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Stories from Wednesday, March 31, 2004

House OKs higher hurdle for limits on hunting, fishing (03/31/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would insulate conservation issues from citizen-prompted ballot measures. The amendment, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Dethrow, R-Alton, would require any proposal related to fish, wildlife and forestry management placed on the statewide ballot via initiative petition to win a minimum two-thirds majority of the vote to become law...
Mentors subject of chamber event (03/31/04)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly First Friday Coffee at the Show Me Center this week. This month's featured presenters will be the Missouri Mentoring Partnership. The program seeks to better prepare people ages 16 to 22 for adulthood through job readiness training, education and socializing skills...
Filling in the blanks (03/31/04)
On Feb. 24, the first day to file for county elections, a long line wound out from the Cape Girardeau County clerk's counter as people waited their turns to fork over the $50 filing fee and place their signatures on the dotted line. When the filing deadline ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, 20 candidates had filed for the two county commission spots and 32 candidates had filed for the seven offices combined...
Filings in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties (03/31/04)
Following is a list of those who have filed for election in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties in Missouri and Alexander County in Illinois. The Missouri primary election will be held Aug. 3. The Illinois primary has already been held...
Finding the means to make life better (03/31/04)
Latoshia Reed moved to Cape Girardeau from Charleston, Mo., nine years ago and spent three years looking for affordable housing while she lived with her parents. "I couldn't believe there were no housing projects or anything here," Reed said. "I thought, where do people on welfare live? How do they live?"...
Conviction in Cape killings upheld (03/31/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revisit the issue of whether death row inmate Andrew Lyons should have been found competent to stand trial for a 1992 triple slaying in Cape Girardeau. In its unanimous, unsigned opinion, the court said Lyons' attorney raised no legitimate grounds for review. The decision marks the third time the court has refused to overturn Lyons' convictions...
Jackson teen charged for drugs near school (03/31/04)
A 17-year-old Jackson High School student was charged Tuesday morning with the Class B felony of delivery of a controlled substance. Tiffany L. Parmer, a student at Jackson High School, allegedly sold two Adderall pills for a dollar each to a 15-year-old female Jackson High School student before school started March 16. Jackson police say the transaction took place between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in a vehicle parked on South High Street near the Jackson Frozen Food Lockers...
Cape man found not guilty of burglary (03/31/04)
A jury of six men and six women took about 45 minutes to decide Tuesday that Benjamin Bird Sr., 50, of Cape Girardeau was not guilty of burglarizing the home of Benjamin E. Wodicker earlier this year. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said the case was circumstantial, but he believed the circumstances were strong enough to bring Bird to court on a Class C felony...
Club news 3/31/04 (03/31/04)
Cape Girardeau County FCE The Cape Girardeau County FCE All Clubs Day was held March 22, with 41 members and five guests representing seven clubs. Membership recognitions were presented: For 10 years, Marjorie McAnally and Norma Schrieber of Town & Country FCE Club; for 25 years, Esther Nobus of Cheerful Country Doers FCE Club; for 30 years, June Lungwitz, Mary Dell Clingingsmith and Agnes Wachter of Cheerful Country Doers FCE Club, Neva Jackson of Kage FCE Club and Jane Boren of Progressive FCE Club; for 35 years, Joan Meyer of Kage FCE Club; for 40 years, Joann Hahs of Lamplighters FCE Club and Ellen Lorberg of Progressive FCE Club; and for 45 years, Barbara Popp of Oak Ridge FCE Club. ...
Jackson rep secures second term with no opposition (03/31/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Rep. Scott Lipke was assured a second term in the House of Representatives when the candidate filing deadline passed Tuesday without him drawing an opponent. Lipke, R-Jackson, was first elected to the 157th District seat in 2002...
Bush's treasury head reopens job loss issue (03/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary John Snow reignited the political argument over U.S. companies shipping jobs overseas Tuesday with comments that "outsourcing" was an integral part of a global trading system. Snow's comments in economically hard-hit Ohio were published as President Bush was delivering a speech defending his free trade policies in Wisconsin, a state that has lost 80,000 manufacturing jobs...
CIA weapons expert - Iraq search yields new info but no weapons (03/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- Still unable to find banned Iraqi weapons, the new U.S. weapons inspector said Tuesday his strategy is to expose Saddam Hussein's intentions regarding weapons of mass destruction. Charles Duelfer, the CIA's special adviser on the weapons hunt, said the Iraq Survey Group he oversees is looking for a comprehensive picture, not simply an answer to the question: Were there weapons or not?...
Board - Consumer confidence steady but still stagnant (03/31/04)
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence was stagnant in March amid lingering worries about the job market. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index slipped to 88.3 this month from a revised 88.5 in February. The February reading was down sharply from 97.7 in January...
Rice to testify before public at 9-11 panel (03/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush agreed Tuesday to do what he had insisted for weeks he would not: allow National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
British police arrest eight terror suspects in raids (03/31/04)
LONDON -- Police arrested eight men and seized half a ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound used in the Oklahoma City bombing, in raids by hundreds of officers -- one of the biggest anti-terrorism operations in Britain since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks...
Notre Dame edges Perryville in duel (03/31/04)
The Notre Dame baseball team evened its record at 2-2 by winning a 1-0 thriller against visiting Perryville on Tuesday afternoon. Lee Essner (2-0) pitched a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and three walks. Perryville (1-2) hurler Shaun Roth allowed just three hits in going the distance. He fanned three and walked none...
ND's McCauley selected all-state (03/31/04)
Sommer McCauley led the SEMO Conference in scoring and her Notre Dame basketball squad to a fourth straight state quarterfinal appearance this season. Those accomplishments helped McCauley land on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Class 4 all-state list, making the first team...
Jackson strikes late to defeat Central 2-1 (03/31/04)
Jackson and Central's girls soccer teams met for the second time in four days Tuesday night at Jackson. And for the second straight time Jackson bounced back from a 1-0 deficit in the second half to win 2-1. Jackson had recovered from a 1-0 halftime deficit on Saturday in the Noon Optimist Classic semifinals against Central...
Greene leaps into Southeast's record book with big jump (03/31/04)
Meleisa Greene was bummed out after her performance at the recent Ohio Valley Conference indoor championships as she scratched and failed to place. "I was disappointed. Very disappointed," said Southeast Missouri State University's junior long-jumper. "My whole career in track I had never scratched out of a meet, but I guess there's a first time for everything."...
OSU squeaks past Indians (03/31/04)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- An infield single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored two runs to break a tie game and Oklahoma State handed Southeast Missouri State University a 10-8 defeat Tuesday night. The Indians (10-13) and Cowboys (18-9) will close out their two-game series at 4 p.m. today...
Otahkians drop two to St. Louis (03/31/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's softball team completed its non-conference schedule Tuesday afternoon by dropping both ends of a doubleheader at St. Louis University. The Otahkians fell to 5-20 after 2-1 and 6-4 losses. The opener went eight innings...
Southeast expands field for its 23rd annual meet (03/31/04)
Fifteen schools to provide teams for this weekend's track and field meet. By Marty Mishow Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's biggest home track and field meet figures to provide even more punch than usual this weekend...
Sports digest 3/31/04 (03/31/04)
Scorpions post eighth straight win The Kohlfeld Scorpions Rugby Club defeated the St Louis S.M. Rugby Club 55-0 Sunday in a sanctioned Missouri Rugby Union Cup match at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. The cup race determines the two highest-ranking teams for the annual state title match...
Yankees fall in opener (03/31/04)
TOKYO -- Fans in the Tokyo Dome seemed surprised. The ones back in New York must have been shocked. On the other side of the world, playing when the rest of baseball was in bed, the New York Yankees looked lost. Jose Cruz Jr. hit a tying home run that sparked a comeback, Tino Martinez put away his former team with his 300th career homer and the lowly Tampa Bay Devil Rays roughed up Mike Mussina for an 8-3 victory Tuesday over the Yankees in the major league season opener...
Carpenter struggles; Cards lose to Orioles (03/31/04)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Sidney Ponson pitched five effective innings in his final tuneup before his first opening day start, and the Baltimore Orioles roughed up Chris Carpenter in a 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Ponson allowed one run, seven hits and a walk. The right-hander will next face the Boston Red Sox at home Sunday night...
Weight's drought ends in Blues' 1-0 win over Oilers (03/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Doug Weight scored his first goal in 18 games and Chris Osgood got his 41st career shutout to brighten the playoff hopes of the St. Louis Blues, who defeated the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 Tuesday night. St. Louis won its fourth straight game to remain in seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race with 89 points. Edmonton, beaten for the first time in more than a month, has 87 points and dropped to ninth place...
Replay gets five more years; court to hear appeal on Clarett (03/31/04)
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The NFL once again compromised on instant replay, deciding Tuesday to keep it for five more years rather than putting it in permanently. The owners did add an extra coaches' challenge for teams that successfully used two challenges. Since replay was reinstituted in 1999, teams were limited to just two challenges, except for the last two minutes of each half, when a replay official could order a review...
No need to apologize for vegetarian fondue (03/31/04)
CONCORD, N.H. -- A sad but true fact of being a vegetarian is listening to all the apologies. For some reason, people serving vegetarian food -- even many vegetarians (including this one) -- often feel the need to apologize to meat eaters, as though meatless meals somehow are deficient...
Choosing a favorite floor plan (03/31/04)
Thinking of buying or building a new home? Poring through page after page of home plans or touring model homes can be daunting, especially when you're not quite certain of what you're looking for. When shopping for a home, most people have a good idea of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms they'd like to have. ...
North, South divide continues (03/31/04)
The war between the states wasn't all that long ago for some folks. It didn't occur to me until recently, when a string of Yankees vs. Rednecks incidents caught my attention. The first involved a teen in Tarpon Springs, Fla., who was offended by the Confederate battle flags adorning fellow students' clothes and pickups. ...
Ethnic recipes share tradition of Easter breads (03/31/04)
Have you purchased your color kit to color Easter eggs? I always stick to the very simple basics of coloring eggs with our children. I am accustomed to picking up the simple Paas coloring kit with the coloring tablets in it. Upon my arrival to the store, I found there to be about a dozen different types of kits. ...
NBC extends Leno's contract to 2009 (03/31/04)
NEW YORK -- Late-night television's ratings king, Jay Leno, will be delivering rapid-fire jokes on NBC for years to come. The network replaced his current deal, which expired at the end of next year, with a new contract that locks him in as "Tonight" show host until the end of 2009...
Carole Clayton (03/31/04)
Carole Sue Clayton, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Life Care Center in St. Louis. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilma Dost (03/31/04)
Wilma Stella Dost, 72, of Fort Pierce, Fla., died Sunday, March 28, 2004, in Fort Pierce. She was born at Shawneetown, Mo. Dost moved to Fort Pierce in 1964 from Cape Girardeau. She had been a bookkeeper, and member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Dost of Fort Pierce; a sister, Esther Schultz of High Springs, Fla.; and a brother, Ed Dambach of Cape Girardeau...
Owen Miller (03/31/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Owen I. Miller, 87, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at his home. He was born July 2, 1916, in Jonesboro, son of Levi and Julia Etta Dukes Miller. He and Chloe Miller were married June 5, 1939, at Mill Creek, Ill. Miller was a farmer and also worked at F.S. Feed and Seed in Anna, Ill. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church...
Maxine Hale (03/31/04)
VANDUSER, Mo. -- Maxine M. Hale, 82, of Vanduser died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Tiptonville, Tenn., daughter of Fred Mack and Nadas Mae Stevens Jones. She and Jack Hale were married Oct. 5, 1940, in Benton, Mo. He died Sept. 16, 1992...
Neisha Humphreys (03/31/04)
Neisha Rebekah Hahs Humphreys, 89, of Clearwater, Fla., died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Harborwood Nursing Home in Clearwater. She was born Dec. 8, 1914, at Cooter, Mo., daughter of Alvin P. and Grace Wagster Denton. She and Eugene David Hahs were married March 24, 1934, in Scott City. He died Jan. 8, 1969. She later married Joseph "Leland" Humphreys Dec. 13, 1970, in Scott City. He died April 6, 1990...
Robert Davie (03/31/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Robert L. "Bob" Davie, 65, of Jonesboro died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home. Friends may call at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill., from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and after noon Friday at Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro...
Lillie Hammett (03/31/04)
Lillie Margaret Hammett, 84, of St. Louis died Monday, March 29, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 2, 1919, at Libauon, Mo., daughter of John and Hattie Roan Templemire. She and Hugo Wenzel were married in 1941 in Riverside, Calif. She later married Tom Hammett in 1970 in St. Louis. Both preceded her in death...
Freda McCain (03/31/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Freda Alleen McCain, 72, of Marble Hill died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 14, 1932, at Puxico, Mo. She and William Alfred McCain were married Sept. 23, 1950. He died Nov. 21, 1999...
Births 3/31/04 (03/31/04)
Sims Daughter to Shena Lauchll Sims of Cape Girardeau, St. Francis Medical Center, 5:16 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004. Name, Audreinne Aliese. Weight, 6 pounds 15 ounces. First child. Ms. Sims is the daughter of Nancy Sims of Cape Girardeau and Robert Sims of St. Petersburg, Fla...
Cape fire report 3/31/04 (03/31/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Monday: At 5:56 p.m., an emergency medical service at 840 Jefferson Ave. At 6:55 p.m., a still alarm at 1400 Giboney Ave. At 8:41 p.m., an emergency medical service at 745 Normal Ave. Firefighters responded to the following items Tuesday:...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/31/04 (03/31/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs James Emery David Hayden, 26, 637 S. Henderson, Cape Girar-deau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 3/31/04 (03/31/04)
10 years ago: March 31, 1994 Southeast Missouri State University is considering expanding its Bootheel Education Consortium agreement with Three Rivers Community College at Poplar Bluff, Mo. Dennis Ziegenhorn, who recently announced he won't seek another two-year term in Missouri House, has decided not to challenge 8th District U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson for his seat...
Gibson, DaVinci and Sousa (03/31/04)
I've been intrigued that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" has been so criticized by some (basically prior to its release and the public's opportunity to view it and make their own decision) and so little similar discussion (at least as observed by me) of Dan Brown's best-selling book, "The DaVinci Code."...
Frivolous lawsuits (03/31/04)
(Jefferson City, Mo.) News Tribune A trend in the modern age of irresponsibility is to sue the creators of the goods we misuse. For example, if a weapon is misused and someone is shot, the victim files suit against the gun manufacturer. Another incarnation is for people who become obese or suffer weight-related ailments to sue a restaurant...
Change of address (03/31/04)
It's an institution that rarely changes locations, but in Cape Girardeau the U.S. Post Office has moved, at least temporarily. And the move was a surprise to some postal patrons despite repeated news stories and postcards mailed to their homes by the Postal Service announcing the change in address...
Dinosaur - Waste of time (03/31/04)
To the editor: Once again Marble Hill is the statewide butt of jokes thanks to state Rep. Rod Jetton and his effort to give us a state dinosaur. In a recent editorial, the Kansas City Star chided Jetton for spending too much time on trivial matters instead of working on the state budget. The General Assembly gave up on that hard task and instead went on spring break...
Election for God or evil? (03/31/04)
To the editor: Since World War II, we have enjoyed peace for 55 years as our men and women defeated two evil dictators, Hitler and Tojo. Now our armed forces are again battling the forces of evil, and it seems like it is an uphill battle. Our country was founded by our Christian forefathers, and we enjoyed it for many years. Now the Pledge of Allegiance for God and country is on trial...
Bush's policy is justified (03/31/04)
To the editor: A year has gone by in Iraq, and what have we learned? That the atrocities were even worse than we had imagined. We learned that Saddam Hussein did have weapons of mass destruction, but we don't know to what extent his program had grown...
Tell SEMO about mascot (03/31/04)
To the editor: Those who are opposed to Southeast Missouri State University changing its mascot need to make your voices heard. A committee appointed by the board of regents has a Web site (http://www2.semo.edu/urelations/mascot/) at which suggestions for the new name and mascot are being solicited...
Emerson backs our troops (03/31/04)
To the editor: Robert Polack would rather the United States had never sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. I admire his dedication to peace, but it is dangerous to prefer inaction to a defense of our nation against terrorists. To his tally of dead add 3,000 innocent lives lost in America on 9-11, 190 in Spain on 3-11 and countless more under the Taliban and Saddam Hussein...
Speak Out 03/31/04 (03/31/04)
Spectacular concert IT WAS a night to remember. Saturday's performance by Keith Brion and the Southeast Missouri State University wind ensemble was spectacular. You could almost feel the presence of John Philip Sousa himself. Watching Brion imitate the conducting style of Sousa was simply poetry, a dance. The university students were also at their very best. With talent like this, the River Campus has quite a foundation upon which to build...
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