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Stories from Wednesday, August 11, 2004

State committee's public hearing taking place at port (08/11/04)
Who says field trips are reserved for students during the school year? Today, the Missouri Legislative Joint Interim Committee on Multimodal Transportation Services will make an out-of-session summer trip to Southeast Missouri for a quick tour of the New Madrid and SEMO Regional Port Authorities. The purpose of the trip will be for the committee to look into the needs of Missouri's ports, and hold open forum meetings to hear and address public concerns and ideas on the situation...
Jackson schools put $27 million bond issue on ballot (08/11/04)
Jackson voters will be asked in November to approve a bond issue to pay for $27 million in renovations and additions at Jackson High School. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Jackson School Board approved a resolution calling for the bond issue, which would increase the schools' total tax levy from $3.31 to $3.98 per $100 assessed valuation. The bonds would be paid off over a 20-year span...
Tax in question on new fitness centers (08/11/04)
To tax or not to tax, that is the question facing Cape Girardeau County Assessor Jerry Reynolds in regard to the city's two new multimillion-dollar health and fitness centers. Officials at Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center say HealthPoint Plaza and the Health and Wellness Center, which will be operated by each hospital, respectively, should be exempt from paying property taxes, just as the hospitals themselves are...
Kinder promotes state's sales tax holiday (08/11/04)
Southast Missourian Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder held a news conference in Jefferson City on Tuesday to help promote this weekend's statewide sales tax holiday. The sales tax holiday will be in effect from Friday through Sunday, during which time the state's 4.225 percent sales tax will be suspended on certain clothing, computers, computer software and school supplies. ...
State suicide prevention plan proposed (08/11/04)
In Missouri, suicides outnumber homicides. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for adults both nationally and statewide, and the third leading cause of death for children in Missouri. The national suicide rate among youth has tripled since 1950, most recently claiming large numbers of young, black urban-dwelling males...
Father, son capture honors as contest winds down (08/11/04)
The number of entries in the final week of the Foto Fest judging broke contest records, and gave judges a difficult task when choosing only four semifinalists. More than 500 pictures, ranging from children at play to landscapes, were entered in the amateur photography contest...
MoDOT's road projects shifting into high gear (08/11/04)
With summer winding down, major highway road projects are heating up in the city of Jackson. On Monday and Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Transportation was especially busy in the county seat. On Monday, Penzel Construction officially began the widening of Highway 34/72. ...
Area woman challenges law on school attendance (08/11/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Pemiscot County woman is challenging the constitutionality of a state law that holds parents criminally liable for failing to ensure their children regularly attend school. In October 2003, Brenda Self was convicted of a misdemeanor after her 15-year-old daughter was absent 40 days during the 2003-2004 term at Caruthersville Accelerated Middle School. ...
Saddling up in Sikeston (08/11/04)
Sikeston is a cowboy lover's paradise this time of year when the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo comes to town. This is the 52nd year for the rodeo, which, according to rodeo chairman Lloyd Stoner, brings fans of bucking broncos and steer roping from all over the Bootheel and beyond...
Club news 8/11/04 (08/11/04)
Exchange Club The Exchange Club of Cape Girardeau met July 6 at Capetown Assisted Living and July 20 at Port Cape Girardeau. The club was invited to Capetown Assisted Living for a tour of the new building and a meal. Maryla Simmons, activity director, made the arrangements, and Shamela Limbaugh, administrator, directed the tour and shared many interesting facts on the new facility...
Fifty-five animals found in apartment (08/11/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Fifty-five additional animals -- 54 cats and a Chihuahua -- have been rescued from a small apartment occupied by the same woman accused a week ago of hoarding about 200 animals on a farm property, the Humane Society of Missouri said Tuesday. ...
Court overturns phone rate decision (08/11/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned decisions by the Public Service Commission that had allowed three large phone companies to raise rates for in-state long distance service. In 2001 and 2002, AT&T Corp., Sprint Corp. and WorldCom, now known as MCI Inc., petitioned the commission, which regulates Missouri utilities, to increase their rates by about $2 for in-state long-distance service...
Father charged with killing his two children (08/11/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A father was charged with murder Tuesday for allegedly suffocating his two toddlers on a muddy bank of the Mississippi River in St. Louis one day earlier, authorities said. assistant St. Louis circuit attorney Ed Postawko said Anthony Moore, 25, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. ...
House explosion injures three people (08/11/04)
The AssociatedPress JOPLIN, Mo. -- A house exploded Tuesday morning, injuring the home's resident and two police officers who were sent to investigate a report of a suicidal man. Officer Greg Batson, 36, and Officer Tim Nielson, 26, were both injured in the blast. Nielson suffered burns over about 45 percent of his body, and Batson was burned over 35 percent of his body. Both were in critical but stable condition late Tuesday...
Pakistani detained after allegedly videotaping N.C. skyscrapers (08/11/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Pakistani citizen is in federal custody after being arrested by a police officer who spotted him videotaping the 60-story Bank of America headquarters and another skyscraper in downtown Charlotte. The officer who arrested Kamran Akhtar, 35, said he tried to walk away when officers approached him on July 20 and gave conflicting statements about what he was doing and where he was going...
Bush criticizes Kerry's stance on authorizing war with Iraq (08/11/04)
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- President Bush criticized Democratic rival John Kerry on Tuesday for saying he would still have voted to authorize the war in Iraq even if he had known that no weapons of mass destruction would be found. "Almost 220 days after switching positions to declare himself the anti-war candidate, my opponent has found a new nuance," saying he "now agrees it was the right decision to go into Iraq," Bush told several thousand cheering supporters in the Florida Panhandle, a heavily military area.. ...
Candidates try to garner votes from expatriates (08/11/04)
NEW YORK -- When decision time comes this fall, the real swing votes in the 2004 presidential election may not come from Pennsylvania, Ohio or even the notorious Florida. The ultimate Bush-Kerry battleground may turn out to be somewhere more far-flung and unexpected -- Israel, Britain, even Indonesia...
Bush picks GOP rep to head CIA (08/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush chose Porter Goss, a Republican congressman and one-time spy, on Tuesday to lead the CIA as the troubled agency struggles to repair its tarnished reputation and confront new terror threats and the uncertainty of a massive intelligence reorganization...
Tropical Storm Bonnie heading for Florida Panhandle (08/11/04)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- State officials began preparing Tuesday for Tropical Storm Bonnie to push into Florida by Thursday, possibly followed by Tropical Storm Charley a day or two later. Bonnie was still more than 300 miles from landfall Tuesday, but authorities said the storm could intensify overnight and reach hurricane status before striking Florida's Panhandle...
Expansion of no-fly list raises concern over civil liberties (08/11/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sept. 11 Commission wants the government to expand the no-fly list airlines now check to keep suspected terrorists off planes, consolidating as many as 12 secret lists maintained by different intelligence agencies. That worries the American Civil Liberties Union, which has already sued the government, saying the airlines' effort to keep terror suspects and other dangerous people off planes ensnares innocent passengers and subjects them to unnecessary searches and delays. ...
Painter charged in fatal truck fire (08/11/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Prosecutors accused a house painter Tuesday of starting a fire in the back of a truck by flicking a lighter near paint thinner to annoy a co-worker, fatally burning two people. Tommy McElroy was among 13 painters trapped in the fire on July 29, 2003, as they drove down an interstate. He faces two counts of reckless homicide and a count of criminal recklessness...
Once-quiet Caterpillar contract talks evolve into PR battle (08/11/04)
PEORIA, Ill. -- Nearly eight months of secretive contract talks have turned into a high-stakes public relations battle as Caterpillar Inc. tries to sell its "last, best and final" contract offer while union officials lobby workers to reject it. Both sides have blanketed plants with informational fliers since the Peoria-based heavy equipment giant proposed the six-year deal Thursday, halting a threatened strike by more than 9,000 United Auto Workers members in Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.. ...
NASA plans to save space telescope (08/11/04)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA said Tuesday it is moving ahead with plans to send a robot to the rescue of the aging Hubble Space Telescope. The leading candidate is a clunky Canadian contraption named Dextre. A final decision won't be made until next summer on whether to launch the two-armed Dextre -- short for dexterous -- or any other robot to Hubble's rescue in 3 1/2 years...
Teen jailed after police find cache of pipe bombs (08/11/04)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A teenager charged with possessing more than a dozen pipe bombs did not appear to have any targets for the weapons when he was arrested after fleeing a traffic accident, police said Tuesday. Jarrett Brown, 17, was arrested Monday after police found six bombs in a car he was driving and more bombs and explosive-making chemicals in his home...
Productivity rose at 2.9 percent rate during second quarter (08/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of American workers rose at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the spring, the slowest increase since late 2002, the government reported Tuesday. The Labor Department said the increase in productivity, the output of workers for each hour worked, in the April-June quarter, followed a 3.7 percent rate of increase in the first quarter...
Fed pushes rates higher, anticipating stronger economy (08/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, discounting recent signs of economic weakness, pushed ahead Tuesday with its campaign to keep inflation under control by boosting a key interest rate by a quarter-point. Wall Street, encouraged by the Fed's optimistic assessment of economic prospects, pushed stocks higher...
Deaths, injuries on highways drop despite more driving (08/11/04)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer people were killed or injured on U.S. highways last year, a decline that regulators said owed much to an increase in seat belt use and a decrease in accidents involving drunken drivers. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Tuesday that 42,643 people died in traffic crashes in 2003, down 362 from the previous year...
Mexico investigating sale of fake drugs in border town (08/11/04)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities are investigating the sale of fake or substandard medicine in a border town so popular among Americans seeking cheap medications that it has more pharmacies than streets. U.S. officials said at least one pharmacy sold useless tablets labeled as Zocor, a cholesterol drug, to an American citizen in Algodones, a hamlet with 10 streets and about 20 drug stores across the border from Yuma, Ariz...
World digest 08/11/04 (08/11/04)
Terror tribunals to take longer than planned GUANTANAMO NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Faced with the task of re-examining the cases of some 585 terror suspects, the U.S. military says the proceedings will take longer than initially planned because of unexpected snags in the tribunal process. ...
Report - Sudan gutting security pledge (08/11/04)
LONDON -- Sudan's government is gutting its pledge to improve security in the embattled Darfur region by barring international aid and taking militias blamed for atrocities into the police forces rather than disarming them, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday...
Warlord grabs flag of minority in Afghan president race (08/11/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- When President Hamid Karzai eulogized a slain Shiite Muslim leader, the congregation met him with silence. But a Shiite warlord challenging Karzai for the presidency had only to stand before the assembly at the Kabul mosque to be greeted with cheers...
U.S. forces tell militants in Najaf lay down arms or face death (08/11/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- U.S. forces adopted a new tactic Tuesday in their sixth day of battles in this city south of the capital, sending patrols armed with loudspeakers into the streets to demand that militants loyal to a radical cleric drop their arms and leave Najaf immediately or face death...
Diplomats - Tests vindicate Iran in at least one instance (08/11/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- New findings by the U.N. atomic agency appear to strengthen Iran's claim it has not enriched uranium domestically and weaken U.S. arguments that the country is hiding a nuclear weapons program, diplomats said Tuesday. The diplomats, who are familiar with Iran's nuclear dossier, said that the International Atomic Energy Agency has established that at least some enriched particles found in Iran originated in Pakistan...
If bin Laden is giving orders, it's by donkey and courier (08/11/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- If Osama bin Laden is directing plans for an attack on the United States -- as Washington intelligence officials suspect -- his instructions are likely coming out of the craggy mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the back of a donkey or under the shawl of an unassuming-looking villager...
Knee injury may limit NesSmith to holder, supporter (08/11/04)
The Southeast receiver reinjured his surgically repaired knee. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Chris NesSmith plans to give Southeast Missouri State University's football team all the moral support he can this season -- even if his serious playing days appear to be in major jeopardy...
Goodenough to start at QB (08/11/04)
The Arizona State transfer will enter the season as the undisputed leader of the Indians' offense. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Last year, as a transfer from Arizona State, Andrew Goodenough was simply looking to make his mark and earn some quality playing time. It took him most of the season, but he ultimately did...
Stupples returns to Cape, voices support for Indians (08/11/04)
The new Women's British Open champion was a special guest at the media day luncheon. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Expect the LPGA Tour's hottest golfer to follow the progress of Southeast Missouri University football this season...
Sikeston Rodeo will have local entries (08/11/04)
The 52nd annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo gets under way tonight with a local feel to the PRCA event. Among the 366 contestants, of which there are several defending PRCA champions, local rodeo fans should recognize the names of several entries from around the area...
Cards get 2 hits, 1 win (08/11/04)
MIAMI -- Two hits were all the St. Louis Cardinals needed to beat the Florida Marlins. Albert Pujols ended Josh Beckett's no-hit bid with a home run in the sixth inning Tuesday night, and Jim Edmonds homered on the first pitch in the 10th inning to help St. Louis earn its sixth consecutive victory, 2-1...
U.S. wins despite nearby bombings (08/11/04)
Team USA defeated Turkey 80-68 amid security concerns. By Chris Sheridan ~ The Associated Press ISTANBUL, Turkey -- With the crowd jeering and whistling, the U.S. Olympic basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 80-68 victory Tuesday night to cap an anxious day in this ancient city and an eventful pre-Olympic tour...
U.S. vs. Australia - Two squads promise a battle in the water (08/11/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- No home crowds, an outdoor pool and maybe even a tougher American team this time around. Everything's shaping up just fine for the Australian swimmers at the Athens Games. Ian Thorpe & Co. are competing far from Sydney, where they won 18 medals in 2000, but they said that's giving them a chance to relax -- even as a showdown looms with U.S. star Michael Phelps...
U.S. opens its gold bid today with host squad (08/11/04)
The United States is an overwhelming favorite against Greece. By Joseph White ~ The Associated Press IRAKLION, Greece -- At the end of a workout under a searing sun at an old Greek stadium, captain Julie Foudy gathered the U.S. women's soccer team in a midfield huddle...
Bad hamstring forces Capriati to withdraw (08/11/04)
Jennifer Capriati was forced to pull out of the Athens Games with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Lisa Raymond, a team spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Capriati won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, but she missed the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She told coach Zina Garrison on Sunday she couldn't play in the Olympics because of the injury, which has been bothering Capriati since July...
Bryant's accuser files civil suit (08/11/04)
By Don Mitchell ~ The Associated Press DENVER -- The 20-year-old woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape filed a federal lawsuit against the NBA star Tuesday, seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and "public scorn, hatred and ridicule" she has suffered as a result of the alleged attack...
SIU suspends Hairston, Dale over July incident (08/11/04)
The Associated Press CARBONDALE, Ill. -- One of the players who led Southern Illinois to the Missouri Valley Conference basketball championship last season has been suspended from the team indefinitely. Fifth-year senior Stetson Hairston, 22, was suspended Monday after being charged Aug. 4 with criminal trespassing and mob action, both felonies, and battery, a misdemeanor, university officials said...
Sports briefs 8/11/04 (08/11/04)
Baseball Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa hit his 564th homer Tuesday night and moved past Reggie Jackson into sole possession of eighth place on the career list. Sosa, in an 0-for-15 slump, connected for a solo shot in the second inning off San Diego's Adam Eaton. It was Sosa's 25th homer of the season. Harmon Killebrew is seventh with 573...
Easy as pie - Top a tart, savory or sweet, and add some style (08/11/04)
NEW YORK -- Don't think for a minute you haven't the time to bake a pie. "I made every pie for the photos in the book in about six days," said Tamasin Day-Lewis recently, interviewed in Manhattan about her new book, "Tarts With Tops On: Or How To Make the Perfect Pie" (Miramax Books, 2003, $24.95)...
Tastes blend in potato chip and sauerkraut cookies (08/11/04)
Recipes galore and no space to waste. I have so many recipes to share with you today, I just don't want to waste any space getting them to you, so here it goes. An Altenburg, Mo., reader sent in two cookie recipes. The potato chips cookies do not need any baking soda or baking powder...
Importance of the shine (08/11/04)
Editor's note: This column originally ran Jan. 9, 2001. A new column will appear next week. I've done it, there's no going back, and now I'll come out of the broom closet and unabashedly admit it in the pages of our local newspaper. I've hired a cleaning lady. There. I said it...
A taste of taquila (08/11/04)
Substitute tequila for the alcoholic ingredients in your recipes for a rich flavor. "Tequila is Mexico." So says Carmelita Roman, proprietor of the San Matias tequila distillery in the state of Jalisco. Ian Chadwick of Tequila Aficionado Magazine agrees. ...
Holland Taylor stirs things up on 'Two and a Half Men' (08/11/04)
BURBANK, Calif. -- On the set of "Two and a Half Men," Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper is cooing her thanks for "the lovely birthday card" to everyone but her son Charlie, who appears to have forgotten the occasion. Evelyn keeps pushing Charlie's buttons and he starts to rant about her faults, including her "astounding narcissism."...
Mildred Mitchell (08/11/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mildred C. "Deed" Mitchell, 85, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 2, 1918, in Perryville, daughter of Andrew and Albertine Feltz Kiefer. She and Homer Mitchell were married July 27, 1946, in St. Louis. He died Feb. 21, 1994...
Lillian Riehn (08/11/04)
Lillian M. Riehn, 90, of Jackson died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Jackson Manor. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Logsden (08/11/04)
Evelyn Rose Logsden, 70, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2004, at her home. She was born March 30, 1934, in Jackson, daughter of William H. and Ara Caroline Kinder Schroeder. She and Cletys Logsden were married in 1952. He died in 1998. Logsden was a 1952 graduate of Jackson High School. She worked many years at Clark Equipment in Kalamazoo, did volunteer work for the Red Cross and senior food program, and the past 40 years was a disc jockey for WKPR Radio in Kalamazoo...
Births 8/11/04 (08/11/04)
Fitchpatrick Daughter to Markel Charles and Catinna Lynn Fitchpatrick of Vanduser, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2004. Name, Madelyn Elizabeth. Weight, 6 pounds 9 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Mrs. Fitchpatrick is the former Catinna Todd, daughter of Mary Todd of Vanduser and Jessie Todd of St. Louis. She is a respiratory therapist. Fitchpatrick is the son of Mark and Ramona Fitchpatrick of Blodgett, Mo. He is a nurse...
Police report 8/11/04 (08/11/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Michael A. Triplett, 17, 203 Lorimier St., was arrested on suspicion of failure to maintain property free of litter...
Cape fire report 8/11/04 (08/11/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 1:49 p.m., an emergency medial service in the 3200 block of William Street. At 2:03 p.m., a fire alarm at 920 Academic Drive. Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday:...
Out of the past 8/11/04 (08/11/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 11, 1994 McCLURE, Ill. -- Alexander County liquor control commissioner has shut down Hush Puppy Too nightclub indefinitely in wake of second homicide there in six months; commissioner, Louis Maze, has pulled club's liquor license...
A nation on alert (08/11/04)
By Tom Ridge ~ From The Wall Street Journal In the war on terror, information can be our best weapon. Most of the time the threat intelligence we glean -- while helpful -- is frustratingly general and gray. Last week that was not the case. The information we received was uniquely specific. In spite of that, some have questioned the relevance of the information and the motivation behind sharing it...
Career center degrees (08/11/04)
Until now, anyone in this area who wanted to an associate of arts degree had to travel to Park Hills or Poplar Bluff in Missouri or Ullin in Illinois for classes. But an expanded partnership between Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff and Southeast Missouri State University means students can get an associate of arts degrees without leaving Cape Girardeau...
Individual rights being threatened (08/11/04)
To the editor: Can we cut through some of the self-righteous political rhetoric and fact-obscuring spin being dished out these days? You can't claim to be for the rights and freedoms of the individual and then support constitutional amendments that restrict the rights of select individuals unless you also claim to be a hypocrite. ...
Speak Out 08/11/04 (08/11/04)
There are no losers JUST A short note to say thank you to the Southeast Missourian for its editorial comments on the Opinion page Friday about the candidates who were unsuccessful in their bids for office. Although difficult in the early moments of defeat not to take it personally, your words helped me and other candidates to feel that we are an important part of the democratic process and that there really are no losers. Thanks, I needed that...
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