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Stories from Friday, June 11, 2004

Kohl's and Sears Grand coming to Cape (06/11/04)
Two national retailers will build new stores in west Cape Girardeau in the next year, Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson announced Thursday. Kohl's and Sears Grand department stores have agreed on separate tentative proposals to build facilities on opposite sides of Siemers Drive. Pending approval of the Cape Girardeau City Council at a special meeting on Friday, both companies will begin construction immediately...
Community cuisine 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Boy Scout spaghetti dinner slated for Sunday Boy Scout Troop 210 will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Elks Lodge, Route D, Jackson. Reduced meal tickets offered for children to age 11; under 3 eat for free. Daughters of Isabella plan rummage sale...
Police give 45 tickets for safety belt violations (06/11/04)
Police officers in Cape Girardeau issued 45 tickets to motorists driving without safety belts during the recent Click It or Ticket campaign between May 24 and June 6. Officers also issued 150 tickets for speeding and 44 tickets for other traffic and moving violations, according to a police spokesman. In addition the department increased its enforcement of aggressive driving violations such as failure to yield and following too close...
Kohl's, Sears planning new Cape stores (06/11/04)
Two national retailers plan to build stores in west Cape Girardeau in the next year, Mayor Jay Knudtson announced Thursday, ending months of speculation. Kohl's Department Stores and Sears, Roebuck and Co. have tentatively agreed -- subject to tax incentives from the city-- to build facilities on opposite sides of Siemers Drive...
MoDOT's road decongestant (06/11/04)
The Missouri Department of Transportation expects to spend more than $1 million improving William Street between Siemers Drive and Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau, an area of the city home to hundreds of medical offices, retail stores, restaurants and hotels...
Local entrants win Miss Missouri preliminaries (06/11/04)
MEXICO, Mo. -- During Wednesday's first night of preliminary competition at the Miss Missouri Pageant in Mexico, Mo., Miss Jackson Whitney Weeks of Chesterfield and Miss Sikeston Christina Icaza of Cape Girardeau were both winners again. The pageant is being held at the Missouri Military Academy...
Area residents recall effect Reagan had on their lives (06/11/04)
Whether they visited his former ranch or met him during a presidential visit, Ronald Reagan left a lasting impression on people's lives. Last summer, Cape Girardeau resident Jennifer Goncher interned at the former president's ranch. In 1988, Alison Staggs sat next to the president at the Show Me Center on his visit to Cape Girardeau...
Jackson training facility to be first of its kind in area (06/11/04)
If Thursday's conversation was any indication, Jackson's firefighters aren't big fans of "Trading Spaces" and "Curb Appeal," home decorating and landscaping shows that emphasize style over substance. Fire chief Brad Golden, Capt. Steve Grant and firefighters Jason Mouser and Greg Hecht sat in green lawn chairs in the warm and breezy fire truck bay talking about the new fire training site like just-married couples talking about their new home. ...
Gubernatorial candidate Blunt touts health-care reforms (06/11/04)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt outlined Thursday his plan for improving medical care in Missouri at a news conference at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Topping his list of needed health-care reforms is getting a handle on frivolous lawsuits which drive up the cost of malpractice insurance premiums...
Bill raises standards for disabled parking (06/11/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While legislation that seeks to crack down on motorists who fraudulently procure or use handicapped parking privileges is a worthy gesture, a local advocate for the rights of the physically disabled doubts the proposal would be adequately enforced...
Data counts jobs lost to offshoring (06/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than 4,600 workers in the United States saw their jobs sent overseas in the first three months of the year, the Labor Department said Thursday in a report tracking such job losses for the first time. The 4,633 displaced workers were only a fraction -- about 2 percent -- of the 239,361 private-sector, non-farm workers who lost their jobs for at least 31 days from January through March...
Filings for jobless benefits up, but below last year (06/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits rose last week. But even with the increase, claims are still hovering at a level that points to a recovery in the jobs market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for unemployment insurance increased by a seasonally adjusted 12,000 to 352,000 for the week ending June 5...
Current year's deficit outpaces previous year's (06/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government ran a deficit of $344.3 billion in the first eight months of the 2004 budget year, according to the latest snapshot of the nation's balance sheets. The data released by the Treasury Department on Thursday showed more red ink than the $290.9 billion shortfall for the corresponding period last year. This year, the biggest spending categories are programs from the Health and Human Services Department...
Bush makes final Iraq appeal at G-8 (06/11/04)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- President Bush said Thursday it is unrealistic to expect NATO to send more troops to Iraq, but he made a parting plea to close allies to do what they can to guide Iraq into a stable democracy. "They need our help, and they will have our help," he said at a news conference here concluding three days of talks at the Group of Eight summit on nearby Sea Island, Ga...
Ray Charles, master of many musical styles, dies at 73 (06/11/04)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Ray Charles, a transcendent talent who erased musical boundaries between the sacred and the secular with hits such as "What'd I Say," "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," died Thursday. He was 73. Charles died of acute liver disease at his Beverly Hills home at 11:35 a.m., surrounded by family and friends, said spokesman Jerry Digney...
Tens of thousands view Reagan casket (06/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- From Boy Scouts to Supreme Court justices, tens of thousands of Americans filed solemnly past Ronald Reagan's casket at the Capitol on Thursday, a quiet prelude to a majestic funeral shaped by his own hand. Visitors from the Reagan-era ranks of power and friendship flocked to his widow's side...
U.S. candy makers slim down their treats (06/11/04)
CHICAGO -- Call it Candy Lite. Long viewed as a slightly naughty self-indulgence, candy is getting a makeover as companies try to concoct sweets that are a little healthier. From low-carb to low-cal to sugar-free to "guilt-free," many of the estimated 1,400 new products on the market this year come with a health pitch of some kind. ...
Nation/world briefs 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Congo's military seeks to calm reprisal fears BUKAVU, Congo -- Congo's regional military commander on Thursday promised no reprisal attacks after retaking this eastern border town from renegade commanders, urging the return of thousands of civilians who fled the region. A delegation of Congo's transition government arrived by plane from the capital, Kinshasa, to demonstrate that government authority extended to the restive eastern border...
Developments in Iraq (06/11/04)
Shiite gunmen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ransacked an Iraqi police station in the holy city of Najaf, threatening a truce that had held for nearly a week. U.S. troops refused to intervene in the fighting, in which six Iraqis died. American soldiers clashed with al-Sadr militants in Baghdad's Sadr City. At least one militant was shot and killed by a U.S. tank as he prepared to fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the Americans...
Deadly attack in Afghanistan on Chinese underlines dangers (06/11/04)
JALAW GIR, Afghanistan -- The slaughter of 11 sleeping Chinese road workers Thursday was the deadliest attack on foreign civilians since the fall of the Taliban, and dealt a blow to U.S. claims that Afghanistan is becoming safer ahead of milestone elections this fall...
Blair's party loses support in first local elections since war (06/11/04)
LONDON -- In key tests of public sentiment after the Iraq war, Prime Minister Tony Blair lost support across Britain in local elections while Dutch voters dealt a blow to their governing parties at the start of elections for European Parliament. Blair and his ministers acknowledged that the deeply divisive war cast a shadow over campaigning in Britain for local council elections as well as for EU lawmakers...
Study shows man's best friend is also good listener (06/11/04)
BERLIN -- Everyone knows dogs can fetch and sit on command, but they have the brains to do more: A study published today indicates they can remember the words for dozens of objects, some of them for weeks. The findings suggest that mammals developed abilities to understand sounds before humans learned to speak, the study's German authors said...
Indians' staff loses another assistant (06/11/04)
The lure of returning to the head coaching ranks at one of the nation's premier junior college programs was simply too great for Mark Bernsen to pass up. So on Thursday, Bernsen --with mixed emotions, he said --resigned after just one season as the top assistant men's basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University. He will become the head coach at Moberly (Mo.) Community College...
Riverdogs look for first victory over Capahas (06/11/04)
It will be a battle of Cape Girardeau tonight when the city's two highest-level amateur baseball teams square off in a 7:30 p.m. first pitch at Capaha Field. The tradition-rich Plaza Tire Capahas bring a record of 4-0 into the contest while the upstart Riverdogs are 2-2. The squads will also meet at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday as part of a tripleheader involving the St. Louis Printers...
Cape Legion loses opener to Batesville in Arkansas tournament (06/11/04)
The Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons baseball team lost its opening game Thursday at the Jonesboro Riceland Ricemen Classic American Legion tournament. Cape Girardeau fell 5-1 to Batesville, Ark., in pool play. Cape plays at 3:30 p.m. today against Dunklin County. Its final pool play game in the 16-team, four-pool tournament is Saturday against Sheridan, Ark...
Pistons clamp down, take 2-1 series lead (06/11/04)
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- As the entry pass floated inside to Shaquille O'Neal, Elden Campbell reached his left arm around and knocked it away. As O'Neal stood planted in the paint, Richard Hamilton picked up the loose ball and flung it forward. The only player running downcourt was the 36-year-old Campbell, who caught the ball and went flying in for a left-handed jam, and the decibel level at the Palace went off the charts...
Cubs' hit parade tramples Cards (06/11/04)
CHICAGO -- The hits came one after another for the Chicago Cubs, a seemingly endless barrage. There was the catcher beating out an infield single. A screamer that glanced off the pitcher's glove. A three-run homer by Moises Alou so long the St. Louis Cardinals didn't even bother to chase it...
Stupples in the hunt at LPGA major (06/11/04)
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam got mad and finished with two birdies. Grace Park got a good break and then ended her round with two bogeys. Both wound up chasing Jennifer Rosales, who played a steady hand Thursday with a 5-under 66 in the LPGA Championship...
Stanley Cup champions grab league's top honors (06/11/04)
TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have a few more awards to go with their Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella won coach of the year, Brad Richards was saluted as most gentlemanly player and Martin St. Louis took home the biggest prize as league MVP at the NHL awards banquet Thursday night...
Sports briefs 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Baseball Montreal right-hander Tomo Ohka could be out as long as three months after breaking a bone in his pitching arm Thursday when struck by a line drive. Ohka was struck by Carlos Beltran's drive in the third inning. The break occurred right where the ball hit, just above the right wrist. Ohka (3-5) had not lost in six starts...
The dark side of the cat (06/11/04)
Please. I am begging you. Do not say anything to my wife about this column. And if you personally know any bird fanciers, don't let them see this column. And if you are fond of critters with feathers, you need to know that a rare flock of frosted scissortail hornbeaks from the Himalayas is roosting in Capaha Park and you should go RIGHT NOW to see them before you do anything else, including reading this column...
Are Internet parts worth it? (06/11/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: My son's 1993 Chevy Caprice Classic is leaking radiator fluid, and a local garage told us it needs a new radiator. The cost of an OEM radiator was estimated to be $288, plus two hours of labor. I looked on the Internet and found a seller of OEM radiators that would deliver the radiator for a total cost of $193, including sales tax and a lifetime warranty. ...
Hemi power in a family vehicle (06/11/04)
The Dodge Magnum leaps from station wagon to sports tourer. I'll wager that most SUV owners over the age of 50 have had at least one station wagon during their driving careers. SUVs have much appeal with their flip and fold seats, huge cargo capacity and that "I have arrived" attitude, but station wagons offered those same features decades earlier. They could tow several thousand pounds, haul up to nine people and most came equipped with rooftop luggage racks...
Everybody's a critic - 'Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban' (06/11/04)
Four stars (out of four) "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts School for yet another term, only this time the school has a dark burden hanging over it. Sirius Black, an infamous murderer, has escaped from Azkaban Prison and is on the hunt for Harry Potter to settle some unfinished business...
Mississippi River Tales murals are rolling along (06/11/04)
It has been seven weeks since work on the Mississippi River Tales murals began, and already Cape Girardeau's floodwall is coming to life with depictions of significant moments in the city's history. Seven murals are completed, but the ones depicting Meriwether Lewis and Bill Emerson were painted last year to coincide with the bridge's opening and the Lewis and Clark bicentennial...
Artifacts 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Boardman will sign copies of 'Chocolate Dancing' Cape Girardeau Councilwoman and author Evelyn Boardman will sign copies of her book "Chocolate Dancing" from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hastings Books, Music and Video, 2136 William St. ...
'Stepford Wives' - Commentary and blockbuster (06/11/04)
NEW YORK -- Nicole Kidman is feeling a little loopy on rum cake. Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Faith Hill are talking a blue streak. Their brains obviously haven't been implanted with a chip that keeps them sober, quiet and compliant like the women in "The Stepford Wives."...
Bennie Owens (06/11/04)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Bennie Lee Owens, 67, of Zalma died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at the John J. Pershing VA Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Greenbrier, Mo., son of James and Pearl Herrill Owens. He married Mary Abreu July 6, 1961. She died May 24, 1998...
Floye Terrell (06/11/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Floye L. Terrell, 92, of Sikeston died Wednesday, June 9, 2004. She was born May 18, 1912, in Ballard County, Ky., daughter of Charles and Lady Elrod Skinner. She and William D. Terrell Jr. were married May 7, 1928, in Charleston, Mo. He died Sept. 29, 1987...
Mary Kelley (06/11/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary K. Kelley, 79, of Anna died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 21, 1925, in Rattle, Ill., daughter of Milton Mark and Helen Lulu Rendleman Hubbs. She and Woodrow Kelley were married Nov. 8, 1941, in Jackson, Mo. He died Aug. 3, 1991...
Carol Lee (06/11/04)
Carol R. Lee, 65, of Cairo died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at her home. She was born March 29, 1935, at Cairo, daughter of Earl and Mary Owens Verble. She was a member of the Community Chapel Church in Urbandale, Ill. Survivors include her husband, Walter F. Lee of Cairo; three sons, Walter F. Lee Jr. and Jerry Dale Lee, both of Houston, Texas, Kevin Ray Lee of Cairo; her mother, Mary Verble and her sister Beverly Neeble, both of Sullivan, Ill...
Mike Angle (06/11/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Michael Gene Angle, 44, of Sikeston died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Fort Benning, Ga., son of Dorma G. and Sue Clinton Angle. Angle was a 1978 graduate of Sikeston High School. Survivors include a son, Matthew Angle of Sikeston, and his parents of Sikeston...
Carolyn Whitfield (06/11/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Carolyn Mae Whitfield, 73, of Chaffee died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1930, at Puxico, Mo., daughter of Harvey Leroy and Jessie Marie Litzelfelner Burnett. She and Henry Joseph Whitfield were married Oct. 5, 1953. He died Jan. 6, 1989...
Jeffrey Maguire (06/11/04)
Jeffrey S. Maguire, 49, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, from injuries received in a tractor accident. Jeffrey was the son of Edward and Patricia Maguire. He married Donna H. Baumann. He was a partner in the law firm of Cook, Barkett, Maguire and Ponder in Cape Girardeau...
Bonnie Sheets (06/11/04)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Bonnie R. Lyerla Sheets, 58, of Farmington, formerly of Alto Pass, Ill, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. She was born June 27, 1945, in Alto Pass, daughter of Leland E. and Myrtle Sisk Lyerla. She married Robert Gerald Sheets in Flat River, Mo...
Births 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Mitchell Daughter to Jason P. and Laura L. Mitchell of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:12 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2004. Name, Kennedy Briann. Weight, 7 pounds 2 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Mitchell is the former Laura Hovis. Mitchell is the son of Rick Mitchell of Sikeston, Mo...
Cape fire report 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 6:26 p.m., an emergency medical service at 606 Silver Springs Road. At 6:53 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1003 N. Fountain St. At 9:43 p.m., a smell of gas at 1927 N. Kingshighway...
Cape/Jackson police reports 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items have been released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jennifer L. Grace, 26, 1214 Meadowbrook Drive, was arrested Wednesday on two Scott County warrants for failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance and failure to abate...
Out of the past 6/11/04 (06/11/04)
10 years ago: June 11, 1994 Southeast Missouri State University has hired Paul Keys, professor and chairman of management and professional curriculum area at Hunter College of City University of New York School of Social Work, as new dean of school's College of Health and Human Resources...
The Reagan moral vision (06/11/04)
By the Rev. Robert Sirico The passing of President Ronald Reagan into eternity is evoking an array of emotions and thoughts. People recall his winsome and shiny character, his classic American optimism. That is in sharp contrast to what his critics always assailed as his intellectual shallowness...
Support for public safety (06/11/04)
Once again, Cape Girardeau voters have shown they will enthusiastically support tax increases when the need is clearly defined and the revenue is earmarked for specific purposes. Tuesday's overwhelming approval of a quarter-cent sales tax means more money for the police and fire departments...
Old photos bring back memories (06/11/04)
To the editor: Thanks and cheers to the Missourian for printing pictures of old businesses and places in Cape Girardeau, most recently the Alvarado and the Wagon Wheel Saloon and Restaurant. We senior citizens enjoy these pictures and like to remember how Cape used to look, especially Main Street, Broadway and Good Hope Street. Keep printing these old pictures...
War of distortion claims to be news (06/11/04)
To the editor: In a recent column, Robert Polack Jr. defended the mainstream media by insisting that no liberal bias exists. With due respect to Polack and his research, I vehemently disagree. As an avid news junkie, I watch with dismay as a war of distortion is fought between left-leaning mainstream broadcast news and right-wing talk radio. ...
Speak Out 06/10/04 (06/11/04)
Thanks for ceremony I WOULD like to commend the American Cancer Society and all of those people who participated in Relay for Life. It was a wonderful time to honor those who have survived cancer and memorialize those who have succumbed. The Twilight Luminary Ceremony is one to behold. Congratulations for a great job...
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