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Stories from Friday, January 28, 2005

Renovated library may reinvent reading for Trinity students (01/28/05)
Bright pastel paint covers the previously industrial-green walls. New bookshelves have been installed and a table is laden with featured books of the month -- books on presidents this month in honor of the upcoming Presidents Day. Trinity Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau will hold an open house today to unveil its library...
The rituals of speech (01/28/05)
Whitney Tankersley and Lindsay Spencer always head straight for the same place when they arrive at a speech and debate competition: the girls' bathroom. For the acoustics. The two Jackson girls go over their lines as quickly as possible, mainly to calm their nerves. If they haven't memorized their parts after months of practicing, one last run-through isn't likely to do much good. But the bathrooms are now part of the girls' competition routine, practically a tradition...
Weather according to sun spots, achy knees and groundhogs (01/28/05)
When it comes to the weather, most people these days put their faith in radar systems, computers and mathematical probabilities. But some still believe a groundhog can predict spring, woolly bear caterpillars can foretell winter, and a direct correlation exists between foggy days in August and snowy days in winter...
MAGNET pulls business to Southeast Missouri (01/28/05)
For Mitch Robinson, it's all about the draw -- whether it's luring a new manufacturer into the area, helping businesses leap the hurdles of bureaucracy or assisting site-selection teams in finding the best spot for relocation. "We're about attraction," Robinson said. "Everybody understands what a magnet is all about."...
Translated antique book is latest Southeast Press release (01/28/05)
Collecting odd, old items is something Bernie, Mo., resident Bob Keathley has done for a long time. In 1983, that interest in antiques led him to purchase a more than 200-year-old history text called "1700s in America," originally authored by German historian Christian Sprengel in 1783 for distribution at the 1784 World's Fair in Germany...
Missouri senator takes meth fight national with Combat Meth Act (01/28/05)
Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., visited the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department on Thursday to promote his bipartisan Combat Meth Act, a bill that would force pseudoephedrine-containing drugs behind the pharmacist's counter. The legislation, sponsored by Talent and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is similar to a law already in place in Oklahoma...
Southeast men roll by Jacksonville St. 84-65 (01/28/05)
Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner keeps wanting talented sophomore Terrick Willoughby to get more aggressive offensively. "Terrick has a lot of talent, but he's only a sophomore and it's almost like he's waiting his turn," Garner said. "We're trying to get him to be more aggressive."...
Redhawks thrash Jacksonville St. from start to finish (01/28/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's women continued their rampage through the Ohio Valley Conference's predicted powers, crushing Jacksonville State 94-51 Thursday night. The Redhawks improved to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in OVC play with their fifth straight victory as they moved back into a first-place OVC tie...
Suspected church vandals waive preliminary hearing (01/28/05)
Three men accused of vandalizing and stealing from five area churches and a law office earlier this month waived their preliminary hearing Thursday in front of Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp. The three were bound over to Division I, and will appear before Circuit Judge William Syler for arraignment Feb. 7...
World briefs 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Thailand boat accident death toll rises to 14; France worried about French insurgents ; Difficulties might delay elections in Afghanistan
Nation briefs 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Planned Parenthood head resigns after eight years ; Auto worker shoots three, then himself at Ohio plant; NASA pauses to honor astronauts killed
Redhawks have track athletes honored (01/28/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's track and field program will return to action this weekend boasting three Ohio Valley Conference athletes of the week. Earlier this week, after their performances at last weekend's SIU Invitational, sophomore Miles Smith (male track athlete of the week), junior Andrew Lambert (male field athlete of the week) and freshman Kathy Coleman (female track athlete of the week) were all honored by the OVC...
Blunt pursues longtime GOP goals (01/28/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After two years of a Republican-led Missouri Legislature sparring with a Democratic governor over conflicting public policy goals, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday finally got a legislative agenda to their liking from new Gov. Matt Blunt...
Medicaid.1a (01/28/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt spoke of reforming Missouri's Medicaid system with "program and eligibility changes." Republican lawmakers stood and applauded during the new governor's first State of the State speech. Left unspoken -- and perhaps unrealized by many listeners -- was what exactly Blunt meant...
State term limits champion on education board (01/28/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The man who led the effort to limit the terms of Missouri lawmakers won Senate approval Thursday to serve on the board that oversees colleges and universities. But the vote on the appointment of attorney Gregory Upchurch, of Manchester, was delayed by some Democratic lawmakers who believe voter-approved term limits were the wrong way to go...
Urban meth: Drug with rural ties becoming 'major threat' in some cities (01/28/05)
CHICAGO -- Already known as a rural scourge, methamphetamine is becoming a problem in a number of U.S. cities. Meetings of the 12-step group Crystal Meth Anonymous have increased in Chicago from one night a week a few years ago to five a week. In the Atlanta area, methamphetamine users account for the fastest-growing segment of addicts seeking treatment. ...
Illinois can't sell vaccine purchased from Europe (01/28/05)
CHICAGO -- Illinois has been unable to sell any of the 700,000 doses of flu vaccine that Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other state and city governments agreed to buy from Europe, raising the possibility that taxpayers could get stuck paying millions for the unused vaccine. To make matters worse, officials in New York City and Cleveland, who signed onto the deal to import the vaccine, now say they don't need their share of the doses and do not want to make payments for them...
Bush urges greater use of computers in health care (01/28/05)
CLEVELAND -- President Bush returned to the state that helped seal his re-election victory to pitch his second-term health agenda, urging greater use of computerized medical records and electronic prescriptions. "It can save money and save lives," Bush said Thursday at a forum at the Cleveland Clinic. He said medical record-keeping, where most prescriptions and many medical documents are still handwritten, lags that of other industries...
Lawmakers look to tax facelifts; the fabulous cry foul (01/28/05)
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Nip, tuck and ... tax? Lawmakers trying to plump up the bottom line are considering a "vanity tax" on cosmetic surgery and Botox injections in Washington, Illinois and other states. Plastic surgeons and their patients say the idea is just plain ugly...
Murder charges filed in California commuter crash (01/28/05)
GLENDALE, Calif. -- A suicidal man who allegedly parked his SUV in the path of a commuter train and triggered a horrific wreck that killed 11 people was charged with murder and could face the death penalty, authorities said Thursday. The criminal case moved forward against Juan Manuel Alvarez as police and forensics experts worked to gather evidence from the crime scene and coroner's investigators searched the tangled wreckage for any remaining body parts...
Rice to visit Europe, Middle East (01/28/05)
WASHINGTON -- Condoleezza Rice worked the phones on her first day on the job as America's top diplomat Thursday, reaching out to European allies and partners in the war on terrorism and echoing President Bush's inaugural charge to promote liberty across the globe...
Murder charges filed in deadly California commuter rail crash (01/28/05)
GLENDALE, Calif. -- A suicidal man who allegedly parked his SUV in the path of a commuter train and triggered a horrific wreck that killed 11 people was charged with murder and could face the death penalty, authorities said Thursday. The criminal case moved forward against Juan Manuel Alvarez as police and forensics experts worked to gather evidence from the crime scene and coroner's investigators searched the tangled wreckage for any remaining body parts...
UrbanMeth-Summary Box 9A (01/28/05)
METH BECOMING A THREAT IN SOME CITIES THE TREND Experts who track drug abuse say methamphetamine, already a problem in many rural areas, is replacing Ecstasy and even cocaine as a drug of choice in some urban areas. THE CITIES Atlanta is seeing an uptick in women meth addicts seeking help from rehabilitation clinics. ...
Confusion, backlogs result from ruling on sentencing (01/28/05)
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of criminals are filing for reduced sentences. Backlogged courts are asking lawyers to slow down their appeals. Judges say they're confused about what to do. Two weeks after the Supreme Court threw out mandatory sentencing guidelines, federal courts are just beginning to grapple with the consequences. And judges say it may take months, if not years, to sort through thousands of appeals and piece together a new sentencing system...
Interrogators used sexual tactics on Muslim detainees (01/28/05)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay by sexual touching, wearing a miniskirt and thong underwear and in one case smearing a Saudi man's face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider's written account...
Palestinian leader bans carrying of weapons (01/28/05)
RAMALLAH, West Bank-- The new Palestinian leadership on Thursday banned civilians from carrying weapons and indicated it will appoint a new security minister known for his tough stance against militants -- clear signs of seriousness about reining in violence, an Israeli precondition for peace talks...
Iraq-Developments 11A (01/28/05)
DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ * Insurgents launched mortars at a military base near Iskandariyah, killing one Marine and wounding five. * U.S. soldiers stepped up operations ahead of Sunday's elections, moving to forward positions around Baghdad and tightening security at their main bases...
U.S., Iraqi forces begin security operation to protect voters (01/28/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. troops packed extra uniforms and ammunition before moving out of their main base Thursday to take up positions around Baghdad, part of a massive security operation to protect voters during weekend elections that insurgents have vowed to disrupt...
World leaders mark anniversary of death camp's liberation (01/28/05)
BRZEZINKA, Poland -- Snowflakes swirled around the crematoriums and barbed wire of Auschwitz, and a shrill train whistle pierced the silence as frail survivors and humbled world leaders remembered the victims of the Holocaust on Thursday, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp...
Indians hold off Bulldogs (01/28/05)
The Jackson girls basketball team overcame a second-half scare from host Notre Dame and edged the Bulldogs 52-45 Thursday night. Jackson (17-1), which converted 16 of 17 free throws, saw a 24-14 halftime lead cut to three in the fourth quarter. Bobbie Jones led all scorers with 16 points for the Indians. Kylie Werner had 13, and Amanda Peiffer added 10...
Safin ousts streaking Federer in epic duel (01/28/05)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer was on his hands and knees, his racket gone after he tumbled chasing a shot. All he could do was watch as Marat Safin tapped a gentle forehand into an open court to cap a thrilling 4 1/2-hour Australian Open semifinal and end the top-ranked Federer's 26-match winning streak...
Owners, players continue talks (01/28/05)
NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association remained far apart after five hours of talks Thursday night and had no plans to meet again. "We continue to have significant philosophical differences," NHLPA senior director Ted Saskin said Thursday night. "No meetings are scheduled, and we will not make further comment at this time."...
Karl returns to coaching with Nuggets (01/28/05)
DENVER -- George Karl was hired as head coach of the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, returning to the NBA after nearly two years to take over a team that has failed to live up to lofty expectations. The deal was finalized Thursday morning and announced in Milwaukee, where the Nuggets play the Bucks on Friday night...
Ogilvie takes three-stroke lead at Bob Hope Classic (01/28/05)
Joe Ogilvie shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over defending champion Phil Mickelson and Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson after the second round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in La Quinta, Calif. Ogilvie began the five-day tournament with a 64 and was at 17-under 127 for two rounds, the third most shots below par through 36 holes in PGA Tour history...
Sports briefs 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Baseball; College basketball; Skating; Soccer
Miss Kitty rules. Period. (01/28/05)
Some of you have been kind enough to ask about Miss Kitty, the cat that has taken complete charge of my wife and me. Since Miss Kitty is the boss, why don't you ask her? When Miss Kitty came to live with us last May, after being one of Cape Girardeau's homeless animals that had unfortunately sought refuge next to a den of dogs that regarded her calico coat as little more than a moving target, she arrived with spectacular credentials in street smarts. ...
Time for a change (01/28/05)
srobertson Kia is getting new respect with new offerings Change is in the wind at Kia -- change in perception, expectations -- even change in quality. Kia's U.S. sales grew 14 percent in 2004, but the South Korean automaker wants to be taken even more seriously, and is aggressively designing new vehicles...
Everybody's a critic: 'The Phantom Of The Opera' (01/28/05)
"The Phantom Of The Opera" is the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage production, which in turn is based on a novel by Gaston Leroux about a mysterious figure that terrorizes a Paris opera house while trying to win the affection of a beautiful singer...
Artifacts 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Bald Eagle Day scheduled for Saturday at refuge; Single Reed Day at SEMO makes noise for all ages; The Ten Tenors in concert at Carbondale on Feb. 10; Southeast Public Radio plans Valentine dinner ; University Press launches Matthews book Feb. 3
Fund raiser to feature tributes to civil rights leader (01/28/05)
In what has become his most famous speech, Martin Luther King Jr. laid out a dream of children of all races coming together in harmony. That's exactly what the ethnically-diverse kindergarten students at Franklin Elementary in Cape Girardeau have been doing...
Life after 'Felicity'- Russell stars in CBS movie, more (01/28/05)
NEW YORK -- When "Felicity" began in fall 1998, its winsome heroine was finishing high school. Then, on a lark, she enrolled in college in distant New York City, taking grateful flight from her California nest. When "Felicity" wrapped production in spring 2002, its star, Keri Russell, did somewhat the same thing. She left California, where the show had been produced, and took off for Manhattan...
Clara Graham (01/28/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Clara Ruth Graham, 84, of Anna died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at her home. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Blanche Jones (01/28/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Blanche Jones, 94, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born July 26, 1910, at Bloomfield, Mo., daughter of Charles and Mae Hibbs Mayo. She married Orville Paul Jones, who died Oct. 21, 1981...
Wilma Schuessler (01/28/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wilma L. Schuessler, 87, of Perryville died Jan. 27, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 15, 1917, at Uniontown, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Agnes Telle Kasten. She and Edmund H. "Red" Schuessler were married May 3, 1941. He died July 16, 1996...
Ida Schott (01/28/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ida A. Schott, 89, of Perryville died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born July 21, 1915, at Old Appleton, Mo., daughter of Hugo and Victoria Unterreiner Wucher. She and Rudolph L. Schott were married Oct. 16, 1937. He died Oct. 31, 1972...
Edwin Osborne (01/28/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Edwin Allen Osborne, 67, of Anna died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Joyce Riley (01/28/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Joyce Marie Riley, 34, of Charleston died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 18, 1970, in Charleston, daughter of Otha Riley and Josh Oscar Miller Jr. Riley was a medical technician and practical nurse...
Cleatus Lemmons (01/28/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Cleatus G. Lemmons, 84, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born March 15, 1920, in Randolph County, Ark., son of Arch Clayton and Hassel Allison Lemmons. He and Marjorie Alleene Thomas were married in 1944...
Pauline Choate (01/28/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Pauline Choate, 94, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Anna, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, in Tucson. She was born Nov. 12, 1910, in Goreville, Ill., daughter of Leander and Adeline Escue Davis. She married Dr. Rovelle C. Choate, who died July 14, 1994...
Gilbert Hanners (01/28/05)
SCOPUS, Mo.-- Gilbert "Gabby" Hanners, 76, of Scopus died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. He was born Feb. 21, 1928, at Scopus, son of Adam and Victory Wilfong Hanners. Hanners worked many years for Bridges Family Store and Farms. He attended Scopus United Methodist Church...
Jerome Bucher (01/28/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Jerome Ervin Bucher, 67, of Benton died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 13, 1937, at New Hamburg, Mo., son of Cletus and Clara Gosche Bucher. He and Shirley Ann Halter were married Aug. 30, 1958, at Benton...
Teddy Behr (01/28/05)
Teddy W. Behr, 64, of East Alton, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born July 1, 1940, in Gale, Ill., son of Grover and Frieda Adams Behr. He and Janet Callis were married May 14, 1967, in Wood River, Ill...
Herman Lucey (01/28/05)
Herman H. Lucey, 67, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 28, 1937, at Matthews, Mo., son of William "Jack" and Naomi Moyers Lucey. Herman was a 1957 graduate of Bell City High School. He had worked at Atlas Buildings, Sturdy Built and owned and operated the former C&L Construction in Jackson. He was a member of First General Baptist Church in Jackson...
Fire reports 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Firefighters responded to the following items on Wednesday: * At 8:01 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Themis Street. * At 9:28 p.m.., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Ritter Drive. Firefighters responded to the following item on Thursday:...
Police reports 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs * Jared Wayne Gibbar, 25, 1705 Northwoods Court, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. * Joey Stewart Seabaugh, 33, 419 Franklin St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
25 years ago: Jan. 28, 1980 According to Cape Girardeau County Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep, a new one-lane bridge may be built at Allenville if it proves unfeasible to move the existing Whitewater bridge superstructure to Allenville. A group of concerned citizens and the board of directors of the Saint Francis Mental Health Center have begun circulating a petition to place a proposal before Cape Girardeau County voters in the August primary to establish a community mental health fund to maintain the services being provided by the center.. ...
Are you ready for 'higher ground'? (01/28/05)
I have been called names before, but never narrow-minded. I discovered that all you have to do is discuss evolution on a live radio show for that to happen. As with most name calling, it did hurt a tiny bit, but then I know who I am, and I know what I believe. But can I effectively explain those things?...
A decision -- at last (01/28/05)
For more than two years, a shadow has hung over Jackson's mayor, Paul Sander, and other city officials as an investigation into alleged wrongdoing was conducted by the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department and the Missouri attorney general's office...
Timber on public land is big industry (01/28/05)
To the editor: I am writing to address the record year enjoyed by Missouri farmers in 2004. With record production of soybeans, corn, cotton and rice last year, the value of Missouri's farmers increases with each passing day. Often lost in the shuffle of agricultural production is Missouri's forgotten product: trees. More timber management on private and public lands is needed to provide forest products as well as to improve the health and quality of Missouri's forests...
No one forced to go to strip clubs (01/28/05)
To the editor: If we run the adult entertainment businesses out of Missouri and give up the tax dollars that go with them, how do we replace the lost tax revenue? A tax on churches and other religious organizations? If state Sen. Matt Bartle of Lee's Summit, Mo., doesn't like strip clubs, he should do what I and most Missourians do: stay of out of them...
More access to meals is needed (01/28/05)
To the editor: I'd like to make a couple of suggestions that might help the low-income people in Cape Girardeau County. I'm a low-income person. I eat at the Salvation Army the last week of the month. I'm in a wheelchair, but I live close enough that I can use my wheelchair to get there and back home. ...
Nothing to fight for is worse than war (01/28/05)
To the editor: As a father whose son recently spent 10 months in Afghanistan fighting in the war on terror, I would like to respond to a recent letter claiming that President Bush's legacy should be "draft and debt." My response is this quote by John Stewart Mills:...
Let sex clubs add to tax revenue (01/28/05)
To the editor: State Sen. Matt Bartle of Lee's Summit, Mo., is willing to shut down the sex industry, but does he have a solution for the tax revenue he wants to take away? The $12 million loss in revenue would be nothing to sneeze at. Is the senator willing to take that out of his pocket? I suppose not...
Speak Out 1/28/05 (01/28/05)
Animal treatment; Seale is a disgrace; Highway eyesore; Pick the right time; Pay attention; Working together; Take the next step; Contradicting God
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