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Two injured in weekend accidents (04/21/03)
A Chaffee, Mo., man and Cape Girardeau woman were both injured in one-vehicle accidents over the weekend, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Earl Obermann, 51, was eastbound in a 1997 Mercury one mile west of Chaffee on Saturday when he ran off the roadway down an embankment and came to a stop in a water-filled creek, the patrol said. He was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 4/21/03 (04/21/03)
Monday, April 21 7 p.m. City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) An ordinance approving the record plat of St. Jude's First Subdivision. An ordinance approving the record plat of Clarkton Place Subdivision Phase Six...
Charter Communications closing call center in Sikeston (04/21/03)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- As of July 10, there will be even fewer jobs in Sikeston. Dave Huntsman, general manager for Charter Communications in Sikeston, confirmed Charter Communications' call center in Sikeston will close. The call center operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week, providing service for over 150 cities in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois...
Patrol seeking truck suspected of causing accidents (04/21/03)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is seeking the whereabouts of a pickup truck suspected of being the cause of two accidents over the weekend. Sgt. Larry Plunkett of the Missouri State Highway Patrol described the vehicle as a red Ford pickup truck pulling a black utility trailer carrying split firewood...
Military news 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
Soldier serving with Rangers in Middle East U.S. Army Spec. Matthew D. Herrmann is serving with the Army Rangers currently deployed in the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Herrmann is the son of Dennis and Sue Herrmann of Creve Coeur and is married to the former Heather Hungerford of Savannah, Ga. He is the grandson of Elly Herrmann of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Arthur A. Herrmann, longtime residents of Cape Girardeau...
Community Q&A 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
  • Name: Kathy Bertrand Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Husband, David; two sons, Adam, age 23, and Benjamin, age 18. Job: Senior commercial lender, US Bank What do you like most about the area? It's hard to pick one particular thing. ...
  • Central High academic team preparing for state tournament (04/21/03)
    MSHSAA Academic Competition Team Who: Central High School What: 4-A State Tournament When: May 10 Where: Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo. By Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian It's 2:30 p.m., and while most Central High School students have already gone home, a small group of juniors and seniors gather in a classroom to answer questions about everything from Ohm's Law to the poem "Ozymandias."...
    Community briefs 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Graduate student at Southeast Missouri State University, Brian Kohlberg, is among the many volunteers appreciated by the Area Wide United Way. In celebration Community Volunteer Month the United Way aims to encourage others to follow their lead in reaching out to help others through volunteerism. Parents as Teachers to hold book fair...
    Scott County coroner, deputy receive Dix award (04/21/03)
    Jerry L. Goin, Chief Deputy Coroner of Scott County.Southeast Missourian Scott County Coroner Scott C. Amick and Jerry L. Goin, chief deputy coroner of Scott County, were recently given the Dr. Jay Dix Memorial Award from Mid-America Transplant Services of St. Louis...
    Appreciation brunch set for May 3 (04/21/03)
    Submitted photo Fonda Temple, Early Head Start teacher at Southeast Missouri State University, recently received a gift basket for recognition of her dedication in working with young children at an annual Provider Appreciation Brunch. The gift basket was donated by Generations at Southeast Missouri Hospital.Southeast Missourian...
    United Way spotlights volunteer (04/21/03)
    Graduate student at Southeast Missouri State University, Brian Kohlberg, is among the many volunteers appreciatefd by the Area Wide United Way. In celebration of Community Volunteer Month, the United Way aims to encourage others to follow their lead in reaching out to help others through volunteerism. Southeast Missourian...
    Dozens attend morning Easter service in downtown Cape (04/21/03)
    They gathered before dawn Sunday to celebrate renewal and hope and joy found in a risen savior. And Takashi Yamada was among the crowd at First Presbyterian Church to worship Easter morning. About 70 people were at the church for the annual service sponsored by the Downtown Council of Churches...
    Saxony high school opens $4.5 million capital campaign (04/21/03)
    Southeast Missourian Area Lutherans are a step closer to realizing their dream of a new facility for Saxony Lutheran High School. The school announced its "Christ the Cornerstone" capital campaign Sunday to 22 congregations in Southeast Missouri...
    Cape to make skateboard park (04/21/03)
    The city of Cape Girardeau is rolling ahead with plans to turn abandoned tennis courts into a skateboard park. The two fenced, former tennis courts in mostly unused Missouri Park at Fountain Street and Park Drive will be converted through the addition of various ramps. The project is funded by a $15,000 donation from the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimists...
    Jackson considers raising fee for general contractor license (04/21/03)
    That guy pounding his hammer on your roof ... are you sure he's not a plumber? In Jackson, there's no way to tell for sure, at least going by the type of license issued by the city. City officials are looking into raising general contractor's license fees in hopes of discouraging people from doing work outside their field of expertise...
    Cape Girardeau School Board agenda 4/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Monday,April 21 6 p.m. 301 N. Clark St. On the agenda: Approval of board policies Approval of classified salary schedule Accept proposal for radio consultant services Approval of change to 2003-04 school calendar Approval of CSR grant Approval of Central Junior High cafeteria renovation...
    Man killed when car hits house (04/21/03)
    NEWTONIA, Mo. -- A Joplin man was killed when the car in which he was riding struck a house, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Michael Strain, 31, was a passenger in the car driven by Derrick Crosby, 23, also of Joplin, the patrol said. The car was eastbound Saturday on Highway 86 at Newtonia when it left the road and struck a house, the patrol said...
    Unity Village celebrates power of prayer (04/21/03)
    UNITY VILLAGE, Mo. -- It's a little piece of the Riviera in eastern Jackson County. With its stuccoed walls and Mediterranean red-tile roofs, the 1,400-acre Unity Village complex, just northwest of Lee's Summit, looks little like the working farm and orchard it once was...
    Woman may go to death row (04/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a female defendant charged in a woman's brutal stabbing death three years ago. If found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, 23-year-old Charaty White would be only the sixth woman condemned since Missouri reinstated capital punishment in 1977...
    People talk 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Next season may be last for 'Raymond' LAS VEGAS -- Emmy award winning comedian Ray Romano is hinting next season, the ninth, may be the last for his "Everybody Loves Raymond." Answering a question on how he keeps the TV series fresh and original, Romano joked: "You stop after one more year."...
    'Anger Management' holds on to its box-office punch (04/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- "Anger Management" kept its grip on the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second weekend. The Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson comedy took in $25.6 million in ticket sales, giving it a 10-day total of $80.3 million. That means it should hit $100 million by next weekend and does not face serious competition from new films until May 2, when "X2: X-Men United" opens, said Tom Sherak, a partner in Revolution Studios, which produced "Anger Management" for Sony...
    Bush - 'Good chance' of diplomacy with Pyongyang (04/21/03)
    CRAWFORD, Texas -- Days ahead of scheduled talks with North Korea, President Bush on Sunday gave diplomatic pressure a "good chance" of succeeding in coaxing Pyongang to end its tension-producing nuclear weapons programs. Along with the United States, regional neighbors China, Japan and South Korea are opposed to a nuclear-armed North Korea. Bush cited that unanimity of purpose -- if not of strategy -- as reason for optimism...
    Police standoff ends after girl released, couple slain (04/21/03)
    REHRERSBURG, Pa. -- A teenage girl abducted after her uncle broke into her family's home and killed her parents was released unharmed Sunday after a police chase. Her uncle was later arrested following a four-hour standoff. Robert Lee Hixson, 42, surrendered to police at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday, state police trooper Raymond J. Albert said. He had released his 13-year-old niece Hadley Bilger at around 11:30 a.m...
    Bush claims Syria is 'getting the message' (04/21/03)
    CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush applauded signs Sunday that Syria is beginning to heed American demands for cooperation against Saddam Hussein's defunct regime. Lowering U.S. rhetoric that had led to speculation that Syria could become Bush's next military target, the president focused on diplomacy as a way to contain Syria...
    Suspect in pregnant wife's death possessed $10,000 at arrest (04/21/03)
    MODESTO, Calif. -- Scott Peterson was carrying $10,000 when detectives arrested him about 30 miles from the Mexico border on suspicion of killing his pregnant wife, a law enforcement official said Sunday. Hours later, authorities would announce that DNA tests showed two bodies found on the shore near San Francisco were his wife, Laci, missing since Dec. 23, and their unborn son...
    Nation briefs 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Reports: Shuttle program manager to resign HOUSTON -- The man in charge of NASA's space shuttle program, who was one of the agency's most recognized faces following the destruction of the shuttle Columbia, will soon resign, according to published reports...
    Key developments in Iraq 4/21/03 (04/21/03)
  • The Marines pulled out of Baghdad on Sunday, heading to southern Iraq to take up new positions. The Army's 3rd Infantry, 4th Armored and 101st Airborne Divisions will control Baghdad and the northern half of the country, unit commanders said. Soldiers in Baghdad met with community leaders Sunday and discussed security concerns. A U.S.-run radio station -- Information Radio -- read a statement announcing an 11 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew in Baghdad...
  • Feds try to gauge damage by alleged double agent (04/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Katrina Leung was a Republican political activist, a prominent Southern California businesswoman and an FBI informer paid $1.7 million for her work and expenses over two decades. It was in the latter role, authorities allege, that she developed sexual relationships with two FBI counterintelligence agents and stole U.S. secrets for the Chinese government...
    Neighbors - U.S. strike just missed Saddam's entourage (04/21/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein's entourage hid out in the home of a former family bodyguard for much of the U.S.-led air war, fleeing only when a bunker-busting bomb meant for the Iraqi leader struck a block away, residents told The Associated Press on Sunday...
    Man accused of killing missionaries says he was defending Islam (04/21/03)
    JIBLA, Yemen -- A Yemeni man with suspected al-Qaida links told a court Sunday that he killed three American missionaries to defend Islam, believing they were sterilizing Muslim women and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, 30, said he moved from the capital of San'a to this city 125 miles south after he heard about missionaries working in Jibla at a Southern Baptist-run hospital...
    Mass funeral held for Palestinians killed in Israeli raid (04/21/03)
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- More than 15,000 mourners waving rifles and Palestinian flags crowded the streets of Rafah Sunday to bury five Palestinians killed during a late-night Israeli military operation in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The violence came as Palestinian leaders tried to find a compromise that would allow Palestinian prime minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas to win parliament approval for his Cabinet by Wednesday's deadline...
    World briefs 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    South Korea agrees to talks with North Korea SEOUL, South Korea -- Today, South Korea accepted a North Korean proposal to hold Cabinet-level talks in Pyongyang at the end of the month, ahead of multilaterial talks in China to discuss the North's suspected nuclear weapons programs...
    China fires health minister, Beijing mayor, cancels holiday (04/21/03)
    BEIJING -- Jolted by a jump in SARS deaths and a tenfold increase in infections in Beijing alone, China's Communist Party stripped the health minister and the capital's mayor of power Sunday. It also canceled an annual weeklong holiday for tens of millions of people to keep them from traveling and curb the spread of the disease...
    Top science official, Saddam's son-in-law in custody (04/21/03)
    American forces and an allied Iraqi opposition group said Sunday they had taken a top Iraqi science official and Saddam Hussein's son-in-law into custody, developments that could spur the search for the vanished leader and his banned weapons arsenal. Celebrating Easter, a longtime Baghdad bishop pleaded for safeguards against religious persecution in the new Iraq...
    Iraqis feel awe, anger at lifestyles of Saddam's family (04/21/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The blacksmith paused from his looting of the palace to gape at a door a foot thick, and at the empty, marble-lined safe inside. "This safe is as big as the room I rent, and I live there with my wife and two children," said Ahmed Hamza, 28. "I thought the rumors were exaggerated, but these people lived in a different world."...
    Serbian official says police know who killed prime minister (04/21/03)
    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Twelve people are believed to have carried out last month's assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, including a former deputy paramilitary commander linked to Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia's interior minister said in an interview published Sunday...
    Central bounces back with two tourney wins (04/21/03)
    Central shored up its defense and bounced back to finish the 20-team Trojan Classic baseball tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a pair of wins Saturday. The Tigers, who went 2-3 in the tournament and are 8-6 overall, rolled past host squad Soddy-Daisy (Tenn.) 11-2 and rallied past Memphis (Tenn.) Fairley 11-8...
    Athletes sparkle in Kansas (04/21/03)
    Led by first-place finishes from Hannah Stuckenschneider and Meleisa Greene, Southeast Missouri State University's track and field teams battled the elements to turn in numerous standout performances during the Kansas Relays held over the weekend in Lawrence, Kan...
    Love captures MCI Heritage (04/21/03)
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- There must be something special about that Harbour Town lighthouse for Davis Love III. Love chipped in on the final hole to force a playoff, then hit the flagstick with his approach on the fourth extra hole -- the famous 18th with a candy-cane striped lighthouse in the background -- to defeat Woody Austin and win his fifth MCI Heritage on Sunday...
    Diamondbacks silence Cardinals 1-0 (04/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A day after his first save in two seasons, Matt Mantei overwhelmed the St. Louis Cardinals. The Arizona Diamondbacks' closer struck out three of the last four batters, hitting 100 mph on the team's radar gun on the final pitch to Mike Matheny, to preserve a 1-0 victory Sunday...
    Self likely will coach Jayhawks (04/21/03)
    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self arrived on Kansas' campus and joined basketball players for a meal Sunday amid reports that he agreed to leave Illinois and coach the Jayhawks. Kansas scheduled a news conference for today at 1 p.m. to "introduce its men's basketball coach."...
    Vancouver staves off elimination (04/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- The first-round playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks has quickly gone from lopsided to a toss-up. Markus Naslund had a goal and two assists as the Canucks staved off elimination for the second straight game, beating the Blues 4-3 Sunday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the first-round playoff series...
    U.S. women have shot in Boston (04/21/03)
    BOSTON -- The 1983 Boston Marathon was dubbed "Joanie's Record Run": Joan Benoit shattered the world record and set a course record she held for almost 20 years. In the time since, though, that race has been cited for another, less celebratory, distinction...
    Grieving Schumacher wins in Italy (04/21/03)
    IMOLA, Italy -- Michael Schumacher knew this day would have meant so much to his mother: Ferrari fans lining the track as he won a Formula One race for the first time this year. This day, however, was one of mourning for Schumacher and his brother, Ralf...
    Jordan's fabulous legacy remains safe and sound (04/21/03)
    I still have a poster commemorating Michael Jordan's second retirement. I guess it's time to take down the Sticky Tak and get a new poster. It's a great poster, though. There's a classic shot of him smiling late in a game he's dominating. You can tell because there's more sweat than a Gatorade commercial and it's rolling of him like Niagara. But that was when Jordan was MJ and he was playing for 'da Bulls...
    DED chief - Sky not falling on economy (04/21/03)
    Last week, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce declared a state of emergency after a U.S. Department of Labor report said Missouri led the country in job losses last year. OK. I can see their point. Missouri did lose 78,000 jobs in 2002, more than any other state. Here in Southeast Missouri, we saw several of those jobs vanish, too...
    Western classic 'Shane' celebrates 50th (04/21/03)
    JACKSON, Wyo. -- Of the millions of tourists who visit this mountain resort each year for the granite peaks of Grand Teton National Park and bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, a few hundred come for something else. They come to see where the Starrett's homestead cabin sat or where a wounded Shane rode off into the sunset...
    Last manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony goes up for sale (04/21/03)
    LONDON -- Beethoven's final manuscript of the Ninth Symphony, marked with the composer's revisions and insults to the copyist who produced it, could fetch up to $4.6 million at a sale in London next month. "This is one of the greatest works ever written by man, and it isn't likely there will be another complete Beethoven manuscript up for sale ever again; the rest are lost or in libraries," Stephen Roe, Sotheby's head of manuscripts, said Tuesday...
    Junk bond funds draw cash, but the risks remain (04/21/03)
    NEW YORK -- Stung by the stock market's volatility, investors are pouring record amounts of cash into high-yield junk bond funds. While advisers say these funds may offer short-term promise, they caution investors against blindly seeking higher returns without gauging the risks...
    U.S. flour consumption hits record low (04/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The popular low-carbohydrate Atkins diet has helped millions of people lose pounds, but U.S. grain farmers think the weight is coming off their wallets, not their bellies. Countless Americans have been attracted to the diet developed by Dr. Robert C. Atkins because, contrary to the medical establishment's low-fat, high-carbohydrate mantra, it allows people to eat fat. People become overweight, Atkins said, because they consume refined carbohydrates that their bodies can't use...
    Small pork producers take on big corporate farm (04/21/03)
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo. -- The kill room at Ozark Mountain Pork is small: three hogs strung up by their feet, three men eviscerating them. Amidst the blood and entrails, it is also intimate, as each man follows a pig through the dance of slaughter. Russ Kremer, part-owner of the processing plant, points in at the hogs from the doorway and says, "Ten of them'll be mine. The good-looking ones."...
    Business memo 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    St. Francis receives four national awards St. Francis Medical Center received one national winner and three national finalist awards in the Vision Awards, which recognizes excellence in television, video and Web sites. The national winner was awarded for two commercials created for the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. ...
    People on the move 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    SEMO administrators attend conference Several Southeast Missouri State University administrators attended the Renaissance Group conference April 2 through 4. Southeast's Dr. Jane Stephens, provost; Dr. Shirley Stennis-Williams, dean of the College of Education; and Dr. ...
    Mary Hemby (04/21/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Mary E. "Jane" Hemby, 78, of Anna died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the home of her daughter. She was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Wolf Lake, Ill., daughter of Leonard and Minnie Foster McMahan. She and Bill Hemby were married Oct. 18, 1949. He died Nov. 10, 1994...
    Catherine McIntire (04/21/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Catherine "Tootie" McIntire, 76, of Jonesboro died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 28, 1926, in Grand Tower, Ill., daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Kraft Lindsey. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and had retired from Choate Mental Health Center...
    Virginia Cotner (04/21/03)
    Virginia "Jenny" Cotner, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at her residence. She was born June 20, 1939, in Oriole, Mo., daughter of Chester F. Cotner and Hannah Virginia Rumfelt Cotner. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, and worked in the bakery department at Del Farm for 24 years before retiring in 1995...
    Cape police report 4/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, April 21 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Cathryn Yvonne Waynick of 600 Terry Lane, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and having no front license plate...
    Jackson fire report 4/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Jackson Monday, April 21 Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: An emergency medical service on South High Street.
    Cape police report 4/19/03 (04/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, April 19 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrestsn Elliott Smith of 403 S. Pacific No. 10 was arrested Saturday on a warrant.
  • Amy Hagan of Dudley, Mo., was arrested Sunday on a warrant...
  • Out of the past 4/21/03 (04/21/03)
    10 years ago: April 21, 1993 Organizers of Citizens Against Riverboat Gambling call issue "indecent proposal" for city of Cape Girardeau; Dr. Richard Martin and the Rev. Charles Grant are two of five men spearheading group, which is working to defeat June 8 city ballot measure on riverboat gambling...
    America's historic odyssey to Iraq (04/21/03)
    KENNETT, Mo. -- Although numerous events and denouements have yet to reveal the final picture of the war on Iraq, it is possible to arrive at some conclusions despite the relatively short period of time that has passed since March 20 when the United States began unleashing its historic military onslaught...
    Bond debt used to 'balance' state budget (04/21/03)
    The amount of debt Missouri is using to "balance" its annual budgets is getting heady. The attitude among too many state officials seems to be that a quick fix is best. Undeniably, there's a serious financial problem. Missouri government and programs grew and grew during the years the state was flush with cash. Then came the economic recession, and the revenue began falling far short of spending demands. Cuts were made, particularly in higher education and social programs...
    Kinder awards laud 10 top teachers (04/21/03)
    There are lots of ways to let people know what a great woman your mother was. And there are lots of ways to tell professionals they're great at what they do. But the Kinder brothers have found a remarkable way to combine the two with wonderful results...
    Speak Out A 04/21/03 (04/21/03)
    Insufficient security IF THE reason we went to war was to make life better for the Iraqis, why did we not do anything to provide security forces to prevent the looting of hospitals and historical treasures? Looking for money SITTING HERE with a painful, crippling disease and, like so many Americans, having no health insurance, I'm having a hard time seeing money go to foreign countries for any reason when our government obviously cannot afford to keep its own citizens healthy. ...
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