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Cairo's city attorney resigns to represent embattled mayor (06/02/05)
The city attorney of Cairo, Ill., resigned Wednesday so he could represent the city's mayor who was charged with forgery and official misconduct last month. "It appears that I may not be able to represent him [Mayor Paul Farris] in a criminal case and still be the city attorney, so I decided to resign," Alan McIntyre said late Wednesday...
State works to solve higher-ed dispute (06/02/05)
Missouri's higher education commissioner says he hopes by the end of June to recommend a solution to a dispute between Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College over the operation of three Bootheel education centers. With funding issues at the center of the disagreement, commissioner Dr. Gregory Fitch said the state may need to review financial records of the two schools to determine the facts...
Regents renew lobbyist contract with Nitzschke (06/02/05)
Former Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Dale Nitzschke will lobby for federal funding for Southeast one more year -- his seventh -- before retiring next summer. He will be paid $120,000, plus up to $45,000 in expenses, the same terms as last year's contract, officials said. The new one-year contract begins July 1, school officials said Wednesday...
Money pours into water (06/02/05)
The new water treatment plant in Scott City was seen as a blessing when it began service last July, replacing the five deep wells the city used for its water. At the time, the wells just weren't doing enough to provide water to the residents of the city...
Revolt abroad ends Cape couple's Peace Corps travels (06/02/05)
This can't continue. It absolutely can't. Lowell Peterson remembers those thoughts running through his mind in his last days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan. What was supposed to be a two-year journey for Peterson and his wife, Laurie, ended after only three months in the mostly Muslim, central Asia country...
Jackson's skate park to open with ceremony (06/02/05)
The official grand opening ceremony for Jackson's skate park will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony will include a skateboard demonstration and opportunities to sign up for skate clinics and lessons. Lucas Beine of Jackson will give roller-blading clinics. ...
Earthquake risks studied along New Madrid fault (06/02/05)
Insurance executives from as far away as Vermont, risk management people from Texas and New York City, and a state senator stood in the shadow of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Wednesday to gather information about earthquakes and the risks they pose for their areas...
Fire report 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday * At 8:28 p.m., emergency medical service at 1900 Delwin St. * At 9:51 p.m., emergency medical service at Arena Park. * At 10: 51p.m., emergency medical service at 1400 N. Spanish St...
Fairly entertaining options (06/02/05)
In its 150th year, organizers of the SEMO District Fair are hoping an entertainment schedule featuring variety and a country music headliner will help bring in more people than ever before. The fair will run from Sept. 10 to 17 at Arena Park. Last year, 97,665 people attended the fair over eight days...
Community digest 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Tornado siren warnings begin tests for summer ; Cape library gets grant to improve Web site; Scott County Women in Agriculture meeting today; Beginning Experience holds benefit dance; Rummage, bake sale to benefit upcoming fair; Catch-and-release fishing event to be held Saturday; Cape library announces June reading events; Centennial run/walk to be held in Chaffee; Yard sale planned on Saturday to benefit SADI; Benefit dance planned for Followell family; Poker run to benefit Kenny Rogers center; Petzoldt reunion at Altenburg Sunday
Delphanie Rollins (06/02/05)
Delphanie Rollins, 35, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, June 31, 2005, at her home. Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill. Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Bishop Paul Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, Ill...
Sikeston couple wins Mustang in Humane Society raffle (06/02/05)
Jim and Cindy Brown of Sikeston, Mo., were winners of a 2005 red Ford Mustang in the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri's third annual automobile raffle. The couple had entered the drawing because they felt the $100 donation was for a good organization. Earlier in the year they had adopted a cat from the Humane Society...
Community cuisine 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Bell City organization sponsors fish fry...
Forecasters predict high hurricane activity with 15 named storms (06/02/05)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Continued warming of the ocean will spur high hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin this season and increase the probability of a storm moving inland, forecasters said. An updated forecast by William Gray and his team at Colorado State University, released a day before the hurricane season officially started Wednesday, predicts 15 named storms, with eight of those becoming hurricanes. ...
Federal agencies planning to test services in disaster drill (06/02/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When hundreds of federal workers watch the news today they'll see reports of nuclear threats and rioting in the streets of Kansas City. Breathe easy, the newscasts are fake. But they are part of an exercise to test the federal government's ability to respond to the very real possibility of a crisis...
Rabies cases reported on the rise in Missouri (06/02/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An unusually high number of rabid animals has been reported in Missouri so far this year, prompting the state to issue a public health advisory. The Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday that 18 animals had tested positive for rabies as of May 23, compared to six during the same period a year ago...
Former student pleads not guilty (06/02/05)
WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- A young black woman accused of sending racist threats to minority classmates at her small Christian school could face three to five years in prison if convicted of a hate crime. Alicia Hardin, 19, of Chicago pleaded not guilty to hate crime charges in Lake County Circuit Court in Waukegan on Tuesday...
Nation briefs 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Lotions, soaps won't carry organic label; Florida strikes deal to avert coastal drilling ; 7-year-old suspected in death of infant sibling; Philly can't fire Muslim firefighter over beard
Trust hormone (06/02/05)
It sounds like the plot for another Batman sequel: The villain sprays Gotham City with a trust hormone and people rush to give him all their money. Banks, the stock market and even governments collapse. Farfetched? Swiss and American scientists demonstrate in new experiments how a squirt of the hormone oxytocin stimulates trusting behavior in humans, and they acknowledge that the possibility of abuse can't be ignored...
War of the words (06/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- In the fourth round of the national spelling bee, Dominic Ranz Errazo finally got a word he could relate to: "emetic," which means inducing one to vomit. "It sounds like the nervousness I get up here," said the seventh-grader from Goose Creek, S.C...
Woodward and FBI tipster forged friendship before Watergate (06/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- A chance meeting at the White House between a young Navy courier and a veteran FBI official forged the friendship and trust that were critical to The Washington Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal. Bob Woodward was the Navy lieutenant and W. ...
Manufacturing expands at slow pace (06/02/05)
NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturing expanded at a slower-than-expected rate in May, constrained by high energy prices and fat inventories, especially in the automobile sector, figures from a private research organization showed on Wednesday. Stock prices rose on speculation that the weak performance could give the Federal Reserve second thoughts about more interest rate hikes...
Neil Armstrong wants hair back (06/02/05)
CINCINNATI -- Apollo moon mission astronaut Neil Armstrong has threatened to sue a barbershop owner who sold the spaceman's hair trimmings for $3,000. The buyer said Wednesday he won't return the locks but will donate the purchase price to charity...
U.S. student population sets record (06/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- More than 30 years after becoming the largest group of schoolchildren in U.S. history, baby boomers have finally lost their record -- to their children. A total of 49.6 million children attended public and private school in 2003, beating the previous high mark of 48.7 million, set in 1970 when the baby boom generation was in school...
Former D.A. in Wisconsin identified as mastermind of murder (06/02/05)
LADYSMITH, Wis. -- Even when he was district attorney, Robert Rogers did not exactly act like one of the white hats. It was no secret he smoked marijuana. He used to swagger into court in jeans and a T-shirt, which was a big deal back in the 1970s. To some, he came across as arrogant and vain...
Stocks up, but oil curtails gains (06/02/05)
NEW YORK -- Stocks strode higher Wednesday as investors grew hopeful that the interest rate tightening cycle might soon draw to a close, but a late-session rise in oil prices limited Wall Street's gains. Bonds rallied, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note below 4 percent...
Al-Qaida blamed as suicide bomber strikes Afghan mosque (06/02/05)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A bomb from a suicide attacker tore through a mosque during Wednesday's funeral for a Muslim cleric opposed to the Taliban, killing at least 20 people, and the local governor said an al-Qaida-linked militant was responsible...
European children suffering health problems from obesity (06/02/05)
ATHENS -- About half a million children in Europe are suffering classic middle-aged health problems because they are too fat, according to new estimates released Wednesday. Obesity among European children has been on the rise over the last 15 years, but experts are now starting to see the health consequences emerge on a large scale...
Staffer fired over oil-for-food scandal (06/02/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired a staffer for manipulating contracts under the Iraq oil-for-food program, the first dismissal to result from a U.N.-backed probe of the $64 billion humanitarian operation, a spokesman announced Wednesday...
Doctors separate fused legs of Peru's 'Miracle' baby (06/02/05)
LIMA, Peru -- Doctors successfully separated the fused legs of a Peruvian baby during a risky, nationally televised operation Wednesday, and said they hoped the vivacious, bright-eyed girl would be walking in two years. But they cautioned that 13-month-old Milagros Cerron, who was born with a rare congenital defect known as sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome," will need years of reconstructive surgery before she is fully healed...
Dutch voters defeat EU constitution (06/02/05)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Dutch voters worried about social benefits and immigration overwhelmingly rejected the European Union constitution Wednesday in what could be a knockout blow for a charter meant to create a power rivaling the United States...
Iraqi officials reach out to insurgents (06/02/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A senior Shiite cleric said Wednesday that Iraq's government has opened indirect communications with factions in the Sunni Arab-dominated insurgency and is trying to persuade them to lay down their arms and return to Iraq's political fold...
Falling short of lofty standards (06/02/05)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan acknowledges that the Redhawks have over the past two years not lived up to the lofty standards he had previously established for the program. This season, which concluded last week with an 0-2 showing at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Paducah, Ky., was particularly disappointing, as the Redhawks went 24-32 for only their second losing record in 11 years under Hogan...
Redhawks' Smith gets spot on world list (06/02/05)
Miles Smith's winning time Saturday in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Mideast Regional not only put him in elite company nationally. It also placed the Southeast Missouri State sophomore in some pretty special company around the world. Smith's school-record performance of 45.16 seconds ranks him 14th in the world this year. His time is the 19th-fastest on the list, with several of the ranked competitors appearing on the list multiple times...
Jackson splits with Chaffee in opening twinbill (06/02/05)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team recovered for a doubleheader split in its home opener Wednesday night. After Chaffee prevailed 6-5 in the opener, Jackson rolled to an 11-0 victory in five innings. Jackson is now 3-1. Chaffee won the first game despite having just six hits compared to 11 for Jackson...
Sports digest 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Dalhousie Golf Club had busy weekend Dalhousie hosted two events over Memorial Day weekend: the Quota Tournament and a couples scramble. Also at the course, Mary Kinsella scored a hole in one Sunday on the par-3, 106-yard No. 8, using a 6-iron. The ace was Kinsella's first. It was witnessed by Matt Kinsella...
Event raises nearly $12,000 for HeartAdvantage program (06/02/05)
The second annual Ken Hayden Memorial Golf Tournament raised nearly $12,000 to benefit Saint Francis Women's HeartAdvantage. Sponsored by The Friends of Saint Francis, the mixed double scramble tournament took place May 23 at Cape Girardeau Country Club...
Giants extend Alou's contract through 2006 (06/02/05)
The San Francisco Giants extended Felipe Alou's contract through the 2006 season Wednesday, ending any speculation about whether the manager would return for a fourth season. The 70-year-old Alou and the Giants have a mutual option for 2007. Alou, who took over the team from Dusty Baker after the 2002 season, is one of only three managers in franchise history to win at least 90 games in his first two years...
Morris remains unbeaten (06/02/05)
DENVER -- Mark Grudzielanek had four hits and two RBIs, and Matt Morris fought through six shaky innings to remain unbeaten in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-6 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. Some of the Mile High air had been taken out of Coors Field, with just 21 runs scored the previous four games at the hitter-friendly park -- 5.3 per game...
Spurs eliminate Suns in five (06/02/05)
PHOENIX -- The San Antonio Spurs no longer have to worry about being on the wrong side of playoff history -- or about facing Amare Stoudemire. All they have to think about now is trying to win another NBA championship. Tim Duncan had 31 points and 15 rebounds and the Spurs' defense keyed a game-changing 18-4 third-quarter run, giving them enough of a cushion to hold off Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns with a 101-95 victory Wednesday night that ended the Western Conference finals in five games...
Puerta, Davydenko advance to semis (06/02/05)
PARIS -- Shouts of bravo mingled with expressions of surprise as unseeded Mariano Puerta, an Argentine back from a nine-month drug suspension, and Nikolay Davydenko, a Russian on the rise, set up an unlikely French Open semifinal. In a pair of five-set marathons Wednesday, Puerta and Davydenko emerged the winners who will face each other Friday for a spot in the final against the winner of the more celebrated semifinal between No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 4 Rafael Nadal...
49ers' PR director out of job after controversial video tape (06/02/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- An in-house video meant to prepare San Francisco 49ers players for dealing with the media backfired on the NFL team Wednesday when it was learned that it featured racist jokes, lesbian soft-porn and topless blondes. The 15-minute video, a copy of which was sent anonymously to the San Francisco Chronicle, features the team's public relations director, Kirk Reynolds, impersonating Mayor Gavin Newsom in the mayor's office and other places around town...
Sports corrections 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Corrections * Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon's name was misspelled in a headline in Wednesday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. * A story in Wednesday's edition incorrectly reported the dates of the NCAA Division I track and field championships. The event is June 8 through 11 in Sacramento, Calif. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Taking steps against cancer (06/02/05)
When Cindy Heisserer of Jackson was a little girl, she used to walk with her mother, Jane Bock. This weekend, Heisserer plans to walk a 40-mile marathon in Chicago in memory of her mother, who died in 1988 of breast cancer at the age of 48, when Heisserer was 16...
A serious (really) look at the belch (06/02/05)
A lot of their parents and grandparents can be seen indulging in this practice. But is it really an indulgence, just some wacky way of connecting to a lost childhood? Perhaps it signifies an age-empowered stance: "I'm older and I'll belch if I want to."...
Agreeing to explore the possibilities (06/02/05)
June 2, 2005 Dear Leslie, Whom the idea occurred to first is a mystery. Maybe DC and I were marveling at how our friend Gail has made her house so homey only a few months after moving in. Homey wouldn't be an adjective people use to describe our house. Physicists experimenting with chaos theory could search the randomness of our rooms in vain for an underlying order...
Clara Dirnberger (06/02/05)
Clara I. Dirnberger, 96, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at Villa St. Francis in Olathe, Kan. She was born Oct. 17, 1908, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of George E. and Mary Dittrich Roth. She and Clement A. Dirnberger were married May 29, 1939, and lived 38 years in Detroit, Mich., as a homemaker...
Nadine Haley (06/02/05)
ANNISTON, Mo. -- Nadine Self Haley, 80, of Anniston died Monday, May 30, 2005, at her home. She was born April 29, 1925, in Lilbourn, Mo., daughter of Willie and Leoda Bashears Armer. She and Charles Self Jr. were married Feb. 7, 1941. He died May 14, 1994. She and Fred Haley were married Oct. 24, 1997...
Roger Murphy (06/02/05)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Roger Murphy, 51, of East Prairie died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at East Prairie Nursing Center. He was born Feb. 15, 1954, at Hayti, Mo., son of Robert Junior and Mary Louise Johnson Murphy. Murphy was employed at Budget Laundry and Cleaners. He was a member of Christian Tabernacle in Sikeston, Mo...
Larry Mier (06/02/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Larry Wayne Mier, 66, of Advance died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 27, 1938, at Randles, son of Landon and Jewell Sheets Mier. He and Hester Putney were married Sept. 19, 1958, at Dexter, Mo...
Earl Eakins (06/02/05)
Earl Eakins, 85, of Delta died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Dyann Hartless (06/02/05)
Dyann M. Hartless, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Camden, Mich., daughter of Donald and Pauline Marks Waters. Hartless served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. Survivors include two sons, Danny Hartless of Burfordville, Bobby Hartless of Hillsdale, Mich.; a brother, Duane Waters of Jonesville, Mich.; two sisters, Judi Antrim of Manchester, Tenn., Audrey Fields of Reading, Mich.; and two grandchildren...
Mary Chapman (06/02/05)
Mary Janette Chapman, 68, of Cape Girardeau was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at her daughter's home near Sedgewickville, Mo. She was born May 7, 1937, at Randles, daughter of Lemuel and Lucy Simmons Stacy. She and Ellis P. Thurm were married March 5, 1954. She later married Arnold "Bus" Chapman Oct. 18, 1986. He passed away Oct. 17, 1989...
Norbert Wibbenmeyer (06/02/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Norbert L. Wibbenmeyer, 66, of Bridgeton, Mo., died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at his home. He was born June 28, 1938, in Perryville, son of Leo and Julitta Wibbenmeyer, and was raised in Old Appleton, Mo. He married the former Norma J. Berkbigler...
Police reports 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Tuesday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Dale Ernest Howard, 22, 6008 Route Y, De Soto, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. * Mashiki Jerry Mosley, 36, 535 N. Sprigg St., was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia...
Out of the past 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
25 years ago: June 2, 1980 An apparent malfunction early in the morning sets off the disaster warning siren at the intersection of Bertling and Belair streets and possibly triggers sirens at several other locations in the city. County court officials say it will probably be Sept. 1 before they actually take possession of the old Cape Girardeau Public Library in Courthouse Park and work can begin on converting the structure into a county office building...
Wrestling honor (06/02/05)
Bruce Thomas was a great wrestler at Southeast Missouri State University, the only one in the history of the old Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association to complete four years without a conference loss. He also was a great wrestling coach, guiding Jackson High School teams to a 105-10-3 record in dual matches from 1982 through 1995. That record included a winning streak of 52 matches in a row. Thomas also has contributed much time to the sport he loves as a wrestling official...
Don't let the liberals fool you (06/02/05)
To the editor; In response to my latest critics, I am only 16 years old, so I have never enjoyed many of the benefits some of the Speak Out callers spoke of. However, I have the guts to write a letter to the editor with my name attached. I stand behind my comments. ...
Democrats use divisive flag tactics (06/02/05)
To the editor; Recently The Marshall (Mo.) Democrat-News ran a story about the Saline County NAACP chapter's first-ever roundtable for the African-American community. Democratic state Rep. Joe Aull was also there and used the opportunity to discuss the subject of the Confederate flag, stating: "Last year Governor [Bob] Holden ordered that Confederate flags not be allowed to fly at certain cemeteries. ...
Percentages skew speeding report (06/02/05)
To the editor: In reading the article regarding minority drivers being stopped at higher percentages then non-minority drivers, I am amazed that this is even being dealt with. Let me share with you my non-scientific but practical evaluation of this report. ...
Speak Out 6/2/05 (06/02/05)
Riding in trucks; Not practical; What's next?; Too many choices; Questionable advice; Same as the Old Boss; Dangerous hazard; Just an obstruction; No-cheating policy; Bear policy; Waiting for judges; Reserve differences; Poor handling; Speeding trucks; Thanks to deputy; Making decisions
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