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Stories from Friday, October 11, 2002

Collective bargaining at issue in educators' court case (10/11/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could eventually lead to collective bargaining rights for public school employees. The case was brought by a former teacher and a former principal in the Jefferson City School District and their union representative. The three claim the district denied the two employees the ability to file grievances against the district in violation of the Missouri and U.S. constitutions...
Emergency services personnel give thanks to Guardians group (10/11/02)
Many hope it is a benefit that will not be needed, but the surviving family members of any Cape Girardeau County firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty are the beneficiaries to more than $62,000 collected by the Guardians. The local not-for-profit group, which formed in May 2001, held an appreciation dinner for its members Thursday night at the Cape Girardeau Country Club...
Cape man gets 30 years for role in robbery (10/11/02)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau man will spend the next 30 years in prison as punishment for aiding in the Keller Truck Stop robbery in Miner. Darrin Meuir, 24, was sentenced following a jury trial held in the Mississippi County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge David A. Dolan...
Licensed to make waves (10/11/02)
Southeast Missouri State University wants more students to be able to tune into the campus radio station. Christian Faith Fellowship, which operates Eagle Ridge Christian School on Route K in Cape Girardeau, wants to teach students about broadcasting. A nonprofit corporation called Flat Foot Media Inc. wants to build a station in Cape Girardeau that will air both local programs and programming from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill...
Feds fine Jackson business $218,500 (10/11/02)
A Jackson business could be fined more than $200,000 for allegedly exposing its employees to elevated concentrations of a potentially dangerous chemical. Employees of Midwest Sterilization Corp. in Jackson were exposed to nine times the permissible limit of ethylene oxide, according to the Occupational Safety Health Administration. The chemical is used to sterilize medical equipment, but studies have shown that it causes cancer in laboratory animals...
Correction 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
In a story in Thursday's edition, due to an editing error it was incorrectly reported that the Cape Girardeau School Board and Prestwick Plantation developers met. The board had met separately prior to a meeting between some board members and a developer. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Sales tax figures suggest improvement in area economy (10/11/02)
The up-and-down Cape Girardeau economy appears to be up again, judging from October sales tax revenue. But county and city budget officials and even a local economist aren't certain why sales are up, particularly since the national economy remains in the doldrums...
Sikeston woman to face murder charges (10/11/02)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo., woman faces first degree murder charges in connection with the death of her child. Samantha Lewis was ordered bound over for trial following her preliminary hearing Wednesday before Scott County Associate Judge David Mann. A hearing date in Circuit Court was set for Oct. 21...
Jury awards more than $2 billion in case against pharmacist (10/11/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A jury on Thursday awarded a cancer victim $2 billion in punitive damages and more than $225 million in actual damages in her case against a pharmacist who diluted her cancer drugs. As the jurors left the courtroom, each of them hugged plaintiff Georgia Hayes...
Carnahan, Talent agree to two debates (10/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Ending weeks of wrangling, Missouri's major party candidates for U.S. Senate have agreed on two debates, their campaigns said Thursday. Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan and Republican challenger Jim Talent will confront one another Oct. 21 in St. Louis and Oct. 24 in Columbia...
Judge urges different site for new fed courthouse (10/11/02)
BENTON, Ill. -- The chief federal judge for southern Illinois wants the government to pick another town for a new $70 million courthouse because he said Benton is too white. Benton is the county seat for Franklin County, which counted only 72 blacks among nearly 40,000 residents in the 2000 census. Judge G. Patrick Murphy said plans to rebuild the courthouse should be shifted south toward Marion, where there are more minorities...
Faculty pickets meeting over pay (10/11/02)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University faculty members picketed the university's Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, demanding campus officials make a counter proposal to their request for a 21-percent salary hike. But board members, who are playing no role in contentious contract talks between the Carbondale campus and its faculty union, did not mention the dozen picketers lining the back of the hall where the panel held its monthly meeting...
PepsiCo, Marion bottler settle suit (10/11/02)
MARION, Ill. -- PepsiCo North America and an independent bottler in this southern Illinois city have settled the two federal lawsuits the companies filed against each other, both sides said Thursday. Neither side will disclose the terms of the deal...
Investigation of missing boy considers abduction option (10/11/02)
RICHWOODS, Mo. -- Federal, Missouri and local authorities focused on an 11-year-old boy's disappearance as a possible abduction Thursday as the fifth-grader's family pressed on with volunteers in trying to find the child missing since last weekend...
Bush team says economy headed upward (10/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- Two members of President Bush's economic team expressed confidence Thursday that the current recovery is in no danger of stalling despite the recent stock market swoon. "It's not a rocket shot, but it's not terrible either," Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said of the recovery...
House OKs $355 billion defense bill to fight terror (10/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- The House overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a compromise $355.4 billion defense bill brimming with money for new destroyers, helicopters and missiles and granting President Bush most of the Pentagon buildup he requested following last year's terrorist attacks...
House passes election overhaul compromise (10/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- With a nod of approval from President Bush, the House passed a bill Thursday night to overhaul how elections are conducted by sending states billions of dollars for new voting machines and establishing statewide voter rolls. The legislation, approved 357-48, is the result of months of bargaining between House and Senate negotiators. It would cost $3.8 billion over three years...
Police link seventh death to sniper spree (10/11/02)
MANASSAS, Va. -- The death toll from the Washington-area sniper rose to seven Thursday as authorities said ballistics evidence linked the killer to the slaying of a man gunned down at a Virginia gas station. Dean Meyers, 53, of Gaithersburg, Md., was felled by a single shot Wednesday night, moments after filling his car's tank, the latest victim to die since the attacks began Oct. 2. Two people have also been wounded...
One dead, 10 injured after bridge collapses (10/11/02)
MARCY, N.Y. -- A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday as concrete was being poured onto its steel girders, killing one worker and injuring 10 others, authorities said. At least three of the injured were in critical condition. The workers were standing on the bridge when the girders crashed onto an unfinished highway 20 feet below, said Paul Obernesser, regional construction engineer for the state Transportation Department...
House approves Bush's Iraq war resolution (10/11/02)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted 296-133 Thursday to give President Bush the broad authority he sought to use military force against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein -- with or without U.N. support. The Senate was poised to do the same and to deliver Bush a major national security policy victory...
People talk 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
Remaining Dead go back on tour ROANOKE, Va. -- The remaining members of the Grateful Dead are going back on tour, with the first stop scheduled for the Roanoke Civic Center on Nov. 14. The band, renamed The Other Ones after leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995, announced the 14-city tour on its Web site...
$950,000 settles sex abuse claims (10/11/02)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Manchester Diocese agreed Thursday to pay $950,000 to settle lawsuits brought by 16 men who said they were molested by priests as far back as 1957. The men accused eight former priests altogether. The diocese said four have died, two are alive but no longer act as priests, and two left the ministry in the 1960s. The most recent accusation dated to 1982...
School bus, truck crash in Michigan (10/11/02)
ERIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A truck hauling steel coils crashed into the side of a school bus taking youngsters on a field trip Thursday, injuring more than three dozen children and adults, eight critically. "It was just bodies all over the place," said firefighter Cliff Moore...
Two former WorldCom execs plead guilty in accounting fraud (10/11/02)
NEW YORK -- Two executives who oversaw WorldCom's financial record-keeping pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a federal probe of the company's multibillion-dollar accounting scandal. Betty Vinson, the former director of management reporting, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and securities fraud. ...
Blair visits Russia for talks on Iraq (10/11/02)
KOZLOVO, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin gave a warm greeting to British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday as Washington's strongest supporter in the Iraq tensions arrived for talks aimed at winning Russia's support for tough measures against Saddam Hussein...
20,000 march in slain officer's funeral in show of force (10/11/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Twenty-thousand police and militiamen marched in a funeral procession for a police colonel Thursday in the biggest Palestinian display force in years and a clear warning to the slain officer's Hamas killers to end their challenge to Yasser Arafat's government...
Al-Qaida returns to Arab airwaves after silence (10/11/02)
After a summer of silence, al-Qaida leaders are back on the Mideast air waves, framing their latest anti-American message around a possible war with Iraq. Experts say the terrorist network is on a renewed public relations campaign aimed at keeping itself in the public eye and associated with events which could turn the Arab public against the United States...
Al-Qaida link suspected in tanker blast (10/11/02)
AL MUKALLA, Yemen -- A fiery explosion aboard a French oil tanker in the Arabian Sea resulted from an attack on the ship, U.S. and French officials concluded Thursday. The Americans said it was an act of terrorism most likely carried out by people with links to al-Qaida...
Short of attacking Iraq, Saudis will cooperate with U.N. effort (10/11/02)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud said Thursday action against Iraq should wait until the war on terrorism is finished because it could fuel the terrorists' cause. The prince also said Saudi Arabia won't participate in any attack on Iraq, but short of that would cooperate in a U.N. effort to address concerns about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction...
Explosion in Chechnya kills at least nine (10/11/02)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- An explosion ripped through a police building in the Chechen capital Thursday, killing at least nine people and injuring several, an emergency official said. The blast heavily damaged the building in the Zavodskoi region of Grozny, officials said....
Nonaligned nations ask Security Council for open meeting (10/11/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Some 130 nations pressing for a peaceful solution in Iraq asked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to hold an emergency open meeting before it votes on a new resolution that could authorize military action against Saddam Hussein's government...
Relatives prepare for reunion with kidnapped Japanese (10/11/02)
TOKYO -- It is a homecoming Yuko Hamamoto has awaited for decades. Next week his sister will return to Japan for the first time since she was abducted by North Korean spies nearly a quarter century ago. But it is a homecoming fraught with uncertainty for Hamamoto and the four other families to be reunited with their kin. ...
Possible al-Qaida link to shooting of soldier is investigated (10/11/02)
KUWAIT -- The body of a U.S. Marine killed in an attack here was flown home Thursday as investigators questioned detainees and looked for possible links between the Kuwaiti attackers and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Three more Marines were injured Thursday in an explosion that appears to have been caused by a land mine. The Navy said their wounds were minor...
Pro-Taliban parties faring well in election (10/11/02)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A coalition of pro-Taliban religious parties swept the frontier provincial legislature near the Afghan border, in the first solid results Friday in Pakistan's election. Campaigning on a strong anti-American platform, that called for an end to Pakistan's support for the U.S.-led war on terror in Afghanistan, the coalition of six hard-line parties had a clear majority in Pakistan's North West Province legislature, the election commission said...
Oct. 11 football games at a glance (10/11/02)
Central (4-1) at Jackson (1-4) Last week: Central 46, Graves County (Ky.) 7; Fort Zumwalt West 33, Jackson 7 Last year: Jackson 33, Central 0 Notes: The 95th meeting of the two schools. Central leads series 55-33-7. ...
Central twins add an extra boom to Central season (10/11/02)
"Schermann -- Twin sons to Paul and Sarah Schermann, 1277 Kingsway, Southeast Missouri Hospital. Nov. 7. Name, Clayton Schmuke. Weight 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces. Born 1:28 a.m. Name, Colin Reid. Weight 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Born 1:32 a.m. Second and third child, first and second son."...
The tide has turned heading into rivalry game (10/11/02)
It's time for role reversal in the football rivalry between Central and Jackson. The Jackson Indians have come into the annual clash undefeated the last two years and with a cumulative 18-1 record in the last three meetings. Central has entered 2-3 the last two seasons and a cumulative 5-14 over those same three years...
Bulldogs show control in win over Jackson (10/11/02)
Senior Tyler Cuba had two goals and an assist and Notre Dame cruised to a 3-0 win Thursday night over visiting Jackson at home. Despite wet conditions, the Bulldogs (9-4) had no problem stringing together passes and they dominated their possessions. Jackson (4-10-1) played only one forward and constantly packed themselves into their own defensive fourth...
Rain juggles district softball schedules (10/11/02)
Three of the four area district softball tournaments were rained out Thursday, while the fourth was relocated to the St. Louis area. Each tournament was to start Thursday, but only the Class 3, District 2 tournament survived the rain. The first two games were moved from Notre Dame to Festus, Mo...
Smith eager to kick off first practice with Otahks (10/11/02)
B.J. Smith admits he's not a very patient person this time of the year. Smith, Southeast Missouri State University's first-year women's basketball coach, anxiously awaits the chance to get his inaugural Otahkian team on the court. "I was talking to one of my coaching friends from junior college the other day," Smith said. "I'm sitting around my office shaking my head. Everybody in junior college has already started practice and I can't start yet."...
Cardinals emtpy-handed again, trail 2-0 in series (10/11/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Rich Aurilia, Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants set down the Cardinals without much of a fight. Aurilia homered twice, Schmidt pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Giants shut down St. Louis 4-1 Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the NL championship series...
Know the rules before setting off on turkey hunt (10/11/02)
Missouri's fall firearms turkey season opens Monday and runs through October 27. The season is open in all counties except Dunklin, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, and Scott. Last year about 30,000 licensed hunters bagged 13,554 turkeys during the 14-day season. Southeast Missouri accounted for 1,027 of that total. St. Francois County led the state with 208 birds checked...
Area digest 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
Cape runner heads to Chicago for marathon The Rev. Paul Short of St. Andrew's in Cape Girardeau will head to Chicago this weekend to participate in the Chicago Marathon. Short made the commitment to take on the 26.2-mile run to help raise money for the new Saxony Lutheran High School Athletic Department...
Everybody's a critic - 'Red Dragon' (10/11/02)
Three stars Do you dream? Because if you do, this movie is what nightmares are made from. It is a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs," featuring Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a genius forensic psychiatrist,who is himself, a psychopath. ...
Gorshin does 'Say Goodnight Gracie' (10/11/02)
NEW YORK -- Deep in the bowels of the Helen Hayes Theatre, down a winding metal staircase and past a cramped corridor, George Burns is coming back to life. First, a red turtleneck and wool suit are slipped on. Then a steel-gray wig is attached. A dab of makeup follows and then a pair of black, round glasses...
Artifacts 10/11 (10/11/02)
St. Louis Brass Quintet to play Oct. 18. The St. Louis Brass Quintet will perform Oct. 18 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. The quintet consists of two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone and tuba. The virtuoso performers are known for their humorous approach to music...
SONiA - Making music to bring people together (10/11/02)
SONiA Rutstein began her singing career in Baltimore, Md., in the bathtub with her sister, Cindy. By junior high school she was writing protest songs, though she didn't realize the songs were political. In 1988, she and Cindy formed a band called disappear fear. They named the band disappear fear "because when you disappear fear between people what you have left is love," SONiA has said...
Whole lotta shakin' goin' on (10/11/02)
Women say they like Shane Jones' voice or his personality or the costumes the Elvis impersonator wears, some of which cost $4,000. But you have only to watch the reactions at Jones' show to see what they really like: the way he shimmies. Some admit it. "He has a good body. And I like the shimmies," says Kathy Yallaly of Cape Girardeau...
Eloise Anderson (10/11/02)
Eloise Wring Anderson, 94, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla. She was born in New Frankfort, Ill. She was formerly of Cape Girardeau, where she owned Wring's Tot Teen Shop and was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church...
Mildred Lohmann (10/11/02)
Mildred Lohmann, 77, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Loesch (10/11/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alice A. Loesch, formerly of Perryville, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, in Hiawatha, Iowa. Young and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert Kester (10/11/02)
Gilbert Kester, 84, of Friedheim died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at the home of a daughter in St. Louis. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Jack Carson (10/11/02)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- John Howlett "Jack" Carson, 79, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Charleston, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Encore Senior Village in Naples. Born March 10, 1923, in Charleston, to Ralph and Geraldine Howlett Carson, he lived in Charleston and vicinity most of his life...
Helen Miller (10/11/02)
Helen Lorraine Marshall Miller, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born May 8, 1921, in Benton, Mo., daughter of Alonzo Lewis and Lorraine Good Marshall. She and Ernest W. Miller were married Oct. 22, 1955, in Cape Girardeau. He died March 11, 1976...
Michael Kirchhofer (10/11/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Michael J. Kirchhofer, 37, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, from injuries received in an automobile accident near Bernie, Mo. He was born Dec. 18, 1964, in St. Louis, son of James and Martha Johnson Kirchhofer. Kirchhofer was a construction worker...
Mary Robinson (10/11/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary A. Robinson, 91, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 31, 1911, at Apple Creek, Mo., daughter of Frank and Anna Schonoff Buchheit. She and Edward G. Robinson Sr. were married Nov. 15, 1932, in Perryville. He died Jan. 7, 1999...
Charles Farrow Jr. (10/11/02)
Charles T. Farrow Jr., 45, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 30, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles T. and Elsie Marie Moore Farrow Sr. He and Claire Coplin were married Oct. 23, 1983...
Lucille Emerson (10/11/02)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Lucille Emerson, 79, of Morley died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Oran, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
Simmons Son to Leslie Aaron Simmons of Advance, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002. Name, Ian Tate. Weight, 7 pounds 15 ounces. First child. Ms. Simmons is the daughter of Gayle Simmons and Steve and Kathy Simmons of Advance...
Cape police report 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 11 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Sheila A. Saffel, 40, of 646 S. Spring, Apt. H, was arrested Wednesday on two Cape Girardeau warrants for failure to appear...
Jackson fire report 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
Jackson Friday, Oct. 11 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: An emergency medical service on South Hope. An alarm sounding on Kimbeland Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: A motor vehicle accident on Bainbridge...
Cape fire report 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 11 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following item: At 6:37 p.m., emergency medical service at Big Bend Road. Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 8:53 a.m., emergency medical service at 611 S. West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
10 years ago: Oct. 11, 1992 Jackson -- The Rev. Otto Steinhaus, pastor of New McKendree United Methodist Church, celebrates 40 years as ordained minister at afternoon program; event is held in church fellowship hall and begins with short program of shared remembrances and experiences of the 40 years...
MoDOT closely monitoring Cape bridge (10/11/02)
Editor's note: This is a letter from Scott Meyer of the Missouri Department of Transportation to editor R. Joe Sullivan. We appreciate the Southeast Missourian's editorial on Saturday that re-emphasized that the existing Mississippi River bridge is safe. ...
A team of determination, not destiny (10/11/02)
Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport other than golf, is a game of concentration. A split-second, a hundredth of an inch, the slightest hesitation is the difference between a home run and a harmless pop out to the shortstop. The cerebral nature of our pastime is just one of the things that has made the St. ...
It's a critical time for Old Town Cape (10/11/02)
Four major projects are on the drawing board that could catapult Cape Girardeau's downtown to the so-called "next level." The refurbishing of the Marquette Hotel into state offices, the construction of a new federal court house building, the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge and the proposed River Campus project are the paints that could splash some color onto downtown's unfinished canvas...
Students shouldn't be fooled (10/11/02)
This is about Southeast Missouri State University students not finishing in four years. It's not the students' fault that Southeast has defined a full-time student as carrying 12 hours. These gullible students sign up for a "full load," never bothering to multiply to see that, at that rate, it will take them five years to graduate...
Speak out 10/11/02 (10/11/02)
WELL I just finished my weekly ritual of digging through a perfectly good garbage can to combine all my weekly bags of garbage into different bags to put out on the curb. I'd just like to say thank you to the city of Jackson for having me have to do this. I'd much rather do this than pay a few dollars a month to have my garbage picked up...
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