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Episcopalians in Cape gauge gay bishop's impact (08/06/03)
Whether or not members of the local Episcopal Church agree with the ordination of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire, the church's rector says the matter is bound to have some effect on their congregation. "It's a political issue for our country, and for our government and for our president and for the church in this country," said the Rev. Bob Towner, rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau...
Fragment will perform tonight at University Center (08/06/03)
If Americans can perform music by composers Dvorak and Smetana, a Czech-Slovak band should be able to play bluegrass. The bluegrass band Fragment will perform at 8 tonight at the University Center Ballroom. Bluegrass from Czech and Slovak republics actually isn't that far-fetched. The folk music doesn't sound like bluegrass, but their inspirations are identical, says lead singer/bassist Jana Dolakova...
Jackson police, firefighters returning to complex (08/06/03)
The floors are a new color, the furniture has changed. Even the smell is different. But it's still home, and it's good to be back. That's the sentiment at Jackson's fire and police complex this week as officers unpack from what felt like a nearly 90-day sleepover, said police chief James Humphreys...
School chief has brush with death (08/06/03)
Editor's note: Dan Steska was superintendent of the Cape Girardeau School District from 1999 to 2002. By Rebecca Loda ~ The (Bloomington, Ill.) Pantagraph NORMAL, Ill. -- Dan Steska traveled to Mexico last month to improve his Spanish. He didn't expect to change his life...
Foreign students at SEMO register with feds (08/06/03)
The U.S. government now knows the names, addresses and majors of each of the roughly 230 international students at Southeast Missouri State University, the result of a new program intended to keep track of foreign students in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...
Foto Fest features bridal fashion, dolphins, baby cheeks (08/06/03)
Tina Glastetter just happened to be playing around with her 35 millimeter camera at a friend's wedding in Kelso when she saw what had the potential to be a great picture. Glastetter's image of a woman peeking outside from a window was one of the four semifinalists chosen in the fourth week of the Foto Fest photography contest. Other winners were Maura Leus and Jamie Plouffe, both of Cape Girardeau, and Beth Eeftink of Leopold...
Dennis Roedemeier to oversee Innovation Center (08/06/03)
Dennis Roedemeier, director of business development for the state of Missouri, was named chief executive officer of a new Southeast Missouri University Research Foundation and executive director of the new Southeast Missouri State University Innovation Center...
Club news 8/6 (08/06/03)
Capaha Scottish Rite Women's Club The July meeting of the Capaha Scottish Rite Women's Club was held at Delmonico's in Jackson. Husbands were guests. Luella Armstrong presided and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joyce Peerman voiced a table prayer...
Member of school board sends warning letter to St. Louis mayor (08/06/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A letter signed by a member of the St. Louis School Board places a curse on Mayor Francis Slay. The open letter, sent to the press and signed by board member Rochell Moore, is filled with Biblical references. It says the Lord would smite Slay and anyone who helps him because of the position he has taken against the city's public schools. It says, in part, that "the angel of the Lord shall pursue Francis Slay until he perishes."...
Police say they have given up hope of finding child alive (08/06/03)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police said they have given up hope of finding alive a severely disabled child who disappeared two months ago, although they are still actively involved in the case. Christian Ferguson disappeared under strange circumstances nearly eight weeks ago, and attempts to locate the 9-year-old have turned up nothing...
Storm knocks out Weather Service radar (08/06/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A prominent Springfield business had to work a little harder Tuesday to keep up with its product. A Monday night thunderstorm knocked out part of its equipment. The victim? The National Weather Service office, which had its Doppler Radar disabled by the storm...
Lone Jack shuts off water service to trailer park (08/06/03)
LONE JACK, Mo. -- Residents of a Lone Jack trailer park face a Wednesday deadline to move out of their homes because of the park owner's refusal to pay the city about $20,000 in delinquent sewer bills. A "for sale" sign sits along the gravel lane leading into the Summits Edge community and bright pink notices posted on each trailer warn that the homes are unsafe for habitation...
Man stabbed to death with ice pick (08/06/03)
EDWARDS, Mo. -- Authorities on Tuesday were investigating the fatal stabbing of a Kansas City, Kan., man at The Lake of the Ozarks. Camden County Sheriff's officials said the 45-year-old victim was staying at a lake property when a woman showed up with her teenage son and a 32-year-old man...
Interstate 70 series takes a detour to Sedalia (08/06/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt wants to know: Cardinals or Royals? The state's chief elections official said Tuesday that a mock election will be held at the Missouri State Fair asking attendees whether they favor the St. Louis Cardinals or their Interstate 70 cousins the Kansas City Royals...
Federal oil buy may have raised prices, critics say (08/06/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's decision to buy oil for the government's emergency reserve is contributing to tight supplies and higher energy prices, some economists and congressional Democrats contend. The Energy Department discounts the impact of the purchases, nearly 11 million barrels since the beginning of May, while a number of oil traders say other factors have had more of an impact...
Rumsfeld - Forces stretched, but recruitment unnecessary (08/06/03)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday there is no need to increase U.S. armed forces for now even though the military is being stretched by commitments in Iraq and elsewhere. "We're absolutely open-minded about how many people we have in the armed services," Rumsfeld said. "The way to get the right number," he added, is not to rush to a change "the first time you feel the effects of a spike in activity, as we do right now with Iraq."...
Episcopalians confirm bishop; some appeal to church leader (08/06/03)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Episcopal Church voted Tuesday to approve the election of its first openly gay bishop, a decision that risks splitting the denomination and shattering ties with its sister churches worldwide. After a delay caused by allegations that he inappropriately touched another man and was affiliated with a Web site that indirectly linked users to porn, the Episcopal General Convention confirmed the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire...
People talk 8/6/03 (08/06/03)
Fans can't always get what they want in Spain MADRID, Spain -- The Rolling Stones suspended a concert in the Spanish tourist resort town of Benidorm after 60-year-old lead singer Mick Jagger fell ill with laryngitis, organizers said Tuesday. The concert set for later in the day was part of the Stones' "Forty Licks" tour and had been expected to attract some 30,000 spectators at the Foeits Sports Stadium...
Man who accused bishop regrets calling it harassment (08/06/03)
MANCHESTER, Vt. -- The man who accused the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop of inappropriately touching him regrets using the word "harassment" in his e-mail, according to a church report released Tuesday. David Lewis described how the Rev. V. Gene Robinson touched him on the arm and back twice in conversation, which made him uncomfortable, according to a report by a bishop who looked into Lewis' complaint...
Lawsuit filed over 1939 experiment to induce stuttering (08/06/03)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For six months, Mary Nixon and 10 other orphans were relentlessly belittled for every little imperfection in their speech to test the theory that children become stutterers because of psychological pressure. Sixty-four years later, the experience still stings...
Group fights for free access to medical research (08/06/03)
The family was poor, living on the Great Plains, and the child had a rare medical condition. "Here's what we can do," the family doctor told them. But it didn't work, recalled Michael Keller, who oversees the libraries at Stanford University. "So the family went to the Internet."...
Illinois man sentenced to death (08/06/03)
TOULON, Ill. -- A retired coal miner who was portrayed as a small-town bully was sentenced to death Tuesday for murdering a sheriff's deputy and a couple he had feuded with for years. Judge Scott Shore said Curtis Thompson, 61, showed no remorse for his crimes...
Judge rules against Ten Commandments monument (08/06/03)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state's Judicial Building within 15 days. The federal judge, who has ruled the 5,300-pound monument violates the constitutional ban on government promotion of religion, lifted a stay he had previously issued while Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appealed...
AFL-CIO backs California governor, asks Democrats not to run (08/06/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Gray Davis got a key boost in his fight for political survival Tuesday as national AFL-CIO leaders voted to oppose the recall and urge elected Democrats not to run in the Oct. 7 election. "The recall will cost $70 million and will produce an uncertain future for our nation's largest state," said the resolution by the labor group. "We call on all state leaders in the Democratic Party to stand united with the governor and stay off the recall ballot."...
Nation digest 08/06/03 (08/06/03)
Maintenance blamed for fatal Amtrak crash WASHINGTON -- Poor track maintenance caused the fatal crash of the Amtrak Auto Train in Florida last year, federal investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously approved a report saying the track's owners, CSX Transportation, did not ensure the track was properly aligned and had adequate supports...
American civilian killed in Iraqi attack (08/06/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An American civilian delivering mail to the U.S. Army died Tuesday when his truck was blown apart by a remote control bomb north of Tikrit, the military and his employer said. Also, angry residents of the city of Fallujah attacked an Iraqi police station for the second straight day, slightly injuring an American soldier who joined police in trying to fight off the attackers, who were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons...
Palestinians call off summit with Israel (08/06/03)
JERUSALEM -- The Palestinians called off a summit this week with the Israeli prime minister to show their dissatisfaction with Israel's plans for a prisoner release. One Palestinian lawmaker Tuesday warned of a "major crisis," calling for quick U.S. intervention...
Democrats meet Abbas, Sharon on furthering peace process (08/06/03)
JERUSALEM -- A leading U.S. congressman on Tuesday accused Yasser Arafat of hampering peace efforts and told the new Palestinian prime minister he must take responsibility and strike a deal with Israel. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who is leading 29 House Democrats in a weeklong tour of Israel to discuss the Mideast peace process, made his comments after separate meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...
Arab nations snub Iraqi council (08/06/03)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Arab League members decided Tuesday not to recognize Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council, saying they will wait until a government is elected. Arab officials welcomed the council's creation as a first step toward new leadership in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. But the decision Tuesday showed that Arab governments are keeping some distance from the body -- dismissed by many in Iraq and across the Arab world as a puppet of Iraq's U.S. and British occupiers...
French troops in helicopter foil massacre in Congo village (08/06/03)
NYANDA, Congo -- French troops on helicopter patrol over the lush green savannah of troubled northeastern Congo stopped a massacre in progress Tuesday in a remote village, although nine villagers died, residents said. The attack began before dawn when Lendu tribal fighters armed with automatic weapons and machetes raided this tiny village of the Hema tribe from two directions, chief Nguna Manasse said...
Aid for ill, hungry Liberians follows troops to Monrovia (08/06/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Desperately needed aid flowed toward Liberia's capital Tuesday as the arrival of West African peacekeeping troops brought a dramatic easing of two weeks of gunbattles in the rebel-besieged city. Nigerian troops began arriving Monday at the vanguard of what will be a 3,250 strong force seeking to end 14 years of carnage and usher warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor into exile...
Bomber strikes Indonesian hotel (08/06/03)
From wire reports JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A suspected suicide bombing at the Marriott Hotel created lunchtime carnage in Jakarta's business district Tuesday, killing 14 people and wounding 148, setting cars afire and scattering glass shards for blocks in a bloody act of terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation...
Cosmonaut plans to tie the knot in space (08/06/03)
MOSCOW -- How do pre-wedding jitters feel in zero gravity? Cosmonaut Yuri Malen-chenko may be about to find out: The International Space Station crewman plans to get married while in orbit this weekend, jilting superiors on Earth who accused him of showboating and advised him to wait...
Cuba releases six men who tried to reach U.S. in hijacked boat (08/06/03)
HAVANA -- Six of 12 men implicated in the hijacking of a government boat last month were immediately freed upon their return to Cuba, one of the men said Tuesday. Fermin Suarez said Cuban authorities let him walk free, but his 27-year-old son was among the six still in custody in the provincial capital of Camaguey pending trial on robbery charges...
Residence of late queen mother gets update before public debut (08/06/03)
LONDON -- Parts of Clarence House, the new London home of Prince Charles, his longtime lover and his sons, opens to the public Wednesday for the first time. The Queen Mother Elizabeth lived in the 19th-century mansion until her death, and though it has been refurbished at a cost of $9.7 million, many of her personal touches remain...
Iraqis deny al-Qaida invovlement in attacks against U.S. troops (08/06/03)
RAMADI, Iraq -- Senior American officials are sending a message that violence against U.S. soldiers in Iraq is increasingly the work of foreign fighters -- by implication, Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. But Iraqis and American officers on the ground say the evidence is stronger that Iraqis angry at American occupation and Saddam Hussein loyalists are behind most attacks...
Southeast narrows its search for gymnastics coach to 2 (08/06/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's search for a new gymnastics coach appears to be winding down now that two finalists have been selected and are being interviewed on campus this week. A school search committee interviewed Bill Hardy, the head coach at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., on Tuesday. Tim Rivera, an assistant coach at San Jose State, will be interviewed Thursday...
Big on speed (08/06/03)
Remote control races offer big competition, only on a smaller scale By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Trucks line up on a small dirt track, ready for the command to go. Their spare parts are strewn about. The smell of gas is in the air...
Race heats up as final major looms (08/06/03)
Tiger Woods must have grown weary giving the same speech. Whether it was at Kapalua, Pebble Beach or Torrey Pines, the PGA Tour annual awards ceremony always featured the same routine -- Woods accepting another trophy as player of the year, making a crack about surviving a confirmed media slump, reminding everyone that winning a major constitutes a great year...
Marlins blank Cards, surge into division race (08/06/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Brad Penny allowed four hits in seven sharp innings as the Florida Marlins beat Woody Williams and the Cardinals 4-0 Tuesday night. Juan Encarnacion was 3-for-4, and Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez each drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won eight of 10. Florida is 12-5 since the All-Star break to climb into the thick of the NL wild-card race...
Bryant's first court date brings media rush to Colorado (08/06/03)
EAGLE, Colo. -- Across the street from the Eagle County courthouse, a mini-community of satellite trucks and television tents has suddenly sprouted. Inside, final touches were being put on a security plan more suited for a head of state. Kobe Bryant arrives today for his first court hearing in his sexual assault case, a whirlwind appearance that means little legally but has sparked a media frenzy in this otherwise sleepy mountain town...
Bankrupt Tyson - Millions spent on diamonds, limos (08/06/03)
NEW YORK -- A diamond necklace worth as much as some houses. More than $300,000 in limousine rides. Sixty thousand dollars worth of rugs. Mike Tyson's Manhattan bankruptcy filing lays out the surprising ease with which the former heavyweight champion burned through hundreds of millions of dollars during his career...
Snyder's nondenial denial a bad sign for MU (08/06/03)
If loose lips do indeed sink ships, Quin Snyder is the captain of the Titanic, and Jessica Bunge, Ricky Clemons' ex, is Iceberg Slim. It doesn't look or sound good for the Missouri basketball program right now, as newspaper reporters, Dick Vitale and NCAA investigators get their first look at court-deposition transcripts relating to Clemons' domestic-violence case...
Area digest (08/06/03)
Kluesner, Stoverink team for horseshoe win LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Jake Kluesner and Edgar Stoverink teamed to win the Southeast Missouri Horseshoe Association event Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall...
Florida's park a haven to butterflies (08/06/03)
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- Ileana Garica of South Florida has just entered the Tropical Rainforest exhibit at Butterfly World. She raises her camera and prepares to shoot. She has a magnificent butterfly, an iridescent blue morpho, framed in her viewfinder. Moving closer, Ileana clicks the shutter. It's one of many pictures she will take today in Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world, home to more than 4,000 butterflies at any given time...
Around the house 8/6 (08/06/03)
IN THE GARDENAnnuals may appear leggy and worn now. These can be cut back had and fertilized to produce a new flush of bloom. Feed mums, asters and other fall-blooming perennials for the last time. Prune to shape hedges for the last time this season...
Gardeners who cultivate butterflies are a growing breed (08/06/03)
LOS ANGELES Summer begins with the appearance of the butterflies. The weather warms and suddenly there they are, swirling past on their way to court, mate and frolic. For the most enraptured gardeners, the spectacle is so thrilling that they've ripped out plants that they like and relandscaped with plants that butterflies need. ...
Hanging out your own butterfly hangout (08/06/03)
The Washington Post Light and colorful, butterflies add a touch of whimsy to any back yard or terrace. They're also eager guests if you invite them. While some gardeners choose a butterfly bush or butterfly weed for this purpose, we're partial to an enticing hanging basket...
Snacks and lunch-box treats on the menu (08/06/03)
Our church has just recently finished vacation Bible school, and what a great week it was. The children enjoyed many fun activities but at the same time learned some very important messages. A great portion of the extra activities involved animals. Each night there were different animals that visited the children during their worship time. The children had a good time, and whew, it's over for another year...
The Illinois Triangle (08/06/03)
I try to uphold the honor of my fellow men. I really do. For example, I know men are forbidden by the Manly Code to ask for directions. I don't know how that got started. I think men are born knowing they will be lost a lot, just like calves know how to walk minutes after they are born...
Oaks are a good choice for planning shade (08/06/03)
I'm not sure why, but August seems to be the month when I get many inquiries about planting shade trees. When I make suggestions, I usually include several of the oaks. The response usually goes something like this, "Oaks grow too slow. They won't be big enough for shade until my great grandkids are adults."...
Fighting to be the most ugly (08/06/03)
There isn't a woman on Earth whose appearance can't be improved with a little makeup. Some women just need a touch of lipstick or a couple strokes of mascara. Me? I need just a teensy bit more than that. My morning makeup routine takes 15 minutes, a ritual played out sitting on a weight bench in the guest room, balancing my makeup tackle box on my knees...
Ray Nunnally (08/06/03)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Ray Eugene Nunnally, 59, of Morley died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Eaton, Ark., son of Raymond C. and Jane L. Powers Nunnally. Nunnally played in rock and roll bands in the 1950s and 1960s, owned a tax service at Morley, co-owned Caleb's Tavern in Oran, Mo., and retired from Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway...
Dorothy King (08/06/03)
Dorothy Deane King, 83, of Brookings, S.D., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at the United Retirement Center in Brookings from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Redwood Falls, Minn., daughter of William and Alma Wolverton Russell. She and Donald R. King were married Sept. 4, 1937, in Redwood Falls. He died in August 1985...
Jackie Clark (08/06/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Jackie Allen Clark, 75, of Advance died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Advance Nursing Center. He was born April 23, 1928, in Eldorado, Ill., son of Clifford and Jossia Malnax Clark. He and Deloris Norman were married in 1950. Clark was an inspector 30 years with General Motors in Flint, Mich...
Hazel Bushard (08/06/03)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Hazel Mary Bushard, 91, of Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. She was born March 17, 1912, at Sedgewickville, daughter of Theodore W. and Mary Barks Hahs. She and Carl E. Bushard were married May 26, 1940, at the Hahs family home in Bollinger County, Mo...
John Stegle (08/06/03)
GOREVILLE, Ill. -- John J. Stegle, 77, of Goreville, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Heartland Regional Medical Center. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Allen Lloyd (08/06/03)
A memorial service for Allen G. Lloyd of Cape Girardeau will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. The Rev. Grant Gillard will officiate. Lloyd, 65, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Glenn Reynolds (08/06/03)
Glenn Laux Reynolds, 62, of Cape Girardeau died in August 2003 at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond and Nellie Caraker Reynolds. Reynolds retired as an engineer with Peavey Barge Line. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Eagles Aerie 3775...
Births 8/6/03 (08/06/03)
Lingle Son to James Brian and Rebecca Ann Lingle of Washington, Mo., St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, 5:36 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2003. Name, William Cutwright. Weight, 7 pounds 11 ounces. First child. Mrs. Lingle is the former Rebecca Giesike, daughter of Bill and Barbara Giesike of Washington. ...
Cape fire report 8/6/03 (08/06/03)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Aug. 6 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following item: At 5:29 p.m., alarm at 1235 S. Kingshighway. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 11:20 a.m., medical assist at 2327 Boutin. At 11:34 a.m., medical assist at 724 Themis...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/6/03 (08/06/03)
Cape Girardeau Wednesday, Aug. 6 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jackie E. Taber, 47, of 633 Terry Lane, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of manufacture of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child...
Out of the past 8/6/03 (08/06/03)
10 years ago: Aug. 6, 1993 While battle of 1993 flood continues, residents who lived through similar inundation two decades ago may argue they had worst end of bargain; it was in 1973 that Mississippi River was above flood stage from March 10 until June 15, reaching 44.9 feet on April 30; but in midst of that devastation -- over Memorial Day weekend -- skies dumped nearly 10 inches of rain on Cape Girardeau in single day...
Cape looking at storm-warning options (08/06/03)
Severe storms around the area this year have once again focused attention on warning systems that might prevent injuries or loss of life. Jackson was hard hit by a tornado in early May. More recently, straight-line winds of over 100 mph crippled Memphis, where several thousand residents are still without power two weeks after the devastating storm...
Junior Achievement looking for donors (08/06/03)
Junior Achievement is a program that uses community volunteers to teach elementary students about career choices, how businesses run and how the economy works. Provided at no cost to schools, JA's expenses for materials are covered by donations. In the three years that JA has been active in Cape Girardeau County schools, some 2,800 students have participated. Teachers are enthusiastic about the hands-on approach. And volunteers have been willing to provide real-life experience...
People who knew Danny Staples have reached out (08/06/03)
To the editor: On behalf of the family of my late husband, state Sen. Danny Staples, I want to thank the people of the 20th District and Missouri for their warm outpouring of sympathy, support and good wishes after Danny's recent passing. The people of Missouri blessed Danny with their support for almost 30 years. He was always appreciative and worked hard to represent their interests in Jefferson City...
Speak Out A 08/06/03 (08/06/03)
Right to complain I'M SURE those people in Scott City knew they were moving next to a railroad. I lived one-half block from the railroad for six years even though the trains shook the house, rattled things off the shelves and woke me up several times. I still have the right to complain about it, don't I?...
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