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Ramping up in Cape (10/30/03)
Cody McMinn raced up and down the metal ramps on his skateboard even as darkness fell Wednesday night at Cape Girardeau's new skate park. "It's pretty good," said the 12-year-old boy as his father, Gary McMinn, looked on. The McMinns live near the new skate park, a fenced area that previously housed two tennis courts in little used Missouri Park at Fountain Street and Park Drive...
Disaster kits created to handle county emergencies (10/30/03)
By making a donation now, Cape Girardeau County residents and businesses can help prevent a future disaster from depleting supplies of local emergency response agencies and possibly save lives. That's why those agencies are asking for the public's help in funding 25 emergency medical supply kits. The kits will be placed across the county in preparation for the type of disaster when fast access to extra supplies is crucial...
Alzheimer's group sets date for research update (10/30/03)
The 15th annual Alzheimer's Association Research Update will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the University Center ballroom on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Tuition is $10 in advance and $15 at the door, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn more about a drug, memantine, recently approved by the FDA for mid- to late-stage treatment of Alzheimer's disease...
Community digest 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
Christian school students begin selling cookies The students of Cape Christian School will kick off their annual cookie sales project on Friday. Thirteen different varieties of cookie dough will be available from any CCS student until Nov. 14. Delivery is set for the week of Dec. 10. Proceeds from the sale will provide educational opportunities and equipment for the students. Orders can be placed at the school office at 1855 Perryville Road or by calling 335-8333...
Community cuisine 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
Turkey and beef served at harvest supper Nov. 8 From 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville will hold a harvest supper. The menu includes turkey dressing, kettle cooked beef, corn, parsley potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, homemade breads and dessert. Children 3 and under eat free. Call Sheila Gross at 243-3337 for more information...
New courthouse groundbreaking planned Monday (10/30/03)
Around election time, politicians tend to engage in mud-slinging tactics. But that's not always a bad thing. U.S. Sen. Kit Bond and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will sling some soil Monday as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for Cape Girardeau's new federal courthouse...
Showcase to offer food, music while raising funds (10/30/03)
The 15th annual Southeast Showcase is scheduled for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. today at the Show Me Center. The event is a major fundraiser for the Southeast Missouri Hospital Foundation. Guests, who are encouraged to dress casually or in a Halloween costume, will sample food and beverages from 40 area restaurants and vendors while listening to music by Midlife Crisis. The theme of this year's event is Monster Mash Bash...
Retailers fade to black for Halloween profits (10/30/03)
On Halloween, ghouls just want to have fun. But so do retailers, who rely on the second-largest decorating season of the year to boost sales. And while Halloween spending is projected to dip slightly on the national front, area retailers say they have nothing to howl about...
Region briefs 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
Trout season begins Saturday at Rotary Lake The city of Jackson's inaugural trout season begins Saturday. As part of a joint agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Wal-Mart and Trout Unlimited, the city of Jackson has agreed to stock Rotary Lake with rainbow trout...
Democrat leads money race in Bootheel (10/30/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Heading into the final stretch before Tuesday's special election, Democrat Terry Swinger was in a far stronger financial position than the other two Bootheel hopefuls to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. Swinger, a Caruthersville optometrist, had $20,458 in his campaign coffers as of Oct. 23, according to finance disclosure reports filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission...
St. Francis' Little Reasons Campaign receives donation (10/30/03)
St. Francis Medical Center Foundation received a $3,000 donation recently from the Kiwanis Club of Cape Girardeau to help fund expansion of the region's only Level III neonatal intensive care unit at St. Francis Medical Center. The check was presented by Kiwanis Club secretary Ralph Stroud to Dr. ...
State approves winter natural gas rate changes (10/30/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The roughly 500,000 customers of Missouri Gas Energy in the western part of the state can expect to pay a little more for their winter heating bills because of natural gas rate increases approved by state utility regulators. The Missouri Public Service Commission also approved natural gas rate changes for more than 63,000 customers of various Atmos Energy Corp. districts and for 7,200 customers of Southern Missouri Gas Co...
Transportation panel recommends management, funding changes (10/30/03)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state transportation department needs to change its management, seek new funding and publicly apologize for dropping a 1992 highway plan as its financial blueprint, according to a report by a citizens advisory panel...
Holden's bid for re-election endorsed by Cleaver, Shields (10/30/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver and Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields on Wednesday endorsed Gov. Bob Holden in his campaign for re-election. Cleaver and Shields, both prominent Kansas City area Democrats, said they will lead Holden's re-election campaign in Jackson County -- where his Democratic challenger, Claire McCaskill, served as county prosecutor from 1993 until being elected state auditor in 1998...
Sun hurls another solar flare at Earth (10/30/03)
DENVER -- The most powerful geomagnetic storm possible walloped the Earth early Wednesday, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems. The storm, the most disruptive to hit Earth since 1989, was unleashed by the fourth-most powerful solar flare ever seen, NASA said...
Wildfires threaten resort towns (10/30/03)
LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. -- Firefighters struggled desperately Wednesday to save emptied-out resort towns in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains as 200-foot walls of flame engulfed dead and dried-out trees. In San Diego County, the state's largest fire claimed another victim when a firefighting crew was overcome by flames. Firefighter Steven Rucker, 38, was killed while trying to save a home near Wynola. Three others were injured...
Court throws out ex-CIA officer's conviction (10/30/03)
HOUSTON -- A federal judge threw out the conviction of a former CIA operative who has spent 20 years in prison for selling arms to Libya, saying the government knowingly used false evidence against him. Edwin P. Wilson, 75, was convicted in 1983 of shipping 20 tons of C-4 plastic explosives to Libya -- something he said he did to ingratiate himself with the Libyan government at the CIA's request...
Lawmakers OK $87.5 billion plan (10/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators agreed Wednesday on an $87.5 billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan that meets a White House demand that none of the money be provided as loans. Despite rising criticism in Congress over the handling of the war, the package worked out by House-Senate negotiators largely resembles the proposal submitted by President Bush. The House and Senate are expected to act quickly to give the bill final approval before it goes to Bush for his signature...
House doubles troops' death benefit (10/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- Families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks would receive a $12,000 death payment -- double the current benefit and tax free -- under a bill the House passed Wednesday. The payment would go to soldiers killed after Sept. 10, 2001. The House expects the expansion to cost $122 million more over the next 10 years, including $35 million next year. The goal is to help families defray the immediate costs of funerals...
Nation briefs 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
DNA testimony opens Peterson hearing MODESTO, Calif. -- A hearing to determine whether Scott Peterson must stand trial in the slaying of his pregnant wife opened Wednesday with an expert testifying about a disputed type of DNA analysis used to match a hair found on a pair of pliers on Peterson's boat with strands from Laci Peterson...
Entertainment industry scolded for violence, sex (10/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- Consumer and parent advocacy groups accused entertainment industry executives Wednesday of not doing enough to shield children from excessive violence, sex and other inappropriate fare. Some of the groups at a Capitol Hill forum called for government intervention, but executives from the film, music and video game industries said self-regulation is working...
Humanitarian groups begin to pull out of Iraq (10/30/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents destroyed an American tank north of Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers, and wounded seven Ukrainians in the first ambush against the multinational force patrolling central Iraq, officials said Wednesday. The attacks were part of a dramatic upsurge in recent days...
Eleven more Russian miners rescued (10/30/03)
NOVOSHAKHTINSK, Russia -- Blinking in the sunlight they hadn't seen in a week, 11 of 13 coal miners who were trapped in a deep shaft in southern Russia were brought to the surface alive Wednesday. One said the men didn't have long to live when help arrived...
Military chief criticizes Israeli handling of Mideast conflict (10/30/03)
JERUSALEM -- The chief of the Israeli military harshly criticized his government's tough policy toward Palestinians, warning it could lead to desperation and a humanitarian crisis, Israeli media reported Wednesday. The unusual public rift between the army chief and the defense minister reflects the frustration on both sides over the inability to bring three years of bloody conflict with the Palestinians to an end...
Goodenough will see time against UTM (10/30/03)
Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings did not go so far as to announce Andrew Goodenough as his starting quarterback for Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference game at Tennessee-Martin. But Billings did say Wednesday that Goodenough will see significant action -- and not just at the end of the contest...
EIU's turnaround adds to lead mix (10/30/03)
In this wild and crazy Ohio Valley Conference season, Eastern Illinois isn't out of the running for a piece of a third consecutive title after all. The Panthers, who recently were reeling with a five-game losing streak, notched their second straight win Saturday by easing past improved Tennessee-Martin 29-12...
Jackson 12-year-old discovers passion in running (10/30/03)
It all started when she was 5. Taylor Sanders was a restless little girl looking for exercise, so her father brought her out for a jog through the park, thinking that after a few minutes she'd tire out and quit. But when Denis Sanders looked down after the one-mile mark to see his child smiling from ear to ear, he realized he would no longer run solo...
Kobe image may have outgrown Shaq (10/30/03)
This wouldn't seem to be the best time for Kobe Bryant to be fighting with anyone. Especially because he has a much bigger fight on his hands already. Two weeks from now Bryant will stand before a judge in Colorado, who will tell him in no uncertain terms that he could go to prison for the rest of his life if convicted of raping a teenage hotel worker...
A jolt, a bolt ... Must be Holt (10/30/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Torry Holt's latest game, seven catches for 174 yards and a touchdown at Pittsburgh, was just another ho-hum day at the office. The St. Louis Rams' wide receiver leads the NFL with 52 receptions, and has been unstoppable the last month. In three of the last four games, Holt has topped 100 yards receiving. In two of them, he's topped double digits in receptions...
Blues topple Hasek, Red Wings 6-5 (10/30/03)
DETROIT -- Doug Weight had the second three-goal game of his career and Dallas Drake collected five assists as the St. Louis Blues held off the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 on Wednesday night. Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek allowed four goals on St. Louis' first 13 shots and was pulled early in the second period as Detroit's club record 15-game home winning streak ended...
Congress tells colleges to fix bowl system (10/30/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bowl Championship Series shuts out too many schools in its goal of crowning a college football champion and needs to be repaired, senators told representatives of the bowl system Wednesday. "I don't know if you guys know how it looks to fans of teams that aren't part of this system," said Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. "It looks un-American. It really does. It looks unfair. It looks like a rigged deal."...
Murray St. made most of Indians' breakdowns (10/30/03)
Saturday's loss to Murray State was very disappointing. We had chances to win the game, but we just didn't get the job done. The good news is that we are still in the OVC championship race. Every team in the league has at least one loss, and at 2-2 we are very much in the race. The only two teams with just one loss, Tennessee State and Jacksonville State, still have to come to Houck Stadium...
Roller hockey club picks up a preseason win (10/30/03)
jhall Even before the season began, the SEMO Roller Hockey Club gained a huge victory. The Cape Girardeau-based club that fielded just one squad last year in the Collegiate Roller Hockey League expanded to two this season thanks to an overall roster that includes almost three dozen people...
Area digest 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
Rehkoph, Walter ace hole on Kimbeland course Nancy Rehkoph of Cape Girardeau carded a hole in one recently at Kimbeland Country Club in Jackson. Rehkoph used an 8-iron on No. 4, a par 3 playing 105 yards. Witnesses were Kathy Kraemer, Martha Kay Eaker and Diana King...
Sports briefs 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
Baseball
  • Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux filed for free agency on Wednesday, perhaps signaling the end of his 11-year stint with the Braves. Maddux was the third prominent member of the Braves to file for free agency, following outfielder Gary Sheffield and catcher Javy Lopez. This season, Maddux went 16-11 with a 3.96 ERA, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons...
  • Health calendar 10/30 (10/30/03)
    Today Blood drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Seeds of Hope, a grief support group, meets from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Franciscan conference room at St. Francis Medical Center. For information, call Bonnie McCulley at 331-5118...
    Health briefs 10/30 (10/30/03)
    Training available for end-of-life care A program designed to educate physicians and health-care professionals about the needs of patients during end-of-life care will be presented Nov. 7 through 9 at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. The program is sponsored by Health Facilities Management Corp. and is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The curriculum is designed by the American Medical Association...
    Self-medicating through use of supplements is growing trend (10/30/03)
    Ben Goodier of Jackson has been taking vitamin supplements for more than 20 years and knows they've improved his health. After taking vitamin C, he was able to stop taking antihistamines for his hay fever allergies. A zinc supplement helps cure sniffles from a cold and a combination of vitamin A, selenium and zinc worked wonders for his stigmatism...
    Beautiful, ferocious and real (10/30/03)
    Oct. 30, 2003 Dear C.C., DC and I are driving through California wine country on our way to see my old friend Julie in Trinidad. The hills are various hues of brown grasses and green scrub oak. The atmosphere is not as volatile here as in Southern California...
    Mary Luchow (10/30/03)
    Mary Rose Luchow, 82, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Preston Health Center in The Cypress of Hilton Head Island, S.C. She was born in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ernest and Della Miller. She married John Luchow more than 60 years ago. Luchow was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island...
    Paul Blechle (10/30/03)
    Paul Gene Blechle, 73, of Lakewood, Colo., died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was born July 4, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, son of August and Katherine Pingel Blechle. He and Palmyra H. Keohokalole were married June 29, 1963, in Hawaii...
    Marie M. Robert (10/30/03)
    Marie M. Robert of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at the age of 92 at the Lutheran Home. She was born in Kelso, Mo., Aug. 12, 1911, the daughter of Emil and Dora Welter Dohogne. She and Earl Robert were married June 2, 1936, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau. He died June 23, 1993...
    Carolyn Hayes (10/30/03)
    Carolyn A. Hayes, 59, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Aug. 18, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of James and Juanita Sherwood Hayes Jr. Carolyn was of the Catholic belief. Survivors include three best friends, Christine J. ...
    Elsie Hale (10/30/03)
    Elsie V. Hale, 90, of Davie, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at God's Vip Senior Haven Ltd. in Davie. She was born July 26, 1913, in St. Louis, daughter of William O. and Nellie E. Criebaum Hale. Hale was formerly of Cape Girardeau, moving to Davie about seven years ago...
    Addie Bixler (10/30/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Addie Elizabeth Bixler, 89, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Braggadocio, Mo., daughter of Joseph and Effie Mae Ingram Hampton. She and Roy Bixler were married Sept. 15, 1932, in Caruthersville, Mo. He died Feb. 11, 1972...
    Infant Holden (10/30/03)
    DEXTER, Mo. -- Infant girl Holden died shortly after birth Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her parents, Ryan and Sarah Watkins Holden of Dexter; paternal grandparents, Stephen Holden of Dexter, Sandy Cato of Cape Girardeau; maternal grandparents, Stephen and Susan Watkins of Dexter; paternal great-grandparents, Demp and Celeste Holden of Dexter, Ale and Betty Cato of Cape Girardeau; maternal great-grandparents, Ike and Pat Watkins and Floyd and Irene Hoffman, all of Dexter.. ...
    Births 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
    Brandtner Son to Brian Matthew and Jessica Lynn Brandtner of Caruthersville, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 4:35 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2003. Name, Jonathan Thomas. Weight, 7 pounds 14 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Brandtner is the former Jessica Gaydos, daughter of Bernie and Betsy Gaydos of Roswell, Ga. She is employed by SEMO Health Network. Brandtner is the son of Tom and Jackie Brandtner of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Caruthersville High School...
    Cape fire report 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Oct. 30 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following item: At 9:15 p.m., medical assist at 1908 Brink. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 1:19 a.m., citizen assist at 1931 College. At 4:48 a.m., medical assist at 628 Louis...
    Cape police report 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Oct. 30 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Sonya R. Ezell, 20, of 122 S. Bellevue, No. 1, Jackson, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Out of the past 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
    10 years ago: Oct. 30, 1993 Area residents awaken to unusual late-October snow and cold temperatures that will make warm clothing a must for young trick-or-treaters tomorrow night. Way has been cleared for construction of Red Lobster restaurant in Cape Girardeau; Bob Hahn, vice president of development for MidAmerica Hotels Corp., says sale of Red Lobster site has been finalized and construction could start as soon as December; 6,000-square-foot restaurant will be built in front of Victorian Inn on Route K between Interstate 55 and Silver Springs Road.. ...
    A test for us all (10/30/03)
    By the Rev. Frank Pavone The case of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is a test for all of us. It's not a test of whether we will kill cognitively disabled people by refusing them food and water. That's a test we've already failed, because it happens routinely throughout the country...
    Limiting litigation (10/30/03)
    Columbia Daily Tribune In a perfect world, courtroom litigation would be quick and inexpensive, producing definitive and affordable dispute resolution. Instead, harassing lawsuits can exact punishment even though no adverse judgment is reached. ... Thus, we see proposed laws like the one now working its way through Congress that will exempt gun manufacturers from liability for illegal acts committed with their weapons...
    Iran's true stripes (10/30/03)
    Last week, Iran appeared to be on the verge of finally taking a step in the right direction when it promised to suspend its uranium-enrichment program and give U.N. inspectors unrestricted access to its nuclear facilities. That was last week. This week, the Islamic country squandered any goodwill it might have earned -- and took a huge step backward -- when it rejected a U.S. ...
    Sensibly applying rules would get animals adopted (10/30/03)
    To the editor: The Humane Society needlessly euthanizes many dogs every year. Yes, it could be that a dog living near a main road might find his way to the road and be run over. It is much more likely, however, that with minimal training the dog would be very grateful for his new home, be happy to stay close and live happily for years. A fenced yard does not guarantee that a dog will not escape and be killed...
    Speak Out 10/30/03 (10/30/03)
    MARK BLISS: Your columns are good and fun to read. They are about family life today. Too big a risk TO THE person who said that just because a student points his finger like a gun doesn't mean he's going to act on it: You're right, but it doesn't mean he won't either. I would not be willing to take that chance with my child or loved ones who worked at the school. If you would take that chance, then maybe you should check your priorities. I applaud the school's decision...
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