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Adding drama to movie rental (02/05/05)
At movie rental stores, the battle for customers is a dramatic epic in itself. At Blockbuster Video in Jackson, a sign promises a free movie rental if customers will surrender their Movie Gallery membership card. The national Blockbuster chain rolled out its "no late fees" promotion at the start of 2005...
Veteran of World War I battles on to age 103 (02/05/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Warren Hileman, who lived to be 103 and was the last World War I veteran residing in any of Illinois' veterans homes, was buried Friday in his hometown cemetery. "Every day he checked the calendar to make sure he knew the date, read the newspaper and drank a Pepsi," said Connie Duncan, adminstrator of the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna where Hileman had resided since 1995...
Judge- Failed chip mill must pay $393,000 (02/05/05)
Scott County Circuit Judge David Dolan has ordered Canal Wood Corp. to pay to the Missouri Department of Economic Development $393,000 for reneging on its agreement to provide 20 jobs in the Scott City area for an agreed-upon five-year period. Canal Wood Corp. ...
Jackson takes bids to build skateboard park (02/05/05)
Friday afternoon was just too good to waste. Just days after Jackson City Hall received bids for a proposed skateboard park, Colt Lantz toted his board under his arm on Main Street, heading to meet about 12 pals coming from junior high. The boys had heard about the skateboard park. One of them said he heard it was coming in June...
Discovery Channel 'nerd' has a blast at high school (02/05/05)
The most frequent question asked of Steve Jacobs is, "Can we blow something up?" It was no different Friday, when Jacobs, the Discovery Channel's chief scientist, visited Notre Dame Regional High School. And blow stuff up he did. Jacobs performed various experiments for the student body in honor of Notre Dame freshman David Westrich, who recently took third place in the Discovery Channel's young scientist challenge...
Mardi Gras opportunities in Cape (02/05/05)
Cape Girardeau residents seeking to celebrate Mardi Gras close to home have at least two options for some fun. Broussard's and California Juice Club in Cape Girardeau will hold Mardi Gras parties this Tuesday. Broussard's will offer a Mardi Gras party starting at 5 p.m. and going on until closing, with live music from The Melroys and Budweiser girls giving out prizes. The management said the event is usually popular, so expect a crowd...
Redhawks soccer inks five players (02/05/05)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer program announced the signings of five high school players to letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the signing period. The class includes one player from Missouri -- Casey Kraft from Nerinx Hall in Webster Groves, Mo. -- as well as a second-team all-state player from Washington and three from northern Illinois...
Southeast will attempt to extend streak to 8 (02/05/05)
Southeast Missouri State's women exorcised one major demon from last season by winning at Tennessee-Martin on Thursday. Today, the red-hot Redhawks (14-6, 8-1 Ohio Valley Conference) will try to wipe out another one when they visit Murray State (8-12, 4-5) for a 5:15 p.m. tipoff at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky...
Coroner seeks predecessor's records (02/05/05)
A dispute appears to be brewing over records former Cape Girardeau County coroner Mike Hurst has not yet turned over to the current coroner, John Clifton. Friday at Clifton's request, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle sent a letter to Hurst asking that he turn the records over to Clifton as soon as possible...
Redhawks seek fifth straight win at Murray State (02/05/05)
Bolstered by their first Ohio Valley Conference road victory of the season, Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks figure they'll enter tonight's game at Murray State with plenty of confidence. The Redhawks (10-10, 5-4), riding a four-game winning streak, will square off against the Racers (12-7, 7-2) in a 7:15 p.m. tipoff at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky...
After 'The Passion' (02/05/05)
Video clips and dramatic images of Jesus' last 12 hours will play on projection screens at area churches instead of theaters this Easter season. A year ago, pastors and worship leaders were talking about how Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" was going to affect their church's observances of Lent and Easter...
Now I will live (02/05/05)
"Oh, how sad!" I've often said this when I saw people shuffling along, bag in hand, seeking a place on the streets to spend the night. Many lived in cardboard lean-tos on the sidewalk, or made their home underneath a bridge or overpass. What dreams had they once entertained, only to abandon them because they didn't have the energy, education, ambition or ability to accomplish them? What stories might they tell?...
New translation of Bible aimed at young people (02/05/05)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Years in the making, publisher Zondervan is releasing a new translation of the Bible this week that's aimed at young adults -- accompanying the effort with a $1 million media blitz. "We believe it's the best combination of readability and reliability of any Bible," said Ben Irwin, product development manager of Zondervan's Bible group. "It doesn't sacrifice one for the other."...
The 25th Tuesday (02/05/05)
ST. LOUIS -- With dozens of official Men's Urinal Stations in place, and legendary boxing promoter Don King set to join today's Grand Parade, the French-heritage Soulard neighborhood is primed for the biggest day of its 25th annual Mardi Gras celebration...
Blunt brings in-home care under one state agency (02/05/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Friday said he has put in-home services for the elderly and disabled under one roof, but agencies say clients should not notice a difference. Previously, the state provided such services through three agencies: Health and Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Social Services. Now, the services all will be provided through the state's health agency...
State digest 02/05/05 (02/05/05)
Archdiocese, Polish parish still in standoff; University of Missouri system raises tuition
President's '06 budget would boost Pentagon, cut farm payments (02/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will propose a nearly 5 percent increase for next year's defense spending while calling for cuts in payments to farmers and work on a nuclear waste storage site in Nevada, according to documents and federal officials. Bush also will propose boosting the size of Pell grants for low-income college students as he seeks to abolish a widely used college loan program and to shrink federal subsidies for banks that lend money to students...
GOP senators say White House will have to push hard for changes (02/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and his allies have about three months to sell the public on his proposals to change Social Security, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says, as Republicans continue their search for Democrats who might come aboard...
FCC- Cable rates up in '03, though not as steeply (02/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- Cable television rates rose in 2003, though not as steeply as they did in the previous year, the Federal Communications Commission reported Friday. The average monthly bill, including programming and equipment, was $45.32 on Jan. 1, 2004, up 5.4 percent from $42.99 on Jan. 1, 2003, the FCC said in its annual report on cable rates. The average bill rose 7.8 percent in the previous one-year period...
'Animal House' dean dead at 72 (02/05/05)
LOS ANGELES -- John Vernon, a character actor who played cunning villains in film and TV and made his comedy mark as Dean Wormer in "National Lampoon's Animal House," has died. He was 72. Vernon died in his sleep Tuesday following complications from Jan. 16 heart surgery, his family said...
Business digest 02/05/05 (02/05/05)
Deere opens equipment assembly plant in Russia; Kansas City OKs lease with American Airlines; Ethiopia, Japan place big orders with Boeing; Feds can't seek $280 billion from tobacco firms; Monsanto resolves patent dispute over bacteria
Report on job growth encourages investors (02/05/05)
NEW YORK -- Investors found some reassurance in weak job growth figures Friday, and sent stocks sharply higher on a bet that the numbers will prompt Federal Reserve to be less aggressive in raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials climbed more than 120 points as Wall Street had its best week to date for 2005...
AARP sues over benefit limits for retirees (02/05/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- The nation's largest advocacy group for older Americans asked a federal court Friday to block the government from making a policy change that would allow companies to offer fewer health benefits to retirees when they become eligible for Medicare...
Suspect in deadly robberies arrested (02/05/05)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A man suspected of killing three jewelers during a robbery spree in New York and Connecticut was captured Friday, holed up with his girlfriend in a motel room on the casino strip, just a block from police headquarters. Christopher DiMeo, 23, surrendered peacefully after officers surrounded the Ascot Motel, where he and his girlfriend had checked in Thursday...
Bush admits Social Security overhaul faces tough battle (02/05/05)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- President Bush, on a road trip to promote private Social Security accounts, acknowledged Friday that his proposal would not by itself fix the future financial problems of the retirement program. Though many in his own party are wary of tampering with a beloved domestic program, the president said he would push ahead...
Designs unveiled for 9-11 memorial (02/05/05)
PITTSBURGH -- Five designs were unveiled Friday for a memorial to the 40 passengers and crew who died Sept. 11, 2001, on hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 -- including groves of trees, reflecting pools, man-made lakes and a 2 1/2-mile-long "Bravery Wall."...
University considers barcodes for cadavers (02/05/05)
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Shaken by scandals involving the black-market sale of body parts, University of California officials are considering inserting supermarket-style barcodes or radio frequency devices in cadavers to keep track of them. The high-tech fix is one of a number of reforms UC is proposing to reassure people that bodies donated to science will be used as intended and treated with respect...
Rice- Diplomacy can succeed in Iran (02/05/05)
BERLIN -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined British and German allies pledging Friday to help Israel and the Palestinians seize an opening for peace in the Middle East. They also said diplomacy can neutralize a nuclear threat in Iran. "Now is the time for our diplomacy to put our alliance to work in the service of great goals and great opportunities that stand before us," Rice said...
Diplomats- Iran to allow U.N. nuclear watchdog agency to search (02/05/05)
VIENNA, Austria -- Iran has agreed to give the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency a fresh look at a military complex linked by the United States to possible atomic arms research, diplomats said Friday. The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no date for the inspection had been set. But one of them suggested it could come before the planned Feb. 28 meeting of the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency -- the U.N. watchdog group now investigating Tehran's nuclear activities...
Shiite candidates hold wide lead over U.S.-backed prime minister (02/05/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S.-backed Prime Minister Ayad Allawi was trailing a Shiite ticket with ties to Iran in Iraq's historic election, according to partial returns released Friday. One U.S. soldier was killed and seven wounded in the north, and gunmen seized an Italian journalist in Baghdad...
Weather hampers search for missing Afghan jetliner (02/05/05)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- As temperatures plunged overnight, fears grew Friday that no one would be found alive after an Afghan passenger jet carrying 104 people, including three Americans, disappeared from radar screens during a snowstorm near the mountain-ringed Afghan capital...
Shell denies knowledge of kickbacks in oil program (02/05/05)
GENEVA -- The Royal Dutch/Shell Group denied Friday that it had any knowledge of kickbacks paid by a Geneva-based middleman it used to buy oil from Iraq under the U.N. oil-for-food program. Shell bought about 6.4 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil from African Middle East Petroleum, or AMEP, which has told U.N. investigators that it paid an illegal surcharge to obtain contracts from Saddam Hussein's regime...
Police raid underground political meeting in Nepal (02/05/05)
Police raid underground political meeting in Nepal KATMANDU, Nepal -- Dozens of paramilitary police raided an underground political meeting and rounded up a group of party officials Friday, days after the king seized power and banned public gatherings in the Himalayan kingdom. ...
Italian journalist reported kidnapped in Baghdad (02/05/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gunmen seized an Italian journalist in central Baghdad on Friday, lying in wait for her outside a mosque where she was covering a sermon, then sweeping her into a car in a hail of gunfire, officials and colleagues said. Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist for the newspaper Il Manifesto, was seized in the street near the Baghdad University compound, after interviewing refugees from Fallujah living in the neighborhood, then going to the mosque's Friday prayers, colleague Barbara Schiavulli, an Italian radio journalist, told The Associated Press.. ...
Handyman (02/05/05)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Troy Brown is a throwback, a relic of another era. In other words, Gino Cappelletti's kind of guy. "That's the way I remember football being for me," said Cappelletti, who played for the Patriots in the 1960s and is now on their radio broadcast team. "A lot of what I see in football today, it's hard to identify because they've changed the way they do things."...
Former German heavyweight champ Schmeling dies at 99 (02/05/05)
BERLIN -- Max Schmeling wanted to be a heavyweight champion, not a symbol of Nazi supremacy. Though he thrilled Germany by knocking out Joe Louis, there was another side to the fighter that Hitler tried to portray as an Aryan Superman. Schmeling, who fought Louis in two of the most politically charged sporting events ever on the eve of World War II, once hid two Jewish boys in his apartment from marauding Nazis and later reportedly helped some Jewish friends escape death camps...
MU officials say Sndyer will return next year (02/05/05)
~ The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Quin Snyder will return next season as Missouri basketball coach, despite a string of recent losses and NCAA-imposed probation, school officials said Friday. Athletic Director Mike Alden told several Missouri newspapers he and top university officials, including the governing Board of Curators, met privately Friday and unanimously agreed that Snyder would return next season. ...
Season on thin ice as talks again prove futile (02/05/05)
NEW YORK -- No progress doesn't mean no hockey -- at least not yet. NHL labor talks ended Friday after a four-hour meeting, without a resolution or a historic announcement that the season has been lost. "We met the last couple of days, tried to cover some issues and maybe a few new issues to see if there was a possibility of some common ground and some traction, but that isn't the case," players' association executive director Bob Goodenow said before returning to Toronto. ...
Heatley receives probation at request of Snyder's family (02/05/05)
ATLANTA -- Graham Snyder lost his son when Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley crashed a convertible while speeding on a winding road. The father asked a judge Friday not to compound that loss by putting Heatley in jail. The judge honored the request, sentencing Heatley to three years' probation after he pleaded guilty to charges in the death of teammate Dan Snyder...
Mickelson's sizzling round of 60 ties course record (02/05/05)
Arizona still feels like home to Phil Mickelson, especially on a day like Friday, when he had one of the best rounds of his life, and one of the lowest scores in PGA Tour history. The Arizona State alum, who long lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., before moving to California, tied the course record with an 11-under 60 in the second round of the FBR Open. He shared the lead at 9 under with 21-year-old Kevin Na, the youngest player on the tour...
Sports briefs 2/5/05 (02/05/05)
Baseball...
Too little sizzle (02/05/05)
NEW YORK -- There was a sinking feeling last week when CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all trained their cameras on a California street to catch Michael Jackson returning from a lunch break during jury selection at his molestation trial. Is this what the next few months are going to be like?...
Veteran actor Ossie Davis dies (02/05/05)
NEW YORK -- Ossie Davis, whose rich baritone and elegant, unshakable bearing made him a giant of the stage, screen and the civil rights movement -- often in tandem with his wife, Ruby Dee -- has died. He was 87. Davis was found dead Friday in his hotel room in Miami Beach, Fla., according to officials there. He was making a film, "Retirement," said Arminda Thomas, who works in his New Rochelle office and confirmed the death...
Geraldine Abbott (02/05/05)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- Geraldine Laird Abbott, 87, of Fredericktown died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Stockhoff Nursing Home. She was born June 7, 1917, at Gordonville, daughter of Purve and Myrtle Jones. She and Omer Abbott were married Nov. 27, 1935, in Cape Girardeau County...
Beth Jennings (02/05/05)
Beth Jennings, 53, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at her home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Idom (02/05/05)
Mary E. Idom, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Nadine Friedhof (02/05/05)
Nadine Friedhof, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Judith Goza (02/05/05)
Judith Ann Goza, 66, of Lakeland, Fla., died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Lakeland. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Births 2/5/05 (02/05/05)
Keller; Hill; Wilson; Clements; Wilkinson; Bishop; Maldonado; Parks; Poe
Fire reports 2/5/05 (02/05/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Thursday: * At 12:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Corporate Drive. * At 4:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of Kingsway Drive. * At 4:43 p.m., alarm sounding at 1049 N. Kingshighway...
Police reports 2/5/05 (02/05/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Friday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Dawnietta J. Muse, 21, and Stephanie A. Damm, 22, both of 308 W. Lorimier St., Apt. 308, were both arrested on suspicion of stealing in connection with a complaint of the theft of clothing and jewelry from Sears, 2102 William St...
Out of the past 2/5/05 (02/05/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 5, 1980 Winter attacks the area again with the second snowstorm in a week, shattering any premature thoughts that spring is nearly ready to make its entry; three inches of snow falls on Cape Girardeau by midmorning, closing city schools for the first time this year and forcing area schools to shut down once again...
China is not our enemy (02/05/05)
I take issue with the column by Eli Fishman, "China is our enemy." While many of the facts he reports may be accurate, they do not in themselves make China our enemy. The population of China may be three or four times larger than the United States, and it may have more men than women. But this does not make China our enemy. India also has a population nearing 1.5 billion, but we do not consider India our enemy...
Death-defying vote (02/05/05)
It is only human nature for people to want to do whatever they've been told they cannot do. On election day in Iraq, the number of deaths caused by terrorists was lower than generally anticipated, and the number of voters -- some estimates say as many as 8 million -- who defied the terrorists and went to the polls was higher. Purple fingers wagged defiantly and joyfully in the country's first real vote in half a century...
Bush plan would create insecurity (02/05/05)
To the editor: If government will not be able to pay full scheduled Social Security benefits using all of the new payroll tax dollars, how would it help to divert a portion into private accounts? Some young people under the new system might indeed benefit upon their distant retirements. But what about longtime participants under the current system, millions of whose lives would be destroyed without Social Security?...
Scholarship fund deserves award (02/05/05)
To the editor: The organization that founded the Michael S. Nabors (Restricted) Scholarship Fund for African American undergraduates certainly deserves the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for its significant effort and tireless devotion to create this fund in memory of the late Michael S. Nabors, an African American male whose aspiration -- to build a recreational center in Cape Girardeau -- was not fulfilled because of his death...
Surgery in China holds promise (02/05/05)
To the editor: We would like to thank you for the news story about our son, David Landewee, in regard to his paralysis and trip to China for surgery. He has been looking forward to treatment that may restore his ability to walk and use the lower portion of his body. ...
Alabama relatives get all the news (02/05/05)
To the editor: Thanks for being online. I am the aunt of Matt James (Jackson High School offensive lineman who signed this week to play football at Southeast Missouri State University). We love being able to look at the news from up there online! ANGIE CRUISE, Elmore, Ala...
Speak Out 2/5/05 (02/05/05)
Let freedom flourish; More events, please; Human adaptation; Desperately poor; Robbing business; Sad historical moment; All about money; Still sore about poles; Funding for the needy
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