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Constitution Party's statewide candidates include Dexter man (10/01/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Constitution Party, which advocates a government that operates under a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, is fielding a full slate of statewide candidates in the Nov. 2 general elections. The party's hopefuls include Bruce Hillis of Dexter, Mo., who is running for lieutenant governor...
Jackson scores low on building standards evaluation (10/01/04)
The Insurance Services Office, a national independent organization that collects data from towns and cities across the United States, has given Jackson a poor rating in its building code study. In other words, people planning to build in Jackson won't save a lot of money on their home insurance...
October is month to gather with neighbors, friends (10/01/04)
A city committee wants Cape Girardeau residents to hold block parties or other get-togethers this month as part of a Neighborhood Nights Month program. It's a new effort by the city's Vision 2020 Community Relations Council to strengthen community ties, said committee chairman Nancy Jernigan...
Grants to benefit Jackson police, fire (10/01/04)
Three recently awarded grants will be used toward making Jackson a safer place to live. Two of the grants are from the Department of Homeland Security. The city of Jackson was awarded a grant of $62,486 to upgrade radios and to increase security in the fire and police departments and at water department locations, said fire chief Brad Golden. The money will also enhance equipment at the police and fire departments...
Turning 50 at Channel 12 (10/01/04)
For Cape Girardeau, the beginning of local television was a slide show. In 1954, broadcast entrepreneur Oscar Hirsch -- who operated the only commercial radio station in town for 27 years -- gave viewers in the area their first televised images of local life, which included slides accompanied by voice-overs showing his station's new transmission tower going up a few miles northwest of the city just off of U.S. 61. The tower is still visible from the highway today...
For the love of the game (10/01/04)
Although the turnout this week for Southeast Missouri State University's fantasy baseball camp was its lowest ever, that didn't seem to deter the several local residents who participated in Thursday's final evening of activities at Capaha Field. "I help with the training staff at Southeast and coach Hogan has been trying to get me to do this, but I'm usually too busy with my boys," said Cape Girardeau chiropractor Brian Stevens, 41. ...
Local briefs 10/1/04 (10/01/04)
Cape man pleads guilty on crack cocaine charge A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to charges of distributing crack cocaine. Jamoris Nunley, 22, pleaded guilty to one felony count before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. ...
Region briefs 10/1/04 (10/01/04)
Skull found by hunters in Dunklin County KENNETT, Mo. -- Authorities from Missouri and Arkansas are excavating a site in the Red Onion area of Dunklin County after some hunters found a human skull there. The identity of the skull has not been determined, said Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder. ...
Partisan local crowds cheer Busch, Kerry (10/01/04)
As groups of Democrats and Republicans gathered at separate Cape Girardeau restaurants Thursday to cheer on a candidate in the presidential debates, it was clear many minds were made up a long time ago. Travis Strobach and Rob Vollmer, students at Southeast Missouri State University, joined a GOP group at Cedar Street restaurant and bar. Both said they have their minds made up for Bush. Vollmer said he came to listen to Kerry contradict himself...
Zonta Club recognizes area women's successes (10/01/04)
Cape Girardeau businesses and organizations might have seemed peculiarly lacking in leading women Thursday, as many of the area's top female professionals and civic-minded women attended the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau's Women of Achievement luncheon...
Otahkians begin annual Dig for Life campaign (10/01/04)
The Southeast Missouri State University volleyball program's Dig for Life campaign taking place this month is in its fifth year -- and its meaning to coach Cindy Gannon is as strong as ever. In 2000, Gannon lost her mother to breast cancer, and she decided to begin Dig for Life, which helps raise money to educate area women about breast cancer prevention and to help families already affected by the disease. ...
Anticipation builds as WashU prepares for presidential debate (10/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- At Washington University, a dizzying array of details must be met to turn a school campus into a presidential debate site -- like adding 53 miles of fiber optic cables, 1,500 temporary phone numbers and 25,000 feet of new carpeting. Organizers said transforming the university's field house into a debate forum for President Bush and Sen. John Kerry by next Friday is no simple task, but the university knows what must be done...
Blunt OKs Springfield debate; no to St. Louis (10/01/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Matt Blunt has agreed to a televised gubernatorial debate against Democrat Claire McCaskill in his hometown of Springfield but has turned down a similar offer in the traditional Democratic stronghold of St. Louis. The Springfield debate is to occur Oct. ...
Twenty-eight facing drug charges (10/01/04)
TROY, Mo. -- More than two dozen people face drug charges after a massive sweep in eastern Missouri, authorities said Thursday. Eighteen suspects were rounded up Wednesday, and authorities were searching for 10 more, Troy Police Chief Jeff Taylor said. All of the crimes allegedly occurred in Lincoln County, and most of the suspects live there. A few are from nearby Warren and St. Charles counties...
McCaskill details prescription drug plan (10/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- About $100 of the $150 that John Haynes spends on prescription drugs every month comes out of his pocket -- for heart and breathing medication for him, blood pressure medicine for his wife. That's a problem facing too many Missourians, said State Auditor and gubernatorial candidate Claire McCaskill said...
Concealed guns OK statewide, almost (10/01/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Effective today, Missouri's piecemeal approach to concealed guns becomes a little easier to understand: If you live in most of the St. Louis area or Jackson County, you can't have them. If you live anywhere else, you can. Rural Osage County, just east and south of Missouri's capital, has been the only place outside the state's largest cities not to accept applications for concealed weapons permits...
Consumer spending flat in August; jobless claims rise (10/01/04)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Consumers were tightfisted with their money amid soaring gasoline costs in August and hurricane-related disruptions last week sent applications for jobless benefits to their highest level in seven months. Overall spending was flat in August, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. ...
House defeats gay marriage ban amendment (10/01/04)
WASHINGTON -- The House emphatically rejected a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Thursday, the latest in a string of conservative pet causes advanced by Republican leaders in the run-up to Election Day. The vote was 227-186, 49 votes shy of the two-thirds needed for approval of an amendment that President Bush backed but the Senate had previously scuttled...
Army gets creative to meet recruiting goals (10/01/04)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Meet Staff Sgt. Chad Cloutier: part counselor, part personal trainer, part teacher's aide. He is an Army recruiter with an arsenal that includes offers of more than $70,000 in college aid and $20,000 in bonus money, a black "Army of One" motorcycle parked outside his office, and a laptop that plays hip recruiting footage in potential recruits' homes...
Federal judge calls secret government searches unconstitutional (10/01/04)
NEW YORK -- In a blow to the Justice Department's post-Sept. 11, 2001, powers, a federal judge said the government's ability to conduct secret and unchallengable searches of Internet and telephone records violates the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero on Wednesday struck down a USA Patriot Act provision that allowed the FBI to gather phone and Web customer records and then barred the service providers from ever disclosing the search took place...
Candidates' war of words on Iraq (10/01/04)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush Thursday night of a "colossal error in judgment" in ordering the invasion of Iraq. "The world is better off without Saddam Hussein," the president shot back in campaign debate, adding his rival once said so himself...
Drug maker pulls popular arthritis pills off market (10/01/04)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Vioxx, the blockbuster arthritis drug heavily promoted on television and taken by tens of millions of people, was pulled from the market by its maker Thursday after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Experts advised patients to immediately stop taking Vioxx and talk to their doctors about alternatives...
Bombings by Iraqi militants leave 35 children dead, more hurt (10/01/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A string of bombs killed 35 children and wounded scores of others as U.S. troops handed out candy Thursday at a government-sponsored celebration to inaugurate a sewage plant. It was the largest death toll of children in any insurgent attack since the start of the Iraq conflict...
Britain's Blair set to undergo heart procedure (10/01/04)
The Associated Press LONDON -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he will undergo a medical procedure today to correct an irregular heartbeat, a surprise announcement linked to treatment he had a year ago. Blair also used the opportunity to end months of speculation about his leadership future by announcing that he intends to serve a full third term if his party is re-elected in national elections expected next year. He stressed he would not seek a fourth term...
Russian Cabinet approves Kyoto Protocol, needs parliament OK (10/01/04)
MOSCOW -- Russia's Cabinet approved the Kyoto Protocol on Thursday in a crucial step toward putting the long-delayed climate change treaty into effect, although without participation by the United States. Final approval by the Russian parliament, which would push the treaty past its required ratification threshold, was not guaranteed, however. ...
28 Palestinians, three Israelis killed in Gaza fighting (10/01/04)
The Associated Press JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops struck deep inside the largest Palestinian refugee camp Thursday, battling masked gunmen in an unprecedented campaign to stop deadly rocket fire on Israeli towns. Twenty-eight Palestinians were killed and 131 wounded, the bloodiest single-day toll in fighting in 30 months...
Central throws a scare into SLUH (10/01/04)
Moral victories typically do not count for much in sports. But after playing its most complete game of the season in a narrow 21-13 loss to St. Louis University High on Thursday night at Houck Stadium, Central's football team left the field feeling pretty good about its effort...
Jackson volleyball tops Notre Dame (10/01/04)
Jackson knocked off visiting Notre Dame in a matchup of two of the area's top volleyball programs, as the Indians picked up a 33-31, 25-23 home victory. Leading the attack for the Indians (13-4-3) were Molly Hartmann (14 digs, six blocks), Amanda Peiffer (eight blocks), Jody Gipson (12 assists) and Shay Priester (eight kills)...
Jackson faces toughest test to perfect mark (10/01/04)
Jackson football coach Carl Gross thought his team was a little flat in a victory against Sikeston last Friday following an emotional week for the team and the school. The Indians will not have that luxury tonight if they want to improve to 5-0. Jefferson City travels to Jackson for a 7 p.m. kickoff...
Notre Dame meet has 15-team field (10/01/04)
Starting out with five participating schools three years ago, the Notre Dame Invitational cross country meet has grown three-fold heading into Saturday's meet. Fifteen schools will compete with varsity to junior high teams racing. Area schools participating include host Notre Dame, Saxony Lutheran, Delta, Advance, Oak Ridge and Meadow Heights. Central's junior high team will compete in the meet...
Prep football - Week 5 (10/01/04)
Jefferson City (3-1) at Jackson (4-0), 7 p.m. Last week: Jackson 28, Sikeston 8; Jefferson City 28, Poplar Bluff 7 Last year's meeting: did not play Notes: Jackson faces its toughest test this season against visiting Jefferson City, the first team on its schedule above .500 while the four previous opponents are a combined 4-12. ...
Cards fall short, resulting in first four-game losing streak (10/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris struggled in his final tuneup for the playoffs, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Thursday night to send the NL Central champions to their first four-game losing streak of the season. Keith Ginter hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Scott Podsednik hit a two-run shot in the fourth...
Carpenter won't pitch in opening round of playoffs (10/01/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on Thursday officially counted right-hander Chris Carpenter out of the first round of the playoffs. Carpenter, 15-5 with a 3.46 ERA, has been sidelined with nerve damage in his right biceps since Sept. 18. He had hoped to miss only one start before a medical exam last week revealed the problem...
Surprise - Astros may reach the playoffs after all (10/01/04)
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have done little wrong in the past month after doing little right for most of the season. After firing their manager and playing catch-up for the past three months, the Astros began Thursday with an improbable lead in the NL playoff race. They were atop the wild-card standing for the first time this season, a half-game ahead of San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs, who lost Thursday in Cincinnati...
Woods hurting but still in contention (10/01/04)
Tiger Woods pursed his lips and cursed under his breath as he stood over his first tee shot, feeling spasms in his back and knowing the sharp pain that was coming with each shot. He yelped after his second drive. His knees buckled after making contact on the sixth tee. He stopped a half-dozen times and lifted his shirt so his caddie could rub heating cream between his shoulder blades...
Greener pastures near to home (10/01/04)
It's been a hobby of mine for many years to dream about the perfect place to live. Where, preferably without leaving the territorial boundaries of the good old United States of America, can you find the best weather and best overall living conditions?...
Can GPS units be added to car? (10/01/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: I just bought a new Toyota Corolla last year, and I love it. I'm a visiting nurse and have to find the homes of new clients all the time. I'd love to have one of those new-fangled navigation systems that tell you how to get to specific addresses. ...
New Caravan rides like a dream (10/01/04)
srobertson If you are like a lot of us who need to haul a lot of people and stuff, I've got just the vehicle for you. And the best part is, it handles like a dream and provides a quiet, plush ride. It's the latest incarnation of Dodge's famous Caravan minivan, which for the past 20 years has been hauling everything from soccer kids to sacks of cement for more than 10 million owners worldwide...
Play brings Anne Frank to life (10/01/04)
"The Diary of Anne Frank" is not the easiest production to pull off well with its weighty subject matter demanding a lot of the director and the actors, but the Southeast Missouri State University's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank," directed by Dennis Seyer, steers clear of those dangers and brings the story of Anne Frank to life...
Everybody's a critic - 'First Daughter' (10/01/04)
One-half star (out of four) I expected a lot more from actor-turned-director Forest Whitaker. Katie Holmes delivers a rather disappointing performance as Samantha, the president's daughter. Everything about this movie is completely absurd and overly dramatic. Simply watching it induced hyperglycemia. The script was bursting with romantic clichés, "unexpected" twists and "unpredictable" resolutions...
Reflections from Cape Girardeau (10/01/04)
lthough she now lives in New York City, opera singer and vocal teacher Judith Farris has never forgotten about her Cape Girardeau beginnings, and the people who were part of those beginnings have never forgotten about Farris. Which is why Farris' Tuesday performance at her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University, means a lot to both parties...
Artifacts 10/1/04 (10/01/04)
Arts council holds First Friday opening reception From 5 to 8 p.m. today, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 32 N. Main St., will hold its First Friday opening reception. This month the arts council is featuring the wood sculpture of Southeast Missouri State University graduate Ron Koehler in the Lorimer Gallery, while the woodcuts of Diego Rios will be on display in Gallery 100. ...
Finding voice with Farris (10/01/04)
I remember the audience waiting in anticipation for the fifth-grade talent show to begin. I was to go onstage to sing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," and caught myself thinking, "What could be more fun?" Unlike playing the cello, my instrument since age 5, singing was easy. I didn't have to worry about finger position or reading notes. I simply opened my mouth and out came my voice -- the instrument I was born to use -- to the "delight" of the audience...
Coming to theaters 10/1/04 (10/01/04)
'Ladder 49' Starring John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Jacinda Barrett, Morris Chestnut, Billy Burke, Balthazar Getty, Tim Guinee, Robert Patrick and Jay Hernandez. Jack Morrison is a firefighter who's making the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned vet, guided by his mentor, Mike Kennedy (John Travolta). ...
Edward Claussen (10/01/04)
Edward J. Claussen, 43, of Jackson died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 27, 1960, in Chicago, Ill., son of Theodore L. and Eleanor M. Fries Claussen. He married Tonya R. McCall April 27, 1996...
Dr. William Ansberry (10/01/04)
Dr. William F. Ansberry, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at Life Care Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Uvalde McDowell (10/01/04)
Uvalde McDowell, 88, of Jackson died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 1, 1916, in Cheetham, Texas, daughter of Alfred and Missouri Thompson Lassen. She married Cecil McDowell, who preceded her in death...
Louise Grojean (10/01/04)
Louise Pauline Grojean, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Louis and Anna Hargens Bierschwal. She and Gene Crenshaw were married Feb. 12, 1944, in Cape Girar-deau. She later married Char-les "Sonny" Grojean Aug. 22, 1975, in Gordonville. He died Jan. 11, 2004...
Evelyn White (10/01/04)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Evelyn H. Cross White, 87, of Ullin died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. She was born June 29, 1917, at Hustonville, Ky., daughter of Henry and Debbie Burton Hudson. She married Alfred Cross Aug. 14, 1937, at Fayette County, Ky. He preceded her in death Feb. 24, 1981. She later married Norman F. White on May 10, 1988, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death in April 2000...
Deloma Colwell (10/01/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Deloma "Toots" Colwell, 80, of Poplar Bluff died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at The Cedargate in Poplar Bluff. She was born Aug. 14, 1924, at Fisk, Mo., daughter of Everett H. and Ossie A. Walker Hall. Colwell had lived in Arizona and moved to Poplar Bluff in 1992. She was a retired business owner...
Cape police report 10/1/04 (10/01/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Jeffrey Vincent Mirgeaux, 2038 Perryville Road, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Max D. Fryer III, no age given, Box 4, LaGrange, Ark., was arrested on a warrant from DeSoto County, Miss., for possession of precursors...
Out of the past 10/1/04 (10/01/04)
10 years ago: Oct. 1, 1994 Show Me Center director David Ross has never had a worse week in promoting entertainment events; both The Pointer Sisters concert, scheduled for Tuesday, and Kenny G concert, scheduled Oct. 13, have been canceled. City of Cape Girardeau will have piled up debt of more than $100 million by next year, and most of it came during past decade...
The Florida myth (10/01/04)
~ From The Wall Street Journal In case you were lucky enough to miss it, here's a recent fund-raising letter from New Jersey Democratic Senator Jon Corzine: "Voter suppression and intimidation . . . in Florida again!? The GOP used voter intimidation and outright fraud to hand Florida to George W. Bush in 2000, and if we don't stop them, they'll do it again."...
Quick action (10/01/04)
Cape Girardeau homeowners and business owners whose houses and businesses are no longer likely to flood but who are still paying for flood insurance got a bit of good news this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it may have new flood-plain maps by next spring, some two years earlier than the federal agency's original timetable...
Kerry's war record raises questions (10/01/04)
To the editor: The biting irony of this presidential campaign is that the Democrats' ultra-liberal candidate is running on a war record that until now he found thoroughly shameful -- and which we learn is dubious at best. The Washington Post, conducting its own investigation, has concluded that John Kerry did not volunteer for combat duty, as he would now have us believe. ...
Insurgent groups cause problems (10/01/04)
This previously published letter is being reprinted with a new headline that eliminates confusion caused by the original headline. To the editor: In response to "Violence dots map of Iraq despite political optimism": The following was a statement made in article: "On Friday, the day of rest across the Muslim world, clashes broke out in Ramadi and parts of the capital. ...
Vote for change to fairer policies (10/01/04)
To the editor: It is time for voters who are not yet decided to choose a presidential candidate that best represents their concerns. Good jobs, affordable health care, the means to send a child to college and the ability to purchase a home are some of the things everyone desires. The last four years have made it difficult to achieve these goals...
Speak Out 10/01/04 (10/01/04)
Message to young drivers I VERY much appreciated the article about Jason Schafer. I attended his funeral, and I understand the shock and grief of the community. The article talked about Jason being an upstanding young man and being an organ donor. I hope Jackson and Cape Girardeau high school kids will take something from this. ...
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