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Internet radio show is a big hit with youngsters (08/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Rick Adams is playing "The Hamster Dance," a song he hates, a song that makes him cringe, a song that makes him shriek. However, it is also a song that lots of children want played on his daily AOL radio show -- and so he plays it and announces the names of the children who have requested it...
The terrors of growing old (08/03/04)
People who are neither teachers nor students are saying to themselves right now, "Yeah, that's right, you little punks. Back to school with ye, ain't it? You little scurvies can't escape it now." OK, I honestly didn't mean for the working class to come off as pirates, but you get the idea. I thought it might add a little terror into the hearts of those who do have to ... (gulp) ... go back to school...
A mild case of culture shock (08/03/04)
My orientation has been completed, winter break is over and classes here in Chile have now resumed. After seeing the 10 English classes in the school where I work, only one thing seems certain: this is going to be a challenge. As part of the new initiative, the Ministry of Education now requires every student from fifth grade on up in Chile to take English class, which is extraordinarily young for Latin America. ...
Summer project - Boy Scout reconstructs history (08/03/04)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Like a set of giant Lincoln Logs, Joshua Layne's Eagle Scout project is slowly coming together. Eventually the logs -- or in this case, utility poles donated by Westar Energy -- will resemble the 1850s cabin where Topeka's founders gathered and laid out the city's charter. The cabin is being built on Iliff Commons -- property that is owned by Doug and Dorothy Iliff but open to the public...
Scott County convenes grand jury (08/03/04)
Standard Democrat BENTON, Mo. -- For the first time in over a decade, a grand jury has been convened in Scott County. "The grand jury has been picked," confirmed Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd. "It was finally put in place Wednesday." The last time a grand jury was formed in Scott County was around 1992 or 1993, according to Boyd...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Public Hearings Held a hearing regarding the request of Timothy and Donna Joplin for a special-use permit to operate a chiropractic office at 226 Albert St. in an R-2, single-family dwelling district. Held a hearing regarding the request of Stifel, Nicolaus and Company Inc. for a special-use permit to place a sign at 2849 Independence St. in a local commercial district...
Learning briefs 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Sibley receives Regents' Scholarship to SEMO Whitney A. Sibley of Cape Girardeau has been awarded a Regents' Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2004-2005 academic year. A graduate of Central High School, she is the daughter of Allen and Sharon Sibley of Cape Girardeau...
Condemned house burns down; summonses issued (08/03/04)
A condemned building at 722 Giboney Ave. that was within 30 days of being demolished by the city burned down Monday morning. The man at the scene of the fire, alleged to be the owner of the building, was issued two summonses in connection with the fire...
Family, friends keep soldiers in their prayers (08/03/04)
Their loved ones may be in Iraq, but on the first Monday of every month families of the 1140th Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard, are firmly linked together over the miles through prayer. Family and friends of the 1140th gather at the Mount Auburn Christian Church for a prayer service. They find comfort in each other's presence as they come together to "pray them home," as the service has become known...
Edwards changes plans for Cape campaign stop (08/03/04)
The Kerry-Edwards campaign isn't saying whether Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards will stop in Cape Girardeau this week as part of the campaign's "Believe in America" tour. Missouri campaign spokesman Michael Golden said Monday he could neither confirm nor deny an Edwards visit to Cape Girardeau...
Jackson resident faces charges of sexual abuse (08/03/04)
A Jackson man is in the Cape Girardeau County Jail after being charged with five counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and two counts of first-degree child molestation. The county sheriff's department said that Ricky E. Williams, 19, of 605 E. Adams St., was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl...
Understanding fungus (08/03/04)
In a crowded, two-room lab, Southeast Missouri State University biologists and students are growing mushrooms as part of a national project aimed at decoding their genetic makeup, a feat scientists believe will lead to new understandings of biological processes...
Cape City Council approves $31,117 for Glenn House (08/03/04)
The local historical association will receive $31,117 in unspent Cape Girardeau city tax dollars to help make repairs to the Glenn House, a Victorian-era house museum, but the city council imposed a moratorium through the end of the year on spending of any more surplus tourism dollars until a comprehensive spending plan is in place...
Strikes shut down service departments at car dealerships (08/03/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Mechanics, technicians and other union-backed workers in auto shops of five dozen new-car dealerships around St. Louis walked the picket lines Monday after rejecting contract proposals over the weekend. Teamsters Local 618, which represents about 580 parts and service department workers at 60 area dealerships, rejected a contract proposal by a vote of 333-85 on Sunday morning...
Ousted Alabama judge appeals to top court (08/03/04)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Roy Moore is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to reclaim his job as Alabama's chief justice, saying he was ousted for "professing a belief in God" when he refused a federal order to move his Ten Commandments monument. In a legal brief, Moore's attorneys argued that a state judicial ethics panel imposed an "unconstitutional religious test" on Moore when it expelled him. ...
Mississippi man pleads innocent to killing his cousin's family (08/03/04)
YAZOO CITY, Miss. -- A former truck driver pleaded innocent Monday to charges that he killed his cousin, his cousin's wife and their 4-year-old son. Earnest Hargon, 43, was indicted on capital murder charges last week. During an arraignment hearing Monday, Hargon denied killing his relatives at their rural Yazoo County home on Feb. 14...
Obama's overnight fame renews interest in book (08/03/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The surge of interest in Barack Obama after his speech to the Democratic National Convention is spilling over to the book he wrote a decade ago, with a first edition copy going for $255 on eBay and prerelease orders for a new edition already putting it on best-seller lists...
Wal-Mart to give $1 million donation to VFW (08/03/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will present $1 million to the Veterans of Foreign Wars today, the largest corporate donation in the history of the organization. "It's not going to fill the bucket, so to speak, but it will help us to some degree to fulfill our mission to those who need it most," said Jerry Newberry, a spokesman for the Kansas City-based VFW...
St. Louis sues to allow early voting in state (08/03/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The city of St. Louis and some Democratic lawmakers sued Missouri's chief election official Monday, seeking a court order allowing an early voting period before the Nov. 2 general election. If the lawsuit is successful, Missourians could vote for president, governor and other local officials anytime between Oct. 19 and 27. Missourians currently can vote absentee beginning six weeks before an election, but only if they will be unable to vote in person on election day...
Fat activists fighting against diet industry (08/03/04)
NEW YORK -- Unashamed of their size, fed up with fat jokes, and angry at the national obsession with dieting, overweight activists are mounting a feisty protest movement against the medical establishment's campaign against obesity. "We're living in the middle of a witch hunt, and fat people are the witches," said Marilyn Wann of San Francisco, a militant member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. "It's gotten markedly worse in the last few years."...
Chi-Chi's chain sues suppliers of green onions (08/03/04)
PITTSBURGH -- A Mexican restaurant chain that was hit by a hepatitis A outbreak traced to raw green onions is suing food wholesalers in an effort to get them to help pay for scores of lawsuits. The outbreak last fall sickened 660 people who had eaten at a Chi-Chi's restaurant in suburban Beaver County and killed four...
Maggots make medical comeback for wound healing (08/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Think of these wriggly little creatures not as, well, gross, but as miniature surgeons: Maggots are making a medical comeback, cleaning out wounds that just won't heal. Wound-care clinics around the country are giving maggots a try on some of their sickest patients after high-tech treatments fail...
Court agrees to revisit sentencing rules in fall session (08/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to settle whether long-standing federal rules for sentencing criminals violate the Constitution, a question that has thrown federal courthouses into disarray this summer. The high court said it will hear two cases suggested by the Bush administration. The Justice Department had rushed the appeals just weeks after the court ruled major portions of a state sentencing system unconstitutional...
Bush's proposed intelligence reforms differ from panel's (08/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush urged creation of a national intelligence director Monday to coordinate the war on terrorism but without the sweeping powers for hiring, firing and spending at the CIA, FBI and other agencies as recommended by the Sept. 11 commission...
Al-Qaida arrest led to information on current terror plans (08/03/04)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- The arrest of a senior al-Qaida operative in June and his subsequent interrogation enabled U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agents to gather documents, e-mail addresses and cell-phone text messages that gave them their first clues about an al-Qaida plan to strike targets in New York and Washington, according to Pakistani intelligence officials...
Nation digest 08/03/04 (08/03/04)
Muslim chaplain, cleared in espionage probe, quits FORT LEWIS, Wash. --A Muslim chaplain cleared after being imprisoned for 76 days in an espionage probe submitted a letter of resignation to the Army on Monday, saying officials never apologized to him or allowed him to retrieve his belongings from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ...
Attorneys for reservist hope to question higher-ups (08/03/04)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Attorneys for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England said she is being used as a scapegoat in the Iraqi prison abuse scandal, and they hope a military hearing this week will allow them to question higher-ups they feel are responsible...
Husband of missing jogger arrested (08/03/04)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Police arrested the husband of a missing pregnant woman Monday on a charge of aggravated murder, saying they had enough evidence even though her body has not been found. Lori Hacking disappeared July 19, when Mark Hacking told authorities she failed to return from an early morning jog. Since then, the husband's timeline and credibility have unraveled...
Wall Street carries on amid tighter security (08/03/04)
The Associated Press Police searched trucks, blocked streets and posted machine-gun toting officers outside financial landmarks Monday, a day after the government's warning that terrorists might target the buildings with bombs. Thousands of employees at some of the largest financial institutions in the country stood in line to get to work, patiently showing identification tags...
Iraqi gunmen kill Turkish hostage (08/03/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Masked gunmen shot a blindfolded Turkish hostage three times in the head on a gruesome Internet video meant to warn Muslim workers to stay out of Iraq. Soon after the video was discovered Monday, Turkish truckers announced they would stop hauling goods for U.S. forces in hopes of saving two other Turkish captives...
Best and brightest now opting to stay in Russia (08/03/04)
AKADEMGORODOK, Russia -- Sipping from an outsized cup at a coffee shop, his computer jargon competing with the sounds of U2 and frothing latte, software designer Yuri Bannov could almost be in Silicon Valley. Only the birch trees and babushkas outside give away his actual location: Siberia...
Paraguay fire survivors say locked doors hindered escape (08/03/04)
ASUNCION, Paraguay-- Locked doors prevented or slowed the escape of supermarket shoppers from a fast-spreading fire that killed more than 300 people and injured hundreds more, survivors said Monday. The market's two owners were detained for questioning...
U.S., Afghan forces clash with militants (08/03/04)
The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. and allied troops backed by warplanes and helicopters fought dozens of militants Monday in the biggest border clash along the mountainous Pakistani border in months. At least two militants and two Afghan soldiers were killed...
Taiwan boasts world's tallest skyscaper (08/03/04)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Some liken it to a giant bamboo shoot of glass and steel. The less charitable see an outsize stack of Chinese food containers. At 101 floors, Taipei's newest skyscraper is the world's tallest, and an ego boost for a people who feel snubbed by the world...
World briefs 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Palestinian gunmen make hospital raids, kill two GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- In dramatic, daytime raids on Gaza City's largest hospital, Palestinian vigilantes killed two men convicted of collaborating with Israeli intelligence, shooting them at close range hours after they were admitted for wounds suffered when a grenade exploded in their jail cell Monday. ...
Rouse is pleased by national showing (08/03/04)
Jackson High School senior Cody Rouse may have come away from the ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Greco-Roman wrestling tournament in Fargo, N.D., last week without the All-American finish he coveted, but he still had many positive things to take away from the largest Junior National Greco-Roman tournament ever held...
Indians plan trip north (08/03/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball coach Gary Garner hopes an early jump on the 2004-2005 season will help the Indians prepare for what he believes just might be the toughest schedule in school history...
Capahas stage a late, late rally (08/03/04)
Plaza Tire defeated the Oklahoma A's 7-5 in their NBC opener played in the wee hours Monday. Southeast Missourian WICHITA, Kan. -- Playing a game at the unusual hour of just after midnight worked out fine for the Plaza Tire Capahas. The Capahas rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Oklahoma A's early Monday morning in the opening round of the National Baseball Congress World Series...
Clemens ejected watching son play (08/03/04)
Roger Clemens got tossed for a spitter. Ejected from a youth league game after his 10-year-old son was called out in a close play, Clemens was banished to the parking lot after an umpire said the Rocket spit a sunflower seed at him. It happened Saturday in rural Craig, Colo., during a 10-and-under Triple Crown Sports tournament. The future Hall of Famer was away from the Houston Astros, as his team allows him to be when he's not pitching...
Still room to improve (08/03/04)
By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press MACOMB, Ill. -- Torry Holt led the NFL with 117 receptions last year, and this year he sees room for improvement. If the NFL follows through on its plan to emphasize enforcement of its rule prohibiting downfield contact, the St. Louis Rams' prolific wide receiver figures to be a beneficiary...
Smarty Jones heads for pasture (08/03/04)
\The 3-year-old Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has run his last race. By Hal Bock ~ The Associated Press Smarty Jones' racing career is over. The 3-year-old red chestnut colt whose bid for thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown came up one length short in the Belmont Stakes was retired Monday because of chronic bruising in his hoofs...
From the WWE to the NFL (08/03/04)
MANKATO, Minn. -- The money, glamour and perks provided by Brock Lesnar's lifestyle as a professional wrestler just weren't bringing him happiness, so he decided to leave. Now the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion who performed with the moniker "The Next Big Thing" is trying to make a new name for himself -- in the NFL...
Woods and Kuehne nab Bridges title (08/03/04)
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Hank Kuehne salvaged an embarrassing night off the tee with two birdie putts that got his team back in the match, and Tiger Woods took over from there. Woods blistered a 5-iron within 25 feet for an eagle at the par-5 16th that capped a great comeback and gave him and Kuehne a 2-and-1 victory Monday night in the "Battle at the Bridges."...
Congressional provision could boost franchises (08/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Many professional sports teams could increase in value by millions of dollars under a provision Congress included in legislation revamping corporate tax laws, tax and sports finance analysts said Monday. The exact impact of the language would vary for each franchise. Minor league teams in faltering financial health could lose money because their tax deductions might be worth less under the new rules than under current law, the analysts said...
Reinforcements arrive for dwindling O-line (08/03/04)
San Francisco castoff Randall participated in his first scrimmage. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press MACOMB, Ill. -- Newly signed offensive lineman Greg Randall hit the ground rumbling with the St. Louis Rams...
Sports briefs 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Basketball Wizards forward Kwame Brown broke a bone in his right foot during a pickup game in Georgia last week and will have surgery today. Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said doctors are confident that the surgery will be successful and that Brown will be ready for training camp in October. Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft, set career highs with 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds last season...
Area sports digest 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Williams cards ace at Kimbeland C.C. JoAnne Williams of Cape Girardeau recently carded a hole in one during the ladies' league play at Kimbeland Country Club. Williams used a 7-iron on Hole A, a par 3 playing 102 yards. Witnesses were Connie Nesslein, Chas Duperier and Julie Rushing...
Candidates need a little furry love (08/03/04)
George Bush is in trouble. His Democratic opponent, Sen. John Kerry, almost certainly has locked up the support of the cute-and-cuddly crowd now that his heroics with a hamster have been celebrated at last week's Democratic convention. It seems that the Massachusetts senator once saved his daughter's pet hamster, Licorice, from drowning. Kerry reportedly administered CPR to save the family pet...
Coverage of Democratic convention didn't show whole story (08/03/04)
NEW YORK -- Some TV viewers might not be aware that former President Carter, Al Gore and Al Sharpton all spoke at last week's Democratic convention. They certainly heard from Bill O'Reilly, Wolf Blitzer and Chris Matthews, though. It was a pundits convention for the cable news channels, which were on the air many more hours than the big broadcasters. ...
Rust acquires 20th daily paper (08/03/04)
Rust Communications has acquired the Fort Scott (Kan.) Tribune-Monitor effective Monday. The company has owned the nearby Nevada (Mo.) Daily Mail and Nevada News since 1997. The Tribune-Monitor is the 20th daily in the Rust group of newspapers. The Tribune-Monitor has been family owned since its founding in 1884. ...
Business briefs 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Eastman Kodak Co. faces diversity lawsuit ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A lawsuit claims Eastman Kodak Co. -- lauded as a top company for minorities -- unfairly distributed raises to women and black workers and required them to waive their right to sue as a condition of receiving pay increases and promotions. ...
Doris Fehr (08/03/04)
Doris Ruth Fehr, 76, of Scott City died Monday Aug. 2, 2004 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Fehr was born Aug. 17,1927 in St. Louis, the daughter of Ervin and Pauline Haas Buescher. She was a florist at the Town and Country Florist in Cape Girardeau and the Garden of Eden in Scott City. She was a member of the Evangelical United church of Christ in Cape Girardeau and the Hawthorne Garden Club...
Robert Humphrey (08/03/04)
HOMEWOOD, Ill. -- Robert "Bob" Earl Humphrey, 71, of Homewood, Ill., died Friday, July, 23, 2004, in Greenwood, Ind. He was born Feb. 17, 1933, near Mounds, Ill., son of Floyd Charles and Marie Jane McAllister Humphrey. After graduating from high school in 1952, he served in the U.S. Army for several years at Fort Hood, Texas...
Loretta Angel (08/03/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Loretta L. Angel, 83, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Ray Alton, Ky., daughter of Delanes and Rosella Whirledge Barks. She and Marion Washington Angel were married Feb. 18, 1939. He died May 1, 1999...
Sister Michaelette Seyer (08/03/04)
Chatawa, MISS. -- SISTER MICHAELETTE SEYER, 91, OF CHATAWA, DIED SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2004, AT ST. MARY OF THE PINES IN CHATAWA. SHE WAS BORN ALMA MARY MARCH 21, 1913, IN ADVANCE, MO., DAUGHTER OF PHILIP AND ALVINA SEYER. SEYER ENTERED THE CONVENT IN ST. LOUIS IN 1934, AND PROFESSED HER VOWS AS A SCHOOL SISTER OF NOTRE DAME IN 1937...
Ed Berry (08/03/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Edward Henry "Ed" Berry Jr., 59, of Sikeston died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs, Ark. He was born May 9, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of Edward Henry and Gertrude Billings Berry. He and Fran Sizemore were married June 3, 1997, at Benton, Mo...
Adolph Ludwig (08/03/04)
Adolph G. Ludwig, 89, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Heartland Health and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Willman Petzoldt (08/03/04)
Willman R. Petzoldt, 72, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Pocahontas, Mo., son of Rudolph A. and Rosalie Kain Petzoldt. He and LaVerne Leimbach were married Jan. 26, 1957. She died April 11, 1985. He and Jettie Felty Holt were married Jan. 1, 1987...
Dorothy Lizenbee (08/03/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Dorothy Lizenbee, 80, of Advance died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at her home. She was born May 11, 1924, in Salem, Ark., daughter of John and Louisa Shirley Mask. She and Earl Lizenbee were married Oct. 7, 1940, in New Madrid, Mo. He died June 28, 1996...
Births 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Earnheart Daughter to Michael E. Earnheart and Stacey Dawn Holman of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 3:21 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2004. Name, Ryleigh Ashlyn. Weight, 6 pounds 8 ounces. Third daughter. Ms. Holman is the daughter of Doug and Karen Pullen of Charleston, Mo., and the late Steve Holman Sr. of Matthews, Mo. She is a universal banker at US Bank. Earnheart is the son of Kathie Earnheart and Eugene and Angie Earnheart, all of Charleston. He is a salesman at Buchheit...
Chaffee resident receives injuries in accident (08/03/04)
A Chaffee, Mo., motorist sustained moderate injuries early Monday morning on Route EE, a half mile west of Highway 77. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Joseph Smith, 35, lost control of his 1995 Dodge at 6:55 a.m. after it ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overcorrected, then ran off the left side of the road and overturned several times. Smith was taken by ambulance to Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Cape fire report 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 6:59 p.m., an emergency medical service at 40 S. Sprigg St. At 7:01 p.m., an emergency medical service at 20 S. Sprigg St. At 10:46 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1908 Brink St...
Cape police report 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Adam Ryan Uding, no age given, 1000 N. Sprigg St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Troy Gene Smith, 20, 1524 Bloomfield St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for burglary and stealing...
Out of the past 8/3/04 (08/03/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 3, 1994 Jack Rickard narrowly defeated Mike Ballou in yesterday's election of Ward 3 seat vacated in spring when Al Spradling III was elected mayor; vote was 468 to 433. James L. "Jay" Thompson, who narrowly lost Democratic nomination for Congress two years ago to Thad Bullock, managed to capture nomination yesterday; Thompson finished with about 39 percent of vote in four-way race; he will face 8th District U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson in general election...
Iran's nukes (08/03/04)
(Buenos Aires) La Nacion Iran just announced it will resume production of parts needed to assemble P-2 centrifuges used to make enriched uranium. This regrettable declaration has inspired distrust among European diplomats, who succeeded last year in having Iran suspend its work in this field, as part of an agreement governing Iran's controversial nuclear program...
Shorter lines, less hassle (08/03/04)
Standing in line to renew a vehicle license or register a newly purchased automobile used to be a constant source of complaints and frustration. But much of the pain of getting new or renewed tags has been eased by several changes. Nearly 3 million vehicles were switched to every-other-year renewals last year. This means the vehicles' owners pay two years of license fees instead of one...
Speak Out 08/03/04 (08/03/04)
Art's emotions WHO SAYS a flower has to look like a flower when viewing art? The idea behind most art is not to provide a pretty picture, but to let the artist express his emotions and evoke them in others. Art should stimulate the viewer and allow them the opportunity to see what he wants in the artwork. ...
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