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Community Q&A 11/03/03 (11/03/03)
  • Name: David R. Allen Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Wife Geneva, a son attending Mizzou and daughters in Kansas City, Mo. Job: Pastor at St. James AME Church. What do you like most about the area? The people and the river...
  • Summer's last stand (11/03/03)
    Temperatures topped out at 80 degrees Sunday, giving jackets and sweatshirts even more time to collect dust in closets. "It's a little confusing," said Susan Kern of Scott City as she and her children enjoyed the weather outside the La Croix Church in Cape Girardeau. "We had just put away our summer clothes and gotten out the jackets, and this happens. I really can't remember ever seeing temperatures like this at this time of year."...
    Students' effort to get Tiger Pride Drive meets opposition (11/03/03)
    A student-led attempt to rename the street that runs in front of Central High School has hit a wall of opposition. At their Oct. 20 meeting, Cape Girardeau City Council members requested an ordinance to rename a section of Silver Springs Road to Tiger Pride Drive following a proposal by the high school student senate...
    Military digest 11/03/03 (11/03/03)
    Local man graduates from MP school Pvt. Darin W. Teague graduated from military police school at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on Oct. 17. Following a brief trip home, he will be stationed in Germany. Teague is a graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Clark and Vicki Daniels of Cape Girardeau and Rocky and Mindy Teague of Newberg, Mo...
    Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (11/03/03)
    7 p.m. today City Hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Public hearings n A public hearing regarding the request of Stan and Kay Thompson for a special-use permit to operate an RV and camping park at 1900 N. Kingshighway in a C-2, general commercial district...
    Ex-rep named to prescription drug commission (11/03/03)
    Patrick Naeger, a former state representative from Perryville, was recently appointed to serve on the Missouri SenioRx Prescription Drug Commission by House Speaker Catherine Hanaway. Naeger was the lead Republican sponsor of the legislation when the commission was established during the 2001 special legislative session...
    Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (11/03/03)
    7:30 p.m., City Hall
  • A motion to record the disposition of certain city records which have met their retention schedule under RSMo 109.230. A motion approving Nov. 28 as an authorized leave day for city employees. A motion approving change order No. 3 to Robinson Mechanical Contractors Inc. to increase the contract amount by $38,899.55, regarding the water supply well No. 7 project...
  • Volunteers install safety devices for area seniors (11/03/03)
    A group of Southeast Missouri State University student volunteers and their mentor Melvin Adams, the Southeast coordinator for student involvement ,met with Paul Nenninger, a local volunteer, and Bob Walsh, a Lowe's employee, to assist seniors with the installation of safety devices in their residences...
    Community briefs 11/03/03 (11/03/03)
    Scott County school to hold harvest festival Scott County Central School's first harvest festival and beauty pageant will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the elementary school gym. Sponsored by the class of 2005, the fund raiser includes games, food and beauty pageants for both genders, including king and queen crownings. ...
    Miss Missouri 2003 to officiate at upcoming Jackson pageants (11/03/03)
    Amber Etheridge, Miss Missouri 2003, will serve as co-master of ceremonies at the upcoming pageants sponsored by the Jacksonian Charter Chapter of the American Business Womens Association at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Information and entry forms for The Miss Jackson Scholarship Pageant, Miss Christmas, Miss Junior Christmas, Miss Holly and the Little Miss Snowball and Little Miss Snowflake Pageants are available at Precious Memories Bridal Store, Jackson, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce office, P.O. ...
    Community scrapbook (11/03/03)
    Medication found in Halloween candy (11/03/03)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Authorities were investigating how an anti-estrogen pill wound up embedded inside a piece of Halloween candy. Lottie Forrest told investigators she had taken her children trick-or-treating and found the pill when she bit into a soft-center caramel candy Friday evening. She called a hospital and later contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Department for closer examination...
    Missouri rep praises progress made in Iraq (11/03/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Beyond the images of death and destruction in Iraq conveyed by the media is a vast amount of progress that bodes well for the U.S.-led effort to rebuild the country, a Missouri congressman said Sunday from Kuwait. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who spent three days touring Iraq, said he was encouraged by the grass-roots accomplishments of ordinary citizens who are forming local governments and setting up small shops in the cities. ...
    Appeals court reinstates inmate's suit for sweat lodge (11/03/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals panel has restored a Missouri inmate's lawsuit demanding religious use of an American Indian sweat lodge, suggesting that the imprisoned killer perhaps deserved more time to make his case. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a federal district judge erred in dismissing the lawsuit by Lance Pounders, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green...
    Library's book sale goes global (11/03/03)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In years past, most books being sold as part of a library fund raiser fetched about 50 cents or a dollar each. But the Friends of the Columbia Public Library has found that marketing to collectors worldwide through the Internet is attracting higher prices for rarer volumes...
    Three area Senate seats up for grabs in 2004 election (11/03/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Due to legislative redistricting, all three of Southeast Missouri's seats in the state Senate will be up for election next year. By coincidence, none of the campaigns for those seats will feature an incumbent. While Republican candidates have already emerged in all three districts, only one district has a Democratic entry so far. But with four months to go until candidates can file for office, plenty of time remains for Democrats to join the other races...
    No more ipecac for poisoning (11/03/03)
    CHICAGO -- Parents should avoid the old standby poison remedy of ipecac syrup and instead call poison control centers when children ingest toxic substances, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, reversing a long-standing position. The antidote, made from roots of the tropical ipecac plant, induces vomiting...
    Nation briefs 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    Man sought for tower tampering is arrested SAN FRANCISCO -- A man sought by the FBI for allegedly loosening bolts on a high voltage power line tower in Northern California was arrested Sunday when he walked into a California Highway Patrol office looking for directions...
    A little hot water frees mountain lion babies from tracks (11/03/03)
    HELENA, Mont. -- A railroad inspector and a game warden used the age-old trick of a little hot water to free three mountain lion kittens stuck to a railroad track. Pat O'Rourke was inspecting the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe main line near Butte on Friday when he saw three kittens frozen to the tracks. One was on its back and one was stuck by its tail. The third had a paw on a railroad spike and its belly on the track...
    People talk 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    Marathoning rapper:'Diddy Runs the City' NEW YORK -- Running on a bum right knee and just two months of training, hip-hop entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs finished the grueling New York City Marathon on Sunday in 4 hours, 14 minutes. The producer-rapper decided in September he would run his first marathon in a bid to raise $1 million for children. ...
    More residents return to San Bernardino (11/03/03)
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A second wave of residents displaced by Southern California's wildfires returned home Sunday as a weekend of cooler, calmer weather helped firefighters begin to get the upper hand. As the threat began to diminish, authorities also sent home some of the thousands of firefighters who have been battling blazes scattered from San Diego County to the suburbs of Los Angeles...
    Episcopal Church consecrates gay bishop (11/03/03)
    DURHAM, N.H. -- The Episcopal Church became the first major Christian denomination to make an openly gay man a bishop, consecrating V. Gene Robinson on Sunday as bishop of New Hampshire. The act almost certainly means disgruntled conservatives will break from the church...
    Military veterans reveal they were underage when they enlisted (11/03/03)
    ELKVIEW, W.Va. -- At a time when the nation desperately needed a few good men, they stood silently among thousands of military volunteers driven by patriotism, financial security and adventure. All had come prepared to face conflict, but theirs was an exclusive club whose members shared a secret they would guard for decades as fiercely as the wars they were enlisting to fight: All were just kids -- boys and girls who fooled the U.S. government...
    Turkey confounds skeptics with pragmatism, economics (11/03/03)
    ISTANBUL, Turkey -- When Turkey's prime minister showed up last week at a reception held by President Ahmed Necdet Sezer, he came without his wife, and thus demonstrated how different from fears his first year in office has been. His wife wears a head scarf, which Sezer, an avowed secularist, regards as a symbol of female Muslim militancy. ...
    Fifteen U.S. soldiers killed, 21 wounded in Iraq attack (11/03/03)
    FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Targeting American forces with new audacity, insurgents hiding in a date palm grove shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying dozens of American troops Sunday, killing 15 and wounding 21 in the deadliest strike against U.S. forces since they invaded Iraq in March...
    Iraqi militants shoot down helicopter; 16 soldiers killed (11/03/03)
    FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Insurgents hiding in a date palm grove shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying dozens of U.S. soldiers heading for home leave Sunday, killing 16 and wounding 20 in the deadliest strike against U.S. forces since they invaded Iraq in March...
    Apes terrorize Indian government workers, foreign visitors (11/03/03)
    NEW DELHI -- In a capital city where cows roam the streets and elephants plod along in the bus lanes, it's no surprise to find government buildings overrun with monkeys. But the officials who work there are fed up. They've been bitten, robbed and otherwise tormented by monkeys that ransack files, bring down power lines, screech at visitors and bang on office windows...
    World briefs 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    Palestinians return to jobs in Israel; ready for peace JERUSALEM -- Following an Israeli offer, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Sunday he is ready for peace talks, while about 6,000 Palestinians returned to jobs in Israel for the first time in a month...
    Miami loss launches battle for 2nd in BCS (11/03/03)
    Oklahoma ended any debate about who's the top team in college football. In the world of the BCS, it's just as important to determine who's second. "We're No. 2!" might not be the catchiest phrase, but you'll hear plenty of it in the coming weeks...
    Griffin beefs up for even bigger season (11/03/03)
    Brandon Griffin was a rebounding terror last year --and his offseason work in the weight room could make it even more difficult for the opposition to keep Southeast Missouri State University's senior center off the boards. The 6-foot-8 Griffin, who set Southeast's single-season rebounding record during his first year with the program, has added about 15 pounds to his already rock-solid frame, making him a robust 240...
    Southeast falls short at OVC meet (11/03/03)
    Southeast Missouri State University's cross country teams failed to contend for Ohio Valley Conference titles as the women finished third and the men were fifth at Saturday's meet in Puryear, Tenn. Eastern Kentucky's women defended their title and won the OVC meet for the 20th time in the past 22 years, scoring 40 points to edge Samford (42). Southeast had 92 points in the 11-team event...
    Goosen holds off Singh at Chrysler Championship (11/03/03)
    PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen made back-to-back birdies to hold off a final charge from Vijay Singh and win the Chrysler Championship on Sunday, making Singh wait one more week for a chance to win the PGA Tour money title. Goosen closed with a 1-under 70 for a three-shot victory and became one of only five players to win a PGA Tour event in each of the last three years...
    Earnhardt win keeps slim title hopes alive (11/03/03)
    AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was having fun at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, and that was bad news for the rest of the field. "My car just drove so good, I could pass and race with whoever I want to," Earnhardt said after winning the Checker Auto Parts 500, keeping his slim Winston Cup championship hopes alive...
    49ers pick on Rams (11/03/03)
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Though Tim Rattay had a smashing debut as an NFL starter, the San Francisco 49ers' defense was even more impressive. Just ask the St. Louis Rams, who had no luck stopping either of them. Rattay passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns filling in for Jeff Garcia, and Cedrick Wilson returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score in the 49ers' 30-10 victory over St. Louis on Sunday...
    Sports briefs 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    Baseball
  • Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine agreed Sunday to return to Japan to manage the Lotte Marines. He arrived in Tokyo on Saturday and met with officials of the Pacific League team, agreeing to a three-year deal. An announcement is expected today...
  • Shaq attack only adds to Kobe's problems (11/03/03)
    dwilson I thought Kobe Bryant had enough problems healing his injured knee and fighting for his life in court. Apparently he needed a few more. So he decided to tell the media that his teammate Shaquille O'Neal was "fat," "childlike," "unprofessional," "selfish" and "jealous."...
    Ad agency to help get messages out (11/03/03)
    For business owners, getting the message out about their product or service is more than key. It's crucial. Teresa Morill, a partner in the new Cape Girardeau advertising and marketing agency called AJT Enterprises, says that's why choosing the right advertising vehicle is so important...
    Tipping the scales (11/03/03)
    During his two-day trip to Cape Girardeau last week, Larry Ellis saw extremes in the kind of service he received at two local restaurants -- remarkable and dreadful. And in each case he let the server know exactly how he felt in the only way he knew how...
    Business memo 11/03/03 (11/03/03)
    Insurance errors lead to $1 million refund in state Three major insurers have completed $1 million in refunds to more than 11,000 Missouri policyholders and 39 health-care facilities for errors detected in market conduct examinations by the Department of Insurance...
    People on the move 11/03/03 (11/03/03)
    Local prosecutor receives Lon O. Hocker Award Teresa Bright-Pearson, an assistant prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County, has been selected as a recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation. The award is presented each year to three lawyers under age 36 who have demonstrated "unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy."...
    Elderly often are targets of securities scams (11/03/03)
    DENVER -- The pitches sounded so promising. In one case, sales agents in Colorado offered consumers the opportunity to "buy" a telephone booth for $7,000, which the company the agents worked for then would lease back with a pledge of a 14 percent annual return on the investment...
    Expanding probe may cut into fund firms' profits (11/03/03)
    NEW YORK -- Many mutual fund firms are enjoying strong quarterly earnings, thanks to growing investor optimism and a rebounding economy. But a widening regulators' probe into shady trading practices threatens to cut into fund firms' profits. Massachusetts and federal regulators filed civil complaints last week against Putnam Investments for alleged improper activity. It was the first formal accusation of wrongdoing against a mutual fund company...
    James Newcomer (11/03/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James D. Newcomer, 73, of Perryville, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at his residence. He was born June 16, 1930, at East Prairie, Mo., son of James and Carrie Bond Newcomer. He and Laura L. Prost were married Sept. 6, 1983, at Poplar Bluff, Mo...
    Betty Drace (11/03/03)
    Betty Drace, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
    Esther Michaud (11/03/03)
    SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. --Esther H. Ellis Michaud, 88, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Sedgewickville, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at the St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. She was born Dec. 13, 1914, at Doniphan, Mo., daughter of the late Walter F. and Cora Conrad Ellis...
    Donald Thiele (11/03/03)
    Donald Avery Thiele, 79, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Nov. 2, 2003 at his son's home in Cape Girardeau from complications with cancer. He was born in Licksville, Mo., June 3, 1924, moving to Fredericktown, Mo., as a child. He was the son of Dayton and Samantha Mae Thiele. He and Anna Bell Cornman were married in Hope, Ark., July 28, 1942. They were married over 61 years...
    Blanche Huff (11/03/03)
    Blanche Huff, 92, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born Nov. 11, 1910, at Sarcoxie, Mo., daughter of Henry Albert and Kathryn Carver Colwell. She and Russell Huff were married Aug. 11, 1932, at Springfield, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1967...
    Cape man killed in Illinois crash (11/03/03)
    A Cape Girardeau man was killed in an Alexander County accident Sunday morning, according to the Illinois State Police. Kenneth L. Tucker, 34, was northbound on Illinois Route 3, one-and-a-half miles north of Interstate 57, when he lost control of his vehicle. The auto left the roadway and overturned, ejecting Tucker, who wasn't wearing a safety belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene...
    Cape/Jackson fire reports 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Nov. 3 Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday:n At 8:34 p.m., a request for medical assistance at 203 S. Benton.
  • At 10:06 p.m., a request for medical assistance at 615 Bellevue St. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday:n At 1:10 p.m., a request for medical assistance at 1744 Northwood Court...
  • Cape police report 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    Cape Girardeau Monday, Nov. 3 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Barry Junior Boyce, 25, 702 Grand, Charleston, Mo., was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic assault. Gregory Paul Haas, 42, 1754 Oakley, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic assault...
    Out of the past 11/3/03 (11/03/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 3, 1993 Faced with burden of complying with state and federal solid-waste management mandates, city officials are studying how much trash fees in Cape Girardeau will increase next year; new landfill regulations will mean higher waste-hauling and disposal costs; also, closure of city's filled landfill will cost $600,000 next year and $50,000 annually for monitoring site...
    A positive outlook (11/03/03)
    Tough economic times have created hardships for the Cape Girardeau School District, the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University, but leaders of those governmental entities say residents have much to celebrate. Superintendent Mark Bowles, Mayor Jay Knudtson and university president Ken Dobbins recently told members of Leadership Cape there is much to be positive about in our community...
    Honoring the arts (11/03/03)
    Congratulations to Craig Thomas, this year's winner of the prestigious Otto Dingeldein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. The award is named for Otto Dingeldein, a silversmith who founded the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in the 1960s. In 1975, he became the first recipient of the award. He died in 1991, and the council continues to give the annual award in his name...
    Speak Out 11/03/03 (11/03/03)
    OK, RETAIL salesperson. After I'm finished rifling through the clothes, I'll put them back in their proper place -- on the condition that you'll quit hiding from me and provide at least minimal customer service. Not very Christian I HAVE ceased to be amazed, but I wonder if others are seeing the same things I'm seeing. ...
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