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Stories from Tuesday, April 29, 2003

House OKs banning indirect abortion subsidies (04/29/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Organizations that provide abortions would be barred from receiving state money for unrelated family planning services under legislation given final approval Monday by the House of Representatives. Existing law prevents direct taxpayer funding of abortions. The bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, would take that restriction a step further...
Learning briefs 4/29 (04/29/03)
Jackson man earns HeartWorks scholarship Trent Forrester, a freshman sports medicine major at Missouri Baptist University, has been awarded a scholarship from the HeartWorks Foundation in Festus, Mo. He is the son of Ken and Rebecca Forrester of Jackson. At MBU, he is a member of the men's junior varsity volleyball team...
Colleges agree to cut tuition expenses for students who inquire (04/29/03)
Scared off by a $21,000 price tag for tuition, room and board at Davis & Elkins College, Leslie Bennett enrolled instead at West Virginia's more affordable Fairmont State College last fall. Yet just one semester later, Bennett transferred to Davis & Elkins, a tiny West Virginia independent with an enrollment of 650...
Limbless hero returns in 'Rayman 3' (04/29/03)
Ho-hum. Another platform title for the PlayStation 2. Before you doze off, however, make sure you give "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc" from Ubi Soft a try. It's a gorgeous addition to the decade-old Rayman line, with tight gameplay, lots of color and excitement, and a few new tricks for the limbless wonder...
A Lewis and Clark year (04/29/03)
For one weekend in November, the historic buildings in downtown Cape Girardeau will have some company from the past. Women and bearded men wearing 1803 fashions will walk about downtown, street musicians will play popular tunes of the day, horses and wagons and mules will parade down Main Street, the Mass that Sunday at Old St. ...
Making the perfect teacher (04/29/03)
What makes a great teacher? "They have to be down to earth and not act authoritative," said Michael Zimmer, a student at Central High School. "They need to relate on a student level." Student Nicole Annis thinks good teachers are ones who relate to students. "Some teachers just sit there like they're the adult and you're a little kid," she said...
County waiting on Nash Road survey (04/29/03)
Those behind a local and state project that would create a better route between industry-rich Nash Road and Interstate 55 are awaiting a state survey that would map out a proposed route and reveal any environmental problems. While funding questions remain, the Missouri Department of Transportation survey -- due in August -- would at least allow supporters to find out which landowners in the southern fringe of Cape Girardeau County they need to approach to buy an estimated 100 acres of right of way. ...
MoDOT to pave road for Jackson church (04/29/03)
The road to the First Assembly of God of Jackson will be paved with four inches of asphalt instead of gravel, MoDOT has decided. The department made the decision on the Dotty Lane extension after a Friday meeting with Jackson city officials. Church members were upset that MoDOT's plans called for the access road to be gravel. They said that the church could incur future road improvement costs because the city does not normally accept gravel streets into its system...
Region briefs 04/29/03 (04/29/03)
Sikeston men arrested on meth charges SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two men were charged Friday after deputies allegedly found them making methamphetamine inside a shed on County Road 480 west of Sikeston. Deputies served a search warrant on the home Thursday evening. Officers found Robert E. Law, 32, of Sikeston, apparently making the illicit drug inside a shed behind the residence, said Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell. Law ran from the residence but was caught by officers after a short foot chase...
Rend Lake water district head fired (04/29/03)
WHITTINGTON, Ill. -- The general manager of a conservancy that supplies water to much of Southern Illinois was fired Monday for allegedly mishandling nearly $500,000 of the conservancy's money on items such as membership to an upscale athletic club and repairs to his pleasure boat...
Report says DCFS should change focus (04/29/03)
CHICAGO -- The state's child welfare agency should change its focus to address the needs of older, more troubled youth who stay in the system longer, a report released Monday found. The 50-page report, commissioned by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to study the successes and failures of the state's Department of Children and Family Services, found the average age of children in custody is about 15. In the mid-90s, the average age was between 9 and 10, the report found...
Brush fire burns 700 acres in Illinois state park (04/29/03)
BEACH PARK, Ill. -- A brush fire consumed some 700 acres at Illinois Beach State Park before firefighters contained it Monday and let it burn itself out, Beach Park fire officials said. The fire started in the park's nature preserve area Sunday night from an unknown source. Some 130 firefighters from 32 departments including three from nearby Wisconsin responded to the blaze at the 4,000-acre Lake Michigan park, Beach Park Fire Capt. Richard Ludowise said...
St. Louis-area Marines helped rescue POW Lynch (04/29/03)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- Two Marines from the St. Louis area helped in the rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday. Roger and Barbara Sturdevant of Creve Coeur learned Friday that their son, Lt. Col. Gregg Sturdevant, helped in the planning and rescue. The Sturdevants haven't spoken with their son in nearly a month, but learned of his role from his wife, Tina...
Man sues KC police, claims he was framed (04/29/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man is suing Kansas City police, seeking more than $50 million on allegations that officers framed him for a burglary that eventually resulted in his imprisonment. Oren Gamble, 46, was released from prison in 2001 when a Jackson County judge overturned the conviction after Gamble claimed police arrested him for robbing a convenience store, knowing that another man had committed the crime...
Police, parents, teens seek ways to keep young drivers safe (04/29/03)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- When 16-year-old Daniel Chojecki walked away from a car wreck, his family didn't keep him away from the car keys. They took him to the racetrack. Police, parents and teens are seeking alternatives for how to keep young drivers safe. The issue has taken on renewed urgency in the St. Louis area following a string of fatal wrecks related to street racing...
School funding suit threatened again (04/29/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Facing the prospect of a cut in state funding, some school districts are laying the groundwork for a new lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Missouri's school funding efforts. The drive for a new legal challenge is backed by two of the same people who successfully sued the state more than a decade ago...
Regulators announce $1.4 billion settlement deal with brokerage (04/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Ten of Wall Street's biggest firms will pay about $1.4 billion and adopt reforms to resolve allegations that they issued biased ratings on stocks to lure investment-banking business, federal and state regulators announced Monday in a bid to shore up investors' confidence...
Barge spills fuel oil off coast of Massachusetts (04/29/03)
FALMOUTH, Mass. -- A ruptured barge spilled at least 14,700 gallons of fuel oil in Buzzards Bay, a prime shellfishing area on the Massachusetts coast, the Coast Guard said Monday. State officials closed most of the bay to shellfishing Monday as a precaution...
Regal Cruises line shuts down, cancels cruises (04/29/03)
PORT MANATEE, FLA. -- The Regal Cruises line shut down operations and canceled future voyages Monday in the wake of unpaid bills and the seizure of its only ship by federal marshals. Regal Cruise officials had been trying to sell the troubled company to an unidentified buyer, but a deal collapsed over the weekend, Port Manatee spokesman Steve Tyndal said. ...
Competition to design WTC memorial opens (04/29/03)
NEW YORK -- A competition to design a memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing began Monday. "Now is the time to unleash your creativity," said John Whitehead, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp...
Final U.S. soldier missing in Iraq confirmed dead (04/29/03)
LOS FRESNOS, Texas -- The body of a soldier found the day after a convoy was ambushed in southern Iraq was identified as Army Spc. Edward John Anguiano, the last missing soldier in Iraq, the Pentagon said Monday. Officials used DNA tests to confirm that the remains were Anguiano, according to the soldier's grandfather, and military officials notified the family late Sunday. The grandfather said he believed Anguiano was killed during the initial attack on March 23, when he disappeared...
Winning over music industry, Apple launches online service (04/29/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Computer Inc. launched a commercial music service Monday that will offer more than 200,000 songs at 99 cents a download, winning over music industry leaders who have long shunned online file sharing. The iTunes Music Store announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs draws from all five major labels and includes some big-name artists who previously denounced online distribution...
Dial, federal government continue last-minute settlement talks (04/29/03)
CHICAGO -- Attorneys for the federal government and soap maker Dial Corp. went into last-minute negotiations Monday aimed at settling a sexual harassment lawsuit. Jury selection at the civil trial in Chicago was delayed for the settlement talks. "The two sides are talking," said U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney John Hendrickson...
State can catalog names of abortion patients (04/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for health authorities in South Carolina to collect names, addresses and other information about women seeking abortions, a power doctors say violates a fundamental duty to protect patient privacy...
Sharpton has $114,456 for '04 bid (04/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful Al Sharpton raised $114,456 for his campaign from January through March, putting him near the bottom in the race for early money. Sharpton filed a report with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, about two weeks after eight other Democratic hopefuls filed their reports...
MasterCard settles debit card lawsuit (04/29/03)
NEW YORK -- MasterCard International struck a last-ditch settlement with thousands of retailers Monday just before their multibillion-dollar lawsuit over debit card practices was set to go to trial. The settlement left Visa USA to battle it out in court with the retailers, including big names Wal-Mart, Sears and Circuit City...
Pakistan makes peace overtures to rival India, proposes talks (04/29/03)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan made a major peace overture to nuclear rival India on Monday, proposing visits between their leaders in an effort to ease decades-long tensions over the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali called Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and asked "to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue," according to Pakistan Television...
Two men plead innocent in 1985 bombing of jet (04/29/03)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Two Sikh men accused of bombing an Air India flight in 1985, killing all 329 people on board, pleaded innocent Monday as their trial began under heavy security in a specially built courtroom. Ajaib Singh Bagri, 53, and Ripudaman Singh Malik, 56, sat behind bulletproof glass for the trial almost 18 years after the Boeing 747 exploded off the coast of Ireland in the worst terrorist bombing of a commercial aircraft...
Vote on Northern Ireland power-sharing at stake (04/29/03)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Britain signaled Monday it may postpone Northern Ireland's legislative elections unless it nails down clearly worded peace commitments from the Irish Republican Army this week. Senior British and Irish government ministers talked together in Belfast before reopening negotiations with Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party, on a day when campaigning officially began for the planned May 29 ballot...
Crew of space station welcomes newcomers (04/29/03)
KOROLYOV, Russia -- The three residents of the international space station welcomed two newcomers who floated aboard Monday, the start of a five-day hand-over fraught with new challenges in the wake of the Columbia shuttle disaster. U.S. astronauts Kenneth Bowersox and Donald Pettit and Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin welcomed American Edward Lu and Russian Yuri Malenchenko aboard the space station after their Soyuz TMA-2 capsule docked...
Tips from Iraqis are helping coalition forces recover artifacts (04/29/03)
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- Gen. Tommy Franks said Monday that coalition forces have begun recovering artifacts looted from Iraqi museums -- thefts that sparked international criticism that the United States could have done more to protect such sites...
N. Korea won't discuss nuclear issue with South (04/29/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea told South Korea on Monday that it should not meddle in a standoff over the communist North's suspected nuclear weapons, calling it a dispute between itself and Washington. In a second day of Cabinet-level talks in Pyongyang, South Korean delegates again demanded that North Korea abandon any atomic weapons development, citing a 1992 agreement to keep the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free...
SARS contained in Vietnam, continues to spread in China (04/29/03)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The World Health Organization said Monday the worst of the SARS outbreak appears to be over in Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada, while Vietnam has become the first country to contain the highly infectious respiratory disease. But SARS is spreading in China even as the government takes increasingly aggressive steps to halt the disease, said David Heymann, the chief of communicable diseases for WHO...
Fatah leaders endorse Abbas' new Cabinet (04/29/03)
JERUSALEM -- Mahmoud Abbas won the endorsement of his Fatah party and took another step Monday toward becoming the Palestinian prime minister and forcing Yasser Arafat to share some of his power. The endorsement boosts the chances of Abbas and his proposed Cabinet winning approval in parliament on Tuesday, since Fatah controls a solid majority in the legislature. Approval would set the stage for new Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations...
Iraqis now free to sin, causing some to vow revenge (04/29/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- When the Atlas Cinema last showed "Blue Chill," people screamed: "Yes! Yes!" every time the actors began kissing, only to see the scratched reel jump to the next scene. On Monday, they sat in awed silence as naked couples writhed on screen...
Tigers slay Knights 16-14 (04/29/03)
In a high-scoring baseball affair, Central held on with the aid of a nine-run fifth inning to beat visiting Farmington 16-14 Monday. The Tigers (11-8) jumped in front 4-0 after the second inning, before allowing five runs in the top of the fourth. Central regained the lead in with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, before allowing five more runs in the fifth to go down 10-6...
Indian golfers stand last in OVC tourney (04/29/03)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University entered the Ohio Valley Conference men's golf tournament with high hopes of challenging for its first-ever OVC title. But after a disastrous opening round Monday, the Indians will need quite a comeback to make that happen...
Nett gains - SE senior will close career with big numbers (04/29/03)
CHRIS SMITH * photos@semissourian.com Southeast Missouri State University senior second baseman Brooke Nett forced out a runner in a game earlier this season. Nett leads Southeast with 22 RBIs and a .414 on-base percentage.By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian...
Miami QB discusses claim with coach (04/29/03)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Hurricanes quarterback Derrick Crudup Jr., who claimed race played a role in the decision to give a teammate the starting job, met Monday with coach Larry Coker to discuss the issue. Also attending the 75-minute meeting were Crudup's father, former NFL player Derrick Crudup Sr., and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner...
Attendance dips during first month of season (04/29/03)
Indians suffer biggest decline with attendance down 30.7 percent from last year. By Paul Newberry ~ The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Blue skies. Pleasant temperatures. The home team in first place. By all indications, a perfect day for baseball...
13-year-old golf phenom Wie returns to school (04/29/03)
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Time to put down the golf clubs and grab those schoolbooks. Michelle Wie has, like, a math test to take. As the eighth-grader is prone to say, that's cool. Wie is content to give women's golf a handful of tantalizing glimpses each year -- at least until she's 18, even longer if she follows through on her plans to attend college...
Talented jockey finally getting handle on his drug problems (04/29/03)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Patrick Valenzuela's talent was undeniable and his future seemed limitless when he rode Sunday Silence to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1989. Five months later, Valenzuela was suspended for testing positive for cocaine, beginning a descent into drugs and alcohol that plagued him on and off until December 2001...
Seles stabbing 10 years ago still has lingering fallout (04/29/03)
Women's tennis changed dramatically 10 years ago, altered forever in the middle of an otherwise ordinary match by a man with a knife. Monica Seles was resting during a changeover at the Hamburg Open. She had gone through hundreds of them in a career that had taken her to the top of women's tennis...
Minorities, women lose ground in job pursuits (04/29/03)
Women and minorities are losing ground with jobs in professional and college sports, reversing a trend toward greater diversity, according to a study released Monday. Every professional sport had lower averages for employing women compared with the last Racial and Gender Report Card two years ago, and minority hiring slipped in pro and college sports, the study found...
WNBA is short on jackpots, Hummers (04/29/03)
NEW YORK -- Money talks and sometimes shouts. Carson Palmer, the NFL's top draft choice, just hit the jackpot in Cincinnati for up to $49 million over six years. LeBron James, high school diploma in hand and Hummer in the driveway, would get $13 million over three years in his rookie contract if he's picked No. 1 in the NBA draft ... and maybe another $20 million to hawk sneakers...
Ruth Hodges (04/29/03)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Ruth V. Hodges, 69, of Villa Ridge died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with the Jones Funeral Home of Villa Ridge.
Robert Terry (04/29/03)
Robert F. Terry, 74, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, son of Patrick and Estelle Frenzel Fitzgerald. He and Vesta Estes were married May 25, 1957. She preceded him in death April 8, 1982. He and Lynn Rose were married June 15, 1985, in Ste. Genevieve...
Iris Kenner (04/29/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Iris Kenner, 91, of Cairo died Monday, April 28, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
James Brown (04/29/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- James E. "Joe" Brown, 67, of Sikeston died Monday, April 28, 2003, at his home. He was born May 27, 1935, in Sikeston, son of James E. and Kathleen Monan Brown. He and Ruth Loveless were married Sept. 3, 1960, in Sikeston. Brown was a painter with his father and brothers until becoming disabled. He was a charter member of Eagles Aerie 3319...
Pearl Robinson (04/29/03)
PATTON, Mo. -- Pearl B. Robinson, 90, of Patton died Monday, April 28, 2003, at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1912, at Marquand, Mo., daughter of Charley and Mary Gromer Besher. She and Robert N. Robinson were married Oct. 24, 1931. He died Oct. 3, 1983...
Myrtle Dirden (04/29/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Myrtle Dirden, 71, of Anna died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Union County Hospital. She was born July 6, 1931, in Anna, daughter of Delbert and Dena Vance Taylor. She and John H. Dirden were married July 6, 1948. He died Oct. 12, 2000. Dirden was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Wolf Lake, Ill...
Births 4/29/03 (04/29/03)
Dieckhaus Son to Chris and Suzanne "Suzi" Dieckhaus of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 11:12 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2003. Name, Alexander Daniel. Weight, 8 pounds 7 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Dieckhaus is the daughter of Bill Saguto of St. Charles, Mo., and Donna Nester and Frank VanKamp of Hermann, Mo. She is an occupational therapist. Dieckhaus is the son of Wayne and Shirley Dieckhaus of Owensville, Mo. He is a student...
Cape fire report 4/29/03 (04/29/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, April 29 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following item: At 5:26 p.m., structure fire at 926 Jefferson.Firefighters responded Monday to the following item: At 3:33 a.m., alarm sounding at 2021 Independence....
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/29/03 (04/29/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, April 29 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests John L. Tate, 22, of 1038 Westmount, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for driving while revoked...
Out of the past 4/29/03 (04/29/03)
10 years ago: April 29, 1993 Thieves stole $600 to $800 from copy and change machines at Southeast Missouri State University over two-day span last week; back-to-back burglaries, described by library director James Zink as worst in 15 years, have prompted university to take steps to improve security there...
Saxony high school sets fund-raising goal (04/29/03)
Raising $4.5 million sounds like a daunting task, but it's one that area Lutherans are certainly up to in their campaign for a new facility for Saxony Lutheran High School. On a recent Sunday, the school announced its "Christ the Cornerstone" capital campaign to 22 congregations in Southeast Missouri. They are hoping to raise the money over the next three years to build a permanent campus on a 40-acre site near Fruitland...
Iraqi freedom contrasts with Cuban control (04/29/03)
On Monday, Saddam Hussein celebrated his 66th birthday -- if he is still alive -- in fearful seclusion while the people he no longer terrorizes didn't have to witness staged celebrations for the first time in 30 years. Instead, the Iraqi people are embracing freedom...
Schock deserves credit for bringing arts to Scott City (04/29/03)
To the editor: I'm writing in response to Sam Blackwell's article about the Schock Community Arts Center in Scott City. As a student of Paul Schock, I have been able to see the progress he is making in Scott City. Not only is it an invaluable resource for students to be able to show work in the center, but the building holds so much potential for Scott City. ...
Honest column puts marriage in perspective (04/29/03)
To the editor: In response to the column "Wedding brings back memories": Thank you, Heidi Hall, for your wonderfully transparent column. It is good to hear about marriage spoken of so highly and without the rose-colored glasses. Marriage is not always easy. It does have its ups and downs, but it has its joys as well...
Speak Out A 04/29/03 (04/29/03)
Cut the deadwood too I HAVE heard that Missouri state offices were ordered to turn off every other light in all their buildings to save money. Gov. Bob Holden, you're not fooling anybody with these silly maneuvers. We all know that it would be a far better idea to cut the deadwood sitting under the lights...
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