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Roundtable focuses on safety for businesses (08/18/04)
In light of the Monday night fire that destroyed Cape Restaurant Supply, it wasn't hard to get small-business owners and workers gathered in the meeting room of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. The group of 17 local merchants and business people was aflutter with scattered talk of the fire in the minutes leading up to the chamber's Small Business Round Table on safety issues for small businesses. ...
Brilliant bottles claim grand prize in Foto Fest (08/18/04)
The array of bottles and the brilliance of their colors were two of the qualities that led judges to Al Nicolai's winning image in the annual Foto Fest photography contest. Nicolai's photograph was chosen as the grand prize winner among all entries in the contest. Judges said the photograph had "great clarity and color."...
Grand opening set for Marquette Towers (08/18/04)
History is about to repeat itself in Cape Girardeau. When the Marquette Hotel had its first grand opening in 1928, 400 invitations were sent out for the event. About 6,000 eager spectators showed up. Some 76 years later, Tom M. Meyer expects a similar level of interest, if not the same volume of attendance...
Jackson electrical system to be mapped for line efficiency (08/18/04)
Jackson director of electric utilities Don Schuette will soon have the ultimate planning and emergency tool at his fingertips: Graphic Informational System, or GIS, technology. Widely used by government agencies almost everywhere, the GIS system allows officials to develop detailed layered maps based on specific coordinates...
Whitewater man killed when ATV falls off bridge (08/18/04)
Southeast Missourian A 73-year-old Whitewater man was killed around 6 p.m. Monday when the four-wheel all-terrain vehicle he was driving backed off a bridge and fell about 15 feet onto some rocks. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melvin Blumenberg was driving on a bridge that was under construction on County Road 233 a tenth of a mile north of Route A...
Five-alarm fire razes Cape supply company (08/18/04)
The corner of Frederick and Morgan Oak streets looked like a war zone late Tuesday morning. Bricks were spilled out into both streets, and smoke was wafting from the rubble of what once was a building. A backdraft apparently caused Cape Restaurant Supply, 340 S. Frederick St., to explode around 11:30 p.m. Monday...
Lawmakers raising money in contest for House, Senate leadership (08/18/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While 10 lawmakers are in the running to become the next leader of the Missouri Senate, only two are seeking the job of speaker of the House of Representatives. Both chambers will elect new leaders when the next regular session of the legislature begins in January...
Missouri ACT scores inching up (08/18/04)
Missouri students again scored higher than the national average on a major college entrance exam, according to data released by not-for-profit ACT. The state and nationwide data from 2004 also shows that students who take tougher high school courses perform better on the ACT, intended to be a gauge of how students will fare when they reach college...
Region briefs 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
15-year-old girl injured in one-car accident A 15-year-old Perryville, Mo., girl was injured at 11:45 p.m. Monday in a one-car accident on Bollinger County Route J, 12 miles northeast of Fredericktown. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Amy Hendrix, a passenger in a car driven by 16-year-old Michelle Bingham of Fredericktown, was ejected when Bingham's 1999 Ford ran off the left side of the road and overturned. ...
Club news 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
American Legion Auxiliary The American Legion Auxiliary met Aug. 11 for a potluck meal. Hostesses Shirley Myracle and Marilyn Ritter furnished the entree. Guests at the meeting were Scott McClanahan, Grace United Methodist Church board president, and Alecia Ficher, assistant minister at Grace. A donation was given to the church for the use of its dining area for American Legion Auxiliary meetings for the past five years...
Illinois plan will enable import of drugs (08/18/04)
CHICAGO -- Ignoring a federal ban on prescription drug imports, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Tuesday that the state would start an online clearinghouse within a month to help Illinois residents purchase drugs from Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom...
Suspect at large after shooting man near school (08/18/04)
SHELBINA, Mo. -- Schools in the Shelby County School District were locked down temporarily Tuesday as police pursued a gunman who shot a man in the rural northeast Missouri county. The shooting happened at around 7:30 a.m. in an area about 1 1/2 miles north of South Shelby High School, Missouri State Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Hull said. The shooter remained at large Tuesday night...
Consumer prices decline in July (08/18/04)
WASHINGTON -- After months of being buffeted by higher energy costs, consumer prices posted a rare decline in July while output at U.S. factories and construction of new homes and apartments rebounded from their June swoon. Analysts said the trio of government reports released Tuesday gave hope that the economy is already emerging from what Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan termed a "soft patch" in early summer...
Families to read victims' names at 9-11 ceremony (08/18/04)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The ceremony on the third anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will feature parents and grandparents reading the names of their loves ones who died that day. "We are forever mindful of the grief still felt by the families, and heartfelt in our desire to honor the heroes of the day," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday, announcing the plans with Gov. George Pataki...
U.S. imposing more security as international travel increases (08/18/04)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is about to impose new security regulations on international travelers just as the country is experiencing its first increase in such visitors since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Two regulations affecting travelers from 22 European nations, plus Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, will be kicking in the next two months...
Rumsfeld cautious on proposed shuffling of intelligence duties (08/18/04)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld conceded Tuesday that a new, powerful intelligence director could bring "some modest" improvements to efforts to safeguard the nation but warned that any changes must not hurt the flow of information to military commanders...
Some voters grow skeptical of Bush's policy on Iraq (08/18/04)
WASHINGTON -- Nine months of chaos and casualties in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's capture have taken a heavy toll on American opinion of President Bush's decision to go to war. Last December, when Saddam was caught, public support for Bush was 2-to-1 in favor. Now the public is evenly divided on whether the war was the right thing to do or whether it was a mistake...
Peace proposal delivered; fighting continues in Najaf (08/18/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An Iraqi delegation delivered a peace proposal to aides of militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf on Tuesday as explosions, gunfire and a U.S. air strike on the sprawling cemetery echoed across the holy city. The delegation was kept waiting for three hours at the Imam Ali shrine, where some of al-Sadr's fighters have holed up, but were not allowed to meet with the cleric and left Najaf after talking with his aides...
Indians avoiding major injuries in preseason (08/18/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Midway through Southeast Missouri State University's second week of preseason football practice, coach Tim Billings said the Indians have been relatively fortunate regarding injuries...
Bartels, Midgett win Homecomers 5K race (08/18/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Kevin Bartels and Sheila Midgett are not exactly veterans of local 5-kilometer races. But that didn't prevent the two from being the top overall finishers during Tuesday evening's Jackson Homecomers event. The 3.1-mile course started and finished at the American Legion baseball field in Jackson City Park...
Walker slams loss on Reds (08/18/04)
Larry Walker belted a grand slam in St. Louis' six-run eighth inning, as the Cardinals won 7-2. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Larry Walker keeps helping the St. Louis Cardinals win. Tony Womack scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk from Danny Graves in the eighth inning and Walker hit the next pitch for a grand slam in a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night...
Thomas family loses suit against General Motors (08/18/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The family of former Kansas City Chiefs star Derrick Thomas is not entitled to any money from General Motors Corp. for the crash that killed the nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, a jury ruled Tuesday. Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, his seven children and their five mothers sued GM, seeking at least $75 million. They claimed Thomas was fatally injured when the roof of his Chevrolet Suburban caved in during the Jan. 23, 2000, crash...
Phelps adds two golds to collection (08/18/04)
The 19-year-old phenom swam on the winning 800-meter freestyle relay and won the 200 butterfly. By Paul Newberry ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- Now this was a duel in the pool -- the world's two greatest swimming powers going head-to-head for more than seven minutes at the Olympics...
No hitter - Suppan is 0-for-41 at the plate (08/18/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Last year, Jeff Suppan was the National League's best-hitting pitcher with a .293 average. This year, the St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher can't buy a hit. The right-hander is 0-for-the season, a string of 41 fruitless at-bats, after coming up empty at the plate once again against the Cincinnati Reds in a 10-5 victory Monday night...
Edwards' 2-year suspension upheld (08/18/04)
The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards was knocked out of the Olympics for good Tuesday when an arbitration panel upheld her two-year drug suspension, saying she should have known tablets provided by her doctor contained a banned substance...
Struggling Team USA defeats host Greece 77-71 (08/18/04)
The U.S. bounced back from its embarrassing opening loss to Puerto Rico. By Chris Sheridan ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- Tim Duncan had fouled out, Allen Iverson was playing with a broken thumb, and Greece had just passed the ball inside with a chance to pull within two points with 18 seconds left...
U.S. gymnasts settle for silver medal behind Romania (08/18/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- The Americans settled for silver Tuesday night, finishing behind Romania, which won its second straight gold medal. Russia won the bronze. "We made small mistakes," said coach Bela Karolyi, a native Romanian whose wife, Martha, is the U.S. team coordinator. "Small mistakes are to be paid for. And we paid."...
Area sports digest 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
Southeast grad coaching Olympic softball squad Linda Wells, a 1972 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and for 15 years the softball coach at Arizona State University, is coaching Greece's national team in the Olympics. Wells, who played five sports -- softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and field hockey -- at Southeast, went on to coach several sports at the University of Minnesota from 1973 to 1988. ...
Sports briefs 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
Colleges At least one member of the top-ranked Southern California football team is under investigation for sexual assault, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday. The assault allegedly occurred Monday morning, according to Officer Esther Reyes, a police spokeswoman...
Leaving behind lawn labor (08/18/04)
To its devoted disciples, the move to smaller, more environmentally friendly lawns is kind of like watching grass grow. Has the idea taken hold? Have homeowners, businesses and institutions begun in any real numbers to question the American ideal of a vast expanse of deep green, thick grass that goes on as if forever? Is anything happening?...
People don't get to just live in Florida (08/18/04)
Once in a while, nature has to extract a price for its blue waters and palm trees and warm winters. Usually, it's a gator eating a poodle or a shark attack. If it weren't for the miserable summers, insect problems and vicious wildlife, the state would be even more crowded...
Hydromulching is catching on in Southeast Missouri (08/18/04)
During the past couple of years you may have been driving around new sections of town and seen a recently graded lawn area that has a greenish-silver look to it. This is not a fungus that is spreading over the neighborhood, nor is it a quick paint job that colors brown soil. What you are seeing is the result of a lawn that has recently been seeded by a method called hydromulching...
Search for recipe uncovers old favorites (08/18/04)
It's back-to-school time and back to a normal routine -- whatever that is. Our children have had a fabulous summer with their cousin, Christa. She is able to drive, which made trips to the batting cages, swimming, various camps and Grandma's possible. They do hate to see school starting, but all good things must come to an end...
Dayton museum counts on interest in bizarre items (08/18/04)
DAYTON, Ohio -- A tattered leather shoe blown off a woman's foot after she was struck by lightning. A light bulb still filled with water from the 1913 flood. A gas meter speared by a stick of wood from a tornado in 1974. Curious? The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is counting on it...
Ashlee Simpson out of sister Jessica's shadow on first try (08/18/04)
NEW YORK -- Ashlee Simpson doesn't have to worry about being in the shadow of her older sister Jessica anymore. The 19-year-old's debut album "Autobiography" is No. 1 and probably will hit platinum this week. Jessica, 23, has never had an album reach No. 1, though her latest, "In This Skin," has sold more than 2 million copies...
Hurricane endangers citrus crop (08/18/04)
The Washington Post WAUCHULA, Fla. -- Orange farmers call one of their earliest-ripening varieties "Pineapples." But, in the days after Hurricane Charley tore through Florida's inland orange country, the fruit on the ground looks more like green racquetballs. Small. Hard. Useless...
Howard Kinder (08/18/04)
Howard L. Kinder, 90, of Jackson died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Eldercare of Marble Hill, Mo. He was born Aug. 22, 1913, near Whitewater, son of William and Della Smith Kinder. He and Eula F. "Pete" Steinhoff were married Feb. 3, 1940. She died Dec. 23, 1997...
Melvin Blumenberg (08/18/04)
Melvin H. Blumenberg, 73, of Whitewater died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, near his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Denson (08/18/04)
Martha Lynn Niemann Denson, 40, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at the home of her mother in Gordonville. She was born Jan. 8, 1964, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Vernon "Pedro" and Judith Moore Niemann. She was formerly married to Phillip Denson...
Dueward Welker (08/18/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dueward Welker, 80, of Marble Hill died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. He was born March 31, 1924, in Stoddard County, Mo., son of Oscar and Ada Nations Welker. He and Rose Marie Kuehn were married April 13, 1946. She died March 12, 1989...
Robert Brumett Sr. (08/18/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Robert Lee Brumett Sr., 63, of Advance died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 25, 1941, in Tullahoma, Tenn., son of Harry and Mary Medley Brumett. He and Evelyn Kay Pate were married Jan. 30, 1986, at Wickliffe, Ky...
Marie Bailey (08/18/04)
Marie Ida Bailey, 85, of Burfordville died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Jan. 29, 1919, in Annapolis, Mo., daughter of Toney E. and Dessie F. Brewer Buxton. She married William H. Bailey. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Daniel Bailey of Viburnum, Mo., Kenneth Bailey of Japan; two daughters, Kathleen Jonas of Jefferson City, Mo., Deborah Abney of Burfordville; three sisters, Betty Labudde and Beulah Kernan of Potosi, Mo., Ethel Weible of Desloge, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.. ...
Richard Miller (08/18/04)
Richard E. "Dick" Miller, 66, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Bushnell, Ill., son of Russell Max and Mable Lucille Sanders Miller. He and Mary F. Foote were married April 5, 1992, in Cape Girardeau...
Jo Hollis (08/18/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jo Dale Hollis, 62, of Sikeston died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born March 1, 1942, in Gibson County, Tenn., daughter of David H. and Carmen Garner Mason. Hollis was a member of Shady Acres Church of Christ...
Hassie Dettenbach (08/18/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Hassie Pitts Lingle Dettenbach, 91, of Anna died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Anna City Care Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1912, near Anna, daughter of Lother and Flora Lott Pitts. Dettenbach worked with the Department of Mental Health through Elgin Mental Center as a psychiatric aide. Her last few years before retirement were spent as a supervisor in the rehab department for handicapped residents of Elgin Mental Health...
Cory Kelso (08/18/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Cory Lee Kelso, 30, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born April 7, 1974, in Sikeston, son of Tommy Dale and Betty Plunk Kelso. Survivors include his mother of Sikeston, and paternal grandmother, Ruby Kelso of Sikeston...
Patricia Dixon (08/18/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Patricia A. Dixon, 69, of Jonesboro died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Century Assisted Living in Carbondale, Ill. She was born May 19, 1935, in Lowell, Mass., daughter of Cornelius Timothy and Elizabeth Mary Kelly O'Keefe. She and Paul D. Dixon were married Jan. 28, 1955, in Lowell...
Hazel Batson (08/18/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Hazel L. Batson, 81, of Cobden died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill. She was born March 7, 1923, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Jasper and Maude Nimmo Young. She and Robert Wesley Batson were married June 30, 1944...
Births 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
Bradham Daughter to Kevin Ray and Ronda Elaine Bradham of Dexter, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004. Name, Lyndsey Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 4 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Bradham is the former Ronda Fodge, daughter of Ronald and Irma Fodge of Benton, Mo. Bradham is the son of Thomas and Wilma Bradham of Benton. He is a certified public accountant...
Cape fire report 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 3:07 p.m., a fire at 2126 Broadway. At 8:25 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 900 block of Themis Street. At 8:38 p.m., a gas spill at Independence Street and Mount Auburn Road...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Michael R. Wyatt, 27, 2412 Sunny Lane, was arrested on suspicion of an ex parte violation. Marty W. Dudley, 30, 4522 County Road 379, Whitewater, was arrested on two city warrants for no seat belt and speeding...
Out of the past 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 18, 1994 Second restaurant delivery driver was robbed Tuesday evening in Cape Girardeau in as many weeks; robberies and two near-misses have some local restaurant delivery operations taking note; latest victim was Abdel Hamid Sid Ahmed, who delivers for Dino's Pizza Palace...
Rust column 08/18/04 (08/18/04)
You can buy the 9-11 Commission report for just $10. It's not a quick read, but the almost narrative style makes it quite fascinating while being more informative as to the terrorist threat than you might want to know. It's no wonder the report and terrorist threat were too serious for any commission member to politicize...
Making restitution (08/18/04)
The Philadelphia Inquirer Talk about a disappointing harvest. A federal initiative that was supposed to reverse years of government bias in lending to thousands of African-American farmers has come up far short. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture pledged to pay as much as $2.3 billion to tens of thousands of farmers and their families, only about one-third that amount has been distributed. .....
Leading ideas (08/18/04)
A downtown bustling with moviegoers lined up for the evening's feature at an outdoor theater or baseball fans waiting to see the hometown team or a shopping district filled with the sounds of a jazz festival on the riverfront are all part of the vision for Cape Girardeau as presented by the 2004 graduating class of Leadership Cape...
Use money for heroic statue (08/18/04)
To the editor: I have a suggestion for the $1 million that has accumulated through the convention and visitors bureau fund. The city needs something distinctive like the arch in St. Louis. I suggest an equestrian statue of heroic proportions, fixed on the berm of the large valley just east of the Show Me Center entrance. Don Louis Lorimier would sit astride, perched to watch over his city for the next two centuries...
Lost purse doesn't ruin vacation (08/18/04)
To the editor: I am 11 years old. A few weeks ago, my family and I went on a vacation to St. Louis. Coming home, we stopped in Cape Girardeau and ate at Red Lobster. I left my purse. There was $121.61 and a camera in it. I didn't even know where I had left my purse until a few nights later. ...
Speak Out 8/18/04 (08/18/04)
Tax bonanza THIS IS a big thank you for our sales tax-free weekend. People were coming out to shop in droves. They were excited and enjoyed having a tax-free weekend. It shows you that everybody understands what taxes cost us. Inconsiderate cycling WHILE DRIVING on Route V north of Cape Girardeau recently I came upon a situation that just blew my mind. ...
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