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Stories from Friday, March 14, 2003

Red Cross preaches 'be prepared,' but disaster-kits flop (03/14/03)
It's a new world -- one of orange alerts, gas masks and chilling warnings from the FBI. You'd think that would be enough to put people on edge or maybe even cause panic. At the very least it should be enough for people to follow the government's admonition to create disaster kits with three days of food and water, a radio with batteries, a first-aid kit and other supplies...
Show goes on goofily for good-humor men, women (03/14/03)
Not every mayor of a city would be willing to portray the mayor of Munchkinland in a silly skit, but Scott City's Tim Porch did. Not every county coroner would undertake the role of the Munchkinland coroner who pronounces the Wicked Witch of the East "sincerely dead." Scott County's Scott Amick did so, sincerely...
Girls hoop players at Jackson High, NDHS have lot in common (03/14/03)
Jessie Koeper and Ashley Millham were best buds in elementary school. They both went to Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Jackson and cut their teeth on basketball, the game they both love. But when their high school choice came around, they went in different directions...
Cape city council to hold annual retreat (03/14/03)
Budget issues will top the agenda when the Cape Girardeau City Council holds its annual retreat today. The day-long meeting will be held at Black Forest Villages on County Road 638, four miles north of Cape Girardeau. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public...
Emerson will be keynote speaker for business forum (03/14/03)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will deliver the keynote address at the Business & Not-for-Profit Forum from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. The forum is sponsored by the Regional Consortia of the Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start Project and is geared for leaders in business, government, not-for-profits, social services, and the faith and medical communities...
Region/state briefs 03/14/03 (03/14/03)
Venue changed in case of shooting suspect Shooting suspect Zatron Twiggs, 17, of Cape Girardeau, was granted a request that his criminal case be moved to Mississippi County. Circuit Court Judge John Heisserer granted a change of venue Tuesday to Twiggs, who faces a first-degree assault charge for allegedly shooting Erica Hempstead, 20, in her back in January following a dispute on South Ellis Street. ...
Senate passes tax holiday legislation (03/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attention, back-to-school shoppers: For three days only this August, you could get a tax-free bargain on everything from clothes to computers to pencils. Legislation passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate would lift most state and local sales taxes on the purchase of traditional school items during the second weekend in August...
Senate closer to vote on limiting injury, malpractice lawsuits (03/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate inched closer to a vote Thursday on legislation to limit jury awards in medical malpractice cases and impose new restrictions on all personal injury lawsuits. Supporters touted the legislation as a way to rein in rising medical malpractice insurance premiums, which doctors have said are edging them out of business...
Holden criticizes GOP on proposed school cuts (03/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden criticized the House Republicans' budget proposal Thursday for what he said would be a reduction of more than $300 million in school funding. "Their plan cuts education," Holden said at a news conference. "It cuts the legs out from under our future economic growth."...
KC district considers paying students to boost test scores (03/14/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The superintendent of Kansas City schools wants to pay students to boost their scores on Missouri's standardized tests. Under a $239,250 proposal presented to the school board Wednesday, Kansas City students would receive a reward valued between $20 and $80, depending on their results on state tests given in spring in six grades. Schools could receive $2,000 each...
House passes bill requiring abortion waiting period (03/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House overwhelmingly approved new restrictions on abortion Thursday with a bill requiring women to wait 24 hours after consulting a doctor before being able to get an abortion. The bill, sent to the Senate on a 112-33 vote, would require a doctor and the woman to sign a statement that the doctor had discussed all the risks and "situational" factors associated with the procedure...
U.S. warships carrying cruise missiles take new positions (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is moving about 10 Navy ships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean to the Red Sea, senior U.S. officials said Thursday. The move indicates weakening U.S. confidence that Turkey will grant overflight rights for U.S. planes and missiles...
U.N. support option fades for America (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Forced into a diplomatic retreat, U.S. officials said Thursday that President Bush may delay a vote on his troubled U.N. resolution or even drop it -- and fight Iraq without the international body's backing. France dismissed a compromise plan as an "automatic recourse to war."...
Texas man gets nights in doghouse for abuse (03/14/03)
ORANGE, Texas -- A man accused of mistreating his 11-year-old stepson was ordered Thursday to spend 30 nights in a doghouse. Prosecutors said Curtis Lee Robin whipped Zachary Weiger with a car antenna, made him sleep in a doghouse and chop wood as punishment...
Parents of other missing kids hope for more miracles (03/14/03)
Parents of other missing kids hope for more By David Crary ~ The Associated Press For the Smart family, reunion with their daughter Elizabeth was a miracle. For countless other parents, a sad vigil continues -- yearning for news of long-vanished children like Erica Baker of Ohio or Jacob Wetterling, abducted in Minnesota in 1989...
Influence questions mount in abduction (03/14/03)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Trapped in the hills above her anguished family's home for the first two months of her disappearance, Elizabeth Smart may have been kept from escaping or crying out for help by the growing influence of her captors, police said Thursday...
Scientists find human footprints from over 300,000 years ago (03/14/03)
Scientists in Italy have discovered 350,000-year-old tracks that may be the oldest known footprints made by Stone Age man. The prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans as they descended the treacherous side of a volcano -- perhaps to escape an eruption, researchers reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature...
FDA to order bar-code labels on hospital drugs for accuracy (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Every medication given in the hospital soon will carry a label with a supermarket-style bar code that can be matched to patients and help ensure they get the right dose of the right drug at the right time. Thursday's proposal by the Food and Drug Administration is part of a series of government steps to help prevent deadly medical mistakes that claim tens of thousands of lives each year...
Infant son of deployed Marine receives new heart (03/14/03)
LOMA LINDA, Calif. -- A critically ill baby whose Marine father put duty ahead of family and went off to the Middle East last month received a heart transplant Thursday and could go home within weeks. Maj. Hal Sellers got the good news by telephone shortly afterward in a brief conversation with his wife...
Justice Department compromise sought on Moussaoui interview (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Trying to salvage the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui in a civilian court, the Justice Department is exploring ways to provide attorneys for the accused Sept. 11 attacks conspirator with information from a major al-Qaida prisoner, officials said Thursday...
Retail sales drop by 1.6 percent (03/14/03)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Shoppers faced with snow storms, job cuts and war worries were tightfisted in February, driving down sales at retailers by the largest amount in 15 months. The latest snapshot of retail activity released by the Commerce Department Thursday added to fears the economy could slide back into a new recession, economists said...
Texas justice gets new chance at U.S. court (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, hoping for confirmation to a federal appeals court, complained Thursday that Democrats misrepresented her positions last year when they rejected her nomination. Owen was turned away by the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee last year but is being given a second chance by Republicans now that they control the Senate. ...
House passes bill limiting medical malpractice awards (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Responding to doctors' complaints about soaring insurance costs, House Republicans pushed through legislation to limit jury awards in malpractice cases. By a 229-196 vote, the House passed a bill Thursday that would cap noneconomic damages, such as compensation for loss of a limb or sight, at $250,000. The bill would not limit compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and other economic damages...
Senate votes down partial-birth procedure (03/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to ban a procedure that critics call partial-birth abortion, and conservatives confidently predicted the bill would soon be signed into law after an eight-year struggle. "This is a heinous act. ...
Chechens claim Russian troops blowing up corpses (03/14/03)
MOSCOW -- Aslan Dzhabrailov says he wasn't supposed to be seen again, dead or alive. He says Russian troops in Chechnya dragged him from his bed last month and tortured him, then ignited explosives under him and his dead brother, apparently to erase the evidence. Had the explosives gone off, the men's remains would have been unrecognizable...
Bomb explodes on passenger train in Bombay, killing 10 people (03/14/03)
BOMBAY, India -- A bomb exploded on a passenger train Thursday at a station in Bombay, India's financial hub, killing at least 10 people and wounding 65. Eight of those killed were women, as the explosive went off between the women's first-class compartment and the general compartment, senior government official Utal Mukhopadhyay said...
Israeli soldiers mistakenly kill two Israeli civilians (03/14/03)
JERUSALEM -- Two Israelis were killed in hail of Israeli army fire in the West Bank on Thursday -- a case of mistaken identity that raised new questions about what human rights groups say is the quick draw by soldiers in Palestinian areas. Several hours later, Israeli troops raiding a West Bank village killed four Palestinian fugitives in a gunbattle, an Israeli general said...
Murder suspects include former Milosevic security chiefs (03/14/03)
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Police hunting for the assassins of Serbia's prime minister rounded up more than 70 suspected mob figures Thursday and detained two of Slobodan Milosevic's former senior security chiefs. The arrests came a day after Zoran Djindjic, 50, was gunned down in Belgrade. ...
U.S. military mounts plasma screens in the desert (03/14/03)
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- In a warehouse in the bleak Qatari desert, the U.S. military has erected plasma TV screens, high-speed phone lines and a fancy stage to serve as platform to tell the world its side of the story in a possible war against Iraq...
Libya claims settlement in Lockerbie case (03/14/03)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- The Libyan ambassador to London said Thursday his government has accepted its employees' responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, a step he argued met one of the last requirements for lifting U.N. sanctions against Libya...
Germany votes to extend weekend store hours (03/14/03)
BERLIN -- A law giving harried German consumers more time for weekend shopping cleared parliament Thursday, a small but symbolic loosening of economic regulations on the eve of major speech by the country's leader. The government hopes the move will enliven depressed consumer spending weighing on Europe's biggest economy, which grew just 0.2 percent last year and shows little sign of picking up...
Pinochet at hospital to replace pacemaker (03/14/03)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet checked into an army hospital Thursday to undergo surgery to replace his 7-year-old pacemaker. Retired Gen. Guillermo Garin said the 87-year-old Pinochet would be operated on after undergoing tests...
Baghdad residents succumb to reality of imminent conflict (03/14/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- For months, Baghdad residents have tried to maintain the appearance of normalcy while the threat of war grew closer. Now the city seems to have finally dropped its business-as-usual pretense, succumbing to the reality that a U.S. attack could come soon...
Saddam pays off families of 'martyrs' (03/14/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A defiant Saddam Hussein, under intense international scrutiny for possible ties to terrorism, this week distributed $225,000 to 21 families of Palestinians killed in fighting with Israel, including $25,000 to the family of a Hamas suicide bomber...
Jackson knows it faces a tall order against Kickapoo (03/14/03)
There's no discussion on the topic. The Class 5 girls state championship runs through the Kickapoo Chiefs. Jackson, making its seventh final four appearance and still looking for its first state title, will get the first crack at the undefeated Chiefs in today's state semifinal on the Hearnes Center floor in Columbia, Mo...
Notre Dame rides unlikely run into state semifinal (03/14/03)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team will make its fifth final four appearance today, but no Bulldog team has reached Columbia as dramatically and with so much momentum as this one. Utilizing a Houdini act in the quarterfinals for its 16th straight victory, Notre Dame will face Carthage in today's state semifinals at the Hearnes Center...
Jackson coach to retire after season (03/14/03)
Jackson's seventh trip to the state final four this weekend will mark the end of an era in the girls basketball program. Coach Ron Cook announced Thursday he will step down after this season, his 22nd at the school. "I'm just happy to be able to finish out like this," Cook said. "How many coaches get a chance to finish out in the state tournament?"...
MU bounces back from 22-4 deficit, beats Cornhuskers (03/14/03)
DALLAS -- With Missouri trailing Nebraska 22-4, center Arthur Johnson wondered how his team would react. "It was shocking," Johnson said. "I was like, 'What are we going to do -- fold or keep fighting?"' They fought, all right, with their heavyweight -- Johnson -- landing the hardest blows...
Uzoaru looks for a break in finals (03/14/03)
As a student in Tallahassee, Fla., Central High School graduate Marisa Uzoaru won't have to travel far to find the hottest spring break sites this year. But at least for a weekend, she'll turn her focus to Fayetteville, Ark., where she will compete today for a title in the NCAA Indoor Track Championships...
SE teammates win region honor (03/14/03)
Two Southeast Missouri State University soccer players have made the Soccer Buzz All-Central region third team as selected by Soccer Buzz magazine. Senior defender Jenny Hamilton and junior midfielder Valerie Henderson were honored nationally. Hamilton was the 2002 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row. ...
Whitney says he will enroll, play at Southeast (03/14/03)
Mario Whitney in a Southeast Missouri State University football uniform? Jackson High School's former record-setting running back says it's likely. Whitney, who left the University of Missouri last month following an injury-plagued freshman season, told the Southeast Missourian on Thursday that he plans to take some eight-week classes at Southeast when the semester resumes March 24 following spring break, take several summer classes and then enroll full-time in the fall...
Kevin Harvick says he isn't holding back anymore (03/14/03)
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kevin Harvick isn't looking over his shoulder anymore. After a year in which he was accused by competitors of being selfish and unthinking and became the first driver in NASCAR's then 54-year history barred from a race for conduct on the track, Harvick is ready to put that all behind him...
Cards split with Marlins, Dodgers (03/14/03)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Rick Ankiel endured another bout of wildness Thursday, walking three and hitting a batter in an inning as the Florida Marlins beat the Cardinals 8-7 in a split-squad game. "It didn't go as good as I wanted," Ankiel said. "I think at first I was just rushing a lot, and as a result my front shoulder was flying open."...
Thomas says officials are part of Pacers' problem (03/14/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Injuries, suspensions and off-court distractions are only part of the reason the Indiana Pacers have struggled recently. Coach Isiah Thomas blames the officials. Thomas accused them of targeting the Pacers and making more calls against Indiana than they normally would -- especially volatile forward Ron Artest...
It's a bad time to show off freedom of speech (03/14/03)
There should be no debate on this: Toni Smith, a college basketball player, has the right to turn her back on the flag. She has the right to protest during the national anthem. She has the right to disagree with President George W. Bush's plans for war in Iraq. She has a right to say that "many innocent people ... will die overseas" and that "going to war will likely provoke more violence in this country."...
FanFare 3/14/03 (03/14/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • The diet supplement ephedra was partly to blame for the heatstroke death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler last month, a medical examiner said Thursday. Toxicology tests confirmed that "significant" amounts of an over-the-counter supplement containing the herb contributed to the heatstroke, Broward County medical examiner Dr. Joshua Perper said...
  • One house, three baths, more trash (03/14/03)
    If two reasonably normal people live reasonably normal lives, how come they produce an unreasonable amount of trash? When we had two growing sons, we never had more than one trash can to put out for the garbage collectors each week. Now that it's just the two of us, I cram two garbage cans full every week...
    People talk 3/14/03 (03/14/03)
    Springer: Trashy image may tarnish campaign DAYTON, Ohio -- Jerry Springer said he's not sure he can overcome his trash talk-show host image for a possible run for a Democratic Senate seat. "I can't imagine anyone voting for me at this point," the former Cincinnati mayor said Tuesday at a Democratic fund raiser...
    Russian duo rises on charts with racy image (03/14/03)
    MOSCOW -- Clad in skimpy tank tops, teenage pop stars Lena and Yulia giggle and clasp hands on a Russian television talk show as their hit music video is played for a studio audience. The camera pans over the audience, lingering on a Russian Orthodox priest who grimaces and crosses himself when the video shows the girls kissing...
    Downtown Cape's Visual Arts Cooperative will hold opening (03/14/03)
    Some of the 41 artists in the new Visual Arts Cooperative opening today in downtown Cape Girardeau have never seen their work displayed at an art gallery before. Others are veterans of the gallery game, but this new opportunity is just as important to them...
    Jessica Lange leaves home because of 'Normal' (03/14/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Jessica Lange doesn't leave home readily. "I kept thinking once the kids get a bit older it will get easier, but, au contraire, it gets more difficult." Home is her native Minnesota, where she lives with playwright Sam Shepard and their two teenage children. As the "kids get more entrenched" in school and friendships, the actress doesn't want to uproot them to join her on location, or be separated from them for any length of time...
    Artifacts 3/14/03 (03/14/03)
    'Afternoon Folk' concert Saturday in Scott City A music festival titled "Afternoon Folk" will be presented Saturday at the Schock Community Arts Center in Scott City. Jim Hickam, Barney Hartline and Terry Wright, hosts of KRCU-FM 90.9's "Your Folk Connection, will be the hosts. The musicians will include singer-songwriter Dale Haskell, the group Too Wet to Plow, autoharpist Dan Wiethop, percussionist Don Greenwood and Nashville singer-songwriter Hunter Moore...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Bringing Down the House' (03/14/03)
    Three and a half stars "Bringing Down The House," is immensely enjoyable. Martin and Latifah's screen charisma and camaraderie are absolutely hysterical. The two make the perfect pair. Both actors play off each other's comic endeavors so well. Many of the scenes reminded me of when Martin appeared on "Saturday Night Live." The stunts he did then made him "A wild and crazy guy," as they do now...
    Bernice Hoppe (03/14/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bernice Hoppe, 83, of Sikeston died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Franklin and Beulah Burton Armstrong. She was married to Lloyd A. Hoppe. He preceded her in death in November 1973. She later married John Pyatt. He preceded her in death in March 1989...
    Grace Nix (03/14/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Grace M. Nix, 90, of Dawsonville, Ga., formerly of Mill Creek, Ill., died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1912, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Horace and Minnie May Bullard Courtright. She and Chester Nix were married May 3, 1930. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1991...
    Saline Heisserer (03/14/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Frances Saline Heisserer, 81, of Chaffee, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at her home. She was born May 25, 1921, in Finley, Tenn., daughter of Ben and Zodie Griffin Medlin. She married G.A. "Bud" Heisserer on Sept. 21, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1975...
    Dorothy Williams (03/14/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Dorothy Winona "Dottie" Williams, 65, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 30, 1937, in Bragg City, Mo., daughter of Riley and Ethel Arnold Withers. She married Johnny Collier and Bill Milner. They both preceded her in death. She later married Charles Williams on Dec. 24, 1997...
    Craig Calvin II (03/14/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Craig Neal Calvin II was stillborn on Friday, March 7, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. His parents are Craig Neal and Ann Louise Hirschfield Calvin of Perryville. Survivors include his parents; paternal grandparents, Leon and Carole Calvin of Cape Girardeau; maternal grandparents, Ted and Marge Hirschfield of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; paternal great-grandparents, Wilbur and Eunice Calvin of Cairo, Ill., and paternal great-grandfather, Martin Halter of Charleston, Mo.; maternal great-grandparents, the Rev. ...
    Births 3/14/03 (03/14/03)
    Vandeven Daughter to Danny J. and Tammy M. Vandeven of Leopold, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:34 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2003. Name, Emma Danielle. Weight, 6 pounds 9 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Vandeven is the former Tammy VanGennip, daughter of Michael and Dorothy VanGennip of Marble Hill. She is employed at St. Francis Medical Center. Vandeven is the son of Sylvester "Bud" and Mary F. Vandeven of Marble Hill. He is employed at Dana Corp...
    Cape/Jackson police 3/14/03 (03/14/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, March 14 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Weldon B. Bryant, 46, of 1005 Emily Court, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear...
    Out of the past 3/14/03 (03/14/03)
    10 years ago: March 14, 1993 Crimson Gold is in concert at First General Baptist Church; group was formed in January 1989 under name of Homeland; members of Southern gospel group are Sally Mathes, Ivis Leach, Gerry McCloud, Bobby Sullivan, Bob London, Ray Reese and Kent Mathes...
    Moody blues, Part II (03/14/03)
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto" -- "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law." So says the state motto carved in the stone of the Missouri Capitol. It's a little hard to square that nice thought with the following: 5,600 teacher layoffs A mass release of perhaps 5,500 state prison inmates...
    Tax-review idea has its merits (03/14/03)
    When the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce qualified its endorsement of the city's tax and fee proposals on the April ballot, it was as if a light bulb went on in the minds of just about everyone involved in putting the issues before the voters. The chamber's endorsement recommends that the city council reduce or eliminate the new taxes if the city benefits from a turnaround in the economy. ...
    MU president wants to hold the line (03/14/03)
    As the head of the University of Missouri system, with 60,000 students at four campuses across the state, Dr. Elson Floyd would be expected to have solid leadership skills. And during a visit to Southeast Missouri last week, Floyd demonstrated one of the reasons he was picked to become MU's 21st president in January: When he's in the room, Floyd discharges an electrical excitement and enthusiasm for the institution he represents and for all the students and faculty members associated with it...
    Innocent Iraqis are being killed with little outcry (03/14/03)
    To the editor: I would like to respond to John C. Bierk, who incorrectly labeled those who support our president as pro-war. War is our last resort. Twelve years of appeasement and containment has done nothing to reduce the threat that Saddam Hussein poses to us and to his own people. We favor taking action to prevent Saddam from arming groups like al-Qaida with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons...
    Many of us favor asking questions over blind faith (03/14/03)
    To the editor: In connection with the impending action against Iraq, my thoughts keep going back to one of Jacob Bronowski's last episodes in his series, "The Ascent of Man," where he is standing in a pond at the site of one of the Nazi death camps containing the ashes of many of the Holocaust victims...
    U.S. military deserves support of all Americans (03/14/03)
    To the editor: John C. Bierk's letter assumes that those of us who rally in support of our military personnel are pro-war. This assumption is not only wrong, but also thoughtless and indicative of the political position the protesters against military action project...
    Speak Out 03/14/03 (03/14/03)
    Wait for better economy THE CAPE Girardeau Chamber of Commerce board recommended that the city council reduce or eliminate those taxes that are to be increased if the economy improves. I think that they ought to wait to pass the tax when the economy improves. People cannot afford a higher tax, especially right now in this type of economy. People are more willing to vote for a tax increase if the economy is doing good. Say no to new taxes...
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