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State's bleak economy analyzed at conference (02/08/03)
Anyone hoping Friday's Economic Outlook Conference would provide predictions that Missouri's budget problems will be short-lived left disappointed. Bleak is the word economist Dr. Ed Robb used to describe the state's economic outlook. But while acknowledging those fiscal realities -- a current $300 million shortfall and no relief seen -- State Rep. ...
Health-care workers roll up their sleeves (02/08/03)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- As his shoulder was jabbed 18 times in rapid-fire succession with a small needle, Dr. Michael Stevenson winced and gingerly looked away from the nurse who was sticking him. "It hurts, but it's not intolerable," said Stevenson, a doctor who works as the medical consultant at the Butler County Health Department. "If it's got to be, it's got to be."...
Trial date scheduled in Dexter grain case (02/08/03)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter grain company manager will stand trial in April on charges accusing him of filing false reports with state agriculture officials. In an appearance Wednesday afternoon, Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp set Stanley Gaylord's trial for April 28 and 29 in Stoddard County, according to a spokesman in the circuit clerk's office...
Four-tax plan for Cape gets first push to public (02/08/03)
Cape Girardeau's mayor and city manager trotted out a four-tax plan to the general public on Friday for the first time, explaining the city's financial problems, proposed solutions and average cost per family. They had a warm reception at First Friday Coffee, a monthly chamber of commerce event. Several of the nearly 100 who attended said they were sold after the 30-minute presentation...
Scouts from area gain recognition (02/08/03)
For 79 Boy Scouts from Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, today is a moment in history. The Scouts received their organization's highest honor -- becoming Eagle Scouts -- in a ceremony in Cape Girardeau. For more on this story, read Sunday's Southeast Missourian...
Nixon- Sheriff's OK on bill not enough (02/08/03)
The contractor who installed a new heating and air-conditioning unit at the Scott County Jail in 2001 will have to talk to the sheriff's bonding company if he wants to get paid, Attorney General Jay Nixon says. The Scott County Commission refused to pay the $9,730 bill after Sheriff Bill Ferrell authorized installation of a heating and cooling unit on his own. ...
Nursing home official sentenced to jail for failing to report a (02/08/03)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The president of a business that operated nursing homes was sentenced to jail time Thursday for failing to report elderly abuse. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported it's likely the first case in Missouri where a nursing home executive has been incarcerated for not reporting patient abuse...
Religion calendar 2/8/03 (02/08/03)
Today A workshop at 1 p.m. for drama ministry teams at First General Baptist Church in Jackson. The Good News Players, a drama team from Oakland City University, will lead the workshop, called Dramatically Changed. Youth are invited to a 7 p.m. service with music by local Christian band Ransom and drama. Jason Wray will speak. For information, call 243-8467 or call Pam Cook at 243-4728...
Man gets seven years in crash that killed toddler (02/08/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A suburban St. Louis man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for a 2001 wrong-way drunk-driving accident that killed a toddler from Illinois. Salvatore DiCarlo, 38, of Des Peres, pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and assault. The sentence was for the manslaughter charge...
Teacher tries her luck at 'Survivor' (02/08/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A central Missouri gym teacher's philosophy on life may have helped her become a castaway on the reality TV show "Survivor: The Amazon." Heidi Strobel believes: You bite off more than you can chew, and then you spit the rest out...
Religion briefs 2/8/03 (02/08/03)
Jackson church begins rehearsals for pageant First Baptist Church in Jackson has begun its rehearsals for its upcoming Easter pageant. The production "Freedom" will be presented April 9 to 13 at the church. Ticket information and performance times will be announced later...
SIU faculty union accepts contract, averts strike (02/08/03)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Members of the Southern Illinois University faculty union here on Friday narrowly ratified a four-year contract proposal, ending one year of heated contract talks, campus picketing and threats of a strike. Of the union's 400 members, 202 members voted to accept the proposal, while 73 voted to reject it, said Morteza Daneshdoost, president of the union...
Woman accused of fake report in federal custody (02/08/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A woman accused of making up a brother in order to defraud disaster relief organizations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been turned over to federal authorities. Cassaundrea E. Montgomery, 41, of St. Joseph, made her initial court appearance in federal court Thursday in Kansas City and will remain in federal custody until her next court date...
Schools face loss of federal funds if they bar prayer (02/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- Schools that don't allow students to pray outside the classroom or prohibit teachers from holding religious meetings among themselves could lose federal money, the Education Department said Friday. The guidance reflects the Bush administration's push to ensure that schools give teachers and students as much freedom to pray as the courts have allowed...
Muslim holy days prompt alert (02/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- The government raised its terror threat level to "high risk" orange on Friday, warning of a growing possibility that the al-Qaida network would launch an attack against the United States to coincide with Muslim holy days. Changing the terror alert color from "yellow" triggered tighter security at borders, airports and hotels. Officials also urged greater vigilance by all Americans...
Four Cuban coast guardsmen defect in Florida after docking at r (02/08/03)
MIAMI -- Four Cuban coast guardsmen defected Friday after steering their patrol boat to a Key West resort in an apparently spontaneous decision after a conversation about poverty in their communist homeland. The men were still dressed in their military uniforms when they docked at the Hyatt Marina Resort, walked into town and surrendered to officer Matt Dorgan at about 4 a.m., Key West police spokeswoman Cynthia Edwards said...
Bush, economic team push tax cuts in report to Congress (02/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and his economic team made a new pitch Friday for their $1.3 trillion package of tax cuts, seeking to counter criticism that the plan is too expensive and too tilted toward the wealthy. Bush used his annual economic report to Congress and a public swearing-in ceremony for his new Treasury secretary, John Snow, to argue that Congress should quickly pass his new round of tax cuts in order to give a feeble economic recovery an added boost...
Snow closes Northeast schools (02/08/03)
BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. -- A fast-moving storm surprised much of the Northeast on Friday, dumping nearly 10 inches of snow that disrupted travel and closed hundreds of schools in at least four states. The storm, which began Thursday night over Virginia and Maryland, intensified as it swept north into Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York...
Jobless rate drops, but economists say gain was on paper (02/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- A seasonal hiring spree at stores, restaurants and bars in January fueled the first recorded U.S. job growth in four months, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent. But economists cautioned the gains appeared to be on paper only...
Bush administration asks that Moussaoui case be put on hold (02/08/03)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Bush administration asked a judge Friday to stop all proceedings against Zacarias Moussaoui, the lone individual charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, until an appeals court settles national security questions. A government official, who would not be identified by name, indicated a crucial question is whether Moussaoui should have the right to question, or receive statements, from Ramzi Binalshibh -- a suspected al-Qaida mastermind who is in custody...
Earlier shuttle adjusted flight amid fears of tile damage (02/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- Two years before the Columbia disaster, NASA safety experts fearing similar damage to delicate heat tiles on the space shuttle Atlantis decided it was "prudent" to adjust its return path to lessen danger during the fiery descent, according to internal documents...
Outbreaks of drug-resistant staph infections hit prisons across (02/08/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Drug-resistant bacteria that cause painful and potentially dangerous skin infections are gaining a foothold in the nation's prisons, health officials say. Jails in at least six states have reported outbreaks of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a strain of the common staph infection that can give its victims pimples, oozing boils, blood infections or pneumonia...
Arsenic-treated playground equipment may increase cancer risk (02/08/03)
WASHINGTON -- Children could face an increased lifetime risk of developing lung or bladder cancer from using playground equipment made of wood treated with arsenic, the nation's top product safety official said Friday. Almost all wood playground equipment now in use has been treated with a pesticide called chromated copper arsenate, said Hal Stratton, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. ...
NASA looks for secret shuttle box (02/08/03)
BRONSON, Texas -- Debris crews combed an area along the Texas-Louisiana border for the wreckage of a secret device that allowed the encryption of communications between NASA and the shuttle Columbia. NASA spokesman John Ira Petty said Friday that finding the box was a high priority because officials feared its technology could be used "to send bogus signals" to the other shuttles during future flights...
Nation digest 02/08/03 (02/08/03)
Explosion at chemical plant injures 12 people CRANSTON, R.I. -- A pipe exploded at a chemical plant Friday, starting a raging fire that sent acrid smoke billowing through the building. Twelve people were injured, one critically. The fire at the Technic manufacturing facility burned so intensely that pipes in the ventilation system melted...
Air Force photos of shuttle examined for wing damage (02/08/03)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A high-definition military photo shot in the final moments before Columbia broke apart is "not very revealing," a NASA official said Friday. But investigators were optimistic that a recovered section of the shuttle's wing could provide solid clues...
Mayor- More than 20 feared dead after bombing at exclusive club (02/08/03)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A powerful bomb rocked an exclusive club in Bogota Friday night, killing more than 20 people, leaving about 100 injured and setting the 10-story building on fire. Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus said a theory that the explosion may have been an accident had been discarded by investigators, who determined that explosives caused the blast...
Turkish police rescue hostages (02/08/03)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A passenger claiming to have a bomb held two flight attendants hostage aboard a plane at Istanbul airport Friday before police stormed the aircraft and freed them. Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said no one was injured. The hostage-taker, a Turkish citizen identified by police as Ali Ilker Urbak, was being questioned by anti-terrorism police...
Siberian tiger photographed in China for the first time (02/08/03)
BEIJING -- A wild Siberian tiger was photographed in northeastern China last week for the first time, a conservation group said -- an indication the increasingly rare beasts are returning to areas they once roamed years ago. The image of the elegant animal, also known as an Amur tiger, was captured on film in the Hunchun Nature reserve in Jilin province by an automatic "camera trap," the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said Thursday...
Battered bell from Columbus' flagship heads for auction block (02/08/03)
MADRID, Spain -- For sale: one ship's bell, old and corroded, big piece missing. First user: Columbus. Bidding starts at $1 million when that bronze artifact from the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus' historic 1492 voyage, goes to auction Feb. 20 in Madrid...
'Liberate your taste' (02/08/03)
LONDON -- The cola wars are taking on a new dimension in Europe, where Muslims are being asked to pledge allegiance to one of two new brands. "Liberate Your Taste" says the slogan for Qibla Cola; its rival Mecca-Cola tells its buyers: "Don't drink stupid, drink committed."...
Rebel attacks, land mines kill 10 in Chechnya (02/08/03)
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- Chechen rebel attacks and land mines killed 10 soldiers and police, an official in the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said Friday. Four Russian soldiers were killed by mines --two in the Chechen capital Grozny and two in the Vedeno district, said the official on condition of anonymity. Three other soldiers died in a rebel attack. The attacks were in the last 24 hours...
President urges giving peace accord a chance (02/08/03)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- President Laurent Gbagbo on Friday urged his war-divided country to give a controversial peace accord a chance after four months of war that have crippled this West African economic powerhouse. Speaking on national television, he dismissed loyalist fears that the French-brokered deal gives the key defense and interior ministries to rebels who have seized half of Ivory Coast...
Three more Iraqi scientists speak to U.N. inspectors (02/08/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Three more Iraqi scientists gave private interviews to U.N. weapons inspectors Friday. Two of them -- a senior scientist and a missile expert -- were interviewed by the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission and the other -- a chemical engineer -- by the nuclear watchdog agency, the commission said in a brief statement...
Britain and U.S. prepare new resolution (02/08/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. and British diplomats began considering options for a new U.N. resolution Friday, including one that would give Saddam Hussein a brief window to relinquish power to avoid a war, diplomats told The Associated Press. One idea being floated would threaten war unless Saddam removes himself from power or is removed by his own people by a certain deadline, possibly 48 hours, according to Security Council diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity...
North Korea warns of 'nuclear disasters' (02/08/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Any U.S. moves to build up its military force on the Korean Peninsula could lead to "horrible nuclear disasters," the communist state warned Friday. The North Korean statement, the latest in a series of warnings, came a day after the White House said it had "robust plans for any contingencies," including military action...
Iraqi scientist says U.N. interview was for Saddam (02/08/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An Iraqi biologist who granted an unprecedented private interview to U.N. weapons inspectors said Friday he agreed to talk of his own free will, hoping to rob the United States of a "pretext" to attack Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein...
Iraq- Sites mentioned by Powell already under U.N. monitoring (02/08/03)
AL-AMIRIYAH, Iraq -- Iraqi officials on Friday took foreign journalists to missile assembly and test sites spotlighted in Colin Powell's anti-Iraq U.N. presentation, to underscore the fact that the installations have been under U.N. scrutiny for months...
Tigers top Oakville, assure winning mark (02/08/03)
Central's boys' basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to clinch its first winning season since 1998-99. The Tigers shook off Tuesday's one-point setback to rival Notre Dame by hammering visiting Oakville 69-48 Friday night and raising their record to 14-6...
Indians face 'a must' against EKU (02/08/03)
Hale brings hot hand into tonight's game against Colonels. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian If ever there was a must-win situation for Southeast Missouri State University, tonight is it. "We've got to win this one," Southeast coach Gary Garner said...
Otahks brace for big OVC rematch (02/08/03)
Southeast, Eastern Kentucky to battle for sole possession of second place in conference. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University first-year women's coach B.J. Smith doesn't hold back regarding the significance of today's game against Eastern Kentucky...
Otahk gymnasts host Illinois (02/08/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's gymnastics team will take another shot at a highly-regarded foe when the University of Illinois visits Houck Field House today for a 1 p.m. dual meet. Illinois is ranked 40th nationally. Last Saturday, the Otahkians faced 27th ranked Illinois-Chicago and dropped a tight 193.375 to 192.450 decision...
Zoeller disqualified in his senior debut (02/08/03)
Fuzzy Zoeller teed it up too many times Friday at the Royal Caribbean Classic. Zoeller shot a 1-over 73 in the opening round of the first full-field senior event, but was later disqualified when he hit three shots while filming a segment for a local television station...
SEEN IT ALL? (02/08/03)
ATLANTA -- Gary Payton lounged in his chair and popped a potato chip into his mouth as a scene of All-Star bedlam unfolded some 40 feet to his left Friday. Payton didn't even notice the media horde trying to squeeze around Yao Ming at a circular table built to accommodate eight...
Battles shape up for spots in rotation (02/08/03)
Simontacchi, Stephenson will lead cast of players vying for final two starting spots. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- As far as the St. Louis Cardinals are concerned, Jason Simontacchi's 11 victories as a 28-year-old rookie last year and Garrett Stephenson's 16-win season in 2000 are old, old news...
Furyk enjoys lead, playing with boyhood idol Swann (02/08/03)
Taking the second-round lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was a thrill for Jim Furyk, though it didn't really compare to the thrill of playing with one of his boyhood idols. Furyk birdied his final three holes for a 6-under-par 66 Friday, moving one stroke atop a crowded leaderboard while teaming up with former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann...
Kentucky Derby's early favorite derailed by injury (02/08/03)
Vindication is no longer part of Bob Baffert's stable of Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The undefeated 2-year-old male champion and early Derby favorite was knocked off the Triple Crown trail by a strained ligament in his left front leg. The injury was not considered serious, and the colt could return to race in the summer...
FanFare 2/8/03 (02/08/03)
Baseball
  • The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down a bid by former umpire Eric Gregg to revive a lawsuit against baseball that claimed he was fired because of a disability. Gregg, who battled a weight problem throughout his 23 years as a National League umpire, claimed he was discriminated against illegally due to a disability under the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act. ...
  • Clarence Black Jr. (02/08/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Clarence Preston "Junior" Black Jr., 82, of Sikeston died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. He was born April 17, 1920, at Wyatt, Mo., son of Clarence Preston and Dollie Mae Graham Black. He and Louise Murphy were married May 15, 1949. She died May 31, 1977. He and Joanna Taylor were married Oct. 13, 1978. She died Feb. 10, 2001...
    Ora Hope (02/08/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Ora M. Hope, 89, of Chaffee died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Rockview, Mo. She was born Aug. 14, 1913, in Pulaski, Ill., daughter of Gary F. and Mary Wooly Kennedy. She and George William Hope were married in 1949 in Cape Girardeau. He died March 3, 1962...
    Clara Lambky (02/08/03)
    Clara Lambky, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born March 6, 1909, in Hope, Kan., daughter of Frederich August Henry and Clara Sophia Marie Schimming. She and Walter E. Lambky were married March 6, 1938, in Wichita, Kan. He died Oct. 19, 1983...
    Justin DeLisle (02/08/03)
    Justin R. DeLisle, 48, of Pensacola, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, in Pensacola. He was born in Cape Girardeau, son of J. Byron and Madelon DeLisle. DeLisle lived in the Pensacola area the past 13 years. Survivors include a daughter, Ashley DeLisle of Grand Prairie, Texas; a friend, Joanne Matikonis; four brothers, Jon and Rouget DeLisle of New Madrid, Mo., Jerome DeLisle of Pensacola, Jacques DeLisle of Sikeston, Mo.; two sisters, Yvonne Patterson of Cape Girardeau and Michelle Mooneyham of Pensacola.. ...
    Bertha Horrell (02/08/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bertha Horrell, 91, of Marble Hill died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Liley Funeral Home at Marble Hill is in charge of arrangements.
    Kerry Croxton (02/08/03)
    Kerry B. Croxton, 43, of Kelso, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 17, 1959, in Carthage, Ill., to Frank E. Croxton Jr. and Geraldine A. McKee Croxton. He was a diesel mechanic for Sam Tanksley Trucking and electrician for Croxton Enterprise...
    Pearl Brown (02/08/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Pearl J. Brown, 92, of Anna died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Union County Nursing Home. She was born May 8, 1910, in Union County, daughter of James R. and Amy O. Hess Davis. She and Otis E. Brown were married Sept. 28, 1928. Brown was a member of Camp Ground Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and attended First Baptist Church in Anna many years...
    Ray Kuhl (02/08/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Ray J. Kuhl, 77, of Anna died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at the home of his sister. He was born Dec. 26, 1925, in Tamaroa, Ill., son of Albert J. and Lulu Doolin Kuhl. He and Maureen Bernhill were married Feb. 20, 1976, in Peoria, Ill. She died Oct. 16, 1982...
    Births 2/8/03 (02/08/03)
    Grimm Son to Daniel and Jaimi Grimm of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:34 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003. Name, Nickolas Scott. Weight, 8 pounds 9 1/2 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Grimm is the former Jaimi Ford, daughter of Carla Ford and Carl and Lori Wenskay, all of Cape Girardeau. Grimm is the son of James and Carole Grimm of St. Louis...
    SHERIFF - Cape 2/8 (02/08/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Saturday, Feb. 8 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Andrea C. Pecaut, 31, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    FIRE - Cape 2/8 (02/08/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Feb. 8 Firefighters responded Friday to the following items: At 12:46 a.m., emergency medical service at Interstate 55. At 8:14 a.m., structure fire at 1107 Merriwether. At 8:38 a.m., emergency medical service at 1105 Linden...
    POLICE - Cape, Jackson 2/8 (02/08/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Feb. 8 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Joyce A. Jackson, 52, of 105 S. Spanish, Apt. 105, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Thursday on a Clinton County warrant for fraud/insufficient funds...
    Out of the past 2/8/03 (02/08/03)
    10 years ago: Feb. 8, 1993 "Chicken Shack" in 400 block of Good Hope is leveled in morning, but not before law enforcement officials over weekend launched parting shot at drug sales there; Cape Girardeau police and county sheriff's department staged joint "reverse sting" that resulted in two drug-related arrests; sting involved police officers posing as drug dealers to arrest buyers...
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