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Stories from Friday, October 25, 2002

Workers make last large concrete pour on Emerson bridge (10/25/02)
The giant steel-and-concrete bridge taking shape over the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau moved a step closer to completion this week with 5.8 million pounds of concrete poured for construction of yet another pier for the $100 million span. Throughout Wednesday night, trucks with concrete rumbled across the narrow 74-year-old bridge that the new four-lane span will replace...
$200,000 boost goes to center for seniors in Jackson (10/25/02)
Southeast Missourian The Jackson Senior Center is on its way to getting a new $450,000 facility thanks to a $200,000 state grant announced by Gov. Bob Holden Thursday. The Community Development Block Grant money is intended to help fund new affordable housing units for low- to moderate-income senior citizens. ...
Elderly woman hit by car after leaving church (10/25/02)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A teenage driver may face charges for leaving the scene where an elderly woman leaving church was hit and killed crossing Main Street Wednesday night. Edna Charlene Grable, 76, of the 1000 block of Adam Street was reportedly pronounced dead at about 10:30 p.m. by a doctor at Three Rivers Healthcare-North Campus...
Shout to the Lord (10/25/02)
Young voices uplifted hearts and hands with songs of praise to God on Thursday night at the Show Me Center during the fifth night of the Hope for America crusade. Members of the Baptist Student Center's Regeneration Collegiate Campus Ministries choir at Southeast Missouri State University performed to an audience of about 200 worshippers...
Rocky Holler hosts haunted hayrides (10/25/02)
Rocky Holler in rural Cape Girardeau is conducting haunted hayrides from 7 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday. Participants ride in tractor-drawn wagons, and spooky creatures leap out from behind trees and props. The ride lasts 40 minutes and costs $5 per person...
Law enforcement officials discuss Amber Alert system (10/25/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Representatives of several local law enforcement agencies, along with Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, gathered Wednesday at the Sikeston Clinton Building to discuss the Amber Alert system currently being developed for the area...
Police investigate bogus bills sent to SIU parents (10/25/02)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Police at Southern Illinois University here are investigating a series of fraudulent bills sent to students' parents over the past week, officials said Thursday. About a dozen fake bills purporting to be from the university were sent to parents of SIUC students across Illinois from Naperville to Champaign to Nashville, and one was sent to SIU parents in Nebraska, said Lt. Kay Doan, who heads the investigation for the university police department...
Career fair offers new job opportunities for convicted felons (10/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Every applicant was a felon and every recruiter knew it at this week's job fair at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. The Partnership for Success Job Fair was praised by judges as a common-sense approach to breaking a cycle of repeat offenses. The region's state and federal probation officers organized the event, a first for the area...
Killers mistook shooting victim for someone else (10/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A man who was fatally shot last week in St. Louis was the victim of mistaken identity, police said. Police said Daniel Howard was killed Friday by men trying to retaliate for a shooting earlier that night. Howard was wearing a red, hooded sweat shirt that day, similar to that worn by someone else who had fired a gun at the two men accused of killing Howard, officers said...
Imposter could be ruled incompetent for trial (10/25/02)
MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- A Missouri man who said he was a U.S. Army captain and took command of rescue efforts after a deadly bridge collapse could be ruled incompetent to stand trial, his attorney said Wednesday. A federal judge ordered William J. Clark to undergo psychiatric testing at a Fort Worth, Texas, medical center after a grand jury indicted him in August on charges of impersonating a federal officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon...
State commission delays update to five-year road plan (10/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state transportation commission is delaying a regular update to its five-year road plan because of the defeat of a proposed tax increase and continued debate over how to divide future road money. Commissioners acknowledged Thursday they could take some criticism for once again saying they would do something and then not following through...
Senate debate yields diverse exchange (10/25/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The only debate featuring all four Missouri candidates for the U.S. Senate yielded the most wide-ranging discussion of issues in the campaign to date on Thursday. While homeland security and other subjects that have been high-profile issues for U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Jim Talent were addressed, the candidates also answered questions on less-discussed topics such as judicial appointments and slavery reparations...
State officials report fifth Missourian dies of West Nile (10/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A 76-year-old suburban St. Louis man has died of the West Nile virus, bringing to five Missouri's death toll from the mosquito-borne illness, state health officials said Thursday. The latest victim, a Hazelwood man whose name was not immediately released, died Oct. 5, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and a St. Louis County Health Department official said...
Ex-weapons inspector discusses security (10/25/02)
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. -- Former U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector David Kay said Thursday that Iraq did not cooperate with weapons inspections from 1991 to 1998 and doubted it would in the future. Kay, addressing a group at Maryville University, said that record of mistrust shapes the issue the United States now faces -- whether a country has the authority to pre-emptively strike at another...
Provisional ballot lawsuit resolved (10/25/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Election officials will have more specific procedures to follow when considering a person's eligibility for provisional voting under an agreement reached Thursday between Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt and two Democratic officeholders...
U.S. using armed drones on patrol in southern Iraq (10/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Air Force has begun using armed drones to strike targets in southern Iraq, the military's top officer said Thursday. The pilotless Predators fly in conjunction with Air Force fighter jets that have been patrolling a no-fly zone over southern Iraq for more than a decade, said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Armed Predators began flying over Iraq about a month ago, another officer said...
Blood for treats - Dogs give blood at university (10/25/02)
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - Sport, an energetic English springer spaniel, bounced onto the University of Pennsylvania's canine bloodmobile, his ears flopping. Like Pavlov's dogs, experience had taught him to expect a treat and he was already looking for it...
Consumers think ads for drugs lead to higher prices (10/25/02)
MIAMI -- Expensive drug commercials -- which bombard television viewers with talk of heartburn, arthritis pain and erectile dysfunction -- are often a waste of money, cause repulsed viewers to channel surf and leave many with the impression that the ads are a big reason for high drug prices...
Arrests link gun to sniper attacks (10/25/02)
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- One of America's most extraordinary manhunts culminated Thursday in the arrests of an Army veteran and a teenager, asleep at a roadside rest stop -- perpetrators, authorities believe, of a bloody, three-week sniping spree that left 10 people dead and multitudes paralyzed by fear...
Investigators - Pyramid scheme was run by women, for women (10/25/02)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It was called Women Helping Women. But investigators say it operated more like Women Helping Themselves to Other Women's Money. The network was allegedly a $12 million pyramid scheme in which women were invited to parties in beauty salons and suburban homes and promised the opportunity to help their community and make big money for themselves...
Muhammad's life follows tangled path toward arrest (10/25/02)
John Allen Muhammad's life has followed a tangled path. From what relatives describe as a normal childhood in Louisiana, he earned Army honors for marksmanship and Gulf War service. He embraced Islam. He also divorced twice, started and abandoned a karate school, and slid into homelessness...
Calif. officials look to pay off debts (10/25/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California power officials, counting on customers to help settle part of the giant tab left over from the state's power crisis, decided Thursday that low-income customers won't have to chip in. Those who receive electric rate discounts for medical needs and a swath of San Diego Gas and Electric customers were also spared from helping pay off $11.95 billion of bonds the state is selling...
Suspect in $691 million fraud pleads guilty (10/25/02)
BALTIMORE -- A former currency trader accused of hiding $691 million in losses pleaded guilty Thursday in one of the biggest bank fraud cases in U.S. history and will get 7 1/2 years in prison. Prosecutors said John Rusnak fabricated trades to cover the losses and make it appear as if Allfirst bank was making money. That, in turn, enabled him to collect big bonuses...
People talk 10/25/02 (10/25/02)
'Santa Clause' star picks holiday favorites LOS ANGELES -- So what's Santa Claus' favorite Christmas movie? Tim Allen, who reprises his role as head elf of the North Pole in "The Santa Clause 2," puts Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney's "White Christmas" and the quirky comedy "A Christmas Story" at the top of his list...
Study touts drug for bone disease (10/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- A compound that works like estrogen, but with none of the side effects, has been found to prevent brittle bone disease in mice. The discovery may offer an alternative for older women who stopped hormone replacement therapy because of the risks of cancer and heart disease...
Team sifts through intelligence to find Iraq-al-Qaida links (10/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has assigned a high-level team to sort through mountains of intelligence data for links between terrorists and countries like Iraq that other agencies may have overlooked. The creation of the team does not signal a rift between the Defense Department and the CIA, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday...
Deficit for 2002 hits $159 billion (10/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The government ran a $159 billion deficit in the fiscal year just ended, the Bush administration said Thursday, punctuating one of the federal budget's worst nosedives ever just 12 days before elections for control of Congress. The figure was not a surprise and largely reflected an ongoing shortfall in federal revenue collections. ...
Muslims fear backlash from arrests (10/25/02)
The arrest of a Muslim man on charges connected to the deadly Washington-area sniper shootings has the Islamic community bracing for another round of threats and attacks like those that followed the Sept. 11 terrorism. "The whole Muslim community was praying day and night: 'God, please. There has to be no connection to Muslims,"' Faiz Rehman of the American Muslim Council said Thursday...
ACLU, other groups sue feds (10/25/02)
WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union and three other groups sued the Bush administration Thursday, demanding information about expanded Justice Department surveillance in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The private organizations are seeking information about how the government is carrying out record-gathering at libraries, bookstores and Internet service providers...
Device explodes at Indonesian mall (10/25/02)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An explosive device blew up at a shopping mall and injured two people Thursday, worsening jitters in Indonesia, while the world moved to isolate a Southeast Asian terror group tied to al-Qaida that is suspected in the deadly Bali bombings...
Russia warns against quick vote on U.S. resolution (10/25/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Russia on Thursday warned that putting the new U.S. resolution on Iraq to a quick vote would be "counterproductive" and France said it was "very important" to hear whether U.N. weapons inspectors believe they can operate under its provisions...
North Korea says it wants 'nonaggression treaty' with U.S. (10/25/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Friday said it wants a "nonaggression treaty" with the United States to resolve security concerns on the Korean peninsula. Citing an unidentified Foreign Ministry official, the North's state-run news agency, KCNA, reported the offer amid concerns over the communist country's nuclear weapons program...
World briefs 10/25/02 (10/25/02)
Palestinians, Israelis balk at U.S. peace proposal JERUSALEM -- A U.S. envoy's first round of talks on a new Middle East peace plan produced a host of complaints Thursday, with Palestinians balking at the idea of skipping presidential elections -- a means of sidelining Yasser Arafat -- and Israel saying its security concerns were not being addressed...
Chechen rebels agree to release foreign hostages from theater (10/25/02)
MOSCOW -- Chechen rebels holding hundreds of hostages at a Moscow theater have agreed to release all 75 foreigners they are holding captive, a security official said early today. Embassies were being requested to send representatives to the scene to meet their freed citizens, Federal Security Service spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko said. The hostages include Americans, Britons, Dutch, Australians, Austrians and Germans. Hundreds of Russian hostages were not to be freed...
Abductees will stay in Japan, says Japanese government (10/25/02)
OBAMA, Japan -- The drama of the Japanese abducted to North Korea took a new turn Thursday with the announcement that the five who are visiting Japan will stay indefinitely and hope their families can join them. The announcement by Japan intensified the tug-of-war between Tokyo and its communist neighbor. ...
Officers trying to provoke coup, Venezuelan president says (10/25/02)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Military officers demanding elections are desperately trying to incite a coup while cloaking themselves in the constitution and they will be defeated, President Hugo Chavez vowed Thursday. In his first reaction to the call to rebel by dozens of officers, Chavez dismissed the protest as "a show" and said he had foiled a coup plot linked to a Monday general strike against his government...
Oct. 25 area high school football games (10/25/02)
CLASS 1, DISTRICT 1 Valle (4-3) at Chaffee (1-6) LAST WEEK: Valle 24, Grandview 12; Malden 41, Chaffee 0 LAST YEAR: Valle 43, Chaffee 0 NOTES: Chaffee has lost 10 straight district games. ...
Jackson seniors cap home season with win (10/25/02)
If you're a senior playing your last regular-season home game, you don't want to lose, plain and simple. That's the motivation that propelled Jackson on Thursday when the Indians took down district volleyball rival Poplar Bluff 15-10, 8-15, 15-6...
Central begins hunt for third straight playoff spot (10/25/02)
Offseason workouts, summer practices, regular season games -- they all point in one direction. Ask any coach and they'll tell you it's all preparation for district games. The preparations are officially over. Beginning tonight, the moment of truth will play out for three weeks...
Bell City picks up 21st win with defeat of Oran (10/25/02)
Bell City, continuing to tune up for next week's district volleyball playoffs, rolled past host Oran 15-7, 15-3 Thursday night. The Cubs (21-5) were led by Katie Niemczyk with 13 kills. Whitney Abner served 10 points and recorded 15 assists while Sarah Scherer added seven digs...
Loud and clear - No. 2 Leopold overwhelms No. 1 Notre Dame (10/25/02)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Leopold didn't just campaign for the top spot in the SEMO Top 10 volleyball poll Thursday night. The Wilcats bound and gagged the incumbent and proceeded to stuff the ballot box. Playing its final regular-season game before a packed home crowd, Leopold posted a surprisingly easy 15-4, 15-4 victory over Notre Dame in a meeting of the top two ranked teams in Southeast Missouri...
VanHoevelaak among six OCV scholar award winners (10/25/02)
Southeast Missouri State University track standout Laura VanHoevelaak is one of six individuals selected to receive the Ohio Valley Conference Scholar Athlete Award for 2002-2003. The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes and is given annually to three men and three women senior athletes for their accomplishments in both the classroom and athletics, and because of their leadership qualities...
Title hopes on the line in a big day for league teams (10/25/02)
It's a big weekend for the Big Ten. Conference championship hopes are on the line when four of the league's Top 25 teams face each other Saturday. No. 13 Iowa (7-1, 4-0) travels to No. 8 Michigan (6-1, 3-0) and No. 18 Penn State (5-2, 2-2) plays at No. 4 Ohio State (8-0, 3-0)...
Irish headed to Florida State hoping to avoid a repeat of '93 (10/25/02)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- In 1993, Notre Dame won its showdown with Florida State, breathed a sigh of relief, then went out and lost to Boston College -- blowing a shot at the national title. The Seminoles won the championship that year, which irks the Irish to this day. That disappointment turned out to be the beginning of a steady slide for Notre Dame...
Cards' closer undergoes surgery (10/25/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen, hampered the second half of the season by a shoulder injury, had arthroscopic surgery Thursday that could limit his availability early next season. Team physician Dr. George Paletta classified the operation as a "cleanup" of the shoulder. During the procedure, a small tear was discovered in the labrum, which lines the shoulder socket, but Paletta said the rotator cuff was sound...
Be wary of things that go bump in the night (10/25/02)
Hunters and others who find themselves in the woods when dark approaches should beware things that glitter, flitter and go bump in the night. There has been more than one hunter who has seen the glow of a hundred eyes, who has felt the flitter of mysterious wings and heard the things that go bump in the night. But what are these strange creatures?...
Coronation is premature for newest court king (10/25/02)
Just when you think you've heard it all, just when you think nothing in sports really can surprise you anymore, just when you think the basketball biz has gotten about as flat out goofy as it can get, along comes something else to teach you that you really just fell off the turnip truck and don't have a clue...
Murray State game will test Indians' ability to recover (10/25/02)
We played our first really big football game in a long time Saturday and got beaten 44-27 by a very good Eastern Illinois team. It is sort of like learning to ride a bicycle. We took off the training wheels and gave it a good ride, but we scraped our knee a few times...
All about remembering ... something (10/25/02)
I had a nice phone chat this week with a reader who was in the middle of making apple butter using a recipe that was in this column three or four years ago. She had lost the recipe and was trying to follow it from memory. She asked if the recipe called for any spices. I wondered if she realized she was seeking information from someone whose own memory lapses are legendary...
'A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody' opens tonight (10/25/02)
Considering the current state of the world, River City Players director Debbie Barnhouse had reservations about staging a play with the word "murder" in the title. But maybe the laughs in the screwball comedy "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody," opening tonight at the River City Yacht Club, are an antidote to grim times...
Ford's orchestra is still swinging (10/25/02)
If there was ever a contest to name a national anthem for swing music, Jerry Ford easily could win. The director of the Jerry Ford Orchestra says that his 11-piece band has more requests for "In the Mood" than any other song they play. Made popular by the Glenn Miller Orchestra during the 1940s, the song is only one of several in the orchestra's repertoire...
Writing the American novel in 30 days or less (10/25/02)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chris Baty doesn't want you to write the Great American Novel. He's not even asking for the Halfway Good American Novel. Go ahead, write a book so bad it's criminal. Just make it at least 50,000 words long, and in language of your choice...
Artifacts 10/25 (10/25/02)
Studio jazz ensemble announces performances The Studio Jazz Ensemble at Southeast Missouri State University will present its first concert from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in the second floor lobby at the University Center on campus. The jazz ensemble previously performed with jazz legend Dr. Clark Terry. The group is directed by Barry Bernhardt...
Everybody's a critic - 'Tuck Everlasting' (10/25/02)
Three-and-a-half stars "Tuck Everlasting" is based on a secret. Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) has been stuck within the fence of her yard her entire life and is ready for change. After a disagreement with her parents, she decides to explore the world outside of that fence. ...
Dorothy Nilsen (10/25/02)
Dorothy Lee Nilsen, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 5, 1913, in Piggott, Ark., daughter of Henry and Cora Perkins Nicolaides. She and Wedel D. Nilsen were married Dec. 21, 1952, in Elmhurst, Ill...
Edward Totty Jr. (10/25/02)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Edward B. Totty Jr., 88, of Collinsville, Ill., died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, in Canteen Township, Ill. He was born May 25, 1914, at Rockview, son of Edward B. and Mary Elizabeth Holmes Totty Sr. Totty had been a painter at Pfizer. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; five sons, Donald, Doug and Mike Totty of State Park Place, Ill., Ronald Totty of Fairmont City, Ill., Elmer Totty of Seminole, Okla.; two daughters, Betty Martinez of Seminole, Diana Merrell of Fairmont City; two stepsons, Charles Williams of Troy, Ill., Bryan Williams of Kansas City, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Marilyn McDaniel and Debra Hayes of State Park Place; 33 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.. ...
Paul Seabaugh (10/25/02)
Paul D. Seabaugh, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. He was born July 11, 1903, at Patton, Mo., son of Wilbert E. and Jenny Schell Seabaugh. He and Ethel E. Loberg were married Jan. 1, 1934, in Bollinger County, Mo. She died Nov. 13, 1995...
Births 10/25/02 (10/25/02)
Renfrow Daughter to Samuel Kelso and Bethel Grace Renfrow of Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Naval Hospital, 1:13 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. Name, Cameron Paige. Weight, 7 pounds 1 1/2 ounces. Mrs. Renfrow is the former Bethel Griesemer, daughter of the Rev. David and Sandy Griesemer of Cape Girardeau. Renfrow is the son of Kevin Renfrow of Cape Girardeau and Vanessa Huff of Springfield, Mo. He is an electronics technician with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Doyle...
Cape fire report 10/25/02 (10/25/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 25 Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: At 6:54 p.m., alarm sounding at 3265 William. At 7:24 p.m., emergency medical service at 2880 Hopper Road.Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday:...
Cape police report 10/25/02 (10/25/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 25 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Julie C. Huber, 31, of 107 N. West End Boulevard, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.Arrests...
Out of the past 10/25/02 (10/25/02)
10 years ago: Oct. 25, 1992 Grace United Methodist Church congregation celebrates its 140th birthday, as well as Foundation Sunday, by "hugging the church"; members literally "hug" church, surrounding edifice with arms outstretched while tower bells chime and people pray and sing; Grace church was founded in 1852 by German-speaking Methodists, and for first 70 years, worship services were conducted in German...
U.N. must see Iraqi election for what it was (10/25/02)
There were, as it turns out, no hanging chads in Iraq's recent referendum on Saddam Hussein's presidency. He won 100 percent of the vote, officials said, in an election in which every eligible voter cast a ballot. In an effort to demonstrate to the world that Iraqis love their leader and are in no mood for a regime change, as suggested by the Bush administration, a huge show was put on that was a sham to any objective observer -- even to those who support Hussein and his misguided dictatorship.. ...
Threat of terrorism in U.S. is growing (10/25/02)
In the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States identified the al-Qaida terrorist organization as the top rung of a tall ladder of groups and individuals whose aim is to inflict pain and suffering on Americans. With broad support, both at home and around the globe, U.S. ...
Condolences offered to family of the Shakils (10/25/02)
To the editor: The demise of the six members of Shakil family has been utterly depressing. We have not been left with a single representation of the lovely family. At this point I have nothing more than these words to offer. I forward my condolences to the relatives of Dr. Mohammad Shakil and Farida Shakil. May God rest their souls in peace and give us the courage to stand up again and move ahead in life, keeping such people as role models...
Speak Out A 10/24/02 (10/25/02)
Testing the heat LET'S HEAR it for negative political ads. They work. They get our attention. And they test the mettle of the many who enter the political arena only to find out later that they can't handle the heat. Against aquatic center AFTER READING the notes from the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting, I realized that once again the city administration wants to waste the taxpayers' money. ...
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