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Stories from Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Verb is the word (02/18/03)
Ask most adults about the way to lead a healthy lifestyle and you'll hear about eating more vegetables and less fat in their diet and getting adequate exercise. Children, too, know that they shouldn't just sit around and play video games if they want to stay healthy and fit, but getting them out of their seats and into action takes more effort...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (02/18/03)
401 Independence St. 7 p.m. Wednesday Study session at 5 p.m. Public hearingn A public hearing regarding the proposed Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2003-2008. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings)n An ordinance authorizing the acquisition of property for the improvement of Silver Springs Road between Highway 74 and Mount Auburn Road...
Learning briefs 2/18/03 (02/18/03)
Southeast university awards scholarships Southeast Missouri State University has awarded 15 President's scholarships for the 2003-2004 school year. Recipients are Ashley Doza, Amanda Otte, Jennifer Nedilnycky, Michelle Nedilnycky and Keith Fischer, all of Cape Girardeau; Trina Lang, Heather Boyles, Kristen Howard, and Cortney Thompson, all of Jackson; Rebecca Below and Roseann Enderle of Chaffee. ...
Town trying to tame Univ. of Alabama students' 'Animal House' (02/18/03)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's easy to tell Tuscaloosa is a college town. On shady residential lanes near the University of Alabama campus, swaybacked sofas and den chairs sit on front porches, and front yards are full of cars plastered with fraternity and sorority decals...
Extra girth hinders health of children (02/18/03)
Fifteen percent of children between 6 and 18 -- representing 9 million children -- were overweight in 1999, according to figures for the United States from the Centers for Disease Control. That's triple the percentage in 1990. That percentage is now estimated at 25 percent. More than 10 percent of preschoolers ages 2 to 5 are overweight, up from 7 percent in 1994...
Eerie sequel a 'devil' of an adventure (02/18/03)
"Devil May Cry" was a backbreaker. When it was released back in 2001, it seemed designed to bring even the best gamers to their knees, fingers smoking and brain fried by the effort to defeat a game that was amazingly hard to beat. Now we have "Devil May Cry 2," from Capcom for the PlayStation 2. Another demoralizing assault on the senses?...
'Take 10!' program promotes healthy way for children to learn (02/18/03)
HOLLISTER, Mo. -- Chanting with a cadence that has earned her the nickname "Colonel Pickett," Hollister elementary teacher Nikki Pickett leads her class in unique chorus. "Matter is anything/ that has mass/ and takes up space./ It has two basic things./Mass and volume."...
Some Cape stores consider later hours (02/18/03)
For a few hours on a Friday during the Christmas shopping season, downtown Cape Girardeau looked like its promoters say it ought to in the evening -- bustling with activity. Stores that normally close by 5 p.m. stayed open late as part of a promotion called Downtown Christmas Open House...
Wicks named director of development-major gifts (02/18/03)
Southeast Missouri State University has announced the hiring of Karen Wicks as director of development-major gifts. Wicks previously served as director of development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for more than three years. Prior to her job at UMSL, she worked for a year as director of development at the Pediatric Research Institute in St. Louis...
Cape looks to pave Commercial Street (02/18/03)
Commercial Street rattles your bones. Drivers try to steer around the sunken spots, carefully creeping along, but it's impossible to miss them all. Owners of businesses bordering the asphalt-and-gravel street near South Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau say the rough-and-tumble road is badly in need of paving...
Churches keep ties through ministerial alliances (02/18/03)
DON FRAZIER * dfrazier@semissourian.com Basil chicken Wellington prepared by Chef James F. Coley of the Rose Bed Inn in Cape Girardeau can be part of a romantic meal served on Valentine's Day.By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian...
Winter of discontent for school districts (02/18/03)
The latest onslaught of winter weather in Southeast Missouri has added yet another day to the growing pile of makeup days facing local school districts, some of which have had two weeks worth of unscheduled cancellations so far this year. Rural school districts, which are more likely to close due to weather because of greater transportation hazards along gravel roads, have been hit the hardest...
University to keep summer program for minorities (02/18/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri at Columbia is sticking by its Transitions program for incoming minority students, even as other schools change or eliminate their programs. "The Transitions program is specially designed to increase diversity on campus," deputy chancellor Mike Middleton said. "I am committed to continuing these programs until the courts tell us they're inappropriate...
Sierra Club to sue plant in Kansas City for PCB contamination (02/18/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Sierra Club announced Monday it plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and contractor Honeywell for allegedly polluting soil and water near a plant that makes components for nuclear weapons. The Sierra Club said potentially dangerous amounts of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, and other toxins from the U.S. Department of Energy's plant in southern Kansas City have polluted the adjacent Indian Creek and Blue River, along with soil and groundwater...
Gov. Blagojevich looking at higher government fees, reduced Ill (02/18/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Raising government fees, cutting back the Illinois FIRST program and keeping the state inheritance tax are all options for Gov. Rod Blagojevich as he tries to balance the budget, his budget director said Monday. John Filan defended the administration's claim that falling revenue and increasing expenses add up to a budget shortfall of $4.8 billion for this year and next...
Gallatin woman loses arm but not desire to become cosmetologist (02/18/03)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- An automobile accident in November may have cost Shaina Carder an arm, but it didn't take away her dreams of being a cosmetologist. The 20-year-old Gallatin resident completed Vatterott College's cosmetology program last week. Now she has her sights set on learning how to use a new mechanical and then putting her education to good use...
Planning ahead pays off for Missouri's smallpox program (02/18/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri has vaccinated 119 emergency responders against a smallpox attack, the third-highest number in the nation. State health officials credit early planning and cooperation with hospitals and public health agencies for avoiding health-care worker resistance that other states are encountering. More than 10 percent of the nation's emergency responders vaccinated against smallpox live or work in Missouri...
Missouri troops given send-off at ceremonies (02/18/03)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Hundreds of residents of this southern Missouri town turned out Monday afternoon to send off the 1138th Military Police Company as it departed for Fort Leonard Wood in preparation for deployment. First Sgt. Jeff Nichols said the group should spend roughly two to four weeks at Fort Leonard Wood before leaving for an undisclosed location. The company's mission includes guarding prisoners of war...
Springfield's 'Bachelor' celebrity focuses on restaurant (02/18/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Aaron Buerge is handing out long stem roses once again, only this time they're in a martini glass and he has no aspirations of getting hitched. The star of ABC's romance-reality series "The Bachelor" is concentrating on his new restaurant in downtown Springfield now that he and Helene Eksterowicz have called off their engagement...
Budget chairman directs House to cut deeper (02/18/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House budget chairman is asking lawmakers to cut state spending for next fiscal year by about $300 million more than recommended by Gov. Bob Holden. But that might be just the start. Even with those cuts, budget chairman Carl Bearden said Monday that House members would need to find an additional $450 million in cuts or in revenue to balance the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1...
People news (02/18/03)
Johnny Cash tries cover of Nine Inch Nails tune LOS ANGELES -- At 70, Johnny Cash is rocking out with his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt." The video for the searing song is getting play on MTV2 and VH1, and the song is in regular rotation on rock station KROQ-FM...
NASA asks farmers for help with debris (02/18/03)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- As the days become weeks since Columbia's disintegration over Texas, fewer and fewer pieces of space shuttle wreckage are turning up, even though the calls keep coming in. On Monday, NASA asked farmers and ranchers out West to be on the lookout during spring plowing for anything that might have fallen from the sky on Feb. 1...
Illinois spoils system lives on despite court rulings (02/18/03)
CHICAGO -- Illinois wasn't the birthplace of political patronage, but it was supposed to be its final resting place. Over the last 30 years, the state where politicians turned the practice into an art form prompted three of four major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that severely limit using party loyalty as a litmus test for government jobs and contracts...
Studies show mixed effect of diet on Alzheimer's (02/18/03)
CHICAGO -- Some dietary fats might help prevent Alzheimer's disease, others may increase the risk and -- contrary to some reports -- antioxidant vitamins may have no effect on the mind-robbing ailment, two studies suggest. The study on fats adds to growing evidence that the same type of diet that protects the heart may benefit the brain...
Northeast buried by snow (02/18/03)
The worst blizzard in seven years shut down much of the Northeast on Presidents Day with blinding, windblown snow that piled up as much as 4 feet deep and left more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses shivering without power. At least 21 deaths had been blamed on the storm system since it charged out of the Plains during the weekend, piling snow in the Ohio Valley, producing mudslides and floods in the southern Appalachians, and making layers of ice that snapped trees and power lines.. ...
Tough talk on tax cuts raises speculation about Fed chairman (02/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- His pointed criticism of the Bush tax plan showed that Alan Greenspan, often taken to task for being too murky in his economic pronouncements, can be crystal clear when he wants to be. The Federal Reserve chairman warned that further tax cuts should be paid for, leading Democrats to proclaim that Greenspan had delivered the "kiss of death" for President Bush's $1.3 trillion proposal...
Chicago club stampede kills 21 (02/18/03)
CHICAGO -- It was a chaotic scene: Hundreds of screaming people stumbling down the darkened stairs of a crowded nightclub, gasping for air and stepping on bodies, only to find themselves trapped at the bottom trying to escape through a single exit. At least 21 people were killed and 57 injured in the stampede early Monday at the E2 nightclub, authorities said. ...
Columbia's children Shuttle lives on through projects it launch (02/18/03)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Harvey Tananbaum has watched galaxies collide, peered into black holes and witnessed collapsing stars throwing off the same elements that were the seeds of life on Earth. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory gives all this to him. And the space shuttle Columbia gave Chandra to the heavens in 1999...
Experimental implant under the scalp zaps away headaches (02/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- Teresa Lamesch endured a constant, incapacitating headache for almost two years. The slight touch of wind blowing against her forehead caused shocking jolts of pain. Bright sunlight or loud noises could make her retch. Heavy-duty narcotics and every other treatment failed to help...
World briefs 02/18/03 (02/18/03)
N. Korea threatens to withdraw from armistice SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea threatened on Tuesday to abandon the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, accusing the United States of plotting a naval blockade as a prelude to an attack over the communist state's nuclear program...
Iraq markets (02/18/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The bell rings and they're off. Old men in tattered pinstripes bark orders to buy and sell, peering through an iron fence with opera glasses to make out the numbers. Traders in baby blue vests sprint across the floor, haggling over dinars and scribbling triumphantly on an erasable white board...
Mexico state leaders vow to pursue death penalty (02/18/03)
MEXICO CITY -- Politicians in Mexico's most populous state vowed Monday to push ahead with a plan to institute the death penalty despite questionable public support and strong opposition from human rights groups, the president and the Roman Catholic Church...
Israeli parliament sworn in, parties discuss coalition (02/18/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's new parliament convened for the first time Monday as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his main rival discussed forming a coalition government to address the country's security and economic crises. The shape of Sharon's new government could determine how Israel deals with the Palestinians. If the moderate Labor Party headed by Amram Mitzna joins, it could signal a readiness to soften current policies and reopen peace negotiations...
American U-2 plane makes first flight in support of inspectors (02/18/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An American U-2 surveillance plane made its first flight over Iraq on Monday in support of the current U.N. inspection mission, marking another concession by Saddam Hussein's regime to stave off a U.S.-led attack. Meanwhile, Iraqi state television broadcast scenes of Iraqi troops in maneuvers to defend the country from a possible U.S. attack...
Spanish police seize Columbus bell three days before scheduled (02/18/03)
MADRID, Spain -- A rusty, broken bell that may have come from Christopher Columbus' flagship -- the Santa Maria -- was seized by police Monday, days before it was to be auctioned for a starting bid of $1 million. A Spanish judge ordered the seizure so Portugal could investigate its claim to the artifact, which a diver discovered in a sunken Spanish galleon in Portuguese waters...
EU leaders warn Iraq it faces 'last chance' (02/18/03)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European leaders, trying to end their bitter dispute over Iraq, warned Saddam Hussein on Monday he faces a "last chance" to disarm, but gave no deadline and said U.N. weapons inspectors must have more time to finish their work...
Court convicts journalists of libeling Islam's prophet (02/18/03)
AMMAN, Jordan -- A Jordanian military court Monday convicted three journalists of libeling Islam's prophet and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from two to six months. The State Security Court said their Jan. 14 article about the prophet's sex life harmed Jordan's image, "destabilizing the society, propagating perversity and circulating false rumors."...
Notre Dame girls win 11th straight game (02/18/03)
Notre Dame's girls basketball team stretched its winning streak to 11 games and stayed unbeaten in the SEMO Conference as the Bulldogs rolled past host Doniphan 61-38 Monday night. The Bulldogs (16-7) ended the first quarter in a 19-19 tie but opened up a 35-25 halftime lead. Notre Dame had a 14-2 third-quarter edge to break things wide open...
Central girls take Sikeston to school (02/18/03)
Tigers breeze to 56-32 home victory over Bulldogs. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian While public schools throughout Cape Girardeau will be closed today, school was in session Monday night as Central's girls basketball team went up 6-0 to start the game and never looked back in a 56-32 home win over Sikeston...
Former Otahk Rathke dies in accident (02/18/03)
Former Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball player Christine Rathke was killed in a car accident Sunday in her hometown of Franklin, Wisc. Rathke, who was 20, was returning home from a University of Wisconsin-Parkside Hall of Fame induction ceremony...
Indians still await word on Scheer (02/18/03)
Results of Monday's MRI on Tim Scheer's injured knee won't be available until today at the earliest, but it's a virtual certainty that Southeast Missouri State University's senior forward will miss this week's final two home games at the very least...
Otahkians fall victim to late UT-Martin rally (02/18/03)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- Because of a late Tennessee-Martin rally Monday night, Southeast Missouri State University's women missed out on a chance to move into a second-place Ohio Valley Conference tie and also clinch a home game for the first round of the OVC Tournament...
Slumping Indians need a win badly vs. 'Roughnecks' (02/18/03)
P Southeast tries to avenge physical kicking administered by Western Illinois Leathernecks. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian If Southeast Missouri State University is to gain a much-needed victory tonight, the Indians will have to avenge a loss to a team that physically pushed them around less than a month ago...
Orioles' spring training hit with shocking death (02/18/03)
Pitching prospect Steve Bechler dies a day after overheating in workout. By Steven Wine ~ The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died of heatstroke Monday, unable to recover from a spring training workout that sent his temperature to 108 degrees...
Internal drive Daytona 500 winner, Waltrip, is ready for more (02/18/03)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- At 40, Michael Waltrip thinks he may finally be a championship contender. After a long journeyman's career, during which he was mostly known as Darrell Waltrip's little brother, "Mikey" says he's ready to step into NASCAR's elite with a lot more victories, and maybe a Winston Cup title...
Brathwaite douses the Flames (02/18/03)
Blues goalie shakes poor start in Blues' 5-3 comeback victory. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Joel Quenneville talked himself out of another goalie change, and the St. Louis Blues climbed out of an early hole to rescue Fred Brathwaite...
Tyson camp cancels fight with Etienne (02/18/03)
P More strange behavior prompts cancellation of Memphis bout. By Tim Dahlberg ~ The Associated Press LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson's fight with Clifford Etienne was called off Monday, following a week of erratic behavior that once again raised questions about the boxing future of the 36-year-old former heavyweight champion...
Yanks' Jeter blames media for his 'party animal' image (02/18/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter wanted to say it loud and clear: He is not a party animal. Just two hours after officially reporting for spring training Monday, the New York Yankees' star shortstop planted himself in the dugout at Legends Field, and said he wanted to put owner George Steinbrenner's controversial comments behind...
Maddux gets record 1-year pact (02/18/03)
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux is used to setting records. On Monday, he claimed another. The four-time Cy Young Award winner avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to the largest one-year contract in baseball history, a $14.75 million deal with the Atlanta Braves...
Big snow in East cancels events (02/18/03)
Michael Jordan got the day off on his 40th birthday, but defending champion Maryland and Wake Forest decided to play despite a blizzard that forced postponements of dozens of sports events. Jordan expected to spend his birthday playing for the Washington Wizards against the Toronto Raptors on Monday afternoon. But the NBA rescheduled the game for March 4 in the wake of a storm that pelted metropolitan Washington...
FanFare 2/18/03 (02/18/03)
Briefly College
  • David Richard, who as a freshman led Michigan State in rushing last season, has signed a financial-aid agreement with Missouri and will transfer to that school, the Tigers said Monday. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound St. Louis native will finish the current semester at Michigan State, then enroll at Missouri this summer, Missouri said. In transferring, Richard will have to sit out the 2003 season but have three years of remaining eligibility...
  • 'Joe Millionaire' goes for broke with Zora (02/18/03)
    NEW YORK -- Zora got the nod, and a diamond ring, from Evan Marriott when the "Joe Millionaire" finale aired Monday night. Then the happy couple got a million dollars to split from the show -- the "shocking twist" viewers had been promised. Zora and runner-up Sarah also got the truth: that Marriott wasn't the fabulously wealthy heir he had pretended to be while choosing from among 20 lovely rivals for his affection on the hit Fox series. ...
    Dennis Wilkerson (02/18/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Dennis "Dink" Wilkerson, 58, of Benton died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., due to complications from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident Aug. 20, 2001. He was born May 5, 1944, at Fisk, Mo., son of Orville and Margie Wilkerson. He and Elaine Peck were married Feb. 2, 1963, at Fisk, Mo...
    Parilee Campbell (02/18/03)
    The funeral for Manerva Parilee Campbell of Cape Girardeau was cancelled Sunday because of bad weather. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Leona Greenlee (02/18/03)
    Leona May Greenlee, 90, of Jackson died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Jackson Manor. She was born May 6, 1912, at Canalou, Mo., daughter of George and Jessie Newton Dismuke. She and Roy Greenlee were married July 1, 1928, at Matthews, Mo. He died June 16, 1991...
    Alberta Hahn (02/18/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Alberta L. Hahn, 82, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Marble Hill, daughter of Ira Lee and Flora Annamary Filer Baker. She and Victor Hahn were married June 15, 1946...
    Mary Karcher (02/18/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary Edith Karcher, 92, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. She was born Aug. 9, 1910, in Cairo, daughter of John T. and Pearl Gall Boyd. She married William T. Karcher, who died in 1990...
    Births 2/18/03 (02/18/03)
    Drury Daughter to Patrick George and Tammy Gwen Drury of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:27 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2003. Name, Lacey Elizabeth. Weight, 6 pounds. First child. Mrs. Drury is the former Tammy Leuckel, daughter of Vennie Leuckel and Carl R. Leuckel Jr. of Perryville. She is a speech pathologist at Jackson R-2 School District. Drury is the son of Jerry and Kathleen Drury of Cape Girardeau. He is a department manager with Drury Co...
    Cape fire report 2/18/03 (02/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Feb. 18 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 3:57 p.m., fire alarm sounding at Southeast Missouri Hospital. At 6:30 p.m., emergency medical service at 2842 Independence. At 11 p.m., emergency medical service at 1400 S. West End Blvd.Firefighters responded Monday to the following items:...
    Cape police report 2/18/03 (02/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Feb. 18 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests
  • Steven A. May, 917 N. Fountain, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on a warrant for parole violation.Thefts...
  • Out of the past 2/18/03 (02/18/03)
    10 years ago: Feb. 18, 1993 Long-standing dispute between various Drury companies over city's motel and restaurant tax was settled last night at city council meeting; at gathering, council disclosed that companies that had contested legality of tax agreed to drop their lawsuit; they have done so in conjunction with development of $4 million project that will expand parks and recreation facilities in Shawnee Park and at corner of Mount Auburn Road and Kingshighway...
    Disarming Iraq (02/18/03)
    As much as the feuding members of the U.N. Security Council might like Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei to settle the question of war or peace with Iraq, these two mild-mannered civil servants can't make that fateful judgment. All they can do, which they did again last week, is to tell the Security Council how their inspection efforts are faring. ...
    CHS grad pursues the American dream (02/18/03)
    Everyone loves a good success story, but people tend to genuinely cherish such a story if it involves someone from their hometown. Southeast Missouri is fortunate to have more than its share of those stories across many professions, from Rush Limbaugh to Sheryl Crow, just to name a few...
    Federal funds tied to prayer in schools (02/18/03)
    Usually, when you read the words "government intervention," "schools" and "prayer" in the same sentence, you can bet that prayer in schools is about to take another hit. Sometimes, however, the government gets it right. The Education Department recently said that schools that don't allow students to pray outside the classroom or prohibit teachers from holding religious meetings among themselves could lose federal funding...
    Civic Center's facilities don't match others (02/18/03)
    To the editor: As I sit here at my computer, a mother is at home worried about her daughter who fell on a wet floor at the Cape Girardeau Boys and Girls Club at the Civic Center. I was not there, but I heard the young girl was hurt pretty bad. The reason she fell is because the roof of the Civic Center leaks in the gym when it rains or snows...
    This is the time for prayer instead of protesting (02/18/03)
    To the editor: How can you protest against the war? There comes a time when your opinion doesn't need to be your main priority. There is a time when you need to stand united, together as one. How can you morally discourage the many men and women who are defending our country and our freedom? This is wrong and has to stop. ...
    Bush squandered opportunity to get Sept. 11 attackers (02/18/03)
    To the editor: Following Sept. 11, 2001, the civilized world was united in horror at the carnage visited upon Americans by terrorists. The world was ready to unite in addressing the global problems that produce such acts. Broad international support existed for rooting out Osama bin Laden and the perpetrators of this atrocity...
    Speak Out 02/18/03 (02/18/03)
    Case has been made PRESIDENT BUSH simply hasn't made the case for attacking Iraq. However, Secretary of State Colin Powell has. The Turkey issue FOLKS IN the Bush White House must think European leaders are as stupid as they are. NATO is meant to provide joint defense against an attack on one of the nations. ...
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