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Stories from Thursday, December 30, 2004

County ends contentious year with infrastructure improvements (12/30/04)
The Cape Girardeau County government found itself in the middle of some contention and big stories in 2004. It lost a $475,000 judgment over road and bridge taxes to the city of Jackson, then appealed the ruling. It squabbled with Jackson over whether the city should be allowed to inspect building construction...
Blood platelet demand outstrips supply (12/30/04)
Diagnosed just hours earlier with acute leukemia and unable to stop his nose from gushing blood, 18-year-old Josh Downing was in a St. Louis hospital bed last week in desperate need of blood platelets. But there were none to be found. The nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital put the situation to the Cape Girardeau family in blunt terms: "We're out of platelets. When we get some, he'll get some," she said...
Police see benefits from higher salaries, more job applicants (12/30/04)
If 2004 was a better year for law enforcement than 2003 -- and officials say it was -- then 2005 can only get better. And officials say they believe it will. Cape Girardeau police chief Steve Strong looks back on a 2004 when he was short at least 15 officers and no one with any experience would apply for openings. When Cape Girardeau voters approved a sales tax earlier this year to benefit the fire and police departments, so many things changed, he said...
Perryville woman's death caused by OxyContin overdose (12/30/04)
Toxicology reports are still pending on two men who also died around the same time. ~ Southeast Missourian PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Toxicology results are in on one of the three Perryville residents who was found dead after attending the same party. Perryville police chief Keith Tarrillion said toxicology reports from the Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington show that Mich-elle Welty, 35, died from an accidental overdose of OxyContin in her home on Dec. 1...
Community briefs 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
New Year's Eve gala on tap at Arena Building; Republican women welcome new state rep; Variety show will benefit toddler with rare disease; Cape County AARP to meet Monday
Region briefs 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Pair arrested for picking multiple pockets POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff couple faces six felony stealing charges after the wife reportedly confessed to their role in a month-long string of pickpocketing and purse snatching occurring in stores all over town. ...
Community cuisine 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Breakfast served at New Hamburg parish Sponsored by St. Joseph Sodality, a breakfast including sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and pancakes will be served from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at the St. Lawrence Parish Center in New Hamburg. Children 5 and under may eat free...
Woman, children injured in hit and run (12/30/04)
A Scott City woman and her two children were injured in a hit-and-run accident at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday on Scott County Road 303 a mile north of Scott City. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an unknown driver of a 1994 Ford crossed the center line and hit head-on a 2001 Chrysler driven by Anne Heisserer, 33, of Scott City. The driver of the Ford then fled...
Southeast rips Bills to shreds (12/30/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Given St. Louis University's offensive struggles so far this season, it wasn't overly surprising Southeast Missouri State University beat the Billikens on Wednesday night. But winning by 16 points in a game that wasn't really that close?...
Snow slows mail delivery for days around Cape (12/30/04)
No matter what the old adage says, sometimes the mail just cannot go through. "The boxes are blocked by snow drifts. It's impossible in some areas to get to the mailboxes. It's been quite difficult," said Dan Strauss, customer service manager at the Cape Girardeau post office...
Community helps out in big way through Toys for Tots (12/30/04)
Community generosity made Christmas bright for children from Perryville to Hayti, Mo., and as far west as Marble Hill and Poplar Bluff, Mo. The annual Toys for Tots toy drive, sponsored by the Cpl. Mason O. Yarbrough Detachment 1081 of the Marine Corps League in Jackson, collects toys and monetary donations throughout Southeast Missouri to help provide Christmas presents and dinners for underprivileged children...
Southeast hopes to climb back over .500 by Friday (12/30/04)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has lost four straight games, but the team should have a golden opportunity to climb above the .500 mark before the new year begins. Southeast figures to be a solid favorite as it closes out the 2004 portion of its schedule with a pair of home games, at 12:30 p.m. today against Chicago State and at 6 p.m. Friday against Division II Oakland City, Ind...
Prolong Christmas with 'treecylcing' (12/30/04)
Everyone wants to prolong Christmas, but the tree will only last so long before needles start to fall. So, what can you do with a dying Christmas tree? Make sure all the ornaments and decorations are removed and pick one of the following forms of "treecycling:"...
South Side Optimist Club begins service (12/30/04)
The goal of the recently formed Cape Girardeau South Side Optimist Club is to benefit children in that part of town. President of the Cape Evening Optimist Club Charlie Harrison and Don Sievers, certified new club builder of Optimist International, helped set up the newest Optimist group in the city. ...
Community Q&A 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
* Name: Amanda Mills * Lives in: Cape Girardeau * Family: Husband, Tim; son, Avery,7; daughter, Sophia, 1. * Job: March of Dimes Southeast Missouri Division community director * What do you like most about the area? What I like most about the area is the diverse community. ...
Street crews welcome warm-up as solution to clearing roads (12/30/04)
Steve Cook had worked for the city of Cape Girardeau for two years when the blizzard of 1979 hit. Twenty-five years later, the memories of that enormous snowfall came back as Cook, now director of the city's public works department, traveled down U.S. 61 last week in a snow plow as 3-foot drifts blew across the road...
Ill. licenses for minors go vertical (12/30/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Bartenders and store clerks will soon have help when it comes to identifying Illinois driver's license holders who are old enough to drink. Beginning Friday, drivers under the age of 21 will be issued newly designed vertical licenses, easily distinguishing them from the traditional horizontal licenses of drivers who can legally drink...
In Nebraska, it may take a valid ID to cure the common cold (12/30/04)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Anyone wanting to buy a package of cold tablets containing the key meth-making ingredient pseudoephedrine would have to show identification and sign a log book under a proposal endorsed Wednesday by Gov. Mike Johanns and Attorney General Jon Bruning...
Holden spokeswoman rejoining AG (12/30/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden's chief spokeswoman will be going back to work for Attorney General Jay Nixon within the next couple of weeks. Mary Still had served as Nixon's director of policy and communications until becoming Holden's communications director in September 2003...
Grisly murder-kidnappings show similarities (12/30/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bloody killing of an expectant mother whose attacker wants her child is no common crime. But similarities connect the handful of women accused of such an atrocity during the past few decades. Experts have generated a profile of such killers and say the perpetrators typically share a history of deception, a fantasy of bearing a child and a predetermined target with whom they may have developed a relationship...
State briefs 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Three teens accused in grandmother's slaying; Peru offers company more time for cleanup; Firms supply MREs to meet religious restrictions
Poshard sees bright future for once troubled Rend Lake (12/30/04)
The former congressman ends his task of getting the conservancy district's board back on track. The Associated Press WHITTINGTON, Ill. -- As he walked into the Rend Lake Conservancy District last summer to take over as interim manager, former congressman Glenn Poshard knew that the agency under both state and federal investigation had to be in bad shape...
Family sues in case of woman killed by experimental AIDS drug (12/30/04)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The family of a woman who died while taking an experimental AIDS drug has filed a negligence lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages. The Tuesday filing of the lawsuit reopens a case the family had backed away from after they were stymied in attempts to get information in the case. Earlier this month, The Associated Press gave the family copies of National Institutes of Health documents while gathering information for a story reporting the death...
Infighting keeps fingerprint database from making mark (12/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush administration has failed to create a unified U.S. fingerprint database because of agency infighting, meaning most visitors to the country still aren't fully screened for terrorist or criminal ties, the Justice Department's watchdog warned Wednesday...
Army hopes to mend marriages torn by war (12/30/04)
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -- When Sgt. Jose Bermudez returned from Iraq early this year, he came home to a new baby and a troubled marriage. "We were on the brink of divorce," Mandy Bermudez acknowledged as the couple ate lunch recently with their three children, all under age 3...
Nation briefs 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Surrogate turns grandma with birth of triplets; Storm strikes the West for third straight day; Wis. deer hunter pleads not guilty to six murders; Dog steals truck, crashes into auto parts store; Metal plant explosion throws debris 10 blocks; New drug approved by FDA one-ups morphine
Judge strikes down ban on placing kids in homes with gays (12/30/04)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas judge Wednesday declared unconstitutional a state ban on placing foster children in any household with a gay member. Ruling in a case brought by the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Timothy Fox said the state Child Welfare Agency Review board had overstepped its authority by trying to regulate "public morality."...
Space station crewmen lost pounds because of food rationing (12/30/04)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The two crewmen aboard the international space station lost a few pounds during the five weeks they were forced to ration their dwindling supply of food, but they said Wednesday that they were no worse for wear. U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao and Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov cut back on meat, potatoes and vegetables by half and made up for the lost calories with sweets...
Texas seeks to build megahighways (12/30/04)
AUSTIN, Texas -- In what sounds like another tall tale told by a Texan, the Lone Star State has embarked on an audacious project to build superhighways so big, so complex, that they will make ordinary interstates look like cowpaths. The Trans-Texas Corridor project, as envisioned by Republican Gov. ...
Most Guantanamo captives remain far from release (12/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- Recent legal cases have penetrated the secrecy of the Bush administration's treatment of terrorism detainees, revealing that foreigners who aided al-Qaida can be held indefinitely even if that help was unintentional or evidence of it was produced by torture...
Republican seeks revote in Washington governor's race (12/30/04)
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Republican Dino Rossi on Wednesday urged his Democratic rival in the closest governor's race in state history to join him in calling for a revote. "The uncertainty surrounding this election process isn't just bad for you and me -- it is bad for the entire state," Rossi said, reading from a letter he said he sent to Democrat Christine Gregoire...
United States to open border to cattle imports from Canada (12/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- More than 19 months after a mad cow scare closed U.S. borders to Canadian cattle, the United States said Wednesday it will allow imports beginning in March. The new policy will permit imports of cattle younger than 30 months and certain other animals and products from Canada, which the Agriculture Department said has effective measures to prevent and detect bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease...
Fast moving economy may slump in 2005 (12/30/04)
WASHINGTON -- Despite soaring oil prices and a slumping dollar, the United States enjoyed a banner year in terms of economic growth in 2004, but the new year is likely to see a significant slowdown, private economists say. Analysts believe that rising interest rates, the lack of new tax cuts and the lingering effects of higher energy bills will combine to slow growth next year...
Four indicted on charges of running antiquities fraud ring (12/30/04)
JERUSALEM -- Four Israeli antiquities collectors and dealers were indicted Wednesday on charges they ran a sophisticated forgery ring that spanned the globe and produced a treasure trove of fake Bible-era artifacts, including some that were hailed as major archaeological finds...
Abbas calls on Israel to tear down West Bank barrier (12/30/04)
TULKAREM, West Bank -- Interim Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas made a campaign run Wednesday through West Bank towns living in the shadow of Israel's separation barrier, urging Israel to tear down the huge structure that he said would never help peace...
World's tidal wave relief work bogs down (12/30/04)
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- As the world scrambled to the rescue, survivors fought over packs of noodles in quake-stricken Indonesian streets Wednesday while relief supplies piled up at the airport for lack of cars, gas or passable roads to move them. The official death toll across 11 countries soared past 77,000 and the Red Cross predicted it could exceed 100,000...
U.S. launches offensive; militants ambush police (12/30/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. forces launched a new offensive Wednesday against insurgents in an area south of the capital dubbed the "triangle of death," while militants ambushed an elite Iraqi police unit in a Baghdad neighborhood known for its loyalty to ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, killing 29 people, most of them civilians...
Militants set off car bombs, clash with police in Riyadh (12/30/04)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Militants launched coordinated car bombings and battled security forces in the Saudi capital Wednesday night in attacks that killed eight people, caused oil prices to jump and signaled that Islamic extremists are keeping up their fight despite the kingdom's crackdown on al-Qaida...
Technology helps effort to locate those lost in disaster (12/30/04)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- On hundreds of Web sites worldwide, the messages are brief but poignant: "Missing: Christina Blomee in Khao Lak" or "Where are you?" Some are nothing more than names, ages, nationalities. Others list details of where loved ones were last seen. Some have pictures of the missing...
Free rides ending for astronauts, says Russian space agency (12/30/04)
MOSCOW -- Russia plans to stop giving American astronauts free rides on its spacecraft to the international space station beginning in 2006, the head of Russia's space agency said. Anatoly Perminov said the no-cost agreement between NASA and Russia's space agency Roskosmos could be replaced by a barter arrangement, according to the Interfax news agency on Tuesday...
Tensions mount as Yushchenko's backers again block Cabinet (12/30/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Beating drums and chanting "resign," supporters of apparent presidential winner Viktor Yushchenko blocked his election opponent from presiding at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday as tensions persisted in this former Soviet republic. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych showed no signs of cracking, refusing to surrender his post and telling journalists he would challenge the results of Sunday's runoff vote before the Supreme Court. ...
Debate on Iraqi elections rages throughout Arab world (12/30/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Osama bin Laden is just one of many voices in the debate on democracy in Iraq. For weeks, politicians, commentators and clerics both inside and outside the country have been furiously holding forth on whether Arabs should embrace the elections scheduled Jan. 30, and whether the polls would set Iraq on the path to democracy or dismemberment...
Top-seeded Indians ease past Central (12/30/04)
Central coach Derek McCord knew shutting down Jackson senior guard Jack Puisis likely would be impossible, but slowing him down would be a key if the No. 4 Tigers were going to upset the top-seeded Indians on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center...
No. 7 Kelly upends No. 3 Rams (12/30/04)
Just call them the giant killers. For the second straight day, No. 7 Kelly pulled off a big upset in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, knocking off No. 3 Scott City 72-53 in the semifinals Wednesday at the Show Me Center. After beating second-seeded Charleston on Tuesday, Kelly came back with a blistering performance from brothers Kendal and Kent Deason to earn its first bid in the Christmas Tournament finals since 1997. Kelly's only title came in 1973...
Top-seeded Indians ease past Central (12/30/04)
Central coach Derek McCord knew shutting down Jackson senior guard Jack Puisis likely would be impossible, but slowing him down would be a key if the No. 4 Tigers were going to upset the top-seeded Indians on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center...
Scott County Central turns back Bell City (12/30/04)
Avis White scored 24 points to lead Scott County Central to a 69-65 victory against Bell City in the fifth-place bracket of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Wednesday. The Braves led most of the game against the defending Class 1 state champion Cubs...
Saxony wins again in own tournament (12/30/04)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team improved to 6-1 with a 71-38 win over Zalma on Wednesday at the Saxony Lutheran Christmas Tournament. The Crusaders will play Valle at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the tournament finale. Valle defeated Christ Our Savior Lutheran 56-47 in the other game on Wednesday...
Saxony wins again in own tournament (12/30/04)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team improved to 6-1 with a 71-38 win over Zalma on Wednesday at the Saxony Lutheran Christmas Tournament. The Crusaders will play Valle at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the tournament finale. Valle defeated Christ Our Savior Lutheran 56-47 in the other game on Wednesday...
Local highlighs of the sports year (12/30/04)
February 16 -- IN A 110-67 VICTORY AGAINST ZALMA, THE MEADOW HEIGHTS BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM CONVERTED 24 3-POINT FIELD GOALS TO TIE A STATE RECORD SET BY SCOTT CITY IN 1997. "I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS," MEADOW HEIGHTS COACH TOM BROWN SAID, "BUT SOMETHING WAS JUST IN THE AIR, AND WE JUST KEPT HITTING EVERYTHING."...
Southeast's nickname chage was area's top sport story of 2004 (12/30/04)
The Southeast Missourian's top 10 stories for 2004, as voted on by members of the staff: ** 1. Southeast changes its nickname to Redhawks The most dramatic story in Southeast Missouri sports in 2004 didn't take place on the football field or the basketball court. ...
Red Sox win topped headlines (12/30/04)
There was no Commissioner's Trophy the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. No commissioner, in fact. So when the Red Sox won it all for the first time since 1918, they didn't think it would be right to stick their trophy on a shelf somewhere to gather dust...
Martz downplays shouting match with Turley (12/30/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Kyle Turley, upset about a remark that the team hadn't seen him since he reinjured his back in training camp, engaged in a recent shouting match with coach Mike Martz. Turley said in a statement Wednesday that there was a "heated, unfortunately profane exchange" on Dec. 13. During the exchange in Martz' office, he said the coach told him he had come to St. Louis "just to take the money and run."...
Area sports calendar 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Baseball Lessons available: Southern Premier Sports is accepting registrations for individual and team lessons to be offered in January. Registration also is being accepted for baseball hitting and pitching camps Jan. 13 and Jan. 15. Info: Jim, (800) 593-5454 or (618) 435-4314...
Between Disneyworld and reality (12/30/04)
Dec. 30, 2004 Dear Julie, DC and I joined her family in Orlando just before Christmas. Our niece, Devon, is an intern at Disneyworld. That translates into discounts, although we were very happy about seeing Devon, too. At least I was until she distributed Mickey Mouse ears for everyone with our names stitched on the back. Of course, at Disneyworld it's safe to look goofy. They have droopy eared hats, too...
Educational TV (12/30/04)
In 2004, television gave us untold hours of entertainment and information. But more than that, it gave us new insight. Here are a few things we learned, were reminded, or came to suspect thanks to TV this year: Christmas is under siege and threatened with extinction! Only a sharp-eyed observer like Fox News Channel personality Bill O'Reilly could have spotted the undermining forces, obscured, as usual, by a flood of Christmas specials interlaced with Christmas advertising overstuffed with Christmas songs ("Good King Wenceslas" for Old Navy; "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" for Coke). ...
'Law & Order' star Orbach dies of cancer (12/30/04)
NEW YORK -- Jerry Orbach had a gift for charming audiences his entire career -- first as a song-and-dance man who starred in musicals on and off Broadway, then for 12 years as a sharp-tongued cop on TV's "Law & Order." Along the way, he made films as varied as the gritty crime drama "The Prince and the City" and the smash romance "Dirty Dancing."...
Daniel Wengert (12/30/04)
Daniel Joseph Wengert, 51, of Vista, Calif., died Friday, Dec. 18, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 23, 1953, in Cape Girar-deau, son of Joseph and Venita Wen-gert. He and Vickie Kimball were married Dec. 29, 1979, in California. Wengert was a 1971 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. He moved to California in 1974 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 to 1976. Following active duty, he worked as an assembler specialist at CUBIC Corp. in San Diego, Calif., for 26 years...
Ida Esselman (12/30/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ida L. Esselman, 98, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born May 9, 1906, in Perry County, daughter of August and Caroline Hoog Martens. She and Aloysius N. Esselman were married Jan. 22, 1924, in Perry County. He died Oct. 23, 1993...
Oliver Littge (12/30/04)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Oliver H. Littge, 88, of Kansas City, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at his home. He was born May 26, 1916, in Perry County, son of Henry and Martha Ahner Littge. Littge was a financial consultant. He was formerly of Altenburg and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg...
James Taylor Sr. (12/30/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- James T. "Red" Taylor Sr., 77, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, in Fulton, Ky., son of Aubrey T. and Florence A. Dick Taylor. He first married Avanell Sherrod Dec. 22, 1946, in Henderson, Ky. She died Feb. 6, 1969. He later married Irene Louise Ruff Dec. 27, 1969, in Sikeston...
Births 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Cartwright; Woodall; Essner; Riegert
Cape fire report 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: * At 2:55 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of South Silver Springs Road. * At 4:07 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Spanish Street. * At 5:03 p.m., electrical fire at 1200 Marquette Drive...
Cape police report 12/29/04 (12/30/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Stacey Wayne Stone, Highway 2, Sedgewickville, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests * Quincy Richard Lucious, 45, 608 Locust St., was arrested on a Ste. Genevieve County warrant for failure to appear in court...
Out of the past 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 30, 1979 A pilot project which involved surveys of courthouses in 20 judicial circuits, including Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties, has led to a state Supreme Court order approving recommended minimum standards for Missouri courthouses; the standards cover such matters as courthouse directories, ramps for the handicapped and alarm systems...
Adopt-a-Siren (12/30/04)
When a tornado threatens, those fortunate enough to live in proximity to Southeast Missouri State University know about it because of the university's system of warning sirens. Now the warning sirens the rest of Cape Girardeau has long needed appear to be taking shape at little cost to taxpayers...
Heisserer leaves big shoes to fill (12/30/04)
To the editor: I was very disappointed last month when Judge John Heisserer was not elected to another term. Many people in Cape Girardeau are aware of what a great job Heisserer did while he was in office. He is not afraid to stand up to the criminals and to put them behind bars for their crimes. ...
Extra effort clears Scott Co. roads (12/30/04)
To the editor: We would like to thank all of the good people of Scott County who gave of their time and the use of their equipment to help us clear the roads of snow. We would especially like to thank Harlan Duncan, the superintendent of Scott County's roads, and his crew for working the extra hours and on Christmas Eve. The county had 377 miles of roads. Without this help, we would still be trying to clear roads for traffic...
Grant's stay in Cairo explained (12/30/04)
To the editor: A recent Speak Out comment raised what appears to be a controversy over the headquarters of Gen. U.S. Grant during the six months his troops were in Cairo, Ill., during the Civil War. I can straighten this out. Officially (which means written on official government stationery), Grant's headquarters was the Halliday Hotel. ...
Speak Out 12/30/04 (12/30/04)
No lethal force; Leadership, courage; Learning arrogance; We had our chance; Do better job; ... a great job; Need a snow plan; No bills, no checks
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