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Stories from Monday, May 24, 2004

Patrick Furniture paints parking lot during special visit (05/24/04)
Southeast Missourian Mike Young didn't waste any fanfare for the recent visit from his Swedish host parents. But instead of a red carpet announcing their arrival, Young laid out a giant shamrock instead. Young is assistant manager of Patrick Furniture in Cape Girar-deau and recently decided to repaint the parking lot shamrock during a visit from his Swedish friends Lars and Kristina Danielson...
Community digest 5/24/04 (05/24/04)
Eakins family plans Memorial Day picnic The descendants of Scott and Carolina Achtermann Eakins will hold an annual covered dish picnic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Capaha Park shelter No.1, Cape Girardeau. For more information on the reunion, call Monola Senn at 264-4542...
Families get link to deployed soldiers of 1140th battalion (05/24/04)
The Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri coordinated efforts to supply seven computers to the Family Readiness Groups of the 1140th Engineer Battalion. The donation links soldiers to family members without computers, making instant messages through e-mail readily available...
Better water, not better desks (05/24/04)
E-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: "Is it true that the water system administrators all have new offices, desks, computers and conference rooms, but we taxpayers still don't have better quality water?"...
Man hurt in Cairo tractor accident (05/24/04)
A Wyatt, Mo., man received major injuries from an accident while driving a tractor Sunday, according to the Illinois State Police. The accident occurred at 9:35 a.m. in Alexander County at the bridge on U.S. 60, a quarter-mile north of the Missouri state line in Cairo, Ill. Robert L. Harris, 33, was driving a tractor south into Missouri when the vehicle struck the right guard rail. He lost control and was ejected. The tractor came to a rest against the left guard rail, receiving major damage...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 05/24/04 (05/24/04)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: An emergency medical service on Kimbel Lane. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: An emergency medical service on South Hope. Smoke removal on Barton Square. Mutual aid for Cape Girardeau...
GED students get books through grant (05/24/04)
The Cape Girardeau Adult Education and Literacy Program was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in early May. The grant will be used to purchase updated textbooks to help students prepare for the GED test. Nancy Branson, adult education and literacy coordinator, said many aspects of the GED test recently changed. ...
Community briefs 5/24/04 (05/24/04)
Boys & Girls Club plans open house Thursday The Cape Girardeau Boys & Girls Club will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Information about summer camp registration will be available. For information, call 335-7141. Eakins family picnic on tap Sunday in Cape...
Health risk from tires may rise as fund ends (05/24/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state program that cleans up illegally dumped tires is about to run out of money, and officials say a public health risk may be brewing. From 1990 until Jan. 1, 2004, the state required tire dealers to collect a 50-cent surcharge on each new tire sold. But since the fee expired, the state cleanup fund has begun to run dry, meaning waste tire dumps will continue to grow, said Jim Werner, director of the Department of Natural Resources' air and land protection division...
Scott City readies list of needed projects (05/24/04)
In 1998, Scott City voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax to pay for fire department improvements. Six years later, Scott City voters will be asked to extend, but not increase, the sales tax, likely for another six years, in order to finance what city administrators say are badly needed projects...
Outlining issue of fire sales tax (05/24/04)
Cape Girardeau voters rejected a tax-and-fee package little more than a year ago. Now they're being asked to vote again -- this time on a quarter-cent fire sales tax measure. City officials say the measure -- which will be voted on in a special election on June 8 -- is less confusing than the April 2003 tax package, focusing solely on meeting police and fire department needs and clearly spelling out how the sales tax money will be spent...
Project list for fire tax (05/24/04)
FIRE TAX PROJECTS Over the next 10 years, the city would: Construct a new fire station on North Sprigg Street north of Blanchard Elementary School to replace the aging Emerald Street Station that was built in 1951. Replace two aging pumper fire trucks and refurbish another...
Habitat for Humanity completes first two homes of year (05/24/04)
Two Cape Girardeau families became homeowners Sunday as the local chapter of a humanitarian organization completed its first two houses of the year. "It is our hope and prayer to have a safe shelter and stability for many years to come," said Lisa Green, 29, one of the new homeowners...
Both sides can live with revised version of Sunshine Law (05/24/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Revisions to Missouri's Sunshine Law recently approved by the Missouri Legislature could be viewed as a textbook example of successful political compromise: Neither side got everything they wanted, both sides are dissatisfied with certain provisions, but everybody says the final result is one they can live with...
St. Louis Boeing machinists accept new contract (05/24/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Boeing Co. union machinists and aerospace workers accepted a new contract Sunday decided just hours before the current contract expired at midnight. Chicago-based Boeing said the new contract will go into effect first thing today. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' District 837 approved the contract by about 60 percent -- 1,221 votes for the contract, 808 against with three void ballots that were improperly marked, said district communicator Thomas Pinski.. ...
Unusually high sales taxes in some small Missouri cities (05/24/04)
NEW FRANKLIN, Mo. -- Some of Missouri's smallest towns have some of the highest sales taxes in the state. Residents of New Franklin, a town of about 1,145 people in central Missouri, has an 8.725 percent sales tax, which is tied for highest in the state and about 15 percent more than St. Louis and 20 percent more than the wealthy St. Louis suburb of Clayton, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue...
Prisoner handling scandal may spread to Guantanamo (05/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- The storm of controversy over abuse at U.S.-run prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan largely has escaped the detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba, where terrorist suspects are held. That soon may change. A senior Navy admiral who briefly visited Guantanamo Bay in early May at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's request has recommended a more in-depth look at the prisoners' treatment. He said conditions there are good now but may have been different earlier...
Fuel prices cause worries over economy (05/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers and businesses are feeling the pinch from record-high energy prices. Already there are worries the country could fall into recession if $2 per gallon gas keeps going up. Oil price shocks have played a role in four of the last five U.S. recessions over the past three decades. Analysts fear that attacks on oil facilities in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and the threat of further disruptions will keep prices volatile for some time...
Wildfire forecast for the West changing from bad to worse (05/24/04)
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Months ago, national fire managers predicted the 2004 wildfire season would be a bad one in the West. Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse. With unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April, the potential loss of heavy air tankers for safety reasons and a years-long drought continuing, Western states and the federal government are facing the possibility of another devastating fire season...
Nation briefs 5/24/04 (05/24/04)
Bush to speak on Iraq transfer of power WASHINGTON -- In a speech tonight, President Bush will lay out details of the transfer of political power to an interim government of Iraqis on June 30, at a time when his approval ratings are at the lowest level of his presidency. Bush's speech will be carried live from 7 to 8 p.m. by CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. The major broadcast networks have not yet ann-ounced if they will be carrying the president's speech live...
World briefs 5/24/04 (05/24/04)
Minister: Demolitions resemble World War II JERUSALEM -- Causing an uproar, an Israeli Cabinet minister and Holocaust survivor said Sunday that Israel's offensive in a Gaza refugee camp -- including TV images of displaced Palestinians searching the rubble for their meager belongings -- brought back memories of his family's suffering. ...
Weapons seized in Shiite mosque (05/24/04)
KUFA, Iraq -- U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a Kufa mosque Sunday where they said insurgents stored weapons, and the military said at least 32 fighters loyal to a radical Shiite cleric were killed during the first American incursion into the holy city...
Military denies top U.S. general witnessed abuse (05/24/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military command on Sunday denied a report that the top U.S. general in Iraq was present during some interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison and witnessed some of the abuse of Iraqi inmates. The Washington Post said a military lawyer stated at an open hearing April 2 that Capt. ...
Double trouble (05/24/04)
Don't look for Frankie Montiel's name to show up on any lists of leading home run hitters. He's not that type of player. But if you're looking for a guy who blisters line drives into the gaps and cruises into second base, then Montiel fits the bill...
Junior Golf Day (05/24/04)
Results from the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation's Junior Golf Day, listed with child and adult. Scores for 18 holes (front nine, scramble; back nine, alternate shot):Championship Flight 1. Jordan Sheets and Al Spradling II -- 67 2. Kirk Lohmann and Mike Hopen -- 72...
CAYSA's spring tournament reaches colorful conclusion (05/24/04)
It was red versus orange. Shirts, socks and even hair showed which team the players were on. Platers on both the Jackson Red and Cape teams in the first- and second-grade boys division of the Cape Area Youth Soccer Association's 23rd annual Spring Classic tournament this weekend had their hair painted to show team pride...
Cubs get the better of Morris (05/24/04)
CHICAGO -- Matt Clement earned his team-best sixth win, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. Clement (6-3) went seven innings, retiring 11 straight during one stretch and allowing three hits -- including Albert Pujols' 12th homer in the sixth and Scott Rolen's 10th in the seventh that made it a one-run game...
Flesch celebrates birthday with Colonial title (05/24/04)
The Associated Press Another lefty won the Colonial on Sunday, and it wasn't the Masters champion. Steve Flesch, the only golfer with four straight rounds in the 60s, wasn't hurt by a late bogey and won the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, by a stroke over Chad Campbell...
St. Louis settles its fullback situation (05/24/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Fullback was the toughest position to fill for the St. Louis Rams last year, with nearly a dozen players getting at least an audition. Starting in training camp, J.R. Niklos, Chad Kuhns, Brian Natkin, Dan Curley, Maurice Rodriguez, Brandon Manumaleuna, Lamar Gordon, Chris Massey and Joey Goodspeed all had a chance to block for Marshall Faulk...
Dear Kurt - Good luck out there (05/24/04)
Dear Kurt, I just want to say just a few words before we, the Rams, release the greatest quarterback our franchise's history. First of all, I'd like to tell you -- since no one else ever has -- thank you for rescuing a franchise that trusted its team to Tony Banks. Some of the true fans remember the days of Lawrence Phillips and Banks, and it wasn't fun...
Phoenicia closes on Saturday (05/24/04)
After 12 years of providing Cape Girardeau with Middle Eastern cuisine, Emad and Mimi Salamy have announced that they will be closing the doors of their restaurant, Phoenicia. The last day of operation will be Saturday. The Salamys will be closing shop and moving to Ottawa, Ontario, to be closer to family. Mimi said that the catalyst for the move was the welfare of their two daughters, Christina, 8, and Samantha, 6. She said the restaurant life was taking away from their childhood...
TV schedule announcements illustrate industry's fast changes (05/24/04)
NEW YORK -- The first new fall series that ABC showed off last week was "Wife Swap," a family friendly show involving real-life moms trading homes for two weeks and inexplicably given a 10 p.m. time slot after children have gone to bed. That, by itself, was a telling example of the rapid pace of change in the television industry...
John Ondrasik follows 'Superman' with '100 Years' (05/24/04)
LOS ANGELES -- For the past few years, it wasn't easy being John Ondrasik. The one-man band known as Five for Fighting was faced with the unenviable task of following up a career-defining pop smash, 2000's "Superman (It's Not Easy)," which became an anthem of survival after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...
Prestwick plans quietly moving along (05/24/04)
Industrial graders are scraping up dust in west Cape Girardeau that has only recently settled after years of hot debate. In February 2002, developers of a proposed 900-acre residential subdivision on the outskirts of Dalhousie Golf Club near Blackford Lane came forth with a controversial plan to fund infrastructure development through tax-increment financing, an economic development tool that allows the extra taxes generated by a development to be put back into that specific project in order to build roads, sewer systems and other such projects.. ...
Better mosquito trap takes extra year to build (05/24/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- It took two years to take an idea for a better mosquito trap and make that into a viable product for the market, according to its co-inventor, but the wait was worth it. Dr. Ed Masters of Ticks or Mosquitoes LLC in Sikeston said he had hoped to go to market last year with the Biter Fighter. But between additional research, and marketing preparation, it ended up taking another full year...
Pumped-up pixels (05/24/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Video-game manufacturers often resort to techno-lingo to explain what they've done to make "Half-Life 2" more lifelike and "EverQuest 2" graphically stunning. Techniques such as "normal maps," "pixel shaders" and "dynamic lighting" basically mean the newest game graphics are inching ever closer to the computer-animated movie "Shrek 2."...
Dollie Jenkins (05/24/04)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Dollie Jones Jenkins, 85, of Dexter died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 11, 1918, at Vanduser, Mo., daughter of John and Mary Husk Clark. She and Lester Jones were married Dec. 19, 1936, at Jackson. He died March 26, 1958. She and Walter Jenkins were married Nov. 24, 1959, in Indiana. He died Nov. 19, 1979...
Cape police report 05/24/04 (05/24/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Will T. Rhymer, 21, of 210 Mystery Rock Road, No. 161, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests A white male, 25, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, with filing of formal charges pending...
Out of the past 5/24/04 (05/24/04)
10 years ago: May 24, 1994 BENTON, Mo. -- Thomas Kelly High School principal Earnie Lawson has been hired as high school principal at Chaffee schools for 1994-1995 school year; high school boys basketball coach, Greg Dunigan, is also leaving; he will be teacher and head boys basketball coach at Union High School in Union, Mo...
Tax holiday will give shoppersa nice break (05/24/04)
I agree with the Cape Girardeau City Council decision to use the legislation in place to drop the city sales tax along with the state's three-day sales tax holiday during the inevitable back-to-school sales. This will create savings for retail customers on many items of over 25 percent when back-to-school discounts are combined with sales-tax relief...
Storm sirens (05/24/04)
Cape Girardeau officials again are examining the possibility of using tornado sirens that would help warn the public of impending danger. The sirens likely would be in city parks, where park users aren't immediately able to tune to a television weather report or radio for information...
Simple solution for nicknames (05/24/04)
To the editor: I am astounded that those who are casting about for a new name for the various athletic teams of Southeast Missouri State University have not come up with the most obvious solution. The football team should be called Football Players so that when they take the field the announcer can declaim, "The Southeast Missouri State University Football Players are taking the field." I suggest the same with the teams for basketball, baseball, volleyball and other sports...
Guide for seniors gets support (05/24/04)
To the editor: The Cape Girardeau Community Caring Council's Aging Committee, of which I am a member, will be publishing a Cape Girardeau County resource guide for senior citizens. This guide will have listings for services offered by not-for-profit agencies as well as other service providers that have representatives on the Aging Committee. The book will be available without charge to senior citizens in the county as long as the supply lasts...
Speak Out 05/24/04 (05/24/04)
Happy with education I DON'T think people should give teachers a hard time, especially at the end of the year. I'm very happy right now with my kids' education. I have a child who's difficult, and he's getting a high school diploma. I really didn't think school officials would follow through on making sure that he graduated, but they did...
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