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Stories from Friday, March 12, 2004

Fire in Cape downtown destroys apartments (03/12/04)
Flames shot through the roof and thick black smoke filled the street Thursday afternoon as fire destroyed a two-story brick building at 225 S. Spanish St. in Cape Girardeau. The lone injury was sustained by a firefighter, Capt. Ed Serandos, who was treated for a back injury at a local hospital and released...
Small-town story stirs unintended emotions (03/12/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- When Tim Thompson and his cast of high school students decided to take on "The Laramie Project" as their spring play, they expected the performance's anti-hate message to touch people's hearts. What Thompson and the St. Vincent Prophet Players didn't expect was to be criticized for it...
Region briefs 3/12/04 (03/12/04)
Two injured in Cape County car accident Two Cape Girardeau County motorists were inured in a two-car accident at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday on Route E two miles west of Oak Ridge. The accident occurred as Chauntel Warner, 20, of Oak Ridge, driving a1994 Toyota westbound, made a left turn and failed to yield to a 1989 Chevrolet being driven eastbound by Kenneth Golembiewski, 48, of Cape Girardeau. ...
Coming to theaters 3/12 (03/12/04)
'Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London' Starring Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson, Hannah Spearritt, Keith Allen, Daniel Roebuck, Cynthia Stevenson and Connor Widdows. Frankie Muniz stars as Cody Banks, the teen spy who can't figure out how to talk to girls. ...
Powerful presentation (03/12/04)
STEVE ROBERTSON * photos@semissourian.com The XG350 L has the eye-catching lines of a luxury automobile, yet carries the price tag of a family sedan. It is shown here in front of the Massey House, built in 1869, in Marble Hill. The new Hyundai XG350 L is loaded with amenities and top-of- the-line presentation...
New bridge goes dark from water in decorative fixtures (03/12/04)
The decorative lights on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge were turned off Thursday, and will be turned off for an extended period of time while the Missouri Department of Transportation and electrical contractors try to find a way to solve a water accumulation problem in the light fixtures...
SEMO considers creating own health insurance plan (03/12/04)
Rising health insurance costs are draining the savings of Southeast Missouri State University retirees and leaving them increasingly frustrated with expensive monthly premiums that are costing some of them over $17,000 a year. The university administration is considering dropping out of a consortium of six of Missouri's public colleges and universities and crafting its own health insurance plan for employees and retirees in an effort to lower health insurance costs...
Two charged in 2001 slaying of sports editor (03/12/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The slaying of a sports editor outside his newspaper two years ago was apparently a random crime motivated by robbery, authorities said Thursday after charging two men with murder. Charles Timothy Erickson and Ryan W. Ferguson, both 19, made initial court appearances but didn't enter pleas Thursday on charges they fatally attacked Kent Heitholt after he paused in the Columbia Daily Tribune's parking lot to feed a stray cat during the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2001...
State tax for nature may go to voters (03/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A dedicated sales tax state voters approved in 1976 is widely credited for making the Missouri Department of Conservation one of the best in the nation at managing wildlife and forestry resources. But critics contend that with an earmarked and perpetual funding source left solely to the discretion of a governing commission that is constitutionally free from outside oversight, the department has developed a reputation for arrogance and wasteful spending...
Bill limiting medical malpractice lawsuits passes House (03/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation intended to stem the rising cost of of medical malpractice insurance through new limits on personal-injury lawsuits won House approval Thursday and went to the Senate. The bill, which supporters call "tort reform," would tighten several parts of state law relating to medical malpractice lawsuits and limit where all personal-injury lawsuits could be filed...
Court halts gay marriage events in San Francisco (03/12/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco on Thursday as Massachusetts lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages in the only state where they have been ruled legal. ...
House OKs large fines for indecency (03/12/04)
The House overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday substantially increasing the maximum fine for radio and TV indecency. The vote was 391-22. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate. The bill would raise the maximum fine for a broadcast license-holder from $27,500 to $500,000. The fine for a performer would jump from $11,000 to $500,000...
Murder charged after baby stillborn (03/12/04)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A pregnant woman who allegedly ignored medical warnings to have a Caesarean section to save her twins was charged Thursday with murder after one of the babies was stillborn. Prosecutors said Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, didn't want the scars that accompany the surgery. An autopsy found the baby died two days before its Jan. 13 delivery and that it would have survived if Rowland had had a C-section when her doctors urged her to, between Christmas and Jan. 9...
S. Korean parliament impeaches president (03/12/04)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's parliament impeached President Roh Moo-hyun on charges of illegal electioneering and incompetence today, stripping him of his constitutional powers in an unprecedented vote that followed hours of scuffles and protests...
U.N atomic watchdogs debates censure of Iran (03/12/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- U.N. nuclear agency members were deadlocked Thursday over how harshly to censure Tehran for failing to fully expose its nuclear activities. Informal meetings ended with no agreement, after the nonaligned bloc at the 35-nation board of governors watered down a draft resolution backed by the United States, Canada, Australia and European countries. ...
Terrorist bombing kills over 190 in Madrid (03/12/04)
MADRID, Spain -- A series of bombs hidden in backpacks exploded in quick succession Thursday, blowing apart four commuter trains and killing at least 192 people and wounding more than 1,400. Spain at first blamed Basque separatists but a shadowy group claimed responsibility in the name of al-Qaida for the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history...
Tigers record 74-68 win over Texas A&M (03/12/04)
DALLAS -- Jason Conley hit consecutive 3-pointers during a 9-0 run late in the second half, sending Missouri past Texas A&M 74-68 in the first round of the Big 12 tournament and ending the six-year tenure of Aggies coach Melvin Watkins. Watkins announced Wednesday that he was resigning after A&M's next loss. ...
Otahkians to host six-team tourney (03/12/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's first home action of the softball season will come in the form of a six-team, round-robin tournament. The annual Southeast Classic will take place today through Sunday on two fields at the Southeast Softball Complex. There is no admission charge...
Indians travel south to face the Tide (03/12/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's baseball Indians will be looking for another upset of Alabama when the teams square off in a three-game weekend series in Tuscaloosa, Ala. There will be a 6:30 p.m. game today, followed by contests at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday...
Blues battle Predators to 1-1 draw (03/12/04)
ST. LOUIS -- As far as coach Barry Trotz is concerned, the Nashville Predators got what they needed against the Blues. The Predators, seeking their first playoff berth, remained one point ahead of St. Louis for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference after a 1-1 tie Thursday night with the Blues...
A happy return for Sanders, Cardinals (03/12/04)
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Reggie Sanders returned to the Cardinals following the birth of his daughter and homered twice off Kazuhisa Ishii to lead St. Louis over the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-8 Thursday. Sanders missed four days of spring training to be home while his wife, Wyndee, gave birth to their fourth daughter, Cooper, on Sunday. He hit a solo homer in the first and a two-run drive in the second...
Cardinals will be on TV 146 times this year (03/12/04)
St. Louis Cardinals fans will get plenty of opportunity to see their team on television this season. Fox Sports Net announced Thursday it will televise 110 of the Cardinals' 162 regular-season games this season. Another 36 games will be broadcast locally on WDKA...
NHL suspends Bertuzzi for rest of season (03/12/04)
TORONTO -- Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks was suspended for the rest of this season and perhaps longer on Thursday for attacking Colorado's Steve Moore. In addition, the NHL will determine before the start of training camp when the All-Star forward can return...
Sports briefs 3/12/04 (03/12/04)
Basketball Vin Baker won his arbitration case against the NBA on Thursday, freeing him to sign with the team of his choice for the remainder of the regular season. In a case that was argued Monday, arbitrator Roger Kaplan invalidated an NBA memo barring the other 28 teams from signing Baker until his other grievance -- against the Boston Celtics -- is settled...
Ahoy! Don't call me Ishmael (03/12/04)
No one loves looking at the ocean more than I do. I am particularly fond of crashing waves and spouting whales. Another benefit of an ocean is fresh seafood. Waves, whales, seafood -- these are among the reasons my wife and I have spent so many vacations on the Oregon Coast since we first discovered Highway 101 in 1972. ...
Top illustrators exhibit sea art (03/12/04)
MYSTIC, Conn. -- Their art is often seen but rarely recognized. It adorns the covers of countless books and the pages of newspapers and magazines throughout the world. It stars in today's most popular animated films. And yet, top illustrators -- such as Jack Davis (Mad Magazine), Peter deSeve ("Finding Nemo") and Mark Alan Stamaty ("Washingtoon" comic strip) -- remain virtually anonymous...
'American Idol' picks 12 finalists (03/12/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Fox's "American Idol" is down to a dozen would-be superstars. The starmaking game show announced the last four finalists Wednesday, setting two months of song-and-dance competition that will culminate in a new musical favorite in May...
On tape, Princess Diana describes confronting the other woman (03/12/04)
NEW YORK -- Princess Diana chose the birthday party of Camilla Parker Bowles' sister to confront the woman having an affair with her husband, Prince Charles, according to excerpts of audiotapes made by Diana that were aired Thursday by NBC. At the party, which took place in the winter of 1989, Diana found her husband and another guest alone with Camilla...
Writer gets one big happy family (03/12/04)
NEW YORK -- Tom Hertz, who created the ABC sitcom "Married to the Kellys," grew up introverted in Connecticut. Then he married a lively, outgoing girl named Susan Kelly from the Kansas City area. "My wife's family is fun, boisterous and does everything together," Hertz says. "They'll all go to a movie if just one of them hasn't seen it...
Great days ahead for couch potatoes (03/12/04)
NEW YORK -- What will TV be like a decade from now? For starters, "Law & Order," featuring 78-year-old Jerry Orbach as detective Lennie Briscoe, will be midway through its 24th season. Another thing: Customized viewing will be the rule of thumb. You'll have far more control than just watching the shows you want to see whenever you want to see them. In the future, you can choose what you want to see within each show...
Artifacts 3/12/04 (03/12/04)
Southern rock band has shows planned The local band Southpaw, who played last year's City of Roses Music Festival, will play at several venues in Southeast Missouri starting Saturday. The band plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Dixie's in Sikeston. Mo. At 9 p.m. March 20, the band will play at Kelso Country Club in Kelso, Mo. Southpaw will be back in Sikeston on April 4 and at Broussard's in Cape Girardeau on May 7 and 8...
A challenge in the cards (03/12/04)
If you thought Meredith on "The Bachelorette" had a tough decision to make then consider poor game show contestant Nick Kowslowski who has to decide between his own life and that of a young girl for his appearence on "The Cards of Fate." Of course, Nick is a fictional character and the game show doesn't really exist, but both are brought to life through the performances of Jackson High School students as part of their spring drama being staged at 7 p.m. ...
Everybody's a critic - 'Hidalgo' (03/12/04)
Two stars (out of four) Billed as a western/action/ adventure film, "Hidalgo" attempts to take the true story of Frank T. Hopkins' participation in the 3,000-mile race across the Arabian desert (known as the Ocean of Fire) and dramatize it into a 135-minute saga. ...
Marile Cissell (03/12/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marile "Jean" Cissell, 73, of Perryville died Thursday, March 11, 2004, in Perryville. She was born Oct. 7, 1930, in Perry County, daughter of Oliver and Gertrude Gib-ler Smith. She and Perry W. Cissell were married Nov. 15, 1947. He died Jan. 14, 1998...
Marie Orrell (03/12/04)
Edna Marie Orrell, 85, of Jackson died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Monticello House. She was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Jackson, daughter of Hugh and Bertha Froemsdorf Conley. She and Otis M. Orrell were married April 17, 1938. He died May 7, 1998. Orrell worked 34 years at International Shoe Co. in Jackson, retiring as inspector in the packing department. She was then a rural newspaper carrier five years with her husband. She was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church...
Arlene Mooney (03/12/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Arlene Delores Mooney, 66, of Winder, Ga., formerly of Anna, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004. She was born in Chicago, daughter of Frank and Mary Kalata Kaczmarek. She married Robert Paul Mooney, who died in 2003. Survivors include a daughter, Joan Adamczyk of Norridge, Ill.; a son, Robert Mooney Jr. of Buford, Ga.; and four grandchildren...
David Vanpelt (03/12/04)
David Vanpelt, 19, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jack Brown (03/12/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jack G. Brown, 89, of Perryville, Mo., died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Brown was born July 26, 1914, at Bloomington, Ill., son of Ellis and Estella Kennick Brown. He and Uva M. Klein were married Nov. 21, 1936 at Kaskaskia Island, Ill. She died Nov. 24, 2002...
Harold Scowden (03/12/04)
Harold L. Scowden, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Life Care Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Kibler (03/12/04)
William Harold Kibler, 81, of Fenton, Mo., died Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. He was born May 15, 1922, in Jackson, son of John and Ethel Watkins Kibler. Kibler owned and operated Necchi Sewing Machine business 30 years, then was district sales manager for Tacory Distributing 15 years, retiring in 1987. He moved to Fenton in October 2003...
Helen Tharp (03/12/04)
Helen R. Tharp, 90, of Scott City died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at St. Joseph Manor in Bonne Terre, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Births 3/12/04 (03/12/04)
Marcum Daughter to Alvin L. and Casey E. Marcum of East Prairie, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 2:46 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004. Name, Taylor Elizabeth. Weight, 7 pounds 3 ounces. Mrs. Marcum is the former Casey Hawkins, daughter of Colin and Pat Hawkins of Sikeston, Mo. She is a registered nurse. Marcum is the son of Charlie and Rhonda Marcum of Charleston, Mo., and Karen Holder of Sikeston. He is a Wrapp operator...
Two injured in Cape County accident (03/12/04)
Two Cape Girardeau County motorists were inured in a two-car accident at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday on Route E two miles west of Oak Ridge. The accident occurred as Chauntel Warner, 20, of Oak Ridge, driving a1994 Toyota westbound, made a left turn and failed to yield to a 1989 Chevrolet being driven eastbound by Kenneth Golembiewski, 48, of Cape Girardeau. Both drivers were taken by private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau for treatment of moderate injuries...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/12/04 (03/12/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Perry L. Pyle, Jr., 19, of 7809 Kenridge, St. Louis, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and failure to drive in a single lane...
Out of the past 3/12/04 (03/12/04)
10 years ago: March 12, 1994 Cape Girardeau voters will likely face another contentious election over fate of riverboat gambling in city; city attorney Warren Wells says that although no plans for third city election on issue are solidified, it's a strong possibility...
A shotgun amendment (03/12/04)
"Hasty marriage seldom proveth well," Shakespeare warns. For thousands of years, every society, and every major religious faith, has held that marriage is a unique relationship by which one man and one woman are joined together for the primary purpose of forming and maintaining a family...
Orange-barrel season (03/12/04)
With warmer weather, the pace of construction in our area picks up considerably. Among the many projects are improvements to streets and highways. The orange barrels make many motorists see red, but when the work is finished, we have better and safer streets and roads...
Letter's key points disputed (03/12/04)
To the editor: I am writing in response to a recent letter opposed to same-sex marriage. The letter stated that homosexuals were the "main cause" of AIDS. That is a blatant stereotype. Careless sexual practices are the primary factor in transmitting AIDS. Most of the people looking to unify their same-sex relationships are monogamous, which would make them not at all responsible for the spread of HIV hat they often get blamed for...
Easier to explain movie than news (03/12/04)
To the editor: I'm a truck driver and listen to Christian radio. I've heard how wonderful and true to life Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," is. I saw the movie, and it makes you love Jesus more, and you also feel some of the pain Christ went through for all us sinners...
Idea for positive, just amendment (03/12/04)
To the editor: The Declaration of Independence promises all Americans the chance to pursue life, liberty and happiness. The best of the Bible teaches compassion, love and inclusiveness. Nevertheless, for the better part of two centuries white Christian politicians and theologians used the Bible to justify the outrageous practice of buying and selling human beings and assigning women a second-class status in church and marriage. ...
Speak Out 03/12/04 (03/12/04)
Millions in savings ABOUT JACKSON'S electric poles: To put them underground would have cost about $3 million, so the city saved millions by putting them aboveground. Courtroom control WHEN SOMEONE misbehaves or disrupts courtroom proceedings, the judge orders the bailiff to remove the misbehaving person in order to maintain order. ...
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