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Stories from Saturday, February 14, 2004

House candidate sells campaign on eBay (02/14/04)
SACRAMENTO -- A self-proclaimed carpetbagger who brought the Web savvy from his surfside home south of San Francisco to take on a Central Valley congressman has put his campaign on the virtual auction block. Jeffrey Vance, a carpenter by trade and political neophyte, is selling out -- literally -- offering shares in his fledgling campaign on eBay, the online marketplace...
Research economist with Federal Reserve predicts international (02/14/04)
The international economy should rebound this year, led by an economic recovery in the United States, a research economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis said Friday. The economist, Dr. Patricia Pollard, said world trade has grown and countries are experiencing low inflation...
Love for the long term (02/14/04)
Maybe they were high school sweethearts or met through a mutual friend. But after 50 years or more together, the stories of their first encounters still bring them laughter and fond memories. On Friday, these long-term love stories were multiplied more than 200 times as husbands and wives carried decades of memories into the A.C. Brase Arena Building to mark Valentine's Day with a party sponsored by Schnucks. The annual event is open to couples married 50 years or more...
Fourth-grader designs flag for Clippard Elementary (02/14/04)
He's got orange and black stripes, spiky hair and lots of energy. He doesn't have a name, but thanks to the artistry of 9-year-old Charisma Desai, the swirly-eyed tiger cub now represents Clippard Elementary on the school's first official flag. Her inspiration for the flag came from Frosted Flakes cereal's Tony the Tiger...
St. Francis, Rust receive ADDY Awards (02/14/04)
St. Francis Medical Center, The Wright Group and Rust Communications won "best of show" awards at the ninth annual Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals ADDY Awards dinner in Cape Girardeau on Friday night. St. Francis Medical Center won electronic best of show for its "Women's Heart Advantage" 30-second television spot. ...
Crash kills one, injures three (02/14/04)
Two small passenger cars collided head on early Friday evening on Highway 25, two miles south of Gordonville, said Cape Girardeau fire battalion chief Steve Niswonger. Names of the deceased and three victims were unavailable. Cape Girardeau responders assisted Gordonville firefighters at the scene...
State treasurer brings Senate campaign to Cape (02/14/04)
U.S. Senate hopeful Nancy Farmer campaigned for the first time in Cape Girardeau on Friday, one of four stops she made in Southeast Missouri to "introduce herself" to her potential constituents. Farmer, the current Democratic state treasurer and a former state legislator, is running for the Senate seat against longtime Republican incumbent Kit Bond. Bond served as Missouri's governor twice and is in his third term as senator...
Images of Christ (02/14/04)
LONDON -- Under the richly decorated ceiling of St. Paul's Cathedral, as parishioners and tourists mingle, a naked blue man surfaces from water and drowns over and over again. The man is the subject of a video installation called "The Messenger." It was created by artist Bill Viola and is part of a major exhibition of contemporary religious art to be shown at cathedrals around Britain that the Anglican Church hopes will challenge traditional views of Christ and spirituality...
Surviving with the right hope (02/14/04)
Until recently I had given little thought to the meaning and importance of the feeling of hope. Webster's Dictionary states hope is "a feeling that what is wanted will happen." After knowing and being aware of various people who were so depressed they either attempted and/or accomplished suicide, I contemplated what was lacking in people's lives, depriving them of joy and eager anticipation of good things to come. ...
Religion briefs (02/14/04)
Valentine's dinner at area church Greater Dimension Ministries in Cape Girardeau will offer a Valentine's Day dinner at 6 and 8 p.m. today. The theme for the evening is "Love blooms in winter in many different ways." For information, call 334-0616...
Scholars discover varied images of 'American' Jesus (02/14/04)
BOSTON There's Jesus the distant symbol, and Jesus the gentle friend. There's Jesus the pacifist and caregiver, and Jesus the gruff, muscular warrior. There's black Jesus, and white Jesus. Homely and handsome, capitalist and socialist, stern and hippie...
University boards embrace merger (02/14/04)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The University of Missouri would absorb Northwest Missouri State University under a plan embraced Friday by the governing boards of both institutions. The next stop is the statehouse, where merger advocates hope for approval from the legislature and Gov. Bob Holden but acknowledge there is no certainty of action before lawmakers adjourn in May...
Former Cape man gets Bush nod (02/14/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- President Bush has nominated Missouri Supreme Court Judge Duane Benton to the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Benton said Friday. Benton, a former Cape Girardeau resident who has served on the state's highest court since 1991, would replace Judge Theodore McMillian, who is becoming a senior, or semiretired, judge...
President orders all military records released (02/14/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, trying to calm a political storm, released his Vietnam-era military records Friday to counter Democrats' suggestions that he shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard. But there was no new evidence that he was in Alabama during a period when Democrats have questioned whether he showed up for service...
New provision put weapons records out of public reach (02/14/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government no longer is releasing records tracking the source of firearms used in crimes, a concession to the gun lobby approved by Congress last month. The change was enforced for the first time last week when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives turned down Freedom of Information Act requests made by The Associated Press and others for certain gun records...
Judge hampers prosecution on most serious count against Stewart (02/14/04)
NEW YORK -- A federal judge dealt a blow Friday to the government's effort to prove that Martha Stewart committed securities fraud when she publicly proclaimed her innocence. U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum blocked any expert testimony on whether investors in Stewart's homemaking empire would have considered Stewart's public statements important...
Americans' import buys fuel record trade deficit (02/14/04)
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit ballooned to an all-time high in 2003, reflecting the hearty U.S. appetite for foreign-made cars, clothing and TVs. The total deficit was $489.4 billion, 17.1 percent larger than the previous record, set in 2002, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The deficit with China alone was close to $124 billion, also a record...
Conservative groups work to block gay marriages (02/14/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite accusations that the mayor is riding roughshod over the law, conservative groups failed to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday as hundreds more gay couples rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away...
Gay marriage opponents try to block same-sex marriages in San F (02/14/04)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO -- Despite accusations that the mayor is riding roughshod over the law, conservative groups failed to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday as hundreds more gay couples rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away...
Highway bill faces rugged path in D.C. (02/14/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's passage this week of a big highway spending bill was an important first hurdle, but a rugged journey in Congress lies ahead, during which the measure's impact on Missouri could change drastically. Missouri's two senators, Republicans Kit Bond and Jim Talent, are strong supporters of the legislation...
Muslim convert sentenced to prison for aiding Taliban (02/14/04)
SEATTLE -- A Seattle-raised Muslim convert who aided the Taliban was sentenced to two years in prison Friday, getting a break for helping authorities with other investigations in the war on terrorism. James Ujaama, 38, pleaded guilty last year, admitting he delivered computer equipment and a recruit to Taliban officials in Afghanistan. ...
Woman withdraws plea in Mega Millions case (02/14/04)
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- A woman who claimed she lost a winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket withdrew her plea of no contest on a charge that she made up the story she had told police. Elecia Battle changed her plea to innocent Thursday in South Euclid Municipal Court and will have a jury trial, authorities said Friday. ...
U.S. soldier expressed opinions about U.S., Islam (02/14/04)
EVERETT, Wash. -- A National Guardsman suspected of trying to share military information with al-Qaida is a Muslim convert who complained bitterly in a letter to a newspaper about "bigotry, hatred and mindless rage" in the United States. Spc. Ryan G. ...
Agreement gives U.S. Navy search rights over thousands of ships (02/14/04)
DAKAR, Senegal -- U.S. Navy sailors may board thousands of commercial ships in international waters to search for weapons of mass destruction under a landmark pact between the United States and Liberia, the world's No. 2 shipping registry. This week's accord -- expected to become a model as Washington seeks other two-country deals authorizing searches on the high seas -- comes amid fears that terror networks would use ships for attacks, taking advantage of comparatively lax security on the waters after crackdowns in the skies.. ...
Presidential candidate tells of kidnapping (02/14/04)
LONDON -- A Russian presidential candidate who disappeared for several days said Friday that he was drugged and made the subject of a compromising videotape while being held by unknown captors in Ukraine. Liberal candidate Ivan Rybkin said that he intended to actively pursue his presidential campaign but that he would do so from London because of fears for his safety...
U.N. spokesman-Iraqi elections doubtful before June 30 deadline (02/14/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A U.N. official sided with the United States in its dispute with Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim clergy over elections, saying Friday it would be hard to organize a vote before the June 30 deadline to hand power to the Iraqis. But a leading, Pentagon-backed politician, Ahmad Chalabi, insisted that elections are possible within that timeframe...
'Bloody Sunday' probe hears last witness (02/14/04)
LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland -- A mammoth investigation into the "Bloody Sunday" British army massacre of protesters 32 years ago heard testimony Friday from its 919th and final witness, the city's former IRA commander. But the English, Australian and Canadian judges overseeing the Bloody Sunday Inquiry face at least another year of sifting through mountains of evidence before publishing their conclusions about the Jan. ...
Former Chechen leader dies in car bomb blast (02/14/04)
DOHA, Qatar -- Chechnya's exiled former president, wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties to al-Qaida, was assassinated Friday when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with his teenage son the capital of Doha. Russia's security services denied any involvement in the death of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, 51. ...
One Central relay reaches state swimming final round (02/14/04)
The Central 200-meter freestyle relay team was the only local entry to advance from Friday's preliminaries of the boys swimming state meet in St. Peters. The squad of Sam Maguire, Clay Schermann, Alex Heddle and Jason Mercer was eighth among 16 qualifying squads with a time of 1 minute 32.41 seconds. The squad will shoot for a top-eight finish in today's finals, which would make it all-state. The top 16 qualified for the finals...
Jackson boys claim win No. 20 (02/14/04)
Jackson's boys basketball team withstood a mighty test from visiting New Madrid County Central on Friday night and remained perfect at home with a 48-45 win. The Indians improved to 20-4 overall and 8-0 at home. With the win, Jackson picked up its first 20-win season since 1998 when the Indians finished 21-6. That was also the last year Jackson won its district...
Central rallies past Sikeston (02/14/04)
Ryan Delph scored 15 points in the final quarter and the Central boys basketball team came from behind to defeat Sikeston 62-58 Friday night at home. Central (17-6)trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter and used a couple of key steals by Tyrone Reece to reclaim the lead. Reece had a career-high 15 points in the game, 10 of those in the sceond period...
Pine time Walk-on guard Boggio works hard for his seat (02/14/04)
Perhaps the hardest working Southeast Missouri State University basketball player -- or at least tied for that honor -- is hardly ever seen by Indians fans. Such is the life of walk-on sophomore guard John Boggio, who has played a grand total of 17 minutes this season -- spread over four games -- and scored four points...
Otahkians vow not to overlook 1-20 TSU (02/14/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians know how easy it would be to look past a team they destroyed 102-45 about one month ago. They vow that it won't happen, saying they're going to take Tennessee State seriously when the squads square off at 5 p.m. today in Nashville, Tenn...
Friday the 13th can even work on cowboys (02/14/04)
Friday, the 13th, is a day Kadin Boardman would like to forget. It probably won't take him very long to do just that. Boardman, from Jackson, competed in calf roping at the 16th annual Show Me Center Championship Rodeo. He was unable to lasso the calf and failed to post a time...
Four plead innocent to steroid distribution charges (02/14/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorneys for four men who pleaded innocent Friday to distributing steroids to athletes said it was outrageous that none of those sports stars has been charged. The government alleged that the four illegally supplied performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes in the NFL, baseball and track and field. No athletes were named in the indictments, though dozens testified before a grand jury last year...
Singh's top 10 string gets cut at Buick Inv. (02/14/04)
SAN DIEGO -- Vijay Singh headed for the airport, not the practice range. Golf's hottest player saw his streak of consecutive top 10s come to an abrupt end at 12 tournaments Friday when he missed the cut at the Buick Invitational. The closest he'll get to Tiger Woods this weekend is in front of the TV...
Warner wants to remain a Ram but wants to play (02/14/04)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kurt Warner still wants to play in St. Louis and he's not making any trade demands, at least not yet. But the Rams quarterback said it would be a shame if the team kept both him and Marc Bulger because a talented player would go to waste...
Sports briefs 2/14/04 (02/14/04)
Baseball Frank McCourt finally bought the Dodgers on Friday, taking over the team from News Corp. less than a week before Los Angeles starts spring training. McCourt announced Oct. 10 he had agreed to buy the team along with Dodger Stadium and adjoining real estate, plus training facilities in Vero Beach, Fla., and the Dominican Republic. Baseball owners voted Jan. 29 to approve the sale...
Jack Morton (02/14/04)
Jack E. Morton, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jess and Zora Hodge Morton. He and Doris J. Jones were married Feb. 6, 1951, in Paragould, Ark. Morton was a sheet metal worker with Local 36 in St. Louis, retiring in April 1976. He was a member of Maple United Methodist Church...
Margaret Sima (02/14/04)
Margaret Jane Denton Sima, 87, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Baxter Springs, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 17, 1917, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of George C. and Blanche Enloe Green...
Virginia Tupper (02/14/04)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Virginia Tupper, 85, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at the home of a daughter in Olive Branch. She was born March 4, 1918, in Gale, Ill., daughter of Ernest and Eliza Jackson Prater. She married Chelsey "C.J." Tupper, who died Oct. 21, 2001...
Michael Seagraves (02/14/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Michael Dean Seagraves, 51, of Sikeston died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home. He was born June 18, 1952, in Contra Costa County, Calif., son of Clifton and Beatrice Savage Seagraves. He and Paula Burton were married May 20, 2002...
Harold Boardman (02/14/04)
SIKESTON, Mo, -- Thomas Harold Boardman, 79, of Sikeston died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Sikeston, son of Raymond L. and Anna Lee Daugherty Boardman. He and Carletta Jones were married Dec. 24, 1942. Boardman was a member of VFW Post 3174, serving as commander in 1991 and 1992. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Auxiliary Police and Sikeston Jaycees. He was instrumental in bringing the rodeo to Sikeston...
Clifford Carpenter (02/14/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Clifford L. Carpenter Sr., 83, of Cairo died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Pemberton, N.J., son of Clifford and Helen McGee Carpenter. He married June Carpenter, who died in 1992. Carpenter was a retired railroad switchman. He was a member of a Masonic Lodge in Chicago and was a 32nd Degree Mason...
Nellie Robinson (02/14/04)
BROWNWOOD, Mo. -- Nellie Augusta Robinson, 72, of Brownwood died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1931, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Aaron and Julia Ryker Culbertson. She and Lester Robinson were married in 1951. He died May 7, 1982...
Semina Wade (02/14/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Semina Margaret Wade, 90, of Oran died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Dec. 31, 1913, in St. Joseph, Tenn., daughter of Peter and Clara Hollmann Reischman. She and Joseph Michael Wade were married Nov. 22, 1938. He died Feb. 4, 1983...
Mayme Dernoncourt (02/14/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mayme S. Dernoncourt, 81, of Charleston died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Charleston, to George U. and Waneta Martin Shelby Sr. She had recently returned to Charleston, having lived in the Kansas City area and Naples, Fla...
Sheila Boyd (02/14/04)
Sheila Kay Boyd, 55, of Bertrand, Mo., passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 12, 1948, in St. Louis, daughter of Dewel and Ella May Statler Smith. She and Jerry Wayne Boyd were married March 15, 1969...
Fire report 02/14/03 (02/14/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 5:12 p.m., emergency medical service at 1115 Woodland. At 8:47 p.m., emergency medical service at 410 N. Mount Auburn Road. At 9:47 a.m., emergency medical service at 2039 Perryville Road...
Donna Miller (02/14/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Donna Marie Miller, 89, of Anna died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 7, 1915, in Johnson County, Ill., daughter of Lawrence and Ethel Darnell Fox. She and Ray Miller were married Jan. 24, 1933, in Union County. He died Dec. 4, 1987...
Births 2/14/04 (02/14/04)
Nunley Son to Jamoris Broshay Nunley and LaKeisha Shawnell Blissett of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:34 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2003. Name, Jamoreoun Broshay. Weight, 6 pounds 3 ounces. First child. Ms. Blissett is the daughter of Delois Jackson of Cape Girardeau and Charles Blissett of Sikeston, Mo. She is employed at Thorngate Ltd. Nunley is the son of Malissa Nunley and Lorenzo Allen of Cape Girardeau...
Sheriff's report 02/14/04 (02/14/04)
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Lisa G. Stacy, 40, of Cape Girardeau was arrested Feb. 7 on a Scott County warrant for criminal nonsupport...
Police report 02/14/04 (02/14/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Theresa L. Amelunke, 41, of 2812 Themis, Apt. A, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing. David E. Whitman, 27, of P.O. Box 332, Steeleville, Mo., was arrested Thursday on a Crawford County warrant for dangerous drugs and on suspicion of possession of marijuana...
Out of the past 2/14/04 (02/14/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 14, 1993 Whether Notre Dame High School expands or new facility is built, high school will remain strictly Catholic, says Bishop John Leibrecht; bishop says some change at school is on way, probably within two years. Cape Girardeau school board approves way high school senior pictures are provided for yearbook, ending long-standing dispute between school and some photographers...
Sunshine Law lets us keep an eye on government (02/14/04)
By Gary Sosniecki When my wife and I bought our first weekly newspaper in 1980, we planned to give our readers in-person coverage of the local school board and city council. The school board and city council in our little Ozarks town, accustomed to spending the taxpayers' money in private, didn't exactly welcome us with open arms. ...
Good guns, bad guns (02/14/04)
The contrast is stark between the trade in illegal guns that occurs in Cape Girardeau's streets and those who buy and sell guns responsibly at the SEMO Gun Show at the A.C. Brase Arena Building. The illegal sales occur covertly, with the exchange of as little as $35 or a few rocks of crack cocaine for a handgun. It would be bad enough if that were all that happened, but illegally obtained firearms seem to have a habit of turning up in bad situations...
Online dating leads to marriage (02/14/04)
To the editor: I loved the article "Online for love" written for Valentine's Day. Three years ago I signed up on various online boards and had a blast meeting people. I found it to be the only way to fit dating into my very hectic schedule. Two years ago I met my husband, and we have just had our first child. It can happen to anyone. Thanks again for letting the public know that this isn't taboo...
Speak Out 02/14/04 (02/14/04)
Seems expensive IT IS time to put the Cottonwood Treatment Center issue in proper perspective. An article says a $3.2 million appropriation is in the state budget for Cottonwood. If all 32 beds at Cottonwood were filled, that would be $100,000 per child from state funds. Does that seem affordable in these fiscally troubled times?...
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