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Stories from Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Student vote goes against SEMO nicknames (12/09/03)
Southeast Missouri State University should drop its Indian nicknames and find a new name and a mascot that will boost school pride, student leaders say. The school's Student Government recommended such action on a 24-3 vote Monday night after two hours of discussion...
Cape man gets 20 years in child abuse case (12/09/03)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge John Heisserer sentenced a Cape Girardeau man to a total of 20 years in prison Monday. Adam R. Brethold, 23, received a 15-year sentence for statutory sodomy of a 5-year-old girl. He was found guilty of the sex charge by a jury on Oct. ...
Faces of tomorrow 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
Hendricks receives Governor's Scholarship Steven Hendricks of Cape Girardeau has received the governor's scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year at Southeast Missouri State University. Hendricks is the son of Larry and Candy Hendricks of Cape Girardeau...
National effort emerging to halt school harassment (12/09/03)
Off campus, Matt Cavedon doesn't mind the names he is called: helper, hero, dreamer. Yet inside school, students for years have used uglier terms to taunt the 14-year-old, who is in a wheelchair because of a condition that prevents him from fully extending his limbs. It's bullying, he said, and it happens in different ways to children all the time...
Central High School's new mural 'screams Tiger pride' (12/09/03)
Central High School students recently failed to convince the Cape Girardeau City Council to rename a section of the street in front of the school Tiger Pride Drive, but they now have something much more arresting than a street sign to be proud of. Cape Girardeau artist Craig Thomas has just completed a tiger mural inside the school that drivers on nearby Interstate 55 can see through the glass walls of the cafeteria...
Sprint CEO to present commencement address (12/09/03)
Gary Forsee, chairman and chief executive officer of Sprint Corp., will present the commencement address at Southeast Missouri State University's fall commencement on Dec. 20. Forsee, a 1968 graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School, has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 30 years...
Jackson School Board agenda 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams On the agenda: Adoption of professional development plan Approval of new course offerings Superintendents' reports
Spending bill sends money to Southeast Missouri projects (12/09/03)
With the passage of Monday's federal spending legislation, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and Sen. Kit Bond announced funds heading toward much-needed projects for Southeast Missouri. The omnibus appropriations bill, which passed in the House by a vote of 242-176, contains spending measures for agriculture, health and education, transportation, the Veterans Administration and housing, and the federal departments of commerce, justice and state...
Shake it like a Polaroid picture (12/09/03)
It may just be me, but I must have the perfect tunes while driving. Whether I'm driving to Cape or if I'm driving to the local grocery store, I must have that one song on that I have been craving to hear. I'm surprised I haven't driven into a ravine or a school bus with the way I search for CDs in my car while driving...
Cape man's jury trial set for March (12/09/03)
A Cape Girardeau man's jury trial for multiple counts of child sex crimes with an 11-year-old girl was set Monday by Circuit Judge John Heisserer for March 23 and 24. David Matthew Burton, 28, faces one count of first-degree statutory rape and three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. ...
Kinder receives recognition for support of agriculture (12/09/03)
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder received the Missouri Farm Bureau's highest award Monday at the group's annual convention in Lake of the Ozarks. The Outstanding Service to Agriculture award goes to the person who provides the most support to Missouri agriculture. ...
Tracking Illmo's railroad heritage (12/09/03)
Librarians objected to the first book in Gertrude Chandler Warner's classic "Boxcar Children" series. The librarians thought the book's orphaned children, living in a boxcar and surviving by their ingenuity, were having too much fun without any parental control...
Panel rejects rule on union fee collection (12/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Republican-led legislative panel on Monday voted along party lines to disapprove a proposed administrative rule that would pave the way for collection of "fair-share" fees from state workers who are represented by -- but do not belong to -- a union...
MoDOT - Take shuttle to dedication of new bridge (12/09/03)
For those planning on driving to Saturday's bridge dedication, everyone involved in organizing the event has this advice: Don't do it. Instead, they are pleading with people to take the shuttle. "We can't stress that enough," said Angie Wilson, the Missouri Department of Transportation's public information manager...
Jackson police outfitted with protective gear (12/09/03)
Jackson police officers will soon have protection from hazardous materials in the form of new biochemical suits and masks. The protective gear arrived at the station last week, paid for with money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the State Emergency Management Agency, or SEMA, said Capt. Robert Hull...
Man charged in Purple Crackle shooting (12/09/03)
Romell D. Watkins, 24, of Mounds, Ill., was charged Monday in Alexander County, Ill., in connection with a shooting early Saturday morning at the Purple Crackle bar in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. Watkins faces two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated discharge of a gun...
Man charged in death of son (12/09/03)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man, Jeremy A. Whittemore, 23, was charged Friday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shaking death of his six-month old son. Police received a 911 call on Dec. 2 reporting that Whittemore's son, Jacob, was not responsive...
Hearing under way on New Madrid Floodway project (12/09/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Clean Water Commission is holding a hearing this week about the New Madrid Floodway project -- an issue where some environmentalists and some Bootheel residents don't always see eye-to-eye. The $85 million Army Corps of Engineers plan is designed to reduce flooding in New Madrid, Mississippi and Scott counties...
Committee blocks Missouri collective bargaining rule (12/09/03)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Republican-led legislative panel has voted to block a rule by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden's administration that would allow union dues to be charged to some non-union state employees. The committee's decision delays the rule temporarily while the issue goes before the full Legislature...
Group issues warning about dealership fraud (12/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- A consumer group wants all state attorneys general to investigate fraud at auto dealerships, saying dealers regularly bilk customers out of hundreds of dollars through price manipulation and costly financing deals. In a report released Monday, Public Citizen cited as an example of fraud an offer for an anti-theft program that etches the vehicle's identification number in the window glass...
CDC to monitor children's flu cases, complications (12/09/03)
ATLANTA -- The nation's health agency plans to closely watch flu complications among children, who have swamped hospitals in some states and surprised doctors with the severity of their illnesses. A new concern is the rise of a common drug-resistant staph infection that is complicating efforts to treat children with the flu, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday...
Bush OKs new Medicare drug coverage (12/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed a new prescription drug benefit into law Monday as part of historic Medicare changes that also will confront seniors with numerous and sometimes difficult choices regarding their health-care coverage. Bush said the new drug insurance "will save our seniors from a lot of worry." But the bill's critics said the worries have just begun for Medicare's 40 million older and disabled Americans...
Knife, blood found in suspect's car in missing student case (12/09/03)
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A knife and blood matching Dru Sjodin's type were found in the car belonging to the man accused of kidnapping the University of North Dakota student, a source told The Associated Press on Monday. The source close to the investigation told the AP about the knife discovery in the car's trunk and also confirmed earlier media reports about the blood and a knife sheath being found in the parking lot of the mall where Sjodin disappeared...
Nearly broke Pittsburgh steels itself for state oversight (12/09/03)
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh entered another one of its postindustrial renaissances in the 1990s, getting rid of many of the slag heaps and soot-stained smokestacks that defined the Steel City for more than 100 years. Biotechnology companies and financial services firms moved in. New sports stadiums and a new convention center opened. And so many construction projects are under way that it looks as if a flock of giant whooping cranes has come to roost...
Nation briefs 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
New Jersey holds first bear hunt in 33 years VERNON, N.J. -- Slogging through a foot of snow left by a weekend blizzard, hunters ventured into the woods on Monday in New Jersey's first bear hunt in 33 years, prompted by a rising number of complaints about the animals breaking into suburban homes and raiding trash cans. ...
One-of-a-kind plan for homeless is at a crossroads (12/09/03)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- On a one-acre patch of asphalt near the airport, about 80 homeless people are living in shelters slapped together out of scavenged planks, plastic, sheetrock and cardboard. But this is no ordinary shantytown. Dignity Village, as it is called, is an unusual social experiment: a government-sanctioned encampment for the homeless...
New law gives wealthy special, last-minute voice in elections (12/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- Though companies and unions are now banned from financing last-minute election ads, wealthy individuals already are writing big checks that will give them a voice on the airwaves in the final days before voters pick candidates. An exemption in the nation's campaign finance law allows well-heeled people to give unlimited amounts to certain tax-exempt, unincorporated groups to pay for TV and radio ads targeting candidates just before elections...
U.S. launches major operation in Afghanistan (12/09/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military launched its largest postwar offensive against Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents Monday, sending 2,000 soldiers into a lawless swath of Afghanistan to put down a wave of attacks. The operation began as Afghan and U.N. officials warned that one of the military's most tragic blunders -- the weekend killing of nine children in an airstrike -- could drive more Afghans into the arms of the rebels...
Russian election criticized by monitors (12/09/03)
MOSCOW -- Allies of President Vladimir Putin won a sweeping victory in parliamentary balloting, but the White House expressed concern Monday over the election's fairness and human rights officials condemned the vote as a retreat from Russia's democratic reforms...
World briefs 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
U.S. launches talks on troop realignment BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The United States briefed NATO allies Monday on plans for an overhaul of American forces in Europe that may see tens of thousands of troops transferred from Cold War-era bases in Germany to new bases closer to potential trouble spots. U.S. officials have previously said troops will be shifted to smaller, lightly equipped centers ready for rapid deployment to places like the Middle East, the Balkans or Central Asia...
Israel contemplates next moves for West Bank barrier work (12/09/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed Monday to cooperate with an international court's expected investigation of a contentious West Bank security barrier. Israel's justice minister, meanwhile, asked the government to reopen debate on the route of the barrier, which is still under construction...
Jackson girls roll past Twin Rivers (12/09/03)
BROSELEY, Mo. -- Jackson's girls basketball team used a pair of 11 point efforts from Kelly Loos and Kylie Werner to defeat Twin Rivers 70-39 on Monday. Coming off a third-place finish at the Farmington Tournament, the Indians jumped out to a 25-12 lead after the first quarter. Twin Rivers held a small edge in the second quarter, but Jackson put the game away with a 20-8 scoring advantage in the third quarter...
Indians face big obstacle in talented Arkansas (12/09/03)
Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner knows the Indians will be heavy underdogs tonight when they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. But Garner also realizes that anything can happen in a basketball game -- which is why he's not ruling out an upset when the squads square off in a 7:05 p.m. tipoff at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark...
Star-studded Lakers blend for 17-3 start (12/09/03)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal has never been on such a tight-knit team. Karl Malone is reminded of what it was like to play in high school. Horace Grant and Gary Payton love what's happened so far but think there's plenty of room for improvement...
Angels close to signing Colon; new Met Matsui arrives in U.S. (12/09/03)
NEW YORK -- The Anaheim Angels closed in on Bartolo Colon, Nomar Garciaparra expressed dismay at Boston's talks to acquire Alex Rodriguez, and Kazuo Matsui arrived in New York on Monday to complete his deal with the Mets. The day after baseball's first big offseason deadline passed, teams plotted their moves in advance of the winter meetings, which start Friday in New Orleans...
Woods wins fifth straight PGA player of the year (12/09/03)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A wild season in golf came to a familiar conclusion Monday when Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the fifth straight time, narrowly beating Vijay Singh. Woods failed to win the PGA Tour money title or a major championship for the first time since 1998. Still, his peers decided his season was the best on tour...
Rams grab playoff spot (12/09/03)
By Tom Withers ~ The Associated Press CLEVELAND -- The St. Louis Rams are going back to the NFC playoffs, and their high-potent offense didn't have very much to do with it. Aeneas Williams had two interceptions -- the first for a 46-yard touchdown -- in the final 1:04 of the first half as the Rams clinched a postseason berth, holding on for a 26-20 win Monday night over the Cleveland Browns...
Stoops not apologizing for Sooners' 2nd chance (12/09/03)
NORMAN, Okla. -- The people's choice to be in the Sugar Bowl won't be in New Orleans. The computers' pick will -- and that's good enough for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. The third-ranked Sooners (12-1) managed to keep their spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game despite a stunning 35-7 loss to Kansas State for the Big 12 championship...
On center stage, BCS computer spits out an error message (12/09/03)
To err is human. To err divinely takes a computer. Tarot cards, Ouija boards and Punxsutawney Phil could have done a better job than the Bowl Championship Series whizzes in picking teams for the national college football championship game. A French figure skating judge would have created less controversy than factoring in Boise State's victory over Hawaii to decide who plays for No. 1 in the Sugar Bowl. Maybe Boise State should be the national champ...
Sports briefs 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
Basketball The NBA exercised its option Monday to extend the collective bargaining agreement with players through the 2004-05 season. The announcement was made following a meeting between NBA owners and players, along with commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter. The original deal, struck in January 1999, came after a lengthy lockout that cut the 1998-99 season short...
Anything but action figures (12/09/03)
Bailey isn't a big letter writer. But she doesn't have a problem corresponding with Santa. "Dear Santa, I have been a good girl," she wrote only days before her 8th birthday. Bailey was proud of the letter that she typed in computer lab at school...
Business briefs 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
Union authorizes action against Pulitzer Inc. ST. LOUIS -- Newspaper Guild members voted overwhelmingly to authorize action against the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's owner if a year of contract negotiations ends in an impasse. Job actions could include byline strikes, work stoppages, and circulation and advertising boycotts. ...
Cline Carter (12/09/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- H. Cline Carter, 89, of Sikeston died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Jan. 17, 1914, at Oran, Mo., son of Frank and Addie Carter. He and Marjorie Burke were married July 31, 1940. Carter moved to Cape Girardeau about 1929 from Oran, and was a 1931 graduate of Central High School...
Anne McFadden (12/09/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Anne Elizabeth McFadden, 91, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 16, 1912, in Pomona, Ill., daughter of Dr. Claude Adams and Alma Vera Disboro Stearns. She and Noel F. "Buddy" McFadden were married Jan. 4, 1931. He died May 7, 1955...
Francis Stroder (12/09/03)
Francis B. "Beryl" Stroder, 83, formerly of Burfordville, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Laflin, Mo., daughter of John and Carrie Schaefer Huffman. She and Hilbert Stroder were married Feb. 20, 1937, in Jackson. He passed away Feb. 11, 1973...
Myrtle Carter (12/09/03)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Myrtle Carter, 87, of Horn Lake, Miss., formerly of Marble Hill died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was born April 3, 1916, in Grassy, Mo., to Joe and Effie Mitchell Rae. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Horn Lake...
Births 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
Mattison Son to Dustin Clark and Christina Rene Mattison of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 1:18 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003. Name, Zachary Tyler. Weight, 8 pounds 8 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Mattison is the former Christina Standridge, daughter of Stan and Martha Standridge of Sikeston, Mo. She is employed at Major Custom Cable. Mattison is the son of Steve and Phyllis Mattison of Sikeston. He is employed at St. Francis...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Glenn A. Taylor, 21, of 1206 S. Ellis, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on a Sikeston warrant for failure to appear. Marcus T. Morgan, 23, o f802 Themis, No. 4, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on a probation violation warrant...
Cape fire report 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 6:33 p.m., citizen assist at 417 Marroseann. At 7:20 p.m., medical assist at 254 S. Silver Springs. At 9:30 p.m., medical assist at 735 William. At 9:55 p.m., medical assist at 1333 N. Sprigg...
Out of the past 12/9/03 (12/09/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 9, 1993 Michael Heston has been named Court Appointed Special Advocates' new part-time coordinator. Development along Lexington Avenue continues to be contentious issue; about 30 people attended yesterday's planning and zoning commission meeting, most of them to oppose plan for multizoned subdivision on east side of Lexington, west of Belleridge subdivision...
Turning a slogan (12/09/03)
By Chris Morrill The $42,000 spent by the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau to have a Nashville marketing firm come up with a tourism plan could have been better spent on beer. Let me explain. First, the proposed city slogan: "Cape Girardeau: Where the City Turns a Thousand Tales." What, exactly, does that mean?...
Release the funding (12/09/03)
Last week, Gov. Bob Holden released $83 million in education funding, a portion of funding that he had previously withheld because of budget concerns. That's good news for financially strapped schools. But it isn't enough. The money Holden is giving to schools is basically a one-time windfall from the federal government in the form of a Medicaid reimbursement that Missouri otherwise wouldn't have received until the next fiscal year. ...
Strong sales (12/09/03)
Speaking of an improved economy ... . It's looking to be a jolly Christmas for retailers. The Thanksgiving weekend gave the nation's retailers a strong start to the holiday season. Here in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, there were long lines in the early morning hours as stores opened on Black Friday, the retailers' name for the day after Thanksgiving because it's supposed to be the day stores go out of the red and into the black...
Paid leave plan sounds like welfare program (12/09/03)
To the editor: Under Joe Lieberman's Paid Family Leave Plan, the national standards would include four weeks of paid leave under the same conditions and restrictions as the Family and Medical Leave Act. The four weeks would be part of the 12 weeks of leave under FMLA, not in addition to it. ...
100 cities back moratorium on death penalty (12/09/03)
To the editor: Recently, Eutaw, Ala., passed a resolution urging the state legislature to adopt a moratorium on executions while issues of fairness were studied. Eutaw joins New York, Detroit and Philadelphia as the 100th U.S. city calling for a moratorium...
Commandments are for salvation of all mankind (12/09/03)
To the editor: Recently, someone wrote that the Ten Commandments are only for Christians. Nothing could be further from the truth. God's rules for man's conduct were given from the beginning of time for all mankind, and they were reinforced by God through his prophet, Moses, on Mount Sinai, making a more systematic way for instructors to teach students to learn God's will for our conduct...
Speak Out A 12/09/03 (12/09/03)
Stuck with the bill I AGREE with the Speak Out comment about those who constantly lobby for more benefits from the government, especially the retirees. Our children and grandchildren will be stuck with their bill. Christian lighting CHRIST IS the reason for Christmas, the savior that was promised 2,000 years before his birth in Bethlehem. ...
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