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Community briefs 08/30/04 (08/30/04)
Friedrich descendants hold reunion in Jackson The descendants of Jacob and Marguarita Friedrich held a reunion recently at Delmonico's restaurant in Jackson. Games, guitar music and singing were enjoyed. The next annual reunion will be held at Delmonico's on Aug. 21, 2005...
Fruitland church celebrates growth in its first five years (08/30/04)
On the second Sunday in September 1999, a small group of people marked the birth of Fruitland Community Church with a service in an elementary school gymnasium. A congregation of 50 core members has grown to more than 250, a gymnasium has been replaced with a church building and a church plant has itself become a church planter...
GOP delegates from area say security tight at convention (08/30/04)
Republican delegate Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson hopes anti-Bush protesters won't disrupt the Republican National Convention in New York City this week. Thousands of protesters are expected to stage demonstrations in the Big Apple this week while more than 4,800 delegates and alternates gather at Madison Square Garden to nominate and cheer for the re-election of President Bush. The convention opens today and runs through Thursday...
Yard sale paradise in Scott City (08/30/04)
Yard-sale lovers and bargain hunters rejoice, Scott City is offering a citywide yard sale Saturday, Sunday and Monday with more than 50 participants. Hoping to emulate the success of the 100-mile yard sale held Memorial Day weekend from Jackson to Kennett, the Scott City Area Chamber of Commerce decided to hold a citywide yard sale this year and, depending on its success, expand the event next year to include nearby towns like Commerce, Benton and Kelso...
Community Q&A 08/30/04 (08/30/04)
Name: Christina Grantham Lives in: Perryville Job: I work at Ultraflo Corp., a division of Bray International, as assistant to the production manager. What do you like most about the area? The people are friendly, and there is a peaceful atmosphere. There are things to do for everyone...
Community cuisine 08/30/04 (08/30/04)
Bald Knob holding fund-raising dinner The Bald Knob Cross of Peace will hold a fund-raising dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The menu includes buffet-style roast beef. Crafters and flea market vendors are invited to set up for free. For more information, call (618) 893-2344...
Kelso resident marks 90th year (08/30/04)
KELSO, Mo. -- Juanita Moore of Kelso celebrated her 90th birthday recently at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Tonita and Troy Wilburn, in Kelso. The party was held by four of her children, including Wilburn, Rita McClellan of Gordonville, Texas, Karen Griffith of Chaffee, Mo., and Bob Moore of Gainsville, Texas...
Family history draws Minnesotans to Cape (08/30/04)
Though none of them had ever lived in Cape Girardeau, Olive Adams and daughters Julie Strandberg and Carolyn Adams felt like they'd arrived in a familiar place when they visited the city last week. The women and their families -- seven people in all -- came to research family history and trace their roots during a vacation...
Bed turning featured at quilt show (08/30/04)
The River Heritage Quilters' Guild is preparing for their upcoming bi annual quilt show. They are inviting individuals in the community to display their quilts to offer a variety at the show. Pictured from left, is chairperson of the Bedturning Committee, Kay...
Keeping close tabs at a distance (08/30/04)
Technology now makes it possible for a teenager who attempts to shoplift a pair of earrings to end up with a bracelet instead. That's an electronic ankle bracelet -- not a fashion statement, but a relatively inexpensive way for the 32nd Judicial Circuit Juvenile Division to keep track of juvenile offenders without housing them in the detention center...
Former St. Louis Symphony conductor dies (08/30/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Orchestra conductor Hans Vonk, who took the St. Louis Symphony to international prominence as its musical director and was a guest conductor for prestigious orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, has died Sunday at his home in Amsterdam. He was 63...
Alleged mugger shot by police officer dies (08/30/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A 17-year-old shot in the head by the off-duty St. Louis police officer he allegedly tried to rob has died of his injuries. Police said Eric Eichelberger of St. Louis was taken off life support and died about 4 p.m. Saturday. His mother has requested an investigation, saying her son feared police after previous run-ins with them...
Courtney lawyers ask Supreme Court to reduce his sentence (08/30/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys for a Kansas City pharmacist in prison for diluting cancer drugs say a recent Supreme Court ruling should invalidate his 30-year sentence. Robert Courtney was sentenced in 2002 after pleading guilty to 20 counts of product tampering and adulterating drugs meant for chemotherapy patients. Prosecutors said the scheme, which Courtney admitted lasted almost a decade, might have affected about 98,000 prescriptions for 4,200 patients...
Inmate's tax refund scam netted more than $70,000 (08/30/04)
Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri Eastern Correctional Center inmate used correction fluid and a copy machine to create fake tax refund claims and file them with the Internal Revenue Service, a federal indictment alleges. On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Donald W. Sanders, 46, of St. Louis, on 66 counts of preparing and filing false income tax refund claims...
New transportation must produce quick results (08/30/04)
News Analysis By David A. Lieb ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Pete Rahn considers himself an innovator when it comes to building a state's highway and transportation system. He also is a risk-taker. Rahn accepted the job as Missouri's transportation director last week with full knowledge that Missouri's two leading gubernatorial candidates would rather appoint their own person...
Mom sues state social workers over son's death in foster care (08/30/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The death of a 2-year-old Springfield child in foster care has prompted another lawsuit, this one by the boy's biological mother. Stephanie Ford's federal lawsuit, filed this month claims that social workers Alysha Friend, Kristy Hardy and Charlene Valade used poor judgment by leaving her son, Dominic James, in a foster home where he suffered fatal abuse...
Votes yield convention reward for Missouri (08/30/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Anyone looking for evidence of recent Republican gains in Missouri -- and the state's importance to President Bush -- need look no further than Missouri's 57 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Missouri's delegation to the convention that starts today is nearly two-thirds larger than the group that went to the 2000 Republican National Convention -- a direct reward for the state's Republican votes during the past four years...
Nation briefs 8/30/04 (08/30/04)
Court-martial begins for al-Qaida-linked guardsman SEATTLE -- A videotape showing a U.S. soldier willingly sharing military information with federal undercover agents he believed to be al-Qaida members is expected to be among key evidence in his court martial, scheduled to begin today. ...
Republican convention schedule (08/30/04)
The 2004 Republican National Convention schedule for Monday, Aug. 30: Session One: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT Theme: "A Nation of Courage" Convention Call to Order, Ed Gillespie Chairman, Republican National Committee Presentation of Colors, the Greater NY Council of Boys Scouts, Troop 520 and the Law Enforcement NYPD Transit Bureau Explorers Post 5233...
100,000 protesters greet GOP delegates at New York convention (08/30/04)
NEW YORK -- More than 100,000 demonstrators marched past a heavily fortified Republican convention hall on Sunday, chanting denunciations of the administration and the war in Iraq as delegates flocked to the city to nominate President Bush for four more years in the White House...
Eight years later, Calif. man learns HIV diagnosis was wrong (08/30/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California man who once tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS has learned the diagnosis made eight years ago was mistaken and he was never infected. Jim Malone spent years battling depression and losing weight, expecting to die at any time. He attended support group meetings and accepted free meals from an AIDS charity...
Car bomb kills seven at U.S. security firm in Afghan capital (08/30/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A powerful car bomb detonated outside the office of a U.S. security contractor in the Afghan capital Sunday, killing at least seven people, including two Americans, and wounding several others, officials and witnesses said. Hours earlier, a blast wrecked a religious school in southeastern Afghanistan, reportedly killing at least eight children and one adult and underlining the country's fragile security as it moves toward its first post-Taliban election in October...
World briefs 8/30/04 (08/30/04)
Attack alleged as cease-fire nears in Sudan UM HASHAB, Sudan -- This small village of mud and straw huts lay ruined and abandoned Sunday, the ground charred, after residents said Sudanese soldiers attacked with a warplane and helicopters, driving farmers from their homes days before a U.N. ...
Study - Heart disease risk same everywhere (08/30/04)
MUNICH, Germany -- The causes of heart disease are surprisingly the same in every region and race, and stress seems to play a more important role in heart attacks than previously recognized, a major new study has found. Nearly all of what is known about the causes of heart disease comes from studies of white people in rich countries, because that's where the illness first emerged...
U.S., Shiite leaders meet to end Sadr City fighting (08/30/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. military officials and representatives of rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr held talks Sunday aimed at reducing violence in the restive Baghdad slum of Sadr City, a day after clashes there killed 10 people, officials said. British forces in the southern city of Basra, also the site of recent fighting, held similar talks with al-Sadr officials there...
Number of global war dead hits lowest point since WWII (08/30/04)
The chilling sights and sounds of war fill newspapers and television screens worldwide, but war itself is in decline, peace researchers report. In fact, the number killed in battle has fallen to its lowest point in the post-World War II period, dipping below 20,000 a year by one measure. Peacemaking missions, meantime, are growing in number...
Otahkians' lone goal trumps Aces (08/30/04)
Southeast improved to 2-0 with a 1-0 victory over Evansville. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team put the finishing touches on an impressive opening weekend by blanking visiting Evansville 1-0 Sunday afternoon...
Eligibility questions keep McCoy, two others off gridiron (08/30/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings calls Charles McCoy the most highly recruited player in the program's history. But because of a problem getting McCoy's transcripts sent from Santa Monica (Calif.) Community College, the cornerback who was also recruited by USC and Nebraska has been held out of recent Southeast practices as his eligibility remains in question...
Indians' point guard has eligibility problem (08/30/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team will be minus a squad member when the Indians play three exhibition games in Canada this weekend. Coach Gary Garner is keeping his fingers crossed that junior college transfer guard Ryan "Fuzzy" Belcher will miss only those three contests and not the entire season as his eligibility recently came into question...
Stadler's late birdie run captures the Tradition (08/30/04)
Craig Stadler closed with four straight birdies in a 5-under-par 67 for a one-shot victory Sunday at the Tradition and his second major on the Champions Tour. Stadler finished at 13-under 275, a stroke ahead of Jerry Pate (66) and Allen Doyle (71) at Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Olaha, Ore. Hometown favorite Peter Jacobsen was one of seven golfers at 11 under...
Defrocked priest grabs marathon leader (08/30/04)
ATHENS, Greece -- A defrocked Irish priest bolted from the crowd and grabbed the marathon leader about three miles from the finish Sunday. The Brazilian runner wound up with the bronze -- and a special award for sportsmanship -- and the former priest was arrested...
Athens gets high marks as games draw to a close (08/30/04)
By Steve Wilstein ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- Efharisto! A nervous world learned the Greek word for thank you and repeated it endlessly at an astonishingly successful Athens Olympics that quelled fears, surprised skeptics and greatly honored the birthplace of the games...
Pujols reaches lofty plateaus in Cards' sweep (08/30/04)
The Associated Press PITTSBURGH -- Albert Pujols turned down a day off and then joined some elite company. Pujols hit his 40th home run and reached 100 RBIs for the fourth consecutive season, and Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Pirates with a 4-0 victory Sunday...
International team wins Little League World Series (08/30/04)
The Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Carlos Pineda struck out 11 and Jurickson Profar hit a two-run homer as Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, took an early lead and held on for a 5-2 victory over Conejo Valley of Thousand Oaks, Calif., in the Little League World Series championship on Sunday night...
Ward wins U.S.'s lone gold in boxing (08/30/04)
American boxer Andre Ward won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division, beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus. Fighting in the last bout of the games, Ward found his mark with quick inside punches in the third round to win the first boxing gold for the United States since David Reid in 1996...
Ankiel might be bound for St. Louis (08/30/04)
Rick Ankiel's long journey back to the majors may be nearing its completion. Ankiel gave up one unearned run and one hit in six innings Sunday for Triple-A Memphis in what could be his final start in the minors. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has said the team would consider calling Ankiel up to the majors when rosters expand for September...
USA tops final medals standings (08/30/04)
By David Crary ~ The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece -- The United States finished atop the medal charts for the third straight Summer Olympics, with Russia the overall runner-up and China second in gold medals -- its best showing ever and the leading edge of a surge by Asian teams...
Pladium back with new name, old bartender (08/30/04)
Back in June, when it was announced that the Pladium as Cape Girardeau had come to know it over the past 45 years was closing, new owner Mark Dirnberger prophesied a new beginning. He said the name would be gone, but that the doors at 1127 Broadway would open again to a bar that "mirrored" the Pladium's image. Today he's ready to make good on that promise...
VMAs sizzling, but shock free, on road for first time in Miami (08/30/04)
MIAMI -- Holding its festivities for the first time in the city of skin, Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards was sizzling, energetic and colorful -- yet tame, by MTV standards. There were no wardrobe malfunctions (sorry TiVo). Britney didn't kiss Madonna like last year -- or anyone else, for that matter (neither were at the blowout affair)...
Sales poor for best-selling author's anti-Bush novel (08/30/04)
NEW YORK -- Yes, there are limits to what George Bush haters will read. "Checkpoint," the controversial Nicholson Baker novel about a man who wants to kill the president, has sold fewer than 6,500 copies since coming out two weeks ago, the book's publisher said...
Cape sees record year for building permits (08/30/04)
For those Cape Girardeau residents who think they've noticed an excess of cranes, concrete trucks and construction workers in their city this summer: Don't worry, it isn't just you. The Cape Girardeau Department of Inspection Services recently announced that 2004 will be a record year for new commercial building construction within the city limits. ...
At 35, Internet remains a work in progress (08/30/04)
NEW YORK -- Thirty-five years after computer scientists at UCLA linked two bulky computers using a 15-foot gray cable, testing a new way for exchanging data over networks, what would ultimately become the Internet remains a work in progress. University researchers are experimenting with ways to increase its capacity and speed. Programmers are trying to imbue Web pages with intelligence. And work is underway to re-engineer the network to reduce spam and security troubles...
Britain's Big Brother - Security cameras in public places (08/30/04)
LONDON -- The teenagers who stabbed wealthy Joao Da Costa Mitendele to death before burgling his home were careful to conceal the crime. They used a pretty girl to gain access to his apartment, where they wore rubber gloves while commiting their crimes...
People on the move 08/30/04 (08/30/04)
Southeast alumna joins Sikeston MetLifeThe St. Louis Financial Group recently announced that Starrla Norman has joined the firm as a financial services representative for MetLife Financial Services in Sikeston, Mo. Norman attended Southeast Missouri State University...
Leila Boldrey (08/30/04)
Leila Mae Boldrey, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at the Lutheran Home at Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 1, 1925, at Cora City, Ill., daughter of Benjamin and Anna Boedeker Boldrey. She and Bernard Boldrey were married Nov. 22, 1945, at Chester, Ill. He died Jan. 3, 1995...
Marie Long (08/30/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Marie Long, 89, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center at Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 9, 1915, at Marble Hill, daughter of Charley and Eva Causey Welker. She and the Rev. Florence Long were married Oct. 20, 1934. He died April 18, 1997...
Jeremy Jaco (08/30/04)
Jeremy Jaco, 28, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
William Davis (08/30/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- William R. Davis, 86, of Benton died Aug. 29, 2004, at the Missouri Veterans Home at Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton.
Mildred Vicenzi (08/30/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mildred Vicenzi, 91, of Anna died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Union County Nursing Home at Anna. She was born Sept. 20, 1912, at Norway, Mich., daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Beitel Paul. She and John Vicenzi were married Aug. 7, 1939. He died June 29, 1997...
Cecil Whitney (08/30/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Cecil Ray Whitney, 59, of Jonesboro died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 5, 1944, at Charleston, Mo., son of Allen and Myrtle Kidd Whitney. He and Patricia Kay Hileman were married June 23, 1967, at Mill Creek, Ill...
Andrew Kilhafner (08/30/04)
Andrew C. "Andy" Kilhafner, 93, of Jackson died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Monticello House at Jackson. He was born July 17, 1911, at New Hamburg, Mo., son of Louis and Caroline Schott Kilhafner. He and Mary C. Masters were married Nov. 26, 1933. She died Nov. 24, 2001, and was laid to rest on Nov. 26, on their 68th wedding anniversary...
Cape fire report 08/30/04 (08/30/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: At 3:27 p.m., a line arcing at 312 Bellevue St. At 3:33 p.m., a line down at 4014 Nash Road. At 4:07 p.m., a line down at 1524 Kurre Lane. At 4:23 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 3400 block of William Street...
Cape police report 08/30/04 (08/30/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Jerry Craig Boyer, 45, of 610 Grand St., East Prairie, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a single lane...
Five from Louisiana killed in I-55 crash (08/30/04)
Five people were killed and two seriously injured Sunday when a van ran off Interstate 55 and struck a creek embankment two miles south of Scott City. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victims as Renique Brown, 24; Jakiya Brown, 1; and Trinique Brown, 3, all of Tallulah, La.; Shalandra Booker, 31, of Monroe, La.; and Lawrence Jackson, 25, of West Monroe, La. They were pronounced dead at the scene...
Out of the past 8/30/04 (08/30/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 30, 1994 POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --Students at Poplar Bluff high school are banned from using lockers in experiment aimed at reducing violence and vandalism; junior high principals at Jackson and Cape Girardeau are eyeing test to see if it works; it is believed eliminating lockers will save money on locker maintenance, will reduce tardiness and will decrease fighting around lockers...
Show Me Center seeks more shows (08/30/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Is it true that the Show Me Center is planning more musicals like Cats this coming year?...
Students are back (08/30/04)
Southeast Missouri State University welcomed students last week for its fall semester, and a trip down Cape Girardeau's thoroughfares provides ample proof that our population, at least during day and early evening, has grown substantially. Traffic moves a little slower because there are more cars on the roads, and restaurants and area businesses seem to be booming with customers...
Speak Out 08/28/04 (08/30/04)
Good luck, David WE SURE miss that young man's column, David Wilson. We'd like to have it back as soon as possible. But we know he's gone off to college. We're looking forward to the day he becomes a sportswriter. We wish him well. Sweet story I WOULD like to thank Callie Clark for the wonderful way she wrote the sweet story on Randa Norman's first day of kindergarten. Thank you, Callie...
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