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Stories from Saturday, October 12, 2002

Flying Indians to gather one more time (10/12/02)
They were going to be known as the Indian Squadron. Two groups of more than 20 men attending Southeast Missouri State Teacher College were told that if they all signed up for the Navy, they would all go serve in World War II together as their own squadron with their own insignia. And they would stay together...
Chamber hears about role state plays in local economy (10/12/02)
Mitch Robinson, the Cape Girardeau Area Industrial Recruitment Association executive director, addressed the Jackson Chamber of Commerce Friday morning about issues facing the CGAIRA and statewide financial problems that are challenging economic development programs and organizations...
Southeast Missouri Career Fair moving into high gear (10/12/02)
The Southeast Missourian and sejobsonline.com are gearing up for their first Career Fair, an opportunity to match those seeking jobs with employers who have them. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Show Me Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, and parking and admission are free...
Rangers' rescue (10/12/02)
alcolm Amos won't eat rice anymore. "They hardly fed us, and when they did, it was wormy, maggoty, moldy rice," the former prisoner of war said. "You had to eat it if you wanted to live." Maggoty, moldy rice, occasional greens and a small piece of meat every few months kept Amos alive, but barely...
Sidewalk rule gets more use by police in Cape (10/12/02)
Dwight Armour is a lot happier about the safety of his neighborhood these days. Armour and his wife, Sharon, appeared Monday at the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting to express his thanks to city leaders and police for taking a stronger stance against crime with a seldom-used ordinance...
Religion census shows Catholic church makes gains in Southeast (10/12/02)
With BC-Religion Census-List On the Net: www.glenmary.org/grc/RCMS_2000/release.htm From staff and wire reports The Mormon church and evangelical faiths grew during the past decade while more liberal Protestant denominations shrank, according to a new census of U.S. religions conducted by a Roman Catholic research group...
religion calendar 10/12 (10/12/02)
Today Annual bazaar at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Proceeds from the sale benefit mission projects. Fall festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Third Street United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Handmade items and baked goods will be for sale. A soup luncheon will be served...
religion briefs 10/12 (10/12/02)
Lithuanian student at Pocahontas festival A Lithuanian student will speak at a mission festival at 10 a.m. Sunday in Pocahontas. Saida Tinginyte, 27, will be the featured speaker during the missions service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pocahontas. She is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania and is studying toward a master's degree in theology...
See Dick run run Dick run (10/12/02)
WASHINGTON -- Coast to coast, Dick Gephardt has traveled to more than 30 other lawmakers' districts this year, campaigning to win back the House for the Democrats -- and maybe the White House for himself. If the Democrats prevail on Nov. 5, the Missouri congressman would be in line to become House speaker, a position he's sought for years. He would also have to decide whether to plunge into that job or mount an all-out second run for the presidency in 2004...
Native American warrior statue unveiled in Southern Illinois (10/12/02)
EQUALITY, Ill. -- The Shawnee warrior Tecumseh now stands sentry at the start of a trail near the Shawnee National Forest, and the 300 people who gathered Friday to see the bronze statue unveiled didn't seem to mind that the leader probably never set foot in the area...
Missing boy's family turns to psychic (10/12/02)
RICHWOODS, Mo. -- With few other leads to go on in the search for a missing 11-year-old eastern Missouri, Shawn Hornbeck's family has put its faith in an Illinois psychic's read on the fifth-grader's possible whereabouts. The psychic, whose name was not released, told the family Thursday through an intermediary that the boy was struck Sunday night by a vehicle off Highway 47 and was buried by the motorist, said Rodney Akers of Bourbon, Mo., the boy's uncle...
President Bush planning visit to Springfield (10/12/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- President Bush plans to visit Springfield next week, the White House announced Friday. The president is scheduled to appear Oct. 18 at a political rally at Southwest Missouri State University for Republican Senate hopeful Jim Talent and local candidates, Greene County GOP chairman Bill Mauck said...
Studies question revenue estimate for tobacco tax (10/12/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two independent studies have concluded that a proposed tobacco tax increase won't raise as much money as is projected on the Nov. 5 ballot. How much less is a matter of assumptions about the likely decline in cigarette sales caused by the higher tax...
Pastors group protests city's gay festival (10/12/02)
The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Christian pastors are leading a protest campaign against an annual gay celebration in the French Quarter that they say features lewdness, nudity and public sex. The Rev. Grant E. Storms, who organized the campaign, has circulated a videotape made at this year's Southern Decadence weekend that he said shows men having sex in the streets of the French Quarter. ...
Appealing alternative (10/12/02)
Evangelical churches find key to attract worshipers By John Chadwick ~ The Record WYCKOFF, N.J. -- One Sunday morning, Dennis MacPherson stands on stage, plays an electric guitar, and focuses his thoughts on Jesus. As his band launches into "I'm Free," the congregation at Wyckoff Assembly of God responds with rapture...
religion census list (10/12/02)
List of largest denominations in the United States, according to survey With BC-Religion Census The Associated Press Here is a list of the 15 largest religious denominations in the United States, according to the 2000 Religious Congregations & Membership study by the Glenmary Research Center:...
Alabama ban on sex toys struck down (10/12/02)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- An Alabama law banning the sale of sex toys was struck down by a federal judge as a violation of the right to privacy. "The fundamental right of privacy, long recognized by the Supreme Court as inherent among our constitutional protections, incorporates a right to sexual privacy," U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith Jr. said Wednesday...
Eighth sniper killing moves manhunt to D.C. highways (10/12/02)
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- A man filling up his car at a Virginia gas station was shot to death Friday in what may have been the most brazen attack yet by the Washington-area sniper, committed as a state trooper investigated an accident just across the street...
Kyle hits coast, floods Carolinas before weakening (10/12/02)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After wandering deep in the Atlantic for three weeks, Tropical Storm Kyle sideswiped the South Carolina coast Friday, swamping streets and homes with up to 8 inches of rain and packing destructive winds. The storm's center passed across Charleston Harbor, the first tropical system to do so since Hurricane Hugo smashed into the state in 1989...
Fiery crash on Wisconsin road kills at least 10 (10/12/02)
CEDAR GROVE, Wis. -- More than two dozen vehicles crashed on a foggy highway Friday morning, killing 10 people in a pile of charred and twisted metal in the deadliest auto accident in state history. At least 34 others were injured, several critically...
Sales by retailers show biggest drop in last 10 months (10/12/02)
WASHINGTON -- Cautious consumers, shaken by the turbulent stock market and a possible war with Iraq, tightened their belts in September and pushed down sales at the nation's retailers by the largest amount in 10 months. That news from the Commerce Department along with a separate, preliminary report Friday that showed Americans' confidence in the economy sank to a nine-year low in October, raised new questions about people's willingness to spend in the months ahead, including the holiday shopping season.. ...
Navy- Gulf War pilot taken by Iraq (10/12/02)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy on Friday declared Gulf War pilot Michael Scott Speicher was captured by Iraq, saying there's no evidence the officer is dead. Two senators suggested there is new, classified evidence indicating Speicher is alive inside Iraq...
Bush signs temporary spending measure (10/12/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed a temporary spending bill Friday that allows the federal government to continue spending for another week at current levels because most budget measures remain snarled in Congress. A $10.5 billion military construction Congress cleared Thursday was the first of 13 annual spending bills lawmakers have completed for the budget year that began Oct. 1...
New war powers start post-Saddam Iraq plans (10/12/02)
WASHINGTON -- Handed authority by Congress to oust Saddam Hussein, President Bush is reviewing postwar plans for Iraq that could include deploying U.S. troops to stabilize the nation until a new government is formed. His anti-Iraq resolution at the United Nations met stiff resistance Friday...
Man of peace (10/12/02)
PLAINS, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his commitment to diplomacy over war -- an honor that was delivered with a rebuke of the Bush administration for its hard line on Iraq. Carter, 78, was cited for his peacemaking during and after his White House years, including brokering the Camp David accords in the Mideast, mediating other conflicts around the globe, serving as an election observer and promoting human rights...
Tree sitter's death highlights logging protest dangers (10/12/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tree sitting has become a popular way to protest logging operations, despite its danger. A man with the environmental activist group Earth First! died this week after he fell more than 50 feet from a redwood tree, the latest fatality of tree-sitting protests...
Iraq says it is ready for U.N. inspections (10/12/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq confirmed in a letter Friday that it is ready for U.N. weapons inspections, but it ignored the details of agreements reached with the United Nations to facilitate the return of inspectors. The two-page Iraqi letter to the chief weapons inspectors, obtained by The Associated Press, also included a reference to future consultations. The United States seized on that reference to accuse Baghdad of wanting "to delay and deceive."...
'We will be martyrs' (10/12/02)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The defiant rhetoric of the Gulf War was revived Friday on the streets of Iraq's capital as war-weary Iraqis declared themselves ready to fight, but prayed still for peace. Official Iraq spoke hotly on the day after Congress authorized President Bush to use force against Iraq. Broadcast live on state TV, a prayer leader denounced Bush as an "idiot" and the U.S. administration as "a band of terrorists."...
Terrorism seen as likely cause of oil tanker blast (10/12/02)
AL MUKALLA, Yemen -- A terrorist cell sympathetic to the al-Qaida network may have carried out the attack on a French oil tanker in the Arabian Sea, investigators said Friday. French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie cast off any lingering theories of Sunday's explosion and fire being an accident, saying "parts of a small boat and traces of TNT were found inside the tanker."...
Police say would-be bomber arrested near U.S. Embassy in Israel (10/12/02)
TEL AVIV, Israel -- U.S. Embassy security guards overpowered a would-be suicide bomber who had tried to enter a crowded cafe nearby on the Tel Aviv beachfront on Friday, police said. Shlomit Herzberg, chief spokeswoman for police in Tel Aviv, said a security guard stopped the man as he tried to enter the Hatayelet cafe on the beachfront promenade about 20 yards from the U.S. Embassy...
Falwell remarks prompt clashes leaving five dead (10/12/02)
BOMBAY, India -- Five people were killed Friday in Hindu-Muslim rioting and police gunfire after riots broke out during a general strike to protest the Rev. Jerry Falwell calling the founder of Islam a terrorist. Forty-seven others were injured. The rioters attacked each other with knives and stones during the strike called to protest what Falwell's said on CBS television early this months. Muslim organizations called Falwell's remarks as derogatory and blasphemous...
Afghanistan needs $20 billion, says finance head (10/12/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan needs up to $20 billion over the next five years to put the war-shattered country back on its feet and help ease its dependence on foreign aid, the finance minister said Friday. That amount is over four times the $4.5 billion pledged by international donors in January to help rebuild the country. Most of that money has yet to arrive...
Oct. 11 prep football scores (10/12/02)
Southeast Missouri scores Central 34, Jackson 7 Sikeston 23, New Madrid Co. Central 17, OT Poplar Bluff 25, Farmington 24 Dexter 44, Charleston 13 Kennett 31, Malden 12 St. Vincent 34, Caruthersville 6 Park Hills Central 48, Scott City 14 Chaffee 20, East Prairie 6...
ND, Windsor set up district softball final (10/12/02)
Notre Dame and Windsor won Class 3, District 1 softball tournament semifinal games Friday to advance to today's championship at noon at Notre Dame. No. 1 seed Notre Dame defeated No. 4 St. Pius 5-0 after building a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Lindsay Reinagel pitched the win (three hits, one strikeout, no walks) while Stacy Seyer was 2-for-3...
Red Devils topple EP, break skid in homecoming win (10/12/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- With two teams staring at 0-6 Friday at Chaffee, the Red Devils dominated the offensive side of the ball and dominated the score, winning 20-6. In a matchup of the pass-oriented Red Devils and the ground-dominated Eagles, it was Chaffee that dominated both facets of the offensive side of the ball...
Central turns rivalry into romp (10/12/02)
In a season with lofty goals, the Central Tigers crossed off a big accomplishment Friday night at Jackson High School. Clogging Jackson's power running game, Central broke a four-year losing streak to the Indians with a tidy 34-7 victory in the annual clash between the Cape Girardeau County rivals...
UTM takes optimistic approach amid long OVC skid (10/12/02)
Sam McCorkle says his University of Tennessee-Martin football team has made significant strides since last season -- even if Saturday's game at Eastern Kentucky didn't reflect that. The Skyhawks opened their Ohio Valley Conference schedule with a 58-3 drubbing by the powerful Colonels. But McCorkle will look for a better showing today when the Skyhawks (2-4, 0-1) host surging Southeast Missouri State University (4-2, 1-0)...
Otahks turn away pesky Eagles (10/12/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team, looking to improve to .500 overall, got what it wished for in a four-set home win Friday that pushed Tennessee Tech's losing streak to five games. The Otahkians (9-9, 4-2 Ohio Valley Conference) won 24-30, 30-19, 30-21, 30-12 at Houck Field House...
Winless Rams say Bulger will start against Oakland (10/12/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The winless Rams continued their quarterback shuffle Friday, tapping Marc Bulger to make his first NFL regular-season start Sunday against the undefeated Oakland Raiders. Bulger, who has never taken a snap in a regular-season game, will step in for Jamie Martin, who had replaced injured starter Kurt Warner. Martin sat out most of this week's practices while nursing a bruised left knee...
Back home and halfway to spot in World Series, Giants focus on (10/12/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- All of a sudden, J.T. Snow cut short his practice swings and Kirk Rueter stopped shagging fly balls. For a moment Friday, the San Francisco Giants had let their focus slip. And for good reason -- a fighter jet from the Blue Angels zoomed over Pacific Bell Park, leaving behind a vapor trail...
Cochran's motivation is good; his plan isn't (10/12/02)
I like Johnnie Cochran a lot. He's one of the most brilliant attorneys America has ever produced. He's a wonderful role model. He's a terrific symbol to African-American kids that in this country you can achieve all that your mind conceives if you're willing to sacrifice and work hard...
Area digest 10/12/02 (10/12/02)
Southeast soccer team beats Tennessee Tech COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team remained perfect in Ohio Valley Conference play Friday as the Otahkians defeated Tennessee Tech 2-1. The Otahkians are 8-4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OVC. The Eagles fell to 8-3-1 and 2-2...
Mildred Lohmann (10/12/02)
The funeral for Mildred E. Lohmann of Jackson will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today...
Samuel Brown (10/12/02)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Samuel Donner Brown, 83, of McClure died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at his home. Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Buddy Young (10/12/02)
Buddy Young, 65, of Jackson died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ezra DeJarnett (10/12/02)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Ezra B. "Shorty" DeJarnett, 86, of Tamms died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. He was born Jan. 8, 1916, in Clinton, Ky., son of Claude Ezra "Sam" and Sallie Mae Cagle DeJarnett. DeJarnett was a self-employed carpenter. He was a former volunteer with Cairo, Ill., and Tamms fire departments, and served as an auxiliary member of Alexander County Sheriff's Department...
Virginia Denges (10/12/02)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Virginia Denges, 94, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Jonesboro Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 1, 1908, in Knightsville, Ind., daughter of Alex and Janet Spence Lawson. Denges was formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., and retired from National City Bank in Indianapolis...
May Shelton (10/12/02)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- May F. Shelton, 59, of Metropolis died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. She was born May 6, 1943, daughter of Ray A. and Mary Poole Shelton. She was formerly of East Prairie, Mo. Survivors include a brother, Clinton Shelton of Jonesboro, and a sister, Margaret Whybark of East Prairie...
Ethel Baer (10/12/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ethel C. Baer, 91, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born June 6, 1911, in Perry County, daughter of Leon and Mary Sutterer Hoffman. She and Henry Baer were married April 5, 1932, in Perryville. He died April 22, 1981...
Lucille Emerson (10/12/02)
MORLEY, Mo. -- The funeral for Lucille Emerson of Morley will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church. The Revs. Jim Matthews and Delbert Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Garden near Morley. Friends may call at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran, Mo., after 5 p.m. Sunday...
Gilbert Kester (10/12/02)
Gilbert A. Kester, 84, of Friedheim passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at the home of a daughter in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 11,1918, in Friedheim, third child of Joseph and Emma Kester. He and Bettye Louise Siemers were united in marriage Feb. 16, 1947. They celebrated 55 years of marriage prior to her death May 19, 2002...
Births 10/12/02 (10/12/02)
Bickings Daughter to Jeffery Lee and April Love Bickings of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:22 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002. Name, Madison Love. Weight, 7 pounds 1 ounce. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Bickings is the former April Rhymer, daughter of Roger and Laveda Rhymer of Scott City. She is an insurance secretary at Gastroenterology Associates. Bickings is the son of Gary and Diane Bickings of Scott City. He is employed at Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse...
POLICE - Cape, Oct. 12 (10/12/02)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Oct. 12 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Michael W. Schemel Jr., 21, of 1330 N. Sprigg, Apt. 4, was arrested Friday on suspicion of peace disturbance...
FIRE - Cape, Saturday, Oct. 12 (10/12/02)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Oct. 12 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 3:22 p.m., carbon detector at 835 Rodney Vista. At 7:32 p.m., structure fire at 1105 Linden. At 10:17 p.m., emergency medical service at 324 S. Benton. Firefighters responded Friday to the following items: At 12:34 a.m., emergency medical service at 615 Boxwood, Apt. 1...
Out of the past 10/12/02 (10/12/02)
10 years ago: Oct. 12, 1992 Group of Cape Girardeau residents has taken up hobby of bird watching; diamond doves from Australia, green singing finches from Africa and orange-cheek waxbill from Africa are among species housed in special aviary, which has been added to Cape LaCroix Care Center; aviary, designed, built and stocked by Living Design, Inc., of Sioux Falls, S.D., is home to 19 birds - 10 varieties...
Article misleading on tobacco tax issue (10/12/02)
By Brad Ketcher I am writing in response to an article that appeared in this week's Southeast Missourian, "Two gas stations close." Missouri is facing a very challenging economic time. And, it is unfortunate that the convenience store industry, along with many businesses across the state, are feeling the impact. However, I take strong exception to the argument that Proposition A plays a role here...
Police, firefighters deserved chamber award (10/12/02)
Congratulations to Cape Girardeau's police personnel and firefighters, properly honored with the 2002 Commitment to Excellence Award. The recent banquet marked the first time the award has been bestowed on groups not involved in manufacturing, but the chamber of commerce recognized that these groups allow businesses to survive. ...
'Hidden treasure' properly cracking down (10/12/02)
With alcohol poisonings among Southeast Missouri State University students running about one a week since the start of the fall semester, university officials have the right to be worried. Kevin Stewart, coordinator of the school's substance abuse prevention and education program, points to some alarming statistics uncovered through an in-house survey...
Williams' columns are worth saving (10/12/02)
An open letter to Walter E. Williams: I have read your columns appearing in the Southeast Missourian the past 10 years and have a bulging file testifying to my personal appreciation for your intelligent, well-written, common-sense, easy-to-read-and-understand renditions. The article about Zimbabwe reparations is just another in the long line of such columns. Thank you so very much. I pray you continue the good work.CHARLES J. LANCE...
Officials should mind own business (10/12/02)
Southeast Missouri State University officials need to mind their own business. There's already next to nothing to do in Cape Girardeau for college students. If you don't believe me, ask any student on campus. I can guarantee you that nine out of every 10 will tell you that cities like Springfield or even Carbondale blow Cape Girardeau away as far as activities for college students are concerned. ...
Speak Out 10/12/02 (10/12/02)
Keep some distance I CRINGE every time a reporter or anyone else refers to Saddam Hussein as simply "Saddam." I have always reserved first names for family and friends, people I know and like. It seems that anyone would want to keep some distance from this character. I don't get it...
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