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Stories from Friday, April 9, 2004

Cuts close out Cape's citywide cleanup (04/09/04)
Sure signs of spring in Cape Girardeau: flowering trees in bloom, tulips and daffodils blossoming in colorful beds, and old mattresses and yard waste piled up on curbs. It's time for the annual -- and final -- spring cleanup. Cleanup begins Monday and continues through Friday. Pam Sander of the city's Department of Public Works said that extra items will be picked up during residents' normal trash pickup days...
'Justice Talks' program scheduled (04/09/04)
Two men who were wrongfully convicted of capital murder and exonerated will speak in Cape Girardeau on April 19 through "Justice Talks," an educational project sponsored by a grant from Amnesty International. The Cape Girardeau Chapter of a campaign for a moratorium on executions in Missouri organized the event...
Marine mom in need (04/09/04)
Chomping on gum and wearing a navy blue USA T-shirt, Charles Bigham Jr. examines the monuments at Freedom Corner at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau. His grandfather, John Reynolds, a union bricklayer, helped restore these columns a few years ago. But as the 7-year-old runs his fingers over the raised names of soldiers killed in World War II, his mind is on a modern-day soldier: his father...
Remembering the Alamo's connections to Missouri (04/09/04)
Some probably remember "The Alamo" opens today in movie theaters, but certainly fewer know that the leaders of the battle for Texas independence share ties to Missouri. Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and Stephen Austin all have connections -- some more tenuous than others -- to the Show Me state...
Hyundai Accent gives new car experience at used car price (04/09/04)
Hyundai Accent gives new car experience at used car price Accent n. 1 a style of pronunciation or inflection. 2 an entry-level car with a 100,000 mile warranty that sells new for less than many used cars. 3 not to be confused with "scent," as in "new-car scent," that intoxicating aroma missing from used cars...
Higher education spending flat under House plan (04/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While House Republicans trumpeted their efforts to increase funding for elementary and secondary education this week, chamber Democrats complained that similar attention hasn't been paid to higher education. The state budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that cleared the House on Wednesday includes $4.75 billion for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a $201.7 million boost from current appropriations. ...
Investigators try to piece together starved teen's past (04/09/04)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- While investigators tried to unravel the story of a 16-year-old boy who weighed just 40 pounds when he was taken to an Illinois hospital this week, a few details about his background were emerging. The boy from Michigan -- who is mentally retarded, prone to seizures and has cerebral palsy -- was in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis...
Two teens held in St. Louis vandalism spree (04/09/04)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two teenagers were taken into custody for allegedly vandalizing two St. Louis churches, a school and a community center. A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday night, and a 17-year-old surrendered to police on Thursday...
Enormous rock slide closes road in Shawnee National Forest (04/09/04)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A rock slide in the Shawnee National Forest has blocked a road with boulders, trees and slabs of stone the size of pianos. Forest Service officials said Thursday they don't have the heavy equipment needed to remove the rock and it could take two weeks or more to find a contractor and remove the rubble...
Auditor - Abuse reports see slow response (04/09/04)
Improvements have been made, but caseworkers are still too slow in responding to child abuse hotline calls and are not adequately following up on cases where intervention and services are needed, State Auditor Claire McCaskill said Thursday. McCaskill released results of an audit that looked at how abuse cases were handled in Greene and Jackson counties and the city of St. Louis in 2003. It was a follow-up to her office's child abuse hotline report in December 2000...
Poplar Bluff woman charged with animal abuse, neglect (04/09/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff woman was charged Thursday with animal neglect and abuse after authorities seized 59 animals from her home, in conditions the Humane Society of Missouri described as deplorable. Wanda Russell was summoned to appear Monday to answer to the charges, a spokeswoman for the Butler County Sheriff's Department said. She is not in custody. She has an unlisted number and could not be reached for comment...
Refinery explosion in New Mexico sends four to hospital (04/09/04)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two fiery explosions rocked a gasoline refinery Thursday, seriously injuring four people, officials said. Smoke billowed from one side of the Giant Industries refinery about 15 miles east of Gallup in western New Mexico as rescue crews converged on the scene...
Senate passes pensions relief bill on to president (04/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate sent to the president Thursday legislation that could save employer sponsors of pension plans $80 billion over the next two years, money that could provide a substantial boost to business investment and hiring around the country...
Doctor - Banned abortion similar to other abortions (04/09/04)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A doctor testifying in favor of a federal ban on a type of abortion acknowledged Thursday that a main part of the procedure -- crushing the skull of a fetus -- may be necessary in other, more common types of abortion. Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of Michigan, made the acknowledgment to the judge after she finished testifying in a trial challenging the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. ...
Rice - No hints foretold Sept. 11 terror attacks (04/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Under sharp questioning, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice insisted Thursday that President Bush fully understood the threat of terrorism before Sept. 11, 2001, but no intelligence foretold the deadliest attack ever on American soil...
Shiite militias control three Iraqi cities (04/09/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi insurgents fought U.S. troops at two mosques in Fallujah and held sway over all or part of three southern cities in the worst chaos and violence since Baghdad fell a year ago today. In an ominous turn, kidnappers seized 13 foreign hostages and threatened to burn three Japanese captives alive if Tokyo did not withdraw its troops...
America's killing fields (04/09/04)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A display praising the merits of peacekeeping that cited the killing of native North Americans as the world's worst genocide shouldn't be considered a jab at the United States, Belgian defense officials said Thursday. Defense Ministry spokesman Gerard Vareng denied criticism that the display carried an anti-American message...
World to be free of polio by next year, says official (04/09/04)
NEW DELHI -- The world is likely to be polio-free next year, but the war against AIDS is being lost, the U.S. health secretary said Thursday. "We're on the precipice of accomplishing it," Tommy Thompson said of eliminating polio. If the current vaccination campaign is successful, polio will become only the second know disease after smallpox to be wiped out by humankind. ...
Otahkians to receive big test (04/09/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's softball team is in third place in the Ohio Valley Conference, having won five of its first seven league games -- but coach Lana Richmond knows the jury is still out regarding the Otahkians as possible title contenders...
Indians gear up for series with Samford (04/09/04)
It's still so early in the Ohio Valley Conference baseball season that the league's teams have so far only played six of 27 scheduled games. But Southeast Missouri State University coach Mark Hogan knows the Indians need to start making a serious push toward the top of the standings; otherwise, they might dig themselves an early hole that is simply too deep...
Painter leaves SIU for job at Purdue (04/09/04)
Matt Painter resigned Thursday as head basketball coach at Southern Illinois to take an assistant coaching job at Purdue, SIU athletic director Paul Kowalczyk announced. Painter will be an associate coach under Gene Keady next season before taking over when the longtime Boilermakers coach retires. The 67-year-old Keady has one year left on his contract...
Cards fall to 'Bruisers' (04/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- In their opening series, the Milwaukee Brewers looked like a changed team. Brady Clark homered in his first two at-bats and Keith Ginter hit a three-run homer to help power the Brewers' backups over the St. Louis Cardinals 11-5 Thursday...
Rose blooms amid the azaleas (04/09/04)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Back-to-back birdies brought out that boyish smile in Justin Rose. The loss of his longtime looper brought a tear to Tom Watson. A suspect swing made Tiger Woods look as vulnerable as ever. The Masters had a little bit of everything Thursday, starting with Rose shooting a 5-under 67 to take a two-shot lead, and ending with Woods walking briskly to his car in darkness, 4 over par through 14 holes and not much to say...
Sharks draw first blood in playoff series with Blues (04/09/04)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Niko Dimitrakos got quite a souvenir from his first NHL playoff game. Dimitrakos scored 9:16 into overtime, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in the opener of their first-round playoff series Thursday night...
Caution - New life ahead (04/09/04)
The decorative wreaths my wife put on both the front door and back door of our house have become prime real estate for the local bird population. Over the years, I've recounted the various efforts by out feathered friends to make homes and have families. Some have been more successful than others...
Coming to theaters 4/9/04 (04/09/04)
'The Alamo' Starring Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Patrick Wilson, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, and Marc Blucas. In a small Texas town in the spring of 1836, roughly 200 men lost their lives defending the Alamo, a small mission building, from several thousand Mexican soldiers under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. ...
Celebrating 30 years of innovation (04/09/04)
LONDON -- Vivienne Westwood, famous for dressing the Sex Pistols and creating the 1970s punk look, isn't interested in keeping up with the times. "I prefer to go faster than that," she says. "If you keep up with the times, there's nothing to see. You are always at a point where you just missed everything."...
Everybody's a critic - 'Hellboy' (04/09/04)
Three stars (out of four) When the U.S. Army foils the Nazis' plans to bring seven demons of chaos to the world, a baby demon passes through the opened portal. The baby, named Hellboy (Ron Perlman) by those that found him, becomes part of a secret organization known as "Paranormal Research and Defense."...
Artifacts 4/9/04 (04/09/04)
Entries sought for open photography contest The International Library of Photography has announced that entries for the International Amateur Photography Contest are now being accepted. The deadline is July 31 and is open to everyone. The International Library of Photography is an organization designed to bring the work of amateur photographers to the public's attention. For more information on the contest, go to www.picture.com...
Funky Donkey Cheese wraps up its six-year fun (04/09/04)
After providing funk to the denizens of Cape Girardeau for six years, Funky Donkey Cheese is calling it quits. The band's shows tonight and tomorrow at the Rude Dog Pub will be its last. The band cites the recent decisions by vocalist Beth Poole and guitarist Bryan Davidson to quit the band as the main reason for the breakup...
Pauline Tucker (04/09/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Pauline Tucker, 84, of Thebes died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Life Care Center. She was born Nov. 16, 1919, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of John and Ollie Watkins McHughs. She and Thomas Tucker were married June 20, 1936. He died Nov. 1, 1990...
Theodore Rottenbuecher (04/09/04)
Theodore Rottenbuecher, 64, of Delta died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home. Friends may call at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., after 6 p.m. today. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Eloise Clemons (04/09/04)
Eloise Clemons, 83, of Miami, Okla., died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami. She was born April 26, 1920, at Neelys Landing, daughter of Denver and Earley Craft Thompson. She and Clarence Francisco were married in December 1947 in Cape Girardeau. He died in October 1976. She and Jerald Clemons were married May 29, 1982, in Miami...
Annell Duckworth (04/09/04)
KARNAK, Ill. -- Annell Duckworth, 92, of Perks, Ill., died Thursday, April 8, 2004 at her daughter's home in Karnak. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, with the Rev. David Gilley officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Cemetery near Dongola...
Charles Aden (04/09/04)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Charles L. "Whitey" Aden, 71, of Marion, Ill., died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born Aug. 19, 1932, in Dongola, son of George and Irene Cooper Aden. He and Verna Ramage were married July 13, 1952...
Ronald Dunbar (04/09/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Ronald A. Dunbar, 57, of Cairo died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Pawtucket, R.I., son of Aldred Abraham and Rita Catherine Justice Dunbar. Dunbar was a clerk with Bourland Paint Co. several years before retiring...
May Parks (04/09/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- May Parks, 95, of Lighthouse Point, Fla., formerly of Anna, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Heartland Care in Boca Raton, Fla. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Sue Snider (04/09/04)
Sue Snider, 61, of Bloomfield, Mo., died Thursday, April 8, 2004 at Scott City. Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Th funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. The Rev. Ronnie Ledbetter will officiate. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery...
Robert Snell (04/09/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Robert B. "Goober" Snell, 80, of Thebes died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 31, 1923, in Gale, Ill., son of Charley and Bessie Moore Snell. He and Betty Thompson were married Feb. 9, 1948...
Births 4/9/04 (04/09/04)
EdmundsSon to Michael Jacob and Jennifer Lynn Edmunds of Jackson, St. Francis Medical Center, 12:17 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2004. Name, Simon Jacob. Weight, 7 pounds 11 ounces. First child. Mrs. Edmunds is the former Jennifer Browning, daughter of Bob and Nora Browning of West Frankfort, Ill. She is a nurse. Edmunds is the son of Mike and Sue Edmunds of Jackson. He is a handy man and lawn care provider...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/9/04 (04/09/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Brandon T. Singleton, 33, 906 N. West End Blvd., Cape Girardeau was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of DWI and following too closely...
Out of the past 4/9/04 (04/09/04)
10 years ago: April 9, 1994 News media and other invited guests were given tour yesterday of new, five-story brick and glass Clinical Services Building, which houses Southeast Missouri Hospital's emergency services and outpatient surgery. Space shuttle Endeavor, with Cape Girardeau County native Linda Godwin serving as payload commander, blasts off at dawn after being delayed twice earlier in week...
The holiest week (04/09/04)
As Holy Week draws to a close, some of the observances that are most important to Christians will be repeated in many churches. Today, Good Friday services will recall the events of the passion. As the observance of Holy Saturday ends at sundown, many churches will observe the Great Vigil of Easter with the kindling of a new fire to restore light to darkened churches...
Critics overreacting (04/09/04)
Columbia Daily Tribune Critics of the name Paige Sports Arena are overreacting. Bill and Nancy Laurie seeded the arena project by giving the University of Missouri $25 million toward its construction. In return, they negotiated control of naming rights plus a handful of other concessions that might prove lucrative, including a non-competition clause that seems to protect their Wal-Mart interests. .....
Marathon winner deserves notice (04/09/04)
To the editor: Cape Girardeau was put on the map this past weekend with the accomplishment of one of its own when Eric Heins won the St. Louis marathon. He should have received the recognition he deserved for his outstanding performance from his hometown newspaper. ...
SEMO ignoring pleas for Indians (04/09/04)
To the editor: It's plain that the powers to be at Southeast Missouri State University are not paying attention. They stated that 800 entries had been made concerning the name change for the Indians. They also stated that 300 of those making suggestions wanted to keep the Indian name. ...
Dinosaur will have big impact (04/09/04)
To the editor: This note is to clear up a few misconceptions about the impact that having the dinosaur that was found in Bollinger County named the official Missouri dinosaur. The hours that state Rep. Rod Jetton spent on this legislation will have economic, scientific and educational consequences for every Missourian. ...
Recognize Iraq's cultural divisions (04/09/04)
To the editor: When senior President Bush didn't chase Saddam back to Baghdad after the first gulf war, he probably realized we would get mired in the civil war we find ourselves in now. Iraq was a fictitious creation of the United Kingdom's Foreign Office; there was no recognition of the cultural differences of the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites that lived within these bounds. ...
Groups keep fireworks alive (04/09/04)
To the editor: I want to congratulate the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for picking up the ball and keeping up the tradition of having the Fourth of July celebration. Jackson is the best place to live and raise your family. I feel that during these troubled times we are living through we need to keep all the traditions we can. ...
Jennings, ABC show their bias (04/09/04)
To the editor: Peter Jennings' distortion of biblical truth in his special on Jesus and the Apostle Paul is appalling. Jennings needs to be honest enough to say he is biased. ABC, you're giving yourself away as being a biased, anti-Christian entity. You may be fooling many, but you're not fooling all. And you certainly are not fooling God...
Speak Out 04/09/04 (04/09/04)
Scientific proof MORE STUDIES prove that TV is bad for kids. On top of all the other reasons for parents not to have their kids watch TV, there's now scientific proof that watching TV at a young age changes the formation of the brain and makes kids much more likely to have attention-deficit disorder. Turn off the TVs, parents, if you want to do your kids a favor...
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