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Stories from Saturday, March 20, 2004

Businesswoman files for office (03/20/04)
Local businesswoman Kathy Swan filed for second district associate commissioner this week, pushing the total number of candidates to 17 for the two associate commissioner spots. Swan, well known in Republican circles, is owner of JCS Tel-link, a communications business in Cape Girardeau...
A green light to go to Iraq (03/20/04)
The green glow was just the beginning. We knew it was coming. The president told us, told them, that the green glow was on its way. And it appeared for the first time a year ago. That's how most of us viewed the war in Iraq. Through night-vision cameras, narrated by Dan Rather or Tom Brokaw or Peter Jennings. A flash of green light on the television screen. A thunderous explosion through the speakers. A worldwide chemical reaction...
Forecasters call for warm spring (03/20/04)
Put away the sweaters and get out the T-shirts; for the next 30 to 90 days temperatures are predicted to be above normal. According to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service from Paducah, Ky., temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal between April and June for most of the United States west of the Mississippi. Precipitation is expected to be normal, if not slightly wetter...
Community cuisine 03/20/04 (03/20/04)
Pork sausage on menu at St. Paul Lutheran A pork sausage dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran's multipurpose building in Jackson. St. Ambrose serving chicken on Sunday A chicken dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Ambrose Parish in Chaffee, Mo...
Cape home show draws vendors, pets (03/20/04)
About 125 vendors filled the upstairs and downstairs of the Show Me Center on Friday with booths that focus on everything from pools and spas, to power tools and cell phones, and gardening and waterproofing. According to event coordinator Sarah Guinger, 8,000 to 10,000 people will pass through the 24th annual Home and Garden Show during the three days it is in Cape Girardeau...
Police report 03/20/04 (03/20/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Jeffery Lynn Oliver, 42, Box 291, Burfordville, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Kristian Dale Henderson, 19, 447 N. Main, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of domestic assault...
Uncle of President Bush campaigns in Cape County (03/20/04)
President Bush's uncle, seeking to garner farmers' support, visited a Gordonville farmer's tool shed Friday to campaign for his nephew's re-election. "President Bush has led our country on principle," said St. Louis lawyer Bucky Bush, who chairs the president's re-election campaign in Missouri...
Religion calendar 3/20 (03/20/04)
Today Worship celebration at 1:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church honoring Bishop Ann B. Sherer. Sherer has served the Methodist conference for 12 years and will be reassigned later this year. Sunday Revival at New Bethel Baptist Church east of Pocahontas. ...
Churches come together to build homes for those in need (03/20/04)
Though they don't often break bread together, 22 area churches are breaking ground on a construction project with Habitat for Humanity in Cape Girardeau. The local congregations, representing 11 denominations, will build a new home for Latosha Reed and her three children at Henderson and Cousin streets. A kickoff and groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at the work site. The real construction work will begin this coming Thursday...
Is there life after birth? (03/20/04)
Do you believe in life after death? Most of us do. Do you believe in life after birth? What a strange question! Most of us would answer yes. But before we do, we had better give this question more thought. There are millions of people who are born into this world, who breathe God's air, who walk and talk and work and play, who use up God's resources, and who are experts on how to live the good life...
Pop star priest (03/20/04)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- He's had a No. 1 record, won a Latin Grammy and now has a hit movie -- all aimed at revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil. He is the Rev. Marcelo Rossi, Brazil's pop star priest, a leader of the Brazilian church's efforts to bolster its waning appeal in the world's largest Catholic country...
Holden criticizes House on state budget (03/20/04)
LEGISLATURE'S HALFWAY POINT By David A. Lieb ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Assessing the legislative session at its traditional midway mark, Democratic Gov. Bob Holden on Friday criticized House Republicans both for moving too slowly on the state's budget and for proposing "draconian cuts."...
Holden launches effort to manage chronic diseases (03/20/04)
Gov. Bob Holden launched an initiative Friday intended to improve management of health care for those with chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart problems. The idea is that by involving people more in the treatment and management of their disease, they will be healthier and have lower medical bills in the long run...
Star of latest 'Benji' movie discovered at shelter (03/20/04)
JACKSON, Miss. -- For Joe Camp, the creator and director of the "Benji" series, his latest project is more than just another movie -- it's a gift to the people of Mississippi. "Benji Returns: Rags to Riches," which will premiere in Jackson on March 26, is set in a fictional Mississippi town and its star, a 3 1/2-year-old mixed-breed terrier, was adopted from an animal shelter in Gulfport...
Britney Spears suffers knee injury during concert (03/20/04)
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears suffered a knee injury during her concert tour, forcing her to cancel a Chicago-area performance Friday night. The singer hurt herself during a dance routine toward the end of her show Thursday night in Moline, Ill. Spears was singing one of her new songs, "Boom Boom," according to "Entertainment Tonight." Minutes later, the syndicated television program reported, the 22-year-old pop star reappeared on stage in a white bathrobe and apologized to the audience for not being able to continue. ...
Bill offers counties vote on phone tax to improve 911 (03/20/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Since statewide ballot measures to impose a cellular phone tax that would fund upgrades to local 911 systems have been twice rejected, some lawmakers are proposing a county-by-county approach to the issue. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, would allow voters in each of Missouri's 114 counties plus St. Louis city to decide for themselves whether to impose a tax on local cell phone customers. Supporters of the bill say it would enhance safety...
Stand firm, Bush urges (03/20/04)
WASHINGTON -- Faced with wavering allies and a divided America, President Bush on Friday urged all to stand firm against terrorism in Iraq and around the globe. A visit to the bedsides of wounded soldiers underscored the one-year toll of 570 American deaths in Iraq...
Paris Hilton thrown from horse taping 'Simple Life' (03/20/04)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Paris Hilton was hospitalized Friday after a horse she was riding threw her off and kicked her in the stomach during the taping of "The Simple Life 2," a reality show featuring the hotel heiress and a friend on a 30-day cross-country trip. ...
Presidential campaign expenses nearly $500 million (03/20/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Democratic nominee-to-be John Kerry are on track to spend nearly a half-billion dollars vying for the White House this year, making it the most expensive presidential race in history. Bush has already reached his goal of raising a record $170 million, with more fund raising to come. His supporters believe he could easily reach $200 million or more -- and that's before he gets a government grant of about $75 million in September for his general-election campaign...
Taiwan's president reassures voters after assassination attempt (03/20/04)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hours after an assassination attempt against President Chen Shui-bian, Taiwanese stunned by the attack started voting early Saturday in an election focused on the military threat from mainland China. Gunfire hit Chen in the abdomen and Vice President Annette Lu in the knee as they rode through the president's southern hometown of Tainan at midday Friday, waving to supporters from an open-top, red jeep. ...
CHS swimmers improve to 2-0 (03/20/04)
Central High School's girls swimming team won its second meet of the season Friday, beating visiting Ft. Zumwalt South 98-88. Central (2-0) received strong individual efforts from Cassie Kipper, Hannah Lewis and Brett Ford. Each won an individual event and swam on winning relay teams...
Cubs charge into Class 1 title game (03/20/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Bell City boys basketball team used a combination of depth and outside shooting to breeze through the MSHSAA Show Me Showdown Class 1 semifinal on Friday night with a 79-49 victory against Bevier at the Hearnes Center. Bell City (28-4) will play St. Elizabeth (22-8) for the championship at 9:30 tonight. St. Elizabeth defeated North Andrew 40-34 in Friday's late semifinal...
Otahkians tennis team tracks down its first win (03/20/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's tennis team picked up its first win of the season Friday as the Otahkians beat Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State 6-1 in Nashville, Tenn. The Otahkians (1-13, 1-3) bounced back from Thursday's 7-0 OVC loss at Jacksonville (Ala.) State...
Indians throw surprise at Bears (03/20/04)
Ryan Forsyth came to Capaha Park Friday afternoon figuring to at most pitch a little bit in relief -- and even that was probably questionable considering the way he was struggling. Instead, Southeast Missouri State University's junior right-hander turned in the best game of his two-year career with the Indians during a 5-2 win over Southwest Missouri State...
Wrestling events to take place in Cape (03/20/04)
Can't get enough professional wrestling? The next eight days should be the perfect tonic. The Gateway Championship Wrestling circuit has a card set for 8 tonight at the A.C. Brase, and the WWE comes to the Show Me Center next Saturday. "Wrestling has always been big here," said Brad Gentry, marketing director for the Show Me Center...
New racing season gets ready to launch at ATPR in Benton (03/20/04)
The Auto Tire and Parts NAPA Race Park will be under new management for the 2004 season, which begins today. Dirt Track Promotions, operated by Stan Myers, reached a lease agreement in January with Doug Friese, the president of the dirt track located in Benton...
Plaza Tire becomes new sponsor for Capahas (03/20/04)
The Capahas -- Cape Girardeau's tradition-rich summer baseball team -- will be known as the Plaza Tire Capahas at least for this season and probably for the next several years. Plaza Tire Service -- which has several stores in the region, including one in Cape Girardeau -- officially became the Capahas' new primary sponsor on Friday, when company president Mark Rhodes and Capahas manager Jess Bolen made the announcement...
Starters hit hard in Cards' exhibition loss to Marlins (03/20/04)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Dontrelle Willis was hit hard despite allowing only one earned run in two innings Friday as the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6. The Cardinals scored four runs off Willis in the second inning after shortstop Alex Gonzalez made a throwing error. Willis gave up five hits...
Racers hit finish line with loss to Illinois (03/20/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Illinois was bigger, badder and better, muscling past an inferior opponent and into the second round of the NCAA tournament. Just like a Big Ten team should. Dee Brown scored 21 points as the fifth-seeded Fighting Illini advanced in the NCAA tournament Friday with a 72-53 victory over 12th-seeded Murray State. They won on the same floor where they claimed their first outright conference title in 52 years this month...
Sports briefs 3/20/04 (03/20/04)
Baseball Gene Bearden, the knuckleballer who completed a remarkable rookie season by closing out the Cleveland Indians' last World Series championship in 1948, has died. He was 83. Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Josh Hamilton was suspended for the 2004 season for violating baseball's drug policy. ...
Louise Milde (03/20/04)
Louise Milde, 90, of Jackson died Friday, March 19, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Bauer (03/20/04)
Juanita A. "Neat" Bauer, 89, of St. Charles, Mo., died Friday, March 19, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 26, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Henry C. and Nina G. Suedekum. She married Robert C. Bauer, who preceded her in death. Bauer was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Harvester, Mo., Baue Silver and Gold, and CALL Group. She was formerly of Cape Girardeau...
Juanita Bohnert (03/20/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Juanita Bohnert, 83, of Perryville died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Perry County, daughter of Frank B. and Ada Pearl Dunn Martin. She and Isadore Bohnert were married Dec. 4, 1938, at St. Louis...
Verna Weinkein (03/20/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Verna F. Weinkein, 92, of Perry County died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 8, 1911, at Perry County, daughter of Theodore and Mary Valleroy Lukefahr. She and Wilbert Weinkein were married Sept. 6, 1941, at Perryville. He died in 1984...
Tracy Vernon (03/20/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Tracy Lynn Cole Vernon, 30, died Friday, March 19, 2004, as the result of an auto accident. She was born Dec. 1, 1973, in Belleville, Ill., daughter of Kenneth R. and Betty Ann Lynch Cole. She was a waitress at Killian Bar and Grill...
Ethel Foster (03/20/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ethel Foster, 82, of Perryville died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 5, 1921, at McBride, Mo., daughter of Kenneth and Iola Thayer Yeager. She married Herman Foster; he preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Bobby Davis (03/20/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bobby J. Davis, 78, of Sikeston died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1926, in Catron, Mo., son of Sam C. and Edna Reynolds Davis. He and Verna Cox were married Jan. 2, 1945, at Sikeston...
Velma Bess (03/20/04)
Velma Jean Bess, 74, of Nashville, Tenn., died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at her home. She was born July 7, 1929, at Dongola, Mo., daughter of Norman and Rita Sample Shell. She and Johnny Williams were married in 1944. He died in 1945, a casualty of World War II...
Fire report 03/20/04 (03/20/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: At 3:36 p.m., emergency medical service at Broadway and Kingsway. At 6:35 p.m., illegal burn at 1500 Big Bend. At 12:54 p.m. citizen assist at 11 Schonhoff Lane At 10:35 p.m., fire alarm at 3049 William...
Sheriff's report 03/20/04 (03/20/04)
Cape Girardeau County The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Edward P. Engle, 43, of Chaffee, Mo., was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Derek Koontz, 30, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a warrant March 12 for probation violation, possession of a controlled substance and driving under revocation...
Out of the past 3/20/04 (03/20/04)
10 years ago: March 20, 1994 NEW HAMBURG, Mo. --Voters in Kelso School District are being asked to raise their taxes once again, thanks to Senate Bill 380, Missouri's sweeping education funding and reform law; if voters say yes to $1.23 increase on April 5, tax rate in district will have more than doubled in two years time to $2.75...
Terrorism wins one (03/20/04)
MADRID -- Almost a week after being attacked, Madrid remains as shellshocked as it was last Thursday [March 11]. Through the weekend, millions of Madrilenos cried, shouted, marched and then cried again. Someone was responsible. Someone had to pay. Now there are tired eyes and somber faces. ...
Cody's home (03/20/04)
Thanks to overwhelming generosity, the Phillips family has enough money to catch up on mortgage payments. The response has been swift and generous to a story in last week's Southeast Missourian about the plight of a Morley, Mo., family in danger of losing their home while their 3-year-old son fights a rare blood disease...
Public permits (03/20/04)
The Washington (Mo.) Missourian The Missouri Senate has rejected an attempt to make public the names of people who receive concealed gun permits. Senators ... voted 19-13 against an amendment that would have required sheriffs to keep lists of permit holders and release them upon request by the public...
Doctors urgently need tort reform (03/20/04)
To the editor: This letter was sent to state Sen. Peter Kinder. House Bill 1304 has passed on to the Senate for consideration. As you know, this is tort-reform legislation. It was given overwhelming approval from the House, and I hope it will receive approval from your chamber as well...
Speak Out 03/20/04 (03/20/04)
Spending for drugs EVERY TIME the issue of price control is brought before the pharmaceutical companies, they cry they need more money for research and development. We all understand that. Where, then, is all the money coming from for their hundreds of TV commercials? I think something is wrong...
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