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Stories from Friday, February 18, 2005

Students recreate floodwall mural (02/18/05)
The mural on the Cape Girardeau floodwall has been lauded as a great illustration of the river city's past. Central Junior High School art teacher Dennis Wilson has taken a different look at the mural, seeing it as a gateway to the future and a way to foster the talent of young artists...
Players' production of 'Murder' brings laughs (02/18/05)
When love turns to murder, the results can be gruesome. But sometimes, those love-gone-wrong murder stories can be the source of some hearty belly laughs, especially when the would-be murderers are incompetent buffoons. In the River City Players' newest production, "Murder at the Howard Johnson's," three rooms in a Howard Johnson's hotel turn into havens for misguided existentialism, love gone bad and, most of all, murder...
Local briefs 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
Civil War Roundtable features Nickell; Man pleads guilty to stealing tax credits; Carnahan unveils early voting plan
Genius and humor mix in 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' (02/18/05)
Sometimes, when the light shines just right, history can be an entertaining, and even funny, thing. Especially when it's history re-invented in a stage comedy, like in Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," opening at Rose Theatre on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University today...
Waterscape will set the mood for 2005 Cancer Society gala (02/18/05)
In order to paint the town, the American Cancer Society needed water. The centerpiece of the organization's 2005 gala will be a waterscape, said chairman Mike Erzfeld. The event, themed "Paint the Town Red," serves as a yearly fund raiser to support American Cancer Society activities...
Redhawks happy to have home meet (02/18/05)
Southeast Missouri State track and field athletes will get an opportunity to perform in front of a friendly crowd today. The Redhawk Invitational, Southeast's only home meet of the indoor season, will take place at the Student Recreation Center, with field events beginning at 5 p.m. and running events starting at 7 p.m...
Career center faculty shows off its students, programs (02/18/05)
It was an afternoon of networking at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Thursday as community members, business representatives and instructors gathered for a luncheon to celebrate American Career and Technology Education Week. All along the walls were exhibits from each program displaying tools students learn to use and the projects they create...
City fuel tax money may go to airport upgrades (02/18/05)
Cape Girardeau should use some of its motor fuel tax money to help fund airport improvements designed to boost boardings and secure more federal dollars, Mayor Jay Knudtson suggested Thursday. The city, he said, needs to look to make the best use of the $1.4 million in motor fuel tax money it receives annually...
Crime fighters' budget (02/18/05)
Cape Girardeau police chief Steve Strong is worrying less these days and planning more. A year ago he worried about how he could find experienced officers to replace the ones who were leaving to take better-paying jobs in other departments. He worried about how he could protect the city without enough officers. He had to plan by the seat of his pants...
Police doubt Taser as public self-defense option (02/18/05)
First there was Mace, then pepper spray. For individuals concerned about personal safety in Missouri, it's legal to carry a concealed firearm with a permit. Now there are personal Tasers. Tasers are legal in Missouri and in all but seven states. Personal Tasers became available as a result of the growing popularity of Tasers in law enforcement...
House OKs moving cold, flu medicines behind counters (02/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- On a near-unanimous vote, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved tight restrictions on the sale of many popular cold and flu medications in an aggressive attempt to reduce methamphetamine production in Missouri. The bill sponsored by state Rep. ...
Senators want courts out of school money (02/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate leaders on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment aimed at keeping Missouri courts out of school-funding decisions. Sen. Matt Bartle introduced a resolution that -- if approved by the legislature and statewide voters -- would spell out that school-funding decisions belong only in the hands of the legislature and governor, not the judicial branch...
EPA agrees to consider requiring pollution cuts in 13 states (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The government agreed Thursday to decide by this summer whether it should force coal-fired power plants in Illinois and 12 other states to reduce unhealthy air pollution that also is blamed for obscuring views of the Smoky Mountains. North Carolina's attorney general, Roy Cooper, asked the Environmental Protection Agency last March to find that pollution coming from outside North Carolina was preventing the state from meeting federal health-based standards for smog and soot in metropolitan areas.. ...
Ready or not for kindergarten (02/18/05)
One-fourth of all Missouri children are lacking in some of the skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten, a national study released on Wednesday shows. And in many of the cases in which a child is ill-prepared to begin his or her journey through school, researchers say family life is to blame...
High drama, conflict await Supreme Court this spring (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court returns next week for the second half of its term with some of the biggest issues yet to be decided: the juvenile death penalty, Ten Commandments displays and the future of its ailing leader. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 80, has been working mainly from home since October, when he announced he had thyroid cancer. Since then, his only public appearance was to swear in President Bush last month...
Raising Social Security tax on wealthy could add billions (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Increasing Social Security taxes for the wealthiest Americans could raise more than $100 billion a year -- enough to shore up the retirement system's finances for 75 years, pay for President Bush's plan for private accounts, or part of each...
Defense chief Rumsfeld won't estimate size of insurgency (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld steadfastly declined Thursday to give Congress a public estimate of the size of the Iraqi insurgency. Under persistent questioning by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Rumsfeld said the disorganized nature of the insurgency makes it difficult to pin down a reliable, specific estimate...
Unemployment claims reach four-year low (02/18/05)
NEW YORK -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in more than four years, bolstering Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan's assertion that the economy is in good shape. Some 302,000 Americans filed applications for jobless benefits last week, a drop of 2,000 from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis and the third weekly decline in a row, the Labor Department said Thursday...
Bush names Negroponte as first national intelligence director (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- When President Bush has a difficult or even thankless job, he's got a go-to guy: John Negroponte. The veteran diplomat has served as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq since June, arriving during the height of bloodshed as the country's first democratic elections approached. Before that, he was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, handling relations with allies who often felt more like adversaries in the run-up to the Iraq invasion...
Emancipation Proclamation goes on public view (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declaring the end to slavery goes on public view today as part of Black History Month celebrations. The document will be on display at the National Archives, where visitors regularly see the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence...
Iraqi's death came while suspended by wrists (02/18/05)
SAN DIEGO -- An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA interrogation while in a position condemned by human rights groups as torture -- suspended by his wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back, according to reports reviewed by The Associated Press...
Congress approves bill limiting class-action suits (02/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Congress sent President Bush legislation Thursday aimed at discouraging multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits by having federal judges take them away from state courts, a victory for conservatives who hope it will lead to other lawsuit limits...
Pakistanis targeted in appeal for leads on Osama bin Laden (02/18/05)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A television and radio campaign offering a $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden hit the airwaves in Pakistan this week in a U.S.-government funded drive to get fresh leads about the al-Qaida leader...
Iran warns of swift response to attack on nuclear facilities (02/18/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran warned that any strike on its nuclear facilities would draw a swift and crushing response and called Thursday for an expansion of its newly emerging strategic alliance with Syria to create a powerful united Islamic front that could confront Washington and Israel...
Election results give Shiite alliance slight edge (02/18/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Shiite alliance won a slim majority in Iraq's new National Assembly, according to certified election returns announced Thursday, but it may take weeks to form a government. Meanwhile, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi cautioned against excluding all Saddam Hussein's supporters...
Hariri's family seeks investigation into assassination (02/18/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Mourners unfurled a huge banner near former premier Rafik Hariri's grave Thursday calling on the Lebanese government to resign, and thousands signed the impromptu petition in the sharpest sign yet of popular discontent against the country's pro-Syrian authorities...
China sending envoy to North Korea to revive nuclear talks (02/18/05)
BEIJING -- China said Thursday it will send a top communist party official to North Korea for talks with its longtime ally in an effort to break a stalemate over the North's nuclear program, but Beijing urged patience in its dealing with the volatile country...
Israel halts destruction of Palestinian houses (02/18/05)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's defense minister ordered a halt Thursday to the controversial policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinian suicide bombers and gunmen after an internal army review concluded it has not deterred attackers but has inflamed hatred...
Hundreds turn out for last legal hunts (02/18/05)
SEDBERGH, England -- For two foxes in northwestern England, the ban on hunting came too late. Caught and killed by the dog pack of the Lunesdale Hunt on a bright winter morning, they were casualties on the last day before the centuries-old sport is banned. Now it's the hounds -- in kennels across England and Wales -- who face an uncertain future...
Central's New survives first day (02/18/05)
The first day of the state wrestling tournament was a rough one for Central. All four of the Tigers' entries in the Class 3 tournament lost in the first round, including district champion and medal hopeful Cory Huskey. Only sophomore Garrett New survived the first round of wrestlebacks...
Central outscores Perryville (02/18/05)
The Central girls basketball team had its best offensive performance of the season, edging Perryville 61-58 at home Thursday night. Four players scored in double figures for the Tigers, who improved to 5-14. Courtney Schuessler scored 15 points, Erica Schabbing added 14, Christina Sexton scored 12 and Dani Gross added 11...
Kelly edges Delta in OT (02/18/05)
DELTA -- Kelly girls basketball coach Rod McQuerter preaches teamwork to the Hawks, and that teamwork was evident in Kelly's late rally Thursday without star guard Kelly Essner. After Essner fouled out, the Hawks rallied from a four-point deficit to edge Delta 61-59 in overtime...
Waltrip, Stewart win races; Harvick takes the blame (02/18/05)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Daytona 500 is still three days away and already NASCAR is in midseason form. The Dale Earnhardt Inc. team is running out in front and Kevin Harvick is being rapped for reckless driving. Michael Waltrip passed DEI teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final straightaway to win the first of two 150-mile qualifying races Thursday, while Tony Stewart won the second race after Harvick bumped leader Jimmie Johnson and ignited a wild crash...
Davis fires 65 to take lead at Nissan Open (02/18/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday. So did the leaderboard. Two months after finally earning his PGA Tour card by winning Q-school, Brian Davis of England opened with an eagle and finished with eight straight pars on his way to a 6-under 65 for the first-round lead at dreary Riviera Country Club...
Sports briefs 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
Basketball...
The power of prayer (02/18/05)
Prayer. That's what this column is about. I don't want to sound preachy, but prayer has been on my mind quite a bit. Most of us have been praying as long as we can remember. Now I lay me down to sleep ... . God is great, God is good ... . Many of us have turned to prayer in times of extreme need:...
Everybody's a critic - 'Pooh's Heffalump Movie' (02/18/05)
Four stars (out of four) "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" is a movie that the entire family can see and enjoy. Taking toddlers and small children away from the TV, VCR and DVD player to experience a large-screen movie firsthand is a good experience. The movie is about Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood family. ...
By the numbers - This week's top 20 concert tours (02/18/05)
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar. 1. Bette Midler; $763,591; $91.52. 2. Metallica; $657,217; $56.07...
Former physician speaks with wood (02/18/05)
After working with wood for 25 years, retired Cape Girardeau physician Dr. Joe Tygett has become somewhat of a connoisseur. Like someone who knows and loves fine imported beer or wine, he speaks a language that most would find alien. Words like ziricote, morado, canary and cocobolo are a regular part of his vocabulary. ...
Artifacts 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
Architecture exhibit at TRCC Feb. 25; Paducah Orchid Society annual show next week; MTV to film beauty pageant in St. Louis; Author Eric Booth will lead workshops in state; Arts council directors go to Jefferson City ; Kasten to present organ recital Thursday; Sundays at Three this Sunday at St. Vincent's
Joe Flood (02/18/05)
Joe E. Flood, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis. He was born April 12, 1930, at Steele, Mo., son of Joe Berry and Zelmer R. Grindstaff Flood. He married Louise Rose Frederick. Flood was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in December 1969. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars...
Naoma Farris (02/18/05)
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...
Chester Pooker (02/18/05)
Chester W. Pooker, 83, of Shawneetown passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Pevely, Mo., son of Wilko and Emilie Schorr Pooker. He was baptized Jan. 29, 1922, and confirmed April 5, 1936, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, Mo. Chester and Mildred F. Kuhlman were married July 13, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro...
William Slinkard (02/18/05)
William T. Slinkard, 89, of Scott City died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 22, 1915, at Arbor, son of James William and Betty Coomer Slinkard. He and Elizabeth Sophronia Schlosser were married Nov. 11, 1939, at Oran, Mo. She died Nov. 13, 1997...
Alice Johnson (02/18/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Alice Johnson, 87, of Vicksburg, Miss., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Claiborne County Nursing Home in Port Gibson, Miss. She was born Oct. 24, 1917, in Cairo, daughter of Gilbert and Alice Hulen Swoboda Sr. She married John Johnson...
Lester Stafford (02/18/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lester Stafford, 91, of Sikeston, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 8, 1913, in Portageville, Mo., son of John and Myrtle Stafford. He and Bernice Jackson were married Feb. 18, 1938, at Portageville. She died July 27, 1978. He and Pearl Lewis were married Nov. 26, 1979, in Sikeston. She died June 3, 2000...
Louisa Blakemore (02/18/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Louisa Blakemore, 91, of Burke, Va., formerly of Alexander County, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 17, 1913, in Cairo, daughter of Ernest and Amelia Barsuhn Hoppe. She and the Rev. John Blakemore were married June 23, 1935. He died June 20, 1993...
Elza Myers (02/18/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Elza Ray Myers, 70, of St. Ann, Mo., died Wednesday Feb. 16, 2005, at National Health Care Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. He was born Oct. 29, 1934, near Lutesville, Mo., son of Marvin and Lulu Myrtle Brown Myers. He married Ruth E. James on May 26, 1962. She died March 20,1987. He married Karen Crabtree May 21, 2000...
Hubert Bewley (02/18/05)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Hubert Farrell Bewley, 72, of Matthews died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born March 26, 1932, in London, Ark., son of Raymond Elmer and Grace Cox Bewley. He and Shirley Trail were married June 8, 1951, in Piggott, Ark...
Births 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
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Cape fire report 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call on Thursday: * At 10:04 p.m., a gas odor 545 S. Frederick St. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Friday: * At 1:44 a.m., emergency medical service at North Sprigg and Washington streets...
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Allison Ann Johnson, no age given, 236 County Road 211, Chaffee, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated following a traffic accident...
Out of the past 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 18, 1980 For years, students at Southeast Missouri State University have been spared the expense of purchasing textbooks and instead have "borrowed" most of the texts they need from the school's textbook service; however, because of inflation, over-orders and normal wear and tear, some undergraduate students may soon be required to purchase upper-level textbooks...
Rivers could relieve more truck congestion on interstates (02/18/05)
Of the 3.5 million miles of U.S. rivers, 12,000 miles carry freight to and from our cities and ports. Between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, our two congressional districts include an important portion of the river transportation network our farmers and manufacturers depend upon to bring inputs in and ship outputs out...
Fighting Alzheimer's (02/18/05)
Alzheimer's research has made considerable progress toward a better understanding of the disease. But there is no known cure. As the U.S. population continues to age, more and more Americans will be affected by Alzheimer's. Currently, half of all Americans over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's symptoms. ...
U.S. must help stop global warming (02/18/05)
To the editor: Feb. 16, 2005, is a landmark day in global environmental history. It is the day the Kyoto Protocol went into effect. The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty to slow global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. To date, 140 nations have agreed to participate in the Kyoto Protocol. The United States, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, is not a participant...
Intersection with I-55 is nightmare (02/18/05)
To the editor: I recently visited the Cape Girardeau area. Every time I visit, I travel Highway 74. Getting on and off Highway 74 from I-55 is one of the most unpleasant experiences of my travel. It is a nightmare. It would seem after all the years that someone in Cape Girardeau County would want to make this access easier...
City, university wasting our money (02/18/05)
To the editor: Cape Girardeau wants to repair roads. That's fine, but we don't need costly roundabouts or cobblestone streets. The city is wasting money with trolleys and signs for visitors. Would residents use trolleys? We have many people who would benefit better from a citywide bus system...
Let the fresh spring air inside (02/18/05)
To the editor: This is an appeal to all fireplace owners. I know you love your fires on cold winter days and nights, but on these 70-degree days how about giving your neighbors a break and forgoing your fires so we can open our windows and get some fresh air? When we do open our windows all we get is smoke. There is no need of a fire when it is 70 degrees outside. Please have a little thought for others. It would be greatly appreciated...
Speak Out 2/18/05 (02/18/05)
Keep the cap on; Closer to Orwell; Better advice; Dress modestly; Co-pay for Medicaid; Too much power
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