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Stories from Thursday, March 11, 2004

Five charged in slingshot vandalism (03/11/04)
Cape Girardeau police arrested five suspects early Wednesday who are believed to be responsible for breaking windows in businesses, vehicles and residences around Cape Girardeau and Jackson this weekend and last year by shooting steel ball bearings with slingshots...
Sikeston fugitive caught in St. Louis (03/11/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A fugitive sought since the end of May by the Sikeston Department of Public Service was caught in St. Louis around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Randy McKeller, 22, of Sikeston was located in the 4100 block of Florissant near Grand in St. Louis by a seven-man task force from the SEMO Major Case Squad working in tandem with the St. Louis Fugitive Unit...
Region briefs 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Local DISH customers caught in Viacom flap Subscribers to DISH Network who want their MTV or are wanting to soak up some SpongeBob will have to wait a little longer as a major cable network corporation and the satellite company haggle a deal. Charles Conrad, a DISH Network dealer in Cape Girardeau said he is confident a deal will be worked out soon. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda (03/11/04)
9 a.m., today Routine business Notice from Recorder of Deeds of fees collected in 2003. Progress report from Kuhlmann Design Group on Route AB Project. Monthly Vehicle Logs from the juvenile department. Action items Recommendation for appointment to the Domestic Violence Authority Board...
Community digest 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
District Award of Merit Recipients Recognized for their outstanding effort to youth in our communities three local Boy Scout leaders received the District Award of Merit recently. Pictured from left, are David Giles of Cape Girardeau, Brenda Shive and Ron Gjerstad, both of Jackson...
Community cuisine 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Benefit fish fry to be held for injured Chaffee pastorA fish fry held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at First Assembly of God in Scott City will benefit Darren Larkin. Contact the Rev. Randy Morse at 264-2365 for more information. Benefit chili dinner, auction set for Saturday As a fund raiser for Randy Broshuis, a chili dinner and auction will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Leopold K.C. Hall...
Southeast in $350 million bond proposal (03/11/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State University would get $23.4 million to renovate its science and mathematics buildings under a higher education capital improvements plan being considered by a Senate committee. What began as a proposal for the state to sell $190.4 million in bonds to develop life sciences facilities at the four campuses of the University of Missouri system has ballooned into a $350 million bonding plan with the addition of construction projects at eight other state institutions. ...
Southeast students create exhibit inspired by Sousa (03/11/04)
Southeast Missourian A new exhibit inspired by John Philip Sousa's 1929 visit to Cape Girardeau will kick off the Cape River Heritage Museum's opening season on Friday. The exhibit, created by historic preservation students from Southeast Missouri State University, features historic band uniforms, instruments and photographs of local musicians. Artifacts and memorabilia are on loan from Dr. Dan Cotner and Dr. Robert Gifford...
Landscaping business OK'd to open in residential area (03/11/04)
A proposed landscaping business at 1053 N. Clark St. received the backing of the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday. The commission recommended the city council approve a special use permit for Travis Dirnberger of Cape Girardeau to operate the business from his home. The residential property is owned by his father, Gerard Dirnberger of Oran, Mo...
Military digest 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Martens completes Navy basic training Navy Seaman Recruit Donald R. Martens, Jr., son of Donald R. Martens, Sr. of Benton, Mo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Martens completed a variety of training, including classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness...
MAP test questions get high security treatment (03/11/04)
For about a month each spring, Dr. Sam Duncan's job as director of state and federal programs in the Jackson School District starts to seem a little like that of a top-secret agent. Duncan is in charge of security for the annual Missouri Assessment Program tests given in March and April, and local districts such as Jackson go to extremes to ensure that the tests aren't accessed before the proper administration date...
Spring break gives some at Southeast time to serve (03/11/04)
Spring break conjures up MTV images of drunken college students cavorting on Florida or Texas beaches. But some Southeast Missouri State University students have other plans for their break from classes next week, ranging from working in a refugee center in south Texas to helping out in a homeless shelter in New Orleans...
Fire in ceiling causes light damage (03/11/04)
A fire in an overhead ceiling furnace caused light damage to a building at 39 N. Broadview at 12:29 p.m. Tuesday. The building is owned by MHD Partnership and occupied by Jade Manufacturing. According to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, the fire was isolated to the furnace after the gas supply to the furnace was turned off and was confined to the ceiling. No one was injured. Damage was estimated at $3,000; light smoke in the warehouse was vented out with fans...
Legacy of firefighting brings Ennis to Cape (03/11/04)
Three days into his new position as Cape Girardeau's fire chief, Richard Ennis appears as settled as he hopes to be in the job. A third-generation firefighter, whose brothers are all firefighters, Ennis really wasn't looking for a new job when he saw an ad in the magazine for the International Association of Fire Chiefs...
Cody's boo-boo (03/11/04)
MORLEY, Mo. -- The doorbell rings at 431 Kelly St., a simple single-story home that is larger on the inside than its boxy exterior indicates. The chime triggers a rapid patter of footfalls from within. Seconds later the inside door swings open to reveal a tiny doorman with brown eyes set in a chubby round face...
Labor OKs funds to unite members against Bush (03/11/04)
BAL HARBOUR, Fla. -- Labor leaders voted Wednesday to spend $44 million to mobilize union household voters in November against President Bush, a record sum in an election they say is do-or-die for the labor movement. The AFL-CIO's get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of Democrat John Kerry are concentrated in a few battleground states that labor leaders believe will determine the next occupant of the White House. Florida, Ohio and Missouri top the list...
Business briefs 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
U.S. trade deficit hits record monthly high WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit hit a record monthly high in January, the start of an election year in which Democrats hope to use the swollen trade gap and the loss of U.S. jobs as campaign issues against President Bush. ...
Stewart's customers vow loyalty -- for now (03/11/04)
CHICAGO -- The preliminary verdict is in from Martha Stewart's customers, and the convicted queen of home furnishings should like it much better than the one delivered in a New York courtroom last week. Many fans forgive her and, better yet, they seem to still be buying her products...
White House won't include Iraq, Afghanistan in budget (03/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- Pressed to estimate the cost of future operations in Iraq, the Pentagon has repeatedly said it's just too hard to do. Now the ranks of disbelievers are growing -- in Congress and among private defense analysts. Some say the Bush administration's refusal to estimate costs could erode American support for the Iraq campaign, as well as the credibility of the White House and lawmakers...
House moves to ban lawsuits blaming obesity crisis on fast food (03/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday voted to ban lawsuits that blame the food industry for people's expanding waistlines and health woes, saying such cases could bankrupt fast-food chains and restaurants. The 276-139 vote is intended to prevent suits that contend food companies and their supersize offerings are responsible for Americans' putting on the pounds and lurching toward obesity...
Teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo gets life in prison without parole (03/11/04)
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Lee Boyd Malvo, the young man who teamed up with John Allen Muhammad to terrorize the Washington area in a sniper spree that left 10 people dead, was formally sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole. Malvo, 19, was sentenced a day after Muhammad was given the death penalty by a judge in Prince William County. ...
People talk 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Ross ordered to jail over drunken-driving case TUCSON, Ariz. -- Diana Ross was ordered to return to Tucson to serve a two-day jail sentence in her drunken-driving case. The singer, who pleaded no contest to DUI last month, had arranged to serve her sentence in Greenwich, Conn., where she lives. ...
Drive-by porn showings open windows for regulation (03/11/04)
Andrea Carlton hadn't planned on telling her daughter about the birds and bees until she was 8 or 9. But that changed the night 4-year-old Catherine spotted a porno movie flickering on a screen in a minivan nearby. "Just like there's no windows in a strip club, you shouldn't be able to see inside windows in a car when they're watching X-rated movies," said Carlton, a 26-year-old from Gurnee, Ill...
Demand for cadaver tissue fuels illegal trade in body parts (03/11/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Collagen to plump up starlets' lips. New knees to enable weekend athletes to play basketball again. Skin for burn victims. Cadavers for surgeons to practice on. A corpse-selling scandal at UCLA has underlined a squeamish fact for people thinking of leaving their remains to science: Bodies are big money...
Haiti's new prime minister arrives to start rebuilding (03/11/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Gerard Latortue, a former U.N. official chosen to lead Haiti out of political turmoil, returned from the United States Wednesday to begin the arduous task of building a government. Loyalists of the former president said they wouldn't accept him...
Iran plans to resume uranium enrichment (03/11/04)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Wednesday it would resume uranium enrichment and warned it may quit cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which it accused of kowtowing to Washington at a crucial meeting in Vienna. Separately, Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani told reporters the Iranian military had built nuclear centrifuges for civilian use -- the first time Iran has acknowledged its military was involved in the country's nuclear program...
Correction 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Due to transmission problems on the Class 1 sectional games Tuesday night, Bell City High School basketball player Zak McIntyre was incorrectly identified in Wednesday's edition of the Southeast Missourian. Also, Scott County Central finished the season with a 16-13 record. The Missourian regrets the errors...
Amano earns award as top center in I-AA (03/11/04)
Southeast Missouri State University football player Eugene Amano has added another national honor to an already impressive resume. Amano was recently named as the recipient of the Dave Rimington Award, given to the player deemed the top center in NCAA Division I-AA. Amano earlier was selected to the American Football Coaches Association I-AA All-America team...
Cowboys want to add conference tourney title (03/11/04)
DALLAS -- Oklahoma State is small but quick, athletic but not deep. Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton has another word to describe his club: mature. Their ability to grow up fast has enabled a group featuring three transfers to blossom into the Big 12 regular-season champions and the favorites going into the conference tournament...
SE scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat St. Louis (03/11/04)
Things weren't looking all that good for Southeast Missouri State University's Indians through 7 1/2 innings Wednesday as they trailed St. Louis University 4-2 and had wasted golden scoring opportunities in the previous two frames. But, said junior second baseman Bo Jenkins, "We always have to be confident we can come back."...
Kurre is Bulldogs' fan for all seasons (03/11/04)
When it comes to high school athletics, Brian Kurre does not miss a beat. The 33-year-old graduated from Jackson High School in 1990 and has been keeping track of his alma mater's basketball teams since. However, in the fall of 1998, Notre Dame Regional High School was relocated near his home on Route K in Cape Girardeau. Kurre then turned most of his attention to the Bulldogs...
Morris shows improvement as Cardinals lose to Red Sox (03/11/04)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Matt Morris' second spring start was a lot better than the first. The St. Louis Cardinals' probable opening-day starter worked four innings Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox. He gave up a two-run homer in the first to David Ortiz, then allowed only two more runners during his last three innings...
With ABA title in hand, Rodman looks to NBA (03/11/04)
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Rodman wants to add an NBA championship to the ABA title he won with the Long Beach Jam. Rodman had 14 rebounds in 24 minutes and helped the Jam beat the Kansas City Knights 126-123 in the American Basketball Association title game Tuesday, and then expressed hope that a team -- possibly the Lakers -- will give him one more chance in the NBA...
Sports digest 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Kohlfield Scorpions post fourth straight win The Kohlfield Scorpions rugby club posted its fourth straight win Saturday, defeating the St. Louis Hornets 68-5 at Arena Park. The Scorpions had three breakaway scores in the first 10 minutes of the game. Tim Tucker scored three times for the Scorpions. Also scoring were Mark Lineberry, Eric Hinson, Ian Barnhouse, Alan Kloss, T.J. Ebner, Marcellus Jones, Carlos Velanzo and Scott Johnston...
Researchers - New breast cancer drug better than tamoxifen (03/11/04)
Tamoxifen, the celebrated drug credited with slashing breast cancer death rates worldwide, could be eclipsed by a newer medicine that is even more effective at preventing a recurrence of the disease in women whose tumors were caught early and removed...
Overcoming obesity (03/11/04)
Blame the super-sized fast food orders, a lethargic lifestyle or genetics, but there's no escaping the fact: Americans are obese. And the situation doesn't seem to be getting better. A report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says obesity is poised to overcome tobacco as the No. 1 killer. A report on obesity by the Food and Drug Administration is planned for later this week and is expected to echo much the same information...
Women who kick it for better health (03/11/04)
Is it really a good idea for women "of a certain age" to be in training to kick ass? A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the importance of men getting in touch with their inner Nadia Comenici and exercising to increase flexibility. I cited psychiatrist Carl Jung who posited that an essential psychological task for men in their second phase of life is to relate more to their own "feminine" aspects...
Health calendar 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Today "Ask your doctor" airs at 8 p.m. on cable channel 5 with Dr. Muhammad Al-Kilani speaking about thyroid disease. Viewers can phone 334-3095 with questions during the show. Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cape Girardeau Center, 20 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Mental postcards from yourself (03/11/04)
March 11, 2004 Dear Julie, The tabletops in a restaurant I frequent actually are maps of Jamaica and other parts of the explored world. While waiting for your food, you can think about all the places you have or haven't been. A table where I often sit has a map of California. The names of California cities are lyrical anyway, but many are the addresses on my mental postcards...
Country Music Award nominees (03/11/04)
A partial list of the nominees for the 39th annual Country Music Awards, set for May 26. A complete list of nominees is available at www.acm.com. Entertainer of the Year: Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw. ...
Jackson gets eight Country Music Award nominations (03/11/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Alan Jackson, who received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Wednesday, can justify celebrating as early as he wants because -- as the title of his hit song suggests -- "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." The ode to leaving work early for the bar, a duet with Jimmy Buffett, was recognized in four categories: single, video, vocal event and song of the year; it was composed by Jim Brown and Donald Rollins...
John Ravenstein (03/11/04)
John Wayne Ravenstein, 67, of St. Louis died Thursday, March 4, 2004. He was born Jan. 3, 1937, in St. Louis, son of Ted and Blanche Mae Cargle Ravenstein. Ravenstein lived in Cape Girardeau from 1940 to about 1960. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Kay; two brothers, Teddy Ravenstein of Madison, Miss., Paul Ravenstein of Arizona; two sisters, Patsy Kimbrel of Cape Girardeau, Pauline Niswonger of Florida; and stepmother, Anna Ravenstein of Cape Girardeau...
Calvin Marks (03/11/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Calvin Marks, 49, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Christopher East Nursing Home in Louisville. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Catharine Bock (03/11/04)
Catharine Frances Lewis Bock, 97, of Cape Girardeau passed peacefully to her Lord Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Catharine Frances Lewis to Thomas Houston and Mary Catharine Tisdale Lewis, Nov. 23, 1906, at the family farm home in Cape Girardeau County (the old Hitt Road). She and Edgar Paul Bock were married June 16, 1932. He preceded her in death Sept. 20, 1988...
Births 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Gammons Twin daughters to Mark Edward Gammons and Maria Lynn Smith of East Prairie, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004. Alexi Marie was born at 7:15 a.m. and weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces. Sierra Marie was born at 7:19 a.m. and weighed 4 pounds 5 ounces. Ms. Smith is the daughter of Bobby and Betty Smith of Marble Hill, Mo. Gammons is the son of Junior and Pratrica Gammons of East Prairie...
Cape police report 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Lawrence P. Kenkel, 20, 36 N. Pindwood, Cape Girardeau was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of two instances of property damage...
Cape fire report 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 5:46 p.m., an emergency medical service call at 1514 Scott St. At 10:22 p.m., a still alarm at North Spanish and Fourth streets. At 11:41 p.m., an emergency medical service call at 511 Bellevue St...
Out of the past 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
10 years ago: March 11, 1994 When lease on building currently occupied by Scott City Library expires on June 30, books and librarian may be moved across town to Tupperware Home Parties Building at 2106 Main; library board is looking for larger space and building that is accessible to handicapped...
Correction 03/11/04 (03/11/04)
A story in Wednesday's edition should have reported that Bryan Keller ran for a county judgeship for Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties in 2002. The mistake was due to an editing error. The Southeast Missourian strives for accuracy, and we will correct all significant errors that are brought to the attention of our editors. If you believe we have made such an error, contact the appropriate editor in the directory below...
GOP tax wobble? (03/11/04)
The Wall Street Journal Somebody needs to tell congressional Republicans that eight months before an election is no time to go wobbly on tax cuts. Democrats who once predicted tax cuts would doom any economic recovery are now using the size of the federal budget deficit to justify repealing them. This won't work with voters, unless enough Republicans get nervous and start retreating on their own...
A growing dread (03/11/04)
Beginning on Valentine's Day, a sense of dread built around the story of a missing Mississippi family with Southeast Missouri ties. First they were only missing, but blood and shell casings were found in their rural house. The FBI was called in, and police arrested a cousin on drug and firearms charges. When the three bodies were found in a wooded area 100 miles away on March 1, the cousin was charged with murder. The bodies were found on property owned by acquaintances of the cousin...
State's rights is ruse in debate (03/11/04)
To the editor: I have not heard the use of state's rights as an appeal since the 1950s. I thought that argument died with Strom Thurmond. Do you think all those gays and lesbians drive to San Francisco to get married in pickup trucks with Confederate flags on them?...
Fraud leads to ill-gotten gain (03/11/04)
To the editor: Almost daily there appears in the news fraudulent means of obtaining large sums of money either by big corporations or by individuals. Such actions seldom escape punishment. Enron, possibly one of the largest corporations, has been found guilty of manipulating and acts such as that. What do you suppose former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling thinks he has gained from the path he chose? No good ever results from such actions. He must be aware of that by now...
Speak Out 3/11/04 (03/11/04)
Buying gas guzzlers ALL PEOPLE who wonder why gas prices are going up have to do is look in the mirror and see what kind of car they're driving, how much horsepower it has and what kind of gas mileage it gets. Gas prices stayed low long enough that people went horsepower crazy again. People don't have anybody to blame except themselves. If that's what they want, that's fine, quit complaining...
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