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Stories from Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Poplar Bluff company outs new computer worm (05/18/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Although one employee likened it to winning the lottery, workers at Semo.net won't be receiving any cash for their role in outing a new and previously undiscovered variant of a computer worm. But they did garner the satisfaction of working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to thwart a public nuisance...
Only one year left in countdown (05/18/04)
When school lets out, it seems that a lot of people emphasize the seniors. They are finally done with high school, and now they are graduating and going to college. They get out of school before all the underclassmen, and don't have to take as many finals. They are showered with gifts and parties as they celebrate the end of their high school career. I have recently read articles from their point of view and realize how scary, yet exciting, being a senior really is...
Summer grooming is out (05/18/04)
Summer has officially come for me. As soon as that last bell rang, the sunshine came a knockin' at my door and it was time to get this season rolling. Actually, it was more like thunderclouds and humidity, but who cares? It was time to get that party started!...
A year later, trees planted to renew tornado-scarred land (05/18/04)
MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- Years after Kacey, Macey and Cody Fletcher graduate from Marionville High School, trees they helped plant on Jack Rapp's farm should be tall enough to protect cattle from fierce winter winds. But for the three siblings -- who joined other students from vocational agriculture teacher Mark Estep's classes -- planting the trees was more than just a step toward restoring a landscape ravaged by a tornado. It was personal...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (05/18/04)
Public hearings Held a public hearing regarding a voluntary annexation from Drury Land Development Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) Executed a quit claim deed to Marquette Office Building LLC. Executed a quit claim deed to Zimmer Properties LLC...
August ballot to include tax issue for voters in Scott City (05/18/04)
The Scott City Council approved an ordinance at its Monday meeting to place a sales tax renewal question on the August ballot. Current sales tax revenue goes toward capital improvements. Now the city would like to renew the quarter-cent sales tax that voters approved in 1999 for another six years...
Cape city officials to discuss proposed fire tax (05/18/04)
Cape Girardeau city officials will discuss the upcoming vote on a proposed quarter-cent fire sales tax at a local Neighborhood Watch meeting today. The presentation will be made at 6 p.m. at the police substation, 629 Good Hope St. Representatives from the police and fire departments also will be present to answer any specific questions regarding the tax measure, which is on the June 8 ballot...
Cape approves holiday for sales taxes (05/18/04)
Shoppers will get a tax break under a state sales tax holiday that received unanimous backing of the Cape Girardeau City Council on Monday. "I think it's pretty clear the council wants to do whatever we have to do to stimulate sales tax revenue," Mayor Jay Knudtson said...
Cape, Jackson face difficulties in police staffing (05/18/04)
In two neighboring towns, two police chiefs face staffing problems, but the similarity ends at the city limits. Cape Girardeau police chief Steve Strong just lost two experienced officers and said he is frustrated that he can't hire experienced officers or retain qualified people because of a lack of funding. Jackson police chief James Humphreys needs to add a DARE officer but doesn't have enough money to train one. A fund-raising effort is being organized to fix that problem...
Date not yet finalized for vote on same-sex marriage ban (05/18/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters will decide this year whether same-sex marriages, which are already prohibited by state law, should be declared unconstitutional as well. When the issue appears on the ballot, however, remains to be determined...
Jackson aldermen approve contract for electrical upgrade (05/18/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen Monday night approved a $184,000 contract to Powerline Consultants LLC, of Farmington, Mo., for an electrical upgrade in the central part of town. The Jackson director of electric utilities, Don Schuette, said the project will replace some of the older circuits in uptown Jackson, as well as the residential areas to the west and north of the city park...
Pursuing Peru (05/18/04)
Not too long ago, Jackson resident Mike Carver was delivering snacks and beverages to convenience stores. Soon he'll be working a dig site in Peru where archaeologists are unearthing 4,000-year-old bones. Carver, a radiologic technologist student studying the craft of X-rays at the Southeast Missouri Hospital School of Nursing, will be one of about 20 people to help dig up and X-ray bones found on the side of mountains near Buena Vista, Peru...
Suspect sought in shooting that wounded two Cape men (05/18/04)
Two Cape Girardeau men were shot by an unknown assailant while they sat in a parked car Saturday night at Jefferson and Hanover. According to Cape Girardeau police officer Jason Selzer, a Cape Girardeau police officer was working an accident around 10:40 p.m. at Highway 74 and Minnesota when he heard eight or nine shots being fired at Jefferson and Hanover...
House fire blamed on candle (05/18/04)
A hanging candle left burning in the hallway of an apartment at 915 College Hill started a fire early Monday morning that caused heavy heat damage and moderate fire and smoke damage to the bathroom, bedroom, living room and closet of the apartment. According to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, the fire broke out around 2:43 a.m. in an apartment occupied by Christine Spence and Erica Vandergraff...
'Healing arts' practitioners talk therapy (05/18/04)
On Monday evening the lush, colorful Francine's Gardens at 25 N. Pacific St. was transformed into a place to get some body work done. No bent fenders and crushed bumpers were to be seen; just some men and women living with the effects of stress and a bad diet coming in to find an alternative source of healing so their bodies can feel better. A dozen or more therapists gathered to offer samples of their work in what they called a "healing arts night."...
Learning briefs 5/18 (05/18/04)
Klipfel wins national award in English Jessica Klipfel of Cape Girardeau has been named a U.S. national award winner in English. Klipfel is a student at Notre Dame Regional High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Therese Klipfel. ...
New driver's licenses readied for concealed gun permit holders (05/18/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Driver's licenses are no longer just for height, weight, hair color, eye color and birthday. Under the state's new law legalizing concealed guns, Missourians licensed to conceal and carry must get a new driver's license that will announce a person's concealed-gun permit in bright red type, the Department of Revenue said Monday...
Ex-fireworks executive pleads guilty (05/18/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A former executive of two sister fireworks companies pleaded guilty Monday to lying to investigators in the last of several cases that followed three serious explosions at a St. Louis-area plant. Russell Nickel, 39, faces sentencing Aug. 13 on a federal charge of making a false statement to a government agency. He was the final defendant in the case against Dittmer, Mo.-based Pyro Products and its sister Next F/X Inc...
Mother sentenced in death of infant son (05/18/04)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The mother of a 10-week-old son found dead on a floor furnace was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison. Linda Baldwin, 40, of Joplin, had entered an Alford plea in March to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the death of her son, Thomas Anthony Spina. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit wrongdoing but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict...
World briefs 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
Companies to develop single-dose AIDS drug GENEVA -- The Bush administration announced a new initiative to speed up the approval process for new combination AIDS drugs that will bring cheap, easy-to-use treatment to millions of people in Africa and the Caribbean. ...
Nation digest 05/18/04 (05/18/04)
Some airports to get more security screeners WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reduce long waits for travelers, the government is hiring more security screeners for dozens of airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami, New York's JFK and Washington's Dulles. ...
Cochlear implants work best when started young, even in infants (05/18/04)
CHICAGO -- The earlier deaf children get cochlear implants, the more likely they are to speak and comprehend language normally later in life, new research suggests. In fact, some doctors say doing the surgery in infancy may produce the best results...
Bush, Kerry agree much more to be done on racial equality (05/18/04)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Half a century after the Supreme Court banned school segregation, President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry found agreement Monday on the point that America still falls short of racial equality despite progress across many fronts...
Business digest 05/18/04 (05/18/04)
India's stock market suffers record fall NEW DELHI -- Angry investors chanted "Down with Sonia Gandhi" outside India's stock exchange Monday, blaming the country's prime minister-in-waiting for a panic that led to the biggest one-day plunge in the market's 129-year history. ...
Court rules for disabled in test of ADA (05/18/04)
WASHINGTON -- Disabled people can sue if states ignore a landmark civil rights law that protects their rights, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of a paraplegic man who crawled up the steps of a small-town courthouse because there was no elevator for his wheelchair...
Gay couples exchange vows in Massachusetts (05/18/04)
BOSTON -- Elated and in some cases incredulous at making history, gays and lesbians by the dozens exchanged vows and were pronounced "partners for life" Monday as Massachusetts became the first state to let same-sex couples marry. The nuptials ranged from quick city-hall ceremonies to ornate weddings in downtown Boston churches, complete with champagne and fancy cakes. ...
Ukrainians seize radioactive substance, arrest two (05/18/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian security officers have arrested two Middle Eastern men whom they said possessed a substance touted by sellers as an ingredient in nuclear weapons and dismissed by others as a hoax. Security agents in the southern city of Odessa seized 24 pounds of a substance they said was radioactive and identified as "red mercury," a State Security Service spokesman said Monday on condition of anonymity. He said they arrested two men from a Middle Eastern country...
U.S. military - Bomb with sarin nerve agent explodes in Iraq (05/18/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers found a roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent, the military said Monday. The device, which partially detonated, was apparently a leftover from Saddam Hussein's arsenals. It was unclear whether more such weapons were in the hands of insurgents...
Doctors offered new tool in restoring sight to blind (05/18/04)
TOKYO -- Cornea transplants can give sight back to the blind, but they are notoriously tricky: Sutures can cause swelling. The body can reject the tissue. Each transplant requires a large mass of cells taken from a healthy eye. Now a Japanese surgeon has come up with a method being hailed as a possible solution for all those troubles...
Fire kills 103 inmates in Honduras (05/18/04)
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- An early morning fire at an overcrowded prison in northern Honduras on Monday consumed a cellblock housing gang members, killing 103, and injuring 25 others. The 1:30 a.m. fire was sparked by an air conditioner short-circuit in a cellblock occupied by 186 prisoners, police commissioner Wilmer Torres said. Some prisoners burned to death, others died from smoke inhalation...
Head of Iraqi council dies in suicide bomb attack (05/18/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bombing killed the head of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council as his car waited at a checkpoint near coalition headquarters Monday, just six weeks before the handover of sovereignty. Two American soldiers were killed in action Monday in Anbar province west of Baghdad, the military said. The troops were assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, but the military declined to release other details, citing security concerns...
McDonald helps Central to 2-1 win over Mules (05/18/04)
Central senior Megan McDonald recently earned the Tigers' female athlete of the year award at the school's annual athletics banquet, and on Monday she showed why with a goal 12 minutes into the second half to help spark a comeback in a 2-1 win over Poplar Bluff in the Class 2 District 1 semifinals at Central...
Central golfers stand fourth at state meet (05/18/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Central senior Todd Obergoenner shot an even-par 72 Monday to finish in a three-way tie for sixth on the first day of the Class 4 State Tournament at Rivercut Golf Course. Central (306) is currently fourth overall, four strokes behind Poplar Bluff and 14 shots behind Chaminade for the overall lead. Chaminade, at 292, is one shot in front of Rockhurst. Poplar Bluff finished third with a 302...
Central's season ends with 6-4 loss (05/18/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- With the tying run at first and nobody out in the top of the seventh, Cape Central had the heart of their lineup coming up against Seckman reliever Jake Kemper. But the lanky senior struck out three straight Tigers on full counts to save a 6-4 win in Monday's Class 4 District 1 opener at Poplar Bluff...
Scott City shuts out Valle (05/18/04)
Mark Johnston pitched a complete-game shutout to lead fourth-seeded Scott City to a 6-0 win against No. 5 Ste. Genevieve Valle in the first round of th Class 2 District 2 tournament at Kelly High School in Benton, Mo. Johnston gave up eight hits. He fanned three, walked one and did not allow a runner past second...
Notre Dame waltzes past Sikeston in opening round (05/18/04)
Notre Dame left no room for doubt in Monday's Class 1 District 1 first-round soccer game. The Bulldogs scored six goals in the first half en route to a 9-0 rout of Sikeston. Destiny Dirnberger had a hat track before intermission, and Amanda Dirnberger added two other first-half goals...
Montiel named OVC baseball player of the week (05/18/04)
Southeast Missouri State junior Frankie Montiel was named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week Monday for his role in three victories last week. Montiel hit .600 (9-for-15) with three multiple hit games, including a 4-for-4 performance against Arkansas State in a nonleague win last Tuesday. He was 5-for-11 in the weekend series against Tennessee Tech. Southeast won two of three games in the series...
Major league teams use shared revenue to develop prospects (05/18/04)
NEW YORK -- Several of the biggest beneficiaries of baseball's revenue-sharing plan have among the lowest payrolls in the majors, spending the money on prospects, not stars. Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, the teams with the three lowest payrolls in the major leagues, all received huge increases in revenue sharing last year, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press...
Cities brace for today's list of finalists (05/18/04)
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- New York bid leader Dan Doctoroff showed no signs of nerves as he awaited today's selection of the finalists vying to host the 2012 Olympics. With nine cities in the running, the International Olympic Committee executive board is expected to keep as many as six candidates and as few as four...
Starters flex arms (05/18/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Entering the season, the St. Louis Cardinals' weakness appeared to be an unsung rotation. Instead, a modest starting five has nearly kept pace with more celebrated staffs in Chicago and Houston, throwing up more than its share of zeros. In the team's just-completed six-game homestand the starters combined for a 1.96 ERA and four victories, pitching seven or more innings in five of the games...
Sports briefs 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
Baseball Major League Baseball will provide more than $1 million in pensions to former Negro Leagues players through a new charitable program. The fund will benefit 27 players, all of whom played after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. ...
Students, parents master skills of play day (05/18/04)
Winning isn't everything. Our 8-year-old grasps that concept. At her elementary school's play day Friday, she didn't want to compete in the crab race because she wanted to avoid getting her pants wet on the rain-soaked grass field. The school's coach insisted that she run the race. She did, but very gingerly...
Swashbuckling cat, devious dad take over 'Shrek 2' (05/18/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Who would dare steal from two bickering ogres and an overly talkative donkey? Try a sword-jabbing kitten, and a jittery, conniving king-in-law. Check out the supporting characters who snatch away the scenes from voice stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy in "Shrek 2," which opens Wednesday:...
Robert Sandvoss (05/18/04)
Robert L. "Bob" Sandvoss, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 17, 2004, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Billie McClure (05/18/04)
Billie G. McClure, 76, of Cahokia, Ill., and formerly of Cape Girardeau and Piggott, Ark., died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Clay County, Ark., son of Alfred and Myrtle Osborn McClure. He and Effie Mae Heatley were married Dec. 13, 1952. She died March 22, 1993...
Mary Kiefer (05/18/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Jane Kiefer, 73, of Perryville died Monday, May 17, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Perry County, daughter of James and Florence Riehl Hart. She and Wilbert A. Kiefer were married Feb. 7, 1948, at Perryville. He died July 17, 1985...
Bobby Stoffregen (05/18/04)
Bobby G. Stoffregen, 70, of Delta died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 21, 1933, at Delta, son of Albert August and Frieda Pauline Allensworth Stoffregen. He and Nancy L. Hester were married Nov. 23, 1957, at Arbor General Baptist Church in Arbor, Mo...
Wilma Koen (05/18/04)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Wilma M. Koen, 85, of Mound City died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Woodlawn, Ill., daughter of Brady and Rosie Clamp Flanagan. She married Elmer Lindsey Koen. Koen had worked at Burkart Foam Manufacturing Co. in Cairo, Ill. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Mound City, and attended Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church in Cairo...
Mildred Parker (05/18/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mildred Lucille Parker, 85, of Rolla, Mo., died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born Nov. 5, 1918, at Malden, Mo., daughter of George Henry and Ica Lennis Harris Moore. She and James Harve "Jim" Parker were married July 5, 1935, at New Madrid, Mo. He died March 10, 1967...
Births 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
LeGrand Son to Joshua and Jill LeGrand of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:57 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2004. Name, Isaac Benjamin. Weight, 4 pounds 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. LeGrand is the former Jill Jungers, daughter of Brad and Tina Graham of Cape Girardeau. She is a student. LeGrand is the son of Dave and Diane LeGrand of Cape Girardeau. He is a carpenter with Cape Custom Homes...
Cape fire report 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 5:47 p.m., an emergency medical service at 555 N. Spring, Apt. 11 At 7:52 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1423 Blue Ridge Road. At 9 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1232 Linden, Apt. 3...
Cape/Jackson police reports 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Joey D. Weaver, 19, 2545 Hilltop Lane, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under suspension, speeding, no seat belt and no proof of insurance...
Out of the past 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
10 years ago: May 18, 1994 Renovation of heavily silted, algae-covered Jackson Rotary Lake begins, when Jackson Park Department employees open valve to draw down pool; lake, which was built in mid-1970s, is in main city park west of swimming pool. Employees of Dumey Excavation are installing floodgate at Union Electric viaduct substation on old Highway 61; gate will be used for employee traffic into substation and can be closed if high water threatens substation...
Solutions to childhood obesity (05/18/04)
By Natalie Allen Many parents agree that a lack of regular exercise is a major reason children today are increasingly overweight. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in ten children is obese and one in five is overweight. We cannot afford to risk the health of our children by letting this cycle continue. Instead, parents and schools should work together to make physical activity a lifelong skill...
Gas bargains (05/18/04)
Gasoline prices are a hot topic right now. Most news reports are focusing on what is being described as historic high per-gallon costs at most U.S. pumps. But are today's gasoline prices the highest ever? Not according to one oil company's Web site. ...
Speak Out 5/18/04 (05/18/04)
THE SCOTT County or Cape Girardeau County sheriff's departments need to watch the county road that runs between County Road 204 and Nash Road. No matter the time of day, drivers consistently run the stop signs and do not yield to oncoming traffic. The speed limit is not posted, and the drivers take advantage of it...
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