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Learning briefs 12/23 (12/23/03)
Cape senior receives Eagle Scout honor David Dean recently received his Eagle Scout designation from Boy Scout Troop 4. Dean, the son of Don and Carol Dean, has been active in Scouting for more than 10 years, starting out as a Cub Scout and ending as the Troop 4 Senior Patrol Leader. He has been accepted in the U.S. Navy early enlistment program in the Nuclear Engineering program. He is a senior at Central High School. Dean also plays the trombone in the Central Marching Band...
Family fun keeps children's minds active during holiday break (12/23/03)
NEW YORK -- Children may not be hitting the books over the holiday break, but that doesn't mean they're not learning anything. Many typical family activities such as traveling, cooking, visiting with relatives, playing games and looking at photo albums can offer hidden lessons...
Pimples appear out of nowhere (12/23/03)
We all get them. Even the Olsen twins. They're God's way of telling you that you're a greasy slob that needs to stop eating so much pizza all the time. Well, that's what he tells me anyway. Pimples appear in many places all over your body and they're here to stay for generations to come...
A few hard lessons I've learned (12/23/03)
In May, I was given the assignment to write about everything I learned during my first year in the big new school. I wrote the assignment back in May, but I want to share it with you now. The first thing I learned is, never compare yourself to a dead person. Ever. Not only is it not amusing, but also the deceased's relatives soon learn to dislike you...
Federal, state standards are no easy match (12/23/03)
Disparities between state and federal education standards have some Missouri school districts accepting academic accolades with one hand while getting slapped on the other for not making enough progress. One hundred fifty-three school districts recently were recognized for "distinction in performance," an annual state award given for consistent improvement in academic performance...
Josh's new best friend (12/23/03)
The last we heard from the Ghiz family, Alex and Racine Ghiz were overwhelmed by the community that donated more than $9,000 for their severely disabled son, Josh, to have a social therapy dog. The Thanksgiving present, some $4,000 more than the family had hoped for, came just in time for Racine, Josh and his three younger sisters to head for Kansas City to attend an intense family training session...
Holiday travel not slowed by greater threat of attack (12/23/03)
A shrug, not a panic. After being advised to "go about your business" by the U.S. government, holiday travelers across the country have reacted to the nation's elevated terror alert largely with indifference instead of fear. "It just doesn't bother me. I'm not going to let it interrupt my life," said Cape Girardeau resident Dave Dormeyer, who plans to fly to Europe with a friend on Christmas Day. "I think that's what they want and I don't intend to do that."...
Holden proposes job-creation plan (12/23/03)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Holden proposed a plan Tuesday to create thousands of new jobs in Missouri by investing in community infrastructure projects, such as water and telecommunication systems. Holden said his plan, called Jobs Now, will be his priority in the legislative session that begins Jan. 7...
UMSL building evacuated after chemical spill (12/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The science complex at the University of Missouri-St. Louis was evacuated Monday because of a chemical leak. A custodian was overcome by fumes on the first floor of Benton Hall just before 8 a.m., according to stltoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officials said the gas was coming from a chemical storage closet near the chemistry labs. No injuries were reported...
Late-night house fire kills two young children (12/23/03)
BERKELEY, Mo. -- A fire just before midnight Saturday claimed the lives of two children -- ages 2 and 3 -- in this St. Louis area town. Authorities said at least three other people were taken to hospitals. Authorities believe an overloaded electrical outlet in the basement was to blame for the fire...
Jefferson City mayor vetoes city smoking ban (12/23/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Mayor John Landwehr has vetoed a ban on smoking in the city's restaurants, calling the issue one of fairness. The ban generally prohibited smoking in restaurants. However, restaurants that make at least half their income from alcohol sales could have still allowed smoking, as could rooms leased for social functions, bowling alleys and pool halls...
Army to check out extra armor; Bond tries to help Mo. troops (12/23/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Army officials are heading to Fort Riley to inspect extra armor that a unit of Missouri soldiers added to their vehicles prior to their planned deployment to Iraq. Also Monday, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., asked the Pentagon to allow the Jefferson City-based Army Reserve unit to use the extra armor...
Ex-governor Ryan slated to appear in court today (12/23/03)
CHICAGO -- For months, former Gov. George Ryan has deflected questions about a corruption probe surrounding his tenure as secretary of state and governor. Now, prosecutors are demanding answers. Ryan, 69, is scheduled to appear in federal court today to answer charges of racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, tax fraud, filing false tax returns and making false statements to agents investigating corruption in the Ryan era. He is expected to enter a plea of innocent at his arraignment...
Woman abducted, left for dead after being taken across state (12/23/03)
BUFFALO, Mo. -- A 67-year-old woman was abducted from her southeast Missouri home and taken to Dallas County in southwest Missouri, where she was attacked and left for dead, authorities said Monday. Five people were taken into custody hours later in two counties...
State put on guard as alert raised (12/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Armed guards, metal detectors, concrete barriers. For visitors at the Gateway Arch on Monday, it was a setting that's hardly intimidating, but simply a way of life in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, attacks era. "You've got to live your life," Dan Maloney, 42, said shrugging as his three children hurried him into a gift shot in the museum below the arch...
Paid holiday to cost state over $4 million (12/23/03)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The paid holiday that state workers will take Friday will cost Missouri more than $4 million. Jacquelyn White, commissioner of Missouri's Office of Administration, said the state pays about $4.66 million in salaries and benefits each day for the approximately 56,000 people on the state payroll...
Judges - Pentagon cannot force military to take anthrax shots (12/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- Saying American soldiers should not be used as "guinea pigs for experimental drugs," a federal judge Monday ordered the Pentagon to stop mandatory anthrax vaccinations started in 1998. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said he was convinced by plaintiffs in a class action suit that the vaccine is experimental and being "used for an unapproved purpose" -- that is, for exposure to airborne anthrax as well as exposure through the skin...
Salmon good for heart, contains little mercury (12/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- Salmon and oysters top the list as high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and very low in mercury, and there are numerous other low-mercury choices, too. Yet the government has no consumer-friendly list of its own mercury testing results to help people of different ages choose seafood...
Attorney - Maid blackmailed Limbaugh over medication (12/23/03)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh paid "substantial" blackmail to a former maid before she told law enforcement and a tabloid newspaper about his addiction to prescription painkillers, his attorney told a judge Monday. Attorney Roy Black said Limbaugh could not complain to authorities about the maid's demand for $4 million because they would use the information against him, and that the maid and her husband "bled him dry" before going public anyway...
Nation briefs 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Magnitude-6.5 quake rocks California; two dead PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- An earthquake rocked California's central coast Monday and shook the state from Los Angeles to San Francisco, collapsing old downtown buildings in this small town and killing at least two people in the rubble. ...
States target reducing obesity as 2004 health, work goal (12/23/03)
Fighting to shed a few pounds and control that waistline? For the soaring number of Americans who are becoming dangerously overweight, states and cities across the country want to help. With the U.S. Surgeon General calling obesity an epidemic, legislators nationwide are offering measures to encourage healthy food choices and ban the worst temptations...
Security enhanced amid report of possible al-Qaida strike (12/23/03)
WASHINGTON -- Travelers by air, land and sea faced heightened security Monday as the nation steeled itself against a possible grandiose terrorist attack that government officials say al-Qaida has signaled could be imminent. President Bush advised people to "go about their lives."...
People talk 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Vocalist proves talent contest judges wrong LONDON -- A Scottish woman who'd been told she was too large to be a "Pop Idol" was crowned the winner of the British talent show. Michelle McManus, who weighs 211 pounds, fought off criticism from judges on the show and gibes in some of the tabloid newspapers to win the majority of votes from viewers on the final night of competition Saturday...
Companies trade accusations in fight over bulletproof vests (12/23/03)
CENTRAL LAKE, Mich. -- Richard Davis invented a flexible, concealable type of body armor after taking a bullet while delivering a pizza. He vouched for his products by donning them and shooting himself with a gun -- nearly 200 times over three decades...
Amendment gives China's businessmen added status (12/23/03)
BEIJING -- Millions of Chinese who have plunged into capitalism by starting businesses and investing in stocks and bonds will be guaranteed their right to private property for the first time since the 1949 revolution under a constitutional amendment proposed Monday by communist leaders...
Nuclear inspector planning trip to Libya as early as next week (12/23/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said Monday he will lead the first inspection of Libya's nuclear facilities as soon as next week, aiming to kick-start the elimination of the country's programs for weapons of mass destruction...
World briefs 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Gunmen fire on Haiti government protesters PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- An armed gang opened fire on anti-government protesters Monday during a clash that killed one man and left President Jean-Bertrand Aristide facing growing unrest. The gunmen were in a truck when they shot at the crowd. ...
Bulldogs turn over title shot (12/23/03)
A slip of the foot and a dribbling miscue led to a pair of late turnovers that foiled the Notre Dame girls basketball team's second-half comeback Monday. That's just what Farmington needed to seal a 47-45 win and a trip to the HealthSouth Holiday Classic final...
Tigers rally for victory over Kennett (12/23/03)
Central's boys basketball team opened its SEMO Conference schedule Monday night with a come-from-behind 72-69 road victory over Kennett. Ryan Delph led the way for Central (6-2), which trailed by 10 points in the third quarter, with a career-high 28 points...
Jackson reaches HealthSouth final (12/23/03)
With the top-seeded Farmington Knightettes already in the title game, Jackson's girls basketball team made quick work of No. 3 Sparta (Ill.), winning 68-37 in the semifinals of the HealthSouth Holiday Classic on Monday at the Show Me Center. The second-seeded Indians fell behind 2-0 and then went on a 29-2 run to grab a 29-4 first-quarter lead. By halftime Jackson (7-1) was up 45-16...
Tough SMS squad awaits Otahkians (12/23/03)
Losing at Lipscomb was not the way Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians wanted to enter a game with another of their high-profile opponents. But that's the problem the Otahkians (4-4) face as they prepare for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game against Southwest Missouri State (6-1) in Springfield, Mo...
MU eager to end skid in annual border war (12/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- There's a hole in the resumes of Missouri seniors Arthur Johnson and Rickey Paulding. They haven't beaten Illinois. The 11th-ranked Tigers hope to end a three-game losing streak, which encompasses the careers of Johnson, Paulding and Travon Bryant, in the annual "Braggin' Rights" neutral-site game with the No. 21 Illini tonight...
Southeast rally rattles Mean Green (12/23/03)
Brett Hale didn't exactly remember what Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner told the Indians at halftime Monday night. Hale, a junior guard, just knew that Garner was plenty upset. "I don't even remember what he said. He just did a lot of yelling," Hale said, laughing. "He got on us pretty good. He sent a message."...
Rams tickets on sale Jan. 5 (12/23/03)
A limited number of tickets for Rams playoff games will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 5, the team said Monday. Playoff tickets will not be sold at the Edward Jones Dome box office, but may be purchased by phone through Ticketmaster at (314) 241-1888 or online at www.ticketmaster.com...
Lions stand as the only obstacle on road home (12/23/03)
ST. LOUIS -- In 1999 and again in 2001, the Rams rode home-field advantage in the playoffs all the way to the Super Bowl. Only a victory at Detroit next week stands in the way of the Rams, who have won a franchise-record 14 in a row at home, getting the chance to do it again. Their 27-10 victory at home over Cincinnati on Sunday gave them a first-round bye, and Philadelphia's loss to San Francisco gave the Rams the best record in the NFC at 12-3...
Red Wings end Blues' unbeaten streak 2-1 (12/23/03)
The Associated Press DETROIT -- Ray Whitney's tiebreaking goal with 5:15 remaining lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Monday night, snapping the Blues' nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2). Pavel Datsyuk scored the other Detroit goal and assisted on Whitney's winner. Curtis Joseph made 24 saves, including several during a flurry in the final minute...
Sports briefs 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Baseball Javy Lopez agreed to a $22.5 million, three-year deal with Baltimore on Monday, giving the Orioles a big hitter and another addition to their rebuilding program. The deal for the All-Star catcher is contingent on the free agent passing a team physical today. Lopez, 33, hit .328 last season for the Atlanta Braves, with 43 homers and 109 RBIs, both career highs....
After-Christmas sales a good time to invest in outerwear (12/23/03)
NEW YORK -- Shoppers know that once the Christmas decorations come down, so do stores' prices, making it an especially good time to invest in a new winter coat. A quality winter coat is an investment that will likely set you back hundreds of dollars, so the 20- to 50-percent post-holiday markdowns will help ease the pain of buying an investment piece...
Decking the halls with powersaws (12/23/03)
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through our house, it was a total disaster even for the mouse. OK. The reality is there is no mouse. But the disaster part isn't much of an exaggeration. That's because we're in the middle of a major home remodeling project. We just finished redoing the living room in time to get out the artificial Christmas tree and decorate it for the holidays. The rest of the house still needs a makeover, but Santa won't wait...
Business briefs 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Study: Freddie, Fannie do little to lower mortgages WASHINGTON -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enjoy huge subsidies from the federal government, but those benefits translate into only a tiny drop in the mortgage rates paid by home buyers, a Federal Reserve economist concluded Monday. ...
Jessalyn Waters (12/23/03)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Jessalyn W. Waters, 89, of Dongola died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at her home. She was born May 4, 1914, in LeMars, Iowa, daughter of J. Fred and Emma Hight Wright. She and C.C. "Arkie" Waters were married Feb. 11, 1953. He died Dec. 10, 1987...
Taylor Coursey (12/23/03)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Taylor Coursey, 92, of Olive Branch died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 22, 2003, in Sesser, Ill., son of Charles Monroe and Minnie Bell Quillman Coursey. He and Lucille Miller were married Aug. 6, 1933, in Alexander County, Ill...
Ola Essex (12/23/03)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Ola Mae Essex, 84, of Olive Branch, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born Sept. 12, 1919, in Canalou, Mo., the daughter of Lee Allen and Stella (Midcalf) Greer. She married Clarence Essex. He died in 1977...
Larry Verble (12/23/03)
VANDUSER, Mo. -- Larry Gene Verble, 59, of Vanduser died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He married Diane Kay Dumey, who survives. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo...
Raymond Calhoun (12/23/03)
Raymond Lee Calhoun, 71, of Scott City died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at his home. He was born July 14, 1932, at East Prairie, Mo., the son of Carroll "Banny" and Lillie May Rose Calhoun. He married Ruie Elizabeth Ledbetter. She survives. He was a retired warehouse worker and member of the Pentecostal Church of Marston, Mo...
Mary Crown (12/23/03)
THEBES, Ill. -- Mary Jane Crown, 88, of Thebes, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 26, 1915, in Beardstown, Ill., daughter of Lee and Lottie Williamson Cole. She and Arbey Crown were married Dec. 4, 1987...
Betty Davis (12/23/03)
Betty Jean Davis, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. She was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Brinkley, Ark., daughter of John Henry and Amanda Betts Payne. She and Clifton Davis were married in 1973 in Cape Girardeau. He died in March 2001...
Mary Sandler (12/23/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Lou Sandler, 75, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Perryville, daughter of Anthony and Lounet Jannin Moranville. She and Wildred V. "Bud" Sandler were married Feb. 7, 1949. He died May 19, 2003...
Martha Clymer (12/23/03)
Martha Valeria Clymer, 87, of Scott City died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Nov. 23, 1916, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of Grover Cleveland and Gracie Mae Garvey Newell. She and Quentin Pershing Clymer were married Dec. 12, 1945, in Rector, Ark...
Barbara Hanquist (12/23/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Barbara R. Hanquist, 69, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1934, in St. Louis, daughter of Carl E. and Lamia Mabuce Jordan. She and Lynn E. Hanquist were married June 14, 1952. Hanquist was a member of United Methodist Church and Elks Ladies...
Elizabeth Tilghman (12/23/03)
Elizabeth Tilghman, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 13, 1914, in Rutherford, Tenn., daughter of Franklin and Molly Tinkle Edmundson. She and Rex Tilghman were married in 1934 in Rutherford. He died in 1988...
Births 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Wolfson Son to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wolfson of Kensington, Md., Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C., 2:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2003. Name, Alexander Israel. Weight, 8 pounds 15 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Wolfson is the former Dorothea Israel, daughter of Thomas and Kilja Israel of Cape Girardeau. ...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Don Garza, 36, of 2534 Lynnwood Drive, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on five Texas warrants for driving while intoxicated, possession of prohibited weapons, evading arrest, driving while license suspended and resisting arrest...
Cape fire report 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 8:39 p.m., a medical assist at 329 Albert. At 9:59 p.m., a medical assist at 1264 Linden, No. 3. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 12:30 a.m., a medical assist at 2532 Fairlane...
Accident injures two in Bollinger County (12/23/03)
PATTON, Mo. -- The driver was seriously injured and his passenger sustained moderate injuries Sunday night in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 51, five miles north of Patton. Luke Davis, 17, of Marquand, Mo., was flown to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau with serious injuries after the 10:24 p.m. ...
Four suspects sought in wounding of Sikeston man (12/23/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man, Kena Hatcher, was shot in the hand shortly after midnight Monday. Hatcher was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center for treatment. Officers responding to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of West Gladys saw a vehicle driving away at high speed. When officers stopped the vehicle they found Hatcher inside. Police said warrants are being sought on four suspects...
Out of the past 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 23, 1993 Virus grinch may spoil Christmas; Cape Girardeau County Health Department says major increases occurred past week in several reported illnesses, including gastro-intestinal, upper respiratory illness, strep throat, pink eye and chicken pox...
Uninsured motorists (12/23/03)
For a number of years, the Southeast Missourian has advocated closer scrutiny of uninsured motorists in Jefferson City. As we've said before, the computer age should make comparisons between databases of motor vehicle registrations and automobile insurance policies a relatively simple task...
Internet taxes (12/23/03)
The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review The state of Washington is already pursuing residents who have eluded the state's sales and tobacco taxes by buying cartons of cigarettes online. The attorney general's office sought a list of customers from nearly 200 online cigarette purveyors. Most of them ignored the request, but a federal judge recently ruled that a Web site, dirtcheapcig.com, must turn over its list...
Gay people hold marriage in high regard (12/23/03)
To the editor: Regarding the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Missouri: The attitudes of the two area state representatives are unfortunate as well as mistaken. As with most of our opponents, they seem to feel that gay people want to destroy everything they hold dear, including marriage. ...
Many businesses, individuals make Toybox a success (12/23/03)
To the editor: My fellow Jaycees and I would like to thank the merchants and everyone who helped to make this year's Toybox project a success. Toybox could not be the great success it is without the caring businesses and people of our community. Many individuals are necessary to pull off an operation as large as this one...
Charlie Hutson was man of vision and enthusiasm (12/23/03)
To the editor: Charlie Hutson died way too young. I have never known anyone with more new plans, new ideas and long-term goals. Charlie was rare because he was a man of vision. I always enjoyed our meetings because I always walked away more energized because Charlie's enthusiasm was so contagious...
Eagle project is positive image for our youths (12/23/03)
To the editor: In response to the article "Scout builds grotto for Eagle project": Thanks for the positive image of our youths as represented by Eagle Scout James Williams and his grotto project in memory of Albertine Fisher. MONSIGNOR RICHARD ROLWING...
Speak Out 12/23/03 (12/23/03)
Lock him up I BELIEVE Saddam Hussein should be tried in an international court or even the United States. The worse thing that could happen is Saddam gets the death penalty because that would make him a martyr to other radicals. I think imprisonment would be a good thing for Saddam...
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