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Stories from Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Stop sign added in uptown Jackson (06/09/04)
The intersection of Adams and Missouri streets in uptown Jackson near the school has been made a four-way stop. The Jackson Board of Aldermen voted Monday night to add the stop signs on Adams. City officials say the intersection had a high rate of accidents and near misses, partially due to limited visibility and some motorists' expectations that traffic on Adams would stop, because most of the intersections in the area are four-way...
Miss Missouri title hunt keeps area beauty queens going (06/09/04)
This is a typical day in the life of a Missouri beauty queen hopeful: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. -- Wake up, go running. Shower, eat breakfast. 9 a.m. to noon -- Rehearsal. Learn walking patterns for evening gown and swimsuit competition, practice opening and closing musical numbers...
Precinct totals (06/09/04)
A precinct-by-precinct breakdown of votes in Cape Girardeau's fire-tax election on Tuesday: Precinct - Yes - No Precinct 1 - 190 - 77 Precinct 2 - 483 - 133 Precinct 4 - 193 - 22 Precinct 6 - 273 - 47 Precinct 7 317 - 79...
Prison crews cleaning up Interstate 55 (06/09/04)
Across the state every day approximately 340 inmates work for the Missouri Department of Transportation picking up trash, cutting grass, trimming brush and generally making the state's roads and intersections look better. Locally, work crews from the prison in Charleston, Mo., have been picking trash up along Interstate 55, and in the Cape Girardeau area they have been cleaning up the roadway by Westfield Shoppingtown West Park, said Tommy Woods, field mechanic for MoDOT in Cape Girardeau and Jackson.. ...
Jackson yet to receive plans for county building (06/09/04)
Jackson city officials are still waiting for building plans from Cape Girardeau County officials on the recently renovated public defender office. A memo outlining the "final update" on the building code conflict was passed out at Monday night's Jackson Board of Aldermen meeting...
Hotel barge makes shortened stop in Cape (06/09/04)
The Mississippi River is flooding farmland, covering the southern portion of the new river walk at Riverfront Park and delaying river traffic. The river level also shortened the stay of the River Explorer, which docked in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. The riverboat spent a little over two hours in Cape Girardeau, half the time originally scheduled...
One arrested, one sought after police pursuit in Cape (06/09/04)
One man is in custody and another still at large following a nine-minute car chase Tuesday afternoon in Cape Girardeau. The name of the suspect who was arrested has been withheld pending the filing of formal charges. Police are still looking for the as-yet unidentified man, who faces possible charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle and stop sign violations...
Region briefs 06/09/04 (06/09/04)
'Most Wanted' segment pushed back a week SIKESTON, Mo. -- The segment of Fox TV's "America's Most Wanted" featuring Naomi Betts, the Sikeston woman arrested on suspicion of robbing an Indianapolis bank, has been delayed a week. Sikeston police chief Drew Juden said he was told the program has been rescheduled to appear June 19 instead of Saturday. Betts was arrested on camera in Sikeston last week in connection with the robbery of the Fifth Third Bank of Indianapolis...
Rolling on the River Campus (06/09/04)
The grounds of the River Campus remain a quiet place today. There's little to announce their impending transformation except for a construction trailer parked in one corner of the property. While construction contracts haven't been awarded, Southeast Missouri State University already has a contract with a construction management firm, BSI Inc. of St. Louis...
Cape fire tax passes overwhelmingly (06/09/04)
Cape Girardeau voters overwhelmingly approved a quarter-cent fire sales tax Tuesday, thrilling a cheering crowd of about 50 city officials, civic leaders, firefighters and police officers and their families who gathered at Drury Lodge to celebrate the victory...
Club news 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
Alpha Mu Master Alpha Mu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the Royal N'Orleans restaurant for its final meeting of the chapter year. The new year begins in September. New president Linda Metheny conducted the meeting. A thank-you note was received from Safe House for Women for a recent contribution...
Police seek clues in weekend death of U. of Mo. student (06/09/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Police investigating the weekend slaying of a University of Missouri-Columbia student acknowledged Wednesday he was an acquaintance of a Columbia police officer, who they said is not a suspect. Jesse Valencia, a junior history major from Kentucky who worked as a night desk clerk at a local hotel, was found dead Saturday afternoon outside a residence about a block from his apartment. ...
Court upholds separate gender spots on political committees (06/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A man cannot be a woman in Missouri politics. That's the essence of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday that unanimously upheld a state law setting aside separate spots for men and women on political parties' county committees...
Chamber of Commerce taps Edward Jones partner as chairman (06/09/04)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday tapped a senior partner of St. Louis-based brokerage Edward Jones as its new chairman. John Bachmann, elected by the Chamber's board to a one-year term as chairman, has served on the Chamber's board since 1995 and has been regional vice chairman since 2001...
Blunt opposes Medicaid cuts sought by House GOP (06/09/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt says he did not support Republican legislation that would have forced people off Medicaid by toughening eligibility standards. But he adds that he understands the frustration of Republican lawmakers who made the proposal...
Court dismisses abortion appeal (06/09/04)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After allowing an abortion waiting-period law to take effect, a federal appeals court on Tuesday dismissed the case from its control. The dismissal, requested by Planned Parenthood affiliates, allows the abortion provider to return to a federal district judge and seek an injunction to again block the law...
Veteran educator tapped as St. Louis schools interim chief (06/09/04)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former police officer, teacher and fraud investigator has been tapped to guide the state's largest school system for the next year until a permanent superintendent is found. The St. Louis School Board on Tuesday named Floyd Crues, 59, as the interim superintendent as the board presses a national search for a long-term leader. He has more than 25 years experience with the district...
Black family files discrimination suit against Denny's (06/09/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Fifty-three black relatives from the St. Louis area have filed a discrimination suit charging they were denied service at a Denny's restaurant in Springfield because of their race. The relatives, most of whom live in the St. Louis area and Madison County, Ill., also charge that Denny's employees used racial epithets as they left the restaurant in July 2002...
Union for parole, probation officers sues state over raises (06/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A labor union sued the state Tuesday, claiming certain state workers are being denied a $1,200 raise because of their union activity. The lawsuit asks a judge to order the pay raises to occur. Lawmakers included funding for a $1,200 pay raise for most of the state's nearly 62,000 workers in the budget that takes effect July 1. Gov. Bob Holden is expected to sign it...
Medicare drug card enrollments top 3 million (06/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than 3 million Americans have signed up for Medicare drug discount cards, but confusion persists, a Senate panel was told Tuesday. Medicare chief Mark McClellan and supportive lawmakers said problems were expectable in a program launched less than six months after the Medicare law was enacted, but congestion on telephone lines and other problems were abating...
Big-power summit opens on upbeat note on Iraq (06/09/04)
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- President Bush and other world leaders showcased a new harmony on Iraq on Tuesday as they met at their annual summit, but prickly issues remained over both Iraq and Bush's plan to promote democracy across the wider Middle East. Bush hailed the passage of a new U.N. ...
Reagan supporters want to see their hero pictured on U.S. money (06/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Ronald Reagan's enthusiastic supporters say the late president deserves a place on the nation's currency, even if it means a lesser or disappearing role for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Alexander Hamilton or Andrew Jackson. Getting their hero's face on the dime may be easier than other goals, such as seeing it etched on Mount Rushmore, but that idea still will be resisted by Democrats defending their own icon, FDR...
Attorney general testifies on Iraqi prisoner abuse (06/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft denied on Tuesday that President Bush had issued orders that would have allowed violations of U.S. laws or treaties that ban torture of prisoners. He refused, however, to make public Justice Department memos that contended a wartime president was not bound by the anti-torture principles...
Conservation panel can't agree on Grand Canyon remedy (06/09/04)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- It's hard to get the sense anything is wrong in the Grand Canyon while floating through it. On a recent spring morning, the Colorado River was cool and calm. Trout leapt, splashing back into the river with a plop. Stands of salt cedar lined the banks, offering shade from the desert heat...
Holcim gets last major permit for cement plant near Ste. Gen. (06/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A plan to build one of the largest cement plants in the world took a step forward Tuesday, when Missouri issued the last major permit to allow construction of Holcim's proposed $600 million cement plant. Holcim Inc. wants to build the plant near the Mississippi River in northern Ste. ...
Southern Illinois man shot dead in Saudi Arabia (06/09/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- An American who worked for a U.S. defense contractor was shot and killed Tuesday in the Saudi capital, the second deadly shooting of a Westerner in the kingdom in three days. An unknown assailant killed the man in his home, said a spokesman for Vinnell Corp., based in Fairfax, Va. "He was found by another employee at his apartment and taken to a hospital, but did not survive," said the spokesman, Jay McCaffrey...
BBC OKs hiring of armed guards for journalists (06/09/04)
LONDON -- The British Broadcasting Corp. has decided to hire armed guards from Western countries in "exceptional circumstances" to protect its journalists working in hostile areas, the broadcaster said Tuesday. The shift in policy was announced after an attack by gunmen on a BBC television crew Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. An Irish cameraman, Simon Cumbers, 36, was killed in the shooting, and a British reporter, Frank Gardner, 42, was critically injured...
Venezuela's Chavez to face recall on Aug. 15 (06/09/04)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez will face a recall referendum, the elections council said Tuesday, setting the date of Aug. 15 for the vote. Council president Francisco Carrasquero said Venezuela's opposition had compiled 2.54 million votes to demand the recall, surpassing the 2.43 million signatures -- 20 percent of the electorate -- required by the constitution. ...
Security Council backs sovereignty timetable for Iraq (06/09/04)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council gave resounding approval Tuesday to a resolution endorsing the transfer of sovereignty to Iraq's new government by the end of June. President Bush said the measure will set the stage for democracy in Iraq and be a "catalyst for change" in the Middle East...
U.S., Afghan forces kill 21 suspected Taliban (06/09/04)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S.-led troops backed by jet fighters and helicopters killed 21 Taliban militants Tuesday, after rebels attacked a convoy in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, an Afghan commander said. The U.S. military said five Marines and two Afghans were wounded in the clash in southern Afghanistan. An Afghan governor said the fighting took place in Daychopan district of Zabul province, some 190 miles southwest of Kabul...
Suspected mastermind behind Madrid train bombings arrested (06/09/04)
ROME -- In a coordinated strike across Europe, police arrested 17 suspected Islamic militants, including an alleged mastermind of the Madrid train bombings who authorities say was planning further attacks, officials said Tuesday. Fifteen people, mostly Palestinian, Jordanian, Moroccan and Egyptian nationals, were arrested in raids on about 10 locations in the Belgian cities of Brussels and Antwerp, said Daniel Bernard, Belgian federal prosecutor...
The heart of a Bulldog (06/09/04)
Over the last 20 years, Notre Dame has created a baseball tradition around this area like few others. The Bulldogs have made nine state final fours, won three state championships and have produced a bevy of all-state caliber players. This year's Southeast Missourian Player of the Year, Notre Dame senior Lee Essner, is one of a strong group of Notre Dame players who helped carry on the Bulldog tradition...
Cape Legion junior team splits doubleheader (06/09/04)
The Cape Girardeau American Legion junior team split a doubleheader Monday night, losing 9-7 to De Soto and then winning 12-6. Blake Slattery suffered the pitching defeat in the opener. Lance Young, Alex Dirnberger and Jacob Wengert each had two hits...
Riverdogs fall to .500 (06/09/04)
The Cape Riverdogs baseball team fell to .500 with an 8-4 loss to the Southern Illinois Merchants on Tuesday night in Shawnee, Ill. The Riverdogs (2-2) took an early 3-0 lead, but the Merchants scored single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to grab a 4-3 lead. Southern Illinois added four in the eighth...
Lightning's quick turnaround, championship surprise coach (06/09/04)
TAMPA, Fla. -- For the last 10 years, there was no room for the little guys in the Stanley Cup finals. The list of champions was a familiar mix of big-budget and top-talent teams: Detroit (three times), New Jersey (three times), Colorado (twice), Dallas and the New York Rangers...
Blunders hurt Cards in 7-3 loss to Cubs (06/09/04)
CHICAGO -- The weather is heating up, and so is Derrek Lee. Lee went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to spark an offensive outburst Tuesday night, and Matt Clement kept up his mastery of the St. Louis Cardinals in a 7-3 victory. "It was a good game," said Lee, hitting .317 with 12 RBIs over the last 10 games. "I got some hits, and Clement pitched a good game. We needed it."...
Lakers hit late late shot, win in OT (06/09/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant came through in the clutch, saving the Lakers at the end of regulation and carrying them in overtime. In the type of performance that cemented the star's status as one of the great performers in NBA history, Bryant tied the game with a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation and helped them pull away for good at the start of overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Detroit Pistons 99-91 Tuesday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals...
Molina catches both pitchers and eyes (06/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The future arrived on an express train for Yadier Molina. Mike Matheny's strained right-side muscle stepped up the timetable for the St. Louis Cardinals' 21-year-old prospect, the third of three catching brothers in the major leagues...
Montgomery notified of possible violation (06/09/04)
Tim Montgomery and three other U.S. track athletes were notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that they may have committed drug violations that could keep them from the Athens Olympics. The letters are the first formal step in USADA's attempt to punish athletes based on documentary evidence instead of a positive drug test...
Area digest 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
Inaugural hoops tourney draws 100-plus players Approved Auto Sales and Team McBride walked away with championships this weekend in the first Debra McBride Youth Basketball Tournament, a three-day event played at Indian Park in downtown Cape Girardeau...
Food from the Fair (06/09/04)
It was larger than Disney's Magic Kingdom. It housed over 1,500 buildings, including eleven "palaces," one of which alone required nine miles of walking to see all its displays. Among its 70,000 exhibits were the world's largest pipe organ, a giant bird cage housing every species in the nation, and the Liberty Bell, shipped in from Philadelphia for the occasion...
Equality, from drinks to paychecks (06/09/04)
Well thank you very much, David R. Gillespie. Because you are unwilling to shell out a $5 cover and a couple more bucks for a beer or two, ladies' nights will no longer be a part of the New Jersey bar scene. Thanks to men like you in other states, the days of no cover and $1 beers for women may be limited across this great nation someday...
Family recipes shared during reunions (06/09/04)
It's almost family reunion time for our family, and there are many details to be taken care. We start months ahead with lists of things to get done, but when the big weekend comes, it is all worth while. In making plans for a photo show presentation, we made a trip to Lebanon, Ind., over the weekend to look through hundreds of photographs that various family members have taken. ...
50 years ago, McCarthy was discredited - and TV showed world (06/09/04)
NEW YORK -- The Army-McCarthy hearings of spring 1954 have been called "the first great made-for-TV political spectacle," and under hot TV lights in a jammed Senate caucus room this Washington miniseries hit its boiling point 50 years ago. The unforeseen war of words the afternoon of June 9, 1954, marked the live-on-TV downfall of an era-defining demagogue, Sen. ...
Nation briefs 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
Natural gas stocks good, but prices to stay high WASHINGTON -- While there is plenty of natural gas in storage, growing demand this summer will keep prices high, industry leaders predicted Tuesday. The Natural Gas Supply Association said it "expects continuing upward pressure on prices this cooling season primarily due to projected warmer-than-normal weather, a strengthening economy and relatively flat production." Joseph Blount, the trade group's chairman, warned that a number of "wild cards" could send prices higher. ...
Fed chairman Greenspan won't rule out aggressive summer action (06/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Green-span says policy-makers probably can boost interest rates gradually to head off inflation, but he's not ruling out more aggressive action -- a strong signal the Fed is poised to raise rates this month for the first time in four years...
Coleta Buhs (06/09/04)
Coleta L. Buhs, 95, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born May 23, 1909, in Scott County, Mo., daughter of William Louis and Rosalia Ziegler Buhs. Buhs had been a seamstress in a garment factory. Formerly of Cape Girardeau, she was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and its Council of Catholic Women...
Vivian Proffer (06/09/04)
Vivian M. Proffer, 92, of Crump died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 7, 1912, at Crump, daughter of Marion F. and Lillie Mae Ackman Craft. She and Lloyd Proffer were married Feb. 20, 1930. He died Dec. 29, 1981...
Gerald Casper (06/09/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Gerald R. Casper, 62, of Cobden died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. He was born June 5, 1942, in Cobden, son of Adolphus Lewis "Jimmy" and Florence Esther Kelley Casper. He and Martha L. Hileman were married July 30, 1966, in Joliet, Ill...
Harry Wyman Jr. (06/09/04)
Harry Anson Wyman Jr., 60, of Jackson died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Effie Foster (06/09/04)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Effie M. Foster, 97, of Olive Branch died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 24, 1907, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Lewis and Eva Westerman Twente. She and Henry Foster were married in 1925. He died in 1978...
Paul Cook (06/09/04)
Paul William Cook, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sylvia Parker (06/09/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Sylvia Lee Parker, 64, of Charleston died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born Sept. 11, 1939, in Salcedo, Mo., daughter of Harvey Christopher and Lena Geneva Riley Wilson. She and James W. Parker were married July 9, 1960. He died Sept. 27, 1997...
Curtis McIntire (06/09/04)
Curtis E. McIntire, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home. He was born June 6, 1921, at Little Prairie, Mo., son of Sam and Clare Mae Kerr McIntire. He and Audrey L. Grim were married June 27, 1942. McIntire had worked at the former International Shoe Co. 23 years, and in the power plant at Southeast Missouri State University 21 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church...
Births 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
McFarlin Son to Billy Gene and Tanya Marie McFarlin of Grassy, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 9:09 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2004. Name, Cody James. Weight, 7 pounds 8 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. McFarlin is the former Tanya Lewis, daughter of Cindy Lewis of Lowndes, Mo., and David Lewis of Wilmington, Calif. McFarlin is the son of Delores McFarlin of Advance, Mo. He is employed at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Cape Girardeau...
Cape/Jackson police reports 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Clint Lee Gray, 27, 143 Michelle, Jackson, was arrested Monday on a Jefferson County warrant for fraudulent attempt to obtain a controlled substance...
Cape fire report 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 5:44 p.m., an emergency medical service at 100 Country Club Drive. At 5:45 p.m., an odor investigation at 506 Willow St. At 9:04 p.m., an illegal burn at 520 S. Hanover St. At 9:11 p.m., a vehicle fire at South Frederick and Jefferson...
Out of the past 6/9/04 (06/09/04)
10 years ago: June 9, 1994 City officials believe search for new, safer water supply could prove to be one of better investments city council has approved; council this week approved initial phases of two engineering projects; first is study of alluvial well, second is to design earthquake protection of water system...
A walk on the river (06/09/04)
Visitors to Cape Girardeau's riverfront will have better access to riverboats and river views thanks to the addition of a river walk along the Mississippi River. The city's project extended the existing Riverfront Park built in the 1980s. The project created a concrete walkway that runs 750 feet north of the Broadway floodgate and 923 feet south from the Themis Street gate...
Culture should be elevating (06/09/04)
To the editor: In an address by President Bush, reference was made to the culture among the people of Iraq. If the Iraqis are worthy of a culture that deserves praise, it slipped by me. My knowledge of their lifestyle has only been that of destruction, killing and fighting. I generally think of culture as elevating and not a style of life...
Scott City man shows best side (06/09/04)
To the editor: While traveling through Missouri recently from South Dakota, my pickup broke down. If Missouri has a reward for helping out-of-state people, Orley Jackson of Scott City should receive one for showing that there are good and helping people in your state...
Westrich would have been pleased (06/09/04)
To the editor: Thank you for running the article "Westrich remembered as 'street-smart officer.'" Many times we forget that people we take for granted mean so much to us and never really get the credit they deserve. Not only are law enforcement officers taken for granted, but so often the people we deal with in everyday lives...
Safety practices can save lives (06/09/04)
To the editor: Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability among those age 35 years and younger in the United States. Southeast Missouri is in the 90th percentile for motor vehicle-related death and head injury-related death. We are able to reduce this risk...
Speak Out 06/08/04 (06/09/04)
Old-fashioned respect RONALD REAGAN was and is what only few others can be. He was the ultimate leader. We should focus on his remembrance. I'm saddened that the media keeps on focusing on the negativity surrounding him. It's time that we start showing some old-fashioned respect for the greatest president of the 20th century...
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