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City plans to restrict number of pets (07/19/04)
Cape Girardeau City Council members say they're ready to limit the number of household pets over the objections of local Humane Society officials who argue the new rules aren't necessary. Cape Girardeau pet owners won't be able to own more than four dogs and four cats without a special-use permit under the ordinance scheduled for first reading today. The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall...
Stabbing suspect's record in question (07/19/04)
The suspect in Saturday's fatal stabbing has a criminal record, but the Scott County Sheriff's Department isn't yet certain what it is. Robert L. Grant Jr., 21, was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and four counts of felony assault following the incident at a secluded party site in Scott County...
What it take to put on summer garage sales (07/19/04)
Garage sales typically begin with an ending. The inspiration to open one's garage, car port or yard to bargain-seeking strangers usually comes at a time of closure, whether it be the packing away of seasonal wares at season's end, or the sunset of a period in a child's life that leaves boxes of outgrown clothes and toys. Maybe it's the passing of a fad or phase in an adult life...
Music academy students scrapbook their perfomance in Minnesota (07/19/04)
Taking a trip is only half the fun. Some musicians have found that scrapbooking your memories can be just as exciting. In the spring, a group of young performers from Southeast Music Academy at Southeast Missouri State University participated in their first opera, "Noye's Fludde." Following the biblical story of Noah's ark, "Fludde" is an adaptation of an old English morality play...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 7/19/04 (07/19/04)
7 p.m. today City hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Appearancen Update on highway projects by Scott Meyer, district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings)n An ordinance amending city code relating to water rates...
Community cuisine 7/19/04 (07/19/04)
Fire department plans fish, chicken supper The Perkins Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 35th annual fish and chicken supper from 2 to 7 p.m. on July 31. There will be an auction, live music and homemade ice cream. -- From staff reports...
Community Q&A 7/19/04 (07/19/04)
Name: Carolyn Lee Barks Lives in: Cape Girardeau resident for 40 years. Job: Administrative secretary for the Division of Planning Services, Cape Girardeau City Hall. What do you like most about the area? I like the size and landscape of Cape as well as the proximity to St. Louis and Memphis and all the possibilities of weekend road trips and the things to do in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee...
Military digest 07/19/04 (07/19/04)
The Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently. With their help, the Regional Office has been able to expand and enhance programs and services offered in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Pictured front, from left, are Cathy Harre, Alice Quigley, Carla Quigley, Austin Birk, Laura Quigley, Robin White, Roy White, Teresa Birk; back, from left, Linda Minner, Paul Harre, Rep. Scott Lipke, John Hrabar, Shirley Hrabar, Kaye Hooper, Victoria Pingel, Sharon Snell,...
Community briefs 07/19/04 (07/19/04)
Golf course receives new stretching station Eye Care For You recently donated The Stretch Station 3000 to the Jaycee Golf Course. The Stretch Station 3000 lets golfers warm up before playing and reduce their chances for injury. Blood drive this week to help leukemia victim...
Children of the American Revolution chapter started (07/19/04)
Submitted photo Pictured from back, left, were Missouri State Society of the Children of the American Revolution senior state president Joyce Stanley, Riley Talbut, Jack Johnson holding Matthew Stroder, Jack Lake and Morgan Lake; front, from left, Laurel Kasten, Pete Lake, Karsten Short and Chandler Short.Southeast Missourian...
Sheriff candidates raise almost $40,000 (07/19/04)
While the 20-horse county commission races have grabbed the headlines, there is some serious campaigning going on down the stretch in other Cape Girardeau County races as well. That's particularly true in the sheriff race where the two Republican candidates, incumbent John Jordan and Alan Foust, have raised almost $40,000 to spend on their Aug. 3 primary campaigns...
Two camps funding most of casino ad campaigns (07/19/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In politics, as in business, an observer can sometimes follow the money to reveal the reason for certain policies or proposals. The most recent example appears to be proposed Constitutional Amendment 1, which on the Aug. 3 ballot will pose the question of whether to authorize a casino in Rockaway Beach, a tiny community not far from the entertainment mecca of Branson...
Gunfire at scene of yard sale leaves two dead (07/19/04)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Relatives and neighbors expressed disbelief after a morning yard sale erupted into a shooting scene, leaving two men dead, a woman critically injured and the suspected teenage gunman wounded when police shot him. The men killed were John Strasburger, 24, who was holding the garage sale with his mother, and Fletcher Coats, 39, who was a neighbor in a north St. Louis County subdivision, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday...
Enron e-mails give insiders' view of raising campaign cash (07/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- In only a few e-mails, Enron employees laid bare the reality of politics: the money trail from companies seeking favors from lawmakers with the power to grant them. The e-mails circulated among Enron officials in 2000 and 2001, before the collapse of the Houston energy company, are under review by the House ethics committee, which is considering whether to investigate the fund-raising activities of the No. 2 leader in the House, Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas...
Bush's Iraq-uranium claim supported (07/19/04)
WASHINGTON -- It was one of the first signs that the intelligence used to go to war in Iraq was wrong: White House repudiation of 16 words in last year's State of the Union speech that had suggested Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium in Africa. Yet even as two recent reports sharply criticized prewar intelligence, they also suggested President Bush's claim may not have been totally off-base...
Governors grapple with aging of America and how states can help (07/19/04)
SEATTLE -- Gray hair is the least of it. Aging poses sharp challenges to those lucky enough to face it, from mobility to mental health to independence. As tens of millions of Americans approach the age of 65, the care and costs are increasingly critical to the nation...
Prep companies - We can help with new SATs, ACTs (07/19/04)
NEWTON, Mass. -- Sporting a shirt embroidered with the Princeton Review logo, David Ragsdale darts around his small classroom, handing back practice essays for the new SAT and offering each student a bullet-point comment. "You want to be careful about using things that are a little controversial," Ragsdale tells one boy. "You never know what kind of personal issues that will bring up in your reader."...
Edwards honed good campaign skills in front of juries (07/19/04)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- In a performance reminiscent of lawyers made famous in literature and on television, John Edwards walked a jury through the last hours of 4-year-old Josh Howard's innocence. Josh's daddy had promised they would go horseback riding that day, and by afternoon he was waiting at the day care center door for a ride home that would never come. His parents had been killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer...
Americans accused of running private jail claim Defense links (07/19/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Three Americans accused of detaining and abusing Afghans on an independent hunt for terrorists appeared in court Sunday, insisting they had contacts with the U.S. Defense Department, while acknowledging that they ran an illegal jail, a judge said...
American accused of desertion hospitalized in Japan (07/19/04)
TOKYO -- Gripping a cane and looking haggard, an American accused of deserting the U.S. Army and defecting to North Korea was hospitalized immediately after he arrived in Japan on Sunday, putting himself within the reach of U.S. authorities for the first time in 39 years...
Angry Palestinians burn office in protest (07/19/04)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Militants sacked and burned Palestinian government offices Sunday, the latest sign of growing anger over Yasser Arafat's decision to reach into his old guard and choose a loyalist relative as his new security chief. A confrontation was brewing between Arafat -- reluctant to yield significant power -- and Palestinian militants, including some of Arafat's own officers. They are demanding deep reforms and new faces, Palestinian analysts said...
Iraq approves U.S. airstrike that kills 14 (07/19/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A U.S. airstrike authorized by Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi hit purported trenches and fighting positions in Fallujah used by al-Qaida linked foreign fighters, killing 14 people early Sunday, Iraqi officials said. Word that Allawi approved the early morning attack was a clear attempt to show that the Iraqi government has taken full sovereignty from the Americans and has firm control, despite its deep reliance on the 160,000 foreign troops, mainly from United States...
Bolivians decide fate of gas reserves in referendum (07/19/04)
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- The fate of Bolivia's immense natural gas reserves were at stake Sunday as voters decided whether to allow exports and increase government participation in a referendum aimed at healing social unrest threatening to fracture South America's poorest country...
Caps cap perfect 5-0 weekend with wins over Riverdogs, Outlaws (07/19/04)
The Plaza Tire Capahas finally lost their shutout streak Sunday -- just barely -- but kept their winning streak intact as they posted a pair of lopsided home victories. One day after blanking the St. Louis Golden Spikes twice, the Capahas drilled the Cape Girardeau Riverdogs 9-0 in seven innings and then routed the Evansville (Ind.) Outlaws 17-3 in a five-inning, run-rule contest...
Shawnee Park to receive upgrades (07/19/04)
A recently approved five-year plan will add numerous amenities. By Mark Unterreiner ~ Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Board of Directors approved a five-year plan July 12th to make improvements to Cape's Shawnee Park beginning this fall...
Byrd wins B.C. Open on Purdy miss (07/19/04)
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- When Ted Purdy's second shot on the 72nd hole of the B.C. Open landed within arm's length of the hole, he and Jonathan Byrd shared the same thought. "I thought we'd have a playoff tomorrow," Purdy said as darkness fell Sunday night...
Earnhardt suffers burns after crash in warmup (07/19/04)
The Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. -- A fun weekend of racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned frightening Sunday when a wreck during a warmup for an American Le Mans Series race turned his car into a fireball, leaving him hospitalized with burns on his face and legs...
Redbirds cut down Reds in series finale (07/19/04)
The Associated Press CINCINNATI -- Mike Matheny seems re-energized following the All-Star break. Matheny finished the first half in a 4-for-26 slump that dropped his average from .271 to .250. He began the second half by going 6-for-12 as the St. Louis Cardinals took three of four games from Cincinnati, capping the series with a 10-4 win on Sunday...
Armstrong stays second, rests for giant Alps test (07/19/04)
NIMES, France -- There's a giant obstacle -- the Alps -- in Lance Armstrong's road to victory at the Tour de France. But judging by his devastating form, this week's peaks may be nothing more than speed bumps as the five-time champion closes in on a record sixth straight crown in Paris next week...
Hamilton escapes obscurity (07/19/04)
TROON, Scotland -- Unflappable to the very end, Todd Hamilton tapped in a par putt to win the British Open in a playoff, bending over to get the ball out of the hole as if it was just another round of golf. Then he stopped. And only then did the enormity of the moment -- and how he got there -- start to sink in...
'Big Unit' trade is exciting but not likely (07/19/04)
Take a deep breath. Good. Now pick up the phone, call your neighbor and say, "Let's put Randy's welcome parade on hold for now. David said there's rain in the forecast." Cardinals nation is in a frenzy over this Randy Johnson-to-the-Cardinals rumor. I was excited, just like you, when I heard Jeff Brantley tell a national audience he thought Johnson would end up in St. Louis, but it's wishful thinking...
Sports briefs 7/19/04 (07/19/04)
Baseball Mark Prior tested his elbow in a 10-minute pregame throwing session from the bullpen Sunday and emerged relatively pain free. Prior, forced out of his start Thursday when he felt discomfort in the elbow during the second inning, was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday against St. Louis. The Cubs won't determine his status until Monday to see how he rebounds from Sunday's workout. Prior declined comment...
'Two Nations' to come together in Cape (07/19/04)
Weeks after heralding the coming of his new restaurant on Broadway, El Torero owner Daniel Alvarez has announced another project cooking in Cape Girardeau. But rather than serving prepared Mexican delicacies, Alvarez plans to open a food and restaurant supply distribution outlet that sells the raw materials that have made his El Torero restaurants successful...
Ex-prosecutor takes on DA in lawsuit and latest novel (07/19/04)
NEW YORK -- Robert Reuland parked his black Mercedes station wagon at a meter and walked across Ralph Avenue to a half-dead strip mall. On a cloudy February morning four years ago in this bleak stretch of south Brooklyn, a 16-year-old boy leaned across a bodega counter and fired a .45-caliber derringer into the Lebanese immigrant owner's chest. Khalil "Pop" Hussein died where he fell...
Will Smith holds summer streak with 'I, Robot' (07/19/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Will Smith has the summer crowd well programmed. Smith's sci-fi thriller "I, Robot" was his latest No. 1 July debut, opening with $52.25 million and bumping "Spider-Man 2" from the top spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Americans may do well to copy Brits' award speeches (07/19/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Newly announced Emmy nominees have two months to think about the acceptance speeches they might get to deliver. A bit of advice: Start acting British. Please. British award winners offer short, witty, self-deprecating remarks. Or, if they're in Laurence Olivier's league, they might recite lushly poetic monologues that leave us both agog and entertained...
Building supply company moving in near airport (07/19/04)
Apparently the air show isn't the only thing going on south of Cape Girardeau around Interstate 55 this summer. Negwer Materials Inc. recently announced it will be opening a regional distribution center at 1816 E. I-55 Outer Road across the interstate from the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The Cape Girardeau location will be the St. Louis-based wholesale building supply company's 10th location in Missouri and Illinois. It will serve parts of the five-state area...
Cruise passengers can set sail without sacrificing cell phone (07/19/04)
MIAMI -- Pam Lome loves sitting on the deck when she's on a cruise, the shoreline shrinking on the horizon as the ship pulls out to sea. It's relaxing to know that, at least for a short time, she's leaving her everyday troubles behind. "It's supposed to be a way to get away from it all," said Lome, a 45-year-old former travel agent from Buffalo Grove, Ill...
People on the move 07/19/04 (07/19/04)
Agent completes training for Thrivent FinancialThrivent Financial for Lutherans has announced that Jackson's John R. Schubert, a new financial representative with the company's Kansas/Missouri regional office, has recently completed the organization's Act I training. The training enables Schubert to meet members' needs through comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a range of financial products...
Business memo 07/19/04 (07/19/04)
JCS/Tel-Link receives award from Motorola Motorola Communications recently awarded JCS/Tel-Link, a Cape Girardeau Motorola dealer and authorized service provider with its top award -- the Pinnacle Club Award. The award distinguishes the company as one of the top five dealers in its class of about 650 dealers...
Violent video games under the gun from lawmakers (07/19/04)
NEW YORK -- In video games these days, you can strangle someone with a garrote ("Manhunt"), pop an enemy's head off in a shower of gore with a sniper shot ("Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy"), and direct a teenage girl to shotgun a demon dog ("Silent Hill 3")...
Elsie Mahan (07/19/04)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Elsie Lucille Mahan, 73, of Paragould, Ark., formerly of Mound City, Ill., died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at the Methodist Hospital in Paragould. She was born Dec. 21, 1930, at Providence, Ky., daughter of Fred and Willie Cox Stevens. She and Ernest Mahan were married. He died Dec. 19, 1974...
Ferdinand Dilallo (07/19/04)
Ferdinand Leonard "Ferdie" Dilallo, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Chad Chaney (07/19/04)
Chad Lee Chaney, 22, of Scott City died Saturday, July 17, 2004. He was born Dec. 12, 1981, at Brookhaven, Miss., son of Roy Leonard III and Carla Davis Chaney. Chaney worked in the shipping department of Brown Shoe Co. at Sikeston, Mo. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Carla and Darrell Hanks of Oran, Mo.; maternal grandmother Marie Davis of Scott City; a brother, Jody Chaney of Scott City; and two sisters, Tonya Matlock and Niki Cummins, both of Sikeston...
Dorothy Scowden (07/19/04)
Dorothy Mae Scowden, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ethel Schwab (07/19/04)
Ethel Schwab, 90, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Jackson, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Villa Marie Nursing Home in Jefferson City, where she had resided since March. She was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Lixville, Mo., daughter of Louis Henry and Ida Bollinger Fellows. She and Manford Schwab were married Oct. 8, 1936. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1985...
Charlotte Estes (07/19/04)
Charlotte Estes, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 27, 1927, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of James Elmo and Ruth Monroe Deevers. She and Roland "Bud" Estes were married Dec. 19, 1945, at Jackson...
Leroy Cline (07/19/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Leroy Cline, 84, of Jonesboro died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in Anna Cemetery...
Births 7/19/04 (07/19/04)
Carmichael Daughter to Craig and Paula Carmichael of St. Peters, Mo., St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., 4:18 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004. Name, Hailey Brooke. Weight, 5 pounds 6 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Carmichael is the former Paula Burnette, daughter of Henry and Linda Burnette of Oak Ridge. Carmichael is the son of Rick and Shirley Carmichael of Fairbury, Neb. He is employed at Clear Channel Communications...
Cape police report 07/19/04 (07/19/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked and failure to signal was reported Sunday. A subject was taken into custody, pending filing of formal charges...
Cape fire report 07/19/04 (07/19/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 5:18 p.m., an emergency medical service at 164 Siemers Drive. At 5:42 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2303 Jane Drive. At 8:45 p.m., an illegal burn at 1813 Evondale Drive...
Four injured in weekend accidents (07/19/04)
Four people were injured in two motor vehicle accidents over the weekend. In Cape Girarardeau County, an accident occurred Saturday on U.S. 61 half a mile south of Route C. Zachary Stovall, 20, of Cape Girardeau received serious injuries and was taken to St. Francis Medical Center...
Out of the past 7/19/04 (07/19/04)
10 years ago: July 19, 1994 Rendrag Corp. was granted approval by city council last night to pull plug on its own housing development project after it withdrew its rezoning request. After ironing out last-minute details in closed session, Scott City Council yesterday unanimously approved $63 million riverboat gambling contract with Lady Luck Gaming Corp...
Out-of-town decisions on movies (07/19/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that there are people in the Cape Girardeau area powerful enough to have some influence over whether or not movies like Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" come to Cape Girardeau's movie theaters?...
Pool fences (07/19/04)
Splashing in the cool water of a swimming pool means summer fun for plenty of area children and families. Yet many area residents are learning that their inexpensive inflatable pools are skirting city regulations and putting them at risk. The pools cost about $250 and are available at stores everywhere. ...
Speak Out 07/19 (07/19/04)
Great air festival I WANT to thank Bruce Loy, the workers and the sponsors for this year's Cape Girardeau air festival. It was obvious a lot of work went into the planning of the air show. I look forward to the air festival every year and enjoy it so much. Thank you...
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