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Stories from Thursday, October 9, 2003

Rivals make fashion statements (10/09/03)
Cape Girardeau Central and Jackson high schools will wage a football battle at Houck Stadium tonight, but there is something of a trash-talking T-shirt war going on between the two schools' student governments, as well. For several years, Central's student senate and Jackson's student council have sold T-shirts to promote the game and raise money. This year, Central's shirts poke fun at Jackson's "hillbilly" heritage. Jackson's shirts embrace it...
Retail coffee hot topic at Cape Girardeau P & Z meeting (10/09/03)
Nothing apparently steams the neighbors like pounds and pounds of coffee. Curtis and Carol Greer have a house full of beans that their neighbors don't want them to sell, and they said so at the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission's meeting Wednesday...
Picking up speed (10/09/03)
A school without an identity -- that's how some teachers describe last year's atmosphere at Central Middle School. Six hundred students and 50 teachers were thrown together, the result of a districtwide grade reconfiguration. It wasn't until Missouri's accelerated schools project came along this fall that the building at 1900 Thilenius really became a school...
Cape County license bureaus roll out new permits (10/09/03)
Beginning Thursday, the Cape Girardeau and Jackson license bureaus will issue revamped driver documents in a new format with enhanced security features. The biggest change will be the addition of a small "ghost portrait" next to the main photo. The extra picture is one of several enhanced security measures intended to help law enforcement find fake IDs and prevent identity fraud...
Local woman to compete in pageant (10/09/03)
Danielle Ruble of Jackson, daughter of Mike and Tami Willliamson, has been selected to participate in the 2003 Miss Missouri/Teen USA Pageant. The pageant will take place Oct. 16, 17 and 18 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Ruble will compete as Miss Heartland Teen U.S.A. ...
Scott City celebrates century of existence at party (10/09/03)
The cultural calendar in Scott City isn't usually so crowded. An exhibition of memorabilia from the city's past opened last week at the Schock Community Arts Center. Next week it's the Centennial Ball, a dance celebrating the 100th year of the city's founding...
Cook wins Miss Cotton Carnival (10/09/03)
Queen of Miss Cotton Carnival At the 59th annual Cotton Carnival in Sikeston Abbie Cook, center, was crowned Miss Cotton Carnival. Kylie Michelle Walker, left, was named first alternate and Melody Emerson, right, second alternate. Abbie Cook is the daughter of Debby and Allen Cook of Scott City, Mo. ...
Community cuisine 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
Dinner fund-raiser set for weekend in Bald Knob A ham and beans fund-raising dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Alto Pass, Ill., 17 miles south of Murphysboro off Route 127. Welcome center hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information call (618) 893-2344 or (618) 532-8188...
Community briefs 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
Parents group plans weekend events Parents Without Partners will hold an orientation from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. The orientation is free and open to the public. Education is Fun/Tripoli will be available until 10 p.m...
Jackson resident joins Peace Corps (10/09/03)
Tony Baker of Jackson left the United States for Tanzania, Africa, on Oct. 1 to serve for 27 months as an environmental worker with the Peace Corps. His work will include promoting sustainable techniques for soil conservation and rehabilitation, environmental education and HIV/AIDS education...
Sikeston police warn residents of phone scam (10/09/03)
Sikeston police are warning residents concerning a phone scam artist targeting the area. The scam is perpetrated when the victim receives a call from a person claiming to be an AT&T service technician and to be conducting a test on the phone lines in the area...
Cape County license bureaus roll out new permits (10/09/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County commissioners will send a letter to area legislators calling for an increase to the assessed value at which a county must go from third class to second class. During their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners agreed to send the letter -- along with news articles from the Standard Democrat and Southeast Missourian -- to area lawmakers. ...
State health-care costs rise above national average (10/09/03)
Cape school district forming budget task force The Cape Girardeau School District is in the process of forming a task force to make recommendations about cutting $2.2 million from the district's budget. Parents and other community members interested in serving on the task force can do so by visiting the district's Web site at www.cape.k12.mo.us and clicking on the budget reduction link or by calling 335-1867...
Community Q&A - Stan Crader (10/09/03)
Name: Stan Crader Lives in: Jackson Family: Married to Debbie; three sons, Justin, Scott and Brad; daughter in law, Erin. Favorite food: Wibb's Barbecue. Favorite TV show: "Everybody Loves Raymond."...
Husband and wife held in killing of suspected stalker (10/09/03)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- A husband and wife have been charged in the death of a man authorities said was stalking the couple. Richard and Kerstin Pearia, who live just outside the community of Wentzville about 40 miles west of St. Louis, filed for an order of protection against Donald Brinkmeyer, 51, of Shrewsbury, less than two weeks before Tuesday's confrontation, authorities said...
Judge to block 24-hour wait on abortions (10/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge said Wednesday that he will temporarily block a new Missouri law that would have required physicians to wait 24 hours after consulting women before performing abortions. Senior U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright plans to issue the temporary restraining order Friday -- one day before Missouri's new abortion law was to take effect, said Wright's clerk...
Judge hearing arguments today on concealed guns law (10/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A St. Louis judge could decide whether Missouri's new concealed guns law violates the state constitution. But he first must decide whether he -- or a judge in the state's capital city -- has the proper authority to hear the case...
Audit - Jail costs have hurt Pemiscot County finances (10/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Pemiscot County is in a "weak financial condition" because revenue sources expected to cover the cost of operating a new jail have proved insufficient, according to a recent audit of county finances. The report by State Auditor Claire McCaskill's office also says two current and former county commissioners should repay a combined $29,600 in salaries they received under an unconstitutional state law...
Longtime Kennett newsman Stapleton dies at 76 (10/09/03)
Jack Stapleton Jr., a veteran Missouri newspaperman and syndicated columnist, has died. He was 76. Stapleton died Tuesday at a nursing home in Kennett, Mo., where he had been for about one week, said his daughter, Sally Stapleton. She said he had been in declining health for several months...
State health-care costs rise above national average (10/09/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A study released Wednesday by a nonprofit health foundation started with a question. How much is Missouri spending each year on health care? The answer, the Missouri Foundation for Health study says, is more than the national per-person cost and yet, the state ranks near the bottom in just about every measure of health...
Entertainer fights for survival after Las Vegas tiger attack (10/09/03)
LAS VEGAS -- Droves of people visit illusionist Roy Horn's makeshift shrine in front of The Mirage hotel-casino every day. So many have visited the "Siegfried & Roy" Web site that it has crashed. Doctors hope Horn might be able to one day thank them...
FDA set to reconsider allowing silicone-gel breast implants (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- Eleven years after most use of silicone-gel breast implants was banned amid fears they were dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration is considering letting them back on the U.S. market. Revisiting the emotionally charged issue, the FDA next week will hear testimony essentially pitting woman against woman -- some who say the implants broke apart to leave lasting scars, others who want implants they say feel more natural to reconstruct breasts savaged by cancer...
More speak foreign languages at home instead of English (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly one in five Americans speaks a language other than English at home, the Census Bureau says, after a surge of nearly 50 percent during the past decade. Most speak Spanish, followed by Chinese, with Russian rising fast. Some 47 million Americans 5 and older used a language other than English in 2000, the bureau said. That translates into the nearly one in five, compared with roughly one in seven 10 years earlier...
Bush, White House leaders point out progress in Iraq (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, facing growing doubts about his handling of postwar Iraq, launched a new public relations campaign to convince Americans his course is the correct one. His national security adviser insisted Wednesday that Saddam Hussein harbored ambitions to use unconventional weapons -- even though none has been found...
House OKs cutbacks on pension payments (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to allow businesses to pay less into workers' pension plans over the next two years, saying the $26 billion in relief was needed to enable companies to keep plans afloat and protect benefits for future retirees...
Going postal (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- Charles Caplan is little-recalled today, but his vigilance may well symbolize the thousands of postal workers honored in a new exhibit -- "In the Line of Duty: Dangers, Disasters and Good Deeds" -- that opened Wednesday at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum...
Foam paint brush may be key tool to repair space shuttle (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- A simple foam paint brush that costs only pennies at hardware stores could be an essential tool in returning the space shuttle to orbit, NASA's administrator said Wednesday. Space agency engineers found that the brush may be just what astronauts need to spread a patching compound on a space shuttle's damaged heat shield while the craft is in orbit...
NBC, Shriver to discuss how job will change with new political (10/09/03)
NEW YORK -- Maria Shriver will huddle soon with NBC News executives to decide how her job as a correspondent will change now that she's about to become California's first lady. Shriver, who works primarily for "Dateline NBC," was on an unpaid leave of absence during the campaign, where she stumped with husband Arnold Schwarzenegger and defended him against allegations that he had groped other women...
Supreme Court weighs rights of recovering addicts in workplace (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with the workplace rights of recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in a case with implications for thousands of employers and more than 5 million workers with substance abuse problems. The justices are considering whether an Arizona missile plant worker who lost his job after testing positive for drugs deserved to be rehired after getting sober...
New testing finds Down syndrome better, sooner (10/09/03)
A new combination of blood tests and ultrasound can detect fetuses with Down syndrome sooner and more accurately than standard U.S. screening tests, offering mothers-to-be more peace of mind and more time to decide whether to end a pregnancy, researchers say...
No-call list signs up new numbers again today (10/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- The national do-not-call list will resume accepting phone numbers today from people who do not want to be bothered by telemarketers. The Federal Trade Commission shut down new registration last week after a federal court ordered the agency to stop operating the list of more than 52 million phone numbers. But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver temporarily blocked the lower court's decision Tuesday, allowing the registry to restart...
Bear mauling recorded on tape (10/09/03)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The graphic sounds of a deadly bear attack in the Alaska wilderness were captured on tape, revealing a wildlife author's final, frantic screams as he tried to fend off the beast, authorities said Wednesday. Trooper Chris Hill said the tape suggests a video camera was turned on just before Timothy Treadwell was attacked at his campsite. ...
Discovery of bugging device in mayor's office causes a furor (10/09/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday confirmed that listening devices found in the offices of Mayor John F. Street were planted by the FBI -- a discovery that touched off a political furor just weeks before Election Day. Three federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the FBI was responsible for the bug, but refused to comment on whether the Democratic mayor is a target of an investigation or to provide any details about the nature of the probe.. ...
People news 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
Baldwin brings governor gift of dog biscuits AUSTIN, Texas -- Alec Baldwin came bearing a gift when he attended a fund-raiser for House Democrats: a box of dog biscuits for Republican Gov. Rick Perry. "I wanted to give this to Tom DeLay's lap dog, Rick Perry," the actor said Tuesday. ...
Arnold takes charge in California (10/09/03)
LOS ANGELES -- On his first full day as governor-elect, Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed confidence that he would make a seamless transition to the governor's office but provided no new specifics on how he plans to cure California's ills. In a news conference at a Los Angeles hotel, Schwarzenegger repeated many themes from the campaign trail, including a pledge to repeal the recent tripling of the car tax and a call to "open up the books" in search of a solution to the state's gaping deficit. ...
More than 5,000 detainees sit and wait behind U.S. razor wire (10/09/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military is detaining more than 5,000 Iraqi men and women accused of common crimes or of being security threats -- people whose legal rights are in dispute and whose living conditions are hidden from public view. The Iraqi Lawyers League, under a new, elected leadership, is mounting a rights campaign on their behalf, and on behalf of the uncertain families they left behind...
Ex-Contras to present United States with compensation demand ne (10/09/03)
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The political party comprising former members of the U.S.-backed Contra rebels said Wednesday it will drop plans to sue the United States for back pay in the war against Nicaragua's leftist government if it can reach a settlement with the U.S. government first...
Iraqi leaders say they don't want Turkish peacekeepers (10/09/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's interim leaders told U.S. officials Wednesday they don't want peacekeepers from Turkey or other neighboring countries but are willing to soften their opposition to avoid a confrontation with the U.S.-led coalition. They delivered their message as several thousand Shiite Muslims marched to coalition headquarters to demand the release of a cleric arrested for "anti-coalition activities." Protesters hurled stones and sandals -- an Iraqi gesture of contempt -- at U.S. ...
Vietnam, U.S. tentatively agree to allow commercial air links (10/09/03)
HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam and the United States tentatively agreed on Wednesday to allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War, an official said. The two sides were still working out the final details, but were expected to initial an agreement Thursday, according to an official from Vietnam's Civil Aviation Administration who participated in the talks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity...
Car bomb explodes, killing at least six people in Bogota (10/09/03)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A car bomb exploded in central Bogota early Wednesday, killing six people and injuring at least 12, authorities said. The explosion occurred in a commercial area filled with electronic, clothing and liquor stores as employees were arriving for work. The goods sold in the San Andresito neighborhood are contraband and much cheaper than those found in legal shopping districts...
Official- Sheep unlikely to be slaughtered at sea (10/09/03)
SYDNEY, Australia -- Some 50,000 Australian sheep, stranded in the Persian Gulf since Saudi Arabia rejected them as diseased, will be brought home rather than slaughtered, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Thursday. Howard said the his government was trying to find a Middle Eastern country that would accept the sheep, which have been at sea on the MV Como Express since Aug. 6...
New Delhi finds hope and cynicism as it tries to clean up (10/09/03)
NEW DELHI, India -- The park had been scrubbed to near-spotlessness by the time the politicians arrived, and the nearby alleys cleared of garbage. Even the suddenly well-swept dirt wasn't, well, very dirty. At least for one day. In a city that often seems to be drowning in trash, an obscure park was the focus of New Delhi's "Clean City" campaign, a 10-day festival of parades, posters and pledges of cleanliness...
Afghan leader, U.S. envoy dismiss report about Taliban official (10/09/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai and President Bush's special envoy to Afghanistan said Wednesday that U.S. authorities had not freed a top Taliban official, contradicting an earlier report from two Afghan officials. Two Afghan officials said earlier that former Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil had been released Monday, after 22 months of captivity, from the U.S. headquarters in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Base, just north of the capital of Kabul...
Investigators have few clues in case of slain radical Sunnis (10/09/03)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Investigators said Wednesday they were far from solving the slaying of a radical Muslim leader. The authorities are "on the right track" but have made no arrests as they track the four gunmen who killed Maulana Azam Tariq, a top Sunni Muslim hardline leader, said Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema of Pakistan's Interior Ministry...
Pakistan launches crackdown on tribe for sheltering al-Qaida (10/09/03)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani security forces cracked down Wednesday on two tribes accused of sheltering al-Qaida suspects, arresting members, destroying homes and seizing vehicles, a government official said. The action came less than a week after Pakistani soldiers raided three homes in the area along the Afghan border, starting a shootout that killed eight suspected al-Qaida members...
Fighting reported between rival Afghan militias (10/09/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Fighting erupted Wednesday between rival warlords who both claim allegiance to the government of President Hamid Karzai, and an official of one of the warring groups said as many as 60 people were killed and scores more wounded...
American, Briton win Nobel for economic study (10/09/03)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- American Robert F. Engle and Briton Clive W.J. Granger won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Wednesday for their use of statistical methods for studying the timing behind economic developments. Their research is used to gather data for "time series," such as chronological observations or for estimating relationships and testing hypotheses in economic theory, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said...
Four arrested in Somalia in killing of aid worker (10/09/03)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Police in northwestern Somalia have detained four suspects in connection with the killing of a prize-winning Italian aid worker, the region's interior minister said Wednesday. A lone gunman shot and killed Annalena Tonelli on Sunday in Borama, a town 580 miles northwest of Mogadishu. She was killed on the grounds of the tuberculosis hospital she had founded there...
Israel bolsters troops in Palestinian areas (10/09/03)
JERUSALEM -- Trying to prevent another terror attack during the Jewish holidays, Israel enforced an open-ended lockdown of Palestinian towns Wednesday and ordered two more battalions into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The closure was extended as questions arose over the health of Yasser Arafat after he appeared in public looking haggard and disoriented. ...
Actor-politicians-Schwarzenegger could face tough times (10/09/03)
BOMBAY, India -- From Bollywood stars to a deposed Philippine president, actors-turned-politicians warned Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday if he doesn't get his lines right as governor of California, he may be booed out by a fickle public. "The pitfall is if you do not perform in the movies, it's just acting. ...
Tijuana begins investigating complaints against police (10/09/03)
TIJUANA, Mexico -- Michael Wilson's run-in with Tijuana police is a familiar story. The 43-year-old Las Vegas man says he and a friend were accused of having illegal drugs, then handcuffed and driven around in a squad car for hours before paying $500 to be let go...
Conservative Party attacks Blair's justification of war (10/09/03)
BLACKPOOL, England -- Britain's opposition Conservative Party, which strongly supported the war in Iraq, on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Tony Blair of lying as he made the case for military action. Conservative foreign affairs spokesman Michael Ancram said it was right to topple Saddam Hussein, calling him a "dangerous and recognized threat to international peace and security." But in a blistering, personal attack on Blair, he accused the government of manipulating intelligence material to justify the war.. ...
'Riverdance' takes the stage in China's Tiananmen Square (10/09/03)
BEIJING -- When the sequined dancers of the Irish musical sensation "Riverdance" perform this week in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, they won't merely be ushering in the biggest international production ever to hit China. They'll also be bringing their flashing lights and thundering steps to a swath of hallowed political ground -- the enormous stage where Mao Zedong held forth, and where Communist Party leaders still gather for their public spectacles...
Pakistan announces successful test of second missile (10/09/03)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan has successfully test fired a medium-range, nuclear-capable missile, the second such test in less than a week, the army said. The Hatf-4 missile, also known as the Shaheen 1, was fired off early Wednesday, according to the army. The missile has a range of 435 miles, meaning it can hit most major targets in rival India...
Exceptionally rare U.S. coin found in Britain (10/09/03)
LONDON -- A 351-year-old coin, one of the first ever minted in colonial America, has been found in Britain, an auction house said Wednesday. The rare New England silver sixpence turned up when relatives of a deceased British man were rummaging through his belongings. They sent it to an expert for identification...
Rights group disputes Chechnya voter turnout (10/09/03)
MOSCOW -- A leading Russian human rights group condemned the presidential election in Chechnya, saying Wednesday the region's capital resembled a ghost town during weekend voting despite the official claim that turnout was nearly 90 percent. The streets in the capital of the war-scarred region were deserted, with the market closed and no more than a trickle of voters casting ballots, the Moscow Helsinki Group said...
Reports- China's first manned space flight scheduled for Oct. 1 (10/09/03)
BEIJING -- After 11 years of planning, China's first manned space flight could come down to this: one man, a two-pound sack of seeds and a single 90-minute loop around the planet. Giving the firmest signs yet that China is about to blast a "taikonaut" into orbit, news reports Wednesday said it would take place Oct. 15 and be shown live on television. In Indonesia, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the Shenzhou 5 craft would take off with a human crew "soon, very soon."...
Top-seeded Central takes pair of aces into district tournament (10/09/03)
In high school softball it's common for teams to use only one pitcher once it's playoff time. And while Central senior Megan McDonald has thrown most of the Tigers' big games this season, coach Amy Blattel has enough confidence in both McDonald and fellow senior Shana Wadlington that she has not decided which pitcher will start in Friday's Class 4, District 1 semifinal game. Central will face the winner of the Farmington-Sikeston game at 4:30 p.m...
Jackson's traditional power running game has sprouted wings (10/09/03)
This time a year ago, Jackson was giving a preview of its offensive evolution. In the second half of Jackson's 34-7 loss to Central last October, quarterback Tyler Profilet threw the ball 20 times because of the Indians' ineffective ground game. This year Jackson took the plan a step further and went from a predominantly run-oriented offense to a team that passes 25 to 30 times in a game...
Area softball districts at a glance (10/09/03)
Class 4, District 1
  • Site:Farmington Seeds: 1. Central (16-7), 2. Hillsboro (16-9), 3. Jackson (11-13), 4. Farmington (13-9), 5. Sikeston (6-9), 6. Poplar Bluff (9-10). Schedule: Thursday, Jackson (3) vs. Poplar Bluff (6), 4:30 p.m.; Farmington (4) vs. Sikeston (5), 6 p.m.; Friday, Central (1) vs. 4-5 winner, 4:30 p.m.; Hillsboro (2) vs. 3-6 winner, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Championship, 1:30 p.m...
  • Today's game at a glance (10/09/03)
    Jackson (2-2) at Central (4-1)
  • Last week: Central 27, Dexter 14; Jackson 32, Fort Zumwalt West 3 Last year: Central 34, Jackson 7 Notes: Jackson's quarterback decision is up in the air with Tyler Profilet recovering from the flu and Marc Lumsden coming off a big game at home against Fort Zumwalt West. ...
  • Unbeaten Central shuts out Sikeston (10/09/03)
    Central's boys' soccer team pushed its record to 14-0 by rolling past visiting Sikeston 7-0 Wednesday night at Shawnee Park Sports Complex. Ryan Ponder recorded a hat trick by scoring three goals to lead the Tigers, who got two goals from Heath Orr and one each from Devon Edmonds and Bryan Ross...
    Cubs fillet Marlins 12-3 Chicago romps past Florida in Game 2 (10/09/03)
    CHICAGO -- Once the ball flew off Sammy Sosa's bat and soared toward the juniper bushes in dead center field, there was no telling how far it might go. And if he keeps hitting like this, there's no telling how far he might take these Chicago Cubs...
    Starting with two losses Thrashers open NHL season in mourning (10/09/03)
    ATLANTA -- This team was once filled with hope. Now, there are two unused lockers at the Atlanta Thrashers' practice rink and the same gray T-shirt in every other stall. "We're All In It," is written across the front of the shirt. The number "15" is on the left sleeve...
    Red Sox handle Yanks in opener (10/09/03)
    NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees sent Mike Mussina to the mound hoping he would give them a lead in the AL championship series. He couldn't even keep them close. Mussina served up three home run balls to Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-2 in Game 1 of the ALCS on Wednesday night...
    Milicic huffs, puffs in James' shadow as top picks debut (10/09/03)
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James dazzled with no-look passes while Darko Milicic watched. When James took a break, Milicic ran around on the court, awkwardly at times, with his mouth agape and eyes wide. "He was out there breathing like he has asthma," Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown said...
    Indians got what they needed - a victory (10/09/03)
    You made a difference if you were at Houck Stadium on Saturday when we finally got in the win column with a 30-17 victory over Eastern Illinois. I am excited about the homecoming crowd that turned out for the game. We were 0-5, and I really didn't know what to expect...
    Charter finds a place for new classic addition (10/09/03)
    Classic sports lovers, this channel's for you. A spokeswoman at Charter Communications confirmed Wednesday what the handy on-screen channel guide has been saying for a few days: ESPN Classic will debut soon in areas service by Charter, which includes Cape Girardeau and Scott counties...
    Area softball districts at a glance (10/09/03)
    He's got sixth sense about that sort of thing Geores Buttner-Clevenger, who is so hung up on sixes that he wanted to celebrate the final days of his 66th year by jogging 6 miles twice a day for six months and six days on Route 66, might soon start referring to it as Route 666...
    Area digest (10/09/03)
    Pledger wins women's national deadlift title Lindsay Pledger of Cape Girardeau won a national title at the USAPL Deadlift Nationals in St. Louis this week. Pledger, 18 and a senior at Central High School, lifted 314 pounds to take the teenage division title and capture the women's Best Lifter title...
    Hospital offers new radiation treatment for brain tumors (10/09/03)
    A Southern Illinois woman was the first patient in Missouri to receive radiation treatment for a brain tumor while remaining awake during the procedure. The procedure, which administers a dose of radiation directly to the tumor, let Eileen Cruse of Anna, Ill., stay alert during the surgery. The procedure was performed Monday at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Health calendar 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
    Today Memory disorders screening will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center. The screening is open to any county resident age 60 or older. The screening is performed by a staff member at the Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital and is funded in part by a grant from the county's Senior Citizens' Services Fund...
    Health briefs 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
    Medical clinic joins diabetes collaborative Cross Trails Medical Clinic has joined a national program that will focus on the needs of diabetic patients. The program will start at the Marble Hill location and includes a focus on 100 patients. It will be expanded to all diabetic patients at the Advance and Cape Girardeau clinics later...
    Omega principle (10/09/03)
    JULIA EWAN * Washington Post Omega-3 fatty acids are prized for protecting the heart, and they may be helpful in preventing complications of diabetes and in soothing the inflamed joints of arthritis. What if omega-3 fatty acids also could treat your brain? Here, mungo beans are omega-3 wonders.By Sally Squires ~ The Washington Post...
    In the land of wimps and bullies (10/09/03)
    Oct. 9, 2003 Dear Pat, When you build a fence, you want to make it strong to keep some things in and to keep others out. Ours has to be sturdy enough to confine three dogs, one them a wanderer and another with really big teeth. It has to be solid enough to keep basketball players, bottles and bullets out. Fences don't make good neighbors, they say. On South Lorimier Street, fences make neighborliness possible. ...
    David Stevens (10/09/03)
    PUXICO, Mo. -- David W. Stevens, 77, of Puxico and formerly of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at his home. He was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Gideon, Mo. He married Doris Gloth. She survives. He was employed by Sears. He also is survived by a son, Gary Stevens of Puxico; a sister, Patty Gladney of Troy, Mo.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild...
    Minnie Bush (10/09/03)
    Minnie O. Bush, 93, of Jackson died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 12, 1910, at Kurreville, Mo., daughter of Louis and Wilhelmine Haupt Schmidt. She and Charley Bush were married March 20, 1954. He died Jan. 1, 1961...
    Clare Motchan (10/09/03)
    CAIRO, Ill. -- Clare Adele Motchan, 85, of Cairo died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 25, 1918, in Cairo, daughter of Neil and Irma Tauber Edwards. She first married Elgin Billingsley, who died in 1973. She later married Jack Motchan, who died in 1983...
    Richard Leeman (10/09/03)
    Richard H. Leeman, 72, of Nashua, N.H., died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. He was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Boston, Mass., son of Karl and Lydia Quist Leeman. He and Doris Honeycutt were married Dec. 20, 1960...
    Geraldine Green (10/09/03)
    Geraldine Marie Green, 82, of Jackson died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Monticello House. She was born March 3, 1921, in Willow Springs, Mo., daughter of Jesse Lee and Eva Marie Waggoner Curtis. She and Herbert Lee Green were married April 17, 1942. He died Nov. 3, 1981...
    Paul Jones (10/09/03)
    Paul F. Jones, 95, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Alto Pass, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 29, 1908 in Millersville, Mo., to James Franklin and Myrtle Talley Jones. He married Adelaide I. Friese April 17, 1938, in Ilmo, Mo...
    Mary Young (10/09/03)
    Mary Louise Young, 82, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 5, 1921, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of James R. and Julia Wood Howell. She and Thomas H. Young were married Nov. 13, 1943, in Cape Girardeau...
    Sterling Abernathy (10/09/03)
    CENTERVILLE, Ohio -- Sterling H. Abernathy, 89, of Centerville died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Bethany Lutheran Village. He was born June 28,1914, in Fordyce, Ark., son of Sterling and Louise Dalch Abernathy. He was married 58 years to Madge Obermiller. She preceded him in death by five days...
    Elsie Fulbright (10/09/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Elsie Fulbright, 91, of Pevely, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, Mo., died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at the home of a son in Pevely. She was born June 26, 1912, at Scopus, Mo., daughter of Hunter and Barbara James Cook. She and Charles T. Fulbright were married Sept. 20, 1931. He died March 2, 1979...
    Births 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
    Nugent Daughter to Cory Lynn Nugent and Stephanie Kay Weeks of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:31 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. Name, Julia Kay. Weight, 7 pounds 9 ounces. Ms. Weeks is the daughter of Cliff and Kay Weeks of Chesterfield, Mo. Nugent is the son of Robert and Cindy Nugent of Bloomsdale, Mo...
    Police report 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Oct. 9 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests David C. Johnson, 24, of 514 Olive, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of failure to drive on the right half of the road, fleeing lawful detention and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident...
    Fire report 10/9/03 (10/09/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Oct. 9 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 4:01 p.m., medical assist at 715 W. Rodney. At 5:49 p.m., medical assist at 325 N. Sprigg. At 6:43 p.m., illegal burn at 2747 Adeline. At 7:27 p.m., illegal burn at 1008 Bloomfield...
    Police get even tougher on drunks (10/09/03)
    It's a chicken-or-the-egg sort of question: Are DWI arrests up in Cape Girardeau because more people are driving drunk or because police are making a more concerted effort to arrest more drunken drivers? The answer: It doesn't matter. What does matter is that illegally intoxicated drivers should know there's a good chance they're going to jail...
    California's voters send a message (10/09/03)
    California's recall election has sent several messages, although not all of them are crystal clear. One message is that voters in our country's richest, most populous state are so weary of political ineptitude that they'd rather have as governor a political neophyte than another career politician. It was, after all, career politicians who got California into its current mess...
    Bush should seek special counsel -- like Clinton (10/09/03)
    To the editor: One would hope that George Bush would demonstrate at least as much integrity as former President Clinton. When allegations of improprieties regarding Whitewater Bank arose, Clinton promptly requested Attorney General Janet Reno appoint an independent counsel so there could be no conflict of interest marring the investigation. ...
    Floodwall art will be important city addition (10/09/03)
    To the editor: I am very much impressed with the proposed painting of Chicago artist Thomas Melvin that appeared in the Missourian recently and will be painted on the floodwall. Only a true and excellent artist such as Melvin is capable of depicting such an apropos picture highlighting the new bridge with the late Bill Emerson's picture along with our old bridge...
    Even with ban, criminals will still have weapons (10/09/03)
    To the editor: I believe a few folks have gone bonkers over the new gun law. I have lived in several of the states where it is working. Law-abiding citizens get the required training and pass the training and background check. Then they are eligible for a permit. It's not like going to a store and buying a hunting or fishing license...
    Speak Out 10/09/03 (10/09/03)
    A CALLER said, "Extracurricular programs are just as vital to the higher education experience as the classroom." Then why don't they have majors in football and basketball. Those programs are costing SEMO millions each year. Do employers care if you played football at a Division I school? Or do they care what your GPA was and what you majored in? Quit being so ridiculous...
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