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Stories from Sunday, May 4, 2003

Jackson Optimist program at park teaches children about staying (05/04/03)
Two eggs showed children the reason for wearing seat belts at the Jackson Noon Optimist Safety City program at City Park Saturday. Optimist member Anita Sievers used the eggs in a mock demonstration of a car wreck. Two toy cars traveled down a ramp separately, headed for a brick. One egg was strapped in with first aid tape while the other was not. The unrestrained egg jumped the brick...
Spam etymology (05/04/03)
Until the mid-1990s, Spam was nothing more than a canned meat product. Today, spam is the derisive term for the unwanted e-mails that are the bane of Internet users. So how did the word evolve from the trademarked name of a perfectly legitimate, if sometimes ridiculed, loaf of spiced ham and other pork components to its present, quite different usage?...
Derby winner is king of Sprigg Street hill (05/04/03)
Gravity propels Soap Box Derby drivers across the finish line By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian They crouched low in their red and blue cars. Helmets fastened on their heads, eyes fixed on the finish line, the young drivers raced downhill two cars at a time in the fourth annual Cape Girardeau Rotary Club Soap Box Derby...
War's over..but what about homecoming? (05/04/03)
The scene has become familiar: a tearful reunion as a smiling soldier kisses his wife or a beret-wearing mother hugs her daughter. With the fighting in Iraq over, many military loved ones are coming home to a happy ending. But for others -- those who still haven't heard from their family members overseas, in some cases for months -- a joyous reunion remains elusive...
Sikeston boy injured in accident (05/04/03)
ORAN, Mo. -- A 5-year-old boy was struck by a car on Main Street in Oran on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Gage Hosey of Sikeston, Mo., suffered moderate injuries in the accident, the patrol said. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. A condition report was unavailable on Saturday...
Small town cuts police force to chief and secretary (05/04/03)
BUCKNER, Mo. -- In a bid to deal with a bleak financial situation, the city of Buckner has had to cut its police force -- drastically. "What do you do when the bill comes? You have to pay it," said city administrator Doug Brock. "With all the cuts we made, it was obvious that the only place left to make cuts was labor."...
Rapist released from mental hospital (05/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis judge has ordered that a convicted rapist be freed from a mental hospital for adjudged sexually violent predators, apparently making him just the second person released from the 5-year-old site. Eddie Thomas, 50, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1982 to 23 years in prison for raping and sodomizing two women. He was scheduled for parole in 2000 but was ordered confined under a then-new sexual-predator law...
Magistrate dismisses federal charges in electrocutions (05/04/03)
CHICAGO -- A federal magistrate has thrown out misdemeanor charges brought against the parent company of a large electrical contractor in the deaths of two employees. U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown ruled on Thursday that Rolling Meadows-based MYR Group Inc. could not be held criminally liable for the deaths of two men who were electrocuted in separate incidents while working on steel towers supporting high-voltage power lines in Chicago's suburbs...
Military rules Geneseo F-15 flyover was unauthorized (05/04/03)
GENESEO, Ill. -- An F-15 pilot has been disciplined because he failed to get permission for a February flyover that sent a prewar scare through this western Illinois city, military investigators have ruled. The two-month probe also found that Maj. Whitney Sieben did not violate any flight safety regulations and that witness reports of acrobatic maneuvers were unfounded, military officials said Thursday...
Federal court reduces award over tainted feed at Nebraska farm (05/04/03)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A $700,000 verdict against Farmland Industries in a tainted-feed case was reduced Thursday by a federal appeals court A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case filed by a Mason City dairy farm. Bob, Debra, Greg and Joyce Racicky run Elk Creek Dairy, an award-winning commercial Holstein dairy farm in central Nebraska's Sherman County...
$7.4 billion needed to clean U.S. contaminated sites of Great L (05/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- The United States needs to spend at least $7.4 billion to completely clean some of the most contaminated sites on the Great Lakes, according to a report released Thursday by the commission monitoring the work. Canada and the United States have agreed to clean up 43 contaminated sites -- 26 in the United States, 12 in Canada and five in channels shared by both countries...
Payroll clerk charged with theft (05/04/03)
FULTON, Mo. -- A former Fulton municipal payroll clerk has been charged with stealing at least $10,000 over one year. Dora Stone, 37, was the city's only payroll clerk until March 31, when she was fired because of the allegation. An investigation found at least $10,000 in city funds were missing...
Lawsuit over teen's death outside Chicago hospital reaches $12. (05/04/03)
CHICAGO -- The parent organization for a hospital that declined to help a wounded teenager dying just outside its doors in 1998 has agreed to pay $12.5 million to the victim's family. The parents of Christopher Sercye and his two brothers will share the money paid by Advocate Health Care to settle a lawsuit filed against the now-closed Ravenswood Hospital...
More meth cooks making own ammonia (05/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Authorities once bent on curbing thefts of anhydrous ammonia often required for methamphetamine have a new dilemma: Savvy makers of the drug apparently are crafting the ammonia on their own. Authorities this year raided a lab making anhydrous ammonia in Lemay, a St. ...
Spam proposal patterned after popular No Call (05/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Checking your e-mail these days can bring to mind a chant from an old Monty Python sketch: "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam." The overload of spam -- unsolicited and unwanted e-mail -- is frustrating to those who aren't interested in exciting and lucrative work-from-home opportunities, the latest can't-miss investment scheme or increasing the size of their naughty bits...
Officials estimate up to 3,000 claims over Courtney's diluted (05/04/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Court officials estimate there will be up to 3,000 restitution claims from victims and their families in the Robert R. Courtney drug dilution case. "In the last week, we've gotten several hundred a day as the deadline got closer," said Paige Wymore-Wynn, chief deputy clerk. "We're still getting quite a few."...
Washington University dean Henry Biggs says he loves language (05/04/03)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- At Blueberry Hill, photos of famous musicians line the walls: Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Steven Tyler. The restaurant, known for its juicy burgers and monthly performances by Chuck Berry, sits in The Loop -- a neighborhood popular with students for its record stores, coffee shops and trendy storefronts...
Missouri Senate breaks tradition to end filibuster (05/04/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has always taken to heart the motto inscribed in its chamber: "Free and fair discussion is the firmest friend of the truth." While in the House of Representatives debate is cut off whenever a majority of members have had enough, the tradition is different in the upper chamber...
University of Illinois upholsterer still working on furniture (05/04/03)
DEWEY, Ill. -- David Deem's handiwork can be seen throughout University of Illinois buildings, from the standard dorm couches in residence hall lounges to the leather sofas in the library at Allerton House. He's put his touch on everything from the simple desk chairs in the Grainger Engineering Library to the Chippendale dining room chairs at the President's House...
Merger settlement means savings for Verizon phone customers (05/04/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Verizon customers could have a little extra spending money starting this summer. The phone company, the Citizens Utility Board and state officials announced Thursday a settlement that eventually would save 850,000 Illinois Verizon customers more than $25 million a year...
New Chicago Symphony president faces multiple obstacles (05/04/03)
CHICAGO -- As the newly appointed president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deborah Card knows that she's going to be under a very hot spotlight when she assumes the post Sept. 1. She takes over one of the world's most celebrated orchestras at a time when classical music is facing serious financial challenges...
Blagojevich picks Macon County sheriff to run Illinois prisons (05/04/03)
DECATUR, Ill. -- Saying they shared the same priorities, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Thursday that he has chosen Macon County Sheriff Roger E. Walker Jr. to run the state prison system. "His priorities are the same as mine -- to operate and maintain the best, the safest and the most efficient correctional system in the country," Blagojevich said at an afternoon news conference here...
Reporter accused of borrowing material resigns (05/04/03)
NEW YORK -- A New York Times reporter resigned Thursday after he was accused of appropriating without attribution material from another newspaper's story about a Texas woman whose son was killed in combat in Iraq, the Times said. A Times review of the story by Jayson Blair has "been unable to determine what original reporting he did to produce it," Times Executive Editor Howell Raines said in a statement Thursday night...
Bush- Banned weapons will be found (05/04/03)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush said Saturday it is a matter of when -- not if -- weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq while suggesting that task is getting little help from Saddam Hussein's captured confederates. "We'll find them," Bush said of Iraq's suspected chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. "It'll be a matter of time to do so."...
New Hampshire's rocky icon collapses (05/04/03)
FRANCONIA, N.H. -- New Hampshire awoke Saturday to find its stern granite symbol of independence and stubbornness, the Old Man of the Mountain, had collapsed into indistinguishable rubble. The fall ended nearly a century of efforts to protect the 40-foot-tall landmark from the same natural forces that created it. Only stabilizing cables and epoxy remained Saturday where the famous ledges had clung...
Billionaire Warren Buffett offers advice (05/04/03)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Chief executives of some major companies are overpaid, Warren Buffett, the investment wizard who turned Berkshire Hathaway into a multibillion-dollar holding company, told his stockholders Saturday. And at a time of criminal investigations of corporations such as Enron, Buffett cautioned stockholders to give careful attention to company financial reports...
New Jersey high school student asks judge to name her sole vale (05/04/03)
The AssociatedPress MOORESTOWN, N.J. -- Blair Hornstine's latest report card had four A-plus grades in five courses. She scored a 1570 out of 1600 on the SAT and is deciding whether to attend Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Princeton or Cornell -- all of which have accepted her...
Madonna hails British ale, not London mayor (05/04/03)
LONDON -- Madonna is tired of reading newspaper articles saying that she doesn't like England anymore. She insists she still loves the place, especially its ale and London's nightlife. But that doesn't mean she likes the capital's mayor, whom she condemned as "Red Ken" on Friday. As far as she's concerned, the new road toll he's imposed in the city is undermining her privacy...
Powell pressures Pentagon to move on terror prisoners at Guanta (05/04/03)
WASHINGTON -- In a strongly worded letter, Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged Pentagon officials to move faster in determining which prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay can be released, defense officials said Saturday. Powell's April 14 letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld questioned the continued detention of some 660 prisoners from 42 countries who were captured during the war against al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations...
Tiny Pa. borough can't find mayor (05/04/03)
BOSWELL, Pa. -- Maybe $45 a month isn't enough, or the job is thankless. Whatever it is, this tiny borough is having a hard time finding a mayor. Regina Felice resigned as Boswell's part-time mayor in March, and the council has been scrambling to find a replacement to serve out the final two years of her term...
Yale graduate students unite to fight union (05/04/03)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For graduate students at Yale University, the question was supposed to be elementary: Did they want to form a union that would fight for more money and benefits for them? Instead of the resounding "Yes" that people on both sides of the issue had been expecting, the initiative was narrowly rejected...
Hispanic activists say Cinco de Mayo being co-opted by alcohol (05/04/03)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- At the Cinco de Mayo celebrations of his childhood, John Zamora remembers the sound of mariachis, the taste of tamales and mischievous kids cracking confetti-filled eggshells on each other's heads. When Zamora became a father, he brought his own children to the celebrations, then his grandchildren. But the crowds got bigger and people were drinking too much. Finally, he stopped going...
Thousands honor Mister Rogers (05/04/03)
PITTSBURGH -- About 2,000 friends, celebrities and strangers gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of Fred Rogers, the television pioneer whose "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" has been watched by generations of children. John Rogers said his father met Ralph Waldo Emerson's definition of success: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children ... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived."...
New Mexico town welcomes home rescued POW (05/04/03)
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- Grinning from ear to ear in his Army dress uniform, former prisoner of war Spc. Joseph Hudson waved from the back of a red convertible Saturday as his hometown celebrated his return with a parade. Hundreds of Alamogordo residents shouted "Welcome home, Joe!" and waved American flags as the soldier, his wife, Natalie, and 5-year-old daughter, Cameron, cruised down a main street of the yellow-ribbon-plastered southern New Mexico city...
11 New York fraternity brothers charged in alleged hazing death (05/04/03)
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Eleven fraternity brothers have been charged in the death of a pledge who police say was forced to drink pitchers of water through a funnel until he vomited. The Psi Epsilon Chi members are accused of criminally negligent homicide and hazing for the March 12 death of Plattsburgh State University of New York student Walter Dean Jennings, 18...
Nation digest 05/04/03 (05/04/03)
Gunshot victim linked to arsenic poisonings CARIBOU, Maine -- Investigators have information linking a farmer who died of a gunshot wound to the arsenic poisonings at a church lunch that killed one person and sickened more than a dozen others, authorities said Saturday...
Women celebrate Mass, challenge the Vatican's refusal to ordain (05/04/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Rev. Judith Heffernan doesn't let herself worry about whether celebrating Mass will mean getting excommunicated. Papal rulings to the contrary, Heffernan has performed baptisms, heard confessions, celebrated Mass and participated in last rites as a Catholic priest for 23 years, since a Jesuit priest ordained her before her church, the Community of the Christian Spirit in Philadelphia...
Muslim groups divided over money from foreign donors (05/04/03)
All he had to do was say yes. It was the 1980s, and Maher Hatout needed money for the Muslim community in Los Angeles. Saudi Arabia, Libya and other foreign governments were offering millions of dollars to help build mosques and Islamic schools in America...
U.S. combat stress teams to help troops come home (05/04/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The rocket-propelled grenade cut right through the turret of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle, spraying him with hot gas and shrapnel. That was more than three weeks ago, and Staff Sgt. Thomas Slago's physical wounds have healed. On Saturday, though, Slago did something that the U.S. military increasingly views as an important part of an American warrior's recovery: He got to talk about it...
Young survivor refuses to leave schoolmates trapped by quake (05/04/03)
CELTIKSUYU, Turkey -- Hanefi Beldek picked up scraps of paper and notebooks scattered around the rubble of a dormitory that collapsed in an earthquake three days ago, killing at least 79 of his schoolmates. "What I'm really looking for is my diary that was signed by all my friends. There is nothing in the world that I want more right now," the 15-year-old boy said, crying...
Space explorers return to Earth (05/04/03)
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- In a relief for NASA, two American astronauts along with a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth from the international space station earlier today in a cramped Russian capsule, getting home the only way they could after the Columbia space shuttle disaster...
Hundreds of hostages gain freedom (05/04/03)
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria -- Hundreds of hostages left the offshore oil rigs where striking oil workers held them captive for weeks -- signaling a peaceful end to the standoff Saturday. Some essential staff would remain behind on the four oil-drilling platforms, but "everyone else, they are departing in phases" over the weekend, said Guy Cantwell, spokesman for rig owners Transocean Inc., based in Houston...
U.S. wants changes in Mideast, Powell tells Syria (05/04/03)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday outlined for Syria's president the policy changes the United States believes he must make to survive alongside a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq that has friends in Washington. Powell and Bashar Assad met for three hours in Damascus, Syria's capital, and Powell left immediately for Beirut to try to sell Lebanon on the U.S.-sponsored "road map" for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. ...
Israel destroys smuggling tunnel after reporter films operation (05/04/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel destroyed a weapons-smuggling tunnel in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hours after a British journalist was killed filming the operation. A Palestinian youth was also shot after troops returned fire at a crowd throwing hand grenades and fire bombs, the army said...
Baghdad scientists hesitate to talk of weapons programs (05/04/03)
Before the war, the Bush administration pressured U.N. inspectors to question reluctant Iraqi scientists as part of the hunt for unconventional weapons. Once Saddam Hussein was removed, U.S. officials expected the scientists and others would feel free to reveal secrets about Iraq's suspected hidden arsenal...
Welsh jeans maker draws Levi's ire (05/04/03)
LONDON -- The U.S. company that invented blue jeans and a distinctive cloth tab to go with them has accused a British clothing company of violating its 65-year-old trademark. Levi Strauss & Co., the 150-year-old San Francisco maker of all things denim, has warned Wales-based Howies to stop selling jeans with a gray, cloth tab label bearing its brand name...
Left-handers toss rivals into semifinal game (05/04/03)
There was not a special promotion at Notre Dame Regional High School Saturday afternoon, but it sure had the appearance. It looked like "Left-hander Day at the Ballpark" as the rain-hampered SEMO Conference Baseball Tournament finally got rolling. The promotion might have read: Any left-hander taking the mound would be guaranteed a season highlight as well as a complete-game victory...
Jackson girls nudge Central for PB title (05/04/03)
Jackson's girls track and field team took first place at Friday's Poplar Bluff Invitational, slipping past second-place Central. The Indians scored 160 points to 139.5 for the Tigers. Trisha Kluesner won both hurdle events, and Heather West won the long jump and triple jump to lead Jackson. Rachel Lowes captured the 400. Jackson also dominated the relay events, winning all but the 3,200...
Alabama fires coach after his trip to topless bar (05/04/03)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Price was fired by Alabama without coaching a single game because of behavior including a night at a topless bar -- another embarrassment for a once-proud football team. University president Robert Witt said Saturday that Price failed to live his "personal and professional life in a manner consistent with university policies."...
Otahkians track team takes OVC outdoor title (05/04/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University's women began the Ohio Valley Conference outdoor track and field meet with a bang on Friday and never let up. The result was the Otahkians' first OVC title since 2000 after they finished the two-day meet on Saturday with 193 points to ease past Eastern Kentucky (174)...
Otahks' split puts focus on finale today (05/04/03)
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University and host Eastern Kentucky split an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader Saturday, meaning the Otahkians can still finish in a tie for second place in the league. After Southeast won 4-0 and lost 4-1, the Otahkians need a win in today's series and regular-season finale to tie both EKU and Tennessee-Martin for second place. A loss means Southeast will finish fourth in the eight-team conference...
Indians keep OVC lead in sight, sweep Tenn.-Martin (05/04/03)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University baseball coach Mark Hogan warned his players to not take struggling Tennessee-Martin lightly. The Indians evidently took the message to heart Saturday as they pounded out a doubleheader victory over the Ohio Valley Conference's last-place team, romping 9-1 and 14-2...
Eustachy still deciding on how to keep his job (05/04/03)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Larry Eustachy, recently suspended by Iowa State for his behavior at college parties and slapped with a one-game suspension by the NCAA for rules violations, is deciding what approach to take in the fight to keep his job. Eustachy's attorney, Doug Gross, said the coach has until close of business Monday to choose whether he will appeal the university's decision. Gross said Saturday he was meeting with Eustachy to "evaluate the issues the university has raised."...
Derby served Funny Cide up (05/04/03)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The winner was a gelding, the first in 74 years. The favorite finished second and his foot was fine. Baffert and Lukas hardly mattered. There sure was a Funny Cide to this Kentucky Derby. "People just didn't believe in this horse because he is a gelding," said jockey Jose Santos. "This is an excellent horse. I can't believe we won the Kentucky Derby."...
Bad elbow aside, Pujols comes through as Cards stretch streak (05/04/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The risk of playing Albert Pujols with a sprained right elbow seems worth the reward for the Cardinals. Pujols hit his third home run in five games, and Garrett Stephenson worked eight strong innings as the Cardinals beat the Montreal Expos 3-1 Saturday for their sixth straight win...
Verplank takes lead into third round at HP (05/04/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- Scott Verplank shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to remain three strokes ahead of the low-scoring field after the third round of the HP Classic of New Orleans. Verplank's 195 total put him 21 under through 54 holes -- nearly matching the course record for 72 holes -- as English Turn remained defenseless with little wind, fast fairways and soft greens,...
Nemechek wins in rain-shortened Richmond finish (05/04/03)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Joe Nemechek overcame a pit-road blunder that cost him 24 spots by gambling on tires and getting help from late-race cautions and rain to win the Pontiac Excitement 400 on Saturday night. Nemechek was declared the winner during a red-flagged stoppage with 6 1/2 laps to go when rain showers that caused the pause persisted. The red flag followed three cautions in the last 30 laps that also helped the Hendrick Motorsports veteran prevail despite his challengers' fresher tires...
Track team highlighted local talent to grab an OVC title (05/04/03)
Southeast Missouri State University has had one of the Ohio Valley Conference's top track and field programs since the school moved up to Division I and joined the OVC in 1991. But entering the weekend, Southeast had not added to its total of 10 OVC championships since 2000 when the women captured both the indoor and outdoor titles...
FanSpeak 5/4/03 (05/04/03)
What's the story? ON WEDNESDAY, Kelly's baseball team had a big win over rival East Prairie, and nothing was in the paper, not even a score. But when they lose to a bigger school like Central or Jackson, it gets front-page headlines. Where's the fairness?...
Sunday FanFare 5/4/03 (05/04/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • The Mets placed struggling slugger Mo Vaughn on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and recalled catcher Jason Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. Vaughn was sidelined with inflammation in his left knee...
  • Home offers modern amenities on three acres (05/04/03)
    Part of the American tradition is to have a piece of land to call your own. Space at a reasonable price can be found at 115 Paul Dow, about five miles outside the Jackson city limits. This house is about three years old and comes with three acres of land for $167,900...
    Minicountry offers scenery, tranquility and culture galore (05/04/03)
    VADUZ, Liechtenstein -- Liechtenstein is so small that the whole state can be hired for corporate events and the entire population is invited to drinks at the royal castle on the national holiday. The capital doesn't have a railway station, let alone an airport, and a nationwide tour takes just two hours...
    Disney announces new ride in Animal Kingdom (05/04/03)
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World officials marked the fifth anniversary of Animal Kingdom on April 22 by announcing plans to build a new coaster-like ride for the park, which has lagged behind its sister parks in attendance. The "Expedition Everest" ride will open in 2006...
    Working on the railroad (in the garden) (05/04/03)
    The Associated Press NEW MARKET, Va. -- Want to work on the railroad? Then become a gardener. Many families are crossing gender and generational lines to make model railroading and gardening into one year-round landscaping project. "It combines some varying interests," says Paul Busse, a landscape architect from Alexandria, Ky., who specializes in designing railroad gardens. ...
    New exhibit at Chicago aquarium focuses on Philippines (05/04/03)
    CHICAGO -- You start your trip on the shore of Lake Michigan, inside a white marble hall decorated with whimsical figures of sea creatures. An eight-second elevator ride later, you're standing on the brown, sandy shores of Apo Island in the Philippines...
    Precise directions by Grandma (05/04/03)
    Unless well acquainted with all the back roads and where to ford the creeks and river, one would have a difficult time finding our early farm home. Grandma was always willing to give precise directions. When Aunt Lydia called, said she was coming to visit us, and needed a reminder as to how to get there, Grandma was more than willing to be helpful...
    Vasectomy on cats rarely performed (05/04/03)
    jkoch By Dr. John Koch Question: A young tomcat recently started coming to my door step. He was a cute little fellow, and I felt sorry for him. We have started letting him into the house now, and it looks like we have a new pet. I am a little concerned about spraying. Everyone tells me I should have him neutered before this bad habit starts. Neutering seems sort of mean spirited. I was wondering if I had him vasectomized, would that accomplish the same thing?...
    Harmony doesn't need name tag (05/04/03)
    You've got to hand it to Scott Ginsberg. He's made a name for himself. And to think he did it with something as simple as a handwritten, slap-it-on-your-shirt name tag. Ginsberg sees it as a conversation starter, a simple way to get people to talk to each other rather than stare blankly at the floor...
    Snoopy sleuth Jessica Fletcher returns (05/04/03)
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Angela Lansbury -- very much in character as her renowned snoopy sleuth Jessica Fletcher -- walks briskly up to a police car as cameras roll. "Mum, hold it one second going in," suggests the director, who happens to be Lansbury's son, Anthony Shaw...
    'The West Wing' creator Aaron Sorkin leaving series (05/04/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Saying it's time to take on new challenges, Aaron Sorkin has announced he is leaving NBC's "The West Wing," the Emmy-winning White House drama he created four years ago. Thomas Schlamme, an executive producer, also is leaving. The show will continue with John Wells, another executive producer, in charge. Wells' other series include NBC's "ER" and "Third Watch."...
    Mary Rudd (05/04/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mary Jean Wilder Rudd, 25, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born on May 8, 1977, at Kennett, Mo., daughter of Allen McCallister of Holcomb, Mo., and Donna Cureton of Sikeston. She worked as a dispatcher for Freedom Taxi in Sikeston...
    Jarell Griffin (05/04/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jarrell D. Griffin, 73, of Mesa, Ariz., died Friday, May 2, 2003, at Mesa General Hospital. He was a retired banker from Sikeston. The funeral is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday. Blanchard Funeral Chapel in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements...
    Ronald Kiefer (05/04/03)
    ST. MARY, Mo. -- Ronald E. "Ronnie" Kiefer, 44, of St. Mary died Thursday, May 2, 2003, in Perry County. He was born Aug. 15, 1958, at Perryville, Mo., son of Lester and Ella Ruth Graff Kiefer. He and Glenda M. Kramer were married May 15, 1993. Kiefer was the owner/operator of Ronnie's Automotive. He was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church...
    Melvin Bacon (05/04/03)
    Melvin D. Bacon, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 2, 2003, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Nov. 18, 1919, at Cape Girardeau, son of Robert Troy and Ann Geldmacher Bacon. He and Marie Helen Telle were married Nov. 18, 1945, at Cape Girardeau. She died June 28, 1997...
    Virginia Grisham (05/04/03)
    OLMSTED, Ill. -- Virginia E. Grisham, 80, of Olmsted died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. She was born on Aug. 27, 1922, daughter of Horace and Florence Holdman Grisham. She lived for many years in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she owned and operated restaurants before her retirement...
    Soots-Dreyer (05/04/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Michelle Lynn Soots and Larry Wayne Dreyer were married Oct. 12, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Mo. The Rev. Matthew Marks performed the ceremony. Vocalists were Stacey Kinikin and Dennis Hacker of Longtown, Mo. Parents of the bride are J.T. Price of Altenburg and Shirley Richardson of Perryville. The groom is the son of Lowell and Irma Dreyer of Perryville...
    Cotner-Powers (05/04/03)
    Danielle Kristine Cotner and Michael Jason Powers were married Oct. 26, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Egypt Mills. The Rev. Mark Martin performed the ceremony. Organist was Judy Beal. Ron and Karen Cotner of Cape Girardeau are parents of the bride. The groom is the son of Judith Kirk of St. Louis...
    Luebbers-Sullivan (05/04/03)
    Rebecca Jean Luebbers and Charles Wayne Sullivan were married Feb. 15, 2003, at Bethany Baptist Church. The Rev. Raymond McAfee performed the ceremony. Soloist was Danetta Held of Cape Girardeau. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Luebbers of Cape Girardeau, and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Martin of Scott City...
    Marshall-Gregory (05/04/03)
    BENTON, Mo. -- Sarah Marshall and Keith Gregory exchanged vows April 18, 2003, at Christian Mission in Benton. Teresa Williams performed the ceremony. Pianist was Victoria Malone of St. Louis. Parents of the bride are the Rev. William and Loretta Marshall of Benton. The groom is the son of James and Mildred Gregory of Benton...
    Maybry-Shaver (05/04/03)
    David and Charlotte Maybry of Memphis, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Joanna R. Maybry, to Phillip J. Shaver, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of William and Sara Shaver of St. Louis. Maybry received a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000, and is pursuing a master's degree. She is a residence hall director at Southeast University...
    Allen-Wilson (05/04/03)
    Mearlin and Darlene Allen of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Darlene Allen, to Daniel Milton Wilson. He is the son of Joe and Jan Wilson of Cape Girardeau. Allen is majoring in accounting at Southeast Missouri State University. She is a cashier at Amerimart...
    Serandos-Adams (05/04/03)
    Ed and Darlene Serandos of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Serandos, to Josh Adams. He is the son of Gerald and Nancy Adams of Jackson. Serandos received a degree in family life from Southeast Missouri State University in December 2002. She is employed at Target...
    Elledge-Crowell (05/04/03)
    Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Elledge of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Aimee Marie Elledge, to Garren Joseph Crowell. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Crowell of Jackson. Elledge is a 1999 graduate of Eagle Ridge Christian School, and 2001 graduate of Metro Business College. She is employed at Urology Associates...
    Long-Burger (05/04/03)
    Judith Christa Leigh Long and Dale Robert Burger of Scott City announce their engagement. She is the daughter of the late Leo and Suzanne Long. Burger is the son of Mike and Judy Burger of Scott City. Long is a 2002 graduate of Meadow Heights High School at Patton, Mo. She is employed at JCPenney...
    Schnakenberg-Ringwald (05/04/03)
    Jeff and Marcella Schnakenberg of Buffalo, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Beth Erin Schnakenberg, to Craig Kurre Ringwald. He is the son of Mike and Judy Ringwald of Cape Girardeau. Schnakenberg is a 1999 graduate of Republic High School. She expects to receive a degree in exercise science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., in May 2003. She was a member of the Lady Racers basketball team...
    Jauch-Raines (05/04/03)
    Cara M. Jauch and Brandon A. Raines announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Doug and Carol Rees of Jackson and Radley and JoDean Jauch of Oak Ridge. Raines is the son of Alan and Cathy Raines of Scott City. Jauch is a 1994 graduate of Jackson High School, and is pursuing a degree in finance at Southeast Missouri State University. She is a cash flow manager at VTG Audio Inc. in Jackson...
    English-Heberlie (05/04/03)
    Robert and LaDonna English of Louisiana, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Maureen English, to Daniel Eugene Heberlie, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Gary Heberlie of Perryville, Mo., and Michelle Aye of Mooresville, N.C...
    Hobecks married 60 years (05/04/03)
    Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hobeck of Friedheim recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were honored with an open house held in the fellowship hall at United Methodist Church in Daisy, Mo. Hosts were their children and spouses, Patsy and Larry Ford of Oak Ridge, Mo., Jim and Diana Hobeck of Oak Ridge, and Randy and Trish Hobeck of Friedheim...
    Scott City R-1 Middle School (05/04/03)
    Scott City R-1 Middle School High Honor roll 8th Grade - Austin Robinson, Daniel Schuenemeyer 7th Grade - Brittany Dohogne, Emilee Glueck, Donielle Howell, Derek Laxton, Ryan Miller, Brooke Rhymer, Lauren Schaefer, Tricia Straub, Kristin Yetman 6th Grade - Samuel Irvin, Amy Lawman...
    St. Vincent De Paul Parish (05/04/03)
    St. Vincent De Paul Parish School A Honor Roll 8th Grade -- Claire Bira, Emily Blattel, Hailey Brown, Brett Heischmidt, Meridith Medlin, Chrissy Renick, Megan Robert, Beth Schnurbusch, Christine Stokes, Dana Wozniak 7th Grade -- Elizabeth Buchheit, Beth Caldwell, Matthew Clements, Aaron Essner, Mark Himmelberg, Neil Kanneberg, Matt Kiblinger, Parker Kohlfeld, Kristen McLain, Blake Palmer, Aaron Schmidt, Paige Schumer, Jordan Seabaugh, James Thompson, David Westrich, Mark Zimmer...
    Scott city school (05/04/03)
    Scott City High School High Honor roll 12th Grade - Chris Bradshaw, Jack Dannenmueller, Ashley Davis, Amanda Eades, Audrey Heisserer, Loretta Holmes, Holly Lambert, Maria Lett, Katie Mirgeaux, Hannah Robert, Jessica Stickel 11th Grade - Renee Compass, Jessica Estes, Jessi Glueck, Loren Groves, Kieran Healy, Amanda Raines...
    South Elementary School (05/04/03)
    South Elementary School A Honor roll 5th Grade - Bailey Abbott, Justin Bader, Karlee Bauknecht, Kelsey Bierman, Sarah Brown, John Cargle, Mackenzie Childs, Matt Crader, Trent Dickerson, Allyson Duncan, Jennifer Fellows, Blake Fields, Hannah Floyd, Kara Goodier, Kyle Goodier, Jake Hanna, Donny Henson, Courtney Keifer, Kayla Lawson, Jessica McCallister, Wynn McClellan, Austin McRaven, Brittany Overbeck, Audrey Peters, Jenna Robinson, Julia Rodenas, Jill Rushin, Lauren Scuette, Stephen Sladek, Katie Stephens, Devon Trowbridge, Landon Wachter.. ...
    St. Augustine School (05/04/03)
    St. Augustine School A Honor Roll 8th Grade - Kyle Essner, Chad Friend, Valerie Gibbons, Andrew Glueck, Lindsey LeGrand, Luke Rayfield. 7th Grade - Allyson Atchley, Brittney Diebold, Whitney Eftink, Logan Glueck, Kaitie Henley, Micheala Hobeck, Drew Koeppel, Brittany Layton, Chelsey Menz, Allison Peters, Madelyn Ressel...
    New Salem Baptist Academy (05/04/03)
    New Salem Baptist Academy A Honor Roll 11th Grade - Hannah McCormick, Daniel Poole 10th Grade - MacKenzie Jones 7th Grade - Brett Jones 5th Grade - Ethan Allen, Trent Jones, David Poole 4th Grade - Martha Poole 2nd Grade - Jared Cook 1st Grade - Caitlin Cook, Valerie Lewis, Rachel Poole...
    Kelly Middle School (05/04/03)
    Kelly Middle School A Honor Roll 8th Grade - Samantha Barber, Rachel Burnett, Kylie De Witt, Brittany Ditto, Zachary Hamm, Amanda Hopper, Cassie Jackson, Jennifer McDonough, Summer Proctor, Hannah Rolwing, Heath Rolwing, Kourtnie Smith, Emily Strobel, Dallas Tew, Davina Watson...
    St. Mary Cathedral School (05/04/03)
    St. Mary Cathedral School A Honor Roll 8th Grade -- Allison Bode, Jackie Boos, Abe Dirnberger, Aimee Ha, Shannon James, Hannah Schaefer, Laura Simmons, Jack Wedemeier, Kaci Westrich, Ayesha Zuberi 7th Grade -- Christy Borgman, Christina Chastain, Cody Farrow, Emily Matthews, Nick Ostendorf, Adam Parker, Jenni Tenholder...
    Cape Christian School (05/04/03)
    Police report 05/04/03 (05/04/03)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, May 4 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Faith Blackman of 613 Indian Hills St., St. Charles, Mo., was arrested Saturday on suspicion of failing to yield and driving while intoxicated at Broadway and Sprigg...
    Fire report 05/04/03 (05/04/03)
    Cape Girardeau Sunday, May 4 Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday: At 1:02 a.m., a medical assist at 24 S. Spanish. At 7:44 a.m., a medical assist at 316 S. Lorimier. At 8:30 a.m., a smoke detector sounding at 1400 S. West End Blvd., Apt. 14...
    Out of the past 5/4/03 (05/04/03)
    10 years ago: May 4, 1993 Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce beautification committee's proposal for lighting new Mississippi River bridge is "doable" project, say members of committee; John Layton of committee says group has talked to highway department personnel and recently obtained endorsement for project from chamber board...
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