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Stories from Tuesday, November 18, 2003

State reps ask Holden to release education funding (11/18/03)
House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and other state representatives traveled to three school districts Monday and publicly asked Gov. Bob Holden to release the $197 million in Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funding he withheld in July...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
Public Hearing Hearing to consider the rezoning of Lot 1 and Lots 34-42 of Pioneer Orchard Subdivision from R-2 (single-family residential) to R-4 (one- and two-family residential) district, as submitted by Missouri Lakes.Action items...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
Public Hearings Held a hearing regarding the request of Carol and Curtis Greer for a special-use permit to operate a retail grocery-related consignment business from their home at 329 Edgewood in an R-1 residential zone. Held a hearing regarding the request of Frank Snider III for a special-use permit to operate a private detective agency out of the home of Frank Snider Sr., and for an advertising sign to be at 901 S. ...
Getting the whodunit done (11/18/03)
A falling microphone, missed lines and some whispered cues kept the audience laughing throughout much of the performance Monday night when the Oran Drama Club presented "Whodunit ... and to Whom?" at the high school. The first comedy for this Scott County school's drama club, the play had only been rehearsed with props and the full set two other times, including the matinee performance earlier in the day...
Print depicts history of Cape's public high schools (11/18/03)
Just in time to make Christmas merrier for Central High School alumni, the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation is selling a print depicting the five different buildings that have served as high schools in the city. The foundation is using sales of the 300 signed, limited edition architectural renderings as its current fund raiser...
Cape council denies special use permit (11/18/03)
A proposed special use permit for a gourmet coffee distributor brewed strong neighborhood opposition, prompting the Cape Girardeau City Council to deny the request Monday night. The council voted 7-0 to deny a special-use permit to Curtis and Carol Greer...
Insurance review could change rates for Jackson (11/18/03)
Representatives from the Insurance Services Office are in Jackson this week to determine the city's public protection classification. The classification will come after the ISO studies the fire department, the water supply and the police dispatch system. The ISO is an organization that collects information for the insurance industry. The classification will affect insurance rates in Jackson...
County considers animal control (11/18/03)
The question isn't just who lets the dogs out, but who brings them in? The Cape Girardeau County Commission heard a proposal from officials with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri Monday about contracting services. No specific dollar amounts were outlined, but the Humane Society hopes that the county will pay at least half of what the organization spends on animals that are collected for free from county residents...
Oran - A land of love (11/18/03)
Mmmm, the small town life. Is there anything greater? Everyone knows you, your life's history, medical problems, and the kind of soap you use. If you're from some giant city such as Cape or Sikeston, I'm afraid you won't understand the joys of small towns. Sure, you may have visited one, but living the life is a completely different kind of joy in itself...
Campaign urges area motorists to buckle up (11/18/03)
Several area law enforcement departments began participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign on Monday. The Missouri Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Safety Center handed out grants to assist in a national effort to increase seatbelt and child restraint use...
Cape school board discusses election (11/18/03)
Residents interested in filing for election to the Cape Girardeau School Board will have a chance at two vacancies in 2004. At their Monday night meeting, the Cape Girardeau School Board discussed the filing times and April 6 election. Two terms of three years each -- currently held by Mark Carver and Dr. Martha Zlokovich -- will be available...
Give this light gun game a try (11/18/03)
Light gun shooters are a rare breed. They attract a limited crowd, and are generally short and not too engaging. That said, one of the better light gun series is back, and "Time Crisis 3" from Namco for the PlayStation 2 might revive interest in the breed...
Learning briefs 11/18 (11/18/03)
Hendricks graduates from Ball State Steven Hendricks of Cape Girardeau recently graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a doctorate of arts degree. Jackson group helps Habitat for Humanity Jackson High School's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America recently attended a regional conference and also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity...
Sticks and stones (11/18/03)
God made all people. Everyone in the world has individual characteristics. My little sister is no exception. At age one, my sister was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Becki, now at age 11, cannot walk, or use her muscles the same as everyone else. She has been confined to a wheelchair for some years now. She may not be able to comprehend some ideas as fast as others. Becki may not be able to understand hurtful words that some say about disabled people, but I know what they are saying...
Group protests Abercrombie & Fitch artwork, magazine (11/18/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A conservative women's group is protesting popular teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over its in-store artwork and specialty magazine. About 40 people, including members of Concerned Women for America of Missouri and one state representative, held signs that read "Ditch Fitch" as they milled in a parking lot Sunday across from Battlefield Mall in Springfield. Abercrombie & Fitch anchors the mall's south entrance...
University plans $300 million biomed project (11/18/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Washington University plans to spend more than $300 million on an effort to help move advancements in human genetic research from the laboratories to the bedside. The strategic research initiative is called "BioMed 21," a reference to its potential to redefine how biomedical research will be conducted and medicine will be practiced as the century progresses, university officials said Monday...
Charges filed in student's shooting death (11/18/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man with killing a University of Missouri-Columbia student as a fight broke up early Sunday. Taron Crawford, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged late Sunday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Charles Ernest Blondis, 20, of the suburban Chicago city of Flossmoor...
Energy bill sends new tax breaks to oil, gas, coal industries (11/18/03)
WASHINGTON -- Two-thirds of the $23 billion in tax breaks in the Republican-drafted energy bill would go to the oil, gas and coal industries. Democrats slammed the legislation, one describing it as "a hodgepodge of subsidies for the politically well-connected."...
Nation briefs 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
DNA in Peterson's boat admissible, says judge MODESTO, Calif. -- The judge in Laci Peterson's murder case ruled that prosecutors can use a disputed form of DNA analysis on a hair found in Scott Peterson's boat to try to prove he killed his pregnant wife and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay...
Schwarzenegger takes office in California, repeals car tax (11/18/03)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, who arrived in the United States 35 years ago as a bodybuilder dreaming of fame and fortune, was sworn in Monday as governor of California and said he was ready to take on the "massive weight we must lift off our state."...
Sniper suspect convicted; jury now considers penalty (11/18/03)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A jury convicted John Allen Muhammad of capital murder Monday, concluding he used a rifle, a beat-up car and a teenager who idolized him to kill randomly and terrorize the Washington area during last year's sniper spree. The jury immediately began hearing evidence on whether the 42-year-old Army veteran should get the death penalty or life in prison. The penalty phase is expected to last several days...
Rush back on air after weeks in rehab (11/18/03)
NEW YORK -- In his first broadcast after undergoing rehab for addiction to painkillers, Rush Limbaugh reassured his radio listeners Monday that he hadn't been turned into a "linguini-spined liberal." The conservative commentator and Cape Girardeau native exited last Wednesday from what he called "five intense weeks" of treatment for his addiction...
U.S. troops stage show of force in Iraq (11/18/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- Backed by tanks and mortars, U.S. forces assaulted dozens of suspected guerrilla positions in Saddam Hussein's hometown before dawn Monday, killing six alleged insurgents and capturing 21, officials said. Faced with a deteriorating security situation, the military in past days has reacted with heavy raids and dramatic bombings in central and northern Iraq in an effort to intimidate the resistance. ...
World briefs 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
Haiti stores, schools close to protest government PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Most stores closed and many teachers skipped class in Haiti's capital Monday in a strike called three days after rock-throwing supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide broke up a rally by government opponents...
Egyptian, Mideast officials meet to broker cease-fire (11/18/03)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Egyptian intelligence chief working to broker a Mideast truce received "positive" signals from Israel on Monday and invited Palestinian militant factions to Cairo for talks next week, a Palestinian official said. Omar Suleiman met with the head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency and other officials as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and veteran leader Yasser Arafat. ...
U.N. fears role as Taliban target (11/18/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Three attacks against the United Nations and its workers in Afghanistan in the last week sent a shudder through the international community, raising fears the world body could be emerging as a target of choice for suspected Taliban insurgents...
Cyber escape Palestinians turn to Internet to cope with Israeli (11/18/03)
DEHEISHE REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank -- Cooped up in their communities for most of the past three years of fighting, Palestinians have found a way to escape: going online. Internet use has risen sharply, putting the Palestinians ahead of much of the Arab world. Business people use the Web to place orders with suppliers, university students keep up with lessons and relatives separated by Israeli closures stay in touch through chat rooms...
New Salem Baptist teams fall (11/18/03)
ARNOLD, Mo. --New Salem Baptist's boys basketball team collapsed in the second half in a 89-58 road loss to Life Christian. New Salem (1-1) trailed 31-30 at halftime but was outscored 36-12 in the third quarter. John Davault led New Salem with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Boone Gaines added 13 points. Andrew Conway had 11 points and nine rebounds...
Injured pair may be OK by opener (11/18/03)
The injury bug continues to plague Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team as the Indians prepare for Friday night's season opener against visiting Wisconsin-Green Bay. Junior forward Dainmon Gonner, the leading scorer in Southeast's two exhibition games, missed practice Sunday with a strained groin...
Kansas St. gives Tigers an obstacle on path to Big 12 shot (11/18/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With the potential for a Big 12 championship in front of them, the Missouri Tigers refuse to look back. With a win Saturday at No. 19 Kansas State, the Tigers (7-3, 3-3 Big 12) would all but clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game -- and a shot at their first conference championship since 1969, when Dan Devine was still coach and successful Missouri teams weren't few and far between...
Chiefs turn attention to home-field advantage (11/18/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs awoke to a cold, rainy Monday morning that perfectly captured the mood of their town. "You wake up and there's a big, giant thunderstorm outside. We had to drive in through a rainstorm," said defensive end Eric Hicks. "It was kind of depressing."...
Rodriguez wins amid trade talk (11/18/03)
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez became the second player from a last-place team to win a Most Valuable Player award, then confirmed that the Texas Rangers have approached him about a possible trade. "Management has approached me with a situation and some choices, and I'm just going to keep my doors open right now," Rodriguez said Monday from Mexico during a telephone conference call...
Special teams still Rams' sore spot (11/18/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Shaky special teams play, a problem area for the Rams all year, almost cost them dearly. The Rams gave up a 60-yard punt return for touchdown to R.W. McQuarters in Sunday's cliffhanger 23-21 victory over the Chicago Bears. That's the fifth return touchdown allowed by the team this year -- two on kickoffs, two on punts and one on a fumbled kickoff...
NBA gives its OK to plan for division realignment (11/18/03)
NEW YORK -- The NBA's board of governors approved a realignment plan Monday that creates three divisions of five teams each in the Eastern and Western conferences. The expansion Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA's 30th team, were placed in the Eastern Conference and the New Orleans Hornets were moved to the Western Conference. The Hornets previously played in Charlotte before moving to New Orleans two seasons ago...
Navratilova in charge may be what tennis needs (11/18/03)
Andre Agassi wants a tough commissioner in tennis. Martina Navratilova is up for the job. Now all the sport needs is to get all the fat cats feeding off the game to listen to either of them. Fat chance. Everyone has an agenda: the International Tennis Federation, the Grand Slams, the television networks. ...
Sports briefs 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
Baseball
  • Stan Kasten left his job Monday as president of Atlanta's Braves, Hawks and Thrashers amid the decision by corporate owner Time Warner to sell the teams. Kasten said he might offer to return to management of the Hawks and Thrashers once a pending deal was approved. He said he decided to leave now because of major changes going on within the teams' organizations, including likely payroll cuts by the Braves...
  • Family 'angles' for home project (11/18/03)
    Cheetahs and tigers rule in Becca's room. Everything from her bedspread to the prints on the wall pay homage to the jungle cats. After another long weekend of home improvements, Joni and I finished Becca's room make-over, leaving us with a sense of accomplishment, sore muscles and exhaustion...
    Lois Campbell (11/18/03)
    BERNIE, Mo. -- Lois Jewell Campbell, 79, of Bernie died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at her home. She was born Nov. 30, 1923, at Steele, Mo., daughter of James P. and Fannie Jackson Weaver. She married Taylor Campbell, who preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Norman Austill of Tacoma, Wash., Harold Austill of Greer, S.C., Danny Austill of Memphis, Tenn.; three daughters, Carolyn Carver of DuQuoin, Ill., Sharon Austill of Dutchtown, Linda Randall of Hurley, Miss.; two sisters, Dora Willy of Barnhart, Mo., Doris Ridge of Cape Girardeau; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.. ...
    Norman Sebastian (11/18/03)
    Norman H. Sebastian, 81, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Jackson, son of Hugo and Amanda Fluegge Sebastian. He and Marie Seabaugh were married Jan. 13, 1945, at Tilsit...
    Judge H.M. LaFont (11/18/03)
    Judge H.M. LaFont, 96, of Plainview, Texas, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Covenant Hospital of Plainview. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau. He was born July 1, 1907, in Conran, Mo. He and Jane Powell were married Nov. 11, 1937, in Plainview. She died Oct. 2, 1998...
    Dorcie Williams (11/18/03)
    Dorcie L. Williams, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at her home. She was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Effingham, Ill., daughter of William and Elizabeth Newkirk Loy. Williams was a bus driver with the Jackson School District 23 years, retiring in 1992. She was formerly of Advance, Mo., and Jackson...
    Verna Shelton (11/18/03)
    Verna V. Shelton, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born June 14, 1912, in Washington, Mo., daughter of George T. and Minnie Evert Hawkins. She and George Shelton Jr. were married May 10, 1931, at Jonesburg, Mo. He died Nov. 28, 1994...
    Robert Osburn (11/18/03)
    Robert L. Osburn, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Shelby County, Mo., son of O.R. and Helen Wedel Osburn. He and Bonnie Baker were married June 4, 1949, at Mexico, Mo. Robert was employed with Southwestern Bell 39 years, retiring Feb. 13, 1985. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, VFW Post 3838, American Legion Post 63, Disabled American Veterans and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge...
    Helen Strong (11/18/03)
    Helen M. Strong, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Nov. 15, 1908, in Jackson, daughter of Phal and Mag Grimes Tuck. She and Earl G. Strong were married Dec. 4, 1934, in Cape Girardeau. He died July 20, 1984...
    Norman Kinder (11/18/03)
    Norman Eugene Kinder, 76, of Willisville, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born Jan. 11, 1927, son of Torance and Minnie Luberts Kinder. He and Judith K. McDaniels were married Aug. 29, 1962, in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
    Loretta Ligons (11/18/03)
    MALDEN, Mo. -- Loretta Ligons, 69, of Malden died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Leachville, Ark., daughter of Elvis and Iva Lindsey Earnheart. She and Eldon Lavern Ligons were married Sept. 21, 2001, in Piggott, Ark...
    Charles Wisdom (11/18/03)
    Charles E. Wisdom, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 28, 1943, at Bunker, Mo., son of Leonard and Ellen Wilkins Wisdom. He and Pat Keister were married Aug. 17, 1968, at Bunker. Wisdom lived in Bunker and Piedmont, Mo., many years. He was a warehouse worker for an electric company. He was licensed to preach at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in St. Mary, Mo...
    Births 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
    Green Daughter to Eddie Ray and Angela Lee Green of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003. Name, Harley Nicole. Weight, 7 pounds 13 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Green is the former Angela Nanney, daughter of Tony and Bernie Nanney of Marble Hill. She is employed at St. Francis Medical Center. Green is the son of Edgar and Thelma Green of Hiram, Mo. He is employed at Green's Sawmill...
    Cape fire report 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 9:26 a.m., a medical assist at 325 N. Sprigg. At 12:22 p.m., a medical assist at 1003 Locust. At 12:37 p.m., a medical assist at 507 Cape Meadows. At 2:12 p.m., a medical assist at 3018 Melrose....
    Cape/Jackson police reports 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
    Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Robert Wesley Gould, 53, of 239 N. Middle, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday for assault. Nancy B. Farmer, 49, of 3822 Stonebridge, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear in court for nuisance property...
    Out of the past 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 18, 1993 Frank Stoffregen is second candidate in Ward 1 to file for Cape Girardeau City Council seat that's up for election in April; other candidate is James "J.J." Williamson. This summer's devastating flood, which damaged more than 130 homes in Cape Girardeau, has further depleted city's low-income housing stock...
    Journal - Part 4 (11/18/03)
    U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau recently visited the Middle East. She kept a daily journal. Here is the fourth installment. By Jo Ann Emerson Sunday, Nov. 9: Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, chief of staff to Jerry Bremer, pointed out during our Baghdad briefing that the Iraqis have a difficult time understanding the American concept of a meeting. The Iraqi people have never had a say before, so it is tough for them to speak openly...
    A day at Baltimore's airport (11/18/03)
    Dan Swatzell of Cape Girardeau received this e-mail and thought that it should be shared: Dear Friends and Family, I hope that you will spare me a few minutes of your time to tell you about something that I saw on Monday, Oct. 27....
    It's time to help (11/18/03)
    The holiday spirit appears to be off to an early start. Parking lots at retail stores and shopping centers were over the weekend. Several shoppers said they wanted to wrap up their Christmas buying early this year. While thousands of shoppers open their pocketbooks and hand over their credit cards for holiday purchases, another seasonal need also could benefit from our checkbooks and our compassion for others. ...
    Error means gun was available to kill someone (11/18/03)
    To the editor: I am writing in response to Morley Swingle's error in the release of a murder weapon. I am an educator whose job would be gone if I acted with such gross negligence. His office stands for the justice system, which includes prosecuting intentional or unintentional actions that violate the law. ...
    No government would mean no civics teachers (11/18/03)
    To the editor: As a civics teacher, it is part of my responsibility to increase student understanding of government at the national, state and local levels. Thus, I strongly disagree with James Nall's recently implied view that we would be better off with no government at all...
    Budget chairman sees good reason to release funds (11/18/03)
    To the editor: I read the fine article by Marc Powers concerning the current status of the state's finances. While most of the article was an accurate, balanced portrayal of the differing views, there was one inaccurate statement. I do not prefer to use the revenue growth that includes federal fiscal relief. ...
    Speak Out 11/18/03 (11/18/03)
    Unpatriotic attitude I SAW in your paper that Jackson's veteran ceremony drew 400 people. But my child's class was not allowed to go to the assembly. I think that teacher should be reprimanded for her unpatriotic attitude towards Veterans Day. Fights at school...
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