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Court upholds verdict involving sexual abuse case (06/17/04)
Southeast Missourian The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District upheld a decision concerning a Perryville, Mo., man convicted on sexual abuse charges. Daniel Coplin, 37, of Perryville was sentenced in June 2003 in the Circuit Court of Perry County to four consecutive life terms for sexually abusing a girl...
MARS, Mack back in action this weekend (06/17/04)
The O'Reilly Mid America Racing Series ends a long hiatus this week with three events in three days in the bi-state region. The series runs Friday night at Malden Speedway in Malden, Mo.; Saturday at West Plains Motor Speedaway in West Plains, Mo.; and Sunday night at Tri City Speedway in Granite City, Ill...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
9 a.m. today Action items Hubble Creek, County Road 228, project cooperation agreement Appointments 9 a.m. -- Eric McGowen, information technology 9:30 a.m. -- Stan Murray, Hubble Creek project manager 10 a.m. -- Rebid-delinquent Land Tax Publication...
Community briefs 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Women's club presents pet events in Scott City The Scott City Women's Club will hold its first Summerfest Pets on Parade this weekend. The lineup begins at 5 p.m. Friday at IGA. Pets need to be on a leash; prize will be awarded for best costume. A pet contest begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Horseshoe Pavilion; sign up starts at noon. Contests include best dressed, best trick, couch potato, pet/owner look alike and pet races. There will be prizes, ribbons, balloons and raffles...
Area DAR chapter earns honors at state conference (06/17/04)
After joining the organization just four years ago, Morgan Lake, regent of the John Guild Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, was named state outstanding junior in a surprise presentation at the state conference held recently in Jefferson City...
Local resident celebrates 100th birthday (06/17/04)
Well-wishers from far and wide have sent birthday greetings to Zenas W. Sitze, a Cape Girardeau resident turning 100 years old today. He was most pleased with two letters he received Wednesday: one from President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, and another from Missouri's Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell congratulating him...
Hyslop family gathers for annual reunion (06/17/04)
The Hyslop families celebrated their annual family reunion at Lake Wappapello, Mo., at the Redman Creek Recreation Area on June 13. In attendance were Mr. and Mrs. David Hyslop of Advance, Mo.; Bonnie Brown of Florissant, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lynn of Cullman, Ala.; Mr. ...
Cape's history in pictures (06/17/04)
The photographic images -- most of them black and white -- remain as sharply in focus as when they were taken even though most are decades old. Babies. Politicians. Families. Fender benders. Store window displays. Polished bank lobbies from bygone eras. Weddings. Funerals. Flooded Main Street. Women operating a local telephone switchboard after World War II...
Prison term to stand for Illinois woman (06/17/04)
The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld the court decision that sent Helen Severs of Ullin, Ill., to prison for conspiring to kill her granddaughter's husband. Severs, 66, was sentenced to five years in prison; the jury recommended five years with suspended imposition of sentence...
Scott City's Summerfest starts Friday (06/17/04)
Scott City's annual Summerfest celebration is here once again and this year it offers activities for people and their four-legged friends. According to Scott City parks and recreation director Phyllis Crump, her department has been working on Summerfest since April. She said it is probably the biggest event that the city holds...
Fire destroys Scott City home (06/17/04)
SCOTT CITY -- An overloaded electrical system is believed to be what destroyed a house at 115 Washington Ave. in Scott City Wednesday morning. State fire marshal Butch Amann is continuing his investigation into the cause of the fire, but Scott City fire chief Jay Cassout said it seems apparent that the cause was electrical...
Cape Girardeau woman arrested following scuffle over handgun (06/17/04)
A courteous offer to hold a woman's purse while she moved her car led to a Scott City police officer looking down the barrel of a pistol. Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Roy Butler came to Store 24 at 301 Crites St. in Scott City after the clerk had called police regarding a customer attempting to make a purchase with a stolen credit card...
Bad eggs in Chaffee run afoul of laws, feds say (06/17/04)
Peruvian chickens can't be trusted. It's a hard-boiled lesson for a Scott City business owner fighting with the U.S. government over 8,800 pounds of condemned powdered egg white product. The controversy between Gary L. Haynes, chief executive officer of Creative Compounds, and the U.S. government dates back to August 2003, when the Scott City raw material supplier purchased the egg product from a manufacturer in Peru intending to use it in a line of sports nutrition products...
Exonerated inmate misses state compensation by three days (06/17/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lonnie Erby remained locked in a prison for 17 years and 27 days before finally winning his release after DNA evidence exonerated him. If only Erby had remained behind bars for a few more days, he could have qualified for nearly $312,000 from the state...
Gov. Holden signs $18.9 billion state budget plan (06/17/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden signed an $18.9 billion operating budget for Missouri government into law Wednesday, but complained it doesn't do enough to address the state's economic challenges. The Democratic governor signed the spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 without any ceremony or substantive vetoes -- a contrast to last year when he twice vetoed budget bills and held news conferences criticizing budgets passed by the Republican-led legislature...
Six seek record on Ferris wheel by riding for 3 days straight (06/17/04)
EUREKA, Mo. -- Around and around they expect to go: Six people are bidding to set a world record by riding a 180-foot-high Ferris wheel for three days in a row at an amusement park in this St. Louis suburb. The six began their quest at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Six Flags St. Louis, climbing into four gondolas on "Colossus" as part of a nod to St. Louis' holding the 1904 World's Fair...
State bar recruiting lawyers for legislature (06/17/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The public perception, according to Missouri Bar president Bill Corrigan, is that the ranks of the Missouri Legislature are dominated by lawyers. The reality is quite to the contrary. Slightly more than 13 percent of the 197 people currently serving in the legislature are lawyers, down from 26 percent 30 years ago and 38 percent a century ago. ...
JonBenet's father runs for legislature (06/17/04)
The Associated Press CHEBOYGAN, Mich. -- John Ramsey greets voters at his campaign office with a handshake, a free hot dog -- and a book that declares he didn't kill his daughter. The father of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen strangled in her Boulder, Colo., home, is running for the Michigan House, despite the suspicions that continue to hang over him and his wife...
Malpractice debate fuels feud among doctors, lawyers (06/17/04)
A South Carolina surgeon dropped a patient when he found out her husband was a trial lawyer. In New Hampshire, a neurosurgeon told the head of the state's trial lawyers that he wouldn't treat him for non-emergencies. The long-running battle over the high cost of malpractice insurance has taken an ugly turn. Many doctors blame trial lawyers and their malpractice suits for causing huge jumps in insurance premiums. In retort, lawyers are blaming it on the insurance industry...
Lull hits before more challenges of gay marriage (06/17/04)
BOSTON -- For a month now, hundreds of gay couples have gotten married in Massachusetts with remarkably little fanfare or protest. But the honeymoon is about to end. Gay-marriage opponents are targeting the legislature this fall, when all 200 seats are up for election. They want to see passage of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage...
Top N.Y. school district rocked by scandal (06/17/04)
ROSLYN, N.Y. -- This is an unlikely setting for a crisis in the public schools. Roslyn High sends 95 percent of its graduates to college, its SAT scores are among the best in the nation, and it was cited in a recent Wall Street Journal story among some of the country's finest public schools. Foreign language is offered to youngsters beginning in kindergarten...
World briefs 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Internet hate conference opens in Paris PARIS -- Experts gathered in Paris on Wednesday seeking a common approach to combatting racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic propaganda on the Internet, believed to be a chief factor in rising numbers of hate crimes. Officials from more than 60 countries were attending the two-day conference aimed at finding ways to keep racist information off the Web without compromising free speech and freedom of expression...
Iraq comp claims could cost millions (06/17/04)
WASHINGTON -- The mounting deaths and injuries to civilian contractors in Iraq could cost the federal government millions of dollars for hundreds of workers' compensation claims. Federal law requires all U.S. government contractors and subcontractors to obtain workers' compensation insurance for civilian employees who work overseas. If an injury or death claim is related to a "war-risk hazard," the War Hazards Compensation Act provides for government reimbursement to insurance carriers...
Big industry production surges, business conditions improve (06/17/04)
WASHINGTON -- Big industry production surged by 1.1 percent in May, the strongest performance in nearly six years, and a nationwide survey of business activity showed widespread strength, fresh signs the economy possesses good momentum. The sizable increase in industrial production reported Wednesday by the Federal Reserve came after a strong 0.8 percent rise in April. ...
9-11 probe - No al-Qaida, Saddam tie (06/17/04)
From wire reports Rebuffing Bush administration claims, the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said Wednesday no evidence exists that al-Qaida had strong ties to Saddam Hussein. In hair-raising detail, the commission said the terror network had envisioned a much larger attack and is working hard to strike again...
Jordanian fighter rises on U.S. list (06/17/04)
U.S. forces appear to be ramping up their pursuit of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, considered the most dangerous foreign fighter in Iraq and among the small fraternity of the world's top terrorists. Officials have said the terror plotter is thought to be moving in and out of Iraq, but they won't provide specifics. ...
Court convicts 15 Muslim militants of terror conspiracy (06/17/04)
AMMAN, Jordan -- A military court convicted 15 men Wednesday -- only one of whom was in custody -- for a terror conspiracy targeting U.S. and Israeli interests in Jordan as well as its intelligence officials. Ahmad Mahmoud Saleh al-Riyati, 34, was convicted of being the mastermind of the 15-member terror cell linked to al-Qaida and Ansar al-Islam militant groups. ...
Insurgents strike oil industry (06/17/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents struck at the heart of Iraq's economic livelihood Wednesday, blasting a major pipeline to halt vital oil exports and killing the top security chief for the northern oilfields. A rocket slammed into a U.S. logistics base near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding 25 other people, including two civilian workers, the military said...
Chirac's palace power cut in protest (06/17/04)
The Associated Press PARIS -- French power workers cut electricity to President Jacques Chirac's official residence Wednesday in the latest in a series of "targeted outages" to protest government plans for the partial privatization of state utilities...
Grenada honors Ronald Reagan (06/17/04)
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenada's Parliament held a special session Wednesday to honor Ronald Reagan for ordering the 1983 U.S. invasion that followed a bloody coup on the Caribbean island. Prime Minister Keith Mitchell was among the legislators lauding the former president, who died June 5 at age 93. Lawmakers approved a motion saying Reagan played a significant role in restoring peace and democracy...
Saudi women heard but not seen during forum on their status (06/17/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- One woman criticized rules that keep Saudi women from teaching boys. Another said working women should be allowed to do more than teach. Still others called for more rights for divorced women. Saudi women were allowed to be heard -- but not seen -- at a three-day forum this week on their status in this conservative Islamic kingdom...
Cape Fear player has no fear when it comes to national tourney (06/17/04)
Janet Gaddis has been to the national pool tournament in Las Vegas a couple times before. But this time around she won't be officiating -- she'll be competing. The 49-year-old Cape Girardeau resident served as a referee in the annual tournament in 1998 and '99. She said it was a fun job, but a tough job nevertheless...
Dodgeball - It's more than just a movie (06/17/04)
Deemed too violent to be played in school anymore, the sport of dodgeball seemed ready to disappear. But with adult leagues starting across the country, dodgeball has regained its popularity in as little time as players have to dive out of the way from the oncoming red rubber ball of the former childhood favorite...
Third time's a charm - Jackson perfect vs. Cape (06/17/04)
If it had been a hockey game, Jason Meystedt would have been voted hands down the No. 1 star. Meystedt sparkled on the mound and at the plate Wednesday night as he led the Jackson RE/MAX Achievers American Legion baseball team past host Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons 10-7 at Capaha Field...
Marquis leads Cards to win in return (06/17/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Jason Marquis pitched seven sharp innings and hit a two-run double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders homered for the Cardinals, who have won 12 of 15 to move a season-best 11 games above .500...
Jones wants investigation to go public and end soon (06/17/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A defiant Marion Jones issued a plea Wednesday for a public hearing she hopes will clear her name amid drug allegations that could keep her out of the Athens Games. The champion sprinter is one of the most prominent athletes who testified in a federal probe of a drug lab accused of illegally distributing steroids. She answered questions from a grand jury and the United States Anti-Doping Agency but remains under a cloud of suspicion less than two months before the games...
Lakers likely to bee seeking a new coach (06/17/04)
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Phil Jackson stood at the podium in the interview room with four of his five grown children and said there was a "pretty slim chance" he'll coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Then he said it again. "I've had a lot of persuasion given to me by these kids. ...
Uncertainty swirls as U.S. Open begins (06/17/04)
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- The final practice round for the U.S. Open brought a breeze Tiger Woods had not experienced from that direction. Standing on the 14th tee Wednesday morning, he gazed down the fairway and said to his caddie, "All right, now what do we do?"...
Celebrity hands help pass flame around L.A. streets (06/17/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Rafer Johnson capped a day of Olympic celebration Wednesday night, placing the Olympic flame in a giant caldron in Dodger Stadium as thousands cheered. The flame was carried triumphantly through Los Angeles during a celebrity-studded pageant that concluded with Johnson, the 1960 decathlon gold medalist, who also ignited the flame at the 1984 Games...
Struggling Astros look for solutions (06/17/04)
HOUSTON -- The boos were getting louder and harder to ignore. The Astros heard them as they went inning after inning without scoring. Octavio Dotel heard them as he walked slowly off the mound following another blown save. Morgan Ensberg heard them as he grounded out to put the finishing touches on another frustrating loss...
Boy lost out on foul ball but has received a lot more (06/17/04)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A 4-year-old boy who lost a foul ball to a not-so-grown-up adult is getting a windfall worthy of a game-winning home run hitter. A man sitting behind Nick O'Brien at a Texas Rangers baseball game Sunday knocked the boy against the seats as he dived to get a foul ball. Fans started chanting "Give him the ball!" but the man wouldn't give it up...
Area sports calendar 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Basketball Jackson camps: The Jackson Indian basketball camps will offer multiple sessions next week, Monday through June 25. Individual camps for grades 3-4 (9-11 a.m.), 5-6 (noon-2 p.m.) and 7-8 (2-4 p.m.) will take place at the multipurpose gym. A pee-wee camp for grades 1-2 will be 10 a.m.-noon June 28-July 2 at South Elementary, and a shooting camp for grades 4-7 will be 9 a.m.-noon July 19-23 at the multipurpose gym. Info: Darrin Scott, 204-0171...
Health calendar 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Today BLS Inst Renewal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conference room A at St. Francis Medical Center. Diabetes Support Group from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Franciscan Conference Room at St. Francis Medical Center. Preparation for Childbirth Class 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Healing Arts Conference Room at St. Francis Medical Center...
Don't feel the burn (06/17/04)
Cindy Maher keeps a close eye on her 3-year-old nephews when they're splashing around at Capaha Pool, and while they're in the sun. "If I bring them home with a sunburn, I'm in big trouble," Maher said. "They're slathered down, and I don't take their T-shirts off."...
Fighting cancer on the home front (06/17/04)
Last week brought great news to all who are interested in maintaining a vital healthspan: We appear to be winning the war on cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute's annual report. Both death rates from cancer and incident rates have been steadily declining since the early 1990s. And that is true for both men and women...
The game of renters vs. landlords (06/17/04)
June 17, 2004 Dear Leslie, The year of living dangerously close to college football players has now come to an end. Our rental house next door is now clear of 250-pound linemen. It's not that the football players were raucous partiers. Louder sounds come from the park on the other side of our house. The football players were almost sedate compared to the frat boys who preceded them. Only once did we come home to find people drinking beer on the roof....
People talk 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
'Idol' host calls Cowell arrogant, pompous, friend SINGAPORE -- Ryan Seacrest, the host of singing competition "American Idol," said judge Simon Cowell is arrogant and pompous and says things that are "too harsh," a report said Wednesday. But Seacrest added that Cowell was a good friend and the "most honest" of the show's three judges, in an interview with the Straits Times newspaper in Singapore, where a local version of the program is planned...
Bush, Kerry target ads to voters' favorite shows (06/17/04)
WASHINGTON -- Watch the daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless" or the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and you're likely to see an ad for Democrat John Kerry. Tune into the crime reality series "America's Most Wanted" or catch a few innings of a Major League Baseball game and it's President Bush's face that tends to show up during the commercial breaks...
Joe Forman (06/17/04)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Joseph Gilbert "Joe" Forman, 74, of Matthews died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 1, 1930, in Amboy, Ill., son of Gilbert Andrew and Inez McElfresh Forman. He and Hazel Lorine Etheridge were married March 28, 1953, in Amboy...
Linda McDonough (06/17/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Linda Lue Conrad McDonough, 61, of Chaffee died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 8, 1942, at Randles, Mo., daughter of John W. and Mildred Brown Crowden. She and Hugh McDonough were married in August 1994. He died Oct. 3, 2003...
Rev. Franklin Bippus (06/17/04)
The Rev. Franklin H. Bippus, 57, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at Life Care Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jessie Jenkins (06/17/04)
Jessie Alleen Jenkins, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 14, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born April 18, 1931, at Gordonville, daughter of Louis Franklin and Cora Emma Henderson Wilson. Jenkins had worked in housekeeping at Southeast Missouri State University...
John Brotherton (06/17/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- John Henry Brotherton, 77, of Patton died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 21, 1926, at Patton, son of Pink and Rella Seabaugh Brotherton. He and Vena Lou Green were married June 30, 1947. She died June 26, 1982...
Nina Massey (06/17/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Nina Joan "Joann" Massey, 65, of Advance died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 3, 1938, at Greenbrier, Mo., daughter of Wiley and Pearline Cato Massey. She was raised as a daughter by Floyd Kassinger...
Births 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Boshell Daughter to Larry Melvin and Angela Michelle Boshell of Oran, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:29 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2004. Name, Rylee McKenna. Weight, 8 pounds 2 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Boshell is the former Angela Ward, daughter of Don Ward and Carol Ward of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Boshell is the son of Mike and Lou Boshell of Oran. He is a medical transcriptionist at Southeast Hospital...
Cape fire report 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 7:18 a.m., mutual aid to Scott City. At 7:59 a.m., fire alarm sounding at Towers South. at 9:05 a.m., a medical assist at 900 Normal Ave. At 1:25 p.m. a motor vehicle accident at Highway 74 and I-55...
Cape police report 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thomas Lamar Youngblood, 19, 24 S. Benton St., was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 6/17/04 (06/17/04)
10 years ago: June 17, 1994 Cape Central Airways won't abide by second eviction notice sent from city of Cape Girardeau and will take matter to court; City attorney Warren Wells cites timelines of payments "and other matters that can't be discussed" as reasons why city wants to terminate its 12-year lease with Cape Central Airways...
Correction 6/17 (06/17/04)
In Tuesday's edition, Tim Robert should have been listed as the top chemical engineering graduate at the University of Missouri-Rolla. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Low-cost cleaning crews (06/17/04)
Reflecting the public's resistance to soft treatment for inmates, journalist Warren Hinckle described a sentence at the federal minimum security camp in California as "doing ping-pong time at Lompoc." In Missouri, some minimum-security inmates even get to leave the prison and spend the day outside, but they will be sweating, and their work saves the state millions of dollars annually in highway cleanup costs...
Maguire's loss is felt by so many (06/17/04)
To the editor: Last week I lost a true friend, a wife lost a loving husband, three children lost a devoted father, a church lost a faithful worker, the community lost a charitable and unselfish friend and the legal community lost a tremendous attorney...
Speak Out 06/17/04 (06/17/04)
Honesty alive, well AT WAL-MART, the cashier forgot to deduct my coupons from the total bill. She ran out to the parking lot and caught me and gave me the change she'd forgotten. Bless her. A true hero THE IDEA of the coverage of President Reagan's funeral is great. ...
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