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Police close Good Hope precinct (02/24/05)
Cape Girardeau's Good Hope Street substation opened in 1998 to help combat crime in the southside neighborhood where drug dealing was rampant. Nearly seven years later, police quietly have moved out of the rented building as a cost-cutting move. Faced with high maintenance and utility expenses and the loss of federal funding for the substation, police chief Steve Strong said he could no longer justify the cost...
Fire destroys Baptist church in Chaffee (02/24/05)
Pastor Doug McClellan held a white coffee cup in his hand as he watched and smelled his church building rise to the heavens in the form of heavy, malodorous smoke late Tuesday morning. Through his large, thick eye glasses, the minister could see two firefighters perched high in a bucket, spraying water through a hole near the roof's apex. ...
P&Z: If Water Street goes one way, Main Street must be changed (02/24/05)
Nearly a year after the issue was first discussed, the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission finally took action Wednesday night on the issue of making Water Street one way. It was only a tentative step, however, as other issues, such as what to do with Main Street, must still be decided...
Used cell phones can provide link for families, soldiers in war (02/24/05)
When Karen Luther was ready to retire her cell phone, she looked into a program she heard about on the news -- Cell Phones For Soldiers. The program was started last year by two Massachusetts teenagers as a way to provide soldiers overseas with calling cards. Old cell phones and their batteries are collected and recycled for cash. So far, the program has raised more than $250,000, which has been used to buy 14,000 prepaid calling cards...
Heroic tales of rescue dogs (02/24/05)
For anyone who might become trapped in a collapsed building, rescue becomes a thin line between life and death. For some trained to rescue them, it's a game. Wednesday morning, two trained rescue dogs, Malachai and Charlie, demonstrated at Southeast Missouri State University how their ability to focus intensely on a toy makes them ideal for finding and rescuing people trapped under debris...
Scouts recall being stranded by two feet of snow on camping trip (02/24/05)
Twenty-six years ago Friday, 10 Boy Scouts and their leaders were trapped in a blizzard unrivaled in Cape Girardeau history. The Scouts set up camp at Bob and Joyce Vines' cabin and hayloft on Feb. 24. That Saturday was warm, but marred by heavy rains and thunderstorms. By 4 a.m. on Sunday, the rain had changed to sleet, and then snow, leading to blizzard conditions...
Community digest 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Central Junior High holds orchestra, band concert; Jackson soccer team plans teen dance; 'Hogs & Dogs' day offers pet adoption, Harleys; Rummage, bake sale on tap Saturday; Historic Halliday Plaza series resumes Sunday ; Teen Challenge thrift store grand opening set; Reunion planned for former National Guard members; Class for those with arthritis starts Tuesday; Saxon Lutheran cabins shown on History Channel; March brings workshop on past lives, soul travel; Relay For Life of Cape County meets March 8; New Hamburg group to perform 'HillTop Opry'
Blunt boots ex-senator Foster from state labor commission (02/24/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt has chosen not to retain a prominent Southeast Missouri Republican on the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and nominated a Chillicothe woman for his position on Wednesday. Bill Foster of Poplar Bluff, Mo., resigned from the Missouri Senate in September when former governor Bob Holden, a Democrat, appointed him to the commission, an administrative panel that hears appeals in workers' compensation and unemployment compensation cases...
Southeast honors 145 student-athletes (02/24/05)
A record 145 individuals were honored Wednesday during Southeast Missouri State's annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon at the University Center. Those recognized have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average, and they represent 51.2 percent of all the athletes at Southeast. Also recognized were 18 members of Southeast's spirit groups (cheerleaders and Sundancers) and 16 student athletic trainers...
Community cuisine 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Grilled pork sausage on table in Gordonville; Jack Salmon, potato salad on menu in Frohna; Millersville masons cooking up kettle beef
Southeast will attempt sweep at OVC meet (02/24/05)
Southeast Missouri State's track and field program has an opportunity to bring home the university's first championship as Redhawks. Coach Joey Haines said that is definitely the plan entering this weekend's Ohio Valley Conference indoor meet in Charleston, Ill. -- but the Redhawks don't want to just be satisfied with one title...
Military digest 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Cape man deploys to Afghanistan...
Redhawks lap field on major OVC awards (02/24/05)
Southeast Missouri State nearly made a clean sweep of the Ohio Valley Conference's indoor postseason track and field awards heading into this weekend's OVC Indoor Championships in Charleston, Ill. Four Southeast athletes took home five of the six awards based on voting by the OVC's head coaches, the league announced Wednesday...
Southeast attempts sweep of Racers (02/24/05)
It's rare for Southeast Missouri State's men to beat Murray State even once in a season, let alone twice. But the Redhawks have an opportunity to do just that tonight -- and it's a must if they want to remain in the running to play a home game in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament...
Redhawks shoot for 20-win season (02/24/05)
Southeast Missouri State's women likely won't be able to gain a share of their first Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title -- but the Redhawks can still reach a major milestone this week. Victories in their final two games -- both at home at 5 p.m., against Murray State today and Tennessee-Martin Saturday -- will give the Redhawks (18-7, 12-2) their first 20-win season on the Division I level...
Brief/cape orchestra & band concert (02/24/05)
Central Junior High holds band, orchestra concert The Central Junior High School eighth-grade orchestra and band will present a concert at 7 p.m. today in the Old Gym at Central Junior High School. Parents, friends and family are invited to attend...
Carnival worker charged with rape changes plea again (02/24/05)
Terry Dwayne Wake, the carnival worker who allegedly raped a 15-year-old Cape Girardeau girl during the SEMO District Fair, has changed his plea again. Wake, 32, was charged Sept. 20 with statutory rape in connection with the incident. On Nov. 8, he pleaded innocent to the charge...
Senate hearing weighs conservation tax future (02/24/05)
~ ONE-EIGHTH CENT SALES TAX By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Those speaking at a Senate hearing Wednesday on whether to ask Missouri voters to reconsider the state's earmarked sales tax for conservation split into two diametrically opposed camps...
State audit- POST system meant to catch bad officers 'badly flawed' (02/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri licensing system meant to filter out problem police officers is "badly flawed," hindering efforts to know when an officer gets into trouble or moves between departments, a state audit has found. State Auditor Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that the review of the Department of Public Safety's Peace Officer Standards and Training program found that one in three of Missouri's police agencies failed to follow state law in supplying the state with yearly updated lists of their officers.. ...
Ancient explorers (02/24/05)
ALTON, Ill. -- Pam Elie entered the temple at Luxor in Egypt at the full moon, a rare event that placed the moonlight directly above her. "When you walk into the temple of Luxor, there are two great walls you walk through," Elie said. "At certain times, the full moon will come up and be directly above the doorway. It was supposed to be a special thing they built for it. It doesn't happen every year."...
State briefs 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Two admit to conspiracy in $9 million phone scam; Blunt defends comment about Democrats; Polish parish seeks outside help to mend ties; Remains of Missouri man found in Afghanistan crash
House OKs $1 million for First Steps (02/24/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House lawmakers overwhelmingly supported a measure Wednesday to set aside $1 million for funding the First Steps program from interest earned on state investments. The 157-1 vote for the proposal highlighted a commitment from House Republicans and Democrats to save the program, which serves developmentally disabled children up to age 3...
Judge extends stay keeping brain-damaged woman alive two more days (02/24/05)
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A judge Wednesday extended an order keeping brain-damaged Terri Schiavo's feeding tube in place, saying he needed time to decide whether her parents should be allowed to pursue further efforts to keep her husband from removing her life support...
Public skeptical of Social Security overhaul (02/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary John Snow acknowledged Wednesday that the Bush administration hasn't yet succeeded in selling its Social Security plan to Americans. Republicans are taking the issue to the states. Some, like Snow, are pitching the president's plan. Others are deciding whether to buy into it themselves...
State lawmakers want No Child Left Behind overhaul (02/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- State lawmakers issued a scathing rebuke of President Bush's education overhaul on Wednesday, calling it a coercive, unconstitutional act that sets an unreachable goal of getting every child up to par in reading and math. The National Conference of State Legislatures wants changes in the fundamental parts of the No Child Left Behind Act: how student progress is measured, how schools are punished if they fall short and who decides when the rules are waived for struggling districts. ...
Vaccines to be tested amid growing bird flu fears (02/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Amid dire warnings of an Asian pandemic, the government is preparing to test an experimental bird flu vaccine and is increasing disease surveillance in hopes of reducing the toll from any eventual American outbreak. Antiviral drugs are being stockpiled, and 2 million doses of vaccine are being stored in bulk form for possible emergency use and to test whether they maintain their potency...
Two plead guilty in phone scam (02/24/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two brothers, one a reputed member of a New York crime family, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to bilk the federal government out of nearly $9 million by inflating expenses at a Kansas City area telephone company. Richard T. Martino, 45, of Tuckahoe, N.Y., an alleged member of the Gambino crime family, and his brother Daniel D. Martino, 54, of Hawthorne, N.Y., each pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud...
Energy price decline helps consumer prices (02/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices, helped by a second monthly drop in energy costs, were well behaved in January, but a weaker dollar and increases in crude oil prices this month could mean trouble ahead. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that its Consumer Price Index edged up a tiny 0.1 percent in January after having been frozen with no change in December. ...
Fannie Mae has more trouble (02/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators investigating the accounting of embattled Fannie Mae have discovered additional serious problems, the mortgage giant disclosed Wednesday, as it received a three-month extension for boosting its capital cushion against risk...
Avalanche survivors give mass burial to relatives (02/24/05)
VALTENGU, India -- Bashir Malik wishes he had not lived to see this day, when he buried all 13 members of his family in a mass grave. They and 109 others in this mountain village in Kashmir were killed when an avalanche struck Sunday, sweeping away their homes. In a moment, almost a quarter of the villagers were killed...
Allawi fights to keep his job as Iraq's prime minster (02/24/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Ayad Allawi, the secular interim prime minister, said Wednesday he's putting together a coalition to try to hold onto the job in the next government and block the candidate of the dominant Shiite political alliance. Kurdish parties also weighed in with demands for top posts, setting up a possible showdown over the role of religion in a new Iraq...
British soldiers convicted of abusing Iraqis (02/24/05)
OSNABRUECK, Germany -- A military jury convicted two British servicemen Wednesday on charges of involvement in abusing Iraqi civilians in 2003. The panel of seven senior officers found Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley, 25, and Cpl. Daniel Kenyon, 33, guilty after a monthlong trial at a British base in Germany...
Notre Dame boys will face Dexter for crown (02/24/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Notre Dame's boys basketball team held off Sikeston 60-58 Wednesday night to advance to the championship game of the Class 4, District 1 tournament. The third-seeded Bulldogs (11-16) will meet top-seeded Dexter in Friday's 7:30 p.m. title contest at the Perry Park Center. Dexter (21-5) beat No. 5 Fredericktown 70-48 in the other semifinal...
Kings trade Webber (02/24/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- All-Star Chris Webber was traded from Sacramento to the Philadelphia 76ers late Wednesday night as part of a stunning six-player deal. The Sixers sent Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson to the Kings for Webber, Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley...
Birds are back (02/24/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The new middle-infield combination began working out the kinks, everything but the double play. Benji Molina, the 22-year-old catcher, spent his first full day as the starter. Pitchers Matt Morris and Jason Isringhausen, rehabbing from operations, threw on the side...
Illinois routs Northwestern (02/24/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Dee Brown scored 20 points, 18 on 3-pointers, to lead top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois to an 84-48 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night that clinched a share of the Big Ten title for the Illini. Brown was 6-of-8 from 3-point range, hitting five in the first half. ...
Report- Moss-weary Vikings to trade star receiver to Raiders (02/24/05)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss' electrifying talent was no longer enough for the Minnesota Vikings to put up with his distracting antics. Dante DiTrapano, Moss' agent, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Vikings and the Oakland Raiders had "come to an agreement on Randy playing for Oakland next year."...
Sports briefs 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Baseball...
Illness and education (02/24/05)
Dressed in snap-front pajamas and socks, Cole Vinson sits in a child-sized chair at a wooden table in a brightly painted room sounding out consonants. "Hound dog. Hound dog. H-h-h." "Sizzling sausage. Sizzling sausage. S-s-s." "Ticking timer. Ticking timer. T-t-t."...
Biomarkers are promising predictors (02/24/05)
A lot of bad things have been happening lately. I don't know about your psyche, but I have had my share of tsunami nightmares. With no warning, a wave looms up suddenly and sweeps me, my loved ones and my favorite pillow out to sea. Personally, I like to know in advance when I need to run for the hills...
Where the highway meets the sky (02/24/05)
Feb. 24, 2005 Dear Julie, My friend Randy looked like he was taking a nap. Standing in the long line at the funeral home waiting to talk to his wife, Sally, and their sons, Jordan and Noah, the temptation was to try to nudge him awake. Randy was a sublime kidder. Couldn't he be playing possum?...
Success in waves (02/24/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Jesse McCartney's career is riding a wave in more ways than one. As an actor, the 17-year-old plays surfer Bradin Westerly in "Summerland," which begins its second season 8 p.m. Monday on the WB. As a singer, he has the hit single "Beautiful Soul," which is the title track of his new album and is also featured on the soundtrack of the movie "A Cinderella Story."...
First-run series show Nielsen rating muscle (02/24/05)
Just when people were worried about the future of scripted television, a new crop of shows has given Hollywood a reason for optimism. Five of the top 18 programs in Nielsen Media Research's prime-time rankings last week were freshman scripted shows, four of them dramas and the most popular, "Desperate Housewives," skirting the line between comedy and melodrama...
Wanda Brown (02/24/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Wanda Lorse Brown, 89, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Lincoln, Kan., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ricket. She and Stanley Brown were married July 18, 1952...
Franklin Brown (02/24/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Brown, 67, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born May 6, 1937, in Bucklin, Mo., son of Levi Abby and Nora Belle Windsor Brown. He and Mona Ellis were married Dec. 18, 1993...
Ines Hahs (02/24/05)
Ines P. Hahs, 98, of Jackson, formerly of Sedgewickville, Mo., died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Monticello House. She was born July 21, 1906, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Napoleon B. and Mahala C. Seabaugh Stearns. She and Clinton E. Hahs were married May 11, 1929, at Marble Hill, Mo. He died March 22, 2001...
Helen Garms (02/24/05)
Helen Marie Garms, 77, of Scott City died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 28, 1927, at Rivermines, Mo., daughter of Lyman and Nannie Smith Jenkins. She and John A. Garms were married Oct. 15, 1977, in Scott City...
Enos Browning (02/24/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Enos Browning, 84, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 27, 1920, at Rockview, Mo., son of Arlie and Eva Gettings Browning. He and Eileen Morningstar were married in 1939...
Ron Hill (02/24/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ron D. Hill, 65, of Advance died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at his home. He was born June 29, 1939, at Swinton, Mo., son of James and Marie Bland Hill. Hill retired as a machine press operator at Lee Rowan Co. in Jackson. Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Hill Jr. of Michigan, Jamie Hill of Advance; a daughter, Rhonda Duncan of Advance; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild...
Jimmy Masterson (02/24/05)
Jimmy Lee Masterson, 71, of Belle Chasse, La., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna, La. He was born April 15, 1933, in New Madrid, Mo., son of Jack Watt Jackson and Florence Mast Masterson. He and Doris Harris were married Sept. 1, 1956, in New Madrid...
Sister Rosabel LeGrand (02/24/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Sister M. Rosabel LeGrand of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, 90, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Ill. She was born Nov. 25, 1914, at Benton, daughter of William L. and Mary Ann Diebold LeGrand...
Lloyd Koechig (02/24/05)
Lloyd J. Koechig, 77, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 12, 1927, in Jackson, son of Louis and Pauline Probst Koechig. He and Betty Buckner were married Dec. 9, 1993...
Peggy Fee (02/24/05)
Peggy Sue Fee, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1930, in Portageville, Mo., daughter of William R. and Kathleen Tant Pettigrew. She and Donald A. Fee were married Oct. 2, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death June 1, 1995...
Gary Enderle (02/24/05)
Gary W. Enderle, 52, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2005. He was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of E. P. "Beans" and Lucille Hahn Enderle. Gary was employed by Trailiner of Springfield. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy...
Births 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Kellett...
Fire reports 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Tuesday: * At 5;43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Boutin Drive. * At 11:21 p.m., carbon monoxide detector sounding at 324 Olive St. Firefighters responded to the following on Wednesday:...
Police reports 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Tonya Michelle Bruce, 20, 3747 County Road 604, Perryville, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. * Keith Chadwick Pruitt, 27, 1107 Merriwether St., was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault...
Out of the past 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 24, 1980 Thirty-two boys receive Boy Scouting's highest honor, when the Southeast Missouri Council holds its 20th annual Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Academic Hall. OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Fire destroys the Terry Arnold family home here in the evening; the blaze, which officials say starts as the result of an electrical short, levels the home...
Correx 02/24/05 (02/24/05)
In Tuesday's edition, a story on right of way for funeral processions should have clarified that the state law does not pertain to funeral processions on interstates. The new law concerns giving right of way at controlled intersections of city streets to ensure safety....
Environmental affairs (02/24/05)
Last week, the Kyoto Protocol, whose aim is to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases blamed by some scientists for causing climate changes around the globe, went into effect nearly seven years after the pact was negotiated. Much of the delay came from the requirement that countries contributing 55 percent of the world's emissions needed to ratify the plan. That happened when Russia signed on...
For some, 70 isn't all that warm (02/24/05)
To the editor: In reference to D.J. Dawson's letter about people who use their fireplaces when it is 70 degrees outside: When people get older, 70 degrees is not warm. Just a few weeks ago, we spent a night away from home where the thermostat was kept at 70 degrees, and we were freezing. So have some consideration for others...
Backgrounds affect student learning (02/24/05)
To the editor: I was a teacher for 33 years and was not surprised that the "Getting Ready" study showed 25 percent of kindergartners were not ready to learn when they started school. I challenge anyone to teach kids who already are mad, sad and bad when they enter school as kindergartners. What experiences while under a parents care could make a child that way? We all know...
SS choices would affect others (02/24/05)
To the editor: Several Speak Out callers have recently asserted that Social Security privatization, as promoted by President Bush, is strictly voluntary. This is only half true. Consider two people, a 22-year-old worker, Jane, and a retiree, John. Under the current system, Jane's Social Security taxes are paying for John's Social Security checks. ...
Social Security changes needed (02/24/05)
To the editor: I'm certainly glad Alan Journet is objective and has no ax to grind. He continues to spew this tired, but now sputtering, class- and age-warfare nonsense. It would appear he refuses to see there is a looming problem with our Social Security system. ...
Speak Out 2/24/05 (02/24/05)
Checks and balances; On the safe side; Network security; Get prepared; Highway needs; Hole needs repair; Artistic loss; Littered vista; Litter and taxes; Street repairs; Disabled parking; Bad timing; Check on spending; Mad at the dogs; Noisy parties; Up to the employer; Add some boulders
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