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Stories from Friday, March 26, 2004

New P.E. is old P.E. (03/26/04)
With national studies showing obesity among both adults and children continuing to abound, local schools are taking a nip-it-in-the-bud approach to slimming down students. Coaches and physical education teachers in Cape Girardeau and Jackson say the advent of video games and computers are in part responsible for obesity in young people...
Jogger finds 12 stolen campaign signs (03/26/04)
Eleven of Alderman Joe Bob Baker's campaign signs and one Jim Litzelfelner sign were found early Wednesday morning, three days after Baker reported about 50 of his were stolen. Sheriff's Lt. Vince Diebold said a jogger called the department around 7:15 a.m., saying he noticed a neatly stacked pile of signs near County Road 541, near Route W. ...
Region briefs 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
Kennett students debut at Carnegie Hall KENNETT, Mo. -- Nineteen Kennett High School students and one Senath-Hornersville student can now say they have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The group was invited to join a combined choir that consisted of students from Arkansas State University, Harding Academy (Searcy, Ark.), Harrisburg High School (Harrisburg, Ark.) and Piscataway High School (Piscataway, N.J.). ...
New voter registration system to connect state (03/26/04)
Federally mandated election reform took another step forward Thursday when Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt an-nounced a contract was awarded to MAXIMUS for the creation and installation of the state's new centralized voter registration system...
Central students provide enchanting 'South Pacific' (03/26/04)
"South Pacific" was energetically brought to life by Central High School students Thursday night. From the opening scenes of the musical there was a sense that the actors were enjoying themselves and that attitude spilled over into the audience, who were applauding at every chance...
Bill aims to name postal facility for vet (03/26/04)
A new name for a Cape Girardeau postal facility is being proposed to honor a local veteran whose name is already attached to buildings across the country. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., introduced legislation in the House of Representatives Thursday that would rename the U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Facility at 475 Kell Farm Drive to the Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility...
Leading the way to a better place to live (03/26/04)
The list of the campaign chairmen and presidents of the Area Wide United Way is a "who's who" of a community that knows social services go hand in hand with community development. Board presidents and campaign chairmen have served for various reasons, one of them for a very personal reason...
Better armor sought for military vehicles (03/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Responding to roadside attacks on military trucks and Humvees in Iraq, the Pentagon hopes to get kits providing greater protection to about 10,000 vehicles by the summer, a spokesman said Thursday. The military is making many of the kits on its own, but has contracted out some of the work to speed along the process, said Maj. Gary Tallman, a Pentagon spokesman for Army weapons and technology issues...
Boyfriend found liable for topless photo e-mail (03/26/04)
LUMBERTON, N.C. -- A former boyfriend of beauty queen Rebekah Revels could be forced to pay damages after a jury Thursday found him liable for sending an e-mail about topless photos that ended her reign as Miss North Carolina. Jurors deliberated just under two hours before deciding that Tosh Welch interfered with Revels' contract as Miss North Carolina 2002 and with her potential contract with the Miss America organization. ...
Region briefs 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
Woman charged after body found under home BELLFLOWER, Mo. -- An eastern Missouri woman was arraigned Thursday on charges stemming from the discovery of a corpse in a cistern under her house. Patricia Landrum, 53, is charged with abandoning a corpse. ...
Clinton, Carter, Gore headline Democratic unity dinner (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- John Kerry said the country deserves leadership that "tells the truth" as he took over the mantle of the Democratic Party at a unity dinner Thursday with Presidents Clinton and Carter and some of his former foes. "Never has the Democratic Party been more united than it is today," Kerry said in prepared remarks. "And tonight, not just as Democrats, but as Americans, we are united in the belief that America deserves better than a debate full of attacks and distortions."...
House passage of budget sets up clash with Senate (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans muscled a $2.41 trillion budget through the House on Thursday that sets up a clash over a Senate-passed plan to make it harder for Congress to approve President Bush's tax cuts. The House measure largely embraces Bush's budget proposal, but recasts it in acknowledgment of record federal deficits that Republicans worry may haunt them in November's elections. ...
Vote makes harming fetus federal crime (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent federal crime, a victory for those seeking to expand the legal rights of the unborn. The 61-38 vote on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act sends the legislation, after a five-year battle in Congress, to President Bush for his signature. The White House said in a statement that it "strongly supports protection for unborn children." The House passed the bill last month...
White House accused of trying to defame critics (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle accused the Bush administration Thursday of making former terrorism aide Richard Clarke the latest target in a campaign of "character assassination" against those who stand in President Bush's way. "They've known for months what Mr. Clarke was going to say," Daschle said in a Senate speech one day after the former White House aide sharply criticized the president's stewardship of the war on terror...
Economy grows at solid 4.1 percent pace in last quarter of 2003 (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- America's economic recovery ended 2003 on a good note, growing at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate, and is expected to do even better in the opening quarter of this year. The latest reading on gross domestic product for the October-to-December quarter was the same as a previous estimate made a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That was consistent with economists' forecasts...
Coast Guard rescues immigrants from rafts (03/26/04)
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. -- The Coast Guard and beachgoers pulled three Cubans to safety from the treacherous surf Thursday after they were spotted bobbing offshore on rafts made of lashed-together inner tubes. As many as five others were missing from a group that left Cuba for the Florida coast about three days earlier, said deputy fire chief Mark Conn. A Coast Guard diver rescued one of the Cubans, a woman, from a black inner tube connected to three other tubes with white sheets...
White House asks panel to meet again with Rice (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday asked the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to give national security adviser Condoleezza Rice another opportunity to talk privately with panel members. The White House said, in a letter to the commission chairman and vice chairman from counsel Alberto Gonzales, that such a session would allow her to clear up "a number of mischaracterizations of Dr. ...
Neighborhood shootings by film (03/26/04)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Twelve-year-old Jared Martinez photographed gang insignia sprayed on a basketball court next to his school. A classmate snapped the familiar figure of a homeless woman sitting and smoking on a curb outside an abandoned building. Other youngsters took pictures of drug dealers, drug pipes, drug bags and a memorial to a child killed in a drug dispute...
Lawmakers look at reining in cable rates (03/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- Senators said Thursday they will consider new regulations for cable television unless the industry addresses soaring prices and allows consumers more channel choices. Members of the Senate Commerce Committee said pressure from angry constituents is leading them to look at ways to hold down cable rates and let subscribers choose individual channels rather than packages set by operators. ...
European nations OK anti-terror pact (03/26/04)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union leaders Thursday picked a skilled politician with no experience in terrorism issues as the bloc's first anti-terror czar, moving to bolster the continent's defense after the deadly Madrid train bombings. Gijs de Vries, who was born in New York and holds joint U.S.-Dutch citizenship, will coordinate work done by the EU's foreign affairs and interior departments in an echo of the U.S. ...
British explorers rescued from cave (03/26/04)
CUETZALAN DEL PROGRESO, Mexico -- Rescuers on Thursday pulled all six members of a British exploring team from the cave where they became trapped two weeks ago by rising water. The cavers appeared tired, but looked far from haggard. They asked journalists and rescue workers if anybody had brought beer and said they were looking forward to seeing their loved ones...
U.S. vetoes resolution condemning killing of Hamas leader (03/26/04)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution Thursday condemning Israel's assassination of a Hamas leader, calling the measure "one-sided" and saying it ignored the group's bloody record of terrorism. The United States had demanded that the resolution on the death of Ahmed Yassin include a mention of attacks by Hamas and other militant groups. Algeria, the resolution's sponsor, had resisted identifying the groups by name or citing specific attacks...
Purported al-Qaida tape urges Pakistanis to topple government (03/26/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- A tape purportedly recorded by Ayman al-Zawahri, the No. 2 figure in the al-Qaida terror group, called Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf a "traitor" Thursday and urged people to overthrow his government. The pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera broadcast a seven-minute excerpt from a tape it received Thursday. ...
South Africa will become home for ousted Aristide (03/26/04)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will take permanent asylum in South Africa but not until it holds general elections next month, Jamaican officials said Thursday. But a spokesman for Aristide said it was too soon to say for sure where he would go. "Mr. Aristide is still in consultation. A final decision has not been made," Huntley Medley said by telephone from Jamaica. "The discussions are continuing with several places and people."...
Blair says Libya can be partner in war on terror (03/26/04)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Setting aside decades of acrimony over Tripoli's sponsorship of terrorism, British Prime Minister Tony Blair chatted cordially with Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday and said the Libyan leader could be an important partner in the war on terror. ...
Militant group renews threats against France (03/26/04)
PARIS -- An obscure group trying to blackmail France for millions of dollars threatened an attack to surpass the Madrid terror bombings in a cryptic letter Thursday. But the group, which previously claimed to have mined railway tracks, also announced a suspension of its operations, saying it wants to perfect them. ...
Scott City event gives alums a chance to compete (03/26/04)
Rick Heuring graduated from Scott City High School before many of the players in today's alumni tournament were even born, but that won't stop the 1969 graduate from running up and down the courts with them. Heuring and about 80 other Scott City graduates will take part in the three-day tournament, which kicks off 6 tonight at Scott City High School. Alumni from as far back as the late 1960s will compete with graduates from as recent as 2001...
Notre Dame boys first in East Prairie meet (03/26/04)
The Notre Dame boys took first and the girls second Thursday at a four-team track meet at East Prairie. Matt Pfau and Katie Daniel each won two events. Daniel set the school record in the 300 hurdles. Boys Team scores -- 1, Notre Dame 100; 2, Caruthersville 71; 3, Dexter 42; 4, East Prairie 38.Notre Dame first-place finishers...
UConn, 'Bama arrange showdown (03/26/04)
Ben Gordon lost his footing climbing the steps to the stage for a postgame interview and banged his knee. That's about the only thing that went wrong for Connecticut. UConn hit from outside, pounded the ball inside and just plain dominated Vanderbilt most of the night. Now the Huskies are a win from becoming the Final Four team they were expected to be...
Oklahoma State, St. Joseph's set up regional final (03/26/04)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Solving one of the nation's most rugged defenses got Oklahoma State to the regional final and kept alive hopes for longtime coach Eddie Sutton's first national title. Oklahoma State took Pittsburgh's pushes, shoves and banging for 33 minutes, then delivered a knockout blow with a late 17-5 run that carried the Cowboys to a 63-51 win Thursday night...
Otahk softball drops two to Salukis (03/26/04)
Southeast Missouri State's softball team managed just three hits and scored just one run in its doubleheader Thursday, suffering a pair of losses to Southern Illinois. Southeast (5-18) lost 3-0 and 3-1. The Otahkians' offense consisted of a Suzi Lair single in the opener. Van Velkinburgh suffered the loss on the mound. Junior Amy Harre picked up the win for Southern Illinois (21-6)...
McDowell reluctantly calls it a career as Indian QB (03/26/04)
Jeromy McDowell's college football career began with so much promise as he set a Southeast Missouri State University freshmen-passing record in 2001. But all the injuries McDowell endured over the past several years -- which forced him to miss most of the last two seasons -- ultimately caught up to him...
Blues sink Mighty Ducks 3-2 (03/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Jamal Mayers scored the game-winner with his first goal in 18 games, and Chris Pronger had three assists in the St. Louis Blues' 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Thursday night. The Blues have 83 points, tied with the Oilers for the eighth spot in the Western Conference, with six games to go in a tight four-team battle for the final two positions. At stake is their streak of 24 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest current run in professional sports...
Edmonds homers in tie with Orioles (03/26/04)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Miguel Tejada hopes a productive spring training will lead to a solid start to the regular season. Tejada, the 2002 ALMVP, went 2-for-3 to raise his batting average to .408, and the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals tied 6-6 Thursday in a game called after 10 innings...
Scott grabs early lead at TPC (03/26/04)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods and Adam Scott have such similar swings, it's often tough to distinguish them. That was hardly the case Thursday in The Players Championship. The 23-year-old Aussie was in full flight, knocking down flags on his way to a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead...
Sports briefs 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
Baseball The Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday for minor league left-hander Andy Pratt and infielder Richard Lewis....
Joe goes high-tech for the birds (03/26/04)
Remember my sale last year? The one where I asked you, kind readers, to take a bunch of bird feeders and assorted bird-feeding paraphernalia off my hands? I wound up sending a nice check to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, thanks to your generosity...
Aerio is affordable compact vehicle (03/26/04)
Superb gas mileage makes this car a winner. If curb appeal sells cars, Suzuki should have no trouble selling a trainload of Aerios. This fun-to-drive compact car is a family mover, commuter, slot car racer and colorful Easter egg all rolled into one. I didn't dream up that last description -- my wife did! But she echoed the sentiments of everyone who saw the tall, all-wheel-drive offering from Suzuki. "It's just so darn cute," was the typical response...
Australian voice actor does the talking for Scooby-Doo (03/26/04)
LOS ANGELES-- Neil Fanning looks like the kind of fearsome tough guy who would make Scooby-Doo exclaim "Ruh-roh!" and scamper away. But the Australian actor IS Scooby -- he voices the animated character in the new live-action movie, using a lively impression of the late actor Don Messick's original rendition of the fraidy-cat dog from the 1969 cartoon...
Everybody's a critic - 'Eternal sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (03/26/04)
Four stars (out of four) New ideas are refreshing amid the tired movie scripts being developed now and this movie is certainly original. That being said, it may not appeal to everyone. Those expecting a gut-busting laughfest from Jim Carrey should reconsider seeing this movie. Carrey's performance is perfect, as is Kate Winslet's, but not what you are used to from either of them...
Coming to theaters 3/26 (03/26/04)
'Jersey Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Jennifer Lopez, Liv Tyler, Jason Mewes, Joey Lauren Adams, George Carlin and Jason Biggs. Set in New York and New Jersey, circa 1996, Jersey Girl follows Ollie Trinke, a slick music promoter whose wife is about to give birth to their first child. ...
Everyday country (03/26/04)
With song titles like "Brokenheartsville" and "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" on his album "Man with a Memory," Joe Nichols' music conjures up an image of country music filled with honky-tonks and lonely souls. His youthful good looks and rockerlike appearance belie Nichols' deep, rugged vocals and everyday-setting songs that could be sung by his idol, Merle Haggard...
Artifacts 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
University band jazzes things up this eveningThe Southeast Missouri State University Jazz Lab Band and The Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform "An Evening of Jazz" at 8 p.m. tonight at the University Center Ballroom. The Jazz Lab Band will perform pieces by Sammy Nestico, Gary Slavo, Quincy Jones and Louis Primathe. The Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform pieces by Bill Holman, Gordon Goodwin, Lour Marini, Oliver Nelson and Lennie Liehaus...
Willie Rutherford (03/26/04)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Willie Bill Rutherford, 81, of Grassy died at his home Thursday, March 25, 2004. Rutherford was born in Pryor, Okla., on Dec. 20,1922. He worked for Florscheim Shoe Co. He was a disabled veteran of World War II and Korea, having served in the U.S. Army infantry...
Stella Tarr (03/26/04)
Stella Rosalie Tarr, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1912, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ben and Ida Boxdorfer Griffaw. She and John Tarr were married June 25, 1934, in Cape Gir-ardeau. He died Dec. 10, 1997...
John Holland (03/26/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- John G. Holland, 88, of Cairo died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Daystar Care Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1915, in Paducah, Ky., son of James Grover and Gussie Cocke Holland. He married Geneva Blackburn. Holland was an attorney with Holland and Holland Attorneys at Law. ...
Paul Blattel (03/26/04)
Paul Herbert "Butch" Blattel, 84, of Scott City died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 11, 1920, in Ancell, Mo., son of William F. and Elizabeth Mary Seyer Blattel. He and Vernedia Alvina Raines were married Jan. 18, 1944, at Kelso, Mo...
Luke J. Seyer (03/26/04)
JACKSON -- Luke Justin Seyer, 23, of Jackson died at his home Thursday, March 25, 2004. Mr. Seyer was born April 16,1980, in Cape Girardeau to Ronnie Gene and Marilyn Ruth Dudley Seyer. He married Tina R. Wills on Oct. 18, 2003, in Jackson. He worked as an installer at Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri in Jackson. He also worked at Gilster-MaryLee in McBride, Mo. He was a 1999 graduate of Jackson High School...
Mae Sander (03/26/04)
Lillie Mae Sander, 84, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 4, 1919, near Millersville, daughter of Arthur B. and Willie May Moore Limbaugh. She and William K. "Bill" Sander were married March 20, 1937, in Houston, Mo. He passed away Feb. 7, 1991...
Mary Pickens (03/26/04)
Mary Frances Pickens, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Nov. 27, 1921, at Commerce, Mo., daughter of Lawrence and Effie Knight Pobst. She and Norman S. Pickens were married July 28, 1945, in Columbia, Mo. He preceded her in death Nov. 5, 1976...
Susan Hinkebein (03/26/04)
Susan Elaine Hinkebein, 47, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 10, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Bernard and Dorothy Morie Kluesner. She and Ronald S. Hinkebein were married May 29, 1976...
Dorothy Pettit (03/26/04)
Dorothy Louise King 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 Carrie Lacey King. She and Curtis Pettit were married Nov. 30, 1969. He preceded her in death...
Births 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
Hammontree Son to Tom Wayne and Meredith Lee Hammontree of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:22 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004. Name, Hunter Thomas. Weight, 7 pounds 3 1/2 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Hammontree is the former Meredith Surman, daughter of Paul and Trish Brown of Cape Girardeau and Bill and Vicky Surman of Houston, Texas. ...
Cape fire report 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 3:54 p.m., downed power line at 537 Alta Vista. At 4:50 p.m., emergency medical service at 1105 Linden St. At 8:18 p.m., emergency medical service at Corporate Circle and South Expressway...
Single-car accident injures two in Bollinger County (03/26/04)
A one vehicle accident in Bollinger County early Thursday morning injured the driver and a passenger. Robert Poindexter, 26, of Fredericktown, was westbound in a 2001 Ford 13 miles east of Fredericktown on Highway 72 when his vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree. Poindexter was taken to St. Francis Medical Center with serious injuries. A passenger, Carrie Jordan, 18, of Glenallen, was taken to the same hospital with moderate injuries...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Raymond J. Halter, 20, 127 W. Cherry, Scott City, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assault. Keith C. Pruitt, 26, 1107 Merriwether, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on three Cape Girardeau County warrants, two for domestic assault and one for the unlawful use of a weapon...
Out of the past 3/26/04 (03/26/04)
10 years ago: March 26, 1994 Narrow, Themis Street bridge over Walker Creek -- at intersection of Themis and North Kingshighway -- was closed Friday so contractor can remove bridge and replace it with wider and longer bridge. Three Jackson city offices -- construction services, public works, and developmental services and inspections -- have moved into former Jackson Exchange Bank, which will become new Jackson city office administrative complex...
Keeping Medicaid alive (03/26/04)
Without good guidelines, even Missouri's neediest residents could lose their state-funded health benefits. Taking away the health-care benefits provided by Medicaid is bound to bring protests from those who think government has a responsibility to care for the poor, elderly and disabled. And that's what Medicaid does. The Missouri program provides medical, dental and eye care for nearly 1 million of the state's residents...
Some medicine improperly used (03/26/04)
To the editor: This is to put in perspective the recent warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration regarding the potential for suicidal ideas induced by antidepressant medications. I have prescribed antidepressants to thousands of people over the past 34 years and have not noticed any such effect on my patients. ...
A story truly worth cherishing (03/26/04)
To the editor: After church I chanced to meet a former student who told me that she was eating with her mother. "Your mother and I are neighbors," I told her. "I don't have many neighbors any more, and because she is my neighbor she is commanded to pull me out of the ditch, if she finds me there, to put Band-Aids on my wounds and send me on my way."...
Senate must act to fix gun law (03/26/04)
To the editor: After briefly displaying some leadership by passing a license-to-carry gun law in 2003, the Republican-controlled Missouri Senate is wimping out by refusing to pass simple corrective language to bring that law into compliance with the state constitution. ...
Speak Out 03/26/04 (03/26/04)
Families need a break MY WIFE and I are seniors who consider ourselves middle class, certainly not wealthy. We don't need to join AARP, which is no more than a welfare organization for the elderly. We don't need senior citizens' discounts from the various stores and restaurants. ...
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