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Stories from Saturday, June 7, 2003

Costs of the storm (06/07/03)
As levels of normalcy begin to return to Jackson, one month after a tornado smashed the city, homeowners have felt varying degrees of insurance company cooperation as they try to recover. Ed and Sue Walker already have spent nearly $2,000 to repair tornado damage that will not be reimbursed by the insurance company...
Cape, Jackson police report 6/7/03 (06/07/03)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, June 7 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests William L. Harlow, 46, of P.O. Box 743, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual misconduct...
Injured youngster responds to friend's voice (06/07/03)
It took hearing the words of his best friend, but the 11-year-old Jackson boy who nearly drowned Thursday gave his family a reason to rejoice when he started communicating by blinking Friday. Though Andrew Tyler is not fully consciousness, his brain has not started to swell as doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. ...
Food, games and fun rule during annual play day (06/07/03)
The gymnasium at Alma Schrader Elementary was packed wall to wall with screaming, jumping kids and smiling parents, while the aroma of hot dogs filled the air at Blanchard Elementary during each school's annual play day Friday. Instead of their usual classroom routine, students spent their second-to-last day of school having fun and playing games...
Shawnee roadwork plans to clear clog (06/07/03)
One of Jackson's busiest intersections will be shut down soon as construction workers begin improvements designed to improve traffic flow. Work on Shawnee Boulevard from Old Cape Road to East Jackson Boulevard will begin June 16 and will be closed until July 3. At that time, the road should be reopened, but the city is allowing Kluesner Concreters of Scott City up to 21 calendar days for the closure of the street...
Emerson's chief of staff discusses homeland security (06/07/03)
Before Sept. 11, 2001, the federal agencies that guarded America's shores were a hodgepodge of groups in various places. Since, it has been put under one umbrella group called the Department of Homeland Security. And it is still a priority in Congress, according to Lloyd Smith, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's chief of staff, who spoke at First Friday Coffee before a group of Cape Girardeau business leaders...
Thinking about Dad on Father's Day (06/07/03)
"What is your dad like?" I asked myself that question when I realized Father's Day was fast approaching, and considered the many varieties of dads. Some are sportsman, collect antique cars and others are musical or studious. Dads can be family men whose primary joy is derived from spending time with their families...
Opening the doors (06/07/03)
Mormon church reaches 25th anniversary of allowing blacks into the faith's priesthood By Debbie Hummel ~ The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon church leaders describe it as a shared, simultaneous revelation from God...
Quake in Kentucky rattles areas close by (06/07/03)
When the ground began lightly shaking under Stephanie Burton's feet, she thought it was from the roadwork that was going on along Highway 146. "We thought it was heavy equipment," said the 18-year-old waitress at Courtney's Restaurant. "We didn't even hear about an earthquake until a few hours later."...
One year on, monastery lives with legacy of violent day (06/07/03)
CONCEPTION, Mo. -- Not a day goes by the Rev. Kenneth Reichert isn't reminded of the deadly rampage a year ago that shattered the serenity at his northwest Missouri abbey. He's reminded when he uses his hands; the tip of one finger is missing. He's reminded when he puts on the brace to stabilize his right leg...
Bootheel's skunk of a different stripe (06/07/03)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- It's not exactly something people want waiting at home for them at the end of a long day. It's not even something people usually want within a five-mile radius. But this little skunk has no idea what the fuss is all about -- he likes people, and he's not afraid to show it...
Historic Springfield theater hit by thieves (06/07/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Preservationists in Springfield are dismayed after someone stole part of the city's history. Thieves hit the downtown's Gillioz Theatre, long remembered by generations of Ozarkers for its elegance. A collection of the movie house's furniture, including fixtures from the grand opening in 1926, disappeared sometime over the Memorial Day weekend...
Woman acquitted in '97 slaying of Fenton man (06/07/03)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- A St. Louis-area woman has been cleared in a 1997 slaying after an investigator admitted to jurors he perjured himself in testimony about how he obtained the woman's supposed videotaped confession. A Jefferson County jury on Thursday acquitted Sara Norton, 22, of Cedar Hill, of charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the March 1997 shooting death of Dennis Corum, of Fenton...
Bodies of newborns found in garbage (06/07/03)
CHICAGO -- A garbage collector discovered the bodies of two newborn boys in a trash bin Friday while working in an area near Chicago. The worker made the discovery at about 10 a.m. while working in an alley in Stickney Township, southwest of Chicago, according to Cook County Sheriff Marjorie O'Dea. The worker had attached the trash receptacle to her truck and saw the bodies when she upended the bin to empty it...
Kicking off the celebration (06/07/03)
Trinity Lutheran Church began with just a handful of members almost 150 years ago. This weekend, 800 people are expected to gather for an anniversary celebration and worship service. The celebration service Sunday afternoon is the kickoff event in honor of the church's 150th anniversary. It begins at 1:30 p.m. at the A.C. Brase Arena Building and will replace the other worship services that are usually held during the weekend at the church...
Special session costs nearly $60,000 in its first week (06/07/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After a contentious first week of a special legislative session on the budget, there was at least some encouraging fiscal news out of the Capitol -- the cost of having lawmakers back at work was less than expected. The House and Senate spent a combined $59,796.08 during the session called by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden to reconsider the state budget...
First Presbyterian Church changes worship times (06/07/03)
First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau will change its worship schedule for the summer months. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. through the last Sunday in August. Zion Methodists planning vacation Bible school Zion United Methodist Church will host the "Son Harvest County Fair" as a vacation Bible school June 23 to 27. The sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening at the church. The theme will be based on the fruits of the spirit...
Driver gets six years for wrong-way crash (06/07/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A Blue Springs man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for causing a fatal crash while driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 last year. Fredrick J. Hertel, 30, must serve an additional five months for a drunken driving incident that occurred nine months later, after his license was revoked...
religion calendar 6/7 (06/07/03)
Today Ladies Breakaway session from 10 a.m. to noon at First Assembly of God church in Scott City. Susan Warnke will speak. Contact Pastor Randy Morse at 264-2365 for information. Gospel singing featuring the New Creations at 5 p.m. at Whitewater Methodist Church in Whitewater. There is no admission charge...
Federal judges take dispute into public (06/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- Federal judges usually keep their disputes private, but an extraordinary he-said, she-said brouhaha between two appellate judges has blown open the closed chamber doors. The chief judge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says he stands wrongly accused by a colleague of bending rules in two high-profile cases. And what's worse, Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. said, his colleague made her findings public without giving him a chance to respond...
Autopsy results stay sealed in murder (06/07/03)
MODESTO, Calif. -- The judge ruled Friday that autopsy results for Laci Peterson and her unborn son would remain sealed. He declined to issue a gag order on the lawyers involved. After extensive news leaks of the autopsy results, prosecutors had asked that they be unsealsed. Among the details reported were that loops of plastic were found around the fetus' neck...
Wall Street's rise tempts investors (06/07/03)
NEW YORK -- The surging stock market may look tempting, but not everyone is ready to jump back in just yet. Marcus Roland of Lexington, Ky., for one, got burned during the market's long slide. He saw his IRA drop from $60,000 to $11,000 over the past three years as the Dow slumped from an all-time high of 11,722 to a five-year low of 7,286. Roland still can't bear to look at his 401(k) statements...
Plane plunges into three-story apartment building in Calif. (06/07/03)
LOS ANGELES -- A small plane plunged into an apartment building near Hollywood on Friday, sending the three-story structure into flames within minutes and killing at least two people. The body of a building occupant was found under burning debris, deputy fire chief Mario Rueda said. The body believed to be that of the pilot was found in plane wreckage...
Wisconsin bans prairie-dog sales after illness (06/07/03)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin health officials ordered a ban Friday on the sale, importation and display of prairie dogs after a dozen people were sickened from exposure to the animals. Health officials said all 12 people in Wisconsin had recovered or were getting better, although three remained in a suburban Milwaukee hospital Friday in satisfactory condition. Two other people were sickened in Illinois...
Test bolsters theory foam doomed shuttle (06/07/03)
SAN ANTONIO -- A chunk of foam fired at high speed cracked a space shuttle wing panel Friday, offering what investigators said was the most powerful evidence yet to support the theory that a piece of the stiff, lightweight insulation doomed Columbia...
Radiohead singer lets his music do the talking (06/07/03)
NEW YORK -- Thom Yorke has never been known as the chattiest of rock stars, which he proved yet again during Radiohead's concert for MTV2. Among the lead singer's brief comments, all of which drew screams from the sold-out Beacon Theatre crowd Thursday night: "Good evening," "Hello" and "Thanks a lot." Even when he took a sip of water, then hoisted the plastic bottle in the air, it sparked shrieks from the adoring fans...
Judge rules Muslim woman cannot wear veil in license photo (06/07/03)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida judge ruled Friday that a Muslim woman cannot wear a veil in her driver's license photo, agreeing with state authorities that the practice could help terrorists conceal their identities. After hearing three days of testimony last week, Circuit Judge Janet C. Thorpe ruled that Sultaana Freeman's right to free exercise of religion would not be infringed by having to show her face on her license...
Jobless rate reaches nine-year high (06/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to a nine-year high of 6.1 percent in May, but a slowing in the rate of job losses raised hopes that the weak economy is starting to recharge. Still, it could be months before companies start hiring again...
Pentagon lacked evidence on weapons (06/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's intelligence agency had no hard evidence of Iraqi chemical weapons last fall but believed Iraq had a program in place to produce them, the agency's chief said Friday. The assessment suggests a higher degree of uncertainty about the immediacy of an Iraqi threat -- at least with regard to one portion of its banned weapons programs -- than the Bush administration indicated publicly in building its case for disarming Iraq, with force if necessary...
Colors of terror (06/07/03)
WASHINGTON -- When Portland Ore., receptionist Colette Belusko was asked to name the current level of the nation's five-color terror alert system, she guessed correctly and flapped her arms in an imitation of a distressed bird. "Right now, we're at yellow for chicken," said Belusko, 52. "It's chicken because that's how silly these alerts are."...
Documents show case connecting Rudolph to bombings (06/07/03)
ATLANTA -- Court documents unsealed Friday provide a glimpse into the case against Eric Rudolph in the Olympic bombing, including fiber and ballistics evidence and testimony that it was his voice on a 911 warning call minutes before the 1996 blast. The documents -- released after a request filed by The Associated Press -- also tie Rudolph's handwriting to several letters claiming responsibility for other bombings in Alabama and Georgia...
Canada's sacrifice (06/07/03)
COURSEULLES-SUR-MER, France -- Grayed with age but standing proud, nearly 700 Canadian veterans who fought their way ashore in the D-Day offensive to free France from the Nazis returned 59 years later Friday to open the first Normandy memorial to their sacrifice...
Pope praises women as wives, mothers (06/07/03)
DUBROVNIK, Croatia -- Pope John Paul II praised the "lofty vocation" of women as wives and mothers Friday, urging them to continue using their maternal instinct for the good of their families, the church and society. The pope extolled the virtues of women as he beatified a Croatian nun at a Mass attended by an estimated 70,000 people in the port of this ancient Adriatic coastal resort. ...
Civil war rages in Liberia at suburban beach area (06/07/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Fighting raged Friday in a northern suburb of the capital of civil-war divided Liberia, and terrified civilians fled by the thousands as rebels took control of refugee camps around Monrovia. About 600 rebels attacked the Atlantic Ocean beach suburb of Virginia at dawn, Defense Minister Daniel Chea said. Government forces were pushing back the insurgents from the suburb's Organization of African Unity bridge, he said...
Hamas breaks off negotiations, jeopardizing peace plan progress (06/07/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas quit talks Friday on halting anti-Israeli attacks, a decision that jeopardizes the U.S.-backed peace plan. But Palestinian officials insisted a truce was still possible and pushed ahead with plans to get illegal guns off the streets, including a weapons buyback...
Top judge in Argentina fights calls to step down (06/07/03)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Supreme Court's leading justice on Friday dismissed calls from Argentina's president to step down, accusing the new leader of undermining the country's democratic institutions. The comments by Supreme Court president Julio Nazareno were the latest salvo in a showdown between the country's top justices and President Nestor Kirchner, who has urged lawmakers to resume impeachment hearings against the highly unpopular court...
Resident who worked in maternity investigated for SARS symptoms (06/07/03)
TORONTO -- Canadian health authorities are investigating whether a medical resident who worked in a Toronto hospital maternity ward has SARS, an official said Friday in a setback to the city's efforts to control a second outbreak of the disease. Globally, only a dribble of new SARS cases were reported Friday in the hardest-hit areas -- China, Taiwan and Hong Kong -- during a worldwide trend of remission. ...
U.N. heads back to Iraq to assess looted nuke plant (06/07/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- After a three-month absence, the U.N. nuclear agency came to postwar Iraq on Friday to assess the nation's biggest nuclear plant -- abandoned, looted and left in alarming disarray. Representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency -- operating this time under continuous U.S. military escort -- will try to figure out exactly what's missing from the Tuwaitha nuclear facility and how to find it...
Germany loosens time limit on shops (06/07/03)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Saturday shopping sprint is a time-honored German tradition: a frantic push through long lines for last-minute groceries as the clock ticks toward the mandatory 4 p.m. closing time. But that tradition ends today, when a new law takes effect allowing stores to stay open four more hours -- until 8 p.m. -- as they do every other day except Sunday, when shops are closed altogether...
The buck starts here (06/07/03)
Like a lot of athletes, bull riders say they want to take on the best. Before the East Perry County Rodeo concludes today in Altenburg, Mo., cowboys from across the country will get their crack at some of the top stock the region has to offer. "There will definitely be some stock there that have lots of athletic bucking ability," stock contractor Mark Johnson said, whose Johnson Rodeo Company out of Jonesboro, Ark., provides the stock for the Perry County Community Rodeo...
Caps remain unbeaten in impressive fashion (06/07/03)
Craftsman Union breezes to 10-2 victory over Tradewater, Ky. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Longtime Craftsman Union Capahas manager Jess Bolen is not normally one to sing his team's praises too much, particularly early in the season...
The big tees - Company does its share to give golfers a lift (06/07/03)
BURNHAM, Maine -- For Bob Burr, bigger is better when it comes to the lowly golf tee. Burr, the chief executive officer of Pride Golf Tee Co., has taken the small wooden spike to new heights -- literally. The company has cashed in on the popularity of oversized golf drivers by adding five-eighths of an inch to the standard tee. Sales have grown sixfold in the past two years as they have become a staple among a growing legion of golfers, including some on the PGA Tour...
Funny Cide goes for history, triple crown (06/07/03)
Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winner tries to make it three in a row.By Richard Rosenblatt The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Funny Cide is being touted as America's horse, a flashy New York-bred red chestnut gelding who is two-thirds of the way home in his quest to win the Triple Crown...
League hands Sosa 8-game suspension for use of illegal bat (06/07/03)
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa knew he was going to be punished for using a corked bat. He just didn't expect it to be for this long. Sosa was suspended for eight games Friday by major league baseball. He immediately appealed the decision in hopes of getting it reduced...
Verkerk, Ferrero reach final in straight sets (06/07/03)
PARIS -- Martin Verkerk is having the time of his life at the French Open. Maybe that's why he didn't want his semifinal to end when opponent Guillermo Coria risked disqualification by tossing his racket, which hit a ball girl. The big-serving, loud-laughing Verkerk beat No. 7 Coria 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (0) Friday to become the first player since 1986 (Mikael Pernfors) to reach the final in his Roland Garros debut. He's the eighth unseeded French Open finalist in the last 35 years...
Pujols propels Cards to victory (06/07/03)
Slugger's three-run double rallies St. Louis to 8-6 win over Orioles. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols capped a four-hit game with a three-run double in the eighth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Friday night, extending their winning streak to five games...
Nets use road victory to get even with Spurs (06/07/03)
SAN ANTONIO -- Jason Kidd wiped his right hand against his hip, brought it to his mouth and blew a kiss to his family -- just as he does every time he shoots a free throw. Six times he went to the line in the final 20 seconds, and five of those times he calmly sank the shot...
Area digest 6/7/03 (06/07/03)
Cape Girardeau Sr. Babe Ruth sweeps twinbill The Cape Girardeau Sr. Babe Ruth A's swept a doubleheader from Jackson Thursday night at Capaha Field. The A's (6-0) won an error-filled opener 3-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Tim Davis. Davis pitched a complete game, allowing only one hit. Davis struck out nine and walked only two. The A's managed only two hits themselves in the opener...
Leo Hoeh Sr. (06/07/03)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Leo J. "Dutch" Hoeh Sr., 86, of Uniontown died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 8, 1916, at Uniontown, son of Joseph W. and Pauline A. Pfisterer Hoeh. He and LaWana M. Fenwick were married Oct. 3, 1942, in St. Louis...
Norman Collyott (06/07/03)
Norman Collyott, 72, of Jackson, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McComb's Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery...
Benjamin Welborn (06/07/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Benjamin Welborn, 83, of Sikeston died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1920, in Double Springs, Ala., son of William Jackson and Flora Jane Curtis Welborn. He and Martha Sue Spraggs were married Oct. 30, 1947, in Sikeston...
Elinore Murray (06/07/03)
Elinore Pauline Murray, 65, of Greencastle, Ind., died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home. She was born March 6, 1938, in Petersburg, Pa., daughter of Russell I. and Kathleen R. Steele Walker. She and Lynn C. Murray were married Aug. 15, 1964. Mrs. Murray was a graduate of Brazil, Ind., High School. She had worked at Eitel's Flowers, P.R. Mallory's, and in the clerk's, treasurer's and microfilm departments at Putnam County Courthouse. She was a member of the Lutheran Church...
Gladys Hughes (06/07/03)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Gladys M. Hughes, 78, of Frohna died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 27, 1925, at Wittenberg, Mo., daughter of Paul and Louise Hellwege. Hughes retired from International Shoe Co. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church...
Delmar Honey (06/07/03)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Delmar Honey of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Tamms, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Larry Wehmeyer (06/07/03)
THEBES, Ill. -- Larry Wehmeyer, 51, of Thebes died Friday, June 6, 2003, in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home at Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
James Moore (06/07/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- James Lloyd Moore, 64, of Advance died Friday, June 6, 2003, at his home. He was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Advance, son of Jacob and Nettie Turner Moore. Moore was a retired farmer, and member of Father's Arms Fellowship in Scott City. Survivors include two daughters, Terri Hazel of Advance, Jerri Moore of Scott City; two sisters, Mildred Garner and Emma Moore of Advance; and three grandsons...
Richard Conroy (06/07/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Richard L. "Dick" Conroy, 62, of Mokena, Ill., died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Ill. He was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Cairo, son of Lawrence J. and Margaret Grindler Conroy. Conroy retired as sales manager and purchasing agent with Jernberg Forging Co. in Chicago. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mokena, Knights of Columbus Council 1027 and Elks Lodge 651, both in Cairo...
Births 6/7/03 (06/07/03)
Walters Son to Bradley Shane and Joni Ellen Walters of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:49 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2003. Name, Brayden Shane. Weight, 6 pounds. Mrs. Walters is the former Joni Boyer, daughter of Butch and Janet Boyer of Jackson. Walters is the son of Don and Loretta Walters of Dexter, Mo. He is a pharmaceutical sales specialist with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals...
Sheriff report 6/7/03 (06/07/03)
Cape Girardeau County Saturday, June 7 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Ronald E. Wiggins, 19, of Pocahontas, Mo., was arrested May 30, on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for stealing...
Out of the past 6/7/03 (06/07/03)
10 years ago: June 7, 1993 Preparations are under way for Riverfest '93, which will begin its annual run Friday and end Saturday at 11 p.m. in downtown Cape Girardeau; this year's celebration will salute 200 years on Mississippi River with activities ranging from bicentennial parade to recreation of 1840s fur trading post...
Cape's budget nears final approval (06/07/03)
The Cape Girardeau City Council is poised to pass a $45 million budget on June 16 that is 8.54 percent higher than last year's budget. Some taxpayers might wonder how that's possible, particularly with the city finance director saying he expects an increase in the general fund revenue of only about 1 percent...
Send nominations for Spirit award (06/07/03)
The American spirit can be difficult to define. That's because Americans are so different. We're patriotic. We're generous. We're creative. We're entrepreneurial. We're hard workers who have built a young nation that is the envy of the rest of the world. Many nations either want to be us or destroy us out of jealousy...
Urge legislators to support bill to protect fetuses (06/07/03)
To the editor: A summary of a Newsweek-Princeton Survey finds that 46 percent of Americans believe human life begins at fertilization, and 12 percent believe life begins when the embryo implants in the womb. Eighty-four percent believe homicide charges should be brought on behalf of a fetus killed in the womb, 28 percent would bring charges of homicide once the fetus is able to breath on its own outside of the womb, and only 9 percent believe that charges should never be allowed...
Help is needed at Iona Cemetery after tornado (06/07/03)
To the editor: Iona Cemetery, a small, well-loved cemetery off Route V between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, received considerable damage as a result of the May 6 tornado. There were many old cedar trees sprinkled throughout the cemetery that were blown down. Many grave markers were either broken, knocked off their foundation, displace or scattered throughout the cemetery. Some may even be missing...
Speak Out A 06/07/03 (06/07/03)
No raise needed TAKING OVER the city manager's job until a replacement is found does not require a $5,000 pay raise. What is it going to cost Cape Girardeau to get a new city manager when one of his many assistants now makes $78,000 a year? This is a big mistake...
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