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Storage units burglarized (04/12/04)
At least 10 broken locks and two burglarized storage units were reported Sunday morning at the RD Mini Storage at 1215 S. Kingshighway. Cape Girardeau police responded to a call at 9:55 a.m. from Rick Dippold, a part owner, who discovered the break-in when he noticed that several doors had no locks. Not all break-ins had been reported, and calls were still coming into the office Sunday evening, police officers said...
Community digest 04/12/04 (04/12/04)
VFW Post 3838 holding poppy pageant VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau will hold a pageant open to newborns through 12th-grade girls and boys at noon Saturday at the post. One buddy poppy, which can be picked up at the post, per outfit is required. Dress must be patriotic. For more information, call Debbie Griffin at 204-0254...
Girl Scout booklets teach protection (04/12/04)
A series of "Staying Safe" booklets and activities have been introduced for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. "As long as the world contains dangers for girls and young women, Girl Scouts can be a leading force in giving them the information and skills they need to stay safe," said Denise Stewart, executive director of Girl Scouts of Otahki Council...
Post recognizes donation of phone cards (04/12/04)
At the March meeting of American Legion Post 158, two citations were presented to Marsha Haskell of Southwestern Bell Company for her contribution of $300 in phone cards to be given to the detachment of the 1140th Engineer Battalion now serving in Iraq. Legion member Bill Poe made a motion that the post reimburse Haskell for the cards. She declined the motion and instead a $300 donation was made to the Post 158 Memorial Scholarship fund in her name...
Community Q&A 04/12/04 (04/12/04)
Name: Jodi Thompson. Lives in: Jackson. Family: Two grown children, Sarah and Sam. What do you like most about the area? The friendliness and community spirit. Favorite food: Outback's coconut shrimp and baby back ribs. Favorite TV show: Anything on HGTV; "Trading Spaces"; "WhileYou Were Out," etc...
Community cuisine 04/12/04 (04/12/04)
VFW serving patriotic chicken, dumpling dinner VFW Post 3838 has planned an all-you-can-eat fund-raising dinner to help support U.S. troops. Proceeds will be used to purchase items like bug spray, deodorant and coffee. Chicken and dumplings, fixed by Dorothy Poynts, will be available beginning at noon April 18 at the post at 1049 Kingshighway. The menu also includes green beans, corn and mashed potatoes. Carry-outs will be available. For more information, call 332-7711...
AARP donates money for safety seats (04/12/04)
AARP Donates Child Safety Seats to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren A $2,500 donation was made to the Cape Girardeau Safe Communities Program by the local American Association for Retired People (AARP) Foundation for use to purchase 54 child safety seats to be given away to grandparents raising grandchildren. Pictured from left are, Lynn Ware Cape Girardeau Safe Communities Program; Ilena Aslin AARP Foundation and Sharee Galnore Cape Girardeau Safe Communities Program. Southeast Missourian...
Jackson man wins award for screenplay (04/12/04)
Fred Jones is not looking forward to the awards presentation. He is grateful that he received the Broadcast Education Association's Best of Festival screenwriting award, but not for the attention it will focus on him. Jones, 35, is a video production professor at Southeast Missouri State University...
Officials say crews will catch up on schedule for courthouse (04/12/04)
Heavy equipment rumbles, and men in hard hats scurry around the site at 555 Independence, where by the end of 2005 a new federal courthouse will take shape. Weather and some unexpected soil conditions have delayed the construction somewhat, said Dennis Miller, General Services Administration project manager from Fort Worth, Texas. But Miller said he is confident the construction crews will be able to catch up and finish the building by the November 2005 projected completion date...
Hundreds attend early Easter gathering at Bald Knob Cross (04/12/04)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Driving two and a half hours to an Easter sunrise service Sunday at Bald Knob Cross was worth the sleepy eyes and cold weather for Tammy Lundsford of Sturdivant, Mo. "Once you get out here, you're hooked," said Lunsford, explaining that she gets an adrenaline rush from being there. The site is on Bald Knob Mountain, overlooking the Shawnee National Forest and Alto Pass...
Child who dies of cancer leaves playground legacy (04/12/04)
ELLISVILLE, Mo. -- Battling a brain tumor that left him without sight and with time running out, 9-year-old Mak Shulist made a dying wish that had nothing to do with spending time with a celebrity, shaking a president's hand or going to Walt Disney World...
Sextuplets still in critical condition after Friday birth (04/12/04)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- Six babies born minutes apart to an Illinois couple remained hospitalized Sunday in this St. Louis suburb, two days after becoming what may be Missouri's first sextuplets. The babies -- three boys and three girls born Friday by Caesarean section, 10 weeks early -- all were in critical condition at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, the hospital said...
Springfield dental clinic has waiting list of 32 months (04/12/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sign up now to see a dentist at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center's clinic. Come back in December 2006 for the appointment. After only one year in existence, the clinic has a 32-month waiting list with 3,537 names -- and officials say others who need care aren't making appointments because of that delay...
Casualties of Civil War battle laid to rest at Springfield (04/12/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- No one knows their names, nor even their precise number. But this much was certain to those who gathered at Springfield National Cemetery: These fallen Union soldiers deserved a proper resting place. Drums beat and Civil War re-enactors fired muskets during Saturday's ceremonial interment of the soldiers -- believed to have been seven in all -- who died more than 142 years ago in the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Republic...
Sacagawea's 'cold' may have been pregnancy, miscarriage (04/12/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Sacagawea's near-fatal illness during the Lewis and Clark Expedition may have been the result of a miscarriage from a second pregnancy, two St. Louis scholars believe. History professors Peter Kastor and Conevery Bolton Valencius of Washington University have been scrutinizing the explorers' journals from their 1804-1806 westward expedition. ...
Holden plans to veto any fix for gun law (04/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden vowed to veto any legislation sent to his desk that attempts to fix a constitutional flaw in the funding mechanism of Missouri's new concealed weapons law. "The legislature can do two things: They can either repeal it or send it to a vote of the people," Holden said Friday...
Study says IRS audits of businesses declined last year (04/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service audited fewer corporations, small businesses and partnerships last year but more individual taxpayers, according to a study of government data. Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, in its analysis of IRS data, concluded that the audit rate for businesses of all sizes slid slightly last year to 2.1 audits for every 1,000 businesses, down from 2.2 audits per 1,000 businesses the previous year...
Nation briefs 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
Frank Lloyd Wright house dismantled, shipped to Pa. LISLE, Ill. -- A prefabricated home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and threatened with demolition has been carefully dismantled and shipped 570 miles to Pennsylvania for reassembly. After the home's owner died in 2002, a developer wanted the land underneath it, but not the house itself. ...
Debate continues over Bush memo (04/12/04)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- For two years, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice left Americans with the impression that President Bush's pre-Sept. 11 terrorism briefing focused on historical information dating to 1998 and that any current threats mostly involved overseas targets...
Congress eyes government response to mad cow disease (04/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- Discovery of one case of mad cow disease prompted cries for immediate action on Capitol Hill, but three months later, Congress is watching on the sidelines while the Bush administration struggles to convince trading partners that U.S. beef is safe...
9-11 commission examines FBI performance (04/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The legal wall that for years divided FBI intelligence and criminal agents is blamed largely for the government's failure to grasp the threat posed by al-Qaida inside the United States before the 2001 attacks. One FBI agent, frustrated at his inability to track two soon-to-be hijackers known to be in the United States, wrote in an August 2001 e-mail that "someday someone will die, and wall or not, the public will not understand why we were not more effective and throwing every resource at certain problems.". ...
Hezbollah using Palestinian militants to fight Israel (04/12/04)
JERUSALEM -- The Islamic group Hezbollah has become a key sponsor of Palestinian violence, funding suicide bombings that have killed dozens of Israelis in recent months, Israeli intelligence sources, Palestinian Authority officials and militants have told The Associated Press...
Pope calls for end to Iraq, Middle East conflicts (04/12/04)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday with calls for world leaders to resolve conflicts in Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Africa, as Christians around the world marked the holiest day on the church calendar. John Paul delivered a message of peace on the flower-decked steps of St. Peter's Basilica, praying that hope would conquer the "inhuman" phenomenon of terrorism and urging Christians, Muslims and Jews to seek greater unity with each other...
World briefs 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
Activists protest ruling on Hong Kong reforms HONG KONG -- Thousands of angry citizens marched Sunday to Beijing's representative office in Hong Kong, demanding full democracy and calling on their unpopular leader to quit. Hong Kongers are clamoring for the right to elect their chief executive and lawmakers, and many were upset last week when China's most powerful legislative committee weighed in by saying any political reforms here must be approved in advance by Beijing...
Insurgents shoot down U.S. helicopter (04/12/04)
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter during fighting in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing its two crew members. Insurgents and Marines called a cease-fire in the besieged city of Fallujah, but the fragile peace was shaken by shootings that wounded two Americans...
Major developments concerning Iraq (04/12/04)
More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in Fallujah since Marines began a siege against Sunni insurgents there a week ago, the city's hospital chief said. U.S. Marines sat on folded cardboard boxes in the middle of a vast soft drink factory in Fallujah to listen to an Easter service, their weapons and flak jackets by their sides. "We ask you, oh Lord ... that your spirit move through this action ... and that peace will come," said Navy Chaplain Wayne Hall, 36, of Oklahoma City, Okla...
Oak Ridge hosting tourneys; Johnson in Sports Illustrated (04/12/04)
By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Oak Ridge High School will be a hotbed for local small school baseball and softball this week. The Blue Jays will host a baseball and softball tournament, with each tournament opening play on Thursday. Local teams participating in the baseball tournament include St. Vincent, Delta, Woodland, Meadow Heights, Leopold and Oak Ridge...
Rolen leads Cards' romp (04/12/04)
The Associated Press PHOENIX -- The St. Louis Cardinals knocked the Arizona Diamondbacks around again as if it was batting practice. Scott Rolen homered twice and drove in five runs to power the Cardinals to a 10-2 victory late Saturday night. Edgar Renteria went 4-for-5 with three doubles for the Cardinals...
Cardinals finish off sweep of Arizona with 6-5 win (04/12/04)
Anderson's pinch-hit homer in ninth inning lifted St. Louis. By Bob Baum The Associated Press PHOENIX -- Marlon Anderson completed St. Louis' home-run binge in Arizona, and the Cardinals left town with a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. Anderson's pinch-hit homer off closer Matt Mantei in the ninth inning Sunday gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory...
Sports briefs 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
Baseball Chicago pitcher Kerry Wood tied a Cubs record when he struck out seven consecutive Atlanta Braves. Wood, working with a cut on his pitching hand, finished with 11 strikeouts while allowing one run and five hits in seven innings as the Cubs beat the host Braves 10-2. ...
Finally, a major win for Phil (04/12/04)
Mickelson's birdie putt on final hole gave him Masters championship.By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson in a green jacket. Even he had a hard time believing it. The final leg in his odyssey to win a major championship came down to an 18-foot putt Sunday, the kind Mickelson had grown weary of watching others make as he stood to the side...
St. Louis looks for discipline (04/12/04)
Blues trail San Jose 2-0, but they play the next two games at home. By R.B. Fallstrom The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues know they need to show much more discipline to get back into their first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks...
Blues falter against shark attack (04/12/04)
Did you know every year more people are killed by bee attacks or lightning than sharks? I'm not kidding, I know I almost die if I see a bee chasing me. I bet the Blues didn't know that, but somebody better tell them they're defying the odds because they're getting killed by the Sharks -- and penalties...
Sports digest 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
Uhls dinner tickets still available The first annual Joe Uhls Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner on April 19, a benefit for Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team, has filled all the spots for the golf portion of the event at Bent Creek Golf Course, but tickets still remain for the dinner at the Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge...
Comings, goings and reshufflings in downtown (04/12/04)
I decided to call this column "That's What They Tell Me" because most of the fodder for this space comes from fleshing out rumors and leads from readers, local business folk and co-workers. Finding a name was the hardest part of writing the first column. So now that the thing has a moniker, pounding out No. 2 should be a cinch, right? But there are always lingering doubts and second thoughts...
Music sales turnaround continued (04/12/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Online file-sharing and other digital piracy persist, but a gradual turnaround in U.S. music sales that began last fall picked up in the first quarter of this year, resulting in the industry's best domestic sales in years. Overall U.S. music sales -- CDs, legal downloads, DVDs -- rose 9.1 percent in the first three months of the year over the same period in 2003, according to Nielsen SoundScan...
Chubby Checker gearing up for a world record (04/12/04)
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Singer Chubby Checker wants a new record -- a Guinness world record. Checker, who now goes by "Chubby C" to reflect his reinvention as a rap artist, vied for the distinction in a dance event Saturday sponsored by Myrtle Beach radio station WWXM FM. Nearly 190 people took part as Checker played his '50s hit "The Twist."...
Japanese actor makes a living out of on-camera deaths (04/12/04)
KYOTO, Japan -- Seizo Fukumoto has died 20,000 agonizing deaths. He's been gored by samurai and gunned down by gangsters. His bloodied body has slammed into trees, tumbled down stairs and crashed through sliding paper-and-wood doors. As Japan's top "kirareyaku," which translates into "sliced-up actor," Fukumoto dies for a living. When Japanese directors need somebody to kill, he's the man they call...
Victoria's Secret to drop TV show (04/12/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Victoria's Secret is dropping its nationally televised fashion show this year, at least partly because of criticism following Janet Jackson's breast-baring faux pas at the Super Bowl. Ed Razek, chief creative officer for the Columbus-based lingerie chain, said the main reason for the decision was so the company can look at new ways to promote the brand. ...
'Passion' returns to No. 1 spot (04/12/04)
The Associated Pres LOS ANGELES -- Many Christians made "The Passion of the Christ" a part of their Easter weekend, lifting the crucifixion saga back to the top box-office spot with $17.1 million. Mel Gibson's bloody retelling of Christ's final hours raised its domestic total since opening on Ash Wednesday to $354.8 million, passing "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" for the No. 8 spot on the all-time domestic charts, just behind "Jurassic Park."...
Some small farms diversifying beyond crops (04/12/04)
GUILFORD, Vt. -- Just up the hill from the Gaines dairy farm stands a small building that looks a lot like a sugar shack, the kind of thing many Vermont farmers rely on to supplement their income. But this one-story building houses a human crematory run by a couple of former back-to-the-landers who say they want to provide a personalized end-of-life service...
In gadget-loving Japan, robots get hugs in therapy sessions (04/12/04)
OHBU, Japan -- The elderly patients suffer from severe dementia, but their faces light up when they see the dog-shaped robot, swaddled in soft clothing, waddle around the hospital floor. Some clap; others break into feeble smiles. Urged by nurses, a few cautiously reach out and touch it...
Trump style of firing doesn't play for some area viewers (04/12/04)
With his reality TV show "The Apprentice," Donald Trump has put his high-roller approach to business on display for more than 20 million viewers. But some of his viewers here in Cape Girardeau don't think his cavalier attitude and his cold, hand-waving firing practices would cut it in Southeast Missouri...
People on the move 04/12/04 (04/12/04)
Local real estate agents get awards at banquet At the Century 21 St. Louis Regional Broker Council's Annual Awards Banquet in March, several representatives of the Key and Ashland offices in Cape Girardeau received honors for gross commission on or number of closed units...
Eunice Caldwell (04/12/04)
Eunice C. "Deana" Caldwell, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Heartland Care Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 31, 1916, at Allenville, daughter of Fred and Lula Harmon Thompson. She and Donald E. Caldwell were married April 12, 1936, at Ironton, Mo. He died Aug. 23, 1987...
Clara Sailer (04/12/04)
Clara Mae Sailer, 83, of Scott City died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. The rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City, with the Rev. David Coon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery...
Craig Kneezle (04/12/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Craig Allen Kneezle, 25, of Benton died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Gerald Robison (04/12/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Gerald K. Robison, 81, of Thebes, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Mary Burton (04/12/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Loretta Burton, 69, of Chaffee, formerly of Morley, Mo., died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 16, 1935, at Perkins, Mo., daughter of Chester and Zettie Welch Edwards. She and Hubert Scott Burton were married Sept. 1, 1950, and he died March 1, 1995...
Odena Ford (04/12/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Odena "Dean" Ford, 89, of Advance died Friday, April 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 21, 1914, near Advance, daughter of Fred and Laura Delay Winemiller. She and Oliver Ford were married March 26, 1932, at Bloomfield, Mo...
Beulah Koeper (04/12/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Beulah M. "Boots" Koeper, 85, of Perryville died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at her home. She was born March 17, 1919, at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., daughter of Edward and Ernestine Cissell Walters. She and John Koeper were married Feb. 2, 1942. He died Feb. 1, 1982...
Births 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
Moneyhun Son to Alan Lee and Rebecca Teresa Moneyhun of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:24 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2004. Name, Kody Ray. Weight, 8 pounds 14 ounces. Fifth child, third son. Mrs. Moneyhun is the former Rebecca Tinnin, daughter of Annalee Tinnin of Cape Girardeau, and the late Lee Roy Tinnin. Moneyhun is the son of Donald Moneyhun and Ruth Moneyhun of Jackson. He is employed at R.M. Coco...
Cape police report 04/12/04 (04/12/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Bruce L. Colyott, 54, of 715 S. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Larry A. Newman, 20, of 1334 Butler, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Cape fire report 04/12/04 (04/12/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Sunday: At 10:07 a.m., emergency medical service at 1105 Linden, Apt. 501. At 11:16 a.m., a structure fire at 1035 Merriwether. At 12:36 p.m., a still alarm at Bloomfield and Spring. At 3:28 p.m., a still alarm at 302 N. Middle....
Out of the past 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
10 years ago: April 12, 1994 Mississippi River is forecast to crest Friday at Cape Girardeau at 36 feet, 4 feet above flood stage; but predicted 1 to 3 inches of rain over most of Missouri last night and today may alter crest. Total tonnage at Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority for first three months of 1994 already ranks as second-highest year ever; during month of March, 42,947 tons passed through port; total for first three months of year is 91,721 tons...
Giving blood (04/12/04)
There's never a season when blood donations aren't needed by area hospitals and surgery centers. The American Red Cross recently opened a new blood donation center at 20 S. Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau. The center will serve as a central location for regular blood drives...
Explanation due to U.S. taxpayers (04/12/04)
To the editor: A recent letter to the editor by Harold Reed claims we are in Iraq to bring freedom to the Iraqi people. I find this unbelievable. Iraq is in anarchy. During the last week we've seen the beginnings of a real resistance movement against the American occupation...
Ask senator to oppose cuts (04/12/04)
To the editor: I applaud your April 7 editorial "Providing care" in which you point out that 62 percent of the population in Cape Girardeau County and Scott City is uninsured or on Medicaid or Medicare. You then suggested that a plan of action is needed in your community before conditions worsen...
Crowell's actions bring criticism (04/12/04)
To the editor: I am a special-education teacher in Missouri, and I am outraged at the childish behavior April 6 by state Rep. Jason Crowell. According to an article in the Kansas City Star, Crowell made siren noises and flatulence sounds as Democrats were speaking...
Speak Out 4/12/04 (04/12/04)
Goodies for soldiers I AM the mother of a 1140th soldier. I want to thank everyone for giving magazines, newspapers, books, food and other things. Put a stop to it I CANNOT imagine the thinking of the U.S. and allied forces in permitting Iraqis to walk around and wave with their guns. Coalition forces should warn these Iraqis and make it well known to all people in Iraq that this will not be tolerated and they are liable to be killed if this happens...
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