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Stories from Friday, December 20, 2002

Shortages, sickness overcome to complete Toybox deliveries (12/20/02)
A shortage of Santas and a case of the flu nearly left the Cape Girardeau Jaycees without adequate help on Toybox delivery night, but the children who received the gifts never would have guessed it. More than 1,400 children -- about 545 families in the city -- received help from the program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children up to age 12...
Pool house catches fire near Chaffee (12/20/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Emergency dispatchers had trouble determining which fire department to contact to respond to a pool house fire near Chaffee Thursday morning because the home was on a new, unmapped road and the homeowner used a cellular phone. Three charred wooden frames and a pile of black rubble are what's left of a pool house that stood next to the home of Gerald Beck and his family, located just off of Route EE...
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri moving to Main Street (12/20/02)
More space and the increased traffic of a Main Street location are the two prime reasons the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will move its galleries and office space beginning in March, says executive director Rebecca Fulgham. The location will be the fifth occupied by the arts council in the past decade...
Anderson may be only finalist left for Mehlville job (12/20/02)
Jackson School District superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson may be one step closer to a job offer as superintendent with the Mehlville School District in south St. Louis County. Mehlville officials announced Thursday that Anderson's two competitors, Dr. Jane Reed and Dr. Tim Ricker, both currently employed as assistant superintendents at Mehlville, have dropped out of the running...
Auditor - Sales tax increase for county is needed (12/20/02)
Faced with the first sales tax revenue decline in Cape Girardeau County in 22 years, county commissioners should ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase, county Auditor H. Weldon Macke says. Cape Girardeau County government received fewer sales tax dollars this year than last, the first such decrease since the current half-cent general revenue sales tax was established in 1980. Macke's proposal would raise the county sales tax to 1 cent...
Rains wash out Cape roadway, creating hazard for residents (12/20/02)
A Willow Street family is safer today after work crews filled a 3-foot-deep gully that separated their home from the rest of Cape Girardeau. Heavy rainfall Wednesday and Thursday -- 2 inches in 48 hours -- cut an 8-foot-wide, muddy gully across the only entrance onto Willow Street, leaving residents stranded for several hours...
Semitrailer crash on bridge leaves three women hurt (12/20/02)
The collisions of two tractor-trailers and a minivan on the Mississippi River bridge Thursday night caused more than an hour of traffic delays and injured three women. A westbound semitrailer, driven by Robert Ferguson, 41, of Marion, Ill., first rear ended the Ford minivan carrying four adults and two small children. It then collided with a second semitrailer, driven eastbound by Robert Elliot, 50, of Olmstead, Ill...
Kinder not planning '04 run for governor (12/20/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While not ruling out a bid for some statewide office in 2004, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder on Thursday said he will not seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Bob Holden. "I am not running for governor," Kinder said simply...
Charred remains found in Poplar Bluff yard (12/20/02)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An autopsy was scheduled Thursday in Farmington, Mo., for a woman whose charred remains were found outside a home in north Poplar Bluff. The autopsy was to be performed at 10:30 a.m. at Mineral Area Hospital in Farmington by Dr. Russell Deidiker, a forensic pathologist, said Butler County Coroner Larry Cotrell...
Black market trade puts heavy price on exotic animals (12/20/02)
ALSIP, Ill. -- The trailer loaded with nine tigers and two lions rolled past the wire-fenced gates under the cover of night so no outsiders were around to see what was about to happen. Heavy double doors lifted and the zebra-striped truck that had hauled the trailer from Wisconsin entered the brightly lit warehouse...
Nonprofit, utility strike deal to help rural poor lower bills (12/20/02)
WHITE HALL, Ala. -- Lucille Johnson is 66 years old and lives on a $600 per month disability check. In a good month, more than a third of that goes to pay her electricity bill. Hundreds of Johnson's fellow Lowndes County residents, most of them also poor, have monthly power bills much higher -- between $400 and $600...
State budget cuts could come soon (12/20/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Economists and budget officials were meeting Thursday to revise the state's revenue projections as Gov. Bob Holden neared a likely announcement about more state budget cuts. Holden is waiting until the revenue revisions are complete to outline the latest spending cuts, said budget director Linda Luebbering. The revenue revisions could come as soon as Friday, although an announcement on budget cuts has not been scheduled, she said...
Ryan fends off questions about corruption investigation (12/20/02)
CHICAGO -- Gov. George Ryan fended off questions about whether he is the target of a federal corruption investigation Thursday, a day after prosecutors alleged he was present at the scene of a cover-up aimed at thwarting federal investigators. Returning to the Capitol in Springfield after giving a speech about the death penalty at the University of Illinois at which he announced three pardons, Ryan refused to comment on whether federal prosecutors have informed him he is now a target of their nearly five-year investigation.. ...
Ryan pardons three wrongfully convicted in murder cases (12/20/02)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Gov. George Ryan on Thursday pardoned three men wrongfully convicted of murder, including Rolando Cruz, whose case has served as a symbol of flaws in the state's death penalty system. Ryan made the announcement as he spoke before the University of Illinois College of Law on reforms he said are needed to avoid the "ultimate nightmare," executing an innocent person...
Florida town struggles with speed trap image (12/20/02)
WALDO, Fla. -- Police chief A. W. Smith believes it's a safety issue. But to others, this tiny town's national reputation as a speed trap is all about money. Business leaders, who are embroiled in a bitter war of words with the law-and-order chief, say he is using speed enforcement to pump up the town's coffers. But, they say, he's hurting business because people are scared to drive through Waldo...
Greenspan - Too early to tell whether Fed should do more (12/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday the economy is still going through a soft patch and it is still too early to tell whether the Fed has done enough with low interest rates to produce a sustainable recovery. The Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed's chief policy-making group, cut interest rates 12 times starting in January 2001, with the last interest rate reduction of a bold half-point coming last month. ...
Feds upgrade investigation into vans, Corvettes (12/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- The federal government has upgraded an investigation into the Chevrolet Corvette after receiving hundreds of complaints that the steering column can lock up and cause the driver to lose control. Twenty-five crashes and 10 injuries have been reported in the investigation, which covers 131,981 cars from the 1997-2001 model years...
Discount retailers prosper amid economic instability (12/20/02)
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- The color of Princess Barbie's flowing dress wasn't the only thing Catherine Martin considered as she studied the dolls lining the toy aisle at Fred's discount store. She examined the $10.95 price tag, too. "With a house full of grandkids and both me and my husband retired, we need all the help we can get," said Martin, 57, who will stretch her fixed income to buy gifts for 12 grandchildren this Christmas. The regular price for a Barbie is about $15...
Tennessee senator willing to replace Lott (12/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist stepped forward Thursday as a potential replacement for Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, delivering a blow to the Mississippian's already precarious hold on his post. In a statement, Frist said several senators had approached him Thursday and asked him to seek the job. He said he agreed to let them gauge support from all 51 GOP senators who will serve in the Congress that convenes next month...
New deadline given to move monument (12/20/02)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A federal judge gave Alabama's chief justice a Jan. 3 deadline to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building, but suggested the order may be put on hold during an appeal. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson set the deadline after Justice Roy Moore testified at a hearing Thursday that removing the granite monument would violate his oath of office. ...
Twelve accused of illegally wiring money to Iraq (12/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- A Seattle money-service business and 12 people have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of illegally wiring at least $12 million in money and goods to Iraq in violation of a decade-old U.S. embargo, the government said Thursday...
Town mourns boys who fell through ice (12/20/02)
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Four boys who died after plunging through the ice on a frozen river were remembered at an emotional funeral service Thursday for their love of life and efforts to try to save one another. "They are heroes in our eyes," the Rev. Jorge Reyes told hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral Mass for William Rodriguez, 11; Christopher Casado, 7; Victor Baez, 9; and Mackendy Constant, 8...
Mother faked child's cancer to raise money, authorities claim (12/20/02)
URBANA, Ohio -- Police say a woman tried to trick her daughter and community into thinking the girl had cancer so she could raise money, even going so far as to shave the 7-year-old's head, give her sleeping pills and put her in counseling to prepare to die...
Iraq list labeled 'failure' by U.S. leader (12/20/02)
WASHINGTON -- Iraq has totally failed to comply with U.N. disarmament demands and if it continues its pattern of lies and deception "we're not going to find a peaceful solution to this problem," Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday. Key U.S. allies agreed with the finding, which President Bush could use as a step toward war...
Stocks fall amid fears of war (12/20/02)
NEW YORK -- War fears overshadowed encouraging economic reports Thursday on Wall Street, sending stock prices lower for a third consecutive day. The Dow Jones industrials fell to their lowest level in nearly six weeks. Analysts said trading was choppy as investors struggled to decide whether to buy on bets of stronger prospects in 2003. But the escalating rhetoric on Iraq Thursday ultimately gave them another reason to sell, they said...
Jury - Wal-Mart forced Oregon employees to work unpaid overtime (12/20/02)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, forced employees in Oregon to work unpaid overtime between 1994 and 1999, a federal jury found Thursday in the first of dozens of such lawsuits across the country to come to trial. A separate trial will be held to decide how much Wal-Mart should pay in damages...
People talk 12/20/02 (12/20/02)
Figure skater Hamilton ties knot in Malibu LOS ANGELES -- Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton married former nutrition coordinator Tracie Robinson over the weekend at a private ceremony in Malibu, a publicist said. Hamilton, 44, and Robinson wed Saturday at Stone Manor Estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean, publicist Michael Sterling said in a news release. The couple met two years ago and were engaged in September 2001...
Misconceptions about smallpox are still widespread, survey says (12/20/02)
BOSTON -- Americans are so ill-informed about smallpox that a majority believe the deadly disease still breaks out naturally throughout the world and can be cured, a Harvard survey found. The last case of smallpox was 25 years ago. And while halting the natural spread of the disease was one of the greatest public health victories in history, there is no cure. Not yet...
Hundreds in Los Angeles protest new federal immigration policy (12/20/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of Iranian-Americans demonstrated against the arrest of Middle Eastern immigrants who had voluntarily registered with the federal government under a new anti-terrorism program. The protest Wednesday outside a federal building snarled traffic on Wilshire Boulevard. No arrests were reported...
Judge throws out convictions in Central Park 'wilding' case (12/20/02)
NEW YORK -- A courtroom erupted in cheers Thursday as a judge threw out the convictions of five men in the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger -- a racially charged case that made New York look like a city on the verge of civil breakdown. The defendants are likely to return to court with lawsuits against the city over the years they lost behind bars after the "wilding" attack that shook New Yorkers with its randomness and brutality...
Some U.S. storefronts beginning to offer cheaper Canadian drugs (12/20/02)
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Mary Jane Gregory walked out of Discount Drugs of Canada with a 33 percent savings that outweighed any doubts she might have had about using the new store, which gets her prescription filled in distant Winnipeg. "I don't know whether it's illegal or not, but it's right out here in the open," said Gregory, 71, who takes medicine for osteoporosis. "How bad can it be?"...
Mississippi town hit by tornado (12/20/02)
NEWTON, Miss. -- A tornado smashed into stores jammed with holiday shoppers and flipped over trucks Thursday, injuring about 50 people, at least two critically, authorities said. "We've got major damage here. It's a mess," said Hamp Beatty, mayor of this eastern Mississippi town of about 3,700 people, 60 miles east of Jackson. Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said there were no reports of deaths...
Russian president fields questions from across nation (12/20/02)
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin fielded dozens of questions from across Russia on Thursday in his second televised encounter with the nation, part of the Kremlin's campaign to polish the leader's credentials as a down-to-earth man of the people...
Police boot Israelis from settlement (12/20/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli police evicted 200 Jewish settlers Thursday from a makeshift encampment on West Bank land where Palestinian militants killed 12 Israelis last month. Shouting through loudspeakers and backed by soldiers, police ordered the settlers off the settlement crudely constructed on a road into the West Bank city of Hebron. The site was near where Islamic Jihad militants ambushed Israeli soldiers and security guards on Nov. 15...
EU, U.S. to share data on suspects (12/20/02)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union nations approved an agreement with the United States on Thursday authorizing the exchange of personal data on suspects in terrorism and other serious criminal cases. The deal will allow American investigators and their counterparts at the European police agency, Europol, to share personal information such as phone records and bank accounts...
Peacekeepers hit by second grenade attack this week (12/20/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A man exploded a grenade Thursday at international peacekeeping headquarters in Kabul, the second attack on peacekeepers this week. A man presumed to be the assailant was killed, and two French citizens and two Afghans were injured...
China shows concern over U.S. plans for missile defense (12/20/02)
BEIJING -- China expressed cautious concern Thursday at the United States' announcement that it would develop a missile-defense program, saying the deployment of any such system "should not undermine the security and stability of the world." Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the Chinese government is evaluating the Bush administration's announcement...
Israel allows Palestinian buses to again move city to city (12/20/02)
NABLUS, West Bank -- For the first time in two years, Palestinians are boarding buses with the hope of riding past Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank. But some didn't make it, leaving them to wonder whether Israel is really serious about easing travel restrictions...
Afghan general says army is poorly equipped, but ready to fight (12/20/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A top general in southern Afghanistan says a lack of supplies, from guns to stationery, is severely hampering his troops and making it hard for the national army to keep order. Nonetheless, the recently trained soldiers stand ready to fight, he said...
Strike threat adds to woes of German chancellor (12/20/02)
BERLIN -- Talks on settling a pay dispute between German public workers and the government collapsed Thursday, moving the country closer to a crippling strike and a new crisis for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. While negotiators sought arbitration, the two sides remained far apart after union leaders rejected an offer from federal, state and local authorities...
Medical research used to debunk mummy's curse, say scientists (12/20/02)
LONDON -- Don't sweat the curse of the mummy. Those who disturbed Tutankhamun's tomb died all right, but no sooner than those who kept their distance, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. "It doesn't need to be scientifically debunked because it's rubbish really, but it's the first time I've seen it treated in this medical or scientific way," Neal Spencer, an Egyptologist at the British Museum said of the study...
Disease victim urges Somali children to gulp down vaccine (12/20/02)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Ali Maow Maalim knew smallpox was lurking in Somalia, but when his fellow hospital workers were getting vaccinated a quarter-century ago, he couldn't bear the thought of a needle jabbing his arm. So he rolled up his left shirt sleeve and pretended he had already gotten a shot...
Rebels seize western Ivory Coast city (12/20/02)
DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast -- Rebels captured the leading city in Ivory Coast's coffee-rich west on Thursday and vowed to continue their push until they reached the commercial capital, the key to controlling what had been West Africa's most stable and prosperous nation...
Arafat's confinement enters second year (12/20/02)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- With pale face and stiff gait, Yasser Arafat emerges between two columns of sandbags framing the entrance of his shattered compound, cradling the arm of a white-bearded Jewish man -- his favorite rabbi. Israeli tanks and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's threats have effectively kept the Palestinian leader captive in this rubble-strewn compound for just over a year, stripping Arafat of much of his power and rendering his Palestinian Authority impotent...
S. Korean president-elect to work with U.S. on nuclear issue (12/20/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president-elect, who has said he would be more assertive in relations with the United States, promised Friday to work with Washington to resolve concerns about North Korea's nuclear weapons development. Roh Moo-hyun was declared winner in elections Thursday that took place amid rising anti-U.S. sentiment in South Korea. During the election campaign, Roh said he was not anti-American, but insisted he would not "kowtow" to his country's chief ally...
Remains of Buddha moved to new $4.5 million shrine (12/20/02)
OUDONG, Cambodia -- Nearly 1 million people joined a procession Thursday to transfer the fabled remains of Buddha from a noisy neighborhood in Phnom Penh to a new $4.5 million shrine, the biggest religious ceremony in Cambodia in decades. King Norodom Sihanouk was accompanied by yellow-robed monks as he escorted the golden urn containing ashes, bones and teeth to the more scenic surroundings in Oudong, 30 miles north of the capital. ...
U.S. serviceman indicted in Japan on charges of attempted rape (12/20/02)
TOKYO -- Japanese prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine officer Thursday with trying to rape a woman on Okinawa island and the United States later surrendered him to Japanese authorities, officials said. Maj. Michael J. Brown, 39, was formally accused of attempted rape and destruction of private property and arrested by police, Naha prosecutors office spokesman Takeshi Arakaki said. Brown's detention came more than two weeks after an Okinawan court issued a warrant for his arrest...
Abductees announce they want to stay in Japan (12/20/02)
NIIGATA, Japan -- Five Japanese kidnapped by North Korea decades ago removed pins with pictures of North Korea's leader they have worn since their homecoming in October and announced Thursday they want to stay in Japan. The five, who returned to Japan in October, previously avoided giving clear answers about their future plans. They left behind seven children and a husband in North Korea...
Suspect killed in explosion at clandestine bomb factory (12/20/02)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- A clandestine bomb factory used by Islamic militants exploded Thursday in Karachi, killing at least five suspected terrorists -- including one linked to the murder of reporter Daniel Pearl and the deadly bombing of a U.S. Consulate...
Venezuela's court orders temporary halt to strike (12/20/02)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt Thursday to an oil industry strike that has crippled exports from the world's fifth-largest petroleum producer and strangled domestic gasoline supplies. The court issued the order while it considers the legality of the work stoppage, which is part of an 18-day-old general strike against President Hugo Chavez. The strike has stopped oil exports from this key U.S. supplier and sent global prices above $30 a barrel...
Central senior has Classic expectations (12/20/02)
Central senior Trever Duncan enters today's 28th annual Tiger Classic as one of the favorites in the 160-pound weight class. Deservedly so. Duncan, a four-year varsity letterman, is off to a 7-1 start after finishing last year as the Tigers' lone state qualifier. Duncan's climb to the state tournament has been a quick one...
Notre Dame swimmers win first over Central (12/20/02)
Notre Dame's boys swimming program added another accomplishment to its lists of firsts Thursday: a win over Central. The Bulldogs' third-year program won 95-90 at the Central pool. "It's certainly a big win for our program," Notre Dame coach Lenny Kuper said. "It was a close meet, too, which made it even more exciting."...
Top-seeded Jackson gets semi surprise (12/20/02)
With a state ranking, a 6-1 record and the top seed, the Jackson Indians provided the best credentials Thursday night at the HealthSouth Holiday Classic. But it was the Central girls who provided the surprise. Fourth-seeded Central, playing just six players the entire game, produced the shock of the tournament by upsetting Jackson 43-36 in the semifinal round at the Show Me Center...
Otahkians anticipate a change of pace in St. Louis (12/20/02)
After winning their last three games by an average of nearly 37 points, Southeast Missouri State University's women expect a tougher challenge this weekend. That's fine with coach B.J. Smith, whose 5-2 Otahkians play today in the four-team Coca-Cola Billiken Classic hosted by St. Louis University...
Ponder picked again as an All-American (12/20/02)
The nation's Division I-AA coaches chose Willie Ponder as an All-American football player earlier this week. Now members of The Associated Press second the motion. Ponder, a senior wide receiver from Southeast Missouri State University, was one of three receivers picked for the first team in The Associated Press I-AA All-America football selections Thursday. Ponder also was chosen this week for the All-America team determined by the American Football Coaches Association...
In linebacker search, latest picks have been letdowns (12/20/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The investment in linebackers the Rams made in the offseason has worked out about as well as the stock market. First-round pick Robert Thomas is developing so slowly that the Rams just might have to take another linebacker in the first round of next year's draft. Tommy Polley, who never even missed a practice last season, is suddenly brittle. But the biggest disappointment -- by far -- is free-agent pickup Jamie Duncan...
Blues miss chances against Giguere (12/20/02)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- By the time Al MacInnis scored the first of his two power-play goals against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the Anaheim goalie had recorded the third-longest scoreless streak in modern NHL history. Giguere came up short in his bid to become only the second to post four consecutive shutouts since the inception of the red line 59 years ago. But he stopped 44 shots Wednesday night as the Mighty Ducks overcame a huge shot differential to beat the Blues 4-2...
Faulk, Pace on Pro Bowl roster (12/20/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Injury-plagued seasons and a sub-.500 record couldn't keep Rams running back Marshall Faulk and offensive tackle Orlando Pace out of the Pro Bowl. The team landed the two stars Thursday in the Feb. 3 game in Honolulu, Hawaii. Offensive guard Adam Timmerman is a first alternate, wide receiver Isaac Bruce is a second alternate and wide receiver Torry Holt is a third alternate...
Matchup with Bears filled with opportunities (12/20/02)
I'm excited about Saturday night's game with state rival Southwest Missouri State at the Show Me Center. It should be a great college basketball game between two teams that have a long history of great games. I remember when I was growing up in West Plains there were always great games between the Indians and Bears when both teams were Division II and playing in the MIAA. ...
And they ate as much as they wanted (12/20/02)
Several months ago, I found myself standing in front of the vending machine in the break room at work. Nothing grabbed my attention, but I pushed some coins into the slot anyway. After a few more moments of indecision, I pushed the buttons. Out popped something covered in chocolate...
New on CD (12/20/02)
'A Christmas Gift of Love' Nothing says holiday cheer like Barry Manilow. Well, maybe a few things do, but they don't say it with such enthusiastic, unabashed schmaltziness. When Manilow sings "I'll Be Home for Christmas," you have every reason to believe he'll be home for Christmas -- even though, having grown up Jewish in Brooklyn, it's more likely he'll be home for Hanukkah...
'The Wild Thornberrys' go from TV to the big screen (12/20/02)
The popular animated Nickelodeon program is expanded into a feature By Ben Nuckols ~ The Associated Press "The Wild Thornberrys Movie," a rollicking animated adventure with a plucky, can-do spirit, nearly bubbles over with incident and exotic locales. It's a breeze and a blast, snappily paced and full of frolicsome energy...
'Chicago,' 'The Hours,' 'Adaptation' lead Globe nominations (12/20/02)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The movie musical "Chicago" received a leading eight Golden Globe nominations Thursday, while the film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Hours" got seven and the comedy "Adaptation" had six. Along with "Chicago" and "Adaptation," a comedy of in-jokes about its writers' attempts to fashion its screenplay from the nonfiction book "The Orchid Thief," movies competing for best musical or comedy were the Dickens classic "Nicholas Nickleby," Hugh Grant's "About a Boy" and the surprise hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding.". ...
Carver Brad Elfrink creates characters in wood (12/20/02)
When the editor of a New York City nutcracker club's newsletter paid nearly $500 on eBay for a 10-inch wooden Indian that can crack nuts in its mouth, Bradley Elfrink realized that some people are crazy about nutcrackers. Elfrink carved the nutcracker, continuing a tradition historians at the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Wash., say began in the 15th century. In the last century, performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet have become a Christmas tradition...
Everybody's a Critic - 'Maid in Manhattan' (12/20/02)
HHHH The setting is New York City, where money and power abound, and you are either accustomed to being served or to being a servant. This is where Marisa Ventura, (J Lo), a hardworking single mom, is responsibly caring for and raising her son, Ty, who is 10 and an exceptionally insightful and gifted child...
Artifacts 12/20 (12/20/02)
Eomer (Karl Urban), a Rohan warrior and nephew to King Theoden, rides into battle in "Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers." Starcatchers to present plays for New Year's Eve Starcatchers Community Theatre in Jackson hopes to start a New Year's Eve tradition by offering two one-act comedies with dinner Dec. 31...
Albertine Fisher (12/20/02)
Albertine Ann Martin Fisher, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born May 10, 1918, daughter of Anna Schonhoff Martin and Albert Martin at Advance, Mo. She was a graduate of Advance High School, where she was valedictorian of her high school class, and Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in elementary education...
Robert Hatler (12/20/02)
PATTON, Mo. -- Robert Louis Hatler, 57, of St. Louis died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1945, at Menfro, Mo., son of Henry A. and Lillian Perry Hatler. Hatler was a procurement agent with Tatoli Engineering Co. in St. Louis...
Mabel Kurre (12/20/02)
Mabel M. Kurre, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 26, 1914, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of Karl J. and Frieda Burfiend Kaempfe. She and J. Howard Kurre were married Dec. 23, 1933, in Cape Girardeau. He died March 22, 1981...
Juanita Keistler (12/20/02)
AMERICA, Ill. -- Juanita Keistler, 85, of America died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 16, 1917, in Ullin, Ill., daughter of Charles and Julia Ledbetter Guy. She and John V. Keistler were married June 30, 1934. He died in 1974...
Nadine Kemp (12/20/02)
Nadine Kemp, 81, of Springfield, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at Christian Health Care East Nursing Facility in Springfield. She was born Feb. 4, 1921, in East Prairie, Mo., daughter of John Shelby and Lillian Thrasher Kemp. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1950, she was a teacher at Dogwood School near East Prairie and Higgerson School in New Madrid County. ...
Earl McClanahan (12/20/02)
Earl S. "Mac" McClanahan, 74, of Festus, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1928, at Festus, son of Leonard A. and Alice May Davis McClanahan. He and Betty J. Haney were married at Festus. McClanahan was formerly of Cape Girardeau and Marquand, Mo., Livingston and Madison, Ill...
Ann Leming (12/20/02)
Ann Warren Leming, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born June 25, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of James McClain Warren and Helen Reed Warren. In her youth she lived in various communities throughout Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan and Texas...
Leonard Fisher (12/20/02)
The funeral for Leonard John Fisher of Cape Girardeau will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral. Msgr. Richard Rolwing will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today. Parish prayers will be at 7...
Charles Shepard (12/20/02)
Charles Orin Shepard, 63, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at Jackson Manor. He was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Clayton, N.M., son of William C. and Clara M. Bates Shepard. He and Mary Ross were married June 28, 1986, in Cape Girardeau. Shepard was an aviation electronics technician and chief petty officer in the military. ...
Cape police report 12/20/02 (12/20/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Dec. 20 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests A 16-year-old male was cited to juvenile court Wednesday for resisting arrest, failure to signal, improper registration, no valid operator's license, no proof of insurance and failure to stop...
Cape fire report 12/20/02 (12/20/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Dec. 20 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 2:56 p.m., emergency medical service at 1927 N. Kingshighway. At 6:14 p.m., alarm at 1000 Towers. At 6:57 p.m., emergency medical service at 100 West Park. At 7:49 p.m., emergency medical service at 125 S. Ellis...
Out of the past 12/20/02 (12/20/02)
10 years ago: Dec. 20, 1992 City council is being asked to give voters opportunity to decide whether riverboat gambling should be allowed in Cape Girardeau; in letter last week to City Manager J. Ronald Fischer, president of Downtown Redevelopment Corp., Charles L. Hutson, noted he had received several inquiries about docking boat on riverfront and requested that election be called as soon as possible...
Law requires more than allegations (12/20/02)
By Catherine B. Leapheart JEFFERSON CITY -- The Dec. 16 editorial, "Missouri needs law on firing drug users," contained a number of inaccuracies. I would like to reply to a few of the major points. You cannot file this under the "only in Missouri" heading. ...
Spirit of Christmas abides in Bethlehem (12/20/02)
Mobilize! Marshal your troops! The enemy is laying siege to Jerusalem. With a rod they will strike the leader of Israel in the face. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past. -- Micah 5:12, New Living Translation...
Governor's order is largely window dressing (12/20/02)
A lawsuit seeking to undo an executive order issued by Missouri's Gov. Bob Holden 18 months ago has provided an interesting education about such orders and about collective bargaining for state employees, the intended beneficiaries of the order. Even though the governor's right to issue the order was upheld by an appellate court this week, the decision also laid out details regarding executive orders that are worth closer study...
Tax cuts, needed after increases, not the problem (12/20/02)
To the editor: I agree with the main thrust of your recent editorial, "Missouri needs better budgeting process." But some ideas need clarification. You imply that the booming economy of the 1990s is solely responsible for the huge increase in state revenue and spending and that Missouri's tax cuts were a response to the economic boom. That is far from being the whole story...
Speak Out 12/20/02 (12/20/02)
Lopsided trade dealANYBODY WHO is concerned about the American economy and all the layoffs should visit any of our local stores. Pick up the item. See where it's made. Clothing, appliances, shoes and wearing apparel are made in China, Taiwan and Mexico. Electronic items are made overseas. This is what's wrong with the American economy. So why don't our lawmakers get busy and fix it? It is a lopsided trade deal...
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