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Stories from Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Doing juries justice (05/12/04)
FRED LYNCH * flynch@semissourian.com Cape Girardeau Patrolman Gary Burchell assisted the driver of a 2000 Intrepid which was involved in an accident at Highway 74 and West End Boulevard Tuesday afternoon. The driver, a 65-year-old McClure woman, has not been identified pending charges of assault and driving while intoxicated. ...
Area digest 05/12/04 (05/12/04)
Two get prison terms for weapons violations Two Cape Girardeau County men were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau in separate cases for firearms violations. Gary Lee Harris, 44, of Cape Girardeau was sentenced to 35 months in prison on a felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. ...
Area briefs 05/12/04 (05/12/04)
Public meeting on sales tax set for Thursday Cape Girardeau city officials will hold a public meeting Thursday to inform voters about the quarter-cent fire sales tax on the June 8 ballot. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Brase Arena Building. Police and fire department officials will be on hand to answer questions. The proposed tax would generate $2 million a year for capital improvements and operating expenses...
High court hears Sikeston case over Sunshine Law (05/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case claiming the Sikeston City Council violated the state's open meetings law in 2001 when it enacted a zoning change that was fiercely opposed by neighboring property owners...
Mother, son plead guilty to drug charges (05/12/04)
A 70-year-old Sikeston, Mo., mother and her 33-year-old son pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau to drug trafficking charges. Ella Sumlin pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine; her son, Elliott Sumlin, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base...
Jackson leaders tour city's uptown area (05/12/04)
When it comes to fixing Jackson's uptown parking problem, it appears there is no perfect solution. City government and business leaders recently took a tour of uptown Jackson, talking to owners about the problems in the area. The city has been enforcing the two-hour parking limits uptown for the last few months, which has thrilled some and frustrated others...
Former St. Francis president dies (05/12/04)
John Fidler, St. Francis Medical Center's president and chief executive officer from 1992 to 1997, died of a heart attack Saturday while vacationing with his wife in Nice, France. He was 66. "John was a very caring individual," said St. Francis board member Robert Hendrix, who served as the board's chairman while Fidler was president. "He cared a lot about the hospital and the patients."...
Disbarred lawyer enters guilty plea (05/12/04)
Southeast Missourian GREENVILLE, Mo. -- Former Cape Girardeau Municipal Judge Bob Gowen pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wayne County to practicing law without a license, a misdemeanor. Gowen was disbarred Jan. 14. According to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, Gowen received a suspended sentence and was placed on a year's probation. If he successfully completes probation, the sentence will be removed and he will not have a criminal record...
Cape school board lays out vision for new year (05/12/04)
The Cape Girardeau School Board has set its vision on creating lifelong learners prepared for the future and is now looking at ways to achieve that. Board members developed a new mission/vision statement and brainstormed goals for the 2004-2005 school year this week. It's an annual process the board goes through to create a direction for the coming year...
Sasser worms its way into Cape (05/12/04)
Last Thursday, Mary Kay Poljan noticed her laptop was slowing and shutting itself down each time she dialed onto the Internet. She didn't know her machine had contracted a problem that was about to make national headlines. Just when Poljan had narrowed the blame to a possible compatibility issue with a new printer, she saw a weekend newscast that showed her problem was not unique. ...
Club news 5/12 (05/12/04)
Zonta Club The Zonta Club of Cape Girar-deau area met May 4 at the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University. Anne Anderson, director of Zonta Area 6, attended the meeting and installed the following members as the 2004-2005 officers and directors: Marcia Southard-Ritter, president; Cheryl Hill, president-elect; Terri Foley, vice president; Dianne Gammon, secretary; Marsha Haskell, treasurer; Kimberly Price, fund-raising director; Reagan Holliday and Sherry Persinger, service directors; Ann Wagganer, finance director; Polly Holten, membership director; and Mona Copeland, honorary director as immediate past president.. ...
Inmate requests DNA test despite guilty plea (05/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Rubin Weeks never would have pleaded guilty to the 1991 kidnapping and rape of a Southeast Missouri woman had he known of a lab report that indicated he couldn't have been the perpetrator, his attorney told the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday...
Activity at the legislature (05/12/04)
Lawmakers gave final approval to a bill allowing restitution to convicts who are exonerated by DNA evidence and expanding the state's DNA database to include all felons. The legislature gave final approval to a bill requiring recipients of tax credits to file reports detailing how the money is used...
Legislation would block lawsuits over obesity (05/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Businesses anywhere in the food chain would be protected against lawsuits blaming them for an individual's obesity or other health problems under Missouri legislation given final approval Tuesday. The bill, dubbed the "Commonsense Consumption Act," bars lawsuits for damages against food manufacturers, distributors, sellers or advertisers...
Senate rejects extended federal jobless benefits (05/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate by a single vote rejected an election-year effort Tuesday to extend federal unemployment benefits. Democrats tried to attach the benefit to a corporate tax bill. On a 59-40 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, they fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome objections that extending the benefits violated last year's budget agreement...
Senate approves $14 billion energy tax package (05/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- Stung by high gasoline prices, the Senate by a wide margin voted its approval Tuesday of a $14 billion package of tax breaks that supporters said were designed to spur U.S. energy production and hold down prices. Democrats joined Republicans as senators in a 85-13 vote turned back an attempt by Sen. ...
Senior U.S. officials disagree over Iraqi prisoner abuse (05/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Army general who investigated prisoner abuse in Iraq disagreed sharply Tuesday with a top Pentagon civilian about who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib complex where the mistreatment occurred. Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba told the Senate Armed Services Committee that military police who acted improperly did so "of their own volition." Several senators, however, questioned whether those low-ranking soldiers would have created the sexually humiliating scenarios by themselves...
Bush imposes export ban against Syria (05/12/04)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush banned all U.S. exports to Syria on Tuesday except for food and medicine, according to congressional offices briefed by the administration. Bush signed an order imposing the sanctions, and an announcement was expected, the offices said...
U.S. man beheaded in Iraqi video (05/12/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. In a grisly gesture, the executioners held up the man's head for the camera...
Hamas militants display Israeli soldiers' remains (05/12/04)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas militants triumphantly displayed remains of some of the six Israeli soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Gaza City on Tuesday, prompting Israeli threats of punishing reprisals if body parts are not returned. Eight Palestinians were killed and 123 wounded in a battle that pitted hundreds of gunmen against Israeli troops...
Four killed in Glasgow plastics factory blast (05/12/04)
GLASGOW, Scotland -- An explosion ripped through a plastics factory in Glasgow on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring dozens and leaving an unknown number buried in the rubble, police and the fire brigade said. The midday blast at Stockline Plastics wrecked much of the building and left 40 people injured, 16 seriously, according to local fire officials...
Alleged abuses in Afghanistan prompt big changes in prisons (05/12/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Alleged abuse of prisoners -- including three deaths -- at U.S. jails in Afghanistan has prompted "very significant changes" in how the military treats detainees, including quicker transfers from jails at outlying bases, a U.S. general said Tuesday...
Central's tennis season ends at district (05/12/04)
Central High School's four entries in the Class 2 District 1 tennis tournament all won at least one match, but all bowed out in the quarterfinals of the singles and doubles competitions. The Tigers failed to get any individuals qualified for state Tuesday and missed out on a team bid to sectionals on a tiebreaker that hinged on having at least one entry reach the semifinals...
Kiehne supporters voice concern to school board (05/12/04)
While the summer heat has invaded Southeast Missouri, it was a winter sport that was the focus of Tuesday night's Jackson Board of Education meeting. Less than two weeks after Jackson High School boys basketball coach Mike Kiehne resigned, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, there was a standing-room-only crowd at the board meeting filled with parents and athletes wanting to support Kiehne. ...
Smith sets save record in 6-4 win (05/12/04)
It is only fitting that, during Southeast Missouri State University's current four-game winning streak, Brad Smith has saved three of those victories. Smith has been a salvation for the Indians all year. Tuesday night he recorded the final six outs and did not allow a runner to break the school's single-season saves record as Southeast beat Arkansas State 6-4...
Indians add recruit, lose assistant coach (05/12/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball program gained a player and lost a coach Tuesday. Cody Lewis, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., signed a letter of intent to play for the Indians next season...
Racing digest 5/12/04 (05/12/04)
O'Neal wins Stacker2 event in Benton, Mo. Don O'Neal won his first Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series event Friday in the "Battle of Benton 50" at the Auto Tire and Parts NAPA RacePark in Benton, Mo. O'Neal, of Martinville, Ind., earned $10,100 for the win. He led all 50 laps...
Woody notches his first victory (05/12/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams, an 18-game winner last year, won for the first time in seven starts this season with eight strong innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Mike Matheny drove in two runs without a hit, getting RBIs on a bases-loaded groundout in the second and a squeeze bunt in the sixth. A third run scored for St. Louis when Williams' two-out grounder in the second scooted between first baseman Adam LaRoche's legs for an error...
Lakers' Bryant pleads 'not guilty' to rape charge (05/12/04)
EAGLE, Colo. -- Nearly 11 months after his arrest, NBA star Kobe Bryant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a rape charge that could land him in prison for life. Standing impassively before District Judge Terry Ruckriegle as the parents of the accuser looked on, Bryant said only four words during a brief arraignment carried live on national cable TV...
Snyder admits 'mistakes' (05/12/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri coach Quin Snyder apologized Tuesday for his mistakes as the NCAA alleged scores of rule violations by the Missouri basketball program, including a cash payment from an assistant coach to troubled former player Ricky Clemons...
Sports briefs 5/12/04 (05/12/04)
Basketball LeBron James, Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion will be invited to join the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, sources told The Associated Press. The USA Basketball Selection committee held a conference call Tuesday to choose several replacement players on a roster that will be missing several of the best American players. ...
Chateau resident shares her green thumb with community (05/12/04)
Few people get to share their garden with as many people as Marge Bauerle of Cape Girardeau does. Bauerle, 73, tends to the nature trail and gardens at Chateau Girardeau, a residential senior citizen complex on the west side of town. Many of the plants along the trail -- wildflowers, azaleas and hostas -- were added from the generous blooms that thrive in Bauerle's care...
'Mexican' fruit salad has refreshing zip (05/12/04)
The inspiration for this refreshingly zippy fruit salad comes from the outdoor Mexican fruit stands, the "puestos de frutas" that serve fresh fruit with a pinch of chili powder, as well as water and juice. So, here's a recipe for the home cook starting with fresh strawberries, adding mango and pineapple, plus lime and orange juice. This recipe developed by the California Strawberry Commission is easy to make -- and will be more and more welcome as the weather gets warmer...
Saying goodbye to takeout (05/12/04)
Finally, my refrigerator contains more than condiments. There's no disturbing echo in my cabinets. I can cook up more than a scheme. Oh, how low I've sunk. Growing up, every corner of our kitchen was packed with food. Once a week, Mom would roll up in her minivan -- back when minivans were an exciting new concept and the saviors of busy moms everywhere -- and honk a few times. ...
Recipe preview from senior center cookbook (05/12/04)
The Soap Box Derby race was held last weekend in Cape Girardeau and it was a very fun day. Our son, Ross, raced in car No. 37 for a third-place finish and a nice trophy. As he sat at our kitchen table holding his trophy, he asked me if it was a "real" trophy. I assured him it was and he should be very proud of his accomplishment...
Cannes goes commercial with Hollywood-heavy lineup (05/12/04)
CANNES, France -- There'll be no boring brown bunnies this time at the Cannes Film Festival, which has tossed in ogres, zombies, Greek warriors, assassins galore and a potty-mouthed Santa Claus to make up for last year's dreary offerings. A year ago, Vincent Gallo's inert drama "The Brown Bunny," featuring the filmmaker driving in silence for minutes at a time, came to symbolize a dull slate of movies at the world's most prestigious film festival...
People talk 5/12/04 (05/12/04)
'Newlywed' coming to venue near you NEW YORK -- As if she weren't everywhere already, Jessica Simpson is coming to a concert venue near you. The pop music and reality television star announced a summer tour Tuesday, starting June 4 in New Orleans. "The Jessica Simpson Reality Tour" will feature stops across the county, including New York, Chicago and her hometown of Dallas, and end Aug. 1 in Paso Robles, Calif...
Caroline Barnes (05/12/04)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Caroline Barnes, 94, of Kuttawa, Ky., died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Rivers Bend Retirement Center in Kuttawa. She was born Feb. 6, 1910, in Biggers, Ark., daughter of Rufus H. and Idella Calhorn Seagraves. She and Everett Barnes were married June 26, 1928. He died July 12, 1977...
Irma Pott (05/12/04)
Irma M. Pott, 100, of Wentzville, Mo., died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at the Lutheran Convalescent Home in Webster Groves, Mo. She was formerly of Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lester Gaines (05/12/04)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- James Lester Gaines, 89, of McCaskill, Ark., died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1915, in Columbus, Ark. He was formerly of Commerce. Graveside service was held May 5 at Merrill Cemetery near McCaskill. Announcement courtesy of Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City...
Robert Lee Sr. (05/12/04)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Robert Edward Lee Sr., 67, of Bell City died Monday, May 10, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1937, at Advance, Mo., son of Ted C. and Pauline Marie Sears Lee. He and Phyllis Boatman were married June 18, 1963, in Odessa, Texas...
Wanda Harris (05/12/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Wanda Dean Harris, 66, of Sikeston died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Arkansas, daughter of J.B. and Alberta Gipson Johnson. She and Eugene Harris were married in 1982...
Nelson Campbell (05/12/04)
Nelson Campbell, 82, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Monday, May 10, 2004, in Lebanon. He was born Aug. 29, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, son of Carl and Myrtle Childs Campbell. He married Rose Mary Greenwell. Campbell was a graduate of Central High School and St. Louis Business College. He retired as superintendent of Texas Eastern Pipeline, Lebanon Products Terminal. He was a member of Lebanon American Legion...
Kaye Katt (05/12/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kaye Carolyn Katt, 53, of Perryville died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born May 6, 1951, in St. Louis, daughter of Oliver and Orreal Heise Katt. Katt had worked at Perry County Sheltered Workshop and My Camp. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, ARC and Special Bible Class...
Cape/Jackson police reports 05/12/04 (05/12/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Emilio Almaguer, 38, 651 S. Henderson, was arrested Monday on suspicion of domestic assault. Keith Larsell Baines, 41, 215 Pearl, was arrested Monday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for stealing...
Cape fire report 05/12/04 (05/12/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 4;43 p.m., an illegal burn at 429 S. Benton. At 10:35 p.m., an emergency medical service at William and Lorimier. Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 7:26 a.m., an emergency medical service at 865 N. Kingshighway...
Out of the past 5/12/04 (05/12/04)
10 years ago: May 12, 1994 Trans World Express boardings for April reached five-year high of 510; this tops last April's total by 23 percent; TWE has had 1,648 boardings this year compared to 1,357 for same reporting period last year, increase of 22 percent...
Honoring heroism (05/12/04)
The Bible tells the story of the Good Samaritan: A man lay injured along the highway. Two people pass by without offering help before a Samaritan stops to assist. John G. Plunkett of Perryville acted just like the Good Samaritan when he rescued two people after a January accident in Perry County...
Don't limit choice just to save paint (05/12/04)
To the editor: As a longtime supporter of Southeast Missouri State University and as an alumnus who has been proud to be an Indian (both by institutional affiliation and by blood), I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the mascot fiasco. It appears that opponents of tradition are willing to forsake the symbolic Indian (and, I assume, Sagamore, Capaha Arrow and Otahki) but cannot bring themselves to give up the red and black school colors, because it would be too expensive to repaint everything...
Strong religious leaders needed (05/12/04)
To the editor: In the his May 8 article, "Communion crisis," Richard Ostling states, "Some bishops have taken the radical step of declaring that officials who are pro-choice shouldn't receive Holy Communion." In defense of the Roman Catholic Church and these bishops, this step is neither radical nor new. In I Corinthians 5:12-13, the Apostle Paul, referring to the church, states: "Are you not to judge those inside? ... Expel the wicked man from among you."...
Tolerance plea shows arrogance (05/12/04)
To the editor: In response to the article "Day of prayer focuses on tolerance, truth": David Limbaugh might do well to remember that not all are Christians in the world. His arrogance in indicating that others of different beliefs should be tolerated is amazing. ...
Bad treatment on both sides (05/12/04)
To the editor: Some of our boys have been treated badly in Iraq. Remember the four boys who got their limbs cut off before they were thrown on a burning car? Then a young man was stripped of his clothes and dragged over gravel until he died. It isn't always the other side. I am sorry for them all...
Speak Out 05/12/04 (05/12/04)
Support for Pilots WHOEVER SUGGESTED the Pilots as the mascots for Southeast Missouri State University had a very good idea. It goes with the theme for the city. I hope they do that. Repulsive actions I THINK it's repulsive what these soldiers did to these prisoners in Iraq. ...
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