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Stories from Wednesday, June 8, 2005

In the path of progress (06/08/05)
In Basil Harrison's eyes, the 31 acres behind his house are a vanishing memory. To Harrison, it was a pristine piece of family property, purchased in the 1940s by his grandfather, R.B. Potashnick. For more than four decades, the land that sits on the south side of Lexington Avenue between Cape Rock Drive and Old Sprigg Street Road sat unblemished as a part of Northland Hills Orchard...
Schools' funding lawsuit still on (06/08/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Saying the Missouri Legislature has failed to fix serious flaws in how the state funds public education, a group of school districts announced Tuesday that it won't back off its lawsuit asking a court to declare the system unconstitutional...
Historic restaurant changes ownership (06/08/05)
John and Jerrianne Wyman have reached an agreement to sell the historic Royal N'Orleans Restaurant to Ed Radetic, a local lawyer and restaurateur who currently owns Dairy Queen/Fresco. The deal marks the sale of the last of the longtime Cape Girardeau restaurateurs' eateries...
Alton looking to send floating dock downriver to Cape (06/08/05)
Cape Girardeau city officials say they're interested in bringing a floating dock to the city's riverside park. At Monday night's city council meeting, Mayor Jay Knudtson said he, chamber of commerce president John Mehner and Convention and Visitors Bureau director Chuck Martin would travel to Alton, Ill., soon for a firsthand look...
Cape school officials will meet with new superintendent (06/08/05)
Cape Girardeau School Board members will hold their first meeting with incoming superintendent Dr. David Scala on Thursday. Board president Dr. Steve Trautwein said the meeting, which is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at the board office at 301 N. Clark Ave., will be used to discuss a variety of issues...
Region/state digest 06/08/05 (06/08/05)
Cape band begins concert series today The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band will begin its summer series "Concert in the Park" at 8 p.m. today in the Capaha Park Band Shell. The concert is free, and guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while watching the show. ...
Club news 6/8/05 (06/08/05)
New Salem UMW; Lamplights FCE
Deaf student proves doctors wrong; she's headed to Yale (06/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Campbell "Cami" Elizabeth Garland volunteers at her former school to help hearing-impaired children learn to speak full sentences. "I thought it would be nice to help people who don't know how to talk," Garland, 19, said during a break at the school, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Chesterfield...
Alabama woman gives birth after ovary transplant (06/08/05)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama woman gave birth this week to a baby girl after undergoing the first known successful ovary transplant in the United States. Stephanie Yarber, 25, gave birth Monday night to a 7 pound, 15 ounce girl named Anna, said her identical twin sister, Melanie Morgan. It was the sister who donated the ovarian tissue that made Yarber fertile...
Carter urges government to close Guantanamo Bay prison (06/08/05)
ATLANTA -- Former president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday called for the United States to shut down its Guantanamo Bay prison to demonstrate the country's commitment to protecting human rights. "Despite President George W. Bush's bold reminder that America is determined to promote freedom and democracy around the world, the U.S. ...
Judge- Planned Parenthood must pay back grants (06/08/05)
The branches must return $668,850 with 9 percent annual interest added. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A circuit judge has ordered two Planned Parenthood branches to repay the state $668,850 in family planning grants, upholding a prohibition on state money going to the affiliates of abortion providers...
Top court ruling not expected to change Columbia prosecution (06/08/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Advocates and opponents of laws that loosened restrictions on marijuana use in Columbia were in rare agreement Tuesday, saying a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing federal prosecution of medical marijuana users will have little or no impact in the city...
Senate Intelligence Committee approves new FBI powers in Patriot Act (06/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Some senators who voted 11-4 to move the bill forward said they would push for limits on the new powers the measure would grant to law enforcement agencies...
Lax rules create spike in underfunded pensions (06/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim Bunning is from a state perhaps best known as home to the horse industry, but Kentucky is also where 8,000 Delta Air Lines employees live, which helps explain why the Republican lawmaker was fuming on Tuesday. Why, he wanted to know, have Delta and other airlines continued to negotiate growth in their employee pension plans when they're defaulting on or having trouble meeting their existing retirement obligations?...
Business digest 06/08/05 (06/08/05)
Sears Holdings stock falls after earnings report CHICAGO -- The inaugural quarterly results from newly merged Sears Holdings Corp. didn't impress investors, who sent its stock tumbling Tuesday after the nation's No. 3 retailer posted a small first quarter loss amid still-sluggish sales at Kmart and Sears stores. ...
Katherine Harris plans Senate run (06/08/05)
The Associated Press Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Republican Rep. Katherine Harris, who as Florida's secretary of state was both praised and vilified for her part in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday she will run for the Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson...
GM to close plants, cut 25,000 jobs (06/08/05)
WILMINGTON, Del. -- General Motors Corp. may be closing more plants and eliminating the jobs of one of every six employees in the United States, but the world's largest automaker isn't going out of business anytime soon. That's the point chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner tried to make repeatedly and as clearly as possible Tuesday at a sometimes contentious gathering of GM shareholders in Delaware at the company's 97th annual meeting...
Student uncovers flaw in calculator (06/08/05)
The Associated Press Writer RICHMOND, Va. -- Texas Instruments is replacing thousands of calculators issued to students in Virginia after a sixth-grader discovered that pressing a certain two keys converts decimals into fractions. That would have given students an unfair advantage on Virginia's standardized tests, which require youngsters to know how to make such conversions with pencil and paper...
Six people killed in Mideast violence (06/08/05)
JERUSALEM -- Clashes and mortar fire in the West Bank and Gaza Strip killed six people Tuesday, one of the deadliest days of violence since Israel and the Palestinians declared a cease-fire four months ago. While the two sides said they would still observe the truce, the fighting raised already heightened tensions and threatened nascent efforts to coordinate Israel's upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip with the Palestinians...
Bolivian protests turn violent even after president offers to resign (06/08/05)
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Violent street protests choked off Bolivia's crippled capital on Tuesday, as the collapse of President Carlos Mesa's government failed to quell demands by the poor Indian majority for more power from the white elite that has ruled the country for decades...
Two men are focus of murder probe in case of missing teen (06/08/05)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The attorney for two former security guards arrested in the disappearance last month of an Alabama honors student said Tuesday his clients were being investigated for murder and kidnapping. The men have not been charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway and authorities have not said she was a victim of foul play. Earlier in the day, police said they had not ruled out accidental death in the case...
Sunni politician says rebel groups ready to negotiate (06/08/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Sunni Arab politician said Tuesday two insurgent groups were willing to negotiate with the government, possibly opening a new political front in embattled Iraq. But a string of coordinated deadly bombings signaled that militants remain fierce...
Detainees say their youth was stolen by Taliban (06/08/05)
LONDON -- Some were baby-faced teenagers too young to grow facial hair. Others said they were snatched from their families and forced to work for Afghanistan's Taliban. The stories of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, chart their journeys from childhood in the villages of Afghanistan to U.S. custody, according to military tribunal transcripts obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information lawsuit...
Ford and Sons hammers Ballwin, reaches .500 mark (06/08/05)
The Cape Girardeau Ford and Sons American Legion team rolled to a 13-3 victory over host Ballwin on Tuesday night. The game was stopped after seven innings by the 10-run rule. Trevor Irwin pitched a complete-game five-hitter with two strikeouts and four walks...
Improved by Miles (06/08/05)
Southeast taps into the potential of Miles Smith in the 400 Joey Haines admits he would not be truthful if he said he thought Miles Smith already would rank as one of the nation's -- no, make that world's -- premier 400-meter runners at this point in his college career...
Redhawks hope best times are still ahead (06/08/05)
Southeast athletes will have to run career times to make a splash at the NCAA championships. Southeast Missourian While Miles Smith enters this week's NCAA championships as a solid contender for All-American status -- if not more -- Southeast Missouri State's other two entries in Sacramento, Calif., are definite underdogs...
Area digest June8 (06/08/05)
Garcia wins titles at Sikeston tourney Daniela Garcia, who was the lone senior on the Southeast Missouri State women's tennis team this past spring, won the women's championship at the Ed Nunnelee Memorial tennis tournament in Sikeston this past weekend...
Former Anna standout Alley taken by Padres (06/08/05)
Former Anna-Jonesboro (Ill.) High School star Josh Alley was selected in the 10th round Tuesday on the first day of baseball's amateur draft. Alley is a junior outfielder at the University of Tennessee, which won an NCAA regional title over the weekend and plays at Georgia Tech this weekend in the NCAA super regional round...
Cardinals tap Pujols genes, draft Albert's cousin Wilfrido (06/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have had such success with Albert Pujols, they decided to draft his cousin. The team selected 17-year-old Wilfrido Pujols, an outfielder from Fort Osage High School near Kansas City, in the sixth round on Tuesday...
Angel in the stretch (06/08/05)
Afleet Alex seemed to have the steadying touch of an 8-year-old cancer victim. PHILADELPHIA -- Afleet Alex had a stumble in the Preakness that made hearts skip and fists tighten before he coolly regained his footing and won the race. It was shocking to many, but not to Liz Scott, who was reminded of how her daughter Alex used to stumble while learning to walk, yet always caught herself and stayed determined to keep going...
Spurs-Pistons series may be low on style but big on substance (06/08/05)
The league's last two champions meet in a series that begins Thursday in San Antonio. SAN ANTONIO -- The NBA Finals will be more about substance than style, more about matchups than minutiae. Neither the Detroit Pistons nor the San Antonio Spurs are all that sexy on the surface, but both are a sight to behold for basketball purists. And if one looks deep enough and factors in a few special subplots, there might just be that little extra something that draws in the masses...
Diamondbacks make Upton the top choice (06/08/05)
The Virginia high school star trumped his brother's No. 2 selection. NEW YORK -- Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up. Despite having a few talented shortstops already in their minor league system, the Diamondbacks added another when they made the Virginia high school star the top pick in the baseball draft Tuesday...
Bitter 'Birds pound Red Sox again 9-2 (06/08/05)
Tempers flared as St. Louis defeated the World Champions for the second straight night. ST. LOUIS -- The offense that deserted the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series is back in a big way for this interleague series against the Boston Red Sox. Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders homered off previously unbeaten Matt Clement, and Jeff Suppan worked six solid innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night...
Cards draft young with multiple picks (06/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- After drafting college players almost exclusively last year, the St. Louis Cardinals took three high school players among their top six picks on Tuesday. Colby Rasmus, 18, a center fielder at Russell County High School in Phenix City, Ala., was the 28th overall pick. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Herron, 18, from Wellington Community High School in Florida, was the 46th overall pick and the team's fourth selection...
Sports briefs 6/8/05 (06/08/05)
Basketball...
Scoring bulbs will increase blooms (06/08/05)
Before your spring flowering bulbs melt back into the soil until next year, take a last look at their dying leaves. You might want to note their locations so that you can dig up and spread out overcrowded bulbs. Or, you might want to use some trickery to get some favorites to multiply even faster...
Spicy chicken, watermelon salsa made for summer (06/08/05)
The gingered watermelon salsa served with this spicy chicken dish is a creative way to conjure up a fresh taste of summer that will satisfy the palate and do no damage to the waistline. The low-fat recipe is from the "Summer Cookbook" selection in the June issue of Cooking Light magazine...
Mr. Half show he's not Mr. Clean around home (06/08/05)
It didn't take me long to figure out I can't afford a house and a house cleaner. Working my 60-hour-a-week job in Cape Girardeau, I quickly learned a house cleaner was the only way I could avoid total squalor at home, but it took a long time to get past the guilt. Then I found out virtually all of my older, professional girlfriends had help at home...
Pork ribs in whiskey sauce add kick to meal (06/08/05)
The recipe mail was brisk this week with recipes coming from Cape Girardeau and Jackson. I look forward to trying a couple of these recipes soon. I hope you enjoy them and don't forget to send in your favorite recipes to share with other readers. ** Pork Ribs with Honey Whiskey Sauce...
A word about watering (06/08/05)
May was one of the driest months on record. I just heard the weather forecast for the next week, and the prospects of rain don't seem very good. Because of the lack of moisture gardeners are bringing out their hoses and sprinklers. The boring task of watering is about to begin...
Oscar-winner Anne Bancroft dies (06/08/05)
NEW YORK -- Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" but achieved greater fame as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," has died. She was 73. She died of uterine cancer on Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital, John Barlow, a spokesman for her husband, Mel Brooks, said Tuesday...
Miriam Goodwin (06/08/05)
Miriam Kathleen Goodwin, 90, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born Oct. 11, 1914, in Paragould, Ark., daughter of James Thompson and Martha Louvenia Agee. She and Gordon Leonard Goodwin were married Nov. 24, 1927...
Nora Brown (06/08/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Nora Frances Brown, 80, of Sikeston died Monday, June 6, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Farrenberg, Mo., daughter of Ralph and Lillie Violet Moss Brown. She was raised by her stepfather, Bryan Haynes. She and Bennie F. Brown were married Aug. 31, 1945, in New Madrid, Mo. He died May 8, 1973...
Eleanor Hahn (06/08/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eleanor Elizabeth Hahn, 84, of Sikeston died Monday, June 6, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born March 19, 1921, in Sikeston, daughter of Benjamin F. and Anna J. Brown Hahn. Hahn was the first secretary for Scott-Mississippi Electric Cooperative. She was then secretary more than 50 years at the Bank of Sikeston. She was a member of Missouri-Kentucky Bankers Association, life member of Order of Eastern Star and St. Denis Catholic Church at Benton, Mo...
Jerry Pecord (06/08/05)
MILLER CITY, Ill. -- Jerry H. "Bud" Pecord, 88, of Miller City died Monday, June 6, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 16, 1916, in Miller City, son of Jerry W. and Jennie Schlamer Pecord. He married Velma Louise Pecord, who died in 1987...
Raymond Niswonger (06/08/05)
Raymond D. "Bud" Niswonger, 80, of Whitewater passed away Monday, June 6, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, son of Freeman and Ruby Henry Niswonger. He and Norma Jean Kinder were married Sept. 10, 1953. Bud was inducted into the U.S. ...
Births 6/8/05 (06/08/05)
Dooley; Poe; Schmidt; Schlick; Mills; Hasty
Fire report 06/08/05 (06/08/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 5:43 p.m., wire arcing at 312 Bellevue St. * At 6:35 p.m., furnace malfunction at 1474 Rose St. * At 7:39 p.m., false call at Lexington Avenue and Kingshighway. * At 8:25 p.m., fire alarm at 430 N. Frederick St...
Police reports 6/8/05 (06/08/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 6/8/05 (06/08/05)
25 years ago: June 8, 1980 Tim Smith, of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, is serving a 12-week internship at First Presbyterian Church; much of his internship will be concentrated on the duties of an associate pastor, since the Rev. Sam Peters, associate pastor of First Presbyterian, will be in Europe with his family for a month this summer...
The bridge spat (06/08/05)
Here are two press releases, one from Attorney General Jay Nixon and the other from Doyle Childers, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, regarding the lawsuit over a railroad bridge at Boonville, Mo., that either is or is not part of the Katy Trail. The Katy is a popular walking and biking trail along abandoned railroad right-of-way, much of it along the Missouri River, across the midsection of the state...
Where's the compassion now? (06/08/05)
To the editor: What happened to compassionate conservatives? Clearly they weren't paying attention to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 6-3 Monday to maintain federal anti-drug policies and ignore states rights in the case of Gonzales v. Raich...
Speak Out 6/8/05 (06/08/05)
What about the Dutch?; Reasons for sidewalks; Admitting failure; Money for research; Majority voters; It's a right; Waiting for checks; Environmental efforts; Not above the law; Blocked calls; No walkers, just a mess; Rest areas need repairs; Not about abortion; Drinking problem; Sign in tall weeds
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