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Stories from Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Tributes, tears on Veterans Day (11/12/03)
Wayne Edmundson grieved on Veterans Day over the death of his 19-year-old son, a Navy airman from Cape Girardeau who died of disease -- not enemy fire -- this summer. Edmundson's son, Jeffrey, a 2002 graduate of Cape Girardeau's Central High School, died of testicular cancer on July 27 in San Diego, eight months after enlisting in the Navy...
Who will occupy Albertsons? (11/12/03)
The empty Albertsons grocery store at Independence Street and Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau has sat like a giant question mark since April 2002. What enterprise could fill a 57,560-square-foot building? The answer will come at a media conference at 1:30 p.m. today at Albertsons. Developer Jim Maevers, tight-lipped on Tuesday, would only say he'll be there along with representatives of the future tenants...
Central soccer - Bound for perfection (11/12/03)
Thrilling. Action-packed. Awesome. Words barely can describe this year's Central High School Tigers soccer season. An incredibly talented group of young men, each with his own strength, came together to make history for their high school. The Southeast Missourian has memorialized that season in a commemorative, soft-bound book containing every moment of these remarkable months. It includes all the newspaper articles and published photos, plus some photos that didn't appear in the paper...
'America's First Road Trip' exhibit closing in on Cape (11/12/03)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Since January, a tractor-trailer painted with images of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea, a larger-than-life model of a keelboat, and a barge filled with Lewis and Clark exhibits have been retracing a journey National Park Service rangers have dubbed "America's First Road Trip."...
Firearms checks by prosecutor helped by new form (11/12/03)
In response to a murder investigation that revealed a confiscated gun had been mistakenly returned to a man convicted of abusing his girlfriend, the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor is trying to add more oversight to the process of releasing firearms...
School task force shuts media out of meeting (11/12/03)
A Southeast Missourian reporter was barred Tuesday from a Cape Girardeau School District budget task force meeting, the latest chapter in a dispute over the public's right to know about a process that eventually will affect district students, parents and taxpayers...
Club news 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
Xi Nu Phi The Xi Nu Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 4, at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in Cape Girardeau. Information was given to members regarding the 2004 state convention to be held Oct. 22 through 24 in St. Louis. Plans were finalized for the Exemplar-Preceptor Banquet to be held Nov. 19, at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau...
Paths unknown - Wagon train group holds first ride (11/12/03)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Traveling the way people did 150 years ago, the first journey of the newly formed Ripley County Wagon Train Ride Association set off down Bay Nothing Road. During the ride, held recently southwest of Grandin, participants encountered many of the things you read about or see in movies associated with wagon trains: unpredictable horses, wagon accidents, campfires, bad weather and 15 miles a day...
Thundersnow - Rare phenomenon may determine heavy snowfall (11/12/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sometimes in the middle of a Midwestern snowstorm, thunder growls and lightning sends dull flashes among the clouds. A University of Missouri researcher has received a $460,000 National Science Foundation grant for a five-year study to find out why...
Court says Centerville can ban new bars, liquor stores (11/12/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There is only one place in the Reynolds County town of Centerville where you can get a beer, and city leaders want to keep it that way. With a ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District, they got their wish. A three-judge panel of the Springfield-based court on Monday reversed a circuit judge and upheld a city ordinance designed to keep additional liquor stores or bars out of town...
Region briefs 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
Teenager accused after colliding with police car ST. LOUIS -- An 18-year-old St. Louis man was arrested after the car he was driving collided with a police cruiser. Pursuit of Jerome Johnson, 18, of St. Louis, began after reports that someone was firing shots at several locations around the city's north side...
Concealed weapons foes want Supreme Court to delay appeal (11/12/03)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorney General Jay Nixon wants the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the case on the state's new concealed weapons law by Dec. 3. But lawyers who successfully challenged the law say they need more time to prepare for the appeal. "We need more time to prepare a proper and adequate representation of our clients," said Burton Newman of St. Louis. "We cannot meet the timetable that the attorney general and others have proposed because of the amount of resources they have."...
Illegal aliens using St. Louis highways to cut across country (11/12/03)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis interstates are becoming a crossroads for illegal immigrants traveling in the United States. That was evident Sunday on Interstate 44 after a traffic accident led to the arrest of 17 illegal immigrants from Mexico, all of them in a pickup truck. Five -- all relatives, including two juveniles -- have agreed to leave voluntarily. Ten were still in custody Tuesday and will be deported. Two remain hospitalized...
Worker pain costs employers billions (11/12/03)
CHICAGO -- Headaches, back pain, arthritis and other muscle and joint pain cost the nation's employers more than $60 billion a year in lost productivity, a study has found. Most of those costs are from subpar job performance rather than absenteeism, according to the study, based on a telephone survey of 28,902 workers...
Teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting boy (11/12/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former music teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young boy. Joseph E. Hamm, 49, of Kansas City, initially was charged with four counts of statutory sodomy and one count each of forcible sodomy, kidnapping, possession of child pornography, furnishing pornographic material to a minor, and sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure...
Iraq bombings prove tough case for FBI (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI is facing one of the most dangerous, difficult challenges in its history as agents and analysts try to solve a string of deadly bombings in Iraq. In a telling sign of the peril, FBI agents must be accompanied by American troops whenever they leave their secure compound at the Baghdad airport. ...
Millionaire innocent of murder in dismemberment of neighbor (11/12/03)
GALVESTON, Texas -- New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who said he accidentally killed a hotheaded neighbor in self-defense and then chopped up the body because he feared no one would believe him, was found innocent Tuesday of murder. The jury took five days to reach the verdict, bringing a startling end to a grisly case that began to unfold when trash bags containing pieces of 71-year-old Morris Black started washing up along Galveston Bay in 2001...
Rescued POW disturbed by exaggerated reports of ordeal (11/12/03)
NEW YORK -- Pfc. Jessica Lynch said Tuesday she is disturbed that the military seemed to overdramatize her rescue by U.S. troops and spread false stories that she went down shooting in an Iraqi ambush. "That wasn't me. I wasn't about to take credit for something I didn't do," she told The Associated Press. "I'm not that person."...
World digest 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
Al-Qaida e-mail claims bombing responsibility RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A purported al-Qaida claim of responsibility blamed Arab victims of Saturday's bombing attack for working with Americans. The claim came in an e-mail from a purported al-Qaida operative, identified as Abu Mohammed al-Ablaj, to the London-based weekly Al-Majalla...
Senate to play its own 'Survivor' with all-night talkathon (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- It's a grudge that's been building for two years. In a legislative version of "Survivor," Republicans and Democrats will square off today in an all-night Senate talkathon on who's to blame for some of President Bush's political nominees not making it to the federal appeals bench...
Senators join House in voting to tighten Syria sanctions (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted for broad new economic and trade sanctions against Syria on Tuesday, citing a long history of sheltering terrorists and a recent failure to muzzle forces hostile to U.S. actions in Syria's neighbor, Iraq. The Senate measure, passed 89-4, mirrors legislation the House passed last month by 398-4. ...
Two more officials quit John Kerry's campaign (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's press secretary and deputy finance director quit Tuesday, adding to the bitter turmoil on Kerry's team after the dismissal of his campaign manager. Robert Gibbs, chief spokesman for the Massachusetts lawmaker, and deputy finance director Carl Chidlow quit in reaction to the firing of Jim Jordan, abruptly let go by Kerry Sunday night. Both expressed dissatisfaction with the campaign, according to officials...
Report - Poor performance often tolerated by IRS (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- The IRS has ordered $2.4 million in penalties against tax preparers in the past two years but has collected only $291,000, raising questions about toleration of poor performance, congressional auditors say. Less than half the penalized preparers paid any fine, and the total collected was just 12 percent of the amount due, according to investigators from the General Accounting Office...
'The Honeymooners' co-star Art Carney dead following illness (11/12/03)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Art Carney, who played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win the 1974 Oscar for best actor in "Harry and Tonto," has died at 85. Carney died in Chester, Conn., on Sunday and was buried on Tuesday after a small, private funeral. He had been ill for some time...
Lee Boyd Malvo jury selection continues (11/12/03)
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- The judge in the capital murder trial of sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo qualified enough potential jurors Tuesday, and lawyers are expected to pick the final group today. Among those accepted were a retired teacher, a Coast Guard veteran, a hospital worker and a woman who said she was "95 percent sure" she could not impose the death penalty. Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush said the woman indicated she would follow the court's instructions despite her religious convictions...
Workers remove tigers from private sanctuary (11/12/03)
JACKSON, N.J. -- Nearly five years after a tiger found wandering the suburbs triggered a crackdown on a private sanctuary for big cats, animal welfare workers began removing 24 Bengal tigers for shipment to a Texas sanctuary. The move ends a protracted battle between the cats' owner, Joan Byron-Marasek, who has become known as the "Tiger Lady," and state wildlife officials, who say the animals were being kept in deplorable conditions at the Tigers Only Preservation Society...
Activists upset that Girl Scouts in Alaska catch, skin beavers (11/12/03)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Let other Girl Scouts make bird feeders out of Clorox bottles and glue together little birch-bark canoes -- Troop 34 in Alaska is learning to trap and skin beavers. In a practice that has angered animal rights activists, the girls are killing the beavers as part of a state flood-management program...
Transfer of numbers from home to cell phones OK'd (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers will be able to switch their home phone numbers to cellular phones later this month, thanks to new federal rules allowing them to drop conventional service and go wireless without the hassle of getting a new number. The Federal Communications Commission rules released Monday also will allow a limited number of wireless customers to keep their numbers if they switch to traditional landline phones...
Veterans telling stories of war for Library of Congress project (11/12/03)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Charles Huppert's nightmares were so terrible after World War II, his wife hid with their toddler son in the bathroom as he fought the Gestapo police in his sleep. "I'd scare her to death," Huppert, a former prisoner of war, said at his kitchen table recently with a tape recorder running. Once awake, "I'd yell, 'I'm OK,' and she would come out."...
Public-access defibrillators double chance of survival (11/12/03)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The first major test of public-access defibrillators found that placing the devices in office buildings and shopping malls and training ordinary people to use them can double the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. Defibrillators have already become standard equipment, like fire extinguishers, in many airports, convention centers and health clubs. And while earlier studies suggest they are safe, there has been no clear proof until now they actually increase survival...
Powered wheelchairs a growing scam for Medicare (11/12/03)
WASHINGTON -- After walking unassisted from the back of a Los Angeles courtroom, 85-year-old Euralda Clodomar refused the hand of a deputy and climbed into the witness chair. Let the record show, the prosecutor told jurors, she didn't use a wheelchair...
U.S. general - Iraqis under a 'blanket of fear' (11/12/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- America's top soldier in Iraq said Tuesday a "blanket of fear" that Saddam Hussein will return prevents Iraqis from giving U.S. troops intelligence vital to curb the growing insurgency -- stepped up attacks underlined by a late night barrage on the heart of Baghdad...
New anti-terror operation starts in Afghanistan (11/12/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- American and Afghan ground forces backed by helicopter gunships fought two groups of insurgents, killing one person, in the first clashes of an anti-terrorism operation in the snowy mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday. No coalition troops were hurt...
Vatican conference discusses moral implications of biotech food (11/12/03)
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican concluded a two-day conference on genetically modified organisms Tuesday with a discussion of the moral implications of tinkering with creation by splicing genes to make new plants and animals. Supporters of the new technologies said they offer great promise to mankind and deserve to be encouraged, while critics said biotech foods will not alleviate world hunger...
Sectional football glance 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
North County (9-1) at Central (8-2) Last week: Central 49, Poplar Bluff 28; North County 63, De Soto 6 Notes: Central and North County are meeting for the fourth time in the past three seasons. Central leads the recent series 2-1 with its most recent win a 25-18 decision in week four. ...
Central puts it all on the line against Raiders (11/12/03)
This season Central's offensive line has had to deal with injuries, people playing new positions and even newcomers to the game, but through it all the line has become one of the most solid units on the field. With only Sean Bard and Darren Neels back as starters from last year's line after Patrick Slattery opened the season with an injury, the Tigers started the season with question marks up front...
Central reaches quarterfinals for first time with OT goal (11/12/03)
For 94 minutes Tuesday night at Houck Stadium, Central soccer fans' hearts fluttered with every near-miss and every errant shot. And then senior Heath Orr put the fans at ease with his 32nd goal of the season, a low liner that tucked into the right corner and gave the Tigers a 1-0 double overtime Class 3 sectional win over Francis Howell North (18-7-2)...
Conference title picture shrinks to 4 contenders (11/12/03)
And then there were four. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Ohio Valley Conference football race has basically been trimmed to four contenders -- but only two of those control their own destiny. Jacksonville State leads the way at 5-1 following Saturday's 49-32 win at Alabama rival Samford that effectively knocked the 4-3 Bulldogs out of the title picture. ...
Indians seek improvement against Miners (11/12/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team will look for continued improvement tonight when the Indians close out their two-game exhibition schedule. Division II Missouri-Rolla will provide the opposition in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center. The Indians routed Truman State, another Division II squad, 93-66 in Thursday's exhibition opener...
Blue Jays' Halladay wins the AL Cy Young Award (11/12/03)
NEW YORK -- Toronto's Roy Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, easily beating Chicago's Esteban Loaiza. Halladay, who won a major league-high 22 games, received 26 first-place votes and two seconds for 136 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America...
Missouri playoff pairings (11/12/03)
CLASS 6 Quarterfinals Saturday, Nov. 15 All games 1:30 p.m. Lindbergh (8-2) at Kirkwood (7-2) Hazelwood Central (7-3) at Mehlville (9-1) Hickman (7-3) at Fort Zumwalt West (4-6) Blue Springs (10-0) at Rockhurst (8-2)CLASS 5 Quarterfinals...
Chiefs gather strength, stay away from letdown (11/12/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Week after week they roll up win after win. Instead of leveling off, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be gathering strength. So where is this letdown people say the NFL's last unbeaten team is prime to have? "We expect to play well," coach Dick Vermeil said icily. "I know there are a lot of people who think ... that you're bound for a letdown, or a letup, or whatever you want to call it. We don't approach it that way."...
Clayton to ask judge to intervene (11/12/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The governing board of Missouri's high school athletics on Tuesday affirmed that Clayton High School must forfeit its nine varsity football victories this season and sit out the state playoffs for using an ineligible player. In response, the St. Louis-area school system planned to ask a federal judge to intervene, seeking a ruling that would let the Greyhounds play in the Class 4A state playoffs scheduled to begin with sectionals today...
Sports briefs 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
Baseball
  • Former NL rookie of the year Vince Coleman is joining the Chicago Cubs as a minor league instructor. Coleman will work with outfielders and on baserunning. He led the NL in steals in each of his first six seasons in the majors, and finished his career with 752 stolen bases...
  • Steak recipe with vinaigrette gives more for family (11/12/03)
    FORT WORTH, Texas -- A quick and simple recipe for grilled steaks with balsamic vinaigrette created by Lori Welander, a home cook from Richmond, Va., won top honors in the recent 25th National Beef Cook-Off. The 2003 competition focused on ways busy families get dinner on the table. Welander competed against 20 finalists selected from 3,000 entrants from throughout the country. Her recipe uses just four ingredients and takes about 30 minutes to prepare, plus marinating time...
    Children pick 'fun' pancake for prize (11/12/03)
    CHICAGO -- The children's choice determined the winner of a recent pancake contest, in which campfire flavor proved a strongly persuasive ingredient -- combined with easy wooden-spoon techniques. Top honors went to "S'More Pancakes, Please," a recipe created by Cindy Trantham and her three children, Ryan, 11, Shelby, 9, and Ellery, 6, from Allen, Texas. The pancake recipe includes traditional s'more ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows...
    Gung ho for Jell-O (11/12/03)
    It is arguably America's most famous dessert, so famous and so typically American, in fact, that it was served to immigrants entering Ellis Island. Ten boxes of it are sold every second. The Smithsonian Institution has even sponsored a conference on it...
    New wrinkle right on time for big party (11/12/03)
    Editor's note: This column originally was published on Dec. 12, 2000. I found my first serious wrinkle on Saturday -- the morning of The Other Half's 30th birthday. It's on the lower lid of my right eye. At first, I thought it was a bizarre, wayward stroke of mascara or brow pencil or maybe just a spot where I didn't properly blend my foundation....
    Thanksgiving menu relies on lots of tradition (11/12/03)
    This weekend started the discussion of our family plans for Thanksgiving. No matter what we think we will do, somehow we always wind up coming back to the good family standbys that everyone has grown accustomed to. Each family has its own traditions, and I find those very interesting. As I was pulling out many recipe cards from my file, I thought you might enjoy a few of them too...
    Genevieve Loida (11/12/03)
    Genevieve Loida, 91, of Scott City died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 2, 1912, in St. Louis, daughter of Henry and Alice Calliotte Loida. Loida had been a machine operator at Ely Walker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church...
    Ethel Bartsch (11/12/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Ethel Lucille Bartsch, 86, of Anna died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill.. She was born Sept. 9, 1917, in Cobden, Ill., daughter of Ernest Lafayette and Tempa Jane Harrell Parmly. She and William Henry "Bill" Bartsch were married March 26, 1938, in Jackson. He died Sept. 3, 1992...
    Births 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
    Krauss Daughter to Brian E. and Jennifer L. Krauss of Perryville, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 3:14 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003. Name, Madison Jane. Weight, 6 pounds 11 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Krauss is the former Jennifer Hayden, daughter of James and Leila Hayden of Perryville. She is employed at First State Community Bank. Krauss is the son of Ken and Ann Krauss of Perryville. He is employed at Ready-Mix Concrete Inc....
    Cape fire report 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
    Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 4:43 p.m., emergency medical service at 1020 N. Missouri Rear. At 7:45 p.m., illegal burn at Morgan Oak and South Sprigg. Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 12:18 a.m., emergency medical service at 2842 Independence...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
    Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Felicia Smith, 38, of 1015 Bloomfield, No. 6, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for assault...
    Out of the past 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 12, 1993 Southeast Missouri State University wants to move all of approximately 350 students out of Towers North residence hall by Jan. 10 so work can proceed on renovating building; whether move is made rests with Towers North students, who are voting on issue...
    Floodway project good for area (11/12/03)
    By Col. Jack V. Scherer I would like to respond to Alan Journet's Oct. 28 guest column, "Floodway raises concerns," regarding the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. Journet states that the project threatens the few forested wetland acres remaining along with the wildlife habitat and species they support. Forested wetlands are only sparsely distributed in the lower floodway, and these are primarily in public ownership...
    A look at the candidates (11/12/03)
    While I think U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt of St. Louis will be one of the finalists in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee, he's been getting mixed signals over the last couple of weeks. In Iowa, where a number of candidates have declined to run, Gephardt has pulled slightly ahead of Howard Dean...
    The tipping debate (11/12/03)
    There are a number of topics that, from time to time, set off a storm of varying viewpoints when they are mentioned in Speak Out. One topic that comes in a wave every couple of years has to do with tipping. It usually starts when a server at a local restaurant complains about the low level of tipping by diners in this area...
    NID deserves a review (11/12/03)
    A new proposal to give a boost to Prestwick Plantation, an upscale housing development planned for the area around Cape Girardeau's new Dalhousie Golf Club, has been made. The idea is to form a neighborhood improvement district to pay for water, sewer and street improvements...
    Speak Out 11/12/03 (11/12/03)
    Minority scholarships SOMEONE COMMENTED that we should take the $3.8 million from SEMO athletics and give it to minority scholarships. That's wrong. Spread that money around to everyone. I think minority scholarships, unless privately funded, are reverse discrimination and unjust...
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