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Stories from Friday, May 13, 2005

Force of habit (05/13/05)
It's the dark side's turn, and Ral Wheeler couldn't be happier. When the final movie in the "Star Wars" series debuts next Thursday at 12:01 a.m., the Cape Girardeau resident and huge fan of "the Force" won't be rooting for Obi-Wan Kenobi and his band of peace-loving Jedi brothers...
Afternoon fire destroys home in Scott County (05/13/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Several Scott County fire departments battled a blaze at a home Thursday but couldn't save the structure from a total loss. Firefighters with the New Hamburg, Benton, Commerce Fire Protection District; the Oran Fire Protection District; the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District and the Blodgett Fire Protection District all worked on stopping the fire...
Autism seminar 5/13 (05/13/05)
A 2-year-old walking alone along a busy highway. A 5-year-old wandering outside in the middle of the night into a neighbor's house. A 4-year-old darting into traffic. For local parents of autistic children, these situations are real and could potentially worsen if law enforcement and other emergency workers aren't familiar with autism...
Cape police watching weekend crowds (05/13/05)
Two years after officers barricaded off the Morgan Oak-South Ellis Street neighborhood to restore peace, Cape Girardeau police are keeping an eye on the crowds who congregate there during the early-morning hours on weekends. Police said the crowds gather in the south-side neighborhood after stopping for food at Don's Store 24, a convenience store at the corner of Sprigg and Morgan Oak streets...
SEMO dance instructor to switch roles in New York (05/13/05)
A Southeast Missouri State University dance instructor will be heading to New York in September and changing roles from teacher to student. Kari Schroeder, one of the newest members of Southeast's Department of Theater and Dance, has been chosen to study at the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York City from September to June...
Volunteers honored in Jackson (05/13/05)
If it were a sport, it would have been an all-star game. But as volunteering isn't a sport or a game, some of the area's most dedicated individuals were showcased during a played-down sandwich luncheon in the basement of the University of Missouri extension building in Jackson...
Jackson man arrested on child abuse charges (05/13/05)
A Jackson man is facing a felony charge of child abuse after his arrest Thursday by the Jackson Police Department. Police said 20-year-old Jarrett Stroder, 421 W. Adams St., was arrested after allegedly striking a 3-year-old child hard enough to cause bruising on his buttocks and legs. ...
Going to college while attending high school is a popular option (05/13/05)
When Amanda Sutterer begins her first year of college next year at University of Missouri-Rolla, she will likely already have received 20-some hours of college credit. The Jackson High School senior is part of a growing trend of students taking college courses while still in high school...
Leadership Missouri to complete Cape visit (05/13/05)
Leadership Missouri, a leadership enhancement program, is finishing up its Cape Girardeau visit today with a discussion from the state economic development director, a talk on tourism and a legislative update. Leadership Missouri, a seven-month leadership enhancement program sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is an educational program designed to enhance leadership skills of current and emerging leaders through in-depth exploration of the state's economic, political and social issues.. ...
$1 billion bill for education reform passes (05/13/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Legislature granted final passage to a nearly $1 billion public school funding plan on Thursday amid complaints about the lack of a revenue source to pay for it. The House of Representatives on a 94-65 vote sent the bill to Republican Gov. ...
Lawmakers revive abortion bill minus stem-cell research provision (05/13/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The legislature's anti-abortion majority revived a multi-pronged measure Thursday to try to discourage abortions -- minus a provision objected to by stem-cell researchers and Gov. Matt Blunt. While some lawmakers lauded the legislation, leading anti-abortion lobbyists criticized it for not going far enough in its abortion restrictions. Abortion providers, meanwhile, alleged it would limit access to abortions and potentially squeeze some clinics out of business...
Lawnmower dispute leads to killing (05/13/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors on Thursday charged a man with fatally shooting a teenage boy in a dispute over a lawnmower. Raymone D. Cunningham, 22, of Kansas City, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 14-year-old Cortez D. White...
Crop production shrinks but exports rise for corn, soybeans, rice (05/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- Exports of soybeans, rice, cotton and corn will rise in 2005, some to record levels, due to drought and other factors in competing nations, the Agriculture Department said Thursday. A decline in global production is spurring U.S. exports, said Keith Collins, the department's chief economist...
Rumsfeld says base closings will be less severe than expected (05/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- Military base closings will be less severe than expected, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld indicated Thursday, saying he had scaled back his recommendations because the military had less surplus space than once estimated. He predicted that his list of closures and realignments, if approved, would result in a net savings to the government of $48.8 billion over 20 years. ...
Bush says Central American trade pact would promote democracy (05/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush tried Thursday to break congressional resistance to a free-trade agreement with Central American nations by arguing that open markets will help improve security and promote freedom in the Western hemisphere. Bush welcomed the presidents of the Dominican Republic and the five Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to the White House for a private Oval Office meeting and a public show of unity in the Rose Garden...
Officials debated downing plane nearing capital (05/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- As a wayward Cessna flew deep in restricted airspace, national security officials were on the phone discussing whether to implement the last line of defense: shooting it down. The single-engine Cessna that prompted a frenzied evacuation of the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court on Wednesday veered away from downtown landmarks just before that decision needed to be made...
Bolton bid for U.N. limps into Senate (05/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- John R. Bolton, President Bush's sharp-elbowed nominee to become U.N. ambassador, survived a cliffhanger Senate committee vote Thursday after renewed criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, leaving the final confirmation decision to the full Senate...
Three more anti-U.S. demonstrators killed in protests (05/13/05)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans enraged by the alleged desecration of Islam's holy book at a U.S. prison staged a third day of violent protests Thursday, burning an American flag in the capital and ransacking relief group offices to the south as demonstrations spread to neighboring Pakistan...
Insurgents continue bombings; Iraqis vent fury at bloodshed (05/13/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqis unleashed their fury at weeks of relentless bloodshed Thursday, throwing stones at police and U.S. forces they accused of failing to protect them at the scene of a car bomb that set buildings and vehicles ablaze in the middle of a jammed commercial district...
Sikeston pounds out 14-1 victory over Jackson (05/13/05)
Sikeston's Cullen DeHart missed a potential game-winning home run by a matter of inches the last time the Bulldogs faced Jackson. On Thursday, DeHart kept one fair to stake the Bulldogs to the early lead in a 14-1 thrashing of Jackson on Monday at Legion Field...
The two smallest classes begin tournaments today (05/13/05)
Saxony Lutheran sure knows how to get a sports program started. The Crusaders' first varsity program, boys cross country, finished fourth at the state meet to conclude its first season and won the Class 1 state title this past fall. The basketball program has had winning records each of its first two seasons, and Saxony Lutheran also sent six athletes to the state track meet last year...
Tigers end season with third place in district (05/13/05)
For the second straight year, nobody on the Central boys tennis team will advance past the district tournament. The Tigers were represented in the state competition during each of coach Bud Craven's first nine years but have fallen short the past couple attempts, the latest of which was Thursday in the Class 2 District 1 tournament at Central...
Brinkmeyer hurls Bulldogs to 4-2 victory over Raiders (05/13/05)
Notre Dame pitcher Jeremy Brinkmeyer remained undefeated as the Bulldogs baseball team edged visiting North County 4-2 Thursday afternoon on senior day. Notre Dame (15-6) has won 11 of its last 12 games. Brinkmeyer improved to 7-0 by scattering nine hits over seven innings. He struck out four...
Redhawks drop opening game in OVC tournament (05/13/05)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team was trimmed 3-2 by Tennessee-Martin in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Thursday in Jacksonville, Ala. The fifth-seeded Redhawks (25-27) fell into the elimination bracket of the tournament and play 12:15 p.m. today against No. 3 Samford (27-25), which beat Eastern Kentucky 4-0 and then lost 6-0 to Tennessee Tech. The loser of that game goes home, while the winner moves on to a 2:30 p.m. elimination bracket game...
Revived by return to the Bronx, Martinez rides a home run streak (05/13/05)
NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez's swing and career have been revived in the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. Brought back to New York after three difficult seasons away, Martinez was expected to be just a 37-year-old insurance policy at first base behind Jason Giambi...
Eckstein sparks Redbirds (05/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- If David Eckstein keeps hitting like this, the Cardinals won't miss Scott Rolen very much. Eckstein set the table for another St. Louis victory with three hits, helping the Cardinals beat Derek Lowe and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 10-3 Thursday...
Rolen placed on DL (05/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen, injured in a first-base collision with Los Angeles' Hee-Seo Choi on Tuesday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a sprained left shoulder. The Cardinals recalled third baseman Scott Seabol, who was hitting .325 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs, from Triple-A Memphis...
Appleby fires opening 63, takes lead at Nelson Championship (05/13/05)
IRVING, Texas -- Stuart Appleby birdied his first two holes and kept right on rolling Thursday to a 7-under 63 on the TPC at Las Colinas, giving him a one-shot lead over John Daly, Ernie Els and Brett Wetterich in the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas...
Shaq-less Heat still handle Wizards (05/13/05)
WASHINGTON -- Shaquille O'Neal didn't play, and Dwyane Wade committed five turnovers in the first quarter. Still, the Miami Heat kept their perfect postseason intact. Five Miami players scored in a 13-0 third-quarter run that swung the game, and Wade steadied himself to finish with 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists, leading a 102-95 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. That gave the Heat a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series...
Sports briefs 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
Baseball * Colorado pitcher Christian Parker and Chicago White Sox utilityman Jorge Toca were among 11 players given 15-game suspensions Thursday for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy. Fifty-nine players have been suspended this year for violating the minor league program. Five players have been given 10-day penalties for violating the major league program...
Sometimes it's all in the bread (05/13/05)
Editor's note:Joe Sullivan is on vacation. This column was originally published May 10, 2002. The last two times my wife and I have taken vacations, I've managed to lose a couple pounds. I attribute the weight loss to two factors: 1. We go places that require lots of walking...
Sporty compact SUV (05/13/05)
If you've ever wondered how difficult it would be to start a new business to produce your own dream machine, consider what Henry Ford went through. Before man could fly, Ford built his first car, or "quadricycle" in 1896. Three years later he formed the Detroit Automobile Company, but its cars didn't sell, his ideas differed from those of his stockholders, and he left to begin a successful racing career. ...
Elton John joins the stars for stage premiere of 'Billy Elliot' (05/13/05)
LONDON -- An "ecstatic" Elton John joined a host of British celebrities Thursday for the opening night of fleet-footed musical "Billy Elliot." The rock legend wrote the music for the show, based on the hit British film about a miner's son with a passion for dance...
Everybody's a critic: 'Crash' (05/13/05)
HHH (out of four) The movie "Crash" is less about gimmick and more about fear and racism in this country. A half-dozen stories or more are all bumping into one another where characters are stars in one plotline and supporting stars in others. In scenes covering the previous 48 hours, viewers catch up to where the film begins, at the scene of a fender-bender leading to the discovery of a dead body on the side of the road. ...
At the theaters 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
New at the theaters 'KICKING AND SCREAMING' Starring Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Kate Walsh, Mike Ditka, Musetta Vander and Dylan McLaughlin. Phil Weston has spent his whole life dealing with his overbearing, competitive father, Buck. Now Phil is coaching his 10-year-old son's soccer team, and their opponent in the finals is a team led by none other than Buck, who's also coaching his young son on the team. ...
Explore the arts at festival in Capaha Park (05/13/05)
Despite the change of venue from downtown to Capaha Park, the organizers of this year's ArtsCape Fine Arts Festival are hoping the event will be the biggest and best ever. This will be the fifth year the festival, sponsored by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and Old Town Cape, has been held in Cape Girardeau with its mission of bringing an appreciation of the arts to people of all ages...
Rock with roots (05/13/05)
For someone from New Jersey, being in a small city like Cape Girardeau is a unique experience, to say the least. But for singer/songwriter Joe Pagetta, the novelty of small-town America is something he welcomes. Of course, he's had plenty of chance to get acquainted with life in Southeast Missouri. ...
Artifacts 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
Event offers songs of Lewis and Clark era; Fine art show opening at Sikeston Depot Museum; Acoustic Open Mic goes to Bollinger County; Children's art workshops offered this summer ; Arts council presents summer arts camps; Students to apprentice on Broadway project; Tunes at Twilight begins May 20 at Capaha Park; Young Writers workshop planned in Carbondale
The man who would be Darth (05/13/05)
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Half of Hollywood is playing a superhero these days, it seems. Hayden Christensen is more than content to play the super-villain. Amid the current onslaught of heroes such as "Spider-Man," "Batman," the "Fantastic Four" and "X-Men," Christensen takes ultimate bad guy Darth Vader to the dark side with "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." The last installment in George Lucas' space opera about the Skywalker family, "Revenge of the Sith" completes the story explaining how a brash young Jedi knight was seduced by an evil mentor and became the venomous Vader.. ...
James Wiley Jr. (05/13/05)
James N. Wiley Jr., 72, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 15, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of James and Eugie Kinder Wiley Sr. He and Donna Lee Woodruff Spears were married Sept. 22, 1995, in Las Vegas, Nev...
Beatrice Depro (05/13/05)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Beatrice "Bea" Depro, 85, of Matthews died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at Sells Rest Home. She was born Jan. 26, 1920, at Matthews, daughter of Clarence and Ruth Hill Critchlow. She and Bill Depro were married June 28, 1938, at Matthews. He died March 23, 1989...
William Scales (05/13/05)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- William L. "Bill" Scales, 82, of Mounds died Thursday at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 2, 1923, in Cairo, Ill., son of Louis and Lena Storey Scales. He married Betty Scales, who died in 1998. Scales had worked at First State Bank of Mounds. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Ill...
Nigel Moyers (05/13/05)
Nigel Strop Moyers, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born April 3, 1930, at Indian Creek, daughter of Clarence and Opal Ackman Tripp. She married Ivan Strop Nov. 19, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. He died June 12, 1960...
Louise Williams (05/13/05)
Emma Louise Williams, 80, of Jackson passed away Thursday, May 12, 2005, at her home. She was born Aug. 16, 1924, at Neelyville, Mo., daughter of George and Vivian Johnson Hyland. She and Donald H. Williams were married June 8, 1946, in Las Vegas, Nev...
Births 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
Mitchem; Merchant; Bohnsack; Dukes; Garris
Fire reports 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: * At 7:18 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of Independence Street. Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: * At 3:40 a.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Middle Street...
Police reports 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Kittrel E. Braselman, 42, 507 S. Ellis St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing gas and electricity from Ameren UE at 529 S. Ellis St. and 507 S. Ellis St...
Out of the past 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
25 years ago: May 13, 1980 Arson is "strongly suspected" as the cause of a pre-dawn fire which destroys a vacant, one-story wood frame house on East Cape Rock Drive, says a spokesman for the fire department; it is the fifth suspected arson fire in the city in three days; four fires believed to have been intentionally set were discovered burning early Sunday morning along Morgan Oak Street...
Limiting passengers (05/13/05)
If Missouri were like 26 other states, four Ozarks teenagers might still be alive today. If Missouri had avoided the temptation to leave an enormous hole in its graduated driver's license law, two Newton County families could be thinking about graduation ceremonies, not funerals...
Deep in the heart of taxes (05/13/05)
Wall Street Journal Everything's big in Texas, and, if powerful Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has his way, that will soon include the state budget. Allow us to explain. For almost a decade now Texas has been grappling with court orders to provide "equitable" financing for the state's school system. ...
A day to remember (05/13/05)
V-E day was celebrated earlier this week with observances that paid homage to the sacrifices made by the Allies in defeating Germany in World War II. Germans celebrated V-E Day, too, as the day they were freed from the tyranny of the Nazis. Imagine how different the world would be now if the Allies had not succeeded. ...
Illustration versus art (05/13/05)
To the editor: Illustration is the most accepted style of art in Southeast Missouri. It is easy to understand because of the realistic style. There is great appreciation for the skilled attention to detail. The most popular artist-illustrator from this area is Jake Wells. ...
Speak Out 5/13/05 (05/13/05)
'Corn pone parochialism'; Art critic; Dollar in danger; Give me a break; Speed up; Follow the rules; Enough about Yorkies; Drive-through only; Right and wrong; Once we were Democrats; Gabe fan; Liberal reading; Personal war on litter; Rising and falling; Railroad ties; Sad commentary
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