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Stories from Wednesday, February 16, 2005

SEMO wants monuments to open new 'front door' (02/16/05)
Southeast Missouri State University officials want to erect two monument signs with waterfalls at the Broadway and Henderson Avenue intersection to provide a "front door" to the campus. "We don't have a front door to the campus. We have four back doors," said university president Dr. Ken Dobbins...
Cape police join officers for funeral of true blue friend (02/16/05)
Darren Estes and Hank Voelker didn't know Molly Bowden, but they served with her husband. For police officers, that's enough. The two Cape Girardeau police officers traveled to Columbia on Tuesday to attend the funeral of their fallen comrade. Bowden, 26, a three-year member of the Columbia Police Department, died last Thursday, days after doctors put her into a drug-induced coma to fight infection arising from her Jan. 10 shooting during a traffic stop by a gunman who later killed himself...
Cape police use roadblock to encourage teens to buckle up (02/16/05)
Students driving out of the parking lot at Central High School Tuesday afternoon were surprised by a roadblock. Police officers checked about 113 vehicles for proof of insurance and driver's licenses. The Missouri Department of Transportation has supplied a $2,160 grant to Cape Girardeau police enabling the department to participate in Operation Safe Teen, a new statewide enforcement and educational program aimed at reducing injuries and deaths among young drivers on Missouri roads...
Cape businessman to run Ste. Genevieve license office (02/16/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau businessman has been selected to run the state drivers' and motor vehicle licensing office in Ste. Genevieve. Gov. Matt Blunt last week awarded the Ste. Genevieve contract to Robin Cole, who owns Copi-Rite, a company that provides a variety of computer and communications services. License office contracts are a remnant of the political patronage system and generally go to the governor's political supporters...
Congress seeks student entries for art contest (02/16/05)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson has announced the 2005 Congressional Art Contest for Missouri's 8th District. The contest is for high school students only. The winning piece will be part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol until May 2006. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation, and there will be 10 honorable mentions...
Men's race is mad scramble coming down the stretch (02/16/05)
The Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball race is in the final two weeks of the regular season -- and if this was election night, the experts would say it's too close to call. That pretty well sums up what has so far been one of the wildest OVC seasons in quite some time -- and perhaps ever...
Lambert's health improves by leaps and bounds (02/16/05)
Considering all that he has been through, Andrew Lambert is putting together a strong indoor season for Southeast Missouri State's track and field program. Lambert has already compiled several top-five finishes in his specialties of the long jump and high jump, including two seconds (high jump, long jump) and a third (high jump)...
Final salute at the VFW (02/16/05)
Tuesday marked the end of a building that housed many memories and heard many war stories. Demolition finally started on the old VFW hall on Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Since 1947, the building that used to be a motorcycle shop has housed VFW Post 3838. Some members of the organization who came out to see the destruction remember when the old hall first became a gathering spot for local veterans...
Club news 2/16/05 (02/16/05)
New Salem UMW; Hobbs Chapel UMW; Sedgewickville UMW; Kage FCE Club; American Legion Auxiliary; Roberts Homemakers
Bill calls for prior notice of tuition increases (02/16/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Public universities would be required to provide six months' notice of substantial tuition increases and specify in advance how they intend to spend the additional revenue under a bill the Senate Education Committee heard on Tuesday...
MoDOT starts to narrow statewide projects (02/16/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State transportation officials from throughout Missouri set to work Tuesday whittling a list of more than $3 billion worth of highway improvements identified as regional priorities to a $1.3 billion roster. Of the 59 projects under consideration for funding between 2006 and 2010, seven are in Southeast Missouri. Those projects carry a combined estimated cost of $230.5 million...
Court reverses conviction in school attendance case (02/16/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled there was insufficient evidence to support a Pemiscot County woman's conviction for failing to ensure her child regularly attended school and ordered her acquittal. The court, however, sidestepped Brenda Self's claim that the state law holding parents criminally liable if their children have a poor attendance record is unconstitutionally vague because it leaves it to individual school districts to determine how many absences constitute a violation.. ...
State digest 02/16/05 (02/16/05)
Senators endorse university name change; State sets date for first execution since 2003; Girl accused of killing sister over hamburger; Ex-Stoddard Co. sheriff pleads guilty to fraud
Tribes' casino gambling takes are soaring (02/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- Indian gambling pulled in $18.5 billion in 2004, nearly double the take for Nevada's gambling industry, as tribal casinos boomed ahead. The 10 percent increase extended more than a decade of double-digit growth for the nation's Indian casinos, which have mushroomed since Congress passed a law creating the legal framework in 1988...
Senators back President Bush on farm cuts (02/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- Sides are forming quickly on the battle over President Bush's proposed cuts in farm payments. Two Midwest senators aligned themselves Tuesday with the White House, while cotton, wheat and sorghum growers have hired the former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee to defend the big subsidies he championed in the 2002 Farm Bill...
The king is coming ... in retro cans (02/16/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Budweiser is going retro. Looking to leverage the past of the 129-year-old beer brand to 20-something consumers craving all things retro, Anheuser-Busch is marketing 12-ounce Budweiser cans sporting packaging from the 1930s to the 1950s...
U.S. withdraws ambassador to Syria (02/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- The United States pulled its ambassador from Syria on Tuesday, expressing "profound outrage" over the assassination of a Lebanese leader who had protested Syrian influence in his country. In Lebanon, noisy street processions mourned former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri a day before the funeral that will bring international leaders to Beirut. Angry Lebanese attacked Syrian workers in his hometown of Sidon, injuring several and shattering the windows of a Syrian-owned bakery...
Chertoff confirmed by Senate, takes over Homeland Security (02/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Chertoff was sworn in Tuesday as the nation's second Homeland Security secretary, hours after the Senate placed the tough-on-terrorism former prosecutor in charge of a bureaucracy prone to infighting and turf wars. Chertoff, 51, has promised to balance protecting the country with preserving civil liberties as head of the sprawling agency that was created as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks...
Drinking coffee may help protect against liver cancer (02/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- That hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer. A study of more than 90,000 Japanese found that people who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee...
Stocks up in anticipation of Greenspan testimony (02/16/05)
NEW YORK -- Investors cautiously bid stocks higher Tuesday, pleased by growth in retail sales but wary about Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan's congressional testimony starting today. The Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 index reached new 2005 highs...
Residents hold corporation accountable for asbestos illnesses (02/16/05)
LIBBY, Mont. -- They're getting ready for the Asbestos Health Fair in this old mining town. Posters promise "Door Prizes!!" and "Blood draw to participate in ongoing research!" Companies that sell home oxygen supplies will send reps. Doctors and researchers will be here. There will be consultants to help asbestosis victims apply for public aid. And there will be advice on finding help with the housework when the disease becomes too much...
Man pleads not guilty to murder in S. California train wreck (02/16/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The man accused of causing a deadly train wreck during an aborted suicide attempt last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 counts of murder that could bring the death penalty. Juan Manuel Alvarez, 25, parked an SUV on the tracks Jan. 26 but lost his nerve and jumped out in time to see two commuter trains crash in suburban Glendale, authorities said...
Feds create new oversight for medicines (02/16/05)
WASHINGTON -- The government is setting up a special monitoring board to keep checking on medicines once they're on the market, responding to complaints that officials reacted too slowly to reports linking prescription painkillers to heart attack and stroke...
Plan to cut 'greenhouse gases' worldwide goes into effect (02/16/05)
TOKYO -- Two centuries after the dawn of the industrial age, the world today takes its first concerted step to roll back the emission of "greenhouse gases" believed linked to climate change with the enactment of the Kyoto Protocol. The agreement, negotiated in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto in 1997 and ratified by 140 nations, calls on 35 industrialized countries to rein in the release of carbon dioxide and five other gases from the burning of oil and coal and other processes...
Thousands remember nun who fought for Amazon (02/16/05)
ANAPU, Brazil -- Thousands of people, from peasants to politicians, converged on this remote Amazon town Tuesday to bury the bullet-ridden body of an elderly American nun killed in the struggle to protect the Amazon rain forest and its poor residents from loggers and ranchers...
World briefs 2/16/05 (02/16/05)
S. Korea proposes military talks with North; Kerosene heater sparked fatal Tehran mosque fire; Fingerprint may prove da Vinci painted work; U.N. group: Terror attacks becoming more brutal; Indonesian tsunami survivors get new homes; Germany deports imam suspected of extremism; Afghan army hoping for high-tech weapons
Sharon begins coordinating Israeli withdrawal from Gaza (02/16/05)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday he has already begun coordinating a Gaza withdrawal with the Palestinians and won't be deterred by increasingly belligerent opposition at home, including threats against him and his Cabinet ministers...
Braves win their final game in historic gym (02/16/05)
MORLEY, Mo. -- In the Scott County Central boys' final basketball game at its gym that housed 12 boys state champions, the Braves rekindled some of their past magic. Before a packed house, Scott County ran past defending Class 1 state champion Bell City 92-81...
Hawks exact revenge (02/16/05)
When the game was on the line the Deasons were there to respond. Kelly's senior guards Kendal and Kent Deason scored all 20 points for the Hawks in the fourth quarter to help Kelly edge visiting Jackson 64-62 on Tuesday in a rematch of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament finals...
Central falls to Charleston in SEMO Conference play (02/16/05)
Central's boys basketball team held Arkansas State signee Ashton Farmer to 11 points, but could not hold down sophomore Jamarcus Williams as visiting Charleston defeated the Tigers 73-62 Tuesday night. Williams scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. Central (11-14) trailed 47-41 heading into the fourth quarter but was forced to put the Blue Jays (15-8) on the line late...
Owners give one final offer to players (02/16/05)
NEW YORK -- A final offer, a rejection. A counterproposal, a reaction. The NHL and the players' association were still far apart just hours before the league was set to cancel the season. The NHL made a take-it-or-leave-it pitch of a $42.5 million cap to the players' association Tuesday night, the night before hockey was set to be wiped out altogether. But the union responded with a counteroffer of a $49 million salary cap that was turned down by the league...
Martin emphasizes fun in final year (02/16/05)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Whether Mark Martin wins his final Daytona 500 or not, or finally wins a series championship, he plans to have fun, fun, fun this year. People who know Martin find that attitude change surprising. "Mark has always been a very, very intense person," said Matt Kenseth, who Martin mentored to NASCAR Nextel Cup stardom. "Since he began telling people 2005 will be his last season, there's been a real difference. He seems to be happier."...
Steroids still occupy center stage as players report to camps (02/16/05)
Usually, the start of spring training is a time of clean slates, sun-splashed fields and endless hope. Not this year. Steroids were the No. 1 topic Tuesday, when the new Washington Nationals, the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds opened camp...
Consumed Cubs fans to consume Bartman ball (02/16/05)
CHICAGO -- Blowing the "Bartman ball" to smithereens last year didn't help the Chicago Cubs win a World Series. Maybe eating the smithereens will. A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a new promotional scheme involving what's left of the infamous foul ball that deflected off Cubs fan Steve Bartman during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in 2003. ...
An O'Hair-raising tale surfaces on PGA trail (02/16/05)
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Four tournaments into his PGA Tour career, and Sean O'Hair is done talking. Not about golf, because he'll gladly tell you about the 30-footer that went in on No. 7, or the drive he drilled down the left side of the fairway on the ninth...
Sports briefs 2/16/05 (02/16/05)
Football...
Finding flavor in food (02/16/05)
About 20 years ago, Alice Waters, proprietor of California's Chez Panisse, was flying back from the Chino Ranch with a flat of its marvelously fragrant strawberries that she planned to feature for dessert at her restaurant that night. But, Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl remembers, as the perfume of those berries wafted through the plane, passengers began approaching Waters and asking for one...
Stuffed peppers bring holiday feel to everyday meal (02/16/05)
In between holiday celebrations, families still want food that looks good enough to eat, as well as tasting as good as it looks. Happily, some food naturally just looks so festive that the cook can easily dish it up for company, or cheer the family with it at an informal meal...
Quick-from-scratch bok choy is sure to please tastes, time (02/16/05)
Among the welcome things that come along to make life easier, count "The Quick Recipe" cookbook (Boston Common Press, 2003) by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine. With that pedigree, it's a good bet that the book's recipes will work -- because they will have been tested and tested until declared perfect, in the magazine's tradition...
Bake a spice cake for your favorite person (02/16/05)
Holidays can be celebrated in many special ways from luxe to homey, and there are many flavors that can be brought into play to complement loving feelings. This caramel-glazed raisin cake is spiced with the warmth of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Baking it for a favorite person would be a tasty token of affection -- or more: Presenting it with a gift card or a kiss could clearly convey the cook's sentiments...
Women see what needs to be done (02/16/05)
Yep, that's us gals, all right. Our men simply want to Photoshop pictures online or watch the game, but there we are, worrying about silly little things like paying bills or keeping the cars insured. How petty! I think that's why the women I know end up taking so much on themselves -- the responsibility for household finances plus taking care of kids and home. We've created monsters, and then we wonder why we're so tired...
These recipes will brighten the flu-bug blahs (02/16/05)
We have been plagued with the flu bug at our house. It always happens that when one person gets it, the rest are sure to follow, and that is exactly what has happened. It has been an interesting week, to say the least, and I hope your family is lucky enough to escape it...
Motley Crue launching 'traveling freak show' (02/16/05)
NEW YORK -- Rock music's biggest freak show is taking its show on the road. And the bigger question for Motley Crue is whether the band known for its excesses (sex, drugs and fighting) can keep it together for a year on tour. "This tour could last a week. It could last a year. I just don't know," drummer Tommy Lee said. "But it definitely brings a smile to my face. You know, the danger part of it, the whether-these-guys-are-going-to make-it-a-month question."...
Publisher sues P. Diddy over memoir left undone (02/16/05)
NEW YORK -- Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul never paid back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed. In papers filed Monday at the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the publisher alleged that Combs and his corporation, Bad Boy, have "simply kept the money they never rightfully earned." Random House is seeking the advance's return, plus interest...
Willard Christensen (02/16/05)
Willard L. Christensen, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Dec. 3, 1915, in Hordville, Neb., son of Carl and Dora Hansen Christensen. He and Viola Kubert were married June 22, 1941. Christensen had worked at AT&T. He was formerly of Sikeston, Mo...
Capt. Clements Gibbar (02/16/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Capt. Clements S. Gibbar, 77, of New Orleans, La., died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at East Jefferson General Hospital in New Orleans. He was born March 23, 1927, in Claryville, Mo., son of Clements S. and Mary Pauline Schroeder Gibbar Sr...
Jimmy Masterson (02/16/05)
Jimmy Lee Masterson, 71, of Belle Chasse, La., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna, La. He was born in New Madrid, Mo., son of Jack W. and Florence Masterson. Masterson was a retired commercial diver at McDermott and an ironworker. He helped build the St. Louis Arch, Busch Stadium and the New Orleans and Crescent City connection bridges. He had lived in Belle Chasse the past 35 years. He was a member of Ironworkers Local 396...
Chester Pooker (02/16/05)
Chester W. Pooker, 83, of Shawneetown died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ann Swiercz (02/16/05)
Ann M. Swiercz, 80, of Dittmer, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at her home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eldor Jahn (02/16/05)
Eldor O. Jahn, 81, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Births 2/16/05 (02/16/05)
Brown; Austin; Ayoub; Waters; Shaffar; Mirly; Glueck; Smith
Cape fire report 02/16/05 (02/16/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: * At 6:38 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Park Street. * At 7:03 p.m., gas leak at 843 Jefferson Ave. * At 8:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of Independence Street...
Cape police report 02/16/05 (02/16/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Dennis Keith Thiele, 47, 324 Hillview St., was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and no insurance...
Out of the past 2/16/05 (02/16/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 16, 1980 Southeast Missouri State University interim president Bill W. Stacy is among six finalists for the permanent presidency of the school, says Dr. John E. Koenig, a member of the presidential search committee; the other finalists are Dr. Thomas A. Bond, Dr. Richard Meyer, Dr. Joseph J. Orze, Dr. Robert O. Riggs and Dr. Albert Watrel...
A good deal (02/16/05)
The days of bickering over road and bridge tax money have ended for Jackson and Cape Girardeau County. Officials say they reached a settlement earlier this month on who gets to claim the tax money. The two governmental bodies have been at odds since 2002 and squared off in court for the first time in history...
Liberals have deep moral values (02/16/05)
In response to David Limbaugh's ongoing statements that liberals lack moral values, I offer the following: "Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:37-40). ...
Thanks for sharing Andy's story (02/16/05)
To the editor: In response to the story "Lifeguard's duty in Iraq": Andy Nussbaum is my first cousin. I got to see him at Christmas and hear some of his stories firsthand. I'm glad the Southeast Missourian was able to share Andy's story with its readers...
Falun Gong ignores China's laws (02/16/05)
To the editor: In response to Caylan Ford's letter, "China's persecution violates own law," I would like to point out that there are major differences of opinion concerning the status of Falun Gong in China. The Chinese government considers this organization to be a religious group, and there are regulations in China regarding all religious groups. ...
Passive resistance by Falun Gong (02/16/05)
To the editor: Please be mindful that the persecution against Falun Gong in China is actually against the Chinese constitution and also international law. It is not Falun Gong that is breaking laws. When practitioners have followed proper channels to forward complaints about ill treatment, they are arrested and subjected to torture. I do not believe this is common practice in the United States...
Speak Out 2/16/05 (02/16/05)
We need farmers; Blame yourselves; Motorists in a hurry; Smelling sweet; Not the answer; Lost campaign; Eye of the beholder; Ending the abuse; It's not reasonable; Honoring our heroes; Retirement planning; Out in the real world; Cover it -- for good; Poor man's income; No preaching required; Time with the Bible; Giving and taking
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