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Stories from Friday, February 25, 2005

Cape lawmaker seeks to honor Reagan (02/25/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Nearly an entire wall of state Rep. Nathan Cooper's office in the Missouri Capitol is blanketed with images of Ronald Reagan. From a full-page magazine ad from around the 1950s of Reagan, then actor and corporate pitchman touting the virtues of Chesterfield cigarettes, to a 1980 campaign poster, to a 1997 photo of Cooper shaking hands with the former president, Reagan's face is everywhere...
Missouri gasoline inching to $2-a-gallon average, officials say (02/25/05)
Gary Reutzel watched as the numbers on a gasoline pump spun furiously outside a Cape Girardeau convenience store Thursday. He shook his head as the final tally settled in past $17. "I guess if I had to get by without gas, I could," said Reutzel, as he topped off his 2004 Toyota Avalon. "What are you going to do?"...
Redhawks head south in search of first win (02/25/05)
Southeast Missouri State's baseball team performed well during its season-opening series at top-ranked Tulane, but the Redhawks had no victories to show for their efforts. This weekend, Southeast's primary goal will be entering the win column, as the Redhawks (0-3) visit Southeastern Louisiana (4-3) for a three-game series...
Hawks steam ahead (02/25/05)
Even if Southeast Missouri State's women can't gain a share of the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title, they want to make sure they enter the OVC tournament on a roll. The Redhawks took another step in that direction Thursday night by cruising past Murray State 86-69 at the Show Me Center...
Redhawks drop tight decision to Racers (02/25/05)
Murray State's payback assured Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks of having to hit the road for the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Racers avenged an earlier three-point home loss to Southeast by holding off the Redhawks 61-57 Thursday night at the Show Me Center...
Area troops' return likely on Tuesday (02/25/05)
Troops from the 1140th Engineer Battalion have told family members that they'll probably be home early Tuesday morning. Members of the engineering battalion, which has companies in Perryville, Jackson, Sikeston, Farmington and Cape Girardeau, arrived by airplane early Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, where a group of Maine "troop greeters" welcomed them with cell phones to call their families...
The old school ways (02/25/05)
BENTON, Mo. It's fairly easy to picture Nikki Heuring as a one-room-school marm hauling buckets of water from a primitive well into her classroom. Except Heuring makes her trek from the school cafeteria, where she fills up her buckets with tap water, then walks down a hallway, out double doors and up a ramp to her classroom in one of Kelly School District's three modular buildings...
House committee approves tougher workers' comp bill (02/25/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Republicans are pushing for stronger restrictions on Missouri's workers' compensation system than those already agreed to by the Senate -- angering labor unions and delighting business groups. A Republican-led House committee on Thursday approved legislation on a partisan vote that would establish tougher standards for determining when an injured person could qualify for workers' compensation. ...
Authorities - Man hoarded 13,000 pills (02/25/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Federal grand jurors have accused a St. Louis County man of stockpiling over 13,000 pseudoephedrine pills commonly used in the making of methamphetamine. David Lee Willie, 50, of Winchester, was indicted on one felony count of possessing roughly 500 grams of pseudoephedrine in June 2003, knowing the pills would be used to make methampetamine...
Blunt defers money to universities (02/25/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt will delay $100 million in state payments due to public universities until June in order to free up cash to cover income tax refunds owed to Missourians in the spring. Southeast Missouri State University will temporarily lose more than $6.7 million. Like the other affected institutions, that amounts to a 69.9 percent reduction in what Southeast was expecting to receive in combined monthly state payments over March, April and May...
Vaccines for bird flu being tested (02/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is getting ready to test a bird flu vaccine and stockpiling both vaccine and antiviral drugs as the threat grows that a deadly strain of avian influenza will begin spreading from Asia. Two million doses of vaccine are being stored in bulk form for possible emergency use and to test whether it maintains its potency, officials said Wednesday...
Nation briefs 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Two killed during rampage at Texas courthouse; Judge: Newspaper can stop phone record inquiry; Manslaughter conviction upheld for S.D. governor; Wal-Mart not coming to Queens neighborhood; Calif. crews struggle against storm damage
Study - HIV drug could reduce mother-to-baby AIDS infections (02/25/05)
BOSTON -- Scientists fighting the ravages of AIDS in the Third World have shown convincingly that a short and relatively inexpensive combination of HIV drugs could reduce mother-to-baby transmission rates in Africa far more effectively than the single pill now used...
Alternative minimum tax catches more mid-income earners (02/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- Bad news. You've spent days trudging through tax forms only to run into a kink that eliminates most of your tax benefits and sticks you with a much bigger bill. That kink is called the alternative minimum tax or AMT, and it's creeping up on a growing number of people with circumstances that trigger a trap once aimed solely at the richest tax dodgers...
GAO - Air Force slanted Boeing bid (02/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force improperly favored The Boeing Co. on a $4 billion contract to upgrade C-130 cargo planes, congressional investigators said Thursday The Government Accountability Office sided with Lockheed Martin Corp., BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Inc., which complained last year that the C-130 contract award was tainted by the involvement of a former senior Air Force official who has admitted giving special treatment to Boeing...
SS 'calculators' from politicians, policy institutes vary (02/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- Under President Bush's plan for Social Security, a 35-year-old woman earning $50,000 would see her benefits cut by $6,000 per year. No, scratch that. Given a personal account, her annual take would jump by $63,000. What? A variety of do-it-yourself "calculators" purport to show the impact of Social Security changes on individual workers. ...
Iranian opposition group, deemed terrorists, wants legitimacy (02/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- One-time members of a terrorist organization are hiding in the United States -- in plain sight. The organization's former U.S. representative freely walks the streets and has a contract with Fox News as a foreign affairs analyst. Lawmakers write letters on the group's behalf. And former intelligence officials say the group maintains contacts in defense circles, although the Pentagon denies it...
Bush, Putin laud agreements; differences abound (02/25/05)
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Thursday on new efforts to keep nuclear arms out of dangerous hands, but their sharp differences over Russian backsliding on democracy spilled into an open and sometimes-prickly exchange...
Russia will add nuclear reactors, increase security (02/25/05)
MOSCOW -- Russia plans to launch three new commercial nuclear reactors over the next five years and upgrade existing ones to higher standards, including stronger protection from possible terror attacks, top nuclear officials said Thursday. U.S. officials have warned repeatedly about the dangers of poor security at Russia's nuclear plants and other facilities -- and the possibility of international terrorists either getting their hands on weapons material or staging an attack at a poorly guarded facility.. ...
World briefs 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Record 199 nominations made for Peace Prize; Somali government home for first time since exile; Taiwan may still attempt unification with China; Gunmen storm office in Indian Kashmir; Palestinians OK new Cabinet of professionals ; Court hears appeals of Daniel Pearl killers
Man dressed like officer explodes car bomb at police station (02/25/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A man wearing a police uniform drove a car bomb into police headquarters in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in the largest of a series of attacks on Thursday in Iraq that left a total of 30 people dead, including two U.S. soldiers...
Pope has surgery to restore breathing (02/25/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II underwent a successful operation Thursday night to insert a tube in his throat to relieve his breathing problems, hours after he was rushed back to the hospital for the second time in a month with flu-like symptoms of fever and congestion, the Vatican said...
Bulldogs ousted, Pirates advance (02/25/05)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team's streak of eight straight district titles came to an end Thursday night with a 50-40 loss to Dexter in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 1 tournament at the Perry Park Center in Perryville. The Bulldogs, seeded fourth, finished the season 10-17. Dexter will play for its first district title at 6 tonight against No. 3 Perryville...
Mules close out Indians' season (02/25/05)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Tyler Hansbrough didn't have a point in the first half of Thursday's MSHSAA Class 5 District 1 championship game, but the Jackson Indians still trailed by 21 points. Brad Chronister hit six-first half 3-pointers for the defending state champions as the Mules won 66-35 at a packed Peters Gym...
Higher seeds survive mucky conditions in match-play event (02/25/05)
The Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still underwater in Carlsbad, Calif. Two-time defending champion Tiger Woods won his 13th consecutive match, but not without wiping mud from his eyes after hitting out of the mucky fairways Thursday at the wetlands known as La Costa Resort. Nine of the top 10 seeds advanced to the second round...
St. Louis' outfield will be among oldest in baseball (02/25/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- At 34, Jim Edmonds is the kid in the St. Louis Cardinals' outfield. And at least early in spring training, at times he's feeling his age. "Obviously there's going to be some aches and pains," Edmonds said Thursday. "But it is spring training and it's tough the first couple of days when some guys haven't hit, some guys haven't run. I don't feel that bad."...
Teams move players just before trade deadline (02/25/05)
The weakest division in the NBA suddenly looks a little stronger, with Antoine Walker back on the Celtics and Chris Webber in Philadelphia. The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday with a total of 11 deals involving 31 players being agreed to in the final 24 hours before the cutoff...
Sports briefs 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Baseball; Basketball; Colleges; Football; Hockey; Tennis
A joke and a punchline (02/25/05)
I'm a big fan of the Internet. It has saved my bacon more times than I can count. So what if a lot of the stuff on the Internet is useless. Just look at all the stuff I can use. Once upon a time, way back in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, I would occasionally question the spelling of a word. ...
Sporty truck - Chevy's SSR retro truck thinks it's a roadster (02/25/05)
srobertson Chevy's SSR retro truck thinks it's a roadster Let's say you're a healthy, normal person like me who likes sports cars -- those impractical, expensive conveyances with tiny trunks, powerful engines, noisy rag tops and only two seats. ...
Local film buffs pick their favorites for the Academy Awards (02/25/05)
The buzz has been going on for weeks, dominating the entertainment world, and this weekend the world will finally know who the champions of film are, the winners of the 77th Annual Academy Awards. In the Super Bowl of the film world, all movie fans have favorites in the battle for the golden statue. And like in that grand spectacle of American sport, only one team can prevail (in each category, at least), while the rest lie battered and bruised on the field of battle...
Bloc voting to ballyhoo - A look at Oscar's ups and downs (02/25/05)
LOS ANGELES -- On the evening of May 16, 1929, some 300 film industry figures and their spouses gathered in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to dine on squab and lobster and hear Douglas Fairbanks Sr. announce the first awards of the fledgling Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...
At the theaters 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
New at the theaters...
Self-proclaimed 'King of South' conquering rap world (02/25/05)
NEW YORK -- Though he bills himself as the "King of the South," T.I. was just beginning to earn his royal coat of arms when a prison sentence threatened to knock him all the way down to serfdom last year. Just as his popularity was surging off of "Rubber Band Man," the second infectious hit from his breakout album "Trap Muzik," he was locked in a jail in his native Atlanta for violating probation on a drug conviction and sentenced to three years behind bars...
Everybody's a critic - 'Constantine' (02/25/05)
Four stars (out of four) The movie "Constantine" is based on the comic book series "Hellblazer" by DC Comics and is directed by Francis Lawrence, who did a fantastic job. Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, who tries to save souls from the devil. Constantine is working to try to buy his way into heaven by saving souls in Los Angeles, but finds out that it doesn't work that way with God...
Visual Arts Cooperative celebrates anniversary (02/25/05)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will celebrate the second anniversary of the Visual Arts Cooperative in March with exhibits in three galleries. The exhibits will display artwork from the founders of the cooperative and work by new artists. All the work will be for sale. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 32 N. Main St. For more information call 334-9233...
Rickey Ivie (02/25/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Rickey Lee Ivie, 48, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Dec. 5, 1956, at Wyatt, Mo., son of Walter and Shirley Shankle Ivie. He and Janet Crawford were married in 1991. Ivie moved to Sikeston a year ago, where he had worked at Wal-Mart until retiring in May 2004 due to ill health. ...
Hattie Hahs (02/25/05)
Hattie O. Hahs, 87, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Pocahontas, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Pocahontas, daughter of Alvin and Alvina Koenig Pfeiffer, being one of seven children. She married James H. Hahs June 18, 1937. He died in 1986...
Tamara Morehouse (02/25/05)
Tamara G. Ward Morehouse, 43, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marble Hill, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at her home following an illness. She was born Sept. 27, 1961, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Gene and Rae Hopper Ward. She and Bradley Morehouse were married June 14, 1997, in Colorado Springs...
McAdoo Winchester (02/25/05)
McAdoo "Mac" Winchester, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 2, 1920, in McClure, Ill., son of Arthur and Della Dillard Winchester. He and Hattie Stewart were married Dec. 19, 1942, in Jackson...
Jimmy Masterson (02/25/05)
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 John Watt Jackson and Florence Mast Masterson. He and Doris Harris were married Sept. 1, 1956, in New Madrid...
Hazel Karsteter (02/25/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Hazel I. Karsteter, 94, of Anna died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Union County Hospital at Anna. She was born March 20, 1910, daughter of Thomas and Lula Broadway Bilderbeck. She married Claude Anderson in June of 1930; he died May 16, 1957. She married Arthur Karsteter Oct. 17 1962; he died Sept. 30, 1978...
Lillie Weith (02/25/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lillie Florence Weith, 93, of Perryville died Thursday Feb. 24, 2005, at the Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Jan 4, 1912, in Polk County, Mo., daughter of William Thomas and Agnes Rosa Fox Stockdall. She was raised by foster parents, Charles and Georgia Rice Sowell...
Bobbietta Cortez (02/25/05)
Bobbietta Jean Cortez, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Jordan (02/25/05)
James M. Jordan, 92, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Jackson Manor. He was born May 31, 1912, at Mint Hill, Mo., son of Benjamin Martin and Mary Elizabeth Quinn Jordan. He and Alice H. Frey were married June 29, 1935, at Hermann, Mo. Jordan worked 13 years for the Army Corps of Engineers in Gasconade, Mo. He later worked at Louis Begemann's general merchandise store in Hermann, was manager of a supermarket in Memphis, Tenn., and in 1948 purchased a grocery store...
Gladys Sullinger (02/25/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Gladys I. Sullinger, 96, of Advance died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born June 10, 1908, near Advance, daughter of Edward and Nora Hitt Nolen. She and Cecil Sullinger were married Dec. 3, 1930, at Bloomfield, Mo. He died July 9, 1988...
Irene Smith (02/25/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Elsie Irene Smith, 89, of Sikeston died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 24, 1915, at Point Pleasant, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Laura Owen Richey. She and H. Linn Smith Jr. were married Aug. 21, 1949, at Sikeston. He died in April 1985...
Jennie Ringland (02/25/05)
Jennie Lou Ringland, 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005. She was born Oct. 21, 1920, in Dallas, Texas, daughter of Dr. Roy Nathaniel and Marion Francis Gardner Blackwell. She was baptized and confirmed at the Episcopal Church of Incarnation in Dallas. Jennie attended and worked at Jewish Hospital in St. ...
Beatrice Winkler (02/25/05)
Beatrice May Winkler, 99, formerly of Perryville, Mo., and Houston, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005. She was born June 23, 1905, in Perryville, daughter of Charles E. and Dora M. Tucker Cashion. She and Barnard L. Winkler were married June 3, 1944, in St. Louis. He died Jan. 26, 2002...
Births 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Dixon; Ford; Gordon; Self
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Shawn Ray Baugher, 19, Highway 1 Box 32, Thebes, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape fire report 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Wednesday: * At 5 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. * At 5:27 p.m., citizen assist at 1400 Price Drive. * At 6:02 p.m., illegal burn in the 500 block of Washington Street...
Out of the past 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 25, 1980 Cape Girardeau County Court judges express optimism that a $250,000 federal grant application for expansion of the county jail as a regional facility will be approved by the Missouri Council on Criminal Justice; but that decision might not be made until late August or September...
Nash Road issues (02/25/05)
The recent attention to the lack of fire protection for a handful of businesses in the Nash Road industrial area near the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport has raised questions: 1. Why don't these businesses pay for fire protection? 2. Who would insure a business with no fire protection? 3. What other issues are involved?...
Message - Need billboard for Rush (02/25/05)
To the editor: I'm stating this opinion upon a request from a person in Chicago. I recently had to go there for personal business, and when the party I was doing the business with found out I was from Cape Girardeau, he made the comment, "Home of Rush Limbaugh." I said, "That's right." He said, "You know, I went through there a couple of years ago, and I looked for a billboard of Rush and never saw one. ...
Courts produce revenue for state (02/25/05)
To the editor: Gov. Matt Blunt has recommended that Missouri's courts receive $142 million of general-revenue funds, sparing them from cuts in the fiscal year 2006 budget. The Missouri Bar supports this recommendation. The courts have already sustained a 10 percent decrease in funding since 2001, despite an increasing caseload. Adequate court funding is not only good for Missourians who rely on court decisions, but also for those who rely on the funds the courts collect...
Strong support for river ports (02/25/05)
To the editor: The column by U.S. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson and Kenny C. Hulshof, "Mississippi and Missouri rivers could relieve more truck congestion on interstates," accurately highlights the need for waterways as a low-cost, environmentally friendly method of transportation...
Speak Out 2/25/05 (02/25/05)
Personal worth; Looking for answers; Spend on academics; Academic focus; Vouchers stop waste; More SEMO parking; Bad examples; Boys in control; Critical of results; Driving rules; Delayed by funeral; Welfare abuse; Hand over licenses; Setting an example; Listen to voters; It's my money
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