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Stories from Thursday, March 3, 2005

When food means trouble (03/03/05)
For 22-year-old Michelle Tracy, food used to be more than just a means of nourishment -- it was a reward and a punishment. She used to eat to comfort herself, but what followed would be torment. "After eating and filling myself up, throwing up was a punishment for eating too much," said Tracy, a student at Southeast Missouri State University. "I would try to throw up until I actually thought I saw my face get smaller."...
Flag issue in limbo; Jackson board takes no action (03/03/05)
It appears that Jackson's Board of Aldermen has decided not to decide on allowing a Missouri Confederate flag to be flown over Col. William Jeffers' grave at the city cemetery. At Monday night's study session, Clint Lacy, a Confederate history activist and Marble Hill resident, made a presentation to the council, asking that the flag be raised...
Unidentified man dies from fire in Cape apartment (03/03/05)
A working smoke detector might have saved the life of a Cape Girardeau man who perished in an apartment fire Wednesday evening, firefighters said. Cape Girardeau battalion chief Tom Hinkebein said neighbors at 604 Boxwood Drive were alerted about the fire when they heard a smoke detector go off in the hallway of the four-unit, two-story building. ...
Post office moves into gas station after lease talks fail (03/03/05)
Fill up with gas. Buy some smokes, maybe a soda, even some ice cream if you want it. At a Millersville convenience store, you can even pick up the mail -- not that anybody considers the temporary solution very convenient. Millersville residents with post office boxes are currently collecting their mail at Millersville Gas and Grocery, the only gas station in town...
Soldiers home from Iraq adjusting to civilian lifestyle (03/03/05)
Bill Hoxworth woke up Wednesday to a bed full of kids. Phillip Patterson went to the gym with his wife and spent the afternoon painting a shelf in the sunshine in his yard. Dustin McDowell grabbed lunch with some buddies and then later watched Zach, his dearly missed 9-year-old brother, practice soccer...
Annual Riddle history lecture slated for today (03/03/05)
"Washington's Remarkable Generation" will be the topic of the fifth annual Veryl L. Riddle Distinguished History Lecture tonight at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Don Higginbotham, professor of American history at the University of North Carolina, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Dempster Hall's Glenn Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Higginbotham is one of the leading scholars of early American history and George Washington...
Fine arts academy will feature area students (03/03/05)
Several students from the local area have been chosen as participants in the 2005 Missouri Fine Arts Academy. The Fine Arts Academy is held every year on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and is open to high school incoming juniors and seniors who show interest and achievement in artistic pursuits like music, art and theater...
$217,600 donation made in name of late Cape doctor (03/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In the name of the late Dr. James Kinder of Cape Girardeau, the March of Dimes on Wednesday made a $217,600 donation to further research aimed at reducing premature births and birth defects. During the 1940s and 1950s, Kinder was the only board-certified pediatrician between St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn. He also was instrumental in establishing the region's first neonatal intensive care unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau in the 1970s...
Kinder, Kruse and Rust join government overhaul panel (03/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With its membership finalized, the newly created Government Reform Commission now faces the monumental job of reviewing all aspects of state operations and presenting recommendations for change to Gov. Matt Blunt within one year...
City enlists prisoners to clean up Cape's litter (03/03/05)
Dressed in orange jumpsuits and wearing work gloves, three Cape Girardeau city prisoners picked up discarded tires, liquor bottles and other trash Wednesday afternoon along Ranney Avenue as a police officer supervised the litter pickup. The city jail inmates placed the tires and other large debris in piles along the side of the street. ...
Community digest 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Action agency plans back-to-school fair; Music benefit on tap at Deerfield Lodge; Cheerleaders raise funds for tsunami victims; Trivia night proceeds go to Head School; Retreat planned to help with grief; Zonta Club getting ready for flea market; Training offered for development grants; Tax assistance available through VITA program
Community Q&A 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
* Name: Kim King...
Community cuisine 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Daisy church serving grilled whole-hog sausage; Chicken on table Sunday at Schock center; Guardian Angel plans dinner at Oran KC Hall
Emergency sirens being put up (03/03/05)
Dexter DailyStatesman BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Stoddard County 911 director Bill Pippins said new emergency sirens will be distributed to the different municipalities as soon as the required poles have been obtained by all cities in Stoddard County. The county Industrial Development Authority Foundation Board recently sponsored Stoddard County 911 for a grant through the USDA Rural Development program which gave financing for the new sirens. ...
Club news 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Town and Country FCE; Arnsberg 4-H Club; St. Mary CCW; Oak Ridge FCE; Zonta Club; Oak Ridge After-School 4-H; Cape County 4-H Gardening Club; Nancy Hunter Chapter NSDAR; Exchange Club
Woman killed when vehicle hits her house (03/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis woman was killed when an SUV crashed through her bedroom wall, police said. It began about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man and woman argued. When the woman reportedly jumped into her car and drove off, the man gave chase in a sport utility vehicle, ramming cars along the way. ...
Grandmother sentenced to life in triple shooting (03/03/05)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A Pomona woman has been sentenced to three life terms for killing her son-in-law and two grandchildren. Pamela K. Burns, 52, received the sentence late Tuesday in Howell County after she pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action in the shooting deaths of Keith A. ...
Missouri House passes workers' comp legislation (03/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Fewer injured Missourians would be eligible for workers' compensation under legislation passed Wednesday by the House. On a primarily partisan vote of 90-66, House members approved a Republican-backed bill that would go a step further than a Senate version by establishing stricter standards for employees to qualify for compensation. It would also limit attorneys' fees and establish term limits for the judges who decide workers' compensation cases...
Car kidnappers: New technology lets cities lift cars of tax deliquents (03/03/05)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Sam Byers heard a commotion outside his house, but by the time he got to the window his Ford Explorer was gone. City marshals, armed with a new tool that photographs auto license plates and instantly matches them against a tax scofflaw database, had towed Byers' car right out of his driveway...
The court battle at a glance (03/03/05)
BURNING ISSUE The Supreme Court is considering whether displays of the Ten Commandments should be allowed on government property, the court's first case on this issue in 25 years. DIFFERING VIEWS Proponents of public displays say the commandments are part of the nation's legal heritage. Opponents contend the displays are an unconstitutional "establishment" of religion by the government...
GOP Senate rejects effort to soften bankruptcy law (03/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats were thwarted Wednesday in their attempts to soften the impact on seniors and sick people of a proposed law making it harder to erase debts in bankruptcy. Mostly along party lines, the GOP-controlled Senate voted 59-40 to reject an amendment that would have allowed older people to get special homestead exemptions to keep their homes when they file for bankruptcy. Currently, such exemptions are determined by the states...
Verizon sets stage for MCI bidding war (03/03/05)
NEW YORK -- A potential bidding war for MCI Inc. took shape Wednesday as merger partner Verizon Communications Inc. freed the long-distance telephone company to discuss a higher bid from Qwest Communications Inc. -- which welcomed the decision, but sent a prickly response. ...
Stewart's jail time coming to a close (03/03/05)
ALDERSON, W.Va. -- From scrubbing floors to raking leaves, Martha Stewart spent the past five months performing the sort of tasks ordinarily done by the hired help. She also foraged for dandelions and other wild greens, concocted recipes in a microwave, even ate from the vending machines, heaven forbid...
Nation briefs 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Judge postpones cattle imports from Canada; Man may have planned U.S. terror training camp; Witness: Jackson wanted to smear accuser's mom; Colleges benefiting from private donations; Topeka will keep law barring gay discrimination; Study: Patients benefit from cancer experiments
Greenspan underlines urgency of reforms (03/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan prodded Congress on Wednesday to curtail the cost of government health and retirement benefits promised to baby boomers "sooner rather than later," at the same time giving a fresh boost to President Bush's embattled call for personal accounts under Social Security...
Supreme Court takes up case of Ten Commandments display (03/03/05)
WASHINGTON -- With demonstrators shouting religious slogans outside, Supreme Court justices questioned, argued and fretted Wednesday over whether Ten Commandments displays on government property cross the line of separation between church and state...
Speedy Syrian departure from Lebanon may lead to power, security vacuum (03/03/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A speedy Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon may fulfill the dreams of many Lebanese, but lifting the tight lid Syria has kept on its smaller neighbor carries risks: a security vacuum and possible return to sectarian disputes that bedeviled this country throughout its history...
Car bombs targeting Iraqi troops (03/03/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two car bombs killed 12 Iraqi soldiers in separate attacks Wednesday, and the al-Qaida group in Iraq claimed responsibility for one. Officials also said the slayings of a lawyer and judge on Iraq's war crimes tribunal may have occurred because of their position on the court or because they were minority Kurds...
World briefs 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Afghanistan sees first female governor; Israel may hand over greenhouses in pullout; Secret door reveals three mummies in tomb; U.S. accuses Iran of willful deceit over nukes; U.N. peacekeepers kill nearly 60 militia in Congo
Notre Dame crushes Festus to reach state's elite eight (03/03/05)
PARKHILLS, Mo. -- Class 4 boys basketball teams around the state better beware: The Bulldogs smell blood. After a quiet 9-16 regular season, Notre Dame has won four straight to secure a spot in the state quarterfinals. The latest was a convincing 78-51 victory over Festus on Wednesday night at Mineral Area College...
Winans earns national honor (03/03/05)
For the second year in a row, Southeast Missouri State basketball player Derek Winans has received one of the nation's highest honors for combined excellence in athletics and academics. Winans, a senior guard from Shawnee (Ill.) High School, on Wednesday was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America basketball team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America...
Redhawks click in win vs. SLU (03/03/05)
Southeast Missouri State's baseball team clicked on most cylinders during Wednesday's home opener. The Redhawks banged out 14 hits and scored all of their runs with two outs, while four pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run during an 8-3 victory over St. Louis University...
Trinity Lutheran returns to state (03/03/05)
The Trinity Lutheran boys basketball "A" team will play for the second straight year in the Missouri Lutheran basketball tournament, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Jefferson City, Mo. Trinity (20-5) won the SEMO Parochial League's Lutheran Division...
Lawyers have something to prove in clash with doctors (03/03/05)
The attorneys have good reason to believe they will be the the underdogs Friday night in the 12th annual Doctors vs. Lawyers Basketball Showdown. After all, the doctors have won nine of the 11 previous meetings. The lawyers, who have not won since 2001, lost 73-68 last year and 62-49 the year before that...
Missouri reaches new offensive low (03/03/05)
AMES, Iowa -- Will Blalock scored 19 points, and Iowa State rattled Missouri from start to finish with its pressure defense in a 67-49 victory Wednesday. The Cyclones (16-10, 8-7) broke a two-game losing streak and kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive...
Pizzotti fired from post with Billikens (03/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Jill Pizzotti, St. Louis University's coach for the past 10 years, was fired Wednesday after a 4-23 season. Pizzotti, 38, who played at Southeast Missouri State, was 113-167 for her career at Saint Louis. Her best season was 2002-03, when the Billikens earned a bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament. But St. Louis was just 12-42 over the past two seasons...
Coakley signs with St. Louis (03/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams began restocking their most needy position on Wednesday, signing outside linebacker Dexter Coakley to a five-year contract. Coakley, one of the smaller linebackers in the NFL at 5-foot-10 and 236 pounds, was on the free agent market for one day after being released by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday. He would have been due for a $500,000 roster bonus if he was still on Dallas' roster on Wednesday...
Mulder will get start in first exhibition (03/03/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark Mulder, the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest offseason acquisition, will start the spring training opener tonight against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mulder, a 17-game winner last year for the Oakland Athletics, also is expected to start the season opener for St. Louis...
Ticket sales brisk for final year at Busch Stadium (03/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The final season at Busch Stadium looks like it will be a crowded one. The St. Louis Cardinals already have sold 2.2 million tickets for the 2005 season, the team said Tuesday, and individual-game tickets don't go on sale until Saturday. Season tickets, sales to groups and sales of four-game "theme" packs account for the sales so far...
For Longevity pay attention to your heart (03/03/05)
One of the burning questions of my generation is whether we actually do want to live forever. Personally, I haven't decided that one. But until I do, I will try whatever I can to give myself enough time on this earth to ponder that deep question. And if I am serious about this goal, I need to be kind to my heart...
Moving with ease: Aquatics class offers relief for arthritis sufferers (03/03/05)
A dozen or so pairs of arms each make an "O" in the air and water as the class participants swing their hands above their heads and then down by their thighs in the pool. The movements start in unison, but gradually grow off-beat as some arms slow down...
About arthritis (03/03/05)
Types: INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS -- may affect joints, skin, kidneys and other parts of the body. DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS -- more commonly referred to as osteoarthritis and "wear and tear" arthritis. SYNDROMES -- fibromyalgia, a syndrome noted for widespread muscle pain and fatigue...
Visions of long-necked children (03/03/05)
March 3, 2005 Dear Blanchard students, Thank you for inviting some of us grownups to your school to discuss the book "Loser." I appreciate that you thought I might understand a book about Donald Zinkoff, a first-grader who wears a giraffe hat the first day of school...
'All My Children' leads race for Daytime Emmys (03/03/05)
NEW YORK -- ABC's "All My Children" earned a leading 18 Daytime Emmy nominations on Wednesday for a year of stories about two babies inadvertently switched. But the soap opera's best-known actress, Susan Lucci, was snubbed. "The View" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" both had 11 nominations in talk show categories...
Weight watcher (03/03/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The plate of snacks is tempting, filled with chocolates, cookies and more, but the only member of Kirstie Alley's household to bite is Bradley the dog. "No, no," Alley says, shooing the Welsh corgi away. She's equally disciplined with herself, nibbling on tiny heart-shaped mints while a visitor samples olive pate...
Bernadette Hoffman (03/03/05)
Bernadette V. "Bun" Vodra Hoffman, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 11, 1919, in Aurora, Neb., daughter of Lewis and Violet Karr Vodra. She and Robert Hoffman were married May 25, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn...
Pauline Ambler (03/03/05)
Pauline M. Ambler, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., from noon to service time Saturday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Peter Ryan officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery...
Rufus Sumlin (03/03/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Rufus J. "Big Rufus" Sumlin, 76, of Sikeston died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Clearview Nursing Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Renova, Miss., son of Johnnie and Ruth Mae Wolfe Sumlin. He married Ella Yarber. Sumlin was a merchant marine with the U.S. Coast Guard 20 years, was an electrician five years at McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, and then worked 25 years at Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid, Mo. He was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church...
Carolyn Thomasson (03/03/05)
A memorial service in remembrance of Carolyn Lane McEwan Thomasson is planned Monday at Christ Episcopal Church, 100 N. Fountain. Rector Bob Towner will lead the 11 a.m. service. A private inurnment ceremony will follow. Carolyn Lane McEwan Thomasson was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Winchester, Ky. She died Jan. 1, 2005, in Lexington, Ky., in the company of her friends and family...
Jesse Palmer (03/03/05)
Jesse Leon Palmer, 70, of Summerville, S.C., died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jess O. and Ellia Ethel Link Palmer. He married Mary Elizabeth Howard. Palmer attended Juden School in Cape Girardeau. He was a champion race car driver in Sikeston, Mo., and Cape Girardeau...
Geraldine Minton (03/03/05)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Geraldine A. Minton, 91, of Cobden died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 21, 1914, in Union County, Ill., daughter of William H. and Rebecca Caraker Lasley. She and John Raymond "Rip" Minton were married Nov. 16, 1935, in Alto Pass, Ill. He died Oct. 26, 1967...
Marvin Read (03/03/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Marvin Read, 63, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born March 11, 1941, in Tamms, Ill., son of Lewis and Hazel Coleman Read. Survivors include five sisters, Brenda, Ann, Sue, Mary Jane, and Ruth; and two brothers, James and Donald...
Thomas Wallace (03/03/05)
Thomas Wallace, 41, of Cape Girardeau died at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending with Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Lawrence DeWeese (03/03/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lawrence DeWeese, 83, of Anna, died Wednesday March 2, 2005, at the City Care Center in Anna. Funeral arrangements are pending with Crain Funeral Home in Dongola, Ill.
Beulah Winkler (03/03/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Beulah A. Winkler, 85, of Perryville died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 26, 1919, at Apple Creek, Mo., daughter of William G. and Emma Zoellner Schnurbusch. She and Leo Winkler were married Sept. 20, 1939, at Apple Creek. He died Feb. 21, 1978...
Births 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Luttrell; Evans; Crawford; Dush; Mattes; Richards; Rister
Police reports 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Wednesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Michael Joseph Flynn, 20, 1600 Whitener St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving on a revoked license and running a stop sign...
Out of the past 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
25 years ago: March 3, 1980 The Cape Girardeau County Court hopes to seek bids on the Allenville-Whitewater bridge project by the end of the month; consulting engineer Robert J. Hahn has been asked to develop an alternate set of construction specifications for new one-lane bridge at Allenville in the event the existing Whitewater bridge cannot be moved there...
Trusting in TTF (03/03/05)
A month before Cape Girardeau voters approved a half-cent transportation sales tax in 1995, the city council established a transportation trust fund to ensure that all the tax money would be spent on transportation projects. The trust fund, along with a priority list of projects and a five-year sunset provision, secured strong backing for the tax-and-build plan. ...
Faulty arguments against MSU (03/03/05)
To the editor: In response to the recent opinion column, "No to MSU: Name change would be grab for land-grant status": I am curious if John Lichtenegger has looked at the actual wording of the bill, which shows that Harris-Stowe State College, Missouri Western State College, Missouri Southern State College and Central Missouri State University are all included for name changes...
Differing viewpoints appreciated (03/03/05)
To the editor: It seems you must receive lots of hate mail, judging from the fiery barbs recently hurled at Alan Journet. What is it with these people that they sound so hateful? So what if Journet is a liberal? Have some of our more conservative friends forgotten that we live in America, not Nazi Germany? Have they misplaced our cherished belief in a tradition that values people with dissenting views? Do some really believe that a guy living in a double-wide along Route 1 is more politically important than someone in a condo off Main Street? Come on.. ...
Where but in Millersville? (03/03/05)
To the editor: Where else in this country can you buy a bottle of whiskey and pack of cigarettes and get your mail all at the same counter? It looks like the U.S. Postal Service officials sat on their butts and waited till the last minute to find a new location for the Millersville Post Office...
District turns parents against tax (03/03/05)
To the editor: I noticed in the Southeast Missourian that Kelly School District is trying to pass a tax increase to build a new school. It seems funny to me that when seniors graduate at midyear, which frees up some space, the school punishes these students by saying, "No graduation walk, no prom." The district wants the parents of these students to vote for a tax increase, but these parents aren't allowed to see their children receive a diploma for all their all work. ...
Additional information for timeline (03/03/05)
To the editor: In your Progress edition timeline for 1976, Don and Inez Statler sold the Western Auto store on Plaza Way to Harry and Martha Ivester. We closed the store in 1981 due to health problems. MARTHA IVESTER, Cape Girardeau
More services mean fewer abortions (03/03/05)
To the editor: It was with interest that I read the Rev. Roger Ray's article on abortion in the Mirror, a Catholic newspaper. He pointed out that abortions decreased nearly 50 percent during Clinton's presidency, compared to the times during the last 20 years when the Republicans were in office. ...
Speak Out 3/3/05 (03/03/05)
Too close for comfort; Look for change; Wrong complaint; Going overboard; Bus system is safer; Yield right-of-way; Action against litter; Common courtesy; Special consideration; Think of the children; Traumatic decision; Mark the procession; No choice at all; Cuts aimed at scams; Worn-out workers; Universal truths; Outdoor loudness; Students on boards
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