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History's on a roll in Southeast mobile museum (10/27/04)
A certain 38-foot-long Winnebago colored in orange, red, yellow, light green, blue and pink plastic is knowledge in motion. Don't believe it? This museum on wheels, Southeast Missouri State University's first mobile museum, will tell you itself. The RV's design includes the logo: "Experience Knowledge in Motion." The words appear several places on the outside of the vehicle. They are even written backward on the front of the RV so that other motorists can read it in their rearview mirrors...
St. Joseph observes day for Lewis, Clark (10/27/04)
Merriwether Lewis and William Clark would have been proud of the care Morgan Campbell took in dressing for school Tuesday morning. With the help of her mother, the 7-year-old made a brown, fringed dress and hot-glued beads and feathers on it. A construction paper headband over her braided pigtails completed the ensemble...
Alexander County politicians run campaigns on economy (10/27/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Alexander County remains mired in economic depression. The two candidates for Alexander County commissioner agree on that point and little else. Incumbent Democrat John "Andy" Clarke of Olive Branch and Republican Angela Greenwell of rural Cairo disagree on how to boost the local economy...
Region/state digest 10/27/04 (10/27/04)
New Madrid Co. teacher faces rape, drug charge NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A middle school teacher has been charged with rape, sodomy and giving prescription drugs to a minor, the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. Rebecca Susan Sharp, 47, was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, one count of second-degree statutory rape and one count of giving a controlled substance, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, to a minor, the department said. ...
Alexander County Q&A (10/27/04)
What is the biggest problem facing Alexander County? Clarke: The out migration of people over the last 20 years, prompting a declining tax base and making it hard for the county to compete to attract new industry. The county also has seen a loss of major industries...
Lt. governor's race nears $3 million fund-raising mark (10/27/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau's political duo of Democrat Bekki Cook and Republican Peter Kinder combined have raised nearly $3 million in their rival bids to become lieutenant governor. As of Thursday, Kinder was sitting on nearly $199,067 in his campaign account, according to financial disclosure reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission. ...
Blasting of piers delayed, canceled by rising river (10/27/04)
Remaining concrete piers on the old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau won't be blasted this week, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday. An underwater blast to remove the rest of Pier 2 near the navigation channel, scheduled for Tuesday night, was canceled because of the rising river, MoDOT construction inspector Rick Lamb said. ...
Tornado strikes New Hamburg briefly; no injuries (10/27/04)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- The weather in Southeast Missouri turned unseasonably violent on Tuesday, leading to tornado warnings for Cape Girardeau, Scott and Bollinger counties in Missouri and Alexander county in Illinois. In New Hamburg, a tornado briefly touched down sometime between 5:15 and 5:20 p.m...
Jacksonville State loss, UTM win were weekend surprises (10/27/04)
To simply say that the most surprising day of the Ohio Valley Conference football season so far took place Saturday would not even be doing justice to what transpired. Quite a few people thought defending champion Jacksonville State would not lose a league game after the Gamecocks breezed through the first half of their OVC schedule...
Appeals Court hears area cases in visit to Cape (10/27/04)
Tuesday morning, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals met in Southeast Missouri State University's Glenn Auditorium, a practice meant to expose college students to the workings of the legal system. The Southeast students heard oral arguments in a case that, if not overturned, could become a search-and-seizure landmark, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Golson's goals - Healthy year, plenty of wins (10/27/04)
Reggie Golson rarely can be seen without a smile on his face under any circumstances. But the prospect of finally having an injury-free season for Southeast Missouri State University's basketball team -- knock on wood -- seems to have given Golson an even bigger perpetual grin...
Abe's Boys plan Saturday reunion (10/27/04)
Abe's Boys are fast dwindling, but that doesn't stop the healthy and able among the legendary coach's former athletes from living it up at their annual reunion during Southeast Missouri State's homecoming. Started in 1980 -- when Abe Stuber was still alive -- the Abe's Boys Reunion has been held annually since then. This year's affair will take place Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. at the newly renovated Marquette Hotel building in downtown Cape Girardeau...
Club news 10/27/04 (10/27/04)
Cape Girardeau County AARP The Cape Girardeau County AARP 4041 met Oct. 4 at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. The program was "Historical homes in Cape Girardeau County" presented by Dr. Lisa Speer, president of the Historical Society...
Illinois tries to acquire flu vaccine in Britain (10/27/04)
Illinois officials said Tuesday they could get at least 262,000 doses of flu vaccine through a British wholesaler and are looking for more, but the federal approval process to import the vaccine could take weeks and federal officials haven't even agreed to start the process...
Cook on mission in lt. governor bid (10/27/04)
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series profiling the major party candidates for lieutenant governor. By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian It's a comfortable Saturday morning in early October and Bekki Cook is knocking on doors in south Cape Girardeau. While promoting her candidacy for lieutenant governor, she is also stumping for the Democratic Party...
Prosecutors - Defendants flooded AOL members with spam messages (10/27/04)
The Associated Press LEESBURG, Va. -- Three people who allegedly sent America Online customers millions of junk e-mail messages touting penny stocks and other Internet gimmicks went on trial Tuesday in the nation's first such felony case. The defendants are being tried under a 2003 Virginia anti-spam law that prosecutors say is the harshest of its kind in the nation...
Combat tours in Iraq won't be cut in 2005 (10/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Army will not shorten combat tours in Iraq next year from 12 months to six or nine months, as some had hoped, because that would undermine the war effort, the Army's top general said Tuesday. Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, told a group of reporters that he would prefer shorter combat tours in Iraq but believes that cannot happen as long as the U.S. military is required to maintain roughly the 135,000 troops there now to fight the insurgency...
Pre-election lawsuits feed nation's doubts over election (10/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- Voters can be forgiven for assuming the courts may once again settle the presidential election. New lawsuits over election rules pop up almost every day, along with reports of fraud or mischief. Thousands of lawyers are already at work for one side or the other, with more on call for Election Day...
Absentee ballots of voters who died could get counted (10/27/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's statewide inconsistency in checking death notices against absentee ballots means some dead people could still have their votes count on Election Day. "I'm comfortable with saying that's a possibility," Terry Jarrett, chief legal counsel for Secretary of State Matt Blunt, said Tuesday...
Iraqi explosives' location falling under question (10/27/04)
From wire reports The whereabouts of nearly 400 tons of high explosives said to be missing from a site in Iraq drew greater scrutiny Tuesday following a report released earlier by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Reports from various sources raised questions about whether high-powered plastic explosives were missed by U.S. soldiers or already stolen before coalition forces arrived at the site...
Parliament approves withdrawal from Gaza (10/27/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won a historic victory Tuesday when parliament voted to approve his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank -- the first time lawmakers have authorized the removal of Jewish settlements from lands the Palestinians claim for a state...
Iraq's premier blames coalition in deadly ambush (10/27/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's interim prime minister blamed the U.S.-led coalition Tuesday for "great negligence" in the ambush that killed about 50 soldiers heading home after graduation from a U.S.-run training course, and warned of an escalation of terrorist attacks...
Afghanistan vote count gives Karzai victory (10/27/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- More than two weeks after Afghanistan's first presidential election, vote counting wrapped up Tuesday and interim leader Hamid Karzai emerged with a resounding victory. With his inauguration to a five-year term a month away, the U.S.-backed Karzai already is under pressure to ditch his coalition with powerful warlords and tackle a booming narcotics industry that has become a major economic force in one of the world's poorest nations...
Notre Dame volleyball captures fifth straight district champion (10/27/04)
The Notre Dame volleyball team won its fifth consecutive district championship Tuesday night, beating host and No. 2 seed Dexter 25-21, 23-25, 25-19 in the Class 3 District 1 tournament final. The top-seeded Bulldogs (29-4-3) advance to Saturday's four-team sectional round at Park Hills, Mo...
Cubs clear first hurdle to repeat (10/27/04)
Bell City and Advance have had their share of marquee matchups in volleyball and basketball over the past few years. On Tuesday at Bell City, the Cubs and Hornets played for the Class 1 District 2 volleyball title in front of a raucous crowd. The Cubs, Class 1 defending state champions, kept their hopes of a repeat alive with a 25-21, 25-14 win...
Lowe set to take his cuts in Game 4 (10/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe wants to make his mark at Busch Stadium, just as Mark McGwire did. "My goal is to hit one where Mac hit his 62nd home run -- in batting practice," Lowe said Monday. With the World Series shifting to the National League park, Boston pitchers get a rare chance to bat. Lowe, scheduled to start Game 4 tonight against St. Louis, said his last big game at the plate probably came in Little League...
Cardinals have been far from their best in Series (10/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa grimaced, then pulled the bill of his cap down low. Pitcher Jeff Suppan somehow got hung up between third base and home, turning an easy run into an excruciating double play in the third inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night...
The Sporting News names Bonds player of the year (10/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, who hit .362, set a record with 232 walks and topped 700 career homers, was named 2004 player of the year by The Sporting News on Tuesday. The award was based on a vote by 552 players. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre was second with 116, followed by St. Louis Cardinals teammates Scott Rolen (93 votes) and Albert Pujols (64)...
One very neat guy (10/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Larry Walker hustles to the bat rack, Albert Pujols hurries to get his helmet, Jim Edmonds grabs a quick drink of water. Between innings at Busch Stadium, the bench is a beehive of activity. At any moment, the St. Louis Cardinals' true cleanup man will get busy...
Cards fall into 3-0 hole (10/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Get ready, Boston. There's no other outcome now. The Red Sox will either win the World Series or add another historic collapse to their legend. They'll either reverse The Curse and end 86 years of futility, or they'll fall apart, just as they did the last four times they got this close...
Famous recipes from the opposing team's bench (10/27/04)
Across Southeast Missouri, baseball means the St. Louis Cardinals, but just to be fair here are some well-known Boston dishes you might want to try. Boston Baked Beans 1 1/4 cups dry navy beans or dry great northern beans (1/2 pound total) 1 cup chopped onion...
As American as baseball - apple treats (10/27/04)
As American as baseball Apple treats are a great way to celebrate the World Series ~ Most baseball fans eat popcorn, peanuts and hot dogs while they're watching the game, but apple pie is as quintessentially American as baseball. And with the Cardinals in a bid for the World Series, we thought it might be worthwhile to share a few apple pie recipes and treats you could enjoy while watching the games...
Everything's complicated in the Sunshine State (10/27/04)
One of the things I miss most about Cape Girardeau is the ease of conducting any sort of business. For instance, I'd stop by my neighborhood drug store on the way home and pick up a couple of prescriptions. Easy as pie. A friendly cashier even told me how to pray to St. Anthony when I realized I'd left my debit card somewhere. (I'm not Catholic, but I was freaked out enough to give it a try and found the card the next morning. Coincidence? Hmmmmm.)...
Party favorites for ghosts and goblins (10/27/04)
As Halloween approaches, our seven-year-old Lexie is busy getting her costume together. At first she wanted to be a giant sub sandwich, but then realized she wouldn't be able to sit down with the box configuration all around her. So like a good daughter of mine, now she wants to dress up like a chef. And the best part of that is we have everything here for her to do just that...
TV Land documentary explores prime-time politics of 1960s (10/27/04)
NEW YORK -- Tommy Smothers has no doubt what would happen if he tried to put "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on television today. "We'd be off in a second," he said. "Even faster than before." The often raucous variety show was canceled by CBS in 1969 after the network grew uncomfortable with Tommy and Dick Smothers' social commentary, including opposition to the Vietnam War...
Al Franken endorses Kerry on radio show (10/27/04)
NEW YORK -- Al Franken a Kerry man? On Friday he formally endorsed John Kerry for president! "Like most of our listeners I've struggled with this decision," said Franken on his radio show, reading in sonorous tones. Calling the election "too important for me to continue to be an impartial observer," he solemnly announced that he was unable to support President Bush...
Mary Spalding (10/27/04)
PAID PHOTO BENTON, Mo. -- Mary J. Spalding, 100, of Benton died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 22, 1903, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of John and Louise Logel Enderle. She and Joseph L. Spalding were married Feb. 25, 1925, at Jackson. He died in 1951...
Cleo Bain (10/27/04)
Cleo N. "Ick" Bain, 95, of Scott City died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Gary Moore (10/27/04)
Gary Losin Moore, 52, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at his home. He is formerly of Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bill Surman (10/27/04)
FLAG CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Bill Vern "Buck" Surman, 72, of Hernando, Miss., died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born June 20, 1932, in Chaffee, son of Frederick and Bernice Louise Muns Surman Sr. He and Pat Burris were married Aug. 12, 1951...
Patrick Connell (10/27/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Patrick Connell, 49, of Kampsville, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 17, 1955, in Carbondale, Ill., son of William Vernon and Bessie Coleman Connell. He was formerly of Mounds...
Richard Shoulders (10/27/04)
FLAG CAIRO, Ill. -- Richard "Mick" Shoulders, 83, of Collinsville, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Our Lady of the Snows Nursing Home in Belleville, Ill. He was formerly of Cairo. He was born Aug. 27, 1921, in East St. Louis, Ill., son of Richard and Elizabeth Lohmann Shoulders...
Edward Butler (10/27/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Edward H. Butler, 61, of Sandoval, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Ill. He was born July 6, 1943, in Millcreek, Ill., son of Elmer and Ethel O. Engleman Butler. Survivors include two sons, Edward Butler of Alabaster, Ala., Fred Butler of Hillsboro, Ill.; a daughter, Bobbi Overby of Waterloo, Ill.; his mother of Jonesboro; a brother, Wayne Butler of Dongola, Ill.; a sister, Elsie Butler of Goreville, Ill.; and three grandchildren...
Helen Allgood (10/27/04)
PHOTO Helen H. Allgood, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital, She was born Sept. 2, 1921, at Huxie, Mo., daughter of Irven E. and Alma Stamms Eaker. She and Laymon A. Allgood were married June 29, 1940, at Sank, Mo...
Barbara Havins (10/27/04)
PHOTO Barbara J. Havins, 35, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1969, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Wesley and Eileen Pohlman Fronabarger. She and Michael E. Havins were married Aug. 8, 1992. Havins was a 1987 graduate of Jackson High School. She received an associate of arts degree as a paralegal from Mountain View College in Salt Lake City. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson...
Cape fire report 10/27/04 (10/27/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: n At 5:23 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Montgomery St. n At 8:24 p.m., smoke scare at 504 S. West End Blvd. n At 8:31 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Fountain Street...
Cape/Jackson police reports 10/27/04 (10/27/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n William M. Corruthers, 54, 624 S. Benton St., was arrested on a city warrant for failure to appear for assault. n Kevin Lamont Hart, 21, 4216 E. Garfield St., St. Louis, was arrested on a city warrant for contempt of court for no seat belt...
Out of the past 10/27/04 (10/27/04)
25 years ago: Oct. 27, 1979 POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, addresses the 14th annual Truman Day Rally at Poplar Bluff; recent reports of oil company profits come under heavy attack from the Massachusetts Democrat at the rally of approximately 500 party faithful...
Spradling leaves big legacy (10/27/04)
Two influential state senators: One of my favorite people, former state senator Albert Spradling, died last week. His was a full life. His minister observed how Spradling anonymously helped many in financial need -- and how Al graded his sermons through friendly, honest banter. He did the same thing for some of my columns. He was always asking me to write more original comments and fewer sharings of comments and opinions of others I often use in my column...
Extending Fountain (10/27/04)
Cape Girardeau officials recently dropped their plans for a connector street that would have been built adjacent to the new federal courthouse after federal officials voiced opposition. The connector street would have linked Fountain Street from William to Independence and routed traffic to the city's historic downtown...
Judge's retention questioned (10/27/04)
To the editor: The residents of Southeast Missouri must not take lightly the decision whether or not to retain Judge Richard B. Teitelman on the Missouri Supreme Court. Earlier this year, Teitelman wrote the majority opinion that overturned the second murder conviction of Cecil Barriner, who had been convicted twice for the brutal murders of Irene and Candy Sisk of Tallapoosa, Mo. ...
Vote no on liberal judges (10/27/04)
To the editor: When you go to the polls next Tuesday, there will be names on your ballot concerning the retention of a Missouri Supreme Court judge and five judges for the Missouri Court of Appeals for our district here in Southeast Missouri. The six judges on the ballot up for retention or dismissal are Supreme Court Judge Richard B. Teitelman and appellate judges Clifford H. Ahrens, Kathianne Knaup Crane, Patricia L. Cohen, Booker T. Shaw and Glenn A. Norton...
Bush has no compassion (10/27/04)
To the editor: George Bush may be a decent human being, though I doubt it. I don't know, since I have never met him. However, his performance during the debates suggests he is both arrogant and rather stupid. My beef with Bush is not his personality but his despicable programs and policies...
Angels of mercy after storm (10/27/04)
To the editor: Hurricane Ivan paid a visit to my wife and me on Sept. 16, collapsing our garage on my car, lifting the roof off my shop and ripping the roofing shingles off the house. Trees lay everywhere. It looked like a war zone. Two angels of mercy, Larry LaFave of Jackson and his brother, Leonard LaFave of Onaway, Mich., came down to our home, got my car out, repaired the shop roof, cleared trees and covered my roof with plastic. ...
Speak Out 10/27/04 (10/27/04)
Unfair flu shots GIVING FLU shots to prison inmates over children and elderly is just wrong. Prisoners get treated better than hard-working, law-abiding citizens and children. It should be the other way around. It's bad enough that prisoners get what they get while they are in prison anyway, but to let them have our flu shots when we are mixing with more people in public places than they are is wrong. That's the government for you...
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