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Students have field day at math event (04/09/03)
Quick: If the probability of having pizza is three out of five and the probability of having a pep rally is one out of eight, what is the probability of having no pep rally and no pizza? There was only one place in Cape Girardeau Tuesday where that question wouldn't have drawn blank stares...
Pocahontas OKs sewer bonds (04/09/03)
Residents in Pocahontas want a sewer -- apparently very badly. Voters in the village approved a $500,000 bond issue for a sewer project by a 30-1 margin Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Forty-eight percent of the 65 registered voters there showed up at the polls, by far the largest percent of any district or township in the county...
County averages 16 percent turnout (04/09/03)
Sixteen percent of Cape Girardeau County's registered voters went to the polls Tuesday, an election highlighted by Cape Girardeau's four tax and fee issues. Some said the turnout was about what they expected, while others say it was lower. County Clerk Rodney Miller sided with the latter...
Semi leak causes rest-area evacuation (04/09/03)
A suspected hazardous materials spill drew responders from six different emergency agencies Tuesday afternoon to Interstate 55's northbound rest area, near the Oak Ridge exit. A corrosive fluid, later determined to be less than 5 gallons of a concentrated floor cleaner, leaked out of a semitrailer parked at the rest stop. ...
Woman, incumbent win seats in Jackson voting (04/09/03)
The only female candidate and an incumbent will fill the two vacancies on the Jackson School Board for the next three years. Cathy Goodman pulled in the highest number of votes in Tuesday's election, getting 803 votes, or 31.9 percent of voters. With the second-highest vote total of 657 votes -- or 26.1 percent -- incumbent Brent Wills won his second term on the school board...
Trial date set in January shooting (04/09/03)
A trial date was set in Mississippi County for the Cape Girardeau teen charged with shooting a woman in the back. Zatron R. Twiggs, 17, was in court Tuesday for a criminal setting. He will face a jury trial Aug. 25 on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action...
Cape tax issues defeated soundly by voters (04/09/03)
Voters soundly rejected Cape Girardeau's four tax and fee issues on Tuesday, leaving frustrated city officials to worry about trying to make do with a tight budget. "The people have spoken loud and clear," said Mayor Jay Knudtson after watching the ballot measures go down to defeat in precinct after precinct by wide margins...
Area Head Start gets $1.7 million (04/09/03)
The Department of Health and Human Services has approved $7.3 million in federal funds for Missouri Head Start programs. East Missouri Action Agency Inc. will receive $1,737,283 in federal dollars. Since its organization in 1965, it has served Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Washington counties. In 2001, it provided services for more than 7,000 low-income families...
Photograph of Jackson soldier gives mother hope (04/09/03)
The photo meant only one thing to Kathy James: Her son, an Army soldier fighting in Iraq, was still alive. "Wonderful," said the Jackson resident tearfully. "Absolutely wonderful." An Associated Press photo posted on the Internet Tuesday shows Pfc. Joshua Butler, also of Jackson, guarding a blown-in window of a presidential palace in Baghdad...
Club news 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
Editor's note: Please submit your club news information either typed or printed. It is sometimes very difficult to make out people's names. Please use members' first and last names instead of formal titles. For instance, Jane Smith, not Mrs. John Smith. Thank you...
FBI investigates St. Louis crash (04/09/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A charter jet crashed into the Mississippi River in St. Louis near the downtown McKinley Bridge Tuesday night, injuring the two men aboard. Both were rescued and taken to a hospital, where one was listed in critical condition and the other in serious condition...
Bad hair day prompts lawsuit (04/09/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A woman is suing a suburban St. Louis hair salon, claiming failed work on her hair evolved into depression, counseling and a job loss. Geremie Hoff is suing the Elizabeth Arden's Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue in Plaza Frontenac, where she went in August 2001 to get her hair straightened or relaxed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday...
Senate OKs nursing home reform bill (04/09/03)
DON FRAZIER * dfrazier@semissourian.com Charlie Griffith of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources adjusted the straps to his respirator before investigating a leak of corrosive chemicals from the tractor-trailer parked at the Interstate 55 rest stop north of Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. A photo gallery of the incident can be seen at semissourian.com.By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian...
Columbia rejects marijuana idea (04/09/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A proposition to soften penalties for marijuana possession and allow pot by prescription in this college town was being rejected by voters Tuesday. With roughly half the votes counted, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said about 56 percent were opposing Proposition 1. Vote counting was slowed by a problem requiring inspection by hand of ballots in an unrelated county race, she said...
Ridge wants more anti-terrorism money for states most at risk (04/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration wants to change the way federal security money is allocated so more flows to the states facing the greatest threat of terrorist attack, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday. Ridge said the administration will propose changing the formula for dispersing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal aid, which now go to states on a population basis. ...
Officials- Gas prices likely to continue declining (04/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- After falling nearly a dime in three weeks, gasoline prices are expected to keep sliding to a national average of $1.56 a gallon this summer thanks to lower oil prices and optimism about the war in Iraq, the government says. The Energy Department's statistical agency revised its price forecast sharply downward Tuesday to reflect the recent fall in crude oil prices. But it also warned of uncertainties that could cause prices of both crude oil and gasoline to rebound...
Postal rates won't increase for three years (04/09/03)
WASHINGTON -- Americans will get a three-year reprieve from higher postal rates under legislation that allows the Postal Service to save billions of dollars that would have otherwise gone into pension payments. The bill, which would require the Postal Service to keep stamp prices at current levels until 2006, passed 424-0 by the House Tuesday and now goes to President Bush for his expected signature. The Senate passed the bill last week...
Colorado to become first state with public school vouchers sinc (04/09/03)
DENVER -- Colorado will soon become the first state with public school vouchers since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared such programs constitutional. Republican Gov. Bill Owens is expected to sign a bill into law this month that will allow public schools to pay private or religious schools to educate low-income children. Other states, including Texas and Louisiana, are considering similar plans...
GM pulls plug on electric vehicles (04/09/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When General Motors charged up its first electric-powered vehicle in the late 1980s, it was heralded as the "car of the future." California officials saw it as salvation for their smog-choked cities and quickly made the new technology the centerpiece of their toughest-in-the-nation emissions rules...
Study finds self-esteem of obese children below that of peers (04/09/03)
CHICAGO -- A study has found a startling level of despair among obese children, with many rating their quality of life as low as that of young cancer patients on chemotherapy. The research published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association offers a sobering glimpse of what life is like for many obese youngsters nationwide. They are teased about their size, have trouble playing sports and suffer physical ailments linked to their weight...
Nation briefs 04/09/03 (04/09/03)
CDC getting record number of calls on SARS WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is receiving a record number of phone calls from members of the public concerning severe acute respiratory syndrome, the new contagious disease that has spread from Asia to the United States and elsewhere...
Bank tellers give robber the slips (04/09/03)
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Police say they aren't sure what charge is appropriate for a man arrested after tellers laughed him out of a bank he apparently tried to rob. The man entered a branch of the Bank of America about 10 a.m. Monday, with a trash bag in one hand and the other in a pocket, authorities said...
Two staff dead in shooting at Boston hospital (04/09/03)
BOSTON -- A man and a woman who worked at Massachusetts General Hospital were shot to death in an office Tuesday, and police said they were alone at the time. Authorities would not say whether it was a murder-suicide, but police spokeswoman Mariellen Burns said investigators don't believe anyone else was involved and were not seeking suspects. She said several shots were fired from a handgun found in the office...
Thais halting cremation as precaution with SARS (04/09/03)
HONG KONG -- Panicky Thai residents and some medical personnel blocked the cremation of a Hong Kong man who had died of SARS in Thailand, while health officials here warned Tuesday that the crisis could worsen even as new infections in China's Guangdong province have tapered off...
Court reaffirms test-tube screening (04/09/03)
LONDON -- Couples can screen their test-tube embryos to ensure the baby's tissue provides a match to help cure a sick sibling, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling by the Court of Appeal in London is the latest step in a 16-month-long legal battle between Britain's fertility regulator and an anti-abortion group, which claims such screening could lead to the creation of designer babies for spare body parts...
As Saddam's regime crumbles, so does his image (04/09/03)
NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- He made an icon out of himself over the years, systematically imposing his face on murals, statues, endless portraits across the land he ruled. Now, as Saddam Hussein's regime crumbles, the Iraqi president's images are falling, too...
Allied forces solidify control around Iraq (04/09/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. forces battled the tattered remnants of Iraq's army for control of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, crushing a counterattack and seizing a military airport. Inside the capital to stay, some Army units routed Iraqi fighters from a Republican Guard headquarters. Others discovered a 12-room complex inside a cave, complete with white marble floors, 10-foot ceilings and fluorescent lighting...
Iraqi minister of information denies coalition's success (04/09/03)
DOHA, Qatar -- The television pictures of U.S. tanks in Baghdad seemed undeniable, but Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's spokesman denied them anyway -- with his usual flair for insult. "There is no presence of American infidels in the city of Baghdad," Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf asserted outside Baghdad's Palestine Hotel on Monday...
Israeli air force strikes Gaza target (04/09/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An Israeli warplane fired a missile at a car in Gaza City after sundown Tuesday, killing at least five people -- including a Palestinian militant -- in the first Israeli airstrike in Palestinian territory since the war in Iraq began...
Killing called Milosevic-related plot (04/09/03)
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- The killing of Serbia's premier was orchestrated by a shadowy group that wanted to replace the pro-Western government with allies of Slobodan Milosevic, investigators said Tuesday. The group behind Zoran Djindjic's March 12 killing -- called the "Hague Brotherhood" -- hoped the assassination would create widespread chaos and planned to follow with a coup against Serbia's government, the officials said on condition of anonymity...
N. Korea's subdued demeanor surprises (04/09/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has surprised many by hunkering down instead of taking advantage of Washington's preoccupation with Iraq to further its nuclear ambitions on the Korean Peninsula. The subdued behavior leaves observers wondering: Does this signify a change in North Korean diplomacy? Or is Pyongyang just waiting for the Iraq war to end before pushing the standoff further -- or bringing it to a close?...
Stray rocket hits southwestern portion of Iran, kills teenager (04/09/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran reacted angrily Tuesday after a stray rocket struck its territory near the Iraqi border, killing an Iranian teenager. It was the third time Iranian territory has been hit by a rocket since U.S.-led troops went to war in Iraq. The rocket had "apparently been fired by U.S.-led coalition planes," said Mohammad Kianoush-Rad, who represents Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province, in the Iranian parliament...
Swift push put U.S. troops in Baghdad (04/09/03)
and Ellen Knickmeyer ~ The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Col. David Perkins studied the 200-yard concrete and steel bridge at Hindiyah, unfazed by the Iraqi soldiers shooting at him from the other side of the Euphrates. No, he told his men, this bridge wasn't worth taking...
Bomb site searched; no sign of Saddam yet (04/09/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A young woman's severed head and torso and a small boy's body were pulled Tuesday from a smoking crater carved into the earth by four U.S. bombs, so powerful they yanked orange trees from their roots. But there was no sign of the man those bombs were aimed at: Saddam Hussein...
Thies keeps Bulldogs cold for a Central shutout (04/09/03)
Central left-hander John Thies made sure the Notre Dame bats were like the weather Tuesday at Tiger Field. Cold and breezy. With temperatures in the 40s throughout the game, Thies hurled a three-hit shutout at the visiting Bulldogs. The senior was in complete control from the outset, striking out 14 batters without a walk and not allowing any of the three Bulldog runners past second base...
Scott City forfeits 5 games after 11 players suspended (04/09/03)
Scott City's baseball team will forfeit five games after 11 team members began a two-week suspension Tuesday for violating school guidelines involving alcohol at a post-prom party Saturday. The baseball team members were among more than two dozen athletes suspended, which also included members of the track and softball teams. Those teams will continue as scheduled...
Bell City senior leaves his mark on Cubs program (04/09/03)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Not many players can make a scoreboard resemble the fast-changing numbers of a pinball machine. But over Eric Henry's four years at Bell City, the scoring pace was fast and steady. When it came to scoring, he was a pinball wizard...
McDowell lifts Jackson to a shutout (04/09/03)
Austin McDowell threw a complete-game shutout and Jackson took advantage of seven Chaffee errors to win 5-0 in a SEMO Conference baseball game at Chaffee Tuesday. McDowell scattered six hits over seven innings. Jake Carter and McDowell both had two hits for Jackson (2-3), which finished with five hits...
First-game rally, dominant finale pad Indians' streak (04/09/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team used an unusual seventh-inning rally in the opener and dominant pitching by Jon Nourie in the finale to sweep a doubleheader Tuesday and extend its winning streak. The Indians defeated host Lipscomb 5-2 and 6-2 in a pair of seven-inning contests as they pushed their victory string to 12 games and improved their record to 15-8. The Bisons fell to 11-24...
area digest 4/10 (04/09/03)
Southeast softball splitsCHARLESTON, ILL. -- Southeast Missouri State University and host Eastern Illinois split an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader Wednesday, the Otahkians losing the opener 1-0 and winning the finale 7-6. The Otahkians are 8-19 overall and 4-3 in OVC play. The Panthers are 6-23 and 1-6...
Huskies overcome Tennessee, repeat as women's champ (04/09/03)
ATLANTA -- Diana Taurasi tormented Tennessee yet again, and Connecticut proved it could rebuild -- and still repeat. Leading a young team that had four new starters, Taurasi ignored the sore back and ankle that have bothered her for several weeks and carried Connecticut to a 73-68 victory over Tennessee on Tuesday night for its second straight national championship...
Southeast softball splits with EIU (04/09/03)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Southeast Missouri State University and host Eastern Illinois split an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader Wednesday, the Otahkians losing the opener 1-0 and winning the finale 7-6. The Otahkians are 8-19 overall and 4-3 in OVC play. The Panthers are 6-23 and 1-6...
Martinez more comfortable during second season in NL (04/09/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A year in the National League has done wonders for Tino Martinez's outlook. The Cardinals' first baseman, known for his clutch hitting with the Yankees and Mariners, was a disappointment last season. Replacing the retired Mark McGwire was a difficult task for Martinez, who started pressing in spring training and never found a groove even though fans instantly fell in love with him, often chanting "Tino! Tino!" during his at-bats...
The familiar Masters question- Can anybody dethrone Tiger? (04/09/03)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Some things about the Masters never change. As usual, Tiger Woods was first off the tee Tuesday morning when the rain relented at Augusta National, the first time he has played the course since he walked away last April wearing his green jacket...
Area digest 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
Southeast softball visits Eastern Illinois today Southeast Missouri State University's softball team will try to stay in the upper part of the Ohio Valley Conference standings today when the Otahkians visit Eastern Illinois for a 2 p.m. doubleheader...
FanFare 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Darryl Strawberry smiled, hugged his wife, thanked a guard and drove away from prison Tuesday, beginning what his lawyer hopes will be a drug-free life. The eight-time All-Star was released from Gainesville Correctional Institution after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence for violating probation on cocaine possession charges...
  • Going Italian - Authentic trips for stay-at-homes (04/09/03)
    NEW YORK -- Problem: You can't make a trip to Italy right now. You've tried everything on the menu at the neighborhood trattoria. You still dream of Italian food. There's a solution a whole crowd of food writers is begging you to notice. Take shameless advantage of the research and experience they want to share with you, browse through their books...
    Perched on the patio (04/09/03)
    The coordinated design approach applied to interiors has moved outside. By David Bradley * The Associated Press Picture this: You settle into your most comfortable chair after a long day, and as you chat with family or friends while sipping a cool beverage, listening to soothing tunes and smelling the aroma of freshly cooked food filling the air...
    Tilapia with saffron broccoli and potatoes (04/09/03)
    The main-course fish recipe that follows, along with its vegetable sides, are definitely a breeze to prepare -- they take only minutes. It's gratifying to know they have a bonus advantage. They are from a cookbook from the American Diabetes Association, "Mix 'n Match Meals in Minutes" by Linda Gassenheimer. That means not only do they meet the needs of diabetics, but the nutritional information provided helps others find low-fat or low-calorie dishes to suit a variety of diet plans...
    Sharing a few sugar-free dessert recipes (04/09/03)
    smcclanahan When I went to check what mail had come in last week, a strange thing happened. I opened the first envelope, and it was a request from Barbara Bower of Cape Girardeau wanting recipes for diabetics and sugar-free dessert recipes. I thought that was a great request and was excited about exploring new territory. ...
    Clarice Wills (04/09/03)
    COBDEN, Ill. -- Clarice Wills, 85, of Cobden died Monday, April 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill. She was born May 27, 1917, in Lee County, Ky., daughter of Coleman and Rosa Smallwood Howell. She and Gilbert L. Wills were married in 1934, in Lee County. He died March 7, 1961...
    James Sullenger (04/09/03)
    James Edward Sullenger, 82, of Paducah, Ky., died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. He was the son of Charles Frank "C.F." and Minnie Bessie Carter Sullenger. He was a retired operator and manager of several clubs. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge 127, and Shriner Oriental Band...
    Charlotte Crouch (04/09/03)
    Charlotte R. Crouch, 60, of Laredo, Texas, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital of Laredo. She was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Chester and Hannah Rumsfelt Cotner. She and Howard R. Crouch were married June 21, 1970, in Taneyville, Mo...
    Johnny Nimmo (04/09/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Johnny Eugene Nimmo, 72, of Sikeston died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 27, 1931, at Morehouse, Mo., son of John Luther and Jenny Catherine Frazier Nimmo. He and Barbara Jane Woods were married Jan. 10, 1949, at Dexter, Mo...
    Charlotte Mims (04/09/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charlotte Keller Mims, 45, of Perryville died Monday, April 7, 2003, at her home. She was born June 6, 1957, at Kewanee, Mo., daughter of Harold and Barbara Gates Mims. Mims was a certified chemist. She worked at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., 27 years. She was currently employed at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville...
    Oma Unger (04/09/03)
    Oma D. Unger, 87, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 25, 1916, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Joe and Frieda Wills Cobble. She and Robert E. "Bob" Unger were married Aug. 30, 1933. He passed away March 26, 1985...
    Evelyn Townes (04/09/03)
    Evelyn Townes, 88, of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at The Arbors. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Births 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
    Cook Daughter to Jason Lee and Meghan Danielle Cook of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:35 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2003. Name, Addison Marie. Weight, 8 pounds 4 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Cook is the former Meghan Cronk, daughter of George and Jeri Cronk of Glenallen, Mo., and Sheryl and Darnell Poynter of Bardstown, Ky. Cook is the son of Randy and Connie Cook of Scopus, Mo...
    Fire report 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, April 9 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 4:22 p.m., alarm sounding at 3122 Dogwood. At 5:44 p.m., emergency medical service at 334 S. Fountain. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 12:55 a.m., emergency medical service at New Madrid and Henderson...
    Cape, Jackson police report 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
    Cape Girardeau Wednesday, April 9 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Edward B. Pierce, 47, of 1258 Linden, Apt. 1, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, failure to drive in a single lane and failure to wear a seat belt...
    Out of the past 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
    10 years ago: April 9, 1993 Funding for new building for College of Business -- long considered major capital priority for Southeast Missouri State University -- is included in capital improvements budget approved by Missouri House of Representatives this week; but final funding for $13 million project is still long way from reality...
    Soldiers' conduct makes everyday issues seem trivial (04/09/03)
    Watching and reading about our young men and women who are in harm's way makes some of the everyday issues we all face seem rather trivial. Where do they get young men like this? Military blogger L.T. Smash recounts a televised vignette that requires no further comment:...
    Impressions of the war in Iraq- Week III (04/09/03)
    After three weeks of war in Iraq, many Americans still seek every shred of news and information they can from the news media and the Internet. Those who monitor events minute by minute are struck by the amount of detailed information that has been available since the first bombing strikes in Baghdad. Here are other impressions:...
    Comics should entertain instead of causing fear (04/09/03)
    To the editor: In the April 6 Sunday comics, "Slylock Fox" was very inappropriate. It depicts Slylock Fox strapped down in a chair with a device strapped to his head. My 4-year-old came to me with pain and fear in his eyes, pointing to the comic and asking, "Why are they hurting him?" It took me a few minutes to reassure him that Slylock Fox was not really being hurt...
    Jackson PD has qualified person within its ranks (04/09/03)
    To the editor: It is with great disappointment that I read the recent article concerning the candidates for Jackson police chief. I am sure all three finalists are among the highest quality of law enforcement talent, but I find it difficult to believe the review committee failed to take a serious look at the current operations captain, Robert Hull Jr. ...
    Prayers guide us better than common sense (04/09/03)
    To the editor: A friend sent me a letter sent to your paper from an intelligent fellow with an amusing style lamenting the death of common sense. This letter got a spot on the editorial page of an out-of-state paper. It seemed to be a complaining about the failure of ethics in the United States. What is common sense? How is it achieved?...
    Speak Out 4/9/03 (04/09/03)
    Prosecute litterers WHAT ABOUT those who litter? Many want prisoners to clean up the trash littered on highways. Some want school children. Some suggest state employees. Others suggest someone adopt a section of highway. Why not prosecute those who litter the roads? Let's punish these uncaring, lawbreaking slobs who care nothing for our countryside. If you see someone litter, report the license number...
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