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Lawyer helps county in tax money dispute (10/17/03)
A Forsyth, Mo., lawyer hired by Cape Girardeau County gave commissioners some legal ammunition Thursday, saying the road and bridge tax debate isn't as clear cut as others have made it out to be. The dispute, which elected officials across Missouri are watching with interest, is whether Cape Girardeau County has to pay 25 percent of the tax it collects in Jackson back to that city. ...
SEMO shows nonacademic cut options (10/17/03)
Southeast Missouri State University officials will consider budgeting less for athletics and cutting school spending on student health services. Those are just two of six possible moves involving restructuring, reducing or eliminating nonacademic programs that school officials say will be discussed at an open forum on Oct. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom...
Newer new math (10/17/03)
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...
Jackson brother, sister die in motorcycle crash (10/17/03)
A pair of Jackson siblings died early Thursday evening in a motorcycle crash on Greensferry Road in Jackson. Tucker Jones, 19, and Krystal Jones, 16, died of "multiple systems" injuries, which includes severe trauma to the head, chest and extremities, said coroner Mike Hurst...
Jackson 17-year-old may get felony for burning pep rally car (10/17/03)
A 17-year-old Jackson student faces a possible felony and five varsity football players will sit out tonight's game for burning a junk car, an incident some view as horseplay that got out of control. Before each year's highly anticipated football matchup between the Jackson Indians and the Cape Girardeau Central Tigers, Jackson High School students paint a donated junk car in Central's traditional orange and then bash it repeatedly during a school-organized pep rally...
Good samaritan robbed (10/17/03)
Man robbed after offering to help supposed motorist Cape Girardeau police are looking for a man they say robbed a resident at gunpoint after the victim first agreed to help him fix his car. The suspect went door to door in the south part of town Wednesday telling residents he had car trouble, asking for money and to use a phone...
Vitae working to make abortion 'unthinkable' (10/17/03)
Though a bill that would ban a type of abortion is pending in the U.S. Senate this month, one pro-life organization says its focus is elsewhere. The Vitae Caring Foundation held a dinner Thursday night to raise funds for an anti-abortion ad campaign, but they say that they have no political ambitions...
Cape Girardeau man charged with child sex crimes (10/17/03)
A Cape Girardeau man faces multiple counts of child sex crimes after an 11-year-old girl came forward to police. David Matthew Burton, 28, formerly of Tamms, Ill., was charged Thursday with one count of first degree statutory rape and three counts of first degree statutory sodomy. If convicted, each charge carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, said assistant prosecuting attorney Angel Woodruff...
Blunt tells businesses: Job loss is top priority (10/17/03)
LAKE OZARK, Mo. -- When Secretary of State Matt Blunt began his speech before a conference of Missouri business leader Thursday, he made one point clear. "I'm not here today to criticize the Missouri Chamber of Commerce," Blunt said. The remark by Blunt, the likely Republican nominee for governor next year, alluded to tough comments Democratic Gov. Bob Holden made a few weeks ago at another chamber-sponsored conference...
Robinson admits five killings in Missouri (10/17/03)
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- A man already convicted of killing three women in Kansas pleaded guilty Thursday to five more murders in Missouri, where some of the victims' bodies were found in barrels in a rented storage locker. John E. Robinson Sr., of Olathe, Kan., avoided trial and a possible death sentence in Missouri by admitting that he killed two women and a girl whose bodies were found in the Raymore storage locker and two other women whose bodies have never been found. ...
Judge orders insurer to pay interest on damage award (10/17/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Millions of dollars in insurance money could become available to victims of an ex-pharmacist convicted of diluting chemotherapy drugs. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Co., which insured Robert Courtney, was ordered Wednesday by a judge to pay interest on part of a huge damage award...
Attorney - Unarmed stalker death was self-defense (10/17/03)
ST. LOUIS -- A man charged with murder in the shooting death of a chronic stalker acted in self-defense, contrary to claims by investigators questioning the use of lethal force against the unarmed victim, the man's attorney said Thursday. Richard "Rick" Pearia, 51, on Thursday was ordered to appear Nov. 13 for a preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 7 death of Donald Brinkmeyer, who allegedly had been stalking Pearia's wife, Kerstin...
House leaders predict fierce battle for chamber control (10/17/03)
LAKE OZARK, Mo. -- After stinging election defeats last year that ended their decades-long reign in the House of Representatives, Democrats are hungry to take back the chamber in 2004 and are going to use a few pages from the GOP playbook in the effort...
Dreaming of a tween Christmas (10/17/03)
Girls like 8-year-old Kelsie Templin are a challenge for the toy industry. Unlike boys in the 8-to-12 age group, who seem easy to please with video games and action toys, Kelsie and her peers are in a fuzzy, in-between stage. Kelsie, for example, likes to collect stuffed animals, but she also enjoys more grown-up activities like shopping at Claire's Stores, creating picture frames for her room and listening to tunes by pop star singers Christine Aguilera and Britney Spears...
Ferry pilot target of accident investigation (10/17/03)
NEW YORK -- The investigation into the Staten Island ferry wreck that killed 10 passengers focused Thursday on whether the ship's pilot blacked out and slumped over the throttle before the vessel crashed into a concrete pier. City councilman Michael McMahon, after a briefing from city emergency and transportation officials, said the crash may have been related to the pilot's health and medication he was taking for a possible blood-pressure problem...
Pentagon expects to call up more reserve troops for Iraq (10/17/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is drawing up plans to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve forces for duty in Iraq, in the expectation that too few international troops will be available by early next year, officials said Thursday. The additional reservists have not been notified because Pentagon planners have yet to decide which units to call on, and there remains a chance that international troops can be used instead...
Ashcroft says progress made in CIA leak case (10/17/03)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday that progress is being made in the investigation into the leak of a CIA undercover officer's name. Ashcroft repeated that he has not ruled out any option, including appointment of an outside special counsel to run the investigation, a move Bush administration critics say is necessary to ensure the probe is thorough...
Ousted HealthSouth chief refuses lawmakers' questions (10/17/03)
WASHINGTON -- Saying he was denied "a fair hearing" by Congress, ousted HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy invoked his constitutional privilege Thursday and refused to answer lawmakers' questions in their investigation of the $2.5 billion accounting scandal engulfing the major medical services company...
Security Council OKs Iraq resolution (10/17/03)
UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at attracting more troops and money to help stabilize Iraq and speed its independence -- a diplomatic victory for Washington after the bitter dispute over the war...
Church marks pope's 25th anniversary before huge crowd (10/17/03)
VATICAN CITY -- An ailing Pope John Paul II celebrated his 25 years as pontiff on Thursday, asking tens of thousands of pilgrims, his admiring Polish countrymen and the men who help run his church to pray for him, saying his future rested in the hands of God...
Boys who labored in granite pits return home from Nigeria (10/17/03)
and Glenn McKenzie ~ The Associated Press COTONOU, Benin -- Their bodies scarred by beatings and their hands callused from breaking rocks, 74 boys as young as 4 received medical treatment Thursday after their rescue from Nigerian granite quarries where they were forced to work as virtual prisoners...
Anglican leaders warn of church split over U.S. gay bishop (10/17/03)
LONDON -- The world's Anglican leaders piled pressure Thursday on churches in New Hampshire and their openly gay bishop-elect, warning that if he takes office it could shatter a global communion deeply torn over homosexuality. "If his consecration proceeds, we recognize that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion," the leaders of 37 national churches said after two days of emergency, closed-door talks. ...
Magician nears end of London vigil (10/17/03)
LONDON -- David Blaine -- shaman to some, charlatan to others, showman above all -- is getting ready to leave his box. The American magician is approaching Sunday's end to a 44-day fast-cum-vigil in a dangling plastic case -- hungrier, hairier and, he says, wiser than when he entered...
Explosion hits northern pipeline in Iraq (10/17/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An explosion damaged part of the main pipeline running from Iraq's northern oil fields on Thursday, forcing a reduction in the amount of oil available for export. It was unclear whether the pipeline explosion near the city of Hadeetha, 125 miles northwest of Baghdad, was caused by saboteurs, a senior Oil Ministry official said on condition of anonymity...
Malaysian leader- Jews 'rule the world by proxy' (10/17/03)
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- In a blistering attack on Israel and hectoring criticism of the Islamic world, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a summit of Muslim leaders Thursday that Jews ruled the world and recruited others "to fight and die for them."...
Face of today's Iranian male changing one nose at a time (10/17/03)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Another day, another nose job. Dr. Magid Navab performs at least two every working day. Iran's conservative Islamic rulers frown on many indulgences, but plastic surgery is not among them. "The phones are always ringing," said Navab...
Palestinian security forces arrest suspects in attack (10/17/03)
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian police arrested seven suspects Thursday in a deadly attack on U.S. diplomats, briefly exchanging fire with militants during a raid in this shantytown, security officials said. The suspects are members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a group of dozens of armed men from various factions, many former members of the security forces and disgruntled followers of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement...
Pancoast, Tigers win SEMO league cross country title (10/17/03)
Central's girls cross country team won the varsity race in Thursday's SEMO Conference Championships in Poplar Bluff. The Tigers had 20 points. Jackson was second with 35. Central's Jennifer Pancoast, Holly Shaffer and Linnea Woldtvedt garnered the top three spots. Cassie Kipper finished fifth and Hannah Lewis finished ninth...
Indians find footing after 1-2 start (10/17/03)
A year after a 2-8 season and just weeks removed from a 1-2 record, Jackson is back in more traditional territory. The Indians are 3-2 and in position to capture the SEMO North Conference title with a win over visiting Poplar Bluff tonight. "I'm proud we've put ourselves in a position to win a conference championship," Jackson coach Carl Gross said...
Today's area football games (10/17/03)
Poplar Bluff (5-0) at Jackson (3-2) Last week: Jackson 27, Central 14; Poplar Bluff 31, Farmington 0 Last year: Jackson 27, Poplar Bluff 7 Notes: The Indians have won two straight but are 1-2 at home this season. ...
Oklahoma looks to put clamps on Smith (10/17/03)
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma needed a touchdown on a fake field goal and a late interception to overcome Missouri quarterback Brad Smith's breakout performance last season. As a redshirt freshman, Smith ran Oklahoma's vaunted defense ragged for four quarters, rolling up nearly 400 yards of offense and three touchdowns as Missouri came up just short of a huge upset in a 31-24 loss...
Home meet is Southeast's final stop before league championships (10/17/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's cross country program will have its only opportunity to strut its stuff in front of a home crowd Saturday. The annual Southeast Invitational at Capaha Park will begin at 11 a.m. with the 3.1-mile women's race. The 3.1-mile men's race will follow at 11:45 a.m...
After year to mesh, Otahks take aim at a title (10/17/03)
Comfort and familiarity figure to be major assets for Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball coach B.J. Smith as he prepares for the start of practice Saturday. The Otahkians' second-year boss knows considerably more about his situation than he did during his inaugural season last year...
Just another year of living with the curse (10/17/03)
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker insists there's no curse on his team. But 75-year-old Dorothy Stott has been around a lot longer than Baker, and her memory goes back further than Tuesday night, when a fan's hands got between Moises Alou's glove and a fly ball with the Cubs five outs from making it to the World Series...
Predators hand Blues first loss of season 4-1 (10/17/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marek Zidlicky scored a power-play goal and assisted on another, leading the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Zidlicky converted a pass from Andreas Johansson at the 8:18 mark of the first period, beating St. Louis goaltender Chris Osgood on the stick side from close range...
Clemens gets a KO in fourth inning (10/17/03)
NEW YORK -- Wow, what a shot! Aaron Boone set off bedlam in the Bronx on Thursday night with a leadoff home run in the 11th inning to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox for a trip to the World Series and their 39th American League pennant...
Rams' offense finds the right mix (10/17/03)
St. Louis has controlled the clock by increasing its running plays. By Jim Salter ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- It's not exactly three yards and a cloud of plastic for the St. Louis Rams, but the team once known as the "Greatest Show on Turf" for its quick-strike offense is now controlling the clock...
Thomas will return from groin injury (10/17/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Two weeks off to rest a groin injury was enough to get St. Louis Rams middle linebacker Robert Thomas back in the lineup. Thomas returned to practice last week but was held out of a 36-0 shutout of the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. That break, combined with the bye week, enabled an injury that dated to the preseason to heal sufficiently...
Yankees drop Giambi to seventh in lineup (10/17/03)
NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Torre juggled his lineup for Game 7 of the AL championship series Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox, dropping slugger Jason Giambi to the seventh spot. Giambi had 41 homers and 107 RBIs this season, but was hitting only .216 in the playoffs with one home run and three RBIs. The 2000 AL MVP had not batted seventh since July 15, 1999, for Oakland against San Francisco. He homered in that game...
Outdoors digest (10/17/03)
Roberts wins individual title in skeet shoot CLUBB, Mo. -- Jered Roberts won the individual award among 80 shooters in the fourth annual skeet shoot sponsored by State Rep. Rod Jetton. Scott Cook and Ted Kirkpatrick were tied for second at the event held Saturday at Bill Hollida's Rocking H Ranch...
Not just another pretty face (10/17/03)
It offers a smooth ride and high visibility, but the Tribute doesn't slouch on muddy roads or inclines What do you get when you cross the world's best-selling roadster, the Miata, with one of the best small SUVs on the market, the Ford Escape? A Mazda Tribute...
Riding the ferry (10/17/03)
At the end of the 1960s, my wife and I -- both true-blue Missourians -- moved to New York City. We might as well have moved to Hong Kong or London. We were two naive Midwesterners adrift in a polyglot sea where fellow castaways neither sounded nor looked like us...
Young musicians in the spotlight (10/17/03)
Dr. Sara Edgerton hopes Academic Auditorium is filled with children Tuesday. Some of the children, ranging in age from 3 to 18, will be on stage performing in a concert titled "Family Favorites." "We want to show what children are capable of," the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra conductor says...
Artifacts 10/17/03 (10/17/03)
Singer-songwriters at Grace Cafe Singer-songwriter Joe Pagetta will perform at 8 tonight at Grace Cafe in Cape Girardeau. Also performing will be the local band Juniper Wind. As a soloist Pagetta performed at New York City's singer-songwriter clubs, drawing critical comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Dylan. Since moving to Nashville in 1998, he has performed at such venues as the Radio Cafe, Gibson's Guitar Cafe & Gallery and Exit/In...
New on CD 10/17/03 (10/17/03)
'The Movie Album' On screen, Barbra Streisand crooned some of film's most memorable songs -- "Evergreen," "The Way We Were" and "Don't Rain on My Parade," to name just a few. So one would expect her take on other classic film songs to be just as memorable. Unfortunately, her interpretation of gems such as "Smile" and "I'm in the Mood for Love" on her new "The Movie Album" is surprisingly bland...
Everybody's a critic - 'Intolerable Cruelty' (10/17/03)
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief violence, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine) Two stars (out of 4) I left this move with the same reaction as the first time I watched "O Brother, Wherefore Art Thou?" The characters were so bizarre I just kind of sat there going "Huh?" with some kind of glazed look on my face...
Rocker - Drink whiskey and go fishin' (10/17/03)
NEW YORK -- The rockabilly king arrives for an interview wearing his signature oversized blonde pompadour and long sideburns, an all-black Teddy Boy suit, black leather lariat tied with a silver skull, and a hoop in one ear. Brian Setzer is at it again...
Ronald Williams (10/17/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ronald Ervin Williams, 57, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 8, 1946, in Mississippi County, son of Cecil Ray and Alma Doris Williams. He and Wanda Sue Miller were married Dec. 18, 1973, in Matthews, Mo...
Nicholas Bohnert (10/17/03)
Nicholas Lloyd Bohnert, 15 days, of Crawfordsville, Ark., died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was born Sept. 30, 2003, in Memphis, son of Kevin and Dona Bohnert. Survivors include his parents of Crawfordsville; a brother, Logan Bohnert of the home; grandparents, Lloyd and Shirley Bohnert of Cape Girardeau, and Hilda Hajek of Tuscaloosa, Ala...
James Carlton (10/17/03)
Capt. James P. Carlton, 74, of Mount Pleasant, Utah, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at his home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/17/03 (10/17/03)
Lape Son to Kevin T. and Tracie D. Lape of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 12:03 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003. Name, Kirklan Aric. Weight, 6 pounds 8 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Lape is the former Tracie Hottinger, daughter of Shirley Hottinger of Jackson, and the late Buddy Hottinger of Anna, Ill. Lape is the son of David and Donna Lape of Chaffee, Mo. He is employed by Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway and at KT's Woodworking...
Fire report 10/17/03 (10/17/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 17 Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 9:47 p.m., medical assist at 719 William. At 10:39 p.m., illegal burn at 1559 Grandview. Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 2:02 a.m., medical assist at 230 Mill...
Police report 10/17/03 (10/17/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 17 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Timothy M. Morris, 29, of 1457 N. Main, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, leaving the scene of an accident and careless and imprudent driving...
Rush Limbaugh faces personal and public tests (10/17/03)
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's announcement that he has abused OxyContin, a powerful prescription painkiller, was both a shocking and sad revelation. Rumors of a criminal investigation were already swirling throughout the news media. For most of his fans, especially here in his hometown, the news was hard to accept...
Scott City ready to party for centennial (10/17/03)
Figuring out the exact date of Scott City's birthday anniversary is more complicated than looking for a birth certificate. The town's roots are embedded in several communities that a century ago had their own identities. As a result, Scott City is launching centennial celebrations that will extend into 2004. This is because platting of the towns that were combined into Scott City -- Ancell, Edna and Illmo -- occurred in both 1903 and 1904...
Keep your guns, but no need to conceal them (10/17/03)
To the editor: On the conceal-carry law: Why do we have to have people writing letters when they don't understand our system? I want to keep my guns, and I want to make sure they are used in a responsible way. But do we need to conceal a gun? I don't think so...
Sign rules aren't being enforced consistently (10/17/03)
On Oct. 4, West Side Camera received a letter from Rebecca L. Figliolo representing the city of Cape Girardeau's Division of Inspection Services and notifying us our message signboard had to be removed. Review and investigation of similar signs on Kingshighway, William Street and Broadway and discussion with sign owners who received similar notices and called the city inspection office revealed a number of businesses were not told to remove their signs. ...
Speak Out 10/17/03 (10/17/03)
AMERICANS SHOULD have a right to privacy. No one should be bothered by calls they do not wish to receive. If this country is as great as it can be, we should be able to generate jobs without people intruding on other people's lives to make a buck. Free to learn...
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