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Stories from Tuesday, August 24, 2004

A test of fire (08/24/04)
The saying goes that it's difficult to understand another person's journey unless you've walked a mile in his shoes. Members of the media and some city officials walked a mile in the rubber boots of a Cape Girar-deau firefighter on Monday and discovered that it's not an easy path...
Living the high school senior's life (08/24/04)
I am about to embark on the wildest trip of my life. My name is Amber Karnes and I'm a senior at Notre Dame Regional High School. I am inviting you to follow along as I tell all of my experiences as a high school senior. As I exited my junior year, I was so excited. ...
Seeing everyone move on (08/24/04)
By Sam DeReign Well, I've been at Southeast Missouri State University a couple of days now and it's been a little different than being at my home. It just happened so suddenly. I mean, one day I'm sitting at my house watching TV. The next day, I'm living on the fifth floor of New Hall with a complete stranger and sharing a bathroom with three people...
Army to add staff to meet recruit quota (08/24/04)
The Army is adding more than two dozen new recruiters in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois in an effort to help meet the region's quota for enlistments. "We've been running a little low," said Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Paten, the top noncommissioned officer in the St. Louis Recruiting Battalion. The battalion covers 62 counties across 62,600 square miles...
Friends mean more than money (08/24/04)
Editor's note: Justin Cox, a Scott City native, is writing about his experiences while living in Chile for six months. Aug. 24 Thanks to fortuitous timing and flexible travel plans, I have been visited by several college friends here in Antofagasta since I arrived a month ago. ...
The nature of change in Cape (08/24/04)
When Missouri Department of Conservation supervisor A.J. Henderschott walks among the unfinished concrete walls of the nature center in Cape Girardeau's County Park North, his eyes see nothing more than a skeleton of a building. Drywall needs to be plastered and sanded; electric wires dangle from holes in the wall; glass windows wait to be inserted; exhibits need to be built...
Cape schools raise tax levy (08/24/04)
For an issue that sparked public debate over the past three years, the Cape Girardeau School Board's decision Monday to raise property taxes seemed almost routine. There were no opposing comments from district residents, as in past years, when the board considered the tax increase of 17 cents per $100 assessed valuation...
Cape Girardeau resident killed after car flips over (08/24/04)
Southeast Missourian A 78-year-old Cape Girardeau woman was killed Monday morning when her car struck a guardrail and overturned several times, ejecting her. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mary Stinnett was traveling north on Interstate 55, two miles north of Cape Girardeau, at 10:25 a.m. ...
Workers on new courthouse push to make up lost time (08/24/04)
In recent days, a framework of steel supports has been rapidly rising from the giant hole in the ground at the corner of Independence and Frederick streets in Cape Girardeau. But a project official says that those workers will be pushing to get the remaining metal for the new federal courthouse up even faster in an attempt to get a project that is almost two months behind back on schedule...
Tornado's effects still felt through occupancy law (08/24/04)
A change made by Cape Girardeau County to help victims of the May 2003 tornado in Jackson is still affecting the way county officials assess property for tax purposes. As a result of the tornado that decimated Jackson last year, the county opted to adopt an occupancy law, an option available to all counties...
MoDOT readies plans for Thursday bridge blast (08/24/04)
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation recommend that anyone wishing to view Thursday's 6:30 a.m. blasting of the second span of the old Mississippi River Bridge do so from downtown Cape Girardeau's riverfront. The blast will result in the demolition of the remaining bridge trusses and supports closest to Illinois. ...
Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty (08/24/04)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base and to one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base. Christopher Sparks, 20, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton...
Jackson man sentenced on weapons charge (08/24/04)
A Jackson man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Kenneth Shoemaker, 22, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton. He earlier had pleaded guilty to the charge, affirming that on March 7, 2003, investigators found in his vehicle a fully loaded Remington model 1100, 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun behind the seat. ...
Football clinic offers lessons to area women (08/24/04)
For the woman who has found herself confused at her son's football game or at a loss to carry on a conversation about the game with her boyfriend or husband, attending Southeast Missouri State University's Fifth Annual Ladies' Football Clinic on Wednesday might be a good idea...
Learning briefs 8/24 (08/24/04)
Area students selected to join national society Local students Blake Russell of Cape Girardeau, Victoria Adams and Robert Cheney Jr. of Jackson and Vanessa Underwood of Burfordville have been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. Russell is a student at Central High School. Cheney, Underwood and Adams attend Jackson High School...
FDA frets Ill. drug import plan may use developing countries (08/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ambitious plan to help state residents buy less expensive prescription drugs from the United Kingdom also may permit drug imports from Europe's developing nations, the Food and Drug Administration fears...
Am. Cancer Society, growers join in push for tobacco buyout (08/24/04)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- At one time the American Cancer Society and South Carolina's tobacco farmers seemed unlikely partners, but in recent years they have joined forces to push Congress for passage of a tobacco buyout. A three-day bus tour across South Carolina began Monday to publicize the issue and stop at the district offices of members of the state's congressional delegation...
Kerry's daughter promotes community service (08/24/04)
Within a few years, as today's college students begin settling into their careers, starting families and buying homes, they will also begin feeling the full impact of the current federal policies. As a result, Vanessa Kerry, the daughter of Democratic presidential nominee and U.S. Sen. John Kerry, says it is vital for college-age voters to become more involved in the political process...
Missouri getting millions more in tobacco suit settlement money (08/24/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri will receive $1.7 million in new tobacco money this year and an additional $30 million to $40 million over the next decade from a Florida-based tobacco manufacturer. Vibo Corp. agreed to join the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, which provides compensation to 46 participating states and sharply restricts tobacco advertising. The company, operating as General Tobacco, had been the largest tobacco company not participating in the settlement...
President assails ad that attacks opponent's war record (08/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday criticized a commercial that accused John Kerry of inflating his own Vietnam War record, more than a week after the ad stopped running, and said broadcast attacks by outside groups have no place in the race for the White House...
Business digest 08/24/04 (08/24/04)
Redesigned Saturn VUE passes rollover test WASHINGTON -- The redesigned Saturn VUE passed the government's rollover test with a score similar to other sport utility vehicles, federal regulators said Monday. General Motors Corp. redesigned the VUE's rear suspension after the SUV failed two previous rollover tests. ...
Returning Fla. students face damage done by Charley (08/24/04)
POINCIANA, Fla. -- Students at Poinciana High School returned to classes Monday for the first time since Hurricane Charley to find their gym and cafeteria roofless and a giant tent outside serving free breakfast and lunch. Schools in six Florida counties reopened Monday, while schools in three others are not expected to resume classes for another week. Students had returned from summer vacation just over a week before the storm struck Aug. 13...
Genetic engineering creates rodents able to run farther, longer (08/24/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers on Monday unveiled genetically engineered mice that can run farther and longer than their naturally bred brethren, bringing the "genetic doping" of elite athletes a small step closer. The creation of the so-called marathon mice, announced Monday, follows earlier genetic engineering work that created "Schwarzenegger mice," rodents that bulked up after getting injected with muscle-building genes...
Intelligence overhaul plan draws immediate criticism (08/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- A key Republican's proposal to break up the CIA and rearrange the Pentagon's spy agencies under a national intelligence director met immediate and broad resistance Monday. A top Senate Democrat called it a "severe mistake" and the agency's former director said it showed a "dangerous misunderstanding of the business of intelligence."...
Nation briefs 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
Study: 1 in 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure DALLAS -- As Americans get older and fatter, the number of adults with high blood pressure has climbed to almost one in three over the past decade, putting more people at risk of a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure, government researchers said Monday. ...
Households, companies shed far different lights on employment (08/24/04)
More than half a million unemployed people say their fortunes improved dramatically last month: They got a job. Now if only someone could prove it. When the government surveyed U.S. households in July for its regular employment report, it found 629,000 people who said they had just started work. But when the government asked companies how many jobs they had added to their payrolls, the answer was 32,000...
World briefs 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
Mexican officials: Drug gang kingpin arrested MEXICO CITY -- An alleged leader of a powerful drug gang was caught near the border with California, Mexican officials announced Monday, calling it a blow to a syndicate they say is smuggling nearly half the illegal drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexico frontier. ...
Afghan, Pakistani leaders vow to fighting terrorism (08/24/04)
The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed Monday to increase cooperation in fighting against terrorist groups and to boost bilateral trade, Pakistan's state-run news agency reported...
Forces increase pressure on rebels to abandon Najaf holy site (08/24/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- U.S. infantrymen engaged in fierce battles with cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militants Monday and U.S. tanks moved closer to the revered Imam Ali Shrine as the American military stepped up pressure on the insurgents to leave the holy site and end their uprising...
Criticism grows over soaring murder rate for Guatemalan women (08/24/04)
GUATEMALA CITY -- Some are victims of gangs, others of domestic abuse. Many are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. More than 300 women have been murdered in Guatemala since January, compared with 250 killed in all of 2003 and 184 in 2002, according to local media and the National Statistical Institute...
Indians lock out all distractions in effort to bond (08/24/04)
Southeast began practicing for early exhibition games in Canada. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team on Monday held the first of 10 practices for its Labor Day weekend trip to Canada...
Indians sign son of Hall of Famer (08/24/04)
Chris Gibson, the son of former Cardinals great Bob Gibson, will play at Southeast. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team has added a player with some famous Cardinals bloodlines...
Players' charity drive pockets a big donation (08/24/04)
The "Tourchdown 4 A Cure" program received a $1,000 donation from pro golfer Karen Stupples. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University senior placekicker Derek Kutz has gotten his "Touchdown 4 a Cure" cancer pledge drive off to a rousing start -- thanks to professional golfer Karen Stupples...
ATPR owners, lesee take dispute to court (08/24/04)
Racing has long been concluded for this season on the dirt oval at the Auto Tire and Parts NAPA RacePark in Benton, Mo., but some drama from the 2004 season still remains. Representatives of the RacePark ownership group and the 2004 lessee, Dirt Track Promotions, were in court Monday morning in Benton for a civil lawsuit...
Rams exhibit little against KC (08/24/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL's highest-scoring offense is clicking. Pressure is sure to increase on Kansas City's woeful defense to get its act together, too. Trent Green hit 10 of 12 passes, and Priest Holmes averaged 5.2 yards on six carries Monday night as the first-team offense scored on two of its three possessions in a 24-7 exhibition victory over St. Louis...
U.S. women's soccer seeks gold (08/24/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- Minutes after missing a wide open net, Heather O'Reilly scored in the ninth minute of overtime to give the United States' women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over World Cup champion Germany and a place in Thursday's gold-medal game...
Springfield lands Cards' Class AA team (08/24/04)
The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas -- The Diablos minor league baseball franchise in El Paso has been sold to the St. Louis Cardinals, who plan to move it to Springfield, Mo. The Diablos have been a Class AA farm team playing in the Texas League for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Diablos players will step up to the plate for the last time in El Paso next month when the season ends...
U.S. softball ends domination with gold (08/24/04)
By Tom Withers ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- They leave the Olympics with gold medals for the third straight time, olive wreaths crowning their heads and a lasting legacy that's just a shade off perfection...
Not feeling penned (08/24/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Over time, Cal Eldred has learned to embrace the bullpen. The right-hander came to the St. Louis Cardinals in the spring of 2003 looking to compete for a spot in the rotation. Before undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery, he had been a top starter for the Brewers and White Sox...
Hansbrough gives oral commitment to UNC (08/24/04)
The Associated Press POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Missouri prep basketball player considered one of the top 10 high school recruits in the country announced Monday that he plans to play at North Carolina next year. Tyler Hansbrough, who just started his senior year at Poplar Bluff High School, averaged 26.5 points and 11.4 rebounds last season. Hansbrough, 6-foot-9, said he picked North Carolina over Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky because of former Kansas coach Roy Williams...
Sports briefs 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
Baseball The Chicago Buildings Commission declined to forbid baseball at Wrigley Field on Monday, saying inspectors could find "no evidence of shoddy repairs" at the Cubs' beloved home park. Buildings Commissioner Stan Kaderbek said private and city inspectors found no structurally significant problems that needed to be fixed. ...
Learning displays its own fashion sense (08/24/04)
As parents, we love to romanticize the start of school. We naturally try to capture those images, grabbing for our cameras to get a few snapshots. But starting seventh grade, Becca informed us that she no longer wanted us to take first-day photos. (Though she did allow me to snap a photo of her and her sister, Bailey, before we left the house.)...
Jet Li punches back at action formulas (08/24/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Jet Li wants to touch your soul before he kicks your butt. The Hong Kong action star says too many martial-arts movies ignore heart and emotion in favor of vengeance and gore. He said his latest film to hit U.S. theaters, the Mandarin-language "Hero" that opens Friday, is an antidote to other by-the-numbers action movies, an epic story about ancient China that aims to mesmerize moviegoers...
Book details the history of electricity (08/24/04)
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Dark light or benevolent force? In the 19th century, at the dawn of the light bulb and the X-ray, electricity was considered a mysterious force believed entwined with mind and body. Were the inventions boon or disaster, capable of curing or killing? Or as Samuel Morse tapped out in 1844 during his first public demonstration of the telegraph: "What hath God wrought?"...
Richard Thomure (08/24/04)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Richard Emmeitt Thomure, 46, of Summersville, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 25, 1957, at Ironton, Mo., son of Emmett and Roberta Houser Thomure. He and Donna Marie Cook were married May 5, 2001, in Summersville...
Helen Bauerle (08/24/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Helen Frances Bauerle, 90, of Cairo died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was born Dec. 7, 1913, in Cairo, daughter of George and Helen Rose Schaefer. She married William Bauerle, who died in 1999. Bauerle was a graduate of the College of St. ...
Sister Michaelette Seyer (08/24/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- A memorial Mass for Sister Michaelette Seyer of Chatawa, Miss., will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Mo. Seyer, 91, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at St. Mary of Pines in Chatawa. She was a native of Advance, Mo...
Eugene Hahs (08/24/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Eugene Hahs, 83, of Sedgewickville died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Stinnett (08/24/04)
Mary C. Stinnett, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in an automobile accident on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
Wood Twin daughters to Craig Allen and Laurie Lynn Wood of Farmington, Mo., St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004. Chloe Isabella was born at 11:18 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces. Michaela Rose was born at 11:22 p.m. ...
Cape police report 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI John Christopher Carr, 46, 2932 LaMesa Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape fire report 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 10:23 a.m., a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 55 at the 100-mile marker northbound. At 11:54 a.m., an emergency medical service at the 400 block of Clark Street. At 12:20 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 Towers....
Out of the past 8/24/04 (08/24/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 24, 1994 Prestige Air Services, newly formed company owned by Duane Beussink, will petition Cape Girardeau City Council for right to become a fixed-base operator at municipal airport; Prestige is also seeking approval from Federal Aviation Administration...
Sales-tax bonus (08/24/04)
The figures aren't compiled yet, but there is every reason to believe that Missouri's first sales-tax holiday provided a tax bonus -- just as had been predicted when legislators, led by state Sen. Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau, approved the three-day opportunity to forgo sales taxes...
Use money for storm sirens (08/24/04)
To the editor: I have a perfect solution for the surplus hotel and restaurant tax money, something that would benefit the whole town, not just a chosen few. We desperately need a storm-warning system in this city. Most other towns have them, even ones smaller than Cape Girardeau. ...
Dean right on U.N. foot-dragging (08/24/04)
To the editor: Howard Dean has got it right about the United Nations and our allies dragging their collective feet when the tough decisions need to be made. The Arab militia Janjaweed has been burning villages and raping their inhabitants for several months...
Dexter aldermen are shortsighted (08/24/04)
To the editor: In response to "Dexter board won't fund museum donated by deceased resident": I was raised in Cape Girardeau and read the Southeast Missourian online. How many towns would consider themselves lucky to be given a museum? The Dexter Board of Aldermen is being offered a chance to preserve part of everyone's history for very little money. Norman Gillespie is doing the lion's share of running the museum -- no easy task for a small museum even in the best of times...
Looking for Marquette honorees (08/24/04)
To the editor: I wanted to pass on to your readers that we are trying to reach all past Marquette Hotel employees who are still living for special recognition at the ribbon cutting and open house for the Marquette set for 1 p.m. Sept. 8. We have received several letters of names with their occupations and the years they were there, but we know there are more out there to invite. ...
Speak Out 08/24/04 (08/24/04)
Notre Dame's scores IN RESPONSE to "Missouri ACT scores inching up": Why weren't Notre Dame Regional High School's ACT scores included in this article? My daughter graduated in 2002 and scored 31. She was not alone. I cannot remember exactly, but I do know that at least more than 20 students scored high enough to get a Brite Flight Scholarship. ...
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