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Stories from Friday, October 24, 2003

9-month delay in blowup of old bridge requested (10/24/03)
Cape Girardeau's old Mississippi River bridge will come crashing down, but the date of its demise may be delayed. The Missouri Department of Transportation has requested the U.S. Coast Guard approve a nine-month extension, which would move the deadline for the estimated $3.88 million demolition from May 20, 2004, to Feb. 20, 2005...
Cape/Jackson police reports 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 24 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Eric L. Holloway, 24, of 418 Themis, No. 3., Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Far from the same old 'Midsummer Night's Dream' (10/24/03)
The University Theatre's production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" takes place in a magical place where time can stand still, where mortals and spirits alike are enthralled by visions of earthy sensuality and love, and trees glow from the tittering fairies that sometimes inhabit them...
'Same Time, Next Year' has fun with adultery (10/24/03)
The fact that leads Stacey Storey and Jeff Statler are a couple in real life only increases the intimacy of Neil Simon's comedy "Same Time, Next Year," a play that often manages to be ribald, poignant and funny at the same time. The River City Players production begins tonight at the River City Yacht Club in Cape Girardeau. "Same Time, Next Year" was the RCP's first production 20 years ago and is being staged again to celebrate the anniversary...
Spooky house brightens couple's lives (10/24/03)
Kevin and Debbie Schearf's house might be scary, but don't lose your head. They just might put it on display for all the world to see. The Schearf's home at 425 N. High St. is one of the most famous houses in Jackson -- if not for its history, then for its Halloween decorations. The three-story Victorian brick house, highly visible on U.S. 61, was built in 1890. Since 1998, the Schearfs have given the old house an old-school haunting...
Internet prank sends police to Cape house (10/24/03)
Chat room vengeance took its toll Thursday on the Cape Girardeau police force and the 900 block of Hickory Street. Officers responded in force to the anonymous tip that Charles Depauw had shot his mother, Nancy, in their home at 911 Hickory. A police spokesman said later the tip was a false report, the culmination of an argument between Charles Depauw and an acquaintance in an Internet chat room...
Scott City educators make water ecology pointedly local (10/24/03)
Ask 13-year-old Jonathan Goodman about caddisfly larvae and mayfly nymphs and he'll say it's a good thing he found them in the creek that flows near Scott City's main water supply. The tiny insects' presence means Ramsey Creek isn't as unhealthy as it appears to be. Debris lines the banks, and cigarette butts float on the surface...
Bonfire trial jury acquits suspect Self (10/24/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- After hearing two days of testimony from 30 witnesses, a jury took less than an hour Thursday to declare Jerry L. Self Jr. not guilty of burning 14 fellow party guests. As Circuit Court Judge William Syler read the verdict, Self, 23, wore a relieved, wide grin that remained on his face as he left the courtroom...
Cape fire report 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 24 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 2:13 p.m., still alarm at 2424 Glenridge. At 3:38 p.m., medical assist at 1000 N. Sprigg. At 4:53 p.m., still alarm at 121 E. Rodney. At 7:42 p.m., structure fire at 2503 Fairlane...
Women caught in 'miracle' car deals (10/24/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two women were sentenced to federal prison terms for their roles in a nationwide phantom car scheme that garnered more than $21 million over four years. Four people had been charged in Kansas City in the scam that promised to sell cars at bargain prices to religious people as a reward for their faith. The non-existent vehicles supposedly were part of a multi-million dollar estate...
Search on for two state prison inmates after another found dead (10/24/03)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two convicted murderers continued to elude an intense search in and around the Missouri State Penitentiary, where they disappeared after leaving a note next to a dead inmate threatening to kill anyone who tried to confront them...
Lawyer faces drug charges (10/24/03)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An lawyer was charged Thursday with accepting methamphetamine as payment for his fees. Todd A. McGraw, 34, of Independence, was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with possession of a controlled substance. According to court documents, police received a tip in June that McGraw was receiving meth as payment for his attorney services. The next month, authorities interviewed a client of McGraw who said he had paid McGraw with meth, marijuana and cash...
Convicted murderer found dead at prison, two others missing (10/24/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Authorities were searching Thursday for two convicted murderers missing from a state prison ice plant, where a chilling note left alongside a slain inmate threatened death for anyone attempting to confront the fleeing prisoners...
Judge will file written decision on Missouri's new gun law (10/24/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis judge declined to rule on the future of Missouri's new concealed guns law until he could review arguments made for and against it in a hearing Thursday. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer said he would issue a written decision as soon as he could but did not set a specific timeline for the ruling...
Wal-Mart involved in immigrant sting (10/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials arrested more than 300 illegal workers at 60 Wal-Mart stores across the country early Thursday morning and searched the office of one of the retail chain's corporate executives, a federal official said. Several law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the investigation grew out of earlier probes of Wal-Mart cleaning crew contractors in 1998 and 2001. ...
Democrats ready to use more filibusters (10/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- After using filibusters all year to block President Bush's most-wanted judicial nominees, the Senate's minority Democrats are planning to use the procedural tactics to thwart even more of the GOP's agenda in the waning days of Congress...
Nation/world briefs 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
Senate ends restrictions on Cuba travel, tourism WASHINGTON -- The Senate joined the House on Thursday in striking at the four-decade-old policy of making travel to Cuba a criminal act, putting Congress on a collision course with Bush administration efforts to step up enforcement of travel restrictions...
Iraq oil could hit 6 million barrels per day in 3-4 years (10/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- Oil production in Iraq has the potential to hit 5 million to 6 million barrels per day in the next three to four years, triple the current output, Commerce Secretary Don Evans said Thursday. The estimate was more optimistic than those by Iraqi oil officials...
Hasbro Inc. sues creator of Ghettopoly (10/24/03)
Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The company that makes the Monopoly board game has sued the man who created "Ghettopoly" -- a knockoff featuring "playas" who build crack houses on Cheap Trick Avenue instead of hotels on Boardwalk...
Exercise, healthy weight may prevent cancer (10/24/03)
WASHINGTON -- Exercising and maintaining a healthful weight when young can delay the onset of breast cancer in women at very high risk of the disease, according to a study of women with a genetic mutation that gives them an 82 percent lifetime risk of developing the disease...
Time management can produce financial, social rewards (10/24/03)
NEW YORK -- A lot of Americans are working more and enjoying it less. Many are stressed out with longer working hours and fewer vacation days. Americans averaged 1,878 hours on the job in 2000, up more than 10 percent from the 1,703 hours they logged two decades earlier, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C...
Baby boomers still struggle to balance work and family (10/24/03)
NEW YORK -- Some baby boomers, who have struggled for years to try to balance work loads and family responsibilities, are advocating a new solution: working less. Americans traditionally have sought to get better organized by buying day planners and personal digital assistants, or by hiring time management consultants. But there's a boomer-led movement now toward cutting work hours -- even if it means collecting a reduced salary -- to free more time for family, friends and volunteer activities...
Credit unions offer finance lessons to children (10/24/03)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Adults' finances are collapsing like a house of credit cards. College students are inundated with offers that get them deep into debt before their first real job, and graduates aren't paying their student loans. So what's next? Credit union branches in elementary schools, exclusively for students, under a law signed by New York Gov. George Pataki last week...
Passenger faces federal charges (10/24/03)
LAS VEGAS -- A Southwest Airlines flight headed to California was forced to return to Las Vegas when a passenger allegedly threatened to take down the plane with a bomb in his carry-on bag, authorities said. Passengers and crew members restrained Salvador Gonzalez when he started walking to the front of the Boeing 737, pinning him in a row of seats, officials said. No bomb was found...
Troops detain nearly all men in village in anti-terror sweep (10/24/03)
HABBARIYAH, Iraq -- American troops in helicopters swooped down on this remote sheepherding village in the desert and detained nearly all the men, one as old as 81, one as young as 13. A month after the raid, apparently aimed at preventing terrorists from slipping across the border from Saudi Arabia, only two of the 79 captives have been freed...
Boys bonded into West African child trade (10/24/03)
ONIGONGON, Nigeria -- Lured from home by the promise of a bicycle, Wasiu Goyikon entered a life of hard labor at 9 -- smashing stones into gravel in Nigeria's sweltering granite quarries. Nearby, boys as young as 4 struggled with rocks and hammers. Always, the boys were worked to exhaustion; sometimes, they were worked to death...
Roadside bombing in Iraq kills American soldier and two Iraqis (10/24/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Roadside bombs killed an American soldier and two Iraqis in separate incidents Thursday north of Baghdad, and an American paratrooper was wounded in a fifth straight day of attacks in a Sunni Muslim city west of the capital. Two other soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division, which has borne the brunt of recent attacks, were wounded in the bombing near Baqouba, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. command said...
Key details gone in Iran documents (10/24/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- Iran gave the U.N. nuclear watchdog a dossier meant to dispel fears it is trying to make atomic bombs, but a Tehran envoy acknowledged Thursday the files omitted key information about a bomb-making ingredient found in the country...
World briefs 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
Zimbabwe accused of using food as weapon JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Zimbabwe's government is using food as a weapon, denying it to political opponents as nearly half its people face starvation, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The group said the government and ruling party punish opponents by manipulating the supply and distribution of subsidized food, as well as the registration of people eligible for international relief...
Central opens district with a slam (10/24/03)
Seeking a fourth straight district title, the Central football team overcame its recent struggles to rout Sikeston 44-19 Thursday night at Houck Stadium. After rushing for only 51 yards the past two games, junior running back Brandon Twiggs broke the Tigers' first offensive play for 63 yards. Two plays later Twiggs went in from three yards out to give Central a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the Class 4, District 1 opener...
ND throws senior power at Leopold (10/24/03)
The Notre Dame seniors said goodbye to their home court and capped off their regular season Thursday, handing Leopold its fifth loss with a 25-15, 25-19 victory. After changing the lineup to include all five seniors -- Emily Beurhle, Valaree Rutherford, Sommer McCauley, Amanda Dirnberger and Kristen Boos -- the Bulldogs jumped to a quick start and never looked back...
Today's area football games 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
Jackson (3-3) at Parkway Central (1-6)
  • Last week: Poplar Bluff 28, Jackson 13; Lafayette 38, Parkway Central 20 Last year: Parkway Central 34, Jackson 27 Notes: Jackson's passing offense will have to rebound after an off game against undefeated Poplar Bluff. ...
  • Spotlight turns on Northern Illinois' Top 25 showdown (10/24/03)
    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Gregg Brandon insists that No. 23 Bowling Green's matchup with 12th-ranked Northern Illinois is no bigger than any other conference game. But even the coach can't stop himself from talking about how big this is to the Mid-American Conference...
    Defending OVC soccer champs can play spoiler (10/24/03)
    After posting consecutive Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championships without losing a league game, Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team finds itself playing an unfamiliar spoiler's role. Heading into their final two regular-season contests, the Otahkians have all but been eliminated from OVC title contention...
    Woods can equal Nelson's 55-year-old record for cuts (10/24/03)
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods took the suspense out of his bid to tie the PGA Tour record for consecutive cuts. Vijay Singh made sure that wasn't the case for the money title. Woods made it look simple Thursday with a 6-under 66 on the Palm course. The bogey-free round left him three strokes behind Brenden Pappas in the Funai Classic at Disney, and poised to match Byron Nelson's 55-year-old record of consistency...
    Marlins win to take 3-2 series lead (10/24/03)
    MIAMI -- Now look who's the team to beat in this World Series. Cool, confident and even a little bit cocky, the Florida Marlins are just one win from another championship, after beating the banged-up and bumbling New York Yankees 6-4 in Game 5 Thursday night...
    Backup DE makes the most of his limited game time (10/24/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- It took Bryce Fisher only 13 plays to make a huge impression on the Rams' coaching staff. That's all the playing time the defensive end got in backup duty behind Grant Wistrom in last week's 34-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers. He made the most of it with two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two quarterback pressures...
    This team might make a great story, but ... (10/24/03)
    Joe Novak is one of those old school coaches who is unafraid to say anything. But whatever else he talks about Saturday, when his No. 12 Northern Illinois Huskies go to No. 23 Bowling Green in the first Mid-American Conference matchup of ranked teams since 1973, his pregame speech won't include a word about the BCS...
    Area digest 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
    Sikeston racer wins ATPR pure street event BENTON, Mo. -- Season point champion Greg Casey of Sikeston, Mo., won the Pure Street Nationals for pure stock cars Saturday at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. Arkansas racer Heath Davenport was second, followed by a trio of the track's weekly racers: Jeff Beeson of Benton, Cline Myers Jr., of Scott City and Dietrich Bollinger of Benton...
    Hyundai hits the mark (10/24/03)
    srobertson Smooth, quiet-running engine provides an excellent ride Bad news: The service manager told you that you need a new transmission. It will cost more than $800. You still have six more payments to make on your 4-year-old car. Good news: You drive a Hyundai that came with a 10-year/100,000 miles powertrain warranty!...
    Try reading this column aloud (10/24/03)
    As I am writing this column, there is a knot in my stomach. My clammy hands are slipping and sliding all over the keyboard. I'd say I'm suffering from Writing-a-Column Stress Syndrome. Ordinarily, I write a column without much trauma. After all, I've been doing this for more than 30 years. You'd think I'd have the hang of it...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Runaway Jury' (10/24/03)
    One star (out of four) Don't read any further if you don't want the plot spoiled for you. The story line is a jury deciding a widow vs. gun manufacturer case, and they side with the widow. If you care about gun control issues, you may like this movie a lot better than I did. There is lots of preaching about "guns are bad, and so are the companies who make them." Blah, blah, who cares...
    Artifacts 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
    Jessica James, as Lacey Hayes, sang and danced during a dress rehearsal for Jackson High School's production of "Way Out West In A Dress." The comedy will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at the Jackson High School Auditorium. Admission is $3...
    Even liberals dislike TV's Alan Colmes (10/24/03)
    NEW YORK -- Alan Colmes has been called an on-air punching bag, a runt, wishy-washy, a milquetoast and -- this one must really hurt -- a conservative at heart. And these words are from people who usually agree with him. You should see the e-mails he gets from people who don't. ...
    Nickelback, Gentry and guests perform back-to-back concerts (10/24/03)
    Eddie Montgomery grew up in Kentucky listening to Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ryan Peake grew up in the province of Alberta, Canada, listening to Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. They took their musical educations in different directions, Montgomery becoming half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, Peake playing guitar for the hard-driving alternative rock band Nickelback. ...
    Etta Keesee (10/24/03)
    Etta Wanda Keesee, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Willis and Mattie Ford Reed. She and Frank Keesee were married Oct. 7, 1933, in Cape Girardeau. He died July 5, 1999...
    Maye Bradshaw (10/24/03)
    THEBES, Ill. -- Maye Bradshaw, 93, of Thebes died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill. She was born June 15, 1910, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of William Willie and Josephine Henderson Sams. She married Johnnie E. Bradshaw, who died March 3, 1987...
    Martha Farmer (10/24/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Martha A. Farmer, 65, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born Sept. 2, 1938, in Olive Branch, Ill., daughter of Francis Marion and Susie Jane Markle Jackson. She married Billy J. Farmer...
    Ronald Harris (10/24/03)
    MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Ronald "Ronnie" Harris, 60, of Matthews died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Sept. 11, 1943, at Morley, Mo., son of Levi Clifton and Dolly Erladean Harris. He and Bonny McConnell were married June 7, 1968...
    Mary Hume (10/24/03)
    Mary E. Hume, 61, of Jackson died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at her home. She was born June 2, 1942, in St. Louis. She and John P. "Jack" Hume Sr. were married Aug. 15, 1959. They celebrated 44 years of marriage in August. Mary was a member of Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Jackson. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, and listening to southern gospel music...
    Dorothy Tucker (10/24/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dorothy Marie Tucker, 72, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at her home. She was born May 7, 1931, at Kennett, Mo., daughter of Henry Clay and Mary Edith Buchanon Baker. She and James William Tucker were married Feb. 25, 1961. He died Feb. 6, 2002...
    Gertrude O'Hara (10/24/03)
    Gertrude O'Hara, 97, of Cape Girardeau died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Feb. 12, 1906, in Wickliffe, Ky., daughter of Marshall Henry and Lillie Virginia Riley Rollins. She and Michael Leo O'Hara were married Feb. 25, 1936, in St. Charles, Mo. He died April 1, 1954...
    Ruby Morie (10/24/03)
    ARNOLD, Mo. -- Ruby J. Sanders Morie, 68, of Arnold was baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003. She was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Salem, Ark. She was the wife of John L. Morie; mother of Keith (Kathy) Morie, Monica Cordray; grandmother of Kyle, Jonathon, Karli and Benjamin; sister of Norman (Gloria) Floyd, Kathy Kluth, Sue (Leonard) Eatherton, Arney (Carolyn) Sanders; sister-in-law of Herb (Esther) Morie, Dorothy (Bernard) Kluesner, Larry (Carol) Morie; also aunt, great-aunt, cousin, and friend.. ...
    Flora Miller (10/24/03)
    Flora L. Miller, 89, of Greenville, N.C., died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003. She was born Oct. 2, 1914, at Tilsit, Mo., daughter of William A. and Mathilde Zeller Pensel. She and William Jack McClendon were married Nov. 25, 1933. He died Dec. 25, 1944, while serving in Europe during World War II. On Oct. 10, 1946, she married Lowery B. Miller, who was a teacher, coach and businessman in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1992. To them were born two children...
    Helen Inman (10/24/03)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- Helen Corlie Inman, 79, of Kennett died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 5, 1924, in Bono, Ark., daughter of Dan and Mary Hargroves Goodrich. She and Kenneth Inman were married June 28, 1941, at Kennett. He died March 19, 2001...
    Helen Chappius (10/24/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen A. Chappius, 64, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, in Perryville. She was born July 15, 1939, in Perryville, daughter of George and Lenora Meyer Bergman. She and John J. Chappius were married Oct. 25, 1958. Chappius was a bookkeeper at Liberty Glass Co. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and AmVets Auxiliary...
    Wayne Bigham (10/24/03)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Wayne Bigham, 59, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at his home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
    Scott Jerls (10/24/03)
    Scott W. Jerls, 27, of Eureka, Mont., died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, in Eureka from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born Sept. 30, 1976, in Woodstock, Ill., son of Jerry and Mary Allen Jerls. Jerls was a graduate of Bloomfield High School at Bloomfield, Mo. He was employed by Chupp Concrete and Construction in Eureka...
    Robert Hudson (10/24/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert E. Hudson, 82, of Perryville died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born March 4, 1921, in Perry County, son of Clarence Robert and Flora J. Rimboch Hudson. He and Bertha E. Murray were married Nov. 30, 1940...
    Out of the past 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
    10 years ago: Oct. 24, 1993 Bell tower at Hanover Lutheran Church is getting "face lift," after its cypress wood had withstood 24 years of weathering and woodpeckers; workers are applying synthetic stucco material to structure. The Rev. Lawrence Eatherton, pastor of St. ...
    A visit to Afghanistan (10/24/03)
    By Alan Terry I recently traveled to Afghanistan with Ken Isaacs, international director of projects for Samaritan's Purse, a Christian organization that provides relief services to needy people in over 100 countries. It is based in Boone, N.C., and is headed by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son...
    In China, space travel is team effort (10/24/03)
    When Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go into space and return safely to Earth in April 1961, the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a Cold War that spurred political, military, scientific, economic and cultural competition as well as a race into the realm beyond this planet's gravity...
    Tiger Pride is good name (10/24/03)
    A sizable group of Central High School students got a taste of the governmental process at this week's meeting of the Cape Girardeau City Council, and they came away happy. The council indicated it would take favorable action on a request by student senate members to rename the portion of Silver Springs Road that goes in front of the new high school building. The students would like the street to be called Tiger Pride Drive...
    Speak Out 10/24/03 (10/24/03)
    First line of defense THIS IS to the person thanking Gov. Bob Holden for standing up to concealed weapons. Who do you think is responsible for protecting you? You are. You are your first line of defense against all of the perils that may befall you. The police can only respond after someone has harmed you. It is not the governor's responsibility to keep you out of harm's way...
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