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Stories from Thursday, November 13, 2003

Area Red Cross chapter receives $10,000 grant (11/13/03)
CHRIS PAGANO * cpagano@semissourian.com SBC Foundation Awards $10,000 technology Grant to Southeast Chapter of American Red Cross Cynthia Brinkley president of SBC Missouri, left, presents a technology grant award of $10,000 to Mary Burton executive director of the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross...
Hospital to develop new fitness, health center (11/13/03)
A growing demand for health and fitness services and a bleak outlook for the future health of Missourians are the driving force behind Southeast Missouri Hospital's decision to open a new medically based fitness and rehabilitation center, HealthPoint Plaza...
Emerson - TV images don't show true Iraq (11/13/03)
Things in Iraq aren't as bad as what's shown on the nightly news, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Wednesday just after returning from a trip abroad. Her travels, which began Friday with nine colleagues, also took her to Jordan and Syria, but she said her main purpose was to get an update on American troops serving in Iraq. She visited a military police unit out of Kennett, Mo., toured a reopened girls' school in Kirkuk and walked through a Baghdad power plant under reconstruction...
Survey reveals interest in community recreation center (11/13/03)
A new public community recreation and fitness center in Jackson took a big initial step toward reality Tuesday. An Atlanta-based consulting firm representative outlined the results of a market survey, which said the Jackson region would likely support a membership-driven community center...
Heisserer announces campaign for judgeship (11/13/03)
Circuit Court Judge John Heisserer of Cape Girardeau announced Wednesday he will file as a candidate to retain his bench position in the circuit's Division II in Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger Counties. A formal filing will be Feb. 24 at the Secretary of State's office in Jefferson City...
Sending fan mail to U.S. troops earns local groups recognition (11/13/03)
A fan letter from home is a sure-fire way to boost the morale of troops stationed in the United States or abroad. Recently, some local groups have been recognized for helping in the morale effort by the organizers of a mail campaign. The Fan Mail for the Troops campaign is run by Friends of Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that gathers mail at its headquarters, thoroughly intermixes it and redistributes it so that soldiers can receive mail from their home state or a neighboring state...
Community cuisine 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Soup and chili supper planned for Nov. 21 An AYCE soup and chili dinner sponsored by the church's Ladies Auxiliary will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the First Free Will Baptist Church, 2919 Kage Road in Cape Girardeau. Call 334-8461 for more information...
Community briefs 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Civil War Round Table meeting set for Sunday At 2 p.m. Sunday the Cape Girardeau County Chapter of the Civil War Round Table will meet in the Fellowship Room of Hanover Lutheran Church, 2949 Perryville Road, Cape Girardeau. The topic, "Abraham Lincoln as an American Hero," is a video presentation by Dr. John Y. Simon of Southern Illinois University. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Elroy Kinder at 334-4964 or Rob Weeks at 335-8361...
The ways of a tribe (11/13/03)
"Windigo." The word is nearly whispered, but carries enough emphasis to widen the eyes and drop the jaws of the 6- and 7-year-olds in Chief Paul White Eagle's audience. The children, a group of first-graders from North Elementary in Fruitland, are spellbound by the rolling lilt of White Eagle's voice and his tale of the forest-dwelling, child-devouring creature known in American Indian folklore as Windigo...
Kinder urges state to privatize some services (11/13/03)
Missouri state government could save tax dollars by privatizing some services and putting unnecessary projects on hold, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder said Wednesday. Kinder, a Cape Girardeau Republican, said the Missouri Senate recently hired a private firm to handle janitorial work for its offices in the state capitol...
Southeast board of regents votes on budget cuts today (11/13/03)
Academic degree programs that draw few students could get the budget ax today when the board of regents votes on cost-cutting moves. Besides academic cuts, the regents will consider trimming expenses in nonacademic areas including athletics, a voluntary early retirement plan for tenured faculty members in programs targeted for cuts, and a severance package in the event tenured faculty members are fired as a result of the cuts, university officials said...
Soybeans harvest down, but better than expected (11/13/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With this year's harvest nearly complete, Missouri's soybean production is forecast to fall significantly short of last year's, but not quite as much as previously predicted, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Wednesday. Soybean production is forecast at 144 million bushels based on Nov. ...
AG's office vows tax credit fraud investigation (11/13/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state economic development director acknowledged employee errors, and the attorney general's office said Wednesday that a "significant, broad investigation" is under way into allegations of fraud in a state tax credit program intended to encourage high-tech businesses to locate in poor areas...
Health officials report first winter flu case (11/13/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri has its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza this season, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday. The case was suspected Oct. 27 when a private hospital laboratory test showed a St. Louis area adult had Type B influenza. It was confirmed at a state public health laboratory, and is being sent for further confirmation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta...
Attorney - Airplane part's failure left Carnahan flying blind (11/13/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An airplane parts manufacturer knew for 20 years that one of its products was causing airplanes to crash but did nothing about it, an attorney for the family of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan said Wednesday. The part, called a vacuum pump, is at the center of a lawsuit filed against Parker Hannifin Corp., of Cleveland, by Carnahan's widow, Jean, and her three adult children, Russell, Thomas and Robin Carnahan. ...
FBI says arrested Florida man was close to bombing clinics (11/13/03)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- A man suspected of plotting to bomb abortion clinics was arrested after coming "perilously close to carrying out his plans," the FBI said. Stephen John Jordi, 35, was in the final stages of planning imminent attacks on abortion clinics north of Miami-Dade County, U.S. Attorney Marcos Jimenez said. The prosecutor did not say exactly how far along the plot was, and would not identify the clinics...
Congress making moves on Medicare legislation (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans moved Wednesday to close a deal on a prescription drug bill after offering to scale back their demand for direct competition between traditional Medicare and new private health plans. Officials said that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., offered to drop a longstanding GOP demand to have direct competition become a permanent feature of Medicare...
Study - Few states have embraced federal faith-based initiative (11/13/03)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Less than half the states have followed the federal government's lead in recent years of encouraging religious groups to compete for government money, a new study says. Part of the reason: many states already maintain long-standing partnerships with religious organizations, according to the study scheduled for official release Thursday by the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York...
Bishops vote to condemn unions of homosexuals (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- America's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement Wednesday that urges states to withhold recognition for same-sex marriages. The bishops said they did not intend to offend homosexuals, and they called discrimination against gays unjust. But the church leaders said they had an obligation to "give witness to the whole moral truth" and reinforce Catholic teaching that gay sex is a sin...
Testosterone may not be male fountain of youth (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of aging men are trying testosterone shots, patches and gel in hopes of regaining youthful vigor and virility. A new report uncovers little evidence it works -- or that the therapy is even safe -- but recommends careful study to find out...
Nation/world briefs 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Pfizer to provide free antibiotic to 135 million UNITED NATIONS -- In a major boost to a U.N. campaign to eradicate an eye infection that causes blindness, Pfizer announced that it will provide an antibiotic free to treat about 90 percent of the 150 million people afflicted...
White House rethinks rejected Iraq advice (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- After largely ignoring advice from Europeans, the United Nations and members of Congress, President Bush and his inner circle now must sift through some of those very suggestions in search of a way to kick-start the transfer of power in Iraq before the country spins out of control...
Gunman, two others dead in Dallas standoff (11/13/03)
DALLAS -- A police standoff ended after nine hours Wednesday with a gunman and two other people dead and four officers wounded. Eight hostages -- a woman and seven children -- were safely released. SWAT team officers shot and killed Francisco Fuentes, 32, a resident of the apartment who had held them at bay much of the day and fired at officers two separate times...
NASCAR's Gordon sells house to settle divorce (11/13/03)
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon has agreed to sell his 23,000-square-foot Highland Beach mansion for $13.3 million, a real estate agent said. Gordon -- winner of four NASCAR points titles -- listed the house just 48 hours before terms of the sale were agreed upon, said Robert Wyner, chairman of Barclays Group International in Palm Beach. The furnishings in the home sold for an additional $2 million...
Judge - Malvo and Muhammad 'perfected their ability to shoot' (11/13/03)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The defense rested Wednesday in the capital murder trial of John Allen Muhammad after the judge said Muhammad and his alleged sniper accomplice "were involved in purposeful shootings." The defense called five witnesses who testified for two hours, but Muhammad did not take the stand in his own defense...
White House weighs Iraq power shift (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and senior national security advisers grappled with plans Wednesday to accelerate the transfer of power in Baghdad under the pressure of rising casualties and a troubling intelligence report from Iraq. "We are in a very intense period here," said L. ...
Rush Limbaugh to resume radio talk show on Monday (11/13/03)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh will return to his radio talk show Monday after completing a five-week treatment program for his addiction to painkillers, his brother said Wednesday. David Limbaugh made the announcement to Internet personality Matt Drudge, who was sitting in Wednesday for the conservative commentator...
Bush, Bremer meet on Iraqi council (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- In an atmosphere of urgency, President Bush and his top foreign advisers sought new strategies Wednesday to speed the transfer of political power in Iraq as a top-secret intelligence report warned that Iraqis are losing faith in the U.S.-led occupation forces...
Cell phone messaging takes a mischievous turn (11/13/03)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The group of lanky tourists strolling through Stockholm's old town never knew what hit them. As they admired Swedish handicrafts in a storefront window, one of their cell phones chirped with an anonymous note: "Try the blue sweaters. They keep you warm in the winter."...
Tensions high ahead of Bush's London visit (11/13/03)
LONDON -- Security worries are more serious for President Bush's upcoming trip to Britain than previous presidential visits, but some anti-war protesters may still be allowed to get close enough for Bush to see them, police said Wednesday. Terror attacks around the world mean fears for the president's safety are greater than for his predecessors who visited London, said London police deputy assistant commissioner Andy Trotter...
Palestinian leaders say peace talks should resume (11/13/03)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat swore in a new Palestinian Cabinet on Wednesday, getting the government he wanted after a long wrangle and setting the stage for a renewed push to implement the stalled, U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan...
Suicide bomber strikes Italian base (11/13/03)
NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- A suicide bomber blew up a truck packed with explosives at an Italian paramilitary base Wednesday, killing at least 26 people. The United States struck at the Iraqi insurgency hours later, destroying a warehouse in Baghdad and chasing attackers who were seen firing mortars...
Iranian president - Report proves Iran free of nuclear bombs (11/13/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Shrugging off a U.N. nuclear report's criticism of his country, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami asserted Wednesday that the report dispelled suspicions Tehran was seeking atomic arms. The International Atomic Energy Agency report said it found no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. ...
Scientists map out destroyed Buddha statue (11/13/03)
GENEVA -- Swiss-based scientists have created a model of a huge Buddha statue destroyed by the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan and said Wednesday they hope it will be used to rebuild the ancient figure. The team used 30-year-old photographs and special computer software to build the three-dimensional model, which represents the larger of two standing Buddhas the hardline Islamic group blew up with dynamite in March 2001...
Second half dooms Central in sectional loss (11/13/03)
Central's football team average 45 points and ran for more than 200 yards in each of its past three games. That high-powered offense came to a grinding halt Wednesday night at Houck Stadium in a 49-13 loss to North County (10-1) in the Class 4 sectional playoffs...
Indians dealt a loss to wrap up preseason (11/13/03)
It's not exactly the way Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team wanted to enter the season. But perhaps the one good thing about Wednesday night's 66-61 exhibition loss to Division II Missouri-Rolla at the Show Me Center is that it doesn't count on the Indians' record...
Southeast signs group of prep, juco recruits (11/13/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's men's and women's basketball teams both landed players Wednesday as the week-long early signing period began. The Indians received a national letter of intent from Vianney High School senior point guard Paul Paradoski. The 6-footer averaged 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals per game last season, earning all-district honors...
Burge keeps winning with support of family (11/13/03)
Even after winning four consecutive titles for his age division and finishing as the overall SEMO Raceway champion in October, Colby Burge's favorite part about go-kart racing isn't his success -- it's his family. Burge, 12, is supported at every race not only by his parents and younger sister, but also his aunts, uncles and grandparents...
McKeon, Pena win top manager awards (11/13/03)
NEW YORK -- Jack McKeon was voted NL Manager of the Year after turning around Florida's season, and Tony Pena won the AL honor for keeping Kansas City in contention until the final week. McKeon received 19 of 32 first-place votes and 116 points in balloting released Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, becoming the first manager to win the award after taking over a team during the season...
Tennessee Tech stands in the way of title battle (11/13/03)
We'll face our biggest game of the year Saturday afternoon in Cookeville, Tenn., when we play Tennessee Tech. Saturday's 52-35 win over Tennessee State kept us in the race for the Ohio Valley Conference title and an NCAA Division I-AA playoff berth, but it won't mean much if we don't beat Tennessee Tech...
Sports briefs 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Baseball With thoughts of an Olympic medal now gone, Roger Clemens insisted Wednesday that his retirement will go forward as planned. The future Hall of Famer acknowledged that he had thoughts of pitching for the U.S. Olympic baseball team before it was eliminated from a qualifying tournament in Panama last week...
Exercise ball class rounds out fitness (11/13/03)
With the holidays fast approaching, fitness seems to be more on my mind. I certainly don't want to gain any weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, but I don't want to have to diet much either since there are so many treats available...
Exercise balls help promote fun, exercise at the office (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- At work, Pam O'Donnell types at her computer, talks on the phone and, every so often, bounces a bit on a big blue ball. O'Donnell has an office chair, but this doesn't mean she uses it. She prefers to sit on an exercise ball. Although some posture experts are leery of the practice, she and others say sitting on the ball lets them add a little workout into their work time -- and strengthen their legs, abs and back muscles...
Health briefs 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Doctors' conference on psychatrophic drugs set New Vision Training Institute will host a doctors' conference Nov. 22 at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. The event begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The program "Interventions for treating psychological/behavioral disorders in medical practice" includes speakers Dr. Paul Caruso, Sarah Froemsdorf, Dr. Brad Robison and Dr. Georgette Johnson...
Health calendar 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Today Preparation for childbirth class 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Healing Arts conference room. For information, phone the St. Francis Education Department at 331-5107. Asthma education program at 6:30 p.m. in the Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Participants should bring peak flow meters and medications. For information, call 651-5825...
Remember how it feels to sing (11/13/03)
Nov. 13, 2003 Dear Julie, In grade school my voice was good enough to sing the part of one of the three kings in a Christmas musical and the lead of Casey Jones in another program. After the Casey Jones show, I foolishly asked a girl I was fond of if she liked it....
Wayne Black (11/13/03)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Wayne Stark Black, 69, of Charleston died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Charleston, son of Paul Ramsey and Eunice Stark Black. He and Sharron Friend were married Oct. 7, 1989. Black served nine years in the U.S. ...
Elaine Province (11/13/03)
Elaine Province, 82, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. Mrs. Province lived in Cape Girardeau 20 years, where she was a social worker for the state of Missouri. She moved to Texas five years ago...
Delmar McMullin (11/13/03)
Delmar T. "Mac" McMullin, 86, of DeSoto, Mo., died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Scenic View Skilled Care in Herculaneum, Mo. He was born Jan. 8, 1917, in DeSoto, son of Samuel and Mary Couch McMullin. He married Vernelda "Nellie" Diefenbach. Mr. McMullin was a carman/welder with Missouri Pacific Railroad. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in DeSoto...
Rodney Sitze (11/13/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Rodney Coy Sitze, 56, of Marble Hill died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif. He was born Sept. 30, 1947, in LaCrosse, Wis., son of Coy and Irene Klinski Sitze. He and Jane Bolte were married Sept. 5, 1990...
Helen Creacey (11/13/03)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Helen Irene Laws Creacey, 88, of Ullin and formerly of Anna, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill.
Oscar Kasten (11/13/03)
Oscar "Buster" Kasten, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Saxony Village. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Cape/Jackson police reports 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Arthur J. Matthews III, 34, of 1937 Delwin, No. 3, Cape Girar-deau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child...
Cape fire report 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 3:51 p.m., emergency medical service at 3860 Valley View. At 5:40 p.m., line down at Arena Park. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 1:16 a.m., alarm at 1225 William...
Out of the past 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
10 years ago: Nov. 13, 1993 Southeast Missouri State University officials have scrapped plans to close Towers North by Jan. 10 for renovation work after a majority of students in the residence hall voted against it. With as many as 14 nominating petitions circulating through Cape Girardeau, there apparently is enough interest in a spring municipal election to warrant a primary runoff in February...
Shoeboxes for Soldiers (11/13/03)
There is probably no lonelier time for U.S. soldiers serving overseas than the approaching holiday season. Spending Thanksgiving and Christmas far from home -- and, in some cases, in life-threatening situations -- can be hard on military morale. But the kindness of folks back home can be shown in many ways, and the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Cape Girardeau has come up with a way to let men and women in uniform know they not only are not forgotten, but are truly appreciated...
Open meetings (11/13/03)
The Cape Girardeau School District, faced with a sizable shortfall in funding, is concerned about how to best spend its available dollars. Superintendent Mark Bowles has sought the assistance of a task force -- 64 school district employees, 45 community members and himself -- to come up with ideas for cutting $2.2 million from the district's $35 million budget...
Council should reconsider idea for street name (11/13/03)
To the editor: I am very disappointed in our Cape Girardeau City Council and whoever else refused to let the Central High School students rename the street leading to the high school. I think Tiger Pride Drive is a great idea, and I think we adults should sometimes listen to and allow the students to express their ideas and wishes...
Speak Out 11/13/03 (11/13/03)
A fitting tribute I HAVE always been proud to be an American, and now I am proud to be a resident of Scott City. As a resident and teacher in the Scott City School District, I would like to commend both the school and the community for the touching display of American pride at the Veterans Day assembly to honor our local veterans and all veterans around the world. ...
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