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Stories from Friday, September 17, 2004

Jury decides guilt, sentence in county's first bifurcated trial (09/17/04)
By Linda Redeffer ~ Southeast Missourian A neighborhood dispute that turned ugly led to Cape Girardeau County's first "bifurcated" trial -- where the jury first decided the issue of guilt, then was presented new evidence to consider before it determined the sentence...
Country classics kick off fair entertainment (09/17/04)
By Kathryn Alfisi ~ Southeast Missourian Thirty-one years after his first performance at the Arena Park grandstand, musician Leroy Van Dyke performed again at the SEMO District Fair to an estimated crowd of 1,900 on Thursday...
Police arrest Cape man for assaulting girlfriend (09/17/04)
By Linda Redeffer ~ Southeast Missourian A passerby on his way to the SEMO District Fair Monday witnessed an assault on a Cape Girardeau woman and called police who arrested Paul Clifton Oakley of 2611 Themis St. Oakley appeared Thursday before Judge Gary Kamp in Cape Girardeau County, where he was charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, one count of misdemeanor domestic assault and one count of misdemeanor animal abuse...
Lexington Ave. fire started on first floor kitchen stove (09/17/04)
A house fire that destroyed a family's possessions at 1531 Lexington Ave. in Cape Girardeau late Thursday afternoon started on the kitchen stove, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The call came into the department at 3:31 p.m. Thursday. Battalion chief Steve Niswonger was the first firefighter on the scene...
SEMO District Fair baby contest winners (09/17/04)
Ages three to six months Girl
  • First place: Elizabeth Paige Kight, daughter of Shana D. Burton and Jamey N. Kight of Delta.
  • Second place: Kelsey Leigh Steele, daughter of Leigh Ann and Richard "Darren" Steele of Jackson.
  • Third place: Jordan Kiefer, daughter of Jennifer and Shane Kiefer of Jackson...
  • Nursing at Southeast Hospital gains recognition (09/17/04)
    By Callie Clark ~ Southeast Missourian Early Thursday morning, a crowd of nurses gathered around a telephone at Southeast Missouri Hospital awaiting confirmation of their hard work and extra efforts. At 8:30 a.m., the phone rang and Southeast became the 126th hospital in the United States and the fourth in Missouri to receive the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center...
    Tractor rodeo tests driving of farm youth (09/17/04)
    By Tony Rehagen ~ Southeast Missourian The word "rodeo" usually stimulates images of roping calves and bucking broncos. But at Thursday's 4-H/FFA Tractor Rodeo at the SEMO District Fair, the object was wrangling a 451 Massey Ferguson utility tractor around an obstacle course without committing too many fouls...
    Top recruit McCoy won't see action this season (09/17/04)
    An eligibility snag tripped up the Indians' defensive back. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings said Thursday prized junior college recruit Charles McCoy will not suit up for the Indians this season...
    Middle school drummers performing at Tan-Tar-A (09/17/04)
    Middle school drummers performing at Tan-Tar-A Shere Khan, a 35-piece musical ensemble from Central Middle School, has been chosen to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January at the Lake of the Ozark's Tan-Tar-A Resort. ...
    Tunes at Twilight ends on crescendo (09/17/04)
    By Kathryn Alfisi ~ Southeast Missourian Now with its fourth season almost over, it appears the Old Town Cape music series Tunes at Twilight has caught on with the residents of Cape Girardeau and become a part of the city's summer landscape. Its season ends tonight...
    Veto session ends with no action, plenty of memories (09/17/04)
    By David A. Lieb ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Teary-eyed Missouri legislators adjourned their annual veto session Thursday -- saddened not for failing to override any vetoes but because some of them will never cast another vote due to term limits...
    CBS News fighting for its reputation (09/17/04)
    By David Bauder ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- CBS News is trying to restore its credibility after a week of questions about its report on President Bush's National Guard service -- yet it may never conclusively know whether it was duped by fake documents...
    Report urges hefty rewards to catch e-mail spammers (09/17/04)
    By Jennifer C. Kerr ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- What would it take to get someone to turn in one of those spammers who send millions of unwanted e-mails? At least $100,000, the Federal Trade Commission figures...
    Consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent in August (09/17/04)
    The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices barely budged in August, suggesting that inflation isn't currently a problem for the economy and Federal Reserve policy-makers can stick with a gradual approach to raising interest rates. The government's closely watched inflation barometer, the Consumer Price Index, rose by just 0.1 percent in August from the previous month, the Labor Department reported Thursday. ...
    No prescription needed for home defibrillator (09/17/04)
    By Diedtra Henderson ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- People worried about sudden cardiac arrest no longer need a doctor's prescription to buy devices that jump-start the heart. The Food and Drug Administration for the first time agreed Thursday to let consumers go online and purchase the $2,000 devices for home use. Some 80 percent of the instances of sudden cardiac arrest, which is best treated by a shock from a defibrillator, happen at home...
    Reserve chief says his force was not properly prepared to fight (09/17/04)
    WASHINGTON -- The chief of the Army Reserve said Thursday that his force of part-time soldiers has yet to fully adapt to the demands of a global war on terrorism, even though half of the 205,000 Reserve members have been called to active duty since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001...
    Report - Saddam had no WMD stockpiles, only intentions (09/17/04)
    By Katherine Pfleger Shrader ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Drafts of a report from the top U.S. inspector in Iraq conclude there were no weapons stockpiles, but say there are signs fallen Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had dormant programs he hoped to revive at a later time, according to people familiar with the findings...
    Separated twin dies (09/17/04)
    BALTIMORE -- A little girl born with her head fused to that of her twin sister died Thursday, shortly after surgeons separated them. The surviving 1-year-old twin, Lea Block, lay in critical but stable condition. Lea and her sister, Tabea, were separated after more than 18 hours of surgery...
    Columbine documents still missing (09/17/04)
    DENVER -- Authorities decided soon after the Columbine High School massacre to withhold a document showing deputies knew one of the killers had been accused two years earlier of making death threats and building pipe bombs, according to a grand jury report released Thursday...
    Another Florida disaster (09/17/04)
    By Pauline Arrillaga ~ The Associated Press PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Hurricane Ivan drilled the Gulf Coast on Thursday with 130-mph winds that inflicted far less damage than feared everywhere except Florida's Panhandle, where residents were left with surge-ravaged beachfronts, flooded streets and homes ripped apart by deadly tornadoes...
    Scion coupe expands lineup to three (09/17/04)
    Editor's note: Steve Robertson is on vacation. His column will return Sept. 24. By Ann M. Job ~ The Associated Press Young drivers don't really want a car that feels or looks cheap. They want something as upscale, stylish and fun as possible but affordable. This is the philosophy behind Scion's newest model, the sporty-looking, tC coupe, which debuted in the summer as an early 2005 model...
    Iraqi militants snatch three in daylight Baghdad raid (09/17/04)
    By Mariam Fam ~ The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A team of kidnappers grabbed two Americans and a Briton in a dawn raid on their home on a leafy Baghdad street Thursday -- a bold abduction that underlines the increasing danger for foreigners in the embattled capital as violence soars ahead of national elections planned for early next year...
    Tiny cross gave girl hope during school siege (09/17/04)
    By Burt Herman ~ The Associated Press MOSCOW -- It was an iconic image of hope in the death and chaos that ended the three-day Beslan school siege -- a girl's bloodied hand clutching a golden cross. The girl shown in an Associated Press photo that ran on front pages worldwide is now recovering in a Moscow hospital, a piece of shrapnel embedded in her brain...
    Government gives mothers of slain women houses as compensation (09/17/04)
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The government of a northern Mexico state has promised to give free homes to 47 mothers of women killed in a string of sexually motivated slayings, angering some activists who say the gifts gloss over the lack of results in the criminal investigations...
    Central tennis turns back Dexter to remain perfect (09/17/04)
    The Central girls tennis team remained unbeaten in dual matches by posting a 6-3 victory against Dexter. The Tigers (7-0) won all but one singles match. Liz LaFoe and Monica Toole, who both won singles matches, teamed up for Central's lone doubles victory...
    Jackson softball tournament among a busy prep weekend (09/17/04)
    By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Last year, the Jackson Invitational softball tournament was wiped out due to wet weather. A change in the date and location of the tournament have been made this year to make sure Mother Nature doesn't spoil what looks to be an exciting day of softball...
    High school footbal - Week 3 (09/17/04)
    FRIDAY Central (0-2) at Blytheville, Ark. (2-0), 7:30 p.m. <li> Last week: St. Charles West 42, Central 7; Blytheville 31, Poplar Bluff 10 <li> Last year's meeting: Central 28, Blytheville 3...
    Central shoots down Mules (09/17/04)
    The Tigers posted a 3-0 victory over Poplar Bluff. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Central's soccer team made it two-for-two this week in games against district opponents, shutting out Poplar Bluff 3-0 Thursday at home...
    Central' Chestnutt faces felony charge (09/17/04)
    The 6-foot-8 basketball standout ran into trouble early Sunday morning. Three weeks ago, Central High School senior Scott Chestnutt was granted an extra year of athletic eligibility by the Missouri High School Activities Association. This week, it appears Chestnutt might not be able to use that eligibility...
    Improved Pirates will try to tackle Herky tonight (09/17/04)
    Perryville will face last year's league champion. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian Despite a tough loss to a strong Fort Zumwalt North team last week, the tide definitely seems to be turning for the Perryville football program...
    Woods, Mickelson to lead U.S. charge vs. Europe (09/17/04)
    By Doug Ferguson ~ The Associated Press BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Always rivals, barely friends, finally partners. U.S. captain Hal Sutton made sure this Ryder Cup gets off to a dynamic start by pairing Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- America's best two players -- for the first time in the opening match at Oakland Hills...
    Astros take series from sloppy Cards (09/17/04)
    By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Kent had two doubles and four RBIs, and the Cardinals committed a season-high four errors to help the Houston Astros snap Jason Marquis' 11-game winning streak with an 8-3 victory on Thursday night...
    Sports briefs 9/17/04 (09/17/04)
    Football "Monday Night Football" will be broadcast on a five-second delay for the rest of the season, a reaction to the furor caused by last season's Super Bowl halftime show. The move is just a precaution, an ABC spokesman said...
    If you ask, I'm obligated to respond (09/17/04)
    Here are a few items from the mailbag: Hey, Joe -- what about that last bridge blast? -- "Dynamite" Dan Dear Dan: What's to think? The bridge fell down. I don't want to sound like a pessimist, but all bridges will eventually fall down even if there are no explosives involved...
    Artifacts 9/17/04 (09/17/04)
    State parks, historic sites backdrop for folk concerts The sounds of folk music will be heard at three state parks and historic sites this weekend with concerts featuring the Dowden Sisters in New Madrid, Mo., Jackson and Burdfordville. Events begin at 6 p.m. ...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Resident Evil - Apocalypse' (09/17/04)
    One and a half stars (out of four) The title "Resident Evil: The Apocalypse" told me that this was a movie based on a video game, so when the movie began I was not surprised that the overwhelming majority of watchers were young males...
    Coming to theaters 9/17/04 (09/17/04)
    'De-Lovely' Starring Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally, Sandra Nelson, Allan Corduner, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow. This biopic of songwriter Cole Porter focuses on the composer's unusual arrangement with his wife, Linda Lee -- Porter was gay -- and is told partly in the style of a musical stage show. ...
    Bringing the blues to Cape Girardeau (09/17/04)
    The life and career of New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Peter Karp has undergone a lot of changes since Karp entered the world of music nearly 20 years ago. From the New York City music scene of the early 1980s to films and commercial work, to raising a family, traveling extensively and a second attempt at life as a musician, Karp has followed his heart when deciding what direction his life would take...
    Director's love-hate relationship with the United States (09/17/04)
    By Nadia Abou El-Magd ~ The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt -- A father-son encounter in acclaimed Egyptian director Youssef Chahine's new film sums up the anger, misunderstanding and ambiguous intimacy of Chahine's own relationship with the United States...
    Jackson woman injured in crash (09/17/04)
    A Jackson woman suffered moderate injuries Wednesday on County Road 621 a mile north of Cape Girardeau. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bridgett Sharp, 23, ran her 1995 Pontiac off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned around 8:50 p.m...
    Retorting 101 - Dan Rather gets trapped in blogosphere (09/17/04)
    By Andrew Sullivan I have a feeling that the biggest news of last week had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the media. We are in the middle of an insurgency against the occupation of the airwaves by that amorphous group called -- in blogspeak -- MSM, or mainstream media. And the latest direct hit has exploded in the illustrious offices of Dan Rather and CBS News...
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