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Teenager killed in I-55 wreck (08/05/04)
A teenager was killed and another severely injured when the car they were in veered out of control on the Interstate 55 and landed in front of an on-coming tractor-trailer Wednesday morning. A passenger in the truck was also injured. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 8 a.m. Tuesday on I-55 at the 80-mile marker near Benton, Mo...
Gas line work on Perryville Road nears completion (08/05/04)
The work on gas lines along Perryville Road that has slowed traffic over the last two months should be finished this week, officials say. A subcontractor through Ameren UE dug up and replaced old, cast iron gas pipes along that road as part of the company's overall pipe replacement program, said Mike Cleary, director of corporate communications with Ameren...
Southeast campus heats up as boiler malfunctions (08/05/04)
A malfunctioning power plant boiler curtailed air conditioning in Southeast Missouri State University buildings Tuesday and Wednesday and school officials said the necessary repairs could last through the remainder of the week. Campus buildings remained open, but the steam-powered air conditioning wasn't running at full throttle, school officials said...
Questioning authority at summer camp (08/05/04)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Arts-and-crafts time is over at the Romeo Corbeil Summer Camp. Partially painted plastic picture frames and half-finished hemp bracelets and necklaces lay strewn out, abandoned on fold-out tables in the classroom cabin at the University of Missouri Forest, just north of Poplar Bluff, Mo...
November amendment vote would decide use of gas, vehicle taxes (08/05/04)
Every general election needs a ballot initiative with a catchy name. This coming November, that new ballot buzz word may be Amendment 3, an initiative that several state organizations hope catches on with Missouri voters. On July 27, the secretary of state certified Amendment 3 to appear on the November ballot, an initiative that if passed will put all revenue of Missouri's existing gas and vehicle sales taxes toward funding of state transportation services...
Cape Girardeau candidate makes local election history (08/05/04)
Deborah McBride didn't set out to make local political history. But on Tuesday night, she may have done just that in her quest to become public administrator. McBride is believed to be the first black to win a county primary election. For more on this story, read Friday's Southeast Missourian...
Community briefs 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence Executive Director Tammy Gwaltney, left, received a $900 check resulting from a series of garage sales held at her home during June and July. A basket full of Ty Beanie Babies were also donated. The generous gifts will help the SEMO-NASV provide prevention programs, victims' services and caregiver training throughout Southeast Missouri. For more information call 332-1900. Juvenile Detention Center sets open house...
Community cuisine 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Sunday dinner planned at Schock arts center From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Schock Community Arts Center, 116 E. Hickory St., Scott City, will serve a chicken and dumplings dinner with all the trimmings. Dessert, lemonade, tea and coffee will also be available. The plate meal is prepared by Zeigler's Catering. For more information, call (573) 587-0215...
Community Q&A 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Name: Karen Kight Lives in: Jackson Family: Husband Dan; son, Quinn. Job: Instructor, Department of Communication at Southeast Missouri State University. What do you like most about the area? My family and friends. Being able to drive quickly to most every place I need to go...
Flooding hits region during heavy Wednesday rainstorm (08/05/04)
A rainstorm moved through the area Wednesday doing most of its damage in Jackson -- leaving some people without power and flooding a couple of roads. A spokesman for the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department said around 8:30 p.m. that the department was running off its own generator. Jackson police also confirmed that several areas in the city were also without power...
Rural Missourians helped McCaskill to primary victory (08/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden fared poorly in Southeast Missouri and other rural areas of the state as his bid for a second term ended with Tuesday's loss to State Auditor Claire McCaskill in the Democratic primary. Holden did well in the state's two urban areas, winning both St. Louis city and neighboring St. Louis County and finishing close behind McCaskill in Jackson County -- even managing a narrow win in the Kansas City portion of the county...
Cape tourism fund nears $1 million (08/05/04)
The city of Cape Girardeau expects to have a surplus of over $1 million in motel and restaurant tax money stockpiled by the end of October, money that could be used for tourism projects such as development of a water park, Mayor Jay Knudtson said Wednesday...
Scott County voters seek change at sheriff's office (08/05/04)
For the first time in 28 years, Scott County will have a sheriff other than Bill Ferrell beginning in November. The question answered by Tuesday night's primary election was which Democratic candidate would have a chance at taking Ferrell's place...
Primaries draw nearly 43 percent of voters to polls (08/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voter turnout in Tuesday's statewide primary elections reached its highest level since the state began tracking it 24 years ago. At least 42.8 percent of Missouri's nearly 3.5 million registered voters cast ballots, surpassing the previous primary election high of 36.5 percent set in August 1992, the secretary of state's office said Wednesday...
Blunt promises better education (08/05/04)
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- Republican candidate for governor Matt Blunt rallied about 100 supporters Wednesday at his campaign headquarters in suburban St. Louis, pledging to encourage small business and improve roads and education. Standing in a room virtually wallpapered with "Matt Blunt for Governor" signs, Blunt, the secretary of state, sought to portray himself as someone who can work with legislators of both parties and who could offer a stark contrast with previous Democratic leadership...
State briefs 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Tickets issued in two-car crash in Scott County Tickets were issued Tuesday afternoon following a two-car crash at Route DD and Lewis Street in Vanduser, Mo., in Scott County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 1989 Chevrolet driven by Rebecca Cureton, 30, of Bell City, Mo., struck a 1993 Dodge driven by Paul Hatley, 39, of Vanduser. ...
Conjoined twins are separated (08/05/04)
The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Two-year-old twins from the Philippines who were joined at the tops of their heads were surgically separated on Wednesday night, a hospital spokesman said. Doctors teased apart abutting portions of Carl and Clarence Aguirre's brains at 10:32 p.m. after completing an incision around their skull, said Steve Osborne, a spokesman for the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center...
Analysts - $50-a-barrel oil is possibility by year's end (08/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices could rise as high as $50 per barrel before the year is up, analysts say, as the world's growing thirst for crude stretches supplies thin and uncertainty abounds in petroleum-producing nations. "The fundamental fact is that oil is tight," says Leo Drollas, chief economist for the London-based Center for Global Energy Studies. ...
Car rental firm expects backlash over K.C. arena (08/05/04)
The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car said it believes Kansas City voters can forgive and forget the company's efforts to sink a series of taxes designed to pay for a downtown sports arena. Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the taxes, ignoring an anti-tax media campaign largely funded by Enterprise, which argued that the taxes are unfair and plans for the arena are incomplete...
Government says terror threat corroborated by third person (08/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- A third person separate from the two prisoners and documents previously disclosed provided information indicating al-Qaida was plotting to attack U.S. financial buildings, Bush administration officials said Wednesday in seeking to counter criticism their latest terror warning was overblown...
Federal government decides not to intervene on AIDS drug price (08/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government on Wednesday refused to override patents on the AIDS drug Norvir, effectively allowing a quintupling of the price to stand despite consumer groups' accusations of price gouging. Patient groups and some members of Congress had pushed the National Institutes of Health to take the unprecedented action, arguing it was warranted under a special law because Norvir's discovery was partially funded by taxpayer dollars...
Disney worker who played Tigger acquitted of fondling teenager (08/05/04)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Walt Disney World worker who portrayed the character Tigger was acquitted Wednesday of charges he fondled a 13-year-old girl while posing for a photo with the teen and her mother. The acquittal came in less than an hour following a three-day trial during which the defense attorney for Michael Chartrand donned a Tigger costume in an effort to show jurors how difficult it is to maneuver and see in the outfit...
Tourists ordered off island; storm clean-up to start (08/05/04)
OCRACOKE, N.C. -- Thousands of tourists stranded on this barrier island with no electricity or running water were told Wednesday to evacuate to give residents a chance to make repairs and clean up after the glancing blow struck by Hurricane Alex and its 100 mph wind. State officials estimated Wednesday that beginning today, 6,000 to 8,000 tourists will be evacuated from the island, which is accessible only by ferry...
Wider use of heart failure drug resulted in dozens of deaths (08/05/04)
NEW YORK -- A drug used for congestive heart failure that was supposed to save lives also caused dozens of deaths from a side effect when doctors began prescribing it more widely, Canadian researchers report. The scientists say their findings are a cautionary tale for doctors about the risks of applying drug-study results to real-world situations. They suggest physicians aren't being careful enough about who they put on the drug and that they aren't checking for dangerous potassium buildup...
Campaign trails crossing paths (08/05/04)
and Deb Riechmann ~ The Associated Press DAVENPORT, Iowa -- President Bush and Sen. John Kerry clashed at close quarters along the banks of the Mississippi River on Wednesday, the Republican incumbent pledging to "spread ownership and opportunity" if re-elected while his Democratic challenger campaigned as a fiscal conservative able and eager to fix the economy...
Hostages in Iraq freed after raid led by tribal chief (08/05/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In an extraordinary assault, gunmen in the city of Fallujah stormed a kidnappers' lair and forced the overmatched militants inside to flee, freeing four Jordanian truck drivers held captive, local officials said Wednesday. The raid, in a city that has long been hostile to the U.S. military and supportive of Saddam Hussein, marked the first time local gunmen had broken foreign hostages out of captivity. They called the kidnappers "terrorists" and outsiders...
Al-Qaida-linked group sets sights on government leaders (08/05/04)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Shifting tactics, an al-Qaida-linked group that staged the deadliest post-Sept. 11 terror bombing is believed to be planning assassinations of Western and regional leaders in Asia, moving away from large-scale strikes against civilian targets, officials said...
Pakistan says two arrested South Africans were plotting attacks (08/05/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Two South Africans captured along with a senior al-Qaida terrorist were plotting attacks on tourist sites in their home country, Pakistani officials said Wednesday, a surprising target for Islamic terrorism given the African nation's vocal stand against the war in Iraq and Israel's treatment of Palestinians...
Guantanamo review tribunals begin (08/05/04)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- A detainee at Guantanamo Bay whose case has been heard by a U.S. military review tribunal has threatened to kill Americans if released, and another is accused of signing an oath to Osama bin Laden, military officials said Wednesday...
Summer school - ND's volleyball program tunes up for fall (08/05/04)
High school sports will kick into high gear Monday with the start of fall practice, but Notre Dame's volleyball team is getting a head start on what it hopes will be another successful fall season with a successful summer campaign. The Bulldogs competed in the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation's High School Volleyball League, taking home first place in the season-ending tournament July 28. Notre Dame's two teams met in the finals, with Notre Dame defeating the Lady Bulldogs...
Eleven athletes, one team to be honored this fall (08/05/04)
Former Southeast Missouri State University sports stars dating as far back as 1903 and as recent as 1994 highlight the school's third Athletic Hall of Fame class. Eleven individuals and one team will be inducted during ceremonies at the Show Me Center on Oct. 16. The group will also be introduced that night during Southeast's football game with Eastern Kentucky at Houck Stadium...
Sports corrections 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
In Wednesday's article about local players who played for the St. Louis Diamond Kings in the NABF World Series for 15-and-under baseball teams, Jerod Scott's name appeared incorrectly. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. Due to information received from the Gateway PGA, Gabriel Sauer of Jackson was omitted from Wednesday's story about the Gateway Section PGA Junior Championship in St. ...
Fun for the entire family (08/05/04)
The Show-Me State Games in Columbia, Mo., is becoming a family vacation for the Feiner family. The four Feiners made their third trip in four years from Jackson to participate in competitive table tennis at the games on July 24. Half of the family participants came home with medals...
Cowboys cut Carter; Brown out in Oakland (08/05/04)
In a shocking and unexpected development, quarterback Quincy Carter is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys after directing them to the playoffs last season. Tim Brown, one of the top receivers in the NFL, is out after 16 seasons in Oakland. On a day of departures in the NFL, Carter's release was a shock after he started every game in a 10-6 season and guided the Cowboys into the playoffs. ...
U.S. bounces back with win against unheralded Germany (08/05/04)
COLOGNE, Germany -- Things are not looking good for the NBA stars on the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The Americans needed a final-shot 3-pointer by Allen Iverson from just across midcourt Wednesday to pull out an 80-77 exhibition victory over Germany -- a team that failed to even qualify for the Athens Games...
New stadium, same name (08/05/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Two St. Louis institutions -- the brewery and the baseball team -- will remain intertwined for at least the next two decades. The Cardinals announced Wednesday that the new stadium to open in 2006 will, like the current stadium and the one before that, be called Busch Stadium. Beer giant Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. agreed to a 20-year extension of its existing marketing agreement with the team, a deal that includes naming rights...
Pujols' homer lifts Cardinals past Expos (08/05/04)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered leading off the ninth inning, and John Mabry was 4-for-4 and four RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Montreal Expos 5-4 Wednesday night. Pujols hit his 31st homer of the season, a drive off Chad Cordero (3-2) that capped the Cardinals' comeback from a 3-0 deficit...
Kansas City voters approve new arena (08/05/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City voters on Tuesday supported fee increases to fund an arena that city leaders say will help spark revitalization of the city's downtown. Voters approved a proposal to increase hotel fees by up to $1.50 a day and car rental fees by up to $4 a day. Those fees would allow the city to issue $170 million in bonds to pay for the $225 million to $250 million arena...
Area sports calendar 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Baseball Fall baseball league: Registration for the Southeast Missouri Fall Basebal League will be 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. The league is open to boys ages 8 to 18. Fees are $40 for the 8-9 and 10-11 divisions, $45 for the 12-14 age group and $55 for the 15-18 division. ...
Sports briefs 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Basketball The Dallas Mavericks traded Antoine Walker and Tony Delk to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday for Jason Terry, Alan Henderson and a first-round draft pick. Terry, the Hawks' first-round pick in the 1999 NBA draft, averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 assists last season. Walker has averaged 19.9 points in his career, including 14 points with 8.3 rebounds last season...
Keeping perspective in the age of Viagra (08/05/04)
In last week's column, we took a look at how Viagra has changed the sexual landscape for men as they round the bend. My investigation found that men mostly liked their little blue pills and, even though they didn't necessarily admit to "erectile dysfunction," were happy for the confidence boost it gives them in the waning of their glory days...
Hospitals, health-care providers move toward the Paperless Age (08/05/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- With no patient chart in sight, Dr. Sheila Gamache strides into Thom Kolby's hospital room to check on him a day after the 54-year-old arrived ashen-faced and perilously close to death with a clogged artery starving his heart of oxygen...
Healthy fish, healthy hearts (08/05/04)
From wire reports Baked, broiled or deep-fried -- how you take your fish might affect how well your heart performs. Seniors who ate tuna or other broiled or baked fish from one to four times a week had a 28 percent lower risk of developing an irregular heartbeat than those who ate fish less than once a month, according to a recent study...
Health calendar 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Today Camp DAY for youth with diabetes, sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital and the Southeast Area Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, includes field trips and activities. Call 651-5844. The camp continues Friday. Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Cape Girardeau Senior Center, sponsored by the Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information, call 651-5825...
Saturday at the course with Arnie (08/05/04)
Aug. 5, 2004 Dear Pat, In the movie "Tin Cup," driving range proprietor/golf hustler Roy McAvoy realizes every golfer's dream by qualifying for the U.S. Open. Opens are the most democratic of tournaments in a sport that can be elitist. That elitism is one of the reasons people dislike golf. It's also expensive to play and boring to watch, they say...
'Last Comic' host Jay Mohr mines his 'SNL' memories (08/05/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Looking ahead and looking back, Jay Mohr is satisfied with both perspectives. "Last Comic Standing," the NBC talent contest where he is host and executive producer, gives comedians an "American Idol" shot at stardom -- or at least steady nightclub work...
Clinton takes book to 'Late Show' as gift (08/05/04)
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton came to sell his book on "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night but left a copy as a gift for Letterman's son. Reading aloud the inscription in his hefty 957-page memoir, the former president wished Harry Letterman -- born to Dave and his girlfriend, Regina Lasko, Nov. 3 -- a happy 9-month birthday...
Catherine Buie (08/05/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Catherine T. Buie, 79, of Cairo died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Cairo, daughter of Horace and Ida Harris Tilford. Buie was a graduate of Shawnee College School of Nursing. She had been a licensed practical nurse at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She was a member of Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church, American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries...
Carlyn Carron (08/05/04)
Carlyn Carron, 86, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 22, 1917, at Oak Ridge, daughter of Rufus and Cora Wills Reid. She and Landree J. Carron were married Dec. 25, 1936. He died May 20, 1970. Mrs. Carron was a 1935 graduate of Oak Ridge High School. She was an inspector 30 years at Lenco Inc., retiring in 1987...
Hans Greiving (08/05/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Hans Greiving, 60, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at the Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. A graveside service will follow at the Friendship Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Yeager officiating...
Sue Bunch (08/05/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Sue Bunch, 67, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending with Hileman Funeral home of Jonesboro.
Ray Taylor Jr. (08/05/04)
Ray Taylor Jr., 80, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at Life Care Center. He was born May 9, 1924, in Mounds, Ill., son of Ray and Marie Walters Taylor Sr. He and Betty Tripp were married Oct. 3, 1946, in Mounds. Taylor was a member and representative of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen...
Births 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Siggers Daughter to Josh Leonard Siggers and Tammy Sharan Boutwell of East Prairie, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:48 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2004. Name, Taylon Lain. Weight, 8 pounds 6 ounces. Second daughter. Ms. Boutwell is the daughter of Gail Blackman of East Prairie. She is a student. Siggers is the son of Leonard Siggers and Donna Siggers of Marble Hill, Mo. He is a deckhand...
Cape fire report 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 4:52 p.m., a public assist at 2604 Gardenia Lane. At 7:13 p.m., an illegal burn at 335 Edgewood Road. At 8:08 p.m., an emergency medical service at 606 Silver Springs Road. At 8:40 p.m., a public assist at 2604 Gardenia Lane...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Lee Ann Shannon, 27, 339 S. Lorimier St., Apt. B, was arrested on a Poplar Bluff warrant for driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 5, 1994Longtime state highway patrolman Benny Hinton and Cape Girardeau County sheriff's Lt. John Jordan were nominated by their respective political party committees last night to run for unexpired term as Cape Girardeau County sheriff...
Correction 8/5/04 (08/05/04)
An Associated Press story in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian incorrectly stated the vote percentages for Democratic congressional candidates Dean Henderson and Jerry Cass. With 64 percent of the precincts reporting when the newspaper went to press, Henderson had 57 percent of the vote and Cass had 43 percent...
Immigrant song (08/05/04)
The counties of Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger were settled primarily by German immigrants looking for farmland at the beginning of the 19th century. Other groups came seeking jobs, including Greeks and Irish to do stone work and black laborers to help build the railroads. Bollinger County attracted English stock by way of West Virginia...
Supervision is biggest concern (08/05/04)
To the editor: This is in response to the Speak Out comment about the swimming pools in Mullberry Acres. My husband and I are among the many pool owners in the park. We have had our pool for three summers now and have not had any problem with any small children trying to get into our pool. What probably needs to be addressed more than anything are the parents around here who let their children run around without any supervision whatsoever...
Boardman brings pride to our city (08/05/04)
To the editor: I would like to thank Jim Obert, Paul Walker and Misty Smith for a job well-done with the coverage of "Chocolate Dancing" and its author, Evelyn Boardman. After reading about her versatile life and career, I realized why she was chosen to be one of those fortunate few on the cover of TBY. ...
Need information on hit-and-run (08/05/04)
To the editor: My daughter-in-law and her children were involved in a hit-and-run accident at about 10 p.m. July 31 in Cape Girardeau. The other vehicle was a tow truck driven by a man. He was a real coward to leave a mother and her children pinned up against a fence and not checking to see if they were injured or dead...
Hopkins backed Glenn House funds (08/05/04)
To the editor: I have had several calls in regard to the front-page article Tuesday about the Glenn House. The article did not state on the front page that I voted to give the Glenn House money. What I voted against, as the article stated, was the moratorium on spending any more of the unspent tourism funds. All present voted for the Glenn House. I appreciate the opportunity to clarify my position...
Check covenants before purchase (08/05/04)
To the editor: Recently there has been a fair amount of press about the proliferation of new subdivisions in the area. This is exciting because it is an indication of economic stability and growth. However, I feel compelled to caution prospective buyers to do their homework. ...
Speak Out 08/04/04 (08/05/04)
Brainwashed students PROBABLY WORSE than having a preacher express his or her political leanings is the tendency of many teachers, from elementary levels through college, to impose their political views on their students. Looking back on our years in school, then our children's and now our grandchildren's, it's fairly obvious that the educational system is one of the best environments for brainwashing...
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