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Stories from Thursday, February 17, 2005

Taxpayers look for changes in tax code to add to refunds (02/17/05)
Armed with sales receipts, Social Security forms, supplemental income papers and a litany of other documents, a number of older residents set out for the Cape Girardeau Senior Center Wednesday morning. The Senior Center had AARP tax aides on hand to help seniors fill out and file their tax information for no charge...
World comes to Cape Girardeau for Girl Scout International Festival (02/17/05)
More than 150 Girl Scouts and adults participated in the Girl Scout International Festival held at Southeast Missouri State University's Dempster Hall Saturday. The Scouts dressed in attire from other countries, learned songs, played with toys and board games and sampled various confections from Germany and Mexico to learn about and experience different cultures...
When Picasso meets Einstein (02/17/05)
They seem like almost total opposites -- one is a hedonistic womanizer, while the other is somewhat of a geek controlled by a woman. One's craft is art, while the other's is science. When the two meet somewhere in the mind of comedian Steve Martin, they make for a great combination. They are Picasso and Einstein, the subjects of Southeast Missouri State University's next theater production, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," debuting Friday at 8 p.m. at the Rose Theatre...
State Senate passes legislation to end special pensions (02/17/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate on Wednesday unanimously supported eliminating a controversial pension plan that provides lucrative benefits to a select few state employees. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, now heads to the House of Representatives for further action after the 32-0 Senate vote...
King poster contest winners move on to state competition (02/17/05)
Students from Franklin, Jefferson and Clippard elementary schools and Cape Girardeau's Central Middle School recently participated in a poster contest to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Posters depicted the theme "Strength in Our Differences" and were judged by Cape Girardeau School District faculty. Winning designs will be sent to a statewide competition sponsored by the Missouri National Education Association...
Military digest 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
Tanner, Mungle deployed on USS Harry S. Truman...
Community cuisine 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
Scott City parish plans sausage breakfast...
University regents OK plan to dress up campus entrance (02/17/05)
Southeast Missouri State University will have a new landscaped front entrance to the campus on Broadway complete with monument signs with waterfalls by August, prompting even more need to dress up the gray, concrete exterior of nearby Houck Field House, the board of regents said Wednesday...
Redhawks try to maintain winning streak (02/17/05)
Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks begin their final regular-season road trip armed with the confidence of having proven they can prevail away from the friendly confines of home. They hope that will help them extend their history-making winning streak that stands at seven in a row entering tonight's pivotal Ohio Valley Conference matchup at Eastern Kentucky. The tipoff in Richmond, Ky., is set for 6:30 p.m...
Southeast's spring enrollment higher (02/17/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's spring enrollment totals 9,308, up 4.7 percent from a year ago, school officials said. According to final enrollment figures released this week, Southeast has 7,822 undergraduate students and 1,486 graduate students. The number of undergraduates is up slightly over spring semester 2004, but the number of graduate students is 37 percent higher...
Redhawks, Colonels battle for OVC lead (02/17/05)
There still will be three regular-season games remaining after today, but it's highly likely the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball champion will be determined this afternoon in Richmond, Ky. At 4:30 p.m., the hottest teams in the OVC square off when Southeast Missouri State (17-6, 11-1) visits Eastern Kentucky (16-7, 11-1) in a battle for sole possession of first place...
Lawmakers weigh ban of shots with mercury (02/17/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Separate House and Senate committees on Wednesday considered bills that would ban immunizations containing mercury-based preservatives from being administered to children. Such preservatives, particularly thimerosal, have been linked to causing autism in children, but the relationship hasn't been scientifically established as fact...
Enjoying a second childhood and gender (02/17/05)
COLUMBUS, Kan. -- A southeast Kansas prosecutor has filed a motion to dismiss felony charges against twin 34-year-old women, one of whom was accused of posing as a 13-year-old boy and trying to enroll in Galena Middle School a year ago. Birdie Jo Hoaks is charged with two felony counts of making false information and one felony charge of theft of services...
Police- Boy plagued dispatchers with bogus 911 calls (02/17/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A teenager has been accused of using a stolen cell phone to swamp emergency dispatchers with hundreds of bogus 911 calls over several weeks, at times talking of killing some of the responding officers he could see, authorities said Wednesday...
Dems complain about license office contracts (02/17/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Democrats filed an ethics complaint Wednesday challenging a decision by Gov. Matt Blunt's administration to award a driver's license office to a Republican Senate staff member. The Department of Revenue recently announced more than 100 people tentatively were awarded contracts to run license offices around the state. ...
Easing the pain of childbirth (02/17/05)
BOSTON -- Pregnant women can be given a low-dose epidural early in labor without raising their chances of a Caesarean section, according to a study that could change the way obstetricians practice and make childbirth a lot less painful for many mothers-to-be...
Greenspan- Use caution on Bush plan (02/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress on Wednesday to take a go-slow approach in setting up the private Social Security accounts favored by President Bush. The president said he wasn't ruling out taxing high-income workers more to help the retirement program...
House looks to place blanket over indecency (02/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- Chafing over a "wardrobe malfunction" and racy radio shock-jock programs, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday authorizing unprecedented fines for indecency. The bill -- passing with a vote of 389-38 -- would increase the maximum fine from $32,500 to $500,000 for a company and from $11,000 to $500,000 for an individual entertainer. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate...
Bush officials seek anti-terror funding (02/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- Speaking with one voice, President Bush's top intelligence and military officials said Wednesday that terrorists are regrouping for possible new strikes against the United States. They said the best defense was for Congress to approve the president's military and anti-terror budget. But some in Congress, including prominent Republicans, were questioning some of that spending...
Merck- All Cox-2 drugs like Vioxx may cause health risks (02/17/05)
Also Wednesday, it was announced that Vioxx lawsuits will be handled in Louisiana. ~ The Associated Press A Merck & Co. official said Wednesday that all painkillers in the same class as the company's Vioxx may cause heart problems or strokes, a change from the drug-maker's earlier position that such health issues appeared limited to its drug...
North Korea marks birthday of 'undefeatable' leader Kim (02/17/05)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea marked the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il amid heightened nuclear tensions on Wednesday, comparing Kim to a daring porcupine routing an arrogant United States that swaggers like a tiger. But South Korea dampened Pyongyang's festive mood, saying there will be no large-scale economic cooperation until the dispute over the communist North's nuclear weapons programs is resolved...
World briefs 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
Russia to sell anti-aircraft missile system to Syria; Ukrainian leader starts anti-corruption campaign; Three Germans get rabies from organ transplants
Iraqi Shiite leaders to pick premier with secret ballot (02/17/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Top Shiite politicians failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on their nominee for prime minister, shifting the two-man race to a secret ballot and exposing divisions in the winning alliance. In a chilling reminder of challenges facing the winner, a videotape showed a sobbing Italian hostage pleading for her life...
'Baby 81' back with parents after tsunami, court battle (02/17/05)
KALMUNAI, Sri Lanka -- Sporting a mark on his forehead to ward off evil, the infant known for two months as "Baby 81" was handed over Wednesday to his joyous parents, who had fought for custody ever since the tsunami tore him from his mother's arms...
Funeral for former Lebanese leader turns into anti-Syria rally (02/17/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- In an unprecedented outpouring of grief and anger, mourners shouted "Syria out!" as they crowded Beirut's streets Wednesday to bury their former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Lebanon's pro-Syrian president stayed away, warned not to come by Hariri supporters who blame Damascus for his death...
Explosion in Iran sets off fears of attacks (02/17/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- An explosion in a southern city prompted instant fears Wednesday of a missile attack in an area where Iran has a nuclear facility, and Iranian authorities gave conflicting explanations for the blast -- including Iranian friendly fire in a military area and construction work...
11 from area begin state quest today (02/17/05)
Eleven wrestlers from Jackson and Central high schools will hit the mat today in the first round of the state wrestling tournament at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. Besides Jackson senior Cody Rouse, who is undefeated this season and a favorite in the 152-pound weight class, the group includes some candidates to reach the medal rounds. Rouse is the only one in the group who has earned all-state honors previously...
After wrestling up numbers and honors, Rouse wants state title (02/17/05)
When Jackson senior Cody Rouse finishes his wrestling career this weekend at the state tournament in Columbia, Mo., he will go down as one of the most decorated wrestlers in the program's history. Rouse has one more medal to win in order to put an exclamation point on his standout career. With a 48-0 record this season at 152 pounds heading into today's matches, Rouse wants to bring home his first state title...
NHL announces cancellation of 2004-05 season (02/17/05)
NEW YORK -- A hockey season on the brink is now a season gone bust. The NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule Wednesday after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap -- the flash-point issue that led to a lockout...
La Russa- Canseco said in Oakland that he had 'helper' (02/17/05)
NEW YORK -- Jose Canseco bragged about not having to work out as hard as other players on the Oakland Athletics because he had a "helper," his former manager, Tony La Russa, said in an interview with "60 Minutes Wednesday." La Russa managed Canseco and the Athletics to three consecutive AL pennants from 1988 to 1990, winning the World Series in 1989. ...
Martz places Jackson ahead of Faulk on Rams' depth chart (02/17/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk is about to begin the second phase of his career. As a backup. St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said Wednesday that next season Faulk, the NFL MVP in 2000, will be a change-of-pace running back behind Steven Jackson. Jackson was the Rams' first-round pick last year and the two essentially shared first-string duties this season...
Missouri tops Baylor 60-53 (02/17/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jason Conley had 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals, helping Missouri outlast Baylor 60-53 in a matchup of struggling teams on Wednesday night. Kevin Young just missed his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds for Missouri (12-13, 4-7 Big 12), which has won only three of its last 11 games. Jason Horton led the team in scoring with 15 points...
Illinois puts away Penn State (02/17/05)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Illinois expects to have much more important wins the rest of the season, but that's not going to stop the Illini from enjoying every victory that puts them in the record book. Roger Powell Jr. went 10-for-10 from the field and scored 21 points and Dee Brown added 19 points to lead the top-ranked Illini to their 26th straight win, 83-63 over Penn State on Wednesday night...
Nutrition information soon could join the daily specials (02/17/05)
Show a group of nutritionists a 10-ounce restaurant hamburger and a side order of onion rings and have them calculate the number of calories in the meal. Easy, right? Well, not exactly. Food experts consistently underestimated the 1,550-calorie meal -- by an average of 685 calories -- in a study of 200 dietitians by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and New York University...
Seeing illness coming down the track (02/17/05)
We are blessed to live in the information age, and most of the people I know have become downright gladiatorial when it comes to fighting for their health. One way to prevent the onset of serious illness is to see it coming down the tracks before the whistle blows. Thankfully, the medical community is on board. Increasingly they are identifying so-called "precursor diseases." These are preconditions that, if left unattended, could develop into full-blown illnesses that could be lethal...
Postcards illuminating the past (02/17/05)
Feb. 17, 2005 Dear Patty, Dr. Frank Nickell was a high school football and basketball coach before throwing in his lot with history. He didn't grow up in Southeast Missouri, but he almost certainly knows more about Southeast Missouri history than anyone alive. He's good at imparting that knowledge, although he says, "I have discovered in 60 years that the hardest things to do are climb a wall leaning toward you, kiss a girl leaning away from you and talk to people about their history."...
Kid Rock's latest hits lead to assault charge (02/17/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kid Rock was arrested Wednesday by Nashville police on charges that he punched a disc jockey at a strip club. The 34-year-old rapper was released after posting a $3,000 bond on a charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail...
Joe Flood (02/17/05)
Joe E. Flood, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
William Slinkard (02/17/05)
William T. Slinkard, 89, of Scott City, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Judith Tompkins (02/17/05)
Judith H. "Judy" Tompkins, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 14, 1941, daughter of Watt and Ella Frost Jachim. Tompkins grew up in the Chicago area, where she taught elementary school, operated CEF Good News Clubs and was involved in several local church ministries. She had been a Girl Scout leader...
Eldor Jahn (02/17/05)
Eldor O. Jahn, 81, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 17, 1923, at New Wells, son of Oscar O. and Alma E. Putz Jahn. He and Eunice Haertling were married March 5, 1950, in Osceola, Ark...
Roslyn Farris (02/17/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Naoma Roslyn Farris, 75, of rural Olive Branch died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at her home. She was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Curtis and Ruth Hargis Winchester. She was a hairdresser for 42 years, owning and operating Naoma Beauty Shop in Cape Girardeau...
Mary Guyot (02/17/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary A. Guyot, 48, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born June 10, 1956, in New Orleans, La., daughter of Merlin F. and Bonnie A. Murray Guyot. Guyot was a registered nurse at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis...
Antonella Swiercz (02/17/05)
Antonella "Ann" Swiercz, 80, of Dittmer, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at her home. She was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Benjamin and Theodora Bliss Seyer. Swiercz was formerly of Cape Girardeau. Survivors include two sons, Mikel and Edward Porter of Dittmer; three daughters, Shirley Sullivan and Betty Rousseau of Dittmer, Sandra Baker of Wentzville, Mo.; a brother, Norval Seyer of Union, Mo.; a sister, Adrianna MacGregor of Napierville, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.. ...
George Minyard (02/17/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- George E. Minyard, 85, of Tamms died Wednesday Feb. 16, 2005, at his home. He was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Alabama, son of William and Della Smith Minyard. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired welder with the Inland Steel Companies in Indiana...
Ann Rockett (02/17/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Ann Elizabeth Wells Rockett, 53, of Charleston died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her mother, Essie Wells; husband, Michael L. Rockett; a son, Benjamin Wells Rockett; and a daughter and son-in-law, Jodie and Jason Batchelor...
Sharon Brockmire (02/17/05)
Sharon Ann Brockmire, 58, of Farmington, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born Feb. 5, 1947, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., daughter of Paul and Marie Denver Kaler. She and Lonnie Brockmire were married Dec. 1, 1973, in Cape Girardeau...
Victor Dede (02/17/05)
Victor Carl Dede, 78, of Lincoln, Neb., died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, in Lincoln. He was born July 26, 1926, son of Rudolph and Edna Graebner Dede of Cape Girardeau. He first married Marolyn Joyce Noecker. He later married Alice E. Gabel. Dede was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War...
Elma Winchester (02/17/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Elma Anna Winchester, 87, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Sept. 25, 1917, at Richardton, N.D., daughter of Otto W. and Anna A. Stieg Kasten. She and Woodrow Winchester Sr. were married Jan. 29, 1939, in Bell, Calif. He died Aug. 16, 1992...
Births 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
Kaufmann; Shirrell; Cureton; Puttcamp; Laird; Lawson
Fire reports 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday: * At 4:39 p.m., emergency medical service at William and Pacific streets. * At 5;54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of Stephen Drive. * At 6;11 p.., citizen assist in the 1200 block of Linden Street...
Police reports 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Kinsey Maurice Johnson, 30, 720 Walnut St., was arrested on a Stoddard County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 17, 1980 Four candidates will be vying for the two seats on the Jackson Board of Education in the April 1 election; incumbents Dennis Sievers and John Lorberg will be opposed by Dr. D. Warren Salzman of Jackson and Beverly Ann Kasten of Pocahontas...
Kofi Annan (02/17/05)
No secretary-general of the United Nations has received the negative attention Kofi Annan has. It's not the kind of notice the leader of the most important world forum would want. The abuses of the U.N's $65 billion oil-for-food program, which investigators are finding riddled with fraud, occurred on Annan's watch. ...
DARE, K-9 cards build relations (02/17/05)
To the editor: On behalf of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, I want to thank Cheryl Ellis and the Southeast Missourian Jr. for your hard work and effort in the creation of the specialty cards for the department's DARE and K-9 programs. Thanks to the generosity of citizens and organizations such as the Southeast Missourian Jr., the cards will help provide a positive relationship between police and young children in our community...
Cost diverts flying to Paducah, Ky. (02/17/05)
To the editor; In response to the story "Cape's flight plans": I try to fly home to Advance from Jacksonville, Fla., approximately twice a year. I am always amazed at how expensive it is to get a flight into Cape Girardeau. What I end up doing is flying into Paducah, Ky., via Atlanta or Memphis in most cases and then rent a car. ...
Prison time costs more than parole (02/17/05)
To the editor: With all the news about budget cuts, there are many concerns about the legal system. Senate Bill 5 is for first-time non-violent offenders. After 120 days of incarceration, an offender may file a motion to be released on probation. When such a motion is filed, a judge orders a report on the offender. ...
Feb. 28 deadline for Senior Rx (02/17/05)
To the editor: As an advocate for issues affecting our seniors, I want to help spread the word about the Missouri Senior Rx program. Missouri seniors who want to save money on their medicine have only a few more weeks to enroll in the Senior Rx program...
Social Security 'crisis' is trumped up (02/17/05)
To the editor: For President Bush, ideology trumps everything. Social Security is in no crisis and could be fixed with a couple of minor adjustments. One adjustment would increase the decades-old salary cap above which no further increase in payments is imposed. The other would increase current payments a minuscule amount. Neither is as dramatic or destructive as running up a multitrillion-dollar national debt by privatizing the system...
America needs to live within means (02/17/05)
To the editor: Would you believe it? Social Security does not have a crisis. The current and preceding administrations have perpetuated a financial problem. For decades, administrations have spent money accumulated by America's faithful workers in the Social Security Trust Fund and replaced it with promises (bonds). ...
Businesses help students learn (02/17/05)
To the editor: I want to commend a few area businesses for being such good sports during an educational activity I've done with my students every few years for the last 10 years. My students take part in a unit called Community Search in which they learn to use the phone book and map to find information...
Speak Out 2/17/05 (02/17/05)
It's our responsibility; Offer some help; Preparing teens; Dress professionally; Education is better; Showing spirit; It hurts the rest
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