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Stories from Sunday, March 21, 2004

Program to better parents' abilities turns 20 (03/21/04)
At a time when the importance of early childhood education was just beginning to be recognized, Missouri established one of the first programs designed to improve parenting skills. That program, dubbed Parents as Teachers, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and also the possibility of a major expansion under a funding proposal made Tuesday by Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo...
The buzz about life sciences (03/21/04)
Rick Bohn is a medical technologist at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Hovering over a microscope, Bohn is doing a complete cell count from a patient's blood sample splayed on the slide below. At the same time 10 miles away, Adam Dillingham stands over a trough at the Southeast Missouri State University Farm. A freshman majoring in agriculture business and animal sciences, Dillingham tilts his white bucket, pouring a mix of cotton seed and corn for cattle to eat...
World briefs 3/21/04 (03/21/04)
Haiti's interim leader visits cradle of rebellion GONAIVES, Haiti -- Sharing a platform with rebel leaders, Haiti's interim leader Saturday praised the gunmen who began the uprising that chased Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power and even paid tribute to an assassinated gangster. ...
House speaker says budget delay part of January deal (03/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- By tradition, the House of Representatives tries to pass its version of the state budget before the legislature adjourns for its annual spring recess. In years when that arbitrary deadline is missed, the chamber typically finishes the job shortly upon returning from the break...
History projects cast wide net for topics (03/21/04)
Even though the nation is marking the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, judges for National History Day still had plenty of topics to choose from on Saturday. "We expected a lot of Lewis and Clark, but we actually got some pretty unique topics -- Jane Goodall, Elvis," said Joel Rhodes, assistant professor at Southeast Missouri State University department of history. ...
Downtown merchants auction honors Hutson (03/21/04)
Chuck Ross sat at the end of the bar in the upstairs Yacht Club at Port Cape. Sipping on a vodka and club soda with a lemon wedge, the vice president of the Downtown Merchants Association waited quietly amid the bustle of waiters delivering trays of shrimp and chocolate-covered strawberrries to a crowd that had just begun to trickle in...
Democrats join races for area Senate seats (03/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democratic candidates filed Friday for two open area Senate seats currently held by Republicans. Donnie Owens of Fredericktown is running in the 27th District, which covers six Southeast Missouri counties. Owens was a candidate for an area House seat in 2000 but dropped out before the Democratic primary...
Bridge lights to be off for some time (03/21/04)
The decorative lights on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge will remain dark for a while, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT turned off the lights March 11 because water was accumulating inside some of the light fixtures. Stan Johnson, an area MoDOT engineer, said the agency still does not know how water got inside...
Two face anhydrous theft charges (03/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two Perryville men were arrested late Friday and early Saturday in connection with the theft of anhydrous ammonia, the Perry County Sheriff's Department said. Jeremiah D. LaPlant, 24, and Christopher I. Dallas, 24, are being held on $20,000 and $100,000 bonds, respectively...
Museum project focuses on natural art of rock, ore (03/21/04)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- There's a reason that a certain kind of zinc is dubbed ruby jack, but visitors to the Joplin Mineral Museum couldn't tell why by looking at samples of the rock there. "It has very small points, and those points, when struck with direct light, look like massive rubies," said John Knapp, who teaches geology and physical science at Missouri Southern State University...
Missouri malpractice costs cheaper for some doctors (03/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For more than a year, Missouri doctors have been warning of a pending health care crisis because of steep rises in the cost of malpractice insurance. Doctors who cannot afford the coverage in Missouri, they say, will retire or move to some state where premiums are lower...
Parents, students join school funding lawsuit (03/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As a parent of two children in the East Carter County School District, Robert Eudaley of Ellisinore doesn't care about the bickering among state leaders concerning education funding. He just wants his children to get the high level of educational opportunities that those leaders promise but in his view fail to deliver...
Social Security brings retirees back (03/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration, which helps millions plan their retirements, underestimated the number of its own retiring workers and rehired 308 of them with both a salary and a pension. The Bush administration approved and encouraged rehirings across the government to give agencies more flexibility, drawing criticism from Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon...
Alabama legislators consider naming a state whiskey (03/21/04)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama is in a fight over whether to name an official state whiskey, one that has its origins in Alabama's rich history of bootlegging. The Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution declaring Conecuh Ridge Fine Alabama Whiskey as the "official state spirit," but Gov. Bob Riley vetoed the resolution Thursday...
Washington, Pennsylvania men share sniper reward (03/21/04)
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Two men will share a $500,000 reward for providing information that led to the arrests of the Washington-area snipers nearly two years ago, officials said Saturday. Robert Holmes, of Tacoma, Wash., will get $350,000 for tipping authorities that his friend John Allen Muhammad might be the shooter. ...
The president's six men (03/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- A few weeks after the Soviets launched the first manmade satellite in 1957, shattering America's sense of security, CBS president Frank Stanton was asked to the White House to see President Eisenhower. Stanton knew his friend was agonizing over how to respond to Sputnik and the terrorizing thought that permeated America: Had the Soviets gained a huge first-strike advantage in the nuclear arms race?...
Whites-only scholarship offer stirs up liberal arts school (03/21/04)
BRISTOL, R.I. -- On the sleepy coastal campus of Roger Williams University, a small liberal arts school unaccustomed to student activism, the College Republicans are reveling in the debate they've kicked up by offering a scholarship for whites only...
Thousands protest occupation of Iraq (03/21/04)
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world rallied against the U.S. presence in Iraq on the first anniversary of the war Saturday, in protests that retained the anger, if not the size, of demonstrations held before the invasion began. Protesters filled more than a dozen police-lined blocks in Manhattan, calling on President Bush to bring home U.S. ...
Pakistan commander not sure if bin Laden deputy trapped (03/21/04)
WANA, Pakistan -- As helicopters circled overhead and gunfire crackled in the distance, a Pakistani general said Saturday many of the al-Qaida fighters surrounded near the Afghan border were Chechen or Uzbek, and he was uncertain if they included Osama bin Laden's Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahri...
After election, Taiwan court seals ballot boxes (03/21/04)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's high court ordered the sealing of all ballot boxes today, one day after President Chen Shui-bian claimed victory in a close race. As violent protests erupted around the island, the high court said it needed to preserve evidence, although no recount was immediately ordered, as challenger Lien Chan demanded. ...
Baghdad pain still deep one year later (03/21/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The first anniversary of the start of the war that ousted Saddam Hussein was a day like many others in Iraq: a mortar attack in a northern city, an attempt to kill a politician and news of a U.S. Marine cut down by rebel fire. Overall, Saturday was average by recent Iraqi standards...
Grateful Kurds in Iraq's north enjoy Americans and their cultu (03/21/04)
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq -- At MaDonal, a restaurant with a familiar name, diners munch cheeseburgers and fries. U.S. troops drink Diet Coke. An American flag flies next to the sign that bears the internationally recognized trademark yellow M. The scene reflects a fact of life in Iraq's north: Many Kurds are fascinated with the culture of the superpower that freed an oppressed people from brutal persecution by the ousted dictator...
Oran Eagles rebuild after a strong four-year run (03/21/04)
One of the most talented and successful baseball classes graduated from Oran High School last season. The group of Nathan Seyer, Tyler Cookson, Trey Graviett, Ryne Wood, Patrick Friga, Tyler Nelson and Joey Bickings played vital roles on back-to-back final four teams for the Eagles. Oran finished third in 2002, and last season the Eagles made the final game only to come up short once again...
Bell City captures Class 1 state title (03/21/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Bell City's boys basketball team wrapped up its second Class 1 state title in three years with a 74-62 win over St. Elizabeth on Saturday night at the Hearnes Center. Bell City senior star guard Dominitrix Johnson put on the top show of the day, scoring 40 points as he nearly singlehandedly carried the Cubs to victory...
Indians snare Bears for 2nd straight day (03/21/04)
It's been a long climb, but Southeast Missouri State University has finally reached the .500 mark. The Indians began the season by losing three games at Oklahoma and they've been in a hole ever since. But Saturday afternoon's 8-2 victory over Southwest Missouri State in front of more than 500 fans at Capaha Field evened the Indians' record at 8-8. Southeast has won four straight games and is perfect in seven home contests...
The Cardinal fall off their No. 1 perch (03/21/04)
Associated Press SEATTLE -- Josh Childress watched from the end of the bench as Stanford's latest comeback attempt came up just short, bouncing off the rim. This time, there was no fantastic finish for the Cardinal. Dan Grunfeld missed a 3-pointer from the right wing at the horn and Stanford became the first No. 1 seed to exit the NCAA tournament on Saturday, upset by Alabama 70-67...
Stars stay unbeatable at home (03/21/04)
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are confident at home. They'll need to have similar success on the road if they want to make a late push in the standings. Stu Barnes scored the go-ahead goal with 12:04 remaining and the Stars stretched their franchise-record, home-unbeaten streak to 17 games with a 3-1 victory Saturday over the St. Louis Blues...
Moms-to-be eliminate exhaustion with regular exercise (03/21/04)
NEW YORK -- Getting to the gym is often the last thing on the mind of an exhausted mother-to-be whose body is working hard to prepare for a baby. But a new book argues that the things keeping you from working out -- fatigue, bloating, lower back pain, constipation and even moodiness -- are the same things regular exercise will alleviate...
Parenting tips from the playpen (03/21/04)
NEW YORK -- "No! No! No!" It's the familiar soundtrack of households with babies and toddlers. Many parents find themselves prying toys out of their children's hands and pulling food out of their mouths because whatever the little ones have gotten themselves into poses a safety hazard...
Exquisite elegance (03/21/04)
Some say the day of elegance is long past. Grand foyers, staircases and high ceilings have been replaced with practical, heat-efficient floor plans. Luckily, there are houses that combine the style of southern plantations with the more modern conveniences. One of those homes is at 1343 Rosewood in Cape Girardeau's Ashland Hills subdivision...
Accessories for outdoor living getting better (03/21/04)
The deck and patio lifestyle has been around forever, but the amenities that make it attractive -- furniture and accessories -- seem to get better as time goes by. Styling, function and materials continue to improve, and fabrics are chic-chic. You can cook to your heart's content, entertain in high style or just veg out. Homeowners now give as much design thought to these outdoor suites as any room in the house...
VH1 remade- A stopping point for channel surfers (03/21/04)
The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The renewed VH1 has imagined itself as the antidote for the itchy remote control finger. Many people consider VH1 primarily a music channel, but executives were surprised by research that found music was the third thing mentioned by viewers when they thought of the network. Nostalgia and storytelling came first...
Love monkeys and booty nomads -Men write about their experience (03/21/04)
NEW YORK -- Call it a testosterone-driven Bridget Jones or call it "lad lit." Whatever the name, a crop of books by men writers is going where no man has gone before and picking up where "chick lit" left off. Men are writing fiction about how to win the elusive woman of their dreams and survive their shattered hearts...
Edna Flanigan (03/21/04)
A memorial service for Edna Marie Grossheider Flanigan will be held at 11 a.m. March 26 in the chapel of Memorial Park Cemetery at I-70/Lucas-Hunt Road in St. Louis. The Rev. David Hirsch of Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will follow in the cemetery...
Wiliam Barks (03/21/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- William L. Barks, 76, of Sedgewickville died Friday, March 19, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 29, 1927, at Lixville, Mo. son of Lewis and Barbara Bohnert Barks. He and Goldie "Jean" Crabtree were married in May 1959...
Murle Hill (03/21/04)
Murle Mack Hill, 76, of Herrin, Ill., and formerly of Scott City, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Ill. He was born Dec. 14, 1921, at Pekin, Ill., son of Oliver and Mary Knupp Hill. He and Lily "Pearl" Hale were married on Aug. 23, 1947, at Piggott, Ark...
Mary Landewee (03/21/04)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Mary E. Landewee, 94, of Leopold died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at her home with her family at her side. 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 St. John's Catholic Church in Leopold. He died Aug. 6, 1992...
Herbert Taylor (03/21/04)
Herbert H. Taylor, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Charles Powell (03/21/04)
MINER, Mo. -- Charles Franklin Powell, 88, of Miner died Friday, March 19, 2004 at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 15, 1916, in Greenfield, Ill., son of Harden and Martha Wood Powell. He and Beulah Tisdel were married Sept. 12, 1947, at Bethalto, Ill. She died Sept. 3, 1990...
Dorothy Pettit (03/21/04)
Dorothy Louise Pettit, 77, of Cape Girardeau died March 20, 2004, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lorberg Funeral Chapel.
Louise Milde (03/21/04)
Louise Anna Milde, 90, of Jackson died Friday, March 19, 2004, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 8, 1913, at Jackson, daughter of Louis and Anna Brennecke Schaper. She and Frank Milde Sr. were married June 7, 1938. He died Jan. 28, 1983...
Births 3/20/04 (03/21/04)
Gooch Son to Gregory Leigh and Jennifer Lynne Gooch of Sikeston, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 11:24 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004. Name, Ty Gregory. Weight, 7 pounds 14 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Gooch is the former Jennifer Parmenter, daughter of Sam and Sheila Parmenter of Sikeston. She is employed at Midwest OB/GYN. Gooch is the son of Joe and Joy Gooch of Sikeston. He is employed at WW Transport Inc...
Lohmann-Brown (03/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jessica Lynne Lohmann and Tyson Paul Brown were married Oct. 4, 2003, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Rev. Craig Otto performed the ceremony. Vocalist was Tobi Layton. Music was provided by Allyn Steffens and Andy Tanz. Parents of the couple are Palmer and Sandra Lohmann and Wayne and Susan Brown, all of Perryville...
Chamberlain-Blyzes (03/21/04)
Salena Chamberlain and Curtis Blyzes exchanged vows Jan. 31, 2004, in Cape Girardeau. Phil Berry performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Sonnie Chamberlain of Perryville, Mo., and Nadine Collins of Colorado Springs, Colo. The groom is the son of Tina Blyzes and Mike Blyzes of Cape Girardeau...
Raines-Heslinga (03/21/04)
Holly Michelle Raines and Ryan David Heslinga were married Dec. 6, 2003, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Shirley Raines and Bruce and Janie Raines, all of Scott City. The groom is the son of George and Kita Heslinga of Dunnellon, Fla...
Baker-Vent (03/21/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Michael and Tonia Baker of Benton announce the engagement of their daughter, Regina Dianne Baker, to Nathan William Vent. He is the son of James and Karla Vent of Morehouse, Mo. Baker is a 2004 graduate of Kelly High School. She is employed at Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston, Mo...
Clifton- Elfrink (03/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Laverne Clifton of Perryville announces the engagement of her daughter, Diane Clifton of Oak Ridge, to Randy Elfrink. He is the son of James and Rachel Elfrink of Leopold, Mo. Clifton is a graduate of Perryville High School. She is employed at Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department...
Kelley-Wilson (03/21/04)
Timothy and Sandy Kelley of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Shanna Lynne Kelley, to Shawn Patrick Wilson of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Charles and Peggy Wilson of Farmington, Mo. Kelley is a 1998 graduate of Notre Dame High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2002. She is a fifth grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson...
Kuehn-Friese (03/21/04)
Terry and Cindy Kuehn of Jackson and James and Lisa Friese of Sedgewickville, Mo., announce the engagement of their children, Sherry Rene Kuehn and Derrick James Friese. Kuehn is a 2003 graduate of Jackson High School, and is majoring in agribusiness at Southeast Missouri State University. She is an assistant manager at McDonald's in Jackson...
Zoellner-Richardet (03/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Larry Zoellner of Perryville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashly Elizabeth Zoellner, to Edward Lynn Richardet. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Richardet of Perryville. Zoellner is a 2001 graduate of St. Vincent High School. She received a legal administrative assistant certificate from Southeast Missouri State University in 2003. She is a data entry clerk at Med Assets in Cape Girardeau...
Crites-McLemore (03/21/04)
Edward "Bud" and Ann Crites of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Kay Crites, to Joe H. McLemore, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Marilyn and Joe Whitmore and Bob and Darlene McLemore, all of Jackson. Crites is a graduate of Central High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University. She is assistant manager at Baisch and Skinner Wholesale Florist...
Lindsey-Simms (03/21/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Tammy Matthews of Marble Hill announces the engagement of her daughter, Amber Lynn Lindsey, to Jordan Russell Simms. He is the son of Jodi Johnson of Patton, Mo., and Jimmy Simms of Scott City. Lindsey is also the daughter of the late Darrell Lindsey...
Reese-Cash (03/21/04)
Kent and Jackie Reese of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexis Cleveland Reese, to Capt. David Gregory Cash, both of St. Louis. He is the son of Gregory and Judy Cash of Dorena, Ore., and Bonnie Cash of San Rafael, Calif. Reese received a bachelor of science degree in fashion merchandising and buying from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is employed by the National Youth League in St. Louis...
Brown-Griffith (03/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Brown of Perryville announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara Ann Brown, to Jason P. Griffith. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Griffith of Decatur, Ill. Brown is a 1992 graduate of St. Vincent High School, and received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She is an accounting specialist with Citibank in O'Fallon, Mo...
Bettlachs married 60 years (03/21/04)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Bettlach of St. Louis recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home with family and friends. Bettlach and Erma Reimann were married Feb. 10, 1944, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Louis, by the Rev. Wood...
Police report 03/21/04 (03/21/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Shirley Jean Reeves, 64, of 178 S. Graeser, St. Louis, was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Assaults An assault was reported Friday in the 3000 block of Kenneth...
Fire report 03/22/04 (03/21/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Friday: At 4:36 p.m., apartment fire at 909 Hackberry. At 6:27 p.m., medical assistance at Randol and Lexington. At 6:59 p.m., public assistance at Caruthers and Broadway. At 8:04 p.m., medical assistance at 341 N. Main...
Out of the past 3/21/04 (03/21/04)
10 years ago: March 21, 1994 After being turned down in Cape Girardeau on March 8, Lady Luck packed up and moved south; Las Vegas-based gambling company makes $63.2 million, three-phase pitch to Scott City Council to operate at Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority...
Benefits for rural health (03/21/04)
By Alan Morgan I'm here today to urge my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats who represent states like mine, to understand that this (Medicare Bill) is the best thing rural America has ever seen. -- U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa...
A little restraint (03/21/04)
Legislators already have a mechanism to control the growth of state government: It's called self-discipline. There's no question that spending on state government in Missouri was out of control during the 1990s economic boom. State spending swelled despite two control mechanisms: the so-called Hancock Amendment, and the voter-approved amendment requiring statewide ballots on any significant increase in state taxes...
A common front (03/21/04)
The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee In [the recent] parliamentary elections Spain's citizens ousted the right-of-center government, widely seen as punishment for backing the United States in Iraq. Now, the incoming Socialist prime minister says he will remove Spain's 1,300 troops from Iraq unless the United Nations assumes control there...
Fixing foster care (03/21/04)
Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader State officials shouldn't have been surprised by a federal audit critical of the state's child welfare system. The findings echo many of the criticisms aimed at the Department of Social Services since the death of 2-year-old Dominic James...
Speak Out 03/21/04 (03/21/04)
Fat food subsidies CONGRESS SHOULD be held accountable for the obesity of the American people. Congress consistently subsidizes foodstuffs that are bad for you and make you fat while subsidies for fruits, vegetables and the like get the shaft. Try getting along...
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