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Stories from Sunday, August 24, 2003

Jackson traffic at festival is source of argument (08/24/03)
Thousands converged in uptown Jackson on Tuesday through Saturday evenings last week to enjoy the 95th annual Homecomers celebration. Every evening, the people bought food from service organizations, spending their money for a good cause. But every morning, traffic crawled along Hope Street, the result of the closure of several uptown streets, including Main and High. The closed streets affected traffic all over town, turning short trips into tests of patience...
Jackson, Zalma men killed in two accidents (08/24/03)
Separate traffic accidents claimed the lives of a Zalma, Mo., man and a Jackson man on Friday and Saturday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Norman Newell, 60, of Zalma was a pedestrian killed in a crash involving three vehicles at 8:50 p.m. Friday 3 miles north of Zalma. Daniel Estes, 55, of Jackson was killed in an accident at 7:40 a.m. Saturday 2 miles north of Pocahontas...
World briefs 14A (08/24/03)
Report: Japan rushes to build physics facility TOKYO -- Japan plans to accelerate plans for a $1.7 billion physics facility in an attempt to keep the nation's Nobel Prize-winning research ahead of U.S. and European rivals, a newspaper reported today...
Haulin' Butt team wins barbecue festival (08/24/03)
CHRIS PAGANO * cpagano@semissourian.com Brad Maevers of Altenburg cooks with a big green egg ceramic smoker grill at yesterday's BBQ Fest. The device is based on a 2000 year old design used by the Chinese.By Chris Pagano ~ Southeast Missourian...
Cape's coming attractions (08/24/03)
Anne Berendsen didn't look at the tourist brochures. She moved to Cape Girardeau for a job. "I came down here not knowing anybody or anything about the town," said Berendsen, who moved to Cape Girardeau in 1997 from Chicago to take a specialized production job with a Jackson manufacturer...
Falling Mississippi forces closings on river cargo haulers (08/24/03)
Low water on the Mississippi River forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close two northern stretches of the river last week to allow for dredging. The closures raise concerns that low water may threaten barge traffic locally. The most recent closure occurred Friday after barges ran aground just south of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge at St. Louis...
Volunteers clean stone marking pioneers' graves (08/24/03)
FEMME OSAGE, Mo. -- As she washed the dinner dishes, Zenita Albers would look out the parsonage kitchen window and lament that most names on the blackened gravestones in the church cemetery could not be read. It's not right, she would say, and her daughter, Cindy Albers Carr, took her words to heart...
Man gives historic home away (08/24/03)
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. -- Available: 239 W. Fourth St,, A 5,000-square foot fixer-upper. Five bedrooms, fireplace, stained glass windows, original woodworking, hardwood floors, large front porch. Price: Free. Giving away a house isn't something Gery Schoenrock normally does. He's a broker at Coldwell Banker, and giving away a house isn't his traditional business practice...
KC events mark dark chapter in Civil War (08/24/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- One of the darkest chapters in the feud between Missouri and Kansas that began during the Civil War will be commemorated today in an unusual and somber gathering. Those who attend the 140th anniversary of Order No. 11 at the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum in Independence can expect to be interrogated instead of entertained...
Midwest banks sharing crime information (08/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Computers have provided criminals with new tools to rip off banks. Now, banks are using computers to try to catch the criminals. Banks throughout the Midwest can join FinCrime, a computer database that allows financial institutions and law enforcement to share information about crimes and provide warnings...
Industry struggles with handling of biotech crops (08/24/03)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- It would be so much easier if genetically altered corn were green or purple, instead of the same yellow as plain old ordinary corn. But there is no simple way to ensure that biotech varieties go only where they're accepted. While some safeguards are already in place, the process is still evolving among seed companies, farmers and grain handlers...
Husband and wife plead guilty in embezzlement case (08/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Overland Park, Kan., woman pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling about $2 million from her employer. She and her husband pleaded guilty to money laundering in the same case. Tamie J. Gordon, 42, and Ronald E. Gordon, 38, pleaded guilty in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner in Kansas City, said U.S. Attorney Todd Graves...
KC holds off on insurance for domestic partners (08/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City City Council delayed a proposal to provide health insurance benefits to unmarried partners of Kansas City's city employees, saying it wanted to determine the cost of providing the benefits. The council did introduce ordinances Thursday that would establish a domestic-partner registry and provide sick leave and funeral leave. ...
Unusual land swap helps Pierce City residents rebuild (08/24/03)
PIERCE CITY, Mo. -- The generosity of a church congregation, a grocer and a pharmacist will help this tiny town emerge from the devastation of a spring tornado. The First Baptist Church set things in motion by donating its parcel of prime real estate in downtown Pierce City to the Flummerfelts so they could rebuild the town's only supermarket...
Opening doors Young Mormons work hard to spread the gospel (08/24/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It's a cold, rainy day in April, and Justin Stanger is sick. He woke up with a stomachache, and as he walks down a country road just west of Columbia, the morning chill hangs heavy on his shoulders. But Stanger is on a mission. It never crosses his mind to take the day off. ...
Bedbugs may be making comeback in United States (08/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They creep quietly beneath bed sheets in the darkness of night, in search of a blood feast from an unsuspecting, slumbering host. They engorge themselves with blood and disappear with the same stealth. Once thought virtually eradicated in the United States, the bedbug is back...
Jury acquits Independence man in fatal car crash (08/24/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence man who had two previous drunken driving convictions was acquitted of killing another motorist during an accident two years ago. A Jackson County jury on Friday found Michael Coots, 51, innocent of either second-degree murder or second-degree assault after a trial in which expert witnesses disagreed about who was driving his car the night of the accident...
Great Lakes fish food in decline (08/24/03)
CHICAGO -- A quarter-inch crustacean that makes up the bulk of the diet for some Great Lakes fish is disappearing from some areas, and researchers blame the invasion of non-native zebra mussels. The spineless scud, also called diporeia, is a shrimplike bottom dweller that makes up 25 to 75 percent of the whitefish diet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It also feeds sculpin, smelt and chub, which in turn feed trout and salmon...
Father offers reward for proof son blameless in plane crash (08/24/03)
LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Leo Lawrence doesn't think his son was to blame for a plane crash last year and he believes the proof may be hidden in the dense woods of central Missouri. Lawrence is offering a $5,000 reward to any Osage County property owner who finds a missing part that he believes is crucial to finding the cause of the accident that killed his son and a passenger. ...
Records- Shovel among items police seized from home of missing (08/24/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A shovel and pitchfork were among items police seized from the family residence of a missing 9-year-old boy during a search earlier this month, according to police records obtained Friday by television station KSDK-TV. Police also took a pick, a post-hole digger, clothing, medical supplies and bed clothes during the search Aug. 12 of the Pine Lawn home of Christian Ferguson, who was reported missing in June, and his father, Dawan, according to the records ...
Averting blackouts stirs talk on policy (08/24/03)
The exposure of flaws in power-grid equipment and design after last week's massive blackout has added a sense of urgency to the long-standing debate about how to improve the nation's electricity transmission network. In essence, the debate, likely to be taken up by Congress next month, is over two competing economic philosophies. Each would require the government to intervene, with one seeking more federal regulation and the other, less...
Crowds mark anniversary of King's 'dream' speech (08/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- Forty years after Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently captured the struggle of black Americans for equality, civil rights activists called Saturday for his dream to finally be realized. His vision of a land where little black boys and girls in the South would one day hold hands with little white boys and girls was remembered by thousands of people who gathered on a warm summer day to celebrate King's "I Have a Dream" speech...
Odds and Ends (08/24/03)
-- From wire reports
Educating Arnold (08/24/03)
By Jeff Leeds and James Bates ~ Los Angeles Times SUPERIOR, Wis. - Arnold Schwarzenegger was unlike any other big man on campus when he roamed the University of Wisconsin-Superior halls here on the western tip of the Great Lakes 24 years ago...
Utilities- Ohio region was black hole in hours before blackout (08/24/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio region where the nation's worst blackout started became a black hole ahead of the outage, sucking electricity from two power companies' generators and threatening to burn transmission lines, utilities say. As a result, power lines that were operating above emergency levels disconnected from the system and power plants automatically shut down in eight states and in Ontario, Canada -- protecting equipment from permanent damage, but also rapidly spreading darkness across state and national borders.. ...
West Nile's worst (08/24/03)
DENVER -- For rancher Matt Anderson, contracting the West Nile virus has meant excruciating pain, worse than when he broke his back. Jim Diehl spent weeks in a hospital with hallucinations and severe headaches. Mary Tilger, 32, was so ill she couldn't care for her children and missed a chance to see her cousin play in a PGA golf tournament...
State program honors Missouri centenarians (08/24/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It's an exclusive club where members pay no dues. There's no meeting hall, not even a secret handshake. The only requirement for membership is longevity. The Missouri Century Club was created in the mid-1980s to recognize Missourians who are age 100 or older. Members receive a letter from the governor and a declaration from the lieutenant governor, the official state advocate for the elderly...
Ex-Enron workers seek $53 million (08/24/03)
HOUSTON -- Former employees of Enron Corp. have won the company's support to recover $53 million paid to a select group of executives a month before the energy giant filed for bankruptcy. Enron filed a request Friday backing talks to recover from 40 to 90 percent of the withdrawals 114 current and former Enron employees were allowed to make from their deferred-compensation accounts...
Schwarzenegger gets boost as GOP's Simon exits recall race (08/24/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Republican Bill Simon dropped out of California's gubernatorial recall race Saturday, boosting the position of GOP front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger amid calls from party leaders to narrow the Republican field. "I strongly believe that the desire of Californians must come before the aspirations of any single candidate," Simon said in a statement released by his campaign. ...
Sniper fears high as schools resume (08/24/03)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Memories of last fall's sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area, including one shooting outside a school, have raised the anxiety level here as students prepare to start the school year knowing a copycat shooter may be on the loose...
Search crews find woman missing after Ky. flooding (08/24/03)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Searchers found the body Saturday of a woman missing since a flash flood swept her home into a swollen creek a day earlier. A young boy who had been in the home was found dead Friday. Authorities also had been searching for a 6-year-old girl, but after talking to the owner of the house they determined that the child wasn't in the house when it was swept away after all, Franklin County fire chief Gary Watts said Saturday...
Phoenix gasoline crunch to get help as pipe reopens (08/24/03)
PHOENIX -- A crippled pipeline that has created gasoline shortages and fueled frustrations for days is on schedule to resume bringing fuel to Phoenix today, officials said. Officials at Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, the company that owns the pipeline, said a test on a bypassed portion of the pipeline was successful Saturday...
Rain aids firefighters in Montana working 400,000 scorched acre (08/24/03)
HELENA, Mont. -- Rain fell over much of western Montana Saturday, clearing the sky of smoke and bringing relief to thousands of firefighters trying to control blazes that have blackened more than 400,000 acres. "It's going to give the fire crews a breather," said Susan Rinehart, information officer for the Northern Rockies Coordination Group. "You still have very serious dry fuels out there."...
Priest at center of sex abuse scandal murdered in prison (08/24/03)
BOSTON -- Former priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, died Saturday after being attacked in prison. Preliminary indications are that Geoghan, 68, was strangled, Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte said. An autopsy will be conducted Monday...
Third enemy combatant moved to Charleston brig (08/24/03)
HANAHAN, S.C. -- A U.S.-born man captured in Afghanistan has joined two other enemy combatants at the Navy brig at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station. Yasser Esam Hamdi was transferred to the brig near Hanahan from Norfolk, Va., on July 30, Maj. Michael Shavers said...
Monument stays put in Alabama (08/24/03)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Demonstrators kept vigil Saturday outside the Alabama Judicial Building, singing, preaching and praying for a way to prevent removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the building's rotunda. After losing court battles at all levels and the suspension Friday of the monument's champion, Chief Justice Roy Moore, protest leaders concede the 5,300-pound marker will most likely be removed. State officials have not signaled when, where or how they will move it...
Sewage kills fish in India's Gomati River (08/24/03)
LUCKNOW, India -- A fisherman for nearly 50 years, Ramakant Nishad now sits idle because the sewage-filled Gomati River that runs through this northern Indian city cannot breed fish anymore. Nishad's two sons already have taken to collecting rags for money. He, too, is learning the intricacies of handling scrap...
Hamas calls on EU to rebuff U.S. demands for freezing of funds (08/24/03)
The Associated Pres BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Europe should reject U.S. demands to freeze the funds of Hamas officials and pro-Palestinian charities, the Lebanese representative of the Hamas militant group said Saturday. On Friday, the United States froze the assets of six Hamas leaders after the organization claimed responsibility for Tuesday's suicide attack on a packed bus in Jerusalem that killed 21 people, including six children. Five Americans were among those killed...
Israeli troops clash with Palestinians in Nablus (08/24/03)
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli troops fired rubber bullets at Palestinian stone throwers, wounding 16, and tanks rolled through West Bank towns Saturday as Palestinian leaders appealed for international intervention to stave off a new round of violence...
Authorities evacuate thousands from British Columbia fire zone (08/24/03)
KELOWNA, British Columbia -- A wildfire burned through orchards and vineyards Saturday, advancing to the edge of this city and forcing thousands to flee their homes ahead of flames that towered up to 400 feet. Authorities have evacuated some 30,000 people from homes in the suburbs of the city of Kelowna in recent days. Another 11,000 people were on evacuation alert...
High stakes Building dispute is epicenter of India's religious (08/24/03)
AYODHYA, India -- Mohammed Hashim is a chain-smoking tailor with no front teeth. For 34 years he has been a plaintiff in a court case that lies at the epicenter of India's Muslim-Hindu divide. But as yet another chapter of this seemingly endless trial opens on Monday, Mohammed isn't holding his breath. He is 82 now, and is certain the case will outlive him by decades...
Government takes over polling agency on eve of elections (08/24/03)
MOSCOW -- Not long ago, as the upcoming national election campaign got under way, the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion put out some polling data. Only 11 percent of the voters, the nation's most respected polling agency found, thought that President Vladimir V. Putin represented the interests of "all Russian people." The opposition Communist Party fared much better: Nearly 40 percent of those polled said it was on the side of ordinary citizens...
Dissolving Iraqi army was costly decision (08/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. civil administrator L. Paul Bremer III had been on the job in Baghdad, Iraq, less than two weeks when he announced a decision that sent shockwaves through Iraqi society. With a stroke of the pen, Bremer dissolved Iraq's vast armed services, sending pink slips to more than 400,000 armed officers and enlisted men whose light resistance had helped secure the U.S.-led military victory against their government...
Thousands flee toward Liberia's capital, escaping artillery (08/24/03)
COTTON TREE, Liberia -- Thousands of panicked civilians toting hastily gathered possessions streamed toward Liberia's capital Saturday, fleeing artillery explosions that West African peacekeepers said came from government militias. Even as calm spreads in Monrovia, fighting and banditry has continued in the countryside despite a peace deal between the government and rebels. ...
Berlusconi, Schroeder say relations fine (08/24/03)
VERONA, Italy -- Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and Germany's Gerhard Schroeder may not be the warmest of pals, but the two leaders held a cordial make-up session Saturday, burying an embarrassing summer row in Verona. Berlusconi and Schroeder decided that two great European nations could not be seen squabbling. The plan had been to meet Friday at a performance of the opera "Carmen," but Berlusconi pulled out at the last minute -- a fact neither leader dwelled on Saturday...
British soldiers killed in Basra (08/24/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The death toll among coalition forces rose Saturday when three British soldiers were killed in a guerrilla attack in southern Iraq. Also, U.S. troops killed two Iraqi Turkomen who opened fire when soldiers arrived to quell a bloody ethnic clash in the north...
Ex-media tycoon arrested in Greece (08/24/03)
MOSCOW -- In an apparent escalation of the Russian government's crackdown on wealthy oligarchs, former media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky has been arrested in Greece on a 2-year-old warrant charging him with fraud and money laundering in Russia, authorities said Saturday...
North Korea's arsenal worries U.S. officials (08/24/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States wants to talk to North Korea not only about nuclear bombs, but the communist nation's entire arsenal: suspected stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, missiles that can reach all of South Korea and Japan and massive conventional forces massed near the border...
No. 1 OU searches for offense (08/24/03)
NORMAN, Okla. -- When Oklahoma quarterback Jason White comes to the line of scrimmage in practice, he sees one of the nation's stingiest defenses looking back at him. What the defense sees is anyone's guess. "Going against a defense that's pretty darn good every single day," OU coach Bob Stoops said, "it's pretty hard to assess the offense's progress."...
Snyder can land recruits, trouble (08/24/03)
Quin Snyder seems to attract off-the-court troubles as readily as he attracts blue-chip recruits to Missouri. The rise of the school's basketball program to prominence also has brought a marked rise in problems for the school and its youthful coach. The Tigers are in the news as much these days for what they've done wrong as they've been for building a team that's Final Four material...
NCAA works to prevent player betting (08/24/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Saum, the NCAA's director of gambling activities knows he can't catch everyone. That doesn't mean he won't try to beat the odds in preventing betting on college sports. "We can never stop it because it's such a societal problem, but we can limit it by educating coaches and administrators about the pitfalls," Saum said. "We can also become a little more cutting edge in educating people."...
Derailed, not defeated Georgia running back Hollis works to get (08/24/03)
ATHENS, Ga. -- Everyone loved to watch Albert Hollis run. There was hardly a more breathtaking sight on the football field. He would burst through an opening in the line, reach top speed after a few elegant strides and pull farther and farther away, leaving the others in futile pursuit...
Indians cash in on Div. I-A opponents (08/24/03)
For the fourth straight year, Southeast Missouri State University's athletic department will cash in through its football team hitting the road to play NCAA Division I-A competition. Southeast played one Division I-A team in each of coach Tim Billings' first two years with the program and last season faced two I-A squads...
Moss shows signs he might be growing up (08/24/03)
MANKATO, Minn. -- The Randy Ratio didn't quite add up for Minnesota. Coach Mike Tice's cleverly titled plan to make Randy Moss feel wanted, a goal of throwing 40 percent of the team's passes to his superstar wide receiver, was shelved midway through a trying 6-10 season...
Boynton Beach, Tokyo teams to play for championship today (08/24/03)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- R.J. Neal backed up his boast, and now his Florida team will play Japan for the Little League World Series championship. A day after he guaranteed a win, Neal hit a two-run homer to lead Boynton Beach over Saugus, Mass., 9-2 Saturday night in the U.S. title game...
Clarke leads NEC Invitational entering final round (08/24/03)
AKRON, Ohio -- Darren Clarke says he's working harder than ever. The proof is on the scoreboard, not on the scales. Lumbering down the fairway, often puffing away on cigars, Clarke emerged with the lead Saturday in the NEC Invitational, setting himself up for a chance to join Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners in the World Golf Championships...
Happy campers (08/24/03)
MACOMB, Ill. -- On top of luring fans who light up cash registers every summer, the St. Louis Rams also helped score a new surgeon for this western Illinois city's lone hospital. Across the state, the Chicago Bears have pumped up the Bourbonnais economy for the last two years, along with the spirits of a die-hard fan who has multiple sclerosis...
Super hangover (08/24/03)
MACOMB, Ill. -- Kurt Warner knows who to blame for his awful 2002 season. Adam Vinatieiri, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick engineered New England's Super Bowl upset over St. Louis the previous winter, leaving the Rams in a funk that caused them to start 0-5. They rallied for five straight wins, but finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since that magical 1999 title season...
Football fans to get the total picture with HDTV (08/24/03)
As announcer Bob Pompeani went through his pregame checklist before the Eagles-Steelers exhibition game, he added a task to his usual routine of memorizing player numbers and talking to key players. He made an extra trip to the makeup department. "It's in high definition," he said. "People are going to see me like they've never seen me before."...
Faulk debuts in preseason loss (08/24/03)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Marshall Faulk needed only one half Saturday night to show he's ready for the regular season. Making his preseason debut, Faulk scored twice, including a 26-yard reception from Kurt Warner, in the St. Louis Rams' 28-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills...
Teens to decide U.S. Amateur crown (08/24/03)
OAKMONT, Pa. -- They are teenagers who grew up worlds apart, and their golf games reflect that. Casey Wittenberg is the never-nervous protege who's spent years polishing himself for this moment, a U.S. Amateur championship match that could be the stepping stone to a great career...
Giants mourn death of Bobby Bonds (08/24/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bobby Bonds, one of the first major leaguers to blend home-run power with base-stealing speed and the father of one of baseball's greatest sluggers, died Saturday. He was 57. Barry Bonds' father had been ill for nearly a year with lung cancer and a brain tumor, but he never lost his love for baseball. He was at Pacific Bell Park on Wednesday night, watching his superstar son and the San Francisco Giants...
Embattled Busch wins Sharpie 500 (08/24/03)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch avoided any post-race punches, but was in the middle of the usual bumping and banging in yet another win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Busch, punched in the face by Jimmy Spencer after last week's race in Michigan, kept his head held high amid a flood of criticism from his competitors, raucous booing from the fans -- and of course, the chipped tooth and swollen nose Spencer gave him...
Re-armed Cards stop Phillies (08/24/03)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris returned to the mound for St. Louis and received some help from his two new teammates. Sterling Hitchcock won in his St. Louis debut Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning in relief of Morris as the Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies for the first in eight meetings, 5-3...
Cardinals send out Yan, Pearson (08/24/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals made several moves involving pitchers Saturday to make room for newly acquired Sterling Hitchcock and Mike DeJean, and injured starter Matt Morris. Morris, on the disabled list with a broken finger and a sprained ankle, was activated Saturday...
Bliss should never be allowed to coach again (08/24/03)
By Michael Wilbon ~ The Washington Post Rick Neuheisel will be coaching in Seattle this season after all . . . as a volunteer . . . at a high school. He reported to work a couple of days ago at Rainier Beach High to coach the quarterbacks. From head coach at the University of Washington to high school assistant...
Indian football looks tough, but so does schedule (08/24/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's most anticipated football season in years -- maybe ever -- kicks off Thursday night in Athens, Ohio. As the Indians prepare to make the long bus trip to play Division I-A Ohio University, considerable eyes are on a team that returns 19 starters from last year's breakthrough 8-4 season and is ranked 20th nationally...
Sports quotes 8/24/03 (08/24/03)
  • Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle: "(Ted) Williams' head reportedly has been moved among three different containers and is marked with a coded tag. As a guy who has had even good dry-cleaning shops lose a shirt, I hope John Henry Williams kept the claim check."...
  • FanSpeak (08/24/03)
    Players acting selfish THOSE FOOTBALL players in Benton (Ill.), they ought to protest against the school board and the superintendent. They choose to protest against the paying end -- the teachers. They seem to care about only one thing: themselves. I think their parents ought to instill in them that they ought to be backing up the teachers, because the teachers have to make a living and keep up the standard of living. So be a little unselfish...
    Sunday FanFare 8/24/03 (08/24/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder has a stress fracture in his right hip, a startling injury that will likely sideline the ace for the rest of the season. Basketball
  • Tim Duncan decided not to play against the U.S. ...
  • Harvest herbs for brewing teas (08/24/03)
    Herb teas are inexpensive and tasty. Still, you might want to grow some herbs for tea simply because the plants are pretty and easy to grow. Mints are what first come to mind in herb teas. Peppermint and spearmint are the most familiar mints, but there are plenty of others. Chocolate mint, orange mint, and apple mint are as appealing in name as in aroma. They all spread by underground runners, and the only challenge is keeping them within bounds...
    Web tips for traveling around Southern Illinois (08/24/03)
    There's plenty to see and do in Illinois outside the Chicago area, especially the often-overlooked southern tip of the state between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. By spending a little time on the Internet, you can plan a visit to enjoy the area's scenery, antique shops, wineries, and hunting and fishing...
    Wonderland Trail lives up to its corny name (08/24/03)
    MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. -- The woman lay near a clear creek of melted snow, her face obscured by caked blood, her elbow bent at a disconcerting angle. As a ranger tends to her, her friends relay that she had fallen on the way to Little Tahoma, an 11,138-foot peak on Mount Rainier. They carried her gingerly here, just above the campsite at Summerland, on the east side of the mountain, elevation 6,000 feet...
    Travel briefs 8/24 (08/24/03)
    National Steinbeck Center opens ag wing SALINAS, Calif. -- A new exhibit celebrating the agricultural heritage of Salinas Valley opens Sept. 1 at the National Steinbeck Center. The wing is called "The Valley of the World," the phrase John Steinbeck used to describe the story that became "East of Eden." One of the museum's other wings explores Steinbeck's life and work, and a third hall is home to the Gabilan Gallery, which hosts changing art and cultural exhibits...
    Sweet styles are in good taste but low in calories (08/24/03)
    NEW YORK -- It's expected commentary: Shoppers, browsers and magazine readers wondering aloud if people in the fashion industry eat, let alone eat something as satisfying, sweet and caloric as chocolate. After all, the skeptics say, how do these style-minders fit into their micro-miniskirts if they're filling up on fabulous food?...
    Try the Web for photography and fun (08/24/03)
    When I first became interested in photography, books and magazines were my prime resources. Today, the World Wide Web has become another valuable source of photo instruction. With a few clicks of a mouse, one can learn new photographic techniques and find out what's happening in the world of photography...
    Creative spaces (08/24/03)
    Every once in a while, a house stands out because of the creative way its space is managed. That's the case with the home at 615 Bainbridge Drive in Jackson. This home has a lot of basics working in its favor. It is situated on nearly an acre, giving it a parklike setting up a long private drive. The large yard is nicely landscaped. The entry porch is protected with a roof supported by a stately column offset by gray-toned brick and burgundy shutters...
    Breaking the language barrier (08/24/03)
    Before coming to America, they lived middle-class lives, working in well-established careers as accountants, politicians, lawyers and engineers. Here they work at menial jobs -- if they even can find those -- hoping to carve out a better life for themselves and their children. But one thing holds them back: language. One in five American residents speaks a language other than English at home, according to census data. And many of them are living in Cape Girardeau...
    Audio tour goes high-tech (08/24/03)
    BOSTON -- After spending the morning walking the streets of Boston, following the red line that marks the famous Freedom Trail, tourist John Koch couldn't help but exclaim how easy a new audio guide of the city's historic walking tour is to understand...
    Childhood can be dangerous (08/24/03)
    Warning: Childhood can be hazardous to your health. Our government has warnings for everything else. I'm surprised they don't have it for childhood. Growing up often seems centered on surviving a perpetual series of spills. Take Becca, for example. At age 11, she's become a fixture in the hospital emergency room...
    Cat chatters when frustrated (08/24/03)
    jkoch By Dr. John Koch Question: My cat loves to sit in front of a window and watch everything that goes on outdoors. Sometimes when she does, her teeth chatter. This has been going on ever since she was a kitten. Physically she seems to be healthy. What causes a cat's teeth to chatter? Does she have a neurological problem?...
    Blair Underwood brings change to 'Sex and the City' (08/24/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Miranda's new squeeze in "Sex and the City" is handsome, successful and charming. He's also black -- notable for a show that has been almost uniformly white in its casting. The series about four single New Yorkers is finally allowing the city's ethnic diversity a central role...
    Joe Friday promoted; 'Dragnet' updated (08/24/03)
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- "Start with what you know," says Joe Friday in explaining the basics of crime-solving as the cameras roll on a Universal Studios soundstage. The veteran detective and central character of the "Dragnet" franchise is sticking to the facts and following procedure, just as he's always done. But this time, more people are listening to his no-nonsense know-how...
    Gerald Lentz (08/24/03)
    ULLIN, Ill. -- Gerald E. "Wolf" Lentz, 83, of Ullin died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Jonesboro Health Care Center. He was born June 11, 1920, in Alexander County, son of Joseph H. and Cecile Clarabelle Gaskill Lentz. He and Wanda P. Dexter were married Nov. 22, 1949. She died Aug. 12, 1987...
    Johnnie Long (08/24/03)
    ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Johnnie D. Long, 69, of St. Peters died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at his home. He was born Sept. 14, 1933, in St. Louis, son of Charles A. and Bess G. Long. He was a flight engineer for the Air National Guard for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1962...
    The Rev. Eldor Kuehnert (08/24/03)
    CONOVER, N.C. -- The Rev. Eldor Paul Kuehnert, 81, of Conover died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, son of Paul and Marie Kuehnert. He and Lila Gilbert were married Aug. 10, 1947. He attended St. Paul's College in Concordia, Mo., and the former Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis...
    Norman Newell (08/24/03)
    ZALMA, Mo. -- Norman Newell, 60, of Zalma was born May 5, 1943, at Morley, the son of Lottie Gibbs Newell and the late Earl Newell, and passed away Aug. 22, 2003, near Zalma. Norman worked for Arab Stone Co. in Arab, Mo. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He attended Zalma General Baptist Church...
    Reagin-Smith (08/24/03)
    Tammy D. Reagin and Sheldon K. Smith were married Aug. 15, 2003, at St. Charles County Courthouse in St. Charles, Mo. Judge Ted C. House performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Lynn Alley of Cape Girardeau, and the late Charlotte Alley. The groom is the son of Charlotte Smith of Coraopolis, Pa...
    Moore-Petzoldt (08/24/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Abigail Katherine Moore and Thomas Wade Petzoldt were married Sept. 28, 2002, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Mo. The Revs. Robert Schneider and Wayne Palmer performed the ceremony. Pianist was Tyson Zahner of Cape Girardeau, violinists were Karl and Michelle Suhr of Farrar, Mo., and soloists were Erin Darter and Adrian True of Cape Girardeau, and Zahner....
    Crites-Smith (08/24/03)
    Kristy Lynn Crites and Kirkley Wayne Smith exchanged wedding vows May 24, 2003, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit. The Rev. Mark Boettcher performed the ceremony. Organist was Wanda Aufdenberg of Gordonville, and soloist was Sheila Boyd of Bertrand, Mo...
    Kralich-Horrell (08/24/03)
    LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Signe Mary Kralich and Rodney Joseph Horrell were married March 1, 2003, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. The Rev. Michael J. Sis performed the ceremony. Scriptures were read by Alisa Berger and Shelie Moore. Organist was Kristy Jansen, cousin of the groom. Soloist was Emerie Franks, cousin of the bride. Altar server was Dustin Jansen, cousin of the groom...
    Gardner-Criner (08/24/03)
    Elizabeth Dale Gardner and Brandon Ray Criner were united in marriage July 5, 2003, at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jim Woychuk performed the ceremony. Organist was Virginia Kassel and pianist was Larry Newman, both of Dallas. Soloists were Libby Ferguson of Dallas and Buck Criner Jr. of Crandall, Texas, father of the groom...
    Tillman-Langston (08/24/03)
    Cherish Bellemarie Tillman and Kent David Langston were married June 9, 2003, at Wyndham Rose Hall Country Club and Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Conrad H. Pitkin performed the ceremony. Music was provided by a three-piece mento band. The bride is the daughter of Darrell and Julie Tillman of Jackson. The groom is the son of Terry and Betty Langston of Jackson, and the late Toni Kay Langston...
    Cotner-Heisserer (08/24/03)
    KELSO, Mo. -- Sarah Renee Cotner and Scott Michael Heisserer were married Oct. 19, 2002, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. String selections were played by Trio Girardeaux of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Lester Cotner of Kelso, and Darlene Abshire of Las Vegas, Nev. The groom is the son of Ralph and Debbie Heisserer of New Hamburg, Mo...
    Thompson-Tritto (08/24/03)
    April Thompson and Christopher Jonathan Tritto were married June 7, 2003, in Columbia, Mo. The Rev. Ben Luedtke performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joseph "Bud" and Sharon Thompson of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Stephen and Peggy Tritto of San Jose, Calif...
    Reynolds-Newman (08/24/03)
    First Presbyterian Church in Jackson was the setting May 17, 2003, for the wedding of Lisa Kaye Reynolds and Michael Joseph Newman. The Rev. Grant Gillard performed the ceremony. Musician and soloist was Tyson Zahner of Jackson. Parents of the bride are Budd and Sue Pence of Advance, Mo. The groom is the son of Bill and Sue Newman of Millersville...
    Hogan-Ogles (08/24/03)
    Julie Jean Hogan and Mitchell Lee Ogles exchanged wedding vows June 21, 2003, at Centenary United Methodist Church. Dr. Clayton Smith performed the ceremony. Organist was Mary Miller of Cape Girardeau, pianist was Chris Altrudo of St. Louis, and soloist was Matt Brandt of Cape Girardeau...
    Burnett-Stidham (08/24/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Amy Jean Burnett and Thomas Lynn Stidham II were married Nov. 2, 2002, at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Marty Blakey performed the ceremony. Pianist was Betty Vandeven and vocalist was Tyree Emerson, both of Chaffee. Parents of the couple are Tom and Shelley Burnett Sr. and Tom and Paula Stidham, all of Chaffee...
    Cox-Scherer (08/24/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- George and Mary Nelle Cox of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Cox, to Kenneth Scherer of Oran, Mo. He is the son of Charles and Rose Ann Scherer of Benton, Mo. Cox received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master's degree in communication disorders from Arkansas State University. She is a speech-language pathologist with RehabSystems...
    Roth- Schwab (08/24/03)
    Dennis and Joan Roth of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Marie Roth, to Gregory Dean Schwab. He is the son of Roger and Pat Schwab of Jackson. Roth is a senior at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. Schwab is a junior at Cedarville University...
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