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Community cuisine 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
Marine Corps League to hold fund-raising dinner The Cpl. Mason O. Yarbrough Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold a fund-raising dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 3838, 1049 Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. A buffet includes two meats, potatoes and gravy, two vegetables, rolls, soft drinks and dessert...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (03/17/03)
7 p.m. today City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings)n An ordinance adopting new city building codes. An ordinance authorizing the acquisition of property for a sewer project along Perryville Road...
Community briefs 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
Jackson Area Arts Committee to meet An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at Gallery 127, at 127 W. Main, Jackson. The agenda includes the scenic drive weekend, 2003 bandshell performance series and arts schedule, Starcatchers Theatre and the newsletter July 4th Art in the Park and fund raising...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (03/17/03)
7:30 p.m., Monday, March 17 City Hall Public hearings Hearing to consider the rezoning of approximately 3.45 acres of property located along East Main Street from R-2 (single family residential) to C-2 (general commercial), as requested by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Doughten, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. John Priest...
Community Q&A 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
  • Name: Mark Luhring Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: My family consists of my wife, Darla Jo (Poston) Luhring; sons, Nick and Tarl, ages 16 and 10; a daughter, Lana Jo, 7; my dad, Jerry Luhring, age unknown; and in-laws, Ronald and Nancy Poston, ages known but classified...
  • MS group seeks volunteers (03/17/03)
    Sturdy legs and helping hands are needed for the upcoming 2003 Multiple Sclerosis Walk, scheduled for 1 p.m. April 13 at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gateway Area Chapter, seeks volunteers in the following areas: medical volunteers (RNs, EMTs, podiatrists, physical therapists, doctors, yoga instructors and massage therapists), registration/information, staff rest stops, site closing, driving support vehicles, decorations, communications, parking, lunch/dinner service, loading/unloading supplies and truck drivers.. ...
    County farm bureau receives award at state meeting (03/17/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau was recognized at Missouri Farm Bureau's 88th annual meeting for outstanding program achievements. Representing Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau, Tom Sachse, county board president, accepted the award for the county from Gary Branum, District 6 State Board member...
    Military news 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Third generation to enlist with 1140th Engineers Lee E. Smith enlisted in the Army National Guard 1140th Engineers, Cape Girardeau, on Feb. 26. He is the son of Michael D. and Elizabeth S. Smith of Cape Girardeau and is a senior at Central High School in Cape Girardeau...
    Professor to be honored as Missouri Art Educator of the Year (03/17/03)
    In a classroom early one morning last week, 21 Southeast Missouri State University students began waving paint brushes in the air in time to lively recorded flute music. Later on they painted to the wail of bagpipes. The students are studying to become elementary school teachers or elementary school art teachers. "Listen to the music and let that dictate the movement and lines you put into your composition," Dr. Edwin Smith told them...
    Answering the call (03/17/03)
    One call haunts Jim Culbertson. It's a call that the paramedic for the Cape County Private Ambulance Service describes as "the worst ever." It's the one that cost him a dozen nights of rest and still upsets him four years after it happened. The woman who called was hysterical and said something like, "My baby's not breathing, I can't wake him up."...
    Cape officials consider renaming Cherokee Park (03/17/03)
    More than $150,000 is riding on whether the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club gets a park to call its own. The city council will consider a resolution at its meeting tonight to rename Cherokee Park as Kiwanis Park. The park would be the first in the city to be named after a service organization...
    School officials face vote on TIF position (03/17/03)
    The Cape Girardeau School District's final position on a proposal to grant tax-increment financing to developers of an upscale subdivision will be put to a vote at tonight's school board meeting. After months of research and deliberation, school board members will vote on a position statement issued by superintendent Mark Bowles which does not endorse the TIF proposal made by developers of Prestwick Plantation, a new 600-acre subdivision near Dalhousie Golf Club on Bloomfield Road...
    Man goes to jail, but was never convicted (03/17/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A judge signed the wrong paperwork and sent a burglary suspect to jail three months ago, but the man was never convicted of the crime. If the man is found guilty, he will simply get credit on his sentence for the time he spent waiting for a trial. However, if he's found innocent, the error could have cost him extra months behind bars...
    Gideon's legacy - Small-time criminal had big impact on the law (03/17/03)
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Think of a hero and the Clarence Earl Gideon type probably doesn't come to mind. Not even in his own hometown. This same northeast Missouri community that spawned the great author Mark Twain and the Titanic's "Unsinkable" Molly Brown also produced Gideon, an eighth-grade dropout and career criminal who spent most of his life in and out of jail cells...
    Bond attracts support from KC Democrats (03/17/03)
    The Missouri Democratic Party has not yet announced a challenger to oppose Republican Sen. Kit Bond for re-election in 2004, but Bond is attracting support from some prominent Democrats. Democratic leaders in Kansas City, Mo., hosted a fund-raising reception Friday evening for Bond's campaign...
    Gunplay reviving image of NYC as urban battleground (03/17/03)
    NEW YORK -- The shootings seems to be everywhere: In a string of store clerk slayings in Queens and Brooklyn, at a melee in a crowded Times Square arcade, during a police sting on the streets of the city's most sedate borough, Staten Island. Those shootings alone killed six people this month, including two undercover detectives, reviving menacing images of the Big Apple as an urban battleground...
    Smart case returns Utah's polygamous history to spotlight (03/17/03)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Despite the Mormon Church's centurylong effort to rid itself of the stigma of polygamy, high-profile cases like Elizabeth Smart's abduction have cast the church in an unfavorable light by linking it to the outlawed practice. The church disavowed polygamy in 1890 and excommunicates members who practice or preach it. But an estimated 30,000 polygamists whose beliefs are rooted in Mormonism live in Utah and other parts of the southwest, Mexico and Canada...
    At college campuses, FBI investigates terror links (03/17/03)
    MOSCOW, Idaho -- The University of Idaho seems an unlikely backdrop for international terrorism. Tucked into a small town amid the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse, the campus of about 9,700 students is far removed from regional and national centers of commerce or government...
    People talk 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Eminem dives into hometown performance DETROIT -- Eminem took the stage, and his hometown fans went wild. "Detroit! If you had one shot," the rapper began as the audience repeated the words to "Lose Yourself," the Academy Award-nominated song from his film "8 Mile."...
    Mormon faithful gather in Utah to celebrate return of Smart (03/17/03)
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon faithful gathered to pray Sunday at Elizabeth Smart's church, where her grandfather declared that the 15-year-old was so robbed of her free will by her captors that she didn't try to escape even when left alone for a day...
    Reunions a sober side of Savannah St. Patrick's party (03/17/03)
    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Frank Rossiter has a zest for St. Patrick's Day that has little to do with green beer -- though he does have a fondness for Guinness and Harp. It's a passion for his family, starting with his great-grandfather who came to coastal Georgia 153 years ago from Ireland...
    CDC investigating mysterious illness, issuing warnings (03/17/03)
    ATLANTA -- Federal health officials said Sunday they are analyzing samples from a mysterious pneumonia-like illness that has afflicted more than 150 people in seven countries and caused nine deaths. Doctors hope to have initial results from testing early this week...
    Trial to test government's ability to prove terrorist claims (03/17/03)
    DETROIT -- Eighteen months after a raid on an apartment uncovered what prosecutors say was a conspiracy to support terrorist strikes in Jordan, Turkey and the United States, four men charged in the case are coming to trial this week. The government claims the terror cell looked for security gaps at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, got fake identification to help others enter the country and recruited for a radical Islamic movement allied with al-Qaida...
    Asian outbreak may be new strain of flu or exotic virus (03/17/03)
    A deadly, mysterious respiratory illness spread largely among health care workers in Asia could be a new strain of flu or even an exotic virus passed from animals to people, a health official said Sunday. Probably the most feared by health experts, however, would be a new and deadly strain of flu...
    Families of serial killer victims believe latest death linked (03/17/03)
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Hundreds of people rallied on the state Capitol steps Sunday, calling on authorities to dedicate more resources to catching a serial killer who has murdered at least four women. The victims' survivors and many others at the rally said they suspect the killer may also have murdered Carrie Yoder, 26, a Louisiana State University student whose body was found last week in the same area as one of the confirmed victims, Pam Kinamore. Police have not linked the killings...
    'World's Wildest Police Videos' producer missing after fall (03/17/03)
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The creator of the reality television series "World's Wildest Police Videos" fell 300 feet from an Oregon cliff into the Pacific Ocean and was feared dead, authorities said Sunday. Paul Stojanovich, 47, and his fiancee Kim Srowel were hiking Saturday at Treasure Cove, a bluff overlooking the ocean, when he slipped while stopping to pose for a picture, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jamie Desanno...
    Documents taken from sniper suspect Malvo's cell block (03/17/03)
    FAIRFAX, Va. -- Writings and drawings were taken secretly by officials from a cell block where sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo was held and incorrectly made public, said attorneys for Malvo and his co-defendant. The two pages of notes and pictures scribbled on the back of Fairfax County jail forms were photocopied and provided to investigators on the task force preparing for the trials of Malvo, 18, and John Allen Muhammad, 42. They were published Sunday by The Washington Post...
    American protester killed by Israeli bulldozer (03/17/03)
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An American college student in Gaza to protest Israeli operations was killed Sunday when she was run over by a bulldozer while trying to block troops from demolishing a Palestinian home. At least one Palestinian also was killed...
    World briefs 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Amazon wildfires continue to spread RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Nearly 700 wildfires fueled by dry conditions and high winds burned out of control in Brazil's Amazon jungle Sunday despite stepped-up efforts to battle the blazes. The number of fires burning across the state of Roraima, which borders Venezuela and Guyana, more than doubled to 686 on Sunday, according to satellite monitoring by Brazil's environmental protection agency Ibama...
    Saddam - Iraq will take war anywhere (03/17/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein warned Sunday that if Iraq is attacked, it will take the war anywhere in the world "wherever there is sky, land or water." President Bush gave the United Nations one more day to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff...
    Kuwaitis fear Saddam will use historic sites as shields (03/17/03)
    KUWAIT CITY -- His voice echoes between the cavernous, blackened walls of the Kuwait National Museum. "Can you smell the smoke?" asks Shihab Abdel Hameed-Shihab, who oversees Kuwait's museums. A dozen years ago, Iraqi troops looted the National Museum during their seven-month invasion, then torched it. Today, on the eve of another war, it remains largely a charred wreck, though a small exhibition hall was reopened in January...
    N. Korea says U.S. is pushing toward second Korean War (03/17/03)
    The AssociatedPress SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea cannot remain "a passive onlooker" while the United States conducts military exercises in the region, the North said Sunday, claiming that Washington is pushing a nuclear crisis toward a second Korean War...
    Bush - U.N. must act today on Iraq (03/17/03)
    SERGIO BARRENCHEA * Associated Press After a diplomatic conference on how to disarm Iraq, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, center, and President Bush faced reporters at the Lajes Field air base on the island of Terceira in the Azores on Sunday.By Ron Fournier ~ The Associated Press...
    Better late than never for Jackson (03/17/03)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As veterans of the late, late show at the Missouri High School Basketball Championships, the Jackson girls team knew exactly what to expect. Playing in the eighth and final game of the day on Saturday, the Indians, before a largely vacant Hearnes Center, wrapped up their season early Sunday morning with a 50-44 victory over Lee's Summit in the Class 5 third-place contest...
    Softball falls 4-1 at Winthrop (03/17/03)
    Southeast Missouri State University's softball team lost its third game during a trip south as host Winthrop prevailed 4-1 Sunday in Rock Hill, S.C. The contest was played after Winthrop's scheduled Ringor Tournament was canceled because of rain, which had also wiped out Saturday's action. The Otahkians dropped two tournament games Friday...
    Craven nabs narrow victory (03/17/03)
    DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ricky Craven won the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 by inches Sunday, finishing alongside Kurt Busch after their cars hit repeatedly on the closing straightaway. The unofficial margin of victory was two thousandths of a second -- the smallest since NASCAR introduced electronic timing in 1993...
    Braves knock off Cardinals (03/17/03)
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Greg Maddux gave up his first earned runs of the spring but the Atlanta Braves got home runs from Andruw Jones and Bo Porter to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Sunday. Maddux gave up three earned runs and seven hits in four innings before leaving one inning earlier than scheduled. Maddux twice fouled pitches off his foot during an at-bat in the bottom of the third, which he said affected him when he took the mound in the fourth...
    Big 12 picks up two No. 1 seeds (03/17/03)
    INDIANAPOLIS -- In a season full of scandal, the NCAA Tournament selection committee restored some order to college basketball, with two schools from the same conference earning a No. 1 seed for the fourth straight year. Kentucky, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma got the top spots on a Selection Sunday that offered very little controversy, from what teams got in to where they have to travel. Texas and Oklahoma are both from the Big 12...
    Missouri rally falls just short (03/17/03)
    DALLAS -- The Oklahoma Sooners are headed into the NCAA tournament on a bit of a roll, having won a third straight Big 12 Tournament title. But if they don't start scoring more points in the second half, they won't last very long. The No. 6 Sooners led Missouri by 22 with 15:05 left in the title game Sunday, then failed to make another basket. It took two big defensive stands in the final minute to pull out a 49-47 victory...
    Leonard sets record in Honda (03/17/03)
    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to break the tournament record with a 24-under 264 as he beat Davis Love III and Chad Campbell by one stroke to win the Honda Classic for his eighth career tour victory. Leonard, paired in the final round with his close friend Love for the first time since the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot, rallied from two strokes down over the final 13 holes to win $900,000...
    LSU finally nabs No. 1 women's seed (03/17/03)
    LSU finally earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament -- and was rewarded with a trip to Oregon. For that, the Lady Tigers can thank the NCAA's new procedure of selecting the sites for first- and second-round games months in advance instead of giving them to the 16 highest seeded teams, as was done previously...
    One year after turmoil, tubby has wildcats humming (03/17/03)
    dwilson Tubby Smith has been to the edge of chaos and confusion and looked into the abyss. One year ago Smith was knee-deep in suspensions and struggling to hold his team together. Perhaps the only thing that drowned out his critics was the shouts of fighting players...
    FanFare 3/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Briefly Baseball Alex Rodriguez was expected back in the Texas Rangers' spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., late Sunday after being sidelined with a small herniated disc in his neck. The star shortstop was to resume modified workouts today. He was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett in Dallas on Sunday morning and cleared to return to Arizona...
    New Jackson firm offers virtual home tours (03/17/03)
    Virtual tours may be the marketing tool of the future, and that's something Matt Dameron has already realized -- and capitalized on. Recently, the Jackson resident started Heartland Home Tours, a Web site that allows prospective home buyers to take a virtual tour of houses in Southeast Missouri...
    Colin Quinn is host of a 'Tough Crowd' (03/17/03)
    NEW YORK -- The formula for "Tough Crowd" is familiar: Four guests yammering about current affairs, plus a host to stir the pot. So what makes it different from "Politically Incorrect"? "Our show is all comedians," host Colin Quinn explains. "'Politically Incorrect' (which left ABC's airwaves in June) actually had real experts every once in a while. We have NO experts!"...
    Actor James Woods says Giuliani is 'American hero' (03/17/03)
    NEW YORK -- Actor James Woods says he considers former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani an American hero and fought "tooth and nail" to portray him as such in an upcoming television film. The actor, concerned that a "lunatic liberal" Hollywood would vilify Giuliani or present him as overly conservative, says he insisted on approving the script for "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story," before agreeing to play the part...
    International bond funds enjoying big gains due to weak dollar (03/17/03)
    NEW YORK -- While bond funds have outdistanced their stock counterparts throughout the three-year bear market, the best performers right now are international bond funds. So far this year, the world bond category has outpaced all other bond funds with a positive return of 4.7 percent, according to fund tracker Lipper Inc. That's nearly double the performance of general domestic bond funds, which have a positive year-to-date return of 2.4 percent...
    Strike up the bandwidth (03/17/03)
    AOL's efforts to woo Internet customers are off to a mixed start By Lisa Singhania ~ The Associated PressNEW YORK en Yrungaray grew up on America Online. But when he decided to upgrade to high-speed Internet service, he went elsewhere...
    Resumes on Net pose a privacy risk (03/17/03)
    NEW YORK -- A few weeks after Susan posted her resume on an Internet job board, the move appeared to be paying off. First came a flurry of calls from recruiters who cited the research technician's posting on BiotechCareers.com. But then six employers she applied to individually said they'd already received her resume from companies she hadn't heard of -- and one complained of getting three different versions...
    Analysts quit high-flying Wall Street jobs (03/17/03)
    NEW YORK -- For stock analysts, especially those who enjoyed the spotlight in the market's late 1990s boom, fun has become as elusive as a tech company on the rise. Many high-profile analysts are quitting their jobs amid dwindling compensation, declining morale and tough new rules designed to prevent more scandals...
    Business memo 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Newspaper wins several SNA awards The Southeast Missourian recently was honored with several awards from the Suburban Newspapers of America, including first place for its special-section coverage of "Our World Since Sept. 11." The paper won second place for best entertainment lifestyle section for its "Arts and Leisure" page and second place for its sports section. ...
    People on the move 03/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Brown joins Southeast Missouri Hospital staff Twila Brown has joined the educational services staff at Southeast Missouri Hospital. In her new role, Brown will focus on the implementation of evidence-based practice and the promotion of research by Southeast nurses. ...
    Charles Cureton (03/17/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Charles "Melvin" Cureton, 69, of Bell City, Mo., died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Bessville, Mo., son of Charlie and Dessie Skaggs Cureton. He and Wanda Hamm were married June 22, 1968, in Holcomb, Mo...
    Thomas Dunning Sr. (03/17/03)
    Thomas H. Dunning Sr., 84, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born June 29, 1918, in Francisco, Ind., son of David and Ruth McEllhiney Dunning. He married Beatrice Colvin Dunning. He retired from Chrysler Corp., where he worked for more than 30 years. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, Prince Masonic Lodge 231 and a charter lifetime member of VFW Post 1147 in Princeton, Ind...
    Irene Clifton (03/17/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Irene M. Clifton, 81, of Perryville died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Ratliff's Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 17, 1921, in Perry County, daughter of Charles and Imogene Cashion Winters. She and Howard Clifton were married Dec. 24, 1939, in Longtown, Mo. He died Sept. 4, 1996...
    Cape police report 3/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, March 17 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Mitchell R. Walter, 39, of Benton, Mo., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and speeding...
    Cape/Jackson fire reports 3/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, March 17 Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 2:58 p.m., an emergency medical service at 611 Terry. At 8:03 p.m., a smoke complaint at 1500 Themis. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 5:48 a.m., a motor vehicle accident and emergency medical service at Interstate 55, mile marker 96...
    Out of the past 3/17/03 (03/17/03)
    10 years ago: March 17, 1993 From doorknobs to bathrooms and ramps to elevators, meeting federal requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act will prove costly for Southeast Missouri State University; it's estimated it will cost $1,030,000 over two-year period to make all improvements needed for school's academic buildings and academic-supported facilities to meet federal requirements...
    By their words, we know them (03/17/03)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- President Dwight Eisenhower, 1953: "All of us have heard this term 'preventive war' since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that is about the first time I heard it. In this day and time, I don't believe there is such a thing; and frankly, I would never listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing."...
    Get serious about Air Force rape reports (03/17/03)
    It's a shocking accusation against some of the most elite of U.S. military forces: Air Force officials say there have been at least 54 allegations of rape or sexual assault over the past 10 years at their academy outside Colorado Springs. To put the numbers in perspective, there are only 4,000 students a year at the academy, and less than a quarter of those are female...
    Science fair projects hold bright promise (03/17/03)
    One day last week, 150 science projects packed the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, their nervous creators standing by many of them to explain their conclusions to tough judges. The topics covered everything from behavioral science to zoology. There were special awards for aerospace research, geosciences, meteorology and optics...
    Anesthesiologist assistants would be good addition (03/17/03)
    To the editor: Recently, the Southeast Missourian printed a letter, "Bills would lower state standards for anesthesiology," from nurse anesthetist Melanie Dillard. The bills in question, House Bill 390 and Senate Bill 300, would allow the licensing of anesthesiologist assistants in Missouri. We are compelled to tell the other side of this story...
    Constituents offer better solutions than Sen. Talent (03/17/03)
    To the editor: Think. Don't be duped by covert political agendas. There has never been any credible evidence linking Iraq to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Regarding links between Iraq and terrorism in general, a growing number of U.S. senators and representatives, privy to the information U.S. ...
    Speak Out 3/17/03 (03/17/03)
    Ending the taxes I'M WITH the chamber of commerce on its endorsement of the Cape Girardeau tax issues. How can the city officials and council assure me that the taxes will go away at some point? If they can assure me of that, then I vote yes. Purse is returned...
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