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Stories from Saturday, June 19, 2004

Area blood drives to honor injured trooper Lively (06/19/04)
Southeast Missourian The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the American Red Cross are holding "Donate for 908" blood drives across Southeast Missouri for Sgt. Brad Lively. Lively, whose badge number is 908, was seriously injured Monday when he was struck by a car on Interstate 55 north of Cape Girardeau...
Marble Hill man guilty in killing plot (06/19/04)
It was a good thing Gary Eldridge of Jackson didn't check his voice mail on Aug. 10, 2003. Timothy Lincoln of Marble Hill, Mo., left a message on it that could have been fatal. Lincoln was found guilty Thursday in Bollinger County of attempted murder and possession of a firearm while intoxicated in connection with that phone message. He will be sentenced Aug. 13...
Jefferson Elementary may get more space (06/19/04)
An ongoing city street improvement project will eventually mean more outdoor space for Jefferson Elementary School. At its board meeting Monday night, the Cape Girardeau School Board will consider authorizing the city to remove a retention basin at Jefferson...
Marquette move in progress for state workers (06/19/04)
Amid the bustling of workers, trucks and heavy construction equipment in and around the Marquette Hotel, the renovated Cape Girardeau landmark is quietly receiving its first tenants in decades. On Friday, 10 employees of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spent their day unpacking office equipment and setting up their desks in their new office on the Marquette's second floor. Other state agencies in the area await their turn to make the same trek over the next 11 days...
Three-year-old Cody's last stand (06/19/04)
Cody Phillips, the 3-year-old boy who caught the hearts of many Southeast Missourian readers, lost his battle against a rare bone-marrow disorder on Thursday. Cody died at St. Louis Children's Hospital as a result of a bacterial infection. The little boy first came to the public's attention in March, when the Southeast Missourian ran a story about the money difficulties faced by Cody's parents, Angela and Daniel Phillips...
Rally, walk highlight family court problem (06/19/04)
Associate Circuit Judge Peter Statler will speak at the kickoff rally Monday morning to bring attention to what rally participants call the failure of family courts to protect abused children. The rally precedes a 518-mile walk from Trail of Tears State Park in Cape Girardeau to Marietta, Ga., that is being organized by Wendy Titelman of Atlanta, Ga., founder of Kourts for Kids...
When school gets fun (06/19/04)
It's a reptile, kin to dinosaurs and can change colors. What is it? Ten-year-old Justin Sievers knows the answer. The soon-to-be sixth-grader spent quite a bit of time researching and putting together a PowerPoint presentation on this particular animal. His classmates at South Elementary are stumped, though...
Care, pay at nursing homes set to improve (06/19/04)
Missouri nursing homes are set to receive larger Medicaid reimbursements under legislation Gov. Bob Holden signed into law Friday. Nursing home officials say that could translate into better amenities for patients and improved pay for employees. Administrators at Cape Girardeau nursing homes welcomed the new law...
Religion briefs 6/19/04 (06/19/04)
Cemetery of the Innocents rosary service planned A rosary service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cemetery of the Innocents in Cape Girardeau, sponsored by The Culture of Life Pilgrimage. Following the service, Dr. Ted Grieshop will speak at St. Mary's Cathedral on contraception and natural family planning. For information, call Bobby Dean Jr. at 334-6937...
Having faith in the game (06/19/04)
Southeast Missourian If idle hands are the devil's workshop, area children won't have time to find trouble because churches use the summer lull to keep children active and learning about God through vacation Bible schools and sports camps...
Broken spirit worse than broken bones (06/19/04)
"It's better to break someone's leg than to break someone's heart" was a declaration I heard awhile back. Neither choice sounded pleasurable, but as the real significance of that statement became clear to me, I became more responsible in how I treated others...
State digest 06/19/04 (06/19/04)
State unemployment rate increases in May JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A month after Democratic Gov. Bob Holden and Republican President Bush lauded Missouri's job growth as among the best in the nation, the picture for May was not quite as bright. Missouri's unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in May, an increase from the 4.7 percent rate in April but still below the 5.8 percent rate of May 2003, according to the federal Labor Department. ...
Alabama trial sought for Rudolph (06/19/04)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Prosecutors asked a judge Friday to keep Eric Rudolph's first trial in Birmingham, disputing defense claims that media coverage of a deadly abortion clinic bombing made a fair trial impossible. The government's request was filed ahead of a hearing planned for next week on a defense request to move the case outside of north Alabama...
Commission- 9-11 hijacking plot hatched five years earlier (06/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- Five years before the worst terror attack in American history, a U.S.-educated Kuwaiti pitched an outlandish idea to Osama bin Laden. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, now a U.S. captive, concedes his apocalyptic vision of 10 planes steered into nuclear power plants, skyscrapers and other American targets received only a lukewarm response from the al-Qaida kingpin...
Bush selects honorees for civilian medal (06/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has selected a dozen people, including an actress, a golf champion and a former senator, to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Friday. Two of the recipients will be honored posthumously, while the others have been invited to receive the nation's highest civilian honor at a White House ceremony with Bush next Wednesday...
U.S. wants higher furniture tariffs (06/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration proposed new tariffs Friday on wooden bedroom furniture from China as it decided that companies there are dumping beds, dressers, armoires and desks worth millions of dollars into the United States at artificially low prices...
Report- WTC towers may have been weaker based on faulty tests (06/19/04)
NEW YORK -- The World Trade Center's designers may have severely underestimated the forces that wind exerted on the twin towers, leading them to design skyscrapers less able to handle the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report says. Wind tunnel tests conducted as part of litigation over the buildings' collapse found wind loads 20 to 60 percent higher than those found in tests performed during the towers' design in the 1960s, according to the report released Friday by a federal institute examining the collapse.. ...
Lawyer- Afghan detainee died from heart attack (06/19/04)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An attorney for the former CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan detainee said Friday the prisoner died from a heart attack while in custody. The contractor and former Army special operations soldier, 38-year-old David A. Passaro of Lillington, was charged Thursday with two counts each of assault and assault with a dangerous weapon -- a flashlight. He has a detention hearing scheduled Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Raleigh...
Danforth gets an earful on value of United Nations (06/19/04)
Former U.S. Senator John Danforth is still considered a shoo-in for the post of U.N. ambassador, but his old political colleagues are putting him through the confirmation process with strong hints of what they expect him to do, news reports say. Strong praise for Danforth from both Republican and Democratic senators marked a two-hour Foreign Relations Committee session earlier this week, reported the St. ...
Man sets himself ablaze at courthouse (06/19/04)
The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An Iranian refugee holding a sign that read "Who's responsible" doused himself with gasoline Friday and set himself on fire in front of the county courthouse, officials said. Authorities identified the man as Morteza Mehrpou, 48. He was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition with minor burns, officials said...
Putin- Russia warned U.S. about potential Iraqi attacks (06/19/04)
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday his government warned Washington that Saddam Hussein's regime was preparing attacks in the United States and its interests abroad -- an assertion that appears to bolster President Bush's contention that Iraq was a threat...
Al-Qaida cell kills American hostage (06/19/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- An al-Qaida cell beheaded American engineer Paul M. Johnson Jr., and in a swift retaliation, officials said Saudi security forces tracked down and killed the leader of the terrorist group in a shootout Friday. Johnson, who was kidnapped last weekend, was the latest victim of an escalating campaign of violence against Westerners that aims to drive foreign workers from the kingdom and undermine the ruling royal family...
In the pros (06/19/04)
Players from area schools now in professional baseball; included is each player's local connection, last year as an amateur and major league affiliation (if applicable). Statistics are through Thursday.TIM ALVAREZ, LHP Southeast 2003 San Francisco Giants...
Jackson shakes sluggish start (06/19/04)
Through cloudy skies and steady rain, Jackson's American Legion team managed to push through a lackadaisical performance Friday night at home to win the opener of a doubleheader 7-3 over Fulton, Ky. Jackson scored its seven runs in the third and fourth innings, fighting through steady rain over the last three innings to hold on for the win. Jackson improved to 9-2 after the doubleheader opener...
Riverdogs find Outlaws' Peach is not ripe for hitting, lose 7-2 (06/19/04)
Bart Peach was too much for the Cape Girardeau Riverdogs to handle Friday night, as the Evansville (Ind.) Outlaws posted a 7-2 victory at Capaha Field. Peach, a right-handed pitcher who recently completed a four-year career at Murray State University, struck out 12 while allowing just three hits and one run in seven innings...
Capahas suffer first loss of season to St. Joseph (06/19/04)
The Plaza Tire Capahas suffered their first loss of the summer baseball season on Friday night, falling 3-2 at St. Joseph, Mo. St. Joseph scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, answering the Capahas' tying tally scored in the top of the frame...
Cards rally, win in 10 (06/19/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Ken Griffey Jr. came up empty again in his bid to hit his 500th homer. So did the Cincinnati Reds, who lost their eighth straight on the road. Albert Pujols homered off Mike Matthews to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Reds on Friday night, extending their winning streak to five games. The NL Central leaders have won 14 of 18 overall...
Jackson ends tenure as Lakers coach (06/19/04)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Zen Master is done coaching the Los Angeles Lakers and his two biggest stars could be leaving, too. Phil Jackson, one of the most successful coaches in NBA history, won't return as coach of the Lakers, the team said Friday...
Lovable loser is making a major change (06/19/04)
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- After chasing majors for a dozen years, Phil Mickelson thinks he has it all figured out. Keep the ball in play. Never complain about par. Has "Phil the Thrill" become boring? "Yes," he said with a mischievous smile. "But the outcome is OK."...
Sports briefs 6/19/04 (06/19/04)
Basketball Bobbye Sloan, the wife of Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, died Friday from cancer, the team said. She was 61. Sloan, the coach's wife of 41 years, announced in January she had a malignant tumor in her pancreas, unrelated to the breast cancer she was treated for several years ago...
'NYPD 24-7' goes to the scene of the crime (06/19/04)
"NYPD 24-7" opens with a call about a suicide in a Manhattan subway station, where the body lies along the tracks below the station platform. Detective Steve DiSchiavi has seen it all in his career, but sometimes there's a twist. Like this time: This guy had wanted to be killed by the train, but when it stopped short he went to Plan B and offed himself with the pistol he was carrying...
Richard Vogel (06/19/04)
Richard T. Vogel, 86, of Saxony Village died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 28, 1917, at Pocahontas, son of Alfred and Ida Steiner Vogel. He and Betty Jane Foley were married Dec. 26, 1942, in Bend, Ore. She died in March 1970. He and JoAnn Mahaffey were married June 1, 1973...
Joan Schwartz (06/19/04)
Ruth "Joan" Schwartz, 73, of Scott City died Friday, June 18, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Yankton, S.D., daughter of James Frank and Alyce Ellen Fallon Ross. She and Albert George Schwartz Jr. were married May 24, 1955, at Benton, Mo. He died Nov. 23, 1969...
Earl Obermann Jr. (06/19/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Earl Leon Obermann Jr., 52, of Chaffee died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in the emergency room at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born July 19, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Earl Leon and Virginia Marie Estes Obermann Sr. He and Linda Marie Foehr were married Oct. 28, 1981...
Jerry Mitchell (06/19/04)
Jerry R. Mitchell, 66, of Jackson passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 24, 1937, in St. Louis, son of R.B. and Flora Mae Rose Mitchell. He and Velva "Vel" Ray were married June 16, 1956...
Cody Phillips (06/19/04)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Cody Lynn Phillips, 3, of Morley died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He was born Aug. 9, 2000, in Cape Girardeau, son of Daniel Lynn and Angela Marie Glueck Phillips. Cody was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Mo...
Thelma Moss (06/19/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Thelma L. "Trip" Moss, 83, of Sikeston died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at Riverways Manor in Van Buren, Mo. She was born April 19, 1921, in Gray Ridge, Mo., daughter of John and Lelia Tucker Triplett. She and Cecil W. Moss were married Nov. 3, 1945. He died Sept. 20, 1974...
Roberta McDowell (06/19/04)
Roberta Louise "Patty" McDowell, 89, of Jackson died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Monticello House. She was born Feb. 7, 1915, at Shawneetown, daughter of Hugh Roy and Lulu Gladish Stevenson. She and Roy E. McDowell were married Oct. 12, 1935. He died Jan. 23, 1972...
Marie Reiss (06/19/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marie Aline Reiss, 94, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 14, 1910, at Brewer, Mo., daughter of Kenrick and Sarah E. Brewer Layton. She and Thomas J. Reiss were married April 20, 1940, at Brewer. He died Sept. 14, 1987...
Robert Hepburn (06/19/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Robert J. "Bob" Hepburn, 85, of Hollywood, Fla., died Monday, June 14, 2004, at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. He was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Chicago, son of Edward and Augusta Bermeister Hepburn. He and Virginia C. Penninger were married Oct. 7, 1939, in Chicago. She died June 17, 2003...
Fred Golightly (06/19/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Fred Golightly, 83, of Chaffee died Friday, June 18, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Bob Hayes (06/19/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Bob G. Hayes, 75, of Jonesboro died Friday, June 18, 2004, at his home. He was born April 28, 1929, in Tulsa, Okla., son of Ova Owen and Lurena Webber Hayes. He and Doris M. Newton were married Aug. 8, 1970, in Cape Girardeau. She died Feb. 23, 2004...
Ruth Kobler (06/19/04)
M. Ruth Miller Kobler, 82, of Marion, Ill., died Friday, June 18, 2004, at her home. Kobler was born Sept. 1, 1921, in Creal Springs, Ill., daughter of Harvey Bertrum and Lula Ann Schafer Riddle. She graduated from Marion High School. She and George W. Miller were married Feb. 14, 1942, in Jackson; he died Oct. 19, 1992. She and Raymond Kobler were married Feb. 22, 1997, in Marion...
Fire report 06/19/04 (06/19/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday: At 4:23 p.m., emergency medical service at 2000 Independence St. At 6:27 p.m. cleanup following a motor vehicle accident at Independence and Caruthers streets. At 9:30 p.m., emergency medical service at 535 Boxwood St...
Sheriff's report 06/19/04 (06/19/04)
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Marcella Price, 39, of Cape Girardeau was arrested June 12 on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for tampering with a victim...
Out of the past 6/19/04 (06/19/04)
10 years ago: June 19, 1994 The Rev. Larry E. Gallamore is new pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, coming here from Ellisville in St. Louis County; Gallamore replaces the Rev. Earnest Swartz, who is new pastor at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Florissant...
West Nile is back (06/19/04)
The Joplin Globe West Nile virus is back in Missouri. Two birds were found dead in west-central Missouri and in a suburb of St. Louis late last month, and tests conducted at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed that both were infected with West Nile virus...
Welcome, Kohl's, Sears (06/19/04)
The development deal that enticed Kohl's Department Stores and Sears Roebuck and Co. to build stores in Cape Girardeau goes into the win-win column every city strives for in trying to attract new business. The announcement last week by Mayor Jay Knudtson followed a year of negotiations with the companies...
Speak Out 06/19/04 (06/19/04)
Divine relations A STUDY referred to in the Southeast Missourian showed that more churchgoers support George Bush and more non-churchgoers are in the John Kerry camp. However, before churchgoers start swelling with pride (one of the seven deadly sins) because of a belief that they and the president are more godly, it might be well to remember the words of the late Lenny Bruce: "More and more people are leaving the church and getting back to God."...
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