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Stories from Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Peyton's progress (12/24/02)
There is something wrong. I can't tell you what it is. The doctor will have to tell you. Corrie Young let the words sink in as she sat on a hospital bed in the spring of 1996, having just completed the first ultrasound of her first pregnancy...
County approves grounding upgrade (12/24/02)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved a proposal by David Hitt with the county emergency preparedness office to upgrade the electrical grounding at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department after lightning struck the building last month...
NBA games vary by skill level (12/24/02)
When it comes to hoops, have you got a game? Didn't think so. Fortunately, you can be the biggest doofus on the court and still block Shaq into the cheap seats. Just pick up one of the plethora of new NBA titles on the market. Whatever system you prefer, there's a game for you...
Learning briefs 12/24/02 (12/24/02)
Blanchard students shop at annual holiday store Almost 300 children at Blanchard Elementary spent "holiday dollars" they earned for good behavior and academic achievement as they shopped for loved ones at the school's annual holiday store. Over 1,500 gifts were donated from individuals and businesses in the community...
Holiday high spirits - A celebration of giving (12/24/02)
Dancing Santas, Christmas trees and snowmen decorated the gymnasium at Blanchard Elementary School where students gathered for a winter wonderland party Thursday. Paper chains, reindeers and snowflakes hung from the walls and ceilings inside several classrooms at Orchard Elementary School in Jackson...
New School of Social Justice uses uncommon approaches (12/24/02)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's just another day at the School of Social Justice and Community Development. In culture and resistance class, the assignment is to compose a rap about an important issue in the city of Oakland, a proposal to add 100 police to the city's force...
Christmas Eve most popular for services (12/24/02)
For many area families, part of their Christmas tradition includes attending a church service to mark the holiday. Yet most area churches offer worship services and candlelight Communion on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. "I've always gone on Christmas Eve, ever since I was a little girl," said Gayle Conrad. She and her family will attend a 4 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jackson...
Last-minute shoppers try to get in, get out, go home (12/24/02)
Monday, less than 48 hours before the gifts come unwrapped, Westfield Shoppingtown West Park and the streets around it were packed with area residents rushing to cross the remaining names off their shopping lists. Forget holiday cheer and goodwill toward men -- last-minute shoppers were focused on getting in, getting out and going home...
Blue Springs police reopen investigation (12/24/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Blue Springs police have reopened their investigation into a death of an infant after her father was charged over the weekend with killing another daughter. The cause of 8-month-old Katelynn Annemarie Duvall's death in March 2001 had been ruled sudden infant death syndrome following an investigation and autopsy...
Pastor resigns after admitting abuse (12/24/02)
CRESTWOOD, Mo. -- A Roman Catholic pastor at a church in this St. Louis suburb has resigned after admitting he sexually abused a teenage boy 24 years ago. The Rev. Robert F. Johnston stepped down last week from Our Lady of Providence Roman Catholic Church after acknowledging his sexual misconduct that took place at the Sacred Heart parish in Valley Park, another St. Louis suburb...
Sara Lee recalling pies containing walnuts (12/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis-based Sara Lee Bakery Group is recalling certain pies sold nationwide because they may contain walnuts that are not listed on the label. Some people are allergic to walnuts and consumption of the pies may pose a hazard to them. The company said the pies are safe for anyone else...
Charter fires execs, revises revenue forecast (12/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Charter Communications Inc., the nation's third-largest cable television company, said Monday it has fired two of its top executives amid an unfolding federal grand jury probe of its accounting practices. In announcing the ouster of its chief financial officer and chief operating officer, the St. Louis-based company also said it expects fourth-quarter revenue growth to be at or near the low end of its earlier target of 8 percent to 9 percent...
Ten Commandments monument to stay - for now (12/24/02)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A Ten Commandments monument can remain in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building, at least for now. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Monday delayed an order he issued last week requiring Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove his 5,300-pound monument by Jan. 3...
Missouri's Social Services director resigns (12/24/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The director of Missouri's Department of Social Services has resigned, one week after Gov. Bob Holden ordered a reorganization of her agency because of troubles in the state's foster care system. In a resignation letter Monday to the governor, Katherine Martin said she supported Holden's restructuring and would be going to work for a national foundation that focuses on social services and financing innovations for child welfare...
Missouri braces for 'classic' storm (12/24/02)
A winter storm described by some forecasters as "classic" rolled into southern Missouri on Monday, disrupting air and vehicle travel amid the prospect of as much as a foot of snow in some stretches. For some Missourians dreaming of a white Christmas, "they're gonna be thrilled," said Wes Browning of the National Weather Service's Springfield office...
Missouri Democratic Party sees shake-up (12/24/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The leader of the Missouri Democratic Party is stepping down and several staff members are leaving following the party's losses in the November election, which included losing control of the state House for the first time since 1954...
Consumer spending rises in November (12/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- Early-bird holiday shopping helped to lift consumer spending in November by the largest amount in four months. That, plus solid income growth, underscored economists' belief that consumers will keep spending, supporting the economic recovery...
Federal report praises IRS performance in 2002 (12/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service did a good job handling tax returns and refunds this year despite complications caused by tax law changes and the terrorist and anthrax attacks, a report commissioned by Congress finds. The IRS, which should begin mailing next year's tax forms early next month, met most of its goals to provide better assistance to taxpayers on the phone, online and at walk-in offices, the General Accounting Office said Monday. ...
President pardons seven Americans (12/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush pardoned seven Americans Monday for an array of mostly minor offenses, from a Mississippi man who tampered with a car odometer to a postal employee who stole $10.90 worth of mail. They were the first pardons of his administration...
New Jersey becomes first state to require 'smart guns' (12/24/02)
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey on Monday became the first state to enact "smart gun" legislation that would eventually require new handguns to contain technology that allows only their owners to fire them. However, the bill signed into law by Gov. James E. McGreevey will not go into effect immediately because the technology is still under development. It could be years and cost millions before the technology becomes a reality...
'Potbellied Bandit' sentenced to 10 years in prison (12/24/02)
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The "Potbellied Bandit" was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday and ordered to repay more than $86,000 for a string of bank robberies in seven states. The 5-foot-11, 260-pound Douglas Lee Poling got his nickname after a surveillance video showed him with his belly bared during a holdup in Kentucky...
People talk 12/24/02 (12/24/02)
Turning 30 doesn't bother Alyssa Milano RADNOR, Pa. -- Alyssa Milano says she's dealing just fine with having turned 30 earlier this month, and isn't planning to mark the milestone with any big changes in her personal life. The actress, speaking of her new relationship with 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake -- Britney Spears' former boyfriend -- said things on the romance front are still brand new...
Senate Republicans name Frist as new majority leader (12/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader-elect Bill Frist of Tennessee promised on Monday to help heal the Republican Party and to repair the racial division caused by the party's former leader. "We must dedicate ourselves to healing those wounds of division that have been reopened so prominently in he last few weeks," Frist said...
Ventura closes four years of entertaining politics (12/24/02)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For Jesse Ventura, public service was never enough. He craved the spotlight. In four stormy years as Minnesota's governor, the flamboyant former pro wrestler mixed serious-minded attempts at reform with often outrageous star turns as author, sports analyst, cameo actor and talk-show guest...
Lab test checks power of smallpox vaccines (12/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- A laboratory test for the effectiveness of smallpox vaccines has been developed by a team of European researchers and it may be used as Americans start receiving shots against the disease. In a study appearing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists in Germany and France report they have discovered a test that can determine if a candidate smallpox vaccine can prompt protection against the disease in humans...
Prosecutor denies teen exclusively responsible for shootings (12/24/02)
FAIRFAX, Va. -- A prosecutor Monday denied as "dead wrong" a newspaper report that said 17-year-old sniper suspect John Lee Malvo was responsible for most, if not all, of the shootings that left 10 people dead in October. An article in Sunday's New York Times cited an anonymous source who said that little if any evidence pointed to fellow suspect John Allen Muhammad, 41, as the triggerman in any of the sniper shootings. ...
Iraq shoots down unmanned drone (12/24/02)
WASHINGTON -- Iraqi aircraft shot down a U.S. unmanned surveillance drone over southern Iraq on Monday, American military officials said. The Predator drone was conducting a reconnaissance mission, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers told a Pentagon news conference. The plane is presumed a total loss, he said...
World briefs 12/24/02 (12/24/02)
Ivory Coast rebels threaten war if attacked ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- West African defense chiefs on Monday promised a speedy deployment of a 1,500-strong peace force in Ivory Coast, even as rebels threatened war "on all fronts" if French troops attack their fighters...
Attackers rocket eastern city in Afghanistan (12/24/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Attackers rocketed an eastern Afghan town on Monday, one day after authorities in the same area seized more than 150 rockets they said were destined for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters. In the capital, Kabul, early indications pointed to mechanical failure as the cause of a weekend helicopter crash that killed seven German soldiers, a peacekeeping spokesman said. ...
Inspectors revisit 'baby milk' factory, question scientists (12/24/02)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.N. arms experts for the first time questioned scientists connected to Iraq's weapons programs and spent Monday touring a controversial site of the Gulf War -- a factory Iraq said produced baby milk but that the United States claimed made biological weapons...
Reports say plane crash in Iran kills 46 people (12/24/02)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A passenger plane crashed in central Iran on Monday during a flight from Turkey, killing 46 people, mostly from Ukraine, according to television reports. State-run Iran television said the plane crashed near the village of Baqerabad while attempting to make a scheduled landing close to its destination -- the central Iranian city of Isfahan, some 250 miles south of Tehran...
Lieberman speaks in favor of Palestinian state (12/24/02)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat expressed reservations Monday about a U.S.-backed Mideast peace plan, while a visiting U.S. senator and key backer of Israel spoke out in favor of a Palestinian state. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said a solution to the Mideast conflict must include a "strong and peaceful" Palestinian state. ...
Strike fault line divides Venezuelan capital (12/24/02)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Thousands of holiday shoppers throng the streets of working-class western Caracas, where a general strike designed to oust President Hugo Chavez seems a figment of the imagination. Meanwhile, in well-to-do eastern Caracas, the work stoppage is very much real, with shops and restaurants closed, the sidewalks mostly devoid of pedestrians...
Punk rock legend Joe Strummer of The Clash dead (12/24/02)
LONDON -- Joe Strummer, a diplomat's son who became a snarling punk icon as an electrifying singer-songwriter for The Clash, has died at age 50. Strummer died Sunday, said Richard Davies, coroner's officer for west Somerset. A statement released by his record label said Strummer "died peacefully at his home" in Broomfield in southwest England...
N. Korea repeats its appeal for nonaggression treaty with U.S. (12/24/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Monday the "nuclear issue" could be settled if Washington signs a nonaggression treaty with it. North Korea's appeal for a deal, a day after it began removing U.N. seals and tampering with surveillance equipment at frozen nuclear facilities, suggests it wants to push the United States into talks by ramping up fears of a nuclear crisis...
Russian official cites progress in destroying chemical weapons (12/24/02)
MOSCOW -- Moscow is making progress in destroying its chemical weapons after years of delays, a Russian disarmament official said Monday. He proposed a new international aid plan for liquidating Russia's entire Soviet-era arsenal -- the largest in the world...
Johnson secures second straight shutout at home (12/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Goalie Brent Johnson stopped 30 shots to earn his second consecutive shutout at home and Cory Stillman scored two goals as the Blues beat Los Angeles 5-0 Monday night. Al MacInnis added two assists, including the 900th of his career, for the Blues...
Covington may be next to jump on QB carousel (12/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The season can't end fast enough for the Rams, who might be down to their fourth quarterback. Marc Bulger, injured during Sunday's 30-10 loss at Seattle and replaced by Jamie Martin, will miss the finale with a spinal injury that the team said Monday will not require surgery or harm his career...
Kingsbury tops 5,000 yards, leads Tech to win (12/24/02)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A monthlong layoff and an ankle injury did little to slow down Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury became the third Division I-A player to top 5,000 yards passing in a season, throwing for 375 and three touchdowns as Texas Tech defeated Clemson 55-15 in the Tangerine Bowl on Monday night...
Super Bowl champions look for quick turnaround (12/24/02)
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Forget about returning to the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots won't even make the playoffs if they don't rally from two of their worst games of the season. The team that won all its games down the stretch a year ago is reeling from lopsided losses that took their playoff prospects out of their hands. Now they have less than a week to correct their many mistakes...
League in flux as it cuts ties to NBA teams (12/24/02)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Teams are folding, another is moving. The league's financial structure was overhauled. The players want more freedom and a new contract. The top women's sports league in the country is going through its most tumultuous period since it began play...
Hamilton close to deal with Cardinals (12/24/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Right-hander Joey Hamilton is close to signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals, whose bullpen has several vacancies. Hamilton was 4-10 with a 5.27 ERA in 124 2/3 innings last year with the Cincinnati Reds and rejected a salary arbitration offer from the team. He appeared in 39 games, including 17 starts, after making the team as a non-roster player in spring training...
Baseball stacks the deck in Pete's favor (12/24/02)
Bud Selig's latest solution to baseball's Pete Rose problem sounds like something he cooked up while watching the season finale of "Survivor." Selig plans to invite the 58 living members of the Hall of Fame to a meeting next month in Los Angeles. There, the commissioner intends to find out how they'd feel about Rose joining their ranks...
Hubert Koetting (12/24/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hubert C. Koetting, 78, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Festus, Mo. He was born Nov. 12, 1924, at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., son of Clarence J. and Julia Rickard Koetting. He first married Dolores Schemel July 13, 1947, who died March 12, 1964. He later married Helen Earlene Leslie June 8, 1968...
Alma Baudendistel (12/24/02)
Alma Baudendistel, 79, of Maryland Heights, Mo., and formerly of Perryville, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Brookview Nursing Home in Maryland Heights. She was born Aug. 24, 1923, at Uniontown, Mo., the daughter of Louis E. and Julianna Ponder Schott. ...
Lloyd Wilburn (12/24/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lloyd Wilburn, 98, of Sikeston died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston. He was born Feb. 28, 1904, in East Prairie, Mo., the son of Louis W. and Nora Hinton Wilburn. He married Ruby Rogers. He then married Novella McElreath on March 12, 1944, in Charleston, Mo. She preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 1984. He later married Ollie Combs. She also preceded him in death...
Robert McCain (12/24/02)
THEBES, Ill. -- Robert Thomas McCain, 76, of Thebes died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at his home. He was born April 15, 1926, at New Wells, son of Robert and Bertha Hargraves McCain. He married Kathleen McCain, who died June 22, 1992. McCain owned and operated a pest control business. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church in Cape Girardeau...
Margaret Barnes (12/24/02)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- The funeral for Margaret Jo Barnes of East Prairie will be held at 1 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie. Larry Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery. Barnes, 69, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at her home...
Fred Dinkins (12/24/02)
Fred R. Dinkins, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Dec. 1, 1903, in Henry County, Tenn., son of James S. and Tennie Nash Dinkins. He and Lillian Hopper were married April 7, 1931, in Yuma, Tenn. She died Dec. 21, 1984...
Grace Myer (12/24/02)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Grace Catherine Myer, 86, of Chaffee died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Bloomington, Ill., daughter of Rilley and Etta Cohern Herrell. Myer moved to Chaffee in 1980 from Whitewater. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Whitewater...
Emogene Schnurbusch (12/24/02)
Emogene Schnurbusch, 68, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Verna Preston (12/24/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Verna Marie Preston, 82, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, in St. Peters. She was born Nov. 5, 1920, at Crosstown, Mo., daughter of Henry and Lydia Wadsworth Corse. She and Albert Preston were married April 13, 1941...
Jewell Watson (12/24/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The funeral for Jewell Alfreda Watson of Sikeston will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Kelley Grubbs will officiate. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Watson, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Clearview Nursing Center...
Births 12/24/02 (12/24/02)
Monroe Son to Matthew Todd and Jennifer Lynn Monroe of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:51 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002. Name, Seth Matthew. Weight, 8 pounds 8 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Monroe is the former Jennifer Moore, daughter of Peggy Moore of Jackson and Danny and Carolyn Brown of Scott City. She is employed at Managed Care Service Group. Monroe is the son of Frank and Linda Monroe of Jackson. He is employed at Central States Coca-Cola...
Cape fire report 12/ 24 (12/24/02)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Dec. 24 Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 6:46 p.m., a medical assist at 209 E. Cape Rock Drive. At 9:54 p.m., a medical assist at 1101 William St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 12:05 a.m., an illegal burn at 1030 S. Pacific St...
Cape police report 12/24 (12/24/02)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Dec. 24 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jonathan William Cochran, 17, of 2852 Vista Lane was arrested Sunday on suspicion of possession of hydrocodone, a controlled substance...
Woman arrested for fraud also wanted for murder (12/24/02)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Georgia woman arrested Friday at a motel in Miner, Mo., for credit card fraud also has been charged in Georgia with murdering the card's owner. Malaika M. Hunt, 18, of Norcross, Ga., is wanted on a felony warrant from Gwinnett County, Ga., charging her with murdering Vernon Alderman, a resident of Norcross...
Out of the past 12/24/02 (12/24/02)
10 years ago: Dec. 24, 1992 Coast Guard investigation is under way to determine cause of head-on collision late Tuesday of two barge tows midstream in Mississippi River 22 miles north of Cape Girardeau; one barge loaded with scrap steel was partially sunk, and tank barge carrying liquid fertilizer was damaged, spilling part of its cargo into river; no hazardous materials were involved...
To all charitable donors - A big thank you (12/24/02)
It is traditional to make charitable gifts near the end of the year, especially in the weeks leading up to Christmas and before the Dec. 31 deadline for tax purposes. There is something about the spirit of the religious overtones of the season. And maybe the tax man spurs some of the generous giving...
Christmas is time of peace on Earth, not war in Iraq (12/24/02)
To the editor: From "A Christmas Truce": "On Christmas Day, 1914, in the first year of World War I, German, British and French soldiers disobeyed their superiors and fraternized with 'the enemy' along two-thirds of the Western Front. "Thousands of troops streamed across no-man's land strewn with rotting corpses. ...
Christmas is time for memories of joy, happiness (12/24/02)
To the editor: My husband and I have a wealth of Christmas memories after more than 60 Christmases. Memories are around us. Jewels of Christmas Present are recollections of Christmas Past. We remember Christmas programs at country churches. I recall shaking in apprehension as time to say my part approached. The part was usually a Scripture verse or a poem joyfully overmemorized. Then Santa visited the church, brining apples an oranges. ("Mama, didn't Santa look like Deacon Smith?")...
Social Security - Best proposal is elimination (12/24/02)
To the editor: During his bid for the presidency, George W. Bush proposed the idea of Social Security privatization. Opponents misled the elderly by making them think it would be squandered on the stock market. The Bush administration has been coming under increased pressure from the Mexican government to add thousands of Mexican citizens to the Social Security roster. ...
Speak Out A 12/24/02 (12/24/02)
See all the colors I WANT to say thank you to Sam Blackwell for the wonderful columns he writes week after week. I was raised in a family that only sees black and white. Mr. Blackwell, you continue to teach me to look at all the colors before I pull a crayon out of the box. Thanks so much...
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