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Stories from Friday, August 29, 2003

Federal Reserve mystifies its policymakers sometimes (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Like thousands of investors and analysts, William Poole, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, wonders how financial markets will react after Fed officials meet to set interest rate policy and issue a statement explaining their decision. Poole, who is one of the policymakers, conceded in a speech last week that he often guesses wrong...
Area weather gives cool news for weekend (08/29/03)
Mother Nature shut down the blast furnace on Thursday as the daily high temperature in Cape Girardeau dipped below 90 degrees for the first time since Aug. 14. "This heat wave is history," said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan in Columbia...
Woman found dead; Dexter man in jail (08/29/03)
FRISCO, Mo. -- A Dexter,Mo., man has been charged with murdering a woman whose body was found lying in a bean field near the community of Frisco Wednesday night. Randy L. Jones, 32, of Dexter was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a residence in Dexter on a warrant charging him with the Class A felony of first-degree murder and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action, according to Stoddard County deputy Hank Trout...
Inmate hangs himself at East Prairie jail (08/29/03)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- A New Madrid man arrested on charges of anhydrous ammonia theft hanged himself in a holding cell at the East Prairie City Jail early Wednesday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at approximately 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Patrol observed the attempted theft of anhydrous ammonia and successfully arrested three subjects without incident. The arrest occurred at a nearby agriculture supply business, just outside the city limits of East Prairie...
Gas prices will remain volatile for years, national study finds (08/29/03)
A growing appetite for gasoline -- combined with scant prospects for increasing refining capacity -- will keep fuel supplies and prices volatile in the coming decade, according to a Rand study being released Thursday. California and other states that require special fuel blends to reduce air pollution will be especially vulnerable to shortages, according to the study, which was commissioned by federal energy officials...
Only game in town (08/29/03)
The passion that the residents of Jackson have for their football team cannot be measured in attendance figures. It cannot be measured by statistics, by wins and losses or by the powerful cadence of the band's percussion section. It is measured by goose bumps...
Bond visits port to talk about jobs, low river (08/29/03)
SCOTT CITY -- The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority represented everything U.S. Sen. Kit Bond wanted to talk about Thursday -- it was created with major assistance from a government agency he wants to see reauthorized and it sits along an especially low Mississippi River he wants to see helped...
Area Wide United Way's 2003 campaign kicks off (08/29/03)
The 2003 Area Wide United Way campaign goal of $935,000 was announced Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine during the annual campaign kickoff event that featured bratwurst and the blues. Although the nation's economy was described as questionable, Cape Girardeau County's economy was cited as good. The United Way's 49th campaign is chaired by Don Fisher, director of business development at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Environmentalists protest permit for cement plant (08/29/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Four environmental groups have filed a state lawsuit appealing a 100-year quarry permit that would allow a Swiss company to mine limestone in Ste. Genevieve County, part of a project to build the nation's largest cement plant at the site...
Heat plays role in Jackson Co. man's death (08/29/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Heat has been ruled a factor in the death of a 69-year-old man whose body was found inside his apartment, which did not have air-conditioning, the city's health department said Thursday. The man's body was found Wednesday after neighbors complained of a smell coming from the apartment. The temperature inside the apartment was 98 degrees when he was found. The man, whose identity wasn't released, was last seen alive Sunday afternoon...
Bridge collapse imposter complains about sentence (08/29/03)
FORT SMITH, Ark. -- A Missouri felon sentenced to almost six years in prison after pleading guilty to impersonating an Army officer at the Interstate 40 bridge collapse in Oklahoma says the penalty was too harsh. William James Clark, 37, said U.S. District Judge James H. Payne gave him the sentence more because he made "government officials look like fools" than because his crime was severe...
Holden discusses limiting injury lawsuits with attorneys, docs (08/29/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden on Thursday encouraged attorneys and physicians to try to hammer out an agreement on legislation intended to curb the rising costs of medical malpractice insurance by restricting liability lawsuits. Holden, who earlier this year vetoed a bill that would have imposed new limits not only on medical malpractice lawsuits but all personal injury lawsuits, has been considering whether to make the issue part of a special legislative session next month...
Missouri set to receive millions for security (08/29/03)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The state will receive $19.5 million from the federal government to strengthen homeland security efforts in urban areas, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said Thursday. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency will receive the money as part of a grant for urban areas from the Department of Homeland Security...
MoDOT's Hungerbeeler responds to criticism (08/29/03)
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. -- Days after State Auditor Claire McCaskill called for his resignation, Missouri Department of Transportation director Henry Hungerbeeler defended his department Thursday during a speech delivered while visiting northern Missouri for a highway dedication ceremony...
Hopefuls for statewide offices start to emerge (08/29/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the five statewide executive branch offices on next year's ballot all held by incumbents eligible for re-election, the prospects for hotly contested races in 2004 once looked dim. Now that three of those officials have decided to move on, the situation has become more interesting...
Met Life gets ownership of nation's tallest building (08/29/03)
CHICAGO -- Trizec Properties Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. have reached a deal that transfers ownership of Sears Tower to New York-based MetLife, it was announced Thursday. The insurance company paid $9 million for Trizec's second mortgage on Sears Tower, the nation's tallest building. But Trizec will continue to manage and lease the property under a new contract that will take effect in January 2004...
People talk 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
Cruise finds being 'Samurai' a tough task TOKYO -- The way of the samurai isn't easy -- just ask Tom Cruise. Cruise said his role in "The Last Samurai" was a difficult departure from the characters he's portrayed in the past. In the film, directed by Edward Zwick, Cruise plays an American hired in the late 1800s to help Japanese warriors in Western war tactics...
Blackout warnings came too late, power grid operator says (08/29/03)
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Warning signs in the Midwest didn't come early enough to stop the nation's largest blackout from spreading, mid-Atlantic grid operators said Thursday, noting they got the first overload call about 40 minutes before the big crash...
Union leaders not optimistic about economy this Labor Day (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Despite new signs the economy is improving, union leaders said Thursday that the gains are failing to reach America's workers this Labor Day. "We do not see a reason to be optimistic about the current economic situation," said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney...
Harley-Davidson fans kick-start 100th anniversary (08/29/03)
MILWAUKEE -- Blair Kane couldn't celebrate Harley-Davidson's 100th anniversary without his two young daughters. So he tucked them into his Road King's sidecar and rumbled to Milwaukee with his wife perched behind him -- for all 2,500 miles from their home in British Columbia...
Research says suburb life adds to waistlines (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Sprawling suburbs that make it harder for people to get around without a car may help fuel obesity: Americans who live in the most sprawling counties tend to weigh 6 more pounds than their counterparts in the most compact areas. Adding to the sprawl concern: Pedestrians and bicyclists are much more likely to be killed by passing cars here than in parts of Europe where cities are engineered to encourage physical activity -- and whose residents typically are skinnier and live longer than the average American.. ...
U.S. - N. Korea vows to formally declare, test nuclear weapons (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- North Korea startled a six-nation conference on East Asian security by announcing its intentions to formally declare its possession of nuclear weapons and to carry out a nuclear test, a Bush administration official said Thursday. North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il also told the gathering in Beijing that his country has the means to deliver nuclear weapons, an apparent reference to the North's highly developed missile program, the official said...
U.S. funding denied for huge natural gas project (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Export-Import Bank of the United States, after heavy lobbying from environmental groups, denied funding Thursday for a large natural gas development project in Peru backed by two Texas-based energy companies with close ties to the Bush administration...
'Scrub' of NASA Web site suggested after Columbia (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Just days after the shuttle Columbia disaster, a NASA employee at headquarters proposed scrubbing the agency's safety office Web site to remove outdated or wrong information that could become "chum in the water to reporters and congressmen."...
Do-not-call list deadline Sunday (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers have until Sunday to add their phone numbers to the 41.7 million already on a list to block telemarketing calls starting Oct. 1. K. Dane Snowden, chief of the Federal Communications Commission's consumer and government affairs bureau, said those who sign up for the do-not-call list after this weekend likely will have to wait until early next year before calls are blocked...
Health problems persist among in WTC workers (08/29/03)
NEW YORK -- Nearly two years after the World Trade Center attack, a medical screening program continues to reveal a surprisingly high rate of physical and mental problems among cleanup and rescue workers. About 48 percent of workers screened had ear, nose and throat problems such as nasal congestion, hoarseness, headaches and throat irritation, according to the latest figures. Thirty percent had pulmonary problems, including shortness of breath, persistent cough and wheezing...
Schwarzenegger tours farming districts (08/29/03)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger sought to broaden his appeal Thursday in the state's ethnically diverse heartland, as a Hispanic advocacy group criticized him for supporting English as the nation's official language. His leading rival in the gubernatorial recall campaign, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, touched on an issue dear to Californians -- gas prices -- as he accused oil companies of price gouging leading into Labor Day weekend...
Shooting survivor says killer asked if he wanted to die (08/29/03)
CHICAGO -- Eduardo Sanchez had just arrived at the auto-parts warehouse where he worked and was about to put his lunch away when he heard a familiar voice behind him, offering a choice: "Do you want me to tie you up, or do you want to die?" The voice belonged to Salvador Tapia, a co-worker who had been fired from the warehouse six months earlier...
Commission refers hanging case to Justice Department (08/29/03)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said Thursday it is asking the Justice Department to investigate the hanging death of a black man because of persistent rumors he was lynched by law enforcement officials. The commission criticized police for automatically treating the death of Feraris "Ray" Golden as a suicide, and raised questions about whether Golden could have climbed a tree on a rainy night and with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit...
Woman sues polygamist clan for abuse (08/29/03)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A woman who escaped from a polygamist clan at age 16 after being physically and sexually abused has sued the influential family, seeking more than $110 million in damages. The lawsuit by Mary Ann Kingston names 242 family members and 97 businesses operated by the Kingston clan in and around the Salt Lake Valley...
IBM expands recall on computer monitors (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- IBM is expanding an earlier recall of 15-inch computer monitors after 63,000 more were found to be at risk of overheating and smoking, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company has received seven reports of circuit boards overheating, including one case of minor property damage and another instance of minor smoke inhalation...
WTC transcripts show Sept. 11 chaos (08/29/03)
NEW YORK -- In the frenzy of phone calls that followed the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, trapped workers begged in vain for an escape route and anguished wives desperately sought lost husbands. Screams and sirens echoed in the background as bodies dropped out of the sky...
Highest mortgage rates in year slow refinancing (08/29/03)
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages climbed this week to the highest level in a year, slowing -- but not stopping -- refinancing activity. The average rate on 30-year mortgages rose to 6.32 percent for the week ending Aug. 29, up from 6.28 percent last week, Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant reported Thursday in its weekly nationwide survey of mortgage rates...
Monument supporters pray at judicial building (08/29/03)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than a thousand supporters of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore rallied at the state judicial building Thursday to pray for the return of the justice's Ten Commandments monument to the building's rotunda. At the rally, Christian radio talk show host James Dobson blamed the monument's removal from public view on the tyranny of the federal courts...
WTO agreement on cheap drugs for poor countries finalized (08/29/03)
GENEVA -- A World Trade Organization group agreed Thursday to allow poor nations access to inexpensive copies of drugs to fight such diseases as AIDS and malaria, after the United States gave its endorsement. The agreement, which will almost certainly be ratified by the entire WTO later Thursday, came as the council on intellectual property settled its most divisive dispute...
U.N. employees' fears grew as security deteriorated in Baghdad (08/29/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Even before the fatal bombing at the United Nations headquarters in Iraq, anxiety was growing among its staff as the summer wore on and security deteriorated, U.N. officials said. A U.N. World Food Program had come under grenade attack July 6 in the northern city of Mosul, killing an Iraqi driver. Two weeks later, assailants attacked a Red Cross vehicle, killing an aid worker from Sri Lanka and wounding the Iraqi driver...
Family, friends say final goodbye to slain U.N. envoy (08/29/03)
Gene Dewey, a former U.N. staffer dealing with refugees and current U.S. Assistant Secretary of State on Population, Refugees and Migration, said his fallen friend was "one of humanity's great captains" and spoke of the "numbing dimensions of our loss."...
Indonesia asks for terrorist suspect Hambali (08/29/03)
KUCHING, Malaysia -- Indonesia's president has asked President Bush to hand over terrorism suspect Hambali, who is accused in bomb attacks in Southeast Asia that have killed hundreds, an official said Thursday. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda said President Megawati Sukarnoputri told Bush in a recent phone call that she wants Hambali -- an Indonesian with alleged top-level links to al-Qaida -- to face justice in his home country...
Videotape from Colombia shows three American captives alive (08/29/03)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A videotape now under study by the FBI shows that three Americans captured by rebels six months ago are alive, officials said Thursday. The three American contract workers were seized Feb. 13 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, after their small plane crash-landed in southern Colombia...
Palestinians freeze funds of local Islamic charities (08/29/03)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian authorities said Thursday they froze the bank accounts of nine Islamic charities to investigate whether the organizations funnel money to militants -- the Palestinians' most striking action yet in a U.S.-sought clampdown on armed groups...
Heat wave prompts early harvest in Italy's vineyards (08/29/03)
ROME -- Europe's heat wave has wreaked havoc on some produce. But for Italy's grapes, the dry spell that has forced an earlier-than-usual harvest may have a silver lining: a great year for Italian wines. "Thanks to the high temperatures, we will have wines with a high alcoholic content. By harvesting earlier we will obtain a wine which will be perfumed and with all the typical characteristics," said Fabiola Covarelli, a winemaker in Genzano, 30 miles from Rome...
9-11 trial witness cites hijacker threat (08/29/03)
HAMBURG, Germany -- A witness at the trial of a Sept. 11 terror suspect was pressed Thursday by a judge about her memory that one of the suicide hijackers in 1999 predicted an attack on the United States that would kill thousands. The testimony by librarian Angela Duile could be important in the case against Abdelghani Mzoudi, 30, who is accused of supporting the Hamburg al-Qaida cell...
U.S. senator calls involvement in Liberia a security interest (08/29/03)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- As Liberian women chanted "No more war" outside the U.S. Embassy, a top senatorial skeptic of U.S. military involvement here appeared to soften his position -- saying a stable Liberia is in the security interests of the United States...
World has case for nuclear weapons search in Iran (08/29/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- "If there is a lesson learned from North Korea, it is that we have to stop these countries before they get the bomb," a U.N. official said Wednesday, as talks on disarming North Korea were under way in Beijing. "But how do you stop a country from reaching that point?"...
Peru military upset with study on violence (08/29/03)
LIMA, Peru -- A final report on Peru's brutal 20-year war against the Shining Path insurgency concluded that nearly 70,000 people were killed, and military officers responsible for many of those deaths committed massive human rights abuses, an official said Thursday...
U.S. jets bomb suspected Taliban hideouts in Zabul (08/29/03)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. fighter jets and helicopters bombed suspected Taliban hideouts Thursday in Afghanistan's rugged southern mountains following intense battles between the insurgents and Afghan troops, officials said. The troops were trying to flush out the Taliban from Zabul province when the guerrillas attacked with heavy machine guns in the Chinaran mountains, Haji Granai, an Afghan military commander, told The Associated Press by satellite telephone from Chinaran...
World Council of Churches chooses African to lead (08/29/03)
GENEVA -- The World Council of Churches on Thursday chose the Rev. Samuel Kobia of Kenya as its leader, the first African to head the 55-year-old organization of Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches. "To inspire the world we need inner strength," Kobia told the 158-member Central Committee following his election. "Our strength lies also in our unity."...
Global food fight heats up over delicacy naming rights (08/29/03)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union issued a list Thursday of 41 wines, cheeses and other products it wants protected by a global trade pact, accusing other countries of abusing the names of delicacies. Under the proposal -- which is resisted by the United States, Canada and others -- products labeled as Champagne, Parma ham, Roquefort cheese or any of the other names on the list will have to come from their traditional European regions...
London goes dark in major blackout (08/29/03)
LONDON -- Power went out in parts of the capital and southeast England on Thursday, bringing much of the London Underground and many regional trains to a halt and trapping rush hour commuters in the tunnels. Electricity was cut for about 40 minutes before it came back on at about 7 p.m., said EDF Energy, which handles some power transmission for London. The outages appeared to be confined to south London and Kent, a county southeast of the city...
Euro vote has some in Sweden worried about policy changes (08/29/03)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden has always thought of itself as being ahead of the curve -- more egalitarian, less hung-up about sex, more respectful of women, untouched by war, a land as safe and solid and streamlined as a Volvo station wagon. In fact, so ingrained is this certainty that it's giving the government a major headache...
Tony Blair - Story attacked integrity of Iraq position (08/29/03)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing the biggest crisis of his six years in office, denied Thursday that the government "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq's weapons threat, and said he would have resigned if it had been true. Blair was testifying at a judicial inquiry into the apparent suicide of David Kelly, a weapons expert named as the source of a BBC story that said the government knowingly exaggerated the Iraqi threat in the September dossier...
ND ups its shutout streak to 3 in a row (08/29/03)
Notre Dame Regional High School's softball team continued a sizzling start to its season with a 10-0, six-inning victory over visiting Poplar Bluff on Thursday. The shutout was the third of the week for Notre Dame (3-0), which has outscored its opponents 24-0 this season...
Indians miss out in Ohio (08/29/03)
ATHENS, Ohio -- It wasn't for a lack of opportunities that Southeast Missouri State University missed out on its second straight upset of an NCAA Division I-A team. The visiting Indians squandered several scoring chances and gift-wrapped all of Ohio University's points in a 17-3 defeat in the season opener for both squads Thursday night...
QB trio meets with mixed results in opener (08/29/03)
Southeast Missourian ATHENS, Ohio --Southeast Missouri State University coach Tim Billings made good on his promise to play all three quarterbacks during Thursday night's season opener at Division I-A Ohio. All three saw action in the first half, although incumbent starter Jack Tomco played the entire second half...
Southeast volleyball at a glance (08/29/03)
  • Coaches: Cindy Gannon, 344-175 in 14 seasons; assistants are Renata Nowacki and Julie Brandmeyer n Last season: 20-12, 13-3 in OVC (second place), lost in conference tournament finals
  • Postseason honors: Emily Johnson, first team All-OVC; Emily Scannell, first team All-OVC, AVCA honorable mention All-Region; Bobbi Carlile, second team All-OVC; Jill Miller, OVC All-Freshman team...
  • Southeast women's soccer at a glance (08/29/03)
  • Coaches: Heather Nelson, 44-21-3 in five seasons; assistants are Paul Nelson and Beth Guccione
  • Last season: 14-5-1, 6-0 in OVC (first place)
  • Postseason honors: Valerie Henderson, sr., OVC Player of the Year, all-OVC first team; Jenny Hamilton, OVC Defender of the Year, all-OVC first team; Heather Reding, jr., all-OVC first team; Erin Slattery, jr., All-OVC second team; Marla Gianino, jr., all-OVC second team; Amanda Wrzos, jr., all-OVC third team; Erika Todd, sr., all-OVC third team; Julie Wunderlich, jr., all-OVC third team; Laura Hauskins, jr., all-OVC third team. ...
  • Scannell's going-away goal-trip to NCAAs (08/29/03)
    Emily Scannell got a sweet taste of an Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance as a freshman three years ago. Scannell would like nothing better than to bookend her Southeast Missouri State University volleyball career with similar experiences this season...
    Balance provides Southeast optimism (08/29/03)
    Defense wins games, coaches and T-shirts would tell you. Southeast owes its back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships to that theory and more. What some fans might not know about the Otahkians is they can score a goal or two as well, 91 in the last two seasons to be exact...
    Expanded MU probe 'imperative,' Floyd says (08/29/03)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd said it was "imperative" for him to order an expanded probe of the men's basketball program on the Columbia campus after eight months of internal athletic department investigations because of recently publicized charges of academic cheating...
    Robinson gives Cards instant win with homer (08/29/03)
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kerry Robinson's first homer of the season came at a perfect time for the St. Louis Cardinals. Robinson hit a 3-2 pitch from Chicago Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger over the right-center field wall leading off the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 win and a share of first place in the NL Central...
    Capriati shows off comfort on court, reaches Round 3 (08/29/03)
    NEW YORK (AP) -- All of 27, Jennifer Capriati counts as a veteran on the WTA Tour, a member of the old guard fending off the kids. She's had highs and lows, in tennis and away from it: The rapid rise as a teen phenom. The well-documented fall from grace. The remarkable return to the top, replete with three Grand Slam tournament titles and a brief stay at No. 1...
    Pace gets a workout in loss to Kansas City (08/29/03)
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After taking most of the summer off, it was time for Orlando Pace to go to work. Unlike Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk, who didn't start for the St. Louis Rams in the final tuneup for the regular season, a 22-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game, Pace, a contract holdout all summer, played most of the first half...
    Lamenting the loss of the butternut tree (08/29/03)
    Do you hate to lose stuff? Most of us do. It stinks when we lose something that was really valuable, right? If that uncomfortable feeling of loss is something you care to fight, then consider the plight of the butternut tree. This tree, important to man and beast alike, is in danger of disappearing without a fuss...
    Population comeback 'remarkable,' MDC says (08/29/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After a down season last year, Missouri duck hunters may have plenty of waterfowl to aim at this year. Poor nesting conditions during the 2002 breeding season prompted wildlife officials to shorten last year's early teal season by a week compared to 2001. Early indicators this year left biologists and hunters wondering whether teal numbers would justify any early teal hunting...
    Chrysler Pacific bridges gap between minivan and SUV (08/29/03)
    srobertson Chrysler Pacific bridges the gap between minivan and SUV A friend who lives up the street was asking me for car advice the other day. It became obvious to me that the only vehicles under consideration were in the trendy SUV category. "Why does everyone want an SUV?" I wondered. Not being a sport utility vehicle owner myself, I have a hard time grasping the fascination with them...
    St. Joe slays the paper tiger (08/29/03)
    I'd like to say something nice about my telephone bill. But I can't. Except that I'd like to have the contract to supply the paper on which SBC prints bills for millions of customers. I am entirely satisfied with my telephone service. In addition to our home phone, my wife and I also have cell phones and high-speed Internet service, all provided by SBC...
    Artifacts 8/29 (08/29/03)
    Benton Neighbor Days today, Saturday BENTON, Mo. -- The 35th annual Benton Neighbor Days celebration will be held today and Saturday at the ballpark in Benton. The midway will open at 5 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activities will include races, pie-eating, bubble-blowing and seed-spitting contests, a kiddie tractor pull and a talent contest...
    MTV makes 20-year trip to awards show (08/29/03)
    NEW YORK -- Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera gave a writhing tribute to Madonna on Thursday night as MTV presented its 20th annual Video Music Awards by reaching into its past. Dressed in the same kind of white bustier wedding dress that Madonna wore while performing "Like a Virgin" during 1984's inaugural show, Spears and Aguilera gyrated on stage while singing a cover of the not-so-innocent tune. ...
    Production has all the makings of a melodrama (08/29/03)
    Tourist groups who come to Cape Girardeau by riverboat or tour bus now can be entertained by a ready-to-watch show if they tire of walking around downtown. "The Mighty Mississippi Melodrama or ... Do I Smell a River Rat" is what it sounds like: 45 minutes of extravagance, music, romance and at least the threat of agony. Booing the villain and cheering the hero are not required but are encouraged...
    Everybody's a critic - 'My Boss's Daughter' (08/29/03)
    One and a half stars (out of four) Everything happens for a reason, but nothing in "The Boss's Daughter" seems to be the result of any thinking. Tom (Ashton Kutcher) joins a company and gets the "hots" for Lisa (Tara Reid), the boss's daughter, who also works for the company. The boss (Terrance Stamp) is a tyrant who scares Tom when the daughter ropes Tom into house-sitting with her temperamental owl named O.J...
    Hollywood readies for combat (08/29/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- They'll be fighting on land, on sea, in space, in Middle-earth. Their weapons will include cannons, flamethrowers, swords of all sorts and a guitar case full of guns. Hollywood goes to war this fall with a bombardment of historical battle epics, contemporary action flicks, and sci-fi and fantasy combat, led by the final chapters of two trilogies, "The Matrix Revolutions" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."...
    Curtis Winchester (08/29/03)
    Curtis N. "Curt" Winchester, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at his home. He was born June 21, 1916, at Kennett, Mo., son of Jasper Marion and Mary Catherine Masters Winchester. He and Ethel Emma Wright were married July 5, 1944, in Pocahontas, Ark. She died June 4, 1980...
    Juanita Manus (08/29/03)
    JONESBORO, Ill. -- Juanita Manus, 82, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carbondale, Ill. She was born July 17, 1921, in Alto Pass, Ill., daughter of Luther and Enid Zimmerman Rhodes. She and Lester Manus were married Nov. 12, 1944, in Osceola, Ark. He died March 12, 1996...
    Doris Rogers (08/29/03)
    OLMSTED, Ill. -- Doris L. Rogers, 83, of Olmsted died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 7, 1920, in Olmsted, daughter of Byron and Clara Ramsaeger Shelton. She married Barney Rogers, who preceded her in death...
    Irmgard Chronister (08/29/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Irmgard Chronister, 72, beloved wife of James H. Chronister, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at 8:40 a.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Irmgard was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Munich, Germany, daughter of Simon and Maria Polla Pertl. She came to America around 1960. James and Irmgard met in Chicago. They were married Feb. 14, 1970...
    Floella Bagwell (08/29/03)
    Floella Bagwell, 87, of Scott City died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
    Wilbur Barks (08/29/03)
    Wilbur L. "Wib" Barks, 81, of Sedgewickville died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 10, 1922, at Sedgewickville, son of Mathias and Dora Loberg Barks. He and Ruth Conrad were married May 10, 1941. She died April 17, 1980...
    Budd Waller (08/29/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Budd H. Waller, 82, of Anna died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Union County Hospital. He was born April 2, 1921, in Hamilton County, Ill., son of Oscar and Della Ramsey Waller. He and Ann G. Warren were married Aug. 18, 1944. She died Nov. 11, 1985...
    Mildred Donica (08/29/03)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- Mildred Eva Donica, 83, of Dexter died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at her home. She was born March 28, 1920, at Risco, Mo., daughter of Thomas Renshaw and Clara Thompson Hunt. She and Kenneth Russell Donica were married Jan. 1, 1949, in Monette, Ark. He died Aug. 8, 1987...
    Births 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
    Heisserer Daughter to Trevor and Susan Heisserer of Columbia, Mo., Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, 12:44 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2003. Name, Addie Sue. Weight, 5 pounds 14 ounces. First child. Mrs. Heisserer is the former Susan Judd, daughter of Ira and Diana Judd of Scott City. Heisserer is the son of Rhonda and Darren Ellis of Cape Girardeau, Chris Heisserer and Tina Robinett of Scott City. He is employed by MBS Textbook Exchange...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 9/29/03 (08/29/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 29 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Christopher A. Martin, 21, of 1541 N. Main, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court...
    Jackson fire report 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
    Jackson Friday, Aug. 29 Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: A motor vehicle accident on East Jackson Boulevard. Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: An emergency medical service on Berchman.
    Cape fire report 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, Aug. 29 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 4:30 p.m., emergency medical service at 701 Good Hope. At 4:38 p.m., emergency medical service at 2842 Independence. At 6:53 p.m., smoke scare at 511 Themis. At 7:09 p.m., alarm sounding at 2400 Veterans Memorial Drive...
    Sikeston woman, Cape man injured in accidents (08/29/03)
    A 47-year-old Sikeston woman was seriously injured late Tuesday night, and a Cape Girardeau man sustained moderate injuries Wednesday morning in separate accidents near Blodgett, Mo. Melinda Bula was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center after the 10:30 p.m. accident Tuesday on County Road 522, three miles south of Blodgett...
    Cape County sheriff's report 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
    Friday, Aug. 29 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Patrick J. Brown, 22, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Aug. 23 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Dianna L. Tallman, 20, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Aug. 24 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Out of the past 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
    10 years ago: Aug. 29, 1993 Thomas G. Ogilvie is inducted as vicar of Lutheran Chapel Hope for 1993-94 academic year at Southeast Missouri State University; Ogilvie will be serving chapel as well as Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel, under supervision of its pastor, the Rev. William A. Matzat...
    Legislators should override crime-fund veto (08/29/03)
    Until five years ago, many Missouri counties had crime reduction funds. These funds were built up from fees collected from convicted criminals who received suspended sentences or probation. The fees were typically negotiated as part of a plea bargain. The money was used mainly by sheriff's departments to purchase equipment and for anti-narcotics programs and for other law local law enforcement needs...
    Nation of laws guarantees religious freedom (08/29/03)
    The millions of Americans who are actively religious are riven these days by uncomplementary views on a variety of sacred and secular topics, many of which have been so prominent in the news of late. The actions of the chief justice of Alabama have become, in their own way, a sounding board for many Christians who make a connection between the declining morals and values of their fellow citizens and the legal proceedings that have widened the divide between church and state...
    Bollinger County Relay for Life was big success (08/29/03)
    To the editor: I would like all of those involved in the planning of Bollinger County's first American Cancer Society Relay for Life to be recognized for the tremendous job they did. This was a huge event with many aspects. By midnight, the funds raised exceeded the $15,000 goal by more than $5,000, and more funds are still to come in before totals are counted...
    Government can't impose beliefs on Americans (08/29/03)
    To the editor: In his "In God I trust" guest column, which the always objective Southeast Missourian dutifully copied from The Wall Street Journal, the chief justice of Alabama, Roy S. Moore, seems unable to comprehend the obvious and necessary distinction that, although all Americans have the legal right to believe in and worship whatever concept of god they choose, no state or federal entity has the right, legally or otherwise, to impose on other Americans the specific god of a specific religion.. ...
    Speak Out 8/29/03 (08/29/03)
    Big fan of Tonto I WAS raised during a time when I enjoyed listening to the Lone Ranger on the radio and also enjoyed the Lone Ranger on television. A Speak Out caller commented that when the Lone Ranger said, "Let's go, big Tonto," it was like calling him stupid. ...
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