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Stories from Tuesday, November 16, 2004

County hesitates on historical district plan (11/16/04)
If the current Cape Girardeau County Commission has shown anything, it's a resolve to be in charge of its own property. At its regular meeting on Monday, the county commission hedged on committing the courthouse to a proposed historical district in Jackson...
Campaign in 28th year of urging smokers to quit for a day (11/16/04)
If you are a smoker, the statistics are not in your favor. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking will cause about 30 percent of the 563,700 cancer deaths this year. The American Cancer Society also reports that from 1995 to 1999, adult males lost an average of 13.2 years of their life and adult females lost 14.5 years. Nearly one out of five deaths is related to smoking...
Cape city council OK's plan for Bloomfield Road (11/16/04)
A wider Bloomfield Road will come within 4 1/2 feet of a 64-year-old stone wall bordering a residence that was formerly a rural school building. The Cape Girardeau City Council approved the design plan for the estimated $1.79 million project on a 5-1 vote despite opposition from Jane Cox, owner of the former Campster schoolhouse in the 3800 block of Bloomfield Road. She said she feared speeding motorists would crash into the wall and damage it...
Students talk of college plans and making important decisions (11/16/04)
Senior year can be a tough one for high school students or one where they seem to coast -- it's either a year of scrambling to make college choices or a time when everything you've worked for seems to finally fall into place. Several area students answered questions about how their final year of high school is shaping up, and talked of college and what their future holds...
Learning briefs 11/16 (11/16/04)
Cape Christian students advance in spelling bee Local students from Cape Christian School recently advanced to a spelling bee in St. Louis, including first-grader Clayton Monia; second-grader Sean Poston; third-grader Sarah Stroup; fourth-grader Marissa Bell; fifth-grader Alicia Arnold; sixth-grader Asia Thomas; and seventh-grader Megan Keesee...
Charity groups hoping for feast of holiday donations (11/16/04)
Fixing Thanksgiving dinner for the relatives doesn't compare to the feast the Salvation Army will prepare next week. More than 500 people are expected to dine on the turkey and dressing meal cooked at the Cape Girardeau center. And while many people nibble on the holiday leftovers through the remaining days of November, charitable organizations and assistance programs are hoping for a feast of donations...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Proclamations Presented proclamation honoring Truman Smith's volunteer efforts. Presented proclaiming Homeless Awareness Week Monday through Sunday. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) Authorized the acquisition of property for the improvement of Bloomfield Road between Siemers Drive and Stonebridge Drive...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Action items Approved a $16,250 increase to Horner & Shifrin Inc., for additional engineering services for the West Jackson Boulevard/South Hope Street water and sewer relocation project. Appointed Alderman Kerry Hoffman to represent the city on the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet Board...
Principal for a day, or, Amber Almighty (11/16/04)
Every student at some point in their life has wished to be able to take over their school. They have wondered and daydreamed and planned everything that they would do differently if they were the principal. I have been blessed with the opportunity to find out what it's really like. ...
Tigers christen arena with win over Brown U. (11/16/04)
Missouri posted a 68-60 victory in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Thomas Gardner had 19 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double double, helping Missouri pull away in the second half for a 68-60 victory over pesky Brown in the opening round of the Guardians Classic on Monday night...
Goodenough sets OVC records in 2 categories (11/16/04)
The Southeast quarterback holds the single-season mark for completions and passes attempted. By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's football team has struggled much of the season, but senior quarterback Andrew Goodenough has put up impressive numbers most of the way...
Cape Girardeau teachers take pay issue to board (11/16/04)
Around 30 Cape Girardeau teachers turned up at Monday night's school board meeting to object to a planned salary increase for the district's next superintendent. Central High School teacher Pat Kuper read aloud a letter that was mailed to board members last week...
Special-use permit OK'd for Jackson business (11/16/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen granted special permission for the installment of large signs to one of the aldermen Monday night. Joe Bob Baker, owner of a salvage business on West Jackson Boulevard, left his seat as a city official and approached the board as a resident, asking the city to allow him to put up two signs that are about 14 feet longer than the 50-foot limit established by the city...
Grass, trees, and speaking English (11/16/04)
I'm coming home! Actually, by the time you read this, I will already be home. As of this writing, though, I'm still five days away from touching down at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. To say I'm excited would be understating the obvious...
Hardee's supersizes latest burger (11/16/04)
ST. LOUIS -- As many fast-food chains are catering to the health-conscious, Hardee's is introducing the biggest and thickest of its Thickburgers -- one with enough calories to make Ronald McDonald blush. The St. Louis-based chain on Monday rolled out its Monster Thickburger -- two 1/3-pound slabs of Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered sesame seed bun. The sandwich alone sells for $5.49, $7.09 with fries and a soda...
Commission clears Blunt of allegations (11/16/04)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Ethics Commission has cleared Gov.-elect Matt Blunt of allegations that he used government money for political purposes by running pro-voting newspaper ads featuring his smiling face. Blunt, as secretary of state, spent about $48,000 in federal funds to place the advertisements in 295 daily and weekly newspapers across the state shortly before the Aug. 3 party primary elections, in which Blunt was a Republican candidate for governor...
Job-hunting grads in demand (11/16/04)
From staff and wire reports The recovering economy and looming retirement of the baby boomers are making this a good year to be a college senior looking for a job after graduation. Recruiters, career counselors and students say the fall recruiting season has been the most active since the dot-com boom...
Saddam's regime made $21 billion subverting sanctions (11/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- Over more than a decade, Saddam Hussein's government raised more than $21.3 billion in illegal revenue by subverting U.N. sanctions against Iraq including the humanitarian oil-for-food program, congressional investigators estimated Monday...
Top two at CIA's clandestine service quit (11/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- The top two officials in the CIA's clandestine service have resigned after confrontations with the agency's new leadership in an unusually public shake-up at the nation's spy service. The CIA's deputy director for operations Stephen Kappes and his immediate deputy, Michael Sulick, told colleagues at a morning meeting that they are leaving the agency. It's unclear if they elected to depart or were asked to step down...
Low-fat beats low-carb in keeping pounds off (11/16/04)
LAS VEGAS -- Regardless of how they shed pounds in the first place, big losers stayed that way by limiting fat rather than carbohydrates, according to new research that could add fuel to the backlash against low-carb diets. Dieters already have been turning away from Atkins-style plans as a long-term weight-control strategy, and the new study gives them more reason: Low-fat plans seem to work better at keeping weight off...
Nation/world digest 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
U.S. Catholic bishops choose new president WASHINGTON -- America's Roman Catholic bishops chose a new president Monday who has released the names of priests accused of molesting children and reached out to victims but who also plans to seek bankruptcy protection for his diocese because of abuse claims. Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., will succeed Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill., who led the conference for three years during the height of the molestation crisis...
Adviser Rice will replace Colin Powell (11/16/04)
In all, six of Bush's 15 Cabinet members will not be part of the president's second term. By Tom Raum ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush has selected Condoleezza Rice, his national security adviser and trusted confidant, to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state, officials said Monday, in a major shakeup of the president's national security team. Three other Cabinet secretaries also resigned...
Today's life sure is busy -- for the children (11/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- If the fast pace of life makes you yearn for the lazy days of childhood, don't expect much sympathy from the youngsters. About 80 percent of middle and high school students take part in organized activities after school and on weekends, and most of these young people have something scheduled nearly every day, a new study finds...
Radio transmitters to fight counterfeiting of drugs (11/16/04)
WASHINGTON -- The makers of the impotency drug Viagra and the painkiller OxyContin said Monday they will add radio transmitters to bottles of their pills to fight counterfeiting. The technology will allow the medicines to be tracked electronically from production plant to pharmacy, a development the Food and Drug Administration said is an important tool to combat the small but growing problem of drug counterfeiting...
Indians reach Class 1 semis (11/16/04)
St. Vincent recorded a 19-0 road victory over Salisbury in the quarterfinals. SALISBURY, Mo. -- St. Vincent did just about anything it wanted to do Monday night in a 19-0 victory against Salisbury in a Class 1 state quarterfinal game. The Indians defense pitched the shutout, letting Salisbury get no closer than 30 yards from the end zone all night...
Eli's coming - Giants to replace Warner with Manning at QB (11/16/04)
Giants to replace Warner with top-pick Manning at QB EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning has replaced Kurt Warner as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. Coach Tom Coughlin made the move Monday after Warner and the offense struggled for the second consecutive week in a 17-14 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. The Giants (5-4) have lost three of the last four games after a 4-1 start...
Bonds in a walk (11/16/04)
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds won his record seventh NL MVP award in a walk. Capping a season filled with suspicion and success, the San Francisco Giants left fielder became the oldest player to become the MVP of a major North American professional league. The 40-year-old received 24 of 32 first-place votes and 407 points Monday in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to earn the award for the fourth straight season...
Rams ride roller coaster to top of NFC West (11/16/04)
An inconsistent season continued with a victory over Seattle. By Jim Salter ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Nine games into the season and the St. Louis Rams remain a hard team to figure out. Is it the team that lost to otherwise-winless Miami and blew a late lead at home against New Orleans? Or is it the team that has twice beaten potential Super Bowl contender Seattle en route to a 5-4 record and a tie with the Seahawks for the top spot in the NFC West?...
Area sports digest 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Southeast volleyball player gets OVC honor Southeast Missouri State University's Lauren Scannell was named the Ohio Valley Conference's defensive player of the week for volleyball on Monday. Scannell, a junior, had 56 digs in two weekend matches as Southeast posted wins over Murray State and Tennessee-Martin to clinch a spot in the OVC tournament. She has had more than 20 digs 10 times this season...
Sports briefs 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Baseball n St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen had arthroscopic hip surgery Monday and should be fully recovered in time for next year's spring training, the Cardinals said. Isringhausen, 32, underwent the surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and should resume full activities in six to eight weeks, the club said...
Cartoon puts life in perspective (11/16/04)
With all that snow and ice, Canada's been a marketing nightmare. But not anymore. A Vancouver immigration lawyer thinks he can sell former Kerry supporters on the merits of moving north of the border and away from all those red states. He's so certain of it that he plans to hold seminars in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to tell Americans how to legally move to Canada. Relocating citizenship costs money, including a $500 application fee and a $975 landing tax...
Anne Tyler novel adapted for Hallmark Hall of Fame (11/16/04)
LOS ANGELES -- "Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person." That's how Anne Tyler begins her novel "Back When We Were Grownups," about a usually merry widow who suddenly feels deeply unappreciated by her family and attempts to reconnect with an old boyfriend...
Zelma Woods (11/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Zelma Louise Woods, 86, of Sikeston died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Greenview Hospital in Bowling Green, Ky. She was born Aug. 8, 1918, in Bell City, Mo., daughter of Harry and Maggie Penrose. She and Floyd Woods were married Feb. 19, 1941. He died March 17, 1987...
Austin Cross (11/16/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Austin Devon Cross, 76, of Chicago, formerly of Villa Ridge, Ill. died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Chicago. He was born June 8, 1928. He was a graduate of Douglas High School in Mounds. Cross was employed by Amoco Oil Co. for 35 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War...
Alfred Pearson (11/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alfred Dee Pearson, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at Miner Nursing Center in Miner, Mo. He was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Johnson County, Ark., son of James D. and Ora V. Clark Pearson. He first married Ersie Puckett, who died Jan. 18, 1994. He and Mary Kathryn Mullins-Graham were married May 23, 1994. She died Nov. 11, 2001...
Larry Davis (11/16/04)
Larry Dean Davis, 55, of Burfordville died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at his home. He was born April 12, 1949, in St. Louis, son of Charles Robert and Verona Loveda Brown Davis. He and Rebecca Denton were married June 7, 1975, in Marble Hill, Mo. Davis had worked in the pottery division at Ceramo Co. since 1971. He was a member of New Sylvan Church in Marble Hill. Davis attended Woodland Schools...
Guy Wilson (11/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Guy Sylvester Wilson, 84, of Harrisburg, Ark., died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Harrisburg. He was born April 28, 1920, in Oxford, Miss., son of Grover C. and Lillie M. Geeslin Wilson Sr. He and Vernice "Cricket" Freed were married Oct. 23, 1938, in New Madrid, Mo. She died March 10, 2002...
Marshall Loflin (11/16/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Marshall Glen Loflin, 71, of Sikeston died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born June 26, 1933, near Charleston, Mo., son of Herman Jewell and Leona Langley Loflin. He first married Irma Lee Hubbard, who preceded him in death. He later married Nora Kathleen Moore Aug. 13, 1966...
James Haynes (11/16/04)
James R. "Rex" Haynes, 82, of Whitewater died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 16, 1922, at Crump, son of Silas and Zora Swain Haynes. He and Lucille E. Thoma were married Feb. 25, 1943. She died Oct. 16, 2002...
Births 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Wunderlich Daughter to David and Erin Wunderlich of Frohna, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:41 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004. Name, Emilia Cary. Weight, 8 pounds 3 ounces. The couple also has twin daughters. Mrs. Wunderlich is the former Erin Roth, daughter of Lloyd and Ruth Roth of Frohna. Wunderlich is the son of Francis Wunderlich of Pocahontas, and the late Oliver Wunderlich. He is employed at Associated Sheet Metal in Jackson...
Cape police report 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Diana Renaw Whitener, 20, 1202 Madison, Fredericktown, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests...
Cape fire report 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Sunday: At 7:37 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Pacific Street. At 7:51 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Henderson Street. At 8:38 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Edgewood Road...
Out of the past 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
25 years ago: Nov. 16, 1979 Widespread reports that the jobs of city manager W.G. Lawley and police chief Henry H. Gerecke are in jeopardy have been discounted by the city manager, the chief and members of the city council; reports were circulating as early as two weeks ago that the council was going to ask for Lawley's resignation or that of Gerecke, or both...
Opportunity knocked, but no one answered (11/16/04)
In response to Jay Nixon's good-faith effort to stop the lawsuit filed by the Committee for Educational Equality against the state, we only have to look into the past to find how often the leadership of the Missouri General Assembly has failed to adhere to the provisions of the Missouri Constitution...
Helping small businesses (11/16/04)
A recent visit by the regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration brought the news that the SBA intends to open an office in Cape Girardeau. This is part of an expansion that will include two other new offices in Hannibal and either Columbia or Jefferson City. The SBA already has offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. The new office in Cape Girardeau, said Sam Jones, will be staffed by volunteers...
Centers provide valuable services (11/16/04)
To the editor: This letter is in reference to Robert Krone's Nov. 11 letter, "Close all the senior centers." Mr. Krone has not been educated on the importance of a senior center. I suggest Mr. Krone attend a senior center or volunteer at a center to see firsthand the importance of senior centers. It is very easy to sit back and pass judgment on an issue when you are not knowledgeable of its workings...
Luscombe plane still has a future (11/16/04)
To the editor: It is sad to hear of the financial problems of the Renaissance Aircraft project in Cape Girardeau. The Luscombe aircraft the company planned to produce is an excellent light aircraft, I've been flying one built in 1947 for over 32 years now. I stopped in Cape Girardeau a couple of times this year to check on the project, but there was nobody around the place each time I was there...
The problems with senior centers (11/16/04)
To the editor: In response to several letters and an editorial regarding senior centers: Taxpayer-supported senior centers in Missouri openly practice age discrimination while unfairly competing with taxpaying restaurants and social clubs. In addition, tax-supported senior centers unnecessarily duplicate the meals and social services already provided by volunteers from Meals on Wheels, hospitals, churches, friends and family at zero net cost to taxpayers...
Other lawsuits against Renaissance (11/16/04)
To the editor: It is unfortunate that Renaissance was unable to produce airplanes in Cape Girardeau. Your article said Renaissance has won all of its litigation but could not recover. That is a misstatement propagated by its attorney. I know, because I was the president of the foundation and have been intimately involved...
Speak Out AA 11/16/04 (11/16/04)
No more 'you guys' I WANT to thank the caller who made the comment in regard to being called "you guys" at restaurants by servers. Finally, someone else finds this offensive. My wife and I do not wish to be referred to in this manner either and consider it blatantly disrespectful. May I suggest to all of us who don't want to hear this: let your distaste be reflected in your tip. That should quickly put an end to it...
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