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Stories from Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Cutting the cord (01/25/05)
On the surface, the act of purchasing firewood seems simple enough. Find a supplier in the newspaper. Give him a call. Ask for a rank or a cord. Pay a little extra for delivery and before you know it, you're dumping logs in your wood-burning stove or fireplace...
Research director invited to Michael Davis Lecture (01/25/05)
Dr. Reggie Murphy, director of research services for Gannett Co. Inc., will deliver the Michael Davis Lecture on Feb. 13 at Southeast Missouri State University. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public as part of the school's Black History Month festivities. ...
Vision 2020 to present annual Awards of Distinction (01/25/05)
Seven people who have been involved in community service projects in Cape Girardeau will be honored today at the Vision 2020 Community Relations Council's third annual Awards of Distinction. The awards breakfast starts at 7 a.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
U.S. Corps of Engineers lowers flood alert status (01/25/05)
Based on falling river levels on both the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and no immediate forecasts for significant rainfall, the Missouri District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has lowered its level of floodfighting to Phase I. Emergency field offices in Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Mo., and Dyersburg, Tenn., were closed and patrols of flood control works were reduced to once daily. ...
Tuning into Johnny Carson was nightly ritual for some (01/25/05)
For 30 years, Johnny Carson entertained America on "The Tonight Show." Bringing on guests ranging from celebrities to eccentric animals to quirky but average people, he carved out a path for other entertainers to follow. His death Sunday from emphysema was a large loss to the television world and to viewers alike...
Change of venue OK'd in drug case of Cape man (01/25/05)
Brittany Devonce Purl, 30, who appeared for arraignment Monday before Judge Benjamin Lewis, requested and received a change of judge and venue. Lewis granted the change of judge, and the case was sent to Circuit Judge William Syler to assign a change of venue, said Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. ...
Sentencing delayed for Illinois carnival worker (01/25/05)
An Springfield, Ill., man who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge following the reported rape of a 15-year-old girl last September has yet to be sentenced. TerryDwayne Wake was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but Judge Benjamin Lewis recused himself because he had once represented in a civil case the family of the girl Wake is accused of having molested, said Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. ...
Q&A with Cape's new school chief (01/25/05)
Dr. Dave Scala calls himself a people person. He says he's a good listener. Those are two of the skills he's banking on to make his transition to superintendent of the Cape Gir-ardeau School District a smooth one. With five months to go before he officially takes the reins, Scala isn't ready to unveil any major changes or plans for the district...
Councils to adopt like building codes (01/25/05)
The city councils in Cape Girardeau and Jackson plan to adopt the same building codes later this year, part of a growing partnership between the cities that also includes plans for development of the new East Main Street/Interstate 55 interchange. The mayors of both cities said at a joint council meeting Monday night that they, along with the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation and Cape Girardeau County, are close to reaching agreement on the local share of funding for construction of the East Main Street interchange.. ...
From dusty to digital (01/25/05)
MADISON, Wis. -- It's a stately old building with looming columns, worn marble stairways and arched doorways -- dedicated in 1900 "to the conservation, advancement and dissemination of American Heritage." But while the Wisconsin Historical Society contains one of the largest American history archives anywhere, fewer people have visited in recent years -- 40 percent fewer than in 1987 -- as more of them, including students at the nearby University of Wisconsin, turn to the Internet as their basic research tool.. ...
Ukraine's new chief names top ally as prime minister (01/25/05)
MOSCOW -- Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko named his fiery, populist ally as prime minister Monday during a visit to Moscow, a move that upstaged his fence-mending meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. ...
A sound future? (01/25/05)
Long ago, in the days of "The Lone Ranger" and Frank Sinatra, radio was an invention thousands of families all across the nation used as a primary source of after-dinner entertainment. Now, half a century and many technological advances later, that same form of entertainment has blossomed into CD players, iPods, MTV and one that may now be threatening the original idea of local radio altogether: satellite radio...
Making the biggest decision yet (01/25/05)
For the last nine months or so, one major question has been on my mind: Where am I going to go to college? There is just something about not knowing that scared me so much. So I began searching for my "fit" -- that place in which I was comfortable and that offered me everything I was looking for. One major thing my college had to offer was a good basketball team to play on...
Redhawks win three events at SIU meet (01/25/05)
~ Tennis falls at Arkansas-Little Rock The Redhawks opened up their tennis schedule with a 6-1 loss at nationally-ranked Arkansas-Little Rock. Southeast freshman Bryce Kristal won her No. 1 singles match over Bindiya Parekh 6-2, 6-2 for Southeast's lone victory. The Redhawks won only one other set in the match, as senior Daniela Garcia lost in No. 3 singles 2-6, 6-0, 2-6...
Learning briefs 1/25/05 (01/25/05)
Regent's scholarship awarded to Oran student; Phi Beta Kappa inducts Stahr into chapter; Area students named to college honors lists
Tips on buying firewood (01/25/05)
A cord is 128 cubic feet of firewood. To calculate a cord, multiply the length, width and height. Here are some tips on buying firewood: * Ask family, friends or neighbors to recommend sellers with whom they've had positive business transactions. * When placing your order, ask how the seller measures the wood and make sure those standards are precise and accurate...
Unbeaten Illini to test Badgers' streak at home (01/25/05)
MADISON, Wis. -- Illinois is 19-0 and has been ranked No. 1 for a school-record eight straight weeks. So how does coach Bruce Weber make the case that his team should be the underdog tonight at Wisconsin? Well, the 18th-ranked Badgers have won 38 games in a row at home -- the nation's longest current streak -- and are 53-2 at home under coach Bo Ryan, including 26-0 in Big Ten play...
Jackson school agenda 1/25 (01/25/05)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA ** 7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams On the agenda: * School Board Appreciation Week * Approval to sell a 1983 special needs bus * Reports
Starting a new job and taking in a new view (01/25/05)
Editor's note: Erick Harris is spending a semester in London for an internship with Parliament. This is one of several columns he will write about his experiences there. By Erick Harris During the week of pomp and circumstance surrounding the commencement of President Bush's second term, I began my job as a student and intern in London. ...
Blunt pursues restructuring of government (01/25/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- By executive order, Gov. Matt Blunt on Monday created a special commission that will spearhead the first complete structural overhaul of state government in three decades. Stephen Bradford, a Cape Girardeau Democrat, and Warren Erdman, a Kansas City Republican, will co-chair the 2005 State Government Review Commission. Blunt will appoint 18 additional members at a later date...
Blunt pulls plug on video games in Missouri prisons (01/25/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt banned video games from state prisons Monday, a month after a report that some of Missouri's most violent inmates were allowed to play games simulating murders, carjackings and the killings of police officers...
Bush says pro-life movement 'will not fail' (01/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- Pro-life protesters marched though chilly Washington on Monday, emboldened by Republican election gains they said gave new momentum to their 32-year fight to overturn Roe v. Wade. President Bush told them by phone, "This movement will not fail."...
Nation digest 01/25/05 (01/25/05)
At least 16 deaths linked to Northeast snowstorm ; Trial opens over raid on Elian Gonzalez home; Ashcroft thanks workers at farewell ceremony
Top court rejects appeal in right-to-die case (01/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused on Monday to step in and keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube, all but ending a long-running right-to-die battle pitting her husband against her parents. It was the second time the Supreme Court dodged the politically charged case from Florida, where Republican Gov. Jeb Bush successfully lobbied the legislature to pass a law to keep 41-year-old Terri Schiavo on life support...
Justices- Dog searches are fine (01/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can have dogs check out motorists' vehicles for drugs even if officers have no particular reason to suspect illegal activity. The 6-2 opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, stipulates police dogs may sniff only the outside of a car after a motorist is lawfully stopped for a traffic violation, such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign...
Guantanamo terror suspects attempted mass hanging (01/25/05)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Twenty-three terror suspects tried to hang or strangle themselves during a week-long protest orchestrated in 2003 to disrupt operations and unnerve new guards at the U.S. military camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.S. military said Monday...
Arrest announced of suspected Baghdad car-bombing mastermind (01/25/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An al-Qaida lieutenant in custody in Iraq has confessed to masterminding most of the car bombings in Baghdad, including the bloody 2003 assault on the U.N. headquarters in the capital, authorities said Monday. Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, "confessed to building approximately 75 percent of the car bombs used in attacks in Baghdad" since the Iraq war began, according to the interim Iraqi prime minister's spokesman, Thaer al-Naqib...
Two quakes rattle nerves in Asia; little damage reported (01/25/05)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Powerful earthquakes sparked panic in two countries Monday, nearly a month after a quake triggered a deadly wall of water that killed more than 160,000 people, but there was little damage, no reported injuries and no tsunami. The two quakes, both magnitude 6.3, jangled nerves across the Indian Ocean region hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami...
Jackson girls rally past Dexter 46-34 (01/25/05)
The Indians outscored the visiting Bearcats 20-7 in the fourth quarter. Josh Hester Special to the Southeast Missourian JACKSON -- Jackson coach Sam Sides had much to be thankful for after escaping with a home win over Dexter on Monday night. The Indians were forced to fight back from a seven-point deficit early in the third quarter and did -- coming away with a 46-34 win in a game between two of the top three teams in the girls' Southeast Missouri poll...
Kelly girls improve to 14-1 (01/25/05)
Kelly Essner erupted for 26 points to lead Kelly's girls basketball team to a 70-48 home victory over St. Vincent on Monday night. The Hawks (14-1) scored 26 points in the first quarter and built a 43-25 halftime lead. Mindy Robert added 19 points for Kelly...
Sharapova advances to semifinal round (01/25/05)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova overcame the heat and U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals at the Australian Open. Kuznetsova failed to hold any of her last eight service games after winning the first set and gave the 17-year-old Sharapova a match point with a double-fault, her fourth of the all-Russian quarterfinal...
Perfect man for the playoffs (01/25/05)
As Tom Brady prepares for his third Super Bowl and Ben Roethlisberger heads home, Big Ben's playoff struggles only accentuate how remarkable Brady's 8-0 postseason record is. Brady took over in 2001 for the injured Drew Bledsoe in the second regular-season game after throwing just three passes as a rookie. Four months later, he was the Super Bowl MVP...
Eagles' receivers absorb another big hit (01/25/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles' thin receiving corps has lost another key member, and whether its star makes it back for the Super Bowl is still uncertain. Tight end Chad Lewis, who caught two touchdown passes in Philadelphia's 27-10 victory over Atlanta in the NFC championship game Sunday, will miss the Super Bowl with a foot injury...
Illinois remains entrenched at No. 1 (01/25/05)
Illinois is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for an eighth consecutive week, earning all but one first-place vote. That ballot was cast for the new No. 2 team: Duke. The Blue Devils (15-0) moved up two spots to second, replacing Kansas (14-1), which dropped to sixth following its 83-62 loss at Villanova on Saturday. The Jayhawks fell below No. 2 for the first time this season...
Sports briefs 1/25/05 (01/25/05)
Basketball * Phil Jackson would listen if the New York Knicks came calling about their coaching position. Jackson told ESPN2 on Monday that he had not been contacted by Knicks president Isiah Thomas, but would be open to discussing a return to the team he helped lead to the 1972-73 NBA title...
Razzies rate best of worst (01/25/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The fur is still flying over Halle Berry's action flop "Catwoman." The Razzies, which mock the worst in film, gave "Catwoman" a leading seven nominations Monday, among them worst picture, worst actress for Berry and worst supporting players for Sharon Stone and Lambert Wilson. "Catwoman" also was nominated for worst screen couple for Berry with either Stone or co-star Benjamin Bratt...
Carl Wiggins (01/25/05)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Carl Loyd Wiggins, 70, of Sedgewickville died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 20, 1934, at Zebra, Mo., son of Loyd George and Hattie Merle Brown Wiggins. He and Carol Dexter were married Feb. 26, 2003...
Lenora Wilson (01/25/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Lenora Wilson, 81, of Cairo died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Cairo. She married Leonard E. Wilson, who died in 1997. Wilson was a member of First Christian Church, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Citizens and Rebekah Lodge...
Kim Caraker (01/25/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Kim Caraker, 42, of Denton, Texas, formerly of the Jonesboro area, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005. Hileman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mackenzie Monroe (01/25/05)
Mackenzie R. Seiler Monroe was stillborn Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her parents, Adam Monroe of Cape Girardeau and Allison Seiler of Oak Ridge; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Carolyn Monroe of Cape Girardeau; and maternal grandparents, Benny and Rhonda Seiler of Oak Ridge...
Ethel Everett (01/25/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ethel Regina Everett, 71, of Sikeston died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Light, Ark., daughter of Owen and Rachel Ward Everett. She married Allen Moore Jr., who died in 1963...
Mabel Grove (01/25/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Mabel Grove, 93, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Union County Hospital. She was born Dec. 21, 1911, in Dongola, Ill., daughter of Charlie Willis and Allie May Owens. She and Harold Grove were married Dec. 21, 1939, in Chicago. He died June 5, 1963...
Mary Koonce (01/25/05)
PATTON, Mo. -- Mary E. Koonce, 76, of Patton died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 19, 1928, in Marmaduke, Ark., daughter of Buel and Violet Forrest Dickinson. She and Lloyd H. Koonce were married Aug. 6, 1948. He died Aug. 15, 2001...
Nadell Whitehead (01/25/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Nadell "Oclee" Whitehead, 74, of Seventy-Six, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 26, 1930, in East St. Louis, Ill., daughter of Oscar and Zeola Harris Adams. She and Joseph Whitehead were married Sept. 4, 1945. He died July 3, 1974...
Mary LaFentres (01/25/05)
Mary Berneda LaFentres, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born July 18, 1920, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Roy and Mary R. Zoph Chaney. She and Jess LaFentres were married Aug. 6, 1938, in Sikeston, Mo. He died Dec. 11, 1981...
Andy Halter Sr. (01/25/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Andy L. Halter Sr., 85, of Chaffee died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Chaffee Nursing Center. He was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Scott County, son of Frank and Rose Glastetter Halter. He and Thresa Tucker were married May 17, 1941. Mr. Halter was a retired foreman of the Little River Drainage District in Cape Girardeau County...
Births 1/25/05 (01/25/05)
Underwood; Middleton; Craft
Fire reports 1/25/05 (01/25/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Sunday: * At 5:50 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of South Sprigg Street. * At 5:58 p.m., fire alarm at 900 Normal St. * At 6:33 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Ford Street...
Police reports 1/25/05 (01/25/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Kevin Michael Cox, 23, 211 Minnesota Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests * Melissa Cathrine Welker, 34, 1141 N. Frederick St., was arrested on a Morgan County warrant for failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance...
Out of the past 1/25/05 (01/25/05)
25 years ago: Jan. 25, 1980 Cape Girardeau has been chosen as the site for a new outpatient clinic sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the clinic, which will operate at Saint Francis Medical Center, is one of more than 200 hospital-affiliated clinics throughout the nation funded by the association...
Better highways (01/25/05)
Just a few years ago, the Missouri Department of Transportation was in deep financial trouble and was experiencing a loss of confidence among highway users, taxpayers and politicians. Now MoDOT is experiencing a kick-start in project funding, thanks to approval last November of a constitutional amendment that directed more revenue from vehicle and fuel taxes to highways. ...
Personal accounts benefit everyone (01/25/05)
To the editor: Professor David Roberts let a key contradiction slip in his letter. He says that personal Social Security accounts would cause "budget problems that would force cuts in other government programs." Oops! If Congress hadn't been stealing our Social Security funds to spend on things other than Social Security for the past 30-plus years, those accounts wouldn't be problems now, would they? Those "other government programs" would have their own funding, wouldn't they?...
Mercury poisoning, MS similar (01/25/05)
To the editor: The article "Gene flaw linked to autism" got my attention. I am researching the use of the world's No. 2 toxin that has been put into our mouths since 1826. Mercury has been placed into teeth only two inches from the brain. All the symptoms of mercury poisoning are the exact symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but instead of calling it mercury poisoning, it has been called MS since 1836. ...
Handicapped workers need jobs too (01/25/05)
To the editor: I am handicapped. Most businesses will not hire a handicapped person. I'm in a wheelchair and know firsthand it's true. A relative went to a restaurant to apply for a job. After he left, someone popped off that the retarded kid had the guts to put in his application there...
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