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Blunt planning visit to Kennett today (02/21/04)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt will tour Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett today and meet with area physicians to hear firsthand about the damage to people's health care that is being inflicted by the state's medical liability crisis. As a candidate for governor, Blunt has emphasized the urgent need to reform the Missouri court system to rescue care for patients, particularly in non-metropolitan areas...
Relatives- Missing woman is native of Cape (02/21/04)
It's been nearly a week since Michael and Rebecca Hargon and their 4-year-old son, James Patrick, vanished from their home in Vaughan, Miss. The young mother was born in Cape Girardeau, say relatives. Authorities are still treating the disappearances as missing person cases, but evidence points to it being something more. Through the house, investigators found dried blood droplets, bullet holes and shell casings...
Bank robbery suspects to appear in court (02/21/04)
The four suspects in the Jan. 12 armed robbery of the Bank of America branch at 800 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau will appear Friday in federal court for an evidentiary hearing. At the hearing, the defendants can ask the judge to suppress evidence or statements made to investigators. Approximately $10,300 was stolen during the robbery...
Bringing space down to Earth (02/21/04)
Area residents and school children will have an opportunity to see how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station through a NASA traveling exhibit that will be in Cape Girardeau next week. The "Space Station Imagination" exhibit, featuring two 48-foot trailers linked in an L-shape to represent two modules of the space station, will be set up on the Schnucks parking lot at 19 S. Kingshighway...
Cape students show high-tech projects in Capitol (02/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Class projects produced at three Cape Girardeau schools were showcased in the Capitol on Wednesday as top examples of technology-driven learning. Ten local students represented their classmates in displaying their efforts for lawmakers as part of the annual Show-Me Techknowledge event. The Cape Girardeau School District was the only one with three projects picked to participate...
Cape Girardeau County sheriff readies bid for re-election (02/21/04)
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan announced Friday that he will seek re-election in the upcoming election. Jordan has been sheriff for the past 10 years and has 24 years of experience in law enforcement. His experience includes time as a criminal investigator, narcotics officer and major case squad commander...
SEMO Dean's List 2/24 (02/21/04)
The following local students made the dean's list at Southeast Missouri State University for the fall 2003 semester: Advance, Mo. -- Eric Abernathy, Sarah Birkman, Kristin Dejournett, Heidi Delay, Abby Grossheider, Christopher Inman, Ross McFerron, Gabrielle Nordine, Jennifer Phelps, Amanda Sanders, Marcella Wright...
Leap year offers extra day for God's work (02/21/04)
Leap year! How did it happen? The actual length of a solar year is a little less than 365.25 days. When Julius Caesar reformed the calendar, he figured exactly 365.25 days per year; he arranged that every fourth year, the month of February should have an extra day. ...
Area churches mark Lent with 40-day commitments (02/21/04)
Forty is an important number in Scripture. The Bible tells about Noah spending 40 days aboard the ark and Jesus Christ spending 40 days in the wilderness. And several area Christians are spending 40 days in prayer and purposeful study as preparation for the Easter season...
Reviving the Rosary (02/21/04)
TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. erena Brumleve feels driven to make rosaries. She sits in her comfortable brick home in Teutopolis and watches TV while her hands, on celestial autopilot after 10 years of doing this, fashion the Catholic prayer beads from recycled car seat covers...
Religion calendar 2/21 (02/21/04)
Today La Croix United Methodist Church and Fruitland Community Church will each hold a Good Sense satellite conference on budgeting and money management. The conference is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, phone La Croix at 339-0302 or Fruitland Church at 204-0724...
Religion briefs 2/21 (02/21/04)
First Tuesday prayer service set for March The First Tuesday Noon Worship and Prayer meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 2 at First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. Churches to join to celebrate Lent services St. Mark Lutheran Church ELCA and Christ Episcopal Church will hold shared Lenten services every Wednesday during March. The services will be at 7 p.m. at St. Mark Church. Holy Week services will be held at both churches...
Union Pacific train carrying Army tanks derails (02/21/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Union Pacific freight train carrying Army vehicles derailed late Friday morning south of downtown. Kansas City Fire Department and Union Pacific officials said eight cars of the eastbound 75-car train left a section of Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks that run near Interstate 35 around 10:20 a.m. Two tanks carried on one car flipped onto their sides, but no injuries were reported...
Probation, fine given in animal abuse case (02/21/04)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- A former animal breeder was sentenced to five years of supervised probation Friday in what a prosecutor called a "horrible" case of animal abuse. Natalie Peplin-Sobelman, 43, of Blackwell, was also ordered to pay $26,000 in restitution to the Humane Society of Missouri, which cared for and treated animals rescued from her St. Francois County breeding operation in February 2003. She was convicted of felony animal abuse...
Off-road vehicle debate presses Forest Service to find solution (02/21/04)
MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST, Mo. -- Norman Krutzman of suburban St. Louis bought land adjacent to the Mark Twain National Forest to enjoy a quiet retirement. Instead, he says, he spends his time confronting off-road vehicle enthusiasts who trespass on private and Forest Service property, tear up the land and leave air pollution, racket and empty beer cans in their wake...
Schools cut teachers but reward top officials (02/21/04)
More than one-fourth of Missouri school districts increased the salaries of their superintendents this school year even as tight budgets forced them to lay off teachers or not fill vacant positions, an Associated Press review of education documents shows...
Senate chandelier fixed, but problem isn't (02/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An antique chandelier that fell to the Senate floor has been fixed for nearly $15,000 but remains in storage because of continued safety concerns about the mechanical equipment that suspends it from the ceiling, a state official said Friday. The 600-pound brass and glass light fixture smashed an antique mahogany bench when it fell Dec. 30 as maintenance crews were lowering and raising it after checking its light bulbs...
Nader to announce Sunday whether he will run again (02/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- Ralph Nader, the candidate many Democrats blame for Al Gore's loss in 2000, will announce on Sunday whether he will make another bid for the White House, with all signs pointing to the consumer advocate joining the race as an independent...
Witness wavers at Martha Stewart trial (02/21/04)
NEW YORK -- The government rested its case against Martha Stewart and her stockbroker Friday, after a critical prosecution witness wavered slightly about testimony that had damaged the homemaking mogul. On Thursday, Mariana Pasternak testified Stewart told her shortly after selling her ImClone Systems stock that she had known ImClone founder Sam Waksal was trying to dump his shares. Pasternak also testified that Stewart told her: "Isn't it nice to have brokers who tell you those things?"...
President starts February with $104 million in bank (02/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- In the shadows of the Democratic primaries, President Bush spent $7.5 million of his campaign fortune last month preparing ads, making direct mail appeals and laying other groundwork for a battle with the eventual nominee, records showed Friday...
High court to review anti-terrorism case of 'dirty bomb' suspe (02/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether U.S. citizens arrested in America as "enemy combatants" may be held indefinitely without access to lawyers or courts, setting the stage for a major ruling on presidential powers versus civil liberties...
Nation digest 02/21/04 (02/21/04)
California judge denies stay of gay marriages SAN FRANCISCO -- Gay and lesbian couples won another reprieve Friday when a judge declined to immediately stop San Francisco from granting them marriage licenses, saying conservative groups failed to prove the weddings would cause irreparable harm. ...
Higher energy costs lift consumer prices in January (02/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The biggest jump in energy costs since the start of the Iraq war stung motorists and people heating their homes in January. The Consumer Price Index, the government's most closely watched inflation gauge, rose by 0.5 percent, more than double December's 0.2 percent increase, the Labor Department reported Friday. ...
Report says Atlanta underreported crimes to help land Olympics (02/21/04)
ATLANTA -- Atlanta underreported crimes for years to help land the 1996 Olympics and pump up tourism, according to an audit commissioned by police and released Friday. Police in this relentlessly self-promoting city of the New South routinely altered or suppressed thousands of crime reports in a concerted effort "to improve Atlanta's chances for selection," the audit said, citing interviews with several officers...
Survivors attend memorials on anniversary of deadly R.I. fire (02/21/04)
WEST WARWICK, R.I. -- Families, friends and scarred survivors gathered Friday at the site of a nightclub that burned to the ground one year ago during a rock concert, listening as the names of the 100 people killed in the fire were read aloud. The service at the site of The Station also was to include 100 seconds of silence at 11:07 p.m., the hour and minute a band's pyrotechnics sent a shower of sparks into the air last Feb. 20, setting fire to flammable foam placed around the stage...
Lottery ticket sales increase along with record jackpot (02/21/04)
ATLANTA -- Tickets sold by the hundreds of thousands for the Mega Millions jackpot as would-be millionaires around the country bought chances to win a $230 million jackpot -- the largest in that lottery's history. The 11-state jackpot led to higher ticket sales, despite the bleak odds of winning Friday -- one in 135,145,920, according to the Mega Millions Web site...
World digest 02/21/04 (02/21/04)
Israel to begin removing small section of barrier JERUSALEM -- Israel will take down a section of the West Bank separation barrier that had isolated a Palestinian town, an official said Friday, days before world court hearings on the legality of the partition. ...
Malaysian police disclose first insider account of nuclear bla (02/21/04)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A Malaysian inquiry revealed that the father of Pakistan's nuclear program sold uranium enrichment equipment to Iran for $3 million and signed lucrative contracts for Libya, part of a thriving black market in nuclear arms, according to a police report released Friday...
U.N.- Libya produced plutonium (02/21/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- Supplied by the worldwide black market, Libya processed a small amount of plutonium in a nuclear weapons program that remained undetected for 20 years until Tripoli went public with its efforts, the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said Friday...
Iran's hard-liners claim win because of vote's turnout (02/21/04)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Islamic rulers claimed that voters handed a decisive blow to reformers by turning out in large numbers and rejecting their appeals to boycott parliament elections. Official turnout figures were not immediately available following Friday's overtime balloting that is expected to return the 290-seat parliament to hard-line control...
Iraq's top Shiite demands election guarantees (02/21/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric, who has insisted elections are necessary for a transfer of power on June 30, suggested he would accept a delay in voting but demanded U.N. guarantees that there will be no more postponements. Still, many Shiite Muslims on Friday rejected a U.N. recommendation against early elections to shift power from the U.S.-led coalition to Iraqis, and insisted on a vote to create the next government...
Japan guards against possible terror action as troops head to I (02/21/04)
TOKYO -- Japan tightened security at hundreds of airports, nuclear plants and government facilities Friday, dispatching armed riot police to guard against possible terror attacks as the country dispatches troops on a humanitarian mission to Iraq. A National Police Agency official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the heightened security but refused to say whether the government had new information about a possible terror strike. ...
Foreign workers, missionaries flee Haitian rebellion (02/21/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Scores of foreigners, including missionaries and aid workers, streamed out of Haiti on Friday to escape a two-week rebellion that has overwhelmed the impoverished country's north. Many police deserted their posts, and rebels threatened new attacks...
Jackson's Rouse will try to pin down state title (02/21/04)
The Indian senior will wrestle for the 145-pound title tonight. Southeast Missourian Jackson's Cody Rouse will wrestle for a state championship tonight at the state wrestling meet at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. Rouse was the lone Indians wrestler to advance through the quarterfinals and semifinals Friday. Three Jackson wrestlers will bring home medals today...
Central's upset bid falls short vs. De Soto (02/21/04)
The Central boys basketball team nearly pulled off an upset Friday night, falling 66-56 at De Soto. The Dragons (24-2) are ranked No. 1 among small schools in the Post-Dispatch's top 10 poll. The game went back and forth throughout the second half, with Central building a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter. De Soto shot 13 free throws late to clinch the win...
Otahkians, Indians both victorious in home meet (02/21/04)
Southeast Missouri State University track athletes found friendly surroundings to their liking Friday night as they tuned up for next weekend's Ohio Valley Conference indoor championships. Southeast's women and men both posted victories at the Student Recreation Center. The Otahkians (177.5 points) edged Alabama-Birmingham (175) in a six-team meet while the Indians (195) romped in a triangular...
Southeast gymnasts host Wisc.-LaCrosse (02/21/04)
Coming off its best performance of the season, the Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics team will try to improve its record to 9-2 as it faces Wisconsin-LaCrosse 1 p.m. today at Houck Field House. The Otahks scored a 195.350 -- the third-best performance in school history -- and senior Ashley Godwin scored a perfect 10.0 on floor exercise last Saturday against Centenary...
OVC clock may strike midnight on Indian hopes (02/21/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will only have to worry about one of Morehead State's vaunted M&M boys when the Indians play their final home game tonight and try to keep alive their faint hopes of qualifying for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament...
Jackson woman to make debut (02/21/04)
Julia McCoy's introduction into the professional wrestling ring tonight will hardly be the kind of flamboyant stuff you see on television. First of all, instead of a mysterious hometown like "Parts Unknown" or the "Isle of Fiji," McCoy hails from Jackson...
briefly feb21 (02/21/04)
Baseball Professional baseball could return to Hannibal, Mo., this summer for the first time since the early 1950s if a Chicago-based entrepreneur has his way. Bill Larsen is commissioner and chief operating officer of the Great Lakes Professional Baseball League. ...
Detroit dominating in win vs. St. Louis (02/21/04)
DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg had two power-play goals and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Friday night. Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty scored the other goals. and Brett Hull added two assists for Detroit, which has won six of its last seven games...
Charley Bollinger (02/21/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Charley Gifford Bollinger, 98, of Marble Hill died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 17, 1905, in Marble Hill, son of John Andy and Minnie Bollinger. He and Marjorie Hopkins were married March 2, 1933, in Bollinger County...
Bertie Sitz (02/21/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Bertie Bush Sitz, 90, of Advance died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 21, 1913, at Swinton, Mo., daughter of Orble and Minnie Mann Smothers. She married Charles Bush in 1934. She later married Orville Henson in 1951. Both preceded her in death...
James Boyd (02/21/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- James S. Boyd, 72, of Anna died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis County. He was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Jonesboro, Ill., son of Robert L. and Hattie Edwards Boyd. He and Hilda Jean Lyerla were married June 24, 1952, in Paragould, Ark...
Judith Gibbar (02/21/04)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Judith Ann Gibbar, 58, of McClure died Friday at the home of her mother. She was born May 8, 1945, in Cairo, daughter of Sidney Gerald and Ruby Farris Miller. She and Leon Gibbar were married Oct. 8, 1982. Gibbar was secretary and bookkeeper 40 years at Egyptian School, and was currently secretary of Alexander County Building Committee. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at East Cape Baptist Church...
James Stephens (02/21/04)
James Michael Stephens, 35, of Scott City, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry Ancell (02/21/04)
Jerry "Nordie" Ancell, 63, of Scott City died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Fred Kurre (02/21/04)
Fred W. Kurre, 91, of Friedheim died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, with the Rev. Calvin Brown officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery near Daisy...
Glenn Newell (02/21/04)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Glenn E. Newell, 86, of Ullin died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 24, 1917, at Ullin, son of William Edward and Carrie Illman Newell. He and Mildred Sheffer were married Jan. 31, 1934. She died March 24, 1997...
Births 2/21/04 (02/21/04)
Adams Daughter to John David Adams and Amber Louise Camp of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:16 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004. Name, Vanessa Lee. Weight, 6 pounds 7 ounces. Ms. Camp is the daughter of Mike and Josie Camp of Poplar Bluff, Mo. She is employed at Goody's Family Clothing. Adams is the son of Rod and Vicki Carroll and John and Kim Adams, all of Scott City. He is employed at Contrend Inc...
Police report 2/21 (02/21/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Reginald S. Foote, 23, of 1022 Independence, No. 2, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Thursday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Sheriff report 2/21 (02/21/04)
Cape Girardeau County The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Bradley W. Jones, 42, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Feb. 14 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Kevin C. Kennedy, 24, of Morley, Mo., was arrested Feb. 15 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and unlawful use of a weapon...
Fire report 2/21 (02/21/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 4:40 p.m., medical assist at 18 S. Benton. At 5:46 p.m., wire down at 48 S. Plaza Way. At 8:08 p.m., outside fire at 429 Cooper. At 8:40 p.m., medical assist at 312 S. Lorimier...
Out of the past 2/21/04 (02/21/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 21, 1994 Before one bucking horse, bronco bull or cowboy has reached Show Me Center for this weekend's rodeo, competition is under way. Cape Girardeau City Council Wednesday will consider whether to proceed with plans to activate public housing authority...
Breaking a habit (02/21/04)
A 2002 national survey found that 12.3 percent of middle school students and 28.4 percent of high school students used tobacco in some form. If those rates hold for Missouri, it means hundreds of thousands of our students not only are imperiling their health, they are breaking the law...
Control better than new ordinances (02/21/04)
To the editor: The Delta Board of Aldermen is proposing strict restrictions of Rottweilers, chows and pit bulls without any grandfathering and no consideration of individual cases. The dog that instigated these measures is a Rottweiler that killed a small dog that came into its yard while the Rottweiler was chained outside...
Enjoy all of our modern wonders (02/21/04)
To the editor: Don't hold to the past. It isn't healthy, nor is it wise. I was elated to see on television a picture of the Spirit rover moving on the salmon-colored soil of Mars. Scientists held their breath in suspense, then leaped with joy and breathed a sigh of relief following the victory of their long exploration...
Thoughts on guns, domestic violence (02/21/04)
To the editor: Has anyone else recognized the fact that there are no African Americans on the city council or that there is a large number of meth labs in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties? But not much is heard about that. Or the fact that the drug and gun trades are not run by the African Americans in Cape Girardeau...
Speak Out 02/21/04 (02/21/04)
Tougher immune systems POLIO HAS not been wiped out. Numerous cases have been reported in Third World countries. It could re-emerge anywhere at any time. The one immunization I question is mumps-measles-rubella. I believe these childhood diseases may help us to have stronger immune systems and be better able to fend off infections...
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