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Stories from Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The defense of Fort D (01/19/05)
Other than the name Fort D on a sign above the sidewalk entrance to the southside landmark, nothing at the site reveals that this is one of only three surviving Civil War earthwork fortifications in Missouri. Nothing explains the grass-covered and rounded earthen walls built in August 1861 on a bluff overlooking what was then farmland south of the small town of Cape Girardeau...
Last day for filing brings final revisions to ballots (01/19/05)
The Cape Girardeau City Council will be shorthanded until June and Scott City voters can add three more candidates to their list of nine for the April municipal election. It will take a primary election April 5 and a general election on June 7 for Cape Girardeau voters to choose who will fill the open seats created by the resignations of Jay Purcell in Ward 3 and Hugh White in Ward 4...
State chamber criticizes drug imports (01/19/05)
The Missouri State Chamber of Commerce and Industry has joined the chorus of critics who say it is impossible to ensure the safety of imported drugs bought individually by American consumers. Permitting drug imports from foreign countries is a potentially dangerous approach to the problem of rising prescription costs, Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the state chamber, said Tuesday...
Schools work around FBI security checks (01/19/05)
A law requiring Missouri schools to perform extensive background checks on employees has put a kink in the hiring process and left some districts with unanswered questions about meeting the new rule. Last year, the state legislature passed a law that requires all schools to perform FBI fingerprint checks on any new employee who will have contact with students -- including teachers, aides, secretaries, custodians and cafeteria workers -- prior to that person having contact with students...
Senator seeks April vote for Poplar Bluff sales tax (01/19/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff voters will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase on April 5 if emergency legislation to authorize the election is approved by the Missouri Legislature and signed into law by the governor. The proposed tax would raise an estimated $2 million a year to provide local matching funds that would encourage the Missouri Department of Transportation to accelerate the timetable for upgrading U.S. ...
Cape native among winners of arts council award (01/19/05)
A Cape Girardeau native will receive one of the six 2005 Missouri Arts Council Awards on Feb. 9 in Jefferson City. Susan Bohnsack Cole, who lived and worked in Cape Girardeau before taking a job in Jefferson City, will be awarded with the Arts Education Award...
Scott City Council votes to change building codes (01/19/05)
The Scott City Council took action at its Monday night meeting that will affect building codes in the city limits. The council adopted International Code Council codes to replace the Building Officials and Code Administrators rules. The new codes will affect structure, electrical wiring, plumbing, housing and mechanical regulations in the city. For information on the specifics of the codes, contact city hall at 264-2157...
Police arrest local man for damages to car wash (01/19/05)
A Jackson man was arrested for what police say stems from a property damage incident reported at Crites Car Wash in Jackson. According to Jackson police, Jerry L. Hitt, 63, 2893 Route UU, was issued a summons Tuesday for property damage after Jackson police received a report that all of the spray nozzles in the car wash bay area had been damaged, rendering them unusable. ...
Council OKs spending for Cape tourism (01/19/05)
The Cape Girardeau City Council approved plans for a tourism trolley bus, improvements to Civil War-era Fort D and organized tours of local museums as part of eight projects that will be funded with city motel and restaurant tax money over the next 12 months...
Rotary Club donates to park project (01/19/05)
The Jackson Rotary Club donated $5,000 and pledged an additional $5,000 for next year for a concession stand at Jackson's new soccer park. Rotary president Rick Shultz presented the first check at Monday night's Jackson Board of Aldermen meeting. Shultz said the donation is part of the Rotary International's 100th anniversary project. The local chapter is 75 years old and has about 85 members...
Hale comes to terms with bad break (01/19/05)
Brett Hale admitted to initially being quite down in the dumps upon learning that his college basketball career was over because of a fractured wrist. But Southeast Missouri State University's senior guard said he refused to stay down for very long...
Tourism spending graphic (01/19/05)
SHORT-RANGE PROJECTS The Cape Girardeau City Council on Tuesday approved the following projects, which would take place within the next 12 months: * Directional signs with landscaping: $5,000 * Billboards/outdoor advertising: $20,000 * Enhancing Civil War sites, Fort D phase one: $2,500...
Club news 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
American Legion Auxiliary; American Legion Post 158; Arnsberg 4-H Club; Town and Country FCE; Cape Girardeau County AARP
Hearings held on changing school's name (01/19/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson resident and former member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators spoke in opposition to a name change for Southwest Missouri State University during a state Senate hearing Tuesday. John Lichtenegger, a Jackson lawyer, told the Senate's education committee that a bill proposing a name change to Missouri State University is an attempt to elevate Southwest to a special status on par with the state's flagship campus at the University of Missouri-Columbia...
Bill on straight-ticket voting divides Democrats, Republicans (01/19/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Republicans are backing legislation this year that would end straight-party-ticket voting in Missouri. Bills by Sen. John Loudon, R-Ballwin, and Sen. David Klindt, R-Bethany, would no longer allow voters to choose all candidates of a political party for any office on the ballot with a single vote...
Fertility clinics vary on who they'll treat (01/19/05)
They'll check her ovaries and her bank account, but few U.S. fertility clinics have policies for determining a woman's emotional or mental fitness to have a child, let alone whether it's OK to help one who is past menopause, a new survey reveals...
Charter chief quits amid big losses last year (01/19/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The interim president and chief executive officer of Charter Communications Inc. is pledging to grow existing markets in an effort to turn around the cable TV company's finances. Robert May replaces Carl Vogel, whose resignation was announced by the suburban St. ...
Supreme Court sidesteps Guantanamo detainees case (01/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court prolonged the legal limbo of hundreds of terror suspects in a U.S. military prison in Cuba, refusing on Tuesday to consider whether the government's plan for military trials unfairly denies them basic legal rights. So far only a handful of the 550 detainees from about 40 countries have been charged with war crimes. More are expected once courts sort out how they may be tried...
IRS expands e-filing, plans to end telephone filing (01/19/05)
The Associating Press WASHINGTON -- The IRS took some of the sting out of an annual tax chore Tuesday and made free tax preparation programs available to virtually every taxpayer through a partnership with software companies. The arrangement lets taxpayers avoid the cost of buying sophisticated tax preparation software and fees charged for electronic tax filing...
Iraqi-born U.S. citizen pleads guilty in oil-for-food probe (01/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- An Iraqi-American businessman, accused of pocketing millions of dollars through the U.N. oil-for-food program with Iraq, pleaded guilty Tuesday to acting as an illegal agent of Saddam Hussein's government. Samir A. Vincent, 64, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Annandale, Va., is the first person to be charged in the Justice Department's investigation of the program, which U.N. audits have shown was badly mismanaged...
Nation digest 01/19/05 (01/19/05)
Feds: Car safety features have saved 329,000 lives; Trial begins for priest at center of abuse scandal; Wrecked barges restrict shipping on Ohio River; Tiny temblors rumble in Georgia; no damage
Rice defends war planning, gives no timetable for Iraq exit (01/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice gave no ground in Senate confirmation questioning Tuesday, insisting the United States was fully prepared for the Iraq war and its aftermath and refusing to give a timetable for U.S. troops to come home...
World digest 01/19/05 (01/19/05)
Ukraine court paves way for inauguration; Iranian judge admits legal error in Nobelist case; Muslim pilgrims in Saudi tent city prepare for hajj; Nuclear agency wants fresh look at Iranian site
Three Brits go on trial for Iraqi abuse (01/19/05)
OSNABRUECK, Germany -- A court-martial jury viewed photos of what prosecutors called "shocking and appalling" mistreatment of Iraqis as three British soldiers went on trial Tuesday for the alleged abuse. One soldier pleaded guilty to beating an Iraqi detainee, but he and the two others rejected all other charges at the opening of Britain's first case of its kind to go to trial. ...
India accuses Pakistan of breaking Kashmir cease-fire (01/19/05)
NEW DELHI -- India accused Pakistani soldiers Tuesday of firing mortar shells across the dividing line in Kashmir in the first violation of a 14-month cease-fire between the South Asian nuclear-armed rivals. The cease-fire was the longest since an insurgent campaign in the divided Himalayan province began in 1989. Both countries claim the mainly Muslim, former princely state in its entirety and have fought two wars over it...
Abbas travels to Gaza for cease-fire talks with militants (01/19/05)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- In the biggest test of his brief tenure, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas came to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hoping to persuade militants to halt attacks on Israel. But in a show of defiance, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a settler road in Gaza, killing an Israeli security agent and wounding seven other Israelis...
Suicide bomber targets top Shiite party (01/19/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber struck the Baghdad headquarters of Iraq's biggest Shiite political party Tuesday, killing three people, as the government announced plans to close borders and restrict movements to bolster security in the national election. Three candidates were slain as insurgents intensified their campaign to subvert the ballot...
Saxony slays Dragons in final seconds 42-40 (01/19/05)
After a rather ugly performance for most of Tuesday night, Saxony Lutheran used a pretty play in the final 10 seconds to defeat Ste. Genevieve 42-40. With guards Trey Maevers and Lauren Lueders darting to the backcourt as decoys, Grant Lehmann looped an inbounds pass over a Ste. Genevieve defender to Tim Lorenz for an easy layup with 8.2 seconds to play, capping Saxony's comeback from a six-point deficit with just 3 1/2 minutes remaining...
St. Vincent squeaks out 8th straight win 53-51 (01/19/05)
St. Vincent's boys basketball team continued to roll as the Indians slipped past visiting Windsor 53-51 Tuesday night for their eighth straight win and 10th in their past 11 games. The Indians (10-4, 3-1 Jefferson County Conference) were led by Alex Armbruster with 14 points, Jacob DeWilde with 12, Waylon Richardet with 11 and Danny Rellergert with 10. Richardet grabbed 14 rebounds...
Unbeaten Illinois heads into a difficult stretch (01/19/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois, No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week, heads into perhaps the most challenging section of its schedule Thursday when 23rd-ranked Iowa visits Assembly Hall. It's the first of a four-game stretch for the undefeated Illini that includes trips to No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 19 Michigan State over the next two weeks. A home game against Minnesota on Jan. 29 is between those games...
Cardinals, Ankiel avoid arbitration (01/19/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and left-hander Rick Ankiel avoided arbitration on Tuesday, agreeing on a one-year contract. Ankiel, 25, spent most of last season on the disabled list following reconstructive elbow surgery in July 2003. He appeared in five September games in relief and won his first major league game in more than three seasons on Oct. 1 over the Brewers...
The Genius vs. the Jaw (01/19/05)
PITTSBURGH -- For someone saddled with the reputation of not winning the big one, Bill Cowher certainly coaches in a lot of big games. That's why there's extra incentive in Sunday's AFC championship game for one of the most successful coaches to never win a Super Bowl: The man widely considered pro football's best coach is on the opposing sideline...
Gagne signs two-year deal with Dodgers (01/19/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne avoided another difficult salary arbitration hearing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing Tuesday to a $19 million, two-year contract. Gagne and the Dodgers agreed to the deal just before they were scheduled to exchange figures in salary arbitration...
Clemens fires a high one at Astros (01/19/05)
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens filed for a record $22 million in salary arbitration on Tuesday, and the Houston Astros offered the seven-time Cy Young Award winner $13.5 million. The Rocket, who helped lead the Astros within one win of their first World Series appearance, still has not decided whether to pitch this year or retire...
Sports briefs 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
* The Cardinals' Albert Pujolsearned his fourth straight baseball man of the year honor from the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday....
Egg-stra eating Too many eggs leads to a tasty predicament (01/19/05)
CONCORD, N.H. -- My egg woes continue. Last year I wrote about the challenge of keeping pace with the dozen eggs I'd arranged to have delivered to my door every week by the milkman. It seemed such a quaint, old-fashioned thing to do. At first it wasn't so hard to keep up. I was trying a low-carb thing in which eggs are a food group. That lasted about a week...
Gene Olson (01/19/05)
Gene L. Olson, 78, of Oklahoma City, Okla., joined his Heavenly Savior Jan. 17, 2005. He was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Lily (Lundberg) and Lloyd S. Olson. During World War II, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Following his graduation with a B.S. ...
Rev. Robert Schumacher (01/19/05)
The Rev. Robert A. Schumacher, 80, entered eternal life Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005. Father Bob was an outspoken pacifist and civil rights advocate. He supported justice for children and women victims of domestic violence. An avid golfer, canoeist and hiker, he enjoyed vacationing in Glacier Park until Parkinson's disease restricted his outdoor activities...
Lillian Basile (01/19/05)
Lillian Martha Basile, 89, of Scott City died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Ozark Riverview Manor in Ozark, Mo. She was born Aug. 27, 1915, at Fornfelt, Mo., daughter of Emil and Meta Westerhold Eifert. She and Frank Basile were married July 15, 1953. He died Feb. 21, 1982...
Sopha Schafer (01/19/05)
Sopha A. Schafer, 82, of Jackson died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at her home. She was born Nov. 25, 1922, at Glennon, Mo., daughter of George and Emma Laurentius Beel. She and Zeno W. Schafer were married Feb. 9, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. Schafer was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church many years...
Cleo Kruckeberg (01/19/05)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Cleo F. Kruckeberg, 81, of Edwardsville died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. He was born July 4, 1923, in Worden, Ill., son of Henry H. and Hilka Henke Kruckeberg. He married Mildred Kohlmiller April 14, 1946, in Wood River, Ill...
Albert Thomas (01/19/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Albert Thomas, 84, of Sikeston died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Woodruff County, Ark., son of Albert and Essie Mae Bell Thomas. He and Ellen Jewel Thomas were married Oct. 3, 1948. She died Oct. 22, 1996...
Margaret Porter (01/19/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Margaret A. Porter, 87, formerly of Benton, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Millington Health Care in Millington, Tenn. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Births 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
Schneider; Scherer; Judkins; Cook; Ives; Weber; Lacy
Police reports 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Brandon Lamont King, 18, 838 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a city warrant for failure to return to confinement...
Fire reports 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following item on Monday: * At 4:22 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of Green Acres Drive. Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: * At 12:03 a.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of South Lorimier Street...
Out of the past 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
25 years ago: Jan. 19, 1980 WASHINGTON - William O. Douglas, who served 36 years as a Supreme Court justice, dies at age 81; Cape Girardeans recall that on Nov. 30, 1965, Douglas spoke at Southeast Missouri State University. Lionel Hastings has become the sole stockholder in Bumpa-Tel Inc., a manufacturing firm at 775 S. ...
Kids' health (01/19/05)
Around Southeast Missouri, medical professionals far too frequently see children who lack adequate nutrition, suffer abuse or don't have the proper health care they need. All those factors are among the criteria used in the annual Kids Count report, a compilation of county-by-county data released by the Citizens for Missouri's Children...
Sinking dollar hurts Americans (01/19/05)
To the editor: The dollar is sinking fast. It has reached a nine-year low in international value, and there seems little hope of a reversal in the trend. Amazingly, during the Bush years the dollar has dropped 50 percent against the fledgling currency of Europe, the euro. ...
Act would protect use of firearms (01/19/05)
To the editor: U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland has introduced a bill protecting the right of law-abiding Americans to use guns in self-defense. The Citizens' Self-Defense Act, would specifically protect the right of law-abiding citizens to use handguns, rifles and shotguns in defending themselves, their families or their homes. It would also allow people whose self-defense rights have been violated by any government entity to bring legal action in federal court...
Don't blend facts, beliefs at school (01/19/05)
To the editor: In Speak Out recently, a reader said the ideas of both creationism and evolution should be taught in today's schools. What the reader did not indicate is which form of creationism he wants the schools to teach. Apparently, he is unaware that there are hundreds of different religions, and each has its own view of creationism. The reader also said, "Show both sides of the coin." Does the reader really want science and religion taught in one class?...
Prison, school spending are related (01/19/05)
To the editor: I'm writing about your thoughtful guest editorial. "Prison Smarts." I'd like to add that education spending and prison spending go hand-in-hand. Schools and prisons compete for the same limited tax dollars. Almost always when a state ranks high in prison spending, that state will rank low in school spending...
Speak Out 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
A better system; Need to clean up; Literal Bible; Stunning logic; The system worked; Not on the shoulder; Time to rein it in
Speak Out 1/19/05 (01/19/05)
Get some money back; Better technology; Phone at fault; Enforce the law; Good books, good life; Bon voyage
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