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Stories from Friday, January 24, 2003

Traffic plan gets high marks from committee (01/24/03)
Members of an advisory committee lauded the draft of the Jackson Comprehensive Traffic Study after a presentation by engineers Thursday night at City Hall. Committee members Capt. Robert Hull, Jackson's interim police chief, fire chief Brad Golden and schools superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson all had praise for the report...
Pending close of DFS office creates stir in Marble Hill (01/24/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Citing significant shortfalls in the state budget, Missouri Division of Family Services officials announced last week that the Bollinger County Division of Family Services office will close within three months. State Rep. Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, expressed disappointment over the announcement and invited residents to speak out on the matter...
Schools evacuated due to bomb threat (01/24/03)
HORNERSVILLE, Mo. -- A phone call to the Senath-Hornersville Middle School office caused the Senath-Hornersville district to evacuate all three of its buildings and dismiss school early. According to district superintendent Yancy Poorman, the middle school office received a bomb threat at approximately 1:05 p.m. Wednesday...
Supporters work to save program for at-risk teens (01/24/03)
NEVADA, Mo. -- Things are looking good for Show-Me ChalleNGe as parents groups have been seeking funding from foundations with several of the foundations expressing interest in helping out. Such help will take time in coming, so supporters are urged not to let up on their efforts. The state program was recently slated for closure due to budget cuts...
Contract falls short of what humane society wants (01/24/03)
The Cape Girardeau County government's new contract with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri likely will save the county money, commissioners said Thursday. But a humane society official said it could burden county residents with a stray animal problem and will force those who don't live in Cape Girardeau or Jackson to pay a $10 per animal fee to drop off stray animals at the shelter...
HAVCO silo fire shuts down plant (01/24/03)
On one of the coldest days on record this winter, firefighters from Scott City and Cape Girardeau worked together Thursday afternoon to douse a smoldering silo fire at HAVCO Wood Products. At about 1:45 p.m., the explosion doors on two silos containing saw dust blew open to relieve pressure building up inside by the rising heat, said HAVCO human resource manager Jill Haupt...
Explosion suspect goes to jail (01/24/03)
The man investigators say caused a bonfire explosion that seriously burned 14 people turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the Cape Girardeau County Jail in Jackson. And though his attorney is trying to get his $75,000 bond lowered, two of his former friends are arguing against it...
Speaking up for school change (01/24/03)
Planning the future of Jackson's schools will headline a public meeting Thursday By Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian In the oldest portion of the main building at Jackson High School, broken tiles hang from the ceiling, and unsightly water stains and peeling paint cover the walls...
Arctic air turns region into winter wasteland (01/24/03)
It takes construction worker Rick Hecht about two hours, and a warm bath, to thaw out in the evening when it gets as cold as it did Thursday. Hecht may have a repeat performance tonight, as the low temperature is forecast to rise slightly above the single digits. The drop in the mercury was part of the reason most of area schools closed Thursday. An inch of snowfall didn't help matters either...
Timing of vote on tax issues raises trouble for governor (01/24/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With a Republican-controlled General Assembly resistant to Gov. Bob Holden's call for major tax increases, the calendar could prove a significant problem to getting tax proposals on the ballot. Holden, a Democrat, wants to boost state revenue by about $700 million to balance a $19.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. ...
Kinder urges moratorium on out-of-state travel by senators (01/24/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state Senate leader is proposing a one-year moratorium on paying for out-of-state travel for senators, a move that could save the state about $80,000. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder said the moratorium is part of the Senate's effort to reduce its expenses as state government grapples with a general budget shortfall...
Kansas City bridge that carries 94,000 commuters daily closed (01/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- State highway officials are investigating why sections of a bridge that carries 94,000 vehicles a day suddenly buckled, making the bridge impassable. The Paseo Bridge, which connects downtown with the city's northern half and suburbs via Interstate 35-29, was closed during rush hour Wednesday and Thursday morning, resulting in massive backups of commuters...
K.C. schools seek end of court-ordered desegregation plan (01/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City School District has asked a federal judge to end a 26-year-old court-ordered desegregation case that has cost more than $2 billion. In a motion filed Thursday, the district said it has reduced the achievement gap between black and white students...
Missourians battle deep freeze (01/24/03)
Winter had Missouri in its icy grip Thursday, forcing school cancellations, filling homeless shelters and putting car batteries to the test amid sub-zero wind chills and lingering snow in many areas. Authorities have blamed the weather in at least three deaths...
Local official appointed to transportation advisory panel (01/24/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Highways and Transportation Commission has appointed a 12-member panel, including a Cape Girardeau civic leader, to recommend ways to improve the agency's finances and governance. The president of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, John E. Mehner, was one of the appointees announced Thursday...
People talk 01/24/03 (01/24/03)
Springer considering run for U.S. Senate COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Talk show host Jerry Springer has a secret of his own to share: He's considering running for the U.S. Senate next year. Springer, a Democrat, said he'll decide by summer whether to challenge George Voinovich, a Republican who has said he'll run for a second term in 2004...
Senate OKs $390 billion spending bill (01/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved a massive $390 billion measure Thursday financing most federal agencies, blessing the long-delayed last chunk of this year's budget that stalled last fall in an election-season standoff with President Bush over spending...
Senator puts off presidential bid to have surgery (01/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Graham of Florida said Thursday he will undergo heart surgery in early February, postponing announcement of a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Graham told reporters in his office that he had made up his mind to run and was planning to announce his candidacy in Tallahassee, Fla., on Feb. 3. Now, Graham said, he will have surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve that same week...
Arctic blast heads for South putting growers in panic (01/24/03)
The arctic air that has had the East and Plains shivering for days spilled into the South on Thursday, bringing freak foot-deep snowfall to North Carolina's Outer Banks and sending Florida citrus growers scrambling to save their freezing crops. "It's snowing its absolute fanny off," said Bob Eakes, a tackle shop owner in Buxton, N.C., where 40-mph winds created a beachfront blizzard that obliterated views of the nearby Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. "It's really pretty, if you could see it."...
Pilots in 'friendly' bombing apologize to victims' families (01/24/03)
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Two U.S. pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian troops in Afghanistan last year apologized to the families of the dead and wounded Thursday as a hearing that could lead to their court-martial drew to a close. The men expressed anguish over the accident, but also defended their actions the night of April 17, 2002, when the bomb killed four Canadian soldiers and wounded eight others near Kandahar. ...
McDonald's posts first quarterly loss ever (01/24/03)
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. served up its first-ever quarterly loss Thursday, a larger-than-expected $344 million, paying a price for a fast-expansion strategy gone awry. The results from the last three months of 2002 reflected $810 million in charges and other write-offs aimed at helping the burger giant end an unprecedented slump brought on by consumer weariness with fast food, a crowded restaurant market and its own problems with service...
Kidnappings of illegal immigrants reportedly on rise in U.S. (01/24/03)
PHOENIX -- Illegal immigrants who hire smugglers to bring them across the Mexican border into Arizona are getting mixed up in an underworld more violent and more cold-blooded than ever. Law enforcement authorities say an increasing number of smugglers are holding immigrants hostage in the United States until they or their families pay up. ...
U.S. troops in ready for battle, but pray for peace in Iraq (01/24/03)
SOUTH OF THE KUWAIT-IRAQ BORDER, Kuwait -- "I eat raw meat for breakfast!" a group of U.S. soldiers barked in unison before storming wooden shacks in an urban warfare drill. The young men who would spearhead any attack on Iraq say they are pumped up, confident and fully prepared for war. When the sun goes down and the drills are over, however, many speak of their fears -- and pray there will be no bloodshed at all...
Colombian rebels kidnap U.S., British journalists (01/24/03)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- An American photographer and a British reporter on assignment for the Los Angeles Times have been kidnapped by Colombian rebels, the first foreign journalists to be abducted in recent memory in the country's long war. Scott Dalton, a native of Conroe, Texas; and Ruth Morris, a British national, have been "retained" by the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the guerrilla group said in a statement Thursday on a clandestine rebel radio station...
Iraq-style inspections appear unlikely in North Korea (01/24/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- In Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors race unannounced to ammunition depots, technical colleges and presidential palaces. Such a scenario is hard to picture in reclusive North Korea, even if it agrees to dismantle its nuclear programs...
Mexicans huddle in shelters, assess damage left behind by quake (01/24/03)
TECOMAN, Mexico -- Ignoring police blockades, residents filtered into the ghostly center of this city Thursday to see what was left of their homes and businesses after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the area. The quake Tuesday killed 28 people, injured 300 and left 10,000 homeless. Though only four were killed in Tecoman, a third of the city's buildings were destroyed...
World briefs 01/24/03 (01/24/03)
Iraq's neighbors urge Saddam to cooperate ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Fearing war could trigger a crisis in the region, Iraq's neighbors urged Saddam Hussein on Thursday to cooperate fully with U.N. arms inspectors. They avoided any public call for the Iraqi leader to step down...
Camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan still training terrorists (01/24/03)
PUBBI, Pakistan -- A six-hour walk along a narrow path that runs like a seam through Afghanistan's Urgun mountains leads to a remote village near the Pakistani border. Grenades are lined up like sentries along a small patch of land, nearby there is a pile of explosives...
Kuwaiti suspect in shooting of Americans reportedly confesses (01/24/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- A Kuwaiti suspect who reportedly shared the beliefs of Osama bin Laden confessed Thursday to shooting two U.S. defense workers, the government said. Police searched for two more suspects. Also Thursday, Kuwaitis and Americans here remembered the man slain in Tuesday's attack and offered sympathy for the second man, who was wounded...
Moscow court rejects three Moscow theater lawsuits (01/24/03)
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court on Thursday rejected three lawsuits by six plaintiffs against the city government for moral damages suffered by hostages in the terrorist seizure of a Moscow theater last year. The court did not rule on the remaining 21 lawsuits because the plaintiffs had not appeared during the hearings...
Weapons inspectors prepare for crucial report (01/24/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- Preparing for a crucial report on the work of his inspectors in Iraq, Hans Blix said Thursday his teams are gaining access to sites but Baghdad still isn't fully cooperating with the inspectors. In the meantime, diplomats said there was talk of formulating a second resolution condemning Iraq but stopping short of explicitly authorizing military action...
Broken homes make for more psychiatric suffering for children (01/24/03)
LONDON -- Children growing up in single-parent families are twice as likely as their counterparts to develop serious psychiatric illnesses and addictions later in life, according to an important new study. Researchers have for years debated whether children from broken homes bounce back or whether they are more likely than kids whose parents stay together to develop serious emotional problems...
Scott Co. Central upsets host, advances to final (01/24/03)
Scott County Central moved on to today's finals of the Scott-Mississippi Conference boys basketball tournament Thursday with a 71-68 upset of host Scott City. The Braves (6-9) pulled out to an eight-point lead after one quarter and were up 35-31 at halftime. The top-seeded Rams came back and pulled ahead by one after the third quarter, but the fourth-seeded Braves outscored the Rams 19-15 in the final quarter to score the win...
Area tracks fine-tune plans as season nears (01/24/03)
Southeast Missourian New Auto Tire and Parts Racepark oval track manager Jerry Wolsey has added to ambitious plans for the racing season scheduled to start April 5. Wolsey, who completed a deal with track owner Doug Friese to oversee the 3/8-mile oval dirt track near Benton, Mo., said Thursday that he'll use a meeting Feb. 23 to explain the schedule, changes in rules and changes in prize money...
16 sporty ways to beat the winter blahs (01/24/03)
Yeah, it's cold out there. Oh, you noticed that too? But c'mon, that's no reason to watch yet another rerun of "Friends" tonight. Turn off the TV, look through our list of 16 local athletic or competitive things to do, and have fun while you stay warm indoors...
Yao Ming to start in All-Star game; Garnett edges Nowitzki (01/24/03)
NEW YORK -- When the ball goes up for the opening tip at the NBA All-Star game Feb. 9 in Atlanta, Yao Ming will be the center trying to win the jump ball for the West. The 7-foot-6 rookie from China will be starting for the Western Conference after defeating Shaquille O'Neal by almost a quarter-million votes in final fan balloting totals released Thursday...
Gordon's wife wants materials from husband's rivals (01/24/03)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lawyers for Jeff Gordon's wife have subpoenaed records from his competitors and NASCAR for use in their divorce case. Geoff Smith, general manager of Roush Racing, said the team planned to file an order Friday to block Brooke Gordon's request in Wayne County Circuit Court in Michigan, where the company is headquartered...
Big comeback keeps Serena's slam bid alive (01/24/03)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Amid a flurry of errors, Serena Williams hung her head and stared at her racket. Trailing 5-1 in the final set of an Australian Open semifinal against Kim Clijsters, Williams didn't look like the most dominant player in women's tennis. Neither her shotmaking nor her body language was quite right...
Blues rally from 3-0 deficit, tie Blackhawks (01/24/03)
CHICAGO -- Dallas Drake scored St. Louis' third goal in a 16-minute span of the third period as the Blues rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the Chicago Blackhawks 3-3 Thursday night. Eric Daze scored to give Chicago a three-goal cushion early in the final period, but the Blues showed why they are the NHL's most potent third-period team. They have outscored opponents 72-40 this season in the final period...
USOC split going into key discussions (01/24/03)
DENVER -- As the U.S. Olympic Committee prepares for a meeting with members of Congress, its leaders are searching for ways to provide a united front as they squabble over control behind the scenes. It might not be as easy as it seems. USOC officials have been summoned to a meeting Tuesday in Washington to discuss recent allegations of ethical violations within the organization. Sen. John McCain of Arizona will preside...
Raiders, Buccaneers look beyond one-sided reputations (01/24/03)
SAN DIEGO -- Hey, Super Bowl fans, the Oakland Raiders aren't wimps on defense. The Tampa Bay Bucs are hardly buffoons on offense, either. True, neither is ranked at the top of the league the way the Raiders are with the ball and the way the Buccaneers are when the opposition has it. And neither has gotten much credit for lifting its team to a conference title...
Abundance of geese offers opportunity for hunters (01/24/03)
Monday will signal the fifth consecutive year that hunters in Southeast Missouri will have the opportunity to take an active part in preserving arctic waterfowl habitat. Missouri is one of 24 states targeted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for participation in special measures to reduce North America's snow goose population...
Indians jump from one big OVC test to another at AP (01/24/03)
It was great to get an Ohio Valley Conference win over Murray State at the Show Me Center on Saturday night, and our enthusiastic crowd certainly played a key role in the victory. We played only eight players against Murray, and each player had a good game. The enthusiastic crowd energized the players and wouldn't let them get tired down the stretch. Thanks to all of you who were in attendance...
Smith ready, willing to let Knight pass (01/24/03)
Dean Smith, like Bob Knight, was never big on milestone victories. The double-zeroes, as they mounted up, 500, 600, 700, 800, were nice round numbers that didn't mean much. The only numbers that counted were conference and NCAA championships, and Smith always contended that those belonged to his players, not him...
Was it chivalry, or a stunt? (01/24/03)
Dear readers: I apologize in advance for the length of this column, a practice that I do not regularly encourage. But sometimes a good story takes a little longer to tell. I do a lot of silly things. Most of them are not on purpose. As a matter of fact, I do so many silly things that I ought to be embarrassed to go out in public. But I realized years ago that my lot in life was to do plenty of silly things, so I might just as well get over it...
Artifacts 1/24/03 (01/24/03)
Broken Grass playing at River City Yacht Club The Carbondale, Ill.-based alternative bluegrass band Broken Grass will perform Saturday night at the River City Yacht Club. Last fall, the band toured for five nights with the nationally acclaimed band Leftover Salmon and often sells out the 900-capacity Copper Dragon in Carbondale. In December Broken Grass opened for country star Neal McCoy at the Show Me Center...
Scott Poole - The poet of the radio (01/24/03)
SPOKANE, Wash. -- It was 7:50 on a Monday morning. Fog hung over the city and a drowsy voice sounding like a sleepy Winnie the Pooh crawled from the radio. It was poet Scott Poole reading his latest work. "I was at a bus stop "and suddenly wanted love...
Everybody's a critic - 'National Security' (01/24/03)
Two and a half stars I have to say I had low expectations for "National Security," but about 10 minutes into the film I was already hooked. The first quarter of the film is typical cop movie schlock, but thanks to a number of inventive plot twists it held my interest very well. I wasn't even bothered by the mostly hip-hop soundtrack...
Monster Truck Winternationals and Thrill Show begins today (01/24/03)
Some race car drivers were born with names that summon images of people who like to drive fast around a concrete oval: Junior Johnson, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti. Junior Swift likes to careen around a track, too. Swift has raced stock cars himself, but this weekend at the Show Me Center the Cape Girardeau resident will be at the controls of a four-wheeler in the quad races...
Irene Johns (01/24/03)
Irene Brasher Johns, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born May 21, 1916, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Oscar L. and Ethel McClard Clifton. She and Cleo Johns Sr. were married June 8, 2000, in Paducah, Ky...
Rose Tidwell (01/24/03)
The funeral for Rose Adeline Tidwell of Cape Girardeau will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Lloyd Engelmann will officiate. Burial will be in Hobbs Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today...
Margaret Thorne (01/24/03)
Margaret A. Thorne, 63, of Jackson, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born May 7, 1939, in Delta, daughter of Robert L. and Orpha Dysinger Brown. She and Jerry Lee Thorne were married Oct. 29, 1956. He died Aug. 12, 1994...
Beulah McAllister (01/24/03)
MCGEE, Mo. -- Beulah E. McAllister, 92, of Clio, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at Fonton Extended Care. She was born Oct. 23, 1910, at McGee, daughter of Charles and Etta McDaniel Walk. She married Zera McAllister, who preceded her in death...
Vaudie Roberts (01/24/03)
Vaudie Hazel Roberts, 86, formerly of Sikeston and Diehlstadt died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born March 1, 1916, in Jasper, Ala., daughter of Henry and Martha Jane Simmons Aldridge. She and Audis Ervin Roberts were married Sept. 13, 1941, in Double Springs, Ala. He died Oct. 7, 1986...
Goldie McCullough (01/24/03)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Goldie I. McCullough, 89, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 5, 1913, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Holly and Altha Lawrence Powless. Mrs. McCullough retired as an aide at Jacksonville Mental Health and Developmental Center in Jacksonville, Ill. She was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Ill., and attended Lake Milligan Baptist Church in Miller City, Ill...
Births 1/24/03 (01/24/03)
Hume Son to Scott William and Heidi Kay Hume of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:34 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003. Name, Avery Lewis. Weight, 7 pounds. Second son. Mrs. Hume is the former Heidi Lewis, daughter of Darlene and David Summers of Kirkwood, Mo., and Don and Becky Lewis of Frohna, Mo. She is employed at Mirror Image. Hume is the son of John and Mary Hume of Jackson. He is employed at Procter & Gamble...
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/24/03 (01/24/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 24 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt.. DWI Marino E. Mavarrette, 26, of 526 Boxwood, Apt. A, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, not having an operator's license and failure to drive on the right half of the road...
Cape fire report 1/24/03 (01/24/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Jan. 24 Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: At 4:54 p.m., a medical assist at Boulder Crest and Prospect. At 5:40 p.m., a medical assist at Greek Housing at Southeast Missouri State University. At 6:42 p.m, an alarm sounding at 1814 Scotts Lane...
Out of the past 1/24/03 (01/24/03)
10 years ago: Jan. 24, 1993 The Rev. Dennis Conrad, who has served as executive director of Council of Lutheran Churches in St. Louis since 1986, preaches during morning worship service at Hanover Lutheran Church; his theme is "Social Ministry: Reaching Out to People in Need."...
Serviceman responds to protesters (01/24/03)
By Spc. Nicholas Cook In response to the article "Pro-war demonstrators join anti-war counterparts": As a member of the U.S. Army, I am sick and tired of hearing people say that we shouldn't attack Iraq. Most of the anti-war protesters have no idea what is going on...
Explosive party raises serious concerns (01/24/03)
Based on the personal accounts of several young men and women who were present when a bonfire party turned into a firestorm of flaming gasoline, the events of that frigid night a week ago were not only frightening, but potentially deadly. As it is, one victim faces surgery for severe burns on her legs. Thirteen others were burned seriously enough to warrant medical treatment...
This is the time to support our military (01/24/03)
In a rather noble and certainly eloquent response to anti-war protesters, a serviceman from Chaffee raises an issue that deserves wider consideration: This is a time to support the men and women who have voluntarily committed their lives to military service and to the possibility of being put in harm's way on the battlefield (see Spc. Nicholas Cook's guest column to the left of this editorial)...
Jackson needs more activities for young people (01/24/03)
To the editor: In response to concern that Jackson doesn't have enough policemen to stop vandalism: You are going to have some things happen such as vandalism and small petty stuff. The police cannot be everywhere all the time. Jackson has enough police presence already. ...
Speak Out B 01/23/03 (01/24/03)
Living with less HERE IS a quote from Fred Settelmeyer that we need to keep in mind in Jefferson City and across the state: "It is painfully written in the pages of history, and it is obvious to all who will read, that long before any government can give its people all they want, it will have taken from them all that they have." No more taxes and learning to live with less is a novel idea for many...
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