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Athletics cuts get attention at SEMO meeting (10/31/03)
Southeast Missouri State University could cut men's golf or men's indoor track to save money, athletics director Don Kaverman said Thursday. But at a budget forum at the University Center, he said the school should steer clear of major cuts to athletics or risk losing students to other schools that have solid, Division I programs...
Dicus named Dunklin County assessor (10/31/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After more than two decades as a staffer in the Dunklin County assessor's office, Brenda Dicus won a gubernatorial appointment to the top job Thursday. Gov. Bob Holden named Dicus, a Kennett resident, as county assessor to replace Donna Abmeyer, who resigned Oct. 2 due to family obligations...
Children vote; cookie crumbles (10/31/03)
Chips Ahoy advocates take heed: Oreos are toppling their chewy rivals in local elections. Oreos marginally defeated Chips Ahoy Thursday in Jackson's Primary Annex kindergartners' election of the snack of the day. Black, crumb-coated and gap-toothed smiles coursed the winners' circles while the loss bitterly stung some of the ardent Chips Ahoy advocates. One boy, at least, cried while eating his Oreo...
Beggs to help advance agritourism industry (10/31/03)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- Although he's been in the business for three years, Donnie Beggs still doesn't consider himself an expert on agritourism, however, the state Department of Agriculture is looking to Beggs' experience as a means of helping people get into the agritourism industry...
Holiday packets for troops must be sent soon (10/31/03)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Residents wanting to make Christmas for area soldiers a little more merry need to send their packages as soon as possible, officials say. "Mid-November is cutting it close for priority packages to troops," said James Day of the U.S. Postal Service in Sikeston. "Bringing in the packages as early as possible is your best bet."...
Monday groundbreaking for courthouse at 10 a.m. (10/31/03)
U.S. Sen. Kit Bond and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will be in Cape Girardeau on Monday as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for Cape Girardeau's new federal courthouse. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Construction on the $49.3 million project will begin immediately. The GSA and local officials have been involved in a "design-build" concept, which designs not only the structure, but the construction process as well...
Cape Girardeau County septic ordinance passes (10/31/03)
A countywide septic system ordinance was passed by the Cape Girardeau County Commission Thursday. The ordinance, several months in the making, requires septic tank installers to be licensed with the county health department and requires that a permit be acquired before any construction, modification or repair of a septic system...
MoDOT director visits Cape (10/31/03)
On the same day a citizens advisory board report came out scolding the Missouri Department of Transportation, the department's director was in Cape Girardeau speaking to a civic group about MoDOT's direction, operations and funding. Director Henry Hungerbeeler was the guest speaker for the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimists meeting Thursday evening at Port Cape restaurant...
Police called after Marilyn Manson cuts short KC show (10/31/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police were called out to control a crowd of concert-goers unhappy after shock rocker Marilyn Manson, featured attraction at a "Freakers Ball" event Thursday night, ended his show early when fans pushed down a barrier. According to accounts from people attending the concert at the Kansas City International Raceway, a security fence between the fans and the stage was pushed down twice, and after the second time the Manson band left the stage...
St. Louis couple celebrates 82 years of marriage (10/31/03)
ST. LOUIS -- When he first saw her, he immediately knew she was the girl he wanted to marry. More than eight decades later, George Limpert still thinks his wife, Amelia, is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. It's been 82 years since they were married, and they're still there for each other. They hold hands. Both use wheelchairs now, so he carries a mechanical grabber to pick up anything she drops...
College to break link with Baptists (10/31/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- William Jewell College, at odds with the Missouri Baptist Convention over homosexuality, is prepared to end its 154-year relationship with the convention, school president David L. Sallee says. "It's a fact. We're moving on, and psychologically we have been doing that for several months," Sallee said Wednesday in an interview after meeting with the editorial board of The Kansas City Star...
Wildfires a danger in Missouri, Kansas (10/31/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri and Kansas could face the threat of wildfires such as those raging in Southern California, experts say. Between late February and mid-April is the prime fire season in both Missouri and Kansas. Woodland leaves, downed trees and dead grasses are dry and combustible, and live trees also carry less moisture...
Scott County mulls unified water district (10/31/03)
Citing possible unsanitary water conditions throughout Scott County, municipal, school and county officials met Thursday to begin dialogue on forming a countywide water district. Several mayors and superintendents attended a county commission round-table session and heard a presentation by John Chittenden, an engineer from the Sikeston-based firm Waters and Associates...
Missouri juvenile death penalty sent to Supreme Court (10/31/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Attorney General Jay Nixon has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a recent ruling by Missouri's highest court that declared the death penalty unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. In a 4-3 decision along partisan lines issued in August, the Missouri Supreme Court said imposing capital sentences on offenders who were under 18 when they committed their crimes violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."...
Rain, cooler temps help California firefighters (10/31/03)
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. -- Fog and drizzle Thursday came to the rescue of firefighters laboring to save resort towns in Southern California from the raging wildfires that have killed at least 20 people. "It is helping, but it is a long way from putting any fires out," said Ray Snodgrass, chief deputy director of the California Forestry Department. "It's the respite we were hoping for."...
'Ghostbusters' costumes trigger airport security (10/31/03)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Eric Velleca didn't even have to don his Halloween costume to garner some explosive attention. His getup stashed in a trunk tripped an explosives detector during a baggage screening at Palm Beach International Airport. Velleca, 28, was pulled off his United Airlines flight to Chicago and questioned by investigators on Wednesday while a bomb squad inspected the trunk carrying three costumes patterned after the outfits worn in the film "Ghostbusters."...
Al-Qaida hallmarks seen in recent Baghdad bombings (10/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- The suicide bombers who struck Baghdad this week used thousands of pounds of plastic explosives and diversionary tactics that are hallmarks of al-Qaida, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official said Thursday. The way the attacks were carried out has made American investigators believe they could be seeing a change in tactics by those attempting to drive U.S. forces out of Iraq, the official told The Associated Press in an interview...
Capitol scare stories go beyond day-to-day politics (10/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- Murder, curses and demon cats. Statues descending from their pedestals for midnight minuets. There are scarier things than lawmaking going on inside the U.S. Capitol. Walk through the Rotunda late at night and the only sound might be the 180-foot-high iron dome creaking in the cool air. But those with sharper ears and broader imaginations might also hear, behind the 850 doorways, the footsteps of the stricken John Quincy Adams or the assassinated James Garfield...
Suspect expected to plead guilty to 48 murders (10/31/03)
SEATTLE -- The man suspected of being the Green River Killer has agreed to plead guilty next week to the murders of 48 women in a deal that would spare him from execution, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday. Gary Leon Ridgway, a 54-year-old truck painter arrested in the serial killer case in 2001, will admit to murdering 42 women on investigators' list of Green River Killer victims, as well as six women not on the list, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity...
Costumes create stir on Capitol Hill (10/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives shut down Thursday following a reported security breach at a nearby congressional office building, but police later determined that a plastic revolver and Halloween costume were to blame and lawmakers went back in session...
Man plows pickup truck through motorcycles (10/31/03)
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- A man who had argued with six members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang ran them down with a stolen pickup truck, killing two of the bikers and seriously injuring another, police said Thursday. Witnesses told police that the driver chased the bikers about a half-mile down a coastal highway Wednesday before hitting the victims and dragging them along the road in this Florida Panhandle resort city...
Census - Blacks settling in South at record pace (10/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- A strong economy and vastly improved race relations are luring record numbers of black Americans to the South, a region that many deserted early in the 20th century. More than 680,000 blacks 5 and older moved to the South from another region between 1995 and 2000, outnumbering the 333,000 who moved away by a better than 2-to-1 margin, according to a Census Bureau report released Thursday...
Solar storm effects expected this morning (10/31/03)
The space weather forecast for Earth's neighborhood is stormy through this morning at least, as the sun belched another huge cloud of highly charged particles toward Earth on Wednesday afternoon. A previous, unusually powerful magnetic storm struck Earth early Wednesday, but it apparently didn't trigger big power blackouts or other major problems...
Economy surges at best rate in decades (10/31/03)
WASHINGTON -- Accelerating from a jog to a sprint, the economy surged from July through September at the fastest pace in nearly two decades. Both consumers and businesses helped power the gains, fresh evidence the national rebound is on firmer footing...
Parking garage collapses killing three workers (10/31/03)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The top five stories of a parking garage under construction at a casino collapsed Thursday, sending concrete slabs and metal beams crashing down as workers ran for cover. Three people were killed and one was missing, officials said...
North Korea, China agree to reconvene six-party talks (10/31/03)
BEIJING -- China and North Korea agreed "in principle" Thursday to convene a second round of six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program, further evidence of an increased diplomatic role for Beijing in the yearlong dispute. The reports were welcomed by the United States, which said the "multiparty process" offered the best hope of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions...
Italian official pens love songs for new album (10/31/03)
ROME -- Long before his days as billionaire head of state, Silvio Berlusconi used to croon on a cruise ship. Now, Italy's premier has co-written an album of love songs. Despite governmental duties, Berlusconi found time to write half the tunes on the album "Better With a Song" ("Meglio Una Canzone"), 14 ballads in the romantic Neapolitan style. A sunset graces the album cover; inside there is a picture of the Italian leader grinning...
Nuclear agency won't take immediate action against Iran (10/31/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog won't take any immediate action today, the deadline for Iran to prove its atomic program is peaceful, because it is still analyzing documents handed over by Tehran, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency ordered Iran to prove by today that its nuclear activities are not aimed at building a weapons arsenal as the United States contends...
Israeli army to use remote-controlled bulldozers on Palestinian (10/31/03)
JERUSALEM -- The giant Caterpillar bulldozer, used by the Israeli military to destroy Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, now comes with a controversial new feature: remote control. Israel says its remote-control technology will lower risks to soldiers. But Palestinians fear it will lead to more frequent raids using the machines and make the three-year conflict even bloodier...
Putin fires chief of staff, names his replacement (10/31/03)
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin tightened his grip on the Kremlin on Thursday by relieving chief of staff Alexander Voloshin from duty, Russian news agencies reported, a move likely to deepen political and economic turmoil following the arrest of Russia's richest tycoon...
After the great escape (10/31/03)
When looking back at a football season, there is typically a defining moment, be it a play, game or, in Jackson's case, a quarter that can turn a season around. After seeing a 7-6 halftime deficit to Parkway Central turn into a 28-6 hole with less than seven minutes remaining on Friday, the Indians pulled off one of the most thrilling comebacks in recent Jackson history and in the process kept their district title hopes alive...
Central wraps up a 22-0 regular season (10/31/03)
FENTON, Mo. -- Central's boys soccer team completed its regular season by shutting out Jefferson City 3-0 on Thursday to finish 22-0. Central's perfect regular season was the first for the boys program since going to a full schedule. The Tigers finished 10-0-1 in the late 1980s but lost in the district playoffs...
Today's area high school football games (10/31/03)
Central (6-2) at Perryville (3-5) Last week: Central 44, Sikeston 19; Poplar Bluff 35, Perryville 14 Last season: Central 29, Perryville 14 Notes: The Tigers are coming off one of their strongest games of the season after struggling the previous three weeks. ...
Southeast soccer ends season today vs. Tenn. Tech (10/31/03)
Southeast's women's soccer team (8-5-4, 3-3-1) closes out the regular season tonight as Tennessee Tech (9-9-0, 3-4-0) visits Houck Stadium at 7 p.m. While the Otahkians have been eliminated from contention for their third straight OVC regular-season title, they are still in the running to host a conference tournament play-in game Tuesday night...
Otahks avenge loss with a sweep (10/31/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team continued its late-season surge Thursday night with a revenge victory. On Oct. 1, Eastern Illinois eased to a four-game win over the visiting Otahkians. Thursday, the host Otahkians rolled past the Panthers 30-20, 30-28, 30-21 in front of about 150 fans at Houck Field House...
Rookie Harris atones for his two early fumbles (10/31/03)
ST. LOUIS -- When Arlen Harris fumbled twice on the punt return in consecutive early-season games to hand touchdowns to the opposition, it could have easily been the end of his Rams career. Coach Mike Martz has cut players with less provocation. Instead, the missteps are now ancient history and the third-string tailback has emerged as a young talent following injuries to Marshall Faulk and Lamar Gordon...
James surpasses hype in NBA debut (10/31/03)
CLEVELAND -- Kick off your sneakers for good, relax and enjoy retirement, Michael. Looks like this LeBron James kid just might be able to handle it from here. For one game, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 18-year-old rookie sensation soared above his mountainous hype with a breathtaking NBA debut Wednesday night at Sacramento...
We'll be watching for goblins (10/31/03)
It took several years after we moved into our neighborhood for my wife and I to realize why no trick-or-treaters come to our door on Halloween. It's demographics. Look at our neighborhood. It's mostly homes built in the 1950s with large shade trees. A few of the houses are occupied by their original owners. Many of the newer residents, like us, are old enough to be grandparents...
New version of old clutch (10/31/03)
This Saturn won't downshift at every hill as many automatics tend to do When I was a kid, my dad and I built a couple of model cars powered by tiny 1-horsepower gasoline engines. No one had ever heard of a "go cart" back then, and besides, these little cars were much more elaborate. Built of wood, they had hoods and trunks that opened, horns and fenders, and they looked as much like a real roadster as we could possibly make them...
Blues musicians join together for Sunday sessions at Port Cape (10/31/03)
The line between Bruce Zimmerman's blues band at Port Cape Girardeau on Sunday nights and its audience is as porous as the band's membership roster...
Everybody's a critic - 'Beyond Borders' (10/31/03)
Three stars (out of four) "Beyond Borders" is a docudrama about hunger, poverty, governmental abuse, and, of course, land mines, as seen by a idealistic American socialite living in England. It is National Geographic and very graphic. ...
Outsider draws viewrs into Fox drama 'The O.C.' (10/31/03)
NEW YORK -- Benjamin McKenzie says a mouthful with his eyes. A flash of his baby blues can signal hurt, wariness, rage or defiance roiling within Ryan Atwood, the troubled teen he plays on Fox's "The O.C." Drawn into the privileged world of Orange County, Calif., Ryan is a tough but sensitive outsider struggling to fit in without compromise. The eyes say it all...
Audio review 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
Various Artists, 'Festival in the Desert' A few hours past Timbuktu, nestled among the sand dunes of the Sahara, 30 acts from around the world got together in January to rock the desert for an audience of nomads, tourists and camels. The live CD from the third annual "Festival in the Desert" is a feast of treasures with a transcendental edge, with performers ranging from Malian singers Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare to rocker Robert Plant...
Artifacts 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
Notre Dame presents 'The Dining Room' in the school's auditorium Notre Dame Regional High School presents "The Dining Room" Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the school. Six actors and six actresses will play an overlapping series of five roles each as the characters float in and out of time periods of the 20th century. The play was written by A. R. Gurney...
Gloria Taylor (10/31/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Gloria L. Taylor, 60, of Anna died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Jonesboro Health Care. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Carrie Wright (10/31/03)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Carrie Wright, 92, of Cairo, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. She was born in Alexander County, Ill., Dec. 16, 1910. She was a bookkeeper at First Bank and Trust Co. in Cairo before her retirement in 1975...
Lora Dean (10/31/03)
Lora Mae Dean, 78, of Sacramento, Calif., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Klesner South Hospital in Sacramento. She was formerly of Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Linda Williams (10/31/03)
Linda Kay Williams, 55, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1948, at Whitewater, Mo., daughter of Oliver A. and Beulah Barks Williams. Linda was a 1965 graduate of Delta High School. She was a loan officer at various loan companies in Cape Girardeau, worked 10 years as credit manager at the former Riverside Lumber Co., and eight years in the credit department at the former Atlas Plastics. ...
Rev. Howard Hardeman (10/31/03)
PATTON, Mo. -- The Rev. Howard D. Hardeman, 84, of Patton died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 3, 1919, at Gray Summit, Mo., son of Glen and Marion Evans Hardeman. He lived on the family farm where he attended school and graduated from Washington High School in 1937...
Jewell Mier (10/31/03)
Jewell Mier, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
Newell Daughter to Eric and April Newell of Fredericktown, Mo., Parkland Medical Center in Farmington, Mo., 4:35 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2003. Name, Gabriella Joy. Weight, 7 pounds 11 ounces. First child. Mrs. Newell is the former April Carlson, daughter of Ron and Jan Breuggeman of Glen Carbon, Ill., and the late Timothy Carlson. She is a teacher at Fredericktown Middle School. Newell is the son of David M. and Anna Newell of Kelso, Mo. He is a teacher at Fredericktown High School...
Cape police report 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 31 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, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failure to obey a traffic control device, driving while suspended, no insurance, no seat belt and leaving the scene of an accident...
Cape fire report 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Oct. 31 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 8:52 a.m., medical assist at 2612 Azalea Lane. At 12:27 p.m., medical assist at 10 S. West End Boulevard. At 1:02 p.m., line down at 229 N. Pacific....
Out of the past 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
10 years ago: Oct. 31, 1993 Four Cape Girardeau churches meet for Reformation Sunday communion service in afternoon at First Presbyterian Church; sponsoring churches are Evangelical United Church of Christ, First Presbyterian, St. Mark Lutheran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church...
Math needs have changed (10/31/03)
By Carol Keen I've read with interest the recent guest columns by Avelina Lichtenegger and Raj Marasini regarding the new math curriculum adopted by the Jackson School District. It always intrigues me when adults feel qualified to critique the practices of professional educators because they were once students. We all know education hasn't changed and students today are just as we were back then...
Ignoring the facts (10/31/03)
By Lynn N. Bock Alan Journet's column, "Floodway raises concerns," is nothing short of fantastic. I was amazed to learn so much about my home and this project from Journet, who certainly has decided not to let the facts get in the way of his opinion...
Investing in Iraq (10/31/03)
The (Amman) Jordan Times The two-day donors' conference in Madrid for the reconstruction of Iraq ended with modest offers for assisting that war-torn country. Many countries did not pledge more aid to Baghdad because of their continued reservations about the U.S.-led war on Iraq and the fact that the country still lacks security and stability...
Make a difference (10/31/03)
There is something satisfying and uplifting about a day devoted to doing something good. Hundreds of people in Southeast Missouri could feel good about themselves after last Saturday's Make a Difference Day, which is sponsored nationally by USA Weekend, the Sunday magazine in the Southeast Missourian and hundreds of other newspapers...
Preparing to die (10/31/03)
The legal and moral issues surrounding the case of a Florida woman whose life depends on artificial support are complex. If anything good can come from the ongoing wrangling between those who believe it is time to let her die and those who believe her life must be maintained at all costs, it is an awareness that careful planning and preparation might avoid a similarly sticky situation for millions of families...
Workshop will address issues of black-white gap (10/31/03)
To the editor: The guest column by Nathan Glazer -- "Black-white gap: Will anything work?" -- causes us all to wonder if there is anything we can do. But there are signs of hope that help us bridge the black-white gap. At 9 a.m. Nov. 8, the Downtown Council of Churches is sponsoring a workshop titled "Dismantling the Matrix of Racism." Resources for local church, education and community leaders will be available as we discuss local needs and issues for Cape Girardeau...
No need to wait for emergency to cut spending (10/31/03)
To the editor: The news article "Three area armories cut in Missouri National Guard restructuring" is a microcosmic demonstration of how those serving in government routinely exercise (or fail to exercise) their duty when spending the people's money. No action was taken until the state auditor pointed out to the Missouri National Guard that $33 million could be saved...
Cash shortage is clerk's problem, not the public's (10/31/03)
To the editor: To the person who commented in Speak Out about the ticket that was paid, but then the clerk voided it because her cash drawer was short: I would throw a fit about that. I would make the judge talk to me and sue the city for the clerk's mistake. Whether it was only $10 are not, it was the clerk's problem the cash drawer was short, not yours...
After half-century, time to complete St. John's project (10/31/03)
To the editor: I would like to make a comment on Alan Journet's guest column in your paper which was published on Tuesday. How would he like for Cape Girardeau to have a 1,500-foot gap in the levee protecting Cape Girardeau? I have lived outside East Prairie for 42 years. ...
Speak Out 10/31/03 (10/31/03)
WE LIVE in a small farming community. My children had a couple of exotic birds they were using for a science fair project. We received a letter stating we had to get rid of the pets and dismantle their house because of a zoning violation. We went before the local government to ask to keep the pets. ...
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