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Stories from Monday, September 27, 2004

Fire departments gather for competition (09/27/04)
While children climbed on firetrucks and took lessons in fire safety, a few firefighters were able to dazzle them with their skills Sunday at the third annual Cape Firetruck Rally at Capaha Park. For the first year at the rally, four competitions were featured as a means to develop stronger relations with the community and among firefighters...
Company to survey county on public transit (09/27/04)
They won't be trying to issue you a new credit card or give you a "free" trip to Disney World. So public transit consultant Frank Spielberg politely asks, "Please don't hang up on us." In the coming weeks, beginning in October, Spielberg's company, BMI-SG, will be asking questions at public places and conducting 800 telephone surveys to shape his recommendation regarding an overhaul of public transit within the county...
Jackson students get lesson on how to avoid assault (09/27/04)
Sometimes dating can be hazardous. Members of the Jackson High School Health Careers Club learned something about that last week from Leasa Stone, a counselor with the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence. Stone presented ways to avoid situations that could lead to sexual assault. NASV is an advocacy center for people who have been sexually assaulted...
Community cuisine 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
Pork sausage on menu at Zion Lutheran Zion Lutheran Church has planned a pork sausage supper for Oct. 10 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. The church is located two miles south of Gordonville off Highway 25. Children 6 and under can eat free. Whole hog pork sausage dinner set for Oct. 17...
Military digest 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
Seaman completes Navy basic training Navy Seaman Recruit George A. Wallace, a 2003 graduate of Charleston High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Wallace completed a variety of training with an emphasis placed on physical fitness...
Community briefs 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
Chaffee planning 100 years celebration in 2005 A Chaffee centennial meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chaffee City Hall. A board of directors will be elected at that time. All businesses and organizations are urged to have a representative at the meeting. All residents interested in helping with Chaffee's Centennial Celebration in 2005 are also urged to attend...
Indians' character shines in dramatic OT win (09/27/04)
Southeast avoided its fourth straight loss with a late charge. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian As far as Andrew Goodenough and Derek Kutz were concerned, perhaps the most significant attribute of Southeast Missouri State University's scintillating 51-48, four-overtime win over Samford Saturday night was the heart the Indians displayed...
Community Q&A 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
n Name: G. Brooks Kohler Lives in: Cape Girardeau Job: I am currently in training for a new position at a local company. What do you like most about the area? The one thing that comes to mind immediately is the rich history. Favorite food: Philly steak with hot peppers...
Federal officials say obesity near epidemic proportions (09/27/04)
Americans are killing themselves with their lack of physical activity and poor diet. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the number of Americans who are overweight or obese has reached epidemic proportions. More than 400,000 deaths in 2000 were attributable to obesity, a 33 percent rise over 1990. And the risk of death or chronic disease rises with an increased body weight, according to information from the U.S. surgeon general's Web site...
Growing girth (09/27/04)
When Christina McGee wanted a snack after dinner Thursday, she ate an apple. And then another. And while she nibbles on fresh fruit instead of potato chips or snack cakes, the Cape Girardeau kindergartner is already conscious of her body size. "She's already worried about her weight and says she's getting fat so she's got to run," said her father, James McGee...
Holden helped diversify judiciary (09/27/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although Gov. Bob Holden's turbulent term as Missouri's chief executive likely will be most remembered for his bitter fights with the Republican-led legislature, the Democrat will leave a lasting mark on the composition of the state judiciary...
Southeast president speaks with students' families at brunch (09/27/04)
Around 25 families of students wrapped up Family Weekend on Sunday at a brunch with the president of Southeast Missouri State University. President Dr. Ken Dobbins personally greeted families as they ate a home-style spread that included Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs, sponsored by Chartwells...
Region digest 09/27/04 (09/27/04)
Hitchhiker dies after being struck on I-55 A hitchhiking woman died after stepping directly into the path of a northbound Jeep Saturday evening on Interstate 55 a mile north of Jackson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Nancy Stawicki, 34, of St. ...
Southeast soccer wins OVC opener (09/27/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's soccer team picked up its first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season Sunday as the Otahkians slipped past host Austin Peay 1-0 in Clarksville, Tenn. The Otahkians improved to 6-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in OVC play. The Govs fell to 5-4-1 and 0-2...
Historic St. Louis costume store owner is packing up shop (09/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A worker sorted through a box marked "puttees" on the floor of a costume-rental warehouse. He spread out 10 of the spats-like calf protectors used by the Army in World Wars I and II. Three black knit, knee-length women's swimsuits from the early 20th century hang nearby. "Muffs" reads the label on a recycled cardboard computer-paper box. Other boxes are marked "Castro hats," "black bodices" and "cook caps."...
Age of health club members becoming younger and younger (09/27/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At a growing number of health clubs, gyms and YMCAs across the country, the treadmills and barbells aren't just for adults anymore. While experts debate whether it's a good idea, more teens and "tweens," or preteens, are hitting the workout circuit to get in shape...
Mount St. Helens sees growing string of earthquakes (09/27/04)
SEATTLE -- A strengthening series of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens prompted seismologists Sunday to warn that the once-devastating volcano may see a small explosion soon. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a notice of volcanic unrest in response to the swarm of hundreds of earthquakes that began Thursday...
After strong bond run, experts warn not to sell whole stake (09/27/04)
NEW YORK -- Bond funds enjoyed a surprisingly strong run this summer, but analysts say their advance had more to do with fear than fundamentals, as weaker-than-expected economic data and terror concerns made investors uneasy about equities. Earlier this year, as the Federal Reserve began raising the federal funds rate off a 45-year low, many on Wall Street were predicting steep declines in the price of bonds, which fall as their yields rise...
Nation/world briefs 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
Bomb threat forces flight to land in London LONDON -- A bomb threat that mentioned Iraq forced a New York-bound Greek airliner to make an emergency landing Sunday at London's Stansted Airport escorted by military jets, authorities said. An airport spokeswoman said an Athens newspaper had received a phone call saying there was a bomb on board the Olympic Airlines plane. Authorities immediately notified the pilot of the call, and he asked for a military escort...
Jeanne batters Florida anew (09/27/04)
HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. -- Jeanne, Florida's fourth hurricane in six weeks, piled on destruction in already ravaged areas Sunday, slicing across the state with howling wind that rocketed debris from earlier storms and torrents of rain that turned streets into rivers...
Voters to pass judgment on medical malpractice awards (09/27/04)
Rivaling Bush vs. Kerry for bitterness, doctors and trial lawyers are squaring off this fall in an unprecedented four-state struggle over limiting malpractice awards. The volatile issue is in voters' hands and each side is desperate to win, spending millions of dollars to make their cases and portray the other side as greedy...
Presidential debates to pit broad brush against deep detail (09/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- This fall's presidential debates will pit George W. Bush's folksy manner and big-picture brand of policymaking against John Kerry's more cerebral outlook and nuanced world view. Each is a proven debater who knows, only too well, what personal pitfalls to avoid: Bush must stifle the smirk, for instance, and Kerry must cut short his rhetorical rambling...
Half-ton man, losing weight fast on 1,200-calorie-a-day diet (09/27/04)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Patrick Deuel is on a diet. He's down to about 700 pounds now. He hopes to lose 400 more. When he entered the hospital in Sioux Falls, he weighed more than half a ton -- a disaster Deuel blames on bad genes and his early years in the restaurant business...
China's Communist Party calls for better government (09/27/04)
BEIJING -- China's Communist Party called on its members Sunday to improve their ability to run an increasingly complex nation, complaining in an unusually self-critical statement that some of its own leaders lack integrity and warning that the "life and death of the party" could hang in the balance...
Top al-Qaida operative killed in raid in Pakistan (09/27/04)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Paramilitary police killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative, wanted for alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, during a four-hour shootout Sunday at a southern Pakistan house, the information minister said. At least two other men were arrested...
Car bomb kills senior Hamas official in Syria (09/27/04)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- In a hit claimed by Israeli security officials, a senior Hamas operative was killed in a car bombing Sunday outside his house in Damascus, the first such killing of a leader of the Islamic militant group in Syria. Izz Eldine Subhi Sheik Khalil, 42, died instantly in the explosion, which wounded three bystanders. Witnesses said he was speaking on his mobile phone as he put his white Mitsubishi SUV in reverse before it exploded about 10 yards from his home...
Real-life horror is traumatized Iraq's preferred TV viewing (09/27/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In an outdoor food market under the fierce midday sun, a crowd of men and boys were watching video footage of a truck bomber seated behind the steering wheel, smiling and murmuring his last words before crashing into U.S. military vehicles on an overpass...
Developments in Iraq on Sunday (09/27/04)
n Two car bombs wounded American and Iraqi troops west of the capital Sunday. The two attackers who died in the twin blasts tried to ram their cars into a National Guard base in Kharma, a town on the outskirts of the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity...
School seizure shows growing influence of Islamic extremists (09/27/04)
MOSCOW -- The brutality and meticulous planning of the school hostage-taking and other recent terror attacks in Russia have focused new attention on the growing influence of Islamic extremists over Chechen rebels and raised suspicions of a global terror connection...
Heins successfully defends title (09/27/04)
With nobody to push him, Eric Heins didn't expect an eye-popping time during Sunday's 24th annual City of Roses Half Marathon in Cape Girardeau. But Southeast Missouri State University's second-year cross country coach came away satisfied with his performance as he repeated his title in the 13.1-mile event...
Saints' journeyman travels past Rams (09/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Even without Deuce McAllister, the New Orleans Saints' running game is in good hands. Perturbed after being described as a journeyman, fill-in Aaron Stecker responded with his first career 100-yard day in the Saints' 28-25 overtime victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday...
Johnson KO's Jones; Bowe wins return bout (09/27/04)
Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver were on stage together, joking about a unification fight for the light heavyweight title. As for Roy Jones Jr., considered by some the world's best pound-for-pound fighter, he was in the back of an ambulance headed to the hospital...
Sunday's NFL results 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
Eagles 30, Lions 13 Donovan McNabb threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 30-13 win over the Detroit Lions in the lone game between unbeatens Sunday. Terrell Owens caught six passes for 107 yards and a TD for the Eagles, 3-0 for the first time since they won their first four in 1993. ...
Newman captures MBNA America 400 (09/27/04)
DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman has a plan to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup title even though the mathematics make that seem very unlikely. "If we can finish in the top five in the last nine races, I can pretty much guarantee us a championship," he said after winning Sunday at Dover International Speedway. "But we can't finish 33rd, first and then 33rd."...
Singh breaks money record with win (09/27/04)
Vijay Singh broke the PGA Tour single-year money record Tiger Woods set while winning three majors in 2000, holding off Stewart Cink to win the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa., by one shot Sunday for his third consecutive victory. Singh's eighth championship this year pushed his money total to $9,455,566 in 26 events, surpassing Woods' $9,188,321 while he was winning nine times in 20 events in 2000. ...
Marquis joins Cardinals' list of 15-game winners (09/27/04)
DENVER -- Albert Pujols hit his 46th homer to move within one of the major league lead and Jason Marquis pitched seven strong innings to give St. Louis its fourth 15-game winner, helping the Cardinals win their fifth straight with a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday...
Sports briefs 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
Baseball Angels left fielder Jose Guillen was suspended for the rest of the season Sunday because of his outburst after being lifted for a pinch runner a day earlier. Guillen was informed of the club's decision after batting practice, when the Angels closed their clubhouse for 75 minutes. Anaheim said he was being suspended without pay and the suspension would continue into the postseason if the Angels qualify for the playoffs...
Bait and Tackle back in Jackson (09/27/04)
After a five-month hiatus, the morning coffee drinkers of Jackson can rest easy. At 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, Jackson Bait and Tackle reopened for business and for the 10 to 20 patrons who congregate there every morning to drink coffee and share their takes on the world around them...
'Forgotten' leads box office amid weak turnout at theaters (09/27/04)
LOS ANGELES -- It's been a bad time for movies in general lately, but good for thrillers like "The Forgotten," which claimed the No. 1 box office spot over the weekend, scaring up $22 million. The overall box office was down for the fourth straight weekend compared to the same time last year. But movies like "The Forgotten," about a mother who believes supernatural forces have erased people from her life, and the zombie horror-satire "Shaun of the Dead" still debuted relatively strongly...
Multiplayer games are coming to cell phones (09/27/04)
AUSTIN, Texas -- It's difficult to compare "Momentum" to the cinematic landscapes and sweeping orchestral scores common in many popular video games, but that would be missing the point. Unlike most games for cellular phones in the United States, "Momentum" lets Allen Eichler challenge up to five people from just about anywhere in the country to collect coins scattered throughout a maze...
Supercomputers improve prediction for hurricanes (09/27/04)
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Thousands of miles from the rain and wind of Hurricane Ivan, a model of the storm swirls in the memory and processors of a supercomputer that predicts its likely course and strength. Working through complex mathematical equations that describe the atmosphere's behavior across the globe, hundreds of microprocessors perform billions of calculations each second on observations collected by sensors dropped by aircraft and other monitors...
People on the move 09/27/04 (09/27/04)
Hahs Agency hires full-time financial rep The Hahs Agency of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network recently announced that Jeannie Van de Ven has been hired as a new full-time financial representative serving the Cape Girardeau area. She is active in the community as a member of the Zonta Club and the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce...
Business memo 09/27/04 (09/27/04)
Rose Concrete Products receives certification Rose Concrete Products Inc. of Scott City recently announced that it has received certification from the American Concrete Pipe Association and the National Precast Concrete Association. These certifications apply to the manufacturing of concrete precast structures, dry-cast reinforced concrete pipe and dry-cast box culverts...
Jackson woman finds niche with unusual handcrafted handbags (09/27/04)
Mary Ann Sample of Jackson has made a runaway success out of a cart full of license plates, Kool-Aid wrappers, record albums, shoes and newspapers. From her Westfield Shoppingtown West Park store Purse 'N' Ality by Mary's Gems shop, Sample sells unusual purses and wallets made from and designed after those and other strange items...
Fred Ostendorf (09/27/04)
Fred Edward Ostendorf, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center due to a farming accident. He was born Oct. 11, 1917, in Cape Girardeau County, son of John and Cecilia Millering Ostendorf. He and Stella Kirchdoerfer were married Sept. 1, 1956, at Cape Girardeau. She died Nov. 28, 1965...
Opal Kelley (09/27/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Opal W. Kelley, 89, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at the Union County Hospital at Anna. She was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Julious and Ethel Lasley Hartline. She and Jack R. Cruse were married May 10, 1935. He died May 13, 1945. She and Truman O. Williams were married in 1975. He died in 1978. She and Edward J. Kelley were married in 1979. He died April 16, 2002...
Kate Brown (09/27/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Kate Brown, 70, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at Memorial Hospital at Carbondale, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home at Anna.
Freddie Little (09/27/04)
CYPRESS, Ill. -- Freddie G. Little, 75, of Cypress died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at the Western Baptist Hospital at Paducah, Ky. He was born Jan. 1, 1929, at Cairo, Ill., son of Harlon and Dimple Taylor Little. Little was a plant manager for Ferguson Aluminum at Olmsted, Ill., and a veteran of the U.S. Navy...
Cape fire report 09/27/04 (09/27/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 11:15 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Lorimier Street. At 11:30 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Fountain Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape police report 09/27/04 (09/27/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs John Andrew Myers, 27, of Box 950, Grassy, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failure to signal and going the wrong way on a one-way street...
Out of the past 9/27/04 (09/27/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 27, 1994 Minor earthquake rattled Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky yesterday, four-year anniversary of quake that shook Southeast Missouri into earthquake hysteria; new director of Earthquake Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, Haydar Al-Shukri, says Monday's quake was typical seismic activity and shouldn't be sign "the big one" is on the way...
Return of the draft? (09/27/04)
A key issue for young Americans and their families to consider as they prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming presidential election is the real likelihood of a military draft being reinstated if President Bush is re-elected. Bush should tell us now whether he supports a military draft...
End of the reign (09/27/04)
The long reign of the liberal-dominated old media is over, and Dan Rather and CBS gave it the coup de grace. It's been in its death throes for quite a while, ever since talk radio and internet bloggers and Fox News arrived on the scene and began to tell the other -- and true -- side of the stories the mainstream media had been spiking or slanting leftward for decades...
Fighting meth (09/27/04)
Missouri law enforcement officials are taking notice of an Oklahoma law that seems to have curbed the sale of ephedrine, an ingredient in the drug methamphetamine. Officials in Southeast Missouri like the law because it is proactive and works to take the meth-making ingredients out of the hands of illegal drug makers. And since Missouri is flooded with meth labs, officials are always looking for ways to curb illegal drug activity...
Speak Out 09/27/04 (09/27/04)
Plenty of pets I TOO am a pet person, but if you live in town, having four dogs and four cats is plenty of pets for anyone. I used to live where a pet ordinance said you could only have two cats and two dogs, and these pets had to be registered for a fee of $5 per animal -- more if your pet was not spayed or neutered. ...
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