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Motorists can expect delays due to Highway 3 work (10/13/04)
EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- Motorists who drive along Illinois Highway 3 from the intersection of Highway 146 at McClure to north of Ware should plan to encounter some delays caused by road construction. Joe Lenzini of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Carbondale office, says the 10-mile project began Oct. 4 and is expected to take until November of 2005 to finish...
Saint Francis notes fund-raising efforts, achievements (10/13/04)
More than 950 Saint Francis Medical Center employees, administrators and guests came to the Show Me Center to review the past year at the center's annual dinner meeting Tuesday evening. Highlighting the festivities was a special recognition of Bob Basler...
Writing added to tests for college-bound (10/13/04)
America's colleges aren't giving students a pass when it comes to writing skills, some educators say, but those abilities could be put to the test when college entrance exams begin including writing assessments next year. The ACT, formerly American College Testing and the most widely used college entrance exam, will begin offering an optional writing test in February 2005. ...
Title chase should take shape this weekend (10/13/04)
Tennessee State has played just one league game so far and was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors -- but TSU is among only two teams to have not yet suffered an Ohio Valley Conference loss. Contender or pretender? Tennessee State certainly figure to find out more about that this week -- and you can bet a host of OVC squads would love to see the Tigers come through...
Bridge pier blast delayed until Thursday (10/13/04)
A broken part on a drilling rig has pushed back the scheduled blast of the toppled concrete pier in the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau from tonight to Thursday night, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. No exact time has been set...
Flu vaccine is absent at county health office (10/13/04)
The workers at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center know at least two things for certain: First, that flu season is approaching, and second, they have absolutely no flu vaccines for those in need. Employees at the center spent a good portion of their time Tuesday explaining that to aggravated, concerned and desperate callers in search of the increasingly rare inoculation. ...
Otahkians reach .500 in conference play (10/13/04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State University volleyball team won its third straight match Tuesday night, rolling past host Tennessee State 30-22, 30-21, 30-22. The Otahkians improved to 4-12 overall and evened their Ohio Valley Conference record at 3-3. The Tigers fell to 3-17 and 0-6...
Club news 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Nancy Hunter NSDAR The Nancy Hunter Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Sept. 22 at Chateau Girardeau multi-purpose room for a luncheon and business meeting. Sharon Rowland, regent, led the group in the rituals...
State Senate seat for area attracts three candidates (10/13/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The three candidates for the open 27th District seat in the Missouri Senate are each campaigning for the job with a different focus. Republican Jason Crowell is hoping to continue pushing the legislative agenda he has pursued as state representative. Democrat Donnie Owens is seeking to end the 12-year hold the GOP has had on the seat. Libertarian Chris Morrill is trying to have a little fun by rattling the establishment...
Judge rules for St. Louis County in concealed gun case (10/13/04)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis County does not have to issue concealed gun permits to its residents, because a judge has ruled that doing so would impose an unconstitutional cost on local government. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, who went to court to avoid implementing the state's new concealed guns law, called the court ruling a significant victory. It upholds the county's current practice of refusing to issue permits...
Provisional ballot limits upheld by judge (10/13/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians who vote from the wrong polling places, despite directions to go elsewhere, cannot have their votes counted, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling essentially upholds the interpretation of Missouri's provisional voting law taken by Secretary of State Matt Blunt, the Republican candidate for governor...
Supreme Court to consider Ten Commandments case (10/13/04)
From staff and wire reports WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will consider whether the Ten Commandments may be displayed on government property, ending a 25-year silence on a church-state issue that has prompted bitter legal fights around the country...
Economists - Both Bush and Kerry jobs plans fall short (10/13/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush says his economic policies, including billions of dollars in tax cuts, are helping to create new jobs. But not the millions he promised. Democratic challenger John Kerry says 10 million new jobs would be added in his first term. Don't bet on that either...
Oil prices shoot up, fall back in market trading (10/13/04)
Oil prices fell sharply Tuesday after briefly surpassing $54 a barrel amid nagging concerns in the market that the global supply buffer is too thin to handle a significant output disruption. Intel profits up 15 percent despite lull in PC sales SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Driven by record sales of server and mobile microprocessors and a bigger slice of the flash memory market, Intel Corp.'s third-quarter profits rose 15 percent even as it struggled with lackluster PC sales...
Experience issue raised in debate for U.S. Senate (10/13/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Republican Sen. Kit Bond and Democratic challenger Nancy Farmer clashed Tuesday night about their experience and issues including highway repairs and battling methamphetamine. Bond, a former two-term governor, said his record, including delivering millions in federal money to Missouri over 18 years in Washington, justified a fourth term...
Remaining flu vaccine is rationed (10/13/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government moved Tuesday to direct scarce remaining flu shots straight to pediatricians, nursing homes and other places that care for the patients who need them most. But only a fraction of the 22.4 million doses that maker Aventis Pasteur has yet to ship can be diverted to areas with the biggest shortages. And officials acknowledged Tuesday that even if planned rationing goes well, there will be high-risk patients who struggle to get shots but can't find them...
U.S. increases attacks before start of Muslim holy month (10/13/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. troops went on the offensive from the gates of Baghdad to the Syrian border Tuesday, pounding Sunni insurgent positions from the air and supporting Iraqi soldiers in raids on mosques suspected of harboring extremists. American and Iraqi forces launched the operations ahead of Ramadan, expected to start at week's end, in an apparent attempt at preventing a repeat of the insurgent violence that took place at the start of last year's Muslim holy month...
Dutch government has stockpile of pot due to competition (10/13/04)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- There's a whiff of crisis in the air at the Dutch Health Ministry: It's sitting on a pile of pot that it just can't sell. The Netherlands rolled out a program last year that allows patients to buy prescription marijuana at any pharmacy. Some insurance policies cover part of the cost, but often not enough to offset the pharmacy price...
Forty-day mourning period ends in Russia (10/13/04)
BESLAN, Russia -- Wailing and pounding their hands on dirt graves, hundreds of people dressed in black marked the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period for the children and adults killed after terrorists seized a school on the first day of classes...
Developments in Iraq on Tuesday (10/13/04)
n Saddam Hussein underwent an operation to repair a hernia about 10 days ago and has made a full recovery, Iraqi sources said. The ousted dictator was taken to the Ibn Sina hospital near the U.S.-controlled Green Zone for the procedure, which was performed by Iraqi doctors, according to sources close to the Human Rights Ministry...
World briefs 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan said Tuesday that it has successfully test-fired a medium-range, nuclear-capable missile that could hit many cities in neighboring India, but defense officials said it was not intended as a message to the rival country. ...
ND, Kelly are playoff veterans (10/13/04)
Notre Dame's softball team has history on its side heading into a 4:30 p.m. Class 3 sectional matchup today with De Soto at Notre Dame Regional High School. The Bulldogs (20-6) are two-for-two in sectional games, with back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in 2001 and 2002...
Tigers top ND, stay unbeaten in conference play (10/13/04)
Crosstown soccer rivals Central and Notre Dame drudged through a slick, soggy field at Notre Dame Regional High School on Tuesday night in a key SEMO Conference battle. The Tigers scored an early second-half goal en route to a 1-0 win that moved the Tigers one win away from clinching the conference title -- possibly. Central is 6-0 in the conference while Notre Dame is 4-2...
Notre Dame volleyball clicks on all cylinders to beat Central (10/13/04)
Even though Notre Dame's volleyball team has a glittering record, coach Tara Stroup didn't think the Bulldogs had been playing very well lately. But Stroup's opinion changed Tuesday night after the host Bulldogs (22-3-1) rolled past crosstown rival Central 25-14, 25-8...
Weekly Spotlight - Sam Zoellner (10/13/04)
SAM ZOELLNER n School: Oak Ridge Class: Senior Sport: Cross country Accomplishment: Zoellner was the first girl to cross the finish line last Wednesday at the Oak Ridge Invitational cross country meet, finishing in a personal best for her home course -- 21 minutes and 24 seconds. She was nearly two minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. Zoellner also was the top local girl Oct. 2 at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing 13th overall in 22:24...
Astros' pair of aces will have to wait (10/13/04)
ST. LOUIS -- In Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt, the Houston Astros have one of the best pitching tandems in all of baseball. Only one problem going into the NL championship series: With no time to rest, those guys have been aced out of starting the first two games against the Cardinals...
National League Championship Series matchups (10/13/04)
First Base Astros: Jeff Bagwell hit .318 with two homers and five RBIs in series against Atlanta, by far the best playoff performance of his career. He battled through shoulder pain all season. Cardinals: Albert Pujols is one of the game's top offensive powers. He's only third player in major league history to drive in 500 runs in his first four seasons. Pujols is underrated on defense...
New York builds 8-0 lead, holds on for 10-7 win (10/13/04)
NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera showed up in time to save the New York Yankees, putting his grief aside just long enough to do what he does best. Hours after jetting back from a funeral for relatives in Panama, baseball's greatest postseason closer stopped the surging Boston Red Sox, who had cut an eight-run deficit to one...
Lockout knocks out openers (10/13/04)
NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning were supposed to raise their Stanley Cup championship banner this week to kick off the new season. Instead, the arena that rocked during the finals in June will be dark because of a labor dispute that shows no sign of ending soon. That will be the case, too, for Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, Phoenix, Anaheim and San Jose, also slated to host openers tonight...
Seahawks must recover quickly from loss (10/13/04)
Seattle, still the NFC West leader, plays at New England on Sunday. KIRKLAND, Wash. -- This was one rough weekend for Seattle's young defenders. They demonstrated, in an excruciating finish for the Seahawks and their fans, why early season statistics are meaningless...
Sanders knows postseason pressure (10/13/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Reggie Sanders, who's playing for his seventh team in seven seasons, has no trouble landing with a winner. The St. Louis Cardinals left fielder has made it to the postseason for the fifth time. And on four different teams, no less. "I think a lot of it has to do with timing, being able to look at certain teams, and having the opportunity to pick from those teams and those teams wanting me to be on them," Sanders said Tuesday. "I've been lucky."...
Area sports digest 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Kohlfeld Scorpions defeat Little Rock Rugby Club Alan Kloss scored three times to lead the Kohlfeld Scorpions to a 42-12 victory against the Little Rock, Ark., Rugby Club on Saturday at Arena Park. Scott Johnston scored twice, while Andy Stover and Derek Stewart each scored once. Mark Lineberry converted the point- after kicks...
Chicken breasts are pretty and tasty with peppers, olives (10/13/04)
"The simpler the better" is a phrase that's welcome to many busy cooks. When it's followed by the words "sensational home cooking," who's not going to be avid to know more? The whole deal is set out in the title of a new cookbook -- "The Simpler The Better: Sensational Home Cooking in 3 Easy Steps" by Leslie Revsin (Wiley, 2004, $24.95)...
Making the leap to homeowner (10/13/04)
The leap from lifelong renter to homeowner is a long one indeed. Hold up on the speech about building equity versus throwing away money and look at it from my point of view. The Other Half and I are home-care challenged. For example, he almost burned down an apartment simply attempting to install a ceiling fan. Luckily, when the smoke and sparks cleared, the only damage revealed was to Mr. Half's ego...
Recipes for fall foods shared in candidate's cookbook (10/13/04)
smcclanahan PTA meetings, fund-raiser orders arrive, room parent meetings, and even more meetings I have forgotten to attend. School is definitely back into full swing. With the first quarter nearly coming to an end, I find myself wondering just how fast the year will fly by. My mother has told me on many occasions that the older I get the faster time will go, and I am beginning to believe her...
KitchenAid's mixer is the iconic silhouette of food preparation (10/13/04)
A few years ago Aaron Betsky, a curator at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, organized an exhibition around a dozen everyday objects which she believes qualify as experience-shaping icons. Among those she included were the BMW 325i and the KitchenAid mixer. Now I can see why she'd select a sexy model with all that power and so many accessories, but, frankly, I can't understand why she picked the car...
Jon Stewart, 'The Daily Show' cover America in hilarious book (10/13/04)
NEW YORK -- Jon Stewart knows the key to democracy is an informed electorate. How he acts on this knowledge is another matter. Some would say "The Daily Show," a fake newscast where he's the phony anchorman, is a half-hour of silliness meant to poke fun at politicians and everyone else who warrants it, with no higher goal than making you laugh...
Robert Carrow (10/13/04)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Robert Leeman Carrow, 71, of Sapulpa, Okla., formerly of Morley, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1932, in St. Louis, son of Robert William and Ethelene Hodge. He and Pat York were married Jan. 5, 1951, at Morley...
Daisy Niswonger (10/13/04)
Daisy W. Niswonger, 83, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at her daughter's home in Cape Girardeau, where she had been living the past two years. She was born Oct. 9, 1921, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Harry W. and Bertha Clingingsmith Skinner. She and Joe D. Niswonger were married Aug. 3, 1940. He passed away Sept. 9, 1986...
Joseph Vick (10/13/04)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Joseph Henry Vick, 89, of Denver, Colo., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Swedish Hospital in Englewood, Colo. He was born July 21, 1915, near McClure, son of Henry and Susie Caldwell Vick. He and Bonnie Powell were married Oct. 19, 1946...
Hazel Walker (10/13/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Hazel Walker, 88, of Jonesboro died Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, in Valparaiso, Ind. She was born Aug. 31, 1916, in McClure, Ill., daughter of William and Grace Reams Rhymer. She and Dan W. Walker were married Jan. 8, 1935, in Reynoldsville, Ill. He died March 2, 1986...
Jesse Sousley (10/13/04)
Jesse Taylor Sousley, 17, of Climax Springs, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, in Climax Springs. He was born Aug. 27, 1987, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Tommy Joe Sousley and Linda Sue Burford Beard. Sousley moved to Climax Springs in 1999 from Scott City. He was being home schooled...
Alfred Burton (10/13/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alfred Merrill Burton, 63, of Sikeston died Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. He was born Sept. 17, 1941, in Elaine, Ark., son of Louie and Ruby Burton. He and Barbara J. McClellan were married Aug. 6, 1963, in Sikeston...
Herman Diebold (10/13/04)
KELSO, Mo. -- Herman E. Diebold, 82, of Kelso died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Edna Woodward (10/13/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Edna Woodward, 91, of Farmington, Mo., formerly of Sikeston, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at Farmington Presbyterian Manor Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 12, 1912, in Libertyville, Mo., daughter of Senator Charles John and Jane "Jennie" Sonderman Belken. She and Clarence E. "Woody" Woodward were married Dec. 3, 1936, at Fredericktown, Mo. He died in December 1980...
Lura Reams (10/13/04)
Lura Louise Reams, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Dukes Daughter to Troy Anthony and Michelle Renee Dukes of Glenallen, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:44 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004. Name, Delta Rose. Weight, 5 pounds 13 ounces. Mrs. Dukes is the former Michelle Lindley, daughter of Mike and Debbie Lindley of Glenallen. Dukes is the son of Rita and Jim Winchester of Glenallen...
Cape fire report 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 3:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 Towers Complex. At 6:22 p.m., power lines down at 612 Emerald St. At 7:22 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of West End Boulevard...
Cape police report 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Melinda Eve Higgins, 34, 1714 Oak Hills Drive, was arrested on suspicion of maintaining a nuisance. Tyler Wade Ditch, 19, 7499 Whiskey Drive, Bloomsdale, Mo., was arrested on Jefferson County warrants for failure to appear for driving while revoked, failure to appear for speeding and failure to appear for no seatbelt...
Out of the past 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
25 years ago: Oct. 13, 1979 Plans for a search effort to find a new permanent president for Southeast Missouri State University still appear stagnate, although it has been three months since Dr. Robert E. Leestamper stepped down from office. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838 commander James O. Johnson presents the second annual law enforcement of the year award to Cpl. Robert G. Little of the state highway patrol...
Hope and perseverance (10/13/04)
My sister Holly Rust Payne ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. For many years, Holly headed Concord Printing Services in town and was active in the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. She, husband Rich and their three daughters moved north a few years back to work with Willow Creek Church outside Chicago, an inspirational and transforming enterprise that has helped plant and rejuvenate thousands of churches around the world...
A noteworthy choice (10/13/04)
Seldom do hit TV series portray the values of hard work, family and community that make Southeast Missouri such a desirable place to live. More often than not, middle America is the butt of sitcom jokes. But Linda Bloodworth Thomason changed that with her hit series "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade" during the 1990s. The Poplar Bluff native didn't forget her Southeast Missouri heritage when she went to Hollywood, nor did she downplay its role in her life...
Leaders must help bridge divides (10/13/04)
To the editor: I was struck by Joan Stehr's letter of Oct. 7. I share her concern about the national division in this election. Last week I was discussing with a friend problems in raising children to become responsible citizens. Youngsters often go through a phase when parents doubt their truthfulness. Because their lies are often obvious, we can help them develop behaviors that are acceptable in our society...
Blunt's actions speak volumes (10/13/04)
To the editor: In the height of the silly season we call campaigns, it is hard to pick out any kernels of truth, from either side. However, the latest actions of Matt Blunt in his quest for the governor speak volumes. After he won the primary, he said he would debate Claire McCaskill any time and any place. Now, he suddenly does not have time to debate her in St. Louis. He does have time to do so in Kansas City, and more importantly for him, in Springfield...
Candidates speak about faith (10/13/04)
To the editor: I was reassured when I heard John Kerry speak humbly and eloquently about his religious faith during the second presidential debate. Kerry understands that although our leaders should have faith, they cannot legislate religious beliefs...
Speak Out 10/13/04 (10/13/04)
Patrol presence YES, THE problems do demand attention if the momentum of a revitalization effort is going to continue in downtown Cape Girardeau. Citizens will need reassurance that they can enjoy downtown Cape without fear of being mugged or their cars being damaged. Vandalism will have to be brought under control and stopped. There would have to be constant police presence for safety...
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