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Stories from Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Anti-litter effort getting slogan, logo, mascot ideas (05/03/05)
From a cute drawing of a litter-conscious squirrel to an oil painting depicting a trashy intrusion on a scenic countryside, the community has offered its artistic talents to put some zing in a local campaign to wipe out litter. The Southeast Missourian has received several suggestions from across the region in its effort to come up with a logo, slogan and mascot for the anti-litter effort...
Lighting the way (05/03/05)
Motorists may see red over a national study that gives low marks to the nation's traffic signals, but officials with the city of Cape Girardeau and the Missouri Department of Transportation say their lights aren't the problem. Outdated and inefficient traffic signals force commuters to sit in traffic congestion, waste gasoline and pollute the air, according to the Institute of Transportation Engineers in Washington, D.C...
Salvation Army opens Jackson thrift store (05/03/05)
The city of Jackson got a bit more thrifty over the weekend. On Friday, a new Salvation Army thrift store opened on East Jackson Boulevard. Business over the weekend was good, according to Sandra Trapp, a longtime Salvation Army veteran who is helping with the store's operations...
Stadium bill facing stiff House resistance (05/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With a majority of state representatives opposing a bill that would set aside state tax revenue for professional sports stadiums, House Speaker Rod Jetton said there probably isn't much point in scheduling the measure for chamber debate...
Perry County gears up for regular audit (05/03/05)
State Auditor Claire McCaskill is requesting information regarding Perry County government. Every four years, the state auditor's office is required to audit all third- and fourth-class counties. McCaskill said the audit will include all elected offices and will cover policies, procedures, finances, contracts and fulfillment of open meetings requirements...
Cape man shows continued recovery from surgery (05/03/05)
It's the little things that are making the biggest difference as Jim Trickey continues to show improvement following an experimental surgery to treat his Lou Gehrig's disease. Trickey, of Cape Girardeau, had surgery last week in Beijing, China, to implant cells into his brain in hopes of regenerating cells damaged by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS...
Cape to appoint residents to review charter (05/03/05)
The Cape Girardeau City Council wants to appoint a committee to review the city charter, but isn't sure yet who should serve on it or what provisions in the municipal government's rules should be reviewed. For the second meeting in two weeks, council members discussed ways to initiate a charter review...
Near or far? (05/03/05)
Stanford is close to home in California, more laid back and seems to offer more of the programs Aman Kumar wants to pursue. But Princeton offers an idyllic campus and would show him a different part of the world. Acceptance letters in hand, thousands of high school students are wrestling this week with final college decisions, due Sunday. ...
Police- Poplar Bluff man kills wife, then himself (05/03/05)
Daily American Republic POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An ongoing domestic dispute between a Poplar Bluff couple ended Sunday with both dying in an apparent murder-suicide. Gary L. Jones, 37, is believed to have shot his 32-year-old wife, Yolanda Kaye Jones, before later turning the gun on himself inside their residence in the 900 block of Henderson Avenue, according to police reports...
Religious leaders calling for day of prayer Thursday (05/03/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Local religious leaders are calling Sikeston to pray on Thursday in honor of the 54th annual National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer begins with the Kiwanis Club's prayer breakfast set for 6:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church. The Sikeston Ministerial Alliance is urging residents to meet at noon Thursday at the Sikeston City Hall for a time of prayer. The Tanner Street Church of God is also hosting a community prayer session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m...
Learning briefs 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
Smoking essay contest announces local winners; Saxony artists recognized at recent art shows; Miinch receives two scholarships to Ole Miss; Area student named All-American Scholar; Laxton sisters receive scholarships to Concordia; Advance student named distinguished scholar; Sophomore pilgrimage includes area students; Jackson senior gets scholarship to SEMO; Cummins qualifies for Who's Who honor society
Cape Girardeau City Council action (05/03/05)
Consent ordinances Second and third readings) * Approved the record plat of Rock Creek Meadows Townhouses Phase 3. * Approved the record plat of Orchard Park. * Set an election to extend the half-cent transportation sales tax for another five years...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action (05/03/05)
Action items * Set a public hearing for May 16 to discuss the city's submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant. * Authorized a contractual agreement with the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET board. * Accepted a construction deed from David Mitchell Kinder for the Elwanda Drive sewer project...
Dessert shop worker injured on the job; customer finds finger (05/03/05)
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A man who ordered a pint of frozen chocolate custard in a dessert shop got a nasty surprise inside -- a piece of severed finger lost by an employee in an accident. Unlike a recent incident at a Wendy's restaurant in California, no questions of truth have been raised about the finger found in a package from Kohl's Frozen Custard...
Columbia man among four soldiers killed by homemade bomb in Iraq (05/03/05)
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- A Columbia, Mo., soldier was among four soldiers killed when a homemade bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iraq, the Army said Monday. First Lt. William A. Edens, 29, of Columbia, died Thursday in Tal Afar, Iraq, when the bomb detonated near his Stryker military vehicle...
Columbia church calls rejection of cross display discrimination (05/03/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- City officials here have rejected a church's proposal for a towering display of crosses, claiming it is a tall advertisement for its denomination. Community United Methodist Church had plans to erect three crosses on its property. The largest is 30 feet tall, with a 13-foot flame at the top. Columbia authorities rejected the plan, saying signs in the area can be only 12 feet high...
Bellefontaine center getting funds -- for now (05/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Parents of residents at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center have seen no indication the residential center for the disabled will remain open long-term, but they said Monday that budget funding to keep the site open another year buys time to continue the fight...
Negotiators agree on Medicaid cuts (05/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Occasional eye exams are in, but not the glasses. Motorized wheelchairs will be covered, but not the batteries to run them. That's the real-life effect for thousands of Missourians under a budget plan agreed to Monday by legislative negotiators that cuts the services available through the state's Medicaid health-care program...
Damp weather and muddy fields delay crop progress (05/03/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Planting in Missouri fields was delayed over the past week because of damp weather and continued muddy fields, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday. Farmers had an average of three days suitable for field work last week, the service said. ...
Blunt appoints former mayor to higher ed board (05/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Gov. Matt Blunt has appointed former Jefferson City mayor Duane Schreimann to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Blunt's office announced the appointment Monday; it is subject to Senate confirmation. Schreimann practices law at the same firm as Andrew Blunt, the governor's brother. ...
Budget writers agree to fund biosciences building (05/03/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State budget writers have approved seed money for a new building that would house a biosciences pharmaceutical firm at Northwest Missouri State University. Budget negotiators agreed Monday to appropriate $1.1 million for the project next fiscal year -- the first of what would be 15 similar annual subsidies to help pay off the construction debt...
Time and money: Experts say young adults need to save more (05/03/05)
CHICAGO -- At 24, Jeffrey Berman is in better financial shape than many of his peers. He has no student loans, thanks to his parents, and about $1,200 in credit card debt, which he plans to pay off with his income tax return. He also just started contributing $85 a month to his 401(k) -- an amount he considers paltry, but better than nothing...
Jilted Ga. groom still wants to marry his runaway bride (05/03/05)
DULUTH, Ga. -- The jilted groom whose bride-to-be ran away four days before their wedding still wants to marry fiancee Jennifer Wilbanks, saying, "Haven't we all made mistakes?" "Just because we haven't walked down the aisle, just because we haven't stood in front of 500 people and said our I Do's, my commitment before God to her was the day I bought that ring and put it on her finger, and I'm not backing down from that," John Mason said Monday in an interview with Fox News' Hannity & Colmes show.. ...
Nation digest 05/03/05 (05/03/05)
Florida governor OKs tough child molester bill; Heart patient dies after 2,400-mile bike ride; Psychiatrist: Highway shooter heard voices
Pfc. England pleads guilty to abuse at Abu Ghraib (05/03/05)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Pfc. Lynndie England, the young woman pictured grinning, giving a thumbs-up and holding a naked Iraqi by a leash in some of the most notorious photos to come out of the Abu Ghraib scandal, pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating prisoners...
Afghan stockpile blows up, kills at least 26 (05/03/05)
BASHGAH, Afghanistan -- A warlord's stockpile of explosives detonated in a remote Afghan village Monday, flattening half a dozen houses and a mosque and killing at least 26 people in what appeared to be the deadliest accident of its kind since the ouster of the Taliban regime...
Annan urges nuclear concessions (05/03/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan challenged the United States and Russia on Monday to slash their nuclear arsenals irreversibly to just hundreds of warheads, and urged nonweapons states like Iran to give up potential bomb technology in return for international guarantees of nuclear fuel...
Bunker nurse describes weak, shaking Hitler in final days (05/03/05)
LONDON -- Adolf Hitler was a shaking, graying, weakened man who "sank into himself" in the final days before his suicide on April 30, 1945, according to the first published account of his nurse, who worked in his bunker as Allied forces closed in on Berlin...
World digest 05/03/05 (05/03/05)
Taiwan chief asks China to talk to him, not rival; Palestinians raze illegal homes of officials; Italy offers own view on killing of agent in Iraq
ND wins with 1-2 punch (05/03/05)
Through its first two games of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament, Notre Dame picked up two victories on only seven hits and three runs...
Central, ND send golfers to state (05/03/05)
Central junior Blake Driskell won the medalist honors Monday in the Class 4 District 1 golf tournament at Quail Creek in south St. Louis. Driskell, a junior, was the only golfer to break 80, shooting a 78 on the par-72 course. "There were a lot of high scores," Central coach Dick Wadlington said. "It was 38 degrees when they started and windy, and that course is very hard. When Poplar Bluff doesn't have anyone break 80, you know it's hard."...
Special attention: Rams took different approach in draft (05/03/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Upgrading horrid special teams has been a priority for the St. Louis Rams since the end of last season. After the team finished last or next-to-last in every category in an 8-8 season, the team's draft day strategy incorporated filling that area of need along with improving depth at various positions...
Mavericks win third straight over Rockets (05/03/05)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, and Dallas withstood a late charge by the visiting Houston Rockets to win 103-100 at home and take a 3-2 lead in a series the Mavericks began with two losses. Dallas has two chances to join the 1969 Lakers and 1994 Rockets as the only teams to win a seven-game series after dropping the first two at home. Game 6 in their Western Conference matchup is Thursday night in Houston...
Union tells Selig it will discuss tougher penalties (05/03/05)
Twins pitcher Rincon becomes fifth player to test positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The baseball players' union told commissioner Bud Selig on Monday that it was willing to talk to him about his call for harsher steroids penalties...
Cards' late power surge shocks Reds (05/03/05)
CINCINNATI -- Jim Edmonds hit a three-run homer off closer Danny Graves, and John Mabry added a two-run shot that completed the biggest ninth-inning comeback in St. Louis Cardinals history Monday night, a 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Ken Griffey Jr.'s disputed homer -- a drive that hit the top of the wall and bounced back -- helped Cincinnati pull ahead 9-3 after eight innings. The Cardinals then sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the ninth...
Sports briefs 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
Baseball...
Getting that summer glow (05/03/05)
Springtime is somewhat upon us. I say somewhat because I'm not sure whether to go outside wearing shorts and sandals or a parka and snow boots. But hey, that's Missouri! What I am sure of, however, is that my skin has the healthy glow of Elmer's glue and that I won't fit in with the tan crowd at all when I go to Cancun in May...
Notes on Britain's campaign trail (05/03/05)
LONDON -- In the past four weeks Tony Blair, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy have schlepped across the United Kingdom campaigning to be Britain's next prime minister. ...
Jurors need less testimony, more caffeine (05/03/05)
Trial by jury is a bedrock of America's judicial system. But now it's being eroded by sleeping jurors. A recent Associated Press story reported that a juror in Johnson County, Kan., was dismissed after falling asleep during testimony in a murder trial...
Addison Steele (05/03/05)
Addison Elizabeth Steele was stillborn Thursday, March 17, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Survivors include her parents, Nicholas and Laura Squires Steele of Girard, Ill.; two brothers, Ryan and Brady Steele of the home; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Lori and Paul Newberry of Springfield; paternal grandparents, Ron and Kaye Steele of Girard; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Gorham of Cape Girardeau, and paternal great-grandmother, Betty Schnapp of Waterloo, Ill...
Woodroe Norman (05/03/05)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Woodroe W. Norman, 64, of East Prairie died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 11, 1941, near East Prairie, son of James Edward and Elsie Marie Burns Norman. He and Willie Bea Moore were married July 1, 1961, at East Prairie...
Births 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
Dittmer; Grieshop; Cotner; Claywell; Schrum; Davis
Police reports 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Susan J. Bevington, 45, 2751 HawthorneRoad, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Arrests * Logan D. Kirby, 24, of Festus, Mo., was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant for failing to appear for driving while suspended...
Fire reports 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 7:11 p.m., emergency medical service at 325 Merriwether. * At 11:42 p.m., emergency medical service at 400 Elm St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 12:20 a.m., emergency medical service at 511 Bellevue St...
Out of the past 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
25 years ago: May 3, 1980 CHAFFEE, Mo. -- An antique hearse carrying the casket of legendary Diamond Jim Razor Jr. parades through Chaffee to the accompaniment of three drummers; the hearse is just one of many entries in a parade which officially kicks off the town's summerlong 75th anniversary celebration...
Missouri's wines (05/03/05)
Because of marketing, publicity and volume, France is still considered by many Americans to be the home of fine wines. As for wines produced in this country, California is more than likely the state that comes to mind when thinking of vineyards. But wine is produced in many states, including Missouri and Illinois. There are more than 40 wineries in Missouri, including three in this area: River Ridge near Commerce, Tower Rock near Altenburg and Hermann in Brazeau...
Values demand informed science (05/03/05)
To the editor: The United States has an impressive history of investing in the capabilities and respecting the independence of scientists. This legacy has brought us sustained economic progress, science-based public health policy and unequaled scientific leadership within the global community. ...
Need long-term oil solution (05/03/05)
To the editor: Our Republican Congress has consistently shown it will gladly sacrifice our environment and our nation to benefit corporate donors. The recently passed energy bill promotes energy corporation interests while pretending to help the American public. Once again, legislators duck the real issues and simply pass the bill on to the American taxpayers...
Landlord's boss says no to dog (05/03/05)
To the editor: I have a sister who's crippled. Her doctor wrote a statement for her to have a support dog. Her landlord's boss will not let a blind person have a seeing-eye dog, much less an aid dog for my sister. By law, no one can be deprived of having what her doctor ordered. This is making it where she is not listening to her doctor. She has a doctor's appointment this week, and her doctor will have a hissy...
Speak Out 5/3/05 (05/03/05)
Awesome performance; Spending priorities; Justice for workers; Hurting his chances; Makes day brighter; Waiting for apology; Better fuel habits; Thanks for checkbook; She made amends; Spending caution; Better than the Fox; Attention to Iraq; Part-time smoke free; Stop the vandalism
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