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Cape considers final city budget cuts (02/12/04)
After receiving a list of possible budget cuts totaling more than $800,000 last week, the Cape Girardeau City Council may make a final decision this evening in a special meeting. For more on this story, read Friday's Southeast Missourian.
Tickets on sale for St. Jude raffle (02/12/04)
Tickets go on sale Feb. 26 for the second annual St. Jude Dream Home raffle to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The inaugural St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway raised more than $600,000 for the Memphis-based hospital, which has treated more than 17,000 young cancer patients from all over the world at no cost to their families...
Boys and Girls Club receives books from Evening Lions Club (02/12/04)
The Cape Girardeau Evening Lions Club, in cooperation with Quentin C. DeCota and Priory of St. Louis, The Crusader, donated over three hundred new and used books and two book shelves to the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau earlier this month. The collection comprises several ethnic, classic and upper-level young adult books including the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. ...
Community cuisine 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Delta FFA holding annual breakfast Feb. 21 The Delta FFA chapter will be serving their annual breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Delta High School Cafeteria. The menu includes AYCE sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, milk, juice and coffee. Voluntary donations are appreciated as support for the Delta FFA and American agriculture. Contact Alissa Swindell at (573) 794-2456 for more information...
Laxative-laced cupcakes send students home sick (02/12/04)
Nine students went home ill Wednesday from R.O. Hawkins Junior High School after they were given cupcakes laced with laxatives by classmates. The students responsible, two ninth-grade girls, were suspended for five days for disrupting the school, said principal Dennis Parham. ...
Community briefs 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Capaha car club holding swap meet Sunday Capaha Antique Car Club will feature its annual indoor swap meet from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. rain or shine Sunday at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. Antique and classic car, truck and tractor parts will be available. For more information, call David Johnson at 334-6000...
Bill would shift tobacco possession cases to juvenile court (02/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When a juvenile is accused of a serious crime such as murder, he or she has to be certified as an adult in order to face criminal charges. But when a juvenile is caught with a pack of smokes, the case is automatically referred to adult criminal court...
'Monologues' draw attention to issue of sexual violence (02/12/04)
It gets mixed reactions -- shock and surprise are most common -- but once people understand what it is, they're interested to learn more about "The Vagina Monologues," a collection of interviews that celebrates sexuality, strength and the female identity...
Plane crash blamed on contaminated fuel system (02/12/04)
Southeast Missourian The death of an Arkansas doctor whose plane crashed in a Bollinger County farm field nearly 19 months ago was due to a contaminated fuel system, according to a final investigation report released by the National Transportation Safety Board...
One-way Water Street sought for Cape (02/12/04)
Cape Girardeau's Water Street would be realigned as a one-way street between Independence and Broadway and dressed up with a decorative sidewalk of red paving stones, a rail and interpretive signs about the floodwall murals under a plan proposed by downtown business leaders...
Cape schools receive $2.2 million (02/12/04)
Three Cape Girardeau schools will receive $2.2 million over the next five years to start after-school programs aimed at improving student performance. Acting as a group, Franklin Elementary, Central High School and the Alternative Education Center form one of 18 school partnerships or individual schools selected for the state's 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant this year...
Man charged in attack now in federal custody (02/12/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man charged in a what authorities say was a racially motivated stabbing at a Denny's restaurant will remain in federal custody until his trial, the U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday. At a detention hearing, the court ordered Michael McCormick to be held without bond, saying his release would create a risk of danger to the community. ...
Springfield school's change of name fails in legislature (02/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation to change the name of Southwest Missouri State University failed Wednesday in the House after a large number of previously supportive lawmakers switched to the opposition. Representatives voted 81-70 against renaming the Springfield school as Missouri State University, a more prestigious-sounding label that supporters said better reflected the school's rapidly expanding status and student enrollment...
Marijuana bust nabs 1,800 pounds (02/12/04)
STEELE, Mo. -- What began as a routine inspection at a Southeast Missouri weigh station ended with the seizure of nearly a ton of marijuana with a street value of $2.7 million. It happened Sunday night on Interstate 55 near Steele. Sheldon Benjamin, 27, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. An arrest warrant was also issued for another passenger of the truck who fled the scene...
FBI investigating kidnapping in Benton County (02/12/04)
LINCOLN, Mo. -- The FBI said it is investigating the apparent kidnapping of a 1-month-old baby boy, who disappeared Wednesday from his home in this rural western Missouri town while his mother was in another room. Jesse Peaster, born Jan. 9 to Nancy and Jake Peaster, was taken from his Benton County home around 10 a.m., according to the Benton County Sheriff's Department...
Senator turns hero (02/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state senator quietly turned into something of a hero in his Capitol office Wednesday by performing the Heimlich maneuver on a choking lobbyist. Sen. Bill Foster, R-Poplar Bluff, came to the aid of Mike Wood, a lobbyist for the Missouri State Teachers' Association, when Wood began choking on a jelly bean...
House endorses bill revising standards on tests (02/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation lowering the standards that Missouri students must reach to be judged "proficient" on state standardized exams. The bill would set proficiency benchmarks that are in line with -- but no higher than -- the standards used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress...
House committee endorses personal-injury lawsuit limits (02/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republicans pushed one part of their plan for lowering doctors' malpractice premiums through a House committee Wednesday but delayed action on a companion bill addressing insurance companies' practices. The bill endorsed by the House Judiciary Committee revises Missouri's laws on personal-injury lawsuits, which some observers blame for the steep increases in medical malpractice insurance premiums in recent years...
House extends road programs by four months (02/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- With a highway construction bill making little progress and shadowed by a veto threat, the House moved Wednesday to extend the current highway program through June. The 421-0 vote in the House came as the Senate struggled to complete work on its $318 billion bill to fund highway, public transit and safety programs through 2009. The last six-year bill, funded at $218 billion, expired in 2003, but has been extended until the end of February...
Fed chair warns budget deficits could imperil economy's future (02/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan warned on Wednesday that mushrooming federal budget deficits eventually could threaten the national economy, which he said had shown "impressive gains." Greenspan, delivering the central bank's twice-a-year economic report card to Congress, offered a fairly upbeat assessment and expressed hope companies would step up hiring. Hiring has been painfully slow and become a political sore spot for President Bush...
Report urges U.S. to curb taste for salt (02/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- Americans eat more than twice the salt they should but don't get enough potassium, an imbalance that fuels high blood pressure. So says a long-awaited nutrition report, released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine, that sets the nation's recommended intake levels of key nutrients...
Justice Scalia offers no apologies for Cheney trip (02/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a combative conservative known for his tough talk on and off the bench, isn't backing down in the face of criticism that he should stay out of a case involving his friend and hunting partner, Vice President Dick Cheney. ...
U.S. infant mortality goes up (02/12/04)
ATLANTA -- U.S. infant mortality has climbed for the first time in more than four decades, in part because older women are putting off motherhood and then having multiple babies via fertility drugs, the government said Wednesday. At the same time, U.S. life expectancy reached an all-time high of 77.4 years in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Life expectancy in 2001 was 77.2 years...
Cable giant Comcast makes surprise offer to buy Disney (02/12/04)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cable television giant Comcast Corp. made a surprise bid Wednesday to buy The Walt Disney Co. for more than $54 billion, a deal that would take advantage of Disney's growing vulnerability to create the world's biggest media conglomerate...
Disney World worker killed by float (02/12/04)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A costumed Disney World employee was run over and killed by a float during a Wednesday afternoon parade at the Magic Kingdom. The death occurred in a backstage area near the Splash Mountain ride, said Jim Solomons, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office...
Bush's dental record from National Guard service is released (02/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The White House late Wednesday released a copy of a dental evaluation President Bush had in the National Guard in Alabama during the Vietnam War to rebut suggestions made by Democrats who have questioned whether the president ever showed up for duty there...
8-year-old shot at Philadelphia school (02/12/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- An 8-year-old boy was shot in the face on a school playground Wednesday and a crossing guard was wounded, caught apparently in the crossfire between two groups of men, police said. Children were arriving for class and some were playing in the schoolyard when dozens of shots rang out about 8:30 a.m., police said. Youngsters ran screaming toward the building as teachers and parents frantically tried to pull them inside to safety...
Toy makers aim to stand their ground with Wal-Mart (02/12/04)
NEW YORK -- Led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., discount retailers won a war with other toy stores this past holiday season. Now toymakers, a casualty in that bitter fight, have decided to make their own stand. To protect themselves and toy retailers they see as key to their profits, some manufacturers plan to deliver fewer hot toys to Wal-Mart and to have more exclusive launches at chains like Toys "R" Us Inc. ...
Calling off phone photos (02/12/04)
Tiny cameras used to be the stuff of spy novels. Now they're everywhere, built into cell phones, digital organizers and other devices. A little too everywhere. The proliferation of Internet sites filled with pictures shot surreptitiously in public bathrooms, locker rooms and other places has prompted some schools to ban the phones, which are the most common devices with cameras. ...
Massachusetts lawmakers reject civil union proposal (02/12/04)
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Legislature narrowly rejected a compromise proposal Wednesday that sought to legalize civil unions but ban same-sex marriages, delivering a setback to lawmakers who wanted to avoid taking the divisive issue head-on. The defeat of the compromise means that lawmakers will return to the Statehouse today to consider either an outright ban on gay marriage or letting the state's constitution remain intact...
Jordanian suspected in operations from Iraq to Britain (02/12/04)
With a $10 million bounty on his head, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is one of the most hotly sought Islamic extremist leaders with links to al-Qaida. The Jordanian is suspected of planning some of the worst terror bombings in Iraq and is believed to have written a captured document sent to al-Qaida commanders outlining a campaign to foment civil war between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite Muslims...
Car bomb at Iraqi army station kills 47 in suicide attack (02/12/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A second suicide bombing in as many days killed up to 47 people Wednesday, pushing the toll in the back-to-back attacks to 100. Again, Iraqis were the targets -- this time, a crowd of volunteers for Iraq's new army -- in an apparent campaign to wreck U.S. plans to transfer power by summer...
Missing candidate gives few answers in interview (02/12/04)
MOSCOW -- A Russian presidential candidate who disappeared for five days gave a rambling account of his absence Wednesday, suggesting in a radio interview that he spent part of it hiding out in Ukraine from shadowy operatives tailing him for two years...
Police attack rebels in slum of Haitian port city (02/12/04)
GONAIVES, Haiti -- Police attacked rebels holed up in a slum in the port city of St. Marc on Wednesday and gunmen loyal to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide torched homes, killing two people as looting and reprisals raged in a popular revolt that has left at least 45 dead...
Reformers thinking 'pink' as Iranian elections near (02/12/04)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Under banners and balloons praising the Islamic Revolution, crowds streamed onto the streets Wednesday to celebrate a death: the end of Iran's Western-backed monarchy 25 years ago. In another part of Tehran -- away from the speeches and patriotic songs -- a student activist waged a quiet counterattack on the system that succeeded the Shah...
Palestinians killed in Gaza clashes during Israeli operations (02/12/04)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel sent troops and tanks into a densely populated neighborhood and a refugee camp Wednesday to search for Palestinian militants, setting off the bloodiest day of fighting in the Gaza Strip in 16 months. Fifteen Palestinians were killed and more than 50 were wounded...
Central slips past De Soto in low-scoring showdown (02/12/04)
Central edged DeSoto 23-22 in a road game Wednesday night. Megan McDonald, who led the Tigers with nine points, provided the spark with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half. The shot closed Central's deficit to four at the break. The momentum carried into the second half, as the Tigers outscored DeSoto 10-5...
Otahk gymnasts victorious at Illinois State (02/12/04)
Southeast Missouri State University posted a win over two teams Wednesday night, scoring 193.750 to host Illinois State's 191.675. Wisconsin-Osh Kosh was third at 181.85. The Indians (7-2) were led by Ashley Godwin, who posted an all-around score of 39.10. Tara Boldt added an all-around score of 38.75 and Katie Bloom posted an all-around score of 38.20...
Williams keeps busy organizing local events (02/12/04)
Since 1988, Scott Williams has had a hand in a number of recreational events. And looking back on the last 16 years, he would prefer it no other way. Williams, who serves as the recreation supervisor for the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, aides in organizing local sports leagues, tournaments and camps. He works with the department's budget and helps manage different complexes around the area...
The cowboys are coming to town (02/12/04)
The dirt arrived Wednesday morning. The livestock will be in the area today. At 8 p.m. Friday, the 16th annual Show Me Center Championship Rodeo kicks off with a new wrinkle. This year's event will feature competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, the organization that concludes its season with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. Last year's rodeo featured cowboys from the International Professional Rodeo Association...
Barnett on hot seat for incidents with Colorado players (02/12/04)
BOULDER, Colo. -- When Gary Barnett was hired to coach Colorado's football team five years ago, he was embraced as a disciplinarian who would end an era of loose recruiting practices and return the team to national prominence. Now the coach is at the center of the school's biggest scandal in decades, perhaps ever...
Round 2 of battle to Clarett (02/12/04)
NEW YORK -- Maurice Clarett is ready to enter the NFL draft, clearing another legal obstacle Wednesday when a federal judge rejected the league's request to suspend her ruling. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded the Ohio State running back could face "very detrimental" harm if excluded from the draft. She said the NFL would not be irreparably harmed if Clarett and other underclassmen are eligible...
SIU backs up its national ranking (02/12/04)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois' first game as a Top 25 team since 1976 was no sweat. Freshman reserve Jamaal Tatum scored a career-high 19 points and the 23rd-ranked Salukis ran up season bests for points in a game, points in the first half and halftime lead in a 96-76 victory over Drake on Wednesday night...
Today marks start of Tiger season (02/12/04)
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods couldn't help but stop and soak up the view on the 13th tee at Torrey Pines, a blue panorama of clear skies and the Pacific Ocean as far as he could see. "It wasn't like this last year," Woods said, recalling rain and a soupy fog that greeted his return to the PGA Tour at the Buick Invitational...
Doctors, lawyers to meet on court in charity event (02/12/04)
Some doctors of dunk will attempt to win in court against a group of lawyers on March 5 when the 11th annual Doctor-Lawyer Basketball Showdown takes place. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Notre Dame Regional High School gym. All proceeds will benefit the Community Counseling Center Foundation, a not-for-profit mental health care center...
Not all cholesterol is bad (02/12/04)
One of the indignities of aging is having to learn to crunch all of those new numbers. No, I am not talking about our golf handicaps or even fictional Social Security payouts. I'm talking cholesterol. Those increasingly important and ominous scores we receive whenever we visit our doctors. ...
Health calendar 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Today Preparation for childbirth class 2 meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Healing Arts Center conference room. La Leche League (Breast Feeding) Support Group meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in conference room A at St. Francis Medical Center. Call Carol Stoverink at 334-2705 for information...
Prescription for fitness (02/12/04)
Don't be surprised at your next checkup if the doctor measures your waist and writes a prescription for exercise: They are among the recommendations in a new "call to action" for primary-care physicians. By now it's a familiar refrain: Americans need to lose weight and get fit. But the necessity couldn't be more dire, the report says, citing data showing that about two-thirds of U.S. adults -- 131 million people -- are overweight...
All you need is a C (02/12/04)
Feb. 12, 2004 Dear Leslie, Among the various jobs I had in college, ringing up groceries at the Pak-A-Snak, playing in a soul band and delivering flowers on Valentine's Day were the best. None of them paid much, but they remunerated in another kind of currency...
Richard Wallis (02/12/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- Richard C. Wallis, 47, of Patton died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004. He was struck by a hit-and-run driver while working near Hayti, Mo. He was born Oct. 9, 1956, in St. Louis, son of Carl J. and Margaret Smith Wallis. He and Kathy A. Dees were married June 24, 1979, at Marquand, Mo...
A.J. Eveler (02/12/04)
A.J. Eveler, 75, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at Phelps County Regional Hospital in Rolla, Mo. He was born June 17, 1928, in Jefferson City, son of Anthony J. "Tony" and Della Margaret Schrimpf Eveler. Eveler worked 18 years at International Shoe Co. He was employed by Missouri Department of Corrections from 1963 until retiring as a corrections classification assistant in 1988...
Anna Thuemling (02/12/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Anna M. Thuemling, 72, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born Feb. 22, 1931, at Anna, Ill., daughter of George and Naomi Wiley McKinney. Thuemling retired as a nurse's aide at Union County Hospital in Anna...
Bobbie Goins (02/12/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Bobbie M. Goins, 75, of Mounds died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 12, 1928, in Dongola, Ill., daughter of Clarence and Ina Lingle Fields. She married John H. Goins. Goins and her husband owned Goins Star Cleaners in Mounds 46 years, and she was a former correspondent for the Cairo Citizen...
Elvada Winders-Cooper (02/12/04)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Elvada Winders-Cooper, 79, of Bertrand died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 3, 1924, at Aid, Mo., daughter of James C. and Jessie Sifford Hill. She first married Milford Winders May 3, 1941, in Cape Girardeau. He died in April 1994. She and Henry Cooper were married Oct. 24, 1997, in Sikeston, Mo...
Hilda Patton (02/12/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Hilda Mae Limbaugh Patton, 89, of Sedgewickville died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 25, 1914, at Doe Run, Mo., daughter of Madison and Margaret Wood Hardesty. She and Robert Earl Limbaugh were married Dec. 1, 1932. He died April 10, 1960. She later married Albert Patton Aug. 30, 1980. He died June 6, 1984...
Dorothy Coffman (02/12/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dorothy B. Coffman, 77, of New Braunfels, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Jonesboro, Ill., daughter of Fred and Flossie Brown Coffman. Formerly of Anna, she was an executive secretary for GTE more than 25 years...
Births 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Oliver Daughter to Jack L. and Rachel Oliver III of Cape Girardeau, Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va., 9:38 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004. Name, Katherine Pierce "Kate". Weight, 8 pounds 1 ounce. First child. Mrs. Oliver is the former Rachel Haughey, daughter of Bruce and Helen Haughey of St. Louis. She is an audiologist. Oliver is the son of John and Debi Oliver of Cape Girardeau and Rosemary Oliver of St. Louis. He is national finance vice chairman of Bush-Cheney 2004...
Cape fire report 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 8:02 p.m., emergency medical service at 402 S. Pacific. At 10:11 p.m., emergency medical service at 400 Houck Place. At 10:49 p.m., emergency medical service at 719 William. At 11:26 p.m., medical assist at 1402 Perry...
Cape police report 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Kenneth T. Campbell, 17, of 715 Ranney, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fleeing arrest and no operator's license...
Out of the past 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 12, 1993 Cape Girardeau anthropologist Scott Grantham has seen his share of graves in recent months; from last August through January, he was involved in moving skeletal remains from some 2,500 graves in abandoned, predominantly black St. Louis cemetery to make way for completion of MetroLink route...
Most stayed home (02/12/04)
The low turnout for the recent Missouri presidential primary again raises questions about the need for an exercise in democracy that cost the taxpayers of Missouri $3.7 million, including $39,000 for Cape Girardeau County. Of the state's 3.6 million registered voters, 534,732 or 15 percent, went to the polls for the Feb. 3 presidential primary. Six out of seven people stayed home. The turnout in Cape Girardeau County was 3,797 people, just over 21 percent of the registered voters...
Let's get rid of Washington's grip on funding (02/12/04)
To the editor: Regarding your editorial "Road to reality": I agree that the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Henry Hungerbeeler, has done about as good a job as one could do given the limited resources available. I also agree that Missouri is in need of more money and ideas to meet highway and bridge-building needs. ...
Time to stand up and be counted on decency issue (02/12/04)
To the editor: Anyone who believes that the Janet Jackson fiasco was an accident is not living in today's world. The whole Super Bowl halftime show was rude, crude and outrageously vulgar. It is amazing the lengths these so-called entertainers will go to so they can be noticed. ...
If it was offensive, why show it so often as news? (02/12/04)
To the editor: Mike Smythe's in culpa non sum letter was ludicrous. If the TV exposure during the Super Bowl was "at odds with our [KFVS12's] standards," why was it shown three times in one newscast (teaser, news and sports slots)? And twice in each of two later newscasts?...
Speak Out 2/12/04 (02/12/04)
Prayer and humor A BIG thanks to the individual who puts the prayer in the paper each day. The one Feb. 6 with a little humor in it made my day. Thanks again. It was wrong A RECENT comment asked what the big deal was about the halftime show and said it was no different than the two half-naked girls on the farm. ...
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