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Stories from Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Two proms, one white tuxedo (05/04/04)
Editor's note: Sam DeReign is a senior at Oran High School and a columnist for the Class of 2morrow. By Sam DeReign ~ Southeast Missourian For most people, it was just another average weekend filled with Nick at Nite marathons and "The Iron Chef." But for thousands of high school students across the nation, it was a weekend of fake tans, gallons of hair gel and enough fruit punch to keep those awkward nondancing moments at bay. ...
Behind the scenes at the radio station (05/04/04)
There's a new radio station in Cape Girardeau that is operated by students at Southeast Missouri State University. The station, 103.7 KDMC the Rage, is student-run and operated by the radio programming strategies class at the university. When I first walked into the station, it was amazingly quiet. ...
Lessons in farm life (05/04/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- With a soft-bristled brush in hand and their attention focused on Gold, a Jersey cow, a group of third-graders from Kelly Elementary School stood and brushed her coat as they learned about how much milk she produces in a day. Students were asked to guess how much milk a dairy cow could produce or how often Gold had to be milked. ...
Light attendance at hearing on ethanol plant (05/04/04)
An industrial recruiter and a regional planning representative spoke at a Cape Girardeau County Commission public hearing Monday regarding the proposed ethanol plant to be constructed just outside the Cape Girardeau city limits. The public hearing was attended by only one individual, a commissioner candidate, two economic development officials and a newspaper reporter. ...
Reminders from a good friend (05/04/04)
Editor's note: The student Amber Karnes is writing about, Nathan Wibbenmeyer, died in December 2003 after a battle with cancer. By Amber Karnes With the end of school approaching, everyone's stress levels are at an all-time high as we prepare for finals and graduation. People's priorities can seem a little out of whack, including mine -- wait, especially mine...
Learning briefs 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
Achievement academy recognizes area students Several local students recently received recognition from the United States Achievement Academy, including: Ashton Brooke Phillips, a national award winner in honor roll and an all-American scholar. Phillips is the daughter of Greg and Debbie Phillips of Scott City...
Talent to speak at SEMO commencement (05/04/04)
A record 1,119 students will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University on May 15 at a commencement ceremony where U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will be the featured speaker. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Participating in the ceremony will be 969 undergraduate and 150 graduate students...
Cape council looks at revising committee term limits (05/04/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council may revise term limits for advisory board members because of the difficulty in getting people to apply for positions on city committees. The city staff recommended the city council eliminate the current two-term limit and allow committee members to serve indefinitely...
Suspects in Cape bank robbery enter guilty pleas (05/04/04)
Three people pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Monday to the Jan. 12 robbery of the Bank of America in Cape Girardeau. Derek E. Riggs, 25, of Bloomington, Ill., pleaded guilty before Judge Catherine E. Perry to one felony count of bank robbery and one felony count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. ...
Patrol honoring man who saved two in crash (05/04/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol will honor a Perryville man for saving two lives in a car crash that killed two other occupants of the car. The patrol and the Perryville Volunteer Fire Department will give John G. Plunkett the Honorary Trooper Award at the quarterly meeting of the Perry County E-911 Emergency Management Agency on May 21...
House votes to eliminate emissions testing (05/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation abolishing mandatory tests for motor vehicle emissions in the St. Louis area won preliminary House approval Monday. The federal government requires high-pollution cities to test vehicles for emissions as a condition of receiving federal highway dollars...
Toddler OK after thief steals car (05/04/04)
SPANISH LAKE, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis toddler was found unharmed about an hour Sunday after a thief drove off in the car he was in. The 19-month-old boy was in the backseat of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The mother told police she had left the car idling while she dropped something off for a friend...
Anti-mosquito effort aimed at thwarting virus (05/04/04)
Philip Green drives a pickup truck through the shallow River des Peres in the St. Louis area Monday as three other city workers sit in the back and lob gray, golf ball-sized pellets into the water. They're throwing larvacide, a product that's not harmful to humans or wildlife, but will keep mosquitoes from growing into adults. It's part of the city's effort to keep the mosquito population down, and help fight the West Nile virus...
Researcher shows swine manure can become source of crude oil (05/04/04)
URBANA, Ill. -- A University of Illinois research team is working on turning pig manure into a form of crude oil that could be refined to heat homes or generate electricity. Years of research and fine-tuning are ahead before the idea could be commercially viable, but results so far indicate there might be big benefits for farmers and consumers, lead researcher Yanhui Zhang said...
Court reverses verdict in trespass lawsuit (05/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An admitted trespasser who was clotheslined by a wire cable strung across a wooded path to keep all-terrain vehicles out of a Mississippi County farm is not entitled to damages for his injuries, a state appeals court has ruled...
Kinder aide named to Public Service Commission (05/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although they have worked together on several issues over the past four legislative sessions, Gov. Bob Holden and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder aren't exactly political allies. But the two men are in agreement concerning the qualifications of Jeff Davis -- Kinder's chief of staff and general counsel -- to serve on the Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities industries. ...
High court sidesteps case of man who cursed police (05/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, sidestepping a dispute over cussing, refused Monday to consider whether a Montana man's foul language to a law enforcement officer was free speech protected by the Constitution. The man, Malachi Robinson, was walking down the street about midnight four years ago when he called the Missoula county deputy in a nearby squad car a "[expletive] pig." The deputy got out and confronted Robinson, who uttered another expletive at the officer...
Worm crashes thousands of computers across globe (05/04/04)
NEW YORK -- A pesky computer worm snarled hundreds of thousands of machines worldwide Monday in the latest virus-like outbreak to take advantage of a known flaw with the Windows operating system. Because the new worm, dubbed "Sasser," does not require users to click on an e-mail attachment to activate, it spreads more rapidly than most viruses. It was discovered late Friday and spread as employees returned to work and booted their machines...
Prisoner abuse a blow to U.S. moral high ground (05/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- The reported abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers threatens to undermine part of President Bush's rationale for unseating Saddam Hussein: that the United States had ended a regime that was torturing and abusing Iraqis. The disclosures undermine American claims to a moral high ground as the United States tries to put down a growing insurgency and gain international support in Iraq...
U.S. cites 52 countries for piracy (05/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- Piracy of American movies, music and computer programs remains a problem worldwide with some of the worst offenses occurring in Ukraine, China, Russia and Brazil, the Bush administration said Monday. The administration named 52 trading partners to various violation lists as part of an annual report...
U.S. construction jumps to its best month on record (05/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending registered its best month on record in March, but manufacturing growth slowed a bit in April, weighed down in part by higher costs for materials. The Commerce Department reported Monday that the value of buildings put in place jumped by 1.5 percent in March from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $944.1 billion, the highest level on record...
House plans how it will function if members are incapacitated (05/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- A biological or chemical attack leaves hundreds of lawmakers too sick to work. Others are ready to carry on, but, under rules of Congress, they may be forbidden to act at a time of dire national emergency. House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., had his committee meet last week to discuss how to prepare for mass incapacitation to assure that Congress will continue to function after a cataclysmic attack...
Sign-ups start for new drug discount card (05/04/04)
YORKVILLE, Ill. -- Norma Yeates, looking for a way to shave her husband's $385-a-month prescription drug bill, learned she has a lot of homework ahead before signing up for one of the new Medicare discount cards. As the Bush administration heralded the opening of enrollment for the cards on Monday, it added a cautionary note to Yeates and others: Don't sign up just yet...
Food companies scramble to make products for low-carb diets (05/04/04)
CHICAGO -- Take a piece of pita bread, a little tuna, some olives and capers and -- presto -- it's a low-carb "sort of Mediterranean" pizza. The impact of the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and other low-carbohydrate eating plans is everywhere at this year's food industry show of new products...
S.D. politician plans sex change (05/04/04)
The Associated Press RAPID CITY, S.D. -- After getting involved in a fight in the legislature over a bill to ban civil unions, Tom Murphy decided to reveal a secret he had kept for four decades, through school, an Air Force career and then as a member of the city council:...
The art of brain health (05/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- It's an odd medical meeting that features Rodgers and Hammerstein and brilliantly colored paintings rather than, say, X-rays. What does belting out "Oklahoma" or putting oil to canvas have to do with brain health? Perhaps a lot, when the singers are active 70- and 80-year-olds and the painters are in the throes of dementia. ...
World briefs 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
Sharon says he will modify his Gaza plan JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he will come up with an alternative withdrawal plan after his proposal to pull out of the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank was resoundingly rejected by members of his Likud Party. Israeli officials suggested the original plan -- which had U.S. backing and was popular with Israelis -- would be slightly scaled down and the new version would not be put to a Likud vote...
Soldiers tell of American hostage's escape from captivity (05/04/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American hostage Thomas Hamill was sitting in a mud shack with a bullet wound festering in his arm when he heard the rumble of Army Humvees and made a break for it. He stumbled into the desert and waved his shirt to get the attention of passing soldiers...
Ambassador tells workers in Saudi Arabia - We can't protect you (05/04/04)
YANBU, Saudi Arabia -- The U.S. ambassador traveled to this Saudi oil-industry city Monday with a simple message for the gathered Americans: Go home. We cannot protect you. Huddled in a meeting room in a Holiday Inn still pocked with bullet holes after the latest in a string of attacks on Westerners killed two Americans and four others, many said they would heed his words...
U.S. troops clash with Shiite militia (05/04/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- U.S. forces in Najaf came under their most intense attack yet by Shiite militiamen in a clash Monday that may have killed up to 20 Iraqis. But the military still held back from going after the militia's leader, a radical cleric, to avoid angering Iraq's Shiite majority...
Central golfers qualify for state (05/04/04)
EUREKA, Mo. -- Central senior Todd Obergoenner carded a one-over-par 73 to capture medalist for the second consecutive year in the Class 4, District 1 golf tournament at Aberdeen Golf Course on Monday. Central finished second out of 10 teams with a 315 to qualify for the state meet. The Tigers finished with the same team score as Poplar Bluff, but the Mules won the tie-breaker. Both teams qualified for the state meet May 17-18 at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo...
Sikeston, Notre Dame reach title game (05/04/04)
Notre Dame Regional High School used some late heroics to pull out a wild 8-7 victory over Jackson in the SEMO Conference baseball tournament semifinals Monday night at Capaha Park. Lee Essner hit a one-out, two-run hit over the left fielder's head off Jackson reliever Kyle Brown in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. Essner, who also had a win in the quarterfinal, picked up the win by fanning the Indians in order in the top of the seventh...
5-8 rule change leaves coaches smiling (05/04/04)
Count Gary Garner among the multitude of men's college basketball coaches who were elated when the NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded the controversial 5-8 rule last week. "There's not a coach in the country who is not extremely happy about the rule change," Southeast Missouri State University's Garner said...
Cubs split town, series (05/04/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Maddux put on a triple-threat performance: He helped beat the St. Louis Cardinals with his arm, bat and legs. Maddux pitched seven strong innings, stole a base, got an infield hit and scored twice in the Chicago Cubs' 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Monday...
Danton returns to St. Louis to face charges (05/04/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Blues forward Mike Danton returned to the St. Louis area from California on Monday to face charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot, a federal marshal said. Danton arrived by airplane with other prisoners and received no special treatment, said Karen Simons, chief deputy federal marshal for the southern district of Illinois...
Singh fires 29 on back, wins HP Classic by one (05/04/04)
NEW ORLEANS -- At the ninth hole, Vijay Singh thought he was out of the HP Classic. At the 18th, he knew the tournament was his for the taking. Singh made a 25-foot birdie at No. 18 Monday to win the rain-delayed tournament, denying Masters champion Phil Mickelson his second straight victory and Joe Ogilvie his first title...
Sports briefs 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
Basketball Kevin Garnett got 120 of 123 first-place votes to beat two-time winner Tim Duncan for the honor Monday, three days after his Minnesota Timberwolves won a playoff series for the first time. Garnett has played at an MVP level for years, but this was a breakthrough season for the Wolves. ...
Dad takes the wheel in family taxi (05/04/04)
Sooner or later every parent becomes an unpaid chauffeur. Our 12-year-old daughter, Becca, is at that age where she and her friends need a ride to the cinema. At that age, kids don't want their parents to shepherd them into the movie theater. They just want money and a car ride...
Prince hits with biggest project in years (05/04/04)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Sitting in his purple-draped dressing room, sipping tea amid sweet-scented candles, Prince is as peaceful and serene as a superstar could be before showtime -- until you utter THAT ONE WORD: Comeback. Just mention the idea that his latest album, "Musicology" -- coupled with a tour, TV specials and magazine covers -- has anything to do with regaining the spotlight, and a slight frown falls over Prince's chiseled, pretty face...
Ida Tyler (05/04/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Ida M. Tyler, 73, of Mounds died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Max Bollinger (05/04/04)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- W. Max Bollinger, 86, of Bell City died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 29, 1917, at Bell City, son of Walter and Zella Proffer Bollinger. He and Jane Luke were married March 23, 1945, at Fredericktown, Mo...
Donald Poe (05/04/04)
Donald Charles Poe, 79, of The Villages, Fla., died Thursday, April 29, 2004. He was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Cape Girardeau. Poe attended Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He received a master's degree in education from the University of Miami, and master's and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a psychology professor at Stephens College in Columbia until retiring...
Melba Jackson (05/04/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Melba L. Jackson, 71, of Thebes died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at her home. She was born April 11, 1933, at Scopus, Mo., daughter of Greeley J. "Bob" and Mary E. Kirkpatrick Hanners. She and Hubert F. Jackson were married July 12, 1958. He died Nov. 29, 1993...
Celeste Scherer (05/04/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Celeste Amelia Scherer, 94, of Benton died Monday, May 3, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 14, 1910, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of John and Louise Logel Enderle. She and Cletus Charles Scherer were married May 4, 1932, at Kelso. He died May 13, 1956...
Ida Burris (05/04/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Ida Rae Burris of Cairo died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Daystar Care Center. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mason Garris (05/04/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mason M. Garris, 12 days old, of Crosstown, Mo., died Monday May 3, 2004, at his home. Surviving are his parents, Michael S. and Jodie L. DeRousse Garris of Crosstown; four sisters, Joni, Maggie, Abby and Libby Garris; grandparents, Michael and Alice Garris of Crosstown and David and Betty DeRousse of Perryville...
Births 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
Marberry Son to Paul and Karen Marberry of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:09 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2004. Name, Zachary Paul. Weight, 8 pounds 13 ounces. Mrs. Marberry is the former Karen Underwood, daughter of Phil and Carolyn Underwood of Portageville, Mo. She is employed in customer relations at AmeriGas Propane. Marberry is the son of Alvin Marberry of Cape Girardeau. He is a heating and air conditioning technician with Dutch Enterprises...
Cape fire report 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 4:14 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1049 N. Kingshighway. At 6:11 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1448 N. Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 12:02 a.m., a fire alarm at 3093 William St...
Cape/Jackson police reports 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Stephen L. Ashe, 50, 12165 Ollis Lane, Marion, Ill., was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive in a single lane...
Out of the past 5/4/04 (05/04/04)
10 years ago: May 4, 1994 Cape Girardeau's massive flood-control project continues to take shape along Walker Branch, with new bridge to Town Plaza area scheduled to open today; bridge spans Walker Branch from Town Plaza parking area to Kingshighway...
Reforming torts (05/04/04)
Gov. Bob Holden has vetoed a good bill that would have addressed major problems with jury awards and venue and offered new protection for some defendants. Now the legislature must attempt to override the governor. The road to tort reform is paved with good intentions, but detours and roadblocks are making any meaningful change all but impossible...
Autism article raises awareness (05/04/04)
To the editor: In response to the article "Cases of child autism have increased 850 percent in Missouri": For the past 11 years we have struggled to raise our 13-year-old boy with autism, which took him away from us at age 2. Thank you for one of the most concise, accurate and insightful articles I have ever read on the subject -- and we have read a lot. Raising awareness is the first step toward finding a cause and cure. Your article does just that...
Lawsuit targets vaccine makers (05/04/04)
To the editor: Thank you for your continuing efforts to educate your readers to the etiology of the autism epidemic. Our son, Andrew, 11, is the lead plaintiff versus Eli Lilly Co. and the makers of vaccine containing thimerosal. His case is currently stayed in U.S. District Court in New York pending changes to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program...
U.S. mercenaries undercut morale (05/04/04)
To the editor: The American public has recently become aware of the apparently widespread use of so-called independent contractors in the Iraqi occupation. The televised images of the brutal murder and dismemberment of four of these highly paid soldiers of fortune in Fallujah has led directly to a bloody siege with high casualties of civilians, insurgents and our forces...
Jonesboro has grip on reality (05/04/04)
To the editor: Regarding Sunday's story "Embracing the Indian": Pay close attention to our neighbors in Jonesboro, Ark. It seems they have a much better grip on reality than the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. I have several friends of Cherokee descent. From what they tell me, the regents are more worried about the nickname than they are...
Founding Fathers were a mixed lot (05/04/04)
To the editor: Joseph Goebbels said, "If you tell a lie, tell a big one. Never change it. If you tell it often enough and loud enough, it becomes accepted as truth, and you no longer have to tell it. The masses will believe and tell it for you." Fundamentalists like the Limbaughs assert that revisionist historians have betrayed our Founding Fathers and that Christianity is under attack through sinister elements in our courts. ...
Crowell's pro-life record is strong (05/04/04)
To the editor: I am writing in response to the sad display of politics by state Rep. Matt Muckler, a Ferguson, Mo., Democrat. Muckler misrepresented to you that I worked against pro-life legislation. The fact is that Muckler controlled whether his amendment was a roll-call vote or voice vote, so he had the power to save his amendment. ...
Mascot/nickname help school spirit (05/04/04)
To the editor: I am a senior student-athlete at Southeast Missouri State University, and I am very concerned about the current mascot/nickname debate. I believe it is vital for this institution to stop living in the past and retire the Indian/Otahkian nicknames. ...
Speak Out 05/04/04 (05/04/04)
Thanks for taste THANKS TO the downtown merchants who participated in the Taste of Old Town event. The food was great, and our group had a wonderful time. We're hoping you bring it back next year. Amazing performance I AM a retired teacher who has arthritis. ...
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