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Emergency responders learn from mock disaster drill (08/26/04)
Imagine for a moment that someone from Southeast Missouri became hugely successful in the entertainment field, enough to draw 50,000 people from the area to a concert in St. Louis. While some 400 people imagined such a possibility Wednesday morning, they also imagined that a few days following that concert, they all developed the same flu-like symptoms: fever, weakness, cough. Some also had nausea and abdominal pain, others developed pneumonia...
Illinois emergency agencies receive grants for defibrilators (08/26/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Four Southern Illinois emergency medical service providers were among 121 rural government agencies who received grants to buy portable automated external defibrillators. Included in the grants were Anna Fire and Rescue, Cairo Fire Department, Alexander County and Pulaski County Ambulance Service. Each will be able to buy two difibrilators...
Cape's downtown music festival shrinks (08/26/04)
The City of Roses Festival has lived to see its eighth year in Cape Girardeau. But to continue as planned on Sept. 24 and 25, it is being scaled down because of organizational problems faced by the Music Heritage Association, which sponsors the music festival...
Bringing down a bridge (08/26/04)
Construction crews plan to implode a 314-foot section of the partially razed Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau early today, weather permitting, as work continues to demolish the 76-year-old span. This will be the second blast and the first that will drop a part of the metal bridge structure into the Mississippi River, where barge cranes will remove the debris, Missouri Transportation Department officials said...
Jackson wins court battle with county (08/26/04)
This time, it's more than an opinion. It's an order. A circuit court judge has awarded Jackson a huge legal victory over Cape Girardeau County, ordering the county to pay $471,904 for road and bridge funds that the county should have been setting aside since the county obtained first-class status in 1997...
Educators ready for new year, new goals (08/26/04)
A new goal-setting process in Cape Girardeau schools will mean substantial changes for students and teachers over the next year. Many of the 2004-2005 goals, developed by teachers and administrators in each individual school, revolve around student achievement on the state's standardized assessment, the Missouri Assessment Program. However, schools also used this year's goals to address issues surrounding discipline and parental involvement...
Teen injured in accident dies from injuries (08/26/04)
A teenager involved in a two-vehicle accident in Scott County earlier this month has died. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Nicholas Torres, 13, of Grand Prairie, Texas, was injured along with other members of his family when a tractor-trailer rig rear-ended the van he was in on Interstate 55 in Scott County just after 2 a.m. ...
Barbecue enthusiasts invited to take part in contest (08/26/04)
Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce will hold its 12th annual BBQ Fest Friday and Saturday at Arena Park. The two-day event will give the area's top backyard grilling, smoking and barbecuing teams a chance to compete for pride and cash -- including a $300 grand prize...
Patton resident killed after car leaves road (08/26/04)
A 34-year-old Patton, Mo., man was killed on Route 51 in Perry County at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lloyd Ridley lost control of his 1999 Ford Contour on rain-slicked pavement. The car veered off the road and struck a tree, throwing Ridley from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Perry County coroner...
SEMO to retire Indian, Otahkian nicknames Oct. 22 (08/26/04)
Southeast Missouri State University officially will say goodbye to its Indian and Otahkian nicknames at a retirement ceremony on Oct. 22 in front of Academic Hall, school officials said Wednesday. But a logo for the new Redhawks nickname, adopted unanimously by the board of regents in June, won't be unveiled until January...
United Way of Southeast Missouri awards grants to local organiz (08/26/04)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri recently presented checks totaling $78,365 to local agencies at an event at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Funding allocations to support family assistance included: $10,000 to the Healthy Start Program through Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence; $4,400 to the Family Club Program through the Perry County Community Task Force; $15,600 to the Community Caring Council to increase the awareness of existing family support and family development resources among populations that would benefit from those resources; $8,000 for Effective Parenting and Family Improvement Activities through the Community Caring Council; $1,000 to expand the Building Strong Families Parenting Program offered through the University of Missouri Extension Service; $5,000 to implement a Parenting Skills Inventory instrument through New Vision Counseling; $9,000 to the Cape Girardeau Police Department to expand the services currently available to provide assistance to families in crisis; $8,000 to create the On the Road to Healthier Families program through Saint Francis Medical Center to nurture healthier family lifestyle habits; $3,310 to assist the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups sponsored by the Community Counseling Center; $9,055 to create the Al's Pals in Home Childcare program through Success by 6 to provide training and curriculum to home child-care providers. ...
Cape Girardeau resident turns 107 (08/26/04)
Born in the Farmington area, the youngest of nine children, Florence Poe said she feels better than when she was in her 40s and suffering from a ruptured appendix. On the morning of her 107th birthday Tuesday she sat on her bed dividing her shiny, long, white hair into two even plaits, each about 20 inches long. Although blind, Poe is independent in every way possible...
SEMO gets federal grant (08/26/04)
SEMO receives federal grant to train teachers to better educate immigrants Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University will spend $1.4 million over the next five years to train teachers and school administrators in mid-Missouri to better educate immigrants who have limited English skills, school officials said Thursday...
Economic opportunities to be discussed at forum (08/26/04)
Southeast Missourian The Missouri Department of Economic Development will host a public forum from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce to discuss the implementation of the Jobs Now Infrastructure, a new economic and community development initiative. It will also provide a presentation on the Missouri Downtown and Rural Economic Stimulus Act...
Charter schools lack oversight, audit says (08/26/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While generally critical of a lack of sufficient oversight of Missouri's charter schools by their sponsors, a state audit released Wednesday credits Southeast Missouri State University with actively monitoring its charter school...
Former New Mexico transport director to head Missouri agency (08/26/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Former New Mexico transportation secretary Pete Rahn is expected to be named Thursday as Missouri's new transportation director, The Associated Press has learned. Rahn's selection was confirmed Wednesday by two Missouri state officials as well as a former colleague of Rahn's in the New Mexico Department of Transportation, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity...
Small telescopes discover big new planet orbiting distant star (08/26/04)
Astronomers using telescopes not much larger than the spyglass Galileo wielded 400 years ago have discovered a new Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a bright, distant star. It is the first planet to be discovered by an international network of astronomers using telescopes no larger than those sold at Wal-Mart for the same price as an iPod...
GOP adopting platform that takes stand against gay unions (08/26/04)
NEW YORK -- Republicans endorsed an uncompromising position against gay unions Wednesday in a manifesto that contrasts with Vice President Dick Cheney's supportive comments about gay rights and the moderate face the party will show at next week's national convention...
Nation briefs 8/26/04 (08/26/04)
Ship captain pleads guilty for bomb joke WILMINGTON, Del. -- A Turkish ship captain who spent the past month behind bars after joking to the Coast Guard that there was a bomb aboard his vessel pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false statement and was ordered to leave the country immediately. "I apologize to the whole American public," Yildirim Beyozit Tumer said through an interpreter. Tumer, 48, could have gotten five years in prison and a $250,000 fine...
Singapore Airlines orders Boeing jets (08/26/04)
The Associated Press SEATTLE -- Singapore Airlines, Asia's most valuable flagship carrier, gave Boeing Co. some good news and bad news, ordering up to 31 of the airplane maker's long-range jets but saying it would hold off on deciding whether to buy the new 7E7 Dreamliner...
Ex-investor relations chief for Enron pleads guilty (08/26/04)
HOUSTON -- Enron's former top investor-relations executive pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he helped paper over the energy company's shaky financial condition before its collapse. Mark Koenig, 49, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting securities fraud, which carries up to 10 years in prison...
Manufactured goods production picks up (08/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- Factory orders for costly manufactured goods in July recorded the biggest gain in four months. New-homes sales, meanwhile, slid, according to a pair of reports that offered a mixed view of economic activity. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that orders for durables goods -- big-ticket items expected to last at least three years -- rose 1.7 percent in July from June....
Academic expectations (08/26/04)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- When Melene Skeeter asked her fifth-graders to picture their future, they described high school, college, a master's degree. She wanted more. "A doctorate," she told them. "That's the top. You're going all the way to the top."...
Hurricane-ravaged businesses doing all they can to survive (08/26/04)
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Nancy Cuffaro was back in business, serving up New York-style pizza and apple turnovers in a restaurant still dark and sweltering almost two weeks after Hurricane Charley knocked out the electricity. Like many shops just north of Charlotte Harbor, Cuffaro's place, Romano's Italian Bakery, Deli and Pizza, was doing what it could with heavy damage and no power. ...
Manufacturers try to make food go even faster (08/26/04)
Spoons are so old school. And so slow. Harried Americans searching for ways to shave precious seconds from their dining routines have seized on a slew of new foods designed to keep them on the go -- no utensils needed. There's soup in heat-and-sip cups. There's yogurt in squeeze tubes. Mini cookies in snazzy little cans that fit in car cup holders. There are even frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches -- crustless for the little ones...
Bush lawyer resigns from campaign work (08/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- One of President Bush's top lawyers resigned from his campaign Wednesday, a day after disclosing that he had given legal advice to a veterans group airing TV ads against Democrat John Kerry. The guidance included checking ad scripts, the group said...
FBI seizes computers, equipment in first-ever P2P copyright act (08/26/04)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI seized computers, software and equipment as part of an investigation into illegal sharing of copyrighted movies, music and games over an Internet "peer-to-peer" network, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Wednesday. Search warrants were executed at residences and an Internet service provider in Texas, New York and Wisconsin as part of the first federal criminal copyright action taken against a P2P network, in which users can access files directly from computers of others in the network.. ...
Aussie pleads innocent to war crimes before Gitmo tribunal (08/26/04)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- An Australian cowboy who converted to Islam and allegedly fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan went before a U.S. military commission Wednesday and pleaded innocent to war crimes charges. Attorneys for David Hicks also challenged the impartiality of four members and one alternate. It was the second attack on the commission's ability to be fair since arraignments began a day earlier...
World briefs (08/26/04)
Abuse charges reduced for U.S. soldier MANNHEIM, Germany -- A U.S. military policewoman accused in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal had the charges against her reduced Wednesday as a set of pretrial hearings wrapped up at an American base in Germany. The decision by military prosecutors could significantly reduce jail time for Spc. Megan Ambuhl -- one of seven Army reservists charged with abuse of Iraqi prisoners -- if she is found guilty...
Mysterious double crash puts Russian officials on edge (08/26/04)
BUCHALKI, Russia -- Russian investigators labored Wednesday to determine whether terrorism caused the near-simultaneous crashes of two jetliners, killing all 89 people aboard and spreading anxieties about a possible bloody escalation of the Chechen conflict...
Iraq's top Shiite cleric unexpectedly returns home as fighting (08/26/04)
NAJAF, Iraq -- Hoping to end weeks of fighting in Najaf, Iraq's top Shiite cleric unexpectedly returned home from Britain on Wednesday armed with a new peace initiative and a call for Iraqis across the country to march on the holy city. Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini Al-Sistani, who wields enormous influence among Shiite Iraqis, had previously declined to get involved in resolving the violent conflicts roiling the nation, and it was unclear why he suddenly changed his mind. ...
Bulldogs eye return to state (08/26/04)
It did not take long for Notre Dame Regional High School to acclimate itself to the level of play in Class 3 volleyball. After making a trip to the state final four in 2001 as a Class 2 program, the Bulldogs finished fourth in Class 3 last season. Notre Dame defeated St. Francis Borgia in three sets to make the trip to Warrensburg, exacting revenge on the team that eliminated Notre Dame in the sectionals in 2002...
Chestnutt granted another year of athletic eligibility (08/26/04)
Scott Chestnutt came to Central High School two years ago as a 6-foot-8 sophomore and a promising basketball player. While Chestnutt's play on the court has lived up to the promise, questions arose in the past year about Chestnutt's eligibility status for 2004-05...
Bulldogs hammer Central (08/26/04)
Notre Dame captured the season-opening game for both teams 10-0 in five innings. By Jeremy Joffray Southeast Missourian After two trips to Perryville without playing an inning because of rain, Central's softball team finally hit the field Wednesday at home against Notre Dame...
Finding fun on the golf course (08/26/04)
Now that he has three children under the age of 8, a few thousand dollars in earnings and quite a bit of time as a professional golfer under his belt, Todd Eastin is taking it easy on the golf course. And he's loving it. Eastin, a 39-year-old Jackson resident, began playing golf as a child with his father, the co-owner of a golf course in Illinois. ...
Jones reaches long jump final, tabbed for relay (08/26/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- Marion Jones will be part of the U.S. Olympic 400-meter relay team, coach Sue Humphrey announced Wednesday. Jones also qualified for the long jump finals with the seventh-best jump of the qualifying round: 21 feet, 11 3/4 inches. Allen Johnson, a four-time world champion and the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, made a shocking exit from the second round of the 110-meter hurdles. He tripped over the ninth hurdle, then stumbled and fell underneath the last one...
Bulger plans to play in Friday's exhibition (08/26/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams quarterback Marc Bulger expects to play Friday against Washington despite bruising his knee this week in an exhibition loss to Kansas City. Bulger said Wednesday a precautionary MRI exam a day earlier showed no problems. "I have a little trouble running right now, but unless I'm told otherwise I anticipate playing" against Washington, Bulger said...
Cards top Reds again (08/26/04)
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals keep playing with intensity, even with the biggest division lead in the major leagues. "This is a good luxury, but I don't see anybody letting up," said Reggie Sanders, who scored the go-ahead run in a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. "Every game, we need to win."...
Gardner's finale - As good as gold (08/26/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- He left his shoes in the middle of the mat, maybe a piece of his heart, too. Rulon Gardner finally let his emotions out after trading Olympic gold for bronze, and the tears he cried weren't of sadness. Gardner, so poised and dispassionate hours before, following the biggest loss of his life, became teary-eyed Wednesday after one of the most surprising gold medalists in Olympic history settled for a bronze on his return trip to the games...
Correction Aug26 (08/26/04)
Correction The Heartland basketball player from the Slamfest tournament pictured in Monday's edition of the Southeast Missourian was incorrectly identified. Michael Cox was the player in the photo. We regret the error.
Area calendar (08/26/04)
Basketball Perryville men's league forming: The Perryville Parks and Recreation Department wiil have an informational meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Perry Park Center for anyone interested in getting a team together for the upcoming fall season. Info: Brian Roth, 547-7275.Football...
You know you're getting older when ... (08/26/04)
I'm turning 57 soon, and I am starting to feel "chronologically challenged." I realize it's all relative. To my 84-year-old mother, I am but a young man entering my prime. (Although recently she has been saying things like: "I can't believe I actually have a son who is almost 60!") To my 13-year-old nephew, Taylor, I am just one of those old people who is therefore, categorically, ugly...
Honey from your own back yard may be the cure for allergies (08/26/04)
The drugstore shelves are full of medicines promising to be nondrowsy, long-lasting and more effective. All too often these pills and syrups fail to keep those guarantees. As a result, some people are turning to natural remedies. "Nature has provided us with a bounty of remedies for our problems," said Mike Brown, owner of Natural Health Organic Foods in Cape Girardeau...
Stepping up to better health (08/26/04)
A 10-week fitness program designed to make seniors more active has already reached its capacity. With weeks to go before the "Step Up to Better Health" program actually begins, 100 people over age 50 have already signed up to participate. The walking program is sponsored by AARP of Missouri, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Saint Francis Medical Center and the University of Missouri Extension...
Health calendar 8/26 (08/26/04)
Today Newborn massage class from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Course is for parents and caregivers of newborns up to 6 weeks. For information, call 651-5825. "Ask your doctor" airs at 8 p.m. with Dr. Adam Morgan speaking about hoarseness. Viewers can call 334-3095 with questions during the show...
Looking for Georgia O'Keeffe (08/26/04)
Aug. 26, 2004 Dear Julie, Georgia O'Keeffe spent her first summer at the wonder of rock and sky called the Ghost Ranch in 1934 and bought a few acres of the ranch six years later. Earlier settlers, believing evil spirits haunted the land, had named it Rancho de los Brujos, Ranch of the Witches. Now New Mexico travel guides call this "O'Keeffe Country" because its landmarks are identifiable in so many of her paintings...
Unscripted bounty hunter drama begins this week (08/26/04)
"Dog The Bounty Hunter," an unscripted drama series from A&E, will introduce many viewers to the down-and-dirty world of bail-bond enforcers. More to the point, it brings the audience face-to-face with Duane "Dog" Chapman, owner of Da Kine Bail Bonds and a pretty intense fellow...
Beenie Man barred from MTV show after protest threat (08/26/04)
MIAMI -- Dancehall star Beenie Man, who has recorded anti-gay songs in the past, was yanked from a concert associated with the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend after gay groups planned a protest, the network said Wednesday. MTV pulled the Jamaican singer from the roster Tuesday after South Florida gay activists announced plans to protest Saturday's concert in Miami over some of his past lyrics, including "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" and "Queers must be killed.". ...
John Campbell (08/26/04)
John E. Campbell, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Norman Eftink (08/26/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Norman "Catfish" Eftink, 65, of Oran died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 18, 1938, son of Frank John and Velma Ida Dannenmueller Eftink. Eftink retired as owner and operator of E&F Masonry in Oran. He was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 4311 in Oran, Bricklayers Local 23 in Cape Girardeau, and an honorary member of Oran Jaycees...
Mason Sachse (08/26/04)
Mason Albert Sachse, 87, of Chesterfield, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at his home. He was born March 15, 1917, at Old Appleton, Mo., son of Julius and Olga Woeltje Sachse. He and Jean Alice Knox were married March 15, 1940, at Potosi, Mo. She died Dec. 9, 1990...
Births 8/26/04 (08/26/04)
Price Daughter to Shawn McCray and Tarsha Price of Tamms, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:55 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2004. Name, Sha'veh LaShawn. Weight, 6 pounds 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Price is the former Tarsha Marable of Tamms. She is a paramedic with Alexander County EMS/Pulaski County Ambulance. Price is the son of Lawrence and Sandra Price of Tamms. He is a mill operator with Unimin Specialty Minerals...
Police reports 8/26 (08/26/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Brandon Michael Pierce, 23, 3001 Wisteria Drive, Apt. 2, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Darrin Thomas Heisler, 16, 107 Independence St., Apt. A, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation for driving while intoxicated, speeding and seatbelt violation...
Fire reports 8/226 (08/26/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 5:40 p.m., a power line down at North Sprigg Street and Lafayette Place. At 5:48 p.m., a power line down at 1300 N. Sprigg St. At 6:21 p.m., an emergency medical service at 200 Morgan Oak St...
Out of the past 8/26/04 (08/26/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 26, 1994 Construction explosion has created problems for producers of number of building supplies and building industry in general; building contractors have been plagued by lumber shortages past two years, and entire construction industry faces backlog on such items as cement, glass, bricks and steel...
More on 9-11 (08/26/04)
Thoughts while reading the 9-11 commission report: Few, if anyone, knowledgeable of this information provided by the counter-terrorism arm of the U.S. government -- including the FBI, CIA, Richard Clark, George Tenant, President Clinton and President Bush, Steve Berger, Condoleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, Janet Reno, Al Gore, Richard Cheney -- would have bet there wouldn't be another terrorism strike in the United States by this date after the Sept. 11, 2001, strike against the World Trade Center...
Young voters (08/26/04)
The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald This time of year is a perfect opportunity for parents to speak with their kids on the responsibility that comes with democracy. It is a chance for parents to tell their kids about the issues that matter and stress the value of being informed...
A school made whole (08/26/04)
Within hours after a tornado in May 2003 damaged Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, school officials, parents and community members were making plans for the next school year and for construction of a new building. Last week, the new Immaculate Conception School was dedicated, and classes have begun...
Lake opponents are still here (08/26/04)
To the editor: As a member of the citizens against the lake, I would remind you we are still here. We opposed the idea 10 years ago, and we still do. We questioned the Cape Girardeau County Commission spending $50,000 on a feasibility study to a yes group. It should be noted none of our current commissioners was in office at that time...
Entertaining piece on mower racing (08/26/04)
To the editor: I felt compelled to write you about the article in Sunday's paper ("Keeping off the grass to get down and dirty") concerning the 91 Raceway activities in Bell City, Mo. I found this to be one of the best written and most entertaining articles that I have read in any newspaper. ...
Cape district makes bad choices (08/26/04)
To the editor: Months ago when the Cape Girardeau School Board and its superintendent presented the voodoo of concentric circles to prepare its staff and the public for budget cuts, I spoke at a board meeting. My point: Raise property taxes by exercising the district's rights under state law so that no staff member would lose his job and there would be little or no effect on students...
Speak Out 08/26/04 (08/26/04)
Traffic control I WOULD like to send a huge thank you to the Jackson Police Department for its efforts to help control traffic in the school zones. You did an excellent job. Your efforts aren't going unnoticed, and your hard work is much appreciated. Thank you...
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