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Stories from Thursday, February 26, 2004

Bill restoring Confederate flags clears House committee (02/26/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Over the strong objections of two black lawmakers, a House committee on Wednesday endorsed legislation that would require Confederate flags be restored -- at least temporarily-- at two state historical sites. "From what I know, the Confederate flag is about hatred and bigotry and all those things that go with hate crimes," said state Rep. Betty Thompson, D-St. Louis...
Wayne County sheriff will not seek re-election (02/26/04)
GREENVILLE, MO. -- After serving the citizens of Wayne County for nearly six years, Larry Plunkett Sr. announced Tuesday he will not seek another term as sheriff. Plunkett, who retired after 30 years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was initially elected in November 1998 to fill the remaining two years on Nathan Hale's unexpired term. ...
Van sought in missing Mississippi family case (02/26/04)
VAUGHAN, Miss. -- A witness claims to have spotted an older model white Ford Econoline van near the Vaughan, Miss., home of Michael and Rebecca Hargon early in the day that the couple and their 4-year-old son disappeared. The van could be connected to the family's disappearance; investigators in the case are being closed-mouthed about what they have found in the case. Rebecca Hargon is the daughter of Bill and Linda Hirtz of Poplar Bluff. The family has been missing since Feb. 14...
Proposed tuition, housing hikes going before regents (02/26/04)
Southeast Missouri State University students, saddled with hefty tuition increases in recent years, would pay a maximum of $4 more a credit hour next school year in tuition under a proposal to be voted on by the board of regents today. The regents -- who will meet at 10 a.m. ...
Art educator from Cape wins state recognition (02/26/04)
"There. Do you see that line? There's no such thing as a line in the real world. You with me?" The Cape Girardeau art students surrounding Judy Barks-Westrich nod their heads, but keep their eyes trained to her expert hand as it shades and blends away the definitive line around the drawing of a Crush soda can...
Building on success (02/26/04)
First there was Fred's discount store and Nearly Perfect Shoes. Then came the Branding Iron restaurant. Now, a new building is going up that will house a Quizno's sandwich shop and Movie Gallery, a national video rental chain. Both of those businesses could be up and running by late May...
Treasurer taps Cape native for new post (02/26/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau County native Chuck Miller will be sworn in as assistant state treasurer on Monday. Miller has served as chief of staff to State Treasurer Nancy Farmer since the Democrat took office in January 2001. After ascending to the No. 2 spot in the treasurer's office, he will retain the duties of his current post...
Judge revokes citizenship of alleged Nazi guard (02/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge Wednesday revoked the U.S. citizenship of a St. Louis man suspected of serving as an armed guard at Nazi concentration camps during World War II, finding that he took part in persecuting prisoners. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson's ruling against Adam Friedrich, 82, came at the urging of the Justice Department, which argued that the now-retired clothing worker assisted in persecuting Jews and other civilians from 1943 to 1945...
Holden vetoes legislation blocking collective bargaining rule (02/26/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden vetoed legislation Wednesday that sought to block the collection of union bargaining fees from state employees who do not belong to unions. The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have been sparring over unions' role in state government since Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state workers in June 2001...
Charges filed in beating on bus (02/26/04)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Six students videotaped by a school bus surveillance camera as they beat another student were arrested Wednesday on charges of misdemeanor battery. The video, shown nationally by television news, showed 14- and 15-year-old students punching a 12-year-old boy for about 30 seconds as he cowered in his bus seat. He was not seriously injured in the Feb. 4 incident...
School bus collision with truck kills two (02/26/04)
BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- A school bus traveling at highway speed rear-ended a stopped, asphalt-loaded dump truck Wednesday in this eastern Missouri community, killing a ninth-grade girl and the truck's driver, authorities said. The crash was so severe that the impact sent asphalt flying into the pancaked front end of the bus, covering some of the students with the road-patching material, Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Al Nothum said...
Gun advocates urged to be patient on concealed weapons case (02/26/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gun rights advocates, anxious for the Missouri Supreme Court to rule on a challenge to the state's new concealed weapons law, were urged Wednesday to be patient. "The court's decision cannot be rushed," Rep. Larry Crawford, who sponsored the concealed firearms legislation, told dozens of gun rights supporters at a rally in the Capitol...
Federal agents search for bald eagle shooter (02/26/04)
DEXTER, Mo. -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who recently shot a bald eagle. Missouri conservation agent Russell Duckworth was stopped a few weeks ago by drivers who spotted a bald eagle that couldn't fly south of the Otter Slough Conservation Area. Duckworth and others found the bird with one broken wing and shotgun pellets in the other...
Thieves get state senator's 2002 Lincoln (02/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- State Sen. Ken Jacob's campaign for lieutenant governor suffered a setback when someone stole his car and the good suits it contained. The Democrat from Columbia said his car was stolen while he was in St. Louis on Thursday to attend a fund raiser for his campaign...
Supreme Court issues split ruling on concealed guns law (02/26/04)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians won the right to carry concealed guns Thursday, but it's unclear whether they will be able to do it anytime soon. That's because the Missouri Supreme Court said the state's concealed weapons law could amount to an unconstitutional, unfunded mandate -- a state-imposed program that requires county governments to pick up the tab...
Gay rights groups won't make same-sex marriage litmus test (02/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- Prominent gay rights groups are ready to issue an election-year pass to Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry even though he opposes same-sex marriage, settling for less than they want in hopes of avoiding a constitutional amendment they fear...
Solemn 'Passion of Christ' fills up theaters (02/26/04)
People leaving the Cape Girardeau theater after viewing "The Passion of the Christ" walked out in stone-cold silence on Ash Wednesday. "It was like you were walking out of a funeral," said Valerie Legrand, who attended the film with members of the youth group at St. Mary's Cathedral. "People were quiet and had their heads down. It's not really a time for laughing or playing around."...
Greenspan - Cut Social Security (02/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, stepping into the politically charged debate over Social Security, said Wednesday the country can't afford the retirement benefits promised to baby boomers and urged Congress to trim them. He said that unless Congress acts, soaring budget deficits from out-of-control entitlement programs could lead to a "very debilitating" rise in interest rates in coming years...
Largest radio chain takes on indecency (02/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest radio station chain announced Wednesday it was suspending shock jock Howard Stern's radio show after issuing new rules to limit indecency and address criticism of what airs on TV and radio. Clear Channel Radio said it suspended broadcast of Stern's show after assessing the content of his show Tuesday...
Weight gain may predict risk of getting breast cancer (02/26/04)
ATLANTA -- The amount of weight a woman gains after age 18 is a strong signal as to whether she will get breast cancer later in life, according to new research released Wednesday by the American Cancer Society. In one of the largest studies of weight and breast cancer to date, researchers said older women who gained 20 to 30 pounds after high school graduation were 40 percent more likely to get breast cancer than women who kept the weight off...
Nation briefs 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
Crews move sunken ship, but Mississippi still closed NEW ORLEANS -- Salvage crews Wednesday moved a wrecked ship that was blocking the only channel used by heavy vessels traveling the lower Mississippi River, but the waterway was not immediately reopened. ...
U.S. - Hunt for bin Laden renewed (02/26/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military said Wednesday that a "renewed sense of urgency" is firing the search for Osama bin Laden, even as it dismissed reports that the fugitive al-Qaida leader had been located near the Afghan-Pakistan border. The new impetus comes amid plans to provide security to the lawless regions outside the capital, Kabul, before national elections planned for June. ...
Foreigners flee Haitian capital as looting, panic strike city (02/26/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Foreigners fled Haiti amid looting in parts of the capital Wednesday, but the rebel leader said the insurgents want to "give a chance to peace" and indicated his troops would hold off attacking the capital. Pressure mounted for an international intervention and for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to step down...
World briefs 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
U.S., N. Korea meeting privately at six-nation talks BEIJING -- North Korea held a rare private meeting with the United States on Wednesday and also won an offer of compensation from South Korea if it relinquishes its nuclear weapons program -- part of a spate of activity on the first day of long-anticipated six-country talks. ...
Dexter doubles up Notre Dame 80-40 in the district semifinal (02/26/04)
The Notre Dame boys basketball team did not have to wait long to find out what was in store for it Wednesday night. Dexter, the top seed in the Class 4, District 1 tournament, rattled off a 13-point spree in the first quarter and a 22-point run later in the first half to set the tone for an 80-40 district semifinal win at Notre Dame...
Otahkians close in on first-round home game (02/26/04)
If Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians can post their eighth consecutive victory today, they'll assure themselves of a home game for the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The third-place Otahkians (15-10, 10-4) visit Murray State (11-14, 7-7) for a 5:15 p.m. tipoff. They close out the regular season Saturday at Tennessee-Martin before beginning OVC tournament play Tuesday...
Otahkians aim for OVC crown (02/26/04)
Southeast Missouri State University track and field coach Joey Haines anticipates big performances from his athletes as the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships are held this weekend in Charleston, Ill. Competition will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday on the Eastern Illinois University campus...
Indians have no margin for error in final two games (02/26/04)
Southeast Missouri State University played one of its best games of the season on Feb. 7 when it nearly upset Murray State at the Show Me Center. In order to keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, Southeast will need a similar performance tonight -- only this time a near-miss won't be good enough when the Indians (11-14, 4-10) and Racers (23-5, 12-2) square off at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky...
Indians rally for first victory (02/26/04)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Wednesday's game at Tomlinson Stadium stands as a prime example of how quickly a baseball game can change. Arkansas State spent seven innings building a lead Southeast Missouri State erased in one. Nine runs over the final two innings gave Southeast a 12-9 victory on a cold, windy afternoon...
McClanahan enjoys going to court (02/26/04)
Rhonda McClanahan's volleyball career began as a bonding experience with her father. Now it's year-round competition. The 33-year-old McClanahan started playing after she graduated from Jackson High School, where volleyball was not offered. She played in a league with her father and his friends. In 1991, she became involved in the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Coed Indoor Volleyball League. She currently is playing a substantial role on the New Vision Counseling Spike Squad...
Mysteries of sleep (02/26/04)
Frank Knower knew something was wrong when he kept having conversations with co-workers and later couldn't remember a thing that was said. He couldn't even remember what he'd said. Later, after he retired, he discovered another problem: He got irresistibly drowsy during long drives...
Health calendar 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
Today Lipid Profile Screening from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Jackson Senior Center by appointment only. Call 651-5825 to schedule your screen. Learn the techniques of newborn massage from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. To preregister, call 651-5825...
Get flexible, men - Move with the joy (02/26/04)
I've done yoga and I've done Pilates. I still can't touch my knees. And my hamstrings remain tighter than the cables holding up the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. I am always cruising the late night infomercials for an easy fix to these problems. So naturally I was a sucker for the following class notice at my local athletic club: "NIA -- an integrative fusion fitness class."...
Advice on living and dying (02/26/04)
Feb. 26, 2004 Dear Leslie, Back when our beagle, Alvie, first appeared at our door, scarred and wheezing, a vet told us he was dying from the damage caused by heart worms. DC was terribly upset until her mother gave her a good piece of advice...
Agnes LeDonne (02/26/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Agnes L. LeDonne, 72, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. She was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Chicago, daughter of Contilio and Frances DiGrazia Lucchesi. She and Sam J. LeDonne were married May 27, 1973. He died Feb. 5, 1999...
Delmar Garland (02/26/04)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Delmar Winford Garland, 80, of Malden died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at his home. He was born April 27, 1923, at Malden, son of Jerry and Vevia Pearl Skelton Garland. He and Clara Lee Kincade were married Nov. 9, 1949, in Piggott, Ark...
Augusta Aubuchon (02/26/04)
Augusta Aubuchon, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. She was born Aug. 1, 1906, in Stoddard County, Mo., daughter of Albert and Anna Belle Moore Phillips. She and Otis Hosea were married Oct. 12, 1924, in Stoddard County, Mo. He died in 1963. She and the Rev. Shelby Aubuchon were married in June 1967 in Jackson. He died in 1987...
Eileen Kieninger (02/26/04)
Eileen V. Kieninger, 94, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 17, 1909, at Pocahontas, daughter of Martin C. and Aymer L. Torrence Kieninger. Kieninger was a supervisor at Beltex Corp. in St. Louis from 1949 to 1978. She was a former member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in St. Louis. She moved to Jackson in 1992, where she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and its Joy Group...
Ellis Haertling (02/26/04)
Ellis E. Haertling, 68, of Frohna, Mo., died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 7, 1936, in New Wells, son of Eldor and Alma Meyr Haertling. He and Juanita Versemann were married June 17, 1961...
Cape police report 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests James S. Brashfield, 24, of 1019 S. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trespassing and fleeing lawful detention...
Cape fire report 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 5:26 p.m., motor vehicle accident at 300 N. Kingshighway. At 8:14 p.m., car fire at South Benton. At 8:54 p.m., medical assist at 2002 Independence. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 7:33 a.m., motor vehicle accident at Independence and Silver Springs...
Out of the past 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 26, 1992 Cape Girardeau could lose more than $2 million annually if majority of city council members are unable to decide which riverboat casino operator will be allowed to operate in city. Former member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was arrested yesterday, ending more than week of arrests stemming from hazing death of Michael Davis, Southeast Missouri State University student...
Get facts on school funding (02/26/04)
By Rebecca McDowell Cook A Feb. 18 column by Peter Kinder, Republican leader of the Missouri Senate, discussed funding for education in Missouri. The factual errors must be addressed. Kinder says elementary and secondary education had an appropriation of $4.5 billion in 2004. ...
Half a sunset (02/26/04)
The addition of a sunset clause, even one that applies only to half a proposed sales tax, should make a new fire sales tax more palatable to Cape Girardeau voters. But a full sunset would be better. The Cape Girardeau City Council voted last week to put a quarter-cent fire sales tax on the ballot in a June special election. The ordinance will receive its final readings Monday, a month before the deadline for getting on the June ballot...
'Full Tilt' artistry (02/26/04)
At the end of 2001, Southeast Missouri State University merged its new dance program with its well-established theater curriculum to create a new Department of Theater and Dance. The goal was to integrate the two art forms as part of the university's new School for the Visual and Performing Arts...
City employees pay for dependents (02/26/04)
To the editor: In regard to Cape Girardeau's health-care plan, city employees pay 100 percent of the dependent cost. I think this is an important distinction to make. In the case of coverage for a spouse and children, the employee pays just under $500 a month. ...
Don't fund forced population control (02/26/04)
To the editor: Please urge President Bush to preserve the Kemp-Kasten bill. This bill, passed in 1985, forbids the use of our tax dollars to fund any program or country that participates in forced sterilization or abortions. If funding is restored to the United Nations' population-control program, it will not win the United States any friends overseas. ...
Speak Out 2/26/04 (02/26/04)
Culture war A FEW months ago the Alabama chief justice was ordered to take down a Ten Commandments monument and threatened with arrest. Now we have the mayor of San Francisco breaking state and federal law by allowing gays to get married. Why aren't the people in San Francisco getting arrested the way the chief justice was? That's what's wrong with the culture war in this country. That's what this coming presidential election is going to be about...
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