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Stories from Thursday, May 20, 2004

'Lord of the Dance' a feast for eyes and ears (05/20/04)
Even without star Michael Flatley appearing in it (he is now the artistic director), "Lord of the Dance" manages to be an unapologetic crowd pleaser, which was evident on Wednesday at the Show Me Center. There are definitely some over-the-top moments, including the gothic-Celtic stage, the ever-present fog machines and lighting that was reminiscent of a rock show...
Fish tales (05/20/04)
The pallid sturgeon lives at the bottom of the murky Mississippi River, but its struggle to survive has surfaced as an issue in plans to demolish the old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau. Biologists on both sides of the river are working to save the pallid sturgeon, a fish with a long, pointed snout. ...
Institute's vaccine report on mercury assailed (05/20/04)
Parents and researchers who contend mercury-containing vaccines have caused a dramatic nationwide increase in autism fired back Wednesday, a day after the Institute of Medicine issued a report claiming there is no connection. Skeptics of the institute's report say the finding was based on poor research...
Sex crime list draws crowd to Web site (05/20/04)
The day after Missouri's sex offender registry became accessible statewide to the public through the Internet, the list became so popular that many couldn't log onto the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Web site. "The actual equipment we're using is not designed for hundreds or thousands of hits all at once," said patrol spokesman Lt. Tim Hull...
MSNBC interviews Cape Girardeau mayor for 'Hardball' (05/20/04)
Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson got a chance to play political hardball Wednesday morning with Chris Jansing, an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC. The segment he and Jansing filmed will air next week on Hardball with Chris Matthews and on other MSNBC broadcasts...
Veto threat undermines concealed weapons law fix (05/20/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When Gov. Bob Holden unholstered a veto threat and aimed it at legislation intended to fix a constitutional flaw in Missouri's new concealed weapons law, he dissuaded lawmakers from giving the matter serious consideration this year, supporters of the bill say...
Organizers prepare for annual library book sale (05/20/04)
Book lovers now have an additional chance to score used paperbacks and hardbacks at extremely cheap prices at the Cape Girardeau Public Library's spring book sale Friday and Saturday. All hardbacks cost a dollar, paperbacks cost 50 cents and videos, DVDs and books on tape cost $2...
Cape dedicates improved city water treatment plant (05/20/04)
The city of Cape Girardeau now has its own bottled water. But the 300 bottles of city-treated water aren't for sale. They're free. Cape Girardeau city officials showed off the special bottled water at a dedication ceremony Wednesday marking completion of $17.6 million in improvements to the water treatment plant on Cape Rock Drive, the city's main water plant...
Community briefs 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
Breast cancer benefit taking place Saturday Pampered Chef is donating all the proceeds from a party to be held Saturday to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and education. The kitchen products party will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Capaha Park shelter No. 4. American Cancer Society health initiative specialist Tara Kennard will be available to answer questions about breast cancer. Call 204-0470 for more information...
SHARE program reaches fifth year (05/20/04)
A program at Jackson Middle School that pairs students with senior citizens and teaches the students about life experiences has marked its fifth year. The Students Helping, Aiding, Reaching the Elderly, or SHARE, program involves dozens of students. The students regularly visit residents at Jackson Manor so they can learn about the aging process and share their talents and gifts with residents. The students play board games, clean eyeglasses and pass out drinks to residents during their visits...
Sex offender list Cape Girardeau County (05/20/04)
The sex offender registration list can change weekly or monthly. The following list is current as of May 18, 2004. For the current list, visit the Missouri State Highway Patrol website and select "Sex Offender Registry" Anyone who uses the information contained in the list to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution...
Holden tries to schedule gay marriage vote for August (05/20/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democratic Gov. Bob Holden on Wednesday called for an Aug. 3 statewide election on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Missouri. But Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt, who oversees elections, suggested Holden was acting prematurely, leaving in doubt when the election will occur...
Denver airport departures halted (05/20/04)
DENVER -- Departing flights were grounded at Denver International Airport for about an hour Wednesday evening when the airport's main radar failed. The radar was restored and takeoffs resumed shortly after 7 p.m., said Chuck Cannon, a spokesman for the airport, the nation's fifth-busiest...
Kerry, Nader meet; no talk of Nader bowing out of race (05/20/04)
WASHINGTON -- John Kerry met with independent Ralph Nader Wednesday, but the Democrat didn't ask the third-party candidate to quit the presidential race despite widespread Democratic fears that his candidacy could ensure President Bush's re-election...
Giuliani heckled by families, praised by panel (05/20/04)
NEW YORK -- Outraged relatives of World Trade Center victims heckled former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Wednesday as their hopes that he would be grilled by the Sept. 11 commission faded in the face of gentle questioning and effusive praise from panel members...
GOP pushes $2.4 trillion budget through House vote (05/20/04)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans muscled a compromise $2.4 trillion budget for 2005 toward House approval on Wednesday, but struggled in their quest for enough votes to push it through the closely divided Senate later this week. The House approved the measure by a near party-line 216-213 vote. A Senate defeat loomed as a real possibility....
Recruits undeterred by bloody spring in Iraq (05/20/04)
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jordan Hunkin wants to be a Marine so desperately that he skipped his high school graduation this month to get an early start at boot camp. His recruiter had to pull some strings to make it happen. The slight 17-year-old wants to go straight into the infantry, qualify for Special Operations and become a sniper...
Communications workers union plans four-day strike (05/20/04)
SAN ANTONIO -- The union representing 102,000 employees of SBC Communications Inc. said Wednesday it would stage a four-day strike starting Friday because of a deadlock in contract negotiations with the nation's second biggest local phone company. SBC's 13-state coverage area includes Missouri, Kansas, Texas, California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut. Among the workers planning to strike are telephone operators, customer service representatives, linemen and other technicians...
Maximum penalty given in first abuse court-martial (05/20/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits wept and apologized after receiving the maximum penalty of a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge Wednesday in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison. His testimony will now be used to prosecute other Americans accused of mistreating prisoners -- most immediately, three men from his reserve unit who also appeared in court Wednesday...
At least 10 Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire (05/20/04)
RAFAH, Gaza Strip -- Israeli forces fired a missile and a barrage of tank shells to hold back a crowd of Palestinians protesting military operations in Gaza on Wednesday, killing at least 10, including children and teens. Overwhelmed doctors treated some of the dozens of wounded on blood-drenched hospital floors...
World briefs 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
Senate approves BioShield for possible terror attacks WASHINGTON -- The discovery of sarin gas in Iraq and the use of anthrax and ricin against Congress spurred the Senate Wednesday to approve $5.6 billion to help prepare for possible germ or chemical attacks on American soil. The Senate, on a 99-0 vote, approved "Project BioShield" legislation to pay for research, production and stockpiling of vaccines and antidotes for bioterror agents. The House already has approved the legislation...
Developments in Iraq 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
President Bush told an Iraqi newspaper in an interview that America intends to get to the bottom of the scandal over mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners so that the "whole world" will know who was responsible. President Bush said he anticipates a selection in the next two weeks of the president and top ministers of the Iraqi government. He reaffirmed his commitment to transfer power to the new government on June 30...
Iraqis, U.S. dispute air attack (05/20/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A U.S. aircraft fired on a house in the desert near the Syrian border Wednesday, and Iraqi officials said more than 40 people were killed, including children. The U.S. military said the target was a suspected safehouse for foreign fighters from Syria, but Iraqis said a helicopter had attacked a wedding party...
Nation/world briefs 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
Freight trains collide head-on in north Texas GUNTER, Texas -- Two freight trains collided just outside this small north Texas town Wednesday, leaving rail cars in a mangled mess and causing multiple injuries, authorities said. Grayson County Sheriff's Sgt. Pam McCurdy said that she didn't know how many people were injured, but knew that some of the injuries were severe...
Central's Delph signs with Mineral Area College (05/20/04)
Central senior Ryan Delph wowed area basketball crowds with his explosive style of play and high-flying dunks. Those who want to see Delph next season will not have to travel far. The 6-foot guard signed a letter of intent to play for Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo., on Wednesday...
Jackson wins by one goal yet again (05/20/04)
The Jackson girls soccer team may not have been able to record its 18th straight shutout, but the Indians were able to hold off rival Central for a 2-1 overtime victory Wednesday night in the Class 2 District 1 final at Central. After going more than 1,420 minutes without allowing a goal, Jackson made a bad touch in the backfield and Central's Megan McDonald was able to take advantage to score against Jackson goalie Kylie Werner with 16 minutes remaining. ...
Bulldogs present coach with district title for his birthday (05/20/04)
The Notre Dame soccer team sang "Happy Birthday" to coach Jeff Worley before Wednesday's Class 1 District 1 championship game at Notre Dame. The Bulldogs then gave Worley a birthday present in the form of a 4-0 win over St. Vincent. After Megan Holloway scored the lone first half goal, Lauren Mehner gave Notre Dame (17-4-2) breathing room with a goal in the 61st minute...
Notre Dame win sets up showdown with Sikeston (05/20/04)
DEXTER, Mo. -- The matchup high school baseball fans have been waiting for is now officially on. Top-seeded Sikeston and second-seeded Notre Dame eased to semifinal victories Wednesday in the Class 3, District 1 Tournament at Dexter City Park, setting up today's 5 p.m. championship game...
Mizzou takes it in 13th (05/20/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It was a hit fest all night, until extra innings. There wasn't a scoreless inning in regulation. But as soon as extra innings started, the pitchers became dominant. Lee Laskowski hit a single up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs to score Kyle Johnson to finally end the 13-inning marathon with the University of Missouri defeating in-state rival Southeast Missouri State University 12-11 Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium...
Life in the not-so-fast lane (05/20/04)
If it has a motor and two wheels, Tony Glueck will ride it. After all, that's what the 51-year-old Cape Girardeau resident has been doing for 20 years now. Glueck became interested in the sport of trials -- a slow, deliberate form of motorcycle riding -- in the mid-1980s after fixing up some old bikes he had stored. He began competing against a friend and eventually started entering different types of motorcycle events around the area...
Rolen drives in the lone run in Cards' win against Mets (05/20/04)
NEW YORK -- Scott Rolen hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Jeff Suppan, Cal Eldred and Steve Kline combined on a four-hitter, St. Louis' third shutout of the season...
No. 8 is No. 1 (05/20/04)
He had a nickname and a sponsor before he drove his first race in the big leagues. He draws fans from the MTV set, and from old-timers who revered his father. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr., the son of a stock-car racing icon, is becoming as notable for what he does on the racetrack as for who he hangs with in his spare time...
St. Louis a contender for Tyson's next fight (05/20/04)
With former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson expected to climb back into the ring for the first time in more than a year, St. Louis apparently has emerged as a top contender for the bout. Tyson manager Shelly Finkel told FightNews.com that the Gateway City and Louisville, Ky., are the front-runners to host Tyson's next fight, perhaps July 31 against journeyman Kevin McBride...
Area calendar (05/20/04)
Baseball Cape Riverdogs tryout: The Cape Girardeau Riverdogs summer baseball team will have a tryout 2 p.m. Sunday at the old Central High School on Clark Street. Any player who has completed his American Legion eligibility is eligible. Info: Robin Minner, 335-4588, or Ray Craft, 334-5195...
Wearing out the walking trail (05/20/04)
BALTIMORE -- When nurses at the Open Gates Health Center prescribed exercise to overweight women in two of the city's poorest neighborhoods they got an earful -- there was no safe place to take a walk. That response inspired the center's nursing students to map out a short walking trail in Carroll Park for the residents of Pigtown and Washington Village...
Another mystery of aging - lack of sleep (05/20/04)
I am always interested in solving the mysteries of aging. Last week I tried to get a handle on the "mystery of migrating pain." This week I am determined to do the same with another mystery: Why can't I -- a relatively healthy, clean-living man on the shady side of 50 -- get a decent night's sleep?...
Health calendar 5/20 (05/20/04)
Today Preparation for childbirth class 4 takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Healing Arts Center. Seeds of Hope grief support group meets at 6 p.m. in the St. Clare conference room at St. Francis Medical Center...
Figuring out what you're talking about (05/20/04)
May 20, 2004 Dear Leslie, When we were in our early 20s, my musician friend Randy wrote a jazzy sounding tune and asked me to provide some lyrics. I gave it a try. The result was a melodically catchy song called "One to One." Its gist was my confusion about how a relationship between two people is supposed to work and supposed to last...
Michael Davis (05/20/04)
Michael E. Davis, 52, of Jackson died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 30, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of Virgil E. and Gladys Hutson Davis. Davis formerly worked for Robinson Construction of Perryville, Mo., and was currently employed by Custom Cut Fabrication in Jackson. He was a member of Elks Lodge 2652...
Gayle Collins (05/20/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Gayle Collins, 86, of Sikeston died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born April 1, 1918, at Sikeston, daughter of Foy F. and Fletia M. Edmondson Collins. Collins was a 1935 graduate of Sikeston High School, attended the first licensed practical nurse class at Missouri Delta Medical Center in 1963 and 1964, and attended Three Rivers Community College in 1976...
Leona Marshall (05/20/04)
MILL CREEK, Ill. -- Leona Marshall, 77, of Mill Creek died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at her home. She was born May 5, 1927, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Henry and Melissa Porter Lamb. Marshall worked 30 years at Borg-Warner in Chicago, and was a beautician 30 years. She was a member of Villa Ridge Union Church...
Dorothy Stout (05/20/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dorothy F. Stout, 84, of Cairo died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Vicy Berry (05/20/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Vicy M. Berry, 94, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 8, 1909, at Caruth, Mo., daughter of William and Ivy Brown Lincoln. She and Pinckney Berry were married March 5, 1926. He died Dec. 28, 1989...
Clifford Johnson (05/20/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Clifford E. Johnson, 28, of Charleston died Thursday, May 13, 2004, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born Jan. 6, 1976, in Charleston, son of Luther and Ethel Hines Murray Sr. Johnson was a 1994 graduate of Charleston High School...
Myra Myers (05/20/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Myra Myers, 68, of Sikeston died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at her home. She was born June 9, 1935, in McMullin, Mo., daughter of Lanus and Myra B. Minner Propst. She and Arnold "Bud" Myers were married June 11, 1955. Mrs. Myers was a 1953 graduate of Sikeston High School and attended Memphis State University...
Thomas Bradham (05/20/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Thomas Leroy Bradham, 66, of Benton died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1937, at East Prairie, Mo., son of George Herbert and Rae Catherine Nunn Bradham. He and Wilma J. Owens were married June 5, 1956, in Corinth, Miss...
Essie Harris (05/20/04)
Essie Berry Harris, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. She was born April 1, 1942, in Chicago, daughter of Wilmer and Cora Allen Berry. She married James M. Harris, who died May 10, 2004. Mrs. Harris was a member of Greater Dimension Church of God in Christ and served on the usher board. She was employed by Visiting Nurse Association...
The Rev. James Harris (05/20/04)
The Rev. James M. Harris, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 10, 2004, on Interstate 57 at Buckley, Ill. He was born April 10, 1920, at Grand Chain, Ill., son of Mark and Nettie Barnett Harris. He married Essie Berry, who died May 11, 2004. Mr. Harris retired as a truck driver for Wykoff Steel in Chicago. He was an associate pastor at New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church...
Bobby Stoffregen (05/20/04)
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...
Births 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
Lutes Son to Matthew Michael and Amy Michelle Lutes of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:07 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2004. Name, Lucas Edward. Weight, 8 pounds 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Lutes is the former Amy Welker, daughter of Kenny and Debbie Welker of Marble Hill. She is employed by Meadow Heights School District. Lutes is the son of Mike and Monica Lutes of Marble Hill. He is employed at CTS Trailer...
Cape fire report 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 8:10 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1941 Perryville Rd. At 9:01 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1400 S. West End Blvd. Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 8:36 a.m., an emergency medical service at Mount Auburn and Independence...
Out of the past 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
10 years ago: May 20, 1994 Longtime Central High School coach and teacher Mark Ruark hopes his new job will give him chance to put his coaching skills to work on larger scale; Ruark is named one of two new assistant principals for Central High. PERRYVILLE, Mo. ...
Good news, some worries (05/20/04)
School's out for many or will be shortly. The Missouri Legislature has adjourned with the conclusion of a better session than what was originally to be the "perfect storm" of financial, political and philosophic turmoil. The economy and jobs are improving, although compared to most countries they've never been bad...
Inmate DNA testing (05/20/04)
The Missouri Supreme Court soon will decide whether a DNA test should be administered to a man who in 1992 confessed to kidnapping and raping a woman after she left her job at a Jackson motel. The woman, left bound with duct tape, later identified Rubin Weeks in a photo lineup. Then-Circuit Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. sentenced Weeks to two concurrent life terms...
Indian references are honorable (05/20/04)
To the editor: Some recent Speak Out comments have advised changing the nickname of the Southeast Missouri State University Indians. I have no connections with the university other than I am a resident of Missouri. However, I think it should be an honor to maintain that traditional name...
Area in Peru not dangerous area (05/20/04)
To the editor: I very much appreciated the coverage provided by Bob Miller in his article on the student going to Peru as part of our project this summer. However, it was inaccurate and potentially harmful to our efforts to characterize the region where he will be working as a "dangerous area." Going on to say "The area where Carver will be working is a dangerous 'guerrilla zone' where thugs have been known to kidnap Americans and hold them hostage for money" is unwarranted and is simply bad reporting.. ...
Speak Out 5/20/04 (05/20/04)
County speeding OUT AT Egypt Mills on County Road 634 we have a 25-mph speed limit. Hardly anyone pays any attention to it. This is like a race track. Where is the law? Sounds Indian REGARDING THE fiasco over finding a new Southeast Missouri State University nickname, am I the only person who thinks the two choices -- red hawks and red wolves -- also sound like Indian names? Why do they think one of these names would be better?...
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