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Stories from Thursday, September 9, 2004

Residents question city's limit on household pets (09/09/04)
In what may be an unprecedented move, the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission voted Wednesday night to send to the city council a request to take a second look at its recently passed ordinance regarding the number of pets a household can have...
Teen queen honored by House (09/09/04)
The crowning moment of Teen Show Me Missouri's reign may not have been accepting her tiara. Recently Teen Show Me Missouri Becky Koeller, a sophomore at Jackson High School, was presented with a resolution in honor of her volunteerism by the Missouri House of Representatives...
Community briefs 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Public library increases fall Sunday hours At the August board meeting the Cape Girardeau Public Library's board of trustees voted to increase the number of Sundays the library is open. Beginning this Sunday, the library's hours are 1 to 5 p.m. These hours will remain in effect until the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend...
Military digest 09/07/04 (09/09/04)
Seaman recruit finishes Navy basic training Navy Seaman Recruit Christopher S. Edger, son of Janice Y. Babb of Connelly Springs, N.C., and Timothy S. Edger of Sikeston, Mo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill...
Community cuisine 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Pancakes served up in Oran Sunday ORAN, Mo. -- The Oran Optimist Pancake Breakfast will be held from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday in the Oran Public School cafeteria. -- From staff reports
Three spans for the price of one (09/09/04)
The span of the old Mississippi River bridge closest to the Missouri side came down as planned in an explosion after 7 a.m. this morning in Cape Girardeau. What wasn't planned was for the remaining spans over the middle of the river and towards Illinois also to fall. The Mississippi River stands closed for barge and other river traffic while the details of clearing the channel are determined...
Kinder leads Cook in campaign fund raising (09/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Heading into the general election contest for lieutenant governor, Republican Peter Kinder had three times more money in his campaign war chest than Democrat Bekki Cook. As of Aug. 28, Kinder, the president pro tem of the Missouri Senate, had $365,157 in cash on hand, according to financial disclosure reports filed last week with the Missouri Ethics Commission. ...
Marquette makes history again (09/09/04)
In many senses, the Marquette is a large chunk of Cape Girardeau history. But sometimes, it's the small things that stand out. Sitting in the middle of a crowd of more than 500, eagerly awaiting the start of Wednesday's grand reopening of the Marquette Tower, 85-year-old E.P. ...
Hot, homestyle meals for the firehouse family (09/09/04)
Firefighters work 24-hour shifts. They train together, sleep in a dormitory and watch each other's back during a fire. They're as close as a family unit, so it follows that they eat dinner together. Firefighters at stations in Jackson and Cape Girardeau seem to like a home-cooked meal...
Post office is looking for other temporary facilities (09/09/04)
The U.S. Postal Service will seek additional temporary space in Cape Girardeau to house its postal carrier operations while the future of the former post office building on Frederick Street remains uncertain. Postal officials insist the roof and its support structures need to be fixed properly before the building can be used again as a post office...
Antique appraisal to help the Glenn House (09/09/04)
Wondering if your great aunt's jewelry or grandmother's silver is worth more than sentimental value? Want to find out if that painting you picked up at a yard sale could be an unidentified masterpiece? You can get questions like these answered at the Glenn House Antique Appraisal on Oct. 9 at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, 1080 S. Silver Springs Road...
SEMO District Fair, parade to affect traffic, parking (09/09/04)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department will implement special traffic arrangements for the 2004 SEMO District Fair and for the parade scheduled for Monday afternoon. To prepare for fair traffic "no parking" signs will be placed around the Arena Park area Friday, said Sgt. Jack Wimp, traffic supervisor for the police department. Enforcement of the restricted parking will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday...
Three arrested for attempted theft of meth ingredient (09/09/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Three Cape Girardeau County residents were arrested on suspicion of felony theft in Perry County Tuesday. Steven R. Sadler, 22, and Linda C. Harris, 48, both of Cape Girardeau, and Chanda R. Hunsaker, 32, of Jackson were all charged with class B felony in the attempted theft of anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Harris and Hunsaker were also charged with the class B misdemeanor of trespassing...
Common antibiotic triggers cardiac deaths, study says (09/09/04)
A widely used antibiotic long considered safe dramatically increases the risk of cardiac arrest, particularly when taken with some popular drugs for infections and high blood pressure, a huge study found. The drug is erythromycin, which has been on the market for 50 years and is prescribed for everything from strep throat to syphilis...
Space capsule carrying solar test crashes in Utah desert (09/09/04)
DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah -- The Genesis space capsule, which had orbited the sun for three years gathering potential clues to the origin of the solar system, crashed to Earth and cracked open Wednesday, exposing its collection of solar atoms to contamination...
Kerry links Iraq war to economic woes (09/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Democrat John Kerry sought to link the Iraq war to U.S. economic woes on Wednesday, calling President Bush's move against Baghdad a "catastrophic choice" that so far has drained $200 billion in needed resources at home. At the same time, Democrats intensified their criticism of Vice President Dick Cheney for suggesting a Kerry victory could provoke another terrorist attack on the United States. "It's wrong and it's un-American," said Kerry running mate John Edwards...
Nation briefs 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
No vote on expiring assault weapons ban WASHINGTON -- Congress will not vote on an assault weapons ban due to expire Monday, Republican leaders said Wednesday, rejecting a last-ditch effort by supporters to renew it. "I think the will of the American people is consistent with letting it expire, so it will expire," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., told reporters. The 10-year ban, signed by President Clinton in 1994, outlawed 19 types of military-style assault weapons...
Study - Pollution stunts lung growth (09/09/04)
New research shows that teenagers who grow up in heavy air pollution have reduced lung capacity, putting them at risk for illness and premature death as adults. In the longest study to date of pollution's impact on developing lungs, University of Southern California researchers followed children raised in communities around Los Angeles -- some very polluted, some not -- for eight years...
Bush outlines budget powers for proposed intelligence chief (09/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush Wednesday proposed giving a new national intelligence director broad powers to plan intelligence agencies' spending priorities and clandestine activities, making a concession to lawmakers moving to implement the more sweeping proposals of the Sept. 11 commission...
Iraqi violent deaths top 10,000 in Baghdad (09/09/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- At Sheik Omar Clinic, a big book records 10,363 violent deaths in Baghdad and nearby towns since the war began last year -- deaths caused by car bombs, clashes between Iraqis and coalition forces, mortar attacks, revenge killings and robberies...
World briefs 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Up to 120 girls defy French head scarf ban PARIS -- Some 100 to 120 girls have defied France's ban on Islamic head scarves in school, the education minister said Wednesday, and at least five boys from the country's tiny Sikh community have been barred from class for refusing to remove their turbans. The defiant girls are in talks with school officials trying to persuade them to remove the head coverings, said Education Minister Francois Fillon...
N. Korea threatens 'nuclear arms race' (09/09/04)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea accused the United States of applying a double standard on the Korean Peninsula and warned Wednesday of a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia following the revelation that South Korean scientists enriched a tiny amount of uranium in 2000...
Russia offers $10 million bounty for rebels (09/09/04)
MOSCOW -- A wounded Russia threatened Wednesday to strike against terrorists "in any region of the world," offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the killing or capture of Chechnya's top rebel leaders, and criticized the United States for its willingness to hold talks with Chechen separatists...
Hurricane Ivan kills, moves toward U.S. (09/09/04)
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The most powerful hurricane to hit the Caribbean in nearly a decade killed at least 12 people in Grenada, damaged 90 percent of its homes and destroyed a prison that left criminals running loose, officials said Wednesday. American students took precautions against looters...
Developments in Iraq on Wednesday (09/09/04)
U.S. jets pounded insurgent positions in Fallujah for a second straight day Wednesday, raising plumes of smoke but leaving no extensive damage or signs of weakening the Sunni militants who have steadily expanded their control of this city about 30 miles west of Baghdad. ...
Scott City wins conference meet (09/09/04)
Scott City's volleyball team squeezed out a pair of three-set victories Wednesday night to win the SEMO Conference Tournament at Central High School. The Rams (6-0)beat Sikeston in the semifinals 25-23, 19-25, 15-11 and then slipped past Oran in the finals 25-15, 19-25, 25-23...
Lozier stepped up for Indians (09/09/04)
With Kline out, the senior rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns. St. Vincent played its opener Friday night against Priory, a team it had lost to last season, without running back Kyle Kline. But the Indians didn't have any problems moving the ball against the Rebels, a St. Louis County private school that plays in Class 3...
Central tennis has Great (8) experience (09/09/04)
Even after just one win in three matches, Central girls tennis coach Annette Slattery is hoping for another invitation from the tournament director to participate in the prestigious Great 8 Tournament in Columbia, Mo. "Ben Loeb has a running joke with me that if a team finishes last in the tournament they don't get invited back," said Slattery, who has returned to coach the Tigers after a four-year abscence. "We haven't finished last yet so I hope we get to come back again."...
The return of Mario - Whitney is back in football (09/09/04)
Mario Whitney said he wasn't even nervous on Aug. 28 when he played in his first football game in almost two years. "No nerves," he said, laughing. "I was really just more excited than anything else." Whitney, one of the area's most celebrated high school football players of all time during a brilliant career for Jackson, is back on the field at Garden City (Kan.) Community College -- and loving every minute of it...
Point guard situation looks better after trip (09/09/04)
The eligibility issue surrounding junior college transfer Ryan Belcher appeared to put Southeast Missouri State University's point guard situation on shaky ground. But after returning from the team's exhibition trip to Canada over the weekend, Southeast coach Gary Garner said the opposite might have resulted...
Injuries will leave defense short-handed for Saturday (09/09/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's defense will continue to be short-handed Saturday when the Indians play their second game of the season, at Division I-A Bowling Green. Starting linebacker Brandon Colar, who suffered an elbow injury in last Thursday's 42-3 loss at Southern Illinois, won't play Saturday. The same goes for starting cornerback Marco Tipton, who missed the SIU game with a hamstring injury suffered in practice...
Phillips gets back to the business of being an athlete (09/09/04)
Jennifer Phillips was buzzing around Cape Girardeau like an athletic bee last year for the week of the Corporate Games. As the team captain for the 13-member Yellow Book team, Phillips estimates she competed in about 10 of the 17 events that took place in a one-week period...
Rams deal Gordon to Miami (09/09/04)
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins may have found a replacement for retired running back Ricky Williams. The Dolphins acquired Lamar Gordon from the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2005. The deal was contingent on Gordon passing a physical. He arrived at the team's training facility Wednesday afternoon...
Padres' Wells gets the better of Cards (09/09/04)
SAN DIEGO -- This was vintage Boomer. Stoked to be pitching against baseball's best team, David Wells threw seven innings and even drove in two runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 10-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. "To go out there against this ballclub and pitch like I did was great because I've been waiting for them," said the 41-year-old lefty, who labored through the first inning in his hometown's heat but finished strong...
Mizzou preps for Troy's sack attack (09/09/04)
TROY, Ala. -- Alfred Malone isn't just interested in letting people outside the state know Troy University football exists or proving the Trojans can hang in there against a major conference team. When No. 19 Missouri visits tonight, the defensive tackle wants only to win...
Sehorn fails physical, won't return to Rams (09/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Safety Jason Sehorn failed his physical with the Rams on Wednesday, nullifying the free-agent contract he signed the previous night. Sehorn, 33, missed the first six games of last season after breaking his left foot early in training camp, and never really got up to full speed. He underwent an additional operation on the foot in February, but the foot remains a problem...
Area sports calendar 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Basketball B.A. Sports showcase: The fourth annual B.A. Sports Show Me Showcase basketball event will be Sept. 18 at Southeast Missouri State University's student recreation facility. The event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., gives boys and girls in grades 11 and 12 -- and junior college athletes -- a chance to play before coaches from junior colleges as well as NAIA and NCAA Division II schools. ...
Hearts at risk (09/09/04)
A Sikeston, Mo., man and a Cape Girardeau woman have something in common with former President Bill Clinton. Neither Steve McPheeters nor Eileen Steinberg had an inkling that they would have to undergo cardiac bypass surgery. McPheeters, 53, a communications director for Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid, Mo., said his condition was discovered during a routine physical Noranda requires of its employees...
Alzheimer's focus shifts to buildup clogging brain cells (09/09/04)
How to prevent a sticky gunk from clogging up, and probably killing, the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients is the newest focus in the fight against the disease. Half a dozen companies are developing drugs to target the buildup, and researchers are enrolling hundreds of patients to test the lead candidate -- although nobody yet knows if this gunk, called beta-amyloid, is the disease's true culprit...
Health calendar 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Today "Ask your doctor" airs at 8 p.m. on Cable Channel 5 with Dr. Mason Bias speaking about near sighted conductive keratoplasty. Viewers can call 334-3095 during the show with questions. Preparation for childbirth class 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Healing Arts Conference Center. For information, call (877) 231-2229...
Castor Fest 2004 - The young and the spry (09/09/04)
Sept. 9, 2004 Dear Julie, The end of Labor Day weekend at the cabin on the Castor River is bittersweet. Summer is ending. We won't see the visitors from the western part of the state until Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas. DC's mom always chokes up when she says grace at breakfast that morning...
Real-life drama erupts over new NBC biomedical slueth show (09/09/04)
The scene: a busy Manhattan street. A well-dressed man, suddenly short of breath, looks in horror at his hands and collapses on the sidewalk. His skin is an eerie blue. Cut to Bethesda, Md., where a man's cell phone rings. Soon he is sprinting to a nearby field, where a black helicopter swoops in to pick him up...
Hurricanes keep troubled citrus industry on the ropes (09/09/04)
With Florida's $9.1 billion citrus fruit industry already reeling from years of overplanting, competition from imports and the low-carb craze, the recent back-to-back hurricanes destroyed more than a fifth of the state crop and will likely mean higher prices for consumers in the coming weeks...
Jessie Richardson (09/09/04)
Jessie Richardson, 86, of Whitewater died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Chateau Girardeau Nursing Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 16, 1917, at Crump, daughter of Sidney and Ezra Proffer Rhodes. She and Waldo Richardson were married Sept. 16, 1940. He died Oct. 19, 1997...
Faith Hood (09/09/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Faith Lynn Hood died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born the same day. Survivors include her parents, James and Crystal Hood of Perryville; two sisters, Hannah and Lydia Hood of the home; maternal grandparents, Daniel and Patricia Williams of Perryville; paternal grandmother, Virginia Cashion of Biehle, Mo.; and paternal great-grandmother, Carrie Burnett of Sumpter, S.C...
Harry Palmer (09/09/04)
Harry Howard "Pat" Palmer, 76, of Stone Park, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Oak Park Health Care Center in Oak Park, Ill. He was born Feb. 19, 1928, son of Harry O. and Mary Alma Palmer. He married Peggy Robinson. Survivors include his wife; a son, Rodney Palmer of Carol Stream, Ill.; three daughters, Rhonda Lang of Des Plaines, Ill., Donna Anderson and Renee Buffo of Melrose Park, Ill.; a sister, Barbara Baker of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Denny Palmer of Doniphan, Mo.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.. ...
George Heilig (09/09/04)
George Charles "Chuck" Heilig, 65, of Niagara, Wis., died peacefully in his sleep at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born Aug. 5, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, son of Joseph and Willie Heilig. Chuck is survived by his loving wife Fay; three children, Charles (Flo), John (Edi), Penny (Pat) Havard; a stepson, Will Burke; grandchildren, Frankie, Spencer and Alisa, children of John and Edi; Austin and Dylan, sons of Penny Heilig and Patrick Havard; and Paige Burke, daughter of Will.. ...
Births 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Beck Son to Jared Michael Beck and Jennifer Lynn Adams of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:22 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004. Name, Jordan Lee. Weight, 7 pounds 2 ounces. Ms. Adams is the daughter of Dewey Adams and Glenda Adams of Marble Hill, Mo. Beck is the son of George Beck and Gail Beck of Chaffee, Mo. He is employed at Midwest Sterilization Corp...
Cape police report 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Joseph Kenrick Green, 24, 414 Knox St., Jackson, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for domestic assault...
Cape fire report 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following item on Tuesday: At 4:48 p.m., a still alarm at 325 N. Sprigg St. Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 2:30 a.m., a still alarm at 630 N. Henderson Ave. At 10:53 a.m., an emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 9/9/04 (09/09/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 9, 1994 Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and Regional Commerce and Growth Association have joined forces after years of strong and often public disagreements between leaders of two groups; 18-member chamber board voted this week to join RCGA and, in turn, RCGA voted to become member of Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce...
E-mail voting (09/09/04)
The Kansas City Star Matt Blunt, Missouri secretary of state and GOP candidate for governor, wants to widen voting opportunities for service people overseas. On its face, that is a laudable goal. ... But Blunt's plan to allow service personnel to e-mail their absentee ballots home needs a lot of work. E-mail can be subject to tampering, and every vote needs to be counted as it was cast. .....
Holden leaves proud mark in Cape (09/09/04)
Gov. Bob Holden commemorated the opening of the Marquette Towers in downtown Cape Girardeau with kind words about the city's leadership and a speech about the importance of historic preservation. The day was marked by blue skies, a flag-whipping breeze and the sound of jazz music. Several hundred interested community members streamed into the office complex for a look at the brilliantly restored lobby and a trip to the top floor for dramatic views from the elegant balconies...
Matters of size (09/09/04)
Southeast Missouri State University is reconsidering the size of the performance hall that will be the centerpiece of the River Campus School of Visual and Performing Arts on the banks of the Mississippi. A consultant hired by the university has questioned whether the proposed 950-seat hall will enable the university to bring in top entertainment at an affordable price. A larger hall, concert promoter Steve Litman told the board of regents last week, would hold ticket prices down...
Terrorism, safety are main issues (09/09/04)
To the editor: I heard U.S. Sen. Zell Miller from Georgia deliver the greatest speech of the century at the Republican National Convention. I was privileged to hear a true statesman and patriot. Miller spoke from the heart with compassion, eloquence and honesty. I believe we got a glimpse of the type of speeches our Founding Fathers gave as they forged the governing system that has provided the liberty and freedom we enjoy today...
Putin has failed democracy pledge (09/09/04)
To the editor: There is a tragedy in Russia: the Kremlin and the brutal dictator running it. Vladimir Putin is no friend of democracy. Jon Rust's commentary, no matter how well-meaning, was indifferent to the suffering the Russian people have had to endure under a long list of communist leaders...
Election is also a moral decision (09/09/04)
To the editor: The decision we make in November is much more complex than just deciding between George Bush and John Kerry. We are not going to fix this mess with just one election. It will take two or more elections. It goes straight to the moral roots of our society...
Olympics swell patriotic hearts (09/09/04)
To the editor: What can be more exciting and profitable than the Olympics with skills exhibited and friends gained. Every time history is made, joy as well as disappointment are felt. But isn't that the way the wheel always turns? Many waited in anticipation to see this great event take place. The opening ceremony of the Olympics with thousands of people running with a torch was both moving and impressive. The fireworks made it spectacular...
In favor of universal service (09/09/04)
To the editor: Recently I have read two letters concerning manpower, one equating the draft with involuntary servitude. The second, wondering whether we should establish a foreign legion, concluded that it would be unwise to move in this direction. Concerning the draft: This first became necessary when there were not sufficient volunteers and mercenaries to serve in the Union Army. ...
Speak Out 09/09/04 (09/09/04)
Really big show THE RIVER Campus is supposed to bring more tourism to the area by attracting big shows and entertainers. The Convention and Visitors Bureau says that it will have a $1 million surplus. Just what is a surplus? Some people want the CVB to spend the money on something big to attract more tourists. You can't get much bigger than Luciano Pavorotti performing at the new Bedell Performance Hall. Or how about the London Symphony or the Bolshoi Ballet?...
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