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Stories from Friday, October 22, 2004

Scott City brings back the fall festival (10/22/04)
While Summerfest is an annual occurrence in Scott City, for the past few years the city has forgone their fall festival and just held a Halloween parade. This Saturday (Oct. 23), however, fall festival makes a return (along with the parade) and will include activities for children and adults...
Bond receives Partnership Award (10/22/04)
On Thursday, U.S. Senator Kit Bond visited the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. There he was presented with a Partnership Award from area Regional Planning Commissions and economic development executives, many of whom were in attendance. The award was in recognition of his work to foster development in small towns and rural Missouri...
Cape's mental-health champion dies at 84 (10/22/04)
Al Spradling Jr., a former Democratic state senator from Cape Girardeau who championed modern mental-health programs in Missouri, died Wednesday night at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was 84. He served in the Missouri Senate for 25 years. "He was the modern-day architect for mental-health programs in Missouri," said Hilary Schmittzehe, a longtime friend who heads up Cape Girardeau's VIP Industries, which employs the mentally handicapped...
Surprise card connects soldier with home (10/22/04)
Senior Master Sgt. Geoff Weimer was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. He's a Central High Schoolgraduate and joined the U.S. Air Force straight out of high school in 1987. He and his wife, LeAnne, have two sons, Geordan, 1 and Eli. Eli was born nine days after Geoff left for Iraq in late August. He is stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah...
Quick response may lead to officer assaults (10/22/04)
Recently a Cape Girardeau police officer was allegedly pushed down a flight of stairs while responding to a call. That same officer, Sgt. Kevin Orr, was earlier reportedly kicked in the head during a drug raid on North Kingshighway. In response to some citizens' comments about a perceived need for better training, officers from several area law enforcement agencies say there's more to responding to violent calls than most people realize...
War images of honor - A father's tribute to a soldier son (10/22/04)
On Monday morning, the visit was all but over. Devin Foust was at the end of his two-week visit from Iraq. Later that afternoon, his father would drive him up to the airport in St. Louis. On Tuesday, Devin Foust would fly across the world, back to the sand, the heat and the camels, back to the National Guard 1140th Engineer Battalion, where the brothers and sisters in camouflage uniforms carry guns, drive Humvees and keep an eye out for the crooks who would try to overtake a supply truck, steal it and sell it for money.. ...
Missouri attorney general sues firm over unsolicited e-mails (10/22/04)
Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing a Texas Web site operator who sent "spam" e-mails to Missouri public school superintendents under the guise of an open records request. Instead, the message was a demand for personal information from the superintendents, including their sexual orientation...
Cape tourism money aimed at downtown (10/22/04)
Cape Girardeau should spend some of its $1 million tax surplus on downtown public restrooms, a riverfront amphitheater and a trolley to help boost tourism, the Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board said Thursday. The items were among 23 spending proposals, most of them only vaguely outlined and totaling no more than half a million dollars combined, that were included in a recommendation made by the advisory board. ...
Absentee ballots leave off GOP presidential ticket (10/22/04)
Service personnel from some Illinois counties were happy to receive special absentee blank ballots, but surprised to discover that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were not on them. According to a report from the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale, Ill., county clerk offices are required to have enough ballots printed and available for mailing to persons in the military or their spouse by Sept. ...
Attorney general candidates bring different backgrounds to race (10/22/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The contrasts between the major party candidates for state attorney general are easy to spot. Incumbent Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has held the job so long he is sometimes jokingly called the "eternal general." Upstart Republican challenger Chris Byrd is just three years out of law school...
Man opens fire at St. Louis plant (10/22/04)
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A former employee walked into a St. Louis County plant where conveyor belts are made and opened fire Thursday while workers were changing shifts, at one point reloading his shotgun in a parking lot before re-entering the building...
Survivor of plane crash recalls 'terrible screams' (10/22/04)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- Dr. John Krogh lay on his back in a patch of prickly brush, blinded by the flaming fuselage above him and transfixed by the waning screams of those trapped inside. He thought he was all alone. "I didn't know anybody else had survived," said the 69-year-old from Wallsburgh, Utah. "I was sure that no one had."...
Islamic charity attorney denies terrorism support accusations (10/22/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The attorney for an Islamic charity whose Columbia, Mo., office was searched by FBI agents last week says the charity has no ties to global terrorism or a group of similar name in Sudan that is under federal investigation. Attorney Shareef Akeel denied the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA had a connection to the Sudan-based Islamic African Relief Agency that the Bush administration has accused of helping raise more than $5 million to finance Osama bin Laden and other terrorists. ...
Bush, Kerry in dead heat; election two weeks away (10/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are locked in a tie for the popular vote, according to an Associated Press poll, while a chunk of voters vacillate between their desire for change and their doubts about the alternative. Bush's strength continues to be a perception by many voters that he is better qualified to protect the country, though his advantage on that has dwindled in recent weeks. A majority consider Kerry indecisive, less solid on national security...
FluMist company adds another million doses (10/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- A Maryland manufacturer will provide an additional 1 million doses of its FluMist vaccine, making a total of 3 million doses of the nasal spray available, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said Thursday, as officials tried to deal with a shortage of flu shots...
Climbers rescued from mountain as weather clears up (10/22/04)
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Rangers completed a dramatic rescue Thursday of two climbers from a snowy mountain and removed the ice-encrusted bodies of two other hikers who died on the peak in an unexpected early blizzard in the Sierras. The deaths occurred on El Capitan, a forbidding 3,200-foot granite mountain at Yosemite National Park, following a fierce blizzard that stranded nearly two dozen hikers and climbers across Northern California this week. ...
Bakery gets $200 million to keep operating during bankruptcy (10/22/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Interstate Bakeries Corp. received bankruptcy court approval Thursday to use $200 million in financing as it tries to reorganize its business. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is providing the money, which Interstate Bakeries will use to pay salaries, supplies costs and other expenses for its 32,000 employees and more than 50 bakeries. The Kansas City-based company is the nation's largest wholesale baker, and purveyor of lunch box staples Wonder Bread and Hostess Twinkies...
Jobless claims fall to lowest level since early September (10/22/04)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON --The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits fell sharply last week, offering a dose of encouraging news that the recovery in the labor market may be strengthening a bit. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new filings for unemployment insurance declined by a seasonally adjusted 25,000 to 329,000 for the week ending Oct. 16. That marked the lowest level since early September. In the prior week, claims had climbed by 16,000...
Shortage could cost nation's businesses $20 billion (10/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- This year's flu vaccine shortage could cost the nation up to $20 billion in lost productivity -- almost twice as much as in a typical year -- depending on the severity of the outbreak, according to one estimate. The average worker misses about 1 to 1.5 days a year because of the flu, said David Cutler, a health economist at Harvard. That absenteeism rate could double because of scant flu vaccine supplies this year...
Britain says yes to U.S. request for support (10/22/04)
LONDON -- In a step fraught with risks for Prime Minister Tony Blair, Britain agreed Thursday to send 850 of its soldiers from relatively peaceful southern Iraq to a volatile area near Baghdad, freeing U.S. troops to step up attacks on insurgent strongholds west of the capital...
Soldier sentenced for Abu Ghraib role (10/22/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The highest-ranking U.S. soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prison case was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison, the severest punishment so far in the scandal that broke in April with the publication of photos and video showing Americans humiliating and abusing naked Iraqis...
Castro toppled by concrete step (10/22/04)
The Associated Press HAVANA -- Cuban President Fidel Castro's advancing age -- and ultimately his mortality -- were brought home Thursday after he fractured a knee and arm when he tripped and fell at a public event. In a communist society where the 78-year-old leader has played a larger-than-life role for more than four decades, the tumble was the latest reminder that Castro is an aging man who will not live forever...
Conservationists - Consumption oustrips Earth's ability to cope (10/22/04)
GENEVA -- Humanity's reliance on fossil fuels, the spread of cities, the destruction of natural habitats for farmland and over-exploitation of the oceans are destroying Earth's ability to sustain life, the environmental group WWF warned in a new report Thursday...
Poplar Bluff topples Jackson (10/22/04)
Jackson and Poplar Bluff met for the third time this season Thursday night at Jackson in what could be a preview of the Class 4 District 1 volleyball semifinals. The Mules got the better of Jackson for the second time, winning 25-13, 23-25, 25-16 in the regular-season finale for both teams...
Notre Dame stops Leopold in 3 sets (10/22/04)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- The district tournaments may seem anticlimactic following Thursday night's volleyball match between Notre Dame and Leopold. A raucous crowd packed into Leopold's gym on senior night and saw, among other things, Notre Dame senior Laura Browne and Leopold senior Amber Nenninger fire spikes at each other in a three-set battle...
Central runners will try to repeat at district (10/22/04)
Most followers of area cross country recognize the name of Central senior runner Jennifer Pancoast. Pancoast has finished in the top 10 at the Class 4 state meet two years in a row. The Tigers are no one-woman show, though. With the help of Holly Shaffer, Linnea Woldtvedt, Lizzy Alberson and Emily Ponder, the Tigers are looking to win their second straight Class 4 District 1 title Saturday at Jackson City Park...
Jackson embarks on tough district journey (10/22/04)
With a win at Poplar Bluff last week, the Jackson Indians improved to 6-1 and clinched a conference title and their first winning season since a semifinal appearance in 2001. Jackson's sights are now set on a district title, with its path littered with challenges. The Indians' first two district opponents have a combined record of 13-1, with 6-1 offensive juggernaut Rockwood Summit up first tonight at Jackson...
Pujols finally has his MVP -- from NLCS (10/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- At last, Albert Pujols is second to no one. Runnerup in National League Most Valuable Player voting the last two seasons, Pujols was an obvious choice as MVP of the NL Championship Series after the St. Louis Cardinals' clinching 5-2 Game 7 victory Thursday night over the Houston Astros...
Lewis fires 62 in first round of Funai (10/22/04)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- J.L. Lewis shot a 10-under 62 for his best start ever on the PGA Tour and a two-shot lead Thursday in the Funai Classic at Disney. Lewis putted for birdie on every hole and made 11 of them on the Magnolia course to match his career-low round. The only frustration was a 12-footer that lipped out on his 16th hole and a 5-footer that missed badly on the 18th...
Martinsville Speedway presents unique problems for drivers (10/22/04)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Midway through their 10-race playoff, the Nextel Cup contenders are at the shortest and slowest oval on the NASCAR circuit -- a place four-time series champion Jeff Gordon insists can be as damaging to title hopes as the fastest tracks...
Sports briefs 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
Baseball n A 21-year-old college student died Thursday of a head injury after a clash between police and a crowd of Red Sox fans celebrating their team's victory over the New York Yankees in the streets outside Fenway Park. Victoria Snelgrove, a journalism major at Emerson College, was shot in the eye by a projectile fired by an officer on crowd-control duty. The nature of the projectile was not immediately identified but the weapons are meant to be non-lethal...
Red Sox leave Yanks looking at a long winter (10/22/04)
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez sat in front of his locker, slumped in a folding chair, dirt stains still splattered on his pinstriped pants. No reason to rush home, no more games to get ready for. Just a long winter left to wonder why he and his teammates couldn't close out this playoff series with the championship poise the New York Yankees used to be known for...
Sports court rules Hamm can keep gold (10/22/04)
Paul Hamm can keep his Olympic gold medal. Sports' highest court rejected a South Korean appeal Thursday, ruling that Hamm is the rightful champion in the men's all-around gymnastics competition at the Athens Games. "The decision from CAS confirms what I've always felt in my heart, which is that I was champion that night and Olympic gold medalist," Hamm said. "I was just pleased it's all over with."...
Cardinals finish off Clemens, Astros to win NL pennant (10/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The best team in baseball now gets a chance to prove it in the World Series. MVP Albert Pujols hit a tying double, Scott Rolen followed with a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly erupted against Roger Clemens, startling the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night to take Game 7 of the NL championship series...
Frenzied fans test aging stadium (10/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- More than 52,000 red-clad fans shook Busch Stadium to its concrete core Thursday. Then the red sea then parted and partied, turning downtown St. Louis into a horn-blaring celebration as the Cardinals earned their first World Series berth since 1987 with a 5-2 victory over Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros...
Curses for Boston - Cards, Red Sox have history (10/22/04)
Paint the World Series red -- Red Sox and Redbirds, a classic matchup filled with a rich history. After finishing off the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox face their biggest National League nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the World Series starting Saturday night at Fenway Park...
Corrections 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
n The Notre Dame soccer player who appeared in a photo in Thursday's edition was incorrectly identified. The player pictured was Will Lindmann. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. n The Southern Premiere Sports complex on Highway 74 west of Interstate 55 is conducting registrations for soccer leagues and baseball and softball instruction. We regret the confusion...
Arches, and how to fund them (10/22/04)
Half a loaf is better than none. That's what I've been told. Is one slice just as good? Cape Girardeau's elected leaders have decided to keep a small section of the old bridge, including the arch over the road. At one time, I heartily advocated in this column that we should keep the whole bridge, rust and all, and turn it into an over-the-river outlet mall for locally handcrafted items. My favorite: swans made out of empty bleach bottles...
Which car is good if you're not in Kansas anymore? (10/22/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: Hi, guys. I figured you might have an answer to my dilemma: I am moving to Turkey (that's the country, not the bird) and have to decide what kind of car to buy there. The options are a pickup truck, like a Nissan Frontier crew cab, versus a compact car, like a VW Golf. ...
SRT-4 is most affordable hot rod (10/22/04)
Every once in a while a car dealer tosses me the keys to something really special. Something that's a kick to drive. Something that leaves a lasting impression. And when that something doesn't cost an arm and a leg, I get really excited! The Dodge SRT-4 offers the most performance for the dollar of any production sport compact car available in the United States, foreign or domestic...
Artifacts 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
WalkingStick exhibit reception is today The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will hold an opening reception today at 4 p.m. for the exhibit "Kay WalkingStick: Mythic Dances, Paintings from Four Decades" that opened at the museum Oct. 8 and will run until Nov. 21. WalkingStick will attend the reception and will give a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m...
Coming to theaters 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
'The Grudge' Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Bill Pullman, Clea Duvall and Kadee Strickland. This remake of the Japanese film Ju-On tells of a lethal curse passed from person to person like a virus. The curse originated as a grudge held by someone who died angry. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality, running time 96 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Everybody's a critic - 'Shall We Dance' (10/22/04)
Three stars (out of four) To dance or not to dance. This is the question for John Clark (Richard Gere). Clark is a corporate executive stuck in the rut of life -- a beautiful wife and family, a big house in the suburbs and a great job. He feels he is missing something until one day he takes a chance and takes dance lessons with a beautiful dance instructor played by Jennifer Lopez, which leads his wife, Beverly (Susan Sarandon), to suspect that he is having an affair...
Reeve's film is a tribute from one hero to another (10/22/04)
NEW YORK -- What Christopher Reeve created as a mission statement now commemorates him. In "The Brooke Ellison Story," Reeve set out to dramatize the real-life triumph over adversity of its subject who, at age 11, was struck by a car and paralyzed from the neck down, yet a few years later graduated with honors from Harvard University...
Bringing laughter to Cape Girardeau (10/22/04)
When it comes to nightlife, downtown Cape Girardeau offers live music ranging from blues to punk, a wide variety of alcoholic beverages -- from cheap Stag beer to $8 martinis --and even a place or two to hit the dance floor. Live comedy, however, has never become a permanent part of downtown's late-night landscape...
Gwen Hindman (10/22/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Gwen Hindman, 50, of Charleston, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Charleston. She was born Aug. 8, 1954, in Anna, daughter of Glenn and Etta Belle Hooppaw Hindman. Gwen had worked at RAVE in Anna, and was active in the Charleston Transitional Facility Day Program. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Anna, and attended Heartland Family Ministries in Charleston...
Ruby Kneibert (10/22/04)
Ruby Kneibert, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arnold Gerler (10/22/04)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Arnold M. Gerler, 91, of Altenburg, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Altenburg, son of Martin and Emma Mueller Gerler. He married Flora Marie Seibel July 2,1943. She died Jan. 1, 1999...
Jack Sanderson (10/22/04)
Jack Lee Sanderson Sr., 72, of Burfordville, Mo., died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 1, 1932, in Carthage, Mo., son of Harry L. and Wilma E. Payne Sanderson. A Korean War veteran, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Nov. 11,1952, and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant Nov. 11, 1954...
Albert Spradling Jr. (10/22/04)
Former senator Albert M. Spradling Jr., 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born March 13, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, son of Albert M. and Alma M. Willer Spradling. He and Margaret Whyman were married July 9, 1943, in Tyler, Texas. She preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1998...
James Chenoweth (10/22/04)
James D. "J.D." Chenoweth, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Burfordville, son of David E. and Mary "Rosetta" Johnson Chenoweth. He and Ruth Woods were married Aug. 20, 1943, at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis...
Cape fire report 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
Firefighters responded to the following item on Wednesday: At 9:04 p.m., a fire alarm at 750 N. Mount Auburn Road. Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday: At 3:25 a.m., an emergency medical service in the 500 block of Bellevue Street...
Cape/Jackson police reports 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Wesley D. Bishop, 28, Route 1, Box 164A Marble Hill, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, violating a stop sign, no insurance and driving without a license...
Out of the past 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
25 years ago: Oct. 22, 1979 The Glenn House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, owner of the South Spanish Street house, had submitted its initial application for the designation in October 1978...
Suing districts say AG's requests are too costly (10/22/04)
I am the treasurer of the Committee for Educational Equality. The CEE was formed in 2003 when many of Missouri's public school districts joined together for the sole purpose of seeking a solution to the problem of inadequate and inequitable funding for public schools in Missouri...
A proposal - Welcome arches (10/22/04)
While traveling this summer to Washington, D.C., I could not wait until we reached the Ohio state line to drive under the arch that spans Interstate 70. It is not a fancy structure by any means. It is merely an arch-shaped piece of gray steel with a cross beam horizontal with the pavement and adorned with a basic "Welcome to Ohio" sign...
Weekend of history (10/22/04)
Cape Girardeau residents and visitors will have a rare opportunity Saturday and Sunday to visit five of the city's historical treasures, all of which will be open and eager to share a bit of the city's past. Tickets for the special tour are $5 for all five locations, which is a savings from the $12.50 it would ordinarily cost to get in. ...
Strong differences in candidates (10/22/04)
To the editor: Anyone watching the presidential debates should have a strong sense by now of the differences between George Bush and John Kerry. Bush argues everything is going well in Iraq despite the increasing violence we see on our TV screens. He claims the invasion was justified despite the fact that every reason he proposed for invading has been rendered false by the evidence and new reports tell us that Iraq is descending into chaos. ...
Let prisoners wait for flu shots (10/22/04)
To the editor; Because of the shortage on flu shots, I have a few ideas that need to be brought to light. For many years, people did not have the option of getting a flu shot, and very few people worried about it. Also there have been reports that this is going to be the lightest flu year since 1984. So I hope that helps people feel safer...
Speak Out 10/22/04 (10/22/04)
Not in Confederacy IN RESPECT to the person who feels he can show patriotism by flying the Confederate flag because the Civil War was fought for states' rights: For southerners, I'd like to remind them that Missouri was never part of the Confederacy because it never seceded from the union. The Confederate flag never flew in Missouri...
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