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Stories from Monday, December 27, 2004

Program lowers price of generic drugs (12/27/04)
Nearly everyone has heard stories about elderly people splitting their prescription pills in half to make them last longer or skipping doses because of the skyrocketing cost of medication. But Jake Wilson worked for a pharmaceutical company and didn't realize how much drugs were costing his family in Ste. Genevieve, Mo...
Stores try to limit number of gift returns (12/27/04)
While expecting legions of shoppers Sunday, area retailers tried hard to keep Christmas gift returns to a minimum. Though gift cards and in-store credit have become reliable methods of doing just that, the weather unexpectedly helped some retailers...
4-H council to get new fair exhibit building (12/27/04)
As part of the celebration of the SEMO District Fair's 150th anniversary, the SEMO Fair Board, the City of Cape Girardeau and the Cape County 4-H Council have teamed up to promote a joint project of constructing a new 4-H exhibit building at Arena Park on the SEMO District Fair grounds...
Immaculate Conception gets prayer garden courtesy of Scout (12/27/04)
Andrew Bertrand earned Scouting's highest rank, Eagle Scout, at a court of honor held at the American Legion Hall recently. A Troop 311 Boy Scout, Bertrand's Scouting career has been influenced by many people, including his parents, Harry and Cherri Bertrand; adult leaders, especially Joe Garvey and Stan Latimer; and his fellow Scouts...
Community Q&A 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
* Name: Joel Rhodes * Lives in: Cape Girardeau * Family: Wife Jeanie and children Alex, Olivia and Ella. * Job: Assistant professor, Department of History. * What do you like most about the area? Small college-town atmosphere. * Favorite food: Lamb korma...
A chilly roost - Bald eagles make return to Missouri (12/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- At least there's one good thing about the arrival of cold weather -- the eagles have landed. Bald eagles are back in the St. Louis area. As rivers freeze to the north during the winter, the eagles head south, and many nest near dams along the Mississippi River. Now is an ideal time for eagle-watching...
No two alike - Retired art teacher creates life-size Santas (12/27/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sitting at her kitchen table, Jane Howard uses both hands to sculpt the face of Santa Claus. What starts as a flat piece of polymer clay becomes round with chubby cheeks, a wide-bridged nose, laugh-lined eyelids, a furrowed brow. A scalpel-like tool and Howard's fingers work the clay to create a half-grinning mouth. Ironically in the handcrafted Santa world, dour faces are the norm for jolly old St. Nick...
Plans for Islamic cemeteries triggering anti-Muslim sentiment (12/27/04)
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. -- The Muslim Society of Memphis was looking for a quiet place to bury their dead and found an unused sod farm about 20 miles east of the city. But angry neighbors are protesting the proposed Muslim cemetery, saying it could be used as a staging ground for terrorists, or that it could spread disease from unembalmed bodies...
More women working in state government in recent years (12/27/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When outgoing Gov. Bob Holden reflected recently on accomplishments during his term, one of the things he mentioned is providing more opportunities for women in government. And he has a national study to back him up. The University of Albany's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society released a study ranking states for the share of women in government leadership positions in relation to how much of the population they comprise...
Visitors will know Miss USA is a Missouri gal (12/27/04)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Stan Musial hasn't had one. Neither has Chuck Berry. In fact, no St. Louisan has been honored with his or her name posted on a state highway sign leading into Missouri. But that's about to change. Starting next year, motorists driving west over the Poplar, Jefferson Barracks and Interstate 270 bridges into Missouri will be greeted with this: "Welcome to Missouri. Home of Shandi Finnessey Miss USA 2004."...
Old Christmas trees provide habitat for fish, wildlife (12/27/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For 18 years, Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops has been collecting used Christmas trees to use as habitat for fish and wildlife. These days, tree recycling has become a gesture of goodwill for the environment and the community. The National Christmas Tree Association says 93 percent of all consumers recycle their tree in a local program or in their garden...
Missing luggage still in limbo for many pre-Christmas fliers (12/27/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- Some US Airways passengers were separated from their luggage a fourth straight day Sunday, while Comair put some of its passenger planes back in the air a day after canceling all of its 1,100 flights. US Airways officials promised to reunite people and their luggage at their intended destinations by day's end, but a spokeswoman said it was not clear how many pieces of luggage remained unclaimed...
Consumer access to information improves nursing home care (12/27/04)
About 35,000 fewer nursing home residents are kept in restraints on a daily basis -- down 23 percent from two years ago -- according to a federal report released Wednesday that also found fewer patients in pain. The Ratliff Care Center of Cape Girardeau is one of four Missouri nursing homes who showed significant increases in quality of care, according to the report...
Consumers head back to mall for post-Christmas rush (12/27/04)
Merchants who spent the past few weeks hoping shoppers would splurge on gifts opened their doors Sunday with high hopes the same people would now spend on themselves. Stores slashed prices even deeper to squeeze sales from what is winding up to be an unimpressive holiday season. Some, including J.C. Penney Co. and Target, were encouraging customers to spend their gift cards immediately, since the sales are recorded only when the cards are redeemed...
Taxpayers may pay for plugging oil wells, restoring land (12/27/04)
WASHINGTON -- Bonds posted by companies with federal oil and gas leases cover only a small fraction of the projected costs of plugging wells and restoring land once the fuel is extracted, leaving taxpayers with the potential for huge cleanup bills, an Associated Press analysis of federal records shows...
Beard-growing contest sees international controversy (12/27/04)
BREMERTON, Wash. -- It takes Bruce Roe a solid 30 minutes of twisting, tweaking and hairspraying to get his 10-inch-wide Wild West mustache competition-ready. His wife hunts stray whiskers with a pair of scissors before he goes on stage. Such is life for those who competitively cultivate their facial hair. ...
India has own Spider-Man, tailored to local tastes (12/27/04)
BANGALORE, India -- In a land of magic and mystics, beyond the waves of the Arabian Sea, lives a hero whose soul will forever remain American. But in body and form he now belongs to India, where his story unravels in the tale of a wall-crawling do-gooder...
Hardest hit areas not covered by tsunami warning system (12/27/04)
The catastrophic death toll in Asia caused by a massive tsunami might have been reduced had India and Sri Lanka been part of an international warning system designed to warn coastal communities about potentially deadly waves, scientists say. Some 6,800 people in India and Sri Lanka were among the more than 11,000 people killed after being hit by walls of water triggered by a tremendous earthquake early Sunday off Sumatra...
Ukraine's opposition leader claims victory (12/27/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory Monday in Ukraine's fiercely contested presidential election, telling thousands of supporters they had taken their country to a new political era after a bitterly fought campaign that required an unprecedented three ballots and Supreme Court intervention against fraud...
Tidal wave kills 13,000 in Asia (12/27/04)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- An earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean on Sunday, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed nearly 13,340 people. Legions of rescuers spread across Asia, searching for survivors and rushing aid to the hundreds of thousands injured or left homeless...
Jewish settlers agree to leave Gaza village (12/27/04)
PEAT SADEH, Gaza Strip -- Residents of a small Jewish settlement said Sunday they've struck a deal to move to a village inside Israel, giving a boost to the government's contentious Gaza pullout plan by becoming the first community to agree to be evacuated...
World briefs 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
U.S. increases funding for Laos bomb removal; Opposition barred from Uzbek elections; Mosul attack footage makes way to Net
Unemployment tops the list of Arab youth concerns (12/27/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Clutching an envelope containing his high-school diploma, Khleif al-Onaizi headed to one of the scores of employment centers the government has set up nationwide in a drive that began last week to help Saudis find jobs. Al-Onaizi, 26, like many other applicants, doesn't care what kind of a job someone with his qualifications can get. ...
Iraqi general rebukes Bush criticism of troops (12/27/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's top general on Sunday rejected President Bush's criticism that some Iraqi government troops were unwilling to fight insurgents and have deserted the battlefield, saying the president had been misinformed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gen. Babaker B. Shawkat Zebari also said that the man who carried out Tuesday's suicide attack on a U.S. base in Mosul -- in which 22 people died -- was not a member of the Iraqi security forces...
Survivors describe fear, tragedy after massive tidal wave (12/27/04)
Editor's note: The following contains snapshots from the five countries hardest-hit by Sunday's earthquake and tsunami waves. ** Sri Lanka AMBLANGODA, Sri Lanka -- The twisted limbs of the frail-bodied girl were caught in a garden fence near the sea. She may have died, but no one stopped -- there was already too much tragedy around her to check...
Winning by committee (12/27/04)
Jackson's boys basketball enter the 60th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament undefeated, seeded first and in the role of defending champion. And outside of area basketball fanatics and Jackson residents, it's likely few people would recognize many of the names on the roster for the 8-0 Indians...
Reggie White dies at age 43 (12/27/04)
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers and one of the NFL's greatest players, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43. The cause of death was not immediately known, however White had a respiratory ailment for several years that affected his sleep, according to Keith Johnson, a pastor serving as family spokesman. An autopsy was scheduled...
Manning passes Marino' with 49th TD pass (12/27/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning broke one of football's most hallowed records, and his reward was praise from one of his boyhood idols. Manning broke Dan Marino's single-season touchdown pass record when he threw his 48th and 49th of the season on Sunday against San Diego. And he did it in dramatic fashion, rallying the Colts from a 31-16 fourth-quarter deficit to win 34-31 in overtime...
McNabb, Eagles still motivated (12/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- For Donovan McNabb, the heartache began at the hands of the St. Louis Rams. For three straight years, the Philadelphia Eagles have finished their season one victory shy of the Super Bowl. The trend began in January 2002, a 29-24 loss at St. Louis where McNabb remembers jealously watching the celebration on the field...
Rams offensive line suffers another loss (12/27/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' troubles on the offensive line continue with the team saying Sunday that guard Chris Dishman will miss the rest of the season after re-injuring his left knee in practice. Dishman tore both his ACL and MCL in a workout Friday. Dishman, in his eighth season, had retired and was back in Nebraska when the Rams, desperate after injuries to several linemen in training camp, lured him out of retirement in August...
'Fockers' sequel sets record for Christmas Day (12/27/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Millions of Americans went shopping for comedy this weekend, giving the star-studded "Meet the Fockers" the record for the best single Christmas Day box office take. The sequel, reuniting Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro and adding Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Stiller's parents, earned $44.7 million over the holiday weekend according to studio estimates...
People on the move 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
Genesis Transportation presents safety awards Genesis Transportation Co. Inc., a locally owned and operated business in Cape Girardeau, conducted its 21st annual safety and awards banquet at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau on Dec. 18. Fifteen drivers were presented awards by the American Trucking Association and Genesis for a combined total of more than 2 million miles of accident-free driving. ...
Sony's new game machine poised to be a hit (12/27/04)
TOKYO -- Even if you don't particularly like video games, you'd best resign yourself to what appears certain to anyone who's spent a little time with Sony's new PlayStation Portable: This is a gadget that's likely to eventually become a worldwide household hit. That holds true especially if your household includes a young man who grew up with the original PlayStation...
Apprentice programs gaining employer support (12/27/04)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Michael Braswell was working on a warehouse loading dock when Schindler Elevator Corp. decided to build an escalator manufacturing plant in the middle of a cornfield in southeastern North Carolina. Fortunately for Braswell, Schindler knew it wouldn't find already-trained welders, machinists and tool and die makers in an area better known for raising hogs. Braswell himself grew up working on farms and had no skills as a machinist...
Business memo 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
Business development center offers counseling The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will be conducting counseling sessions for area small business people and people planning business ventures. The counselor, Gil Degenhardt, will be available on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, 1267 N. Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau. Call 335-3312 for an appointment. The one-hour counseling sessions are free...
Virginia Sanders (12/27/04)
Virginia T. Sanders, 95, formerly of Leopold, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 22, 1909, at Indianapolis, Ind., daughter of Emmet and Kate Halbman Taylor. She and Gerald Sanders were married Nov. 24, 1938, at Indianapolis. He died Jan. 6, 1986...
Paulette Vaughn (12/27/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Paulette Vaughn, 52, of Cairo died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at Cairo. She was born June 2, 1952, at Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Master Sgt. John and Vernell Waugh Markovich. She and Arland Vaughn were married. Vaughn was a member of the Cairo VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society...
David Heater (12/27/04)
COBDEN, Ill. -- David D. "Bub" Heater, 49, of Cobden, formerly of Jonesboro, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at his home. He was born March 27, 1955, at Wood River, Ill., son of William and Elta Mitchusson Heater. Heater was a mechanic and a member of Laborors Local 773 of Marion, Ill...
Kenneth Smith (12/27/04)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- Kenneth O. Smith, 68, of St. Mary died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1936, at St. Mary, son of Oliver and Mary Gertrude Gibler Smith. He worked for Sabreliner Aircraft Maintenance, drove a van for the learning disabled and was a farmer...
Floella Nations (12/27/04)
Floella Nations, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at the home of her son. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Ada Galbraith (12/27/04)
CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Ada Emma Galbraith, 87, of Carterville, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center at Herrin, Ill. She was born Sept. 15, 1917, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Dock and Lela Bullock Johnson. She and Marion "Frank" Galbraith were married in 1931. He died April 5, 1961. She and Ira "George" Galbraith were married Sept. 19, 1968. He died May 27, 1988...
Helen Day (12/27/04)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Helen Day, 42, of Matthews died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Jan. 23, 1962, at Sikeston, Mo., daughter of John and Annie Hayden Grogan. Day had lived in Matthews for the past 19 years. Survivors include two daughters, Heather Day of Matthews, Loren Day of Sikeston, Mo.; a brother, Larry Grogan of Matthews; six sisters, Linda Jones of Clairmore, Okla., Johnnie Dean, Georgia Thurman, Mary Grogan and Carolyn Tripp, all of East Prairie, Mo., Ellen Grogan of Cape Girardeau; and two granddaughters.. ...
John Smith (12/27/04)
John Wesley Smith, 66, of Millersville died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 28, 1938, in Bluford, Ill., son of Wesley and Minnie A. Sechrest Smith. He and Veleda F. Whitener were married Oct. 27, 1995. He was a member of New Salem Baptist Church and VFW Post 3838. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War...
Charles Sides (12/27/04)
Charles "Junior" Sides, 78, of Leemon died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 28, 1926, near Leemon, son of Charles F. and Dora Trickey Sides. He and Eva "Louise" Stanley were married Aug. 31, 1943, at Benton, Mo. She died May 25, 1988...
Denise Niccum (12/27/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Denise E. Niccum, 47, of Perryville died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home. She was born July 5, 1957, in Perry County, daughter of Joseph Jr. and Marie M. Winschel Hayden. She and Ronald L. Niccum were married Nov. 6, 1992, at Apple Creek, Mo...
Ruth Kirn (12/27/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth D. Kirn, 83, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 8, 1921, at Friedheim, Mo., daughter of George and Clara Bangert Deimund. She and Rudolph J. Kirn were married April 14, 1945, at Perryville. He died Oct. 10, 1984...
Martha Husk (12/27/04)
Martha Sue Husk, 67, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born March 19, 1937, at Wolf Island, Mo., daughter of Ed and Joy Collins Childers. She and Donald R. Husk were married March 20, 1954. He died Sept. 18, 1969...
Cape police report 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest * Anthony Quinn Carter, 38, of 2834 Independence St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Cape fire report 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: * At 8:20 p.m., gas smell at 300 N. Ellis St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 12:35 a.m., alarm sounding at 1966 Delwin St. * At 2:28 a.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of North West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 27, 1979 The construction of bridges at Allenville and Whitewater under a plan devised by consulting engineer Robert Hahn won't be approved by the county court if the total cost of the project greatly exceeds the engineer's $300,000 estimate; Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep says if the total cost reaches or exceeds $500,000, the county court judges won't proceed with construction of the bridges...
Economic boost (12/27/04)
The local economy, mirroring national trends, is showing some strength for year that's just ending. Cape Girardeau, Jackson and the county each reported more sales-tax revenue than had been expected. Sales taxes are a good indicator of local retail activity...
Christmas tournament (12/27/04)
High school basketball fans from 16 schools in Southeast Missouri will be making their annual pilgrimage to the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau as the SEMissourian 2004 Christmas Tournament kicks off today. The tournament is an opportunity for boys teams from Advance, Bell City, Cape Girardeau (Central and Notre Dame), Chaffee, Charleston, Delta, Jackson, Kelly, Leopold, Meadow Heights, Oak Ridge, Oran, Scott City, Scott County and Woodland to play on the Show Me Center's floor. ...
Speak Out 12/27/04 (12/27/04)
Thanks for honesty; Cuts are coming; Liberal-minded ideas; Competing grads; Pork for donors; Can't let them fail; More courtesy, please; Share the blame; No job magnet; Thanks for support; God's gift to us; Common sense saves day; Root of the problem; Ridiculous priorities; Public apology
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