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Stories from Saturday, January 31, 2004

Architect promotes modern prefab house from Perryville (01/31/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rocio Romero's boxy steel-and-glass home looks to the casual observer like it came from outer space. But to the 32-year-old architect, the prefabricated home she designed is a perfect fit on her wooded, 70-acre property just west of Perryville...
Mural at Jackson school highlights Missouri (01/31/04)
SHOW ME THE STATE By Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian A new mural at South Elementary in Jackson has students asking questions about the birds and bees. Local freelance artist Craig Thomas has spent three weeks working 15 feet off the ground on a scaffold in South's library on a painting of Missouri symbols...
Governor's meth initiative means changes for fire departments (01/31/04)
A new methamphetamine initiative announced by Gov. Bob Holden on Tuesday will allow firefighters who dispose of meth to join forces with law enforcement officers to educate the public about the dangers of the drug and the chemicals that go along with it, Jackson fire chief Brad Golden said...
Budgetary threat cited to Missouri's judiciary (01/31/04)
LAWYERS' PLEA ~ By Mike Wells ~ Southeast Missourian Along with a meal of cold cuts, potato salad and cookies, members of the Missouri Bar Association shared a message with local news organizations Friday afternoon: more budget cuts to the court system mean less justice for all Missourians...
Religion &politics (01/31/04)
WASHINGTON Up against one of America's most publicly pious presidents, the Democrats who hope to replace him have taken to reminding voters that they believe in God, too. From the Rev. Al Sharpton, an ordained Pentecostal minister at age 9, to Howard Dean, lampooned for switching Protestant denominations because of a feud over a bike path, the presidential candidates are battling the perception that Democrats aren't at home with issues of faith...
Religion briefs 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Methodist church expands its Video Cafe The Video Cafe at La Croix United Methodist Church is expanding to accommodate more people in worship. The video cafe offers the worship service via a video feed with a casual atmosphere and refreshments. The cafe service is offered on Saturday nights and at 11 a.m. each Sunday...
Religion calendar 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Sunday Missionary Alan Butterworth with Apple of His Eye mission society will speak at the 7:45 and 10 a.m. worship services at Hanover Lutheran Church. He also will speak during the 9 a.m. Bible class. Apple of His Eye is a Lutheran ministry that aims at reaching Jews...
Spend life for something eternal (01/31/04)
I often wondered what my purpose was in this world. And I remembered the Scripture passages, "You are the light of the world" and "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven," Matthew 5:14,16...
Mother, son sentenced in Internet drug case (01/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis-area mother and son were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to distribute a chemical relative of the "date rape" drug GHB via the Internet, U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender said. Gruender said the case was the first in Missouri's eastern district involving drug distribution over the Internet. ...
UnitedHealthcare to offer replacement insurance (01/31/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- UnitedHealthcare will provide more affordable replacement policies to thousands of Missourians after deciding to drop individual HMO coverage, state officials said. In December, the Minnetonka, Minn.-based health maintenance organization notified about 10,000 Missouri residents, 400 Kansas residents, and 330 Illinois residents that they would no longer be covered starting in June. ...
Dean takes campaign to St. Louis as poll shows Kerry ahead (01/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Democrat Howard Dean assailed President Bush's education plan during a campaign stop in St. Louis, telling an audience he wants to give more money to schools, not penalize them. Dean and the other nominees have been campaigning in Missouri and the other six states holding presidential contests on Tuesday...
Inventor of Ctrl+Alt+Delete retiring from IBM (01/31/04)
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- David Bradley spent five minutes writing the computer code that has bailed out the world's PC users for decades. The result was one of the most well-known key combinations around: Ctrl+Alt+Delete. It forces obstinate computers to restart when they will no longer follow other commands...
Inmate death tied to state budget cuts (01/31/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Staff retirements and budget cuts contributed to reduced security at a state prison, where two inmates allegedly killed a third and then hid from authorities for four days, according to a Corrections Department report. The incident last October prompted an internal review of security procedures at the Missouri State Penitentiary. ...
Teenager uses sword to capture escapee hiding in basement (01/31/04)
SULLIVAN, Mo. -- Joshua Cary heard a noise in the family basement, grabbed a sword from his brother's collection, then went downstairs to investigate. Pretty brave for a 14-year-old, and Joshua didn't mince words. "I'm going to give you until the count of three to come out or I'm going to stab you," he yelled, according to his mother, Rebecca Cary...
Holden pay boost targets union workers (01/31/04)
'CRITICAL CLASSES' By Kelly Wiese ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden has proposed pay raises of up to 10 percent for state employees in what he describes as low-paid, high-turnover jobs -- people largely represented by unions that have politically supported the Democratic governor...
'Jammers' help protect convoys in Iraq (01/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. soldiers riding in convoys in Iraq are relying on electronic "jammers" to help protect against the roadside bombs insurgents have used to deadly effect. The anti-bomb technology isn't perfect, however. In some cases it only delays a bomb from detonating, so it can still explode and kill bystanders...
People talk 1/31 (01/31/04)
Reba's in music awards spotlight again this year LOS ANGELES -- Reba McEntire will be back on familiar turf as host of the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. This will be the third consecutive ceremony -- and seventh overall -- to feature the singer-actress as host. The awards show is set for May 26 and will air on CBS. McEntire released "Room to Breathe," her first new album in four years, last November...
Fourth quarter sees GDP up by 4 percent (01/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- America's economy cooled from its red-hot pace in the final three months of 2003 but still advanced at a 4 percent annual rate -- strong evidence the recovery was still on solid ground. The reading on the gross domestic product for the October-to-December quarter, reported Friday by the Commerce Department, came after the economy grew at a 8.2 percent rate in the third quarter. That had been the strongest performance in nearly two decades...
GOP calls for deeper spending cuts than Bush will propose (01/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers pressed the White House on Friday for deeper spending cuts than President Bush will propose in his new budget on Monday. Separately, officials said the budget will seek a boost for fighting AIDS abroad and a modest increase for education...
Nation/world digest 01/31/04 (01/31/04)
NASA checking for sign of mineral linked to water PASADENA, Calif. -- Scientists were trying Friday to determine whether NASA's Opportunity rover spotted evidence of gray hematite, an iron-rich mineral that typically -- but not always -- forms in water, a finding that would provide a clue that dry and dusty Mars may once have been wet. ...
Gateway becomes No. 3 in nation's PC market (01/31/04)
SAN DIEGO -- Gateway Inc., hoping to reverse its sagging fortunes in the personal computer business, said Friday it would buy privately held eMachines Inc. in a deal valued at $235 million. The combined company would create the third-largest PC company in the U.S. ...
Jewish, Christian groups want to mute Gibson's film (01/31/04)
Jews and Christians who fear Mel Gibson's epic on the crucifixion of Jesus will fuel anti-Semitism are planning lecture series, interfaith talks and other programs to try to mute the film's impact. Gibson has insisted that "The Passion of the Christ," set to be released Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, does not malign Jews...
Georgia official proposes striking word 'evolution' from curric (01/31/04)
ATLANTA -- The state's school superintendent has proposed striking "evolution" from Georgia's science curriculum and replacing it with the phrase "biological changes over time." The change, which drew criticism from both liberals and conservatives, is included in more than 800 pages of draft revisions to Georgia's curriculum that have been posted by the Department of Education on its Web site. ...
20 years of votes put Kerry in Democratic mainstream (01/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- The trouble with being a member of Congress, John Kerry once lamented, is that you can't vote "yes, but" or "no, but." Kerry has cast thousands of votes in his nearly 20 years as a senator from Massachusetts, and they place him squarely in the Democratic Party mainstream. He's given a lot of speeches over the years, too, and those words sometimes have suggested a more nuanced world view...
Feds want to know what Texas couple planned to do with cyanide (01/31/04)
NOONDAY, Texas -- William Krar and Judith Bruey assembled a frightening arsenal in three rented storage units in this East Texas town, and federal authorities are trying to figure out why. A raid in April found nearly two pounds of a cyanide compound and other chemicals that could create enough poisonous gas to kill everyone inside a space as large as a big-chain bookstore or a small-town civic center...
Russia planning maneuvers of its nuclear forces (01/31/04)
MOSCOW -- Russia's nuclear forces reportedly are preparing their largest maneuvers in two decades, an exercise involving the test-firing of missiles and flights by dozens of bombers in a massive simulation of an all-out nuclear war. President Vladimir Putin is expected to personally oversee the maneuvers, which are apparently aimed at demonstrating the revival of the nation's military might and come ahead of Russian elections in March...
WHO - Countries should stockpile drugs in face of bird flu (01/31/04)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Countries should consider stockpiling antiviral drugs in case the bird flu striking Asia's poultry becomes equally contagious among people, the World Health Organization said Friday. Indonesia meanwhile warned that it could lose a million jobs because of the avian influenza, and China, stung by criticism of its slow response to SARS last year, ordered its officials to act quickly to inform people about the outbreak. ...
Delta too much for Saxony (01/31/04)
Brent Menz tossed in 18 points, including two 3-pointers, to lead Delta past Saxony Lutheran at home on Friday night. Menz, a junior guard, also earned praise from first-year Delta coach Shawn Kinder for his defensive work. "He did a good job defending their point guard tonight," Kinder said. "He held Trey Maevers, who does a nice job as a sophomore, to six points. On the offensive end, he hit some big shots in the first half and the early part of the third quarter."...
Mules get stubborn on Tigers (01/31/04)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Ryan Delph scored 23 points but it was not enough to help short-handed Central avoid its first SEMO Conference loss on Friday night. The state-ranked Poplar Bluff Mules led from wire to wire in a 76-42 decision played in front of a standing-room only crowd for homecoming...
Indians to face speed bumps (01/31/04)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Southeast Missouri State University's Indians could not have imagined a more disappointing way to begin their Ohio Valley Conference road trip to Alabama. The Indians fell behind 10-2 in the opening minutes and never recovered, being blown out 79-64 by Jacksonville State Thursday night. That came after Southeast's previous four OVC losses had been by a total of nine points. Overall, the Indians have lost three straight games...
A Go(o)dwin for the Otahks (01/31/04)
Senior Ashley Godwin placed first in three events to lead Southeast past Hamline. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics senior Ashley Godwin wowed the home crowd Friday night, taking first in three individual events as well as winning the all-around crown, as the Otahkians continued an assault on the school's all-time gymnastics list with a 195.025-187.725 win over Hamline University at Houck Field House...
Otahks wary of Samford (01/31/04)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Considering that Southeast Missouri State University won by 40 points at Samford last season, it might be human nature for the Ohtakians to take the Bulldogs lightly today. But also considering that the struggling Otahkians (8-10, 3-4) have lost three straight conference games, it's doubtful they'll overlook the Bulldogs (8-10, 1-6) in the 4 p.m. tipoff...
Colorado regents to examine allegations (01/31/04)
DENVER -- University of Colorado regents will meet within 10 days to discuss claims that football recruits were offered sexual favors to enroll, regent Chairman Peter Steinhauer said Friday. Steinhauer, in a telephone interview, said he hadn't set a date yet but the meeting would focus on allegations that female students were raped at off-campus sex parties held for the recruits...
Law of averages-Patriots will likely lose another key component (01/31/04)
HOUSTON -- The Patriots went to the Super Bowl in 1997 and came back without coach Bill Parcells. After their 2002 appearance, Drew Bledsoe made it back to New England but never played another game for the team. The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the third time in eight seasons, and once again it's likely that one of them won't be back when they try for another...
Henin-Hardenne wins Belgian battle in final (01/31/04)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Justine Henin-Hardenne won her third Grand Slam title and extended her dominance in major finals against countrywoman Kim Clijsters with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win in Saturday's Australian Open women's title match. Henin-Hardenne consistently beat Clijsters with one-fisted backhand shots, extending her unbeaten streak against her fellow Belgian to three Grand Slam finals. The victory assured Henin-Hardenne of keeping her No. 1 ranking...
Struggling Blues look for answers (01/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Perhaps it's a sign of how desperate the St. Louis Blues have become. During a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, pint-sized agitator Mike Danton tried to goad muscle-bound tough guy Todd Bertuzzi into a fight. Anything, Danton said, to fire up a team wrapping up an awful January...
Sports briefs 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Baseball Country singer Garth Brooks was invited Friday as a non-roster player to the Kansas City Royals' spring training camp that opens Feb. 20 in Surprise, Ariz. Brooks' visit is designed to promote his charity, Teammates for Kids...
Tommy Beeson (01/31/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Cecil Thomas "Tommy" Beeson, 63, of Sikeston died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1940, in Sikeston, son of W.T. Beeson and Clera Littrell Beeson. He and Christine Cooksey were married Feb. 18, 1960. He and Helen Cooper were married Feb. 17, 1986...
Dorothea Rudert (01/31/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothea H. Rudert, 81, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. She was born April 2, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Clarence and Emma Koch Hunze. She and Raymond A. Rudert were married Aug. 25, 1946...
Demetra Westrich (01/31/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Demetra Westrich, 34, of Benton died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, in Morehouse, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Roy Wilson (01/31/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Roy G. Wilson, 74, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 29, 1929, to the late Roy "Pebble" Wilson and Hilda D. Boxdorfer Wilson Cretin. He married Volda R. Zahner Aug. 25, 1951...
J.D. Basinger (01/31/04)
CANALOU, Mo. -- James "J.D." Basinger, 68, of Canalou died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews, Mo. He was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Pocahontas, Ark., son of Delbert and Ida Ellen Jackson Basinger. He married Armetta Faye Chapman, who died Sept. 22, 2002...
Leona Cissell (01/31/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leona K. Cissell, 84, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born June 19, 1919, in Perry County, daughter of Douglas and Nettie Luckey Nelson. She and Clarence Augustin Cissell were married April 11, 1953. He died March 24, 1990...
James Drace (01/31/04)
James Rick Drace, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Life Care Center. He was born May 30, 1952, in Joliet, Ill., son of Dr. James A. and Betty J. Segraves Drace. Drace grew up in Cape Girardeau, was a graduate of Central High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He worked five years at the U.S. Post office in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church...
Births 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Lape Son to Christopher M. and Clara L. Lape of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:16 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. Name, Emmett Cole. Weight, 6 pounds 14 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Lape is the former Clara Jones, daughter of Richard and Janet Jones of Marble Hill. She is employed at Southeast Hospital. Lape is the son of Darwin and Nancy Lape of Marble Hill. He is employed by city of Marble Hill...
Police report 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Chad H. Johnson, 33, of 2215 Leeds Court, Murfreesboro, Tenn., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and no rear license plate light...
Sheriff report 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Cape Girardeau County The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Katrina E. Puls, 34, of Jackson, was arrested Jan. 24 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Dustin D. Northdurft, 22, of Jackson, was arrested Jan. 25 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Fire report 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 4:02 p.m., medical assist at 1232 Linden. At 5:33 p.m., medical assist at 1410 N. Kingshighway. At 7 p.m., emergency medical service at 1427 Ozark. At 10:09 p.m., emergency medical service at 1333 N. Sprigg...
Out of the past 1/31/04 (01/31/04)
10 years ago: Jan. 31, 1994 Black History Month was kicked off yesterday at St. James A.M.E. Church with special program; pastors and choirs from host church, New Horizon Baptist Church, Blissett Temple COGIC, Second Baptist Church, Futrell COGIC and House of Prayer sang inspirational songs and delivered sermons...
School daze (01/31/04)
Schools in Nashville, Tenn., have decided not to post honor rolls anymore, and some are thinking about ending the age-old practice of hanging the best classroom work on the walls, all because the school system's attorneys are worried that release of this academic information violates state privacy laws. The move came after some parents complained that their children were being ridiculed because they didn't make the honor roll...
Editorial quotes 01/31/04 (01/31/04)
"Infantrymen say to me they couldn't handle seeing a female getting hurt because it would remind them of their sister, aunt or wife. I understand their point, but at the same time we are all soldiers and we can all die for our country. So we can't we fight for our country?" -- Spc. Karen Guckert, 24, of Yakima, Wash., who is serving in Iraq, commenting on women's increasingly prominent role in the military...
Administration must account for war in Iraq (01/31/04)
To the editor: Two weeks ago, "60 Minutes" featured a segment based on information from former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill. Viewers saw copies of documents that showed George Bush and his administration had a plan to oust Saddam Hussein in place in January 2001, nine months before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The documents also showed that several oil companies had plans to divide among them possession and operation of various Iraqi oil fields...
Speak Out 01/31/04 (01/31/04)
Dishonorable critics I THINK the people criticizing state Rep. Rod Jetton for calling Gov. Bob Holden's hand on his distortion of the truth are a disgrace. They allow politicians to lie and distort facts and think no one should call their hand on it. Where is their honor?...
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