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Alternative transportation (06/03/04)
If you are in the market for a fun, economical and easy way to travel around town, the gas-powered scooter might be the perfect purchase. An alternative mode of transportation that can be described as a cross between a bicycle and a motorcycle, gas-powered scooters allow anyone with a valid driver's license to just step on the gas and go...
Community briefs 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Polo clinic on tap at Little Egypt club A polo clinic for all ages will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Little Egypt Polo Club, on Highway 177 and Route V. A horse is not necessary for the clinic. Call (800) 732-0178 for more information...
New trails - Sacagawea visits Riverside Regional libraries (06/03/04)
Captive, American Indian interpreter and American legend, Sacagawea, impersonated by Patsy Johnson, kicked off the summer reading program at Riverside Regional libraries titled, "Discover New Trails @ Your Library." Johnson, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution John Guild chapter, has made similar presentations at DAR meetings and the Lutheran Home. ...
Westrich remembered as 'street-smart officer' (06/03/04)
After hearing that Rhonda Westrich had died last Friday, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan drove to his office to prepare her eulogy. On the radio came a song by the group Alabama titled "Angels Among Us." That song, he said, spoke to him about the kind of person Westrich was because of her work with battered women and abused children...
MoDOT to pave section of Interstate 55 (06/03/04)
The state of Missouri will repair Interstate 55 pavement in Scott County at a cost of $322,533. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Tuesday awarded the paving repair contract to Bross Construction Co. of Hannibal. The work will occur between Benton and Sikeston on both the northbound and southbound lanes. The work is scheduled to begin in July and should be completed by September, state officials said...
Retailers taught to avoid tobacco sales to minors (06/03/04)
Southeast Missourian A coalition of Missouri retailers is planning We Card training sessions in Cape Girardeau and other communities to educate retail employees to prevent tobacco sales to minors. The session in Cape Girardeau will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. June 15 at the Plaza Conference Center, 3257 William St...
Union Pacific schedules railroad crossing repairs (06/03/04)
Southeast MIssourian WARE, Ill. -- Beginning at 7 a.m. June 14, motorists on Route 146 can expect some travel delays. Thomas Zerrusen, Illinois Department of Transportation engineer, has announced Union Pacific Railroad will repair the crossings in Ware on that day. Traffic will be detoured. Repairs are expected to take three days...
Mosquitoes bug many cities but not Jackson (06/03/04)
The city of Jackson can add another slogan to its letterhead: The city of few mosquitoes. Jackson is one of few cities in the area that does not have a mosquito-spraying program. Cape Girardeau and Scott City to the east, Marble Hill to the west, Chaffee to the south and Perryville to the north all have some form of spraying program to deal with the insects that could carry the West Nile virus, a potentially fatal disease...
CVB receives grant for promoting Cape tourism (06/03/04)
The Missouri Division of Tourism has awarded a $31,203 grant to the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism. Chuck Martin, bureau director, said the CVB will match the grant dollar for dollar with motel and restaurant tax money...
Campaign for fire sales tax over the 'hump' (06/03/04)
A picture of the county prosecutor sitting on a camel has nothing to do with the city of Cape Girardeau's quarter-cent fire sales tax proposal. But Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle hoped the camel would draw attention to his postcard plea for voters to pass the tax Tuesday to help fund fire department operations and building and equipment needs. New revenue from the tax also would enable the city to use money from the general fund to increase police salaries...
Club news 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
American Legion Post 158 Southeast Missourian project coordinator Carol Robert attended Post 158's May meeting to recruit input and memorabilia from WWI and WWII veterans for the upcoming publication "Heartland Heroes." She may be contacted at 335-6611, extension 106 for those wishing to contribute information, photos or memorabilia...
Third trial set this month in state popcorn flavor lawsuits (06/03/04)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- The third trial involving claims that butter flavoring used at a popcorn factory caused disabling lung injuries to workers is scheduled to begin later this month. The lawsuits of four former employees, and a spouse of one of the employees, have been combined for a trial that is scheduled to begin June 14...
Dive for keys nearly kills man (06/03/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man who nearly drowned when using a garden hose to breathe while he tried to retrieve his keys from a lake will make another attempt today -- this time with a trained diver. Michael Hatfield, 54, of Lee's Summit, lost his car keys in Longview Lake on Memorial Day. The Missouri State Water Patrol said he used a garden hose to snorkel 30-feet below the surface, with a 20-pound boat anchor tied to his waist to help him reach the bottom...
Two of the Otten sextuplets go home (06/03/04)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- Two of the Otten sextuplets were headed home Wednesday after they were released from the hospital, officials said. The premature sextuplets were born April 9. All are expected to be released gradually as they gain weight and are able to take a bottle, St. John's Mercy Medical Center said...
Two jurors weighing Nichols sentence dismissed (06/03/04)
McALESTER, Okla. -- Two members of the jury considering sentencing for Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols were dismissed by the judge Wednesday and were replaced by the last two remaining alternate jurors. Judge Steven Taylor did not explain what the two jurors did wrong, but he strongly told the rest of the panel not to discuss the case outside of regular jury deliberations...
Saudi plan offers relief for oil market (06/03/04)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Several OPEC members supported a Saudi plan Wednesday to raise the oil production ceiling by 10.6 percent in hopes of calming jittery markets and reducing crude prices from record heights. At the same time, Saudi Arabia sought to ease fears that its vital oil facilities are threatened by terror attacks after a suspected al-Qaida assault over the weekend that killed 22 people at the country's oil hub of Khobar...
Brewery says it prefers Anheuser-Busch bid (06/03/04)
SHANGHAI, China -- The Chinese brewery at the center of a takeover battle between the world's two biggest beer makers said Wednesday it prefers the most recent bid by Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. In a notice issued to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Harbin Brewery Group Ltd. urged shareholders to shun a lower unsolicited bid by SABMiller PLC, maker of Miller Lite and the world's second largest beer brewer behind Budweiser-maker Anheuser-Busch...
Transcripts show Enron traders joking about manipulating market (06/03/04)
HOUSTON -- Enron traders openly discussed manipulating California's power market during profanity-laced telephone conversations in which they merrily gloated about ripping off "those poor grandmothers" during the state's energy crunch in 2000-2001, according to transcripts of the calls...
Nation briefs 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Peterson defense attacks murder case as flimsy REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Scott Peterson's attorney said Wednesday that prosecutors have a flimsy circumstantial case against his client -- and he can show Peterson didn't kill his pregnant wife because the fetus she carried was born alive. That assertion highlighted the two-hour opening statement of defense attorney Mark Geragos, who told jurors the boy whom the couple intended to name Conner didn't die in the womb, as prosecutors allege...
Decent proposal - More girls push for modest fashion options (06/03/04)
REDMOND, Wash. -- During a recent shopping trip to Nordstrom, 11-year-old Ella Gunderson became frustrated with all the low-cut hip-huggers and skintight tops. So she wrote to the Seattle-based chain's executives. "I see all of these girls who walk around with pants that show their belly button and underwear," she wrote. "Your clearks sugjest that there is only one look. If that is true, then girls are suppost to walk around half naked."...
Clinton using clout, starpower to fight AIDS around the globe (06/03/04)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Three years after leaving office, Bill Clinton is starting to show AIDS activists the leadership they wanted to see during his presidency. They say he is using his celebrity clout and fund-raising prowess to fight AIDS around the globe as never before...
Army expands program aimed at keeping soldiers on duty (06/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of soldiers who had expected to retire or otherwise leave the military will be required to stay if their units are ordered to Iraq or Afghanistan. The announcement Wednesday, an expansion of a program called "stop-loss," affects units that are 90 days or less from deploying, said Lt. Gen. Frank L. "Buster" Hagenbeck, the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel...
Survival for many cancers improving for men, women (06/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Lung cancer is inching down among women after decades of smoking-fueled increases -- and overall survival rates are improving for most types of tumors among both men and women. Not everyone is reaping the gains: Minorities still are more likely than whites to die from cancer, says the nation's annual report on cancer, to be published today in the journal Cancer...
Lawmakers OK $25 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan (06/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate and a House committee voted Wednesday to give President Bush the $25 billion he wants for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan later this year, but denied him the free hand he sought to control the money. The moves by the two Republican-led bodies underscored the widespread congressional support for financing soldiers in the field and the bipartisan opposition to letting Bush decide how the entire amount would be spent...
Deadly floods force tough talk about Haitian deforestation (06/03/04)
MAPOU, Haiti -- Named after a sacred tree in the Voodoo religion, this Haitian village has few remaining mapou trees and a scant number of others on its surrounding mountains. When floods tore through town last week, many survived by clinging to roots, branches and trunks -- but it was the overall absence of trees that made the onslaught so deadly. At least 1,700 people died, half in the area around Mapou...
U.S. troops battle Shiite militants in Kufa, Baghdad (06/03/04)
KUFA, Iraq -- American troops clashed with Shiite militants in this southern city Wednesday -- six days after a truce was supposed to have taken effect. At least five Iraqis were killed and more than 40 were wounded. Another Iraqi was killed and three others were injured as militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr exchanged fire with American soldiers in Baghdad's Sadr City...
Gunmen take control of Congo town (06/03/04)
BUKAVU, Congo -- Renegade commanders captured this strategic Congolese town Wednesday, setting off a crisis that threatened the fragile transitional government and a peace process that ended five years of war. Congo President Joseph Kabila accused neighbor and rival Rwanda in the takeover, and went on national television to declare he had begun implementation of a state of emergency across Congo. Rwanda denied any involvement...
World briefs 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Japanese girl slashed to death by classmate TOKYO -- Police examined e-mails and cell phone messages and investigated reports of a playground dispute in a search Wednesday for the motive behind the killing of a 12-year-old girl who was slashed with a box-cutter by a classmate in southern Japan. Shocked education officials, meanwhile, called for teachers to review school curriculums emphasizing compassion and respect for human life...
Militants linked to Khobar attack killed by Saudi security (06/03/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- After a 12-hour chase on foot through desert mountains, Saudi forces killed two militants Wednesday, and officials linked them to a deadly attack on the oil hub of Khobar, hundreds of miles across the kingdom. The Khobar attack came over the weekend, when suspected al-Qaida gunmen raided a complex housing foreign oil workers and held hostages for 25 hours at a hotel on the site until Saudi forces raided the site. Twenty-two people were killed...
Oran reaches state final again (06/03/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For the second straight game, Oran had to come from behind to pull off a Class 1 state baseball playoff win. And while the Eagles' 8-2 comeback victory against Bevier on Wednesday in the semifinals at Taylor Stadium was not as dramatic as their quarterfinal win against Thayer, it did catapult them into the championship game for the second straight year...
Riverdogs optimistic about this campaign (06/03/04)
The Riverdogs have not turned in an impressive record since emerging on the area's summer baseball scene in 1999 -- but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be considered a major success. So said Robin Minner, who along with co-coach Ray Craft put together Cape Girardeau's second summer baseball team for players who have completed their American Legion eligibility...
For openers, Jackson wins two from Cape Girardeau (06/03/04)
Despite sweeping a season-opening doubleheader, Jackson Remax Achievers American Legion coach Mark Lewis put his team through postgame baserunning drills. Jackson defeated Cape Girardeau 4-0 and 6-4 at Legion Field in Jackson on Wednesday despite failing to capitalize on opportunities to take big first-inning leads in both games...
Up for a challenge (06/03/04)
Kris Metje doesn't have anything against Central High School's swimming program -- it just wasn't for him. Metje, who will be a junior in the fall, swam for the Tigers his freshman year but later decided to concentrate on swimming for the Gators, a local swim club...
Cards pin another loss on Bucs (06/03/04)
PITTSBURGH -- Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 17th home run, Tony Womack had four hits, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Wednesday night. Pujols' two-run shot in the first inning gave him a home run in four of his last five games and helped the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games -- including three straight...
Area sports calendar 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Baseball Plaza Tire Capahas camp: The Plaza Tire Capahas summer baseball team will have a camp Monday and Tuesday for boys and girls ages 8-17. Sessions will be 8 a.m.-noon both days at Capaha Field. Lunch will be served noon Tuesday with parents invited to attend. ...
Looking to tighten up (06/03/04)
There are no complicated diets, pricey workout equipment or strict personal trainers. Participants of Lighten Up programs in 16 states from Maine to Hawaii are learning to make healthy choices by making small lifestyle changes: drinking one more glass of water each day; eating fruits and vegetables; taking the stairs instead of the elevator...
Confessions of a former sun worshipper (06/03/04)
I admit it, I am a former sun god. Yes, I spent my misspent youth slathering on baby oil and frying in the Missouri summer sun. I even resorted to using tin foil reflectors to enhance Mr. Sun's impact. And what did I get for all of those efforts? Well, some 35 years later, saying my face has "character" is being all too kind...
Health calendar 6/3 (06/03/04)
Today Blood pressure screening at 10 a.m. at Cape Senior Center, sponsored by Generations Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information, call 651-5825. Dr. Anthony Keele will speak about obesity during "Ask your doctor" at 8 p.m. on cable channel 5. Viewers can call 334-3095 during the show with questions...
Ancestors on the Castor (06/03/04)
June 3, 2004 Dear Patty, Leafing through the journal visitors to the cabin on the Castor River write in, DC found the day her paternal grandfather had a heart attack. The attack occurred while he was running around the cabin closing windows against a coming storm. His wife was there with him. DC's maternal grandparents had just started back to St. Louis but saw the storm cloud coming and fortunately drove back to the cabin...
Paul McCartney tried heroin, preferred cocaine (06/03/04)
LONDON -- Paul McCartney says he got no thrill from heroin, but found cocaine more to his liking for a time. "I tried heroin just the once," McCartney said in an interview published Wednesday in the Daily Mirror newspaper about his drug use in decades past...
Madra Henry (06/03/04)
Madra Lea Henry, 77, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 24, 1926, at Delta, daughter of Luther and Ivah Deweese Schafer. She and Harvey Henry were married in 1949 in Memphis, Tenn. He died Feb. 19, 1998. Survivors include a son, Steve Henry of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Terry Stolte of Fenton, Mo.; a brother, Donald "Donk" Schafer of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Haleigh Stolte and Joshua Stolte of Fenton...
Richard Bowers (06/03/04)
Richard H. Bowers, 94, of Burfordville died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born June 12, 1909, in Oriole, Mo., son of Henry W. and Freida Whittaker Bowers. Bowers was employed by the former C.J. Reisenbichler Lumber Co. in Cape Girardeau, and 25 years at the former Leming Lumber Co. in Cape Girardeau as a machinist and finish carpenter, retiring in 1974. He was also engaged in farming at Burfordville...
Ernest Weems (06/03/04)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Ernest Ray "Bo" Weems, 77, of East Prairie died Monday, May 31, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Ridgely, Tenn., son of James Irl and Beulah Odell Stinnett Weems. He and Mildred Marie Parden were married Nov. 23, 1946...
Billy Ferrier (06/03/04)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Billy Plambeck Ferrier, 32, of Tamms died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1971, in McHenry, Ill., son of Norman and Sandy Riggs Ferrier. Ferrier had been a chef. Survivors include his father of Tamms; his mother of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Carol Maldonado of Elco, Ill., Constance Deal of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and paternal grandmother, Margaret Christensen of Monticello, Ind...
L.E. King (06/03/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- L.E. King, 82, of Sikeston died Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Clearview Nursing Center. He was born Dec. 27, 1921, in Searcy, Ark., son of Homer Lee and Blanche Anne Pate King Sr. He and Lillian Martha Harder were married Sept. 21, 1940, in Blytheville, Ark. She died Dec. 8, 2001...
David Lawrence (06/03/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- David M. Lawrence, 80, of Sedgewickville died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at his home. He was born June 14, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son of William R. and Bertha Nichols Lawrence. He and Gladys Bollinger were married Dec. 25, 1958, at Crystal City, Mo...
William Moit (06/03/04)
ZALMA, Mo. -- William H. "Bill" Moit, 94, of Zalma died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Puxico Nursing Center in Puxico, Mo. He was born April 17, 1910, at Chaffee, Mo., son of William H. Moit. He and Mary Nation were married May 1, 1945, in Greene County, Ark. She died June 30, 1999...
Orliner Taylor (06/03/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Orliner Taylor, 78, died May 28, 2004 at her home. She was born Nov. 15, 1925, daughter of Isaac and Goldie Armstrong McGee in Evadale, Ark. She married Willie Taylor Sr. in 1938. He preceded her in death. She had lived in Missouri for over 20 years...
Births 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Schwepker Son to David and Kendra Schwepker of Murray, Ky., Jackson Purchase Parkway Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2004. Name, Isaac Thomas. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. Third son. Mrs. Schwepker is the former Kendra Parsons, daughter of Tom and Toni Parsons of Dyersburg, Tenn. Schwepker is the son of Charles and Mary Schwepker Sr. of Cape Girardeau. He is volleyball coach at Murray State University...
Cape/Jackson police reports 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Troy Lee Jones, 27, 1505 Stoddard, was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation. Anderson Thrower, 45, 1105 S. Ellis, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making a false report...
Cape fire report 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following item on Tuesday: At 6:29 p.m., an emergency medical service at 325 Broadway. Firefighters responded to the following item on Wednesday: At 2:37 a.m., an emergency medical service at 2814 Whitener...
Out of the past 6/3/04 (06/03/04)
10 years ago: June 3, 1994 Missouri Highway and Transportation Department at Sikeston will open bids next week for removal of asbestos in 11 houses and attached garages that are being demolished to make room for relocated Highway 74 Mississippi River bridge route through southern Cape Girardeau...
WMD, R.I.P (06/03/04)
By L. Gordon Crovitz A familiar news story: A hard-line government uses its powerful military to launch a unilateral pre-emptive strike. The United Nations and Europe are horrified, along with most of the American media. They condemn the strike and brush off claims that it was justified as an act of self-defense against an unpredictable tyrant...
Sales tax for firefighters, police is good insurance policy (06/03/04)
I know of no one who LIKES to buy insurance -- automobile, home, liability, health, life. It's a product you buy that you hope you don't need. But few can afford to pay for a fire at their home, an automobile accident, catastrophic health care, a robbery or burglary unless they have insurance...
Constitutional question (06/03/04)
Jefferson City News Tribune Missouri's Supreme Court will hear arguments [this] week in the battle over when Missourians will vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage. For the long run, that's a good decision. As we noted Sunday, much public attention has focused on the political battle over which political parties might benefit most from having the issue on the ballot in November or in August...
Cottonwood's rebound (06/03/04)
Cottonwood Children's Residential Treatment Center in Cape Girardeau begins its fiscal year July 1 healthier than ever after surviving a near death-blow from the state. The mental health treatment facility not only is open but will operate with a budget nearly $117,000 greater in fiscal year 2005 than in fiscal year 2004. That new budget is $2.38 million...
Speak Out A 06/03/04 (06/03/04)
Entertaining teachers IN NIRVANA'S classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Kurt Kobain said of young people that many in school had as an attitude: "Here we are now, entertain us." Teachers would be well-served to remember that in large part they are in the entertainment business...
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