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Stories from Friday, February 11, 2005

Attorney- Defunct chip mill has no money to repay state grant (02/11/05)
The former parent company of a failed Scott City wood chip mill has until March either to repay $393,000 to the Department of Economic Development or file an appeal. "Canal Wood does not have any money to pay," said attorney J. Kent Lowry, of the Armstrong-Teasdale law firm of Jefferson City, representing Canal Wood...
Social Security on table at Southeast conference (02/11/05)
An official with the Social Security Administration will discuss the program Feb. 18 at the university. Southeast Missourian President Bush isn't the only one talking about Social Security. A key official with the Social Security Administration will discuss the government retirement program at a conference on Feb. 18 at Southeast Missouri State University...
Jackson workers prepare for layoffs (02/11/05)
A steady stream of Rubbermaid employees filed into a job fair Thursday afternoon in the basement of the University of Missouri extension office in Jackson. In the coming weeks, 40 to 60 employees will lose their jobs in the second mass layoff at the local plant in the past several months. In August 2004, the Jackson plant laid off about 120 workers...
Man accused of tossing items onto I-55 must be supervised (02/11/05)
Christopher Burgess, 18, of Jackson, accused of throwing items off the Hopper Street overpass onto vehicles traveling Interstate 55, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday and was bound over to Division 1. His next court appearance will be Feb. 22...
Cape candidate withdraws from city council race (02/11/05)
Ellen Dillon withdrew as a Cape Girardeau City Council candidate Thursday, eliminating the need for a primary for the Ward 3 seat. Dillon, who had been working as an instructor at Southeast Missouri State University, was hired Monday as the new area director of the March of Dimes. She said her new job involves a lot of traveling throughout Southeast Missouri and would make it difficult for her to devote time to serving on the council...
Lifeguard's duty in Iraq (02/11/05)
Andrew Nussbaum didn't get a public send-off. He wasn't included in a deployment ceremony, surrounded by politicians and U.S. flags. Nonetheless, he took a flight to Iraq as a contractor to aide the rebuilding of Iraq. Andrew Nussbaum is a recreation director at a base west of Baghdad. With the exception of a multiuse pocket knife, he doesn't carry a weapon...
Lawmakers, doctors combine to cap medical malpractice lawsuits (02/11/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation to be debated next week in the House -- and endorsed late Wednesday night by the House Judiciary Committee -- would impose a flat $250,000 cap on what medical malpractice victims could receive for noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering...
Lucrative pensions for few take hit in Senate (02/11/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lucrative pension plan enjoyed by a handful of state workers would be eliminated under legislation that won first-round approval in the Missouri Senate on Thursday. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, seeks to end a special pension system that provides extra retirement benefits for certain administrative law judges and others in quasi-judicial posts. ...
Senate clears workers' compensation, meth bills (02/11/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate passed legislation Thursday to limit workers' compensation claims and to restrict the sale of a key ingredient in methamphetamine. The workers' compensation bill received preliminary approval a day earlier, and the Senate sent it on to the House with a 23-9 vote Thursday...
Senators vote to limit class-action lawsuits (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved a measure Thursday to help shield businesses from major class-action lawsuits like the ones that have been brought against tobacco companies, giving President Bush the first legislative victory of his second term. Under the legislation, long sought by big business, large multistate class-action lawsuits could no longer be heard in small state courts. Such courts have handed out multimillion-dollar verdicts...
Some areas of country still lacking flu vaccine, CDC says (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- It's not too late to get a flu shot if you can find one, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. While some states still have shortages, others have an ample supply and should exercise "common sense" in distributing the vaccine, with priority given to high-risk individuals, including elderly, children, those with chronic health conditions and health-care workers, said Dr. Julie Gerberding...
Longterm mortgage rates drop again (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a sixth consecutive week as lower-than-expected employment gains helped keep the lid on inflation worries. Freddie Mac's weekly survey of mortgage rates released Thursday showed that rates on 30-year, fixed rate mortgages averaged 5.57 percent for the week ending Feb. 10, down from 5.63 percent last week...
Trade deficit hits record (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit ballooned to an all-time high of $617.7 billion last year, pushed by soaring oil prices and Americans' insatiable appetite for everything foreign, from cars to toys and food. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the 2004 imbalance rose 24.4 percent from the previous year and marked the third year in a row that the deficit had set a record. The imbalance with China swelled by 30.5 percent to $162 billion, the highest ever with any country...
Verizon merger talks raised in trial (02/11/05)
NEW YORK -- The former finance chief of WorldCom Inc. testified Thursday that the company called off 2001 merger talks with Verizon after he and CEO Bernard Ebbers worried Verizon officials would discover WorldCom's cooked books. Scott Sullivan testified there were concerns that Verizon Communications Inc. would uncover the fraud during a process called due diligence, in which companies considering a merger examine each others books...
House votes to toughen driver's license, asylum laws (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Thursday to make states verify that they're not giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and to grant judges broader power to deport political asylum seekers they suspect may be terrorists. The legislation, passed by a 261-161 vote, also would allow the completion of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border south of San Diego by waiving environmental hurdles...
FAA - Warnings didn't contain specific al-Qaida threats (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration, in response to reports that it received repeated warnings in 2001 about al-Qaida terror attacks, said there was no specific information that would have enabled countermeasures. The previously undisclosed report by the Sept. 11 commission detailed 52 such warnings given to FAA leaders from April to Sept. 10, 2001, about the radical Islamic terrorist group and its leader, Osama bin Laden...
General - Marines will reduce presence in Iraq this spring (02/11/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Marine Corps will shrink the size of its ground combat force in Iraq this spring, with the Army making a corresponding increase, the Marines' operations chief said Thursday. Lt. Gen. Jan Huly, the deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, said in an Associated Press interview that the Marines will draw down from about 33,000 to about 23,000 when a fresh contingent headed by the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force is fully in place in Iraq in March...
Doctors say children should skip juice, stick with water, milk (02/11/05)
Soda in a sippy cup? Most parents wouldn't dream of it. But researchers say that when a baby's bottle or cup is filled with juice -- even the 100 percent, all-natural, no-sugar-added stuff -- parents might as well be pouring Pepsi. A growing body of science is linking sweet drinks, natural or otherwise, to a host of child health concerns, everything from bulging bellies to tooth decay...
Stock analyst guilty in Hardee's extortion (02/11/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A Wyoming stock analyst admitted in federal court Thursday that he threatened to damage the reputation and stock of the parent company of the Hardee's fast-food chain if they didn't hire him as a consultant for $300,000. C. Clive Munro, 54, pleaded guilty to a felony count of committing interstate threats. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges of extortion, wire fraud and securities fraud...
Insurgent violence kills more than 40 in Iraq (02/11/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A car bomb detonated by remote control exploded Thursday in Baghdad, killing two Iraqis but missing a U.S. military convoy as insurgent violence claimed more than 50 lives. Clashes between Iraqi police and rebels erupted along a major highway southeast of the capital...
Army's 18th Airborne Corps takes over command of ground forces (02/11/05)
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq -- The U.S. Army's 18th Airborne Corps formally took control of coalition ground forces in Iraq on Thursday, bringing in a new commander and staff to replace 3rd Corps, which is returning to Fort Hood, Texas. Lt. Gen. John Vines became the new commander of what is formally known as Multi-National Force-Iraq. A 34-year veteran infantryman, he took over from Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz at a ceremony held in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces near Baghdad International Airport...
N. Korea boasts of nuclear arms (02/11/05)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea boasted publicly for the first time Thursday that it has nuclear weapons and said it will stay away from disarmament talks, dramatically raising the stakes in the 2-year-old dispute. The Bush administration called on Pyongyang to give up its atomic aspirations so life can be better for its impoverished people...
The prince's bride in Britain, take two (02/11/05)
LONDON -- Thirty years after their first romance, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, both now graying divorcees, will finally wed in a civil ceremony and put the official seal on a relationship Princess Diana blamed for the breakdown of her marriage to the man who would be king...
Pope returns to Vatican after hospital stay (02/11/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Waving to crowds from his brightly lit popemobile, Pope John Paul II returned to the Vatican Thursday after a 10-day hospital stay, declared cured of breathing spasms that fueled concerns about the frail pontiff's ability to remain in charge of the Roman Catholic Church...
Votes cast in first national election for Saudi Arabia (02/11/05)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Male voters converged at polling stations in the Riyadh region Thursday to participate in city elections, marking the first time Saudis participated in a vote that largely conformed to international standards. Women were banned from casting ballots...
Abbas orders security forces to action (02/11/05)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas fired top Gaza security commanders Thursday, Palestinian officials said, hours after militants fired dozens of mortar shells and homemade rockets at Jewish settlements there, breaking a 2-day-old cease-fire...
Delta girls roll past Woodland (02/11/05)
The Delta girls basketball team turned up its defensive pressure in the second half to pick up a 42-27 road win at Woodland on Thursday. The Bobcats (16-4) led only 24-21 at halftime, but outscored Woodland 18-6 in the second half. Shea Smith led Delta with 20 points...
Cape bowling tournament to get rolling (02/11/05)
The 68th annual Cape Girardeau District Bowling Association Tournament begins 10 a.m. Saturday at West Park Lanes in Cape Girardeau. The event, which features team, doubles and singles competitons, continues Sunday, then reconvenes Feb. 19 and 20. The tournament is handicapped based on averages and sanctioned by the ABC...
Maier wins first gold since accident (02/11/05)
BORMIO, Italy -- Hermann Maier let out a scream in the finish area at the world championships, a major title finally his again. His victory in the giant slalom Thursday was yet another inspirational step in his recovery from a motorcycle accident in which he nearly lost a leg. This was the Austrian's first gold medal at the worlds since he captured two in 1999 in Vail, Colo...
Last-gasp talks fail; weekend deadline arrives (02/11/05)
NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association broke off talks Thursday as the clock ticked down to a weekend deadline for saving what little is left of the season. "I can tell you unequivocally and without a doubt that we are done," NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Thursday night...
Mickelson takes long way to front of Pebble Beach leader board (02/11/05)
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson keeps hitting it long and going low. Fresh off a career-low 60 last week in Phoenix that led to his first victory of the year, Mickelson broke the course record at Spyglass Hill -- the toughest course in the rotation -- with a 10-under 62 that gave him a three-shot lead Thursday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...
Giambi apologizes profusley but declines to cite reason (02/11/05)
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi twiddled his thumbs, crossed his legs and fidgeted in his chair. He said he was sorry five times. He apologized three times. To the New York Yankees. To his teammates. To the fans. But he never said why. And he never talked about using steroids, never mentioned the word...
Sports briefs 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
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Practical V Day advice at no charge (02/11/05)
This year is a huge marital milestone for the two adults at the Sullivan house. When June rolls around, my wife and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It has long been a joke in our family that I'm the only one who remembers the actual date of our wedding. My wife is the one, after all, who dutifully sends timely birthday greetings to family and friends all over the globe. But I'm the one who celebrates our anniversary on the right date...
Suzuki Aerio SX is a hatchback with personality (02/11/05)
srobertson Suzuki Aerio SX is a hatchback with personality Check out the window sticker on this week's test vehicle and you'll see the word "INCLUDED" repeated over and over. My 2005 Suzuki Aerio SX was loaded with convenience and luxury features, such as automatic climate control, yet it didn't have a single extra-cost option. ...
Photo exhibit focuses on global AIDS crisis (02/11/05)
CHICAGO -- It's not surprising to find sorrowful and challenging images in a photo exhibit about AIDS. But there are also images of hope -- of a smiling HIV-positive couple in Tanzania, of joyous marchers at an AIDS conference in South Africa, of an HIV-positive American woman in her wedding dress...
Everybody's a critic - 'Hotel Rwanda' (02/11/05)
Four stars (out of four) This movie is rated PG-13, but its artistry isn't defined by the ratings nor does it require it to sell. Never has a movie been so haunting and brutally honest about the violence that occurred, nor so terrifying that it leaves you defenseless to the atrocities of the massacre of millions of people in a time worse than World War II's Holocaust...
At the theaters 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
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Artifacts 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
River City Players present HoJo murder mystery; Rodeo rides into Show Me Center arena; Southeast faculty clarinet recital on tap Thursday; Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announces art contest; Nominations sought for state humanities awards; Southeast alum's work on exhibit at Shawnee; Cape Girardeau native leads in 'Les Miserables'; Underberg House to feature Jeff Talmadge; TRCC giving instant piano lessons in March; Modern dance tour comes to Shryock; Market House holding auditions for 'Tavern'
Meaningful 'Monologues' (02/11/05)
For a few moments tonight, Sharon Bebout-Carr will turn into another person. She'll transform from a normal American woman into a Bosnian woman, raped in that country's civil war. n "In Bosnia, 20,000 to 70,000 women were raped as a systematic tactic of warfare," she says as she introduces her monologue. "In the United States each year, about 500,000 women are raped, which is also war."...
Donald Douglas Sr. (02/11/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Donald L. Douglas Sr., 60, of Perryville died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born June 11, 1944, in Granite City, Ill., son of Stanley and Sudie Jackson Douglas. He and Brenda Hutchinson were married in February 1966...
Gernelle Prather (02/11/05)
Gernelle Prather, 95, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Poplar Bluff Regional Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Buchanan (02/11/05)
Mary Francis Buchanan, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 21, 1928, in Houston, Miss., daughter of Jessie and Nice B. Bean Butler. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Hudson of Milwaukee, Wis.; a son, James Suggs of Bruce, Miss.; three sisters, Mable Coleman and Margaret Varro of Milwaukee, Loura Ware of Cape Girardeau; and several grandchildren...
Virginia Collier (02/11/05)
Virginia Belle Collier, 76, of Scott City died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 1, 1928, in Oneida, Tenn., daughter of Hurstle and Lucy Laxton. She and Charles Collier were married Feb. 9, 1948. He died June 11, 1993...
Melba York (02/11/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Melba June York, 71, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at Blanchette Place Care Center in St. Charles, Mo. She was born June 25, 1933, at Dongola, Mo., daughter of Oliver and Demetrius Harris Martin. She and Norman Eugene York were married March 25, 1958. He died Feb. 21, 2003...
Rose Fussell (02/11/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Rose Mary Fussell, 75, of Orlando, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, following a brief illness. She was born June 27, 1929, at Chaffee, daughter of Clinton Clifton and Marcella Catherine Sherer Littlepage. She married Gerald Fussell, who died in 1983...
Jack Camden (02/11/05)
Jack Lee Camden, 63, of Salem, Ill., and Terre Du Lac, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at DePaul Health Center in St. Louis. He was born April 17, 1941, in Christopher, Ill., son of Jesse and Stella Camden. Camden was vice president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking in Salem. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Farmington, Mo...
Patsy Dietz (02/11/05)
DESOTO, Ill. -- Patsy Ruth Dietz, 75, of DeSoto died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Thomas Edward and Dona Elizabeth Evans Wood. She and Kenneth L. Dietz were married March 13, 1982, in Carbondale. He died April 5, 2003...
Lester Dickerson (02/11/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lester Milton Dickerson, 69, of Anna died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Jonesboro Health Care Center. He was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Elco, Ill., son of Monroe and Marie Neace Dickerson. He and Lois Jean Wright were married in 1979 in Ware, Ill...
Vera Lehning (02/11/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Vera M. Lehning, 81, of Cairo died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at her home. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Willie Walker (02/11/05)
Willie M. Walker, 76, of Portageville, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Portageville Nursing Center. She was born March 12, 1928, in Decatur, Tenn., daughter of William and Jane Walker Pritchard. She and John Adam Walker Sr. were married in Tennessee. He died in 1992...
Clera Beeson (02/11/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Clera Estelle Beeson, 90, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Loretta, Tenn., daughter of James Carl and Donie Cal Ezell Littrell. She and W.T. Beeson were married Sept. 26, 1936, in New Madrid, Mo. He died June 2, 1982...
Judith Goza (02/11/05)
Judith A. Barringer Goza, 66, of Lakeland, Fla., was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005. She was born May 27, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Vernon and Arlinda Barringer. She and Robert Goza were married Dec. 25, 1956, in Seattle, Wash...
Betty Mills (02/11/05)
Mary Betty Mills, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at her home. She was born July 28, 1932, in Georgetown, Ga., daughter of James Anderson and Mary Elizabeth Peak Brooks. She and Billy Gene Mills were married Oct. 23, 1955, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 9, 2003...
Allene Gleason (02/11/05)
Allene Gleason, 94, of Cape Girardeau ascended to her heavenly home Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the Lutheran Home, where she had resided since September 2003. Allene was born Feb. 12, 1910, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Carmen Gash and Allen Graves. She and Ruddle Gleason were married in November 1935, in Murphysboro, Ill. He died May 3, 1977...
Leatha Finney (02/11/05)
Leatha J. Finney, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Maxine Fulenwider (02/11/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Maxine Fulenwider, 88, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the Jonesboro Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Oran, Mo., daughter of G.A. and Josephine Barber. She married Jean D. Fulenwider May 26, 1937, in Jonesboro. He died Oct. 2,1989...
Births 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Robert David Weissinger, 603 Mechaw Drive, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: * At 2:30 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Fountain Street. * At 8:14 p.m., alarm sounding at Towers Complex. Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday:...
Out of the past 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 11, 1980 A 5-year-old Scott City girl died in a blaze that destroyed her home; the dead child was identified as Michelle Boes, daughter of Mrs. Sheila Boes. The Cape Girardeau County government could lose $120,198 in total revenue this year if the merchants and manufacturers tax is ruled unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court...
Progress in the Mideast (02/11/05)
"Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire" sounds like an oxymoron, given the history of attacks and counter-attacks that have plagued that world hot spot in recent memory. So any step toward the advancement of improved relationships and a stop to the killing on both sides is welcome news...
Train could be big attraction (02/11/05)
To the editor: Why bring Hollywood to Cape Girardeau or build a glass tunnel under the river (the river is so muddy you couldn't see out of it) when we have a perfect tourist attraction right in our back yard? The passenger train in Jackson would be a great attraction if only we would capitalize on it. ...
Thanks for helping Stewart family (02/11/05)
To the editor: On behalf of the Scott City High School sophomore class, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the Aaron Stewart benefit dinner and auction held Dec. 7. A combined total of nearly $7,000 was raised to assist the Stewart family with medical and travel expenses while Aaron battles Hodgkin's disease. ...
Let Southerners celebrate heritage (02/11/05)
To the editor: Born and raised in Jackson, I am writing to you from a city that proudly celebrates its Confederate heritage. The news of the issue concerning the Confederate battle flag at the grave site of Col. William Jeffers in Jackson has made itself known 850 miles away...
Veterans deserve more support (02/11/05)
To the editor: Bush supporters say, "Support our troops." I certainly agree, but the soldier can be supported without supporting the war. And lack of benefits for every veteran certainly does not embody "Support our troops." According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 28 million veterans are currently using VA benefits, while another 70 million are potential candidates. ...
Panthers fought for what was right (02/11/05)
To the editor: I would like to comment about the Black Panthers. They were not a racist, violent group. They fought for civil rights for all. The reason they were not liked is because they and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were able to accomplish so much without violence. Word of mouth was mightier than the sword. This was during a very heated time. I happen to think these were great individuals who took a stand for what was right...
Speak Out 2/11/05 (02/11/05)
Stick to your guns; Remove the wage cap; Using the left lane; Cut legislators' benefits; Breaking the barriers; Blame the legislators; Depriving others; Less than planned
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