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Stories from Thursday, January 20, 2005

Jackson mayoral election becomes two-person race (01/20/05)
Fifteen minutes before the filing deadline Tuesday, Rebecca Ward slipped into the city clerk's office and quietly put her name up against one of the most powerful politicians in town. Her signature sent ripples of chatter through city hall before Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting. ...
School board elections get crowd of candidates (01/20/05)
After the filing period for school board races ended Tuesday, one might think local school districts were offering a salary for new board members this year. April ballots will be full of candidates. Meadow Heights, Oak Ridge and Perryville schools each have nine candidates vying for three openings on their boards. Officials in all three districts say it's an unprecedented number, but no one is sure what the attraction is this year...
Must-not-see TV (01/20/05)
t's been nearly a year since the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" that created a battle cry for broadcast decency, but there hasn't been much change in prime-time offerings since. A local chapter of the Parents Television Council is upset with the shows on broadcast television. The group has chastised KFVS12 for airing a repeat episode of "Without A Trace" on Dec. 31 that included graphic scenes of a teen orgy...
School filings graphic (01/20/05)
Cape Girardeau * Charles Haubold* * Sharon Mueller* * Steve Trautwein* * Creighton Gould * Debra Mitchell-Braxton * Walter White * Thomas Reinagel 1-year term: * Skip Smallwood* * Charles Bertrand JACKSON * Terri Tomlin* * T. Wayne Lewis* * Mack Illers*...
Community digest 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
Extension office to teach about beef cattle breeding; Rummage sale will benefit mission trip; St. Augustine plans trivia night in Kelso; PAWS offering free spays and neuters
Central band gets boost from Kiwanis Club challenge (01/20/05)
The Central High School band is in need of a new tune as some students must play instruments older than the students. But solely relying on the band's annual budget to replace all the old instruments could take up to forty years. To speed up the process, the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club donated $5,000 to the Central High School Band Boosters in August. In addition, the Kiwanis Club promised to match the amount if the organization can raise another $5,000...
Women's tennis team opens season Sunday (01/20/05)
Southeast Missouri State University second-year women's tennis coach Jay Pacelli isn't about to predict an Ohio Valley Conference championship. But Pacelli does predict considerable improvement this season for a program that has been down in the dumps and went just 1-21 in 2004...
Four area lawmakers chosen to head state House panels (01/20/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Four Southeast Missouri lawmakers were picked to lead House committees on Wednesday. Two will be first-time chairmen. State Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, will head the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee while state Rep. Gayle Kingery will be in charge of the Higher Education Committee...
Cape Girardeau County FEMA Funding Received (01/20/05)
Cape County receives $27,348 in FEMA funds Cape Girardeau County has been chosen to receive $27,348 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area for 2005. Cape Girardeau County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to East Missouri Action Agency, FISH, Jackson Food Pantry, Jackson Ministerial Alliance, Safe House for Women and the Salvation Army. ...
Community Q&A 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
* Name: Amy Jacquin...
Community cuisine 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
Salvation Army serving Meals with Friends; Lenten dinners on tap in Scott City
Southeast expects another close call vs. Tennessee Tech (01/20/05)
The last three times Southeast Missouri State University and Tennessee Tech squared off in men's basketball, the games were decided by a total of five points -- and that probably doesn't even do justice to how close the contests were. Both coaches don't expect anything to change tonight when Southeast (6-9, 1-3 Ohio Valley Conference) begins a crucial four-game homestand by welcoming the Eagles (9-6, 4-0) to the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff...
Southeast ready for clash with Eaglettes (01/20/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's women have played two games since facing Tennessee Tech on Jan. 8. But that contest in Cookeville, Tenn., left a bad taste in Southeast's mouth -- one that coach B.J. Smith said still lingers. "It did leave a bad taste in our mouth," Smith said. "I know our ladies are excited to play them, and as a coaching staff we're excited to play them."...
MoDOT plans to resurface part of U.S. 61 in Scott Co. (01/20/05)
In one of its latest rounds of road projects, the Missouri Department of Transportation has announced it will resurface 12.6 miles of U.S. 61 from Scott City to Highway 77 at Morley. The project is one of many MoDOT has scheduled for Southeast Missouri, and is designed to maintain existing roadways in need of resurfacing...
Gov. Blunt calls for passage of early voting legislation (01/20/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Wednesday endorsed a form of early voting he said will boost voter participation while avoiding the increased costs that helped derail past proposals. Blunt's proposal would allow no-excuse absentee voting. At present, those seeking an absentee ballot must sign an affidavit stating a reason for why they are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, such as they expect to be out of town...
AG Nixon backing reform for 'thriving' payday loan business (01/20/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Attorney General Jay Nixon called for reform to the payday loan industry in Missouri on Wednesday, citing a new report saying the businesses charged annual percentage rates of more than 400 percent on average. The businesses offer consumers short-term loans until the borrower's next paycheck. But Nixon said those who take out payday loans "can easily get themselves into a hole they can never dig out of."...
Money from S.C. licenses may go to Confederates (01/20/05)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow the Sons of Confederate veterans to get back some of the money made through selling its special license plates. While the SCV license tags have been on the road for years, profits from them now go into the state's budget...
Bible tests return to reading program (01/20/05)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- Tests on the Bible have been returned to school computers in a southwest Missouri school district that had removed the material over concerns that the material might be viewed as an entanglement of church and state. The material was part of an accelerated reading program in the Neosho school district in which children could choose from thousands of books, then take tests on them...
Bush to extol expanding freedom (01/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- In a city brimming with pageantry under fortress-like security, President Bush looked ahead Wednesday to his second inauguration, pledging to forge unity in a nation divided by political differences. "I am eager and ready for the work ahead," Bush declared...
Cancer eclipses heart disease as America's biggest killer (01/20/05)
For the first time, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the top killer of Americans under 85, health officials said Wednesday. The good news is that deaths from both are falling, but improvement has been more dramatic for heart disease. "It's dropping fast enough that another disease is eclipsing it," said Dr. Walter Tsu, president of the American Public Health Association...
Rice awaits Senate approval as top American diplomat (01/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Condoleezza Rice won strong but not unanimous endorsement as secretary of state from a Senate panel Wednesday, assuring skeptical Democrats she welcomed debate about the nation's foreign policy course and wouldn't sugarcoat advice to President Bush...
Airlines' water becomes a flying hazard (01/20/05)
Asking for bottled water or a canned drink aboard an airliner might be the safest way to fly. Coliform bacteria are showing up in more airliners than last summer when the government first took steps toward requiring sanitation improvements. The Environmental Protection Agency will now have domestic airlines test themselves and submit results to the agency to see if the trend continues. Some self-sampling has begun, and airlines are adapting their routine disinfections to meet EPA guidance...
Anti-meth measures attract states' interest (01/20/05)
TULSA, Okla. -- After years of locking up methamphetamine makers only to see illegal drug labs multiply on urban stovetops and country roads, Oklahoma got tough. It locked up the meth makers' cold medicine. The state banned over-the-counter sales of Sudafed and other decongestants used to produce meth, and ordered that the medicines be placed behind pharmacy counters. Ten months later, meth lab seizures in Oklahoma are down more than 80 percent...
Judge throws out gay marriage lawsuit (01/20/05)
TAMPA, Fla. -- In what is believed to be the first ruling of its kind, a judge on Wednesday upheld the federal law letting states ban same-sex marriages, dismissing a lawsuit by two women seeking to have their Massachusetts marriage recognized here...
Colin Powell says goodbye (01/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said goodbye to State Department employees on Wednesday and thanked them for the successes achieved during his four memorable years as America's chief diplomat. Hundreds of department personnel gave Powell a raucous ovation lasting almost a minute when he appeared for the farewell ceremony in the department's main lobby...
California sees 11th execution in 28 years (01/20/05)
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- Prison officials executed a three-time murderer early Wednesday, making him the 11th inmate put to death in California since capital punishment was reinstated in 1977. Donald Beardslee, 61, was executed by injection for killing two women in 1981 while on parole for a third slaying. ...
Cubans throw weight around (01/20/05)
HAVANA -- Cuban ballet dancers in white glide across the floor, executing an airy blend of pirouettes and back stretches. Within seconds, spectators are captivated, quickly forgetting what at first they couldn't overlook -- most of the dancers weigh more than 200 pounds...
Yushchenko clears last hurdles to inauguration (01/20/05)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Western-leaning reformer Viktor Yush-chenko's long and tension-filled drive to become Ukraine's president cleared its final hurdles before dawn Thursday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the losing candidate and government newspapers printed election results. ...
Insurgents in Iraq unleash wave of deadly car bombs (01/20/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents unleashed a wave of five car bombings across the capital Wednesday, killing about a dozen people, despite stepped-up U.S. and Iraqi measures to protect this month's elections. North of Baghdad, insurgents killed a British security officer...
Indonesia addition raises tsunami death toll to 221,100 (01/20/05)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's Health Ministry declared Wednesday that more than 70,000 people previously listed as missing are dead, significantly raising its estimate for the death toll from last month's tsunami. If confirmed, the overall tsunami death toll in 11 countries would climb to over 221,100, including 166,320 dead in Indonesia...
Parents find child stolen by tidal waves (01/20/05)
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- The last time Amiruddin saw his shy 7-year-old daughter was three weeks ago when the tsunami snatched her away. In the chaos of flash floods, as the family scrambled toward the roof of their home, a utility pole fell, separating Putri from her mother. "We went to the roof and I couldn't find her," said the mother, Hernini. Like her husband and many others here, she has one name...
Kuper sets pool record in Notre Dame's victory at Clayton (01/20/05)
Jameson Kuper set a pool record Wednesday in Clayton as Notre Dame's boys swimming team won a three-team meet with St. Louis University High School and Clayton. The Bulldogs finished with 148 points, SLUH had 96 and Clayton scored 70. Kuper finished with a pair of individual wins, including a pool-record 1 minute, 2.35 seconds in the 100-meter breaststroke. Kuper won the 200 free as well...
Players, owners return to negotiating process (01/20/05)
The bid to jump-start NHL labor negotiations has done just that, spawning a second round of talks in an effort to save the hockey season. Union president Trevor Linden and NHL board of directors chairman Harley Hotchkiss spoke Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and the sides were planning to meet again today in Toronto...
Keep exercise simple and fun to keep at it (01/20/05)
January is such a positive month. Everyone is so flush with optimism. Change is in the air! All of our plucky New Year's resolutions to exercise our way into lithesome and healthy lives have not yet given way to the inevitable of our own irresolute, loafish natures...
'Young Blades' go all for one in new series (01/20/05)
One for all and all for one? Well, this is the one: "Young Blades," a lighthearted action show for all that follows a new generation of swashbucklers inspired by "The Three Musketeers." Set in 17th century France, "Young Blades" is a weekly costume drama full of derring-do, romance and a bit of campy humor, with three young adventurers (a ladies man, a poet and an inventor) joined by a comely ringer: Jacqueline, a hunted fugitive boasting a gift for swordplay who is forced to masquerade as a boy as she enlists in the Musketeer Academy.. ...
Grover Bruce (01/20/05)
Grover Wheeler Bruce, 72, of Scott City died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Colbert, Ala., son of Joseph Wheeler and Mattie Lou Brake Bruce. Bruce was a shipper with Blair Industries. He served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include two brothers, Perry and Bobby Bruce of Scott City; three sisters, Jessie Vanderbol of Campbell, Mo., Helen Bruce and Hilda Hoskins of Scott City...
Amy Ent (01/20/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Amy Ent, 94, of Cairo died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Daystar Care Center. She was born Dec. 31, 1910, in St. Louis, daughter of Christian and Emma Gebhard Miltenberger. She married Dr. Lewis S. Ent, who preceded her in death. Ent received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois...
John Wiedefeld (01/20/05)
John C. Wiedefeld, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, son of John Jacob and Marie Anna Landewee Wiedefeld. He and Phyllis Strop were married June 11, 1960, in Cape Girardeau...
Flossie Robinson (01/20/05)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Flossie Robinson, 87, of Kenton, Tenn., died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at the home of a son in Kenton. She was formerly of Mounds. Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Florence Ferrell (01/20/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Florence Kathryn Ferrell, 89, of Benton died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 13, 1915, at Gray Ridge, Mo., daughter of Silas Whitney "Buck" and Rebecca Kathryn Tate Hooper. She and Marvin Glyn Ferrell Sr. were married Sept. 16, 1933, at Charleston, Mo. He died Dec. 26, 1995...
William Pedigo Sr. (01/20/05)
MCGEE, Mo. -- William Harlen Pedigo Sr., 88, of McGee passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. He was born Dec. 9, 1917, at Jackson, son of Albert Harvey "Grant" and Nancy Adaline Kesterson Pedigo. Bill and Evelyn Francis Riley were married Dec. 18, 1943. She preceded him in death July 18, 1984...
Births 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
Perry...
Jackson man faces multiple burglary charges (01/20/05)
Jackson police arrested a suspect on suspicion of burglary whom Cape Girardeau police arrested last week on suspicion of burglary and stealing. According to Lt. Rodney Barnes, Jackson police arrested Jeffrey A. Harker, 40, 914 Old Cape Road, Jackson, after he allegedly told Cape Girardeau police about his alleged involvement in a Jackson burglary. ...
Fire reports 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: * At 4:07 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Linden Street. * At 5:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2200 block of Cambridge Drive. * At 6:14 p.m., illegal burn at 1906 S. Sprigg St...
Police reports 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs * Joshua Scott Kilgore, 22, 430 S. Sheridan Drive, Building 8, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the road...
Out of the past 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
25 years ago: Jan. 20, 1980 In observance of their 35 years in the ministry, the Rev. and Mrs. Earl E. Weiss were given tickets for a tour of Central Europe by the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson; the tour will begin June 4. Edwin R. Puls, president of the Cape County Bank of Jackson, who in terms of service years is the dean of the area's bankers, is celebrating completion of 40 years in banking...
Blunt keeps his word (01/20/05)
During his campaign and in the run-up to his inauguration, Gov. Matt Blunt promised he was going to change state government dramatically after 12 years of Democratic administrations in the Missouri statehouse. It didn't take Blunt long to turn his words into actions...
Creating Social Security 'crisis' (01/20/05)
To the editor: In promoting his agenda for personal accounts, President Bush has been speaking about an unfunded liability under Social Security described variously as $10 trillion, $11 trillion and $10.4 trillion. The 75-year unfunded liability of $3.7 trillion is usually used by policymakers. But this $10 trillion to $11 trillion number, representing some version of the liability over an infinite time horizon, sounds a lot scarier...
Join fight to save lives of unborn (01/20/05)
To the editor: If you were innocent of a crime and doomed to be executed, that would be unfair, wouldn't it? Would you want someone to save you? Did you know that every day in these United States more than 3,600 unborn babies face such an execution? Are you aware that more than 44 million babies have been aborted since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973? The result is that a whole generation of Americans has been lost...
Help available for less fortunate (01/20/05)
To the editor: It is not fair to say that liberals are responsible for everything good in our society and conservatives are against it all and have been brainwashed to ignore the malnourished, poorly educated and homeless children among us. There are many ongoing programs to help the poor. ...
Teaching subs deserve better pay (01/20/05)
To the editor: The intent of this letter is not to fault the Cape Girardeau School District, janitors, kitchen workers or school nurses. The district, like many others, has to manage its money closely because of budget constraints. The intent is to bring attention to one of the many problems facing educators today: pay...
Speak Out 1/20/05 (01/20/05)
Good solution; Spending priorities; Drug safety; Balancing relief; Let's be rude; No fancy technology
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