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Cape Girardeau officials plan for new fire station (02/28/05)
Cape Girardeau firefighters hope to move into a new fire station on North Sprigg Street by late summer or early fall 2006, the result of a construction project funded by the city's fire sales tax. A team of city staffers, including fire officials, has been reviewing architectural plans for the new 15,000-square-foot, two-level building that will be built on a 2-acre site on the west side of Sprigg Street north of the Blanchard Elementary School...
Student writes her own ticket to university (02/28/05)
In the back of her mind, Kelly McLendon prepares for everything to fall through. It's safer that way. Easier than letting herself bask in the joy of achieving her biggest dream, only to have it yanked away. She's going to college. The transition to higher education is something many of her classmates at Jackson High School never think twice about. It's a natural post-high school progression...
Community cuisine 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
All invited to Relay for Life fried chicken dinner; Cape Masons plan annual steak dinner March 13
Community digest 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
Retired teachers meet for program on APPLE; Thrivent matches funds for St. Paul mission trip; Women in Ag present Judge Mann as speaker; Republican Women meet to discuss Lincoln Day; Square dance to raise funds for new 4-H building; Grace United to hold annual basement sale; Curves' annual food drive benefits new members; Community dance planned for March 12
Community Q&A 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
* Name: Brenda Randolph...
Cape Girardeau School board 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
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Man hurt in fire (02/28/05)
A man was rescued Sunday night by firefighters who responded to a call at 1104 Themis St. The fire was extinguished quickly. There was fire damage to the kitchen and smoke and heat damage to the first floor of the house, fire chief Rick Ennis said. A man was discovered unconscious in the living room and taken to Southeast Missouri Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not known...
Ready for the 1140th (02/28/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Friends, relatives and spouses spent Sunday decorating the roads and businesses of Perryville with signs of support in readiness for the arrival of the 1140th Engineer Battalion. The Flieg family erected a large banner reading "Often tested, never bested" in front of the Missouri National Guard armory. Parents Mark and Jo, and brother Brian were getting ready for Sgt. Jeremy Flieg to return home from Iraq...
Bar shopping - How to find the right lawyer at the right price (02/28/05)
Say you have a grievance and you're going to sue. Or maybe you're the one who has been sued. You need a lawyer. Finding good legal representation takes some time and effort. The most frequently mentioned way of finding a lawyer is to ask people to recommend one. Amy Whitman of the Missouri Bar Association recommends that method...
Schools in funding suit used as model for new formula (02/28/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As state lawmakers work on a new way to fund public schools, they are basing their method on what "successful" school districts spend to educate their students. But among those being used as a model for the new formula are some districts that have sued the state to get more money...
Gray matter gray area (02/28/05)
Harvard University president Lawrence Summers has suffered acrimonious condemnation, and may have jeopardized his job, for suggesting that the underrepresentation of women in engineering and some scientific fields may be due in part to inherent differences in the intellectual abilities of the sexes...
Rain slows search for missing girl; $25,000 reward (02/28/05)
HOMOSASSA, Fla. -- The search for a 9-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom resumed Sunday with torrential rains hindering the intensive hunt. Hundreds of police and volunteers have turned out to search for Jessica Marie Lunsford, who was last seen Wednesday night when her grandmother tucked her into bed. The next morning, her father discovered she was gone...
Some say driver's license bill is step toward national ID card (02/28/05)
WASHINGTON -- A proposal to stop potential terrorists from getting a U.S. driver's license may turn the licenses into a national ID card or help the government track gun purchases, opponents fear. Conservatives, civil libertarians, gun owners and others share such concerns about a House-passed bill that broadly rewrites the rules for licenses and is portrayed as an anti-terrorism tool...
BTK suspect lived for decades in city terrorized by killings (02/28/05)
PARK CITY, Kan. -- Dennis Rader, the man police believe is the BTK serial killer, hid for more than 30 years in plain sight. He lived in this suburb of Wichita, the city he is suspected of terrorizing, with a wife and two children. He led a Cub Scout troop and was active in his Lutheran church. As an ordinance enforcement officer for the local government, he once measured grass in a front yard with a tape measure to see if it was too long, a neighbor said...
Opening statements begin today in Jackson molestation trial (02/28/05)
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- More than a year after stunned fans watched authorities arrest Michael Jackson and charge him with molesting a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland Ranch, prosecution and defense attorneys finally get to outline their cases to a jury today...
Govs keep 2008 presidential race in mind during policy talks (02/28/05)
Though playing coy, governors meeting in Washington, D.C., know the next election is close at hand. ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- For governors thinking about running for the White House in 2008, a formal dinner with President Bush at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. provides a glimpse of what the future could hold...
Israel halting peace moves after attacks (02/28/05)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon threatened Sunday to freeze peace efforts if the Palestinian leadership does not crack down on militant groups after a weekend suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed four Israelis and wounded dozens. At a Cabinet meeting, Israel decided to suspend a plan to turn control of five West Bank towns over to the Palestinians and free 400 more prisoners. ...
U.S. again demands that Syria exit Lebanon (02/28/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A senior U.S. State Department official, keeping up Washington's pressure on Syria, said Sunday that Damascus must pull its 15,000 troops out of Lebanon "as soon as possible" and stop interfering in its affairs. David Satterfield, a U.S. ...
Loyal supporters get a peek from the Pope at Sunday prayers (02/28/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Touching his throat fitted with a breathing tube, Pope John Paul II on Sunday made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at his hospital window just moments after a Vatican official stood on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica to read the pontiff's appeal for prayers...
Clinton's Taiwan visit raises concern (02/28/05)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former President Clinton, visiting Taiwan despite China's warning his trip could violate Washington's "one-China" policy, urged the rivals Sunday to set aside their differences and work closer together economically. China and Taiwan split in 1949 during civil war, but Beijing considers the democratic, self-ruled island to be Chinese territory. ...
World briefs 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
Tajikistan holds elections despite possible instability; Nepal violence leads to 14 deaths; Togo residents continue protests against president; Afghan army hits 20,000 mark under U.S. training
Syria captures half brother of Saddam (02/28/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi officials said Sunday that Syria captured and handed over Saddam Hussein's half brother, a wanted leader in the Sunni-based insurgency, ending months of Syrian denials that it was harboring fugitives from the ousted Saddam regime. Iraq authorities said Damascus acted in a gesture of goodwill...
Iran, Russia sign nuclear fuel agreement (02/28/05)
BUSHEHR, Iran -- Iran and Russia ignored U.S. objections and signed a nuclear fuel agreement Sunday that is key to bringing Tehran's first reactor online by mid-2006. The long-delayed deal, signed at the heavily guarded Bushehr nuclear facility in southern Iran, dramatized President Bush's failure to persuade the Russians to curtail support for the Iranian nuclear program during his summit with Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Slovakia...
Bell City's Henry fights cancer while pursuing third title (02/28/05)
Over the past four years Bell City senior A.J. Henry has been able to witness first-hand the growth of a basketball powerhouse. Henry has been a part of two state championship teams and has seen the Cubs win three consecutive district titles. Unfortunately, for the talented 6-foot-1 forward, much of that time has been spent on the bench recovering from various injuries...
Redhawks unleash 16 hits in 14-7 win (02/28/05)
HAMMOND, La. - Southeast Missouri's Frank Montiel and Jordan Payne each belted three-run home runs and the Redhawks pounded out a season-high 16 hits to defeat Southeastern Louisiana, 14-7, in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field...
Biffle swerves to victory at Auto Club 500 (02/28/05)
FONTANA, Calif. -- Somehow, Greg Biffle kept his car pointed in the right direction long enough to take the checkered flag. "I lost all the rear grip there with three (laps) to go," Biffle said as he celebrated his victory Sunday in the Auto Club 500. "I just barely touched the wall, skinned it, two or three times there at the end and I was just able to keep it under me...
DeMarco is just no match for Toms (02/28/05)
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- David Toms played the best golf of his life, put his name in the record book with the biggest blowout in the Match Play Championship and barely broke a sweat while earning $1.3 million. All he lacked was an explanation. A major champion but hardly a juggernaut, Toms rolled through Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott to reach the semifinals, then beat Ian Poulter with the most dynamic stretch of golf ever seen at La Costa Resort...
Incoming defenders must adapt to new rule (02/28/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Grab that receiver and hold on tight. That's how cornerbacks covered wideouts in the NFL before last season. Then, after outrage over the way New England's defenders mugged Indianapolis' receivers in the 2003 AFC title game, officials were instructed to strictly interpret the no-contact coverage rules...
Braves patiently await Francoeur to make majors (02/28/05)
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jeff Francoeur has played out the scene in his head hundreds of times. He emerges from the dugout at Turner Field for the first time in an Atlanta Braves uniform. His family and friends are in the stands. The announcer bellows out his name for all to hear...
Arm of the future - Former USC pitcher impresses Cards staff (02/28/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Listed as this spring's 'prospect to watch' in the St. Louis training camp, 23-year old right-hander Anthony Reyes doesn't want to hear anything about it. "I don't pay any attention to that stuff," Reyes said. "My goal is to get to the big leagues as soon as possible, but I'm sure that's every rookie's goal."...
Ogilvy wins first PGA Tour title at Tucson (02/28/05)
Geoff Ogilvy sank an 18-foot, downhill putt for birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Kevin Na and win the Chrysler Classic of Tucson (Ariz.) for his first PGA Tour title. Ogilvy, who had four top-10 finishes last season, won for the first time in 108 PGA Tour events...
Kleiza says he will return to Missouri (02/28/05)
AUSTIN, Texas -- At least one good thing for Missouri came out of the Tigers' latest loss. Linas Kleiza, their star sophomore forward, said he's coming back next year -- and possibly for his senior season as well. "That's not even a question," Kleiza said Saturday, after Texas beat Missouri 63-51. "I'm definitely back for another year, two more years."...
Sports briefs 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
Baseball...
Area sports digest 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
Dodgeball tourney set for March 18; Mack Racing Team prepares for 2005; Doctors, lawyers meet Friday at Notre Dame; MAYB tournament returns to Cape in April
Former city engineers open new firm today (02/28/05)
Mark Lester, Melanie Gertis and Jaclyn Dameron will basically be doing what they've done for years -- designing streets, mapping out sewer lines and plotting subdivisions. But starting today, the three former Cape Girardeau city engineers will be doing it as private consultants...
'Baby' takes home four Oscars (02/28/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby" was the Academy Awards heavyweight Sunday, claiming best picture and three other trophies, including honors for director Clint Eastwood, lead-actress Hilary Swank and supporting-actor Morgan Freeman...
Stars glitter during their red-carpet arrivals (02/28/05)
Stars went strapless at the Oscars -- except for Hilary Swank. She made one of Sunday's boldest fashion statements, wearing a high-neck, sapphire-blue gown with long sleeves by Guy Laroche that hugged all her curves. She did show some skin, though: The back was completely bare...
SEMO Box near completion of $600,000 expansion (02/28/05)
SEMO Box Co., the Cape Girardeau manufacturer that produces corrugated boxes -- some for shipping and others that sit on grocery store shelves across America -- has nearly completed a $600,000 expansion that will add 40,000 square feet of new warehouse space that later could be used for increased production...
People on the move 02/28/05 (02/28/05)
Cape man graduates from truck driving school; Saint Francis nurse named to state board
Construction shortages, insurance disputes delay Fla. recovery (02/28/05)
PENSACOLA, Fla. Chuck Johnson and his golden retriever, Molly, share a small camper parked in front of a concrete slab, all that remains of his hurricane-battered home. The 56-year-old film technician is among thousands of Floridians still struggling to recover five months after the last of four hurricanes rampaged across the state...
There's more to cost than just price (02/28/05)
Someone might have made you a gift of this newspaper. Does that mean reading this article is free? The answer is a big fat no. If you weren't reading this article, you might have watched television, talked to your wife or worked on your homework. The cost of having or doing something is what had to be sacrificed. While reading this article might have a zero price, it most assuredly doesn't have a zero cost...
BioKyowa president thanks Cape at retirement reception (02/28/05)
Editor's note: The following is excerpted from a speech delivered by BioKyowa president Kohta Fujiwara at a retirement reception in his honor Friday at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. Fujiwara will remain an adviser to the new BioKyowa president for the next year before returning to Japan...
Business memo 02/28/05 (02/28/05)
Old Town Cape to hold tax credit workshop...
Ethel Warren (02/28/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ethel Mae Warren, 95, of Anna died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at Union County Hospital. She was born Feb. 1, 1910, in Du Quoin, Ill., daughter of William and Mary Glen McNeal. She and C. Davis Warren were married Sept. 13, 1910. He died Oct. 25, 2002...
Ruth Militti (02/28/05)
Ruth Ira Militti, 88, of Jackson died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1917, in Searcy, Ark., daughter of Columbus and Lucille Evans Robbins. She and Yano Militti were married May 26, 1936, in Grassy, Mo...
Anna Hood (02/28/05)
Anna Mae Hood, 96, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Lexington, Ky., died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at the Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Jan. 10, 1909, in Corbin, Ky., daughter of James and Minnie Austin Hood. Hood taught second grade for more than 50 years, with 44 years of service to Fayette County schools. She was a member of Central Christian Church, Pilot Club and the Kentucky Teachers Association...
Peggy Stewart (02/28/05)
Peggy Flippin Stewart, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at her home. She was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Paul and Glenys Smith Flippin. She and Dr. William Stewart were married. Stewart was a member of Cairo Baptist Church. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Order of the Rose...
Nora Hobeck (02/28/05)
Nora S. Hobeck, 94, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Friedham, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 13, 1910, in Friedheim, daughter of Fredrick and Anna Isenberg Rohde. She and Clarence Dickmann were married March 31, 1933. He died in 1949. She and Otis Hobeck were married Nov. 24, 1951. He died Feb. 12, 1985...
Ronald Talley (02/28/05)
Ronald Dale Talley, 58, of Scott City died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at his home. He was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Dexter, Mo., son of Raymon and Frances "Elizabeth" O'Dell Talley. Talley was an equipment operator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War...
Elmer Westbrook (02/28/05)
Elmer Robert Westbrook, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born June 3, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., son of Elmer and Helen Marlarley. Elmer was a lifetime member of VFW 3838 in Cape Girardeau and was also a member of the Advance Eagles 4145...
Robert Voudrie (02/28/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Robert Glenn Voudrie, 63, of Advance died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at the Veterans Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance.
Clifford Petton Sr. (02/28/05)
MARQUAND, Mo. -- Clifford Warren Petton Sr., 83, of Marquand died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at his home. He was born March 19, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo., son of Edward and Christine Faitz Pettan. He and Doris Jakubowski were married Feb. 19, 1946, in St. Louis...
Dolores Wagner (02/28/05)
Dolores V. Wagner, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at the Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 21, 1919, at Philadelphia, Penn., daughter of William and Veronica Quigley Thixton. She and Ivan Clark Wagner were married Dec. 7, 1941, at Yuma, Ariz. He died in 1991...
Dorothy Resch (02/28/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mrs. Dorothy C. Resch, 86, of Anna died at 7:17 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born April 30, 1918, in Monroe, N.Y., daughter of George F. and Grace Smith Sapper. She married Charles Edwin Resch on May 12, 1946, in Monroe; he preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2000...
Richard Sides (02/28/05)
FESTUS, Mo. -- Richard Wayne Sides, 57, of Festus died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 27, 1947, at Cape Girardeau, son of Lloyd and Millie Henson Sides. Sides was a pipefitter for the Local 562 in St. Louis, Mo. He was also a member of the VFW post in Festus and the Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War...
Anna Woods (02/28/05)
Anna Jean Gonza Woods died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, fortified with the Sacrament of Holy Mother Church. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley H. Woods. They were married April 3, 1948, in St. Louis, Mo. She was the dear mother of Stephen R. Woods of Deleware, Ohio, and the late Cheryl Ann Woods; grandmother of Robert Woods of Mesa, Ariz., Amanda Woods of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandmother of Lillian Catherine Woods of Mesa; sister to Robert Goza Jr. ...
Births 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
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Cape police report 02/28/05 (02/28/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Micah James Werner, 26, 938 N. West St., Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests...
Cape fire report 02/28/05 (02/28/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Saturday: * At 6:20 p.m., illegal burn at 518 S. Benton St. * At 6:44 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of North Sprigg Street. * At 9:05 p.m., brush fire at Hopper Road and Interstate 55...
Out of the past 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
25 years ago: Feb. 28, 1980 Dr. Bill W. Stacy, who for the past seven months has served as interim president of Southeast Missouri State University, is named permanent president of the institution by unanimous vote of the board of regents. Pending a final inspection Monday, city and Cape Girardeau public school officials are hoping for a March 8 through 9 grand opening of the swimming pool at Central High School...
University rents London apartment (02/28/05)
If you have a question, e-mail factorfiction@semissourian.com or call Speak Out (334-5111) and identify your call as a question for "Fact or fiction?" Q: Does the university own an apartment or condo in London, England, that they let employees stay in for free while on vacations there? -- Robert M. Aubuchon, Jackson...
Mo.'s insurance data don't support malpractice overhaul efforts (02/28/05)
As former insurance director, I am mystified when the Missouri General Assembly's medical malpractice debate ignores the facts, even though the Missouri Department of Insurance has the nation's largest database. The list of myths is long, but I can cull out the most offensive one: the myth that medical malpractice reform, as proposed in House Bill 393, will reduce the frivolous lawsuits in Missouri by trimming the non-economic damages cap to $250,000 from $579,000...
Welcoming the troops (02/28/05)
It's been more than a year since the members of the Missouri Army National Guard 1140th Engineer Battalion left behind their families and headed to Iraq. And by Tuesday, this 500-member force should be back in Southeast Missouri. Even with the necessity for security for the group's return, family members in Southeast Missouri, from Farmington to Sikeston, plan to be ready for the homecoming...
Bush squanders opportunities (02/28/05)
To the editor: Following Sept. 11, 2001, the world was poised to offer its sympathy and support for the United States in our hour of tragedy. While the retaliation against al-Qaida was generally understood, the Bush administration quickly squandered all the goodwill. ...
Steroids give an unfair advantage (02/28/05)
To the editor: Last week Jose Canseco published a book about steroid use. Even though it is still cheating, it tells me that athletes can use drugs to help their performance. It is an unfair advantage over athletes who didn't use steroids. It is the responsibility of the coaches, trainers and players to uphold the rules. I hope our local high school coaches are not giving in to steroids for their players just to have another "w" in the win column...
Speak Out 2/28/05 (02/28/05)
Proud to be Greek; Obscene cuts; Spending fairness; Serious students; Thankful for students; Where's that recipe?; Paid not to work; Ready for spring
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