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Stories from Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Cape City Council puts four taxes on next ballot (12/17/02)
The Cape Girardeau City Council decided Monday to ask residents to approve new taxes to help fund operating expenses, equipment needs, stormwater projects, a new fire station, a police station addition and a family water park. Voters will decide whether to approve the taxes on the April 8 ballot...
Guilty pleas entered in drug cases (12/17/02)
A Caruthersville, Mo., man and a Georgia man pleaded guilty Monday on unrelated charges of distributing cocaine. Larron Lamont Watson, 32, of Lithonia, Ga., pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine base before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber. Watson admitted that on Feb. 11, he sold 6 grams of cocaine base to a confidential informant for $250 in Sikeston, Mo...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 12/17 (12/17/02)
Public Hearings Held hearing to allow citizen input on the city of Jackson's performance in administering the Community Development Block Grant for the Midwest Sterilization/Dogwood Avenue Street Improvement Project. Held hearing to consider the proposed annual budget for 2003...
Tiny school district gets by with limited resources (12/17/02)
NELSON, Ill. -- For some school districts, 37 students would be a class, or a couple of classes. For the Nelson School District, it's the total enrollment. "Having a small enrollment has both benefits and concerns," said Superintendent Greg Lutyens. "If it's too small, you have a hard time justifying programs, but with small classes you can deal with any educational issue."...
Learning briefs 12/17 (12/17/02)
Central student named to All-State Band Central High School student Meredith Toole has been selected to the Missouri All-State Band. Earlier this month, nearly 1,000 students from across the state met at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., to audition for the all-state band...
Two days remain before Toybox delivers (12/17/02)
With just two days left before delivery, the Cape Girardeau Jaycees still have more than 200 bags left to fill. And there is barely enough money left to spend on gifts. Toybox is a joint program of the Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian that provides Christmas gifts to needy children up to age 12...
Authorities uncover two sides to crime story (12/17/02)
POPLARBLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities are looking for two men in connection with an alleged drug deal gone wrong early Saturday morning that resulted in shots being fired and one man injured. According to Poplar Bluff patrolman Kenny Carpenter, he was dispatched at about 12:20 a.m. to a residence in the 1300 block of Mill Street in reference to shots being fired...
Franklin County teens jailed after local incident (12/17/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two runaway juveniles from Franklin County were arrested Sunday evening following a purse snatching at Wal-Mart. The juveniles were taken into custody after being pursued by citizens who witnessed the incident and chased the suspect until officers arrived...
4-H keeps tribe names, abandons Indian practices (12/17/02)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Children in West Virginia's 4-H program will no longer don feathered headdresses, engage in "stereotypical motions and dances" or chant a tribal cheer of "Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!" at summer camps, officials who oversee the program announced Monday...
Sikeston man sentenced on drug-related charge (12/17/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- James E. Cooper, 25, of Sikeston, was sentenced Monday on charges of possessing cocaine base with intent to distribute. Cooper was sentenced by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber to serve 135 months for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base...
Emerson adviser considers state Senate bid in 2004 (12/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After two decades of helping to build the Republican Party into a powerful force throughout Southeast Missouri, Lloyd Smith may make his own bid for elected office in 2004. Fresh from managing U.S. Sen. Jim Talent's successful statewide campaign, Smith said he is considering running for the Missouri Senate seat currently held by Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau...
Hospital teams to get smallpox vaccine (12/17/02)
Cape Girardeau's two hospitals are choosing the first medical workers in the area to receive the smallpox vaccine, the local start of a nationwide inoculation process that's prompting concerned residents to call their doctors. St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital have until Jan. 7 to select response teams and submit members' names to the state Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism, that agency's director said...
Art appreciation (12/17/02)
Students who wander the maze of hallways at Scott County Central schools aren't trying to cut class but just want to get a glimpse of what Damon Jennings is doing. Jennings, who teaches fifth grade in the district, can be seen paintbrush in hand, with a cart of open paint cans nearby as he strolls down the hallway on his way to a new artistic creation...
Two titles for the younger set, just in time for Santa (12/17/02)
If there are some youngsters on your shopping list, you may be looking for a videogame or two to brighten their holiday morning. Allow me to offer some assistance. At the top of my list would be "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus," from Sucker Punch and Sony for PlayStation 2...
Mayor names committee to search for new police chief (12/17/02)
Jackson Mayor Paul Sander has appointed six people to a committee that will search for the city's next police chief. Sander appointed city administrator Jim Roach to chair the committee. Other members are assistant city administrator Larry Koenig and Robert "Red" Clifton, who are both former Jackson police chiefs, Alderwoman Val Tuschoff and Aldermen Larry Cunningham and Phil Penzel...
Students earn post-secondary experience through program (12/17/02)
A joint effort between the Jackson, Cape Girardeau and Scott City school districts has given special needs and at-risk students at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center a rare opportunity to hone important job skills. Representatives with the school districts involved in the CTC's Work Enhancement Program presented an overview of the program to the Cape Girardeau School Board during their meeting Monday night...
One killed in collision on fog-shrouded road (12/17/02)
Heavy morning fog covering the road contributed to the death of a Jackson man Monday morning, said Cpl. Mark Winder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Jeff S. Wille, 40, was apparently attempting to turn his Ford pickup truck around on Route U at Route RA in Crump, having passed a missed turn, when his vehicle was knocked off the road by a southbound dump truck...
Southeast acts quietly to keep women's gymnastics program (12/17/02)
Southeast Missouri State University quietly decided to keep its women's gymnastics program last week after a consultant advised that the team was critical to meeting federal Title IX civil rights requirements on gender equity in athletics. The recommendation of consultant Lamar Daniel of Atlanta -- who met with coaches and school officials on Dec. 9 -- helped save the program, gymnastics coach Patty Stotzheim said Monday...
Nixon says consumers to receive $13 million in settlement (12/17/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri consumers are to receive more than $13 million in restitution as part of a national settlement with a lending company, Attorney General Jay Nixon said Monday. Household Finance Corp. is to pay a total of $484 million nationwide, including nearly $13.2 million in Missouri, for allegedly unfair and deceptive lending practices, according to an agreement initially announced in October...
Searchers find second child's body in river (12/17/02)
CHANNAHON, Ill. -- Authorities Monday identified the body of the second child found in the Des Plaines River as that of 5-year-old Ashley Gleeson, who along with her brother had been missing for nearly a month, officials said. An autopsy determined that the body was Ashley Gleeson's, Illinois State Police spokesman Mark Karczewski said. He would not release any more information from the autopsy...
FDA approves combo vaccine against five childhood diseases (12/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- Parents, expect fewer screams in the pediatrician's office: A new vaccine that promises to cut out six of the 20 injections that babies get before age 2 won federal approval Monday. The vaccine, called Pediarix, combines into one injection today's shots that protect against five different diseases -- diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and polio...
Researchers revive ancient algae, bacteria from lake (12/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- In ice that has sealed a salty Antarctic lake for more than 2,800 years, scientists have found frozen bacteria and algae that returned to life after thawing. The research may help in the search for life on Mars, which is thought to have subsurface lakes of ice...
Law makes first public statement since his resignation (12/17/02)
BOSTON -- Cardinal Bernard F. Law, making his first public appearance since resigning as archbishop, offered another apology and asked for forgiveness Monday for his role in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese. "As I said last Friday, it is my hope and it's my prayer that my resignation as archbishop might help the Archdiocese of Boston to experience healing, to experience reconciliation and to experience unity," Law told reporters at a brief news conference. ...
National survey finds drug use declining for teens (12/17/02)
WASHINGTON -- American teenagers are cutting their use of illicit drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, said a report to the government Monday. Monitoring the Future, a survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders done for the Department of Health and Human Services, found declines in most major categories for all age groups...
People talk 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Pitt's car ad series angers Malaysians KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Brad Pitt is sought after for magazine covers and posters worldwide, but the Malaysian government believes the Hollywood star's appearance in a recent series of car advertisements in this region was "an insult to Asians."...
Yearlong celebration planned to mark first powered flight (12/17/02)
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- It took only 12 seconds for the Wright brothers to change the world. What hasn't changed much in the 99 years since is the site where they flew the first airplane. Planners and fund raisers in North Carolina hope to change that with a yearlong "centennial of flight" celebration that features a makeover of the Wright Brothers National Memorial...
Developers see tourism in coalfields (12/17/02)
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A two-lane road in West Virginia coal country plunges through some of the state's richest history, from old railroad towns to a courthouse where a pair of killings led to the largest U.S. insurrection since the Civil War. The colorful past has a big burden: The hope is that it will help revive the region's struggling economy by turning remnants of the coal industry into tourist attractions...
Nation digest 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Ex-New Jersey governor to head Sept. 11 panel WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday named former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean to replace Henry Kissinger as chairman of the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Kean, currently president of Drew University in Madison, N.J., was New Jersey governor from 1982 to 1990...
Tentative deal reached in NYC transit talks (12/17/02)
NEW YORK -- Negotiators announced a tentative agreement Monday that would spare the nation's largest city a potentially devastating mass transit strike. The deal, reached after four days of intensive talks, would ensure that New York subways and buses -- which provide an estimated 7 million rides a day -- remain on the move...
Vatican approves sex abuse plan (12/17/02)
America's Roman Catholic bishops won Vatican approval Monday for their revised sex abuse policy, requiring every diocese to bar priests who molest children from working in the church. Vatican authorization makes the plan church law for the United States and, therefore, binding on Catholic officials. Bishops have acknowledged that allowing dioceses to set their own rules often left molesters in parishes and helped create this year's many scandals...
Small study finds echinacea no help in fighting colds (12/17/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- Echinacea, a popular but largely untested herbal remedy for the common cold, showed no benefit when given to a small group of college students with sore throats and stuffy noses, researchers say. University of Wisconsin researchers gave capsules of the herb to 73 students suffering from cold symptoms. Another 75 got a placebo, or dummy pill, made of alfalfa. After 10 days, both had gotten equally ill, the study said...
West African leaders hold urgent talks on Ivory Coast (12/17/02)
KARA, Togo -- The leaders of five West African nations struggled Monday to stop Ivory Coast's slide into all-out war, jetting to Togo for an emergency summit and then racing to report back to Ivory Coast's embattled president, Laurent Gbagbo. The diplomacy coincided with the appearance of new rebel factions in Ivory Coast and reports that France was sending 500 paratroopers to reinforce 1,000 French troops already there...
World briefs 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Canada ratifies Kyoto Protocol after long debate TORONTO -- Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Monday, leaving the fate of the 1997 treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions up to Russia. Without another big endorsement, the pact could die due to insufficient global participation...
Iraqi dissidents agree on transitional government (12/17/02)
LONDON -- Iraqi exiles reached agreement Monday on which religious sects and political movements should make up the leadership committee they hope will become a transitional government if Saddam Hussein is ousted. But they were forced to extend their conference until today to resolve disagreements over which individuals should fill the seats allocated to each group on the 50-member committee...
Pakistan holds three suspected of plotting to kill diplomat (12/17/02)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Three men suspected of plotting an attack on American diplomats appeared in court Monday, as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca met with Pakistani officials to discuss the global war on terror. The men made their initial court appearance and were ordered held in custody as authorities investigated the owner of a warehouse where police found ammonium nitrate allegedly being stored for an attack against two U.S. ...
Lab's analysis of first Iraq samples could bolster case for war (12/17/02)
VIENNA, Austria -- Washington's showdown with Saddam Hussein moved Monday to a windswept corner of Austria, where scientists with the U.N. nuclear agency's laboratory received the first samples collected by weapons inspectors in Iraq. The results of their analysis, which the International Atomic Energy Agency said would begin immediately, could bolster -- or undermine -- attempts by the Bush administration to make a case for war...
Afghan women still suffer repression under post-Taliban leaders (12/17/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Women and girls are still suffering severe abuse, harassment and repression at the hands of Afghanistan's post-Taliban leaders, particularly in the west of the country, a human rights group said Tuesday. In a 52-page report titled, "We Want to Live as Humans," Human Rights Watch said life has improved marginally for some women and not at all for others since the ouster of the hard-line Taliban regime, which barred women from any role in public life...
Holocaust scholar testifies against former Serb president (12/17/02)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace laureate who survived the Nazi death camps, urged a strong punishment for former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic, telling a U.N. tribunal the sentence it imposes for her war crimes will set a standard for centuries...
Venezuelan police fire into buildings (12/17/02)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Police fired rubber bullets into apartment buildings and tear gas into the streets Monday, after protesters demanding President Hugo Chavez resign blocked highways and roads and threw stones at police in several Caracas neighborhoods...
Israeli military kills four Palestinians (12/17/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed four Palestinians on Monday in the Gaza Strip, at least two of them armed, and Israel eased a key travel restriction in the West Bank. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, meanwhile, accepted an invitation from British Prime Minister Tony Blair to send a delegation to London to discuss Mideast peace prospects, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. Neither side gave details about who would make up the delegation...
Fearful Israeli villages build their own West Bank border (12/17/02)
RAM-ON, Israel -- Fearful of Palestinian militants, several Israeli villages began building their own security fence Monday to separate them from the West Bank, using $1 million in donations from American Jewish communities. The farmers of the Gilboa region said they took action because the government's West Bank barrier now under construction leaves their community, like many others in northern Israel, unprotected...
Remnants of Taliban among groups using child soldiers (12/17/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- Remnants of the Taliban, conflict-ridden governments and rebel groups all use child soldiers, according to a U.N. report released Monday. The report by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan listed 23 parties that recruit and use child warriors in violation of internationally accepted standards...
Central girls top Raiders for 1st win in new gym (12/17/02)
Associated Press/Bill Haber New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Lewis, right, was knocked out of bounds by Minnesota Vikings punter Hayden Epstein during a return Sunday in New Orleans. The Vikings rallied to stun the Saints 32-31. More NFL, Page 3B...
SE faces a big task in Little Rock (12/17/02)
Indians face talented Trojan team on the road. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University has already played some talented teams this year and the Indians still have plenty of formidable opponents on their schedule...
Otahks' record larceny leads to easy victory (12/17/02)
Southeast records 30 steals in 90-42 win over Oakland City. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University used a record-setting defensive performance and a 57-point second half offensive explosion to rout Division II Oakland City 90-42 for its fourth straight win Monday night at the Show Me Center...
McNair leads Titans to 24-7 win over Pats (12/17/02)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans can cancel practice: Steve McNair doesn't need it. Playing for the third consecutive week without a full practice, McNair ran for two touchdowns Monday night and the Titans beat the New England Patriots 24-7 to move into a tie for the best record in the AFC...
Harrison breaks NFL reception record, may haul in others (12/17/02)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marvin Harrison makes it all look so easy: catching passes, breaking records, staying humble. The Indianapolis Colts' wide receiver doesn't need choreographed celebrations or outrageous statements to draw attention. And he's embarrassed when teammates suggest he's been the NFL's top player this year...
GM's tackle problem of bat boys (12/17/02)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Baseball executives started heading home Monday from the quiet winter meetings, expecting a flurry of moves later in the week. Just five significant trades took place during the four-day session, and the only major league free agents agreeing to deals were Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Stanton, Mark Loretta, Deivi Cruz, Matt Stairs, Todd Zeile and Chris Carpenter...
Martz's doghouse overruns Cardinals in Rams' victory (12/17/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Martz' motivational messages apparently paid off. He criticized kicker Jeff Wilkins, wide receiver Torry Holt and St. Louis Rams special teams last week, and all came through in Sunday night's 30-28 squeaker over the Arizona Cardinals...
NFL opts not to fine Owens for pompoms episode (12/17/02)
Waving pompoms to celebrate his latest touchdown wasn't enough to bring San Francisco 49ers receiver Terrell Owens any disciplinary action from the NFL. Owens was warned by the league earlier this season after he pulled a pen from his sock and autographed a football following a touchdown in Seattle...
The curse of the heisman trophy (12/17/02)
The Heisman Trophy he won a year ago is still in its original packing crate, somewhere in his mother's house back in Omaha. "I've got a display case there," Eric Crouch said Sunday, "but I've been kind of busy." At that moment, busy meant shepherding his fiancee and daughter through the maze of a New York airport to catch an evening flight back home. ...
Jeff Wille (12/17/02)
Jeff Wille, 40, of Jackson died in an automobile accident Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, on Route U at Crump. McCombs Funeral Home at Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Masters (12/17/02)
Norma Lee Masters, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at her home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
George Ahrens (12/17/02)
George Henry Ahrens, 63, of Oak Ridge died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 22, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, son of August Henry and Emma Elizabeth Long Ahrens. He and Laverne Elbrecht were married April 23, 1959...
James Curran (12/17/02)
James William Curran, 69, of Scott City died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. He was born July 10, 1923, in St. Louis, son of Francis and Matilda Dempsey Curran. Curran was a steelworker. He moved to Scott City 14 years ago from North Dakota. He was a member and past commander of VFW Post 6407 in Scott City...
Anita Petzoldt (12/17/02)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Anita S. Petzoldt, 95, of Frohna died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 6, 1907, at Farrar, Mo., daughter of Frederick and Bertha Hecht Boehme. She and Hugo Petzoldt were married Feb. 2, 1929. He died Jan. 5, 1969...
Dolph Bland (12/17/02)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dolph Bland, 67, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Wilma Spaeth (12/17/02)
Wilma Margaret Spaeth, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of David Blair and May Hester Huffman Moffitt. She and Arthur C. Spaeth were married Aug. 9, 1944, in Kansas City...
Ralph Chitty (12/17/02)
Ralph Louis Chitty, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Sept. 1, 1915, son of Mary E. Chitty. He and Eleanor McLain Mills were married Feb. 1, 1947. She died Nov. 15, 1990. Ralph graduated from Fornfelt High School in 1933. He retired from Cotton Belt Railroad as a conductor...
Births 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Cowell Son to Jill Linette Cowell and Jonathan Wayne Frymire of Marble Hill, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 7:11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002. Name, Jamon Wayne. Weight, 7 pounds 13 ounces. First child. Ms. Cowell is the daughter of Eldon Cowell and Sheila Cowell of Marble Hill. Frymire is the son of Brinda Dunlap of Marble Hill...
Cape police reports 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Dec. 17 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Christopher W. Stewart, 25, of 207 Lillian, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.Arrests...
Cape fire report 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Dec. 17 Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 5:54 p.m., a fire alarm at 207 S. Kingshighway. At 6:30 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3269 William. At 11:08 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3265 William.Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
10 years ago: Dec. 17, 1992 City officials still hope for February or March completion of Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport terminal building project; contractors took advantage of yesterday's warm temperatures and sunny skies to complete additional exterior work on $1 million renovation project...
Lott's remarks demand quick resolution (12/17/02)
Politicians say lots of things to lots of people lots of times. Sometimes, it seems, they forget some people are listening. Case in point is Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, who has made headlines recently, not for his agenda as the majority leader when Republicans resume control of the U.S. Senate, but instead for some remarks he made at a birthday party...
California court targets Second Amendment (12/17/02)
Second AmendmentA well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Do we, as Americans, truly have a constitutional right to bear arms? A California court doesn't think so...
Legal treatment of mentally ill is form of bigotry (12/17/02)
To the editor: I was astounded to find the "Objection to marriage" comment in Speak Out. The form of bigotry which expresses itself in people being unnecessarily cruel to others because of mental illness is one of the worst forms of bigotry in the United States today. ...
Caring for pets is good way to show spirit of holidays (12/17/02)
To the editor: I would like to praise all the families that have pets and care for them properly. Those of us who love our pets have them spayed and neutered, get yearly checkups for all shots by a veterinarian and provide proper housing and plenty of food and water. ...
Look for yourself, let conscience be your guide (12/17/02)
To the editor: Each day the news media bombard us with slanted views. We know the saying about two sides to every story, but investigating the other side seems too difficult and time-consuming. Besides, we prefer plausible deniability. Americans make a personal choice to turn a blind eye to what is happening in the world around us. If we don't acknowledge it, it isn't there. Right? Wrong. The killing, the poverty and the injustice are still there. We just prefer not to know about it...
Speak Out 12/17/02 (12/17/02)
Church credibility I PRAY that Cardinal Law's resignation will begin the healing process for all Catholics. Two other actions, however, will also be necessary to restore the moral credibility of the Roman Catholic church leadership: All bishops must insist that bishops and all their clergy maintain lives of integrity (no child abuse, no secret girlfriends, boyfriends or church money for hush payments), and all bishops must provide full financial accountability that discloses the costs to parishioners that result from the inappropriate behavior of clergy.. ...
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