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Stories from Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Jackson aldermen OK donation for fireworks (04/20/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen Monday night approved a $3,000 donation to go toward the Fourth of July fireworks display. That amount is down from $5,000 a year ago when the Jackson Jaycees put on the show. This year, the Jaycees decided not to orchestrate the festivities, so the Jackson Chamber of Commerce is developing plans...
Learning brief 4/20 (04/20/04)
Area student awarded Zonta scholarship Central High School senior Candace London was recently awarded a $100 scholarship from the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau. London plans to attend Maryville University in St. Louis to pursue a career as a certified public accountant...
Lessons from a chaotic life (04/20/04)
A teenager's life is pure chaos. Running here, going there, doing homework; the day takes on a hectic quality. The more involved a person is in school, extracurricular activities, church, friends and family, the crazier their life becomes. Many nights I only see my home and family while passing through on the way to bed. ...
The wonders of going wireless (04/20/04)
If you have been anywhere lately, I'm sure you've seen several cell phones, or "wireless wonders" as I like to call them. The cell-phone trend has swept across the nation like an epidemic, giving many people a source of communication regardless of time, location or distance...
Under pressure, some retailers withdraw 'Boys Are Stupid' goods (04/20/04)
NEW YORK -- The T-shirts and pajamas are meant to be funny, with cartoon captions like "Boys Are Stupid -- Throw Rocks At Them." But some protesters, encouraged by a fathers-rights talk show host, are unamused and have pressured three retail chains into dropping the merchandise...
One nation under God (04/20/04)
"I pledge allegiance to the flag" is something that school children around the country say every day. These words flow from the mouths of children as young as 5. At my school, reciting the pledge it is how we begin every day. These precious words have become repetitious, something that students do without thought. ...
The soft whispers of Wehrenberg (04/20/04)
Everyone has been to the movies at least once in their life. If not, then stop reading right now, because you won't be able to relate any of things I am going to say to personal experiences that you've had while sitting in those comfy seats looking up at the silver screen...
Education chief says No Child Left Behind has enough funds (04/20/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The No Child Left Behind law is "sufficiently funded," Education Secretary Rod Paige said Monday, replying to criticism that the law passes along billions in costs to states and local school districts. "There is no unfunded mandate as far as the No Child Left Behind Act," Paige said during a forum hosted by Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) Approved an ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 3034 and dissolving Lateral Sewer District No. 14-K-7, a subdivision of Trunk Sewer District No. 14. Granted a special-use permit to Clila L.P. for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating an additional advertising sign at 612 S. Sprigg...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
Action items Accepted the certified election results for the April 6 election. Changed the regular board of aldermen meeting from May 3 to May 10. Authorized the expenditure of $3,000, regarding the partial funding of the 2004 Independence Day fireworks display...
Scott City police provide free firearm safety kits (04/20/04)
SCOTT CITY -- The Scott City Police Department will provide 300 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day at the Scott City Police Department, 618 Main St...
Council debates sales tax holiday, takes no action (04/20/04)
A majority of Cape Girardeau City Council members favor a state-allowed sales tax holiday for back-to-school supplies in August despite Mayor Jay Knudtson's concern that voters might see it as financially irresponsible when the city is facing budget woes...
Judge in Lape killing imposes death sentence (04/20/04)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Judge Fred Copeland of the 34th Judicial Court sentenced Mark Gill, 33, of Cape Girardeau to death Monday in the July 2002 killing of Ralph Lape Jr. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle announced Monday afternoon that Copeland imposed the death sentence; the jury that convicted Gill recommended death when it found him guilty March 5...
Teen becomes Democratic National Convention delegate (04/20/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Just for the fun of it, Nate Hinchey and about two dozen of his Jackson High School classmates decided to get involved at the local level in the process of selecting the next Democratic presidential nominee. As a result, Hinchey, an 18-year-old senior, will be one of Missouri's 88 delegates attending the Democratic National Convention in Boston to formally nominate U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts as the party's candidate for president...
Ex-death row inmates speak at Southeast (04/20/04)
On the day when Mark Gill of Cape Girardeau was sentenced to death for a 2002 murder, two former death row inmates spoke about the judicial systems that put them on death row. Confessions of the real killers and the advent of DNA technology eventually proved their innocence...
Flood control project brings ceremony, sigh of relief (04/20/04)
There was no ribbon cutting, just a collective sigh of relief Monday as city and federal officials celebrated the completion of a federal flood control project designed to protect Cape Girardeau businesses and homes from flash flooding. Cape Girardeau has been spared major storm-water flooding in recent years thanks to a $40 million federal flood control project that took 11 years to build. ...
Grant program restores houses, owner's dreams (04/20/04)
When Rosemary Kreiter first stepped into the abandoned house at 307 S. Pacific St., she had a vision. In a living room carpeted only with a layer of scattered debris and plaster walls chipped to expose the rotting wood beneath, Kreiter envisioned the light of a Christmas tree complete with presents beneath. In her mind, she laid out the floor plans for the first home she and her husband, Daniel, could call their own...
Mural artists begin work depicting local history (04/20/04)
Chicago artist Thomas Melvin is reaching back in time with his paintbrush and bringing Cape Girardeau's history to the present. Melvin is the lead artist in the floodwall mural project sponsored by the River History Mural Association. He and the other artists involved, Cameron Pfiffner and Gary Borremans, both of Chicago, and local artist Craig Thomas, began work Monday afternoon, hoping the rain will hold off. ...
Failing pump forces conserve water order (04/20/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Residents of Thebes are going to have to hold off on washing their cars or watering their gardens for two to three weeks while the city replaces an old and ailing water pump. On Saturday the city issued a conserve water order, asking residents to cut back on excess water usage, such as washing cars, watering gardens, filling pools and using dishwashers...
Winding through wineries (04/20/04)
Although images of the California vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County are what most people conjure up when thinking about American wine, the green and rolling hills of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois are dotted with vineyards and wineries only a day trip away...
Man charged in 12 KC killings (04/20/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An employee at a trash-hauling company has been charged with strangling 12 women or girls from 1977 to 1993 in an arrest authorities said was made possible by new DNA technology. Authorities said Lorenzo J. Gilyard preyed on prostitutes and teenage girls during his 16-year rampage, sexually assaulting all but one of the victims and strangling them with items including nylon stockings, shoe strings and wire...
Senate debates $350 million bond proposal (04/20/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate on Tuesday began debate on a bill that would authorize the state to sell $350 million in bonds to fund infrastructure improvements at public higher education institutions, including Southeast Missouri State University...
100 death sentences hinge on high court (04/20/04)
WASHINGTON -- A case considered by the Supreme Court Monday could overturn death sentences of more than 100 inmates, the most far-reaching capital punishment issue this term in a follow-up to a 2002 ruling that made juries, not judges, final arbiters of the death penalty...
Documents cite mystery video in Oklahoma City bombing (04/20/04)
WASHINGTON -- A Secret Service document written shortly after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing described security video footage of the attack and witness testimony that suggested Timothy McVeigh may have had accomplices at the scene. A Secret Service agent testified Monday that the log does, in fact, exist but that the government knows of no videotape. The log that the information was pulled from contained reports that were never verified...
New camp gives Guard recruits a head start on basic training (04/20/04)
MARSEILLES, Ill. -- The drill sergeant's stomach-twisting growl echoed through concrete barracks lined with baby-faced recruits on a weekend pass from high school. "I want you to move like someone's shooting at you -- because someday they might," Sgt. James Locke barked, sending dozens of first-day soldiers scrambling past long, neat rows of cots and footlockers...
World briefs 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
Feds may relax airport security rule PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh International could become the nation's first major airport to get the OK to abandon the post-Sept. 11, 2001, rule that says only ticketed passengers are allowed past security checkpoints. ...
Nation digest 04/20/04 (04/20/04)
Spanish prime minister gets chilly reception WASHINGTON -- President Bush gave a chilly welcome to Spain's new leader Monday, suggesting his abrupt withdrawal of troops from Iraq would give "false comfort to terrorists." Bush said later he was sending diplomatic troubleshooter John Negroponte to Iraq as America's first post-war ambassador. ...
McDonald's CEO Cantalupo dies of heart attack (04/20/04)
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. chairman and CEO Jim Cantalupo, who orchestrated a turnaround at the hamburger giant and oversaw the introduction of healthier foods such as salads, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Monday at age 60. The fast-food chain quickly named president and chief operating officer Charlie Bell, 43, to succeed Cantalupo as CEO and Andrew McKenna, 74, the board's presiding director, as chairman...
ImClone stock soars past pre-scandal levels (04/20/04)
Too bad Martha Stewart and Sam Waksal weren't more patient with their investments in scandal-plagued ImClone Systems Inc. On Monday, the company's share price soared past pre-scandal levels and reached a two-year high, rising 12 percent to close at $66.38 in trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market...
Lacrosse fever (04/20/04)
When Will Browne told his mother last year that he wanted to play lacrosse, her response was fairly typical for this area. "My first reaction was, 'What is lacrosse?'" Nancy Browne said. "I had no idea what it is. I'm still learning." The Brownes are knee deep in lacrosse this year. ...
Red Devil softball improves to 10-0 (04/20/04)
Chaffee's softball team remained undefeated Monday by rolling past visiting Portageville 13-3 in six innings. The Red Devils scored nine runs in the first inning and coasted as they improved to 10-0. Whitney Horrell (5-0) struck out nine and allowed three hits...
Indians sign their first spring recruit (04/20/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball coach Gary Garner can finally talk about his program's first recruit of the spring signing period. The national letter of intent from Ryan "Fuzzy" Belcher arrived at Southeast on Monday. Belcher signed with the Indians last week and mailed the letter of intent from his home town of Mexico, Mo., but nothing was official until the paperwork got to Garner...
Whitey goes to bat for fund raiser (04/20/04)
Yes, Whitey Herzog is asked by Cardinals fans wherever he goes if he eventually might return as the team's manager. No, he doesn't see it happening. "I get that a lot," said a laughing Herzog. "But they're not looking for a 72-year-old manager."...
Blues plan youth movement in effort to slash high payroll (04/20/04)
ST. LOUIS -- In the wake of their second straight first-round NHL playoff exit, the St. Louis Blues plan to have a lower-payroll team whenever play resumes. The Blues have been active in the free agent market in recent seasons and carried a payroll of about $60 million this season, among the top in the league, with a roster dotted by high-priced stars such as Chris Pronger, Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight, Al MacInnis and Pavol Demitra...
Appeals court blocks path to NFL for underclassmen (04/20/04)
NEW YORK -- Maurice Clarett's bid to jump to the NFL was blocked Monday by a federal appeals court that left open the possibility he could enter a supplemental draft. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold a lower-court decision to allow the former Ohio State star and other athletes, like Southern California's Mike Williams, to enter this weekend's draft...
Kenyans dominate Boston Marathon (04/20/04)
BOSTON -- Catherine Ndereba won the Boston Marathon for the third time Monday in one of the hottest and closest races in the event's history. Timothy Cherigat won the men's race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 37 seconds to complete a Kenyan sweep. Ndereba finished in 2:24:27, outsprinting Ethiopian Elfenesh Alemu in the last mile to win by 16 seconds -- equaling the closest finish in the women's division. ...
Sports briefs 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
Basketball Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest was chosen the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. Artest received 476 points out of a possible 605, including 80 of 121 possible first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. ...
Circus dog gives hope for family pet (04/20/04)
No lions. No tigers. No bears. But the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' one-ring "hometown edition" was a hit with our family. It's hard to pass up an excuse for cotton candy and stuffed, fluffy monkey and elephant souvenirs at the Show Me Center...
No disappearing - Magicians Penn & Teller celebrate 30 years (04/20/04)
NEW YORK -- It's been 30 years, but Penn & Teller have no intention of pulling a disappearing act. The duo is performing their boisterous, occasionally macabre magic act six days a week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and are planning a video version of the show. Penn has a novel coming out this spring. Teller, the small, silent partner, recently wrote a memoir about his parents...
Dwight Russell Sr. (04/20/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dwight Lamar Russell Sr. died Friday, April 16, 2004, at his home. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Levi Bagby (04/20/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Levi Wade "Bear" Bagby, 17, of Mounds died Sunday in an apartment fire in Clinton, Ky. He was born March 5, 1987, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Albert C. "Duke" and Vickie Higgins Bagby III. Bagby was a sophomore at Meridian High School...
Eugene Blumer (04/20/04)
MARION, Ill.-- Eugene Norris "Sonny" Blumer died peacefully at home Sunday, April 18, 2004, on the Lake of Egypt near Marion. He was born June 30, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, son of Edward and Opal Blumer. He married LaNora Jean Baker Oct. 19, 1953, in Cape Girardeau...
Charlene Horton (04/20/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Charlene Horton, 39, of Anna died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at the home of her grandmother. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Retta Lyne (04/20/04)
DELTA -- Retta Parker Lyne, 83, of Delta died Monday, April 19, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Lamar, Ark., daughter of Burgess Cline and Sarah Jane Burton Anthony. She first married Dave Parker who preceded her in death Aug. 17, 1962. She and Gerald D. Lyne Sr. were married Jan. 29 1966, and he preceded her in death Jan. 14, 2004...
Albert Foutch Sr. (04/20/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Albert Leon Foutch Sr., 66, of Thebes died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 23, 1938, at Thebes, son of Edward and Lura Coplin Foutch. Foutch had worked on the railroad, and was a member of Apostolic Lighthouse Church...
George Savoy (04/20/04)
George A. Savoy, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. He was born June 18, 1940, in New Iberia, La., son of George and Marjorie Chase Savoy Sr. He and Mary Heckathorn were married Dec. 19, 1987, at Sedgewickville...
Ruth Hawk (04/20/04)
STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Ruth Hawk, 88, of Sturdivant died Monday, April 19, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 25, 1915, at Greenbrier, Mo., daughter of David and Bertha Sample Owens. She and Linus Hawk were married May 3, 1936, at Greenbrier. He died April 27, 1999...
Births 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
Walker Son to Christopher J. and Keyla R. Walker of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:41 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2004. Name, Breyden Christopher. Weight, 6 pounds 13 1/2 ounces. Third child, first son. Mrs. Walker is the former Keyla Lloyd, daughter of Lorene Williams of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Roger Lloyd of Cassville, Mo. ...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Justin C. Wiseman, 18, 132 S. Hanover, Cape Girardeau, and Clarence Brown Jr., 19, 412 Koch, Cape Girardeau, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of delivery or concealment of contraband or articles (tobacco) into the jail...
Suspect arrested in knife attack on cab driver (04/20/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston police arrested a suspect they believe robbed and stabbed a Sikeston cab driver just after 1 a.m. Monday. Charlie T. Hale, 38, of Sikeston said he picked up a fare on Sixth Street and took him to the area of Vernon Street where he was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash and stabbed in the chest by the passenger. Hale was able to drive himself back to Jay's Taxi, and gave police a description of his assailant...
Out of the past 4/20/04 (04/20/04)
10 years ago: April 20, 1994 PERRYVILLE, Mo. --- Perry County officials begin process of buying out flood properties near Mississippi River, a result of last summer's flooding; Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $304,108 through its hazard mitigation grant program...
Lawmakers abuse power (04/20/04)
The Kansas City Star If only Republicans in the Missouri House were as clever about proposing good legislation as they fancy themselves to be by retaliating against newspaper criticism. Votes by 74 Republicans were enough to pass an amendment that eliminates a sales tax exemption newspapers receive when they buy newsprint and other equipment needed for their products. The amendment is narrowly written to hurt only The Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. .....
A few items worth sharing (04/20/04)
The following items are some that I felt worth sharing. I hope you enjoy them. We will win: The ghastly murders of American civilians in Iraq aren't a sign of terrorist strength, but of weakness. Islamic extremists know they are losing the war. ...
Fact or fiction? (04/20/04)
Rumors and gossip have been with us forever, and neither is going away anytime soon. But too often rumors, partial information, misstated facts and even outright lies find believing ears. The result? Decisions made based on bad information. In an effort to provide accurate information and to dispel rumors at Southeast Missouri State University, a special Web site has encouraged members of the university community to ask questions and get good answers...
Evolution is not just a theory (04/20/04)
To the editor: Evolution has not been proven false, nor is it just a theory. Theodosius Dobzhansky said: "For anything to be scientific, it must testable, i.e., in order for something to be a valid scientific theory, it must predict results that are observable by experimentation. ...
Dr. Kasten gave me a normal life (04/20/04)
To the editor: I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Melvin Kasten. It is by the grace of God and the medical expertise of Dr. Kasten that I am able to write this letter today. At the age of 5, in 1960, my skull was severely crushed in a freak accident. ...
California has cleanup day too (04/20/04)
To the editor: In response to Sam Blackwell's April 5 column: We sure do have cleanup day in California, and what fun it is. I know people who have furnished whole houses with the treasures of the street. I will also confess to being a Dumpster diver myself. ...
Speak Out 04/20/04 (04/20/04)
Thank the Optimists REGARDING THE article about the Optimists paying $60,000 for a skate park in Jackson: I think the Optimists should be thanked. What they are doing is tremendous. If some people do not like it, they do not have to go along with it...
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