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Stories from Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Talent touts transportation bonds, mobile health unit (12/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Talent made a swing through Southeast Missouri Monday on a dual mission -- to reignite his plan for improving roads by issuing transportation bonds and to announce a $650,000 appropriation that will create a mobile health unit intended to improve access to health care in the Bootheel...
Drugs, firearm found at Cape house (12/21/04)
A search of a local residence by the Cape Girardeau police's Special Response Team led to the arrest of an individual Monday afternoon after drugs and a firearm were found. At 12:58 p.m., the team executed a search warrant at 127 S. Lorimier St., Apt. 1, and found small amounts of marijuana, crack cocaine and a handgun leading to the arrest of one suspect, Sgt. Rick Schmidt said. No charges have yet been filed. The search was the result of an investigation by the SEMO Drug Task Force...
The pathway of light (12/21/04)
Approximately 100 people attended the Night of Remembrance, a special ceremony to honor the memory of loved ones, held in the Healing Garden on Monday at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. The ceremony, which featured singing, prayer and readings, was part of the Luminaries for Life fund-raising campaign to support the Gene E. Huckstep Emergency Center - Level III Trauma Center at Saint Francis...
A fresh approach (12/21/04)
When you ask Dewayne Schaaf about the competition, you can almost see a grin. You get the feeling he's repressing a smile, the urge to release his delight. He seems humble, yet he's eager to talk about his craft. And a neutral observer can understand why...
The American Dream from a Chilean viewpoint (12/21/04)
By the time you read this, I will probably be back home, my time in Chile complete. The six months I spent there went quickly, and as a sort of wrap-up, I'd like to use this column to discuss what I think I've learned from the experience. One of the first lessons to be learned by the American living in a developing country is that of flexibility. ...
Freshman Paradoski is getting the point quickly (12/21/04)
Paul Paradoski has gone from likely redshirt to Southeast Missouri State University's starting point guard -- and he hasn't even gotten a big head. "It's really exciting, but I'm not letting it get to my head," said Southeast's only freshman as he sported a big grin. "At first I thought it would get to my head, but I'm just trying to stay really even with everything."...
Lessons in giving (12/21/04)
Spreading Christmas cheer came as an assignment for some students at Scott City Middle School this year. As part of a writing assignment, Leanne Grant asked students in her communications arts classes to select five items to put into a shoe box that would be donated to area nursing homes. The students also included essays about Christmas and a personal letter in each box...
Learning briefs 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Area students graduate with honors from SMSU The following local students were among 1,196 to graduate with honors from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., during winter commencement ceremonies: Kristin Cox of Cape Girardeau, magna cum laude; Amanda Crouch of Jackson, magna cum laude and Bradley Mirly of Jackson, magna cum laude...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
BOARD OF ALDERMEN ACTION * Set the date of the joint Jackson and Cape Girardeau city council meeting for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Osage Community Centre in Cape Girardeau. * Approved a change order to Dutch Enterprises Inc., for $15,529 increase and a 30-day time extension for the West Jackson Boulevard/South Hope Street water and sewer relocation project...
Ponder's first pro touchdown comes on national television (12/21/04)
As far as Willie Ponder is concerned, his first professional touchdown was a long time coming. Ponder, Southeast Missouri State University's former All-American who is in his second season with the New York Giants, returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score Saturday during a 33-30 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers...
Titans give Amano first start of his NFL career (12/21/04)
Willie Ponder wasn't the only former Southeast Missouri State University All-American to enjoy a big weekend in the National Football League. Eugene Amano, a rookie center for the Tennessee Titans, made his first professional start Sunday during a 40-35 road loss to the Oakland Raiders...
Joyeux Noël! French Christmas customs (12/21/04)
In France, Christmas is a time for family and for generosity marked by family reunions, gifts and candy for children, gifts for the poor, Midnight Mass and le Réveillon. The celebration of Christmas in France varies by region. Most provinces celebrate Christmas on Dec. ...
Cape officials outline new program for warning sirens (12/21/04)
Cape Girardeau plans to seek private funding to install outdoor sirens to warn residents of approaching tornadoes, city officials said Monday. The SEMO District Fair Association has agreed to donate more than $19,000 to pay for the purchase of the first siren and the control equipment needed for a citywide warning system. Any succeeding sirens would cost $15,000...
Next flu shot clinic may be season's last (12/21/04)
A change in guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means a whole new group of Americans will become eligible for flu vaccinations Jan. 3. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has expanded the guidelines for priority vaccination groups, now saying people ages 50 to 64 should be allowed to receive the vaccinations. Previously, only people ages 65 and up, infants or the chronically ill could get the shots...
Jackson board OKs land deal, 2005 budget (12/21/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen accepted the dedication of 14.45 acres to its park system Monday night. The board voted unanimously to accept the land just south of the old soccer park and west of Russell Heights Cemetery and east of Rocky Branch. Mayor Paul Sander said the property, donated by PB Properties LLC, will be used for the youth football program...
Snow, cold temps likely by midweek (12/21/04)
A large winter weather system is expected to sweep into the Cape Girardeau area late today and into Wednesday, possibly dumping up to 4 inches of snow by sunrise Wednesday. The system is likely to track from Louisiana to the Great Lakes on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing rain and snow for much of the United States from the Mississippi Valley eastward...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
CITY COUNCIL ACTION ** Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) * Authorized the acquisition of property for the improvement of Broadway between Perry Avenue and Houck Place. * Amended the boundaries of a sewer district to include the new Kohl's store development...
Business digest 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Penalty tariffs on shrimp imports upheld; Monsanto raises its earnings outlook; Minimum wage enough for rent in only 4 counties
Lung cancer linked to Gulf War fires (12/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War exposed to pollution from oil well fires, exhausts and other sources face an increased risk of lung cancer, a government advisory group reported Monday. A committee of the Institute of Medicine concluded there isn't enough evidence to determine whether most of veterans' health problems are associated with such exposures...
Bush - Bombers affecting U.S. resolve (12/21/04)
WASHINGTON -- In a sobering assessment of the Iraq war, President Bush acknowledged Monday that Americans' resolve has been shaken by grisly scenes of death and destruction and he pointedly criticized the performance of U.S.-trained Iraqi troops. "No question about it," he said. "The bombers are having an effect."...
Election voted top '04 news story (12/21/04)
NEW YORK -- The election victory of President Bush, after a campaign often dominated by the Iraq war and terrorism, was voted the top story of 2004 in the annual Associated Press survey of editors and news directors. The war itself was the No. 2 choice, and four other stories in the Top 10 involved either Iraq or terrorist attacks...
World's smallest newborn doing well, hospital says (12/21/04)
CHICAGO -- A baby who weighed less than a can of soda when she was born by Caesarean section three months ago is nearly ready to be released from the hospital. She is believed to be the smallest baby in the world ever to survive. The little girl, named Rumaisa, weighed 8.6 ounces when she was delivered Sept. 19. That is 1.3 ounces smaller than the previous record holder, also born at Loyola University Medical Center in 1989, spokeswoman Sandra Martinez said Monday...
96-year-old Florida mayor may be nation's oldest (12/21/04)
OCEAN BREEZE PARK, Fla. -- In a community where everyone is over 55, it's fitting that Mayor Dorothy Geeben's age has made her a celebrity of sorts. At 96, Geeben may be the nation's oldest mayor. She's so well-liked in her the retirement community of nearly 1,000 that no one is opposing her re-election this week, and her next two-year term will last through the end of 2006, or nine months past her 98th birthday...
False-alarm cancer tests costing big money, peace of mind (12/21/04)
It sounded like a pretty good deal to Ken Doerflinger: a government study offering to scope and probe him tip to toe for signs of cancer. "I thought, well, if they offer these tests, I'll take them, free and all," said the 75-year-old retiree from suburban Detroit...
Nation digest 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Heart attacks, strokes end Alzheimer drug study; Granddaughter of jackpot winner found dead; Judge rejects motion for delay in pop star's trial; Holocaust survivors, U.S. reach deal on 'Gold Train'
World digest 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Group: Russia's status declines to 'not free'; Few register for first Saudi city elections; Iraqi prime minister warns of civil war danger
Hunting Santa - Drunken Swiss only a sign of holidays (12/21/04)
KUESSNACHT AM RIGI, Switzerland -- It's a cold winter's day in the normally staid Swiss Alpine town of Kuessnacht, and bands of wild-eyed young men are roaming the streets brandishing whips. Only on closer inspection is it clear that it's not a riot -- just men looking for their next drink. ...
Ukrainian presidential candidates trade accusations (12/21/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's two presidential candidates faced off Monday in a televised debate less than a week before a rerun of their disputed election, with opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko accusing his rival of trying to steal the Nov. 21 vote...
Scott City girls defeat Crystal City (12/21/04)
Scott City's girls basketball team outscored Crystal City 19-7 in the third quarter to pull away en route to a 49-30 home victory Monday night. Kelly Hicks led the Rams (4-5) with 12 points, and Angie Laxton added 10. Scott City 49, Crystal City 30...
Jackson stakes claim to title (12/21/04)
Kylie Werner walked to the free-throw line for the front end of a one-and-one with seven seconds left and the score tied 40-40 between Jackson and Farmington in the HealthSouth Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament final Monday night at the Show Me Center...
Mulder says arm is perfectly healthy (12/21/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder believes his late-season swoon had nothing to do with being traded to the Cardinals. The left-hander, acquired from Oakland on Saturday, was the AL starter in the All-Star game and was the first 17-game winner in the major leagues. But he was 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA in his last seven starts and was a reason why the Athletics missed the playoffs for the first time in five years...
Martz - 'I would never resign from this job' (12/21/04)
ST. LOUIS -- As bleak as the situation looks, there's no giving up for St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz. Martz, whose fifth season with the team has been a semi-disaster, on Monday had a strong rebuttal to an ESPN report that he might consider quitting. The Rams were among the preseason Super Bowl favorites after going 12-4 last year but are 6-8 heading into the final two games...
Owens may miss rest of season (12/21/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- Long-suffering Eagles fans would never be so foolish to think a trip to the Super Bowl was a lock, even though their Birds are clearly the best team in the NFC this season. "Something could still happen," is a dreaded, but not uncommon thought among loyalists...
Gold medalist auctions medal to help children (12/21/04)
WARSAW, Poland -- Otylia Jedrzejczak auctioned her swimming gold medal from the Athens Olympics to raise money for children with leukemia. Jedrzejczak sold the medal she won for the 200-meter butterfly to Polish food company Victoria Cymes on Sunday for $82,750. The money will go to the Wroclaw Medical University...
Illinois retains top ranking, will face Mizzou (12/21/04)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Top-ranked Illinois is undefeated and flying high while Missouri is an average 6-4, but Illini coach Bruce Weber knows anything can happen in a big rivalry game like the annual "Braggin' Rights" matchup. The battle with the Tigers comes Wednesday at St. Louis' Savvis Center, and Weber says Missouri will be out to break his team's four-game winning streak in the yearly contest...
On the air 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
On the air College football Champs Sports Bowl, Syracuse vs. Georgia Tech, 6:45 p.m., ESPN Men's college basketball Texas Tech at Iowa, 6 p.m., ESPN2 UCLA at Michigan St., 8 p.m., ESPN2 Area events High school boys basketball Chaffee at Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m...
Sports briefs 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Baseball * Anaheim gave shortstop Orlando Cabrera a $32 million, four-year deal on Monday night, and the Houston Astros cut Wade Miller when they refused to offer the injured pitcher a 2005 contract. On a busy day of deals among players eligible for salary arbitration, Minnesota outfielder Jacque Jones agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract, and Toronto right-hander Justin Speier got a $4.15 million, two-year agreement. ...
Cross selected Academic All-American (12/21/04)
The Southeast soccer player has been perfect in the classroom. Southeast Missouri State University senior defender Jen Cross has been named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America women's soccer team. Cross was a four-year starter for Southeast, beginning in 2000 when she was an honorable mention all-Ohio Valley Conference choice as a freshman. She missed the 2001 season with a knee injury but bounced back to become a regular each of the last three years...
Family wants Santa to shape up (12/21/04)
Santa needs a makeover. In our society, the fat-free pitch is everywhere. Americans are working out at the gym in record numbers and eating low-carb meals in an effort to lead healthier lives. Then along comes Santa every Christmas. Dressed in a bright red suit, he's hard to miss...
Horror writer Dean Koontz ghostwrites his pet's book (12/21/04)
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The latest Koontz to become a published author likes to chew squeaky toys and tends to drool when she eats peanut butter. Her writing -- though edited by mega-author Dean Koontz -- is a bit rough. You might say the book's a real dog...
Donal Medley (12/21/04)
Retired Army Lt. Col. Donal I. Medley, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Terre Haute, Ind., son of John I. and Fern Clark Medley. He and Maxine Powell were married Aug. 29, 1969, in Cape Girardeau. She died Jan. 2, 2000...
Levi Woods Sr. (12/21/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Levi Arden Woods Sr., 84, of Ellsinore, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at The Manor Nursing Home in Poplar Bluff. He was born on April 30, 1920, at Mount Vernon, Ark., son of the late William Arthur and Lucy Ellen (Rose) Woods. He and Pauline B. McCormick were married, and she preceded him in death...
Merlin Guyot (12/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Merlin F. Guyot, 87, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 8, 1917, in Perry County, son of Joseph Henry and Helena Hoffman Guyot. He and Bonnie A. Murray were married Aug. 21, 1943, in St. Louis...
James Turner (12/21/04)
James Donald "J.D." Turner, 75, of Centralia, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at a hospital in Lake Placid, Fla. He was born June 5, 1929, in Winfield, Mo., son of Ersel and Edna Gallop Turner. He and Melva Garland Hart were married Nov. 1, 1976...
Edgar Degenhardt (12/21/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Edgar E. Degenhardt, 92, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 7, 1912, at Wittenberg, Mo., son of Augusta and Mathilde Sarah Poppitz Degenhardt. He and Eleanor Nolle were married July 21, 1971...
Floyd Zoellner (12/21/04)
SILVER LAKE, Mo. -- Floyd R. "Junior" Zoellner, 61, of Silver Lake died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Perry County, Mo., son of Floyd A. and Helen Keller Zoellner. He and Donna D. Whistler were married April 15, 1967...
Dale Schumacher (12/21/04)
Dale Schumacher, 58, formerly of Jackson, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine Milam (12/21/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Geraldine "Jane" Brock Milam, 64, of Lewisville, Texas, passed away Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, in Lewisville, after fighting a long battle with multiple myeloma. She was born Aug. 9, 1940, in Benton, to Glenn Albert and Geraldine LeGrand Brock. Jane moved to Texas in 1957 where she graduated from Our Lady of Good Council in 1958...
Births 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Huffman; Heid; Kuntz; Schlosser; Reinagel
Scott County man receives prison sentence (12/21/04)
A Scott County man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Monday on a federal drug charge. Steven A. Lawrence, 40, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for one felony count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Lawrence admitted that on Jan. 10, he was present at a Sikeston, Mo., residence when law enforcement officers executed a search warrant. Lawrence was searched and officers found 5.8 grams of pure methamphetamine in his pocket along with $1,008...
Cape police report 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Marilyn Jane Hillhouse, 56, of 3005 Mimosa Drive, No. 2, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 7:05 p.m., a flue fire at 1300 Perryville Road. * At 11:24 p.m., an electric problem at 225 O'Connell Drive. * At 11:28 p.m., a gas smell at Good Hope Street and Louisiana Avenue...
Out of the past 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 21, 1979 At first glance, motorists might think the trend of rising gasoline prices has been broken in a big way; the big sign at the self-service station in the 2000 block of William Street reads 25 cents for regular and 26 cents for unleaded...
Taxing issues: Growth in economy can create bigger revenue pie (12/21/04)
Since Missouri taxpayers have shown no interest in tax increases to pay for the many services being advocated, it seems that any lobbying for more money should recommend from whence it should come. Rarely (never, to my knowledge) do we see public K-12 schools suggesting cuts in higher education, transportation or social services (including Medicaid) or vice versa...
X-rated road viewing (12/21/04)
It was bound to happen. With the advent of DVD players in automobiles, someone was sure to watch X-rated movies while on the road. Scott Rupp, a state representative from Wentzville, Mo., doesn't like the fact that his daughter might also see the adult movies in another motorist's car. ...
Enforce ban on explicit lyrics (12/21/04)
To the editor: This is about the bill that would prohibit watching adult-type movies while in your vehicle. First of all, I am against watching any video programs while driving. If anyone likes adult movies that much, I wouldn't want them anywhere in my neighborhood. But it is their constitutional right under the First Amendment to do that...
Ask and you shall receive (12/21/04)
To the editor: There is one truth about the Catholic Church: The more you study it with an open mind and ask Jesus to guide you to truth, the more you will love the Catholic Church. This is what happened to me several years ago. I was on the fence ready to leave the church. ...
Kind act shows spirit of season (12/21/04)
To the editor: My wife and I lost a beloved family pet two weeks ago. Those of you who love an animal of your own don't need to be told how that feels, and those who don't wouldn't get it anyway. After two weeks of passing out flyers, placing newspaper ads and praying, we were awakened this morning by a call from some young men who work in the Sears warehouse. ...
Republicans bankrupting nation (12/21/04)
To the editor: The Republican domestic agenda has been stated clearly by President Bush and should be obvious to everyone who pays attention. The administration's tax policy is shifting taxes permanently from wealthy to current and future middle- and low-income Americans while their trial balloon of shifting tax from incomes to sales will add to the problem. ...
Speak Out 12/21/04 (12/21/04)
Let them decide; Left the building; Outside investigation; Spend the money; Focus on academics; Paying for drugs; Ode to face on mural; Great Chaffee band; A complex job; Take care of elderly; Better quality of life; Problem is supervisors
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