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Stories from Friday, March 5, 2004

Jury -- Execute Gill for murder (03/05/04)
A New Madrid County jury issued the death penalty today to Mark Anthony Gill, 33, of Cape Girardeau for committing the greed-fueled murder of Ralph Lee Lape Jr., 54, of rural Jackson. For more on this story, read Saturday's Southeast Missourian.
Council votes to regulate adult entertainment (03/05/04)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The atmosphere was more restrained than its two previous meetings, as the Kennett City Council gave final consideration to an ordinance regulating adult entertainment in the city. On a split 7-to-2 vote, the council approved the ordinance providing regulations and licensing requirements for adult entertainment, which are designed to reduce the adverse secondary effects of such businesses and setting forth penalties for violations...
State official to speak at First Friday Coffee (03/05/04)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly First Friday Coffee today at the Show Me Center. This month's featured speaker is Kelvin Simmons, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Developement. Simmons was appointed to that position by Gov. Bob Holden in December. Simmons previously served as a commisioner and chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission. A continental breakfast kicks things off at 7:15 a.m. The program will begin at 7:30 a.m...
Building plans near airport worry Cape officials (03/05/04)
Trucking company owner Jerry Lipps wants to erect private hangars and possibly open an air-freight business on land bordering the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, but the plan depends on securing a "through the fence" agreement with the city that would allow him access to the airport runways and taxiways...
Cape location named Buffalo Wild Wings franchise of the year (03/05/04)
Two weeks ago, Bill Zellmer took his first family vacation in two years -- sort of. Zellmer, his wife, Shelley, their daughter, Larissa, and his mom, Pat, all hopped a plane to Orlando. While the ladies enjoyed the mild Florida winter and Disney World, Zellmer spent a lot of his week inside at meetings. However, he brought back a souvenir that made it all worth while...
Computer upgrade by county takes its first steps (03/05/04)
Cape Girardeau County officials on Thursday took a formal step that will lead to a complete overhaul of the county's information technology system, an upgrade estimated to cost around $350,000. Eighteen county officials, including officeholders and department heads, met in a roundtable discussion of changes to the Management of Information Systems department, the same department that used to be called Data Processing...
City of Bernie takes possession of armory (03/05/04)
BERNIE, Mo. -- After months of phones calls and letter writing, the Bernie city government finally has the keys to the local National Guard Armory. The next step for the city is to put the newly acquired building to the best possible use. The building is currently being leased by the city until House Bill 462 passes the legislature and the deed is signed over to the city. Adams said because it is now a city building, it will be a smoke- and alcohol-free facility...
Life in prison or death (03/05/04)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A jury is likely to decide today whether Mark Anthony Gill, 33, of Cape Girardeau, should live or die for killing Ralph L. Lape Jr. of rural Jackson. Sobs and muffled cries rose from the benches of a New Madrid County courtroom Thursday morning as the judge announced that a jury had found Gill guilty of first-degree murder in the July 7, 2002, shooting death of Lape...
Christian artists put passion into their music (03/05/04)
Amy Grant and, more recently, the group MercyMe are rare examples of Christian artists who have crossed over successfully onto mainstream airwaves. Whether the audience at Thursday night's concert at the Show Me Center was made up of Christian music fans or ones who came on board once it became pop music is not certain, but the show, especially before MercyMe's appearance, made no doubt about its religious affiliation...
'The March King' comes back to life in return trip (03/05/04)
Seventy years after his celebrated visit here, legendary band leader John Philip Sousa will be making a return to Cape Girardeau. It will not be the actual Sousa, who died in 1932, but retired Yale music professor Keith Brion, who will bring Sousa to life through his portrayal of the bandleader. Performances with Southeast Missouri State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be presented at Academic Hall on March 26 and 27...
Cairo residents protest police use of pepper spray at game (03/05/04)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- After Cairo's No. 1-ranked Class A boys' basketball team lost to rival Massac County in a regional final here last week, a brawl erupted that escalated into chaos as police sprayed pepper spray at the overflow crowd and Cairo's head coach and one of its cheerleaders were taken to the hospital...
Poll - Bush, Kerry close; Nader at 6 percent (03/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- In the first poll since John Kerry locked up the Democratic nomination, Kerry and President Bush are running close, while independent Ralph Nader has captured enough support to affect the outcome, validating Democrats' fears. The Republican incumbent had the backing of 46 percent, Kerry 45 percent and Nader, the 2000 Green Party candidate who entered the race last month, was at 6 percent in the survey conducted for The Associated Press by Ipsos-Public Affairs...
Soldier to be tried for attack on troops (03/05/04)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- An Army sergeant charged in a grenade attack that killed two officers at a Kuwaiti base will be tried at a court-martial this summer, a military official said Thursday. Sgt. Hasan Akbar, 32, faces two counts of premeditated murder and three counts of attempted premeditated murder from the attack on 101st Airborne Division soldiers on March 23, 2003, during the early days of the Iraq war...
Nation briefs 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
Gay couples rejected for licenses in NYC NEW YORK -- The fight over gay marriages reached the nation's largest city Thursday as about three dozen same-sex couples asked for licenses and were turned down. Couples in a New York suburb were also rejected, but across the country in Portland, Ore., a line of at least 100 hopefuls snaked around a building as Multnomah County handed out licenses to gay couples for a second day...
Marines patrol Port-au-Prince (03/05/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- U.S. Marines trained their rifles down gritty streets and into a teeming market as they patrolled the Haitian capital with other peacekeepers Thursday, drawing smiles and a few angry words, but no resistance. Hatred is still simmering among various factions nearly a week after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in a rebellion that left at least 130 people dead, with new killings discovered outside Port-au-Prince...
S. Korea acts on 1950 killings by U.S. (03/05/04)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The South Korean government will identify and compile an official list of victims of the July 1950 killings of civilian refugees by U.S. troops at No Gun Ri under a new law. It takes effect in three months and also provides for medical assistance to survivors of the Korean War shootings, in which witnesses said up to 400 people were killed...
U.S. divided on extent of foreign involvement in Iraq (03/05/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Top U.S. military and civilian officials were at odds Thursday over the role of foreign fighters in this week's savage bombings at Shiite Muslim religious shrines -- acts of violence that raised the specter of sectarian war. U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said it was "increasingly apparent" terrorism was coming from outside Iraq, but some American generals were far less certain about the extent of the foreign role...
Scott County wins defensive struggle (03/05/04)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team won the Class 1 District 1 championship Thursday at Clarkton by surviving a defensive battle with a 37-22 victory against Clarkton. The teams failed to scored for more than four minutes to start the game and combined for just 12 first-half points. Scott County closed the first half on a 6-0 run, keeping the Reindeer off the scoreboard over the final 6 minutes 55 seconds to take an 8-4 halftime lead...
Scott City falls to Charleston (03/05/04)
Derek James Standard Democrat BLOOMFIELD -- After Tuesday night's semifinal victory against Kelly, Scott City coach Lance Amick hoped that his team would play the game of a lifetime against Class 3 powerhouse Charleston on Thursday. For about 28 minutes in their District 2 matchup with the Bluejays at Bloomfield High School, it seemed the Rams were doing just that...
Bell City rings up another title (03/05/04)
Bell City boys basketball senior Zak McIntyre hit four first-quarter 3-pointers, and star senior Dominitrix Johnson scored 27 second-half points en route to a 67-50 win over Delta in the Class 1 District 2 finals Thursday at Zalma High School. Bell City improved to 25-4 after clinching its third straight district title. Delta finished its first season under Shawn Kinder at 19-10...
Indians' Winans scores elite honor (03/05/04)
All his diligence in the classroom -- not to mention his impressive statistics on the basketball court -- has paid off in a big way for Southeast Missouri State University junior guard Derek Winans. Winans, the Indians' leading scorer the past three seasons, was on Thursday named to the Academic All-America second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is the first Southeast basketball player to ever receive that honor...
Award winner seeks bigger prize (03/05/04)
For the second consecutive season, a Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball player is the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the year. Junior Sami Jo Cotton captured the honor Thursday night as the OVC held its awards ceremony for both the men and women on the eve of today's conference tournament semifinals in Nashville, Tenn. Senior guard Kenja White won the award last season...
Doctors may have to operate without one of their key players (03/05/04)
The physicians have dominated the court in the 10 previous meetings in the Doctors vs. Lawyers Basketball Showdown with eight victories. But the doctors may be without their top scorer from last year, Todd Lumsden, at today's 8 p.m. clash. Lumsden may miss all or part of the game due to other obligations...
Osgood makes a point with Blues (03/05/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Osgood made 31 saves, including a penalty shot by Ryan Smyth, to help the Blues tie the Edmonton Oilers 1-1 Thursday night. The Blues earned only their second point in five games under new coach Mike Kitchen. They're 0-3-2 in that span, totaling five goals, and 0-5-2 in their last seven overall...
Sports briefs 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
College Southern Illinois University men's basketball player Jamaal Tatum has pleaded guilty to breaking a window at a police station. Tatum, a freshman point guard, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and 18 months of court supervision after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property...
High luxury in an SUV (03/05/04)
srobertson Navigator is upscale version of Ford Expedition Light French Silk Clearcoat. Is this the latest nail polish color from Europe? Nope, it's the color of the 2004 Lincoln Navigator I tested last week. And although it's loaded with features to woo the ladies of the house, it's also a real, macho SUV with a two-speed transfer case and a 300-horsepower V-8 designed to send lesser wanna-be SUVs scurrying back to the suburbs...
River living is getting much better (03/05/04)
In the past I've lamented the general lack of sweeping views of the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau. Most river towns as old as the River City of Roses have prominent boulevards, usually atop a bluff, lined with large homes reflecting the prosperity of bankers and merchants of the 19th century...
What is a 'cold tire,' anyway? (03/05/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: The car manuals all say to measure tire pressure when the tire is cold, but none defines the temperature (or range of temperatures) for "cold." What temperature defines a "cold tire?" Bill Ray: Good question, Bill. ...
Southeast Missourian introduces Alfisi (03/05/04)
Kathryn Alfisi joined the Southeast Missourian's staff as Arts & Leisure editor on Feb. 26 and will be covering the local arts scene and area leisure-time pursuits. Alfisi previously worked as a general assignment reporter at the Daily Record newspaper in Canon City, Colo., and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill...
Visual Arts Cooperative marks first anniversary (03/05/04)
A year after its inception, the Visual Arts Cooperative has nearly 30 people on its waiting list, all of them hoping to join the 45 community professional and amateur artists who are already part of the cooperative that offers them a place to exhibit and sell their work...
Artifacts 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
University concert band holds first performance The Southeast Missouri State University Concert Band will hold its first spring semester concert at 8 p.m. March 11 at the University Center Ballroom. The concert will feature performances of "Novo Lenio" by Samuel Hazo, "Stars" by Jay Dawson, "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss" by David Holsinger and selected pieces by Clifton Williams and Bruce Yurko. Tickets are available by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at 651-2265...
'Dark Garden' debuts in Cape (03/05/04)
Cape Girardeau's Patrick Bond had no way of knowing that a trip to the video store last June would steer him into the world of film-making, but after he saw a sign posted at Hastings Books, Music and Video that said someone needed help on a screenplay, that's exactly what happened...
'Sopranos' fans are remarried to the mob (03/05/04)
NEW YORK -- "The Sopranos" is back, and all is wrong with the world. The TV drama every other drama series is measured against is returning to face the ultimate challenge: getting measured against its own past. Great news! It measures up -- especially after last season, which didn't...
Everybody's a critic - 'The Passion of the Christ' (03/05/04)
Four stars (out of four) "The Passion of the Christ," directed by Mel Gibson, is the telling of the last 12 hours of Christ's life taken from the New Testament. This film was almost exactly in correspondence with the Scriptures. Although the movie's dialogue was spoken in Aramaic, the subtitles were not complicated to follow. If the dialogue had been in English, I do not believe the movie would have been as realistic...
Coming to theaters 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
'Hidalgo' Starring Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard, Said Taghmaoui and Casey Silver. Based on a true story, a long-distance horse racer is looking to reconnect with his past. He and his horse, Hidalgo, enter a competition called the Ocean of Fire, a 3,000-mile survival race across the Arabian Desert. Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo, running time 135 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Frank Manche (03/05/04)
BREWER, Mo. -- Frank J. Manche, 21, of Brewer died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at his home. He was born March 24, 1982, at Perryville, Mo., son of Bruce and Barb Tucker Manche Sr. Survivors include his parents of Brewer, and a brother, Bruce Manche Jr. of Perry-ville...
Helen Deal (03/05/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Helen Deal, 86, of Sikeston died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Miner Nursing Center. She was born March 18, 1917, at Blodgett, Mo., the daughter of Arley Harrison "Jack" and Arta Elizabeth Clippard Johnson. She married Heschel Deal on March 19, 1961, at Charleston, Mo...
Raymond Burger (03/05/04)
KELSO, Mo. -- Raymond A. Burger, 89, of Midlothian, Va., formerly of Kelso, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil Griffin (03/05/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Cecil Griffin, 49, of Cairo died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 10, 1954, in Sumner, Miss., son of Jimmy and Lenora Thomas Griffin. He married Delores Box. Griffin attended John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou, Miss. He had worked at Wagner Castings Co., The Herald and Review and Domino's Pizza...
Bertha Hellwege (03/05/04)
Bertha L. Hellwege, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born April 12, 1923, at New Wells, Mo., daughter of Martin and Louise Borchelt Perr. She and Reinhold Henry Hellwege were married Nov. 15, 1941, at Altenburg, Mo. He died May 29, 1999...
Births 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
Johnson Twin son and daughter to Royce Allen and Kandi Anne Johnson of Jackson, St. Francis Medical Center, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004. Maverick Dewayne was born at 11:04 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces. Emma Grace was born at 11:05 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce. ...
Cape police report 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests William E. Smith, 35, of 905 W. Cherry, Marion, Ill., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving without an operator's license...
Motorists in two accidents sustain moderate injuries (03/05/04)
Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man sustained moderate injuries Wednesday in a three-car Pemiscot County accident, and a collision Wednesday in Perry County resulted in moderate injuries to two people from Chester, Ill. Keith Daum, 33, of Cape Girardeau was taken to Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti after an accident that occurred on U.S. 412, one-half mile west of Hayti Heights. It occurred at 10:23 a.m...
Cape fire report 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: At 11:14 p.m., a citizen assist at 416 Elm St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: At 12:16 a.m., an emergency medical service at 735 William St...
Out of the past 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
10 years ago: March 5, 1993 Riverboat gaming development in downtown Cape Girardeau wouldn't overwhelm city streets with traffic, according to preliminary traffic study conducted by St. Louis firm for Boyd Gaming Corp.; report is effort to identify potential changes in traffic conditions that could occur and to outline scope of more thorough traffic study that could come later...
Kerry's leadership (03/05/04)
The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle The race for the Democratic nomination for president ended Tuesday night. Sen. John Kerry won convincingly in most of the 10 states holding primaries -- New York among them. More important than his victories, perhaps, was the word that his main rival, Sen. John Edwards, would quit the race ... ...
Greenspan's warning (03/05/04)
When Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan weighed in recently on Social Security, he knew his comments would stir up a firestorm. They did. But the heat didn't last long. For the most part, the nation has returned to its historic complacency about who will pay federally subsidized benefits when there is more money coming out of Social Security than is going into it...
Students need financial training (03/05/04)
To the editor: After looking at my daughter's school curriculum, I have come to the conclusion there are no classes that offer any real financial-responsibility studies. I brought this up to a principal, and he gave me the feeling he wasn't interested in having another class to deal with. I can't really blame him because he has a lot on his hands already...
Downtown needs more hotel rooms (03/05/04)
To the editor: In the summer of 2002, I left Cape Girardeau to attend graduate school in Pennsylvania. While I lived in Cape Girardeau, I worked with other students from Southeast Missouri State University to motivate the community to save the Marquette Hotel. Our efforts along with essential and major contributions from the state and Prost Builders worked. What used to be a community eyesore has undergone a wonderful transformation...
Speak Out 3/5/04 (03/05/04)
Public danger I CAN'T believe that people might be allowed to carry concealed weapons. I hope I don't accidentally jostle anybody in the grocery store. Need junior college WHY DON'T we have a junior college in Cape Girardeau? It would be so much more economical for the kids to get their first two years without paying so much money up at the big college...
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