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Community briefs 05/19/03 (05/19/03)
Women's camping event scheduled this weekend Womyn in the Woods is a camping event where women will share music, food, crafts and conversation. It will be held Friday through Monday. For more information and the location, call organizer Denis Eaker at 651-6220 or e-mail idgieluvsruth2@aol.com...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (05/19/03)
7 p.m. today City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings) An ordinance accepting general warranty deeds for property at 25-37 S. Frederick St. to allow for future expansion of the police station...
Scott City City Council agenda (05/19/03)
7:30 p.m. today City Hall Old Business None New business Decision on liquor license request from Paul Schock. Illmo Housing Authority request to accept their streets. Accept proposals on demolition of two condemned houses. Resolution 329 authorizing Bootheel Planning to prepare an all-hazard natural mitigation plan for the city...
Autopsy finds Perryville girl was strangled (05/19/03)
An autopsy conducted Sunday revealed that an 8-year-old Perryville girl, Kendra Swan, died from strangulation Saturday. Police investigations also revealed that Kendra was sexually assaulted. Later Saturday morning, Kendra's father, Jamie Swan, 26, was found dead of self-inflicted injuries in a shed along County Road 359...
Scouts restore amphitheater in honor of Henry Voss (05/19/03)
Scouts traditionally complete a service project for Camp Lewellen in Silva, Mo., in Wayne County every year. This year, scouts and leaders from Troops 2, 5, 21 and 8 have been building the Henry Voss Memorial Amphitheatre to replace the amphitheatre that was removed in the 1980s...
Cape teen faces life-threatening disease (05/19/03)
Twirlers Recognized For Accomplishments Twirlers Chelsey Lukefahr, left, and Maysi Dougherty recently attended the Miss Shamrock Majorette Competition; Lukefahr was awarded second place and Dougherty earned fifth place. The two performed a one-baton duet routine together for which they were awarded second place in the beginner division. ...
Community cuisine 05/19/03 (05/19/03)
Sedgewickville picnic in June to benefit park Sedgewickville School classmates, spouses, teachers and friends will hold a picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Sedgewickville Lutheran Church Park, at Route K and WW in Sedgewickville. Barbecue and drinks can be purchased; bring side dishes. Proceeds will benefit Sedgewickville Community Park. Those interested should bring photos or mementos...
'Black box' data allowed at fatal wreck hearing (05/19/03)
Drivers in crashes may have to deal with an unlikely witness that can accurately account for their speed, when or if they hit the brakes and whether they were wearing a seat belt. Automotive "black boxes" are unlocking the secrets inside the final five seconds before a big impact for those driving American cars made after 1997. ...
Cape City Council may alter meeting format (05/19/03)
Cape Girardeau's televised city council meetings too often look staged, involve little discussion and don't let city residents see government at work, Mayor Jay Knudtson says. Knudtson said he wants the council to consider eliminating the study sessions that currently precede council meetings. The council is scheduled to discuss the matter when it meets tonight...
Tapping a reserve of support (05/19/03)
As four military wives spent more than an hour at a support group meeting Sunday, one thing was made clear. Kuwait is hot. A-hundred-and-twenty-one-degrees hot. The overseas temperature was one of the many topics discussed Sunday at the air-conditioned VFW in Cape Girardeau, where group leader Tina Plaskie briefed Nancy Smith, Shannon Gannon and Cindy Mingus on a variety of topics, including military traveling tips and military benefits. ...
Veterans home volunteers recognized (05/19/03)
The Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau recently recognized its more than 200 volunteers, who served over 24,000 hours in 2002. John Sonderman, Gladys Lawrence, Margaret Kracke and Rupert Fiehler were named volunteers of the year for 2002. Assistance by volunteers included delivering mail; operating the canteen and information desk; helping with outings and in-house activities, and giving ice and water to residents...
Strong police presence greets biotech protesters (05/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A few hundred people opposed to genetically-engineered food marched past police protecting the site of an agricultural forum Sunday, but no confrontations were reported. Demonstrators banged drums and chanted slogans as they walked past police lines, barricades and boarded up windows near the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where the World Agricultural Forum is being held...
Children of undocumented immigrants to pay lower tuition (05/19/03)
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Sunday signed into law a bill that allows children of undocumented immigrants to attend state universities and community colleges at the much cheaper in-state tuition rate. "Every Illinois high school student should have the same opportunity to go to college regardless of their immigration status," Blagojevich said to loud applause from the mostly Hispanic crowd at the signing ceremony...
Group wants incest loophole in Illinois law closed (05/19/03)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A national children's rights group wants a loophole closed in Illinois law that allows more lenient sentencing for people who commit incest. The group called Protect: National Association to Protect Children is trying to eradicate such legal loopholes around the country and it is pushing for a national law requiring sentencing for incest be on par with other sexual crimes...
World War II LST to cruise Mississippi, Ohio rivers (05/19/03)
OAKWOOD, Ill. -- The last time Bruce Voges set sail on a World War II ship, it was to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The next time, it will be go up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The "landing ship tank," or LST, was launched Oct. 27, 1942. Efforts to get it under way again on American waters will become a reality early next month. On its voyage, it will make a number of stops along the Mississippi and the Ohio so people can visit a piece of history...
State digest 05/19/03 (05/19/03)
Ava school counselor found dead in creek AVA, Mo. -- The five-day search for a missing elementary school counselor has ended with the discovery of her remains along a creek bank in south-central Missouri. Authorities were investigating the death of Kathy Stewart as a homicide based on evidence found Saturday at the crime scene, said Douglas County Sheriff Gary Koop...
Mushroom hunting can be rewarding but hazardous (05/19/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Finding a large morel mushroom is pretty simple, really. "If you do run across a small morel, if you come back in a day or two it may be a big morel," said Jim Veselenak, associate professor of clinical laboratory science at the University of Illinois at Springfield...
Scientists worry soybean rust may be coming to U.S. (05/19/03)
URBANA, Ill. -- Scientists have been watching the invader for more than 30 years, powerless to stop its movement around the globe. Carried by the wind, it attaches itself to the leaves of soybean plants and reproduces rapidly, preventing proper plant development and dramatically reducing crop yields...
Banks will ask customers to take off hats, hoods (05/19/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri banks and credit unions are adding a new weapon to their theft-prevention arsenal. Starting Tuesday, many financial institutions will ask customers to shed their hats, hoods and sunglasses before entering. Customers will be served, even if they refuse to remove articles that obscure their appearance. ...
St. Louis-area researchers seek biodefense laboratory (05/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Researchers from three universities have applied to a national agency to build a biodefense lab. St. Louis University, Washington University and Case Western University in Cleveland could learn by October if their grant application to the National Institutes of Health is accepted...
Cheney tells grads to look for 'unexpected opportunities' (05/19/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Vice President Dick Cheney told University of Missouri graduates on Sunday to look for "the unexpected opportunities" in life. Cheney said his unexpected opportunity put him into the nation's second-highest office. Three years ago, he had retired from public service but agreed to head George W. Bush's search for a Republican vice presidential running mate. Winnowing the field, Bush picked Cheney...
Teens killed after funeral workers protest shootings (05/19/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Police said gang gunmen shot and killed three teenagers within 15 minutes of each other, hours after dozens of funeral workers drove a procession of hearses to protest the high rate of inner city homicides. Two boys, ages 16 and 17, were fatally shot about 11:35 p.m. Saturday in South Los Angeles, police said. At 11:48, an 18-year-old man was fatally shot nearby...
Farmers scream over recipe they say will ruin ice cream (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Dairy farmers are getting a headache from ice cream manufacturers that want to loosen standards on how the frozen treat is made. Ice cream companies are asking the Food and Drug Administration to let them make their products with more whey -- the watery part of milk that separates from curds when cheese is processed. They say government approval of their proposal will give them more flexibility to make a variety of products and meet consumer demand...
Glover criticized after speaking out on foreign policy (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover is the latest celebrity facing an icy brand of national pride that puts the pinch on public figures who question American foreign policy. A threatened boycott seeks to force telecommunications company MCI to dump Glover as its pitchman because of views he expressed about Cuba and against the Iraq war...
Philippine president to use state visit to seek aid (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gets a grand reception at the White House on Monday, a meeting with President Bush and a state dinner. It's payback for her loyal support of the fight against international terror, but she wants to take home more than memories...
Experts call for negotiations with N. Korea (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- The United States should abandon its refusal to open direct negotiations with North Korea and instead seek "a verifiable nuclear settlement" with that country, a report sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations says. The Bush administration, rejecting direct talks with North Korea, has pressed for a negotiation with broad international participation, to include China, South Korea, Japan and perhaps others...
Sen. Frist urges new doctors to be more than just doctors (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., told graduates of George Washington University's medical school Sunday to expect to use their degrees for more than just doctoring and urged them to serve all of humanity. Holding up a glass prism to signify their new degree, Frist, a heart surgeon who was elected to the Senate in 1994, told the 153 graduates to keep that symbol in mind "to explore, to discover that vast potential of medicine and the opportunities that it brings before you.". ...
Bush loses chance to press Sharon on 'road map' with bombing (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- A suicide bombing that prompted Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to postpone his visit to the White House this week has set back Bush administration efforts to coax Sharon into a new peace plan. The attack on a Jerusalem bus killed seven people and drew strong rebuke from the administration...
Protesters walk out on Santorum speech (05/19/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior...
Polls suggest no support for basic shift in global role (05/19/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Americans' strong support for the war with Iraq has not diminished the public's belief in the importance of working with the United Nations and winning international backing for future military action, polls suggest. "The American public is showing significant enthusiasm for having gone to war, and the president has overwhelming support for that choice," said Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes. ...
Beagle makes incredible journey from Kansas to Alabama (05/19/03)
AUBURN, Ala. -- Stray dogs show up all the time around Auburn University. They don't usually belong 800 miles away in Kansas. But that was the case with Norman, a beagle who wandered off from his owner in Solomon, Kan., one day in March and showed up Friday outside an Auburn University computer repair shop...
Bill about unborn children entangles Peterson case (05/19/03)
Adding fuel to the already fierce debate over abortion, Republicans in Congress are evoking the Laci Peterson murder case as they try to enact the first federal law to endow a fetus with legal rights separate from the expectant mother. Laws similar to the federal bill already are on the books in more than half the states, and with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the federal measure has a good chance of passing...
Small fishing boat capsizes; two missing (05/19/03)
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. -- A small, overloaded fishing boat with five people aboard capsized Sunday morning in the choppy, chilly waters of the Detroit River. Two people were believed to have died, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The 12-foot aluminum rowboat was a few feet off shore from Windmill Point Park in this northern Detroit suburb when it began taking on water, Petty Officer 1st Class Ray Mahannah said...
Gettysburg College gets $14 million gift (05/19/03)
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A Gettysburg College graduate who died at age 104 bestowed $14 million on his alma mater, the largest gift in the school's history. Dr. F. William Sunderman, who died March 9, directed that his bequest be used to establish a musical conservatory at the college. The gift includes his collections of antique violin bows and old musical scores...
People talk 5/19/03 (05/19/03)
Fans of late crooner turn out for Bing Bash SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fans of Bing Crosby from around the world were drawn to a weekend Bing Bash celebrating the late star's centennial, but his biggest group of overseas fans appears to have come from Britain...
New cell phones packed with messaging capabilities (05/19/03)
NEW YORK -- The old Army slogan "Be All That You Can Be" might as well be the motto of the cell phone industry today. Virtually every new device on the market comes packed with as many features as possible. Camera functions have captured a lot of the buzz lately, but still another category is emerging: the all-purpose communications device...
Students cancel blood drive (05/19/03)
ASHLAND, Ore. -- Students at Southern Oregon University say they will cancel their blood drive this term because many gay men are ineligible. Guidelines established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban males who have had a homosexual encounter since 1977...
June Carter Cash remembered at funeral for talent, compassion (05/19/03)
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- Family, peers and fans at June Carter Cash's funeral Sunday remembered the wife of country great Johnny Cash as compassionate, loving and a music pioneer in her own right. Her 71-year-old husband, looking somber and composed, was brought into the church in a wheelchair and did not speak at the service. Afterward he was taken to his wife's light blue coffin, which he bent over for a long moment...
Bobblehead does justice to Rehnquist (05/19/03)
WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is not exactly cuddly, but he is a real doll. The impassive visage of the Supreme Court leader is now depicted, along with his signature gold-striped judicial robes, on a bobblehead figurine. The doll is the brainchild of the editors at a small legal journal who intend it as an admittedly peculiar tribute to the 78-year-old jurist in what may be his last year on the bench...
Woman mourns husband who died in truck trailer (05/19/03)
HOUSTON -- More than 400 people Sunday mourned the 19 illegal immigrants who died while trapped in a stifling trailer during a smuggling operation. "We want to pray for people's rights to be respected, for justice to be served and cooperation of governments to ensure these things don't happen," said Bishop Joe Vazquez, who celebrated the Mass for the victims...
Floods in central China cause 40 deaths (05/19/03)
BEIJING -- Flooding in central China has killed at least 40 people and caused nearly $100 million dollars in damage to homes and crops, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. In central Hunan province, 25 people died and 13 were missing after heavy rain triggered mountain floods. Fifteen people were reported killed in neighboring Guangdong province, while at least 18,000 people were evacuated from flooded areas...
Israel's Cabinet weighs response to Hamas suicide bomber attack (05/19/03)
JERUSALEM -- A Hamas suicide attacker disguised as an observant Jew with a prayer shawl and skullcap killed seven Israeli bus passengers Sunday, a bombing that endangered a U.S.-backed peace plan before it got off the ground. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon indefinitely postponed a Washington trip seen as crucial for launching the "road map" plan, and instead convened his Cabinet to weigh a response to the bombing that also wounded 20 passengers...
Flooding, landslides in Sri Lanka kill as many as 141 (05/19/03)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Flash floods and landslides killed 141 people in south-central Sri Lanka this weekend, state media reported Monday. Meteorology officials warned more rain was on its way. About 150,000 people have fled their homes, officials said. They are being housed in temples, schools and public buildings...
Chinese leader predicts 'victory' over SARS as death rate drops (05/19/03)
The Associated PressBEIJING -- China's president said he is confident the country will "gain victory" over SARS as the government on Sunday announced its lowest daily increase in the number of deaths from the illness -- two. China also has created a "rapid reaction system" to help control outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome, President Hu Jintao said, according to a Russian news agency...
In easygoing Naples, stinky garbage puts city in a rage (05/19/03)
NAPLES, Italy -- Unkempt and charmingly disobedient Naples has a reputation for closing its eyes when a preteen motorcyclist zips around the corner without a helmet or a cigar smoker lights up in a bank. But closing its nostrils -- that was too much to ask...
Moroccan agents raid militant areas in investigation of attacks (05/19/03)
CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Investigators raided suspected Islamic militant hideouts across Morocco on Sunday after near-simultaneous suicide attacks killed 28 bystanders and tainted this country's image of security and peace. A diplomatic source said on condition of anonymity that American and French anti-terrorism experts had arrived in Casablanca to help investigate Friday's bombings at five downtown locations...
21st century closing in on Egypt's Bedouin (05/19/03)
FARAFRA OASIS, Egypt -- Amm Abd Rabu Abu el-Nour missed most of World War II. "News from outside didn't reach the oasis back then," the 74-year-old Bedouin elder recalled as one of his granddaughters entered his dirt-floor salon with a cup of strong, sweet tea...
Thai city swarms with flies, cheering American firms (05/19/03)
CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- The hundreds of young women busily tying and snipping around town don't know a minnow from a mackerel. But their nimble fingers and sharp eyes have turned this picturesque hill town into the fishing fly capital of the world...
Korean prince lives vagabond's life (05/19/03)
SEOUL, South Korea -- One of Korea's last princes lives out of a two-seat van packed with books, laundry and a microwave oven. He used to sing at nightclubs for American GIs and sleep in flophouses. Yet he's so proud of his ancestry that he never takes off his clothes in a public bathhouse when others are around...
Slovaks celebrate vote to join European Union (05/19/03)
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovaks celebrated Sunday after endorsing European Union membership in a referendum that EU leaders hope will send an enthusiastic signal to the rest of the continent. Although the referendum was largely symbolic and Parliament still has the final say on whether to join the bloc, Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda hailed the positive vote as an act of self-determination...
Indonesia warns of military action in Aceh (05/19/03)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia on Monday declared martial law in the restive province of Aceh and announced it will launch a military operation against rebels after peace talks in Tokyo broke down. The military also arrested five senior rebels who had played a key role in negotiating a Dec. 9 peace deal in Geneva...
U.S. journalist expelled from Zimbabwe (05/19/03)
LONDON -- An American journalist expelled from Zimbabwe arrived in Britain and said authorities in the southern African nation threw him out because they were desperate to stifle free expression. Andrew Meldrum, a longtime correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, said Zimbabwean officials put a jacket over his head, drove him to the airport and forced him onto a London-bound plane Friday, despite a judge's order to let him stay...
Iraqi pension agency makes first emergency payments (05/19/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Iraqi agency responsible for paying pensioners handed out emergency cash for the first time Sunday, triggering hours of chaos as retirees and their families fought with U.S. troops to force their way into the Baghdad office building...
Statue of Saddam's predecessor toppled by Baghdad crowd (05/19/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With the help of a crane, dozens of Iraqis chanting anti-Baath Party slogans toppled a statue of former President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr Sunday in the upscale Baghdad district of al-Mansour. The black bronze statue's head was first cut off and then the rest tumbled down. Some in the crowd later stood atop the statue in triumph, bludgeoning it with sledgehammers...
SARS fuels Taiwan-China feud (05/19/03)
BEIJING -- It's an annual ritual: Taiwan tries to join the World Health Organization, but China growls back -- insisting that the island it considers a Chinese province has no right to act like a sovereign government. Under normal circumstances, other nations give way to Beijing, and Taiwan is rejected...
Four arrested in Saudi suicide attacks (05/19/03)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Four suspects with apparent ties to al-Qaida were arrested in connection with the recent suicide attacks on three housing compounds in Riyadh that killed 25 bystanders, including eight Americans, officials said Sunday. It was the strongest sign yet that Osama bin Laden's terrorists -- who have carried out deadly strikes from Nairobi to New York -- may have played a part in the bombings at complexes housing foreigners. Nine attackers died...
Swiss ease mandates for nuclear shelters, scuttle bike brigade (05/19/03)
GENEVA -- Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman grimaces at the piles of books, strollers and dusty wine bottles, and apologizes for the litterbox stench. The fallout shelter doubles as storeroom and cat's bathroom, she explains while trying to stop her 16-month-old son from butting the concrete and steel door...
Pope turns 83, leads canonization Mass before tens of thousands (05/19/03)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II celebrated his 83rd birthday Sunday with an open-air Mass and requests for prayers so he can continue his papacy -- yet another sign that one of history's longest-serving popes will press on despite his age and ailments...
U.S., French officials visit WW II site in effort to mend rift (05/19/03)
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France -- Attempting to mend fences, France's finance minister on Sunday took U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow on a tour of Normandy beaches and said differences between the two countries over Iraq cannot hurt traditional ties...
Cardinals take three of four in series against Cubs (05/19/03)
AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Morris threw a four-hitter and Albert Pujols homered as the St. Louis Cardinals retained a dominating home field advantage against the Chicago Cubs, winning 2-0 on Monday. The Cardinals took three of four in the series, outscoring the Cubs 17-8, and pulled two games behind the NL Central leaders. The Cubs are 2-11 at Busch Stadium the last two years and 4-23 there over the last four years...
New offensive linemen should strengthen unit (05/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- After three Rams quarterbacks suffered injuries last season, the St. Louis offensive line has been rebuilt. The Rams three-day minicamp ended Sunday and coach Mike Martz said he liked what he saw from newcomers Kyle Turley at right tackle and Dave Wohlabaugh at center...
Field filled without a bump (05/19/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Drivers took no chances on Bump Day. When Jimmy Kite's car sputtered twice in his first qualifying attempt, he turned it off, coasted into the pits and waited for another chance to make the Indianapolis 500 lineup. When Airton Dare thought about waving off his first attempt, he reconsidered and accepted a subpar four-lap average of 223.609 mph...
What a year for a Triple Crown (05/19/03)
BALTIMORE -- They have come in all sizes and colors, with vastly different personalities, and every conceivable advantage. There have been big ones and small ones, silver, black and brown ones, the bashful and the born entertainers. They have been piloted by wizards, trained by superstars and owned by blue bloods, princes and captains of American industry...
Devils have Senators backed into a corner (05/19/03)
OTTAWA -- When the Ottawa Senators ended their players-only meeting Sunday, Daniel Alfredsson couldn't wait to address the group of reporters gathered in the locker room. "You ready?" the Ottawa captain asked, standing in front of his stall. The real question: Are the Senators ready?...
Singh rallies in Byron Nelson (05/19/03)
IRVING, Texas -- Vijay Singh won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday after a contentious week that began with comments about Annika Sorenstam. He then promptly withdrew from the Colonial, a tournament he said Sorenstam had no business playing in...
Texas showdown in Western finals (05/19/03)
SAN ANTONIO -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was drenched in sweat as he sat in his team's workout room and fired the first mild salvo in the Great Texas Showdown, a.k.a. the Western Conference finals. "The state of Texas is great. The city of San Antonio is great, but Dallas is a better city no matter what happens," he said...
High-priced Rolen proving his worth (05/19/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Rolen, the highest-paid St. Louis Cardinal in franchise history, looks the part right now. Rolen drove in four runs and Albert Pujols snapped a seventh-inning tie with a run-scoring infield hit in a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday...
Kidd's late shot lifts Nets (05/19/03)
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd's 20-foot fadeaway took a lap around the rim before falling in. It was the biggest game-winner of his career, capping a day when nearly everything else was way off the mark. Kidd's floater over 7-footer Mehmet Okur somehow found the net with 1.4 seconds left Sunday to give the New Jersey Nets a 76-74 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals...
If Annika is 'the one,' she hasn't convinced everybody (05/19/03)
dwilson I went to see "The Matrix: Reloaded" this weekend, apparently like every other person in the Cape Girardeau area. It made me think about golf. Few people actually believe Annika Sorenstam is "the one." Sorenstam is not the Christ-like savior sent to deliver women's golf, a la Neo in "The Matrix." Annika is not playing for the advancement of women's golf this week, although she is representing it, and she's playing for the advancement of her career...
FanFare 5/19/03 (05/19/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • The San Diego Padres fired pitching coach Greg Booker before Saturday night's 12-2 loss to Atlanta and replaced him with Darren Balsley, the pitching coach of Mobile in the Double-A Southern League...
  • New strip mall coming to Jackson (05/19/03)
    Construction has already started on developer Chad Hartle's new Jackson strip mall on East Jackson Boulevard between Wendy's and the Super Wal-Mart. At first, it will be home to Hartle's businesses. Later he will add office and retail space. Hartle is currently negotiating with several retail businesses and professional offices interested in going into the strip mall that will be built in phases on the prime retail space...
    Into the spotlight - Soozie Tyrell goes solo (05/19/03)
    NEW YORK -- Even if you've never heard of Soozie Tyrell, you've probably heard her. Maybe you caught the multi-instrumentalist playing violin on Sheryl Crow's Grammy-nominated album "C'mon, C'mon." Or perhaps performing with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on his current world tour. Or on albums by Shawn Colvin, Carole King, Buster Poindexter, Judy Collins, Southside Johnny or John Hammond...
    Web sites begin to woo Hispanic buyers -- slowly (05/19/03)
    NEW YORK While brick-and-mortar retailers are actively wooing the Hispanic customer, online merchants are just starting to wake up to the opportunities presented by the fast-growing segment of the U.S. population. Office Depot Inc. and Sharper Image are among the handful of retailers that have launched sites entirely in Spanish. This past week, America Online launched its first comprehensive Spanish language national advertising campaign for TV, radio and print...
    Retailers pursue Hispanic consumers (05/19/03)
    NEW YORK Hallmark Cards is marketing 2,500 greeting cards for Hispanics, close to double the number of a year ago, while Blockbuster Inc. has posted bilingual signs and stocked video rentals in Spanish in nearly a quarter of its stores. Kmart has a fashion line named for the Mexican pop star Thalia, a bid to woo young consumers. And Sears, Roebuck and Co. plans to unveil Lucy Pereda, a line of dressy women's clothing bearing the name of Cuban-born TV lifestyle personality...
    New Nordenia head brings 'collaborative' style to job (05/19/03)
    Bill Burke has been in town for only a few weeks as the new president and chief operating officer of Nordenia USA, but he already has picked up a few of the quirky nuances of the area. He demonstrated that last week when asked if he's found a house yet...
    People on the move 05/19/03 (05/19/03)
    Area real estate agent named to 'Top 21' Ken Inman, a sales associate with Century 21 Ashland, was named in the Top 21 producing associates among Century 21 sales associates in Missouri/Kansas and Southern Illinois. Inman was rated in the Top 21 out of 3,200 Century 21 sales associates. The award is based on the adjusted gross commissions. Inman attended the Top 21 agent retreat held in St. Louis on May 15 and 16...
    Closure of St. Louis plant to benefit Poplar Bluff (05/19/03)
    Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Nordyne's recent decision to close a plant in St. Louis is expected to add as many as 250 jobs to its operation in the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park. The St. Louis plant on Grand Avenue is being closed because the facility's location makes expansion impossible. Therefore, Nordyne plans to build a new bigger plant at another location...
    Business memo 05/19/03 (05/19/03)
    Wholesale prices take record plunge in April WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices plunged by a record 1.9 percent in April as the end of the Iraq war removed pressures on energy costs, which posted their largest drop in nearly 17 years. Operating capacity at big industry nosedived to the lowest ebb since 1983...
    Frank Hodges (05/19/03)
    J. Frank Hodges, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 18, 2003 at Southeast Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford & Sons Funeral Home.
    Helmuth Sylvester (05/19/03)
    The Rev. Helmuth A. Sylvester, 88, a former minister at Egypt Mills Trinity Lutheran Church died Friday, May 16, 2003 at Henderson, Nev. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girar-deau.
    Marilyn Kaufman (05/19/03)
    Marilyn K. Kaufman, 42, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, May 17, 2003 at her home. She was born May 18, 1960, daughter of Floyd Coleson and Betty Smith Kitchen in Cape Girardeau. She and William E. Kaufman Jr., were married March 18, 1977 at McClure, Ill. He died January 1, 1985...
    Nancy Hazelwood (05/19/03)
    Nancy Diane Hazelwood, 58, of Fordyce, Ark., formerly of Southern Illinois, died Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. She was born Jan. 22, 1945 in Jacksonville, Texas, the daughter of Beebe and Mirian Lawson Jr. She was married to Melvin L. Hazelwood for 36 years...
    Thomas Rendleman (05/19/03)
    Thomas Rendleman Sr., 92, of Bell City was born March 22, 1911 at Ullin, Ill., the son of the late Gabriel and Georgia Goodman Rendleman, and passed away May 17, 2003 at his home. Tom was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Bell City United Methodist Church for more than 68 years; he was also a charter member of the Bell City Rotary Club. He was a 1931 graduate of Bell City High School...
    Paul Meyr (05/19/03)
    Paul E. Meyr, 82, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2003 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. An American Legion Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson...
    Cape police report 5/19/03 (05/19/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, May 19 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Matthew Tygett, 32, of 2010 Sara Cape received a summons Saturday for driving while intoxicated and making an improper turn...
    Out of the past 5/19/03 (05/19/03)
    10 years ago: May 19, 1992 Charles Kupchella, who was hired as new provost at Southeast Missouri State University in December, assumed his job on full-time basis Monday, after completing academic year as dean of Ogden College of Science Technology and Health at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green...
    Holden should veto budget to protect schools (05/19/03)
    By Courtney Bonney As a senior at Jackson High School, I believe I see the troubles schools are facing more than most legislators in Jefferson City. I wish what I see could be bright and cheery, but I'm afraid that's not the case...
    City still faces challenge of raising revenue (05/19/03)
    Call the four-tax package considered in the April election The Ballot Measures That Wouldn't Go Away. Since Cape Girardeau residents overwhelmingly defeated all four, there has been much conjecture and hand-wringing by city leaders over what happened...
    Fate of Civil War statue yet to be decided (05/19/03)
    There it was Monday morning, hardly believable to the eyes. The Civil War soldier that has watched over Themis Street in Cape Girardeau with his stern gaze for 92 years was in pieces on various platforms of the fountain that supported him. Apparently, a tree limb snapped and scored a direct hit on the soldier. Only the boots remain...
    Speak Out A 05/19/03 (05/19/03)
    Thanks to pickup crews I'D LIKE to compliment the Jackson pickup crews. They had to have worked hard for a very long time to get everybody's trash picked up. Thank you very much, Jackson. They don't listen MY HUSBAND and I had to laugh when we read the front-page headline, "Cape Council told it needs to restore trust." They do need to restore trust, but they need to put the issue of the River Campus back on the ballot. ...
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