondbacks lost Luis Gonzalez, they lost another chance to clinch a playoff spot. Edgar Renteria singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cardinals kept Arizona's magic number for clinching a playoff berth at one with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks have lost five in a row...
    Cards' downtown stadium process takes step forward (09/25/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- What officials say is a long and involved process to build a privately financed replacement for Busch Stadium had a formal beginning Tuesday, as the Cardinals sought city designation as the redeveloper of a section of downtown where the team wants to build a new home...
    Area sports digest 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
    Mizzou may seek medical redshirt for Whitney The Missouri Tigers might seek a medical redshirt for former Jackson High School star Mario Whitney, beset by injuries in his freshman season. Whitney suffered a concussion in the preseason and was used primarily by Missouri as a kick returner in its first two games and sparingly at running back...
    FanFare 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
    Baseball
  • Left fielder Luis Gonzalez, the Diamondbacks' top power hitter, will miss the rest of the season and the playoffs because of a shoulder injury. Gonzalez, hurt Monday night in a collision with shortstop Tony Womack, was examined Tuesday by a team physician, who said Gonzalez might need surgery...
  • 'Natural' foods are central to new cookbook (09/25/02)
    NEW YORK -- The 350 recipes in "The Whole Foods Market Cookbook" represent a whole lot of cooks and a wide base of contributions, says chef Steve Petusevsky, who presided over the collection. He's billed as co-author of the book along with "team members" from many of the 135 Whole Foods stores in the United States and Canada. The stores specialize in "natural," often organic, foodstuffs...
    Perfect pesto (09/25/02)
    Sauces can add summer flavor to any meal at any time "If the definition of poetry allowed that it could be composed with the products of the field as well as with words," Marcella Hazen observes, "pesto would be in every anthology." And, to continue the analogy, I could be a poet laureate. That's because at our house these days we're making and freezing prodigious amounts of pesto to keep up with our bumper crop of basil....
    Ready for fall with apple recipes (09/25/02)
    Getting ready for fall means pulling out cool weather recipes, including apple recipes. And we have several to share with you today from the Beggs family from Pioneer Orchard. Also today are chicken salad recipes in response to a recent request. And to finish up, we will be sharing all of the chicken recipe entries from the Midwest Foods and Poultry recipe contest from the SEMO District Fair, over the next few weeks. ...
    Don't give dogs alcohol (09/25/02)
    jkoch By Dr. John Koch Question: My dog likes to drink beer. I don't give him much, just a saucer every now and then. My wife gets all over me for doing this, but Bud really seems to enjoy it. Will this hurt him? Answer: Giving alcohol to dogs is not considered a good idea. ...
    Company lounge new hotspot (09/25/02)
    Why is it that stability attained in any area of one's life is a sure sign that something's about to go wrong? For instance, when you couldn't feel more secure in your romantic relationship, that's the time your boyfriend tells you he's feeling crowded or your husband has a "friendly lunch" with his high-school girlfriend...
    Dale Phillips (09/25/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dale D. Phillips, 79, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at Parkland Health Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. He was born July 6, 1923, in Perry County, son of Albert Clyde and Anna Martha Ratcliff Phillips. Phillips and Juanita L. Combs were married Dec. 26, 1942...
    Kenneth Scheeter (09/25/02)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Kenneth Herman Scheeter, 61, of Sikeston died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1940, in New Hamburg, Mo., son of Charles Otto and Mayme Westrich Scheeter. He and Mona Kay Sutton were married March 5, 1988, in Sikeston...
    John Gifford Jr. (09/25/02)
    EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- John L. Gifford Jr., 77, of East Prairie died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Tomato, Ark., son of John L. and Sarah McGaugh Gifford. He and Reva D. Calhoun were married June 30, 1959...
    Helen Poe (09/25/02)
    Graveside service for Helen V. Poe of San Antonio, Texas, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cape County Memorial Park. The Rev. Douglas C. Breite will officiate. There is no visitation. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Poe, 82, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at Air Force Village Health Care Center in San Antonio...
    Grace Ourth (09/25/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Grace Mae Ourth, 80, of Chaffee died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born March 31, 1922, at Parma, Mo., daughter of Robert William and Blanche Elizabeth Knupp Biby. She and Gregory M. Ourth were married Nov. 13, 1943. He died March 23, 1989...
    Births 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
    Garner Daughter to Michael A. and Shelly J. Garner of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:34 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. Name, Kassi Jean. Weight, 7 pounds 5 1/2 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Garner is the former Shelly Armstrong, daughter of Ray and Linda Armstrong of Marble Hill. Garner is the son of Roy and Pam Garner of Marble Hill. He is employed at J.W. Chevrolet...
    Cape police report 09/25/02 (09/25/02)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Sept. 25The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Billy J. Wynn, 19, of 2416 Sunny Lane was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing. A 15-year-old male was cited to juvenile court Monday for receiving stolen property and giving a false declaration...
    Cape fire report 09/25/02 (09/25/02)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Sept. 25 Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 4:59 p.m., illegal burn at Patricia and Hilldale. At 8:02 p.m., trash fire at Capaha Park. At 10:03 p.m., emergency medical service at 604 Jefferson. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
    Out of the past 9/25/02 (09/25/02)
    10 years ago: Sept. 25, 1992 Wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Albert Gore says Clinton-Gore ticket offers Americans fresh approach to problems facing country; Tipper Gore speaks to crowd of 350 people at afternoon rally in Common Pleas Courthouse Park...
    Stop politics, support real solutions (09/25/02)
    By Judith Cureton There are 3,200 residents in East Prairie, Mo., who are tired of bailing out their basements. Every 10 years or so, the nearby Mississippi River extends beyond its banks and floods the town. Unfortunately for East Prairie residents, when U.S. ...
    Proposition A targets tobacco addicts (09/25/02)
    It would be safe to assume that many of Missouri's smokers will oppose Proposition A on the Nov. 5 ballot. Proposition A would quadruple the tax on a pack of cigarettes to 55 cents and increase the state tax on other tobacco products by 20 percent...
    Islamic Center opens doors to community (09/25/02)
    When it comes to religion in these parts, Christianity by far is the faith of choice. Church growth here is evident as large worship centers go up. In a time when overall attendance for most Christian denominations is sinking, it is good to see vibrant churches in our midst...
    Speak Out A 09/25/02 (09/25/02)
    MAP tests are a sham NO EDITORIAL headline in newspaper history was as wrong as your "MAP scores gauge teaching performance." That the Southeast Missourian has bought into this sham exam and asserts that the scores students make on it have anything to do with quality teaching has led me to lose all faith in mankind...
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