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Stories from Saturday, May 10, 2003

Health workers get bioterrorism training (05/10/03)
Public health officials from eight Southeast Missouri counties underwent bioterrorism training Friday at the Show Me Center. Dr. John Kraemer, with Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Environmental Analysis, gave a program entitled "Bioterrorism and Public Preparedness."...
Perry County men arrested after raid (05/10/03)
Nearly 2 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and several unidentified weapons were found in an early morning raid conducted Friday by law enforcement at a Perry County residence on County Road 328. A search warrant was executed at the home by members of the Perry County Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with the SEMO Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, Perryville police and a St. Louis area drug task force...
Southeast to look for alternatives in building alumni center (05/10/03)
Southeast Missouri State University still can't afford to build a new alumni center more than 14 months after breaking ground, but school officials say they'll review the situation this summer in an effort to find a solution. The project was put on hold last year after university officials discovered they didn't have enough private dollars to build it...
Area counties to get federal aid (05/10/03)
The level of destruction and death tornadoes caused in the state this week are worse than anything he's seen in 30 years of touring Missouri storm disasters, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said Friday. After viewing counties near Kansas City and around Pierce City in southwest Missouri by helicopter Friday, Bond and U.S. ...
Arts festival in Cape blooms with options (05/10/03)
The first-ever Spring Arts Festival, which is really three festivals in one, will be presented today to celebrate the grand opening of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's new galleries in downtown Cape Girardeau. The Spring Arts Festival consists of the ArtsCape Fine Arts & Crafts Street Fair, the Chalk Walk Street Painting Festival, and Arts for All, an event that helps people with disabilities create art...
Jackson Catholic school cancels classes for semester (05/10/03)
Classes were canceled for the rest of the semester at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson. The buildings sustained major damage from Tuesday's tornado, which took part of the roof off and blew out windows. Principal Tami Nenninger said grades will be issued based on students' performance in the previous three quarters of the school year. Kindergarten graduation will be May 19 and eighth-graders will graduate May 20...
Involvement in hearings could get costly for Mississippi County (05/10/03)
Standard Democrat CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Involvement in water quality certification hearings for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' St. John's Bayou Basin project as respondents may get considerably more expensive. During their regular meeting Thursday, Mississippi County commissioners reviewed a letter from Cape Girardeau attorney John Oliver, who was hired to represent the county and its two largest municipalities...
Noranda legislation clears Missouri House (05/10/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation Noranda Aluminum Inc. deems vital to maintaining its New Madrid facility and the 1,100 jobs it provides cleared the House of Representatives Friday. The bill would allow the company to negotiate contracts for the purchase of electric power at rates not subject to regulation by the Missouri Public Service Commission...
GOP urges governor to sign budget (05/10/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Praising themselves for "making the tough choices," Republican legislative leaders on Friday urged Democratic Gov. Bob Holden to sign a nearly $19 billion budget that cuts spending on schools and social services. The Missouri Legislature gave final approval to the state budget on a series of largely party-line votes Thursday and Friday. ...
After tornado kills brother, man says- 'There's no finality to (05/10/03)
STOCKTON, Mo. -- Cliff Hewitt can only imagine his brother's horror. As storm sirens wailed across this Missouri Ozarks town, Bob Hewitt scrambled to get his wife and four children to a neighbor's shelter. And then away he sprinted, hoping to also bring a neighbor and her children there...
Religion briefs 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
Jewish Awareness Group takes break for summer The Jewish Awareness Group of Cape Girardeau will go on a summer hiatus. The group will not hold meetings in June, July or August but will resume its schedule in September. The group had been meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at Christ Episcopal Church...
Late-night buffet feeds lawmakers (05/10/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It's almost 11 p.m., and the third-floor Rotunda in the Missouri Capitol is quiet. So why is there a table full of summer sausage, cheese, crackers, fruit, shrimp, turkey croissant sandwiches, cookies, two boxes of Arturo Fuente cigars and several cigar cutters set up in an alcove behind the representatives gallery?...
Bootheel company manager gets seven years in grain embezzlement (05/10/03)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri Bootheel grain company manager was sentenced to seven years in prison in a grain-embezzlement case. Authorities said Stanley Gaylord, 52, embezzled thousands of bushels of grain stored by farmers at his elevator in Dexter, Mo...
Religion calendar 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
Saturday Fund-raising car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sam's Club for youth of First Christian Church in Cape Girardeau. Money raised will help pay for a summer work trip. Tuesday United Methodist Women's group at Zion church in Gordonville meets at 6:30 p.m...
Good neighbors and good deeds (05/10/03)
CHITOSE SUZUKI * Associated Press Chef Jody Adams, left, watched her daughter, Roxanne Rivard, 7, as they cooked lemon butter almond cake together at Adams' Rialto restaurant in Cambridge, Mass. Community, churches pull together to help families rebuild after tornado...
House OKs $550 billion tax cut on wages and capital gains (05/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House approved a $550 billion tax cut package on Friday that would trim levies on wages, capital gains and some business investments but give President Bush a smaller reduction than he wanted on corporate dividend taxes...
Nation digest 05/10/03 (05/10/03)
Killer of abortion doctor gets maximum sentence BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp was sentenced to 25 years to life Friday for the sniper slaying of a doctor, declaring without a trace of remorse: "I wish I could do 10 life sentences or 10 death penalties" to save the unborn...
World digest 05/10/03 (05/10/03)
Dozens feared dead after rear door of plane lost KINSHASA, Congo -- The rear door of a cargo plane burst open over Congo, hurling dozens of soldiers, their wives and children to their deaths while others survived by clinging to the aircraft as it returned to the airport, officials said Friday...
Gunman opens fire at Ohio business school; one dies (05/10/03)
CLEVELAND -- A man wearing camouflage and carrying a high-powered rifle opened fire inside a university business school Friday. Hospital officials said at least one person was killed and another wounded. The standoff ended seven hours later, with police taking a suspect in custody...
Wisconsin bus driver recorded allegedly slapping disabled boy (05/10/03)
MILWAUKEE -- Jacob Mutulo's parents couldn't understand why the 9-year-old with Down syndrome was suddenly hurting his dog and acting up on the school bus. So the Mutulos slipped a tape recorder into Jacob's backpack last month in hopes of capturing his misbehavior so they could show it to his therapists...
Forsee readies plan for ailing Sprint (05/10/03)
When Gary D. Forsee speaks at his first shareholder meeting since becoming Sprint Corp.'s chief executive, analysts say investors will want to hear his blueprint for the struggling company. Forsee, a 1968 graduate of Cape Girardeau's Central High School, will face shareholders that are likely to be concerned about everything from weak financial results and falling stock prices, to the ouster of former CEO William T. Esrey and the company's desire to keep its independent auditor...
Bush proposes bringing Arab nations into free-trade zone (05/10/03)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- President Bush linked Middle East peacemaking with a need for economic advancement on Friday, offering to extend U.S. free-trade benefits already enjoyed by Israel and Jordan to other nations in the region within a decade. "The Arab world has a great cultural tradition but is largely missing out on the economic progress of our time," Bush told graduates at the University of South Carolina commencement...
Bush, Senate leader push for rules to end deadlock over judge (05/10/03)
WASHINGTON -- Unable to break Democratic filibusters against a pair of President Bush's judicial choices, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Friday proposed changing Senate rules to restrict the use of parliamentary tactics to block nominations. President Bush, in a Rose Garden appearance at the White House, deplored the delays in seating his choices for the federal bench, saying the current Senate process was "a disgrace."...
Tornado in Oklahoma City devastating, not deadly (05/10/03)
MOORE, Okla. -- A tornado raked across Oklahoma City on Friday night, a day after a twister destroyed more than 300 houses and businesses in the area. Storm spotters reported the tornado touched down along Interstate 40, damaging a Xerox plant. The area was under a tornado watch until early today. There were no immediate reports on injuries and the extent of the damage wasn't immediately clear...
Producer, actor battle it out in courtroom (05/10/03)
LOS ANGELES -- A judge refused to dismiss key portions of a $10 million lawsuit that Sean Penn filed, accusing a producer of reneging on a contract for the defunct movie "Why Men Shouldn't Marry." During a brief hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday, the judge refused to throw out the actor's claims of wrongful termination, labor code violations and failure to pay guaranteed compensation...
Fresh from prison, Afghans angered at yearlong detention (05/10/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two Afghans just freed from U.S. military custody expressed bitterness Friday at being sent to prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without being questioned first at home -- asserting they could easily have proven their innocence. The men, among a dozen prisoners released this week, were held for nearly a year without charges or access to lawyers. ...
Allies ask for OK on occupation (05/10/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States and its allies asked the U.N. Security Council on Friday to give its stamp of approval to their occupation of Iraq and sought permission to use revenue from the world's second-largest oil reserves to rebuild the war-battered country...
Weapons hunters lower their expectations (05/10/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The commander of the American weapons hunters in Iraq says he's certain the U.S. invasion has ended a program capable of producing Iraqi chemical and biological weapons. But Col. Richard R. McPhee says his teams have found no such weapons thus far...
Spread of SARS virus appears to slow down in China's capital (05/10/03)
BEIJING -- The spread of SARS appeared to be slowing in Beijing, but the next leader of the World Health Organization said Friday it was too early to say whether the disease had peaked there yet. Even so, authorities in hard-hit Beijing said 80,000 students will gather in the Chinese capital next month for college entrance examinations. ...
Typing monkeys make real mess, no Shakespeare (05/10/03)
LONDON -- Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce the prose the likes of Shakespeare. Give six monkeys one computer for a month, and they will make a mess. Researchers at Plymouth University in England reported this week that primates left alone with a computer attacked the machine and failed to produce a single word...
Jackson girls, PB boys gain SEMO titles (05/10/03)
Jackson's girls, led by nine first-place finishes, dethroned Central at the SEMO Conference track and field meet Friday at the Abe Stuber Track & Field Complex on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. Jackson finished with 93 points, nine points ahead of Central (82). Poplar Bluff (66) and Sikeston (31) rounded out the field...
Area teams win I-55 openers (05/10/03)
All three area schools defeated their St. Louis opponents Friday on the first day of the round-robin I-55 Tournament at Notre Dame Regional High School. Notre Dame continued its winning ways with a 3-0 win over Bishop DuBourg; Jackson rolled past Wentzville Holt 5-0; and Central picked up a 4-2 victory over Parkway West. In the fourth game, Poplar Bluff and Northwest battled to a 2-2 tie...
Tournament loss to EKU ends season for Otahkians (05/10/03)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University's softball team had momentum in its favor entering Friday's loser's bracket final of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The fourth-seeded Otahkians were coming off of a pair of wins over Tennessee-Martin and Eastern Illinois to avoid elimination, while second-seeded Eastern Kentucky was no-hit in a 9-0 loss to top seed Tennessee Tech earlier in the day. ...
Indy falls short on entries, ticket sales (05/10/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis 500 still has not sold out and does not yet have a full 33-car field. But Indy Racing League CEO Tony George is not too concerned. "If we end up with a short field, we end up with a short field," George said Friday...
Faulk to jury - I never hit former girlfriend (05/10/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams running back Marshall Faulk told a jury Friday he did not physically abuse former girlfriend Helen Dunne, contrary to the claims in her civil suit against him. Faulk testified he asked Dunne to marry him in the fall of 2000, but called the engagement off when she stopped seeing a counselor, according to stltoday.com, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
Saturday FanFare 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel's first start of the season wasn't much better than his relief appearances for Double-A Tennessee. The 23-year-old left-hander threw just two innings, giving up five earned runs, three hits and four walks...
  • Cameron Wright (05/10/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cameron M. Wright was stillborn Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Survivors include his parents, Jaclyn Fritsche and Michael Wright of Perryville; a half sister, McKenzie Lawrence of Perryville; maternal grandparents, Walter and Dyann Fritsche Jr. of Perryville; paternal grandparents, Janet Shropshire and Carl Wright of Bloomsdale, Mo.; and maternal great-grandmother, Clara Vessels of St. Louis...
    Carl Koeberl (05/10/03)
    Carl H. Koeberl, 90, of Pocahontas died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Monticello House in Jackson. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
    Hilda Maevers (05/10/03)
    Hilda Helene Maevers, 97, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, May 8, 2003, at her home. Hilda was born Sept. 11, 1905, at Tilsit, daughter of Gustav Adolph and Bertha Kamp Zeller. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her primary education was at the former Immanuel Lutheran School in Tilsit and the former Burfordville School. ...
    Shae Kuehle (05/10/03)
    Shae Kuehle, 60, of Wappapello, Mo., died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Three Rivers Healthcare-North Campus in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born April 8, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He married Phyllis Dodson July 1, 1971. She survives of the home in Sikeston. A retired truck sales manager for the Cooney Equipment Co. ...
    Dolores Wessel (05/10/03)
    Homecoming is a word in the English language that connotes much joy, love and happiness. Homecoming is the returning to one's home. Thursday, May 8, 2003, was the Homecoming for Dolores as her redeemed soul returned to its eternal heavenly home, ending an earthly pilgrimage of 85 years, three months, and 11 days...
    Mildred Heisserer (05/10/03)
    ORAN, Mo. -- Mildred Heisserer, 85, of Oran died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girar-deau. She was born Nov. 8, 1917, at Fornfelt, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Velva Bradley Clark. She and Lawrence Joseph Heisserer were married Nov. 22, 1944. He died May 29, 1995...
    Births 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
    Schmidt Daughter to Sgt. Rick and Tyra Schmidt of Cape Girardeau, St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, 9:34 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Name, Kalei Marie. Weight, 8 pounds 4 1/2 ounces. First child. Mrs. Schmidt is the former Tyra May, daughter of Jack and Sue May of Grassy, Mo., and June Trovillion of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at SBC. Schmidt is the son of Richard and Nina Schmidt of Cape Girardeau. He is an officer with Cape Girardeau Police Department...
    Cape police report 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, May 10 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI A person was placed in custody Thursday pending the filing of formal charges for driving while intoxicated. Arrests Justin R. Wilson, 18, of 911 Glenstone, Dexter, Mo., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol and failure to display a license...
    Sheriff report 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Saturday, May 10 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Ronald K. Deleon, 56, Marble Hill, Mo., was arrested May 3 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Cape fire report 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, May 10 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 5:49 p.m., emergency medical service at 1211 Dorothy. At 11:03 p.m., fire alarm at 2001 N. Kingshighway. Firefighters responded Friday to the following items: At 6:36 a.m., medical assist at 418 S. Spring, Apt. D...
    Out of the past 5/10/03 (05/10/03)
    10 years ago: May 10, 1993 Jefferson City -- Hopes of state funding for proposed College of Business building at Southeast Missouri State University were set back Friday, when House-Senate conference committee failed to agree on method of funding for higher education construction projects...
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