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Stories from Monday, March 29, 2004

Club makes weighted vests, blankets (03/29/04)
Southeast Misourian Tilsit 4-H Club has made 41 weighted vests and 18 weighted blankets to help children who are autistic or hyperactive. The weight in the blankets and vests helps calm the children down so they can interpret what's going on in their environment...
Parents Without Partners calendar for April (03/29/04)
From 7 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and April 16 Parents Without Partners will hold an orientation; from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. a general meeting will take place at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday the group will go roller skating at Cape Skate Center...
Streak of days in 70s comes to rainy end (03/29/04)
During the season of swinging between jackets and shorts, Cape Girardeau residents absorbed the last few hours of sunshine and warmth at Capaha Park before the winds and rain whipped through on Sunday. "As long as it doesn't rain too hard, I'll stay here," said Ginger Ewing, 44, of Cape Girardeau, originally from California. Usually baby-sitting for the family, she was driven by boredom to the park...
Accessible health care (03/29/04)
ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE (All goals are subject to change and refinement).VISION All residents of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City will be assured access to affordable and high quality medical services (including dental care and mental health care) regardless of their insurability and ability to pay.ISSUE...
Clown plans goodwill trip to China in April (03/29/04)
Cape Girardeau resident Ellen Dillon will make a goodwill clowning trip to China April 30 to provide a dose of humor and joy. Clowning became part of Dillon's life in April 2001 at the Show Me Center, where she attended a Patch Adams lecture that shared his approach to medicine as a means for people to improve their quality of life through love, humor and relaxation...
Community briefs 03/29/04 (03/29/04)
Jackson man receives Boy Scouts award Bob Francis of Jackson received the Special Needs Spirit of Scouting Award at a recognition dinner held recently in St. Louis. The Special Needs Scouting Program's purpose is to give positive experiences that promote self-accomplishment and self-esteem. ...
Cape woman attends VFW Ladies Auxiliary conference in Nashville (03/29/04)
VFW past national president Glenneta Vogelsang of Cape Girardeau joined other key leaders of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW of the United States at its 2004 National Midyear Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Conference highlights included a presentation of the Better World and Kindness, Love and Peace Awards. ...
Bridge game raises $6,500, awareness of tumor disease (03/29/04)
A Cape Girardeau bridge game raised $6,500 to be donated to research on tuberous sclerosis, a little-known but common genetic condition characterized by seizures and tumor growth in vital organs that affects an estimated 1 in 6,000 live births. The event was held March 17 at Dalhousie Downtown...
Access denied (03/29/04)
Worrying has become a way of life for Tracey Grable. Today, it won't allow her to relax into the soft couch in the lounge of the Ruopp and Ruopp dental office in Cape Girardeau. Hands wringing in her lap, the Oak Ridge mother constantly shifting her posture to get a better view of her 8-year-old son Tristen, who's having the roots of two broken teeth extracted in the adjoining room...
Club runs campaign to tune out television violence (03/29/04)
Several hundred area families have vowed to turn off their television sets and tune out violent programming for a single day in April. The "Tune Out Violence" campaign is sponsored locally by the Family and Community Education clubs in Cape Girardeau county and is part of a national campaign by FCE clubs. More than 375 people in the region already have pledged to turn off violent TV programming, video games and movies on April 5...
Budget to dominate session's last weeks (03/29/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With seven weeks remaining in the 2004 legislative session, leading Republican lawmakers boasted of highly productive efforts to date and predicted a strong finish with the passage major bills addressing a variety of issues. Gov. ...
Computers replacing courthouse law libraries (03/29/04)
In a tiny room in the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson, there is space for only one desk and an extra chair. But the computer sitting on that desk has opened up volumes of law cases from all over the country previously unavailable. The new electronic law library is up and running in Jackson and a similar system will open soon in the Cape Girardeau Common Pleas Courthouse. ...
State briefs 3/29/04 (03/29/04)
Five killed in crash on I-29; baby injured ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Five people died and a baby was injured when their minivan crossed a grassy median on Interstate 29 and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. The Missouri State Highway Patrol did not immediately identify the woman, girl and three men killed in the crash Saturday afternoon five miles north of St. Joseph in Andrew County. The patrol said some of the victims were from Germany and some from Canada...
Gorilla pair still aren't ape over each other after five years (03/29/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- Five years have passed without the pitter-patter of baby gorilla feet, and zookeepers have decided that Demba and Chaka just aren't working out. Introduced to each other five years ago at the Philadelphia Zoo amid high reproductive hopes, it's not even clear the two ever mated. That's a big change for Chaka, who was once named "best stud muffin" after fathering eight little ones at Cincinnati's zoo...
Gay marriage in Mass. features best, worst of government (03/29/04)
BOSTON -- Witnesses to Massachusetts' marathon gay marriage debate have heard the anger of a black senator who grew up in the segregated South. They have heard the fear of a gay lawmaker who felt helpless to protect his sick child. And they have heard the pain of a House member whose vote against gay marriage tore his family apart...
Greenback subjected to stress tests mirroring everyday life (03/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- Andrew Wilson throws his own special load of laundry into the wash: eight white cotton terry towels, 2 1/3 ounces of powdered laundry detergent -- and 25 crisp U.S. greenbacks. Wash, rinse and spin. When the load is done, it's not the towels he goes for first...
Sept. 11 commission still pressing for Rice to testify publicly (03/29/04)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- White House allies and Republicans investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks pressed Sunday to hear open testimony from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, with one commissioner calling her refusal a "political blunder of the first order."...
States lean hard toward borrowing (03/29/04)
Buy now, pay later. It sounds like a late-night TV ad, but the lure of borrowing is attracting many state leaders faced with long-delayed demands for services and voters who've proven unwilling to support new taxes. Many states this year are looking at big-dollar borrowing plans, on top of two years of record-breaking new debt. With elections just ahead for 11 governors and most legislatures, support for taxes is slim...
Hawaii pondering changes gas price cap (03/29/04)
HONOLULU -- In Hawaii, where motorists have long complained about the high cost of gasoline, the nation's first cap on pump prices is just a few months away. Or maybe not: State lawmakers may delay the July 1 effective date by making changes to the law they approved in 2002. Some legislators say they want to address concerns about the law, which critics say actually could have driven prices higher had it been in effect last year...
Kerry slings scriptural jabs at Bush (03/29/04)
ST. LOUIS -- John Kerry, speaking Sunday to churchgoers on the city's north side, rejected President Bush's claim to be a compassionate conservative and said the administration was neglecting the less fortunate. Kerry never mentioned Bush by name, instead aiming his criticism at "our present national leadership." In appealing to worshippers to oppose the devout Christian president, Kerry cited scripture and an African proverb: "When you pray, move your feet."...
Nation briefs 3/29/04 (03/29/04)
Hoover's hometown winces at Democrat jabs WEST BRANCH, Iowa -- The Democrats say it over and over: George W. Bush is the first president since Herbert Hoover to lose jobs on his watch. When they hear it, the folks in West Branch wince. "They've dug up poor Mr. ...
Coup attempt made in Congo (03/29/04)
KINSHASA, Congo -- Government forces put down an apparent coup attempt Sunday after attacks on military installations and television headquarters in the Congolese capital by forces believed loyal to former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, the British ambassador told the Associated Press...
Top legal official recommends indictment of Ariel Sharon (03/29/04)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's state attorney recommended Sunday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon be indicted for taking bribes, officials said, in what is seen as a major -- but not final -- step toward his possible resignation. Such an unprecedented indictment of an Israeli prime minister could derail Sharon's proposal to withdraw from much of the Gaza Strip -- or entice him to move more quickly on the "disengagement" plan, which has broad support in Israel...
Report - Israeli intelligence on Iraq based on speculation (03/29/04)
JERUSALEM -- A claim by Israeli intelligence that Iraq probably had weapons of mass destruction was based largely on speculation, not fact, parliamentary investigators said in a report Sunday. They dismissed suggestions that Israel tried to push its Western allies to war...
World briefs 3/29/04 (03/29/04)
Immigrants vote for Rome city council, districts ROME -- Immigrants living in Rome voted Sunday to elect city and district representatives from their own ranks in the first such election here. The vote was designed to give non-Italians a greater say in Italian affairs. ...
B.A. Sports All-Star Extravaganza to take place this weekend (03/29/04)
Several local basketball and volleyball players will participate in the B.A. Sports All-Star Extravaganza, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Bess Community Center at Three Rivers Commnuity College in Poplar Bluff. Boys basketball games will be played at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday...
Phillips excels for Southeast after quiet start (03/29/04)
After having a strong showing on the summer circuit, Kent Phillips entered his senior golf season at Southeast Missouri State University with high hopes. It took a while, but following a disappointing fall campaign the Central High School graduate is finally living up to his lofty expectations...
Indians suffer a 'Thorough' loss (03/29/04)
Murray State demonstrated how to bounce back after a very bad day. In the process, the Thoroughbreds prevented Southeast Missouri State University from sweeping its opening Ohio Valley Conference series. The Thoroughbreds, just one day after being hammered by the Indians in a doubleheader, turned the tables on Southeast with a 16-3 romp at Capaha Field Sunday afternoon...
Going to a Texas shootout (03/29/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Even if it takes a little something extra, Georgia Tech finds a way to get it done. And the Yellow Jackets got a sweet reward for their perseverance: their second trip to the Final Four and their first since 1990. With leading scorer B.J. Elder hobbled by a badly sprained ankle, Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 29 points to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 79-71 victory over Kansas in overtime of the St. Louis Regional championship Sunday...
Dodgers rough up Williams in 12-2 win over St. Louis (03/29/04)
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver hit a three-run homer in the first inning of a 12-2 victory Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals. Weaver, who spent five years in the American League before coming to the Dodgers last December, had only seven previous at-bats in the major leagues. He said he hadn't homered since his senior year at Fresno State University...
Blues go on scoring splurge against short-handed 'Hawks (03/29/04)
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues' five-on-three power-play unit is working just fine. Keith Tkachuk, Petr Cajanek and Brian Savage each had goals while St. Louis had a two-man advantage in the first period, leading the Blues to a 3-1 victory Sunday over the Chicago Blackhawks...
Scott makes big splash in winning TPC (03/29/04)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Adam Scott was on the verge of going from champion to choke artist, his face awash in disbelief after pulling a 6-iron into the water on the final hole with a two-shot lead. Scott couldn't help but think of his idol, Greg Norman...
Busch makes it three straight, takes the flag at Food City 500 (03/29/04)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch turned a bad decision and an underpowered, ill-handling car into another victory. Good thing Busch was racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, a place where he can seemingly do no wrong these days. Busch worked his magic again Sunday at the Food City 500, winning his third straight NASCAR Nextel Cup race and fourth in the last five tries on the concrete half-mile oval...
A daily dose of Tony will be missed (03/29/04)
Every day for the past nine months I have been able to turn on my radio during my morning drive and hit the AM button and hear a fat, old, orange, bald guy yammer on about things that irritate him. He was constantly ranting about something, whether it was his garbage-can-killing-dog, Led Zeppelin, or describing, in detail, his icky colonoscopy. Doesn't sound like much, but it has been my routine for the past eight months...
Sports briefs 3/29/04 (03/29/04)
Tennis Roger Federer could only watch 17-year-old Rafael Nadal celebrate. With a brilliant variety of shotmaking, the big-swinging left-hander from Spain beat the top-ranked Federer 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open. ...
Jinkies! Family appeal scares up top spot for 'Scooby-Doo 2' (03/29/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The Mystery Inc. ghostbusters might have to cut their budget for Scooby snacks. "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" took in $30.7 million in its opening weekend, good enough for an easy No. 1 finish but 43 percent below the $54.2 million debut the first "Scooby-Doo" managed in June 2002...
Business memo 03/29/04 (03/29/04)
Local HVAC dealer distinguished by CarrierDutch Enterprises of Cape Girardeau was recently recognized as a Carrier factory-authorized dealer. Carrier is a national HVAC manufacturer, and it bases this endorsement on national quality standards. Dutch Enterprises was founded in 1961...
Man makes a business selling lunar landscape (03/29/04)
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. -- On U.S. 395, which cuts straight through this little town, Dennis Hope sells undeveloped land for the bargain price of $19.99 an acre. There are spacious lots near grand locales: The Sea of Tranquility. The Sea of Serenity. Not a neighbor in sight, all the way to the horizon...
Developers see a ripple effect of Marquette building renovation (03/29/04)
The view from the new seventh floor penthouse atop the historic Marquette Towers is expansive. The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge stands as the backdrop for the rooftops of downtown Cape Girardeau, peaceful on a Saturday morning. But as real estate agent Tom M. Meyer scans the landscape from his perch, he sees people in the streets below, fueling a revitalized downtown market. From the top of six stories of Cape Girardeau history, he sees what he hopes to be the future...
Database helping lawyers scoop up clients (03/29/04)
When their son didn't come home one night, Julie and Dennis Danielson fretted that something terrible had happened. The young man suffers from a mental illness that requires daily medication. Two days later, the Danielsons got a call from a mental health facility 90 miles away in Riverside County, Calif. It turned out that their son had been arrested on the mistaken suspicion that his erratic behavior at a casino was drug-induced...
People on the move 03/29/04 (03/29/04)
Commerce names new assistant VP Janet Floyd of Cape Girardeau was recently named assistant vice president for Commerce Bank. She's currently group sales manager for the Cape Girardeau Banking Center. Quarter's top performers for Mary Kay honored...
Showdown to begin over stock options (03/29/04)
NEW YORK -- Those opposed to stock-option expensing keep issuing this red alert: If companies were forced to deduct option costs from their earnings, wildly inaccurate information would find its way into financial statements. There may be some truth in what they say -- yes, the techniques often used to come up with option costs are largely based on estimates about what the future holds...
Iva Welter (03/29/04)
Iva L. Welter, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 26, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 14, 1909, at Morley, Mo., daughter of John F. and Anna Mae Clifton Thompson. She and Theodore "Ted" Welter were married Dec. 19, 1936, at Sikeston, Mo. He died March 3, 1978...
Wanda Brown (03/29/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Wanda Brown, 80, of Granite City, Ill., formerly of Jonesboro, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at St. Louis. She was born Feb. 4, 1924, at Eldorado, Ill., daughter of Elmer and Catherine Stevens. She and Otis Brown were married in 1975 at Anna, Ill. He died May 14, 1996...
Kermit Burress (03/29/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Kermit Burress, 51, of Cairo, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home.
Ernest Corbin Sr. (03/29/04)
Ernest Lee Corbin Sr., 62, of Jackson died Friday, March 26, 2004, at St. Louis. He was born Dec. 24, 1941, at Sikeston, Mo., son of Shirley and Alvoy Gidion Corbin. He and Tommie Lois Clifton were married May 14, 1964, at Poplar Bluff, Mo. She died April 11, 1997. He and Barbara French Harper were married Aug. 23, 2003, at Jackson...
Marie Engelmann (03/29/04)
Marie L. Engelmann, 85, of Jackson died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Sept. 4, 1918, at Greenville, Mo., daughter of Henry and Lucinda Wilson Daves. She and Fred Engelmann were married Dec. 24, 1938, at Jackson. He died Jan. 4, 1982...
Cape police report 03/29/04 (03/29/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Aaron Robinson of 1132 N. Middle, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Chevalia Natucki Nunley, 24, of 536 S. Pacific, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on four Cape Girardeau warrants for failure to appear...
Cape fire report 03/29/04 (03/29/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday: At 8:27 p.m., a fuel spill at 900 Bloomfield. At 10:02 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3003 Themis. At 10:23 p.m., a still alarm at 2806 Independence, Apt. 11. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday:...
Out of the past 3/29/04 (03/29/04)
10 years ago: March 29, 1994 Bomb threat early yesterday forced evacuation of Cape Girardeau County Courthouse and county administrative building in Jackson; both buildings were searched for 1 1/2 hours by law enforcement officers and firefighters without finding anything suspicious...
Thoughts on the murals (03/29/04)
By Daryl Fridley As the Mississippi crests furiously in the spring, it suddenly disappears from view in Cape Girardeau. Giant gates close, and although Nature's barbarian beats against the floodwall with his tumultuous voice demanding entrance, civilization survives for now, cloistered within the walls it has made for itself...
Teaching parents pays (03/29/04)
Parents play a pivotal role in teaching their children about life, and it's also parents who are the key educators for toddlers just learning to develop their motor skills and speech. Hearing a child utter his or her first words is a momentous occasion for parents. But the best ways for parents to prepare their child to enter school and be a proficient learner are not always clear...
Speak Out 03/29/04 (03/29/04)
Great music teachers I WOULD like to thank the Cape Girardeau School District music teachers. I am so impressed by the outstanding work they all do to motivate their students. It is so nice to have my child come home from school and be really excited about music. They are a true inspiration to our community...
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