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Stories from Monday, October 4, 2004

Airport mixes model planes, merit badges (10/04/04)
While the Show Me Air Kings held their annual model airplane show Sunday at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, girls from Troop 336 of the Girls Scouts of Otahki Council earned their aerospace badge. About 30 models were displayed in the show with 17 designs flown, which included Snoopy flying his dog house, a pizza box-like design and a witch...
Writer to sign copies of novel published by SEMO (10/04/04)
LABEL: 'Seven Laurels' By Kathryn Alfisi ~ Southeast Missourian Linda Busby Parker was a professor at the University of South Alabama, teaching mass media classes, when she woke up one morning in 1997 and decided she was going to change her life...
Cape ponders task force on animal rules (10/04/04)
The city council may establish a task force to consider possible revisions to Cape Girardeau's animal-control law as it also looks to grant a temporary special-use permit to allow a Cape Girardeau couple to comply with a new limit on the number of dogs and cats that city residents can own...
Community digest 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
Cape Girardeau County Chapter of AARP meets The Cape Girardeau County Chapter of AARP will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Gir-ardeau. The program will be "Historical Homes in Cape Girardeau County," by Dr. Lisa Speer, president of the Historical Society. There will be a door prize drawing...
Community cuisine 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
St. Denis Parish holding family-style dinner St. Denis Parish of Benton, Mo., will hold its annual all-you-can-eat family-style dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the parish center. The menu includes chicken and dumplings, kettle beef, chicken and dressing, sweet potatoes, buttered potatoes, green beans, corn and homemade desserts. Children 5 and under eat free. Carry-outs will be available. For more information, call (573) 545-3017 or (573) 545-9270...
Community Q&A 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
n Name: Teresa Wildman Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Daughter Olivia, 1 year old. Job: Fund-raiser/grant writer for Child Advocacy Center (SEMO-NASV). What do you like most about the area? I like the sense of belonging and connection I feel to this area. ...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (10/04/04)
7:30 p.m. today n A resolution approving the city of Jackson's participation in the Greater Cape Girardeau Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Motion to close certain streets on Tuesday for the band parade. An ordinance approving final plat of Fairfield Estates Third Subdivision...
Learning to belong (10/04/04)
Editor's note: The names of the children have been changed for their protection. By Tony Rehagen ~ Southeast Missourian COBDEN, Ill. -- Dakota is a first-time rider. Perched atop a black quarter horse, the 10-year-old is having trouble finding the gas pedal...
Chateau Girardeau residents celebrate Buddy's first birthday (10/04/04)
Chateau Girardeau threw a party like none they had thrown before. And Thursday's guest of honor wasn't the typical resident. Buddy, the first therapy dog at the Chateau, celebrated his first birthday with residents. The Scooby-Doo-themed occasion was complete with homemade treats for Buddy, along with cake, entertainment by Mary and the Four Ks and balloons for the 50 residents who came with cards and gifts...
Cape man arrested on charge of soliciting fictitious girl (10/04/04)
A fictional character created by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department resulted in a man's arrest over the weekend, authorities said. William L. Greiner, 51, of Cape Girardeau was charged Sunday with the felonies of attempted enticement of a child and resisting arrest...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (10/04/04)
7 p.m. today City hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings A public hearing regarding the request of Rivendell Properties LLC for a special-use permit for a planned unit development for professional retail and office space on Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Lexington Place First Subdivision and Lot 1 of Lexington Place Fourth Subdivision on the east side of Lexington Avenue north of North Church Street in an R-1, single-family dwelling district...
Rent-a-car companies expanding into rivals' turf (10/04/04)
ST. LOUIS -- It's part of an intensifying car-rental rumble: As Enterprise Rent-A-Car beefs up its visibility around airports, longtime airport leader Hertz increasingly is muscling into America's neighborhoods, the closely guarded turf of Enterprise...
Cheney-Edwards debate pits experience against exuberance (10/04/04)
WASHINGTON -- Sandwiched between higher-octane presidential debates, this week's matchup between Sen. John Edwards and Vice President Dick Cheney pits the Democrats' chief of cheer against the Republicans' shrewd and serious second-in-command. The presidential understudies meet Tuesday at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for their only debate of the campaign. ...
Mount St. Helens warning raised; evacuations begin (10/04/04)
MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. -- As scientists warned that an eruption of Mount St. Helens appeared imminent Sunday, eager tourists camped out along park roads, hoping to catch a glimpse of the seething volcano without being overcome by ash and smoke...
Nation briefs 10/4/04 (10/04/04)
Florida schools hit by hurricanes set to reopen MIAMI -- Thousands of Florida students have had, in some cases, more than a month off from school because of the devastating hurricanes that have hit in recent weeks. Schools in six of the hardest-hit counties -- Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Polk and St. Lucie -- reopen Monday. State officials said only two districts -- Escambia and Santa Rosa -- will remain closed this week but will reopen Oct. 11...
Volcano packs an awesome arsenal of natural weapons (10/04/04)
The boiling magma rumbling and rising within Mount St. Helens isn't the only thing scientists fear. When large volcanoes erupt they can unleash an awesome arsenal of natural weapons, devastating communities and landscapes even hundreds of miles from the blast...
Nearly 1,000 killed in Afghan political violence this year (10/04/04)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The killing in Afghanistan goes on, with less than a week to go before a historic experiment with democracy -- direct presidential elections. The deaths of three Afghan soldiers and two militants over the weekend -- barely noted in news reports -- brought to at least 957 the number of people reported killed in political violence this year, according to an Associated Press review. The toll includes about 30 American soldiers...
Developments in Iraq on Sunday (10/04/04)
n Bloodied by weeks of suicide bombings and assassinations, Iraqi security forces emerged Sunday to patrol Samarra after a morale-boosting victory in this Sunni Triangle city, and U.S. commanders praised their performance. On Sunday, residents said they heard sporadic explosions as U.S. and Iraqi forces hunted for rebel holdouts in an otherwise calmer Samarra. Iraqi police patrolled the city, while American soldiers and Iraqi National Guard members searched houses for insurgents and weapons...
Sharon- Troops will stay in Gaza until attacks on Israelis stop (10/04/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged Sunday to escalate a broad Israeli offensive in northern Gaza, saying troops will remain until Palestinian rocket attacks are halted. Israeli officials said the offensive -- in which 58 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed -- will help clear the way for an Israeli withdrawal...
New blasts kill 7, injure 43 in northeastern India (10/04/04)
GAUHATI, India -- Militants bombed utilities, a tea plantation and a crowded marketplace in northeastern India on Sunday, intensifying violence that has killed 57 people in two days and snarling efforts to bring cease-fires in a region where dozens of ethnic rebel groups are fighting for separate homelands...
Major Iraqi parties compromising to avert ballot defeat (10/04/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In the months before the invasion of Iraq, the United States groomed exiled opposition groups as the nucleus of a future government to replace Saddam Hussein. Now with elections approaching, the parties still enjoy little support among ordinary Iraqis who view them as corrupt puppets of Washington...
Olympian visits - Bronze medalist works with Gators Swim Team (10/04/04)
Special to the Southeast Missourian Chris Thompson was in town Sunday with a simple pitch but a hard sell: Go the distance. The Olympic bronze medalist, who specializes in the mile, conducted a clinic for young swimmers Sunday at Central Municipal Pool. He emphasized the benefits of distance training...
Els relegates Woods to No. 3 with victory at American Express (10/04/04)
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- The pressure to win made Ernie Els feel like he was in a major. Given all he has been through this year, his victory in the American Express Championship sure felt like one. Emotionally spent from a Grand Slam season of heartache, Els reasserted himself as a major force Sunday by outlasting Thomas Bjorn in a brilliantly played duel in the cold rain at Mount Juliet. He closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot victory and his first World Golf Championship...
Balanced Rams breeze past 49ers (10/04/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- There was nothing wrong with the Rams' offense that a trip to San Francisco couldn't fix. Marc Bulger passed for 186 yards, Marshall Faulk rushed for 121 more and St. Louis sent the woeful 49ers to their first 0-4 start in 25 years with a 24-14 victory on Sunday night...
Sunday's NFL results - Week 4 (10/04/04)
Patriots 31, Bills 17 Quarterback Tom Brady and defensive end Richard Seymour combined to secure the New England's record-tying 18th straight victory, 31-17 over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brady put the Patriots ahead for good with a 2-yard scoring pass to tight end Daniel Graham four minutes into the fourth quarter. ...
Bonds combines record 232 walks with NL batting title (10/04/04)
Barry Bonds won his second National League batting title in three seasons and shattered the on-base percentage and walks records he set two years ago. The 40-year-old outfielder hit .362 for the San Francisco Giants and finished with a .609 on-base percentage, topping his old mark of .582. Bonds walked 232 times, 34 more than the previous record, and his 120 intentional walks obliterated the old mark of 68, also set by Bonds in 2002...
Trinidad posts KO in comeback (10/04/04)
Felix Trinidad doesn't believe in tuneup fights. His comeback after more than two years of retirement was a doozy, and now he wants the biggest name out there, Bernard Hopkins. After Trinidad knocked out Ricardo Mayorga in the eighth round Saturday night, completing a scintillating performance before a raucous crowd in New York, he turned his attention to the only man who has beaten him...
Astros claim wild card on final day of season (10/04/04)
Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Carlos Beltran met in the middle of the field for hugs, manager Phil Garner tipped his hat to the crowd and confetti showered fans at Minute Maid Park. Amazingly, the Houston Astros were in the playoffs. And when they won Sunday to take the NL wild card, all of the postseason pairings were set -- no need for any tiebreakers this year...
Earnhardt finishes race in fine fashion (10/04/04)
The series point leader slips on TV after winning the EA Sports 500. By Mike Harris ~ The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt was nearly perfect on the racetrack. His only real slipup Sunday came in Victory Lane during a postrace television interview...
Sports briefs 10/4/04 (10/04/04)
Basketball n The Connecticut Sun reached the WNBA Finals for the first time by beating the New York Liberty 60-57 Sunday behind Taj McWilliams-Franklin's 18 points to complete a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals. Golf n Tiger Woods says he's planning a Caribbean vacation, but Barbados is abuzz with reports that he's set to wed Swedish model Elin Nordegren this week...
Fruitland's Frontier under new ownership (10/04/04)
Kevin Harris' absence from the local restaurant scene was brief. In December 2003, Harris sold the KFCs in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Dexter, Sikeston and Charleston. Those were the last of 13 KFCs that Harris' father, Lloyd Harris, had owned and operated for 38 years...
O'Brien to replace Leno on 'Tonight' show (10/04/04)
NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien said he was looking forward to "being on at a time when people can see me" when he replaces Jay Leno as host of the "Tonight" show in five years. NBC announced last week that O'Brien, whose show airs at 11:35 p.m. Central time, will move up an hour earlier when he takes over for Leno in 2009. The move by NBC -- and endorsed by Leno -- was to keep O'Brien from jumping to another network when his contract expired...
'Shark Tale' hooks $49.1 million in weekend debut (10/04/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The animated fish story "Shark Tale" swamped the competition, opening as the top weekend movie with $49.1 million and potentially breaking the record for best October debut. John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix's firefighting adventure "Ladder 49" premiered in second place with $22.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Study a disaster for Merck, sounds warning for millions (10/04/04)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Vioxx was already a big success as an arthritis pain reliever, but Merck & Co. thought it could be an even bigger seller. The drug seemed to have some cancer prevention qualities, so the drug maker began a long-term study to test it for that use...
Marquette's martinis - Couple to open bar in renovated hotel (10/04/04)
Fifteen years ago, while living together in Colorado, Brad Poole and Michael Risch kicked around the concept of an upscale drinking establishment in their hometown of Cape Girardeau. But like so many dreams, it fell by the wayside as the two went their separate ways...
Farmer's eggs draw loyal flock of buyers (10/04/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Marilyn Ison came up with the slogan: "Autumn Lane Farm. For The Egg Less Traveled ... Support Local Farmers." She also writes the Autumn Lane Farm brochures and designs its labels. She's the sales department and delivery crew. And twice a day, she collects the eggs from her 940 hens...
People on the move 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
Cape Girardeau city clerk receives honor Cape Girardeau city clerk Gayle Conrad has been awarded the designation of Missouri registered city clerk from the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association and Southwest Missouri State University...
Business memo 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
Agritourism conference coming to Bloomfield The second annual Southeast Missouri Agriculture Tourism Conference will be held Oct. 26 in Bloomfield, Mo., at the Elderland Angus Beef Cooperative on Highway 25 North. Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. Preregistration is requested by Oct. 20. For more information, call (573) 568-3344...
Russell Gardner (10/04/04)
Russell Gardner, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at the home of his son in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Wilbur Becker (10/04/04)
Wilbur R. Becker, 85, of Cape Girardeau, a decorated Naval officer, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the Lutheran Home of natural causes. He was born in Festus, Mo., on Feb. 27, 1919, to Emma and Sylvester Becker and was raised by his grandparents, William and Anna Schweppe...
Drew Asher (10/04/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Drew Henry Carr Asher, 1 day old, was born Sept. 30, 2004, at St. John's Hospital at St. Louis, Mo., son of Matthew and Kelli Steiner Asher of Bell City, Mo., and passed away Oct. 1, 2004, at the hospital. Survivors include maternal grandparents, Julian and Teresa Warren Steiner of Bell City; paternal grandparents, Allen and Norma Asher of St. ...
Robert St. Germain (10/04/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Robert Armand St. Germain, 68, died of lung cancer Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 27, 1936, in Manchester, N.H., son of Armand and Irene St. Germain. He and Glorine were married. She died in 2001. St. Germain was retired and had moved to Southern Illinois in 1992. ...
Harold Nothdurft (10/04/04)
Harold L. Nothdurft, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Births 10/4/04 (10/04/04)
Fox Daughter to Bruce Alvin and Jennifer Noelle Fox of Oran, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 11:12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004. Name, Natalie Marie. Weight, 7 pounds 9 ounces. Seventh child, fourth daughter. Mrs. Fox is the former Jennifer Froemsdorf, daughter of Tom and Liz Froemsdorf of Chaffee, Mo. Fox is the son of Roy Fox of Ellington, Mo. He is employed in sales...
Police report 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Allen Dwayne Mills, 28, of 810 W. Gladys St., Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on a Scott City warrant for nonsupport. He also received a summons for false declaration...
Six get stuck on sandbar (10/04/04)
Six Jackson residents wound up stuck on a sandbar Sunday night on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, directly across from Cape Rock Park. Capt. Brian Shaffer of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department said a passing fisherman brought back five of the passengers while one stayed with the boat until firefighters arrived. They determined the 24-foot boat was too embedded for the department to help. The man rode back with firefighters...
Out of the past 10/4/04 (10/04/04)
25 years ago: Oct. 4, 1979 The consolidation ballot that would have gone to Illmo and Scott City voters in August will be presented to them in November; as a result, voters won't vote on whether or not to name the consolidated town Scott City, but instead will vote on the name Newport...
Underage drinking (10/04/04)
The Joplin Globe Just how do you keep underage teens from quaffing a few beers? Increasing penalties, say, by taking away or denying the opportunity for a driver's license or withholding a diploma? Hitting adults who supply the beer or liquor to minors with automatic jail time or heavy fines? Higher taxes on beer?...
Cape Red Star District named after shoe brand (10/04/04)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: I'm wondering if you could tell me why the area of Cape called Red Star is called that? A: The Red Star District was named for a brand of shoes made by the old Roberts, Johnson and Rand Shoe Factory on North Main Street, said several people with ties to the district. ...
Fighting obesity (10/04/04)
No parent wants his or her child to pick up a bad habit, but it seems that too many of our nation's youngsters are doing just that. They've been watching what adults eat and noting how little they move about -- and are doing the same. Obesity rates among children are skyrocketing, and health officials are alarmed about what the consequences could bring. About 30 percent of American children and teenagers are overweight or obese...
Homesick for 'best place to live' (10/04/04)
To the editor: Joe Sullivan ("Greener pastures near to home") is so right about the best place to live. I've been around, and give me Southeast Missouri every time. Having been born and reared in Cape Girardeau makes me homesick, especially this time of year. I have been a Poplar Bluffian since 1957, which is fine and dandy too. There will be 77 of us at the Cape Girardeau Country Club to reunite and celebrate as 1948 Tigers next weekend. That's a special time to be from Cape too...
Many voters switching to Kerry (10/04/04)
To the editor: Having been working in Missouri to canvass and register voters, I didn't notice Gene N. Isom's reply to my letter until today. Isom said Zell Miller is just one of thousands of Democrats who can no longer vote for Democratic candidates. ...
Kerry was calm and in command (10/04/04)
To the editor: Sen. John Kerry presented a better alternative to President Bush in the first debate. While the senator was calm, collected and in command of the material, the president was fidgety, nervous and only able to spit out tired, worn-out campaign sound bites. ...
Speak Out A 10/04/04 (10/04/04)
Turn up the heat IT'S NOT time to stop criticizing Dan Rather. It is time to put the heat on CBS for allowing someone who is supposed to be a journalist to continue working even after this despicable incident with the forged documents. CBS did the right thing with Connie Chung. Now it is time to do the right thing with Rather. No wonder network news viewership is shrinking rapidly...
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