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Military digest 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Jaynes completes Navy basic training...
Community digest 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Program informs parents of 'huffing' dangers; Last meeting of Dinner Club on tap Monday; Cape County archivist featured at roundtable; Group sponsors lecture on mandated reporters; Church showing 'The Passion of the Christ'; Plant sale will benefit cancer treatment; Annual MS Walk scheduled for April 10; Cape schools holding kindergarten screenings; Delta Elementary plans readiness meeting; Friends of May Greene getting together April 23
Redhawks win two more in Florida (03/17/05)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team concluded its five-day run in the Rebel Spring Games in Florida with two more victories Wednesday, bringing the Redhawks' record to 8-1 in the event. Southeast (9-6) shut out George Mason 5-0 and then beat Yale 3-0...
Community Q&A 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
* Name: Girada Vines ...
Rebels quiet Redhawks' bats (03/17/05)
One day after coming oh-so-close to upsetting nationally ranked Mississippi, the Southeast Missouri State baseball team didn't come close to scoring a run against the Rebels on Wednesday afternoon in Oxford, Miss. The Redhawks (6-9) were limited to five hits -- none for extra bases -- and had just seven baserunners on the day. Three of them managed to reach second base, and Southeast even sent the tying runner to the plate in the ninth inning with the help of an Ole Miss error...
Caregiver charged with murdering Florida foster child (03/17/05)
MIAMI -- A woman who was supposed to be taking care of Rilya Wilson was charged Wednesday with murdering the 4-year-old, three years after the foster child's disappearance scandalized Florida's child-protection agency. Geralyn Graham was also charged with kidnapping and aggravated child abuse. No body has been found, prosecutors said...
Gender gap: New report contends that U.S. drug laws have damaging impact on women (03/17/05)
NEW YORK -- America's war on drugs is inflicting deep and disproportionate harm on women -- most of them mothers -- who are filling prisons in ever-rising numbers despite their typically minor roles in drug rings, the American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups contend in a major new report...
As coalition partners pull out, Bush sets no timetable (03/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Wednesday he understands the desire of U.S. coalition partners to withdraw troops from Iraq, but he declined to set a timetable for bringing American forces home. "Our troops will come home when Iraqis are capable of defending themselves," Bush told a news conference...
More than 100 have died in U.S. custody during Iraq, Afghan war (03/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- At least 108 people have died in U.S. custody in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and roughly a quarter of the cases have been investigated as possible U.S. abuse, according to government data provided to The Associated Press. The figure, far higher than any previously disclosed, includes cases investigated by the Army, Navy, Central Intelligence Agency and Justice Department. Some 65,000 prisoners have been taken during the U.S.-led wars, most later freed...
Senate votes to open oil drilling in Alaskan refuge (03/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush. The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, rejected an attempt by Democrats and GOP moderates to remove a refuge drilling provision from next year's budget, preventing opponents from using a filibuster -- a tactic that has blocked repeated past attempts to open the Alaska refuge to oil companies.. ...
Traveler loses custody of goats (03/17/05)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man who allegedly left a trail of dead goats through several states has lost custody of his 200-plus remaining animals pending the outcome of animal cruelty cases in Ohio and West Virginia. Christopher Weathersbee, 64, fled to West Virginia with 16 of his goats, including a dead one he'd been storing in a freezer, in late February amid an impoundment and seizure by agents in Scioto County, Ohio...
U.S. reaches record for trade deficit (03/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. deficit in the broadest measure of international trade surged to an all-time high last year, increasing a potential threat to the economy as the country sank deeper into debt to Japan, China and other nations. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the deficit in the U.S. ...
General Motors shares hit lowest point in years (03/17/05)
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. on Wednesday slashed its full-year earnings outlook by more than half, citing poor North American business and health-care costs. Its share price is at its lowest point in a dozen years. ** JPMorgan settles claims in WorldCom losses...
Nation briefs 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Iowa strictly limits access to medicine used in meth; Nuclear waste documents may have been falsified; Scott Peterson gets death for slayings; Schiavo's feeding tube to be removed Friday; Soldier apologizes for forcing Iraqis into river; Dance floor scuffle leads to freeway shooting; Women's X chromosomes work harder than men's
At a glance (03/17/05)
THE VOTE The Senate, 51-49, voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling. SUPPORTERS The oil industry has sought for more than two decades to gain access to what is believed to be billions of barrels of oil beneath the 1.5 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...
Iraqi National Assembly sworn in as insurgency sets off explosions (03/17/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi legislators were sworn in Wednesday as members of the 275-seat National Assembly, vowing to uphold freedom and democracy. But before taking their oath, they had to endure mortar barrages and wailing air raid sirens as insurgents made their presence felt...
Hezbollah leader vows to keep arms (03/17/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hezbollah's leader on Wednesday rejected a suggestion by President Bush that his militants disarm and enter the political mainstream, saying the group will never leave Lebanon defenseless. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah criticized Bush for not responding to Lebanese demands that Israeli warplanes stop flying over Lebanon, and for not calling on Israel to release its Lebanese detainees...
Syrian intelligence ends 18-year presence in Beirut (03/17/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Syrian military intelligence agents abandoned their Beirut office Wednesday, ending their 18-year presence in the Lebanese capital by driving away in buses and cars. The withdrawal was in line with international demands -- including the United States and the United Nations -- and the Lebanese opposition. President Bush on Wednesday again pressed for a complete withdrawal of Syrian troops and intelligence organizations from Lebanon...
Israel hands over first city to Palestinians (03/17/05)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops took down their Star of David flag, removed a roadblock and handed the town of Jericho to Palestinian control Wednesday, boosting Mideast peace efforts and sending a message to Palestinians that ending the violent uprising is starting to pay off...
World briefs 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Iceland may grant Bobby Fischer citizenship; Serial child rapist, murderer hanged in Iran; Cardinal warns against reading 'Da Vinci Code'; N. Korea refuses talks with Condoleezza Rice; Plane crashes in Russia's north, killing 29 people
New democracy (03/17/05)
WHAT HAPPENED Iraq's first freely elected parliament in a half-century held its opening session Wednesday. WHO THEY ARE The Shiite clergy-dominated United Iraqi Alliance holds 140 of the 275 seats and the Kurds hold 75. Sunni Arabs, politically prominent under Saddam Hussein, largely boycotted the elections and won few seats...
Markets not impressed by OPEC's commitment to boosting output (03/17/05)
ISFAHAN, Iran -- OPEC left the intense global thirst for oil unquenched on Wednesday when it raised its output quota by 2 percent, a symbolic gesture that will not add supply to the market. Oil prices climbed to a new high above $56 a barrel. Driven by fears of a supply crunch next winter, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to immediately authorize the pumping of an extra half-million barrels of oil a day and to approve a similar boost later if prices do not fall...
Be Happy: what is important (03/17/05)
Doesn't it make sense that, if money purchased happiness, the richer the country, the happier its people? One has to wonder then why surveys in our wealthy country consistently show a decrease in life satisfaction and an increase in depression and distrust...
Weight a minute (03/17/05)
Sixty to 90 minutes of exercise? Every day? That's what the government now suggests. Even people working out at the gym say most folks won't consider that, and the experts behind the government's recommendation say 30 minutes a day is enough for most...
Legends beneath the lights (03/17/05)
March 17, 2005 Dear Leslie, A few months ago, our friend Gail moved her children into a house she thought was perfect. Then baseball season started. The university plays on a field in the park right behind her house. Lights atop poles now blaze into the night. A keyboardist plays the familiar rally notes -- dum dum dum dum ... dum dum dum dum...
Bionic woman's horse sense (03/17/05)
CALABASAS, Calif. -- It took wild horses to get Lindsay Wagner to play a "really old and gnarly" woman in the Hallmark Channel movie "Thicker Than Water." "I had to like swallow my pride," says Wagner, now 55 with two grown sons and still instantly recognizable as "The Bionic Woman" from the 1970s. ...
Country music videos nominated (03/17/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Videos by newcomers Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson were among the leading nominees for the 2005 CMT Music Awards announced Wednesday. The video for Big & Rich's song "Holy Water" received nominations in the categories for Group/Duo and Most Inspiring Video, while the video for "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" was picked to contend as a breakthrough video...
Dorothy Huckstep (03/17/05)
Dorothy E. Huckstep, 85, of Millersville died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at her home. She was born April 9, 1919, at Whitewater, daughter of George W. and Gertrude Hector Baker. She and Jesse C. Huckstep were married Dec. 25, 1943, in Jackson. He died in July 1983...
Jerry Klaffer (03/17/05)
KELSO, Mo. -- Jerry Emerson Klaffer was called home to Heaven Tuesday, March 15, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was born Jan. 19, 1962, in Paducah, Ky., son of James A. and Mary DeMaris Klaffer. He and Monica Kelly were married Aug. 27, 1988, in Sikeston, Mo...
Tony Pearce (03/17/05)
Tony L. Pearce, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Katherine Layton (03/17/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Katherine Ruth Layton, 72, of Perryville died March 15, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born March 30, 1932, in Perry County, daughter of Floyd and Pauline Cattoor Hagan. She and Roy Layton were married Aug. 26, 1978, at Perryville...
Ernie Jones (03/17/05)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Ernie Robert Jones, 85, of Morley died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at his home. He was born May 19, 1919, in Dover, Ark., son of Charlie and Clemmie Boze Jones. He and Odessa Beatrice Miller were married Dec. 7, 1940, at Benton, Mo. Jones was a farmer and formerly worked on electrical line construction. He was a member of Hooe Baptist Church, and a former member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 702...
William Claspill (03/17/05)
William D. Claspill, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 12, 1954, in St. Louis, son of William H. and Clarene Laforest Claspill. Claspill was a welder in the automobile industry. He lived in California 30 years, moving to Cape Girardeau in 2002...
Cecil Shell (03/17/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Cecil Otto Shell, 80, of Advance died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Baptist Health Center in North Little Rock, Ark. He was born Nov. 26, 1924, at Dongola, Mo., son of Otto and Flora Null Shell. He married Demetrius Harris, who preceded him in death in 1973...
Nadine Beyer (03/17/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Nadine Beyer, 79, formerly of Oran, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran is in charge of arrangements.
Vervlee Coleman (03/17/05)
Vervlee Coleman, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Missouri, daughter of John and Georgia Clark Smith. She and Dave Coleman were married July 1944 in Osceola, Ark. He died in 1976...
Dr. Roy Schoenborn (03/17/05)
Dr. Roy V. Schoenborn, 79, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at his home. He was born March 19, 1925, in Springfield, Ill., son of Adam and Rita Thimm Schoenborn. He and Betty McClanahan were married May 27, 1949. Dr. Schoenborn received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois-Normal, a master's of art education from Columbia University in New York, and a master's of fine arts from Columbia University...
Howard Brennecke (03/17/05)
Howard D. Brennecke, 79, of Millersville passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1925, in the Stroder Branch community, son of Roy Z. and Ethel Ross Brennecke. He and Geraldine Kuehn were married March 11, 1948, in Jackson...
Marcella Sullivan (03/17/05)
GLENNON, Mo. -- Marcella Jansen Sullivan, 76, formerly of Glennon died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Del Ray Beach Hospital in Florida. She was born March 10, 1929, at Glennon, daughter of Joseph and Mary Lenderink Jansen. She and Henry Sullivan were married in January 1970...
Births 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Turner; Moffett; Schumer; Kendle; Corcoran; Volz
Fire reports 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Tuesday: * At 7:01 p.m. illegal burn at Kage and Hopper roads. * At 7:41 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. * At 8:19 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3200 block of William Street...
Police reports 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. Arrests * Javon Jeremy Buxton, 26, 1310 Shelby, Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on two warrants from the Sikeston Department of Public Service for contempt of court. * Neal Patrick Clark, 31, 1621 Oak St., was arrested on a warrant for parole violation...
Out of the past 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
25 years ago: March 17, 1980 The one-half cent county sales tax, which went into effect the first of the year, netted Cape Girardeau County approximately $83,000 in January, about $20,000 less than what was originally estimated by county officials...
Correction 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
In Wednesday's edition, a story about the Central High School Red Dagger drama club misspelled the club's name. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
China is our enemy (03/17/05)
The blind faith all of our political leaders have in the notion of globalization is deceptive. The 3 million U.S. manufacturing jobs lost in the last four years were not a result of globalization. They disappeared because of "China-ization."...
Buying power (03/17/05)
Cape Girardeau County Treasurer Roger Hudson thinks he can save the county money by centralizing purchasing of office supplies and equipment. Centralized purchasing would enable the county to buy more items in bulk and to buy through state contracts...
Terri Schiavo case is truly tragic (03/17/05)
To the editor: David Limbaugh has written a column, "Prayers for Terri," regarding the very public legal battle to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Given the complexities of this emotional case, Limbaugh's opinions seem one-sided. Here are some facts from the original trial...
Camp is becoming unsafe place (03/17/05)
To the editor: About Camp TeAta: My Girl Scout troop has been one of the few to enjoy this camp site from year to year. Though we are saddened that our traditional fall trip may change, we understand it. We appreciate the primitive site, but it is not maintained well. ...
Let's get behind the anti-litter drive (03/17/05)
To the editor: After reading your article on littering, my regard for Mayor Jay Knudtson of Cape Girardeau went up 100 percent. He did what we all should do, but most of us don't. He realizes what a big problem we have with litterbugs. They should be called "litterbums," because that's exactly what they are. ...
Speak Out 3/17/05 (03/17/05)
Alcohol's perils; Where's the return?; Let me invest it; Tough on litterbugs; Everyone's problem; Let's crack down; Web-site caution; Neighborly pickup; Step up to the plate; Raise the age limit; House designs; At the tone ...; Too close to truth; The trash is there; David and Goliath; Take the helm; Husbands and fathers; Report litterbugs; Kiwanis clean up; Use county prisoners; No mincing
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