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Stories from Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Southeast students, adviser to go to China despite SARS (04/16/03)
It's something most American students only dream of -- sharing their ideas and beliefs with a region of the world once closed off to outsiders and experiencing another culture. But for three Southeast Missouri State University students and their adviser, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes place in China, a country now suffering an epidemic that has already claimed dozens of lives within its borders...
Region briefs 04/16/03 (04/16/03)
Sikeston man reported missing since Monday SIKESTON, Mo. -- Authorities are looking for a 58-year-old Sikeston man reported missing since Monday. Glenn Miller, a resident of Hunter Acres Home in Sikeston, was reported as being missing since 1 a.m. after he left the nursing home on his own recognizance...
Paving debate in Jackson concerns church (04/16/03)
A Jackson church is worried that it might get steamrolled by the Missouri Department of Transportation if it decides to make a street extension gravel instead of asphalt. The Jackson First Assembly of God fears that, given Jackson's policy against gravel roads in new construction, the city may force property owners to share the assessment costs of paving the road. ...
Cable TV board in Cape says show not obscene (04/16/03)
The cable show of a Sikeston Democrat accused of making vulgar comments about U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will be put back on Cape Girardeau city's public access channel. The city's Cable Television Advisory Committee concluded without a vote Tuesday night that there was no evidence that obscenities were ever uttered in the videotaped show of former congressional candidate Tony Heckemeyer. ...
Regents ready to vote on higher charges (04/16/03)
Students would pay an average of $5,366 in room and board charges to live on the Southeast Missouri State University campus next academic year if the school's board of regents approves proposed fee increases today. The fee increases include a 4 percent increase in the campus housing fees and a 3 percent increase in meal charges...
Club news 4/16/03 (04/16/03)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you....
Senate gives initial approval to option of 911 cell-phone fee (04/16/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters in each county would decide whether to impose fees on cell phones to benefit 911 emergency service, under a measure given first-round Senate approval Tuesday. Such fees have been rejected twice in statewide votes in the past five years, with a ballot question last August defeated in all of Missouri's 114 counties...
Senate finally hears school trust fund bill (04/16/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After languishing nearly nine weeks in the upper chamber, a House bill that would distribute state gambling revenue equally among public school districts was finally heard by a Senate committee on Tuesday. Changing the distribution of gambling proceeds was a top issue for Republicans in their successful drive to win a House majority in last fall's elections. Once in control, they acted swiftly to send the bill to the Senate Feb. 20 on a 97-58 vote...
Court - Guilty pleas nullify request for DNA testing (04/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A man's 1992 guilty pleas to rape and kidnapping negated his right to seek DNA testing that he now claims would prove his innocence, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. A unanimous panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District upheld Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court Judge William L. Syler's rejection of Rubin Weeks' request for DNA testing...
Scott County sheriff starts moving prisoners into new jail (04/16/03)
Standard Democrat BENTON, Mo. -- The new Scott County jail is open and holding Scott County prisoners. "We're in the building and we're operating, but we are still a long way off from being fully operational with the new complex," said Sheriff Bill Ferrell...
War tax resisters refuse to pay up (04/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- While many people scrambled Tuesday to file their taxes at the last minute, some in St. Louis -- like thousands of others around the nation -- planned exactly how not to pay them. Jenny Truax purposely lives below the poverty level so she doesn't have to pay hers...
People talk 4/16/03 (04/16/03)
Ed McMahon settles lawsuit over toxic mold LOS ANGELES -- Former "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon settled a lawsuit against the last of several defendants he sued for toxic mold that allegedly sickened him and his wife, killed his pet and made his Beverly Hills mansion unlivable...
Investigators - Slit on wing may have doomed Columbia (04/16/03)
HOUSTON -- A long, narrow slit on Columbia's left wing may have let in scorching heat and doomed the space shuttle during its plunge through the atmosphere, accident investigators said Tuesday. A slit possibly caused by a missing or broken seal on the leading edge of the wing is the latest -- and now strongest -- suspect in the 2 1/2-month-old inquiry...
Mastermind of '85 Achille Lauro hijacking captured in Baghdad (04/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. commandos in Baghdad have captured Abul Abbas, the leader of the violent Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Abbas was taken by American special operations forces during a raid Monday night on the southern outskirts of the capital city, U.S. Central Command said in a statement...
Mandatory cuts proposed in pollution from off-road equipment (04/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration proposed reductions greater than 90 percent in air pollution from diesel-powered farm, construction and other off-road equipment Tuesday, predicting the curbs would prevent thousands of premature deaths, heart attacks and respiratory ailments...
U.S., Canada arrest 67 in meth crackdown (04/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and Canadian officials said Tuesday they had disrupted a major methamphetamine supply system through an investigation that netted 67 arrests and tons of illegal chemicals. Many of the alleged brokers, money launderers and go-betweens were of Middle Eastern origin, including a New York man whose uncle was recently arrested in Israel's West Bank on charges of being a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. ...
Nation digest 04/16/03 (04/16/03)
Ohio fire that killed five students was arson COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A weekend fire that killed five college students in a house near Ohio State University was arson and the deaths are being treated as homicides, investigators said Tuesday. Authorities had not determined a motive and have no suspects, Detective Mike McCann said. Investigators wouldn't comment on what evidence had been gathered...
Identification of woman, infant could take weeks (04/16/03)
MODESTO, Calif. -- Investigators said Tuesday that it will take days or even weeks to determine whether the body of a woman that washed up on a Northern California shoreline is that of Laci Peterson, the expectant mother who disappeared on Christmas Eve...
Police say school shooting apparent retaliation for slaying (04/16/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- A loaded handgun was found Tuesday on the body of a 15-year-old boy who was gunned down in a high school gym, according to police who say they believe the attack was retaliation for an earlier slaying. Jonathan Williams and his attackers apparently bypassed metal detectors at the main entrance of John McDonogh High School in New Orleans simply by going in through the gymnasium, schools superintendent Tony Amato said...
New claims aim at bullet, DNA analysis at FBI lab (04/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- Reformed after controversy in the mid-1990s, the FBI crime lab is dealing with new wrongdoing by employees that has opened the door for challenges of the lab's science in scores of cases involving DNA and bullet analysis, internal documents show...
Looking for leaders (04/16/03)
Iraqis met under American auspices to shape a new government Tuesday and said "the rule of law must be paramount" following Saddam Hussein's fall. The U.S.-organized meeting on a new government drew scores of Iraqis to a gold-colored tent erected in Ur -- birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham -- and anti-American protest in a nearby city...
Human shield deaths raise questions about Israeli military (04/16/03)
JENIN, West Bank -- On a narrow dirt road separating this West Bank town from a Jewish settlement, a Swede named Tobias Karlsson and four comrades wedge themselves between a moving Israeli tank and a family of Palestinians seeking passage on the road...
Iraqi police make their first arrest in lawless Baghdad (04/16/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A group of Iraqi policemen drove through this lawless city with sirens blaring Tuesday and immediately collared their first crook. Though tiny, unpaid and poorly armed, the embryonic patrols are crucial to the success or failure of the U.S.-led war here, because the American occupying force has been unwilling or unable to effectively police the cities it is capturing...
Security Council asks Blix for briefing (04/16/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council asked chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix on Tuesday to brief members next week, as the United States fielded its own disarmament teams inside Iraq. Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants inspections in Iraq to resume as quickly as possible. ...
Boat carrying Haitian migrants capsizes (04/16/03)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Its mast blown off and captain dead, a boat loaded with more than 100 Haitian migrants struck a reef and capsized after drifting nearly a week, killing four passengers. Officials said at least 16 were missing but authorities were investigating reports that many of them might have reached land and were hiding...
Dutch politician's killer sentenced to 18 years (04/16/03)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The killer of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison -- a punishment that elicited courtroom boos, crying and derision from Fortuyn supporters who said it was not nearly severe enough. Volkert van der Graaf, 33, confessed to shooting Fortuyn outside a radio station May 6, just nine days before elections in which Fortuyn was contending for prime minister, to prevent him from gaining power and carrying out his anti-immigration agenda...
Lebanon's prime minister and Cabinet resign (04/16/03)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and his Cabinet resigned Tuesday following months of divisions within the government and continued economic problems. The resignation was expected to set the stage for the appointment of a more broadly based government...
North Korea marks birthday of late founder (04/16/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea celebrated the birthday of late national founder Kim Il Sung on Tuesday, pledging to strengthen its massive military but avoiding the anti-American diatribes that often accompany the event. Many North Korean's visited the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, where Kim's embalmed body lies in state, according to KCNA, the North's official news agency. Kim died at age 82 on July 8, 1994, after ruling for half a century with a personality cult...
Kuwaitis treat injured Iraqi boy (04/16/03)
KUWAIT CITY -- A 12-year-old boy who lost his arms in a missile explosion and became a symbol of Iraqi war suffering arrived Wednesday at a hospital in Kuwait City. Ali Ismaeel Abbas was carried off an ambulance on a stretcher after being airlifted from Baghdad. Wearing a green shower cap, he blinked at flashing cameras before being taken into the Saud A. Albabtain Center for Burns and Plastic Surgery...
Troops disarm Tikrit residents (04/16/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- Confronted by rage and insults, U.S. forces swept through Saddam Hussein's hometown Tuesday and began disarming residents, even as Marines came under fire while seizing an airstrip on the town's outskirts. Troops also set up cordons around Tikrit to prevent Saddam's senior leaders from slipping away...
Oran rolls to sixth win in seven games, defeats Oak Ridge (04/16/03)
Oran's baseball team continued to pound opponents Tuesday as the Eagles used 18 hits, including nine for extra bases, to rout visiting Oak Ridge 28-1 in five innings. The Eagles (6-1) scored 11 runs in the first to seal the game for starter Ryne Wood. Wood went four innings for the win and he helped himself offensively with two hits, including a home run...
Home field sweet for Bulldogs (04/16/03)
Batting about .400 for the season, Notre Dame's Matt Wulfers is a tough out anywhere. But there's one field where the junior is especially problematic -- the one just outside his classrooms. With Notre Dame playing just its third home game Tuesday and 10th of the season, Wulfers drove home that fact in the Bulldogs' 12-6 non-conference victory over Jackson...
Southeast golf team seventh in St. Louis (04/16/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's golf team placed seventh Tuesday in the St. Louis Billiken Invitational. The Indians finished the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a score of 902 after rounds of 300, 300 and 302. Southern Illinois won the 15-team tournament with 883, followed by Missouri-Kansas City (885), Marquette (887), IUPUI (889), Eastern Illinois (890), Lindendwood (894) and Southeast...
Indians wait and see on first day of signing period (04/16/03)
The month-long spring signing period for college basketball teams begins today, but Southeast Missouri State University fans might have to wait a while to find out if the Indians land one or both of the two touted recruits they're chasing. Southeast coach Gary Garner said it's possible the Indians, who plan to sign at least two players this spring, won't receive any letters of intent for at least a few days...
Indians win at home in spite of errors (04/16/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team broke a two-game losing streak Tuesday, but coach Mark Hogan let it be known that he was far from satisfied with the Indians' recent play. Hogan and his assistants spent about 10 minutes lecturing their players immediately following a 7-6 win over visiting Arkansas State in front of nearly 1,300 sun-soaked fans on Greek Day at Capaha Field...
Illinois coach says he wouldn't rule out KU (04/16/03)
URBANA, Ill. -- Illinois basketball coach Bill Self, reported to be a top candidate to succeed Roy Williams at Kansas, told more than 700 Illini supporters Tuesday night that he is happy where he is, but did not close the door on a move. "This is a great, great program," Self said after handing out team awards at the team's annual postseason banquet. "I don't know what the future holds, but I am excited to be your coach."...
Simmons punches a sports path toward protection (04/16/03)
Mike Simmons of Cape Girardeau is confident that if it comes down to it, he can protect his family. Not that they can't stick up for themselves. Simmons, 40, has been involved in martial arts for the past 22 years, and the rest of his family has been involved every step of the way...
The week ahead in golf (04/16/03)
PGA TOUR THE HERITAGE
  • Site: Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
  • Course: Harbour Town Golf Links (6,973 yards, par 71).
  • Purse: $4.5 million. Winner's share: $810,000...
  • Different Augusta leads to familiar Masters (04/16/03)
    AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Hootie Johnson defended more than just the all-male membership at Augusta National. The chairman sat in his second-floor office three days before the Masters, gazing through a rain-streaked window at droopy, gray clouds that would dump 4 inches of water on the course before the first shot was struck...
    Blues put bodies on the line in Game 4 (04/16/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- The Blues gained control of their first-round playoff series by putting themselves between the puck and their goalie. Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford counted 59 shots his team took in Monday night's 3-1 loss, which gave the Blues a 2-1 series lead entering Game 4 tonight. Only 14 of those shots got through the St. Louis defenders, tying a team playoff record for fewest shots allowed...
    Kansas Speedway pushes for extra Winston Cup date (04/16/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kansas Speedway officials are continuing their efforts to persuade NASCAR into granting the 3-year-old track a second race on the Winston Cup schedule. Speedway President Jeff Boerger said during a luncheon Tuesday that "chances are fairly good" the 1 1/2-mile track would land a second Winston Cup race. Currently, NASCAR's premier series is scheduled to stop in Kansas the weekend of Oct. 5...
    Women's group says it will target Augusta members (04/16/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The leader of efforts to force the Augusta National Golf Club to admit women said Tuesday she will take her protest next to companies whose top executives belong to the club. Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said her group plans to request meetings with the top officers of several corporations -- among them IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Ford and Microsoft -- who hold memberships at the golf club, home of the Masters tournament...
    Amid his team's turmoil, Jordan makes final start (04/16/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan surely expected a different ending, not a finale amid the turmoil of his self-assembled, crumbling team. Jordan finishes his NBA playing career -- part three -- in Philadelphia tonight. His Washington Wizards teammates will probably try to send him out a winner, but there's no telling what to expect after the tongue-lashing some players got from coach Doug Collins at Jordan's last home game...
    Brewers top Cards to end home slump (04/16/03)
    The Associated Press MILWAUKEE -- Ben Sheets took one look at the sparse crowd at Miller Park and figured he'd better do something about it. "We needed a win at home, because we're packing them in right now," Sheets cracked after leading the Milwaukee Brewers past the Cardinals 6-1 Tuesday night before 12,149 fans...
    Next season can't begin soon enough for Jayhawks (04/16/03)
    Kansas basketball players should not waste one second feeling sorry for themselves about Roy Williams' departure for North Carolina. He dissed them by leaving in the manner in which he did. He talked non-stop about loyalty for 15 years, then left Lawrence with his tail between his legs to catch a plane to Chapel Hill...
    FanFare 4/16/03 (04/16/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • A fan came out of the stands during Tuesday night's game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox and attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz. Security and players came to Diaz's aid and the fan was quickly taken away. ...
  • Area digest 4/17/03 (04/16/03)
    Queen City defeats Scorpions in qualifier The Kohlfeld Scorpions rugby club lost 32-8 to Queen City, a team from Denver, in a Western Rugby Football Union championship qualifying game Saturday at Arena Park. The first half was a test of both defenses that ended in Queen City's 12-5 halftime lead. After the break, Queen City's forward pack went to work and began an offensive strike that led to the final score...
    Vegetarian soups chase away spring chills (04/16/03)
    CONCORD, N.H. -- Because spring has a nasty way of turning chilly when you least expect it, it's always good to have on hand a few easy-to-make dishes to warm you on damp and drizzly days. The goal is to keep the meal hearty and warming enough to chase away the chills without sending you back to the heavy-duty dishes you craved in the depth of winter...
    Crazy for carrots (04/16/03)
    "I never worry about diets," observed Mae West. "The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond." Considering the source, such a view is, perhaps, understandable, but it is certainly shortsighted, as the Easter Bunny would surely tell you. After all, the carrot is among the most multi-faceted of all root vegetables...
    Side dish idea for Easter ham (04/16/03)
    How many of you recall the familiar Bible story about Nicodemus? In the book of John chapter 3, Jesus and Nicodemus have a conversation, and this is where we get one of the most popular Bible verses, John 3:16. Well, over the weekend, the children of our church performed a play called "Nic at Night" and told this story. ...
    Going to a gala with a girdle (04/16/03)
    There aren't very many opportunities in my life to get dressed up. Oh, there's work, but we in the newspaper industry aren't exactly known for our fashion sense. It's one of the many reasons we're not on television. There's the occasional wedding, but consider the one I'm attending this weekend. ...
    Jerry Gilliland (04/16/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jerry L. Gilliland, 69, of Chaffee died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born May 13, 1933, in Sikeston, son of Aubrey and Elsie Sneed Gilliland. He and Lettie Carlene Greenlee were married Aug. 26, 1955, in Hernando, Miss...
    Arlo Massa (04/16/03)
    Arlo John Massa, 80, of Stockton, Mo., died Thursday, April 3, 2003, in Odessa, Texas. He was born Aug. 25, 1922, at Lutesville, Mo., son of Albert John and Gladys Bates Massa. Massa worked at Rickenbaum Cadillac of Denver, Colo., many years. He later operated Massa Glass Inc. in the Denver area with a brother and nephew. He retired in 1987 and he and his wife moved to the Stockton area in 1989. He was a charter member of New Hope Baptist Church...
    Carl Joyce (04/16/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Carl Thurman Joyce, 74, of Sikeston died Monday, April 14, 2003, at his home. He was born May 5, 1928, at Sikeston, son of Pearl Lyman and Ruth Iola Wallace Joyce. He and Margaret Marie Miller were married June 6, 1948, at Sikeston...
    Brenda Samuelson (04/16/03)
    Brenda Rose Samuelson, 55, of St. Charles, Mo., died Monday, April 14, 2003, at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of George and Dorothy McMullin Yallaly. Survivors include three sons, Timothy Samuelson of Jacksonville, Fla., Larry Samuelson of St. ...
    Betty Talley (04/16/03)
    ZALMA, Mo. -- Betty R. Talley, 67, of South Roxana, Ill., died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Ill. She was born June 4, 1935, at Zalma, daughter of Homer and Myrtle Kinder Campbell. She and Russell Eugene Talley were married Nov. 14, 1953. He died Dec. 6, 1983...
    Cape police report 4/16/03 (04/16/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, April 16 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Sammie T. Beason III, 22, of 203 S. Lorimier, Apt. A., Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of burglary and domestic assault...
    Out of the past 4/16/03 (04/16/03)
    10 years ago: April 16, 1993 Rita Fisher's three sons know they had better not mess up in school or they'll have to deal with their mom, the principal; Fisher will resign as principal of Immaculate Conception School in Jackson to take similar position at St. Vincent de Paul School in Cape Girardeau, same school her sons attend...
    Freedom, taxes and the U.N. Security Council (04/16/03)
    It is a worthy thing to fight for one's freedom. It is another sight finer to fight for another man's. -- Mark Twain n Ode to Taxes Tax his cow, tax his goat. Tax his pants, tax his coat...
    Photo book will capture Cape's history (04/16/03)
    Cape Girardeau history is everywhere. Now there's a fun way to capture the city's history -- from the 1800s through the 1950s -- in one photo book. "Cape Girardeau Faces & Places" will be a collection of photographs and information from private collections. The book is scheduled to be released in the fall...
    Now the rebuilding of Iraq begins (04/16/03)
    This week, the Pentagon declared that major combat in Iraq was over. Earlier that day, Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown and the last major city not under coalition control, fell without a fight. Consider these facts: There have been remarkably few militarycasualties given the scale and ferocity of the war Coalition forces were careful to a degree never before seen in history to minimize civilian casualties, even though it was Saddam Hussein's practice to use human shields...
    Parents who let children drink choose outcomes (04/16/03)
    To the editor: If you refuse to love your children according to the Word of God, which is to nurture and teach them what is right, that is your choice. So when your unloved and unrighteous child drives into society and causes damage, from personal property to killing someone, due to inebriation, you should have no problem at all paying for the damages by liquidating all your assets such as the house, cars, property and investments for restitution to the victim and society. ...
    Capt. Hull would be best choice for Jackson chief (04/16/03)
    To the editor: My hat is off to T. Michael Murray of St. Louis for his letter to the editor. I and others resent the hiring of an out-of-state person for Jackson's police chief. Capt. Robert Hull Jr. is a dedicated law officer with many years of experience and is devoted to his job. His reputation is above reproach. He is dependable, reliable and a respected citizen whom I have know for many years...
    U.N. supervision is best chance for postwar Iraq (04/16/03)
    To the editor: There never was much question about who would win in Iraq. The only military questions dealt with how long it would take and how many deaths would result. We are beginning to see answers: To the first, not long. To the second, many hundreds to thousands. Of course, the current confusion can still generate further anarchy and casualties, so the suffering is far from over...
    Speak Out 04/16/03 (04/16/03)
    High moral standards EDUCATORS ARE expected to have high moral standards and set standards for their students. School systems can pass bond issues and have new buildings, but it's what's being taught inside that counts. Let them be safe SCOTT CITY High School has gotten way out of hand. ...
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