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Cape authorities investigate robbery (11/05/04)
A robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Hamburger Express, 902 William St., Wednesday evening, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Police spokesman Jason Selzer said a female clerk who was working at the window said a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants came to the window around 6:48 p.m., and said "Let me get that money." The clerk said the robber acted like he had a gun, but did not display one...
Experts ready remedies though flu bug yet to hit area (11/05/04)
It may seem like everybody is down with the flu or sniffing with a cold, but actually fewer people are ailing now than they were this time last year. LaDeva Enderle at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center keeps track of this kind of information supplied by school districts, doctors, offices and hospitals...
Statewide support for Amendment 3 unusually strong (11/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When it comes to statewide ballot measures in Missouri, the outcome is rarely as lopsided as was the case with Tuesday's ratification of the transportation-related Amendment 3. On the rare occasions when 70 percent or more of the state's electorate lines up for or against an issue, it is usually on a matter that sparks intense emotions, such as the constitutional ban on gay marriage which in August passed with 70.7 percent support, or to thwart a tax increase, such as the half-billion tax increase for transportation that fell with 72.5 percent opposition in 2002.. ...
Students test their values in workshop on ethics (11/05/04)
Erin Herbst had to pick four people to die Thursday. She had five to choose from -- three men and two women, all of whom desperately needed a heart transplant but only one of whom could actually receive the heart. "I'm sympathetic. Make me feel sorry for their family and that's it," the Central High School senior said...
Glenallen man jailed on sexual assault charges (11/05/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Glenallen, Mo., man is in the Bollinger County jail for allegedly sexually assaulting his daughter -- a 22-day-old infant. According to a probable cause affidavit from the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department, Troy A. Dukes, 34, has been charged with child molestation, statutory sodomy and incest -- all felonies...
Titans' bye gives Amano chance to see Southeast (11/05/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will have a National Football League player in its corner during Saturday night's game against Tennessee State at The Coliseum in Nashville. Eugene Amano, a Southeast product in his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans, will take advantage of the team's bye week to watch his former squad in action for the first time this season...
Plans set to fill two vacancies on Cape council (11/05/04)
Voters could fill two vacancies on the Cape Girardeau City Council in a special election on April 5 provided a primary election is not needed. But if more than two candidates file for a seat, the general election in that ward or wards would be held on June 7, with the primary being held on April 5, city officials said...
Old Town Cape picks local man as director (11/05/04)
Tim Arbeiter has been hired as the executive director of Old Town Cape, a volunteer organization dedicated to the revitalization of the city's historic commercial and residential districts. He will take over the program Dec. 6. Steven Hoffman, president of the Old Town Cape board of directors, said that Arbeiter was chosen from among 13 candidates because of his understanding of business and command of public relations skills needed to work with a cross-section of people...
A river running through families (11/05/04)
Carolyn Schwettman has plenty of reasons to hate the river. It is a mistress that has wooed away almost every man in her life for weeks and months at a time. Her grandfather, father, husband, brother, uncles and in-laws have all spent much of their lives working far away from her on dredges, tugs and barges on the Mississippi River. There have been lonely and frustrated nights when, under her breath, she's cursed its existence...
Suspect pleads guilty in slaying of sports editor (11/05/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor and agreed to testify against a co-defendant charged with fatally strangling the victim. Charles Timothy Erickson, 20, also pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree robbery and a newly filed charge of armed criminal action in the Nov. ...
Judge rules for unions in collective bargaining case (11/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge gave state employee unions a boost Thursday in their fight for collective bargaining rights, ruling in their favor in a court case seeking to force collection of dues from nonunion members. What effect the ruling ultimately will have with a Republican governor taking over in January is unclear. ...
Bush lists second-term agenda (11/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- With the backing of a popular-vote victory, President Bush sketched a second-term agenda Thursday that includes fighting the worldwide war on terror and seeking tax overhaul and fundamental changes in Social Security at home. "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it," Bush said a day after a decisive victory that made him the first president in 68 years to win re-election and gain seats in both the House and Senate...
Success on Bush's key goals far from certain (11/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has a long list of promises to keep, and even with an expanded Republican majority in Congress, it's unlikely he can have them all. His platform is ambitious: Remake the tax code, overhaul Social Security, stabilize the mess in Iraq. None will be easy...
No court-martial for Navy SEAL (11/05/04)
SAN DIEGO -- A military hearing officer recommended that a Navy SEAL not be court-martialed for allegedly abusing prisoners in Iraq, including one at Abu Ghraib prison who died after a beating, the commando's defense attorney said. Problems with evidence presented at a pretrial hearing that concluded Monday led Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Henderson to recommend the unnamed sailor receive a lesser nonjudicial or administrative punishment, defense attorney John Tranberg said Wednesday...
Nation briefs 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Officials unsure if election terror plot disrupted WASHINGTON -- More than 700 people were arrested on immigration violations and thousands more subjected to FBI interviews in an intense government effort to avert a terrorist attack aimed at disrupting the election. ...
Ashcroft likely to leave post at Justice Dept. (11/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft is likely to leave his post before the start of President Bush's second term, senior aides said Thursday. Ashcroft, 62, is described as exhausted from leading the Justice Department in fighting the domestic war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Stress was a factor in Ashcroft's health problems earlier this year that resulted in removal of his gall bladder...
Feds say obesity epidemic weighing down planes (11/05/04)
The extra weight is also pushing up fuel costs for airlines. By Daniel Yee ~ The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Heavy suitcases aren't the only things weighing down airplanes and requiring them to burn more fuel, pushing up the cost of flights. A new government study reveals that airlines increasingly have to worry more about the weight of their passengers...
World briefs 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Palestinian power shifts; Arafat's condition worse CLAMART, France -- Yasser Arafat was reportedly fighting for his life Thursday at a French military hospital after losing consciousness, as anxious Palestinian officials transferred some of their 75-year-old leader's powers to Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia. ...
U.S. strikes Fallujah as insurgents attack British troops (11/05/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents attacked British troops at a checkpoint in central Iraq on Thursday, killing three and wounding eight in a suicide bomb and mortar barrage aimed at soldiers sent to the high-risk area to free U.S. forces for an assault on the militant stronghold Fallujah...
Charleston wins showdown with Scott City 37-19 (11/05/04)
The Blue Jays used big plays to capture the Class 2 Distict 2 title. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Scott City football coach Terry Flannigan was worried sick about Charleston's big-play ability heading into Thursday night's showdown for the Class 2 District 2 title...
Saxony tries to capture its first state title (11/05/04)
Larry Cleair has done his homework on the state cross country meet. Take all of last year's finishes, knock out the graduated runners and -- voila -- Saxony Lutheran should be the top team in Saturday's Class 1 boys race. Of course, when the race begins at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City, all the calculations and charts won't mean a thing...
Perryville to take both boys, girls squads to state meet (11/05/04)
Thanks to an impressive performance at the Class 3 District 1 cross country meet at Potosi, the bus ride today to the state meet in Jefferson City will be a little more crowded for the Perryville Pirates. Perryville's girls squad finished first and the boys took second at Potosi to send both programs to Saturday's state meet at the Oak Hills Golf Center...
St. Vincent successfully 'D'-fends district crown (11/05/04)
The Indians used smothering defense to record a 37-16 victory over Hayti. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian For the second straight year St. Vincent made an emphatic statement in a key Class 1 District 1 matchup with Hayti. Last year St. Vincent rolled over Hayti 27-0 in the first week of district play to knock off the two-time defending district champions. ...
Jackson tumbles to Bluff (11/05/04)
Jackson's high school boys soccer season came to an end Thursday night with a 3-1 loss to Poplar Bluff in the first round of the Class 3 District 1 tournament at Central High School. The Mules advanced to Saturday's 11 a.m. final against top-seeded Central, which beat Farmington 9-0. The final also will be played at Central...
Central's season ends with a 37-8 loss to Sikeston (11/05/04)
~ Standard Democrat SIKESTON -- Apollo Patterson ran for a career-high 225 yards with four touchdowns to lead Sikeston past Central 37-8 in the season finale for both teams Thursday night at Public Schools Stadium. The Tigers entered the game with a chance to tie for the Class 4 District 1 lead but the tiebreaker system eliminated any chance of reaching the state playoffs, making Thursday's game one for pride for both teams...
MU christens arena with exhibition win (11/05/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri put its NCAA troubles into the background Thursday night. It's a new season, and there was a new arena to christen. Linas Kleiza had 19 points and four assists, helping open the $75 million Paige Sports Arena with a 100-73 exhibition victory over Central Missouri State...
Media tabs Kansas Big 12 favorite (11/05/04)
DALLAS -- Kansas is this year's favorite to win the Big 12 Conference title, according to a media poll released Thursday. Oklahoma State, winner of last year's Big 12 conference regular season and tournament, was picked to finish second by media who regularly cover the conference...
Chiefs, Royals ponder future after tax failures (11/05/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Members of the Jackson County Sports Authority, which oversees the stadiums used by the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, will have a lot to talk about today when they meet for the first time since voters shot down a ballot initiative that could have provided $600 million for stadium renovations...
Tour Championship leaders try to end Singh's monopoly (11/05/04)
ATLANTA -- Not everyone wants to see Vijay Singh wins his 10th tournament of the year. Three guys who shared the lead Thursday in the Tour Championship would be thrilled to win their first. Darren Clarke, Jerry Kelly and 50-year-old Jay Haas each had a 3-under 67 on a soggy, blustery and entertaining first round at East Lake, a good start as they try to end their seasons on a good note...
Sports briefs 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Baseball n Charlie Manuel's thick Southern drawl, down-home charm and folksy nature make him an odd fit for gritty Philadelphia. He'll be a perfect choice as manager if he leads the Phillies to the playoffs. Manuel was hired Thursday to replace Larry Bowa, taking over a talented but underachieving club that hasn't reached the playoffs since 1993. ...
Area sports digest 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Southeast softball honored for academic excellence For the sixth straight year, Southeast Missouri State University's softball team has been recognized for its academic prowess. The squad had the 17th-best grade-point-average in the nation during the 2003-2004 school year, 3.310, as announced by The National Fastpitch Coaches Association...
I take it all back -- most of it (11/05/04)
Last week I rashly advised you, my kind and loyal readers, to wash your hands before leaving the bathroom or any public restroom. I said this is the No. 1 way to avoid germs, particularly those that lead to colds and flu. If I am supposed to be the poster boy for personal hygiene, I have to admit I was wrong...
Mom dumps minivan, wants SUV (11/05/04)
Dear Tom and Ray: Here's my dilemma: I'm a fun, sporty, active 46-year-old mom of three. I've been driving a minivan for 14 years now, and I need a change! I'm interested in the smaller sport utility vehicles, and recently test-drove a Hyundai Santa Fe. ...
Get comfortable with the G6 sedan (11/05/04)
Think of the Pontiac G6 as a stylish, fun-to-drive sedan with good get-up-and-go and respectable gas mileage. If you were tuned in to Oprah Winfrey in September you saw the afternoon TV matriarch give away 276 Pontiac G6s to a screaming, near-riotous audience, in what has been described as the most daring marketing coup in the history of the auto industry. ...
An artistic alternative (11/05/04)
While art openings and exhibits are nothing new to Cape Girardeau, three local artists hope to bring their own take to the tradition with their exhibit, "Integrated Counterbalance," opening at 5 p.m. today in the H&H Building and on display from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday...
Artifacts 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Arts council's First Friday features photography The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will have its First Friday opening from 5 to 8 p.m. today featuring the photography of David Bartlett in the Lorimer Gallery and the winners of the Borders Regional Juried Exhibition in Gallery 100. ...
Coming to theaters 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
'After the Sunset' Starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson and Mykelti Williamson. A successful thief retires to a tropical island to enjoy the fruits of his last heist with his partner. His FBI nemesis shows up, however, to double-check that he's really retired, and a suspicion-filled game of intrigue begins. Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence and language, 100 minutes. Sneak preview Saturday. (Cape West Cine)...
'Polar Express' finally makes it to big screen (11/05/04)
NEW YORK -- A wide-eyed boy in cozy blue robe and proper yellow pajamas has his hope and faith tested in the book "The Polar Express." But Chris Van Allsburg, who wrote and illustrated the children's classic almost 20 years ago, insists he did not base the adventurous child on himself. "My haircut was a bit more of a brush cut," he says...
Everybody's a critic - 'Ray' (11/05/04)
Three and a half stars Stunning is the word that comes to mind when I think of "Ray." Jamie Foxx does an incredible job portraying the one and only Ray Charles and the rest of the cast was great. I found the whole movie very interesting and it does a perfect job portraying Charles' life story...
Marjorie Kirkpatrick (11/05/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Marjorie Kathryn Suter Kirkpatrick of Benton died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 19, 1912, in Diehlstadt, Mo., daughter of Willis and Ida Sanders Suter. She was the eldest of seven children. She and Otto Francis Kirkpatrick were married Dec. 19, 1930, at Charleston, Mo. He preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1986...
Paul Davis (11/05/04)
Paul F. "Pappy" "Grizz" Davis, 76, of Milan, Ohio, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Firelands Regional Medical Center Main Campus in Sandusky, Ohio. He was born Feb. 23, 1928, in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Davis retired from New Departure-Hyatt, a division of General Motors, after 38 years of service...
Scott Ford (11/05/04)
Michael Scott Ford, 20, of Bullhead City, Ariz., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at his home. He was born Jan. 11, 1984, in Cape Girardeau, son of Kenny L. and Cindy Innis Ford. Survivors include his mother, Cindy Bruce of Bullhead City; a brother, Chris Ford of Cape Girardeau; paternal grandmother, Mary Lee Davis of Cape Girardeau; and maternal grandparents, Owen and Wanda Innis of Scott City...
Nadine Wells (11/05/04)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Nadine C. Wells, 74, of Glenallen died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 24, 1930, in St. Louis, daughter of Albert and Clara Welker Warner. She and Murphy L. Wells were married April 19, 1948. He died July 28, 1985...
Melvin Klaus (11/05/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Melvin R. "Sandy" Klaus, 83, of Perryville died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 29, 1921, at Friedheim, son of Clarence William and Bertha Moeller Klaus. He and LaVanche Simkins were married June 18, 1977...
Births 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Proffer Son to Andrew Eastwood and Kimberly Brooke Proffer of Springfield, Mo., Cox Health South, 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004. Name, Cole Eastwood. Weight, 6 pounds 10 ounces. First child. Mrs. Proffer is the former Kimberly Dodson, daughter of Bettie Dodson and Bob Dodson of Cape Girardeau. Proffer is the son of Gary and Betty Proffer of Chaffee, Mo. He is a senior at Southwest Missouri State University, and is employed at John Q. Hammonds University Plaza...
Cape/Jackson police reports 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Frazier Boyd Bankhead, 38, 126 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for driving under revocation...
Cape fire report 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: At 5:24 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Benton Street. At 9:16 p.m., emergency medical service at Broadway and Perry Avenue. Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday:...
Out of the past 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
25 years ago: Nov. 5, 1979 The Southeast Missouri State University homecoming parade Saturday was reportedly marred for several high school bands when crowds interfered with band members as the marched; at least six band directors have reported that their students were grabbed, kissed, hugged, had their uniforms torn, and had beer poured over their instruments...
A display of patriotism (11/05/04)
There is a restaurant in Osage Beach, Mo., that is modeled after a 1950s-era diner. The waitresses wear poodle skirts and kerchiefs tied around their necks. The 45-rpm records hanging on the wall are from the popular artists of the 1950s. Everyone is seated in booths or on vinyl chairs at pink laminate and chrome tables...
Lower-cost drugs (11/05/04)
Missouri's participation in an Internet program that gives residents access to cheaper prescription drugs in Canada and Europe should both save money and provide some safety assurances. Gov. Bob Holden announced last week that Missouri would join Illinois and Wisconsin in the ISaveRx program that was initiated by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich...
Vote will affect today's students (11/05/04)
To the editor: I am disappointed the Jackson school bond election failed. I attribute it to the "What's in it for me?" attitude that is rampant in our society. Do people not realize that the children who are being educated right now are the future of our country? They are the future physicians, teachers, politicians and parents of generations to come. They will someday be taking care of us. What's in it for you? How about a safe, secure and productive community in our future?...
Big to-do list for Bush and Blunt (11/05/04)
To the editor: The elections are finally over. George Bush and Matt Blunt have won, though by narrow margins. Now we find out if their deeds match their rhetoric. Now we will see if Bush can get us out of another Vietnam without losing more of our precious youths. ...
Veteran still won't contribute (11/05/04)
To the editor: I would like to present another viewpoint contrary to John V. Halter's recent letter. I am another veteran who has no regard for the Red Cross for the way it treated servicemen. Surely Secretary of Defense Stimson's letter requesting the Red Cross to charge for coffee and doughnuts served to our men was not delivered as an ultimatum. The Red Cross retained the privilege of charging or not charging. The Red Cross charged because it wanted to charge...
Web site had updated information (11/05/04)
To the editor: In this day of e-mail and rapid communication, we think information is only a second away. A local TV station boasts about its Web site during each and every telecast. But if you checked that Web site during the election, it was hours behind. I was glad to log on the semissourian.com site and get updated information. I am sure this was extra work and problems for someone. If you guys could do this, why couldn't others? Thank you...
Speak Out 11/5/04 (11/05/04)
Money for pork A RECENT Speak Out comment mentioned spending $87 billion-plus for the Iraq war. This is what Congress appropriated, but of this $87 billion, over $21 billion was pork. So the $87 billion-plus didn't all go to Iraq to our armed forces or to our security forces. It went to politicians' pet projects back home. I think the record should be set straight...
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