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Stories from Monday, August 9, 2004

American Legion asks for help with scholarship (08/09/04)
The American Legion is seeking help to support its American Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship was established for children of servicemen and women killed while serving with the U.S. military on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The federal educational benefit available to surviving children will pay little more than half of what a college education costs in the most affordable category. The gap grows greater when the future cost of a college education is estimated to increase by 5 percent a year...
Community briefs 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
Cape library sponsoring back-to-school fun Children 3 to 7 are invited to enjoy back-to-school fun at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library with stories, games, crafts and free books. There will be homework. Registration is required. For more information, call 334-5279...
Military digest 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
Wehmeyer wins pilot rating after training 2nd Lt. Robert Bryan Wehmeyer graduated with the aeronautical rating of pilot at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., on July 23. Wehmeyer attended Egyptian School in Tamms, Ill., before moving to Waterloo, Ill., where he graduated in 1992. ...
Tilsit 4-H club wins national recognition (08/09/04)
The Tilsit 4-H Club was recognized for its community efforts with one of 60 national Colgate Awards. The Colgate Award, given each year by the Youth for America Campaign, recognizes community service projects done by 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire USA, Girls Inc. and Boys and Girls Clubs of America...
Cross Trails Medical Center giving special care to diabetics (08/09/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- On Tuesday mornings at Cross Trails Medical Center, the staff knows exactly which patients they'll be seeing even before they look at a chart. Nearly every patient scheduled for appointments on Tuesdays is diabetic, though the disease might not be the primary reason for their visit...
Miss Lillie's first graduate (08/09/04)
Editor's note: The names of foster children in this story have been changed to protect their identity. By Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian Her story comes out in tangled bits, as though she's never quite pieced it together before. She mumbles some of it, stares up at the painted ceiling during parts that are particularly painful...
Cape considers animal control board (08/09/04)
Cape Girardeau may soon have an animal control board to offer advice to the city council on issues involving dogs, cats and other pets. Officials with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri are pushing the proposal, which also has the backing of Cape Girardeau police chief Steve Strong...
Improved Independence Street reopens Tuesday (08/09/04)
Motorists on Independence Street will soon be able to drive between Pacific and Sprigg streets without having to make a detour around road construction. At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will open the newly widened section of Independence Street from Pacific Street to Sprigg Street. The ceremony will take place at the rear lot of the Cape Girardeau Fire Station No. 1, 1 S. Sprigg St...
About 40 tour juvenile center at open house (08/09/04)
Norma Blattner was curious about what goes on within the walls of the Cape Girardeau County Juvenile Detention Center. So when the facility held its first open house Sunday, the 79-year-old Cape Girardeau resident was among 40 curious visitors who took a tour...
'American Idol' tryout hopefuls in St. Louis for weekend (08/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Tents and long lines marked the landscape outside the Edward Jones Dome as an estimated 10,000 "American Idol" hopefuls descended on the city this weekend. The performers hope to win a spot on the Fox television show, where the public can vote to select its favorite aspiring performer...
Truck bomb threat still high despite U.S. efforts (08/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Government bomb technicians have packed Chevrolet sedans, Dodge vans and Ryder trucks with 10 tons of explosives and have blown them up in the desolate New Mexico desert hoping to analyze the flight of debris over the sand. Federal agents in Front Royal, Va., have trained more than 400 Labrador retrievers to sniff out the chemical compounds used in 19,000 separate explosives formulas...
Focus shifts from Kerry to Bush in tight race (08/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- With the spotlight on his candidacy, John Kerry improved public perception of his character and qualifications but failed to shake up the presidential race. Now, the focus shifts to President Bush -- and all his hurdles to re-election:...
Keyes enters U.S. Senate race against Obama (08/09/04)
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Alan Keyes, the conservative Maryland political commentator whom Illinois Republicans turned to after weeks of searching for a replacement Senate candidate, accepted the challenge Sunday of running against a rising Democratic star who has grown only more formidable as the state GOP has been mired in scandal and disarray...
Police arrest four in Florida slayings (08/09/04)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A man who was angry about a suspected theft recruited three teenagers to stab and beat six people to death with baseball bats in a Florida home, investigators said Sunday after making four arrests. Remains of the six victims were found Friday in the blood-spattered home...
Calif. bill would end surprise foreclosure (08/09/04)
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- When Melissa Colburn first opened the letter that said her home had been sold for $5,150 in a foreclosure auction, she thought it was a joke. It wasn't. Her private community's homeowners association, upset Colburn was late with $990 worth of dues, had sold her two-bedroom town house in this San Diego suburb without telling her or taking her to court, using a process called nonjudicial foreclosure...
Poll - Americans OK with jury duty (08/09/04)
ATLANTA -- People want to serve on juries and would prefer to have jury trials if ever in court, according to a poll that surprised some leaders of the nation's largest lawyers' organization. Three-quarters of the people surveyed for the American Bar Association disagreed with the notion that jury service is a hardship to be dodged...
Terror prosecutors thwarted in court by U.S. government (08/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors in the first major terror trial after Sept. 11, 2001, were hindered by superiors from presenting some of their most powerful evidence, including testimony from an al-Qaida leader and video footage showing Osama bin Laden's European operatives casing American landmarks, Justice Department memos show...
New city slogan hard to come by in Topeka, Kan. (08/09/04)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The city of Topeka is looking for a new slogan, but some residents just couldn't resist poking fun at their city's image. Officials planned to begin a contest in October, with the winning motto to be announced around Dec. 5, Topeka's 150th anniversary...
'Pocket bikes' create an unwelcome buzz in cities (08/09/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- The first sign is a high-pitched screech that rises in intensity to what sounds like a super-sized chain saw. Then tiny motorcycles appear, weaving through traffic with their riders crouched perilously close to the pavement. What just buzzed by was the latest summer rage: mini-motorcycles called "pocket bikes."...
Russia approves bill eliminating Soviet-era social benefits (08/09/04)
The Associated Press MOSCOW -- Russia's upper house of parliament approved a controversial social reform bill Sunday ending an array of Soviet-era benefits, including free transportation and medicine, for some of Russia's most impoverished and vulnerable people, including World War II veterans...
Al-Qaida 'franchises' are big threat to West (08/09/04)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The groups are small, little known and highly militant, with ideologies like al-Qaida's. They have struck around the world, carrying out suicide bombings in Morocco, kidnapping civilians in Iraq and attacking Western residential compounds in Saudi Arabia...
Continental backlash - Europeans shun low-carb products (08/09/04)
ROME -- Continental low-carb? No thanks. We'll have slabs of black bread for breakfast, rigatoni with broccoli and hot pepper sauce for lunch and a plate of shrimp paella for supper. While recipe books for diets like Atkins and South Beach are gospel for many in the United States, the American craze for low-carb versions of brownies, breads and pasta hasn't crossed the Atlantic to the Continent...
Iraq issues warrants for politicians (08/09/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq has issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Chalabi, a former Governing Council member with strong U.S. ties, on counterfeiting charges, and for his nephew Salem Chalabi -- head of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein -- on murder charges, Iraq's chief investigating judge said Sunday...
Senior al-Qaida suspect arrested in Emirates (08/09/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In a new blow to al-Qaida, authorities in the United Arab Emirates captured a senior operative in Osama bin Laden's terror network who trained thousands of militants for combat, and turned him over to Pakistan, the information minister said Sunday...
Bloodletting over oil has Nigeria's petroleum industry reeling (08/09/04)
OMADINO, Nigeria -- The sound of speedboats on the otherwise calm rain forest creek was enough to send villagers fleeing. "They were afraid. They just ran away," said Gabriel Walter, 42, the only resident of Omadino who stayed to meet journalists and soldiers visiting the oil-rich swamps of Nigeria's volatile Niger Delta. Entire families fled into surrounding forests with laundry still hanging on the line and pots gurgling on cooking fires...
Other developments in Iraq on Sunday (08/09/04)
Protected by about 100 guards, Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi visited the war-shattered city of Najaf on Sunday, calling on Shiite militants to lay down their weapons. Scattered attacks across the country killed at least 19 Iraqis and wounded dozens of others, including four U.S. soldiers...
Area prep teams get into their fall mode (08/09/04)
Summer is officially over for area high school athletes and coaches. After time spent over the summer at various camps and voluntary workouts, today marks the first day high schools can officially practice. The first day of practice is typically a feeling out process for most coaches, with skills and conditioning drills the norm. But with open practices and summer camps so common these days, many players are already in shape...
Mallon's late birdie run overtakes both Stupples and Pak (08/09/04)
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Meg Mallon stood over the decisive putt and had to steady herself. Then the U.S. Women's Open champion rolled the 10-foot birdie putt into the middle of the cup on the final hole to touch off a wild celebration, beating Karen Stupples and defending champion Se Ri Pak by a shot Sunday at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic...
Gordon wins Brickyard 400 for the 4th time (08/09/04)
By Mike Harris ~ The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Gordon couldn't wait to kiss the bricks Sunday after matching his heroes with a fourth victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The driver, who spent his teen years living within 25 miles of the track, made history with his fourth victory in the Brickyard 400, joining open-wheel stars A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as four times winners at the storied speedway...
Renteria second to none in Cards' win over Mets (08/09/04)
The St. Louis shortstop banged out a career-high five hits in a 6-2 triumph. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- One of the players who might have to move to another spot in the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup to make way for Larry Walker helped them finish off the New York Mets...
Olympic athlete fights for her life (08/09/04)
With only a week to go before the games begin, Eleni Iannou was fighting for her life instead of perfecting her moves as a promising young member of the Greek Olympic judo team. Her family sobbed and kept vigil outside her room in the intensive care unit of Red Cross Hospital, where she was taken Saturday after falling from the third-floor balcony of her apartment. Police said she had argued with her boyfriend just before it happened...
Turkey gives Team USA a game, falls (08/09/04)
The U.S. won 79-67 but led by just three points with under four minutes left. By Chris Sheridan ~ The Associated Press ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One week before its opener at the Athens Games, the U.S. men's Olympic team took a step backward -- even though the Americans didn't quite see it that way...
Lankford mulls over minors or release (08/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford was not with the team on Sunday while mulling whether to accept an option to the minor leagues or be released. Lankford had been due to come off the 15-day disabled list from a wrist injury on Friday but the team does not need him after acquiring Larry Walker from the Colorado Rockies the same day...
IOC applauds Greece for fast finish (08/09/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- International Olympic officials praised Greek organizers Sunday for overcoming years of delays and delivering all projects in time for the Summer Games. Athens officials, who had faced a frantic race against the clock to meet tight deadlines, reported to the International Olympic Committee executive board on the state of preparations for the games, which begin Friday...
It's hello Larry, and goodbye David (08/09/04)
Editor's note: The following is the final column from David Wilson. His column, The Week Ahead, has appeared for two years. This is it. I'm trading in my press pass for a student ID card at the University of Missouri. I'm not going to go all mushy on you. In fact I'm saving my thank-yous until the end. Rather than talk about my subtraction, I'd rather discuss the Cardinals' latest addition...
Sports briefs 8/9/04 (08/09/04)
Baseball Toronto Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca was fired Sunday and replaced by first-base coach John Gibbons. Struggling through a disappointing season, the Blue Jays fired Tosca less than an hour after they were beaten 8-2 by the New York Yankees for their fifth straight loss. Gibbons will be the interim manager for the rest of the season...
Moving into a 'retail revolution' (08/09/04)
John Bening recently announced that Bening Automotive Group has acquired land just south of Bluff City Beer Co. on Siemers Drive in Cape Girardeau. The 2.5-acre lot will be home to a new full-service Mazda dealership, replacing the company's current location at 2611 Auto Park Drive...
Jamie Foxx remakes himself as show-biz superman (08/09/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Jamie Foxx is a hero, an idol, an inspiration to a guy like Eric Bishop. Foxx is the former "In Living Color" comic making his dramatic breakthrough this year with "Collateral," opposite Tom Cruise, and "Ray," in which he steps behind the dark glasses and glorious smile of the late legend Ray Charles...
Trio takes on Texas TV highlights for the week ahead (08/09/04)
Cable network rounds up programming with a theme By Frazier Moore ~ The Associated Press Cable's Trio network is giving viewers a big show all during August with its passel of Texas-themed programming. Looming large in the pack is "Texas: America Supersized," a documentary about Lone Star State life, politics and culture as observed by British journalist-critic Christopher Hitchens...
People on the move 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
Leet Eye Care employees attend workshops Leet Eye Care in Cape Girardeau has had several of its staff on the road, learning more about their field over the past few months. In February, Dr. Kory Thoma attended the Southeastern Congress of Optometry International Convention in Atlanta. ...
Business memo 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
SBDC to counsel area small businesses The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will conduct free counseling sessions for area small businesses in Cape Girardeau, Perryville, Mo., and Sikeston, Mo. Counselor Gil Degenhardt will be available for one-hour sessions at:...
Silicon slump - Recovering from the dot-com bust (08/09/04)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Social worker Luisa Chavarin thought she had left unemployment and crime behind when she emigrated from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the global technology industry. But a four-year economic slump, combined with draconian reductions in state and federal funding, shuttered her 13-year-old son's after-school program. Because of budget cuts, trash piles up at her local park, and graffiti doesn't get painted over...
Auto parts firm coming to Cape Capaha Center (08/09/04)
Tom Kelsey's job just got a whole lot easier. Just weeks ago, his brokerage firm, Lorimont Place Ltd., was faced with the task of leasing several individual office spaces in the 12,000-square-foot former Freedom Rock building at Kingshighway and Broadway. But through a sudden change in plans and a couple of months of negotiations, he has found a single-occupant solution that will also bring a burgeoning regional retailer to Cape Girardeau...
Big-time ID theft a symptom of database culture (08/09/04)
BOSTON -- BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. attracts shoppers to its stores by putting thousands of discounted products under one roof. It wasn't hard to attract cyberthieves either, with databases that amass credit card numbers in huge numbers. The theft earlier this year of thousands of credit card records from the nation's third-largest warehouse club illustrates the potential for massive-scale identity theft whenever so much purchase-enabling information is stored in one place. ...
Margaret Birkman (08/09/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Margaret M. Birkman, 78, of Advance died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 13, 1926, at Whitewater, daughter of George and Annie McCormick Kinder. She and William Birkman Jr. were married Aug. 17, 1944...
Jan Foster (08/09/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Jan "Susie" Foster, 59, of Benton, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center at Sikeston, Mo. She was born March 20, 1945, at Essex, Mo., daughter of Frank and Florence Oliver Cagle. She and James E. Foster Sr. were married Aug. 16, 1963, at Morehouse, Mo. He died Aug. 3, 1999...
Man injured in motorcycle crash (08/09/04)
A Jackson man was seriously injured Saturday in a motorcycle accident, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Delbert Cobb, 63, was driving on Route C, four miles south of Altenburg, shortly after 8 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the road and overturned. He was taken by helicopter to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Cape police report 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests A subject was taken into custody Saturday at William and Lorimier streets on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, pending filing of formal charges...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: A lock-in at Old Cape Road. Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: An alarm sounding at North Farmington Road. A fire at West Jackson Boulevard.Cape Girardeau Firfighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Out of the past 8/9/04 (08/09/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 9, 1994 After discarding contentious development plan last month, Rendrag Development Corp. will bring different proposal to Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission; Dr. Robert Gardner, who owns Rendrag, says new plan incorporates changes he hopes will placate residents who opposed first proposal...
Intelligence czar (08/09/04)
The Hays (Kan.) Daily News Reforming the federal bureaucracy is not done easily nor swiftly, even after a tragedy of 9-11 proportions. Almost immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, one problem was clear: The nation's different intelligence agencies did not communicate well. In fact, they operated almost as adversaries sometimes. So, they did not share information that might have set off more alarm about the threat of a domestic attack...
Welcome visitors (08/09/04)
Cape Girardeau has a long history of welcoming White House hopefuls -- and a few occupants -- as visitors to our city -- most of the time with much fanfare. And residents did so again last week when John Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, stopped by on Thursday...
Speak Out 08/09/04 (08/09/04)
Glad to see murals I'M GLAD to see the murals on the floodwall. I advocated painting murals on the floodwall when I first came to Cape Girardeau in 1986. At that time the bureaucrats said they couldn't allow that because the paint might hide cracks in the walls that might let water come through when the river rises. I'm glad to see that has been worked out...
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