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Jackson Board of Aldermen action (05/03/03)
Friday Approved an ordinance accepting the dedication of a sanitary sewer easement deed and approved an associated agreement with William J. Penrod regarding the East Main Street Interceptor Sewer Project. Tabled the bid of Robinson Mechanical Contractors Inc. of Perryville, Mo., in the amount of $744,990, regrading the Well No. 7 project...
Search continues for new Cape Girardeau fire chief (05/03/03)
Cape Girardeau city officials continue to search for a new fire chief eight months after the vacancy occurred. Mayor Jay Knudtson said the search was delayed by funding issues that were linked to the fee and tax package on the April 8 ballot. "We made a conscious decision to slow this process down to allow for the election to occur," the mayor said...
Region/state digest 05/03/03 (05/03/03)
Part of Route A to be closed for railroad repairs Route A west of Dutchtown will be closed to traffic today for railroad crossing repairs, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. The road will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. until evening. Additional work is planned on Monday and traffic will be restricted to one lane, MoDOT officials said...
'Semopolluza' offers Friday-night alternative (05/03/03)
The first Lollapalooza festival was held in 1991 to celebrate all things alternative, from music to lifestyles. Founder Perry Farrell of the band Jane's Addiction supposedly took the name from a Three Stooges movie. The Stooges could have inspired many of the events in Friday night's first-ever "Semopolluza" at the Student Recreation Center. ...
Jackson picks new police chief (05/03/03)
A cool demeanor, a professional attitude and qualifications to match. For those reasons, Jackson police chief hiring committee members voted 6-0 to recommend that Lt. James Humphreys be promoted to police chief. The recommendation was followed by a 9-0 vote by Jackson's Board of Aldermen at a meeting Friday afternoon...
United Way points out area's top needs (05/03/03)
The Area Wide United Way has devoted more than $240,000 over the past three years to address "critical needs" in Southeast Missouri, but executive director Nancy Jernigan told a group of business leaders on Friday that there's plenty more to do. "Get involved," Jernigan said at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce-sponsored First Friday Coffee. ...
New Mississippi River bridge reaches milestone (05/03/03)
Construction crews on Cape Girardeau's new Mississippi River span bridged the gap between the towering Missouri shore pier and high ground on Friday, marking a new milestone for the $100 million project that is scheduled to be competed before year's end...
TIF Commission, developers to meet on Prestwick plan (05/03/03)
Developers will push for tax-increment financing for a 900-acre residential subdivision when they meet with the city of Cape Girardeau's TIF Commission on May 15. The commission is scheduled to meet at 8 p.m. at the Osage Community Centre. "It will be more of a status meeting to bring everyone up to date as to what has been going on," said Al Spradling III, Cape Girardeau's former mayor and the chairman of the commission...
Lessons learned on food, medicine, miracles (05/03/03)
Editor's note: Stratton Tingle of Cape Girardeau has returned from eight months in Africa. He is spending May in Arizona to work on a film project before returning to Cape Girardeau for the summer. Well, I'm back in the good, ol' U.S. ...
Eight shot, three fatally, in separate KC shootings (05/03/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eight people were shot, three fatally, in two unrelated shootings early Friday. Police were called about 12:40 a.m. by residents in a south Kansas City neighborhood who reported hearing gunshots. When officers arrived, they found Jamal Moore, 20, of Kansas City, wounded on the ground. He was taken to a hospital, but later died...
Religion calendar 5/3 (05/03/03)
Today Life of Faith club for girls 8 to 14 will meet at 11 a.m. at Gospeland Bookstore at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. The event includes games, crafts and lessons on faith. Grace Bible Evangelical Free Church will host Chris Belle at 7 p.m. at the church's One Way Cafe...
Gov. Holden slaps legislature for lack of progress with budget (05/03/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Democratic Gov. Bob Holden chided the Republican-led Missouri Legislature on Friday for advancing its conservative agenda instead of the state budget, which must be sent to his desk in one week. Holden has been touring the state this week criticizing the spending cuts in the Republicans' proposed budget and touting his own plan, which would ask voters to raise taxes to avoid the cuts...
Senate passes concealed-guns bill (05/03/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of a bill that would allow Missourians to carry concealed guns forced the measure to Senate passage Friday by employing a rarely used procedure. After more than 11 hours of debate over two days, proponents voted to abruptly end debate, then passed the bill over objections from those who had been trying to block it...
In many Catholic parishes, 'altar boys' are really girls (05/03/03)
ATLANTA As soon as she was old enough, third-grader Ellen Clarke joined the first wave of girl altar servers, helping break up a club reserved for Roman Catholic boys for centuries. Seven years later, the 15-year-old is still serving, but now she's surrounded by other girls helping out priests and deacons on Sundays at Atlanta's Our Lady of the Assumption church...
DNA tests show Chicago boy isn't missing North Carolina child (05/03/03)
CHICAGO -- DNA tests show a boy abandoned at a suburban hospital is not the same boy who vanished in North Carolina 2 1/2 years ago, the FBI said Friday. Thomas Kneir, FBI special agent in charge, said the results were conclusive that the boy is not Tristen "Buddy" Myers. Authorities said the boy's DNA had been compared with Buddy's mother, Raven Myers...
Jobless rate goes upward to eight-year high (05/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate swelled to 6 percent in April, returning to an eight-year high as employers slashed payrolls even deeper. The ailing economy has lost a half million jobs in the past three months. The rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point from March, with payrolls falling by 48,000, the Labor Department reported Friday...
Nation digest 05/03/03 (05/03/03)
Accused in Peterson case hires prominent lawyer MODESTO, Calif. -- A prominent Los Angeles lawyer who has represented celebrities and served as a television commentator in coverage of Laci Peterson's murder said Friday he will defend her accused husband...
General says terror hunt in Africa yields results (05/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces working with friendly governments in the Horn of Africa have captured members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, a senior U.S. officer said Friday. It was the first public disclosure that the anti-terror hunt in that impoverished region -- including Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen -- had yielded results...
Companies that inflated earnings now seeking tax refunds (05/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- Some of the big companies caught up in accounting allegations have a simple request for the government: When they reported inflated profits, that made their taxes rise; now they want the tax money back. WorldCom, Enron, Qwest Communications and HealthSouth are either pursuing or considering filing for federal tax refunds or credits for payments made on billions of dollars falsely claimed as earnings. ...
U.S. uncovers al-Qaida plot to crash plane into consulate (05/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. authorities say they have uncovered an al-Qaida plot to crash an explosives-laden small aircraft into the American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. That prompted the Homeland Security Department to warn about possible attacks in the United States...
Accused spy met 2,100 times with Chinese officials (05/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- A politically connected Chinese-American woman accused of being a double agent had 2,100 contacts with Chinese officials during her time as an FBI informant, documents show. Law enforcement officials are examining whether those meetings compromised investigations into possible Chinese influence on U.S. elections through campaign contributions...
Metallica does time making prison music (05/03/03)
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- Hard time calls for hard rock -- at least that's the view of Metallica, who performed a free hourlong concert at San Quentin State Prison. The heavy metal band, which is based just up the road in Marin County, agreed to perform Thursday for about 800 inmates after spending 18 hours at the prison Wednesday filming the video for the title track to its new album, "St. Anger."...
Trapped climber amputates own arm (05/03/03)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The climber who amputated his own arm to free himself from beneath a boulder had no other choice if he wanted to survive, one of his rescuers said Friday. Aron Ralston, 27, of Aspen would have died had he stayed where he was, in remote Blue John Canyon near Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah, Emery County sheriff's Sgt. Mitch Vetere told NBC's "Today" show...
Ad campaign tries to put the squeeze on panhandlers (05/03/03)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The advertisements that showed up on taxis and buses in San Francisco this week are meant to be as provocative as they are purposeful. "Today we rode a cable car, visited Alcatraz and supported a drug habit," reads one featuring a tourist couple at Fisherman's Wharf...
Antidote may have saved lives in church poisoning (05/03/03)
NEW SWEDEN, Maine -- The church poisonings that killed an elderly man this week could have been far worse without an arsenic antidote stockpiled after the Sept. 11 attacks, health officials said Friday. Fifteen other people were sickened by drinking arsenic-laced coffee after Sunday's service at Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church. Two remained in critical condition Friday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor...
Court strikes down part of new law on campaign finances (05/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- A federal court struck down most of a ban on the use of large corporate and union contributions by political parties Friday, casting doubt on a new campaign finance law that was supposed to take big money out of politics and govern next year's elections...
Kurds, police clash in protest over quake relief (05/03/03)
BINGOL, Turkey -- Police fired warning shots Friday as angry Kurds stoned official vehicles to protest a shortage of earthquake relief supplies while searchers pressed the hunt for children still buried in a collapsed school dormitory. One boy was pulled alive from the rubble Friday morning, 30 hours after the quake, but funerals began for dozens of youngsters already found dead...
China - Submarine accident kills 70 sailors on board (05/03/03)
BEIJING -- An accident on a Chinese diesel-powered submarine killed all 70 sailors aboard, the government said Friday, in a rare admission of a military disaster. The accident occurred "recently" in the Yellow Sea off China's northeast coast, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that didn't explain how the sailors died. It said the vessel had been towed back to an unidentified port...
India, Pakistan agree to re-establish diplomatic ties (05/03/03)
NEW DELHI, India -- After a two-year gap marked by mobilization for war, nuclear-armed India and Pakistan agreed Friday to hold talks to settle five decades of disputes and to restore full diplomatic ties. The rapprochement comes ahead of an impending visit to the region by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, and both sides suggested that the trip helped bring them together...
Prominent Iranian cleric urges suicide attacks (05/03/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A leading Iranian cleric urged Iraqis to use suicide attacks to expel U.S. forces from Iraq and learn from Iran's Islamic revolution to set up a new government. "The Iraqi people have reached the conclusion that they have no option but to launch an intefadeh and resort to martyrdom operations to expel the United States from Iraq," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told worshippers during Friday sermons in Tehran...
Digital da Vinci (05/03/03)
PARIS -- They look as alive as the day Leonardo da Vinci painted them: tasty cherries, ripe, red, ready to eat; crackle-fresh peas popping from their pods; a raspberry, so simple, so enticing. Turn a page in the 500-year-old manuscript and marvel as da Vinci rushes on. ...
Tape shows exhauted, confused Saddam (05/03/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In what is purported to be his last known wartime speech -- a video never before televised -- Saddam Hussein appears exhausted, at times confused and seemingly resigned to defeat, but he tells Iraqis that God, somehow, will help them expel the American-British occupiers...
U.S., Britain draft resolution limiting U.N. role in Iraq (05/03/03)
LONDON -- The United States and Britain are preparing a resolution that would give the United Nations a role in humanitarian relief but not peacekeeping in Iraq, a senior Bush administration official said Friday. Separately, the United States has decided to divide the military and humanitarian relief mission in Iraq into three parts under American, British and Polish command, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...
Palestinians bury 12 in mass funeral following raid by Israelis (05/03/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Popping rifle shots into the air and hoisting bodies over their heads, tens of thousands of Palestinians filled the streets Friday to mourn 12 people killed in an Israeli raid, and warned their new prime minister against any attempts to disarm militant groups...
SEMO teams try tournament one more time (05/03/03)
Rain continued to plague the start of the SEMO conference baseball tournament on Friday, washing out all but one game. In the only game played on Friday, Poplar bluff defeated Dexter 8-7 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The rest of the tournament is scheduled to begin at noon today at Harmon Field in Chaffee, Mo., and at Notre Dame Regional High School...
Top-ranked Oran rolls to its 11th victory 10-4 (05/03/03)
Oran's baseball team continued to live up to its No. 1 state ranking Friday at home, routing Portageville 10-4. The Eagles (11-1) jumped out to a 9-1 lead after three innings and cruised from there. Ryne Wood pitched a complete-game five-hitter for the win. Wood struck out 10, walked two and allowed one earned run. Wood helped his cause with a double and three RBIs. Joey Bickings was the offensive star for the Eagles, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs...
Indians focus on OVC, not painful MU loss (05/03/03)
Southeast opens three-game series today with Tennessee-Martin. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Wednesday's 11-10 loss at nationally ranked Missouri was disappointing, but Southeast Missouri State University baseball coach Mark Hogan doesn't expect any kind of carry-over effect when the Indians resume Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend...
Otahks' Jenkins, Haman win titles (05/03/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Helped in large part by standout performances from Central High School graduates Courtney Haman and Heather Jenkins, Southeast Missouri State University's women's track and field team got off to a big start Friday as the Ohio Valley Conference outdoor meet began...
NCAA suspends Eustachy for violations at Iowa St. (05/03/03)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Larry Eustachy, already suspended by Iowa State for his behavior at late-night parties, was suspended for one game by the NCAA on Friday for a secondary rules violation. The NCAA found Iowa State guilty because Eustachy twice paid players for making free throws. The university was ordered to suspend Eustachy for one game, but that might become moot because athletic director Bruce Van De Velde has recommended Eustachy be fired...
Otahkians land a big one from JUCO pool (05/03/03)
Southeast coach says 6-foot-3 Chandra Brown should be an impact player in OVC. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball coach B.J. Smith didn't try to hide his glee Friday...
Redbirds make it five straight, beat Expos (05/03/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Another fast start kept the St. Louis Cardinals rolling. Jim Edmonds' homer highlighted a five-run first, and Jason Simontacchi threw eight sharp innings in an 8-1 victory over the Montreal Expos on Friday night. Fernando Vina homered and went 3-for-3 for the Cardinals, who extended their winning streak to a season-best five games. Mike Matheny also homered and drove in three runs, and Edmonds had three hits...
Labonte wins Pontiac pole; Nadeau critically injured (05/03/03)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Terry Labonte won his first pole in more than three years in qualifying before Jerry Nadeau was critically injured in a crash while practicing Friday at Richmond International Raceway. Nadeau, who qualified 12th, was airlifted from the track with what doctors said was "the potential for serious injuries" after slamming his Pontiac into the wall. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said Nadeau was in critical condition at the nearby Medical College of Virginia Hospitals...
Verplank fires 63, moves into lead at HP Classic (05/03/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- Scott Verplank shot a 9-under 63 Friday for a 36-hole tournament record and a three-stroke lead in the HP Classic. Verplank was at 16-under 128 after two trips around the 7,116-yard English Turn, three strokes ahead of Brian Gay and Todd Barranger...
Derby favorite proclaimed healthy but exhibits strange behavior (05/03/03)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bobby Frankel stood atop a low brick wall alongside his barn Friday morning and issued a challenge to anybody who thinks Empire Maker won't win the Kentucky Derby: "Bet against him at your own risk." Foot bruise? "He's fine," he said...
Cardinals send Robinson to minors (05/03/03)
ROBINSON SENT DOWN TO MEMPHIS The Cardinals optioned outfielder Kerry Robinson, used sparingly the first month, to Triple-A Memphis on Friday. The team also put reliever Russ Springer on the disabled list and called up a pair of relievers, right-hander Mike Crudale and left-hander Kevin Ohme...
Jazz's Stockton - 'I think I'm finished' (05/03/03)
SALT LAKE CITY -- John Stockton left the Delta Center on the verge of tears Friday, all but certain it is time for him to retire. Stockton, the NBA's career leader in assists and steals, met with Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and owner Larry Miller and told them he was not planning on coming back for a 20th season...
FanFare 5/3/03 (05/03/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • A minor league baseball team thought better of holding a promotion poking fun at Larry Eustachy after realizing the Iowa State basketball coach acknowledged being an alcoholic. The Quad City River Bandits on Friday called off "Larry Eustachy's Iowa State Night at the Ballpark," which was to include cheap beer and a kissing booth...
  • Joseph Burciaga (05/03/03)
    Joseph R. Burciaga, 75, of Plano, Texas, died Monday, April 28, 2003, in Dallas, Texas. Survivors include his wife, Georgianna; two daughters, Julie Burciaga of Plano, Toni Chalfant of Sugarland, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Carol Burciaga of Sunrise, Fla.; a brother, the Rev. John Burciaga of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Miller of Cape Girardeau; and two granddaughters, Brandi and Nikki Chalfant of Sugarland...
    Christene Mitchell (05/03/03)
    MALDEN, Mo. -- Christene House Mitchell, 83, of Malden died in an automobile accident Wednesday, April 30, 2003, on Interstate 55 south of Sikeston, Mo. She was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Bear Creek, Ala., daughter of Arley L. and Helen Butler Woodham. She and Henry House were married Oct. 15, 1938, at Kennett, Mo. He died March 1, 1979...
    Mella Batts (05/03/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mella Quay Batts, 62, of Sikeston died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at her home. She was born March 9, 1941, at Lilbourn, Mo., daughter of James Turner and Waymon Mary Louise Brewer Copous. She first married Kenneth Joe Parker Sr. She and Harry Eugene Batts were married in August 1991. He died April 19, 2002...
    Virgie McCann (05/03/03)
    Virgie Bernetha McCann, 75, of Springfield, Mo., died Friday, May 2, 2003, at her home. She was born April 6, 1928, at Whitewater, daughter of the Rev. George Lewis and Myrtle Irene Jackson Ventres. She and John T. McCann were married in November 1971. She was formerly of Jackson...
    Henry Kirn (05/03/03)
    Henry Charles Kirn, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles and Gertrude Warnaka Kirn. He and Isabel A. Stricker were married July 11, 1953, at Charleston, Mo...
    Dale Hicks (05/03/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Dale Hicks, 78, of Jonesboro died Friday, May 2, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Carnell, Ill., son of Robert Frank and Effie Wilson Hicks. He and Jewell Lindsey were married July 10, 1948, in Catlin, Ill. Hicks was a truck driver many years, and also worked at Anna IGA. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Fairmount, Ill...
    Max Miller (05/03/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Max Robert Miller, 80, of Sikeston died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 23, 1923, at Puxico, Mo., son of Ethridge and Nettie Patterson Miller. He and Colleen Alsup were married Nov. 29, 1945, in St. Louis...
    Margaret Patterson (05/03/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Margaret A. Patterson, 78, of Sikeston and formerly of Dexter, Mo., died Friday, May 2, 2003, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Clarence, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Mayme Clay Maupin. She and Darrell Eugene Patterson were married June 10, 1940. He died in November 1959...
    Births 5/3/03 (05/03/03)
    Castile Daughter to Billy Joe and Juanita Louise Castile of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 5:14 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Name, Karolyne Sophia Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 11 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Castile is the former Juanita Fornkohl, daughter of Cindy Stoverink and Edgar and Cori Stoverink, all of Leopold, Mo. Castile is the son of April Legate of Blue Springs, Mo., and the late Jimmy Castile. He is self-employed with Castile Construction...
    Sheriff's report 05/03/03 (05/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Saturday, May 3 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Nicholas A. Miller, 23, of Valles Mines, Mo., was arrested April 27 on a St. Francois County warrant for passing bad checks...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 05/03/03 (05/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, May 3 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Tony A. Preston Sr., 35, of 720 Jefferson, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and no proof of insurance...
    Cape fire report 05/03/03 (05/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, May 3 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following item: At 18:04 p.m., citizen assist at 1240 Linden, Apt. 4. Firefighters responded Friday to the following items: At 6:42 a.m., alarm sounding at 430 Broadway. At 6:45 a.m., alarm sounding at 1516 Amblewood...
    Out of the past 5/3/03 (05/03/03)
    10 years ago: May 3, 1993 U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh has ruled that provisions of federal law supersede Missouri Constitution provision preventing public schools from being used to transport parochial school students to special education classes; judge handed down order in response to lawsuit filed against Cape Girardeau School District and Missouri Department of elementary and Secondary Education by Charles and Pamela Felter family...
    E-mail spam prompts need for regulations (05/03/03)
    When the Federal Trade Commission made its announcement about Internet spam this week, no regular e-mail user was surprised. The FTC merely confirmed the hassle that e-mail users experience every day. Spam, in short, is the electronic version of junk mail. ...
    Civil War documents donated to SEMO (05/03/03)
    With little fanfare save a short media advisory, The St. Louis Civil War Roundtable, a group of about 100 Civil War historians and aficionados, came to Southeast Missouri State University's Kent Library last week with more than 50 documents from a Civil War battle in Cape Girardeau in the spring of 1863...
    Christian festivals are national days for flying the flag (05/03/03)
    To the editor: Recently someone wrote, "Either quit complaining about public school schedules or pay to put your kid in a private school. Public schools are not responsible for catering to your religious needs." I would like to ask the author of the above-quoted comment if it has occurred to him that all schools take a Christmas vacation. ...
    Speak Out A 05/03/03 (05/03/03)
    Soup analogy LET'S SAY a soup company comes out with a new brand of soup. It tastes good but has the side effect of impairing you vision, motor skills and ability to make sound judgments. It has a warning label about these side effects. Not all people who eat this soup have the bad side effects. ...
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