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Stories from Friday, September 3, 2004

Optical scan voting coming to county (09/03/04)
Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved a $194,250 bid Thursday for the purchase of optical scan election equipment made necessary by the Help America Vote Act. The bid went to Henry M. Adkins & Son Inc., the same company that let the county use its equipment on an experimental basis for the last two elections...
Road work discussed to prepare for tax (09/03/04)
A Cape Girardeau city committee wants city staff to consider a new outer road in a list of proposed street projects that would be funded if voters next year extend the half-cent transportation sales tax for another five years. The current tax is set to expire at the end of next year...
Local briefs 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
Say 'Howdy, neighbor!' in Benton this weekend BENTON, Mo. -- The 36th annual Benton Neighbor Days will be held today and Saturday at the ballpark in Benton. Today's festivities start at 5 p.m. with the opening of the midway and registration for attendance prizes at the Chamber of Commerce booth. ...
Shock takes artwork to KC for multimedia exhibit (09/03/04)
Between running the Schock Community Arts Center, heavy involvement in several Scott City organizations and teaching sculpture and new genre art at Southeast Missouri State University, Paul Schock is a very busy man. But he still found time to work on an exhibit of his multimedia artwork that opens today at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City and will run until November...
Hearing America's mayor and a Georgia Democrat (09/03/04)
Editor's note: Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson is a delegate at this week's Republican National Convention. This is the fourth of her daily reports. By Donna Lichtenegger ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian...
Missouri job numbers revised upward (09/03/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A miscalculation by state economic analysts means Missouri's economic picture for the summer is brighter than originally thought. The state's job report for July showed it led the nation in percentage of lost jobs, losing 1.9 percent of its seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll. The loss of 51,700 positions also led the country in terms of total jobs that disappeared...
Farmer accuses Bond of negative campaigning (09/03/04)
Democratic Senate candidate Nancy Farmer accused GOP Sen. Kit Bond of smearing her on the airwaves during a campaign stop in Cape Girardeau on Thursday. She said Bond is airing a radio commercial that smacks of negative campaigning. Bond's campaign has said it's not a smear, but a spirited discussion of the issues. The ad is running in rural areas including Cape Girardeau, mid-Missouri, Joplin and Springfield...
Money pouring into McCaskill campaign (09/03/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Once Claire McCaskill won the Democratic primary for governor, the money started rolling in. Campaign finance reports released Thursday showed McCaskill raised $2.2 million between July 23 and Aug. 28. The primary was Aug. 3. She had raised a total of $3.5 million before the latest report, nearly half of it from personal loans by her family. McCaskill reported no personal loans for this period...
Cairo cuts firefighters to save city's budget (09/03/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The Cairo Fire Department is becoming a one-man show. Mayor Paul Farris said the Southern Illinois city is laying off its five firefighters because of a tight budget. The positions were created just four months ago. Fire chief Brandon Manker said the department will operate on a pay-by-call volunteer basis after Sept. 30, and he will be its only full-time employee. Cutting the firefighters will save the city about $190,000 in salaries...
Skipping convention, Blunt campaigns in region (09/03/04)
What's a Republican candidate to do? Stay home and keep the campaign momentum going, or attend the Republican National Convention in New York and preach to the choir? Missouri gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt chose to continue his campaign, and some of his fellow Republicans are criticizing him for it...
Meth explosion kills driver in Franklin County (09/03/04)
SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) -- Methamphetamine makers would not be deterred by this week's deadly explosion of chemicals used to make the drug, a Franklin County drug authority predicts. "This won't make a damned difference," said Cpl. Jason Grellner, commander of the Franklin County drug unit. "Five minutes after he's buried, they're going to be back to making dope with anhydrous ammonia."...
Hanaway sets up early voting panel (09/03/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is organizing a bipartisan legislative panel that early next year would present a proposal about possible early voting in Missouri. "The issue is how do we make it easier for voters to cast ballots" while ensuring that all voters have the same access, Hanaway, the Republican nominee for secretary of state, said Thursday...
Abuse victim decries accused priest's Missouri treatment (09/03/04)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former Nevada priest who abused teenage boys is being treated at a Missouri center close to the home of one of his victims, prompting that man's call Friday for the one-time clergyman to be relocated. "Why do I have to pay again and again and again?" the 21-year-old man said, requesting that he not be publicly identified. Mark Roberts "can go somewhere else...
President to visit Poplar Bluff (09/03/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Some say one person can't make a difference. But apparently two can. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Thursday that President Bush will be coming to Poplar Bluff to attend a Bush-Cheney re-election campaign event sometime late Monday afternoon. Exactly where and when the president will appear will be finalized today, Emerson said...
Wilderness Act stands test of time (09/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Forty years and 106 million acres after Congress decided the wilderness should not be spoiled by people, the law is such an icon that skeptics dare only try to slow its consequences. Even President Bush has signed off on adding 529,604 acres at a time when environmentalists are attempting to use the Wilderness Act to block his pursuit of more oil and gas drilling and timbering on federal land...
Federal judge dismisses terrorism charges against two men (09/03/04)
DETROIT -- Acting at the request of prosecutors, a federal judge on Thursday threw out the terrorism charges against two men convicted last year in a case once hailed by the Bush administration as a major victory in the war on terror. But U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said the two, as well as a third man, must stand trial again on charges of document fraud...
Bin Laden's wealth not bankrolling al-Qaida (09/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Recent investigations into al-Qaida, including by the Sept. 11 commission, have substantially altered the commonly held view that Osama bin Laden's inheritance and massive fortune are being used to finance his international terror operations...
Bush's CIA choice criticizes hearings over prison scandal (09/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Porter Goss, tapped as the next CIA director, says the Senate lacked "balance" in its public hearings investigating the Iraqi prison scandal and should not have plucked military commanders from the field to question them about the abuse...
Bush - 'We will prevail' in war on terrorism (09/03/04)
NEW YORK -- President Bush picked apart John Kerry's record on the Iraq war and tax cuts Thursday night and summoned the nation toward victory over terrorism and economic security at home. "Nothing will hold us back," he said in a Republican National Convention acceptance speech that launched his fall re-election campaign...
Business briefs 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
Retailers disappointed in back-to-school sales NEW YORK -- The August start of the back-to-school shopping season was a disappointment for major retailers, delivering the industry a third straight month of tepid sales and its weakest gain in almost a year and a half. The discouraging news came from nearly all retail sectors...
Marine guilty of abuse, acquitted of charge related to death (09/03/04)
The Associated Press CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine reservist was found guilty Thursday of dereliction of duty and the abuse of prisoners last year at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq, but cleared of assaulting a 52-year-old Iraqi man who later died there...
Charter customers may get free services under settlement (09/03/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Charter Communications Inc. subscribers may get free premium services under a proposed settlement the nation's third-largest cable TV systems operator reached in a lawsuit over questioned charges. As part of the deal spelled out in the company's full-page advertisement in Thursday's USA Today, eligible customers may be able to choose six months of free high-speed Internet service, service upgrades or movie channel service. ...
2.5 million told to flee coastline as Frances nears (09/03/04)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Residents and tourists in cars, trucks and campers clogged highways Thursday in the biggest evacuation ever ordered in Florida, fleeing inland as mighty Hurricane Frances threatened the state with its second battering in three weeks...
Terror network still uses Dubai as logistical hub (09/03/04)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Osama bin Laden's operatives still use this freewheeling city as a logistical hub three years after more than half the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers flew directly from Dubai to the United States in the final preparatory stages for the attack...
Militants release some hostages at school (09/03/04)
BESLAN, Russia -- Camouflage-clad commandos carried crying babies away from a school where gunmen holding hundreds of hostages freed at least 26 women and children Thursday during a second day of high drama that kept crowds of distraught relatives on edge...
Editor - French hostages handed to opposition group (09/03/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Paris newspaper editor said there had been positive movement in the effort to free two captive French journalists Thursday, while a separate militant group said it had killed three Turkish captives. The kidnappers in Iraq have handed over the pair to an Iraqi Sunni Muslim opposition group, Jean de Belot, managing editor of Le Figaro newspaper, said on France-Info radio...
Bulldogs win soccer opener at tourney (09/03/04)
Notre Dame opened the season by settling some unfinished business from last year. The Bulldogs hammered Festus, Mo., St. Pius -- the team that ended their season in the district tournament -- 3-0 Thursday night in the Sportsfest soccer tournament at Notre Dame...
Central, Jackson play at Cor Jesu (09/03/04)
The Central and Jackson softball teams may get a chance to get plenty of game experience in a short time this weekend at the Cor Jesu Tournament at the Kirkwood, Mo., Athletic Association in St. Louis County. Each of the eight teams is slated to play four games this weekend -- three in pool play and then in a final-round game 11 a.m. Saturday. At the time, the teams will be placed into four games to determine first through eighth places based on their pool play records...
Eureka collars Central 38-0 (09/03/04)
The Wildcats' strong running game proved too much for the Tigers in Thursday's season opener. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian With the Eureka offense lining up without a player out wide on more than three-fourths of its plays Thursday night, Central's defense couldn't say it didn't know what was coming...
Salukis blow past Indians 42-3 (09/03/04)
Southeast Missourian CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Quarterback Joel Sambursky is one of the least heralded members of a high-powered Southern Illinois University offense that features two Division I-A tailback transfers. But it was Sambursky who came up with one big play after another Thursday night to help bail out an SIU attack that sputtered early as the Salukis pulled away from Southeast Missouri State University for a 42-3 season-opening romp...
Otahkians take aim at ranked Illini tonight (09/03/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team is off to a good start -- and tonight the Otahkians have an opportunity to make it an exceptional one. The Otahkians (2-0) play their third straight home game to begin the season as nationally ranked Illinois (1-0) visits Houck Stadium for a 7 p.m. match. Sunday, Southeast hosts Xavier (0-2) at 2 p.m...
Cards punctuate sweep with three more home runs (09/03/04)
Pujols, Edmonds, Walker all go deep in a 7-2 victory over San Diego. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds homered in the first inning and Jeff Suppan won his fifth straight start, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 7-2 victory Thursday night...
U.S. falls to 0-2 in World Cup of Hockey (09/03/04)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Alex Kovalev scored the winning goal and minor-league goaltender Illya Bryzgalov held his own against the American stars as Russia beat the United States 3-1 Thursday night in the World Cup of Hockey. Bryzgalov, property of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, had 20 saves, and Dainius Zubrus and Viktor Kozlov also scored for Russia, which dealt Team USA its second consecutive loss. The Americans, 0-2 in the tournament, lost to Canada 2-1 on Tuesday night in Montreal...
Robinson still awaits regular work (09/03/04)
The former Cardinal is again playing a bench role with the Padres. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Even in a new city, Kerry Robinson is waiting for a chance at regular duty that never came with the St. Louis Cardinals...
Agassi rolls on, nixes talk about retirement (09/03/04)
NEW YORK -- Maybe it's time for Andre Agassi to pick on someone his own age. These kids just can't keep up with him. Fit as a rookie at 34, Agassi advanced at the U.S. Open on Thursday by running ragged a player more than a dozen years younger for the second straight match...
Sports briefs 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
Golf Christina Kim made 11 birdies and tied the tournament record of 10-under-par 62 for a two-shot lead after the opening round of the LPGA State Farm Classic. Kim, a 20-year-old Californian in her second pro season, birdied four of her first six holes and finished with four straight birdies at the Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill...
Decorating tip - Garbage has its place (09/03/04)
Little did I know that painting the garage, which I described in last week's scribblings, would turn into a case study for some future textbook on interior design. But my wife, who has a keen eye for decorating, had other ideas. When the fresh paint in the garage was dry and the new storage cabinet was in place, it was obvious that our 7-year-old blue garbage cans were not going to fit into the decor...
To rotate, or not to rotate? (09/03/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: The owner's manual for my 2000 BMW 328i says in the interests of safety and handling, I should NOT rotate my tires. And it implies that tire rotation will not extend the life of the tires in a meaningful way. But the instructions with my new tires (not to mention those from the tire reseller and the mechanic who services my car) all suggest periodic rotation. To rotate, or not to rotate?...
Civic Si is top performing (09/03/04)
The Honda Civic Si was parked in front of a motorcycle shop and two college-age guys were ogling it. I watched from a distance as one of them went inside and returned with a third guy. As the trio inspected the sleek hatchback, three girls in a sedan pulled in and tried to initiate a conversation with the boys, who could not be distracted. The girls asked whom the car belonged to, and without taking his eyes off the car one of the boys said, "Some older guy looking at a bike."...
New mural depicts riverboat commerce (09/03/04)
It's been a few weeks since the last Mississippi River Tales mural was completed because the artists have taken some time off while waiting for new paint to arrive. But the mural depicting the height of riverboat commerce in the 1880s is nearly finished except for a few details...
Everybody's a critic - 'Hero' (09/03/04)
Three stars (out of four) The subtitles were too fast to adequately read, while others were too low on the screen. But throw out the subtitles and focus on the music and the action, and the story will unfold on its own. I found myself drawn in by the beautiful cinematography, sword fighting and flowing costumes...
New offerings in bloom at Garden Gallery (09/03/04)
This summer has been a time of change and expansion for the Garden Gallery, located above Grace Cafe at 833 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. In June, owner Linda Bohnsack created an artisan cooperative and renovated the gallery to create a room to exhibit the co-op's work. Now, Bohnsack has decided to continually participate in First Friday, when most area galleries open their exhibits, by keeping the gallery open from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month...
Coming to theaters 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
'The Cookout' Starring Tim Meadows, Eve, Farrah Fawcett and Jenifer Lewis. To celebrate his signing an NBA draft contract, Todd Anderson invites all his friends over for an out-of-control party. Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual references and language, running time 85 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
McGraw hits big with latest offering (09/03/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The din of guitars and drums echo from a sound check while stagehands mill around and a helicopter whips the tree tops. "I guarantee that's Big & Rich," says country singer Tim McGraw, turning to see his opening act buzzing the amphitheater in a helicopter. "Usually, it's a limo every day. Now they're in helicopters. Lord, if they go double-platinum there's no telling what they'll do."...
Artifacts 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
First Friday reception at the arts council From 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri at 32 N. Main St. holds its First Friday reception. The council's September exhibit features the artwork of Nashville-based landscape painter Roger Brown in the Lorimer Gallery and artist Erin Tapley's "Thinking Inside the Box" exhibit in Gallery 100. New artwork will be on exhibit in the Jean A. Chapman Gallery...
George Popp (09/03/04)
George Hammett Popp, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 2, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, son of John W. and Irene E. Henderson Popp. George was a graduate of Central High School and started in the family business in 1972. He was with Georgell Investments until 2002 and then started Union Construction Co. Due to failing health, he was confined to a wheelchair the past three years. He was a member of Cape First Church...
Melba Thurston (09/03/04)
Melba Thurston, 85, of Jackson died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Bernie, Mo., daughter of Richard and Effie Adeline Jeris McCamish. She and H.A. Walker were married in 1933. She later married C.E. "Red" Thurston July 12, 1964, at Bernie. He died March 6, 1981...
Nelson Eaker (09/03/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Nelson Eaker, 89, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. He was born Nov. 10, 1914, at Marble Hill, son of Albert and Della Shell Eaker. Eaker was a farmer. He was a veteran of World War II and was awarded four Bronze Stars...
Russell Brown (09/03/04)
Russell D. Brown, 78, of Millersville died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 15, 1926, in St. Louis, son of Coda and June Lane Brown. He and Eula Camren were married Sept. 7, 1947. Brown had farmed near Millersville since 1948. He worked at the former International Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau, and retired from Lenco Manufacturing in Jackson in 1990. He was a member of First Baptist Church at Millersville...
William Schmidt (09/03/04)
William R. Schmidt, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Chateau Girardeau. He was born June 30, 1922, in Missouri, son of Frank Schmidt. He and Eula Fish were married Aug. 31, 1957, in St. Louis. Schmidt retired as a steel worker with Step Brother Co. in St. Louis...
Births 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
Branscum Daughter to Eli and Traci Branscum of Valley Park, Mo., St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, 10:23 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004. Name, Brynnley Kate. Weight, 6 pounds 12 ounces. Mrs. Branscum is the former Traci Tuschhoff, daughter of Leon and Emily Tuschhoff of Jackson. She is a nurse at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Branscum is the son of Dr. Shelba Branscum and Dr. Walter Branscum of Jackson. He is employed with General Electric Power of Houston, Texas...
Cape police report 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Michael L. Willingham, no age given, 3522 Old Hopper Road, Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on the right side of the road and striking a parked vehicle following an accident at Hackberry and Ellis streets...
Cape fire report 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 9:08 p.m., an illegal burn in the 600 block of North West End Boulevard. At 10:35 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 1400 block of Independence Street.Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday:...
Out of the past 9/3/04 (09/03/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 3, 1994 Laotian street-gang member is in a local hospital with a gunshot wound, and two others are in Cape Girardeau County jail following high-speed chase involving stolen vehicle yesterday; after chase and car crash, three suspects exited their car; the driver was shot when he displayed semiautomatic, Mac II machine pistol in a "threatening manner."...
Social Security reform (09/03/04)
Four years ago, Social Security reform was a centerpiece of George W. Bush's campaign, but the only attention the issue received in his first administration came from a special commission whose 2001 recommendations were overwhelmed by 9-11 and its aftermath. Last week, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan warned of "abrupt and painful" consequences if something isn't done about the future of Social Security...
Scott City will still pull together (09/03/04)
To the editor: I am leaving Scott City with regrets and a beautiful love for all the friends and help I have had. May God bless each and every one of you. I have loved my life here. I will miss many of you. I enjoyed every minute of my endeavors to make Scott City better. I will always continue to love each of you who accepted me. I wish our town the best. I hope I succeeded in a small way to make our town better. I also wish I could have done more and better...
GOP in the hands of kingmakers (09/03/04)
To the editor: Surprise, surprise. Voices of avowed conservatives are being heard at the Republican National Convention critical of the showcase of moderates as featured speakers. The purge of moderates from the Republican Party had its heyday and subsequent finality during the Nixon administration -- until now...
Speak Out 09/03/04 (09/03/04)
Safety came first I HAVE had children and grandchildren attend school in the Cape Girardeau district for the past 30 years. I'm finding it hard to believe that the school board has voted not to rehire superintendent Mark Bowles. Over the years I have strongly disagreed with the decisions many of our superintendents made about having school when we had inclement weather. ...
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