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Stories from Sunday, May 29, 2005

Drug bust's chemistry (05/29/05)
The chemists say it's the adrenaline that makes hearts beat faster at times like this. The adrenaline glands are triggered by the brain, which is usually triggered by an environmental situation -- a downward look from the top of a skyscraper, the instant just before a car accident, the steady buildup before the ball is snapped in a football game...
'Fear Factor' to put a scare into Cape (05/29/05)
This summer, one household in Cape Girardeau is going to get the chance to eat something really disgusting or do something really frightening. It could be drinking animal blood, munching on insect larvae or walking a tightrope, but it will all be on national television...
Open pools mark summer's start (05/29/05)
The Memorial Day holiday weekend started with a splash for some area residents who turned out for the opening of municipal pools, marking the unofficial start of summer. "It's fun. I like to jump in the pool," said Kilah Ruebel, 7, of Cape Girardeau as she splashed in Capaha Pool with yellow water wings on her arms. "I like to splash people," she said as she played in the pool with her 5-year-old sister, Ryleah...
Nearly 900 attend Teen Challenge berry festival (05/29/05)
The 15th annual Strawberry Festival held Saturday at Teen Challenge International of Mid-America in Cape Girardeau County was an opportunity for the public to see how the drug rehabilitation program serves 150 men. An auction, field tours, drawings for free strawberries, a hayride with resident testimony, puppet shows and performances by a choir and a Christian bluegrass band entertained 865 visitors...
Gamecocks force decisive game in Ohio Valley Conference tourney (05/29/05)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Winston Pearson drove in six runs, including a two-run double in the top of the 10th inning, to help Jacksonville State rally past Austin Peay 8-7 Saturday afternoon in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The top-seeded Gamecocks' victory -- their second of the day -- forces a winner-take-all contest at noon today for the tournament title...
Spirit of America contest seeks nominations of area's patriots (05/29/05)
The unflinching spirit of America is well known throughout the world, but perhaps no area of the country embodies this spirit more than Southeast Missouri. In order to honor those individuals who have shown great patriotism through the service of their country, the Southeast Missourian once again is sponsoring the Spirit of America Award...
Old Town Cape secures matching funds for grant (05/29/05)
Old Town Cape has secured $4,000 in donations from two local banks to help fund efforts to renovate the facades of downtown buildings. The money would be used as the local match needed if the redevelopment organization secures a $20,000 federal grant...
Reward offered for reporting drunken drivers (05/29/05)
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Porter County officials are offering a bounty for tips about drunken drivers over Memorial Day weekend. "I hope it encourages people to call the police when they see unsafe driving," said Michael Grennes, chairman of the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force...
Region/state digest 05/29/05 (05/29/05)
Fiery Alexander Co. accident injures two; Thousands attend opening of Crow pool ; Two accidents injure four people; Gannett researcher to speak on KRCU show
Hot ideas for a cool summer (05/29/05)
Remember when teachers made you write an essay about what you did during summer break? Well, the Southeast Missourian staff doesn't want you to miss a chance at a fun-filled day this summer, so we've compiled a list of area activities -- and some day-trip adventures -- worth consideration now that the days are long and the nights hot and humid...
Dexter parents charged in death of 5-month-old son (05/29/05)
Southeast Misssourian DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter couple face murder and child abuse charges in the death of their 5-month-old son, Stoddard County Major Case Squad officials said Saturday. Ben Handy, 23, is charged with second-degree murder, abuse of a child resulting in death, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of armed criminal action. ...
Fiery Alexander Co. accident injures two, destroys (05/29/05)
McCLURE, Ill. -- A car and a tow truck collided head-on in a fiery crash in Alexander County Friday night that injured both drivers, the Illinois State Police said. Elton Provo, 38, of Tamms, Ill., and William Tatum, 52, of McClure, Ill., suffered major injuries. Both were taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, the state police said...
A Vatican in Kansas (05/29/05)
DELIA, Kan. -- The weathered blue farmhouse stands just off a dirt road, in the rolling hills northwest of Topeka. There are children's toys lined up in the yard, and irises blooming in the garden around a statue of the Virgin Mary. Satellite dishes and solar panels point toward the southern sky...
Principal not happy about senior prank (05/29/05)
DELEON SPRINGS, Fla.-- The high school seniors thought they were pulling a memorable graduation prank when they sneaked into the school one morning and covered the toilet seats with plastic wrap and greased up the door handles. They even left a note for the principal that read, "We love you, Mr. Pearson."...
Sculpture taking longer to finish than thought (05/29/05)
CHICAGO -- Bean there, not done yet. Plans to complete Millennium Park's Cloud Gate sculpture -- popularly known as the Bean -- by Memorial Day have stalled because buffing the seams of the stainless steel sculpture is taking longer than expected. The city plans to partially unveil the sculpture on Friday and the tent covering the rest of it will be removed gradually as sections are polished, officials said...
Big Ben's silence baffles British engineers (05/29/05)
LONDON -- Big Ben, the landmark London clock renowned for its accuracy and chimes, stopped ticking for 90 minutes, an engineer said Saturday. Officials do not know why the 147-year-old clock on the banks of the River Thames stopped at 10:07 p.m. ...
Civilan analysts linked to failures on Iraq rewarded (05/29/05)
WASHINGTON -- Two Army analysts whose work has been connected to a major intelligence shortcoming on Iraq have received awards for job performance over the last few years, according to officials. The two civilian analysts work at the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center -- one of three U.S. ...
Bribery charges lead Tenn. state senator to resign (05/29/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- State Sen. John Ford, a member of one of Tennessee's most powerful political families, has resigned after being placed under house arrest facing charges from a two-year FBI sting, the lieutenant governor said Saturday. Ford announced his resignation in a letter Lt. Gov. John Wilder read to the Senate...
Police catch fugitive atop crane with drink (05/29/05)
ATLANTA -- After 56 hours teetering atop a construction crane, Carl Edward Roland was done in by his thirst. Roland, a homicide suspect being sought by authorities in Florida, reached out early Saturday for a drink of water offered by police. Roland inched close enough to officers that a SWAT team member was able to subdue him with a quick shot from a stun gun, ending a standoff that began Wednesday...
Sex offenders' Viagra costs paid by states (05/29/05)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 800 convicted sex offenders in 14 states got Medicaid-funded prescriptions for Viagra and other impotence drugs, according to a survey by The Associated Press. The majority of the cases were in New York, Florida and Texas. Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, is administered differently in every state. Thus, while some states allowed Medicaid payments for prescriptions for the drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, other states did not...
Constitution for European Union to pass, fail on French vote (05/29/05)
PARIS -- Europe's landmark new constitution faces a make-or-break referendum in France today, when a polarized nation decides whether to boost or block the next giant leap forward in a half-century of efforts to unite the continent. After months of debate over the merits and drawbacks of the European Union's historic first charter, the complex business of getting 25 countries to agree on an ambitious roadmap for their future hangs on two simple words: "oui" and "non."...
Weather or not? Clinton cancels tsunami recovery tour (05/29/05)
MALE, Maldives -- Former president Bill Clinton canceled a planned tour Saturday of tsunami-hit areas of the Maldives. One U.N. official said the former U.S. leader was exhausted, while another said the cancellation was due to the weather. Cherie Hart, the regional communications officer for the U.N. Development Program and the coordinator of Clinton's visit, said the former president, who underwent a heart bypass operation in September, was not sick...
Shiite, Sunni groups forge peace on eve of battle (05/29/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two of Iraq's most influential Shiite and Sunni organizations agreed Saturday to try to ease sectarian tensions pushing the country toward civil war as the government prepared to take its battle against the insurgency to Baghdad's streets. ...
Cape juniors win two in tournament (05/29/05)
The Cape American Legion junior baseball team won two games in the Milton Nitsch Memorial Tournament at Jackson on Saturday. Cape is 2-1 in the tournament after losing to Sikeston in its opening game. The championship is set for 7 p.m. today. Cape defeated Kirkwood 12-9 behind four hits from Garrett Stephens, who had two doubles, a home run and three RBI. Chris Brotherton and Brett Heischmidt added three hits apiece. Tyler Propst picked up the pitching win, and Brotherton earned the save...
Notre Dame senior completes comeback from knee injury (05/29/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state final four berth in basketball and a state championship in track --not a bad way to end a year. It's a long way from where Notre Dame senior Bryce Willen was in early November, when he severely injured his knee during the boys soccer district championship game...
Jackson breaks Central's 200 mark (05/29/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Central sophomore Nicole Jackson had her sights set on the school record in the 200-meter dash from the start of the track season this year. While a leg injury slowed her pursuit toward the end of the season, Jackson recovered in time to get the record when it counted most...
Smith races to regional win (05/29/05)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Southeast Missouri State's Miles Smith didn't just qualify for the NCAA track and field championships -- he barged into next month's meet. Smith, the Redhawks' sensational sophomore, put on a scintillating performance Saturday by breaking his own school record and winning the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Indiana University...
Henin-Hardenne rallies for win (05/29/05)
PARIS -- For a while, it appeared as though Justine Henin-Hardenne might not win a game during her third-round match at the French Open. The Belgian fell behind 5-0 before rallying to beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Saturday. Henin-Hardenne needed 26 minutes just to capture a game, then found the range with a wide array of shots, seized an early lead in the final set and held her final four service games...
Gordon's comfort zone- behind wheel (05/29/05)
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon is normally unflappable, able to jump with ease from the seat of a speeding race car to a gig hosting "Saturday Night Live." Yet, there he was, butchering "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with a garbled rendition that brought boos from Wrigley Field fans this week in Chicago. The four-time NASCAR champion swears he didn't forget the words and denied accusations he was drunk. Turns out, the smoothest guy in the Nextel Cup series gets rattled every once in a while...
Patrick bids for history in Indy 500 (05/29/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- All Danica, all the time. That's the way it has been for the past two weeks in the leadup to today's Indianapolis 500. Twenty-three-year-old Danica Patrick, the only woman in the 33-car lineup and only the fourth female to race in the big event at the Brickyard in its 89-year history, is squarely in the spotlight heading into the 500-mile race...
Leonard extends lead to eight in St. Jude Classic (05/29/05)
Justin Leonard isn't giving anyone a chance to catch him. Leonard shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., to extend his lead to eight strokes, the largest 54-hole advantage on the PGA Tour this year. Leonard, who began the third round with a five-stroke lead, had four birdies in his bogey-free round to reach 17-under 193...
Cubs place Prior on DL, make trade (05/29/05)
Right-hander Mark Prior was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, one day after he was hit in the right elbow by a line drive. An MRI showed a compression fracture near the elbow. Prior and Cubs officials did not speculate how long Prior would be out...
Spurs move a win away from finals (05/29/05)
SAN ANTONIO -- This was the San Antonio Spurs everyone expects, the guys in black smothering the fun out of any offense, even the most high-powered. Eliminating the fast break, denying the paint and running at 3-point shooters, Tim Duncan and the Spurs dismantled everything the Phoenix Suns tried for most of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, turning their superb defense into a 102-92 victory Saturday night that puts them on the brink of reaching the championship round...
Suppan dominates Nationals; Cards win fifth straight (05/29/05)
ST. LOUIS -- After two subpar starts, Jeff Suppan was dominant Saturday night. Suppan allowed four hits in seven innings and Jim Edmonds homered for the second straight game to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 for their fifth straight victory...
Good time of year to double pleasure (05/29/05)
If you have already cleaned your turkey gun and put it away until next fall, you are missing out on a unique opportunity to go on a combination hunting/fishing trip. Saturday was opening day for squirrel hunting in Missouri. It was also the first day since Feb. 28 that anglers throughout most of southern Missouri could catch black bass and keep them legally...
Summing up Redhawks' baseball season: Disappointing (05/29/05)
The 2005 Southeast Missouri State baseball season is now in the books and it was an extremely disappointing one -- there's simply no other way to put it. Although the Redhawks teased their fans a bit down the stretch by winning eight of their final nine Ohio Valley Conference games, they could not continue that momentum into the OVC tournament and were eliminated in two contests...
Honeysuckles have virtue (05/29/05)
Believe it or not, there are people who can dislike a plant with so sweet a name as "honeysuckle." Not that every honeysuckle should be loved. Hall's honeysuckle is one honeysuckle that has given honeysuckles a bad name. After being introduced into this country from Asia a hundred or so years ago, Hall's honeysuckle found the soils and climate here much -- too much -- to its liking. ...
Travel expected to increase this summer (05/29/05)
WASHINGTON -- Leisure travel will increase more than 2 percent this summer, with 328 million Americans expected to head for a destination more than 50 miles from home, compared to 320 million last summer, according to the Travel Industry Association of America...
Kitchens and baths go big, modern and European (05/29/05)
Kitchen and bath makeover fans will have plenty of stylistic directions and pretty products to choose from if the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas is any indication. Thoroughly modern kitchens have entertaining pizzazz plus everyday functionality that looks cool. Electronics continue to take baby steps toward a pivotal role in kitchen management...
Riding the world's fastest, tallest coaster (05/29/05)
JACKSON, N.J. -- They say you can see Manhattan from the top of the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster. All I saw was my life flash before my eyes. The new 456-foot-tall ride, Kingda Ka, opened at Six Flags Great Adventure on May 20, and I got a preview the day before. Along with other reporters and winners of an auction, I was catapulted down a track from a standstill to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds, then shot up at a 90-degree angle to more than 45 stories in the air...
Theme parks (05/29/05)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Fans of roller coasters that launch like rockets, gravity-smashing spin rides and water park splashes are in for a treat this year. After a few years of belt-tightening, theme and amusement park owners have spent big bucks improving their attractions following their strongest attendance period last year since the 2001 terrorist attacks slowed the $10.8 billion industry's momentum...
Hungry? Hit the road! (05/29/05)
For some people, sunny beaches don't cut it, dazzling sights can't measure up and the breathtaking works of nature simply aren't the point. These people are hungry -- really hungry, like get-on-a-plane-and-fly-to-my-meal hungry -- and they're hitting the road to be satiated...
Dorothy Dillow (05/29/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dorothy Elam Dillow, 84, of Anna died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born June 16, 1920, at Mount Pleasant, Ill., daughter of Charles and Grace B. Allen Elam. She and Roy G. "Rastus" Dillow were married May 28, 1939, in Jackson, Mo...
Maxine Trapp (05/29/05)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Maxine M. Trapp, 71, of Ste. Genevieve died Friday, May 27, 2005, at St. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 12, 1934, in Perry County, daughter of Jesse and Nellie Schremp Mattingly. She and Rudolph Bernard Trapp were married April 9, 1953. He died Sept. 24, 1983...
Michael Roberts (05/29/05)
Michael "Mike" M. Roberts, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 23, 2005, as a result of a traffic accident. He was born on Nov. 13, 1942, at Cape Girardeau, son of Maple B. and Thomza Proffer Roberts. He was raised on the family farm at Millersville. He was a 1960 graduate of Smithville High School in Smithville, Mo...
Debra Crawford (05/29/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Debra K. Crawford, 47, of Cairo died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 27, 1958, at Cairo, daughter of Henry W. and Francis Butler Rust. Crawford was a member of Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center in Cairo and was employed at Crawford Woodworking in Cairo...
Shawn McCray (05/29/05)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Shawn McCray, 27, of Springfield died Friday, May 27, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield as the result of a car accident. He was born April 22, 1978, in Springfield, son of Bruce W. and C. Diann Loos McCray. His parents were originally from Jackson and Cape Girardeau...
Nina Gunter (05/29/05)
VANDUSER, Mo. -- Nina Velma Gunter, 96, of Vanduser died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at the family home. She was born Dec. 8, 1908, in Diehlstadt, daughter of the late William Edwin and Daisey Dean Hendricks Graviett. She and Carl F. Gunter were married Aug. 28, 1938. He preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 1997...
Mautino-Miller (05/29/05)
Malissa S. Mautino and Trentis E. Miller were married Feb. 19, 2005, at St. Mary, the Virgin, Aldermanbury at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. The Rev. Brad Sheppard performed the ceremony. Soloist was Feleg Abraha of St. Louis, and flutist was Mollie Baxley of Plano, Texas...
Farrow-Trickey (05/29/05)
Sarah Louise Farrow and Jerry Lee Trickey were married Nov. 6, 2004, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fruitland. Richard Combs performed the ceremony. Pianist was Julie Combs. Sam and Theresa Farrow of Jackson are parents of the bride. The groom is the son of Randy and Linda Hargraves of Jackson and Darrell and Jeanette Trickey of Kimmswick, Mo...
LaPierre-Kopf (05/29/05)
Leigha Danielle LaPierre and Justin Zachary Kopf were married April 23, 2005, at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson. The Rev. John Rice performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Susan LaPierre of Jackson. The groom is the son of Doris Deane and Romie Kopf of St. Louis...
Pressgrove-Howard (05/29/05)
Kristen Lynn Pressgrove and Matthew Thomas Howard were married Sept. 18, 2004, at First Baptist Chapel in Jackson, Miss. The Rev. Nicholas Irons of Brandon, Miss., performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Guy and Gloria Pressgrove of Brandon. The groom is the son of Tom and Diane Howard of Cape Girardeau...
McOwan-Anglin (05/29/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Tonya Meredith McOwan and Bruce Wayne Anglin Jr. were united in marriage May 21, 2005, at First Assembly of God Church in Chaffee. The Rev. Darren Larkin performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Deanna Lee McOwan of Alton, Ill. Bruce Anglin Sr. and Star Anglin of Chaffee are parents of the groom...
Condon-Boettcher (05/29/05)
EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- Kathleen Condon and Frederick Boettcher exchanged vows May 7, 2005, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Patrick Nwokoye performed the ceremony. Violinist was George Boettcher, brother of the groom. Readers were Kyle and Gabbie Mason of Thebes, Ill., nephew and sister of the groom; and Kevin and Michael Condon of St. Louis, brothers of the bride...
Thiele-Clippard (05/29/05)
Susan and Mark Jackson and Steve and Tammy Thiele of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole Sheree Thiele, to Chad Andrew Clippard. He is the son of Stanley and Evelyn Clippard of Jackson. Thiele is a 1997 graduate of Central High School. ...
Kuehn-Triller (05/29/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- John and Carla Kuehn III of Perryville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Elizabeth Kuehn, to Jeremy Paul Triller. He is the son of Gilbert and Debra Triller Jr. of Perryville. Kuehn is a 2003 graduate of Perryville High School, and expects to complete her EMT-B in 2005. She is employed at Independence Square and Court...
Kluesner-Ziegler (05/29/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Pete and Kim Kluesner of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy Elizabeth Kluesner, to Barry Duane Ziegler. He is the son of Randy Ziegler and Pam and Mike Jett of Sikeston, Mo. Kluesner is a 2003 graduate of Kelly High School at Benton, Mo. She is pursuing an associate's degree in respiratory therapy at Mineral Area College. She is employed at Kluesner Electric...
Baker-Green (05/29/05)
Mark and Joy Owens of Whitewater announce the engagement of their daughter, Bridgett Baker, to Justin Green. He is the son of Daniel and Melody Green of Jackson. Baker is a 2003 graduate of Jackson High School, and is attending Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed by Drury Inn Inc...
Green- McIntire (05/29/05)
Brandy Lee Green and Stanley Warren McIntire Jr. of Cape Girardeau announce their engagement. She is the daughter of the late Leroy and Betty Green of Patton, Mo. McIntire is the son of Stanley and Charlotte McIntire of Gulf Port, Miss. Green is a 1997 graduate of Meadow Heights High School in Patton, and received a bachelor of science degree in mass communication from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. She is an account executive at Fox 23 KBSI and WB 49 WDKA...
Police reports 5/29/05 (05/29/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Saturday. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs * Eva York, 53, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated and not wearing a seat belt. * Julia Heath, 48, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain vehicle in a single lane...
Fire reports 5/29/05 (05/29/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 3:54 p.m., emergency medical service at the scene of an accident at 760 S. Kingshighway. * At 5:40 p.m., emergency medical service at Jefferson Avenue and South Frederick Street...
Out of the past 5/29/05 (05/29/05)
25 years ago: May 29, 1980 Reassessment in Cape Girardeau County will cost an estimated $869,590, according to a reassessment plan approved by the county court; if the plan is OK'd by the State Tax Commission, reassessment work would begin July 1, with the hiring of a chief appraiser and a secretary...
Judicial nominations (05/29/05)
San Francisco Chronicle It is a measure of the current state of dysfunction in Washington that a passing breeze of rationality is hailed as something consequential, let alone statesmanlike. The fact is, the partisans on the right and left were both losing in the stalemate over judicial nominations...
Homeland security (05/29/05)
The Hays (Kan.) Daily News The federal government should allow local law enforcement to decide how best to use federal dollars . ... The singular-minded politicians and bureaucrats in Washington surely don't know what battles are being fought in the heartland...
Matt Blunt- I am pro-life governor (05/29/05)
I support the right to life of unborn children. I always have, and always will. Recent suggestions that I support abortion rights are offensive. I am a Southern Baptist. Like most Missourians I believe that life begins at conception. In my public and private life, I have consistently supported the right to life of unborn children...
Wine shipments (05/29/05)
The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald Last week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down some states' rules against direct shipments of wine from the winery to the customer was cheered as a victory for wine lovers everywhere. ... But the ruling does address the unfairness of giving in-state vintners an advantage over out-of-state competitors...
Speak Out 5/29/05 (05/29/05)
We're not perfect; Education issues; Special technique; True conservatism; Statesmanlike act; One way northbound; Good Pork; Out of touch; County Road 318; Car-buying freedom; Plenty to do; Don't forget Reserve; Don't kill the bears; Gang territory; Stay in the city; Bad planning
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