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Stories from Friday, April 4, 2003

SBC lowers long-distance rates for bundled services (04/04/03)
SBC Communications Inc. on Thursday reduced its long-distance calling rates for consumers to a flat monthly rate in an attempt to ward off competition and retain customers. SBC, the No. 2 U.S. local telephone company, said its new residential service package will include unlimited local and domestic, long-distance calls, caller ID, and voice messaging for $52.95 a month in Missouri...
Cape air festival set to return July 11-13 (04/04/03)
The Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival will take to the skies this year after a one-year hiatus because of difficulties in securing corporate sponsors. The "Heroes and Legends" festival is scheduled for July 11-13 at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and will feature Lima Lima, the world's only six-plane civilian formation aerobatic team...
Saxony Lutheran to hold benefit rummage sale (04/04/03)
Saxony Lutheran High School will hold a rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Heartland Banquet Hall in Jackson, located on U.S. 61 across from the water slide. Concessions will be available. Proceeds will benefit school activities.
Educators of the year selected by chambers (04/04/03)
Several veteran teachers, along with school administrators and a librarian, have been named winners of this year's educator of the year awards by the Jackson and Cape Girardeau chambers of commerce. Jackson's educators of the year will officially be recognized during the chamber of commerce's annual banquet April 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Cape Girardeau's chamber will hold an awards banquet May 1 at Drury Lodge...
Encouraging signs support U.S. military (04/04/03)
Patriotism over promotion. That's what several area businesses have chosen by at least temporarily replacing the slogans and product pitches on their outdoor signs with sayings like "God bless America," "We support our troops," and "Pray for our military."...
Perfect prom clothes often costs girls time and parents money (04/04/03)
It's an enchanted evening that most girls dream about for years, but the cost of attending a high school prom these days is nothing to bat your eyes at. Students in area schools say their attire alone for the formal event can be as much as $500, and then there's eating out, photographs and souvenirs to consider...
Progress showing for new nature center (04/04/03)
Government officials won't pull out the ceremonial shovel until next Friday, but anyone who drives along North Kingshighway near the intersection of Interstate 55 can tell that ground has already been broken for a conservation campus project at Cape Girardeau County Park North...
Nation briefs 04/04/03 (04/04/03)
Bush proposes housing changes to help poor WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration wants to give states control of federal vouchers that help nearly 2 million families pay the rent -- a major shake-up for one of the government's largest housing programs...
Home health-care workers keep pushing for higher pay rates (04/04/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Margaret Daugherty considers her job a labor of love -- all 90 hours a week. A home health-care worker paid by the state, she cares for three elderly or disabled people, cleaning, running errands, helping them bathe, even cutting their hair. She does it for $7 an hour with no overtime, sick leave, vacation or health insurance...
Missouri House OKs legislation to aid elderly (04/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation capping property tax increases for older Missourians cleared the House on Thursday and went to the Senate. The bill, passed on a 108-28 House vote, also makes a key revision in the state's SenioRx Program, which helps some Missourians 65 and older pay for prescription drugs. The change is intended to attract more companies that make generic drugs to the program...
White House official speaks out against pot proposal (04/04/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Five days before voters will decide whether to loosen restrictions on marijuana use, a White House official urged Columbia residents "not to fall for the lie" that marijuana is an innocent drug. At a news conference Thursday, Scott Burns, director of state and local affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, repeatedly said he was not in Columbia to tell people how to vote, but attacked many of the primary arguments presented by those who support the proposal.. ...
Former employee pleads guilty to embezzlement (04/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A former Southeast Missouri bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from her bank, U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender said Thursday. Sharon C. Miles, 49, of Viburnum, faces sentencing June 26. Miles held various jobs at the Quad County State Bank in Viburnum from June 1995 until she was removed in February 2002. Gruender said Miles embezzled money through various means beginning in 1996. All told, she embezzled $115,000, he said...
Snow days bill sent to governor (04/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In a move sure to please students, school districts that had a substantial number of snow days this year will be allowed to forgo making up as many as five days of classes under legislation sent to the governor on Thursday. The bill was a response to the uncommonly harsh winter in the southern part of the state. Some Southeast Missouri districts canceled classes on more than 20 days...
Nursing home reform hits Senate snag (04/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After 29 versions, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder thought he had a nursing home reform bill all sides could live with when he brought it up for debate Thursday. However, the effort hit a snag when another Republican senator offered a substitute proposal that reform proponents said upset the delicate compromise reached in Kinder's bill...
Employers cut costs by suspending contributions to 401(K)s (04/04/03)
NEW YORK -- A growing number of companies, searching for ways to cut costs, are suspending their matching contributions to workers' 401(k) retirement accounts. Such a move by broker Charles Schwab & Co. won wide attention in March because the company has been outspoken in its support of the investment vehicle. But Schwab is not alone...
People talk 04/04/03 (04/04/03)
'Matrix' sequel will premiere at Cannes PARIS -- The futuristic sci-fi sequel "The Matrix: Reloaded" will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where its filmmakers and stars will walk down the red carpet. The second film in the "Matrix" thriller trilogy, "Reloaded" will be shown out of competition on May 15, the second day of the festival, which runs until May 25. That's the same day the film will be released worldwide...
Joint Chiefs head says U.S. may isolate Baghdad (04/04/03)
American forces might stop short of storming Baghdad and instead isolate it while the makings of a new national government are put in place, President Bush's top military adviser said Thursday. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, indicated the coming days might bring neither an all-out fight for the city, as many have predicted, nor a conventional siege of the capital...
Bill could let employers offer time off instead of overtime pay (04/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's overtime pay law took another hit Thursday as a House panel approved legislation that would let employers offer paid time off instead. A House Workforce subcommittee voted 8-6 along party lines to approve the bill, which the full committee will take up next week. House leaders want a floor vote by early May...
HealthSouth begins layoffs as more execs plead guilty to fraud (04/04/03)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- HealthSouth Corp. cut 20 percent of its headquarters staff Thursday as five more executives agreed to plead guilty in a huge accounting fraud that has the health care giant teetering on bankruptcy. The layoffs of 165 people was HealthSouth's first mass personnel cut since the government accused it of overstating earnings by at least $1.4 billion since 1999 to make it appear the company was meeting Wall Street forecasts...
Cash-strapped states consider boosting beer taxes (04/04/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- With cash tight and bills looming, legislators around the country are turning to neighborhood pubs to help them drown their woes: At least 19 states are either considering plans to boost beer taxes or have already done it. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed one of the heftiest hikes, a plan that would raise the tax on a gallon of beer for the first time since 1947, from 8 cents to a quarter. It would add 14 cents to the cost of an average six pack and raise $55 million...
Man exonerated by DNA in rape case freed after 19 years (04/04/03)
BOSTON -- A man who spent 19 years in prison after three rape victims identified him as their attacker was freed Thursday, cleared by new DNA evidence on evidence dug up by a law student working on his case. "It's a big change," Dennis Maher said at the Boston office of his attorneys. "I expected to die in prison and now I'm out."...
World briefs 04/04/03 (04/04/03)
Land mine destroys bus in Chechnya, killing six ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- A bus was blown apart by a remote-controlled mine in Chechnya Thursday, killing at least six people just weeks after a referendum touted as the start of a peace process. The explosive was hidden in a pile of trash in the capital Grozny, said Yuri Miroshnichenko, a duty officer at the Emergency Situations Ministry's office for southern Russia...
WHO experts set to work trying to find origin of SARS (04/04/03)
GUANGZHOU, China -- A team of international scientists landed Thursday in this city just west of Hong Kong and set to work hunting clues to the origins of a fatal flu-like illness as the worldwide death toll rose. Officials in Guangdong province on China's southern coast gave the World Health Organization team figures indicating that fewer people in the hard-hit region are getting sick from severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, said Chris Powell, a spokesman for the team...
Senate approves roughly $80 billion for war effort (04/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted easily Thursday to give President Bush about $80 billion for initial costs of the war with Iraq and other anti-terrorism efforts. The House neared approval of a similar bill after thwarting conservatives trying to lash out at Turkey...
Life sentences sought for 12 arrested in crackdown (04/04/03)
The Associated PressHAVANA -- The first wave of dissidents rounded up in a nationwide crackdown went on trial Thursday as Fidel Castro's government moved to wipe out growing opposition. Prosecutors sought life sentences for 12 of the 80 defendants...
Global cancer cases could see 50 percent increase by 2020 (04/04/03)
LONDON -- The number of new cancer cases worldwide is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years, partly because poor nations are adopting unhealthy Western habits, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The World Cancer Report is the first comprehensive examination of cancer around the globe, covering the current understanding of its causes, prevention and treatment...
U.S. troops back off from shrines (04/04/03)
NEAR NAJAF, Iraq -- More than 150 hard-line Iraqi fighters remained shuttered Thursday inside the gold-domed Mosque of Ali, while hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Najaf to keep U.S. troops from entering the Shiite Muslim shrine. An uneasy peace finally descended on this holy city in southern Iraq, with U.S. troops pulling back from the mosque after the loyalists defied orders to abandon it...
Fighting for hearts (04/04/03)
NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- A flimsy donkey cart rolled slowly toward the heavily guarded bridge. In it rode a teenage boy, his legs horribly burned from accidentally spilling hot oil on himself. The boy needed help. He found it from U.S. forces. When the Americans reached Nasiriyah after days of heavy fighting, many anticipated an angry reception. ...
UN official - Occupier can't award oil contracts (04/04/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- A U.S.-run administration in Iraq will not have the authority under international law to award American companies major contracts to modernize and run Iraq's vast oil industry, a senior U.N. official said Thursday. Under the Geneva Conventions, an occupying power can only deal with day-to-day administrative operations unless the U.N. Security Council decides otherwise, said Mark Malloch Brown, administrator of the United Nations Development Program...
Fierce fight for airport (04/04/03)
Army forces launched a nighttime attack on Saddam International Airport just outside Baghdad on Thursday and fought running battles with Iraqis along the city's southern fringes. "A vise is closing on the regime," President Bush told cheering Marines stateside...
Horrell debuts with no-hitter in Chaffee shutout (04/04/03)
Chaffee freshman Whitney Horrell made her varsity softball debut a memorable one, firing a six-inning no-hitter at Meadow Heights as the visiting Red Devils rolled to a 14-0 victory Thursday. Horrell struck out nine of the 20 hitters she faced and hit one batter. The Red Devil allowed a second baserunner on an error...
SMS returns to the chase for Gatorade Classic crown (04/04/03)
The name has changed, but expect Southeast Missouri State University's annual track and field meet to feature its usual top individual performances and competitive team battles. The 22nd annual Gatorade Classic -- it's the fourth name change the event has had --will be this weekend at the Abe Stuber Complex. Titled the All Sport Classic the past few years, Pepsi Mid-America remains the corporate sponsor...
Stuckenschneider overcomes doubters to leave track legacy (04/04/03)
Hannah Stuckenschneider is proud of what she has accomplished so far during a stellar track and field career at Southeast Missouri State University. She takes even more pride in her academic achievements. "A lot of people didn't think I would make it this far, and I'm really proud of myself," said Stuckenschneider, a senior 400-meter specialist who will join her teammates in this weekend's Gatorade Classic at the Abe Stuber Complex...
Season begins for tracks today with new names, faces (04/04/03)
A season that should provide plenty of options for area fans and a new level of competition among race tracks begins in earnest today. Oval tracks near Benton, Fredericktown, Farmington, Malden and Pevely -- many of them featuring either similar or identical weekly classes -- are scheduled to kick off the season today and Saturday...
Stephenson sharp as Cards wrap up sweep of Brewers (04/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Garrett Stephenson feels good, and it showed. The former 16-game winner, bothered by injuries the past two seasons, allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings as the Cardinals completed an opening three-game sweep of Milwaukee by beating the Brewers 6-4 Thursday...
Blues complete home schedule with a thud (04/04/03)
The AssociatedPress ST. LOUIS -- Nathan Dempsey and Chris Simon each scored twice and rookie goalie Michael Leighton won his first career game as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the slumping Blues 6-4 Thursday night. The Blues trail the Avalanche by three points for fourth place in the Western Conference, and home-ice advantage for the first round. ...
Nature offers its own all-natural pest control (04/04/03)
What would you say if I told you that you could invite someone to remove bugs for you and they wouldn't charge you a fee? You might be skeptical and rightly so. The bug catchers I am referring to charge a fee, but it is not money. They want habitat, and if you're in tune with their demands I think the arrangement will be equitable...
Colder, clearer water great for catfishing (04/04/03)
Now is the time to get into some of the best catfishing in Missouri's rivers. With clearer, colder waters, it's also a great time to snag some of the best-tasting catfish of the year. Shad sides or guts and night crawlers are the baits of choice. The catfish are eating on shad kills from winter and worms that the warmer weather has brought. Other baits, such as stink bait and liver, need warmer water to have their best effect...
Welcome to the Final Four-ring circus (04/04/03)
Like everything else about John Wooden, his retirement is the envy of coaches everywhere. In 1975, in the aftermath of the Bruins' 10th national championship in 12 seasons, a UCLA booster sidled over to Wooden and said, "This makes up for you letting us down last year." The remark so disgusted the Wizard of Westwood that he resigned within days...
fanfare 4/4 (04/04/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett was cleared Thursday of all charges in the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a restaurant bathroom. A jury of six men and six women deliberated nearly 12 hours over two days. ...
  • Learning electronics at home (04/04/03)
    We're learning about DVDs at our house. The learning curve, I must say, is steep. Which is why I am pleading, one more time, with Asian manufacturers of electronic gizmos to stop hiring Venezuelan immigrants living in Denmark to write the instruction manuals intended for speakers of English...
    Find charm and comfort at Rose of Broadway (04/04/03)
    When you hear the words old-world charm, rustic and a timeless classic, and petite bistro you might think you have opened up a travel brochure, but you haven't -- you have walked into the Rose of Broadway. The Rose is a small restaurant, but I felt very comfortable there (kick-off-your-shoes comfortable)...
    Everybody's a critic - 'The Core' (04/04/03)
    Three and a half stars A combination of U.S. forces and intelligence made this movie pretty exciting. Although a movie with adults in mind, a few teens may find "The Core" enjoyable. It is a mix of subtle adult humor and brainy facts. Not much of a date movie, but I would suggest to get a group of friends together to go to see "The Core." It is scary to a certain point, in the beginning you see all these people keel over and you have no idea why. ...
    Artifacts 4/4/03 (04/04/03)
    New exhibits open at Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Exhibits "Pulp Elements" by Teresa Mosley Dirks and "Walkin' Down Main Street" by Tim Hahn will be on display beginning today at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. The exhibits open with an artists' reception from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. Dr. Dale Haskell will provide music at the reception...
    Black Cable Entertainment Television is on upswing (04/04/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- This is shaping up as a very good year for BET. Just three months into 2003 -- after a major programming overhaul -- Black Entertainment Television has seen double-digit increases in advertising and subscribers, now at 74 million households. And BET attained its highest ever prime-time ratings in January...
    'Real World' creators head to Mexico to film reality movie (04/04/03)
    CANCUN, Mexico -- With dozens of wildly popular reality shows crowding the television airwaves, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood took a crack at its own version of "real life." The two-producer team that created MTV's "The Real World" has taken the phenomenon south of the border, throwing 16 college students together in a hotel and taping every minute of the spring break insanity that follows...
    New on CD 4/4/03 (04/04/03)
    'Elephant'Remember the first time you inhaled from a cigarette and broke into a cold sweat for 45 horrible, nauseous minutes? If you were stupid enough to do it again and again ... mmm, blissfully hooked. So it is listening to The White Stripes' fourth -- and arguably best -- album, a sharp-tongued, tweaked-out, menacing rock assault that secretly mocks you for loving every juvenile, sweaty, spittle-flying minute of it...
    Russian book resembling 'Harry Potter' blocked (04/04/03)
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A Dutch court has blocked publication in the Netherlands of a Russian children's book that author J.K. Rowling said was too similar to her "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." The Amsterdam district court on Thursday ordered Dutch publisher Byblos to withhold 7,000 translated copies of "Tanja Grotter and the Magic Bass," by Dmitry Yemets, rejecting an argument that it was a parody of Harry Potter...
    Betty Nettler (04/04/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Betty J. Nettler, 73, of Advance entered into rest Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 18, 1930, at Brownwood, Mo., daughter of Laurence and Eula Smith Williams. Betty was united in marriage to Larry Nettler June 18, 1966, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death Nov. 14, 1992...
    Mike Conley (04/04/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Mike Conley, 55, of Jackson, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the John Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis. Arrangements are incomplete at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    Willard Rainey (04/04/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Willard "Bill" Rainey, 79, of Advance died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Advance, son of Charles and Lula Raver Rainey. He and Helen Croy were married Aug. 24, 1945, in Piggott, Ark...
    George Keller (04/04/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- George W. Keller, 84, of Perryville died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 19, 1918, at St. Mary's, Mo., son of Harry E. and Mabel Roth Keller. He and Mary Schneier were married Feb. 7, 1942...
    Evelyn Becker (04/04/03)
    MILLER CITY, Ill. -- Evelyn Becker, 81, of Beaumont, Texas, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, in Beaumont. She was born May 25, 1921, in Miller City, daughter of Thomas and Vera Willis McCoy. She and the Rev. Walter E. Becker were married in 1944. The Beckers resided in the Miller City/Olive Branch, Ill., area until moving to Beaumont in the 1950s...
    Wilma Below (04/04/03)
    Wilma Below, 85, of Delta died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 8, 1917, at Wittenberg, Mo., daughter of William and Jennie Wray Whitener. She and John Below were married Jan. 16, 1945, at Jackson. He preceded her in death May 7, 1975...
    Robert Paden (04/04/03)
    Robert Baxter Paden, 70, of Maysville, Mo., died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Heartland West Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo. He was born June 22, 1932, in Kansas City, Mo., son of Thomas Elmer and Emily Hannah Morrison Paden. He and Jean Lowes were united in marriage Oct. 23, 1965...
    Ida Wilkins (04/04/03)
    HAYWOOD CITY, Mo. -- Ida Mae Wilkins, 54, of Haywood City died Friday, March 28, 2003, at the home of a sister in St. Louis. She was born April 21, 1948, in Greenville, Miss., daughter of Mary Stevens and Wilber Moore. She and George Wilkins were married in 1971. He died in 1985...
    Births 4/4/03 (04/04/03)
    Rendleman Daughter to Stuart Jason and Amy Lu Rendleman of Anna, Ill., St. Francis Medical Center, 3:34 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2003. Name, Keri Lu. Weight, 6 pounds 6 ounces. Fourth daughter. Mrs. Rendleman is the former Amy Follis, daughter of Fawn Follis of Jonesboro, Ill. She is a computer information specialist at Southern Illinois University. Rendleman is the son of Leon and Sue Rendleman of Anna. He is an ironworker with Taylor Brothers...
    Cape fire report 4/4/03 (04/04/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, April 4 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 3:39 p.m., alarm at 900 Normal. At 4:53 p.m., false call at 1405 Mississippi. At 11:45 p.m., gas smell at 807 N. Sprigg. Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 12:11 a.m., gas smell at 821 Broadway...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 4/4/03 (04/04/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, April 4 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Austin E. Haley, 60, of 412 S. Ellis, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for bad checks...
    Out of the past 4/4/03 (04/04/03)
    10 years ago: April 4, 1993 The Rev. Ann Sherer, consecrated as bishop of Missouri Area in 1992, preaches during morning worship service at Centenary United Methodist Church; her topic is "Eager Every Morning." Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel begins Holy Week with festival Palm Sunday service in morning; children of congregation participate in procession of palms, and the Rev. ...
    Missouri needs strong job-creation effort (04/04/03)
    Since the U.S. economy soured more than two years ago, Missouri has been among those states that have been hardest hit. The economic impact has been seen in softer tax revenue for virtually all levels of government from city sales taxes to state income taxes...
    Solar cars in every garage? Not soon (04/04/03)
    Let's just say that the world's auto makers don't have to worry about competition from the solar cars that race 2,200 miles every two years from Chicago to Los Angeles. The solar-powered cars are big on efficiency and short on style and comfort. In spite of a solar car's shortcomings, it always proves to be quite an attraction as it is shown off. ...
    Fond memories spark journey to return home (04/04/03)
    To the editor: I recall the childhood I so loved, when all seemed good in the world, in the bootheel of Missouri where summers scorched your skin and winters seemed a little magical -- to a child anyway. I suddenly understand why my father loves and respects his home so...
    State arts funding is in jeopardy due to budget crunch (04/04/03)
    To the editor: History tells us that in times of national distress people turn to the arts for an emotional outlet. The arts can be a powerful tool for a city when recruiting businesses. When relocating, people are interested in the cultural activities a city can offer their children. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri provides a venue for local and national artists and sponsors the Children's Arts Festival, concerts, programs for seniors and the disabled and summer arts classes...
    Speak Out 04/04/03 (04/04/03)
    No more to squeeze IF I had a great income or a prosperous business, I wouldn't mind a tax increase too much. But many of us don't, and we can't afford more taxes. City council, read our lips: Stop squeezing the turnip. Imperfect people ADDICTION IS a disease? How about diabetes? How about obesity? We'll just get rid of all the imperfect people. ...
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