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Web site taking ideas for SEMO mascot (03/24/04)
Want to suggest a new mascot and nickname for Southeast Missouri State University? A campus committee, which is studying the issue, has created a Web page to solicit suggestions. The page is on the university's Web site at www2.semo.edu/urelations/mascot...
DVD players make possible pornography on wheels (03/24/04)
Thanks to automotive and technological innovations, there is now something even more annoying than sharing the road with a driver holding a cell phone to his ear and not paying full attention to his driving. Imagine coming up behind a vehicle with a DVD screen meant to occupy children in the rear seats with cartoons only to see graphic footage of a pornographic movie instead of SpongeBob SquarePants...
Baker upset after campaign signs stolen (03/24/04)
Jackson City Alderman Joe Bob Baker, after 10 hours of campaigning, was winding down at home at around 11 p.m. Saturday when he heard a vehicle stop outside. He said he stepped outside to see what was happening and saw someone throwing something into the bed of a dark-colored, full-size pickup. He looked around the neighborhood and saw that several of his campaign signs had been plucked from yards in the Ward 4 neighborhood...
Realtors take time to learn about meth (03/24/04)
The shrill cry of a cell phone cut across the Elks Lodge dining room. Quickly smothered and deactivated, the ring reminded the gathering of Realtors and financiers to scurry for the phones in their own purses and pockets. After all, the Cape County Board of Realtors didn't come to conduct business. They came to learn about methamphetamine...
New Cape post office address unknown to some (03/24/04)
Postmaster Mike Keefe spent much of Tuesday answering telephone calls from area residents wanting directions to Cape Girardeau's new temporary post office. Some customers weren't even aware the post office had moved until they showed up at the old Frederick Street location and read the small sign on the locked lobby door...
'South Pacific' no breeze (03/24/04)
When Central High School's Sarah Goeke opens her mouth to sing "Cockeyed Optimist," her voice is barely audible above the orchestra. Orchestra director Steve Schaffner asks if her microphone is on. "It's flashing low battery," she tells him. Technical director Joe Bradshaw comes to the rescue and adjusts Goeke's microphone while she continues on with the scene, but no such scenario will be acceptable Thursday night. ...
Club news 3/24/04 (03/24/04)
New McKendree UMW The Wesleyan Circle of New McKendree United Methodist Women in Jackson hosted the general meeting in the church's fellowship hall on March 7. Barbara Hartle, chairwoman of the Hope Circle, opened the meeting. Stacy Dotson, volunteer with the American Red Cross, presented a program on dealing with crisis situations, such as choking, drowning and other accidents with infants and children. ...
Hearing scheduled for man accused of family's murder (03/24/04)
Daily American Republic YAZOO CITY, Miss. -- An April preliminary hearing has been set for the prosecution to show why Earnest Lee Hargon should be charged with capital murder in the deaths of three relatives -- Michael Hargon, his wife, Rebecca, and the couple's 4-year-old son, James Patrick...
Union fees frozen as veto retort considered (03/24/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A proposed administrative rule that would allow labor unions to extract fees from new state employees who choose not to join such organizations remains in limbo while the House of Representatives ponders its next move. On Feb. 5, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature passed a resolution to nullify the rule proposed by the Missouri Office of Administration. Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, vetoed the resolution three weeks later...
Treatment good for what you think ails you (03/24/04)
A breakthrough study found that psychotherapy can help hypochondriacs deal with their fears. But the treatment has its limits: A quarter of the patients quit after being told the problem was in their heads. Hypochondria is a mental, not physical, illness. Getting sufferers to believe that is part of the challenge in treating them...
9-11 panel - Diplomacy failed (03/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Clinton and Bush administration officials engaged in lengthy, ultimately fruitless diplomatic efforts instead of military action to try to get Osama bin Laden before attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, a federal panel said Tuesday. Top Bush officials countered that the terror attacks would have occurred even if the United States had killed the al-Qaida leader...
Clarke letter released praising President Bush (03/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- The White House, seeking to cool criticism from a former top anti-terror adviser, said Tuesday that Richard Clarke's resignation letter praised President Bush's "courage, determination, calm and leadership" on Sept. 11, 2001. "It has been an enormous privilege to serve you these last 24 months," said the Jan. 20, 2003, letter from Clarke to Bush. "I will always remember the courage, determination, calm, and leadership you demonstrated on September 11th."...
Recording industry sues for swapping music online (03/24/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The recording industry sued 532 people Tuesday, including scores of individuals using computer networks at 21 universities, claiming they were illegally sharing digital music files over the Internet. The latest wave of copyright lawsuits brought by the Recording Industry Association of America marks the first time the trade group has targeted computer users swapping music files over university networks...
AAA reports record-high retail prices for gasoline (03/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- The retail price of gasoline hit an all-time high Tuesday -- nearly $1.74 per gallon nationwide -- reflecting strong demand, tight supplies and the high cost of oil, AAA reported. AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association, reported that motorists are now paying $1.738 per gallon for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline, one-tenth of a penny higher than the previous record set Aug. 30 of last year. Premium unleaded costs more than $2 a gallon in many parts of the country...
Jurors in Tyco trial focus on 'criminal intent' (03/24/04)
NEW YORK -- The jurors in the grand-larceny trial of two former Tyco International executives focused again on the concept of "criminal intent" Tuesday during their fourth day of deliberations. They asked the judge to explain the term -- the second such request since deliberations began -- and urged him to "go slowly" when giving the explanation. ...
Search for two fugitives centers on 50-acre site (03/24/04)
ALREAD, Ark. -- Law officers concentrated on 50 acres in the Ozark National Forest on Tuesday, seeking two men wanted for wounding a trooper who was trying to serve warrants on them. Convicted felon Mark Holsombach, 49, and William J. Frazier, 28, who lived in a makeshift cabin off a dirt road, became the target of the search after a shot fired from their hut Monday morning hit trooper Charlie Edmonson in the arm...
NASA finds evidence of shallow saltwater pool on Mars (03/24/04)
PASADENA, Calif. -- Mars had a shallow pool of briny water on its surface long ago, NASA said Tuesday in announcing what could be the strongest evidence yet that the now-dry Red Planet was once hospitable to life. The space agency's scientists announced earlier this month that the Opportunity rover found evidence of water in Mars' distant past. ...
Trustees say Medicare could go broke by 2019 without changes (03/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Medicare will have to begin dipping into its reserves this year and without changes will go broke by 2019 -- seven years earlier than expected -- because of rising health costs, trustees warned Tuesday. The deteriorating financial picture for the program, which will start a new seniors drug benefit in 2006, provided fuel for an already-hot political debate in which both parties are courting graying baby boomers in this year's elections for control of the White House and Congress...
Israel decides to kill entire leadership of militant group (03/24/04)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel threatened to kill the entire leadership of the Islamic militant group Hamas after assassinating its founder and hinted Tuesday that Yasser Arafat could wind up on the hit list in the future. The accelerated strikes at Hamas are part of an attempt to score a decisive victory ahead of an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Israel does not want to be seen as being driven out of the strip by militants, who already are claiming victory...
Taiwan's president calls for vote recount (03/24/04)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian tried to defuse a political crisis Tuesday, calling for a recount in an election he narrowly won just one day after a bizarre shooting slightly wounded him and his vice president. But Chen's party and the powerful opposition couldn't agree how to start the recount, and thousands of protesters continued to camp out in front of the Presidential Office demanding that the process begin immediately...
Assailants fire rocket at hotel in central Baghdad (03/24/04)
iBAGHDAD, Iraq -- Attackers fired a rocket that struck the Sheraton Hotel housing foreign contractors and journalists early Wednesday. Security guards said there were no casualties. The rocket slammed into a sixth-floor concrete ledge that forms the roof of a banquet room, said security guard Rabah Nasser. The lobby of the building, which has been attacked before, was strewn with glass...
Russian admiral reverses course on critical report (03/24/04)
MOSCOW -- Russia's naval chief alarmed his country on Tuesday by saying that one of the country's most advanced warships, the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great, was so decrepit it could "explode any moment." Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov hastily took back his comments claiming Russian reporters had misunderstood him, but the salvo of contradictory statements was disturbing in a country with one of the world's largest nuclear fleets. ...
Basque group ETA ponders new cease-fire (03/24/04)
MADRID, Spain -- The Basque separatist group ETA may call a unilateral cease-fire in its campaign of violence, a founder and other Basque sources said, in an effort to win political concessions from the newly elected Socialists due to take power next month...
Sikeston avenges loss to ND (03/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- With the way Tuesday's season opening game was going for Sikeston's highly touted baseball team, it seemed the Bulldogs were picking up where they left off last season in the district tournament. Notre Dame, which stunned Sikeston in the district a year ago, was in total control Tuesday for most of the game...
Central golfers win 3-team meet (03/24/04)
Central senior Todd Obergoenner shot a 2-under-par 33 at Kimbeland Country Club on Tuesday to lead Central's golf team to a tri-meet victory over Jackson and Notre Dame. Central won with a score of 153. Blake Driskell, Ty Gramling and Kirk Lohmann each shot 40 for the Tigers...
Champaign wishes (03/24/04)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The stakes are high and the opponent has a legendary history, yet Illinois players say Friday's matchup against Duke is just another game. "We look forward to advancing, going deep in the tournament," Illinois guard Dee Brown said Tuesday. "We know we're one of the best teams out there."...
Otahkians' losing ways continue with sweep by Aces (03/24/04)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team lost for the ninth time in its past 10 games, as visiting Evansville swept a doubleheader in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, romping 9-2 in both games. The Otahkians fell to 5-16 and the Aces improved to 25-6. Katie Markle struck out a season-high 11 batters during a complete game in the opener. Evansville batted through the order on its way to plating seven runs in the top of the second to blow the game open...
Salukis' rally makes Chavez the winner (03/24/04)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jason Chavez couldn't have picked a better opponent to notch his first Division I victory against. Chavez, a Central High School graduate, pitched two scoreless innings and received credit for the win when Southern Illinois rallied for a 6-5 victory over Southeast Missouri State University on a cold, windy Tuesday afternoon at Abe Martin Field...
Memories endure for championship golf team (03/24/04)
Golf shots may be forgotten, but championships and friendships sear the memory for a lifetime. That was the message as a former Central High School foursome assembled at Cape Girardeau Country Club on Saturday, commemorating a championship won 40 years ago and celebrating each other's company...
St. Louis becoming a mecca for sports (03/24/04)
ST. LOUIS -- That St. Louis is being considered as a permanent site for the NCAA wrestling championships is the latest indication of the city's growing reputation as a sports mecca. Hardly a year goes by without a major sports event scheduled. This year, the docket is especially packed...
Sports briefs 3/24/04 (03/24/04)
Baseball Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior will open the season on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Tuesday. Prior, 23, has not pitched in a Cactus League game this spring because of inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon. The Cubs can backdate Prior's DL status eight days into spring training, which means he will be out only the first seven days of the regular season...
Plant some bread for a summer garden experiment (03/24/04)
This spring, consider planting some bread. Not loaves to pick from branches, of course, but wheat to harvest, then grind into flour for bread. A hundred bushels per acre is a good crop of wheat. You can probably match that yield in your garden because you can beef up your soil more easily than a 5,000-acre wheat field. And you can harvest more carefully, so that little grain is lost...
Forget the ER; get me to the salon (03/24/04)
One of the worst things about moving to another town is finding a new hairstylist. The first few months in a new location are a critical time for your hair. Any girl worth her salt gets a haircut, color and whatever else she needs right before the move. That haircut is then worked for seven or eight weeks while she scans her new co-workers and neighbors for good hair and collects a few salon phone numbers...
Homegrown spring delicacy (03/24/04)
Asparagus can offer a healthy harvest in a garden or landscape bed If you are like so many people today, you are looking for foods that are healthy. I'd like to tell you about asparagus. This springtime delicacy is low in calories, high in fiber, high in vitamin C and is high in antioxidants. ...
Get over a loss with comfort food for fans (03/24/04)
Last week, I wrote about the excitement building in our house for the NCAA basketball tournament and March Madness. This week all I hear is the horrible sound of tournament brackets being shredded as the boys of the house have watched upsets far beyond their wildest imaginations. The top teams chosen to finish in the end are nearly all gone, and Scott is just hoping to come out staying ahead of his all-time loss record for the tournament...
Anti-Bush books continue to sell (03/24/04)
NEW YORK -- Newsmaking allegations, White House rebuttals and a ready audience for anti-Bush books have helped make Richard A. Clarke's "Against All Enemies" a big best seller, publishing officials say. "Against All Enemies," released Monday, had an announced first printing of 300,000 copies and an additional 100,000 already have been ordered, according to the Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster...
Attorney - Jackson wants N.J. man to return memorabilia (03/24/04)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Jackson contends a New Jersey man had no right to costumes, letters and other possessions that helped fill a warehouse with his famous family's memorabilia. A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles also seeks to close a Web site created by Henry V. Vaccaro Sr. to show off the items...
Peter Seabaugh (03/24/04)
Peter W. Seabaugh, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Howard Bittle (03/24/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Howard R. Bittle, 93, of Anna died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Union County Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1911, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Walter and Cora Lingle Bittle. He and Pauline Frick were married in 1935, in Murphysboro, Ill. She died May 5, 1998...
Judith Lewis (03/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Judith Ann Lewis, 56, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at her home in Sikeston. She was born Aug. 17,1947, in SIkeston, daughter of Harvey D. and Dessie L. Hobbs Edwards. She married M. Leon Lewis Oct. 20, 1966, in Marysville, Kan. Survivors include her husband; a brother, Harvey Edwards of East Prairie, Mo.; two sisters, Janice Lewis of Charleston, Mo, and Wilma Davis of Bell City, Mo...
Steven E. Holmes (03/24/04)
Steven E. Holmes, 51, of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
Joetta Myers (03/24/04)
Joetta Mae Myers, 77, of Jackson died Monday, March 22, 2004, at her home. She was born Nov. 28, 1926, in Mound City, Ill., daughter of Joseph Dudley and Georgia Lennie Redfern Proctor. She and William J. Myers were married March 13, 1943. Myers was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Jackson...
Sibyl Jones (03/24/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Sibyl Jones, 87, of Anna died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Union County Hospital. She was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Anna, daughter of Thomas and Viola Vaughn Smith. She and Homer L. Jones were married Feb. 11, 1932, in Jonesboro, Ill. He died May 16, 1977...
Marie Spicer (03/24/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Marie Martin Spicer, 83, of Chaffee died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Feb. 2, 1921, at New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of John Michael and Nora Mary Lux Dirnberger. She and Elmer J. Martin were married May 8, 1943. He died April 14, 1973. She and Howard Spicer were married April 21, 1991...
Virginia Evans (03/24/04)
Virginia B. Evans, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 22, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Emil and Malinda Oberbeck Busch. She and Forrest Evans were married Nov. 22, 1942, in Springfield, Mo. He died Oct. 2, 1989...
Nellie James (03/24/04)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Nellie M. James, 87, of Glenallen died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at her home. She was born June 11, 1916, in Bollinger County, Mo., daughter of Moses and Fannie Patton Lincoln. She and Charles "Pelts" James were married Oct. 28, 1933. He died March 23, 1980...
Charles Pobst (03/24/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Charles E. "Charlie" Pobst, 70, of North Little Rock, Ark., died Sunday, March 21, 2004. He was born in Oran, son of Leo and Theresia Pobst. Pobst worked at Remington Arms 30 years, retiring as foreman. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War...
Bea Hall (03/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Frances Beatrice Hall, 70, of Sikeston died Monday, March 22, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 5, 1933, at Kennett, Mo., daughter of Arngie Rovertis and Ruth Hickman Hall. Hall had worked at Faultless Cleaners, A&B Cleaners and King's Cleaners. She was a member of First Christian Church and its women's group...
Geraldine Houston (03/24/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Geraldine Houston, 85, of Cairo died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Daystar Care Center. She was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Miller City, Ill., daughter of Aaron and Ida Mae Hayes Dawson. She married John Houston, who died in 1979. Houston was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church...
Arzelia Jones (03/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Arzelia E. Jones, 80, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Tiptonville, Tenn., daughter of Auston and Susie Organ Haley. Jones was a member of Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church...
Vera Pugh (03/24/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Vera L. Pugh, 71, of Cairo died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Pettit (03/24/04)
Dorothy Louise Pettit, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at her home. She was born April 11, 1926, in Jackson, daughter of Robert and Louise Carry Lacey King. She and Curtis Pettit were married Nov. 30, 1969. He preceded her in death...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/24/04 (03/24/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thomas L. White, 22, no address given, was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing. Howard E. Thilenius III, 40, 68 Northside Drive, Perryville, Mo., was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under suspension...
Cape fire report 3/24/04 (03/24/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Monday: At 5:08 p.m., vehicle accident at Sprigg and Elm. At 5:45 p.m., brush fire at 148 E. Cape Rock. Firefighters responded to the following items Tuesday: At 3:10 a.m., box alarm at 5469 Nash Road...
Out of the past 3/24/04 (03/24/04)
10 years ago: March 24, 1994 As city voters prepare to elect council members by district for first time, there is talk from Charter Review Committee about drastically changing makeup of council and way candidates are elected. Eagle Gaming Ltd., based in California, is interested in becoming operator of Scott City's riverboat casino; it is third company that has expressed interest in locating there...
P&G - Strong corporate partner in our midst (03/24/04)
It was about two years ago when many local Procter & Gamble stockholders were shocked at the drop in P&G's share price like many 401(k) participants were with their stock investments. Now things have changed dramatically for the positive as the following article from Barron's relates:...
The Spanish election (03/24/04)
Two weeks after terrorists' bombs killed more than 200 people and injured 1,500 more in a Madrid train station, Spain has a new government and has pledged to withdraw its troops from Iraq unless the United Nations takes control. The pledge was one Socialist candidate Jose Luis Rodriguqez Zapatero made during the campaign to unseat the conservative government of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. ...
A year later, we know the truth (03/24/04)
Editor's note: Editing of this letter, published Tuesday, inadvertently changed its meaning. This version restores the writer's intent. To the editor: It's been over a year since George Bush sought congressional authority for his military invasion of Iraq. ...
Speak Out 03/24/04 (03/24/04)
Seems farfetched DOES DAVID Limbaugh actually do research on the things he preaches about, or does he just make up stuff and post it as truth? Everything I read from him seems a little farfetched. Short another officer IF THE city manager insists on allowing a police officer to take a leave of absence to run for public office during a so-called police officer shortage, I will not vote for the fire tax. ...
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