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Area women hope dreams of facility come true (07/08/04)
To hear Teresa Cobb, Stephanie Hahn, Terri Stinnett and Brandy Bridges talk about it, one would think Brighter Horizons already existed. The center for typically developing and special needs children, they'll tell you, has a parent library, a music therapy room with a vibrating floor and both indoor and outdoor playgrounds. In the sensory integration gym, children bounce on a floor trampoline and climb a rock wall...
Murder preliminary postponed until Aug. 6 (07/08/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Due to lack of evidence, the preliminary hearing for Brandon C. Johnson, charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, is rescheduled for next month. Johnson faces charges for the May 9 shooting death of Jemorrio A. Betts at Mr. C's Night Club near Morley in Scott County...
Plant workers overcome by chemical fumes (07/08/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The interaction between two chemicals at Nordyne Industries sent 12 workers to the hospital Wednesday morning. Poplar Bluff police and fire departments, Butler County Emergency Management Agency and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center EMS were called to the scene at 10:45 a.m. ...
Community Q&A 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Name: Mary D. Wilhite Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Husband, Robert (deceased); son, Arthur. Job: Retired teacher (31 yearrs) bachelor's and master's degrees. What do you like most about the area? My family and friends are here and the changing of the seasons...
Nancy Jernigan to speak at First Friday coffee (07/08/04)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly First Friday Coffee at the Show Me Center this week. This month's featured speaker will be Nancy Jernigan, director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. She will be offering a preview of the results of the community assessment survey put out by the United Way and the Community Caring Council. The program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday, after a continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m...
Fallen power line turns metal fence into deadly danger (07/08/04)
A power-line accident in Cape Girardeau could have been a fatal disaster. Instead, it was just a warning. Around 11 a.m. Saturday, lightning hit a tree, which then knocked down a power line in the 500 block of East Cape Rock Drive. The line fell onto a metal fence, welding itself to the fence and electrifying it...
St. Mary's class of 1954 holds June reunion (07/08/04)
The weekend of June 25 to 27 was celebrated by 32 of the 42 students who graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1954. Four members are deceased and six were unable to attend. Activities at the Drury Lodge included musical entertainment from the 1950s supplied by Charlie Wipfel and son, Matt...
Military digest 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Legacy guardsman completes training Pfc. Lee E. Smith, son of Michael D. and Beth S. Smith of Cape Girardeau, completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He is a 2003 graduate of Central High School. Smith, a combat engineer, will join B Company 1140th Engineer Battalion, currently deployed in Iraq. He is a third generation family member in the 1140th National Guard...
Community briefs 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Saturday yard sale to benefit St. Judes A yard sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Fabrics, 210 S. Silver Springs Road in Cape Girardeau. All proceeds will benefit St. Judes Childrens Hospital. For more information, call 334-6649...
Cape 911 service is cut again by accident (07/08/04)
What began as an "oops" turned into an "oh, not again." Telephone service was interrupted around 9 a.m. Wednesday when employees of Lappe Cement Finishing Inc. of Perryville, working on Independence Street between Sprigg and Ellis streets, cut a cable that provided telephone service to the city's main fire station. Another unkind cut by a construction crew silenced phone lines at the Cape Girardeau Police Department and city hall last week...
Popular inflatable pools in violation of rules (07/08/04)
One 3 1/2-foot deep inflatable swimming pool: $248. One cheap beach ball: $1. Two pairs of swimming trunks for the boys: $10. Finding out you can't use the $248 pool until you build a $1,000 fence: Breathless. There are some shallow pools that don't require fences. For everything else, there's building codes...
Judges express uncertainty about sentencing guidelines (07/08/04)
Judges, prosecutors and probation and parole officers in Missouri are awaiting instruction on the use of a new system of recommended criminal sentences, but regionally judges don't really expect sentences to be much different from what they're already handing down...
Steak 'n Shake loses lawsuit over phrase (07/08/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Steak 'n Shake may be "Famous for Steakburgers," as its slogan claims, but a judge says a mediator will help determine if a competitor also may call its sandwich a "steak burger." For now, Burger King apparently may continue marketing its "Angus Steak Burger." U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry, in a ruling Wednesday, declined Steak 'n Shake's request for an injunction blocking the rival's use of the phrase...
Missouri's lottery sales hit highest level to date (07/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Lottery had record sales of nearly $800 million last fiscal year, the lottery said Wednesday. The lottery recorded $791.5 million in estimated sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30, an 11.5 percent increase from the previous year...
Hotel manager shot to death in Hannibal (07/08/04)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Police are searching for the suspect who shot and killed the manager of the Hannibal Inn inside the hotel. Cliff Jawad, 44, was shot several times in the head at around 3:23 a.m. Tuesday, police said. He was found in the restaurant area of the hotel. ...
Soldier from Mountain Grove killed in Iraq (07/08/04)
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. -- A soldier from south-central Missouri was killed this week in Iraq. Cpl. Dallas Kerns, 21, died Monday of wounds suffered in an attack in Anbar province, the Department of Defense said Wednesday. Kerns was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and was based at Twentynine Palms, Calif...
Environmentalists seek halt to planned cement plant (07/08/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Four environmental groups on Wednesday filed an appeal with the Missouri Air Conservation Commission of an air pollution permit for a large eastern Missouri cement plant. The appeal is the latest effort by environmentalists to stop Switzerland-based Holcim Inc. ...
Lawmakers - Pentagon pushing reserves to breaking point (07/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- In a bipartisan show of concern that the military is dangerously overworked, lawmakers said Wednesday the Pentagon is stretching troops to their limit and perhaps undermining the nation's future force. Amid worries the high level of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan could discourage potential new service members, Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., said it was not reassuring that most reserve components were falling below their recruiting goals for the year...
Presidential contest has four millionaires (07/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- Americans have a choice in November -- they can vote for millionaires John Kerry and John Edwards, or cast their ballot for millionaires George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Of the foursome, Vice President Cheney and his wife, Lynne, earned the most, according to their 2003 tax returns that showed an adjusted gross income of $1.3 million...
Edwards' credentials challenged by Bush as candidates hit road (07/08/04)
President Bush on Wednesday curtly dismissed freshman Sen. John Edwards' credentials to be vice president while Democratic challenger John Kerry and his running mate rallied voters in battleground states. "Dick Cheney can be president," Bush declared, and Kerry suggested that was part of the problem...
Sources say former Enron chairman Lay faces charges (07/08/04)
HOUSTON -- Kenneth Lay, the former Enron Corp. chief executive who insisted he knew nothing about financial fraud at the energy trading giant, has been indicted on criminal charges, sources told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The action caps a three-year investigation that has already seen several other executives charged and, in some cases, already sentenced to prison for their roles in the company's scandalous collapse...
Nation briefs 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Utah family disputes missing Marine's release WEST JORDAN, Utah -- The brother of a Marine captured in Iraq denied reports Wednesday that he had been released and contacted family members, but a U.S. official said there was reason to believe the corporal was in his native Lebanon. ...
Art collection worth millions found in schools' storage (07/08/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- To the delight of school officials, a multimillion-dollar treasure trove of 19th- and 20th-century art has been discovered in basements, boiler rooms, closets and hallways in Philadelphia's cash-strapped public schools. The artworks -- 1,200 works in all, including paintings, sketches, sculptures, murals, tapestries and ancient artifacts -- had been donated to the school system or bought for small sums long ago...
Plane mechanic gives scoop on vice president (07/08/04)
The Associated Press The political scoop of the year came not from some hotshot journalist, but an airplane mechanic in Pittsburgh. Bryan Smith, a 39-year-old US Airways employee who lives in Moon Township, Pa., found out that John Kerry had chosen John Edwards as his vice presidential candidate several hours before journalists, and even before Edwards was asked Tuesday...
World briefs 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Israel snubs international envoys to Mideast JERUSALEM -- Israel snubbed a delegation of Mideast mediators that had come to discuss its planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, officials said Wednesday, further undermining efforts to promote an internationally backed peace plan for the region. The representatives of the so-called Quartet -- comprising the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia -- are in the region to promote the Gaza withdrawal...
Japan agrees to whisk accused Army deserter out of N. Korea (07/08/04)
TOKYO -- For nearly 40 years, Charles Robert Jenkins has been a wanted man, unable to leave his adopted home of North Korea for fear of being court-martialed for allegedly deserting his Army unit. On Friday, that will change -- at least temporarily...
Developments in Iraq on Wednesday (07/08/04)
Armed Iraq insurgents threatened to kill a Filipino hostage if his country does not withdraw from Iraq, according to a video that aired Wednesday. The Philippines responded by ordering a halt to further deployment. A militant group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for the March 31 killings of four American contractors whose bodies were mutilated in the restive city of Fallujah...
Trial starts in USS Cole bombing (07/08/04)
SAN'A, Yemen -- A security court charged six alleged al-Qaida members Wednesday with plotting the attack on the USS Cole, opening the first trial in the suicide bombing that killed 17 American sailors. Among the defendants is reputed mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri...
Ireland's pubs defying order to ban smoking (07/08/04)
GALWAY, Ireland -- The smoke of rebellion rose across Ireland on Wednesday as a handful of pubs let customers light up in defiance of a government ban. Health Minister Micheal Martin promised to punish the owners of Fibber Magees, a Galway pub that was the first to rebel against the 3-month-old ban, and any others joining the campaign...
U.S. took 2 tons of Iraq uranium (07/08/04)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States didn't have authorization from the U.N. nuclear watchdog when it secretly shipped from Iraq uranium and highly radioactive material that could be used in so-called "dirty bombs," U.N. officials said Wednesday. The nearly 2 tons of low-enriched uranium and approximately 1,000 highly radioactive items transferred from Iraq to the United States last month had been placed under seal by the International Atomic Energy Agency at the sprawling Tuwaitha nuclear complex, 12 miles south of Baghdad, the officials said.. ...
Iraqi premier is granted wide emergency powers (07/08/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq unveiled emergency laws Wednesday to fight the enduring insurgency, even as masked gunmen battled Iraqi and American forces in Baghdad. The measures give the government broad powers -- including the right to impose limited martial law -- but some Iraqis questioned whether they would restore order...
Thousands of Sudanese take shelter in Chad from killing (07/08/04)
BAHAI, Chad -- Mohammed Azene lies stretched out under a thorn tree in the Chad desert. His last belongings are the mat he sleeps on and a plastic pitcher suspended from a branch so he can do his ritual washing before prayers. Some 15,000 Sudanese, chased from their homes in a systematic campaign of terror, have found shelter under the trees that surround this desert border town. But the brittle branches offer little protection against the searing sun and frequent sand storms...
SEMO digest 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Two football players earn preseason honors Southeast Missouri State tight end Ray Goodson and guard Dan Bieg were named to the preseason All-American team by the Sports Network. Goodson, a senior, was a second-team selection. He led the Indians in receiving last year with 66 catches for 623 yards. The former Jackson player was named first-team all-Ohio Valley Conference last season...
Cape Legion falls to Paducah (07/08/04)
It was a night of missed opportunities for Cape Senior American Legion Wednesday at Capaha Field in a 13-3 loss to Paducah, Ky. Cape (12-19) stranded nine baserunners, five in the first three innings, and also lost four runners on the bases. Wayne Essner allowed only four hits in giving up eight runs. But he walked six and hit three batters and Ford & Sons committed five errors...
Here, there and Down Under (07/08/04)
John Wolpers III hated swimming a few months ago. But now that he's going overseas to compete, it's gravy. The 17-year-old Gators swimmer said he fell into a bad slump in the winter after losing desire for the water. "I'm doing pretty good now," he said, "but for a while I hated swimming and waking up in the morning."...
Area sports calendar 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Baseball Coach pitch tournament: A tournament for baseball teams with 8-year olds is scheduled for July 23-25 in Cape Girardeau. Coaches will pitch in the tournament. Registration deadline is July 18. Info: Robin McKinley, 332-8927. ...
For marital longevity, drop your guard (07/08/04)
You would think that a mature relationship would result in greater maturity. You might not jump to that conclusion if you had spent the last 20 years sitting in my chair. Nothing quite describes the experience of providing marital counseling to a couple who persist in spending an expensive hour in my presence slinging mud at each other. It can be like watching a badminton game from hell...
Health calendar 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Today Blood drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Assisi and St. Claire conference rooms at the St. Francis Medical Center. Preparation for childbirth class 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Healing Arts conference room. For more information, call (877) 231-2229...
Parental involvement urged to combat childhood obesity (07/08/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Susan Hedrick and her 18-year-old daughter are turning the tide on years of fast food and sedentary living. In a bid to shed a combined 180 pounds, they have been eating healthier and taking long walks this summer. And they are doing it together -- something health and diet experts believe is a key to combating the nation's growing obesity epidemic, particularly among children...
River shows its natural beauty (07/08/04)
July 8, 2004 Dear Pat, Living in Northern California, summer was a sometime thing. The sun was a bit brighter maybe, but the ocean kept everything cool. When we craved warmth, we drove Highway 299 inland toward Willow Creek. ...
Public tunes in for reruns on slow week (07/08/04)
So much for a public thirst for original material on televsion in the summer. Nielsen Media Research's 10 most-watched shows last week featured eight reruns, a NASCAR race and one new show: Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's "The Simple Life 2." Fox has made a bid for summer viewership with a handful of original shows that began in June. But with the exception of "The Simple Life 2," all fell below NBC's coverage of the Fourth of July fireworks in the ratings...
Buying into motherhood (07/08/04)
Dana Delany is happy to describe her life as containing "no pets, no plants, no children." But, she says, "Don't get me wrong, I like babies." Good thing, because she had to spend time with an especially cute one in "Baby for Sale," a Lifetime original movie airing at 8 p.m. on Monday...
Government regulatory agency opens probe of Shell Oil refinery (07/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission has begun a formal investigation of the proposed shutdown of a Shell Oil Co. refinery in California to determine possible antitrust violations, a senior FTC official said Wednesday. The refinery near Bakersfield, Calif., has been the subject of intense controversy as Shell officials plan to close the facility in November. The oil company said the refinery was being shut down because of a decline in oil production in the region...
Leo Wiseman Sr. (07/08/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Leo Wilson Wiseman Sr., 69, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 23, 1934, at Lutesville, Mo., son of Wilson and Jattie Eaker Wiseman. He and Mary Louise Harris were married July 20, 1957...
Jerry McDowell II (07/08/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Jerry David McDowell II, 37, of Charleston died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 6, 1967, in Jackson, Miss., son of Jerry David and Maxine Jackson McDowell. He was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston...
Marshall Moore (07/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Marshall B. Moore, 67, of Sikeston died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 15, 1936, in Sikeston, son of Elisha Buckner and Fern Bennett Moore. He and Wanda Cowell were married April 8, 1979. Moore worked for Sikeston Department of Public Safety almost 30 years before retiring, then was a meter reader for Southeast Missouri Rural Electric Coop. He was a member of Murray Lane Baptist Church...
Eddie Laws (07/08/04)
Eddie E. Laws, 53, of Scott City, died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Home in Scott City.
Oleta Yamnitz (07/08/04)
Oleta Ercy Propst Yamnitz, 79, of Jackson died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 13, 1925, at Hurricane, Mo., daughter of William Dellon and Nellie Tennessee Conder Brown. She first married Steve C. Propst Jr. Sept. 29, 1945. He died April 24, 1974. She later married Edwin A. Yamnitz Aug. 7, 1976. He died Aug. 9, 2000...
Jean Dickey (07/08/04)
Jean Carolyn Garrett Dickey died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at her home in Jackson. She was born Aug. 1, 1928, in rural Greene County, Mo. Her father, Carroll Garrett, and mother, Willie Daniel Garrett, preceded her in death. She and Dr. F. Gregory Dickey were married Aug. 18, 1963...
Edna Boswell (07/08/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Edna L. Boswell, 101, formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Lawrence County Manor in Mount Vernon, Mo. Boswell, a homemaker, was born Jan. 4, 1903, in Bollinger County, daughter of John L. and Anna M. Oster Miller...
Evie Johnson (07/08/04)
LOHMAN, Mo. -- Evie Mae Johnson, 80, of Lohman died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo. She was born June 5, 1924, in Henderson Mounds, Mo., daughter of Eddie Lee and Florence Miller Morgan. She and Jessie A. Johnson were married June 20, 1942, at Charleston, Mo. He died in 1995...
Terissa McClelland (07/08/04)
ARAB, Mo. -- Terissa A. McClelland, 48, of Arab died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 17, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charles A. and Shirley Rowe McKee. Survivors include two sons, Rob (Lindsey) McClelland of Advance, Joshua McClelland of Zalma, Mo.; a daughter, Emilya McClelland of Advance, Mo.; her parents of Arab; two brothers, Chuck (Candace) McKee of Arab, Capt. ...
Cape fire report 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 8:35 p.m., a transformer on fire at 2018 Sherwood Drive. At 8:40 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 N. Sprigg St. Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 2:04 a.m., an emergency medical service at 535 Boxwood Drive...
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items have been released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Justin E. King, 21, 8211 Highway 74, Dutchtown, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without a license, driving with no rear brake lights, and false declaration...
Out of the past 7/8/04 (07/08/04)
10 years ago: July 8, 1994 Stalled Cape LaCroix-Walker Creek flood-control project is on shaky ground with no plan in immediate future for contractors to resume work; construction was halted several months ago because excavation equipment damaged building at corner of Kingshighway and Bloomfield Road...
More cuddly mascots (07/08/04)
As president and founder of the World Institute to Minimize Predation, I must express my absolute shock and dismay at the recent decision by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents to select a hawk as mascot of the university's sports teams...
Blood shortage (07/08/04)
Last week, the American Red Cross had less than a one-day supply of blood available for distribution to the 120 hospitals it serves in the Missouri-Illinois region. The organization tries to keep a five-day supply of blood and ordinarily has at least a three-day supply...
Class-action suits create nuisance (07/08/04)
To the editor: It seems like either my wife or I, and sometimes both, are receiving more and more notifications that we are involved in some sort of a class-action suit against one company or another. We feel that these are an invasion of our privacy. ...
Misleading movie based on hatred (07/08/04)
To the editor: A recent letter to the editor suggested that Michael Moore's movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" lends legitimacy to the anti-war protests in Cape Girardeau. While there are many good reasons to question our involvement in Iraq and to disapprove of President Bush's performance, this movie is not one of them...
Student support shows true deficit (07/08/04)
To the editor: Sunday's articles by Marty Mishow and Toby Carrig regarding Southeast Missouri State University's athletic expenditures represent some of the best in-depth reporting I have ever seen in the Missourian. They portray in a reasonable manner some of the real money issues facing university athletic departments...
Running pays off in better health (07/08/04)
To the editor: I read Sam Blackwell's recent column about running. I can totally relate. For about the first year of my running not only did I have the traffic and scenery to distract me, I could also listen to plea-bargaining talks between my legs, lungs and brain. My body was begging to quit while my brain assured all other parts that a book promised running was a good thing and would make us healthy and serenely at one with the universe...
Speak Out 07/08/04 (07/08/04)
Never forget NEVER HAS the world at any given time owed so much to one generation as the free Western world today owes to the Greatest Generation of the Great Depression years and World War II. But so many today are forgetting the sacrifices they made to save the world from despots, tyranny and totalitarianism...
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