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'New math' gets update in Jackson's schools (10/16/03)
It's one of elementary education's basic truths: Two plus two will always equal four. But the way students arrive at that answer is changing in the Jackson School District. A new math curriculum, implemented this year in kindergarten through fifth grade, has turned traditional teaching methods upside down, and left teachers and parents amazed at what students can do...
Community briefs 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
State representative to visit Cub Scouts State Rep. Jason Crowell, who serves as House Majority Leader, will address Cub Scout Pack 20 at 7 p.m. today at Alma Schrader Elementary School, 1360 Randol. Crowell will talk about how the ideals of scouting are important in his career as a representative for Cape Girardeau...
Community cuisine 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
Fall festival, buffet dinner set for Nov. 2 APPLE CREEK, Mo. -- A buffet dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at St. Joseph Parish at Apple Creek. The meal includes pork sausage, backbone and sauerkraut, and chicken and dumplings with trimmings. A country store is included...
Author writes about subjects close to his heart (10/16/03)
Children's author Roland Smith grew up wanting to be a writer but not quite believing it was possible. Zoos were his first employers. His first book, "Sea Otter Rescue," was based on his experiences rescuing animals during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, where he estimates 250,000 mammals lost their lives. "Journey of the Red Wolf" explains how animals are reintroduced into the wild, a job he had at the zoo in Portland, Ore...
Board reviews latest River Campus designs (10/16/03)
Retractable seating, moveable floors and expandable stages -- it's kind of a "Swiss Army knife" approach to theater building, said one of the presenters showcasing the latest designs of Southeast Missouri State University's proposed River Campus...
Newspapers in Education needs sponsors (10/16/03)
CHRIS PAGANO * cpagano@semissourian.com Students in Steve Mosley's civics class at Notre Dame High School break into groups, read individually, summarize and offer opinions on eight different articles every Tuesday when the Southeast Missourian arrives. The program is made possible through support provided by groups and individuals who support Newspapers in Education.By Chris Pagano ~ Southeast Missourian...
Third murder trial date set for area man (10/16/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A former Poplar Bluff man's third trial for a 1996 double homicide will be held in Boone County before a jury selected from neighboring Callaway County, a judge ruled Wednesday. Cecil Barriner has twice been convicted of two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Irene Sisk, 73, and her granddaughter Candy Sisk, 18. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned those convictions and accompanying death sentences...
Unwanted diversions (10/16/03)
Phil Penzel, bridge builder, says he is nearly as frustrated with the Diversion Channel bridge at Interstate 55 as the drivers who travel it. Since the fall of 2001, the owner of Jackson-based Penzel Construction has battled water and unexpected obstacles to complete the $10.6 million project that aims to make a new seismically designed, three-lane span for northbound traffic across the Diversion Channel...
Restaurants around area beefing up on low-carb offerings (10/16/03)
The surging popularity of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets is prompting local restaurateurs to reach out to the rotund by promising Atkins-friendly choices. "Try our new breadless unwich," the Jimmy John's sign on Broadway in Cape Girardeau invites. The opposite side explains that it's "no bread low carb."...
Improved Internet site opens Jackson schools to parents (10/16/03)
and Chris Pagano ~ Southeast Missourian A recently launched Internet program has given Jackson parents a new way to connect with their child's school life. Through ParentLink on the Jackson School District's Web site, parents now have free access to up-to-date information about students' course schedules, attendance, quarterly grades and lunch account balances...
SEMO grads list (10/16/03)
Southeast Missouri State University conferred degrees on 289 students following the summer session. Area students who graduated with advanced degrees or honors as listed by hometown: Cape Girardeau -- Kristen Bailey, master of arts, communication disorders; Jennifer Brune, master of science in administration; Jennifer Burke, bachelor of science, health management, summa cum laude; Larry Cleair, master of natural science; Cory Crosnoe, specialist in education degree, academic distinction; Vernon Gravely, master of arts, English; Danielle Hennecke, bachelor of science in business administration, magna cum laude; Shereen Khan, master of arts, community counseling, academic distinction; Ann Klapperich, master of science in administration, academic distinction; Hu-Hyuk Lee, master of business administration; Theresa Lumos, master of arts, community counseling, academic distinction; Alvin McFerren, master of arts, secondary administration and supervision; Tiechera Samuell, master of Arts, English, academic distinction; Gloria Sauerbrunn, master of arts, exceptional child, academic distinction; Joshua Tucker, bachelor of science, health management, magna cum laude; Lois Weakley, master of arts, exceptional child, academic distinction.. ...
'Truly sorry' fan works to deflect critics (10/16/03)
CHICAGO -- A Chicago Cubs fan who deflected a foul ball that seemed destined for Moises Alou's glove issued a statement Wednesday saying he is "truly sorry from the bottom of this Cubs fan's broken heart." "I had my eyes glued on the approaching ball the entire time and was so caught up in the moment that I did not even see Moises Alou much less that he may have had a play," read the statement issued by Steve Bartman, 26...
Engineering mechanics degrees cut (10/16/03)
ROLLA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Rolla will stop admitting students into its engineering mechanics master's and Ph.D. programs in January 2004, opting instead to merge the program into mechanical and aerospace engineering areas. "The merger of these two programs is part of an ongoing effort to restructure our academic portfolio to better serve our students and societal needs," provost Y.T. Shah said in a statement...
Blunt raises more money than competitors (10/16/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Likely Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Blunt raised more money in recent months than either incumbent Gov. Bob Holden or his likely primary challenger, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, but still has less campaign cash in the bank than either Democrat...
Supreme Court considers how long police should wait (10/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- A case involving a drug suspect who emerged from a shower to find armed officers in his apartment is giving the Supreme Court a chance to clarify how long police must wait before breaking into a home to serve a warrant. While some justices seemed sympathetic to the plight of the soapy suspect during arguments Wednesday, they did not appear ready to give officers a strict time limit...
FDA recommends lifting ban on silicone-gel implants (10/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- Eleven years after most silicone-gel breast implants were prohibited, government advisers recommended on Wednesday that the ban be lifted despite lingering questions about safety and durability. But the Food and Drug Administration's advisers urged that Inamed Corp.'s sales be allowed only under certain conditions, including ensuring that all users get detailed brochures explaining the devices' known risks -- such as a need for frequent reoperations for pain or breakage...
Staten Island ferry crashes while docking (10/16/03)
NEW YORK -- A Staten Island ferry slammed into a pier as it was docking Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, tearing off victims' limbs and reducing the front of the mighty vessel to a tangled mass of wood, glass and steel. At least 34 people were injured...
Labor unrest widens in S. California (10/16/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Labor unrest caused even more anguish across Southern California on Wednesday as contract bus drivers walked off the job in solidarity with striking transit workers and two courthouses were temporarily shut down as the result of a separate dispute...
Jurors in sniper case asked about death penalty, terror (10/16/03)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Potential jurors in the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad were questioned about their views on the death penalty Wednesday and asked whether they were terrorized by the crimes. Defense lawyers had predicted jury selection would be difficult because of the heavy publicity surrounding last October's Washington-area killing spree, in which 10 people were killed. However, the first eight people questioned were all held to be qualified to serve as jurors...
U.N. nuclear chief makes journey to Iran to warn (10/16/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- U.N. atomic agency inspectors will visit any site considered necessary to check Iran's claims that it doesn't want to make nuclear weapons, the agency chief said today after arriving in Tehran for key talks. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei traveled to Iran to warn that an Oct. 31 deadline leaves the government little time to prove its claims...
Overweight children less able to compensate for overeating (10/16/03)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Overweight children appear to be especially susceptible to the lure of fast food, a study found. They stuff themselves even more ravenously than other youngsters do and are less able to compensate by eating sparingly the rest of the day...
People talk 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
Dr. Seuss gets stamp of approval from USPS SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Oh, the places he'll go -- through the U.S. mail. Theodor Geisel, Springfield's most famous literary native son who's best known as Dr. Seuss, is getting his face printed on a 37-cent postage stamp...
Cardinals could split on issues like celibacy (10/16/03)
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinals have come to Rome united to celebrate Pope John Paul II's 25th anniversary as pontiff, but some issues may divide them when it comes time to choose his successor, such as celibacy for priests and age limits for the pope. While none would acknowledge they are pursuing an agenda at the moment, some have been unusually frank as concern grows over the health of the 83-year-old John Paul...
U.S. calls for vote on Iraq resolution (10/16/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States predicted that the Security Council will approve a new Iraq resolution despite its rejection of a key demand by France, Russia and Germany to add a timetable for the transfer of power to Iraqis. Council diplomats said the resolution is likely to get at least the minimum nine "yes" votes needed for adoption on Wednesday. But the absence of a timetable diminished the possibility that it will be adopted with broad support from the 15 council members...
3 Americans killed in Mideast explosion (10/16/03)
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip -- A remote-controlled bomb tore apart an armored vehicle in a U.S. diplomatic convoy Wednesday, killing three American security guards and wounding a fourth in an unprecedented deadly attack on a U.S. target in the Palestinian territories...
European study finds carcinogen in baby foods packaged in jars (10/16/03)
LONDON -- Europe's food safety agency recommended Wednesday that baby food manufacturers change the lids on their jars as soon as possible because of cancer concerns over a chemical found in some food packed in bottles and jars. However, the European Food Safety Authority said there was no need for parents to stop using infant food because any cancer risk was extremely low and the jars have an overall excellent safety record...
China- First astronaut back safely (10/16/03)
JIUQUAN, China -- China's first astronaut in space returned safely to Earth on Thursday when his craft touched down on time and as planned after 21 hours in orbit, the government said. China's mission control declared the country's landmark debut flight "a success."...
Kelly bangs out 6-0 victory over Elsberry (10/16/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- Rhonda Evans saw what her lineup could do in the first two innings Wednesday afternoon. There wasn't a moment of doubt after that. No Kelly batters struck out and only two walked, and their confidence at the plate turned into the six hits that fueled a 6-0 defeat of Elsberry in a Class 2 sectional game...
Central wins battle of Tigers in sectional (10/16/03)
It only took four years, but Central senior Megan McDonald and the Tigers finally picked up a sectional softball win. Wednesday night at Jackson City Park the Tigers beat Oakville 1-0 to move on to the Class 4 state quarterfinals Saturday at the Kirkwood Athletic Association...
New coach is one of the group (10/16/03)
Steve Franklin is first-hand proof to his young Gator swimmers that the sport can last a lifetime. Franklin, 46, who became the Gator Swim Team coach seven weeks ago, still competes in the sport he came into at a young age. He swims around the country in masters events and is ranked nationally in several events...
Cubs watch Marlins escape with 9-6 win in Game 7 (10/16/03)
CHICAGO -- Waiting 'til next year will never, ever be so painful for the Chicago Cubs. Given one final chance to beat the demons of their past and the Marlins, the Cubs couldn't get it done. Kerry Wood failed to hold an early lead and Wrigley Field fell silent as Florida capped its stunning NLCS comeback with a 9-6 win in Game 7 Wednesday night...
Red Sox's 9-6 victory over Yankees sets up a Classic Game 7 (10/16/03)
NEW YORK -- These resilient Red Sox keep rallying just in time. Down by two runs and nine outs from ending their season, they're one win from returning to the World Series for the first time in 17 years. Better still, they're one win from finally knocking off the New York Yankees...
Good hands - Rams' Holt tied for NFL lead in receptions (10/16/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Earlier this season, Isaac Bruce set the St. Louis Rams' career receptions record. It's a good thing he's not close to retirement, the way teammate Torry Holt is piling up catches. Holt has been in double figures the last two games, highly unusual for a wide receiver. He caught 11 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 36-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, following up a career-best 12 catches for 133 yards against the Cardinals...
Annual cycling event takes path to new heights (10/16/03)
jhall Even Jan Gerard sounds a little surprised when she talks about the growth of Tour de Cape. Saturday's fourth annual event grew to 387 riders -- that's up from 250 last year and 103 in 2000. The noncompetitive event featured rides of up to 100 miles through Cape Girardeau and Scott counties and this year drew entries from Florida, Texas, Michigan and Virginia. About one-fourth of the field was from Cape Girardeau and Jackson...
In climb back, Eastern Kentucky is big test (10/16/03)
We dug ourselves a hole by losing our first conference game, and the result is that all the remaining games on our schedule are key must-win games. The biggest and toughest of our remaining games will probably be Saturday at Eastern Kentucky. There's no doubt EKU is one of the top teams in the OVC, and the Colonels are especially tough at home. ...
FanFare 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
Briefly Basketballn
Kobe Bryant's accuser showed up for her rape exam wearing panties containing another man's sperm, a startling discovery that defense lawyers called "compelling evidence" the NBA star is innocent. But Bryant's preliminary hearing ended with prosecutors telling a judge there was "uncontradicted" evidence that the Lakers' guard raped the 19-year-old woman. ...
Study- Use of tanning salons increases skin cancer risk (10/16/03)
WASHINGTON -- Women who visit tanning salons more than once a month are 55 percent more likely to develop malignant melanoma, and the risk more than doubles for women in their 20s, according to an eight-year study of more than 100,000 Scandinavians...
Cutting out cancer (10/16/03)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas doctor is trying to find a safe and efficient way to target cancerous cells using flecks of gold that are only nanometers wide. It could set a new standard for breast cancer therapy. Dr. Vladimir Zharov, a biomedical engineer and director of laser research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, won a $106,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, to study the treatment concept...
Somewhere in the circle of life (10/16/03)
Oct. 16, 2003 Dear Julie, In the age of information overload, most of us know almost everything about each new movie before it comes out. Plots have been summarized and discussed, the director's style has been analyzed and the actors and actresses have been praised or lambasted by critics before we step into the theater. On the one hand, all this forewarning can save seven bucks. ...
Sandra Pearson (10/16/03)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Sandra Lynn "Sandy" Kennedy Pearson, 53, of Joliet, Ill., formerly of Mounds, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. She was born July 14, 1950, at Joliet, daughter of Richard and June Borg Pearson. Pearson attended Faith Bible Church in Joliet...
Kenneth Sadler (10/16/03)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Kenneth D. Sadler, 70, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Union County, son of James Ervin and Iva Edmonds Sadler. He and Mary Burton were married May 12, 1961, in Anna, Ill...
Mary Crites (10/16/03)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Jane Crites, 80, of Sedgewickville died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Oct. 10, 1923, at Daisy, daughter of Robert Francis and Maggie May Moore Haupt. She and Cutis Edgar Crites were married Dec. 31, 1959...
Correne Waddell (10/16/03)
Correne Louise Waddell, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 14, 1911, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Charles Anton and Helen Anna Leible Burger. She and Clifford Waddell were married Sept. 5, 1942, at Palmyra, Mo. He died June 10, 1975...
Jennifer Kennon (10/16/03)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jennifer L. Kennon, 21, of Perryville died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Aug. 30, 2003. She was born Aug. 2, 1982, in St. Louis, daughter of Alan L. and Brenda L. Moore Kennon...
Anita LeGrand (10/16/03)
BENTON, Mo. -- Anita Catherine LeGrand, 92, of Benton died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 8, 1911, at Oran, Mo., daughter of Frank and Ida Scherer Dirnberger. She and Denis LeGrand were married May 28, 1935, in Oran. He died Feb. 19, 1996...
Milford Crites (10/16/03)
Milford F. Crites, 79, of Collinsville, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. He was born Dec. 25, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles and Lillian McDonald Crites. He and LaVerne Sandlin were married Aug. 30, 1941...
Dorothy Gross (10/16/03)
Dorothy A. Gross, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Godfried Herman and Bertha R. Schlegel Gross. Gross was a graduate of Central High School and attended Steimle Business College. She worked several years at Meyer Alberts Wholesale Grocery Warehouse and at Farmers and Merchants Bank and then Boatmen's Bank as a bookkeeper more than 25 years. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church...
Josiephine Merriweather (10/16/03)
SANDUSKY, Ill. -- Josiephine Merriweather, 73, of Sandusky, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at her home. She was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Sunflower, Miss., daughter of Willie and Callie Rodgers Seals. She married Fletcher Merriweather. He survives. She lived in Illinois for over 55 years and was a retired cook. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Sandusky...
Fire report 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Oct. 16 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 7:31 p.m., smoke odor at Hanover and Independence. At 10:55 p.m., medical assist at 1005 Jefferson. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 1:16 a.m., citizen assist at 2419 Glenridge...
Police report 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
Cape Girardeau Thursday, Oct. 16 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Ronald D. Burnam, 42, of 158 Park Lake Estates, No. 4, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended and failure to signal...
Black-white gap- Will anything work? (10/16/03)
By Nathan Glazer "No Excuses" is the good faith follow-up to the Thernstroms' "America in Black and White," which appeared in 1997. That massive work presented a solidly documented account of black oppression since the Civil War and then of the civil rights revolution that transformed the condition of American blacks...
Corruption has grip on most of the world (10/16/03)
A report that ranks corruption on a global scale revealed that half of developing countries in the world suffer from a "high level of corruption." The report also said wealthy nations fare little better. Bangladesh was ranked as the most corrupt, trailed by Nigeria and Haiti. Ranked least corrupt was Finland, followed by Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand. The United States was 18th least corrupt on the list...
New gun law faces lengthy judicial review (10/16/03)
Nothing has come easy with Missouri's new concealed-weapons law. In 1999, voters narrowly defeated Proposition B, which would have allowed residents to carry a concealed weapon. In this year's session, the Missouri Legislature passed a conceal-carry law after vigorous debate only to have it vetoed by Gov. Bob Holden. Following still more vigorous debate, the legislature overrode the governor's veto with significant support from both sides of the political aisle...
Schwarzenegger faces obstacles to his new ideas (10/16/03)
To the editor: Kudos for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now he gets to enjoy the attention of the truly vicious Democrats at the state level in California. They may fawn over him for a few days, mainly to determine his weaknesses. However, his neck is on the chopping block...
Speak Out 10/16/03 (10/16/03)
I WAS very happy to read the article about reopening a grocery store in the Schaarf building ( as I knew it). Many trips and memories remain of Sheepy Schaarf and his fellow employees. Against small businesses IF SOME of you living in Cape Girardeau think that our mayor and city council are pro-business and do not care about the residents, I would invite you to attend a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. ...
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