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Brewer slated to speak on climate change today (04/12/05)
Atmospheric scientist Joe Brewer will speak tonight on "Climate Change Policy: Decisions in a Complex World." Brewer will lecture at 7 p.m. in Rhodes Hall, Room 121, at Southeast Missouri State University. A graduate of Southeast, Brewer is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. The lecture is free and open to the public...
Hanna elected student government president (04/12/05)
Adam Hanna of Sparta, Ill., was elected president of student government at Southeast Missouri State University, school officials said Monday. Hanna received 648 votes to 217 for Cory Hutcheson of Charleston. The voting took place last week. Students elected Joseph Gordon as treasurer. Gordon defeated Dominic Griffin by a vote of 556 to 295. Both are students from St. Louis. Lara Glauber of Belleville, Ill., was elected vice president of student government. She ran unopposed...
April full of events to clean up area (04/12/05)
For the next several weeks, groups and the individuals from all across the area will be forming determined posses to hunt down what has increasingly become public enemy No. 1 across Southeast Missouri: Litter. April is the month that many people perform the rite of spring cleaning in their homes, and now attention is being turned to the world outside -- from streets and alleys to parks and back yards...
A visit to Edinburgh, the Athens of the North (04/12/05)
Editor's note: Erick Harris, a graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau, is spending a semester in London for an internship in Parliament and is writing about his experiences. By Erick Harris For several centuries Scotland and England have shared a monarch; however, it was not until their official union that the Kingdom of Great Britain was created. ...
Redhawks look to restock rosters (04/12/05)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Gary Garner expects to add several players to his program's recruiting class during the spring signing period that begins Wednesday, although Garner doesn't expect the Redhawks to actually receive any national letters of intent for at least a while...
The pros and cons of living on my own (04/12/05)
I recently had a conversation with my mother which really got me thinking. She told me that her time as my mother was coming close to the end. She explained that she would always be my mother but in a different way. She told me that she has done all she could do, and now it was my turn to take what she has taught and live on my own...
The Schiavo debate (04/12/05)
I'm not afraid to write about controversial topics, so it should be no surprise that I am writing about Terri Schiavo, the right-to-life patient in Florida who is still so much in the news. Although Schiavo has passed away, it's still being heavily debated so, of course, I decided to throw my two cents in: They should have let her live...
Learning briefs 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
Davis named to dean's list at Savannah college...
Urban renewal - Meyer begins his renovation at Florida (04/12/05)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Urban Meyer surveys his squad of Gators as they sprint past, snapping at those who lag behind. It's the final practice of the spring for Florida and its new coach. Traditionally, the Gators have had a light workout the day before the Orange and Blue scrimmage in "The Swamp."...
Redhawk freshman, McDonald, selected OVC player of week (04/12/05)
Southeast Missouri State freshman second baseman Megan McDonald was named the Ohio Valley Conference's softball player of the week on Monday. McDonald batted .417 (5-for-12) to help the Redhawks go 3-2 last week, including their first series sweep of Eastern Kentucky since 1999. McDonald had two home runs and a double among her five hits...
Pagnozzi to appear at annual Uhls event (04/12/05)
He might not have quite the name recognition of Whitey Herzog, but Tom Pagnozzi still figures to help make the second annual Joe Uhls Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner a big hit. The event -- named in honor of Southeast Missouri State's late, legendary baseball coach -- is a fundraiser for the Redhawks' program...
Preliminary hearing set in child abuse case (04/12/05)
A 43-year-old babysitter charged with felony child abuse was arraigned in Circuit Court Monday in Jackson. A preliminary hearing was set for May 5 at 2 p.m. Karen Byrum was charged last week after a Cape Girardeau couple alleged she beat their 4-month-old daughter, Chloe, while baby-sitting...
A long list of risk (04/12/05)
Add whipped cream, nail polish, rubber cement and room deodorizer to the list. Not the grocery list, but the list of chemicals some youths inhale to get high. Fourteen hundred sources of inhalants sit unassuming under the kitchen sink, in the garage and classrooms...
Jackson School Board agenda 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA...
Marble Hill gets agent for license bureau (04/12/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A former Republican candidate for Bollinger County assessor will head the new license bureau in Marble Hill, but when and where the office will open remains unclear, Missouri Department of Revenue officials said. Department director Trish Vincent announced the tentative appointment of Richard VanGennip on Monday in a statement posted on the department's Web site...
Scouts - No more charters from taxpayer-funded groups groups (04/12/05)
The Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to end charters from taxpayer-funded institutions will have little effect in Southeast Missouri, according to the Cape Girardeau office of the Scouts' St. Louis Area Council. The organization entered into an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union last month to stop accepting such charters, a practice that had gone on since the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. ...
Southeast made big strides in 6-13 year (04/12/05)
Southeast Missouri State ended its women's tennis season seven matches below .500, but coach Jay Pacelli found it hard to be too disappointed. Pacelli believes the Redhawks, who were rained out of Monday's final match against Tennessee-Martin -- it will not be rescheduled -- made solid strides in his second season after taking over a slumping program...
Government review panel hears from education agencies (04/12/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Members of a special commission working to overhaul Missouri government discussed on Monday whether major changes in the structure of the state's two education departments might make sense. The possibilities include merging the separate Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education or establishing a "super board" of higher education that would have real authority over Missouri's public colleges and universities...
Teachers help 9-year-old Russian girl hurdle language barrier (04/12/05)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Katrina Klein is like any other third-grader at Wanamaker Elementary School. The 9-year-old with short brown hair likes to wear embroidered printed tops in tune with pre-adolescent fashion. Her favorite foods are pizza and ice cream, and she likes to play baseball with her 10-year-old sister, Meagan, in their back yard. Her favorite subject is math...
Bill banning mercury from immunizations progressing (04/12/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senators gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill banning mercury in immunizations given to young children and pregnant women. Some parents and advocates believe that mercury is linked to a nationwide rise in autism, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder...
Speakers square off on silicone-gel implants at hearing (04/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- Thirteen years after most use of silicone-gel breast implants was banned, the government reopened emotional debate Monday on whether to lift the restrictions -- despite lingering questions about how often the devices can break inside women's bodies and how bad those breaks really are...
Nautilus to pay $950,000 to settle Bowflex claims (04/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- The maker of the popular Bowflex exercise machines has agreed to pay a $950,000 penalty for not immediately reporting safety defects that led to dozens of injuries, government regulators say. Vancouver, Wash.-based Nautilus Inc. recalled about 800,000 Bowflex Power Pro systems and Bowflex Ultimate Fitness Machines last year after receiving reports of injuries over a number of years. ...
For many, preparing taxes is more dreadful than dentist visit (04/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- Like millions of Americans, William and Sylvia Long of Texas are carrying out an annual spring tradition -- rushing to finish their federal income taxes and get them in the mail by Friday's April 15 deadline. "Anybody who says they don't mind their taxes is lying," said Long, a businessman from Ferris, a town about 20 miles south of Dallas. ...
Buffett questioned in AIG probe (04/12/05)
NEW YORK -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett was questioned by regulators Monday in connection with federal and state probes into the insurance company American International Group Inc., saying afterward, "I told them everything I know." But the attorney for Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, former chairman and chief executive of AIG, said his client would invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege and decline to answer questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York attorney general's office in an appearance slated for today.. ...
Bolton pledges cooperation, but confirmation not assured (04/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- His Senate approval to be U.N. ambassador still in question, John R. Bolton told skeptical Democrats on Monday that the world body had "gone off track" at times but that he was committed to its mission. Democrats at Bolton's Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing recited his past undiplomatic remarks about the United Nations and wondered aloud why he would even want the job. ...
Purdue University team wins Rube Goldberg Machine contest (04/12/05)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A team of Purdue University engineering students has won the annual Rube Goldberg Machine contest with an absurdly complex contraption for changing the batteries in a flashlight. The winning device Saturday employed 125 steps to change the batteries and turn the flashlight on...
Man with suitcases captured standing in front of U.S. Capitol (04/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- Police on Monday tackled and forcibly dragged away a man dressed in black and carrying two suitcases who had stationed himself in front of the west side of the U.S. Capitol. The midday incident -- which occurred during one of Washington's busiest tourist times, the annual flowering of the cherry blossoms -- had forced police to evacuate that side of the Capitol in fear of a possible explosion...
Palestininans start jobs-for-guns program (04/12/05)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Hundreds of Palestinian gunmen have signed pledges to halt violence in exchange for government jobs, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas hopes to bring many more militants on board before he meets President Bush in May, Palestinian officials said Monday...
Vatican security measures fight temptation to spy on conclave (04/12/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Computer hackers, electronic bugs and supersensitive microphones threaten to pierce the Vatican's thick walls next week when cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to name a papal successor. Spying has gotten a lot more sophisticated since John Paul was elected in 1978, but the Vatican seems confident it can protect the centuries-old tradition of secrecy that surrounds the gathering...
U.S. abuse victims protest cardinal's role (04/12/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Barbara Blaine clutched a pile of blue and yellow fliers as she walked alone Monday onto one of the most venerated sites in Catholicism. She had flown in from Chicago just hours before, compelled by what she considered yet another sign of church indifference toward victims of clergy sex abuse. ...
India, China now 'strategic' partners (04/12/05)
NEW DELHI -- India and China agreed Monday to form a "strategic partnership," creating a diplomatic bond between Asia's two emerging powers that would tie together nearly one-third of the world's population. The agreement, announced during a South Asia tour by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, reflects a major shift in relations between the two nuclear countries, whose ties have long been defined by mutual suspicion. ...
World digest 04/12/05 (04/12/05)
Hindu pilgrims drown after dam gates open...
St. Vincent golfers place third in tourney (04/12/05)
St. Vincent finished third out of sixteen teams in the Potosi golf tournament Monday at Fourche Valley Golf Club. The Indians finished with a team score of 352. Arcadia Valley finished first at 340, and Salem followed with a 346. Jacob DeWilde placed fifth overall, shooting a 12-over 84, and teammate Cory Brueckner placed 10th at 87. Zach Richardet shot a 90, and Luke Shumer shot a 91 to round out St. Vincent's foursome...
MSHSAA members vote on switching seasons for tennis (04/12/05)
Boys high school tennis players in Missouri could be turning in their rain gear for long sleeves in the near future. A proposal to swap the boys and girls tennis seasons is one of 22 proposals on the annual Missouri State High School Activities Association ballot that was mailed out to members on April 4...
Brandtner accepts job at Bell City (04/12/05)
Brian Brandtner, basketball coach at Caruthersville High School, has been hired as head boys coach and athletics director at Bell City. Brandtner replaces David Heeb, who recently accepted the head coach position at his alma mater, Scott County Central...
103 wins to go (04/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Just like last season, the Cardinals have stumbled out of the gate. Knowing they led the major leagues with 105 victories last year and won the team's first NL pennant in 17 seasons keeps them calm about their mediocre 2-3 start and in particular the last two games, a pair of double-digit severe beatdowns at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies...
Tiger still masterful but lacks old swagger (04/12/05)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- All the images paint a picture of Tiger Woods returning to the pinnacle of golf. A shot that ranks among the most amazing ever at Augusta National. The intense face bursting with raw emotion when the winning putt dropped on the 18th hole. His fist punching the air with an uppercut, his roar drowned out by a delirious gallery. The red shirt beneath a green jacket...
Rockies' Piedra is second to get 10-day suspension (04/12/05)
NEW YORK -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Jorge Piedra was suspended 10 days Monday for violating baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs, becoming the second player to be publicly identified under the major leagues' tougher rules. The suspension begins with the Rockies game at Arizona on Monday night, the commissioner's office said...
Sports briefs 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
Baseball...
Exercise class spins cycle of pain (04/12/05)
Americans are obsessed with wanting to get in shape. I understand this. In recent years, I've gone from being a couch potato to a firm believer that exercise is good for you. At least, I thought so before I took a cycling class. I joined my wife and others taking a cycling class last Saturday at a local fitness center...
Voice lessons by 'Idol' judges hit sour notes (04/12/05)
In the car with the CD player blasting, or in the shower while humming along to the radio, we've all thought for a fleeting moment that we could carry a decent tune. "Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson Present Ultimate Voice Coach" taps into that hidden wish for stardom by presenting a series of vocal training exercises...
Carey feels free with 'Emancipation' (04/12/05)
NEW YORK -- Old habits die hard, and so it is that Mariah Carey finds herself at a downtown recording studio well past midnight, rehearsing with her band for shows promoting the release of her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." Carey's well-known workaholism hasn't changed. But what has, she says, is her approach to her work: It's no longer all-consuming, the most important thing in her life -- and it no longer defines who she is...
Billy Williamson (04/12/05)
ESSEX, Mo. -- Billy Marion Williamson, 82, of Essex died Monday, April 11, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born July 1, 1922, in Essex, son of Roy Harry and Minnie Lee Crutcher Williamson. He and Wilma Ruth Dunn were married May 28, 1943, in Richmond, Va...
Noel Wealand (04/12/05)
Noel Wealand, 83, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at Mary Queen and Mother Care Center in Shrewsbury, Mo. He was born July 19, 1921, in Sheldon, Mo., son of Chauncey and Cordie Harbert Wealand. He and Opal "Eileen" Gawer were married June 4, 1949. She preceded him in death...
William Lang (04/12/05)
OLD APPLETON, Mo. -- William K. "Bill" Lang, 89, formerly of Old Appleton, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 27, 1916, at Old Appleton, son of Oscar and Roxie Kurre Lang. He and Gladys Sewing were married June 16, 1944. She died July 13, 1980...
Joseph Lampe (04/12/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Joseph Lampe, 72, of Benton died Monday, April 11, 2005, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Menees (04/12/05)
Ralph "Chub" Menees, 82, of Scott City died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 30, 1922, at Illmo, son of Elza E. and Elberta Mae Watkins Simmons Menees. He and Margaret K. Alt were married May 30,1962, at High Ridge, Mo...
Trudell McMackins (04/12/05)
Trudell McMackins, 95, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 10, 2005, in Prescott, Ariz. She was born near Wellsville, Mo., June 25, 1909, to Granville and Russie Elgin Bishop. She moved with her family to St. Louis in 1925, and met Oren McMackins, whom she married in 1932...
Mona Lane (04/12/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- E. Mona "Trudy" Lane, 82, of Perryville died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Lawrence and Launetta Barbier Allen. She and William A. "Bill" Lane Sr. were married Aug. 30, 1958...
Births 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
Talley...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Eric L. Bryant, 40, 1667 Westwood Drive, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary. * John A. Parker, 27, 1523 N. Spanish St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau municipal warrant for contempt of court, failure to pay cost and fines for failure to appear, probation violation and revoked operators license...
Cape fire report 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday: * At 9:08 a.m., natural gas leak at 114 S. Pacific St. * At 10:47 a.m., emergency medical service at 210 Franks Lane. * At 3:37 p.m., emergency medical service at 3419 William St...
Out of the past 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
25 years ago: April 12, 1980 Under a directive from Dr. A.R. Meyer, vice president for administrative services, no Southeast Missouri State University fleet cars will be available to faculty and staff for the rest of fiscal 1980; faculty and staff members are being asked to use their personal vehicles for travel; they will be reimbursed by the university...
The problem with Medicaid - Our current budget crunch in Mo. (04/12/05)
The main story dominating the headlines of Missouri's major newspapers and television stations has been the effort to reduce the size of our state welfare system. Last week, the House took up a bill to substantially restructure our Medicaid system in order to reduce spending by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse...
Jackson's challenge (04/12/05)
In one respect, last week's Jackson School District bond election was a numbers game. When the bond issue was defeated by a narrow margin during last November's general election, turnout was expected to be high because of the state and national contests on the ballot. With a lower turnout anticipated for the April school and city elections, the goal of supporters of the bond issue was to get as many of November's yes voters as possible back to the polls...
Proposals imperil Social Security (04/12/05)
To the editor: The measure of a civilized society is how well it takes care of its weaker and less privileged members. This measures the general morality of that society. One program that civilized societies provide is a safety net and financial security for workers and their families during their senior years and in the event of sickness, incapacity or some other unpredictable catastrophe. ...
Harsh fate for cemetery vandals (04/12/05)
To the editor: I am outraged at the continued vandalism going on in Fairmont Cemetery. The vandals are the lowest of lowlifes. We who have loved ones buried there are in enough pain without this senseless destruction adding to it. What kind of sick pleasure do vandals get from this? They should be publicly whipped like some countries overseas do, and their names and those of their parents should be published in the newspaper. ...
Government motivated by taxes (04/12/05)
To the editor: A Speak Out comment wondering who will be the next victims after smokers are eliminated reminded me of Martin Niemoller's statement decades ago: "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a socialist. ...
Speak Out 4/12/05 (04/12/05)
Learn not to litter...
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