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Stories from Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Donated flu vaccine used up in Cape County (11/02/04)
Amid a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine, over 200 community workers deemed "essential" by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Department have received inoculations due to the generosity of a major local company. But having dispensed every drop of vaccine donated by Procter & Gamble, the county is now back where it started: Inundated with overwhelming public need and no vaccine to meet it...
Marble Hill teen killed; mother injured (11/02/04)
A 15-year-old Woodland High School student died Sunday evening as the result of a one-vehicle accident. His mother, the driver of the vehicle he was in, was issued tickets for careless and imprudent driving, not wearing a seatbelt and failure to secure a child under 16 in a seatbelt...
Slow, cold front brings too much of a good thing (11/02/04)
They don't call it fall for nothing. The temperature and rain dropped Monday evening, setting up a more autumn-like pattern of cool weather. Following a soggy night, voters today will go to the polls with temperatures barely reaching 60. That's 16 degrees below Monday's high. Voters may want to take an umbrella with them as well because forecasters predict a 60 percent chance of rain...
Development plan raises questions for Scott City (11/02/04)
The Scott City Council discussed the proposed Shepherd's Way subdivision with subdivision representatives Michael Stewart and Ken Strong at its Monday council meeting. The council is concerned about the proposal to vacate Sixth Street between Cape and Clark streets for the 14-lot subdivision because a water line runs through that area...
Jackson man pleads guilty to two counts (11/02/04)
A Jackson man who was arrested in August and charged with five counts of statutory sodomy and two counts of child molestation was sentenced Monday after reaching a plea agreement with the court. Ricky E. Williams, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of deviate sexual assault, according to assistant prosecuting attorney Gordon Glaus...
Victory over Tennessee-Martin gives Southeast a needed lift (11/02/04)
Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings believed all along that his team's attitude had remained positive despite its struggles this year. But Southeast's players figure to have a lot better feeling about themselves during practice this week after Saturday's 35-7 homecoming win over Tennessee-Martin...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (11/02/04)
Public hearings Held a public hearing regarding a request for a special-use permit for the proposed development of 32 rental residential apartment units and one on-site manager's unit in the 1000 block of Hackberry Street. Held a public hearing regarding the request of Second Missionary Baptist Church for a special-use permit for a sign with brick foundation at 835 Beaudean Lane...
Sword-wielding man arrested at Wal-Mart (11/02/04)
A Chaffee, Mo., man armed with a sword, an air rifle and a pocketknife was arrested Monday morning after a two-city rampage that began with the robbery of a Scott City pharmacy and ended in Cape Girardeau with an empty bomb threat and an assault on a Wal-Mart display that caused the store to be evacuated...
Learning briefs 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
Afterschool programs recognized in local event Around 40 local students recently participated in a celebration of afterschool programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau. The celebration was part of a national event called Lights On Afterschool, which recognized the importance of such programs. The local event included a math-a-thon, spelling contest and science projects...
A lesson in democracy (11/02/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. At the Lewis and Clark Middle School here, seventh-grade reading classes are cutting out newspaper articles and collecting candidate propaganda to combine their nonfiction curriculum with the national Kids Voting program. In preparation for Election Day, where students may cast their own ballots, the seventh-grade reading teachers developed a three-week lesson plan to encourage students to be mindful of the voting process while applying practical use for their reading and interpretation skills.. ...
Chileans' views of Americans vary widely (11/02/04)
I have touched on the theme of stereotypes previously, but this week I want to talk specifically about the sort of image we as Americans have crafted for ourselves -- wittingly or not -- through our various cultural and political exports. Chileans hold a robust collection of stereotypes about Americans. ...
City leaders work to ease Jackson's growing pains (11/02/04)
Less than 12 hours before Jackson residents will vote on a $27 million bond issue to rebuild an old and overcrowded high school campus, fire chief Brad Golden addressed the city's community outreach board at the fire station Monday night explaining how the city has outgrown the fire department...
Aircraft manufacturer misses deadline (11/02/04)
Financially troubled Renaissance Aircraft failed to meet Monday's deadline to make bond and lease payments totaling more than $61,000 and could face eviction from a city-owned hangar at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. That's not the only financial issue facing the city council...
Winans will likely miss a few games (11/02/04)
Southeast's leading scorer of the past three seasons has been slow to recover from a stress fracture. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball program received some bad news Monday regarding star senior guard Derek Winans...
Missouri reinstates Nash after one game (11/02/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on Monday reinstated tailback Damien Nash, ending a one-game suspension apparently spurred by negative comments Nash made about the team's play-calling. Pinkel did not say if Nash, a junior who leads the team with 610 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, would be in the starting lineup Saturday when the Tigers (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) host Kansas State (3-5, 1-4)...
Web log will feature latest on returns from election (11/02/04)
If the preliminary polls are any indication, Election Day could lead into a long night of watching a tight race unfold. In any case, semissourian.com will stay up with you as the returns come in. This year, Southeast Missourian Web master James Baughn will work into early Wednesday morning on election night, posting a running election commentary on the newspaper's Web site. ...
Freedom on four legs (11/02/04)
Victoria Lowes would do just about anything to avoid life in a wheelchair. It's not been an easy goal for the Cape Girardeau 13-year-old, who has battled muscular dystrophy since birth. But with the help of a castoff canine, Victoria has finally found freedom and Central Junior High School has found a new mascot...
Cape students experienced voting process firsthand last week (11/02/04)
Students at two Cape Girardeau schools learned about citizenship, campaign speeches, the Electoral College and exit polling when they participated in mock elections in the days before today's general election. Students at Alma Schrader Elementary and Cape Christian School held mock presidential elections. Alma Schrader students voted Oct. 26 using voting booths and ballot boxes borrowed from the Cape Girardeau County clerk's office...
Exit poll - Moral issues, religion key Bush win in Missouri (11/02/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- "God and country" issues helped President Bush carry Missouri, according to an Associated Press exit poll conducted Tuesday. A quarter of all Missouri voters said moral concerns were the most important issue and the most frequently cited No. ...
Election forecast - tight races, cool weather, strong turnout (11/02/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The forecast for Election Day: strong voter turnout expected, with chances of lines at some polling places, periods of impatience and prospects for victory too close to call in some races. Election Day 2004 is upon us, at last...
State officials take steps to reduce voting problems (11/02/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Mayor Francis Slay said his city wants to avoid "the national embarrassment" of election chaos four years ago, while across Missouri, local officials were taking similar steps to make today's voting go smoothly. The St. Louis Board of Elections has more poll workers and more technology to help confirm whether voters are registered and where they should cast their ballots...
Bush, Kerry sprint to campaign's finish (11/02/04)
MILWAUKEE -- President Bush and Sen. John Kerry reached for the finish line Tuesday in a campaign for the ages, each claiming to be the strong, steady leader needed in a time of terrorism. "The world is watching," said the Democratic challenger in a race that defied safe prediction...
DNA legislation signed into law (11/02/04)
WASHINGTON -- Rape victims and felons in prison will have greater access to DNA testing under a five-year, $1 billion program signed into law by President Bush. The law, worked out in the final days of the congressional session that ended last month, ensures access to post-conviction DNA tests for those serving prison sentences, including prisoners on death row. ...
Manufacturing, consumer spending grow (11/02/04)
NEW YORK -- Consumer spending rebounded in September while manufacturing activity expanded in October, though at a slower pace than the previous month, providing further evidence of continued but moderating economic growth on the eve of the presidential election...
Nation briefs 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
Rehnquist missing from bench as court returns WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist disclosed Monday that he's undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for thyroid cancer. Rehnquist was expected to be on the bench when the court returned from a two-week break. ...
Study - Vaccine protects against cervical cancer (11/02/04)
WASHINGTON -- Efforts to develop the world's first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer took a key step forward Monday with test results suggesting that it can provide long-lasting protection. Four years after getting the vaccine, 94 percent of women were protected from infection with the virus that causes most cervical cancers and none had developed worrisome precancerous conditions, a study showed...
Police patrol Chinese town after deadly ethnic rioting (11/02/04)
LANGCHENGGANG, China -- Police by the thousands patrolled this central Chinese town Monday and residents hunkered down in their homes after deadly street fights between members of the country's main ethnic group and a Muslim minority. On Monday, minivans with loudspeakers strapped to their roofs drove through the dirt roads of Langchenggang and neighboring villages in Henan province, broadcasting appeals for calm...
Bin Laden's new call is to bleed the U.S. economically (11/02/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Osama bin Laden vowed to bleed America to bankruptcy, according to a full transcript of unaired portions of a videotape released Monday by an Arab television station. The al-Qaida leader's remarks appeared targeted to the final days of the U.S. presidential campaign in which the struggling economy is a major issue...
Panthers reach state meet -- one at a time (11/02/04)
The Meadow Heights girls cross country team is small but mighty. All four runners on the team qualified for the state meet Saturday by finishing in the top 15 of the Class 1 District 1 meet on Saturday morning at Jackson City Park. Unfortunately for the Panthers, cross country requires five runners...
St. Louis turns bye week into bye-bye (11/02/04)
The Rams took the entire week off before turning their attention to the Patriots. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams would have liked being the team to end the New England Patriots NFL record 21-game winning streak, considering their last trip to the Super Bowl was a loss to New England after the 2001 season...
World champion Red Sox see 10 players file for free agency (11/02/04)
Cardinals' Womack, Morris and Kline also filed. By Ronald Blum ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Right-hander Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek led a parade of 10 Red Sox who filed for free agency Monday, two days after they were honored in Boston following the team's first World Series title since 1918...
Vijay means victorious (11/02/04)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The mayor wanted a picture with him. The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars wanted a word with him. Civic leaders simply wanted to shake his hand. Vijay Singh was the star attraction Monday at a luncheon where the PGA Tour announced $2.25 million in charitable giving from The Players Championship. It was another example of just how far the 41-year-old Fijian has come...
Sports briefs 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
Baseball n Wally Backman was hired Monday as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, taking over a team coming off one of the worst seasons in major league history. A former New York Mets second baseman with a reputation for intensity, Backman, 45, was selected minor league manager of the year this season by The Sporting News after leading Class A Lancaster to the best record in the California League. It was his first year in the Diamondbacks' organization...
Voters may feel like it's the Day of the Dead (11/02/04)
Today is the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that celebrates the return to Earth of departed souls. Families polish the bones of their loved ones just for the occasion. In the United States, it's also the Day of the Dead -- the day of dead-tired Americans who are sick of all the negative political ads that have blanketed the television screen...
Rapper R. Kelly sues promoter after being kicked off tour (11/02/04)
NEW YORK -- Singer R. Kelly sued rapper Jay-Z on Monday for $75 million, alleging Jay-Z's "spite and jealousy" prompted him to use violence to force Kelly off their national tour. The breach of contract suit suggests Jay-Z was perturbed because Kelly was the higher-paid performer. The animosity led to deliberate lighting flubs and other technical problems, violence against Kelly, and threats to force the promoter to drop him, court papers say. The promoter is also named as a defendant...
Few projects more British than 'Visiters' (11/02/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Jim Broadbent is most comfortable being British. "I like home really," Broadbent said, his brow wrinkling as he sat amid the palms on the patio of a Los Angeles hotel, dressed in a jumble of clothing more suited for a stroll down a damp English street...
Hazel Elliott (11/02/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Hazel Naydean Elliott, 86, of Chaffee died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born Aug. 24, 1918, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Frank Charles and Lillie May Estes Looney. She and Victor Wilson Elliott were married Oct. 4, 1942. He preceded her in death...
Gale Brown (11/02/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Gale M. Brown, 51, of Russellville, Ark., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Stella Manor Nursing Center in Russellville. She was born Oct. 23, 1953, in St. Clair, Mo., daughter of Melvin Robert and Thelma Marie Fassold Brown. Brown was formerly of Perryville...
Eugene Rose (11/02/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Eugene Rose, 80, of Flossmoor, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, in Chicago Heights, Ill. He was formerly of Cairo. Rose had owned and operated a trucking company. He was part owner in trucking operations in Southern Illinois with his brothers before moving to the Chicago area. He was a member of Flossmoor Community Church...
Virginia Duffey (11/02/04)
Nina Virginia Duffey, 84, of Elizabethtown, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at her home. She was the daughter of Leslie and May Kimmel. She married Dr. John R. Duffey. Duffey was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ducks Unlimited and was chairperson of the Hardin County Heart Association...
Jerry Newton (11/02/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jerry Newton, 58, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 15, 1945, in Gideon, Mo., son of Clelon James and Ada Virdell Branch Newton, of St. Paul, Mo. He married J. Colleen Charles on Jan. 8, 1971...
Andrew Tyler (11/02/04)
Andrew T. Tyler, 12, of Jackson died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004. He was born Jan. 21, 1992, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ed and Rebecca Breeden Tyler. Survivors include his parents; a sister, Hannah Tyler; paternal grandparents, Jim and Seiko Tyler, all of Jackson; and maternal grandparents, Charles and Blanch Breeden of Sikeston, Mo...
Margaret Eubanks (11/02/04)
Margaret Fern Eubanks, 88, of Arnold, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Woodland Manor Nursing Home in Arnold. She was born Oct. 11, 1916, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Noah Monroe and Dolly Sherman Abernathy. She and James Melvin Eubanks were married Nov. 13, 1936, in Corning, Ark. He died June 25, 1991...
Billy Myrick (11/02/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Billy L. Myrick, 79, of Sikeston died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Clovis, N.M., daughter of Charles and Lena Wedeman Orr. She and Forrest Myrick were married May 6, 1953, in Bernalilio, N.M. She was formerly of Barstow, Calif...
Kenny Winchester (11/02/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Kenneth "Kenny" Winchester, 36, of Atlanta, Ga., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1968, in Sikeston, son of Mary Pulliam. Winchester was a hairdresser at Gray Clippers in Atlanta. Survivors include his mother; two brothers, Randy and Curtis Winchester, all of Sikeston...
Gary Ackman (11/02/04)
Gary W. "Jake" Ackman, 55, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. He was born June 26, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of August E. and Louise Hesse Ackman. Jake graduated from Central High School in 1968. He worked for the former Potashnick Construction Co. several years, hauling heavy equipment across the United States...
Rita Senciboy (11/02/04)
ORAN, Mo. -- Rita Lee Senciboy, 55, of Oran died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 7, 1949, in Omaha, Neb., daughter of Jimmy D. and Bonnie Marie Ropkin Stacy. She and Tom Senciboy were married Aug. 13, 2001...
Births 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
Nuyt Son to Aaron Jason and Sandra Jean Nuyt of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004. Name, Brandon Michael. Weight, 2 pounds 13 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Nuyt is the former Sandra Quigley, daughter of Tim and Nancy Quigley of Del Rio, Texas. She is a sales representative with Pitney Bowes. Nuyt is the son of Mike and Susie Nuyt and Laura Newcomer of Perryville, Mo. He is a line technician at Procter & Gamble...
Honor Roll - Blanchard Elementary School (11/02/04)
Blanchard Elementary Fourth Grade A Honor Roll -- Tayler Snider. B Honor Roll -- Sarah Barnes, Matthew Clark, Bailey Clubb, Riley Harris, Brandon Hathaway, Nikolas Kellem, John Maltbie, Jessica Mouser, Mollie Nelms, Gabe Pennington, Alex Riehl. Franklin Elementary...
Cape fire report 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
Firefighters responded to the following item on Sunday: At 9:11 p.m., citizen assist at 616 Boxwood Drive. Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 12:28 a.m., fire alarm at 1000 Towers Complex. At 12:29 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1800 block of Big Bend Road...
Cape/Jackson police reports 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Mary Kathleen McCaffrey, 21, 2819 Whitener St., Apt. 4, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Crystal Dawn Weaver, 19, 2206 Cross St., Poplar Bluff, Mo., was arrested on a Scott City warrant for probation violation for driving under suspension...
Out of the past 11/2/04 (11/02/04)
25 years ago: Nov. 2, 1979 Ozark Air Lines officials say a Civil Aeronautics Board essential air transportation recommendation released this week has nothing to do with company's decision to eliminate one of three flights between Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, effective Nov. 15...
Helping those in need (11/02/04)
Disasters come in many forms: fires, accidents, storms. And in the aftermath of a disaster there is a ripple effect that starts with the victims at the center and spreads out to include family and friends, emergency and aid workers and those who help clean up or make repairs, whether paid or volunteer...
Story highlights area's best (11/02/04)
To the editor: In response to "'Total house dog' two-time survivor": I have relatives in your area and was born and raised in the Bootheel. It does my old heart good to see stories like this. I always knew that part of the country was the best. Thanks for a great story...
Gators food drive a success (11/02/04)
To the editor: The Gator Swim Team would like to thank everyone who generously donated food during our food drive for F.I.S.H. this past Friday at Food Giant. We would also like to thank all the fine people at Food Giant for letting us set up at their store. ...
Let's be completely correct (11/02/04)
To the editor: Indians to Redhawks: Thank you, Southeast Missouri State University, for making this change. Now if the community can depend on SEMO's influence to assist in eliminating those embarrassing "Trail of Tears State Park" interstate signs, most people would be so grateful. ...
Speak Out 11/02/04 (11/02/04)
They are adults HOW DOES wearing pajamas and carrying a cell phone constitute a frat party? Government cannot set standards in a public university that would violate students' constitutional rights. University students are over 18 years old. They are adults, which means the role of the institution is not the same as in high school...
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