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Stories from Friday, December 17, 2004

Jackson tax revenue rises by 6 percent (12/17/04)
The city of Jackson saw a 6 percent increase in sales tax revenue in 2004, city administrator Jim Roach said Thursday. The figure is double what the city estimated it would be when it set its budget a year ago. The extra revenue will be carried over to next year's budget...
New parking garage at SEMO nearly done (12/17/04)
When the spring semester starts Jan. 18, Southeast Missouri State University will have 390 added parking spaces on a campus where students complain there is never enough parking. As students finished fall semester final exams this week, construction workers were putting the finishing touches on the first part of a major parking structure on the north end of campus that school officials hope will encourage students to park their cars and ride campus shuttle buses to their classes...
Aging healthfully (12/17/04)
They sit too much instead of playing outside. They spend too much time on the computer or watching television. Their diet is poor, and if they're not careful, they're going to end up with diabetes and other health issues. But this isn't about children...
Accused molester acquitted after 26-minute deliberation (12/17/04)
A seven-man, five-woman jury took 26 minutes to acquit Bradley C. "Chris" Bollinger, 32, of the statutory rape and sodomy of a girl who was 10 at the time she reported the abuse. The victim is now 12. Bollinger, of Jackson, was charged with first-degree statutory rape and sodomy in February 2003 when the girl accused him of abuse that she said occurred in 1999. The girl is the daughter of a woman who had been in a relationship with Bollinger at the time...
State briefs 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
State rejects sponsorship of charter school; Auditor: Dog breeders still lax in health, safety; Wellston site gets clean bill from DNR; DNA database links prisoner to 1989 murder; St. Louis Zoo 'takin' with latest birth
Cell phones may be added to Missouri 'no call' list (12/17/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Cell phone users could join Missouri's "no call" list under a proposal to strengthen the state law that cracks down on unwanted solicitations from telemarketers. Although more than 1.7 million residential phone numbers are currently on the list, the existing statute doesn't apply to cellular customers. ...
Charter exec pleads guilty to fraud charges for inflation (12/17/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The former chief operating officer of cable television company Charter Communications Inc. pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge that he conspired to defraud investors by inflating subscriber numbers, federal prosecutor James Martin said...
St. Louis teachers authorize strike; no walk-out date set (12/17/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis teachers voted to authorize a strike against the state's largest school district, the teachers union said Thursday. Teachers also voted 1,574 to 110 to reject the district's latest contract offer. The strike authorization vote was 1,427 to 225, just seven votes more than needed. ...
Britain giving $88 million to UNICEF for AIDS orphans (12/17/04)
WASHINGTON -- The British government will give UNICEF $88 million for its work with children orphaned by AIDS, both parties announced Thursday. Most of the money will be spent in sub-Saharan Africa, where the AIDS epidemic continues, said Gareth Thomas, British international development minister, at a news conference at the World Bank...
U.S. may lower flu shot restrictions (12/17/04)
Two months after the government recommended that scarce flu shots be reserved for people most at risk, health officials are now worried that tens of thousands of doses could go to waste, and they are considering easing the restrictions. The demand for flu shots has turned out to be lower than expected because the flu season has been mild so far. ...
Annan tells Powell U.N. will help in Iraq elections (12/17/04)
WASHINGTON -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, fending off Republican demands for his resignation over alleged corruption, said Thursday he will expand U.N. support for Iraqi elections if need be. He said he was not offended that President Bush did not ask to see him during this visit to Washington...
Opposition leader blames government for poisoning him (12/17/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko starkly accused the government Thursday of poisoning him in a "political murder" to knock him out of the presidential race, saying his massive dioxin dose probably came from a dinner three months ago with Ukraine's security chief...
European Union nervous about talks with mostly Muslim Turkey (12/17/04)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union leaders agreed Thursday to open talks with Turkey next year on eventual EU membership, despite widespread misgivings about admitting such a large and mostly Muslim country. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that the 25 EU leaders would propose Oct. 3 as the start date for the talks, which are expected to last for years...
Reported bin Laden tape praises consulate attack (12/17/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- A man identified as Osama bin Laden, speaking on an audiotape posted on an Islamic Web site Thursday, praised the men who attacked a U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia earlier this month and called on militants to stop the flow of oil to the West...
South Africa continues with deadly AIDS drug (12/17/04)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Charmaine and her husband tried for over a year to have a child. The day she found out she was pregnant, a doctor told her she was HIV-positive. Devastated, Charmaine considered abortion, but opted instead to try an AIDS drug called nevirapine to protect her newborn girl -- now a healthy 1-year-old "miracle," she says...
Jackson carries title of defending champ at Classic (12/17/04)
Jackson went 11 years between Tiger Classic wrestling titles. Last year the Indians used strong performances across the board to post their eighth Tiger Classic championship, but their first since 1992. Jackson had finished second the previous three years...
Oak Ridge collects victory No. 1 against Valle (12/17/04)
Oak Ridge's boys basketball team picked up win No. 1 with a 72-44 rout of visiting Valle Catholic on Thursday night. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 36-14 halftime lead and cruised from there. Lance Felter led Oak Ridge (1-5) with 18 points, Brian Ruesler scored 14 and Austin Morrison had 12...
Not perfectly healthy (12/17/04)
Jackson girls basketball coach Sam Sides did not see many positives from his team's performance Thursday night against rival Central at the HealthSouth Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center. Despite Sides' displeasure, top-seeded Jackson still came away with a 59-39 victory. The Indians improved to 8-0 and will play fifth-seeded Massac County (Ill.) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. tonight. Massac County slipped by fourth-seeded Dexter 60-58...
Selig & Co. gets brush-back pitch from the D.C. council (12/17/04)
r Linda Cropp just became my favorite baseball player. The chair of the Washington, D.C., city council doesn't own a uniform, won't ever set foot inside a batter's box, and probably couldn't break an egg if she had to throw it off a mound. But make no mistake: She is a player, and by threatening to kill the one-sided deal that would have landed a franchise in her backyard, Cropp let Bud Selig & Co. know they're not the only ones who know how to play hardball...
Braves bulk up on arms, add Hudson (12/17/04)
The Atlanta Braves made another huge pitch for success, getting Tim Hudson from Oakland. And the Seattle Mariners added another slugger, grabbing Adrian Beltre off the free-agent market. In a brisk day for deals, the Braves made the biggest trade of the offseason Thursday...
Martz stands by his return man (12/17/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Statistically, Sean McDonald of the St. Louis Rams is the worst punt returner in the NFC. For two weeks now, coach Mike Martz has been saying it's not the second-year player's fault. Last week Martz said McDonald would be "squawking like a chicken" waiting for the ball because of the Rams' poor blocking, and this week he said it again, complaining that without better support he'll get "splattered."...
Report has Johnson going to Yankees in megadeal (12/17/04)
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson was on the verge of joining the New York Yankees in a three-team megadeal that also includes Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez, sources told The Associated Press on Thursday night. Green would go from Los Angeles to Arizona while Vazquez would move from the Yankees to the Dodgers in the trade that would put the Arizona ace in Yankee pinstripes...
Martinez opts for Mets' challenge, $53 million (12/17/04)
NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez considered the choices: stay with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, sign with the NL champion St. Louis Cardinals or become the cornerstone of a reconstruction project with the New York Mets. In the end, he chose the challenge...
Sports briefs 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
Basketball * Shaquille O'Neal leads his new conference in early All-Star game voting, while Yao Ming is No. 1 overall in the NBA. O'Neal, traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Miami Heat in the offseason, tops the Eastern Conference with 854,930 votes as of Thursday. Yao, the center for the Western Conference's Houston Rockets, is the only player with more votes, 881,223...
Cat's view of big house: Big yawn (12/17/04)
Hello. I'm the calico cat that lives at the Sullivan place. You might as well call me Miss Kitty, because everyone else around here does. I prefer to be called Adabelle, which was my great-grandmother's middle name. But I can't seem to get that across to the humans who live here. How can you tell humans anything?...
Sedona earns five-star rating (12/17/04)
srobertson If minivans were sold by the pound, the Kia Sedona would be the class leader, with the best price-to-weight ratio on the market. Tipping the scale at a beefy 4,800 pounds, the economical import from Korea is heavier than most luxury sedans, and that translates into a cushy, quiet ride that you wouldn't expect at this price point...
Everybody's a critic: 'Ocean's Twelve' (12/17/04)
HH (out of four) "Ocean's Twelve" is the sequel of the movie "Ocean's Eleven," but if, like me, you haven't seen the first one, don't see "Twelve." This movie picks up the story of "Eleven" three years later with little information on the previous events...
Coming to theaters 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
'Closer'; 'Flight of the Phoenix'; 'Lemony Snicket's ... Unfortunate Events'; 'Meet the Fockers'; 'Spanglish'
Artifacts 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
'Heidi' performances slated at The Repertory in St. Louis; 'Christmas Hoot' to benefit children at Cottonwood; Acoustic holiday music with open mic on tap; Classical Christmas dinner set at Von Jakob Vineyard; Contra dance planned at Christ Episcopal Church; KRCU to air holiday programs
A career of creating (12/17/04)
Dr. Edwin Smith has been making sculpture for more than 40 years now. His commissioned work can be found in many private collections, including those of state Supreme Court Justice Stephen Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau and Dr. Neil Young in Rochester, Minn. But Smith's work can be found all over the place...
Nirvana box set misses the mark (12/17/04)
In the decade since the suicide of Nirvana frontman and grunge icon Kurt Cobain, fans have anxiously awaited the long-delayed release of a mutli-disc set of the band's rare and unreleased works. As the surviving band members haggled with Cobain's widow over the project, Nirvana's 2002 self-titled greatest hits compilation set high expectations for a more comprehensive collection...
Hitmaker readies to release her third album (12/17/04)
NEW YORK -- Ashanti just keeps flourishing amid the flames. In 2002, while her labelmate and frequent collaborator Ja Rule was floundering due to a bitter battle with 50 Cent, the R&B songstress released her blockbuster sophomore album. Now, preparing to release her third album, "Concrete Rose," there are heaps of problems at her high-profile record label, The Inc. ...
Hunter Southard (12/17/04)
Hunter Ray Southard, 6 days, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 2, 2004, at Saint Francis, son of Daniel and Sara Burke Southard of Cape Girardeau. Survivors include his parents; twin brother, Landon Ray Southard; grandparents, Ray Southard, Marcia Ritter and Bob and Mary Jane Burke, all of Cape Girardeau...
Edward Sweet (12/17/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Edward Sweet, 84, of Sikeston died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born March 29, 1920, in Hardin, Ky., son of H.D. and Jewel Wells Sweet. He married Bertha Heckert Oct. 11, 1941. He lived in Mississippi and Scott counties his entire life and was employed with the Bertrand cotton gin for 28 years. He was owner and operator of Sweets Trucking Co. until he retired in 1980...
John Butrum (12/17/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- John B. Butrum, 80, of Sikeston died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1924, at Parma, Mo., son of Alfred and Katherine Lee Butrum. He and Virginia L. Woods were married Jan. 13, 1949, in Sikeston. Butrum was a retired welder from Steward Steel. He was a charter member of New Hope Baptist Church...
Maxine Mott (12/17/04)
Maxine Marie Mott, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born March 26, 1927, at Blodgett, Mo., daughter of Charley and Ella Mae Johnson. She and Charles Edward Mott were married in 1947. He died March 8, 2004...
Ervin Meyer (12/17/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ervin W. Meyer, 74, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., son of Leo Theodore and Erline Julianna Lalumondiere Meyer. He and Patsy Ann Abernathy were married June 9, 1956. She died Nov. 8, 1994...
Arlie Rister Jr. (12/17/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Arlie Otis Rister Jr., 72, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at his home. He was born July 7, 1932, at Chaffee, son of Arlie and Dora Stidham Rister Sr. He and Bonnie Mantel were married Oct. 14, 1957. Rister retired as an engineer with Frisco Railroad Co. and Burlington Northern Railroad in Chaffee. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, VFW Post 3127, 32nd Degree member of Chaffee Masonic Lodge 615, and former member of Elks Lodge...
Births 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
Caldwell Son to Stephen B. Caldwell and Marsha L. French of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:42 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004. Name, Brandon Luke. Weight, 5 pounds 14 ounces. First child. Ms. French is the daughter of Pat and Steve French of Fruitland. She is employed at Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Caldwell is the son of Kathy and Lynn Geiser of Sikeston, Mo. He is employed at Pizza Hut...
Police reports 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs * Brent Philip Humphries, 19, 3241 Kage Hills Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, being a minor in possession of an intoxicant, consuming an alcoholic beverage while driving and failure to drive on the right half of the road...
Fire reports 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: * At 5 p.m., farm accident on Liberty Road. * At 5:47 p.m., emergency medical service at 3049 William St. * At 8:23 p.m., citizen's assist at 611 S. West End Blvd. Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday:...
Out of the past 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 17, 1979 The city of Cape Girardeau will find itself financially tight the first half of the 1980s, and a drastic reduction in capital improvements will be inevitable, predicts city manager W.G. Lawley. County court officials approve the creation of a Cape Girardeau County Industrial Development Corp.; the not-for-profit corporation will have the authority to issue tax-exempt general revenue bonds to help spur commercial and industrial development in the county...
Grada 'Babe' Naeter (12/17/04)
Grada Naeter, known to family and friends as Babe, was the wife of the last member of the Naeter family to own the Southeast Missourian. Although she was not active in the management of the newspaper, she left her mark as a woman with passionate interests and a devotion to her family...
Don Dickerson (12/17/04)
For more than 10 years Southeast Missouri State University has benefited from the advice and counsel of Don Dickerson, a Cape Girardeau lawyer who was appointed to the board of regents in 1993 and has served as the board's president since 1996. During that time, Dickerson has encouraged and supported the push to increase enrollment, to expand opportunities at off-campus learning centers around Southeast Missouri and to construct state-of-the-art facilities...
Rehagen's column will be missed (12/17/04)
To the editor: The Southeast Missourian has lost one of its best columnists, Tony Rehagen. Every week I looked forward to his column "That's What They Tell Me." My family and friends were always amazed I knew what was going in there or where this had moved. ...
Ferguson led college effort (12/17/04)
To the editor: With the passing of Darrell Ferguson, Southern Illinois lost one of its truly great and good people. I was pleased to call him friend and colleague. More than any other person, he was responsible for creation of the Shawnee Community College district. It was he who did all the massive, unpaid, behind-the-scenes work of creating numerous study groups leading to voter approval creating the college district...
Preconceptions on both sides (12/17/04)
To the editor: Here are some bulletpoints to respond to David Limbaugh's "Morals' hypocrisy" column to give some examples of the conservative perspective: Crime and punishment. Liberals are too soft-hearted toward criminals. Rehabilitation is much more work than just killing someone...
Thanks for wonderful article (12/17/04)
To the editor: In response to "Blankets to bring the dead to life": Thank you, Tony Rehagen, for your wonderful article on my mother, Anna Mae Rigdon. She is such a fabulous lady, and there are not enough words to describe her. I never knew the real reason she made the small blankets, but now I understand. Her hats are so amazing and are the rave if you happen to snatch one from her to give to a friend's newborn...
Speak Out 12/17/04 (12/17/04)
Diet supplements; Special shopping; Early doctors; Lax consequences; Disrespectful greed; Sidewalk repairs; Use those car seats; Cash: the perfect gift; Taking credit; Car in the median
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