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Stories from Sunday, December 22, 2002

State rep guest on KRCU today (12/22/02)
State Rep. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, will be the guest today on KRCU's "Going Public" radio show. Crowell, majority floor leader in the Missouri House, will discuss state politics and the economy. The public affairs show will air at 3 p.m. on 90.9 FM...
Reliving Christ's birth (12/22/02)
Dolly, Callie and Cletus have performed before thousands with the Ringling Bros. Circus, so playing the wise men's companions in a live Nativity at Egypt Mills Saturday night wasn't a stretch for them. They were draped in brightly colored blankets that shimmered in the light and didn't even spit on anybody...
KRCU now broadcasts on Internet (12/22/02)
KRCU radio listeners can now pick up the station on their computers on the Internet. The Southeast Missouri State University Public Radio affiliate station has been available on the Internet since Dec. 6. "Now anyone with an Internet connection and RealPlayer software can listen to the KRCU signal from anywhere in the world," said Danny Woods, station manager...
Book on history of Jackson arrives in time for holiday (12/22/02)
Written by, about and for local families, a new Jackson history book is an account of how the community sees itself, rather than through the eyes of an outside historian. "Anyone who has been here any length of time, two weeks to a hundred years, could be in this book," said Cathi Stoverink, history book coordinator. "Some families go all the way back to coming over to the United States in the early 1800s, but then there are also families like Jerry and I who started in 1975."...
Vision 2020 chair wants to improve riverfront (12/22/02)
Jess Hopple is serious about improving the Cape Girardeau riverfront. Hopple, chairman of the Vision 2020 Transportation Committee, is putting together a subcommittee and organizing efforts to spruce up the riverfront and make it more accessible and appealing to those traveling the river and for those who live here...
Twists and turns Man carves new life for himself with artistry, (12/22/02)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- He didn't ask for a saws-all or a chisel for his third birthday, and he wasn't a child prodigy at the age of 12. In fact, he was kicked out of art class in high school and didn't make his first carousel horse until he was 34. Bruce A. White's passion for carving wood and casting silicone into carousel animals is not innate, but developed through a series of inadvertent twists and lucid turns...
Researchers to study puzzle of MS cases in small towns (12/22/02)
PAW PAW, Ill. -- Harold Ikeler had long thought something in his family caused the multiple sclerosis that killed his wife, put one daughter into a wheelchair and attacked two other daughters. Then two local women began compiling a list of Paw Paw residents and former residents with the disease -- and they didn't stop until they'd written 13 names. That got the retired farm machinery salesman wondering whether something in this hiccup of a town outside Rockford had unleashed all these cases...
Cross-dressing chaperone on field trip regrets stir (12/22/02)
O'FALLON, Mo. -- A father who chaperoned a fourth-grade field trip while dressed as a woman has told the school district he regrets creating a stir, the school system's chief said. "He went on the trip because his daughter asked him to go," said superintendent Dan O'Donnell of the Francis Howell district, which includes Castlio Elementary School fourth-graders who took the Oct. 18 trip...
An endless market-Demand is heavy for Trappist monks' fruitcake (12/22/02)
AVA, Mo. -- When the monks of Assumption Abbey could no longer support themselves by producing cement blocks, they decided to make fruitcake. Fifteen years and thousands of cakes later, there is no denying the little monastery and its 12 monks have created a niche market...
Prison pups - Female inmates training dogs for the disabled (12/22/02)
VANDALIA, Mo. -- It's well past visiting hours at the women's maximum-security prison off a desolate stretch of Highway 54 in northeast Missouri. But a guard waves an odd caravan into the complex's inner yard. Janet Cole and Mary Ruth of CHAMP Assistance Dogs Inc. usher a group of canines into the prison this frigid Tuesday night as they do every week...
Charities in K.C., St. Louis aren't reaching fund-raising goals (12/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- An anemic economy, a sputtering stock market and state funding cuts are combining to make this one of the toughest years in memory for charity fund-raising. Charities in St. Louis and Kansas City said with demand for social services up, and contributions down, they'll be left with hard choices about which critical programs to phase out in order to stay within their budget...
Private groups seek to take over foster care (12/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Religious and private social service groups are making a push to take over the main duties of the state's troubled foster care system, suggesting they could do a better job than overworked state employees. Gov. Bob Holden also has outlined a reorganization of the way the state handles children's services in response partly to the recent death of a 2-year-old foster child in Springfield...
Kansas City restaurant rewards waitress for her honesty (12/22/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A cash-strapped waitress at a suburban Applebee's restaurant has been rewarded many times over for turning in $3,300 that a customer left behind. Heidi Tomassi, 22, had plenty of uses for the money. She and her husband were heavily in debt after taking off work and traveling to see a specialist who could treat their infant son's heart condition...
Legislative candidates raised nearly $16.7 million (12/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Candidates for the Missouri Legislature raised nearly $16.7 million in this year's elections as Republicans and Democrats waged perhaps their biggest battle ever for control of the Legislature. Republicans won majorities in both the House and Senate, although Democratic candidates actually raised and spent a little more money, according to figures released Friday by the Missouri Ethics Commission, which receives campaign finance reports...
Parties find ways around rules limiting contributions (12/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- During the recent election cycle, a rookie legislative candidate commented, tongue only partially in cheek, that despite extensive experience in the financial sector, he never learned a thing about money laundering until he ran for public office...
Homeless man accused in death of church worker (12/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A homeless man was accused Friday of fatally stabbing a grandmother while she worked at a church known to provide shelter for those seeking it. Michael Davis, 48, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Thursday's killing of Carol Bledsoe at the century-old Christ Church Cathedral, where the 64-year-old victim had worked for nearly four years...
Children of woman critical of charity won't get gifts (12/22/02)
ST. ELMO, Ill. -- A woman who criticized a local charity that distributes gifts to needy youngsters after it mistakenly sent her an offensive letter has received another letter -- this one telling her the charity won't be giving her children any presents...
One westbound lane of I-70 reopens after fatal accident (12/22/02)
BOONVILLE, Mo. -- Cross-state traffic was restored Saturday in Missouri following separate truck and train accidents that closed portions of a main highway and railroad between St. Louis and Kansas City. Both accidents happened near Boonville, a Missouri River community in the center of the state...
Man gets 10 years in 1974 killing (12/22/02)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A 70-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for the death of a woman 28 years ago, even though the judge who sentenced him said a jury might find him innocent. "I have heard here today information that, if heard by a jury, could very well create reasonable doubt," Jackson County Circuit Judge J.D. Williamson said before sentencing Billie Joe Buster...
Alaska post to be major player in U.S. defense plan (12/22/02)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- It spreads across a remote chunk of Alaska's vast interior, where winter temperatures can drop to 60 degrees below zero, and once was on the list of mothballed military bases. These days, Fort Greely is a major player in the Bush administration's missile defense program...
U.S. forces face hit-and-run attacks near Afghan bases (12/22/02)
Enemy rockets explode routinely near American military bases in Afghanistan, and snipers ambush troops on patrol, even as the Pentagon tries to focus less on combat and more on reconstruction of the war-shattered country. The campaign that started as a major mobilization last year against Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaida network fighters and their Taliban militia comrades has ground on for months as a low-intensity guerrilla conflict. ...
Rehnquist injury prompts renewed retirement ideas (12/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- A leg injury and a Republican majority in the Senate have combined to further speculation that this Supreme Court term will be the last for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Should the longest-serving member of the court step aside after 31 years, it would give President Bush the opportunity to pick his first justice. With the GOP winning control of the Senate last month for the new Congress, the president should have an easier time getting his nominee approved...
School seizes student newspapers (12/22/02)
WOOSTER, Ohio -- School officials in a district where the policy is to allow students freedom of speech confiscated thousands of copies of the high school newspaper after learning it contained an article in which students talked about drinking alcohol at a party...
Air traffic controllers share concerns (12/22/02)
LAS VEGAS-- Air traffic controllers worried about losing their jobs to private companies sought support from travelers at airports across the country Saturday, despite assurances from the FAA that their jobs were safe. "The Bush administration has set the dominoes up for privatization," said Karl Keller, controller at McCarran International Airport. "We don't want to be knocked down."...
State court limits nude dancing ban (12/22/02)
PITTSBURGH -- Cities can't ban nude dancing clubs simply because of their perceived negative effect on surrounding neighborhoods, the state Supreme Court ruled in a case that had been handed back to it by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling comes eight years after officials in Erie tried to clamp down on the Kandyland strip club, not by banning nude dancing, which the U.S. ...
Protesting the war to come (12/22/02)
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- If a major war breaks out in Iraq, the first thing the Rev. Stuart Fitch plans to do is pray, sending love to everyone from Saddam Hussein to President Bush. Then he'll call his congregation to church for a service. And then, perhaps, the 78-year-old Episcopalian clergyman will get himself arrested...
Energy 'echo' of early universe passes crucial test (12/22/02)
A study of microwaves from outer space brings new support to standard scientific theory about the early history of the universe. Scientists studied the cosmic microwave background, the oldest observable radiation in space. It bears information about the state of the universe some 14 billion years ago, only about 400,000 years after the big bang...
Study of worms sheds light on human aging (12/22/02)
A tiny worm that barely lives more than a week under normal conditions may hold clues that could help keep us stronger and healthier until old age finally catches up with us, researchers say. C. elegans -- a roundworm that has already been the subject of research that won a Nobel Prize this year -- apparently goes to seed much like middle-aged people, losing muscle cells in a process called sarcopenia, according to a study by Rutgers biologist Monica Driscoll...
Market growing for 'black boxes' in human beings (12/22/02)
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Data recorders in airplanes, the so-called black boxes, describe what went wrong after a disaster. Now, medical devices are emerging to act like a black box in the human body, except they're being used to prevent disaster. Though still in an early stage, a market is growing for implantable monitors, tiny devices that track the function of a person's organs...
Nairobi java house promotes good coffees (12/22/02)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Not long ago, it was impossible to get a really good cup of coffee in Kenya, the source of the highly prized AA arabica featured on the menu boards of gourmet coffee shops around the world. But today the machines that hiss and splutter in Nairobi Java House produce frothy cappuccinos, lattes and expressos for hip young customers in a country that's the world's third-largest tea producer and a bastion of tea drinkers since British colonial times...
Rustlers get smart (12/22/02)
JUNTURA, Ore. -- Bill Butler counts his cattle carefully when he turns them out from his isolated ranch to graze in the spring, and again when they come back in the fall. He allows for the few that will die in between. But each autumn, more than a few have disappeared. Someone has been helping themselves to his herd...
President Bush receives inoculation for smallpox (12/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush received a smallpox vaccination Saturday, fulfilling a promise he made when he ordered inoculations for about a half-million U.S. troops. He showed no immediate ill effects from the vaccine, which can sicken and in rare cases kill those who get it. An hour after being inoculated in his left arm, Bush was carrying his dog in that arm as the president walked to his helicopter and left for Camp David...
Three senators called keys to change (12/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- In a week of lightning-fast action in the Senate, three veteran Republicans were instrumental in getting a determined Trent Lott to relinquish his leadership post and clearing the way for Bill Frist to replace him, participants say. Working separately and mostly behind the scenes, as congressional leadership races usually play themselves out, Sens. John Warner of Virginia, Don Nickles of Oklahoma and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky helped bring about the tumultuous change...
People talk (12/22/02)
Oprah's 'higher calling' to help AIDS victims JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- American television host Oprah Winfrey cuddled South African children whose parents died from AIDS and promised to use her name to help humanize the pandemic that has ravaged sub-Saharan Africa...
Begging gets cities' action as homeless increase (12/22/02)
Cities across the nation are cracking down on aggressive panhandling, even restricting panhandlers to designated "blue box" sections of sidewalk, at the same time hard economic times are driving up the numbers of homeless. Advocates for the homeless warn of discrimination against the needy. But from Florida to California, community leaders are passing ordinances to curb what they see as a wave of intimidating panhandlers crowding the sidewalks and jostling shoppers...
World briefs 12/22/02 (12/22/02)
South Koreans stage anti-U.S. candlelight vigil SEOUL, South Korea -- Thousands of South Koreans staged candlelit marches across the country Saturday to protest the acquittals of two U.S. soldiers whose military vehicle hit and killed two teenage Korean girls...
Teen's strip-club audition causes rampage (12/22/02)
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Clad in camouflage, Lee Wayne Lawrence burst through the doors of one of this town's two strip clubs, afraid he would see his teenage daughter on stage. It was early -- there was only one customer inside the dimly lit Maximus Gentleman's Club that night, and the strippers were still in their dressing room...
Man steals car from police who chased him (12/22/02)
MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- A man accused of stealing a police car from an officer who was pursuing him has been arrested. Authorities said a North Liberty police officer was pursuing a van Dec. 9 following a reported burglary in St. Joseph County when the driver bailed out near a church...
US Airways reorganization plan hinges on loan guarantee (12/22/02)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- US Airways Group announced Saturday it had filed a proposed reorganization plan that hinges on the airline securing a $1 billion federal loan guarantee, a $240 million investment from the Alabama state pension fund and pay givebacks by airline employees...
Bus bombing kills two, after Pakistan arrests four militants (12/22/02)
KARACHI, Pakistan-- A bomb ripped through a passenger bus in southern Pakistan on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 18 just hours after police announced they had quashed a terror plot by arresting four Islamic militants armed with grenades. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion aboard a local bus in Hyderabad, about 60 miles north of Karachi. ...
Nuclear expert purportedly offered to help Iraq's weapons progr (12/22/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- A middleman claiming to represent the father of Pakistan's nuclear program offered Iraq help in building an atomic bomb on the eve of the Gulf War, according to U.N. documents, diplomats and former weapons inspectors. While there was no indication Pakistan's government was involved in the offer, former inspectors who spoke on condition of anonymity said Pakistani officials were uncooperative when the U.N. ...
Government removes refugees from former Red Cross office in Col (12/22/02)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- With police standing guard, the last squatters left a former Red Cross office Saturday, nearly three years after hundreds of homeless families stormed the building. The families became symbols of the war-torn country's internal refugee crisis after they occupied the building on Jan. 4, 2000, bashing in doors and holding Red Cross workers hostage for hours...
1,200 Stalin files sent to archive (12/22/02)
MOSCOW -- The Kremlin has turned over about 1,200 of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's personal files to the Russian State Archive, an official said Saturday. The declassified files include Stalin's correspondence with Soviet chief of secret police Nikolai Yezhov, who presided over widespread purges in the 1930s...
Pope laments terrorism in end-of-year message (12/22/02)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II lamented the continuing threat of terrorism and the toll of the world's "forgotten" wars in an end-of-the-year message to Vatican officials on Saturday. The pope cited current conflicts and those that threaten to explode in outlining the state of the Roman Catholic Church in 2002 to the Roman Curia, the Vatican administrative body that helps the pontiff govern...
Saudi Arabia tests civil defense sirens (12/22/02)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Sirens wailed throughout Saudi Arabia on Saturday in the kingdom's first test of its civil defense system since the 1991 Gulf War. The trial comes amid rising U.S.-Iraq war rhetoric, but Saudi authorities denied it was linked to the crisis...
Israeli troops enforce Gaza blockade (12/22/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An 11-year-old Palestinian girl died of a gunshot wound Saturday in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops reinforced a blockade aimed at deterring shooting attacks against Jewish settlers. Late Saturday, an Israeli soldier was lightly injured in the Gaza Strip when a Palestinian militant threw grenades and opened fire as he tried to infiltrate the Jewish settlement of Morag, the army said. The Palestinian was shot and killed...
Ad bills American as model Japanese (12/22/02)
TOKYO -- The American in a kimono bows deeply with a polite smile, daintily shapes flowers into an artful arrangement and kneels to put her traditional Japanese slippers in their proper place. The message of this TV public service announcement starring Jeanie Fuji is clear: Japanese have grown so out-of-touch with their culture they need reminding from an American who's doing it better...
Strike-stricken Venezuelan protest drying up gas supplies (12/22/02)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelans scrambled to buy food, fearing shortages, and gasoline supplies dried up amid a general strike aimed at forcing President Hugo Chavez from office. Britain urged its citizens to abandon the country. With the strike in its 20th day, government security forces reportedly detained the captain and crew of a gasoline-laden ship moored for weeks on western Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo. ...
Agency says North Korea disabled U.N. monitoring cameras (12/22/02)
VIENNA, Austria -- North Korea disabled U.N. surveillance equipment installed at one of its reactors Saturday, prompting the U.N. nuclear agency to express "deep regret" over the action and issue a new call for restraint. International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said he urged the reclusive nation not to take further actions to restart its nuclear program...
Christmas smuggling - Human traffickers exploit holiday season (12/22/02)
MANDOUDI, Greece -- Nearly 100 illegal immigrants sat shivering in blankets and ill-fitting clothes Saturday, survivors of a deadly attempt to smuggle them into the country by sea, as authorities feared more tragedies over the Christmas holidays. Smugglers of immigrants step up their atttempts during major holidays, when law enforcement agencies are understaffed, officials say...
Gulf summit opens with call for quick conclusion to Iraqi crisi (12/22/02)
DOHA, Qatar -- With war looming in nearby Iraq, some Persian Gulf leaders opened a summit Saturday by calling for regional unity and fast inspections by U.N. experts searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The two-day summit of the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, a loose political and economic alliance, was not attended by four Gulf leaders and was overshadowed by threats of a U.S.-led attack on Baghdad...
American Army stages biggest desert war exercise since Gulf War (12/22/02)
SOUTH OF KUWAIT-IRAQ BORDER -- The U.S. Army launched its biggest maneuver in the Kuwaiti desert since the Gulf War on Saturday, throwing thousands of soldiers and hundreds of armored vehicles into live-fire exercises to sharpen their skills ahead of a possible new war with Iraq...
Helicopter crash kills peacekeepers; U.S. soldier killed by at (12/22/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A military helicopter crashed in the Afghan capital Saturday, killing all seven German peacekeepers aboard and two children on the ground. In eastern Afghanistan, attackers killed a U.S. soldier in a gunfight that underscored the dangers coalition forces face in the war on terror...
French forces in heated battle with rebels in Ivory Coast (12/22/02)
DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast -- French forces firing tank-mounted cannons drove back Ivory Coast rebels Saturday, stalling the insurgents' advance toward Abidjan, the West African nation's prized commercial center. Fighting around the western city of Duekoue was one of the French force's heaviest engagement yet in the three-month-old rebellion splitting their former West African colony, the world's largest cocoa producer and the region's economic powerhouse...
Tiger Classic title eludes Jackson (12/22/02)
After starting Saturday strong with four wrestlers reaching championship matches, Jackson came up short in the end and took only one individual title at the 16-team Tiger Classic in Cape Girardeau. Ben McMillian, Brock Howard, Cody Rouse and Kramer Rampley each worked their way through the field to put themselves in place for titles. Only Rouse got a victory...
Kuper clips state times in St. Louis meet (12/22/02)
Jameson Kuper picked up two state qualifying times as Notre Dame's boys' swimming team placed third in a four-team meet Saturday in St. Louis. Kuper's times of 2:10.69 in the 200 individual medley and 1:05.08 in the 100 breast stroke each were good for second place each in the meet and enough to qualify for the state meet...
Otahkians cap St. Louis trip with third-place win (12/22/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's defense made the most of its third-place game in the two-day Coca-Cola Billiken Classic on Saturday. The Otahkians (6-3) forced 30 turnovers by Gardner-Webb, built a 47-22 halftime lead and breezed to a 98-63 win at St. Louis University...
Big start clears path for cruise past SMS (12/22/02)
Southeast Missouri State University couldn't have enjoyed a better first five minutes Saturday. And the rest of the night wasn't bad either as the Indians, bolstered by scoring the game's first 13 points, ran away to a surprisingly easy 70-53 victory over Southwest Missouri State...
Darrin Rhodes, billiards (12/22/02)
Darrin Rhodes has plenty of reasons to thank his older brother, Kevin. He was 20 years old when his brother got him interested in billiards. Now, at 29, Rhodes has many accomplishments that stem from it. Nearly 10 years ago, a trip to the Billiard Center in Cape Girardeau introduced him to a new sport that, at the time, took away some of the stress from his college work. Now it's not always a guarantee that the sport will relieve more stress than it provides...
Mears settling in quickly with new Winston Cup ride (12/22/02)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been a whirlwind month for Casey Mears, NASCAR's newest Young Gun. After an up-and-down rookie season in the Busch Series, the 24-year-old Mears was weighing a few new Busch offers and heading off for a trip to Europe when he got an offer he couldn't refuse: the chance to drive a Winston Cup car for one of the very best teams...
Camps become everyone's business (12/22/02)
BRADENTON, Fla. -- NFL hopefuls toil here every spring on the same grounds that spawned tennis superstars Andre Agassi and Monica Seles. Nomar Garciaparra and Kobe Bryant have come to train, mingling in the weight room with the most promising junior athletes in the world...
Illini maintain Braggin' Rights against Mizzou (12/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Youth was served at the annual Braggin' Rights game. Dee Brown had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead a lineup that included three freshmen as No. 12 Illinois, often dominating play, beat No. 11 Missouri 85-70 on Saturday...
Study says penalty shootouts can damage your health (12/22/02)
LONDON -- Researchers have found a reason to kick penalty shootouts out of soccer. They lead to heart attacks. According to an article in the British Medical Journal, the number of heart attacks in the country increased by 25 percent when England lost to Argentina in a penalty shootout at the 1998 World Cup in France...
Division III champs brush off dynasty talk (12/22/02)
SALEM, Va. -- His uniform dirty and eye black fading, Dan Pugh looked nothing like a running back who had carried the ball a record 49 times in leading Mount Union to a 48-7 victory in a national championship game. "This definitely completes the picture," Pugh said after gaining 253 yards, scoring four touchdowns and setting a slew of records to carry the Purple Raiders past Trinity in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Saturday...
With playoffs out of range, top QBs to make most of opportunity (12/22/02)
SEATTLE -- Marc Bulger and Matt Hasselbeck began the season on the bench. Look at them now. Bulger can become the fourth NFL quarterback since 1970 to start his career 7-0 when St. Louis (6-8) visits Seattle (5-9) today. He opened 5-0 after Kurt Warner broke his finger in Week 4...
Irish find it hard to escape memories of Southern Cal (12/22/02)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame is finding it difficult to escape last month's embarrassing loss to Southern California. "It's just the last memory," offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick said. "Even in game-planning, you have a tendency to forget the first 11 weeks because everything is the last taste, the last game."...
Renamed holiday tournament looks primed for thrills, drama (12/22/02)
The 58th annual Christmas basketball tournament at the Show Me Center has a new name this year, but among the things that figure to remain the same are excitement and down-the-wire finishes. Action for the seMissourian Christmas Tournament -- it used to be called the University High School Tournament -- begins Thursday and ends the following Monday with the finals...
FanSpeak 12/22/02 (12/22/02)
Not the first time THE FIRST win in Central's new gym was not Tuesday night. The first win in Central's new gym was by the JV girls team in the JV tournament and that was a couple of weeks ago. Tuesday's game was the first in the new gym for the boys' varsity basketball team....
History of the holidays (12/22/02)
The Christmas season and winter holidays are filled with family traditions, ancient customs and colorful rituals. Many people celebrate with wreaths, Christmas trees, gifts and colored lights. All are part of a rich tradition that began with the Druids, Romans, Germans and beyond...
New York lights up like a Christmas tree (12/22/02)
NEW YORK -- The hustle and bustle of the shopper-filled streets, elaborate decorations in store windows, a towering 7-ton Christmas tree, and over-the-top luxury hotels are some of the things that make New York City a tempting travel destination during the holiday season...
Tips for adding more holiday storage space (12/22/02)
There may be an abundance of holiday cheer this season, but it'll be accompanied by shortages -- shortages of space, that is, for gifts and holiday trappings. Folks want everything in its place, but is there a place for everything? While storage systems weren't high on most gift lists, post-holiday organization is top-of-mind for many people. Still, it's no reason to panic, say storage experts from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse...
Eloise books return after 30 years (12/22/02)
NEW YORK -- Eloise, the most famous fictional resident of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel, has re-emerged after decades of seclusion. It seems that after traveling so much during the height of her celebrity she needed to soak in a long, hot bath. But time -- and a whole lot of soap and water -- hasn't mellowed this precocious 6-year-old who lives in such fancy digs with her nanny, her dog Weenie and turtle Skipperdee...
Custom-built comfort Classic design gives this Cape Girardeau h (12/22/02)
Journalist Helen Rowland once said, "Home is any four walls that enclose the right person." That ultimately is true about any house. The house at 914 Pheasant Cove in Cape Girardeau's Clarkton Subdivision could be one of those homes. It offers the basics for providing that comfort: plenty of space and pleasant aesthetic design...
A letter from Rachel, dated 6 B.C. (12/22/02)
Editor's note: This column originally was published Dec. 22, 1991. Bethsaida, Galilee Chisleu, 3761 My dear sister Anna, It was good to visit with you recently in Bethlehem. As you know, we went down earlier to enroll for Caesar's census than most of the House of David families from Galilee...
Keeping pets from eating decorations (12/22/02)
By Dr. John Koch Question: My cat recently went through a period of several days when he wasn't feeling like his usual feisty self. Finally he threw up this awful looking stuff that was part string, part Christmas tree tinsel, part plant material, and some other stuff I didn't recognize. ...
Trip to Arch offers great views (12/22/02)
Dear readers,These travel columns share tips for day trips that you and your family can take around Missouri and Southern Illinois. Here's one that's not too far from home: the St. Louis Arch. Commonly called the Arch, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River on Dec. 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890...
Santa finds plenty of cheer (12/22/02)
When you're in the Santa brigade, it helps to put on a little weight. I don't fit the profile of a Santa. I don't have a red nose, a big belly that shakes like a bowl fully of jelly or even a single reindeer. But Thursday night I donned a Santa suit to help deliver Toybox presents to needy boys and girls in our community...
Game show could send your children to college (12/22/02)
LOS ANGELES -- It took about three years for Henry Winkler to get his latest project, "WinTuition," on the air, which he says is typical of the game show business. "The word that you have to thumbtack to your brain if you want to be in this profession is tenacious, because if you know in your gut that the project is right and should be on the air, you must just keep throwing it against the wall like pasta until it sticks," explains Winkler...
Braff making rounds on NBC comedy (12/22/02)
NEW YORK -- There are many ways that "Scrubs" mirrors the healing profession. This NBC medical comedy is fast-paced, even crazed. It operates with surgical precision. And like any hospital inpatient, you at home may experience it lying down. Finally: "Scrubs," though very funny, has its dramatic, even catastrophic moments...
Mildred Chandler (12/22/02)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mildred Chandler of Marble Hill died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Willette Meyer (12/22/02)
APPLE CREEK, Mo. -- Willette Meyer of Apple Creek died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville, Mo.
Essner-Silman (12/22/02)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Michelle LeAnn Essner and Andrew David Silman were married Aug. 10, 2002, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Msgr. Philip Bucher performed the ceremony. Lectors were Andrea Essner of Providence, R.I., and Nicole Essner of Indianapolis, Ind., cousins of the bride. Pianist was Malinda Nelson and soloist was Mary Glastetter...
Ruebel-Pattengill (12/22/02)
Regina Renee Ruebel and Jacob Channing Pattengill exchanged vows Oct. 12, 2002, at Evangelical United Church of Christ. Dr. Harold Landwehr performed the ceremony. Music was presented by Bryan Schmid of Jackson, Lisa Barrett of Bolivar, Mo., and Eric and Julia Pitts of St. Louis...
Plafcan-Todt (12/22/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Angela Sue Plafcan and Carl Edward Todt Jr. were married July 20, 2002, at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, Ark. The Rev. John A. Janesko and Msgr. Richard Rolwing performed the ceremony. Acolytes were Joshua Plafcan of Slovak, nephew of the bride, and Will Dobrovich of Stuttgart, Ark...
Leadbetter-Birk (12/22/02)
Gary and Julie Leadbetter of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Lynn Leadbetter, to Michael James Birk. He is the son of Roger and Tammy Birk and Ted and Nancy Ernst, all of Jackson. Leadbetter is a 2001 graduate of Jackson High School, and is majoring in child development at Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed at Mazzio's and at A Small World Too Preschool Inc. in Jackson...
Maevers- Donley (12/22/02)
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Maevers of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Mecca Diane Maevers, to Nicholas V. Donley. He is the son of Robert Donley of Gideon, Mo., and Kitty Durbin of Jackson. Maevers is a senior at Jackson High School...
Kelley-Harris (12/22/02)
Jayne and Loyd Ervin and Curtis D. Kelley Jr., all of Cape Girardeau, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kendra L. Kelley, to Lannie S. Harris, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Stella Baxter of Marble Hill, Mo., and the late Claude Statler...
Brown-Dirnberger (12/22/02)
Susan Anne Brown and Victor John Dirnberger announce their engagement. She is the daughter of John and Ann Knaup of Jackson. He is the son of Paul and Frances Dirnberger Sr. of Oran, Mo. Brown is a 1983 graduate of Notre Dame High School, and a 1987 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She is a teacher's assistant at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson...
Griffin-Britt (12/22/02)
MORLEY, Mo. -- John and Kay Griffin of Morley announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Leeann Griffin, to Robert E. Lee Britt. He is the son of Bill and Brenda Lix of Scott City. Griffin is a 1999 graduate of Scott County Central High School. She expects to receive a degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2003...
Wyatts to mark 50th event (12/22/02)
Mr. and Mrs. Dalton Wyatt of Cape Girardeau will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 24. The couple was honored at a reception Nov. 30, 2002, at Liberty Family Life Center in Hickory, Ky., hosted by their children. Wyatt and Maretta Owen were married Dec. 24, 1952, at Liberty Baptist Church by the Rev. B.F. Bynum. Their attendants were Charles and Kathaleen Wyatt...
Police report 12/22/02 (12/22/02)
Cape Girardeau Sunday, Dec. 22 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Bradley Michael Simmons, 23, of 1344 N. Sprigg St., Apt. 9, was issued a summons early Sunday at Broadway and Lorimier for driving while intoxicated...
Bloomfield man hurt seriously (12/22/02)
DIEHLSTADT, Mo. -- A Bloomfield, Mo., man was seriously injured Friday night when his northbound vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree near Diehlstadt. Donald Gandt, 58, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center by Arch Helicopter after the 10:52 p.m. accident. It occurred on state Highway 77, one mile from Diehlstadt...
Fire report 12/22/02 (12/22/02)
Cape Girardeau Sunday, Dec. 22 Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: At 4:59 p.m., a medical assist at 169 Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. At 5:15 p.m., a medical assist at 351 S. Silver Springs Road. At 5:07 p.m., a vehicle fire at 606 S. Kingshighway...
Out of the past 12/22/02 (12/22/02)
10 years ago: Dec. 22, 1992 Request to give Cape Girardeau voters opportunity to decide whether riverboat gambling should be allowed here is drawing opposition from religious quarters; at yesterday's city council meeting, two local ministers objected to proposal that was submitted to council by Downtown Redevelopment Corp., which seeks voter approval to dock "floating casino" on Cape Girardeau riverfront...
Good-bad news for Holden backs legislative authority (12/22/02)
The good news for Gov. Bob Holden is that the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District bought his argument. And, to be sure, the bad news for Holden, most assuredly, is that the appeals court bought his argument. Herewith, some explanation. Late on a Friday afternoon at the end of June 2001, heading into a long Independence Day weekend during which he knew the vacationing public wouldn't be paying attention, Holden stunned longtime observers of Missouri politics and government with an amazing executive order. ...
Soldier witnessed the way Saddam treats his people (12/22/02)
By Dan Berry Have you ever taken a child to a big amusement park, become distracted, momentarily forgotten that you are supposed to be the adult and suddenly experienced an adrenaline jolt when you look around and don't see him? This happened to me recently when I though I lost Christmas...
Kiwanis have generous offer on the table (12/22/02)
Cape Girardeau County is blessed with organizations that strive to make life better. Of all the service clubs -- and there are many -- the one that donates the most money for good causes is the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club. Just about every service club has some sort of fund-raising project. The Kiwanis have used weekly bingo nights to raise money for about 15 years. In recent years, the club has donated about $70,000 a year to community efforts of one kind or another...
St. Jude Dream House is major fund raiser (12/22/02)
Ground has been broken for one of the most exciting fund-raising events ever in our area: The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dream Home. The hospital has an international reputation for its medical care. One successful fund raiser over the past 13 years has been to build a magnificent home to be given to someone who purchases a $100 Dream Home ticket. ...
Speak Out A 12/22/02 (12/22/02)
Advice for dump trucks SOMEONE NEEDS to tell the dump truck company that operates on Highway U all day long to slow down and stay on your side of the road. I hate traveling on Highway U now. Double standard I CANNOT believe the media feeding frenzy over the Trent Lott issue. ...
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