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Stories from Friday, December 31, 2004

Top ten stories of 2004 (12/31/04)
In 2004, we blew up old bridges, fixed up old buildings. We painted walls, we changed mascots and began changing public school leadership. The year 2004 was transitional for Southeast Missouri. It was also a time of tragedy, politics and health issues...
County politicians preparing to start new year (12/31/04)
Seven Cape Girardeau County officeholders were sworn in Thursday afternoon, including three new administrators. Jay Purcell was sworn in as commissioner in District 2. He won a hotly contested race which began with 10 candidates. He narrowly defeated runner-up Dan Niswonger in the primary and easily defeated Democrat James Bowers in the general election...
Teachers' musical methods reaching national audience (12/31/04)
An innovative music program has two Jackson High School teachers educating not just students, but other teachers as well. Tom Broussard, an instrumental music teacher, and Christy Shinn, director of choral activities at the high school, have been selected to be consultants for the College Board and will soon travel around the country to teach other teachers about their music program...
Southeast will christen new year by hosting Lincoln University (12/31/04)
The Division II school will provide a final test Saturday before the onset of OVC play. Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner will be focusing as much on his team's mental side as its physical one in preparation for Saturday night's game against Lincoln University...
Connolly rewarded with invitation to NFL combine (12/31/04)
Dan Connolly is expected to become Southeast Missouri State University's third National Football League draft choice in the past three years -- and he'll have a golden opportunity to improve his stock. Connolly, a senior offensive tackle who was a four-year starter for Southeast, recently was invited to the annual NFL Scouting Combine that will take place in late February in Indianapolis...
BBQ owner, city divided over pig mural (12/31/04)
SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- A mural of pink pigs painted on the side of a restaurant is apparently too spicy for officials in this city's historic district. The city has denied a permit to Janelle and Steve Carpenter, owners of the BBQ Shack. The mural features five pink pigs on a white concrete wall, unwilling participants in meal preparation. One is ready to be grilled as another attempts escape in a hot air balloon. The remaining three appear to be enticing drivers to stop...
Cape Girardeau City Council Agenda (12/31/04)
7 p.m. Monday city hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings * A public hearing regarding the petition for annexation from Mark Rademaker for a 7.68-acre tract of land on Perryville Road contiguous to the Jaycee Municipal Golf Course...
Thrower review 12/31 (12/31/04)
HHH (out of four) In this much-anticipated sequel to the uber-hilarious "Meet the Parents," viewers are confronted with the eccentric parents of Ben Stiller's character, Gaylord Focker. While the surprise success of "Meet the Parents" was primarily the result of the comic ability of Stiller juxtaposed with the dry, militant father-in-law played by Robert DeNiro, the comedy of "Meet the Fockers" is primarily rooted in the performances of Barbara Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Roz and Bernie Focker.. ...
Southeast snaps four-game skid, beats Chicago St. (12/31/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women have perhaps been known more for their high-octane offense than anything else under third-year coach B.J. Smith. But Smith wants his team to also concentrate on defense, and he emphasized that in recent practices...
Lincoln review 12/31 (12/31/04)
HHHH (out of four) Girl takes boyfriend home to meet parents: Hilarity ensues. Boy takes girlfriend AND her parents to meet his parents: Much more hilarity ensues. In "Meet the Fockers," the sequel to Ben Stiller's "Meet the Parents," Gaylord (Greg) Focker and his fiancee, Pam Byrnes, travel with Pam's parents to meet Greg's parents, and two completely different worlds collide. ...
Can't make it to NYC? Try the Little Apple in Manhattan, Kan. (12/31/04)
The Associatd Press MANHATTAN, Kan. -- New York, eat your heart out. So goes the message from this Midwest town known as the Little Apple, where a New Year's event modeled after the one in Times Square is planned. Organizers of the second annual Little Apple New Year's Eve Celebration and Ball Drop expect attendance to balloon this year...
Readers respond to special reports (12/31/04)
Three Southeast Missourian series provoked unusually large responses from readers in 2004. In April, readers from all across the country responded to a four-day series on autism. As Southeast Missourian staff writers Callie Clark and Bob Miller followed the autism issues throughout the year, the newspaper received more than 20 letters to the editor and many more Speak Out comments, some critical of the newspaper for reporting about a controversial theory that blames a vaccine preservative for the exponential outbreak in autism in the 1990s.. ...
Mixing cartoons, reality fails in 'Fat Albert' (12/31/04)
HH (out of four) Now here is a movie for which the words "good-hearted" come straight to mind. It takes the characters of Bill Cosby's "Fat Albert" TV cartoon show from the 1970s, and sends them popping magically out of the TV screen and into the life of a teenage girl -- where, hey-hey-hey, they give her advice that has always worked for them in Toonland...
State briefs 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Montgomery waives preliminary hearing; Streams that don't get swimmers may get sewage; Sheriff ousted, then elected, returns to office; Homicides up in St. Louis, down slightly in KC
With new year, new laws kick in (12/31/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's DNA profiling system will get larger, additional school employees will be subject to background checks and food sellers will be shielded from obesity lawsuits under several Missouri laws that take effect with the new year...
Blunt- Budget plans predict anemic growth in revenue (12/31/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Governor-elect Matt Blunt warned of widespread government cuts Thursday as he predicted "anemic growth" in the money available for Missouri's next budget. "This is going to be a challenging budget process," Blunt said while outlining a state revenue estimate reached with lawmakers, "but we can surmount challenges."...
With strings attached In Paul Mesner's world, puppets are king (12/31/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Paul Mesner romps around his midtown studio in shorts and tennis shoes. And, while exuding appreciation for all things puppets -- pointing out special mouth hinges and weighted eyeballs -- he's also explaining his approach to puppet theater...
Nation briefs 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Mad cow scare in Canada not detering U.S. imports; Star bandleader of swing era Artie Shaw dies at 94; California sees tornado in series of storms; Judge: Ban on gay foster homes oversteps authority; McDonald's will consider more selective slaughter
FBI- Laser beams have been aimed at airplane cockpits (12/31/04)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI, concerned that terrorists could use lasers as weapons, is investigating why laser beams were directed into the cockpits of six commercial airliners since Christmas. Laser beams can temporarily blind or disorient pilots and possibly cause a plane to crash...
Phishing, spyware and other pests continue to plague Internet (12/31/04)
NEW YORK -- Computer worms raced around the world, leaving behind tools that spread spam. Scammers sent e-mail to trick bank account holders into revealing passwords. Rogue programs known as "spyware" hijacked Web browsers and crippled computers. These were among the top Internet threats of 2004 as the perpetrators grew smarter and more sophisticated, driven more than ever by economic gains. ...
Post-holiday trash glut begins around the nation (12/31/04)
ALBANY, Ga. -- Now that Santa has made his rounds, the nation's sanitation workers are making theirs, hauling off tons of boxes, torn wrapping paper and other Christmas detritus during what is the busiest week of the year for those in the garbage business...
Misery's company (12/31/04)
TEHRAN, Iran -- The people of Bam, an Iranian town devastated by an earthquake a year ago, know what's ahead for the survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami: broken hearts, slow rebuilding and unfulfilled promises of aid. But Bam presents itself as proof of man's capacity to overcome...
Ukraine election officials reject Yanukovych appeal (12/31/04)
BY ANNA MELNICHUK ~ The Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine -- Election officials on Thursday rejected Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's voluminous challenge to results showing he lost this week's presidential revote, saying he did not prove any widespread violations...
Tsunamideath toll reaches 119,000 (12/31/04)
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Pilots dropped food to Indonesian villagers stranded among bloating corpses Thursday, while police in a devastated provincial capital stripped looters of their clothing and forced them to sit on the street as a warning to others. The death toll topped 119,000, and officials warned that 5 million people lack clean water, shelter, food, sanitation and medicine...
Canada suspects new case of mad cow disease (12/31/04)
OTTAWA -- Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow disease, officials said Thursday, just a day after the United States said it planned to reopen its border to Canadian beef. The border was closed 19 months ago when a cow in northern Alberta tested positive for mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the border could be opened in March...
Jackson repeats in OT (12/31/04)
The Indians dodged Kelly's last-second shot to escape with a ??-?? victory in the championship game. By Jeremy Joffray ~ Southeast Missourian The makeup of the Jackson boys basketball team may have changed, but the results are the same. For the second straight season, the Indians brought home the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament championship, posting a thrilling 63-61 overtime victory against Kelly on Thursday night at the Show Me Center...
Jackson, Kelly lead tournament all-star team (12/31/04)
Jackson and Kelly, who reached the championship game of the 60th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, both placed two players on the 10-member all-tournament team. Champion Jackson was represented by senior guard Jack Puisis and junior center Aaron Redecker, while runner-up Kelly was represented by senior guards -- and twin brothers -- Kendal and Kent Deason...
Bulldogs recover from loss, claim 9th (12/31/04)
Statistically, Frankie Ellis is one of the area's worst free-throw shooters. But you sure couldn't have guessed it by the way he calmly shot Notre Dame to the consolation title in the 60th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Show Me Center...
Saxony tops Valle, completes own tourney with perfect mark (12/31/04)
Saxony Lutheran completed play in its first Christmas tournament with a perfect 3-0 mark by beating Ste. Genevieve Valle Catholic 59-22 on Thursday night. The Crusaders (7-1) were led by Tim Lorenz, who scored 12 points. Three other Saxony Lutheran players -- Trey Maevers, Alex Jauch and Casey Petzoldt -- added 10 points apiece, while Lauren Lueders scored nine points, all on 3-pointers...
Charleston finishes strong, wins 69-38 (12/31/04)
The Scott County Central boys basketball had its worst performance of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Thursday in the fifth-place game, but getting in four games at the Show Me Center could do wonders for the team down the road. The Braves lost 69-38 to second-seeded Charleston and fell to 8-3...
Tigers hold on to beat ranked opponent at Mizzou Arena (12/31/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri missed its last 10 shots from the field and six of its last eight free throws -- and still managed to hang on against the toughest opponent they've hosted at the Mizzou Arena so far this season. Jason Conley had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Missouri's defense limited No. 12 Gonzaga to a season-worst 38 percent shooting in a 63-61 victory Thursday night...
Yankees again work toward getting Johnson (12/31/04)
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson finally appears headed to New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Yankees reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a deal to send the pitcher to the Bronx for pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, young catcher Dioner Navarro and $9 million, a baseball official told The Associated Press...
Williams placed on injured reserve list (12/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams safety Aeneas Williams, bothered by a neck injury much of the season, was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowl player, was inactive the last two games and has been a seldom-used reserve in three other recent games. He'll be 37 in January, although Rams coach Mike Martz stopped short of saying whether the injury could end his career...
Despite knee injury, Jackson expects to play against Jets (12/31/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson is looking forward to an encore for his career-best 148-yard game in the St. Louis Rams' regular-season finale, despite a right knee that has a partially torn ligament in addition to a bruise. "I'm hoping I can do the same thing I did on Monday night," Jackson said Thursday. "Coming off a game like that, kind of hot, you want to get out there and see if you have the same things going for you."...
Sports briefs 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Baseball; Basketball; Colleges
A glance back at the local arts scene during the past year (12/31/04)
The sphere of arts and entertainment is expanding in the Cape Girardeau area, and any doubters can look back at the year 2004 as proof. The past year saw some big steps taken to advance the arts in the area, while also offering plenty of entertainment for a wide spectrum of audiences...
A glance back at the local arts scene during the past year (12/31/04)
The sphere of arts and entertainment is expanding in the Cape Girardeau area, and any doubters can look back at the year 2004 as proof. In the past year some big steps were taken to advance the arts in the area while also offering plenty of entertainment for a wide spectrum of audiences...
Disney goes 'On the Record' with celebration of movie songs (12/31/04)
NEW YORK -- It's quite a collection. More than 70 years of popular song -- from a little ditty called "Minnie's Yoo-Hoo," co-authored by the big man himself, Walt Disney, to the works of such present-day maestros as Alan Menken, Elton John, Phil Collins, Randy Newman and more...
Artifacts 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Tinnin gallery to display Sikeston artist's work; Locally published book at state writing contest; Local photographer donates photo collages; IAC to update ethnic and folk artist registry; IAC seeking artists for residency program; State Arts Council offering free grant writing seminar; Open auditions for "The Music Man Jr." planned
Barbara Johnson (12/31/04)
Barbara Jean Johnson, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at her home. She was born March 19, 1933, in St. Louis, daughter of Robert and Beulah Middlecamp Leach. She and Jack Johnson were married Sept. 16, 1950, in St. Louis. Mrs. Johnson grew up in St. Louis. She and her husband farmed near Advance, Mo., and moved to Cape Girardeau in 1986. She worked 30 years at J.C. Penney Co. stores in St. Louis, Sikeston, Mo., and Cape Girardeau. She was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church...
Lora Dubar (12/31/04)
Lora Bell Dubar, 60, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1944, at Broseley, Mo., daughter of Esco and Lucille Howard Luttrull. She and Gary A. Dubar were married Aug. 3, 1979, at Kennett, Mo. Dubar worked at the former Lee Rowan Plant in Jackson from 1985 to 2000...
Glenn Moore (12/31/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Glenn Jackson "Elec" Moore, 95, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Jonesboro Health Care Center. He was born Nov. 12, 1909, in Jonesboro, son of John and Jennie Carter Moore. He and Wanda Winn were married Sept. 13, 1935, in Jonesboro. She died Sept. 27, 2000...
Elva Heeszel (12/31/04)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Elva S. Heeszel, 89, of Frohna, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 13, 1915, at Frohna, daughter of Robert and Louise Wachter Gemeinhardt. She and Albert Heeszel were married Dec. 8, 1945...
Mary Griffith (12/31/04)
Mary Louise Griffith, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Wolfe; Loughary
Police reports 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Gregory Alan Winchester, 34, 538 Leonard Ave., Valley Park, Mo., was arrested on a Kirkwood, Mo., warrant for failure to register a vehicle. He was also issued summonses for property damage, driving a vehicle in a city park and various traffic offenses...
Fire reports 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Firefighters responded to the following on Wednesday: * At 9:11 p.m., box alarm at 603 Sycamore Circle. * At 11:41 p.m., gasoline spill at 3415 William St. * At 11:10 p.m., illegal burn at 2856 Bloomfield Road. Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday:...
Out of the past 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Construction in Cape Girardeau over the past decade got off to a sluggish start before displaying a healthy rate of growth that peaked in 1977, a study of city building permits shows; the big year was 1977, when construction costs declared by builders was 512 permits issued totaling $36,972,954...
Interesting times ... (12/31/04)
Just a few days ago, the Associated Press sent out ballots -- as it does every year -- to members around the world asking them to rank the top news stories of 2004. There is always a disquieting sense of foreboding that, with a couple of weeks left in the year, the biggest story might be just around the corner. That was the case this year as news of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean arrived along with results of balloting on the AP's top 10 news stories of the year...
Volunteers speed snow removal (12/31/04)
To the editor: I want to thank the many friends, property owners and farmers who volunteered their time, equipment and fuel in assisting with snow removal during the recent storm. The efforts of these citizens allowed our crews to move from road to road more quickly. The large amount of snow and the deep drifts caused the work to take more time than usual. Without the volunteers, many additional hours would have been required...
More plowing makes roads safer (12/31/04)
To the editor: I think that in this snowy weather we should have more streets and roads plowed, because people get into their cars and ride down the street slipping and sliding. It is very dangerous. When you are driving down country roads you see people pulling other people out of ditches. That is why I think that we should plow more roads and streets...
Thanks to mentor at U.S. prison (12/31/04)
To the editor: In response to "Snow-covered awning falls, kills veteran in Anna, Ill.": I was saddened to hear about the tragic accident. I was a 21-year-old rookie who had just transferred to the federal prison at Marion, Ill., and had the pleasure of working with Bo Hardin in the control unit, the country's most dangerous unit. Bo mentored me. His experience and guidance have kept me alive 23 years later. I never thanked him, and I wish to do so now...
Speak Out 12/31/04 (12/31/04)
Medicaid works; No bills, no checks; Jackson's snow removal; Observing holidays; Not fighting in the U.S.; University ratings; Not in public; Thanks, neighbors; Disgraceful work
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