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Stories from Friday, April 22, 2005

Power outages blamed on thunderstorm (04/22/05)
A strong storm moved through Scott County Thursday night, dumping dime-sized hail just north of Miner and 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain on portions of the county, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. There was one report of a downed tree limb in Cape Girardeau, said the Cape Girardeau Fire Department...
Millersville post office gets back to normal (04/22/05)
Millersville residents, in postal limbo since late February, are finally getting their post office back. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Thursday that Millersville's post office will resume office hours on Saturday. The post office is located adjacent to the fire department building at the corner of County Road 482 and Highway 72...
Scott City fifth-grade students earn DARE diplomas (04/22/05)
Just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the fifth-grade students at Scott City Elementary School were practically bouncing off the gymnasium walls -- not just because the school day was almost over and they were full of sugar from cake and soda, but because they are officially DARE graduates...
Event to feature political speakers, music (04/22/05)
The first annual Spring Fling for Liberals and Progressives began as an idea to bring together a group of liberal-minded people from Southeast Missouri, but the event has grown into six hours of music and speakers. "It's sort of mushroomed. Our original vision was a networking event," said Bob Pollack, chair of the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Peace and Justice, the organization sponsoring the event...
Burning at both ends (04/22/05)
It's a battle that is raging on in bars, restaurants and in the halls of government across the country. Even though it hasn't hit Cape Girardeau yet, it already has polarized some in St. Louis County and Paducah, Ky. As health-consciousness becomes more and more popular, the calls for banning smoking in public places become louder. So far in Cape Girardeau the calls haven't become loud enough for government intervention, though...
Guard's departure ceremony planned for 2 p.m. today (04/22/05)
JEFFERSONCITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard will hold a departure ceremony at 2 p.m. today in the Kiefner Building at Ike Skelton Training Site for soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division Engineer Brigade. The group of about 50 soldiers has received orders putting them on active duty for up to 545 days. ...
Traffic stop in Jackson yields drug-related arrests (04/22/05)
A routine traffic stop Wednesday night in Jackson led to a manhunt and the charging of three individuals for methamphetamine-related crimes. At around 7:30 p.m., the Jackson Police Department made a traffic stop in the 900 block of Greensferry Road in Jackson. During the stop, officers found what appeared to be a mobile methamphetamine laboratory...
Hospital to open high-risk pregnancy clinic (04/22/05)
A new clinic designed to diagnose and treat mothers with high-risk pregnancies will open on the campus of Southeast Missouri Hospital in June, it was announced Thursday night at the hospital's annual dinner. "This is another piece for the full spectrum of services that we will be able to provide to the region," said Southeast president and CEO James W. Wente...
Renovation of Jackson's historic district underway (04/22/05)
It's not a facade. Jackson's uptown merchants and building owners are serious about this historical district idea. The green metal panels on the old Dollar General building on Main Street -- where SEMO Specialties and Sports is now -- came down Wednesday. On Thursday, workers removed the plywood that remained underneath...
Student ambassadors to receive help from car, truck, cycle show (04/22/05)
An open car, truck, and cycle show will be held from 8 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jackson City Park. All proceeds will benefit People to People Student Ambassadors. The event includes 30 classes, "best of" awards and fun for the kids. There is an entry fee. For more information, contact Jim Churchwell at 225-8547 or 204-7374...
World briefs 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Brazil grants asylum to ousted Ecuador president; Two militants, two Saudi police killed in clashes; Planned Gaza pullout likely to be delayed; Military kills more than 12 rebels in Afghanistan; Vietnamese war veterans killed in bus crash; Japanese media:Prime minister will offer apology
Nation briefs 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Despite increase in total, traffic death rate falls; Soldier convicted of planned murder in Kuwait; Energy bill would expand daylight-saving time; Negroponte approved as intelligence chief; Teens trying prescriptions to get high, study says; Senate approves $81 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan
Fund raiser used to collect old cell phones (04/22/05)
The Criminal Justice Association and Phi Alpha, representing the Southeast Missouri State University departments of criminal justice and social work, will hold a fund raiser for the Women's Safe House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park and Wal-Mart inCape Girardeau...
Some lawmakers fear police abuse of crime legislation (04/22/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An omnibus crime bill cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday despite the fierce opposition of black lawmakers concerned that certain provisions would be used by police to harass the innocent. The wide-ranging legislation would create several new crimes and toughen penalties for numerous others. While members of the House black caucus and other opponents found the bulk of the bill worthy, two provisions drew their ire...
Bureau of Child Care targeted for budget cuts (04/22/05)
Heather Fisher keeps a recent story from the Southeast Missourian pinned up in her office at Child Care Resource and Referral. The story is about a 43-year-old Cape Girardeau baby sitter recently charged with abusing a 4-month-old girl. Next to that clipping is a story about proposed cuts to Bureau of Child Care funding...
Missouri leads nation in historic tax credit money (04/22/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri led the nation last year in the amount of money invested to fix up old buildings qualifying for federal historic preservation tax credits, the state Department of Natural Resources said. The department cited a recent report by the National Park Service, which said developers spent nearly $358 million to rehabilitate Missouri buildings certified for the federal tax credits during the 2004 fiscal year...
Twisters close KC airport (04/22/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tornadoes damaged or destroyed five homes in rural Neosho County, Kan., Thursday evening, and another storm system prompted officials at Kansas City International Airport to evacuate nearly 2,000 people from its terminals. Tornado sirens wailed across the northern part of the metro Kansas City area, and unofficial reports had a twister touching down near Weston, Mo. ...
Medicaid eligibility boosted by state Senate (04/22/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Thousands of Missourians targeted by Gov. Matt Blunt to lose their Medicaid coverage would be able to keep it under a Senate budget plan. The budget endorsed by the Senate Appropriations Committee still would cut the government health-care program for the poor, but not as much as the budget proposed by Blunt or passed last week by the House...
Stocks see sharp spike following NYSE merger (04/22/05)
NEW YORK -- The New York Stock Exchange's planned merger with an all-electronic exchange raises many questions for the humans involved in stock trading -- not just the hundreds of people who work the NYSE floor, but also the investors who buy and sell stock on the exchange...
House passes energy bill, battle in Senate expected (04/22/05)
WASHINGTON -- The House approved a far-ranging energy bill Thursday that would open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling and shield makers of a controversial gasoline additive from environmental lawsuits -- both issues likely to meet strong opposition in the Senate...
Greenspan warns of deficit's threats (04/22/05)
WASHINGTON -- On the same day that Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan issued a fresh warning about the dangers of a bloated budget deficit, Congress considered new tax breaks for the energy industry and an $81 billion measure to pay for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan...
House passes energy bill; conflict with Senate likely (04/22/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Republican majority in the House was rushing toward approval of a massive energy bill and suddenly activity came to a stop. A five-minute vote on a minor amendment on the House floor was not announced for nearly an hour. Behind the scenes, GOP leaders were scrambling...
Gas costs force life changes (04/22/05)
WASHINGTON -- Half the people in the country say record-high gas prices are starting to cause them problems. Who's to blame? Americans point a finger at the oil companies, foreign nations that control the oil supply, and politicians. More than half say they're cutting back on driving, and many plan to stay closer to home on their summer vacations...
Stocks see sharp spike following NYSE merger (04/22/05)
NEW YORK -- Stocks staged a stunning rebound Thursday as investors snapped up shares on unexpectedly strong earnings from companies including Nokia Corp. and Motorola Inc., and the surprising news that the New York Stock Exchange plans to merge with electronic trader Archipelago Inc. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 200 points, its best day in two years...
Insurgents shoot down helicopter in Iraq, six U.S. bodyguards killed (04/22/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents brought down a Russian-made helicopter carrying 11 civilians with missile fire north of the capital Thursday and said they captured and shot to death the lone crew member who survived. The dead from the crash included six American bodyguards for U.S. diplomats...
Spain to begin trial of terror suspects (04/22/05)
MADRID, Spain -- Twenty-four suspected members of an al-Qaida cell -- mostly of Syrian and Moroccan origin -- go on trial today, accused of using Spain as a staging ground to plot the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The main suspect is Imad Yarkas, a 42-year-old father of six who, under the guise of a used-car salesman, is alleged to have overseen a cell that provided logistical cover for Sept. ...
New pope keeps hierarchy intact (04/22/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI reinforced his caretaker image Thursday, reappointing the entire Vatican hierarchy chosen by his populist predecessor, John Paul II. At the same time, the new pontiff sought to dispel any impression that he was aloof or dour...
Court- Critically ill baby should be allowed to die (04/22/05)
LONDON -- Rejecting a bid by the parents, a British judge on Thursday upheld a court order allowing doctors to let a critically ill baby die if she stops breathing -- a move doctors say is the only humane way to end the child's suffering. Eighteen-month-old Charlotte Wyatt can hardly see or hear and weighed about a pound when she was born prematurely. Her brain and other organs are so seriously damaged that she has "no feeling other than continuing pain," according to physicians...
Young Tiger talent will get chance to shine at own Central Relays (04/22/05)
For better or worse, the Central track and field teams will go as far as their talented but young athletes will take them this season. Following a year in which the Tigers boys and girls teams qualified for the state track meet in 13 events, and achieved all-state status in four events, they have had a successful start this season while relying heavily on underclassmen...
Notre Dame accepts help, slips past Kelly 3-2 (04/22/05)
A Notre Dame error gave visiting Kelly the lead in the sixth inning in a SEMO Conference baseball game on Thursday, but a Kelly error in the seventh tied the game and helped lead to the winning run in the Bulldogs' 3-2 victory. The game was a pitchers' duel, with both starters going the distance. Notre Dame's Jeremy Brinkmeyer allowed just one earned run on six hits to improve to 4-0...
Sports briefs 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Basketball * Jim Paxson was fired Thursday as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose stunning second-half collapse this season cost them their first trip to the NBA playoffs in seven years. Paxson's dismissal has been expected for weeks and came exactly one month after Paul Silas was fired as coach by owner Dan Gilbert, who has had a tumultuous first 50 days running the franchise...
Star search: Three of NBA's top names will be watching playoffs from home (04/22/05)
Before the NBA playoffs begin, a little pop quiz: Q: What do Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James have in common with Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Phil Jackson? A: The closest they'll get to this year's postseason is watching on TV. After a season of chaos and change, the NBA playoffs will begin this weekend without a target team for everyone to take aim at...
Rams not showing hand but needs are OL, safety (04/22/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The multitude of mock drafts available these days is something of a research source for the St. Louis Rams. At least the information offers a bit of insight into who other teams will be picking. This year reflects only uncertainty, because Rams general manager Charley Armey has counted 46 players in various mock-ups as first-rounders in Saturday's draft...
Carpenter nails Cubs (04/22/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter is 5-1 against the Chicago Cubs since the start of the 2004 season. Apparently, familiarity isn't helping the opposition. "It's all about pitching," Carpenter said Thursday after throwing a seven-hitter in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-0 victory. "Hitting is hard. If you make good pitches that aren't elevated in the zone and keep people off-balance, you're going to have success."...
Gulbis leads LPGA event in Mexico (04/22/05)
Natalie Gulbis shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the Corona Morelia Championship, while Lorena Ochoa struggled to a 71 in her second LPGA Tour event in her homeland. Sweden's Carin Koch was two strokes back at 68 along with Audra Burks. Burks had an eagle, three birdies and a bogey...
Agassi advances at Clay championships (04/22/05)
HOUSTON -- Second-seeded Andre Agassi overcame a loss in the first set, rallying to beat Alex Calatrava 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 Thursday night and advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Agassi appeared to have the match under control when he broke Calatrava in the sixth game of the third set and took a 4-2 lead. But his serve failed him in the next game as he double-faulted twice and was broken...
Armstrong struggles at Tour de Georgia (04/22/05)
ROME, Ga. -- Lance Armstrong has plenty of work to do if he wants to win a seventh straight Tour de France. Armstrong finished a disappointing ninth in Thursday's time trial at the Tour de Georgia, nearly two minutes behind the winner in a go-all-out style of cycling he usually dominates...
I don't want to pick a fight ... (04/22/05)
Many years ago I lived in Nevada. No, not that Nevada. Not the state. The Nevada I moved to is the town in Vernon County on the western side of Missouri south of Kansas City and north of Joplin. Now that you know where it is, do you know how to say Nevada?...
All-wheel-drive sedan (04/22/05)
Montego is a large-size car with mid-size price Originally, Mercurys were mostly Fords with more flash and dash, for a little more cash. Fords were priced at the bottom end of the market, and Lincolns were designed, and priced, for the wealthy car buyer. Ford Motor Company needed a mid-priced automobile, and when it introduced the Mercury in the 1930s, it was an immediate success...
Get embittered about your coolant (04/22/05)
Dear Tom and Ray: I'm not a rocket scientist, just a veterinarian, but I can't figure this one out. I have a 2000 Subaru Outback. The owner's manual tells me that I should only use ethylene-glycol-based antifreeze. But I know that stuff kills so many animals, and I want to use the animal-friendlier propylene glycol. ...
At the theaters 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
New at the theaters 'A LOT LIKE LOVE' Starring Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet, Herschel Bleefeld, Kathryn Hahn and Moon Bloodgood. Oliver and Emily met on a flight from Los Angeles to New York seven years ago and decided almost immediately that they had no chemistry together. ...
Everybody's a critic: 'The Amityville Horror' (04/22/05)
Most remakes, as well as sequels, are disappointing. Bearing that in mind, this movie met my expectations. "The Amityville Horror" is set in a small New England town where none of the neighbors will have anything to do with the new family moving in. Could it be that the house was the site of several cold-blooded murders? Or possibly that it was a torture chamber hundreds of years ago?...
Missouri's wine time (04/22/05)
As the daylight wanes on a spring afternoon, the drive to River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo., is, in many spots along the way, breathtaking. The sun's slanting rays paint their yellow-orange glow on the rolling green hills just outside Old Illmo on Route N toward Commerce...
Artifacts 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
'Born into Brothels' and 'The Sea Inside' to show in Paducah; BeJae Fleming featured at Underberg House Concerts ; Bates to play acoustic open mic at Sidewalk Sandwich Co.; Phi Mu Alpha, Air Force ROTC to perform Tuesday ; Spring jazz concert to be performed April 30; Illinois State Fair selling commemorative items; Missouri Artisans elect officers at conference; Wind symphony presents annual pops concert
Can you go 7 days without the tube? (04/22/05)
NEW YORK -- Television is accused of many things, from corrupting our morals and co-opting our republic to undermining our families and making pudges of our children. Now's a great time to kick it altogether -- at least, for a week. That's the idea behind TV-Turnoff Week, which for the 11th year is inviting everyone to "Turn off TV, turn on life." From Monday through May 1, you can join as many as 8 million other viewers in pulling the plug on televison, the Internet and video games...
Two music festivals showcase over 20 area bands (04/22/05)
Over 20 rock bands will be featured in concert in Cape Girardeau in the coming week thanks to two separate music festivals. Sigma Alpha Iota's first-ever Rose Jam festival, featuring six local bands, including big draw "Tone Def All-Stars," takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. on the band field behind Brandt Music Hall at Southeast Missouri State University...
Opal Tallent (04/22/05)
Mary Opal Tallent, 91, of Jackson died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 6, 1914, at Millersville, daughter of Given Owen and Radie Catherine Niswonger. She and Willie M. Tallent were married Nov. 1, 1939. He died Oct. 18, 1996...
Norman LeGrand (04/22/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Norman LeGrand, 79, of Oran died April 21, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran.
Ralph Glasscock (04/22/05)
Ralph L. Glasscock, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Keith Day (04/22/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Marion Keith Day, 80, of Sikeston died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1925, at Bloomfield, Mo., son of Frank H. and Lela L. Neal Day. He and Patsy Ruth Wilkerson were married June 6, 1949, in Las Vegas, Nev...
Melvin Carver (04/22/05)
Melvin R. Carver, 78, of DuQuoin, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill. He was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Hayesville, N.C., son of James Marion and Retta March Davis Carver. He and Carolyn A. Austill were married Feb. 7, 1970, in Advance, Mo...
Virginia Henson (04/22/05)
Virginia "Jennie" Henson of Jackson died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born in West Eminence, Mo., daughter of Charles Vincent and Alma Clara Atkins Spaulding. She and Don Henson were married Dec. 3, 1962, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He died Dec. 19, 1986...
Births 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Perez; Ank; Cox; Backfisch; Allen; Hotop
Police reports 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items on Thursday. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Timothy E. Pappas, 49, 150 S. Silver Springs Road, No. 6, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failing to obey flashing red light...
Fire reports 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: * At 4:16 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of Margaret Street. * At 8:14 a.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Themis Street. * At 11:24 a.m., emergency medical service at Good Hope Street and Frederick Street...
Out of the past 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
25 years ago: April 22, 1980 The search for a murder suspect who escaped yesterday through a first-floor restroom window of Common Pleas Courthouse is concentrated in the Trail of Tears area north of here, after the fugitive was sighted in a wooded area near Leemon; it is believed he made his getaway in a stolen automobile from South Lorimier Street...
Correction 04/22/05 (04/22/05)
In Thursday's edition, a story about changes to Cape Girardeau's Main Street should have said the planning and zoning committee reviewed a two-way street plan. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error....
Child abuse: We must eliminate the problem, not the funding (04/22/05)
Much has been written lately in Missouri newspapers about the proposed elimination of $1.89 million in funding for Missouri child-advocacy centers by the governor. The House and the Senate have restored this entire amount to their budget bills, and the bills now go to a conference committee...
Seat belts (04/22/05)
The Kansas City Star Some drivers who object to seat-belt laws say the use of safety devices is none of the government's business. But the issue is not that simple. The costs of fatalities and injuries aren't borne only by those who are directly involved in crashes...
Trail safety (04/22/05)
The Page 1 story about the biking accident on the Cape La Croix Trail did indeed raise an issue about lighting. One of the victims said the trail, which is open until 11 p.m., needs lighting. But a more prudent response would be for bikers to slow down on the trail -- and make sure they have working lights on their bikes if they are riding after dark...
Sunset taxes never go away (04/22/05)
To the editor: When will the sun ever set on sunset taxes? Cape Girardeau voters will once again be asked to extend a tax, this time a transportation tax for another five years. The original tax was sold to us with a sunset clause, which is a promise from our city officials that the tax would expire at the end of five years. ...
Speak Out 4/22/05 (04/22/05)
Major contribution; Seeking knowledge; Promoting attendance; Thanks for the help; Survival of fittest; Expensive health care; Good for students; Reduce legislators; Grass in the streets
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