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Stories from Saturday, April 23, 2005

Rebirth of renewal (04/23/05)
Saying the Cape Area Family Resource Center works because of its grass-roots partnerships takes on greater significance when community volunteers join forces to plant flower beds, level a lawn and repair a drainage problem around the building's foundation...
Jackson art show opens today (04/23/05)
Once a year, the beige walls and brown bleachers at Jackson High School's multipurpose building come to life with colorful paintings, intricate weavings and sculpture. The artwork captures the uninhibited strokes of kindergartners as well as the painstaking detail in older students' self-portraits...
Killing suspect caught after jailbreak (04/23/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Michael Berry, who escaped from custody Thursday while awaiting trial in the 2004 vehicular homicide of a local preacher's wife, was caught Friday after leading authorities -- who described him as "desperate and dangerous" -- on an exhaustive 13-hour manhunt...
AARP holds forum to discuss Social Security reform (04/23/05)
AARP held a community dialogue, the seventh in a series across the state, about Social Security Friday morning at Grace United Methodist Church. Members of the organization are talking to retired people and baby boomers about keeping Social Security benefits 100 percent federally funded and are opposed to diverting any money to private investment accounts...
Schools look to fill administrative jobs (04/23/05)
The Cape Girardeau School District will gain more than a new superintendent next year. At least two other administrative positions will be open, including that of an assistant superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Betty Chong. Also vacated is an assistant principal's job at Central High School, with the selection of Mark Ruark as new athletic director there...
Three Rivers, SEMO differ on numbers in proposal (04/23/05)
Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College differ over what percentage of courses each school would teach at the three Bootheel education centers if a plan favored by Southeast's regents was implemented. Southeast president Dr. Ken Dobbins said his school would end up teaching 51 percent of the classes at the education centers in Malden, Kennett and Sikeston compared to 49 percent for Three Rivers...
Groups speak against making conservation, DNR one department (04/23/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Private groups that advocate for state parks, hunting and fishing and the environment urged a special state commission against recommending any merger or major restructuring of the separate Missouri government agencies responsible for those issues...
Council that will carry out area United Way assessment plan meets (04/23/05)
The leaders of the Priority Issue Council met Friday at the Community Counseling Center to introduce themselves to their responsibilities and to each other. The council was formed in February to carry out the plan that developed out of the communitywide assessment by the United Way of Southeast Missouri and the Community Caring Council...
Spy chief: Agencies must work differently, better (04/23/05)
WASHINGTON -- The new national intelligence director, John Negroponte, told the thousands of employees at the nation's spy agencies Friday that the government will pioneer new ways of organizing itself to face "a new order of threats to national security." In a message to the intelligence community in his first day on the job, Negroponte wrote, "We know we need to do our work differently and do it better, but the most critical element in intelligence reform resides in you, the people who will carry it out." Negroponte takes over a collection of 15 highly independent spy agencies.. ...
Judge bars testimony of accuser in Bollinger Co. sexual assault case (04/23/05)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The case against a Bollinger County Sunday school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped woman was dismissed Friday after a judge barred the woman's testimony from a jury trial. Bruce Johnson, who was arrested in December 2002 along with two other members of Marble Hill Bible Chapel, was charged with first-degree felony charges of sexual assault and deviant sexual assault...
Work to begin on Silver Springs traffic signals Monday (04/23/05)
Construction of a new South Kingshighway intersection at Silver Springs Road is scheduled to start Monday, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. The $1 million project includes construction of street improvements to tie the new Silver Springs Road to South Kingshighway and the installation of traffic signals...
Religion calendar 4/23/05 (04/23/05)
Today "Explore God's Call" offers an experience at living among a religious community for Catholic women ages 18 to 50. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, this retreat takes place at the convent in Perryville, Mo. For information, call (573) 547-7739...
Shepherd of a modern flock (04/23/05)
The election of Pope Benedict XVI showcased traditions in the Catholic Church that younger believers have never seen before. And it raised issues about what will become the top priorities for the church in a new era. Bishop John J. Leibrecht of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese wasn't surprised by the election of Cardinal Ratzinger, who took the name of Benedict XVI, because he was such a well-known figure at the Vatican...
Bush picks veteran of anti-terror planning to head Joint Chiefs (04/23/05)
WASHINGTON -- On the desk of Gen. Peter Pace is a photograph of the first Marine who died following Pace's orders: Lance Cpl. Guido Farinaro, killed in combat in Vietnam in 1968 when the general was a lieutenant. That photo is a sign of his devotion to the troops, President Bush said Friday, naming Pace to serve as the nation's top military officer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
Minority students at Illinois college moved to a hotel after threats (04/23/05)
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Authorities at a Christian university near Chicago moved dozens of black and Hispanic students to a hotel for their own safety and police stepped up patrols on campus Friday after three people received threatening, racist letters...
Police point finger back at woman in fast food chili-eating saga (04/23/05)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Police think they know how the finger ended up in Anna Ayala's bowl of Wendy's chili -- because of a hoax. But they have yet to solve the other big part of the mystery: Whose finger was it? Ayala was arrested in the alleged hoax Thursday at her home outside Las Vegas -- the latest twist in a case that has become a late-night punch line, taken a bite out of Wendy's sales and forced the fast-food chain to check its employees for missing fingers...
Nuclear plant gets record fine (04/23/05)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposed a record $5.45 million fine against a nuclear plant operator where inspectors found the most extensive corrosion ever seen at a U.S. nuclear reactor. The NRC said Thursday that FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. restarted the Davis-Besse plant in 2000 without completing a cleaning and inspection of the reactor vessel head, then misled the agency about what it had done...
Moussaoui pleads guilty in 9-11 plot (04/23/05)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Zacarias Moussaoui admitted his guilt in the deadliest terrorist plot in American history in a mostly unremarkable way, a sharp departure from his past courtroom outbursts. Unshackled and dressed in a green jumpsuit like any prisoner, Moussaoui on Friday calmly faced the judge he once derided as a Nazi and carefully reviewed the detailed document listing the crimes that could lead to his execution...
Car bomb kills 8 at Baghdad mosque (04/23/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A car bomb ripped through a crowded mosque during Friday prayers, killing eight people and wounding 26 in the latest attack targeting Iraq's Shiite majority. Frantic worshippers searched through rubble for loved ones, and women wailed and beat their chests in grief...
Venezuela ends a U.S. military exchange program (04/23/05)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez's government has unexpectedly ended a military exchange program with United States, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas announced Friday. The program began 35 years ago. "Giving no explanation, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela abruptly ended U.S. ...
Japan to meet with Chinese president (04/23/05)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Japan said this morning that its Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao in an effort to settle an ongoing dispute over its handling of its wartime atrocities. The meeting would take place along the sidelines of a summit for Asian and African leaders in Jakarta this evening...
Delta girls win tourney opener (04/23/05)
Top-seeded Delta defeated eighth-seeded Charleston 14-4 in five innings Friday in the first round of the Oran softball tournament. The Bobcats (6-1) were led by pitcher Kayla Seabaugh, who threw all five frames, striking out five. Seabaugh also went 2-for-3 with a triple. Sarah Cook added two hits...
JUCO foward is first signee for Redhawks (04/23/05)
Southeast Missouri State's men's basketball program landed its first player during the spring signing period when junior college forward John Chappell put his name on a national letter of intent this week. Chappell, a 6-foot-6, 235-pounder, did not post overly impressive statistics at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., but his coach with the Cougars believes he will be a solid player for the Redhawks...
OVC honors honors pair of Redhawks (04/23/05)
Southeast Missouri State senior Brian Knippen earned the Ohio Valley Conference Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week, and Nichole Portell gained the first weekly honor of her career. Knippen, who won last week for the first time in his career, won the shot put at the Jace Lacoste Invitational at Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. ...
'Hawks, Panthers still seek answers well into season (04/23/05)
As tough as times have been for Southeast Missouri State so far this season, coach Mark Hogan is not about to give up on the Redhawks. "There's over half of the conference season left, and it's way too early to surmise too much," Hogan said. "Our guys are working really hard, and I've still got a lot of confidence in them. Hopefully we can get on some kind of a roll."...
Steamboat field braces for a marine invasion (04/23/05)
Delbert Marriott's reputation precedes his name. Chad Sierman, the director of the Steamboat Classic triathlon, knew Marriott off the top of his head Thursday merely as Delbert from Sikeston. "He's a USA Triathlon athlete who's competing for the first time in our race," said Sierman, who is directing the race for the first time...
The No. 1 question- Who will 49ers pick? (04/23/05)
NEW YORK -- Aaron Rodgers thinks he has figured out the San Francisco 49ers' approach to using the first pick in the draft. Rodgers, Alex Smith and Braylon Edwards are the three players the 49ers are considering when they open proceedings today. The Cal quarterback, who grew up a Niners fan and even wore a T-shirt with Joe Montana's picture on it under his jersey as a kid, is surprised the 49ers haven't agreed to a contract with one of them...
Cards nip Astros (04/23/05)
ST. LOUIS -- So Taguchi and Mark Grudzielanek each hit a two-run double, and the Cardinals' previously untouchable bullpen withstood a mid-game meltdown, squandering almost all of a seven-run cushion in an 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night...
Quigley, Coles share lead at Houston Open (04/23/05)
Brett Quigley and Gavin Coles shared the lead after two rounds of the Shell Houston Open on Friday, one stroke in front of a four-man group that included defending champion Vijay Singh and John Daly. Singh held a one-stroke lead after his opening 64, but he had a 1-under 71 in the second round that included a bogey at the par-5 9th that snapped a string of 64 holes at par or better at the Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas...
Offenders in minors rises to 47 (04/23/05)
NEW YORK -- Former New York Mets pitcher Grant Roberts was among nine players suspended for 15 games Friday for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy, raising the total this year to 47. Roberts was removed from the Mets major league roster last November, then went to spring training with a minor league contract. The 27-year-old right-hander pitched in one spring training game, pitching a scoreless inning March 6 against Washington, then was released April 14...
Sports briefs 4/23/05 (04/23/05)
College; Cycling; Football; Motorsports; Tennis
When you're a little seed ... waiting (04/23/05)
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22 "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalms 126:5,6...
June Bollinger (04/23/05)
June Elizabeth Bollinger, 83, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Emerald Coast Center in Fort Walton Beach. She was formerly of Scott City. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Glasscock (04/23/05)
Ralph L. Glasscock, 75, of Missouri Veterans Home died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Jan. 1, 1930, at Hayti, Mo., son of George W. and Cora Williams Glasscock. Glasscock served 20 years in the U.S. Army, and after retiring was a television repairman...
Norman LeGrand (04/23/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Norman "LuLu" LeGrand, 79, of Oran died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 30, 1925, at Oran, son of Zeno and Weldon Antonia Stike LeGrand. He and Marjorie Ann Asmus were married Sept. 5, 1951...
Della Myers (04/23/05)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Della Mae Myers, 68, of Sedgewickville died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 12, 1937, at Painton, Mo., daughter of Lloyd and Leona Marcus Armstrong. She and Clarence A. Myers were married May 19, 1951, in Hernandez, Miss...
Bobbie Ford (04/23/05)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Bobbie Dean Ford, 62, of Dexter died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center in Memphis, Tenn. He was born July 17, 1942, in Scott County, Mo., son of William Clyde and Cecil Geraldine Salyers Ford. Ford was an auto body repairman...
Juanita Schoen (04/23/05)
Juanita Schoen, 86, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, April 22, 2005, in Springfield. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Stella Graviett (04/23/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Stella "Suggie" Graviett, 79, of Oran died Friday, April 22, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 24, 1925, at Oran, daughter of Emil and Bertha Metz Stubenrauch. Survivors include three sons, Edward Graviett of Benton, Mo., Dickie and James Graviett of Oran; three daughters, Patricia Wilcox of Dunnellon, Fla., Connie Purvis of Purvis, Miss., Sherri Beeson of East Prairie, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren...
Marquerite Jones (04/23/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Marquerite Bernice Jones, 87, of Chaffee, died Friday, April 22, 2005. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Births 4/23/05 (04/23/05)
Schaefer; Pool; Huckabee; Beel; Jansen; Folsom
Fire reports 4/23/05 (04/23/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: * At 9:09 p.m., electrical line down at 319 S. Middle St. * At 10:22 p.m., fire alarm at 141 N. Silver Springs Road. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 1:34 a.m., fire alarm at Towers Complex...
Police reports 4/23/05 (04/23/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items on Friday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Delicia Marleen Holifield, 26, 3007 Wisteria Drive, Apt. C, was arrested on a Sikeston, Mo., warrant for contempt of court for failure to appear for speeding...
Famous last words (04/23/05)
In recent years, the Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University has invited professors to deliver a "last lecture" -- 30 minutes to say whatever they would say if they knew this was the last lecture they would ever give. Think about that. What would you say if you knew these were the last words you would ever utter? Would you give your listeners the wisdom you've accumulated? Would you comfort them. Or would you give them something astonishing to think about?...
Real bullies are on the left (04/23/05)
To the editor: I want to thank Mark Baker. His letter provided me with a wonderful chuckle. How one can believe that the GOP is the bully in the current situation on Capitol Hill is beyond all reason. What Baker seems to ignore is that the powers that be on his side are actually the more accurate example of this boorish behavior...
Unity comes from following God (04/23/05)
To the editor: The election of Pope Benedict XVI should be a major wake-up call for the liberal faction of the Roman Catholic Church. In these days of "everything is OK" attitude, we get guidance from the Holy Spirit, which helped the cardinals elect a conservative pope who will keen the sacred doctrines intact despite the immoral society that wants otherwise...
Getting childhood shots stressed (04/23/05)
To the editor: The most basic instinct of a parent is to protect, and one of the most effective ways we can do this is through immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing serious disease and death...
Speak Out 4/23/05 (04/23/05)
Poverty definition; Cruel column; Blowing trash; Paying for schools; Not just the wealthy; Licensing is needed; No drugs at school; Spending at SEMO; Schools draw newcomers; Unclear thinking; Need better decisions; Emphasis on looks; Small-town life; Close the borders; Birds in stores
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