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Stories from Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Cape County voters wait in line to cast ballots (08/04/04)
It was a scene election judge Faye Schreiner hasn't seen very often during her 30 years experience: voters waiting in line to pick up ballots, six or seven voters at a time filling the voting booths. "This has really been terrific," she said. Officially, 16,855 people voted in Cape Girardeau County on Tuesday. That's 35 percent of the registered voters in the county...
Large turnout propels incumbent victories in Bollinger County (08/04/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- With huge numbers turning out for Tuesday's primary election, Bollinger County voters gave large victories to incumbent Sheriff Terry Wiseman and county commissioner Wayne Whitener but gave Assessor James M. Bollinger a few tense moments with his squeaker win over challenger Richard VanGennip...
Judges name third week's semifinalists in photo contest (08/04/04)
With a week to go, the annual Foto Fest contest is heating up. The contest has seen great participation, said Joyce Hunter, marketing director for Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. Judges named Tim Vollink of Oak Ridge, Rochelle Steffen, Sue Ponder and Grace Williams of Cape Girardeau this week's semifinalists...
Old Town Cape exec takes Illinois job (08/04/04)
Old Town Cape executive director Catherine Dunlap will resign on Aug. 25 to take a new job heading up the Main Street downtown redevelopment effort in Bloomington, Ill. Dunlap is to begin as executive director of Uniquely Bloomington on Sept. 1. Uniquely Bloomington is a newly formed organization that is applying to be part of the Main Street program in Illinois. Bloomington is a city of about 60,000 people...
First bridge blast draws large crowd (08/04/04)
Explosives sent a section of the old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau crashing onto the tree-filled Illinois shore Tuesday as hundreds of spectators looked on from the Missouri shore trying to glimpse a piece of history. The blast brought down three piers and the metal spans -- about 1,250 feet in length -- that sat on those piers in a matter of seconds...
Emerson meets doctors over tort reform (08/04/04)
More than 50,000 Americans are now over 100 years old, according to figures Dr. Charles Cozean read recently. "That's because they all had such good lawyers," quipped John Mackel, director of recruitment for Saint Francis Medical Center. Mackel, Cozean and several other doctors met with U.S. ...
Perry County voters say yes to road tax (08/04/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Voters in Perry County passed a 3/8 of one percent sales tax for road improvements Tuesday. The measure was approved by a margin of 623 votes: 2,702 voting yes and 2,079 opposing. Sheriff Gary Schaaf easily won over his Republican opponent Michael C. Miller. Schaaf will face Democrat Joseph McAtee in November...
Shortage of GOP ballots delays primary returns in Scott County (08/04/04)
A large voter turnout in Scott County delayed Tuesday's primary election results, which were not available by press time. According to County Clerk Rita Milam, the office ran out of Republican ballots because of the unexpected high voter turnout. The ballots had to be photocopied, but the photocopied ballots could not go through the voting scanner. Those ballots had to be counted by hand...
Police say man leaves woman on side of I-55 after argument (08/04/04)
An argument over who was going to pay for a tank of gasoline resulted in a man and his son being arrested Monday after the man's girlfriend was abandoned on the side of Interstate 55. According to patrolman Jason Selzer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Willie Miles Jr., 48, of Memphis, Tenn., was driving south around 10:30 p.m. ...
Region digest 08/04/04 (08/04/04)
John Edwards to speak in Cape on Thursday Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards is scheduled to speak at a semiprivate event Thursday morning in Cape Girardeau. Admission to the speech is being arranged through contacting local officials with the Democratic Party. ...
Primary win puts Cooper in Cape House seat (08/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Nathan Cooper will be Cape Girardeau's next state representative after claiming 47.1 percent of the vote in Tuesday's three-way Republican primary in the 158th District. With 2,736 votes, Cooper, a lawyer, finished well ahead of Cape Girardeau Central High School teacher Eugene "Pete" Frazier, who came in second with 2,200 votes, or 37.8 percent of the total. ...
McBride sweeps to victory in primary for public administrator (08/04/04)
Deborah McBride, the only black woman running for a Cape Girardeau County office, won the Democratic primary for public administrator Tuesday, defeating her opponent Sharla "Charlie" Harrison by 1,700 votes, taking 70 percent of the vote. The public administrator position was the only local county race with more than one Democratic opponent...
Kinder and Cook claim nominations for lt. governor (08/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The upcoming general election campaign for lieutenant governor looks to be billed as the Battle of Cape Girardeau after homegrown Democrat Bekki Cook and Republican Peter Kinder appeared to have locked up their respective parties' nominations in Tuesday's primary elections...
Man who pleaded guilty to rape allowed DNA test (08/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Rubin Weeks be granted the DNA test he maintains will prove him innocent of a 1991 kidnapping and rape of a Jackson woman. Originally Weeks pleaded guilty to the crimes and received two concurrent life sentences...
Purcell, Bock win Republican county commissioner primaries (08/04/04)
If this election had been held a year ago, they might still be counting hanging chads. But Cape Girardeau County's new optical-scan voting system definitively verified that Jay Purcell beat Dan Niswonger by 29 votes, or slightly less than half a percentage point, Tuesday in what turned out to be a head-to-head battle in a nine-candidate field for Cape Girardeau County Commissioner in District 2...
McCaskill upends Holden (08/04/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Embattled Democratic Gov. Bob Holden conceded defeat Tuesday to State Auditor Claire McCaskill, becoming the first Missouri governor ever to lose in a primary. Holden called McCaskill to congratulate her, then broke the news to his supporters by urging Democrats to unite behind her...
Statue of Liberty reopens to public (08/04/04)
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty, hailed once again as "a beacon of hope," welcomed tourists inside on Tuesday for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with hundreds of visitors returning despite warnings of terrorist threats. In an hour-long reopening ceremony, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Americans to visit the statue and demonstrate that the country would never be "coerced into abandoning any symbol of America."...
Statue of Liberty reopens to public (08/04/04)
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty, hailed once again as "a beacon of hope," welcomed tourists inside on Tuesday for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with hundreds of visitors returning despite warnings of terrorist threats. In an hour-long reopening ceremony, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Americans to visit the statue and demonstrate that the country would never be "coerced into abandoning any symbol of America."...
Casino proposal near Branson losing at ballot (08/04/04)
ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. -- Hopes for a casino appeared to be slipping away as early election returns Tuesday night showed voters across Missouri rejecting an amendment to the state's constitution to allow a casino in Rockaway Beach. With 48 percent of the vote counted, the amendment was failing 56 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial results...
Commission wants outline of intelligence czar's main duties (08/04/04)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Establishing a national intelligence "czar" would seem sure to shake up Washington's massive spy bureaucracy, but President Bush's description of the job has been murky and members of the Sept. 11 Commission complained Tuesday his plan doesn't go far enough...
Nation/world briefs 8/4/04 (08/04/04)
Militants killed near Afghan-Pakistan border KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan and U.S. troops backed by warplanes killed as many as 50 militants in a daylong battle near the Pakistani border, the U.S. military said Tuesday. It was one of the bloodiest clashes since U.S. ...
New coin includes image of keelboat (08/04/04)
FORT CALHOUN, Neb. -- A new nickel commemorating the exploration of the West made its debut Tuesday aboard a 55-foot replica of the keelboat used in the Lewis and Clark expedition 200 years ago. The nickel bears the familiar likeness of President Thomas Jefferson on one side. ...
Missouri voters first in U.S. to approve gay marriage ban (08/04/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to ban gay marriage, the first such vote since the historic ruling in Massachusetts last year that legalized same-sex weddings there. The amendment garnered 72 percent of the vote, with 58 percent of precincts reporting...
Emerson beats primary opponent (08/04/04)
There was no suspense Tuesday for six of the seven Missouri Congressional incumbents, who faced no opposition in their party primaries. Republican JoAnn Emerson easily turned back a primary challenge from Richard Allen Kline, a 64-year-old retired Navy and Coast Guard veteran from Gipsy...
Ridge says even dated info gives enough cause for issuing alert (08/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Tuesday defended the decision to tighten security in New York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest terror warnings was as much as four years old. Law enforcement officials were trying to determine whether the plot was current, with terrorists still trying to organize such an attack -- in an investigation made more urgent by revelations linking the suspect behind the intelligence with the 1998 bombings of U.S. ...
Baghdad's mayor wants security barriers removed (08/04/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Baghdad's new mayor wants his old city back. Alaa al-Tamimi, who took office in May, is leading a campaign to remove the security barriers that have sprung up all over the Iraqi capital to protect against the constant threat of insurgent attacks...
Two high-value al-Qaida targets among new arrests in Pakistan (08/04/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan has arrested two "high-level" al-Qaida terrorists, one with a multimillion-dollar U.S. bounty on his head, widening a sweep against al-Qaida's vast web of operatives that has netted at least six suspects, officials said Tuesday...
Locals survive 18-hole oven at Gateway championship (08/04/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Course is a lot of things, but cool isn't one of them. Tuesday the Gateway Section PGA played its junior golf championship at Crystal Springs, and it couldn't have been hotter. The heat index reached 110 degrees. All of this was after a 30-minute rain delay due to an electrical storm. The clouds and rain provided some relief. But shortly after the shower, the clouds parted and the clambake was on...
Expos' Batista slams door on Cards in 12th inning (08/04/04)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Tony Batista hit a grand slam in the 12th inning after tying it with a two-run shot in the ninth, leading the Montreal Expos over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-6 on Tuesday night. Albert Pujols became the first player to hit at least 30 home runs in his each of his first four seasons on a major league roster when he hit a two-run homer to straightaway center off Montreal spot starter Sun-Woo Kim with one out in the first inning...
Kennedy seeks action after slow rookie year (08/04/04)
Last year's No. 1 pick has bulked up and shown signs of improvement. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press MACOMB, Ill. -- Jimmy Kennedy would have rather learned on the job at defensive tackle his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams, the way he did throughout his college career...
USA suffers alarming loss (08/04/04)
By Roy Kammerer ~ The Associated Press COLOGNE, Germany -- The U.S. men's Olympic team did more than merely lose. It was embarrassed and exposed like never before in international competition. Losing an exhibition game for the first time when using NBA players, the Americans were completely outclassed by lightly regarded Italy, never even making it close in the fourth quarter of a 95-78 upset Tuesday...
Vatican announces start of sports department (08/04/04)
By Frances D'Emilio ~ The Associated Press VATICAN CITY -- He made saves as a soccer goalkeeper during high school in Poland, skied and kayaked in Europe and swam laps in the papal pool. Now Pope John Paul II has set up a sports department to give the Vatican a kind of new playing field in its drive to spread Christian values around the world...
Veterans still have a say in action sports (08/04/04)
LOS ANGELES -- They are ancient by their sports' standards, flipping and swooping and surviving bone-crunching falls in a world that worships the young. Look at Jeff Ward, a SuperMoto rider at 43. Then there's Dave Mirra, a 30-year-old BMX biker who simply wants to pack his gear and go home at the end of a long day. Bob Burnquist has a 4-year-old daughter who was on a skateboard before she could walk...
Area sports digest 8/4/04 (08/04/04)
Jackson 11-U wins state Cal Ripken titleThe Jackson 11-and-under Cal Ripken baseball team won the state championship on Monday, beating Washington, Mo., 12-0 in the final. The victory capped a 4-0 run through the tournament, in which Jackson outscored its foes 47-1. Jackson will play Aug. 12 through Aug. 17 in the Midwest Plains Regional in Boonville, Mo...
Sports briefs 8/4/04 (08/04/04)
Baseball St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds has been voted a National League player of the month for July, Major League Baseball announced Monday. Edmonds led the NL with a .381 average and 13 home runs. He also led the League with 27 runs scored, a .952 slugging percentage and tied for the lead with 27 RBI for the month...
A kitchen makeover (08/04/04)
Interest rates are on the upswing. The economy appears much stronger now than it was last year. It looks like we can expect job growth and possibly even a raise or two over the next several years. Unfortunately, as with all recoveries, we should also expect higher interest rates. Bottom line: we can enjoy a growing economy where interest rates are pretty darn low and the job market is in growth mode...
Home canning (08/04/04)
HOME CANNING Garden produce has its place in fresh summer salads, salsas and fruit pies. But we're looking for people who make the summer's abundance last by canning or freezing. To participate in an upcoming story on canning and jelly-making, contact features editor Laura Johnston by phone at 335-6611, extension 126; by e-mail at ljohnston@semissourian.com; or write P.O. Box 699, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63702-0699...
Make a Mexican meal of enchilada casserole (08/04/04)
Every weekend we plan far too many things to try to accomplish, then about half of the planned items go undone. Last Sunday I had several things planned to completely fill the afternoon and evening. Right after lunch we discovered we had a hummingbird trapped in our garage. ...
Auto repair - One of life's mysteries (08/04/04)
Let's start by admitting most women are at a cultural disadvantage when it comes to car repair and maintenance. While we were listening to our moms pontificate on Shout vs. Spray and Wash, our brothers were learning about oil changes and carburetors...
Thousands wait in line before 'Idol' auditions (08/04/04)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In the line wrapped around Cleveland Browns Stadium on Tuesday, there were thousands of pop star dreams. There was Antonio Crane, a 27-year-old from Wisconsin who drove eight hours for a chance to audition for the reality television show "American Idol." And Lindsay Creaney, 21, who traveled from New Jersey for her shot at instant fame...
Dylan Polen (08/04/04)
A celebration for Dylan Joseph Polen, 21, of Jackson beginning his eternal life in Heaven, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Cape First Church in Cape Girardeau, where he was a member. The Rev. Gary Brothers will lead the celebration. The church will be open at 1 p.m. for friends to call...
Sandra Helms (08/04/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sandra Lynnette Helms, 58, of Sikeston died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Oct. 12, 1945, at Sikeston, daughter of Dewey and Jewell Hicks Ramsey. She and William "Bill" Helms III were married March 6, 1992, in Sikeston...
Leona Hamel (08/04/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Leona Hamel, 97, of Marble Hill died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Bethalto Care Center. She was born May 28, 1907, in St. Louis, daughter of Peter and Anna Nelson, who died during the flu epidemic in 1917. Her grandparents, Henry and Anna Sieland of Glenallen, Mo., then adopted her. She and Ivan C. Hamel of East Alton, Ill., were married June 7, 1924...
Adolph Ludwig (08/04/04)
Adolph Gustav Charles Ludwig, 89, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Heartland Care Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Cape Girardeau County near Fruitland, son of Louis and Ida Tuschhoff Ludwig. He and Olga Henry were married May 30, 1942...
Maggie Spradling (08/04/04)
Maggie Spradling, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born May 21, 1922, at Matthews, Mo., daughter of Charles H. and Letha Irene Haney Spalding. She and Homer Spradling were married July 30, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. He died March 26, 2003...
Cape fire report 08/04/04 (08/04/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 6:57 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1312 N. West End Blvd. At 11:15 p.m., an emergency medical service at 719 William St. Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday:...
Cape police report 08/04/04 (08/04/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Kenya Renee Kinder, 25, 2920 Perryville Road, was arrested on a city warrant for contempt of court. Steven Gerard Rothkopf, 19, 1205 Old State Road, Wildwood, Mo., was arrested on a city warrant for probation violation for leaving the scene of an accident...
Out of the past 8/4/04 (08/04/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 4, 1994 Missouri National Education Association is threatening to take Cape Girardeau School Board to court if board holds its planned annual retreat this weekend in St. Louis; NEA contends holding meeting in St. Louis effectively cuts off public access...
Health crisis in Vieques - Spend money to help Americans (08/04/04)
For most Americans, the issue of the U.S. Naval bombing range on the island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico, is one that was resolved a few years ago when the Navy closed its base there after six decades of bombing and other military operations...
Family feud (08/04/04)
Spats among relatives are pretty much par for any large family. And city officials in Jackson and the Cape Girardeau County Commission are, in a way, part of the big family we call government. So it is not surprising that Jackson officials and county officials might disagree from time to time...
Pet alternatives should be heard (08/04/04)
To the editor: Kudos to the Southeast Missourian for a great, to-the-point editorial on the proposed pet limitation ordinance. I agree with what has already been said: Our current city ordinance adequately provides for the management and control of nuisance pets. What good does it do to replace one unenforceable ordinance with another? It's a proposal that has been reversed or denied in as many cities as in the ones that the city council researched during this process...
Spend the money to keep us safe (08/04/04)
To the editor: I have just read an article by George Gedda of The Associated Press that said President Bush and his administration are going to give Iraq $9 billion in U.S. reconstruction money to rebuild Iraq and make that country safer. I think our president should be thinking more about his own people and their safety than some other country the way he is doing ...
Creative writing was entertaining (08/04/04)
To the editor: In response to "Making traffic jam": Bob Miller's article on Jackson's upcoming traffic jam was brilliantly written and very creative. If it had been written in standard AP style, I probably would have only scanned it rather than read it all the way through. Thanks, Bob, for a most entertaining and thorough piece of journalism...
Speak Out 8/4/04 (08/04/04)
Great entertainment "SING, AMERICA, Sing" is wonderful. Thanks, Mike Dumey, for putting this together. These eight young people are all so very talented. I've seen lots of entertainment in Branson, and this ranked right at the top. Also the food was delicious. It was just an awesome evening...
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