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Learning briefs 3/9 (03/09/04)
Four area students named to CMSU dean's list Four Cape Girardeau students have been named to the Central Missouri State University dean's list. Terra Herzberger and Adele Propst achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the fall semester. Thomas McCausland and Erin Moon were among students on the dean's list who achieved 3.5 to 3.9 grade point averages...
Jackson School Board agenda 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams FBLA presentation. Acceptance of non resident student from Germany. Consider easement to city of Jackson for relocating electric transmission lines along West Jackson Boulevard. Consider easement to city of Jackson for trimming trees along electric lines on West Jackson Boulevard...
'I remember exactly what I was doing on the day that ... ' (03/09/04)
"I remember what I was doing the day that Kennedy was shot." I have heard this phrase many times. My parents' generation witnessed this event along with others. They witnessed the death of Elvis, the Watergate scandal, the first man on the moon, Apollo 13, and numerous others. When talking about these events parents remember every detail of the day as if it happened yesterday...
Scientific thinking (03/09/04)
They didn't get any grants or receive federal funding for their study, but 29 students at St. Vincent de Paul did get extra credit for completing a science fair project. Some of their work examined how gray water affects plant growth, which antiseptics are the best at killing bacteria and which sausage brands have the least fat per serving...
Missouri Supreme Court to review DWI warrants (03/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court is slated to hear a Cape Girardeau County case that could determine if police may use a search warrant to involuntarily obtain a blood sample from a drunken driving suspect who has refused to consent to chemical testing...
Cape readies for last cleanup (03/09/04)
When Cape Girardeau residents pile their discarded appliances, worn-out furniture, broken swing sets, brush and tree limbs by the curb for the city's annual spring cleanup next month, it may be for the last time. The cleanup will be held April 12 to 16...
Perryville man accused of statutory rape, sodomy (03/09/04)
A Perryville, Mo., man is being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on suspicion of one count of felony first-degree statutory rape and four counts of felony first-degree statutory sodomy. Ross A. Fuller, III, 29, was arrested Friday after Cape Girardeau County officials received a hotline call. He is accused of assaulting a 13-year-old rural Jackson girl, known to him but not related...
MoDOT plans interstate repairs south of Route K (03/09/04)
The Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be making concrete repairs on Interstate 55 one mile south of Route K in Cape Girardeau County today. Traffic will be reduced to one southbound lane from 8 a.m. today until noon on Friday while the work is being done. ...
A nose for rescues (03/09/04)
BLODGETT, Mo. -- At 7 1/2 months old, Sweet Willie is destined for greatness. The black German shepherd owned by Marshia Morton is the youngest member of Scott County's recently formed search and rescue dog team. Surprisingly, he is also the most mellow...
Show Me Center gets compact version of circus (03/09/04)
The Greatest Show on Earth is bringing the new, compact version of its product to Cape Girardeau for a test run. Promoters swear on the bearded lady's mustache that they've packed just as many clowns into a smaller car. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey is bringing the Hometown Edition of its big-top theater to the Show Me Center April 15 through 18. Cape Girardeau will be only the 10th place in the world to host this new one-ring circus...
Chaffee minister returns to pulpit after accident (03/09/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- After nearly three weeks in a St. Louis hospital, the Chaffee pastor who was critically injured and lost his wife in a February traffic accident returned home last week and to the pulpit Sunday. The Rev. Darren Larkin, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Chaffee, remembers nothing of the Feb. 13 accident that killed his wife, Rebecca, and landed him in St. Louis University Hospital with a broken left arm, femur, pelvis and crushed right arm and foot...
Police find missing Missouri children (03/09/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two children thought to be missing following the Monday discovery of their mother's slain boyfriend were found in good health later in the day. Police issued an Amber Alert after a woman told police she left for her job as a school bus driver at 5:30 a.m. and when she returned home after her shift ended around 8:45 a.m., she found her boyfriend dead and both of her children missing...
Group seeks ouster of school board member (03/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- An assistant city schools chief and 13 other people asked a judge Monday to oust from office a "physically combative" school board member who doused the administrator with ice water and pledged violence against anyone questioning her mental fitness...
House votes to name official state dinosaur (03/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A bill designating a 35-foot-long creature with 1,000 teeth as Missouri's official state dinosaur cleared the House on Monday. The Hypsibema missouriensis -- pronounced hip-suh-BEE-muh mi-zur-ee-EN-sis -- was a type of hadrosaur believed to have inhabited Southeast Missouri 67 million years ago...
D'oh! Dear Abby yanks column that mirrors 'Simpsons' episode (03/09/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Somewhere in Springfield, state unknown, Bart Simpson is in detention, filling a chalkboard with the words "I will not write a fake letter to Dear Abby." Well, it probably wasn't Bart's handiwork, but he'd no doubt approve of the prank that forced Dear Abby's editors to pull the advice columnist's March 15 edition, which included a letter that mirrored an episode of "The Simpsons."...
High court won't hear appeal from Boy Scouts (03/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal from the Boy Scouts over what the organization says is discrimination because of its policy against hiring gays. The case revisited the gay rights fight surrounding the high court's ruling four years ago that the Boy Scouts have the right to ban openly homosexual scout leaders. This time, the question was whether states may treat the Scouts differently from other organizations because of that policy...
Ashcroft still in intensive care, cancels week's schedule (03/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft's schedule for the week was canceled Monday so he can continue treatment in a hospital intensive care unit for a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis. Ashcroft, 61, is being treated with antibiotics and painkillers and is unable to do any work, Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo said. ...
Nation briefs 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
Gasoline prices a penny short of historic high WASHINGTON -- The average retail price of gasoline climbed 2 cents last week to $1.74 per gallon, the Energy Department said Monday, about a penny shy of the highest price since the department began collecting data. ...
Stewart meets with probation officials (03/09/04)
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart met with a probation officer and thanked viewers and readers for their support on Monday as the board of her namesake empire met to discuss her fate. Stewart briefly addressed a horde of camera crews outside a Manhattan courthouse where she spent about an hour with probation officials who will make a sentencing recommendation for lying about a well-timed stock sale...
As research moves online, pity the poor encyclopedia (03/09/04)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- These are lonely days for encyclopedias. At libraries, the volumes sit ignored for days on end as information-seeking patrons tap busily away at nearby computers. Even in the warmth of a loving home, that set of hard-bound books that once represented the crown tool of a good education gets the cold shoulder...
Seattle to recognize gay marriages (03/09/04)
SEATTLE -- This left-leaning city joined the gay marriage fight Monday, with the mayor announcing that city hall will recognize unions of gay city employees who tie the knot elsewhere and six same-sex couples suing for the right to wed. Mayor Greg Nickels issued an executive order requiring the city to recognize same-sex marriages by municipal employees...
Aggressive cholesterol treatment prevents new heart problems (03/09/04)
NEW ORLEANS -- How low should cholesterol go? For victims of recent heart attacks, the answer appears to be rock bottom. A major study released Monday found that especially aggressive treatment with statin drugs, intended to drive cholesterol far below current standards, prevents new heart problems and saves lives...
International Women's Day draws global protests (03/09/04)
GENEVA -- The failure by governments across the Islamic world to respect women's rights has hampered steps toward political change, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said Monday as the United Nations observed International Women's Day. Ebadi, who last year became the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, said women have raised their profile on the international stage over the past decade, but more needs to be done...
Haiti's interim leader urges calm (03/09/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti's interim president took the reins of his country's shattered government Monday as supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide demanded the ousted leader's return. U.S. Marines acknowledged they killed one of seven people gunned down in weekend violence -- the first armed action of their week-old mission here...
Iraq's interim constitution signed in show of unity (03/09/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- For an hour anyway, Iraqi leaders put aside their disagreements during the signing of a landmark interim constitution Monday, heaping praise on the U.S.-backed document amid patriotic songs and Quranic verses urging unity. But sectarian differences resurfaced as soon as the event ended...
Syrian authorities break up human rights protest (03/09/04)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- In a capital awash with Syrian flags, posters supporting President Bashar Assad and pamphlets declaring his party's achievements on its 41st anniversary, a paper banner raised Monday urging freedom for political prisoners did not fit in...
A Dom-inating year (03/09/04)
The Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament scoring record, 2,000 career points and a state title. That is the way Bell City senior Dominitrix Johnson hopes his season accomplishments will read as the Cubs prepare for the start of the state playoffs. Bell City (25-4) will face Scott County Central (13-13) at 8:15 tonight at Sikeston in the sectional round...
A senior-less season fails to ground Delta (03/09/04)
Delta's girls basketball team's home schedule ended with a 66-18 rout of Oran on Feb. 23. A performance befitting something as special as senior night was devoid of only one thing -- a senior. After fielding a squad in which five of its top seven performers were seniors last season, Delta's team this season has only four upperclassmen and no seniors...
Emmett, Simien get unanimous approval (03/09/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas Tech's Andre Emmett, the conference's all-time scoring leader, and Kansas junior Wayne Simien are unanimous choices to The Associated Press All-Big 12 team for 2003-2004. Joining them on the first team are Tony Allen and point guard John Lucas, the key members of Oklahoma State's first conference champion since 1965, and Brandon Mouton, the top scorer on one of the best senior classes in Texas history...
Tigers throw KU lesson onto the pile (03/09/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's strategy for dealing with a crushing defeat in the Hearnes Center finale is similar to that after other disappointments in a confounding season. Coach Quin Snyder wants players to learn from the mistakes in an 84-82 loss to archrival Kansas on Sunday, and then move on because the Tigers need to get ready for the Big 12 tournament. ...
Redbirds remain 0-for-spring with 6-4 loss to Mets (03/09/04)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Kaz Matsui came out swinging in his Mets debut, going 0-for-2 in a specially arranged DH role Monday during New York's 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The prized shortstop from Japan missed the Mets' first five spring training games because of a cut on the middle finger of his right hand. Eager to get going but still unable to throw, he was in the lineup a day after having two stitches removed...
Sports briefs 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
Baseball Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield could be sidelined up to three months because of an injured right thumb. Sheffield was hurt in a spring training game Saturday against Toronto. At first, the Yankees thought the injury was just a bruise. But after an MRI exam Sunday, the team decided to send him to Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, a hand expert in New York...
Family clicks on word game (03/09/04)
Words can be addicting. I'm not talking about newspaper columns. I'm talking about your basic game of Scrabble. Joni and I played it when we were kids. Now we're playing it again, this time online with our children. It's amazing how much time we can spend gazing at the computer monitor, clicking and dragging virtual letters into spaces on a virtual Scrabble board...
Viewers struggle with rapidly changing rules of television (03/09/04)
NEW YORK -- The natural rhythms of television used to be as dependable as leaves sprouting in spring and falling in autumn. Broadcast networks would premiere new shows in mid-September, then replace failures when the weather turned cold. Summer was rerun season. Except for the occasional special, prime-time schedules rarely changed...
Mary Rogers (03/09/04)
Mary Frances Rogers, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at her home. She was born April 17, 1940, at Commerce, Mo., daughter of Edwin and Anna Hale Held. She and Mark Rogers were married in September 1989, in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Connie Nelson of Pineville, La., Deborah Johnston of Cape Girardeau; four stepdaughters, Violet Wehmeier, Roxie Lavine, Bethany and Sherri Rogers; and a stepson, Marcus Rogers II...
Verona Jacobs (03/09/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Verona E. Jacobs, 82, of Marble Hill died Monday, March 8, 2004, at the home of a brother in Marble Hill. She was born Nov. 2, 1921, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Wilson Eric and Jattie Vesta Eaker Wiseman. She and Truman H. Jacobs were married Sept. 20, 1947. He died Nov. 14, 1979...
Ross Bridgeman (03/09/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ross W. Bridgeman, 36, of Anna died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Union County Hospital. He was born April 6, 1967, in Anna, son of Roy Delano and Evelyn Childers Bridgeman. Bridgeman was a carpenter with Gary Fuller Construction Co. Survivors include his parents of Anna; a brother, Roger Bridgeman of Gorham, Ill.; two sisters, Lois Brooks of Ava, Ill., and Linda Bridgeman of Quincy, Ill...
Lloyd Gaither (03/09/04)
Lloyd T. "Peanuts" Gaither, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1907, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Nuba Alonzo and Maggie Eaker Gaither. He and Ruth L. Lindsay were married June 11, 1931, in Jonesboro, Ill. She died July 10, 1991...
Marie Lange (03/09/04)
Marie Anna Lange, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 8, 2004, at Fountainbleau Lodge. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Glen Wilkinson (03/09/04)
Glen T. "Doc" Wilkinson, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of Elba Marion and Daisy Victoria Dorsey Wilkinson. He and Carol Ford were married Aug. 15, 1991, in Las Vegas, Nev...
Charles Mott (03/09/04)
CHEFFEE, Mo. -- Charles Edward Mott, 81, of Chaffee died Monday March 8, 2004 at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born March 31, 1922, in Tulie, Ky. He was a farmer. He was a member of the Gospel Assembly Church in East Prairie, Mo., and a member of the Western Cherokee Nation of Arkansas and Missouri...
Dorothy Hall (03/09/04)
BENTON, Ky. -- Dorothy Hall, 87, of Benton, Ky., died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at the Oakview Manor Healthcare Center in Calvert City, Ky. She was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was a volunteer for many years at the New To You Shop sponsored by the church...
Samuel Foster (03/09/04)
Samuel Franklin Foster was born in St. Mary, Mo., Oct. 30, 1917. He was the son of Ernest Brown Foster and Frieda Anna McClatchey Foster, and the older brother of Harry Foster and Mary Foster Spitzmiller, both deceased. Sam grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Central High School. He attended Southeast Missouri State University, but did not complete a degree...
Robert Morrison (03/09/04)
Robert Ray Morrison, 74, of Jackson passed away Sunday, March 7, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Jackson, son of Walter and Ollie Hall Morrison. He and Evie Menke were married March 18, 1987. Mr. Morrison was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army May 31, 1963. He then worked as a truck driver for Consolidated Freight, retiring in 1981...
Births 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
Hornback Son to Marty K. Hornback and Jill M. Pobst of Chaffee, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 11:17 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004. Name, Logan Grant. Weight, 5 pounds 8 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Pobst is the daughter of Vernon and Susie Pobst of Oran, Mo. She is a secretary. Hornback is the son of Bruce and Rosa Milam of Benton, Mo. He is a truck driver...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to a still alarm at 1000 N. Sprigg EMS responded to 423 Marroseann Dr. No. 8. EMS responded to 2852 Independence. Firemen responded to a still alarm at 1751 Independence...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Geneva Y. Grubbs, 37, of 1030 S. Pacific St. Cape Girardeau on suspicion of assault. Peggy N. Moore, 52, of 1003 S. Pacific St., Cape Girardeau, on suspicion of assault...
Out of the past 3/9/04 (03/09/04)
10 years ago: March 9, 1994 WASHINGTON -- Construction of new Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau got attention of congressional subcommittee yesterday; U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson joined highway chief engineer Wayne Muri in telling panel that replacement of bridge must be top priority...
Gun responsibility (03/09/04)
The Kansas City Star Missourians hoping for outright rejection of concealed guns from the state Supreme Court unfortunately didn't get it. ... Unless more legal actions succeed in stopping concealed carry, the responsibility to reduce risks from guns has been passed on to those Missourians who seek permits. .....
River connections (03/09/04)
Improvements to and near Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau provide the city with new downtown assets that are sure to be popular for years to come. The latest attraction is the south end of a new riverfront trail on the Mississippi River side of the floodwall. It is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. The trail's walkway shows off the mural facing the river. The mural depicts important and prominent landmarks and city history...
Family-farm squeeze (03/09/04)
The (Independence, Mo.) Examiner It's sad to see a way of life change so dramatically. New statistics show Missouri's number of farms continuous decline. The number of farms in our state has fallen to 106,000, nearly one-fourth fewer than the number 30 years ago. Smaller farms are the ones hit hardest...
9,000 visit NASA exhibit (03/09/04)
To the editor: Thanks to the Cape Girardeau region for visiting the international space station exhibit. Nearly 9,000 students and adults visited, making the exhibit a phenomenal success. Special thanks to all those who helped in many ways. The future holds another great opportunity for our region to share NASA's unique vision. Keep watching and visit us at the NASA Educator Resource Center soon...
Now you know rest of story (03/09/04)
To the editor: A few weeks ago, an editorial paid tribute to Judy Wilferth, who received the Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. Award from the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. It was well-deserved. Wilferth is an excellent businesswoman, plus she has worked on dozens of projects that benefited a variety of benevolent causes...
Downtown - Special shopping (03/09/04)
To the editor: A recent article focused on the closing of two significant stores in downtown Cape Girardeau. We are disappointed that Scott Moyers chose to slant his story on the negative instead of the positive side. Shopping downtown at one time was a necessity. There was no place else to shop. All shopping areas change, and vacancies occur. However, the vacancy rate downtown is no greater than that of the mall...
Child needs special school (03/09/04)
To the editor: Where does crucifixion of a teacher stop and both sides of the story start? The full story of the duct taping of a child at the Oran school was not given. Does not anyone realize that the teacher may have a story? And even if she wasn't giving any comments, does that make her solely at fault? I agree the situation was not handled properly. I am also fully aware of what the circumstances were leading up to that point...
Reviewer lacked background (03/09/04)
To the editor: In response to the review "Christian artists put passion into their music": In the future, consider selecting a reporter who has the background for such an event. While your writer did her best to draw conclusions about what she saw and heard, clearly she had no personal frame of reference for making meaningful comment. The review reveals she had no understanding of what she was hearing and beholding...
Speak Out 03/09/03 (03/09/04)
Seeking donations THESE GUYS are calling and begging for a donation to the police department. Some of them work for the police department, and their wives are working too. If they can't save some of that like the rest of us did when we were younger, then don't depend on us to support them...
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