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Stories from Tuesday, July 13, 2004

You can find me in the club (07/13/04)
Have you ever noticed that during summer, the days begin mixing together? Those two precious days of freedom that everyone savored during the school year have turned into three months of summer bliss -- for teenagers, that is. Everyone else contributing to American society is scowling down upon us and wondering why their cubicle is so small...
Learning briefs 7/13 (07/13/04)
Van Cleve named to president's list at TSU J. Luke Van Cleve was named to the spring 2004 president's list at Truman State University with a 4.0 grade point average. He is the son of John and Mary Van Cleve of Cape Girardeau. Area students graduate from Mizzou with honors...
A national intrusion into a private moment (07/13/04)
The death of Ronald Reagan is a topic that has been written about so much over the past two weeks. America watched the "journey" together, from his death announcement to him being put in his final resting place in California. And we watched the speeches, given by family members and government dignitaries alike, that praised the former president's politics, sense of humor and, most of all, his devotion to his wife of more than 50 years, Nancy...
A teacher's adventures in Chile (07/13/04)
Having just graduated from Washington University in St. Louis six weeks ago, and saddled with student loans, I have decided to do what anyone in my position would do: I'm moving to another continent to work for free. "Free" might not be the most accurate way to characterize my remuneration, since I will be provided with room and board, but for the next six months I will be a volunteer teacher in the South American city of Antofagasta, Chile. ...
Four 'slingshot vandal' suspects get August court dates (07/13/04)
Four of the five defendants who became known this past spring as the "slingshot vandals" were given continued court dates Monday. Chad R. Burton, 18, Lawrence F. Kenkel, 20, both of Cape Girardeau, Jeffrey L. Farris, 19, of Olive Branch Ill., and Jared M. Klein, 18, of Thebes, Ill., all appeared for a case review Monday before Judge John Heisserer, who ordered them to return to court Aug. 9. All have pleaded not guilty to felony property damage...
SEMO ready to give parking offenders the 'boot' (07/13/04)
Southeast Missouri State University plans to give chronic parking offenders the "boot" this academic year even though the school saw a decline in parking violations. The board of regents last month agreed to the administration's plan to use a vehicle boot, a device that is attached to a tire to prevent it from moving...
Views differ on parallel between same-sex, interracial marriage (07/13/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- During the debate over same-sex marriage in Missouri and elsewhere, comparisons have been drawn between efforts to outlaw such unions and statutes barring interracial marriage that were commonplace throughout the country just a generation ago...
Jackson School Board agenda 7/13/04 (07/13/04)
7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda: Presentation on transition program New course offerings Approval of assurance statements for special education Approval of special education program evaluation Report on state and federal programs...
Southeast Missouri State official dies (07/13/04)
Dr. Melvin D. "Mel" Gillespie, assistant to the president for equity issues at Southeast Missouri State University, died Sunday in a St. Louis hospital, school officials said Monday. A family member reported that his death was apparently caused by a heart attack, said Art Wallhausen, associate to the president at Southeast. No funeral arrangements were disclosed as of late Monday afternoon...
Jackson board reviews special-use permit process (07/13/04)
Several skeptical Jackson residents asked questions Monday night concerning a special-use permit that would allow a future bakery to have a drive-through window. The owners of Meyer's Bakery, which was destroyed in last year's tornado, want to have enough space to create a drive-through and a more driver-friendly parking lot for a new facility on busy East Jackson Boulevard...
Jan. 1 shooting trial set for August (07/13/04)
Southeast Missourian The man accused of the New Year's Day shooting death outside a Cape Girardeau after-hours club will be tried for second-degree murder and armed criminal action Aug. 19 and 20 in Scott County on a change of venue. Samuel M. Houston, 21, of Thebes, Ill., appeared in court Monday along with public defender Jason Tilley for a pretrial conference with Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Cape County Commission candidates begin debates (07/13/04)
The first public debates for candidates running for the Cape Girardeau County Commission are slated for tonight at Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. The event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, begins at 7 p.m...
Conservation Department works on Cape County fishing spot (07/13/04)
For over 90 years, the Block Hole south of Cape Girardeau has been a favorite spot for local fishermen to shed their worries, pack their rods and lose themselves. Now the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Little River Drainage District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are cooperating to make the fishing hole an easier place to get sucked into...
Candidates for county, state offices invited to forum (07/13/04)
Cape Girardeau voters have the opportunity to bring their questions directly to local and state political candidates at today's voters forum. The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri and the Department of Communications at Southeast Missouri State University are sponsoring the forum from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University...
Missouri law takes more mundane view of marriage (07/13/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although the Missouri Supreme Court has never considered whether same-sex couples have the constitutional right to wed, it commented on the gender parameters of marriage in the early years of statehood. "There must be a man and a woman," Judge Mathias McGirk, an original member of the high court, wrote in an 1835 case. "Two men cannot make it. Two women cannot -- only one man and one woman under our laws can enter into it. ..."...
Heat comes back after mild June (07/13/04)
After a mild start to summer, the heat has returned to Southeast Missouri. With temperatures rising above 90 only four times in June, the recent heat wave left Southeast Missouri residents looking for relief. The temperature rose to 92 on Sunday and Monday...
Two charged in murder attempt (07/13/04)
Billie Davis woke up around 2:30 a.m. June 17 surrounded by smoke, fire and, police would later claim, a daughter's betrayal. Davis tried to put out the blaze, but she couldn't. Her crippled knees carried her through the smoke and between the flames...
Marquette Centre receives state aid to assist cleanup (07/13/04)
As the public eye scans upward to admire the progress of the Marquette Tower's refurbishment, the focus of contractors and real estate agents alike is shifting to the low-rise Marquette Centre at 221 N. Fountain across the street. Last week, the Missouri Department of Economic Development approved an additional $500,000 in remediation tax credits that will help project contractor Prost Builders get started on the Centre. ...
More of nation's forests may be opened to logging (07/13/04)
BOISE, Idaho -- The Bush administration Monday proposed lifting a national rule that closed remote areas of national forests to logging, instead saying states should decide whether to keep a ban on road-building in those areas. Environmentalists immediately criticized the change as the biggest timber industry giveaway in history...
Booster shots for whooping cough may be on horizon (07/13/04)
Whooping cough, one of those ancient scourges that infant vaccination was meant to wipe out, is making a dangerous comeback: It turns out the vaccine that babies get starts wearing off by adolescence. With outbreaks striking teenagers and adults, the government soon will decide if it's time for booster shots against the cough so violent it can break a rib. ...
Weezie on 'The Jeffersons,' Isabel Sanford, dead at 86 (07/13/04)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Actress Isabel Sanford, best known as "Weezie" Louise Jefferson on the television sitcom "The Jeffersons," died of natural causes, her publicist said Monday. She was 86. Sanford died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized since July 4, said Brad Lemack. Her daughter, Pamela Ruff, was at her side, he said...
Illegal aliens flown home to Mexico free (07/13/04)
PHOENIX -- More than 130 illegal immigrants were flown for free to the Mexican interior Monday on the first flight of a U.S. government program aimed at curbing repeat immigration attempts. The flights are a voluntary alternative for illegal immigrants to the usual practice of being driven back only to the border, far from their hometowns...
Bush says Iraq posed unacceptable risk (07/13/04)
From wire reports OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- After a Senate report torpedoed much of the intelligence he used to justify the invasion of Iraq, President Bush stood firmly by his war decision Monday, insisting that Saddam Hussein's capability to produce weapons of mass destruction posed a risk to the United States that he was obligated to confront...
Air Force looks for the few, the proud, the accordionists (07/13/04)
QUINCY, Mass. -- There's a great job out there awaiting an accordion player. The catch: Six weeks in boot camp. The Air Force has been looking to replace the accordion player of its band's Strolling Strings music ensemble since the musician retired two years ago. So far, the search has been fruitless...
Kerry targets Hispanics, blacks with ad buys (07/13/04)
BOSTON -- Democrat John Kerry is launching $3 million worth of campaign ads targeting Hispanics and blacks this week as he tries to shore up the minority vote that is critical in his quest for the White House. As polls continue to show a competitive presidential race, both parties are determined to sway Hispanics, the fastest-growing minority whose votes will be crucial in battleground states in which the margin was razor-thin in 2000. ...
Official calls for process to reschedule elections (07/13/04)
WASHINGTON -- The head of a new federal voting commission suggested to congressional leaders Monday that there should be a process for canceling or rescheduling an election interrupted by terrorism, but national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said no such plan is being considered by the administration...
Nation briefs 07/13/04 (07/13/04)
Theories abound over vanished pelicans CHASE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.D. -- The air here this time of year usually is filled with the grunts and squawks of thousands of white pelicans and their chicks. The giant birds have made the refuge their home for at least 100 years. ...
At 2-year anniversary, corporate fraud force reaches high mark (07/13/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Corporate Fraud Task Force, created two years ago in response to a wave of company scandals, has reached a high-water mark with the addition of Enron Corp. chief Kenneth Lay to a lengthy roster of senior executives charged with crimes...
Food pyramid might disappear as government's eating guide (07/13/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government is looking at replacing the Food Guide Pyramid it uses to guide Americans' eating habits, hoping to find something that will motivate people better to turn to healthful diets. While 80 percent of the nation recognizes the pyramid, two-thirds are overweight or obese, Agriculture Department officials said Monday as they asked for ideas...
Iraqi militants try political tack (07/13/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- A Shiite group whose militia fought U.S. troops for two months is quietly working to transform itself into a behind-the-scenes political power. Since the guns fell silent in June, the group led by Muqtada al-Sadr has sought to distance itself from violence and rebuild ties with top clerics. And it is considering throwing its weight behind candidates in elections scheduled for January...
Israel's prime minister asks Labor to join his coalition (07/13/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked the moderate Labor Party to join his shaky coalition Monday, an alliance that would strongly boost chances for a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Sharon warned hard-liners in his Likud Party, who oppose a partnership with Labor and a Gaza pullout, that he would call early elections if they stand in his way...
World digest 07/13/04 (07/13/04)
Porn cache scandalizes Austrian seminary VIENNA, Austria -- A vast cache of child pornography and photos of young priests having sex has been discovered at a Roman Catholic seminary, officials said Monday, leading politicians and church leaders to demand a criminal probe and the resignation of the bishop in charge. ...
Doubts arise over anti-Semitic attack (07/13/04)
PARIS -- Police patrolled suburban trains on Monday and studied video from surveillance cameras, trying to track down six men who allegedly attacked a young mother and scrawled swastikas on her stomach. But doubts surfaced about whether the attack, which stunned France, had actually occurred...
Scott Co. is in the zone after winning district (07/13/04)
The second-year team won the rights to host this week's zone tournament. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Scott County Post 369 took some lumps last season, but the Jr. Legion baseball team has bounced back this year to do the thumping...
Tejada has last laugh in HR Derby (07/13/04)
The Associated Press HOUSTON -- After a call for an intentional walk to Barry Bonds opened the All-Star Home Run Derby with a laugh, Miguel Tejada flashed even more power than the slugger who usually gets the most attention. Tejada hit a record 15 home runs in the second round, topping out at 497 feet and putting several over the 58-foot wall behind the left field seats, toward Crawford Street. He went on to defeat hometown favorite Lance Berkman 5-4 in the final with five of 10 outs to spare...
Blackout in Greece raises Olympic concerns (07/13/04)
By Patrick Quinn ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- The worst blackout in more than a decade hit Athens and southern Greece on Monday, leaving millions sweltering in a heat wave and raising concerns about whether the lights will go out at next month's Olympics...
NL looks to bury ax -- in AL (07/13/04)
Enemies Clemens and Piazza lead National League into annual showcase. By Ben Walker ~ The Associated Press HOUSTON -- At least Mike Piazza will be wearing a mask, shinguards and a chest protector when Roger Clemens throws at him Tuesday night...
Peirisol sets world record, beats Phelps in backstroke (07/13/04)
By Paul Newberry ~ The Associated Press LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Aaron Peirsol climbed atop the lane rope, pumping his right fist in the air over and over again. Michael Phelps leaned his forehead against the wall of the pool, looking downright exhausted...
Attorney plays Danton accomplice as victim (07/13/04)
Defense shows strategy after hearing for 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer. By Jim Suhr ~ The Associated Press EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- An attorney for a college student accused with St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton in a murder-for-hire plot portrayed his client Monday as a naive young woman smitten with an athlete who ultimately manipulated her...
Ailing Rolen not in mood for a break (07/13/04)
The St. Louis third baseman carts his bum knee to the All-Star Game. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The wise course of action for Scott Rolen during the All-Star break would be to find a place to relax and rest his sore left knee...
Sports briefs 7/13/04 (07/13/04)
Basketball Making a last-ditch effort to retain Carlos Boozer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered him a one-year contract worth about $5 million amid reports he will part ways with his agent, The Associated Press has learned. The power forward's reputation has taken a beating over the past week after he stunned Cleveland by agreeing to a $68 million offer from the Utah Jazz. ...
Presidential politics needs more mascots (07/13/04)
A lot of people think politics is boring. But then they've never seen the Waffle Man. The Bush-Cheney campaign has been pulling out all the stops in the battleground state of Missouri. Last week, the campaign came to Denny's restaurant in Cape Girardeau. The campaign stop for the Republican Party faithful featured a guy dressed up in a square waffle suit, but no butter or syrup...
The Root offers more experimentation on hip-hop album (07/13/04)
The Associated Press Always expect the unexpected from the Roots. On their genre-expanding 2002 album "Phrenology," the Philadelphia hip-hop band flirted with punk, downshifted neo-soul into a drum n' bass workout and imagined their guitar-riffing hip-hop as rock 'n' roll's offspring. The disc was heady, ambitious and undeniably progressive...
Miniserious - Dylan McDermott is enmeshed in TNT's 'The Grid' (07/13/04)
LOS ANGELES -- "I hesitate to call it entertainment," Dylan McDermott says about "The Grid," a new TNT miniseries about the worldwide threat of terrorism. "It's intriguing. It's a deep and thoughtful piece and you really have to sit there and deal with a lot of different things, and you are instilled with some fear."...
John Theriac Sr. (07/13/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- John J. Theriac Sr., 73, of Cairo died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at the home of a daughter in Cairo. He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in East St. Louis, Ill., son of Fred J. and Elizabeth Wilson Theriac. He married Juanita V. Theriac, who died in 1984...
Dorothy Childers (07/13/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Dorothy S. Childers, 92, of Cairo died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Daystar Care Center. She was born March 15, 1912, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Issac and Alice Williams Sullivan. She married Robert James Childers, who died in 1975...
Margriete Proctor (07/13/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Margriete Elizabeth Proctor, 80, of Benton died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Nov. 28, 1923, at Glenallen, Mo., daughter of Fred and Ruth Aldrich Burns. She and Glen Orville Proctor were married Jan. 31, 1947, at Benton. He died Feb. 14, 2004...
Loretta Hoffman (07/13/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Loretta A. Hoffman, 80, of Perryville died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 26, 1923, at Belgique, Mo., daughter of Oscar and Gertrude Hogard Buerck. She and Thomas E. Hoffman were married Aug. 31, 1946, at Belgique. He died Jan. 13, 2000...
Ruth Marshall (07/13/04)
Ruth Pauline Marshall, 83, of Poplar Bluff died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Delma Gardens Care Center in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Sept. 10, 1920, at Frisco, Mo. She and Loren S. Marshall were married in April 1940. He died Dec. 5, 1998. Marshall was a member of First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff and its Sue Messenger Circle...
Births 7/13/04 (07/13/04)
Richey Son to Charles Waldon and Crystal Lynn Richey of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:32 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2004. Name, Maxwell Waldon. Weight, 7 pounds 9 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Richey is the former Crystal Koch, daughter of Gary and Linda Koch of Cape Girardeau. She is a secretary at Heartland Distributing. Richey is the son of Mike Richey and Becky Richey of Cape Girardeau. He is sales manager at Heartland Distributing...
Cape fire report 7/13/04 (07/13/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 4:50 p.m., an emergency medical service at 3003 Themis St., Apt. A. At 6:49 p.m., an emergency medical service at 247 Siemers Drive. At 8:58 p.m., an emergency medical service at 148 S. Lorimier St., Apt. 10...
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/13/04 (07/13/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items have been released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Rebekah D. George, 40, 787 Claylock, Whitescreek, Tenn., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child, following a motor vehicle accident...
Out of the past 7/13/04 (07/13/04)
10 years ago: July 13, 1994 Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputies and agents from federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spent yesterday chasing stream of reports from area residents who discovered homemade explosive devices in their mailboxes; total of seven reports of bombs, about half of which had detonated, have come into department this week...
A challenge to public schools (07/13/04)
By George Wood I received a call from a friend who was fortunate enough to be at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., when the Cassini-Huygens satellite began sending the first photos of Saturn's rings. It was, he said, witnessing America at its greatest...
Economic conference pinpoints needs, concerns (07/13/04)
I attended the recent economic development forum organized by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. It was time well-spent for the 60 individuals who showed up. Most major area industries were represented. Emerson distributed a column by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman that included some of the following comments...
Post office location (07/13/04)
When the Cape Girardeau Post Office moved to temporary facilities on Christine Street last March, everyone -- postal officials and postal patrons -- hoped the move would be just that: temporary. But, as postmaster Mike Keefe has noted, the decision-making machinery of the government moves slowly. As a result, no decision has been made on a solution to where the post office will end up...
Amendment is waste of time (07/13/04)
To the editor: I hope Missouri voters will soundly defeat the Republican-sponsored proposal to ban gay marriage by constitutional amendment. It is mean-spirited, a waste of time and downright silly. The issue isn't marriage at all. Marriage is the union of man and woman. ...
Speak Out 07/13/04 (07/13/04)
Red House docents I DON'T think enough mention was made of the participation of the Red House docents in Libertyfest. Those volunteers do a great job and are largely unsung. I think they added a wonderful historical touch to Libertyfest. Thanks. Young burglars...
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