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Stories from Saturday, February 7, 2004

Wilferth, Red Letter Communications get awards for business (02/07/04)
For the first time, a businesswoman received the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's 2004 Rush H. Limbaugh Award. Judy Wilferth became the 16th recipient of the honor, which was presented Friday evening by David Limbaugh, a grandson of Rush H. Limbaugh Sr., at the Show Me Center during the chamber's annual dinner and dance...
Metal exchange (02/07/04)
Editor's note: Two men with direct knowledge of the illegal firearms market in Cape Girardeau were interviewed for this article. To ensure their safety and anonymity, pseudonyms of "John Jones" and "James Adams" were used. Their identities are known only to the Southeast Missourian and local law enforcement....
United Way changes grant money focus (02/07/04)
The local chapter of the United Way has decided to narrow its focus in the way it disperses its one-time grant money. Since 1999, the local United Way has divided its one-time grant money into the four biggest areas of needas determined by in-house assessments. Now, it has decided to focus its grants into one area...
Hands-on Lewis and Clark kit in schools (02/07/04)
Had Kailey Spinks been a part of Lewis and Clark's expedition west in 1804, the first two things she would have packed for the trip are her pink teddy bear named Snuggles and a copy of "Green Eggs and Ham." The 9-year-old has been hearing about America's two great explorers since first grade, but a grant through the Missouri Department of Conservation is breathing life into the Corps of Discovery for Spinks and other fourth-graders at Alma Schrader Elementary...
Christians can share Valentine's Day messages (02/07/04)
A long time ago in a country far away, an innocent man died. Feb. 14, 270 A.D., a bishop of the Church was put to death for being too good. The bishop was known for his good deeds, his acts of kindness, his caring of the helpless and homeless. He was encouraging other people to be advocates for the weak and outcast...
Television evangelist hopes cable will carry the message (02/07/04)
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. -- Danny Shelton leaned into a speaker phone toward the end of talks with a satellite company promising to sell his Three Angels Broadcasting Network to thousands of cable operators across the country. "Let's call it a deal," he said. "It seems the Lord is opening up these doors."...
Gospel singing service set in Villa Ridge (02/07/04)
Gospel singing service set in Villa Ridge Shiloh Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Ill., will feature the Gloryroad Travelers of Mounds and Pickin' Pennies of Anna in a gospel concert at 7 p.m. tonight. Christian Women's Club meets on Monday The Cape Girardeau County Christian Women's Club will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Delmonico's in Jackson. The speaker is Freddie Brammer of Potosi, Mo. Music will be by Amanda Berry and Alisha Bohnert. For information or day-care reservations, call 243-2866...
School funding plan faces uphill battle (02/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A consultant's proposal for revising Missouri's school funding system will likely be opposed by lawmakers from districts where state aid would decline, the chairman of a legislative committee predicted. The plan by Craig Wood, a University of Florida education professor, would reduce state aid to 171 of Missouri's 524 school districts, including Cape Girardeau, by an average of 5 percent. ...
Bush to visit Springfield on Monday (02/07/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- President Bush will visit southwest Missouri on Monday to talk about his economic initiatives while participating in a forum with small business owners and workers. Bush will appear as part of "A Conversation on the Economy" in Springfield from 12:25 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. at SRC Automotive, Inc., 4431 W. Calhoun...
University of Missouri chief solicits help to cover pay raises (02/07/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri system's chief has asked outside contributors help cover the $50,000 raises he proposed this year for chancellors of the system's campus in St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla. In letters faxed Wednesday to the leaders of campus advisory groups, university president Elson Floyd asked each to come up with $50,000 apiece by April 1. ...
Unemployment rate falls to 5.6 percent in January (02/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in January, the lowest level in more than two years, as employers stepped up hiring -- but not at a brisk enough pace to ease concerns about the prolonged job drought. Job growth is expected to be a key issue as November's presidential election nears. The economy has lost more than 2 million jobs since President Bush took office, the worst job creation record of any president since Herbert Hoover...
Commission to probe Iraq intelligence flaws (02/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush appointed a conservative former judge and a moderate former Democratic senator Friday to head a special commission to "figure out why" inspectors haven't found the weapons that intelligence experts said Saddam Hussein was hiding in Iraq...
Prosecutors drop charges against former officer (02/07/04)
LOS ANGELES -- After two trials that ended in hung juries, county prosecutors dropped brutality charges Friday against a former police officer who was videotaped slamming a handcuffed teenager onto a patrol car. In response, the U.S. attorney's office said it would investigate the July 6, 2002, incident and decide whether federal charges should be filed against Jeremy Morse, 26. ...
Shooting at van becomes 21st linked to Ohio sniper (02/07/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A bullet that pierced a van's windshield earlier this week was linked Friday to a series of highway sniper attacks, bringing the total number of shootings to 21. The shooting Tuesday expands the sniper's target area: It happened about 15 miles south of where most of the other attacks occurred, authorities said. ...
Kerry points campaign South in hopes of Tuesday sweep (02/07/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- John Kerry, virtually unchallenged in three weekend elections, pointed his fast-moving presidential bid south on Friday in hopes of knocking two Democratic rivals from the race. John Edwards' campaign accused Wesley Clark of taking "a dip into the gutter" with his latest attack...
Bush gets campaign moving as polls slide (02/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- His support slumping in the polls, President Bush is campaigning more vigorously for re-election at the same time Republicans unleash their surrogates to take the shine off Democratic front-runner John Kerry. "The polls are where we expected them to be," Republican Party chairman Ed Gillespie said Friday in an interview, one of several GOP officials to attribute Bush's slippage to months of attacks by Democrats...
NASA declares Mars Spirit rover 'healed' (02/07/04)
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA on Friday pronounced its Spirit rover cured of the computer ills that crippled the vehicle for two weeks and had threatened its mission to search for geologic evidence that Mars was once a wetter planet. "I think I can say this morning with as much certainty as we can say anything here that our patient is healed," mission manager Jennifer Trosper said. ...
Former President Reagan marks birthday in seclusion (02/07/04)
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Ronald Reagan turned 93 in seclusion Friday in his Los Angeles home while schoolchildren serenaded his wife, Nancy, at his presidential library and she dedicated the cornerstone for a new pavilion to house the former Air Force One...
Police- Man to pay 'ultimate price' for killing 11-year-old (02/07/04)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A tattooed mechanic with a long rap sheet was charged with murder Friday after authorities found the body of an 11-year-old girl whose kidnapping was captured on a carwash surveillance camera. Police said Joseph P. Smith told a witness that he had kidnapped and killed Carlie Brucia, and authorities used that information to find the sixth-grader's body in a church parking lot a few miles from the carwash...
Rumsfeld says he's too old to regret 'Old Europe' comment (02/07/04)
MUNICH, Germany -- Declaring himself "too old to have regrets," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday he wasn't sorry he called France and Germany "old Europe" -- a comment that caused bad blood in the run-up to the Iraq war. During a visit here for a NATO ministers meeting, Rumsfeld sat down with European journalists and explained what he had meant by that remark a year ago, when European opposition to war in Iraq was at a fever pitch...
Surgery on baby successful, says team of surgeons (02/07/04)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A team of surgeons successfully removed the second head of a Dominican baby Friday in a complex operation that doctors believe to be the first of its kind. The medical team led by a Los Angeles-based neurosurgeon completed the operation on 7-week-old Rebeca Martinez in nearly 11 hours...
Donors pledge $520 million for Liberia (02/07/04)
UNITED NATIONS -- International donors pledged $520 million Friday to start the long process of turning Liberia from a failed war-ravaged state into a democracy with a thriving economy. Secretary of State Colin Powell announced a $200 million U.S. pledge and urged the world community to help Liberians seize what may be "their last, best chance for peace, prosperity and democracy."...
Bomb blasts apart subway train during rush hour, killing 39 (02/07/04)
MOSCOW -- A bomb blew apart a subway car packed with rush hour commuters Friday morning, killing 39 people and wounding more than 130 in the deadliest terrorist attack in Moscow since Russia launched its second war in Chechnya in 1999. President Vladimir Putin blamed Chechen separatists, although it was unclear whether the blast was the work of a suicide bomber or someone who merely placed a device on the train as it left the station...
British, French officials discuss Diana death probe (02/07/04)
PARIS -- As a British coroner embarked on a new probe into the death of Princess Diana, a former French investigator in the case on Friday rejected claims that murder or conspiracy were to blame and accused news media of dredging up "fantastical theories" about the August 1997 car crash in Paris...
Future U.S. embassy in Iraq to be world's biggest (02/07/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The next U.S. Embassy in Iraq, scheduled to open in July, will eventually become the biggest American diplomatic mission in the world, U.S. officials say. While the future U.S. diplomatic presence in Baghdad is still in the planning phases, officials here agree that an enormous American contingent -- of 3,000 or more U.S. ...
Militants pledge to repel police in Haitian city (02/07/04)
GONAIVES, Haiti -- Thousands of protesters yelling "Aristide must go!" vowed Friday to repel any attempt to retake control of Haiti's fourth-largest city, a day after it was seized by armed militants in a revolt against the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. ...
Obscene gesture results in second arrest in Brazil (02/07/04)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A second American in three weeks was arrested in Brazil on Friday after being accused of making an obscene gesture during new customs procedures for U.S. citizens. Police said Douglas A. Skolnick, 55, raised his middle finger while being photographed and fingerprinted. ...
Sharon considers moving settlers to West Bank (02/07/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering relocating Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip to areas of the West Bank he wants to annex in a final peace deal, his spokesman said Friday, a plan Palestinians denounced as a land grab and a violation of international law. ...
German chancellor quits party leadership post (02/07/04)
BERLIN -- Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder unexpectedly announced Friday that he will give up leadership of the governing Social Democrats, freeing him to concentrate on steering the country while handing over to a trusted aide the job of quelling dissent within the party. ...
Unbeaten Rampley leads Jackson's district charge into district (02/07/04)
Jackson's wrestling team has had nine individual state champions in school history, and six of those have finished without a loss. Kremer Rampley, a senior 160-pound wrestler, will try to become the school's seventh undefeated state champion when he and the rest of the Indians start the road to the state championships with the district meet today at Jackson. ...
Indians avenge loss to Knights with 62-44 win (02/07/04)
It has been more than two months since Jackson started its season with a 67-55 loss to Farmington at the Farmington Tournament. Since that loss, the Indians have won 18 of 21 games with their three losses all coming to state-ranked teams. Friday night the Indians got a little revenge by routing Farmington 62-44 at Jackson in a matchup of district foes...
Indians will try to rein in Victor, talented Racers (02/07/04)
By Marty Mishow Southeast Missourian According to first-year Murray State coach Mick Cronin, Cuthbert Victor is simply too nice. You'd have a hard time getting the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference to buy into that theory because the Racers' 6-foot-5 senior forward has been unkind to the league's teams for much of the past four seasons...
Good game, mate (02/07/04)
It's not that Sarah Costello played poorly during her first season as Southeast Missouri State University's point guard last year. But Costello and Otahkian coach B.J. Smith are quick to acknowledge that her senior season improvement has been akin to night and day...
Missouri dismisses Pulley from basketball program (02/07/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Point guard Randy Pulley was dismissed from the Missouri basketball team Friday, the school's athletic department said. "Randy has been dismissed from our squad and will transfer from Mizzou at the end of this semester," coach Quin Snyder said in a statement. "We will help him in any way we can, and we wish him well in the future."...
Investigation begins at Colorado (02/07/04)
DENVER -- The University of Colorado president vowed Friday to mount an impartial investigation into whether the football program enticed recruits with alcohol-fueled sex parties that may have led to rape. Speaking before nearly 200 people at an emergency meeting of the university regents, President Elizabeth Hoffman chose two former state lawmakers, Democrat Peggy Lamm and Republican Joyce Lawrence, to co-chair the commission...
Lewis retires as champ, vows not to come back (02/07/04)
LONDON -- Lennox Lewis is going out on top, and he insists he won't be back. He retired Friday after a professional career of more than 14 years, the first active heavyweight champion to quit in nearly 50 years. The 38-year-old boxer said that after months of deliberation he decided to leave the ring rather than defend his WBC title in a rematch against Vitali Klitschko...
Super Bowl flap could force change in broadcast standards (02/07/04)
NEW YORK -- The one-second flash of Janet Jackson's breast at the Super Bowl could end up putting the brakes on years of plunging standards in the down-and-dirty entertainment industry. "This particular event might be, for the moment, the straw that broke the camel's back on the patience of the audience," said talk show host Carson Daly, a veteran presence on MTV, which produced the offending halftime show. "Tolerance of this sort of sexual imagery may have reached its peak."...
Company readies plans for new Dairy Queen (02/07/04)
After sitting vacant for more than a year, the former Rhodes 101 station at 1036 N. Sprigg in Cape Girardeau will soon be the site of a new Dairy Queen. Ed Radetic, co-owner of King Williams Management, said the company has acquired the property and been granted a franchise for the restaurant...
Robert Friedrich Jr. (02/07/04)
Robert C. Friedrich Jr., 69, of Jackson died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete with McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Gilbert Swoboda III (02/07/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Gilbert R. Swoboda III, 57, of Cairo died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Cairo, son of Gilbert R. and Dimples Swoboda. Swoboda was a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Ky. He retired as office manager for Gilbert R. Swoboda and Co. Wholesale Liquors...
Lawrence Coppaway (02/07/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lawrence W. Coppaway, 77, of Perryville died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Potosi, Mo. He was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Perry County, son of William and Mary Cambron Coppaway. Coppaway was a self-employed truck driver. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II...
Leon Tomberlin (02/07/04)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Leon J. Tomberlin, 78, of Mound City died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Miami, Fla., son of James Emory and Stella Leonard Tomberlin. Tomberlin was a retired pipefitter and was a member of the Plumbers Local No. 519 in Miami...
Evelyn Anderson (02/07/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Evelyn A. Anderson, 89, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. She was born Nov. 21, 1914, in Makanda, Ill., daughter of Guy A. and Rose Aden Henry. She and Theodore Anderson were married June 29, 1940, in Chicago...
Joyce Brown (02/07/04)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Joyce Jewel Brown, 61, of East Prairie died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at East Prairie Nursing Center. He was born June 19, 1942, at Hayti, Mo., daughter of Frank and Josie Holt Pride. Brown lived in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., 10 years, moving back to East Prairie a year ago. She was a member of Ste. Genevieve Baptist Church...
Virginia Martin (02/07/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Virginia Marie Martin, 69, of Marble Hill died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 31, 1934, at Delta, daughter of Edgar Estes and Rebecca Garner Hinkle. She and Charles Martin were married 27 years ago...
Wilma Maloney (02/07/04)
Wilma C. Maloney, 80, of Jackson died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Shannon County, Mo., daughter of Martin Luther and Eva Jane Barnett Williams. Maloney was a licensed practical nurse 37 years at the former Deal Nursing Home, retiring in 1990...
David Ware (02/07/04)
David C. Ware, 70, of Des Moines, Iowa, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. He was born Nov. 20, 1933, in St. Louis, son of Richard M. and Ina Ware. He and Donna Weston were married Feb. 12, 1972, in Indianola, Iowa. Ware was formerly of Cape Girardeau and attended Trinity Lutheran School and was a 1953 graduate of Central High School...
Gloria Kiehne (02/07/04)
Gloria M. Kiehne, 82, of Jackson died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at her home. She was born March 3, 1921, in Batesville, Ark., daughter of Adolph and Alma Walker Mohrstadt. She and Harold F. Kiehne were married Feb. 18, 1939. He died Oct. 2, 1972. Mrs. Kiehne was a director nine years at Jackson Public Library, retiring in 1986. ...
Births 2/7/04 (02/07/04)
Dunford Daughter to Charles Warner and Cellie Lynn Dunford III of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 11:26 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2004. Name, Kaelynn Bethanie. Weight, 7 pounds 13 ounces. Mrs. Dunford is the former Cellie Totten, daughter of Jodie Anderson of Richview, Ill. She is employed at Southeast Hospital. Dunford is the son of Charles Dunford of Benton, Ill., and Rebecca Dunford of West Frankfort, Ill. He is employed at Bob Evans Restaurant...
Sheriff's report 02/07/04 (02/07/04)
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Cole D. Abbott, 19, of Cape Girardeau was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Police report 02/07/04 (02/07/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Javon Jeremy Buxton, 25, 1310 Shelby, Siketon, Mo., was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests...
Fire report 02/07/04 (02/07/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following item: At 7:15 p.m., medical assist at 1124 S. Ellis. Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 12:37 a.m., medical assist at 3003 Themis. At 8:44 a.m., medical assist at 1004 Maple...
Out of the past 2/7/04 (02/07/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 7, 1994 Lady Luck and Boyd Gaming representatives are slated to appear before Cape Girardeau City Council this evening, their first opportunity to pitch their riverfront casino proposals PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Sabreliner Corp. has received special award from Army Aviation Association of America for its actions during last year's flood at its Perryville facility...
Corrections 02/07/04 (02/07/04)
A story in Thursday's edition should have reported that the Hansel & Gretel Boutique has not closed. It has moved from Westfield Shoppingtown West Park to its new location at 3048 William St. The store is now in its 30th year of operation. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Missouri State University is in Columbia, Mo. (02/07/04)
By John P. Lictenegger and James C. Sterling The University of Missouri opened in 1839. Over the years it has been known as the University of the State of Missouri, Missouri University, the University of Missouri, Missouri State University and sometimes just MU and Mizzou. Despite the fact "Missouri State University" is chiseled in stone in the state Capitol, members of the legislature think that it is a name they can give away to someone else in 2004...
Road to reality (02/07/04)
A few years ago, the Missouri Department of Transportation estimated that an additional $1 billion annually was required to fund all the projects the state needed. This projection followed the agency's decision in 1998 to junk a 15-year plan that promised to run a four-lane highway to every community of 5,000 people or more...
Energy bill is seriously flawed (02/07/04)
To the editor: The final version of the Energy Policy Act that emerged after months of secret negotiations is seriously flawed. It undermines existing environmental protections, increases greenhouse gases that lead to global warming and fails to reduce oil consumption through energy conservation...
Speak Out 2/7/04 (02/07/04)
Self-destructing talent I GREW up watching and listening to the Jackson Five. Then Michael Jackson got out on his own and is doing quite well. His sister, Janet, did the same. But in their incessant, desperate bid to seek attention, their talent is forgotten. And now, sadly, we must watch them self-destruct...
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