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Video-game makers use Carbondale to depict 'real' America (07/01/03)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Images of the police department, high school and other places in this city in far Southern Illinois will soon be featured in a Japanese video game. On Monday, eight designers and artists from the Tokyo-based video-game maker Sega toured the town to help make a planned new game more realistic...
Building a bateau is more than just classwork (07/01/03)
ALPLAUS, N.Y. -- They made the mast, sunk the rivets and varnished the planks to a blond sheen. The bateau was finally ready to go, although it was raining. The wooden boat launched into the still waters of the Mohawk River is a replica of the 18th century craft popular with soldiers and civilians. It's a river boat with graceful curves and a sturdy thunk, like one a professional would make. But this one is different: It was handcrafted by teenage students in a special education program...
Faces of 2morrow 7/1 (07/01/03)
Area students receive school honors Jean Stoverink of Cape Girardeau, Katie Martin, Daniel Schumer and Michael Verseman of Perryville, Mo., were among 1,648 students to receive semester honors for the 2003 spring semester at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan...
Take a trip with suggested summer reading titles (07/01/03)
Yearning to travel far away, to see the world, to taste, smell and do new things? So are we. With summer reading, you'll voyage to Asia, Africa, Europe, outer space, past times and other distant places. You'll meet lots of new kids, animals and a few constellations, too...
'RTX Red Rock' could have been a contender (07/01/03)
"RTX Red Rock" is a game that could have been great. It's set on Mars, it stars a "RoboCop"-like hero with replaceable eye and arm, and it features some interesting enemies. Instead, it will have you scratching your head and asking, "Why did they do THAT?"...
River campus hearing now set for July 28 (07/01/03)
A hearing on Cape Girardeau businessman Jim Drury's third River Campus lawsuit has been delayed until later this month because the plaintiff's attorney, Walter Drusch, recently underwent heart bypass surgery, circuit court officials said. A hearing, which had been scheduled for today, has been pushed back to July 28 at 9 a.m. at the courthouse in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau School Board action 7/1/03 (07/01/03)
During a special meeting Monday, June 30, the school board approved the following item: Amendment of the 2002-03 budget to increase expenditures by $125,000 and revenue by $125,000.
Region briefs 07/01/03 (07/01/03)
River Campus hearing now set for July 28 A hearing on Cape Girardeau businessman Jim Drury's third River Campus lawsuit has been delayed until later this month because the plaintiff's attorney, Walter Drusch, recently underwent heart bypass surgery, circuit court officials said...
Gary Rust to be inducted into Newspaper Hall of Fame (07/01/03)
Citing him as "the genesis of what may be Missouri's biggest newspaper story," the Missouri Press Association will induct Gary Rust into its Newspaper Hall of Fame this year. "He belongs there because of what he's accomplished in the newspaper industry," said Barbara Hill, the publisher of the Dexter Daily Statesman who nominated Rust. "He's just been quite the entrepreneur."...
Cape County gets new population label (07/01/03)
The federal government has designated Cape Girardeau and Jackson as part of a new Micropolitan Statistical Area, a label based on census data that some hope will funnel more federal dollars into the area. It's just a statistical tool currently, says the federal Office of Management and Budget, which developed the new designation...
MoDOT schedules public meetings on Highway 72 (07/01/03)
The Missouri Department of Transportation is hosting two open house public meetings for anyone wanting to provide input and learn more about potential improvements to Highway 72 in Bollinger and Madison counties. The first will be 4 to 7 p.m. July 8 at Meadow Heights School Cafeteria near Patton, Mo. The second will be 4 to 7 p.m. July 10 at the Madison County Senior Center in Fredericktown, Mo...
Area libraries invite children to 'Laugh it up at your library' (07/01/03)
By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian Even though "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" has young readers turning pages faster than they can fire up an Xbox, it's not the thing that has their attention. Summer reading programs at area libraries have children interested in all sorts of books, from medieval fantasies to joke books and humorous novels, as well as some classics...
Sticky new method - CDs in soft drink cup caps (07/01/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Pop singer Rachel Farris is far from a household name, but a new spin on marketing could change that. Her independent record label is embedding mini-CDs in the lids of soft drink cups at movie theaters nationwide and a few theme parks...
Former aide to Gov. Ryan sentenced to 6 1/2 years (07/01/03)
CHICAGO -- Former Gov. George Ryan's longtime top aide, Scott Fawell, was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison for a wide-ranging racketeering scheme involving fraud, perjury and political fund-raising. The usually tough, outgoing Fawell's voice broke with emotion and he couldn't go on as he tried to read a statement expressing regret for his role in the scandal that forced Ryan's retirement after just one term...
Three arrested during MetroLink protest (07/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The idea came from a protest four years ago that shut down Interstate 70. But while Monday's protest at a light-rail station created little inconvenience, activists still hoped they made their point. A few dozen protesters carried signs and chanted slogans at a MetroLink station at Forest Park. Three went to the tracks and sat down, attempting to disrupt the service, but were carried off within seconds...
Tobacco acreage to be lowest since 1874 (07/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- It was the nation's first export and the collateral for financing the American Revolution. But with lawsuits, less smoking, import competition and a soon-to-be dismantled system of government controls, farmers are planting the smallest tobacco crop this year since Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was president...
State's budgeting woes to persist next year (07/01/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As difficult as crafting a new state budget proved to be this year, the challenge looks to be even greater next year. To get and keep recent budgets in balance amid declining revenue collections, a combination of spending cuts and the infusion of one-time money has helped keep Missouri government afloat without a major tax increase...
State renews efforts to reduce meth labs, users (07/01/03)
ST. CLAIR, Mo. -- For five hours, the two men escaped notice as they bought up blister packs of decongestant pills, two at a time, at stores across suburban St. Louis. But at their last stop -- the 19th of the day -- a suspicious security guard alerted police...
Poll suggests majority supports Iraq efforts (07/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans still say things are going at least fairly well in Iraq, but the number who think things are going badly has tripled since early May, a new poll says. Just over half, 56 percent, say things are going well, according to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll, and 42 percent say badly...
Mars launch delayed until Saturday (07/01/03)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA pushed back Wednesday's launch of the latest Mars rover until at least Saturday so workers can figure out why cork insulation is not sticking properly to the skin of the rocket. The announcement Monday marked the fourth delay in a week for the launch of the rover Opportunity...
Senate bill would alter presidential succession (07/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge could move up to eighth in the line of presidential succession, leapfrogging 10 other Cabinet members in a congressional effort to better prepare for a catastrophic attack on Washington. Under legislation approved by the Senate and now pending in the House, Ridge would move from 18th to eighth, behind Attorney General John Ashcroft and in front of Interior Secretary Gale Norton, in the line to succeed the president in a disaster...
Japanese-Americans internees hold reunion (07/01/03)
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Japanese-Americans who were interned at the government's World War II Minidoka relocation camp returned to southern Idaho this weekend. More than 200 people were estimated to have showed up at the Japanese-American Citizens League's conference, making it the largest reunion of internees ever at the Minidoka site. Many are still bitter...
People talk 07/01/03 (07/01/03)
Rap music mogul reportedly arrested Rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight reportedly has been arrested a second time this year for allegedly violating parole. Police arrested the 37-year-old founder of Death Row Records Friday evening, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday...
McJob, Frankenfood listed in collegiate dictionary (07/01/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A former dot-commer working a McJob was listening to some headbangers while laying out the last of his dead presidents for longnecks and some less than heart-healthy Frankenfood. Confused? Consult the new edition of the Collegiate Dictionary from the folks at Merriam-Webster...
Chicago studies if proper permits issued for porch that fell (07/01/03)
CHICAGO -- City officials Monday were investigating whether proper construction permits had been issued for a porch that collapsed, killing 12 people and injuring at least 57 others. The collapse happened about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the city's affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood at a three-story building that was converted from five apartment units to three. City officials said the third-floor wooden porch was apparently rebuilt at the same time...
Toddlers unhurt after mom crashes into house, adbucts them (07/01/03)
BONIFAY, Fla. -- Two toddlers were found unharmed Monday about 18 hours after they were taken by their mother, who drove her car through a sliding glass door at their grandmother's house and abducted them, authorities said. Lorena Montano, 3, and Moises Montano, 2, were found Monday evening in a motel in Bonifay, north of Panama City in the Florida Panhandle, police said...
Air Force pilot will face dereliction charge (07/01/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- The Air Force set aside manslaughter and assault charges against a U.S. pilot Monday and said he will face trial on dereliction-of-duty charges for mistakenly bombing Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, killing four. Maj. Harry Schmidt, 37, could get six months in prison if convicted of the offense...
Man sentenced to life in murder of nun (07/01/03)
NORFOLK, Va. -- A man pleaded guilty Monday to murdering a 67-year-old nun he abducted from Georgia, and was sentenced to life without parole. Adrian Robinson, 25, entered his plea in the slaying of Sister Philomena Fogarty, whose decapitated body was found in Virginia Beach...
Tropical Storm Bill hammers Gulf Coast (07/01/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- Tropical Storm Bill pounded the Gulf Coast on Monday, spinning off a tornado that injured four people, forcing evacuations and leaving at least 11,000 homes and businesses without power. The storm swamped the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter and prompted crews to slam shut the floodgates protecting the low-lying city. Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster declared a statewide emergency, and Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove declared an emergency in three southern counties...
E-mails crew - 'Absolutely no concern' over foam strike (07/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Even as NASA engineers debated possible damage, a flight director e-mailed Columbia's astronauts to say there was "absolutely no concern" that breakaway foam that struck the space shuttle might endanger its safe return. The shuttle's commander cheerily replied, "Thanks a million!"...
Fireworks residue can set off alarms at airports (07/01/03)
WASHINGTON -- Anyone who plans to set off fireworks on the Fourth of July, be forewarned: your pyrotechnics may delay you at the airport later. Ultrasensitive equipment that can detect minuscule traces of explosives on suitcases and skin might raise suspicions at the security gate...
U.S. returns Syrian border guards wounded in assault (07/01/03)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The United States returned five Syrian border guards wounded during a U.S. assault on the Syrian-Iraqi border, officials announced Monday, the latest move to repair strained U.S.-Syrian ties. Syria, for its part, has ejected Iraqi officials and closed offices of Palestinian militants, declaring it is a partner in the U.S. war against terrorism...
Israel offers to turn over Bethlehem (07/01/03)
JERUSALEM -- Israel agreed to return the West Bank town of Bethlehem to Palestinian control after its pullback Monday from the Gaza Strip, crucial steps that advance a U.S.-backed "road map" to Palestinian statehood and raise hopes that 33 months of violence may be nearing an end...
Congo's president, rebels agree to share power (07/01/03)
KINSHASA, Congo -- Congo's president signed a new power-sharing government into being Monday, joining Congo's existing government and rebels in an administration meant to lead the central African nation out of nearly five years of war. If it holds, the transition government stands as a major step toward ending a war that has split Africa's third-largest nation. ...
Military plane crashes west of Algerian capital (07/01/03)
ALGIERS, Algeria -- An Algerian military plane slammed into a house west of the capital Monday, killing up to 17 people, including women and children on the ground, authorities said. Fire raged through several houses after the C130 Hercules transport crashed in the neighborhood of Beni Mered shortly after takeoff from the Boufarik military airport, 25 miles southwest of the capital...
African leaders seek U.S. help in Liberia (07/01/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Pressure built Monday on the United States to contribute to a peacekeeping force in Liberia, with West African leaders asking for 2,000 U.S. troops -- and seeking a response from President Bush before his July visit to the continent...
Toronto nurse dies from flu-like illness SARS (07/01/03)
TORONTO -- A nurse at North York General Hospital became Ontario's first health care worker to die of SARS, raising the death toll from the flu-like illness in Toronto to 39. Several more health care workers are in critical condition on ventilators, and some of them also could succumb, health officials said Monday...
Indonesia says it arrests organizer of Bali bombings (07/01/03)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Police have arrested the most-wanted fugitive in last year's Bali nightclub bombings as he plotted more terror attacks with other al-Qaida-linked militants, officials said Monday. The announcement came as prosecutors recommended a death sentence in the trial of the militant known as the "smiling bomber" -- the first suspect to face trial for the Oct. 12 attacks on the resort island, which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists...
World-record, deep-diving submarine lost off Japan (07/01/03)
TOKYO -- The world's deepest-diving submarine has disappeared in the choppy Pacific Ocean off Japan, a setback to deep-sea research on everything from earthquakes to rare bacteria. Kaiko, a bright yellow submarine which entered the record books in 1995 by diving 36,008 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep -- the ocean's deepest point -- snapped its tether as a typhoon approached in late May and has been missing since then, officials said Monday...
U.S. forces arrest mayor of southern Iraqi town (07/01/03)
NAJAF, Iraq -- American troops moved in force Monday to arrest the U.S.-appointed mayor of this southern Iraqi town, removing him on kidnapping and corruption charges and detaining 62 of his aides -- a step likely to please Najaf's Shiite residents...
Indians recruit proven recruiter (07/01/03)
Former head coach at Southwest Missouri State University joins Southeast staff. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian The urge to get back into Division I basketball means Mark Bernsen's new home will be Cape Girardeau...
Informant - Former teammate shot Baylor player (07/01/03)
Former roommate reportedly shot Patrick Dennehy in the head. By Angela K. Brown ~ Associated Press Writer WACO, Texas -- A police informant told authorities that missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy was shot in the head with a 9 mm handgun by a former teammate after the two had an argument, according to court documents released Monday...
Ford & Sons stays hot with 11-10 win (07/01/03)
Two Imperial errors allow Cape to score winning run in bottom of the ninth. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team has been finding plenty of ways to win games during its current hot streak...
Schmidt baffles Birds (07/01/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The National League's best-hitting team was just the latest victim for Jason Schmidt. Schmidt threw his third consecutive complete game, holding down St. Louis on seven hits and leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cardinals 5-1 Monday night. The Cardinals entered with a .292 average...
Japanese star Matsui is making splash with Yankees (07/01/03)
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui still has plenty to learn. Proved it during the weekend, in fact. Bounding out of the dugout to take a curtain call after a grand slam at Yankee Stadium, he got tangled up with hitting coach Rick Down. "I almost slipped," Matsui said through his translator...
Wimble-done for Agassi (07/01/03)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Crack! That's what Andre Agassi heard on the way out of Wimbledon, the sound Mark Philippoussis' racket made as it smacked serve after unreachable serve Monday. Undaunted by the game's greatest returner, who also happens to be ranked No. 1 and own eight Grand Slam titles, the unseeded Philippoussis hit a record-tying 46 aces and upset Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round...
Red Wings use option on Hasek (07/01/03)
The Detroit Red Wings picked up Dominik Hasek's $8 million contract option for next season before Monday night's deadline, officially welcoming back the retired star and at the same time muddling their goaltending picture. The Wings must now decide what to do with Curtis Joseph, who has two years remaining on his $24 million, three-year contract and more importantly has a no-trade clause. ...
Miami joins ACC after rejecting final Big East proposals (07/01/03)
P Addition of Miami, Virginia Tech makes ACC formidable in football. By David Droschak ~ The Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The jokes about Atlantic Coast Conference football being Florida State and the eight dwarfs will stop with the addition of Miami and Virginia Tech...
Hazel Meyer (07/01/03)
Hazel I. Meyer, 89, of Gordonville died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
LaDonne Honey (07/01/03)
TAMMS, Ill. -- LaDonne Honey, 68, of Alton, Ill., died Friday, June 27, 2003, at his home. He was born July 11, 1934, in Tamms, son of Omer and Edna Harvel Honey. He married Glenna Ridenbark. Honey was a longtime member of Ironworkers Local 396 of St. Louis, and member of VFW Post 1308 in Alton...
Troy Wills (07/01/03)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Troy J. Wills, 70, of Sedgewickville died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 1, 1933, at Lixville, Mo., son of Fred and Effie Shrum Wills. He and Norma J. Smith were married Sept. 29, 1956. Wills was a gravedigger. He was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church...
Margaret Ray (07/01/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Margaret B. Ray, 86, of Sikeston died Monday, June 30, 2003, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 11, 1916, at Crowder, Mo., daughter of James Walton and Clara Belle Baugher Beavers. Ray had been a salesclerk at Clinton-Baugher Store. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church...
Marvin Schmidt (07/01/03)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Marvin M. "Pepper" Schmidt, 75, of Altenburg died Monday, June 30, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 17, 1927, at Altenburg, son of Emmanuel J. and Maria S. Buck Schmidt. He and Doris Luehrs were married April 21, 1951...
Births 7/1/03 (07/01/03)
Krisher Daughter to Jason and Tina Krisher of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:46 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2003. Name, Grace Margaret. Weight, 6 pounds 10 ounces. Mrs. Krisher is the former Tina Wuebbles, daughter of Jack and Pat Wuebbles of Carlyle, Ill. She is employed at U.S. Pallet Supply. Krisher is the son of Joe and Donna Krisher of Mascoutah, Ill. He is employed at Ecolab...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 7/1/03 (07/01/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, July 1 Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 6:50 p.m., a medical assist at 2864 Hopper Road. At 7:22 p.m., a medical assist at the 91-mile marker of Interstate 55. At 10;03 p.m., a medical assist at 1651 N. Main...
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/1/03 (07/01/03)
Cape Girardeau Tuesday, July 1 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Matthew Christopher Robinson, no age given, of 3013 Mimosa, Apt. 3, Cape Girardeau, was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 7/1/03 (07/01/03)
10 years ago: July 1, 1993 For past month, Cape Girardeau police officers have been carrying little vials of granulated chemicals which can determine whether person they have stopped is driving while intoxicated; Missouri Safety Center, located on campus of Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Mo., selected Cape Girardeau as test site for new DWI field units...
Ed Leoni is an inspiration to all of us (07/01/03)
The life of Ed Leoni offers one of the more inspirational stories in recent memory. The 51-year-old Jackson cancer survivor and Southeast Missouri State University professor teaches his students how to live a healthy life. There are repercussions that Leoni knows all too well...
New laws get tough on methamphetamine (07/01/03)
Last week, the Missouri Legislature signed some of the nation's toughest anti-methamphetamine measures in the country. It came not a minute too soon. More than any other drug, the sale and use of methamphetamine have ravaged our state. Missouri has led the country for the past two years in the number of clandestine labs shut down by police, recording 2,725 raids and seizures last year...
Carefully check dog breeders when buying pets (07/01/03)
To the editor: In response to letters from Barry Horton and Michael Maguire regarding the cost of adopting pets: If Horton purchased his dog from a breeder in our state who fails to screen for the most common genetic problems (mange, hip dysplasia, thyroid disease, allergies and weak temperament), his bills could be sky-high. Many of these breeders have multiple dog breeds with cages stacked on top of each other and animals kept in filthy conditions...
War isn't over, and the world still isn't safe (07/01/03)
To the editor: The defenders of George Bush and his war on Iraq overlook the killing of over 3,500 Iraqi civilians and continuing deaths of Iraqis and American military personnel. They argue the war was a win-win situation because we have deposed an evil tyrant and dictator. They sadly miss the point. When it takes thousands of deaths to achieve a goal, we have to ask a critical moral question about whether the end justifies the means...
Speak out 6/26 (07/01/03)
Low interest, lost income I CANNOT understand how some people can be so daft to certain things that are going on. The average senior citizen has saved money to draw a little interest to increase their income along with their Social Security. But now President Bush and Fed chairman Alan Greenspan have got the interest rates so low that the senior citizens can't survive. My income has gone down $7,000 to $8,000 a year from the little interest check I received and spent...
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