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Stories from Monday, December 15, 2003

Drivers making quick round trips on bridge (12/15/03)
Many drivers were going across the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Sunday only to come right back to Cape Girardeau, much as drivers did on Saturday, the day the bridge opened. Howard Aslinger of Cape Girardeau crossed the bridge for the first time on Sunday, waiting for the commotion to die down before making the journey...
Cape Holiday of Lights contest winners announced (12/15/03)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's Community Beautification and Enhancement Committee selected Holiday of Lights contest winners Dec. 9. Committee members chose two residences and a commercial display from each of seven areas of the city...
Cape Girardeau School Board agenda (12/15/03)
6 p.m. today 301 N. Clark St. On the agenda Central Middle School accelerated schools report Personnel employment Approve support of Senate Bill 1549 Fund transfers Recommendation for budget reductions
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (12/15/03)
7 p.m. today City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Presentation Presentation by John Mehner and Chuck Martin regarding the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Northstar study. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) An ordinance amending the city code relating to travel trailer camps...
Fast-food toys making Christmas brighter in Mexico (12/15/03)
Children in Rio Bravo, Mexico benefit from the generosity of Southeast Missourian The free toys found in McDonald's Happy Meals have been gathered and distributed to make Mexican children happy during mission trips made by LaCroix United Methodist Church volunteers...
Community briefs 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Community Caring Council to meet Friday The Community Caring Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 804 N. Cape Rock Drive in Cape Girardeau. The guest speaker will be Natika Rowles, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club...
Military digest 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Anna-Jonesboro grad finishes hospital course Navy Hospitalman Jenesia A. Dillow, a 1999 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School in Anna, Ill., recently graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, Ill...
Southeast Hospice honors volunteers (12/15/03)
Volunteers with Southeast Hospice, a service of Southeast Missouri Hospital, were honored for their service at the annual Southeast Hospice Recognition Banquet held recently. The Gabriel Award, the highest award for Hospice volunteers, was presented to Jane Hargraves of Chaffee. She has been a Southeast Hospice volunteer since 1999...
The real last samurai are still wielding swords (12/15/03)
The new Tom Cruise movie "The Last Samurai" has renewed interest in the warriors of feudal Japan as mythologized in such films as "The Seven Samurai." But students of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, the oldest Japanese martial arts system, are the real last samurai, said Dr. Robert W. Dillon Jr...
School officials to receive cutback suggestions today (12/15/03)
Everyone associated with the Cape Girardeau School District will be affected in some way by the impending $1.3 million budget cuts. Teachers who aren't losing their jobs will lose insurance coverage, deal with larger class sizes and have extra cleaning duties due to cutbacks in custodial staff. Some counselors and library assistants will be eliminated at every level. Extracurricular activities will not only have a smaller budget, students will have to pay to participate in them...
Two St. Louis-area hunters drown (12/15/03)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two St. Louis-area men have drowned in a northeast Missouri river during a weekend hunting trip. The bodies of Ronald Koch of Arnold and his cousin, Ralph F. Crumby Jr. of Hillsboro, both 33, were discovered Sunday morning after their vehicle struck a bridge and overturned into the Fabius River in Marion County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported...
State says it has reduced vehicle fleet by hundreds (12/15/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state has reduced the number of vehicles it owns by about 8 percent during the past two years, the state Office of Administration said Monday. Since January 2002, the state has decreased its fleet by 960 licensed vehicles to a total of 10,983, officials said...
Diaz-Twine wins $1 million, SUV as last 'Survivor' (12/15/03)
NEW YORK -- In a "Survivor" contest packed with villains and indelible characters, Sandra Diaz-Twine, a mother of two from the Northwest, had the staying power to win the television game. Diaz-Twine beat Lillian Morris, the tearful Scoutmaster from the Cincinnati area, in the final vote revealed during CBS' three-hour finale of "Survivor: Pearl Islands" on Sunday...
Interrogation a race against clock (12/15/03)
WASHINGTON -- Saddam Hussein's interrogators are initially focusing on the former Iraqi president's ties to the guerrilla war, pressing him for intelligence about impending attacks and the locations of resistance leaders, U.S. officials said Sunday...
People talk 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Dolly's library gives away millionth book PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Country singer Dolly Parton's book program, which she started seven years ago to inspire preschoolers to read, has reached a milestone with delivery of its millionth book. Parton was on hand Friday when her Imagination Library gave a copy of "The Little Engine That Could" to the parents of 1-year-old Cana Waynick of Danville, Ala. Children start receiving books at birth and continue through 60 selections until age 5...
'End of the road' (12/15/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Cornered alone in a cramped hole near one of his sumptuous palaces, a weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was seized by U.S. troops and displayed on television screens worldwide Sunday. The man who waged and lost two wars against the United States and its allies was armed with a pistol but did not resist, the U.S. military said...
Islamic extremist group spreads in Asia (12/15/03)
KARA-SUU, Kyrgyzstan -- The illegal flier boldly posted on the concrete telephone pole outside Dilyar Jumabayev's home leaves no doubt about the sentiments of the man who lives inside: "All Muslims of the world unite against the infidels." Through his black beard, Jumabayev shows an easy smile, but his words are vehement. "Muslims now realize who their enemies are. The United States and Britain want Muslims to fight against each other," he said...
Afghans kick off constitution plan (12/15/03)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans offered solemn prayers and hopeful songs from children Sunday as they kicked off a landmark constitutional convention -- a key step in the two-year drive to stabilize the battle-scarred country. Security was tight in the capital, with sharpshooters on rooftops and hundreds of soldiers lining the streets, after warnings from the U.S. ...
U.S. 4th Infantry celebrates, wages war on graffiti (12/15/03)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, who all but missed the invasion of Iraq but have been at the front line of postwar hostilities, spent Sunday afternoon smoking cigars after capturing former President Saddam Hussein...
Raid came up empty until troops found suspicious hole (12/15/03)
ADWAR, Iraq -- When darkness fell, the Americans moved into position, 600 of them, from infantrymen to elite special forces. Their target: two houses in this rural village of orange, lemon and palm groves. Someone big was inside, they were told. But when they struck, they found nothing...
Some Iraqis stunned Saddam didn't fight back (12/15/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein should have put up a fight or committed suicide, stunned Iraqis said Sunday after watching images of their fallen leader, haggard and humiliated, in American custody. As news of his capture spread across the country, celebratory shooting erupted in Baghdad's streets, soldiers cheered and victims of his tyranny thanked the United States. Many said it marked a new beginning for Iraq...
World briefs 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Five killed in East Coast crash; weather blamed NARVON, Pa. -- The second snowstorm to hit the East Coast in just over a week led to hundreds of traffic accidents Sunday, including one in which five people died when their sport utility vehicle collided with a snowplow. ...
Otahks shoot for third win in a row (12/15/03)
If Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians are going to extend their winning streak and climb above .500 for the first time this year, coach B.J. Smith figures they'll have to defeat a tough opponent. Smith knows a victory won't come easy tonight when Northern Illinois (3-2) pays a visit to the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Otahkians (3-3)...
A's stock AL East with another star (12/15/03)
NEW ORLEANS -- The Baltimore Orioles made a big splash Sunday, signing former AL MVP Miguel Tejada to a $72 million, six-year contract -- and then vowing they were just starting to warm up at the winter meetings. After finding its first stellar successor to Cal Ripken at shortstop, the Orioles immediately turned their attention back to three other top targets: Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez and Javy Lopez...
Best in the West (12/15/03)
ST. LOUIS -- An official made perhaps the biggest stop at the end of the Rams' NFC West-clinching victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Running a deep pass pattern in the final minute of the Rams' 27-22 victory Sunday, Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram tripped over a back judge who had fallen and was rolling. Instead of a chance at scoring the go-ahead touchdown, the ball was nearly intercepted by Tommy Polley in the end zone...
Sports briefs 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Baseball Brian Cashman got a promise of more job security Sunday. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner decided to exercise his general manager's 2005 option, Steinbrenner spokesman Howard Rubenstein said. ...
Holt's ninth 100-yard game ties team record (12/15/03)
ST. LOUIS -- After hobbling out of Sunday's game with a sprained ankle in the second quarter, Isaac Bruce fully expected Seattle would squeeze fellow Rams wideout Torry Holt. "I was expecting the defense to pretty much roll toward him, but they didn't do it," Bruce said. "He ended up hurting them."...
Faint memories of a guy named 'Kurt' (12/15/03)
When we last left Kurt Warner, he was standing on the sidelines in street clothes with a concussion. Just weeks before that he was prophesying about the team's return to the Super Bowl and his return to the ranks of the NFL elite. I believed then, as I do now, Warner's comments made him the most vulnerable quarterback in the NFL at the start of the season because he stood to lose the most and could fall the furthest...
Airport, downtown to get new restaurants (12/15/03)
The closing or relocation of several Cape Girardeau restaurants over the past year has left something of a void downtown. In the Wine Cellar shut its doors due to the illness of the owner. My Daddy's Cheesecake closed its Main Street location in favor of its new Route W spot. Grace Cafe moved from the corner of Spanish and Themis to its roomier Broadway building. Then the restaurant that replaced it, Corner Cafe, closed in September after only eight months...
Business memo 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Advertising group issues call for award entries The Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals, a local entity of the American Advertising Federation, has issued its call for entries for the 2003 ADDY Awards Competition. The annual Tri-State ADDY Awards Competition recognizes exceptional advertising created in the tri-state area in all media, including print, broadcast, out-of-home and public service advertising...
People on the move 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
ERA Cape Realty adds new associate ERA Cape Realty recently announced the addition of associate Vicki Stroud to its team of real estate sales professionals serving the Cape Girardeau area. Perryville man joins Jackson law firm Kim R. ...
Kneading new business - Demand for massage therapy increases (12/15/03)
The room is dim. Soft flute music oozes from a CD player, punctuated with the occasional jingle of chimes. Nearby rests several kinds of lotions, waiting for use. Jan McClanahan, a Cape Girardeau real estate agent, is lying on a table, covered by a towel. She's resting on her stomach, her eyes closed, visibly relaxed...
Broadcast digital 'flag' to deter TV piracy (12/15/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Chances are that the high-definition television under the tree this year contains an unadvertised feature -- the ability to respond to commands from broadcasters to prevent your favorite TV shows from being sent over the Internet. The technology won't be called upon until at least 2005, when broadcasters will likely start including an electronic marker in the digital signal of over-the-air shows. ...
Analysts skeptical of recent Dow milestone (12/15/03)
This year's rally in stocks, which hit a milestone when the Dow Jones industrial average passed 10,000, hasn't been strong enough to make Kevin Flynn forget about the money he lost in the downturn. "Let's just say that three years ago I had about three times more money in one account than I do now," said Flynn, 41, of Martinez, Calif. "Things are going to have to get a lot better if I am going to be able to keep up with my friends in my retirement years."...
Estell Stapleton (12/15/03)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Estell Stapleton, 95, of McClure, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Life Care Living Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Elvin Johns (12/15/03)
Cleo Elvin Johns, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 13, 1916, at Advance, Mo., son of Charles Edward and Florence Lee Opal White Johns. He and Fern Sample were married March 10, 1937. She preceded him in death on June 9, 1995. He and Irene Brasher were married June 8, 2000. She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2003...
Earla Mae Springs (12/15/03)
Earla Mae Springs, 67, of Kelso, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at her home. She was born June 29, 1936, at Lamar, Ark., daughter of Henry and Pearl Pearson Waldo. She and Richard Lee Springs were married July 24, 1953, at Sikeston, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1998...
Wilson J. Ervin (12/15/03)
Wilson J. Ervin, 81, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Wilson was born July 19, 1922, in Benton, Mo., son of Henry and Earsy Simmons Ervin. He and Dorothy Beggs were married May 31, 1944, in Morley, Mo...
Phillip Sams (12/15/03)
THEBES, Ill. -- Phillip D. Sams, 49, of Thebes, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1954, at Cairo, Ill., son of Herman and Marian Coleson Sams. Sams was a member of Elco Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, and was a paramedic for the Alexander and Pulaski County ambulance services for the past 10 years...
Fred Moen (12/15/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Fred Moen, 82, formerly of Advance, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Morgan Funeral Home in Advance.
Jimmie White (12/15/03)
Thebes, Ill. -- Jimmie White, 62, of Thebes, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Paul Hudson (12/15/03)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Paul E. "Sonny" Hudson, 61, of Mounds, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 9, 1942, at Wyatt, Mo. Hudson was a professional soldier, retiring with the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mounds, the Pulaski County Memorial VFW Post 8891 and the American Legion...
Bobby Conner (12/15/03)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Bobby E. Conner, 63, of Advance, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 7, 1940, at Alton, Mo., son of the late George and Vera Williams Conner. Conner had worked as a custodian at Advance schools for many years...
Rosella Green (12/15/03)
Rosella Green, 84, of Bradenton, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at her residence. She was born March 5, 1919, at St. Genevieve, Mo., daughter of Frank and Theresa Braun Sexauer. She was married to Harvery Green. He died in 1994. Survivors include three nephews, Bill Lupkey of Conway, Ark., Charles Lupkey of Lutz, Fla., and Michael Mammon of Casper, Wyo.; and two nieces, Mary Catherine Ewing of San Jose, Calif., and Nancy Potter of Casper, Wyo...
R.G. Cobb (12/15/03)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- R.G. Cobb, 76, of Chaffee died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at the family home. He was born Dec. 24, 1926, at Corinth, Miss., son of Robert Gaines and Anna Arnitt Cobb. He married Annie Smith and she survives. R.G. was a self-employed retired farmer and excavator...
Opal Rowley (12/15/03)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Opal Rowley, age 81 of Olmsted, Ill., formerly of Ware, Ill., and Wolf Lake, Ill., passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at the Carbondale Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Astoria, Kan., daughter of Claud and Velma Kenny Edwards. She married Roy W. Rowley April 15, 1941, in Jackson. He preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1980. She was a homemaker and a member of the Galilee Baptist Church...
Eula Linton (12/15/03)
ANNA, Ill. -- Eula Pearl Linton, 87, of Anna, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at Shawnee Christian Health Care Center in Herrin, Ill. She was born Jan. 8, 1916, in Anna, daughter of Arlie and Medie Wall Rosson. She and Herbert Linton were married Jan. 3, 1942, in Macon, Ga. He preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1951...
Ben Mazzola (12/15/03)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Ben Mazzola, of Florissant, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003. He was married to Marie Ravo Mazzola for over 50 years. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Thomas G. Mazzola of Florissant, and Robert E. Mazzola of Winfield, Mo.; a daughter, Karen G. Mazzola of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Rose Mazzola; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild...
Esther Owens (12/15/03)
Esther Beatrice Pope Owens, 78, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Oran, Mo., daughter of Joseph E. and Ollie M. Sheppard Pope. She and Cicero Owens were married Feb. 9, 1946. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1982...
Jerry Mansfield (12/15/03)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Jerry F. Mansfield, 65, of Bell City, Mo., formerly of East Prairie, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, at Barnes Ridge Community, Mo., near East Prairie, son of Charles and Ruby Bowles Mansfield...
Cape police report 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Cape Girardeau The following items were reported by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Jeannie Diane Wilcher, 48, 908 S. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, was issued a summons Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and improper registration...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Friday to the following items: At 5:54 p.m., a request for medical assistance at 124 S. Lorimier, Apt. 3. At 5:56 p.m., a natural gas odor at 2136 William. At 10:30 p.m., a smoke odor at 2030 Allen. At 10:45 p.m., a carbon monoxide alarm at 3130 Westfield...
Out of the past 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
10 years ago: Dec. 15, 1993 About 6,400 students dialed in their classes for spring semester at Southeast Missouri State University during month-long successful startup of telephone registration. Cape Girardeau city officials are fine-tuning initial draft of "request for proposal" document aimed at attracting developers of riverboat gambling operation in city...
Cape district tackles proposed cuts (12/15/03)
The reasons for the budget shortfall in Cape Girardeau School District have been hashed out again and again: lower-than-expected local tax revenue, withholdings from Gov. Bob Holden to balance the state budget, the district's hold-harmless status that freezes the level of state funding...
No holiday for sales tax (12/15/03)
The Joplin Globe Missouri's first foray into the arena of the sales-tax moratorium may prove less of an attraction for shoppers from across the state's borders or boost to the economy next year than originally hoped. The reason is that many cities and counties are apparently declining the state's invitation to drop their sales-tax collections on selected school items during the designated weekend: Aug. 13-15, 2004. .....
Don't forget Teen Challenge needs during holidays (12/15/03)
To the editor: During this busy Christmas season, we make every effort to fulfill the want and need lists of our families and friends, employees and others -- and also keep enough on hand to contribute to the many worthy causes that confront us on a daily basis...
Speak Out 12/15/03 (12/15/03)
Deputies paid less I KEEP hearing about how poorly paid the Cape Girardeau police are. Compared to whom? Our sheriff's deputies are paid much less. And there are fewer deputies on the road to respond to emergencies. Others get more IT IS horrible that the police officers get paid less than other city employees. Why should an administrative assistant or other employees with less demanding jobs get paid more than our officers?...
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