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University, community offering sounds of the season in Cape (11/29/04)
A symphony and choral groups will perform traditional and operatic holiday pieces. By Kathryn Alfisi ~ Southeast Missourian There's hardly anything that brings about the Christmas spirit like music. This week, the public has two chances to enjoy the musical sounds of the holiday with Southeast Missouri State University's "Choral Masterworks" and the Heartland Pops Orchestra and Chorus' "Holiday with the Pops."...
Downtown kicks off holidays with open house (11/29/04)
While the earlybird holiday shoppers came out in full force in the wee hours of the day after Thanksgiving, downtown Cape Girardeau merchants are planning their own event to take care of night owls. On Friday,Old Town Cape and the Southeast Missourian are partnering with the downtown businesses to put on the third annual Christmas Open House...
SEMO program to focus on Islam (11/29/04)
WANT TO GO? What: Lecture and panel discussion on "understanding Islam" When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Rose Theatre in the Grauel Building, Pacific Street and Normal Avenue Admission: Free By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian The images of war in Iraq on the nightly news paint a picture of murderous Muslims who hate Americans and thrive on car bombs, kidnappings and beheadings...
Community digest 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
Hospital to present "A Christmas Story" Music and dance celebrating the holiday season will return this year when the Southeast Missouri Hospital Foundation holds its ninth annual "A Christmas Story" at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Cape Bible Chapel, 2911 Kage Road. ...
Final win serves as reminder of MU's potential (11/29/04)
A victory over Iowa State was both satisfying and frustrating for Missouri fans. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press At least, Missouri's lost season ended on a positive note. The Tigers were supposed to be a program on the rise, one that would contend for the Big 12 North title with a Heisman Trophy hopeful at quarterback and a defense that became one of the conference's best. ...
Childhood dreams can come true (11/29/04)
Betty Glastetter of Oran thinks she may be reliving a childhood dream of having a doll of her own with plenty of clothes. This retired seamstress's dream has certainly turned into something much larger. When she retired earlier this year she decided she would have to have a hobby of some sort. ...
Fulfilling simple requests would make for a merry Christmas (11/29/04)
Two older children, Ronnie and Haleigh, have simple requests for Christmas gifts. Ronnie wants some remote controlled cars and Matchbox cars. He'd also like a portable CD player and headphones. Haleigh is much more feminine and wants makeup, Barbie dolls and some notebooks and pens for writing. A diary would be a good gift for this 10-year-old, too...
Jackson's police department, Elks Lodge to help children at Chr (11/29/04)
The Jackson Police Department is accepting donations of toys and money to assist in its Toys for Tots campaign to help needy children at Christmas. The police department teams up with the Jackson Elks Lodge each year to provide food, toys and clothing for distribution to children from newborn to age 12. Donations may be delivered to the police department any time day or night until Dec. 8...
Students take holiday story on the road (11/29/04)
The fifth grade class from St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School took its Thanksgiving spirit on the road to entertain residents of eight nursing homes in Cape Girardeau. The visits served as the project chosen by Patty Heisserer's class. Students dressed as pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys to tell the story of Thanksgiving. Handmade cards were given to the residents they visited...
Southeast Hospice honors volunteers for their service (11/29/04)
Volunteers with Southeast Hospice, a service of Southeast Missouri Hospital, were honored for their service to the program at the annual Southeast Hospice Awards Banquet held by the hospital in November. The Gabriel Award, the top award for Hospice volunteers, was given to Ann Amelunke and Frank Crites for representing the Southeast Hospice philosophy to patients, their families and the community...
Mizzou ends slide Tigers rally for a 59-55 win over Murray St. (11/29/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Linas Kleiza knew it when he saw it. Jason Conley was fired up and would not let his team lose. "He just took the game over," Kleiza said. With the Tigers trailing by seven with 7:55 left, Conley scored eight consecutive points for the Tigers including a thunderous dunk that became a three-point play and drew Missouri within one. Jimmy McKinney took over from there, pushing the Tigers to a 59-55 win over Murray State on Sunday and breaking a three-game losing streak...
Community Q&A 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
Name: Sergeant Tisha Hecht Lives in: Jackson Family: Husband and two sons, ages 7 and 4. Job: Sergeant on the Jackson Police Department; assistant with the upcoming toy program held in conjunction with the Jackson Elks Christmas Basket program. Favorite food: Lasagna...
Parade winners (11/29/04)
Chairman's Trophy Heartland Telephone Theme 1. SEMO HOG Chapter 2. Junior Sinn Auto Parts 3. Heartland Care and Rehabilitation Appearance, Class A (over 25 feet) 1. Heartland Telephone 2. Hutson's Fine Furniture 3. Grace Fellowship Church Appearance, Class B...
Cape's day for holiday spirit (11/29/04)
Large floats decked in lights and carefully arranged decorations drew oohs and ahhs. Floats bearing candy and drinks were met with squeals and outstretched arms of eager children. And a few of the 115 entries in Sunday's annual Parade of Lights were out to raise awareness...
Hunter dies in shooting accident (11/29/04)
WEBB CITY, Mo. -- A Webb City man who was hunting by himself died after he apparently dropped his gun and it discharged, shooting him in the stomach, the Barton County Sheriff's Office said. John M. Boyer, 35, died Friday night after being wounded earlier in the day at Shawnee Trails Wildlife Area south of Mindenmines, according to Barton County Sheriff Bill Griffitt...
Evangelist, anti-communism activist Billy James Hargis dies at (11/29/04)
TULSA, Okla. -- Evangelist and fervent anti-communist Billy James Hargis, who once conceived a plan to float Bible verses behind the Iron Curtain in balloons, has died. Hargis died Saturday in Tulsa. He was 79. Hargis, who founded the Christian Crusade, was born Aug. 3, 1925. After graduating from Texarkana High School, he attended Ozark Bible College in Bentonville, Ark...
Many asking governor-elect for job (11/29/04)
LABEL: News Analysis By Kelly Wiese ~ The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY -- After 12 years of Democratic control, the governor's office will again be in Republican hands come January. And that change in power has inspired hundreds to seek a job in the new administration of Matt Blunt...
Financial world looking to future without Greenspan (11/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- While President Bush is busy putting together his Cabinet for a second term, the financial world's attention is on a job vacancy 14 months away: Who will succeed Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan? The list of candidates includes Harvard economics professor Martin Feldstein, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Reagan administration; Columbia University professor Glenn Hubbard, who was Bush's first CEA chairman; Treasury Undersecretary John Taylor; and Federal Reserve board member Ben Bernanke.. ...
Poll summary (11/29/04)
LIFETIME JUSTICE AN ASSOCIATED PRESS-IPSOS-PUBLIC AFFAIRS POLL FOUND THAT SIX IN 10 AMERICANS THINK SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SHOULD HAVE A MANDATORY RETIREMENT AGE. WHO DID WE ASK? The poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,000 adults, including 853 registered voters, from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted Nov. 19-21 by Ipsos-Public Affairs. The margin of error for registered voters is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points...
Poll- 6 in 10 Americans want mandatory retirement for justices (11/29/04)
A majority of those polled, 59 percent, did not know that William Rehnquist was chief justice of the Supreme Court. By Will Lester ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Six in 10 Americans say there should be a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to an Associated Press poll...
Six-foot gash on cargo tank led to oil spill on river (11/29/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- Divers found a six-foot gash on the tanker that leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife, officials said Sunday. Divers investigating the listing Athos I on Saturday found holes in the underwater cargo tank closest to the rear of the vessel and in an outside ballast tank, said Jim Lawrence, spokesman for the tanker's Greek owner, Tsakos Shipping and Trading SA...
Incredibly inedible eggs (11/29/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Isn't it already "the incredible, edible egg"? Only if it's not served up in an MRE. The military discontinued using eggs in its "meals-ready-to-eat" pouches about 10 years ago after soldiers complained they were rubbery and had a grayish tint...
Delegates gathering for Kyoto discussion (11/29/04)
The heat is on for international delegates assembling in Buenos Aires next week to find new ways to confront global warming under the 194-nation treaty on climate change. The treaty's Kyoto Protocol, requiring initial cuts in "greenhouse gas" emissions by 2012, finally comes into force in February, seven years after it was negotiated. ...
Iran agrees to full enrichment freeze (11/29/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- Just a day before an international deadline, Iran agreed Sunday not to test any centrifuges as part of a total suspension of nuclear activities that can yield uranium for atomic weapons. Diplomats described the about-face as an effort to avoid possible U.N. sanctions...
Iranians line up for assignments targeting U.S. troops, Israeli (11/29/04)
TEHRAN, Iran -- The 300 men filling out forms in the offices of an Iranian aid group were offered three choices: Train for suicide attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq, for suicide attacks against Israelis or to assassinate British author Salman Rushdie...
Ukrainian opposition delivers ultimatum (11/29/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- The crisis over Ukraine's disputed presidential election intensified Sunday, as a key eastern province called a referendum on autonomy and the opposition demanded the current president fire his prime minister, the official winner of last week's vote that has bitterly divided this former Soviet republic...
Al-Zarqawi's latest move may be trip to Mosul (11/29/04)
The al-Qaida leader's terror group was formerly headquartered in Fallujah. By Maggie Michael ~ The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's most feared terror group claimed responsibility Sunday for slaughtering members of the Iraqi security forces in Mosul, where dozens of bodies have been found. The claim raises fears the terror group has expanded to the north after the loss of its purported base in Fallujah...
Romanian presidential race faces runoff (11/29/04)
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Exit polls showed no clear winner in Romania's presidential election Sunday, forcing a runoff next month between a former ship's captain with a populist message and a political veteran embodying the communist past. The polls also showed that no party won a majority in the parliamentary election that would enable it to form a government by itself. The two top vote-getters both promise to lead the east European country out of poverty and into the European Union...
Area tournaments begin play tonight (11/29/04)
Three area tournaments will help launch the high school basketball season this week. Action begins tonight with the Oran Invitational Tournament in Oran, Mo., the Woodland Invitational in Marble Hill, Mo., and the Farmington Tournament in Farmington, Mo. The former two tournaments are for boys, while the latter has both a boys and girls division...
NBC's Ebersol survives plane crash; son missing (11/29/04)
MONTROSE, Colo. -- NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol survived a charter plane crash that killed at least two people Sunday, the network said in a statement through its Denver affiliate KUSA-TV. Rescue crews were searching for one of Ebersol's sons. Montrose County sheriff's officials said three survivors, including Ebersol, were seriously injured when the jet crashed through a fence and burst into flames while taking off from Montrose Regional Airport, which serves the Telluride Ski Area...
Packers will try to solve Rams outdoors (11/29/04)
St. Louis won the last two meeting inside its cozy dome. By Arnie Stapleton ~ The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers finally have the St. Louis Rams right where they want them: at Lambeau Field, on grass, in freezing weather...
Desperate Bears turn to George (11/29/04)
CHICAGO -- Their quarterbacking so problematic since losing Rex Grossman to a season-ending knee injury two months ago, the Chicago Bears are going to give 36-year-old Jeff George a look. George, who hasn't played since the 2001 season when he was cut after two games with the Washington Redskins, intends to sign with the Bears and practice today...
NFL scores 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
Eagles 27, Giants 6 Philadelphia won a fourth consecutive NFC East title as Brian Westbrook scored two touchdowns Sunday and the Eagles' defense made life miserable for Eli Manning in a 27-6 victory over New York. The Eagles (10-1) scored 20 second-half points and limited the Giants (5-6) to 47 yards in the final half in reaching the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. ...
Sports briefs 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
Baseball n A month after winning their first World Series title since 1918, the Boston Red Sox were honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen of the Year -- the first major pro sports team to receive the award. The Red Sox made an unprecedented rally from a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees in the AL championship series. They then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to put an end to the supposed "Curse of the Bambino."...
Gallery 125 set to open downtown (11/29/04)
trehagen When Mike Rust was first setting up his new downtown Ashley Bailey Custom Cabinets store a few months ago, he faced two problems. First, while he was setting up 127 Main St. with the home decorating offerings of Ashley Bailey, he had this vast empty space in the building next door at 125 Main St. Second, he had a ton of artwork for sale that he had no place to hang. Those two problems have a single solution in Gallery 125...
Business memo 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
Drury Inns again ranks at top in hospitality report For the 10th quarter out of the last 12, Drury Inns Inc. has garnered the top national ranking in customer service among midscale hotel chains without food and beverage service from the Market Metrix Index. The Market Metrix is a leading market research firm for the hospitality industry that tabulates these rankings from data received through its survey of 35,000 travelers...
An extended family (11/29/04)
In 1909, Barrett Cottner found it difficult to acquire parts locally to maintain his Model T Ford, one of only 12 cars in Cape Girardeau. His solution was to open up his own auto parts store. Ninety-five years and 30 stores later, Auto Tire and Parts is one of Southeast Missouri's most enduring business institutions...
Tech turf war goes far beyond Net search engines (11/29/04)
SEATTLE -- Not too long ago, Google Inc. seemed little more than an insect to Microsoft Corp.'s 800-pound gorilla. No more. As Google rapidly rolls out new products, the company best known for its wildly popular search engine is muscling into the software giant's turf, including its stronghold: the computer desktop...
E-passports worry privacy advocates (11/29/04)
The United States hasn't issued any microchip-equipped passports yet, but as the Department of State tests different prototypes, the international standards for the passports are under fire from privacy advocates who worry the technology won't protect travelers from identity thieves...
People on the move 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
Practitioners inducted into dentist college Cape Girardeau orthodontist David W. Feuerhahn and oral surgeon Robert L. Ward, were recently inducted as fellows into the International College of Dentists. The college is an honorary organization for the recognition of outstanding and meritorious service to the profession and community...
Bernie Parres (11/29/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- T. Bernie Parres, 83, of Perryville died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 6, 1921, at Silver Lake, Mo., son of Simon and Julia Moore Parres. He and Mary Ritchey were married May 29, 1950, in Perryville. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He was retired from Giesler Bros. and was a greeter at Wal-Mart...
Betty Stuart (11/29/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Elizabeth F. "Betty" Stuart, 85, of Cairo, died Sunday morning, Nov. 28, 2004, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. She was born Jan. 10, 1919, at Cairo, the daughter of Edward John Sr. and Elizabeth Williams Stuart. Miss Stuart was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cairo and the St. Patrick's Church Altar Guild, and retired after 30 years as a bookkeeper for Cairo Public Utility Co. and twenty years of service as a bookkeeper for Dr. Johnson's office in Cairo...
Fire report 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
** Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: At 6:07 p.m., a box alarm at 3269 William St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 12:19 a.m., an alarm sounding at 2027 Broadway. At 2:21 a.m., an emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Themis Street...
Police report 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
** Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests A 28-year-old man was taken into protective custody. A 31-year-old woman was taken into protective custody. A subject was taken into custody pending filing of formal charges for driving while revoked, unlicensed vehicle and no insurance...
Out of the past 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
** 25 years ago: Nov. 29, 1979 Storing shotguns and rifles in gun racks in the back windows of pickup trucks may be convenient for hunters, but it's also a temptation for gun thieves; Cape Girardeau police report that about a dozen pickups have been broken into in the past few weeks, and guns on the racks inside stolen...
School standards (11/29/04)
Local school administrators say dealing with state and federal tests and accountability systems for educators and students can be daunting. The latest scores from annual performance reports show many districts haven't given this particular standard much attention, because there are no consequences for poor performance -- yet...
Speak Out 11/29/04 (11/29/04)
** No more half-days AS A parent of kids in the Cape Girardeau School District, I'm concerned about the number of half-days scheduled throughout the year. We've had four already this year, and we're not even through the first semester. If the district is so short of money, it makes no sense to have half-days. ...
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