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Stories from Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Aquatic park idea for Cape nears approval for April vote (12/04/02)
DREAMING OF WATER By Bob Miller ~ Southeast Missourian Sure, it's a grassy field now, but it is a field of dreams for Cape Girardeau city leaders. Right behind the Osage Community Centre, at the city's northwest entrance, they can see children splashing in a lazy river, toddlers wading in the kiddie pool, obnoxious boys putting their energy to a positive use -- sliding down one of the four huge water slides.. ...
Simple wishes fulfilled for area's elderly (12/04/02)
Many of the area's senior citizens has simple wishes for the holiday that would go unfilled if it weren't for Christmas for the Elderly. The joint program of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian provides holiday gifts to needy senior citizens in the community...
Prosecutor - Yoder presents danger if released to public (12/04/02)
PSYCHIATRY ON TRIAL By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian CHESTER, Ill. -- In the second day of mental patient Rodney Yoder's court proceeding that some say has put "psychiatry on trial," Illinois prosecutors painted a portrait of a madman, saying that Yoder is too dangerous to be released from the state's maximum-security facility for the criminally insane...
Businesses prepared for Toybox donations (12/04/02)
Donations of new, unused toys are being collected at Southeast Missourian offices in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, AAA Travel Agency, First National Bank, First Missouri State Bank, Bank of America, Sanders True Value, Bank of Missouri, Capaha Bank, Cingular Wireless, Union Planters Bank, Alliance Bank, Toys R Us, Commerce Bank, Westfield Shoppingtown West Park, U.S. Bank and Wehrenberg Theatres...
Region digest 12/04/02 (12/04/02)
260 drivers issued tickets over holiday The Cape Girardeau Police Department issued 260 tickets to drivers during the week of Thanksgiving, with officers' salaries supplemented by a $2,500 traffic enforcement grant. Cape Girardeau officers issued 73 safety belt tickets, 150 speeding tickets and 37 tickets for other traffic violations. As a result of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant, the department also increased DWI enforcement...
Wrongful-death suit against county gets court date set (12/04/02)
Just over four years after Meredith Adams was killed in a car crash, the wrongful-death suit filed against the county by her family will be presented to a jury on June 3, 2003, in Cape Girardeau. The trial was scheduled on Monday. Adams, 22, of Jackson, died in August 1998 as a result of a high-speed pursuit initiated by then Cape Girardeau County deputy Robert Watson, who was pursuing a stolen car driven by 14-year-old Laney Fowler Jr. of Halls, Tenn...
Jackson officials consider building own water park (12/04/02)
Southeast Missourian As the city of Cape Girardeau considers the possibility of building a $6.5 million water park, officials in Jackson say they are contemplating an aquatic addition of their own. Jackson, which currently operates an outdoor swimming pool in the city park, has for several years considered building a community center that might house an indoor swimming pool...
Club news 12/4 (12/04/02)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you....
Former police officer sentenced to prison for baton attack (12/04/02)
A former police officer from Southeast Missouri was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison for a year and one day for beating a suspect with his baton, U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender said. George Nettleton, 28, of Hayti, Mo., was convicted by a federal grand jury in August on one civil rights charge. The attack happened Aug. 28, 2001, while Nettleton was an officer in Hayti...
Small-town mayor wins 17th term (12/04/02)
APOPKA, Fla. -- When Mayor John H. Land first took office in 1949, Apopka was a segregated farming community of 2,000 residents, the city's budget was $35,000 and the town had no water plant or even a garbage truck. Since then, Apopka has grown to 27,000 residents, morphed into one of Orlando's most diverse bedroom communities and acquired a $40 million budget...
Two men plead guilty to scam in six states (12/04/02)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Two men from Tennessee pleaded guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges in a scam against discount retailer Wal-Mart that covered six states. The men, and an accomplice who is expected to plead guilty next week, stole gift cards and racked up about $35,000 in purchases before they were caught. The trio targeted dozens of Wal-Marts in Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama and Georgia...
Homeless numbers appear to be on rise in St. Louis, Kansas City (12/04/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri groups that provide services to the homeless are gearing up for a tough winter, as urban areas in particular see an increase in people seeking assistance. "Demand is going up across the board," said Cynthia Larcom, director of the Homeless Services Coalition in Kansas City...
Mother charged after children get bites (12/04/02)
AURORA, Mo. -- Authorities have charged a mother with child abuse after her twin 5-month-old boys were found strapped into child seats in an attic and being bitten by rats. Charlee Heitz, 22, of Aurora, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after two of her friends brought the children to the Aurora Community Hospital with multiple bite wounds...
Area museum to be site of Desert Storm memorial (12/04/02)
Standard Democrat BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield will soon honor some of Dexter's own. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the museum will be the site of a dedication ceremony for a Desert Storm memorial to honor the 1221st Transportation Company out of Dexter, Mo...
Sikeston readies for transition to home rule (12/04/02)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston City Council members adopted four ordinances to prepare for the transition to the charter form of government during their meeting Monday. The ordinances go into effect in April, according to Linda Lowes, director of governmental services. The bills approve the changes made by taking existing city code and combining it with text to bring the code into compliance with the Home Rule Charter...
Bluff council considers putting cold pills behind counter (12/04/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Poplar Bluff City Council Monday night considered an ordinance that would put cold medicine and other products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine behind the counter. Ephedrine is a major essential component of methamphetamine and is, according to police chief Danny Whiteley, regularly shoplifted. He said 1,000 to 2,000 cold pills translates into $2,800 worth of methamphetamine...
Lawmaker won't try to hold two state Senate seats at once (12/04/02)
HARLAN, Ky. -- A state senator elected in a new district after his old district was taken away by gerrymandering says he has decided against trying to hold both seats at once. Sen. Daniel Mongiardo, a Democrat from Hazard, said he plans to resign his current seat just before being sworn in to represent the 30th District, newly configured to contain Harlan, Perry, Bell and Leslie counties...
Performance of MoDOT chief to be evaluated (12/04/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The job performance of state transportation director Henry Hungerbeeler will be under the microscope Thursday during a closed meeting of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Transportation officials said Tuesday that Hungerbeeler would be evaluated on about a half-dozen performance goals established late this summer...
State may need fed loan for unemployment fund (12/04/02)
BORROWING $134 MILLION By Paul Sloca ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri may have to borrow $134 million from the federal government next year to prevent the state's unemployment insurance trust fund from going broke, lawmakers were told Tuesday...
Discovering 15,982 knives and a brick (12/04/02)
WASHINGTON -- Some passengers still haven't gotten the word about what they can and can't take on planes. Seized at airports during the Thanksgiving crush: 15,982 pocket knives, 98 boxcutters, six guns and a brick. Still, transportation officials said the airport chaos predicted by many never occurred. Passengers waited less than 10 minutes on average at security checkpoints during the first holiday travel season since an all-federal work force took over screening...
Church files include allegations priests abused girls, drugs (12/04/02)
BOSTON -- Priests sexually abused teenage girls, used cocaine and other drugs, and one had an affair with a female parishioner, according to allegations contained in personnel files maintained by the Boston Archdiocese. The 3,000 pages of files on eight priests were released Tuesday by lawyers representing people who claim they were sexually abused by clergy...
Utah branch gives Sierra Club trouble (12/04/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Sierra Club is threatening to disband its southern Utah chapter for speaking out against the Bush administration's push toward war with Iraq. The San Francisco-based 700,000-member environmental organization said its 175-member Glen Canyon chapter violated Sierra Club policy in publicly taking its own stand on the issue...
Spider-bitten Jackson attends court hearing (12/04/02)
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson, hobbling into court without a shoe because of a spider bite that made his foot swell, testified Tuesday in a $21 million breach-of-contract case that he could not recall details about his canceled millennium concerts...
Kerry says Bush distracted nation with threat of war (12/04/02)
CLEVELAND -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said Tuesday that President Bush has used the threat of war in Iraq to distract attention from the nation's economic problems, and he promised to make those issues the centerpiece of his campaign...
Saudi Arabia disputes claims on terrorist funds (12/04/02)
WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia went on the diplomatic offensive Tuesday, announcing new measures to deny funds to terror groups and disputing allegations it has done a poor job in keeping the money out of terrorists' hands. The State and Treasury departments immediately issued statements complimenting the Arab kingdom's efforts and muting calls by the White House last week for the Saudis to do more...
United defers debt payments, seeks mechanics' aid (12/04/02)
CHICAGO -- United Airlines has bought itself more time with debtors in its bid to avoid bankruptcy court. Now it's putting its fate in the hands of its mechanics and a government assistance program. The nation's No. 2 carrier said Monday it was deferring payments on about $900 million in debt now due by mid-December, in hopes it meets conditions for a federal loan guarantee by then...
Bush returns to campaign for GOP Senate candidate (12/04/02)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Emboldened by November election triumphs, President Bush urged Louisiana voters Tuesday to pad the GOP Senate majority and defeat a Democratic incumbent who claims her own Bush-friendly voting record. The president said first-term Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., should be replaced by Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell to give him a true partner in battles to lower taxes and put conservatives on the bench...
U.S. citizens with al-Qaida may be targeted for killing (12/04/02)
WASHINGTON -- American citizens working for al-Qaida overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under President Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say. The authority to kill U.S. citizens is granted under a secret finding signed by the president after the Sept. ...
Boeing employees approve new contracts (12/04/02)
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers in Washington state have overwhelmingly approved new three-year contracts. The agreements included raises and pension boosts but also increased the workers' share of medical care costs. Both the engineers and the technical workers approved their contracts by identical percentages, with 88.2 percent voting yes and 11.8 percent voting no, the union said...
Raise African violets and see nostalgia bloom (12/04/02)
A combination of things makes them the most popular household plant in the world By Dean Fosdick ~ The Associated Press NEW MARKET, Va. -- During holiday gatherings long past, when to grandmother's house we'd go, memories were made of cooking odors from the kitchen, cozy heat from the wood stove and scores of African violets arrayed along window sills...
Cruise passengers focused on not getting sick (12/04/02)
MIAMI -- Passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Fascination were trying to focus on anything but a virus outbreak that sickened nearly 200 passengers on the same vessel over the weekend. It wasn't easy. "Everybody's treating it pretty much the same way," passenger David Martinez said in a cell phone interview from the ship early Tuesday. "Everybody's taking precautions about touching things and being careful, but everybody's trying to make jokes about it, too."...
'Chicken consultants' track fowl (12/04/02)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Katha Sheehan relies on a 3-year-old rooster named Young Warrior as a lure to capture other feisty cocks fowling the main streets and back alleys of Key West. Ray Horwitz carries a cage and baits it with food, sometimes spending hours waiting to snare his quarry, only to see them strut away at the last moment...
Monkey-skull ashtrays no longer create shock (12/04/02)
Airport inspectors in Alaska have seen it all By Mary Pemberton ~ The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Wildlife inspectors at Alaska's largest airport have seen it all, from the traveler who tried to hide a monkey under her big hat to the woman who had a bear gall bladder stuffed in her bra...
Oil spill threatens estuaries rich in shellfish (12/04/02)
AGUINO, Spain -- Fishermen off the Spanish coast scooped thick gobs of fuel from the sea Tuesday with nets, buckets and their hands, desperate to clean up an oil spill that threatens their livelihood. Dozens of fishing boats with hulls black from oil returned to port in Aguino, where the dockside was lined with large plastic crates brimming with oil. Angry fishermen lashed out at officials for what they said was an ineffective response to the disaster...
Turkey unsure about letting U.S. forces use bases (12/04/02)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his country would allow the United States to use military bases in the country for a strike against Iraq, but his ministry later said that his comments were not a firm commitment by Turkey...
NATO says it holds prisoner linked to al-Qaida (12/04/02)
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- A Bosnian Muslim arrested by U.S. troops in Bosnia on suspicion of spying on a U.S. base is linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network, peacekeepers said Tuesday. Sabahudin Fijuljanin, 41, was arrested Oct. 26 by U.S. troops from the NATO-led peacekeeping force based in Tuzla, northeastern Bosnia, when they saw him allegedly spying on their base...
Mexico promoting prison factories to U.S. firms (12/04/02)
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico -- Prison officials in northern Mexico say their inmates are manufacturing furniture bound for Texas -- despite U.S. laws that ban the importation of goods made with prison labor. And they'd like to contract with more American companies to produce all kinds of goods. One official said prison shops would even label their products to hide their origin...
Pippi Longstocking Christmas story found (12/04/02)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A little-known Christmas story from the Pippi Longstocking series was rediscovered in a library nearly a year after the death of its author, Astrid Lindgren. "I found this little story by chance some weeks ago," Lena Toernqvist, secretary of the Astrid Lindgren Society and a librarian at Stockholm's Royal Library...
Police break up anti-government demonstrations across Haiti (12/04/02)
PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti -- Police fired tear gas to break up demonstrations Tuesday by thousands of anti-government protesters, as President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's supporters wielded whips and hurled rocks to drive away government opponents. At least 14 people were reported injured...
Inspectors search presidential palace (12/04/02)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- International weapons hunters went straight to the heart of Saddam Hussein's regime on Tuesday, searching the rooms of an opulent presidential palace in a show of U.N. power, just when Washington was openly questioning their ability to do the job...
Turkey gives approval for use of bases in attacks against Iraq (12/04/02)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his country would allow the United States to use military bases in the country for a strike against Iraq, but only if the United Nations first approved such military action. The move boosts pressure on Iraq and comes just before a Sunday deadline for Baghdad to declare all its banned weapons of mass destruction to U.N. weapons inspectors. President Bush has threatened the use of force if Iraq does not disarm...
Opponents to Iraqi leader hail Bush's 'Free Iraqis' ambassador (12/04/02)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Iraqi opposition groups on Tuesday welcomed President Bush's decision to name a U.S. ambassador-at-large to coordinate U.S. contacts with opponents of President Saddam Hussein. Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afghan-born special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, will serve as the main U.S. contact and coordinator for the Iraqi opposition and will oversee Bush's preparations for Iraq after Saddam is ousted, the White House said Monday...
Iraqi, Kuwaiti boats exchange gunfire (12/04/02)
KUWAIT CITY -- An Iraqi vessel traded gunfire with two Kuwaiti coast guard boats Tuesday in northern Kuwaiti waters, near a border that has been tense but relatively peaceful since the 1991 Persian Gulf war. Nobody was wounded by gunfire near the tiny island of Warba but one Kuwaiti crewman was hurt slightly when the coast guard speedboats collided, a Kuwaiti Interior Ministry statement said...
Separate U.S., Israeli battles against terrorism overlap (12/04/02)
JERUSALEM -- U.S. authorities and Israel's Mossad spy agency are both investigating last week's twin attacks in Kenya, and both suspect al-Qaida. The largely separate U.S. and Israeli battles against terrorism now overlap in the east African nation and will require a closely coordinated response, analysts said Tuesday...
South Korean president warns of spreading anti-Americanism (12/04/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- President Kim Dae-jung expressed concern Tuesday about growing anti-Americanism in South Korea and ordered his Cabinet to "improve" rules governing 37,000 U.S. soldiers stationed here. Many South Koreans are angry after U.S. military courts in November acquitted two American soldiers charged with negligent homicide in a traffic accident that killed two Korean teenage girls in June...
Powell visits Colombia, expresses U.S. support for war on drugs (12/04/02)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- With significant support from the United States, Colombia may have turned a corner in its efforts to eradicate coca in the country's principal growing region, U.S. officials said. To reinforce that message with Colombia's president, Alvaro Uribe, Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived Tuesday night in Bogota, where he planned talks with Uribe about the counterdrug campaign and other issues...
Court in Japan issues arrest warrant for U.S. officer (12/04/02)
TOKYO -- A court in southern Japan issued a warrant Tuesday for the arrest of a U.S. Marine officer for allegedly attempting to rape a woman, police said. The police asked the U.S. military to hand over 39-year-old Maj. Michael J. Brown, assigned to Camp Courtney on Okinawa island, under a 1995 agreement covering U.S. forces in Japan, said police spokesman Shinpachi Higashizato...
China picked for 2010 World's Fair (12/04/02)
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- China won the right Tuesday to host the World's Fair in 2010, another feather in its cap after winning its bid to host the Olympics in 2008. The fair will be held in Shanghai, a decision Chinese officials welcomed as proof of China's growing stature in the world...
Tiger wrestlers open season with rare dual victory (12/04/02)
Cape Girardeau Central's wrestling team picked up its first win against Murphysboro (Ill.) in years as the Tigers opened their season with a 39-33 home victor Tuesday night. Central got big pins from Matt Welker at 119 pounds and Brandon Pender at 171 pounds. Last year's lone state qualifier Trever Duncan won by a technical fall 16-1...
Jackson cruises past Central in season opener in tourney (12/04/02)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau Central High School's first boys' basketball game of the season must have seemed all too familiar to last year. The Tigers, trying to bounce back from a 4-21 record in their first season under coach Derek McCord, were throttled 64-50 by Jackson Tuesday night in the opening round of the Farmington Tournament...
Indians look to topple Oaks (12/04/02)
Southeast tries not to overlook winless Division II visitor, Oakland City. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball coach Gary Garner doesn't know anything about Oakland City --except that the Indians should beat the Mighty Oaks...
Billings adds region award to growing list of honors (12/04/02)
Indians' Ponder finishes fifth in Walter Payton Award voting for top player in Div. I-AA. Southeast Missourian The honors keep rolling in for Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings after the Indians' 8-4 season that marked the program's most wins since 1969...
A's send Koch to White Sox as part of six-player trade (12/04/02)
CHICAGO -- Dumping yet another big salary, the Oakland Athletics traded closer Billy Koch to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in a six-player trade. In exchange for Koch and two minor leaguers, the Athletics will get White Sox closer Keith Foulke, catcher Mark Johnson, minor league right-hander Joe Valentine and cash...
Female pro to play in PGA Tour event (12/04/02)
Suzy Whaley accepts invitation to Greater Hartford Open. By Noreen Gillespie ~ The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. -- Suzy Whaley has two young daughters who like to mimic her swing on the golf course. She may soon be a role model for many other girls...
Phils present Thome to fans (12/04/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Thome, fighting back tears, said the desire to win caused him to leave Cleveland and sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. "Obviously, everyone knew my ties in Cleveland. And this was a very, very difficult decision," Thome said at a news conference Tuesday. "It comes down to winning. It really does."...
Indiana defeats Maryland in rematch of title game (12/04/02)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana needed a third chance to finally beat Maryland. Eight months after losing to the Terrapins in the national championship game and minutes after having a potential game-winning midcourt heave by Steve Blake waved off, the 10th-ranked Hoosiers beat No. 9 Maryland 80-74 in overtime Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge...
Fanfare 12/4/02 (12/04/02)
Basketball
  • Dikembe Mutombo will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, sidelining the New Jersey Nets center for at least two months. Mutombo tore the ligament Thursday night when he was hit on the wrist by Eric Piatkowski of the Los Angeles Clippers...
  • Blues snap Bruins' 8-game home winning streak 4-0 (12/04/02)
    BOSTON -- Fred Brathwaite shut down the league's most potent offense -- and it might have helped him save his job. Brathwaite made 33 saves and Keith Tkachuk and Scott Mellanby each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues snapped the Boston Bruins' eight-game home winning streak with a 4-0 victory on Tuesday night...
    Penn State accepts bid to Capital One Bowl (12/04/02)
    Penn State returned to the postseason after a two-year absence, accepting an invitation Tuesday to play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Nittany Lions will oppose a team from the Southeastern Conference in the game formerly known as the Florida Citrus Bowl. Still in the running for the game to be played Jan. 1 are Georgia, Arkansas and Auburn (8-4), said Tom Mickle, the bowl's executive director...
    Warner's wife sets story straight on radio call (12/04/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- Brenda Warner called a local radio show Tuesday and said her husband, St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, had his injured hand X-rayed at her insistence -- and not under orders from coach Mike Martz. "Martz had nothing to do with it," Brenda Warner told KFNS Radio...
    Coaches - Big 12 is not overrated (12/04/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- So far in this very young season, the vaunted Big 12 has not exactly met expectations. Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas were ranked 2-3-4 respectively in The Associated Press preseason poll. But this week finds Oklahoma No. 6 and Kansas, after losing twice in last week's Preseason NIT, tumbling all the way to 14th, just ahead of Missouri...
    Augusta member resigns over stance (12/04/02)
    The former chief executive officer of CBS became the first member of the Augusta National Golf Club to resign in protest over the club's refusal to admit a woman member, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Thomas H. Wyman, a 25-year member of Augusta National, told the Times that club chairman Hootie Johnson's position not to admit women was unacceptable and "pigheaded." He estimated that as many as one quarter of the roughly 300 club members also support the admission of women...
    Co-champions at tournaments leave some pros fit to be tied (12/04/02)
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods has won 48 tournaments around the world, enough to know what it means to be a defending champion. That's why he was so confused by the outcome at the Australian PGA Championship and the Volvo Masters. Each ended in a tie...
    Maddox to return as Steelers' QB (12/04/02)
    PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Maddox will be the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback against Houston on Sunday, three weeks after being briefly paralyzed by a hit in Tennessee. Maddox has not played since being hurt Nov. 17, except to hold on kicks Sunday in Jacksonville. Kordell Stewart was 38-of-52 for 438 yards, one touchdown and one interception and ran 22 times for 124 yards and a touchdown in two winning starts as Maddox's replacement...
    The Big Easy was enjoyable, but not all that easy (12/04/02)
    ggarner The New Orleans trip was a great experience for our players. One of the reasons players want to go to a Division I program is for the travel and the opportunity to play good teams in cities like New Orleans. For many of our players, it was their first trip to New Orleans, where they had a chance to experience and observe different cultures. Our players enjoyed the experience...
    Avocado plants for fun, not fruit (12/04/02)
    Avocados are abundant now and green plants are not. Hence avocados' popularity as a houseplant; you take what you have a lot of and make it into something you have few of. Avocado seeds are easy to grow into avocado houseplants. The usual method for sprouting an avocado seed is to poke three toothpicks into its side and suspend it in a glass of water. ...
    Do away with the drab (12/04/02)
    Add some year-round color to your landscape with holly, pansies or possumhaw plants Paul Schnare, Dr. Grow Whenever anyone talks to me about landscaping, they almost always say they want to have color in their landscape all year long. Although green is a color, green is not part of the picture in their mind's eye. They mean oranges, reds, purples, yellows, etc...
    Chef rediscovers joy in creative cooking (12/04/02)
    Creative ideas abound in "A Return to Cooking" (Artisan, $50) by Eric Ripert and Michael Ruhlman, including many for the home cook. Ripert, executive chef and partner of Le Bernadin, the Manhattan restaurant renowned specially for its fish, bases the book on his own rediscovery of the spontaneous pleasures of cooking, away from the restaurant...
    Infused honey makes for a sweet gift (12/04/02)
    When you give someone a gift about which you can say, "I made this just for you," the gesture has a special meaning. Here's a suggestion for such a present: a gleaming jar filled with flavor-infused honey. Infused honey is remarkably simple to make, and each infusion can be concocted to suit the individual taste of your recipient -- who could be friend, family, teacher or co-worker...
    Saying good-bye to Grammy (12/04/02)
    Today, Claudine Dunne is going to be buried in her best floral-print dress and thin gold wedding band, the shine pretty much worn off by 62 years of nervous fidgeting. The death certificate will say she died at 8:55 a.m. Saturday at age 83, but my grandmother -- the one I grew up with -- really died about a month ago. She fell and hit her head and became almost a stranger, lying in her hospital bed, muttering random bits of information as they passed through her dying brain...
    Sample some new dishes with crockpot recipes (12/04/02)
    Dr. James T. Hall's office staff enjoys eating at the office on evenings that the office is opened late. Last year they chose a slow-cooker theme for one of their evening meals, and they again this year have chosen that same theme. They have selected a few recipes from the books "Fix it and Forget It" and the newest book in this collection "Fix it and Forget It for Entertaining." What a fun office staff this must be that they enjoy cooking together and sharing a meal together. ...
    Do away with the drab (12/04/02)
    Whenever anyone TALKS TO ME ABOUT LANDSCAPING, THEY ALMOST ALWAYS SAY THEY WANT TO HAVE COLOR IN THEIR LANDSCAPE ALL YEAR LONG. ALTHOUGH GREEN IS A COLOR, GREEN IS NOT PART OF THE PICTURE IN THEIR MIND'S EYE. THEY MEAN ORANGES, REDS, PURPLES, YELLOWS, ETC...
    'Twas the night before finals (12/04/02)
    'Twas the night before finals, And all through the college, The students were praying For last-minute knowledge. Most were quite sleepy, But none touched their beds, While visions of essays Danced in their heads. Out in the taverns, A few were still drinking,...
    The Dharma Bum (12/04/02)
    "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man." - Mark Twain There you are my little miscreants and malcontents - cumbersome and lethargic after consuming your body weight in turkey and/or ham...so full that even blinking is too much of an effort as you sit around with the rest of the herd on this fine Thanksgiving Thursday, either half-listening to some crazy person (who is supposed to be related to you but looks more closely related to Yoda or some other George Lucas-creation) tell you stories about kids you'll never meet in places you probably don't ever want to go to - or you've managed to army-crawl your way from the dinner table to whatever seating device is closest to the idiot box, so you can foggily gaze (in a way that would make even Pavlov's dog wonder what the hell is wrong with you) at whatever mindless dribble is currently animating the TV screen which - considering you've gorged yourself to the point where breathing is an intense cardio-workout - will be considered your exercise for the week, along with return trips to the kitchen for a never-ending variety of turkey-based creations that will haunt you until that damn bird is gone...which should be just in time to begin feasting for Christmas. ...
    Reel News - 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (12/04/02)
    Reviewed by Justin Colburn & Keayn Dunya Daniel Radcliffe .... Harry Potter Rupert Grint .... Ron Weasley Emma Watson .... Hermione Granger Kenneth Branagh .... Gilderoy Lockhart Maggie Smith .... Minerva McGonagall Richard Harris .... Albus Dumbledore...
    Off! the Shelf - 'Scion - Conflict and Conscience' (12/04/02)
    Reviewed by Justin Colburn & Keayn Dunya Writer - Ron Marz Penciler - Jim Cheung Inker - Don Hillsman II Colorist - Caesar Rodriguez Letterer - Dave Lanphear Ethan, the youngest Prince of the Heron Dynasty, has just turned 21 and is to fight Bron, Prince of the Raven Dynasty, in a ceremonial tournament that has replaced warfare in modern society. ...
    December concert schedule (12/04/02)
    12/04/02 - Three Degrees Of Freedom, Cicero's 12/04/02 - Lonesome Travelers, Frederick's Music Lounge 12/04/02 - Anubis, Hi-Pointe 12/04/02 - Maybrick, Hi-Pointe 12/04/02 - Rusted Skin, Hi-Pointe 12/04/02 - Today Is The Day, Hi-Pointe 12/04/02 - Pat Martino, Jazz At The Bistro...
    Is there a Santa Clause? (12/04/02)
    1. No known species of reindeer can fly, BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified. While most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer (which only Santa has ever seen). 2. There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world, BUT since Santa doesn't appear to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. ...
    Alex Goes Off! - Airport World (12/04/02)
    Alexandra R. Yaremko Sociologists and anthropologists alike have recognized and touted the importance of language among cultures. Every culture or microcosm making up the big-picture world has its own language and lingo, specific ways and means of communicating. Airports are no exception to this rule...
    Mystikaleidoscopes (12/04/02)
    ARIES (Mar.23-Apr.19) As much as you wish you could ignore the little angel on your shoulder, its voice in your ear is simply too shrill. Buy a nice birthday present for your sister, even if it means sacrificing the shoes you think you can't live without...
    Kill Your TV (12/04/02)
    by Mix 96.5 Personality Jason Parker Someone please tell Hardees that the great majority of us are not buying their diarrhea burger. They call it the "Double Chili Cheeseburger". Have you seen the commercials for it yet? Some guy sitting in his apartment with khaki pants on, eating it and suddenly a pile of what they call chili, but what looks more like the product of a heavy night of drinking, squirts out on his pants. ...
    Bernard Queathem (12/04/02)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bernard Queathem, 76, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1926, in St. Louis, son of Arthur G. and Sylvia Cissell Queathem. He and Dolores Prost were married June 5, 1946, in Perryville. She died Sept. 16, 2000...
    Ira Jetter (12/04/02)
    HERRIN, Ill. -- Ira "Junior" Jetter, 76, born Jan. 3, 1926, in Herrin, entered into final rest at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill., of a recent heart attack. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbie, and his parents, Ira and Mattie Perrin Jetter...
    Michael Renaud (12/04/02)
    BREWER, Mo. -- Michael T. Renaud, 50, of Cahokia, Ill., and formerly of Brewer, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1952, in Perryville, Mo., son of Ottmer Lawrence and Betty J. Cissell Renaud. He and Angela Roesch were married Aug. 7, 2000...
    Veda Boley (12/04/02)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Veda Boley, 78, of Chaffee died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 26, 1924, at Powe, Mo., daughter of Walter Cleveland and Clara Mae Myers Jackson. Boley formerly owned Veda's Quick Lunch in St. Louis. She was a member of First Baptist Church and VFW Auxiliary 3127 in Chaffee...
    Vallie Hawn (12/04/02)
    Vallie M. Hawn, 96, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Monticello House in Jackson. She had lived at El Nathan Residential Care in Marble Hill the past three years. She was born Sept. 4, 1906, in Marquand, Mo., daughter of Robert L. and Jenny Cloninger Sitze. She and the Rev. Arvel Hawn were married Feb. 10, 1926, at Glenallen, Mo. He passed away April 8, 1972...
    Homer McKinley (12/04/02)
    Homer King McKinley, 84, of Scott City died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Cookeville, Tenn., son of Homer Lee and Daisy Jared McKinley. He and Betty Jo Gentry were married June 23, 1946, in Sikeston, Mo...
    Ruth Klingman (12/04/02)
    Ruth B. Klingman, 78, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Eldercare of Marble Hill, Mo. She was born May 21, 1924, in Brighton, Ala., daughter of Stanley and Ida Nance Bruce. She married Phillip Klingman, who preceded her in death. Klingman was a registered nurse in St. Petersburg, Fla., many years. She moved to Marble Hill in 1994, and to Eldercare in 2000. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church...
    Robert Jones (12/04/02)
    Robert G. Jones, 55, of Texaco, Ill., formerly of Jackson, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. He was born Feb. 8, 1947, at Fredericktown, Mo., son of Eddie and Rose Walker Jones. He and Nelda Seabaugh were married July 19, 1976...
    Garl Goodpasture (12/04/02)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Garl Goodpasture, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his home northwest of Jonesboro. He was born April 28, 1931, in Jonesboro, Ark., son of Alexander and Sylvia Price Goodpasture. He and Naomi Jean Showalter were married Nov. 10, 1956, in Maywood, Ill...
    Madge Dalton (12/04/02)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Madge Dalton, 85, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Union County Nursing Home. She was born June 9, 1917, in Goreville, Ill., daughter of Edward and Alberta Gray Rodgers. She and Robert W. "Bob" Dalton were married Dec. 24, 1934, in Vienna, Ill. He died Feb. 17, 1994...
    Clayton Kinsey (12/04/02)
    HERRIN, Ill. -- Clayton E. Kinsey, 73, of Herrin died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 26, 1929, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, son of Clayton A. and Gertrude A. Hollis Kinsey. He and Eleanor M. Anderson were married June 12, 1952, in Forest Lake, Minn...
    Cape police report 12/04/02 (12/04/02)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Dec. 4 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jason T. Pearson, 23, of 2307 S. Bridge, Scott City, was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing. Lucinda K. Shaddox, 35, no current address, was arrested Monday on suspicion of making a false declaration...
    Out of the past 12/4/02 (12/04/02)
    10 years ago: Dec. 4, 1992 Long-standing dispute over city's motel and restaurant tax apparently will be resolved as part of parks and recreation proposal approved recently by city council; one of proponents of project, Bob Hahn of Mid-America Hotels, claimed earlier this year that company would drop its lawsuit against city if proposal was approved; he repeated pledge at council's Nov. 16 meeting...
    Missouri needs new approach to budgeting (12/04/02)
    Across the nation, state budget planners are facing a flood of budget crises. In most cases, a downturn in the national economy is getting the blame. Many states are having a tough time stretching current revenue to cover planned spending. This comes on the heels of almost a decade of fast-growing state revenue which most states managed to spend. On top of the current budget woes, state officials are looking to the future and see even more problems...
    Young pianist has set high goals for her life (12/04/02)
    Few stories are as uplifting as those that measure the achievements of our family, friends and neighbors. And when an extraordinary milestone is attained by the youngsters in our midst, the glow is even brighter and warmer. Such is the case of Bonan Wang of Cape Girardeau who, at age 16, was recently judged the best pianist in her age group in all of Missouri...
    Religious groups need protection for observances (12/04/02)
    To the editor: The Missouri Legislature ended in May with much work left undone. One proposed piece of legislation is of vital importance to all religious communities: the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Currently, religious groups in our state enjoy the freedom to practice some tenets of their faith strictly because of the goodwill of their community rather than the letter of the law. ...
    Story about book brings memories of old schoolmate (12/04/02)
    To the editor: I'm writing about the article "Taking a Page From Childhood" by Sam Blackwell. It is always refreshing hearing about an old schoolmate. I attended Jacksonville High School with Ricky Bragg, author of "All Over but the Shoutin'," the United We Read book for the coming year. He was a year ahead of me in school...
    Speak Out 12/04/02 (12/04/02)
    Exercise some control A BIT of advice for all of you looking for that perfect rock 'n' roll CD for the teen or preteen on your list this Christmas season: That parental advisory you see on the front of that CD is there for a reason. If you listen to any Top 40 pop or rock station, you will hear words being bleeped. ...
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