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Jefferson School is praised for test results (09/10/04)
Jefferson Elementary beat the odds. That's what an official with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., had to say about the Cape Girardeau elementary school during a special visit Thursday. Dr. Susan Sclafani, an adviser to the U.S. secretary of education, highlighted the achievement as part of a national tour of schools that showed major improvement on this year's state assessments...
Bridge's crash into river provides surprise ending (09/10/04)
A demolition blast Thursday tore apart the old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau, doing more damage than expected and leaving wreckage scattered across the river like the backdrop of a disaster movie. It wasn't supposed to happen that way. Still, state and federal officials said the wreckage in the main navigation channel should be hauled from the river in time for barge traffic to resume this morning as originally planned...
People in evacuation zone wake, eat and watch history (09/10/04)
Ricky Mosley wouldn't be sleeping on the couch this time around. Mosley, who lives at 137 S. Spanish St., was fast asleep on his couch when demolition crews brought down the old bridge span with military explosives the last time. On Thursday, about 30 minutes before the blast, he was eating a free breakfast at Port Cape restaurant with several others...
Burglar steals cash, checks from Scott City church (09/10/04)
Southeast Missourian SCOTT CITY -- A celebration turned sour at a Scott City church when a burglar broke in after Sunday night's service and stole more than $2,700 in cash and checks. Scott City police arrested David Bowen, 18, of Scott City on Tuesday. ...
Rrestaurant owner to help victims of Russian school tragedy (09/10/04)
A Cape Girardeau businessman with ties to Russia is donating 10 percent of all gross sales at his restaurant, Cafe Azu, until Oct. 1 to an American Red Cross fund set up to help the families and children in Beslan, Russia. Hundreds were killed there last week in a terrorist hostage crisis...
Kevin Danzig's album recorded in Cape will soon be released (09/10/04)
When singer-songwriter Kevin Danzig came to Cape Girardeau in March to rerecord his song "The Great Mississippi," he was not expecting a new album would be the end result. But seven months later, Danzig is getting ready to release "Never Give Up," an album that was mostly recorded at Ken Keller's IBS Studio 2 in Cape Girardeau...
City receives grant money for emergency operations equipment (09/10/04)
The city of Cape Girardeau has been awarded a Homeland Security grant of $184,880 to buy equipment that will enable the city's emergency operations to plan for the threat of natural disaster or potential terrorism. According to Mark Hasheider, assistant fire chief and emergency operations coordinator, the grant will buy equipment that will enhance safety in the areas of prevention, response and communications...
Region briefs 9/10/04 (09/10/04)
Event will close trail's roads Saturday morning Interior roads in the Trail of Tears State Park will be closed at 9 a.m. Saturday for a triathlon being held in the park. The roads will reopen around noon. Individuals and teams will compete in a half-mile swim, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a four-mile run. ...
Keeper receives injury from lion at Chicago zoo (09/10/04)
The Associated Press CHICAGO -- An adult lion at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo attacked an animal keeper Thursday, injuring her seriously before fellow workers could shoo the beast away, officials said. Nancy DeFiesta, 60, suffered injuries to her back, neck and arm during the attack, which occurred during her routine morning work on the lion exhibit, said Kathryn Gamble, chief veterinarian for the zoo...
Gov. Holden names Foster to state labor panel (09/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Bill Foster resigned from the Missouri Senate Thursday to accept a gubernatorial appointment to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission -- a panel that has been a source of controversy in recent weeks because of the generous pension benefits it provides to members, even if they serve only briefly...
State tax checkoff for military families is promoted (09/10/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians looking to support the troops could donate money toward their family expenses under a proposal promoted Thursday by veterans' advocates that would add a new checkoff box to state income tax forms. As proposed, contributions to the Missouri Military Family Relief fund could be used to help pay for such things as financial emergencies, medical expenses, education costs or job training for Missouri National Guard or Reserve members who are called to active duty...
Poll - Majority of Americans watch eating habits (09/10/04)
HOUSTON -- Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they are careful about what they eat, and even more say diet is essential to good health, according to a new nationwide health poll in which obesity ranked second among the biggest health concerns. Health-care costs ranked No. 1, with 56 percent of those surveyed saying they were personally affected by cost...
DuPont agrees to potential $343 million settlement (09/10/04)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The DuPont Co. agreed to pay as much as $343 million Thursday to settle allegations the chemical giant contaminated drinking water in West Virginia and Ohio with a key ingredient used in its Teflon products. As many as 60,000 residents around DuPont's Washington Works plant on the Ohio River near Parkersburg, W.Va., sued over exposure to the chemical C8, also known as ammonium perfluorooctanoate or PFOA...
Hummer H2 adds truck version (09/10/04)
Editor's note: Steve Robertson is on vacation. His column will return Sept. 24. By Ann M. Job ~ The Associated Press As brutish-looking as the Hummer H2 is, there has been something lacking in the cargo area. Since its introduction in 2002, the H2 sport utility has had storage space at the rear that has been compromised because the spare tire is back there. ...
Health-care premiums jump 11.2 percent (09/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Health-care costs continued to surge this year as family premiums in employer-sponsored plans jumped 11.2 percent, the fourth year of double-digit growth, according to a new study. The cumulative effect of rising health-care costs is taking a toll on workers: There are at least 5 million fewer jobs providing health insurance in 2004 than in 2001, according to the survey of 3,017 employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust...
Ridge - Bush wants plan for school siege (09/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- The election-year terrorist threat will extend until after January's presidential inauguration, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday. And he said President Bush has pointedly asked his national security team to re-evaluate hostage crisis tactics in light of the recent Russian school attack...
Hurricane Ivan targets Jamaica; Fla. Keys evacuated (09/10/04)
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Hurricane Ivan took aim Thursday at Jamaica and possibly Florida after killing 23 people in five countries and devastating Grenada, where police fired tear gas to stop a looting frenzy. Ivan, the deadliest hurricane to hit the Caribbean in a decade, pummeled Grenada, Barbados and other southern islands on Tuesday...
American jets bomb key areas held by insurgents (09/10/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American warplanes struck militant positions in two insurgent-controlled cities Thursday and U.S. and Iraqi troops quietly took control of a third in a sweeping crackdown following a spike in attacks against U.S. forces. More than 60 people were reported killed, most of them in Tal Afar, one of several cities which American officials acknowledged this week had fallen under insurgent control and become "no-go" zones...
Surviving hostage details escape (09/10/04)
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- In a terrifying videotape, 10-year-old Georgy Farniyev sat near a bomb, his hands behind his head and his face a mask of misery. He looked certain to die, but survived through luck, self-possession beyond his years and enough grit to pull shrapnel out of his own arm...
Kelly hosts meet on Saturday (09/10/04)
The Kelly High School cross country team comes off a positive start for the season into this weekend's meet. Kelly will host a field of approximately 10 teams -- including Notre Dame, Saxony Lutheran and Advance -- in a meet that begins 9:30 a.m. Saturday...
40 volleyball teams vying for crown this weekend (09/10/04)
The B.A. Sports Volleyball Tournament is being held in Cape Girardeau. By Jeremy Joffray and Mark Unterreiner ~ Southeast Missourian The 17th annual B.A. Sports Volleyball Tournament begins today at the Show Me Center with Notre Dame looking for another trip to the finals...
Central tennis beats Carbondale, improves to 3-0 (09/10/04)
Central's tennis team improved to 3-0 in dual matches Thursday with a 7-2 victory at Carbondale. The Tigers lost tight matches in Nos. 1 and 3 singles but had little trouble in its other singles. matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Dani Gross and Brett Ford won an 11-9 decision over Emily Maroney and Charisse Skoffie...
Prep football preview - Week 2 (09/10/04)
Friday Scott City at Portageville, 7 p.m. Last week: Scott City 44, Malden 20; Portageville 48, Piggott (Ark.) 9 Last year's meeting: Portageville 24, Scott City 3 Notes: Both teams have running backs coming off 100-yard games. Portageville's Antonio Scott and Scott City's Matt Schaefer should provide much of their teams' yardage. ...
Central pursues first win at home (09/10/04)
Central's football team ran into what it thinks will likely be one of its toughest opponents this season in an opening loss to Eureka. "We might have played the team that could win the Class 5 championship," Central coach Lawrence Brookins said of Eureka. "We might not play a team that strong physically and that sound technically until late in the year."...
Kelly finally finds its groove vs. Jackson (09/10/04)
The Hawks scored four runs in the sixth inning for a 5-1 victory. By Jeremy Joffray Southeast Missourian A senior-laiden Kelly softball team has had its share of problems this season hitting in the clutch. For five innings Thursday at Jackson, the Hawks looked like they might continue that trend. ...
Trojans take MU by surprise (09/10/04)
Troy State recovered from Missouri's quick start for a 24-14 upset victory. By John Zenor ~ The Associated Press TROY, Ala. -- Wide receivers throwing touchdown passes. Offensive linemen scoring. A blocked punt...
Rams run into a new era (09/10/04)
By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- If Marshall Faulk is entering the twilight phase of his career, the St. Louis Rams have the transition game plan in place. Faulk is the only back in NFL history to put together four consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards rushing and receiving, but the last one was in 2001. ...
Roddick, Agassi ousted in quarterfinals of U.S. Open (09/10/04)
By Ben Walker ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick ran into a bold, bigger version of himself at the U.S. Open, and 6-foot-6 Joachim Johansson sent the defending champion home. Roddick was upset 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 Thursday night by another 22-year-old brandishing a powerful serve and forehand, but also someone who's won just one title, was playing in his first major quarterfinal, and who started the year ranked 113th...
Pace carries less weight, looks sharp in practice (09/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace broke a three-day silence on his contract holdout on Thursday, saying a lighter playing weight would help him get back into playing shape in time for Sunday's opener. Earlier this week Pace agreed to a one-year, $7.02 million contract as the team's franchise player, and he practiced for the first time on Wednesday. ...
Rams still scrambling in secondary (09/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A day after the St. Louis Rams' signing of Jason Sehorn fell through, the team re-signed a safety they released only four days earlier. The Rams signed Justin Lucas and placed yet another safety, Zack Bronson, on injured reserve with torn ligaments in his left ankle. They also signed fullback Stephen Trejo and released tight end Mike Brake, continuing a flurry of moves in the final days before the season opener...
Sports briefs 9/10/04 (09/10/04)
Football As the Miami Dolphins prepared to practice Thursday, quarterbacks A.J. Feeley and Sage Rosenfels sat in the locker room and studied a laptop showing the projected path of Hurricane Ivan. Like the rest of Florida, the Dolphins are anxious about the latest storm heading their way...
Help for cloudy lenses (09/10/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1997 Caravan, and the plastic covers for the headlights are becoming cloudy from the debris, salt and road dirt that get thrown up at them. To me, this is a safety problem, and the manufacturer should have known that this would happen with time. ...
Fussbudget heaven is on the way (09/10/04)
Anyone who knows me also knows I am something of a fussbudget. As it turns out, I'm married to one too. What is a fussbudget? My definition is someone who straightens framed pictures hanging on the walls of other people's houses. There are other names for fussbudgets. Obsessive compulsive (or is it the other way around?) comes to mind...
Bringing a brother's writing back to life (09/10/04)
CINCINNATI -- A fantasy tale given to family and friends on a young author's last Christmas 25 years ago has won recognition usually reserved for mainstream books. Will Allen wrote his final story, filled with magic, heroes, villains and a lot of humor, after being diagnosed with cancer. Two years ago, his brother, Paul, began editing, typing, publishing and marketing the manuscript, despite knowing little at first about the book business...
Kevin Danzig performs for Tunes at Twilight (09/10/04)
Kevin Danzig, the man behind "The Great Mississippi," the song used by the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote Libertyfest 2004, is playing Tunes at Twilight today at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo. SEMO District Fair begins 149th season Saturday...
Luck of the Irish-instrument players (09/10/04)
Hearing Hannah Gathman play the tin whistle transports listeners to the green, rainy countryside or the dark, cozy pubs of Ireland. Ireland, however, is far from Pocahontas, where 17-year-old Gathman lives. But this hasn't kept her from becoming accomplished at playing the tin whistle and the bodhran -- an Irish drum-- thanks to weekly trips to St. Louis Irish Arts since 1997...
Everybody's a critic - 'The Cookout' (09/10/04)
Two stars (out of four) "The Cookout" is a slapstick comedy, if anything. The story follows a young man and his ups and downs with his newfound fame. Queen Latifah, playing the security guard Mildred Smith, is funny, as always. Even so, the plot is rather cliched and at times monotonous...
Coming to theaters 9/10/04 (09/10/04)
'Cellular' Starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, William H. Macy, Jason Statham, Eric Christian Olsen and Jessica Biel. When a man answers his cell phone, a woman tells him she's been kidnapped and that she's going to be killed soon. Rated PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references, running time 94 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)...
Tony Farmer (09/10/04)
Tony L. Farmer, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 23, 1938, at Kennett, Mo., son of Earl and Gladys McKinney Farmer. Farmer served three months in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of Eagles Aerie 3775...
LaWanda Bowen (09/10/04)
BURFORDVILLE -- LaWanda G. Bowen, 48, of Burfordville died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 at her home. She was born Aug. 2, 1956 in Hayti, Mo., daughter of Alvin and Florence Boyer Gooch. She married Thomas "Tom" Bowen Nov. 3, 1989. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mindy Allison of Indianapolis, Ind., and Erica Gianesin of Burfordville; two sons, Donnie Gianesin of Jackson and Joshua Bowen of Burfordville; her mother, Florence Gooch of Whitewater; four grandchildren; two brothers, Johnny Gooch of Crump, Gene Gooch of Westfield, Ind.; six sisters, Rose Quinn of Gordonville, Barbara May of Cape Girardeau, Shirley Musgrave of Portageville, Mo., Margaret Love of Whitewater, Carolyn Lawrence of Deport, Texas, and Alice Burton of Birchtree, Mo.. ...
Marie James (09/10/04)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Marie Emily James, 79, of Glenallen died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 19, 1924, in St. Louis, daughter of Arthur Christopher Adam and Elizabeth Kinchler Schloer. She and Frederick James were married Feb. 2, 1946. He died March 17, 1979...
Virginia Lingle (09/10/04)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Virginia Lingle, 84, of Dongola died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Wilmington, N.C., daughter of Francis and Emma Jane Skipper Jacobs. She and Glenn Lingle were married Oct. 19, 1945. He died June 22, 2002...
Grace Hunter (09/10/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Grace M. Hunter, 100, of Cobden died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Jonesboro Healthcare Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born March 22, 1904, in Makanda, Ill., daughter of Harvey L. and Nellie E. Carter Hunter. Hunter worked at the Cobden Post Office several years. She was a member of First Baptist Church...
Joann Mirly (09/10/04)
Joann K. Dahme Mirly, 60, asleep in Jesus Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004. Beloved wife of the Rev. Ray G. Mirly of St. Louis County; loving mother of Dawn (Charles) Weinstock of Kirkwood, Mo., and Todd (Ksenia) Mirly of St. Louis County; dearest grandmother of Daniel and Joseph Weinstock and Nathaniel Mirly; dear sister of Arlowyn Boelkelheide of Aberdeen, S.D., Myrna Swanson of Brainerd, Minn., Alan Dahme of Mina, S.D., the late Doris Dahme and Yvonne Schroeder; dear daughter-in-law of Charlotte (Wilbert) Tiedt of Cape Girardeau and the late Raymond Mirly; dear sister-in-law, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend of many.. ...
John Freeze Jr. (09/10/04)
John Henry Freeze Jr., 81, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at his home. He was born March 22, 1923, at Benton, Mo., son of John Henry and Minnie C. Burger Freeze. He and Patricia Chappue were married Nov. 28, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. She died in January 1987. He and Marcella Steinbecker were married Jan. 18, 1992, at Sereno, Mo...
Cape fire report 9/10/04 (09/10/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following item on Wednesday: At 2:34 p.m., an elevator rescue at 338 Broadway. Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday: At 12:59 a.m., an emergency medical service at Broadway and Sprigg streets...
Cape police report 9/10/04 (09/10/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt.Arrests Tarra Lynn Wilkins, 30, 15 Village Drive, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and assault. Chris James Renn, 32, 211 Mason St., was arrested on city warrants for failure to appear for driving under suspension and contempt of court for failure to pay a sewer bill...
Out of the past 9/10/04 (09/10/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 10, 1994 SEMO District Fair kicks off with 4-H and youth horse show in front of grandstand; midway is also open; tomorrow will be Sneak Peek Day and Monday will mark official opening of extravaganza with a parade. Scott City will continue to operate its own Enhanced 911 emergency telephone system even if Scott County voters in November approve similar system for entire county, say city officials...
On the campaign trail (09/10/04)
A crowd estimated at 26,000 to 30,000 attended the rally for President Bush in Poplar Bluff Monday, more than has attended any similar outdoor event this year. A light rain didn't dampen the event, which was the kickoff of a two-day, four-stop Missouri campaign swing. ...
A tribute to John S. Cobb (09/10/04)
For some 100 former students of John S. Cobb School in Cape Girardeau, last Saturday was a time of renewing old acquaintances and recalling the school pride that existed at the all-black school, which stood on Merriwether Street from 1890 to 1953, when a fire destroyed everything except the gymnasium. The following year, Cape Girardeau's schools were integrated...
Bush does flip-flopping of his own (09/10/04)
To the editor: The Bush-Cheney campaign must be having fits. It orchestrated a campaign of lies about John Kerry and tried to paint Kerry as a flip-flopper. Then George Bush goes on television and suffers a fit of flip-flopping honesty. The Bush-Cheney machine has tried to convince us that the Iraq invasion was designed to combat terrorism. ...
Record fails to back GOP promises (09/10/04)
To the editor: Republicans hold the presidency, solid majorities in both the House and Senate and thus the power to pass any legislation they choose. Let's compare speeches to actions since 2000. Abortion: 2000 Republican platform: "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution ." They did not pass one...
Images bring terror into our homes (09/10/04)
To the editor: Video images taken by terrorists at School No. 1 in Beslan, Russia, have been released. Even with today's mind-numbing barrage of violence in the media, I could not help but be stricken with sadness over the faces of the children sitting on that blood-splattered gym floor. Just knowing that most of those souls were later murdered in cold blood is almost too much to bear...
Laws needed to protect rain forest (09/10/04)
To the editor: Has anyone ever wondered why our weather has suddenly gone crazy? Do you remember learning in grade school about how the rain forest controls the world's weather? Now it is being destroyed at an alarming rate for growing food crops. If this isn't stopped, this extreme weather is just a sampling of what is yet to come. We should make universal laws to protect this land from further destruction before it is too late...
Enemies are within our gates (09/10/04)
To the editor: The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq has passed 1,000. It is interesting to compare those numbers with the following: In 2001 (the latest statistics available) 9,536 people ages 16 to 44 died in alcohol-related accidents. In 2001 (the latest statistics available) more than 29,000 people ages 15 to 24 committed suicide...
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