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Southeast Missouri chapter marks Red Cross Month (03/21/05)
The Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating Red Cross Month in March by giving thanks to the thousands of people in this community who have personified America's humanitarian spirit by donating their time, money and blood during the last year...
Poultry association brings fowl fanciers together in Cape (03/21/05)
There is a difference between commercial chickens and show chickens. A member of the Heartland Classic Poultry Association, Brad Jones considers himself a "poultry fancier." He brought 20 fowl to the group's sixth annual exhibition at the Arena Building...
Worrying about water (03/21/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Having clean drinking water is something most schools don't have to worry about thanks to regulated city and county water supplies. For administrators at Kelly schools, though, it's a different story. They are constantly on the lookout to make sure the school's water supply keeps flowing and that it's safe enough to drink...
Area gas prices edge past $2 mark (03/21/05)
Gasoline prices in Cape Girardeau broke the $2 barrier for the first time last week. Three gas stations at the Interstate 55 and Route K junction advertised fuel for $2.04 per gallon on Friday. That was 2 cents shy of Friday's national average of $2.06 per gallon...
Dog Day Afternoon event held by Youth United Way (03/21/05)
The Youth United Way and the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri will hold Dog Day Afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 2 at the Humane Society, 2536 Boutin Drive in Cape Girardeau. The Youth United Way, a United Way initiative, helps youths build an understanding of community needs while spreading volunteerism throughout the whole youth community. YUW consists of students from each of the five area schools at sophomore, junior and senior standing...
Community Q&A 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
* Name: Scott House...
Late rally stuns 'Hawks (03/21/05)
For eight innings, Southeast Missouri State did just about everything right as it closed in on a series victory over a tough Central Michigan squad. But a disastrous top of the ninth inning sent the Redhawks to a gut-wrenching defeat. All-American closer Brad Smith allowed four runs in the ninth and did not even finish the frame as the Chippewas rallied for a 5-3 triumph Sunday afternoon at Capaha Field...
Redhawks claim finale against UTM (03/21/05)
Southeast Missouri State's softball team bounced back from Saturday's doubleheader loss to salvage the finale of its three-game series at Tennessee-Martin. The Redhawks got two home runs from Michelle Summers and defeated the Skyhawks 6-3. Southeast is 10-8 overall and 1-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while UTM fell to 15-7 and 2-1...
Community digest 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Genealogical Society to meet at Jackson library; WWII living historians needed for documentary; Cape Girardeau Public Library sets April events; Music and dance group hold contra dance; Antique show, wine fest planned to benefit CCCF; Fraternity plans trivia night at Show Me Center; Cape County Master Gardeners hold plant sale; Family activities calendar needs community's input
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (03/21/05)
7 p.m. today City hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Presentations * Presentation to John Wyman, * Presentation to the graduates of the Citizens Police Academy, Public hearings * A public hearing to consider vacating the city's interest in a sewer line located within the alley which runs from Houck Place to Matteson Terrace Subdivision...
Courthouse security in area may rise after case in Ga. (03/21/05)
All it takes is a split second and an opportunity. Earlier this month, Brian Gene Nichols, who was headed to court in Atlanta to stand trial for rape, overpowered a deputy, grabbed her gun, then shot and killed the judge he was scheduled to appear before. Before he was caught, Nichols allegedly shot three more people, hijacked a car and took a woman hostage...
Military digest 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Killian completes Navy basic training...
Economists hope foreigners keep an appetite for dollar (03/21/05)
WASHINGTON -- America buys more than it sells and spends more than it earns. So who bankrolls the shortfalls? Foreign investors. The shortfall on all trade and investment income with the rest of the world swelled to an all-time high of $665.9 billion in 2004, according to the Commerce Department...
Prosecutors using girlie magazines in case against Jackson (03/21/05)
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson's child molestation trial has started to look like an X-rated show, complete with lurid magazine covers of topless women projected on a large screen in the courtroom. The prosecution intended from the outset to haul Jackson's reading materials before jurors, implying that he used the magazines to arouse young boys...
New low-sugar cereals no lower in calories (03/21/05)
Could this be the end of cereal aisle showdowns between parents and sweet-toothed tots? New reduced-sugar versions of popular children's breakfast cereals -- everything from Froot Loops to Frosted Flakes -- certainly sound promising, but consumers might want to hold off chiming in when Tony the Tiger says, "They're Gr-r-reat!"...
House stalls in passing Schiavo bill (03/21/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a bill that could prolong Terri Schiavo's life while House Republicans, stalled by Democrats, scrambled to bring enough lawmakers back to the Capitol for an emergency vote early today. President Bush rushed back from his Texas ranch for a chance to sign the measure that could trigger a federal court review and a quick restoration of feeding tubes needed to keep the brain-damaged Florida woman alive...
Schiavo case creates push for living wills (03/21/05)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Terri Schiavo didn't have a living will. But because of her, thousands of other Americans won't make that same mistake. Lawyers and organizations that promote the importance of living wills and advance directives say the bitter legal battle over the severely brain-damaged woman has led many people to put their end-of-life wishes in writing...
Researchers find Japanese sub from World War II near Hawaii (03/21/05)
HONOLULU -- The wreckage of a large World War II-era Japanese submarine has been found by researchers in waters off Hawaii. A research team from the University of Hawaii discovered the I-401 submarine Thursday during test dives off Oahu. "We thought it was rocks at first, it was so huge," said Terry Kerby, pilot of the research craft that found the vessel. "But the sides of it kept going up and up and up, three and four stories tall. It's a leviathan down there, a monster."...
Remote Colorado lodge destroyed in weekend blast (03/21/05)
PAONIA, Colo. -- Three youngsters were missing and 16 others were injured in a fiery explosion that destroyed a remote mountain lodge, authorities said Sunday. The three missing, ages 3, 12, and 15, were all from the same family, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said...
Christians march from Mount of Olives during rare lull (03/21/05)
JERUSALEM -- Thousands of Christian pilgrims, the crowd swelled by foreigners taking advantage of a lull in Israeli-Palestinian violence, waved palm fronds Sunday as they marched from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem's Old City to re-enact Jesus' triumphant return...
World briefs 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Two U.N. peacekeepers killed in Port-Au-Prince; Qatar blames Egyptian man for suicide attack; Israel, Palestinians stuck on West Bank handover; Lebanese president staunch under pressure; Protesters rampage in Kyrgyzstan city; Pilgrims flee shrine in Pakistan after bombing
Pope opts out of Sunday service (03/21/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Pressing his hand to his head and pounding a lectern in apparent frustration, Pope John Paul II made a brief but silent appearance at his apartment window after missing his first Palm Sunday Mass in 26 years as pontiff. The frail John Paul did not speak and appeared irritated by his difficulty in responding to an adoring crowd of tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square...
Jordan, Iraq pull ambassadors (03/21/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq and Jordan engaged in a tit-for-tat withdrawal of ambassadors Sunday in a growing dispute over Shiite Muslim claims that Jordan is failing to block terrorists from entering Iraq, while U.S. forces killed 24 insurgents in a clash south of Baghdad...
Boys spring sports preview (03/21/05)
Golf NOTRE DAME Coach: Jerry Grim Returning starters: Will Lindman, sr.; Tyler Menz, sr.; Clayton Eftink, sr. Other top returning players: Brandon Holzum, jr.; Tyler LeGrand, jr. Andrew Bertrand, jr.; Chad Slaten, sr. Top newcomer: Jonathan Blattel, sr...
High school baseball previews (03/21/05)
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PREVIEW NOTRE DAME Coach: Jeff Graviett Assistant coaches: Tim Garner, Darrin Heuring, Scott Reinagel Returning starters: Dane Balsmann, sr., C/1B; Jacob Essner, jr., SS; Shane Menz, jr., 3B; Derek Ressel, sr., OF; Aaron Jenkins, sr., C/1B; Jeremy Brinkmeyer, sr., 1B/P...
Big year on deck? Jackson returns experience from 17-7 squad (03/21/05)
While SEMO Conference powers Sikeston and Notre Dame lost several key seniors, Jackson's baseball team brought back nearly its entire starting nine and could be one of the team's to beat around the area. The Indians had a strong season under first-year coach Rex Crosnoe last season, finishing 17-7. Now with seven starters returning and a largely senior group the Indians will look to take their game to another level and make a run at a district title and beyond...
Edwards passes Johnson on final lap to capture Golden Corral 500 (03/21/05)
HAMPTON, Ga. -- A NASCAR star is born. Carl Edwards pulled off a daring move on Jimmie Johnson coming off the final turn and won his first Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, beating Johnson by about a half-car length Sunday. Johnson, trying to win for the second week in a row, grabbed the lead from Edwards with 25 laps to go and appeared to be strong enough to take it all the way to the finish of the Golden Corral 500...
Ochoa opens door for Sorenstam's fourth straight win (03/21/05)
Annika Sorenstam won her fourth straight LPGA Tour start, making up four strokes in the last three holes and then beating Lorena Ochoa on the first hole of a playoff in the Safeway International on Sunday in Superstition Mountain, Ariz. The victory -- the 58th of Sorenstam's LPGA Tour career -- was her second in two events this year and sixth in her last eight tournaments...
James scores franchise-record 56 points in Cavs' 105-98 loss (03/21/05)
TORONTO -- LeBron James never played better. It still wasn't enough. James became the youngest player to score 50 points in an NBA game, but his franchise-record 56 weren't enough to prevent the Toronto Raptors from beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-98 on Sunday...
Cowboys oust SIU with big 2nd half (03/21/05)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ivan McFarlin showed why his Oklahoma State teammates call him "The Warrior." With leading scorer Joey Graham seated on the bench thanks to four fouls, McFarlin powered a 10-2 run that extended Oklahoma State's lead, and the Cowboys beat seventh-seeded Southern Illinois 85-77 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament...
Reyes lifts Redbirds with both arm, bat (03/21/05)
St. Louis splits a pair of games with Atlanta and Detroit. The Associated Press KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Anthony Reyes pitched four shutout innings and hit a two-run homer to lead a Cardinals split squad over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday. Reyes, who spent most of the 2004 season at Double-A Tennessee, pitched out of two bases-loaded jams. He gave up six hits, walked one and hit a batter, striking out four...
N.C. State tosses UConn out of dance (03/21/05)
Julius Hodge shouted to his fans at the buzzer, saying he knew this would happen all along: North Carolina State was heading to the round of 16, and the defending champion was knocked out -- again. Hodge scored on a slashing drive through the lane with 4.3 seconds left to break a 62-all tie and send the Wolfpack past second-seeded Connecticut 65-62 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Worcester, Mass...
MLB drops possible fines for steroids (03/21/05)
NEW YORK -- Baseball players and owners agreed Sunday to drop the possibility of fines for steroid use, leaving suspensions as the only discipline, according to management's top labor lawyer. Congressmen repeatedly criticized baseball for the fine possibility during Thursday's hearing before the House Government Reform Committee. Management officials told the committee they were willing to eliminate the fine provision, held over from baseball's first drug-testing agreement in 2002...
Sports briefs 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Baseball...
Mexican eatery taking place of Shangrila (03/21/05)
smoyers It's the only Indian restaurant around here that I know of. And now Shangrila is closing. It opened more than a year ago at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park, featuring tasty dishes like tandoori chicken. Owner Raj Marasini is closing the restaurant at the end of the month, the victim of sparse customers...
Preston, Idaho, basks in attention from success of movie (03/21/05)
PRESTON, Idaho -- Talk to a Preston resident for any length of time and you're likely to hear the town's new mantra. "There's a little bit of Napoleon in all of us," says lifelong resident Thedora Petterborg. "Who hasn't felt like that once in a while?"...
Horror flick rings in top movie spot (03/21/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Naomi Watts ran rings around the competition as her horror sequel "The Ring 2" took in $36 million to debut as the top weekend movie. The movie's take was more than double the $15 million that the original surprise horror hit grossed at its 2002 opening...
Second-generation SBC employee goes from clerk to regional director (03/21/05)
Marsha Haskell knows what it's like to look down from a telephone pole. In her early days with Southwestern Bell, the company that would later become SBC, Haskell had a job traditionally held by men: installation foreman. She went from site to site with a crew of about a dozen gruff men installing telephones. Sometimes, that meant climbing the telephone poles to check the quality of work...
People on the move 03/21/05 (03/21/05)
Family practice names drug rep of the year; Dana Corp. names employee of month; Dana Corp. employees celebrate anniversaries; Interior designer to serve on preservation board
Department store competition ratcheting up (03/21/05)
With the opening of Kohl's and Sears Grand looming, other department store managers in the area say they aren't quaking in their wing-tipped shoes at the thought of increased competition. They're fighting back. Two of the larger department stores, J.C. Penney and Famous-Barr, are planning multimillion-dollar remodeling projects this year, in moves they call fortunate coincidences...
The effect of property on theory (03/21/05)
Economic theory is broadly applicable. However, a society's property-rights structure influences how the theory will manifest itself. It's the same with the theory of gravity. While it, too, is broadly applicable, attaching a parachute to a falling object affects how the law of gravity manifests itself. The parachute doesn't nullify the law of gravity. Likewise, the property-rights structure doesn't nullify the laws of demand and supply...
Business memo 03/21/05 (03/21/05)
Regions ranks nationally as small business lender...
Velma Basler (03/21/05)
FESTUS, Mo. -- Velma L. Basler, 91, of Festus, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Crystal Oaks Skilled Nursing Center in Crystal City, Mo. She was born March 25, 1913, in Hugo, Colo., daughter of Benjamin Frank and Alma Schnetzler Mott. She and George John Basler were married. He died Oct. 16, 1996...
Mary Schmittzehe (03/21/05)
Mary Louise Schmittzehe, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Maddock George. She and Hilary Schmittzehe were married July 2, 1977, in St. Louis. He survives in Cape Girardeau...
Jonathan Johnston (03/21/05)
TROY, Mo. -- Jonathan Lorenzo Johnston, infant son of Leslie Johnston and Benjamin Merrill of Troy, was born and died Friday, March 18, 2005. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Cody Johnston of Troy; maternal grandparents, Hazel Hinton of Chaffee, Mo., Linus and Nancy Johnston of Jackson; paternal grandparents, Becky and Jim Scott of Troy and Kenneth Dean Merrill of St. Clair, Mo...
Jewell Boss (03/21/05)
Jewell G. Boss, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel...
Police reports 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Sunday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Jamie Duane Talley, 27, of 122 S. Bellevue St., Jackson, was issued a summons on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving the wrong way down a one-way street...
Fire reports 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Saturday: * At 4:41 p.m., emergency medical service in the 900 block of Walnut Street. Firefighters responded to the folling items on Sunday: * At 12:57 a.m., motor vehicle accident at Main and Mason streets...
Out of the past 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
25 years ago: March 21, 1980 Indications are strong that former Missouri governor Warren E. Hearnes will be appointed to replace Circuit Judge Lloyd G. Briggs, who was ordered removed from office by the state Supreme Court yesterday. According to a study by the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission, deteriorated and dilapidated structures account for 43.6 percent of all buildings in the vicinity of Cape Girardeau's Main Street business district...
Cape-Jackson bypass not on MoDOT list (03/21/05)
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: I heard a rumor that Cape Girardeau and Jackson were talking about a bypass route connecting Jackson to Highway 74. Does anyone have any more information they would like to share?...
Charitable accountability (03/21/05)
When news of the Asian tsunami devastation spread around the globe, people everywhere began sending donations to help survivors recover. Within months, major charities and relief agencies had more donations than they could handle. Many groups have stopped soliciting donations and have started returning money...
Obey law to avoid 'frivolous' suits (03/21/05)
To the editor: I was intrigued by the March 18 article "Disabled-access law gives rise to 'drive-by lawsuits'." I find it hard to find sympathy for anyone being sued for being in violation of federal law. Wouldn't the simple solution to "frivolous" lawsuits be to do one's patriotic duty as a citizen and obey the law?...
GOP budget plan raises U.S. debt (03/21/05)
To the editor: Something is happening that affects everyone living in the United States. Unfortunately, it is being done behind our backs, and few will ever even know about it until it happens. Republicans are pushing through a federal budget before critics and the media can even point out the huge problems involved such as program cuts and corporate giveaways...
Speak Out 3/21/05 (03/21/05)
Paying for mistakes; Honest intentions; Watch the premiums; Make those cuts; Sending a message; Target deadbeats; All about money; Welfare scam; Addicted to oil; Make a proposal; Making a settlement; Litter mayhem; Taking down numbers; Preying on students; Honorable profession; Just average; Unbiased presentation; The cheapest way; Making a point; Heartless motorist; Ignoring a problem; Times have changed; Discipline problems; Something of a shock
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