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Program helps homeless mother (02/27/04)
Amanda Sparks and 5-week-old Jai'lyn Gorman were in the spotlight at a Housing Needs Coordinating Committee meeting Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. Sparks held her sleeping baby as she told of how she found herself without housing and nine months pregnant...
Mike Kohlfeld - a career in beer (02/27/04)
Southeast Missourian Mike Kohlfeld is a beer man in a family of beer men. To him, being president of Kohlfeld Distributing in Jackson is more than a job, it's his heritage, which has flowed through his family's veins since his father, Leo A. Kohlfeld, began working at a Stag wholesaler in 1948...
Regents approve tuition increases at Southeast (02/27/04)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, saying it was doing its best to hold down student costs, voted Thursday to increase tuition by $4 per credit hour for the next school year. With the increase, the per-credit-hour fee will total $162.50 for in-state undergraduates, $282 for out-of-state undergraduates, $189.90 for in-state graduate students and $333.80 for out-of-state graduate students...
Court OKs concealed gun law (02/27/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a state law allowing concealed weapons, the state was prohibited from enforcing the act in four counties, including Cape Girardeau. Residents of those counties at least temporarily won't be eligible for permits to carry hidden guns...
Turning down the music (02/27/04)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band has operated on city tax dollars since 1927. But that's changing as some city council members question spending $25,000 a year on a summertime band when the city is struggling to fund basic services like police and fire protection...
Possible cutbacks to Social Security raise ire (02/27/04)
The idea of Social Security cuts produced anger and questions from locals Thursday, the day after Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan announced that the government cannot afford to pay the Social Security benefits promised to baby boomers. Greenspan said 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...
National Guard company comes home today (02/27/04)
Daily Dunklin Democrat KENNETT, Mo. -- First Sgt. Phillip Greenway of the 1137th Military Police Company announced Thursday that members of the National Guard company in Kennett are due back today at 8:30 p.m. Greenway said that although the date and time had changed several times, military officials now expect the soldiers to be home today...
Region briefs 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
Open house to benefit Habitat for Humanity The public is invited to a unique open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1542 Greenbrier in Cape Girardeau, held by SolutionWorks Investments. The auction will be held at 5 p.m. March 10. Habitat for Humanity will have materials at the Open House with information about its projects and opportunities for donations and business partnerships. ...
Concealed gun ruling brings joy -- and jitters (02/27/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court's decision clearing the way for carrying concealed guns brought joy and jitters on Thursday -- and a hodgepodge of reaction from sheriffs grappling to understand how the ruling affects them. Joy in suburban St. ...
Study - Four percent of priests accused of abuse since 1950 (02/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- A national, church-sanctioned study documenting sex abuse by U.S. Roman Catholic clergy found that about 4 percent of clerics have been accused of molesting minors since 1950, a diocese said Thursday. The Diocese of Yakima, Wash., said in a news release that the survey compiled by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found 4,392 of the 109,694 clergy who served over that five-decade period faced allegations of abuse...
Bomb explodes in Ariz. building, injuring three (02/27/04)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Three workers were injured Thursday when a bomb concealed in a notebook-sized package exploded in a city building, officials said. The bomb was powerful enough to shatter windows and propel shrapnel in the walls of Scottsdale's human resources building, said Tom Mangan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...
Malfunctioning suit cuts short riskier-than-usual spacewalk (02/27/04)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A riskier-than-usual spacewalk outside the international space station was cut short Thursday night because of a malfunction that left one of the two crewmen with a warm, damp suit. Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri made it safely back inside despite the problem with his spacesuit...
J.K. Rowling, Google guys make list of billionaires (02/27/04)
NEW YORK -- "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and the founders of the Google search engine have landed on Forbes magazine's annual list of billionaires. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is No. 1 for the 10th straight year, but investor Warren Buffett is nipping at his heels. ...
Rosie O'Donnell weds longtime girlfriend (02/27/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rosie O'Donnell married her longtime girlfriend Thursday, taking what she called a proud stand for gay civil rights in the city where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since Feb. 12. "I want to thank the city of San Francisco for this amazing stance the mayor has taken for all the people here, not just us but all the thousands and thousands of loving, law-abiding couples," the former talk show host, holding a large bouquet of purple and yellow flowers, said after she and Kelli Carpenter emerged from their brief ceremony inside Mayor Gavin Newsom's office.. ...
Storm hits Southeast with snow, freezing rain (02/27/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A storm brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the Southeast on Thursday, shutting down schools and government offices and forcing the cancellation of a visit here by President Bush. The unsettled weather in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky left up to 6 inches of snow in some places, with a second wave in the forecast that could add several inches overnight. ...
UAW workers strike at supplier American Axle (02/27/04)
Associated Press Writer DETROIT -- United Auto Workers members at a supplier's plants in Michigan and New York went on strike Thursday after a contract covering 6,500 hourly employees expired. American Axle & Manufacturing expects to continue contract talks, which began in December, company spokeswoman Carrie Gray said...
Jurors rule in favor of IBM in cancer lawsuit (02/27/04)
AP Technology Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a major victory for the electronics industry, a jury decided Thursday that IBM Corp. was not responsible for cancers that developed in two former employees at a disk drive plant. A jury deliberated for less than two days before clearing the computer giant of claims that the harsh chemicals used in the factory contributed to the disease that afflicted two retirees in the 1990s...
House bill makes it double crime to attack pregnant woman (02/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Thursday to treat attacks on a pregnant woman as separate crimes against both her and the fetus she is carrying. Critics say it would undermine abortion rights by giving fetuses new federal legal status. Passage of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was actively backed by the White House and President Bush's conservative supporters. ...
Senate approves amendment requiring handgun safety locks (02/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- A Senate agreement requiring child safety locks on U.S. handguns gave Democrats encouragement Thursday that renewing an assault weapons ban might also become part of a package to protect gun makers and sellers from gun crime lawsuits. The GOP-controlled Senate voted 70-27 to require all handguns sold in the United States to have child safety locks, adding the measure to the legislation providing the gun industry immunity from suits when a legally sold gun is subsequently used in a crime.. ...
Columbine killers gave early hints, report says (02/27/04)
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Law officers were warned about the Columbine High School killers at least 15 times in the two years before their murderous rampage in 1999, the state attorney general said Thursday in a report that outraged the families of the victims...
Rebels say they are preparing to attack capital (02/27/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti's rebel leader said his fighters were advancing on the capital Thursday and awaited an order to attack unless President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns. The United States questioned whether Aristide could "effectively continue" in office...
Angry quake survivors demand more disaster aid (02/27/04)
AL HOCEIMA, Morocco -- Earthquake survivors in a devastated region of northern Morocco halted relief trucks and pounded on their windshields Thursday, angry that they were not receiving tents and blankets. Two days after a powerful quake killed nearly 600 people, Moroccan government efforts were so disorganized that 40 Spanish firefighters returned home in frustration. ...
Suspect held in air traffic controller's fatal stabbing (02/27/04)
ZURICH, Switzerland -- A man -- apparently a Russian -- who lost his wife and two children in an airplane collision has been arrested on suspicion that he stabbed to death the air traffic controller on duty at the time of the accident, officials said Thursday. ...
Ex-Official - British spied on U.N. leader Kofi Annan (02/27/04)
LONDON -- Britain spied on U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the build up to the Iraq war, a former Cabinet minister said Thursday, triggering yet another postwar crisis for Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair refused to confirm or deny the accusation and branded his former international development secretary, Clare Short, "deeply irresponsible" for commenting on sensitive security issues. ...
Macedonian president missing, presumed dead (02/27/04)
BITONJA, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Macedonia state radio switched to classical music and the government declared a day of mourning after President Boris Trajkovski was missing and presumed dead in a plane crash Thursday in southern Bosnia. Mourners lit candles in front of Trajkovski's office in the capital, Skopje, and condolences poured in from world leaders. ...
Rabbi urges pope to reaffirm that Jews 'didn't kill Jesus' (02/27/04)
JERUSALEM -- One of Israel's two chief rabbis urged the pope Thursday to publicly reaffirm that Jews are not to blame for the death of Jesus, saying he fears Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" could revive such beliefs. Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger said he is sending a letter to Pope John Paul II asking him to reiterate a Roman Catholic Church decision in the 1960s that reversed the centuries-old doctrine that Jews were behind the Crucifixion...
ND girls move a victory away from extending district streak (02/27/04)
Notre Dame, the top seed in Class 4 District 1, wore down Sikeston en route to a 68-49 victory Thursday night in the district semifinal. Notre Dame (18-8) will host Dexter at 7:45 p.m. tonight in the championship game. Sommer McCauley scored 22 points to lead Notre Dame. Sierra Ellis added 19 points. She also dished out seven assists.Notre Dame 68, Sikeston 49...
Mules upend Jackson girls (02/27/04)
The Jackson girls basketball team split its regular season series with Poplar Bluff 1-1 with four points accounting for the difference between the two teams. So it was no surprise that Tuesday's Class 5 District 1 final at the Farmington Civic Center went down to the last minute...
Jackson boys fall to Bluff in final (02/27/04)
Poplar Bluff boys basketball standout Tyler Hansbrough nearly outscored Jackson himself in the Class 5 District 1 championship Thursday night at the Farmington Civic Center. Hansbrough, a 6-foot-9 junior, scored 34 points as the Mules routed the Indians 56-39...
Racers end Otahkians' win streak at 7 games (02/27/04)
MURRAY, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State University coach B.J. Smith apparently had good reason to be wary of Murray State. Smith said prior to Thursday night's Ohio Valley Conference road game that he considered the vastly improved Racers a dangerous opponent...
Tournament hopes vanish (02/27/04)
MURRAY, Ky. -- By halftime Thursday night, Murray State had pulled down more offensive rebounds than Southeast Missouri State University had grabbed total rebounds. And with the Indians' top rebounder, senior center Brandon Griffin, missing his third straight game with an ankle injury, that statistic did not figure to get much better...
Outdoor show visits this weekend (02/27/04)
Kathy Nicholas said she was not sure how many years she has been helping her husband, Steve, put together the Sports Show that will take place this weekend at the Show Me Center. But she knows the weather usually isn't as nice as it has been this week...
Ravens' Lewis pleads innocent to drug charges (02/27/04)
ATLANTA -- Star NFL running back Jamal Lewis pleaded innocent Thursday to federal drug charges that he tried to help a childhood friend buy cocaine in the summer of 2000. The Baltimore Ravens' player was released on $500,000 bond after a 15-minute hearing in federal magistrate court. Lewis didn't speak during the hearing, other than answering "yes" when asked by the judge and the U.S. attorney if he understood his rights and his plea...
Sports briefs 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
College Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss made improper payments to students, including a player who was killed last summer, the school president said Thursday. Citing a report by a school-appointed committee, president Robert Sloan accused Bliss of allowing major NCAA infractions during his four-year stay. ...
Stand aside, Andy, I'm on a roll (02/27/04)
I don't want to steal any of Andy Rooney's thunder. But I have a gripe. And you, dear reader, will either have to put up with a bit of ranting or stop reading right now. As curmudgeons go, Rooney and I have much in common, mainly the color of our hair and a high level of acidity in our blood that affects our brains...
Variety in a Vibe (02/27/04)
srobertson Pontiac Vibe GT is a high-performance sport wagon that targets young, hip buyers. You can ride a Yamaha motorcycle, play a Yamaha guitar and drive a Yamaha boat. But did you know you could drive a Yamaha-powered automobile? I did just that last week when I test-drove a Pontiac Vibe....
Everybody's a critic - 'Welcome to Mooseport' (02/27/04)
Three and a half stars (out of four) Take an ex-president and his entourage, add one ex-wife, one hard-working plumber, a beautiful female veterinarian, and put them all into the throes of a mayoral race in a small town Maine and you have the makings for trouble with a capital T...
Coming to theaters 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
'Broken Lizard's Club Dread' Starring Julio Bekhor, Jay Chandrasekhar, Greg Cipes, Ann Daniel, Brittany Daniel, Bill Paxton, Nat Faxon, Steve Lemme, Samm Levine, and Jordan Ladd. The second film from the Broken Lizard sketch-comedy troupe, "Club Dread" follows the workers at a hedonistic resort for swingers, located in Costa Rica. ...
Chasez borrows too much on 'Schizophrenic' (02/27/04)
"Schizophrenic," the solo debut from 'N Sync's JC Chasez, seeks to establish the singer as someone other than just the second-cutest guy from 'N Sync. Like his bandmate Justin Timberlake, Chasez wants to be taken seriously as an artist (he co-wrote all but one of the disc's 16 songs)...
Crossover success (02/27/04)
What a difference a year makes. When MercyMe performed in Cape Girardeau a year ago, they were the opening act on the Go Show with Audio Adrenaline. Now they're headlining a concert Thursday with Grammy winner Amy Grant and Bebo Norman. The show is at 7 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Tickets are still available...
Artifacts 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
Spaces available for crafters at spring festival Fine artists and crafters are wanted for the fourth annual ArtsCape Spring Arts Festival sponsored by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and Old Town Cape. The festival is a one-day, outdoor juried show to be held from 10 a.m. ...
The art of promoting the Academy Awards (02/27/04)
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Artistic appreciation may be the motor that drives Hollywood's awards season, but hype is the gasoline. For the Oscars to remain relevant in an industry that defines projects in two ways -- hits or flops -- the show planners would like to entice about 55 million people to tune their televisions to ABC Sunday and watch celebrities win what are essentially high-gloss employee of the year prizes...
Mary Nichols (02/27/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mary Hefner Nichols, 91, of Advance died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at her home. She was born Sept. 10, 1912, at McGee, Mo., daughter of Eddie and Etta McDaniel Walk. She and Glen Hefner were married Jan. 16, 1932, at McGee. He died Jan. 9, 1965. She later married Woodrow Nichols, who also preceded her in death...
Edgar Johnson (02/27/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Edgar J. Johnson, 96, of Memphis, Tenn., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at his home. He was born Sept. 18, 1907, in Chicago, and raised by adopted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnson. He and Helen M. Montgomery were married July 5, 1930, in Wickliffe, Ky. She died Jan. 3, 1997...
Alice Bush (02/27/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Laura Alice Bush, 91, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 23, 1912, at Matthews, daughter of Oliver L. and Florence Caldwell Daugherty. She and Joseph N. "Jake" Bush were married Aug. 9, 1940. He died March 22, 1972...
Florence Brumit (02/27/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Florence A. Brumit, 86, of Oran died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 27, 1917, at Scopus, Mo., daughter of John and Nancy Jane Welker Douglas. She and Jess Brumit were married Dec. 27, 1946. He died in October 1974...
Ruth Simon (02/27/04)
Ruth Ann Simon, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
DeProw Daughter to Gregory Joseph and Angela Michelle DeProw of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 11:55 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2004. Name, Lilly Denise. Weight, 10 pounds 6 ounces. Mrs. DeProw is the former Angela Scates, daughter of Gary Scates of Dexter, Mo., and the late Denise Scates. DeProw is the son of Leo DeProw and Shirley DeProw of Dexter and Mary Feeney of Farmington, Mo. He is owner of D&L Pest Control...
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Ronald E. Caudle, 25, of 241 Rolling Hills Road, Grand Chain, Ill., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary and stealing...
Cape fire report 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 7:33 p.m., grass fire at Interstate 55. At 8:05 p.m., emergency medical service at 103 Clark Avenue, Apt. 101. Firefighters responded Thursday to the following item:...
Out of the past 2/27/04 (02/27/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 27, 1992 Concordia College Concert Band of St. Paul, Minn., is in concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in evening; band is on its spring break tour and is traveling to Memphis, Tenn., with many concerts and services on way to and from Memphis...
Tuition tussle (02/27/04)
It's easy to understand why parents of college-age students would be in favor of a plan that locked in tuition and fees so that the annual cost would be the same in the senior year of college as it was in the freshman year. And it's easy to understand why officials at Missouri's 13 state funded colleges and universities would oppose such a plan...
City employees pay for dependents (02/27/04)
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. ...
Internet lifeline is important link (02/27/04)
To the editor: The Missouri Legislature has an opportunity to adopt public policy that will have a positive impact on our state and bridge the technology gap between those who have access to high-speed Internet and those who do not. Some opponents have suggested that this legislation will place low-income Missourians at a disadvantage. ...
Curtis Williams set best example (02/27/04)
To the editor: Thank you for the recent article featuring Curtis Williams. There is no one who deserves recognition more than he does. We saw Curtis last fall at a football game in St. Charles, Mo., and reminisced about the years we knew him in Cape Girardeau. A smile on his face and his noticeable delight in discussing his years at Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University made it perfectly clear that he hasn't changed a bit...
Speak Out 02/27/04 (02/27/04)
Sticking up for Delta IN RESPONSE to the person who is unhappy with the Delta School District's administration: The school board and administration cannot address a problem if it is not brought to their attention. If you know of a problem, you should bring it to the board. ...
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