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Youth United Way helps address teen pregnancy (07/26/04)
The Youth United Way is helping the Teen Pregnancy and Responsibility Network (TPRN) and Cape County Public Health Center fund a program to present at school assemblies at Jackson, Cape Central, and Notre Dame on the "side effects of pregnancy."╩Youth United Way donated $2,000 for the project which will be implemented in the 2004 to 2005 school year. Pictured from left are, Jane Southeast Missourian...
Terrorism exercise will test medical response (07/26/04)
If terrorists attack with biological weapons, chances are thousands of vaccines will be needed in a short amount of time. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has come up with an emergency response system to distribute such medication, using what is called the Strategic National Stockpile...
Primary hopefuls address church in Cape (07/26/04)
A little more than a week before primary elections, three Democratic candidates presented their views Sunday to a local church congregation. More than 50 people at Rhema Word Breakthrough International Ministries listened to public administrator candidate Deborah McBride, District 2 candidate for Cape Girardeau County commissioner Jim Bowers and Dean Henderson, an 8th District candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives...
Work zones (07/26/04)
Homes and businesses don't mix. That's often the message from the Cape Girardeau City Council and the planning and zoning commission. The zoning commission and the city council in recent years have routinely denied special-use permits for city residents who want to start businesses in their homes, citing a desire to protect the residential quality of neighborhoods...
Youth showcase salutes area talent and American music (07/26/04)
With opening night fast approaching, the performers of "Sing, America, Sing!" were busy rehearsing Friday night in the basement of Grace United Methodist Church. Dressed in shorts, jeans and T-shirts, the young performers listened to the show's director, Mike Dumey, as he led them through "America, the Beautiful," advising them on which words in the song to place emphasis on, what their facial expressions should be and how their stage moves should look...
Military digest 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Lance corporal being deployed to Iraq Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew C. Donnelly, son of Elizabeth F. and Steven J. Donnelly of Perryville, Mo., recently deployed to Iraq as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit will stop at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California for specialized training in patrolling and operating vehicle checkpoints before moving on to Iraq. Donnelly joined the Marine Corps in November 2001...
Community Q&A 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Name: Robert Bunn. Lives in: Cape Girardeau. Family: I have one son, age 37. Job: Convenience store broker. What do you like most about the area? Friendly people. ...
Community briefs 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Salvation Army offering meals this week The Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope St. in Cape Girardeau, will be serving Meals with Friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today through Friday. Individuals are welcome to enjoy a hot meal at no cost. Menus are: Monday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, green beans, peaches, bread and butter, cake or pie...
New Arch barriers criticized too (07/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- When critics cringed at barriers placed along the western edge of the Gateway Arch grounds last year, they took solace in knowing they would be temporary. The so-called Jersey Barriers -- 10 feet long, and weighing two tons -- were criticized as big, bulky and ugly, unbecoming to Eero Saarinen's graceful design of the arch...
Old-time politicking, from a walnut stump (07/26/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- When candidates step onto a walnut stump at the Boone County Fair, there's no room for spin doctors, speech writers or media consultants. This is politics the way it used to be, sharing the same dusty fairgrounds air, rich with the scents of funnel cakes and pork barbecue...
States slowly being forced to address highway shrines (07/26/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alongside the nation's highways, tributes to the dead rise like dandelions on a springtime lawn. For some, the roadside memorials are sacred reminders of where a loved one died. Others call them distractions on already dangerous stretches of the road...
Holden extends Medicaid eligibility (07/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Bob Holden said he was taking action to provide improved health care and resources for disabled and elderly Missourians, but the opposing camp in the August Democratic primary called the move a last-ditch attempt to "make amends."...
Family of missing jogger shies away from media talks (07/26/04)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a missing pregnant woman said Sunday they were clinging to diminishing hopes of finding her alive, and ap-pointed a spokesman after a week of nearly constant media coverage. "We are all exhausted and we feel we need to concentrate our efforts and our energies on finding Lori," said Thelma Soares, Lori Hacking's mother...
Gas prices dip less than a penny (07/26/04)
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gasoline prices dropped slightly in the past two weeks as refineries finished projects that had been limiting production, an industry analyst said Sunday. The weighted national average price for all grades of gasoline fell a little less than a penny between July 9 and Friday to $1.95 per gallon, said Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey. The survey polls nearly 8,000 gas stations across the United States...
ACLU lawsuit against Ohio's punch-card ballots first in nation (07/26/04)
CLEVELAND -- Four years after Florida's hanging chads captivated a nation and less than 100 days before what could be another tight presidential race, this swing state's punch-card voting system is being challenged in court. The trial, set to begin today, is the first in the nation, voting experts say. Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against several other states have been settled with agreements that punch-card ballots will be replaced...
Why no one from the Golden State shines presidential (07/26/04)
Geography could explain why California hasn't produced a viable candidate for president in a generation: It's too big. It's on the wrong coast. Then there's demographic theory, the tale of a changing California: The more homogenous state that was Ronald Reagan's springboard into the White House simply no longer exists...
Commission vice chair - Panel avoided Iraq to reach agreement (07/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Sept. 11 commission's report avoided discussion of the war in Iraq because Congress didn't ask it to, and it couldn't have agreed on a report if it had, the panel's vice chairman said Sunday. "Moving to the war in Iraq just opens up a whole vast new area that I think is well beyond any reasonable interpretation of what we were supposed to do," former Rep. Lee Hamilton said...
Poll - U.S. worries about AIDS threat to children (07/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than half of Americans are worried their children might become infected with the virus that causes AIDS, even though fewer people believe the overall threat is very serious, an Associated Press poll found. That decline in fears about AIDS comes at a time the disease is showing signs of making a comeback in this country...
Freedom Democratic Party tries to attract new members (07/26/04)
DURANT, Miss. -- With hands hardened by labor as a carpenter, Walter Bruce sifted through postcards bearing photographs of local civil rights pioneers -- people like Hartman Turnbow and Alma Mitchell, who in the 1960s stared down the barrel of a sheriff's gun to claim their right to register to vote...
Nation briefs 7/26/04 (07/26/04)
Small plane crashes into Pa. airport hangar TOUGHKENAMON, Pa. -- A small plane crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames Sunday, killing all four people aboard, authorities said. The single-engine propeller plane crashed about 4:15 p.m. at New Garden Airport, about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia in Chester County, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said...
Bad-writing contest won for Stewart reference (07/26/04)
Bad-writing contest won for Stewart reference SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A California man claimed top honors at the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest celebrating bad writing, likening the end of a love affair to "Martha Stewart ripping the sand vein out of a shrimp's tail." Dave Zobel, 42, a Manhattan Beach software development director and author of "Dave Zobel's Bent Book of Boatspeak: How to Sound Like a Sailor and Know Just Enough to Be Dangerous," bested thousands of metaphor-mangling, simile-slaying writers from Hong Kong to Bolivia with this submission: "She resolved to end the love affair with Ramon tonight ... ...
Scholars taking myth out of ancient Olympics (07/26/04)
It was like the Super Bowl, Woodstock, Mardi Gras, a holy pilgrimage and Chippendale dancers all rolled into one. The setting for the earliest Olympic Games some 3,000 years ago was both a sanctuary of soaring marble temples and a foul, drunken shantytown plagued by water shortages, campfire smoke and sewage. The athletes, glistening from olive oil, competed naked. Gymnasiums were restricted to keep the sex trade from overrunning events on the field...
Democrats converge on Boston (07/26/04)
BOSTON -- With 100 campaign days remaining, Sen. John Kerry sought votes in the quintessential battleground state of Ohio on Sunday while thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates converged on a citadel of liberalism to nominate him for the White House...
The tale of Flight 93 comes out in Sept. 11 report (07/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- In their red bandannas and with their hands at the controls as their comrades desperately tried to stave off the passengers storming the cockpit door, there came these haunting last words as United Airlines Flight 93 rolled over backward and smashed 580 miles an hour into a Pennsylvania farm field: "Allah is the greatest! Allah is the greatest!"...
Army's decree could be death sentence for some businesses (07/26/04)
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The dancers still put on their pasties and twist around the brass pole at the Cellars Lounge. But their tips have dropped to almost nothing, and their boss wonders how much longer the business can survive since it has been declared off-limits to its most loyal customers -- soldiers from nearby Fort Benning...
Clintons have delicate assignment (07/26/04)
The Associated Press BOSTON -- It's John Kerry's convention, but Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are stealing his opening-night thunder. Forceful, charismatic and controversial, the Clintons are the most sought-after stars in the Democratic Party, reminders of White House glory days and an administration willing to wage fierce fights with Republicans...
Transforming nature into energy is next step for West (07/26/04)
SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a heat alert for most of the state, with a predicted high temperature of 114 degrees under the relentless Arizona sun. Tom Hansen, of course, was delighted. "Some states have oil. Some have coal. Here in Arizona, we've got sun," said Hansen, a vice president of Tucson Electric Power Co., as he squinted through heavy-duty sunglasses. "And now we're using that resource to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels."...
Census figures show states went on borrowing tear in 1990s (07/26/04)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansans once enjoyed the distinction of being the Americans least burdened by state borrowing, owing less than $200 in bonds per resident. Most states had at least five times as much debt per person. But starting in the 1990s, state lawmakers in both parties took advantage of low interest rates to go on a spending bender. They issued bonds to finance better highways and bridges, repairs on state university campuses and even a restoration of the state Capitol...
Israelis form human chain in support of Gaza settlers (07/26/04)
JERUSALEM -- Joining hands and political aims, tens of thousands of Israelis formed a 55-mile-long human chain Sunday from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem to protest Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to remove Jewish settlements from the coastal strip and part of the West Bank...
World digest 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Diana took Charles' 'every penny' in divorce LONDON -- Princess Diana "took every penny" that Prince Charles had in their divorce settlement, the prince's former financial adviser was quoted as telling a Sunday newspaper. Geoffrey Bignell told The Sunday Telegraph that Charles handed over his entire personal fortune when the divorce was settled in 1996, a year before Diana died in a Paris car crash. ...
With every warm day precious, Norway shuts down (07/26/04)
OSLO, Norway -- If Norway hasn't stopped completely, its cities, at least, have slowed to a heavily sedated crawl. July, for Norway's 4.6 million people, means three weeks of national paralysis called "fellesferie" -- vacation time. Summer shutdowns are the norm for Europe, but are all the more far-reaching in this Scandinavian kingdom, whose northernmost outpost, the Svalbard Islands, is just 600 miles from the North Pole. ...
Clash with Iraqi militants kills 15 (07/26/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. and Iraqi troops backed by heavy artillery and helicopters killed 15 insurgents in fighting Sunday that began in palm groves and ended in dusty streets of a city north of Baghdad as violence surged throughout the country. Also Sunday, insurgents assassinated a former government official in Baghdad, killed a U.S. soldier in a roadside bombing and gunned down five people in a series of attacks in the northern Iraqi oil city, Kirkuk...
Key Iraqi conference hits snags before it begins (07/26/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Hundreds of Iraqis gathered at an elegant Baghdad country club Sunday to choose delegates for a national conference, considered a key first step in transforming this former dictatorship into a democracy. The conference, however, is beset with difficulties even before it begins. ...
At least 12 terror suspects arrested in Pakistan (07/26/04)
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Police and intelligence agents raided a suspected terrorist hideout in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, arresting at least 12 people after a prolonged gunbattle, officials said. At least four of those arrested in the raid in the Punjab province town of Gujrat were foreigners, said Saadatullah Khan, the provincial police chief...
Japan seeks quick end to case of U.S. deserter (07/26/04)
The Associated Press TOKYO -- Tokyo hopes to reach a solution with Washington soon in the case of former U.S. soldier Charles Jenkins, Japan's foreign minister said Sunday, amid reports a plea-bargain was in the works. Jenkins, who is undergoing tests at a Tokyo hospital, is wanted by the Army for allegedly abandoning his South Korean post in 1965 and defecting to North Korea...
Mexicans criticize prosecutor for genocide charge (07/26/04)
MEXICO CITY -- Many Mexicans criticized a special prosecutor Sunday for accusing a former president of genocide, with some saying the charges didn't fit the crime. Others questioned a judge's decision to reject the case. Special Prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo argued that dozens were killed on June 10, 1971, when security forces attacked protesters with sticks and guns, and that the crime fit a 1967 Mexican law outlawing genocide...
Capahas receive bid to NBC World Series (07/26/04)
Southeast Missourian The Plaza Tire Capahas kept a tradition alive. On Sunday, Capahas manager Jess Bolen received word that his team was offered a bid to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. Bolen promptly accepted, and the Capahas will be making their 23rd consecutive appearance when it debuts Sunday at midnight...
Eckersley, Molitor survive emotional inductions (07/26/04)
By John Kekis The Associated Press COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Dennis Eckersley can still come up with the save in a tough spot. Flanked by 50 Hall of Famers, cheered by hundreds of fans, and staring out at his parents, Eckersley repeatedly fought back tears on Sunday and managed to complete his induction speech into the Baseball Hall of Fame...
Morris makes the Giants pay for worst start (07/26/04)
The Cardinals starter hurled a 6-0 shutout at San Francisco. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Motivated by his worst start of the year, Matt Morris was at his best against the San Francisco Giants...
Rams sign top draft choice, RB Jackson (07/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams signed first-round draft pick Steven Jackson to a five-year, $7 million contract on Sunday. The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus for Jackson, the 24th overall pick and the first running back taken. He ran for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State...
Franco wins second time at Milwaukee (07/26/04)
MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Franco won for the second time in Milwaukee, shooting a 3-under-par 67 to win the U.S. Bank Championship. Franco's 13-under 267 bested Fred Funk (66) and Brett Quigley (69) by two strokes each on a cool, breezy day at Brown Deer Park...
Armstrong wins sixth straight (07/26/04)
By John Leicester ~ The Associated Press PARIS -- Lance Armstrong rode into history Sunday, winning a record sixth Tour de France and cementing his place as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Never in its 101-year history has the Tour had a winner like Armstrong -- who just eight years ago was given less than a 50 percent chance of overcoming testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain...
Williams shocks Miami, retires (07/26/04)
The former Heisman Trophy winner calls it quits at age 27. By Steven Wine ~ The Associated Press MIAMI -- The first sign of a change in Ricky Williams came when he returned from vacation in Australia last winter with a shaved head, the distinctive dreadlocks gone...
Busch wins Siemens 300; Earnhardt drives 60 laps (07/26/04)
By Mike Harris ~ The Associated Press LOUDON, N.H. -- With seven races left until NASCAR's new championship showdown begins, the road to the Nextel Cup title began for Kurt Busch and remained wide open for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr...
Area sports digest 7/26/04 (07/26/04)
Menz places fifth at national rodeo Brent Menz of Delta finished fifth in bull riding at the at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyo. Menz scored 153 points in the event. Kanin Asay of Powell, Wyo., and Jared Green of Socorro, N.M., tied for first with 164 points...
Sports briefs 7/26/04 (07/26/04)
Basketball The big guy had a big-hearted message for Los Angeles Lakers' fans. Shaquille O'Neal took out a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday to thank fans for their support during his eight years with the Lakers, when he helped the team win three NBA championships...
American Title to be Kmart's new neighbor (07/26/04)
Since Kmart was built more than 30 years ago on land that used to be a driving range, the lot behind the Cape Girardeau department store along the south side of Independence Street has been nothing more than a patch of grass. But now, thanks to the investment of a growing Dexter-based title insurance company, that lot will have its own traffic coming in...
Skatepark equipment cost $14,700 (07/26/04)
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 Cape Girardeau spent $15,000 on its skateboard park and there is about $500 worth of steel and $2,000 worth of labor at the most? Where did the other $12,500 go?...
'Bourne Supremacy' drowns 'Catwoman' (07/26/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Damon has found supremacy at the box office. Damon's "The Bourne Supremacy," the sequel about the amnesiac assassin he played in "The Bourne Identity," debuted as the top weekend movie with ticket sales of $53.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was nearly double the opening weekend take of $27.1 million for "Bourne Identity" in summer 2002...
Program aims to simplify software debugging (07/26/04)
PITTSBURGH -- Computer bugs, or errors in software, can mess up just about anything: They've been blamed for missing homework, blackouts, prison breaks and even the loss of multimillion-dollar space probes. They can be costly to the economy -- almost $60 billion a year, a 2002 federal study estimates...
Cape lawyer plans to develop parking lot in downtown area (07/26/04)
Mark Johnson is no real estate developer. He just wanted a piece of the action. Now the local lawyer has acquired a piece of downtown Cape Girardeau, a blighted multilevel parking lot that he hopes can be a key player in the rapid revitalization of the area...
Online entrepreneurs cater to weather junkies (07/26/04)
GAITHERSBURG, Md. Deep in suburban Gaithersburg, a faceless warehouse contains the nerve center for the largest network of weather stations in the world. It's also home to one of the Washington area's fastest-growing Internet content companies...
People on the move 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Cape Girardeau woman appointed career agent The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation recently announced that Christie Rainey of Cape Girardeau has been appointed as a career agent in Cape Girardeau County. She will work out of the local Farm Bureau office in Jackson...
Anna Kennedy (07/26/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Anna Lee Kennedy, 73, of Chaffee, died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 17, 1930, at Birmingham, Ala., daughter of Wilburn and Audie Bell Key Thomas. Kennedy had worked as an LPN. Survivors include five daughters, Janet Dye and Jeanne Seaton of Chaffee, Joanne Ellison and Patti Jeambey of Advance, Carol Kennedy of Galesburg, Ill.; four brothers, Tom McWhirter of Las Vegas, Nev., George McWhirter of Grand Prairie, Texas, Douglas McWhirter of Midlothian, Texas, Frankie McWhirter of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Geraldine Wallace of Advance, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.. ...
Lydia Breedlove (07/26/04)
Lydia Cora Estherlee Breedlove, 95, of Scott City died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at the Chateau Health Center at Cape Girardeau. She was born April 16, 1909, at Parsons, Tenn., daughter of the Rev. Elias and Lucy Gibson Greener. Lydia married Alfred Breedlove on Nov. 5, 1927, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1997...
Patsy Welker (07/26/04)
Patsy Boyd Welker, 66, of Millersville passed away Saturday, July 24, 2004, at the Lutheran Home at Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 16, 1938, near Millersville, daughter of Hubert and Hattie Schuette Riehn. She and Jack S. Boyd were married March 23, 1956. He died Feb. 8, 1991. She later married Bobby Gene Welker on May 17, 1997. He died May 9, 2001...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: A smoke alarm at Daisy Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: A pull station activated at Lee Avenue. An emergency medical service at East Main Street...
Cape police report 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Amanda Annemarie Balance, 21, of 409 N. Main St., Anna, Ill., was arrested Saturday on a Cape Girar-deau warrant for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle...
Out of the past 7/26/04 (07/26/04)
10 years ago: July 26, 1994 Students returning to Nell Holcomb Elementary School north of Cape Girardeau in fall might have trouble recognizing place; that's because they'll be greeted with renovated classrooms that are air-conditioned and newly lighted...
Sales-tax holiday (07/26/04)
Missourians looking for good deals on back-to-school supplies will find plenty of bargains in mid-August when the state has its first sales-tax holiday. From Aug. 13 to 15, Missouri retailers won't collect the state's 4.225 percent sales tax on select items: clothes, school supplies, personal computers and computer software...
Case is warning for dog shooters (07/26/04)
To the editor: Missouri has been plagued by numerous hunting-dog shootings in the last two years, and little has been done to prevent further shootings until Circuit Judge David Gregory Warren of Maries County ruled in favor of dog owners recently. More than 50 hunting dogs have been shot while pursuing legal game in Missouri in the past two years, leaving hunters weary of casting their hounds to perform the legal act of hunting. ...
Speak Out 07/26/04 (07/26/04)
Ignore PC crowd TO THE people of Jackson: Now that the politically correct are taking aim at the Indian nickname and even the name of the town, there's one thing you need to do. Ignore them. If you ignore them, they will eventually go away. Pay no attention to what they say. There are many more people who support you than oppose you...
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