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Stories from Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Severed cables lead to phone, Internet outages (09/21/04)
Two separate cuts in fiber-optic cable threw parts of the region back into the dark ages of local land-line communications on Monday. Telecom help desks and local service carriers were inundated with calls from people who had no cellular phone, long-distance, toll-free and Internet service for much of the day...
Scott City to join in metro planning (09/21/04)
At its Monday meeting, the Scott City Council unanimously agreed to take part in the Greater Cape Girardeau Metropolitan Planning Organization, which will unite them with Cape Girardeau and Jackson in securing federal transportation grants. City administrator Ron Eskew said he talked with Mitch Robinson, the executive director of the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet, who told him that the board will not be population-based. ...
Zonta Group joins in Day of Peace effort (09/21/04)
In honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace, residents are urged to mark the day with a moment of silence. In 2001, the U.N. General Assembly adopted resolution 55/282, declaring Sept. 21 as an annual day to be observed by the entire world. ...
The last of several school firsts (09/21/04)
It's almost the middle of the last first quarter of my senior year. It's bittersweet to know I'm that much closer to graduation. In my theology class our teacher has a jar. In this jar the exact number of days is represented by the same number of marbles. The jar is not real big, but the marbles don't even fill it up halfway. The world I've known for so long will soon end, and I will be forced into something new, exciting and terrifying...
A birthday more special than most (09/21/04)
A week ago today, Sept. 14, was my 18th birthday. A day, according to my cousin Liz, that I officially become recognized by society. There have been so many people, family and friends aalike, that tell me how happy they are that I made it this far. Yes, you may think, everyone's 18th birthday is a big deal. So how is mine any different? Because I wasn't supposed to have it...
Homesick and foodsick for the U.S. (09/21/04)
Editor's note: Justin Cox is teaching English in Chile for six months and writing about his experiences. By Justin Cox After more than two months away from the States, there are a few things that I am missing badly. First and foremost is my family, of course, especially my beautiful 16-month-old niece Raegan (although I appreciate the pictures, sis). ...
Teen survival guide - Nickelodean focuses on foibles of school (09/21/04)
LOS ANGELES -- There's no middle ground in Nickelodeon's two new sitcoms set in middle school. Airing back-to-back on Sundays beginning 6:30 p.m. Central time, "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and "Unfabulous" each portray a teen making the jump from grade school -- only each have diametrically opposed expectations...
Learning briefs 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
Kabo makes dean's list at Ga. tech institute Erik Kabo of Cape Girardeau was named to the summer 2004 semester dean's list at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Overbey accepted to fellowship program Douglas Overbey of Cape Girardeau was recently accepted to the University of Missouri-Columbia honors college discovery fellowship program. ...
Saint Francis announces plans for open house (09/21/04)
Saint Francis Medical Center will hold an open house celebration for its new Health and Wellness Center on Saturday. The event will offer the public a sneak peek at the new facility, including the fitness center Fitness Plus, which is slated to open on Monday. ...
Work at airport will cause temporary shut-downs (09/21/04)
With all the bad weather that has slammed the East Coast in recent days, the words airport and delay have become synonymous. But in the calmer climes of Cape Girardeau, the airport is trying to deal with some expected delays of its own. The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is gearing up to implement a three-phase plan that includes the construction of a new taxiway and reconstruction of the intersection of two runways. ...
Illinois man faces charges of rape involving teenager (09/21/04)
A 32-year-old carnival worker from Springfield, Ill., was charged Monday with statutory rape, a class C felony, after being arrested Saturday afternoon for having sex with a 15-year-old Cape Girardeau girl at the SEMO District Fair. Terry Dewayne Wake is in the Cape Girardeau County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond...
Four soldiers, two-week leave (09/21/04)
Anticipation at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Monday afternoon was almost palpable. Four families decked out in patriotic T-shirts, carrying American flags and red, white and blue Mylar balloons were waiting for an airplane. Four soldiers from the National Guard's 1140th Engineer Battalion were coming home for a two-week visit with families they hadn't seen since January. The men have been in south Iraq since March...
Blunt, McCaskill tout help for businesses (09/21/04)
Editor's note: This is the first in a six-part weekly series examining key issues in the Missouri governor's race. By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Both major party candidates for governor promise to emphasize the role of small businesses in their efforts to improve Missouri's economy and create jobs...
Carnahan brings state campaign to Cape (09/21/04)
Missouri secretary of state candidate Robin Carnahan told those in attendance at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center on Monday that she wants an end to what she sees as an atmosphere of partisan bickering in Jefferson City and focus on addressing serious issues like voting reform...
Cape council considers home-based businesses limits (09/21/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council may impose new regulations on home-based businesses in an effort to preserve residential neighborhoods while also providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs. "The main purpose is to make legal [those] activities that are happening already," city attorney Eric Cunningham said...
Boat dock damaged after boat goes astray (09/21/04)
A group of pleasure boaters on the Mississippi River Sunday morning thought they were going out for a leisurely ride, but ended up with a stranded boat and no safe place to land because the dock at the Red Star River Access collapsed. Delilah Tayloe was among the party of six who left Cape Girardeau headed for lunch in Ste. ...
Jackson aldermen OKs change in zoning (09/21/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen Monday night released the shackles that kept Michael and Joyce Baker at 977 Donna Drive. The Bakers, after the highway was widened to five lanes, have been trying to sell their home for 15 years. On Monday night, the board of aldermen voted 5-2 to give them the tools to sell their property by changing the zoning from residential to commercial...
Cape school board gets new member (09/21/04)
With four of six votes Monday night, Skip Smallwood became a temporary member of the Cape Girardeau School Board. Smallwood will take the place of Robert Brown, who resigned from the board in August to move to St. Louis, for the next six months. In April, a special election will be held to fill Brown's remaining year on the board...
Jackson student dies after traffic accident (09/21/04)
A Jackson High School basketball player who lost control of the vehicle he was driving was one of two area residents who died Sunday as the result of accidents. Jason Schafer, 17, was driving on County Road 621 eight miles north of Cape Girardeau when the 11:17 p.m. accident occurred Sunday. He lost control on a curve, and his vehicle slid off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. He was ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest in a creek...
Nation digest 09/21/04 (09/21/04)
Bush and Kerry teams agree on three debates DERRY, N.H. -- Negotiators for President Bush and Democrat John Kerry agreed Monday to three 90-minute debates beginning Sept. 30, including one town-hall format with questions from undecided voters in the audience. ...
Fed expected to boost rates again (09/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, wanting to keep inflation at bay, is expected to boost short-term interest rates for a third time this year today. Private economists have mixed opinions on whether the economy is still working through or has already emerged from its late spring blues, but most believe the economy is in good enough shape for the Fed to raise the rates again...
CBS apologizes for story about Bush's Guard service (09/21/04)
NEW YORK -- CBS News apologized Monday for a "mistake in judgment" in its story questioning President Bush's National Guard service, claiming it was misled by the source of documents that several experts have dismissed as fakes. The network said it would appoint an independent panel to look at its reporting about the memos. The story has mushroomed into a major media scandal, threatening the reputations of CBS News and chief anchor Dan Rather...
States work to clear mess caused by remnants of Ivan (09/21/04)
A town in Ohio brought out snowplows Monday to clear the muck away. In New Jersey, the statehouse was closed after its parking garage was flooded by the Delaware River. In Wheeling, W.Va., the riverfront park and amphitheater were under water, with only the tips of light poles visible. And parts of downtown Port Deposit, Md., were off limits after the Susequehanna River spilled into city streets...
Security guard shot and killed at Illinois Capitol (09/21/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A gunman walked into the state Capitol Monday and fatally shot an unarmed security guard, then walked out, put his gun in a car trunk and sped off as onlookers yelled for help. Police say the shooter matched the description of a man involved in an apparent robbery attempt about an hour earlier at a nearby military surplus store and also in the theft of a shotgun from the same store a week before...
World briefs 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
Man slashes 25 children at Chinese school BEIJING -- A man slashed 25 children with a kitchen knife Monday at a grade school in eastern China and held a 9-year-old girl hostage for an hour before police captured him, the government said. It was the third time in six weeks that a knife attack has been reported at a Chinese school or day care center. The earlier attacks left one child dead, injured a total of 42 people and caused widespread concern about school safety...
Tropical storm's floods kill more than 500 in Haiti (09/21/04)
GONAIVES, Haiti -- The death toll from a tropical storm that devastated parts of Haiti rose to 573 Monday as search crews recovered dozens of bodies carried away by raging weekend floods or buried by mud or the ruins of their homes, officials said. The bodies of at least 500 people killed by Tropical Storm Jeanne were filling morgues in Gonaives, according to Touissant Kong-Doudou, a spokesman for the U.N. ...
Web video shows beheading of man said to be American (09/21/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A video posted Monday on a Web site showed the beheading of a man identified as American civil engineer Eugene Armstrong. The militant group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the slaying and said another hostage -- either an American or a Briton -- would be killed in 24 hours...
Pakistani militants turn to robbery, carjacking for funds (09/21/04)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- It started with a robbery, but the gang that burst into a branch of Al-Habib Bank in this teeming port city had no interest in striking it rich, and the university graduate driving the getaway car was just getting started on a master plan for terror...
Kelly rings up third no-hitter (09/21/04)
Kelly Essner and Megan Tetley teamed up for Kelly softball's third no-hitter in the last two weeks in a 10-0 five-inning home win Saturday over St. Vincent. Jaime Jackson, Brittany Ponder and Stephanie Hency each had two hits for the Hawks (12-5). Whitney Beggs no-hit Notre Dame earlier this season at the Incarnate Word Tournament, and Essner threw a perfect game against Central on Wednesday...
Scott City football regains form, stands 3-0 (09/21/04)
After Scott City's 17-0 victory against East Prairie on Friday night pushed the Rams' record to 3-0, East Prairie coach Jason Aycock was almost as proud of the Rams as anyone. "They've got a great group of seniors right now," Aycock said. "They have stuck together all the way through. They deserve what they're getting right now. They took their lumps, and my hat is off to those seniors."...
Weekly Spotlight -- Jen Pancoast (09/21/04)
JENNIFER PANCOAST School: Central Class: Senior Sport: Cross Country Accomplishment: Pancoast finished first in the girls 3.1-mile race at the Central Invitational Saturday afternoon with a time of 19 minutes, 46 seconds. In the two meets prior to Saturday, Pancoast finished first in the senior division at the Jackson Invitational and third at the Northwest Invitational behind two high school All-Americans...
Redbirds finally get chance to celebrate (09/21/04)
MILWAUKEE -- Now the St. Louis Cardinals can celebrate their NL Central championship. Two days after they clinched it. Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 Monday night for their major league-leading 98th victory...
Rams' defense has come up empty-handed (09/21/04)
St. Louis has not forced a turnover through its first two games. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- A lack of opportunistic play is partly to blame for the St. Louis Rams' 1-1 start. Last year, the Rams led the NFL with 46 takeaways en route to a 12-4 record and NFC West title. This year, after two games, they have none...
Ankiel's resurgence creates postseason decisions (09/21/04)
ST. LOUIS -- At the very least, Rick Ankiel is laying the groundwork for a run at the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation next season. The team was enthused about Ankiel's throwback performance on Sunday: four strikeouts in two nearly perfect innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. ...
Wolfmeyer acquitted in murder-for-hire plot (09/21/04)
Jury rules the St. Louis woman did not help Mike Danton hire a hitman. By Stephanie V. Siek ~ The Associated Press EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A federal jury Monday acquitted a young Missouri woman of charges that she helped former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton hire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent...
Sports briefs 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
Colleges n Darren Sproles of Kansas State, Texas A&M's Erik Mayes and Darrent Williams of Oklahoma State were named Big 12 players of the week on Monday. Sproles ran for a school-record 292 yards and one touchdown in Kansas State's 40-20 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. The performance was his second 200-yard rushing game of the season. The senior also had 53 return yards and six receiving yards to finish with 351 all-purpose yards...
Middle schoolers - Children some days, miniature adults others (09/21/04)
NEW YORK -- The only people who might have a more difficult time figuring out their place in the world than middle schoolers are their parents. The 11- to 14-year-old group is stuck in a no man's land because they don't want to be treated like children and they're not ready to be teenagers, and that leaves parents walking a tightrope as they try to guide these youths from a mutually agreeable distance...
Cape sees blast of tourism (09/21/04)
Oh, what a difference a bridge makes -- even a damaged one. The recent demolition of the old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau has been a boost to local tourism. People have flocked to the riverfront to see a series of explosions designed to bring down the old bridge...
'CSI- NY' is a crime drama suffering the blues (09/21/04)
NEW YORK -- Now available: A brand-new color in the "CSI" palette! As everyone knows, the original hit, set in Las Vegas, has a filmic look you might describe as Chrome and Neon. Spinoff "CSI: Miami" is Tropical Tawny. Now "CSI: NY" (premiering 9 p.m. Wednesday on CBS) arrives in its own distinctive shade -- Dusky Blue -- with a dour mood to match...
'The Mountain' snows viewers with scenery, but loses drama (09/21/04)
NEW YORK -- You'll find more moguls on "The Mountain" than along its ski runs. There's reluctant mogul David Carver, a motocross roustabout who, much to his shock, is named sole heir of the family ski resort when his grandfather dies in an avalanche...
Glenn Masters (09/21/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Glenn Masters, 72, of Sikeston died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 13, 1931, in McClure, Ill., son of Ellis A. and Julia Cundiff Masters. He and Helen Fern Lacquement were married May 8, 1950. She died in March 1978. He and Edith Rost Emerson were married July 22, 2000...
Johnie Prim (09/21/04)
BROSELEY, Mo. -- Johnie Harold Prim, 88, of Broseley died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born May 3, 1916, in Mounds, Ill., son of John and Gertrude Williams Prim. He and Dorothy Wilson were married Jan. 28, 1935, in Mounds. She died July 24, 1991...
Jason Schafer (09/21/04)
Jason Benjamin Schafer, 17, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, in a car accident near his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1987, in Cape Girardeau, son of Robert J. "Bob" and Shirlene S. Barks Schafer. Schafer attended elementary school at Nell Holcomb, and was currently a senior at Jackson High School, where he played basketball. ...
Alma Valleroy (09/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alma Marie Valleroy, 84, formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. She was born March 24, 1920, in Perry County, son of Victor and Bertha C. Moore. She and Edgar M. Valleroy were married March 27, 1937. He died Aug. 18, 1978...
Jacqueline Sample (09/21/04)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Entered into eternal life Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, Jacqueline Carol Harris Sample of Charleston, beloved wife of the recently deceased George David Sample. Mrs. Sample was born in Richmond, Va., April 29, 1943, daughter of Bessie Chenault and Frederick Milner Harris Jr. ...
Violetta McGee (09/21/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Violetta McGee, 89, of Sikeston died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews, Mo. She was born Dec. 16, 1914, in Golconda, Ill., daughter of Henry Orson and Carrie Pinetta Bonnell Anderson. McGee taught at Portageville and Marston, Mo., schools and retired from Sikeston School District where she taught third grade at Lee Hunter Elementary. She also served on the Southeast Missouri State University staff as a cooperating classroom teacher...
Ruby Palmer (09/21/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Ruby C. Palmer, 75, of Bowling Green, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004. She was born April 21, 1929, in Crainville, Ill., daughter of Martin and Stella Spiller. She and Stanley P. Acklin were married Oct. 1, 1948, in Cobden. He died Dec. 15, 1994. She later married Thomas G. Palmer Feb. 22, 1998, in Wauchula, Fla...
Margaret Schrenk (09/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Margaret M. Schrenk, 90, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born May 5, 1914, in White City, Ill., daughter of George and Catherine Valent Polovich. She first married Robert G. Doll, who died Dec. 30, 1960. She later married John L. Schrenk Nov. 14, 1964, in Perryville...
Elvera Thurman (09/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elvera M. Thurman, 85, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born March 13, 1919, in Perryville, daughter of Frank and Corine Chavaux Emmendorfer. She and Fred J. Thurman were married June 28, 1937. He died Aug. 19, 1969...
Jeremy Koenig (09/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jeremy R. Koenig, 23, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, from injuries received in an automobile accident Sept. 13 in Perry County. He was born June 11, 1981, in Perryville, son of Randy L. and Teresa "Terry" Bergman Koenig...
Births 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
Dumey Daughter to Jamey Michael and Amy Lynn Dumey of Chaffee, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:23 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2004. Name, Alyssa Renee. Weight, 4 pounds 11 ounces. First child. Mrs. Dumey is the former Amy Hooker, daughter of David and Joan Hooker of Chaffee. She is an administrative specialist with MedAssets HSCA Inc. Dumey is the son of Randy and Gail Dumey of Chaffee. He is a conductor with Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway...
Police report 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Terry Dewayne Wake, 32, 101 S. Dixon, Springfield, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of statutory rape. David Troy Dagley, 37, 508 E. Main St., Malden, Mo., was arrested on a Butler County warrant for stealing, on a Stoddard County warrant for stealing and probation violation, and on a probation and parole warrant for being a probation absconder...
Cape fire report 09/21/04 (09/21/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: At 5:12 p.m., an illegal burn at 335 Edgewood St. At 7:11 p.m.., an emergency medical service in the 600 block of Spanish Street. At 11:28 p.m., an extrication in Cape Girardeau County...
Out of the past 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 21, 1994 Cape Girardeau County Commission is discussing whether to support proposal to construct Interstate 55 interchange between U.S. 61 and Fruitland intersections; city councils of Jackson and Cape Girardeau have passed joint resolution urging Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to move forward with project; endorsement of county commission likely would aid the project...
Fun at the riverfront (09/21/04)
Even though several days have passed since the last blast at the old Mississippi River bridge in Cape Girardeau, the unexpected results are still the topic of considerable discussion. The biggest question: Does this mean the bridge was ready to fall down anyway?...
Fight against pet limits continues (09/21/04)
To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who offered support during the petition phase of our fight against Cape Girardeau's pet-limitation ordinance. We will be taking steps allowed to us by law. In the meantime, I would like to respond to one comment I've heard while going door to door...
Autism activist clarifies story info (09/21/04)
To the editor: Regarding the online version of Bob Miller's article last Thursday about the autism conference, I would like to make two clarifications. The article said I crossed party lines to push needed legislation. I am still a Republican, but after witnessing the deplorable, self-serving behavior of state Sen. ...
Islamic silence on terror is deafening (09/21/04)
To the editor: Tani Bohnert is, of course, correct when she said that terrorism is not always religious. However, in recent history innocent blood has been shed by true believers of Islam. The children in the Beslan school were the target. One terrorist was apparently murdered by his leader when he objected to killing children, but he still apparently had no qualms about murdering their unarmed and defenseless parents. ...
Speak Out 9/21/04 (09/21/04)
Heartbreak over rabbit I JUST read the article about Cinnamon in the Missourian. It really disturbs me that someone would steal these people's pet rabbit at the fair. Please return their family pet and get your own pet. These people are heartbroken. This doesn't make Cape Girardeau look like a very caring town...
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