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Stories from Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Community's chorus (05/11/04)
Nearly 40 local residents are taking part in recording the chorus to Kevin Danzig's "The Great Mississippi" that will be used in radio advertisements for Liberty Fest, Cape Girardeau's Fourth of July celebration, and possibly for other city promotions in the future...
Learning briefs 5/11 (05/11/04)
Area students take part in state music contest Several students from the Cape Girardeau School District recently attended the Missouri State Music Contest. Students from school districts all over the state were eligble to participate after receiving a "superior" rating at a district-level competition. ...
Figuring out the meaning of 'crunk' (05/11/04)
You've heard your own parents listen to their favorite songs that bring back sentimental days of their childhood. "You would cry too if it happened to you!" my mom continued to sing as I walked into the kitchen one day. Of course, I left the room immediately...
Message shines through in Hank song (05/11/04)
It's been written about many times since Sept. 11, 2001 -- why can't people just get along? I recently bought a Hank Williams Jr. CD. One of the songs on it is called "Why Can't We All Just Get A Long Neck," and I think it about fits the situation the world is in right now...
Jackson board accepts bid for repairs to city water system (05/11/04)
Jackson residents who have problems with low water pressure can look forward to that being alleviated by this summer. Mayor Paul Sander said Monday night that the board of aldermen voted to accept a bid of $399,094 from B.W. Birk & Associates of Cape Girardeau to replace the high service pumps at Water Treatment Plant No. 1...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 5/11 (05/11/04)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 7 p.m. today at 614 E. AdamsOn the agenda: Early Birds program FCCLA Approval of bus bids Reports
Prom dress charity becomes legacy of South Florida teen (05/11/04)
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Before she died in a car accident last year, 16-year-old Rebecca Kirtman collected about 250 prom dresses and gave them to needy girls across South Florida. Now her closet of dresses is open to girls around the world. Inspired by her kindness and determined to keep her dream alive, Rebecca's parents, friends and family have collected more than 3,000 gowns and opened a boutique in Pompano Beach. ...
Cape school lands $65,100 grant for high-tech gear (05/11/04)
A wireless computer could help close the achievement gap separating low-income students from their classmates, educators in at least one local school believe. They soon will have the equipment to test that theory. Franklin Elementary School is one of 120 schools nationwide to receive a grant this year from Beaumont Foundation of America, a nonprofit charity that provides technology to low-income schools in hopes of leveling the field for disadvantaged children...
Music lineup for fair announced (05/11/04)
The musical entertainment for this year's SEMO District Fair will feature some well-known acts from country and classic rock. Leroy Van Dyke, Sammy Kershaw, 3 Dog Night and the Country Gold Show of David Frizell, Jimmy Fortune and Rex Allen Jr. are scheduled to perform at the 149th annual SEMO District Fair, which will run from Sept. 11 to 18 in Arena Park...
Patrol to man sobriety checkpoints (05/11/04)
With summer approaching and traffic increasing, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced plans to conduct a series of sobriety checkpoints and increased efforts to stop motorists from drinking and driving in the 13 counties of Troop E...
Charges filed after Patton man shot (05/11/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Fredericktown, Mo., man has been charged with shooting a Bollinger County man in the back of the head Sunday. Chad E. Bellew, 34, is being held in the Bollinger County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with felony first-degree assault and felony armed criminal action...
Blunt vows to halt to diversion of highway funds (05/11/04)
If elected governor this fall, Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt says he would work to end the annual diversion of $180 million in highway user fees to other departments in state government and seek stronger control of day-to-day operations of the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Bill would allow greater collection of court fees (05/11/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers sent to the governor on Monday a bill clarifying that criminal defendants who plead guilty but receive suspended sentences must still pay court fees. State Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, introduced the legislation to clear up ambiguity in existing statutes that authorize various court fees to be collected upon a criminal conviction...
Identity theft bill signed into law (05/11/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Identity thieves will face tougher sentences and may be sued for damages under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Bob Holden. Under the new law, taking effect Aug. 28, fines and jail terms are tied to the value of the goods or services obtained by a thief using stolen identity...
Nation digest 05/11/04 (05/11/04)
Attorneys ordered to keep defendant awake FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- An Army sergeant accused in a deadly grenade attack on his fellow soldiers fell asleep twice Monday during a pretrial hearing, causing an annoyed military judge to order government attorneys to deal with the man's sleep disorder. ...
EPA to issue new diesel rules (05/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- Pollution should be sharply reduced from off-road vehicles and equipment ranging from forklifts to farm tractors to tugboats under regulations announced Monday by the Bush administration. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue a final rule today that requires refiners to remove nearly all the sulfur in diesel fuel used by these off-road engines. The rules are aimed at cutting their tailpipe releases of smog-causing chemicals and fine soot by more than 90 percent...
President praises Rumsfeld, sees more photos of abuse (05/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush examined new photos and video clips of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners Monday, reacting with "deep disgust and disbelief" during a Pentagon visit in which he underscored his support for embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...
FBI computer upgrade 'not on path to success,' report says (05/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI's nearly $600 million effort to modernize its antiquated computer systems to help prevent terrorist attacks is "not on a path to success," according to an outside review completed weeks after the bureau director gave Congress assurances about the program...
Feds reopen investigation of '55 murder of black teen (05/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is reopening the murder investigation of Emmett Till, a black Chicago teenager killed during a 1955 visit to Mississippi apparently because he whistled at a white man's wife. The murder was an early spark for the civil rights movement. ...
Kerry accuses Bush of ignoring rising health care costs (05/11/04)
EDINBORO, Pa. -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday hailed his health-care plan as the prescription for cutting soaring premiums and reducing fraud and waste, calling the system under President Bush "badly broken." Focusing on health care in a weeklong swing to battleground states, Kerry complained that insurance companies are posting record profits while consumer costs and the expense for employers have reached crisis proportions...
Colorado OKs college vouchers (05/11/04)
The Associated Press DENVER -- Gov. Bill Owens signed Colorado's first-in-the-nation college voucher plan into law Monday, calling it a landmark step that will empower thousands of students. Owens said the vouchers send a message to high schoolers that college is not out of reach and that state money -- up to $2,400 per voucher -- is available to help them...
Prices may cause 'licker shock' at ice cream stands this summer (05/11/04)
Already staggering from sticker shock at the gas pump, consumers may suffer "licker shock" at the ice cream stand this summer when they see some of the industry's biggest price hikes ever. Blame it on bad timing. A combination of political unrest and natural disasters overseas, and fluctuations in the dairy industry in this country, has left ice cream manufacturers grappling with higher prices for key ingredients including milk, vanilla and cocoa...
Medicare drug card providers include big political spenders (05/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- A few weeks after the Bush administration named Medco to be one of the first Medicare drug card providers, a company executive helped throw a $100,000 fund raiser for the president that was headlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson...
Alaskans begin burying winter's dead as spring softens ground (05/11/04)
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- As the spring thaw softens ground that has been frozen hard as granite by the long Alaska winter, cemeteries start burying people who died during the past seven months. Since October, when digging became next to impossible, many of Alaska's dead have been in storage. Now, families are finally able to inter their loved ones in a somber Far North rite of spring...
Mandela lashes out at Britain, U.S. (05/11/04)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela looked frail and joked about being an old man, but the former president remained combative Monday, lashing out at the United States and Britain over Iraq in a speech billed as his swan song before Parliament...
Jordanian court convicts 3 Muslim militants of conspiracy (05/11/04)
AMMAN, Jordan -- The nephew of an Osama bin Laden lieutenant shouted "Allah will punish you, tyrants!" at military judges Monday after they sentenced him and two accomplices to three years of hard labor for conspiring to attack American and Israeli tourists in Jordan...
Rabbis express criticism of American evangelical support (05/11/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prominent Israeli rabbis are for the first time speaking out against Israel's profitable alliance with evangelical Christians in the United States who have funneled tens of millions of dollars to the Jewish state. The rabbis fear the Christians' real intent is to convert Jews, their aides said Monday. Others are concerned about the evangelicals' support for Israel's extreme right-wing, opposing any compromise with the Palestinians...
Developments in Iraq on Monday (05/11/04)
President Bush issued a strong endorsement of embattled Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, telling him, "You are doing a superb job." Bush pledged that those who abused prisoners would be brought to justice. Prime Minister Tony Blair told a news conference he did not know the specifics of Red Cross allegations of U.S. and British abuse of Iraqi prisoners until "the last few days."...
World briefs 5/11/04 (05/11/04)
Filipinos choose between president, action star MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos voted for president Monday in a contest that pits an incumbent who strongly backs the U.S. war on terror against an action movie star, but the run up to the contest was marred by attacks that killed 114 people. ...
Saudi Arabia says oil prices high enough (05/11/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- In a significant shift, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said Monday that crude prices have risen far enough, and he will urge OPEC to increase production, reversing an output cut that began just last month. The change in policy, Oil Minister Ali Naimi said, is due to concern that high prices could hurt the world economy and reduce demand for oil. Oil prices have risen steadily in recent weeks, with U.S. crude prices touching $40 a barrel on Friday...
Red Cross - Abuse of Iraqis routine (05/11/04)
GENEVA -- Up to 90 percent of Iraqi detainees were arrested "by mistake," according to coalition intelligence officers cited in a Red Cross report disclosed Monday. It also says U.S. officers mistreated inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison by keeping them naked in dark, empty cells...
Central's dedication day ends in a celebration way (05/11/04)
With only three games left before the district playoffs begin, Central's baseball team has finally started to put things together. The Tigers celebrated the dedication of their new field along with senior day by defeating Hillsboro 4-3 Monday afternoon. It was the Tigers' third straight victory...
Central swimmers cut down Parkway North (05/11/04)
Central's girls swimming team grabbed its third state cut in its last meet of the season with a first-place finish in the 400 free relay Monday at Central Municipal Pool. The team of Hannah Kinder, Hannah Lewis, Cassie Kipper and Sarah Goeke finished in a time of 3:59.70. Central won the dual over Parkway North 99-87...
Power surge - Slow-starting Hoffman finds his stroke (05/11/04)
It had been a rocky season for Southeast Missouri State University junior Eric Hoffman for a variety of reasons, including a lack of consistent playing time and a bum right knee. But Hoffman broke out in a big way over the weekend, belting four home runs and going 7-for-14 with seven runs batted in during the Indians' three-game Ohio Valley Conference sweep at Morehead State...
Smarty Jones' jockey remains small after his biggest victory (05/11/04)
BENSALEM, Pa. -- In the heady aftermath of the Kentucky Derby, hours after guiding Smarty Jones to the winner's circle, Stewart Elliott spotted an acquaintance at a party. Weaving his way through well-wishers, Elliott grasped Ralph Riviezzo's hand and shook it. The trainer began congratulating him on a brilliant ride, but Elliott changed the subject:...
MU faces multiple violations (05/11/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The NCAA alleges multiple rules violations by the University of Missouri basketball program, including an assertion that an assistant coach gave an athlete $250, sources familiar with the report told The Associated Press on Monday...
Nextel Cup coming to Gateway may be long shot (05/11/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Though track officials say the St. Louis-area Gateway International Raceway in Illinois has a shot a hosting a Nextel Cup race, insiders consider that shot a long one. Over the years, the 1.25-mile oval, infield road course and quarter-mile drag strip has lured CART, the IRL, the Craftsman Truck series, the Busch series and NHRA drag racing...
Sports briefs 5/11/04 (05/11/04)
Baseball Manny Ramirez had a good reason to miss his first game of the season with the Boston Red Sox. He went to Miami to become a U.S. citizen. With the support of team management, Ramirez left Boston after Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals. He was expected back for tonight's second game of a three-game series against Cleveland...
SEMO could cook up sausage mascot (05/11/04)
It's hard going through life as a sausage. Just ask Mandy Block, Wisconsin's most famous sausage gal. She was wearing an Italian sausage costume when she was hit with a bat by then Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon last July. As a result of her ordeal, she received a certificate of bravery from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council...
Rapper 50 Cent, bodyguards take part in shoving match at club (05/11/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Police broke up a shoving match at a Springfield club after rapper 50 Cent and his entourage jumped from the stage during a surprise appearance and scuffled in the audience. Two people were arrested for disturbing the peace at the Hippodrome club early Saturday morning, said Springfield Police Capt. Charles Arpin...
'Wicked' musical dominates Tony Awards nominations (05/11/04)
NEW YORK -- It was a "Wicked" day, with the lavish "Wizard of Oz" musical nominated for 10 Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honor. "Assassins," the chilling Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about presidential killers, followed with seven nominations Monday...
Phyllis Ferguson (05/11/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Phyllis Ferguson, 71, of Anna died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 1, 1933, in Murphysboro, Ill., daughter of Haley and Neva Anderson Carter. She and George Ferguson were married May 20, 1959. He died May 25, 1987...
Norean Berbling (05/11/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Norean "Peggy" Berbling, 71, of Topeka, Kan., died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at a hospital in Topeka. She was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Charleston, daughter of Merle and Anna Wright. She and Joseph Berbling were married March 25, 1952. He preceded her in death...
Wanda Harris (05/11/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Wanda Harris, 66, of Sikeston died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Oran is in charge of arrangements.
Caroline Barnes (05/11/04)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Caroline Barnes, 94, of Kuttawa, Ky., formerly of Morley, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at River Bend Retirement Center in Eddyville, Ky. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Crader Sr. (05/11/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Robert L. Crader Sr., 79, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at St. Louis University Medical Center. Crader was born April 6, 1925, in St. Louis, son of Gifford and Mae Runnels Crader. He was a member of the Moolah Shrine Temple and Beacon Masonic Lodge No. 3 AF&AM and a former member of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association and Missouri Truck and Bus Association...
Vickie Koeppel (05/11/04)
Vickie S. Koeppel, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 7, 2004, at her home. Private graveside service was held Monday at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. The Rev. Ron Watts officiated. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau was in charge of arrangements...
Travis Clements (05/11/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Travis J. Clements, 24, of Perryville died Sunday, May 9, 2004, in an automobile accident in Perry County. He was born Feb. 11, 1980, in Perryville, son of Randy E. and Bonnie R. Schumer Clements. Clements was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School. He was a self-employed landscaper, and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Brandon Thompson (05/11/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Brandon Thompson, 25, of Advance died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 12, 1979, at Dexter, Mo., son of Charles "Sonny" and Mary Beatrice McMillion Thompson. He and Sarah Rodgers were married March 22, 2003, at Advance...
Gordon Christian (05/11/04)
MARION, Ill. -- Gordon Dean Christian, 62, of Marion died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill. He was born May 24, 1941, at Perks, Ill., son of Clarence and Pauline Price Christian. Christian retired as an assembly worker with Ford Motor Co. in Michigan...
Anna Horrell (05/11/04)
GLENNON, Mo. -- Anna Marie Horrell, 83, of Glennon died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at her home. She was born July 28, 1920, at Leopold, Mo., daughter of Herman Bernard and Mary Cecilia Nenninger Wubker. She and Leo Horrell were married March 20, 1944. Horrell had weighed cotton, was a domestic worker, and did riveting work on aircraft during World War II. ...
Helen Brown (05/11/04)
BERNIE, Mo. -- Helen Jo Brown, 78, of Bernie died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born March 18, 1926, in Bernie, daughter of Joe and Mae McIntosh Charles. She and Robert Greene were married April 16, 1943. He died Jan. 13, 1996. She and Everett R. Brown were married June 15, 1999...
Larry Kelley (05/11/04)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Larry Clinton Kelley, 62, of Leopold died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1941, at Sikeston, Mo., son of John W. and Edra M. Clinton Kelley. He and Diana S. Kelley were married in 1964. He and Emily M. Elfrink were married May 5, 1990...
Births 5/11/04 (05/11/04)
Daniel Daughter to Kris D. and Laura Lynn Daniel of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:47 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2004. Name, Mackenzie Lynn. Weight, 7 pounds 12 ounces. Mrs. Daniel is the former Laura Asher, daughter of Ronnie and Patti Asher of Jackson. She is employed at Dana Corp. Daniel is the son of Randy and Linda Daniel of Benton, Mo. He is employed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in St. Louis...
Cape/Jackson police reports 05/11/04 (05/11/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses Darrell Dewane Wiseman 22, 627 S. Benton, was issued a summons Sunday for noise violation. Andrea Renee Kieninger, 23, 224 William, was issued a summons Sunday for noise violation...
Cape fire report 5/11/04 (05/11/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Sunday: At 9:23 p.m., a still alarm at 233 N. Lorimier. At 9:56 p.m., an emergency medical service at 100 West Park Mall. Firefighters responded to the following on Monday: At 8:57 a.m., a stalled elevator at 2027 Broadway...
Out of the past 5/11/04 (05/11/04)
10 years ago: May 11, 1994 Moon glided in front of sun Tuesday, creating partial eclipse that turned sun into crescent of light locally; in many parts of nation, sky watchers saw perfectly round silhouette of moon surrounded by ring of sunlight. Nell Holcomb School District will open bids next week on major renovation of original classroom and cafeteria portion of school complex...
WWII memorial (05/11/04)
On May 29, the formal dedication will be held for the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The new memorial has already opened to visitors some 60 years after some of the most crucial battles in the war...
Reaction shows cultural gulf (05/11/04)
To the editor: Like most Americans, I have been watching in horror as the pictures of abuse and torture by our military come pouring out of Iraq. But what is worse is Cape Girardeau's own Rush Limbaugh has adamantly defended the behaviors of the abusive soldiers, whose acts include walking a naked man on a leash like a dog and making other naked men simulate sexual acts. This should make even the most hard-core followers question Limbaugh's judgment, morality and character...
Mascot issue is about repression (05/11/04)
To the editor: I am ashamed to have read in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Southeast Missouri State University has become a laughingstock over our drive for a new mascot. The issue is far larger than a mascot that many people see as a tribute to Native Americans. Ignorance is not bliss...
Young soldiers getting the blame (05/11/04)
To the editor: I am a retired military person who remembers the Army's instructions on treatment of other countries, and it is not the way that we have been shown this past week. It is wrong for the upper-class officers to be able to get away with something like this and put it all on the junior personnel...
Speak Out 05/11/04 (05/11/04)
Integrity in reviews GET OFF her case. It's embarrassing. If reporter Kathryn Alfisi is expected to portray in a positive light every local performance she covers whether she believes so or not, then she sacrifices her journalistic integrity in order to perpetuate the everything-is-beautiful myth so characteristic of a parochial, small-town mindset we should be striving to overcome...
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