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Mail to overseas soldiers faces restrictions (11/20/03)
Be careful what you put inside that care package meant for a far off soldier, say U.S. Postal Service officials. While most items are fine to mail around the world, others can be dangerous or illegal. The ever-increasing deployment of U.S. troops overseas has post offices reminding customers about shipping restrictions. Before packing and sealing up care packages, customers could save some time and frustration if they'd check on what can be sent, said Cape Girardeau postmaster Mike Keefe...
Community briefs 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
Descendant's coffee set for Saturday The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society will hold a descendant's coffee from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the S. Gregg Gallery, located at 112 N. Main. All descendants of settlers living in Cape Girardeau County in 1803 are invited to attend...
'You Can't Take It With You' production scheduled (11/20/03)
The members of the Sycamore family are eccentric but not deluded. They don't suppose daughter Essie will someday become a great ballerina or that her mother Penelope's many unfinished plays will end up on Broadway. But they are happy if everyone is doing whatever makes them happy. That, "You Can't Take It With You" says, is what really matters...
Faithful customers earn recognition (11/20/03)
David and Phyliss Thompson of Jackson were recognized as the best Taco Bell customers in the country with a ceremony Wednesday at the restaurant on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. The Thompsons won a check for $1,825, the equivalent $5 a day worth of Taco Bell for one year. The two have been Taco Bell customers for 20 years and visit the Kingshighway location as many as four times per week. They bring cookies and other gifts for the employees and were nominated by the restaurant manager...
Parents use visit to learn about school (11/20/03)
It's been a long time since Kinyinna Stevanson has stood in line for mashed potatoes served on a plastic tray. On Wednesday, Stevanson and 100 other parents found themselves surrounded by milk cartons and clinking silverware as they joined Jefferson Elementary students for lunch in honor of American Education Week...
World briefs 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
DNA identifies Turks as synagogue bombers ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Istanbul's governor said DNA tests identified two Turks connected to Beyyiat al-Imam, a group formed in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, as the bombers in last weekend's synagogue suicide attacks that killed 23 people and wounded 300. Police are still pursuing the bombers' suspected turkish accomplices...
Jackson sets options in county tax dispute (11/20/03)
By Monday, Jackson city officials will know if they will be taking Cape Girardeau County to court for roughly $80,000 in annual road and bridge tax money and perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars in back payments. Jackson Mayor Paul Sander and city administrator Jim Roach, with the support of the board of aldermen, met with county commissioners Gerald Jones and Larry Bock Wednesday. ...
A safe distance (11/20/03)
A couple of men from an insurance organization are in Jackson this week, pencils and notebooks in hand, jotting down information that will affect homeowners insurance rates all over town. They're looking at buildings, water pressure, fire hydrants, the fire department and everything that is safe and unsafe about fire protection in the city...
Attorney general's office to review Cape task force issue (11/20/03)
The question of whether budget-cutting task force meetings in the Cape Girardeau School District should have been open to the news media is headed to the attorney general's office for review. At issue is a 109-member task force formed in October with the purpose of helping make $2.2 million worth of budget cuts...
TIF commission considers guidelines with limits (11/20/03)
A St. Louis model for tax-increment financing -- including a 15 percent limit on assistance and a statement by developers demonstrating financial need -- has grabbed the attention of the Cape Girardeau TIF Commission. The commission met Wednesday night for the first time since August to discuss recommending guidelines for the city council in granting TIF financing to future development projects...
Military digest 11/17/03 (11/20/03)
Jackson grad finishes Air Force basic training Airman Kyle Vincent Miller graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on Aug. 29. He is currently training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, as a tactical aircraft maintenance crew chief...
MoDOT urges legislative action on tort reform (11/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Weighing in on the politically controversial issue of tort reform might carry some risks for the Missouri Department of Transportation, but highways commissioner Duane Michie said the need for change is too great to ignore. Michie said MoDOT is forced to pay millions of dollars each year on legal settlements, even in cases where the department is found only peripherally at fault. ...
Community cuisine 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
Thanksgiving dinner served to the public Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at New Horizon M.B. Church, 800 S. Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau. This traditional Thanksgiving dinner is open to the public. Call Carol at 335-7621 for more information...
Seventeen file for spot in Missouri's presidential primaries (11/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Seventeen candidates have filed for Missouri's Feb. 3 presidential primaries, including all of the frontrunners. Missouri's filing period ran from Oct. 21 through the end of the business day Tuesday. President Bush filed in the Republican primary on the first day possible and is being challenged in Missouri by businessmen Bill Wyatt of California and Blake Ashby of St. Louis...
State's revised list on failing schools weeks away (11/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Schools in more than 200 districts have appealed their "failing" label under a new federal law to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Districts had until Nov. 7 to appeal on their schools' behalf, and the state plans to announce which schools, if any, are being dropped from the failing list around Dec. 1...
High court sets Jan. 22 for concealed guns hearing (11/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge's decision striking down Missouri's new concealed guns will go before the Missouri Supreme Court on Jan. 22 in an appeal sought by the state's attorney general. The law, which would enable most adults to carry concealed guns, was scheduled to take effect Oct. 11. But St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer issued an injunction on grounds it violates a section of the Missouri Constitution dating to 1875...
Ohio utility to blame for massive blackout (11/20/03)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's worst blackout should have been contained by operators at Ohio's FirstEnergy Corp., a three-month U.S. and Canadian investigation concluded on Wednesday. The investigators also faulted Midwest regional monitors. In their report, they said the company's operators were inadequately trained and computer problems in its Akron, Ohio, control room kept them from recognizing immediately that problems on three lines were causing the Midwest grid to become unstable...
World Trade Center memorial concepts narrowed to finalists (11/20/03)
NEW YORK -- The eight designs unveiled Wednesday as finalists for a World Trade Center memorial remember the dead with quiet gardens, reflecting pools, inscribed names and lights for lost lives. All eight designs, selected from a pool of 5,200, list the names of those who died in the Sept. ...
King of Pop is wanted on charges of child molestation (11/20/03)
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Authorities issued a warrant for Michael Jackson's arrest on charges of molesting a child and asked the pop superstar Wednesday to turn himself in and surrender his passport. Jackson's spokesman called the allegations "scurrilous and totally unfounded."...
Creditors file suit against former Kmart executives (11/20/03)
DETROIT -- Six former Kmart executives billed the company for nannies, luxury cars and private chauffeurs even as the discount chain was fighting a losing battle against bankruptcy, creditors say in a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Kmart Creditor Trust alleges former chief executive and chairman Chuck Conaway, former president Mark Schwartz and four others charged Kmart more than $1 billion in personal expenses...
Muhammad's ex-wife reads letters from children to father (11/20/03)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- John Allen Muhammad's youngest child had a message and some questions for her father. The message: "I miss you soooooooo much." One of her questions: "Why did you do all these shootings?" The jury deciding whether Muhammad should be executed for masterminding Washington sniper attacks heard Muhammad's ex-wife on Wednesday read letters written by the couple's three children -- ages 13, 11, and 10 -- to their father...
Cameron Diaz in court over photo extortion (11/20/03)
LOS ANGELES -- A photographer accused of trying to extort $3.3 million from actress Cameron Diaz for topless photos taken before she was famous threatened to sell them to a European group for $5 million, an investigator testified Tuesday. An investigator in the district attorney's office testified that Diaz, 31, told him she feared the photos would "hamper her ability to land certain family movie roles."...
Parents ill over milk experiment (11/20/03)
SMITHFIELD, N.C. -- A high school teacher was suspended for a classroom experiment that caused several students to vomit after drinking large amounts of milk. Jeff Ferguson, a chemistry and physics teacher at Smithfield-Selma High School, organized the experiment last week to test the body's ability to neutralize acids in milk...
Nation briefs 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
Front-runners bow out of public financing funds WASHINGTON -- President Bush, Howard Dean and John Kerry have turned away assistance from taxpayers who check a box on their returns, leaving the "matching funds" to be distributed among the five other presidential candidates. ...
Family of slain French worker arrive in Kabul (11/20/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The mother and father of a slain French refugee worker made a devastating journey from Paris to the Afghan capital on Wednesday to bid farewell to their daughter, shot in broad daylight over the weekend by suspected Taliban rebels...
American military returns to Vietnam (11/20/03)
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- The streets of what was once Saigon were again teeming with American sailors on Wednesday following the arrival of the first U.S. Navy ship since the Vietnam War. The crew of the USS Vandegrift -- many of them sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans -- made a historic port call in Ho Chi Minh City during a symbolic visit aimed at boosting bilateral relations between the former foes...
Royal security breach (11/20/03)
LONDON -- The new footman at Buckingham Palace boasted he rode on royal carriages, served tea to the queen and had free rein in the royal residence. It turns out he was a tabloid reporter who obtained his royal job using a false reference. With President Bush staying at the palace, the story was a huge embarrassment to the British government and its elaborate efforts to guarantee their guest's security...
Jordanian shoots into crowd near Red Sea resort (11/20/03)
EILAT, Israel -- A Jordanian truck driver fired on a crowd of tourists crossing into Israel, killing one and wounding four, in an attack near this Red Sea resort that until now has been untouched by three years of Middle East violence. The gunman was killed by Israeli security personnel...
As Singapore tries to loosen up, it faces its dark side (11/20/03)
SINGAPORE -- They skip school, smuggle drugs and lash out with box cutters -- hardly the teen image that strait-laced, orderly Singapore wants to show the world through its movies. Indeed, even as "15" was winning praise at film festivals in Venice, Toronto and London, it was being suppressed by government censors at home, and is only now in Singapore theaters, with more than 20 cuts adding up to several minutes...
Bush urges European aid in Iraq (11/20/03)
LONDON -- President Bush urged Europe on Wednesday to put aside bitter war disagreements with the United States and work to build democracy in Iraq or risk turning the nation over to terrorists. Anti-war demonstrators mobilized for a march of tens of thousands today...
Nuclear agency to adopt weaker Iran resolution (11/20/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- In a stinging setback for Washington, the U.N atomic agency is ready to support a European initiative to reward Iran's sudden openness about its nuclear program instead of censuring it for past cover-ups, diplomats said Wednesday...
Ex-Saddam loyalists say insurgency is about driving out U.S. (11/20/03)
SAMARA, Iraq -- A former Iraqi general who claims to be part of the insurgency against U.S. troops says the guerrilla war around this "Sunni Triangle" city is being waged by small groups fighting on their own without direction from Saddam Hussein or others...
Buckingham Palace looks into security flaw ahead of Bush visit (11/20/03)
LONDON -- A British newspaper reporter infiltrated Buckingham Palace ahead of President Bush's state visit, using a fake reference to get job on the royal staff, and was assigned to serve members of Bush's party in an embarassing breach of security revealed Wednesday...
Perseverance provides duo a special view of turnaround (11/20/03)
If heart and persistence have been key attributes for Southeast Missouri State University's football team this season, the same holds true -- perhaps double -- for fifth-year seniors Ryan Roth and Justen Meyer. Roth and Meyer, the lone holdovers from Southeast's previous coaching staff, have persevered longer than any other Indians to reap the rewards of what is now happening with the program...
Otahkians seek title to salvage season (11/20/03)
Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team is assured of its first losing season under coach Cindy Gannon and the program's first losing record since 1980. But Gannon hopes the Otahkians can still make it a big year by winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament that begins today in Morehead, Ky...
With much Adu (11/20/03)
NEW YORK -- Like millions of other kids, Freddy Adu will be driven to soccer practice by his mom next spring. Not much else is ordinary about this 14-year-old phenom. Sure, he loves to listen to rappers Eminem and 50 Cent, has posters of David Beckham and Maradona in his room and lists "Lord of the Rings" as his favorite movie...
Bulger doesn't worry about job security (11/20/03)
ST. LOUIS -- The last two weeks, St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has considered yanking Marc Bulger. It's a potential controversy that is lost on his young quarterback. Bulger isn't wasting time worrying when or if two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner, who led the Rams to Super Bowls in 1999 and 2001, will be warming up on the sideline...
Deer kill total down in 1st weekend (11/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri hunters killed fewer deer than expected in the weekend's firearms season opening. Hunters killed 110,995 deer statewide Saturday and Sunday, down 16,256 from last year. Benton County had the most deer killed with 2,118 checked...
Sports briefs 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
Baseball
  • Ken Brett, brother of Hall of Famer George Brett and the youngest World Series pitcher in history, is dead after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 53. Brett pitched 14 years in the major leagues, going 83-85 with a 3.93 ERA. He also hit .262 with 10 homers...
  • Cardio kickboxing - Not a slow burn (11/20/03)
    There are muscles in my legs that have never worked before like they did during an hour-long cardio kickboxing class this week. As part of my six-week plan to sample some of the area's more interesting group fitness classes, kickboxing seemed to be a perfect choice. It's a huge intensity increase from the exercise ball class I sampled last week, but change is good, right?...
    Doctors rethink amnio, age link (11/20/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Is simply being 35 or older enough reason for a pregnant woman to undergo amniocentesis to check for Down syndrome? The older mothers-to-be are, the higher their risk of having babies with this fairly common birth defect. But nothing suddenly changes at the 35th birthday, and a 20-something can have a baby with Down syndrome, too...
    Health calendar 11/20 (11/20/03)
    Today Balance screening for seniors from 9 to 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freidheim. The screening will be conducted by staff from the Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Seniors over age 65 are eligible; there is no cost...
    On guard against whatever it is (11/20/03)
    Nov. 20, 2003 Dear Leslie, DC says something is going around, that health officials have put out a warning. She secretly loves warnings: Flood warnings, tornado warnings, terrorist warnings, warnings about improperly cooked food. I think they verify her belief in the dangerousness of the world. Though she would never admit it, I also think she derives a certain pleasure from living through it all, like a teenager at a horror movie....
    Joseph Harris (11/20/03)
    Joseph Leo Harris, 73, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Beaumont, Texas, son of Leo Butler and Cecilia Elder Harris. He grew up in Texas and Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1953 with a degree in history. He married Frances Smisson May 29, 1953...
    Betty Gilmore (11/20/03)
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Betty Sue Gilmore, 74, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters, Mo. She was born Dec. 6, 1928, daughter of Stone and Lois Hughes Fisher. She and Billy J. Gilmore were married Sept. 26, 1948. He died Nov. 29, 1991...
    Roger Schlimme (11/20/03)
    Roger Allen Schlimme, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lloyd and Frieda Cobb Schlimme. Mr. Schlimme grew up in Cape Girardeau and was a graduate of Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University...
    Lewis Kaufman (11/20/03)
    DONGOLA, Ill. -- Lewis Hanford Kaufman, 87, of Dongola died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at his home. He was born May 25, 1916, in Dongola, son of Lewis and Naomi Karraker Kaufman. He and Marella Penrod were married Aug. 19, 1942. Kaufman received a bachelor of music from Abilene Christian University and attended Pepperdine University...
    Frank Stanley (11/20/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Frank A. Stanley, 70, of Lonoke, Ark., formerly of Sikeston, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at University Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. He was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Hayti, Mo., son of Roy K. and Mildred Warren Stanley. He and Jean Robbs were married Feb. 1, 1953, at Matthews, Mo...
    Helen Lancaster (11/20/03)
    Helen E. Lancaster, 88, of St. Louis died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 28, 1915, in Jackson, daughter of Charles and Sarah Masterson Hoeckele. She married Richard J. Lancaster, who preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Jim Lancaster of Vienna, Va.; four grandchildren, Kim, Eric, Jill and Brad; great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law. She was an aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, cousin, godmother, and wonderful friend to many...
    Births 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
    Carlton Son to Daniel James and Tracy Renee Carlton of Jackson, St. Francis Medical Center, 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003. Name, Levi Daniel. Weight, 7 pounds 12 ounces. First child. Mrs. Carlton is the former Tracy Lee, daughter of Kenneth and Deborah Lee of Fredericktown, Mo. Carlton is the son of James and Lynn Carlton of Dexter, Mo. He is employed at Procter & Gamble...
    Cape fire report 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
    Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 5:42 p.m., medical assist at 3018 Mimosa, No. 3. At 9:09 p.m., medical assist at North Sprigg and Terrace. At 10:10 p.m., medical assist at 1505 E. Riverside. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items:...
    Cape police report 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
    MIKE WELLS * photos@semissourian.com Cape Girardeau postal worker Jeanne Wilson, left, assists customer Virginia Foulk of Jackson Wednesday as postal worker Kay Davidson prepares a package. During the holiday mailing season, postal officials are reminding customers about content restrictions for packages destined for military destinations. Cape Girardeau...
    Out of the past 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 20, 1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Clinton administration said it will spend $18 million to repair additional levees damaged by Midwest floods, a blow to Missouri lawmakers who sought eight times as much. The first phase of a project to improve traffic safety and the appearance of I-55 and the highway 61-34 interchange between Cape Girardeau and Jackson is under way...
    Signs of accomplishment (11/20/03)
    U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau recently visited the Middle East. She kept a daily journal. Here is the sixth installment. By Jo Ann Emerson Monday, Nov. 10: Kirkuk is in many ways off to a better start than Baghdad...
    Pacifist or patriot? (11/20/03)
    By Joan Dambach I would like to respond to the Speak Out comments that criticized the court clerk at City Hall for displaying pictures, cartoons and sayings "bashing" those who oppose the war in Iraq. You see, I am that clerk. I am also a U.S. ...
    Right on the economy (11/20/03)
    San Diego (Calif.) Union-Tribune Several weeks ago, President Bush said: "You don't raise taxes when an economy is recovering. Matter of fact, lower taxes will help enhance economic recovery." The president's words were greeted with derision by his hard-core critics. .....
    Shining soccer season (11/20/03)
    It is a made-for-TV-movie season. The basic plot: Thirteen seniors on Central High School's soccer team are having their final year together, making history by taking their team to success never before achieved at CHS. Many of them have grown up together, kicking the ball around as elementary-schoolers with business sponsors' names on their uniforms...
    Cape Girardeau's blood donors show big support (11/20/03)
    To the editor: When the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region began planning its Save a Life Tour stops,Cape Girardeau was one place we knew should be featured. And we were right. With Cape Girardeau's hundreds of loyal blood donors and numerous committed sponsoring groups, a successful tour stop was never a question. ...
    Speak Out A 11/20/03 (11/20/03)
    Reasonable plan I WANT to compliment the university for its approach to making budget cuts. I was particularly glad to see that an early retirement program wasn't made available to all the faculty. That made no financial sense. Limiting the retirement plan to the departments affected by the cuts was a much more reasonable course of action...
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