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SEMO regents vote to build aquatic center (04/20/05)
A pool project for Southeast Missouri State University got the board of regents' backing Tuesday. The aquatic center, which school officials and student government leaders said could help boost enrollment, would be paid for by raising student fees...
Region's bishops expect agenda similar to John Paul II's (04/20/05)
It's unlikely that the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope will bring about any immediate changes in the area's Catholic churches. Most priests in the region believe that Pope Benedict XVI is likely to carry on the traditions of his predecessor, John Paul II, who died April 2...
Nationwide ID reform backed by Emerson (04/20/05)
A bill aimed at making personal identification more uniform across the country has some worried about privacy infringement. The so-called Real ID Act, already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, is being touted by some as a means to tighten security and reduce the number of illegal aliens. Others call it an overdramatic move that could lead to a police state...
Warm temps herald start of allergies (04/20/05)
Allergy suffers should brace themselves for an itchy, sneezy couple of months. Those who don't should brush up on their German so they can voice a sympathetic "Gesundheit" to their pollen-plagued comrades. Warm weather has sent tree pollen flying and grass pollens are expected to go airborne en masse in a few weeks, a sign that allergy season is in full bloom for the roughly 40 to 50 million Americans who affected by some type of allergen...
Azalea farm in Cape County a family legacy (04/20/05)
From now until the first week of March, every day will bring a new burst of color to the Pinecrest Azalea Farm in Oak Ridge. Of the 52 acres of land Gene and Linda Penzel own, 15 acres are covered with countless blooming plants. They create layers of color as the dogwoods form a tall white canopy overhead, a rainbow of azaleas are clustered together at chest height, and 50,000 yellow daffodils and jonquils line the gravel driveways...
United Way, VIC honor outstanding area volunteers (04/20/05)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri and the Volunteer Intergenerational Center on Tuesday recognized the efforts of outstanding volunteers in Southeast Missouri at the 18th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. The winners were chosen from nearly 20 nominees in four categories. ...
Accident report had incorrect information (04/20/05)
Sunday's Southeast Missourian incorrectly reported that Steven James of McClure, Ill., was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident. He was not involved in the accident. Steven James McHughs of McClure was the driver of one of the vehicles in the accident. It was the driver of the other vehicle who left the scene of the accident. That driver has not yet been identified...
Region/digest 04/20/05 (04/20/05)
Holocaust survivor speaks at SEMO today; Senate approves bill on underage drinking; Four from Jackson hurt in accident on U.S. 61; Researcher exploring link between sunlight, sleep
Club news 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
American Legion Auxiliary; Kage FCE Club; Good Shepherd Ladies Guild; Town & Country FCE; Oak Ridge After-School 4-H Club; Hobbs Chapel UMW; Literary Club; Alpha Mu Master; Cape County AARP 4041
Lobbyists against extra provisions in school funding bill (04/20/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Education lobbyists were largely united Tuesday in urging a House committee to discard extraneous provisions the Senate added to legislation that would rewrite Missouri's formula for allocating state money to public schools. Several lobbyists said numerous Senate amendments detract from the bill's main purpose, which they support, and some are controversial enough to jeopardize its chances for passage...
Vote on Bolton nomination postponed as Democrats launch protest (04/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- John R. Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador suffered an unexpected setback Tuesday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee scrapped plans for a vote in favor of a fresh look at allegations of unbecoming conduct. The delay throws President Bush's provocative choice for the U.N. job into limbo. Despite his history of hostility to the United Nations and a reputation for blunt talk and a hard head, Bolton had appeared on his way to confirmation...
Utah snubs federal government's No Child Left Behind requirements (04/20/05)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Snubbing President Bush's education changes, the Utah Legislature on Tuesday passed a measure giving state education standards priority over federal ones imposed by the No Child Left Behind Act. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has said the state bill could cost Utah $76 million in federal funding. But Utah officials bristle at the federal act's requirements, arguing they amount to unfunded mandates...
DeLay slams Supreme Court justice (04/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intensified his criticism of the federal courts on Tuesday, singling out Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench as "incredibly outrageous" because he has relied on international law and done research on the Internet...
Study: Being overweight isn't so deadly after all (04/20/05)
Being overweight is nowhere near as big a killer as the government thought, ranking No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death, according to a startling new calculation from the CDC. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that packing on too many pounds accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths...
Government's airport screeners outperformed by private workers (04/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- A congressional investigation found airport screeners employed by private companies do a better job detecting dangerous objects than government screeners, according to a House member who has seen the classified report. The Government Accountability Office found statistically significant evidence that passenger screeners, who work at five airports under a pilot program, perform better than their federal counterparts at some 450 airports, Rep. ...
Tenth anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing observed (04/20/05)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Children who lost their parents in the Oklahoma City bombing recited the names of the dead, and mourners gently laid bouquets on empty chairs symbolizing each victim Tuesday as they observed the 10th anniversary of the nation's worst act of domestic terrorism...
Moussaoui wants to plead guilty, but will judge accept it? (04/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge is considering for the second time in three years whether to accept a guilty plea from Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in the United States charged in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema's decision is expected to hinge on whether she believes Moussaoui is mentally competent to make the decision, lawyers who have followed the case said Tuesday...
Color code, stick figure are new eating guides (04/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- The government hopes a rainbow in a triangle and a stair-climbing stick figure will motivate people to eat a little better and exercise more. Pick more foods from orange, green, blue and red colors and less from yellow and purple, and you're on your way to a healthier diet. But you have to do a little research to learn exactly what to eat -- a point raised immediately by critics...
Eighteen arrive in home countries after release from Guantanamo (04/20/05)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Seventeen Afghans came home Tuesday in one of the biggest known releases from the U.S. jail at Guantanamo Bay, and one quickly accused the U.S. military of abusing him despite warnings from a senior Afghan official to keep quiet about any complaints...
A blessed choice (04/20/05)
VATICAN CITY -- With unusual speed and little surprise, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany became Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, a 78-year-old transitional leader who promises to enforce strictly conservative policies for the world's Roman Catholics...
Iraqi legislator says he was roughed up by U.S. soldier (04/20/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi lawmakers adjourned in protest Tuesday and demanded an apology after a Shiite legislator linked to a radical anti-American cleric tearfully said he was handcuffed and humiliated at a U.S. checkpoint. It was the third consecutive day that Iraq's interim parliament was sidetracked from its job of setting up a government and writing a constitution...
Anger, candles may have caused deadly hotel fire in Paris (04/20/05)
PARIS -- A night watchman's girlfriend who placed candles on the floor to set the scene for a romantic tryst but then left in a rage over his drunken state may have accidentally caused last week's hotel fire that killed 24 people, prosecutors said Tuesday...
Bulldogs cherish clumsy 14-9 win (04/20/05)
Notre Dame and Scott City combined for eight walks, six hit batsmen and eight errors in a SEMO Conference baseball game at Scott City on Tuesday. It may not have been pretty, but the Bulldogs will take their 14-9 win as they improved to 5-5. Scott City dropped to 1-6...
Central boys track team falls to Poplar Bluff (04/20/05)
The Central track teams split a dual track meet at Poplar Bluff on Tuesday night. The Central boys lost 82-59, and the Tigers girls dominated 107-34. Allen Walker won the 100-meter dash and the long jump for Central. Nadia Cox won the 100 and long jump for the girls team...
McFerren returns to fill New Madrid's coaching vacancy (04/20/05)
Lennies McFerren is back in coaching. And he's back at the same school from which he stepped down in 2001 -- New Madrid County Central -- it was announced late Monday night. After Scott Kruse resigned the boys basketball post last month, NMCC opened a job search, but none of the applicants were as attractive to the school as bringing McFerren back for another run...
Redhawk golfers falter at OVC tournament (04/20/05)
DECATUR, Ala. -- Southeast Missouri State's golf team could not duplicate its strong opening round as the Redhawks fell toward the bottom of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament...
Redhawks fall a run short for sixth time (04/20/05)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Southeast Missouri State has suffered numerous tough losses this season -- and the Redhawks can add another to the list. Arkansas State's Brad Burkhead drilled a two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Redhawks Tuesday night in nonconference play...
Southeast releases 11-game schedule (04/20/05)
If the Southeast Missouri State football team is to improve on last year's 3-8 record, it won't come from a helpful schedule. The Redhawks' schedule released Tuesday features three nonconference opponents -- one Division I-A school and two I-AA schools that had winning records last year -- in addition to the usual eight Ohio Valley Conference foes...
Local duo have Boston on '06 calendar (04/20/05)
A few years of training, several 5-kilometer races and a couple half-marathons later, Ron Duff and Susan Richmond will finally get the chance to run in the Boston Marathon. But not before another 363 days of training. The running buddies were too late to meet this year's deadline, but the two will pack their bags and head to Boston for one of the world's most prestigious road racing events in April 2006...
Oklahoma State recruit applies for NBA draft (04/20/05)
HOUSTON -- Top-rated prep shooting guard Gerald Green said Tuesday he has applied for early entry into the NBA draft. Green, a 6-foot-8 senior at Houston's Gulf Shores Academy, has not hired an agent so he can withdraw from the draft before June 21 and retain his college eligibility. He signed with Oklahoma State in November...
Sharp Morris carves Bucs (04/20/05)
PITTSBURGH -- Matt Morris' successful return made for another easy Cardinals victory in their home away from home. Morris breezed in his first start since offseason shoulder surgery, limiting the Pirates to one run and four hits in six innings Tuesday night and leading the Cardinals to a 7-1 victory and a two-game sweep in Pittsburgh...
Corrections 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
Corrections * The winning pitcher for Oran in Monday's softball game against Oak Ridge was incorrect in Tuesday's edition. Jami Pobst should have been credited with the victory. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. * In the listing of soccer statistical leaders in Monday's edition, Central soccer player Lindsey Jateff's name was spelled incorrectly. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Sports briefs 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
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Razor usage linked to fair weather (04/20/05)
It's time for spring fashion -- shorts, capris, skirts with no pantyhose. In short, clothing that will dramatically increase my razor usage. I met with Neil, my hot personal trainer, a few weeks ago to get a new routine. Even as I drove to the gym, I thought, "Ooooo. I should have shaved my legs. Or maybe I shouldn't be wearing shorts."...
Recipes used to benefit diabetes, cancer groups (04/20/05)
smcclanahan You know by now how much I love cookbooks. Each one is so different and interesting. I was excited to receive a new cookbook over the weekend from my nephew, Troy-Lee. West Lane Elementary, where he attends, has put together a cookbook, "A Taste of Health," as a part of National Nutrition Month. ...
Campfire cuisine (04/20/05)
There's nothing like being in the great outdoors," the late Milton Berle used to say, "with the sun beating on your face, the wind rushing through your hair, the trees creaking, and the birds singing without a stop. There's nothing like it. That's why I stay indoors a lot!"...
Networks make pope pick a daytime drama (04/20/05)
The election of Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday had all the elements of a hit daytime reality show for television networks: some comical confusion, anxiety-laden tedium and finally an exciting payoff. ABC, CBS and NBC interrupted programming shortly before noon at the first appearance of smoke billowing from a chimney atop the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the centuries-old signal of whether the cardinals meeting inside had elected a pope...
'Today' show exec is fired (04/20/05)
NEW YORK -- NBC on Tuesday ousted the chief executive behind the "Today" show, with the network's biggest money-maker in a ratings slump. The network said it would name a replacement for Tom Touchet, the show's executive producer, today. Touchet has had the job since November 2002. "Today" hasn't spent a week out of first place in the ratings, but NBC's position of unchallenged dominance in the morning has eroded...
Boyce Cheatham (04/20/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Boyce Ray Cheatham, 61, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at his home. He was born May 21, 1943, at Manila, Ark., son of Willie W. and Vera Edna Sanders Cheatham. He and Betty Barks were married Dec. 8, 1986. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church at Leopold, Mo., and a retired truck driver for Redman Trucking of Advance, Mo...
Nadine Fitzgerald (04/20/05)
Nadine Vera Fitzgerald, 84, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at St. Paul McColl Health Center in San Diego. She was born Nov. 28, 1920, at Rocky Comfort, Mo., daughter of John Edward and Zola Alice Spiva McNeil. She first married Aaron Wilson and later married Thomas Fitzgerald, both of whom preceded her in death...
Richard Brase (04/20/05)
Richard "Dick" Brase, 77, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Cape County Memorial Park, with the Rev. Charles Dreyer officiating. Announcement courtesy of Ford and Sons Funeral Home...
Russell Harris (04/20/05)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Russell Dale Harris, 57, of Glenallen died Monday, April 18, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1947, at Birds Corner, Mo., son of Russell Nolan and Ann Eaton Harris. Harris was a construction worker several years. Survivors include two sons, Charles Harris of Bloomfield, Mo., Brian Harris of Dexter, Mo.; a brother, Roger Eaton of Florida; and two grandchildren...
Mildred Chaney (04/20/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mildred Marie Chaney, 83, of Marble Hill died Monday, April 18, 2005, at Elder Care. She was born April 24, 1921, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of James Henry and Nora Ann Baker Woodfin. She and James L. Chaney were married May 12, 1956, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death...
Hester Lynch (04/20/05)
Hester V. Lynch, 79, of Fresno, Calif., died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at St. Agnes Hospital in Fresno. She was born July 8, 1925, in Jackson, daughter of James and Laura Bollinger. She and Don Lynch were married Nov. 3, 1945, in Los Angeles, Calif. Lynch was a 1942 graduate of Jackson High School, and attended Cape Business College. She had worked at International Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau, moved to California in 1944 and worked at the Naval Base in Port Chicago...
Mark Copeland (04/20/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mark B. Copeland, 51, of Marble Hill died Monday, April 18, 2005, at his home. He was born Oct. 11, 1953, in Chicago, son of Clyde and Luann Dempster Copeland. He and Jan Cogdill Stoffel were married Aug. 11, 1995, in St. Charles, Ill...
Nancy Schindler (04/20/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Nancy Schindler, 55, of Perryville died Friday, April 15, 2005, in Perryville. She was born Jan. 11, 1950, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Everett and Viola Kirn Gibbar. She and Wayne Schindler were married July 22, 1978. Schindler was a 1968 graduate of St. ...
Gene Olson (04/20/05)
Gene Olson, 78, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cape County Memorial Park, with Dr. Derek Staples officiating. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Gloria Williams (04/20/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Gloria Williams, 46, of Sikeston died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Luvine Haynes (04/20/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Luvine "Tiny" Haynes, 70, of Charleston died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. Arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home in Charleston.
Leona Bucher (04/20/05)
Leona M. Bucher, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 9, 1913, at New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Albert and Mary Uhrhan Goetz. She and Frank J. Bucher were married Aug. 5, 1930, at New Hamburg. He died Nov. 6, 1986...
Gladys Kelly (04/20/05)
Gladys F. Kelly, 98, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Sept. 19, 1906, in Blytheville, Ark., daughter of C.C. and Eva Grace Clark Adams. She and Robert Emmett Kelly Sr. were married Jan. 15, 1929. He was a longtime Southeast Missourian sports reporter. He passed away April 10, 1961...
Births 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
Juergensmeyer; Fulton; Lane
Police reports 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items on Tuesday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses * Brandon M. Sitze, 17, 858 Pecan Lane, was issued a summons for being a minor in possession of alcohol, littering and careless and imprudent driving...
Fire reports 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: * Emergency medical service on North Bast Street. * Motor vehicle accident on East Jackson Boulevard. Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: * At 10:06 p.m., fire alarm at 105 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
25 years ago: April 20, 1980 The Rev. and Mrs. John Hall, missionaries to West Africa, speak at First Assembly of God in the morning and evening; the Halls have served as missionaries to Africa for 48 years. Evangelistic services are being held today through Friday at Lynwood Baptist Church; the Rev. Melvin Moody of Altus, Okla., is the evangelist...
Oil dependency: Venezuala's experience has world ramifications (04/20/05)
In American folklore, discovering oil under one's feet has long been considered one of the surest ways to material prosperity and everlasting happiness (think John D. Rockefeller, Jed Clampett and black gold). For individual owners of oil-rich property, that may be true. Somehow, though, when the age-old geothermal lottery has deposited huge reservoirs of oil beneath an entire country, the effects are much more sinister for the nation above....
Storm safety (04/20/05)
Most people living in Southeast Missouri have experienced at least one severe storm. Dealing with whatever Mother Nature dishes out is just part of life in these parts. Last week's flash flooding and sudden spring storms serve as reminders of the need for safety and precaution during bad weather...
ID act offers false sense of security (04/20/05)
To the editor: I just can't get over all the weeping and gnashing of teeth about Jackson voters turning down another tax increase. The 'Our responsibility' teacher's contribution to Speak Out is finally what prompted me to write. It's about time that all school districts figure out how to live within their means. ...
Exchange offers new experiences (04/20/05)
To the editor: A month ago, I was given the opportunity to substitute teach in the Cape Girardeau School District for my wife, who visited Bolivia as part of a Rotary International group study exchange. I want to thank the staff and students at Clippard and Franklin elementary schools for being so gracious. ...
Speak Out 4/20/05 (04/20/05)
War on dandelions; Money for schools; Taking a shortcut; Doing your part; Too many licenses; Courageous funding; Garbage plan; Spending on sports; Close Gordonville school; Look at fee increases; Still voting no; Bare minimum; Dig deep for schools; Too much protection; Not enough room; Smaller schools; Great performances; Entertaining show
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