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Stories from Saturday, April 24, 2004

City council pay bill affects Poplar Bluff, Charleston (04/24/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Members of the Charleston and Poplar Bluff city councils would have the legal authority to vote themselves substantially higher salaries under legislation the Senate sent to the governor Friday. The bill would repeal portions a 1939 law that caps pay at $100 a year for council members serving in cities with council-manager forms of government located in third-class counties. ...
'Cats' dancers captivate Show Me Center audience (04/24/04)
Why has "Cats" made it into the record books as the longest-running musical both on the London stage and on Broadway? It cannot be because of the plot, since it does not have one, and as for the music, the only song that has stood the test of time is "Memory."...
Husband of former Cardwell mayor accused of vandalism (04/24/04)
Ronald O. McMillian, husband of former Cardwell Mayor LaWanda McMillian, has been arrested in conjunction with property damage to the memorial tree recently planted in honor of deceased Alderman Vera Lee Langston. The tree was planted March 23 on the day Cardwell Mayor David Bishop proclaimed to be Vera Lee Langston Day in Cardwell to honor her memory...
Diligence catches thieves (04/24/04)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Staking out the Mesler Southeast CO-OP facility near Bell City paid off when area law enforcement officials arrested four people allegedly attempting to steal anhydrous ammonia on April 15. Participating in the arrests were the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, the SEMO Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Plane evacuated after threatening note found (04/24/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A Southwest Airlines jet was evacuated just before takeoff from St. Louis Friday after a threatening note was discovered stuffed inside an airline magazine. Flight 821, bound for Orlando, Fla., was boarded and taxiing to the runway when the note was discovered at around 8:15 a.m., a Southwest spokeswoman said. ...
Regents want opinion poll on nickname (04/24/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will conduct a scientific poll, at the urging of the board of regents, to gauge public opinion on whether the school should scrap its Indian and Otahkian nicknames. The regents, meeting at the University Center on Friday, said they would consider the poll results in deciding whether to adopt another nickname and a new mascot as student, faculty, alumni and athletics booster club leaders have urged...
Buying into higher taxes (04/24/04)
A quarter-cent increase in Cape Girardeau's sales tax will add roughly 25 cents to a $100 purchase, and that's not going to keep any shoppers away, a local economist says. If voters approve a quarter-cent fire sales tax on June 8, that would raise the total sales tax to $6.975 on a $100 purchase from the current $6.725 rate...
Cape schools join group seeking role in lawsuit (04/24/04)
A coalition made up of 65 school districts -- including Cape Girardeau's -- has filed a petition to intervene in a lawsuit against the state filed by more than half of Missouri's 524 school districts, who are challenging the state's method of funding education...
Board of regents seeks new insurance plan (04/24/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will be searching for a new health insurance plan for faculty and staff following a decision Friday by the university's board of regents. The regents voted in closed session to drop out of the MSU Benefits Group health consortium and look for a new health insurance plan. The university will be leaving the consortium by the end of the year and going to a new insurance plan that still must be worked out later this year, school officials said...
Medical ethics, religious faith (04/24/04)
VATICAN CITY Roman Catholic teaching on life and death is drawing renewed scrutiny as a result of meetings hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Life, a Vatican think tank that counsels Pope John Paul II. The academy, after a conference on assisted fertility, condemned treatments such as in-vitro fertilization, calling the destruction of embryos in the process a "massacre of the innocents."...
Religion briefs 4/24 (04/24/04)
Author to lecture about Christ at Trinity Lutheran Dr. Paul Maier will present a lecture on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ May 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. The seminar is free, but registration is suggested. To register, call 335-6853 or 332-1780 by Monday. ...
Religion calendar 4/24 (04/24/04)
Today Southeast Missouri District meeting for United Methodist Women at 9:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Lunch will be served for a small fee. Women's groups from 62 churches are expected to attend. Sunday...
Describing what prayer offers (04/24/04)
The "power" of prayer is a phrase often quoted. Various ministers and priests talk about prayer having the potential to change anything if one believes. But the word "power" failed to describe what I most desired from prayer. I wanted something with a softer sound and meaning to express what it meant to me. The word "comfort" fit best...
As Crow flies higher, so does Kennett (04/24/04)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Sheryl Crow recalls her childhood as a pretty normal one: "I ran around until dark with my friends without fear. I rode my bike behind the mosquito truck. I swam on the swim team." Plenty of celebrities say they remember their roots. Crow, a big star from a small town, certainly hasn't forgotten hers...
U.S. military re-enlistment exceeds goals (04/24/04)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- There were no signs of the shrapnel wounds from a roadside bomb in Iraq as Staff Sgt. William Pinkley raised his right hand and swore once more to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...
World digest 04/24/04 (04/24/04)
China reports world's first SARS death of year BEIJING -- China on Friday reported the world's first SARS death this year and ordered local officials to start screening thousands of travelers for fevers at airports and train stations to block a new outbreak. Hundreds of people with possible exposure to the virus were being held under observation. China said today it has sealed off a SARS research lab in its capital...
Low-carb couple get buffet's beef (04/24/04)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A couple on a low-carb diet were kicked out of a buffet restaurant after the manager said they'd eaten too much roast beef. Sui Amaama, who along with his wife have been on the Atkins Diet for two weeks, was asked to leave after he went up to the buffet at the Chuck-A-Rama in suburban Taylorsville for his 12th slice of roast beef...
Kerry affirms pro-choice view in face of Vatican stance (04/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry delivered an unabashed defense of abortion rights on Friday just hours after a top Vatican cardinal said that priests must deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights...
Soybean shortage may raise food prices (04/24/04)
From staff and wire reports A soybean shortage could push prices a bit higher this summer for consumer items ranging from baby food to frozen desserts. Poor rainfall and attacks by sap-sucking aphids last year have driven inventories down to their lowest level in more than three decades...
N. Korea appeals for help, says blast killed several hundred (04/24/04)
DANDONG, China -- Issuing a rare appeal for foreign help, North Korea's secretive government said Friday that a devastating train explosion killed several hundred people, and it invited aid workers to come see the disaster site near the Chinese border...
Going from the dugout to Iraq (04/24/04)
While baseball players at Kelly High School try to build on a 9-12 season from a year ago, some of their attention is focused far away from Southeast Missouri. Just months before Kelly's players would be taking the field for opening practices, coach John Gandt, a member of the 1140th Army National Guard unit, was sent to Iraq...
Central to host annual meet (04/24/04)
Last year records fell under near-perfect conditions at the Cape Relays. While the forecast is not as encouraging for today's race, with the level of competition as strong as ever, more records could fall. "It's going to be tough," Notre Dame coach Bill Davis said of the field...
Indians try to fix holes in defense (04/24/04)
Southeast Missouri State University is very much in the thick of the Ohio Valley Conference race, trailing first-place Austin Peay by just two games. But coach Mark Hogan knows the Indians will have to improve significantly on what has so far been a porous defense if they have any realistic hopes of challenging for the OVC's regular-season title...
Indians' intrasquad game will pit new coordinators (04/24/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's spring football game tonight will feature a chess match between the program's new defensive and offensive coordinators. Offensive coordinator Rob Likens will be part of the staff for the White team, which will feature returning quarterback Andrew Goodenough...
Brewers hand Redbirds first road loss (04/24/04)
MILWAUKEE -- Craig Counsell hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over St. Louis 2-1 Friday night and sending the Cardinals to their first road loss this season. Pinch-hitter Brady Clark, who had been 0-for-7 in Thursday's 15-inning loss to Arizona, walked with one out in the ninth against Steve Kline (0-1)...
Wheels are already spinning for today's draft (04/24/04)
NEW YORK -- In one of the strongest drafts in years, perhaps decades, any of a handful of players could go on top. Eli Manning would prefer not to be No. 1 -- unless the San Diego Chargers trade the pick. Manning appears the clear-cut choice to be the first name announced by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue today. The Mississippi quarterback, through his father, Archie, and his agent, has made it just as clear he doesn't want to play for the Chargers...
The ultimate All-American (04/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Pat Tillman walked away from millions in the NFL to fight for his country in Afghanistan. He paid with his life. The former Arizona Cardinals safety was killed Thursday night in a firefight while on combat patrol. A sergeant with the elite Army Rangers, he was 27...
Sports briefs 4/24/04 (04/24/04)
Baseball New York Mets third baseman Ty Wigginton has an ulcer and could be released from the hospital today. Wigginton, who is on the 15-day disabled list, will go to Florida for a rehab stint. Basketball Dallas Mavericks forward Antawn Jamison won the NBA Sixth Man award Friday, a tribute to how well the career-long starter accepted a reserve role and remained a valuable part of the offense. ...
Kwame Jackson makes the most of being No. 2 (04/24/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The real game has just begun for "The Apprentice" runner-up Kwame Jackson. Any regret over losing a job with Donald Trump to competitor Bill Rancic was quickly salved by a rush of offers and by Jackson's own ambitions to make the most of his reality TV fame...
Theater in Israel to show 'Passion' (04/24/04)
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli movie theater plans to screen Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," a decision likely to raise an uproar in the Jewish state over accusations the movie is anti-Semitic. The Tel Aviv Cinematheque is in final negotiations with Gibson's production company for a one-time showing of the film in Israel, probably in a few months, cinema manager Alon Garbuz said...
A.J. Summerlott (04/24/04)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- A.J. Summerlott, 82, of East Prairie died Friday, April 23, 2004, at East Prairie Nursing Center. He was born Nov. 9, 1921, at Fisk, Mo., son of Clemet Edward and Velva McCain Summerlott. He and Bealus Mae Bain were married Dec. 11, 1947, at East Prairie...
Herbert Stallings (04/24/04)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Herbert V. Stallings, 77, of Bertrand died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1926, at Concord, Mo., son of Oscar and Marie Weakley Stallings. He and Patricia Warsing were married Oct. 1, 1972, in Union City, Tenn...
Joseph McKeown (04/24/04)
Joseph Patrick McKeown, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, April 23, 2004, at his home. Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Melody Menz (04/24/04)
Melody Dopp Menz, 60, of Belton, Texas, formerly of Scott City, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Billy Thiele (04/24/04)
Billy Gene Thiele, 47, of Salem, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Hickam (04/24/04)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- James R. Hickam, 69, of Alto Pass died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Alto Pass, son of Aubrey A. and Lydia E. Berry Hickam. He and JoAnne Vandergraph were married March 4, 1956, in Alto Pass...
Births 4/24/04 (04/24/04)
Langston Daughter to Stephen Brandon and Veronica Lynn Langston of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:27 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004. Name, Olivia Rachel. Weight, 8 pounds 3 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Langston is the former Veronica Marquart, daughter of Eric and Karla Marquart of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Best Buy. Langston is the son of Steve and Paula Langston of Cape Girardeau. He is a utility operator at Spartech Plastics...
Fire reports 4/24/04 (04/24/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Friday: At 7:57 a.m., an emergency medical service at 1736 Independence. At 8:39 a.m., an emergency medical service at North West End and Bertling.
Police reports 4/24/04 (04/24/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Moses R. Cantrell, 23, 1228 W. Cape Rock, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of speeding and driving under suspension. Derrick K. Sander, 30, 11 Rivercrest, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing. Medication was reported taken from Schnucks, 19 S. Kingshighway...
Out of the past 4/24/04 (04/24/04)
10 years ago: April 24, 1994 Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Stephen S. Owen leads morning services at Grace United Methodist Church. Prevailing-wage dispute over Towers renovation project has been resolved, with Missouri Division of Labor Standards issuing wage determination that will add estimated $10,000 to $15,000 to construction costs...
Correction 4/24 (04/24/04)
In Wednesday's edition, a story on police Cpl. Keith May should have reported that Sgt. Brad Moore was shot first during a gunfight with a suspect at a motel. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. The Southeast Missourian strives for accuracy, and we will correct all significant errors that are brought to the attention of our editors. If you believe we have made such an error, contact the appropriate editor in the directory below...
Dr. Mel Kasten (04/24/04)
When he died last week, one thing stood out in the impressive list of accomplishments and honors Dr. Melvin Kasten accumulated in 79 years of life. There amid the World War II service as a bombardier navigator, the 40-year surgery practice, the state medical association presidency, the chief of staff positions held at both Cape Girardeau hospitals, the untiring involvement in civic and political organizations, in his church and in city government is the elegantly telling fact that he coached Little League baseball.. ...
Let our troops serve at home (04/24/04)
To the editor: Recently there was a Speak Out comment about a family of military members who had lost a loved one in Bush's war with Iraq and asking if they wanted to continue to serve. I suggest to that person to enlist and serve and to have their young loved ones to serve as well. ...
Shelter should test dogs first (04/24/04)
To the editor: I recently decided to adopt a puppy from the Sikeston Humane Society. We felt it important to give a needy dog a good home. Our puppy, Scooter, died of parvovirus seven days after we adopted him. Parvovirus is a serious disease that kills between 20 percent and 50 percent of the puppies it infects. ...
Fossils support intelligent design (04/24/04)
To the editor: The author of the "Evolution is not just a theory" letter elevates evolution to be more than "just a theory." Oddly, the quote cited does just the opposite. The fossil record is quite clear. Many organisms that exist today are exactly as they appear in fossils, no matter how long you believe they have been there. ...
Honest person shows integrity (04/24/04)
To the editor: On my way home from shopping at Jackson Tuesday, I noticed that I had lost my wristwatch. So I backtracked. I admire the honesty and integrity of the person who found the watch and turned it in to the service desk at Wal-Mart. I am grateful that there are honest people yet in this world...
Speak Out 04/24/04 (04/24/04)
Absolutely wonderful THE NOTRE Dame Regional High School musical was absolutely wonderful. The choreography was excellent. Congrats to all those who participated. Great JHS concert I GIVE the Central Junior High School band two thumbs up for a wonderful concert. Mr. LaMar, Mr. Keys and Mr. Casey have done an outstanding job this year. Next year will only be better...
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