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Stories from Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Good sports lacking at area games (02/10/04)
For what I'm about to say, you are more than welcome to send me all the hate mail you want. Write an e-mail, call Speak Out, tell my parents or relatives or friends to tell me but listen to what I have to say: Whatever happened to good old-fashioned sportsmanship and fun? I went to a recent Notre Dame versus Scott City basketball game in Scott City. ...
Learning briefs 2/10 (02/10/04)
Area artists shine at SEMO's art symposium The following students were recognized at the 26th annual High School Art Symposium at Southeast Missouri State University. Best of Show -- Emerson McDowell-Hill, Central High School. First-place drawing -- Megan McDonald, Central High School...
The art of expression (02/10/04)
From artwork to essays, area students are finding ways to express their thoughts. The following essays were among those submitted by Jackson High School students. Hey, quiet during the movie! Why are theaters so popular? Why do people just have to see the latest films on the big screens? Don't you get tired of those people who seem to know everything about every movie ever made while you just stand there saying, "Uh, yeah, that one was great. ... I think. ..."...
Jackson School Board agenda 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
7 p.m. today 614 E. Adams On the agenda: Presentation on homework policy Approval of 2004-2005 school calendar Superintendent reports
Class offers suspended students a new safety net (02/10/04)
Charlie doesn't think he's bad at heart, but even he admits he's got a temper and a firm grasp of colorful adjectives. Those qualities have landed the 15-year-old three suspensions from a local junior high school this year. The first suspension caused some of his grades to drop by as much as 6 percentage points...
Sheriffs urge Gov. Holden to boost funding (02/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The real intent of a letter signed by 62 Missouri sheriffs that insinuates Gov. Bob Holden has been tardy in joining the fight against methamphetamine is to urge him to support legislation that would boost local law enforcement funding, according to some area sheriffs...
Michael Davis Lecture slated for Feb. 15 (02/10/04)
Ofield Dukes, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations executive, will present the annual Michael Davis Lecture on Sunday at Southeast Missouri State University. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Admission is free. ...
Officers arrest 35 for crack cocaine charges (02/10/04)
On Monday morning, more than 60 local, state and federal law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on 45 Charleston area residents charged with trafficking crack cocaine. By 9 a.m., authorities apprehended 35 defendants, who are now awaiting appearances in either state or federal court. ...
Course teaches children basics of self-defense (02/10/04)
If you're stupid enough to get inside 11-year-old Tara Meyer's "safety bubble," be prepared for what's next: First, her left palm will shoot toward your nose, followed at blurring speed by her right. Then she'll quickly spread her arms like wings and snap them like a bear trap, smacking your ears so hard you'll forget all about the piercing shrieks she's making to draw attention to you...
Cottonwood back in budget; whether it stays is uncertain (02/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A nearly $3.2 million appropriation that would enable the Cottonwood Children's Residential Treatment Center to remain open is -- for the moment at least -- back in the state budget. In the state spending plan he presented to the Missouri Legislature last month, Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, suggested eliminating funding for the Cape Girardeau facility...
Circuit City will close Cape Girardeau store Feb. 23 (02/10/04)
Consumer electronics chain Circuit City Stores Inc. plans to permanently close its Cape Girardeau store and 18 others across the country on Feb. 23 to cut costs as it struggles with declining sales, company officials said Monday. The Cape Girardeau store opened on Nov. 8, 1999, in a 17,000-square-foot building at 164 Siemers Drive in a busy commercial area just west of Interstate 55...
Commission gives OK to inspect remodeling project (02/10/04)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission gave the OK on Monday for the city of Jackson to do safety inspections on a current remodeling project though the commission maintains that the city has no jurisdiction over county buildings. The county is remodeling the old sheriff's department offices connected to the jail at the corner of Washington and High streets. The renovation is being made for the public defenders' offices...
Senator urges automatic cost of living pay raise (02/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- One state senator says rising health care costs justify an automatic annual cost-of-living pay increase for most state employees. Sen. John Cauthorn presented his bill tying employees' salary increases to the Consumer Price Index to the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations Committee on Monday. ...
Pastor keeps promise, changes hairstyle (02/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- When it came to the Rev. Ron Shrum's hair, there was no need to go tell it on the mountain. Folks on the mountain may well have been able to see the clergyman's new "do" just fine. During services at Bayless Baptist Church on Sunday, Shrum sported hair that was spiked, and dyed red and blue. ...
Ill. lawmakers make room for offbeat issues amid light agenda (02/10/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Heading into an election year, state lawmakers have education and the budget on their minds -- as well as trivia games, power window accidents, fast food and fast cars. Lawmakers have filed more than 3,700 pieces of legislation this spring, and sprinkled among them are a few that deal with the obscure and offbeat...
Man charged with setting fire at library (02/10/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 19-year-old man has been charged with setting fire to the main branch of the Springfield library in an attempt to cover up a message he posted in an Internet chat room using one of the library computers, authorities said. Jared Rupp, of Springfield, was charged Sunday with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary. Both crimes are class C felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine...
Missouri income tax refunds up this year (02/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many Missouri income taxpayers are getting larger checks from the state this year. A little more than a month into the tax filing season, the average income tax refund is up more than 60 percent over 2003 -- $270 this year, compared to $164 last year, Revenue Department director Carol Fischer said Monday. ...
President in Ozarks to talk about jobs (02/10/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- They don't seem to have much in common: an engine rebuilder, a candlemaker and a stainless steel fabricator. But when President Bush visited Springfield on Monday, representatives of all three businesses said his job creation and tax cut plans are helping them to add workers and reach new customers...
Judge strikes down law passed after legislature's quitting time (02/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Cole County judge struck down a wide-ranging state law affecting ambulance districts, retired firefighters and flood plain development Monday, ruling that the 2002 legislature passed the bill after a constitutional deadline to adjourn...
Robotic canines built to sniff out toxic material (02/10/04)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- They sniff, wag their tails, fetch and run in packs. But no one minds if these canines stick their noses into some pretty dirty stuff. That's because they are robotic dogs, modified by engineering students at Yale University to sniff out toxic materials...
Large study firms up link between depression, heart death (02/10/04)
CHICAGO -- Depression in older women is strongly linked with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, according to research on more than 90,000 women. While previous research has shown that depressed men and women run an increased risk of developing heart disease, a recent, smaller study found a link with heart-related death only in men...
Tower Records' parent company files for Chapter 11 (02/10/04)
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The parent company of Tower Records, inventor of the music megastore and one of the nation's largest music and video retailers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. MTS Inc., the privately held parent of the West Sacramento-based chain, took the step a day after the record industry celebrated itself with the Grammy Awards...
Ross pleads no contest to DUI charge (02/10/04)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Diana Ross was convicted Monday of driving under the influence and ordered to spend two days in jail. The R&B diva, who telephoned into the city court hearing from New York, pleaded no contest to DUI. Two related charges were dropped...
Mass. lawmakers divided on amendment banning gay marriages (02/10/04)
BOSTON -- An Associated Press survey of Massachusetts lawmakers shows a legislature deeply divided over a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state where the nation's first legally sanctioned same-sex weddings could take place as early as May...
MRIs part of effort to find best teaching methods for dyslexics (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Nine-year-old Patrick Price bounced up to the huge MRI machine, a powerful brain scanner disguised by drapes to resemble a child-friendly castle. Inside, he lay nearly motionless as words and symbols flashed on a screen before his eyes...
Opportunity peeks over crater rim (02/10/04)
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Opportunity rover peeked over the rim of the crater in which it landed and was able to see the clamshell holder and parachute it discarded just before hitting the flat, gray surface of Mars, scientists said Monday. A color photograph from Opportunity, released at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, showed the two objects distinctly, on a largely featureless surface...
Chicago mayor fires cousin in scandal (02/10/04)
CHICAGO -- Declaring there "are no sacred cows in my administration," Mayor Richard M. Daley fired one of his cousins Monday for his role in a scandal involving $40 million a year paid to politically connected trucking companies, some with mob ties...
Nation digest 02/10/04 (02/10/04)
Judge in Peterson trial seals witness, juror list REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- The judge presiding over Scott Peterson's murder trial ordered Monday that the witness lists and names of potential jurors remain confidential, despite protests by the media. ...
Colorado ranks last in survey of child immunization rates (02/10/04)
DENVER -- Every few months, Erin Dlouhy sees a child under 2 at Samaritan House who has never had shots for polio, measles or whooping cough. Other children at the homeless shelter lack medical records and have to endure the shots again. "I would say at least 50 percent of the time, kids need to be caught up," said Dlouhy, coordinator of children's services at the shelter...
Democrats let Kerry avoid traditional tests thus far (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- In an anti-Bush voting spree, Democrats are racing through their front-loaded election calendar to crown a presidential nominee -- making John Kerry all but unstoppable in the delegate chase. But their rush to judgment could backfire in the heat of a general election contest if Kerry escapes the nomination fight untested by a front-runner's usual pitfalls: gaffes, mini-scandals and buyers' remorse...
27 teams compete for first privately funded manned spaceflight (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Organizers of a competition to achieve the first privately funded manned spaceflight say 27 teams have entered and they expect to award the $10 million prize by the end of the year. Many of the teams vying for the "X Prize" already have conducted test launches, with one of the two U.S. teams propelling a suborbital spacecraft to 68,000 feet, or about 13 miles...
Feds end search for more mad cow cases (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is ending its search for additional cases of mad cow disease even though officials have not found several animals suspected of having eaten the potentially infectious feed believed to have caused the only known U.S. case...
Bush report - Economic recovery is under way (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON-- Declaring that "America's economy is strong and getting stronger," President Bush told Congress Monday in his annual economic report that last year's tax cut was doing the job in reviving business growth. This year's 412-page "Economic Report of the President," is considerably more upbeat than Bush's report a year ago, issued at time when the country was still mired in a lackluster recovery with the unemployment rate continuing to rise...
Corps of Engineers changes explanation of Halliburton award (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Army engineering officials have changed their response to price gouging allegations against Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, acknowledging they alone awarded Halliburton new business in Iraq after initially suggesting experts from other agencies played an important role...
Billions in tax refunds remain unclaimed (02/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 2 million students, retirees and other taxpayers stand to lose $2.5 billion in refunds if they don't act quickly to claim the money. The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that anyone who should have gotten a refund for taxes paid in 2000 but didn't file a return must file and claim the money by April 15...
Uprising spreading in Haiti (02/10/04)
ST. MARC, Haiti -- An armed uprising spread to nearly a dozen towns in western and northern Haiti on Monday, the strongest challenge yet to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. At least 41 people have been killed in what the government says is an attempted coup...
Castro discusses increased ties to U.S. (02/10/04)
HAVANA -- President Fidel Castro signed baseballs, handed out cigars and flower bouquets, and discussed increased ties with the United States in a meeting Monday with two Republican legislators who want to lift a ban on U.S. travel to Cuba. Sen. Larry Craig and U.S. ...
Turkish woman found alive seven days after collapse (02/10/04)
ANKARA, Turkey -- A critically injured 24-year-old woman was pulled out alive Monday after a week buried in the rubble of a collapsed apartment building -- a dramatic rescue that came after teams heard her scraping her finger nails against shattered concrete and pleading, "Water, water."...
Ex-president worried about South Africa's democratic well-being (02/10/04)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Former President F.W. de Klerk, who negotiated the end of the oppressive white-minority regime his party created, warned Monday that South African democracy is being undercut by the same racial divides of a decade ago. "Our democracy, although stable, is not very healthy," De Klerk said in an interview with The Associated Press, as South Africa celebrates 10 years since apartheid's demise...
Countries reject science behind U.N. strategy to combat obesity (02/10/04)
ROME -- A group of developing countries rejected the science driving the United Nations' effort to fight obesity worldwide, saying Monday the dietary recommendations are based on flawed research and "not worthy of serious consideration." The scientific report underpinning the global obesity strategy recommends that governments strive to limit their people's intake of sugar and fat while encouraging increased consumption of fruits and vegetables...
World briefs 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
Thai official warns of second bird flu outbreak HANOI, Vietnam -- A Thai health official said Monday authorities should prepare for the possibility of a second outbreak of bird flu. Vietnam reported the region's 19th fatality from the virus that has ravaged poultry farms across Asia. ...
U.N. - Extinctions continue despite Earth Summit goals (02/10/04)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Tens of thousands of animals and plants are being driven to extinction as countries fail to meet conservation targets set more than a decade ago, U.N. officials said Monday at a major conference on biodiversity. Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, said human activities such as logging and overfishing are rapidly sending animal and plant species to oblivion...
Iraqi recruits are not flocking to bin Laden (02/10/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A letter seized from an al-Qaida courier shows Osama bin Laden has made little headway in recruiting Iraqis for a holy war against America, raising questions about the Bush administration's contention that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror...
Jackson girls record 20th victory with rout of Sikeston (02/10/04)
Jackson's girls basketball team held Sikeston to less than 10 points in each quarter Monday night as the Indians routed the host Bulldogs 69-24 to notch their 20th win of the season. The Indians (20-3) led 20-4 after one quarter and 39-10 at halftime...
Central relays strong message (02/10/04)
After watching her 200 freestyle relay team place eighth last year at the state meet, Central boys swimming coach Dayna Powell was not sure how well the squad would be able to come back without Andrew Moreton, who was lost to graduation. Powell's concerns were put to rest as returning relay members Sam Maguire, Clay Schermann and Alex Heddle, all seniors, along with sophomore Jason Mercer, not only qualified for the state meet in the 200 free relay, but went on to qualify in the 200 medley and 400 free relays as well.. ...
Otahks shoot for four in a row (02/10/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women, up and down for much of the season, have not yet been able to put together four consecutive victories. The Otahkians (11-10, 6-4) will get their third crack at it today when Eastern Illinois (6-15, 3-7) visits the Show Me Center for a 5 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference tipoff...
Indians face last-place EIU (02/10/04)
It has been increasingly frustrating for Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner that, although he knows the Indians are considerably improved over last season, their record doesn't truly reflect it. After going 11-19 overall last year and 5-11 in Ohio Valley Conference play -- which tied them for seventh place in what was then an eight-team league -- several returning starters combined with some key newcomers had the Indians hopeful of contending for the OVC title...
SIU finds Top 25 in national polls (02/10/04)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 1976 and just the second time ever. The Salukis were No. 23 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll and No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN poll, released Monday. It's their first men's basketball ranking in 28 years, when Southern Illinois was ranked for two weeks...
Ex-Tiger steps out of shadows (02/10/04)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Now this is rich. Kareem Rush, once in charge of the very end of the Los Angeles Lakers' bench, is actually giving somebody grief. "Rookie," Rush cracks as Luke Walton walks past. The visitors' locker room in Orlando's TD Waterhouse Centre is a pretty serious place. Shaquille O'Neal makes a joke or two, but mostly everyone's trying to figure out exactly when the wheels fell off...
Heavyweight champion was a real Lightweight for boxing (02/10/04)
The heavyweight champion of the world retired, and the world responded with a big yawn. Don't blame boxing, a sport that has enough problems as it is. Blame Lennox Lewis, who wanted fans to embrace him but never gave them a chance. At a London hotel on Friday, Lewis bid the sport goodbye, turning down a lucrative rematch with Vitali Klitschko to become the first heavyweight champion in nearly a half-century to retire for good while still holding the title...
Sports briefs 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
Baseball Drew Henson became a baseball free agent Monday when he cleared waivers without being claimed. The third baseman, who intends to pursue a career as an NFL quarterback, agreed last week to give up the $12 million remaining in the $17 million, six-year contract he agreed to with the Yankees in 2001. His NFL rights are held by the Houston Texans, who plan to showcase him for other teams during a workout Thursday...
Preteen weighs in on car buying (02/10/04)
It's never easy buying a car. It's even harder when your 12-year-old daughter is intent on making sure that mom and dad don't buy a vehicle that doesn't fit her style. Becca is only three years away from getting behind the wheel for some parentally supervised driving. She's already excited...
Earlene Smith (02/10/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Earlene Smith, 84, of Advance died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Itawamba County, Miss., daughter of Oscar and Sarah Dulany Johnson. She and Frank Smith were married Oct. 21, 1939, in Lepanto, Ark...
Lorena Propst (02/10/04)
Lorena S. Propst, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Aug. 14, 1907, in New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Barney and Celestine Heisserer Baudendistel. She and Earl L. Propst were married Jan. 1, 1934, in Cape Girardeau. He died in June 1973...
Maggie Fallin (02/10/04)
Maggie Pearl Fallin, 82, of Jackson died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Corning, Ark., daughter of Charles and Savannah Woolard Lilly. She and George Fallin were married June 17, 1943. He died Oct. 13, 1985. Fallin worked at various grocery stores and at the Cookie Factory, all in St. Louis. She was a member of Jackson Church of Christ...
Frances Sanders (02/10/04)
Frances M. Sanders, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Raymond A. and Clara Glaus Stehr. She and Louis E. Sanders were married May 28, 1956, at St. Mary's Cathedral...
Births 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
Bechtold Daughter to John William and Mendy Rae Bechtold of Jefferson City, Mo., St. Mary's Medical Center, 9:23 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004. Name, Bailey Ann. Weight, 8 pounds. First child. Mrs. Bechtold is the former Mendy Burgess, daughter of Marvin and Marla Burgess of Willow Springs, Mo. She is a ministry assistant at Missouri Baptist Convention. Bechtold is the son of Scott and Mary Bechtold of Cape Girardeau. He is a civil engineer at Trabue, Hansen, and Hinshaw Inc...
Cape fire report 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 8:29 p.m., medical assist at 254 S. Silver Springs. At 8:40 p.m., medical assist at 1357 Howell. Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 1:39 a.m., medical assist at 1400 New Madrid...
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Thomas E. Sanders, 41, of 2 N. Fountain, Apt. 5, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 10, 1994 Southeast Missouri State University will eliminate summer commencement for undergraduates beginning in 1995. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle has announced he will seek re-election to third term this year...
Clarification 2/10 (02/10/04)
In Sunday's story about the Sunshine Law, statements made by Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson about the impact stiffening the law would have on governmental boards were incorrectly attributed to Doug Crews, executive director of the Missouri Press Association...
Editorial correction (02/10/04)
The name of John P. Lichtenegger, who co-authored a guest column on Saturday's Opinion page, was misspelled. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Rush to war (02/10/04)
(Cairo, Egypt) Al-Ahram The American war on Iraq will remain captive to having fallen into the trap of a wrong and hasty political decision because it depended on inaccurate information. ... President Bush ... surprised everyone by saying that (after the war) America was safer, Iraq was better off and the world more stable. He thus focused on the results of the war and not on the accuracy of the political decision in the first place...
TV that lures and sells (02/10/04)
When is comes to the public airwaves in the United States, the "public" is represented in Washington, D.C., by the Federal Communications Commission. With the increasing number of incidents of questionable adherence to the FCC's decency rules, the commission appears to have its hands full...
Photo choice was painful to Lynn family (02/10/04)
To the editor: I would like to inform you of the tacky photograph that was selected to be on the front page of the Feb. 4 edition of the Southeast Missourian with the article "A coroner's worth." This photo obviously was used without consideration to the family of the deceased. The photo was a painful reminder of the intense pain the Lynn family is still experiencing three months later. Please use discretion when choosing front-page photos...
Guns aren't weapons until used as such (02/10/04)
To the editor: In response to the article "Weapons of mass interest draw crowds" in Sunday's Southeast Missourian: May I remind you that these are not weapons unless they are used in a crime or in self-defense. Would you call a baseball bat a weapon if you were shopping for a bat? Bats are used as weapons sometimes...
Cottonwood is too expensive, even for our governor (02/10/04)
To the editor: Did I read it right? Cottonwood Treatment Center costs $2 million a year and has 87 employees? This seems a little expensive for 32 beds, some filled a whole year by one child. Even a Democratic governor thinks that's a little too much to keep 87 government jobs...
TV networks should find better shows (02/10/04)
To the editor: In response to the article "Singer says Super Bowl stunt offended his family": I think the whole halftime of the Super Bowl was terrible, from the national anthem to the Jackson stunt. I think the anthem should be sung, not acted out. MTV has a reputation for the outrageous and risque behavior. I can't believe CBS would use MTV with its reputation...
Speak Out 2/10/04 (02/10/04)
Blowing the lid off THE LID to the evil Bush conspiracy is finally blowing off. First we learned that the Cabinet started planning an Iraq invasion the day after Bush took office. Then we learn that there haven't been any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq since 1991. ...
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