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Pacific Street fire consumes home (04/21/04)
A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a house at 1223 Pacific St. Tuesday afternoon. According to assistant chief Mark Hasheider of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, the fire broke out at 4:09 p.m. in a house owned by Archie Maglone. Fire crews from all four fire stations responded...
Postal facility renamed for local Korean War hero (04/21/04)
A bill offered by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., to name the Cape Girardeau U.S.Mail Processing and Distribution Facility for Korean war hero Richard G. Wilson passed unanimously in the House Tuesday evening with 392 representatives present to vote...
Teens injured in Marble Hill crash slowly improving (04/21/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The two Woodland students injured last week in a car crash are making steady improvement, their parents say. Jerry Dees, whose sisters Jennifer Lincoln and Jessica Dees, all of Glenallen, were killed in the accident, had surgery Monday, said his mother Bonnie Dees. He now has a metal rod in his leg and pins in his back, and is in a lot of pain, but is improving...
Bill would bar governments from mandating union labor (04/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and local governmental entities would be unable to require or preclude the use of organized labor in public construction projects under legislation given preliminary approval Tuesday by the House of Representatives. The bill sponsored by state Rep. ...
'Rapunzel' sure to delight children (04/21/04)
As retold by Southeast Missouri State University's department of theater and dance, "Rapunzel" blends the familiar Grimm fairy tale with a dose of English pantomime to create a production that is sure to entertain young children. Parents may not be as entertained by the child-orientated fare but should find amusement, and maybe a part of their inner child, during the hourlong production...
Officer recalls lessons of meth-provoked gunfight (04/21/04)
It's been three years since Cape Girardeau police Cpl. Keith May and his partner, Sgt. Brad Moore, were shot at the Super 8 Motel taking down a meth lab. May recounted the details of that night for criminal justice students and students of the police academy at Southeast Missouri State University Tuesday evening...
Quilts for 35,000 (04/21/04)
PADUCAH, Ky -- In its 20 years of existence, the Paducah-based American Quilter's Society has helped to elevate the status of quilts from something associated with bedding into an art form. In the process, the town has turned into a quilting Mecca...
Cherokees seek input on SEMO nickname (04/21/04)
An American Indian group based in Cape Girardeau wants other American Indians to share their thoughts about Southeast Missouri State University's proposal to retire the Indian nicknames for the school's sports teams. Formed during Native American Month in November 2000 as a nonprofit organization, the American Indian Center of the Heartland plans to solicit opinions from the region's American Indians and make recommendations to a university committee studying the issue...
St. Francis increases care level for trauma in region (04/21/04)
St. Francis Medical Center is raising its level of care for area trauma patients. On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services presented the Cape Girardeau hospital with its new accreditation as a Level III trauma center. The certification makes St. Francis the only Level III trauma center in Southeast Missouri...
Region briefs 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
Mounds resident dies of smoke inhalation in Ky. MOUNDS, Ill. --Preliminary results from the Kentucky Medical Examiner's office show that all three men who were found dead in a fire in Clinton, Ky., Sunday morning died of smoke inhal-ation. Toxicology reports are pen-ding. Levi Bagby, a sophomore at Meridian High School, was visiting the tenant of an apartment at 201 Ezell Lane in Clinton, according to Clinton police chief Terry House. The fire apparently started in the kitchen near the stove...
Scholarship named for longtime SE psychology professor (04/21/04)
Wayne Hoover never dreamed that friends, former students and colleagues at Southeast Missouri State University would name a scholarship after him, particularly since he's still teaching at the school. The scholarship, awarded this spring semester for the first time, honors Hoover, 58, an associate professor of psychology who has taught at Southeast since 1972...
Club news 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
GFW Club The General Federated Women's Club met April 8 in the community room of city hall in Jackson. The club is celebrating 95 years of continuous community service and members attended dressed appropriately for attire of 1909, the year the club organized...
Senate considers $15 million less for schools than House (04/21/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senators spent hours Tuesday debating an education budget proposal that would provide $15 million less in funding growth for local school districts than the House of Representatives approved for the upcoming fiscal year. The Senate proposal would earmark $2.74 billion for direct aid to local schools, which would be $130 million more than schools are slated to receive for the current fiscal year ending June 30...
GOP praises overtime overhaul (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Tuesday embraced election-year revisions to the nation's overtime pay rules, saying changes to an earlier Bush administration plan will take away extra pay from far fewer white-collar workers. But Democrats questioned those claims, pointing to a lengthy list of jobs that the regulations, released Tuesday, say are generally ineligible for overtime. The administration, said Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, "simply is not trustworthy on the issue."...
Experts detect vulnerability in Internet technology (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- Computer experts uncovered a serious flaw in the underlying technology for nearly all Internet traffic, a discovery that led to an urgent and secretive international effort to prevent global disruptions of Web surfing, e-mails and instant messages...
U.S. moves toward lifting Libya sanctions (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is expected to lift two sets of sanctions against Libya and may take action in the next few days, an administration official said Tuesday. The move would be a follow-up to Libya's decision to dismantle its unconventional weapons program, and other gestures. ...
Columbine survivors gather on anniversary (04/21/04)
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Hundreds of survivors, friends and family gathered at sunset Tuesday to pay an emotional tribute to the 13 people slain at Columbine High five years ago in the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Participants bowed their heads as four F-16 fighter jets soared over the grassy amphitheater in Clement Park, a few hundred yards and just out of sight from the suburban school. ...
Nissan exempted from fuel rule (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government decided Tuesday to exempt Nissan Motor Co. from a fuel economy rule, an unusual move due to concern that enforcement could lead to U.S. job losses. Nissan asked the government in February for an exemption to the "two-fleet rule," which requires automakers to separately calculate the average fuel economy of their domestic and foreign-made vehicles. The averages for the two must meet the government's standard of 27.5 mpg...
Greenspan - Economy has 'picked up' (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- Alan Greenspan said Tuesday the economy has "picked up again," but the Federal Reserve chairman also talked about the possibility of higher interest rates, and that sent stock prices downward. Greenspan, who spoke at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, did not say what central bank policy-makers would be doing about short-term interest rates...
NASA launces satellite to test Einstein theories (04/21/04)
LOS ANGELES -- NASA launched into orbit Tuesday a $750 million satellite conceived during the Eisenhower administration to test two of Albert Einstein's fundamental predictions about the universe. The Gravity Probe B satellite blasted off from an oceanside pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Delta II rocket. ...
University apologizes for slavery at campus before Civil War (04/21/04)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama apologized Tuesday to the descendants of slaves who were owned by faculty members or who worked on campus in the years before the Civil War. The apology -- approved overwhelmingly by the Faculty Senate -- was the first at the university and possibly the first of its kind in the nation, officials said...
Bush administration faces growing hostility in Mideast (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- Egypt's president says Arabs hold a "hatred never equaled" toward America. Jordan's king abruptly postpones a visit to the White House. And those are among the United States' best friends in the Arab world. The war in Iraq, and a shift on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, has left the Bush administration facing growing hostility and an estrangement from friends across the Middle East...
Bush anti-terror tactics go to court (04/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government can't throw out prisoners' constitutional rights to make their case in court just because the country faces new threats in the war on terrorism, an attorney for foreign-born detainees argued Tuesday in the Supreme Court's first case arising from the Sept. 11 attacks...
Blair announces plans for EU referendum (04/21/04)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair announced a referendum on the European Union's constitution Tuesday, a significant reversal of policy which launches a battle to decide Britain's relationship with Europe. "Let the issue be put. Let the battle be joined," Blair told a raucous House of Commons, as he confirmed Britain's first national referendum since 1975. ...
Sharon says Israel will keep targeting Hamas (04/21/04)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday that Israel would keep targeting Hamas militants after killing the group's last two leaders in helicopter missile strikes. In the bloodiest fighting in weeks, meanwhile, Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians in a gunfight in the Gaza Strip meant to stop rocket attacks on Jewish settlements. ...
Israeli court orders Palestinian Authority to pay millions (04/21/04)
The Associated Press JERUSALEM -- An Israeli court ordered the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday to pay $16.2 million to six relatives of two Israelis killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. It was the first Israeli ruling to hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for one of the more than 100 suicide bombings since September 2000, and it will set a precedent for future claims, said the family lawyer, Roland Roth...
Iraq forms Saddam tribunal (04/21/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi leaders named a tribunal of judges and prosecutors to try Saddam Hussein, placing a longtime opponent of the ousted dictator in the forefront of the case against him and his former Baathist inner circle, a spokesman announced Tuesday...
Notre Dame puts 27 runs on the board to beat Scott City (04/21/04)
Blake Essner hit a grand slam as the Notre Dame baseball team destroyed visiting Scott City 27-1 in five innings Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs had 20 hits to Scott City's three. Tony Longman led the Bulldogs (9-4) with four hits, including a home run, and seven RBIs...
Central star Craft plans to attend So. Mississippi (04/21/04)
Central High School senior Mitch Craft has decided to take his football talents south. Craft, a second-team Class 4 all-state quarterback last season and the Southeast Missourian's player of the year, has been invited to join the University of Southern Mississippi program as a walk-on...
California native Lawson adjusts to life in the Midwest (04/21/04)
Except for not being able to hit the beach, Brent Lawson's freshman season at Southeast Missouri State University has been going just fine. Lawson, a California native, enters today's 3 p.m. non-conference game against visiting Southern Illinois with a team-leading .362 average, although in limited at-bats. Southeast (17-18) will look to avenge a 6-5 loss to SIU (11-22-1) on March 23 in Carbondale...
Plan A - Release Warner (04/21/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner's storybook career with the St. Louis Rams is all but over. The two-time NFL MVP expects to be released after being told he won't be the Rams' starting quarterback next season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Tuesday. Warner, who rose from a small-college star stocking grocery store shelves to Super Bowl hero, was given permission to contact other teams...
Clarett appeals U.S. Supreme Court in order to enter draft (04/21/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to try to force his way into this weekend's NFL draft. Clarett's attorney, Alan Milstein, asked for a stay of a decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals preventing the former Ohio State tailback from entering the draft...
Cards collect first win against Astros on fourth attempt (04/21/04)
HOUSTON -- Reggie Sanders homered in the third inning and snatched away a Jeff Bagwell shot at the right-field wall in the fifth, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros 5-3 Tuesday night. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Jason Isringhausen closed it out, helping the Cardinals break a four-game losing streak at Houston...
James lives up to hype, wins rookie of the year (04/21/04)
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James won the NBA Rookie of the Year award Tuesday, capping a remarkable season in which he revived the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 19-year-old guard more than lived up to unprecedented hype in jumping straight from high school to the pros, becoming the youngest player to receive the award...
Danton's agent denies he was murder target (04/21/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Danton's sports agent on Tuesday dismissed media reports that he was the target of the St. Louis Blues player's alleged murder-for-hire scheme, saying "it'll all be cleared up as soon as Mike is able to talk." "I wasn't the target," Dave Frost said by telephone after St. Louis media outlets, quoting unidentified sources, reported Monday night and Tuesday that Frost was the person Danton sought to have killed. "I can't comment on the specifics."...
Reunion with Vermeil in Kansas City unlikely (04/21/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't expect Kurt Warner to find his next home with the coach that gave him his break in the NFL. Vermeil, who embraced Warner as his starter in St. Louis after No. 1 quarterback Trent Green injured his knee before the 1999 season, has reluctantly decided not to pursue Warner as a backup for his current team, the Kansas City Chiefs...
Sports briefs 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
Basketball The Philadelphia 76ers hired Jim O'Brien as coach Tuesday, The Associated Press has learned. The former Boston Celtics coach replaces Chris Ford, who was promoted from assistant on an interim basis after Randy Ayers was fired on Feb. 10. A source with the team, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the hiring will be announced at a news conference today...
How does your garden grow? (04/21/04)
Do you have a fantastic garden that is the envy of your neighbors? Are you a regular contributor to the neighborhood produce swap? We're looking for gardeners with expertise in growing flowers, vegetables and herbs for a series that will appear in the Southeast Missourian during the summer. ...
Today's tough house paints are designed to stand test of time (04/21/04)
What's a few years' hiatus from house painting worth to most homeowners? Plenty. Just the thought of weekends saved is enough for homeowners to applaud the paint industry for a job well done. "New generation house paints last much longer than what was available five years ago," said Rick Jess, vice president of exterior paint for Lowe's. "It's common to see a warranty of 15 to 25 years, and there are some lifetime warranties out there."...
Risotto with peas and zucchini rings in spring (04/21/04)
With spring in the air, many "primavera" dishes will soon be popping up on restaurant menus, and it's a great time to add more fresh vegetable items to your home menu. The zucchini and peas in this recipe give color, texture and garden-fresh taste to risotto, a dish that can be rich in flavor but here is also low in fat. Feel free to improvise with other vegetables if your market or, better yet, your garden offers more attractive options...
Late-night routine not so routine (04/21/04)
Anyone who is part of an "old married couple" knows the ritual. You watch that last late-night show -- Letterman, Leno, the 10 p.m. news ... whatever it is in your household -- and then someone says, "Whhhoooeee! It's after my bedtime" or some similar phrase...
Variety of recipes for beet soup (04/21/04)
Joan Weeks of Cape Girardeau has requested recipes for borscht, or beet soup. After looking in several cookbooks, I did find many different recipes with many different spellings -- three different ways, so take your pick of spelling and of the recipes...
Legal drama 'The Guardian' makes its case for renewal (04/21/04)
LOS ANGELES -- When a series faces the threat of cancellation, producers do whatever they can to keep it alive: seek publicity, badger the network for more promotion, spy. Spy? Sure, says Mark Johnson of "The Guardian," whose hope for another season depends in large part on whether CBS decides it's found a replacement that might draw higher ratings in the 2004-2005 season...
Luther Thorne (04/21/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Luther E. Thorne, 92, of Chaffee died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Oma Woolsey (04/21/04)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Oma Lee Woolsey, 83, of Villa Ridge died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Pulaski County, Ill., daughter of Frank and Maude White Sch-ultz. She and Dennis L. "Pat" Woolsey were married Dec. 23, 1945. He died April 24, 1998...
Ruby Yates (04/21/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ruby Brasel Yates, 82, of Cobden, Ill., died Monday, April 19, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. She was born July 18, 1921, at Saratoga, Ill., daughter of Charles and Mary Hartley Brasel. She and Jack Gordon Yates Sr. were married April 15, 1939, in Jackson, Mo. He died Dec. 7, 1992...
Della Heise (04/21/04)
Della B. Heise, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 19, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 20, 1913, in Cape Girar-deau, daughter of William D. and Freda W. Bode Deevers. She and Gale Heise were married Sept. 7, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, a total of 67 years. He died Nov. 11, 1996...
Births 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
Gunkel Daughter to Clay and Brandi Gunkel of Ooltewah, Tenn., Erlanger Women's East Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2004. Name, Luci Elizabeth. Weight, 7 pounds 9 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Gunkel is the former Brandi Lanpher, daughter of Nick and Charlotte Lanpher of Cape Girardeau. She is a pharmaceutical representative with Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Gunkel is the son of Dale and Phylis Gunkel of Madisonville, Ky. He is safety director with Vulcan Industry...
Cape fire report 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Saturday. At 3:49 p.m., an illegal burn at 1300 Dunklin St. At 4:02 p.m., a car fire on Interstate 55. Firefighters responded to the following items Sunday: At 1:22 p.m., an emergency medical service at Kingshighway and Independence...
Cape police report 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Christopher S. Scott, 23, 416 S. Benton, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of peace disturbance. Three female juveniles, ages 12 and 13, and two male juveniles, age 12, were cited into juvenile court on suspicion of possession of intoxicants by a minor...
Out of the past 4/21/04 (04/21/04)
10 years ago: April 21, 1994 Candidates for final Cape Girardeau City Council seat, representing Ward 3, have from May 3 until June 2 to file for Aug. 2 special election; Ward 3, previously represented by Al Spradling III, was vacated when Spradling was elected mayor April 5...
Correction 4/21 (04/21/04)
A story in Saturday's edition on campaign funding in the lieutenant governor's race reported incorrect, inflated cash-on-hand amounts for candidates' accounts as of March 31. The correct amounts: Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, $333,559; Bekki Cook, D-Cape Girardeau, $223,915; Senate Minority Floor Leader Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, $148,864; Pat Secrest, R-Manchester, $9,118. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
More health care (04/21/04)
Finding treatment programs for individuals with mental illness and drug or alcohol addictions will be simpler thanks to a two-year grant awarded to the Gibson Recovery Center in Cape Girardeau. The $453,809 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health will allow the center to expand its treatment programs throughout the region and fill a necessary gap in health care. ...
Tax cuts benefit all taxpayers (04/21/04)
To the editor: After reading a recent letter about tax cuts, I have to beg to differ with the conclusion that only the rich have gotten tax relief. The writer said, "A married family filing jointly with a combined taxable income of $56,800 pays 25 percent" and went on with some non-income tax-related stuff on Social Security and Medicare. ...
Deciding what's politically correct (04/21/04)
To the editor: The reason we cannot cheer "Let's go, Indians!" and the reason there are no shirts with "Indians" on them is because of the Southeast Missouri State University administration and no one else. I can most certainly go to a game and yell "Go, Indians!" I'm very capable of it. ...
Plenty of help when car stalled (04/21/04)
To the editor: On Good Friday, my car stalled at the four-way stop at Bloomfield Road and Siemers Drive. As soon as I stepped out of my car, several men rushed up and pushed my car out of the traffic. There was no horn honking, no road rage and no loud talking. The men were very courteous and kind. A man stopped about 10 minutes later to see if all was well. The driver of the wrecker was polite and took my friend and me to the doctor's office, where we had left another friend...
Speak Out 04/21/04 (04/21/04)
Gifford has big impact THE STORY of Dr. Robert Gifford's retirement was quite touching. As a former student, I recall the immeasurable inspiration he conveyed to everyone in his sight. He is a teacher willing to sacrifice anything to enhance his students' appreciation and understanding of great music. While there are many great teachers in the area, only a few have had such a huge impact on so many successful students. Thank you, Dr. Gifford...
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