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Stories from Tuesday, October 28, 2003

School group begins review of Cape budget (10/28/03)
The job of cutting $2.2 million from the Cape Girardeau School District budget began Monday night with a meeting of the newly formed 100-member task force. Teachers, administrators, parents and other community members gathered at the school district's board office for an overview of the district's budget situation...
Colder temps signal start of leaf-burning season (10/28/03)
As the first night of temperatures in the 30s sends masses of autumn leaves floating to the ground, area fire departments are asking residents to know the rules about burning. Cape Girardeau fire marshal Michael Morgan said there haven't been any problems in his city, and there shouldn't be if people pay attention...
Learning briefs 10/28 (10/28/03)
Spain selected exchange club student of the month Jayson Spain, a student at Saxony Lutheran High School in Cape Girardeau, was chosen as Exchange Club student of the month for October. He is the son of Darrell and Lauri Spain of Jackson and has participated in Boys State, student council, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce leadership academy and Rotary Camp Enterprise...
Jackson School Board agenda 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
7 p.m. today 614 E. Adams St.
  • Approval of health insurance plan.
  • Putting a price on graduation (10/28/03)
    Never mind how many words they're worth, the bottom line for pictures can be about $300 if you're one of this year's graduating seniors at Cape Girardeau's Central High School. But that's just the tip of the graduation-product iceberg. Members of the class of 2004 are charging many of their unforgettable moments to their parents' credit cards, and the companies that peddle those memories could tap them for hundreds of dollars each....
    Education committee to review funding formula (10/28/03)
    The Joint Interim Committee on Education will meet at 4 p.m. today at the Show Me Center to discuss the state's funding formula for public education. There will be presentations on state and federal mandates, as well as public testimony. Parents and educators are invited to attend...
    Sikeston man sentenced to 14 years for cocaine (10/28/03)
    Orlando M. Perkins, 31, of Sikeston, Mo., was sentenced Monday in federal court to 168 months in prison on each of six counts of distributing cocaine base, or crack. He appeared in front of U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber in Cape Girardeau. On six separate occasions, between July 1999 and January 2001, Perkins sold the drug to a confidential informant in Sikeston...
    Who's to blame? (10/28/03)
    Corrupt politics, high crime rates and uncontrollable teenagers are a few subjects debated by citizens of the United States. People may discuss these subjects till the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, but will the problems ever be resolved? Talking doesn't change anything. I believe that these problems will continue to sicken America until some genius figures out how to cure the illnesses. I'll try to come close...
    Scott County man sentenced on meth-related charge (10/28/03)
    A Scott County man appeared Monday in federal court for sentencing on felony drug charges. John A. Chadd, 42, was sentenced to 112 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to unlawfully possess pseudoephedrine. Chadd previously admitted that on March 4, he and Donnie Williams went to a store in Cape Girardeau to buy pseudoephedrine pills. Both men bought two boxes of 48 pills. They had previously gathered several boxes of pills from other stores and planned to manufacture methamphetamine...
    Cape neighbors looking forward to sewer connection (10/28/03)
    After more than 40 years of waiting, residents of the 1600 block of Kingsway Drive will soon be able to flush without worry. No more backed-up septic systems. No more foul smells. And no more regular plumbing bills. That's what homeowner Kay Gilliland is looking forward to when seven properties along the block are hooked up to the city's sewer system...
    Owner of Mac's Smokehouse closes airport restaurant (10/28/03)
    Planes can fuel up but people can't at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. City officials are looking to change that. They won't disclose a name, but negotiations began this week on a restaurant lease agreement that could be finalized by the city council next month, airport manager Bruce Loy said Monday...
    Councilman Hugh White files for re-election (10/28/03)
    Cape Girardeau city councilman Hugh White filed for re-election Monday, the second councilman to declare his candidacy within the last 30 days. Ward 3 councilman Jay Purcell filed for re-election last month. White, the city's Ward 4 councilman, was elected to a four-year term in 2000. He previously served on the council from 1988 to 1992. White is a broker/associate with ERA Cape Realty...
    County realizes savings thanks to bond refinancing (10/28/03)
    Cape Girardeau County officials say $146,000 will be saved over the next 15 years, the result of the commission's decision Monday to refinance its bonds for the county jail. The move dropped the county's interest rate on the $5,085,000 issue from 5 percent to 4.25 percent...
    'Viewtiful Joe' is great platformer -- and more (10/28/03)
    Side-scrolling platform games no longer are as common as they once were. But that doesn't mean the genre is dead. In fact, one of the best games I've played this year, "Viewtiful Joe," fits neatly into the category, although there is a lot more to it than a simple "Mario" knockoff...
    Cape city council hires health benefits firm (10/28/03)
    Health insurance benefits for Cape Girardeau city employees will be managed by a St. Louis firm. The city council on Monday voted to hire CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc. during a special meeting at city hall. City staff members had recommended the firm from among three companies that submitted proposals...
    Judge dismisses lawsuit against gun industry (10/28/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County judge has dismissed a lawsuit the city of St. Louis brought against the gun industry seeking reimbursement for costs associated with gun-related injuries. St. Louis County Judge Emmett O'Brien said he found no basis for the claim. O'Brien dismissed the lawsuit against gun manufacturers on Oct. 15. Then on Friday, he dismissed it against the remaining defendants: gun distributors and trade organizations...
    Veterans work to clear weed-choked burial ground (10/28/03)
    GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Laboring out of respect for those long departed and since forgotten, a group of aging military veterans has worked for months to clear jungle-like growth from an abandoned cemetery on the edge of the city. "There's World War I, World War II and even graves from Korean veterans in there," said Cecil Buchanan, a member of American Legion Post 3 and an organizer of the effort to clean up the pentagon-shaped burial ground...
    Changes urged in assessing taxes on business (10/28/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- County assessors and education groups on Monday urged legislators to clarify the law governing how the value of equipment owned by businesses is determined for tax purposes. Since 2001, the Missouri State Tax Commission has sided with businesses in all 45 appeals of personal property assessments it has decided. The commission has reduced the assessed value of equipment by as much as 90 percent from what the local assessor had determined to be the item's value...
    Driver in fatal Jeep plunge off cliff gets probation deal (10/28/03)
    STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- The driver of a Jeep that plunged off a 30-foot cliff during a bachelor party, killing the groom's brother and another man, has been placed on probation for five years. Brock Busenbark, 24, of Columbia, Mo., entered an Alford plea Monday to involuntary manslaughter before a judge in Ste. Genevieve County. Under an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees there is sufficient evidence for a jury to find him guilty...
    Three area armories cut in Mo. National Guard restructuring (10/28/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard said Monday that it expects to save millions of dollars by closing six armories as part of a plan to restructure operations. The Guard said armory buildings in the Southeast Missouri towns of Bernie, Caruthersville, Charleston, along with ones in Neosho, Salem and St. Ann, will be closed beginning in December, leaving it with 57 armories scattered around the state...
    Two killed after crash involving cars drag racing on street (10/28/03)
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two women were killed when a stolen car that was drag-racing with a pickup crashed into their car, police said. Six people were hurt. Names of those killed and injured were not released. The stolen Chrysler Cirrus burst into flames, police said of the accident Monday afternoon. ...
    Voice of 'Price is Right' dead at 66 (10/28/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Rod Roddy, the flamboyantly dressed announcer on "The Price is Right" whose booming, jovial voice invited lucky audience members to "Come on down!" for nearly 20 years, died Monday after battling colon and breast cancer. He was 66...
    N.J. officials investigate case of starving adopted boys (10/28/03)
    COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. -- State officials were investigating whether a case worker ignored evidence that four malnourished boys were being starved by their adoptive parents to determine if criminal charges should be filed, the governor said Monday. "It's inconceivable how a case worker could go there and not detect these atrocious conditions," Gov. James E. McGreevey said during an appearance in Jamesburg...
    IRS - Millions go unclaimed (10/28/03)
    WASHINGTON -- "Return to sender" is becoming a familiar refrain at the IRS, where almost 116,000 checks worth more than $50 million in advance child-care payments await claim. The IRS mailed nearly 24 million advance payments in July and August after Congress agreed to increase the child tax credit this year from $600 to $1,000...
    Dry winds ease in California (10/28/03)
    SAN DIEGO -- Ash fell on the beach like snow and drivers turned on their headlights in the smoky daytime streets Monday as wildfires that have reduced entire neighborhoods to moonscapes swept through the hills of Southern California and threatened 30,000 more homes...
    People talk 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    Spears shows remorse for showing it all NEW YORK -- Britney Spears hasn't exactly been shy lately. She's appeared topless on the cover of Rolling Stone and British Elle magazines and bottomless on the cover of Esquire. But after taking it all off for the suggestive pictures, the 21-year-old pop star says she plans to put it all back on -- at least for now...
    Palestinian militant groups join forces, get help from Hezbolla (10/28/03)
    JERUSALEM -- With their operatives on the run, the Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad have increasingly forged a common front against Israel, and there are signs they are also being guided by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. Days after issuing a joint statement calling for coordinated "resistance" against Israel, the two groups attacked an Israeli army base Friday in the Netzarim settlement in the Gaza Strip, killing three soldiers and reviving heated debate in Israel over whether to hang on to the Jewish enclave.. ...
    Baghdad car bombings kill dozens (10/28/03)
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Suicide bombers struck the Red Cross headquarters and three police stations across Baghdad on Monday, killing about 40 people and injuring more than 200 in a coordinated terror spree that stunned the Iraqi capital on the first day of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan...
    Finance officials promise to help lower Iraq's debt (10/28/03)
    MORELIA, Mexico -- Finance officials from the European Union and 19 countries, including the United States, wrapped up a two-day meeting Monday with promises to help Iraq lower its debt load and restart global trade talks that collapsed last month in Cancun...
    Area picks highlight all-region team (10/28/03)
    Several area softball players were picked for the all-region team, the first to be chosen by members of the SEMO Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Five players were chosen for the first team and five for the second in each of four classes...
    Billings - QB spot back up for grabs after loss to Murray (10/28/03)
    Southeast Missouri State University coach Tim Billings said Monday that Jack Tomco is not certain to be the Indians' starting quarterback Saturday at Tennessee-Martin. Billings was not pleased with Tomco's performance during Saturday night's 27-24 home loss to Murray State, and he replaced Tomco late in the game with Andrew Goodenough after the Indians fell behind...
    Chiefs not eager to talk about win streak (10/28/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have only two opponents left on the schedule with winning records. Could this eight-game unbeaten streak carry all the way through the regular season? Maybe. But the mere mention of the possibility is almost enough to get someone kicked out of an otherwise upbeat locker room...
    Gordon wins as Kenseth builds his point lead (10/28/03)
    HAMPTON, Ga. -- With the season championship all but out of reach, Jeff Gordon knew his best hope was to build momentum for a title run in 2004. A victory on Monday in the rain-interrupted NASCAR Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was his second in a row, giving his Hendrick Motorsports team the boost the four-time Winston Cup champion was looking for...
    Bulger's timing helps Rams buck road trend (10/28/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Long passes and road games used to be a problem for the Rams. Not anymore. Not after winning convincingly at Pittsburgh. The Rams (5-2) had lost nine of 10 on the road before Sunday's 33-21 victory, which was all the more impressive because of the pomp surrounding the Steelers' 1,000th game...
    Bryant says he won't play opener, lashes out at O'Neal (10/28/03)
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant said he probably will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener against Dallas on Tuesday, and again lashed out at Shaquille O'Neal. "My knee is not strong enough to play yet. I know it. When it is, I will play," Bryant told ESPN by phone on Monday. "I probably won't play tomorrow night or until I'm ready."...
    After further review, the answer is no (10/28/03)
    Some of us have been railing against instant replay for years. But if Brian Billick wants a seat on the bandwagon, it's his. There's still a little time and plenty of room, especially for a celebrity. On Sunday, Billick experienced a life-changing moment. One moment he was for instant replay and the next he was against it...
    Sports briefs 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    Baseball
  • Right-hander Bartolo Colon will test the free agent market after rejecting a three-year offer from the Chicago White Sox. Mitch Frankel said Monday that Colon hasn't ruled out returning to the White Sox...
  • Daniel Ing (10/28/03)
    Daniel Lee Ing, 24, of Butler, Ind., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, in an automobile accident in Butler. His mother, Nancy Raneri, also died in the accident. He was born July 20, 1979, in Cape Girardeau, son of David and Nancy Sides Ing...
    Clara Enderle (10/28/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Clara C. Enderle, 88, of Chaffee died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are pending with Amick-Burnett Funeral Home in Chaffee.
    Dorris Lingle (10/28/03)
    DONGOLA, Ill. -- Dorris F. Lingle, 94, of Dongola died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at the Jonesboro Healthcare Center. He was born March 27, 1909, son of Charles and Erva McIntosh Lingle. Lingle was a lifetime member of Mount Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was retired from Armour Packing Co...
    Lena Book (10/28/03)
    Lena Chloe Book, 87, of Conway, Ark., died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 2, 1916, at Bernie, Mo., daughter of Marion and Florence Cross Mills. She and Homer Book were married March 10, 1940, in Piggott, Ark. He died May 21, 1990...
    Thurman Beeson (10/28/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Thurman Beeson, 55, of Sikeston died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at his home. He was born April 17, 1948, in Sikeston, son of W.T. and Clera E. Littrell Beeson. Beeson had been a deputy with New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, a security guard at Noranda Aluminum, and owned and operated Thurman's MFA in New Madrid until retiring because of ill health. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church...
    Tyrone Hook (10/28/03)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- Tyrone Dale Hook, 41, of Dexter died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born May 15, 1962, in Michigan, son of Charles and Ann Wood Hook. He and Linda Bedwell were married May 25, 1990, at Essex, Mo...
    S.A. Gunter (10/28/03)
    S.A. "Sam" Gunter, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born May 12, 1925, in Charleston, Mo., son of Samuel Adam and Maud Beatrice Martin Gunter. He and Audrey Withers were married July 4, 1945, in Cape Girardeau. She died June 25, 1996...
    Nancy Raneri (10/28/03)
    Nancy D. Raneri, 43, of Butler, Ind., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, in an automobile accident in Butler. A son, Daniel Ing, was also killed in the accident. She was born Feb. 9, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Earl and Carol Harris Sides...
    James Webb (10/28/03)
    James Webb, 54, of Tamms, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 25 at Mercy Hospital in Clermont in Batavia, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete at Craig Funeral Home in Tamms.
    Robin Barks (10/28/03)
    Graveside service for Robin Elizabeth Barks was held Sunday at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. The Rev. John Rice officiated. The infant was born and died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Survivors include her parents, Staff Sgt. ...
    James Stull (10/28/03)
    James Winzelo Stull, 72, of St. Ann, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 17, 1931, at Gideon, Mo., son of Elvis D. and Omaleen Havens Stull. He and Mildred Marie Senn were married Nov. 1, 1952, in Cape Girardeau...
    Pamela Ingram (10/28/03)
    MORLEY, Mo. -- Pamela Joy Ingram, 43, of Morley died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 2, 1960, in Orlando, Fla., daughter of Quentin C. and Joyce Faye Delk Ingram. Ingram was supervisor with TWA at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. She was a member of New Life Christian Center at Morley...
    Raymond Ballard (10/28/03)
    CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Raymond Lee Ballard, 71, of Chaffee died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born July 13, 1932, at Ridgeway, Mo., son of Raymond H. and Eula Kitchen Ballard. He and LaVern Wiedefeld were married Feb. 3, 1951...
    Pauline Frederick (10/28/03)
    Pauline Frederick, 65, of Scott City, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at her home. She was born May 24, 1938, at West Lebonan, Ind., daughter of Robert Myron and Nellie Margaret Kennedy Gore. She and Donald Chester Frederick Sr. were married Aug. 31, 1957, in New Ulm, Germany. He died Sept. 16, 1983...
    Births 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    Mohesky Son to Eric and Lisa Mohesky of Atlanta, Ga., Northside Hospital in Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003. Name, Ryan Connor. Weight, 6 pounds 15 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Mohesky is the former Lisa Millburg, daughter of Tom and Judy Millburg of Cape Girardeau. She is owner of Curves for Women in Atlanta. Mohesky is the son of Harvey and Teresa Mohesky of Washington, Mo. He is district manager of Wal-Mart Auto...
    Cape fire report 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Oct. 28 Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 9:12 p.m., vehicle fire at 110 S. Hanover. At 9:24 p.m., structure fire at 1400 S. West End Blvd. Firefighters responded Monday to the following items: At 9:23 a.m., medical assist at 115 Woodland...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Oct. 28 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Ricky D. McDaniel, 35, of P.O. Box 167, Tamms, Ill., was arrested Sunday on suspcion of driving while intoxicated and failure to yield...
    Out of the past 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    10 years ago: Oct. 28, 1993 Three-year comprehensive program to evaluate condition of every block of city street in Cape Girardeau is nearing completion about year ahead of schedule; "Pavement Management System" will enable city to set priorities for street repair and replacement...
    Floodway raises concerns (10/28/03)
    By Alan Journet Prior to European settlement, Southeast Missouri's lowlands supported millions of acres of wetland forest. Drainage and forest clearing have reduced these to just a few thousand acres. As profitable agriculture expanded into the rich floodplain, many wildlife populations were reduced to threatened and endangered-species status...
    Abortion battle now moves to the courts (10/28/03)
    The nation's pro-life advocates have cause to celebrate with congressional passage of a ban on partial-birth abortion. President Bush is expected to sign the bill any day now. A number of elements had to come together to put a stop to partial-birth abortions. The legislative battle had been brewing in Congress since the Republican party took over the House in 1995...
    Keeping tabs on Head Start (10/28/03)
    St. Joseph News-Press The executive director of the Kansas City Head Start program is a case study of what can go wrong when oversight comes from Washington rather than being local. The federal government is challenging more than $800,000 in salary and bonuses paid to Dwayne Crompton, executive director of the KCMC Child Development Corp. The corporation, which runs the Head Start program in Kansas City, has 30 days to pay all or part of that sum or explain why Crompton was worth that much. .....
    Audience found positive themes in concert music (10/28/03)
    To the editor: This is in response to the review of the concert Saturday night. Apparently the reporter was not paying too close attention to the crowd at the concert, nor is "anger-driven" music a correct description of the music played by Three Days Grace and Trapt. If the reporter had listened closer to the lyrics of nearly all the songs played by Trapt, he would have heard songs that were deep and thought-provoking...
    Motorists show their respect for funeral cars (10/28/03)
    To the editor: Last Wednesday my father and I were in Cape Girardeau for his brother's funeral. I want to express my amazement and gratitude to those people who showed their respect by pulling off to the side of the streets when our procession approached them. ...
    Jackson church filled with love, unity, strength (10/28/03)
    To the editor: Under the leadership of the Rev. Carter Frey and the Rev. Patrick Tankersley, our church, First Baptist Church of Jackson, is one of unity, strength and love that passes all understanding. Frey and Tankersley have brought us to a point of fellowship with one another that makes us a real family. ...
    Religion is part of national fabric in United States (10/28/03)
    To the editor: A recent Speak Out comment refers to the phrase "one nation under God" as religious fanaticism. A previous comment had made a similar remark. The Founding Fathers of our great nation put their trust in God and laid a sound spiritual foundation, which some people want to undermine. ...
    Speak Out 10/28/03 (10/28/03)
    THERE HAVE been several calls from people who claim that they know what educators are thinking. I'm an educator, and I don't want lower standards. I have very high standards for my students. I work very hard to teach them the skills they need so they can be successful not just on the MAP tests, but in college or on the job. ...
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