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Stories from Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Senioritis hits early for some (03/30/04)
May 11 ... such a special day for us Oran High School seniors. That's the final day of our high school career and the beginning of a long-lasting journey through life and the true wonders of the universe. I already don't know what I'm saying. This is my favorite time of the school year. ...
Some things you need to know before an evening at 'Illuminati' (03/30/04)
Before attending "Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (An Evening With the Illuminati)," prepare yourself to be invited into the post-apocalyptic world of Reverend Eddie. Once invited, you will be a member of his dwindling congregation and bare witness to his delusions and ravings, which are fantastically delivered by actor Mike Culbertson...
Learning briefs 3/30 (03/30/04)
Submitted photo The first-place team from St. Vincent de Paul were, from left, Marilyn Peters (coach), Matt Kiblinger, James Thompson, David Westrich, Blake Palmer, Mark Zimmer, Kristen McLain, Elizabeth Buchheit and Brad Wittenborn, assistant principal of Notre Dame. Not pictured was Mark Himmelberg.Area students earn President's Scholarship...
Special Report - Attacking addiction (03/30/04)
James McDugle of Jackson lived for the highs brought about by a steady diet of beer and cocaine. "I never made it through high school," said McDugle, 26, who grew up in Sikeston, Mo. "Drugs and alcohol made me feel like someone." Alcohol and drug abuse ruled his life for years before he received treatment at Teen Challenge, a faith-based residential treatment program in Cape Girardeau County. "All my friends were doing it," McDugle said...
Students go face to face learning about civil disobedience (03/30/04)
Confrontation was encouraged at Southeast Missouri State University's Rose Theatre on Monday as the Kansas City-based theater group In Play tried to teach students about non- iolent demonstration methods used by civil rights leaders. Students were included in several exercises that gave them an idea of what it was like to be fighting for civil rights in this country during the early 1960s...
A semester at the Senate (03/30/04)
When Justin Voss of Cape Girardeau accepted a position as a page for the U.S. Senate last fall, he had no idea what was in store for him. Voss was one of 30 Senate pages chosen for the fall semester of 2003 -- all of them high school juniors. An invitation from a U.S. senator, a high academic standing and a recommendation from his school principal helped Voss get the position...
Program helps open college doors to those who are autistic (03/30/04)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Andrew Reinhardt is an 18-year-old college freshman who aspires to study math and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, yet his mother is afraid to let him cross a busy street by himself. Her fear is justified. Although Reinhardt is academically ready for college -- he scored a 27 on the ACT and had a combined SAT score of 1140 -- Asperger's Syndrome makes it difficult for him to cope with daily life...
Former dealership owner sentenced in check-kiting case (03/30/04)
A former Cape Girardeau car dealership owner was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Monday for his part in a check-kiting scheme. Judge Rodney Sippel sentenced Clinton W. McDonough, 32, of Jackson to 18 months plus five years of supervised release. McDonough was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,343,000, according to U.S. Attorney Keith Sorrell...
Sales tax sees slow growth (03/30/04)
Sales tax revenue generated by Cape Girardeau city's major retailers grew in the 12 months ending last August, but it was largely offset by the sales tax decline from other businesses, including car dealerships, city finance director John Richbourg said...
Stores deal with thefts seriously (03/30/04)
In the minute it might take a reader to shake out the front section of this newspaper, take a sip of coffee and read this paragraph, 600 people shoplifted $20,000 worth of merchandise in the United States. Retailers and those involved with loss prevention say shoplifting is on the rise, currently costing the American public more than $33 billion a year, according to a National Retail Security survey. Costs are passed on to the customers who do pay for merchandise, according to the survey...
Panel endorses capital improvements bills (03/30/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday approved legislation that would authorize the state to sell $350 million in bonds to fund capital improvement projects at Missouri's higher education institution. However, the panel added a provision that would require schools receiving a share of the revenue to come up with 25 percent of the funding for local projects on their own...
Kit Bond files papers to seek fourth term in U.S. Senate (03/30/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Kit Bond made his re-election campaign official Monday, filing candidacy papers in front of agricultural leaders who said his experience was reason for voters to grant him a fourth Senate term. The 65-year-old Republican senator, who will appear on the ballot as "Christopher (Kit) Bond," is expected to face Democratic State Treasurer Nancy Farmer in the Nov. 2 general election, although both first must turn back challengers in the August party primaries...
Suspect in triple slaying dies, leaving motive mystery (03/30/04)
KISSEE MILLS, Mo. -- A 17-year-old suspected of killing a woman and two children and then setting their mobile home on fire died Monday, leaving investigators struggling to figure out what went wrong. Joshua Allen Crawford apparently shot himself in the head just as he crashed a stolen car into gasoline pumps Saturday night, or immediately after, Taney County Sheriff Jim Russell said. A pistol was recovered from the vehicle, he said...
House panel wiping out hundreds of empty state jobs (03/30/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House budget writers are eliminating hundreds of unfilled state jobs -- and the money that accompanies them -- as they look for ways to balance the budget. The affected state agencies say the cuts would prevent them from hiring needed workers and remove their discretion to use money appropriated for the empty jobs for other expenses, such as overtime and outside contractors...
Three-city court battle over federal abortion law begins (03/30/04)
NEW YORK -- The federal ban on a type of abortion was challenged in three courtrooms across the nation Monday as abortion-rights activists argued that the law is so broad it infringes on women's basic right to choose. The Bush administration argued in defense of the law, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, saying fetuses feel pain during such "inhumane" procedures...
Exercise helps women survive breast cancer (03/30/04)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Getting modest amounts of exercise, even just an easy half-hour walk a day, appears to substantially improve women's chances of surviving breast cancer. Staying active has long been thought to lower the risk of getting cancer, but a new report says it may also be an important prescription for recovery...
World digest 03/30/04 (03/30/04)
Mexican president signs judicial reform proposal MEXICO CITY -- President Vicente Fox -- attempting to score a win midway through a term of failed initiatives -- signed a justice reform proposal Monday aimed at overhauling a system plagued by corruption, inefficiency and a lack of public accountability. ...
Saddam apparently enjoys questioning, U.S. officials say (03/30/04)
He doesn't have a lawyer in the room, but Saddam Hussein apparently is practicing what most lawyers would advise: Don't talk. Diplomatic and military officials say the former Iraqi leader has provided little useful information in interrogations so far -- and may even be having fun...
Nation briefs 3/30/04 (03/30/04)
Trial begins for mother who killed two sons TYLER, Texas -- A mother who bashed her sons' heads with heavy rocks, killing two of the boys, was so delusional she thought the Lord told her to do it, her attorney said Monday in opening statements at her murder trial. ...
Bush welcomes seven former Soviet-bloc nations into NATO (03/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush welcomed seven former Soviet-dominated nations into NATO as "full and equal partners" on Monday and said the Western alliance was stronger because of their presence. Under a bright sun on the White House South Lawn, Bush stood with the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Hundreds of people cheered. Some waved flags of the new member nations, whose addition expands the alliance to 26 countries...
Communication breakdown blamed for 'friendly fire' incident (03/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- On the Iraq war's deadliest day for American troops, March 23, 2003, as many as 10 Marines were killed by U.S. airstrikes ordered by a Marine air controller who mistook their vehicles for enemy forces, according to an investigation report released Monday...
Maine launching universal health plan this summer (03/30/04)
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Other states have tried -- and failed -- to create universal health care. Now Maine intends to show them how it's done. This summer, Maine will begin enrolling people in its health care program, called Dirigo -- the state motto and Latin for "I lead." It is aimed at ensuring access to health care for all 1.3 million residents...
Pakistanis may have killed al-Qaida intelligence chief (03/30/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Intercepted radio conversations indicate al-Qaida's top intelligence chief may have been killed in fighting in Pakistan, intelligence officials said Monday, but they admitted that no body has been found. The radio transmissions disclosed that a man named Abdullah had been killed and that the death caused a great deal of distress among the al-Qaida forces, a Pakistani intelligence official said on condition of anonymity...
Terror attacks in Uzbekistan kill 19 people, wound 26 (03/30/04)
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Two women set off bombs at a children's store and bus stop in the Uzbek capital Monday, capping 12 hours of mayhem that killed 19 people in this former Soviet republic closely allied with Washington in the war on terrorism. The violence, including two assaults on police and an explosion at a bomb-making hideaway, also marked the first outbreak of terrorism in this majority Muslim country since the secular government became a staunch U.S. ...
Smokers consigned to sidewalks as Ireland pioneers indoor ban (03/30/04)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Smokers hid in toilet stalls or shivered outside Monday as Ireland's ban on tobacco in the workplace -- including the country's 10,000 usually smoky pubs -- began its first divisive day. Over lunchtime pints, Dublin friends and work mates argued over the merits of outlawing cigarettes indoors -- until the smokers ducked outside and began puffing away on city sidewalks choked with exhaust fumes...
Poplar Bluff wins Notre Dame Inv. (03/30/04)
Led by two even-par performances, Poplar Bluff won the 15-team Notre Dame Invitational Monday at Bent Creek Golf Course by eight shots. Josh Dowdy and Jake Robertson both shot 72 to tie for medalist with Central's Ty Gramling. The Mules top four players, who comprised the team score, all finished within the top five as the Mules finished with a 296 total. Tyler Hillis and James Spurgeon both carded 76 to tie for fifth with Central's Todd Obergoenner...
Bell City gathers big honors (03/30/04)
It was a magical season for Bell City's boys basketball team this year, and this was the icing on the cake. Dominitrix Johnson, the 6-foot senior guard for Bell City's Class 1 state championship team, was selected first-team all-state with the release of the Missouri Class 1-3 All-State voting today by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters...
Indians face another heavyweight in OSU (03/30/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will take yet another crack at one of the nation's traditionally strong programs when the Indians visit Stillwater, Okla., for a two-game series with Oklahoma State. The Indians (10-12) and Cowboys (17-9) will square off at 6:30 p.m. tonight and at 4 p.m. Wednesday...
The annual 'Golf Coast' pilgrimage (03/30/04)
This business of going south to get one's game in shape really must work. Baseball players have been heading to Florida for spring training for decades. And a group of golfers from Southeast Missouri has been heading south for 24 years each March to get their swings in form. The annual Mississippi Golf Tour has brought more than 90 Southeast Missourians to the Gulf Coast over the years...
Redbirds ship off Robinson to Padres (03/30/04)
JUPITER, Fla. -- So Taguchi took a huge step toward securing a roster spot with the Cardinals, going 4-for-4 Monday in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets. After the game, the Cardinals traded Kerry Robinson to San Diego for Brian Hunter in a swap of speedy outfielders. Robinson had been one of several players, including Taguchi, competing for playing time in left field...
Moore speaks about Bertuzzi attack (03/30/04)
DENVER -- Wearing a brace from his chin to his chest, Steve Moore walked into a news conference Monday and said he doesn't remember the hit that knocked him out for the season -- and might have ended his NHL career. The Colorado Avalanche forward still has a red welt under his right eye, but wore a broad smile while speaking to the media for the first time since Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi sucker-punched him during a game on March 8...
NFL owners will keep instant replay (03/30/04)
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay. The questions are how long Tagliabue's term will last and if replay will be made permanent. Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney, who heads the committee that oversees league operations, said Monday the 32 owners agreed unanimously to extend Tagliabue's contract, which expires in May 2005. ...
Sports briefs 3/30/04 (03/30/04)
Basketball Chicago Bulls forward-center Tyson Chandler was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Monday for throwing a punch at Atlanta's Michael Bradley. Football The Chicago Bears acquired fullback Bryan Johnson from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick Monday. ...
Family objects to lunchbox gourmet (03/30/04)
Just when I was feeling pretty satisfied about my ability to fix school lunches for Becca and Bailey, along comes a national news story that suggests we should all become lunchbox gourmets. Chefs, cookbook authors and other food experts have all sorts of advice on preparing a better school lunch...
Tickets for Keys performance in Denmark sell out in 16 minutes (03/30/04)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- All of the more than 1,200 tickets for Alicia Keys' concert at Copenhagen's 18th-century Royal Theater were sold in 16 minutes, organizers said Monday. The 23-year-old R&B singer will perform June 16 on the theater's main Old Stage, which dates from 1874. The Royal Theater has said it is the first time ever that a pop star would perform there...
Catherine Elfrink (03/30/04)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Catherine Marie Elfrink, 81, of Leopold died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at her home. She was born May 5, 1922, at Leopold, daughter of Henry G. and Barbara M. Hinkebein Seesing. She and Albert Joseph Elfrink were married Feb. 26, 1946, at Leopold...
Opal Herschbach (03/30/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Opal V. Herschbach, 90, of Perryville died Saturday, March 26, 2004, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born March 27, 1913, at Longtown, Mo., daughter of George and Pauline Shade Wirth. She and Albert E. Herschbach were married Nov. 29, 1934. He died April 20, 1978...
Louise Irvine (03/30/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Louise Irvine, 72, of Anna died Monday, March 29, 2 004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 10, 1931, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Judson. She and Joseph Irvine were married in 1982. Irvine was a graduate of McMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill...
James Flowers (03/30/04)
James E. Flowers, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1929, at Manchester, Mo., son of Arthur and Hattie Maye Lowe Flowers. Flowers was a river boat pilot 22 years with St. Clair Oil Co., retiring in 1968. He was a member of Faith Baptist Temple...
Sister Mary Onderdonk (03/30/04)
Sister Mary Ann Onderdonk, 66, of St. Louis died Friday, March 26, 2004, at St. Anthony Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born and reared in Belgique, Mo. Formerly known as Sister Alberta Marie, she entered the congregation of School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1955 and professed her final vows in 1963. She received a bachelor of arts in speech in 1964 from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis...
Etholene Underwood (03/30/04)
Etholene Underwood, 86, of Fulton, Ky., died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Haws Memorial Nursing Home in Fulton. She was born March 14, 1918, at Golden Pond, Ky., daughter of Robert and Louise Nunn Luton. Underwood was a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Ky., and attended Draughon's Business College...
Burleigh Spitler (03/30/04)
MINER, Mo. -- Burleigh E. Spitler, 72, of Miner died Monday, March 29, 2004, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born Jan. 20, 1932, in Lamar, Ark., son of Harley and Minnie Davis Spitler. He married Phyllis Burch Sept. 14, 1957, in Fort Sheridan, Ill...
Jack Swartz (03/30/04)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Jack Swartz, 71, of Grassy died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 25, 1933, in Buchanan, Mich., son of James Franklin and Ada Slocum Swartz. He and Ruby Newell were married Jan. 30, 1956, in LaPort, Ind...
Leonard Davidson (03/30/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Leonard Jacob Davidson, 86, of Patton, Mo., died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 5, 1918, at Clarkton, Mo., son of Lester Bland and Grace Millhouse Davidson. He and Arlene Hope McComb were married July 5, 1940, at Gideon, Mo...
B. Lucille Long (03/30/04)
B. Lucille Kight Long, 91, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Allenville, Mo., daughter of Dallas Hugh and Sara Ella Waddle Zimmerman. She married Linus Kight July 11, 1934; he passed away in 1940. She and Terry O. Long were married Sept. 10, 1950, and were married 53 1/2 years...
Herbert Odum (03/30/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Herbert Odum, 61, of Anna died Friday, March 26, 2004, at City Care Center. He was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Florida City, Fla., son of Richard and Inez Gooding Odum. Odum had worked at Rave in Anna. Survivors include friends. Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Anna today from 11 a.m. until time of service...
Edith Preston (03/30/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Edith M. Preston, 84, of Perryville died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at her home. She was born April 20, 1919, at Lithium, Mo., daughter of James W. and Clara Katherine Schulte Lyle. She and Champ C. Preston were married Feb. 6, 1940...
Neisha Humphreys (03/30/04)
Neisha R. Humphreys, 89, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Scott City, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Harborwood Nursing Home in Clearwater. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Webber (03/30/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mary L. Webber, 88, of Sikeston died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Portageville, Mo., daughter of William and Elizabeth Davidson House. Webber owned and operated restaurants in Morehouse, Mo., and Sikeston. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sikeston...
Larry Dawson (03/30/04)
Larry O. Dawson, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of Letha Dawson. He and Doris McCormick were married April 4, 1953, in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Dawson moved to St. Louis in 1953 and worked at St. Louis Shipyards 35 years. He then worked at the State Hospital on Arsenal Street 10 years. After retiring from the hospital he drove a school bus for Cape Girardeau Public Schools, a job he truly loved...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/30/04 (03/30/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Willie James Pollard, 44, 200 Mason, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday for failure to appear for several traffic violations...
Cape fire report 3/30/04 (03/30/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 7:49 p.m., a fire alarm at 1000 N. Sprigg. At 7:56 p.m., an emergency medical service at North Sprigg and Normal. At 8:36 p.m., an emergency medical service at 507 S. Hanover...
Out of the past 3/30/04 (03/30/04)
10 years ago: March 30, 1994 Cape Girardeau is becoming multi-ZIP code city; Michael Keefe, manager of Cape Girardeau Post Office, explains that, because of growth of area, city is running out of four-digit add-on for current zip code. Two more general election races developed and primary election field grew when three more candidates filed for Cape Girardeau County offices yesterday...
Widening Broadway (03/30/04)
Another widening project for Broadway in Cape Girardeau is an opportunity for some constructive discussions between city engineers and business owners along the affected area. The street work, which could start as early as next spring, would continue the widening project that was completed a couple of years ago. ...
U.S. on right track in Iraq (03/30/04)
To the editor: I have been reading Alan Journet's diatribes against President Bush. He has called our president a liar because Bush and his advisers based their decision to invade Iraq on intelligence generated by both this and other nations and on Saddam Hussein's own admission of his country's possession of weapons of mass destruction. I will take this president's honesty, integrity and moral values any time over those of his predecessor...
Stopping for bus is issue (03/30/04)
To the editor: I want to address an issue that seems to be touched on only at the beginning of the school year. That is cars not stopping for buses. We live on East Jackson Boulevard. The other day the bus stopped to drop off my son from school, and cars failed to stop while children were getting off the bus. This is not the first time. I has happened in the morning getting on the bus and in the evening getting off...
Sousa concert was first rate (03/30/04)
To the editor: There was only one regret to take away from the "Stars, Stripes and Sousa" concert at Academic Hall Saturday night. The room should have been standing room only. It was a simultaneous step back in musical time and a big stride forward by the Southeast Missouri State University's music department. Professional sounds came from every section of the university's symphonic wind ensemble...
Veterans are truly heroes (03/30/04)
To the editor: I wanted to take a moment and remind our citizens of the local heroes in our community. I am a Navy veteran. I have a family of four. Due to corporate downsizinq, my family and I found ourselves going from a two-income household to a one-income household at the end of December. We were behind about $700 on some of our bills, and there was no way to make up this difference...
Concert brings back 1929 (03/30/04)
To the editor: I was one of those fortunate schoolkids who saw John Philip Sousa when he was here in 1929 and heard the Marine Band which he conducted on the bottom terrace of Academic Hall. At the time I was 9 years of age and blessed with good neighbors who transported me along with their son from what was then Fornfelt (now Scott City) to attend this marvelous event. ...
Taylor left legacy of quality (03/30/04)
To the editor: In the movie "Waiting for Guffman" a group of residents of the fictional town of Blair, Mo., assemble a community theater troupe and put on a show in the hopes that a mysterious backer (Guffman) will see it and take them and the show to Broadway. Guffman never appears, but each resident comes away oddly enriched by the experience...
Turn patients into consumers (03/30/04)
To the editor: The problem with health care is not the high cost of medical liability insurance. It is that people do not pay for their own medical treatment. Economics 101 dictates that a merchant cannot charge more than what the consumer is willing to pay. ...
Leadership is public's fault (03/30/04)
To the editor: U.S. leaders have and will continue to fail and mislead us as long as we keep them in office. The American public, including myself, has to take the majority of the blame. The death toll in Iraq as well as the casualties among other countries will continue to rise, and our home-grown servicemen and women may never come back alive...
Speak Out 03/30/04 (03/30/04)
Street needs attention I CAN'T tell you how tired I am of hearing you local yokels moan and groan about the proposed widening of Broadway. I'm a Southeast Missouri State University student, and I live here for now. There's a serious bottleneck at the Broadway-Henderson intersection. Widen the street...
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