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New DARE car has stereo, video games (07/28/04)
Some things naturally come in pairs: peanut butter and jelly, cops and doughnuts, and youngsters and their attraction to cool cars. The last two pairs recently converged to bring about the acquisition of a new DARE car for the Cape Girardeau police. While DARE officer Jeffrey Bonham was working the past year raising money to replace the department's DARE vehicle, he approached Darlene Barnhart of Sam's Club for a donation. She suggested that they sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts...
Pet, rose, travel locales win second week of Foto Fest (07/28/04)
Halfway through the annual Foto Fest contest, the competition is getting tough. After much deliberation, the panel of judges named Josh Buchheit and Owen Vanderpool of Cape Girardeau, Shannon Goldsmith of Malden, Mo., and Tim Nicolai of Jackson as the semifinalists for the competition's second week...
Jacob touts Senate record in bid for lt. governor (07/28/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- During his two years as the ranking Democrat in the Missouri Senate, Minority Floor Leader Ken Jacob has often been a one-man roadblock stopping legislation sought by the chamber's Republican majority. As lieutenant governor, Jacob, D-Columbia, said he would zealously stand up for the traditional rights of individual senators in the office's role as Senate president. ...
Two arrested after search turns up cocaine (07/28/04)
Two men were arrested Sunday after a search of their car revealed more than half a pound of cocaine. According to Cape Girardeau police, Vincent L. McNeil Jr., 24, of St. Louis, and Michael Oliver, 25, of Swansea, Ill., were stopped at William and South Lorimier streets around 10:30 p.m. on a traffic stop. Police said a search of their vehicle revealed 9.6 ounces of cocaine and 11.3 grams of marijuana...
Salvation Army gets early Christmas present (07/28/04)
Southwestern Bell decided to redefine the holiday season Tuesday with its Christmas in July project to help raise donations for the Salvation Army. "A lot of the time in the summer donations dwindle," said Marsha Haskell, an SBC employee who helped organize the event. "This was a great opportunity to give the Salvation Army a shot in the arm."...
Athletes on the sidelines (07/28/04)
There wasn't a game to watch, but a few fans showed up anyway to hear the cheers and chants that echoed through the Show Me Center Tuesday morning. Nearly 200 high school students, their coaches and relatives gathered for the final hours of a four-day high school cheerleading camp. Another 200 students arrive today for a three-day camp...
Rare cold fronts make a degree of difference (07/28/04)
The heat index is the weather term normally discussed during July in Southeast Missouri. But a cold front that moved into the area from the north last weekend has caused unseasonably cold and dry conditions. An unusually high number of cold fronts have been moving into the area, said Kelly Hooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky...
Cape shoppers ready to board Old Navy (07/28/04)
Cape Girardeau's newest retail ship has finally come in. Tonight, following a private late afternoon christening, Old Navy will welcome aboard its first shoppers in Cape Girardeau's Westfield Shoppingtown West Park at 6 p.m. The grand opening will follow this weekend...
Roars for the Clintons, but Boston remains calm (07/28/04)
Editor's note: Nate Hinchey, 18, of Jackson is the youngest member of the Missouri delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. This is the second of his daily reports from the convention. Hinchey soon will begin his freshman year at Boston College....
Club news 7/28/04 (07/28/04)
Zonta Club The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau Area met July 6 at the University Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Janet Smith presented information about the Applications, Personal Papers, Legal, Environmental Paperwork Service for senior adults age 60 and older residing in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties. ...
Highway funding measure certified for Nov. 2 vote (07/28/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians will vote Nov. 2 on whether to limit the transfer of some highway funds to other state agencies after the secretary of state's office certified the measure for the ballot Tuesday. The Committee to Improve Missouri's Roads and Bridges delivered petitions with almost 200,000 signatures to the secretary of state in April. The office verified nearly 156,000 -- more than needed to make the ballot...
Farmer lives the sweet life growing Kansas peaches (07/28/04)
CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. -- Well before dawn on a recent Friday, a line of cars and trucks waited with engines running and boxes in their trunks. Folks were ready to race for the Red Haven peaches. Peach season has officially begun. And for many Kansans, that means a trip to Steffen Orchard in Conway Springs...
Holden defends plane use as less than predecessors' (07/28/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Responding to criticism from challenger Claire McCaskill that he is a frequent flier, Democratic Gov. Bob Holden's office released figures Tuesday showing he has taken fewer state airplane trips than other recent governors. Holden flew on state planes on 335 occasions since taking office in January 2001 through the end of this June, according to the figures supplied by his office...
State digest 07/28/04 (07/28/04)
MCI, AT&T to honor Missouri's No Call list ST. LOUIS -- MCI Inc. and AT&T Corp. will pay a combined $50,000 to Missouri and no longer make calls to consumers on the state's No Call list under deals announced Tuesday by Attorney General Jay Nixon. ...
Court upholds protesters' arrest (07/28/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal appeals court panel has ruled that Kansas City police officers had a right to arrest five pro-life demonstrators who were displaying large color photographs of aborted fetuses near a busy intersection. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Monday a lower court ruling that the officers did not infringe on the protesters' First Amendment rights...
Charges may be dropped against deserting driver (07/28/04)
PINEVILLE, Mo. -- Prosecutors have tentatively agreed to drop charges against a school bus driver accused of deserting students on a rural southwest Missouri road after one of them hit her in the head with a piece of Play-Doh. Marian Ruth Shoemaker, 45, of Pineville will have 23 misdemeanor charges dismissed if she stays out of trouble for the next 90 days, McDonald County Prosecutor Steve Geeding said...
Holden takes campaign to black residents in Cape (07/28/04)
Gov. Bob Holden arrived at a Baptist church in a predominantly black neighborhood Thursday to inspire Cape Girardeau Democrats to go to the polls for next Tuesday's primary election. Holden is running against State Auditor Claire McCaskill. In the audience were several of Cape Girardeau's more prominent black leaders, including pastors Johnny Thomas and David Allen, public office hopeful Deborah McBride and local civic activist Debra Mitchell-Braxton...
In swan song, Gephardt touts candidate Kerry's values (07/28/04)
BOSTON -- John Kerry will lift up working families with his background and values, former rival Dick Gephardt told the Democratic convention Tuesday night, a poignant closure to Gephardt's own failed efforts at the nomination. "I ran for president because I wanted to give those people a voice," Gephardt said. "And I stand proudly at John Kerry's convention because he speaks for them. He strives to lift them up. Their cause is his unyielding concern."...
Refineries making profits, yet nobody wants to build one (07/28/04)
WASHINGTON -- It's a good time to be in the oil refinery business. Demand for gasoline is high and profits are pouring in at a record clip. With that combination, you'd think oil companies would be falling over each other to build new refineries. Not so. There hasn't been a new refinery built in the United States in 28 years and more than 200 smaller facilities have closed...
Obama portrays Democrats as party of opportunity (07/28/04)
BOSTON -- Offering his own life as an example of uniquely American possibilities, Barack Obama -- the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya -- drew roars of approval from Democrats on Tuesday night, saying Americans must not allow "spin masters and negative ad peddlers" to divide the country...
Democrat speakers line up to lobby for Kerry, deride Bush (07/28/04)
BOSTON -- Democrats assailed President Bush's handling of the Iraq war Tuesday night and painted a vivid portrait of John Kerry as a decorated war hero. "He earned his medals the old-fashioned way, by putting his life on the line," Teresa Heinz Kerry told the party's national convention...
White House to project record deficit (07/28/04)
WASHINGTON -- The White House will project soon that this year's federal deficit will exceed $420 billion, congressional aides said Tuesday, a record figure certain to ignite partisan warfare over President Bush's handling of the economy. The annual summertime analysis is expected out this Friday, said several congressional aides speaking on condition of anonymity. That would be well after the frequently ignored legal deadline of July 15...
Iran resumes nuke-related weapon work (07/28/04)
Iran is once again building centrifuges that can be used to make nuclear weaponry, breaking the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency's seals on the equipment in a show of defiance against international efforts to monitor its program, diplomats said Tuesday...
Palestinian premier retracts resignation (07/28/04)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia rescinded his resignation Tuesday, kissing and embracing Yasser Arafat as the two ended a 10-day political standoff and a deep rift over power. Qureia resigned earlier this month in frustration at Arafat's refusal to let him restructure the security forces and deal with growing unrest in the Palestinian areas. But Arafat refused to let him step down...
Developments in Iraq on Tuesday (07/28/04)
Iraq will hold its national conference Saturday, delaying the key event by several days at the request of the United Nations, which said officials were not ready, conference organizers said Tuesday. The gathering, considered a vital step in the nation's democratic transformation, will be attended by 1,000 delegates who will select members of a 100-member interim assembly to help shepherd the nation to its first post-Saddam Hussein elections scheduled for January...
Terrorists get passports through crime syndicates (07/28/04)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Al-Qaida militants and other terrorists traveling through Europe have obtained South African passports, and authorities believe they got them from crime syndicates operating inside the government agency that issues the documents...
World briefs 7/28/04 (07/28/04)
Fidel Castro denies Bush sex tourism charges SANTA CLARA, Cuba -- Fidel Castro rejected charges by President Bush that he promotes sex tourism in Cuba, then went on the offensive to dredge up old reports about his American nemesis' alleged past drinking habits. ...
U.S. hands over first French terror suspects from Gitmo (07/28/04)
PARIS -- Four French detainees held by U.S. authorities for more than two years at Guantanamo Bay returned home Tuesday -- the first French nationals to be released from the U.S. base after months of talks -- and negotiations were underway for the transfer of three others...
A growing number of foreign truckers refuse to travel in Iraq (07/28/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- On his first journey to Iraq in eight months, Jordanian truck driver Faisal Suleyman was followed, pulled over and robbed by four men in a sky-blue taxi brandishing automatic weapons. The trip will be his last, he said Tuesday, placing him among a growing number of foreign drivers -- whose cargo is vital to Iraq's reconstruction -- refusing to brave the gantlet of kidnappings, robberies and other violence plaguing the country...
Bangladesh capital inundated as millions suffer in floodwaters (07/28/04)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Residents waded through sewage and rowed boats on flooded roads Tuesday in this city of 10 million people, as 44 more victims drowned and the death toll from monsoon rains reached 1,100 across South Asia. The annual monsoon flooding, fed by melting snow and torrential rains, has left millions across South Asia marooned or homeless. At least 686 people have died in India, 102 in Nepal and five in Pakistan, according to reports from officials...
Lassies champs part of top team (07/28/04)
Harriett Myers and Diane Fowler were part of another winning combination Tuesday at Dalhousie Golf Club. Myers and Fowler teamed with Susie Rupert and Barb Dalton to capture top honors in the championship flight of the Dalhousie Golf Club Ladies Scramble. The foursome fired a 65 and had to survive a playoff against the team of Carol Largent, Jo Billings, Jane Kirt and Colleen Pearson...
Throwing for a purpose (07/28/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bobby Gromer picks up a softball and tosses it to his niece across the yard as hard as he can. It sails past her, delighting the 42-year-old Gromer, who is mentally and physically disabled. "I missed it," his niece squeals, as Bobby laughs and slaps his knee...
Local volunteers lend an Open hand (07/28/04)
The United States Golf Association has a pair of experienced volunteers in Frank and Bonnie Kinder. The Kinders, who live in Jackson, play golf regularly at Kimbeland Country Club. They have attended several Professional Golf Association events. And they served as volunteers in October at the PGA's Chrysler Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla...
Marquis pitches in with arm, bat to beat Cincinnati (07/28/04)
CINCINNATI -- At this rate, nobody's going to catch the Cardinals. Right-hander Jason Marquis hit a two-run double and pitched seven stingy innings for his eighth straight win Tuesday night, 6-0 over the Cincinnati Reds. Reggie Sanders and Jim Edmonds each hit a solo home run to back Marquis (11-4), one of three St. Louis pitchers with double-digit wins...
McGwire receives exemption to play in 102nd Western Amateur (07/28/04)
BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- How much does former St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Mark McGwire love golf? So much that he quit baseball his sophomore year in high school, opting for the links. "If golf was as cool as it is today, I may have never played baseball," McGwire said during Tuesday's media day for the 102nd annual Western Amateur being held at the Point O'Woods Golf & Country Club...
Weaver departs Mississippi State to take post at Kennett High (07/28/04)
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sam Weaver has left the men's basketball staff at Mississippi State University to become activities director and boys basketball coach at Kennett, Mo., High School. The 45-year-old former Alcorn State head coach spent the past two seasons on the staff of coach Rick Stansbury. Besides Alcorn State (1993 to 1996), Weaver was a head coach at Northern Iowa (1998 to 2001)...
Raiders will head to camp without Woodson (07/28/04)
Rod Woodson, one of the top defensive backs of the last two decades, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, the day that NFL training camps officially began to open. Denver released former All-Pro linebacker John Mobley for the same reason -- he flunked a physical...
Jackson reports to Rams' training camp in modest fashion (07/28/04)
MACOMB, Ill. -- St. Louis Rams first-round pick Steven Jackson, criticized by his coach earlier this month after missing a rookie minicamp, signaled Tuesday that it's time to go to work. Jackson, a running back who signed a five-year, $7 million contract on Sunday, arrived in training camp on the rookie bus, and 2 1/2 hours ahead of the 5 p.m. report deadline. In the past, high picks have often showed up at camp in style in shiny new vehicles and a lot closer to the deadline...
Rams reach deals with Smoker, Hargrove (07/28/04)
Quarterback Jeff Smoker and defensive end Anthony Hargrove have signed three-year deals with the St. Louis Rams, making them the last of the defending NFC West champion's picks from April's draft to be under contract. Terms of the deals were not disclosed...
Dolphins may seek refund from Williams (07/28/04)
MIAMI -- Ricky Williams could be forced to give back the Miami Dolphins more than $8 million already paid to him because he retired before the expiration of his contract. Because of penalty clauses included when Williams' contract was reworked two years ago, the team could try to recoup $5.3 million in incentive money, said sources familiar with the terms who requested anonymity. ...
Maddux picks up 299th win (07/28/04)
MILWAUKEE -- Greg Maddux moved within one win of No. 300, and Sammy Sosa homered and doubled in a run in the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Maddux will try to become the 22nd pitcher in major league history to win 300 games when he faces the Phillies at Wrigley Field on Sunday. He would be the first National Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Philadelphia's Steve Carlton on Sept. 23, 1983...
On the air 7/28/04 (07/28/04)
On the airMajor League Baseball Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 1 p.m., ESPN St. Louis at Cincinnat, 6:30 p.m., Fox-Midwest, KZIM-960, KBXB-97.9 Regional coverage, 6 p.m., ESPN Regional coverage, 9 p.m., ESPN Tennis ATP, Masters Series Canada, noon, ESPN2...
SEMO Magic loses in tourney (07/28/04)
The SEMO Magic 16-and-under softball team dropped its first game in double-elimination play Tuesday at the NSA World Series in East Peoria, Ill. The Magic lost 4-2 to the Past Time Americans out of Kankakee, Ill. Miranda Schlosser took the loss, allowing five hits in five innings. Schlosser struck out six and walked two...
A garden for all seasons (07/28/04)
For three seasons of the year, Gary Ashcraft and his family admire the view from their screened-in back deck. Overlooking beds full of continuous spring and summer blooms, a variety of trees that shade their yard and a lake that attracts geese, ducks and herons, the family feels like it's visiting a park instead of sitting on the porch...
A flight of crisis takes off (07/28/04)
Have you ever had a crisis by which you judge all others? I'm not talking about people bleeding or a divorce -- or both. I mean those midlevel ones that are manageable but, at the same time, so awful that they set the gold standard in hassle and, in my case, humiliation...
Hodge-podge of recipes makes for good eating (07/28/04)
Have you ever paid attention to your children when they do something for the first time? Last weekend I took our children to an auction. We knew the auctioneer, so they really enjoyed watching him in action. Lexie was really taken by the speed in which he talked and sold items. ...
Dress up the garden with works of art (07/28/04)
A garden consists of more than plants. The ancient Romans and Greeks knew this because their beautiful gardens included fountains, patios, urns, statues and pottery filled with plants. Today designers have gone beyond these traditional structures and have provided us with what I call "garden art." I define garden art as any item displayed in the garden that accents the beauty of plants in the garden or accents the beauty of architecture that the garden surrounds...
'Hi, Bob!' Statue honoring Bob Newhart dedicated in Chicago (07/28/04)
CHICAGO -- "Hi, Bob!" could become a popular phrase on Michigan Avenue. A statue commemorating comedian Bob Newhart's role as Dr. Robert Hartley on "The Bob Newhart Show" was unveiled Tuesday in downtown Chicago near the office building shown in the TV classic's opening credits...
Showboating takes on new meaning at MTV awards (07/28/04)
MIAMI -- The MTV Video Music Awards are all about scene-stealing stunts, so it was fitting Tuesday when the network announced that stars will approach this year's red carpet on luxury yachts and the entire show will be host-free. Oh yeah -- Jay-Z's jarring video for "99 Problems," which depicts his own murder as a metaphor for his retirement from rapping, had a leading six nominations. Beyonce, No Doubt and OutKast had five nods each...
Mark Emerine (07/28/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Mark V. Emerine, 77, of Benton died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born on July 7, 1927, at Joy, Ky., son of Joseph Olney and Opal Ruth Parker Emerine. He and Lois Ford were married April 1, 1962, at Charleston, Mo...
Donna Lasters (07/28/04)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Donna J. Lasters, 65, of Bertrand died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 25, 1939, in Bertrand, daughter of Louis and Elizabeth Austin Kenser. Lasters worked at Good Humor-Breyers, retiring in 2002. Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Triplett of Gray Ridge, Mo., Gina Dew of Puxico, Mo.; a brother, Melvin Kenser of Torrance, Calif.; a sister, Judy Wills of Sikeston, Mo.; three grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren...
George Welsh Jr. (07/28/04)
George Welsh Jr., 69, of Goliad, Texas, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Pottstown, Pa., son of George and Mildred Ormsby Welsh Sr. He and Judith Ann Cotner, formerly of Cape Girardeau, were married June 4, 1984, in Poteau, Okla...
William English (07/28/04)
William R. "Bill" English, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Jan. 20, 1919, at Diehlstadt, Mo., son of W.A. and Nettie Mae McGinnis English. He and Evelyn Holmes were married Dec. 24, 1944, at the home of his parents in Benton, Mo...
Virginia Spantgos-Cherry (07/28/04)
KELSO, Mo. -- Virginia Spantgos-Cherry, 78, of Salisbury, N.C., died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Brian Center in Salisbury. She was born July 6, 1926, in Boone, N.C., daughter of Edward and Mary Nell Hopkins Norrie. She and James George Spantgos were married Nov. 5, 1942, in Richlands, Va. He died Jan. 4, 1974. She later married Charles Cherry in Winston-Salem, N.C...
Births 7/28/04 (07/28/04)
Williams Son to Frentress James Williams Jr. and Anita Tonnette Pounds of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:12 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2004. Name, Frentress James III. Weight, 8 pounds 14 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Pounds is the daughter of J.B. and Juanita Pounds of Cape Girardeau. She is a licensed practical nurse at the Lutheran Home. Williams is the son of Frentress and Sandra Williams of Charleston, Mo. He is a network administrator at Gibson Recovery Center...
Cape fire report 07/28/04 (07/28/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 3:35 p.m., an emergency medical service at Lexington Avenue and Delwin Street. At 4:10 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 Towers Complex. At 5:21 p.m., an emergency medical service at 2327 Bloomfield Road...
Cape police report 07/28/04 (07/28/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Vincent L. McNeil Jr., 24, 610 Hall St., St. Louis, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of controlled substances...
Out of the past 7/28/04 (07/28/04)
10 years ago: July 28, 1994 Water is safe to drink, at least in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, say officials with both towns; there isn't cause for any public alarm over environmental group's report that one in five Americans drink water that isn't adequately treated for toxic chemicals, bacteria, parasites and other pollutants...
Pet ordinance (07/28/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council recently took the first step toward adopting an ordinance intended to curb problems with nuisance pets by placing greater restrictions on pet owners. Final council action is on Monday night's agenda. The ordinance would limit the total number of pets a city resident can own. Only four cats and four dogs would be allowed in each household without special-use permits. Violators could face fines up to $500...
Illegal immigrants add public costs (07/28/04)
To the editor: Regarding the July 25 story "Weaving a network of Latino support": Don't use "Latinos" when you're really talking about illegal aliens. Legal immigrants don't need or want expanded public services because they're part of the group footing the bill: law-abiding taxpayers. It's the illegals, who evade taxes by working for cash, who use public welfare programs: free medical care, child care, food stamps, welfare payments and housing subsidies...
Dream of lake may be rekindled (07/28/04)
To the editor: There once was an idea to construct a 7,700-acre recreational lake fed by the Whitewater and Little Whitewater rivers near Millersville. The lake would have miles of shoreline where steep hills and gentle ridges met deep ravines and creek bottoms. The rivers are clear-running streams with gravel bottoms that turn to mud-bottom streams at Millersville...
Stabbing death can't be justified (07/28/04)
To the editor: I have heard enough about Red Gate and the underage drinking. Is it really the underage drinking that everyone should be focused on? A lot of that goes on, but to hear someone say our police officers don't do their jobs and let it happen is ridiculous. The real problem isn't underage drinking, and that isn't what people should be focused on...
Cape has great summer activities (07/28/04)
To the editor: I am writing to rave about what awesome summer activities Cape Girardeau has to offer its youths. As a teacher who stays home with her children during the summer, I am able to take advantage of all of the wonderful programs available. ...
Schools require better leaders (07/28/04)
To the editor: The German people use the term "Mach" amiably to describe Americans, meaning that overwhelming can-do spirit enabling Americans, as it has over centuries, to meet adversity and prevail. The spirit that disregards misfortune and wretchedness on the road to triumph. ...
Young motorists kill wild animals (07/28/04)
To the editor: With all the news about animals, I thought I should address another growing problem. There seems to be a rash of kids who think it is some kind of sport to maliciously run over animals. The kids will swerve to intentionally hit rabbits, squirrels, turtles, cats and anything else they think they can hit...
Speak Out 7/28/04 (07/28/04)
Inspection impasse IT'S CLEAR to me that Jackson is part of the county. The county has the right to make improvements within the county. When the county wants to improve something, why is the Jackson city manager acting so stubborn? I'm so tired of hearing certain things can't be done because somebody might get hurt. Jackson, get out there and inspect what was built in the county as part of the city, and let's move on...
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