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Stories from Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Suspect in slaying appears in court; no plea yet (07/27/04)
The man accused of killing former Jackson resident Dylan Polen, 21, in Carroll County, Ga., made his first court appearance Monday. John Edward Woodham, 28, of Douglasville, Ga., had his first hearing but has not yet made his plea in connection with Polen's death, said Lt. Shane Taylor of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department...
Nations collaborate to take planet's 'pulse' (07/27/04)
Seventeen federal agencies are about to take a step toward wiring the world -- and taking its pulse, temperature and blood pressure on a round-the-clock basis. The grandly titled Global Earth Observation System of Systems, which boasts nearly 50 countries as participants, is an ambitious attempt by governments, scientists and industry to launch a network that will continuously monitor the land, sea and air. ...
Learning briefs 7/27 (07/27/04)
Community scholarships go to area students Local students Matthew Henderson, Steven Wissinger and Melissa Walters recently received Sam Walton community scholarships. Henderson, of Delta, plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia this fall and major in animal science. ...
Teen ready for another remodeling project (07/27/04)
By Sarah Polen My family recently bought a new house. This may not strike terror into the hearts of the masses, but it certainly frightens me. This is because my parents can't just buy a house and move in. They have to buy a house, rip everything out and completely remodel -- and I mean EVERYTHING. This includes carpet, heart-shaped bathtubs, the roof ... and if they really get on a roll they'll redo the neighbor's landscaping to make our house look better...
Convention notes - Suited entourages and ex-presidents (07/27/04)
Editor's note: At 18, Nate Hinchey of Jackson is the youngest member of the Missouri delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. This is the first of his daily reports from the convention. Soon after attending the convention, Hinchey will begin his freshman year at Boston College....
Two-year, online licensing speeding up bureau lines (07/27/04)
Going to the license bureau used to automatically mean long minutes of counting tiles on the floor or talking with other applicants about how slowly the line is moving. But innovations over the past few years have drastically reduced waiting times at some bureaus, including those in Cape Girardeau and Jackson...
Missouri looks to combat suicide (07/27/04)
Missouri mental health officials don't want the issue of suicide to get the silent treatment, not when its the 11th leading cause of death in the state. On average, more than 700 Missourians die annually from suicide, said Dr. Joe Parks, medical director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in Jefferson City. Another 4,000 receive emergency care after attempting to take their lives...
Examining Cape Girardeau's market value (07/27/04)
Cape Girardeau and Paducah, Ky., are similar places. The two cities, 64 miles apart, are closely tied to the major rivers they are on -- the Mississippi at Cape Girardeau and the Ohio at Paducah; the pulse of both cities center on the downtown areas that lie next to these rivers; and they have similar mural projects for the city floodwalls...
Postal facility to be renamed for fallen soldier (07/27/04)
Southeast Missourian President Bush has signed legislation renaming the Cape Girardeau U.S. Mail Processing and Distribution Facility in honor of Korean War hero Richard G. Wilson. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Missouri, announced Monday that an event will be planned later this fall to commemorate the renaming. ...
Get with the 'In' crowd (07/27/04)
Sam DeReign // Southeast Missourian To get young adults' points of view on smoking issues, I interviewed some of my friends who used to smoke or still do. However, most of their parents never knew they had started the habit to begin with. So, to avoid anyone getting into trouble, I've identified them by celebrity names they chose....
Family comes first in Chile (07/27/04)
By Justin Cox In spite of my status as an outsider here -- or perhaps due to it -- the Chileans that I have met have been very open with me about their private lives, particularly in regards to their socio-economic positions. Through these conversations and a couple weeks of observation, I have learned a great deal about Chileans...
Cape Girardeau police take man into custody (07/27/04)
A suspect is in custody pending the filing of formal charges after flourishing a weapon Monday at 801 W. Rodney St. Cape Girardeau police received a call about 5:50 p.m. Monday reporting a man flourishing a gun. A police spokesman said that officers responded, found the victim, then found the suspect and took him into custody. Police would not identify the suspect until he was charged. He remains in the city jail until a warrant, possibly for a weapons charge, is filed. No one was injured...
Cook jumps back into political fray (07/27/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Four years after stepping out of the statewide political arena and settling into a relatively quiet life in Cape Girardeau, circumstances prompted Bekki Cook to get back in the game. At this time last year, the former Missouri secretary of state had no intention of appearing on the ballot for any office in 2004. But when Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell, a fellow Democrat, unexpectedly dropped his bid for re-election citing his wife's poor health, Cook quickly jumped in the race...
A look at whether the small stuff makes a difference on SAT (07/27/04)
Carbs or protein? Bright colors or earth tones? Hard rock or classical? Test-prep company Peterson's says it plans to go beyond drilling students in the three Rs, starting what it's calling a testing laboratory to see whether students gain any edge on the SAT from the little things -- the choice of pre-exam meal, the hue of their clothes, the music they hear on the drive to the test...
Holden, McCaskill still neck and neck, poll shows (07/27/04)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Bob Holden is apparently leading challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in advance of their primary showdown next week, a poll shows. The poll -- conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis' KMOV-TV -- found that 46 percent of 500 likely Democratic voters questioned favored Holden while 40 percent preferred McCaskill in the Aug. 3 primary, with 14 percent undecided...
Amendment campaigns raise, spend as election draws near (07/27/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group supporting a proposed casino in Rockaway Beach reported raising an additional $1.2 million to advertise for an Aug. 3 ballot measure, bringing its campaign total to almost $12 million. In Missouri Ethics Commission reports filed Monday, Missourians for Economic Opportunity said the money came from New Prime Inc., a Springfield-based trucking company owned by Robert Low...
Court denies mental patient's appeal (07/27/04)
MOUNTVERNON, Ill. -- A state appellate court has rejected a central Illinois man's claim that he should avoid jail time for an attempted murder charge because authorities have already punished him by forcing him into a mental institution. Rodney Yoder, 45, has been held at the Randolph County jail since April 2003 and is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery. ...
Clintons promise to make Kerry president (07/27/04)
From wire reports BOSTON -- Former President Clinton stirred the opening night of the Democratic National Convention Monday with a summons to send John Kerry to the White House, attacking President Bush for pursuing policies that divide the nation. "Strength and wisdom are not opposing values," Clinton said of the man who followed him into office...
Study - Over 7,000 people illegally bought weapons (07/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than 7,000 people who should have been barred from buying guns were able to buy them anyway in 2002 and 2003, according to a Justice Department review released Monday. The government rarely prosecutes such cases, the report said. Federal law stipulates that gun buyers might have to wait up to three business days before receiving their weapons; under a system of instant FBI background checks instituted in 1998, most sales are approved much quicker. ...
Nation briefs 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
Osteoporosis diagnoses, doctors' visits surge CHICAGO -- The number of Americans diagnosed with osteoporosis surged sevenfold over the past decade, coinciding with the development and marketing of new drugs to treat the bone-thinning condition, a study found. ...
Low-income seniors won't lose drug subsidy over heirlooms (07/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- Low-income elderly people won't have to declare wedding rings, burial insurance and certain other assets to determine whether they qualify to have their medicines paid for under the new Medicare prescription drug program, the Bush administration said Monday...
Google offers 25 million shares (07/27/04)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google announced plans Monday to sell about 25 million shares at up to $135 each when it goes public as early as next month -- giving the Internet search engine a total market value of as much as $36 billion, on par with the likes of McDonald's and Sony...
When temperatures soar, Phoenix gets frosty inside (07/27/04)
PHOENIX -- Phoenix and its suburbs, where the air conditioning is cranked up so high that office workers and shoppers get goosebumps and have to wear sweaters in the middle of the summer, are being urged to turn down the AC to avoid rolling blackouts...
Bush discusses Sept. 11 panel's recommendations with task force (07/27/04)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush met Monday via videoconference with his task force reviewing the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations, and contemplates acting within days on some of them, White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said. She would not say which of the more than 40 recommendations Bush was likely to adopt or if he would make his own proposals, and it was unclear if he will make any announcements on the matter this week as the Democratic National Convention is underway in Boston...
Sales of existing homes rise to set record for June (07/27/04)
Sales of existing homes rose 2.1 percent to a record in June as rising mortgage rates prompted a rush by Americans to close deals before rates went even higher. The National Association of Realtors reported Monday that the increase in sales pushed the annual rate of existing home sales to an all-time high of 6.95 million units, beating the old record set in May of 6.81 million units...
Ohio's punch card ballots go to trial in ACLU lawsuit (07/27/04)
AKRON, Ohio -- The nation's first trial to challenge punch-card balloting since the Florida fiasco four years ago opened on Monday with an ACLU attorney arguing that even isolated malfunctions in Ohio could change the November election results in this swing state...
Shareholder of Russian oil giant Yukos faces arrest (07/27/04)
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court has issued an arrest warrant for a large shareholder in Russian oil giant Yukos, charging him with complicity in murder and attempted murder, Russian news agencies reported Monday. The warrant names Leonid Nevzlin, who lives in self-imposed exile in Israel, the reports said...
EU ministers threaten Sudan with sanctions (07/27/04)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union joined the United States on Monday in pushing for U.N. sanctions against Sudan if it does not end the conflict in its western Darfur region. Sudan criticized the move, saying it would worsen the situation. The EU's 25 foreign ministers urged the Sudanese government to implement a July 3 promise to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to crack down on pro-government Arab militias, improve security and provide better access for relief efforts...
World digest 07/27/04 (07/27/04)
Woman convicted of faking anti-Semitic attack PONTOISE, France -- A young French woman who admitted to lying about being the victim of an anti-Semitic attack was convicted Monday for fabricating a story that stunned France and given a four-month suspended sentence. ...
Afghan president drops powerful warlord from ticket (07/27/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced his candidacy Monday for landmark October elections after several days of heated political wrangling that prompted a show of force by NATO peacekeepers worried about instability. In a surprise move, he dropped Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim, arguably the nation's most powerful warlord, from his ticket, replacing him with Ahmad Zia Massood, the brother of Afghanistan's greatest resistance hero...
Tso's what? Chinese general becomes American takeout legend (07/27/04)
WENJIALONG, China -- Zuo Kuanxun wrinkled his face in skepticism, and you could hardly blame him. A foreign visitor appeared without warning to inform him that his great-great-great-grandfather -- battlefield hero and crusher of rebellions against the imperial Qing court -- is renowned on restaurant menus across the sea...
Militants free hostage, abduct four others (07/27/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi militants announced Monday they were holding four new hostages but freed a senior Egyptian diplomat, amid their escalating campaign to force U.S.-allied countries and foreign contractors to flee Iraq. Egyptian Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb -- the militants' highest-ranking captive -- was abducted three days ago...
Four Southeast players garner preseason all-OVC recognition (07/27/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University placed four players on the preseason all-Ohio Valley Conference football team in voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors at Monday's media day. All four players are no strangers to success after making either the OVC's first or second team following last season, in which the Indians were 5-7 overall and tied for third place in the conference at 5-3...
Ohio Valley preseason team (07/27/04)
The preseason all-Ohio Valley Conference team was released Monday, as picked by league coaches and sports information directors: Offense QB--Ray Nelson, Samford RB--Charles Anthony, Tennessee St. RB--C.J. Hudson, E. Kentucky WR--Efrem Hill, Samford WR--Andre Ralston, E. Kentucky...
Indians tabbed for fourth in preseason poll (07/27/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings missed Monday's Ohio Valley Conference media day, because he was in Hawaii on a vacation that had been scheduled months ago. But it's doubtful Billings minded the Indians' being picked to finish a seemingly harmless fourth among nine teams in voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors...
Gators win conference meet (07/27/04)
Southeast Missourian The Gators Swim Club of Cape Girardeau placed first Saturday in the Southeast Missouri Swim Conference championship meet Saturday at Central Municipal Pool. More than 300 swimmers between the ages of 8 and 18 participated. The Gators chalked up 941 points to Kennett's 767 1/2 in the large division...
Will cycling cruise after Armstrong? (07/27/04)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Lance Armstrong's run of six straight Tour de France victories has raised cycling's profile in the United States to unprecedented levels. Professional and amateur organizations say their memberships have risen steadily while millions tuned in to coverage of international racing's premier event this summer...
St. Louis comes through in clutch (07/27/04)
CINCINNATI -- Anytime a game comes down to one clutch hit, the St. Louis Cardinals seem to get it. Tony Womack singled with the bases loaded in the 11th inning Monday night, sparking a four-run rally for a 9-6 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds...
Young U.S. team will try to back up bold talk (07/27/04)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Carmelo Anthony has a message for Argentina, Lithuania and the other best basketball teams from around the world: The United States is going to win at the Athens Games. "We're guaranteeing a gold medal. We're bringing it back," Anthony boldly predicted Monday on his first day of practice with the U.S. national team...
Bulger has job security (07/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Life without Kurt Warner truly begins this week for the St. Louis Rams. Marc Bulger has been the Rams' starting quarterback for the last season and a half. But when training camp begins Wednesday at Macomb, Ill., Bulger for the first time won't have a two-time MVP looking over his shoulder...
Marquis becomes headline performer (07/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Evidently, all Jason Marquis needed was a change of scenery. The right-handed pitcher was marooned in the minor leagues most of last year, going winless with the Atlanta Braves. But he enters Tuesday's start at Cincinnati with a 10-4 record for the St. Louis Cardinals and his career firmly back on track...
Fitzsimmons had impact on basketball at many levels (07/27/04)
PHOENIX -- Cotton Fitzsimmons, who won 832 games in 21 seasons as an NBA coach, died Saturday due to complications from lung cancer. Fitzsimmons, 72, was a Missouri native who coached Moberly, Mo., to two junior college championship and won the Big Eight title at Kansas State before moving to the NBA, where his time included a stint with the Kansas City Kings...
It's good to root for the Cardinals (07/27/04)
It's easy to be a Cardinals fan right now, and it stinks to be a Cubs fan. The Cubs are finished. They're beginning to crumble worse than Wrigley Field. The Cardinals turned up the heat on the Cubs last week in Chicago and the boiling point came on Tuesday when Albert Pujols nailed three homers into their hearts, and the Cards hung an 11 spot on the board...
Area sports digest 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
SEMO Magic beats Ohio team in tourney The SEMO Magic, a local 16-under girls fast-pitch softball team, defeated the Ohio Heat 4-2 Monday as pool play concluded in the NSA Class B World Series in East Peoria, Ill. Kristain Burger pitched all seven innings for the win, allowing six hits...
Conventions need reality TV style (07/27/04)
Lights, cameras, action. Well, not so much action really. But the Democratic national convention in Boston this week has plenty of lights and cameras and talking heads. The city hasn't had this much to squawk about since the Boston Tea Party. Political conventions these days are one big television broadcast. It's reality television with 4,350 delegates, surrounded by a horde of reporters, broadcasters, politicians and campaign staffers...
Flop 'Showgirls' bares all in self-mocking new DVD release (07/27/04)
LOS ANGELES -- It was "42nd Street" with pasties, "All About Eve" with a G-string. Only those movies were cinema classics, while "Showgirls" was so bad that adjectives such as awful, wretched and appalling somehow seemed too kind. But if a film festers in video stores long enough, its audience eventually will sniff it out...
Jeff Foxworthy offers 'Redneck' humor on 'Blue Collar' (07/27/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The deer's ears twitch as "detective" Jeff Foxworthy tries to interrogate the animal. "You've got 3 seconds to come clean or ..." Foxworthy tells the uncooperative creature. The door of the interview room flies open and a woman in a dark suit enters. "I'm the deer's attorney," she announces, cautioning her client, "Don't say anything, deer."...
'Dirty' DVD release reveals sounds of hip-hop in the South (07/27/04)
As feuds between East Coast and West Coast artists brewed in the early 1990s, another section of the country's hip-hoppers sat on the sidelines, waiting patiently for their time in the limelight. That section of the United States was the "dirty" South and there time has definitely come...
Stewart may serve jail time while waiting for appeal date (07/27/04)
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart is considering reporting to prison while still appealing her conviction in an effort to put the ordeal behind her and lift the cloud of uncertainty surrounding her company, her attorney said Monday. Experts say Stewart and her company may be better served if she does the time right away...
Business briefs 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
Toyota recalling 128,316 Camrys DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 128,316 Camrys because the side air bags may not inflate properly. The defect has not been blamed for any deaths or injuries, Toyota spokeswoman Julie Alfonso said Monday. The recall covers cars from model years 2002 to 2004 with optional side air bags. Toyota said improper assembly caused some bags to become twisted -- a defect discovered by a supplier...
Leona Moore (07/27/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Leona Moore, 84, of Advance died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at her home. She was born May 1, 1920, at Bell City, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Hattie Mae Lowe Flowers. She and Oscar Moore were married March 12, 1937, in Jackson. He died Feb. 8, 1993...
Ione Barks (07/27/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- V. Ione Barks, 94, of Marble Hill died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Dec. 4, 1909, in Alliance, Mo., daughter of Benjamin F. and Alvina C. Kuhlman Johnson. She and Lawrence Leon Barks were married Nov. 24, 1936. He died Feb. 28, 1995...
Wanda Northern (07/27/04)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Wanda A. Northern, 67, of Bertrand died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Aug. 26, 1936, in Mississippi County, daughter of William A. and Lola Irene Slinkard Howton. Northern was a licensed practical nurse several years with VNA Private Duty Nursing Services. She was a member of Cornerstone General Baptist Church...
Hulbert Miller (07/27/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Hulbert F. Miller, 98, of Cobden died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at Union County Hospital. He was born Oct. 10, 1905, in Jonesboro, Ill., son of Everett D. and Flora Miller. He and Zola E. Mowery were married Jan. 26, 1924, in Jonesboro...
Births 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
Irvin Daughter to Kyle Nathan Irvin and Crystal Nicole Eberley of Sikeston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:09 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2004. Name, Nykyla Ashton. Weight, 3 pounds 14 ounces. First child. Ms. Eberley is the daughter of William and Tina Eberley of Sikeston. She is a child care provider. Irvin is the son of Gary Irvin and Betty Lara of Sikeston. He is employed at Good Humor-Breyers...
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items have been released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Amanda J. Cox, 27, 1201 Good Hope St., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of forgery. Travis S. Turner, 23, 1324 N. Sprigg St., Apt. 9, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance near a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape fire report 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 7:38 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2928 LaMesa Drive. At 8 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2743 Hawthorne Road. At 8:48 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1413 Bloomfield Road...
Out of the past 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
10 years ago: July 27, 1994 Cape Girardeau firefighters yesterday rescued 36-year-old man from apartment fire at 105 S. Spanish St.; firefighers believe unidentified victim was overcome by toxic smoke and gasses while attempting to flee. THEBES, Ill. -- Coast Guard plans to resume salvage operations as early as next week to raise three sunken barges from Mississippi River; two barges are just south of Thebes railroad bridge; third has yet to be found...
Cape's school finances (07/27/04)
When the economy is strong, it is easy for school districts to manage finances. But when any number of financial factors suddenly shift, even the best of plans can be quickly thwarted. The financial fortunes of the Cape Girardeau School District have had an up-and-down history for more than 30 years, once described as a "roller coaster" in this space. Here's a quick recap:...
Plenty of blame, no matter what (07/27/04)
To the editor: Isn't it funny that everyone has an opinion on how this country should or shouldn't be run? We had to go to war. If Bill Clinton was still in office, he would have just shaken his finger, looked into the camera and said, "Now, don't do that anymore."...
Article shouldn't have used slang (07/27/04)
To the editor: Although Mark Unterreiner reported the facts correctly in the "Coaching to make a difference" article, he may not have attempted to make me sound bad, but he did. Our conversation was by phone, and he asked if he could ask me some questions. I was unaware he would be quoting me verbatim. If that were the case, why didn't he include that I said, "There aren't a lot of black women doing sports and fitness things in the community, and the girls see that in me"?...
Speak Out 7/27/04 (07/27/04)
Thanks to parks workers I WANT to give a big thanks and pat on the back to the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. It does a great job taking care of the parks. It's hard to work in this heat, and people need to start showing a little bit more appreciation...
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