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Roadwork complete ahead of schedule (08/02/03)
Cape Girardeau drivers dreading at least eight more weeks of detours around Independence Street at Mount Auburn Road got a pleasant surprise Friday. The intersection was open to traffic in all directions. Melanie Gertis, assistant city engineer, said contractor Lappe Cement Finishing of Perryville, Mo., picked up the pace because company officials realized how vital that intersection is to traffic flow. The project began July 17...
Man shot in Cape (08/02/03)
Cape Girardeau police said a man walking in the northeast part of town was shot Friday morning and a suspect is still on the loose. The victim, unnamed by police, was confronted between 3 and 4 a.m. by someone driving a vehicle, said Sgt. Rick Schmidt...
Fire report 08/02/03 (08/02/03)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 2 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 5:31 p.m., medical assist at 934 Hackberry. At 8:33 p.m., medical assist at 19 S. Kingshighway. At 10:54 p.m., medical assist at 535 Boxwood, Apt. 5. At 11:41 p.m., medical assist at 1224 S. Pacific...
Visions of Cape (08/02/03)
Imagine a city with riverside art festivals, where the clanging bells of trolley cars can be heard in the streets and people dining at the Lorimier Restaurant have a magnificent view of the Mississippi River. Such visions filled the minds of people at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee, as graduating Leadership Cape groups presented projects to improve the city...
Religion calendar (08/02/03)
Today The New Hinsons will perform at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Cape Girardeau. There is no admission charge but an offering will be collected. For information, call the church at 335-4456. Gospel singing at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Ill. Groups include the Gloryroad Travelers and the Hallelujah Singers. For information, call (618) 995-2306...
Region digest 08/02/03 (08/02/03)
Morley sales tax up for five-year renewal BENTON, Mo. -- Morley voters will have the opportunity to renew their city sales tax at the polls Tuesday. The city has had the half-cent sales tax for five years, said Mayor Hallie Granville, and this is the first renewal opportunity...
Illinois man convicted in three killings (08/02/03)
DIXON, Ill. -- A Toulon man known as a bully who threatened and stalked residents of the small farming town was convicted of murder Friday for killing a sheriff's deputy and two neighbors he held a simmering grudge against for more than a decade. A judge ruled Curtis Thompson, 61, eligible for the death penalty after he waived his right to have a jury decide. Testimony in the penalty phase of the trial will begin Monday in Toulon...
Pastoral role (08/02/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. The way Charles Jackson sees it, there is little difference between his job as Missouri's state director of public safety and his calling as a minister. At work, Jackson oversees about 15,000 employees, including members of the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. At the Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, his oversees a flock that grew from five members in 1996 to 70 today...
What God knows leads theological debates (08/02/03)
Does God know everything? Does that knowledge include everything that will happen in the future? Classic Christianity answers yes, using "omniscience" to label God's attribute of knowing everything and "foreknowledge" for his awareness of future events. The age-old belief is now under new question, creating North America's hottest theological debate of the moment...
GOP, ethics panel reach settlement over contributions (08/02/03)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Republican Party and two former GOP candidates have agreed to pay $70,000 as part of a settlement with the state over campaign contributions made in 1998, officials said Friday. The settlement between the GOP and the Missouri Ethics Commission requires the party to pay the state $60,000 and the two former candidates to pay $5,000 each...
Hundreds of state workers taking advantage of early retirement (08/02/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State workers have taken advantage of a new law that allows some retired employees to pay the same rates for their medical coverage as full-time workers, a state official said Friday. The incentive was designed to save the state money because it is cheaper for the state to pay medical insurance to retirees than to pay full-time salaries to those eligible for retirement but still working. ...
Religion briefs 8/2 (08/02/03)
Five Lutheran women to attend convention Five women from St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau are attending the Central States Synod Convention this weekend in Atchison, Kan. Those women are Dee Cannon, Carolyn Pendergrass, Lora Henk, Helen Lohmeier and Linda Train...
Missouri schools prepare lawsuit for funds (08/02/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A decade ago when a circuit court judge famously declared that Missouri schools ranged from the "golden" to the "god-awful," state lawmakers overhauled the system for funding public schools to ease the financial disparity between rich and poor districts...
Former police chief recovers from overdose, sentenced (08/02/03)
LIBERTY, Mo. -- A former small-town police chief who is recovering from a severe cocaine overdose pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge and received a suspended sentence of one year in jail. William Abney, 39, was fired as police chief of the eastern Jackson County town of Lone Jack on June 26, just hours after he was found on a floor in his Kansas City home suffering seizures. ...
Online music makers heading to schools to stop piracy (08/02/03)
Record-industry executives and online music companies are quietly working with colleges and universities to offer legitimate sources of free or deeply discounted music to students if the schools agree to take steps to deter piracy on campus networks...
Judge denies bond for woman who claimed to be long-lost girl (08/02/03)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A woman accused of perpetrating a cruel hoax on an Indiana couple, claiming to be their long-lost daughter, was ordered held on $100,000 bond Friday. A Kansas judge called Donna Lynette Walker a flight risk, noting at least one previous conviction for creating a false alarm and her past psychiatric care, including three visits this year to the state mental hospital...
Nation's jobless rate decreases; payrolls drop again (08/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in July, but businesses cut jobs for a sixth month in a row, still wary despite signs the economy is on the mend. With jobs scarce, close to half a million people gave up looking. The Labor Department's report Friday suggested that the job market remains stubbornly sluggish, frustrating jobseekers on Main Street, discouraging investors on Wall Street and polarizing lawmakers in Washington as they look for a way to get the economy back to full throttle.. ...
FBI search of Maryland pond yields no evidence of anthrax (08/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- No traces of anthrax were found in tests of soil samples taken from a Maryland pond drained in June by the FBI, law enforcement officials said Friday. Authorities found a gun, a bicycle, fishing lures and "a lot of junk, but nothing of an evidentiary nature in the anthrax case," said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Officials have not determined whether the gun might be linked to some other unsolved crime...
Report claims 9-11 hijackers connected to Saudi government (08/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- Classified sections of Congress' Sept. 11 report lay out a web of connections among Saudi businessmen, royal family, charities and banks that may have aided al-Qaida or the suicide hijackers, according to people who have seen the report...
Man charged in death of five college students (08/02/03)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A man who police say made his living stealing car stereos and has a history of setting fires was charged Friday with killing five college students in an arson near Ohio State University. Robert Lucky Patterson, 20, set fire to a couch on the front porch of a three-story rooming house after stealing radios from cars in the neighborhood, Detective Mike McCann said. Patterson lives near Ohio State but was not a student, authorities said...
Poindexter to resign in wake of terror flap (08/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- Retired Adm. John Poindexter will resign his position at the Pentagon after a research project he was overseeing was condemned by Congress as an "egregious error of judgment." A senior defense official said Defense Secretary Donald H. ...
Teamsters endorse Gephardt for president (08/02/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Teamsters officially endorsed Democrat Dick Gephardt for president Friday after an unanimous vote of the union's leadership, officials said. Union President James P. Hoffa delivered the news of the coveted, yet anticipated, labor prize to Gephardt after the morning vote of 22 vice presidents by conference phone call, union officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity...
Protesters call for release of Palestinian prisoners, halt to I (08/02/03)
NABLUS, West Bank -- Thousands of protesters rallied Friday in the West Bank to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Earlier, Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets at demonstrators near a disputed security barrier, reportedly injuring at least 11 people...
Security Council authorizes multinational force for Liberia (08/02/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council voted late Friday to authorize a multinational force to help end fighting in war-battered Liberia and maintain security after President Charles Taylor steps down. France, Germany and Mexico abstained from the vote...
U.S. military distributes retouched pics of former leader (08/02/03)
Saddam the thick-bearded desert sheik? Saddam the kindly, gray-haired uncle? The U.S. Central Command said Friday it had begun distributing to American troops several digitally enhanced photographs of fugitive Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, to aid in spotting him if he has adopted a "new look" to escape detection...
Brazilian riot police evict hundreds of squatters (08/02/03)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Riot police used tear gas Friday to evict hundreds of squatters who moved into a vacant hotel two weeks ago amid a wave of property invasions. Police stormed the hotel near Sao Paulo's center at dawn and sprayed tear gas inside because some of the 200 to 300 squatters resisted and set a small fire on the roof of the building, said state police Col. Luiz Claudio Alves...
U.S. forces grab 'important' Iraqis (08/02/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- U.S. forces grabbed two "important associates of the former regime" and a bodyguard suspected of protecting top Iraqi fugitives Friday, seizing documents and photographs they hoped would help the search for Saddam Hussein. Also, a tape attributed to the former dictator urged Iraqis to join the anti-American insurgency and vowed Saddam would return to power "at any moment." The CIA said the tape was most likely authentic...
Suicide truck bombing leaves at least 27 dead, levels military (08/02/03)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- A suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives Friday into a military hospital near Chechnya caring for dozens of Russian troops. Officials said at least 27 people were killed with 15 others feared trapped in the rubble...
U.S. diplomacy wins over N. Korea (08/02/03)
From wire reports The United States achieved a key diplomatic goal when North Korea eased its insistence on one-on-one talks with Washington and agreed Friday to join U.S.-proposed multilateral talks, where it will find little sympathy for its suspected nuclear weapons programs...
Gunbattle near Mexico border kills at least three (08/02/03)
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico -- Police and soldiers returned fire against suspected drug traffickers in this border city early Friday, killing three suspects and wounding six others, the state attorney general said. The deaths occurred when a fleeing vehicle exploded in flames during the shootout, Tamaulipas Attorney General Francisco Cayuela Villarreal said...
MU investigating more allegations in Clemons case (08/02/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri is investigating allegations made by former basketball player Ricky Clemons' ex-girlfriend that the athlete received cash and clothing from coaches, a school official said Friday. Coach Quin Snyder emphatically denied Clemons received money, but acknowledged giving him promotional attire that he planned to discard...
Ford & Sons advances to American Legion zone final (08/02/03)
Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team advanced to the championship game of the Zone 4 Tournament by beating Anheiser Busch 6-3 in Friday night's winner's bracket final at Heine Meine Field in St. Louis. Ford & Sons (27-14) will play at 7 p.m. today for the championship of the double-elimination event. If Cape loses, it would play a final title contest at 1 p.m. Sunday...
Caps resume wildcard role for opener in World Series (08/02/03)
The Craftsman Union Capahas barely squeezed into the National Baseball Congress World Series as an at-large entrant. Beginning today in Wichita, Kan., the Capahas will try to prove NBC officials were wise to select the Cape Girardeau team for its 18th consecutive World Series appearance...
ASA event kicks off busy month at Shawnee fields (08/02/03)
Today's ASA Class C men's slow-pitch softball tournament marks a stretch of three straight weekend softball tournaments to close the summer schedule at Shawnee Sports Complex. This weekend's tournament will be the biggest of the three tournaments with 28 teams entered from across the state. Games will start at 8:30 a.m. today and run through Sunday. More than 300 players will compete...
Playing through pain leads pitcher to a title (08/02/03)
With the championship on the line, Emily Blattel wasn't coming out of the game -- no matter the circumstances. Blattel was on the mound last week as her 13- to 14-year-old Michael Tanner team fought for a tournament championship in a Cape Girardeau softball league...
Cairo, Kline give Cards a lift (08/02/03)
NEW YORK -- Miguel Cairo and reliever Steve Kline each hit a two-run double in a six-run eighth inning that sent the Cardinals to an 8-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. Edgar Renteria went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double for the Cardinals, who remained two games behind first-place Houston in the NL Central...
Red Sox load up talent for run against Yankees (08/02/03)
BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox believe they got the better of the New York Yankees in their effort to stockpile talent for the pennant race. The Red Sox still face the daunting task of outperforming their longtime nemesis on the field, but it's been a long time since they felt this confident heading into the final two months of the season...
Steve Mariucci has brought new life to a lackluster franchise (08/02/03)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Robert Porcher was heading for the airport last February when he got a call from the Detroit Lions about an important meeting. Steve Mariucci, the team's new coach, wanted to talk to the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end right away...
Archuleta optimistic for a breakout season (08/02/03)
MACOMB, Ill. -- Strong safety Adam Archuleta is aiming for a trip to the Pro Bowl in his third season with the Rams. It's only natural, he says. "Yeah, absolutely," Archuleta said of wanting to be voted to the NFL's annual all-star game in Honolulu. ...
Zolman has the edge at No. 3 (08/02/03)
MACOMB, Ill. -- Rams coach Mike Martz said Friday that while he likes rookie quarterback Kirk Farmer's work ethic, recently signed Greg Zolman now ranks third on the depth chart. Farmer, a former Missouri quarterback, has dealt with competition in the past; he lost his starting job in college to redshirt freshman Brad Smith during his senior year with the Tigers...
Indy is still a special stop, drivers say (08/02/03)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Of all the trophies Bobby Labonte has won, he keeps just two at home: from the 2000 Winston Cup championship and that year's Brickyard 400. "I've got most of the trophies and stuff boxed away, but those two are special. This is a special race," Labonte said Friday before climbing into his Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet for the opening practice ahead of the 10th Brickyard 400...
Sideline chatter 8/2/03 (08/02/03)
Wallet to A-Rod: Quiet, dude Alex Rodriguez looked over his big stack of money Wednesday and made a startling discovery: His Texas Rangers are a last-place team. This might come as a shock to A-Rod, but the Rangers also finished last in 2000 -- his final year in Seattle -- as well as in 2001 and 2002, his first two seasons in Texas after he took the $252 million bait...
Area digest (08/02/03)
Mud races today benefit Gordonville fire dept. The Gordonville Fire Protection District Booster Club will sponsor mud racing today at the Gordonville City Park. ATV racing begins at 10:30 a.m. with truck racing at 1 p.m. Gates open at 8. Tents will be provided for shade, but spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs...
Wooden elephant turns to soul legends for help (08/02/03)
MARGATE, N.J. -- How do you make a six-story wooden elephant easier for the handicapped to enjoy? Bring in soul legends James Brown and Patti LaBelle, of course. The operators of Lucy the Elephant are trying to raise more than $375,000 to bring the historic landmark into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act...
Billy Story (08/02/03)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Billy D. Story, 48, of Olive Branch died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at St. Frances Medical Center in Cape Girardeau He was born July 15, 1955, in Anna, Ill., son of Billy Dean and Shirley Beasley Story. He and Kimberly Arthur were married June 29, 1974...
Mary Brockmeyer (08/02/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Brockmeyer, 83, of Chaffee died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Lillie Matthews (08/02/03)
Lillie M. Matthews, 91, of St. Louis died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Delmar Gardens Nursing Home in St. Louis. She was born April 16, 1912, at Whitewater, daughter of David R. and Jesse Fulbright Statler. Matthews had worked at Forest City Manufacturing and also at Toby Lane Co. in St. Louis many years...
George Grueneberg (08/02/03)
George W. Grueneberg, 83, of Owosso, Mich., died Monday, July 21, 2003, at Memorial Healthcare Center. He was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, son of George and Emma Haman Grueneberg. He married Lucille Marie Brown, who died in 1985. He and Faith E. Kelly were married July 11, 1986, in Owosso...
Mary Holmes (08/02/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary Holmes, 98, of Anna died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, Ill. She was born Aug. 11, 1904, in Centreville, Miss., daughter of John and Cornelia Cammack Fletcher. She and Frank J. Holmes were married Aug. 14, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio...
Estelle Manning (08/02/03)
Estelle Manning, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 2, 1911, in Marmaduke, Ark., daughter of William and Junie Brewer Williams. She and John Edgar Manning were married Sept. 6, 1940, in Kennett, Mo. He died Feb. 27, 1970...
Patsy Triplett (08/02/03)
Patsy Jean Triplett, 45, of Scott City died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at her home. She was born Sept. 24, 1957, at Bonne Terre, Mo., daughter of Billy Joe and Aimee Vivian Brooks Bailey. She and Robert Earl Triplett were married Feb. 2, 1988, in Cape Girardeau...
Lloyd Harris (08/02/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- H. Lloyd Harris, 77, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Advance, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born Oct. 17, 1925, son of Monroe and Rowena Pixley Harris. He married Patsy Bollinger, who died Oct. 25, 1983...
Josie Smith (08/02/03)
BERNIE, Mo. -- Josie Marie Smith, 90, of Bernie died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003. She was born Sept. 17, 1912, at Bernie, daughter of Joseph Louray and Ethel Jennette Jordon Grayum. She and Charles Franklin Smith were married March 25, 1933, in Piggott, Ark. He died Dec. 29, 1988...
Kenny Wills (08/02/03)
McGEE, Mo. -- Kenny E. Wills, 38, of McGee died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at his home. He was born April 1, 1965, in Granite City, Ill., son of Bill Wills and Karen Donithan. Wills was a construction worker and a member of Brush Creek Baptist Church...
Dr. Walter Hutton (08/02/03)
Dr. Walter W. Hutton, 79, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was formerly of Jackson. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Dr. Grant Gillard will officiate. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery at Jackson...
Irene Voges (08/02/03)
Irene Voges, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. She was born May 2, 1914, at Fornfelt, daughter of Henry A. and Bertha Hanschen Voges. Voges owned and operated Irene Voges Bookkeeping Service. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral...
Births 8/2/03 (08/02/03)
Stone Daughter to Michael Anthony and Heidi Anne Stone of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003. Name, Mackenzie Mae. Weight, 6 pounds 1 ounce. Second daughter. Mrs. Stone is the former Heidi Stause, daughter of Martha Stause and Norman Stause of Dexter, Mo. She is employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri. Stone is the son of Paulette Stone and Garry Stone of Jackson. He is self-employed...
Police report 08/02/03 (08/02/03)
Cape Girardeau Saturday, Aug. 2 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Sharon K. Miller, 39, of 24848 State Highway 91, Bell City, Mo., was arrested Thursday on a Stoddard County warrant for domestic assault...
Sheriff's report 08/02/03 (08/02/03)
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Saturday, Aug. 2 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Mandell E. Brandy, 26, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested July 24 on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 8/2/03 (08/02/03)
10 years ago: Aug. 2, 1993 Sign has been placed on street clock at intersection of Main and Themis in downtown Cape Girardeau, proclaiming feelings of merchants: "We love our floodwall"; sign was installed by John and Evelyn Boardman and includes mark -- determined by construction foreman Bob Hershey -- representing where Mississippi River water would be at predicted 49-foot crest if not for wall...
12-year-old math whizzes get chance to excel (08/02/03)
Want to feel dumb? Meet Gabe Eggers, Daniel Hooks and John Free, Jackson 12-year-olds making A's and B's this summer on assignments in college algebra at Southeast Missouri State University. Gabe is taking college trigonometry for a little extra fun...
SEMO mascot change is marketing move (08/02/03)
Recent news out of Southeast Missouri State University has put the institution at the forefront of casual conversation and this very Opinion page. No wonder the National Alumni Council warned members to keep their vote last month quiet. But word got out that the council had taken the first step to find new nicknames for the university's sports teams...
Speak Out 8/2/03 (08/02/03)
Courteous motorists AFTER TRAVELING to a busy city this summer and seeing the rude people, it was nice to get back to the Cape Girardeau area where people make an effort to be courteous in their automobiles. What's a loophole? I READ where Gov. Bob Holden will call a second special session in September and ask lawmakers to consider closing corporate tax loopholes. ...
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