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Stories from Friday, December 19, 2003

Toybox presents arrive with community help (12/19/03)
When Santa Claus showed up at Jebraya Harris' door Thursday night, the eyes of the 6-year-old became nearly as wide as her smile. "Yay, it's Santa!" she said, hopping up and down, barely able to restrain herself from rushing the jolly old elf. "Toys, toys!"...
Missouri briefs 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Authorities investigate bones found in old home MT. VERNON, Mo. -- Authorities are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a set of human bones found on the floor of an abandoned home in northeast Lawrence County, authorities said Thursday. Officers with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department suspected the bones had been in the home "a few years," according to a media release. ...
Former Kennett Rep. Thomason remembered at Capitol service (12/19/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Former state Rep. Larry Thomason of Kennett was remembered Thursday as a dedicated public servant, a man with a zest for living and a passion for fine coffee and great barbecue, but above all as a person who cared deeply about others...
Region briefs 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
14-year-old arrested for making bomb threat SIKESTON, Mo. -- A 14-year-old former student remains in custody after being arrested Tuesday for making a bomb threat at Sikeston Junior High School. The juvenile was at the school and left a note indicating there would be an explosion at 2 p.m. Tuesday, said Sikeston Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden. The building was evacuated and was searched, but no explosive devices were found...
History, bridge books available today (12/19/03)
Those who missed out on the Southeast Missourian's "Faces and Places" historical photo book and Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge commemorative book will have a special opportunity to get them from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the newspaper's offices, 301 Broadway in Cape Girardeau and 104 S. Hope St. in Jackson...
Ready for the 'Nutcracker' (12/19/03)
Most traveling ballet companies that tour with the "Nutcracker" during the holidays bring their own young dancer to perform the important role of Marie (named Clara in some versions). The Minnesota Ballet does not bring a Marie, instead presenting two local girls with the rare opportunity to dance the sugar plum role...
Senator seeks tax exemption for grain, livestock (12/19/03)
While Missouri ranks among the nation's top cattle-producing states, you'd never know it based on the number of animals listed on the tax rolls as personal property, according to one area senator. Missourians are supposed to report the amount of livestock and grain they own on their annual personal property disclosure forms, but state Sen. Bill Foster said the requirement is more honored in the breach rather than the observance...
Southeast initiating plan to upgrade antiquated computer system (12/19/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's antiquated computer systems -- some of which are more than a decade old -- have left the school dependent on outdated technology that is increasingly harder to maintain, officials say. To correct the problem, school officials plan to spend $2.4 million to dump the school's mainframe equipment and software and re-place it with software and servers that will connect offices through an integrated system, making it easier to share information...
Cancer treatment for region gets technological boost (12/19/03)
Calling it the "most significant technological advance in cancer care" to hit this region, Southeast Missouri Hospital is bringing a revolutionary new treatment to the area that holds the promise of allowing some cancer patients to be treated as part of an outpatient 30-minute procedure...
Flu dries up vaccine supplies (12/19/03)
As the coughing, aching and fevers keep spreading, the Cape Girardeau County Health Department is out of flu vaccine for the second time this fall. The health department administered more than 4,600 shots before running out of vaccinations in late November. A new shipment arrived earlier this month, and 5,100 more shots were given before the department again ran out Thursday...
DNA leads to Kansas City man's arrest in 1988 slaying of aunt (12/19/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Blood splatter evidence from the scene of a church burglary last year has tied a Kansas City man to the brutal slaying of his aunt over about $14 nearly 16 years ago. Claudia E. Walker, 58, was killed in her home on April 3, 1988, stabbed 53 times and strangled. On Thursday, Jackson County prosecutors charged her nephew, Jerloin C. Weaver, 34, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action...
Army questioning plan to armor vehicles (12/19/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Fearing roadside bombs and sniper bullets, the members of the Army Reserves' 428th Transportation Co. turned to a local steel fabricator to fashion extra armor for their 5-ton trucks and Humvees before beginning their journey to Iraq earlier this month...
Authorities check mysterious bones (12/19/03)
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- Authorities are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a set of human bones found on the floor of an abandoned home. An older man who began tearing down the home more than a year ago discovered the bones loose and mixed in with straw. On Wednesday, the man brought 23 bones to the sheriff's department. Officers returned to the foundation and recovered another 41 items, most of which appeared to be human bones...
Disaster loans available for local farmers (12/19/03)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Four Southeast Missouri counties have been designated agricultural disaster areas, the result of damaging spring rains. The U.S. Department of Agriculture determination an-nounced this week makes qualified producers in Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot and Stoddard counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency...
Seven relatives killed in Michigan house fire (12/19/03)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A fast-spreading fire gutted a home, killing seven family members ranging in age from 3 to 74, officials said Thursday. The 1 1/2-story, wood-frame home was engulfed in flames, and there were no signs of life when firefighters arrived about 11:20 p.m. ...
Relatives of victims pour forth sadness, rage (12/19/03)
SEATTLE -- With an eloquence honed by years of grief, relatives of the Green River Killer's victims finally spoke Thursday to the man who snuffed out the lives of their sisters, daughters and wives, then watched as a judge sentenced him to 48 consecutive life terms. ...
NYSE selects Goldman Sachs head (12/19/03)
NEW YORK -- Moving quickly after federal regulators OK'd an overhaul plan, the New York Stock Exchange named Goldman Sachs firm president John Thain as its new chief executive. The announcement Thursday came only a day after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the NYSE's proposal to overhaul its governing structure...
Experts - Egg-based flu vaccine system needs to be updated (12/19/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The nation's anxiety over the dwindling supply of flu shots has exposed an antiquated manufacturing system that depends on 90 million fertilized chicken eggs and a 9-month process to produce each year's batch of influenza vaccines...
Malvo convicted of capital murder, faces death penalty or life (12/19/03)
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- A jury convicted Lee Boyd Malvo of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper case Thursday, rejecting claims that the teenager was brainwashed by John Allen Muhammad into taking part in the three-week reign of terror that left 10 people dead...
District judge's decision angers Reagan family (12/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Former President Reagan's son Michael, denouncing as "an outrage" a judge's decision to allow John Hinckley Jr. unsupervised visits with his parents, questioned Thursday whether the Hinckleys would be able to prevent their son from harming himself or others. ...
People talk 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Creator of 'South Park' enjoys Butters better NEW YORK -- Butters has become one of Trey Parker's favorite "South Park" characters. Butters, who's blond and constantly being picked on, started playing a larger role when muffled, hooded Kenny was killed off for a year, says Parker, who created the popular Comedy Central animated show with Matt Stone. ...
Schwarzenegger declares state fiscal emergency (12/19/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared California in a fiscal crisis Thursday and invoked emergency powers so he could impose $150 million in spending cuts without the legislature's approval. The cuts, expected to come largely from social service programs, free up money for city and county governments that have lost more than $300 million since the governor voided an unpopular tripling of the state's car tax. ...
Investigators claim detainees at federal prison were abused (12/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Officials at a federal prison in New York hindered an investigation that determined as many as 20 guards abused detainees who were picked up shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department reported Thursday. Investigators found hundreds of videotapes that officials at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn had said were destroyed or erased, according to a report by the department's internal watchdog, inspector gGeneral Glenn A. Fine...
VP Cheney's former company says it saved Pentagon money (12/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former company said Thursday it has saved the Pentagon money even as new allegations surfaced that Halliburton's own auditors warned of possible overcharging for fuel delivered to Iraq. Halliburton said in a statement it expected to be cleared by the Defense Department of overcharging for gasoline it trucked into Iraq from Kuwait. ...
Appeals courts rule terror suspects belong in U.S. courts (12/19/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- In twin setbacks for the Bush administration's war on terror, federal appeals courts on opposite coasts ruled Thursday that the U.S. military cannot indefinitely hold prisoners without access to lawyers or the American courts. One ruling favored the 660 "enemy combatants" being held at the U.S. ...
Mutual fund firm agrees to $600 million settlement (12/19/03)
NEW YORK -- Alliance Capital Management agreed Thursday to a $600 million settlement, including a 20 percent reduction in its fund fees for the next five years, to resolve federal and state accusations it permitted improper trading of its mutual funds...
Top economic indicators rise (12/19/03)
NEW YORK -- A key economic forecasting gauge rose a solid 0.3 percent in November, and the government reported a drop in claims for jobless benefits Thursday, presaging what economists believe could be strong growth in 2004. In New York, the business-funded Conference Board said its Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.3 percent in November to 114.2, suggesting that the economic recovery will gain momentum next year...
Michael Jackson charged with child molestation (12/19/03)
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson was formally charged Thursday with repeatedly molesting a cancer-stricken boy invited to his Neverland Ranch, setting the stage for what could become one of the most sensational celebrity cases this Internet-wired, 24-hour-cable world has ever seen...
Sept. 11 chairman says not to blame Clinton or Bush teams (12/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of a federal commission looking into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said Thursday that mistakes over many years left the United States vulnerable to such an attack, but he resisted pinning blame on either of the last two presidential teams...
Authorities in Europe shut down Islamic militant network (12/19/03)
MILAN, Italy -- Authorities in Europe have shut down a network that recruited at least 200 Islamic militants to carry out attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, Italian investigators told The Associated Press. The volunteers were Muslim youths living on the fringes of society in Western Europe, with loose connections to al-Qaida and Ansar al-Islam, a militant group in northern Iraq...
Bin Laden probably alive, U.S. general admits (12/19/03)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- Osama bin Laden will "with absolute certainty" be caught if he's still alive, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Thursday, as the U.S. military acknowledged for the first time that a Taliban commander -- targeted in an assault that mistakenly killed nine children -- got away. ...
Royal coroner - Princess Diana inquest planned for January (12/19/03)
LONDON -- Six years after Princess Diana's fatal car crash, the royal coroner on Thursday announced an inquest next month into her death -- an inquiry that could help dispel lingering suspicions of a conspiracy to kill the princess. A French court ruled in 2002 that the Aug. 31, 1997, crash in Paris was an accident caused by drunk and speeding driver Henri Paul. But Egyptian-born billionaire Mohammed al Fayed, whose son, Dodi, died with Diana, claims they were murdered...
Familiar mix of virus, travel seen in SARS case (12/19/03)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The new emergence of SARS this week includes key elements of the global outbreak last winter and spring, but world and U.S. health authorities say they're not alarmed. Two people who were exposed to a Taiwanese man with SARS later flew to the United States but have shown no symptoms...
Sharon - Time running out for Palestinian action (12/19/03)
HERZLIYA, Israel -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that Israel was willing to move some Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but delivered an ultimatum that Palestinians had only a few months to make peace or Israel would impose its own solution. ...
Bus carrying miners crashes, killing 17 (12/19/03)
KIEV, Ukraine -- A bus carrying miners headed for a seaside holiday veered off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ditch on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, killing 17 people and injuring 19 others, officials said Thursday. The driver lost control of the bus on the road from the Crimean capital of Simferopol to the Black Sea resort city of Alushta on Wednesday night, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. ...
American soldier, Shiite politician killed in ambushes (12/19/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Rebels killed a U.S. soldier in the first fatal ambush for the U.S. military since the capture of Saddam Hussein last weekend. Also in the Iraqi capital, Shiites buried an assassinated politician Thursday after a sneak attack blamed on Saddam loyalists...
Scott City escapes free-throw frustration for road victory (12/19/03)
Scott City's girls basketball team overcame a horrendous performance from the free-throw line during a 41-29 road win over Malden Thursday night. The Rams (5-3)made just four of 19 foul shots but piled up a 21-9 halftime lead. Amanda Raines hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Rams. Alicia Obermann added 10...
Jackson junior takes Classic path on title chase (12/19/03)
Cody Rouse goes to the Tiger Classic today looking for his second straight individual title, but that's only a small part of his goal for his junior season. On a roster filled with state-tournament talent, Rouse has established himself as a main weapons on Jackson's squad. Rouse is coming off a 7-0 performance at the Missouri Duals in Jefferson City against some of the top teams in the state...
Girls holiday event looks big on parity, short on favorites (12/19/03)
Since the HealthSouth Holiday Classic Girls Basketball Tournament began in 1996, the final round has had a familiar look. Only four different teams have reached the finals in the event's seven years. Only three teams -- Poplar Bluff, Jackson and Notre Dame -- have won it...
Goodson caps big junior season with national award (12/19/03)
Southeast Missouri State University junior Ray Goodson considers blocking to be his strength. But Goodson turned into one of the nation's premier Division I-AA pass-catching tight ends this year -- and now he has an All-American award to show for it...
Early bowl preparations keep Tigers on the move (12/19/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Usually at this time of the year the Missouri football office is concentrating on one thing: recruiting. This season it has been unusually busy, but coach Gary Pinkel isn't complaining. For the first time in his three seasons, and for the first time in five years overall, the Tigers (8-4) are bowl-bound...
Blues stretch streak with win over Sharks (12/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Mellanby scored two goals and Keith Tkachuk had three assists to help the Blues extend their winning streak to six games with a 4-2 victory Thursday night over the San Jose Sharks. The Blues are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. St. Louis has won four of those games by one goal, including three wins in overtime. This was just the sixth time this season the Blues (20-6-2-1) have won by at least two goals...
The big trade - Sox say no go, Rangers say maybe (12/19/03)
NEW YORK -- The Alex Rodriguez trade is "dead," or so the Boston Red Sox say. The Texas Rangers still have hope. Just hours after commissioner Bud Selig ended talks to restructure the shortstop's $252 million contract Thursday, the Red Sox said Manny Ramirez would not be sent to Texas for the AL MVP...
McNair lands first career Pro Bowl spot (12/19/03)
NEW YORK -- Steve McNair made his first Pro Bowl on Thursday, joining three teammates a year after the Tennessee Titans were shunned entirely but ended up in the AFC title game. McNair, in his ninth NFL season, has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just six interceptions for the Titans (10-4)...
Sports briefs 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Baseball The Cardinals begin their spring training schedule March 4 hosting the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. The Cardinals will play six games against the Florida Marlins, also based in Jupiter. The Cardinals will play 19 home games, including three as the visitor to the Marlins. Other home games will be against the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos. Pitchers and catchers will report Feb. 20...
Powerful Pilot - 2004 model is biggest Honda vehicle to date (12/19/03)
STEVE ROBERTSON * photos@semissourian.com This Honda Pilot has an aggressive front end with multi-reflector halogen headlights. It competes with other mid-size SUVs such as the Ford Explorer and the Buick Rainier. I'm feeling a bit guilty -- like a kid sneaking his hand into the forbidden cookie jar. ...
Main bout - Joe versus electronics (12/19/03)
Technology may soon pass me by, I'm afraid. But I'm not going down without a bruising, no-holds-barred battle. You have no idea how overjoyed I was to master resetting all the clocks in our house. Every clock we own has different rules for changing the setting. The clock on the microwave sends me messages...
Bittersweet romances lead Golden Globe nominations (12/19/03)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Love is in the air this Hollywood awards season but it's of the dark and bittersweet variety, with a leading eight Golden Globe nominations going to "Cold Mountain," about a Civil War deserter whose journey to find his sweetheart is marked by heartbreak and death...
Everbyody's a critic - 'Something's Gotta Give' (12/19/03)
Three stars (out of four) "Something's Gotta Give" is a romantic comedy winner. The movie is funny, warm, romantic, and brilliant. Jack Nicholson plays Harry, the longtime bachelor who has a taste for younger women. He is 63 years old and has left a line of heartbroken women around the world. Diane Keaton is the mother of Harry's newest vixen, played by Amanda Peet...
'Nutcracker' in a nutshell (12/19/03)
On a winter evening a century ago in the ballroom of a grand 19th-century home, a party is about to begin. Dr. and Mrs. Stahlbaum, younger daughter Marie, son Fritz, and older daughter Diana greet guests of all ages who stream into the elegant ballroom...
Coming to theaters 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
'Cheaper by the Dozen' Starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo, and Kevin Schmidt. This loose remake of the 1950 Walter Lang film tells the story of small-town college football coach Tom Baker, who tries to run his wacky brood (a gaggle of patience-trying kids) according to the same principles he uses with his team. ...
Two teen singers are breaking musical stereotypes (12/19/03)
Watching newcomer Fefe Dobson jumping around onstage to the rhythm of thrashing guitars, she looks like the typical pop-rocker girl, with a tough attitude and sneering voice. Typical in every way but one. With her caramel hue, the biracial Canadian is unusual even in 2003. Musical acts are still tightly compartmentalized by genre and race -- and few are able to break the mold...
Artifacts 12/19 (12/19/03)
Scholastic Arts Exhibit at Cedarhurst MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- The 2004 Scholastic Arts Exhibition will open Jan. 17 in the Main Gallery of the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. The exhibit includes works by students in grades seven through 12 in the 19-county region of Southern Illinois...
Elzie Pemberton (12/19/03)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Elzie Pemberton, 86, of Bertrand died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Biggers, Ark., son of Theodore and Mirtie Yancey Pemberton. He and Elena Mae Hill were married July 18, 1942. She died May 21, 1987. He and SuEffie Hill were married Oct. 22, 1988, at Bertrand...
Virginia Dumey (12/19/03)
Virginia E. Dumey, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of John and Esther Cobble Engelmann. She and Theon Dumey were married Dec. 28, 1946, at Kelso, Mo...
Joseph Hurley (12/19/03)
Joseph F. Hurley, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Births 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Russell Son to Scott and Erika Russell of Jackson, Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Mo., 6:08 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003. Name, Riley Cole. Weight, 6 pounds. First child. Mrs. Russell is the former Erika Aufdenberg, daughter of Darrell and Mitzi Aufdenberg and Karen and Roy Kranawetter, all of Jackson. ...
Cape fire report 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 5:36 p.m., medical assist at 1131 S. Pacific. At 6:27 p.m., medical assist at 333 N. Ellis. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items:...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Dec. 19 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Chad A. Dillingham, 21, of 825 N. Fountain, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 19, 1993 Nativity pageant with live stable animals is presented on parking lot of Hanover Lutheran Church; pageant is presented by members of Youth Group and Men's Club of church. No one cracked $67.5 million Powerball jackpot yesterday, driving price to estimated $90 million for midweek drawing; local lottery retailers anticipate brisk sales between now and Wednesday...
Corrections 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Due to a source error, a story in Thursday's edition should have reported the River City Rodders donated 22 bicycles to the Toybox charity. A story by the Associated Press in Thursday's edition should have reported that former Gov. George Ryan is the fourth Illinois governor to be indicted in the past 40 years...
Charlie Hutson was a good friend and leader (12/19/03)
Charles Hutson was not only the dreamer and doer of Main Street, but he also was one of the backbones (and beloved characters) of Cape Girardeau. Among his many accomplishments, he was a deacon in his church, a former president of the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, an active Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and economic development leader and a former president of the Southeast Missouri Hospital Board of Trustees...
Charlie Hutson - 'Mr. Downtown' (12/19/03)
The Cape Girardeau merchants and others who knew and worked with Charlie Hutson had another name for him: "Mr. Downtown." "He was the go-to person for anything we needed done," says Cape Girardeau Councilwoman Evelyn Boardman, who graduated from the same Central High School class as Hutson and operated different businesses near Hutson's for more than 20 years...
Healthy forests act provides fire protection (12/19/03)
To the editor: On Dec. 3, President Bush signed into law the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to help prevent catastrophic wildfires and strengthen America's long-term forest health. The legislation, based on the president's Healthy Forest Initiative, will reduce the risk of catastrophic fire to communities, help save the lives of firefighters and citizens and protect threatened and endangered species...
Everyone made bridge dedication day to remember (12/19/03)
To the editor: Last Saturday's dedication of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge was a great day for Cape Girardeau, for Missouri and Illinois and especially for the entire Emerson family. I would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make the ceremony a proud day...
Have you noticed litter piling up along interstate? (12/19/03)
To the editor: I drive Interstate 55 from Fruitland to Cape Girardeau a lot. Has anyone noticed the trash all down through there? Now someone has dumped a couch out there. If we don't have enough state workers to keep things clean, there are people in jail with a lot of time on their hands...
Speak Out 12/19/03 (12/19/03)
Leave the band alone I'M A former Bengal Lancer. I moved here in seventh grade and joined the school band. We had one director, Ron Nall, a wonderful man. I went to junior high and senior high with one, then two, directors. My last two years in school we had a third director. ...
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