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Stories from Saturday, November 9, 2002

Missouri quarter designs prompt a vote for change (11/09/02)
Missourians began picking the design of their state quarter on Thursday, with Missouri first lady Lori Hauser Holden touring the state to show off five designs approved by the U.S. Mint. The state will collect votes for the quarters at the governor's Web site and on paper ballots that can be cast at the governor's office. Mrs. Holden appeared at a library in Kansas City to unveil the final designs and promote the Web site voting...
Indicted chief's airport job halted (11/09/02)
The Dexter, Mo., police chief's job as a federal baggage screener was cut short Friday after Transportation Security Administration officials learned he was under indictment. Ken Rinehart was finishing his Transportation Security Administration on-the-job training in St. ...
Retired cop plugs pot legalization in journey on horse (11/09/02)
Howard Wooldridge looks like the Marlboro man: rangy and a little tired. Actually, he claims to be more of a Paul Revere. He and his pinto horse, Misty, rode into Cape Girardeau Friday, 1,000 miles along on a journey to deliver a message across America. The message is printed on Wooldridge's T-shirt. "Cops Say Legalize Pot. Ask Me Why," it says...
Tourism bureau weighing objectives for Cape (11/09/02)
If you build it, they will come. But only if you invite them. Cape Girardeau government and business leaders have taken steps for a more aggressive approach when it comes to increasing tourism. But what is the best way to do that? The answer to that question is twofold, according to several individuals associated with the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city...
MoDOT preps equipment for wintery weather (11/09/02)
New trucks, stainless steel road salt dispensers and a much bigger salt storage facility are what local workers with the Missouri Department of Transportation will use this year to keep the roadways safe for drivers during winter. The department held an open house Friday at the Jackson maintenance facility on Highway Y for visitors to view new equipment and learn how streets are kept clear of wintery hazards...
Legislative priorities emerging for parties (11/09/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For years Missouri Republicans boasted they could do a much better job if they were in charge of the Statehouse instead of Democrats. Now they have to prove it. When the 92nd General Assembly convenes in January, Republicans will control both chambers for the first time since Missouri icon Harry S. Truman was president. However, just as it was then, the GOP majorities will come with a Democrat in the governor's mansion...
Mystery of the Bible (11/09/02)
JERUSALEM -- In a souvenir shop on the Via Dolorosa, an antiquities dealer studied a photo of what may -- just may -- be the oldest archaeological link to Jesus. Then he shrugged. It's quite possible, he said, that he handled the limestone burial box with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." But he couldn't remember. ...
Treasurer thrown into spotlight in Illinois (11/09/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Judy Baar Topinka has never had a problem drawing public attention. Now she has all eyes on her as the state Republican Party's lone bright spot in Springfield. Topinka was re-elected state treasurer Tuesday with a convincing win over state Rep. Tom Dart. And she managed to do it on a monumental day for Democrats, who swept all statewide seats except Topinka's and took control of the state legislature...
House black caucus upset with their fellow Democrats (11/09/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Democrats recovering from their first defeat in 48 years are facing strife within their ranks after black lawmakers were shut out of top Democratic leadership posts. The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, which consists of 13 black senators and representatives from Kansas City and the St. Louis area, issued a statement Friday critical of the way Democrats treated black members during leadership meetings Thursday...
Missouri GOP looks at education (11/09/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A majority for the first time in about a half century, House Republicans are pledging to make education their top priority. Democratic Gov. Bob Holden is promising the same thing. While their vocabulary may sound the same, their definitions are different...
Illinois man found guilty of murdering gambler (11/09/02)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- An East St. Louis, Ill., man faces sentencing next month after being found guilty of killing a gambler for his casino winnings. A St. Louis County jury deliberated four hours Thursday before finding Mark Hammond, 28, guilty of murder, robbery and armed criminal action. Sentencing will be Dec. 16. Hammond could face up to life in prison...
St. Louis man accused of possessing child porn (11/09/02)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man faces charges of promoting and possessing child pornography after authorities discovered 1,200 computer disks of porn in his home, St. Louis County police said Friday. Joseph Hutchins, 47, of Kirkwood, Mo., was arrested Thursday. Bond was set at $200,000...
Transportation department touts its accountability (11/09/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In search of a better public image, the state transportation department is touting its accountability in an annual report prepared for state lawmakers. The report released Friday says the Missouri Department of Transportation completed 206 projects last fiscal year at a total cost of $594 million -- about 1 percent less than had been estimated...
People news 11/9/02 (11/09/02)
Matthews promotes AIDS awareness SEATTLE -- Dave Matthews had a simple reason for playing at an AIDS awareness concert: He remembers when AIDS emerged, and many of his fans -- like 19-year-old singer Michelle Branch, who also performed -- do not...
Bush, GOP allies to push for expanded tax breaks (11/09/02)
WASHINGTON -- Just when the Federal Reserve is running out of room to lower interest rates to boost the sickly economy, President Bush and his Republican allies hope their bigger numbers in Congress will lead to expanded tax breaks for individuals and businesses...
Bush gets his wish- U.N. demands that Iraq disarms (11/09/02)
WASHINGTON -- It took eight weeks of arm-twisting and some concessions, but President Bush got what he wanted -- a showdown with Saddam Hussein and the threat of war to strip Iraq of its weapons. With a U.N. Security Council resolution in his pocket and the American military moving into position around the Persian Gulf, Bush made clear Friday that he is in no mood to overlook stalling or sleight of hand: "Any Iraqi noncompliance is serious," he declared...
Nation digest 11/09/02 (11/09/02)
Foundation for memorial files for bankruptcy ROANOKE, Va. -- The National D-Day Memorial Foundation filed for bankruptcy to protect the $25 million monument from creditors while it contends with massive debt, foundation officials said Friday. The memorial, which President Bush helped dedicate June 6, 2001, has trimmed a $7 million debt to about $4 million since acknowledging its financial troubles last year...
Last SLA fugitive in robbery captured in South Africa (11/09/02)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The last Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive wanted in a deadly 1975 bank robbery was arrested Friday in South Africa, a day after four former comrades -- now graying and middle-aged -- pleaded guilty to murder in the case. James Kilgore, 55, was seized at his home in the luxury Cape Town suburb of Claremont, 27 years after the Californian went underground...
Bush warns Iraq of 'zero tolerance' for deceptions (11/09/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration warned Iraq on Friday that it will have "zero tolerance" for any attempts to thwart U.N. weapons inspections, as the Pentagon prepared for fresh troop call-ups and a possible invasion to topple Saddam Hussein...
Prosecutor says only teen's fingerprints found on sniper rifle (11/09/02)
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Seventeen-year-old John Lee Malvo's fingerprints were the only ones found on the rifle used in the sniper attacks, a prosecutor said Friday as authorities linked another Maryland shooting to the two suspects. Nearly a month before last month's deadly spree began in the Washington area, a man was shot six times at close range as he locked up his restaurant in suburban Clinton, Md. Paul LaRuffa, 55, survived...
Census finds more teens getting married (11/09/02)
WASHINGTON -- The number of married teenagers surged nearly 50 percent during the 1990s, reversing a decades-long decline. Marriage remains fairly uncommon in this age group -- only 4.5 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds were hitched in 2000 -- but researchers were nonetheless surprised by the increase reported by the Census Bureau...
California rep secures victory in race to lead Democrats (11/09/02)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California secured victory in the race for House Democratic leader on Friday when her only formal rival conceded defeat and offered an endorsement. Pelosi, 62, a liberal who represents San Francisco in Congress, will become the first woman to lead either party in either House of Congress when she is formally elected next week to replace Rep. Richard Gephardt...
Saudi rage at U.S. is complicated by long embrace of its ways (11/09/02)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- In the nighttime heat, Abdel Aziz Sanad and Mohammad al Bayadi sipped their coffee as they spelled out their simmering anger toward the United States. For too long, the men said, the United States had bullied the Arab world. "I do not accept violence," said Aziz Sanad, 25, a low-ranking government worker. ...
Investigator says Americans were target of Bali bombings (11/09/02)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The Bali bombers "hate Americans" and their real targets were U.S. citizens in the nightclub attacks that killed nearly 200 people on the resort island, a top investigator said Friday, citing the confession of a key suspect. The reported confession of an Indonesian man identified as Amrozi has prompted more arrests and linked the blasts to a fugitive, Riduan Isamudin, also known as Hambali, who has been tied to the Sept. 11 hijackers...
Nuclear sub needs lengthy repair (11/09/02)
LONDON -- A British nuclear submarine ran aground off Scotland's Isle of Skye, suffered considerable damage to its sonar and a ballast tank and will need several months for repairs, a navy spokeswoman said Friday. The HMS Trafalgar limped into the Clyde naval base Thursday, one day after hitting rocks while traveling underwater during a two-week training exercise with other British and NATO vessels...
Chinese Communist Party begins congress (11/09/02)
BEIJING -- Outlining his vision for a richer, stronger, less corrupt China, President Jiang Zemin moved Friday to confirm his place in history at a historic Communist Party congress that will usher in a new generation of leaders. Jiang, nearing the end of 13 years as party general secretary, said China aims to quadruple the size of its economy by 2020 and compete harder in international markets...
Scientist said to be examining terrorist's preserved brain (11/09/02)
MAGDEBURG, Germany -- A German university said Friday it was investigating a claim that one of its professors had secretly examined the brain of Red Army Faction terrorist Ulrike Meinhof, looking for signs of what made her turn to violence. Meinhof's daughter claimed in a newspaper article published Friday that her mother's brain was preserved after she committed suicide in prison in 1976...
Iraqis finding it harder to escape to Jordan and harder to stay (11/09/02)
AMMAN, Jordan -- White police vans with bars on the windows cruise almost daily through Amman's industrial zone, where factories churn out everything from detergent to candy. The first Iraqi worker to spot a police patrol rings a makeshift alarm, and others scatter to avoid getting caught working without valid residency permits...
U.N. Security Council starts countdown for Iraq (11/09/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday giving weapons inspectors the muscle they need to hunt for illicit weapons in Iraq. The vote was a major victory for the United States and started a countdown toward disarmament or war...
Cause of train fire unknown (11/09/02)
NANCY, France -- Investigators trying to determine the cause of a train fire that killed 12 people, including five Americans, reconstructed the scene of the blaze Friday. The German train attendant was part of the two-hour simulation in the eastern city of Nancy, as was a train car identical to the one destroyed...
Leopold's 4-2 day seals spot in state Class 1 final (11/09/02)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Leopold qualified for today's Class 1 state volleyball championship Friday by going 4-2 in the round-robin semifinals at the CMSU Multipurpose Building. Leopold dropped its first game of the day 15-6 to undefeated Green Ridge, which it will meet in today's noon final. It then rebounded with a 15-8 win over Green Ridge, the first of four straight wins for the Wildcats that assured their place in the final...
Jackson keeps it close, finishes season on a down note (11/09/02)
If there's such thing as a single-game season pass, the Jackson Indians issued them for their final home game. Fans were given a glimpse of the problems that have plagued the Indians all season --untimely turnovers and penalties and early big plays by opponents -- the hard running of Indian running back Stuart McIntosh and the heart of team that never gave up...
Otahks win exhibition, turn focus to improvement (11/09/02)
With nine new players and a new head coach, Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team is still learning to play together. That was evident Friday night when the Otahkians had the first of two exhibition games at the Show Me Center. They did win, 77-68 over St. Louis Goldstar, but it was a rough performance...
Indians poised to crash bash for retiring EKU coach (11/09/02)
Eastern Kentucky football legend Roy Kidd admitted he will feel a few butterflies today when he coaches his final home game at the stadium that bears his name. But Kidd said his main focus will be on getting past an improved Southeast Missouri State University team -- and keeping the Colonels in the hunt for an NCAA Division I-AA playoff berth...
Southeast ready for its first guage after 6-22 season (11/09/02)
Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball coach Gary Garner usually isn't overly concerned about the results of exhibition games. That won't be the case tonight when Division II University of Missouri-Rolla visits the Show Me Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff...
Southeast scores twice late to earn OVC title shot (11/09/02)
For more than 18 minutes in the second half of Friday's semifinal at Houck Stadium, Southeast (14-4-1) looked to be in jeopardy of suffering another Ohio Valley Conference tournament disappointment. But with 17 minutes left in the game forward Erin Slattery scored to tie it, and with a little over five minutes left freshman Megan Hejlek scored the game-winner to set up a rematch of last year's OVC championship...
Buffs look to Tigers on the road to recovery (11/09/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A week after losing to Oklahoma, Colorado isn't exactly getting a breather. The Big 12's North Division leaders (6-3, 4-1) are wary about today's game at Missouri, which was talking optimistically about bowl prospects before last week's loss at Iowa State. The Tigers (4-5, 1-4) have lost only once at home and have been competitive in all five losses under second-year coach Gary Pinkel...
Carr gets plenty of sacks, little frustration in rookie season (11/09/02)
HOUSTON -- David Carr looked somewhat disheveled, trotting off the field after a failed drive with a glob of grass jammed into the side of his facemask from being pounded into the Reliant Stadium turf. It was late in last Sunday's embarrassing loss to the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals. The Houston Texans' No. 1 draft pick was completing another classroom session on what it's like to be a rookie quarterback in the NFL...
Newman wins Phoenix pole, sets record (11/09/02)
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Newman set a rookie record with his series-leading sixth pole of the season, taking the top spot Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. The 24-year-old Newman knocked Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the pole with a lap around the 1-mile oval at 132.655 mph. John Andretti went 132.597 to take the outside of the front row for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500...
Warner stretches for long passes on second throwing day (11/09/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner's second day throwing the football went much better than the first. The Rams' quarterback, limited to 10- to 15-yard tosses on Thursday, stretched his arm on 30-yard throws Friday as he continues to recover from a broken pinkie...
Rookie of Year race going down to wire (11/09/02)
The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmie Johnson is finding out just how frustrating Winston Cup racing can be. Johnson was sailing along toward the best rookie season ever in NASCAR's top stock car series, even becoming the first rookie to lead the standings, before the vagaries of Cup racing hit home in recent weeks...
Area digest (11/09/02)
Southeast volleyball team wins handily NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team picked up its third straight victory Friday night, routing host Tennessee State 30-22, 30-24, 30-19. The Otahkians improved to 16-11 overall and 11-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Tigers fell to 13-18 and 0-13...
Rounding up buyers (11/09/02)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Cattle broker Jeff Ferguson can buy livestock without getting his boots dirty. He doesn't even have to leave the office. Instead, he looks the animals over and places his bids via the Internet, using one of a growing number of Web sites devoted to cattle auctions...
Ray Graham (11/09/02)
BENTON, Mo. -- The funeral for Ray Joe Graham of Benton will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton. The Rev. Calvin Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens near Morley, Mo. Friends may call at the chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. today...
Renia Miller (11/09/02)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Renia Miller, 92, of Rochester Hills, Mich., died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Crittenton Medical Center in Rochester Hills. She is formerly of Olmsted. Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Lucille Miller (11/09/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Aletha Lucille Miller, 79, of Sikeston died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Feb. 2, 1923, at New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Brooks Edward and Fannie Bell Stover Arnett. She and Jack Miller were married May 18, 1943. He died Oct. 6, 1986...
Lavonna Gammon (11/09/02)
Lavonna Jean Gammon, 53, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Okla. She was born July 13, 1949, at Bonne Terre, Mo., daughter of Charles Robert and Nettie Louise Shelton Wade. She and Ronald Lee Gammon were married Jan. 9, 1998, in Cape Girardeau...
Edison Taylor (11/09/02)
Edison "Curly" Taylor, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at the home of a daughter in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 8, 1919, in Loretta, Tenn., son of James David and Alice Pugh Taylor. He and Myra Haubold were married April 13, 1938, at Lilbourn, Mo. She died Jan. 13, 1996...
Joseph Richardet (11/09/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joseph H. "Shorty" Richardet, 79, of Perryville died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 2, 1923, at Perryville, son of John and Elsie Zahner Richardet. He and Trula A. Pingel were married Sept. 13, 1947, at Biehle, Mo...
Births 11/9/02 (11/09/02)
Mahoney Son to Michael and Kristi Mahoney of Killeen, Texas, King's Daughters Hospital in Temple, Texas, 8:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2002. Name, Jacob Allen. Weight, 7 pounds 6 ounces. Mrs. Mahoney is the former Kristi Sommer, daughter of Lawrence and Carol Sommer of Killeen and formerly of Cape Girardeau. She is a programmer/analyst with First Community Bancshares Inc. Mahoney is the son of Martin and Barbara Mahoney of Killeen. He is a programmer analyst at Newtec...
FIRE CAPE JACKSON SATURDAY, NOV 9 (11/09/02)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Nov. 9 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 2:59 p.m., emergency medical service at 1658 Westwood. At 3:29 p.m., emergency medical service at 1640 Westwood. At 5:56 p.m., emergency medical service at 804 N. Cape Rock...
POLICE - CAPE JACKSON SATURDAY NOV 9 (11/09/02)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Nov. 9 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Dana E. Beck, 21, of 211 Elmwood, Jackson, was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests A subject was placed in custody Thursday pending the filing of formal charges for resisiting arrest and hindering prosecution...
Out of the past 11/9/02 (11/09/02)
10 years ago: Nov. 9, 1992 Retired Lt. Col. Jack P. Grisham of Cape Girardeau was guest speaker yesterday at Veterans Day ceremony, held at Freedom Corner in Capaha Park; ceremony followed parade on Broadway; Grisham retired from Army in 1972 after 28-year career in Army Airborne and Special Services...
We've become a collection nation (11/09/02)
By Eli Fishman The stagnating economy has properly become a dominant consideration in virtually all decisions rendered by responsible individuals. When choosing potential acquisitions, pursuing employment alternatives or selecting leisure activities, financial concerns become particularly acute when resources have either become scarce or in anticipation of their growing scant...
Earthquake tests- Messing with nature (11/09/02)
How baffling it was for scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information to purposefully cause an earthquake on the New Madrid Fault a day after a real one killed 26 children in Italy...
Fund raiser will help Cape schools (11/09/02)
Tonight's the night for an upscale fund raiser for the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation. Individuals willing to pay $100 ($150 for couples) will gather at the Cape Girardeau Country Club to show their support and have a good time. The question is what other school supporters who missed out on getting tickets for the "All the Right Ingredients" fund raiser are going to do to help their local educational institutions...
Band-Aid fix can't replace chemotherapy (11/09/02)
To the editor: In response to the editorial "MoDOT starts thinking outside the box": Let me see if I understand this. If our highways were a major fire that threatened the lives and businesses of the state, you would suggest that the state fire marshal buy a garden hose, but not sufficient equipment to put out the fire. A little tax to put a Band-Aid on the cancer of bad roads is OK, but not the chemotherapy needed to cure the problem. Oh, the vision of the right. It's so inspiring...
Bush hasn't made good case for Iraq attack (11/09/02)
To the editor: In response to the letter "Let's not rush into deadly war with the Iraqis": I agree with many other Americans who do not want to go to war with Iraq. It is not feasible, and there is no proof that Saddam Hussein has the capability of doing the United States any harm...
Speak Out A 11/09/02 (11/09/02)
Wonderful road I JUST read where somebody is griping about Highway 25 south of Jackson. If you really want to see a good road that has just been repaired, travel County Road 620 in Cape Girardeau County. It is wonderful. Rude treatment I DON'T see why when you have surgery in this town it is impossible to get in touch with your surgeon for a question or two afterwards and have to suffer at the hands of a rude office worker. ...
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