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Stories from Saturday, May 22, 2004

Bloomfield Road bridge to reopen Monday (05/22/04)
Cape Girardeau city officials plan to open the new Bloomfield Road bridge to traffic after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday. The $535,211 project replaced an aging, narrow span across Ramsey Branch, west of Interstate 55. The new span is 36 feet wide with curbs and a sidewalk. The old span was 22 feet wide...
Region digest 05/22/04 (05/22/04)
Cape assistant principal takes Jackson position Central High School assistant principal Cory Crosnoe will change his allegiance from orange and black to red and black next school year. Crosnoe has accepted a position as principal at R.O. Hawkins Junior High in Jackson, following the resignation announcement of current principal Dennis Parham, who has accepted the job of superintendent in the Woodland School District for next year. ...
Call to house fire turns into police investigation (05/22/04)
A fire at 1116 Cousin St. Friday afternoon aroused suspicion when firefighters discovered items at the fire's origin they suspected of being associated with methamphetamine production. A 39-year-old woman who lives there with her husband and five children was injured slightly when the fire started in the basement of the home. She was treated at a hospital for burns and lacerations on her hands...
Fluid price of things (05/22/04)
There seems to be an unwritten appendix to the Bill of Rights, a code setting aside a sacred trio of topics all Americans have the right, if not the duty, to complain about: the government, the weather and gas prices. With summer coming on, election season heating up and the price of gasoline soaring to $1.99 a gallon in some parts of Cape Girardeau, now would seem to be a great time to be a patriotic complainer...
Council moves on widening Minnesota Street (05/22/04)
During the school year, Minnesota Avenue is a busy street in front of Jefferson Elementary School. The narrow asphalt street is crowded with school buses, parents picking up and dropping off children and students walking to and from the school. The traffic situation should improve next school year. ...
Spend a 'Night at the Movies' with Dance Extensions (05/22/04)
For its 13th annual dance recital, Dance Extensions is focusing on the movies for inspiration. Dance Extensions is a Jackson-based dance studio that offers lessons in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and tumbling for people ages 3 and up, although the average age of a Dance Extensions student is 8 or 9 years...
Religion calendar 5/22 (05/22/04)
Today Cumberland Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Anna, Ill. Seating is available for 250; call (618) 833-2234 for ticket information. Sunday New Beginning Quartet will sing during the 10:40 a.m. service at Patton United Methodist Church in Patton, Mo. The group will perform again at 1:30 p.m...
The houses where we live (05/22/04)
Have you ever pondered the house you live in? I mean the physical, mental and spiritual house in which you reside. God created our place of abode and furnished everything needed. I am awestruck by God's creativity and foresight. And I remembered St. Paul's declaration to us: "Do you not know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?" (1 Cor 6:19) Considering the range of purposes one's body serves, I found "God's temple" was impressively remarkable...
Religion briefs 5/22/04 (05/22/04)
Stonecroft summer Bible studies to begin The Stonecroft summer Bible studies will begin June 2 at Cape County Park South, shelter 21. The sessions will be at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday during the summer. Topics include "Who is Jesus?" and "Living my New Life." For information or to sign up, contact Dee Maupin at 243-5023...
Mentoring for ministers (05/22/04)
Jackson man seeks to provide coaching and business models for managing a church. By Laura Johnston ~ Southeast Missourian When Barry Winders of Jackson set out to draft a book about how to develop leadership skills in church members, it was out of necessity...
A network for those in need (05/22/04)
Southeast Missourian Members of Centenary United Methodist Church, and churches from around the area, recently spent a month collecting clothing, bed linen, shoes and school supplies to send to needy villagers in Nicaragua. The goal was to fill a tractor-trailer that had been parked on the church lot. The collection gathered more than 27,000 items that were counted, sorted and stored for shipping...
Sextuplets showing personalities (05/22/04)
The Associated Press CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- The sextuplets born here April 9 are gaining weight, filling out, even learning to "suck, swallow and breathe," although they derive most of their nutrition from tiny feeding tubes inserted into little nostrils...
Legal tattoos many months away in South Carolina (05/22/04)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Thinking about getting a tattoo in South Carolina? Think again. A state law banning the body art may soon be lifted, but health officials warn it will be many months, if not a year, before any tattoo artist in the Palmetto State can legally begin marking the skin...
Soldier who deserted gets year in prison, discharge (05/22/04)
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- A U.S. soldier who said he left his infantry unit in Iraq to protest an "oil-driven" war was convicted of desertion Friday and sentenced to a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge. Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, a squad leader with the Florida National Guard, received the maximum sentence. He told the jury before it determined his sentence that he's not sorry for refusing to return to his unit because he believes the war in Iraq is unjust...
Specialty license plates grow, but limits added (05/22/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Motorists who want to tout their support for the state's fox trotting horse breeders or the Boy Scouts of America, or simply encourage others to "Be An Organ Donor," may soon be able to get special Missouri vehicle licenses plates...
Judge rules for Blunt in gay marriage vote; appeal filed (05/22/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge ruled Friday that Missouri's secretary of state does not have to set an August election for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage -- a victory for Republicans hoping to decide the issue during the November presidential election...
Governor's race may influence presidential vote (05/22/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden began his term with a $1 million inaugural bash so lavish that it became a public relations nightmare. Within weeks, everything seemed to be going wrong. Republicans won control of the Senate for the first time in a half-century. The Missouri Legislature grew resistant. And much of Holden's campaign platform has been undermined by budget shortfalls...
Testimony ends at Nichols' trial (05/22/04)
McALESTER, Okla. -- Testimony ended Friday at the state murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols as prosecutors tried to refute defense theories that other accomplices helped plan the attack. Prosecutors questioned 13 witnesses over two days of rebuttals that hammered key elements of Nichols' defense, including suggestions that executed bomber Timothy McVeigh received help in the bombing that killed 168 people...
U.S. dependence on imported gasoline continues to creep up (05/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- Everyone knows the United States relies heavily on foreign oil. But most people don't realize the nation also increasingly needs imported gasoline -- a trend that's contributing to the recent spike in prices at the pump. The creeping dependence on imports leaves the country more vulnerable to international supply disruptions and exposes the growing inability of domestic refiners to provide relief when markets get tight...
New photos, testimony detail more prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib (05/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- Some prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison were ridden like animals, fondled by female soldiers, forced to curse their religion and required to retrieve their food from toilets, according to a published report Friday. The Washington Post, in its Friday editions, also published new photographs and shots from a video of the alleged abuse and sexual humiliation of Iraq prisoners by U.S. ...
Woman wins visitation rights to abandoned girl (05/22/04)
BALTIMORE -- A woman who says a little girl abandoned to strangers is the daughter she hasn't seen for almost two years has won visitation rights, her attorney said Friday. Attorney Gary Gerstenfield said beginning next week, Patricia A. Harper, 21, of Washington, D.C., will be allowed to visit the child under the supervision of the city's Department of Social Services. ...
Bush grants pardons, commutes sentences (05/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has granted full pardons to five people, including one South Carolina man who died last year, and commuted the sentences of two others, the Justice Department announced. The man who died, Samuel Wattie Guerry of Kingstree, S.C., had been convicted of food stamp fraud and sentenced in October 1994 to two years' probation and fined $5,000. ...
Kerry considers delaying nomination vote to extend fund-raising (05/22/04)
BOSTON -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry may delay accepting his party's nomination to gain time to raise and spend private contributions and lessen President Bush's multimillion-dollar financial advantage, campaign officials said Friday...
Pentagon reveals probes into deaths of prisoners held in Iraq (05/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Army has investigated the deaths of 37 prisoners held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, Pentagon officials revealed Friday. Among the prisoner deaths, nine are still being investigated as possible homicides, eight by the military and at least one by the Justice Department because it apparently involved only CIA personnel...
U.S. forces, cleric's militia battle it out in Karbala (05/22/04)
KARBALA, Iraq -- American AC-130 gunships and tanks battled militiamen near shrines in this Shiite holy city Friday, and fighting was heavy in two other towns south of Baghdad. More than 450 Iraqis were released from the notorious Abu Ghraib jail -- some emerging with fresh claims of abuse...
Troops leave refugee camp residents to pick up the pieces (05/22/04)
RAFAH, Gaza Strip -- Residents returned to ripped-up roads and demolished buildings in this refugee camp Friday, many lingering only to gather a few possessions amid fears of more of the violence that has left 40 Palestinians dead. Israeli tanks and troops withdrew to the edges of the Tel Sultan and Brazil areas of the Rafah camp, but the army said it was merely redeploying forces and that its 4-day-old offensive in search of arms-smuggling tunnels and militants would continue...
Bomb at Muslim shrine in Bangladesh kills two (05/22/04)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A bomb exploded during noon prayers Friday at a Muslim shrine in northeastern Bangladesh, killing two Bangladeshi men and wounding about 100 people, including the British ambassador, police and witnesses said. British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury was taken to Osmani Medical College Hospital in Sylhet. ...
Shiite Muslims demonstrate across Middle East against U.S. figh (05/22/04)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims demonstrated in Beirut Friday to warn the United States against attacking holy sites in Iraq. Smaller groups rallied in three other Mideast nations, with protesters in Bahrain clashing with police...
Japanese leader arrives in North Korea for summit (05/22/04)
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Japan's prime minister arrived in North Korea on Saturday for a rare summit with leader Kim Jong Il, hoping to revive talks on normalizing relations and break an emotional deadlock over Japanese kidnapped a decade ago. Success at the one-day meeting later Saturday in the North Korean capital is crucial for both sides. ...
Central swimmers fail to advance (05/22/04)
Southeast Missourian ST. PETERS, Mo. -- The Central swimming team's three entries in the MSHSAA state meet failed to advance through Friday's preliminaries and qualify for today's finals at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. The meet was a farewell event for senior Cassie Kipper and good experience for sophomore Hannah Lewis and freshmen Hannah Kinder and Callie Hoffman...
State trip is reward at today's sectionals (05/22/04)
The trip to the state meet will reach one more hurdle today for Class 3 and Class 4 schools. Central and Jackson will travel to Parkway South High School in St. Louis County for the Class 4 sectional meet, while Perryville will host a Class 3 sectional field that will include Notre Dame...
Farmington stops Jackson in district final (05/22/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Jackson played one of its worst games of the season and Farmington's performance reached a high level. Taking that into account, it was no surprise that the second-seeded Knights rolled past top-seeded Jackson 8-2 Friday in the championship game of the Class 4 District 1 tournament at Poplar Bluff High School...
Notre Dame to face St. Pius in a Class 1 sectional contest (05/22/04)
Southeast Missourian The Notre Dame girls soccer team hopes today's Class 1 sectional game against Festus St. Pius yields the same result as last year's meeting. The Bulldogs defeated the Lancers 1-0 en route to a runner-up finish in Class 1...
Indians move over .500 with sweep of Tennessee-Martin (05/22/04)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University took full advantage of the Ohio Valley Conference's last-place team Friday afternoon. The Indians banged out 31 hits -- 13 for extra bases, including four home runs -- and rolled to a doubleheader sweep, 9-2 in the nine-inning opener and 12-4 in the seven-inning nightcap...
Bulger loses his shadow as Rams open minicamp (05/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Though Marc Bulger is 18-3 as the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback over the past two seasons, Friday was the first time he took the field as the unquestioned No. 1. Not that he appeared to notice that the shadow of Kurt Warner was missing as the team began a three-day minicamp. As Bulger also noted, it's May...
Cards hold off Cubs, win series opener 7-6 (05/22/04)
CHICAGO -- Early or late, the St. Louis Cardinals are managing to get enough offense to win. Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit consecutive home runs, and the Cardinals hung on for a 7-6 victory over their division rival Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ray Lankford had three hits with an RBI, a run scored and a steal, and Tony Womack and Mike Matheny also drove in runs...
Williams will be retried for reckless manslaughter (05/22/04)
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams will be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge in the death of a limousine driver two years ago, prosecutors said Friday. The widely expected announcement came three weeks after a jury delivered a mixed verdict in Williams' trial. The judge set a tentative date for the new trial on Jan. 10, 2005...
Leonard, Lewis share lead at Colonial (05/22/04)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Justin Leonard looked as if he was on his way to another record round at the Colonial. Then he stumbled and had to settle for a share of the lead. With a 6-under 64 Friday, Leonard ended the second round at 6-under 134 and as co-leader with fellow Texan J.L. Lewis (66)...
Sports briefs 5/22/04 (05/22/04)
Baseball Pedro Martinez talked David Ortiz into staying with Boston. Now the Red Sox can only hope the three-time Cy Young winner follows his own advice. Martinez helped convince Ortiz to sign a $12.5 million, two-year contract extension on Friday. ...
DeGeneres among lead Daytime Emmy nominees (05/22/04)
NEW YORK -- Ellen DeGeneres' program won best talk show Friday in its rookie year, but Wayne Brady won the Daytime Emmy award as best talk show host even though his program has been canceled. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show's" lighthearted blend of talk and music, coupled with the comedian's role as the voice of Dora in "Finding Nemo," capped a comeback for a career that stalled after she came out as a lesbian...
Jewell Perry (05/22/04)
Jewell Perry, 84, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Scott City, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lena Ancell (05/22/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Lena Lou Ancell, 57, of Chaffee died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 2, 1946, at Delta, daughter of Elery Lee and Lora Delo Dunn Hodge. Ancell was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Kevin Ancell of Memphis, Tenn., Keith Ancell of Chaffee; a daughter, Christy Lamb of Blytheville, Ark.; three brothers, Thomas Hodge of Jackson, John Hodge of Kennett, Mo., and Richard Hodge of Chaffee; a sister, Nelda Gross of Jackson; and two grandchildren.. ...
Caseline Morris (05/22/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Caseline Morris, 74, of Charleston died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 6, 1929, in Charleston, daughter of Gus and Lou Birda Bailey Barnes. She married Harvey Morris, who died in 1976...
Elmer Hopkins (05/22/04)
Elmer Dwight Hopkins, 98, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 28, 1905, at Bloomfield, Mo., son of James and Vesta Hopkins. He and Gladys Bess were married July 12, 1924. She died Feb. 17, 1956. He and Mary Burch Henson were married in December 1957...
Berniece Blattel (05/22/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Berniece Edna Blattel, 83, of Oran died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 3, 1920, at Morley, Mo., daughter of Jess and Blanche Williams Kirby. She and Ray B. Blattel were married May 8, 1943...
Births 5/22/04 (05/22/04)
McClain Son to Shawn Edward and Dana Rae McClain of Charleston, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2004. Name, Gary Allen. Weight, 6 pounds 9 1/2 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. McClain is the former Dana Galemore, daughter of Bob and Deanna Carlisle of Charleston and Jerry Galemore of Carbondale, Colo. ...
Fire report 05/22/04 (05/22/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday: At 4:22 p.m., emergency medical service at 700 Normal Ave. At 4:35 p.m., motor vehicle accident at South Expressway and Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to the following items on Friday:...
Police report 05/22/04 (05/22/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Joshua H. Bowes, 19, 1908 Bloomfield, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing. John M. Fowler, 46, 1300 W. Mar-Elm, Scott City, was arrested Thursday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 5/22/04 (05/22/04)
10 years ago: May 22, 1994 As Cape Girardeau police officer Danny Niswonger recovered in St. Louis hospital yesterday, fellow officers and members of Cape Girardeau Fire Department replaced roof on his home. Bids from two outside contractors for Cape Girardeau trash pickup came in higher than city's proposed fee for solid waste service...
A busy day in River City (05/22/04)
A schoolgirl friend of my wife's is visiting us for the next week. Alina is a remarkable young woman. She grew up in Minsk, Belarus, before emigrating to Israel. After serving in the Israeli army, she worked in a cellular phone start-up in Tel Aviv. She moved to New York City last fall where she studies computer programming and interns with the city government as a technology consultant. At night, she makes extra money as a hostess at a hip, downtown Manhattan jazz club...
Bush in perspective (05/22/04)
Bush: Worst president in history? The following letter to the editor appeared in the Durham, N.C., newspaper and was forwarded to me by a reader. I reprint it here for your reflection. "Liberals claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history. Let's clear up one point: We didn't start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists before 9-11...
Let's end dependence on oil (05/22/04)
By Eli Fishman In 1942 during World War II, the first controllable chain reaction was accomplished in a nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago. From this successful experiment, the U.S. government determined it needed to develop an atomic weapon to win the war...
Miracle student (05/22/04)
In 1998, a brain stem stroke left Amber Lackamp of rural Jackson in a coma. Doctors predicted she would soon die. When she didn't but was left paralyzed, able to communicate only by blinking her eyes, doctors told her parents she probably would die within a few years...
Vaccine mercury is still a concern (05/22/04)
To the editor: In view of the fact that the Institute of Medicine has just shirked its responsibility by exonerating thimerosal (merthiolate) and mumps-measles-rubella vaccines, it is particularly important to keep fighting to get the mercury out of vaccines...
Speak Out A 05/22/04 (05/22/04)
Wonderful concert I WENT to the Jackson Junior High choir concert. The students were wonderful. They kept the words "God" and "Lord" in their songs. Wonderful. Fantastic talent THE POP concert at Jackson High School was wonderful. I enjoyed it so much, and I had no idea the level of talent that these high schoolers have achieved. ...
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