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Stories from Friday, November 12, 2004

Masked man robs Little Caesar's Pizza (11/12/04)
An armed robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday after holding up Little Caesar's Pizza at 97 N. Kingshighway, according to Cape Girardeau police. A police spokesman said that a white man entered the store about 9:50 p.m., wearing a black sock cap and a Halloween mask. ...
Giving garbage a second chance (11/12/04)
Two measly plastic bottle caps. Lost and alone at the bottom of Sara Burkemper's black 30-gallon garbage bag, those caps were all that was left after the Southeast Missouri State University sophomore removed all the recyclable materials from a week's worth of her garbage. She could see how much she's been wasting...
Kinder to be first lt. governor from Cape County in 150 years (11/12/04)
The two previous lieutenant governors from the county were doctors who lived in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When Peter Kinder is sworn in as Missouri lieutenant governor in January, he will be the first Republican to hold the post in 24 years and just the second in 72 years...
Southeast volleyball makes push for OVC tournament (11/12/04)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team will try to nail down a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament over the next two days while also finishing its home schedule in style. Southeast (9-16, 7-7) is tied for fifth place with Tennessee-Martin in the 11-team Ohio Valley Conference. The top six finishers qualify for the OVC tournament...
Freezing temperatures forecast in region for next several days (11/12/04)
A steady drizzle fell on the Cape Girardeau area Thursday and forecasters said the weekend could bring freezing temperatures. Over a 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday, about six-tenths of an inch of rain fell in downtown Cape Girardeau. By 3 p.m. Thursday, another one-third of an inch of rain had fallen, according to the National Weather Service...
House committee hears four-lane needs in Poplar Bluff (11/12/04)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Five members of the Missouri House interim transportation committee came to Poplar Bluff to listen Tuesday and they heard plenty from those who want Highway 67 four-laned as soon as possible. "We learned U.S. 67 is very important to this community," said Rep. Neal St. Onge of Ballwin, who was making his first visit to Poplar Bluff...
Southeast seniors seek win in Houck farewell (11/12/04)
A victory over Tennessee Tech could provide a needed highlight for a group of 18 Southeast seniors. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's 18 seniors have endured a bummer of a final season, but they would like nothing better than to end their home careers with a victory -- especially the local products among that group...
Region briefs 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Three-vehicle accident results in two injuries A three-vehicle accident on state Highway 74 in Dutchtown resulted in two local women being taken to Saint Francis Medical Center, both with moderate injuries. The accident occurred at noon Wednesday, when a 1989 Toyota driven by Kathy Crader, 54, of Delta, Mo., crossed the center line and sideswiped a 1981 International tractor-trailer driven by Mark Reitzet, 35, of Whitewater, then struck a 2002 Pontiac driven by Amanda Eftink, 21, of Oran, Mo. ...
Courting controversy (11/12/04)
More than two years removed from his last coaching job, Kevin Emerick hopes he has left controversy behind him in pursuit of a fresh start. Emerick, 44, Southeast's newest women's basketball assistant, has a coaching background where wins and losses have been overshadowed by soap-opera scripts: clashes with college administrators, a players walkout that resulted in a forfeit, lawsuits and an NCAA investigation...
Thank you, veterans (11/12/04)
There is something about the American flag that gives even the weakest of veterans the energy to rise and salute proudly as it passes. It's the same something that brings tears to the eyes of men and women as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance or softly sing about the Stars and Stripes waving over the land of the free and home of the brave...
Notre Dame alumni will make music to benefit trooper (11/12/04)
Musical stars from Notre Dame Regional High School -- including one 1985 graduate who now performs on Broadway -- will get together Nov. 20 at the high school to sing for one of their own. The concert is a fund raiser for alumnus Sgt. Brad Lively, the Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was severely injured June 14 when he was struck by a car on Interstate 55. Lively is a 1985 graduate of Notre Dame...
Southern Illinois Marine killed in battle for Fallujah (11/12/04)
HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A knock on the door before dawn Thursday brought a grim Veterans Day wakeup to this small coal-mining town, in Southern Illinois. Two uniformed Marines stood outside, waiting to inform Carl Pickering that his only son was dead. Aaron Pickering, a 20-year-old infantryman, had been killed hours earlier as American forces fought to capture the Iraqi city of Fallujah from Islamic insurgents, the family said...
State database lists soldiers dating to 1812 (11/12/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More than 576,000 Missourians who served in the military from the territorial era through World War I are now listed in an Internet-accessible database maintained by the secretary of state's office. The state database is an expansion of an online listing of World War I service members, which has received more than 234,000 Internet requests since it debuted about two years ago...
State briefs 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Man charged in St. Louis County sword attack ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County man has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking his wife's lover with a sword. According to police, Jimmy M. Crafton Jr., 36, caught his wife sneaking out with her lover, cut the man in the head with a sword and tried to cover his tracks with a story about a home invasion. ...
Trade will dominate farm agenda next four years (11/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will begin a second term barely a year after the United States had its first case of mad cow disease and as Japan and other countries maintain bans on U.S. beef. But even before the embargoes, Americans began importing more food than they export, raising a broad front of trade issues that will dominate U.S. farm policy the next four years...
More help urged for veterans with Gulf War illness (11/12/04)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- A federal panel that has spent two years reviewing studies of Gulf War illnesses recommends focusing future research on the effects of the toxic substances that veterans encountered during the 1991 conflict. That conclusion differs from the findings of a Clinton administration panel that determined that stress was the cause of the mysterious ailments afflicting thousands of Gulf War veterans...
Mortgage rates up as economy bodes well (11/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates climbed this week as Wall Street investors responded to some encouraging signs that the economy is gaining momentum. Rates on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 5.76 percent for the week ending Nov. 11, the mortgage company Freddie Mac said in its weekly survey released Thursday. That was up from 5.70 percent last week...
Prison chefs tout their creativity with 'The Convict Cookbook' (11/12/04)
The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. -- Talk about your Iron Chefs. Proving that the steel bars of the Washington State Penitentiary are no barrier to fine dining, inmates at the Walla Walla prison have just produced "The Convict Cookbook," which includes recipes that can actually be made inside a cell without a stove...
Coke performance too low, CEO tells investors (11/12/04)
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola Co.'s new chairman and chief executive Neville Isdell said Thursday a review showed Coca-Cola has "underperformed since 1997" and faulted the company for being slow to push the water, juice and other non-carbonated drinks consumers want as they become more health-conscious. He said weak results will persist into 2005 in key markets including North America, Germany and the Philippines...
CIA officer quits to speak freely about intelligence problems (11/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- A senior CIA officer who has become an outspoken critic of the fight on terrorism turned in his resignation this week, citing a desire to speak more freely about problems in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the debate over intelligence reform...
Arafat death brings chance for peace (11/12/04)
JERUSALEM -- Yasser Arafat's death brought a rare glimmer of optimism to the Middle East, with world leaders talking about the possibility of a new era. But the window of opportunity for peace could quickly close with a chaotic transition, a rise of militants or a failure by either side to seize the moment...
Fighters try to escape Fallujah (11/12/04)
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Insurgents tried to break through the U.S. cordon surrounding Fallujah on Thursday as American forces launched an offensive against concentrations of militants in the south of the city. Some 600 insurgents, 18 U.S. troops and five Iraqi soldiers have been killed in the four-day assault, the U.S. military said...
New Salem boys go 1-2 in first day of tourney (11/12/04)
New Salem Baptist Academy of Marble Hill went 1-2 in pool play in a tournament being played in Quincy, Ill. Boone Gaines scored 23 points in New Salem's 57-52 loss to Quincy Christian in the first game of the night. Jeremy Rockhill added 18 points...
CAYSA Fall Classic attracts 104 teams this weekend (11/12/04)
The Cape Area Youth Soccer Association's 17th annual Fall Classic will attract 104 teams to Cape Girardeau this weekend, prompting the event to go to a three-day schedule. The tournament opens 6:30 tonight at the Shawnee Park Sports Complex. A full day of play is planned for Saturday, and the event's final contests will be played at around 4:45 p.m. Sunday...
Twins' Santana claims AL Cy Young (11/12/04)
The left-hander went 13-0 after the All-Star break. By Ronald Blum ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins was a unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award on Thursday, rewarded for a stellar second half that helped his team win its third straight division title...
Adu's game matures in second pro season (11/12/04)
CARSON, Calif. -- He's so exuberant his teammates sometimes tell him to tone it down. Then again, it's hard to blame Freddy Adu. He is, after all, 15. "He's definitely that age," D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen said, shaking his head and chuckling. "He's a great kid, fun-loving. He likes to hang out with all the guys. Sometimes we have to tell him to shut up. It's like having your kid brother in the locker room."...
Rams try to tackle woes in practice (11/12/04)
After two straight dismal defeats, St. Louis got physical with full-contact drills. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The changes St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz promised for his .500 team featured a full-contact practice session and a second brisk-paced workout that stretched 15 minutes past the usual quitting time...
Sports briefs 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Baseball n Upon further review, baseball will hold off on taking a look at instant replay. After watching umpires reverse almost every missed call in the postseason, major league general managers split 15-15 Thursday on whether to keep exploring the subject...
Bribe season is now open (11/12/04)
We're just a few days away from the Big Holiday Season that begins when the Thanksgiving turkey starts thawing and ends right before anyone who won an election this year is sworn in. Some of you will be entering the Southeast Missourian's "Holiday Best" candy contest...
Jeap Grand Cherokee - An American icon (11/12/04)
srobertson Jeep Grand Cherokee is completely re-engineered for 2005. If ever there was an American icon, it is the Jeep. The brand began with the legendary Willys MB of World War II fame, and continues to thrive today. With their "go-anywhere, do-anything" spirit, Jeeps dodge the limitations of ordinary vehicles. ...
Magical, musical moments (11/12/04)
Paul O'Neill started giving interviews at six in the morning, so it would be understandable if the man behind Trans-Siberian Orchestra sounded tired and grumpy. But instead, O'Neill is unfailingly polite and speaks enthusiastically about "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," which comes to the Cape Girardeau Show Me Center on Wednesday...
Artifacts 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Local artists show work at Owl Creek Vineyard COBDEN, Ill. -- "Similar Planets," an exhibition of paintings and photographs by local artists Kevin Bishop and Keith Cotten, will be on display at Owl Creek Vineyards in Cobden starting today, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The winery is at 2655 Water Valley Road. For more information, call (618) 893-2557...
Everybody's a critic - 'The Incredibles' (11/12/04)
Three and a half stars (out of four) "The Incredibles" is a great film about a family, but not a great family film. The movie involves a lot of adult elements in the dialogue and has a few scenes that are rather intense for an animated film. It is the story of Mr. Incredible, his wife, Elastigirl, and their children, Violet and Dash, and how the past comes back to haunt them...
Coming to theaters 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
'Seed of Chucky' Starring Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly and John Waters. Killer doll Chucky and his bride, Tiffany, have a son named Glen, who resurrects his parents, not knowing how evil they are. The three then go on a psychopathic rampage. Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, sexual content and language, running time 87 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Almodovar's dark side on view in latest film (11/12/04)
NEW YORK -- Pedro Almodovar brings a small white pad to an interview, and while he speaks, he quietly sketches a detailed drawing of a pen sitting on the table. It seems he must always be creating pictures. The images in his latest film, "Bad Education," are some of the Spanish filmmaker's most dramatic yet: a thin line of blood dripping down the center of a young boy's face; a mishmashed printing of typewriter letters after a man's head falls dead on the keys...
Stephen Ayers (11/12/04)
Stephen W. Ayers, 53, of St. Louis died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at his home. He was born April 23, 1951, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Glenn and Drucille Pixley Ayers. Survivors include a companion, Martha Cavin of St. Louis; a son, Jason (Susan) Ayers of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Rachel Ayers of Covington, Ky.; his mother of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Helen (Phil) Taylor and Linda Ayers of Cape Girardeau; four brothers, Philip (Loretta) Ayers of St. ...
Archie Fairchild (11/12/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Archie L. Fairchild, 56, of Cairo died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was born May 5, 1948, in Mount Vernon, Ill., son of Archie and Evelyn Clark Fairchild. Fairchild was manager of Auto Tire and Parts in Wickliffe, Ky. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mound City, Ill., and Knights of Columbus...
Sandra Riggs (11/12/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Sandra A. Riggs, 44, of Cairo died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 8, 1959, in East St. Louis, Ill., daughter of Jack and Juanita Theriac. Survivors include her husband, Johnny D. ...
Robert Porter (11/12/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert L. Porter, 74, of Union, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. He was born Sept. 15, 1930, at Perryville, son of Clarence I. and Clara Statler Porter. Porter had been a lineman with a utilities company...
Exia Dolan (11/12/04)
Exia Neoma Dolan, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Jan. 28, 1915, in Loretto, Tenn., daughter of James David and Emma Alice Pugh Taylor Sr. Dolan retired from the housekeeping department at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was a member of the General Baptist Church...
Zenas Sitzes (11/12/04)
Zenas W. Sitzes, 100, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at his home. He was born June 17, 1904, near Glenallen, Mo., son of Walter and Levena Cameron Sitzes. He and Lucille Bollinger were married Feb. 8, 1939, in Cape Girardeau. She died May 12, 1992...
Gleta Fulton (11/12/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- Gleta Fulton, 93, of Patton passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Stockhoff Nursing Home in Fredericktown, Mo. She was born July 9, 1911, at Patton, daughter of John F. and Carrie Stanfill Miinch. She and Hadley James Fulton were married July 18, 1931. He died Jan. 30, 1990...
Leona Dennis (11/12/04)
Leona A. Willis Dennis, 95, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 25, 1909, daughter of A.A. "Doc" and Elizabeth Friedrich Beeson. She and Walter Frank Willis were married in March 1932 in Wickliffe, Ky. He died June 7, 1943. She and Clyde W. Dennis were married March 24, 1954. He preceded her in death in November 1958...
Orville Smith Jr. (11/12/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Orville W. Smith Jr., 75, of Meriden, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004. He was born near Burlingame, Kan., son of Orville and Vida Davis Smith. Smith farmed many years in the Dover, Kan., area, worked as a mechanic, and retired from the Topeka, Kan., Street Department...
Vanessa Collier-Dillow (11/12/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Vanessa Ruth Collier-Dillow, 45, of Bellevue, Neb., died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, in Bellevue. She was born Aug. 24, 1959, in Tiptonville, Tenn., daughter of Gary and Ruth Norris Collier. She and Shane Christopher Dillow were married March 18, 1994, in Tacoma, Wash...
Births 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Koehler Daughter to Doug and Pam Koehler II of Lawton, Okla., Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Fort Sill, Okla., 1:51 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004. Name, Kiya Lynn. Weight, 8 pounds 3 ounces. Third child, second daughter. Mrs. Koehler is the former Pam Barberis, daughter of Tom and Jeryl Kuehn of Jackson and David and Pat Barberis of Dutchtown. ...
Cape police report 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft A Missouri license plate 528-XCCH, belonging to Auffenberg Chrysler/Plymouth, was reported stolen somewhere in the city. Jewelry was reported stolen from 1865 Lakeshore Drive...
Cape fire report 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: At 7:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of South Henderson Street. At 9:37 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3100 block of Mimosa Drive. At 10:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of North Frederick Street...
Out of the past 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
25 years ago: Nov. 12, 1979 A downtown commercial building was extensively damaged last night when an exterior wall collapsed, apparently a victim of age; no one was injured when the south wall and a portion of the roof of the building at 116 N. Main St. collapsed at about 8:43 p.m.; it housed the Radio Shack...
Let elected officials decide on school funding (11/12/04)
Since the lawsuit on education funding was filed last January, much has changed. We have a new governor-elect and new legislative leaders who have stated they are committed to finding a solution to this public policy challenge. These newly elected leaders have stated they will work toward a funding solution to keep the courts out of our schools...
Voting access (11/12/04)
Advocates for the disabled say two federal laws, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Help America Vote Act, require polling places to be accessible to everyone, including voters using walkers and wheelchairs. State election officials, however, disagree...
Ordinary Americans had their say (11/12/04)
To the editor; I read with interest Howard Dean's column in the Sunday paper, "Now get involved." I found myself in agreement with most of his statements. But I am perplexed regarding the last paragraph. It reads, "We can change this country. It will take time and hard work. But if we start today, ordinary Americans can take this country back."...
Stick to morals and religion (11/12/04)
To the editor: In response to Amanda Santamaria's letter, "Reach out instead of judging": What is so bad about using moral justification for voting on a president? Would you want an immoral man running the country? This country was founded on religion and morals. ...
Jackson facilities are adequate (11/12/04)
To the editor: I read the article "Close defeat for school bond weighs on students" with much disgust for a couple reasons. First, because the Southeast Missourian is in no way printing the stories on the Jackson school bond issue in a unbiased, objective and informative manner, but in a way to persuade voters to their own position reminiscent of Dan Rather with forged documents to discredit President Bush. ...
Bush win was not a mandate (11/12/04)
To the editor: I wanted to write as a loyal reader to let you know how I feel about Republican attempts to characterize George Bush's election victory as a mandate. The truth of the matter is that the election illustrated exactly the opposite -- that the nation is bitterly divided and that no mandate exists for an extreme conservative agenda...
Speak Out A 11/12/04 (11/12/04)
Prayers for troops I WANT to thank the military families, especially those who are serving in Iraq, for their sacrifice to make the world a safer and better place, especially at this time when veterans are being recognized. I think it's important to remember our soldiers overseas. Our prayers are with them. I hope this will be over soon...
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