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Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (03/01/04)
7 p.m. today City hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings A public hearing regarding the proposed capital improvements program. A public hearing regarding the request of Dennis and Wendy Pennington for a special-use permit to operate a day-care group home for up to 20 children at their home at 832 S. Sprigg in an R-3, two-family district...
State tracks school computer growth (03/01/04)
As technology has grown more important in education, local school districts have upped the number of computers students have access to by as much as 400 percent in the past six years. The 2003 Computing Census, released this week by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, shows that schools added a total of 37,560 computers to classrooms, libraries and computer labs between 2002 and 2003...
Group plans to improve Red House (03/01/04)
Cape Girardeau's celebration of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial concluded in late November, and the local historical museum it inspired has been closed since late December because of the lack of heat. But the volunteer group that built the French Colonial-style, vertical-log cabin won't abandon its project. ...
TV advocacy group starts local chapter (03/01/04)
Profanity, violence and sex on local and cable television when children are likely to be watching are reasons why a national advocacy organization has established a local chapter. The Parents Television Council started the Carbondale-Paducah chapter in early February. It covers parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee...
Community briefs 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
AARP meets today at Grace United The Cape Girardeau County chapter of AARP will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, Broadway and Caruthers. The program will be "The Mississippi River -- Our Greatest Resource" by Frank Nickell of Southeast Missouri State University...
Parents Without Partners schedule (03/01/04)
Line dancing lessons will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Circle Saddle S in Gordonville. General meeting/orientation will be held at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson on Friday. Orientation will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m...
Trial begins today for suspect in Lape killing (03/01/04)
History of Cape Girardeau County capital murder cases includes a public hanging in Jackson. By Mike Wells ~ Southeast Missourian Two men have been executed in Missouri in the last 40 years for committing capital crimes in Cape Girardeau County. Two others sit on death row, and two more men await jury verdicts that may eventually place them inside the execution chamber...
Fees cause Scott County to delay issuing permits (03/01/04)
The Scott County Sheriff's office will not be accepting applications for concealed weapons permits today as planned, said Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell. The Missouri Sheriff's Association had notified the office about a problem with the fees to be charged, he said, and as soon as the funding issue is corrected in the statute, the office will immediately begin the application process...
River City Workers for the Blind president goes to Jeff City (03/01/04)
Charles K. Werner, president of the River City Workers of the Blind, recently attended a legislative session in Jefferson City to support bills concerning blind individuals. River City Workers of the Blind is part of the national organization Missouri Council for the Blind, which aims to promote the welfare of the visually impaired...
Military digest 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
Perryville man finishes Navy basic training Navy Seaman Recruit Mark T. Hapgood, son of Cathy M. Dorn and John T. Hapgood of Perryville, Mo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Hapgood is a 2003 graduate of Perryville High School...
Community Q&A 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
Name: Martha Barnhart Lives in: City of Cape Girardeau for most of my 50 years of life. Family: Two grown children, one granddaughter and a Chihuahua named Paco. Job: Office manager for the Community Caring Council in Cape Girardeau...
Community cuisine 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
St. Joseph serving chicken, dumplings An all-you-can-eat buffet will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at St. Joseph Parish in Apple Creek. Take Interstate 55 to the Biehle exit, south on Highway B for 1 mile, left on Highway F for 4 miles. The menu includes chicken and dumplings, ham, dressing and homemade bread and pie. There will be a country store. Children under 6 eat free...
Police worry about law that allows guns in cars (03/01/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's new concealed weapons law allows everyone 21 and older to hide a loaded firearm in the passenger compartment of a vehicle, but some law enforcement officials don't know whether it can be enforced. The state Supreme Court last week upheld the law, which allows Missourians 23 and older to carry a concealed weapon after they pass a firearm safety course as well as state and federal background checks. ...
Critics say Mo. law is too easy on drunken drivers who kill (03/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- For Robert Ley, it's a no-brainer. A drunken driver is criminally responsible if he strikes a pedestrian and drives away while the victim is left to die. His son, Benjamin Ley, 23, died that way on Nov. 14, just after leaving a St. Louis tavern...
Planned Parenthood hopes to keep its records from Justice Dept. (03/01/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said it will do everything in its power to refuse a subpoena by the Justice Department for more than 100 medical records. The department recently filed a motion seeking to force Planned Parenthood Federation of America to produce the records at a trial set for U.S. District Court in San Francisco on March 29...
Search continues after tanker explodes; three crewmen dead (03/01/04)
PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The Coast Guard searched the frigid Atlantic Sunday for 18 crew members of a tanker that exploded while carrying 3.5 million gallons of ethanol. Three crewmen were known dead and six others were rescued. "Our first and foremost concern will be finding the 18 people that are missing," Coast Guard spokeswoman Krys Hannum said...
What's safe? String of food scares has consumers wondering (03/01/04)
DALLAS -- Mad cow disease. Fish tainted with mercury and PCBs. Contaminated green onions from Mexico. Bird flu in ducks and chickens. Is anything safe to eat these days? Across the nation, many consumers have made adjustments to their grocery lists, opting for organically grown meats and vegetables following recent food-borne illness scares...
Power wheelchair industry lobbies against Medicare (03/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- Medicare is refusing to pay for Andy Campbell's recently delivered $6,242 motorized wheelchair despite the advanced prostate cancer and heart disease that makes his every step painful. Campbell, a former California policeman who lives in Henderson, Nev., will not be stuck with the bill under Medicare rules. Unless the government changes its mind, the Scooter Store, based in New Braunfels, Texas, will absorb the loss...
Nation briefs 3/1/04 (03/01/04)
Harvard University plans stem cell research center CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard University plans to launch a multimillion-dollar center to grow and study human embryonic stem cells, the school said Sunday. The center, to be announced April 23 at a scientific conference, could be the largest privately funded American stem cell research project to date, the Boston Sunday Globe reported. ...
Halliburton shares keep going up (03/01/04)
NEW YORK -- As allegations of widespread wrongdoing at oil-services giant Halliburton mount, investors don't seem to care. In fact, they've been bidding the stock way up. That's right, Halliburton's shareholders haven't been fazed by the fast-growing list of accusations targeting the Houston-based company for everything from price gouging to bribery...
Today marks 50 years since worst attack on Congress (03/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- There's a penny-sized bullet hole in the desk used by Republicans when they speak on the floor of the House, a memento of the worst terrorist attack ever on Congress. On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the visitors' gallery above the chamber. They sprayed some 30 shots around the hall and wounded five lawmakers, one seriously...
Relative of missing family faces drug and firearm charges (03/01/04)
TAYLORSVILLE, Miss. -- A relative of a family of three who disappeared on Valentine's Day was charged Sunday with a drug and firearms violation, and authorities said other charges were expected. Authorities have not said whether they believe Michael and Rebecca Hargon and their 4-year-old son, James Patrick, are still alive. Blood and spent bullet casings were discovered at the family's home in Yazoo County...
Relative of missing family charged over meth, weapon (03/01/04)
TAYLORSVILLE, Miss. -- A relative of a family of three who disappeared on Valentine's Day was charged Sunday with a drug and firearms violation, and authorities said other charges were expected. Authorities have not said whether they believe Michael and Rebecca Hargon and their 4-year-old son, James Patrick, are still alive. Blood and spent bullet casings were discovered at the family's home in Yazoo County...
Tariff targets (03/01/04)
Some of the items that the European Union has targeted for retaliatory tariffs, beginning today:AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS Hams Milk powder Tomatoes Pineapples Honey Certain vegetables, fruits and nuts Cereals Certain preparations of meat, fish and crustaceans...
Chief justice takes charge (03/01/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The head of the supreme court, who announced Sunday that he was taking charge after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned, is a longtime jurist with a reputation for honesty in a notoriously corrupt system. Supreme Court Chief Justice Boniface Alexandre declared three hours after Aristide fled the country that he was taking charge of the country under the constitution. ...
High court halts work on part of separation barrier (03/01/04)
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday ordered a one-week halt to construction at a section of the West Bank security barrier where soldiers shot dead two Palestinians during a violent protest last week. Under intense international pressure, including last week's highly publicized hearing about the legality of the barrier at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, Israeli officials had already pledged to change the planned route of the barrier to ease hardships on Palestinians.. ...
World briefs 3/1/04 (03/01/04)
N. Korea urges U.S. to change its policy SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea warned Sunday that six-nation talks won't help resolve the standoff over its nuclear program if the United States does not change its policy toward the communist state. The comments came a day after a meeting of the six governments in Beijing, which ended with an agreement to hold more negotiations before July and form a lower-level "working group" to handle details of the 16-month-old dispute. ...
Egypt, Saudi Arabia urging Arabs into unified reform (03/01/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt and Saudi Arabia will propose at an Arab summit that the region adopt a unified strategy for political and economic reforms, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday. The idea is partly a response to a Bush administration proposal for political reform in the Middle East that is modeled on the 1975 Helsinki pact the West used to press for greater freedom in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe...
Trade penalties begin as Congress debates response to Europe (03/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- The United States comes under World Trade Organization penalties for the first time today, the result of congressional failure to steer through presidential politics, employment anxiety and budget deficits and head off the tariffs. A 5 percent penalty tariff awaits U.S. exports such as jewelry and refrigerators, toys and paper. The penalty climbs by 1 percentage point for each month that lawmakers fail to bring U.S. laws in line with international trade rulings...
Haiti waits for peacekeepers as Aristide flees into exile (03/01/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and flew into exile Sunday, pressured by a bloody rebellion and the United States. Gunfire crackled as the capital fell into chaos, and U.S. Marines were sent to the country. The contingent totaled fewer than 100 Marines and more were to arrive Monday, the vanguard of a multinational force that the U.N. Security Council approved late Sunday night. France said it would send troops today...
BCS adds fifth bowl to system (03/01/04)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The Bowl Championship Series agreed to add a fifth game Sunday, increasing access for schools not part of college football's most lucrative postseason system. The champions of the six BCS conferences -- the Big East, ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10 -- will maintain automatic berths in one of the five games. The remaining four spots will be at-large berths to be decided by a complex formula using national rankings...
Otahks go perfect at home (03/01/04)
There was no perfect score Sunday for Southeast Missouri senior Ashley Godwin, who had one earlier this season. But it was the perfect sendoff for Godwin and fellow senior Jacklyn Doebbler. The pair helped the Otahkians complete an undefeated home season with a 194.850-193.975 victory over Illinois State on Senior Day at Houck Field House...
Sports medicine in Vietnam (03/01/04)
Sports medicine in the United States is a specialized field that deals with helping athletes rehabilitate injuries and return to competition. In Vietnam, sports medicine may someday help that country's citizens recover from injuries and be productive in a way of life that emphasizes physical activity and relies on agriculture...
Woods claims his 40th title by winning match-play event (03/01/04)
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods went 25 holes before he finally took the lead Sunday, then roared past Davis Love III with key putts to win the Match Play Championship for the second straight year, 3 and 2. Woods won for the 40th time on the PGA Tour in just his 149th start, the quickest anyone has reached that milestone. Jack Nicklaus played 221 events before he won his 40th tournament...
New Blues coach still looking for win No. 1 (03/01/04)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in his eighth shutout of the season, and Jonathan Cheechoo scored early in the third period of the San Jose Sharks' 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. Nabokov earned the 25th shutout of his career with a series of impressive saves. His glove hand was typically impeccable as he extended his own franchise record for shutouts in a season...
La Russa - Redbirds' arms ahead of last year (03/01/04)
JUPITER, Fla. -- With the opening of the exhibition season Tuesday against Florida Atlantic University, St. Louis Manager Tony La Russa says his pitching situation, one of the preseason major question marks, is encouraging. "Even Woody (right-hander Woody Williams who came to camp with shoulder tendinitis)had a very good throw yesterday and has shown some progress," La Russa said Sunday at the Roger Dean Stadium training complex...
Southeast fans got to experience reality (03/01/04)
dwilson "Experience excitement. Experience Southeast." Wasn't that the slogan the marketing department slapped on Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team this year? Experience reality. Southeast has suffered three consecutive losing seasons. And attendance at the Show Me Center, the House that Shumate built, has gradually declined each year...
Sports briefs 3/1/04 (03/01/04)
Baseball John Smoltz is one player who's clearly concerned about steroids in baseball. The Atlanta Braves closer called for tougher testing Sunday, saying the sport's integrity is at stake. "The more this becomes a monster, the more it plays into everybody's mind," Smoltz said after a spring training workout in Kissimmee, Fla. "There's a way they should do tests. Do them the way they should be done -- not a platform that's just a smoke screen."...
Best-picture front-runner 'Rings' claims 11 awards (03/01/04)
LOS ANGELES -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards on Sunday, including best picture and director and becoming the first fantasy to win the top Oscar. In the acting categories, all the winners took home their first Oscars: Charlize Theron won best actress for her transformative performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster," and Sean Penn was named best actor for playing a vengeful ex-hoodlum who falls back on his criminal ways in "Mystic River.". ...
People on the move 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
Four at Magna-Tel pass certification exam Four employees of Magna-Tel Inc. in Cape Girardeau passed their certification exams administered by the Promotional Products Association International. They are now certified advertising specialists. The employees who passed the exam are Mary Turner, Joy Auer, Phyllis Beal and Leanne Heuring. ...
Federal Express hires its own police force (03/01/04)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Not content with mere security guards, FedEx has created its own private police force. The 10 officers don't wear uniforms, but they can carry guns and have full law enforcement powers to protect the world's largest cargo airline from terrorism or other threats...
Success of downtown's revitalization depends on who you ask (03/01/04)
On Saturday, Hale's Fine Jewelry closed its doors after doing business in downtown Cape Girardeau for nearly 50 years. Right on its heels, Hecht's, which opened when Woodrow Wilson was president, will close this Saturday after selling upscale clothing to patrons for 86 years...
St. Louis-area firm retools DVD-copying software (03/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The maker of DVD-copying software declared in violation of copyright law met a judge's Friday deadline in rolling out retooled versions, then pledged an ambitious bid for consumers to shower Hollywood and lawmakers with outpourings in its defense...
Wisconsin monks go high-tech with Net business (03/01/04)
SPARTA, Wis. -- Eight times a day, the Rev. Bernard McCoy solemnly chants prayers in Latin from 100-year-old books in the chapel of his monastery. Then it's back to his computer and telephone, to run LaserMonks. McCoy and four other monks who have vowed a life of prayer, austerity and charity at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank sell refilled inkjet and laser printer cartridges from an Internet site and telephone mail-order center...
Business memo 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
Two local insurance agencies plan to merge W.E. Walker Insurance Agency in Cape Girardeau and Lakenan Insurance Agency of Jackson are merging. Walker has been in business since 1915; Lakenan since 1938. The merger will give the independent insurance agencies more than 200 years of combined experience in personnel and will allow both to represent at least 25 major carriers. The firm will employ about 20 people...
Martha Purdy (03/01/04)
Martha Purdy, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Meta Krieger (03/01/04)
Meta L. Krieger, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 1, 1912. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lawrence James (03/01/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lawrence James, 83, of Advance died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1920, at Bell City, Mo., son of Joe and Laura Miller James. He and Ruth Ramsey were married Aug. 28, 1940, at Advance. James was a retired farmer and a graduate of Bell City High School...
Alfreda Proffer (03/01/04)
Alfreda J. Proffer, 78, of Burfordville died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at The Lutheran Home at Cape Girardeau. She was born May 8, 1925, at Painton, Mo., daughter of Arthur B. and Hattie Lowe Flowers. She and Clent W. Proffer were married June 21, 1946, at Cape Girardeau. He died April 6, 2001...
Manuel Garcia (03/01/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Manuel T. Garcia Sr., 69, of Villa Ridge, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Southeast Hospital at Cape Girardeau. He was born June 6, 1934, at Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, Mexico, son of Alfredo and Maria Torres Garcia. He and Anna Garcia were married March 26, 1986, at Great Bend, Kan...
Edward Rovner (03/01/04)
Edward Abraham Rovner, 52, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born June 10, 1951, at Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Harold and Beatrice Strauss Rovner. He and E. Roberta Nafalski were married May 4, 1996, at Oneonta, N.Y...
Cape police report 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Michael J. Lee, 21, 509 Bellevue Apt. 4, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while revoked, no insurance and receiving stolen property...
Cape fire report 03/01/04 (03/01/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 3:42 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2154 William. At 10:33 p.m., a medical assistance at 1611 Good Hope. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 6:14 a.m., a medical assistance at 1432 Price Drive...
Out of the past 3/1/04 (03/01/04)
10 years ago: March 1, 1994 Levee officials along Mississippi River in Alexander County, Ill., and Perry County, Mo., were breathing easier yesterday after river crested at Cape Girardeau Saturday at 2 feet below crest prediction of 34.1 feet; work is nearly finished on 10,000 feet of new levee that replaces section of lower end of Fayville levee that breached during last summer's record-setting flood...
Pressurized containers (03/01/04)
The Sedalia Democrat Missouri is among 14 states that do not prohibit passengers in a motor vehicle from drinking alcoholic beverages. This does not sit well with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which requires states without an open container ban to divert some of their federal highway money to safety projects...
A close election? (03/01/04)
Columbia Daily Tribune As long as the Democrat presidential candidates were known as the Nine Dwarfs, life was easier for them all. They were regarded as quaint outsiders holding forth in the wilderness. However, now that Sen. John Kerry has achieved strong front-runner status, he's a big target. Plenty of shooters will be taking aim. But ... George W. Bush is not sure whom to worry about...
Off-road compromise (03/01/04)
A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to open trails to off-road vehicles in the Mark Twain National Forest in Southeast Missouri has raised concerns from both nearby landowners and avid off-road riders. It's a battle that has been going on for years, but the Forest Service wants to attempt a compromise...
Speak Out 3/1/04 (03/01/04)
Unsafe foundation THANKS, SOUTHEAST Missourian, for letting the public know about school finances. We read that the top administrators received a big salary increase. He and the school board don't seem to understand that when you chip away at the foundation of a building -- taking benefits and hours away from the support staff -- the top will come crumbling down...
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