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Stories from Friday, July 9, 2004

Circular roadways backed for downtown (07/09/04)
Cape Girardeau's downtown merchants and residents don't want to cut corners when it comes to plans for a new entryway into the city's downtown. About 20 downtown merchants and residents voiced support Thursday night for an engineer's plan for the extension of Fountain Street from Morgan Oak Street to William Street that would include three roundabouts. The informal meeting was held at the Port Cape Girardeau restaurant...
House vote on Patriot Act ends in tie (07/09/04)
From staff and wire reports WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers who say portions of the USA Patriot Act went too far took aim at provisions that made it easier for investigators to learn what people are reading. The House voted Thursday on a proposal by Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., that would prevent the government from using the Patriot Act to demand records from bookstores and libraries. ...
Boys & Girls Club lounge trip triggers policy change (07/09/04)
The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau is reviewing its existing policies and procedures concerning field trips after some members of the community expressed concern over a June 21 trip to a local lounge. According to a club news release, the children were taken to the lounge on a day that it was closed for business to be treated to smoothies and dancing...
Sidewalk inlays tell blind a curb is near (07/09/04)
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, contractors were forced to change the way they made sidewalks. Instead of a 5-inch drop off from a sidewalk to the street, the act required curb ramps so those in wheelchairs could roll, instead of bounce, into the street...
Injured trooper in rehab as prosecutor awaits accident report (07/09/04)
As Sgt. Brad Lively pushes through physical therapy, the final report on the accident that broke both his legs is about two weeks away from being turned over to the county prosecutor for possible action. Sgt. Larry Plunkett, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said that investigators are fine-tuning the report of Lively's June 14 accident and are juggling that report with reports of other accidents they are also investigating...
Crews dismantle bridge to prepare for blasting (07/09/04)
Drivers traveling the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge lately might have noticed traffic is picking up on the old Mississippi River bridge several hundred feet up river. But no one on the 76-year-old bridge these days is just trying to get across. The dismantling of the old bridge started about three or four weeks ago with the removal of the road deck and the curbing at the edge of the deck on the Illinois side of the bridge, said senior construction inspector Rick Lamb with the Missouri Department of Transportation.. ...
Medicare's new card deal wrong prescription, elderly say (07/09/04)
More than a month after the nation's Medicare-approved drug discount cards program took effect, local pharmacists say they've seen little interest in the cards from the area's elderly. "We haven't seen anybody use a card yet," said Becky Maintz, manager of Southeast Pharmacy at Doctors' Park in Cape Girardeau...
Restaurant smoking ban puffing along a year later (07/09/04)
The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A year after city officials here banned smoking in most restaurants, some business owners continue to bemoan the loss of customers and diners complain about the disruptions to their routines. "It should be up to the owners," said Bill Houston, whose fondness for a cigarette with his morning coffee has made it hard for him to go to his favorite haunt, Montgomery's Restaurant. "I don't want to have to find new places to go."...
State briefs 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Metal toy jewelry recalled over lead poisoning risk WASHINGTON -- Four import companies have voluntarily recalled 150 million pieces of toy jewelry sold in vending machines over concerns that some of it could pose a risk of lead poisoning, federal regulators said Thursday. The four companies involved are A & A Global Industries Inc. of Cockeysville, Md.; Brand Imports LLC of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc. of Baltimore; and L.M. Becker & Co. Inc. of Kimberly, Wis...
Enterprise zones get a boost from 'Jobs Now' legislation (07/09/04)
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden on Thursday signed into law his "Jobs Now" bill, a measure aimed at creating jobs through local public works projects. The governor signed the measure, which among other things will also provide $15 million to retrain current workers to keep up with advancing technology, at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus, and planned similar ceremonies in Springfield and Kansas City...
Guard will play more prominent role in next Iraq rotation (07/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Citizen soldiers of the Army National Guard, which has suffered increasing casualties in Iraq in recent months, will assume a notably more prominent role in the next rotation of U.S. combat forces into Iraq beginning late this year, officials said Thursday...
Al-Qaida target elections; government bolsters security (07/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- A steady stream of intelligence, including nuggets from militant-linked Web sites, indicates al-Qaida wants to attack the United States to disrupt the upcoming elections, federal officials said Thursday. Besides elaborate security plans for the political conventions this summer in Boston and New York, the officials are considering how to secure polling places come November...
Sen. Bond's son graduates from Marines' Basic School (07/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- In his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore approaches members of Congress and asks them to enlist their children in the military. Most lawmakers avoided the filmmaker and his questions. As of Thursday, Sen. Kit Bond could have answered that his son will soon be sent to one of the world's hot spots...
FCC backs Nextel in fight over cell phone interference (07/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- A plan aimed at ending cell phone interference that has affected hundreds of public safety systems around the country won approval Thursday from federal regulators. The Federal Communications Commission's unanimous decision, which gives Nextel Communications Inc. ...
Fourth patient dies of rabies (07/09/04)
DALLAS -- A fourth patient died of rabies after receiving a transplant from an infected donor, health officials confirmed Thursday. While the first three victims received organs from an Arkansas man who had the disease, the fourth victim received one of the man's arteries, officials at Baylor University Medical Center said...
Nuclear-free Middle East tops discussion (07/09/04)
JERUSALEM -- The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said he won an endorsement Thursday from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to work for a nuclear-free Middle East. But the pledge appeared vague and weakened by a continued Israeli refusal to confirm its atomic capacities...
Americans arrested in Kabul abused prisoners in private jail (07/09/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan forces arrested three Americans, including a purported former Green Beret, after raiding a jail they were allegedly running in the Afghan capital and finding prisoners hanging from their feet, officials said Thursday. The U.S. ...
Wildfires damage Rwandan park (07/09/04)
KIGALI, Rwanda -- Wildfires touched off by farmers clearing land ravaged hundreds of acres of Rwanda's premier national park, home to a variety of exotic animals, officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, the government began evicting farmers from the fringes of another national park to protect the habitat for the rare mountain gorillas...
Mortar attack in Samarra kills five U.S. soldiers, Iraqi guards (07/09/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi insurgents detonated a car bomb and then hammered a military headquarters in the city of Samarra with a mortar barrage Thursday, leveling the building and killing five U.S. soldiers and one Iraqi guardsman, the U.S. military said...
Missing Marine safe at embassy (07/09/04)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A U.S. Marine whose disappearance in Iraq sparked contradictory claims that he was kidnapped and beheaded turned up alive Thursday, and was at the U.S. Embassy in his native Lebanon. The Navy was investigating whether his abduction could have been a hoax...
Ranks of Iraqi insurgents exceed 5,000 (07/09/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Iraq insurgency is far larger than the 5,000 guerrillas previously thought to be at its core, U.S. military officials say, and it's being led by well-armed Iraqi Sunnis angry at being pushed from power alongside Saddam Hussein...
Johnson, McCauley to play in all-star game (07/09/04)
The Southeast Missourian Players of the Year in both boys and girls basketball will get to showcase their talents in a high school setting one last time at the St. John's Midwest Medicine Missouri Basketball All-star game tonight at the Hammons Center in Springfield, Mo...
Jackson stays hot with pair of wins over Perryville (07/09/04)
Jackson's American Legion team did not display its best stuff on Thursday night in Jackson, but what it showed was good enough for a doubleheader sweep of Perryville. The RE/MAX Achievers dropped Perryville 6-2 and 7-3 in two sloppily played games. Jackson (20-7) only managed five hits in each of the two games...
Coceres finds form in first round of John Deere Classic (07/09/04)
The Argentine, winless since 2001, grabbed a one-stroke advantage. SILVIS, Ill. -- Jose Coceres birdied eight of his first 11 holes and shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the John Deere Classic. Coceres, seeking his first PGA Tour victory since winning twice in 2001, had birdie putts of 36 and 45 feet in his bogey-free round at the TPC at Deere Run...
Armstrong yields yellow jersey (07/09/04)
CHARTRES, France -- Lance Armstrong lost his overall lead in the Tour de France to Thomas Voeckler on Thursday, an honor the five-time champion willingly conceded -- for now. Withstanding rain-doused roads and high wind, Australia's Stuart O'Grady of Cofidis won the Tour's fifth stage with a sprint finish ahead of Voeckler and three other riders who broke early from the main pack and held on...
'Weak' Cardinals rotation leads team to top of NL Central (07/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The pitching staff that wasn't supposed to be good enough to contend, more than the All Star-studded lineup, has the St. Louis Cardinals on top of the National League. "Our starting five didn't get a lot of recognition at the start of the year," center fielder Jim Edmonds said. "But they're the reason we're here."...
Second world record falls at swim trials (07/09/04)
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jenny Thompson wasn't ready to give up swimming. Now, she'll likely finish her brilliant career with a fourth trip to the Olympics. Thompson finished second in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials on Thursday, which should be good enough to get the 31-year-old, 10-time medalist to the Athens Games...
St. Louis lands regional for 2007 NCAA tourney (07/09/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA on Thursday announced sites for the 2007 and 2008 men's basketball tournaments, giving St. Louis another regional final. The Division I Men's Basketball Committee revealed the selections Thursday. The play-in game for 2007 and 2008 again will be played in Dayton, Ohio...
Area sports digest 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Spurgeon posts top score in junior tour stop James Spurgeon's 74 led the way in Gateway PGA Southeast Missouri Junior Series action Wednesday at Hidden Trails in Dexter, Mo. Spurgeon won the 16-18 boys division, which included three players who all posted scores better than 80. Josh Wheeler was second with a 75 and Tyler Holden was third with a 78...
Sports briefs 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Baseball Japan's owners rejected a plan to hold the first baseball World Cup in the United States next year. The owners do not want Major League Baseball in charge of the event and would prefer the International Baseball Federation, an official in the Japanese commissioner's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press...
Toyota Corolla makes sales history (07/09/04)
The Corolla has a reputation for durability and resale value The Ford Model T is the best selling car of all time, right? Wrong. Mustang? Nope. Volkswagen Beetle? Guess again. Although Beetles infested the world years earlier, and the Mustang galloped to market a full two years earlier, the boxy little Toyota Corolla, first introduced in Japan in 1966, has outsold it, with more than 25 million copies sold in 142 countries...
I'll tell you as soon as I remember (07/09/04)
Some of you may have heard me say my memory is like a rolling pin: OK on each end but a middle that can either make a flaky pie crust or a glob of paste. I can remember things from when I was 3 or 4 years old. But if I just met you 10 minutes ago, I might not remember your name...
Coming to theaters 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
'Anchorman' Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Chris Parnell and Fred Willard. Helmet-haired '70s news anchor Ron Burgundy, despite his raging ego and hormones, is the most popular news reader in San Diego. But his status is threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female newscaster, who's soon made his co-anchor. Rated PG-13 sexual humor, language and comic violence, running time 94 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Napoleon decides to sell in latest panel of floodwall mural (07/09/04)
This latest completed mural on Cape Girardeau's downtown floodwall represents the Louisiana Purchase. The mural is located between the mural of Louis Lorimier meeting Meriwether Lewis and the creation of the Missouri flag. The Louisiana Purchase treaty, signed in 1803, marked the United States' purchase of more than 800,000 miles of French land -- extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains -- for about $15 million...
Improving lives through art (07/09/04)
Earlier this week, podiatrist Dr. Zenon Duda was working at the Cape Foot Clinic. Today, artist Zenon Duda travels to Honduras to work on a large sculpture that will remain in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. It was only about two months ago that Duda found out he was chosen as one of the artists to participate in Art for All, a project in Honduras created by the United Nations Volunteers and the office of the first lady of Honduras...
Everybody's a critic - 'Spider-Man 2' (07/09/04)
Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence, running time, 125 minutes. (Cape West Cine) Three-and-a-half stars (out of four) "Spider-Man 2" has Peter Parker (Toby McGuire) continuing to fight crime and keeping his undying love for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) a secret. This time Spider-Man has to fight a new villain named Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), a...
Artifacts 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Prosecuting attorney part of lecture series Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle will discuss his book, "The Gold of Cape Girardeau," at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sikeston Depot Book Lecture Series, "Local Authors, Local Topics, Local History." Swingle's debut novel was nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for Civil War fiction in 2003. The lecture will be held at the Sikeston Depot Museum at 116 W. Malone Ave. For more information, call (573) 481-9967...
Biography finally brings Guthrie to life (07/09/04)
LOS ANGELES -- More than a dozen writers have tried to chronicle the vagabond life of Woody Guthrie, but none brought him alive quite like Ed Cray, not even Guthrie himself. Cray used a treasure trove of songs, stories, letters, drawings and notes that the folk balladeer compiled from his youth until the degenerative neurological disease Huntington's Chorea made it impossible for him to write or draw...
Jazz festival celebrates 50 swinging years (07/09/04)
If George Wein had been a better pianist, there might never have been a Newport Jazz Festival. Fortunately, Wein realized his true calling as a concert impresario. His groundbreaking open-air festival, which created a new respect for jazz as it dragged the art form out of small, smoke-filled clubs, celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer from Aug. 11 to 15...
Bradley Clifton (07/09/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Bradley Lanche Clifton, 27, of Advance died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at his home. He was born June 14, 1977, in Cape Girardeau, son of Sue Clifton and Dennis Long. He and Christie Eaker were married Dec. 2, 1995, at Fruitland. Clifton was a construction worker...
Carroll Adams (07/09/04)
Carroll M. Adams, 88, of Jackson died Thursday, July 8, 2004, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Eddie Laws Sr. (07/09/04)
Eddie Earl Laws Sr., 53, of Scott City died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 31, 1950, at Portageville, Mo., son of Lee and Mildred Lovell Laws. He and Patricia Ann Durbin were married July 25, 1969, at Portageville...
Brenda Drury (07/09/04)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Brenda Sue Drury, 56, of Bertrand died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born June 30, 1948, at Sikeston, daughter of Warren and Reeve Robinson Reynolds. She and Fred Drury were married Aug. 10, 1968...
Nora Miner (07/09/04)
Nora Frances Miner, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 8, 2004, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Cobden, Ill., daughter of Daniel D. and Clara Mae Musgraves Richardson. She and Ernest E. Miner were married Oct. 24, 1942, in Enid, Okla. He died Nov. 13, 1997...
Births 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Metzger Triplet son and daughters to Ty and Tracy Metzger of Jackson, St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Thursday, June 17, 2004. Gabriel Ty was born at 11:19 p.m. and weighed 3 pounds 15 ounces. Gracie Lee was born at 11:20 p.m. and weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces. ...
Cape police report 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items have been released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Brian K. Vogel, 37, 417 S. Pacific St., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing in connection with the theft of a bicycle from 401 S. Pacific St...
Cape fire report 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 8:33 p.m., a still alarm at 1802 N. Main St. At 10:29 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1929 Delwin St., Apt. 6.Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday: At 1:19 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1203 Fairlane St...
Out of the past 7/9/04 (07/09/04)
10 years ago: July 9, 1994 Cape Girardeau Airport manager Randy Holdman announces he will resign July 31 to take position with Drury Southwest Inc. of Cape Girardeau, commercial development company. Restless Heart, Aaron Tippin and Janie Fricke will lend decidedly country flavor to musical entertainment at 139th SEMO District Fair Sept. 11 through 17 at Arena Park...
Art, movies become political forums (07/09/04)
Demon art: A shocking image of a blood-spattered President Bush devouring a headless child is causing an uproar. The drawing by sculptor Richard Serra, based on a painting by Goya, is being used to promote www.pleasevote.com, billed as "a call to vote the Bush administration out of office." It appears on the back cover of The Nation's July 5 issue. ...
Look! Up in the sky! (07/09/04)
In recent years, the annual air show at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport has become a major event that draws thousands of visitors -- some avid pilots and aircraft owners, some flying enthusiasts, some curious onlookers and some who just like to have fun at a well-organized summer event...
Issues in movie ignored by media (07/09/04)
To the editor: "Fahrenheit 9/11" is packed with footage of events and issues that cannot be easily dismissed. The Bush family does have extensive business ties to the Saudi royal family. Some of President Bush's failed business ventures were funded by the bin Ladens. ...
Consider future of U.N. control (07/09/04)
To the editor: As I gaze with wonder at the glorious fireworks on another Fourth of July, I'm reminded what they truly represent: "The rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air," which "gave proof through the night that our flag was still there." And I wonder how long our new interpretation of freedom of speech and freedom of expression, coupled with political correctness and tolerance of anything and everything, will allow this country to remain free...
It's time to back Redhawk teams (07/09/04)
To the editor: What if ... . Should have ... . Could have ... . Would have ... . None of these will help. The decision is made. It's too bad it took so much time to change from the Indian tradition. The decision was preordained. I appreciated Don Dickerson's efforts and explanations on what has and what has not transpired in the last 20 years...
Speak Out 07/09/04 (07/09/04)
Start with the Bible IF ONE knew nothing about the Declaration of Independence and was motivated to read it in its entirety after reading your editorial tribute to it, the first place the person would likely look would be the Bible. Not very bright THE COMMENT about the person pumping gas while smoking hit a nerve with me. I know people who smoke aren't very bright (there are exceptions), but it takes a particularly stupid person to smoke a cigarette while pumping gas...
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