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Stories from Tuesday, August 31, 2004

High school student's video - UFO over Jackson? (08/31/04)
(Update: It was actually a mylar disc.) By Tony Rehagen ~ Southeast Missourian At about 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, Zach Stanfield was taking his dog outside of his Jackson home when he spotted something strange in the clouds of the evening sky. He quickly ran inside to grab his binoculars, which revealed a more detailed view of a -- well, he didn't know what. He ran back into the house, grabbed his DVC handheld video camera and filmed away...
Va. governor stumps for Kerry in Cape (08/31/04)
American workers are losing out in the Bush administration, Virginia's first-term governor told Democratic supporters during a campaign stop in Cape Girardeau on Monday on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Gov. Mark Warner and Missouri lieutenant governor candidate Bekki Cook of Cape Girardeau criticized Bush and praised Kerry during a meeting with about 50 area Democrat supporters, union leaders and carpenters union apprentices at the Carpenters Union Hall Local 1770 at 815 Enterprise St.. ...
Grading on a wave (08/31/04)
It's a cool 70 degrees on this cloudy Monday morning at Central Municipal Pool. Weeks after most students packed away their swimsuits and other accessories of summer fun, fifth- and sixth-graders from Central Middle School skitter around the concrete edge of the pool, testing the water with their toes...
County will appeal ruling on road taxes (08/31/04)
The legal battle between the Cape Girardeau County commissioners and the city of Jackson continues. In a closed session meeting Monday, Cape Girardeau County commissioners unanimously decided to appeal a ruling by Associate Circuit Judge Byron Luber of Caruthersville, Mo., that would have the county pay $471,904 to the city of Jackson for road and bridge funds...
Construction work to force road closures (08/31/04)
Construction work will force two road closures in the Cape Girardeau area, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Monday. The right turn lane at the intersection of northbound Mount Auburn Road and William Street near O'Charley's Restaurant was scheduled to be closed to traffic, starting Monday night. ...
Convention has variety in delegates (08/31/04)
Editor's Note: Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson is a delegate at this week's Republican National Convention in New York City. This is her third national convention since 1996. This is the first of her daily reports from the convention. By Donna Lichtenegger ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian...
Leaving the nest - What freshmen, parents should expect (08/31/04)
In the next few weeks, thousands of college students will head to campus, many for the first time. Leaving home can create anxiety for freshmen and their parents. Offering advice via e-mail is Steve Gladis, an associate dean at the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center in suburban Washington, who wrote "Surviving the First Year of College."...
Highway patrol seeking cause of fatal wreck (08/31/04)
Southeast Missourian The Missouri State Highway Patrol is still looking into the cause of the one-vehicle crash late Sunday morning that killed five people from Louisiana on southbound Interstate 55 two miles south of Scott City. The two survivors, driver Sammy Hearn, 47, of West Monroe, La., and Calvin Hamilton 21, of Monroe, La., remain in serious condition at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, according to the patrol. ...
Authorities locate equipment with altered VIN tags (08/31/04)
Two Cape Girardeau County men have been arrested in connection with the theft and possible resale of stolen equipment. The arrests led to the recovery of some heavy equipment and trailers that had their Vehicle Identification Numbers removed, and in some cases new VIN tags installed. Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department said more arrests are expected...
Cape Girardeau police trained on Tasers (08/31/04)
Criminals refer to them as "nana guns." The bright yellow Tasers resemble a banana, and like a slippery banana peel, a Taser can bring a suspect to the floor in an instant. Cape Girardeau police officers began Taser training this week, learning not only the components of the weapon and how to load and use it; they also learned what it feels like to be shot with one...
The great sweat-off (08/31/04)
I don't see how you could possibly gain your freshman 15 at Southeast. In fact, I think I've lost weight. Maybe it's due to the considerable increase in humidity that's made me sweat for no apparent reason at all. For instance, the other day I made my way from my residence hall to my car which, from the building, is probably around 300 feet away. By the time I got behind the wheel, beads of sweat were already making their way down my face, and the car itself was as hot as an Easy Bake Oven...
Chile takes home tennis gold (08/31/04)
You likely missed it, but something truly historic happened last week at the Olympics. I'm not talking about the American missteps in basketball, our dominance in gymnastics or Iraq's improbable medal run in soccer. I am referring to the successes of Chile, my current home...
Learning briefs 8/31 (08/31/04)
UTM professor receives doctorate from MTSU Dr. Carlen Mulholland recently received her doctorate in human performance from Middle Tennessee University in Murphreesboro, Tenn. She is currently a professor at University of Tennessee in Martin, Tenn. She received her bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University and her master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. She is the daugher of Ron Keller of Cape Girardeau and the late Vicky Keller...
Woman sues Springfield college for discrimination (08/31/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A woman from Kenya has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was denied admission to a community college because she is black and has four children. Alice Gatimu, who left her native Kenya because of alleged discrimination, had completed the prerequisites but was told she would not be allowed to enter the practical nursing program at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, because she would be too busy caring for her children to achieve a degree, her attorney Les Boyle said.. ...
Center sees changes after abuse allegations (08/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri's Department of Mental Health announced changes Monday at a center being investigated for alleged abuse, including the alleged beating death of a patient. The department said it altered the leadership, staffing and restraint procedures at the state-run Bellefontaine Habilitation Center, a resident care center for the mentally ill in suburban St. Louis...
Charges filed against alleged hoarder (08/31/04)
UNION, Mo. -- Charges have been filed against an eastern Missouri woman accused of hoarding hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals. Charges against Gloria Sutter, 67, of Union, were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up last week. The indictment charges Sutter with six counts of animal abuse and two counts of failing to dispose of a dead animal. All the counts are misdemeanors...
Man pleads guilty to falsifying report about dog bite (08/31/04)
The Associated Press CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A Camdenton man will spend 10 days in jail for falsifying a police report in which he claimed a dog bit him at a convenience store. Timothy Gearhart pleaded guilty Monday in Camden County Associate Court to a charge that he lied to police about a dachshund biting him on the lip when he bent down to pick up a gas cap at a convenience store in Camdenton on Aug. 3...
World briefs 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
IBM asks Swiss court to block Gypsy lawsuit GENEVA -- Computer giant IBM said Monday it had asked Switzerland's highest court to block a lawsuit by Gypsies claiming the company's punch-card machines helped the Nazis more efficiently commit mass murder. ...
Nation digest 08/31/04 (08/31/04)
Fight over brain-damaged woman heads to court CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the Terri Schiavo case. The brain-damaged woman is at the center of one of the nation's longest, most bitter right-to-die disputes, one that has pitted her husband against her parents. ...
GOP assails Kerry in convention opening (08/31/04)
NEW YORK -- Republicans belittled Democratic Sen. John Kerry as a shift-in-the-wind campaigner unworthy of the White House on Monday, opening their national convention four miles from the site of America's worst terrorist attack. "We need George Bush more than ever," said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani...
Bush suggests anti-terror war cannot be won, igniting criticism (08/31/04)
NASHUA, N.H. -- President Bush ignited a Democratic inferno of criticism on Monday by suggesting the war on terrorism could not be won, forcing his aides to scramble to defend his remarks just as he had hoped to bask in convention accolades. Bush sought to emphasize the economy -- New Hampshire's appears to be on a rebound -- but his comments on terrorism dominated national attention...
Consumers boost spending in July (08/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- Shoppers spent more freely in July, raising hopes that June's economic lull could be coming to an end. The Commerce Department reported Monday that consumers, key shapers of U.S. economic activity, boosted spending by 0.8 percent in July from the previous month. Their appetite to spend was led by a rebound in demand for big-ticket goods, such as cars, helped by buyers' incentives...
Petroleum prices drop sharply despite Iraqi pipeline attacks (08/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices dropped sharply to about $42 a barrel on Monday, as last week's selloff continued despite sabotage of Iraqi oil infrastructure that curbed exports. "It just goes to show you that when the psychology turns, it turns," said Tom Bentz, a trader at BNP Paribas Futures in New York...
Researchers trying to grow arterial bypasses (08/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- Peter Cummins lay still as doctors administered 20 injections into the 81-year-old's calves and thighs, hoping the genetic experiment will spur new blood vessels to grow around his clogged leg arteries. The experiment at the National Institutes of Health marks a resurgence in attempts to get the body to grow its own bypasses, at first in the legs and, if that works, perhaps later in the heart...
Winter heart attacks more likely for hypertension sufferers (08/31/04)
MUNICH, Germany -- People with high blood pressure seem to be more vulnerable to heart attacks when the temperature drops, new research shows. The findings, presented Monday at a conference of the European Society of Cardiology, are not surprising because cold weather causes the blood vessels to constrict, making it harder for blood to move through, but the study is the first to document that variations in the weather increase the occurrence of heart attacks in people with high blood pressure...
New Chechen president's task - act tough to soften suffering (08/31/04)
MOSCOW -- A few days before the election that won him the presidency of Russia's violence-plagued Chechnya region, Maj. Gen. Alu Alkhanov gave a startling order to the police force he commanded: Shoot anyone wearing a mask. However ominous the directive sounded, it was portrayed as a move to reduce Chechens' fears rather than increase them. ...
Weekly spotlight - Alana Weissmueller (08/31/04)
ALANA WEISSMUELLER School: Notre Dame Class: Senior Sport: Softball Accomplishment: Aside from her stellar defense, the Bulldogs' third baseman went 7-for-12 (.583) at the plate with five doubles and five runs batted in her first three games. She also added seven runs and three stolen bases...
Notre Dame softball romps by Park Hills (08/31/04)
Notre Dame's softball team continued its early-season roll as the Bulldogs hammered host Park Hills Central 18-2 in three innings Monday. The Bulldogs (3-0) had only six hits, but saw 14 consecutive batters reach base in their 12-run first inning. Park Hills Central committed six errors...
Indians have new faces at receiver, linebacker (08/31/04)
Despite many returning starters, Southeast will have a fresh look at two key positions. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's football team returns 16 starters from last season, so the Indians are obviously loaded with experience...
Jackson duo reunites, will battle college competition this time (08/31/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Perhaps nobody was happier when Linden Hahs joined Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball program this year than Jessica Koeper. That's because Koeper was reunited with good friend and fellow Jackson native Hahs...
Trying to regain the throne (08/31/04)
Southeast's Jessica Koeper scored on a kill shot over two Memphis Tiger players during a game last season. Koeper, a Jackson graduate, is among six players returning for Southeast, which was 11-19 in 2003. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian...
Serena makes statements in opener (08/31/04)
By Howard Fendrich ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Dressed for a night on the town, Serena Williams was all business in her first match in 4 1/2 weeks. Williams strode into Arthur Ashe Stadium wearing knee-high black boots, a denim miniskirt, a studded black tank top and dangling earrings. ...
Sports briefs 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
Football The Baltimore Ravens are awaiting the arrival of Deion Sanders, who appears poised to end his three-year retirement at age 37 and could join the team this week. On a day in which cornerback Chris McAlister ended his one-month holdout, talk at the team training facility Monday centered around Sanders, who has been working out at his Dallas home this month in anticipation of joining the Ravens as a nickel back...
Area sports digest 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
Jeff Patton won his third consecutive Senior Club Championship title over the weekend at Dalhousie Golf Club. Patton had rounds of 76 and 72 for a two-day total of 148. He finished five strokes ahead of Ken Swinford, who finished at 80-73--153. Steve Limbaugh posted the tournament's low net score with a 138...
Families find fun in hose-head wrestling (08/31/04)
Ah, the Olympic spirit. Even jaded Americans can't help but feel pride to see their countrymen standing on the medal podium wearing wreaths of olive leaves. Greece hasn't had this much attention since Zeus and his cronies were pulling the strings in ancient times...
When computers run the show (08/31/04)
By Emily Hendricks In some ways, I think technology has gone too far. Yes, technology has improved my life, through using the Internet to talk to friends and family, from Australia to New York. But there is also a downside to our world being so technologically dependent: When technology fails us, we're left speechless and unable to complete the task before us on our own...
Alan Jackson garners seven CMA nominations (08/31/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alan Jackson pulled in seven nominations, the most of the year, from the Country Music Association Monday, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. Jackson's nominations also include single of the year and song of the year for "Remember When," video of the year for "Remember When" and for his duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'clock Somewhere," and musical event of the year for collaborating on a remake of the Hank Williams tune "Hey, Good Lookin."...
Jeramy Jaco (08/31/04)
Jeramy Dwayne Jaco, 28, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at his home. He was born April 15, 1976, in Cape Girardeau, son of Thomas W. and Nina Faye Whitaker Jaco. Jaco attended Central High School and Sikeston, Mo., schools. He was road manager for the band Drivin Rain...
Mildred McMackins (08/31/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mildred Wilson McMackins, 86, of Sikeston died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 14, 1918, at Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of William Henry and Lula Ring Huntley. She and Melvin McMackins were married Feb. 23, 1941, in St. Louis. He died Nov. 30, 1997...
Zelma Lowery (08/31/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Zelma Lowery, 90, of Anna died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at Union County Hospital. Survivors include a son, Deon Davis of Dongola, Ill.; three stepsons, William Lowery of Port Allen, La., Ben Lowery of Belleville, Ill., David Lowery of Creal Springs, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Robbie Upchurch of Creal Springs, Kay Crockett of Chaffee, Mo.; a sister, Mae DeHart of Alto Pass, Ill.; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren...
William Davis (08/31/04)
William Robert Davis, 86, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Oct. 1, 1917, at Blodgett, Mo., son of Orvel and Maud Grissom Davis. He and Neva Dundee Dale were married July 24, 1954, at Chaffee, Mo. She died Nov. 15, 1982...
Maxine Eakins (08/31/04)
Maxine L. Eakins, 83, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Jackson, daughter of Dr. Dennis Edward and Anna Wilhelm Crites. She and William E. Eakins were married Nov. 29, 1939. He died Sept. 4, 2003...
Marcia Brockmire (08/31/04)
Marcia Brockmire, 59, of Memphis, Tenn., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She was born Jan. 15, 1945, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of John Marcus and Hazel Alice Nickell Kirtley. She and Ronald W. Brockmire were married March 20, 1965, in Kansas City...
Roberta Robinson (08/31/04)
Roberta Evelyn Robinson, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Millard Schlimme (08/31/04)
Millard Louis Schlimme, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Jan. 27, 1918, at Whitewater, son of Louis and Emma Grebe Schlimme. He and Fern Schweer were married June 20, 1942, in Jackson. Schlimme started a trucking business when he was 17, operating it as Millard Schlimme Trucking until retiring in 1980. He also farmed. He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans...
Lou Ann Miller (08/31/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Lou Ann Miller, 84, of Mascoutah, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Grange Nursing Home in Mascoutah. She was born July 5, 1920, at Thebes, daughter of John and Della Simpkins Rimer. She married John Dunn, who preceded her in death. She later married Byrl Miller, who also preceded her in death...
George Richardson (08/31/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- George Elwyn Richardson, 76, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born May 19, 1928, in Giles County, Tenn., son of Thomas L. and Ruby F. Davis Richardson. He married Marjorie M. Barnett...
Minnie Sweitzer (08/31/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Minnie M. Sweitzer, 91, of Cobden died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born Nov. 17, 1912, in Alto Pass, Ill., daughter of Peter August and Waite McDonald Hicks. She and Marion E. Sweitzer were married July 26, 1932, in Cobden. He died Nov.16, 1987...
Births 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
Shelton Son to Elizabeth Shelton of Atlanta, Ga., 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004. Name, Gabriel John. Weight, 7 pounds 4 ounces. First child. Ms. Shelton is the daughter of John and Ann Shelton of Cape Girardeau. She is self-employed in advertising and marketing in Atlanta...
Cape fire report 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following item on Sunday: At 10:49 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Vista Lane. Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 12:04 a.m., an alarm sounding at 900 Normal St...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Kia Marie Sadler, 33, 28541 State Highway 25, Advance, Mo., was arrested on a city warrant for failure to appear in court for an expired license...
Out of the past 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
10 years ago: Aug. 31, 1994 Southeast Missouri coalition wants to establish assistive technology center in Cape Girardeau where disabled persons could try both low- and high-tech aids. New Optimist Tot Lot in Capaha Park is dedicated in afternoon; it is along Broadway, south of swimming pool...
Corrections 8/31/04 (08/31/04)
A story in Sunday's edition should have identified William "Buck" Leyhe's business as the Eagle Packet Company. A graphic in Sunday's edition should have reported The Haarig Historical District, The Broadway and Fountain Historical District and the Cape Girardeau Commercial Historical District as the other three districts on the National Register of Historic Places...
NASA looks to the moon and planets (08/31/04)
By Linda Godwin I've always felt that I have been extremely fortunate to be able to experience being an astronaut -- both because it fulfilled my own dreams and also because it is a special privilege to be part of a program of which the American public can be very proud...
Bowles takes high road (08/31/04)
Last week the Cape Girardeau School Board voted not to renew the contract of 45-year-old superintendent Mark Bowles when his contract expires June 30, 2005. That's the board's main job: to hire the superintendent, review his or her performance, make suggestions, review the budgets and make board decisions...
Scott County water (08/31/04)
A reliable source of clean, safe water is essential for homes and businesses. In Scott County, there are ambitious plans to form a countywide water district that would provide clean, safe water to the 4,000 homes and businesses that currently rely on well water that may be contaminated or unsafe...
Water park would bring money here (08/31/04)
To the editor: Why doesn't the city use the surplus from the hotel-restaurant tax to build a water park? Our young people need a place to go for recreation, and they don't need to take their money to Poplar Bluff or Fredericktown. Cape Girardeau needs something for families to do things together. ...
Article's message was relevant (08/31/04)
To the editor: In response to "10 guardrails keep us out of the gutter": I really liked this article. It was relevant, it spoke to me personally, and it was easy to understand. I think even the children June Seabaugh was writing about could have read and appreciated what she was saying to all of us. It would be an encouragement to me to read more articles like this one in your paper. Thank you for printing it...
Spectra, Sephia are separate models (08/31/04)
To the editor: I enjoyed Steve Robertson's auto review of the Kia Spectra, but he made a mistake when he stated that the Spectra was originally called the Sephia. The two Kia models were different. The Sephia was dropped, not renamed Spectra. I owned a 2000 Spectra and a 2000 Sephia, so I know they did not just rename the Sephia...
Festival needs Christian music too (08/31/04)
To the editor: I'm writing in response to your article regarding the shrinkage of the City of Roses downtown music festival. Since I'm a native of Southeast Missouri and a Southeast Missouri State University graduate. I found this article captured my attention. ...
Letter writer makes a(nother) pledge (08/31/04)
To the editor: As many who know me can attest, I am a contrarian by nature. Thus, I am becoming more and more agitated by the Southeast Missourian editorial staff's authoritarian stance. The staff is always telling us what we need or don't need to say, think, do, and so forth...
Speak Out 08/31/04 (08/31/04)
School board at fault I HAVE been a teacher in the Cape Girardeau School District for 16 years. I desperately wish this community could know what I know about our school board. We have had superintendents come and go in this time, some good and some not quite as good. ...
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