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Stories from Friday, March 19, 2004

School board candidates speak up at voters' forum (03/19/04)
Cape Girardeau School Board candidates took the opportunity Thursday to introduce themselves to the community and voice their opinions on topics ranging from funding to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Five of the district's candidates attended the Southeast Missouri League of Women Voters' annual board candidate forum. Candidates Steven Peel and James McCausland were unable to attend...
Ethics probe finds no violations by Cape officials (03/19/04)
Two separate investigations, one by the state and one by the city of Cape Girardeau, have found no evidence of ethics violations stemming from the city's approval of a convenience store development near the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Planning and zoning commission member Robert Blank didn't use his position for financial gain regarding the convenience store development at Sprigg Street and Highway 74, the Missouri Ethics Commission ruled...
DMA to hold fund-raising auction (03/19/04)
Charlie Hutson was a downtown dreamer. A second-generation owner of Hutson Furniture -- a downtown Cape Girardeau establishment since 1945 -- Hutson worked diligently as a member of the Downtown Merchants Association to improve the downtown area until his death in December. To honor that commitment, the DMA has renamed its primary fund-raising event after the late visionary...
Cape man makes plea-bargain deal (03/19/04)
A Cape Girardeau man who would have faced a jury trial next week for four counts of sexual assault plea-bargained instead and was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison. David Matthew Burton, 29, was charged in October with one count of felony statutory rape and three counts of felony statutory sodomy. He is accused of having had deviant sexual relations with a girl beginning when she was 9 and continuing until she was 11...
World briefs 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
FCC cites Howard Stern and Bono for indecency WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators continued their crackdown on indecency Thursday, issuing a fine for a broadcast of the Howard Stern radio show and ruling that an expletive uttered by rock singer Bono on NBC violated broadcast standards. ...
Broadway widening plan gets grumbles (03/19/04)
Some Cape Girardeau business owners are upset over a plan to widen a section of Broadway that would remove on-street parking and possibly close part of Henderson Avenue and turn it into a parking lot. Mike Schmidt, who owns The Playdium bar at 1127 Broadway, said on-street parking is important to his customers and those of the surrounding businesses...
Conceal-carry law has officials scrambling to keep up (03/19/04)
Implementing Missouri's new conceal-carry law has caused some participating agencies to stumble across a few glitches they're only now discovering. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan said he wasn't anticipating the questions about where the crime reduction fund money came from that will pay for incidental costs involved in processing the applications for the permits. ...
Donations help save family's house (03/19/04)
Cody Phillips is no longer granting photographs. One week after his chubby face appeared on the front page of the Southeast Missourian, the 3-year-old Cody won't even let his parents take a snapshot. Cody has decided he has had enough of children and grown-ups pointing and whispering, "That's the kid." He acts as though he's fed up with the reknown. But his mother knows better...
Learning music right in river city (03/19/04)
For the second year in a row, the Cape Girardeau School District has been named as one of the best communities for music education in America according to a survey by The American Music Conference. "I think we deserve it," said Clippard Elementary School music teacher Debbie Kyle. "We really emphasize, not just having fun, but music education."...
Jackson blacks out Thursday (03/19/04)
The entire city of Jackson was without power for more than an hour Thursday morning. Jackson director of electric utilities, Don Schuette, said AmerenUE, which supplies power into the city, had a problem with a substation. The power was off from about 10:25 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in some places. Other parts of Jackson were restored more quickly through generators, Schuette said...
Kansas City-based steel fabricator files for bankruptcy (03/19/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Haven Steel Co., a design and fabrication company struggling with the rising price of scrap steel, filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Thursday. The filing came after its main lender, Commerce Bank of Kansas City, sought to seize assets in Ottawa, Kan., where Havens has a steel fabrication plant, and at company headquarters in Kansas City...
Bush says nations can't live trying to appease terrorists (03/19/04)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Challenged at home and overseas on Iraq, President Bush warned Thursday that terrorists can never be appeased and said there is no safety for any nation that "lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers." A week after the Madrid bombings that killed more than 200 people and contributed to the fall of a pro-U.S. government, Bush urged free nations to stand united and "fight until this enemy is broken."...
Spanish police arrest four more in bombings (03/19/04)
MADRID, Spain -- Spanish police arrested five more people Thursday in the Madrid terror bombings, bringing the total in custody 11. Five suspects appeared in court for the first time Thursday, as Moroccan authorities rounded up associates of the lead suspect. ...
Fear and lying low in Vegas (03/19/04)
LAS VEGAS -- This is not something you will find in the tourism brochures, but Las Vegas has long been a popular destination for dead-end criminals running from the law. They swarm to Sin City's end-of-the-line motels and neon-lit casinos, betting they can beat the odds and get lost in the crowd, only to learn that this city of security guards and surveillance cameras is actually one of the worst places to go underground...
Modern global extinction theory supported by survey (03/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- A steep decline in birds, butterflies and native plants in Britain supports the theory that humans are pushing the natural world into the Earth's sixth big extinction event and the future may see more and more animal species disappearing...
Pakistan - Bin Laden's deputy trapped (03/19/04)
AL-QAIDA'S NO. 2 LEADER Pakistani intelligence reports say the "high value" target in fortess-like buildings is Ayman al-Zawahri By Paul Haven ~ The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani forces believe they have cornered and perhaps wounded Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, in a major battle near the Afghan border, an area where many believe the world's most wanted terrorist has been hiding, three senior Pakistani officials said Thursday...
Rusty guns first given up in Haiti's disarmament (03/19/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A small pile of rusted, taped and dilapidated weapons was the first to be surrendered in Haiti's disarmament campaign -- highlighting the challenges facing a U.S.-led multinational force in trying to rid the nation of guns...
NATO sends reinforcements to Kosovo; 31 people killed (03/19/04)
PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro -- Ethnic Albanians torched Serb homes and churches Thursday as Kosovo convulsed in a second day of violence, its worst since the province's war ended in 1999. Serbian nationalists set mosques elsewhere on fire and threatened to retaliate with "slaughter and death," and NATO sent reinforcements to quell tensions in the U.N.-run province and ease the threat of renewed conflict in the volatile Balkans...
Bell City has its sights set on two more wins (03/19/04)
Bell City boys basketball coach David Heeb has created quite a legacy in his four years as head coach. Heeb, who went 15-11 his first season, has put together three straight 20-win seasons since then, nearly doubling the amount of 20-win seasons the basketball team had recorded since 1921...
Kelly school board listens as coach's supporters speak (03/19/04)
About 140 people crammed into the band room at Kelly High School on Thursday night to talk with the Kelly School District Board of Education about the girls basketball program. The board listened. One week after voting 4-3 not to renew Rod McQuerter's contract as the basketball coach, the board apparently changed direction and rehired McQuerter...
Late Alabama shot eliminates Salukis (03/19/04)
SEATTLE -- Alabama coach Mike Gottfried predicted it would take an upset to beat Southern Illinois, even though his team was expected to win all along. It sure felt like an upset in the end when Antoine Pettway hit a 6-foot runner with 5 seconds left and the Crimson Tide pulled off a 65-64 victory Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament...
Indians to wrestle Bears in 3-game series at Capaha (03/19/04)
Southwest Missouri State is not nearly the same team that appeared in the College World Series for the first time last season as most of the Bears' top players completed their eligibility and several of them are now playing professional baseball. But the Bears (6-8) still figure to be plenty tough for Southeast Missouri State University (6-8) when the squads with identical records hook up in a three-game weekend series at Capaha Field. ...
Illinois students support chief (03/19/04)
URBANA, Ill. -- More than 9,100 students at the University of Illinois voted in favor of keeping Chief Illiniwek at the school, while about 4,000 voted against the school's much-debated mascot, student government officials announced Thursday. The unofficial results are from a student advisory referendum which took place Tuesday and Wednesday...
Tiger gets strong start in pursuit of five-peat (03/19/04)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Soft greens and benign conditions must have made players wonder if they were really at the Bay Hill Invitational on Thursday. All it took was Tiger Woods near the lead to remind them. Trying to become the first player on any tour to win the same tournament five straight times, Woods got off to a solid start by missing only one fairway in a round of 5-under 67 that left him one shot out of the lead...
Charleston, Senath boys fall in semifinals (03/19/04)
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Adam Hinspeter's two free throws in overtime sealed Centralia's 82-80 victory Thursday over Charleston in the Class 3 state semifinals at the Hearnes Center. The Panthers (28-2) will play Maryville (25-6) in today's final...
Cards split split-squad tilts (03/19/04)
JUPITER, Fla. -- One good pitching outing was good news for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday; one was not. Woody Williams was pretty efficient in his first start of the spring for the Cardinals, while another group of Cardinals was the victim of Roger Clemens best outing of the spring for the Houston Astros...
Baseball's ability to strengthen drug policy is a bust (03/19/04)
Reports that Bud Selig stays up late rereading the "best interests of baseball" clause in the commissioner's handbook must have the lawyers at the players' union rolling on the floor. For one thing, after almost 15 years on the job, what are the odds Selig would even recognize baseball's best interests if one walked into his office and smacked him upside the head?...
Sports briefs 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
Baseball Bob Wickman will spend the first half of the season on the disabled list instead of in the bullpen. The Cleveland Indians closer has a sprained right elbow and will need four weeks of rest before beginning a six-week throwing program, trainer Lonnie Soloff said Thursday...
Food rules on Joe's Day (03/19/04)
Happy St. Joseph's Day to all you regular Joes and Josephines -- and Jo Anns and Jolines -- out there. In case you didn't know it, today's is your day. No Bobs or Emmy Lous today. Just us Joes. Sure, some of you may still be recovering from St. Patrick's Day. But green beer and green mashed potatoes and green just about anything you can imagine doesn't come close to the eats on St. Joseph's Day...
Appealing Aveo - Chevy's new compact offers smooth ride (03/19/04)
srobertson Chevy's new entry-level compact offers smooth ride at an affordable price There's a restaurant about 20 miles north of Cape Girardeau in Shawneetown, Mo., that is the perfect destination for test driving a new vehicle, and I usually show up there for dinner in a new car. ...
Artifacts 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
Cajun March Madness celebrated at local vineyard POMONA, Ill. -- Von Jakob Vineyards in Pomona, Ill., is sponsoring a March Madness festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The festival will feature Cajun music by the band Creole Stop, as well as wine and food. The vineyard is located in the Shawnee Forest at 1309 Sadler Road, about 30 minutes from Cape Girardeau. For more information, visit www.VonJakobVineyard.com...
Images of an art-filled life (03/19/04)
There exists a romantic idea of all artists, but especially those who live by picking up a brush and making an empty canvas come alive with visual images. There is also the sometimes harsh reality of trying to make a living by doing this. Three Cape Girardeau high school seniors have taken the latter thought into consideration before deciding what direction to take their love of art after graduation...
Everybody's a critic - 'Secret Window' (03/19/04)
Three stars (out of four) Johnny Depp is a master at underplaying the leading role in this thriller. Depp, who always excels at creating the off-beat character, replays his success from roles past with his characterization of author-turned-hermit, Morton Rainy...
Katy Rose doesn't want to be labeled as another avril (03/19/04)
NEW YORK -- Plenty of musicians have used their bad behavior, depression and subsequent rehabilitation as fodder for their songs. Few were 14 at the time. Yet Katy Rose, who recently turned 17, was barely into her teens when she began recording her debut album, "Because I Am." This sullen, introspective disc served as a creative outlet when she was in the throes of what she describes as a "self-destructive" phase...
Coming to theaters 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
'Dawn of the Dead' Starring Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth, and Ty Burrell. A mysterious plague causes the newly dead to rise from their graves and begin to eat the living in this horror remake. During the ruckus caused by all the zombies walking about, a group of humans takes refuge in a shopping mall. Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language, running time 100 minues. (Town Plaza Cinemas)...
United Airlines calls June bankruptcy exit premature (03/19/04)
CHICAGO -- United Airlines said Thursday it will take longer than planned to get out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, telling federal bankruptcy court it would be premature to emerge by June 30 as intended with several critical issues still unsettled. The nation's No. 2 carrier did not cite a new target date but said it expects to be able to exit sometime this summer if it soon receives a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee and Congress approves pending legislation granting airlines pension relief...
EU plans sanction of Microsoft Corp. (03/19/04)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union announced its intention Thursday to sanction Microsoft Corp. after the software giant balked at demands that could have prevented it from adding new features to future versions of Windows -- a restriction it avoided in the landmark U.S. antitrust case...
Business briefs 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
Enron's Skilling still can't get to frozen assets HOUSTON -- Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling's millions will remain frozen indefinitely, potentially jeopardizing his ability to meet personal expenses and pay his high-powered legal team. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake ruled late Thursday in favor of the federal government's request to maintain a freeze on more than $55 million in cash and property...
Bill McCormack (03/19/04)
Bill McCormack, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at his home. He was born Sept. 7, 1922, at Marquand, Mo., son of James H. and Nancy Starkey McCormack. He and Helen Robbs were married Aug. 4, 1945, at Flat River, Mo. Mr. McCormack worked 10 years for Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill. ...
Dayton Riehn (03/19/04)
Dayton Otis Riehn, 81, of Missouri Veterans Home died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1922, at Millersville, youngest of five sons of Odes Henry and Ida Statler Riehn. He grew up in the Oak Ridge School District, completed high school, and went on to vocational technical training in accounting...
Mary Landewee (03/19/04)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Mary E. Landewee, 94, of Leopold died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 27, 1909, at Leopold, daughter of August and Wilhelmina Rodin Trankle. She and George A. Landewee were married April 30, 1935, at Leopold. He died Aug. 6, 1992...
Andrew Elfrink (03/19/04)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Andrew G. Elfrink, 88, of Portageville, Mo., died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Elder Care of Marble Hill, Mo. He was born Feb. 29, 1916, at Leopold, son of Jacob H. and Adelheid Jansen Elfrink. He and Agnes Beel were married Jan. 25, 1938...
Katherine Boyd (03/19/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Katherine M. Boyd, 84, of Anna died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born April 18, 1919, in Princeton, Ky., daughter of William and Bertha Davis Fralick. She and Norman L. Boyd Sr. were married Oct. 25, 1950, in Memphis, Tenn. He died April 26, 2002...
Rosa Pruett (03/19/04)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Rosa Belle Pruett, 84, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was born Dec. 6, 1919, in the Vinson community of Stoddard County, Mo., daughter of W.D. and Stella Carson Walker. She and Ellis Pruett were married Sept. 18, 1937, at New Madrid, Mo. He died Oct. 3, 2001...
Mary Ressel (03/19/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Ann Ressel, 38, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Aug. 23, 1965, in Pontiac, Mich., daughter of Sherry Brumbaugh. She and Ron Ressel were married March 3, 1984. Ressel was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and daughters of St. Ambrose...
Births 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
OtteDaughter to John Michael and Kristin Leigh Otte of Perryville, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 9:10 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2004. Name, Claudia Kathleen. Weight, 5 pounds 14 ounces. First child. Mrs. Otte is the former Kristin Klund, daughter of Eugene and Bonnie Klund of Ballwin, Mo. Otte is the son of Albert and Mary Otte of Perryville. He is a mold maintenance technician at TG Missouri Corp...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Michael Eugene Weaver, 32, 704 Country Lane, Jackson, was arrested Wednesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation and on suspicion of stealing...
Cape fire report 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: At 6:19 p.m., an emergency medical service call at 1318 N. Sprigg St. At 10:19 p.m., an emergency medical service call at 2 N. Main. Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: At 12:14 a.m., an emergency medical service call at 3020 Boutin Drive...
Out of the past 3/19/04 (03/19/04)
10 years ago: March 19, 1994 Cape Girardeau County's sales tax receipts for 1994 are pouring in at another record rate through first quarter of year. Republican primary has developed for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds with filing of Cheryl D. Stoffregen of Cape Girardeau for position...
Don't raise expectations in election season (03/19/04)
By Ken Newton High expectations function as life's spoilsport. Once you look at things in the loftiest way, nothing else satisfies. This happens often enough in popular culture. Movie critics rave about some film that thrilled them in Toronto, captivated them in Cannes, stunned them in Sundance...
Taking a break (03/19/04)
There has been less of a hum in Cape Girardeau this week as students at Southeast Missouri State University have found other things to do and other places to be for spring break. Like thousands of other university students from around the country, many of Southeast's students are enjoying warm beaches and around-the-clock parties at some of the favorite spring-break destinations...
MDC needs same accountability (03/19/04)
To the editor: I am writing in response to Alan Morris' March 16 letter. If the Missouri Department of Conservation is doing its job, it should not be concerned about the accountability that my legislation would provide. The Senate joint resolution only puts to a vote, up or down, whether people would like to have the opportunity to vote on the one-eighth-cent conservation sales tax every 10 years...
Speak Out 03/19/04 (03/19/04)
Calorie watchdog AS A person who is watching his calories, I think Tommy Thompson really has more to worry about besides obesity. The government worries about smoking and alcohol consumption. Now it's starting to worry about calories. Is it going to start dictating to us?...
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