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Stories from Monday, October 6, 2003

2003 East Perry Community Fair horse show results (10/06/03)
Western High Point Trophy won by Seve Maintz of Oak Ridge. Gaited High Point Trophy tied by Jeff Heuer, Jackson and Debbie Birk, Gordonville. Open Pony Halter1st place Black Beauty owned by Olivia East, Oak Ridge...
Ex-sheriff details area murders in new book (10/06/03)
As an investigator, deputy sheriff and sheriff in Southern Illinois for 16 years, Harry Spiller worked many difficult murder cases. Perhaps the most trying was the killing of a man whose skeletal remains were found four months after he was reported missing...
Council in Cape to vote on ban for guns (10/06/03)
Those packing concealed weapons won't be able to do so legally in Cape Girardeau's city hall or any other city-owned or operated buildings under a proposal that the council will vote on tonight. The city council is scheduled to vote Monday night on the first reading of an ordinance that would place city buildings off limits to those carrying concealed weapons. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall...
Standing ovations (10/06/03)
Since 1987, the nonprofit Southeast Missouri Music Academy has been instructing thousands of area people, especially children, in the art of classical musicianship. Sunday at St. Vincent's Church, the academy got a chance to show the community the results of its work with the seventh annual Standing Ovation concert...
Nitsch family reunion held recently (10/06/03)
The family reunion of the descendants of Sophia and Wentzel Nitsch was held at Jackson City Park recently. Guests in attendance included Mitzie and Bill Abbott and Mary and Weldon Valleroy from Perryville, Mo.; Donna and Erin Stovall and friend, Kalab from Jefferson City, Mo.; Bill and Pauline and William, Kristi and Luke Nitsch from Sedgewickville, Mo.; Daisy Koch, Scott Koch; Robert and Delores Koch and Jewell Moore from Cape Girardeau; Randy, Jennifer, Ashton and Lindsay Elfrink from Scott City, Mo.; Bob and Gladys Nitsch; Elda and Kenny Siebert; Edwin Jr. ...
Cape police captain newest FBI National Academy grad (10/06/03)
Cape Girardeau police Capt. Carl Kinnison is now among the nation's most highly trained police officers. He spent the summer with nearly 250 officers from across the nation and 25 foreign countries, taking a semester's worth of college-level courses at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va...
Community briefs 10/6/03 (10/06/03)
Donations sought for victim of rare cancer Cape Girardeau resident Paul Morard, suffering from a rare form of tongue and neck cancer, must soon travel to Seattle, Wash., for a new kind of neutron radiation treatment. Morard, on a limited income due to his disability, must stay near Seattle University Hospital, the only hospital in the United States to offer this treatment, for four to six weeks. Transportation and lodging are costly...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (10/06/03)
Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Public hearings
  • Request of St. Francis Medical Center for a special use permit to place a temporary mobile office at 150 S. Mount Auburn Rd. for pre-sale memberships to its new Health and Wellness Center...
  • Couples deal with wedding expenses by allowing ads (10/06/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Faced with planning an expensive wedding on short notice, Troy Kloha and Geneen Pazur were worried if they could say "I do" without going broke. Expecting to pay about $20,000 for the large but not extravagant celebration, the couple did what many businesses would do -- they found sponsors...
    Management group seeks $420,000 more from St. Louis (10/06/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A consultants group hired to help run St. Louis Public Schools is seeking $420,000 more than it initially told the school board it would need, citing a workload larger than it expected. McConnell, Jones, Lanier & Murphy, based in Houston, told the St. Louis School Board in June it would charge the district $500,000. Now, the company is seeking $920,000 for six months of work, plus $138,000 in expenses, which were not capped in the contract...
    Priest caught in prostitution sting apologizes to parish (10/06/03)
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A Roman Catholic priest who was caught in a Kansas City area prostitution sting apologized to parishioners at the first service he presided over since being reinstated as pastor of a St. Joseph church. "I am guilty of causing this scandal, which I brought upon the church," the Rev. Vincent Rogers said during Mass on Saturday at St. James Catholic Church. "There is no one to blame but me -- regardless of my intentions. I was there. I placed myself near provocation of sin."...
    Crimes that bind (10/06/03)
    PHOENIX -- He sat behind the glass partition in the county jail, his years on the run finished. Craig Pritchert leaned forward in his black-and-white striped uniform and rubbed his eyes. They were weary and damp with tears, the eyes of a man who could see the end...
    Louisiana governor's race pits immigrant against Cajun (10/06/03)
    NEW ORLEANS -- The conservative Republican son of Indian immigrants and the Cajun woman who is his opponent in the race for Louisiana governor thanked voters Sunday for upending decades of Southern custom. Bobby Jindal, a political neophyte, easily topped a field of veteran politicians Saturday, advancing to a Nov. 15 runoff for the state's highest office in a commanding position...
    Mormon leader asks members to resist evils in entertainment (10/06/03)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- The president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday told members of the faith that they must "hold back the world" by resisting the everyday evil embodied in popular entertainment and the Internet...
    Redistricting battle likely to delay Texas presidential primary (10/06/03)
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The role of Texas in Democratic presidential politics could be damaged by bitter Republican infighting over congressional redistricting. As the clock ticked Sunday without a deal on redistricting, a delay in the March 2 Texas primary became increasingly likely...
    Arkansas town's mayor, police chief called to Iraq (10/06/03)
    BRADFORD, Ark. -- The mayor, police chief and school librarian are all leaving for military duty Monday that is expected to take them to Iraq, and the residents left behind in this tiny town of 800 are scrambling to fill their roles. At the local cafe and in school hallways, the callup and what to do about the loss of city leaders is the talk of the town. ...
    Circumstances brought Davis to edge of political extinction (10/06/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Sitting aboard a plane as he flew between four cities to try to save his job, Gov. Gray Davis closed his eyes and reflected on why he may be out of a job Tuesday. "People are not interested in my problems -- my job is to solve their problems," Davis said Saturday, betraying a hint of fatigue. "If they give me the opportunity to complete my term, I'm going to work my tail off to leave this state better off than I found it."...
    Refinancing forces some to pay mortgages past retirement (10/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Malcolm Buckey would be 97 years old when the 30-year mortgage on his dream home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is paid up. Walter Molony of Annandale, Va., would be 84 when the last payment comes due on his 30-year loan. For many middle-age homeowners, taking advantage of low mortgage rates will have an unintended consequence: As retirees living on reduced incomes, they will still have mortgages to contend with...
    Nation briefs 10/6/03 (10/06/03)
    Tiger and alligator found in Manhattan apartment NEW YORK -- A tiger and an alligator found in a Manhattan apartment were sent to an Ohio wildlife preserve Sunday while their owner recovered from bite wounds inflicted by the more than 400-pound cat...
    'School of Rock' goes to head of box office with $20.2 million (10/06/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- A rock 'n' roll animal has displaced The Rock as box-office champion. "The School of Rock," with Jack Black as a rocker posing as a substitute teacher to coach fifth graders for a battle-of-the-bands contest, earned top grades from audiences with a $20.2 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday...
    People talk 10/6/03 (10/06/03)
    Getting the 'West Wing' Lowe-down from Rob RADNOR, Pa. -- Rob Lowe says he quit "The West Wing" because he felt slighted by the show's creator, Aaron Sorkin, over the size of his role and the money he was making. Lowe was irked when his part as a White House staffer was cut back and he continued to take home $70,000 an episode, while co-star Martin Sheen, playing the president, got a raise to $300,000 a show...
    Fifteen women now say actor groped them (10/06/03)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As the number of women claiming they were groped by Arnold Schwarzenegger grew to 15 Sunday, the actor headed for a campaign march in Sacramento, while Gov. Gray Davis signed a law making California the largest state to require employer-paid health care...
    Leads point to anthrax, Scuds in Iraq (10/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Weapons hunters in Iraq are following leads that point to the presence of anthrax and Scud missiles still hidden in the country, the chief searcher said Sunday. David Kay told Congress last week that his survey team had not found nuclear, biological or chemical weapons so far. But he argued against drawing conclusions, saying he expects to provide a full picture on Iraq's weapons programs in six months to nine months...
    Teamsters reject garbage contract offer (10/06/03)
    CHICAGO -- Striking garbage workers have overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from Chicago-area private waste haulers, union officials announced Sunday. Some 3,300 Teamsters who handle garbage for private waste haulers in the suburbs and in Chicago's high-rise dwellings have been on strike since Wednesday...
    Clark trails rivals in developing political organization (10/06/03)
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- For all his high-wattage candidacy, Wesley Clark lags far behind his Democratic presidential rivals in the months of organizing and hours of handshaking that it takes to win the Iowa caucuses. The state's Jan. 19 caucuses, the first test for Democrats in the hunt for the nomination, present a formidable challenge for any candidate, let alone a political neophyte such as Clark who entered the race only last month...
    Government rolls out new auto rollover test (10/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- After years of using a dry, mathematical formula to predict rollover risk, the government is adding a wheel-squealing road test intended to give consumers more information about a vehicle's handling capabilities. Automakers say the road test will reward the best-handling vehicles in each class by highlighting performance measures the formula could not assess. ...
    New treatments arise for heart attack victims (10/06/03)
    WESTON, Fla. -- Almost anywhere else, the ambulance crew would have gathered up Buddy LaRosa in mid-heart attack and roared off to the closest emergency room. They arrived that hot summer afternoon to find a classic cardiac emergency, the kind suffered by more than 1 million Americans a year. LaRosa had just climbed out of his pool from swimming laps, and he had an awful pain in his chest. His left arm was numb...
    Wilson- CIA leak put wife's life in danger (10/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The former diplomat whose wife's identity as a CIA officer was disclosed by the Bush administration said Sunday that the leak has put her life in danger, and the government is not protecting her. "There have been a number of other people who've come out and suggested that perhaps this does make her a target," Joseph Wilson said...
    Violent protests continue as Iraqi soldiers demand pay (10/06/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Hundreds of men claiming to be former Iraqi soldiers converged at a U.S. base in central Baghdad and in the southern city of Basra on Sunday, demanding financial assistance in a second day of violent protests. The unrest reflected growing tension over the high unemployment rate in Iraq after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's military, formerly a major employer...
    Pope leads long, lively ceremony (10/06/03)
    VATICAN CITY -- Days after some cardinals gave dire descriptions of his health, Pope John Paul II led a long and lively ceremony Sunday to give the Church three new saints, capping the appearance with a spin in a "popemobile" around St. Peter's Square to wave to tens of thousands of cheering well-wishers...
    Israel's strike on Syria threatens expansion of conflict (10/06/03)
    JERUSALEM -- Israel's surprising strike at an alleged Islamic Jihad base in Syria -- in response to a suicide bombing by the group -- threatens to widen the conflict with the Palestinians and draw in an old enemy, whose frontier with Israel has been quiet for 30 years...
    The Taliban hunters (10/06/03)
    PITHAVE, Afghanistan -- A Soviet bullet entered his skull behind the left ear and exited via the nearest eye socket, leaving nothing but lid. Two decades later, a permanently winking Maj. Mulla Naimatullah beams with pride when his commanding general tells this story...
    Tropical Storm Larry hits Mexico as hundreds flee (10/06/03)
    SANCHEZ MAGALLANES, Mexico -- Tropical Storm Larry hit the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, forcing hundreds of people to flee to shelters, while a second storm strengthened to a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Pacific coast. Mexico has been bracing for three storms along its coasts this weekend...
    Slum population expected to double by 2030- U.N. report (10/06/03)
    UNITED NATIONS -- About a sixth of the world's population live in slums, and that number could double by 2030 if developed nations don't begin giving the issue serious attention, according to a United Nations report. The U.N. Human Settlements Program's report is the first ever to assess how widespread slums are. Its main finding is stark: Almost half the world's urban population lives in slums...
    Kenyan president anxious to show he's reining in terrorism (10/06/03)
    NAIROBI, Kenya -- Nine months after being swept into office by Kenyans desperate to reverse decades of misrule, President Mwai Kibaki is coming to Washington facing a challenge at least as great as those that bedevil him at home. His task is to persuade the White House that he is serious about tackling the terrorism that has struck his country twice in the past five years...
    Serbians still gloomy three years following Milosevic's ouster (10/06/03)
    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- One pro-democracy leader is dead, several others have been disgraced by scandals, and the rest are locked in a bitter power struggle. Three years after the dramatic ouster of Slobodan Milosevic -- the anniversary was Sunday -- Serbia's grim picture includes nationalists trying to mount a comeback, a shaky economy, widespread strikes, two failed presidential elections and ordinary people wondering if their republic will ever get on the right track...
    Africa oil pipeline project delivers (10/06/03)
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- The first tanker set off from a Cameroon port with crude from a massive $3.7 billion pipeline, officials said Sunday, launching an ambitious World Bank project aimed at developing West African oil as an alternative to Mideast supplies...
    Syria demands U.N. condemn Israeli attack (10/06/03)
    UNITED NATIONS -- Syria urged the U.N. Security Council to condemn an Israeli airstrike on a purported terrorist camp near Damascus on Sunday, while Israel defended the attack and accused its neighbor of harboring terrorists. Syria's United Nations ambassador, Fayssal Mekdad, said the strike was blatant military aggression, telling an emergency meeting of the 15-member council that "Arabs and many people across the globe feel that Israel is above the law."...
    Report- Afghan women still suffering after Taliban ouster (10/06/03)
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- The plight of many Afghan women has barely improved in the two years since the ouster of the Taliban regime, with forced marriages, rapes and domestic violence still occurring frequently, Amnesty International said. In a report to be released today, the London-based human rights group accused the international community of failing to do enough in this wartorn country, where most women are still cloistered at home and wear body-shrouding burkas in public...
    Little time for Texas pride as No. 1 Sooners loom (10/06/03)
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The chest thumping lasted less than 24 hours. By Sunday, the Texas Longhorns had to forget about their 24-20 win over Kansas State and start thinking about facing No. 1 Oklahoma next Saturday in Dallas. The tough victory behind inspirational freshman quarterback Vince Young will be just a footnote in another season of "what ifs?" should No. 11 Texas (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) drop a fourth consecutive game to the Sooners...
    Yankees make familiar statement, clinch series (10/06/03)
    MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees sure got back to their postseason best in a hurry. The Yankees hit four doubles in a six-run fourth inning Sunday, giving David Wells a big lead and breezing into the AL championship series with an 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins...
    Emmitt Smith hurt in homecoming game (10/06/03)
    Arizona running back Emmitt Smith hardly had a chance to play against his former Dallas Cowboys teammates Sunday. The NFL's career rushing leader left early in the second quarter with a sprained left shoulder and finished with the least productive game of his career. X-rays were negative, but he did not return after halftime...
    Cubs reverse fortunes, move on to meet Marlins (10/06/03)
    ATLANTA -- Ninety-five years of frustration. Ninety-five years of ridicule. Put it all to rest. The Chicago Cubs are postseason winners. Kerry Wood pitched another dominating game and Aramis Ramirez began the celebration with a mammoth home run, pushing the Cubs past Atlanta 5-1 Sunday night for their first postseason victory since the 1908 World Series...
    ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" returns -- without Limbaugh (10/06/03)
    AP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN's NFL pregame show returned Sunday with an apology -- and without Rush Limbaugh -- a week after the commentator's race-tinged comments about Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Panelists Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Steve Young and Michael Irvin took criticism from the media, as well as McNabb, for not responding when Limbaugh suggested on the Sept. ...
    Germans knock U.S. out of Cup title chase (10/06/03)
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- There will be no World Cup repeat for the American women, no triumph before a raucous home crowd. Spectacular goalkeeping by Silke Rottenberg, a brilliantly executed corner kick and two late goals gave Germany a 3-0 semifinal victory over the defending World Cup champion United States on Sunday...
    Chiefs roll to a record 5-0 start (10/06/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- From Kansas City's point of view, the best thing about a 5-0 start is the fact the Chiefs still have not had a great game from their quarterback. Trent Green threw two touchdown passes in Sunday's 24-23 victory over Denver, a game that will be remembered only for Dante Hall's go-ahead touchdown on a 93-yard punt return...
    Opponents have questions after Newman's eighth win (10/06/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Ryan Newman's latest Winston Cup victory has opponents wondering how the No. 12 Dodge can go so far on a tank of gas. Those opponents who were talking, that is, after Newman's display of fuel conservation at Kansas Speedway on Sunday...
    There's nothing quite like the baby's first words (10/06/03)
    Cute. Real cute. I hope you're all satisfied. Did you make all of those Cubs fans proud? I'm usually a quiet baby, and I try to keep to myself way up here on top of my lonely billboard on one of Cape Girardeau's busiest streets, but now I'm on the verge of tears. I won't take it anymore...
    Kobe's absence could be a good thing (10/06/03)
    The idea of Kobe Bryant playing for the Los Angeles Lakers this season is getting dumber by the minute. He's coming to training camp, then he's not, then he is, showing up for Saturday's practice after missing the first full-squad drills. His teammates want him, but only if he's committed to them. Some days he'll be on court, some days in court...
    Area digest (10/06/03)
    Southeast volleyball team falls to visiting Memphis Memphis won its 14th consecutive game Sunday by beating Southeast 30-28, 30-26, 25-30, 30-27. Suzanne Gundlach had 13 kills and 12 digs for Southeast (3-14). Sarah Frost added 10 kills, and Emily Scannell had 42 assists and 14 digs. The Otahkians finished with 16 blocks...
    New lodging for the Winnebago (10/06/03)
    A retired Cape Girardeau banker is proposing a $1 million RV and camping park on North Kingshighway that would feature 100 pull-through spots, five log cabins, a swimming pool, miniature golf and an outdoor pavilion. Stan Thompson and his wife, Kay, along with business partners Ronnie and Pam Wesbecher, are applying for a special-use permit from the city to build Cape Camping and RV Park on 15 acres of land that used to house Southeast Discount Golf...
    Special coverage of recall planned on election night (10/06/03)
    Television networks are sending their big guns to California for Tuesday's recall vote, eager to tap into the political circus that could make Arnold Schwarzenegger the state's next governor. Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather will be heading West, and cable news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC have put special election-night plans in place to cover a race that has shoved other political news to the side...
    Different world awaits U.S. families in Third World-based TV sh (10/06/03)
    The Russell family likes comfort: their three-bedroom, three-bathroom suburban home in Birmingham, Ala.; a packed refrigerator with an automatic ice machine; central air conditioning, and, when mom doesn't feel like cooking, fast food restaurants. So why would they trade all these middle-class amenities for a sweltering mud hut in Lungu, Ghana, with no electricity, no plumbing, and no golden arches for thousands of miles?...
    Internet evolves in wake of music-swapping suits (10/06/03)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. Just as Prohibition drove drinkers underground in the roaring '20s, the music industry's crackdown is pushing many song swappers away from the open Internet and into what amount to cyberspace speakeasies. These high-tech Cotton Clubs usually require users to be trusted or at least know someone inside. The files being traded, instead of out in the open, are encrypted -- the 21st century equivalent of hiding bathtub gin under a fake floorboard...
    Military's new warriors come out to play on video (10/06/03)
    Hunched with his troops in a dusty, wind-swept courtyard, the squad leader signals the soldiers to line up against a wall. Clasping automatic weapons, they inch single-file toward a sandy road lined with swaying palm trees. The squad leader orders a point man to peer around the corner, his quick glance revealing several foes lying in wait behind a smoldering car. A few hand signals, a quick flash of gunfire, and it's over...
    Internet ad work clicking for two grads from SEMO (10/06/03)
    Former Southeast Missouri State University students Josh Barsch and John Pozzoli are heading a Phoenix-based company that is cashing in on a relatively new and innovative kind of marketing strategy -- it's called "online keyword advertising" and it's expected to be a $7 billion industry by 2007...
    Elma Smith (10/06/03)
    ULLIN, Ill. -- Elma Chandler Smith, 81, of Ullin, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at City Care Center in Anna. She was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Wheeling, W. Va., daughter of Daniel and Creasie Amos Starcher. She married Oscar Chandler, who preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1975. She later married Herbert Smith, who preceded her in death in Jan. 1989...
    Fire report 10/6 (10/06/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Oct. 6 Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 12:28 a.m., a request for medical assistance at 2533 Greenway. At 2:22 a.m., a request for medical assistance at 3916 Hopper Road. At 2:28 a.m., an alarm sounding at 280 S. Mount Auburn...
    Police report 10/6 (10/06/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Oct. 5 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Judy K. Gaines, 42, 808 S. Sprigg, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing from Wal-Mart, 3439 William...
    Parts dealer deserves award from chamber (10/06/03)
    The applause that exploded from those gathered at the annual Industry Appreciation Dinner last week showed how excited this community is about a local business success story. It had just been announced that Auto Tire and Parts won the Commitment to Excellence Award, and company president Greg Stroup strode to the stage to accept it...
    Court's tobacco choice costs Missourians (10/06/03)
    The Missouri Supreme Court's failure to hear the case on lawyers' fees in the state's settlement with Big Tobacco wasn't only disappointing, it may have lost the court its chance to set important precedents regarding who should be given the responsibility in matters of state government...
    Speak Out 10/6/03 (10/06/03)
    Bad dresser I SAW the rendition of what's supposed to be Lorimier on the new mural panel, but I'm sorry, they have him dressed wrong. It's doubtful he wore buckskins decorated as a Plains Indian would have decorated such clothing. I do believe that he would have dressed more in breaches, shirts and waistcoats. ...
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