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Students downplay steroid significance (03/18/05)
When Mark McGwire was bashing 70 home runs, Jackson's Tyler Beussink pretended to be McGwire in Wiffle ball games. He was 11 years old. When Barry Bonds was breaking McGwire's record, Notre Dame's Dane Balsmann was beginning his high school baseball career...
Trashy thoughts (03/18/05)
Want to dig around the mind of a litterer? Bring your trash bags -- it's a cluttered place. Experts in the field of human behavior say that those who litter do so because they disrespect the environment, are apathetic toward their community and -- perhaps the primary reason -- they see trash left behind that no one's picked up...
St. Jude Dream Home giveaway builds on fund-raising success (03/18/05)
One hundred dollars isn't enough for even one month's rent, but it could buy a house in Cape Girardeau's third annual St. Jude Dream Home raffle. The grand prize is a 2,500-square-foot house located in the Clarkton Place subdivision in Cape Girardeau. The 1 1/2-story home is equipped with a two-car garage and three bedrooms. The master bedroom will come fully furnished...
No more Internet cigarette sales by credit card (03/18/05)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major credit card companies will no longer handle Internet sales of cigarettes under a nationwide agreement announced Thursday. The move is aimed at illegal dealers that are trying to avoid sales taxes or sell to underage customers. The agreement is effective immediately...
Community Caring Council meeting at SADI (03/18/05)
The next Community Caring Council meeting is at 7:30 a.m. today at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence. The guest speaker will be Theresa Taylor, executive director for the Vision House of Cape Girardeau. To view the March Newsletter, go to www.com-munitycaringcouncil.org...
Indoor pot operation seized, suspect arrested (03/18/05)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- State and local authorities seized what they described as a sophisticated indoor marijuana-growing operation Wednesday night from the property of a man they have had under surveillance for some time. ...
Illinois struggles by FDU (03/18/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Fairleigh Dickinson kept its promise and made No. 1 Illinois work in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Illini watched the Knights come from seven points down to take a brief lead in the first half, but they started the second half with a 14-2 run on their way to a 67-55 win over the 16th-seeded Knights on Thursday night...
Redhawks will try to ignite cold bats today (03/18/05)
Southeast brings a .247 team batting average into this weekend's series with Central Michigan. The Southeast Missouri State baseball team will try to get its struggling offense going this weekend against a pitching staff with some impressive statistics...
State briefs 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
Workers sickened by vapors in mailroom; Taxi drivers run circles around state Capitol; Nixon pushes for renewal of tire disposal fee
Jetton, Kinder endorse re-importation of drugs (03/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri's main political heavyweights on Thursday announced legislation to codify the state's participation in a program that allows Missourians to purchase prescription drugs through Canadian pharmacies. House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau said the bill would allow Missouri residents access to lower-priced pharmaceuticals re-imported from Canada...
Scott County drug busts lead to two arrests (03/18/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two Scott County men were arrested on drug-related charges and charges against a third suspect are pending. According to Sheriff Rick Walter, Scott County deputies served three search warrants in the past week resulting in the seizure of controlled substances...
Three Rivers aims lawsuit at Southeast (03/18/05)
As a dispute between a Poplar Bluff, Mo., community college and Southeast Missouri State University goes to court, some Cape Girardeau educators are suggesting the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center could be expanded into a community college...
Senate passes Medicaid cuts proposed by Blunt (03/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After impassioned debate, senators passed legislation Thursday that would authorize many of Gov. Matt Blunt's proposed Medicaid cuts and end the program altogether if lawmakers don't devise an alternative within three years...
House members looking to axe $240 million from next budget (03/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- At the traditional midway mark of the legislative session, House budget writers plan to use their week off to find ways to cut about $240 million for the next fiscal year. They have a lot of work to do. So far, the House budget chairman estimates about $150 million in cuts have been found...
Tennesseans to vote on gay marriage ban amendment (03/18/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans will get a chance to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage after the House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved putting the question on the 2006 ballot. The House voted 88-7 for the resolution, which says marriage will be defined as between one man and one woman. The Senate approved the measure 29-3 last month...
SMS becomes Missouri State University (03/18/05)
The new name will officially take effect Aug. 28. ~ The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt has signed legislation bestowing the name of Missouri State University on the Springfield school currently known as Southwest Missouri State University...
Plan for fee on child support dumped (03/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state backed off a plan Thursday to deduct a $25 processing fee from certain child support recipients after lawmakers voiced opposition. The Department of Social Services had planned to start taking the fee March 30 from the tax refunds that it intercepts from noncustodial parents with overdue child support. The fee would have reduced the amount of money the department passed on to custodial parents...
Census: Nation's public schools awash in $250 billion in red ink (03/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's public school systems are sinking further into debt, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. They were saddled with more than $250 billion in red ink in the 2002-2003 school year, up 11 percent from the previous year. Many districts are stuck with huge debts to pay for new buildings to accommodate a surging student population. Nationally, enrollment grew slightly to 47.6 million, up 1 percent...
Senate gets first of Bush's blocked judicial nominees (03/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The first of President Bush's blocked judicial nominees advanced to the Senate on Thursday, setting up a showdown over filibusters that could shut the Senate down. The Judiciary Committee, on a 10-8 party-line vote, sent the nomination of former Interior lawyer William Myers for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the full Senate for approval. The Senate is expected to consider the Myers nomination after its Easter recess...
Disabled-access law gives rise to 'drive-by lawsuits' (03/18/05)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gary Walker was horrified when legal documents arrived at his small restaurant notifying him that he was being sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal law that requires wheelchair ramps and other features for the disabled...
Wet, warm winter threatens to bring about spring flooding (03/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The wet winter that brought mudslides and record rains to the Southwest is now threatening spring flooding, forecasters said Thursday. Flooding is also expected in North Dakota, Minnesota and New England. In the Southwest, "plentiful snowpack combined with wet soils and high stream flows leave this area susceptible to flooding if there is future heavy rain and/or rapid snow melt," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring forecast...
Efforts to keep brain-damaged woman alive hit roadblocks (03/18/05)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Last-ditch efforts to block the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube foundered Thursday as courts rebuffed her parents' appeals and lawmakers failed to agree on legislation to intervene in the contentious battle to keep the severely brain-damaged woman alive...
Competing budgets clash over Medicaid, other Bush savings (03/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved a $2.6 trillion budget Thursday that delivered a slap at President Bush and Republican congressional leaders by erasing Bush's plans for cutting Medicaid, community development and school aid. Foreshadowing clashes ahead, the House adopted its own fiscal outline relying on deeper reductions in Medicaid and other domestic programs. ...
No big U.S. troop reduction in Iraq likely until 2006 or 2008 (03/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Any permanent reduction in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq isn't likely until sometime between 2006 and 2008, a top Army general said Thursday. For there to be any drawdown, Iraq security forces must continue to improve their ability to fight the insurgency themselves, Gen. Richard A. Cody, Army vice chief of staff, told reporters...
Hamas, Islamic Jihad to halt attacks on Israel (03/18/05)
SIXTH OF OCTOBER CITY, Egypt -- Palestinian militants declared a halt to attacks on Israel for the rest of this year, their longest cease-fire promise ever and a victory for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. But they warned Thursday the truce would collapse if Israel does not hold its own fire and release Palestinian prisoners...
U.N. chief demands total pullout by Syrians (03/18/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Syrian soldiers and intelligence agents in Lebanon finished moving back to the eastern border region Thursday as the United Nations chief demanded that all of them leave the country before Lebanese elections in April. It was the first time U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had set a deadline for Syria to completely remove the force it has had in its neighbor for nearly two decades, although President Bush and others previously made the same demand...
Envoys meet in effort to resume North Korea nuclear weapons talks (03/18/05)
SHANGHAI, China -- Envoys from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea discussed Thursday how to restart formal talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program, officials said, but there was no indication that a Pyongyang representative attended...
Report- al-Qaida-linked groups working on seaborne attacks (03/18/05)
MANILA, Philippines -- Two of the most dangerous al-Qaida-linked groups in Southeast Asia are working together to train militants in scuba diving for seaborne terror attacks, according to the interrogation of a recently captured guerrilla. The ominous development is outlined in a Philippine military report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press that also notes increasing collaboration among the Muslim militants in other areas, including financing and explosives, as extremists plot new ways to strike.. ...
Coalition government forms slowly in Iraq (03/18/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Shiite and Kurdish officials reported progress Thursday in resolving disagreements over territorial issues and Cabinet posts, but said they may need another week to put together Iraq's coalition government. In violence around Iraq, six U.S. ...
State playoffs, Act II: St. Vincent makes unlikely bid (03/18/05)
With four senior starters, the St. Vincent boys basketball team had reason to think 2004-05 would be a good season, perhaps a breakthrough season. But with a basketball tradition that consists of one district title (1987) and no state tournament victories, it would have been difficult to predict the Indians would be in today's Class 2 state semifinal game at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo...
Jefferson thwarts Bell City (03/18/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The looks on the faces of the players and coaches on Bell City's bench in the waning minutes of Thursday's Class 1 boys basketball state semifinal game at Mizzou Arena said it all. As the final minute ticked off the clock, Bell City's reserves and coaches looked on in disgust as Jefferson iced the game from the free-throw line, downing the defending state champion, 65-50...
Thoma stepping down from Leopold post (03/18/05)
Carlton Thoma is ready for another break. The coach of the Leopold High School boys basketball team for the last 13 seasons, Thoma will not be back in that post for the 2005-06 season. "I just want to sit back and relax and take a look at it," Thoma said last week. "It seems like the season is getting longer and longer. We start in September with the junior high and the season ends in March. I'm kind of looking forward to next year."...
Third place is little consolation for Cubs (03/18/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- If it were up to Bell City coach David Heeb, his team would be back in Bell City today, thinking about next season. After the Cubs fell 65-50 to Jefferson on Thursday in the Class 1 state semifinals at Mizzou Arena, Heeb expressed his displeasure for the current MSHSAA setup which has his Cubs playing St. Elizabeth in the third-place game today at 9 a.m...
Bonds has surgery on knee again (03/18/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds pushed his surgically repaired right knee so hard that the San Francisco Giants became concerned he might be doing too much. Yet, after 19 major league seasons, the team trusted Bonds knows his body best. But on Thursday, Bonds underwent a second operation on the knee -- a setback that makes it unlikely the slugger will be ready for opening day...
Owners take a step back in latest offers (03/18/05)
NEW YORK -- When the NHL canceled the season, the league warned players that future offers wouldn't be as good as those that were rejected. There was proof of that Thursday. During a 2 1/2-hour bargaining session in New York, the NHL gave the players' association two six-year proposals: one with a tie between league revenues and player costs and one without. So far, the union isn't interested in either...
Sorenstam, Stupples in hunt after first round (03/18/05)
Annika Sorenstam shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to finish a stroke behind first-round leaders Lorena Ochoa and Siew-Ai Lim in the Safeway International in Superstition Mountain, Ariz. Michelle Wie was in danger of missing the cut after a 73. Dalhousie Golf Club touring professional Karen Stupples was two strokes off the lead following a round of 67...
Sluggers vs. Congress (03/18/05)
By Ronald Blum ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Sitting biceps-to-biceps, some of baseball's biggest stars told Congress on Thursday that steroids are a problem for the sport but denied they are widespread. Mark McGwire nearly came to tears and refused to say whether he took the drugs during the historic home run summer of 1998 or any other time...
Morris happy with brief outing (03/18/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Despite struggling in his second spring outing after offseason shoulder surgery, St. Louis Cardinals starter Matt Morris was pleased with his performance. Morris gave up six hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings against Baltimore on Thursday before the game was called in the middle of the third inning with St. Louis trailing 3-1...
Wisconsin-Milwaukee sends fifth-seeded Alabama home (03/18/05)
Wisconsin-Milwaukee's players didn't madly chase each other around the floor or do anything extraordinary to celebrate the biggest win in school history. The Panthers are above all that. This was business as usual. "We expected this," forward Joah Tucker said. "It's wasn't a big surprise for us."...
Sports briefs 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
Basketball...
Waiting for sunrise (03/18/05)
A ruler who obeys God and does right is like the sunrise on a cloudless day, or like rain that sparkles on the grass. -- 2 Samuel 23:3-4 For most of my life I've been getting up before dawn to go to work. Before I left for college, farm chores beckoned every morning, rain or shine. Our barn faced east, and on frosty mornings I'd follow the example of the calico cat sitting on a rock next to the front of the barn. We would pause there together until we went in to milk the cow...
Building a new image (03/18/05)
srobertson Buick's new Terraza is part SUV, part van My most memorable ride in a Buick occurred when I was in high school and didn't yet have a driver's license. My buddy John had just gotten his, and as a reward his well-to-do-aunt gave him her four-year-old Buick convertible. John put a "cutout" on that old '58 V-8 that enabled him to by-pass the muffler and tailpipe by pulling on a knob hidden under the dashboard. The result was a racket that could raise the dead...
Everybody's a critic: 'Robots' (03/18/05)
"Robots" is the newest in the line of 20th Century Fox animation. This family comedy, which is geared more for children, still caters to the kid in us all. Running at approximately 90 minutes, it's long enough to be worth the price but still short enough to capture the attention of children and adults alike...
At the theaters 3/18 (03/18/05)
New at the theaters 'ICE PRINCESS' Starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall, Juliana Cannarozzo, Trevor Blumas, Hayden Panettiere, and Joan Cusack. Casey, a brainy high-school girl, goes against the wishes of her domineering mother when she decides to pursue her dream of becoming a figure-skating champion. Casey teams with a new coach, Gen, a former skater who's since fallen from grace. Rated G, running time 92 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
10 years of pounding feet, flashy outfits (03/18/05)
NEW YORK -- Young women in matching T-shirts laugh and talk in a corner of the Radio City Music Hall studio. One shares her folding chair with a young man decorated in chains, who casually strokes her leg as an older woman hurries by with a clipboard...
Bluesy jam band bonds after only a short time together (03/18/05)
Some bands have to play together for years before they develop the kind of chemistry to rip out a tight jam, but not Fusion Blue. The Sikeston, Mo.-based jam band never misses a beat, with each of the six musicians blending his own sounds into one precise, hard-driving, Widespread-Panic-meets-The-Allman-Brothers-meets-the-Grateful-Dead whole...
Melroys minus one will play at Kenny Rogers telethon (03/18/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Less than a month after the untimely death of singer/songwriter/guitarist and Scott City native Randy Leiner, the remaining members of The Melroys will play their first show in Southeast Missouri since the death of the band's voice...
Artifacts 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
Home show opens today at the Show Me Center; Entries being sought for Missouri State Fair; Cape native to perform at Illinois Symphony; Events planned for Kenny Rogers telethon; 'Forbidden Broadway' on stage April 1; Von Jakob serving up Easter brunch; Poetry contest open to Cape Girardeau residents; Sedalia to exhibit 'Heroes of the Sky'; Artist and author to present lecture at SIU; Wood sculpture exhibit extended at SIU
Black theater looks to build on success (03/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Ron Himes was studying business administration at Washington University when he auditioned for a play on a dare. After being cast in a college production of Charles Gordone's 1970 Pulitzer Prize winning "No Place to Be Somebody," Himes and about a dozen other students were inspired to create more opportunities for black performers. They began a theater company with $36, the money they collectively had in their pockets in 1976...
'Star Wars' Lucas sets stage for Vader's ascent (03/18/05)
LAS VEGAS -- Two decades ago, George Lucas pulled off the mask to reveal the face of one of cinema's greatest bad guys. Now, he's about to slip the mask back on. Lucas offered a preview Thursday of his final "Star Wars" chapter, which spells out the last dark steps the once goodhearted young Anakin Skywalker takes to become the villain Darth Vader...
Elijah Wood goes from hobbit to 'Hooligans' (03/18/05)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Before he ever threw a punch in "Hooligans," Elijah Wood had to fight just to get the movie made. The "Lord of the Rings" star helped secure financing for the film by Lexi Alexander, which made its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival, about the violent gangs -- or "firms" -- associated with England's soccer teams...
Phillip Bone (03/18/05)
Phillip P. Bone, 59, of Millersville died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at his home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Pollard (03/18/05)
Frances Lee Pollard, 75, of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill.
Tony Pearce (03/18/05)
Tony L. Pearce, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1912, in Herrin, Ill. Mrs. Pearce was assistant to the principal many years at University School, Carbondale, Ill., where she was loved by faculty and students alike...
Verla Stroder (03/18/05)
Verla Mae Stroder, 73, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 31, 1931, at Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of John Bill and Nellie Audrey Brotherton Roe. She and Roy Stroder were married Aug. 1, 1952...
William Eifert (03/18/05)
William Henry Eifert, 91, of Scott City died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 20, 1913, in Scott County, son of Daniel Ferdinand August and Pauline Katherine Will Eifert. Eifert had been a line operator at General Motors. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 6407 in Scott City, and lifetime member of American Legion Post 369 at Benton, Mo...
Norman Monier (03/18/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- C. Norman Monier, 87, of Perryville, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Perry County Nursing Home. He was born March 25, 1917, in Perry County, son of Claude (Ed) and Anna Huber Monier. He married Mildred Mary Richardet on June 24, 1939...
Norene Chamness (03/18/05)
Norene Chamness, 93, of Jamestown, Ohio, died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Greenewood Manor Nursing Facility in Jamestown. She was born Sept. 6, 1911, at Kurreville, Mo., daughter of G.G. and Leonora Fulbright Kurre. She first married George Bollinger, who preceded her in death. She then married Charles H. Beare, who preceded her in death. She later married William R. Chamness, who also preceded her in death...
Nadine Beyer (03/18/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Nadine Beyer, 79, of Oran died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Oct. 28,1925, at Oran, daughter of Thomas Edward and Nellie Mae Hayden Smiddy. She and Clarence Beyer were married Dec. 25, 1946. He died Dec. 16, 1988...
Suzanne Brockelman (03/18/05)
Suzanne M. Brockelman, 68, of Kansas City, Mo., died Sunday, March 13, 2005, at her home. She was the daughter of Coach Louis and Alta Vogelsang Muegge. She grew up in Cape Girardeau and was a graduate of Central High School. Survivors include her husband, Bob; two daughters, Kathy Winters and Cindy Shultz; and three grandchildren...
Births 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
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Fire reports 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following on Wednesday: * At 5:42 p.m., still alarm at 1003 Perry Ave. * At 10:39 p.m., carbon monoxide alarm at 2819 Independence St. Firefighters responded to the following on Thursday: * At 12:12 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Perryville Road...
Police reports 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Austin Grady Lents, 17, 100 Stone Haven Drive, Jackson, Tenn., was arrested on suspicion of resisting a lawful stop, leaving the scene of an accident and careless and imprudent driving...
Social Security has big impact on small business (03/18/05)
The self-employed make up a significant part of the U.S. economy. According to a study released by the U.S. Small Business Administration's office of advocacy, the self-employment rate in 2003 was 9.8 percent of the total labor force. This represents over 12.2 million, half of the total small-business population. The self-employed are clearly at the heart of the American economy, and their financial health is central to our country's economic progress....
Let sunshine in (03/18/05)
This week is Sunshine Week throughout the nation. No, it's not a celebration in anticipation of spring and its sunny days. It's a time to draw attention to the sunshine in government -- the principle that what our elected officials do and how our tax dollars are spent should be fully open to the public...
Letter writer's points refuted (03/18/05)
To the editor: Regarding Jennifer St.Clair's letter: This country, being the industrial and military superpower that we are, has some of the cleanest emissions in the world. The Kyoto Protocol was designed to hamstring our economy while exempting Third World countries like China...
House Bill 184 is pro-life (03/18/05)
To the editor: It is certainly disappointing to see that Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton continues to refuse to assign House Bill 184 to committee. This bill proposes to reduce alcohol-related problems and underage drinking by creating a special fund in the state treasury into which surcharges on beer, wine and spirits would be deposited. ...
Spring flowers, trees make city shine (03/18/05)
To the editor: Good morning, Cape Girardeau. Isn't it great living in Cape Girardeau, City of Roses on the River? The signs posted all over the city by Vision 2000 read: Take Pride in Cape Girardeau -- Help Keep Cape Clean. Together, we can make our great city shine. How about the spring flowers and trees? Enjoy. Be sure to fertilize and leave the jonquil leaves until they turn brown. This will encourage the plants to return next year. I love Cape...
Speak Out 3/18/05 (03/18/05)
Lazy country; Memories of long ago; Lots of issues; Not on county roads; Use paper sacks; Litter from trash trucks; Adopt-a-highway pressure; Get tough on litter; Put it in a bag; School concerns; Respect from elders; Fighting litter; Looking for help; Focus on academics; Community differences; Start at the top
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